Now is the time to check out the Old Town Farmers Market

Old Town Farmers Market is located at Market Square, 301 King Street. The market is open on Saturdays, 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. year round.

Market Square

People who come to Alexandria on Saturday mornings find themselves in a busy plaza where local farmers and artists have been selling their products since 1753. Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square is thought to be one of the nation’s oldest continually operating farmer’s markets, serving as a primary way Alexandria residents have typically obtained their meat, dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables.

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Wakefield Farmers Market

Wakefield Farmers Market is located at 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22003.

It’s almost that time again, The market is open 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 5 – October 27.


  • Cenan’s Bakery — baked goods
  • Country Gardens —  plants/herbs
  • Fertile Plains Custom Pork — meat
  • Fields of Grace Farm — dairy
  • Gypsy Hill —  dips, rubs, spices, soups
  • J & W Valley View Farm — produce and herbs
  • Kuhn Orchards == fruit and vegetables
  • Level Green Farm == produce/nuts/ mushrooms
  • Lois’s Produce — produce and herbs
  • Massanutten Mountain Apiaries — honey
  • Middleburg Creamery — ice cream
  • Old World Kitchens — pastas, sauces, breads, cakes
  • Salsa las Glorias — salsa
Nesbitt Realty can help you buy or sell a property in Annandale VA

Beautifying a staircase can be a smart move

Many folks consider stairs and hallways as strictly utilitarian — a place to get somewhere else – but these spaces can be great for decorations.
Considering that stairs are often one of the first elements home buyers see when they enter the front door of a home for sale, beautifying the steps can be a smart investment.

Consider these ideas for making the stairway more attractive:

  • A few tastefully positioned flowers can really stand out on at a stairway
  • Paint a runner in a bold shade of marine paint. Or do it in a pattern, like a stripe or polka dot.
  • Carpet the stairs with a pattern that hides dirt – even if the rest of the house has hardwoods. (As an added plus, carpeted stairs are safer than bare, potentially slick ones.)
  • Tile the risers, the vertical part of the stairs that get scuffed easily.

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Are you looking for a public-school Montessori Program in Arlington VA?

Drew Model Elementary School, located in Arlington, Virginia, serves grades PK-5 in the Arlington County Public Schools district.

Drew Model School Offers a multi-age Montessori program for children ages 3-11 with smaller age-grouped classes K-5. Drew Model offers Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)-Full day program four year old children. The school has an experienced, dedicated faculty and classroom volunteers that provide changing education through the arts partnership with the Kennedy Center (CETA). This school offers county-wide transportation.

Drew Model Elementary School
3500 South 23rd Street
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 228-5825

Homes for sale near the Drew Model Elementary School

Waynewood and Wellington are neighboring communities in Fort Hunt

Westgrove, Wellington and Waynewood are three of my favorite communities in Fairfax County. Both make up some of what is best about the Fort Hunt area. Both offer a suburban feel with fine homes in relatively close proximity to both the Potomac River and Alexandria VA.


Featured in Fort Hunt

Nesbitt Realty is a real estate brokerage serving Fort Hunt in Fairfax County VA.
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Reasons Vacant Homes Are a Tough Sell

The argument for staging a house to get it ready for sale is largely based on what are perceived as the shortcomings of vacant, or unstaged, properties. For one, advocates of the staging process say a vacant home distracts would-be buyers from focusing on the actual real estate.

River Towers Living Room

Instead, they allow themselves to speculate on the possible reasons the house is on the market — divorce, financial straits, and other scenarios — as well as on any defects the property may have. Small flaws, like nail holes and worn carpeting, are much more noticeable when the rest of the space is empty. Additionally, a vacant home allows dust to settle and stale odors to linger and spread, cutting short showing times and generating fewer sale chances.

All of these factors lead prospective buyers to submit low-ball bids on vacant homes. Other times, they will not even make a bid at all because empty dwellings simply do not allow them to make an emotional connection to the property. They may not even be able to visualize how their own furnishings may fit in a room, causing them to lose interest, say staging professionals.

Which rooms do you find more appealing?

Moving With Pets

Moving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are many things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Experts at The Pet Realty Network in Naples, Fla., offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move.

1. Update your pet’s tag. Make sure your pet is wearing a sturdy collar with an identification tag that is labeled with your current contact information. The tag should include your destination location, telephone number, and cell phone number so that you can be reached immediately during the move.
2. Ask for veterinary records. If you’re moving far enough away that you’ll need a new vet, you should ask for a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations. You also can ask for your pet’s medical history to give to your new vet, although that can normally be faxed directly to the new medical-care provider upon request. Depending on your destination, your pet may need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates. Have your current vet’s phone number handy in case of an emergency, or in case your new vet would like more information about your pet.

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Moving your parrot

3. Keep medications and food on hand. Keep at least one week’s worth of food and medication with you in case of an emergency. Vets can’t write a prescription without a prior doctor/patient relationship, which can cause delays if you need medication right away. You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. The same preparation should be taken with special therapeutic foods — purchase an extra supply in case you can’t find the food right away in your new area.

4. Seclude your pet from chaos. Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep them in a safe, quiet, well-ventilated place, such as the bathroom, on moving day with a “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” sign posted on the door. There are many light, collapsible travel crates on the market if you choose to buy one. However, make sure your pet is familiar with the new crate before moving day by gradually introducing him or her to the crate before your trip. Be sure the crate is well-ventilated and sturdy enough for stress-chewers; otherwise, a nervous pet could escape.

5. Prepare a first aid kit. First aid is not a substitute for emergency veterinary care, but being prepared and knowing basic first aid could save your pet’s life. A few recommended supplies: Your veterinarian’s phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for bandages, non-stick bandages, towels, and hydrogen peroxide (3 percent). You can use a door, board, blanket or floor mat as an emergency stretcher and a soft cloth, rope, necktie, leash, or nylon stocking for an emergency muzzle.

6. Play it safe in the car. It’s best to travel with your dog in a crate; second-best is to use a restraining harness. When it cI love my ball...omes to cats, it’s always best for their safety and yours to use a well-ventilate

d carrier in the car. Secure the crate or carrier with a seat belt and provide your pet with familiar toys. Never keep your pet in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van. In any season, a pet left alone in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to injury and theft. If you’ll be using overnight lodging, plan ahead by searching for pet-friendly hotels. Have plenty of kitty litter and plastic bags on hand, and keep your pet on its regular diet and eating schedule.

7. Get ready for takeoff. When traveling by air,check with the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions to be sure you’ve prepared your pet for a safe trip. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, depending on the animal’s size, but you’ll need to purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you. Give yourself plenty of time to work out any arrangements necessary including consulting with your veterinarian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If traveling is stressful for your pet, consult your veterinarian about ways that might lessen the stress of travel.

Walking his way8. Find a new veterinary clinic and emergency hospital. Before you move, ask your vet to recommend a doctor in your new locale. Talk to other pet owners when visiting the new community, and call the state veterinary medical association (VMA) for veterinarians in your location. When choosing a new veterinary hospital, ask for an impromptu tour; kennels should be kept clean at all times, not just when a client’s expected. You may also want to schedule an appointment to meet the vets. Now ask yourself: Are the receptionists, doctors, technicians, and assistants friendly, professional and knowledgeable? Are the office hours and location convenient? Does the clinic offer emergency or specialty services or boarding? If the hospital doesn’t meet your criteria, keep looking until you’re assured that your pet will receive the best possible care.
9. Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Upon your arrival at your new home, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, etc. Pack these items in a handy spot so they can be unpacked right away. Keep all external windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and be cautious of narrow gaps behind or between appliances where nervous pets may try to hide. If your old home is nearby, your pet may try to find a way back there. To be safe, give the new home owners or your former neighbors your phone number and a photo of your pet, and ask them to contact you if your pet is found nearby.

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10. Learn more about your new area. Once you find a new veterinarian, ask if there are any local health concerns such as heartworm or Lyme disease, or any vaccinations or medications your pet may require. Also, be aware of any unique laws. For example, there are restrictive breed laws in some cities. Homeowner associations also may have restrictions — perhaps requiring that all dogs are kept on leashes. If you will be moving to a new country, carry an updated rabies vaccination and health certificate. It is very important to contact the Agriculture Department or embassy of the country or state to which you’re traveling to obtain specific information on special documents, quarantine, or costs to bring the animal into the country.
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Source: The Pet Realty Network

What’s one of the largest and most populous counties in Virginia?

Fairfax County is one of the largest, most prosperous and most populous counties in Virginia. To be more specific, according to the US Census Fairfax County has about a million residents. Furthermore, average annual household income in Fairfax County ($100,552) is twice the national average ($51,106).

The county government is managed by a Board of Supervisors that are elected from nine different magisterial districts . The board is overseen by a chairman who holds an at-large seat.

The County Supervisors appoint seven members to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Commission.

Districts of Fairfax County

 The magisterial districts of Fairfax County are:

  1. Braddock
  2. Sully
  3. Lee
  4. Dranesville
  5. Mason
  6. Springfield
  7. Huntermill
  8. Mount Vernon
  9. Providence

Properties in Fairfax County

How to Get a Home Ready for an Open House

Are you a home seller considering an open house? This checklist might be helpful.

Inside a condo at Prescott in Old Town Alexandria VA
  • Remove heavy curtains that block light.
  • Remove excess furniture to make the rooms seem more spacious.
  • Thoroughly clean carpets, windows, closets, and ovens.
  • Paint the front door and buy a new welcome mat.
  • Assess needed household repairs and make them.
  • Clear debris from sidewalks, decks, and driveways.
  • Get a qualified heating specialist to certify that the furnace is in good condition.
  • Replace dated kitchen and bathroom hardware and fixtures.
  • Repaint rooms that look dull using a neutral color such as cream or tan.
  • Refinish worn hardwood floors.
  • Box up knick-knacks, family mementos, and books to create a neutral environment.
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Where is Glenwood Park?

Single-family house at Glenwood Park is in Alexandria 22310

Glenwood Park is a community of single-family houses in Fairfax County. The community is served by Clermont Elementary School and Twain Middle School.

Glenwood Park is close to Rose Hill.  The area is served by Mark Twain Park and not far from Main Street Market and Van Dorn Street Metro.

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