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1932 Depression, near the Capitol

Captiol during the Depression, these houses exist under the most unsanitary conditions

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Find a place to live near TISCOM / Coast Guard base at Alexandria, Virginia

Updated 10/10/15

The Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command or TISCOM sets office just near Hayfield in Fairfax County Alexandria Virginia. The Command is the Coast Guard’s lead developer of voice and data communications systems by developing modern digital communication networks and integrating computer technology in the Coast Guard’s daily routine.

TISCOM provides telecommunications, electronics and information systems that support the Coast Guard. They are organized into 10 divisions :

Entrance at U.S. Coast Guard’s TISCOM
  • Administration
  • Ceremonial Honor Guard
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Workstation Engineering
  • INFOSYS Operations
  • Information Assurance
  • Telecommunication Operations
  • Network Engineering
  • Radio Systems
  • Defense Message System or DMS.

All the 10 divisions have their own department divisions as well, carrying out various duties assigned to them. The TISCOM team of engineers,technicians and support staff focuses on solving today’s information technology problems by timely and quality service to the field.

TISCOM is in Fairfax County near Alexandria VA. For those who work at TISCOM there are many communities to choose from.

This USCG station is near Hayfield in Fairfax County VA

TISCOM communities to consider


Hayfield is a quiet community without the hustle and bustle of traffic or noise. It is located between Newington and Franconia, just a mile away from TISCOM. Beautiful trees and landscaping offers a relaxed and laid back feeling for professionals. Although Hayfield may sound secluded, it actually is close to the city for commuters. There’s just so much to do for leisure at Hayfield. The Hilltop Driving Range is ultimately close as well as the Golf course for a relaxing game of golf. Those who wish to get more of nature can visit Huntley Meadow Park down south. And the shops at Kingstowne Towne Center cater to all shopping needs. Telegraph KinderCare for the little ones is a walk away and so are Hayfield Elementary and Hayfield Secondary. To Find Homes in Hayfield


Southwest of Alexandria in Fairfax County, Franconia is just 3 miles away from TISCOM. Franconia has access to the metro at both the Franconia/Springfield Metro Station and the Van Dorn Metro Station. Other transpiration options would be the Metrobus, Virginia Railway Express and other local as well as regional bus line. Franconia borders Fort Belvoir and most of Kingstowne, Hayfield, Manchester Lakes and Windsor Parks.


Kingstowne is a subdivision of 22,000 acres of housing including 5,400 homes shared by 3 villages – North Village, Middle Village and South Village in Franconia, Alexandria. Kingstowne definitely is a neighborhood where residents can choose from condos, townhouses and single family homes.

The community itself can make use of the various amenities offered:

  • 2 Fitness Centers / Gyms / Aerobic Studio
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Multi Purpose Courts
  • 22 Hiking / Biking Trails
  • 3 Community Centers
  • 24 Toddler Centers / Play areas

Residents find it quite accessible to the Metro’s Blue Line at the Springfield – Franconia Metro or the Van Dorn Metro.

Huntley Meadows

Huntley Meadows Park can be found in the Lee District on the southern part in Fairfax County. Huntley Meadows is 4500 acres of natural treasure that makes forests, wetlands and flower filled meadows creates a more outdoorsy nature loved environment for residents. TISCOM is just 3 miles away from the park making the area around Huntley Meadows.

Belle Haven

Just 5 miles away from TISCOM, Belle Haven is a luxurious and prestigious neighborhood in the south of Alexandria. Belle Haven overlooks the Potomac River and the Belle Haven Country Club. A wide variety of homes can be found here such as cottages, townhouses, manors, houses and luxury homes, all within an arm reach of parks and country clubs away from the hustles and bustles of Northern Virginia.


TISCOM is a mere 5 miles away from Huntington where various styles of homes attract people to stay. The Huntington Metro Station on the Yellow Line provides efficient commuting for residents. Hunting Creek Club and Huntington Club are good options for those on a budget who want easy access to the Metro. Jefferson Manor offers little well-built brick townhouse with easy access to the Metro.

Mount Vernon

8 miles from TISCOM, Mount Vernon is located in the southern part of Fairfax County along the Potomac and toward Old Town Alexandria. Mount Vernon’s hills, streams, lakes and forest provide a beautiful landscape. Many homes have views of the Potomac River. Historical sites such as George Washington’s plantation as well as Gunston Hall and Hollin Hill. A variety of parks, restaurants and retail stores are all located nearby for residents’ convenience.

Rose Hill

This suburb is 3 miles out from TISCOM and is located close enough to DC by commute. Rose Hill has wide accessible streets with ample unrestricted parking.

Lorton & Fort Belvoir

Lorton and Fort Belvoir are 7 miles from TISCOM located in Fairfax County, south of Alexandria. Lorton is further from the culture, opportunities and activities of Northern Virginia, but cheaper than you’ll find in the city.

Homes for sale in Hayfield near TISCOM


Quantico, in 1930

Quantico, in 1930

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FCPD Bell JetRanger III c.1983

Why National Harbor?

Is National Harbor Worth My Time?

I have recently had the opportunity to go to National Harbor for the first time.  National Harbor is located in Maryland, city of Fort Washington.  I was very happy to finally see and experience a bit of National Harbor and here’s why:

The first reason I am glad to get over to National Harbor is that it is quite a different view from over there on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.  The view at night is beautiful, while driving by on the Virginia side of the water, but during the day, it was just as beautiful to see all of the yachts, restaurants on the waterfront and people just walking around enjoying a beautifully sunny day.

Another reason why I liked going over to the Maryland side was the existence of the Capital Wheel.  I will very soon experience this, but just seeing it from very close up was a sight to behold.  The Capital Wheel is a Ferris Wheel that takes you 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, providing amazing views (I can’t wait for these).  Some attractions which you will be able to see are the White House, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and the parklands throughout the Maryland, DC and Virginia area.

A third reason to get over to National Harbor is the restaurants.  We enjoyed a delicious meal at Redstone American Grill on our visit and I loved my salad, with all of its many pleasant flavors complimenting each other and got totally stuffed on the amazing corn bread – yum!  I will definitely go back to Redstone American Grill, probably after my ride on the Capital Wheel.  The question is, will you?

There are few purchases in life that carry the financial and psychological weight of buying a home. Whether you are buying your first home, moving up to your dream home, or downsizing your home and your life after the kids have gone, it is important to understand the ground rules for success in the world of buying a home.

Making the wrong decision in buying a home can have devastating and long lasting effects, while making a wise decision in home buying can greatly enhance the overall value of the investment. It is necessary to learn all you can about the world of home buying and mortgages before setting out to purchase the home of your dreams.

While there are plenty of web sites designed to help first time homeowners learn all they can, most financial experts say that there is no substitute for the good old one-on-one learning. Fortunately, Nesbitt Realty can provide this kind of one-on-one learning. [learn more about buying real estate]


The Secret to Happiness

Why Is Happiness So Elusive?

Kindness is more important than almost any other thing when dealing with people.  It’s actually presented very well in the bible.  Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.  Not because it says so, but because it’s the right thing to do and because you want to.

My parents are the two nicest people I’ve ever met and I learned that kindness is important not by having it drilled into my head by them, but how I see them live their lives.

Everyone in this world is a person who wants kindness in their lives.  Some people are more open to it than others, but the truth is that kindness creates happiness.  Life can be a beautiful ride or a chore.  The choice is ours.  It takes more effort to be mean and negative than it does to be kind and sweet.  The ultimate goal that is attained by being one or the other of these will alter our very existence.  The results can be dramatically different.  It is a simple choice of mind set.  No better result is possible by choosing the negativity route.  Love is all around us, but if we never accept it, it may drift away to a hidden part of our world that is tough to re-gain.

We at Nesbitt Realty believe in showing kindness to others.  We also believe in bringing that kindness to the business.  We will implement these ideals in our efforts to find you the home or condo of your dreams in the Alexandria, Fairfax County or Arlington area of northern Virginia.

“Using a real estate agent is a very good idea,” says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “All the details involved in home buying [and selling], particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good professional can guide you through the entire process and make the experience much easier.”

Selecting the right professional is the key to a successful real estate transaction. Better than working with a simple real estate agent, you’ll want the services of a Realtor®.

What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor?

More than two million people have earned real estate licenses but only a small percentage of these are Realtors. Realtors are members in good standing of the National Association of Realtors, their state association of Realtors and a local real estate board. Realtors are held to high standards of ethical behavior and must undergo continuing education annually to remain accredited.

All agents of Nesbitt Realty are Realtors!

What Does a Realtor Do?

Realtors are required by law to:

  • perform necessary and customary acts to assist in the purchase or sale of real estate.
  • perform these acts in good faith and with reasonable care.
  • properly account for money or other property placed in his or her care.
  • disclose “adverse material facts” which are, or should be, within the agent’s knowledge.

Realtors can help buyers pre-qualify for mortgages and keep abreast of the latest home listings. They can assist sellers in preparing their homes and screening potential buyers. They can show investors the properties that fit their risk profiles and long-term investment strategies.

Nesbitt Realty can quickly locate the perfect home for you, or sell your home in the shortest possible time frame. Our agents can efficiently organize and coordinate meetings with potential buyers and sellers.

A Nesbitt Realty Realtor will be well acquainted with the important things you’ll want to know about the neighborhood you may be considering:

  • the quality of schools,
  • the safety of the community,
  • traffic volume,
  • price,
  • Metro accessibility
  • nearby parks and attractions

Our agents have immediate access to homes as soon as they are put on the market, saving you hours of wasted drive-around time. When you’re ready to make an offer on a house, our Realtor will help structure the deal to save you money. He or she will explain the advantages and disadvantages of different types of mortgages and guide you through the mounds of paperwork.

When it comes to selling your home, a Realtor will save you time and aggravation. Their commission will vary depending on your location. Realtors pay for all advertising, schedule all open houses and make sure potential buyers are qualified. The money they can save you is often more than the cost of their commissions.