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buchanan school dc

Sales are moving at a brisk pace at Buchanan School, where a number of condos are under contract in Hill East. This project by Ditto Residential includes 41 sleek new condo units, reimagined within the walls of the old Buchanan School building.

First constructed in the late 1800s, the property remained a school for about a century before finally closing its doors to the public in the mid 1990s. A few years ago, Ditto began the process or restoring the structure, and incorporating new condos into the property.

Ditto’s plan from the beginning of the project has been to blend both old and new elements, redesigning the property into a sophisticated, yet classic residential offering. The old school now houses a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom

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DC millenials

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Millennials may enjoy the varied options of a DC lifestyle, but it seems the high cost of living here may be actually driving the younger generation away. A new study found many millennials don’t see the likelihood of staying in the area long-term, and it’s primarily due to financial constraints.

The Millennial Index, from American University’s Kogod School of Business, found that in 2016, in particular, more millennials left DC than moved to DC. Moving to a more affordable city was the top reason given by those millennials considering leaving the area.

They particularly cited things like the cost of living plus the commute. In addition, nearly half of those surveyed felt like they were living paycheck to paycheck. This is

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towns at south alex - alexandria va

With the luxury of contemporary designs and multi-levels of living space, Towns at South Alex emerges as one of the premiere new communities of Alexandria. The four-level town homes are under construction this year, with plans to bring an exciting new mixed-use development to the area.

Designed by Craftmark Homes, the 41-unit complex offers around 2,400 square feet of living space, with four-bedrooms and more than three-baths. In addition, the units come complete with a two-car garage, rooftop terraces, lofts and an array of high-end finishes and features. In addition, the homes also provide the option of a deck off the main living area of the home.

Other features of the town homes include a rec room on the ground level plus a gathering room and

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gaslight square - arlington va

Comprised of a trio of multi-story buildings, Gaslight Square presents an exceptional lifestyle in North Arlington. Built in three phases, this impressive, red brick property also features the uniqueness of true loft units, with massive nearly 20-foot high ceilings and sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows within some of the homes.

There are also some other home designs available, including lofts, flats and penthouse units, coming in about a half-dozen different floor plans. Comprised of more than 100 private residences in all, the condos of Gaslight Square consist mostly, though, of two-bedroom, two-level condos with up to around 2,000 square feet of living space.

As well, many of the homes offer unique additions, such as direct elevator access and

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del ray place - 1800 mount vernon avenue alexandria vaNew condos are coming to Mount Vernon Avenue with the addition of Del Ray Place, opening up later this year. Right now construction crews are still hard at work on the property, with plans for 49 brand new condos to soon grace the community.

Found right along Mount Vernon Avenue, it’s said the development of one- and two-bedroom condos is being designed to better reflect the community’s overall character. Each of the condos plans to offer an open floor plan with a spacious design including contemporary style points and the addition of voice-automated Smart Home technology. This is aimed as making it easy to do some of the simplest things.

In addition, you’ll also find some private balconies within Del Ray Place, combined with a number of other

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trinidad real estate - washington dc

Filled with a unique selection of older Victorian-style homes and Craftsman-style row houses, the Trinidad neighborhood is one of the hottest DC locations for new residents. This vibrantly hued neighborhood contains quite a few recently renovated properties, with some in the midst of remodeling projects right now.

In fact, that seems to be a continuing theme throughout the neighborhood, sorely in need of a facelift just a few years ago. These days, though, the neighborhood is coming back, as new homeowners are lured by an enticing selection of homes ready to put on their own finishing touches.

Other draws of the community include the Trinidad Recreation Center with room for indoor and outdoor basketball plus a superhero-themed playground, skate

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brightleaf & cooper - alexandria va

New residential options are selling in Alexandria with the addition of the Brightleaf & Cooper upscale townhomes. In blending more historic-style architecture with modern conveniences, the 16 new townhomes enjoy contemporary luxury in Old Town.

A former Health Department building is being transformed into the nine townhomes of Brightleaf, while an accompanying parking lot has turned into the site of the seven Cooper townhomes. To further distinguish between the two, the Brightleaf townhomes will feature more contemporary designs while Cooper will offer more traditional, Old Town appeal to its future residents.

Ranging from around 3,900 to 5,000 square feet in size, the spacious, four-bedroom townhomes at Brightleaf offer open floor plans,

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watkins alley - 1309-1323 E Street SE DC

A unique redevelopment project aims to transform a former industrial area to a collection of more vintage and industrial-style alley living in Hill East. Watkins Alley brings more than 40 new residential units to the area, including townhouse condos and flats, as well as a single detached carriage house.

Options range from three- to four-bedroom townhouses to two-bedroom flats, lofts and the carriage house. Most units within Watkins Alley will also feature private outdoor space for the enjoyment of residents and guests. In addition, the development calls for parking, with room for both vehicles and bicycles.

The homes sit within just blocks of the Metro, plus the many offerings of Eastern Market and Barracks Row. This makes for an extremely

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ambrose hills - falls church

New construction townhomes are now selling in Falls Church, with the availability of impressive new designs in four-story townhomes within Ambrose Hills. The three-phase development totals dozens of townhomes, all constructed to appeal to modern tastes and finishes.

The varying floor plans generally include around 2,100 square feet of living space, all additionally offering a two-car garage on the lower level, with a loft leading out to a terrace on the upper floor. Optional extras include another deck or a wet bar in the open floor plans of Ambrose Hills, with some move-in ready designs available to prospective buyers right now.

With at least three-bedrooms, the townhomes feature high ceilings on the main level, plentiful hardwoods and

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kramerbooks & afterwords washingotn dcPhoto: Victor Solanoy

While politics obviously play a central role for many living in DC, sometimes the real treasure of a DC lifestyle is discovering the hidden gems of some of the area’s neighborhoods. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of some of our favorite independent DC bookstores.

Politics & Prose

Staying with the political theme, Politics & Prose is a true Connecticut Avenue delight. Found in Chevy Chase, the bookstore commonly hosts notable authors for readings and discussions. The store additionally boasts a large section just for kids and teens, plus a friendly and helpful staff. Other locations are now open at The Wharf and a third location is coming to Union Market.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

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