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Old 05-31-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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I am looking to buy a place near Shirlington, preferably one of the Fairlington townhomes, but due to the high prices, I started to look at homes in the near vicinity. Some of the places on the opposite side of Four Mile Run, called Fort Barnard Heights, have unbelievably low prices but seems kind of ghetto. The houses there also seem to stay on the market forever. What's the deal with that area? Its proximity to Shirlington should make it a desirable neighborhood...? There are also a bunch of luxury townhomes being built but I don't see them flying off the shelves either. Is there some kind of unspoken thing about that area, likes it's haunted...or the land is unstable? I did notice most of the houses I looked at in that area are sliding
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Old 05-31-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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It's not considered to be one of the nicer neighborhoods in Arlington. Not haunted, but many recent immigrants in poverty.
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:19 AM
 
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Do you think that area will turn around, say within the next 5 years? With the proximity to Shirlington and the dog park I find it hard to believe that no one would want to live there...I know I do, but I also don't want to be shot at :-(
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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It's not considered to be one of the nicer neighborhoods in Arlington. Not haunted, but many recent immigrants in poverty.
Yuppies don't want to live in the same neighborhood with recent El Salvadorean immigrants. It's as simple as that.

If you don't mind, you just saved yourself a lot of money and have the same access to Shirlington. But if you think that neighborhood is going to turn into a yuppy neighborhood, you'll be in for a long wait.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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Do you think that area will turn around, say within the next 5 years? With the proximity to Shirlington and the dog park I find it hard to believe that no one would want to live there...I know I do, but I also don't want to be shot at :-(
You're not going to be shot at. Even the worst parts of Arlington don't have a violent crime problem. But you might have to deal with vandalism and neighbors who live 8-to-a-house.

Just try walking around there sometime and see if it's the kind of neighborhood you want to live in.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:50 PM
 
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My partner and I are in the process of purchasing an older, but newly rennovated home located one house down from the Shilrington Crest (the new townhomes). Currently, we reside in the West Village of Shilrington and want more space. This part of Arlington is the last frontier. It is in transition, but speaking as someone who has lived on this street for five years now, it is a fine place and in close proximity to everything Shirlington has to offer.
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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In areas like that it is a lottery dependent on your neighbor -- some are good, some will be bad. I wouldn't buy and hope it yuppifies in five years.
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