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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

by ARLnow.com June 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm 3,730 35 Comments

“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away,” goes the quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.”

If you’re looking to heed the 32nd president’s wisdom, there are at least 14 open houses for you to choose from in Arlington this weekend.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

3118 17th Street North
Single Family Detached — 4 Bed / 6 Bath
Listed: $1,629,000
Agent: Ruth Boyer
Open: Sunday, June 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5204 20th Street North
Single Family Detached — 4 Bed / 4 Bath
Listed: $899,000
Agent: Ashton Vessali
Open: Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

805 Quincy Street South
Single Family Detached — 3 Bed / 3 Bath
Listed: $599,900
Agent: Elizabeth Bouchard
Open: Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2001 15th Street North
Condominium — 2 Bed / 1 Bath
Listed: $554,990
Agent: Christopher Owens
Open: Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1021 Garfield Street
Condominium — 1 Bed / 1 Bath
Listed: $419,900
Agent: Debbie Kent
Open: Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

  • CW

    No links? Boooooo, too much work….

  • drax

    Really unfortunate FDR quote right after a massive housing crisis.

  • South Awwlington

    Lyon Village is mine!

    • John Fontain

      Over the last few years, the locals have begun to call it “BCN Village” for obvious reasons.

      • SomeGuy

        I want to ask what those “obvious reasons” are, but I’m not sure if I should…

        • CrystalMikey

          Don’t be scared, just an Arlington-based developer.

        • John Fontain

          Almost every old house that comes on the market in that neighborhood is purchased by BCN Homes, who then tears down and builds new. Nothing wrong with new builds, just interesting to watch the ever-growing percentage of the neighborhood turning into new builds by BCN.

          BCN is a local builder that started out as a husband and wife team and which now employs a large full time staff, most of which are from NVR (NV Homes/Ryan Homes). If the buyers of these homes knew they were essentially buying an NV product, I doubt they’d be as willing to shell out the over the top prices for their homes. But so far, the market hasn’t figured this out yet. They still think they are buying from a boutique builder.

          • WeiQiang

            That’s actually informative, John. Thank you.

            Troutman has been dominating the building in our neighborhood. They do a nice job.

          • Tina

            A lot of people think bcn is ruining Lyon village so the phrase bcn village is actually derogatory.

          • John Fontain

            The naming convention “BCN Village” follows the original naming convention in that Lyon Village was named after Frank Lyon, who originally developed that neighborhood back in the 20’s and 30’s. Now that so much of it is getting torn down and replaced by BCN houses, the name BCN Village seems appropriate.

          • If you build it

            BCN = Brian and Chris Normile of the Liberty Tavern.

      • Vicente Fox

        Barcelona airport?

        • WeiQiang

          Barthelona, to you

  • CW

    I’ve pointed this out before in general, but it’s weird that the SFH listings never seem to have photos of the yard. Even on the $1.6M there’s only one photo of the outside, and that’s street view. Considering that you’re essentially paying a premium of many hundreds of thousands specifically to have said piece of property (you could have your granite whatever in a condo, townhouse, or apt), one would logically think that agents would put more focus on this aspect.

    • Juanita de Talmas

      They’re hoping potential buyers will forget how much work a yard is.

      • greenie

        A yard is easy if you get rid of most of the stupid grass and plant ground cover, beds and trees instead. Better too.

      • WeiQiang

        Folks hire people to do that

    • drax

      These homes don’t have yards, just enormous footprints with tiny paved spaces to cover the rest.

      • Mary-Austin

        featuring two car garages as prominently as possible.

        • ponce de Lyon

          usually 2 story “garages” with plumbing and AC (“non occupancy units” my arse)

        • drax

          Some are giant garages with attached houses.

    • John Fontain

      I think the problem is that the listing info provided on this site only includes a handful of the pictures that are actually included in the full listing available from other sources. For example, the N. 17th Street house has 30 pictures here….

      http://franklymls.com/AR7859773

      ….including a couple of the back yard. However, the listing as shown through Arlnow only includes 12 of those pictures.

      • CW

        Ah, now this makes sense.

      • CMo

        I walked through the 17th Street home last weekend – met the builder on-site when I was just passing by. This guy has done a spectacular job on this home. The neighborhood is great, the quality of workmanship is great. The reooms are a little smaller than I would have liked, but if the kids are small or have moved off to college and will only be home to crash every now and then, this home is definitely worth a look.

        • John Fontain
        • John

          The 17th Street home is hardly a starter home or an empty nester home. I don’t think every family with a couple of kids is looking for a 7,000sf house with oversized rooms. Compared to the Arlington colonials that were built later in the 50s, this house is actually fairly large.

        • R. Griffon

          +1

          I saw this home when it was up for sale back in the Fall. I think it was an estate sale, and was in really sad shape as it had obviously suffered from years (most likely decades) of neglect. I figured someone would end up bulldozing it.

          I think the builder did an INCREDIBLE job with their renovation and I couldn’t even believe it was the same house when walking through. And they especially deserve credit IMHO for restoring an old period home instead of taking the easy route and putting up a new cheaply built McMansion.

    • Choogirl

      Actually, you pay a premium for condos here in Arlington, not SFH. People buy the SFH here because of the SQF, not the yard. I know you can’t get that amount of SQF in the 17th Street home for only 1.6 million in a condo building.

  • Another open house

    One more… this one is mine!

    3301 S. 5th Street (Arlington Heights)
    Townhouse – 3 BR/ 3 BA, fully renovated with garage
    Listed: $515,000
    Open: Sunday, June 24 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm

    http://www.3301S5th.com

  • Elvis

    6 bathrooms?!?!?!

    • malaka

      yet a 200 + seat restaurant will only have 2

  • BlueSkies

    I look at those cookie cutter North Arlington condos and their prices and think, wow – thank goodness for South Arlington!

    • ponce de Lyon

      Where hookers are still so affordable too!

  • yes again

    “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away,” goes the quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.”

    This is the same BS line I was given by a real estate agent in September 2007. If you are going to market real estate as an investment you should be liable for damages and should be responsible for fair disclosure. It’s BS like this that really shows the lack of integrity in the whole home buying process and is, in conjunction with the Mortgage industry, the cause of the whole real estate bubble and resulting price collapse.

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