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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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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

2720 ARLINGTON MILL DRIVE Unit 1109

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Keller Williams Realty/Lee Beaver & Assoc.
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
PrivateParking(s)
51Picture(s)
1,252Sqft
Yes, some condos are better - imagine coming home to the PENTHOUSE LEVEL, with soaring ceilings and long range views few others can enjoy.
$674,900

4077 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 202

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Rented/permit RequiredParking(s)
49Picture(s)
956Sqft
Spacious, light, bright, open, modern and fresh one bedroom plus den awaits its new owner. This is one of the largest one bedroom units, and is on the second floor and above ground level. Featuring gas cooking, beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops, a separate dining area, in-unit washer and dryer, and a walk-in closet.
$374,900

4179 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 202

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX Executives
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
39Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
WELCOME HOME to the sought-after West Village of Shirlington! Built in 1966 but RENOVATED in 2008/2009 and UPDATED and well-manicured to keep up with today’s demands. Bathroom as early as 2022, Washer and Dryer in 2021, Hot water Heater in 2019 Some updates in the Gourmet kitchen 2021 with plenty of cabinet space and stainless-steel appliances and Cooking with Gas.
$475,000

4139 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 103

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
For comp purposes only
$485,000

4069 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 404

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX Gateway, LLC
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
30Picture(s)
941Sqft
Live the easy life at this lovely 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in the sought after neighborhood of West Village at Shirlington. Step inside to a bright and open floor plan with hardwood flooring throughout. Enjoy preparing meals in the gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and gas cooking. Loads of cabinets and separate pantry provide tons of extra storage.
$390,000

4163 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 302

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

DC Living Real Estate LLC
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
35Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
Welcome home to West Village of Shirlington! Built in 1966 and redeveloped in 2008/2009, this stunning community has it all! Garden-style condo buildings make up this sprawling community over grounds with green space to play and enjoy the outdoors, surrounded by lush landscaping.
$489,000

4079 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 303

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX West End
1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Rented/permit RequiredParking(s)
33Picture(s)
956Sqft
Shirlington — Light-filled, spacious 1BR/1BA in sought-after West Village of Shirlington! This gorgeous, spacious (956 sq ft!) unit boasts large windows, recessed lights, and gleaming hardwood floors. Open living area with a fabulous kitchen - granite counters, breakfast bar, and stainless-steel appliances.
$372,500

3337 KEMPER ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22206

Hagan Realty
4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
48Picture(s)
2,524Sqft
Nestled in Arlington's Shirlington neighborhood, this four story move-in ready townhome boasts style, functionality, and convenience. This gorgeous home features four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, an oversized two car garage w/240v Tesla fast charger, and ample natural light. Grand entry welcomes you home to the largest floor plan in the neighborhood.
$899,000

4179 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 303

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
UnassignedParking(s)
37Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
Welcome to this 2bed / 2bath home in the coveted West Village of Shirlington! Tons of upgrades throughout since it was last purchased in 2018. The main living space includes a separate dining space, breakfast bar, generous living room and a large light-filled sunroom with french doors - perfect for a home office, gym, spare bedroom & more.
$475,000

4121 FOUR MILE RUN DRIVE Unit 202

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

TTR Sotheby's International Realty
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1Picture(s)
1,135Sqft
$485,000
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