Neighborhood Feature: Virginia Square

by Keri Shull

Virginia Square offers an exciting blend of commerce, education, and arts in the midst of what is mostly a residential neighborhood. Within just a few blocks of the Virginia Square Station on the Orange Line Metro, you’ll find college life, businesses, apartments, single-family homes and lush parks with picnic areas and athletic fields.

Virginia Square is home to campuses of George Mason University and The George Washington University, as well as the main branch of the Arlington Public Library and the Arlington Arts Center, the 17,000-square-foot space that hosts visual-art exhibitions, studio space, and classes in painting, drawing, photography, and more.

Shopping lovers will spend house checking out boutiques such as Whimsical Appeal, a hot-pink converted townhouse where locals discover local and small-production designs for the Etsy-loving set and their stylish kids.

Grab a refined bite at Willow in Virginia Square!

If it’s just the adults for date night, you can’t go wrong with Chef Tracy O’Grady’s menu at Willow on North Fairfax Drive, featuring crackly tonno flatbread with green olives and spiced, smoked tuna; fried chicken stuffed with foie gras mousse; and sausage-crusted racks of pork.

Adventurous locals looking to experience new ethnic cuisines will be impressed by the Uzbek fare at Rus Uz on Randolph Street, munching on manti (pasta squares stuffed with spiced lamb) and plov (savory bits of baked lamb, currants, and shredded carrots), with house-made cherry-apricot juice for a drink.

As soon as the weather starts to look like spring, expect high foot traffic at Virginia Square’s beautiful outdoor facilities, like the Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden on Lexington Street, whose 135 varieties of roses—hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda—are in peak bloom during the summer months.

Relax at the Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden in Virginia Square!

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the recreational facilities including baseball, basketball and tennis courts at Hayes, Oakland, and Quincy Park, all within walking distance of the Metro station. Speaking of kids, we shouldn’t forget to mention the top-quality schools in the neighborhood, including the Arlington Science Focus Elementary School, rated the #1 Best Public Elementary School in the state of Virginia!

Finally, Virginia Park boasts a number of luxury residential developments, including the Lexington Square Condominiums, The Library Courts, The Gallery at Virginia Square, Virginia Square Apartments and Ballston Place at Lexington Park.

Know anyone looking to buy a home in one of Arlington's beautiful communities like Virginia Square? Write us at contact@kerishullteam.com or call 571-210-6762. We’d love to help you find a home and put down roots in Virginia Square!

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