May 2014

Found 18 blog entries for May 2014.



Alexandria, VA tops the list again for the 3rd year in a row for  “Most Well-Read Cities in America,” according to Amazon.com.  Following Alexandria, Miami, Knoxville, TN, Seattle and Orlando round out the Top 5.  Amazon last week announced the winners of its 4th Annual list of “The Most Well-Read Cities in America” basing its rankings on sales of books, magazines, newspapers and Kindle formats from April 2013-April 2014, for cities with more than 100,000 residents.

Alexandria, VA, was the only city in the DC Metro area to make the Top 20 list.  The top 3 best-selling books in Alexandria were Inferno by Dan Brown, followed by Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Amazon says that while Alexandria led the list for most books overall,

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DC movers and shakers move fast, even behind the wheel.  DC was named the fourth least courteous city in a survey on driver behavior.  Every driver, pedestrian and cyclist has probably experienced some type of road rage on the roads in DC, whether delivering the road rage or receiving it.  Washingtonians are busy people so step out of the way!

The 2014 “In The Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey” by AutoAdvantage, a car and roadside assistance service, looked at 25 metro cities and studied their behavior, observations and attitudes related to road rage.  The survey participants were drivers who commute during rush hour traffic and drive at least 3 days a week.  Both the least and most courteous cities in the U.S. were named.

DC’s high ranking as #4 out of 25

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A legacy of charms, Foggy Bottom is a quaint urban neighborhood and a high-rent luxury apartment district considered one of the best downtown residential neighborhoods in DC.  The upscale and lively neighborhoods bordering Foggy Bottom are the West End, Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Penn Quarter/Downtown.  The convenient centrally located neighborhood is made up of federal offices like the U.S. State Department and George Washington University’s campus.  Its own Metro Station, Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station, serves Foggy Bottom.

West of downtown DC, Foggy Bottom is close to the Potomac River (hence its name) as it sits low near the Potomac River and may be a little foggy in the mornings.  Foggy Bottom is bounded by 17th Street, NW, to the east, Rock

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DC Condo Boutique team member Mansour Abu-Rahmeh represented the buyer of a penthouse condo at Ten Ten Mass, located at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue #PH-103, Washington, DC 20001 in DC’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. This penthouse unit features 2 BR / 3.5 BA / 2,266 SF and closed on May 21st, 2014 for $1.875M / $827 SF and is inclusive of two parking spaces.

This corner penthouse unit features and expansive and open floor plan with panoramic, breath-taking views through floor-to-ceiling windows.  A wide private balcony offers plenty of space for outdoor entertaining.  Amenities at 1010 Mass are extensive and include a roof-top deck with swimming pool, secure garage parking and a 24-hour front desk.  Ten Ten Mass is conveniently located at the corner

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The gated Rotonda condo community features a cluster of five high-rise condo buildings in the heart of Tysons Corner, offering secure high-rise living packed with wide-ranging amenities with easy access to Tysons Corner, Dulles Corridor and DC business, retail and job centers as well as the Dulles International Airport.  Behind the residential buildings, nature takes center stage with woodlands, greenery, a gazebo overlooking 2 ponds, fitness trail, walking paths and a pet park.

Located just outside DC, The Rotonda offers fabulous on-site amenities including 2 swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), six tennis courts, golf, putting green, basketball court, sand volleyball court, children’s playground, mini soccer field, bowling lanes, and general

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Elegant Somerset House, a newly converted condominium building, offers luxurious condo living in the exciting Dupont Circle neighborhood of DC within walking distance of 2 Metro Stations.  Building amenities and individual upscale condos combine to give condo buyers the modern conveniences that today’s savvy DC real estate buyer expects in a condo coupled with a location in the heart of DC on 16th Street, NW, a mere 11 blocks from the White House, one of DC’s best addresses.

The original beauty of renowned Washington architect Harry Wardman’s Somerset House was designed in 1917 and converted to condos in 2014 by Tenacity.  Inside the 84-unit building now selling in Dupont Circle features a range of floor plans from efficiencies to 3 bedrooms.  As you

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On the banks of the Potomac River and within eyesight of the Washington Monument, Old Town is the oldest neighborhood of Alexandria, dating back to 1749 and offering up more than 250 years of history and hospitality.  As an historic district, Old Town is well-known for its historic town houses, art galleries, antique shops, cultural attractions, and restaurants.  Some historic landmarks include General Robert E. Lee’s childhood home and the Torpedo Factory art studio building.

Old Town is in idyllic and beautifully refined waterfront with views of the Potomac River.  Riverboats cruise and street entertainers perform on the large plaza on King Street.  Many cyclists ride the Mount Vernon Trail that passes through Old Town and ends at George Washington’s

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DC Condo Boutique team member Mansour Abu-Rahmeh represented the buyer of a condo at the Turnberry Tower located at 1881 Nast Street N #812 in Arlington’s Rosslyn Neighborhood.  This condo features 2 BR / 2 BA / 1,754 SF and closed on May 8th, 2014 for $1,150,000 / $655 SF.

This brand new Turnberry Tower condo is configured with the popular “D” floor plan and features a private elevator entry and an over-sized private terrace.  Finishes at the Turnberry include kitchens with Snaidero Cabinetry and Miele appliances, marble baths and custom closets.  The Turnberry Tower building amenities are first-class and include valet parking, concierge, an indoor pool and health club.   The views of the Potomac River, Washington and Northern Virginia are breath-taking

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One Park Crest is a luxury high-rise offering busy Tysons Corner executives high-end amenities in an ideal location.  Situated in the convenient Tysons Corner neighborhood of McLean, Virginia and walking distance to Tyson’s Galleria and Freddie Mac, One Park Crest is in one of the most desirable locations in northern Virginia near shopping, corporate offices, Dulles International Airport, and downtown DC is a short drive away.

The 19-story high-rise condo development houses 1 and 2 bedroom condos and penthouses featuring upscale finishes, extraordinary views from downtown DC to the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as high-end amenities.  The building amenities include private, underground parking; 24-hour staffed front desk; state-of-the-art fitness center

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