On the Market in Shirlington
Shirlington Real Estate
Guide to Shirlington
Shirlington Village may be one of the lesser-known urban villages of Arlington, VA, but certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. With an eclectic main street of retail and restaurants, a central location and a bustling theater and art culture, this South Arlington neighborhood is a walkable gem that’s a bit more affordable than prominent areas right along the orange and silver line metro.
Shirlington or Fairlington?
Like most of Arlington, the official borders of this area can be a bit complex, especially with the similarly named Fairlington neighborhood nearby. On C21Redwood.com, Shirlington begins at the intersection of S Four Mile Run Drive and S Walter Reed Drive, continues east on S Four Mile Run Drive, then north up S Monroe Street to 25th Street S, east to S Shirlington Road, south to N Quaker Lane, along I-395, then back west at the intersection of S Quincy Street and S Randolph Street.
Starter Homes and Condos, both Old and New
With the addition of new shops and restaurants of the longtime shopping center, Village at Shirlington, residential construction blossomed and condominiums and townhome developments began to pop up around the neighborhood. Before this influx of new construction, mainly garden-style condominiums and colonial style townhome communities dominated the area. Now, there’s a mix of modern condominiums, plus the older buildings that have been around since the 1940s and 1950s. The Village at Shirlington is one of the newer condominiums, and is located right on the property at the shopping center of the same name. Heatherlea is a townhome and condominium community that’s been around since the 1980s, and has a community outdoor pool plus lush grounds and landscaping. Shirlington Crest is a brick colonial-style townhome community that was built by Stanley Martin homes in 2008. Each townhome has a modern open floor plan, hardwood floors and gourmet kitchens. One thing to note about the real estate market in the area is that the prices are definitely lower than other popular neighborhoods with the same amount of amenities as Shirlington. Young families and professionals often purchase their first homes here, which will likely end up as a great investment in the future too.
No Metro, but Still Easy to Get in the City
This Arlington community seems to be missing a crucial part of the “urban formula”, its own metro stop. However, it’s still a very convenient area to live in as far as public transport, with a commuter bus stop with easy access to the Pentagon, the blue and yellow lines of Arlington, plus ART and Metrobus lines that head to the other urban villages of the area and into Washington DC. Shirlington is also a good spot to be in if you need to commute via car to work, with direct access to I-395 to Washington DC and out to other areas of Northern VA. This neighborhood is also pretty car-friendly, since many of the developments include either garage or dedicated street parking for residents.
Culture, Events, and Restaurants
The Village at Shirlington acts as the centerpiece of the community, with a variety of local and national chain shops and restaurants, award winning theaters and a recently renovated library. Although this shopping center has been in the area since the 1940s, it recently came out of a slump in the 1980s and now is an entertainment destination for residents that live in the whole Arlington area. Copperwood Tavern, Cheesetique and Best Buns Bread Company are town favorites for brunch and dinner. Capitol City Brewing Company and Samuel Beckett’s are cool places to chill and enjoy drinks with friends. There are also a great variety of retail options right in the area for weekly errands, or getting something extra, like Periwinkle, Dogma Bakery & Boutique and Harris Teeter.
The main reason why Shirlington has been established as Arlington Arts and Entertainment District is due to the variety of theater options, right in the neighborhood. The Tony-award winning Signature Theatre, Theatre on the Run, the nearby Crystal City Synetic Theater, and AMC Loews keep residents entertained and immersed in culture. Community events are also very popular in the area, including the Shirlala Music Festival, Wags & Whiskers, the popular Oktoberfest celebration and Shirlie’s Girls Night Out.
Trails and Tons of Green Space
Four Mile Run, a runoff of the Potamac River, runs through Shirlington and is surrounded by some great green space and parks. Jennie Dean Park has everything that you could need as far as recreation, with 22-acres of space, a picnic shelter, grills, kids playground, baseball/softball fields, tennis courts and a basketball court. This park is also connected to the popular Shirlington Dog Park that lets dogs run around free and swim in Four Mile Run, if they’re willing of course! Shirlington is also located at the trailhead of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, which runs all the way to Pucellville. Some residents even use the W&OD Trail to commute to work.
Steady Climb to a Desirable Neighborhood
Shirlington is just getting its feet wet as one of Arlington’s covetable neighborhoods, with a great main street of shops and restaurants, an interesting mix of entertainment and recreation, and condos and townhomes priced to sell. This neighborhood is bound to only increase in popularity in the future; as more people check out that this south Arlington community has just as much, if not more, to offer residents than the ever-popular orange line urban villages.
Real Estate Market Stats
Basic Stats Overview
Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Last Updated: 8/25/2016
|Homes for Sale||22||+13.6%||-4.5%|
|Solds: 90 Day||22||-22.7%||+40.9%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||98.74%||+0.1%||-0.4%|
|90 Day Sold||$450,386||-0.7%||-4.4%|
|90 Day Sold||$403,750||-3.4%||+1.0%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||41.23||+33.5%||+49.8%|
|Homes for Sale||0||N/A||N/A|
|Solds: 90 Day||0||N/A||N/A|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||0.00%||N/A||N/A|
|90 Day Sold||$0||N/A||N/A|
|90 Day Sold||$0||N/A||N/A|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||0.00||N/A||N/A|
|Homes for Sale||10||+10.0%||+20.0%|
|Solds: 90 Day||12||-8.3%||+41.7%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||98.65%||-0.2%||-0.6%|
|90 Day Sold||$521,375||+0.6%||-11.8%|
|90 Day Sold||$465,500||-7.6%||-33.2%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||36.92||+10.6%||+45.4%|
|Homes for Sale||12||+16.7%||-16.7%|
|Solds: 90 Day||10||-30.0%||+40.0%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||98.89%||0.0%||-0.2%|
|90 Day Sold||$365,200||-2.3%||+7.1%|
|90 Day Sold||$365,000||-0.7%||+5.1%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||46.40||+48.4%||+54.0%|
What does the most expensive home in Shirlington look like?
2527 KENMORE CT, ARLINGTON, VA 22206
How about the least expensive?
2923D WOODLEY ST #1, ARLINGTON, VA 22206
2500D ARLINGTON MILL DR #4, ARLINGTON, VA 22206
How Much is Available?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Active Inventory
The number of Shirlington homes listed for sale. Lower inventory favors sellers in negotiations.
How Many Months of Inventory?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Months Inventory
The number of homes listed for sale in Shirlington divided by the number of homes sold in one month. Higher inventory favors buyers.
More Actives or More Pendings?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Active/Pending Ratio
Ratio of homes in Shirlington listed for sale versus those under contract. The lower the number, the hotter the market.
Are Sellers Negotiating?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, List/Sold Ratio
Shows a comparison between the final sales price of homes sold in Shirlington versus their list price.
What is Average?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Average Sale Price (90 Days)
Average list price of homes for sale in Shirlington
How Fast Are They Selling?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Days on Market (Sold Listings 90 Days)
Average days from Listing Date to Sold Date for Shirlington homes that sold in the past 90 days.
Getting To A Nationals Game
We catch the 7 bus to the Pentagon where we transfer to the Yellow Line toward Fort Totten. At L’Enfant Plaza we grab the Green Line toward Branch Ave. and get off at at the Navy Yard Station. Take the escalator up and there is left field. It beats driving and it’s actually pretty quick.
The Shirlington area of S. Arlington has the coolest dog park. I actually have a little pug and they have pug meetup group once a month and there must be a million pugs there. So fun!!!
There's aways a long wait, but it's always worth the wait. While you're waiting, you get to see this mind blowing machine that makes fresh tortillas right in front of your eyes. And guess what, they have the best tortillas I've ever had (to go with the steak fajitas, of course) ! It's worth the wait, I promise! #eatplayliveVA
Happy Hour at Guapo's!
Guapo's is in the running for best margarita in Arlington. Go during happy hour and get the fishbowl marg. You will have a blast.
Carlyle has been an anchor in Shirlington for years. Their food is outstanding and so is their service. While they don't take reservations, they do allow for "call ahead" seating. I highly recommend that. And don't forget to go next door to their bakery, Best Buns.