Penrose Neighborhood Highlights

Penrose Square Park

The Penrose neighborhood in Arlington, once known as Central Arlington,  is bounded by Route 50, Washington Blvd, Columbia Pike Walter Reed Drive/Fillmore Street, and Columbia Pike.   First platted and subdivided in 1882, the community was popular with commuters because it was served by the trolley line and commuter railway.

As the neighborhood has changed over more than 120 years, Penrose now offers one of the widest varieties of housing found in Arlington County.  There are single-family homes, semi-detached homes, townhouses, condominium units, garden apartments as well as mid and high-rise apartment buildings.   Recent development at Penrose Square brought new apartment buildings, a Giant grocery store, several restaurants and Penrose Square Park with an interactive water feature.

Residents are served by Patrick Henry Elementary, Hoffman-Boston Elementary and Long Branch Elementary as well as Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Wakefield High School.

Useful Links for Penrose Residents or those who are thinking about living here:

Penrose Neighborhood Association Website

The Washington Post article – Where We Live – Penrose

Penrose Square Park

Penrose Neighborhood Conservation Plan


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