Ballston is a neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia known for its sizable shopping mall, the Ballston Common Mall, as well as its relatively young population(average age is 36) of urban dwellers who enjoy the walkability and nightlife it has to offer. First established in the mid-1700s, Ballston is named after the Ball Family, who were pioneer settlers in the Glencarlyn area of Arlington. In the 1950s the Parkington Shopping Center was opened on the site of the present Ballston Common Mall and was reputed to have, at that time, the largest parking garage in the U.S.
The Orange Line’s Ballston Metrorail station opened in 1979 and brought with it rapid redevelopment of the area. Now highly urbanized, Ballston contains a huge assortment of restaurants (around 70 within a five-block radius), shops, businesses, condominiums and high-rise apartments. It is home to many U.S. government agencies, government contracting firms and non-profits, as well as three university campuses, and plays host to the annual Taste of Arlington food festival that draws quite a crowd and raises funds for area charities. Like many predominantly urban locations, variety and walkability are cornerstones of Ballston and two key appeals that drew many of its residents here.
For those looking for serene surroundings and green spaces, Arlington County has over 150 parks with amenities such as hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and dog parks. Ballston itself has seven conveniently located parks such as Ballston Pond Park and Clarenford Station Park whose amenities include playground equipment, nature trails, and picnic areas.
If you want to spend the day relaxing in the park and the evening dining downtown, you can do both in Ballston.
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