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Shirlington is an unincorporated urban area, officially called an "urban village," in the southern part of Arlington County, Virginia, United States, adjacent to the Fairlington area. The word "Shirlington" is a combination of "Shirley" (from the Shirley Highway or Interstate 395) and "Arlington."
Shirlington began when Joseph Cherner, automobile dealer and banker, established the Shirlington Corporation to build a shopping center for nearby Fairlington and Parkfairfax. He started with a 23.5-acre site on which the first store opened in June 1944. In 1959, the Lansburgh's department store opened a 150,000-square-foot, $2.5 million store, its second suburban branch. However, by the 1970s, Shirlington was an aging traditional shopping center facing competition from shopping malls.
Shirlington lies in the valley of Four Mile Run, a tributary of the Potomac River. The land rises toward Fairlington in the south and Nauck in the north.
The area is bounded by I-395 on the east except for a small section of the city of Alexandria that lies to the west of the interstate. The only structure in that section, the Shirlington Gateway office building, has an Arlington address and is usually considered a part of Shirlington.) To the north and west, starting in the east, Shirlington is bordered by South Glebe Road, 24th Street South, South Shirlington Road, South Four Mile Run Drive, and South Walter Reed Drive. On the west and south, starting in the west, Shirlington is bounded by South Arlington Mill Drive, the Arlington County Environmental Services facility, and the west side of Park Shirlington Apartments.
Shirlington, Virginia, gets 44 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 7 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.
On average, there are 201 sunny days per year in Shirlington, Virginia. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 24. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
The Village at Shirlington is your one-stop shopping destination for all of your needs, from restaurants, nightlife and shopping stores. It’s helpful to note that ever store in this shopping district has an Arlington, VA address.
Hardwood Artisans – 2800 S. Randolph Street – (703) 379-7299
One, Two Kangaroo Toys! – 4022 Campbell Avenue – (703) 845-9099
Knits Etc. – 4150 Campbell Avenue – (703) 413-5448
Dogma Bakery & Boutique – 2722 S. Arlington Mill Drive – (571) 422-0370
The Village at Shirlington offers the rare treat of restaurants and eateries that you won’t find anywhere else. Many of these places are “go-to” destinations for the locals whenever hunger strikes.
Aroma Indian Restaurant – 4052 Campbell Avenue – (703) 575-8800
Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub – 2800 South Randolph Street – (703) 379-0122
T.H.A.I. In Shirlington – 4029 Campbell Avenue – (703) 931-3203
Yogi Castle – 4014 Campbell Avenue – (571) 303-0011
The nightlife in Shirlington is pretty quiet. However, that doesn’t stop residents from living it up with live music, old-school video game cabinets and karaoke in the neighboring city of Arlington.
Galaxy Hut – 2711 Wilson Blvd – (703) 525-8646
Clarendon Ballroom – 3185 Wilson Blvd – (703) 469-2244
Crystal City Sports Pub – 529 23rd St. S – (703) 521-8215
Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant – 555 23rd St. S – (703) 685-0555
Residents of this quaint urban village are served by local school districts in Arlington, VA as well. Some of the highest-rated schools in the general area are open to Shirlington, especially being located so close to this nation’s capital.
McKinley Elementary School – 1030 N McKinley Rd – (703) 228-5280
Arlington Traditional Elementary School – 855 N Edison St. – (703) 228-6290
Swanson Middle School – 5800 Washington Blvd – (703) 228-5500
Yorktown High School – 5200 Yorktown Blvd – (703) 228-5400
These landmarks can go to either Shirlington or Arlington, seeing as how Shirlington shares so much of its livelihood with them. In any case, any visitor – whether this is your destination or you’re passing through – will quickly regret not taking the time to visit these places that have cemented themselves in our nation’s history.
Arlington National Cemetery - Memorial Drive – (877) 907-8585
US Marine Corps Memorial – Arlington Blvd – (703) 289-2500
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Memorial Drive – (877) 907-8585
The Pentagon – 1400 Defense Pentagon – (703) 228-3988
Shirlington may appear to be a small outcropping or subdivision of Arlington, but it’s not. It offers so much more, especially to the city of Arlington. Arlington is home to the headquarters of the nation’s Department of Defense and many other landmarks that the keen-eyed and well-informed visitor will insist on seeing. Much of our nation’s history, both governmental and military is honored here. Paying homage to fallen war service members is an experience that is both somber and exciting at the same time.
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