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Old 09-20-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The building under construction in the photos you saw was the new Reed School and Westover library. The two buildings were merged into one, rebuilt to an environmentally-conscious standard (this is Arlington, after all), and there was a gain in open space in the community with the removal of the old library building. There's also a preschool onsite, if I am not mistaken, that many of the Arlington County teachers use.

This project exemplifies what was mentioned upthread about the activism in the area, and that it is not likely to turn into Ballston West; at least on the Arlington side. Falls Church is similar, but there are auto-related properties that it would not be a stretch to see replaced with higher-use nearer the Metro, though it would be limited in scope, IMO, much like the condo building built a few years ago.

Merrifield is slated to turn into a Ballston-like area, since Fairfax County has major reconstruction plans in the works with the Mosaic Project.
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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LOL, RestonRunner-we rent near that area now but want to move to Reston .

There is zero chance that redevelopment plan will go through, because (1) the people who live here think it is perfect the way it is now (and I agree...who wants more congestion and crowds?****) and (2) the schools are very overcrowded already.

I'm shocked at the rental prices for those big apartment buildings. We pay $2400/month for a small 3 br, 1 ba house. If you are fine being near a bus line (lots of buses run up lee highway straight into DC, and back-fyi) and not walking to metro (or OK with a long walk), you can definitely get a decent deal on a rental. Its a great area and everything is very close by.

There are some cheaper-looking rental units in the area across from Swanson Middle School between Washington Blvd and Patrick Henry drive. There is another set of cheaper-looking rental looking houses (duplexes, maybe?) off Washington Blvd around the K and J streets closer to 66.

There is also a neighborhood that is a historically African American neighborhood a little closer towards Ballston that might have less expensive rentals. Look around Culpeper/Cameron Streets south of the Heidelberg bakery.

GL!

Also, Westover market has a beer garden in the back with live music. Google "Westover beer garden".

****I lived in Clarendon when it was cheap, dumpy and populated with less well-dressed fabulous people and liked it better that way.
I agree with you on the Culpepper/Cameron/Dinwiddie Street area. That neighborhood is called High View Park (I think) and seems to have a mix of people living there. A friend of mine used to live on Dinwiddie and he was about a 20-25 minute walk to the Ballston metro. That might seem kind of far but it is definitely closer than Westover. There was easy bus access on Lee Highway and also on the other end of the neighborhood at 16th and Glebe.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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RR I know you are asking for opinions on EFC but why not Dun Loring? It will be close to work and not very far away from the W&OD trail. You should be able to find a newer 2bd condo, within walkable distance from the metro, for about 1700-1800.
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