10 Great Neighborhoods
Northern Virginia is in hot demand (the population of Arlington County alone has grown by 12 percent over the past decade), but certain neighborhoods are especially prone to scouting visits from would-be homebuyers.
Eclectic architecture, wooded lots and easy access to shopping and major roadways make Broadmont one of Falls Church’s most-sought-after neighborhoods. Tucked along Route 7 just north of Seven Corners, the community is “an alternative for upper-end home seekers in nearby Arlington,” according to Bret Brock, co-owner and principal broker of Arlington-based Brock Realty. “Broadmont’s woodsy feel, character and proximity to the East Falls Church Metro are all great reasons to become an ex-Arlingtonian.” And it’s not cookie cutter, he says, citing the neighborhood’s “welcome mix” of postwar Cape Cods, historic Victorians, popped-up ramblers and new construction—including a few contemporary homes.
Here, residents are only minutes away from the Seven Corners Shopping Center to the south (which is anchored by big-box stores such as Home Depot and Barnes & Noble) as well as the Eden Center, a popular Vietnamese cultural hub that boasts more than 100 Asian restaurants and shops.
Nearby Donald S. Frady Park speaks to Falls Church’s Victorian heritage with a Victorian-style gazebo, tiered fountain and formal garden beds.
Residents also have easy access to shops, nightlife and cultural spots in Falls Church City, including the vintage State Theatre and Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church.
Gina Caceci, who has owned a home in Broadmont since 1996, says she knows every person on her street and many other neighbors as well. When a tree fell on her house last fall, many of them emailed, called or stopped by to offer assistance. “That friendliness is one of the reasons it’s a wonderful place to live,” she says.
“Broadmont has a yesteryear personality of established homes, shaded and sheltered by large canopies of trees,” says Laura Fall, principal broker for Falls Church City-based Fall Properties. “It is an expensive neighborhood with low turnover and true friendliness.”
At A Glance
Average home price: $1.05 million
Average days on market: 40
Homes sold in 2012: 10
Neighborhood schools: Mount Daniel and Thomas Jefferson Elementary; Mary Ellen Henderson Middle; George Mason High
Closest Metro stop: East Falls Church
Notable landmark: The clock tower at nearby Eden Center is a replica of the original in downtown Saigon, and the gateway to the shopping center is framed by a dramatic, pagoda-style arch.