Where to rent near the Silver Line in Tysons

With the opening of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Silver Line, a new swath of apartment buildings have suddenly become Metro-accessible.

Real-estate developers, who’ve long known the Silver Line would open at some point, have been eyeing the area for years. As a result, new rentals have cropped up — and in some cases are still being built — at sites that offer renters easy access to the Silver Line.

“It’s a natural place to be,” says Jon Cox, a senior vice president for Avalon Bay, a company that opened the Avalon Park Crest in that area last year.

Still the appeal wasn’t specifically Metro’s arrival, but what that meant for the general growth of the area around it.

“A rising tide lifts all boats, so Tysons is going to be improving over time,” he says.

Here’s a roundup of some new and upcoming apartments near the Silver Line.

 


The Ascent at Spring Hill Station, just a block from the Spring Hill Metro, opened in April. (The Ascent at Spring Hill Station)

The Ascent at Spring Hill Station

8421 Broad St., McLean, Va.

Closest Silver Line station: Spring Hill

Distance to Metro: One block

Walking time to Metro: 3 minutes

Number of units: 404

When did it open? April 12

Percent rented: 27 percent

Types of units: Studios ($1,960-$2,045), one bedrooms ($2,410-$2,975), one bedrooms with a den ($2,725-$2,810), two bedrooms with either one or two bathrooms ($2,890-$3,785)

Special features: In addition to the usual concierge and pool, the Ascent has some less-common amenities, including a pet-grooming salon, a bicycle repair station and a pool deck with a firepit, outdoor TVs and grills. Plus, there’s a transit display board in the lobby, so you’ll never miss your Silver Line train. (Or at least, if you do, you can’t say you didn’t know it was coming.)


Ovation is part of the Park Crest development, which includes a Harris Teeter and shopping. (Ovation at Park Crest)

Ovation at Park Crest

8231 Crestwood Heights Drive, McLean, Va.

Closest Silver Line station: Spring Hill

Distance to Metro: Right about a mile

Walking time to Metro: 25 minutes

Number of units: 300

When did it open? Jan. 30

Percent rented: 34 percent

Types of units: Studios ($2,085-$2,105), one bedrooms ($2,395-$2,560), one bedrooms plus den ($2,500-$3,290), two bedrooms ($2,910-$3,020), two bedrooms plus den ($3,000-$,3200)

Special features: Ovation has the typical amenities, plus a little something extra. They don’t just have a weight room — they have a weight room with towel service. They don’t just have a pool — they have a pool and a waterfall. Their game room has pool tables, foosball and six TVs. There’s even an outdoor bocce ball court.


Avalon Park Crest, which opened in 2012, is in between the Tysons Corner and Greensboro stops. (Avalon Park Crest)

Avalon Park Crest

8250 Westpark Drive, McLean, Va.

Closest Silver Line station: Equidistant from the Tysons Corner and Greensboro stations

Distance to Metro: Half a mile either way

Walking time: About 15 to 20 minutes. If you don’t feel like walking, the new shuttle bus service to Tysons Corner station will pick up right in front of the property.

Number of units: 354

When did it open? Fall 2012

Percent rented: 98 percent

Types of units: Studios (starting at $1,540), one bedrooms (starting at $1,800), one bedrooms plus den, two bedrooms (starting at $2,250), two bedrooms plus den

Special features: Inside the building, there’s a pool and a 2,500-square-foot fitness center with a yoga and Pilates room. Since the apartments are part of the planned Park Crest development (as is Ovation), there’s lots of shopping right outside the building, including a Harris Teeter grocery store about 100 yards away. Tysons Galleria is a five- to 10-minute walk up the hill.


VITA, which is slated to open in 2015, will be connected to the Tysons Corner Metro. (VITA)

VITA
7902 Tysons One Place, Tysons Corner, Va.

Closest Silver Line station: Tysons Corner

Distance to Metro: A tenth of a mile. An elevator ride will take you to the plaza at Tysons Corner Center. From there, there’s a covered walkway to the Metro.

Walking time to Metro: 3 minutes

Number of units: 429

When did it open? It hasn’t yet.

Percent rented: Developers say pre-leasing will begin later this year, and the first tenants will start moving in in early 2015.

Types of units: Studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms, including some large penthouse units. Prices haven’t been set yet.

Special features: The 30-story high-rise is being built atop 13,000 square feet of new ground-floor retail in Tysons, which developers hope will soon be a walkable area with an urban vibe. VITA will also have a concierge, a rooftop pool and a “Skylounge” on the top floor.

 

More Silver Line news from Express:

Meet the Silver Line’s very first operator

Silver Line travel guide: five excursions on Metro’s new rails

Everything you need to know about the Silver Line’s debut is today’s cover story

What people are saying about the opening of the Silver Line is today’s cover story

It’s never too early to start complaining about the Silver Line — in song!

Beth Marlowe is a senior editor at Express. She has written for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television and other publications.

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