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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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national landing

Support appears to be growing for a National Landing branding campaign. As the Crystal City Business Improvement District moves forward with absorbing portions of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, some see a name change as the next logical step in the process.

With support from commercial property owners, the Arlington County Board recently approved a 76-percent boost in land for the BID. The land in question currently sits in Potomac Yard and Pentagon City, including land slated for the new Amazon HQ2.

Supporters say going by one name would help to better distinguish the area as one unified location. It’s not a done deal just yet. Proponents of a name change say they’re still interested in hearing what community and area stakeholders have to say

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dc millennials

 If you’re single, that’s one more good reason to consider making a move to the DC area. DC and Arlington were both recently named top cities for singles.  The findings come from Apartmentlist.com. Last Valentine’s Day the website ranked the best and worst cities for dating, putting both cities near the top.

The list put the most weight on one particular category. That category measured how satisfied singles are with dating opportunities in their city. The study also took into account satisfaction with a city’s social life and dating affordability. For that particular category, analysts looked at the average price it costs for two people to go out to dinner and to a movie. Then they compared the cost to median earnings of singles in the area.

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kingman park - washington dc

If you’re in the market for your very first home, Kingman Park is a good option to begin your search in the DC area. The neighborhood is a great value, especially when it comes to first-time home buyers.

Many of the homes of Kingman Park are brick rowhouses with large front porches ideal for families and neighbors. Mostly built up around the 1920s to 1940s, some of the homes of Kingman Park have been recently renovated to add in such upscale features and finishes as stainless steel appliances and granite or quartz countertops.

Of course, you’ll also find plenty of charming character with many of the homes in this neighborhood. That’s not to say all of the homes are older homes.

You will also likely find some newer construction options,

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