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The Penrose neighborhood is a south Arlington neighborhood bounded by Arlington Boulevard to the north, Columbia Pike to the south, Washington Boulevard to the east, and South Fillmore Street/South Walter Reed Drive to the west, located about 3 miles from the District of Columbia, less than 2 miles from the Pentagon and Arlington Hall Foreign Service Institute, and the neighborhood abuts the Fort Myer Army base and Arlington National Cemetery.

Penrose began as the Butler-Holmes subdivision, platted and subdivided on 13 acres of rural farmland in 1882 by William H Butler and Henry L. Holmes, farmers. prominent leaders of Freedman’s Village, and Arlington public officials. They built their family homes before the plat was complete, followed by a number of homes for sale. Butler’s 1879 Queen Anne-style home at 2407 South 2nd Street is still owned by the Butler family today, and Holmes’ widow lived in their second Penrose house at 2803 S. 2nd Street until her death.

Along with the developers’ social influence, the site’s proximity to Freedman’s Village and lack of restrictive covenants helped create a large community of African Americans in the area. One notable resident was young Dr. Charles R. Drew, who later became famous for his scientific advances in the field of blood plasma transfusion research. Drew was the first African American to receive a Doctor of Science in Medicine, also to be awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship in surgery at Columbia University. He was appointed Supervisor of the Blood Transfusion Association for NYC and oversaw the “Blood for Britain” program, which saved the lives of many wounded WWII soldiers. He was appointed Director of the Red Cross Blood Bank and Assistant Director of the National Research Council. Later, Drew served as Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Freedman’s Hospital and Head of Surgery at Howard University. The Drew family lived in a two-story clapboard home with a covered front porch and vegetable garden at 2505 South 1st Street, built in about 1910. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark and is still occupied by members of the Drew family.

Early maps show 15 individual land parcels referred to as a group named “The Arlington Heights,” located between the Butler-Holmes subdivision and Columbia Pike. During the 1960’s, the Arlington Heights subdivision and the Butler-Holmes subdivision merged, forming a new neighborhood called Central Arlington. Train and trolley development spurred its growth and with the expansion of federal government agencies in Washington and addition of nearby military establishments, 175 buildings and several churches had been built by the 1930’s. During the 1940’s housing boom, several garden-style apartment complexes were built with federal workers in mind. Fillmore Gardens and Fort Craig Apartments  are two examples. By the 1950’s, a mix of Queen Anne and Italianate-style homes built mostly of wood, wood-frame bungalows and newly popular mail-order houses had joined the neighborhood. Today, Penrose offers a mix of single family homes, townhomes, duplexes, condos and apartment buildings of various sizes. The neighborhood’s commercial center runs along the southern edge of the neighborhood, just north of Columbia Pike.

Neighborhood amenities include two parks; Penrose Park, located at 6th and Wayne Street, Butler Holmes Park, located at 101 South Barton Street and Towers Park, located at 801 South Scott Street. Penrose ‘borrows’ amenities from nearby 

In 1995, a citizens’ initiative prompted a name change for the neighborhood, from Central Arlington to “Penrose,” taken from one of the area’s historical trolley stops on the Georgetown-Nauck line. The Trolley became the neighborhood’s symbol.

In 2012, the Penrose Square public space project was completed at 2597 Columbia Pike.

Penrose Neighborhood Association

Penrose Neighborhood Conservation Plan

Penrose Square

Charles Drew Lived Here

Guide To African American Heritage in Arlington County

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612 ADAMS STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

REAL ESTATE SEARCH AND SALE LLC
4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1Picture(s)
1,868Sqft
$999,998

2516 1ST ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
6Bedroom(s)
8Bathroom(s)
SurfaceParking(s)
64Picture(s)
6,425Sqft
Elegant one of a kind all brick center hall colonial built for comfort and privacy with elevator to all levels.
$1,450,000

2417 9TH STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX Allegiance
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
46Picture(s)
1,860Sqft
Absolutely remarkable 3 bedroom 3.5 bath townhouse in the highly sought after neighborhood of Adams Court Townhomes in South Arlington! From the covered vestibule, you enter a light and spacious foyer with custom chandelier. This level boasts a primary suite with large closet, updated full bath, cork flooring and large storage area.
$825,000

401 FILLMORE STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Redfin Corporation
4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
37Picture(s)
1,386Sqft
Renovated farmhouse located in the historic Penrose neighborhood! Penrose community is so close to local/urban amenities, schools, shopping, commuting routes, and restaurants! The coveted two-story layout is complete with 4 bedrooms/2.
$833,900

5 GARFIELD STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Keller Williams Realty
4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
Concrete drivewayParking(s)
37Picture(s)
2,644Sqft
Location, location, location! Need space to work from home? Just minutes to D.C., blocks to Clarendon Metro/shops and restaurants. Beautiful, all brick SFH just minutes to DC. 4 BR / 3.5 BA great floor plan with TWO master suites. Chefs eat in kitchen. Full size W/D. Plenty of parking. Pets on a case by case basis. Application fee of $45 per person.
$4,300

213 COURTHOUSE ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

'Weichert, REALTORS
2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
918Sqft
Stellar Locale and Totally Turnkey! Handsome updated 3 level all brick duplex conveniently located smack dab between the renowned amenities along the Clarendon/Orange Line and the vibrant Columbia Pike corridor...
$569,900

515 WAYNE STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Samson Properties
4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
35Picture(s)
2,232Sqft
Hurry! Check out this fabulous move-in ready updated storybook 4 bedroom 2 bathroom Penrose home with cute as a button curb appeal before it's gone.
$839,000

2415 9TH STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Optime Realty
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
AssignedParking(s)
38Picture(s)
1,860Sqft
Spacious 3 level brick Townhome in popular Penrose neighborhood of South Arlington! Move-in ready! Freshly painted neutral gray throughout, newly refinished hardwood floors! Located just off Columbia Pike, close to shopping & restaurants, minutes from the Pentagon, Crystal City/Amazon HQ2, Reagan Airport & DC! Almost 2000 sq ft boasting 3 bedrooms each with a full en-suite bathroom! The lo
$775,000

1016 WAYNE STREET Unit 307

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
24Picture(s)
1,422Sqft
Nicely updated with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and new flooring throughout! Welcome to this light, bright, and airy, spacious condo with 1422 Sq. Ft. in the sought-after Barkley Condominium. This centrally located Columbia Heights/Penrose Arlington location offers easy access to metro bus, abundant shopping, dining, and local entertainment options.
$624,500

2707 1ST STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
6Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
47Picture(s)
4,185Sqft
Built in 2020, this Arlington home is absolutely stunning! Having roughly 4,200 square feet of finished living space, 6 bedrooms, and 4.5 baths, 2707 1st St provides the perfect home for all.
$1,700,000

517 VEITCH STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

NoVa House and Home
2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
29Picture(s)
1,020Sqft
Welcome home to this 2 bed, 1 bath duplex in Penrose! The main level features a living room, separate dining room, kitchen, and additional BRIGHT SUNROOM with vaulted ceilings is perfect for working at home or relaxing year round! The upstairs features a master bedroom with access to a FULL SIZE ATTIC space with plenty of storage or future loft space.
$525,000

824 COURTHOUSE ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

KW Metro Center
4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
Concrete drivewayParking(s)
56Picture(s)
2,440Sqft
Lovely center-hall Georgian colonial in the heart of Penrose. Sited on a private, oversized double lot, this stately all-brick home offers classic features and more. *** Formal living room with wood-burning fireplace. Peaceful study with built-ins and private entrance leading to lush garden. Sunny solarium with views of the landscaped brick patio and spacious backyard.
$1,150,000
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