Virginia Heights Homes For Sale in Arlington, VA
Nestled into the southwestern part of South Arlington is a fascinating neighborhood indeed. This is Virginia Heights, also referred to as the Virginia Heights Historic District. But don’t be expecting old farm houses from centuries past. The historic nature of the neighborhood has to do with its primary development between 1946 and 1952.
Virginia Heights is a mid-century contemporary community but there is also an interesting subtext to it. That’s because the historic district itself is actually made up of four subdivisions, each with its own characteristics: Virginia Heights, High Point, Frederick Hill and Section Four of the Columbia Forest neighborhood.
All four subdivisions lie south of Columbia Pike, with the community of Columbia Grove to the north, the previously mentioned Columbia Forest to the east, Claremond to the south and the Falls Church border to the west.
There are 117 dwellings in the Virginia Heights Historic District with a variety of types, including detached single-family homes for sale, duplexes, townhouses and condos. A large portion of the detached single-family homes in Virginia Heights itself are boxy and unadorned Colonial Revivals, although there are also a number of hybrid two-story Ramblers with both clapboard and brick siding. The Frederick Hill section, bisected by Frederick Street, is also composed primarily of Colonial Revival single-family properties.
You’ll also find a handful of interesting Lustron houses—prefabricated steel homes built by entrepreneur Carl Strandlund in response to the shortage of housing at the end of World War II. Designed in a simple Ranch-style with exposed steel panels, there were only 2,500 of these homes built across the country, and far fewer have survived to this day.
The section of Columbia Forest that lies within the Virginia Heights Historic District has similar Colonial and Rambler-type homes, as well as some cottage styles. There are also brick garden-style apartment communities initially built for WWII workers and their families that have more recently been converted to condos and townhouses for sale.
And then there’s High Point. Designed by noted modernist architect Charles Goodman (also responsible for the Hollin Hills mid-century homes in Alexandria), this small community consists of just 21 split homes (aka duplexes) located along South Arlington Boulevard.
The two-story High Point homes are taller and boxier than the iconic low-slung structures Goodman is typically associated with. But there are certainly some intriguing design elements, including the pairing of both fixed-light and casement windows. The offsetting of floor-to-ceiling glass with smaller casements, as well as shallow-pitched roofs with wide overhangs, lends the community a look that is noticeably different from surrounding streets.
Homes and condos for sale in Virginia Heights have recently ranged from the $200s to the mid-$500s. Those are certainly competitive prices. The result of that affordability, however, is a paucity of active listings.