The Columbia Forest neighborhood is located in southern Arlington County, bordered by Columbia Pike between Four Mile Run and the Fairfax County line, and extending back to South George Mason Drive. The original community, established in 1941, was a planned development of single-family homes built to serve as housing for wartime Pentagon workers.
Soon after WWII, more single-family homes were built, continuing the original plan. Starting in the 50’s, apartments and condominiums were built along Columbia Pike adding more housing options. The ownership of the houses in the original development subsequently passed to new residents who would like to preserve the character of the community.
The neighborhood is primarily residential but with a variety of housing options. The neighborhood along Columbia Pike has an urban character and residents live in apartments and condominiums. South of Columbia Pike, the atmosphere is more suburban, with town homes, duplexes and single-family detached homes on neighborhood streets.
The variety of housing styles create a number of smaller communities within Columbia Forest. Residents living in multi-family dwellings identify with their building, complex or town home development, and belong to condo and home owner associations. Many residents in single-family homes define their smaller community as one of the several subdivisions making up Columbia Forest.