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10 New Buildings That Reshaped Arlington, VA [Time-Lapse Photos]

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Arlington is famous for its rich history, iconic landmarks, and of course for its proximity to Washington D.C., which is just across the Potomac River. By consistently embracing new transportation methods this has become a very green and eco-conscious environment. With the subway, bike share programs, and an all hybrid-electric taxi fleet, having your own car may not be a necessity in this city that boasts with a collection of walkable urban villages including Rosslyn, Crystal City, and Ballston.

Along with images from Google Street View, we have created a set of time-lapse photos of how Arlington’s skyline and lifestyle has been changing as new works of architecture are unveiled. Simply click and hold the arrow and slide it across to see the before and after look:

1. The Acadia at Metropolitan Park – Pentagon City

Year Built: 2015

This bold new building offers luxury apartments for rent in Arlington, VA with plenty of amenities. The massive new work of architecture takes up a whole block. On the ground floor residents enjoy 16,000 square feet of retail space and SmartWalk technology which projects real-time transit info. Inside apartments and penthouse boast quartz countertops, and modern design.

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2. Tellus Apartments – Courthouse

Year Built: 2014

Blending metal, glass, and stone, the developers of Tellus apartments in Arlington crafted a soaring multifamily residence which is both ultra-modern and fits historic surroundings. This LEED Gold certified structure take sustainability seriously with LOW VOC paints, energy efficient appliances, and a rainwater recycling system. It is located just steps to public transport and the shopping and dining pleasures of the Courthouse district.

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3. Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse – Courthouse

Year Built: 2009

Arlington, Virginia’s new Residence Inn offers 176 rooms right along the Arlington National Cemetery, off of Route 50. Unique architectural lines and its courtyard water feature make this new high-rise standout. Guests choose from studio to two bedroom suites complete with kitchens and stainless steel appliances.

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4. Lyon Place at Clarendon Center (North and South Block) – Clarendon

Year Built: 2005

This monumental new apartment building in Arlington is nestled among preserved historic buildings, and sports an unmistakable crescent shaped front. The 12-story construction hosts retail shopping on the ground floor, and residences above. The two buildings making up the project house 244 studio to three bedroom rentals are pet-friendly and LEED Silver certified.

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5. The Beacon Clarendon Apartments – Clarendon

Year Built: 2014

LEED Silver-rated luxury apartments for rent in Arlington, The Beacon is clearly one of the most exciting developments on this list so far. It offers a bright exterior and circular tower with retail downstairs. Being centrally located, residents enjoy bike share amenities, a Whole Foods, Metro stations, and parks within walking distance.

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6. Sedona | Slate Clarendon Boulevard – Rosslyn

Year Built: 2013

As the name suggests this rental complex Slate stuns with a modern design in and out. Inside, studio to one bedroom units offer the newest design finishes. Luxury features include a full gym, 10 ft. ceilings, and a rooftop pool deck with cabanas and grilling stations. Concierge services include personal training, fresh farm produce delivery, and morning Tazo tea.

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7. Turnberry Tower and 1812 North Moore – Rosslyn

Year Built: 2009

This sleek skyscraping condominium building is situated at a unique crossroads between residential single family homes, commercial business district, and offering panoramic views over the lush Virginia landscape. Amenities include a theatre room, valet parking, and indoor pool.

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8. National Gateway & Residence Inn Arlington Capital View – Crystal City

Year Built: 2010

A true work of architecture, this notable office complex features two statuesque towers clad in glass. ARLnow.com reports that plans to occupy the building with a 1,300-student law school did not work out. Current tenants include national health and gym chain L.A. Fitness.

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9. The View Apartments, DARPA and Residence Inn Arlington – Ballston

Year Built: 2012

With a reputation as one of the best residential buildings in Arlington, The View certainly offers incredible vistas worth checking out. Sitting on almost an acre, this glimmering project is a view itself too. Located right by DARPA, equipped with smart home technology, and several on-site restaurants this is sure to be a hit with local professionals.

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10. 55 Hundred and The Shell Apartments – Columbia Forest

Year Built: 2012

Located at 5500 Columbia Pike, this complex offers both traditional residential rentals and corporate housing. Standing out with lots of glass on the exterior, the inside presents a bold approach to modern chic. Less than 4 miles from Pentagon City Metro, with shuttle service provided 6 days a week, the building features include rooftop pool, concierge, and gourmet kitchens.

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Arlington’s new construction boom appears dominated by new apartment buildings. It’s great to see a focus on sustainability and community in the new landmarks being constructed. What are your favorite new residential blocks in Arlington?

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Nadia Balint

Nadia Balint is a senior creative writer for RENTCafé. She covers news and trends in residential and commercial real estate and their impact on our everyday life, including rental housing, for-sale housing, real estate development, homeownership, market reports, insurance, landlord-tenant laws, personal finance, urban development, economy, sustainability, and social issues. Nadia holds a B.S. in Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. You can connect with Nadia via email.

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  • As a long-time S Arlington resident I have to take issue with #10 – 5500 Columbia Pike is not Ballston. Arlington is more than the Orange Line !!