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February 6, 2015
ARC 3409, a modern Arlington high-rise, has great views inside and out
AUDREY HOFFER THE WASHINGTON POST

ARC 3409 is a contemporary steel and glass high-rise condominium on Wilson Boulevard, a major traffic corridor that traverses Arlington County, the epicenter of Northern Virginia.

If you like lots of light pouring through the windows, ARC 3409 should be on your list to visit. The eight-story building features abundant floor-to-ceiling glass and balconies that offer great views.

For their first home purchase, Carolyn Morse and her fiance, Vinh Trinh, chose a one-bedroom corner unit on the top floor to maximize the natural light coming in.

“We were thrilled this was available, because we like modern design, bright space and wanted to be in Arlington close to both our jobs,” said Morse. Trinh drives to work in Shirlington, and Morse takes the Metro downtown. “There is tons of new development in the area, but most are apartments for lease, and we wanted to buy.”

Light was also important to Pamela Rogash, who hopes to move into her two-bedroom in early March after making it Zen-like. “I’m happy with my sunny unit in part because it’s framed by huge windows in every room. I look forward to creating a peaceful oasis right here in the middle of this exciting urban center,” she said.

Morse added that “another reason we picked this condo is because we’re walking distance to two urban scenes, Ballston and in Clarendon, and Virginia Square is building up.

“Plus, we’re big into trying all kinds of dining.”

The proximity of public transportation and a multitude of day-to-day services are also important to Rogash. “I like that it’s adjacent to a high concentration of restaurants and stores but still feels residential.”

Light and dark decor: The condo has 85 units, primarily one- and two-bedrooms plus one three-bedroom and one penthouse. Twenty-four units are sold. Many are in various stages of construction, but move-ins take place regularly.

Goldstar Group and Finmarc Management are the developers.

The bright lobby, with its orange, charcoal and black lounging couches and throw pillows, is redolent of an opulent hotel that invites plopping down to linger.

On the seventh floor, two models are furnished with colorful contemporary decor and accent finishing touches that extend the lobby’s ambiance into a chic home.

The open kitchen, living and dining areas have large windows offering sweeping cityscape views.

The kitchen has KitchenAid Architect Series appliances. On even-numbered floors, the cabinets are high-gloss white and the hardwood floors are dark; on odd-numbered floors, the cabinets are dark brown and the wood floors are light-colored. A wide white quartz island straddles kitchens and living rooms, with a sink near one end and bar stools and table settings on the other.

Exposed spiral ductwork of galvanized steel is set against a white ceiling in the living area and gives the space a modest industrial feel.

On-site, off-site amenities: A 24-hour concierge coordinates move-ins and will help residents with anything they need once they’re settled.

A downstairs fitness center is open around the clock. Rogash, a life evolution coach, commented on the personal changes she sought moving to ARC 3409. “I realized it’s time for me to walk new paths and put my own wellness front and center. I know I’ll be visiting that yoga center across the street as well as the gym downstairs,” she said.

A rooftop lounge with a deck patio appears to be an ideal place to camp out for the July 4 fireworks. The views across the Potomac River toward Washington are amazing, and the wooden chaise lounges, armchairs and tables would be welcoming as soon as the temperatures rise.

Quincy Park, at the corner of Washington Boulevard and North Quincy Street, has six tennis courts, a basketball court and picnic tables in the shade that are open to the public. Shelters can be reserved for birthday parties or a family reunion.

Arlington County Parks and Recreation has $1.1 million budgeted for redesign of the playground, and a sand volleyball court is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Transit: The condos are situated practically on top of the Orange Metro line between Clarendon and Virginia Square stations. Both are within walking distance. The Arlington Transit (ART) 41 and 42 buses stop in front of the building. Interstate 66 rings the greater community on the north.

Schools: Francis Scott Key and Arlington Science Focus Elementary; Williamsburg, Swanson and Thomas Jefferson Middle; Washington-Lee and Yorktown High.

Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.

ARC 3409
3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

This high-rise condominium offers 85
one- and two-bedroom units ranging from $399,900 to $939,900; one three-bedroom for $949,900; and one three-bedroom penthouse for $1.9 million.

Builder: Goldstar Group and Finmarc Management
Features: All units come with one parking space in the garage. Residents have 24/7 access to a rooftop deck, fitness center and concierge-staffed lobby. Interiors have large floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood flooring, white quartz countertops, contemporary cabinets and stainless-steel kitchen appliances.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3/1 to 4
Square footage: 714 to 1,543 for the one-, two- and-three-bedroom units and 2,130 for the penthouse.
Homeowner association fees: $267 to $450 per month.
Sales: Jennie Mann, 703-945-6983; Joe Serafin, 703-994-7510; or www.ARC3409.com.