Holmes Run Acres snapshot
Location: Generally bordered by Gallows Road, Holmes Run Drive, Surrey Lane, and Holmes Run.
Schools: Woodburn Elementary, Luther Jackson Middle, Falls Church High School
Home prices: $300,000s to $600,000s.
Another problem, she mentioned, deals with the beltway HOT lanes construction at the nearby Gallows Road intersection. That issue has been mostly resolved, but at one point, drivers attempting to get to the inner loop from Merrifield were making about 50 to 60 U-turns an hour on Holmes Run Drive. Another problem involved residents of the Raintree townhouses on the other side of Gallows Road parking in Holmes Run Acres. That issue was resolved when the Raintree Homeowners Association agreed to provide more than two parking permits per household.
It’s hard to estimate average home prices in Holmes Run Acres because of the three different builders and because the houses vary so much in size and extent of the renovation, says John Purvis a realtor with RE/MAX.
Most houses generally sell for $400,000 to $600,000, depending on the condition and the extent of renovation and expansion. An original small unit that has been subject to foreclosure or short sale goes for the low to mid-$300,000s—still a far cry from the original sales price of $12,500 in 1951.
There are only two homes on the market now, and one, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, is listed at $815,000. Purvis, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 40 years, says people who move to Holms Run Acres tend to stay there.
When Fort moved to the neighborhood 15 years ago, “there were very few children and virtually no babies. People thought the houses were too small to raise a family,” she says. But that is changing, and “now there are tons of little kids here. More people are realizing there is more to a home than size.”