Arlington, VA

Ascending 22 stories above Ballston, the brand-new J Sol apartments deliver a bold perspective. An assertion of simple sophistication, sleek contemporary design and stunning details, J Sol propels you into an atmosphere that feels unmistakably yours.

Read on to discover the top 11 distinctive interior design features to enjoy sky-high apartment living at J Sol.

  1. Illuminate your space: From built-in cove lighting in the bedroom to under-mount cabinet lighting in the kitchen to LED-framed mirrors above the floating vanity in the bathroom, J Sol features well-designed light fixtures to illuminate your living space.
  2. Open kitchen shelving: A set of two open shelves in the kitchen offer a contemporary showcase for your signature collectables or glassware.
  3. Built-in bookcase: A bibliophile’s dream, select layouts offer a millwork bookcase in the living room.
  4. Sleep soundly: Blackout shades in the bedrooms ensure a blissful night’s sleep.
  5. Closet organizers: Take advantage of built-in custom closet organizers to showcase your stylish wardrobe.
  6. Top-of-the-line finishes: Find everything you’ve come to expect in sophisticated apartment living, including stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, herringbone tile backsplash and sleek plank flooring.
  7. Suit your style: The contemporary cabinetry comes in a selection of two finishes. Choose from either matte white or natural ash finishes to match your style.
  8. Be bold or go classic: Select from distinctive matte black hardware and black stainless steel appliances for a bold look, or opt for sleek chrome hardware and brushed stainless steel appliances for classic appeal.
  9. Brighten up your space: With floor-to-ceiling windows in your studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den or two-bedroom apartment, cascading sunlight will brighten your day and perfectly frame those stunning skyline views.
  10. Outdoor space: Extend your living space with a balcony for alfresco dining or cocktails at sunset to take in the vista. Or step out just to enjoy a breath of fresh air.
  11. Working from home made easy: Select a one-bedroom with den floor plan to have an entire room dedicated to a home office. Or, opt for a layout featuring a built-in desk in the living area to provide a distinct workspace to keep you organized.

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!

Check out our 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 Arlington.

This sponsored column is by James Montana, Esq., Doran Shemin, Esq. and Laura Lorenzo, Esq., practicing attorneys at Steelyard LLC, an immigration-focused law firm located in Arlington, Virginia. The legal information given here is general in nature. If you want legal advice, contact James for an appointment.

In the wonderful world of immigration, legal terminology matters hugely. In this column, we’ll explain what a few of the most important words mean, so our loyal readers (hi, commenters!) can understand more clearly what our clients have to learn. The three words of the day are: Petitioner, sponsor and admissible.

There are three layers to every green card application. The first layer is figuring out who the petitioner is. Sometimes clients refer to petitioners as sponsors. For example, many clients say “I have a U.S. citizen who can sponsor me.” The accurate way of putting it is that the U.S. citizen is petitioning the U.S. government to allow you, the client, the benefit of becoming a permanent resident.

Family members can serve as petitioners. U.S. citizens can file petitions for spouses, children, parents and siblings, and permanent residents can file petitions for spouses and children. Companies can file petitions for employees or potential employees. However, just because the immigrant has a family member who can petition for her does not mean that she automatically qualifies for a green card.

The second layer is finding a sponsor. A sponsor is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who agrees to serve as a financial guarantor; the sponsor is liable in a civil action if the new permanent resident receives certain government benefits or falls below the poverty threshold. Not all petitioners are good sponsors because the U.S. government demands that the sponsor have enough financial resources to serve as a guarantor. Under such circumstances, you need a second sponsor as a backup. That sponsor is liable in precisely the same way if the new permanent resident falls on hard times.

Got a petitioner and a sponsor? Good, you might be eligible, but we still need to figure out whether you are admissible. To determine this, thorough immigration lawyers ask you a laundry list of questions. For example, “Did you enter the United States by crossing the border without a visa, or did you come through an airport with a visa?” and “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?”

Criminal convictions frequently render an immigrant inadmissible. For example, sometimes a misdemeanor theft offense can render a person ineligible for a green card. Another common example is crossing the border without a visa or entering the United States multiple times in that manner.

In some cases, this is fixable via an application for a waiver, which adds a fourth layer of complexity (and cost) to the case. But it all depends on the family relationships that the immigrant has. In the case of someone who enters the United States across the border without a visa, the immigrant must have a spouse or parent that is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. On top of that, the immigrant has to prove that the spouse or parent will suffer extreme hardship if they are separated or must relocate to the immigrant’s home country. Notice that having U.S. citizen or permanent resident children does not help in these circumstances.

To waive criminal convictions, the immigrant must have a spouse, parent or child that will suffer extreme hardship. However, some criminal convictions cannot be waived. For example, many controlled substance convictions make an immigrant permanently inadmissible.

Determining whether someone is eligible to get a green card is a complex issue that, as we can see, requires multiple layers of analysis. We recommend that immigrants work with reputable attorneys during their green card journey.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts and we will do our best to respond.


This past week, 66 properties were reported sold across Arlington. This included a to-be-built 6 BD/6.5 BA custom home that went for $2.5 million.

As of May 9, there were 625 homes listed for sale in Arlington, according to Homesnap. This includes 422 condos, 166 detached homes and 37 townhomes.

“The median list price is $599,900 and the median sales price is $675,000,” Homesnap reports. “There have been 226 new listings in the last 4 weeks and 345 sales.”

Here’s a look at a few of the properties sold in the past seven days:

In the market? See properties that have been Just Listed and Just Reduced.


Poly-space is a concept that we here at Arlington Designer Homes have been employing for many years. However, the need for poly-space has come into sharper focus over the past 15 months.

Poly-space is a space that has multiple uses. When we are designing projects, we talk to our clients about how their new space will be used not just today but in 5, 10 and 15 years.

Where we live, land costs are at a premium. We work to design spaces that live bigger through design solutions. You do not always need more space if the space you have is designed more efficiently. Recently, we have all scrambled to create more efficient spaces in our homes since offices, coffees hops, schools, etc. have not been viable options for our day-to-day operations. The trend of using space more efficiently is not only more cost efficient, but it is also here to stay.

At Arlington Designer Homes, we talk to our clients about their immediate needs, but we also take a deeper dive and talk to them about what their future needs might be. We strive to create poly-space for future flexibility as it applies to new homes and remodels. A playroom today could be an office tomorrow. An office today could be a first-floor master bedroom if the need were to arise.

If there is anything this past year has taught us, it’s that we cannot predict the future. However, with some planning, we can certainly be more prepared for different situations as they inevitably appear.

We build for the way you live.

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This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

From finding an outlet for stress through art, to sharpening the business skills of working artists, Arlington Arts has offered a wide range of capacity-building opportunities. The final round of our Arts Enterprise Institute Spring Classes on Zoom is designed to better promote your work by telling your unique story via social media.

Social Media Storytelling
Tuesday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Social media is a form of communication that utilizes written, visual and verbal storytelling. By engaging with your audience in real time and being an active user, you can promote your work and build your core audience. The main ingredients for a successful social media presence are consistency and authenticity.

Learn why social media is important for small organizations and individual artists with Nicole Schenkman, Communications & Outreach Manager for City Blossoms, a successful D.C.-based nonprofit that cultivates the well-being of urban communities through creative programming in kid-driven gardens. Learn how to get started by setting up your goals and a communications strategy.

This is our final workshop until the fall. Attendees will receive a Zoom link via email after 5 p.m. the day before the event. Visit our Eventbrite page for registration fees and details.


Arlington’s latest Pet of the Week is Hank, a recently rescued 8- to 10-year-old mix from Puerto Rico.

Here’s what Hank’s parents had to say about his new life in Arlington:

Allow us to introduce Hank (aka Hankster, Hank the Tank when he burrows through the brush or Hanky Panky when he does something mischievous). Actually, it doesn’t matter what we call him because he is mostly deaf. An 8- to 10-year-old mix of basset/lab/bull terrier/who knows what, Hank has a mysterious history.

Until a few months ago, Hank was a sato, a street dog in Puerto Rico. He was found in a Home Depot parking lot, apparently hit by a car. The good people of Toby’s Rescue took him in and fostered him for two months. We saw him online and thought we could provide a nice retirement home for him.

Since coming to Arlington in early February, Hank has had his first experience with snow, ice, squirrels, foxes and deer. Despite all of these changes, Hank has been a great dog since his first day here. He’s met several other great dogs in the neighborhood and has a budding bromance with Romeo, his buddy next door. If you see us out for a walk, please say hi to Hank — you just might need to speak up a bit.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos — they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

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.


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 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.

We celebrated one big-time holiday this past Sunday (Mother’s Day!). And now, we have another big one coming up on Saturday.

The third Saturday of May is Armed Forces Day. It’s a time to pay tribute to the women and men who are currently serving or have served. Whereas Veterans Day honors our vets and Memorial Day honors those lost, this is a unique annual opportunity to give even more of heroes a salute.

So, whether that equates to a big hug, a call, a note or something in between, Saturday is the big day.

On the military front and knowing we live in a significant region for the military, we’ve helped countless military families with their real estate needs throughout the decades. If and when we can help make your real estate dreams a reality, we’re here for you.

In the meantime, THANK YOU! And now on to this week’s Just Reduced stats…

As of May 10, there are 155 detached homes, 64 townhouses and 321 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 40 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week, including:

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.


The blue of the Potomac. The green of the parks. The vibrant colors of over 100 one-of-a-kind boutique shops, fine dining restaurants and award-winning craft breweries. Old Town Alexandria is a kaleidoscope of life.

And just blocks away from those parks, the waterfront, and the shopping and dining are the luxury townhomes of Abingdon Place. Nestled into Old Town North, this tucked-away community of 19 townhomes feels like a private hideaway.

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!

Our two furnished models are now open. Book your private appointment or just stop by during our office hours Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 the low $1.5 millions.

New models have recently been released for sale! Contact us today and find the layout that’s the right fit for you.

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. Enjoy!

Question: A friend of mine found a house off-market through their neighbor. Do you have any data that shows how many homes get sold before ever hitting the market?

Answer: Most people assume that there are a lot more pre-market and off-market home sales than there really are. The data I used to determine likely pre/off-market activity suggests that only about 4-5% of Arlington homes sell without being listed first.

However, within that 4-5%, you have a wide range of circumstances that cause homes to be sold pre/off-market that aren’t really part of the “standard” sale process, including tenants buying from their landlords, investor deals, custom homes, new construction condos, deals between neighbors/family/friends and others. In this case, I’m loosely defining the “standard” sale process as a homeowner who begins the process of preparing their home for sale with the intention of offering it to the public.

So, the actual percentage of “standard” sales that follow a more traditional sales process that end up selling pre/off-market is likely much lower and probably closer to 1-3% of total sales.

To come up with my pre/off-market estimates, I looked at the number of sold (Arlington) homes in the MLS that had zero days on market and the number of homes with zero and one days on market. A home with zero days on market was almost certainly sold pre/off-market and a portion of homes with one day on market were sold pre/off-market, but it’s impossible to tell from the data how many of those were pre-market versus how many were listed and the seller accepted an offer on the first day.

Not every pre/off-market sale gets entered into the MLS so those sales won’t show up anywhere in my data; however, I think this dataset gets us pretty close.

The chart below shows the percentage of homes each year that sold with zero or zero/one days on market.

Changes in Pre/Off-Market Rules

You’ll notice from the chart that there was a steady rise in pre/off-market deals through 2019, followed by a quick reduction in those deals since 2020.

For years prior to 2020, in order to gain a competitive advantage, agents and brokerages were creating their own “shadow” pre/off-market listing platforms/feeds that circumvented the cooperative agreements established through the MLS.

In the fall of 2019, Bright MLS (our regional MLS) announced major changes to protect the cooperation agreements of the MLS and required a home to be entered into the MLS within one business of any public marketing or advertising (for sale sign, social media, email blasts, mailers, website, etc.). Since this announcement, the number of pre/off-market deals have dropped substantially, for the betterment of both buyers and sellers, in my opinion.

I wrote about these rule changes in more detail and explained the MLS/Bright MLS concepts further in this October 2019 column.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column or to set up an in-person meeting to discuss local Real Estate, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at Call me directly at 703-539-2529.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with RLAH Real Estate, 4040 N Fairfax Dr #10C Arlington VA 22203. 703-390-9460.


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This neighborhood is at the heart of one of Virginia’s busiest cities — so how does it remain completely quiet? Join the Keri Shull Team as we share everything you need to know about the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia!

And, as always, if you have any questions about Arlington real estate, please contact the Keri Shull Team, the #1 top-selling real estate team in the Washington, D.C. area.

NoVA’s Serene Secret

Waycroft-Woodlawn is a serene, suburban neighborhood in Arlington, located just north of the Ballston-Rosslyn Corridor. It’s beloved for its quiet streets, access to D.C. and abundance of beautiful flora.

Due to the tranquil atmosphere and strong community ties, most of the unique things to do in Waycroft-Woodlawn are events hosted by the Civic Association. However, residents can also access dining, entertainment and shopping all throughout the D.C. area thanks to the neighborhood’s proximity to I-66 and the Metro.

A Truly Close Community

Despite being so close to the bustling urban center of Ballston, this locale is a pocket of tranquility. The tree-lined streets and community spirit are protected and upheld by the Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association, an organization of community members dedicated to keeping residents safe and happy. Plus, the tight-knit community comes together regularly to host community parties and events — these are the perfect chance to befriend your neighbors or enjoy some family fun throughout the year!

Getting Around Arlington

There is not a Metro stop named for Waycroft-Woodlawn, but that doesn’t mean that residents are out of luck when it comes to public transit.

The neighborhood sits just to the north of the Orange and Silver Lines of the D.C. Metro system. The Ballston-MU Metro station is just a few blocks away from Waycroft-Woodlawn, meaning home owners can easily access the rest of D.C. and NoVA by foot or bike.

If you would rather travel by car, Waycroft-Woodlawn also offers convenient access to some of the main throughways in the D.C. area. I-66 borders the neighborhood on the southern edge, while Glebe Road marks the eastern border of Waycroft-Woodlawn.

Finally, this neighborhood is notable for having great access for cyclists. With a Bike Score of 82, most commutes and daily errands can be accomplished via bike. This is great news for people looking to live on a budget in the Washington D.C. area or skip D.C.’s infamous traffic.

Making the Most of Waycroft-Woodlawn

Home values in Waycroft-Woodlawn are very strong, and the neighborhood is currently seeing appreciation in price, overall. With the trajectory of the housing market in Arlington trending upward, this means purchasing a home in Waycroft-Woodlawn could be a wise financial move for many people.

The properties for sale in Waycroft-Woodlawn offer a nice blend of architectural styles. There are around 500 homes in the neighborhood, many of which were built in the mid-20th century. These houses include classic examples of Cape Cod homes, ramblers, colonials, cottage-style houses and more. There is truly something for everyone in this neighborhood!

Unlike some other neighborhoods near the Orange Line, most of the residents of Waycroft-Woodlawn own their homes. Homeownership is an attractive prospect in this neighborhood for many reasons. Even in Northern Virginia, it’s hard to find a neighborhood that blends peaceful tranquility with urban convenience as well as Waycroft-Woodlawn does.

Finding a Home in Waycroft-Woodlawn

At the Keri Shull Team, we have hundreds of off-market properties that you cannot find online or anywhere else… and we want to give you priority access to these homes before they even go on the market!

The market is red hot in Waycroft-Woodlawn right now, with lots of new construction homes going up in the area, so if you want to find a home in this neighborhood, you need to have every advantage that you can get!

And if you are selling a house in Arlington, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect your investment. The best way to do that is to speak with a top-tier real estate agent and create a completely customized home selling strategy.

So what are you waiting for? Just click here to schedule a time for a free, no-pressure consultation with one of our Real Estate Needs Analysts!


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