Although it is ranked as having the highest concentration of scientific research agencies (the National Science Foundation and the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute to name but two), Ballston is not only about quantum physics. This neighborhood provides its residents with first-class restaurants and friendly-atmosphere eateries. And, it is the site of the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel – a premier hotel full of five-star services. It is difficult to tire of the local mom-and-pop shops in Ballston, on rainy weekends many residents head to The Ballston Common Mall, one of the largest shopping complexes in the area, to catch a movie at Regal Cinemas. And, the Kettler Capitals Iceplex is here – home to the Washington Capitals hockey team where practice sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Year-round public skating is also offered.
Ballston, which is bounded by Washington Boulevard to the north, North Glebe Road to the west, and North Quincy Street to the east, is home to North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, the oldest crossroads in Northern Virginia. Like a number of other stops along the Orange Line’s Rosslyn-Ballston (R-B) corridor, the area has numerous high-rise condos, apartments, and office buildings immediately near the Metro that eventually give way to townhouses and then detached single-family homes moving farther out.