Arlington Homes of the Rich and Famous

by ARLnow.com October 1, 2012 at 10:45 am 20,439 31 Comments

Arlington has been home to a number of notable figures through the years. A new website called Bigwig Digs, which lets you see the D.C. area homes stars and political figures live in or once lived in, has tracked down the residences of four notable Arlingtonians.

According to the site:

Actress Sandra Bullock grew up in a home (pictured) in the affluent Woodmont neighborhood.

The Doors front man Jim Morrison spent his nomadic childhood in at least two Arlington houses, including a house on a cul-de-sac in the Yorktown neighborhood.

Actor Warren Beatty (and his sister, actress Shirley MacLaine) spent their teenage years in a red brick home in Dominion Hills.

Former Vice President Al Gore has owned a Tudor-style home in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood since 1977.

Photo courtesy Bigwig Digs

  • Arlington Cat

    I thought Jim Morrison’s ghost haunted the family home at 4907 N. 28th St.? http://www.examiner.com/article/now-appearing-arlington-va-the-ghost-of-jim-morrison

  • Stalker

    This website is . . . awesome . . .

  • Hats Off

    If deceased people were included, we’d have tons of famous residents.

    • drax

      Shirley MacLaine channels dead people, does that count?

    • b0rk

      Good thing Dolley Madison and Jim Morrison are still alive, eh?

  • yequalsy

    What, no Pola Negri?

  • Joe

    Why isn’t John Glenn on the list?

  • carlynglen

    ummmmm??? that’s not in Arlington…

  • Bacon

    I meant on the website bigwigdigs

    • OK I’ll Bite

      and which bigwig digged there?

      • Arlington dog

        The boy that was the inspiration for The Exorcist.

  • DarkHeart

    Madame Chiang?

    • Dumpling

      Mama Chen?

  • DarkHeart

    Audrey Meadows?

  • South Awwlington

    and the downward spiral into journalistic oblivion continues,

    Damn BethesdaNOW.

  • b

    Anyone know where Larry King’s former home was in Rosslyn?

    • Bacon

      I believe Larry King lived in a penthouse in Crystal City.

      It was one of the ones you can see from 395 North.

      • Mary-Austin

        John McCain also has a place in those.

    • Choo Girl

      I heard he bought in the Turnberry Tower.

    • R

      He had a place at Prospect House for a while. Lived next door to a friend of mine there. Real a-hole to his neighbors.

      • ArlForest

        This is correct. I saw him on the elevator once and said “hello, Mr. King”. He looked at me and didn’t respond. It was hard to follow it with “I’m sorry, I guess the suspenders have dug so far into your shoulders that they’re affecting your hearing too”.

    • Helen

      He originally lived in the Prospect House on Nash before moving to Crystal City.

  • Zelora

    Shouldn’t that be “actress Shirley MacLaine (and her brother, actor Warren Beatty)” ???

    • Grace

      I agree. The writer certainly should have at least found a link for her.

  • johnny b

    They missed Forrest Tucker (F Troop),,,W-L Alum.

    What about the “Infamous”, such as Aldrich Ames?

  • Arlington Cat

    Callista Bisek (now Gingrich) lived at 4424 S. 34th St in Arlington while she was having the affair with Newt. Is she famous enough?

  • DynaFlash 8

    George Lincoln Rockwell’s infamous house was torn down for part of Upton Park.

    He was the leader of the American Nazi Party and an Ivy Leaguer from Brown University. (I guess he liked the school colors).

    An interesting factoid, Mario’s Pizza refused to serve the Nazi crazies back in 1960s.

  • Dale Cherry

    What? No Katie Couric?! Her parents (I believe at least one of them is still alive) still live in Arlington.

  • YTK

    meh… Oh… I… am…..sooooo…impressed.

  • jw

    There’s a Jim Morrison link but, contrary to your piece, he would not have lived with his family in the 1950s at the 1327 South Glebe Road address.

    Kenton Square, the current homeowners’ association, didn’t exist in the 1950s. The houses date from the late ‘60s. By then, Jim Morrison had rocketed to superstardom as lead singer of the Doors, noted for drug use on tour as well as his haunting lyrics and powerful performances. He died in a Paris bathtub on July 3, 1971, aged 27, reportedly of a heroin overdose and estranged from his father since his senior year at UCLA.

    It’s true, though, that his father, Rear Admiral George S. Morrison — who commanded the fleet during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to an escalation of the Vietnam War, lived at 1327 South Glebe — apparently as the first owner. In a letter to the Florida Probation and Parole Commission District Office dated October 2, 1970, Morrison’s father acknowledged a breakdown in family communications. He said he could not blame his son for being reluctant to initiate contact and that he was proud of him nonetheless. Morrison, the father, said in this letter that the last time he’d seen Jim was “about 5 years ago during his senior year at UCLA.”


  • Punxy

    I think the house that Shirley McLaine and Warren Beatty grew up in on Liberty street was in a movie . . . .that was supposed to be set in Arlington or DC. Maybe it was an Xfile. That house is really familiar . . . (not that there aren’t a lot of brick colonials in arlington)


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