When Steven and Mary-Liz Lichtenfels decided to relocate to Northern Virginia from suburban Chicago nearly 20 years ago, finding a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood ranked high on the couple’s list.

After visiting Woodside Estates in McLean, Va., on a random visit, Steven thought he’d struck gold. Mary-Liz, however, said that she wasn’t immediately sold on the neighborhood.

“I cried,” she said, recalling her initial visit to Woodside Estates in 1999.

Her tears quickly turned into a smile, she said, after she toured the house and strolled through the tree-lined neighborhood.

“Our house is surrounded by so much natural beauty. The landscape more than made up for the neighborhood’s lack of sidewalks,” said Mary-Liz, who added she couldn’t imagine living anywhere but her 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom brick Colonial.

Barbara Long, who moved to Woodside Estates six years ago, said that she, too, initially thought the neighborhood’s proximity to Tysons Corner would pose a problem.

“But then we got here, hung out a while and fell in love with the area,” said Long, whose five-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial sits on 1.5 acres and is heavily wooded. “I really love that our kids have grass and a back yard with space to run.”


Lake and beach: Located near the bustling and still developing Tysons Corner area, Woodside Estates is a tucked-away community of about 215 single-family homes that offer potential buyers ample space and seclusion from the busy pace of nearby retail centers, said Marianne Prendergast, an agent with Washington Fine Properties.

In addition to streets with mature tree canopies, another major draw for home buyers is the members-only seven-acre lake with a small beach, Prendergast added.

“Woodside Estates is truly a special community, and the lake really brings the neighborhood together,” Prendergast said. “There’s nowhere else in McLean where you’ll have a lake. It’s a place where people from the neighborhood come together and where everyone else wishes they could go. You feel like you’re at a retreat when you’re at home.”

Most homes in the neighborhood are situated on at least an acre, said Long. “Even though we’re on large lots and spread out, there’s still a strong sense of community,” she said.

Lisa Weiss, who moved to Woodside Estates last year from nearby, said she enjoys the easy access to Washington Dulles International Airport and some “of the region’s most amazing shops and restaurants,” most of which are a quick car or Metro ride from her five-bedroom, eight-bathroom French country house.

“From the outside looking in, there might be a fear that our roads are too congested, but it’s not like that at all. We’re in a quiet, wooded pocket of McLean where you can walk down the street and hear the wind moving through the trees.”

Living there: The neighborhood is bounded by Old Tolson Mill Road to the north, Rocky Run to the east, Lewinsville Road to the south and Leesburg Pike to the west.

In the past 12 months, nine properties have sold in Woodside Estates, ranging from a 3,220-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom farmhouse for $1,299,500 to a 6,030-square-foot, five-bedroom, eight-bathroom traditional house for $3,188,000, said Prendergast, the agent with Washington Fine Properties.

There are seven houses for sale in Woodside Estates, ranging from a 3,400-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom split level for $1,200,000 to a 6,167-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Craftsman for $3,395,000, Prendergast said.

There are two homes under contract in Woodside Estates. They include a 3,766-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom traditional for $1,495,000 and a 4,126-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial for $1,499,900, Prendergast said.

Schools: Spring Hill Elementary, Cooper Middle and Langley High.

Transit: Woodside Estates is about a seven-minute drive from the McLean Metro station and about an eight-minute drive from the Tysons Corner station, both on Metro’s Silver Line. Metrobus’s 28A line also serves the neighborhood.


Located near the bustling and still developing Tysons Corner area, Woodside Estates is a tucked-away community of about 215 single-family homes. (Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

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