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Who Wants a Big Balcony? Alexandria Knolls West Condos have the Biggest!

As an Alexandria, Virginia resident and REALTOR®, I get to see a lot of Northern Virginia condominiums.  While few wish to be outside on a cold day like today (with snow flurries this morning), most of the year provides beautiful, temperate weather in Northern Virginia.
 
Very tiny balcony
 
One criteria that many condo buyers ask for time after time is a balcony, terrace or patio.  Washingtonians as a group spend a lot of time inside at their high-pressured jobs, whether in the government or private sector.  At home, in the evenings, or on the weekends, condo dwellers like to be able to spend some time in the outdoor fresh air.  Unless you live in a single-family home with a big yard or a townhouse with a deck or community park, the next best choice is a big balcony.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Many balconies at Northern Virginia condos are very small, with little use other than a bit of storage.  Not an inviting atmosphere for spending time outside relaxing, dining, reading, or gardening.  However, there is one condo in Alexandria with REALLY BIG BALCONIES!  That condominium is Alexandria Knolls West
 
How do I know?  I live there.
 
Alexandria Knolls West big balcony

 

VERY LARGE ALEXANDRIA KNOLLS WEST BALCONY 
 
 
Look at that huge 40 foot by 6 foot balcony!  We took this picture during the Summer when our balcony garden was in full bloom.  Notice the sliding glass doors from each room onto the balcony.  During the warm Spring, Summer, and Autumn months, we enjoy eating 3 meals a day on our lovely balcony overlooking Old Town Alexandria in the distance.  Many residents of Alexandria Knolls decorate their balconies beautifully and enjoy the spacious outdoor space.
 
Alexandria Knolls West condo
 
 
Alexandria Knolls West (AKW) is located at 6101 Edsall Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.  There are 191 condo units in the 18-story building.  There are several one bedroom and two bedroom models available, all with large balconies ranging in size from 30 to 40 feet long.  AKW sits right in the heart of the Condo Canyon area of the West End of Alexandria, conveniently situated near Landmark Mall, Route 395, Route 95, and the Capital Beltway.  Old Town Alexandria is a short 4 mile drive East.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Currently available condos at Alexandria Knolls West (as of April 18, 2008):
 
Alexandria Knolls West                2 Bedrooms   2 Bathrooms   $288,999  (View the virtual tour)
 
Alexandria Knolls West                2 Bedrooms   2 Bathrooms   $289,990
 
Alexandria Knolls West                1 Bedroom    1  Bathroom    $239,900
 
 
 
For a private viewing of any of these units at Alexandria Knolls West condos or any other condominium in Northern Virginia or D.C., please call me at 703-626-0715 or send me an e-mail at brian@brianblock.com
 

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsBrian Block • January 15 2008 05:11PM

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That IS big!  Even when my daughter chose an apartment in Texas, she chose the model with the biggest balcony.  You're right, some of them don't allow you to do much more than step outside to check the temperature first hand.  By the way, prices sure are consistent here.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago
I love your balcony! I also love the fact that the railing is huge concrete. Safer. Thanks for sharing the big plus for these condos.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

Brian,

Even with Pennsylvania winters you can 'squeeze' 8 or 9 months of good outdoor use from such a feature!!! And we sorely miss the covered outdoor patio in our prior residence!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 10 years ago
Wow... that is a huge balcony... and the plants are beautiful!  If I ever had to get a condo.... I would need this type of balcony.... I need my outdoor space.
Posted by M A about 10 years ago
MARGARET:  Yes, they are some of the biggest balconies I've seen on any condos in the metro-D.C. area.  When we had a party at our place the other Summer, we practically had the whole gang of 35-40 guests out on the balcony.  
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
SALLY:  Thanks.  The railings being high and concrete do give you a much better sense of security when you are standing or sitting out there.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
FRAN:  That's about the same amount of outdoor months that we get here in Northern Virginia.  December, January, and February are a bit too cold.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
MARTIN:  Thanks for your comment and your compliment on our garden.  We also grew tomatoes out on the balcony and it was a delight to wake up every morning to a handful of ripe ones.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
Definitely a big difference in balconies!  I have a brother that lives in Alexandria and he has a beautiful view of the interstate!  :)  But it works!  I really do like your balcony with all of that space!
Posted by n d (Naoma Doriguzzi) about 10 years ago
Looks like a good value for the area. We love our back yard in Michigan but it is a nice alternative .
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 10 years ago
Years ago I lived in a studio apartment in Falls Church and I didn't have a balcony and hated it.  When I had enough money to buy my first place I told my Realtor do not even show me a place that does not have a balcony.  I think balcony's are a GREAT selling feature!
Posted by Sandra Hughes, Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia (Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia) about 10 years ago
NAOMA:  The big balcony and the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors in the living room and both bedrooms sold us on Alexandria Knolls condos.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
TERRY:  Thanks for your comment.  These condos are some of the best buys in Alexandria.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
SANDRA:  Getting some outdoor air once in a while, is a must in my book.  We love the balcony, and I have a lot of clients who want balconies on their condos.  We can even grill out there for barbeques.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
WOW - That IS a big balcony!  Impressive.  That sure beats many of the ones I see in the District. 
Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) about 10 years ago
JAMES:  They are the biggest balconies around, so I think.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
Brian- You have a nice balcony, how much time do you get to spend out there? In what months of the year? I never understood why someone would buy a condo on the ocean here with a teeny tiny balcony with those awesome views! It makes no sense! Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 10 years ago
Brian, some kind of outdoor space makes a condo so much more attractive, at least in my opinion.  I spend a lot of time on my front porch, and I'd be lost with no way to step outside or sit and blog!  Well, not today.  Maybe not in August, but the space is very usable for about eight months out of the year.
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago
KATERINA:  Thanks.  Generally from about mid-March through early November we're able to spend time out on the balcony.  It was one of the big selling points when we bought the condo.  A couple years ago, we had it tiled with the Mediterranean tiles.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
PATRICIA:  I certainly agree.  Being locked up inside all day can make one irritable.  
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
These impressive balconies were one of my deciding factors when looking for a condo in Alexandria. I am lucky enough to have 2 balconies in my unit. A 30' one spanning from my living room to guest room and a second private balcony off my master bedroom.
Posted by Holly over 6 years ago

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