What makes Aurora Highlands special?
Just southwest adjacent to Washington, D.C., Aurora Highlands encompasses Pentagon City and the surrounding subdivisions of Addison Heights, Aurora Hills and Virginia Highlands.
Much of the area was developed between 1896 and 1930, and is now recognized as the Aurora Highlands Historic District. The Pentagon City part of Aurora Highlands is mainly known for its high-rise condominiums, commuter hotels, and shopping districts (Pentagon City Mall and Pentagon Row), and most recently the newly named National Landing with the arrival of Amazon’s HQ2. Aurora Highlands is also a beautiful residential neighborhood with mature trees, many recreational amenities, and local restaurants and shops.
For decades, Aurora Highlands was known as a commuter neighborhood for its proximity to Washington, D.C., The Pentagon, and Reagan National Airport and its easy public transportation access with Metro and frequent bus lines, but with new developments and amenities it’s increasingly becoming more of a destination for tourists and regional residents. Pentagon City alone has become a true live, work, play neighborhood with an estimated 8,200 residents, one of the world’s largest office buildings, more than 150 shops and restaurants, and Pentagon Row, which has 300,000 square feet of retail space and 502 residential units.
And we can’t write an article about Aurora Highlands without talking about National Landing! With the arrival of our newest resident, Amazon, we will be seeing a lot of change and development as a result of $8 billion in private investment in the pipeline to transform and grow National Landing. According to NationalLanding.org (National Landing BID), there is expected to be more than 25,000 new jobs from Amazon alone by 2030, 7,800 new residential units, and an expansion of 400% in dining, shopping, and entertainment options. In addition to pedestrian and road improvements and more than 300 planned community outreach events.
Aurora Highlands offers a vast range of housing types from apartments and condominiums to townhouses and single family homes. The commonality amongst them is the amazing walkability to restaurants, parks, shops and so much more.
The historic district of Aurora Highlands is worth taking a stroll through on a warm afternoon, maybe after brunch at Bob and Edith’s Diner. It has three historic churches, a rectory, two schools, and recreation. “Sunnydale Farm” is known as one of the oldest dwellings in the neighborhood and is a Greek-revival style building circa 1870. There are a number of wonderful parks including the expansive 20-acre Virginia Highlands Park offering diamond fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball court, spray park, an urban garden and more.
There is so much to see and experience in Aurora Highlands, reach out to me if you want to learn more about neighborhoods in Arlington and around the region!
Aurora Highlands Links & Recommendations
- National Landing BID
- Aurora Highlands Civic Association
- Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
- Pentagon Row
- Pentagon City Metro
- Virginia Highlands Park
- Nighthawk Brewery & Pizza
- Sparrow Room
- Lucky Danger
- Bob & Edith’s Diner
- McNamara’s Pub
- Urban Thai
- Crystal Bonsai Sushi
- Crystal City Sports Pub
- Los Tios
- La Bettola Italiano
- The Portofino Restaurant
- The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
- Aurora Hills Branch Library
- Bowlero Arlington
- Enjera Restaurant
- Freddie’s Beach Bar
- Federico Ristorante Italiano
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