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foot traffic ahead

Filled with an array of places to go and things to see, it appears DC also easily comes in near the top of the list when it comes to walkability. The District just ranked as the second most walkable city in the nation, when compared to dozens of the most walkable metros in the entire United States, behind only New York City.

The ranking comes from a study out of the George Washington University School of Business, comparing and contrasting 30 of the nation’s most walkable metro areas, where it’s suggested that nearly half of all Americans live. The study specifically looked at what it calls “WalkUPs”, or rather an area’s percentage of rental apartments, retail and office space that a person can walk to and that will meet most of their needs.

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Girard Street Green - 1280 Sherman Ave NW

With a blend of traditional and contemporary design elements, Girard Street Green is coming to Columbia Heights. This new condo community aims to supply a total of ten new row homes to the area, each housing a pair of two-story condos within its walls.

Ranging from around 1,100 square feet to 1,500 square feet in size, the new condos are set to include spacious, walk-in closets, master and guest suites, kitchen islands and a half-bath on the main level of the homes. In addition, a rooftop deck is planned for the upper level condos, while the lower level homes will additionally include a private terrace equipped with an outdoor gas fireplace.

Some units will also offer the luxury of soaking tubs, while all of the units are designed to bring in an

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the bower at the yards

Surrounded by a vibrant neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops and endless entertainment, The Bower presents a wealth of options for prospective new condo owners in the DC area. This exciting new community is coming to The Yards, the very first condo development slated for the riverfront area.

The sophisticated condos range from studios and one-bedrooms on up to two-bedrooms and even penthouse units, with a number of different floor plans to appeal to new buyers. Prices start in the mid $300,000s, with some of the penthouse units commanding prices starting at around $1.5 million. The contemporary-style, glass and brick building will offer more than 130 separate condos when finished, with delivery of the building set for early 2019.


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Real estate developer Monty Hoffman is once again investing in The Wharf, but this time it’s personal. According to published reports, Hoffman and his wife just purchased a penthouse unit within VIO for $3.97 million, making him the first individual to close on one of the building’s condos, although it’s also been reported that a majority of the units within VIO are already spoken for.

The luxury units enjoy the privilege of a waterfront setting, with floor-to-ceiling windows for taking in views of the nearby Potomac River, as well as a number of DC monuments and the Capitol. Options range from studio floor plans to three-bedroom homes, with open designs and luxurious features and finishes. New residents can expect to find stone and quartz

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the wharf - washington dc

While many are only just beginning to experience all that DC’s newest waterfront development has to offer, plans are already forging ahead with phase two of The Wharf. The next phase of the project is nearly just as impressive as the first, with plans calling for two more office buildings, hotel rooms, retail space and residential options.

While the next phase of development includes some more retail space it also promises to bring with it upwards of 200 new apartments and more than 100 hotel rooms. As well, the project will also provide another 80 or so condos, dining and open space.

Developers will be going before the Zoning Commission once again soon to discuss some of the changes made to the project since this past summer. Previously there

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u haul sign

Photo: Thomas Hawk

At one time lured to the city by the promise of high paying jobs, it seems the once shiny appeal of living in Washington, DC is beginning to somewhat tarnish for millennials. According to several published reports, the young workers who flocked to the city following the recession, transforming many DC neighborhoods along the way, are now simply moving on.

While some are leaving for new employment, thanks to a stronger economy and the appeal of a lower cost of living, others point to the rising allure of the suburbs, with a slower pace of life replacing the desire of living close to vibrant entertainment and nightlife. Some project the trend could significantly change the area in the future.

Cities have grown to depend on

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robinson landing - alexandria va

Brand new options for a riverfront lifestyle are coming to Old Town, where more details concerning the much-anticipated Robinson Landing project are about to be officially unveiled. This expansive new community brings with it around two-dozen town homes and 70 new luxury condos, blending new construction in with the historic features of Old Town.

Just a few days away from the official sales opening, representatives of Robinson Landing will soon be exclusively unveiling information concerning residential floor plans and pricing, as well as a site plan for the entire development. While this marks the construction phase of the larger project, it’s estimated the development will be open to the public by summer of 2019.

While some specifics of

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fairfax county seal
Some of the region’s highest earners may be lured by the sites and attractions of the big city, but it seems the suburbs hold the greatest appeal when it comes to settling down. That’s apparent from recent Census data, suggesting that a majority of those taking in the nation’s highest wages also choose to make the drive out to the suburbs.

When it comes to the DC area, Fairfax County ranks extremely high, with the country’s second highest wage earners residing in this area. The wealthy, suburban community ranks just behind New York County, or in other words, Manhattan, where about 49-percent of all full-time workers earn upwards of $75,000 per year.

Ironically, while Fairfax has a smaller population than Manhattan, which leads to its second place

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city vista - mount vernon triangle

One of DC’s most vibrant urban communities, Mount Vernon Triangle presents an array of options for those in search of a downtown lifestyle. This vibrant area of DC stretches for 17-blocks, a walk-able community filled with thousands of residents and thousands of residential real estate options.

Several high-rise condos now grace the area, with sleek, modern designs that only compliment the community. They join the more historic row houses that first emerged in the area, but have since been remodeled to reflect decades old appeal.

While some of those older buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places, options these days additionally include apartments and condos, rising up several stories above ground level. Residential

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the one five on capitol hill

One of Hill East’s most desirable new condo buildings is now 85-percent sold, with time running out to purchase a contemporary-styled home within the new construction building. The modern, One-Five condo building sits just one block away from shopping and the Metro, making it a convenient option, as well, for new condo buyers.

The mid-rise building includes mostly one-bedroom units, with a smaller selection of two-bedrooms and efficiencies. Typically the homes range in size from around 540 square feet to more spacious units of around 1,000 square feet in size, giving new homebuyers plenty of options to fit their needs.

With only a few dozen condos to choose from in all, the condos of One-Five start out priced in the mid $300,000s, with some of

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