In 2003, the Ashton Heights Historic District was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood is listed, because it has the variety of architectural style that extends from the period in early 1900 to the 1950's. The hood is one of Arlington County's historic neighborhoods.
This neighborhood is located in the heart of Arlington. In real estate terms: Close to everything. Clarendon. Ballston-Virginia Square. Clarendon amenities, like Wholefoods, restaurants and -- all the shops in the world. Next door to two metro stations: Virginia Square and Clarendon.
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According to Ashton Heights Style Guide, ".. the predominant styles are Bungalow and Colonial Revival, with Tudor Revival and American Four Square.."
image: Ashton Heights Style Guide
In addition to the other architectural styles, several homes in the neighborhood are mail-order-houses, i.e. Sears, or other vendors. And it has infill homes, too. Since the neighborhood is listed with Natl. Register of Historic Places, the homeowners have to follow the hood conservation program. The Ashton Heights Conservation Plan, updated in 2001, states as the first objective for residential development,
"Preserve the 'old' neighborhood feel of Ashton Heights by encouraging development of single family houses that are consistent architecturally with existing neighborhood homes."
via Neighborhood Preservation Plan for Ashton Heights
You like walking? Walk Arlington, has the downloadable map, video tour for the hood guided by Jay Fisette, Chairman of Arlington Board, in which you can see what his home looks like -- at 311 North Jackson Street. It's a cool 1.75 miles of neighborhood walk. And it's flat.
There are 12 homes on the market, priced from low $659,000 to high-$1.669 million. Four homes under contract. Absorption rate is 3 months -- a seller's market for this pocket of the county's neighborhoods! Two homes sold the past 30 days listed sold for $600,000 (with $8500 subsidy) and $819,900 (subsidy $9750). Some of the homes here have been on the market over two months, with only one new listing under a week. The average days on the market is 107! Data via MRIS.
Real estate marketing 101: If homes are "priced right" and have a good condition, in this market it .. will sell. The stats show that a couple of the homes that went under contract or sold recently, their days on the market were 'very' short (under 2 weeks). Because these homes were priced right.
A bonus -- if you rehab a historic home, you might qualify to receive tax credit.