Arlington, VA Neighborhoods: Arlington Forest

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ARLINGTON FOREST is an established community of over 750 households in Arlington County, Virginia. The proximity to DC combines the benefits of living in an urban area with the comfort and security of a quiet, wooded neighborhood. The community is located about a mile west of the Ballston Common Mall, bordered by Carlin Springs Road and George Mason Drive on the north, North Henderson Road, 2nd Street north, North Pershing Drive and Arlington Boulevard on the east, and Glencarlyn Park and the W&OD trail on the south and west.

Arlington Forest derives its name from the forested residential terrain and neighboring parkland. Glencarlyn and Lubber Run Parks contain some of the largest remnants of natural forests in Arlington County. At the time of its development in 1939, Arlington Forest was on the cutting edge of community planning. Design concepts such as using curved streets instead of rigid rectilinear plans and locating power lines between back yards rather than on the street were considered innovative at the time.

Neighborhood Highlights

Arlington Forest is home to the Lubber Run amphitheater, which was built in 1969, and since then has hosted dozens of performances each summer, including live theater, music, dance, and comedy. It is one of several venues that are part of Arlington County's "Arts al Fresco" program. In addition to the convenience of being close to the Ballston Mall, residents have the convenience of the Arlington Forest Shopping Center, which has been a staple of the neighborhood since 1941. The community also is home to the Arlington Forest Club (AFC), a private pool and tennis club owned by the 675 families that have purchased member certificates.


According to Redfin, 34% of households have children and 82.2% of residents own their homes. 51% of residents have lived in their home for 5 or more years so the population is fairly stable. The median age is 40.02. 35.1% of residents hold a bachelor’s degree, 40.6% of residents have obtained a graduate degree and the median income is $117,258 Property Prices The median list price for a single-family home is $549,000 (according to Redfin). The price points of the properties currently on the market range from a low of $475,000 for a 2 bdrm, 1 bath Colonial to a high of $679,000 for a 3 bdrm, 2 bath Colonial with a fireplace. This is slightly lower than the median price ($569,900) of the 6 homes that have sold over the past 8 months. A house is on the market for an average of 97 days before it is sold.


Top 10 Reasons to live in ARLINGTON FOREST

1. Easy access to Washington, D.C. – short distance to Ballston metro

2. Lovely colonial style homes on tree-lined streets

3. Close to 5 schools, churches, shopping center & shopping mall

4. Limited traffic on roads internal to the FOREST

5. Low taxes yet effective and responsive county services

6. Shaded, well-established residential sites

7. A historic area in the midst of national historical sites (Arlington Forest was named a National Historic District in 2005)

8. Attractive parks and recreational opportunities which include a community center, swimming pool and tennis club, and amphitheatre

9. Active Citizens Association with regular newsletter

10. Neighborhood Organized Babysitting Co-op

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