Condo living joins Westin luxury

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I am Eloise. I am six. I am a city child. I live at the Plaza.

It seemed like a little girls fantasy when Eloise appeared in 1955. But a modern Eloise could realistically claim, I am a City of Alexandria child. I live at the Westin. Or, more accurately, at the new Jamieson Condos, recently built on floors 10 through 15 above the luxury hotel.

Developed by Regency Partners, the units cover a broad spectrum of both size and price. A 470-square-foot studio apartment starts at $302,900. The largest dwelling boasts three bedrooms, two and a half baths and 1,941 square feet, at $1,099,900. In between these two dramatic extremes, the one- and two-bedroom units begin at $349,900 and $543,900, respectively. All boast luxury features like hardwood floors, stainless-steel appliances and granite counters on display in the decorated models.

All of the prices include one garage parking place. An additional space is included for the two-bedroom units with dens and the three-bedroom dwellings. Other owners may purchase a second space at $38,000.

With its separate lobby at 2050 Jamieson Avenue, around the corner from the Westin entrance, the condo owners can share the hotel amenities without leaving their own building. These include the health club, swimming pool, restaurant, housekeeping, laundry and dry cleaning, catering and room service. Some facilities, like the maid service, carry an extra cost,  $80 for two hours.

Condo owners can also enjoy their own roof garden on the 13th floor. Hotel guests, however, do not have access to the condo elevators.

If the hotels elegant restaurant seems pricey, as hotel restaurants tend to do, hungry homeowners can also repair to the Gallery Caf sandwich shop across Jamieson Avenue. The famed shops and eateries of Old Town are also close at hand.

Thirteen of the 79 units have been purchased since the grand opening this March. Publicist Nancy Daniel says the project is earmarked for move-down buyers and busy professionals, both seeking a lifestyle thats luxurious and convenient at the same time.

The location has a special draw for workers at government installations like the Patent Office across the street. Almost as convenient, the King Street Metro is three blocks away.

To please pet lovers like Eloise herself, both Weenie the dog and Skipperdee the turtle would also be welcome.

The (Alexandria) City Child can also make new friends at Lyles-Crouch Elementary School, George Washington Middle, Minnie Howard ninth grade and T.C. Williams High.

For more information call 703-535-3006.

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