Crystal City Neighborhood Guide
Crystal City is an organically-grown neighborhood in southeastern Arlington, VA, in close proximity to the Potomac River and the Pentagon. Crystal City is also very close to Ronald Reagan National Airport, which sits between the neighborhood and the Potomac River. Crystal City is one of many “urban villages” in Arlington, along with prominent neighborhoods such as Rosslyn and Ballston. Crystal City has a large, busy Metro stop, and is in close proximity to high-traffic areas such as the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and Ronald Reagan National Airport. Due to these factors, the neighborhood sees a lot of commercial activity.
In November, 2018, online retail giant Amazon announced that one of their new east coast headquarters would be built in Crystal City. Arlington County confirmed this decision in December, 2018, and Amazon officially revealed their construction plans in September of 2019. Amazon’s expansion into Crystal City led to a notable increase in Arlington’s home values.
Living in Crystal City:
Crystal City’s housing market consists primarily of renters. There are few single-family homes in Crystal City — most residents live in multi-unit buildings, often highrises. Crystal City is known more as a commercial neighborhood than a residential neighborhood.
Residents of Crystal City tend to be well-educated, with a 2017 survey showing that nearly 85% of the neighborhood’s adult inhabitants have a Bachelor’s degree or some type of graduate degree.
The median home value in Crystal City is $644,700, according to the same 2017 survey.
What to do in Crystal City:
Don’t get confused by the name — this tranquil complex of fountains and gardens is a far cry from an amusement park. The Crystal City Water Park may not have water slides or a wave pool, but the beautiful park is perfect for keeping your family cool on a hot day, a romantic walk after a nice date, or just quiet introspection.
Founded by Georgian artists Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Synetic Theater is an award-winning theater located in the underground component of Crystal City. Synetic Theater is known for using innovative staging and energetic movements to tell classic stories. For the theater lover who likes to see traditional stories told in completely unique forms, Synetic Theater is a must-visit.
Long Bridge Park offers more than 30 acres of open space and recreation. Public greens and playgrounds for children ages 2-5 and 5-12 make the park a great place for family time. Long Bridge Park also offers multipurpose sports fields and a raised walkway with views of the sports fields, capital monuments, and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.