If you were to drive due east from the Potomac waterfront, along parallel Clarendon and Wilson Boulevards, you'd hit some of Arlington's trendiest neighborhoods. The Rosslyn-Ballston urban corridor has been rapidly expanding in recent years and the number of amenities is off the charts. Serious coffee drinkers and bakery addicts can start their mornings at the Java Shack, Cosi, Corner Bakery Cafe, BeanGood Coffee Pub, Northside Social and way too many Starbucks. For those needing groceries, there's Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Marvelous Market. The highly popular Market Common offers 167 retail spaces including an Apple Store, Barnes & Noble, Cheesecake Factory, Panera Bread and Williams & Sonoma just to name a few. We'd run out of space before making a dent in the bars and restaurants, although Ray's Steaks, Whitlow's on Wilson, Asahi, Minh's, Tallulah, Guarapo, Ray's Hell Burger, Continental Bar & Billiards and the Rock Bottom Brewery should be mentioned. Plus there's movies at the AMC Courthouse Plaza 8 and plenty of Metro options such as Rosslyn, Courthouse, Virginia Square-GMU and Ballston. With the population growing, developers and builders are working overtime. From an adaptive reuse of old garden apartments, to a new mixed-use superblock project to four-story luxury townhouses, here's three development projects on a fast track to completion:
The Pierce Queen Apartments in the Fort Meyers section of Rosslyn-Ballston are getting a complete makeover. One of Arlington's historic garden complexes from the World War II, the Pierce Queen was comprised of five two-story buildings with a total of 50 residential units. This ambitious new project will restore and renovate two historic front buildings, replacing the other three buildings with a new 12-story residential component to the rear. Approved by the Arlington County Board, the Pierce Queen will result in a net pickup of 143 new units. Situated between Rosslyn and Courthouse, this 50,000 square-foot U-shaped complex is part of an area that is home to a number of historic garden-style communities. Pierce Queen Apartments is bounded by 16th St. North to the north, N. Pierce St. to the east, a hotel to the south and N. Queen St. to the west. Of the 193 units, 76 will serve as contractually committed affordable housing. The county as approved $6.8 million in loans to Wesley Housing Development Corporation and Bozzuto Development Company to help fund the project. As part of the agreement, the developers will construct this as a green energy project, will make improvements to the streetscape and neighborhood utilities and will also also contribute $75,000 to public arts.
Located at the former Taco Bell and Dr. Dremo's Taphouse in Arlington's Clarendon Courthouse neighborhood is the in-progress Clarendon 2001, a $55 million mixed-use construction project slated to open in April, 2014. This superblock development has also been known as Washington View and 2000 Wilson Blvd. and runs along both Clarendon and Wilson Boulevards which are parallel streets, It will also involve an extension of N. Troy Street in order to separate the condo complex from other developments in the superblock. This large and ambitious undertaking will offer 32,840 square feet of retail at the ground level with an additional six stories of residential space, featuring 154 luxury condo units. Among the common amenities will be a rooftop pool and garden, with views of the Washington Monument and Washington Cathedral. WDG Architecture is the designer and S.E. Foster will be handling construction for Elm Street Development. 2001 Clarendon Blvd has been in the planning stages for quite some time and finally began construction in April 2013. Artist renderings show a modern look with lots of right angles, numerous staggered sections and wide expanses of floor-to-ceiling windows.
Ballston Green is an all-new 28-unit luxury townhome development that is currently in the late stages of construction in North Arlington. Situated right in the heart of trendy Ballston, the townhomes are conceived in a very traditional and elegant four-story brick design with a pronounced top dormer for each unit. Located at the corners of Wilson Boulevard, M. Glebe Street and N. Wakefield Street, Ballston Green is within four blocks of the popular Ballston-U Metro. There are four different floor plans, each featuring four levels of space. Each home has a two-car private parking garage, a landscaped back yard and a roof terrace. Among the many interior amenities are hardwood floors, two-piece crown molding, laundry rooms, and designer kitchens with GE Cafe Series appliances, granite countertops and 42” full overlay Maple cabinets. The parking garage and a recreation room is on the ground level of each home, with kitchen, breakfast area and great room on the second floor. The third floor is dedicated to a master bedroom and second bedroom while the top floor offers a 25-foot loft, terrace and third bedroom. There are a total of four bathrooms for each unit and options for fireplaces on each level. With dozens of top restaurants, shops and nightlife in the immediate four-block vicinity, Ballston Green is providing much-needed and hotly sought-after luxury living space in one of Arlington's hottest neighborhoods.
Andre Perez | District One Properties LLC | Realtor/Agent/Owner
1305 Leslie Ave, Alkexandria, VA 22301