Home to one of the more concentrated Latino populations in the region, Arlandria borders Arlington County and is comprised of a strong residential and commercial corridor that runs mainly along Mt. Vernon Avenue. It is also known by some residents as Chirilagua, after a region of El Salvador that was previously home to many residents.

Neighborhood Callouts

  • Arlandria sits adjacent to two of the most prominent projects in the Washington, DC area – Amazon’s HQ2 and Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus both in National Landing.  Arlandria is poised to capture economic spin-off activity from these catalyst projects.
    • Alexandria has started an update to the two Mount Vernon Avenue Plans that covers Arlandria and its neighbor, Del Ray.  The goal of the plans is to make sure spin-off economic activity is captured, while protecting the uniqueness of the communities. The update addresses:
      • Business District sustainability and competitiveness;
      • Updates to guidelines for redevelopment sites;
      • Pedestrian safety and accessibility;
      • Historic preservation priorities, and
      • Equity in the provision of services and infrastructure.
  • Languages commonly spoken in the community include Spanish, English, Amharic

Arlandria Amenities & Features

  • The community has a diverse array of single family detached, townhome, and duplex housing, and large multi-family rental apartment developments.  
  • Retail & restaurants, both national and locally owned, line Arlandria’s main street- Mt. Vernon Avenue. Arlandria is home to one of the largest clusters of Latino-owned and operated markets and stores in the Washington, DC region.
  • The community is known for its vibrancy as seen through murals, outdoor Farmers and Artisans Markets, active parks that host pick-up soccer and futbol games and its great mix of international cuisines. 
  • Arlandria is directly served by City and regional bus lines that connect the community to the Metro system as well as the rest of Alexandria.
  • Office space in Arlandria is small and is generally occupied by professional and business service companies.

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Notable Neighbors

  • One of the development teams behind the popular Wharf project in Washington, DC announced plans to redevelop a shopping center in Arlandria in January 2020.  Madison Marquette has revived the plans for Del Ray North- a total of 624 apartments and 44,500 square feet of ground-floor retail anchored by MOM’s Organic Market.
  • Arlandria is home to The Birchmere, a world-famous concert venue known for hosting concerts and music events in an intimate, relaxed setting. The music hall hosts an impressive list of acts- Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and k.d. Lang are just a few of the artists counted as good friends of the Birchmere.
  • Unique Fact – The Foo Fighters song Arlandria references the neighborhood were band member Dave Grohl lived. 

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