Arlington Forest Real Estate
Guide to Arlington Forest
About a mile west from Ballston and surrounding Lubber Run Park is the quiet and comfortable historic community of Arlington Forest. This residential neighborhood has been a fixture of Arlington’s development and has been around since 1939. Besides a history as one of the area’s single-family home communities, Arlington Forest also is a covetable neighborhood due to its active civic association and the variety of outdoor recreation options right outside of many homes’ front doors!
To the West of Ballston
Ballston ends and Arlington Forest begins at the intersection of George Mason Drive and N Henderson Road. This mainly single-family residential community then continues north up George Mason Drive to N Carlin Springs Road, west to N Kensington Street, south down the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, then east on S Aberdeen Street and N Henderson Street until it crosses back to the starting point at N George Mason Drive. Within the neighborhood, it is divided into sections based on when the areas were developed from 1939-1948. The four stages are Southside, Northside, Greenbrier, and Broyhill’s Addition.
Plenty of Brick Colonials
Like most of the neighborhoods situated a mile or so from the orange line, Arlington Forest’s housing stock exclusively consists of single family homes. If you were to take a stroll through the neighborhood, it would become fairly clear that there is a pattern of home styles that dominates the neighborhood, revived 1940s brick colonials. Rather than a front door that is on the center of the home, many of these brick colonials revival’s front doors are located on the right side of the homes. The front door often leads to a small-enclosed front porch that can double as a mudroom. Some of the ways that homeowners customize their brick colonials by painting or resurfacing the brick or by adding unique shutters and details. Although this type of colonial is the most common home type in the area, there are also some farmhouses and traditional colonials.
Major Highway Arteries and Easy Trail Access
Traveling by car is the most obvious mode of transportation in Arlington Forest, with easy access to Route 50 and I-66 through N George Mason Drive. It is also standard for each home to have ample off-street parking, plus street parking is easy to come by. Another way to get around is along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, located along the western border of the neighborhood. This biking/walking trail runs all the way from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville VA. Along the way, it also intersects with the Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail, and the Mount Vernon Trail.
A Couple of Restaurants, and Neighboring Ballston
Residential streets take up most of Arlington Forest, but entertainment is easily within reach. If you’re looking for a quick bite out to eat, there are a couple of eateries right in Arlington Forest right off of Route 50, including Outback Steakhouse, Crystal Thai, and Brick’s Pizza. For a little more excitement, head over to Arlington’s popular Ballston and Clarendon neighborhoods, which are just a short 6-7 minute drive away. Some of the most popular restaurants closest to Arlington Forest are Pupatella, Willow Restaurant, Tallula, and Rustico.
In addition to great restaurants, Arlington Forest has a very active civic association that creates a platform for residents to get involved and enjoy their community. Some of the events throughout include a summer entertainment series at Lubber Run Amphitheater, an annual community yard sale, and a yearly AFCA holiday party.
Massive Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor recreation is abound throughout Arlington Forest, starting with the major parks right in the neighborhood: Lubber Run Park and Glencarlyn Park. Lubber Run Park divides the neighborhood in half and has a basketball court, volleyball net, picnic shelter, charcoal grills, a gazebo, nature trail, playground, and a multi-use field. Another unique feature of the park is its outdoor amphitheater and the Lubber Run Center, which both host events and fun throughout the year. Glencarlyn Park is the other major park bordering the neighborhood located on the west side of the community. This 95.5-acre park provides tons of fun for the family with a playground, nature trails, dog park, Four Mile Run stream, picnic shelters, and more. Fishing is even permitted in the Four Mile Run stream.
A Charming and Historic Community
With all of the possibilities for recreation and activities, a convenient location close to major access roads, and inviting 1940s homes, Arlington Forest is the perfect combination of fun and function. Residents looking for a classic Arlington home definitely should drive through the wooded streets of Arlington Forest to see if this is the neighborhood for them.
Arlington Forest Pool
The Arlington Forest Club was recently renovated as the club expanded their pool and re-striped their tennis courts. It's also the only club in the area that features Pickleball lines on the tennis court for those Pickleballers out there.