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Property Management in Arlington VA: Living in East Falls Church

Illustration about the Arlington map, the East Falls Church neighborhood
September 25, 2018 Virginia

This article is part of a series on the neighborhoods of Arlington. This article discusses the characteristics of East Falls Church, a mostly residential neighborhood on the western edge of Arlington County, and offers insight into tenants likely to be attracted to the area and how to market to them.

Facts and Figures

In East Falls Church, more than 76 percent of homes are owner-occupied, and just over 20 percent are renter-occupied. About 55 percent of households have one or two people, and about 36 percent have three or four. Sixty-four percent of households are families, and children make up more than 23 percent of the population.

Neighborhood Atmosphere

East Falls Church offers a decidedly suburban feel with the benefit of close proximity to Washington, D.C., and Arlington’s more urban neighborhoods. Development of the neighborhood took off in the late 1890s when a streetcar connected it to Washington, and the area became a bedroom community with a thriving business district. Nearly a century later, much of the business district was demolished to make way for I-66, which bisects the neighborhood. Today, the East Falls Church area is predominantly residential, characterized by leafy streets lined with townhouses and single-family homes. There are some restaurants and services on the streets surrounding the Metro station, along with some new mixed-use development and higher-density housing near the Metro. Plans call for creating more of a neighborhood center, with additional retail, mixed-use development, and improved pedestrian and bike access to the station.

Neighborhood Features

Restaurants in East Falls Church include Yayla Bistro, Chasin’ Tails, and La Cote D’Or Cafe.  With several parks, including Benjamin Banneker and Tuckahoe parks, and access to the Washington & Old Dominion and Custis Bike Trails, the neighborhood also appeals to active residents who want good access to outdoor recreation activities or bike commuting options. Additional restaurants and services are only about a mile away in the neighboring Westover neighborhood of Arlington and the City of Falls Church.

Major Transportation

East Falls Church has good transit service and bike access, but most residents would likely need a car to get around. The East Falls Church station is on the Metro’s Orange and Silver lines, and multiple Arlington Transit and Metrobus routes also serve the area. Walkscore.com gives the neighborhood a Walk Score of 50 out of 100, which means it is car-dependent, with some errands that can be done on foot. The neighborhood got a Transit Score of 52 and a Bike Score of 68.

To learn more about East Falls Church’s neighborhood, you can visit Arlington County’s website and the Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Association website. An experienced property management company with Arlington expertise will know how to target renters who might be interested in East Falls Church and can provide comprehensive management services for your property.

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