Life on the Potomac River

PotomacThe Potomac River is 400 miles of beautiful scenery that runs on the east coast starting with Maryland and passing Washington D.C. to its end at the Chesapeake Bay.

Washington Monument
Washington Monument surrounded by cherry blossoms

Passing by some of our nation’s greatest landmarks including The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. There are many great recreational areas to enjoy along the way. George Washington was a great admirer of the Potomac River. He worked along the river as a surveyor and his home was on the Potomac River.

The Great Falls are where many visitors gather to enjoy the awesome scenery it provides. The water comes down from the Appalachian Highlands to the sands. Visitors can still see some of the remnants of the C & O Canal which was started with George Washington’s vision of connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River.

Point Lookout is also widely visited and was home to one of the largest Union POW camps.

The Potomac has much to offer along all 400 miles which include mountains, parks, recreational areas, historic monuments, and homes.

Great FallsIf you’re searching for a home or condo in Northern Virginia with a view of the Potomac, contact Nesbitt Realty.

 

Recent Listings

* RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN PROPERTY DOWN TO YOUR PRIVATE LAKE AUDUBON DOCK * ENJOY STUNNING VIEWS, BOATING AND SWIMMING * INTERIOR OF HOME IS PRISTINE & ELEGANT WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS FROM MOST ROOMS * CERAMIC TILE & WOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT HOME * GORGEOUS MASTER BATH * 12 FT CEILINGS IN LOWER LEVEL * UPDATED ANDERSON WINDOWS & SLIDERS (2012) * HARDI PLANK AND ALUMINUM CLADDING (2007) * [11092 Thrush Ridge Rd, Reston, VA]

Exquisite, waterfront french colonial w/ 12k+ sqft of living space w/ spectacular Potomac River views. This elegant home boasts 2 story grand foyer, embassy size rooms, gourmet kitchen, brkfst rm, butlers pantry, 2 cherry libraries, 1st lvl master suite + 2nd lvl owners suite w/ grand bath overlooking the Potomac, Bsmt has: theater, sauna, exercise rm, rec room, extensive bar, 2nd full kitchen. [7024 Green Oak Dr, McLean, VA]

Million dollar view of lake, lakefront access for boating, swimming, fishing or just relax by the water. large deck with stunning view of Lake Barcroft. Desirable .3 acres lot, 4BRs and 3BAs. Excellent schools, less than 10 miles to Washington DC [6218 Lakeview Dr, Falls Church, VA]

Incredible water front home in sought-after Montclair community. Home boasts hardwood floors in living room, dining room & den; sunken living room; cozy wood burning fireplace; Sep dining room; 2 master suites on upper level with 2 skylights; w/d on upper level; lower level features bedroom w/full bath; guest room; tons of storage; great deck w/ fabulous views of the lake; Walk to your pier- Wow! [4744 Timber Ridge Dr, Dumfries, VA]

Welcome home to gracious living on1.54 acres overlooking a serene pond. Over 5000sqft. of comfortable living space.Gorgeous HWF on main and upper level.Huge KIT w/island.Private BR/BA on main lvl for added convenience.Immense MBR w/WIC,large MBA w/soaking tub.2 additional big BR's share 2nd nicely appointed BA.HUGE Rec rm w/FP steps out to private patio.Solar panels for renewable energy.A+ home! [10305 Vale Rd, Vienna, VA]

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia.

Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey’s Defense Language Institute. He is also a “veteran of the dotcom wars” and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com

Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late ’90’s, and Arthur’s Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.

Options for Home Sellers in Del Ray

Del Ray
Del Ray

No matter how much you look forward to moving to a new home, relocating is chore, and selling your current home in Del Ray will only add to the stress of the move. The goal is to quickly a buyer because an unoccupied home is not only a worry, but a financial burden, especially if the selling process drags on for a long period of time. Selling your home in Del Ray before you begin paying for another somewhere else is the best alternative for your bank account.

There are many tips that experts offer to increase your chances of unloading your home quickly. But few compare the pros and cons of different ways to sell your home.Continue reading

Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia.

Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey’s Defense Language Institute. He is also a “veteran of the dotcom wars” and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com

Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late ’90’s, and Arthur’s Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.

GW Rec Center offers a place for all to move

The George Washington RECenter in Alexandria provides residents with plenty of ways to exercise indoors and outdoors. In addition to a fitness area with exercise bikes and two treadmills, the center has lighted tennis courts and a picnic area. Saunas, showers and fully equipped locker rooms are also available for use.

For the aquatically inclined, the center features an indoor heated 25-meter pool, complete with a poolside spa, a diving board and a beach/wading area. Swimmers will also enjoy water aerobics classes and private and public swimming lessons. Also, water exercise equipment is available for the public.

The center is located at 8426 Old Mt. Vernon Road in Alexandria. To get to the center, take exit 177A (Route 1) from the Beltway. From Route 1, take Route 235 and then bear right onto Route 623, Old Mt. Vernon Road. The entrance is on the right. For more driving directions, visit the center’s page here.

The center is closed during most federal holidays, excluding Columbus and Veterans days. For more detailed information on hours, click here or call the center at 703-780-8894.

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Stuart Nesbitt is a Realtor® licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.

A little feedback from an appreciative client

Wow! I just got this from Jeremy W. This really makes me proud to work with Nesbitt Realty.

Howdy Mr. Nesbitt–

Belle View sign
Entrance to Belle View condominiums

I wanted to take a moment to highlight the exceptional service I received from one of your agents, Ben Fornshell. Within a few hours of emailing Ben, we made an appointment to meet the following day in order to tour Belle Haven. After meeting up at your office, we walked  along the well-kept streets while Ben shared some of his experiences with the community; calmly strolling through a neighborhood on a sunny day while viewing properties is not a typical experience when searching for a new home. After touring several, I stepped into one particular unit and realized I was home. Ben walked me through the particulars before we parted. Later that day, he met with me a second time, well after working hours, to show the unit to my skeptical wife.

She eagerly concurred and five days later, we signed the lease–beating out several other applicants largely because of how well-prepared our package was. Ben’s relaxed and informative approach was a sea-change to the aggressive apartment-pushers usually lurking in real estate and is a great credit to your business and profession.

Further, his stance made it more than clear that he wasn’t merely looking to push someone into a vacant unit: he was assisting a new neighbor.

Please convey my very great appreciation for his hard work and dedication. If you’d like to post this message anywhere online, please feel free; I only ask that you omit my last name for privacy.

Sincerely,

–Jeremy

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia.

Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey’s Defense Language Institute. He is also a “veteran of the dotcom wars” and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com

Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late ’90’s, and Arthur’s Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.

Looking for Condominiums on the Potomac River?

Porto Vecchio Condominiums are located on the Southern tip of Old Town at the edge of the George Washington Parkway. The balconies at these units offer views of the water. Outside the building there are paved roads sitting right next to the Potomac River. Also there are wooden docks situated on the water. Amenities at Porto Vecchio include: a swimming pool overlooking the Potomac, a gorgeous veranda, a dock, tennis courts, an exercise room, sauna, bright and open party rooms, easy access to the Mount Vernon trail, 24-hour desk, security, limousine service, and extra storage rooms.

Properties in Porto Vecchio

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.

Turnberry Tower: Tower Suite

Floor plans of tower suite

The tower suite unit has three bedrooms, one den, one family room, one dinning room, one staff room, and five and a half bathrooms. After Entering the master bedroom from the balcony there are two wardrobes, his bath and her bath and a dressing room. Just before the gallery is the emergency exit. Along the way to  the kitchen there is a staff room with a walk in closet, and a bathroom. Inside the kitchen there is an entrance to the formal dining room and a passage to the grand salon and bar. At the grand foyer there is a library / media room. Next there are several closets, three bathrooms, and two parallel bedrooms. On the outskirts of the unit there is a balcony. Before exiting the unit there is a laundry room.

Properties in Turnberry Tower

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.

Three Steps to be Market Ready

Andrew Patton
Andrew Patton

Making your home appealing to potential renters can be a challenge. Here are a few easy steps that you can take to give your home the best chance to be rented.

  • Clean- Before putting your property on the market make sure that the property is clean. This is a task that you can do yourself for the cost of materials and can make all the difference when potential tenants are forming this first opinions of your property.
  • Freshen Up- Put an air freshener by the front door and one on every level of the property. While a property is on the market it is not only important for the property to look clean but to also smell clean.
  • Remove Personalized Items- Helping potential tenants envision themselves in your property is important. By removing these items from the home it may help potential tenants picture the property as their own.

By following these simple steps your home will be more marketable and can reduce the amount of time a property could remain vacant.

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Andrew Patton was born and raised in Northern Virginia. After attending college at East Carolina he moved to Alexandria. He is licensed in the state of Virginia and specializes in homes in Northern Virginia. Andrew has been practicing Real Estate for over 4 years and has a lifetime of experience in the area,

Why buy a condominium?

condo
For condo buying or condo selling in Northern VA call Nesbitt Realty

A condominium is usually a housing unit or apartment in a multi-unit building in which each unit is individually owned, while common areas and the property in general are jointly owned by the residents and the owner of the building, or all of the residents together. Some people choose to purchase and live in a condominium because some condos are less expensive than a traditional single-family house. Additionally, many condos have added amenities and facilities.

Most condominiums have amenities you won’t find on a similarly priced single family residence. A typical condo has a pool, a work-out room, and party room. Typically all or some of the exterior maintenance and lawn care is provided by the condo association. Many condos have utilities included in the price of the condo fee. These and many other luxuries are standard in a condominium community but are beyond the reach of those who reside in single family homes. In short, condo owners choose condo life because they love life and they don’t want to be bogged down with maintaining a lawn or cleaning gutters. They want to walk out the back door and enjoy a dip in the pool while the other guy is spending time writing checks to pay his utilities.

The best part about owning a condo is that your condominium sets you on the path to financial freedom. Buying a condo costs more monthly cash flow than renting an apartment. But, in most cases, all that money comes back to you at the end of the year in the form of tax refunds. Best of all, next year your mortgage will be the same amount and your debt will be reduced. With an apartment your money is gone and your rent will surely have a cost of living increase.

Before deciding to purchase a condominium, it is important to do your research into both the legal and practical aspects of owning a condominium. As with any home purchase, location, size and price are important. With a condominium you’ll also want to understand the ownership scheme. This type of information is found in the “condo docs” or condominium documents. Most states, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, require condo doc disclosure before any purchase contract is finalized. The condo docs will contain detailed information on the ownership and property rights of the condo and its owners. The rules of the homeowners association are generally explained in the condo docs in plain English (and not in legal jargon)? It’s important to read the condo documents to understand the annual maintenance and upkeep fees, as well as to obtain a full understanding of exactly how much control the association have over the regulation of the property?

Condominiums can be found all over the country, with more being developed each year. Condominiums are quite common in Northern Virginia and the National Capitol area. Some condos are new construction, and a few are apartment buildings that were rental apartments before making the switch.

In newly constructed condos, it’s common to find a sales office onsite at the condominium. And whether your buying from a condominium owner or a condo office, it’s a good idea to take a guided tour of facilities and the units that are available for purchase. Of course, many new condominium offices have staff that act as sales agents. Potential condominium owners can make an appointment to meet with a staff sales agent to discuss interest in condo ownership; hHowever, when you’re in the market for a condo, it’s a good idea to employ your own Condo Alexandria real estate agent rather than rely on the services of the condominium staff. Your real estate agent will have an understanding of the condominium ownership structure and the condominium documents and the real estate agent can explain what this means to you.

Although there are various types of condominiums, the most common legal arrangements involve individual ownership of each unit, with joint ownership of the communal or common areas by all of the residents in the building. You might be surprised to learn the variety of sizes found in condominiums. Condos range from studios and one bedroom apartment, to a four bedroom penthouse apartment. Even condominiums with the same number of bedrooms can have different floor plans and different numbers of bathrooms and half-baths.

serving condo owners, sellers and buyers in Northern VA
Nothern Virginia Condo Experts

While some condominiums are located in large multi-unit buildings, others may be detached form each other and be located in a gated or planned community. Some condominiums may be located in resort or vacation destinations. Besides total cost of the property, you should also inquire as to the annual homeowners association costs. These fees are usually charged in order to pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the common areas. Owning a condominium can be one of the largest investments you make, so make sure that the one you choose can accommodate your specific needs. Purchasing a condominium can be a great way to buy a property in the location you really want with all the amenities you seek.

Recent Listings

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.
Julie Nesbitt is an ABR who has served buyers in some of Alexandria’s most exclusive neighborhoods.  She is a top producing agent who has listed and sold property in Northern Virginia. In addition to helping folks buy, sell and rent property in Northern Virginia, Julie is the primary administrator of the property management services performed by Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. Call Julie at (703)765-0300.

How to Find the Best Realtor for You

Beyond being the winning bidder, how do you make sure you are working with the best Realtor for you? Here are a few steps to take before choosing the right Real Estate Agent to work with

  • Seeking advice on finding a Realtor? Sixty-eight percent of all Realtor business comes from personal referrals, so ask friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Interview several Realtor to find someone you are comfortable with. “If you interview them for any length of time you’re going to figure out their sincerity and how well prepared they are,”.
  • How many transactions has a Realtor done? “I would certainly want them to have 8-10 transactions in the area that you’re considering. They’ll have the experience necessary.”
  • Ask a Realtor how often they will communicate throughout the home buying process.
  • Do business with a Realtor that understands how to use technology. “Listings come on the market quickly. A good Realtor will have access to see listings that come on first.”

By following some of these easy rules you can find the right Realtor for you!

Andrew Patton was born and raised in Northern Virginia. After attending college at East Carolina he moved to Alexandria. He is licensed in the state of Virginia and specializes in homes in Northern Virginia. Andrew has been practicing Real Estate for over 4 years and has a lifetime of experience in the area,

Something for Everyone at Old Town Village

The Old Town Village community is home to 155 townhomes and 125 condominiums that were built in the late 1990’s.  You will find these red brick, colonial style homes at South Henry and Duke streets in Old Town, Alexandria.
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Julie Nesbitt is an ABR who has served buyers in some of Alexandria’s most exclusive neighborhoods.  She is a top producing agent who has listed and sold property in Northern Virginia. In addition to helping folks buy, sell and rent property in Northern Virginia, Julie is the primary administrator of the property management services performed by Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. Call Julie at (703)765-0300.