Westover has an unmistakable nostalgic vibe about it. The majority of the community was built between 1939 and 1948 and is characterized by its hilly tree-lined streets, walkability, classic red-brick colonials and constant neighborhood activities. This pocket of Arlington has been noted on the National Register for Historic Places so the architecture surrounding the local businesses and even neighborhoods such as Dominion Hills feels a little throwback to a simpler era. However, the home prices do not. Prices here are high, and demand seems to keep growing year over year for this charming area with a vibrant yet suburban vibe.
The community is centered around the main shopping corridor along Washington Boulevard, where the majority are independently owned stores. If you live in the 22205 zip code you can more than likely walk to the main retail thoroughfare. Living here means you can stroll to dinner then take a walk to grab a gelato or cappuccino and even some eggs for breakfast. This center of the community is buzzing with middle schoolers on weekdays enjoying the Westover Library, Toby’s Ice Cream or sandwiches at Lost Dog. Some of Arlington’s most iconic establishments are here like the original Lost Dog Cafe, The Italian Store, Thai Noy (excellent take out but not delivery) and the unique Westover Market Beer Garden, buzzing with patrons and love music in the summers. Ayres Variety keeps the throwback vibe in place and is known to locals as “the place you can find anything you need.”
The community here includes such neighborhoods as Highland Park-Overlee Knolls, Lacey Forest, Waycroft, Madison Manor, Dominion Hills, Bon Aire, Westover (of course) Arlington East Falls Church, and Leeway Heights. Some of the neighborhoods have active civic associations that organize numerous yearly activities including community yard sales, 4th of July parades, Halloween parades and neighborhood days just to name a few.
Overlee Pool is popular and famous for its winning swim team and wait lists for members. Insider tip: One way to jump to the top of this years long waiting list, is if you buy a home on which the the seller is including their membership. Always ask if this is included when buying a home here.
Other local haunts not to be missed here include Westover Library, Post Office, Lebanese Taverna, Westover Barbershop (known as the place for baby’s first haircut by Annie and Tran) Trade Roots, Blue Groove Soundz Vinyl Record Store, Village Sweet, Stray Cat Cafe and the infamous Forest Inn (you’ll have to ask).
The Westover Farmers Market is huge draw to the community. Open Sundays all year round, it has about 30 vendors, all run by the community nonprofit called Field to Table. The rule of the market besides requiring all produce to be locally grown and produced – it was be grown or sourced within roughly 124 miles.
Westover residents have a sense of pride in keeping the small town charm. Just walk into Ayers Variety & Hardware Store and you’ll understand. Make sure to grab a pack of Bottlecaps, a unicorn pen and a new toilet seat while there.