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Photo: Rosslyn Metro stationRosslyn is at the eastern end of the Wilson Boulevard-Clarendon Boulevard corridor, which was named one of 10 "Great Streets" in the U.S. by the American Planning Association in 2008. Traveling east on Metrorail's Orange Line, Rosslyn is the last stop before entering Washington, D.C., and this urban village really has an urban feel. Skyscrapers here are the tallest in Arlington, bested only by the Washington Monument across the river. Offices of nationally-known companies like Boeing make Rosslyn an important business destination, and the legions of suited employees on the streets at rush hour attest to the area's commercial vibrancy.

Rosslyn is also a key tourist destination, serving as a base for many visitors to the Washington, D.C. area. The presence of major hotel chains such as Marriott and Hyatt welcome and accommodate tourists, whether they're here to check out the sites in Arlington, the museums across the river, or just enjoy Rosslyn's amazing view of the capital of the free world.

Photo: public sculpture in RosslynIn addition to being Arlington's closest urban village to the Potomac River and the District, Rosslyn itself offers some of the nicer perks of city life. Sculpture by noteworthy artists are nestled among the towering buildings, and the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (which doubles as a conference center by day) provides area fun-seekers with cabaret concerts by Broadway performers, an annual independent film festival, and everything in between. The Artisphere arts center offers something for everyone from performance areas and art galleries, to a ballroom and a restaurant. Rosslyn also is home to an annual jazz festival each September, featuring nationally known artists.

Culture isn't the only thing on the rise in Rosslyn, as more nightlife is finding its way into the mix of commercial and cityscape. Area bars and restaurants provide fun local alternatives to better-known hotspots across the river. But, DC neighborhoods can easily be reached by the extensive public transportation in the area, including the DC Circulator, Metrorail and Metrobus service. The regional Capital Bikeshare programs has stations in Rosslyn making for an easy bike ride into D.C. or around Arlington.

It makes perfect sense then, that with the increased culture, nightlife, and accessibility, Rosslyn is also becoming more and more attractive as a place to call home, too. Apartment buildings like the Dakota condominiums and the Gallery at Rosslyn are two of the finer examples of urban living in Rosslyn. Not content with being a great area to work, play, and shop, Rosslyn is also showing itself as a great place to live.

Did You Know?

Driving alone is the primary commute mode for 54% of Arlington Commuters, compared to 83% statewide.

2007 Virginia State of the Commute Study: Arlington Perspective

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