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Arlington Forest

Arlington Forest

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Arlington Forest, named for the mature treed- lots and neighboring parkland that define the area, is a popular community of single family homes in west-central Arlington.  Its bounded by Carlin Springs Road, George Mason Drive, North Henderson Rd, North 2ndStreet, Pershing Drive, Route 50 (Arlington Blvd) and Glencarlyn Park and the W&OD trail.

Most of the approximately 800 homes were constructed 1939-1949 by the same builder, so there is some innate homogeneousness in the original all-brick Colonials that align the planned, curving neighborhood roads.

Updated and Expanded Home in Arlington Forest

Since then, many residents have expanded through elaborate additions, but the character of Arlington Forest has been preserved and maintained to this day.

The Arlington Forest Civic Association website has a copy of the original builder brochure, advertising “standard” 6 Room Houses  in the FHA-approved Arlington Forest community for as little as $5,990. Pay particular attention to the “gleaming black and white tiled walls with tile floor to match” in the new Forest bathrooms, as the signature black and white tiled floor still remains in many homes throughout the Forest.

Lubber Run Community Center

Residents boast of the best of both worlds – they are a walkable mile from the Ballston Metro, but enjoy the tranquility and outdoor opportunities of their proximity to Lubber Run Park – Arlington’s first public Park. It’s home to the Lubber Run Community Center (built on the site of the former Henderson House, Arlington Forest’s first residence), as well as the Lubber Run Amphitheater, a county fixture since the late 60s (for more on the Amphitheater, see this June 2011 blog post).

W&OD Trail Entrance at Granada Street

The neighborhood streets closest to Arlington Blvd have entrances to the W&OD bike and walking trail (which follows old railway routes from Shirlington all the way to Purcellville, VA). Via the trail, residents can easily walk to Bluemont Park, Bon Air Rose Garden, a covered picnic pavilion, multiple playgrounds, and the Long Branch Nature Center. There’s also a small neighborhood park located on Edison Street in the heart of Arlington Forest.

W&OD Trail Access in Arlington Forest

Arlington Forest also features its own small neighborhood shopping center. Constructed in 1941, it originally was home to a deli, A&P, hardware store, beauty shop, dry cleaner, and an ESSO gas station. Today it’s still home to a dry cleaner, and beauty shop, as well a nail salon, Brooke Rental Center, Brick’s Pizza, Crystal Thai, and an Outback Steakhouse.

Arlington Forest Shopping Center

The active citizens association puts out a regular newsletter, the community hosts annual yard sales, stream clean-ups, and block parties, and there’s a baby-sitting co-op in place since 1961!

Homes on the north side of Route 50 feed to Barrett Elementary, Kenmore Middle School, and Washington-Lee High School. Homes to the south feed to Barcroft Elementary, Kenmore, and Wakefield High School. Make sure to verify this information for specific residences using the Arlington School Boundary Locator

Arlington Forest has been designated a National Historic District since 2005.

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in Arlington Forest? Do you have additional photos or documents you would like to add to this page? Contact Arlington Unwrapped today!

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