What is a dormer?

Drawing of a typical Dutch Colonial home

Dormers are windows that jut out from the roof of a home, and have a roof of their own. The word comes from the Latin dormitorium meaning “sleeping room,” because dormers often bring space and light to bedrooms. For decorating purposes, a dormer creates a cozy spot for a reading chair or a desk.


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Mount Vernon Yacht Club

Potomac River near Stratford Landing

The Mount Vernon Yacht Club (MVYC) is on Dogue Creek, off the Potomac River. The clubhouse at MVYC is just two miles from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mansion. MVYC was incorporated in June 1956, as a private, not-for-profit club. The developers of Yacht Haven Estates, led by Harley “Bud” Fraley, deeded the land and created a private lagoon for a swimming and boating club serving the local area. Today, MVYC’s 230 member families enjoy one of the best-kept secrets on the Potomac River.

MVYC is about tradition, friendship, family and good times with fellow members. Beautiful well kept facilities provide an unparalleled view of the Potomac River from the clubhouse, pool and marina with an atmosphere of tranquility.

The Club is limited to a total of 230 family memberships divided into two categories – Active and Honorary members.

Active members pay dues (which covers all of their immediate family), enjoy all privileges of the Club, they have a vote on all Club matters (one vote per family) and are eligible to hold Club office.

Honorary members (including their immediate family) are limited to those who have rendered special service to the Club. They enjoy all privileges of the Club; however they are not required to pay dues, they do not have a vote and may not hold Club office.

Club members who are property owners in Yacht Haven Estates also have additional rights to vote on certain matters that might affect the character or size of the Club.

Grocery Stores serving Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is a neighborhood that is quiet and peaceful with many trees and several waterways.  One of the reasons Mount Vernon is so quiet is because there is very little commercial real estate in Mount Vernon.  That doesn’t mean that Mount Vernon is far from everything. In fact, Rt. 1 (Richmond Hwy) is full of warehouse stores and restaurants like Target and Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond and Chili’s and so on. Here are the grocery stores closest to the Mount Vernon Mansion.


7900 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA 22308
(703) 765-0924

Giant Food

7558 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 922-0380

Asia Bazaar

7864 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 360-9333

Fort Belvoir Commissary

6020 Gorgas Rd
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

(703) 781-0536


8256 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309-8220
(703) 360-9814

Lake Fairfax Park Stocked With A Half-Ton of Rainbow Trout

Foxy likes fishing!

Beginning on Friday, October 8, 2010, the waters of Lake Fairfax will teem with a fresh stock of rainbow trout. Friday’s 1,000 pound stocking will mark the start of a two-week trout season at the park which ends on October 22.

Fishermen will appreciate the abundance of above average size fish. (The smallest fish will be one-foot in length.) Fishing at the park is open from dawn until dusk. An accessible fishing pier provides a safe place to cast a line for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

A Virginia fishing license is required for all fishermen age 16 and older. Because the fish were purchased by Fairfax County, the state trout stamp doesn’t apply. The 2010 seasonal fishing pass for the park is also required, or a daily pass can be purchased. Daily passes are available for $12 per adult (16 to 63 years), $10 per senior (64 years and older) and $10 per child (7 to 15 years).

Only one pole is allowed in the water at a time, and the daily catch limit is six fish per person. Fishermen are expected to keep what they catch. The local game warden will be present.

Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston.

For more information, please contact Lake Fairfax Park at 703-471-5415.

Park-and-Ride in Reston to be Impacted by Garage Construction

Reston East is the location of the future parking garage for the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail station. Wiehle Avenue is the last of five stations in Phase I of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, opening in late 2013.

Parking spaces at Reston East Park-and-Ride will be impacted by Dulles Rail related construction as early as November 28, 2010.  The construction project is expected to require closing of approximately 200 of 820 parking spaces on or about Nov. 28 for preliminary utility work. For more information check the Reston East Park-and-Ride Hotline at 703-877-5700, TTY 711.

Stops of the King Street Trolley

The City of Alexandria’s free King Street Trolley transports residents, visitors, and those who work in Old Town, between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The free trolley operates along the one-and-a-half mile route seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. providing access to accommodations, dining, entertainment and shopping. The free trolley departs from the Potomac River Waterfront and from the King Street Metro every :10, :30, and :50 minutes after each hour. Every 20 minutes riders can board at any of the 20 stops along King Street.

Traveling towards the King Street Metro Station, the designated trolley stops include:

King Street Trolley
  • King and Union
  • King and Lee
  • King and Royal
  • King and St. Asaph
  • King and Columbus
  • King and Patrick
  • King and Fayette
  • King and Peyton
  • King and Diagonal
  • King Street Metro Station

Traveling towards the Potomac River waterfront, designated trolley stops include:

  • King Street Metro Station

    Trolley at King Street
  • King and Diagonal
  • King and Peyton
  • King and Fayette
  • King and Patrick
  • King and Columbus
  • King and St. Asaph
  • King and Royal
  • King and Lee
  • King and Union.

Please remember there is no smoking, eating, or drinking on the trolley. Passengers with strollers must close strollers before entering. The trolley only stops at designated stops. Passengers must pull the cord to signal a stop.

Sherwood Library serves & educates Mt. Vernon area

Fresh-cut flowers at Farmer’s Market at Sherwood Hall Library

Opened in 1971 and located at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane in Alexandria, the Sherwood Regional Library provides many resources and services for residents, including hands-on technology classes, one-on-one tutoring sessions, 27 internet stations with Microsoft Office Suite and a computer with ZoomText software.

For those hosting community meetings or gatherings, the library has numerous spaces, including a meeting room that fits 200 and is often used for family literacy classes. Other spaces are four conference rooms for 12-45 people each, a group study room for four people and a quiet study room for 10. The library also hosts the Mt. Vernon Farmers Markets on Tuesday mornings from May to November and an ongoing book sale. For more information on library events, click here.

In addition, visitors can bring their laptop and use the wireless internet or bring children to use the Read to Me Room with puzzles, flannel boards and board books. For more information about the library and its services, click here or call 703-765-3645.

Does Paying Cash Expedite a Deal?

Does paying cash for a home net the buyer a discount as it might for other transactions? The answer: “It depends.”

If the seller is in a big-time crunch, an all-cash deal can expedite the sale. Also, offering to pay cash gives the buyer less wriggle room, which could comfort a nervous seller.

A seller with minimal equity may be looking for a more generous deal than an all-cash buyer is likely to demand. Also, if there is a bank involved in the deal, it may not be so enthusiastic either because an all-cash transaction could undercut the reason banks are in business.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, June Fletcher (11/04/2010)