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.

New Listing - 3 weeks online
$485,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
935
SQFT
Waterford House #1211
1200 Crystal Drive 1211
Arlington, VA 22202
Open House 10/20 at 1PM
$659,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,591
SQFT
The Representative #903
1101 S Arlington Ridge Road 903
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$275,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
664
SQFT
Horizon House #321
1300 S Army Navy Drive 321
Arlington, VA 22202
Open House 10/20 at 2PM
$299,999
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
900
SQFT
Horizon House #102
1300 Army Navy Drive 102
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - 7 days online
$739,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,576
SQFT
Crystal Gateway #1407S
1300 Crystal Drive 1407s
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - 5 days online
$400,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
837
SQFT
Bella Vista #703
1211 S Eads Street 703
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - yesterday
$349,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
902
SQFT
Ridge House #705
1301 S Arlington Ridge Road 705
Arlington, VA 22202
$259,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
716
SQFT
The Cavendish #512
1300 S Arlington Ridge Road 512
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - a week online
$624,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
993
SQFT
Crystal Park S #610S
1805 Crystal Drive 610s
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - a week online
$615,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,426
SQFT
Southampton #1
1747 S Hayes Street 1
Arlington, VA 22202
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$989,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
1129 16th Street S
Arlington, VA 22202
ADDISON HEIGHTS Subdivision
Open House 10/20 at 1PM
$1,999,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,675
SQFT
822 18th Street S
Arlington, VA 22202
ADDISON HEIGHTS Subdivision
Open House 10/20 at 1PM
$1,075,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,660
SQFT
629 20th Street S
Arlington, VA 22202
ADDISON HEIGHTS Subdivision
$2,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,548
SQFT
1943 S Arlington Ridge Road
Arlington, VA 22202
ADDISON HEIGHTS Subdivision
Open House 10/19 at 1PM
$1,100,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,300
SQFT
518 E Windsor Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
DEL RAY Subdivision
$2,575,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,188
SQFT
224 W Windsor Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
NORTH RIDGE Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,579,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,500
SQFT
1216 20th Street S
Arlington, VA 22202
ARLINGTON RIDGE Subdivision
Open House 10/19 at 2PM
$399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
930
SQFT
3203 Ravensworth Place
Alexandria, VA 22302
PARKFAIRFAX Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$2,849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,915
SQFT
2015 Arlington Ridge Road
Arlington, VA 22202
ARLINGTON RIDGE Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$749,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,086
SQFT
315 E Windsor Avenue E
Alexandria, VA 22301
DEL RAY Subdivision

What to do in Crystal City:

Crystal City Water Park:

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.

Synetic Theater:

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:

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.

The Crystalline Underground

One of the most fascinating aspects of Crystal City’s structure is the massive network of businesses, footpaths, and other attractions, all of which are located underground. This underground city, which is connected to the Crystal City Metro station, is a hotbed of commercial and artistic activity. The Crystal City Business Improvement District has recently taken deliberate, expansive efforts to expand the underground city into a cultural hotspot, by dedicating five blocks of the space to artistic and cultural development. 
Crystal City’s underground development also allows pedestrians easy access to many hotels, residential structures, and office buildings via the subterranean complex, meaning that residents and visitors can get where they need to be without ever leaving the underground city. Don’t worry, however — Crystal City’s beautiful parks will ensure that you’ll love your time in the fresh air above!
The Birth and Growth of Crystal City:
Prior to the early 1960s, the area that is now known as Crystal City was comprised primarily of industrial sites. Condominiums and commercial buildings began to appear during the early 1960s, centered around a single residential building — from which the neighborhood gets its name. The Crystal House was one of the first large apartment structures in the neighborhood, and derived its name from a large, elaborate crystal chandelier which hung in the entryway. 
As further buildings were developed around the Crystal House, many of them took similarly crystalline names — until the organically-grown neighborhood was colloquially known as the Crystal City. 
In the following years, Crystal City began to expand as part of the D.C. Metro area. Several offices of the federal government came to be housed in Crystal City, beginning with the U.S. Patent Office and the Institute of Defense Analysis. Today, many such offices are located in Crystal City, including the U.S. Marshall Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and satellite offices of the Pentagon. 
The Crystal City Metro station opened its doors in 1977, followed several years later by the Virginia Railway Express. These two transit stations connected Crystal City to a vast, swiftly-growing network of public transportation. This connection allowed people who lived in other D.C. Metro neighborhoods to easily reach Crystal City for work, further expanding the area’s reputation as a business district.
Most recently, Crystal City saw further development when it was selected as the location of Amazon’s “HQ2.” The new development is expected to house 25,000 workers