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Door To Door: Arlington Ridge, Va. And Hawthorne, D.C.

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Marianne Becton sitting with her dog in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
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Marianne Becton sitting with her dog in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time around, we visit Arlington Ridge, Va., and the Hawthorne neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

Hawthorne, Washington, D.C.

When Marianne Becton walks out of her house in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Washington, D.C., to walk her dog, she doesn't see the rush of people and vehicles that defines the city.

"[There's] a lot of green space," Becton says. "A lot of children. A lot of mature trees. Well-managed homes. A lot of people walking. And of course, a proximity to the park, so we get to see the park every day."

That natural beauty is Becton's favorite part of Hawthorne, which sits close to the Pine Hurst Tributary in Chevy Chase. But what has surprised Becton is the amount of diversity in the area.

"I think Hawthorne represents a really mixed bag," Becton says. "All kinds of people live here. There are older retirees here. A lot of young families have come in in the past several years. Blue collar, white collar. We have every kind of demographic mix, age, every racial mix. A very diverse neighborhood."

Becton says that she loves that mix of people, carrying with them a variety of experiences and personalities. And she says that her neighbors are caring, something you don't normally see in a bustling city.

"So I think when people think about cities, they think that it's probably so fast-paced and not as kind and not as gentle, and this neighborhood is very kind and very gentle."

Arlington Ridge, Virginia

Katie Buck has had a connection with Arlington Ridge since 1983, when her parents purchased a house in the community in Arlington County. When they passed away, Buck moved into the house and renovated it, excited about living in a community so full of history.

"The history of Arlington Ridge is very rich. It dates back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars," Buck says. "Fort Scott Park was a park during the Civil War where the Union built a fort to protect Washington."

Buck says the town is full of historic architecture, including the Hume School, the oldest school in Arlington County. But Buck says that Arlington Ridge isn't just a neighborhood full of century-old buildings and homes.

"The architecture is very mixed in Arlington Ridge," Buck says. "We have a number of homes that are nearing 100 years in age that were built for people to have vacation homes up on the ridge overlooking the Potomac River. And, of course, like any community, we've been experiencing a number of renovations occurring, as well as some teardowns and new homes being built."

But that history isn't Buck's favorite part of living in Arlington Ridge. Instead, she loves its location as a quiet community surrounded by big cities.

"I love living in Arlington Ridge because we have great accessibility to Washington, D.C., Alexandria, the national airport," Buck says. "And yet we are an old community with strong neighbors and beautiful homes and trees."


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