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These seven condo and apartment buildings have new units for sale or lease

Park at Courthouse residents can walk to both the Clarendon and Court House Metro stops.

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.

Lyon Place at Clarendon Center (1200 N. Garfield St.; 888-698-5986) is preleasing apartments for December move-in. All 244 feature hardwood floors and maple cabinets, granite countertops, and Energy Star appliances. The building also has a fitness center and pool. One-bedrooms start at $1,777 a month, two-bedrooms at $3,052, three-bedrooms at $4,163.

Completed in 2007, the Park at Courthouse (2220 N. Fairfax Dr.; 703-516-9445) has about ten two-bedrooms with dens left on the market, from $619,000 to $690,000. The condos have ten-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and kitchens with ceramic-tile floors and stainless-steel appliances. The 98-unit building boasts a business center, a gym, and a community facility with a plasma TV.

When finished, Rhodes Hill Square (1511 N. Rolfe St.; 703-312-9444) will include 89 condos in three red-brick buildings. The second phase of units hit the market in March and is nearly sold out; a third goes on sale soon. Prices start at $689,900 for single-story condos, $800,000 for two-story.

Although units in Turnberry Tower (1881 N. Nash St.; 703-243-3000) went on the market in 2005, about half of the 247 condos are still for sale. Prices start at $599,000 for a one-bedroom to just under $6 million for a four-bedroom penthouse. Every unit in the glass-and-steel high-rise has floor-to-ceiling windows. One block from the Rosslyn Metro, the building has an indoor pool, fitness center, and 24-hour security and valet.

Of the 32 townhouses at Vista on Courthouse (12th Court N. and N. Courthouse Rd.; 703-253-8001), only a handful remain. Each comes with a private terrace, granite countertops, and hardwood floors in the living areas. There’s also a pool and fitness center for the community. Prices for remaining units start at $899,000.

This article first appeared in the November 2010 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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