The Exchange at Van Dorn condominium community was developed by Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s largest condo companies, in 2003. According to the Crescent Heights’ website they aim to create award-winning condominium homes that offer a sophisticated lifestyle, superior design and incomparable value. With several floor plans to choose from, unbeatable amenities and a stellar location within a mile of 2 Metro stations, The Exchange at Van Dorn is an excellent place to call home! There are 404 units ranging from 600 to 1,284 square feet. The Hayes and Roosevelt models have 1 bedroom and 1 full bath, while the Madison and Adams include 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath. Units with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths are available in the Eisenhower, Jefferson and Kennedy models. The property features controlled access garage parking and residents enjoy the exclusive use of all community amenities.
There is a chic clubhouse on the premises with an elegant spiral staircase in the lobby. Community members may rent out the conference room, great room and kitchen facilities on the second floor of the clubhouse for parties, meetings or other special events. Plans are in the works to purchase a flat screen TV and a Bluray player for the great room; this would be ideal for watching sporting events or movies. There is an indoor basketball court, a fitness center with Cardio Theater and locker rooms, a billiards room and a high tech business center, all of which are open 24/7. The business center includes a new printer/copier/fax and 2 new computers. Exterior amenities include a swimming pool with sundeck, a playground, picnic areas with grills, courtyards, green space and a small lake. The condo association provides a free shuttle to the Van Dorn Metro (blue line trains) during weekday mornings and evenings. If you need to ride the yellow line, the Eisenhower Avenue station is just down the street. There is a very informative website maintained by the condo association and a newsletter is printed quarterly. Some of the information found there includes news from management, maintenance request forms, electronic versions of the newsletter, community events, contact information and more. The e-mail list is a painless way to stay informed about happenings in the neighborhood. Pets under 45 lbs are welcome; one pet per unit is allowed for those persons moving in after October 23, 2007. Various committees such as Communications, Social and Energy Task Force are available for anyone looking to get involved.
The Exchange at Van Dorn is ideally located near everything including restaurants, shopping, leisure activities, employers and major roads. There is plenty to do in nearby Old Town Alexandria which features a collection of unique shops and restaurants, historic attractions, art galleries and plenty of green space along the Potomac River. The Hoffman Town Center is located right off Eisenhower Avenue and includes a 22-screen AMC Movie Theater, the Hoffman Buildings and a great mix of restaurants such as Galae Thai, Ted’s Montana Grill, Coldstone Creamery and San Antonio Grill. Conveniently located Del Ray offers several outdoor eateries, places to hear live music, specialty shops and many therapeutic services such as massage, yoga, Pilates and acupuncture. Whole Foods Market is well-situated on Duke Street near the beginning of Old Town. Sportrock, the area’s leading indoor rock climbing facility, Jungles Gym and Cameron Run Regional Park along with numerous parks and walking paths in the area should help satisfy your recreation needs. Cameron Run features a Great Waves Waterpark, batting cages, picnic areas and a miniature golf course, while one of the area’s biggest parks, Ben Brenman, has numerous athletic fields. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Alexandria are just 3 blocks away from the Hoffman Town Center. Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, Fort Myer, the Navy Yard and Bolling and Andrews Air Force Bases are all easily accessed from this community. The Beltway and Interstates 395/95 are all close by; there is even a new ramp leading over the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland right off Eisenhower Avenue! Students attend Samuel Tucker Elementary, Francis Hammond Middle and T.C. Williams High Schools.
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