Upmarket Homes At Governor’s Grove

Governor’s Grove contains over 150 large brick-fronted homes that were built at the turn of the new century. These upmarket residences comes compete with 2 garages. Outside, in the common areas you will find tennis courts, walking paths and playgrounds.

Governor’s Grove is situated close to the intersection of Franconia Road and Telegraph Road and is within easy reach of the Huntington Metro and Old Town Alexandria. Interstates 495, 395 and 95 are also easily accessed.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Heritage Hill Provides Easy Access To Old Town Alexandria

Heritage Hill is a townhouse subdivision located in the well established community of Franconia (established in the 1870’s). The area will appeal to commuters owing to its close proximity to the Huntington Metro, Old Town Alexandria and I-495. Many homes here are situated close to the forested area of Heritage Hill Park which divides Heritage Hill and Telegraph Road.


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What is Shirley Highway?

Shirley Highway is another name for Interstate 395. The I-395 corridor doesn’t have Metro train service, but it carries a massive load of traffic nonetheless. In addition to its 8 to 10 lanes of traffic, 395 has an extra 3 lanes of HOV that switch direction depending on the hour of the day.  It is THE major artery from Virginia into the District of  Columbia.

395 leaves DC between the Pentagon and Crystal City (both in Arlington) and on the way out to I-95 and the Beltway at Springfield, I-395 passes Shirlington, LandmarkWest End Alexandria and other neighborhoods. Traffic on 395 is nearly always heavy but usually slows only during rush hour.

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Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

Why do residents love the Grove at Arlington Ridge?

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The Grove at Arlington Ridge is a condo community located just of I-395 well inside the Capital Beltway. The location provides residents easy access to Pentagon City, Shirlington Village and downtown DC. This community has 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom and 3 Bedroom condos that feature:

  • Hardwood floors in living and dining rooms
  • Deluxe kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, maple cabinetry and stainless steel undermount sinks with designer faucets
  • Ceramic tile in kitchens and baths
  • Maple vanities
  • In-unit washers/dryers
  • Designer lighting
  • Private balconies
  • Nine-foot ceilings
  • Plush carpeting in bedrooms
  • Crown molding in living rooms

Many condominums at the Grove have fireplaces. The Grove offers a full bank of amenities:

  • Internet café
  • Resort-style swimming pool
  • Expansive sundeck
  • Fully-equipped business center
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Giant screen media room with surround sound
  • Direct access garage and controlled access entries
  • Clubhouse with billiards room
  • Storage available
  • Courtyard patio garden area with barbeque grills
  • Wellness Center with personal training, yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, Swedish massage and Thai massage

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Purchasing a home near the highway?

Four Winds of Oakton
Four Winds of Oakton

In an area crisscrossed with high volume commuter routes and heavily-trafficked Interstates, it’s inevitable that some folks are going to live in close proximity to a highway. It’s great to be near the Beltway or Route 66 because this can take a serious bite out of your commute. But the downside is that the highways can generate a lot of noise. In most areas, there are towering concrete walls to dampen sound in the neighborhoods in close proximity to the Beltway, I-66, I-395 and other highways.

I-495 / the Beltway
Beltway traffic at speed

In the picture above the wall has been taken down as work crews expand the road. Once the expansion is completed, they’ll reassemble the wall. There’s not much you can do about construction, but once the wall is back up, the neighborhood should be relatively quiet. In the homes and condos closest to the walls, I find that the noise sounds a bit like a waterfall—a wooshing white noise that is not particularly offensive. The noise is perhaps worst near an exit. Exit ramps create noise because every so often a trucker exiting the highway will use his “jakebrake”. That is to say, the truck will gear down and emit a loud, low growling noise not unlike a Harley Davidson’s loud pipes.

Here’s a thought to consider if you are purchasing a condominium near the highway. In my travels I’ve found that the condos at the ground floor are much quieter. This is because the condos on the top floor are often just above the sound-break and therefore get the full brunt of the highway noise. Some folks like the noise … it sounds like busy and they like being in the city. Some folks can’t stand the noise and find out the hard way … after they’ve purchased … that they could have gotten a first or second floor unit.

traffic noise
The lower floors hear little traffic noise in this diagram but the upper floors hear traffic all day.
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The Beltway

Beltway at Eisenhower

The Capital Beltway is interstate I-495. It circles Washington DC by way of Virginia and Maryland. The Beltway crosses the Potomac at two points. South of DC the Beltway crosses the Potomac via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. North of DC, I-495 crosses the Potomac just south of Great Falls on the American Legion Bridge. The bridges are area choke-points and often snarl traffic at the bridge approach. The sign above is 5.5 miles south of the drawbridge at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Beltway narrows

When construction or problems narrow the flow of cars, traffic starts to back up.

Beltway

But often the Beltway is like any other interstate in America—any other interstate that is 10 lanes wide and circles the capital that is. To search for a home near the Beltway or to find a residence that will fit your commute check with Condo Alexandria.

 

 


About the Author: Will Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria / Nesbitt Realty in Alexandria VA. He specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne.

Old Bridge Estates

Old Bridge Estates is located in Woodbridge, VA, in Prince William County. All together, there are 862 single-family and townhomes in the community. Its located very close to I-95, I-395, I-495, making it very convenient for any commuters. The community is pretty much surrounded by trees, and many streams and ponds. It seems like a very pleasant, and comfortable place to live. The houses are very beautiful and pretty large. The community is very well taken care of. It also seems to be a very child friendly environment.

Ronald Reagan National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, formerly Washington National Airport, is on the Potomac across the river from Washington DC. Along with Baltimore Washington International and Dulles International, Reagan National is one of three major airports serving the Washington Metro area. Reagan National is easily my favorite of the three airports for a number of reasons.

Ronald Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan National Airport

Dulles and BWI are massive sprawling airports with shuttle buses and mobile lounges. Reagan National barely has enough room for the runway. I always like smaller airports. They feel like they are scaled to human beings. There is plenty of security at National, but it seems to move along more smoothly than Dulles or BWI.

Dulles and BWI are outside the Beltway at the periphery of the Washington Capitol Area. Reagan National is at the heart of everything, wedged at the confluence of DC, Alexandria and Arlington. For me, it’s a long drive just to get to BWI or Dulles, but Reagan National is here, and it’s accessible by Metro. Reagan National is a station on both the Yellow and Blue lines.

Ronald Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan National Airport

Extended parking is available at Dulles or BWI, but on the shuttle bus, the ride from the parking lot to the terminal seems like a mile or more. At Reagan National, extended parking is at my house. Because instead of taking a shuttle, I can take the Metro to the airport.

The runway is a short at Reagan National and it launches planes up over GW Parkway and at the Washington Monument, requiring a steep climb and a hard left on take off. Some folks find this terrifying, but I have to admit I love it. I know it’s a safe path, because planes take off here day and night, so I sit back and enjoy the abrupt take-off and turn.

Reagan National is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, although many ticket counters and restaurants in the airport close during off-hours. Reagan National is located within the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it has a Washington DC address to identify the airport’s location more easily for travelers.

The Perimeter Rule and the High Density Rule affect flights at Reagan National. Under the Perimeter Rule, nonstop aircraft flights are limited to a range of 1,250 miles or less. In 2000, Congress permitted the FAA to allow six round-trip flights to points outside the perimeter. The High Density Rule (or “Slot” rule) limits the number of landings or takeoffs allowed in an hour. The rule affects Reagan National because of the Airport’s limited airfield capacity.

Reagan National is located in Arlington County near/in Crystal City. It is most easily accessed from the George Washington Parkway. There are a good many condos and homes in the Crystal City area and they’re all just a metro stop away from Reagan National. The take-off and approach to Reagan National is down the Potomac, so that area residents get very little noise or fly-over from the jets at Reagan National.

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Westmoreland Square Townhouses is located inside the Washington DC beltway in Falls Church VA.

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