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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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2720 ARLINGTON MILL DRIVE Unit 717

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Redfin Corporation
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
31Picture(s)
870Sqft
Who wants to drive with these gas prices? Welcome the heart of Shirlington Village! This beautiful condo combines all the conveniences of urban living and sits right on top of county parks and jogging/bike trails. This spacious one bedroom also comes with a den that can be used for guests, office space or rec purposes.
$469,900

4193 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 104

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
28Picture(s)
818Sqft
A rarely available 1 bedroom condo with 2 separate entrances. One through the main building and a separate private entrance on the street level. Enjoy over 800 sqft of living space plus a good size patio. Tons of recent updates to include fresh neutral paint throughout and brand new hardwood floors. This gorgeous kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances.
$359,000

2606 KENMORE COURT

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Arlington Premier Realty
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
32Picture(s)
1,477Sqft
Welcome to this impeccably maintained brick front TH in the highly sought after Shirlington Crest neighborhood. Shows like a model home! This home boasts high ceilings with triple crown molding, an open floor plan with hard wood floors on the main level, new luxury carpet in the bedrooms, custom closet organizers and a new HVAC system (July 2021) not to mention custom window coverings throughout.
$750,000

4079 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 203

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

TTR Sotheby's International Realty
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Concrete drivewayParking(s)
47Picture(s)
956Sqft
Gorgeous turn-key condo in the heart of Shirlington! West Village is a hidden gem, featuring sprawling green spaces on rolling hills. This community is full of amenities including a gorgeous clubhouse that is available for rent, a HUGE pool, a business center, and multiple outdoor areas for enjoyment with grills.
$385,000

2268 GARFIELD STREET Unit 5

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

McEnearney Associates, Inc.
4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
PrivateParking(s)
40Picture(s)
2,089Sqft
Tucked away in a private townhome community, this Shirlington townhome has it all (and more)! With 4 stories holding four bedrooms, each with their own full bathrooms, an open concept kitchen/dining room and a spacious living room, you have more than enough room to make a proper home.
$650,000

4137 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit A

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Real Broker, LLC.
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
55Picture(s)
1,356Sqft
Don't miss out on this stunning 3 bed / 2 .5 bath townhouse in sought after West Village. This is one of few units that walks out to a large elevated garden courtyard. Enjoy 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.
$550,000

4129 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 102

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Permit IncludedParking(s)
38Picture(s)
956Sqft
Professional photos & floorplan sometime Friday 6/3. Must see 1 bed / 1 bath condo in sought after West Village of Shirlington. The unit features an open floor plan with hardwood floors and updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The main living space opens to a private sunroom/den (with exposed, painted brick) which brings in tons of natural light.
$374,900

3523 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Compass
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
Paved drivewayParking(s)
17Picture(s)
2,000Sqft
Offers due Tuesday by 6pm.nnGorgeous light-filled end unit townhome just steps from Shirlington Village! Light-filled, spacious, andnwonderfully appointed.
$865,000

4077 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 402

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Keller Williams Realty
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
47Picture(s)
956Sqft
Welcome to West Village of Shirlington, an amazing community in South Arlington, VA. This 1 bedroom/1 bathroom condo with a sunroom is absolutely glorious! Greeting you are gleaming hardwood floors throughout and modern LED recessed lighting. Through the double doors is a generously sized sunroom with tile flooring with lots of natural lighting, makes for a great office or additional guest space.
$395,000

3305 KEMPER ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Compass
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
48Picture(s)
2,480Sqft
Absolutely beautiful Shirlington Crest townhome with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. This well kept home with fresh paint and new carpets has high ceilings, beautiful hardwoods on the main level and a rooftop deck.
$859,500

4069 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 401

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Redfin Corporation
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
78Picture(s)
1,030Sqft
Top floor unit with sought-after balcony! 2 BR 2BA home with hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. There is a separate dining area adjacent to the kitchen. French doors lead to the balcony from the living room which is great for enjoying the outdoors in private or entertaining. The primary bedroom has an ensuite full bath with a walk-in closet with organizers.
$489,900

4129 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 103

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Real Broker, LLC.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
41Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
Stunning 2 bed / 2 bath unit in sought-after West Village.
$495,000
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