Is Arlington Oaks a good choice for a newcomer to the city?

Arlington Oaks has a location in Arlington VA which is less than a mile to Ballston Metro.

Arlington Oaks in Arlington

A plus is that it offers community amenities such as pool and tennis court. Arlington Oaks is nestled close to Route 50.

Condos in Arlington Oaks were built in 1940 and they cost between $218,000 to $390,000 each. This condo community is served by the following schools: Barrett Elementary School, Swanson Middle School and Washington-Lee High School.

Arlington Oaks in Arlington VA is conveniently located close to commuting routes, shopping, and metro bus.

Arlington Oaks are a traditional style condo setting with a substantial exterior. This location is pertinent for those seeking residence near the capitol. This spot can be a good choice for newcomers to the city.

Arlington Oaks sports easy access to the Ballston Common Shopping Center, Regal Cinemas Ballston Common Stadium 12, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and Welburn Square.

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Arlington Oaks is in Arlington VA

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Why do residents of Ballston love the Hawthorn?

The Hawthorn combines urban sophistication and modern elegance with convenient on-site amenities. The Hawthorn is located at 820 N Pollard Street, Ste 102 Arlington, VA 22203.

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The Hawthorn provides a full palate of amenities, services and security. Highlights include:

  • A fully-equipped fitness center
  • An on-site business center
  • Garage parking
  • Individual storage spaces
  • Landscaped courtyard
  • Outdoor seating
  • Ground-floor retail
  • Metro accessible

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What’s the quickest way by Metro?

The metro comes in frequent intervals, especially during the morning and evening, the times when people are going to or returning from work

Did you know that that the Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) offers a free, web-based service called the Trip Planner?  Using Trip Planning  you can instantly learn accurate and timely information about metro buses and trains to schedule your next trip.  The Trip Planner will offer the best route(s) to take to get there and include fare information and walking directions from a Metrorail station or bus stop to a given address.

If you’re seeking a home on the Metro, you might find our search by station resource particularly helpful.

Search for homes near the Metro

Are you looking for a home or condo near a metro station? Use our site to find properties close to Metro stations.

real estate for sale near metro stations.

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

What does a property’s Walk Score score mean?

Will and Julie Nesbitt cross the street in Shirlington

Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score promises to measure how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking.

Each home listed for sale is given a Walk Score. That number is between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:

  • 90–100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people can get by without owning a car.
  • 70–89 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.
  • 50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
  • 25–49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
  • 0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!

Walk Score isn’t perfect …

Home buyers need to be aware that Walk Score is just an approximation of walkability.

Walking to a restaurant on a Fall evening in Del Ray

For example, the Skyline communities of Falls Church generally have a higher Walk Score than the New Alexandria community of Belle View. River Towers has pleasant tree-lined walkways with easy access to neighborhood shops, parks, libraries, the Potomac. Skyline Square is convenient as can be, but broad and busy 4 lane roads make walking inconvenient, if not dangerous. But River Towers doesn’t score as high on Walk Score as Skyline Square.

So, there are a number of factors that contribute to walkability that are not part of the algorithm used to calculate Walk Score:

  • Public transit: Good public transit is important for walkable neighborhoods. Not to fear: you can also search for homes near a metro station.
  • Street width and block length: Narrow streets slow down traffic. Short blocks provide more routes to the same destination and make it easier to take a direct route.
  • Street design: Sidewalks and safe crossings are essential to walkability. Appropriate automobile speeds, trees, and other features also help.
  • Safety from crime and crashes: How much crime is in the neighborhood? How many traffic accidents are there? Are streets well-lit?
  • Pedestrian-friendly community design: Are buildings close to the sidewalk with parking in back? Are destinations clustered together?
  • Topography: Hills can make walking difficult, especially if you’re carrying groceries.
  • Freeways and bodies of water: Freeways can divide neighborhoods. Swimming is harder than walking.
  • Weather: In some places it’s just too hot or cold to walk regularly.

    Walking near Cameron Mews in Old Town Alexandria

Thus, the tools on our site are a great starting point in your search for homes and neighborhoods of Northern Virginia, but there really is no substitute for your Condo Alexandria realtor. We know the areas and neighborhoods where you want to live and we can really help you sort to the wheat from the chaff.

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10 Cities With the Worst Traffic Congestion

The average American spent a total of 28 hours sitting in traffic last year, according to INRIX, a traffic information group. But residents in some of the nation’s most congested cities spent nearly double that—an average of 42 hours a year—sitting in traffic.

In its 2012 Traffic Scorecard, INRIX compared the average of the drivers’ actual speed on the road during peak hours with the average speed of drivers when there was no congestion.

Here are the 10 cities with the worst traffic, according to the study:

1. Los Angeles

Congestion score: 28.8

Average commute time: 28.6 minutes (15th highest)

2. Honolulu

Congestion score: 26

Average commute time: 27 minutes (the 27th highest)

3. San Francisco

Congestion score: 23.5

Average commute time: 29.2 minutes (tied for 10th highest)

4. Austin

Congestion score: 20.7

Average commute time: 25.8 minutes (45th highest)

5. New York

Congestion score: 19.9

Average commute time: 34.9 minutes (the highest)

6. Bridgeport, Conn.

Congestion score: 19.1

Average commute time: 28.3 minutes (18th highest)

7. San Jose, Calif.

Congestion score: 17.6

Average commute time: 24.8 minutes (65th highest)

8. Seattle

Congestion score: 17.6

Average commute time: 27.6 minutes (22nd highest)

9. Washington, D.C.

Congestion score: 16.4

Average commute time: 34.5 minutes (2nd highest)

10. Boston

Congestion score: 14.7

Average commute time: 29.2 minutes (tied for 10th highest)

Source: “10 Cities With the Worst Traffic,” USA Today (May 4, 2013)

WMATAWe specialize in finding homes with easy access to the Orange, Yellow and Blue Lines in Virginia. Our specialized searches feature homes that are very close to metro stations. Our site also allows users to search by Walk Score. Walk Score rates a property's "walkability". [More about Walk Score]

Alexandria’s DASH — riding tips and information about the public bus system

DASH (Driving Alexandrians Safely Home) buses are seen around, across and near the city of Alexandria, Virginia. The City of Alexandria wholly owns the DASH bus system and operates the system as a non-profit public service cooperation. But day to day management of the system is provided by Alexandria Transit Company.

DASH bus in the Winter

If you’re new to the area, you’ll soon find out what others already know.  The DASH buses are a clean, safe and effective way to get about the city.  Boarding the bus is simple and easy. When the bus arrives, just step into the bus and then deposit the exact fare or use your WMATA SmarTrip card.If you have any questions about routes or transfers ask the driver and then take a seat. On some of the most popular routes or during rush hours, there might not be any available seats. In that case just move as far to the rear of the bus as possible. This makes it easier for others to board easily.

Be aware that the bus driver doesn’t always stop at all bus stops! To signal to the driver that your stop is approaching, press the yellow signal strip or pull the bell cord. It’s best to do this about a block from your destination so the driver has timely notice to stop at the next bus stop. When exiting the bus the rear door is easiest because others may be waiting to board through the front door.

DASH has great service because it has great employees but also because area passengers observe a few simple rules of safety and courtesy:

  • There is no smoking, eating, or drinking allowed on the bus.
  • Radios, I-pods and other devices may only be used if they cannot be heard by others
  • There are a limited number of priority seats that are reserved for senior citizens and disable persons. You may sit in these seats, but riders are expected to volunteer that seat if the seat is needed by a senior citizen or disabled person. If the bus is full, riders are expected to volunteer seats as needed.
  • All passengers keep feet off passengers’ seats.

To maintain the high level of quality offered by DASH, drivers may refuse service to anyone who does not observe these rules or to anyone whose behavior is disruptive or hazardous to vehicle or passenger safety.

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

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Traveler Friendly Homes

Ronald Reagan Airport is located at 1 Aviation Circle, Arlington, Virginia. The airport is close to Old Town Alexandria, inside of Arlington and near Washington DC. Ronald Reagan Airport is a primary transportation hub for Northern Virginia and DC. The next closest airport is BWI which is in Maryland.

Ronald Reagan Airport has a metro stop accessible by the blue and yellow line. Near the airport there are several trails. Further from Old Town and closer to DC there is a marina with boats. The marina waters are great for fishing.

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Where is the Eisenhower Valley of Alexandria VA?

Eisenhower's Statue on Eisenhower Avenue

Eisenhower Valley stretches from South Van Dorn St. to Holland Lane along Cameron Run. The area features: Great Waves Waterpark, AWLA Animal Shelter, Eisenhower Metro station, and the Cinema. Contact an agent to find out some of the benefits of living in Eisenhower Valley.


Commuter’s Dream

Platform of the Vienna Metro Station

There can be a lot of things said about living in the Northern Virginia area, but one big thing would be the great access to jobs in the tri-city area.  Deciding on which area to live can be based on the ability to get to and from your workplace.  There is no denying that in an area like this that traffic can be a pain but it is great to know that there are options available if a car is not the most economical route for transportation.

Fairfax County, in particular, has developed a number of ways to meet the rising demand for public transportation and its great to know many city’s have bus systems already in place.  There are plenty of park and ride lots in the area that allow for commuters to drive to a particular location, park their car, and finish the rest of route to work on the metro.  This helps the commuter avoid long waits in traffic and lower the cost of paying for gas in your car.

The metro is slated to extend out to Loudoun County and has already reached areas in Fairfax and Reston.  There are several housing options next to these locations and they all have condos, townhomes, or single family’s available for purchase.  If you are a commuter looking for a great place to live that help your commuting costs, then you should check out Fairfax County.  It’s a commuter’s dream.

Cardinal Trace

Cardinal Trace is a beautiful subdivision located in Woodbridge, VA, in Prince Willaim County. It’s right off of route 1 and very close to I-95 making it a convenient place to live for any commuters. The houses are all large and very appealing to the eye. The neighborhood seems to very well kept. Their are many restaurants, places to shop, and entertainment options available close to the community, as well public transportation. It looks like a very pleasant neighborhood to live in .

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