Fairlington Neighborhood Profile – The Washington Post

Although Criado would prefer to live closer to playgrounds, as parents of six, she and her husband need more space than Fairlington homes offer in their price range. She said that for families with fewer children, Fairlington would be a great place to live both because of its quality of life and neighborhood amenities.

Fairlington is also welcoming to animal lovers. Apparently everyone else walking around Fairlington on a recent mild afternoon was walking a dog. Utah Dog Park, a spacious dog park, was the destination for several puppies and their owners.

Amy Torgersen has been coming to the dog park with her golden retriever, George Washington, since moving here in July 2021 with her husband, who is in the military. Although they may have to leave the area next summer because of his job, they take George to the dog park at least once a day.

The dog park “was one of the reasons we chose our townhouse because he has a lot of energy and needs a lot of exercise,” Torgersen said. The couple wanted a quieter neighborhood within walking distance of interesting activities, such as restaurants and outdoor spaces. Fairlington’s proximity to the popular restaurant district of Shirlington was appealing.

Although the neighborhood doesn’t have a subway station, Torgersen, who commutes to Washington, said it wasn’t difficult to get downtown. She takes a bus to the Pentagon and then takes the subway into town.

“Public transportation to DC is really easy from the apartment we found; it’s convenient,” Torgersen said.

Nevertheless, most residents rely on their car. Some say they have never used public transport. Doug Swingle, who has lived in the neighborhood for seven years, says in pre-pandemic life he drove downtown to work. These days, he rarely ventures into the District.

“It’s one of those crazy things where downtown almost feels like 100 miles away sometimes,” Swingle said. When he’s not in Fairlington, he says, he often meets friends in Old Town Alexandria or neighborhoods in North Arlington.

Fairlington was built for defense workers during World War II. According to the National Register of Historic Places listing form, in late 1941 and early 1942, the Defense Homes Corporation purchased 322 acres in Arlington and Fairfax counties and began planning a development of apartments. Houston architect Kenneth Franzheim was hired to design the housing. He was later joined by architect Alan B. Mills. Franzheim and Mills also collaborated on two other DHC projects – McLean Gardens and Naylor Gardens, both in Washington. They designed the three communities in the Colonial Revival style.

The community’s name was originally Seminary Heights, but was changed after local citizens became concerned about confusion with other nearby neighborhoods. The name Fairlington – a combination of Fairfax and Arlington – was chosen instead.

With 3,439 apartments, Fairlington was the nation’s largest defense housing project. Residential buildings — townhouses and condominiums/apartments — face curving streets or are grouped together to form U-shaped courtyards. The buildings are mostly brick, but some are cut stone. DHC managed Fairlington until it was sold to private owners in 1947. Beginning in 1972, apartment buildings began to convert to condominiums. The community was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Live there: Fairlington straddles Interstate 395 in southwestern Arlington County, with a small number of buildings in the city of Alexandria. It is bounded by King Street, N. Quaker Lane, 28th Street S. and Abingdon Elementary School.

There are no single family homes in Fairlington. According to Jim Talbert, a Century 21 Redwood Realty agent, 242 condos have sold in Fairlington over the past 12 months. He said 22 homes are either waiting to be sold, for sale or about to be on the market.

The lowest-priced condo sold in the past year was a 700-square-foot one-bedroom unit that sold for $265,000. The most expensive condo sold was a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,830-square-foot condo for $690,000.

The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $1,919 last year. Some tenants have access to tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pools and playgrounds, according to the condo association, Talbert said.

SCHOOLS: Abingdon Elementary, Gunston Middle and Wakefield High.

TRANSIT: Many public bus routes in Arlington, Alexandria and DC connect to a nearby bus depot, Shirlington Station. Interstate 395 is a major thoroughfare, which drivers can use to get to DC or south. The nearest tube station, Braddock Road, which connects the blue and yellow lines, is approximately three miles away. The nearest Virginia Railway Express is also three miles away in Alexandria.

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