Our home straddles the Clarendon-Courthouse and Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhoods. We moved here in the 1990s. Back then, there were still lots of small mom and pop shops that used to be private homes, and even some open spaces. It was pretty cool walking into an old home that had been converted into a bank, cafe or used book store. But that started changing when entire blocks began disappearing to mid-rise condos and pricey boutiques. The flight path from Reagan National used to be more to the east over the Potomac River, but flight paths have shifted west so there is now a lot more jet noise. And they seem to cram in more and more flights. Wailing emergency vehicles up and down 10th Street and RT 50 is almost an hourly occurrence now. There's more traffic congestion, and they now shutdown streets on weekends for art shows and marathons which is inconvenient for those who drive and have only the weekend to run errands. The area is expensive, but that's to be expected. On the whole, crime doesn't seem to be an issue, though our car was broken into once.
As a lawyer, I frequently travel to Washington D.C. on business ventures. Every time I am in D.C., I try to meet up with close friends in Arlington, Virginia. I am truly in love with this beautiful, historical city. In my opinion, Arlington, VA is upper-class and is all around gorgeous.
Arlington is an incredibly safe area to raise children, and is rather peaceful. The city of Arlington, VA has some of the lowest crime rates in the country. Wherever you are in Arlington, you just get that safe feeling. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Williamsburg neighborhood (to see my friends), which is a gorgeous neighborhood. The homes all have such a historical "feel" in Virginia.
The Arlington Cemetery is another must-see if you are in the Virginia/D.C. area. This National cemetery will bring tears to your eyes for the heroic soldiers and marines that fought for our country throughout various wars. The Iwo Jima Memorial is also located nearby, and is also a must-see.
The Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Arlington, VA is a great place to visit for dinner if you are in the area. I had one of the most fun times of my life visiting the city of Arlington and seeing the play. You simply must go! Overall Virginia is a great place to visit or live.