The Grove at Arlington Ridge is a condo community located just of I-395 well inside the Capital Beltway. The location provides residents easy access to Pentagon City, Shirlington Village and downtown DC. This community has 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom and 3 Bedroom condos that feature:
Hardwood floors in living and dining rooms
Deluxe kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, maple cabinetry and stainless steel undermount sinks with designer faucets
Ceramic tile in kitchens and baths
Plush carpeting in bedrooms
Crown molding in living rooms
Many condominums at the Grove have fireplaces. The Grove offers a full bank of amenities:
Resort-style swimming pool
Fully-equipped business center
State-of-the-art fitness center
Giant screen media room with surround sound
Direct access garage and controlled access entries
Clubhouse with billiards room
Courtyard patio garden area with barbeque grills
Wellness Center with personal training, yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, Swedish massage and Thai massage
The best deals on homes these days are often on properties that aren’t perfect. But that doesn’t mean that home shoppers looking for a great deal can’t find a place with potential.
Location, location, location. You can always fix a property, but you can’t always fix the neighborhood. In the long run, home buyers often get a better deal with the worst house in a great neighborhood than with a fancy house in a not-so terrific neighborhood.
Less than 50 years old. Properties older than a half decade are likely to have more fundamental problems — like aging wiring, inadequate plumbing and sagging foundations. In and around Old Town and historic areas, that’s not always possible, so shoppers also look for homes that have been completely renovated as opposed to homes with a facelift and fresh coat of paint.
Livable floor plan. It’s a good idea to buy a home with a basic design that makes you happy from the start. This is because moving walls can cost a lot of money.
Light. Houses with the most potential have plenty of natural light. Southern facing homes often have the best light.
Good storage. Adding storage isn’t cheap, so it’s smart to choose a property that already has it.
Buying? Talk to Realtor.
To assist you with finding the perfect home, you should enlist the services of a reputable Realtor. When you meet with your agent, you will go over how much you are willing to spend, and what type of home you are looking for. You’re agent will know where ideal properties are, and help you find the home that is best for you. Nesbitt Realty is a home-grown, hometown family-run brokerage. We appreciate your business.
Your agent can provide you with a list of potential properties that meet your budget and your features. Once you get the list, you should drive by the homes and check out both the home and the neighborhood. You should consider the appearance and location of the home, safety, access to the freeway, schools nearby, commute time to work, local shopping, and even recreational activities.
1. Be prepared. This works for negotiators just as it does for Boy Scouts. Be sure all facts are available and verified before you begin. Postponements for fact-finding can bog down the negotiation.
2. Present a united front. You might not agree with your clients’ position but don’t share that with the other side during the negotiation. Privately, you can try to get your clients to change their mind.
3. Leave your attitude at the door. Don’t let your personal opinions of the parties or the situation cloud your judgment; that could endanger the transaction. Treat everybody with respect; if you disagree, disagree with an idea, not with the person.
4. Hold something back. Plan beforehand what concessions your clients are willing to make and then use them when the bargaining gets under way.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Never let a negotiation bog down over a minor point. If you can’t agree, put the point aside and come back to it later. Concentrate on getting agreement on major points like price and terms.
6. Get all the decision makers together. Nothing is more frustrating than to think you have an agreement, only to find that somebody else must sign off on it.
7. Avoid distractions. Choose a location that’s pleasant. Ask everybody to turn off phones and pagers, and don’t accept calls until the negotiation is complete.
8. Don’t share information unnecessarily. Knowledge is power in a negotiation, so giving the other side extra information may weaken your position. Conversely, learn as much about the other parties as you can.
9. Just keep quiet. Greeting an offer or concession with silence undermines the other side’s power and often prompts an immediate reaction.
10. Leave something on the table. Remember that a successful negotiation is not the same as grinding the opponent into the ground. No one should leave a negotiation angry; you never know when you might have to negotiate with the same people again.
For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
When it comes to selecting a home, there are a number of things that families and individuals consider. Most will say that location, good schools, shopping centers, parks, and safety are all important factors when buying a home. Subsequently, many people also consider access to good healthcare. The Northern Virginia area is a great place that encompasses all of these options.
Fairfax County is home to one of the best school systems in the country. There is plenty of access to great shopping and it is in a great location with Washington D.C. being less than thirty minutes away, minus the traffic of course. Another bonus is that it houses some of the best medical care available. Inova Fairfax Hospital is ranked among the best hospitals in the country and is a default trauma center for most surrounding medical centers. They have the ability to handle the most complicated cases and have the updated facilities to treat their patients with cutting edge technology and the best medical treatment.
After experiencing my own personal crisis and being hospitalized for over a month, I was transported by ambulance to Fairfax. Although I not previously considered this fact when moving to the area, I was most certainly thankful that I had the option of receiving the caliber of treatment I received during my stay. Great Healthcare most certainly would be at the top of my list if I ever planned on moving to another area, but I don’t.
For those searching for homes in Northern Virginia, the location is always the main and important factor. However, there are a lot of specifications that would decide on a location. Those would be the exact neighborhoods, views, noise, schools, accessibility to shopping centers/ entertainment/ convenient stores/ healthcare and more. But there is one factor that will remain to be the most important specification and that would be Commute.
Washington DC does have the most gridlock highways in the country and as regional planners suggest improvements to handle the current situation, people and employment still rains hard. Although from the perspective of Real Estate it is a blessing but in terms of commute it is already a complicated and challenging situation that would grow into a more challenging one.
According to local news radio WTOP, the Washington DC region is primed to grow by more than 2 million people over the next 25 years, however the same report did highlight that the region needs to build more accessible roads to handle the influx. While as observed by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, once we get beyond our current major roads projects to deal with the current concerns, there are “no improvements in the pipeline after this”.
Based on the current situation we have, the concern of location in Real Estate may as well be commute. A worker’s commute being frustrating and lengthy can and will have a large impact on his or her lifestyle and even personality. Bearing this in mind, the consideration to trade other location features to commute features will definitely arise.
Such commuting features may be:
Accessibility to current or possible job centers that may include military bases.
Convenient highway access
Accessibility to mass transportation like Metrorail
Proximity to airports – Dulles or Reagan National in Northern Virginia or BWI
Consideration of toll vs. non-toll highways
Carpool hours on certain highways that can affect commute
Accessibility to secondary roads and upcoming road improvements
Awareness of where “ bottlenecks” can be found
Would such considerations make a large change of location specifications to commute specifications in terms of Real Estate?