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Arlington Ridge is located in Arlington County, Virginia, bordered on the north by The Pentagon, on the west by the Army Navy Country Club, and on the south the City of Alexandria. Arlington Ridge Road, a mansion-lined boulevard that offers Washington DC views, runs through the neighborhood. “The Ridge”, as it is known, is named for its terrain; a rise above the adjoining communities.
Arlington Ridge extended from just above the city of Alexandria northward, directly across the Potomac from Georgetown. The ridge included land later leveled for construction of the Pentagon and Shirley Highway (now I-395). Geologists believe the ridge may have been the shoreline of the Potomac during flood stage thousands of years ago.
The Ridge offers an interesting mix of old and new homes, ranging in style from Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Dutch Colonial, Spanish stucco, Bungalow, Cape Cod and Victorian.
Army-Navy Drive (Old Georgetown Road) separates Arlington Ridge from the Army Navy Country Club. In 1781, Gen. George Washington’s and French troops marched to Yorktown over this section of Old Georgetown Road to defeat the British in the decisive battle of the American Revolution.
Arlington Ridge Road (Alexandria-Georgetown Road) runs from South Glebe Road to Army Navy Drive, but at one time it extended to Rosslyn. From the 1890s until the 1920s, the Northern Virginia electric railway operated trolleys in Arlington and one of these, the East Arlington Branch Line, traveled a route along Arlington Ridge Road (now within Arlington National Cemetery). When the cemetery expanded in 1941, that section of Arlington Ridge Road was eliminated with a plan to create Shirley Hwy. (I-395) and by the start of WWII, Arlington Ridge Road was shortened to its present length. In the 1980’s, the road was reduced from four lanes to two and sidewalks and grass medians were installed.
The Little Tea House, Hume School and Prospect Hill are all historical points of interest in Arlington Ridge, as are Fort Albany and Fort Scott. Amenities include 19th Rd S Park, Fraser Park, a portion of Hopper Memorial Park, James W Haley Park, Oakcrest Park, South Ives Street Park, Fort Scott Park, Four Mile Run Park and Lang Street Community Gardens.
Desirable for its proximity to Metro stations at Crystal City and Pentagon City as well as Washington National Airport. Arlington Ridge runs parallel to Pentagon City at its tip, is separated from Crystal City by Aurora Highlands at its midsection, and extends to Four Mile Run where it meets Potomac Yard, making it an ideal location for those working or studying in National Landing.