- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

A decade ago, condominiums were considered starter homes for those who wanted to buy a home but were

not ready to maintain a larger property, or those who couldn’t afford a single-family home.

No more. Today’s buyers view the low-maintenance aspect of condominiums as part of their attraction. With prices that often exceed $1,000,000, condo living in Alexandria and Rosslyn is often a choice based on opulence rather than thrift. Young professionals and empty nesters are choosing these homes for their ease and convenience.

Low-rise, high-rise or town home condos often are located close to public transit. These homes are often part of new town center developments that offer entertainment and shopping just outside the door.

In Northern Virginia, according to statistics from the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, 2,169 condominiums were listed in November 2005, compared with 431 in November 2004. Despite the larger number of condominiums on the market that month, there were fewer sales — 514 — in November 2005 compared with November 2004, when 764 condominiums sold. The 2004 sales figure includes condos that already were on the market, explaining how sales outstripped inventory.

The higher number of condominiums on the market means buyers have a wider variety of homes from which to choose, whether they want a resale or a new condominium home.

The following sampling focuses on new condominiums in Alexandria and Rosslyn.

Sales are anticipated to begin soon for Carlyle Place Condominiums, adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro station in Alexandria, the development’s Web site reports.

The homes will include stainless steel appliances, granite counters, ceramic tile flooring in the kitchens and baths and hardwood flooring in the other living areas. Carlyle Place will have a staffed front desk, a swimming pool, a fitness center and a club room.

Prices and condominium fees have yet to be determined.

Visit www.carlyleplacecondo.com.

At Carlyle Square, located at 520 John Carlyle St., PN Hoffman Construction and Development and partner Post Properties Inc. is developing 145 condominiums, including studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom-and-den homes.

Within walking distance of the King Street Metro station, this development includes an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and concierge services.

The homes will include stainless steel appliances, granite counters and maple cabinets in the kitchen, with hardwood flooring in the living areas and porcelain tile in the baths. Prices begin in the mid-$300,000s for the studios and go up to more than $1,000,000 for a penthouse-level, two-bedroom-and-den home.

Condominium fees range from $203 to $435 per month.

Call 703/684-1005 or visit www.pnhoffman.com.

At the Residences of Cameron Station, K. Hovnanian Cos. is building midrise condominiums in a planned community with a library, a school, a health and recreation center, an outdoor swimming pool and parks.

The development includes a fitness center, concierge services and garage parking.

Inside, the homes have hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, Corian counters in the kitchen, and moldings.

The variety of homes available includes one-bedroom, one-bath homes, two-bedroom homes and three-bedroom, three-bath homes. Some have lofts and fireplaces.

The homes are priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $800,000s, with condominium fees of $200 to $600 per month.

Call 703/751-4070 or visit www.cameronstationcondos.com.

KSI Services Inc. is developing Midtown Alexandria Station at 2451 Midtown Ave., the Huntington Metro station.

The 369 one- and two-bedroom homes, some with a den, have views of Northern Virginia and Washington and include granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances, Berber carpet and ceramic tile flooring in the kitchens and baths.

Some of the homes include balconies, pantries and walk-in closets.

The development features a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, a waterfall and an adjacent bar, a sports club, a clubroom, a cyber cafe, concierge services and a 24-hour front desk, along with a guest suite for visiting friends and family.

Base prices range from $319,900 to $538,900 with monthly condominium fees averaging $350, depending on the size of the home, which can be from 571 to 1,436 finished square feet.

Call 703/329-4041 or visit www.midtownalexandria.com.

Madison Homes Inc. is building 12 town home-style condominiums with four or five finished levels at Old Town Court in Alexandria, each with an all-brick exterior, a rear patio and garage parking with a private entrance into each home. Some of the homes include rooftop terraces.

The homes include three or four bedrooms, a powder room, three or four full baths including a luxury master bath, hardwood flooring and stairs, ceramic tile baths, high-tech wiring, crown moldings; and a center-island kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The homes have about 2,199 to 2,988 finished square feet, with base prices from the $900,000s to more than $1,000,000.

Condominium fees are $500 per month.

Call Associate Broker Anne DiBenedetto of McEnearney Associates at 703/615-1897 or visit www.madisonhomesinc.com.

At Sullivan Place at 6461 Edsall Road, Ryan Homes is building 122 “two-over-two”-style town home condominiums, which include two, two-level homes in each four-level building.

Each home includes a rear-entry one-car garage. The homes on the first two levels have about 1,600 finished square feet, with the two upper-level homes including about 2,600 finished square feet.

Each home has three bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a kitchen and a master suite with a private full bath.

The development includes walking trails, a swimming pool and a clubhouse. The homes are priced from the $600,000s, with monthly condominium fees averaging $150 to $200.

Call 703/992-7669 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Bozzuto Homes Inc. is building the Tuscany Condominium, a four-story Mediterranean-style building with a courtyard, underground parking and a clubroom at 240 Yoakum Parkway near the Van Dorn Metro station.

The 104 homes include high ceilings, large windows, open floor plans, walk-in closets, crown moldings, ceramic tile baths and high-tech wiring. Each has a private balcony.

One-bedroom-, two-bedroom- and two-bedroom-and-a-den homes are available.

Prices range from $343,400 to $569,900, with monthly condominium fees ranging from $283 to $563.

Call 703/461-3469 or visit www.thetuscanycondo.com.

In Rosslyn, Dittmar Co. is building 19 luxurious residences at 1325 Pierce St., within walking distance of the Rosslyn Metro station.

The building has an imported Italian marble foyer, an exercise room and recreation rooms, and each home comes with a reserved parking space and a storage unit.

Additional parking can be purchased.

Each of the two- or three-bedroom homes has 1,165 to 1,424 square feet, a balcony, hardwood flooring in the living areas, marble flooring in the foyer and baths, moldings, a whirlpool tub in the master suite and granite counters and ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen.

Sales are anticipated to begin early this year with prices estimated to begin in the $600,000s. Condominium fees have yet to be determined.

Visit www.1325Pierce.com for information or to be placed on a waiting list.

Turnberry Associates is building Turnberry Tower, a condominium community at 1850 North Fort Myer Drive in Rosslyn with panoramic views of Georgetown, Washington’s landmarks and the Potomac River.

Turnberry Tower features direct-entry private elevators into the homes, 24-hour valet, concierge and front desk services and Smart Home technology.

The condominium includes a spa and fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, a media room, social rooms and a cafe. The multilevel garage will include assigned spaces and have some individual garages available for cars and motorcycles.

Inside, each of the homes will have 9- to 11-foot smooth-finish ceilings, Italian cabinets, granite counters, Miele European appliances, Jacuzzi tubs, marble baths, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies.

The 26-story building will include 247 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, with prices from the $800,000s to $7,000,000.

Condominium fees are estimated to be 65 cents per square foot — $853 to $3,448 per month.

The homes range from 1,312 square feet for a one-bedroom, 11/2-bath home to 5,304 finished square feet for the tower suite, which includes three bedrooms, a formal dining room, a library, a lounge, a staff suite and 51/2 baths.

Call 703/243-3000 or visit www.turnberrytowerarlington.com.

The JBG Cos. and Trizec Properties Inc. are building Waterview, a 17-floor condominium near the base of Key Bridge at 1925 North Lynn St.

Plans call for the project to be completed in summer 2007.

The condominiums will be built above the 12 floors of the Hotel Palomar, and residents will have private access to the hotel and can request room service, housekeeping and valet services.

The condominium will include a fitness center, garage parking, concierge services, high-tech wiring and a rooftop deck with sweeping views of Georgetown and Washington.

Inside, the homes will include upscale appointments such as hardwood floors, granite or stone counters, and glass-enclosed showers and stone floors in the bath.

Prices and condominium fees have yet to be determined.

Visit www.jbg.com for more information.

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