Bordering Alexandria and The Pentagon, Arlington Ridge is seemingly close to everything. This well-established community sits on the south side of Arlington, with single-family homes perched alongside large trees and winding streets.
Stretching from Rosslyn to Four Mile Run, the narrow section of land that makes up Arlington Ridge certain lives up to its nickname, “The Ridge”. Because of the hilly terrain, it’s possible to admire some sweeping views of nearby DC, especially along Arlington Ridge Road.
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Arlington Ridge History
While some of the first subdivisions were laid out in the early part of the century, most homes in Arlington Ridge were constructed from the 1920s to around 1950. While much of the neighborhood now consists of single-family homes, you will also find a townhouse community, as well as a smaller number of condos and apartments in the area.
When the Pentagon went up, I-395 followed, plus more building occurred after the addition of Metro stations in Crystal City and Pentagon City. Two historical points of interest still sit in the community, including Fort Scott Park. The park takes its name from a mid 1800s-era fort that was used during the Civil War.
Hume School is the other, which sits on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in the late 1800s, its Arlington’s County’s oldest school, but now serves as home to the Arlington County Historical Society and Museum.
Arlington Ridge is also known as the former home of the infamous Little Tea House Restaurant. It’s said the restaurant once served the likes of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Arlington Ridge Location
Arlington Ridge has the advantage of being the closest residential neighborhood to Downtown DC and it sits close to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which adds to its appeal and its convenience. It’s, of course, easy to hop on one of the area bus lines or access the Metro from here, but it’s also becoming more of a draw for those who live outside of the area, too.