Monthly Archive: February 2011

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How to Turn a 330-Sq. Ft. Apartment Into a 24-Room Mini Mansion

Think your apartment is small? Architect Gary Chang lives in what amounts to a glorified walk-in closet: a tiny, 330-sq. ft. tenement apartment in high-density Hong Kong. But Chang’s humble abode hasn’t stopped him from thinking big. Using a clever...

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National Harbor: Top-Notch Amenities on the Shores of the Potomac

When you hear the name National Harbor, what comes to mind? Mountain peaks? The desert? Arboreal creatures? Of course not. Water. You think of water and boats. You also likely think of Washington, D.C. OK, I know. Right now, you’re...

DC USA

DC USA Shopping Center Leads Columbia Heights Revival

Opened in 2008, DC USA claims it’s the District’s “largest retail complex.” With three levels, 500,000 square feet of retail and restaurant choices, including the city’s only Target – and this one a two-level, 180,000-square-foot job – it’s easy to...

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Lansdowne: Fine Wine, Dining Await the Renter in This Upscale Community

Lansdowne (aka “Lansdowne on the Potomac”) is a small unincorporated community in Loudoun County, Va. Technically, it’s part of historic Leesburg, which, as of July 1, 2009, had a population of 40,927 people. (Of course, the Lansdowne area has far...

Reston Town Center

Reston Town Center: Live, Work and Play Without Ever Leaving Home

On its website, Reston Town Center calls itself the “successful, oft-emulated mixed-use Reston Town Center.” A heady combination of retail and business, “mixed-use” projects have become popular with city planners these days, and with phase one of the Reston project...