In between Rosslyn and Ballston sits the neighborhood of Clarendon, right in the heart of Arlington. It was named after Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, a leading statesman, and historian of the English Civil War. Dating back to the early 1900s, Clarendon was Northern Virginia’s original retail center with department stores like JC Penney and Sears setting up shop, drawing shoppers and residents from around the region.
Present-day Clarendon is Arlington’s hip urban village attracting a spectrum of recent graduates, young professionals, and established residents. Clarendon’s downtown district is anchored by the orange line Metro station on Wilson Boulevard and the Market Common, a collection of shops and restaurants on Clarendon Boulevard. Clarendon’s downtown hosts a variety of events for residents and visitors alike. Wednesday afternoons in Clarendon’s central park you can browse local produce at the Arlington Farmer’s market. Clarendon also hosts a variety of county-wide events such as the Arlington Neighborhood Parade, Mardi Gras parade, and the annual “Clarendon Day,” an event featuring live music, entertainment, and vendors.Clarendon’s downtown corridor is home to businesses, cafes, shops, and fine dining, it’s also neighborhood-friendly and maintains a tight-knit community. The Clarendon Civic Association helps organize neighborhoods and community members with local businesses to support small businesses and assist in organizing Clarendon’s many community events. Whether you live on Clarendon’s tree lined single family neighborhoods or in its urban condos and townhomes, Clarendon welcomes you.
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