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Last in 2014, Thrillist awarded Clarendon, Virginia, the dubious distinction of ranking it among "The Nine Yuppiest Neighborhoods in America." Thrillist defines "yuppies" as affluent young professionals who can afford to frequent the high-end retail haunts, such as Whole Foods, Starbucks and Lululemon, while keeping the luxury pet-grooming services in business as well.

Yuppies vs. Hipsters

Thrillist takes great pains to differentiate "yuppies" from hipsters -- those recent college grads or grad students who have taste and style but don't quite have the disposable income levels yet of their more affluent counterparts. Ironically, Thrillist notes that a developing neighborhood hasn't reached "peak gentrification" until the hipsters themselves are

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DC Urban Turf characterizes the American University Park neighborhood as “one of DC’s last frontiers” before the suburbs.  AU Park residents are more direct – they love the suburban feel of the neighborhood but with the cachet and convenience of a District address.  AU Park, true to its name, is near American University but few of the college’s buildings are actually located there.  The neighborhood extends from Massachusetts Avenue to the Southeast to Wisconsin Avenue to the Northeast, Nebraska Avenue to the Southeast, and Western Avenue to the Northwest.  Populated by young families and senior citizens, AU Park comprises largely residential homes with a few shops and eateries located along Wisconsin Avenue.   Residents have the option of going to

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Many of DC's most captivating real estate spaces on the market today are historic dwellings that have been uniquely repurposed for luxurious living.  The former Edmonds School, located on the corner of D Street, NE and 9th Street on Capitol Hill is one such example.  With its pitched roof and exposed brick, the school combines the charm of the original building with contemporary interiors, including dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.  Designed in 1902 by noted Washington architects Marsh and Peter, the school served its community well, finally closing in the 1990s after being used commercially for two decades.  The architects continue to draw praise for their creative use of the Colonial Revival style of the era to fit the school building

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DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor will soon be home to another luxury condo building. Bozzuto Homes is developing the hotly anticipated Parker15, located at the southeast corner of 15th and V Streets, NW. The 9-story complex is slated for completion in 2016 and combines contemporary exteriors with the area’s historic location as a backdrop. The 96-unit building features brick and metal accents with floor to ceiling windows in each of the units to maximize natural sunlight and showcase the sweeping views of the city from different vantage points. European-style cabinetry with sleek quartz countertops and gleaming hardwood floors offer inviting interiors for residents and guests.

Rich Musical History

The Parker15 site has a storied history as the location

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While Florida may be the obvious choice for early retirees at first blush, the Arlington/Alexandria, Virginia, area edged out Florida's major coastal cities as the most desirable locations for seniors. In fact, the only Florida city to make the Top Ten was Cape Coral.

Virginia Ranks High in Walkability; Healthcare

According to a recent Bankrate survey, while both Arlington and Alexandria are expensive, seniors benefit from Virginia's top-ranked health care system as well as the walkability of both areas. Located on the west bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria benefits from two Metro lines that provide easy access to Downtown DC as well as the Potomac River waterfront that provides hours of recreational enjoyment to walkers, cyclists, and

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With more and more Americans delaying marriage and children, pet ownership is at an all-time high. In fact, 68% of all U.S. households in 2013-2014 claimed at least one pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. Not surprisingly, spending on pet-related products and services hit more than $55 billion the same year. Although the greater DC area offers a plethora of dog parks and other pet-friendly environs, it's sometimes challenging to find developments in Rosslyn, Clarendon and other neighborhoods in Arlington, Virginia, that welcome Fido and other pets with open arms. And, especially so, if you and Fido want to live in a sleek high-rise with stunning views.

The Meaning of "Pet-friendly" Varies With the Development

The term

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With the opening of the Silver Metro line linking Reston and Tysons with Arlington, DC, and other greater Washington destinations, Tysons Corner continues its dramatic transformation into a walkable, transit-oriented community anchored by the shopping center. Macerich, the owner of the mega-shopping destination, just released plans to complete the buildout of the mall property. The proposal includes three new residential buildings, an office building and 133,045 SF of additional retail. Phases 1 and 2 of the project focused on the 555,360 SF Tysons Tower office building and a large public plaza which has resonated well with locals.

Residential Projects Booming

Two projects -- the Kettler-developed VITA Tower Apartments and the Hyatt Hotel --

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Once a desolate part of Alexandria, Virginia, the Potomac Yard neighborhood has been seeing significant revitalization driven in part by its prime location and the promise of a new Metro Station in 2018.  For years, Potomac Yard was one of the busiest railway yards on the East Coast, processing thousands of cars per day.  In the 1980s, the routes changed as many of the railroad companies merged and consolidated, diminishing the need for the facility, which ultimately fell into disrepair.  While the City of Alexandria examined a number of plans for redeveloping the so-called "brownfield land," including an ill-fated scheme to construct the new Redskins football stadium on the site, it wasn't until 1995 that City Planners secured approval for retail

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Barracks Row is a five-block stretch of Eighth Street, SE, in the Eastern Market neighborhood on Capitol Hill that has seen its fortunes dramatically change for the better since the late 1980s and 1990s. Once dismissed as a seedy area to be avoided, Barracks Row is now home to families and an eclectic collection of small, thriving businesses, restaurants, and bars. Just a short walk from the Capitol, Barracks Row is increasingly known as "the place" for Capitol Hill staffers to grab a drink following a long day and for anyone looking for good food and nightlife. The Barracks Row commercial roots are well-established. Because of its proximity to the Washington Navy Yard, established in 1799, Barracks Row evolved into the oldest commercial district in

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One of DC's Best Addresses

The Dresden in Kalorama is one of those buildings that is so elegant, so refined, that its name must only be whispered in quiet tones. There, you said it -- "The Dres-den." Built at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Kalorama Road in1909, the building boasts one of the most distinctive features of any building in the District -- a "rounded facade" that extends to pie-shaped homes in three of the building's seven levels. Renowned developer, Harry Wardman, who was responsible for many of the notable early 20th century buildings in DC, specifically constructed the building to allow for light-filled floor plans, the better to showcase the stunning views looking toward the Taft Bridge. An unexpectedly lush rooftop garden

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