Crystal City/Pentagon City is a small square pocket of Arlington that extends west from Reagan National Airport to I-395 and south from the Pentagon to South Glebe Road. This particular area or zip code, 22202, is getting tons of attention thanks to a little company called Amazon. 🙂 Last November’s announcement that Amazon had chosen Crystal City as one of the two locations for Amazon’s HQ2 has brought a considerable amount of attention to this area especially for those that consider this home not just their work home.
The housing inventory in 22202 consist largely of high-rise condo buildings and a handful of single-family neighborhoods including Aurora Hills and Arlington Ridge. Residents and locals to the area enjoy many material conveniences. There’s the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City which has such retail anchors as Macy’s, Nordstrom and the Ritz Carlton. Pentagon Row is a favorite for its outdoor open air retail options like Harris Teeter, DSW and World Market. In the winter the outdoor ice-skating is a huge draw. Just up the street, Crystal City has a nice selection of restaurants like Jose Andres’ Jaleo, KORA and Portofino. Need a nearby place for out town guests to crash, Crystal City has a lots of upscale and economical hotel options. Where’s the small-town community vibe, Arlington is known for? Well 22202 has that, too. Virginia Highlands Park has baseball/softball fields, basketball courts and a spray ground for cooling off in the summer and the Aurora Hills Branch Library. Prospect Hill Park in Arlington Ridge to a popular spot to take in the national Fourth of July fireworks.
Most notable is this area’s close proximity to DC and major highway arteries in and around the Beltway. It also sits just north of two popular Alexandria neighborhoods, Potomac Yard and Del Ray. There are also two major metro stations Pentagon City and Crystal City that service the Blue and Yellow lines including plenty of bus options into DC and points west. And of course Reagan National Airport that sits right on the Potomac.
On your next trip in/out of DC take in the current landscape of 22202. There are some big cosmetic changes coming thanks to Jeff Bezos.