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Turnberry Tower: A Tarnishing Penny
  • Ateles Chamek June 14, 2013 - 8:35 pm #76858 Reply

    Turnberry Tower, deemed a premier luxury property in Rossyln and once considered the new, bright shiny penny in the DC Metro skyline, has begun to tarnish.  Most apparent to the naked eye is the extremely congested valet portico. Valet parking you say. Yes, a luxury afforded to Turnberry owners, residents and guests. Understaffing and abysmal management leads to extremely long waits to either park or retrieve one's vehicle; however, one is always treated with a smile from the courteous valet staff. I liken this to the recent political saying "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig". So if you are lucky enough to drive away in your vehicle after a long wait, similar to that of standing in line at Disneyland on a major holiday, you will have a teeth rattling experience. For over a year now, the pavers that compose the parking surface under the valet portico have been in a dire state of disrepair. Oh there was an effort led to re-seat the pavers but because the materials and workmanship was substandard the valet portico has returned to its medieval cobblestone street feel. I now know what it is like to ride in horse cart on a cobblestone road. How oh how could this happen to a luxury property? I'm so glad you asked.  Mismanagement is the answer and Turnberry is fraught with substandard leadership that stems back through the developer's time at the reigns and continues today with poorly managed owners collective. Let us explore the topic of parking mismanagement.  The developer with good intentions made grandiose promises of luxury valet parking service with unlimited access for owners, residents and guests alike, but failed to disclose a deep, dark secret. Is the suspense killing you? The developer withheld the fact that when all units are occupied there are not enough spaces to meet the needs of owners, residents and guests. So much so, that on a busy day at Turnberry, owners have been denied parking. I'm Aghast!  An owner, who paid for the luxury service, was denied the ability to park onsite. Who is to blame for this betrayal the developer, the property manager, the board of director or the owners?  Stay tuned because I believe it was Colonel Mustard in the study, just kidding. It is actually "all the above" to some degree.  The developer for misrepresenting the amenities, the property manager and board of directors for poor administration and the owners, yes the owners.  Why the owners one might ask?  Simply put, the owners have control of the building. Well that is not exactly true.  A small segment of owners, know only as the "Secret Society" has hijacked the entire political landscape within Turnberry and has placed the board of directors in an ineffective position as it continually yields to the whims of the  "Secret Society".  This is much like the paradigm of the "Tea Party's" hold on Congress, but affecting a much smaller population base.   Oh, I digress!  Yes, back to the owners, those who want to have their cake and eat it too. The owners, well most of them less the "Secret Society" seek to maintain a high standard of living in Turnberry Tower with amenities fit for a king. This comes with a cost or taxation (ouch don't say that word) to maintain such a high standard, with a jar of "Grey Poupon" around every corner. I'm getting hungry.  Back on topic, maintaining a standard requires paying the piper but the "Secret Society" is ever vigilant in its quest to prevent rising costs to the extent it is willing to cut amenities to the detriment of all owners.  Turnberry 's amenities and reputation will continue tarnish in the future unless major change is actuated. I ask, what happens to an old tarnished penny? It is usually discarded simply because its ugly.

    Hank June 14, 2013 - 9:09 pm #76859 Reply

    Umm… yes.  Welcome, Ateles.

    Dezlboy June 14, 2013 - 9:22 pm #76861 Reply

    Ateles,  per the lack of parking:  Does the condo development meet the minimum number of spaces as required by Arlington Co? Any promises by the developer for “enough spaces” are meaningless. If the developer did not meet the required standard, the board may have a legal case for damages.  But, since you can’t invent land (parking spaces) out of thin air, the board may have to institute very strict parking regulations that limit guest parking.

     

    John Fontain June 14, 2013 - 9:36 pm #76862 Reply

    ” Is the suspense killing you?”

    No, but the lack of paragraphs is.

    Ateles Chamek June 14, 2013 - 9:38 pm #76863 Reply

    Damn cut and paste from notepad – guess I wasn’t paying attention

     

    laylam June 14, 2013 - 9:39 pm #76864 Reply

    I heard Turnberry was having a lot of problems.  A friend of mine lives there and she told me that they are trying to get rid of parking for residents and guests.  That seems like a lot of money to pay for no parking.  I’m glad I bought elsewhere.

    Ateles Chamek June 15, 2013 - 5:37 pm #76886 Reply

    Laylam

    One of the largest volume realtors in the area told me to look at Wooster if I was considering buying.

     

    Ateles Chamek June 25, 2013 - 7:10 am #77543 Reply

    Laylam

    Just got word from a realtor friend that she had a client that was looking at a resale in Turnberry but decided to look else where due to the parking situation.  In addition, the agent stated that there is another condo in the DC area where a group of retiree condo owners took over the condo association and literally cut all the amenities. The agent wont even suggest this condo to her clients because it has sank so low.  I guess Turnberry is experiencing a similar situation.  I will get the name of the other condo that is having problems.

    vibrancy June 25, 2013 - 11:18 am #77622 Reply

    Are you interested in buying a condo at Turnberry and simply trying to scare away other bidders/buyers?

    Ateles Chamek June 25, 2013 - 3:15 pm #77710 Reply

    Why would I want to buy a condo there? Standing for truth, justice and the pseudo-American way. The Truth is Scary.

    vibrancy June 26, 2013 - 2:16 pm #77838 Reply

    Just trying to figure out your angle.  If you were a current owner, I guess I could see the motivation in airing your grievances in order to effect changes at your building, but at the same time, I would figure you’d also be worried about affecting the value of your condo.  If you’re not an owner, I don’t really understand why you’d be wasting your time raving about this issue, unless, as I suggested above, you’re trying to drive down the price of a potential purchase.

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