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.
The Fashion Center is a high class or more preferred as an elite shopping center offering a large variety of shopping stops. Located at Pentagon City, it is just a few minutes from the nation’s capital. The Pentagon City Mall is located on Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; connected to the Pentagon City Station. The Fashion Center allows it’s shoppers to experience a dream come true in shopping.
There are more than 170 shop stops and restaurants, just to name a few:
Au Bon Pain
A Pea in the Pod
The Fashion Center also includes an ATM, covered parking, stroller rental, handicap access and an information booth.
Fashion Center at Pentagon City
110 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA
Regular Mall Hours
Monday to Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Fort Scott Park is located south west of Crystal City not far from Pentagon City and Aurora Hills in Arlington VA. Fort Scott Park is one of several parks in Northern Virginia that were part of the defenses of Washington during the civil war. The sign at the site reads:
Defenses of Washington 1861 – 1865
Fort Scott Here stood a detached lunette constructed in May 1861 to guard the south flank of the defenses of Washington and named for General Winfield Scott, then General-in-chief of the army. It was subsequently relegated to an interior position by the construction of defenses of Alexandria about 1 3/4 miles to the West. The fort had a perimeter of 313 yards and emplacements for 8 guns. A remnant portion may be found immediately to the West.
Today, Fort Scott Park is more than 11 and a half acres of family-friendly fun that welcomes toddlers and children. Fort Scott Park features appealing playground equipment like a sandbox, a playhouse, and both baby and regular swings. The park has nice shade and picnic pavilions. The adjacent basketball court is a great place to let dad make some free throws. The park also has tennis courts and softball fields.
Fort Scott Park
2800 South Fort Scott Drive,
Arlington, VA 22202
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
Plush carpeting in bedrooms
Crown molding in living rooms
Many condominums at the Grove have fireplaces. The Grove offers a full bank of amenities:
Resort-style swimming pool
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
Courtyard patio garden area with barbeque grills
Wellness Center with personal training, yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, Swedish massage and Thai massage
Late winter in Virginia many of us have spent our weekends cooped-up inside the house. In addition, the bleak and stormy weather can affect our moods and overall dispositions, creating what is commonly thought of as the wintertime blues. Luckily, for those of us who subscribe to the notion of retail therapy, living in Arlington provides locals with a whole host of high-end retail remedies. With a wide array of exclusive indoor shopping malls and hundreds of specialty stores located throughout Arlington’s many distinct neighborhoods, even the worst case of the winter doldrums can be cured by a little retail therapy. So the next time you have a dollar to spend and an afternoon to spare: stop, drop, and shop at one of Arlington’s acclaimed retail shopping areas, the most popular of which are highlighted below.
Ballston Commons Mall: Located at North Glebe and Wilson Blvd., Ballston Commons stretches out over a 1.3 million square foot parcel of land and features major retailers such as Macy’s, Macy’s Furniture Gallery, and over 100 other specialty stores. Ballston Commons also features a Regal Cinema movie theater, a Washington Sport & Health Club, and two full-sized ice skating rinks. The mall is located on Metro’s Orange Line; one block from the Ballston Station.
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City: Located at 1100 South Hayes Street, Pentagon City Mall is considered a world-class fashion experience and offers a four-level, glass enclosed, atrium-style shopping center featuring more than 170 retail stores. Pentagon City also houses 7 full-service restaurants, a food court and a movie theater. The Pentagon City Mall is located on Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; connected to the Pentagon City Station.
The Market Common at Clarendon: Located at 2800 Clarendon Blvd., the Market Common at Clarendon features an exceptional selection of stores including Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Barnes & Noble, and a variety of restaurants, all of which are located in an attractive and architecturally stimulating street-front setting intended for both walking and window shopping. The Market Common is located near Metro’s Orange Line; three blocks from the Clarendon Station.
Crystal City Shops: Located at 1608 Crystal Square Arcade, the Crystal City Shops provide visitors with more than 200 retail stores, shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafes along Crystal Drive. The Crystal City Shops feature a promenade with direct access to hotels and the Metro. Restaurant options include Bebo Trattoria, Charlie Chaing’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Jaleo, King Street Blues, Legal Sea Foods, and McCormick & Schmick’s. The Crystal City Shops are located on Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; connected to the Crystal City Station.
Pentagon Row: Located at Joyce Street and Army-Navy Drive, the Shops at Pentagon Row feature main stream fashion retailers and commercial restaurants as well as the Arlington Visitors Center. Shoppers can enjoy the charm of Main Street while shopping in an urban village setting. The Shops at Pentagon Row are located near Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; near the Pentagon City Station.
The Village at Shirlington: Located at 2700 South Quincy Street, Shirlington is one of Arlington’s favorite local neighborhoods for dining and theatrical productions. Shirlington is home to the Signature Theatre and features a European-style promenade with shops, restaurants, nightlife and an art-house cinema. The Village at Shirlington is not located within walking distance of a Metro station.
Located at Joyce Street and Army-Navy Drive, the Shops at Pentagon Row feature main stream fashion retailers and commercial restaurants as well as the Arlington Visitors Center. Shoppers can enjoy the charm of Main Street while shopping in an urban village setting. The Shops at Pentagon Row are located near Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; near the Pentagon City Station. Pentagon Row boost the following retailers:
The Transportation Security Administration is located near Pentagon City. The TSA consist of security officers, air marshals, inspectors, managers, and directors. They are responsible for protecting the United States transportation systems from airports to railways.