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Rated 2 out of 5?by 1 reviewer.
Rated 2 out of 5?by nittanyhokie Resident Review Overview/history: I have lived in the building for almost 10 years. When I first moved in, it was a great building with a mix of grad students, young professionals, families and long time residents, some have lived here for more than 30 years. Despite its age, it was a great place to live, with reasonable rent, a good location and a great sense of community. In the past I have referred people who have moved into the building. However, in the past year or so this has all changed. Rents have gone up, the building is now charging for utilities and more fees and charges are coming soon. Potmac Towers is an old building with none of the luxuries offered in other buildings in the area. Here is my review of the building... Gym: The strength training equipment is family new and in good condition. The cardio equipment is in poor condition, old, and in some cases even rusty. There are 4 TV's in the gym, only one works. The gym is included in the rent. (for now) Office space: The office space is small, but adequate, and includes 2 computers and 2 printers. Residents are able to print for free (for now), but are blocked from many websites, including social media sites like Facebook. Pool: The pool remains one of the best features of living at Potomac Towers. It is included in the rent (for now), and is at least 3 times as big as newer apartment buildings and has plenty of lounge chairs and space to lay out. Parking: Parking is plentiful and included in the rent (for now). Storage: Storage is only available to residents who moved in before 2007. It is included in the rent, however there are plans underway to charge residents for storage space. Recently (May 2013) residents were force to consolidate their things into one storage area. There were also restrictive hours placed on residents to be able to access their own possessions. Utilities: Until December, 2012, utilities were included in the rent. The building decided to charge residents for electricity, water and gas and installed electronic meters in every apartment. These are the same type of meters that are banned in parts of Europe because of the believed cancer risks. The problem with this is that since it is an old building, the only thing they can accurately measure is the electricity. The water, gas, heating and cooling can only be estimated based on apartment size and occupancy. You will be charged the same, whether you use a lot or a little. This change to a over 50 year policy of having utilities included in the rent caused an uproar in the building, causing many long-time residents to move out. Residents were supposed to get their first utility bills on March 1, however, as of June 10, no one I know has received a bill. There is no way of knowing what the utility charges will be. Renovations: The renovations to the building are finally finishing up after over 5 years. The new windows and ceiling fans were a welcome addition. However, the rest of the renovations were hurriedly and cheaply done. From the outside, the new kitchen looks nice, but look underneath the counter and you will see what I believe are cheap materials and poor workmanship. The new appliances are lower quality and not energy efficient, which would have been nice since the building now charges for utilities. Nothing was done in the bathrooms and long-time residents were forced to move from their apartments in order to renovate them and if they stayed in the building, were rewarded with higher rents. Views: Some apartments, which have higher rents, do have fantastic views of DC, Georgetown and Rosslyn. The rooftop deck offers an amazing panoramic view of the area, however it has been closed for years, with no sign of reopening. Outdoor area: The outdoor area is large and relaxing. It features grills and a playground. 4 out of the 5 grills are usable and they are sometimes in high demand. One of grills has been broken since the fall of 2012 and as of June 2013 remains broken and one of the riding animals on the playground is missing a bolt and hasn't been fixed in years. Smoking: Smoking is permitted in and around the building. The management is reluctant to change this policy. I've never had a problem with smoke, but people I know who live below a exit door or have a neighbor who smokes (kitchen vents are connected) have had issues. Recommendation: If you are looking for a short-term rental then this might be a decent option. However, there are too many uncertainties with the possible additions of extra fees and charges like storage, parking and other amenities to recommend living here longer that 1 or 2 years. It really is too bad how the building has changed. I do not recommend living here to friends or family anymore. June 14, 2013
Property OverviewPotomac Towers are conveniently located in the heart of Arlington, a short distance to Courthouse Metro and only minutes from Washington DC, Rosslyn, and the Nation's capitol. We are located directly off 66 and offer easy access to shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Relax on our rooftop sun deck, cool off in our sparkling swimming pool, and stay in shape in our fitness center. On nice days, you will want to enjoy our playground, and picnic area with barbecues. To make life easier, we even have an onsite convenience store,and dry cleaning. Laundry rooms are located on every floor. Inside our comfortable newly remodeled apartments you'll find big, bright windows and hardwood floors. Our kitchens feature gas ranges, frost-free refrigerators, dishwashers, garbage disposal and built in microwave. All apartments are prewired for cable TV and high-speed Internet. Keep the perfect environment with your individually controlled heat and air conditioning. *Free parking* *Close to Metro* *Capital Bikeshare Station near by Give our friendly leasing office a call today and inquire about rent special and to find out more about your next apartment home!
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Name Rent Deposit Beds Baths Sq. Ft.
- Air Conditioning
- Unfurnished Available
- High Speed Internet Available
- Business Center
- Package Receiving
- Wheelchair Access
- Fitness Center: Free
- On-Site Management
- On-Site Maintenance
- Controlled Access
- 3 Months
- 6 Months
- 9 Months
- 12 Months
- Cats Allowed
- Small Dogs Allowed
- Pet Interview Required
Dogs and cats accepted. Please call 703-524-2220 for details.
Pet Questions? Call Toll Free: (571) 366-8919
- Parking Lot
Additional Parking Information
- 1 spot per resident.
- Distance to Dry Cleaning: On-site
- Distance to Laundromat: On-site
- Train: Courthouse Metro - Within Walking Distance
- Bus: Metrobus - Within Walking Distance
- Highway: I-66 - Less Than 5 Minute Drive
- Elementary School: Key Elementary
- Junior High School: Swanson Middle School
- High School: Washington & Lee High School
- BuildingType: Apt. Community,Mid-rise (11-25)
- Number of Floors: 10
- Number of Units: 406
- Housing Type: Short Term Lease, Unfurnished
- Weekdays: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM, Except Mon. - Sat.: the office is closed 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
- Saturday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
- Sunday: 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM