The borders of Clarendon are hardly fixed, and as the area has evolved in recent years, so too have its boundaries. It is particularly difficult to designate where Clarendon ends and Courthouse, its close sibling to the east, begins.
Clarendon residents represent a wide range of ages and backgrounds: they may be people in their early 20s attracted to the area’s music scene; condo-living young professionals who work on the Hill or in private-sector jobs; families in townhouses; or older couples who’ve lived in the area since long before the real estate boom sent prices climbing.
Clarendon’s commercial area is a huge part of its appeal. It’s the go-to spot for nightlife and dining in Northern Virginia, and draws more than a few District residents on the weekends. Clustered near the Clarendon/Courthouse Metro are a string of stores, bars, restaurants and clubs, and while the neighborhood has seen an increasing number of chain outlets move in, it’s still home to several one-of-a-kind spots.