Post Carlyle Square Apartments Architectural ImageLocation:Alexandria, Va.
Developer: Post Properties
Number of units: 344
Unit mix: Studios; one-, two-, and three-bedrooms; and penthouses
Rents:$1,725 to $4,305

Young professionals in Alexandria, Va., calling for top-notch amenities, an urban edge, and walkability have been answered by Post Properties with Post Carlyle Square, Block “O.”

Located in the transit-oriented city of Alexandria, and overlooking the traditional architecture of historic Old Town, the building features a tripartite design that affords its neighbors the benefit of the building’s curb appeal without being overwhelmed by the high-rise.

In developing the urban infill project, Post overcame obstacles including contaminated soils, which required removal and remediation, and an irregularly shaped site, which entailed extensive collaboration with structural engineers to address.

The developer also worked with the Design Review Board of the City of Alexandria to ensure that neighbors would be just as pleased with the outcome of the building as its residents would be. As it worked, the team kept in mind the brick-clad buildings typical of Old Town, yielding a façade adorned with brick detailing and glass in a refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary touches.

To accommodate the wants and needs of its target market (chiefly through high-quality amenities at a reasonable price), the team economized on unit size (average area: 907 square feet) to permit the use of luxurious finishes and details. Unit features vary based on price and can include granite countertops; hardwood floors; stainless steel, energy-efficient appliances; built-in wireless; and a balcony. Amenities available to all residents include a rooftop pool, rooftop fitness area, two courtyards with grilling areas, and a 24/7 virtual concierge. Walkability and beautiful views come gratis with the location.

Post Carlyle Square, Block “O,” has remade a once-polluted industrial site into a lively, urban, mixed-use community. The “O” might as well stand for “outstanding.”