Pentagon City

Quiet on Weekends and Full of Government Buildings
From farmers markets to outdoor movies, Pentagon City is an exceptional neighborhood for those looking to avoid the craziness of DC. This walkable neighborhood encloses an awesome experience throughout the year, with great restaurants such as Bonefish Grill and fabulous shopping options at Pentagon Row.

Reviewers say that it's a prime spot for those in their early-mid 30's who maybe have a family and are looking to settle down but also don't want to be too far removed from the city. Safety and peace of mind are two big reasons a lot of renters choose Pentagon City.
What Pentagon City Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.8
amenities
7.8
social
7.0
management
7.9
safety
10
Median rents in Pentagon City
Studio
$
1,750
1 Bedroom
$
2,050
2 Bedroom
$
2,600

Living in
Pentagon City

Dog Friendly
Easy Commute
Walkable
Proximity To Amenities
Quiet Neighborhood
Safe
Lacks Diversity
Not Community Oriented
Busy
Noisy At Times
Well-lit
Great Green Spaces
No Local Restaurants
No Residential Atmosphere
Pentagon City — 8.1/10 Rating (based on 24 neighborhood reviews)
We live in Pentagon City in Arlington, and if you are familiar with Arlington, you know the Arlington police and fire are very active. The DEA headquarters, Pentagon, and FBI (alongside a slew of other government agencies) are all within this area, and overall, this makes the city highly monitored. We do feel safe here and there's a large multicultural feel to the city as well with lots to do.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Gramercy At Metropolitan Park
Lots of bars and restaurants, from cheap Chinese takeout to fine dining, with plenty of international/ethnic options. There's a great gay bar, several sports pubs, a few trendier places, and a strip club that I've never been into, but is supposed to have great food. Easy access to DC on the blue or yellow line. Shopping in the Crystal Arcade or at Pentagon City Mall (5 minute walk). There's also a Costco.

There are lots of community events during the summer. The Water Park (a small park with fountains, hammocks, a cafe, and a giant chess board) is an excellent place to work, study, read, or have lunch.

I have never once felt unsafe or been worried about crime in this neighborhood. It's pretty quiet. Because of the large number of hotels and proximity to the airport, I see lots of tourists.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Crystal Towers
Very walkable and safe. People walk outside at all times and there doesn't seem to be many issues. Surrounding areas are well lit.
Lots of food and shopping nearby.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Meridian at Pentagon City
General vibe is 30-somethings wanting to settle down, lots of dogs. Not a huge social scene (which I'm A-OK with).

Pros:
-Very metro-accessible (blue/yellow, so can get into the city in multiple directions if there are delays)
-Walkable - easy to get to grocery store, Pentagon City mall, library, restaurants, etc. within minutes
-Quiet and safe, and generally well-lit in the evenings

Cons:
-I'd like to see a few more restaurant options. There are good casual dining options, like Naked Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen, and the mall food court, but besides Bonefish Grill there's not much a step up from that.
-I don't feel much sense of community, and don't know my neighbors. Not as diverse-seeming as other parts of DC.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverhouse Apartments
The Pentagon City area is safe, quiet (except for big shopping weekends!), and well-lit. Grocery store (Harris Teeter) and tons of other shopping options for all other needs. The metro station is convenient to all area apartment complexes. Great green space/parks across from mall with lots of walking paths. Closest churches however are on 23rd St in Crystal City -- which is not too far of a walk in good weather!
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Post Pentagon Row
It's nice to be away from DC actually, lots of quiet undergrad and grad students, families, and professionals.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverhouse Apartments
Lively area though I do wish there was more nightlife opportunities.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Point at Pentagon City
Pros: safe, lots of retail and dining, convenient to the Metro and highways and getting into DC in general. Not necessarily the "hottest" nightlife spot, but great to be near "hot" nightlife spots but not have to deal with it on your front step.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverhouse Apartments
Good community and very safe. Mixed demographics and interesting social scenes. Very nice restaurants
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Instrata Pentagon City
I have lived in the Pentagon City area for eight years now, and I have never once felt unsafe. It is quiet on the weekends and convenient to the city.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Meridian at Pentagon City
Very friendly and nice
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverhouse Apartments
Calm neighborhood, a little bit too far
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Crystal Towers
The Crystal City and Pentagon City area has a lot of restaurants and shopping in convenient walking distance. The area tends to clear out after 5 on weekdays, but is often busy on weekends, mostly with tourists. I have always felt safe walking alone in the area at whatever time of day/night.
There is not a lot of green space, unless you count Long Bridge "Park", which is a dead-end, cement "bridge" that looks over soccer and baseball fields with some views of D.C.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Point at Pentagon City
The location is great. It's a 7 minute walk to the blue line metro, and the total commute to campus is 25 minutes (when the blue line is running properly). An uber takes about 12 minutes and costs an average of $5 per ride (with uber pool). Pentagon City has just about everything you could need. There is a Whole Foods across the street, and the Fashion Center mall is right next to the metro station. There are restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores, and a very well maintained public park.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Point at Pentagon City
This area seems to target visitors and government personnel. As such, I wish it had more of a community or culture. Crystal City (which is darn close to where we live) has a bit more of that and is within walking distance. Pentagon City does have a great shopping scene, including at least 2 grocery stores, and some pretty good restaurant options. While busy and noisy at times because of these amenities, government buildings, and the Reagan airport, our apartment complex buffers the outside pretty well. The nearby metro options and proximity to a ton of bike lanes and trails make this area very convenient to live in.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Lofts 590
The neighborhood is great for all the shops and restaurants. I never need to leave it for the things that I need regularly. My only complaint is the lack of any character. All the shops are chains, no local restaurants. And any sort of free parking is especially hard to come by on nights and weekends. However, since I spend most of my time in DC (work and social), it's an easy place to live for commuting purposes.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Post Pentagon Row
The neighborhood has good restaurants and is near the mall, which is great. It also has a Costco, which is awesome as well. Metro is super close to everything in the area. It's an upcoming area!
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Bartlett
The mall runs the neighborhood, but you are a short distance to areas with great restaurants.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park at Pentagon Row
Lively area though I do wish there was more nightlife opportunities.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Point at Pentagon City
It's suburban, but easy to get to central DC. I like it because its quiet and I have everything I need nearby.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1401 Joyce on Pentagon Row
costco right around the corner from us. 23rd st strip is interesting but not a weekend scene. currently lots of construction going on. close to pentagon city/mall
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Crystal Towers
Can buy pretty much anything in this neighborhood. Blue/Yellow metro is a good choice to have. Not a very residential feel though. Tons of tourists...
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverhouse Apartments
friendly
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Riverhouse Apartments
A little sterile, but very safe and clean.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Acadia at Metropolitan Park


Getting to Know
Pentagon City

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Jefferson Davis Hwy to S Arlington Ridge Rd
North to South Boundaries: Henry G Shirley Memorial Hwy to 19th St S
dining
Asia Bistro
Chevys Fresh Mex
Fyve Restaurant Lounge
Paper Horse
grocery
Costco
Harris Teeter
Whole Foods Market
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid
fitness
CorePower Yoga
F45
Get Shaped Fitness
Pure Barre
parks
Grace Murray Hopper Park
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove
Virginia Highlands Park
coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts
Espresso Bar
Paramount Cafe
Starbucks
bus
10A (bus)
16A/16J (bus)
87/87A (bus)
rail
Blue/Yellow (metro)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Pentagon City includes zip code 22202
Rent vs Own
57
%
of Pentagon City residents are renters
Driving to Work
40
%
of Pentagon City residents drive to work
New Construction
26
%
of housing units in Pentagon City have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
20
%
<20 units
2
%
20-49 units
78
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
7
%
18 - 34
43
%
35 - 54
29
%
55+
20
%
Unit Mix
10
%
Studio
44
%
1 Bed
30
%
2 Bed
16
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
77
%
Undergrad Student
4
%
Grad Student
12
%
Unemployed
1
%
Retired
6
%

Best Apartments
in Pentagon City


Studio $1,985
1 Bed $2,355
2 Beds $2,551

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Studio $1,965
1 Bed $2,185
2 Beds $2,880

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1 Bed $3,660

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Studio $1,861
1 Bed $1,873
2 Beds $3,095

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Studio $1,694
1 Bed $1,891
2 Beds $2,452

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Studio $1,745
1 Bed $1,875
2 Beds $2,560

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Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Guide
Crystal City
Quiet on the Weekends but Very Clean and Safe