Crystal Springs Knolls Homes for Sale

Just about a mile west of the Potomac River in the northern part of Arlington is the upscale residential neighborhood of Crystal Springs Knolls. Known for gracious homes and a tightknit community feel, this exclusive suburb is bordered by the neighborhoods of Dover to the north, Riverwood to the east, Maywood to the South and Donaldson Run to the west.

The area was named for the glittering mica in a long ago country spring—this used to be farmland and wasn’t residentially developed until after the end of World War II. The first homes for sale in the area sprung up during the late 1940s, with construction gaining speed throughout the 1950s. The boom had largely subsided by the 1960s. Still, a trickle of new homes has continued to present, chiefly due to either tear-downs or very extensive remodels.

There has been a strong sense of local civic-mindedness in Crystal Springs Knolls, right from its formation. As an example, the Crystal Springs Study Club was founded in 1955, as both a literary and social gathering that shared books, cultural discussions and opinions about their fledgling neighborhood. It has continued to today, including members drawn from neighboring communities such as Dover, New Dover and Riverwood.

Homes for sale in Crystal Springs Knolls are exclusively of the detached single-family variety, with prices typically ranging from the high six figures to about $2 million. You’ll find a wealth of Colonials here, both in brick and clapboard varieties. There are also some Tudor homes as well as various mid-century styles, including Rambler, Split-level and some interesting contemporary looks. Many of the more modern-appearing designs have been formed from the bones of Ramblers. There are even a few Arts & Crafts and French Provincial houses.

With quiet, curved streets lined with mature shade trees, this is an insulated community that is not dissimilar to others in this northern part of the county. There’s plenty of greenspace in the area, including Potomac Overlook Regional Park to the north and Windy Run Park along the river to the east. Also, don’t forget the nearby Washington Golf and Country Club with its impressive fairways and a long, prestigious history.