What Makes Aurora Highlands a Desirable Neighborhood?

Atmosphere

This is a very luxurious neighborhood with mature trees and sidewalk lined roads that are great for walking your dog along. Speaking of walking, according to walkscore.com these neighborhoods are the 4th most walkable in all of Arlington, with a high ranking walk score of 85. Being so close to the surrounding metropolis makes this neighborhood have a nice balance between privacy and convenience. Enjoying all that Arlington has to offer (e.g. parks, bike trails, shopping, dining, nightlife, etc.) can be an adventure in itself.

street cafe
The cafe culture is alive and thriving in Arlington.

Location

A nice aspect of living in Aurora Highlands, is the close proximity to the Pentagon, the Fashion Centre, Crystal City, and ample restaurant choices on South 23rd St. This neighborhoods is served by two metro stops, Pentagon City and Crystal City. Depending on what transportation you take, commuting to DC from Aurora Highlands can be as short as 12 minutes. Overall, this neighborhood has a very opportune location close to lots of resources.

History

Aurora Highlands has been home to several famous people, like Al Gore, Newt Gingrich, and the Washington Nationals powerhouse Bryce Harper. Additionally, Aurora Highlands is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Aurora Highlands came to be between 1896 and 1930, although under different names (i.e. Addison Heights, Aurora Hills, and Virginia Heartlands). When considering notable landmarks in this neighborhood, the Arlington Historical Museum should not be forgotten, especially since it is located at the Hume School. The Hume School is the oldest school building in Arlington County.

 

 

What is a “Colonial”?

colonial style home
Single Family Home in the colonial style

America’s colonial period encompassed a number of housing types and styles, including For more information about Colonial styles, see Cape Cod, Saltbox, Georgian, and Dutch Colonial. However, when we speak of the Colonial style, we often are referring to a rectangular, symmetrical home with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes.

During the late 1800’s and throughout the 20th century, builders borrowed Colonial ideas to create refined Colonial Revival homes with elegant central hallways and elaborate cornices. Unlike the original Colonials, Colonial Revival homes are often sided in white clapboard and trimmed with black or green shutters.

Colonial Home
Colonial style

In Northern Virginia, the colonial-style of home is perhaps the most popular architectural type of single family home.  From Kingstowne to Falls Church from Mclean to Mount Vernon, colonial homes can be found around every corner.

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  • Victorian architecture

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  • What is a “Regency”?

    Regency
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Ranch, an all-American home style

Ranch home
typical ranch-style

Sometimes called the California ranch style, this home in the Modern family, originated there in 1930s. It emerged as one of the most popular American styles in the 1950s and 60s, when the automobile had replaced early 20th-century forms of transportation, such as streetcars.

ranch-style
drawing of a ranch

Now mobile homebuyers could move to the suburbs into bigger homes on bigger

lots. The style takes its cues from Spanish Colonial and Prairie and Craftsman homes, and is characterized by its one-story, pitched-roof construction, built-in garage, wood or brick exterior walls, sliding and picture windows, and sliding doors leading to patios.

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Condo Repairs: Who Pays for What?

Everything built by man requires some maintenance at some point.

Even so-called maintenance-free homes require some attention. So when making the transition from renting to buying, one aspect of home ownership that must be considered carefully is maintenance.

Renters enjoy few advantages over buyers, but one benefit of renting is that in most cases renters needn’t worry about the expense maintaining a property. Many first time buyers aren’t ready to take on the hassles and expenses of yard work, gutter cleaning, painting and so on, and for this reason condos are a viable and interesting alternative.

In the case of a condo, maintenance can be separated into two categories: owner’s responsibilities and association responsibilities.

These exact nature of these duties and responsibilities will vary from condo to condo, but there are a few rules of thumb. For example, certain retirement communities provide maid service as part of the condo, but most often the condo owner is responsible for cleaning his own unit.

In most cases, the condo owner must clean the condo interior, including all windows which are reachable from the interior. The condo owner must clean of his or her private balcony or patio. Most renters are accustomed to this type of arrangement already.

Unlike renters, condo owners own the appliances in the unit. Thus, the condo owner cleans and maintains all the appliances, but the condo owner also pays for repairs and replacements as needed. A condo owner has the power to pick his own appliances, but with that benefit comes the duty of maintaining that unit.

In most older condos, the association supplies the heating and cooling to the unit, and the condo owner owns the convector or radiator (heat transfer appliance) in the unit. In new condos, the owner typically owns the HVAC (heat pump / air conditioner) that heats and cools his unit.

Plumbing and electrical concerns remain for owners of single family homes and townhouses, but in all but a few rare cases the condo owner need only worry about systems that are outside the walls. For example, the condo owner typically owns the bathroom vanity and the pipes supporting that vanity, but not the pipes which supply water and take sewage away from the bathroom. A condo owner owns his kitchen cabinets, but not the electrical wires inside the wall that bring power to his kitchen appliances.

In general, the condominium owner is responsible for his personal space, but the condo association is responsible for all common areas.  This includes maintaining and operating the elevators and outside doors.  In most cases this includes the windows. Most always, the association maintains the lawns, flowers and shrubs. The condo association maintains the roof.

While the owner of a single family home must maintain his own driveway, a condo parking lot is maintained by the condominium association. The parking garage can be private, common, or common with assignments.  If the parking garage is common, with or without assignments, the condo association will clean and maintain the parking. A private garage is the domain of the condominium owner.

Review your docs

Ultimately, you’ll want review your condo documents, charter and by-law to determine exactly how your condo association interprets its domain.  Rest assured, a condo owner will have more to maintain than a renter, but significantly less responsibility than the owner of a single family residence or townhouse.

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Parsian Delights off of King Street

The Parsian Restaurant is located at 703 King Street Old Town Alexandria 22314. Their phone number is 703 838 9090. The Parsian Restaurant serves Persian / Iranian food. The atmosphere inside is a good environment for a date, family occasion, or other dining experience.

The Parsian Restaurant is a great destination in Old Town to park, and walk to, to enjoy the weather depending on the season. At one end of King there is the waterfront and at the other there is the Masonic Temple. Just a few blocks in any direction and their are several neighborhoods distinct to Old Town. Further along King Street and there are several shops and restaurants.

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Parks at Piedmont: The Perfect Dose of Urbanization

Parks at Piedmont is a community in Gainesville, Virginia by Ryan Homes. It is located in Prince William County and is 40 miles west of Washington, D.C. The housing complexes are townhouses and condominiums. The neighborhood offers a pool and clubhouse that can be rented for private events for large parties. The community is loaded with small ponds and beautifully maintained lawns/plants. Floor plans are spacious and are great for families of all sizes.

The neighborhood is high interactive; there are local activities, covenant, neighborhood watch, communications, budget and finance, and board of director committees. The local high school is Battlefield High School, the middle school, Bull Run Middle School, and the elementary Gravely Elementary School.

The housing development is located in 6781 Hampton Bay Lane, Gainesville VA 20155.

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