Conveniently located near Metro’s Orange Line, Courthouse-Clarendon has grown up a lot from its origins nearly 300 years ago. Once a lush, densely populated forest, Clarendon as we know it now was dedicated in March 1900. Arlington’s “downtown” area, Clarendon is now a thriving commuter hub bordered by tree-lined streets and dotted with boutique restaurants, shops, and residences.
Just across the Potomac from Washington, DC--borders are Lee Highway to the north, Kirkwood Road and Irving Street to the west, Route 50 to the south and southeast, and Barton and Veitch Streets to the east--Clarendon is hugely popular among those who are looking for just the right blend between the city and the suburbs. Highly walkable, it strikes just the right balance between convenient mass-market chains like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Starbucks to boutique restaurants and music clubs. Clarendon is a sort of suburban paradise that manages to marry creature comforts with a distinctly urban feel.
Clarendon’s proximity to DC is priced at a premium, however; the homes here are among Arlington County’s most expensive. To live in Clarendon, you’ll pay for all it has to offer, so that’s something for which you should be prepared.
Traffic, which is a complaint for many areas around Washington, DC, can be an issue here, but there are plenty of solutions. Clarendon is situated near the Metro’s Orange Line, making quick travel around the area simple. It’s also easily accessible to the District by bus, and is home to plenty of wide bike lanes on the main roads to and from The District.
Clarendon is an idyllic, walkable suburb that offers just a touch of urban edginess. Its amenities and comforts come at a price, but that price affords its residents much.