October 2019

Found 13 blog entries for October 2019.

 columbia condos - 2425 l st nw

It may be one of the ritziest buildings in the West End today, but The Columbia Condos boasts a much different beginning. The stylish condo development actually began as a hospital and is tied to several famous names.

Constructed around the early 1900s, for years the property was known as The Columbia Hospital for Women. Hundreds of thousands of people were born at Columbia Hospital in its time, including jazz great Duke Ellington, former First Daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower, actress Katherine Heigl and former Vice President Al Gore.

In fact, for generations the hospital was considered a top site for women’s and infant’s health. It was one of the very first maternity hospitals with a premature nursery and it provided classes for expectant

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tribeca - 40 n street nw

A new condo development pushes forward in NoMa as crews officially break ground on Tribeca. The highly anticipated 99-unit building is going in just two blocks from the closest Metro station and will soon provide some of the mixed-use neighborhood’s very first new for-sale multi-family units.

Sales for the new condos are expected to begin in early 2020, with options including one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus a den and two-bedroom floor plans. Priced starting in the high $400,000s, the 13-story property will likely deliver sometime next year.

Future buyers at Tribeca will also be treated to a rooftop deck, clubroom and a fitness center. With views overlooking the Capitol Building, the East End and the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the property also

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dupont circle fountain - washington dc

You may think you know all about Dupont Circle, after all it is one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods. From its hip nightclubs and trendy boutiques to its brick rowhouses, this walkable neighborhood is certainly appealing. But there are a few things about Dupont Circle you may not know. More specifically, there are five little known facts, starting with what you’ll find underground.

Underground Tunnels

Long since abandoned, an old trolley station and tunnels still exist under Dupont Circle. It was the only such station built underground, but it hasn’t been used since the early 1960s. Since that time, it’s been used as a fallout shelter and a short-lived food court. Most recently, plans call for converting the underground space into artistic

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the avidian - 1211 vann st se

One of the newest communities to come to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is now more than 50-percent sold. The Avidian brings with it your choice of more than 50 different floor plans, with options including studios, one and two-bedroom condos, as well as townhouse and penthouse units.

Still under construction, the new property includes around 170 new residences, with prices starting in the $400,000s. The developer also promises a range of other options for prospective buyers not limited to the impressive new home designs.

Along with a large variety of floor plans, prospective buyers also have the choice between two different interior packages. Those include either a sophisticated white and black kitchen and bath, or a rich design

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Old Town Alexandria VAPhoto: Kevin Harber

It may be close to DC, but Alexandria enjoys a strong reputation all its own. From its historic district to its waterfront, there’s always something to see and explore in this unforgettable city.

It’s likely for all of these reasons and more Alexandria just nabbed one of the top spots for small U.S. cities. The new ranking comes from the new Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

More than a half million readers around the world rated their own travel experiences, helping to put Alexandria in the number three spot for small U.S. cities. The publication pointed out the city’s location, sitting just across the Potomac from the U.S. capital.

It also mentioned the red brick sidewalks of Old Town, 18th and 19th century

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 arlington va

Arlington’s population is growing, and as it grows it is only getting wealthier. According to recently released U.S. Census data, Arlington’s population grew about 14-percent from 2010 to 2018.

That’s considerably higher than other locations across the state and the nation. The statewide population increase totaled about 6.5-percent, while the national population rose about six percent during the same time span.

As of July 2018, the federal government estimates more than 237,000 residents live in Arlington. With a boost of around 2,500 residents, that’s about one-percent higher than the previous year. Census data suggests Arlington County’s population rose by about 4,900 people between 2016 and 2017.

The population isn’t the only thing on

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 clarendon - arlington va

Arlington is filled with great neighborhoods, but for some of the best value you may want to head to Clarendon/Court House. The true value comes in form of the available housing options and the many available amenities.

Located right next to each other, the two are so close they’re often interchangeable. Clarendon and Court House are connected via of a number of restaurants, retail stores and bars, most notably the chain retail stores of Clarendon Boulevard and the mom-and-pop offerings of Wilson Boulevard.

You’ll find traditional suburban venues like Starbucks and Whole Foods in Clarendon, but you’ll also find more unique restaurants and small entertainment venues nearby. Public transportation is easily accessible too, plus the area is covered

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reflecting pool lincoln memorial - washington dcPhoto: Tyler

If you’re looking for a fun way to see DC in an entirely new light, consider taking a cue from Hollywood. Some of DC’s most iconic neighborhoods are routinely captured on film.

In fact, some reports suggest more than 300 movies show DC-area landmarks, perhaps most notably some of the District’s historic sites. The movie “Forrest Gump” used the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. You’ll also see it in the movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

If you want to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, you’ll find them at the National Archives Building. You don’t even have to leave home, though, to spot the building in the movie “National Treasure”.

Of course, the Watergate Hotel is an actual

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vio at the wharf - washington dc

DC’s multifamily condo market is booming as developers aim to lure current renters with a surge of new for-sale options. Until recently developers had favored the rental market, but that trend could be changing.

In particular, some real estate experts say they’ve seen an uptick in condo demand since the Amazon HQ2 announcement. Some estimates predict around 1,700 new condo units will begin sales this year.

This includes nearly a dozen new condo developments with at least 50 units launching sales. That’s the most large-scale projects in a single year to hit the market in about a decade.

Many of the large-scale condo projects are coming to areas that have already experienced a wave of apartment construction, including NoMa and the Capitol

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 portrait square - brookland

New multi-level townhomes are currently under construction near the corner of Irving Street NW and 7th Street NE in Brookland. Portrait Square at Brookland consists of a collection of nearly two-dozen four-story townhomes with three-bedrooms and 3.5-baths.

Priced starting in the high $800,000s, the townhomes of Portrait Square come in two different floor plans, offering up your choice of either a one- or two-car garage. Each townhome includes an open design with an upper story loft and a rooftop terrace.

The main level of the home is where buyers will delight in a living room, dining area and kitchen, plus the choice of an optional deck. The lowest level of the townhome provides space for the garage, plus an optional rec room or study.

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