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London Curry House Grand Opening in Cameron Station today!

london-curry-house-logoOver the last few months, Cameron Station has been buzzing about the new tenants of the restaurant space, London Curry House.  There was certainly a ton of curiosity surrounding the massive transformation of the space that took place over a relatively short time.   Well…they opened today and here is what I think…I LOVE them so far!

Some Highlights:

1)  They gave us FREE food.  Free lunch and dinner were offered today.  Admittedly, it was chaos, but the staff was nice and any restaurant who gives free food get’s an A in my book…

2) They put down carpet to reduce the acoustics…anyone who went to the old restaurant knows how loud it would get in there.

3) There is a fun vibe and the warm reds make it feel more comfortable.

4) They have  an AWESOME kids menu…we didn’t get to try it today because they did buffet style (since it was free for anyone who showed up…and pretty much everyone in the neighborhood did).  But it is nice to know they thought about the kids.

5)  The Butter Chicken they served was super yummy.  My 2.5 year old scarfed it down…that is saying a lot.

6)  They deliver!!!  Yay!

7)  The manager/owner seems genuinely friendly and like he really cares about the restaurant doing well and pleasing the customers…which is great!

Honestly the atmosphere today was a bit of a madhouse (understandably), but I appreciated the good-will gesture and his marketing strategy of getting people in on the first day by offering free food.  Any time you have to make mass quantities, it can be a bit challenging, but I thought the food was very good considering they had to prepare enough for a small army today.  I  am really looking forward to trying it again when it is a more normal atmosphere and we can order off the menu.

All in all, I am really pleased with the change and wish them lots of luck!  I hope others feel the same way.

Thank you London Curry House for the free meal today…we look forward to eating there again!

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Alexandria VA-OPEN HOUSE, Sun. 9/11/11, 1pm-4pm

2181 Jamieson Ave, #402, Alexandria, VA 22314

This charming 2 BR/ 2 BA unit is located in the luxury condo community of Carlyle Towers; steps to King St Metro, Old Town, Whole Foods, Patent & Trademark Office, AMC Theater, Starbucks and more. Conveniently positioned to easily access roof-top amenities of the community, this unit boasts fresh neutral paint, stainless appl, high ceilings, addtn’l storage unit & assigned gar parking included.

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Old Town-Alexandria,VA Open House-Sunday, July 24 2011, 1pm-4pm






Alexandria, VA 22314

2 BR/1.5 Bath home w/open floor plan tastefully appointed and renovated  w/ a wonderful blend of old & new. LR with brick hearth fireplace & gourmet eat-in kit w/custom cab. French doors open to a secluded garden w/ slate patio. Third level loft is ideal for guest suite, den or office. Ample storage, rich hard wood floors, OFF ST. PARKING & Home Warranty Included. Blocks to METRO, shops & restaurants.

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Alexandria VA OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, May 8, 2011, 1pm-4pm

426 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

UNIQUE & PRISTINE 3 BR/ 3.5 Bath Townhouse close to everything. Walk to King Street restaurants and shops, 2 blocks to Whole Foods or 3 blocks to metro and only 1 mile to River. Hardwoods throughout all 4 levels. Private ground level office or BR w/private full ba. Gourmet kitchen w/granite, all high-end SS appl & decorator pot rack. Neutral paints. Deck off kit-perfect for grilling. 2 CAR GARAGE. Each BR w/private bath. Top flr has pool table & roof terrace.  Across the street from STARBUCKS too!

Hope to see you there! Click here for more info and photos.

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Alexandria/Fairfax County Open House-Sunday, May 1, 2011/1-4pm

Alexandria, VA 22307 

Total Living Square Feet: 3360 with Lower Level Walk-Out to large brick patio

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BRAC-133 in Alexandria VA (Mark Center)-Infrastructure Impact

Location map Alexandria, Virginia
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In an article written by: Dak Hardwick and Don Buch for the Cameron Station Compass

BRAC-133”, scheduled to be fully open and operational by September 15, 2011, will bring approximately 6,400 DOD personnel to the West End of Alexandria. As this building is owned by the federal government, it is not subject to local zoning rules and regulations. However, over the past two years, various citizens’ groups and the City of Alexandria have been working to help mitigate the impact of BRAC-133 as a consequence of its being located in a semi-residential area with a limited transportation infrastructure.

Short/Mid-Term Road Improvements — If you’ve been in the Seminary Road/Beauregard Street area recently, you’ve probably seen some ongoing road construction. The City of Alexandria is undertaking some minor road improvements, including a “triple left” from westbound Seminary onto southbound Beauregard in an effort to alleviate some of the BRAC-bound traffic. Construction of several additional improvements will begin in late winter 2011/early spring 2012 and are expected to take two to three years to complete.

BRAC Transportation Management Plan — DOD and the City of Alexandria have been working on an extensive Transportation Management Plan (TMP) that offers a variety of traffic mitigation efforts. There will be frequent peak period shuttles from five different Metro stations. That includes service between the King Street station and Mark Center every ten minutes on a service open to public ridership.

Long Term Transportation Improvements — In early February, the Virginia Secretary of Transportation announced plans to pursue a new HOV ramp from the northbound HOV lanes of I-395 to westbound Seminary Road (reversing at evening rush hours). The estimated cost of this project is approximately $80 million. Although some questions remain about the exact scope and scale of the project, the Alexandria City Council has endorsed the proposed ramp and is currently working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to move it forward as expeditiously as reasonably possible.

As many would expect, this project may also significantly affect Real Estate Values and requirements in the Alexandria Area, most pronouncedly on the West End of the city.  The demand both for homes to purchase and to rent near the new center will undoubtedly increase as this project moves forward.

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Open House-Alexandria, VA-Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1pm-4pm

1100 Quaker Hill Drive, #1, Alexandria VA 22314

Beautiful Condo in quiet community with an open floor plan that makes the large rooms seem even more spacious. Two entrances on two levels. Great kitchen that has friendly pass-through to dining room. Master BR w/walk in closet. Welcoming patio entrance just steps from parking. Luxury bath w/sep shower and jacuzzi tub. Tons of storage space. Enjoy Pool and Pond.  Just min. to King Street metro, old Town and I-495.


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Alexandria VA Open House…steps to Shirlington…Sunday March 27, 1-4pm!

3777 GUNSTON RD #541, Alexandria VA 22302

Fantastic 2-lvl, end-unit in the great community of Parkfairfax. High-end SS appliances,granite,tiled floor/backsplash. Crown molding/ recessed lighting. Solid wood doors, gleaming parquet floors and literally just steps to the Shirlington Footbridge & Metro bus!!! Overlooks gorgeous park-like courtyard! Washer/Dryer in unit.  Community has amenities such as: Pool, Tennis Courts, Rec Facility, Tot-lot/playground, grilling areas and courtyards.  Easy access to I-395 and just steps to the Shirlington Footbridge and metrobus.