A choice of views and easy access to major thoroughfares are hallmarks of Post Tysons Corner.
Right in the heart of the Fairfax County shopping and employment hub, the 499-unit mid-rise and garden apartment community has something for quiet conversationalists, active tennis buffs or convenience-seeking semi-urbanites.
The view from newcomer Tim Hunt's balcony extends from Post's pool in the foreground to the Freddie Mac corporate offices in the distance. Apartments on the north side of the property overlook the basketball court and lighted tennis courts. Others have a view of landscaped hidden courtyards with fountains and attractive seating. Many units around the perimeter open onto a view of mature trees.
It is walking distance from the community to Tysons Galleria and Tysons Corner Center, as well as to the Tysons West Park transit station and to numerous Westpark employers, including Gannett Co., the National Automobile Dealers Association, Booz Allen Hamilton and MCI Inc. For groceries, however, many residents drive a couple of miles to McLean or Vienna.
Post Properties Inc., based in Atlanta, usually builds its own properties -- more than 70 since 1971. However, in 2004, the company chose the former Lincoln at Tysons complex as its first local acquisition. "We wanted more presence in the Washington area," said Colleen Herklotz of Post's leasing staff. The 16-acre property, built in 1990, had some problems. A number of residents who lived there before the change in ownership say they thought the soundproofing was somewhat problematic. In addition, some heating bills were higher than expected. Post says it is investing about $2 million in upgrades.
Property manager Laurie Bonner noted that some of the concerns might not be related to building construction but rather to such variables as worn carpet padding or ineffective thermostats. The company is addressing any age-related issues on a case-by-case basis, she said.
While there has been some major construction and noise since Post acquired the property, the new roof and parking lot paving are complete now.
Linda Ulrich, who works on Capitol Hill and has been a resident for 13 years, said: "There are a lot of positive changes going on here. Post is very thorough."
Herklotz said: "For what our residents have endured with pretty heavy construction, they seem happy with the outcome."
Mike Varshine moved from Pittsburgh to the community a month before Post took over. "Post has done so much to improve the grounds and landscaping," he said.
"I can't say enough about the staff's responsiveness. Maintenance is quick on the draw," he said.
Varshine, a distributor for a health care services firm, describes his commute as "25 steps away," because he works from home. However, his job requires frequent travel all over the mid-Atlantic, so he particularly likes the community's location just off the Dulles Access Road.
Post's staff hosts monthly social functions, including occasional breakfasts that include the services of an omelet chef. "It's a great way to meet people," said Varshine.
Other recent activities included a chartered bus to the Cherry Blossom parade, an evening music program with a harpist and a wreath-making workshop with a landscape architect.
Apartments range from 624 to 1,050 square feet and each has a small storage shed off the balcony. Courtyard apartments have both elevator and stair access. Included in the rent are ceiling fans and full-size washers and dryers. Also included with each unit are garage or surface parking spaces, depending on apartment location.
Assigned parking spaces, wood-burning fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, double-entry bathrooms, bay windows and entry closets are among the options.
The 11 floor plans are designated by tree names. Two-bedroom garden apartment units, called the Oak, have two balconies or patios, one off each bedroom. A one-bedroom corner model, the Maple, has two foyer closets.
Amy Scanlon said that when a job transfer brought her and her husband, Joe, from upstate New York in September, they chose Post Tysons Corner mainly because it was close to their employment in Vienna, but also because the apartments were a bit bigger than others they saw.
Patricia Boudinot, a professor at George Mason University, describes the complex's setting as "a human size" -- cozy, not overwhelming.
"I can't deal with long corridors," she said, adding that her apartment "feels more like a townhouse . . . my bubble."