With its convenient Metro station and livable urban design, this small community blends the liveliness of a small city with the residential quiet of a suburb. The neighborhood hub is Courthouse Plaza, a residential and commercial center where locals gather for a bustling Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. They also frequent the open-air Urban Village Market to browse everything from jewelry and clothing, to furnishings and books, to handicrafts and vintage artwork, and The Brew Shop to stock up on local beers.
Highly walkable, bikeable and dog-friendly, Courthouse is bliss for outdoor lovers. They head to two-acre Rocky Run Park for the playgrounds, picnic tables and fitness equipment. Most shops and restaurants are accessible by foot and new bike lanes continuously expand the neighborhood’s green transportation options. As a result, Courthouse has earned a walk score of 92, making it Arlington’s second-most walkable neighborhood, and a bike score of 77.
Courthouse also boasts one of the first large-scale rental housing complexes built in the United States. Erected in the 1930s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Colonial Revival-style Colonial Village is a 50-acre sprawl of private condos, co-op housing and rental apartments with garden-style landscaping and winding pathways. In 1948, the Urban Land Institute described it as “one of the outstanding developments of its kind in America.”
Neighborhood hangouts range from informal lunch spots to ethnic eateries. Locals frequent Tupelo Honey for made-from-scratch Southern Sunday brunch. Me Jana is where Arlington meets Lebanon with traditional dishes based on family recipes. Old World Afghani-style kabobs and clay-oven-baked bread draw diners to Courthouse Kabob. A community gathering spot, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery serves New Orleans classic gumbo, beignets and pralines dished up by Food Network star David Guas. Fire Works Pizza is a casual standby for wood-fired pizza and craft beer. Right on Courthouse Plaza, savor authentic Thai specialties based on recipes straight from Thailand at Sawatdee Thai Restaurant.