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pierce - rosslyn va

A brand new residential development of condos and apartments is headed to Rosslyn. The Highlands is a new three-building complex that’s expected to open sometime later this fall.

The first building is a 27-story condo building called Pierce. The tower is set to include space for more than 100 luxury condominium homes when complete.

Floor plans at Pierce range from around 1,100 to more than 2,000 square feet of living space. The sophisticated condos are priced from the $900,000s to some topping $3 million.

The units of this building come with top-rated appliances, wine refrigerators and quartz countertops in the chef-inspired kitchens, along with large islands. In addition, you’ll find oversized private balconies with most of the condos, and

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buzzard point - washington dc
Photo: Geoff Alexander

Situated at the meeting spot of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Buzzard Point offers dramatic views and plenty of character. Located in DC’s Southwest quadrant, Buzzard Point sits on a peninsula at the confluence of the two rivers.

A similar name appears on maps as early as the 1600s when European settlers began exploring the area. It then went through a couple of more name changes over the coming years and decades.

At one point, George Washington and Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the man who laid out the original design for DC, designated the area we now call Buzzard Point for military usage. By the early 1800s, the arsenal had tripled in size and Congress had approved the construction of more buildings in the area.

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berkley - washington dc

Surrounded by parks on three sides, the Berkley neighborhood not only offers desirable green space, but also iconic embassies and educational institutions. This suburban neighborhood is situated in DC’s Northwest quadrant, and despite its pricey real estate, remains relatively unknown to many outside of the region.

With Wesley Heights Park to its north, Battery Kemble Park to its west and nearby Glover-Archbold Park just a stroll away, you’ll find no lack of green space in this enviable DC neighborhood. The location naturally isolates the homes of Berkley from some of their more urban counterparts.

While primarily a residential neighborhood, it just so happens Berkley is also home to the Embassy of Germany and its home to the Mt Vernon campus of

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reston town center - reston va

While the on-going pandemic has caused many people to change their work habits over the past year, others have completely embraced a work-from-home lifestyle. Just a few months ago, more than one-third of working adults said they were currently remote working or simply that they lived with someone who works from home.

While some workers are starting to head back to the office, other companies are actually changing their policies to allow more people to do remote work on a permanent basis. looked at nearly 2,000 towns and cities all across the nation to determine what it considers the best places to live for those who work from home.

When all categories were taken into consideration, Reston came in at the very top of the list. Analysts

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801 North - 801 N Fairfax St Alexandria VA

A former office building in Old Town Alexandria is about to be reborn with a new life as a luxury condo building. The older building at 801 North Fairfax Street is in the midst of being transformed into a new boutique condo property.

When finished, 801 North will deliver more than 50 new luxury condos to the neighborhood in one- and two-bedroom layouts. There will also be some penthouse residences for buyers to choose from at 801 North.

The new condos are priced starting in the high $500,000s. It’s expected a two-bedroom floor will start out priced in the mid $600,000s, while a two-bedroom plus a den condo at 801 North will be priced starting in the low $900,000s.

Each home at 801 North features an open floor plan with high ceilings and walls

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Rialto - 410 Rhode Island Ave NE

Italian finishes and easy access to the Red Line are just two reasons buyers are attracted to the new Rialto condos. Located extremely close to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station, the property also features 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space, topped off by more than 70 new condominium residences.

The one- and two-bedroom floor plans start at around 680 square feet of living space, but some of the largest units command more than 1,300 square feet of space. The units of Rialto are primarily priced starting in the low to mid $400,000s.

Some of the largest penthouse units, however, are currently priced in the $900,000s. Buyers can expect to find high-end Italian finishes and industrial-style architectural elements in the light-filled

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crestwood real estate - washington dc

Offering the best of both worlds, Crestwood blends urban and suburban living in Northwest DC. This diverse neighborhood sits close to some of DC’s better known neighborhoods, yet retains a peaceful and quiet vibe, surrounded on three sides by Rock Creek Park, yet also close to everything you need and want in the region.

Originally part of a 300-acre estate, the first single-family homes weren’t developed in the community until the early 20th century. Most homes in Crestwood still sit on large, well-kept lots and rarely come on the market.

It’s an especially appealing location for those interested in a larger home with more outdoor space. Some homes standing in the neighborhood date back to the 1920s and 1930s.

Many homes are brick colonials

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With plenty of places to shop, eat and explore, Ballston-Virginia Square is a real hit with singles and families, alike. Noted as a walkable, urban village, the neighborhood has a strong mix of residential and commercial offerings.

In fact, the Arlington County neighborhood offers a full range of home styles, from apartments and condos to some relatively more affordable single-family homes. This presents a number of options for buyers, whether you’re in need of a cozy home for one, or a larger home with enough room for a growing family.

It’s also a great place to live if you’re hoping to enjoy easy access to area entertainment and amenities. In fact, Ballston-Virginia Square is full of area shops and restaurants, with options on the menu ranging

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woman with laptop
Photo: Nenad Stojkovic

If you’re looking for a great place to call home, DC and Alexandria not only fit the bill, but they may also help put you on the path to success. According to a new study, both locations are highly successful places for women.

The study comes from The website looked at 200 of the largest cities in the nation, then ranked them to find out “Where Women Are Most Successful”.

SmartAsset looked at a variety of different things, including median earnings for full-time working women and the percentage of women in a city who hold a bachelor’s degree. Analysts also considered housing costs as a percentage of a woman’s earnings and the percentage of women business owners in each city.

Another thing they looked at

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Spring Valley - Washington DC

From its tree-lined streets to its rolling hills, the Spring Valley neighborhood has long attracted some of DC’s most prominent residents. Found in Northwest DC, affluent Spring Valley offers a mix of historic estates and sprawling new construction, which often comes at top dollar.

Much of the neighborhood’s development began in the late 1920s. Over the following decades, some retail and office space construction joined Spring Valley, as well.

However, unlike a typical city grid, Spring Valley was designed so that its streets actually conform to the rolling hills of the neighborhood itself. When new homes were added, developers took care to design homes around the natural landscape of the area, including preserving trees.

These days, the

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