Outdoor Volleyball is Fun in Old Town

Old Town Alexandria has several parks next to the water. During the summer time pick up volleyball games happen often. Along Union St. there are parks that have a dog park, trails, a basketball court, a playground, and plenty of green grass . These parks are a great resource within walking distance of several neighborhoods.

Condominiums near the volleyball courts include Alexandria House and Port Royal and Old Town Commons. Old Town is a very walkable area. Grocery stores in the area include Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.The nearest metro to the parks is King Street metro station.

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A Solution to your DC Entertainment Woes

Are you tired of whatever it is that you do as means of entertainment?  Do you live in the Washington DC area?  Are you willing to drive a little ways if you aren’t?  Do you know what a basketball is?

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions, I have a short story for you.  I have been dreaming for a long time of having basketball (NBA) in St. Louis, where I formerly resided.  That never came true and then I came out east again.  This past week I had the chance to go to opening night at Verizon Center to see the game between the New York Knicks and the DC Wizards.

I was very excited indeed to finally have a chance to see pro basketball live, instead of in a stinky bar with a hundred of my closest friends.  The first time for any sport is a cool thing, but here in the twilight of my life, I was really looking forward to it.

I began the evening by getting downtown a little more than two hours before the game.  I walked around a bit, then went into the team store and checked out some merchandise.  I was helped out by a very nice lady in the store who gave me some study material on the Wizards and Capitals.  I took these booklets next door to The Green Turtle and began familiarizing myself with the teams.

The time came to go into the Verizon Center and I walked quickly to my seat.  Every seat in the facility had a Wizards give-away

Give away shirts at Verizon Center
Give away shirts at Verizon Center

shirt draped on it.  My section had white shirts, but there were blue and red sections as well.  The closer we got to tip off, the more it hit me that this place isn’t going to be full.  There were no big montages on the big screen and no hoopla at all, to speak of.  I was expecting a lot more Opening Night build up, but it didn’t happen.  There wasn’t even a crazy amount of traffic outside and I just now realized this as I looked around the arena.

The game commenced and it was entertaining indeed.  Both teams had comfortable leads at different points, but the Knicks ended up winning.  I am very happy to have this experience behind me and I look forward to more games very soon.  The thing I learned is that I think this team needs more support.  I will be back to the Verizon Center and if you like basketball, you should as well.  It is a good and safe way to enjoy an evening and it is well worth the money.  The tickets were a fraction of what I thought they would be for a DC sport.

If you are still looking for that dream home to hang up your Wizards cap after the game, refer to the guide below and the listings that follow.

Crystal City as seen from Arlington Ridge
View from Arlington Ridge toward Crystal City
Arlington Ridge is bordered on the north by the The Pentagon, on the west by the Army Navy Country Club, and on the south the City of Alexandria. The main thoroughfare is the eponymous Arlington Ridge Road. Arlington Ridge Road is lined with manors and fine homes, many of which offer picturesque view of the Potomac valley and Washington DC. Arlington Ridge has two historical points of interest: the Hume School (currently the site of the Arlington Country Historical Society and Museum) and Fort Scott (the site of Fort Scott Park). Together with the established neighborhoods of Aurora Hills and Addison Hieghts, Arlington Ridge provides some of the finest homes in Arlington County.

 

Why DC is Beautiful after Sunset

Do you hate driving after dark?

 

With all of the attractions in the Washington DC area, sometimes a spectacular view is missed by visitors.  Within a very small footprint you can visit such magnificent sights such as The White House, The Washington Monument and The Capital Wheel at National Harbor.

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1980 Nightime aerial view of Washingto , the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and U.S. Capitol, right to left. Washington, D.C.

These wonderful attractions that draw tourists from all over the world on a yearly basis are timeless and truly sights to behold.  I’d be interested to know how many of the locals have yet to actively visit (actually go inside and experience) these wonders.

An aspect that may not be thought of right away when thinking of visiting here, is how amazing these look in the dark cover of sundown.  With all of the bridges allowing views from different aspects, driving to these sights after sunset gives a new and marvelous perspective.  Check it out sometime, try not to veer off the road and enjoy the visual spectacle that is our nation’s capital.

 

Are you trying to find a new abode close by DC?  Look below for some help and check out the listings.

 

 

Why won’t the NBA expand to St. Louis?

Are you a fan of the NBA?

If you are a fan, you can appreciate my confusion.  I am wanting to know why St. Louis can’t attract an NBA franchise.  Why am I bringing this up today?  I am about to attend my first NBA game this Saturday night when the Wizards take on the Knicks.

Why is this my first NBA game?  I have liked the NBA for a long time, but have never had the chance to attend a game.  This is because I was living in St. Louis and that is one sport they’re lacking there.  Now, I’m on the east coast and sports are all around me.  Not great baseball, but you can’t have it all.

Opening Night at Verizon Center Oct 2015
Opening Night at Verizon Center Oct 2015

What I’m really curious to learn is why the NBA doesn’t see St. Louis as a great place to land.  This city is full of the most insanely die-hard fans any city has known.  The Rams fans are dedicated to the end, which may be this season.  This doesn’t halt our drive to be dedicated when it comes to supporting them every game.  The thrill of winning the Super Bowl back in the 1999-2000 season will never be forgotten.  The desire to go back motivates us as fans to never give up.

The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup, but we as a fan base are dedicated to the core and await the first raising of Lord Stanley’s Cup with eager anticipation.  Winning the President’s Trophy, when Pronger and MacInnis were at the top of their game in 1999-2000, was just what we needed to fuel our desire to have it all.  The regular season is usually wonderful, but the playoffs have been tricky for us.  Hopefully better days are just ahead.

The Cardinals tradition is legendary.  The franchise is simply the model of excellence that any organization wishes to attain.  The best of the best have come through this team as players, managers and broadcasters.  These greats include:  Jack Buck, Stan THE MAN Musial, Tony LaRussa, Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, Harry Caray, Mike Shannon, Lou Brock, Ken Boyer, Willie McGee, Ernie Broglio, Bruce Sutter, Darrell Porter and Chris Carpenter, to name a few.  If you’re a Cardinal fan you’ll never forget the heroes that no one else knew, but us: Stubby Clapp, So Taguchi and Bo Hart.  We’ll also never forget certain players for cementing their place in history and in our hearts with only a few massive highlights:  Glenn Brummer, George Hendrick (it was my blazing speed that did it…) and of course David Freese.  They all usually end up leaving with one or more rings.  The point of bringing these up is simple – if we can support these three sports in St. Louis, why can’t we get a basketball team?

Looking for the next great home to view opening night at Verizon Center?  Check out the enclosed guide and the listings just below.  Go Wizards!

A Few Things to Like about Riverside

I have recently been out to one of the properties that we manage in the Riverside subdivision and I was pleasantly surprised with not only the neighborhood, but the dwelling as well.  The subdivision is close to Fort Belvoir, Old Town Alexandria and Washington DC.

The drive out to this house was very beautiful.  I was surrounded by trees for a while, then had a view of mountains in the distance.  When I did get to the neighborhood I realized another big perk.  It is simply the fact that the neighborhood is well manicured and quiet.  The traffic pattern wasn’t crazy and loud and didn’t make me want to put my hands over the back of my head and dive onto the front lawn.  Trust me, I’ve felt this way in other neighborhoods before.

The pleasant vibe that I got from being there only added to the experience of the visit, because the house was not only well kept, but also very, very spacious.  The four bedrooms and 2.5 baths made this and the others just like it in this neighborhood very desirable indeed.

Are you ready for your new chateau in the Alexandria area?  Refer to the information below to get you started.

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Looking for a Walkable Neighborhood in Old Town?

Old Town Commons is a series of town houses that cover 5 city blocks. Old Town Commons is located at the intersection of North Columbus Street and Madison Street. This is a great location with walkable features, and metro access. Old Town has several parks, a basketball court, volleyball court, and scenic waterfront views. The address is 735 N. Alfred Street Alexandria, VA 22314735.

Old Town Commons is conveniently close to shopping in Old Town. Old Town Commons is also close to the shopping area at Potomac Yard. These town homes feature rooftop terraces, garage parking, and professional landscaping. Old Town Commons is a short commute to Washington D.C.

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I-495 the Capitol Beltway

495 passes through Springfield, Alexandria, Annandale, Merrifield, Idylwood, Tysons Corner, Bethesda, DC, and New Carrollton. This road is a connector to several commuters’ daily work routine. There are lots of neighborhoods near 495. Also this road gives access to countless businesses.

 

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Turnberry Tower condominiums are ranked number one

Turnberry Tower is currently the number one, top selling condominium in the DC area for the second consecutive year in a row. The units here have extravagant floor plans including private elevator entry and 9-11 ft. covered ceilings. The floor to ceiling glass walls and the expansive balconies provide sweeping views. Turnberry Towers features the ultimate 24 hour concierge, valet, and security services. Inside there is a fitness center, a indoor swimming pool, a theater / screening room, a social room, and a cafe.

 

South Florida based developer Turnberry, Ltd., one of the county’s leading real estate development firms, created this ultra luxurious 26 story tower. It is located in Arlington County’s emerging downtown just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown. The residences here are all constructed with the finest material and an unparalleled attention to detail including: Snaidero Italian cabinetry, exotic granite countertops, Miele European cooking appliances, Sub-zero refrigeration, classic marble baths, jacuzzi hydrotherapy tubs, Dornbracht plumbing and Valli & Valli door lock sets are just a few of the standard amenities that await Turnberry Tower residences.

 

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Turnberry Tower illuminating high class luxury living

 

Wild Weekend Fun! The Smithsonian National Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is a great activity to do on the weekend for animal lovers and tourists alike. For those living in Arlington, Virginia, the zoo is a nice local place to visit due to its proximity to home. Open 364 days a year and home to 2,000 animals and over 400 different species, the National Zoo is a nice free place to visit any time of the year. The park is 163 acres and set in the center of Washington, DC.

Animals include cheetahs, elephants, anteaters, clouded leopards, gorillas, monkeys, foxes, tigers, and giant pandas. There are also bird houses with hundreds of beautifully colored and ornamented feather creatures. The park features several reptiles and amphibian houses and also has an extravagant collection of marine animals including the cow of the sea, the manatee.

Perhaps the most famous of all inhabitants of the Zoo are the giant pandas Mei Xiang and baby Tian Tian. They are housed under a Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association. They will be at the Smithsonian Zoo until at least 2015 and are the focus of research regarding conservation, breeding, and preservation of these lovable furry bears.

The Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008 and is accessible by the Red Line Metro at the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop. Parking is $15 for the first three hours and $20 for the next three. For more information: nationalzoo.si.edu

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