Barcroft Park

Barcroft Park
Barcroft Park

Barcroft Park is 65 acres of highly-maintained family oriented recreational facilities. Barcroft supports a variety of sports and family activities.  Barcroft is the home for several baseball leagues as there are 5 baseball diamonds with bleachers here. Four of these fields are for youth; one is for one adults. There is a batting cage to support the baseball community.

Barcroft has a a lighted rectangular playing field for sports like soccer, football or rugby. This field has a synthetic surface, concession stand, restrooms, and goals. Other sports are also supported by:

  • a basketball court;
  • two new tennis courts (opened in 2007);
  • a volleyball court;
  • a handball court;
  • and horseshoe pit.

At this location, Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center has a gymnasium to support several indoor sports. The gymnasium has everything needed for a boxer to train. This includes a boxing room with speed and punching bags, sparring ring, and floor exercise area. The gym can also host basketball, floor hockey, and indoor soccer. On-site, there are a variety of classes such as

  • aerobics,
  • boxing/kick boxing,
  • and gymnastics.

For the benefit of picnickers and visitors the park has three water fountains, a rental picnic shelter, picnic tables, charcoal grills. There is also a paved path throughout the park to walk, jog or bike. That path has a bridge, and stream.

Hours for the park are sunrise to half hour after sunset except on lighted facilities. The facilities are open Tuesday, Thursday and weekends.

4200 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 228-0700

Park Map (PDF)

Barcroft Park
Baseball field at Barcroft Park

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How does number of bedrooms impact price if square footage is equal


All homes listed have 1.5 baths, are close in square footage (1200-1270 sq feet), historic, built in same time period (1870s-1880s), and located in the same neighborhood:

Home #1: Sold for $517/sq ft this month. Three bedrooms. Two of three bedrooms are small but would accommodate twin bed, nursery, or office.

Home #2: Sold for $518/sq ft this month. Two bedrooms. Renovated kitchen with granite, cherry, stainless.

My house, home #3, sold for $480/sq ft one year ago. One true bedroom. Also has a large room (but no door) that is used as informal living space or could be a home office. A third small room is used as a laundry/walk-in closet. If the closet fittings were removed, it could be used as an office or nursery (it has windows). For listing purposes, it was counted as a second bedroom. To access the “laundry” room and the full bathroom from the rest of the house, you must walk through the bedroom.

What is Home 3 worth now relative to Homes 1 & 2?


The prices of residential real estate are often “notional”. That is to say that notions in the buyers and sellers of real estate will impact the price in ways that we can’t always quantify. In a large market like Alexandria, real estate is a commodity in the sense that it is difficult to find something the market hasn’t already rewarded or punished. But is it not a commodity in the sense that you can tally a square footage price and add an amount per bedrooms or multiply the price by a certain factor based upon the number of bedrooms.

Are they at the same address? In the same building? In your example above, what is the view from these units? Is the condition of these properties identical? Even a licensed appraiser with answers to all these questions would be hard-pressed to give you an answer without know the tax assessments and the contract price on these properties.

In the end, a home is worth exactly what a buyer will pay for it, if the seller will sell for that amount.

Will Nesbitt
Will Nesbitt

Will Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria / Nesbitt Realty.


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Owners Optimistic About Home Values

More than 16 percent of home owners say their houses increased in value during the past year, the highest percentage in nearly two years, according to a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey.

While 75 percent of home owners viewed current home-buying conditions as good, citing attractive prices and low mortgage rates, about 89 percent thought market conditions for selling a home were poor. While still an overwhelmingly negative number, it was still better than the results of the May 2009 survey when almost 100 percent of home owners panned the climate for sales.

Some 43 percent of home owners said their home decreased in value during the past year. Nevertheless, home owners believe their homes will ultimately rise in value, with the average annual anticipated gain over the next five years at 2.1 percent.

Source: Reuters News, Julie Haviv (05/21/2010)

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When you compare the real estate downturn to the real estate market in the 1980s, Blumberg Capital Partners, which provides real estate investment management, finds similarities that lead the company to think now is an optimal time to buy.

Its analysts point out that the recession of the 1980s lasted 16 months, running from July 1981 to November 1982. Unemployment peaked in November of 1982 at 10.8 percent. From that point it took 38 months for the economy to recover fully and for unemployment to fall below 7 percent. It was another 10 months before unemployment was consistently below 7 percent.

Philip Blumberg, CEO of Blumberg Capital Partners, said in a note to investors that the real estate cycle is still three or four years from an optimal selling period, so now is the time for investors to buy.

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Arlington Price per Sqft. Show Minimal Decline

Arlington  average price per square foot

The chart above plots the price per square foot of 1 Bedroom condos in 22201 vs. all Arlington over the past year. While there has been some decline, the change is almost statistically insignificant. The chart below shows little change in 2 BR’s in the same area.

Arlington average price per square foot

Properties in 22201

Will Nesbitt
Will Nesbitt

Crystal City condo market in transition

The Market Activity Index in Crystal City continues show sawtooth pattern. This pattern often indicates tension between sellers who want to move property but who are not willing to dump property at lower prices.  At the same time buyers are moving swiftly to snag deals, indicating we are near the bottom, or at least in a period of transition.  The days on market fell dramatically, and this means that real estate is selling again.

The chart was drawn from the past 180 days of condo activity in 22202 zip code.