Falls Church Neighborhoods: Lake Barcroft

September 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Located less than 10 miles from the District line, Lake Barcroft is a community of just over 1,000 homes north of Columbia Pike near Bailey’s Crossroads. In addition to the lush greenery sprouting on most lots, the community boasts a 135-acre lake that is the centerpiece of the neighborhood.

The lake was created in the early 20th century by damming up Holmes Run. At the time, it was used as a reservoir by the Alexandria Water Company. But in 1950, the water company sold off the lake, along with a chunk of land comprising more than 600 acres, to a private developer for about $1 million, and the community of Lake Barcroft was born. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes washed away a portion of the dam and drained the lake. But the residents rebounded, and in 1973 established the Lake Barcroft Watershed Improvement District. By 1974, the dam was restored and the lake was back, which today boasts five community beaches.

Most of the original houses in the community were constructed during the 1950s, and in 1954, the Lake Barcroft Community Association was born. Since then, numerous homes have been demolished and rebuilt or extensively renovated, but the neighborhood retains its original charm. Neighbors know each other, there’s no shortage of community activities, and civic pride is abundant.

Currently, there are just seven homes actively listed in the local MLS, and there are none that are currently under contract. In the last year, 23 homes sold in Lake Barcroft, ranging in price from $550,000 for a 4-bedroom, 3-bath bilevel, to $1,650,000 for a newly built, nearly 4,000 square foot contemporary.

Housing styles run the gamut in Lake Barcroft, with everything from smaller ranchers and ramblers to sprawling colonials and contemporaries, so no matter what your tastes, there’s a little something for everyone. But if you’re in the market for a house in Lake Barcroft, you might have to wait. Turnover is fairly low, so pack your patience — it might take some time to find a home you like.

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Source: MRIS. Data deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

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