Let’s Talk About Westover

Westover Village designates one of the most popular North Arlington neighborhoods around.  As described in a recent Washington Post article, Westover is close enough to Washington DC to make commuting easy, but far enough away to feel like a true suburb.

One recent hot Sunday (hasn’t it been incredibly hot all summer!), the farmers market in front of the library in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood was humming. Children in strollers held stuffed animals in one hand and ice cream in the other. Adults lugged canvas bags stuffed with local corn, tomatoes and bunches of wildflowers. Bicycle riders packed wire baskets with fruit, vegetables and even tacos.  With its 30 vendors, the Westover Farmers Market, run by a community nonprofit called Field to Table, is one of the neighborhood’s most popular attractions.

Shops old and new: Washington Boulevard, the main shopping corridor, is lined with independently owned stores. Many are in the Westover Village Shops.  Ayers Variety & Hardware is a 65-year-neighborhood institution.   Next door is the Westover Beer Garden & Market, a popular destination for groceries, beer, Sunday brunch and daily meals. Trade Roots, specializing in recycled and sustainable products, is a popular store. It adheres to “fair trade” policy, which requires that only items made by artisans who are paid a fair wage can be sold.  Westover’s most popular restaurant may be the Lost Dog Cafe, famous for its pizza, sandwiches and root beer. Some of its profits go to a dog and cat rescue fund.

The neighborhood is characterized by gently hilly streets, tall maples and oaks, and red-brick Colonials with flowers in the front yard. Many of the retail establishments are accessible by foot. Taking a walk after dinner or running around the corner to replace a bulb at the local hardware store is a pleasure many enjoy.

Living there: Westover, Zip code 22205, is bordered by North Lexington Street and 16th Street North to the north, North Jefferson Street to the east, Interstate 66 to the South, and North McKinley Road to the west.  It consists of pre-World War II single-family houses, many of them Colonials; two-story garden-apartment complexes; townhouses; and a sprinkling of duplexes.  Home prices range from $700,000’s to $1.5 and tend to sell quickly.

Schools: McKinley Elementary, Swanson Middle.

Transit: Westover is between the Ballston and East Falls Church Metro stations. It is served by Metrobuses and is a short drive from the District via Washington Boulevard and Interstate 66.