November 2019

Found 13 blog entries for November 2019.

cc2dca

Courtesy of Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

A plan to connect up Crystal City with Reagan National Airport could be even closer to reality. Called CC2DCA, the plan calls for a pedestrian bridge or tunnel to connect Crystal City to an airport parking garage.

If this happens, it could mean a five-minute walk to the airport. Not only would it be convenient for area residents and visitors, but it could also mean big news in terms of economic development and sustainability for the area.

According to a feasibility study by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, a new walkway would likely attract new development, new businesses and new residents. It could also potentially someday lead to high-speed rail service.

While the airport is only

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 dc metroPhoto: Daniel Lobo

DC’s population is on the rise, so much so that the region faces a potential housing shortage in the future. According to at least one new report, DC needs around 374,000 new homes just to keep up with the expected demand.

Much of the concern has to do with the availability of affordable housing in the near future. In Arlington, in particular, data from the Urban Institute suggests Arlington needs thousands of additional housing units that rent for less than $800 a month.

On the flip side, the area currently has more housing than needed in terms of high rent units. The study recommends area leaders focus on allowing the construction of more multi-family projects on current single-family zoned properties.

A previously

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idylwood va

From its diverse housing opportunities to plentiful outdoor recreation and an easy commute, there’s plenty to enjoy about living in the Idylwood neighborhood. Part of Fairfax County, Idylwood originally grew up along the old W&OD Railroad route.

New transportation routes helped spur even more development over the years and decades, adding in easy access to several major roadways, as well as providing easy Metro access for commuting around the rest of the DC area. For residents, though, they often don’t have to venture far to enjoy options ranging from shopping and recreation to entertainment venues.

The suburban area is actually bordered by the City of Falls Church to the east, Dunn Loring to the west, and Tysons and Pimmit Hills to the north.

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claremont immersion school - arlington va

The results are in, and once again the Arlington Public School District is tops in the state. Niche.com recently came out with its list of the “2020 Best School Districts in Virginia”, placing Arlington Public Schools in the top spot for the second year in a row. Niche looks at a variety of things when coming up with its ranking system, including data obtained from the U.S. Department of Education and test scores. It also considers millions of reviews and ratings from Niche users.

A large part of the ranking comes from academics. Niche assigns half of a district’s overall score based upon things like state assessment proficiencies, SAT/ACT scores and responses gained from students and parents.

It then factors in the teachers, culture and

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 hillcrest - washington dc

If you’re looking for a family-friendly neighborhood that’s also more affordable, you’ll want to take a second look at Hillcrest. The quiet community is likely one of the best bargains in the city right now.

Hillcrest lacks some of the development that other neighborhoods have had over the years, but for some prospective and existing residents that’s part of its charm. It’s common for home buyers to get more home and more land for their money in Hillcrest. It’s possible to find up to a five-bedroom home in Hillcrest, as well as a large yard. Those are likely two of the reasons why Hillcrest is so popular with families.

Hillcrest is home to green space like Alger Park and the popular Hillcrest Recreation Center for plenty of family-friendly fun.

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peninsula 88 - 88 v st sw washington dc

New construction condos are now selling in Buzzard Point’s very first residential property. Peninsula 88 offers your choice of more than 100 homes located right next to Buzzard Point Park and overlooking the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.

Around one-third of the condos are already sold out, including the majority of the penthouse units. With prices starting in the $500,000s to the high $1 million-dollar range, buyers can expect to find condos with around 700 square feet of living space as well as some with 1,400 square feet of space.

With one- and two-bedroom floor plans to choose from, the condos of Peninsula 88 come complete with wide-plank, sustainable wood flooring, custom closets, high gloss cabinetry and quartz countertops. You’ll also find

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peirce - 1555 Wilson Blvd

Earmarked as Arlington’s next luxury condo building, The Pierce promises the enjoyment of large floor plans and upscale finishes. In all, the new condo building makes room for more than 100 units, with floor plans ranging from around 1,200 square feet to 2,400 square feet of living space.

Starting with a one-bedroom plus a den design, buyers will also have the choice of up to a three-bedroom floor plan. Some of the units are priced in the $900,000s while others are in the multi-million-dollar range.

Luxury finishes include continuous hardwoods, floor-to-ceiling windows and some direct-access elevators. In addition, the units will include contemporary-style design features, with chef-inspired kitchens, quartz countertops and some heated

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verse - 8399 westpark drive mclean

A new luxury condo tower is set to open this fall in The Boro. Verse brings with it 140 new luxury residences, many of which are already sold out.

Options include one-, two- and even three-bedroom floor plans, with prices starting around $500,000. Some of the largest units of Verse are, in turn, priced upwards of $1 million.

Verse units offer floor-to-ceiling windows, custom kitchens and oversized private balconies with glass rails for admiring the surrounding views of the neighborhood. In addition, other additions include concealed kitchen appliances in select residences, a kitchen island, Italian cabinetry, and composite stone countertops.

The open floor plans also allow for high ceilings, walk-in closets, plus frameless glass showers and

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the bower - 1300 4th st se dc

A new luxury condo project in the Capitol Riverfront is quickly nearing a sellout. The Bower consists of 138 luxury condos within a mixed-use building in one of DC’s most desirable locations.

Ranging from nearly 1,000 square feet of living space to upwards of 1,100 square feet of living space, the remaining condos of The Bower start priced in the mid $700,000s. While all studio and one-bedroom units are currently sold out in the building, there are a select number of two-bedroom, two-bath units that remain on the market.

The move-in ready condos come complete with high ceilings, wide-plank wood floors and floor-to-ceiling glass for admiring views of the surrounding area. Some units additionally include private balconies, while all offer Italian

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 democratic debate

They may not be able to claim the White House as an official address, but some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates already live in DC. From Navy Yard to Capitol Hill and H Street, several political contenders have already set down roots.

Cory Booker may trace his roots to Newark, but the senator also has an apartment in the H Street corridor. This hip neighborhood is well known for its festivals, dining opportunities and nightlife. There’s also a seasonal farmers’ market on H Street, plus you’ll find an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops.

Longtime U.S. Senator and Congressman Bernie Sanders has a home on Capitol Hill. The self-described democratic socialist opted for a cozy one-bedroom, two-bath home that’s not too far from work. He’s

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