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In a rare joint meeting of top Alexandria and Arlington officials, the two communities laid the foundation for a closer collaboration on affordable housing.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and the City Council met with the Arlington County Board last night (Tuesday) at Arlington’s Gunston Community Center after Wilson’s proposal to meet on a flotilla of lashed-together kayaks in Four Mile Run was shot down. There was very little set in stone at the meeting, but the gathering allowed both organizations to set priorities for policy goals as they prepare for Amazon’s HQ2, the new Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, and a new George Mason University School of Computing.

“The work around Potomac Yard is different and groundbreaking,” Wilson said. “If we’re not intentional and deliberate, things will just happen to us. We have a chance to get ahead of things. I’m hoping to set a course that our staff can get to work on all of these policy areas.”

“I’m very excited for this step,” Wilson continued. “This is the start of a journey for us and there are a lot of folks rooting for us.”

There was some early discussion of new governing bodies being established to facilitate collaborative efforts across local boundaries. Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey raised the possibility of establishing a community development corporation — a 501c3 with he described as being capable of a great deal of flexibility. The idea, however, was tabled for the time being.

“There are a few different concepts that have been tried elsewhere and have been put in place in our respective communities,” said Dorsey. “We can have a variety of governance models with a broad representation of stakeholders. There is an endless number of configurations we can use and get all the benefits of an independent nonprofit.”

For the most part, the two governing bodies mingled seamlessly — though frequent, joking barbs were traded back and forth, with Arlington at one point threatening to annex Del Ray. Both organizations shared almost identical concerns about the upcoming arrival of Amazon, particularly on the headquarters’ impact on local affordable housing.

Councilwoman Redella “Del” Pepper said many of Alexandria’s most vulnerable populations feel that the loss of affordable housing in the region is a foregone conclusion and some were starting to flee Alexandria before rising costs pushed them out.

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Morning Notes

Amazon brings new pilot program to D.C. region — “Amazon announced Monday that its Prime members in the Washington, D.C. area can now make same-day purchases from some of their favorite brands offered on Amazon.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

It’s Monday — Humid throughout the day. High of 91 and low of 76. Sunrise at 6:17 am and sunset at 8:13 pm. [Weather.gov]

Archeologist and City Officials clash over amateur digs — “Although his excursions have yielded excitement from many community members, they’ve also raised the eyebrows of city officials.” [Alexandria Times]

Goodwin Living to Turn the Hermitage Northern Virginia into The View Alexandria — “August 1, 2022, Goodwin Living™ announced it has finalized the acquisition of Hermitage Northern Virginia (5000 Fairbanks Ave), a senior living community that is home to more than a hundred residents, employs more than a hundred team members, and offers independent living, assisted living and long-term care.” [Zebra]

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Neighborhood Spotlight is a recurring column covering both the City of Alexandria and Alexandria in Fairfax County. This monthly column is sponsored and written by the Seward Group of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Did you know in the early 1990’s the owner of the then Washington Redskins, unsuccessfully pushed for the construction of a new football stadium where Potomac Yard has transformed over the last 10 years?

Or that there was a push in the early 2000’s to build a baseball stadium in Pentagon City? Clearly, neither happened and the rumors of sporting stadiums popping up has long passed. A quick Google search today on the term “National Landing” immediately results in adjectives like transformation, innovation and dynamic.

National Landing is the umbrella term being used to identify what will become the nation’s most well-connected urban center over the next decade. It’s comprised of three bustling neighborhoods — Potomac Yard (Northeastern Alexandria) and Arlington’s Pentagon City and Crystal City — and is set to soon outpace some of the largest D.C. and suburban markets in the region (Read the full report here).

Amazon HQ2’s announcement to locate in Arlington might have been one of the primary drivers for the term National Landing, but there is plenty of excitement happening in the Potomac Yard section of NaLa (the latest nickname to recognize National Landing). The Virginia Tech $1B Innovation Campus, projected to be completed 2024, forecasts an enrollment of 600 masters and doctoral students a year supporting their goal to create the nation’s most diverse graduate technology campus.

The long-awaited Potomac Yard Metro Station (yellow line) is scheduled to open later this year. More retail continues to open such as Total Wine. Amazon Fresh will open any day now in the former Shoppers Food Warehouse spot.

For those looking to own a home in Potomac Yard, the most exciting option (with current availability) is the Dylan located at 701 Swann Avenue. This new six-story luxury condo building has become one of the fastest selling luxury condo projects in the DMV. Out of the 129 units that will be delivered starting the end of 2022, there are about 45 left for sale. One to three-bedroom floorplans exist ranging from the $600K’s to over $1.2M.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

Lovely 3 bedroom/2 bathroom semi-detached home located on a quiet street just blocks to the heart of Del Ray!

This brick home offers great space inside and out, with incredible natural light, and updates throughout. Enjoy the light-filled and spacious living room that flows easily to the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen features white quartz countertops, white cabinetry and an open concept layout to make cooking and entertaining a breeze! Continue the dinner party outside on the lovely new Trex deck overlooking the spacious and green backyard. Enjoy gardening, relaxing, or summertime BBQ’s!

Walk upstairs and you will find three bedrooms with beautiful hardwoods, and an updated full bathroom. The lower level is a great space for a recreation room, playroom, or could be used as a bonus bedroom — this area has a full bathroom for convenience, laundry and plenty of storage! This location is a dream and offers very easy street parking. Stroll to “The Avenue” and the weekly Farmer’s Market and all the friendly neighborhood events. You are steps to shopping, dining, parks, trails,and the soon to be Potomac Yard metro stop. Easily commute into D.C., minutes to 395, or take the MetroWay bus. Amazon HQ2 and National Airport are minutes away.

Welcome Home!

2501 Leslie Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

Welcome to this updated and charming semi-detached home nestled in the heart of Del Ray! The main level features warm hardwood flooring, an updated kitchen that opens to a dining room, and beautiful french doors that lead to a sunroom, perfect for a home office or den! Walk upstairs to three sunny bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The lower level is fully finished and features a spacious rec room with recessed lighting. The laundry room and a half bath are also found on this level, in addition to a bonus space that can easily be a cozy home office, an exercise room, or easily extend the adjacent powder room into a full bathroom. Enjoy entertaining inside this lovely home or out on your spacious stone patio overlooking a fully fenced backyard. Park in your off street parking space and enjoy all that Del Ray has to offer — dining, shopping, Farmer’s Market, incredible community events, and so much more. Ideally located near Old Town, National Landing and a quick ride into D.C.

306 E Del Ray Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team
Open House: Sunday, June 26 from 2-4 p.m.

Welcome to this pristine and updated townhome in the popular Stonegate neighborhood! This 3 bedroom and 3.5 home has over 2100 sq. ft. of living space on 3 levels, include 2 outdoor spaces and a 1 car garage. Enter through the foyer into the sun-drenched living room that is open to the dining area. The kitchen opens up to a den with a fireplace that can also be used as an eat-in area, and a patio perfect for those outdoor dinner evenings. Continue upstairs to the master suite with a huge walk in closet and beautifully updated en-suite bathroom with a soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath round out this floor.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

239 E Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team
Open House: Saturday, June 18 from 1-3 p.m.

There is more than meets the eye in this spacious bungalow nestled in the heart of Del Ray! Vaulted ceilings, incredible natural light, open concept living and great outdoor space — this home has everything you need.

A front porch greets you as you enter into a main formal living/sitting room with warm hardwood flooring. Two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and laundry are conveniently located on the main level. Flow into the great room, the heart of the home, to a kitchen with white cabinetry and granite countertops overlooking a spacious living room. Enjoy dining inside or entertain outside on the brick patio with party lights and lush landscaping all around. Walk upstairs to the primary room that features an ensuite bathroom, two closets, and new skylights as of 2018 (with shades).

Park in your driveway and enjoy all that Del Ray has to offer just steps away — brunch at the amazing Junction Bakery, dinner on the Avenue, Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays, community events on the Avenue, and endless dining and shopping options. Ideally located near the metro, Amazon HQ2, National airport, D.C. and so much more! Welcome Home!

608 S Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 — The Jen Walker Team
Open House: Sunday, June 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Delightful and charming rowhome in the heart of the coveted SE Quadrant of Old Town! This circa 1880 rowhome features original hardwood and brick flooring, incredible exposed beams and a cozy fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is bright and open with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A powder room and nice built-ins can also be found on this level.

Walk upstairs to two sunny bedrooms, a spacious full bathroom and laundry! Need extra space? Walk upstairs to the finished attic for a versatile room — make it a playroom or an office space, or just enjoy the extra storage! Don’t miss the outdoor space which is perfect for those summer evenings with friends. Leave the car at home and walk to everything in Old Town — shopping, dining, the Waterfront, Farmer’s Market, community events, jog/bike trails, and so much more!

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Elbert Avenue Apartments, image via Google Maps

(Updated 6/14) A pair of new affordable housing projects are headed to the City Council for financing.

Both of the new developments will have just under 100 units; all locked in at various levels of affordability.

One of the projects is 2712 Duke Street, which will replace the Beyer Land Rover dealership with a new 94-unit affordable housing development.

“The development will serve families living in the Alexandria area,” the application from housing nonprofit Community Housing Partners said. “The project is new construction and will be located at 2712 Duke Street. The location overlooks the existing Witter soccer fields.”

The application said the new building will be 4-5 stories in height and will have 2 and 3-bedroom rental units, leasing offices, indoor bicycle storage, covered parking and tenant amenities.

The rent is restricted to 40% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI).

A breakdown of financing showed that the nonprofit is requesting $9 million from “Alexandria/AMAZON”.

The other project is Elbert Avenue, currently the 29-unit Carpenter Lodgings at 3908 Elbert Ave. The site is owned by Community Lodgings, Inc., a local housing non-profit founded in 1987.

“The goals of the project are to advance the mission of Community Lodgings by greatly expanding the number of — and improving the quality of — affordable housing opportunities in
the Arlandria neighborhood,” Community Lodgings, Inc. said in an application. “Furthermore, the project is intended to provide the sponsor with a long-term income stream that can support its other work in the community.”

The nonprofit is seeking a $450,000 loan for pre-development of the property, in addition to $50,000 the nonprofit has already received from the city.

“The predevelopment loan funds will be used to pay for architectural and engineering design, along with development consulting services and legal fees associated with the rezoning application,” the application said.

The new development will have 91 units. Like 2712 Duke Street, all units will be affordable at a variety of incomes: from 30% to 60% of AMI. The new development will add 30% and 40% of area median income options to the site; part of an effort to include options for lower income residents.

“The current population is very low and low-income households, the application said. “The target population is extremely low-, very low- and low-income households.”

The application said the new project will involve the demolition of the current apartment building with current residents relocated off-site while a new six-story structure is built.

Both loans are up for review at the Tuesday, June 14 City Council meeting (item 35).

Image via Google Maps

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Address: 529 S Fairfax Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
Listed: $1,200,000
Open: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 1-3 p.m.

This delightful Victorian townhouse, known as one of the “Four Sisters,” is located on an idyllic street in the heart of Old Town.

Built in 1900, this charming home has been completely updated and is move-in ready. The open concept main level welcomes you with pine flooring, a gas fireplace, chef’s kitchen, and a dining room with a wall of windows overlooking the garden. The upper levels boast two bedrooms, two remodeled full baths, a library, and a family room with a wood-burning fireplace. Laundry is conveniently located on the second floor. Take in the beautiful neighborhood views from the third-floor office nook, featuring a built-in bookcase and desk.

The finished lower level offers a recreation room with an exposed brick wall, wood-burning fireplace, half bath, and French doors providing direct access to the back patio. An end unit row house, this abode is flooded with natural sunlight and offers versatile living spaces, classic charm, and modern updates. Located just steps from the Mt. Vernon Trail, the Potomac River, shops and restaurants on King Street, and easy access to National Airport, Metro, Amazon HQ2 and major commuter routes.

Listed by:
Lauren Bishop
McEnearney Associates Realtors
202-361-5079
[email protected]
www.LaurenBishopHomes.com

Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky,  Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

1218 Main Line Boulevard #102, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team
Open House: Sunday, June 5 from 12-2 p.m.

Welcome to this gorgeously appointed and spacious townhome in a prime location! Nestled in between Del Ray and Old Town, this Potomac Yard condo-townhome is move-in ready and meticulously maintained. The main level of this home features incredible ceiling height, gorgeous natural light and a treetop view over Alexandria. A spacious great room features warm wood flooring, an open layout perfect for lounging or entertaining and a double sided gas fireplace.

Walk into the kitchen which features tall and ample cabinetry, quartz countertops and upgraded stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the flexible space across from the kitchen, cozy up by the fireplace, or enjoy coffee outside on the balcony! Don’t miss the conveniently located powder room and two closets for organized storage. Walk upstairs to find 3 great-sized bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a laundry room. The primary bedroom is a true retreat with tall windows, spacious walk-in closets, and lovely ensuite bathroom with a double vanity and a large shower. This incredible home comes with a first floor one car garage currently outfitted as a gym, and a driveway for additional parking!

This location is everything! Steps to Braddock Metro Station (yellow and blue lines), Potomac Yard Walking/BikingTrails, Swings Coffee Shop, Dog Park at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park/sports fields, Monroe Ave dog park, Del ray shopping and dining. Reagan National Airport, Old Town, and D.C. are also a short distance making this home a true commuter’s dream! Exciting new developments are underway including the Potomac Yard metro, Amazon HQ2, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus with proposed retail spaces.

626 N Columbus, Alexandria, VA 22314The Jen Walker Team
Open House: Saturday, June 4 from 1-3 p.m.

Lovely row home in the heart of Old Town! Steps to shopping, dining, grocery stores, the water front, and the metro, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to live near it all. A charming front yard welcomes you into this adorable home that features 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and 3 finished levels. Warm wood floors carry throughout the main and upper levels. A sunny living room opens into a dining room making entertaining a breeze in this space!

The kitchen features gas cooking, white cabinetry with great storage, and walks out to a backyard for easy BBQ evenings! Continue upstairs to two spacious bedrooms and a full bathroom with a tiled tub/shower and great storage. The lower level features an open recreation room with recessed lighting and a large full bathroom. Enjoy living in this ideal location just steps to Trader Joes, Braddock Metro, Coffee shops such as St Elmos, shopping, dining, King Street and the water front (6 blocks)! National Airport, GW Parkway into D.C., Amazon HQ2, and VT’s new campus are also a short distance.

2504 E Randolph Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301  — The Jen Walker Team
Open House: Saturday, June 4 from 12-2 p.m.

Fabulous 3 bed, 1.5 bath home in the heart of Del Ray! A welcoming front porch greets you to this beautiful, updated bungalow. A large living room easily flows into a dining room and a separate sunroom. The kitchen features loads of cabinetry and counter space — great for the aspiring chef or for everyday living. A half bath rounds out this level. Head upstairs and find three bedrooms and a large full bath with dual vanity. The lower level is great for storage and could be finished to make a great recreation room.

The large yard is perfect for evenings dining al fresco, a quiet outdoor work space or weekend BBQs with friends. Leave your car in the driveway and walk to all that Del Ray has to offer — shopping, dining and more! Close to Amazon HQ2 and the new Metro station, Reagan National Airport and an easy commute to D.C., you will love living in Del Ray! Welcome Home!

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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Address: 410 Prince Street
Neighborhood: Old Town Alexandria
Listed: $3,195,000

Built in 1800, this detached, Victorian masterpiece is located on a picturesque street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

The classic vestibule entry welcomes you into a spacious foyer and sitting room with access to the lovely, screened porch. Generously sized living and dining rooms adorn the front of the home are perfect for entertaining or casual enjoyment.

A half bath, wet bar and coat closet and are discreetly tucked away beyond the formal living spaces. The back of the house offers a family room, kitchen and sunroom or breakfast room perfect for practical everyday use. The upper level encompasses 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite baths, a den, an office and a chic laundry room.

The finished lower level is a bonus recreation room or gym with additional storage. Access the beautiful private garden from the back alley, side gate, family room or breakfast room. Leave your car at home in the off-street parking space and enjoy walking to all the delights of Old Town.

Located steps from the Mt. Vernon Trail, the Potomac River, shops and restaurants, with easy access to National Airport, Metro, Amazon HQ2 and commuter routes this is a one-of-a-kind home not to be missed!

Listed by:
Lauren Bishop
McEnearney Associates, Realtors
202.361.5079
[email protected]
LaurenBishopHomes.com

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