Bolling Brook Towers Condo Assn. information

Bolling Brook Towers Condominium

4520 King St.

Alexandria, VA, 22302
703-379-0808

If  you have questions about condo documents, maintenance or insurance, please call the above number.

If  you are interested in purchasing a condo, give Condo Alexandria a call.

Properties in Bolling Brook

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Where are the Shops at Huntington Gateway?

The Shops at Huntington Gateway are located at 5982 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303. The Shops at Huntington Gateway include: Partners in Real Estate, Gateway Cleaners, Dickson Dental, and Juliano’s Subs & Pizza.

The Shops at Huntington Gateway are just down the road from Montebello. The Shops at Huntington Gateway are close to the lower level of Huntington Metro.

 

 


Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

 

 

Selling your condo? Don’t forget the basics.

Use a Realtor

When it comes to selling your condo, it is always a good idea to enlist in the help of a Realtor. With the help of a Realtor, you will be able to reach a broader number of potential buyers through the MLS. A good Realtor will help to make sure all of the paperwork is in proper order for the sale to be complete. A Condo Alexandria Realtor specializes in condos and understands the benefits of condo living.

Make a list, sell it twice.

Make a list of the benefits of your condo. What makes your condo special? Why did you buy this condo? Where is the Metro? What’s so great about your location? What are your favorite nearby restaurants and attractions? What do you love about your condo? What are the amenities at your condominium association? List all the benefits of your condo. Then, share that list with your realtor. Post it on your refrigerator. Make sure everyone who visits your home knows why it’s a good buy.

Market your condo!

If your condo is for sale by owner, you’ll need to prepare a marketing campaign. Start with the list you created above. Put this on index cards that you can post in offices, grocery stores and anywhere that a buyer might see your ad. Bold lettering that says,

Walk to Metro!

Close to museums?

Amenities galore!

Your Condo Alexandria Realtor will handle marketing the property. Although you can attempt to do this on your own, you could also cut your own hair, change your own oil and do your own dental work. Sometimes, it just makes sense to hand things over to a professional A Realtor usually has marketing experience and knows what works. So your realtor will be able to create more effective marketing methods and will be able to reach a larger number of potential buyers.

Work your network.

Once you have decided to sell your condo, it’s time to spread the word. The goal is to sell your condo in a short period of time at the price you are asking for. So, tell your neighbors, friends, and family that the condo is for sale. Let your Facebook buddies know. Don’t keep your condo a secret, even if you have a Realtor helping you out. These days every little beit helps!

Condos are special. When you sell a condo, you’re not just selling a bedroom and kitchen, you’re selling a lifestyle. The people who are attracted to your condo are people who don’t want the benefits of home ownership without the aggravation of maintaining a yard or other problems that are commonly associated with home ownership.

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Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and maintains Condo Alexandria. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.

About Home Ownership

Of course as a homeowner you’ll now be responsible for maintenance and repairs on the house. You’ll be a part of the neighborhood watch and the garden club. According to most studies, you’re more likely to vote, and to participate in local government activities. You’re now one of the landed gentry. According to the Rossi and Weber National Survey of Families, home owners possess significantly higher levels of self-confidence than renters.

Tax advantages are one of the biggest financial benefits of home ownership. The typical home owner that pays a $1,000 house payment will realize tax savings of about $120 each month. (As a general rule, most homeowners can deduct most or all of their interest payments on their home loan, property taxes and loan points, but check with your tax advisor about your situation.)

This increase confidence and wealth will have an impact on your family life as well. According to Boehm & Schlottmann, University of Tennessee, “Children of home owners are 59% more likely to become homeowners. Their children are also 25% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college.”

As an owner, you’ll stop paying rent and you’ll start building ownership equity. A survey of consumer finance by the Federal Reserve Board found that the median net worth of most modest-income owners is almost $60,000 compared to less than $10,000 for renters in the same income group.

In many cases, your home will provide you with more privacy than rental living. For some, this means a quieter living environment, for others it’s the ability to have a grow garden, have a backyard barbecue or a build a garage. You’ll have the freedom to make whatever changes or improvements you like. Now that you control your living environment, you can make adjustments as your family changes or just as your personal taste dictates.

In the end, the goal is happiness, not to have the most marbles.

 

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

 

Air Force Memorial

Air Force Memorial
Air Force Memorial
Air Force Memorial
Air Force Memorial as seen from the Representative

The Air Force Memorial is sited on a promontory overlooking Washington D.C., Arlington VA and, between them, the Potomac River. The Memorial’s spires measure 270 feet. These spires tower above the Pentagon, Rosslyn and Crystal City. The Memorial was formally dedicated on October 14, 2006. The Memorial remains dedicated to the United States Air Force service members and the Heritage Organizations of the USAF.

The design of the Memorial intends to evoke a modern image of flight by jet and space vehicles, but yet remembers the pioneers of flight who came before. The three spires of the Monument represent the three core values of the US Air Force: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. It is interesting to note that the spires are different heights and asymmetrical giving the Memorial a dynamic quality that offers different views from every angle. Although the Air Force Memorial is visible all over town, one of the best views is from Arlington Ridge. At the end of Arlington Ridge Road, the Representative overlooks much of the samevistas as the Memorial.

 

 

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

 


 

Crystal City meets Aurora Highlands

skyline of Crystal City

Across Eads St. relatively close to the Crystal City Metro is the neighborhood of Aurora Highlands.

Aurora Highlands

Aurora Highlands is in Arlington County and dates back to the days when Arlington County was a sleepy rural suburb of Washington DC. One of the most interesting assets of Aurora Highlands is the row of shops and restaurants along 23rd St. in Crystal City.

Aurora Highlands

On a lazy summer afternoon a sidewalk cafe in Aurora Highlands is a nice place to take a bite to eat and enjoy a cool drink.

sidewalk cafe in Crystal City

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

 

 

 

Lotte Grocery Specializes in Ethnic Cuisines

Lotte is located inside the Fairfax Circle Center at 3250 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030. The phone number for Lotte is 703 – 352 – 8989. The store hours for Lotte is 9am – 10pm.

Lotte has a few restaurants inside (for example there is a Korean restaurant that serves Bulgogi and Bibim Bop and other main entrees). Lotte grocery is similar to Costco or Safeway with their vast selection of items except unlike  Costco or Safeway Lotte specializes in the following ethnic cuisines: Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Pakistani  and Hispanic food.

Lotte has an excellent selection of items you won’t find in your average grocery. Lotte is similar to Super H Mart.

 


Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

 

 

Sailing on the Potomac

Sailing Club of Washington

One of the great things about life in Alexandria VA is the proximity to two public marinas: one at Belle Haven and the other at Potowmack Landing north of Old Town. I have always wanted to sail, and yesterday Julie surprised me by signing us up for a social sail with the Sailing Club of Washington.

sailing

The Sailing Club of Washington is a group of over 400 people that includes a mixture of folks who have never sailed but want to learn and old salts who’ve been sailing for years along with those who simply enjoy socializing with other sailing enthusiasts. The Sailing Club of Washington (SCOW) is a 501(c)(7) organization (a social club) that was originally chartered on July 12, 1966 “to provide the membership thereof with the opportunity and instrumentalities to become expert in the art of sailing for their individual and mutual education, benefit and enjoyment.”

Tango II on the water

This boat used to be a club boat, but it’s owned by a member who still shares it with the club. The Sailing Club has six boats:

  • four 19′ Flying Scots;
  • two 25′ Catalinas

The boats are kept at the Washington Sailing Marina just south of National Airport. SCOW offers classes, individual use of our boats, club sponsored activities and a place for sailors in the D.C. area to come together and enjoy the sport and recreation of sailing.

Jules on the way to the boat.

We were excited as we prepared to board the vessel. It was a short walk along the dock and then we boarded.

at the dock at Sailing Club

National Airport is visible behind us. The winds were light and steady, perfect for beginners.

sailing on the Potomac

There were several other vessels nearby, most were sailors but there were a few flat-bottom fishermen out as well.

Will Nesbitt

After we were underway, the skipper let me man the tiller! What fun! I had to make sure that we caught the right wind, without hitting posts or other boats.

I'm at the tiller on the Potomac

Julie snapped a couple of pictures of me having a blast.

Preparing to tack

Eventually the sun started to set and it was time to head back to port.

dock

What a great club! I can’t endorse this activity enough. The fees are reasonable, the company was pleasant. And I really like sailing.

Sunset on the Potomac

We’ll be back another day.

If you’re looking for a home near the marina, you might consider some of the following communities:

Properties in Potowmack Crossing

 


Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and maintains Condo Alexandria. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.

Buying later? Check your credit now.

It’s a good idea to checking your credit score before you actually decide to purchase a home, townhome or condo. Even if you think your credit scores are good, you will want to see what the bank will be considering and the scores they will be examining.

If you check your credit history now, you can find out about errors while there is still time to make a correction. You don’t want to find out about credit reporting errors at the last minute. Equifax, Trans Union and Experian (the major credit reporting bureaus) are ponderous and slow to react to problems. It takes time to correct errors. The time to get the record clean is now.

On the other hand, if there are negative items on your credit report, you will want to know what will block you from home ownership and what are you options. A good loan officer can also give you an idea of how much home you can afford. If you would like a free pre-approval or would like to discuss your options call Julie at Condominium Mortgage at 703 765 0300.


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For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.

Alexandria’s buroughs — about the neighborhoods of Alexandria

New to the Area?

This is an update on an old article I put together for people who are brand new to Northern Virginia. Because of the many employment opportunities and because of the pleasant nature of the city of Alexandria, Alexandria often and consistently rates as one of the nation’s best cities. If you’re brand new to the area, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for a home or residence. There are TOO MANY CHOICES.

Before you can find your house you have to find your neighborhood. Before you find your neighborhood you have to find your way around the city. For this reason, a quick description of the components of Alexandria is helpful.

Old Town

Old Town (sometimes called Olde Town, Old Towne or Olde Towne) is the heart of Alexandria. As the name implies, Old Town is the oldest part of the city. Alexandria was a port in colonial times owing to its location along the Potomac. These days Old Town is found just inside the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and then north toward Reagan National Airport. Old Town is served by the King St. Metro and the King St. trolley. With over 100 restaurants, shops, boutiques, coffee shops, ice cream houses and more, Old Town has both a small
town, upscale and touristy feel. For most folks there is a bit of prestige attached to an Old Town address. There are two high rises near the waterfront at the Alexandria House and Port Royal. Old Town Alexandria has many townhouses, row houses and a smaller number single family homes. Click Old Town
to search listings of properties in Old Town Alexandria.

 

Del Ray

Although its history doesn’t stretch to the colonial days, Del Ray is another relatively old neighborhood. Del Ray was founded in 1894 as a “streetcar suburb” to Washington, DC. Most of Del Ray was built from the 1890’s to the 1950’s and retains that small town charm despite being so close to the center of the universe. Quaint streets with brick or stone homes are found on streets that branch off from Del Ray’s arteries.

At the heart of Del Ray is the main street: Mount Vernon Avenue. This where you’ll find a hometown mix of shops, restaurants and hardware stores. Braddock Road metro serves Del Ray and condos such as Colecroft Station are available here.

Click Del Ray for a map of Del Ray and for listings of properties for sale in Del Ray. Or, click Del Ray for listings for sale in the Del Ray subdivision of Alexandria.

Arlandria

As the name implies, Arlandria at the border of Alexandria City and Arlington County. Arlandia is just north of Del Ray at terminus of Mount Vernon Avenue. Some residents also call this neighborhood Chirilagua. Arlandia has many small shops and restaurants. Click Arlandria for a map of the general area and to search properties listed for sale in Arlandria.

 

Eisenhower Valley

The Eisenhower Valley describes the area found along Eisenhower
Avenue. At the western end of Eisenhower Avenue one will find
warehouses and businesses such as FedEx and UPS who appreciate easy
access to the Interstate. Click Eisenhower West to search property at the west end of Eisenhower, near the Van Dorn Metro station.

On the east end, where Eisenhower Avenue approaches Old Town, you’ll
find the United States Patent & Trade Office and the high-end high-rise neighborhood of the Carlyle District. The USPTO is a complex of five buildings that accommodate more than 7,000 federal employees. Residents of the Carlyle District have easy access to the Hoffman Town Center at the Eisenhower Metro. The Carlyle District is an intriguing place to live because it’s so close to the charm and amenities of Old Town, but is new and modern. Click Eisenhower East to find properties listed for sale here.

 

West End

Like the Eisenhower Valley, the West End of Alexandria is a mixed bag. Condos and high rises abound in “Condo Canyon” near Landmark and Lincolnia. But development from the 1950’s and 1960’s is also found tucked on side streets and around unexpected corners. The homes around and near Seminary Road are regarded by many as stately and highly desirable. Another interesting neighborhood in the West End is Cameron Station. Cameron Station is a newer development of townhouses and condos, but the stylings and architecture imitate the best of Old Town. Cameron Station is relatively close to both Landmark Mall and Old Town.

The West End is well connected to Washington DC via I-395. The West End is the newest and largest part of the city. The West End has a diverse selection of restaurants and shops as well as Landmark Mall and several fine hotels. Fort Ward Park and Museum is found in the West End of Alexandria.  Click
West End for a glance at what’s for sale and to see a map of the West End.

 

Properties in Alexandria

 


Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty.
Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne.
Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in
Fairfax County.