The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, dwarfs the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, has triple the floor space of the Empire State Building, and the National Capitol could fit in any one of its five wedge-shaped sections. It could be considered a small city, housing roughly 23,000 military and civilian employees on 29 acres in Arlington, Virginia, sitting just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.
Pentagon workers have numerous options for housing in Arlington, but for those who do not live in the community itself, most commute from nearby neighborhoods in Fairfax County or from Washington, DC. Arlington housing tends to be slightly higher priced than other local communities due to its proximity to Washington, DC and accessibility to all the DC Metropolitan Area has to offer. Housing styles range from lovely Craftsman bungalows on tree-lined streets near the city - or downtown, as Washington, DC is referred to - all the way to gleaming new high-rise condos. There is something for everyone. Single family homes average prices in the mid-500 thousands, and condos just slightly less.
Neighboring Northern Virginia communities of Fairfax County include Alexandria, Falls Church, Annandale, Springfield, and McLean, which are easily accessible to the Pentagon. A number of Maryland suburbs also provide other housing options. Rentals are offered in all areas.
Arlington offers many desirable public and private schools to provide an excellent base for higher education, which is required for many of its workers, and its schools are considered among the best in the region. Arlington's top-rated schools make it a popular destination for those relocating to Northern Virginia.
Arlington and nearby Washington, DC make for a highly desirable place to live, offering a wide variety of neighborhoods. Shops, restaurants, clubs, and spots for enjoying an active nightlife are abundant, as are museums, monuments and parks for those who prefer quieter pursuits. Arlington's excellent bus system, combined with Metro and bike-share options, simplify access to all the area has to offer.
Outdoor activities are available throughout the region and include walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, and bird watching. The Potomac River and numerous trails are nearby and provide an opportunity to retreat to the expansive, natural environment of Arlington County.
* Rebates are not allowed in all states. In some states, a gift card or commission credit at closing may be provided in lieu of the Cash-Back bonus. You must register with U.S. Military on the Move® before contacting a real estate agent and be represented by the assigned real estate firm at closing to qualify. All real estate transactions are negotiable. Other terms and conditions may apply.
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