Best of McLean & Vienna: Places to Live
Where to find new condos, apartments, and single-family homes
McLean and Vienna offer residents proximity to DC offices and good schools, easy highway access, and some of the area’s best shopping in Tysons Corner. Metro’s planned extension to Dulles, which will add 11 stations to Northern Virginia by 2016, is another big draw.
In 2009, McLean’s 22101 Zip code was the second-most expensive in the region, with a median home price of $795,000. A new house on a big lot often commands at least $2 million. Homes in Vienna are more moderately priced, starting around $400,000 and going up to about $1.5 million.
Much of the new construction in the area is in downtown Vienna, where homes start around $1.1 million. In more upscale McLean, they’re harder to come by and generally start around $1.6 million.
Energy-efficient houses and open floor plans are popular. “The tendency is moving toward smaller houses with all the bells and whistles rather than large, high-maintenance homes,” says Long & Foster agent Lilian Jorgenson.
On the market since September, Hastings Estates (Beall Dr., McLean; 703-242-2300) has seven houses for sale. Five are offered preconstruction; two are available for immediate delivery. The four-to-five-bedroom homes feature oversize master baths and gourmet kitchens. Prices start at $1.5 million.
Hunting Crest (11600 Hunting Crest La., Vienna; 703-757-1380) backs onto Lake Fairfax Park and is about two miles from the planned Metro station at Wiehle Avenue (slated to open in 2013). The four-to-seven-bedroom houses sit on 1½ to two acres and feature brick exteriors. Prices in this 52-home community start at $1.3 million.
European-style Maymont Estates (Beulah Rd., Vienna; 703-759-2968) features 58 houses. Eight are on the market; one is available for immediate delivery. The brick-and-stone homes have hardwood floors and granite countertops; upgrade options include oversize baths, sunrooms, and four-car garages. Prices range from $1.8 million to $2 million.
Within walking distance of Vienna’s Church Street district is Park Street Homes (Park and Cherry sts., Vienna; 703-282-7802), where one lot remains on the market. Sold preconstruction, these Craftsman-style houses feature hardwood floors on the ground level, stainless-steel appliances, and custom cabinets. The last home on the market has a price of $1.35 million.
Two of the nine lots in the Thistle Ridge cul-de-sac (Thistle Ridge La., Vienna; 703-242-2300) are still available. The houses, on one-acre lots, will feature two-story foyers and nine-foot ceilings. Prices range from $1.7 million to $1.8 million.
CONDOS AND APARTMENTS
About 30 percent of the 335 condos at One Park Crest (8220 Crestwood Heights Dr., McLean; 703-356-0030) are still on the market. The 19-story building offers a top-floor lounge with billiards and two plasma TVs, a gym, and a rooftop pool. Most units have a private balcony, GE stainless-steel appliances, and Kohler bath fixtures. Prices range from the mid-$300,000s for a one-bedroom to more than $2 million for a penthouse.
About a ten-minute drive from the Vienna Metro station, the Four Winds at Oakton (3170 Summit Square Dr., Oakton; 703-272-8600) has about 80 condos left on the market. Most boast wood-burning fireplaces. Comprising 366 condos, the community has an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Prices start in the high $100,000s for a one-bedroom and the low $200,000s for a two-bedroom.
About 100 new apartments are available for lease in the Reserve at Tysons Corner (8060 Crianza Pl., Vienna; 888-380-6348). Apartments in this mid-rise building feature plantation blinds and crown molding. The community has a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a lounge as well as daily shuttle service to the Dunn Loring Metro station (about a 15-minute trip). Rent is $1,473 to $2,765 a month.
This article first appeared in the January 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.