A great guide to two popular West Springfield neighborhoods. Charlestown and Cardinal Forest both offer terrific brick homes, wonderful neighborhood ammenities and locations that are perfect for commuting to DC, the Pentagon and Fort Belvoir.
If you would like to explore your options to live in Cardinal Forest or Charlestown give the Cindy Jones team a call at 703-346-2213.
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. 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.
For those in the know Lake Accotink Park has a back entrance off of Carrleigh Parkway. Years ago the only way to get into the park from the neighborhood was to take a dangerous walk across the railroad tracks. Fortunately the Fairfax County Park Authority built an enclosed pedestrian bridge so now you can ride your bike or walk to the park safely. Once at the park there is a 3.75 mile trail around the 55 acre lake for you to run, bike, walk and don't forget your fishing pole.
Commuting to the Pentagon is as simple as stepping outside your door and walking to 2-3 blocks to Forrester Blvd or Carrleigh Parkway If you aren't picked up by a commuter looking for slugs then 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!
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 Chicken Out for bite to eat. If you need a few decorating ideas then stop in Calico Corners and to find a few whimsical gifts stop next door at Wits End.
If you have orders to the area call an agent who specializes in military relocation to Northern Virginia. Let my team put our knowledge of the area to work for you. We've been in your shoes numerous times and know how to help you make a smooth transition to your new home.