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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. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $107 million in 2020.

If you’re looking for space, look no further than this featured home! With over 2600 square feet, this home has you covered. This detached home has four bedrooms, three baths and plentiful storage — all on a 10,000-square-foot lot.

Step up to the main level where you’ll find a great, sunny living room and large kitchen, just waiting for your finishing touches. The dining room overlooks the deck and enormous backyard, ideal for entertaining inside or out! This spacious level also features a primary with en-suite bathroom, two other bedrooms and a large hall bathroom. The finished lower level features a versatile recreation room, perfect for movie night or game night! An additional bedroom and bathroom are on this level, adding a perfect guest space. Storage is no problem here with plenty of space in the utility/laundry room.

Sitting atop a 10,000-square-foot lot in a prime location, this home can easily be expanded and made your own — or perhaps add parking in the rear! You’ll have easy access to 395, Reagan National Airport, Del Ray, Amazon HQ2 and a quick trip into D.C.

3602 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305The 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].

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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

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®.

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Even though it’s still boarded up, Total Wine & More is hiring at its Potomac Yard location.

The 18,000 square foot property at 3901 Richmond Highway is the former home of Pier 1 Imports, which closed in March 2020.

The Bethesda-based company reportedly plans to open at the location this year, and is now hiring a a wine and service specialist, sales associates, cashiers and merchandisers.

The Potomac Yard location is directly next door to the vacant former Shoppers Food Warehouse, which is planned to be replaced by an Amazon Fresh grocery store. Both are also within a short distance of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus development.

Total Wine has hundreds of locations around the country, including in the Landmark area. That location is also hiring.

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Kemal Kurspahic, managing editor of Alexandria-based The Connection Newspapers and acclaimed former editor-in-chief of Oslobodjenje, Sarajevo’s daily newspaper, died last week after a stroke, Connection Newspapers reported.

Kurspahic, born Dec. 1, 1946, served as the Managing Editor of The Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia, 1997-2001 and again 2007-2021, the weekly paper said.

Kurspahic also served as the editor of Sarajevo daily newspaper Oslobodjenje from 1988 to 1994 and continued daily publication during the city’s three year siege. At the Connection Newspapers office, Kurspahic was a stoic presence who walked with a slight limp from a car crash after he was shot at by a sniper.

Kurspahic’s work in Sarajevo was the subject of Tom Gjelten’s Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege. The editor recalled his time during the siege in his book As Long as Sarajevo Exists.

While Kurspahic was focused on Northern Virginia coverage at The Connection Newspapers, getting to talk to Kurspahic about his decades of experience in international journalism and diplomatic work was a rite-of-passage for many new reporters at the newspaper.

The Connection Newspapers reported that Kurspahic was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Clark Fellow at Cornell University, and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons

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Apartment kitchen, via Naomi Hébert/Unsplash

Alexandria is moving forward with a proposal to make it easier to build housing that allows several unrelated adults to share amenities. While that sounds an awful lot like “having roommates” — which is allowed, in case you’re renting an apartment in Alexandria and started to panic — city staff outlined some of the distinctions in the new policy at a Planning Commission meeting earlier this month.

According to a city report, a co-living unit is defined as:

A portion of a building containing six or fewer housing suites. The total occupancy within each unit is not to exceed a total of eight people. If a proposal includes more than two co-living units on the property it will require a full-hearing Special Use Permit (SUP).

Within the co-living units are individual suites rented out to tenants — one or more bedrooms that may or may not have bathrooms. An important distinction, though, is that these units cannot have kitchens and each bedroom is limited to a maximum of two people. Alexa Powell, an urban planner with the Department of Planning and Zoning, said “kitchen” is generally interpreted to mean including oven, stove or range. The various suites share a kitchen and living spaces.

Co-living units aren’t prohibited currently, but building a co-living development requires a special use permit (SUP). Powell said the new ordinance would allow developments with two co-living units — a total of six individual suites with two shared kitchens — to be built without the need for a full hearing. City documents on the change emphasized it would not touch single or two-family residential zoning.

The aim of making co-living development more viable is to increase the stock of market-rate affordable housing in the city. These are units privately owned or leased that are considered affordable without the guarantee of the government or a non-profit. Currently, city figures show that over 10,000 households in the city with incomes of $50,000 or less spend over 30% of their gross income on housing. In some parts of the city, like Arlandria, there are concerns that gentrifying forces like Amazon could snuff out the already insufficient supply of market-rate affordable housing.

There was concern, though, that the change is not ambitious enough to actually incentivize the building of co-living units.

“What is the likelihood that in a commercial, high-medium density, mixed-use multi-family zone there would be a project that has only two co-living units?” Planning Commission member Melissa McMahon asked. “[Those zones] tend to have large buildings.”

McMahon said the city would be more likely to see co-living units if those units can be mixed in with regular apartment buildings without needing a full hearing SUP.

“There might be a disconnect between what is actually a feasible project and what’s an attractive project in a commercial zone,” McMahon said. “The picture of what could be a co-living unit looks a heck of a lot like a regular apartment. It’s really just a couple apartments sharing a kitchen area… I think that we should be open to having a mixture of those in a residential context that could be higher density without having them require a full hearing SUP for it. I’m not seeing the obvious increase in any kind of community impact that would be shifting us from one to the other.”

Planning Commission chair Nathan Macek said he had additional concerns about a requirement that the co-living units be either owner-occupied or have a designated manager on-site.

“I tend to think that’s probably a little over-restrictive on this,” Macek said. “I think that’s the poison pill. If we put that in, we’re never going to see any of these built. I’d be very careful about putting that in. We do this all the time in Alexandria, where we get these proposals and we get these very permissive things, but we put one requirement in that makes it so impossible for anybody to carry it out. I think that’s really what something like this would do. I would caution us about including a requirement like this.”

The proposed co-living changes are scheduled to come back to the Planning Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and to the City Council on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Via Naomi Hébert/Unsplash

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AHDC’s proposed Arlandria housing development (image via AHDC)

Update 9/21 p.m. — A previous version of the article had a typo in Division Chief Carrie Beach’s quote

Housing preservation is a central pillar of the plan to save Arlandria-Chirilagua from the anticipated gentrification stemming from Amazon’s HQ2. Last week, city staff told the Planning Commission that effort will likely require at least $100 million from public and private sources to preserve or expand affordable options in the area.

“Diversity and culture is a thread that weaves its way through the entire plan,” said Carrie Beach, the division chief for neighborhood planning and community development. “The proposed housing policy at its core strives to preserve the ability of existing residents to stay in their neighborhoods.”

Beach said that the economic analysis of the housing situation in Arlandria gives the city an idea of what they can reasonably expect in terms of community benefits stemming from additional density and private development. Beach said private sources of support, like developer contributions in exchange for added density, will have to be supplemented by non-profits and federal grants.

“In this case, housing affordability is the highest priority, biggest price tag, and largest portion of community benefits,” Beach said. “The maximum we can expect from private sources… will have to be supplemented by many other sources.”

One of the biggest projects currently planned to that end is the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation’s proposed 500-unit affordable housing structure in Arlandria. Beach said the proposed AHDC project represents a significant investment in affordable housing in the area, but it’s still just a start.

Currently, Beach said the city is estimating $100 million dollars in “community benefit dollars” from both public and private sources to help invest in expanding Arlandria’s affordability.

“The housing challenges in the Arlandria community are immense and require nothing less than an all hands on deck approach,” said Tamara Jovovic, a planner with the Office of Housing. “We set an ambitious affordable housing target with the 2020 housing contributions policy update: an expectation of 8% of net new development to be affordable at 60% [of area median income]. Here, it’s 10% of new development at 40-50% area median income (AMI).”

Jovovic said that the realities of trying to finance units make producing anything at 30% AMI nearly impossible.

“We heard loudly importance of 30% AMI units, but to be candid, challenge of producing 30% AMI units is immense,” Jovovic said. “To boil it down to the economics of the building, 30% AMI rents can’t cover costs of operating building, much less cost of building [financing].”

Jovovic said that the city is working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development for permission to prioritize existing Arlandria residents — something typically not allowed under fair housing law, but Jovovic said the city is applying for an exception.

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What a week in Alexandria. Here’s the rundown.

Our top story this week is about Ricardo Roberts, a District B candidate for the Alexandria School Board. Roberts, who intends to sue the school system, wants cameras in classrooms and “examples” made of unruly kids.

On Tuesday, Governor Ralph Northam joined dignitaries in Alexandria for the groundbreaking of the first of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus buildings. Virginia Tech plans on opening the first of three academic buildings in 2024, paving the way for a tech-centric campus next door to Amazon’s HQ2 development in Crystal City.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to extend the state of emergency to January 31, 2022.

On Thursday, parts of the city were flooded during a brief thunderstorm. Thanks to Kerrin Nishimura for sending us flooding photos of the Braddock area.

In this week’s poll, we asked about a potential Metro line crossing over to National Harbor. Of the nearly 700 responses, 62% of respondents think it’s a great idea, 23% need to hear more about it, and 15% think it’s a bad idea.

Important stories

Top stories

  1. Alexandria School Board candidate wants cameras in classrooms and ‘examples’ made of misbehaving kids
  2. West End trail project derailed by stalled development
  3. With high hopes and small class sizes, The Linder Academy opens in Old Town
  4. Alexandria City Council to likely extend state of emergency to next year
  5. Poll: What do you think of Metro’s proposed Blue Line crossing to National Harbor?
  6. Multiple violent charges dropped against Fairfax County man held without bond for assaulting police during arrest
  7. Landmark redevelopment’s community management up for review at City Council tonight
  8. Alexandria seeking state-funding to make fare-free buses long-term
  9. West End apartment complex looks to replace parking with barking
  10. BREAKING: Video shows brawl at Alexandria City High School cafeteria just two days after school starts
  11. Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus breaks ground in Potomac Yard

Have a safe weekend!

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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. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $107 million in 2020.

Almost completely new in 2014. Totally rebuilt and renovated — new windows, roof, electrical, plumbing, fixtures, systems, layout and more. Situated on a corner lot in the heart of Del Ray, this beautiful 4 bed/3.5 bath detached beauty is truly a dream home. Completely remodeled in 2014 and meticulously maintained, prepare to be wowed! A large front porch greets you — enjoy quiet fall mornings sipping coffee and watching the world go by! From the porch, head inside — light and airy with tall ceilings, great lighting and ample square footage, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a model home.

The dining room flows easily into the kitchen and living rooms. The kitchen is a true chef’s dream. Gorgeous Carrara marble countertops are offset with crisp, white shaker-style cabinetry; a six-burner Wolfe range with a commercial hood is flanked by two windows and herringbone-set backsplash. A large island with wood cabinetry provides a great contrast to the neutral whites and grays and anchors the kitchen, which overlooks the bar area and family room. Additional features include a beverage refrigerator, coffee-bar area, ample cabinetry, pantry with custom roll-outs, built-in drawer microwave and more. Great for holidays or everyday living, enjoy appetizers at the kitchen peninsula or clear the space for a day of baking.

To the left of the kitchen is a perfect breakfast nook with built-in banquette seating. The living room overlooks a gas fireplace and has ample seating for family and friends! Glass French doors line the rear of the living room and overlook a serene, private stone patio and backyard. Rounding out the main level are a beautiful half bathroom and a rear entry with mudroom cubbies!

Head upstairs to a fabulous layout of 4 bedrooms filled with light and 2 full bathrooms. Each bedroom is spacious and has great closet space. Three bedrooms share a hall bathroom and feature tall ceilings, crown molding, ceiling fans and recessed lighting. The primary bedroom is a true retreat. Generously sized to easily accommodate a king-sized bed, this room features a fabulous tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and an en-suite bathroom. You will feel like you are escaping to the spa in the lovely bathroom with oversized shower and double vanity. A linen closet and laundry area round out the home’s upper level.

Head downstairs to the recreation room which can double as a 5th bedroom. With legal egress, this room could be used for an au-pair suite or could double as a playroom/guest space with a pull-out couch. With amazing ceiling height and light, you don’t feel like you are in a basement at all. A conveniently-located full bath can be found on this level as well as a utility/storage room. The fully-fenced yard is a true landscaper’s dream.

Planned and cared for by a landscape architect, the yard features flourishing limelight and oak leaf hydrangeas, green emerald arborvitae, miscanthus and more! Enjoy outdoor entertaining on the patio. The rear of the home also features a detached one car garage. Park here or use this space as a gym, office — the world is your oyster! With an amazing location, you can easily walk to shops and restaurants in Del Ray, and don’t miss Saturday’s Farmer’s Market in Pat Miller Square.

Located close to National Landing, Amazon HQ2 and Virginia Tech’s new campus, this location cannot be beat. Just a 15 minute drive to D.C., 8 minutes to Regan National Airport, close to Old Town and more, you will love living at 400 E Bellefonte! Welcome home!

400 E Bellefonte Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Sought after Clarendon Model in Fairlington Meadows! 1500 square feet of living space with hardwood flooring on the main and upper floors! Freshly painted and ready for your finishing touches. Spacious living room flows easily into the dining room. Kitchen with pass-through into dining — wall could be removed for a totally open feel. Walk out to the private bluestone patio with fabulous landscaping and new privacy fence. You’ll love quiet fall evenings dining al fresco! Upstairs you will find two bedrooms with a large bathroom. A finished lower level has a recreation room, office/den, full bathroom and laundry. You will love living in Fairlington — pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, the community recreation center and more! Just minutes to I-395, Shirlington and close to Del Ray and Old Town, don’t miss this opportunity! Welcome home!

3315 S Staggord Street, Arlington, VA 22206The Jen Walker Team

Stunning, completely remodeled and spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath plus den condo in the desirable Hallmark building! Not a surface has been untouched in this beautifully updated corner unit with almost 1400 sq. ft. and completely remodeled in 2018. Enter into the foyer where you’ll find an open floorpan with tons of natural light and milled VA Oak hardwood flooring with superior cushion throughout. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, quartzite countertops and ample cabinetry for storage.

Flow right into the dining room and open living room with LED recessed lighting, crown moldings, and access to the large patio overlooking the park. Don’t miss the extra den offering the perfect work from home space or additional living room. The primary room is a true retreat offering a custom en-suite bathroom with heated porcelain floors, walk in shower, a double vanity and a walk-in closet. You’ll have plenty of room for guests in the second bedroom and hall bathroom, also with heated floors! Plentiful storage is offered in this home in the laundry room with a full size washer and dryer, and a hall closet with a customizable shelving system. Park in your secured garage space and enjoy all of the amenities at the Hallmark building, including a gym, outdoor pool, tennis courts and community spaces. Walk right outside and enjoy the scenic Holmes Run Trail.

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With the groundbreaking of the first of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus buildings, Alexandria took a step into a new future on Tuesday.

Governor Ralph Northam joined top brass from Virginia Tech, Boeing, master architect JBG Smith and hundreds of visitors at the groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art 300,000 square-foot building. He said that, when completed, the academic buildings will be places “where academia, government and industry connect working to solve problems through technology.”

Virginia Tech plans on opening the first of three academic buildings in 2024, and the school anticipates teaching computer science research and development programs to 750 master’s degree students when the project is completed in ten years.

Mayor Justin Wilson thanked City Manager Mark Jinks and his staff, as well as the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, which was integral in bringing Amazon’s HQ2 project to the region.

We are so excited that so much of the plans that we have shaped for really a quarter of a century are coming to fruition on this site,” Wilson said. “But, ultimately, it’s not about the buildings. The buildings will be amazing, and we’re really excited about that. It’s the people that will be in the buildings and the people who will leave those buildings, and we are so excited to see the embodiment of this vision come to reality in the buildings here in the city of Alexandria.”

Tara Laughlin is studying for her Master’s degree in computer science at the Innovation Campus, and is one of seven Boeing graduate scholars. Boeing also gave the campus a $50 million gift.

I want to make a difference in the field that I work in, but I honestly just didn’t know where to start,” Laughlin said. “The Innovation Campus answered everything that I’d wanted.”

Matt Kelly, the CEO of JBG Smith, the master developer of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, said that the future looks bright for Potomac Yard.

“When we began courting Amazon alongside the Commonwealth to make Northern Virginia home to HQ2, one of the main points of attraction that they had to the D.C. region was our strong base of tech talent,” he said. “Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus brings that right next door, and delivers on a future of diversifying our economy and broadening that talent base for many decades to come.”

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