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Decorating Details: Home Décor Shops for those Finishing Touches

A house really starts to feel like a home once it’s filled with some of your favorite details. There’s the couch you can’t wait to sink into, a vase that displays multi-colored flowers but also has character of its own, and frames that perfectly showcase your pictures of friends and family. All of these touches, and more, are available at home décor stores in your Falls Church neighborhood. Some of our favorites are included below, to help you bring out the best in your Falls Church apartment:

For the Kitchen

Bed Bath and Beyond is just down the road from Avalon Falls Church in Bailey’s Crossroads. This old standby may be a great stop if you need a new toaster oven to go with the stainless steel appliances in your new kitchen. But if you’re looking to add something more refined to your kitchen, head to Le Village Marche, where you can find kitchen essentials made elegant. We especially love their Ceramic Herb Boxes, which would look beautiful as embellishments to the granite countertops in Avalon kitchens.

World Market has unique solutions for anyone looking for dinnerware, flatware, table linens, and kitchen storage. Their options are always changing with the season, and offer you some less traditional choices for food containers, mugs, and serving bowls. We especially love their Party Essentials for summertime get-togethers.

For the Living Room

Stylish PatinaThis shop is owned by Kelly Thompson, a Falls Church native, and is a modern home décor store with vintage elements. The furniture she has is already beautiful, but looks even more unique with a coat of milk paint. Kelly sells both chalk paint and milk paint, and teaches classes on how to apply them. Both types of paint can be used to make furniture look more distressed, or add some brightness to your favorite table or chair.

Bova Furniture – Your living room at Avalon provides you with a large, bright, open space that you can decorate however you see fit. Give your living room a chic, modern touch with selections from this nearby contemporary furniture shop. Their sofas are comfortable and filled with personality, and their accent tables look like works of art.

For the Bedroom & Bathroom

La Maison Home & Gifts – La Maison is a home décor store with everything you could want to add personality to a bathroom or bedroom. Picture frames made from vintage materials help you bring some old memories into a new place, and French-milled soaps look beautiful on an elegant dish in your bathroom. Add a pretty tray or vase from the shop to impart color and character to the abundant counter space in your bathroom.

One, or maybe a few, of La Maison’s lightly scented candles would be perfect alongside your bathroom’s soaking tub—ideal for an at-home spa night.

The Container StoreIt’s great to have a spacious walk-in closet in your Avalon home, but this also means you have more room for shoes and clothes! As you start to organize your large closet, stop at the local Container Store and purchase shoe bins, rod organizers, and an accessory organizer to keep things in order before they get out of hand.

For the Balcony

Meadows Farms Nurseries You don’t need a lawn to have a garden. Many of our properties have patios/balconies that you can decorate with your favorite flowers, and even use to grow fresh vegetables and herbs. Meadows Farms is a local nursery stocked with items that thrive in the area.

Brown’s Hardware – Why head to Home Depot when you can go to a great local hardware store filled with knowledgeable and helpful employees? Get your gardening tools here, as well as pretty much anything else you could possibly need to mount pictures in your apartment, or polish your furniture.

Falls Church and the surrounding area are filled with stores that help new residents get settled. From major chains to small “Mom and Pop” shops, there are a variety of shops selling those little details that will make your new home uniquely yours!

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Family-Friendly Living for the Urbanite at Avalon Falls Church

When you have kids, it seems like moving to the suburbs and giving up your glamorous city life is mandatory. But at Avalon, you really can have it all. Our family-friendly apartments in Falls Church are ideal for singles, couples and families with children because of our abundance of features geared at making your life easier.

Family Life At Home

Floor Plans for Everyone

It’s easy to see why we call our apartments family-friendly. You can choose from two and even three bedroom layouts in order to ensure that everyone has/her own room.

Family-Friendly Kitchens

Families love to gather in the kitchen; lots of bonding happens over food. That’s why our kitchens are big and beautiful, but still easy to clean in the event of spills and messes. Our stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are simple to wipe off. Pro tip: The granite masterfully disguises crumbs created by munching little ones, who may not eat off of their plates all the time.

Bath-time Made Easy

Our bathrooms’ double sinks and tubs make giving baths a breeze, and help everyone wash up at the same time.

Family Life Outside

Outdoor Patios

Once spring sets in, kids love to venture outside. Your private balcony/patio provides a great space for gathering the family together to grill, eat, and talk.

Swimming Pool

As the weather warms up, head to the on-site swimming pool, where little ones can splash, laugh, and even lounge under the cabanas. There is also an outdoor play area for children, meaning you have a playground in your own backyard.

Bike Storage

Store your kids’ bicycles in one of our resident bike storage spaces. This helps you maximize space in your own home, even it’s just to fit all of your children’s toys and games.

Family in the City

Falls Church is a city with world-class restaurants and major businesses, but it’s also a green, grassy, family-centric community. Our family-friendly apartments are centered in the midst of it all, with access to everything you and your child could want.

Playgrounds

We recommend both Lincoln Park and Benjamin Banneker Park, both of which are in walking distance of your apartment and have excellent playgrounds.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Elevation Burger originated here in Falls Church, and is a great place to take kids for organic, non-greasy burgers and fries. We also love Flippin’ Pizza, located just down the road from Avalon, for their NY-style slices.

Daycare/School

Falls Church Preschool and Daycare is a top-rated school where kids are taken on a variety of field trips, and even get visits from local professionals. They have daycare services available for the younger set as well.

Avalon Falls Church was built to accommodate everyone. Our family-friendly apartments in Falls Church are ideal for the Northern Virginia resident looking to live in a vibrant city, while giving their child access to the best of everything. Contact us today to reserve your spot in this upscale and family friendly community today!

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Avalon Falls Church residents, who can walk to some of the best options in town!

Best Pancakes

Bentley’s Restaurant – Here’s how you know this place is great: it’s a Falls Church institution that’s low key and no-frills, but thrives despite being across the street from the ever-popular IHOP. You can order their pancakes to replace toast on any breakfast entrée order. Choose from a variety of flavors, from traditional banana, to potato, to strawberry “pancakes” prepared as crepes.

Best Omelets

Ireland’s Four Provinces – Their Sunday brunch is well known in this town; it’s served as a buffet, and a delicious one at that. The buffet includes smoked salmon, shepherd’s pie, cinnamon rolls, and of course an omelet station. They also offer brunch on Saturdays as early as 9 am, and feature two fresh, made-to-order omelets: the Mediterranean and ham and cheddar.

Four Provinces also wins for Best Bloody Marys because of the “Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar” included in their buffet brunch. Everyone seems to like their Bloody Marys a specific way, and this DIY bar makes it easy to add as much, or as little spice as you want.

Best Mimosas

Dogwood Tavern – Some of us go to brunch explicitly for mimosas, so nailing this weekend morning favorite is key for many restaurants. Not surprisingly, it takes a tavern to get it right. Their brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 am, and while all of their “hair of the dog” beverages are great accompaniments to your eggs or waffles, the mimosas are a perfect balance of stomach-settling champagne and OJ. The best part is, they can be purchased in large pitchers for sharing. It’s pretty much a steal at $12 per pitcher.

Most Unique Brunch

Fairfax Inn Restaurant – Not many people think to try Filipino food for breakfast. It’s a worthwhile experience for something different, that’s still delicious. This restaurant has an excellent “American” breakfast plate, but you’re missing out if you don’t take advantage of their more adventurous offerings. If you don’t know what to order, we recommend the tapsilog (a Filipino version of steak and eggs served with garlic fried rice) and the creamy avocado shake. All of their Filipino breakfast options come with rice and eggs, and you can choose the accompanying Filipino meat.

On a lazy weekend morning, walk from your apartment to any one of these favorite Falls Church brunch spots. For more great dining options in and around your Avalon apartment, check out our website.

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Make a Plan… a Floor Plan, That Is! At Avalon Falls Church

There are a lot of fun aspects to moving to a new apartment in Falls Church, VA from choosing your furniture to deciding whom you want to live with. Now that you’ve made the wise choice to live at Avalon Falls Church, pick your favorite floor plan from one of our one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartment options!

One Bedroom, One Bathroom Properties

One bedroom apartments that come in a variety of sizes and layouts can be hard to find in Falls Church. That’s why we have one bedrooms available in multiple sizes, with various features for Virginians looking to live alone or share a bedroom. If you prefer something cozier that still includes a balcony/patio, you can choose one of our smaller floor plans. Otherwise, live larger in one of our more spacious options featuring a double vanity and more expansive kitchen.

Two Bedroom, One or Two (and a Half) Bath Properties

Looking to live with a roommate or friend? Or are you looking for one bedroom, and a guest room/office/extra space? Pick something roomier, in the form of an apartment or townhouse. A two bedroom, one bathroom apartment may be the ideal choice if you don’t mind sharing your bathroom space. All two bedroom, one bathroom apartments in this Falls Church community have double vanities to make it easy to share.

Townhomes are available in two bedroom, two bathroom and two bedroom, and two and a half bathroom layouts. This way, you can decide if you just want bathrooms near your bedrooms, or want a downstairs half bath (no shower/tub) for visitors.

Three Bedroom, Two or Two (and a Half) Bath Properties

Not many apartment communities in Falls Church, VA have so much variety. Our three bedroom properties are ideal for those looking to add an extra roommate, or to have additional rooms for an office, guests, a child, or more personal space. All baths in these apartments have double vanities.

Our most spacious options, our three bedroom properties are available as an apartment or townhouse.

We built Avalon Falls Church to accommodate anyone looking for an apartment in Falls Church, Virginia, be it a one, two, or three bedroom. Customize your home with the floor plan perfect for your lifestyle. Visit our site today to see which option looks most like home.

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Convenient Commuting at Avalon Falls Church

How does an easy weekend getaway sound? What about a quick and stress-free commute into the District? These are all available to our Avalon Falls Church residents. While we can’t guarantee very little traffic or an on-schedule Metro car, we can do the next best thing and make it easy for you to travel in and around Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Take The Metro to Work & Play

The Metro is a perfect choice if you commute daily into the District. Parking can be challenging to find in DC, and public transportation is often a more affordable option.

It’s also an asset when it comes time for a sports game; both the East and West Falls Church Metro stations can get you to a local Capitals game without switching lines, in just twenty minutes. You can also head to a Nationals game via the Navy Yard Metro station, with just one switch from orange to green! All in all, some of the best entertainment in DC is extremely accessible when you live here. The best part is, the East and West Falls Church Metro stations are just 1.5 miles from the Avalon community!

Drive to Work

If you prefer to drive into the District, or you work in Maryland or Virginia, Avalon Falls Church is still the perfect place to live. Major interstates and routes in the area are easily reached from your front door. We like to take nearby I-66 to Rock Creek Parkway to avoid some of the most heavy traffic in the District.

If you work in another city in Virginia, try taking Route 29, Route 50, or State Route 7 to easily get to your office. Avalon is situated between both 50 and 7, and just minutes from Route 29. But you’ll have to try hard not to stop at Tyson’s Corner on your way to work; Route 7 takes you right past this shopping mecca of Northern Virginia.

Enjoy a Weekend Getaway

If you’re looking to drive somewhere fun for the weekend, I-495 can easily take you into Maryland for a day trip to the Inner Harbor. You can also take US-50 to get you on your way to Ocean City, MD for a long holiday weekend. I-495 is also a great option for quickly traveling to popular destinations like Colonial Williamsburg, Burke, and Roanoke, VA.

In Northern Virginia, an easy commute is highly sought after. For our residents, it’s just another reason they love to live here. Contact us today for more information about this convenient community!

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