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Shirlington is a residential neighborhood transformed from a 27-acre former shopping center in Arlington County, Virginia.

Shirlington is named for the Shirley Memorial Highway (I-395) that forms its eastern boundary and “Arlington.”  The former swampland was originally developed by Joe Cherner, a local car dealer who had seen a downturn in sales because of World War II. His original goal for the site was to turn it into an airport, but plans were never approved. In 1942, construction began on a shopping center, instead. It opened in 1944 with stores and a movie theater. It was located near Fairlington, a development of 3,500 homes built by the Defense Homes Agency, and Park Fairfax, another early-1940s residential development. Both neighborhoods are a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and apartments that extend into the City of Alexandria and they provided traffic for the low-density, strip-mall. Shirlington was dubbed ‘a new downtown’ during the 1950’s for the rapidly expanding Washington suburbs. In 1959, Lansburgh’s, a large department store, opened in Shirlington, providing the center with a strong retail anchor.

But in 1965, Alexandria’s Landmark Shopping Mall opened and the competition hurt Shirlington, which began a decline that worsened when Lansburgh’s closed in 1973. It was replaced by Best Department Store, which also closed in 1998. When Shirlington was passed over for rail service in the late-1970’s, Arlington took action. 

The site was rezoned to C-O-1.5, which permits office and commercial uses, including restaurants, retail, theaters, hotels with meeting rooms and community facilities at a floor-to-area ratio of 1.5. Multiple parcels would be developed with a Phased Development Site Plan (PDSP) to establish land uses, densities, building heights, parking requirements, utilities, community facilities and other elements of multiple projects within a defined area. Prior agreement to these elements makes final approval a faster process and provides more certainty for the neighborhood and the developer. 

The 1982 PDSP divided the site into five different parcels and proposed a total of 1 million sf of office and retail development and added 300 hotel rooms, 490 residential units and 3,000 parking spaces. Only 51% of retail, 68% of office space and 82% of residential units were actually constructed.

Amendments were adopted and the property changed hands several times during the 1990’s before the final plan was implemented in 2000, when Federal Realty Investment Trust acquired the Village of Shirlington, its 4th owner since 1982. FRIT’s 2000 PDSP was a major amendment to the 1982 plan. It reduced retail by 35%, increased residential units by 40% and office development by 2%. It took four years to complete, including extensive public review and the creation of a citizen advisory group composed of residents from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development and Arlington Economic Development lead the county’s effort.

The result is a Shirlington that is an active, street-front retail center with an appropriate blend of office, residential and hotel development, various sources of entertainment, a civic presence in the form of the library and a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. A public plaza and public art help make Shirlington unique. The Shirlington Design Book contains recommendations for public spaces and circulation on guided streetscape development. Shirlington has two parks; Shirlington Park and Shirlington Dog Park.

In addition to its many amenities, Shirlington’s Bus Transfer station is served by five regional bus routes and two local bus routes, providing numerous transit options for people coming in and out of Shirlington. The station connects Shirlington to the regional transit system, including Metrorail at the Pentagon and Reagan National Airport.

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4067 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 303

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Keller Williams Realty
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
27Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
1,135 sq. ft. of open living space, an onsite state-of-the-art gym and walkability to Village of Shirlington restaurants and more. Gleaming hardwood floors welcome you into the open living and dining area with neutral paint, recessed lighting and updated chandelier. Open from the living room, french doors take you to the sunroom with tile floors.
$455,000

2720 ARLINGTON MILL DRIVE Unit 902

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

KW Metro Center
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
61Picture(s)
1,137Sqft
Welcome home to Shirlington Village! This sought-after boutique luxury building offers rarely available modern style condos in a fantastic location. Enjoy a spacious 2 bed, 2 full bath corner unit condo with an abundance of natural light and a beautiful view of the Washington Monument and Fourth of July fireworks.
$650,000

2615 KENMORE COURT

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

TTR Sotheby's International Realty
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
51Picture(s)
2,116Sqft
Luxurious, move-in ready end unit town home in the popular Shirlington Crest community. Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, hardwood floors on all levels, gas fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with upgraded cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including dual wall ovens, center island with gas cooktop. Two beautifully appointed bedroom suites on upper level.
$809,900

4189 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 402

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Pearson Smith Realty, LLC
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
58Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
Bright, beautiful and cheerful 4th floor home centrally located in the very desirable community of The West Village of Shirlington! Gleaming hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, hallways, kitchen and bedrooms. A cozy light-filled sunroom faces southwest with a gorgeous unobstructed view of South Four Mile Drive and the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center across the street.
$435,000

2720 ARLINGTON MILL DRIVE Unit 604

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

RE/MAX 100
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
Parking Space ConveysParking(s)
46Picture(s)
1,492Sqft
MOVE IN READY * RARELY AVAILABLE LARGE TWO BEDROOM plus DEN! * VIEW OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT FROM UNIT * INCLUDES TWO PARKING SPACES and PRIVATE 6X10 LOCKED SEPARATE STORAGE ROOM * NO STEPS TO GET FROM PARKING TO UNIT, WALK RIGHT FROM PARKING SPACES TO ELEVATOR and INTO YOUR UNIT * FRESHLY PAINTED * NEW CARPET * LIGHT and BRIGHT * PLANTATION SHUTTERS * ORIGINAL OWNER WAS ONLY OCCUPANT, HE WAS VERY E
$699,997

4161 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 404

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Buckley Properties, Inc.
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
23Picture(s)
851Sqft
Sought after location. Extra large 1BR with all the bells and whistles! 851 sq.ft. includes separate DR, space for a desk, large LR, kitchen island + stainless appl + granite top, master with built-ins in w-i closet. Hardwood throughout, recessed lights. Located on the top floor overlooking the pool from the large balcony. One parking pass.
$1,925

4131 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit B

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

KW Metro Center
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
12Picture(s)
1,356Sqft
Rare & stunning 3 bed / 2 .5 bath townhouse in sought after West Village. Tons of natural light, hardwood flooring throughout, updated kitchen and lighting with granite countertops and a large island! The open floor plan offers a separate dining space and spacious living room. Additionally, the master bedroom includes an ensuite bathroom as well as a walk in closet. Upper level washer/dryer.
$569,900

2561 KENMORE COURT

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Keller Williams Realty
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
36Picture(s)
2,520Sqft
Available September 15th. A lovely, ready-to-move-in, 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom townhome in popular Shirlington Crest. This Brittany model (largest in the community!) features hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout the bright and open main level, tray ceiling and picture molding in the dining room, and a cozy gas fireplace in the family room.
$3,900

4091 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 403

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
Paved parkingParking(s)
40Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
Fabulous top floor, two-bedroom and two-bath unit on quiet rear of building overlooking green common area!!! This home has been loved and beautifully maintained. Recent HVAC, refrigerator, dishwasher, range, washer/dryer and more. Hardwood floors throughout most of unit with ceramic tile in awesome sunroom and baths. Open floorplan with lots of light and large room sizes.
$448,500

2266 GARFIELD STREET Unit 6

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Weichert, REALTORS
4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
Parking Space ConveysParking(s)
32Picture(s)
2,135Sqft
OPEN HOUSE Sat, 9.4, 1-3 p.m. 4 levels! Check out how much space you can have at this price. Stroll thru lush landscaping to reach end unit #6, one of only twelve units in this development. Along with a location just .8 miles to Shirlington, there's countless ways to utilized this living space for your lifestyle. Stay cool with a two zone Trane HVAC system. New refrigerator 8.20.
$3,400

2654 KENMORE COURT

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

TTR Sotheby's International Realty
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
51Picture(s)
2,000Sqft
Welcome to this luxurious 3-bedroom, three and a half bathroom townhome in Shirlington Crest. This popular Provence model features hardwood floors throughout the open main level, coffered ceiling in the living room, custom built-ins, gas log fireplace, chair rail molding in the dining room, and recessed lighting.
$832,500

4169 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit B

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
50Picture(s)
1,356Sqft
Open this Saturday and Sunday 9/18 and 9/19 from 2-4 PM.nBright, Bold, and Beguiling describe this perfectly located end-unit townhouse in the uber-popular West Village of Shirlington Condominium. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and overlooking the spectacular community pool, clubhouse, business, and fitness center. This is a condo that lives much more like a house.
$549,900
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