Former California congresswoman Mary Bono, who was defeated for reelection last year, has put her two-bedroom Arlington condo on the market for $569,000. According to the lister, the apartment comes with a “gourmet kitchen,” a “spacious master suite,” and “three private balconies.” The condo complex is called the Eclipse on Center Park.
Bono, who was elected to Congress in 1998, in a special election after her husband, Rep. Sonny Bono, was killed in a skiing accident, won all her subsequent reelections until she was defeated by Democrat Raul Ruiz a year ago. She remarried twice, most recently to Connie Mack of Florida, who gave up his House seat and then lost in a 2012 bid for Senate. In May they announced they were divorcing.
After leaving the House, Bono joined FaegreBD Consulting, which has offices in Washington, the Midwest, and Silicon Valley.
UPDATE, 11:45 AM: The lister, Breshkie Gardizi of Keller Williams Realty, said Bono is selling the condo because she is looking to buy a house in the North Arlington area. She also has homes in Palm Springs, California, and Durango, Colorado.
Thursday night, Logan Circle’s Room & Board store hosts a book launch party to celebrate the release of design blog AphroChic’s first book, Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul. The bloggers behind the site, policy-attorney-turned-designer Jeanine Hays and her husband, Bryan Mason, will be on hand to chat about their aesthetic and sign books, but here’s our favorite part: Turns out Hays’s sister, Angela Hays Belt, is Room & Board’s head visual designer right here in DC. Impeccable design taste must run in their genes: Belt’s Navy Yard apartment (which she shares with her husband, Leon, a videographer and graphic designer) is one of the five homes featured in the book, and it’s chock-full of inspiring design. Keep reading to see more of the Belts’ artistic-meets-midcentury-industrial loft, then swing by the 14th Street store tonight to meet both Hays and Belt in person.
AphroChic book launch party, Thursday 6 to 8:30 PM. Presentation at 6:30 PM. 1840 14th St., NW; 202-729-8300. RSVP online.
With a private roof deck, 25-foot ceilings, and top-of-the-line finishes, this Rosslyn condo has been selected by FrontDoor.com--HGTV's real-estate website--as a finalist in its annual Doory awards, a competition where the website's editors select 200 homes for sale across the country in 20 categories--from beach homes to curb appeal to kitchens--and then ask readers to vote for their favorites.
Chancellor's Row, in DC's Brookland neighborhood, will have 237 brick-front townhouses. Photo courtesy of Chancellor's Row
Washington’s average commute of more than 30 minutes ranks as one of the worst in the country. Every day, the District’s population swells by about 70 percent as workers pour in from across the region. Drivers also crisscross DC, Maryland, and Virginia to get to jobs in employment hubs such as the Dulles corridor, Tysons Corner, and downtown Bethesda.
Worsening traffic has made living along the Metro and near Maryland’s MARC and Virginia’s VRE stations more desirable. Rail commuters save time, money, and—in some cases—their sanity. “While on the train, you can answer e-mails or read a book,” says Kenneth Wenhold of Metrostudy, a real-estate consulting firm. Homes near transit have also held their value better during the recession. “They tend to be priced higher and sell faster,” Wenhold says.
Here are eight new-home communities near Metro, VRE, and MARC stations.
When Amy and Justin Kim were ready to buy their first home, they came up with a list of what they wanted: a two-bedroom close to the Metro with a back yard for Twiggy, their chihuahua. Their price target of about $500,000 led them to Del Ray.
Bounded by Braddock Road, Route 1, Glebe Road, and Russell Road, Del Ray started out 100 years ago as a community of railroad workers from nearby Potomac Yard—then one of the biggest railroad yards on the East Coast. Today Del Ray is an artsy enclave of working professionals drawn by proximity to the Metro and Old Town; affordable, charming homes; and the sense of community.
Birchwood Apartments (525–545 N. Pollard St.; 703-465-0050) is a 43-unit apartment building four blocks from the Virginia Square/GMU Metro station. Units have floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and granite countertops in the bathroom; amenities include a billiards room and fitness center. Rents range from $1,875 for one bedroom to $3,195 for three.
Less than a mile from the Ballston Metro, Buckingham Commons (4330 N. Henderson Rd.; 703-875-0303) is a development of Federal-style red-brick townhouses. The first phase of construction—which included 69 townhouses—hit the market two years ago; three units from that group are still for sale. A second phase of 51 homes goes on sale next year. Built around courtyards, each four-story townhouse has a rooftop deck, hardwood floors, and a two-car garage. Three-bedrooms start at $675,000, four- and five-bedrooms in the low $700,000s.
>>This item is part of the May 2010 cover story Tales From the Boom and Bust. To read an excerpt from the article, click here. To read the complete account of the rise and fall of the housing market in Washington, pick up a copy of the magazine, now on newsstands.
Wonder what happens to houses after foreclosure? Welcome to the fast-paced world of housing auctions.
At 8 am on a Saturday, about 100 investors, homebuyers, and spectators gather at the Grand Hyatt in DC’s Penn Quarter. James Brown’s “Living in America” blasts at nightclub decibels.
The auction house REDC has 50 homes on the block, and bids start as low as $5,000. The crowd is hungry for bargains.
Where: 2035 2nd Street, NW; 202-299-9223
What: Cityscape on Belmont
Where: 1330 Belmont Street, Northwest
Number of units: 28
Number sold: 20
Floorplans: Options include one bedrooms with one bath, two bedrooms with one bath, and two bedrooms with two baths. Two-story, two-bedroom units—some with private rooftop terraces—are also available.
Prices: $349,000 to $799,000.
In each unit: Most units have marble fireplaces, and all units have private patios or decks. Kitchens have premium stainless-steel GE appliances, granite countertops, and cherry cabinets with under-cabinet lighting. High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cables are already wired through the walls, ready to be plugged into an HD television. Ceilings in some units reach 16 feet.