Charlestown, West Springfield

Charlestown is a vibrant "Williamsburg" townhouse community with a traditional colonial style.

Charlestown was completed in late 1966 and officially incorporated on September 8, 1967.  It has been one of the most sought after and imitated communities ever since.  This community of 600 homes was designed with the specific architectural objective of avoiding the feeling of "sameness" typical of suburban communities. The designers achieved this goal by randomly introducing architectural variations to the design, details and setting the properties away from the streets creating a sense of grassy and manicured front yards throughout the community. 

The houses in the community vary in sizes from 2-3 stories and 1,300 sq.ft to approximately 2,600 sq.ft. of finished living area and a backyard with a brick fence to the exterior.  Many of the properties have undergone mayor renovations and upgrades to meet todays expectations. Charlestown enjoys top rated public schools.  Cardinal Forest Elementary, Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School which completed a major modernization in 2020 are all a short walk away. 

Charlestown is located a short walk, less than a mile, to the great restaurants and stores at the renovated Old Keene Mill Shopping Center. Some of the stores at Old Keene Shopping Center are Whole Foods, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Planet Fitness and Walgreens among others. It is also a short drive to nearest Metro, Franconia-Springfield Metro Station on the Blue Line and there is a direct bus to The Pentagon.  There are also plently of natural offerings for the nature lover.  One popular site, and a favorite of my family, is Hidden Pond Nature Center .  Hidden Pond is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority is under 2 miles from Charlestown. They have a live exibit of local animals, walking trails and of course, the hidden pond. The county offers nature classes for adults and children, there are picnic areas, gazebos you can rent for activities and a new playground. If you are interested in something more challenging hike, paddle boat or fishing, Lake Accotink Park is also nearby.  Here you can also have private events and enroll the kids in their great summer camp programs. The views and nature watching is amazing. The golfer in the house have many options with multiple private and public golf courses a short distance away.  The closest public course is Burke Lake Golf Center just a 15 minutes drive away.

Charleston is an easy drive to Ft. Belvoir and the NGA as well as DC, The Pentagon and Ronald Reagan National Airport. You would love it here!                                                                                                               

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
It's walkable to grocery stores
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Golfing

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