Courtesy: Stay out of the way of others, including pedestrians and motor vehicles. When coming to a passage way with a vehicle stopped or about to stop and you are approaching, if you not going to stop, go to the left of the vehicle and pass behind it so that you do not interfere with their momentum, otherwise stop and wait for them to pass.
- Round-trip: Consider where you begin, in regards to where your terminal point is. For example, a trip from Old Town by bike can lead to various routes, such as Eisenhower Valley, Del Ray, Crystal City, Fairfax County’ Alexandria, Mount Vernon, etc.
- Resources: Think of what you will bring with you on the way and what you might pick up while on the go. For example, a bike rack can be a luxury; storing photography accessories, snacks, water, maps, handheld electronics, etc. It can be economical to ride to a local business and back to acquire much needed resources such as home goods, hobby essentials, repair equipment, missing errand inventory.
- Soak it up: While out it is amazing to witness the weather upon the land, the change and consistency in history of a region, to feel the wind, to see people in action, to fly down a hill, and so on.
- Wing it: Weather nice? Mount the bike and head in a direction you’ve been before, or possibly travel to a region you have thought about before. Have some money on you and go to a business you like, pick up some fresh groceries, visit a friends dwelling, make it to a monument, etc.
- Plan: Come up with an idea for a round-trip bicycle adventure. A plan to go visit the nightlife spot you enjoy, during the day, can be refreshing. Ride to the end of the 5 mile point on the map, and back.
Properties in Arlington
$1,249,000 : 706 Barton St S, Arlington 22204
4 beds, 5 full baths
Living area: 2,393 sqft
Year built: 1939
Days on Market: 2
$600,000 : 2015 S Oakland St, Arlington 22204
2 beds, 2 full baths
Living area: 740 sqft
Year built: 1951
Days on Market: 0
$1,550,000 : 2915 22nd St N, Arlington 22201
4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
Living area: 3,250 sqft
Year built: 1905
Days on Market: 0
$235,000 : 1511 S George Mason Dr #21, Arlington 22204
2 beds, 1 full baths
Living area: 844 sqft
Year built: 1965
Days on Market: 0
Arlington County is organized into unincorporated "urban villages". Our website highlights several of these villages and other areas in Arlington County.
- Arlington Ridge
- Crystal City
- North Arlington
- South Arlington
Do I need to Change the Furnace Filter?
Is it getting less desirable to take a deep breath in your condo or apartment, because it ‘tastes’ different? Or, is that musty smell in a unit that you want to rent, the only thing keeping you from signing that lease? It may simply be time to replace that old, nasty furnace filter.
If this is a new place you’ve just moved into, there is no way for you to know if the previous tenant kept up with the changing of the filter, as they should. Over time, when a filter gets clogged and full of debris that it has trapped, it will begin releasing the abundance of trapped particles right into your air for you to enjoy.
The following steps will assist you in changing out this filter, so you can breathe easier. Do not attempt to proceed with the following steps without first turning the unit off.
The only thing you may need is a pair of gloves, to make things easier to grip during this process.
- With the power off, locate the front panel of the unit.
- Reach under the front of this panel with both hands and pull upward on the left and right side of panel until it lifts up and off. Lay this panel off to the side so it is not in the way.
- Locate the filter at the bottom of the unit. It will be laying down parallel to the floor. Gently slide it out of its track. You may need to wiggle it back and forth to complete this step. Visually inspect the filter and do not be surprised to see a layer of filth that pre-dates the Carter administration, resulting in simply not being changed in an appropriate amount of time. Dispose of the old filter.
- Install the new filter on the track, replace the front panel and turn unit on to enjoy clean air once again.
- Repeat this process of changing out the filter every one to three months, depending on the quality of filter you install. Many Condominiums in the Alexandria area have these wall units. Please refer to the above instructions for safe and quick installation of your new filter. For information on ordering filters that you can’t find in your local store, call 3M (1-888-445-9476). They will help you get the new filters sent out to you quickly and painlessly. Now, you don’t have an excuse to avoid changing out that disgusting filter, do you?
Hi-Tech Hometown Home Sales!™
We sell homes, townhouses and condos in Northern Virginia. Our home seller’s resource page will answer common questions like:
- Why Nesbitt Realty?
- What is a listing agent?
- How much is my home worth?
- Can I trust Zillow and Trulia to value my home?
- How will you market my home?
- What’s involved in selling a home?
- How much are closing costs?
Why Did I End Up Here?
I am from a place that is a bit more rough than it is out here in Virginia. I am truly used to things being out in the open and borderline scary when it comes to thinking of my next membership in a gym. In choosing a place to workout here in my new world of Alexandria, Virginia, I had many choices.
Now, I am not a huge guy looking to shed a couple of ounces and get back into posing shape for the next mag shoot, but I do have some desires when it comes to choosing where is choose to sweat.
I took some time deciding which gym to settle down on and I am happy to report that after a couple of weeks, I am satisfied with my choice. After walking into a very subtle looking Gold’s Gym on Route 1 in Alexandria, I noticed initially that it was very clean. Good point number one to put into my mental bank.
I sat down with a member of the staff, who explained everything that I could possibly want to know about the facility and then we took a tour. Good point number two was the way I was treated by the staff. They were professional and made me feel comfortable. I signed up for a membership and have been going there everyday since.
The third thing or things about the place that jumped out to me when I think of positives to take away are as follows: the friendliness of the staff, the spacing in between the pieces of equipment, how helpful the staff is if I need anything at all or if I just have question and the good thing to me is that the staff is made up of real people. No, I don’t mean that they may be robots, like Sheldon from TBBT would love to be, but that they just aren’t all huge bodybuilders that may keep some people from feeling welcome.
Other positives about this facility include a four lap pool (salt water), a sauna in the locker rooms, a spa (to take away any stress not fully pushed aside by a morning of pumping iron), tanning beds and massage table.
Aerobics and Spinning classes, just to name a couple are among many classes offered by the staff, which are included in the price of membership. I also noticed that the price of membership was very reasonable, for what is all included and I plan on being a member of this facility for a long time to come.
The only real draw back to the gym is that the hours are not what I would like. It is not open 24 hours and the closing time is a bit early for my taste. Other than those two small issues, I am very pleased with my experience here at the Gold’s Gym Alexandria. Is the world of fitness calling your name?
$285,000 : 3313 Wyndham Cir #1215, Alexandria 22302
1 beds, 1 full baths
Living area: 827 sqft
Year built: 1990
Days on Market: 0
HOA stands for Homeowners Association, which is an organization that sets by-laws and restrictions in some neighborhoods. The fees associated with this, called homeowners fees, are usually paid annually and cover certain services and amenities associated with a neighborhood. These fees may include services such as landscaping, maintenance, and water and sewer; or amenities such as pools, fitness centers, neighborhood recreational areas, and valet parking. HOA fees usually range from $100-$1000, depending on the location of the home, and can be changed yearly.
A board of directors is usually voted in, and they decide the cost of the fees. Specific by-laws and restrictions are also associated with an HOA. These rules vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and are meant to keep your neighborhood safe and beautiful. Understanding all the by-laws and restrictions before purchasing a home is important so that you know that they are rules that you can live with.
The term “garden-style” condo usually refers to a condominium residence in a building that has less than three stories. Most garden-style condos have balconies or patios for each residence. Many garden-style condos have a main entrance that opens to a common-area hallway. Additional common areas include the green space and “gardens” surrounding the structures. If you’re interested in garden-style condos you’ll have a lot of options in Northern Virginia.
Johnny Mac’s: Large menu, filling portions, affordable prices, originality in food style, near Fort Belvoir.
- Juliano’s: Authentic Italian, scrumptious pizza pies, awesome specials, appetizers, alcoholic beverages, and so on.
- Stage Door Deli: Juke joint above, tavern below in the City of Alexandria.
- Old Chicago: Order online, close to Huntington metro, premium ingredients, speedy delivery.
- Magic Wok: Hot food, delivery, dine-in, Chinese meals.
- Al’s Steakhouse: Mt. Vernon Ave. location, big meal, country-style; a delight to taste buds.
- Hautedogs: Exquisite hot dogs in various arrangements in Old Town, Alexandria.
- Philly Cheesesteak Factory: Classic steak and cheese in West End.
- Alexandria Pastry Shop: Quaint baked goods in Bradlee Shopping Center.
- Valentino’s: Extra large pizza with hearty ingredients.
Properties in Alexandria
Through the years on my many strolls through Old Town, I have passed by the Old Dominion Boat Club. As a member of the of the Mount Vernon Yacht Club I knew of the 133 year old club and the longstanding pride this organisation holds. Founded in 1880 the Old Dominion Boat Club is the oldest boating club in Virginia. While originally created as a social club with a focus on a sports and physical fitness, the club is prides itself on the charity events and scholarships it provides to Alexandria high school students.
Knowing a location change is in the works for the ODBC, my husband and I stopped in to enjoy a light dinner and take in the panoramic views of the Potomac River.
$735,000 : 508 N West St, Alexandria 22314
2 beds, 3 full baths
Living area: 1,634 sqft
Year built: 1986
Days on Market: 0
$719,900 : 911 Franklin St, Alexandria 22314
2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
Living area: 1,260 sqft
Year built: 1984
Days on Market: 1
Are Personal and Real Property Different?
Through my training I have come to understand many terms that had previously eluded me. Two of those terms, which on the surface appear very similar, are personal property and real property. The difference is subtle, but important when determining what items are staying with a property or what is going to be leaving when the sale is complete.
Personal property is broken down in simple terms to mean anything that is movable or unattached to the land. There can be tangible personal property (cars, yachts, championship rings or horses). Other personal property is intangible (stocks, notes, mortgages or leases).
The other type of property is that of real property and it is simply anything that is not-movable and attached to the land. This can include permanent plantings, such as trees, perennial flowers and grasses. Fixtures are also real property, because they are attached. Items that were once personal property, such as bricks, mortar and 2×4’s for a wall, can become real property once they have been made into a wall and now are part of the land.
Developments, including housing and other buildings are also considered real property and will convey with the property, because they are not able to be moved. Contact Nesbitt Realty to acquire your next dream real property and you can have a new place to put all of your personal property. Is this the year to step up and get the home of your dreams?
Featured Home for Sale in Old Town Alexandria
There are five basic ground rules when it comes to buying a home and shopping smart, and they are:
#1 – Get your financing before you get your home
There are few things in life as disappointing as losing out on the home of your dreams due to not being able to secure funding. While the desire to get out there and search for that great home is understandable, it is vital to line up the financing you will need before you start shopping for a home.
Getting the financing ahead of time has a number of important advantages, including knowing how much you can buy and gain more respect from the listing agents. By knowing how much home you can afford before you shop you will avoid wasting your time looking at unaffordable properties, and the listing agent will be more than willing to show you the homes in your price range.
It is also important to take a good look at the various types of mortgage on the market before getting started in the home buying process. These days, mortgages come in far more choices than the typical 15 or 30 year. For that reason, potential home buyers need to understand how each type of mortgage works, and to gauge which mortgage is the best choice for their needs.
#2 – Look at the community, not just the home
It is a good idea to look at the entire community, instead of focusing on a single home. This can be a particularly important thing to consider for those moving to a new metropolitan area, as these buyers will be unfamiliar with the local climate and lifestyle. It is crucial to determine the areas of town that are most desirable, and to consider things like distance from work and local shopping opportunities.
We have all heard that location is the key consideration when it comes to real estate, and that is certainly the case. Buying a house in the wrong area can be a big mistake, and it is important to choose the location as well as the home. Potential buyers can learn a great deal about the nature of the various neighborhoods simply by driving around town, as well as by talking to other residents.
#3 – Be fair with your first offer
Trying to lowball a seller on the first offer can backfire, as can paying too much. It is important to carefully evaluate the local market, and to compare the asking price of the home with what similar houses in the neighborhood have sold for.
Comparing the sales of comparable homes, what are known as “comps” in the industry, is one of the best ways to determine what is fair, and to make sure that you neither overpay or underbid on the property.
#4 – Always get a home inspection
Always investigate the home for any possible defects before making an offer. Compared to the cost of the average home, the price of a quality home inspection is virtually negligible. Hence, get a good home inspection done before you buy.
To find the best home inspector, it is a good idea to seek out word of mouth referrals as many of the best home inspectors rely on word of mouth advertising.
#5 – Do not alienate the sellers of the home
Many real estate deals have fallen apart due to the personal animosity of the buyer and the seller. It is important to avoid alienating the seller of the home during the process, and to avoid nitpicking every little detail during the sale.
Keeping the goodwill of the seller will help the transaction go smoothly, and it will provide the best environment for seller and buyer alike.
Learning From the Locals
This past week I had the opportunity to conduct quarterly inspections on several units that we manage in the Northern Virginia area. Being new to the region, I was excited to see some of these properties for the first time. This was not only going to give me valuable insight to the area, but it also would give me the chance to compare this area and the properties with what I already knew from the mid-west.
One thing that drew my attention right away was the amount of cars parked up and down the street on the way to my first inspection. Parking spaces are precious in this area and after talking with the tenant in the first condominium I was to inspect, I realized why this was the case.
She explained to me that she loved living in her Belle View condo because of how beautiful the area is and how wonderful her condo is. She also told me that she likes being in an area where so many people are physically active.
A point well taken, as I see many people daily walking, running, riding bicycles or just relaxing by the Potomac River from early in the morning to late in the evening. This brings me to her last point about the area. This area is inviting people to be active because it is so safe.
I learned much about the condominiums in this area inside and out. I learned a lot about the area adjacent to these condos as well. But, more importantly, I learned that some of the people in this area are not only intriguing, but also kind and vivacious. Is this the neighborhood you're ready to call home?