The amenities at Montebello include a indoor/outdoor pool, a bowling alley, community center and routine shuttle service to Huntington Metro!
Active 3/3, first open 3/5 1-4. Spacious & bright 1005 SF condo plus private enclosed balcony w/ tranquil wooded views. In resort-like Montebello, just 2 lights from Old Town, 495, GW parkway. Many amenities incl indoor & outdoor pools, tennis, … [Read more]
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1 beds, 1 full baths
Home size: 1,005 sq.ft.
Added: 03/03/17, Last Updated: 03/03/2017
Property Type: Residential Hi-Rise 9+ Floors for Sale
When you're shopping for a home, how do you price a view? The view above is from a balcony at the Representative overlooking Pentagon City in Arlington County. Does this view make this condominium home more valuable? If so, how much more valuable?
Like the Representative, Montebello sits atop the ridge overlooking the Potomac. Much of the best property in Northern VA is found on this ridge, because the elevation provides excellent vistas of the Potomac and the city.
The Alexandria House is not on the ridge, but down by the Potomac and surrounded by the smaller structures of Old Town Alexandria. Its balconies provide great views of the city and the river.
Who's to say what a great view is anyway? Some people like the city view. Some folks prefer a nature view. Some folks like the monuments. And others couldn't care less about the view.
For myself, I never judge a view by standing at a window. Because when you live in a home, you don't stand at the window. You pass through rooms and halls on the way to do life's errands. I judge a view from the center of the room, or when seated at the couch. But in the end, it's all subjective. A view costs more, on that we all agree. But the value of a view is only known when the price a buyer will pay intersects with the amount a seller will accept.
About the Author --- Will Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.
I have just had the chance, within the past couple of days, to conduct my first quarterly inspection of a few properties in the Montebello development in Alexandria, Virginia. I have driven by the complex countless times on the way to the laundromat, restaurants and other various shops out on Route 1., but this was a chance to see it for what it truly is. Seeing this from the roadway, it looked the same as any other in the area and I expected nothing different.
The first thing that I realized is that this a gated community. This, to me, is a huge plus. There are other gated communities in the area, but this was turning out to be a bit different. When I got through the gate, after talking with the security guard, I took a right and headed for what I was told was building number 1. The address is 5901 on the first building and there is a tranquil little jaunt up toward the building through lush trees and over a creek. I only mention this, because it’s nice to see the Virginia come out in this place. Personality is how I like to describe this and this made me like it right away.
After arriving at the correct building I saw initially that parking was ample and depending on what floor you would be living on, you would probably be able to see your vehicle from the window of your condo. That to me is another good thing.
I liked the look of the lobby, the elevator and the decor all together in the hallways. It looked as if it was cared for very well. The presentation before getting into the condo is important to me. When I finally got into the first condo I saw the second very good thing about this complex. The rooms are very spacious. The condo I inspected that day was a 1 bedroom, two bath and it was very spaciously comfortable inside. I could easily see all of my possessions fitting well inside this place.
As I worked my way around in inspection mode, I realized the third great feature about this Montebello complex – the views from the balcony. Now, it’s not the DC view, but what it is – is a breath of fresh air. It truly is a relief to me to get just a bit off the busy streets and come up there to see a view of lush greenery. This day I happen to be on the tenth floor. Trees and grass are the view from up there (a nice change from the mundane concrete) and it is going to be so beautiful shortly, when the turning of the leaves begins. I smiled and got back to work. I completed the inspection, complimented the condo and left, knowing that for the price paid – this was definitely worth it. I’ve seen many different properties during this current inspection process, but this complex is turning out to be one of my favorites. Is it time for you to move to Montebello?
They called it “Snowmageddon”. I can remember snow storms like this in Virginia, but that was more than 30 years ago. It will probably be 30 years before we see snow like this again. Three weeks after the storm the courtyard at Montebello still was covered in snow, but it made a very pleasant site from a balcony at Montebello.
One of the biggest questions every condo buyer and home buyer has to ask is, “How much work am I willing to take on?”
Some folks want a turnkey residence. Some folks want a residence that has brand new modern appliances and cabinets. Some people want appliances and cabinets that have never been used.
Some people don’t mind an older kitchen. Some people like the feel of a kitchen that was put in long ago.
Others like an older kitchen because they like the idea of ripping out the old and putting in the new. It can be very gratify—not to mention financially rewarding—to completely remake a residence. As a homeowner, or condo owner, you are the ultimate authority. It is your domain to decide what will stay and what must go. This can be a lot of fun.
But, remodeling can be a lot of work. Living through the dust and the inconvenience can be a hassle. If you don’t know where to turn to, it can also be very expensive. But no matter how you personally resolve the issue, it’s important to consider before you actually start shopping.
Montebello’s thirty year old Community Center was the focus of the town meetings that took place on September 8th and 12th, according to Barbara Boykin (2013). The Community Center Master Plan (CCMP) is comprised of 19 possible
improvements that range in cost from $1000 to $852,305 (Boykin 2013). “Residents were asked to review the CCMP and indicate their priorities, as part of the ongoing development of the plan” said Boykin.
“President Doug Kennett or Vice President Greg Bender, Planning and Design Committee Chair Ford Chinworth, Thomas Kerns of Kerns Group Architects (KGA) gave an overview of the plan’s contents” said Boykin (2013). The CCMP, initiated in 2011, serves as an outline of possible projects to be developed, after the Fitness Center is completed, which is supposed to take place around 2015 (Boykin 2013).
Proposed enhancements are divided into three categories: site/exterior, lower level, and main level (Boykin 2013). The most expensive renovations include the redesign and relocation of amenities and offices on the main level. Proposed changes include the removal of raised floors in the lounge and café, expanded café seating, a market space reduction, and enlarged entries and restrooms (Boykin 2013). If the changes go through, the administrative offices would be changed to allow for more efficient office and meeting space (Boykin 2013).
Boykin, Barbara. “Residents Asked to Review Community Center Master Plan.” The Times of Montebello [Alexandria] 1 Aug. 2013: 1&5. Print.