EastView at Ballston
EastView Ballston in 2 sentences: EastView at Ballston is a condo conversion community located one block from the Ballston Metro. With lots of amenities and smart floor plans that have either a sunroom or balcony, EastView offers modern living at a reasonable price.
Address: 1001 N Randolph St
Metro: Ballston-MU – 1 block
Year Built: 1989 (2005 condo conversion)
Building Amenities: Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Center, Business Center, On-Site Management, Grilling Area
Area Amenities: Ballston Farmer’s Market, Rus Uz, Giant Grocery Store, Rustico, A-Town Bar & Grill, Big Buns, Chipotle, Harris Teeter, Kettler Capitals IcePlex, Staples, Central Library
EastView was originally built in 1989 as apartments along with its sister property WestView, before converting into condominiums in 2005. Upon conversion, the entire building was renovated including the inside of residences, hallways, amenities, and the lobby. Some conversions leave out part of the building, or keep the same interiors inside the units; not so at EastView.
Because of this renovation, we now have a building that was built in 1980’s that can now compete with the newer rental buildings and newer condominium buildings in the area. When you walk into some condos in Arlington, VA, you instantly feel the age of the building when you walk into the lobby. (This could be one of the reasons Hyde Park recently renovated their lobby).
EastView’s lobby has a modern feel that welcomes residents and guests alike. There is also a business center and on-site management off to the side of the lobby. Other amenities on the lobby level are the outdoor pool, the hot tub, and the grilling area. Even though the pool and hot tub are seasonal, the pool deck stays open year-round so residents can enjoy the grilling area and deck space.
The units at EastView consist of one and two-bedroom layouts. Unlike other buildings in the area, all of the two-bedroom layouts at EastView Ballston have two bathrooms. In addition, the closet space for two bedrooms is usually plentiful, allowing residents with the largest of wardrobes to store their clothes comfortably. There is also extra storage for those with extra stuff.
Most condominiums at EastView will have hardwood floors and granite countertops. Kitchens are open and sometimes have a breakfast bar, although they are a bit on the smaller side.
But the big choice for future residents at EastView condos is to decide between having a balcony or a sunroom. Surely there are pros and cons for both options, so it will just come down to personal preference. Some like the idea of having outdoor space in a condominium, while others like the idea of having an extra year-round room to use. One thing to note is that in 2015, EastView at Ballston replaced the windows in all the sunrooms to improve the insulation.
Located on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Randolph Street puts you at the center of Ballston. Even though Fairfax Dr is a busy street, the main entrance to EastView is on Randolph (1001 N Randolph Street) so you do not get as much foot traffic as you would if the building opened up to Fairfax Drive. In addition, since EastView is pushed back from Fairfax Drive, noise from the street is reduced significantly.
The downsides to EastView at Ballston Metro is that there are no studios and no floor plans larger than about 1,040 square feet. Also, the floor plans are pretty standard. You can not go in and tear down a bunch of walls, rearrange the kitchen, and move around the bedroom. Sure there might be a few walls you can take out or do some small renovations, but you probably will not have any drastic renovations take place at EastView.
EastView is going to check a lot of boxes. It is a pet-friendly building and it also an attractive spot for renters. Floor plans are smart, open, basic, and will appeal to many potential residents. When it is all said and done, EastView offers reasonably-priced condos in a great location.
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