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Ask Adam: Newer Homes on the Orange Line

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This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Adam Gallegos of Arlington-based real estate firm Arbour Realty, voted one of Arlington Magazine’s Best Realtors of 2013. Please submit follow-up questions in the comments section or via email.

Question: I’ve never been one to appreciate the “character” that others find so delightful in older homes and I don’t think I can afford brand new.  What does a recently-built home cost near the Orange Line in Arlington? 

Odyssey condominium (photo by Adam Gallegos)I work with a lot of home buyers like yourself that would prefer something built within the last 10 years or so. These homes tend to have less wear & tear. They also closer to today’s standards of finishes, materials and energy efficiency.

Because you haven’t specified the type of home you are looking for, I’ll provide a breakdown across condos, townhomes and single family houses. Please understand that the home’s age is only one of many variable. Factors such as location and size also play a big part in determining the price.

Condos

  • There are currently 43 condos on the market.
  • Price range: $299,000 – $1,995,000.
  • Popular buildings: Clarendon 1021, Phoenix, Station Square, Liberty Center, 1800 Wilson, Berkeley, Continental, Clarendon 3131, Hawthorn, Rhodes Hill Square, Odyssey (above) and Hartford.
  • Luxury buildings: Turnberrry Towers, Gaslight Square, Waterview and Wooster & Mercer Lofts.

If you wanted to buy a one-bedroom in a popular building like the ones I’ve listed above, you should prepare to spend between $400,000 – $450,000 on average. If you are looking for a two-bedroom in a similar building you should prepare to spend between $600,000 – $700,000 on average. There are plenty of options above these price ranges, but this is what I would consider the sweet spot.

Townhomes

  • There are currently 7 townhomes on the market.
  • Price range: $785,000 – $1,240,000.
  • Popular neighborhoods: Ballston Green, Bromptons, Lyon Village, Courthouse Heights and The Vista.

To truly be on the Orange Line you should prepare to spend at least $900,000 for a newer townhome.

Single Family Houses

  • There are currently 9 houses on the market.
  • Price range: $1,099,990 – $2,825,000.
  • Popular neighborhoods: Lyon Park, Lyon Village, Ballston and Clarendon.

There are some outliers, but you should prepare to spend at least $1,300,000 for a newer single family home on the Orange Line.

Your Home’s Value

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The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

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