February 26, 2015 Charles Goodman

Charles Goodman’s ‘Twin Homes’ in Arlington


When you think of neighborhoods designed by Charles Goodman’s in Virginia you think of Hollin Hills and Hickory Cluster townhomes in Reston. Goodman also designed the small 1951 South Arlington subdivision of High Point, which consists of 21 twin homes. (A twin home refers to two attached homes that share a common wall but with each owner responsible for his or her own lot, which is split right down the center of the structure.)  High Point is located on 10th Place just south of Columbia Pike and is within the Virginia Heights Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.


Here’s a good architectural description from the National Register submission written by a team of architectural historians at EHT Traceries, including my past client Patti Kuhn Babin:

“The houses are staggered along the sloping street by varying setbacks. Two stories in height, the dwellings are constructed of cinder block with a stretcher-bond brick veneer and have a shallow-pitched, side-gabled roof with prominent overhanging eaves. Although identical in form at the time of their construction, the houses vary by light-colored, red, and painted brick. An original one-story, two-bay “service entrance” with a flat roof projects from the main elevation of the majority of the dwellings.”


More from the submission: “The main elevation of each unit has a horizontal window opening with a one-light fixed window and a paired casement window on the first story and paired casement windows on the second story. Emblematic of Goodman’s style, large floor-to-ceiling windows pierce the second story of the dwellings’ main elevation. The original wood-sash windows contain two fixed lights with two paired casement windows below. The majority of the windows have been replaced by various window types, all of which are vinyl. In some cases, the window openings have been partially enclosed with vinyl siding or spandrels.”

The homes typically have two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. They are under 1,000 square feet. During the past two years, they have sold in the low to high $200,000 range.