For June graduates, newlyweds and other first-time buyers, a convenient condo in a lively location seems to be the perfect starter home. Two bedrooms and two baths are also preferred, raising the retail value. This unit in the Carlton Place complex at Cameron Station fits the bill.
Located off Duke Street, the complex provides its own fitness area and swimming pool and a shuttle to the Van Dorn Metro. The Fox Chase shopping center is a half mile away, anchored by a Harris Teeter supermarket. Including single-family homes, townhouses and condos, the Cameron Station community also includes a community center, parks and hiking paths, plus a restaurant, a beauty salon and a convenience store.
Visitors are welcomed to this elevator building with a homelike lobby providing overstuffed sofas and chairs. This fourth-floor unit features a loft overlooking the open, flowing living, dining and kitchen area, with its hardwood floors. The entrance hall leads to the dining room and kitchen, with a breakfast bar between them. The living room features a dramatic slanted ceiling above a corner fireplace. It stands beside the sliding glass doors leading to the balcony.
The bedroom suites stand on either side of the living area. Each provides a walk-in closet and full bath. Dual vanities and a separate tub and shower appear in the master bath. The guest bath can also be reached from the living-dining area. Corian counters appear in the baths and the kitchen, which includes a pantry as an added convenience.
At a Glance:
Location: Donovan Drive at Carlton Place in Cameron Station, 22304
HOA: $389.58 monthly
Contact: Rebecca Quinones, Century 21 New Millennium, 703-922-4010
Style: Brick-and-siding condo building
Parking: 1 space in lower level garage
Public schools: Samuel W. Tucker Elementary, Francis C. Hammond Middle, T.C. Williams High