E. Brown, Renter in Silver Spring, MD

I'm a 20-something professional whose job is in the Reston area. Currently, i'm renting a condo in Reston

Asked by E. Brown, Silver Spring, MD Fri Jan 18, 2008

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as of late, am considering locating closer towards the city. Reston is a nice area, but i rather relocate to a neighborhood with more young professionals and nightlife. What neighborhoods/cities in Fairfax County/Arlington County fit this description? I'm looking for a 2 BD 1 BA condo - as far as specs goes the latest and greatest isn't a big deal for me, and it doesn't have to be within walking distance of a metro. Just more accessible to a nice array of venues, restaurants, etc.

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Danilo's answer is excellent. Clarendon is the place to be for young professionals and nightlife in Northern Virginia. However, the condos there can be pretty pricey. They're new, with lots of amenities. And you're also paying for the close-in location, proximity to Metro, and so on.

Danilo also mentioned the area near George Mason. It's not the hot spot that Clarendon is, but the George Mason area has a lot going for it. It's more affordable than Arlington, with enough to keep a lot of people busy. It moves you closer to DC, but is still a reasonable commute out to Reston. It's not right on Metro, but the Vienna Metro is close by. There are a lot of great restaurants in and around Fairfax and many people just enjoy the area.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
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Most of the bars, clubs and restaurants that have all the nightlife in Arlington are along Wilson and Clarendon Blvd going from Ballston to Rosslyn. The center of it all along those two streets is Clarendon. You have places like the Clarendon Grille, Mister Days, Clarendon Ballroom, Whitlow's on Wilson, Eleventh, etc.

There are plenty of old and new condos right on those two streets, but you will pay for location. If you don't mind being a little bit off those two streets, the cost goes down significantly.

In Reston, Town Center is pretty much it. It only has bars and restaurants that don't have live bands or "nightlife" nighlife in the traditional sense. And there are no clubs in Reston. You do have Ned Devine's, Carpool and a few other venues in Herndon though, which is only a 10 minute drive from Reston.

Fairfax City has several college bars due to George Mason University. Plenty of the "I just turned 21 and had my first beer" going on though.

Other parts of Fairfax such as next to the Government Center have restaurants that attract a great happy hour crowd, but don't really have a nightlife scene.

The best area for nightlife is DC due to the number of options you have. Arlington is closer to DC than Reston and has plenty of venues right there for you, but you will pay a bit more for the location.

It comes down to whether or not you're willing to pay more for convenience and location. And if you are, how much more.

Let me know if I can help you out in any other way.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 19, 2008
Shirlington area - condos near it aren't so expensive like Heatherlea and Courtbridge.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 25, 2008
You may consider Fairfax city - 22030 for it's proximity to DC as well as Reston!
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