Ballston

A Fantastic Combination of Suburban and City Living
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, look out for the Arts and Crafts Market or the Ballston Mall, a great place to shop.

Conveniently located nearby are two grocery stores and a metro stop. Safety ranks high here and families are welcome!
What Ballston Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
8.0
amenities
7.2
social
7.0
management
8.0
safety
10
Median rents in Ballston
Studio
$
1,700
1 Bedroom
$
1,900
2 Bedroom
$
2,600

Living in
Ballston

A Little Noisy At Times
Clean
Great Restaurants And Delis
Walkable
Convenient Location
Pet Friendly
Quiet Neighborhood
Proximity To Amenities
Ballston — 8.6/10 Rating (based on 29 neighborhood reviews)
Ballston mall is opening up and is a cool space. The apartment is super close to a lot of trivia places, etc. Most of the night life is probably in Clarendon, but that's a quick Lyft or metro ride away (2 stops).

15 minutes on the metro to Capital One - way closer than D.C. Nice if you have friends living in the area. Overall, in either case I would personally recommend choosing proximity to close friends over the neighborhood itself.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Meridian at Ballston Commons
I definitely feel that it's up and coming-- so much construction and many new restaurants and shops popping up! IT's very walkable. It's also pretty safe and it's close to highways, the Potomac, to DC, etc so the location is pretty great.
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10
/10
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Meridian at Ballston Commons
It's quiet but there are plenty of restaurants/coffee shops within walking distance and will be more when Ballston Quarter opens.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Maxwell
The neighborhood is quiet, full of families and feels safe.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
N vernon St
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.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
View at Liberty Center
Close to Giant, Harris Teeter, Clarendon grocery stores are nearby. It's very quiet, seems safe. There's an elementary school and a high school not far from us either. It's close to campus and work. However there's only so much to do here and we have to go into town more often than not.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1111 N Randolph St
Very new and residential (lots of apartment buildings). Plenty of options and a mall/movie theater nearby. Some bars, more in Clarendon (below). Nearby grocery store (Harris Teeter)and easy access to more options (Trader Joe's, Whole Foods) in Clarendon (about 3/4 mile).
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9
/10
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Randolph Towers
Ballston is great. It's a quick metro ride to DC and there are plenty of bars and restaurants near by. I've never felt unsafe walking at night. There's a few small parks around, and are great to walk your dog to.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square
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.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square
The neighborhood has a lot of office space, but it is very close to Clarendon/Court House which has all the restaurants (at least in NoVA). I think it is a relatively quiet area which I like.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square
Not all that much to do in Ballston. Some good restaurants, and a really easy/nice walk to Clarendon.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square
Close to DC and Tysons, not much to do in Ballston but walking distance to Clarendon
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Meridian at Ballston Commons
Right on the Orange/Silver lines, easy access to NoVA or DC.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square
Arlington is the place to live for a new grad.
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10
/10
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1020 Apartments
Very pleasant. Lots of things going on.
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9
/10
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Avalon Ballston Square
I personally like being in Arlington. Everything is walkable and while it's not DC proper, it's very easy to get into the city via metro or a quick drive in. I've run to Georgetown in 20-30 minutes. There's stuff to do and there's everything you could need: gyms, grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, bars so close by. Ballston is a hub for transport so buses and the metro abound.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Altavista Condominium
Love this area, there’s a mall here that’s full of fun stuff but the area is not crowded with bars just everyday things like restaurants, salons, cornerstore, a harris teeter, that kind of thing!
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Randolph towers
Ballston is a great residential neighborhood- however, things close pretty early. Not a city that lives at night
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Meridian at Ballston Commons
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!
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Meridian at Ballston Commons
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.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Richmond Square Apartments
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.
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9
/10
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Quinton Arms
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.
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7
/10
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Richmond Square Apartments
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
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Richmond Square Apartments
It's a very safe neighborhood full of young professionals. There's just unfortunately not too much to do around the area, however they are working on it -- adding restaurants and renovating the mall.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square
Lots of bars and restaurants in walkign distance, young people, grocery stores, everything by foot.. Close to metro stations. Everything walkable and easy to get to.
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10
/10
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Liberty Tower Apartments
Pretty good area. Bit dead while the mall is being renovated but should improve after that.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Westview
Best middle point for Mclean and DC, metro/ uber takes you either direction easily.
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/10
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Avalon Ballston Square
Walkable food and bar locations. 1/2 block to metro.
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Avalon Ballston Square
Good neighborhood. You get what you pay for.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon Ballston Square


Getting to Know
Ballston

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: N Glebe Rd to N Quincy St
North to South Boundary: Custis Memorial Pkwy to N Glebe Rd
dining
Kapnos Taverna
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Rus Uz
World of Beer
grocery
Harris Teeter
convenience
7-Eleven
fitness
Ballston Crossfit
Coco Fitness
Solidcore
Studio Body Logic
parks
Quincy Park
coffee
Buzz Bakeshop
Natural Cafe
Republik Coffee Bar
Tivoli Gourmet-Deli
bus
25B (bus)
41 (bus)
52 (bus)
53A/62 (bus)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Ballston includes zip codes 22201 and 22203
Rent vs Own
57
%
of Ballston residents are renters
Driving to Work
52
%
of Ballston residents drive to work
New Construction
26
%
of housing units in Ballston have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
42
%
<20 units
4
%
20-49 units
54
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
11
%
18 - 34
49
%
35 - 54
24
%
55+
17
%
Unit Mix
3
%
Studio
44
%
1 Bed
31
%
2 Bed
22
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
78
%
Undergrad Student
3
%
Grad Student
7
%
Unemployed
3
%
Retired
8
%

Best Apartments
in Ballston


2 Beds $3,075

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Studio $1,695
1 Bed $2,650
2 Beds $2,785

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Studio $1,595
1 Bed $1,900
2 Beds $2,950

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1 Bed $2,200
2 Beds $2,600

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1 Bed $1,800
2 Beds $2,400
3 Beds $3,600

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Studio $1,600
1 Bed $1,850
2 Beds $2,375

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