Dan Leckburg, Nicole Argarella and their 6-month-old twins, Ella and Olivia, settled into Pike 3400 Towns in Arlington in late March.
“We got more for the money here,” said Leckburg, who moved his family there after selling their condo in Clarendon. “What we liked about Clarendon is that we could walk everywhere, to grocery stores and restaurants, and now we have the same thing here.”
Stacey Black moved from downtown Washington into Pike 3400 Towns in mid-April. “I like that it’s an area that’ll continue growing over the next few years, and I thought it [was] a good investment,” she said.
Pike 3400 is an emerging six-acre residential community with a five-story rental building and 43 townhouses at Columbia Pike and South Glebe Road.
“We acquired the property that was an old auto dealership and completed the townhouse lots,” said Mark Gregg, president of the Penrose Group, the site developer. Penrose put in the utility infrastructure and streets, then sold a portion of the land to NVHomes to put up townhouses.
The townhouses and adjacent apartment building have similar architectures and form a visually cohesive community. Red brick runs up the first two floors of both the apartment building and townhouse walls; above the brick is flaxen-colored siding. Double-hung windows let in abundant natural light.
“We tried to coordinate the architecture of the townhomes and apartment buildings,” Gregg said.
Views of Washington Monument: The four-story, four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouses with two-car garages in the rear are spacious, especially in an urban setting. A small, private courtyard is behind the townhouse, and an alley is behind the garages.
On the other side of the house, stepping up the front steps to the glass entry door, you can look through the house and out the glass back door to the courtyard. Two rooms on this first floor can be configured as a bedroom, lounge, playroom or study.
The main living area upstairs comprises kitchen, dining and living rooms. A narrow deck off the kitchen is suitable for a grill. “I’m planning to put a barbecue out there,” said Black.
Granite counters and hardwood flooring are standard, as are Timberlake cabinetry and General Electric stainless steel appliances.
A closet on the third level houses the washer and dryer. The master bedroom is at one end of the hallway and a second one is at the other end. Leckburg’s baby girls are in the smaller bedroom “because it’s on the same level as ours,” he said.
The fourth floor loft is large. Black divided it into a bedroom and home theater separated by French doors. “When I have a guest, they’ll have a private room and their own place to relax,” he said.
“We can see the Washington Monument from our roof terrace,” which is outside the loft, said Leckburg. “We saw the fireworks from the Cherry Blossom Festival up there.”
Plenty of things to do: “This morning we had the girls out in the stroller,” Leckburg said, pointing to the twin stroller in the entry hall. Two blocks down South Monroe Street is Monroe Park.
Columbia Pike Library at 816 S. Walter Reed Dr. has “cool kid programs,” he added.
Destinations for shopping, dining and entertainment — Clarendon, Courthouse, Pentagon City, Roslyn, Ballston — are easily reached by car.
Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps War Memorial, known as Iwo Jima, welcome tourists and locals alike — especially in the summer, when free outdoor concerts are held on the memorial grounds.
The Mall, Smithsonian museums and National Gallery of Art are 15 minutes across the Potomac River. Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre vehicle-free preserve with trails and quotes by the former president etched in giant stone monuments is in the middle of the Potomac.
Schools: Peyton Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Middle, Wakefield High.
Transit: Pike 3400 Towns is a half-block from Columbia Pike and South Glebe Road, which are major traffic and retail corridors. Arlington Boulevard, Wilson Boulevard and Lee Highway are near. South Glebe intersects Interstate 395 about 1.5 miles away and Interstate 66 about 2.5 miles away. It’s a 1.8-mile drive to Virginia Route 50.
Black drives downtown to work every day. “If I leave at 8, it’s about 20 minutes. If it rains or there’s an accident then it’s longer,” he said.
Arlington Transit operates many bus lines with stops in walking distance. Three Metro stations — Ballston-MU on the Orange Line, Crystal City and Pentagon City on the Blue and Yellow lines — are two to three miles away.
Hoffer is a freelance writer.
1124 South Glebe Rd., Arlington
The townhouses range from $799,990 to $889,990.
Features: The exterior is covered in Hardie Plank Siding and brick. The interiors have nine-foot ceilings on all four levels, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, high efficiency tankless water heater, four phone or cable outlets. The townhouses have rooftop terraces.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 4/4 to 5.
Square footage: 2,416 to 2,645.
Homeowner association fee: $162 per month.
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Sunday; 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.
Sales: Lori Windsor or Raelynn Johnson, 571-512-1070 or www.nvhomes.com/pike3400 .