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?

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  • 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 ajerry@arlingtonva.us.

 

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

 

 

 

Mrs. Arlington Discovers a Fascinating House is on the Market

I recently discovered that a house that has fascinated me for years is on the market! This home, 6430 27th St North, just down the street from the East Falls Church metro, stands out from the other homes on Sycamore Street due to its massive size. A recent exterior makeover only left me more curious about what is inside. Thanks to an updated Zillow listing, and the listing agent’s YouTube video, now we can all get a glimpse!

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

  • At 4 stories, 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and a whopping 9,649 sq ft — this place is truly massive!
  • The beautiful room with a large bar area rivals many restaurants.
  • There is a BALLROOM! Seriously, you could hold dance classes here. Or host a disco — it’s pre-wired with a light and sound system.
  • The $1,885,000 asking price came down $100,000 in February.

Check out all 42 of the pictures on Zillow, and if you buy it, please invite me over to christen the dance floor!

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Mrs. Arlington Goes Egg Hunting

Despite last week’s snow, it’s Springtime in Arlington! This means children in Arlington will be hunting for Easter eggs in backyards, neighborhood parks, and larger events around town.

Here’s a few favorite events to put on your calendar:

Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Tuesday, March 27 11:00am to 12:30pm

2845 N. Marcey Road

Ages: 2 to 11 years old

Activities: crafts, games, light refreshments, photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera!) and of course, an Easter egg hunt.

Please Note: Participants must pre-register. Tickets are available online for $10 per child plus a $3 transaction fee. Parents and grandparents are free.

Check-in and registration along with crafts and games will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the egg hunt at 12:00 p.m.

Upton Hill Regional Park

Wednesday, March 28 11:00am to 12:30pm

Ages: 2 to 11 years old

Activities: crafts, games, light refreshments, photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera!) and of course, an Easter egg hunt.

Please Note: Participants must pre-register. Tickets are available online for $10 per child plus a $3 transaction fee. Parents and grandparents are free.

Make a day of it — add on a mini-golf and food voucher for $7 more and get a great deal on lunch and two hours of mini-golf from Noon-2:00 p.m. Lunch includes a slice of pizza, chips, and choice of drink.

Check-in, plus crafts and games will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the egg hunt at 11:30 a.m.

Knights of Columbus
5115 Little Falls Road

Saturday, March 31 at noon

This egg hunt has separate areas for different age groups, but is still the “fastest 5 minutes at Edward Douglass White.”

Certain eggs have a prize ticket inside and the Easter Bunny will pop by for a visit and photos with the kids. Enjoy an afternoon on the beautiful grounds. There is no charge to participate. This event is a great choice for a toddler’s first egg hunt.

Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 am

Many neighborhoods host egg hunts as well. Madison Manor’s will be held at Madison Manor Park, 6225 12th Rd N. The Madison Manor Civic Association appreciates donations to help keep this event going, so bring a few dollar bills to put in when the jar is passed around. Help your neighbors spread the joy: share your neighborhood’s hunt details in the comments.

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Looking for decorations to welcome Spring at home? Check out Two the Moon, located downstairs in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, 6501 N 29th Street. The locally-owned gift shop has many beautiful Easter and Spring decorations, as well as some cute Easter basket stuffers (bunny jewelry!) with the children’s items.

 

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Mrs. Arlington Goes on the House Hunt

This week’s featured real estate listing is 5721 5th St. N. in Arlington’s Bon Air neighborhood. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is adjacent to the Bluemont Junction trail, which connects to Bluemont Junction Park, home of the retired Bluemont Junction Caboose, and Bluemont Park, a 70-acre park with space for biking, jogging, hiking, basketball, disc golf, baseball and softball fieldsgrass fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, tennis and volleyball courtstennis court practice wall (can be rented), a school-age playground, picnic areas, multi-use paths, and natural areas with streams. The beautiful Bon Air Park and its rose garden nearby will make a great spot for family photos for years to come.

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

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