Breaking Ground: Residential Developments Sprouting Up in Fairfax

Offerings increase in the new Mosaic district and near the planned Metro extension to Dulles.

By: Diana Elbasha

With the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line scheduled to open this year, developers have flocked to the sites of future stations to build residences. In addition to the projects listed here, renters can look forward to new buildings popping up in Tysons Corner in the next couple of years. Arbor Row, for example, will bring approximately 1,180 apartments in several buildings to the south side of Westpark Drive. Construction is slated to begin in 2014.

The Mosaic district, which opened last year in Merrifield and includes a Target, movie theater, restaurants, and boutiques, has been another magnet. Although most of the new projects in Fairfax with units available are rentals, the Townhomes at Mosaic District (3002 District Ave.; 703-385-4647), which opened last summer, offers three- and four-bedroom townhouses for sale from the mid-$600,000s to just under $1 million. Modern touches include quartz countertops, stainless-steel stair railings, and recessed lighting; exposed-brick walls are optional. Each home has a rooftop terrace.

Here’s a roundup of new apartments in Fairfax with units for lease. Monthly rents vary, but you can expect to pay around $1,600 for a studio and up to $3,500 for a two-bedroom.

Photograph courtesy of Gables Centerpointe.

Within walking distance of Fair Oaks Mall, Gables Centerpointe (12190 Waveland St.; 866-485-2691) is a LEED-certified building of 120 apartments that opened last year. In addition to quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances, you’ll find such “green” touches as energy-efficient light fixtures, water-saving shower heads, and double-glazed windows. A gym and landscaped courtyard are available to all tenants. The building features one- and two-bedrooms, with rents from $1,575 to $2,308.

When the Silver Line is complete, two stations—Spring Hill and Greensboro—will be within walking distance of Avalon Park Crest (8250 Westpark Dr.; 877-635-3102). This Tysons apartment complex, which opened in the summer, has 354 studios and one- and two-bedrooms, including some two-story lofts. Amenities include a pool, courtyards with grills, and a 2,500-square-foot fitness center with a yoga studio. Apartments feature granite countertops, kitchen islands, and energy-efficient windows. Rents range from $1,690 to $2,620.

Halstead Square (2729 Merrilee Dr.; 888-209-5450) is a large new community adjacent to the Dunn Loring Metro station. It’s made up of three buildings: the Lofts, with 216 apartments; the Rockwell, with 242; and the Lotus, with 220. Modern touches include iPod docks built into the walls of each unit, keyless entry, and 9-to-20-foot ceilings. A bocce court, outdoor bar, and pool are among the Rockwell’s amenities, while the Lofts and the Lotus offer a theater and an outdoor adult “playground.” Rent ranges from $1,775 for studios to $3,460 for the largest two-bedrooms.

Currently under construction, Avalon Mosaic (2987 District Ave.; no phone; avaloncommunities.com) will have 531 studios and one- and two-bedrooms. There will be a pool and three landscaped courtyards with bonfire pits, and most units will come with balconies. Each apartment will have granite countertops and Energy Star kitchen appliances. The building is within walking distance of the Mosaic district and will offer a free shuttle to the Dunn Loring Metro, about a mile away. Leasing begins this summer.

This article appears in the April 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.