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Rosslyn's busy high rises also maintain a thriving neighborhood conveniently located just across the Potomac. © Ron Cogswell of Flickr

Urban Living, Just Across the River

Rosslyn has come a long way since the 1860s, when it was known as a lawless place famous for its saloons, gambling houses and pawn shops. In the 1960s an ambitious plan of development began as high rise apartments, office buildings, new roads and skywalks were constructed. The arrival of a Metro station on the Blue line in 1977 further spurred building as Rosslyn became the urban business center it is today.

Most housing is in the form of high rise apartment buildings, but this is not to say there is no sense of community. Rosslyn is the annual host of the Washington DC Independent Film Festival, the Rosslyn Jazz Festival, and countless other cultural events. Residents can enjoy monthly films in Gateway Park, or listen to the bells from the Netherlands Carillon as they trek some of Rosslyn’s extensive walking trails along the Potomac. A growing bar and restaurant scene accommodates the young professionals living in Rosslyn to take advantage of the quick commute into DC.

With it’s convenient location, urban feel, and growing arts & entertainment scene, it’s no wonder potential DC and Arlington residents are choosing Rosslyn.