Lyon Park | Lyon Village
About Lyon Park
Lyon Park consists of second-generation residents, immigrant families, empty-nesters and couples with young children. Developed after World War I, the neighborhood was a planned residential community between 1891 and 1951.
The streets — most of which form a grid while a few meander up and down hills — are dotted largely with single-family homes ranging from 2 1/2 -story brick structures to wood bungalows. Styles include Queen Anne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival. The various styles represented in Lyon Park can never be called cookie cutter. They reflect diverse design and function.
While parts of Lyon Park are within two to three blocks of the Clarendon Metro station and the surrounding shopping and restaurants, the neighborhood is roughly bisected by Washington Boulevard, a major thoroughfare that cuts through the neighborhood.
What most residents love about living in this neighborhood is its great sense of community. It is still about talking to your neighbor over the fence or meeting up to walk the dogs in one of the several parks found in the neighborhood. It’s about joining friends at a local haunt for happy hour or hosting neighbors at a backyard barbeque.
About Lyon Village
Lyon Village, an 850-home, 2,500-resident North Arlington neighborhood developed by Frank Lyon in the 1920’s and 1930’s, lies between Kirkwood Road, Lee Highway, Wilson Boulevard and North Veitch Street. With Metrorail’s Clarendon and Court House stations on the south side of the neighborhood and Interstate 66 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway on the north side, the neighborhood offers an easy commute for District workers.
Besides detached homes, the neighborhood also includes a small number of townhouses and condominiums. Homes come in many architectural styles: Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, Spanish Mission Revival. And the Lyon Village Apartments at Lee Highway and Kirkwood Road are sought-after because of their location as well as their sturdy construction. In fact, the property was designated a fallout shelter during the Cold War. Shelter supplies remained in the basement until about 25 years ago, when civil defense officials removed them.
Although it is an entirely residential neighborhood, nearly all sections are within a few minutes’ walk to the Whole Foods, Apple Store, boutiques and restaurants of Clarendon. For those who work in the District or enjoy socializing in the city, it is a convenient trip on Metro’s Orange Line. The area is also close to some of northern Virginia’s most convenient highways, including I-66 and Route 50.
Although development has arrived to Lyon Village, it has not touched the essential character of Lyon Village. In a way, it’s almost like being in a sleepy little quiet neighborhood.