Life on the Potomac River

The 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 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.

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

 

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Rare serene oasis - end TH, deck w/private views to woods & running creek, nicely finished 3 levels, steps to bike trails, community center, park, all! 3 bed/2 bath, 2 half baths, new carpet & paint, gourmet kitchen w/SS appls, granite counters, cherry cabinets, tile floors & pass thru, refin HW, gas FP, master w/cathedral ceilings, CAC, reserve parking, Active 10/19, Open Sun 10/22 2-4pm [4856 10th St S, Arlington, VA]

BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED COLONIAL ON 10 ACRES, LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT. FIVE BEDROOMS, 5 1/2 BATHS, 3 CAR GARAGE, GOURMET KITCHEN, UPGRADED APPLIANCES, VIKING STOVE PLUS WALL OVEN, HUGE ISLAND. ADJACENT FR WITH SOARING 2 STORY CEILINGS. MASTER SUITE W/ SITTING ROOM, LUXURY MASTER BATH. 9' CEILINGS THROUGHOUT, REC ROOM WITH WET BAR FOR ENTERTAINING & MUCH MORE! HORSES ALLOWED, STOCKED POND ON PROPERTY [14945 Deepwood Ln, Nokesville, VA]

Lakefront Luxury! Vacation year round w/tranquil views of Lake Audubon and rarely seen open green space. Features include the heart of the home huge eat-in kit/dining area w/SS appls. & granite counter tops which lead to deck & stunning water views! Great entertaining space! Lower level with 3rd BR, bath and cozy family room. Updates galore (kitchen/baths/HVAC/roof/decks). Deck boat conveys. [10987 Thrush Ridge Rd, Reston, VA]

Waterfront building,Marina Towers,has Outdoor Pool, Gazebo bar, Grills & Patio overlooking Potomac River & GW Bike/Jog trail. This bldg has Fitness Cnt, Sauna, Party Rm, Conv Store & Gorgeous 2bd, 2ba light filled unit freshly painted & new carpet. Lg Living-Dining Rm, Kitchen w/Granite & Breakfast nook have SGDs to Lg Balcony. Big Bedrooms w/Updated Baths have White Vanities & new lighting. [501 Slaters Ln #114, Alexandria, VA]

Awesome waterfront living on 2 levels. This home is in pristine condition. Our shingle shake roof has been replaced. All the baths have been upgraded!! We have a new HVAC. All of our windows and sliding glass doors have been upgraded and replaced. Our upgraded kit. has granite, hdwd. floor, Jenn-air stove, stainless refrigerator and wine refrigerator. We have a new driveway too. [15516 Royal Crescent Ct, Dumfries, VA]

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

Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria VA

At the 2009 Alexandria Art Festival

This weekend Julie and I went to Old Town with the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group to enjoy the Alexandria Art Festival. The Art Festival occurs every year around this time and features artists and craftsmen from around the area.

2009 Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria

King Street closes to vehicular traffic and artists set-up stalls in the street. It’s an easy way to enjoy lots of art from lots of folks. The weather was very co-operative, neither too hot nor too cold.

2009 Old Town Alexandria

This 12 foot tall image of a koi caught my eye, as did many smaller pieces.

Arts Festival in Old Town Alexandria

I found that my camera was drawn to the larger pieces, but this is probably because I knew they would photograph well. There were many smaller items for sale too. However, many of us felt that this year’s festival seemed to offer more pieces that would be welcomed in a restaurant or hotel lobby than usual and a few number of the smaller pieces that look nice in a home.

Harpist

There were several musicians playing up and down the street. This harpist sang like an angel, but I have to admit that my favorite was the steel drum player.

People walking King Street during Art Festival

We walked all the way up to Washington Street before turning around and making way back to the Potomac. After some discussion the group voted to eat at the Charthouse. At the Charthouse, the ladies had a little wine and we enjoyed some relaxed conversation and then dinner. For my part, I think the food at the Charthouse is good, but not great. Even though it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it because of the pleasant views of the Potomac that are offered.

Charthouse


About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.

At Alexandria’s Southside on the Potomac

Market Square at City Hall

Old Town is called Old Town because it is the oldest part of Alexandria. Old Town was originally laid out in 1749 it is a nationally designated historic district. Many of Old Town’s 4,000 historic buildings houses, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants are historic sites. Once the site of the second-largest slave market in the United States, Old Town’s Market Square now contains a large fountain, extensive landscaping and a Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Old Town is known for its illustrious residents and guests. George Washington called it home. Robert E. Lee worshiped at Christ Church and Thomas Jefferson entertained at nearby Gadsby’s Tavern. Old Town Alexandria offer a full menu of dining choices with restaurants ranging from fast-food to white tablecloth. A night on the town can be had at spots such as the Oyster Bar and Club Room at Union Street.

Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy

Some of the most desirable addresses in Old Town are found on the south side along the Potomac River. St. Asaph’s Square and Porto Vecchio are two condo communities in the south end. St. Asaph’s Square is found in a neighborhood near Lyles Crouch Elementary.

Porto Vecchio straddles the Mount Vernon trail which runs upriver toward Reagan National Airport and downriver toward Mount Vernon. Many residents of Porto Vecchio have views of the Belle Haven Marina or the Belle Haven Country Club.

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Properties in Old Town South

$574,000 at Old Town
$699,900 at Old Town
$1,985,000 at Backyard Boats
$806,822 at Yates Gardens
$1,275,000 at Majesty West
$1,049,000 at Porto Vecchio
$615,000 at Old Town Village
$1,049,000 at Old Town
$919,000 at Goldfarbs

Do you want to sell your property?

Will Nesbitt, Julie Nesbitt and Stuart Nesbitt

If you want to sell your home, Nesbitt Realty can sell the property fast and at the best price. Our Realtors are experienced and familiar with the real estate market in Northern Virginia. A Realtor can help you determine the best listing price for your property. We know how to market your home to get the best price as quickly as possibly. Nesbitt Realty knows how the home selling process works, so we are ready to assist you every step of the way. Nesbitt Realty has access to the MRIS (our local multiple listing service). MRIS is the MLS database that agents use to find homes for sale in the area. Our agent will add your property to it. Working with a Realtor will make the home selling process run smoothly and much simpler than if you attempt to do it on your own. We’re a local family-run business and we appreciate the opportunity to serve your needs.

Learn more about selling your home

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

How much is a view worth?

Pentagon City as seen from Arlington Ridge in Arlington VA

When you're shopping for a home, how do you price a view? The view above is from a balcony at the Representative overlooking Pentagon City in Arlington County. Does this view make this condominium home more valuable? If so, how much more valuable?

Many condos at Montebello have excellent views.

Like the Representative, Montebello sits atop the ridge overlooking the Potomac. Much of the best property in Northern VA is found on this ridge, because the elevation provides excellent vistas of the Potomac and the city.

View of Masonic Temple and the shady streets of Old Town

The Alexandria House is not on the ridge, but down by the Potomac and surrounded by the smaller structures of Old Town Alexandria. Its balconies provide great views of the city and the river.

The Potomac River as seen from Port Royal in Old Town

Who's to say what a great view is anyway? Some people like the city view. Some folks prefer a nature view. Some folks like the monuments. And others couldn't care less about the view.

For myself, I never judge a view by standing at a window. Because when you live in a home, you don't stand at the window. You pass through rooms and halls on the way to do life's errands. I judge a view from the center of the room, or when seated at the couch. But in the end, it's all subjective. A view costs more, on that we all agree. But the value of a view is only known when the price a buyer will pay intersects with the amount a seller will accept.


Will Nesbitt About the Author --- Will Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.

A White Christmas at Carlyle Towers

I thought today might be a good day to remember Snowmageddon from a few years back.

Are you looking for a home with a view of the water?

Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in Potomac River.

From homes along the Potomac, to homes around Lake Fairfax, there are many homes in Northern Virginia with pleasant and in some cases spectacular views of the water. Below is a list of some of the finest of these homes. Check this page to see these homes plotted on a map or to refine your search.

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

The Potomac River

Washington Monument
Creative Commons License photo credit: CrimsonMage

The Potomac River is located on the east coast of the United States, and runs through Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. before it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. It is over 380 miles long and wider than 11 miles at its widest point.

As it passes through Washington DC, the nation’s capital, the Potomac passes the Washington Monument and the memorials of Jefferson, and Lincoln. Many consider the Potomac to be one of the most beautiful and bountiful rivers on the East Coast. The river is also widely regard its historic, scenic and recreational significance. Among the many who loved the Potomac was George Washington, who worked as a surveyor at many points along the banks of the river. George Washington’s mansion
at Mount Vernon is on the Potomac.

Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate on the Potomac

The Potomac’s source is a small spring at the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia. From there, the river gathers many tributaries, winding through the mountains and valleys of Appalachia. One of its most
dramatic turns occurs at Harper’s Ferry where the Shenandoah meets the
Potomac.

Harpers Ferry

At Great Falls, the Potomac tumbles down from the Appalachian Highlands to the sandy soils of the Atlantic Coastal Plain.  Visitors from the colonial era to the modern era relish the views here. Today visitors at Great Falls
will not only marvel at the cataracts, but also the engineering efforts of those who sought to fulfill George Washington’s dream of connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River. The C & O Canal was only operational for a few short years, but remnants of the system are still functional at Great Falls Park.

Great Falls

Finally, the river flows almost 400 miles widening to over 11 miles as it reaches the Chesapeake Bay on the long, low, and barren peninsula named Point Lookout, Maryland.  Before the US Civil War, Point Lookout was home to a few hotels and boarding houses, but during the war it was converted into one of the largest and worst of the Union
prisoner-of-war camps.

Point Lookout Postcard

Fishers, anglers, boaters, sailors and kayakers all enjoy the Potomac.

The Potomac River has a watershed of 14,670 square miles including tributaries in Maryland (the Monocacy, Savage, and St. Mary’s Rivers); in Virginia (the Shenandoah and Occoquan Rivers); in West Virginia (the South Branch and Cacapon Rivers); in Pennsylvania (Conococheague and Antietam Creeks); and in Washington DC (the Anacostia River). The Potomac cradles forests, battlefields, farmlands, mountains, parks, and cities. It is known to many as our Nation’s River.Potomac at Arlington

If you’re searching for a home or condo in Northern Virginia with a view of the Potomac, contact Will Nesbitt with Condo Alexandria.

Views of the Potomac

Search for water-oriented homes in Northern VAAre you seeking a water-view or waterfront home? Try our map search below.

Water-view homes for sale in Northern VA

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Discover the woods at Mount Eagle.

Montebello is hidden behind a veil of foliage ensuring the peace and privacy of all residents. Montebello condominiums are within walking distance of the metro, but still offer a secluded private retreat for residents.

Montebello is well hidden behind a canopy of trees at Mount Eagle.

Views

The building site at Montebello was selected not only for its proximity to Old Towne and the Metro, but also because of the commanding views afforded on the hilltop. The four towers of Montebello are 16 floors tall–each with its own unique view.

North facing units look down upon Alexandria’s rich skyline.

To the west the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains

and a view toward Huntington Metro and Mount Eagle Park.

Watch the sunrise in the east and south over the Potomac River.

Parks & Grounds

Montebello is surrounded by beautiful parks and grounds.

In the autumn watch the leaves turn from your secure perch at Montebello.

All summer flowers bloom through-out Montebello.

The grounds are well-maintained and full of color.