Boulevard Manor Homes For Sale in Arlington, VA
Steeped in history, Boulevard Manor in Arlington, Virginia offers lovely homes for sale in a variety of styles and ages. The community gets its name easy enough—Wilson Boulevard marks its northern bounds while Arlington Boulevard is the southern border.
This is the central part of the county and Wilson Boulevard itself serves as the essential element of the Ballston-Rosslyn Corridor with its top bars, restaurants and retail, as well as luxury residential properties. Boulevard Manor is also surrounded by communities with similar histories to its own, including Bon Air and Bluemont.
The area dates all the way back to early colonial land grands in the 1700s. In fact, the oldest standing home in Arlington, the Ball-Sellers House on Third Street, was built in 1742 as a log cabin and subsequently enlarged. Reevesland is also a prominent part of Boulevard Manor’s past. The white gabled farmhouse built in 1865 originally sat on 160 acres and was the county’s last operating dairy farm, finally ending operations in 1955. Today, the property has been reduced to a 2.4 acre parcel while the historic house has been put up for sale, with the provision that it be historically preserved.
While farms and cabins may have defined the neighborhood’s earliest existence, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that more homes began to appear. The gradual uptick had much to do with the arrival of electric streetcars and the convergence of multiple rail lines at Bluemont Junction. In 1930, Boulevard Manor was officially created as a subdivision of Bluemont with the platting of 30 large lots. A caveat for development at the time mandated that homes for sale be priced at $5,000 or more—a huge sum in those days. And so the era of large manors began with Colonial Revival, Queen Anne and Mediterranean dwellings. By the early 1950s, some of the undeveloped lots were subdivided, resulting in more modest Ramblers and brick Cape Cod style homes.
These days, the neighborhood offers a rich array of architecture from the earliest Victorian homes to new construction favoring large custom Colonials. Recent active listings tend to be pricey, often climbing past the million dollar mark. That said, houses in the mid-to-high six figure range do pop up now and then.
Residents enjoy lots of area amenities as well as the Boulevard Manor Civic Association with its organized activities and holiday events. The Bluemont/Bon Air Walkabout is a popular attraction with paths that wind and around the old rail lines with stops at parks, gardens, local businesses and historic sites. There’s also fun indie restaurants in the neighborhood as well as the hip urban retail mecca further east on Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards.