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Virginia Square Homes For Sale, Arlington, VA
Virginia Square is a small neighborhood in a prime Arlington, Virginia location. It’s one of several communities along the highly popular Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor, but arguably less known than others along the same stretch, such as Clarendon or Courthouse. But this little enclave is catching up to its trendy neighbors!
The corridor itself starts with Rosslyn by the Potomac River and runs west along the parallel Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards. It ends with Ballston. Virginia Square is situated between Clarendon and Ballston.
The neighborhood dates back to farming days, and became more residentially developed in the early 1900’s. At the time, Virginia Square was closely associated with the Ashton Heights neighborhood to the south. Electric streetcar lines that began operating around the same time, had much to do with new home construction, including Craftsman cottages other Victorian-era homes for sale.
The neighborhood went through a sea change in 1952 when the Virginia Square Shopping Center opened. That led to a period of economic and retail-fueled growth. However, businesses began leaving the area during the late 1970’s, leading to a period of decline and years of redevelopment discussions.
But, the arrival of the Virginia Square-GMU Metro Station in 1979 along with the presence of George Mason University led to a new resurgence. And, in 1986, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) tore down the old shopping center and built new satellite offices.
These days, the community presents an interesting combination of old and new, from surviving single-family homes for sale to a rash of new luxury condos and townhouses. Among those new buildings is the eponymously named Virginia Square condominium, as well as the recently rebranded ARC 3409.
With its own lovely Quincy Park, a nearby Trader Joe’s, the close proximity to next-door Ballston and an interesting mix of real estate properties for sale, Virginia Square has a lot to offer. The arrival of new restaurants and other attractions (a black-box theater is in the works) will continue to shape this interesting enclave.