Orange Line Madness: Who will get in to the Sweet 16?

by Dan Lesniak

The top Arlington VA Real Estate agents have weighed in and the results are back. The second round results are in and the field for the Sweet 16 is set. Which Orange Line condos and townhomes will survive this round. Enjoy reading to see who made it to the Sweet 16 and call us at 571-969-7653 if you are thinking about buying or selling on Arlington’s Orange Line Corridor.

Clarendon and Courthouse Region

(1) Station Square vs. (8) Park at Courthouse:  Two Bush Construction developments square off and Station Square advances to the next round. While the Park at Courthouse offers modern finishes and some basic amenities, it is no match for Station Square with its location in the heart of Clarendon, low condo fees, and amenities, which include a pool and great party room.

(4) Odyssey vs. (12) Barton Place:  The towering high rise condo building in Courthouse wins out over the 2 level condos in Clarendon. While Barton Place offer great space and location, the Odyssey has ultra-luxury units and one of the best rooftop pools and gyms in the area. The Odyssey is also home to Sushi Rock and is very close to other Courthouse eateries such as Il Radicchio, Four Courts and more.

(2) Clarendon 1021 vs. (7) Hartford: In this battle between two Clarendon condos the newer Clarendon 1021 building wins out over the boutique Hartford condo building. The Hartford with its location right next to the new dog park is great for pet lovers and those looking to live just a few steps off of Wilson Blvd. While the Hartford has a great location, so does Clarendon 1021, which also has a full size fitness center and a rooftop grill, pool and hotub.

(3) Phoenix vs. (6) Rhodes Hill Square:  The newest condo building in Courthouse takes on one of the newest condo buildings in Clarendon. While the Phoenix has great amenities, such as a rooftop pool, fitness center, media room and more, Rhodes Hill Square is a bare bones building with lower condo fees. The Phoenix has the location advantage being next to Lyon Hall and just 2 blocks from the Clarendon metro, but Rhodes Hill Square pulls off the upset, based on the size of its condo homes. Residents at Rhodes Hill Square enjoy spacious homes, many of which are two stories and some that have large outdoor spaces such as rooftop decks and terraces.

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Townhome Region

(1) Clarendon Park vs. (8) Bromptons at Rosslyn:  Two Orange line townhomes built in the early 2000’s square off and Clarendon wins out over Rosslyn. The Bromptons at Rosslyn has a very unique blend of modern day style and brick, whereas Clarendon Park has an arts and crafts look. Both have great locations, but Clarendon Park’s is hard to beat. Located just behind the Clarendon Market Commons residents have easy access to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Barnes and Nobles and plenty of places to drink and eat. Many of the Clarendon Park townhomes are actually located on the park and some have rooftop decks with monument views.

(4) Monument Place vs. (5) Highgate:  In the contest between these two Rosslyn town homes, Highgate squeaks out the victory. While Monument Place provides the ultimate in terms of luxury and views, the nearly $2M price tag makes it too much of a stretch. For those whose budget does not afford them the chance to have private elevators and roof top decks overlooking DC, Highgate is a great option. These brick townhomes are in the heart of Rosslyn and many have been updated.

(2) Bromptons at Clarendon vs. (10) Courthouse Vista:  While Courthouse Vista is one of the newest townhomes in the area, the Bromptons at Clarendon wins out based on its location and size. Courthouse Vista features wide open floor plans, high end finishes and access to a pool. However, the high condo fee (for a townhome) and the great location of Bromptons at Clarendon, tip this match in the favor of the Bromptons.

(3) Clarendon 3131 vs. (11) Courts of Lyon Village:  The newest townhome community in Courthouse pulls off the upset against the newest townhome in Clarendon. While Clarendon 3131 offers a great location between Clarendon and Lyon Park and luxurious features, the Courts of Lyon Village wins out based on its lower HOA fee. Clarendon 3131 is condo ownership and therefore has a large monthly fee than the fee simple Courts of Lyon Village.

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Rosslyn Region

(1) Turnberry Tower vs. (9) Atrium:  In the battle of new Rosslyn vs. old Rosslyn new wins out and Turnberry moves on. While the Atrium has a great history and very distinctive glass exterior it cannot hold up to the newer kid on the block. During its hey day the Atrium was home to John Thompson Jr. (head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas) and Mike Tyson. Turnberry Tower now offers modern day luxuries unsurpassed in the area. Residents enjoy an indoor fitness center with trainers, a pool and a hot tub, as well as a media room and party room. Turnberry also offers valet parking and hotel-like concierge service.

(4) Gaslight Square vs. (5) Memorial Overlook:  In the match between these two Rosslyn condos, the newest one wins out and Gaslight Square advances to the sweet sixteen. While Memorial Overlook offers great views of Washington DC and high end luxury finishes, the combination of the luxury finishes, soaring ceilings and windows, private elevators and outdoor spaces, tilts the favor to Gaslight Square.

(2) Wooster and Mercer Lofts vs. (10) Belvedere:  The Belvedere is a longtime fixture in the Rosslyn skyline with its twin high rise condo buildings. It has also undergone a great renovation of its common areas. However, the Wooster and Mercer Lofts offer one of the most stylistic options for living in the greater Washington DC area. Many of the bricks in the building are over 140 years old from the Children’s Museum in DC. The exposed brickwork and ductwork combined with soaring windows and Wolf/Subzero appliances make it a truly unique place to live and it makes it into the next round.

(3) Waterview vs. (11) Dakota::  The Dakota pulls off the upset and gets into the next round. While the Waterview offers residents luxury finishes and great amenities (rooftop deck and grill, concierge and workout room), the Dakota offers bigger living spaces, lower condo fees and easier access to financing.

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The Ballston and Virginia Square Region

(1) Liberty Center vs. (8) Tower Villa:  One of the newest condos in this region beats out one of the oldest. While Tower Villa offers large floor plans and all inclusive condo fees, it cannot compete with the luxury finishes of Liberty Center and the amenities:  rooftop pool and gym, concierge, party room.

(13) Windsor Plaza vs. (5) Monroe:  The cinderella story ends for Windsor Plaza as the Monroe moves on to the next round. While Windsor Plaza offers a great price point for Ballston area condos and really great outdoor spaces, the Monroe has very big floor plans, great amenities and modern luxury finishes.

(2) Hawthorn vs. (7) Ballston 880:  In the battle of immediate neighbors (The Hawthorn is located at 820 Pollard and Ballston 880 is located at 880 Pollard), the Hawthorn moves on. While Ballston 880 offers amenities such as a pool, fitness center and business center, it was originally built as a condo and does not have the same modern feel and openness of the Hawthorn which moves on to the next round.  

(3) Berkeley vs. (6) Continental:  While the Berkeley is newer than the Continental, it falls short in this match up. The high rise in Ballston has lots of amenities and many of the condos have great views. While the Berkeley offers much of the standard fare for condos in its class (granite counters, hardwood floors, fitness center), ultimately the towering high rise on Glebe Road (The Continental) wins out.

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