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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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311 BARTON STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

McEnearney Associates, Inc.
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
38Picture(s)
2,109Sqft
Incredible opportunity in sought-after Penrose! This beautiful, 2 level home with 3 main level bedrooms, 2 full baths, gorgeous sunroom addition, and walkout lower level is move-in ready! Upon walking in you will immediately be met with fresh paint, & gleaming hardwoods.
$799,000

210 COURTHOUSE ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
Asphalt DrivewayParking(s)
38Picture(s)
1,487Sqft
Updated and move in ready all brick home with three finished levels of living space and fenced in rear yard in the desirable Penrose community. Freshly painted interior, newly refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchen and bathroom, brand new roof. Spacious lower level rec room can function as a bedroom, studio, or an office with walk out stairs to the back yard. Driveway parks 3 cars.
$650,000

109 FILLMORE STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Century 21 Redwood Realty
3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
35Picture(s)
2,151Sqft
Welcome to this beautifully renovated home in Penrose! This residence features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and over 2,000 square feet of living space. The kitchen is equipped with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom backsplash and a new (2021) hands-free kitchen faucet. The living room has hardwood floors, receives excellent natural light and has a wood-burning fireplace.
$829,900

2705 1ST ROAD

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

McEnearney Associates
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
Gravel DrivewayParking(s)
28Picture(s)
1,253Sqft
Welcome to 2705 1st Rd S in Penrose! This 3 bed / 2 bath single family home spans over 1,250 square feet on one level and features updates galore! In the front of the house, the large primary bedroom hides a spacious walk-in closet, and the en-suite bathroom shines with new Waterworks bathroom fixtures and mosaic tile. Morning light dances into the corner second bedroom.
$759,000

1016 WAYNE STREET Unit 307

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
1,422Sqft
Location, Location, Location! 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.
$549,900

617 WAYNE STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Redfin Corporation
3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
45Picture(s)
2,227Sqft
Rare opportunity to live on quiet street in Penrose right next door to Penrose Park!! Entire side and rear lot lines border this tree lined park. Enormous back yard with deck and hardscaping just in time for outdoor entertaining...this home is in truly turn key condition...
$895,000

304 VEITCH STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX Allegiance
2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
35Picture(s)
956Sqft
Great duplex in the Penrose neighborhood. Hardwood floors throughout the whole house. This duplex has a finished attic with skylights and a powder room on the main level. Huge screened-in porch at the back off the kitchen. Flat and fenced backyard. New roof, newer HVAC. Just a few blocks from Penrose Park, Penrose Square, Starbucks, Giant, Shirlington, Pentagon, DC, I-395, Route 50, I-66.
$559,000

2209 6TH STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

TTR Sotheby's International Realty
2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
27Picture(s)
1,037Sqft
This charming and updated 1940's home in Penrose community, across the street from Penrose Park has been beautifully restored and is move in ready. Beyond the welcoming front porch, this lovely home offers a living room with a large walk-in closet, an open kitchen-dining room with all new appliances.
$589,000

2207 6TH STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX Gateway, LLC
2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Paved parkingParking(s)
38Picture(s)
850Sqft
Cozy Duplex in Neighborly Penrose * Updated Kitchen with Stainless Appliances, Subway Tile Backsplash, Butcher Block Counters, Wood Floors * Finished Attic for Children's Play Area or Extra Storage * Screened-In Front Porch & Fenced-In Rear Yard, Storage Shed & Separate Outdoor Schoolhouse/Work from Home Space, Built-In Grilling Area * Buy this House Soon & Enjoy the Largest Springtime
$590,000

105 FILLMORE STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
53Picture(s)
2,236Sqft
Back by popular demand! A fantastic price in an unbeatable location. This charmer was completely renovated in 2013 and is ready for its next adventure. Immediately upon entering you'll notice the gleaming hardwoods throughout.
$849,999

311 EDGEWOOD STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

RE/MAX West End
4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
40Picture(s)
1,861Sqft
Cute as a button, 4BR, 2 BA Cape Cod with inviting front porch! This sunny 3-level home features 2 main level bedrooms w full bath/2 bedrooms on the upper level and is move in ready! Freshly painted throughout.
$649,000

2707 1ST STREET

ARLINGTON, VA 22204

Compass
6Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
47Picture(s)
4,185Sqft
A truly remarkable custom-built home ideally located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the DMV. Close to everything, enjoy shopping, restaurants, parks, and trails - all within walking distance. A short drive to Downtown or Capitol Hill, DC, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor, and Amazon's H2Q at National Landing.
$1,699,000
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