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Social spaces have become a distinguishing feature in many new apartment communities.

At The Kingsley, a new mixed-used community with 175 apartments at 500 Madison St. in Alexandria, the developers sought to create a distinctive modern yet vintage gathering space in the lobby.

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Multiple seating areas, custom-designed tables and chairs, unexpected art objects and unusual lighting fixtures add whimsy to the lobby, which has 24-foot-high ceilings and a view of the fitness center on the mezzanine level. A “huddle table,” designed to be a hub for meetings, is attached to the fireplace.

The project was developed by Buchanan Partners and The Pinkard Group and managed by Bozzuto. The developers partnered with the Hartman Design Group to create the interiors.

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In addition to the community space in the lobby and the fitness center, The Kingsley includes a clubroom, a rooftop terrace with river views, a bike shop and bike storage. The pet-friendly building has a Harris Teeter grocery store on the street level.

The apartments range from 650-square-foot studios that rent for $1,850 per month to 1,350-square-foot two-bedroom units that rent from $2,895 to $3,625. The units have granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and ceramic tile floors in the baths.

For more information, go to www.thekingsleyapts.com.

New service is like Carfax for homes

Renters, buyers, homeowners and sellers can all use some help managing data associated with their home.

HomeZada, a cloud-based recordkeeping site, has added a Zada Listing section where homeowners can display digital information, including photos, documents and videos, when selling their home.

HomeZada provides a secure, centralized location to store items such as insurance documents and financial information as well as a photo or video inventory for renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance purposes. The site includes lists of home improvement projects that can track progress and allow users to sign up for maintenance reminders.

The goal of the site is not only to keep homeowners organized but to improve their home’s condition and value. When owners become sellers, they can activate the public listing to showcase their maintenance records and offer transparency about insurance claims and improvements made to the property.

Buyers will have access to comprehensive information similar to a Carfax report about a car.

Homeowners can use a free account or add a premium account for $59 annually with additional features. Sellers can publish a Zada listing for six months for a one-time fee of $75. Buyers pay $90 as a one-time fee for the Zada listing data and a $59 fee for a premium account.

For more information, go to www.HomeZada.com.

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Construction begins on Tysons Corner apartments

Hoar Construction and LCOR/CALSTRS recently began building the first tower of The Commons, a 319-unit apartment building at 1620 Anderson Rd. in McLean.

The apartment building is the first of seven phases of construction that will eventually add more than 2,000 homes to the Tysons Corner area. Five of the existing garden-style apartments on the site will be demolished to make room for new construction.

Plans for the new apartment complex, created by architecture firm Design Collective, include two high-rise towers, a terrace on the second floor between the two towers with a swimming pool, seating and a cooking and dining area.

The west tower will have a roof terrace with gardens, green roof areas and outdoor seating.

The apartments will have a mix of studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom-and-den, two-bedroom and loft units. Monthly rents have yet to be determined. For more information, go to www.Hoar.com.


D.C. ranks high for tech-enabled transit option

While the D.C. area is notorious for its traffic tangles, the availability of Capitol Bikeshare, NextBus information, ridesharing apps and a handful of other technology tools that help reduce car dependence have pushed D.C. to third in the nation of innovative cities, according to a recent study by U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group.

The study, “The Innovative Transportation Index: The Cities Where New Technologies and Tools Can Reduce your Need to Own a Car,” identified 11 types of new transportation-technology options such as car-sharing, ridesharing, ride-sourcing, taxi-hailing, bike-sharing, public transit navigation apps and virtual transit ticketing.

Only Austin, Texas, offers all 11 services; San Francisco and D.C. have 10 of the 11 technology and transportation services. Boston, Los Angeles and New York City came in just behind the three top cities.

The existence of services such as bike-sharing, Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and ZipCar make the concept of living car-free or car-light possible. The report points to the benefits of these innovations such as reduced congestion and reduced emissions, but for many people these services offer cost savings as well as an easier method for getting home, to work and to social or cultural events.

Michele Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.

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