Although located in a suburb of Washington D.C., Ballston has a more urban flare. Living where you might work, shop, eat out or play. Ballston is self-contained and those that live here really don't have to venture far. Ballston is a popular area for those graduating from college and want an urban setting without moving to D.C. to those that are downsizing, parking the car and enjoying the walk to shops, restaurants, coffee shops, gym/fitness centers.
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Ballston developed rapidly when Metro opened the Orange Line in December 1979 and an opening to I-66 in December of 1982. Ballston became highly urbanized with apartments buildings, condominiums, townhomes, single family house, commercial buildings, bars and restaurants.
Ballston Mall is located at the corner of Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard. Kettler Capitals Iceplex—built over the Ballston Mall garage—is the Washington Capitals National Hockey League training facility. Ballston is home to many government agencies including The United States Coast Guard, The National Science Foundation, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Defense Research Projects Agency, and The Office of Naval Research.
There are approximately five high rise apartment buildings located in Ballston. Prices start at $1,600 for a studio, $2,000 for a 1-bedroom and $2,700 for a 2-bedroom. The Jefferson is Senior Living Facility with prices for 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom starting at $115,000 to a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom starting at $215,000. Currently, Ballston is experiencing low inventory of condos, townhouse and detached houses. Prices start at $200,000 for a 1-bedroom, 650 square feet of living space to $1.7M for a 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom with over 5,000+ square feet of living space for a brand-new craftsman home. Browse the newest Ballston homes for sale.
Ballston only has one high school—Washington-Lee High School. Jefferson Middle School, Barrett Elementary School and Arlington Intermediate Science School round out the lower grades. There are also several private schools to choose from. Ballston is home to Marymount University Satellite campus, VA Tech Research Center, George Washington Graduate education center and George Mason University School of Law.
Ballston is located in Arlington County with a zip code of 22203. The boundaries that define the neighborhood are I-66 to the North, 10 th Street to the East, North Glebe to the West and Wilson Boulevard to the South. According to walkscore.com, the walk score for Ballston is 87, the transit score is 73 and the bike score is 82. You are just moments to restaurants, shopping and entertainment!
There easy access to I-66, major roads, buses, two metro rails, Ballston-MU and Virginia Square (located on the Orange and Silver Lines), Bike Shares are located throughout Ballston. Commuter buses include Metro buses as well as the Arlington Transit buses. For those that want to get rid of their cars all-together and just rent a car when needed, there is Zipcar at Ballston Metro.
The Kettler Iceplex provides public skating, as well as figure skating and hockey for both young and old. Ballston hosts the annual Taste of Arlington, which is usually held the third Saturday of May and an all-day event with over 50 restaurants and numerous vendors. Ticket sales for this event raise funds for several area charities. There are also several parks and fields, bike paths and jogging trails. Ballston Mall offers retail shopping as well as restaurants and a movie theater. There is something here for everyone!
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