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The beautiful evening glow of Ballston at night shows the plentiful opportunities an evening out on the town provides. © Prince Roy of Flickr

A Blend of Urban and Suburban Living in Arlington

Named for the Ball family, the first settlers of the area in the 1700s, Ballston today represents the best that Arlington has to offer: a mixture of urban convenience and suburban charm. The area exploded with growth following the construction of its Metro stop in 1979, linking it to DC via the Orange & Blue lines. After the completion of Interstate 66, even more developers and residents were drawn to the neighborhood.

The effects of this rapid growth are visually evident; high rise apartments and office buildings on Fairfax drive contrast with the suburban feel of the single family homes further north and south. Residents enjoy the trappings of urban life, such as walkable access to a Metro station, the huge Ballston Common Mall, and the lively annual Taste of Arlington food festival. But just a few blocks away, single family homes with sprawling green yards give a sense of suburban comfort and charm.

Ballston seamlessly blends city and suburban living with its walkability, lively business scene, and mixture of housing and dining options. For the Arlington resident who truly wants the best of both worlds, Ballston is the perfect choice.


  • Pepita


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    Mike Isabella’s lively cantina boasts Mexican coastal fare and cocktails, plus rotating happy hours.

  • Willow Restaurant

    Willow Restaurant

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    American seasonal fare served in a refined setting with a patio, plus a bar offering small plates.

  • Sweet Leaf Cafe

    Sweet Leaf Cafe

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    Serious about who they source from and seriously serious about quality, Sweet Leaf uses local growers, farmers, ranchers and producers whenever possible.

  • Earl’s Sandwiches

    Earl’s Sandwiches

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    Casual spot for sandwiches with house-roasted meats, plus soups, salads and all-day breakfast items.

  • Pupatella


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    Small and casual eatery focused on Neapolitan-style pizza that’s cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Bars and Music

  • CarPool


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    Auto-themed sports bar with retro signs, pub grub, a variety of games (Skee-Ball, pool) and a patio.

  • Mussel Bar and Grille

    Mussel Bar and Grille

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    Cozy, American eatery dishing up mussels and fries, plus wood-fired pies, meat and poultry plates.

  • Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

    Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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    Brewpub chain serving house beers and upscale pub food and American fare in lively environs.

  • Darna


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    Stylish eatery and bar serving Lebanese-inspired dishes, plus craft cocktails and flavored tobacco.

  • A-Town Bar and Grill

    A-Town Bar and Grill

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    Lively grill and lounge serving up global fare and cocktails, plus a sushi menu and a buffet brunch.


  • Harris Teeter

    Harris Teeter

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    Harris Teeter continues to serve the DC area with the freshest and most delicious produce, meat, and seafood as well as an incredible shopping experience for customers.

  • Giant


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    You’ll find a great selection of fresh, high-quality products and tools that make your shopping trip easy and convenient.

  • Whole Foods Market

    Whole Foods Market

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    Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products.

  • Trader Joe’s

    Trader Joe’s

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    At Trader Joe’s, you won’t find a lot of branded items. Instead, you’ll find unconventional and interesting products in the Trader Joe’s label as well as everyday basics.


  • solidcore


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    With the goal to help create happy, strong, and solid individuals solidcore is the place to go for intense, full-body workouts and a motivational and exciting atmosphere.

  • Mind the Mat Pilates

    Mind the Mat Pilates

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    With a background in physical and massage therapy, Mind the Mat was formed to help people gain comfort and flexibility in their everyday lives.

  • Orangetheory Fitness

    Orangetheory Fitness

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    With energetic music, a talented group of fitness coaches and a high-energy studio, you have the recipe for a workout that produces big and lasting results.

  • Gold’s Gym

    Gold’s Gym

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    With this exceptional health club, you’ll reach your fitness goals in no time, whether you’re aiming to lose weight, flatten your abs or shred upper body muscles.

  • Ballston Sport and Health

    Ballston Sport and Health

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    Located in Ballston Common Mall just steps from the Metro to our wide-open layout, Ballston Sport and Health fits how and where you want to live and train. Whatever your goals may be – to lose weight, reduce health risk, or to simply make new fitness friends – they are here to help you reach them!