Columbia Heights West is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia with a population of 8,441. Columbia Heights West is in Arlington County. In Columbia Heights West, most residents rent their homes. In Columbia Heights West there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Columbia Heights West and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Columbia Heights West are highly rated.
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Columbia Heights West Reviews
Sometimes the sense of safety in this area was not great. I had a few times where I had to contact the police for very minor offenses, and they were always there right away. My apartment building also felt the need to hire a security guard on weekends to patrol the grounds. This was something I hadn't experiences before so I was worried about why we needed that much protection. The police were always around especially on weekends or late at night.
I like diversity and learning from other cultures, but this isn't exactly a college neighborhood, so you have a strong divide between educated professionals and blue-collar workers with lower levels of education who sometimes can't even express themselves in English. I speak Spanish because I learned it in school, but not everybody who isn't Hispanic does, so communicating isn't easy. Not to mention that there are also many people whose native language isn't Spanish (Ethiopians, Middle Easterners, Indians, Vietnamese, Chinese, Koreans, etc). I wish I had this same level of diversity but in a college town so I could have interesting discussions and learn about different cultures and countries.
I'll say it's okay because my apartment complex is a real gem hidden in this otherwise pretty poor neighborhood. The fact that this isn't an upscale neighborhood also keeps the rent lower than in similar apartment complexes located in hippest areas. But if you aren't lucky enough to find an apartment in my complex, the houses and other apartment buildings around here aren't very enticing. Overall, I haven't hated living here. I was close enough to my community college and the view from my window is very pretty (overlooking the creek and the trail). However, it's pretty boring. Now that I work and study in DC, I'm looking to move to the city but rents there are much higher. In the future, life in the area should get better because they are planning to revitalize the neighborhood and they might even replace some buses with streetcars. Hopefully that will bring better stores and an overall higher quality of life.