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by ARLnow.com July 20, 2010 at 5:22 am 1,284 1 Comment

End of the Rainbow Found — During yesterday’s sunny downpour in Pentagon City, we spotted the actual end of the rainbow. Turns out it’s the shuttered Crystal City Motel on Old Jefferson Davis Highway. Bad news for anyone wanting to search for a pot of gold: you’ll first have to scale the high fence around the decaying property.

Library Book Sale This Weekend — Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St.) is holding its two-day Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale this coming Friday and Saturday. The sale will take place outside, next to the garden and the tennis courts. See the Library Blog for more info.

Crystal City Apartment Building Sold — The Hampton Apartments at 1425 South Eads Street have been sold for a cool $33.5 million to Arlington-based MRP Realty and New York City-based Angelo, Gordon & Co. This article about the sale suggests that the relatively moderately-priced apartments may be ripe for renovation, which could turn the building into “a Class A asset in one of the top D.C. submarkets.”

  • vb

    Nooooooooo!!!!! Having lived in this building for 5 years, I am extremely disappointed in this sale. One of the last few affordable buildings in Crystal City with lots of perks and no pushy management company. We now have an annoying management company, with staff that constantly buzz people in (what’s the point of having security) without asking if they live here, aren’t signing for packages and whose staff I’ve found asleep on the night shift on more than one occasion. I’m sure the new owners will take great pleasure in forcing out families so they can put in granite countertops, hardwood floors, and swap out the facilities on the top floor with more apartments. How about you keep things the way they are, fix the structural issues that are wrong with the building and not hike up the rent.

    A soon to be dissatisfied resident

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