Turnberry Tower: For Those in Need of an Uber-Luxury Condo

by Jeremy Castle

Turnberry Tower: For Those in Need of an Uber-Luxury Condo: Figure 1

Turnberry Tower in downtown Rosslyn is a luxury condo development that caters to buyers who are accustomed to staying at four or five-star hotels, and expect that same type of service while at home. With its high-performance, energy-efficient blue glass exterior and curved façade, Turnberry makes a bold statement that stands out against the Rosslyn skyline.

Location, Parking and Transportation

Turnberry Tower is a 26-story, 247-unit condo development located at 1881 North Nash Street on the corner of North Nash Street and North Key Boulevard (see map here).

Located one block from the Rosslyn Metro station, it is served by both the blue and orange lines, and is across the river from Georgetown, so you can be in the popular DC neighborhood’s restaurant, nightlife and shopping district in about three minutes via cab (or 20 minutes walking).

All units are sold with either a pre-specified number of parking space(s) or guaranteed valet parking. As owners exit the parking garage, they have access to a number major transportation arteries for the DC area (GW Parkway and Routes 66, 50 and 110).

Turnberry Tower: For Those in Need of an Uber-Luxury Condo: Figure 2
Exterior of Turnberry Tower

Building Amenities

As would be expected of a high-end luxury building, Turnberry sports top-notch amenities including semi-private elevators, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a common room with party space and media room, an indoor swimming pool with skylight, valet parking, 24-hour doorman and a concierge.

Living Space

Every unit at Turnberry Tower comes “Designer Ready” meaning that walls are primed and floors are provided as bare concrete slabs allowing the purchaser pick the custom paint and the flooring of their choice prior to moving into their unit.

All units are equipped with Snaidero cabinets, Miele appliances and Jacuzzi whirlpool hydrotherapy tubs. The floorplan for most units include an open kitchen leading into the living/dining room. This is an excellent layout for entertaining and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow for plenty of natural light. The master bathrooms are larger than some studio apartments and feature dual sinks, marble flooring with matching marble vanity tops and frameless glass shower enclosures.

Turnberry Tower: For Those in Need of an Uber-Luxury Condo: Figure 3

Price Range for Available Units

As noted above, Turnberry caters to a condo buyer that expects a certain level of luxury at home and the prices at the development are indicative of that expectation. Prices range from approximately $699,000 for a 1,322 square-foot one-bedroom to over $7.1 million for a Tower Suite at over 5,000 square feet. All units have private balconies, ranging from 254 to 900 square feet. HOA fees run anywhere from $570 to around $2,200 a month, and include payment for most of the amenities mentioned above. Turnberry closed on its first unit in early August 2009 and is approximately half sold at this time.

Quick Answers

  • Building Gym – Yes
  • Building Pool – Yes
  • Outdoor Space – Yes, in addition to personal balconies, there is a common lounge with access from both the pool and lobby.
  • Closest Grocery Stores – Safeway is a five-minute walk south on North Wilson Boulevard, and there is the Rosslyn Farmers Market at North Wilson Boulevard and North Oak Street, also a five-minute walk.

Photos and Resources

  • Click here for Turnberry Tower’s website featuring more photos and additional floor plans.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/turnberry_tower_for_those_in_need_of_an_uber-luxury_condo/1455


  1. D said at 5:32 pm on Wednesday October 28, 2009:
    "If you wish to stay in Arlington, the hub of this scene is right outside your door." I'm sorry, but this is just false. The Turnberry Tower is not surrounded by some vibrant nightlife scene. It is a far cry (and a 20 minute walk across Key Bridge) from the west end of Georgetown. Rosslyn is the least pedestrian-friendly area of the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor. Now I like the Continental bar as much as the next guy, but that's all there is streetwise near this uber-luxury condo. Other fine dining in Rosslyn? Ruby Tuesdays on Wilson. Sure, Ray's Hell Burger and Cafe Asia are "nearby," but it's at least a 10-15 minute walk uphill from where Turnberry sits. Have you noticed in their radio ads they describe it as steps from the "Arlington" metro stop?
  1. SaulM said at 6:39 pm on Wednesday October 28, 2009:
    These units are high-priced, but super nice. I went and visited a two-bedroom condo twice and while I ultimately decided to buy elsewhere, the only reason I didn't buy at Turnberry is that it was slightly out of my price range.
  1. nan said at 11:20 pm on Thursday October 29, 2009:
    I have a unit at the Turnberry, I paid well over seven figure for it. I don't regret it one bit. It is 5 minute walk to Cafe Asia and Rays burger and 10 minutes walk to Georgetown, but that is not the point. People who buys here are not just thinking investment or how close they are to the metro. It is not an apartment, it is a home. Since the homes come designer ready, every owner I have met is taking special care in designing their unit. We buy a lifestyle here so there's a different mentality. We are not complaining, we've gotten good quality for our purchase. The nightlife in Rosslyn will come. Until then, we owners gets treated like royalty.
  1. Steph said at 3:46 pm on Sunday November 1, 2009:
    I wonder how much the condo fees will get bumped up once the HOA takes over...happens at every new building. Valet parking doesn't come cheap. That's the main reason we chose to buy elsewhere.
  1. meathelmet said at 9:50 pm on Monday November 2, 2009:
    @nan: exactly which nightlife do you expect to come to rosslyn? i think it's pretty well established itself as the 9-5 business district of arlington.
  1. nan said at 12:51 pm on Tuesday November 3, 2009:
    meathelmet - I don't think I'm being unrealistic when I say the nightlife in Rosslyn will improve. The cultural center is scheduled to open in 10/10. Had the recession not happened the current Rosslyn would look markedly different with the new buildings that was slated to finished this year and next. Right now the feel of Rosslyn is not very sophisticate but the potential is there. Deloite has recently purchased 170,000 feet of office space in the Waterview building. All these new fancy executives will need fancy places to lunch. Central place's trophy building may bring shiny law firms as well. Also, Turnberry is a very experience builder(60 years), they wouldn't have picked Rosslyn without significant market research. Yes, the current market situation is hurting them, but they are not your typical wham bam developer i.e. look at Clarendon. With all its attractions I wouldn't call any new buildings there high quality. I don't think I'm being foolish by being optimistic about Rosslyn.
  1. Scott said at 10:02 pm on Tuesday December 29, 2009:
    At this point in a recession, one has to have some vision and some faith. With Waterview and Turnberry up and running and new condos coming with the new projects in the heart of Rosslyn, Rosslyn 2012 will look far different than Rosslyn 2009. We all make home purchases for the living and for the investment. We love living in Turnberry now, and when my 5 year ARM is up, I will have the option of staying or making a killing on the investment.
  1. Shelly said at 5:19 pm on Thursday April 15, 2010:
    Does anyone know about the current financial status of Turnberry? I'm considering purchasing but don't want to run into any problems.
  1. Will Smith said at 6:42 pm on Thursday April 15, 2010:
    Shelly, Take a look at our update from Mar 29: http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/turnberry_tower_back_to_normal/1925 Will Smith Publisher, UrbanTurf
  1. Disappointed said at 10:24 pm on Wednesday June 19, 2013:
    For those who didn't buy at Turnberry, feel lucky. A small group of retirees have taken over the building and are trying to get rid of amentities to save money. We are losing our valet parking and many residents are being told to buy parking in other buildings in the neighborhood. Many of my neighbors have already put their unit on the market to try and get out of this mismanaged mess. I hope to do the same but have already been told by multiple realtors that they are steering people away from buying at Turnberry.
  1. Jesse said at 6:53 am on Thursday May 1, 2014:
    Disappointed, I bet Scott (commenter above) is getting nervous. Looks like he couldn't afford the building in the first place. He took out a 5 year ARM that is about up. Wouldn't be surprised if he's in the group cutting amenities to save a buck because they bought a place they really wouldn't afford.

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