Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Classically Styled Townhomes in Old Town Get a Modern Kick


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These days it seems every new proposed multifamily condominium in the metro area has some sort of green roof involved, but it's rare that one reads or hears about green-roofed townhomes. For architect and developer Sassan Gharai of SGA Companies, who recently finished a twin home project in Old Town, it seemed logical to offset the heat island effect with a little rooftop landscaping, no matter what size the building. The rooftop not only provides environmentally friendly greenery, but a superb deck that offers spectacular views of the Monument and the District's treasures lying just beyond the Potomac. Listing agent Alan Dalton of ADMC Realty Group says of the property, "This is an unusual amount of space for Old Town, with both modern finishes and classic charm of the historic neighborhood—and everything you could need at your fingertips. Another rare treat is the phenomenal 1,000-square foot master suite with fireplace, luxury bath and walk-in closet that is the size of most bedrooms!"

While many of Georgetown's luxurious old homes offer an explicit glimpse of economic tensions, as two, three million dollar brick mansions stand opposite decaying subsidized apartment complexes, Gharai's newly finished rowhouses offer a vision of a modern, sustainable, mixed-income community. Just down the street development group EYA are spearheading the long overdue redevelopment of the rundown James Bland Additions, currently operated by Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA). The five full blocks of redevelopment will be named Old Town Commons, adding 245 market-rate and 134 affordable homes to the neighborhood. This more attractive and harmonious juxtaposition of diverse and distinct socioeconomic groups is mirrored in the design of Gharai's building, as the the simple aesthetic is reflected onto two halves of the home, one half utilizing brick, and the other employing side paneling.

Although each home is accompanied by a spacious backyard and two parking spaces, other modes of a transit are readily available. Each home has two parking spaces, and is located just four blocks west of the Braddock Road Metro. Residents can enjoy the outdoors in their spacious backyards or head four blocks east to the Potomac River for a walk, run, or bike ride on the beautiful Mount Vernon Trail. There's plenty of space indoor to explore as well, as each home swells to a whopping 4,000 s.f., making sure there's enough room for the five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, lower level au-pair suite or home office with kitchen and separate entrance, elegant, state-of-the-art kitchen, and living and dining rooms. If all this sounds like a great place to call home, make your next address 712 Wythe Street for $1,249,000. Having labored some five years through the trying zoning approval process in Alexandria, Gharai says he is looking forward to finally finding two happy families to enjoy the comforts of his creativity.

Old Town Alexandria, VA Real Estate Development News

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does this roof qualify as a green roof? If is generating power of some sort? Is it heating water? Are there growing plants? Is it absorbing water that would normally go into the watershed? It just looks like my metal roof with a fancy roof deck. How does that make it green?

Anonymous said...

Yes this looks like a blatant lie to drive up the price of the building, and market it as "ECO Housing."

 

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