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by ARLnow.com — May 19, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

The new Whole Foods grocery store in Pentagon City will be opening on Wednesday, June 29, the company announced today.

The nearly 37,000-square-foot store is located on the ground floor of the Bartlett, a new 22-story apartment building at the corner of 12th Street S. and S. Eads Street.

The new store will feature:

  • An expansive organic salad bar
  • Prepared foods hot bars
  • Several unique food venues
  • Made-in-house and artisan charcuterie
  • An extensive selection of beer, wine and cheese
  • A scratch bakery
  • A coffee/juice bar
  • A pub
  • A dog-friendly patio

Whole Foods is now hiring for the store, as detailed in the press release below.

Whole Foods Market, America’s healthiest grocery store™, will open its ninth Northern Virginia location on Wednesday, June 29, in Pentagon City. The 36,800 square-foot store is located at the corner of 12th Street South and South Eads Street.

“Our newest Whole Foods Market will reflect the energy and vitality of this growing Arlington community,” said Mike Ameg, the store’s team leader. “This store will offer Northern Virginia families the highest quality natural and organic products, including seasonal, locally-sourced produce, sustainable seafood and high-quality meat and poultry – all free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. We’re also excited to bring an extensive offering of fast-casual dining options to the many residents who live and work in the heart of Pentagon City.”

Along with the expansive organic salad bar and prepared foods hot bars pioneered by Whole Foods Market chefs, this store will feature several unique food venues, made-in-house and artisan charcuterie, an extensive selection of beer, wine and cheese, and a scratch bakery. The store’s many seating areas – which include a coffee/juice bar, pub, and dog-friendly patio – are also sure to become popular meeting places.

Whole Foods Market team members will be organizing and attending events in and around the community over the coming weeks and there are also openings for new part-time and full-time team member positions across a variety of departments. Interested applicants can apply at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers.

Follow news about this store’s opening and about all of the Northern Virginia Whole Foods Market happenings through social media: Twitter @WholeFoodsNoVa; Instagram: @WholeFoodsNoVa, and on Facebook: Whole Foods Market NoVa.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

The slogan for Notch 8 Apartments is “Live in the Momentum,” a reference to the convenient location and ease-of-living amenities that keep pace with your lifestyle, as well as the origin of the name (“notch 8” means “full throttle” on a diesel-electric locomotive).

This weekend is your chance to see this modern-industrial apartment community in Potomac Yard and get on the fast track to great living. This weekend only, you have the opportunity to land a $1,000 Giant Food gift card plus up to two-and-a-half months of free rent.

The Open House on Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.) gives those curious about these upscale apartments an opportunity to enjoy refreshments, take advantage of amazing specials and check out the extensive amenity package that has put this brand new building on the map.

The amenities include an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, hammocks, outdoor billiards, grilling stations and fire pit; KICK fitness center with a personal trainer; game room with Xbox One, PS4 and video library; and a lounge with a sweet 80″ flat screen and entertainment kitchen.

Inside each apartment are stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring in a selection of two finishes, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light, balconies with gorgeous courtyard views, and a hi-tech Nest “learning” thermostat.

As incredible as the amenities are, it’s the location that keeps you living in the momentum: Notch 8 offers the convenience of an on-site Giant grocery store, PNC Bank, and Starbucks. Plus, it is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. Eco-friendly features include EV charging stations in the garage and a Zipcar right next door.

In addition, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about this weekend’s Open House event on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Notch 8.

by ARLnow.com — May 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

The Shelton apartment building (photo via AHC, Inc.)Residents of The Shelton apartment building in Nauck are speaking out about what they say are poor and unsafe living conditions at the affordable apartment complex.

The four-story building, at 3215 24th Street S., was built in 2009 and has 94 committed affordable apartments. There’s also a community center, landscaped courtyard with a play area and underground parking.

A letter signed by 19 residents alleges “poor and disrespectful customer service,” “harassment of residents by staff” and — most pointedly — problems with drug dealing and usage in and around the building, chronic loitering and a pest infestation.

“The Shelton was built and operates using public funds, but is not accountable to the residents or the community,” the letter says. “Our living conditions continue to deteriorate… It is not always a safe place for us or our children to live. Security currently in place is not adequate.”

“As residents we have a right to live in a building that is well maintained, welcoming and secure,” the letter continues. “We need dedicated staffing and security personnel on these premises that will work with us as tenants… Safety and security at the Shelton should be a priority for management and on-site staff.”

Arlington County Police Department records show that there were 125 calls for service to the apartment building between May 1, 2015 and today. While high, we’re told that’s not an excessive number for a large, multi-family building. The top four types of police calls to the building were for domestic incidents, noise complaints, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Arlington-based AHC, which owns and manages The Shelton, has organized a community meeting in response to the letter, a spokeswoman told ARLnow.com this afternoon. That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the building’s community room. It will “discuss any concerns [residents] may have” and provide “an update on the steps we have taken over the last several months to rectify several issues.”

AHC says trash areas in the building are now being checked daily and extra trash collection days have been scheduled to help address the pest problem. Also, adjustments are being made to correct inaccurate utility bills that were sent to some residents.

To address the safety issue, an automated system asking loiterers to “please move on” was recently installed near the 7-Eleven store and the automatic front door now prevents individuals from holding it open indefinitely. AHC says the building currently has 32 security cameras.

“AHC has deep roots in the Nauck community,” said AHC Communications Manager Celia Slater. “We are dedicated to working with local organizations like the Nauck Civic Association and the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation. We continue to partner with Arlington County and other groups to help move forward plans for the Nauck neighborhood revitalization.”

The full letter from residents, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com — May 13, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs two pieces of legislation at Wakefield High School on 5/12/16 (Photo courtesy Arlington County)

More Metro Issues This Morning — A signal problem near the King Street Metro station has led to significant delays on the Blue and Yellow lines this morning. [Twitter, Twitter]

Big Changes Planned for Ballston Church — The Central United Methodist Church at 4201 Fairfax Drive in Ballston is planning a complete redevelopment of its 30,000 square foot property. Preliminary plans have been filed to build “a new church, a new preschool space, and a seven-story, 132-unit apartment building — 60 percent market-rate and 40 percent dedicated affordable.” [Washington Business Journal]

McAuliffe Signs Bills at Wakefield HS — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed two pieces of education legislation at Wakefield High School yesterday, as pictured above. The new laws “will lead to an overhaul of the state’s high school graduation requirements, aiming to make high school more relevant to the working world” and better supporting students who start a career after high school. [Washington Post, Twitter]

Reagan Airport Bridge Closed This Weekend — Starting at 11 p.m. tonight, through early Monday morning, drivers heading to Reagan National Airport will not be able to access it via the Route 233 bridge over Jefferson Davis Highway. Ongoing construction prompted the planned closure. [Patch]

Solar House for Sale — A “one-of-a-kind luxury home” is for sale in Cherrydale. The five-bedroom house features a 10KW photovoltaic solar panel array, an energy recovery ventilation system, two-story screened porch, two-car garage, third floor loft with wet bar, a 560 square foot rooftop deck, exercise room with yoga/MMA flooring and an outdoor shower. It’s listed at just under $1.9 million. [Truplace]

Reminder: Chamber Hosts Candidate Forum Monday — The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting a County Board candidate forum this coming Monday. The forum, featuring a discussion of topics important to the Arlington business community, is taking place from 6-8 p.m. at the Rosslyn Hyatt (1325 Wilson Boulevard). Democrats Libby Garvey and Erik Gutshall, and independent Audrey Clement, are set to participate in the forum, which will be moderated by ARLnow.com editor Scott Brodbeck. Tickets are $10. [Arlington Chamber of Commerce]

Photo via Arlington County

by ARLnow.com — May 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm 0

WeLive in Crystal CityYou read about the new WeLive facility in Crystal City here last week.

Next week, you can hear about it and see it for yourself.

ARLnow is holding an after-work event on Tuesday, May 17 called WeWork, WeLive and the Future of City Living. It’s taking place from 6-8 p.m. at WeWork (2221 S. Clark Street).

After some networking and refreshments, Sarah Fraser will host a discussion with Dave McLaughlin, WeWork’s General Manager for the Eastern U.S. and Canada. We’ll talk about the technology, design and the planning behind WeLive, and why it might be a future model for urban residential.

We’ll also be talking with Angela Fox, President of the Crystal City Business Improvement District and a current WeLive resident. The event is sponsored by Vornado and the Crystal City BID.

Space is limited. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

by ARLnow.com — May 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm 0

Much of the media narrative around WeLive, which just opened in Crystal City, has to do with the size of the apartments and how it’s kind of like living in a college dorm.

Yes, your narrow apartment with a Murphy bed is not the Palace of Versailles. And yes, like a dorm your WeLive apartment comes furnished and with the expectation that your neighbor could be your next best friend.

But dorms generally don’t have, among other things, built-in Bose sound systems, custom-designed West Elm furniture and free fruit-infused water in the lobby. And thanks to some clever, efficient design, even the smallest WeLive studio doesn’t feel cramped.

WeLive is a much more ambitious effort than just trying to figure out how to cram humans into as small a space as possible while maintaining an aura of high-end living. As its leaders will tell you, it’s a new paradigm for living in cities.

The WeLive experience could be described as “asset light.” Your furniture, kitchen equipment, linens, towels, plus your TV, sound system, cable, Wi-fi and utilities are all included. If you’re moving here you don’t have to pack a moving van, instead you show up with your suitcase and your laptop, then make a quick trip to the grocery store and you’re good to go.

The trip to the grocery store might even be optional. The building offers free coffee, tea and — yes — beer, and the move-in kit includes hangers, Co. Bigelow toiletries and a Harry’s shave kit.

Unlike your typical apartment, there is a social component to WeLive. Sure, other buildings might have a cocktail hour or exercise class, but here it’s assumed that you will actually get to know your fellow residents — at least those in your three-story “neighborhood” (there are three neighborhoods in the Crystal City WeLive/WeWork building.) Common areas like the big flat screen TV and video game lounge are hubs of activity, as are a dining area and breakfast nook.

WeLive somehow manages to use internet-connected technology to make the living experience more personal, instead of using it to help people disconnect from in-person contact. A dedicated WeLive app tells residents when there’s free pizza in the kitchen, Game of Thrones on the big TV or a WeLive-organized fitness or cooking class or other activity happening. You can also send messages to your fellow residents, if need be.

One might expect WeLive to be a haven for ramen-noodle-eating, single 20-somethings, but so far that’s not entirely the case. Yes, there are recent college grads working on the lower rungs of tech startups. But there are also older professionals and executives giving it a try. The oldest resident WeLive resident, we’re told, is in his 60s. At least one friendly dog has taken up residence with his 30-something owner — the building is pet friendly.

Company officials are calling WeLive an experiment and are paying close attention to how things go in Crystal City. The location is a slightly more suburban parallel to the only other WeLive location currently open — on Wall Street in Manhattan. Both types of location are important to a company that says it wants to provide a “disruptive alternative to the way people live.”

The Crystal City WeLive is located at 2221 S. Clark Street, a former office building it shares with a WeWork co-working space, and has 216 total units, with 1-4 beds and 1-2 private bathrooms apiece.

Monthly prices, excluding the flat $125/month utility fee, start at $875 for an individual bed or $1,640 for a private unit, according to the WeLive website.

by ARLnow.com — April 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm 0

Stephanie StudentA couple of weeks ago, a rep for Instrata Pentagon City, a high-end luxury apartment building on 15th Street S. near the Fashion Centre mall, reached out to us about a unique amenity the building offers its residents: a “lifestyle concierge.”

Having not heard of such a thing before — most local news reporters do not live in buildings with a lifestyle concierge — we asked Stephanie Student, who holds that position, what a lifestyle concierge does and why an apartment building should have one.

Here are some excerpts from that interview.

ARLnow: In your own words, what does a lifestyle concierge do?

Stephanie: As a lifestyle concierge, my job is to make residents’ lives easier! I’m here to take care of their needs, no matter how big or small, and assist wherever I can. Another big part of my job is organizing resident-exclusive events — everything from cake-decorating classes and oyster shucking to beer-tasting and fitness classes. These events and classes really help create a sense of community among residents and I’ve seen some wonderful friendships blossom between residents who had never met before but attended the same event and really hit it off.

ARLnow: Why is it important for Instrata to have a lifestyle concierge?

Stephanie: Luxury lifestyle apartments are not uncommon in most metropolitan areas, but Instrata has recognized that renters want more than just high-end finishes and nice common spaces. They also want a place where they feel they have friends and connections–a place that feels like its own “neighborhood.” By providing residents with a concierge who can act at a “go-to” for questions and assistance, and fun events that encourage interaction, they get all of that plus the more typical perks of high-end buildings.

ARLnow: What are some of your personal favorite activities in the neighborhood?

Stephanie: Pentagon Row is full of fun shops and restaurants, not to mention amazing venues and events! There’s a skating rink in the winter, 5K Fridays through the month of April, and outdoor movie nights in the summer. This August and September, the movies will be a complete run of the Star Wars series. I can’t wait!

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by ARLnow.com — April 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

WeLive, the residential venture from co-working company WeWork, has been getting lots of national press attention this week.

Most of that attention has been focused on WeLive’s recently-opened lower Manhattan location. But the company has a second location, here in Arlington, that’s preparing to officially open in just a few weeks.

WeLive Crystal City, located in the floors below WeWork at 2221 S. Clark Street, is currently home to some intrepid “beta testers.” The space will be “formally launching” in “early May,” the company told ARLnow.com earlier this week.

WeLive has been compared to college dormitory life, with its shared, furnished living spaces — each with “beds and couches, towels and linens, and everything in between,” plus a bathroom and kitchen — and array of planned social activities. But private apartments with three or more bedrooms are also offered.

Other features include premium cable, HDTVs, high speed Wi-fi, a laundry room, a communal chef’s kitchen, a yoga studio, a full-time community concierge and housekeeping team and “all the coffee, tea, and beer you can drink.”

“WeLive is a new way of living built upon community, flexibility, and a fundamental belief that we are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with,” WeLive says on its website. “We know life is better when we are part of a community that believes in something larger than itself. From mailrooms and laundry rooms that double as bars and event spaces to communal kitchens, roof decks, and hot tubs, WeLive challenges traditional apartment living through physical spaces that foster meaningful relationships.”

The Crystal City WeLive is offering pricing well below that of the Manhattan location, at least through the end of April. A bed in a shared living space starts at $875 per month, while a private unit starts at $1,795 per month.

by ARLnow.com — April 7, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

What used to be Jay’s Saloon — and a few small, surrounding businesses — is now a big hole in the ground.

The hole along 10th Street N. will soon enough be filled by a 143-unit luxury apartment complex dubbed 10th Street Flats. Ballston-based developer Clark Realty Capital received approval for the mixed-use development, which will include live-work units and ground floor retail, in 2014.

(Clark also developed the adjacent Hyde apartments, which opened in 2015, along 9th Street N.)

“10th Street Flats is positioned to offer its residents the best of what both Arlington and nearby Washington, D.C. have to offer,” the company said in a press release. “Sparing little in terms of luxury amenities and unique conveniences for its residents, the community will feature a rooftop lounge, outdoor kitchen and communal table, ground-floor bike workshop, fitness center and yoga room, teleworking space, eight innovative live/work units, and 3,700 SF of retail space.”

“Each apartment will feature stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, wood-surface flooring, and designer lighting and plumbing fixtures,” the press release continued. “Additionally, each unit will come equipped with Nest thermostats that provide energy-saving, Wi-Fi enabled temperature control capabilities.”

Clark broke ground on the project in January and expects construction to end and residents to move in by next summer.

by Buzz McClain — April 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Sedona? Or Slate? It’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle decision. It’s a double-shot of urban living in Rosslyn. Do you prefer the warm, boutique hotel-inspired vibe of Sedona or the sleek, contemporary feel of Slate? No matter which you choose, you can’t go wrong.

See for yourself the stylish choices offered at the upscale apartment community Sedona|Slate and tour the residences in person to take advantage of special Open House incentives this weekend through Monday.

Inside both towers, you’ll encounter apartments in carefully considered layouts and sophisticated interior design. Top of the line finishes include sleek plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, large kitchen islands, front-loading washers and dryers, state of the art electronic key system, and a selection of three designer finish packages.

Many residences feature both floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offering views of the skyline.

This upscale community offers amenities in each tower with two rooftop lounges, two swimming pools, and two KICK fitness centers with personal trainer and group classes offered. There is ample outdoor space with a courtyard featuring outdoor seating and grilling stations. In addition, Sedona|Slate is also pet-friendly and welcomes large dogs up to 100 lbs.

With an eye towards green living, there is an electric vehicle charging station, preferred parking for hybrids, plentiful bicycle storage, and residents enjoy the fresh air benefits of living in a smoke-free community. Sedona|Slate is proud to be the first LEED-NC Gold certified residential building in Northern Virginia.

The benefits of living in Rosslyn include easy access to three Metro lines (Orange, Blue and Silver), being steps away from all the vibrant restaurant and retail offerings of this North Arlington neighborhood, and a quick walk over the Key Bridge to Georgetown’s nightlife.

The Open House hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and special extended hours on Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. which affords visitors to see for themselves the community amenities in action on a workday. Which will help make the choice easy–Sedona? Or Slate?

Those new residents applying during the Open House can save up to 1.5 months free rent in addition to receiving an Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker when they move in.

Sedona|Slate’s leasing office is located at 1510 Clarendon Boulevard. To learn more about this inspired choice for modern living, view the website at Sedona-Slate.com or call 866-977-0468.

The preceding promoted post was sponsored by Sedona|Slate and written by ARLnow.com.

by Buzz McClain — March 31, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Let’s say you’ve landed an apartment at Alexandria’s hottest property, Notch 8, the brand new six-story, upscale building located in Potomac Yards. Let’s say you breeze home from work on the nearby Metro and are ready to make dinner, but you find you are lacking an important ingredient: Groceries.

What do you put into those hardwood cabinets in the pantry, or set out on the kitchen islands, or steam, roast or grill in the new stainless steel stoves and ovens?

Well, the good news is, besides living in an apartment with plank flooring, oversized windows streaming in natural light and having the climate controlled by a high-tech Nest “learning” thermostat, you live atop — quite literally — a Giant Food grocery store.

Handy! But wait, as they say: There’s more.

What if the groceries were free?

Despite the building being two-thirds occupied, the management is holding an enticing sweepstakes for first-time applicants with approved applications that rewards the winner with free groceries for a year. That’s an up-to-$6,000 value.

Sign up now until May 1.

What could you do with 24 Giant Food gift cards each worth $250.00, good for the Giant Food downstairs?

Oh, let’s just think.

You could host at least one or two parties on the swimming pool deck (grills provided). You could provide beverages and snacks for a number of sit-and-chat sessions by the fire pit near the outdoor billiards tables. You could spring for popcorn on the monthly movie night, but management has that covered.

Or you might just want to keep the up-to-$6,000 to yourself, fill those designer pantries with premium goodies and enjoy life full stop at Notch 8.

Notch 8 is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and a Zipcar right next door.

Plus, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about this free groceries sweepstakes on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

The preceding was a promoted post written by ARLnow.com and sponsored by Notch 8.

by ARLnow.com — March 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm 0

Arlington-based coffee startup Commonwealth Joe says its planned coffee shop in Pentagon City will be the company’s flagship location — and will offer something beyond just a morning pick-me-up.

“Arlington deserves great coffee,” Commonwealth Joe co-founder and CEO Robert Peck said Monday. “We aim to deliver powerful experiences built around that cup of coffee, and also to provide an environment that makes you feel at home and gives you a sense of place — somewhere where you want to bring your friends and family and can also have chance encounters with others in the community.”

The new Commonwealth Joe store will be located on the ground floor of The Bartlett, a new 22-story luxury apartment building that’s currently wrapping up construction at the corner of S. Eads and 12th Streets, two blocks from the Metro station.

An experience and a sense of community is a key goal for the building and developer Vornado. Thus the reason the coffee shop is planning to make “experience” a cornerstone of its offerings and is working with a top-shelf local design firm for its build-out.

From a press release: “Although they are not revealing details just yet, they say that the new space will be the first of its kind in the entire D.C. metro area, and will offer some exciting amenities for Bartlett residents and customers, including coffee cuppings and brewing classes.”

The shop’s coffee offerings include single-origin coffees, pour-overs and nitro cold brew coffee.

Commonwealth Joe is planning to open on an unspecified date “this summer,” as is the next-door Whole Foods Market. Some residents have been told that the Whole Foods is eyeing a late June opening.

The press release, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com — March 15, 2016 at 9:45 am 0

Dress rehearsal for the St. Peter's Players production of Godspell (Flickr pool photo by Eric)

Vida Fitness Coming to Ballston? — D.C.-based Vida Fitness is reportedly planning a 30,000 square foot gym in Ballston. The plan depends on County Board approval of a site plan amendment for the as-yet-unbuilt final building in the Liberty Center development. Given the high office vacancy rate, local developer Shooshan Co. is proposing to reconfigure what would have been a 20-story office building into a 22-story building that mixes residential, office and retail space. [Washington Business Journal]

‘WeLive’ Close to Opening in Crystal City — WeWork recently opened its new coworking space at 2221 S. Clark Street in Crystal City. Now, the company is nearing an opening for “WeLive,” a communal living space in the same building. WeLive is opening “very soon” and the company is now giving tours to prospective tenants, we hear. A second WeLive location, in Manhattan, recently opened for “beta testing.” [Fast Company]

Rail Was Once Planned for Columbia Pike — In the 1950s planners envisioned Columbia Pike as a rail corridor. That plan was scrapped when Metro was built and the Blue and Yellow lines ran south instead of west. In 2014, of course, a planned streetcar system for the Pike was also nixed. [InsideNova]

County Board Campaign Gets Underway — County Board Chair Libby Garvey and her Democratic primary challenger, Erik Gutshall, both held campaign events on Columbia Pike over the weekend. Garvey said getting out the vote will be the key to victory in the June 14 primary. [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by Eric

by ARLnow.com — February 11, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

The following promoted post was written for ARLnow.com by Buzz McClain and sponsored by The Mill.

The Old Town Alexandria building now known as The Mill has been many things since it was built when James K. Polk was president in 1847. In its 169 years it has served as a cotton mill (hence the name), a bottling facility for a brewery, a spark plug factory and the headquarters of the international police chiefs association.

As of earlier this year, it is now a place you can live in — in modern, boutique loft-apartment splendor — with views of the Potomac River and the crucial convenience of a centralized location in historic Old Town.

The property developers, the locally based CAS Riegler, respected the historic integrity of the building while incorporating the amenities modern city dwellers expect in luxury apartment accommodations. So for example, you get useful USB-ports in rooms with soaring 10- to 15-foot ceilings; you get quartz countertops and soft-close high-end cabinetry in kitchens with rustic exposed brick walls.

“The architect and designers did a fantastic job of seamlessly integrating the vintage charm of the historic building–such as the exposed brick walls and ceiling beams–with the sophisticated and polished look of modern apartment living,” said Tracy Fones, chief operating officer of The Property Portfolio, the progressive-minded firm managing The Mill. “They mix remarkably well.”

Fones points out that of the 25 apartments in The Mill, several are two-levels. “They are nothing that you can find anywhere else,” he said. But they are moving fast: “Of the five penthouse two-level apartments, we have only two left.” In addition to the duplexes, there are a variety of single-level one and two bedroom apartments available with stunning original details and soaring ceiling heights that speak to the building’s industrial past.

Among highlights of the common areas, Fones points out The Mill has its own outdoor park coming soon with an art installation and a top-floor club room with video and Internet and a balcony with views across the Potomac of the colorful Capital Wheel at National Harbor.

Fones adds that The Mill has hard-to-find furnished short-term rentals available as well as long-term furnished rental arrangements. And he advises those interested to call for information on great spring leasing specials.

The Mill is at 515 Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria. For more information, contact the building management on The Mill website.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 28, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Notch 8 means “full throttle” on a diesel-electric locomotive, pushing the train to as fast as it can go, which makes it an appropriate name for the just-opened upscale apartment building at Alexandria’s Potomac Yard that pulls out all the stops.

This six-story apartment building is located in the historic former railroad yard and is designed to keep residents going full throttle by offering a number of amenities to enhance today’s modern lifestyle. (It’s not all high-octane: The hammocks in the courtyard are an example of how residents can slow things down, if they wish).

This weekend’s Open House event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. While touring the two model apartments at Notch 8, visitors will enjoy a complimentary hot cocoa and gourmet coffee bar with all the fixings and decadent donuts from Alexandria’s Sugar Shack.

As a bonus, those applying during this weekend’s Open House event can receive up to two months free rent, as well as a $1,000 gift card to Giant Food, which is conveniently located on the ground floor of the building. (The Giant also boasts a Starbucks and a PNC Bank, now that’s one stop shopping!)

Notch 8 is not your average apartment community. Designed with a modern-industrial aesthetic, the cool-factor starts from the moment you walk in the lobby and are greeted by the impressive large scale 15-foot concrete encased fireplace, a perfect place to sit by on a wintery afternoon.

These brand new apartments feature stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light, and a hi-tech Nest learning thermostat.

The amenity areas include an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, grilling stations, outdoor billiards and fire pit; KICK fitness center with a personal trainer; game room with Xbox One and PS4; and a lounge with a sweet 80″ flat screen and entertainment kitchen.

Notch 8 is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and a Zipcar right next door.

Plus, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about this weekend’s Open House event on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

The preceding promoted post was written by ARLnow.com for our sponsor, Notch 8.

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