Lyon Park is an early suburb with modern appeal

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Lyon Park is an early suburb with modern appeal

For John Goldener, 39, and his wife, Carol, living in Lyon Park means their two children — who are in second and third grade — can attend Long Branch Elementary School in a neighborhood that feels like a small town but is minutes from the District.

“It seemed to be, for us, the perfect mix,” said Goldener, who is president of the Lyon Park Citizens Association. “You can find a house that is not astronomically expensive and can get to Clarendon Metro,” he said.

Lyon Park consists of second-generation residents, immigrant families, empty-nesters, couples with young children and those with college-age children, Goldener said.

Developed after World War I: Lyon Park was developed as a planned residential community between 1891 and 1951, according to the Interior Department, the National Park Service and the National Register of Historic Places. “Lyon Park is an excellent example of one of the many residential subdivisions that emerged in Arlington County after the First World War to support the burgeoning population flocking to the nation’s capital and its suburbs,” the National Register of Historic Places notes.

Lyon Park was the first of several Arlington County suburbs that developer Frank Lyon platted, according to the National Register of Historic Places. Lyon and Fitch Inc., which was later renamed Lyon Properties, developed it. Designed by engineer and landscape architect William Sunderman, Lyon Park was comprised of “sloping and flat lots available with or without trees, along both curving and grid-pattern streets, all expanding from a central community park,” the National Register of Historic Places said. []

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