There was a time when the county of Arlington was known for landmarks and government offices.  Today, the county represents something much different.

Truthfully, Arlington has been buzzing for years.  The accessibility to D.C., walkabililty, and growing retail contribute to the attraction.  You will be reminded of a small town atmosphere if you drive down North Glebe Road. But continue down Fairfax Drive and you will see ample hotels aligning the Metro Station connecting you to the city within minutes.

So what's the overall appeal?  The public parks and trails make it an ideal family location.  Arlington is also ideal for new business.  On April 11th 2017, Heritage Brewing Co. opened the doors to its first brewpub in the Clarendon district.  A second Kriser's Natural Pet Store is opening this summer in Lee-Harrison Shopping Center, as well as retail ice cream parlor La Moo, to meet growing needs of new families.  The county now says that it is moving forward with the Long Bridge Park project which includes an aquatics and fitness center.

Arlington used to be a place known mainly for government business. The Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice account for nearly 40,000 employers. However, the area feels more like a community than tight-shirted and military.

The Ballston area has developed into Arlington's downtown hub. It's a destination spot for retail options.  Ballston was once a place full of empty lots. Now, it's home to Marymount University and the Washington Capitals' practice facility at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Ballston appeals to families and shoppers, as well as outdoor activity seekers. recently released a set of rankings placing Arlington as the best place to live in Virginia. Most residents describe the community as a lifestyle change.  With the many national monuments (Arlington National Cemetery, The Pentagon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, etc) along with the abundant number of trails for hiking and exercise, many people are living richer and healthier lives.  The only downside in Arlington would be the traffic.  But that's nothing new for any Washingtonian.

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