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Ballston, 850 N Randolph St | Arlington
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  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops  
  •  Minimum Lease Term  
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Private Decks
  •  Resident Lounge  
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

User Rating

8.2
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19 Reviews

About this Location

Orange/Silver (metro) - 6 min
1B/22C/23T (bus) - 1 min
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
In a quiet
neighborhood
Lubber Run Park
15 min walk

Pricing 
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$2,130+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,034+
Schedule Appointment At
(202) 930-9485
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Business Center
    •  Dry Cleaning Valet Service
    •  Package Receiving
  • Entertainment

    •  Grilling Station
    •  Resident Lounge  
    •  Theater Room
  • Included

    •  Basic Cable Included
    •  Internet Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Granite Countertops (some units)
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Lease Terms

    •  Application Fee  
    •  Common Amenity Fee  
    •  Minimum Lease Term  
    •  Online Rent Payment
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat fee  
    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog fee  
    •  Dog friendly
    •  Max Pets Limit  
    •  Restricted breeds  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
    •  Controlled Access
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
  • Storage

    •  Additional Storage Available
  • View

    •  Amazing Views
    •  Private Balconies
    •  Private Decks
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Overall rating 8.2/10, based on 19 renter reviews

8.6
Location
7.1
Amenities
8.4
Management
7.6
Value
6.9
Social
8.8
Safety
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Avalon Ballston Square reviews and highlights

  • BBQ grills and outdoor seating
  • Nearby supermarkets include Harris Teeters, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods
  • Dogs are allowed but all are well behaved and quiet
  • Very affordable parking garages
  • Building is kept clean and well maintained
  • Management is friendly
  • First parking spot in the underground garage is only $50
  • Social atmosphere with young professionals and college/grad students
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Close to the metro (3 minute walk)

I think this is a great value because it is a 15 min silver line ride to McLean or 18 min ride to Towers/Westpark/1750. The 2 bed 2 bath is a very good deal too! The place is very quick to respond to anything broken and it has a 24/7 front desk. The gym is kind of small, but it is a 5 minute walk to Gold's or Sport and Health. Also, there is a farmer's market every Thursday afternoon with a 3 min walk. Lot's of dogs in the apartment so I don't think pets would be a problem.

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Good Apartment

The building is great if you like the location. Leasing, maintenance, and the front desk are super nice. I lived in the building for two years and have never had any bad experiences, however after the Ballston mall went under construction I didn't feel like the area really had much worth doingin the area anymore. That being said, once the new mall comes in and they continue building high rises and renovating, I could see Ballston becoming another Clarendon-like spot in Arlington. Harris Teeter is walking distance and the metro is right across the street though which makes it a very accessible location.

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I like it here

Overall I like living at Avalon Ballston Square. The location works well for me. Its a block from the Ballston Metro stop which makes coming and going very convenient. A few stores are nearby, making for convenient completion of errands. Sound isolation is okay. Doesn't really travel through floors but cant travel through some walls. Haven't really had any problems in general and would recommend. Only thing is there aren't too many restaurants nearby. You might have to go closer to Clarendon or elsewhere for more choices. Be aware though that people may throw parties which get noisy.

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Not bad

No complaints right now. I wish the apartment was less expensive, though. Apartment is close to the metro and grocery store, which makes my life a lot easier. DC is better than Arlington for going out, but it's only a couple metro stops away.

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Good price, responsive staff

Staff are professional and quick to respond to maintenance requests. There's a 24 hour concierge where you can claim packages.

Not the nicest of the luxury buildings, but it's clean and well kept.

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A very solid apartment

The staff are always very helpful and the property is very clean. It is pet friendly, but all the dogs I've seen have all been very well behaved and I have never heard another apartment's pet (or person) from my apartment.

There is an outdoor pool and (small-ish) gym on site that are free to use and exclusively for residents.

There is an underground parking garage beneath the building. The spots are on the smaller side, so compact cars can be a bit easier to manage. I have never had an issue with getting a spot.

It is located very near to the Ballston mall (< .2 miles). Once the mall re-opens after its renovations, it will be a great place to go. There are currently plenty of restaurants and gyms in the surrounding areas as well. The metro is 2 blocks away.

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Very standard Apt

A lot of space, good for pets, the front desk is very nice, the gym is pretty small but the equipment is enough for most workouts. The spaces aren't the newest, but everything in the building is well kept. Parking is kind of expensive ($60 first car, $175 second) and the spots are very narrow. The walls in my room are kind of thin (I can hear music from next door occassionally).

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Convienence and unlimited printing

Great place conveniently located in Ballston Square. Unlimited printing. Great business center (4 PCs) and library (4 Macs). Small gym with essentials. Parking 60$. Pet fee $50/pet. Pool with good afternoon light. Limited lounge chairs near pool. Good customer services. 24 hour maintenance team. Very quiet apartments. All new leases are smoke free community.

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Good but not great value

For the rent to be this high and not include anything drives down the value. The pool is great and I love that it allows dogs. The apartment itself is nice and that is mainly due to great maintenance staff. However, this apartment is known to hike up rent like crazy after the first year so I will not be staying for a second year..

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Outdated

The building is comparable to that of others in terms of rent prices, but the value is significantly less due to outdated amenities, a small gym, and outdated apartments. Very few apartments have any renovated kitchen and the kitchen tiling and living room carpet are awful. Huge balconies are also wasted space.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 36 Recs

Naked Pizza
sweetgreen
Metro Halal Food Cart
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grocery 3 Recs

Trader Joe’s
Harris Teeter
Giant
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convenience 3 Recs

Rite Aid
7-Eleven
Walgreens
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fitness 34 Recs

Orangetheory Fitness
Solidcore
Ballston Crossfit
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parks 4 Recs

Quincy Park
Oakland Park
Lacey Woods Park
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coffee 6 Recs

Buzz Bakeshop
Natural Cafe
Republik Coffee Bar
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About Ballston

Living in the suburbs and still finding a vibrant city a few blocks away is what Ballston is all about. Reach the city with great ease, and find some great restaurants such as the Tutto Bene and the Caribbean Breeze, or maybe the Taste of Arlington Annual Street Fair. If that is not appealing enough...
Clean
Walkable
Pet Friendly
Quiet Neighborhood
Convenient Location
Proximity To Amenities
A Little Noisy At Times
Median rents in Ballston
Studio
$
1,700
1 Bedroom
$
1,900
2 Bedroom
$
2,600

Getting around Ballston


Ballston Reviews

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Much quieter than Clarendon/DC. It is great because you can pay less, but I ended up making up what I saved on ubers, etc because I ended up far from my social life. Living in Ballston is great for work convenience and if you have good friends close by in the area. Otherwise, I would recommend living elsewhere.
The neighborhood is pretty commuter-heavy. While there are a few restaurants in Ballston, a lot of the night scene of Arlington is in Clarendon (about a 10 minute walk, or a couple stops on the Metro). Ballston is a little bit less expensive than Clarendon, though.
It can be a little noisy if you're too close to Wilson, Glebe or Fairfax roads, especially if you're right above the bus stop like I am, but nothing light background noise can't drown out; I sleep with a fan and I sleep like a baby. The public transport can't be beat, and it seems like a new restaurant opens every day. I'm interested in looking at houses in the area when I can afford to buy!
Ballston is a grown up version of Clarendon. The neighborhood is clean, reasonably quiet, and secure. Ballston offers many restaurants and fast-food selections, pleasant landscape, and many apartment options.

The area is often the host of Arlington fairs such as Taste of Arlington.
The apartment is super close to a Giant, the Custis Trail, Rocklands BBQ, Carpool, Arlington Central Library, and plenty of other delis and restaurants. It's less than a 10 minute walk to either the Ballston metro or Virginia Square, and I've never felt unsafe in this area.
Nearby grocery stores: Harris Teeter and Giant; Not many dinner places/bars in Ballston, though Clarendon is ~5-10 mins away. Safe area, not a lot of noise. Convenient to get to work - ~20 mins via metro/car
Compared to Clarendon, there are less bars/restaurants but still lots of food options nearby. The Central Public Library is in Ballston and is beautiful and has a huge selection of books, movies, etc.
Close to DC and Tysons, not much to do in Ballston but walking distance to Clarendon

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