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Welcome to a new round of open houses to check out across Arlington this weekend!

Currently, there are 599 homes for sale. Of those for sale, 342 are condos, 208 are detached homes and 49 are townhomes. The median sales price is $730,000 with a median list price of $715,000, according to Homesnap.

Here’s a look at some of the open houses taking place in Arlington this weekend:

  • 4082 Lorcom Lane
    5 BR/4.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Stone fireplace, patio, custom dining room chandelier
    Listed: $1,999,900
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Robert Ferguson – RE/MAX Allegiance)
  • 5130 38th Street N.
    4 BR/3 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Gas fireplace, fenced backyard, hardwood floors
    Listed: $1,379,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Kelly Basheer Garrett – TTR Sotheby’s International Realty)
  • 1276 N. Wayne Street #407
    3 BR/2 BA Condo
    Noteworthy: New bamboo flooring, gas fireplace, two balconies
    Listed: $865,000
    Open: Saturday, 1-4 p.m. (Eduardo Manus – KW Metro Center)
  • 862 N. Arlington Mill Drive
    3 BR/2 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Expanded home, upgraded kitchen, hardwood floors
    Listed: $950,000
    Open: Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Jane Morrison – Keller Williams Realty)
  • 5937 2nd Street S.
    4 BR/2 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Fenced backyard, patio, walk-up attic
    Listed: $798,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Natalie Roy – KW Metro Center)
  • 5818 Washington Boulevard
    2 BR/2 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Attic, remodeled backyard, freshly painted
    Listed: $695,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Omar Sherzai – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.)

See all Arlington open house listings here.

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Real estate sign in the Arlington Heights neighborhood (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

This Wall Street Journal article telling the story of the steep price of single-family homes in Arlington has attracted lots of local attention this week.

The crux of the story: members of the Millennial generation, many of whom first came to the area as apartment-dwelling singles, are increasingly starting families and looking to trade up to single-family homes, but a lack of supply has made it difficult for them to find something affordable in Arlington.

Still, Arlington remains an attractive place to live, particularly for the mix of suburban-style living and urban-style amenities.

From WSJ:

But many of those millennials are well paid and want larger homes than they would get in those high-rises, said David Howell, executive vice president and chief information officer with McEnearney Associates in Washington. Others are starting families or moving to Arlington for its good schools, said Mr. Howell, or for new jobs with federal agencies and Arlington-based companies such as Boeing Co. or Nestlé SA’s U.S. headquarters. There is little land for building new single-family housing, he noted. The pandemic worsened the shortage, according to Ryan McLaughlin, chief executive officer of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. Older homeowners didn’t downsize, he said, and others renovated houses they now hesitate to leave. Now, he added, owners also balk at trading low mortgage rates for new, higher ones.

“Single-family homes are the hottest ticket in town, for sure,” said Mr. McLaughlin. “The extraordinary price growth has left many homeowners with very expensive homes while leaving first-time home buyers wondering how they will afford to buy one.”

Despite the slowdown in the overall market, the median price for a single-family detached home in Arlington County rose by 16.5% between July 2021 and July 2022, according to Bright MLS. The average number of days homes stay on the market rose from July 2021, but only by two days to 18 days, the service reported. At the end of July 2022, there were 147 detached homes on the market in Arlington, 21 more than in July 2021, according to Bright MLS.

Of course, not everyone needs a single-family detached home. Some would-be homeowners would be happy (or happier) with a single-family attached home, like a townhouse or a duplex.

But those are in shorter supply. The number of townhouses currently on the market is less than half the number of single-family detached homes, according to Redfin data. On the other hand, townhouses and duplexes are, on average, considerably less expensive than single-family detached homes, which have a current average sale price of just over $1.2 million, according to Redfin.

Arlington’s missing middle housing initiative may end up changing zoning to allow for more townhouses, duplexes and other smaller-scale multi-family housing types, but for now the reality is that there’s more to choose from if you were interested in detached homes on one end of the spectrum or condos in larger complexes on the other.

Given the WSJ story about the popularity of single-family detached homes, and the on-going missing middle debate, we were interested in finding out the housing preferences of readers if you take price out of the equation.

If all other things were equal, including price, what would be your preferred home type (detached or attached) and location type (a more leafy, suburban setting, or a more urban setting with amenities like restaurants and transit nearby) within Arlington?

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Morning Notes

A construction crane moves a building element at a site along N. Glebe Road in Ballston (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Arlington Housing Costs Still Rising — “The District of Columbia continued to lead the pack with an average per-square-foot sales price of $543, down from $555. Falls Church also reported a small decline, dropping 1.2 percent from $432 to $427. All other jurisdictions were up from July 2021: Arlington’s average per-square-foot sales price of $473 rose 4.2 percent from $454; Alexandria’s average of $410 was up 0.7 percent from $407.” [Sun Gazette]

Single-Family Homes Are in Demand — “Home sales may have belly-flopped in July, but the average sales price of a single-family home just kept on pushing into record territory in Arlington, according to new sales data. Will that be a symbol of the ‘new normal’ in local real estate – fewer sales, higher prices – or is it something of a bacchanalian feast before a significant correction approaches? Only time will tell.” [Sun Gazette]

Acquisition for Local Company — “Defense contractor AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) has made its first acquisition since relocating to Arlington from California last year. The company, a leading supplier of small unmanned aerial vehicles to the U.S. military, said Wednesday it has acquired Planck Aerosystems, a privately held San Diego company that provides navigational technology for drones and other unmanned aircraft systems.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 86 and low of 68. Sunrise at 6:27 am and sunset at 8:00 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A driver was nearly carjacked in a parking garage about a block from the Crystal City Metro station.

The incident happened around 10:20 p.m. last night (Wednesday) on the 200 block of 18th Street S.

“A patrol officer was flagged down by the victim who reported an attempted carjacking,” Arlington County police said today in a crime report. “Upon arrival, it was determined the victim was in his parked vehicle when the suspect approached his passenger side door. The suspect demanded the victim unlock the car door and had what appeared to be a possible firearm in his pocket.”

Despite the would-be carjacker potentially having a gun, the driver drove off it — and was able to successfully flee. He then saw two additional suspects.

“The victim drove away at which time he observed two other possible suspects flee the scene on foot with the first suspect,” said ACPD.

No one was hurt. Police say they are still investigating.

The last reported carjacking in Arlington happened last month along S. Fern Street, also in the Crystal City area.

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(Updated at 1:55 p.m.) Police have a suspect in custody after a man allegedly seen with a gun ran from officers in the Lyon Park area.

Officers and at least one K-9 unit on the ground, as well as the U.S. Park Police helicopter in the air, were looking for the man, who reportedly brandished a weapon at an officer along the 2400 block of Washington Blvd, near the Route 50 ramps, and then ran off.

After a search of the area, a suspect was taken into custody without incident, according to scanner traffic.

Residents should expect to see continued police activity in the area, though the response is now being scaled down. Nearby Long Branch Elementary School was placed in “secure the school mode” during the search, according to scanner traffic. Some roads were also blocked during the search.

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Bear spotted in Arlington in June (photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington)

Most of the time we save our most-read stories of the year countdown to the end of the year.

But it’s the summer news doldrums, we’re short-staffed, a planned story fell through, and, well, just like that week between Christmas and New Year’s we need to fill some space. Hey, it happens.

It’s not that we don’t have anything to report, it’s just that the things on our coverage calendar will take more time and since our founding in 2010 we’ve stuck to a cadence where we publish throughout the day on weekdays, not leaving large gaps between stories.

So, that’s a very meta way to set up an early look at our most-read stories for the year. For whatever reason, despite robust readership in 2022, the total view numbers for the top stories are noticeably lower than previous years. Whether that’s a product of Facebook algorithms or otherwise, it’s hard to say at this point.

We’ll give you the view numbers at the end of the year (stay tuned), but as it stands today here are the five most-read stories of 2022 so far:

  1. Bear spotted casually walking around Arlington today (June 6)
  2. Anonymous threat prompts lockdown, evacuations at Yorktown High School (Feb. 10)
  3. Two arrested after incorrect order leads to violence at local McDonald’s (Jan. 25)
  4. U.S. Marshal Service, ACPD on scene of fatal leap from building (March 25)
  5. A bunny has apparently infiltrated the Pentagon (Feb. 14)
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An Amazon van was towed from an apartment complex on Tuesday. This was the second time we’ve noted one of the company’s delivery vehicles getting towed.

It raises a question: should delivery drivers get special treatment and a blind eye turned to violating a given property owner’s parking rules, or should the rules apply to them too?

In the latest case, tow company Advanced Towing told ARLnow that Amazon’s van was parked in a fire lane — and, indeed, we spotted “no parking, fire lane” signs on the property.

Fire lanes are there for a reason, but the flip side of the argument is that delivery drivers have a tough job to do and only stay in one place for a brief period of time, making it less likely that they’ll end up getting in the way of something important.

So what do you think? For the purposes of this poll, we’ll set aside the issue of delivery drivers blocking lanes on public streets and instead focus on those on private property.

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Morning Notes

A plaza between buildings in Ballston, including Salt Line’s outdoor patio space (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Arlington Real Estate in WSJ — “Buying a single-family home in Arlington, Va., is a study in patience… With persistence and perseverance, these families were able to buy a house in their favorite Washington, D.C., suburb.” [Wall Street Journal]

Record Low Tax Delinquency — “Treasurer Carla de la Pava announced that the delinquency rate for taxes on real estate and personal property had fallen to 0.161 percent, down from 0.177 percent a year before and the lowest not just in county history but perhaps the lowest ever among any jurisdiction in Virginia history – and maybe more. ‘I would be shocked if it was matched anywhere in the U.S.,’ de la Pava said, praising her ‘dream team’ of staff.” [Sun Gazette]

Welcome from APS Superintendent — Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán has released a video message for families returning to Arlington schools soon. [Vimeo]

WWII Airman’s ANC Burial — “A U.S. Army airman killed during WWII and unaccounted for until earlier this year will finally get a proper burial, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The remains of U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Adolph ‘Leonard’ Olenik were identified earlier this year. He’ll be laid to rest Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.” [Patch]

Dracula at Synetic — “Arlington-based Synetic Theater has announced plans for a ‘Vampire Ball’ to celebrate both Halloween and its upcoming production of ‘Dracula.’ The Oct. 28 event will provide ‘everything you need for a spooktacular night,’ the troupe said. ‘We’re talking Dracula-themed cocktails, dancing, physical theater, spooky Georgian remixes and more.'” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Thursday — Clear throughout the day. High of 84 and low of 64. Sunrise at 6:26 am and sunset at 8:01 pm. [Weather.gov]

‘To Sail Around the Sun’ Returns to the Kennedy Center — Company E, Washington, DC’s leading contemporary repertory dance company, will return its catered-to-kids performance of ‘To Sail Around the Sun’ to the Kennedy Center on National… [Press Release]

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A man allegedly got mad and drew a gun when an employee at a local car wash asked him to move his vehicle.

The incident happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Mr. Wash car wash on the 100 N. Glebe Road, according to scanner traffic. No one was hurt.

Police say they have since identified the suspect.

From today’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

BRANDISHING, 2022-08160067, 100 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 10:16 a.m. on August 16, police were dispatched to the report of a brandishing. Upon arrival, it was determined an employee of the business approached the suspect and requested he move his parked vehicle which was blocking other customers. A verbal dispute ensued, during which the suspect allegedly brandished a firearm before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. No injuries were reported. During the course of the investigation, officers identified the suspect and obtained a warrant for Brandishing a Firearm within 1,000 feet of a School. The investigation is ongoing.

Also Tuesday morning, a man allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven store in Virginia Square, assaulted an employee, and then went back into the store to steal more items.

ROBBERY, 2022-08160042, 3500 block of Fairfax Drive. At approximately 8:42 a.m. on August 16, police were dispatched to the report of a dispute in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined the unknown male suspect entered into the business, took several items off of the shelves and attempted to leave without paying. An employee confronted him, during which a verbal dispute ensued. Another employee attempted to intervene and the suspect struck him before leaving the business. The suspect quickly reentered the business, stole additional merchandise and fled the scene on foot. A lookout for the suspect was broadcast and officers canvassed the area yielding negative results. No injuries were reported.

That afternoon, another retail robbery led police on an ultimately futile search for the suspect, who is believed to have fled via Metro.

The robbery happened at the Costco store in Pentagon City.

“At approximately 12:54 p.m. on August 16, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery,” ACPD said. “The investigation determined the unknown male suspect was allegedly attempting to leave a business with unpaid merchandise when he was confronted by loss prevention.”

“A verbal dispute ensued, during which the suspect implied he had a knife before fleeing the scene with the stolen items,” the crime report continues. “The employees followed the suspect out of the business as he continued to verbally threaten them.”

The suspect was seen fleeing into the Pentagon City Metro station, but officers arrived at the platform just as a Blue Line train was departing, according to scanner traffic. That led to unsuccessful efforts to get Metro to stop the train at the Pentagon, at the Arlington Cemetery station, and finally in Rosslyn, per police radio traffic.

“A lookout for the suspect was broadcast and officers canvassed the surrounding area with negative results,” said the crime report.

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The exterior of the Arlington County Justice Center, where county courts are located (via Google Maps)

It’s once again the time of year when Arlington’s circuit court starts to select its jury pool for the next year.

Juror questionnaires are being sent soon to tens of thousands of Arlington and Falls Church residents, for jury duty in 2023. Would-be jurors are randomly selected from the voter rolls and will receive questionnaires in the mail.

Most jury trials in the circuit court last 1-2 days, an Arlington County press release says.

The full press release is below.

The Arlington Circuit Court, which includes the City of Falls Church, will soon begin its annual juror qualification process. Juror questionnaires will be mailed in August to approximately 35,000 randomly selected residents of Arlington County and Falls Church City. These Questionnaires are used to qualify residents for jury duty which begins January 1, 2023 and ends December 31, 2023.

  • In accordance with State law, questionnaires are distributed annually to a random selection of residents of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church.
  • Recipients are selected from registered voter rolls provided by the State Board of Elections.
  • If you do not receive a form in the US Mail, there is nothing you need to do.
  • Jury Commissioners appointed by the Court review the questionnaires to determine eligibility for service according to criteria established by the General Assembly.

For more information about jury duty, including a list of individuals who are exempt from serving, please visit the Jury Duty page on the County website.

Not everyone will receive a Juror Questionnaire via Postcard in the US Mail. If you DO receive the form, please follow the steps below:

  • Read and carefully follow the instructions on the postcard.
  • Using your Candidate/Juror ID# printed on the postcard, visit the secure Juror Website at https://ejuror.arlingtonva.us/ to complete and submit the form online.
  • If you cannot logon to the Website, please try again later or try another browser.
  • If you do not have a computer, to have a paper copy of the form mailed to you, call 703-228-3123 and provide: 1) Candidate/Juror ID#, Pool #, and Group #; 2) first and last name; 3) street address with zip code; and 4) contact phone# or email for follow-up if needed. The Court prefers online submission to save time and resources.
  • Some questions on the form require submission of documents as proof of hardship (i.e., doctor’s notes, travel documents, military orders) and/or detailed explanations in the Remarks section. All information is kept confidential and destroyed after use.
  • If you no longer live in Virginia or have moved out of Arlington County or the City of Falls Church, there are questions on the form that will disqualify you.
  • You are required to complete and return the questionnaire within 10 days of receipt.  Completing the form online saves resources.
  • Once submitted, your completed questionnaire will be processed by the Court.  There will be nothing further you need to do.  If you are qualified by the court to serve, you could receive a summons in the mail next year with detailed reporting instructions.
  • The questionnaire is not a summons to appear so please do not call the Clerk’s Office asking to be excused from jury duty.  Excuses will be considered if you receive a summons in the mail.
  • Failure to respond to the questionnaire or providing incomplete information may result in your being summoned to Court to complete the form in person.

Quick Facts About Jury Service

  • Normal term of service is one day or one trial.
  • The average length of a trial is 1 or 2 days, but trials can last longer.
  • Jurors must be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during their period of service (subject to change by the Court).
  • Jurors receive $30 each day they report for reimbursement of expenses.

Photo via Google Maps

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An Amazon delivery van was reported stolen yesterday near Ballston. Except it wasn’t stolen. It was towed.

The tow pits two Arlington institutions against each other — infamous local towing company Advanced Towing and, in the other corner, newer arrival Amazon. It also raises a general policy question: should delivery vehicles parked improperly on private property get towed?

The incident happened around 2 p.m. yesterday at a residential complex in the Buckingham neighborhood.

“At approximately 2:01 p.m. on August 16, police were dispatched to the 4300 block of 4th Street N. for the report of a stolen delivery vehicle,” Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage tells ARLnow. “Prior to officers arriving on scene, dispatch advised the vehicle had been towed from private property. Officers were then placed back into service.”

Soon thereafter, the van could be seen impounded in the Advanced Towing lot in Ballston.

Advanced says that the van was towed because it was parked in a fire lane on private property, and that the company tows regardless of whether the driver is making deliveries.

“The Amazon driver left their delivery vehicle unattended in a fire lane/no parking zone, rather than park in one of the open spaces,” the company said in a brief statement to ARLnow. “Amazon vehicles are not exempt from following the law or rules of someone’s private property.”

Signs at the address police were dispatched to do, in fact, explicitly state “No Parking — Fire Lane” and “Towed at Owner’s Expense,” though the exact location the van was parked prior to being towed is unclear.

ARLnow reached out to Amazon for comment but has not received answers to our questions as of publication.

This is not the first time Advanced has towed an Amazon van. ARLnow reported on a delivery van towed from an apartment parking lot in Falls Church in 2019.

Asked about delivery vans being towed and local towing policies, Savage referred readers to the county website.

“You can find information regarding private tows, also known as trespass tows, from private property on the County website and in County Code § 14.3-5. Removal of Trespassing Vehicles,” she wrote. “If a vehicle owner believes their vehicle was towed in error, they can report to Arlington County Police for investigation by submitting an online complaint or calling 703-228-4266.”

Advanced has long maintained that its local notoriety is the result of its efficiency in properly towing vehicles that are improperly parked and thus trespassing on private property. A lawsuit brought by former Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring for alleged predatory towing practices only resulted in a $750 fine — which owner John O’Neill touted as vindication.

The towing company also won some recent plaudits for a driver’s actions to help a man threatening to jump from an overpass.

ARLnow’s photographer, meanwhile, spotted another Amazon van getting away with some improper parking just steps from where the other van was towed. While looking for the original towing scene, we snapped an Amazon van parked on the private drive of the 4300 block of 4th Court N.

“Private street — no parking in alley — towing at owner’s expense,” read a sign at the entrance to the driveway. It was placed by Advanced’s competitor, A-1 Towing.

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