MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Lake Barcroft, Virginia and Fort Washington Estates, Maryland.
MR. JAY KRUEGER
My name is Jay Krueger. I'm 52-years-old. And I live in the subdivision of Fort Washington Estates in Fort Washington, Maryland. The community is located about 15 miles south of D.C., due south along the Potomac River, almost directly across from Mount Vernon. And adjoining Fort Washington National Park. Predominantly, I think our demographic is African American, but also, we have an Ethiopian and Korean makeup, as well. The community's sort of changing from being a -- I think an older retirement community that was established originally back in the 1960s.
MR. JAY KRUEGER
And is now turning over again where we're getting younger families again, moving into the area. Something that you would really notice, right away, and you would be surprised, given our close proximity to the city, is the abundance of wildlife. Deer everywhere, bald eagles flying overhead from some of the bald eagle nests that are close by here. It's a wonderful place to live, here in Fort Washington Estates, with proximity to our nation's capital, but seeing the wildlife that we have here.
MS. BETSY WASHINGTON
My name is Betsy Washington. I'm 62-years-old and I live in Lake Barcroft. Lake Barcroft is in Fairfax County, but we're called Falls Church here. So, it's near the Seven Corners area. We're located on two streams, Holms Run and Tripps Run, and these streams were dammed to make Alexandria City Reservoir about 1913. And so this was used as a reservoir for Alexandria. And the wooded slopes and hillsides around the neighborhoods were preserved for that purpose. And then they abandoned the reservoir in the '30s, I believe, and developers bought Lake Barcroft and developed it in the early 1950s.
MS. BETSY WASHINGTON
The lake is the heart of the community, so you come home from work and you're stressed and you've had a hectic day. And you look out your window and your neighbors and friends are on the lake kayaking. They're in these battery operated barges, cruising around. Or swimming. And just, all your cares go away. It's just a fabulous neighborhood. I moved in and wondered if it would ever get old, or I would get tired of looking out the window at the lake, and it's never happened. And occasionally, I have nightmares that I've moved to a bigger, fancier house with more amenities. And I wake up, just longing for Lake Barcroft.
That was Betsy Washington in Lake Barcroft and Jay Krueger in Fort Washington Estates. If you'd like us to knock on your door so you can talk about your neighborhood, send an email to email@example.com. Or send us a tweet. Our handle is @wamumetro. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.
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