Alexandria’s George Washington Masonic Memorial

Masonic Temple
Masonic Temple
As a tribute to our first president, George Washington, the Masonic Memorial was created.  The memorial looks like the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria. With 9 floors in the edifice, it has something for everyone. The first floor is dedicated to the Shriner's, with the George Washington Memorial Theater joining along side. The second floor features the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. On the third floor is the Grotto Exhibit, an organization featuring the Master Masons. The fourth and fifth floors are covered with paintings, and historical documents. The sixth contains the Memorial Library. Once on the seventh floor you will experience murals of Masonic lessons. On the eighth floor is The Knights Templar Chapel. Finally, as  you make your way to the ninth floor you will see a replica of King Solomon's throne. This historical site is a must see. It contains many reflections of one of our founding fathers and a glimpse inside the mysterious. The Masonic Memorial is easily accessible near the King Street Metro. The Masonic Memorial has a spectacular view of King St and is right in front of the Alexandria Amtrak station. For more information please contact: George Washington Masonic Memorial 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA. 22301 703-683-2007

Do you need a brand new kitchen?

Montebello kitchen
original kitchen at Montebello
One of the biggest questions every condo buyer and home buyer has to ask is, "How much work am I willing to take on?" Some folks want a turnkey residence. Some folks want a residence that has brand new modern appliances and cabinets. Some people want appliances and cabinets that have never been used. Some people don't mind an older kitchen. Some people like the feel of a kitchen that was put in long ago. Others like an older kitchen because they like the idea of ripping out the old and putting in the new. It can be very gratify---not to mention financially rewarding---to completely remake a residence.  As a homeowner, or condo owner, you are the ultimate authority. It is your domain to decide what will stay and what must go.  This can be a lot of fun.
Brand new kitchen at the Eclipse
But, remodeling can be a lot of work.  Living through the dust and the inconvenience can be a hassle. If you don't know where to turn to, it can also be very expensive.  But no matter how you personally resolve the issue, it's important to consider before you actually start shopping.

5 Costly Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make

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Buying a first home can be a daunting experience. Here are five common and costly mistakes that novice home buyers make: 1. Ignore the costs of having a low credit score. Lower-score borrowers pay thousands of dollars in increased interest rates over the life of the loan. 2. Make purchases on credit before settlement.  Lenders continue to check credit scores right up until the time of closing. Too much shopping could cause the lender to take back the loan. 3. Scrimp on an inspection. Being surprised by the need for expensive repairs can be financially devastating. 4. Buy without contingencies. Buyers should give themselves an out if the inspection turns up problems or the bank raises the interest rates. 5. No money for insurance. Insurance can be surprisingly pricey. Buyers who don’t budget for it can face a nasty surprise.

Homeowner's Association or Fee Simple?

Benefits of No Association
  • Absence of monthly homeowners or condo fees
  • Less stringent rules and regulations
  • No homeowners or condo association that can impose restrictions without your consent
  • Fewer parking restrictions and fees
Homeowner Association Benefits
  1. No need to save money to cover what condo fees will cover:
    1. Roof repairs/replacement
    2. Common area repairs
    3. Yard Maintenance
    4. Maintenance, paving, and plowing of the driveway, sidewalks, and curbs.
    5. Siding and gutter maintenance or repair
  2. Some have controlled access
  3. On site community amenities from club rooms to pools and exercise rooms
  4. Maintenance of Common Areas
  5. No "surprises" from neighboring "improvements"
  For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.  

French Provincial style

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Kingstowne is in Alexandria VA
Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Homes are often brick with detailing in copper or slate. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced, at least in original versions of the style. Defining features include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch balustrades; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters. Second-story windows usually have a curved head that breaks through the cornice. The design had its origins in the style of rural manor homes, or chateaus, built by the French nobles during the reign of Louis XIV in the mid-1600s. The French Provincial design was a popular Revival style in the 1920s and again in the 1960s. French Provincial revivals can be found in upscale neighborhoods throughout Northern Virginia.  
  • Why To Choose Grist Mill Neighborhood?

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    Grist Mill is a desirable Mount Vernon neighborhood located in Fairfax County. Upscale homes on large estate lots enjoy a quiet setting, with many overlooking the park. The Mount Vernon Country Club is a golf cart ride away.

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    Engleside Plaza is a great reasource for Southern Fairfax County residents especially around Woodlawn and Engleside. This is is close proximity to the park at George Washington's Grist Mill.

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  • George Washington’s Grist Mill

    George Washington’s Gristmill and Distillery
    A gristmill is a mill for the grinding of grain, specifically a customer's own grain. Grist mills were a common site in colonial America, but there are few such mills still in operation today. Pierce Mill a Rock Creek Park in DC is open to the public but is non-operational. The mill needs repairs. But…

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Green Spring Gardens

Green Springs GardenGreen Springs GardenGreen Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Through educational programming and learning-oriented gardening sites, the mission of Green Spring Gardens is to advance awareness and promote the practice of gardening in Northern Virginia. Visitors to the Gardens can stroll through 5 acres of gardening plots and may attend classes at the Visitor Center. In addition, guests can research gardening questions or explore the Green Spring Garden ecosystem in an educational setting at the horticultural library. Green Spring Gardens is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; admission is free. Call 703-642-5173 for more information.

A History of Excellence at George Mason High School

George Mason High School (GMHS) was founded in 1952.
George Mason High School is in the Falls Church Public City School System
George Mason High School is in the Falls Church Public City School System
Mason (not to be confused with George Mason University), is located in a suburban village in Falls Church, Virginia. Mason’s location in Falls Church was separated from Fairfax County jurisdiction in 1948, by citizens with the intention of improving the quality of their local neighborhood find homes by school district. Moving forward with this tradition of high academic standards, to the year 2013, 20 percent of the graduating class earned GPAs of 4.0 and above. Additionally, George Mason High School’s scores consistently rank well above those of Virginia, as well as those of the United States standardized test averages. Due to these high marks, Mason is regularly cited in national publications.

Facts about George Mason High School

  • GMHS was the first school to offer International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which offers students the possibility of earning college credit while still in high school
    Falls Church Public City School System
    Falls Church Public City School System
  • Located at 7124 Leesburg Pike Falls Church VA 22043
  • Current Principal is Tyrone Byrd
  • Mascot is the Mustang
  • The Washington Post Challenge Index has rated GMHS at the top of all public schools in the DC metropolitan area, each year since 1998
  • According to Newsweek’s national indexes, GMHS has consistently ranked among the most challenging public schools in the USA
  • The schools multicultural population represents over 25 different nationalities
  • GMHS does not rank its students
  • 75% of GMHS’s class of 2013 are enrolled at four –year colleges/universities
  • The majority of GMHS college bound students move on to Virginia schools like GMU, JMU, UMW, UVA, & William and Mary Falls Church

References (n.d.). Falls Church City Public Schools. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from GMHS 2013-2014 School Profile. (n.d.). FCCPS. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from George Mason High School. (2014, March 28). -. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from Maxwell, J., & Spencer, F. (n.d.). Top High Schools. Northern Virginia Magazine RSS. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from
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Sell Your Home Quickly With These Showing Tips!

Julie Nesbitt of Nesbitt Realty recommends the following preparation tips for those who are selling their homes:
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Julie sold another!
  • Create a neutral environment by boxing up personal items such as knick-knacks, family mementos, and books.
  • Make the rooms seem more spacious by removing excess furniture.
  • Thoroughly clean carpets, windows, closets, and ovens.
  • Assess needed household repairs and make them.
  • Clear debris from sidewalks, decks, and driveways.
  • Get a qualified HVAC specialist to certify that the furnace and air conditioner is in good condition.
  • Replace dated kitchen and bathroom hardware and fixtures.
  • Remove heavy curtains that block light.
  • Repaint rooms that look dull using a neutral color such as cream or tan.
  • Refinish worn hardwood floors.
  • Paint the front door and buy a new welcome mat.

Why buy a home?

According to a new® survey of more than 1,000 home shoppers, increasing rental costs are pushing more young adults toward homeownership, with 23 percent of buyers between the ages of 18 and 34 reporting rising rents as a trigger for their recent home purchase. “Although record-low inventory and high prices make this housing market unique, some classic features still top most shoppers’ wish lists,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist for®. “At the same time, we found some clear differences in priorities. For instance, older buyers are concerned with privacy and being able to age comfortably, while millennials place more emphasis on family needs, stability, and personal expression.”   For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.
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5 Indicators You Might Have Found Your New Home

The best deals on homes these days are often on properties that aren’t perfect. Check But that doesn't mean that home shoppers looking for a great deal can't find a place with potential.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Light. Houses with the most potential have plenty of natural light. Southern facing homes often have the best light.
  5. Good storage. Adding storage isn’t cheap, so it’s smart to choose a property that already has it.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says that since so many details, especially financial ones, are involved in buying and selling a home, using a real estate agent is a good idea because that professional can be a guide throughout the process, making the entire process and experience so much easier. The key to a successful and positive experience with a real estate transaction in {Location_Name} is finding the right professional to assist you. While a real estate agent can meet your needs, the services of a Realtor® in {Location_Name} will suite your needs even better.

What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor?

Of the more than two million people who have earned real estate licenses, only a small percentage of them are Realtors. Realtors, who are members in good standing of the National Association of Realtors, their state association of Realtors, and a local real estate board, are held to high standards of ethical behavior and undergo continuing education annually to remain accredited. All agents of Nesbitt Realty are Realtors!

What Does a Realtor Do?

Law requires Realtors to:
  • perform necessary and customary acts, in good faith and with reasonable care, to assist in the purchase or sale of real estate.
  • properly account for money or other property placed in his or her care.
  • disclose “adverse material facts” which are, or should be, within the agent’s knowledge.
Realtors can assist buyers in many ways. One such way is keeping buyers informed on all the latest listings, to which Realtors gain access as soon as they are listed on the market. Realtors will also be familiar with all the information you may want regarding the area of your potential home, which may include school quality, community safety, traffic volume and commute time, accessibility to shops and public transportation, and proximity of local parks and recreation. When a buyer is ready to purchase a home, Realtors can help you pre-qualify for a mortgage, weigh the pros and cons of the varying types of mortgages, and walk you through the complicated paperwork involved in real estate transactions. Realtors can also assist sellers with listing and preparing to sell a home, screening potential buyers, and showing investors properties that suit their investing profiles. Through efficient organization and coordination of meetings with potential buyers and sellers, Nesbitt Realty can quickly locate the perfect home for you or sell your home in the shortest time possible.  

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Pros and Cons of Going Condo

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living room
Condominiums and townhouses offer an affordable option to single-family homes in many markets, and they’re ideal for those who appreciate a maintenance-free lifestyle. But before you buy, make sure you do your legwork. These are some of the important elements to consider:


Some condos have storage lockers, but usually there are no attics or basements to hold extra belongings.

Outdoor space

Yards and outdoor areas are usually smaller in condos, so if you like to garden or entertain outdoors, this may not be a good fit. However, if you dread yard work, this may be the perfect option for you.


Wooster Mercer Lofts
Wooster Mercer Lofts
Many condo properties have swimming pools, fitness centers, and other facilities that would be very expensive in a single-family home.


Many condos have onsite maintenance personnel to care for common areas, do repairs in your unit, and let in workers when you’re not home — good news if you like to travel.


Keyed entries and even doormen are common in many condos. You’re also closer to other people in case of an emergency.

Reserve funds and association fees

Although fees generally help pay for amenities and provide savings for future repairs, you will have to pay the fees decided by the condo board, whether or not you’re interested in the amenity.


Condos in Carlyle Towers
Carlyle Towers in Alexandria
The ease of selling your unit may be dependent on what else is for sale in your building, since units are usually fairly similar. Condo rules Although you have a vote, the rules of the condo association can affect your ability to use your property. For example, some condos prohibit home-based businesses. Others prohibit pets, or don’t allow owners to rent out their units. Read the covenants, restrictions, and bylaws of the condo carefully before you make an offer.


You’re much closer to your neighbors in a condo or town home. If possible, try to meet your closest prospective neighbors.
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These neighborhoods have that special mixture of luxurious homes with a desirable location. Many of these neighborhoods are served by the area's best public schools.

  • Arcturus -- Along the Potomac River near George Washington Parkway

  • Arlington Ridge -- Overlooking the capital's river valley

  • Belle Haven -- An established neighborhood of distinctive homes

  • Chesterbrook -- Elegant homes on quiet streets in Mclean

  • Clifton -- A place to find your micro-mansion

  • Great Falls --- Impressive residences with large lots

  • Langley -- Great schools, quiet neigbhoods

  • Rivercrest -- Stately homes on the Arlingwood bluff

  • Seminary Hill -- Impressive homes on large lots close to town

  • Yacht Haven -- Boater's paradise on the Potomac

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There is a certain charm to a historic neighborhood that you cannot find elsewhere. Many of these neighborhoods date to the colonial era.

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It's fun to live close to shops and restaurants.

  • Aurora Hieghts --- Near the Pentagon at the center of the region

  • Ballston --- Ballston Common Mall is at the center of this community

  • Clarendon --- Market Common Clarendon has many shops and restaurants

  • Fair Lakes -- Home of the Fair Oaks Mall and many nearby restaurants

  • Old Town --Well-known for boutiques, shops and restaurants

  • Pentagon City -- The Fashion Center at Pentagon City is a multi-level indoor mall surrounded by shops and restaurtants

  • Springfield -- Springfield Mall is being renovated and replaced by a brand new shopping center

  • Reston -- Reston Town Center is one of many shopping attractions here.

  • Tysons Corner -- Home to Tysons Corner Mall and the upscale Tysons II Galleria

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Are you interested in a Greek Revival style home?

Single-family house at 9009 Captains Row, Alexandria, VA 22308
Single-family house at Stratford Landing is in Alexandria 22308
This style is predominantly found in the Midwest, South, New England, and Midatlantic regions, though you may spot subtypes in parts of California. Its popularity in the 1800s stemmed from archeological findings of the time, indicating that the Grecians had spawned Roman culture. American architects also favored the style for political reasons: the War of 1812 cast England in an unfavorable light; and public sentiment favored the Greeks in their war for independence in the 1820s. Identify the style by its entry, full-height, or full-building width porches, entryway columns sized in scale to the porch type, and a front door surrounded by narrow rectangular windows. Roofs are generally gabled or hipped. Roof cornices sport a wide trim. The front-gable found in one subtype became a common feature in Midwestern and Northeastern residential architecture well into the 20th century.
A Single family house at 8412 Leaf Rd Alexandria VA 22309
Woodlawn Acres is in Alexandria 22309