- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2008

Marquis Homes is building 40 condominium homes at the Duke in Alexandria, two blocks from the King Street Metro Station and in walking distance of shops and restaurants.

The Duke includes a landscaped courtyard and two community rooms; the exterior architecture has been approved by the Old Town Board of Architectural Review.

Each home will include a brick front, James Hardie cement siding, a storage unit and two parking spaces in the secure garage.

Inside, all 10 models feature two bedrooms; two full baths; hardwood flooring in the foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen and powder room; 9-foot ceilings; a gas fireplace; stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen; ceramic tile flooring in the baths; a luxury master bath; a high-tech wiring system; and gas heat.

The homes have about 1,311 to 1,571 finished square feet, with base prices from the $600,000s to the upper $700,000s. Condominium Association fees are $401 per month.

The Berkley model, with 1,557 square feet, has a den with columns flanking the doorway; a living room open to the dining room; a galley-style kitchen; and a sunroom with three walls of windows. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and luxury bath, while the second bedroom has a walk-in closet and adjacent full bath.

The 1,570-square-foot Staunton model has columns framing the entrance to a den; an open floor plan with a center-island kitchen, dining area and living room; and a sunroom wrapped in windows. The master suite has a walk-in closet and a luxury bath; the second bedroom has a walk-in closet and adjacent full bath.

For information, call 703/837-0364 or visit www.thedukeoldtown.com.

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