Real Estate Sales & Rental Info At And Around Carlyle Square in Alexandria VA

St. Elmo’s Owners Share The Secret Of Working Together

It takes a brave soul to go into business with your other half. Larry and Christine Ponzi own five restaurants, including St. Elmo’s locations in Del Ray and North Old Town. They share their secrets to maintaining both a successful business and a happy relationship.
Larry and Christine Ponzi own five restaurants, including St. Elmo’s locations in Del Ray and North Old Town
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Christine: “We’ve been married 27 years and have two children, 19 and 21, and five restaurants. There are ups and downs of every day but overall I love working with him and wouldn’t change it for the world. We work well together. We are ying and yang – what he brings to the table and what I bring to the table are two very different things.” Larry: “We really enjoy each other’s company. We split, divide, and conquer responsibilities but we always end up back together at the end of the day. We get the best of both worlds. We are doing some things that interest us business-wise but we can also leave work at work and be normal people. We love our business, love our customers, and love that we were able to raise two amazing kids and get them into college as a result of the growth of our business. It’s not easy on anyone but I think our whole family has learned to take the good with the bad and learned a good work ethic as well. Good marriages and good businesses are about compromise and we’ve been able to give and take throughout the years in our businesses and at home."

Properties in Carlyle Square

Enter through gate on Ballenger Ave. Luxury Industrial 2 story condo is your new place to call home! A quiet block surrounded by bustling business and next to parks and trails. Easy main floor access through a secure gate on Ballenger Ave via breezeway which connects to the European style courtyard with gracious tree canopies, lush plantings, umbrella topped tables for al fresco dining, and situated around a tranquil fountain. This open plan condo is drenched in light from a 20 ft wall of windows. 1 bed suite upstairs contains a lofted area for an office, King sized bedroom area with views to the tree tops, walk in closet, laundry room, and spacious bathroom. Downstairs the gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a sweeping breakfast bar, pantry storage, and plenty of cabinets. The 20ft tall great room connects upstairs via a stunning metal staircase. Entry area contains an oversized door, spacious foyer, large closet and massive guest powder room. A huge 10x7 full height storage cage and an oversized parking premium spot are just downstairs. Freshly painted walls, trims and stairs and newly polished floors shine in the lighting. Half mile stroll to both King St metro and Eisenhower metro. Gym and Pool managed by Post Carlyle and available for $50/month additional. Quick commute to new Amazon HQ2! Whole Foods, shops, restaurants, bars & historic charm of Old Town - don't miss this unique opportunity! [520 John Carlyle St #108, Alexandria, VA]   SOLD!

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