- 5 Beds
- 4.5 Baths
- 3,240 SqFt
Alcova Heights Homes For Sale, Arlington VA
Offering a diverse array of lovely old homes for sale, Alcova Heights is loaded with charm. This historic Arlington community also has plenty of local amenities—residents can walk to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants at the eastern and southern borders of Glebe Street and Columbia Pike respectively. The neighborhood is also bound by George Mason Drive to the west and Arlington Blvd to the north.
Alcova Heights dates back to an early agrarian existence—the oldest surviving property was built in 1850 as “Springhill Farm.” In 1915, residential development took a step forward when State Senator Joseph C. Byers purchased the farm plus 142 acres of land from the Columbia Land Company. Byers renamed the farmhouse Alcova—an abbreviation for Alexandria County which later became Arlington. Byers resold lots for five cents per square foot, and also laid out a number of streets. Before long, homes were being built and the newly named Alcova Heights was a bustling suburb with trolley service running all the way to DC.
Because so many lots were sold individually during the community’s early development, homes for sale in Alcova Heights present a delightful variety—you might find Colonial, Craftsman, Victorian and Mediterranean all in the same block for instance. Properties built prior to 1930 largely occupy the southeastern quadrant of the neighborhood, with continued construction filling in over the years.
There’s little residential development in the northern section of the community—this is where Arlington Hall was built in the 1920s as a select junior college for women. The property was taken over by the government during World War II and used for the Army Signals Intelligence Corps, followed by decades of use by various intelligence agencies. The complex currently houses a National Foreign Affairs Training Center and U.S. National Guard Readiness Center.
Homes for sale in Alcova Heights have recently ranged in price from the mid-six figures to over a million dollars. While the neighborhood is dominated by detached single-family dwellings, there are also some townhouses along the Columbia Pike border. Adjoining neighborhoods include Barcroft to the west and Arlington Heights to the east. Residents here also enjoy Alcova Heights Park.