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Thanks for finding this blog.  I’ve moved and consolidated my blog content onto a new site – Best Arlington Homes.  Please check in with me there, and I hope you enjoy!

River Place is a group of four different buildings in the middle of Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia.  The location is super convenient, especially if you need to get to downtown DC in a jiffy.

The first thing one needs to know about River Place is that it is home to 1700 households across four different buildings, each run by their own individual management companies.

River Place North is a cooperative of 400+ individually owned homes located in the River Place community, 1.5 blocks from Rosslyn Metro Station in Rosslyn, Virginia. Benefits of life at RPN include a resort style swimming pool with separate jacuzzi, gym with sauna and steam room, game room, market, cleaners, self storge facility, 24×7 security patrol, discounted tuition to on-site prep academy, credit union membership and free wifi.

Similarly, there are River Place East , River Place West, and River Place South.

Another important thing about River Place is that it’s a cooperative association, not a condo association.  There is a lot of confusion surrounding the difference between a condo and a coop.  Being a cooperative means that River Place provides homes to its shareholders. Each shareholder owns a stock certificate and a proprietary lease on a specific home in the association. River Place operate according to our governing documents.  Homes are individually owned, and board approval is not required to buy or sell a home.

There’s really no difference between how you live in a cooperative versus a condo.  There are slight differences in how you purchase and sell.  Your agent  can go into more detail.  Please call me and I’ll share more of the mundane details.

Finally, you can almost always find a good number of units for rent — good to know if you are either looking for an investment or are new to the area and want some time to get familiar with the area before purchasing.
One last important note: Parking spaces are separately deeded from homes. Resale documents for parking spaces are available from the River Place Parking Office.  Some units are sold with a parking space, some not.  You need to be aware of this when you purchase at River Place.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

I was recently showing some condos in Courthouse and Rosslyn to clients, and we got a little hungry, and what was across the street from 1800 Wilson Boulevard but Ray’s Hellburgers. Yum. I think I would agree with the sentiment expressed in these reviews, but the difference is we DO live here, and we CAN get there easily. Easily enough to go back. Definitely. If it’s good enough for President Obama it’s good enough for me.

Here’s what’s happening with Turnberry Towers — a wonderful, classy, brilliant, new condo building smack-dab in the heart of Rosslyn, directly across the Potomac from Georgetown, with breathtaking views and amazing amenities.

They are about 50% sold out, and prices have not dropped since they opened the development for sales more than 2 years ago.  Square footage of the units, whether one or three bedrooms, is relatively large compared to other condo buildings.  Quality of the materials used is simply outstanding (and gorgeous).  Simply elegant, avant garde for Arlington, very sophisticated, contemporary luxury. 

Here’s a checklist to consider when you think about purchasing in this building:

— all glass building? CHECK
— private elevator to your own residence? CHECK
— valet service so you don’t have to worry about parking your car? CHECK
— good-sized rooms (unlike many buildings in Clarendon)? CHECK
— extra large balconies?  CHECK
— concierge to take care of drycleaning, etc? CHECK
— indoor, heated pool? CHECK
— top-notch gym? CHECK
— fantastic views? CHECK

As you can guess, the price tag is steep. Think about $1million for a 1 bedroom up to $3million plus for a 3 bedroom, and that’s not even mentioning the $7million price tag on the 5 bedroom. That puts the 1-2 bedrooms in line with the Waterview and Wooster & Mercer Lofts, also good buildings (but no valet service….).

Hmmmm. Someone always has to up the ante.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

 

View of Rosslyn from Georgetown DC / image courtesy of industriarts on Flickr

View of Rosslyn from Georgetown DC / image courtesy of industriarts on Flickr

Arlington County produces some really great information about itself, and you just have to know where to go to get it. For Rosslyn data, take a look at this.  Really helpful, I think!