While Shirlington Village has been around since the 1940’s, when it was one of the first shopping centers in the entire country, it wasn’t until the past decade that it started to become a true “urban village.” Arlington County decided to invest in Shirlington by expanding the main street and adding hundreds of units of residential housing, adding a new theater, library and grocery store. One of the county’s key aims was to increase density in the area, which it accomplished as the commercial section is dotted with apartment and condo buildings like IO Piazza and Windsor at Shirlington Village. Further northwest, as well as Fairlington to the southwest, are low, sprawling condo and townhouse complexes separated by wide swaths of green. Most of these- like Windgate, Court Bridge and Heatherlea- were developed as apartments after World War II and later renovated.
One thing that distinguishes Shirlington from other “urban villages” in Arlington such as Clarendon and Rosslyn: home prices. Shirlington is not directly Metro accessible, and this is reflected in lower housing prices. Due to it not being Metro accessible, Arlington County invested $2 million on a new commuter hub (Shirlington Bus Station), which offers buses that can get to the Pentagon in seven minutes, and from there to points north via Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines (or other buses).
Located in Arlington with convenient access to Washington DC, Interstate-395 and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Shirlington, Virginia is an established arts and entertainment district that will have you enjoying life to the fullest without having to ever leave town.
Shirlington offers its residents a wonderfully cozy and established cafe culture, live theater, and abudant entertainment options. Shirlington is famous as the arts and entertainment capital of Arlington, and people from other areas travel to Shirlington just to enjoy the talented shows. The Village at Shirlington, a multi-million dollar theater/library complex, is home to the nationally recognized Signature Theater, as well as the state-of-the-art Shirlington Library.
The area also boasts new luxury condominium buildings, upscale dining, exciting shopping, and lively community events, all geared to residents of all ages and stags of life. When you buy Shirlington real estate for sale, you not only get to live in the center of it all, but you also become a resident of an entertaining and lively community of family and friends.
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Grocery- Harris Teeter
Theater- Signature Theater, AMC Loews Shirlington
Restaurants- Best Buns Bread Company, Bistro Bistro, Busboys and Poets, CakeLove, Capitol City Brewing Company, Caribou Coffee, Carlyle Grande Café, Guapo’s, Johnny’s Rockets, Luna Grill & Diner, Robeks Fruit Smoothies & Health Eats, Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub, Subway, T.H.A.I. Shrlington
Services- BB&T, Diana Nails, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Hair Cuttery, Illusions Hair Salon, Studio Salon & Spa, Shirlington Library, Thrive Pilates & Yoga, The UPS Store, US Postal Service
Specialty- Curious Grape, Dogma Boutique & Bakery, Le Village Marche, Periwinkle, One Two Kangaroo Toys
Barcroft Park is a 65.5-acre community park located on South Four Mile Run Drive near the intersection of George Mason Drive. The park is one of the largest and most heavily used parks in the County. Some of the activities Barcroft Park offers include biking, jogging, hiking, basketball, baseball, volleyball, handball, playgrounds, picnic areas, multi-use paved trails and natural areas with streams.
• Five baseball fields with lights
• Community Synthetic Field with lights
• Tennis courts (2 courts with lights)
• Basketball Court (1 court with lights)
• Volleyball Court
• Batting Cages
• Hand Ball Wall
• Stage for Community Festivals & Cultural Events
• 3-Level Parking Garage
Metrobus Routes Serving Shirlington
M 10B, 22A, 23AC, 25A to Ballston
M 22A, 23AC, 25A to Columbia Pike
M 23AC to 38B to Court House
M 10A, 23AC to Crystal City
M 23AC to Lee Highway
M 22A to Pentagon City
M 23AC, 10B, 38B to Rosslyn
M 10B, 23AC, 25A to 2ABCG to Westover
M 10B to 38B to Virginia Square
Arlington Transit (ART) Serving Shirlington
A 75 to Shirlington
A 77 to Clarendon
A 77 to Columbia Pike
A 77 to Court House
A 87 to Pentagon City
A 75 to Westover
A 75 to Virginia Square
Shirlington Bus Station
Zipcar has cars in Shirlington
Bike Access- Both the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) and Four Mile Run Trails provide access to the Shirlington area.
Bike Parking- On-Street bike parking is available along 27th Street South.
CommuterPage.com Bicycling and Walking page
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)