Not often when families are looking for a new place to call home can they find two neighborhoods that have it all. Location, multiple commuting options, recreation, shopping and good schools. If you find yourself with orders to the Pentagon or Fort Belvoir you may find yourself drawn to Cardinal Forest and Charlestown two neighborhoods that sit side by side in West Springfield.
The tree lined streets of Charlestown, combined with the brick townhouses remind anyone driving through the area of Colonial Williamsburg. With primarily three level townhouses ranging from 1700 to a supersized 2700 square foot model, the townhomes feature curved staircases, hardwood floors (some under carpet) and brick walls surrounding the backyards. The HOA takes care of all of the exterior maintenance including a three year painting cycle and a new roof when needed.
Just around the corner from the townhouses of Charlestown are the detached homes of Cardinal Forest. Many families who love the area will start with a townhouse in Charlestown and move up to a larger detached home in Cardinal Forest later. With ¼ acre or larger lots the homes in Cardinal Forest show the care that owners have taken since the neighborhood was originally developed in the 1960's. From two level ramblers to the largest 5 bedroom colonial you can find a home that fits your needs.
Lake Accotink Park has a back entrance off of Carrleigh Parkway easily accessible for residents of both neighboroods. Once at the park there is a 3.75 mile trail around the 55 acre lake for you to run, bike or walk. You can also rent a row boat and the park is also the home of Fairfax County's oldest carousel for younger children to enjoy.
Commuting to the Pentagon is as simple as stepping outside your door and walking to 2-3 blocks to Forrester Blvd or Carrleigh Parkway. There are numerous "Slug Lines" in the neighborhood and nearby or you can grab the 18G Metro Bus. If you take the 7:18 bus you will be at the Pentagon at 7:50. How great is that? If Fort Belvoir is your destination then the commute is also 30 minutes or less depending on stoplights and NGA is closer to 15 minutes.
Both neighborhoods are located in the West Springfield HS Pyramid and the elementary school and HS are within walking distance. Want to shop? If you want you can walk to the Giant or Whole Foods Grocery Stores and while you are at the shopping center you can stop by Starbucks, Austin Grill or Best Burger Joint for bite to eat.
Let Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group put our knowledge of the area to work for you. Give us a call at 703-346-2213 to discuss your housing needs in West Springfield, Springfield, Burke or any terrific Fairfax County neighborhoods.