Parkside at Alexandria: Community Profile & Video

UPDATED JULY 15, 2017

About Parkside at Alexandria

Parkside at Alexandria is a mid-size condo community in Alexandria, VA. It offers quick access to I-395 and Seminary Rd.

The complex was constructed in the 1960s. It initially operated as rental apartments. In 2006 it was converted to condos after being refurbished. There are a total of 378 units.

Even though I-395 is very close by, road noise isn’t generally an issue. You do have a lot of helicopter traffic flying overhead daily though. Those V-22 Ospreys will make your windows rumble.

I often see ambulances and fire trucks speeding down Van Dorn, so this could also be a nuisance.

The current management company is Associa. This is the community’s main web site.

Community Video Tour

Here’s a 40-second video tour of the community. Because who has time for 5-minute videos!

Details and Floorplans

You have a choice of several layouts, from one-bedroom, one-bath units, to three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath ones.

All three-bedroom and some two-bedroom units are townhome-style. This means the living/dining space is on the main level and the bedrooms are upstairs.

The one-bedroom units are usually below the two- and three-bedroom condos. So your bedroom could be below someone’s living room.

All units come with washer/dryer which you don’t always see with condos of this age.

The community is pet-friendly.

The only utilities included in the condo fee are water and sewer plus snow and trash removal. This is fairly standard.

Heating and hot water are all gas. And there is also gas cooking for the aspiring chefs out there.

Parking

All parking is unassigned on surface lots. There is some street parking along Van Dorn.

From what I hear, parking availability is an issue. If you come home later, you might have to park somewhere outside the community.

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Community Amenities at Parkside at Alexandria

The amenities at Parkside at Alexandria are decent given its age:

  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Club Room
  • Tot Lot

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What’s Nearby Parkside at Alexandria

Recreation

There are plenty of parks around, through you’ll probably have to drive there. You’ll find lots of jogging and biking trails too. Again, you may need to drive there first.

There is a huge 24/7 fitness center on Route 7: XSport Fitness. There is also a Planet Fitness down Van Dorn.

Retail

There are numerous retail options nearby. One is the Bradlee Shopping Center (Safeway, Starbucks, etc.). It’s a short drive down Van Dorn from the community.

Almost within walking distance is Seminary Plaza. It’s pretty small, but has an Aldi store.

Another option is the ageing Landmark Mall which is (hopefully) awaiting redevelopment in the coming years.

Then there is the Villages at Shirlington. It has plenty of shops and restaurants plus a movie theater, a real theater and a library.

A little farther out is the Bailey’s Crossroads shopping center. And of course the Pentagon City Mall.

Here’s a map with most of the current places of interest in the vicinity.

Transportation near Parkside at Alexandria

You won’t be walking too many places from the community. The Walk Score is 38. However, driving should be pretty quick (as long as the infamous DC traffic cooperates). Most likely you’ll be using I-395 for the majority of your trips. You can also jump on the HOV lanes from Seminary Rd.

Dupont Circle is about 20 minutes away. Same for Tysons Corner. Dulles Airport is 35 minutes away. Reagan National and The Pentagon – 10.

Public transportation is limited to bus only. The closest bus route will take you to Old Town Alexandria.

What Does It Cost to Buy or Rent at Parkside at Alexandria

Sales

From July 2016 to June 2017 there have been 45 closed sales. That’s how they break down by unit type:

Unit Type Units Sold Average Price
Average Days on Market
1BR, 1BA 12 $254,000 34
2BR, 1.5BA 24 $313,500 25
2BR, 2BA 4 $327,500 50
3BR, 2.5BA 5 $364,500 13

 

Over the past 12 months, 1BR, 1BA units have appreciated 5.4%. 2BR, 1.5BA units have gone up 4%. However, 2BR, 2BA and 3BR, 2.5BA units have stayed mostly the same.

Rentals

During that same period there have been 29 closed rentals. That’s how they break down by unit type:

Unit Type Units Rented Average Rent Average Days on Market
1BR, 1BA 7 $1,550 40
2BR, 1.5BA 15 $1,800 33
2BR, 2BA 2 $2,075 56
3BR, 2.5BA 5 $2,200 26

 

Over the past 12 months the rental levels have stayed consistent across the board.

Next Steps

Here are three more nearby communities you may be interested in:

Be sure to check out my posts about The First Steps to Buying a House and why the agent at an open house isn’t your friend.

If you have any questions about Parkside at Alexandria or similar communities, don’t hesitate to contact me below:

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