The Lake Barcroft community is just 6 miles to Washington, DC, and includes about 1045 single family homes that surround Lake Barcroft. The community was developed in the 1950s and planned by Walter Gropius, who was the dean of Harvard University’s graduate school of architecture and design and perhaps best known as the founder of the Bauhaus school. “According to a 1950 Washington Post article, Gropius envisioned creating a large nursery for children, adding enough azaleas “to make the rolling hills a riot of color” and installing barbecue pits on every porch “to make for country living.” Today that dream has become a reality. The hillsides of Lake Barcroft are full of azaleas that come to life each Spring.
Year round, residents enjoy boating and swimming in the 135 acre fresh water lake. With many clubs and social activities throughout the year, residents can have the sense of living in a “small town” in a convenient inside-the-beltway location. Convenient to transit, bus, and metro as well as shopping, residents also can take advantage of the many cultural and economic advantages of the Washington, DC area.