What makes North Ballston a Special Neighborhood in Arlington?
A major crossroads since 1740, Ballston is home to more than 14,000 people today.
Named after the Ball family and Ball’s Tavern, which was located at the intersection of N. Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard in the early 1800s, Ballston has been an important crossroads and transportation hub for centuries. In 1896, an electric trolley began operating along Fairfax Drive to eventually serve Fairfax City, Falls Church and Clarendon where it branched off to Rosslyn and downtown D.C. Then in 1979, the Ballston Metrorail Station opened and ushered in new development.
Home to more than 14,000 people, Ballston offers an urban lifestyle with many high-rise condominiums at the core, then townhomes and single-family homes as you travel further north. The convenience of shopping, dining, entertainment and transportation south of Fairfax Drive is matched by access to athletic facilities at Quincy Park and Washington-Liberty Aquatics Center, and the Arlington Central Library to the north.
All these lifestyle amenities have made North Ballston a great place to live and play, which has also attracted some top corporations and universities including the Office of Naval Research, the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research… just to name a few. Some of the most exciting recent additions to the neighborhood include the renovated and expanded Ballston Quarter — featured in our January 15 Neighborhood Spotlight.
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North Ballston (and Nearby) Neighborhood Links & Recommendations
- 5 WITS
- 30-Minute Hit
- All About Burger
- Ballston Local
- Ballston Service Station
- Bronson Bierhall
- Barber Shop & Co.
- Central Library
- Grand Cru
- Grooming Store
- Mussel Bar & Grille
- Punchbowl Social
- Quincy Park
- Regal Cinemas
- Rus Uz
- The Commentary
- The Local Oyster
- Thrive Hair Bar
- Washington-Liberty Aquatics Center
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