Where We Live: Chain Bridge Forest

by Lizzy Conroy
August 9, 2017
Chain Bridge Forest is an enclave of 210 single family homes spanning both McLean (Fairfax County) and Arlington, Virginia. The neighborhood is 1 light to DC and close to downtown Arlington, Falls Church City, downtown McLean and Tysons. The Chain Bridge is right up the road, and the Palisades is 5 minutes by car! Residents come from all over the world to enjoy the convenience of a close-in DC suburb, access to top rated schools and a variety of beautifully built homes.
Developed primarily in the 1960s and 1970s, Chain Bridge Forest is best known for rolling streets with sidewalks and homes that feature “embassy size” rooms with unique architectural elements that vary from Virginia Colonial to California contemporary. Located at the intersection of N Glebe Road and River Road, the community is comprised of 210 single family homes. Chain Bridge Forest is accessible via hiking trail to Little Pimmit Run which borders the neighborhood to the north. The neighborhood is adjacent to Chesterbrook Woods which was developed primarily in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
History and Character
According to the tax records, the first homes were built along N River Street in 1966, and the most recently built home is on Ridgeview Circle in 2008. The neighborhood used to be one Arlington zip code of 22207 until in 1992 the Fairfax County residents successfully petitioned the county to change their zip code to the McLean zip code of 22101. Very few homes have been torn down, enabling the neighborhood to retain its original character.
Chain Bridge Forest has an active voluntary Citizens Association (CBFA) that helps take care of the neighborhood and provides a voice in the local government. Many of the homes are subject to bylaws although 2017 membership dues are minimal at only $60/year. Every year CBFA plans a neighborhood Fall party and neighbors are actively involved in garden club, book club and dinner club.
Off of River Street there is easy trail access to Pimmit Run where you can hike or ride your mountain bike to the Chain Bridge, across the Potomac and into Georgetown if you are up for the challenge!
Sales Summary
In 2017 there have been 8 sales ranging from $1,008,000 for an original brick colonial in 22101 to $1,400,000 for a fully renovated brick colonial in 22207. For 2016 the average sales price was $1,093,000; average days on market was 53; and average list/close price is 96.6%. With an average year built of 1972, most of the existing homes were built in the ‘60s and ‘70s, many of which are updated and/or expanded for today’s lifestyle.
Current Listings
The HBC Group currently has listed 4081 Ridgeview Circle, McLean, VA 22101 for $1,225,000. Please click here for listing details:
Lizzy Conroy is a Partner of HBC Group. She has served as a real estate professional since 2009 and has worked with hundreds of clients. Lizzy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Economics and has served in a number of professional capacities in the Washington, DC area – first with the international trade group of Hogan Lovells, then as a marketing manager with MicroStrategy of McLean, VA. She also held business development positions with Kalmia Construction, a Maryland-based commercial construction company, and Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate firm.
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