LOST: 1QTR 2024

LOST: 1QTR 2024

In the First Quarter of 2024, a total of 46 demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. All but one were for single family homes. – 85% of the homes are in North Arlington; – 74% are speculative developments; – 42% are on land that sold for over $1,000,000 – 35% are in National Register Historic Districts; and, – 12% are to make way for Expanded Housing Options (EHO) developments (aka Missing Middle). – 60% of the EHO projects…

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2023 Demo Report

2023 Demo Report

In the last 15 years, over 2200 single family homes have been demolished in Arlington. 2023 with 149 demolition, is in the top 10 highest total count since 2009 when Preservation Arlington began tracking demolitions. The highlights for 2023 include:

LOST: December 2023

LOST: December 2023

In December 8 demolition permits were applied for and all but one were for single family homes. Of the homes, all are in North Arlington. The majority (5 of 7) are in speculative tear downs by developers, with one having sold for over $1 million only to be demolished, and, four are located in National Register Historic Districts. One property being demolished is a community building that is part of a major siteplan project approved by the County Board. Arlington…

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LOST: November 2023

LOST: November 2023

In November a total of 12 demolition permits were applied for and all were for single family homes. Of the homes, 10 were in North Arlington, 7 were in speculative tear downs by developers, two sold for over $1 million only to be demolished, and, two were located in National Register Historic Districts. These National Register districts provide some tax benefits to owners but do not offer any protection of the houses from demolition. It is very unusual to see…

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LOST: October 2023

LOST: October 2023

October saw only nine demolition permits for single family homes. Joining September and March as the lowest numbers this year .. each with nine homes. Four of the homes demolished were in National Register Historic Districts and three homes sold for over $1 million only to be demolished. One house, in Waverly Hills, was bought by Arlington County to mitigate flood issues with future stormwater management tools. These National Register districts provide some tax benefits to owners but do not…

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LOST: September 2023

LOST: September 2023

September saw only nine demolition permits for single family homes. September and March are the lowest numbers this year .. each with nine homes. Three homes demolished in National Register Historic Districts and three homes sold for over $1 million only to be demolished. There were two properties which sold that were on multiple lots. In the 2200 block of North Buchanan Street, a house which has been operating as a medical building sold with the two adjacent lots for…

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LOST: August 2023

LOST: August 2023

July was one of the largest collections of houses having sold for over $1 million to be demolished and then came August with a record NINE homes on single lots selling over $1,000,000 only to be demolished. This year 33 homes have sold for over One Million dollars and were then torn down. This month also saw a larger than usual number of homes coming down in National Register Historic Districts with a total of eight being demolished. These districts…

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LOST: JULY 2023

LOST: JULY 2023

July was one of the largest collections of houses having sold for over $1 million to be demolished AND the highest percentages of tear downs being speculative in nature. 47% of the homes sold for over $1 million and 60% of the homes are being torn down by speculative development. All but one of the homes are in North Arlington A total of four of the properties were located in National Register Historic Districts. These districts provide some tax benefits…

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Lost: June 2023

Lost: June 2023

June was a slow month for applications being submitted for the demolition of single family homes. Only 6 permits were applied for with an additional 4 for a collection of garden apartments in the Rosslyn area. Of the six homes, one-third were in South Arlington and one-half were speculative. No homes were sold for over $1 million. The Marbella apartments in Rosslyn are being demolished to make way for a larger project of affordable units which will still be owned…

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LOST: May 2023

LOST: May 2023

In May a total of thirteen demolitions permits were applied for in Arlington County. All were for single family homes with nine of them are in north Arlington and four in south Arlington. Just over half of the demolitions are speculative projects. The million dollar price tag for a tear down was on only one home with several properties just under $1 million and while one more home sold for over $1 million it is on multiple lots. A total…

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