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Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Lyon Park is one highly sought-after neighborhood in North Arlington, Virginia, and one reason for this is the wonderful location. Another is the diversity of homes (and prices) that can be found in Lyon Park. Today, there are 8 homes for sale in the Lyon Park, Arlington neighborhood, ranging in price from $625,000 to $1,750,000.

With today’s market conditions, you can expect the least expensive homes to sell much more quickly than those priced over $1million.

Lyon Park is located in Central Arlington County just west of Arlington National Cemetery and the Army’s Fort Myer. The neighborhood is bounded on the east and south by Arlington Boulevard (Route 50), on the north by North 10th Street and on the west by North Irving Street. Here is a link to a wonderful Lyon Park walking tour suggested by Scott Sowers, Arlington resident, and available through Arlington County (thanks!).

And if you’d like to get familiar with the neighborhood, another way is to check out the Citizen’s Group.  Arlingtonians can be quite active and involved in their neighborhoods.  They really care.


Clarendon Center in Arlington, Virginia

Clarendon Center in Arlington, Virginia

The Clarendon-Wilson corridor was recently to the top 10 list of “Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.  If you enjoy visiting the various and lively shops and restaurants here, then you weren’t at all surprised by the news.  Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards were chosen because of the neighborhood’s above-average use of metro, reduced reliance on cars, a reduced carbon footprint, the mixed-use development, and increased density.

The corridor bounded by the boulevards, which generally run parallel, is full of street-level shops, restaurants, offices and condos. The “urban village,” the association says, “demonstrates how active local government and committed business owners and residents used planning and smart growth practices to take advantage of, and effect, change.”

And here’s a very interesting statistic about Arlington:  20% of Arlington residents don’t own a car and 50% walk, bike or use public transportation to get to work.  

Decades ago urban planning diverted the Metro from its planned path along Interstate 66 and sent it through Arlington county’s commercial center.  The move to redirect Metro, and a succession of plans forged in what officials said sometimes seemed like a never-ending series of meetings, helped transform the Clarendon area into a national darling in development circles. By putting up condos and businesses along transit lines while keeping the area’s funky style alive — the festive Mardi Gras parade is still going strong — planners say Arlington officials, merchants, land owners and residents have pulled off something worth recognizing and replicating.

Clarendon Day

Clarendon Day 2007

Clarendon Day 2007

Clarendon Day

is a festival of food, art, music and fun, celebrating the unique offerings of Arlington’s original downtown, Clarendon.  It’s happening this coming Saturday, September 27, from noon to 7 pm.

It would be quite easy to fill up the afternoon even without a Clarendon Day!  It’s a great opportunity to check out the neighborhood and see what all the fuss is about.

photo courtesy of bucky925 on Flickr.

Awesome Ashton Heights

Ashton Heights is one of Arlington’s oldest neighborhoods, lying geographically in the “heart of Arlington.” It is bounded by Wilson Boulevard, N. 10th Street, N. Irving Street, Arlington Boulevard (Route 50), and Glebe Road The neighborhood originated in the late 1910’s as a train suburb around the new Clarendon electric trolley station. It continued to thrive as a bedroom community after automobiles replaced the trains in the 1930’s and on through the 1950’s.

Ashton Heights today is a quiet, residential community of approximately 1800 households predominately in single-family homes on relatively narrow streets with mature shade trees. The long period over which Ashton Heights was established and renovated has resulted in a very non-homogeneous look to the neighborhood, prompting one observer in a 1990 Washington Post article to describe Ashton Heights as having “a feeling of historic depth.”

Check this out:  Walking Tour with the County Board Chair

As of September 5,  there were 5 active listings in this neighborhood, and 3 homes currently under contract.  In the past three months, fully 9 homes have sold — that’s a lot.  This is a popular neighborhood, and once you take that walking tour you’ll know why.