Between Route 50 and Little River Turnpike, Mantua is a neighborhood of single-family homes popular for its sense of identity and midcentury architecture: a mix of ramblers, split-levels, colonials and modern homes, most on large lots.
The Mantua Swim and Tennis Club is a center for neighborhood gatherings. Eakin Community Park offers picnic areas, playgrounds and access to walking trails.
Kent Gardens, an older neighborhood with great schools, has a strong sense of community and more affordable than adjacent neighborhoods, many older Cape Cod-style homes and ramblers, often that have been remodeled or are teardowns.
A big draw for this family-oriented neighborhood is Kent Gardens Elementary School, which has a French immersion program and a reputation as an excellent school. The Kent Gardens Recreation Club, open since 1957, offers swimming and diving lessons and teams, along with social activities in the summer months. The 26-acre Kent Gardens Park features hiking trails and a playground.
Country Club Hills
Especially for first-time buyers is the Country Club Hills neighborhood with dog parks and big trees. The property taxes are lower because the city is separate from Fairfax County, but with the same level of resources and services, including road maintenance and snowplows.
The Country Club Hills Civic Association has been active since 1954 and the community brings residents together for barbecues and ice cream socials or just casual meet-ups in the park.
Greenbriar is a suburban neighborhood with sought-after schools where residents can walk to schools and to the Greenbriar Town Center with shops and restaurants. There’s an active civic association in Greenbriar, a community center, and Greenbriar Park with athletic fields. The Rocky Run Stream Valley Park runs through the community and has miles of walking trails.
The single-family homes in Mosby Woods appeal to first-time buyers. The first homeowners moved here in the early 1960s and the neighborhood retains some of its old-fashioned vibe. Like Country Club Hills, Mosby Woods means residents don’t pay county taxes.
While not as walkable as some other neighborhoods such as Country Club Hills, the houses and yards are a little bigger even though the residences are relatively affordable.
The schools are a big attraction, with Mosby Woods Elementary School earning high ratings. The community also has a 50-year old swimming center that was recently renovated.