Welcome to Arlington & McLean
A living tribute to our nation’s past, present, and future.
Conveniently located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the communities of Arlington and McLean are cultural hotspots home to some of the nation’s most important leaders and figureheads. Locals dwell within luxe high-rises boasting panoramic views, modern, newly built estates, and sprawling homes in pastoral enclaves. On the weekends, Arlington is one of the most popular spots in the area to enjoy shopping, a diverse dining and nightlife scene, and world-class entertainment.
The community of McLean was established at the turn of the 20th century and named for the then-owner of The Washington Post. The completion of nearby railroads linked the community to neighboring D.C. and today, Arlington and McLean are an easy Metro ride away from the nation’s capital. In modern times, Arlington locals are an arm’s reach from national treasures, various museums, and a number of other hidden gems just off the beaten path.
What to Love
- Cosmopolitan culture and historic significance have met to create a bright, thriving metropolis
- Home to The Pentagon, countless monuments and historical sites, and offices for major corporations
- Convenient Metro stations lead straight into D.C.
- Located adjacent to Ronald Reagan National Airport
Residents of Arlington and McLean enjoy a higher standard of living than their neighbors. While locals attend a number of festivals and other community events, a number of life’s quieter pleasures are also found here. Some of the city’s largest estates positioned on pastoral lots enjoy peace and privacy away from the chaos sometimes found at the heart of bustling cities. Professionals are close to well-paying jobs and children attend some of the highest-rated schools in the state and nation, ensuring they are set up for a successful life, much like those of their Arlington and McLean neighbors.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Homestyle cooking served in a mid-century dining room is found at Ruthie’s All-Day. Once home to a chocolate factory and ice cream shop in the ‘50s, this historic site has been carefully restored to its former glory with a few modern additions. Today, a modern menu highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients features fresh takes on American favorites and a lengthy drink menu.
Founding Farmers is a D.C. area favorite, with a few locations around town. Featuring ingredients straight from hardworking regional farmers, this true farm-to-table eatery specializes in downhome favorites like spicy fried chicken, chicken pot pie, skillet cornbread, and also offers a traditional American brunch on weekends.
Decadent evenings are spent at Sfoglina. With three locations across town, Sfoglina has grown quickly since its debut in 2016. This Michelin Guide honoree’s homemade pasta creations of cacio e pepe and squid ink fettuccine perfectly complement other fragrant Italian classics, all of which are presented in an elegant space boasting views of the capital city from their deck.
Arlington and McLean are home to some of the area’s best shopping destinations. Tysons Corner Center is a massive collection of hundreds of shops situated in a vast, upscale space. Apple, Zara, Nordstrom, and Nespresso are a few of the Corner Center’s more popular shops. Nearby, Tysons Galleria is home to luxurious designer boutiques specializing in the latest and most luxurious trends. Balenciaga, Cartier, and Versace are some of the world-renowned boutiques found here.
Things To Do
Some of the top schools in the nation can be found here. Just a few consist of:
The Potomac School, kindergarten-12th grade; ranked as the number-one private K-12 school in Virginia by Niche.com
Langley High School, grades 9-12; known for its award-winning band and student publication programs, LHS is one of the top high schools in the United States, having been scored a 99.14/100% by U.S. News & World Report
McLean High School, grades 9-12; also one of the top schools in the nation, U.S. News & World Report scored MHS a near-identical 99.1/100%
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