Providing Natural Solutions for Male Sexual Health
There's not much we can count on in life, but if there's one guarantee, we can bet that our bodies change as we grow older. That's especially true for men as they age. One moment you're partying at the club, waking up refreshed, and hitting the gym. The next moment, getting out of bed is a chore. You're sore in places you never thought before, and hangovers don't just go away after a hot shower and a big breakfast.
And while sore joints and backaches can be treated with aspirin and ice, other signs of aging aren't as easy to treat. Of course, we're talking about challenges in getting and maintaining erections needed to satisfy your partner. At the extreme, we all know it as erectile dysfunction or ED for short but long before full ED, there are warning signs that things aren't working as they used to work. Hearing the ED word sends shivers down most men's spines. When you think about it, that makes sense - being unable to perform when you need to most is a scary thought.
If you're beginning to suffer from ED or male performance issues or you've been dealing with performance issues for some time, it may seem like nobody has any solutions or even really understands how these issues can impact your life and sense of well-being. However, ED of varying degrees is very common. More than 18 million men suffer from the condition in the U.S. Unfortunately, many of those men hide their performance issues without ever addressing them. If you're one of those men, and it feels like you're stuck in a rut with no help, we're here to tell you you're not alone. Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC is here to provide you with a long-lasting solution to help you regain confidence and perform like you used to.
Additionally, many men including the so-called "bio hackers" are using our treatments to PREVENT the performance decline in the first place. Why wait for the inevitable when you can implement strategies to prevent the decline in the first place.
The Proactive Wellness Center Difference
Our programs are all about reversing and slowing the aging process, preventing disease, and treating chronically ill patients. We utilize a three-pronged approach:
- 1. We equip patients with the knowledge required to take charge of their health and achieve optimal well-being.
- 2. We focus on disease prevention by providing a thorough evaluation using comprehensive diagnostics including the patient-supplied information.
- 3. We work with patients to implement a rejuvenation program consisting of various science-based treatments that reduce cellular degeneration, promote tissue regeneration and healing, and slow down the aging process.
We consider every individual as physiologically unique. As such, we don't subscribe to a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, leveraging genetics and advanced testing, utilizing advanced therapeutics like Gainswave and addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for reducing many chronic conditions that men suffer from year-round.
Our vision is to provide the latest in scientifically-validated therapies for reversing the aging process, preventing chronic disease, and optimizing health. For men whoare just starting to have challenges, or who have erectile dysfunction, or for the biohackers that just want everything optimized, one of those proven therapies is GAINSWave therapy in Rosslyn, VA
- Providing Natural Solutions for Male Sexual Health
- The Proactive Wellness Center Difference
- What is GAINSWave Therapy?
- What Makes GAINSWave Therapy in Rosslyn, VA Work?
- Other Treatments and Programs from Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
- Achieve Your Wellness Goals at Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
What is GAINSWave Therapy?
If you have ED or even a minor decline in sexual performance, there's a good chance you've already seen your primary care doctor. You've talked to them about the issues you're facing. And, if they're like many doctors, they prescribed you some pills and sent you on your way. Unfortunately, going this route doesn't do much to solve erectile dysfunction - you're just putting a band-aid on the problem. Plus, you're putting strange chemicals in your body via a "little blue pill" that may cause adverse side effects.
At the end of the day, you need a real-deal solution to ED, not a quick fix. The good news? A safe, non-invasive, injection-free answer to your problems exists. It's called GAINSWave therapy, and according to recent studies, it has shown an 85-92% success rate for mild to moderate cases of erectile dysfunction.
Reports from men who have used GAINSWave therapy in Rosslyn, VA report the following benefits:
- Stronger, Longer Lasting Erections
- Improved Sexual Pleasure
- More Blood Circulation and Flow
- Better Girth and Length
- Less Rest Needed Between Orgasms
- Enhanced Intimacy in the Bedroom
Unlike many ED treatments, you don't have to worry about surgery or drugs when you choose GAINSWave. This revolutionary treatment uses acoustic wave technology, also called pulse wave therapy, instead of surgery or pills, which helps to rebuild blood flow to the penile region, thereby boostings erectile strength and, by proxy, confidence.
But the benefits of GAINSWave don't end there. This therapy also breaks up micro plaques and boosts nitric oxide, which forms new blood vessels and collagen. That's exciting news for men suffering from Peyronie's disease, which is another condition specific to male sexual health.
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What Makes GAINSWave Therapy in Rosslyn, VA Work?
With time, men's blood flow decreases, sensitivity isn't what it once was, and blood vessels start to get thinner or even partially or fully blocked. With GAINSWave, high-frequency, low-intensity shockwaves rejuvenate areas of the penis that have suffered with age. For instance, micro plaques are removed, new blood vessels form, and blood flow increases. According to several clinical studies, enhanced blood flow from GAINSWave translates to more sustainable, rigid erections in 75% of men.
Though males in America are only beginning to realize the benefits of GAINSWave, it's a treatment that has been used for over a decade around the world. Backed by science and proven to rejuvenate vasculature in male erections, GAINSWave works without any pain or recovery time. In fact, it's possible to pop into Proactive Wellness Centers on your lunch break for a therapy session.
Proactive Wellness Centers' GAINSWave treatments feature:
- Low-Intensity Pulse or Shockwaves
- All Natural
- No Needles
- No Pills
- No Pain
- No Surgery
- No Recovery Time
- Quick Procedures
Because this procedure is needle, surgery, and drug-free, most men don't have to suffer through costly insurance claims or unsightly scarring. With GAINSWave and our comprehensive and personalized ED treatment plans, all you need to focus on is enjoying life, knowing your erectile dysfunction is a thing of the past.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Gainswave Therapy in Rosslyn, VA?
If you're a man over the age of 30 and want to optimize your performance or if you are suffering a decline in this area, GAINSWave may be for you. That's even more true if other treatments never worked. For many men, those unsuccessful solutions include pills like Viagra. If prescription pills don't solve your ED problems, GAINSWave is a great option to consider. Academic studies show that shockwave therapy is successful where PDE5 inhibitors (like Viagra or Cialis) fall short.
In fact, many urologists now consider shockwave therapy the greatest revolution in ED treatment in over a decade. Even men without erectile dysfunction use GAINSWave as a preventative therapy to keep their bedroom performance strong and avoid compromised blood vessels.
Some of the key benefits of GAINSWave procedures over other ED treatments include:
- No Drugs
- Backed by Clinical Studies and Extensive Medical Research
- Vast Record of Success
- FDA-Approved for Enhanced Sexual Wellness
- Available at Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
What Should I Expect from GAINSWave Therapy at Proactive Wellness Centers?
If you're ready to begin your journey to a healthier, happier sex life, getting started at our wellness clinic is as easy as 1-2-3:
Make an Appointment: Give our office a call at 703-822-5003. One of our Clinical Intake Coordinators will answer any question you have and get you started. If you prefer, you can text "gainswave" to 833.341.0170, and our Clinical Intake Coordinator will get back to you personally and confidentially.
Prep: Once the intake process is complete, you'll schedule a time for GAINSWave therapy in Rosslyn, VA. You'll arrive at our wellness center for treatment at least 30 minutes before your appointment time. Procedure time is usually no longer than 30 minutes and occurs in our wellness center.
Enjoy the Benefits: Once your GAINSWave therapy session is over, you can get right back to what you were doing beforehand. Studies show that approximately 75% of men enjoy positive results like stronger, longer-lasting erections after treatment. Most men only need 6-12 sessions for optimal results.
Other Treatments and Programs from Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
As the premier wellness clinic in Virginia and the metro D.C. area, we provide patients with a comprehensive list of treatments to slow the process of aging and treat chronic conditions. Our vision is to provide the latest in scientifically-validated therapies, like GAINSWave therapy in Rosslyn, VA, for reversing the aging process, preventing chronic disease, and optimizing health.
Some of the most requested services we offer include:
Low-T Treatment for Men
While not as widely discussed as menopause is for women, andropause is very real for men just as menopause is significant for women. Our Low-T program for men focuses on the unique needs of men who are suffering from andropause or low testosterone. The Program Testosterone replacement when clinically indicated, optimization of DHEA and Pregenenolone, combined with nutritional guidance, nutritional supplementation recommendations to optimize your health. For men where Testosterone has declined, the Low-T program is a necessary complement to the Gainswave therapy.
Depending on lab results and patient goals, the program may also include peptides to help patients optimize their health and body composition. If you can identify with some of the symptoms below, you are likely experiencing low testosterone / andropause and are a candidate for laboratory testing to determine if BHRT is right for you.
Symptoms may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased stamina
- Loss of physical agility
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Prostate problems
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Like men, women's bodies change as they grow older. Often referred to as menopause, this time in a woman's life can be stressful when the body uses energy differently, fat cells change, and hormones decline.
Many of the common symptoms and conditions associated with menopause are widely known and discussed, but there are many that are overlooked. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we've seen patients misdiagnosed with other illnesses that were actually caused by a decline in hormone levels. Our BHRT program for women focuses on the unique needs of women who are suffering from the common as well as the lesser-known symptoms of menopause.
Those symptoms may include:
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Swings
- Anxiety Attacks
- Vaginal Dryness
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are also known as natural hormones. They are substances with the same chemical makeup as the hormones produced in your body. Hormones are not drugs - they occur naturally and are found in every human on earth. BHRT replaces hormones at a physiologic level that is not harmful to the body.
If you're suffering through the symptoms of menopause, taking Midol isn't going to solve any problems. Fortunately, our BHRT program for women is designed to eliminate many menopausal symptoms. That way, we give women a chance to recapture their energy levels and vitality with drugs or surgery. Contact our office today to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it can help you recapture the joys of your youth.
Bredesen-Protocol Strategies for Improving Brain Health
We believe that a healthy brain is paramount to overall well-being. Unfortunately, little is known about promoting brain health, lowering the risk of dementia, or stabilizing symptoms for patients experiencing early signs.
After much research, however, Dr. Lawson from Proactive Wellness Centers determined that the Bredesen protocol provides the best evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating cognitive decline.
The approach, created by Dr. Dale Bredesen, is called ReCODE. This protocol involves multiple strategies to pinpoint specific health issues contributing to Alzheimer's Disease. The results of each strategy are measured using blood tests, dementia tests, cognitive evaluations, and other signs of overall health improvement. Now a Bredesen Certified doctor, Dr. Lawson now offers patients the full Bredesen ReCODE protocol to help them recover from debilitating illnesses like Alzheimer's.
Through this exciting approach, patients have shown dramatic improvements in cognitive function. In some cases, they achieve a reversal of symptoms and have even returned to work.
Proactive Wellness Centers' ReCODE program uses significant functional medicine experience and includes:
- Lifestyle Interventions
- Targeted Nutrients
- Therapeutic Diets
We're thrilled to add this promising Alzheimer's disease treatment for qualifying patients at Proactive Wellness Centers.
Chronic Disease Treatment
Long-term diseases like Lyme disease and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) can ruin a person's life and often leave them afraid to leave the house. To make matters worse, these chronic diseases are often initially misdiagnosed, complicating treatment and leaving the patient depressed and hopeless. And while some medical prescriptions can help, many chronic disease sufferers live without finding true relief.
At Proactive Wellness Centers, our innovative doctors have developed a comprehensive treatment program to address chronic diseases like CIRS and Lyme disease. Generally, our Chronic Disease Treatment follows SSRP protocols as defined below:
- Stop the progression of the disease while strengthening the immune system
- Stabilize patients by balancing hormones and restoring energy
- Reverse cellular, mitochondrial, and other damages caused by chronic diseases, based on lab markers and/or symptomatic expression
- Prevent further development of the chronic disease processes
Our SSRP protocol provides patients with a promising program based largely on the emerging bodies of evidence in the chronic disease space. This evidence is supported by peer-reviewed medical journals, clinical studies, and even double-blind placebo-controlled studies.
When choosing chronic disease treatments for patients, our team of doctors and clinicians focus on safety and efficacy before anything else. Typical therapies associated with our chronic disease treatment programs include:
- IV Vitamin Therapy
- Targeted Nutritional Supplements
- Compassionate Care and Personalized Service from Qualified Doctors
As an integrative practice, we use conventional medications when indicated, especially in cases of underlying co-infections and other areas where traditional medication offers the best course of treatment.
If you're at your wit's end living with a chronic disease, call Proactive Wellness Centers today. Our innovative treatments and therapies may be the key you need to unlock a new, healthy life.
Achieve Your Wellness Goals at Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
From GAINSWave therapy in Rosslyn, VA, to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for women, our doctors are here to serve you with care, compassion, and a commitment to your health.
That's because, at Proactive Wellness Centers, we take a patient-first approach to every service we offer. Unlike some anti-aging clinics, we focus on your goals, your experiences, and how we can address your health and well-being needs. We believe with a full heart that your story matters, and we're ready and waiting to listen. If you're looking for personalized, functional, regenerative treatments that address root causes, you're only a phone call away from living a healthier life.
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Mobility Programs Aim To Forge A Sustainable Future For Multifamily Residents
As transportation remains the top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, cities are taking action to make sustainable transportation easily accessible. One county in particular is working continuously to provide a sustainable future for its residents: Arlington County.The D.C., Maryland and Virginia area is awash with commuting options, including public transit, bike trails, walking trails, carpooling ...
As transportation remains the top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, cities are taking action to make sustainable transportation easily accessible. One county in particular is working continuously to provide a sustainable future for its residents: Arlington County.
The D.C., Maryland and Virginia area is awash with commuting options, including public transit, bike trails, walking trails, carpooling and vanpooling. And the region has displayed its commitment to sustainable transportation through initiatives including Sustainable D.C. 2.0 and Arlington Transit’s Zero Emission Bus program.
Arlington Public Library To Discuss How To Handle New Period Of Growth
ARLINGTON, VA — With its newly renovated Courthouse library branch scheduled to open later this month and firm plans in place for a new full-service library to open in Crystal City in 2025, Arlington County now wants to take a look at the overall direction and vision of the county library system that could guide the library's growth over the next few decades.Arlington Public Library leadership will be meeting with officials from the county manager’s office later in 2023 to discuss how the library can best provide services ...
ARLINGTON, VA — With its newly renovated Courthouse library branch scheduled to open later this month and firm plans in place for a new full-service library to open in Crystal City in 2025, Arlington County now wants to take a look at the overall direction and vision of the county library system that could guide the library's growth over the next few decades.
Arlington Public Library leadership will be meeting with officials from the county manager’s office later in 2023 to discuss how the library can best provide services in the decades ahead and how the locations of the county’s library branches can best meet the needs of county residents.
“In the second half of 2023, the County Manager’s Office and Arlington Public Library leadership will engage with the community in longer-term strategic discussions about these issues and how to best provide library services in a changed and changing environment,” Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz said in his message included in the county’s fiscal year 2024 proposed budget.
In these meetings, officials will likely discuss how to prioritize competing needs of new locations, established locations, a sustainable budget for library collections, and a staffing model that provides the highest level of reliability and service for residents, according to Schwartz.
“The public library plays a pivotal role in leveling the playing field of opportunity and providing free access to all community members regardless of income or status,” Schwartz wrote. “Using data and an equity lens framework, the strategic discussion will look at how current and future library services and locations can best meet the needs of all Arlington residents, today and in the future.”
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Any recommendations that come out of the 2023 meetings could be included in the county’s fiscal year 2025 budget proposal, according to the county manager.
Schwartz emphasized that Arlington County remains committed to its libraries, "a highly valued and trusted resource in the community."
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent labor market issues hit library services particularly hard due to an over-reliance on temporary employees, according to the county manager. Now that the libraries are back to regular service, the county manager is recommending a review of future facility and materials funding for the system.
Arlington’s population has grown from 135,449 in 1950 to an estimated 235,500 in 2022. A lot of this growth has occurred in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor and the Richmond Highway Corridor. Together with the Columbia Pike Corridor, 84 percent of Arlington’s population growth is forecast to occur in these three planning corridors between 2020 and 2045, according to the county manager.
Since 1950, though, the general siting of Arlington public library locations has remained largely unchanged. In 1950, the library locations in Arlington were Aurora Hills, Cherrydale, Clarendon (now Central), Columbia Pike, Glencarlyn, Fairlington (now Shirlington), and Westover.
Aside from the remodeled and expanded Courthouse library scheduled to open in March inside the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, the most recent change to the county’s libraries was the Westover library moving in 2009 from its cozy location on 18th Street N. to a larger building at the corner of N. McKinley Road and Washington Blvd., next to the new Cardinal Elementary School.
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“After nearly 15 years, Arlington Public Library is about to embark on a time of growth, which brings the opportunity to reach new and more Arlington residents with library services,” Schwartz wrote in his county manager’s message in the budget proposal.
As part of this growth, the county will be looking at the future of the Columbia Pike library branch. With Arlington Public Schools’ planned expansion of the Arlington Career Center building, which has housed the Columbia Pike library since 1975, the county purchased just under an acre at 3108 Columbia Pike in 2022.
The location is identified as a potential site for a future Columbia Pike library and for co-locating affordable housing, one of the county’s top priorities, Schwartz wrote. The site on Columbia Pike currently has a surface parking lot.
As for currently approved plans, the newly renovated library in the Bozman building’s lobby will offer children’s services for the first time and offer similar hours to the county's other neighborhood-based locations, including evening and Saturday hours.
As part of a residential redevelopment project, JBG Smith is financially supporting a new 7,200-square-foot library location at 1901 S. Bell Street in Crystal City. The full-service library is scheduled to open in 2025.
NEW: Huge Hilton hotel coming to new Rosslyn development
A 36-story, 331-room “state of the art” Hilton hotel is coming to Rosslyn.The hospitality giant this morning announced the signing of an agreement to operate the high-rise hotel on the former Holiday Inn site. With rooms overlooking D.C. and the Potomac River, the hotel will also feature a rooftop event space and 28,000 square feet of meeting space.More from a press release:Toda...
A 36-story, 331-room “state of the art” Hilton hotel is coming to Rosslyn.
The hospitality giant this morning announced the signing of an agreement to operate the high-rise hotel on the former Holiday Inn site. With rooms overlooking D.C. and the Potomac River, the hotel will also feature a rooftop event space and 28,000 square feet of meeting space.
More from a press release:
Today, Hilton announces the signing of Hilton at The Key, Arlington-Rosslyn, providing even more options to travelers looking for a state of the art, full-service hotel just minutes from Washington, D.C. Located at the foot of the Potomac River’s historic Francis Scott Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia, the 36-story, 331-room property is surrounded by numerous corporate headquarters based in Rosslyn’s business district and minutes from the 11-acre riverfront Fort Bennett Park and Palisades Trail.
The modern hotel is under development as part of The Key, a project that includes a destination restaurant, street-level retail, and 517 luxury apartments with panoramas of the water and the nation’s capital. Once completed, Hilton at The Key will feature approximately 28,000 square feet of flexible and modern meeting spaces, including an event space on the 36th floor with sweeping 360-degree views of the Washington, D.C., skyline, the Potomac River and Arlington, Virginia.
“Dittmar Company is proud to partner with Hilton as we bring a true destination meeting and event facility to Arlington, Virginia, and the surrounding DMV area,” said Greg Raines, an executive at Dittmar Company.
The 18-story, 50-year-old Holiday Inn was imploded two years ago to make way for the massive new development, which has since been dubbed The Key. A construction update last month noted that crews were preparing to pour concrete for the tenth floor of the building.
The development’s 500+ unit rental apartment building has been christened “Rosslyn Towers.”
“Rosslyn Towers is the latest in the Dittmar Company portfolio of Arlington Luxury Multi-Family deliveries,” says The Key’s website. “The residences will have first class finishes to rival the unmatched location and views present at this iconic location.”
The apartment’s “uplifting live/work/play environment” will feature “an amenity package that is second to none.”
“A 3,000+ square feet fitness center will boast all modern fitness concepts, including fitness on demand,” the website says. “A sports simulator will be located within the large game room to allow interaction with the sports you love, while enjoying the company of others and multiple TVs. A business center, quiet rooms, and community rooms will all be available on the amenity floor and will seamlessly integrate with the 15,000 square foot exterior amenity deck. This deck will have multiple grilling stations, outdoor pool, green space for activities, and much more.”
The Washington Business Journal reported this morning that the apartments are expected to open before the hotel.
” The first of the multifamily units are slated to deliver in early 2024, to be followed by other components including the hotel by 2026 if not sooner,” WBJ reported.
More on the hotel plans, below, from the Hilton press release.
Located within steps of the Rosslyn Metro Station, Georgetown and the National Mall, The Key is also conveniently less than five minutes from Reagan International Airport, making Hilton at The Key an ideal hotel destination for business and leisure travelers. Previously home to a 307-room full-service hotel for more than 50 years, the original hotel was demolished to make way for The Key, a brand-new 1.3-million-square-foot development.
“For more than a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world. The signing of Hilton at The Key, Arlington-Rosslyn heralds an exciting addition to the global footprint of our flagship brand right in our own backyard,” said Leonard Gooz, global brand head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “This new development will be located in the most prime location of the area and will be a highly desired destination for leisure and business travelers visiting northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro area.”
Hilton at The Key will also be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.
New grocery store coming to Virginia’s Rosslyn neighborhood
RetailersChicago-based Foxtrot will open a new location in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, expanding its presence in the DMV area.Get great content like this in your inbox.SubscribeFoxtrot, a label-defying hybrid of urban convenience store, local market and café, will open its sixth Was...
RetailersChicago-based Foxtrot will open a new location in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, expanding its presence in the DMV area.
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Foxtrot, a label-defying hybrid of urban convenience store, local market and café, will open its sixth Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia (DMV)-area location on Friday in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Virginia, the Chicago-based retailer said on Monday.
Located at 1771 Pierce St. in Arlington, the 4,077-square-foot store will feature the “biggest product assortment Foxtrot has available,” the retailer said in a statement.
Foxtrot’s all-day café offerings include seasonal café drinks, smoothies, breakfast tacos, chef-prepared salads and bowls, and grab-and-go meals for lunch and dinner. The store also contains local craft beers and wines hand-selected by an in-house sommelier, as well as everyday grocery essentials. The store will offer delivery and pickup.
Looking to expand its homegrown offerings, Foxtrot currently carries more than 150 local products from over 50 local makers and will continue to add new brands to its shelves. Local brands interested in being featured on Foxtrot’s shelves can submit their products here. Foxtrot currently has 23 locations across Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Dallas, with plans to continue expansion in both existing and new markets this fall.
As part of the store’s opening celebration, live music, food and drinks and other features will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shoppers who download and use the Foxtrot app opening week will receive a gift while supplies last, the retailer said in a statement.
Founded by Mike LaVitola and Taylor Bloom in 2014, Foxtrot, which raised $100 million in a Series C funding round led by D1 Capital Partners last year, calls itself "the convenience store of the future."There are currently 23 Foxtrot locations across the cities of Chicago, Washington D.C. and Dallas with stores in Austin, Texas, coming soon.
Is River Place’s time coming to an end in Rosslyn?
The following deep dive was funded by and first sent to members of the ARLnow Press Club. Join today to support local journalism and to get the exclusive Early Morning Notes email with previews of the day’s stories.River Place in Rosslyn is perhaps one of the most well-known multifamily complexes in the county.The series of four buildings containing about 1,720 units between Route 50 and Wilson Blvd make up the cooperative complex th...
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River Place in Rosslyn is perhaps one of the most well-known multifamily complexes in the county.
The series of four buildings containing about 1,720 units between Route 50 and Wilson Blvd make up the cooperative complex that was built seven decades ago. Despite its age, River Place remains valued by residents, owners and real estate agents.
In conversations, phrases like “oasis of affordability,” “jewel of Rosslyn,” “prime location,” and “views that… can’t be beat in the market” get tossed around with regularity.
But what makes River Place truly unique is that it very well could be on borrowed time.
It’s a fact that has been known for awhile, as detailed in this 1982 Washington Post article. The complex was built in the early 1950s on top of 13 acres of land owned by a developer. That land is, essentially, rented from the developer through an agreement that’s known as a “ground lease.”
In 1953, a 99-year lease was agreed to, meaning River Place’s lease runs out in 2052 — 30 years from now. That timeframe, of course, holds a good deal of significance for those looking to take on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in order to buy a property inside of the complex.
Today, the underlying land is owned by local real estate development firm Monday Properties.
When the lease expires in 2052, Monday Properties will be able to do whatever it wants with the well-located land in Rosslyn. Theoretically, Monday Properties — or a new developer, if Monday ends up selling the land — could demolish the by-then century-old River Place.
This potential would leave unit owners out in the cold and their investment, essentially, a pile of bricks.
Monday Properties hasn’t disclosed its plans just yet.
James Marandi, president of the River Places Owners Association, tells ARLnow that neither he, the association, nor the committee assembled to deal with the ground lease situation has had any “recent” conversations with the company.
Monday Properties wouldn’t discuss the situation with ARLnow, either. When reached for comment, a company spokesperson said in an email that Monday Properties does “not have a comment on this story.”
An Arlington County spokesperson tells ARLnow that there isn’t much the county can do.
“This is a private property matter, which limits what the County can do,” the spokesperson said. “This is a matter between the building occupants and the landowner.”
This uncertainty has left some unit owners and residents thinking, perhaps even anxious, about an uncertain future that’s now not as far off as it once was.
“We are not necessarily nervous yet. Thirty years is a long way away,” Marandi tells ARLnow. “But we do realize that the lease expires and something has to be done.”
The unresolved ground lease situation also could have a direct impact on the accessibility of lower-priced housing stock in Arlington, a long-running concern that the county is now trying to grapple with.
As of Friday afternoon, there appeared to be 15 River Place condos for sale on Zillow. All of the units were listed for sale under $300,000, with most under $200,000.
The average price for a home in Arlington, as of earlier this year and including townhomes and condos, is more than $800,000.
In theory, this could make River Place one of the best buys in the Arlington market. But the expiring land lease makes it potentially inaccessible for some.
Dan Perez is a veteran real estate agent with the Keri Shull Team who’s been involved in at least a dozen deals at River Place. According to his data, the average sale price for a River Place unit so far this year is just over $158,000.
The unresolved situation has undoubtedly played a part in pushing prices down, he says. However, banks are eyeing that 2052 date and are already hesitating to lend to buyers who would be taking out a conventional 30-year mortgage.
“Lenders are starting to be a little bit hesitant with lending,” Perez says. “Typically, they are going to require 25% to 40% down [payment] and [interest] rates are usually about a point higher than normal.”
The need for more cash and a less favorable interest rate has pushed what would otherwise be affordable properties out of reach for some.
Because of these parameters, Perez says he’s had a lot of investors looking to buy and then lease out units at River Place contacting him recently. It’s a great deal, he notes, if you have a lot of cash on hand.
“If you pay cash or if you can put a significant amount of money down and have a small mortgage, then it’s one of the best cash flow properties in Arlington.”
That 1982 Washington Post story, with the headline “River Place Co-Op is Selling Borrowed Time,” starts by describing an ad showing young people coming across the Memorial Bridge with all of their belongings in order to move into River Place.
Marandi remembers that ad, having first moved into the complex when he was a student in 1982. Two years later, he bought his first property there.
As a long-time property owner and, now, president of the owners association, he’s known that River Place’s time is ticking. He loves the building and co-op he bought into nearly 40 years ago and believes that River Place still has many good years ahead of it.
“Even though the beautiful brick structure may look to some people, compared to the glass and the steel structures around us, a little bit historic, the insides have been upgraded, updated, and fully maintained,” he says.
But Marandi admits he’s concerned that the situation remains unsettled and the place he’s called home might end up becoming rubble with little recourse.
There are a few scenarios that could play out. One is that Monday Properties could simply negotiate with stakeholders and extend the land lease. Or they could buy out the co-op’s interests prior to the lease ending, as a Wall Street Journal story suggested in 2019.
Others involve Monday Properties selling the 13 acres in Rosslyn to another developer. No one really knows how much that land is worth, but as Marandi put it, “it’s not going to be cheap.”
At that point, the question would be will the new developer keep River Place or demolish it?
No one, but perhaps Monday Properties, knows the answer to that question or any other around the future of the four buildings that have graced Rosslyn’s skyline for seven decades.
“I look forward to hearing from someone soon,” says Marandi. “My door is always open.”