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.


Recent Listings

Waterfront resort-style living on Lake Jackson! Access to boatable water, fishing, water sports, nature lovers paradise. Gorgeous decking & gazebo across rear of house w/waterfront views of lake & sunsets. 3+ finished lvls of living w/superior finishes main lvl master, gourmet KIT, huge great rm, beautifully finished LL w/wet bar, game rm & exercise room. Vacation living year-round. Close to VRE! [11770 Laurel Ln, Manassas, VA]

Spread throughout three levels, this ultra-modern home by AV Architects + Builders contains five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half-bath, and a three-car garage. It sits on a 5 acre lot with direct frontage on the Potomac River. Swimming pool is optional. NOTE: This is a "to-be-built" home. It has NOT been constructed. Price is a best estimate and does not include optional swimming pool. [736 Gold Mine Rd, McLean, VA]

LAKE FRONT! Incredible Lake views in sought after Montclair community. Renovated main level boasts a large gourmet kitchen opening to the family room with oversized windows and sliding doors to enjoy all of the incredible view. Hardwoods on the entire main level. 4bds/2ba on the upper level with a large master suite. Basement has full bath and large rec room/media room that opens up to patio. [15550 Golf Club Dr, Dumfries, VA]

Remarks for 9102 Potomac Ridge: Private DREAM HOMESITE on 5 prime acres high above the Potomac with spectacular river views! Escape city bustle in this 12,000+ sf luxury estate to be built by ALM Builders with every amenity for modern living. Footpath connects to 400+acres of parklands for hiking, horseback riding. Close proximity to fine dining and shops of The Village, Dulles Airport, Tysons [9102 Potomac Ridge Rd, Great Falls, VA]

OPEN SUNDAY 1-4! Rarely Available Waterfront Paradise w/Breathtaking River Views! <30 mins to DC & Surrounded by $1M+ Homes! This 5 BR/4.5 BA Custom Home includes nearly 5K Sq Ft. Brick & Stone Front, Gourmet Kitchen, Luxury Baths, Hrdwood Flrs, Fully Fin Bsment, Multiple Trex Decks/Balconies & Patio w/Hot Tub, 33' Deep Garage (winter boat storage). Community Includes Dock & Available Boat Slips. [14981 Boaters Cove Pl, Woodbridge, VA]

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty 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!

Where is Arlington Ridge Road?

Hume School is now a museum about Arlington past.

Arlington Ridge Road traces the crest of Arlington Ridge, a steep rise of land that parallels the Potomac in Virginia.  This the same geographic feature that creates the bluffs in Mclean and the rise of land through Arlington National Cemetery. Throughout Northern Virginia, this rise of land is home to some of the most desirable land in the Metro area and the neighborhood around Arlington Ridge Road is no exception.

Residences here have easy access to DC, Arlington and Alexandria because of both the road network and the neighborhood itself. In addition to easy access to thoroughfares like Rt. 1, I-395 and Army Navy Drive, this old neighborhood has plenty of back streets and cross-streets to help avoid trouble when things back up. In addition because this is an older neighborhood, it’s generally very low density.

The homes in this neighborhood often have sweeping lawns with mature and towering hardwoods.  Many of these homes were built as summer get-aways for old-time Washington DC. Some were not much more than simple cottages. Some are spacious lodges. Many of these homes have had extensive renovations and additions. A good many have been replaced entirely by stately manor homes that speak to the affluence and prestige of this community.

View from Arlington Ridge toward Crystal City

The real estate here is among the priciest in Northern Virginia, but if you’re seeking convenience, elegance and a quiet neighborhood, it’s really tough to beat Arlington Ridge.

Properties in 22202 $500,000 to $5,000,000

Live near the Air Force Memorial

‘Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.

Air Force Memorial

Situated on prominent land, the Air Force Memorial overlooks Washington DC, Arlington VA and the Potomac River.  The Memorial depicts a picture of flight of jet / space vehicles and memories of their pioneers.

The 3 core values of the US Air Force are represented by the 3 spires of different heights and asymmetrical: ‘Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do’.

The Air Force Memorial can be seen all over town but Arlington Ridge provides a dynamic view.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart 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

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.

Irish Style Link Course at Hilltop Golf Club

Hole #3 was voted by Channel 8’s Capital Golf weekly viewers as “One of the 10 toughest holes in the metro area”.

Hilltop Golf Club can be found at 7900 Telegraph Rd in Alexandria Virginia 22315 just 5.5 mile south of Beltway. It is one of the most sought after driving ranges with a 2,300 yard course that was developed by Lindsay Bruce Ervin who has a history of laying out exceptionally beautiful courses as Queenstown Harbor in Maryland, Hog Neck Golf Course on the Eastern Shore and Birdwood Golf Course at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

The courses at Hilltop Golf Club offer lovely views of the Potomac River and Maryland Shoreline. It is simply an oasis of golfing greenery accessible to everyone.

Hilltop Golf Club is situated across Fort Belvoir while making the location accessible for:

late afternoon golfing

Lessons are provided for everyone both young and old instructed by USGTF, LPGA – PGA professionals. A new course that is a Scottish style link was opened with 4 sets of trees to provide exciting but challenging games.

Homes for sale near Hilltop Golf

photo credit: dskciado

Cherry Blossoms and the monuments

Julie and I rode bikes from Old Town up to Washington DC to take a look at the cherry blossoms. We rode along the GW Parkway on the Mount Vernon Trail to Theodore Roosevelt Island and then we turned back crossing the river into the city. It was a pleasant morning and a good time.

Will Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria.

Rent a bike in Alexandria VA

Biking is a fun way to see the sites of Northern VA

Tandem bikes are available

Go green and explore the city by bicycle!  Bike and Roll Alexandria offers bike rentals including Trek comfort hybrid bikes as well as tandem bikes. Children’s bikes and accessories such as tandem trailers and burleys are also available.

Bike rentals allow you to hop on two wheels and see DC and Northern Virginia in a completely new way. All rentals come with a helmet, U-lock, bike rack, flat kit and city map. Just let us know where you are heading and we’ll point you in the right direction! You may even rent from one shop and ride one-way to our other location (in Washington DC) for a small drop-off fee.

Choose between comfort or performance.

For day long reservations for any equipment in Old Town Alexandria, VA, call: 703.548. ROLL (7655).

Bike and Roll Alexandria
One Wales Alley
Alexandria, VA 22314

Bike and Roll Alexandria is located at the corner of Wales Alley and The Strand in Old Town Alexandria. This

Bike Path on GW Parkway

shop is convenient to the King Street Trolley Stop at North Union Street and a couple hundred yards south from the Water Taxi.

Bike and Roll