Living in McLean
McLean is one of the most sought after areas in Northern VA.
There are areas that are lush with densely wooded forest. And you can find miles of some of the best hiking in Northern VA.
And yet, a short drive in multiple directions puts you right into the midst of all the convenience of urban living. Including easy access into Washington DC.
“West McLean” in this article is a small section section of town that is immediately west of McLean’s quaint downtown area.
There are a few communities in this pocket of land between Chain Bridge Road and Dolley Madison.
A huge perk of living here is walkability. In one direction you can be in McLean’s small downtown to get coffee or a meal.
The other direction and you can get to the metro rail and shopping malls. It is a great place to live.
If you are looking in this area, read on for more about the communities.
Homes For Sale in West McLean
But first, check out the homes currently for sale in West McLean. There is a range of homes in the area that come up for sale, and there is new development on many lots.
Here are the communities that make up this area of West McLean.
The first subdivision to the west of downtown McLean is named, appropriately, West McLean.
Being the closest and most walkable to the shops and restaurants in McLean, the neighborhood has been very popular for new construction over the years.
Many of the homes in West McLean were originally built in the 1920s and 1930s. If you drive the neighborhood you may still find some older homes.
Most of those homes have now been replaced by larger new homes of different eras, different styles and built by different builders.
There is no HOA in the West McLean subdivision. HOAs tend to slow down or stop the process of new construction because of architectural restrictions.
You can find craftsman, colonial, modern farmhouse, contemporary homes and more. There is even a very small cluster of 8 townhomes.
The lots are on average a quarter to a third of an acre, which gives the area a suburban neighborhood feel, but with an eclectic collection of large homes.
Broyhill McLean Estates
Broyhill is just beyond the boundaries of West McLean (to the west, go figure).
Broyhill was first built in the 1950s. Most of the homes were split levels, colonials and ranch style homes.
The older homes offer an affordable option (relative to the rest of this area) to live close in to the downtown area of McLean.
But just like many of the McLean neighborhoods with no HOA restrictions, many of the old homes have been replaced over the years with new homes.
Broyhill has a great sense of community, including an active civic association.
Evans Farm is different community than the first two. The community was built in the early 2000s.
It is a gated community that has history that goes back centuries as a farm.
It even has the original millhouse and stonehouse that are maintained by the Homeowners Association.
The association also maintains several ponds and common areas for residents.
There are townhomes, single family homes on small lots and even condos in Evan’s Farm.
The neighborhood is private and very attractive. The homes have an elegant colonial style both inside and out.
As you explore the neighborhood you will see stone and brick exteriors with striking columns and detailed trimwork.
The neighborhood is quiet, private and will be a peaceful retreat if you become a resident.
Townhomes In West McLean
There are a couple of small townhome clusters in the area, in addition to the Evans Farm and West McLean subdivisions.
These include Hallcrest Heights and Lewinsville Square.
For more info on townhomes in McLean as a whole, see this article.
New Construction Homes in West McLean
The land in West McLean has been sought after for many years by developers and buyers searching for new homes.
If you are looking for new construction homes, see this guide on new homes in Northern VA.
What makes West McLean so attractive to buyers? The magic word is convenience.
Not only are the neighborhoods close to things to do, places to eat and transportation…they are in many cases close enough to walk to.
Here are some of the best benefits of living here.
• Walkable to downtown McLean. You can be at the shops, restaurants and coffee shops in minutes from many portions of the area.
• The McLean metro station on the silver line can be accessed quickly via car, and it is also walkable for those looking for some extra exercise.
• McLean has word class hiking and kayaking just to the north near the Potomac River. You can also sail, boat, fish and more outdoor activities.
• Whether you use metro or car, you can be in downtown DC quickly and easily. See a show, sporting event, commute to work and whatever else you need in the city.
• Lewinsville Park is an easy walk for many of the homes here. It is located just across to the south across Chain Bridge Rd. There is a baseball field, soccer/lacrosse turf fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and community gardens.
• Education in McLean is top notch. The public schools traditionally enjoy high rankings on independent sites. And the private schools in McLean include The Potomac School, The Langley School, The Madeira School and more.
Finding Your Home
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