The Pointe at Park Center: Community Profile & Video

UPDATED APRIL 12, 2017

About The Pointe at Park Center

The Pointe at Park Center is a mid-size condo community in Alexandria, VA. It offers quick access to Route 7 and I-395.

The complex was constructed in 1990. It first operated as rental apartments. In 2004 it was converted to condos. There are a total of 492 units spread across 12 buildings.

It’s a fairly transient community with an active resale and rental market. The current management company is Associa. This is the community’s main web site.

Community Video Tour

Here’s a 35-second video tour of the community and surrounding areas. Because who has time for 5-minute videos!

Details and Floorplans

You’ll find various layouts of one-bedroom, one-bath and two-bedroom, two-bath units.

Five of the 12 buildings are four-story high. These are hallway-style and have elevators. They also have underground garage parking. Another plus is controlled-entry at the building door. The mailboxes are in each building’s lobby. And you’ve got trash chutes on every floor. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then only consider buildings 3307, 3309, 3311, 3313 and 3315. But you’ll have a higher condo fee.

The other seven buildings are three-story high. They are garden-style. This means open-air stairways. Only surface-parking is available for these (though rarely some units have snatched a garage space in an adjacent building). To get your mail, you’ll have to schlep over to the clubhouse. Trash has to be taken to the dumpster at the community’s entrance. If you’re willing to put up with these inconveniences, you’ll pay about $100/month less in condo dues.

The hallway-style buildings tend to be more desirable. Expect to pay a $15-20K premium for a unit there.

Some floorplans come with a fireplace and all have extra storage off the balcony. Units facing I-395 have sunrooms instead of balconies. This space isn’t conditioned though, meaning it will get pretty hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Speaking of I-395, the road noise permeates most of the community, no way around it. Buildings 3309 and 3311 probably have it the worst, especially in the higher-floor units facing the highway. Make sure you’re okay with this before committing.

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 electric. If gas cooking is a must-have, you’ll need to look elsewhere. All units have washer/dryer.

Parking

All parking is assigned. There are a number of visitor spaces and some street parking (shared with many other buildings).

From what I hear, the visitor spaces fill up quickly though. So if you plan on having guests often, it could be an issue.

Vehicle access into the community is through a gate.

The Pointe at Park Center: Photo Gallery

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Community Amenities at The Pointe at Park Center

The amenities at The Pointe at Park Center are decent given its age:

  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna
  • Club Room
  • Basketball Court
  • Picnic Area
  • Shuttle to Pentagon City (Mon-Fri, 6:30-9-30am and 4:30-7:30pm)
  • Car Wash Station

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What’s Nearby The Pointe at Park Center

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 a quick stroll away: XSport Fitness.

Retail

There are numerous retail options nearby. One is the Bradlee Shopping Center (Safeway, Starbucks, etc.). It’s right down Route 7 from The Pointe at Park Center.

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.

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

Transportation near The Pointe at Park Center

You won’t be walking too many places from the community. The Walk Score is 52. 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 (to DC) from Shirlington or Seminary roads.

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 Pentagon City or Lincolnia. Shirlington Station isn’t too far though. It will provide access to more destinations.

What Does It Cost to Buy or Rent at The Pointe at Park Center

Sales

From April 2016 to March 2017 there have been 47 closed sales. That’s how they break down by unit type:

Unit Type Units Sold Average Price
Average Days on Market
1BR, 1BA 34 $201,500 32
2BR, 2BA 13 $290,000 15

The sales numbers are unchanged from when I last looked at the data three months ago.

Rentals

During that same period there have been 39 closed rentals. That’s how they break down by unit type:

Unit Type Units Rented Average Rent Average Days on Market
1BR, 1BA 30 $1,400 16
2BR, 2BA 9 $1,700 70

The rental numbers are largely unchanged from when I last looked at the data three months ago.

Next Steps

Here are two 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 The Pointe at Park Center or similar communities, don’t hesitate to contact me below:

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