Clarendon – A Gem in Arlington

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Clarendon is one of Arlington county’s favorite urban villages. There are 12 neighborhoods in Arlington designated as urban villages. Some of the villages are located close to Orange Line Metro stations (BallstonVirginia SquareClarendonCourthouseRosslynCrystal City, and Pentagon City), while a few are not as close to the Metro but still offer comparatively easy access to transportation  (ShirlingtonLee HighwayColumbia PikeWestover.)

What’s unique about Clarendon is its neighborhood association, Clarendon Alliance, which successfully pulls together business owners and residents as a public-private partnership to market the community.  In addition, there is the Lyon Village Citizen Association, a neighborhood association.

WALKABILITY – CLARENDON SCORE – 92

This is probably the best indicator for an urban neighborhood. Although Clarendon is considered a Washington DC suburb, when you live around the area, you don’t feel like it.

Walkscore: 92It’s a walker’s paradise.

You can easily understand why the neighborhood is a walker’s paradise. Clarendon has a very successful  mixed use approach with commercial strip mall – mom and pop stores – mixed in with residential housing -apartments, condominiums, and single family homes.  It is perfect for first time home buyers and luxury home buyers! If you are a first time homebuyer, please give the Lise Howe Team a call and we will make the buying experience a very positive one for you!

Wilson Boulevard corridor was named as one of ‘10 Great Streets‘ in the US by American Planning Association.

GETTING AROUND – IN AND OUT OF THE AREA

There two metro stations with stops serving the neighborhood: Clarendon and Virginia Square  so you can get in andout of the area very easily.  The metro stations around here do not have park-and-ride places so you are either in a parking garage or on the street.  Bring lots of quarters! The meter maids are relentless.

PLACES

Clarendon has anything here that you might want to do.  Shopping, entertaining, dining, live entertainment, businesses Any  kinds of food you want is here.  Thai, Chinese, Afghan, Greek, Italian, Indian, French, Marocco, Irish – it is all here.

After you have eaten well, you might want to do a little shopping.  Market Common at Clarendon has Pottery Barn,  the Container Store, Barnes and Noble. Apple, Starbucks coffee.

FEATURED LISTING: 2616 12TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201

Excitement is picking your finishes in this new home which will be finished this April! Enjoy this new Craftsman home’s spectacular location which is just steps to Clarendon Mall, Metro, Whole Foods, & Starbucks . You will delight in its superior finishes & grand kitchen & baths with Bosch, SubZero, and Carrara marble.  The  top floor Master suite has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and a beautiful bath.  The home has  lots of hardwood  floors, 2 gas fireplaces, a second master bedroom, completely finished basement, a covered front porch, and a detached garage.  To see the site of this spectacular home or to meet with the builder, just give the Lise Howe Team a call and we will set it up for you! 2616 12th St is listed by Keller Williams for $1,375,000.

FEATURED EVENT – FARMERS MARKET EVERY WEDNESDAY

Regular events in the area include a farmers market every Wednesday afternoon, year-round.   Located at Clarendon’s Metro Station Central Park  Year-Round, 3 pm – 7 pm.  There is also an annual Mardi Gras celebration and the Clarendon Day festival in the fall. These events reinforce the feeling of welcome and camaraderie that can be felt just spending an evening here.

HISTORY OF CLARENDON

The history of the Clarendon community has its roots in the colonial era, when land grants were issued to William Strutfeld in 1709 and James Robertson in 1729. The earliest vestiges of Wilson Boulevard developed as the “road to the ferry” run by Francis Awbry in 1742. Clarendon grew slowly through the 1700s and 1800s, mostly dominated by farmland until 1900. Cows belonging to the Arlington Dairy Company were still grazing Whalen’s Field (between present day Franklin Road and Hudson Street) as late as the 1950s!

Clarendon began as property owned  by several prominent colonial land owners. George Mason, one of America’s founding fathers, and his son John owned much of what is now lower Clarendon until 1830. Robert Cruitt purchased over 400 acres in 1847 for the low price of $1698.93 on September 28, 1847. Cruitt’s home, which still stands today, was used as a hospital during the Civil War and later as a dairy farm. Twenty-five acres of Cruitt’s land was sold to Mary Nesmith for $25 an acre ($625 total) in 1897, which she sold only two years later for $8000. Robert Treat Pain, a man who would greatly impact Clarendon in the future, bought those 25 acres in 1900.

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