Now that Amazon has announced its new HQ2 (or, HQ2s, as it were), attention has turned to real estate in the two winning spots, Crystal City, VA and Long Island City, NY. After all, each chosen city is expected to have 25,000 jobs to fill. Of course, many of those jobs are executive-level, and finding a suitable property could be challenging for those on the upper end.
Crystal City doesn’t have much in the way of residential real estate, period, at the moment, let alone luxury. But, the area is ripe for redevelopment. “The neighborhood is walkable and just a few subway stops from downtown Washington and Capitol Hill,” said the New York Times. “The area also has one of the country’s best-educated work forces, and the public school systems rank high.”
In Long Island City, you have an area that is already one of the most expensive in Queens, with a median home price just under $770,000. Development has been steady, and upscale apartments can be found in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City for well over $1 million for a two-bedroom, two-bath.
But, for many who will be making the move, these homes just won’t do. Thankfully, the areas surrounding and within easy reach of the new HQ2s are rich with everything from view-oriented high rises, to classic estates, to majestic waterfront properties. The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program rounded up a few of our favorites.
Crystal City, VA
Just four miles from Crystal City, this Arlington, VA penthouse offers serene, panoramic views that may make it hard to leave or work. Drink in vistas of Washington, DC and the Potomac River from the incredible wraparound, floor-to-ceiling windows in the two-story living room, or step out onto one of three balconies. The unit features extensive marble throughout and a designer kitchen with gleaming countertops and high-end appliances, plus a sauna, Jacuzzi tub, steam shower, and three garage spaces conveniently located near the elevator.
An eight-mile drive down George Washington Parkway from Crystal City yields a spectacular reward, with close-up, year-round Potomac River views from almost every room. Feel like you’re on vacation every day as you gaze out over the water or head out for a ride on the adjacent Mount Vernon Bike Path. From the two-story foyer with circular staircase, to the heart of pine floors, to the soaring ceilings, to the kitchen fit for a gourmet chef, to the four-car garage, this home has it all. And, that includes a separate one-bedroom in-law suite replete with its own living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, and entrance.
Prefer to live in Washington, DC? How about an iconic manse on one of the city’s best streets? This stunning residence is under five miles from Crystal City and just footsteps from the US Capitol. The home itself is equally compelling, with grand entertainment spaces including the spacious living room, family room, and outdoor dining terrace, as well as a massive recreation room on the lower level. The gourmet kitchen is right out of Architectural Digest, and plush private areas and a colorful garden add to the allure.
The spaces are grand in this magnificent manse, and so is the lifestyle potential. You only have to go 17 miles out of the city to spread out on one and one-third acres of gorgeous gardens with a pond and vast lawns, not to mention a pool, right off of tranquil Manhasset Bay. Interior living spaces can easily accommodate your soiree or charity event, while also providing luxurious comfort for everyday living.
Enjoy an easy commute to Amazon with a private setting that feels like you’re a world away! Located at the very end of Sands Point, this 2012-built waterfront colonial puts nothing between you and your own 156-foot, private, deeded beach. Detailed architecture yields custom fireplaces and moldings, a designer-perfect marble kitchen, and oversized windows that drink in breathtaking New York City skyline views from every room.