Apartment Prices Steady as Luxury Units Open
– November 16, 2012 4:48 pm
By URIAH KISER
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A new luxury apartment complex is now open near Woodbridge’s ever-expanding Stonebridge shopping center.
The Enclave at Potomac Club boasts 406 new apartment units adjacent to a cluster of condominium homes aptly named — you guessed it — Potomac Club.
The apartments range from one to three bedrooms, and in prices between $1,600 a month for the one bedroom up to $2,490 for the three-bedroom unit.
They’re popular with federal workers and with those in the military who live in Virginia’s suburbs but commute to Washington, said Chelsey Jacbosen, who works in the complex’s leasing office.
The center also has a gym, swimming pool, is smoke-free, pet-friendly, and offers yoga classes to its residents. It’s ideal for those who want to live in the center of town – the site of several new chain stores and restaurants, a Wegmans grocery store, and the future home of Potomac Nationals baseball.
But before you begin to think Woodbridge has gone soft and affordable housing is no more, visit Potomac Ridge Apartments just off U.S. 1 on Powell’s Creek Boulevard in Woodbridge, formerly The Woods at Potomac Mills.
Complex manager Tracy Nelson took the reigns here earlier this year after working at the Misty Ridge apartment complex just up the street, which is also owned by the same company. While she has to keep her apartment units modernized with amenities like new granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and in-home washer/dryer units (new to apartments at the recently- renovated Potomac Ridge complex), Wegmans mania hasn’t swept up residents here.
“No one ever brings up the Wegmans area, and I’m surprised because I love it. Sometimes people come in here and say ‘I’ve never heard of it,’ and that surprises me,” said Nelson.
Her apartments are priced lower and are smaller than the Enclave, and range between $1,120 and $1,295 per month per apartment.
More apartment units are also being built nearby along U.S. 1, and Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi told attendees at a town hall meeting Thursday night at least 4,000 units have been approved or are already under construction within his district.
Upping the ante at Potomac Ridge, a new clubhouse, pool, and fitness center are being built and prices could eventually go up. But a reminder: it’s still a free market out there.
“Our prices may be a little different a year from now, but it’s still based on occupancy, so if we don’t think we can get [renters to pay] those prices, we won’t charge higher prices,” said Nelson.