Included in one of the original 17th-century colonial land grants in Virginia, Arlington was a river port and commercial center for the surrounding tobacco plantations. The county was donated to the federal government to become part of the “ten square miles” designated by the U.S. Constitution for the creation of Washington, DC as the nation’s capital. The land was returned to Virginia in the 1840s. After the turn of the century, the county emerged as a major suburb and headquarters location for numerous governmental agencies and corporation, which solidified its ties to Washington, DC. The county is named in honor of Arlington House, Robert E Lee’s former estate.
Situated on the south bank of the Potomac, Arlington is one of the most densely populated counties in Northern Virginia. The culturally diverse population of slightly less than 230,000 people lives in an area of approximately 26 square miles. The county is one of the safest, most educated and affluent areas in the country. The majority of residents are professionals employed by various governmental agencies, the military and associated businesses. Students attend the highly regarded Arlington Public School System.
Arlington mixes suburban living with big city amenities. While the museums and nightlife of the District are a short Metro ride away, there is a lot to see and do in Arlington. The Synetic Theater at Crystal City showcases Shakespearean and Broadway style performances. Maintained by the National Park Service, Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88-acre nature preserve reached by a footbridge from Arlington. In addition to a memorial to the 26th president, visitors enjoy hiking trails and boardwalks through the native habitats. The banks of the Potomac River Basin offer a variety of walking, jogging, and bicycle paths as well as playgrounds and dog parks.
Arlington is the backdrop for several annual celebrations, such as the Taste of Arlington, Festival of the Arts and the Heritage Festival. Major shopping areas include the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Ballston Common malls as well as the wide variety of shops lining Clarendon and Wilson Boulevards between the Rosslyn and Ballston Metro Stations. Residents and visitors find an impressive array of upscale boutiques and eateries in Crystal City. In addition to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, the county is also home to a number of historic attractions and museums. These include the Iwo Jima Memorial, the DEA Museum, and the Arlington Historical Museum.
Arlington has a humid subtropical climate featuring four distinct seasons that is typical for areas of the Mid-Atlantic region situated away from large bodies of water. Spring and fall are warm and mild. Regular rainstorms that keep temperatures in check punctuate the hot humid summers enabling more outdoor activities. While temperatures average 80 degrees, they can reach 100 degrees. The county has generally cool winters although there are frequent freezes and the occasional heavy snowstorm that snarls traffic. Average winter temperatures are 35 degrees. These two periods can place a peak demand on your heating and cooling system.
A semi-annual air conditioning service from Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning will help ensure that your system operates at optimal efficiency during these high demand periods.