2024-06-16 8:14 AM

An Inside Look at the Little City and Its 11 Neighborhoods

Falls Church City, also known as the “Little City,”  is home to 11 neighborhoods, big and small. These neighborhoods are spread out from South Washington Street to East Broad, and provide locals with walkable areas in a smaller environment. 

Tori McKinney, owner of the Rockstar Realty Group at Keller Williams and a 25 year resident of the city, said each of  Falls Church’s neighborhoods is “unique,” as all of the neighborhoods are “predominantly” walkable to city centers, shops, dining, parks and entertainment. 

“Falls Church City as a whole has been proven to be such a desirable neighborhood,” McKinney said. “Each neighborhood is an offshoot of all that Falls Church City has to offer.”

Great Forest

Located on the streets of Park Avenue, North Virginia Avenue, Pennsylvania, Lee and Fulton, the Great Forest neighborhood is of walkable distance to city favorites, such as Mary Riley Styles Library, Cherry Hill Park, State Theatre and Northside Social. With Memorial Day in a few weeks, this neighborhood is also a great place to view the city’s annual Memorial Day festival and parade, as it is a key route in the event.   

Winter Hill 

The home of both condominiums and 55+ apartments, Winter Hill has been a neighborhood staple in the city since being built in 1949. Most condominiums consist of two to three bedrooms and one and a half baths, while the apartments consist of 80 units in the neighborhood. Winter Hill is also walkable to Falls Church City Town Center and Cherry Hill Park, and is right across the street from the Broadale Shopping Center. For the upcoming summer months, a pool is provided for all ages.

Cherry Hill Townhomes  

Built between 1978 — 1979, the Cherry Hill Townhomes are located near Winter Hill, meaning that residents in these townhomes can enjoy Winter Hill’s pool. Most of the townhouses consist of three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Similar to Winter Hill, these townhouses are right across the street from the Broaddale Shopping Center, as well as Big Chimney Park. 

Founders Row

A “newer” community to the little city, Founders Row has already got locals talking about the many amenities the 

apartment building offers. Verso Founder’s Row offers one bedroom and two bedroom apartments for those 55 and older, while Modera has studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Both Verso and Modera offer fitness facilities, an outdoor pool and clubrooms, while also being located above various shops and restaurants to enjoy. Look out for a movie theater being built soon too!

Tinner Hill

Tinner Hill is a historic African-American neighborhood that hosts various important houses, parks and monuments in the neighborhood. Tinner Hill Park, the Arch monument and the historic Henderson home on South Maple Street are just some of the many meaningful landmarks in the area. Apartments in the neighborhood include the Pearson Square Apartments and the “newer” 455 Tinner Hill that offers one to two bedroom apartments. 

The neighborhood is also a walk away from restaurants such as Borek G, Pizzeria Orso and Happy Tart, as well as local theater Creative Cauldron. Other close landmarks include the history panels, historic brick walk on South Washington Street and historic sidewalk on South Maple Avenue in front of the Henderson House. 

Greenway Downs

The Greenway Downs neighborhood “straddles” both Falls Church City and Fairfax County, as it is located on South Washington Street and Lee Highway outside of the city. Built in 1941, the neighborhood mostly consists of single family homes and offers various amenities on both the city and Fairfax county sides.

On the Falls Church City side, the neighborhood is near Oak Street Elementary School and a well-known path called “The Greenway that connects five blocks of houses. On the Fairfax County side, “The Greenway” is also present and is near the John Mastenbrook Greenway Downs Park. 

Virginia Forest

Hosting houses built from 1941 through 2020, the Virginia Forest neighborhood offers living spaces with 5 bedrooms and four to 6 bathrooms. The neighborhood is also near Oak Street Elementary School, a good area for growing families with younger children.

Broadmont/East Falls Church

Houses in the Broadmont/East Falls Church neighborhood range from four to six bedrooms and two to five bathrooms. Built between 1918 through 2021, the neighborhood is close to various parks and a playground, such as Fort Taylor Park, Donal South Frady Park and Benjamin Banneker Playground. It is also a walkable distance to the East Falls Church Metro and Eden Center. 

Whittier Park

Located on the streets of Hillwood Avenue and South Cherry Street, Whittier Park are mostly townhomes that have three to four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. 

Hillwood Avenue

Located between the city and Seven Corners, Hillwood Avenue offers a variety of houses built from 1936 through 2013. The location of this neighborhood allows homeowners to enjoy various restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in both Falls Church and Arlington at a small distance. 

Falls Park

Considered a “smaller” neighborhood in the city, Falls Park enters on Parker Avenue off of West Street, and is near Oak Street Elementary School. Various parks, such as Berman and Roberts Park, are also close by to enjoy the great outdoors. 

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