It’s long been considered one of Alexandria’s best neighborhoods, but Hayfield Farm doesn’t just date back to some of its first homes in the mid 1960s. This popular neighborhood has ties way back to the time of George Washington. In fact, Washington himself once purchased property in the area we now called Hayfield Farm. The land came under his ownership in the mid 1700s.
Following the war, Washington sold off about 360 acres of the western side of Mount Vernon to settle a debt. The new owner and his wife lived at the Hayfield Manor House, which once stood near Hayfield Road and Bing Court. The property then went through a couple of ownership changes. By the late 1800s, a barn sat on the property, which was said to resemble a larger version of George Washington’s original barn.
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Flash forward several decades, and the property was used by a riding school and later for cattle. By the early to mid 1960s, the land had a new owner and was developed into the Hayfield Farm neighborhood we now know today.
The very first home sold around this time, and the new development was complete by the early 1970s. These days, Hayfield Farm offers nearly 700 homes, with styles across the neighborhood mostly consisting of split-level, rambler, split foyer and Colonial.
The neighborhood is known for its mature trees and well-kept landscaping. Local homeowners also have the advantage of the nearby Hayfield Farm Swim Club.
The neighborhood also sits within walking distance of two local schools, and it’s a short drive from Old Town. Closer to home, buyers in Hayfield Farm can shop or dine at Hayfield Shopping Center, which sits conveniently close to the homes of Hayfield Farm.
There are also some nearby grocery stores, plus there’s a movie theater and fitness center close to the neighborhood.