Arlington, Va cited as one of the most livable cities in the US

A article in the May issue of AARP named the most livable places at 50+. The catagories for determing the most livable places included housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. They ranked the top 10 in Large (500,000+), Medium (100,000-50,000) and Small (25,000-100,000) cities. Arlington ranks in the medium category and came in at #6. The comment for Arlington was that the Bikeometer in Rosslyn averages almost 4500 clicks a day. I know I’ve contributed to that. I guess that falls under almost all the categories except maybe housing…unless you live near the bike path (which I do), so I guess it can include housing too. As of yesterday 101,632 bike passes were logged for this year.

The Arlington Bikometer, located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington

The Arlington Bikometer, located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington

Location of the Arlington, Va Bikometer

Location of the Arlington, Va Bikometer

Click the link for a copy of the AARP article:

Most Livable Cities


I love biking in Arlington, Va.

I love to bike. I rediscovered biking two years ago when I got on a road bike instead of my hybrid. Love at first pedal. Fortunately, Northern Virginia offers some of the best biking options around including the Arlington Loop:

The Arlington Bike loop showing many of  the popular starts and stops

The Arlington Bike loop showing many of the popular starts and stops

During the nice weather months I bike the loop 3-4 times a week. For me it’s a 20 mile ride door to door.

It’s a pretty interesting ride. Here are some photos from some recent rides.

Bluemont is neighborhood in Arlington. It was a railroad junction and there is a stop along the trail that tells you all about it, along with a railroad car you can check out.

Bluemont is neighborhood in Arlington. It was a railroad junction and there is a stop along the trail that tells you all about it, along with a railroad car you can check out.

The railroad car at Blumont Junction

The railroad car at Blumont Junction

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In Bluemont Park you can always see a ball game, or watch a tennis match.

In Bluemont Park you can always see a ball game, or watch a tennis match.

Here is a stop about 3 miles into my ride. It's a man made wetland where you can see turtles, frogs and an occasional heron.

Here is a stop about 3 miles into my ride. It’s a man made wetland where you can see turtles, frogs and an occasional heron.

Some information about the wetlands

Some information about the wetlands

Riding along the river. Do we live in a great place or what?

Riding along the river. Do we live in a great place or what?

Near the airport

Near the airport

I always like to stop at Gravelly point and watch a few planes land right over my head. Check it out:

I just liked these trees. Not too far from Shirlington.

I just liked these trees. Not too far from Shirlington.

Rounding back to the W&OD trail head.

Rounding back to the W&OD trail head.

Capital Bike share bikes and Shirlington Crest townhomes in background. This is a great neighborhood where I have helped people buy and sell townhomes. Questions? Just ask.

Capital Bike share bikes and Shirlington Crest townhomes in background. This is a great neighborhood where I have helped people buy and sell townhomes. Questions? Just ask.

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The Nauck neighborhood was the original name for the area surrounding the trail head of the W&OD.

The Nauck neighborhood was the original name for the area surrounding the trail head of the W&OD.

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Information on the W&OD which you can ride all the way west to Purceville. We'll do photos of that one another time.

Information on the W&OD which you can ride all the way west to Purceville. We’ll do photos of that one another time.

I would love to hear about your great rides. Comment below. Let’s ride!


Happy Clients

Here’s why I do this. This is a testimonial from clients who sold their home in Arlington and purchased another home. The settlement was last week. Coordinating back to back settlements has alot of moving pieces and the devil can be in the details. This is where experience counts. Congratulations to Adam and Whitney:

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Adam and Whitney's new home in N. Arlington.

Adam and Whitney’s new home in N. Arlington.



You Blinked….455 N. George Mason in Buckingham Commons, N. Arlington is under contract

Well, you waited just a little too long. This great home is under contract and heading for closing. These townhomes are an excellent value. It’s hard to find this much space in N. Arlington that’s also walking distance to the metro. 4 beds, 3.5 baths and a two car garage, listed at $810,000. Others are now available so if you’re feeling blue about missing this one, contact me and we’ll see others.

Gorgeous townhome walking distance to Ballston metro.

Gorgeous townhome walking distance to Ballston metro.

Open kitchen area

Open kitchen area

Living room has a gas fireplace too.

Living room has a gas fireplace too.