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    Well, I pulled the trigger on Condo choice #2 last night. We ratified at 11:00 pm. It's been a crazy few days to say the least. Hopefully all of the other stuff (home inspection, title, appraisal, etc) will sail through. We close on July 28.

    I'll be moving into the West Village of Shirlington. Never in a million years did I think I would move there since the buildings' curb appeal from 4MR is lacking. But I quickly changed my mind because the complex offers:

    - 15-20 min walking distance to Shirlington (7-8 min bike ride),
    - located right on the WO&D,
    - there is a Cabi station right outside,
    - the condos are enormous,
    - beautiful large kitchens (by far the largest in my price range),
    - large walk in closets with built-ins,
    - coat closet in entry way,
    - large balcony,
    - no renovations required,
    - supposedly the largest pool in Arlington,
    - free rush hour shuttle to Pentagon City metro (with an arrival time app),
    - a fitness center (decent sized too),
    - a club/party room,
    - communal BBQs and sitting areas,
    - next to 4 bus routes,
    - individual storage facilities that are so large they come with their own deeds (seriously) - you could fit a lot of bikes/cycling stuff in them,
    - free parking, and
    - I can finally host parties!

    Regardless of whether I keep my bike in my apartment or my storage unit, I will still have to deal with stairs (1.5 flights) but there is a landing, the stairs are wide and the walls are made of brick so scuffing things up a bit won't matter.

    I did not see any bike racks on the property though (major fail!) but will bring it up at the condo association meetings. I'm gonna be the "bike lady."

    Fingers crossed everything works out okay with the paperwork.

    And yes, housing prices in Arlington/Alexandria are crazy. This place seemed to offer the best value for money and I won't be paying any more out of pocket than I do now renting.

    Y'all should consider the place if you want to be close to DC and on a multi-use trail. Happy hour at Cap City!

    (I'd still like to attach a winch to the balcony though).
    Last edited by KLizotte; 06-21-2017 at 10:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    (I'd still like to attach a winch to the balcony though).
    Let me know if you decide to do that. I've got two unused winch bike hoists just like the Good Doctor pictured and would be willing to give you one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    Let me know if you decide to do that. I've got two unused winch bike hoists just like the Good Doctor pictured and would be willing to give you one.
    Ha! That's amazing but I'm sure that would be against condo rules and I doubt the folks living below would be pleased. Many thanks for the offer though.
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    Nice! Now you need one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n18 View Post
    Nice! Now you need one of these.
    Oh wow! I never knew these existed. Anyone know if they work well in real life? I have a VersaCart that I love but it's not gonna be practical once I move.

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