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Open Houses in Arlington This Week

by ARLnow.com — September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2,356 25 Comments

By the looks of the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, you’d be hard-pressed to ask for a nicer weekend weather-wise. As such it should be a great weekend to get out and look at some homes.

Below are four open houses scheduled this weekend. Check out our real estate section for a listing of open houses around Arlington County.

2615 North Nottingham Street
Single Family Detached — 5 Bed / 4.5 Bath
Listed: $1,250,000
Agent: Brian Blackburn
Open: Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Notes: According to builder Arlington Designer Homes, this house is one of only twelve NAHB Gold-certified green houses in Virginia. Green features include “Energy Star appliances, energy efficient Jeld-Wen windows and doors, an advanced insulation package with Agribalance spray-foam insulation, a two zone high-efficiency HVAC system, low VOC paints, and a low-maintenance Hardiplank with PVC trim exterior.”

2154 Patrick Henry Drive
Single Family Detached — 5 Bed / 3.5 Bath
Listed: $949,000
Agent: Billy Buck
Open: Sunday, Sept. 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5301 1st Place North
Single Family Detached — 4 Bed / 3 Bath
Listed: $835,000
Agent: Bichlan DeCaro
Open: Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1001 Vermont Street North
Condominium — 2 Bed / 1 Bath
Listed: $459,000
Agent: Maria Sison
Open: Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • OldYeller

    $1,250,000? That’s one expensive snout-house.

    • CW

      Looks like the acres of identical junk they throw up in Atlanta/Raleigh etc. selling for 1/10th of that price.

    • R. Griffon

      What’s a “snout house?”

      • sunflower

        “a house with a protruding garage that takes up most of the street frontage”

      • OldYeller

        A house in which the most prominent feature is the garage door, or snout. This one isn’t as bad as some, where the garage extends beyond the house’s footprint, but still. I mean, I know we’ve given up on architecture in favor of convenience, but it just kills me to see a million+ home for sale with virtually no esthetic value.

  • Arl4ist

    Welcome to my million dollar garage.

    • http://www.iammike.org Mike C

      You know they’d mention the .25.

    • Tre

      I’m surprised developers haven’t found a way to mask the garages with some kind of batman-ish facade. Maybe something like this: http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSlFYgZvMP76Xw494DsT2jVitqfYt18D6eEDt-G8yVDA-h0CILB0A

      • R. Griffon

        Totally awesome. But also the kind of touch that adds cost and a developer would never pay for unless required by code or covenant. :(

    • dk (not DK)

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. For a million plus, you can’t build a house that doesn’t look like a garage with an apartment on top?

      • CW

        Keep in mind that around here, probably $750k of that went towards buying whatever knockdown rat-box used to be on the site…

        • John Fontain

          The builder bought two lots for $825,000, so it was $412,500 per lot.

        • Bob

          Careful, the historic-hystericals will scream bloody-murder over the “rat-box” being taken down.

          These ugly garages still look nicer than the former rat-box.

  • SHLady

    the inside looks great though.

  • JimPB

    A Gold-certified Green house neither as energy efficient nor as environmentally responsible as I would expect, e.g., re: energy efficiency, no landscaping to shelter the home from the summer sun and buffer it from the cold winter winds; re: environmental responsibility: driveway apparently not water permamable (to reduce water run off).

    • DCBuff

      That’s because they dozed the trees to build the thing. The ArlCo developer way.

      • OldYeller

        c.f. Sagatov Homes of Arlington

    • Trolly Troll

      According to the NGBP website: Green certified homes incorporate green practices in six categories:

      -Lot & Site Development
      -Resource Efficiency
      -Energy Efficiency
      -Water Efficiency
      -Indoor Environmental Quality
      -Homeowner Education

      Pretty sure it fails Lot and Site Development. Unless you consider building that house behind the neighbors plastic shed “green”.

      • http://www.sbdesignstudios.com sbds

        Most of the Lot and Site Development points come by way of community connectivity ( i.e. number of services located within .25 / .5 miles, availability of public transit etc.) as well as building on a previously occupied lot vs a greenfield.

        Unfortunately these types of homes are results of like CW mentioned above. It comes down to simple numbers of land acquisition, construction cost and anticipated margin.

        For $1.25 mil there are much better options in Arlington.

        • Dave 202

          No, there are not actually better options out there for the money. This is a pretty great house for the price. I saw it yesterday.

  • McChipstah

    Hmmm I just put all that “green” stuff into my $700k as is property. I guess I got me a gold-certified house now-who knew? btw: that house is butt ugly!

  • John Fontain

    The North Nottingham Street house represents everything that is wrong with in-fill building in Arlington. The lot is not very wide, but at 49 feet in width, it was wide enough to build a house with a detached rear garage. Building a faux craftsman style house with a double garage sticking out the front is an insult to the craftsman style. In addition, it caused them to sacrifice a classic front porch. The new owners of this house will inevitably drive into their garage, walk into their house through the garage, and never be seen on the street by neighbors.

    Based on the style of homes in the neighborhood, he shouldn’t have even built a faux craftsman in the first place. A brick colonial would have been appropriate.

    And I shudder at those shutters. Craftsman style homes don’t have shutters, but if you insist on putting them on why not at least use operable shutters that match the size of the windows. Seriously, what is the point of tacking on faux shutters that go completely against the style of the home you are trying to build.

    The inside of the home has lots of problems too. To many to go into, but entry level builder grade finishes shouldn’t be going into a home with a price tag over $1 million.

    It’s funny that the builder of this house was a former Chairperson of the Arlington County Historical Review Board, cause he sure didn’t put any of that knowledge to work in the design of this house.

    • CW

      Well said.

  • Realtor King

    $1.25 million and a drive-way on your side yard serving a separate house in the backyard feet from your windows. The developer is junk.

  • Jennifer

    Wish I could trade up from my tiny cape cod with a much smaller lot. Funny how different my perception is than some ofyou. That house actually looks like a great deal….if I could afford it. I have been watching this builder over the years and it is a good product.

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