Bill Cleary, 87, says walkability is a key amenity in Arlington’s Westover Village.
The retired public school teacher said that he spends most mornings walking from a few blocks to a mile to a variety of shops, eateries and a pharmacy near his three-bedroom, two-bathroom Colonial. The daily exercise, he said, helps maintain his health and mental sharpness.
“I have everything under the sun within walking distance, and the exercise I get as a result has kept me going,” said Cleary, who’s lived there for 23 years. “I use the local post office more than the gas station because I don’t need to drive much,” he added.
Ann Faris has lived there for 20 years and says that being a short walk from Ayers Variety and Hardware Store has been a “godsend.”
“We really are lucky to have so many great stores within walking distance,” she said. “I visit the hardware store at least once, sometimes twice a week,” added Faris, whose teenage son works part time at Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee on nearby Washington Boulevard.
Roy Manuel, who’s lived in Westover Village for five years, also said that the community’s collection of shops was a big draw.
“Everything is walkable and right outside your front door,” said Manuel.
Don’t want to leave: Made up of mostly Colonial and Craftsman-style houses on modest lots, Westover Village includes a vibrant center along Washington Boulevard that features a variety of locally owned shops, said Diana Cianto, an agent with Re/Max Executives.
The neighborhood’s numerous local businesses, proximity to public transportation and ease of access to major roadways connecting to downtown add up to “an irresistible draw for potential buyers,” Cianto said.
“Westover Village has incredible appeal,” Cianto said. “Residents have the convenience of city life, and it’s just a short walk to activities. The neighborhood is quiet and provides the friendly atmosphere of a residential community.”
Steve McGinnis said he and his wife, Zane, love being within walking distance of “a handful of great restaurants and shops” but that they were ultimately sold on Westover because its location offered the perfect distance between his job in Tysons Corner and her office in Georgetown.
Much has changed in the 30 years since Marty Almquist and her husband purchased a four-bedroom, three-bathroom brick Colonial, she said. With adult sons ages 24 and 27, Almquist fondly recalls when “we were the ones with the young kids. Now the neighborhood is filled with a ton of little ones. It’s great.”
Almquist said that she and her husband have considered downsizing but dismiss the idea each time because the thought of parting with Westover is too much to imagine.
“This is a neighborhood where people care about each other,” Almquist said. “I look forward to snow days because we’ll walk up the street to the Lost Dog Café or have lunch at the Westover Market and Beer Garden,” she said. “It just feels like you’re in such a great location.”
Living there: Westover Village is roughly bordered by North Lexington Street and 16th Street North to the north, North Jefferson Street to the east, Interstate 66 to the south and North McKinley Road to the west.
In the past 12 months, 25 properties have sold in Westover Village, with prices ranging from $452,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex to $1,354,000 for a four-bedroom, four-bathroom single-family house, said Cianto, the agent with Re/Max Executives.
There is one house for sale, a 3,865-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom Craftsman-style home, for $1,275,000, Cianto said.
Schools: McKinley Elementary, Swanson Middle and Yorktown High.
Transit: Westover Village is about 1.2 miles from the East Falls Church station on Metro’s Orange and Silver lines, Cianto said. Metrobus’s 2A line and Arlington County’s local bus system, ART, also serve the neighborhood.
Crime: Since January, there have been 30 burglaries, 20 aggravated assaults and 18 robberies reported in the police service area that includes Westover Village, according to Arlington County police.