Overlee Knolls Homes for Sale

Overlee Knolls in Arlington, Virginia is a place with many names. It is also known as Highland Park-Overlee Knolls, as well as Fosteria. Regardless of what you call it, this national historic district is well-stocked with beautiful old homes, some of which come up for sale, only to be quickly snapped up. The neighborhood lies directly east of the Virginia Heights Historic District.

For those still trying to draw a geographical bead, the neighborhood is bordered by 22nd Street N to the north, N. Lexington Street to the east, I-66 to the south and N. Quantico Street to the west. It is also close to Lee Highway on the north and the East Falls Church Metro Station to the west.

First known as Fosteria, the neighborhood dates back to the Fosteria train station which served the Alexandria, Loudon and Hampshire Railroad in the 1850s. The first homes were built after the Civil War, and streetcars arrived around 1897, paralleling the existing tracks with both lines serving the community.

Soon after the turn of the century, an investor bought out the Fosteria Land and Development Company and renamed the neighborhood Highland Park. There were grand plans for the enterprise, with Victorian homes for sale offered at low monthly payments. By the 1920s, two new subdivisions had been created, Section One Over-Lee Knolls and Section Two Over-Lee Knolls.

But progress was slow—only 63 homes had been completed by 1938. The end of World War II brought a new building boom, however, with three new subdivisions between 1946 and 1947: Richmond Hill Section Three, Richmond Hill Section Four and Highland Park Village.

Today, Highland Park-Overlee Knolls features an array of architectural styles, with Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Italianate, Craftsman, Cape and Tudor Revival designs. You can also find some brick Ramblers, although to a lesser degree. There’s also some recent tear-downs resulting in newer properties.

Homes for sale in the neighborhood usually range from around $600,000 to $1.2 million. Lately, residents have begun referring to their community as Fosteria once again. It’s a cool name, no doubt, and proof that everything old becomes new again. With the charming Parkhurst Park, as well as other nearby greenspace, this is a lovely neighborhood, no matter what you call it.