Mrs. Arlington Previews a Clarendon Open House

Clarendon is one of the early mixed-use residential success stories in Arlington. The shops, restaurants and office space, along with the apartments, condos and townhouses, clustered around the Clarendon metro, created a neighborhood that has served as a model for other “town centers” around the metro area.

If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse inside one of the beautiful arts & crafts-style single family homes that lie just beyond the townhouses, this 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath single family home at  is open this Sunday, April 29, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Things that stand out to Mrs. Arlington about this home:

  • Beautiful, on-trend bath — soaking tub and textured walls
  • 4-level open floorplan
  • Front porch to enjoy the neighborhood — a quiet street next to the action of Clarendon!


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See more photos here.

Mrs. Arlington Reads in Rosslyn


Mrs. Arlington is so excited for Rosslyn Reads this Thursday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  What’s Rosslyn Reads? It’s a pop-up bookstore at Central Place Plaza – 1800 N. Lynn Street.


The Rosslyn BID, Carpe Librum and the Arlington Public Library joined forces to create a one-day event that includes author readings, book signings, music, food, drinks and a pop-up shop that will offer thousands of used books, CDs, and DVDs for sale from just $1-$5 (+taxes). All proceeds go to Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that helps ensure students receive educational resources and a high-quality public education.



10 a.m.: Opening of the event

10:15 a.m.: Preschool Storytime

11 a.m.: Coffee Talk: 20 Minute “Workout” on Managing Up: Mary Abbajay, President of Careerstone Group, LLC, and Jennifer Nycz-Connor, editor-at-large of the Washington Business Journal

****FREE Coffee and Pastries from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, sponsored by the Washington Business Journal****

12 p.m.: Author Talk: David Guas, Owner of Bayou Bakery 

12:30 p.m.: Author Talk: John Pfordresher, The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece

1 p.m.: Author Talk: Nicholas ReynoldsWriter, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (New York Times Bestseller)

2 p.m.: Author Talk: Mrs. B,  Manners & Tea with Mrs. B

3 p.m.: Family Storytelling & Music (for all ages)

4 p.m.: The Great Zucchini Show (for families)

5-7 p.m.Author Talk: Mark Elliott BenbowThe Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery + Beer Tasting!

5:30 p.m.: Author Talk: Liza Mundy, Code Girls – The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II 

7 p.m.: Live Music: Two Ton Twig + Food Trucks + Pop-up Bar with Wine and Beer!


Mrs. Arlington Finds the House that Will Make You Popular This (And Every!) Summer

This week’s featured Arlington listing is a beautiful stand-out home on Washington Boulevard, in the Overlee Knolls neighborhood. If you’ve walked or driven from the East Falls Church Metro to Westover, you’ve certainly noticed this home, with its gorgeous stone facade.

The most unique feature in this home is its gorgeous backyard, including a pool and hot tub! Don’t you just want to dive in?




  • Just 3 blocks from the metro
  • Modern, open floor plan
  • Beautiful architectural elements in the interior design
  • 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms on 3 levels

See it for yourself and visit the home on Sunday from 1-4. See the beautiful, detailed listing from the agent here.

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Mrs. Arlington Enjoys Her Favorite Comfort Food Brunch

Arlington has many delicious brunch offerings … some all you can eat, some all you can drink, many with fancy or unique cuisine. I’ve enjoyed many unique brunch experiences in Arlington, but every once in a while, a simple comfort food calls my name.

That comfort food? The bagel sandwich.

The bagel sandwich, and the other offerings at Chesapeake Bagel Bakery in the Lee-Harrison Center, is simple, delicious goodness. And, for Arlingtonians with kids, you won’t hear the complaint that it’s, “Too fancy,” from your kids like I do at some other places.

Simple and delicious does not mean a lack of options, though. They offer a wide variety of bagels, such as: chocolate chip, pumpernickel, jalapeño cheese, French toast, and seasonal specials. The accommodating employees will make your sandwich any way you like it. Don’t waste time looking at the expansive menu, just start ordering.

Speaking of the expansive menu, they have options for non-bagel eaters, including soups and salads.

One word of caution to those with children in tow: this restaurant has “The Claw Toy Grabber” arcade game. Depending on your parenting style, remember to bring your quarters or bring your resolve!


Mrs. Arlington Tells a Tale of 2 Homes on 23rd Street North

This week’s featured real estate listing is actually 2 listings, both located on 23rd Street North. Beyond the benefits you’ll see in the MLS listing, a neighbor reports, “We have a wonderful neighborhood with very active & supportive neighbors.  Among other things, we have a monthly bunco game, along with various book groups, and annual Halloween, Christmas and block parties.  As noted, we have kids of all ages who play together (and various babysitters available for those nights out), making this the perfect place to live!”

Other neighborhood benefits of these homes:

  • Just a 15 minute walk to the East Falls Church Metro
  • 15-20 minute walk to the Westover shops and library.
  • One block away from the Overlee Pool.
  • A 15 minute walk to the Lee Community Center AND District Taco.
  • Both homes are near two separate bus stops for Tuckahoe Elementary – making school mornings super easy.


6233 23rd Street North Highlights:

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  • Solar panels
  • Extra large, flat backyard
  • Two fireplaces


6229 23rd Street North Highlights:

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  • Balcony off the master suite that overlooks a half acre backyard
  • 3 car garage with gym and loft
  • Beautiful, gourmet kitchen


See more pictures and details in the listings, here. Happy house hunting!


Mrs. Arlington Takes a Night Off

Need to get your kids out of the house — without you? Several groups put on “Kids Nights Out” throughout the year, but the ones at the Walter Reed Community Center are fun for your kids and budget-friendly! You can drop your kiddo off for 4 hours of fun — art projects, games & more — for just $25.

Pro tip: I like to scout these for potential babysitters for the future.

It warms my heart to know that this program is put on by Teens Making a Difference, young people in Arlington who wanted to give back to the community.

Teens Making a Difference is a Service Club that helps students ages 13-18 plan service projects, learn leadership skills, and improve their schools and community. TMAD has been nationally recognized with a Transforming Local Government Innovation Award. During their weekly meetings, students learn to identify community needs and plan service projects.

The program also offers participants a chance to earn a stipend for work related learning programs.

For more information about the TMAD Service Program, contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at



Mrs. Arlington Explores a Classic Arlington Home

This week, I found a beautiful, classic Arlington home for sale, that happens to have an open house this week. 1507 North Edison Street, in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood, near Virginia Hospital Center, is a beautiful home with great bones. A classic home in a great neighborhood.


Things that stand out to Mrs. Arlington about this home:

  • Three (!) fireplaces! The one in the master bedroom is swoon-worthy.
  • An attached garage — perfect for this crazy weather we’ve been having lately!
  • Nice, flat backyard
  • And for those who like a project, I LOVE the idea of knocking out the wall in between the kitchen and the dining room, opening up the floorplan, and adding an island with some seating.

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See all 30 pictures on the Remax website.

Check it out for yourself: visit 1507 North Edison Street during the open house on Sunday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m.

Mrs. Arlington Goes to the Craft Show

Handmade Arlington, a juried arts and crafts show returns to Swanson Middle School this Saturday, April 7, from 10AM to 4PM. This is a great opportunity to pick up gifts for Mothers’ Day and spring birthdays, or even a little something for yourself.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite preview items from the featured artists.

Spring may be here, but this is the ultimate Arlington Christmas ornament! Made of fabric by Seeing in Fabric, it’s perfectly packable, and great for those with little ones (people or cats) who like to explore the tree. Snip20180401_16

These greeting cards from Fast Snail are humorous and a way to send a little DC love to people all over the world.


This high quality drinking chocolate from Potomac Chocolate gives a sophisticated spin to your favorite childhood indulgence. And who knows? We may have more snow on the way, so keep your lodge stocked with the good stuff!


Another winner in the easy to pack category, are these bold tea towels from Naked Decor.


Ready to upgrade your vases? Add a touch of Arlington to your floral arrangements with this stunning vase from Utility Ware. Artist Laura Fall uses impressions of manhole covers to create beautiful ceramic pieces, with gorgeous results.


The show benefits the Swanson PTA. Check out the Handmade Arlington Facebook page for more details. See you there!




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