Arlington, VA

An open house is currently scheduled this weekend to tour a new “tiny house” built in the Clarendon area.

Tours will be offered to interested members of the public from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, according to local home builder Arlington Designer Homes. The 860 square foot house, at 1031 N. Cleveland Street, was “custom designed and built for an environmentally-conscious family that values smaller, simpler living.”

“This sensibly-organized, energy-efficient home could be a model for accessory dwelling units throughout the county,” said Andrew Moore, President of Arlington Designer Homes. “The home offers the latest in energy saving technology, including energy efficient Jeld-Wen windows and doors, Hardie siding, low VOC paints, and LED lights,”

The tiny house — which, to be clear, is not for sale — is expected to be certified under the Arlington Green Home Choice Program.

“Proving that good things do come in small packages, this tiny home features two bedrooms, two baths, a full galley kitchen, a front porch, tons of light, and is walking distance from restaurants, shops and Metro,” a press release noted.

“Home trends in Northern Virginia are changing. More and more of our clients are looking for smaller, well-designed and well-organized spaces – especially in Arlington,” Moore said. “This tiny house demonstrates that you can build smaller and smarter, without sacrificing style or comfort.”

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Rumor has it the Febrey-Lothrop House (6407 Wilson Blvd) — the home on a huge lot at the corner of Wilson Blvd and N. McKinley Road — could be headed to market soon.

The 9+ acre parcel, which includes the main house and two other side buildings, is one of the last large pieces of contiguous property of its kind in space-constrained Arlington.

Officials have recently been made aware that the property was for sale, according to Arlington County spokeswoman Jennifer Smith. The property is listed as a “generational” site in the county’s Parks Master Plan (page 162) — a place that could be potentially acquired and turned into a public park, although it’s just a block from Upton Hill Regional Park.

The county, with its need for land for schools and public facilities, might also consider it for other uses.

The house sits removed from the main road, near Seven Corners, on a long driveway. It’s an isolated, wooded retreat even though it’s just two miles down Wilson Blvd from the high rises of Ballston. The exterior of the house is in a disheveled state. Windows are broken, paint is peeling away from the side of the building, foxes drink from rainwater in the clogged pool.

The property’s financial value is in the large tract of mostly undeveloped land.

“In terms of development potential, the price (of around $30 million) is reasonable, as the land is already zoned for single-family homes and/or townhouses development,” local activist Suzanne Sundberg, who supports converting the property into a park and potentially a school, told ARLnow. “With so little undeveloped land in the county that comes on the market once in a blue moon, we cannot afford to be picky about location. Land is land.”

Sundberg noted that, should the property be developed as housing, it could stress already-crowded local schools.

“With the proposed upzoning of single-family neighborhoods, the property could hold 2, 3 or even 4 times as much housing as the current estimate [of] 67 townhouses,” she wrote.

The property also holds some sentimental value in its long and curious history of opulence.

“The expansive size of the property… with a number of domestic and agricultural outbuildings surrounded by mid-twentieth-century development, adds to the grandeur of the main dwelling,” an architectural survey of Arlington prepared in 2009 said.

The earliest records of the property show a house being built at the then-rural property in 1855. The original building, called Fairmount, no longer exists but later additions to the property were incorporated into the new structures.

The property was purchased by Alvin Lothrop — one of the founders of the Woodward and Lothrop department stores chain — in 1898. By 1907 the Fairmount building was destroyed and replaced with the colonial revival style home, inspired by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Lothrop died in 1912, and the family maintained the estate through the Second World War, when it was reportedly leased to Howard Hughes, according to Arlington Magazine. Among the guests entertained at the house were movie star Jane Russell.

After the war, the home was purchased by local real estate developer, socialite and expert horseman Randy Rouse. When Rouse purchased the property, most of the acreage was broken up to form the Dominion Hills neighborhood, though he kept the house and the surrounding property.

Rouse was briefly married to The Honeymooners star Audrey Meadows. The stress of her commute from Arlington up to New York on Fridays reportedly took a toll on their short-lived marriage, according to local historian Charlie Clark.

Rouse died in 2017 at the age of 100. The business Randolph Rouse Interprises is still listed as operating out of the building.

Map via Google Maps

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A substantial portion of Arlington’s Foxcroft Heights neighborhood is listed for sale for $11 million.

The properties between 901 and 925 S. Orme Street — a block-long row of brick houses bordering Columbia Pike and across from the Sheraton Pentagon City hotel — are touted in the listing as a “tear down” redevelopment opportunity.

It’s currently the most expensive real estate listing in Arlington.

The listing suggests the tiny neighborhood near the Air Force Memorial is primed for “integrated gentrification” with the planned reconfiguration of eastern Columbia Pike with the expansion of Arlington National Cemetery, not to mention Amazon’s nearby HQ2.

“The re-development of 901-925 Block can and will be simultaneous with the planned redevelopment and expansion of Arlington National Cemetery and the most eastern corridor of Columbia Pike, allowing for vast and integrated gentrification of the area,” the listing says. “It is an exceptional opportunity to revitalize and rebuild a part of Arlington County that has remained virtually forgotten for the past 50 years.”

The listing says that a developer should be able to build a five-story residential building, with up to 71 new units of housing, on the 0.75 acre site.

It’s unclear if any of the new apartment units would ultimately be designated as affordable housing, or what will happen to the current residents along Orme Street. Matt McMullan, the president of the Foxcroft Heights Civic Association, said the group has discussed the listing with residents “at a number of association meetings.”

“This is not the first time that gentrification has been broached with the neighborhood, and historically, residents have been divided on the topic,” said McMullan.

The listing’s real estate agent, Barbara Johnson, said she had no comment. The full listing is below.

Amazing opportunity to tear down and build 5-6 stories in prime Arlington County location! Foxcroft Heights is Arlington’s best kept secret, with a location one mile from the Pentagon Metro and Crystal City-Amazon HQ-2, and one stop light to the 14th Street Bridge. Incredible views of Arlington National Cemetery, USAF Memorial, the Capital and the Washington Monument starting on the 3rd floor. Lots & Alley Parcels comprise 32,427 square feet of buildable space. Yield Analysis and Pricing are based upon 5 floors with two levels of underground parking. Total Gross Building Area is 75,578 Square Feet, 71 units ranging 950-1200 square feet, 8814 Square Feet of Open Space, and 77 parking spaces. Commercial Mixed Use on first floor allowed, but Yield is based on Maximum Residential use under the Form Based Code. Call or email for complete package of materials. FYI: If timed correctly, the re-development of 901-925 Block can and will be simultaneous with the planned redevelopment and expansion of Arlington National Cemetery and the most eastern corridor of Columbia Pike, allowing for vast and integrated gentrification of the area. It is an exceptional opportunity to revitalize and rebuild a part of Arlington County that has remained virtually forgotten for the past 50 years.

Images (2-3) via Google Maps

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There’s precious little open, developable land left in Arlington, but one of the bigger privately-owned properties is now for sale.

A 1.72 acre property at 1722 N. Glebe Road, adjacent to Glebe Elementary School and Capital Life Church, is listed for sale at $8,820,117. Previously home to Hill’s Nursery and Camellia Garden, the property includes a boarded-up house built in 1941 but is otherwise mostly trees and empty land across three connected lots.

“It’s the largest property on the market in Arlington right now, even though it’s listed online as 1.32 acres, across all three lots it’s actually 1.72,” said the listing agent, Jeena Ingraham of Samson Properties.

The asking price has been marked down from $9.9 million when it was first listed on July 23.

“Rarely available, tear-down and build in North Arlington, very close to D.C. Previously the Hill Nursery, the property is being sold as is,” the listing says, adding that it’s “7 miles from Amazon’s HQ2.”

Though the property is adjacent to Glebe Elementary, an Arlington Public Schools spokesman said the school system has no plans to purchase it.

There are also no plans for Arlington County to acquire the lots, a spokeswoman for the Arlington Dept. of Environmental Services said, even though the county has been actively trying to acquire properties for public use.

The minimum lot requirement for a single-family home in Arlington’s R-6 zoning district is 6,000 square feet, so 12 homes could potentially fit in 1.72 acres. However, it would require a lengthy subdivision process with the County, which Ingraham said she has not begun.

“We’ve had plenty of interest from investors and developers looking to build their family-home portfolio, but nothing confirmed yet,” she said.

Nearby homes listed on real estate website Redfin average in the $1 million range, suggesting that whoever purchases it will likely need to build several properties to turn a profit.

As for the owner and the nearly $9 million listing price?

“He’s a native to Arlington, and it’s his vision,” Ingraham said.

Image 1, 3 via Google Maps, Image 2 via Samson Properties

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

6513 36th Street N
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Janet Callander
Listed: $1,797,500
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

969 N Harrison Street
4 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $1,198,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1302 S Glebe Road
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Melinda Estridge
Listed: $914,900
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

3207 S Glebe Road
3 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: James Larsen
Listed: $739,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1200 N Hartford Street #307
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: George Torres
Listed: $599,980
Open: Saturday 2-5 p.m.

 

1600 N Oak Street
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: George Koutsoukos
Listed: $459,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

5101 8th Road S
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Dalil Ahmed
Listed: $179,500
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

929 N Daniel Street
6 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Ronald Cathell
Listed: $1,799,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1847 N Columbus Street
5 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Debbie Kent
Listed: $1,399,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1411 N Key Boulevard
3 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: John Kirk
Listed: $949,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m.

 

13 S Abingdon Street
3 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Casey O’neal
Listed: $695,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1800 S Stafford Street
3 bed/1 bath single-family home
Agent: Michael Webb
Listed: $569,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2831 S Glebe Road
2 bed/1 bath, 1 half bath multi-family
Agent: Adam Adamovich
Listed: $465,000
Open: Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m.

 

750 S Dickerson Street
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Elizabeth Crawford
Listed: $150,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

4957 N. Rock Spring Road
5 bed/5 bath single-family home
Agent: Diane Lewis
Listed: $2,099,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2138 N. Patrick Henry Drive
4 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Warren Kluth
Listed: $1,385,000
Open: Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m.

 

4336 N. Henderson Road
4 bed/3 bath, 2 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Sarita Sethi
Listed: $925,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1633 S. Taylor Street
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: David Moya
Listed: $824,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2001 15th Street N.
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Virginia King
Listed: $613,000
Open: Sunday 1:30-3:30 p.m.

 

1211 S. Eads Street
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Suhad Rasoul
Listed: $515,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

818 S. Arlington Mill Drive
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Giselle Camacho
Listed: $225,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-3 p.m.

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

2923 24th Road N.
6 bed/6 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: John Eric
Listed: $1,949,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1600 N. Clarendon Boulevard
2 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Marybeth Fraser
Listed: $1,269,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2066 N. Oakland Street
3 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Saundra Giannini
Listed: $925,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

5133 12th Street S.
5 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: Grace Mathieson
Listed: $799,800
Open: Saturday 12-2 p.m.

 

14 S. Manchester Street
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath condo
Agent: M. Joseph Reef
Listed: $599,900
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1515 S. Arlington Ridge Road
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $499,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

880 N. Pollard Street
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $385,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

5145 38th Street N.
6 bed/5 bath single-family home
Agent: Karen Close
Listed: $1,640,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

4009 N. River Street
4 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: Patrice Angle
Listed: $1,249,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

5716 7th Street N.
3 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Beth Cleveland
Listed: $969,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3924 7th Street S.
3 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: A. Casey O’Neal
Listed: $747,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2720 S. Arlington Mill Drive
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Margaret Richardson
Listed: $565,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2125 N. Monroe Street
2 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Harris M. Weingrad
Listed: $475,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

801 S. Greenbrier Street
2 bed, 2 bath condo
Agent: Vicky Durandisse
Listed: $355,000
Open: Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

4117 18th Street N
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Conor Sullivan
Listed: $1,625,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3200 N Lorcom Lane
5 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Kathryn Loughney
Listed: $1,450,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

5715 N Fairfax Drive
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Joan Stansfield
Listed: $950,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1404 S Randolph Street
4 bed/3 bath, single-family home
Agent: Tracey Barrett
Listed: $749,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1800 N Wilson Boulevard
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $539,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2831 S Glebe Road
2 bed/1 bath, 1 half bath multi-family
Agent: Anthony Adamovich
Listed: $465,000
Open: Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m.

 

1300 S Army Navy Drive
1 bed/1 bath, condo
Agent: Faryal Rashid
Listed: $227,900
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

105 N Oakland Street
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: David Lloyd
Listed: $1,549,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2032 N Taylor Street
4 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Aaron Probasco
Listed: $1,269,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2332 N Van Buren Court
3 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: David Cabo
Listed: $908,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

648 S Illinois Street
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Tim Royster
Listed: $775,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

2000 S Langley Street
4 bed/2 bath single-family home
Agent: Anh-Thu Vu
Listed: $649,999
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3600 S Glebe Road
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Breshkie Gardizi
Listed: $599,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2100 N Lee Highway
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Brian Huber
Listed: $349,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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