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Arlington Ranks Among Top Areas for “Social Seekers”

by Katie Pyzyk July 18, 2012 at 8:40 am 4,581 75 Comments

Arlington is receiving a distinction on another Best Places to Live list. It ranks among the top ten markets for social seekers, according to a list released by Coldwell Banker.

Arlington ranked seventh on the list. Areas with “Social Seekers” are considered those where residents would rather go out than stay home. These areas are described as “perfect for the hip, trendy and fun at heart.”

The top ten list of social seekers is:

  1. Manhattan
  2. San Francisco
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Seattle
  6. Brookline, Mass.
  7. Arlington
  8. San Diego
  9. Portland
  10. Mountain View, Calif.

The write up of Arlington stated “Arlington residents enjoy quaint cafés, upscale salons and all the activity and entertainment of the nation’s capital.”

Arlington also topped the list as the number one city for Social Seekers in the state of Virginia:

  1. Arlington
  2. Huntington
  3. Tysons Corner
  4. Alexandria
  5. Belle Haven
  6. Oakton
  7. Merrifield
  8. Idylwood
  9. McLean
  10. Falls Church

The Social Seekers list is the first lifestyle category ranking that Coldwell Banker is releasing in its “Best Places to Live” series. Four others will follow in the categories of Suburbanites, Adventurers, Leisure Lovers and Culture Cravers.

“Americans believe that their home is a reflection of their identity and that clearly goes beyond the property line and into the communities where they live,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Social Seekers are drawn to the nightlife and action, while others we will explore in the series might prefer backyard barbecues and carpooling.”

The list was compiled based on a number of attributes such as access to transportation, high volume of bars and restaurants, happening nightlife and great entertainment. More information about the list of Best Places to Live can be found online.

  • TJ

    You sure that’s not Arlington, TX.

    With no state designation, I’d think “Arlington” on a national list is probably TX before VA.

    • TJ

      Nevermind, I does say VA further down in that infographic on the site.

    • ClipClap

      Unless you’ve been to Arlington, TX.

      J. Gilligan’s, Cowboys, after that it pretty much runs dry. Going “out” in Arlington means going to Fort Worth.

    • drax

      Shouldn’t it be “A-Town, VA”?

    • Seattle?

      Seattle #5? Seattleites are famous for being introverts, hence the “Seattle freeze” phenomenon.

  • 22201 for 12

    Have you ever been to Arlington, TX? I have and the distinction is clear. We win.

    • ClipClap

      *high five*

      • Clarendon

        Fist bump… -><-

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    So we really are the SF of the East coast or the Manhattan on the Potomac?

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Arlington made the list because of its best bar, OSullivans

  • confused

    Huntington??? ahead of Alexandria?? WTF?

    • bringmetheyuppies

      thought the same exact thing. What the heck is there to do in Huntington? Hit the 7-11 and fryer place next door?

  • SamW

    I’m more confused by the listing of Oakton. I lived there for four years, and while it’s a nice residential area, there isn’t a single bar, let alone a “hip, trendy” one.

    • WeiQiang

      I think the idea is that the areas listed have residents who’d rather go out than stay at home. Whether people from Oakton or Belle Haven (wtf?) go out IN their own ‘hoods isn’t clear. Maybe people from Oakton have a penchant for going out in Stafford.

    • sunflower


  • Grammarian

    How can you seek a “social”? Social is an adjective. That’s like saying “I’m seeking a blue”, or “I’m seeking a fast”. Um, huh?

    Yeah, it’s nitpicky, but still.

    • PearDPea

      Both “social” and “seeker” are describing the people

      • Grammarian

        Sorry, no.

        A “social seeker” is supposedly a person who seeks out social activities. But “social” is an adjective, and in this case, “social” would be modifying the noun, “seeker”. You cannot “seek” an adjectives.

        Would you be a “spicy seeker” if you liked spicy food? No, you would either be a spice seeker (which isn’t quite there, because that might mean you’re looking for garlic powder) or a “spicy food seeker” (better).

        Would you be a “classical seeker” if you were looking for that type of music? No, you’d need to be a “classical music seeker” because a “classical seeker” might mean that you like the classics, or you’re looking for classical architecture or something.

        Seeker demands another noun, which may be modified by an adjective (e.g. “spicy food seeker”).

        Social seeker doesn’t work, sorry.

        • bobco85

          You are incorrect. The word social can be used as an adjective and a noun.

          Social as a noun means (from the Oxford online dictionary): an informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group”

          An example would be to go to an ice cream social. Social is a noun in this case.

          Therefore, social seeker does work.

        • WeiQiang

          Just on it’s face it’s correct. ‘Seeker’ is the probably the word you should have a problem with. ‘Social’ is an adj. ‘Seeker’ is a noun. Adj’s modify noun. The adj isn’t defining what the seeker is seeking; it only clarifies that the seeker is social while s/he is seeking it.

          To BobCo’s point, some subset of the social seekers could be seeking socials. That would make him/her a social social-seeker.

          • BustaRhyme

            Socialist Tweakers ?

          • WeiQiang

            … on fixie bikes. Or CaBi.

          • tumblebum

            Had a flashback to Sister James Anthony diagramming a sentence.

        • drax

          Social seeker is perfectly correct, grammatically-speaking. But you have a point.

          A much more precise term would be “seeker of social situations.”

          This alternative, however, would suck.

          • sunflower

            “seeker of social situations” sounds somewhat shady– bordering on perverted

          • drax

            So does social seeker for that matter.

    • Larchmont

      This is why we’ll never get ahead of Brookline, Mass.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Anyone wonder if Coldwell made this list based on where they wanted to sell more homes? “Hey, we have a large inventory in … Huntington … so let’s say it’s a hip place to live!”

    • James Moron

      Amen – was thinking the same thing. Belle Haven? Seriously? I do dig the Roy Rogers throwback but still.

      • Stu

        Yeah, well you can be in downtown DC or Arlington in 20 minutes or less from Belle Haven, so people that live there and like to go out in Arlington, Old Town, or DC proper would be considered “Social Seekers” according to the criteria of the survey wouldn’t they? (i.e. Residents that “enjoy quaint cafés, upscale salons and all the activity and entertainment of the nation’s capital”.)

    • j

      You, sir, nailed it.

      • Clarendon

        Yes, but I still think where I live is one of the best in the state. There are some other fun towns in Virginia though. Mostly where the colleges are, I guess.

        • Hoos on top

          Agreed. Sweet Briar and Hollins are great places to be social.

          • Bon Air

            Charlottesville rules

          • Becoming indifferent

            Lexington is better.

    • JohnB

      Agreed. It’s nice to be on the top of a list like this, but this is based on nothing other than the business’s self interest.

    • FrenchyB

      My guess is Huntington is popular with ‘social seekers’ because it’s still relatively cheap, has Metro access, and is close to Old Town; the social seekers live there, but go out in neighboring areas. Belle Haven is similar too – no direct metro access, but a fairly cheap area that’s close to Old Town and is great for outdoor activities.

    • RedShirt

      Agreed. This is just some contrived list that really doesn’t mean anything.

  • Buckwheat

    Sounds like a negative – aka “social climber”.

  • bert

    “quaint cafes” and “upscale saloons”

    um, starbucks and mad rose tavern

    fml why do i live here

    • drax

      Yes, why?

    • shellshock868

      The article was “upscale salons.” Not Saloons!!!!! I think they mean places to get your hair cut. dohhhhhhhhhhhh

  • yes again

    Nothing but broker babble. Move along nothing to see…..

  • JamesE

    I contributed to these stats by staying inside and playing Skyrim

  • Becoming indifferent

    What would be considered a “quaint cafe” in Arlington?

    • JamesE


      • Go Remy

        lol thanks, bro

  • SW

    Huntington? Really?

  • Bemused bystander

    Sam’s Corner of course.

  • Bon Air

    Having a full army of ‘Clarendon Bro’s’ ensured we dominated our state

  • ArlWhat

    I would like to be first to extend a thank you to Sam’s Corner for putting us over the top.

    • nom de guerre

      Speaking of Sam’s Corner, today’s daily special features Panko crusted fried shrimp on a crusty French baguette with a lemon dill caper shallot aioli topped with sweet red onions, heirloom tomatoes and micro greens. Hand sliced organic russet potato chips fried in extra virgin olive oil are $1.00 extra. Only while supplies last.

      • ArlWhat

        “Rich Little Po’ Boy” again? Time to freshen that menu.

        • Drunk_IrishChick

          Sams Corner is closed and been gutted….the new OSullivans is on the way

          • ArlWhat

            We will always have Sam’s Corner…in our hearts.

  • Allie

    Please tell me where I can find one quaint cafe in Arlington, thanks.

  • ArlForest

    Setting aside what a social seeker is for a minute, that Virginia list is horrible. Huntington? Idylwood? It looks more like someone said, “name ten neighborhoods in and around the Beltway and leave out Springfield and Annandale.”

    • WeiQiang

      /\ this /\

  • Awesome

    In other words Arlington is full of douchey white people.

  • Tubs

    Arlington would only rank high in terms of things such as “best places” and the like if the people who are doing the rankings had never seen any of the truly nice, interesting and well-planned places in this country. Wilson Blvd is a trash-strewn eyesore, littered with cigarette butts, to take just one example. And there is no architectural coherence to any of the buildings, aside from the fact that they constitute a bland hodgepodge. Sure, some of it is perfectly ok, but let’s not get carried away.

  • B22201

    I question this list. First, I don’t see how Arlington is up there with Seattle, Manhattan, etc. It’s a suburb with a bunch of silly “quaint cafes” all run by the same people.

    The only places I’d consider a “Quaint Cafe” would be Iota, Galaxy Hut, and that block with the Thai At Corner place (which evidently will be torn down for a big new office building)

    The Virginia list is even more unbelievable. In the entire state of Virginia, the largest amount of “Social Seekers” is in our general area? Nobody in Richmond goes out? I don’t even like Richmond, but it has a lot more “quaint cafes” than Arlington does.

  • Observer

    The list was compiled based on a number of attributes such as access to transportation, high volume of bars and restaurants, happening nightlife and great entertainment.

    There is no way a “place” like Idylwood makes this list if that is true. This is just marketing by a real estate company.

  • sunflower

    the only excitement i’ve ever had in merrifield is trying to get there before midnight to mail a tax return at the post office–back in the pre-turbo days

    • WeiQiang

      + 1099

      … oh, and because of the Home Depot, when every other Home Depot was out of what I needed.

      • drax

        + 1040

    • JohnB2

      Merrifield has that complex with all of the restaurants in it (Sweetwater?) and across the street the shopping center with the bar that has outdoor seating. Oh, and at one point they had the Multihell, I don’t know if it’s still around though.

      Oh, and don’t forget the 24-hour Taco Bell (that is gone now too I believe)!

  • YTK

    Meh! I’ll take Manhattan.

    • TeddyHart

      the Bronx, and Staten
      Island Too!!!

      • KalashniKEV

        You can keep the Boogie Down…

  • April

    Focus of Arlington’s mixed use redevelopment is to cater to TDY military, TDY contractors, interns, etc. The people who are passed out on front lawns in Mary Hynes’s neighborhood at 4 AM Sunday morning.

  • Trolly Troll

    The street car will bump out Brookline from 6th place. But the A-town restaurant will guarantee first place.

  • didn’t need a survey to tell me Arlington is full of hipsters…er “social seekers”

  • Arlington Cat

    Everyone is correct; this is a dumb, not well thought out list.

    In regards to social seekers, did they ask on the survey “If it is late at night, and you just bought three pizzas, would you slide a hungry bro (brah) a slice?


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