- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2009

One of Northern Virginia’s most desirable neighborhoods in recent years has been Clarendon, a community in Arlington with easy access to Metro as well as plenty of shops, restaurants and night life. The area appeals to both young people and empty nesters with diverse housing options that offer a mix of suburban and urban lifestyles.

A two-bedroom home in the Charleston condominium at 2400 Clarendon Blvd. is on the market for $485,000. This high-rise brick building, on a side street, has landscaped sidewalks and mature trees, a circular front drive and an elegant awning above the glass front doors. The building includes a garage, with one parking space designated for unit 105. The Charleston is a pet-friendly building and includes extensive amenities for residents.

The elegant lobby includes comfortable seating for guests and residents. Two sets of French doors open to the condominium’s party room, which has additional seating and glass doors to a balcony. Adjacent to the party room is a catering kitchen for easy entertaining. When not in use for entertaining, the party room provides a comfortable, quiet place for residents to read or work. The carpeted halls of the Charleston are brightly lit, and the lobby includes a front desk that offers services.

Just off the main level is a fitness room with exercise equipment (including a treadmill, an elliptical, a stationary bike and more). Glass doors open from a nearby hall to a sun deck, which surrounds an outdoor swimming pool.

Unit 105 has approximately 910 finished square feet plus a private balcony that can be accessed through a sliding glass door. This first-floor home sits above ground for privacy from passers-by.

The home includes several red-painted walls, which add glamour, and laminate wood floors extending from the foyer to the kitchen. Just off the foyer are a coat closet and an entrance to the kitchen.

The fully equipped kitchen includes wood cabinets, white counters and a pass-through to the dining room that also allows light to filter into the room from the dining room window.

The separate dining room includes one red wall, a modern chandelier and a large window with blinds. Adjacent to the dining room is the living room, which has two red walls and a sliding-glass door to the balcony. The balcony overlooks a quiet side street with little traffic.

Beyond the living room, another hall leads to the bedroom area. The bedrooms feature thick pale beige carpeting. The master bedroom includes two large windows and a walk-in closet. The private master bath includes ceramic tile floors, a single-bowl vanity with plenty of cabinet and drawer space, and a combined tub and shower.

Next to the master bath is a closet with a stacked washer and dryer.

The second bedroom includes windows on two sides and a closet. The adjacent full bath includes ceramic tile floors and a shower with a glass door.

This home has been freshly painted, and the heating system was updated in 2006. In addition to the garage space and interior closets, this home has an extra storage space in the building. Pets are allowed.

Clarendon is easily accessible to Georgetown and downtown Washington, but it also has an extensive array of restaurants and night life that often attracts D.C. residents to enjoy music and dancing in multiple locations. Residents at the Charleston can walk to enjoy dinner at Eventide, a new restaurant in the area; or to Liberty Tavern or Harry’s Tap Room for American food; or enjoy one of the many Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Cuban, Greek or Moroccan restaurants in the neighborhood. Finding simple diner food or good barbecue is also an option. After dinner, residents can walk to Galaxy Hut or Iota for music or poetry readings, head to the Clarendon Grill for a poker tournament or live music or to Whitlow’s on Wilson or the Clarendon Ballroom for more music and dancing.

Individuals more interested in shopping can find plenty of stores to explore at Clarendon Market Commons. According to the Web site that calculates neighborhood walkability (www.walkscore.com), this area has a Walk Score of 98 points out of 100 - meaning that residents can easily reach myriad destinations on foot.

Address: 2400 Clarendon Blvd., Unit 105, Arlington, VA 22201

Community: Charleston Condominium in Clarendon

Age: Built in 1991

Price: $485,000

Size: Approximately 910 square feet

Taxes: $3,691 in 2009

Condominium association fee: $421.97 per month

Exterior features: High-rise brick building with balconies, circular front drive, awning over front entrance, landscaped site, garage parking

Interior features: Two bedrooms and two full baths; foyer entrance with closet; laminate wood floors; fresh paint with some red accent walls; kitchen with pass-through to the dining room, which has a modern chandelier and a large window with blinds; living room with sliding glass door to balcony; second bedroom with two windows; hall bath with shower and ceramic tile floors; master suite with a walk-in closet and private full bath with ceramic tile floors, a single-bowl vanity with plenty of cabinet and drawer space, and a combined tub and shower; thick pale beige carpeting in bedrooms; closet with stacked washer and dryer; heating system updated in 2006

Amenities: Pet-friendly building with front-desk services, a swimming pool with sun deck, a fitness room, a party room with a catering kitchen and extra storage

Close by: One block to Metro station; walk to restaurants, coffee shops, bars, music venues and shops; minutes to downtown Washington and Georgetown

Schools: Key Elementary School, Williamsburg Middle School and Yorktown High School

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Diane Edwards with Century 21 New Millennium at 703/989-6873

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