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Condo living with walkability — in the Tysons area of Fairfax County

August 21, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Verse is a 25-story condominium building with units priced from about $500,000 to $2.8 million. Ninety are for sale. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Verse, a 25-story condominium tower, is going up near the Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria malls in Fairfax County, Va. It’s part of The Boro, a 16-acre mixed-use development that is being built on the site of the former SAIC corporate campus.

The Boro development plan includes two buildings with rental apartments and Boro Tower, a 20-story office building. Also planned are a Whole Foods Market, a 14-screen movie theater and a variety of shops, restaurants and services.

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The SkyPark — an elevated half-acre green space — will be open to all Boro residents. Verse residents will have direct access from the ninth floor to their own section of the SkyPark.

Verse, a 25-story condominium tower, is going up near the Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria malls in Fairfax County, Va.
The 140-unit condo building is not expected to be ready for occupancy until sometime next year. The Meridian Group and Kettler are the joint developers of Verse.
An artist’s rendering of the completed Verse. The building is part of The Boro, a 16-acre mixed-use neighborhood that is being developed on the site of the former SAIC corporate campus.
What the Verse lobby is expected to look like.
What part of the open-plan living area might look like in a Verse unit.
Verse units will have open floor plans for the kitchen and dining and living areas.
The dining area will have room enough for a dining table that seats eight.
Kitchens will have quartz counters and a waterfall-edge island.
Kitchens will have two-toned Italian cabinets, in matte brown and glossy white, concealed Bosch appliances and an under-counter beverage reserve for wine.
Another view of the model kitchen.
Camille D’Amato took her two sons to see the model unit. “They were both like, ‘Mom, this is awesome,’ ” she said.
The units will have one or two bedrooms.
The master bedroom will be big enough for a sitting area.
The master bedroom suite will include a walk-in closet.
Bathrooms will have porcelain Calacatta marble-look flooring and wall tiles, frameless glass showers and LED lighting.
Photo Gallery: There will be 140 condominium units at prices ranging from about $500,000 to $2.8 million.

Creating walkability: The Tysons area is known for shopping and dining but certainly not for walking. “We’re creating the concept of walkability and a lifestyle change, said Chris Blakemore, sales manager with the Mayhood Co., which is handling sales. “We’re changing the face of Tysons.”

The Georges, a couple in their early 30s, are moving to Verse for exactly that reason.

“Amanda and I are sacrificing land for the luxury of convenience that Verse and The Boro community will provide,” Corey George said. The Georges bought a 20th-floor one-bedroom unit with a balcony.

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“We don’t need a big house and lots of acreage,” George said. “You end up living only in a small portion of that large square-footage, and you always have to drive. In The Boro, everything we need will be at our fingertips because we can walk.”

D’Amato, a single mother, took her sons to see the model unit. “They were both like, ‘Mom, this is awesome,’ ” she said. “My older son offered to make the den his room because, ‘I’m going to college and don’t know how often I’ll be home,’ he said.”

She added: “By the time we move, I won’t have to drive them around anymore. My younger one will be old enough to go see his friends on his own. They can both get jobs in one of the little stores. And there’ll be several boutiquey gyms I can go to. I’m buying a lifestyle, not just a condo.”

The kitchen has quartz counters, a waterfall-edge island, Italian cabinets in matte brown and glossy white, concealed Bosch appliances and an under-counter beverage refrigerator for wine. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Balconies and a Zen terrace: Two firms, Meridian Group and Kettler, are jointly developing Verse. Development of The Boro was described as being on an accelerated path, and all the components are expected to be completed at about the same time, late 2019. “When people move in [to Verse], everything will be in place to serve them,” Blakemore said.

Units have open floor plans for the living and dining areas and the kitchen. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, and many units have spacious glass-walled balconies. Bathrooms are large, storage space is plentiful and laundry appliances are behind a door. Dens, without windows, can be configured as a TV room, a guest bedroom, an office or a library.

The building will have 24-hour concierge service and a small entry-lobby lounge with a fireplace. Also planned is a “grand entertainment lounge” with double-height ceilings, flexible partitioning for private events, fireplaces, billiards, flat-screen TVs, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and glass doors that open to outdoor terraces.

Verse residents will have direct access to a swimming pool. A fitness studio will connect to an outdoor Zen terrace. Bike storage, a pet spa, a guest suite with hotel amenities, and storage units are part of the resident package.

What’s nearby: Downtown Washington is about a 15-mile drive. Closer to home, Tamarack Park has grass, trees and trails; the 95-acre Meadowlark Botanical Gardens have beautiful plant displays and ponds; Wolf Trap presents indoor and outdoor concerts; and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve has wildlife, trees, flowers and a waterfall.

Schools: Westbriar Elementary, Kilmer Middle, Marshall High.

Transit: The Boro community is a block from Virginia Route 7 (Leesburg Pike). The Beltway (Interstate 495) is a few miles away, and I-66 is just a bit farther. Greensboro Metro station, on the Silver line, is within walking distance. Also nearby are the Spring Hill, McLean and Tysons Corner Metro stations.

There are floor-to-ceiling windows, and many units have spacious glass-walled balconies. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Verse

8399 Westpark Dr., McLean, Va. (sales office)

There will be 140 condominium units at prices ranging from about $500,000 to $2.8 million. Ninety are for sale.

Builders: Kettler and the Meridian Group

Features: All residences have an open floor plan for the dining and living areas and the kitchen. Many units have balconies with glass railings. Garage parking is available. The kitchen has quartz counters, a waterfall-edge island, Italian cabinets in matte brown and glossy white, concealed Bosch appliances and an under-counter beverage reserve for wine. Bathrooms have porcelain Calacatta marble-look flooring and wall tiles, frameless glass showers and LED lighting.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 to 3

Square-footage: 689 to 2,522

Condominium association fee: $428 to $1,593 per month

View model: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Contact: Chris Blakemore at 571-234-6173 or VerseCondos.com.

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