Beechwood Hills Homes For Sale in Arlington, VA
Nestled into park and conservation greenspace in North Arlington is an affluent enclave known as Beechwood Hills. With gracious detached single-family homes for sale on just a few gently curving streets, this is considered the oldest subdivision in the larger Donaldson Run neighborhood, the remainder of which lies to south.
Located not far from the Potomac River to the east, Beechwood Hills came by its name organically. It’s situated on hilly land that was heavily populated by beech trees at the time of its platting in the 1930s. A stand of those old native trees with their dappled pale bark still remains in the community.
This aptly-named woodsy place is bordered by Zachary Taylor Park to the northwest and Potomac Overlook Park to the northeast. Those two greenspaces are joined at the north, which means that Beechwood Hills is actually surrounded by woods and parklands on three sides. Military Road is the sole major road running through the neighborhood.
The original planning for the community was part of the garden city design movement that gained popularity throughout the nation during the 1930s. The idea was that of highly walkable neighborhoods with greenbelts that were prominently featured. Beechwood Hills developed gradually however, even considering its tiny size. The earliest pre-World War II homes for sale were built in an interesting “Tudor Cape” style with a center-entry full Cape Cod design and exteriors made primarily of brick, with additional stone detailing around the doors and corners. The 1950s era brought a second and more extended period of construction with Colonial Revivals and some Colonial split-levels as well.
There are also some much newer custom homes for sale here, built in grand style. And while you might not expect it, there are even some very high-end townhomes for sale that look more like sprawling estates. If you guessed that real estate prices in Beechwood Hills are on the high side, you would be correct. Prices generally start around $800,000 and quickly climb past the seven-figure threshold.
This is a pleasant place to live indeed, with nature trails leading through the woods to the Taylor Elementary School and its playground—a favorite place for neighborhood kids to congregate after school and on weekends with sports and other activities. In-district schools in surrounding communities include Williamsburg Middle School, the new Stratford Middle School (which will open in 2019) and Yorktown High School.
In addition to the large Potomac Overlook Park with its nature center and summer concerts, residents also enjoy the smaller three-acre Marcey Road Park with tennis and basketball courts, as well as the popular Donaldson Run swimming pool. Those who enjoy a brisk hike can even head through the woods and wind up at the Potomac River. But those wishing to live in Beechwood Hills may have to be patient given the small number of active real estate listings.