The Avera Station condominiums in Falls Church has joined the long and growing list of condos that have been converted to for-lease apartments, and has been rechristened as Carmel Vienna Metro. Built by Atlanta-based Beazer Homes, the 245-unit Avera Station was fully completed in mid June, and sold to Denver-based Carmel Partners on July 1. The project had been selling as condominiums since early 2006, and had been advertised as "No. Virginia's Fastest Selling Condos." Carmel, which purchased the project free of the previous condominium contracts, would not disclose the sale price. According to Carmel, none of the pre-construction contracts went to settlement.
The project is located outside the beltway, nearly adjacent to the Vienna Metro station. Carmel, which owns and manages 45 apartment buildings nationwide, says it has already leased 50 of the units over the past month, with rents ranging from $1705 to $2420. According to on-site Manager James Mann, Carmel Vienna Metro is maintaining the "luxury homes" branding, offering "concierge services" and a flat-screen television to all tenants.