Glencarlyn Homes For Sale, Arlington VA
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Arlington, Virginia is Glencaryln—a charming place with a nice range of homes for sale as well as local pride and involvement. With quiet tree-lined streets, delightful parks and a nationally recognized historic district, this community in the western part of the county is a quintessential example of “Small Town, USA.”
This is a place with some very deep roots. The Ball-Sellers House is largely regarded as the oldest standing structure in Arlington, originally built in 1742 as a one-room log cabin and later expanded and sided with clapboard. Step inside, and the original logs, daubing and ancient wide-plank floors are still in evidence.
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It wasn’t until 1888 however, that the neighborhood had its official founding, with developers Samuel S. Burdett (a former congressman from Missouri) and George W. Curtis offering lots for sale at a hundred bucks a pop. Back then, Glencarlyn served as a summer community for the elites of Washington, DC. But the arrival of streetcars and a gradual influx of new year-round residents soon turned this into one of Arlington’s early suburbs.
Arlington Boulevard serves as a northern border for much of this multisided locale. Surrounding neighborhoods include Bon Air and Boulevard Manor to the north, Barcroft to the east and Columbia Heights to the south. There’s also plentiful greenspace all along the northeastern, eastern and southern perimeters, with Bluemont Park, Four Mile Run and Glencarlyn Park.
Residential development was a slow and leisurely process in Glencarlyn. The original 384 lots took decades to sell and the peak years of construction actually occurred from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. More recently, there has been another mini-surge with newer homes for sale. The result is an interesting blend of architecture, including Victorian, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, brick Ramblers and other mid-century contemporary forms. The latest trend is an Arts & Crafts throwback style with all the modern luxury features. As for prices, recent homes for sale in Glencarlyn have listed between $650,000 and $900,000.
With local parades, events and celebrations of the community’s history, Glencarlyn is a neighborhood that is pleasantly upscale without being exorbitantly overpriced. The Glencarlyn Dog Park is a favorite place for neighbors to meet and stretch their legs. Those desiring a longer stroll with their canine companions can venture along a hiking trail and rocky creek.
Other local attractions include the Glencarlyn Library as well as the nearby Bluemont/Bon Air Walkabout with its connecting paths, parks and gardens. Schools in the area include Carlin Springs Elementary and Kenmore Middle School.