Summertime means enjoying time outdoors, but that’s not always easy with city living. Read on to discover the top 11 ways to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle at the brand-new J Sol apartments in Ballston.
- The rooftop deck: Ascending 22 stories above Ballston, entertain and unwind on the impressive rooftop terrace. Swing in a hammock while reading a book, play a game of shuffleboard or life-size chess with a friend, cozy up by the fire pit, and catch the game on the outdoor flat screen.
- Take a dip: Cool off in the rooftop infinity pool, lounge in a chaise immersed in the sun shelf or relax in a cabana. It’s summertime and the living is easy… and guilt-free because the saline water is eco-friendly.
- Grilling stations: Invite a friend or neighbor over for a barbecue and grill up crisp summer corn with burgers and all the fixings on the rooftop grilling stations.
- Sky lounge: OK, we admit that the top floor sky lounge is technically indoors, but with two-story floor-to-ceiling windows and the indoor hanging garden, this high-altitude amenity evokes a sense of the outdoors while enjoying shuffleboard, billiards, flat screens, an entertainment kitchen and fireplace.
- Private balconies: Whether it’s for a sunset cocktail, a breath of fresh air or just a quiet moment to reflect and take in the view, private balconies extend your apartment’s living space outside.
- Take your pup for a walk: Enjoy a nice long walk with your four-legged best friend and, if he ends up a little dirty along the way, head straight to the on-site pet spa to rinse him off.
- Panoramic skyline views: Whether from the rooftop amenity spaces or your apartment home, J Sol offers stunning panoramic views of the city skyline.
- Dine alfresco: Ballston is a dynamic neighborhood bustling with energy and life. The 24/7 concierge can share recommendations for restaurants, cafes and happy hour hotspots to enjoy outdoor seating. With a 94 Walkscore, the best of Arlington is literally steps away from your apartment at J Sol.
- People-watch in the plaza: Grab a seat in the plaza by the bubbling fountain and watch the world go by.
- Go for a bike ride: Arlington offers numerous bike trails that are the perfect way to spend a summer day, including the Custis Trail, Bluemont Junction Trail and W&OD Trail. Get your cycle trail-ready with our on-site bike maintenance workbench, and when it’s time to come back home from your ride, park your wheels in the on-site bike storage room.
- Air conditioning: When the summer humidity gets to be a bit too much, take refuge in your apartment to stay cool and enjoy the cascading natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame those stunning city views. Ahhh!
J Sol is located at 4000 Fairfax Drive in the heart of Ballston. Call 703-782-4168 to schedule either an in-person tour or contact-free self-guided tour and take advantage of additional savings to receive up to two months FREE!
Visit the website to explore floor plans and availability, browse the photo gallery, view 360-degree walk-throughs, and learn more about these boldly designed, brand-new apartments ascending 22 stories above Ballston.
This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
Come on back out to Lubber Run Amphitheater, reopening for the first time since its 50th Anniversary Season in 2019!
Known for his moving rendition of the song “No One” from the hit ABC series “A Million Little Things,” blues singer-songwriter Chris Pierce kicks off the free Lubber Run Amphitheater Concert Series on Friday, July 9. The events continue through Aug. 15, with concerts on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and family programming on Sundays at 11 a.m.
Since the construction of the first permanent stage in 1969, generations of Arlingtonians have enjoyed free summer cultural events at the sylvan venue, nestled two blocks off Route 50, with events ranging from Arlington Children’s Theater to bands like Eddie from Ohio and superstar Richie Havens.
Singled out for his song “American Silence,” NPR Music praised Chris Pierce for “channeling Richie Havens and Bob Dylan.” Rolling Stone described, “It’s the sound of everyone who’s hungry for change, steadying themselves and marching toward a common goal.”
Pierce was diagnosed at 15 with the rare hearing disorder Otosclerosis. Persevering through partial deafness, Pierce has emerged as an artist noted for his prescient observations about contemporary social issues. He has toured extensively with artists ranging from Buddy Guy, Jill Scott and Keb’ Mo’, to Seal and B.B. King.
Following Chris Pierce on Friday, July 9, Lubber Run Amphitheater’s Reopening Weekend continues with nationally acclaimed Brazilian-jazz ensemble Veronneau (Saturday, July 10), and the first of the season’s 11 a.m. Sunday family-oriented presentations, Arlington’s Encore Stage & Studio (Sunday, July 11). Avant Bard returns to open the following weekend with a concert version of their hit “Gospel at Colonus” (Friday, July 16). The summer continues with a mix of familiar names and Lubber Run debuts, including reggae masters Nkula (Friday, July 30) and the Colombian sounds of the all-female ensemble La Marvela (Friday, Aug 6).
Admission to Lubber Run Amphitheater remains free. This venue will refer to Virginia Department of Health (VDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for preserving public health. Access to the venue is first come, first served and that may be restricted due to capacity. A face covering is recommended for all unvaccinated patrons. Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering when outdoors. If you have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, know you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling sick, please stay home. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to preserve the good health of our community.
The Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concert Series runs July 9 through Aug. 15, 2021, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with 11 a.m. family-oriented programming on Sunday mornings (run-times vary). So bring a picnic, some friends and enjoy the arts at Lubber Run Amphitheater, located at 200 N. Columbus Street.
While there is a small parking lot, there is abundant free street parking in the surrounding Arlington Forrest neighborhood. For directions on how to get to Lubber Run Amphitheater and leave the car at home, check out Arlington’s Car Free Diet, a program of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), a bureau of the Department of Environmental Services!
Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by Arlington Realty, Inc. Maximize your real estate investment with the team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6000 today!
Please note: While Arlington Realty, Inc. provides this information for the community, it may not be the listing company of these homes.
Summer is in full swing. In case you missed it, Sunday, June 20, marked the first day of the summer season, which will last through September 22.
In the real estate world, summer is always an exciting time of year. Why, you ask?
Well, for many families, now is the prime opportunity to search for and — if all goes well — land in a new home before the next school year begins. Adding to that summer sprint, some families have a home to sell, too, to make it all happen financially and logistically.
On behalf of our clients, we’ve run the summer sprint many times throughout the years. To keep things moving along and to hit your deadlines, you need a trusted team on your side to navigate the expected and unexpected.
If and when that time comes, the team at Arlington Realty, Inc. is here for you. Until then, here is to a happy summer and here are the latest Just Reduced figures:
As of June 20, there are 149 detached homes, 61 townhouses and 370 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 56 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week, including:
- 2359 N. Taylor Street, 22207 — NOW: $1,025,000 (Reduced: $50,000 on 6/17)
- 4010 18th Road N., 22207 — NOW: $839,000 (Reduced: $40,900 on 6/16)
- 4834 22nd Road N., 22207 — NOW: $795,000 (Reduced: $30,000 on 6/15)
- 1221 N. Quinn Street #1, 22209 — NOW: $624,999 (Reduced: $24,000 on 6/16)
- 3409 Wilson Blvd #204, 22201 — NOW: $590,000 (Reduced: $10,000 on 6/15)
- 1805 Crystal Drive #602S, 22202 — NOW: $529,000 (Reduced: $30,000 on 6/15)
- 4500 S. Four Mile Run Drive #225, 22204 — NOW: $369,000 (Reduced: $3,000 on 6/17)
Please note this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Arlington Realty, Inc.
This regularly scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Arlington resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Video summaries of some articles can be found on YouTube on the Ask Eli, Live With Jean playlist. Enjoy!
Question: Have you noticed a change in the real estate market lately?
Summer Slowdown is Normal, Likely More Pronounced in 2021
It is normal for the real estate market to slow down as we transition from the intensity of the spring market into the summer market and we (myself, my colleagues and lenders I’ve spoken to) have seen that shift over the past few weeks.
I don’t think we are anywhere close to experiencing a market correction, but I do think the change in market conditions from the spring market (which really began in January/February 2021) to the summer market will be more pronounced this year because of COVID.
Buyers More Distracted by Travel/Events
Now that most of our buying population is vaccinated and businesses/events are open, buyers’ attention is finally being focused on trips, events, and visiting friends and family rather than solely on their home search. Diversions are usually highest in the summer and around the holidays, thus historically slower markets, but this summer and holiday season will be met with an unusually high number of distractions for buyers. (That’s a good thing!)
Asking Prices Catching Up
Another factor in the shift in this summer’s market is that asking prices are finally starting to catch up, in many cases, to actual market values. During the first 3-4+ months of 2021, the sales data (sold prices) wasn’t there or wasn’t enough to give sellers the confidence to increase their asking prices 5-10%+ over 2019-2020 prices, which is why we’ve seen such extreme price escalations this year. Now that asking prices are falling more in line with what the market is willing to pay (based on my experience over the past 4-8 weeks), the number of offers and wild escalations should subside.
What Likely Will/Will Not Happen
Homeowners planning to sell should not worry that the bottom is falling out of the market, but expectations should change compared to previous months. Here’s what I think the shift will and will not look like:
- WILL result in fewer total offers on competitive homes
- WILL result in fewer properties selling within the first week
- WILL result in buyers negotiating better/more contingencies
- WILL result in less extreme price escalations
- WILL result in fewer homes listed for sale (likely a 20-30% drop compared to March-May)
- WILL NOT result in prices falling (prices should stabilize)
- WILL NOT result in a buyer’s market
Spring vs. Summer, 2016-2019
Let’s take a look at how the Arlington real estate market shifted from spring to summer from 2016-2019 to give some historical perspective. I did not include 2020 because it will always be an outlier that provides little value for historical trends/context. I looked at four data points that I use to measure market conditions:
- Percentage of homes that went under contract within one week of being listed
- Percentage of homes that sold for at or above the original asking price
- Average sold price compared to the original asking price
- Number of homes listed for sale
Here is a summary of findings from the charts shared below:
Donaldson Run is recognized as one of the best places to live in Virginia partly for its tree-covered scenery and parks, but how well does it preserve that reputation? We’ve put together our top places that we believe make this neighborhood an Arlington favorite.
About the Neighborhood
Donaldson Run shares its name with the stream that runs through the center of the neighborhood and flows into the Potomac. The area was once farmland, and the Donaldson name goes back to one of the early farming families who shuttled crops to and from Georgetown.
The Donaldson Run stream has been part of an ongoing restoration project since 2004 to mitigate some of the erosion along its banks. Since that time, the stream has regained much of its flow and vegetation, giving the brilliant terrain new life. A community of volunteers in the Donaldson Run Civic Association are part of a wider initiative to help preserve the features that give this neighborhood a charming and relaxed feel.
As for the residential areas, they comprise a small community of mostly homeowners. Common styles for homes are ramblers and colonials, but there is a fair share of Cape Cods and split levels as well. It’s not uncommon to see homebuyers looking to this neighborhood for more space. For transportation, residents rely mostly on their own vehicles, with the Ballston Metro being the closest option. However, commutes to D.C. are relatively short. Residents also enjoy convenient access to hiking trails to step away and get a breath of fresh air, which brings us to our favorite places…
Top Places in Donaldson Run
With the amount of green space here, it’s no surprise this list is dominated by parks that rival some of the best picnic spots in Arlington. Here’s our list of top places in the neighborhood:
- Potomac Overlook Regional Park: East of Donaldson Run stream is the Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Enjoy nearly two miles of easy hiking trails to go along with outdoor activities for family trips. The park includes campfire sites, an amphitheater for outdoor concerts, and a Nature Center with educational exhibits on surrounding wildlife. At its northeastern tip is a scenic overlook with a can’t-miss view.
- Zachary Taylor Park: Inside Zachary Taylor Park, you’ll find a creekside trail that runs through the neighborhood, perfect for a relaxed walk. Small cascades along the creek ferry water to Donaldson Run, giving this park an especially calm atmosphere. The trail is considered to be very easy and can even be taken on with a stroller in hand.
- Lee Heights Park: Lee Heights is a small three-acre park of open space with benches to relax on. Visitors can sit back and cherish the peace and quiet that Donaldson Run is known for.
- Donaldson Run Trail: This is a heavily wooded trail that makes you forget you’re mere miles from a major city. The Donaldson Run Trail is a moderate two-mile hike, and it runs in a loop along the eastern side of the neighborhood, with several twists and turns for more adventurous trail seekers.
- Marymount University: And finally we have Marymount University, a quiet and picturesque campus to the southwest of Donaldson Run. A bike trail runs from the edge of the small campus all the way to Zachary Taylor Park, giving bikers an amazing route to travel.
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In my last column, I mentioned one of the great things about getting people back into the store has been the questions I’ve been fielding from all of you, and the conversations it has allowed me to get started.
My weekly beer newsletters I send out frequently feature a section belovedly titled “Arrowine House of Lagers,” and that is driven, in part, by the increase in both supply and demand. But honestly, I’d be doing it even if it was just for my own personal amusement. There is, over and over, one subsect of lagers that seems to beguile folks: the Kellerbier. Even a few years ago the style remained relatively obscure here in the U.S., and traditional German versions rarely traveled this far.
Let’s make one thing clear: All Kellerbiers are not created equal. Kellerbier means simply “cellar beer,” and it is a style of lager that would have traditionally been matured (or lagered) inside of an oak cask stored in a cave or cellar. Inside of that cask, the beer would remain unfiltered and unpasteurized. and in this case, it would have had its bunghole (yes, they really call it that) left open to the surrounding cellar air. It would have carbonated itself gently and naturally but not to the level that it would have if it had stayed in a closed container trapping the CO2.
While this openness does allow the flow of air from inside the cave, it is completely different from an open or even spontaneous fermentation, so don’t expect fruity open-air pale ale esters or the wild funk of a lambic. Served directly from the cask, this beer would be cloudy, lightly carbonated and perhaps softer than a longer aged traditional lager. Outside of that requirement, any lager could be considered a Kellerbier if it was served in this method, right?
So wait, does that mean that my New England unfiltered hazy IPAs could all be considered Kellebiers as well? Nope — completely different styles. What about a cask of English Best Bitter? That’s closer, but Germany’s brewing traditions utilized their many natural caves for lagering as opposed to the British traditions of warmer fermenting ales. Perhaps you’re inducted into the Cult of Rothaus and love their unpasteurized Pilsner. You might be thinking unpasteurized, lager this HAS to qualify — but alas no. That doesn’t mean this increasingly more popular style isn’t without its variances.
Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Andors Real Estate Group.
Good morning, Arlington, and welcome to JUST LISTED!
The pace had picked up last week after two dramatically slower weeks, but this week, we’ve slowed again. For the time being, I am starting to believe this is just an early summer start mixed in with plenty of buyer fatigue. There is still plenty of real estate being transacted, interest rates remain incredibly low, and inventory is sitting below 1 1/2 months of supply.
Sellers listed 97 homes for sale this past week, 28 fewer than the week before. Buyers ratified 94 contracts, 13 fewer than last week and 41 of which were on homes just listed in the past seven days.
This week, there are 533 available properties for sale throughout all of Arlington and across all property types: 127 are detached homes, 55 are townhome/semi-detached homes and 351 of the available units in Arlington are condos.
For a bit of perspective, this same week last year sellers listed 86 homes and buyers ratified 72 contracts. There were also only 288 available properties for sale this week last year.
The average list price for currently available properties is $753,147 and the median is $549,900. Currently available properties in Arlington have an average of 59 days on market (DOM) and a median of just 30.
Picks of the Week: The Andors Real Estate Group has JUST LISTED two beautiful homes this week in Arlington — take a look!
2620 S. Fern Street, Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,075,000
This tremendously updated brick home is located on a beautiful, flat 13,325-square-foot lot with a new slate patio in the rear. An enclosed front portico entrance serves as a perfect space for coats and shoes, and an elegant staircase greets you as you walk into the foyer. Find a main-level owner’s suite, chef’s kitchen with beautiful cherry-stained cabinetry and stone countertops, a beautiful light-filled home office, and a three-season room in the rear. With five total bedrooms, a full bathroom on each of the three levels, and a lower level that could serve as an in-law suite, plus a detached one-car garage, this house is ready for its new owners!
2615 S. June Street, Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,215,000
A unique brick and stone constructed ranch/rambler-style home with a fantastic slate front porch awaits. It’s uncommon to find privacy this close to D.C. Tucked up high above quiet June Street with alley access, this mid-century home is a nature retreat! Sited on a large 13,577-square-foot lot with loads of off-street parking, this one is not to be missed. Two levels, three bedrooms with an optional fourth, three full bathrooms, a stunning family room expansion and open floor plan with close to 3,500 square feet of finished living space and a full second kitchen, this house offers something for everyone.
Find me at 2615 S. June Street from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and then at 2620 S. Fern Street from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 19.
Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. If you see a home you’re interested in purchasing, give us a call.
Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at 703-203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight new listings I think you might like to check out:
- 2016 N. Adams Street #812, Arlington, VA 22201 — $329,900
- 908 Patrick Henry Drive, Arlington, VA 22205 — $795,000
- 2027 N. Utah Street, Arlington, VA 22207 — $898,000
- 181 N. Columbus Street, Arlington, VA 22203 — $955,000
- 2015 N. Quantico Street, Arlington, VA 22205 — $984,900
- 2620 S. Fern Street, Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,075,000
- 2615 S. June Street, Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,215,000
- 1716 S. Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,885,000
With our recent sales success at Abingdon Place, we’re thrilled to release the next section of elegant townhomes. Act quickly, and your new home can be customized to fit your tastes.
Each home at Abingdon Place thoughtfully melds the elegance of Old Town Alexandria’s distinctive traditional architecture with the comforts of modern design. Rooms illuminate with light from the energy-efficient windows. High ceilings (10-foot on the main level) give your home a truly grand feeling. Standard private elevators connecting all four levels tie the whole home together.
Thoughtful finishes and features accentuate open-concept living and exceed your expectations in how elegant your home can be. Coupled with the convenience of living so close to everything, it’s easy to see what makes the Towns of Abingdon Place in Old Town North right where you want to be!
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The Towns of Abingdon Place: 4 levels, 3 to 4 bedrooms, 3.5 to 4.5 bathrooms, 2-car garage in Old Town North Alexandria. From $1,499,900.
Live a quarter mile to Courthouse Metro Station, a quick six-minute walk from home. Enjoy cobblestone adventures, dining and popular retail less than 10 minutes away in Georgetown. Discover easy commutes and better day-to-day living when you live less than five miles to downtown Washington and all that Arlington has to offer.
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These one-of-a-kind homes boast open design floor plans, gourmet kitchens, home offices, luxuriously appointed baths, rooftop terraces and two-car garages. These are a few of the many features that make Veitch Place unique and Arlington’s hottest new address.
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It comes as no surprise that both domestic and international companies select Arlington as their home to grow their businesses. They choose Arlington for similar reasons, such as proximity to customers and partners, accessibility to major transportation infrastructure, and the availability of a talented workforce. Here are perspectives from three international companies based in Arlington.
For the Japanese global conglomerate NEC Corporation, Arlington and the Northern Virginia area are excellent places for technology businesses. Mr. Shin Takahashi, chairman of the board of NEC Corporation of America (NECAM), selected Arlington to both live and work when he began leading NECAM’s government relations and public policy office in early 2018.
“Having a strong local management team is key to success for international companies,” Takahashi said. “Arlington is a good location for hiring great talent with excellent education and experience. There are lots of good companies around here, so it is easy to find highly qualified talent.”
NECAM’s Arlington location has grown to several business units, including a customer experience center to showcase its IT and facial recognition technology. It will relocate to a new office in Ballston in the fall.
“We only looked at Arlington when considering a new location to house the business units,” Takahashi said. “Arlington is diverse, safe and international. I could carry the same lifestyle as in Tokyo, where I could walk every place at night, go to grocery stores and restaurants, and visit movie theaters.”
Takahashi is also amazed at the number of fitness studios and gyms in the area and how healthy Arlingtonians are. “From my window, I can see people carrying yoga mats to exercise, so it is a big booster for my own wellness and a motivation to work out.”
TELE’s Daniel Kroepfl, who established the Austrian industrial electronics, manufacturing and services company in Arlington in late 2018, expresses a similar sentiment. “I travel to many cities throughout the country to visit customers and partners, and I do not see as many people running and exercising as in Arlington,” he said. “Arlington lives up to its name as America’s fittest city.”
When TELE was first considering expanding to the United States, the company looked at different cities across the country. “We chose Arlington because we want a location where we can recruit talent but also where our employees from Austria would enjoy visiting,” Kroepfl explained. “Austrian Airlines offers frequent direct flights from Vienna to Dulles, so I can visit my family and travel to headquarters easily.”
Accessibility to Europe and the U.S., Canada and Mexico markets is also a major consideration. “Access to major transportation hubs is key for our industry, which is industrial production, automation and electronics development,” Kroepfl said. “Everything is within easy reach by having an office here, allowing us to achieve our business goals.”
For the Australian digital intelligence startup Fivecast, accessibility to decision-makers in federal government agencies was the primary reason to choose Arlington for its first U.S. office. Duane Rivett, one of the founders of Fivecast, moved here in late 2019 to build up the company’s U.S. operations.
“The U.S. federal government represents an important customer base for Fivecast. Our digital intelligence solutions are built from the ground up to address challenges facing national security, defense and law enforcement organizations,” Rivett said. “The business community in Arlington provides lots of great opportunities for networking across the public sector and sharing ideas, expertise and connections, which are invaluable for establishing a new business.”
Meet Charlie, a 4-year-old Pomapoo (a Pomeranian and toy poodle mix). As a puppy, he was full of mischief, but these days he mostly enjoys chasing his own tail, a good belly rub and lots of snuggles.
Here’s what Charlie’s human had to say about his life here in Arlington:
Say ‘hi’ to Charlie because he will certainly say ‘hi’ to you! Charlie is a 4-year old muppet (or, more technically, a Pomapoo) originally from Oklahoma.
As a puppy, he would get into all types of trouble! Most notably, he would break into his mom’s potting soil and try to plant all her shoes in it. He also lived for eating zippers — but only off his mom’s most expensive coats.
Through the years, Charlie has grown into a stand-up chap who loves to chase birds, squirrels and, most importantly, his own tail. His favorite activities include playing fetch, deconstructing stolen carrots and stealing toys from his Maltipoo brother, Ted.
He is always down for a good time or a good belly rub. Charlie is an expert snuggle buddy and a beloved part of his little family.
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We are also looking for local pets who look like their owners or like celebrities. Email us photos of your pet and their doppelgänger, explaining the resemblance and whether it has been noticed in your neighborhood.