A walk on the waterfront

Fortune Teller at waterfront
Fortune Teller in Old Town

I took a walk on waterfront in Old Town Alexandria VA last night. The temperature was absolutely perfect as was the humidity. There were crowds, but it wasn’t too much. I saw folks rushing to the Nina Dandy and other boats for an evening of cruising. There were several street musicians playing King St. At the pass-thru under the Torpedo Factory, a gentleman was playing the saxophone. And down along the water a street magician was showing his stuff. The balloon men were there creating animals and entertaining the children. A fortune teller was portending the future. A parrot rescue group had a flock of parrots and similar birds which were available for photos.

But then a light misting rain started to fall and the crowds scattered. At first they hid in the Food Court and on the trolley. The musicians were the first to pack, and they packed quickly to ensure their instruments weren’t damaged. The mule drawn carriage pulled off and soon the streets were quiet. We walked around a bit, enjoying the peace and quiet. And then we were gone as well.

Street Magician
Street magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will Nesbitt 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.

Real Estate Contracts With Contingencies

Real estate contracts sometimes come with contingencies. This is a part of the contract that states certain conditions or timelines are met or the seller or buyer can void the contract. The conditions or timelines can be any that both parties agree on and are put within the contract.

Contingencies usually last for a specified period. Once the contingency ends the contract could end or the contract is valid without the contingencies agreed upon.

Usually the buyer is more eager to have a contingency plan but in today’s economy and market they are more widely accepted by both sellers and buyers. Nesbitt Realty can help you with your contingencies in your contract.

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

Have a Nice Walk in the Park at Mount Eagle

 

Properties in 22303

You’ve been prequalified … what now?

I met with a first-time buyer over the weekend. She was prequalified by her lender. Prequalifying helped frame her choices. It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. Here are the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.3D Realty Handshake

  1. Tour properties — We took a top level tour of some of the properties that are in her
    budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that she can decide whether this home ownership thing is for her or not. In addition to the units we saw, I can think of a number of places that would also fall within this client’s budget and still offer a very reasonable commute to Ft. Belvoir. But I wanted to get her impressions of these places before going on a bit deeper.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.  (So far we just did a top level search.)
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, I’ll write up an offer. At that time I’ll collect “earnest money”.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Julie at Condominium Mortgage will then collect documentation from the client. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. Julie will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

Properties in Fort Hunt

8902 Battery Rd

Welcome to this updated desirable home in the sought after Potomac Valley neighborhood. Near Fort Hunt Park with convenient location to GW bike/walk trail and river! Boasts Open kitchen to living room, Marble countertops, gas range and stainless refrigerator, fresh paint, Hardwood floors, Tile floors, new bathroom, recessed lights throughout. Rec room in lower level. Double pane windows, HVAC in 2015. 1 Car Garage, Nice size Storage shed built on concrete slab. Sits on .28 flat yard. This home has a lot to offer. Close to Old town Alexandria, Walking distance to metro bus and DCA. Easy commute to DC, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir and Amazon's new headquarters. Come see it before its gone! [Potomac Valley - $649,900]

9021 Charles Augustine Dr

So rarely does such a special home come on the market, that it can be called a "forever home." The site of egg hunts, birthday parties, large holiday gatherings, and teenage sleepovers, this stately home is only on the market for the second time in almost 60 years. As you drive up, you will notice the commanding presence this home has on it's half acre wooded lot backing to Fort Hunt Park. Professionally landscaped yard and gorgeous brick walkways greet your guests. Step inside and be welcomed by the grand center foyer and beautiful hardwood flooring. Spacious open spaces offer flexible options for entertaining and family living. Chefs kitchen is truly the heart of the home with quartz counters, white cabinetry and stainless appliances. The main level has a dedicated office with private entrance, and large living, family and dining spaces with easy access to the screened porch and gorgeous yard beyond. Upstairs you will find a large owner's suite with seasonal views of the Potomac river, warm recessed lighting, a large walk-in closet, and to-die-for en-suite bathroom. The owners' suite even has access to the large front balcony which is perfect for having your morning coffee, evening cocktail, or throwing beads to your guests at your Mardi Gras party! En-suite bathroom has double sinks, soaking tub, and huge shower. Imagine waking up every day to the tranquil views of the Potomac River. A stately and rare setting indeed. The upper level also has two additional bedrooms and a full renovated bathroom with double sinks and linen storage. Both bedrooms are large and have ample closet space. One has access to a vaulted ceiling loft space that is perfect as a teen hangout. game room, or artist's studio. The other has access to the front balcony which provides glimpses of the Potomac River. Downstairs, you will find a large recreation room with tremendous natural light and the third (!) fireplace. Full bath, bedroom/den, laundry and storage complete this space. No forever home would be complete without the flex space above the garage. Currently serving as a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment, this space could be modified to suit many needs including a home office, teen suite, in-law suite, home school, and more. While thoughtfully renovated, this home also has many replacement windows and doors, a new roof and newer systems reducing your cost of ownership. Your forever home is also in a forever neighborhood with large custom homes gracing half acre lots just steps to the Potomac River and all of the amenities the bike/jogging path has to offer. Quickly commute to Old Town, DC and points beyond via the GW Parkway, I-495, Huntington Metro or 11Y Bus. Fort Hunt is thriving community with many recreational amenities from the bike path to Collingwood Park and neighborhood pools. Grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and wonderful eateries just a short walk or ride away. Welcome to our Mayberry and welcome home! [River Bend Estates - $1,199,000]

8005 Wellington Rd

An absolute stunning expansion and remodel on this Hollin Hall Rancher turned Modern Farmhouse by the Zelaya Homes Team. Custom details through, you are not likely to find often. Expansive Kitchen , living room combo with 10' ceilings, 2 main level bedrooms for home office/flex space and full bathroom. Upper level bedrooms have 9' ceilings, closet organizers, luxurious and private Owner's suite with spa like bathroom and walk in closet. Driveway parking for 2 cars and large flat fenced in yard with mature trees for summertime shade. Modern, Elegant & Thoughful Design - this is a must see. Deck or 1 Car Garage available at additional upgrade and cost by builder [Hollin Hall Village - $1,150,000]

8522 Cyrus Pl

Lovely home in Waynewood with 1 car garage and large .42 acre lot! Beautiful, open kitchen w/ maple cabinets, granite counters, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and wine refrigerator. Hardwood floors on main and upper levels. Livng room w/ built-in bookshelves, fireplace, and double doors to expansive backyard w/brick patio. The huge, level backyard provides so many possibilities such as gardening, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (i.e. Granny Pod, etc) , a swimming pool. Features include replacement windows, A/C replaced 2020, hot water heater 2018, washer and dryer 2019. Fresh interior painting and hardwood floor refinishing. Oversized garage. Note: Fairfax County tax record has the lower level room w/closet and egress window listed as a (4th) bedroom. Photos of rooms with furniture have been virtually staged. The location is fabulous: One block to Waynewood Recreation Center with pools, tennis, courts, playground, and picnic area (membership required.) Just a few blocks to walk to the renowned Waynewood Elementary school. Several blocks in the other direction is the Mt. Vernon Bike Trail and the GW Parkway that run alongside the Potomac River. A mile and a half up the road is the neighborhood Hollin Hall shopping center w/ Safeway, restaurants, hardware store, vet, Walgreens, etc. 2 miles to Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital, police and fire stations, and a public library. About a 10 minute drive up the Parkway to Old Town Alexandria and 25 minutes to National Airport. A wonderful place to live! [Waynewood - $710,000]

915 Croton Dr

Updated ! Beautiful flat back yard with deck & multiple patios! Sunroom! Brand new: New granite counters, sink, faucet and refreshed cabinets in kitchen. New waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring in dining room, family room and hallway. Freshly painted living room, family room, lower bath walls plus rear deck. Exterior and walkways/ patios power washed. (2019) Whole house water filtration system. ( 2017) New stainless steel kitchen appliances. Updated HVAC, HWH and more... Enter into the spacious living room with gas fireplace, built-ins and French doors that open onto a sunroom for expansive living space.... Step out of the sunroom onto a deck and enjoy the out door space with additional patios providing for multiple seating areas...perfect for entertaining or family gatherings. Open concept kitchen with breakfast bar is open to dining room/ family room. The family room has built-in shelving, a closet, and French sliding doors that can be left open to create an open floor plan or closed for privacy.... great for multi-purpose use ( currently being used as an office). Three bedrooms and 1.5 baths make up the upper level. Powder room can be accessed from the second bedroom or hallway. In addition, there are multiple storage areas! Convenient main level mudroom/laundry room off the dining room has cabinets/ pantry for storage plus there is large separate storage room! attic with pull down stairs and some storage above carport. Fenced back yard. Two car carport plus driveway. Great location! Convenient to amenities! Waynewood E.S. just a few blocks away; Bike path a couple of blocks. Near Potomac river, Hollin Hall shopping center, Sherwood Regional library, INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital, Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon Estate, Ft. Belvoir. Minutes to National Harbor, National Landing, Pentagon, Washington DC, Reagan National airport and more... [Waynewood - $699,999]

8713 Bluedale St

This surprisingly large 5 bedroom 3 bath house has been completely remodeled from top to bottom. Open kitchen with new cabinets, new appliances, new HVAC, and countertops! New hardwood and LVP throughout. Possible 6th bedroom in the basement. Large backyard, great for entertainment. Minutes away from the city. [Stratford Landing - $774,999]

8239 Doctor Craik Ct

Welcome home! Spacious, sunny townhome in sought-after Briary Farms! Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on upper level, with recent wood flooring installed. The primary bedroom features two closets (one walk-in), and an en-suite bathroom.  The eat-in kitchen with all recently updated, stainless steel appliances is sunny with a bay window. Separate, formal dining room nestled between the living room and kitchen offers chair moulding.      The lower level family room offers a wood-burning fireplace,  views of the back yard and trees beyond.The entire interior is all freshly painted. This home comes with two included parking spaces, and the community features a pool, tennis and basketball courts, tot lot & playground, all included in Conservancy/HOA. Fantastic location is a commuter's dream, with easy access to GW Parkway, Old Town, Metro, bus, Ft. Belvoir and more! Just minutes from Inova Hospital, shopping and restaurants! Stratford Elementary School zoned. [Briary Farms Townhomes - $499,000]

8069 Fairfax Rd

2012 Construction by Evergreene Homes with thoughtful upgrades throughout! This Dickens model offers a fully fenced backyard with hardscaped backyard and patio. The main level features an open concept kitchen/breakfast/family room, mudroom, formal dining room, sunny office, and welcoming 2 story foyer. The upper level features 3 generously sized guest bedrooms, laundry, and the owners suite of your dreams with 2 walk in closets and a tray ceiling! Lower level walks up to rear yard and offers rec room, gym, additional bedroom with full bath. Home has a transformer installed that is generator ready. Location is ideal! Located in sought-after Waynewood Elementary, walk to Hollin Hall Shopping Center and community pool/tennis. 9 miles to National Airport, 5 miles to historic Old Town Alexandria, 13 miles to downtown DC, and 10 miles to Ft Belvoir! Sellers must occupy until July 1. [Hollin Hall Village - $1,199,000]

2203 Sherwood Hall Ln

This beautifully maintained colonial home is in the Hollin Brook neighborhood. It is located minutes from Old Town Alexandria, with plenty of shopping, entertainment, and outdoor activities; this home is in the perfect location. This four bedroom and two-and-a-half bath has hardwoods and plenty of living space. The master suite features a must-see closet, it is huge! Enjoy your coffee in the morning in the gorgeous sunroom. The backyard is a true oasis and even has a small pond! [Hollin Brook Park - $750,000]

1605 Baltimore Rd

Stunning LIKE NEW home in Hollin Hall Village! This beautiful Craftsman style home was renovated top to bottom in 2019 by a highly sought after local builder and offers 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a dreamy kitchen, 9' ceilings on both levels, and a fantastic flat back yard! Enter through the carport to a functional mudroom complete with built ins and storage. On the main level you'll find a combined living/dining area, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, breakfast bar, butler’s pantry, a full bath and 2 bedrooms that can easily be used as home offices, gym, or homework space. Walking up to the second level you are met with a beautiful sun splashed hallway. This level features a spa like primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, double vanity, 2 walk in closets. There’s also 2 nice sized bedrooms with a wonderful hall bathroom including an oversized shower. Relax on your spacious front porch and entertain on the lovely patio in the large open backyard. The craftsmanship that went into this renovation is rarely available. Don't miss this move in ready home! Minutes from Fort Belvoir, Old Town, and DC. Walkable to Hollin Hall Village Shopping Center & GW parkway/bike trail. [Hollin Hall Village - $974,900]

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

 

What are the steps of buying a home?

It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. If you choose to work with Nesbitt Realty here are many of the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt is an Accredited Buyer’s Agent and Top Producing agent.  Put her experience to work for you.
  1. Tour properties — We’ll take a top level tour of some of the properties that are in your budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that you can decide whether this home ownership thing is for you or not. It also gives us a chance to see which properties most interest you so that we can rely upon our experience to identify communities and properties you may have overlooked.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, your agent will prepare an offer. At that time we’ll collect earnest money.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Your loan officer will then collect additional documentation from the you and from your agent. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. The loan office and agent will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

Real Estate for:

What are buyers seeking?

According to a new realtor.com® survey of more than 1,000 home shoppers, privacy is driving the purchase decisions of many older buyers, with more than 20 percent of those 55 and older saying that having a space of their own is their main goal, followed by the physical comforts and stability of homeownership. On the other hand, 17 percent of millennial buyers placed the highest weight on family needs when house hunting, followed by stability (14 percent) and personal expression (13 percent). Only 12 percent of buyers younger than 55 cited privacy as their chief priority.

 

We get results fast and we’d love to help you. Nesbitt Realty is licensed in Virginia and we serve buyers, sellers, renters and landlords in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church and parts of Prince William County.

 

Nesbitt Realty is trusted by local homeowners as well as overseas and out-of-state homeowners alike. We work for real estate investors and trusts, but most of our clients are just everyday people who need us to help them manage their property. Although some of our clients are genuinely wealthy and have us manage multiple properties that have no mortgages, the majority our clients are “mortgage landlords”. A mortgage landlord needs the rental income to pay the mortgage for the property. For many of these homeowners the property that we manage may be the single largest investment interest in their life.

Learn more about us now!

If you’d prefer to work with a family-run business, contact Nesbitt Realty.

Pet Predicament

Research has shown that owning a pet can help reduce stress levels and make you happier and healthier. However, when it comes to finding the perfect rental owning a pet can add to your stress. It is often difficult to find a property that suits both your lifestyle requirements and is pet friendly.

It is of course a property owner’s right to refuse pets but there are also properties that are just not suitable for certain pets for purely practical reasons. There might be no yard, no fence or steep stairs. Some properties that allow pets do have restrictions on the size of the pets and may discriminate against certain breeds. These are all things that you need to consider when looking for a suitable property.

Remember pets can be disruptive and destructive and it is important that as a pet owner you follow any of the home owner’s rules regarding pets and don’t let your pets run amok and damage the property. Irresponsible pet owners make it hard for responsible pet owners to find good rental properties.

Fortunately there are properties out there that are pet friendly, it just might take a bit of time and research to find them.  Your agent is the ideal person to solve your pet predicament and assist you in your search for the perfect pet-friendly property.  By helping you identify and target suitable properties they can save you time and take the stress out of the search.   [Read more about rental agents]

703 765 0300

 

The Heart and History Of Groveton Alexandria

Groveton address’s are Alexandria although it is located in Fairfax County. Groveton encompasses many neighborhoods such as Bucknell Manor, Jefferson Manor, Virginia Hills and Stoneybrooke.

Huntley Meadows the county’s largest park is located south. Mount Vernon Recreation Center borders the eastern edge and Lee District Recreation Center is located on the west. Five other parks surround Groveton providing outdoor activities in a non rural community.

Cape-cod style single family homes and duplex town homes in Bucknell manor date back to the late 40’s and early 50’s. Jefferson manor homes also date back to the late 40’s also and are primarily brick. Virginia Hills are also primarily brick constructed but were built in the late 60’s and 70’s. Hardwood floors, additions and finished basements are common in Virginia Hills.

Properties in Groveton

Belle Haven Marina

Belle Haven Marina has access to the Potomac River. The Belle Haven Marina is located off the George Washington Parkway.

Properties in New Alexandria

6612 10th St #A2

Welcome home! Belle View Condominiums' largest 2 bedroom model, 793sqft. Kitchen, renovated in 2020, features granite countertops, stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and hood. Hardwood floors throughout Living, Dining room and Bedrooms, plantation shutters in Living and Dining rooms. Common laundry room and extra storage directly below in the lower level of building. Condo fee includes water, trash and gas. Community amenities include a pool, tennis and basketball courts, playground, and picnic areas. Walk to Belle View shopping center, Belle Haven Marina, Dyke Marsh hiking trail, Mount Vernon walk/bike trail. Also nearby are Mount Vernon Recreation center (indoor pool and ice rink), Martha Washington Library, GW Parkway, Huntington Metro Station, and commuter bus stop. Quick access to Richmond Highway and the Beltway. [Belle View Condominiums - $290,000]

7117 Marine Dr

A MUST SEE - Very well-maintained and updated, generous-sized, four bedroom home in desirable Marlan Heights, a few blocks from the GW Parkway. Lots of room and options to spread out. Gorgeous updated kitchen and inviting sunroom for where you'll spend most of your time. The kitchen features: granite, stainless steel appliances and two large breakfast bars. Surrounded by windows, the inviting sunroom offers the perfect spot for relaxing or extra entertaining. Extra features there include: storage cabinets and access to the back yard. A few steps away, a separate rec room and half bathroom will provide many options for play or work. This room opens to the beautifully landscaped, outdoor living space, featuring: two stone/brick patios, dining area, gazebo with bar & TV, and fun playground. Need more space? The lower level offers another area for fitness, play or hobbies. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms, all updated and meticulously maintained, can be found on the upstairs level. The master bedroom includes two separate closets and a beautifully update en-suite master bathroom. The fourth bedroom is located on the lower level providing a little more privacy for family or guests. Additional features to come see, include: a cozy wood-burning fireplace, real hardwood floors throughout, new Anderson windows, and a lovely neighborhood street, all in a super convenient Alexandria location close to points north: Old Town, DCA, Pentagon, downtown DC and Fort Belvoir to the south. An amazing home, in a super location, offering many options for the way we live today! [Marlan Heights - $965,000]

6502 Boulevard Vw #B1

Three Bedrooms & a lovely Courtyard entry! First Open this Sunday, 2-4pm. This unit in Belle View is South facing for extra brightness! 2nd Floor Unit offers great privacy. The Seller added Upgraded Vinyl Clad Windows and upgraded the HVAC system in 2014. The kitchen wall is opened up with an L shaped Kitchen for extra countertop space, plus an added Dishwasher & Microwave. Gas Cooking Stove. Hardwood Floors & Ceramic Tile throughout for for active families. Grab that extra needed 3rd BR as a much needed Home Office in these times! Belle View is a premiere Alexandria community offering large landscaped common spaces for outdoor activities & neighborhood gatherings. Tennis courts, a Basketball court, a large Swimming Pool complex with an additional lap pool. Extra storage in basement is included. Everything you need is close by: The Belle View Shopping Center with restaurants, a Wine Shop, the Post Office, groceries, gift shops, Starbucks plus a Bakery. Mt Vernon Bike Trail is right across the GW Pkwy, a block away! Belle Haven Marina is steps away. Old Town is just 2 miles north and Belle View is handy to major commuter routes like GW Pkwy, Ft Hund Rd & 495. The modest condo fee includes gas & water plus an on site management office. Plenty of free & easy parking on the adjacent paved parking lot. Up to 2 pets allowed. No size restrictions. [Belle View Condominiums - $325,000]

6641 Wakefield Dr #219

Beautifully upgraded 2nd floor unit quickly accessible from the elevator or stairs. Enjoy your privacy with no other unit below you AND hidden from the outside by the trees. Attractively renovated kitchen includes a more open design while including a nicely positioned breakfast bar. It boasts upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. Separate dining and living rooms makes efficient use of the square footage to give the feeling of spaciousness. Sizable bedroom will accommodate today's living while enjoying ample in-unit storage. [River Towers - $205,000]

6621 Wakefield Dr #412

***Open House Saturday 4/10 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open House Sunday 4/11 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Contact 202-964-3664 via text for access.*** Updated and move in ready! Recent updates include a beautifully remodeled bath, flooring and new HVAC Convectors. Original well preserved wood parquet flooring under 5 year old carpet if you prefer. Sample picture in photos. River Towers is just two miles from South Old Town, tucked away among 26 beautiful park-like acres of private land. River Towers is only blocks away from the Mount Vernon Recreational Center and the Martha Washington Library. Belle View shopping center is nearby and includes a grocery store, wine store, restaurants and a dog park. River Towers is an amenity rich community that includes a rooftop terrace with river views, a picnic grove with grills, pool, basketball court, tennis courts, exercise room, playground, garden plots and a party room. Ronald Reagan Airport is 2.5 miles from the Huntington Metro station with a direct bus to the metro. ALL UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED in the Condo fee (except cable and phone). FREE PARKING. Do yourself a favor and put this one at the top of your list. You will not be disappointed! [River Towers - $192,500]

7400 Park Terrace Dr

EXQUISITE*INSPIRING*COVETED OFFERING* Exemplary living. Modern yet refined. Meticulous yet relaxed. The former residence of Alexandria's Demaine Family, this unique Greek Revival, All-Brick "Doric" Columned Colonial is situated on an elevated crest and looks East to the Potomac River. Two Walkout Balconies accentuate the Panoramic Views. Since its purchase by the current Owner in 2000, the residence has benefitted from ongoing, significant improvements. Antique, Heart-Pine Random Width floors replaced most of those on the Main Lvl, the former Kitchen was converted to a Chef's Catering Pantry featuring Brazilian Custom Cabinetry and Luxurious Hardwood Counters including Built-in Warming Drawers, Freezer/Ice Maker Drawers, Dishwasher and Miele Espresso Maker. It features Moulded, Tray Ceiling with cove/recessed lighting. Simultaneously, a new 20x20 Kitchen was added at the Rear featuring *Gas Fireplace with Stone Surround/Mantel *Eat in Breakfast area *8' Island w/ Elaborate Silestone Counters *Two Paneled Miele Dishwashers *Six Burner Wolf Cooktop w/Wood/Copper Hood *Double Self-Cleaning Ovens *Wood-Paneled Refrigerator *Stainless Built-in Microwave, Stainless Sink, Extendable Sink Faucet, Instant Hot and Disposal *Over 30' of Counters. The Paneled, Coffered Ceiling rises to 11'!! This room has an independent HVAC Zone. The largest room in the Residence is the Great Room measuring 29' x 22. A Beamed Cathedral Ceiling soars to 17' at its peak and is complemented by a Massive Stone, Raised-Hearth, Wood-Burning Fireplace. Opposite is a Wall of Built-ins containing an Entertainment Center. Generous Formal Living and Dining Rooms flank the Reception Foyer measuring 23' in length. A lovely Powder Rm sits at the Rear along with the Sectional Staircase ascending to the Upper Lvl. A former AuPair Suite was converted to a Chef's Wine Pantry with Full-Size Wine Storage, Pull-Out Pantry Cabinets and Commercial Refrigerator/Freezer. The remodeled Shower Bath remains so conversion back to a 4th Bedroom is simple. A Library/Media Center/Playroom was a significant change (former Two Car Garage) and added almost 500â to the residence. Built-ins are on Two Walls with an Interior Wall of Triple Closets. It has Engineered Hardwood Floors and its own HVAC Zone. Setbacks on this Elevation are sufficient to add a Garage or a conversion back can be done. This area is linked to the Main House via the Coat/Mud Room (w/doggie door to Rear Fenced Yard). Anticipate Pure Pleasure as you reach the Upper Lvl Vestibule. A Primary/Master Suite looks to the Potomac from Double French Doors that access a large walk-out Balcony. Sunrises are exhilarating. A Wall of Built-ins houses an Entertainment Center flanked by Custom Shelving and Accent lighting. The EnSuite Bath is a Sanctuary - Double Vanities, Marble Countertops, Custom Built-ins with TV, Soaking Tub and Walk-in Roman Shower (niches) w/Dual Rain Units and Hand-Held Unit. The Custom 21' x 10' Closet boasts the recent addition of a 9' x 5' Laundry with Utility Sink, Custom Counters/ Cabinets and Front-Load Maytag Washer/Dryer. A Second Bedroom at the Front Elevation has similar River Exposure and Balcony. A Third Bedroom is located at the Upper Rear Elevation. An Exquisite Hall Bathroom features European fixtures, Separate Shower, Soaking Tub, Marble Counters and Unique Bullnose Ceramic Tile Crown Moulding w/Rosette Accent Panels throughout. Three prominent features of the exterior are the Stone Office/Garden House, Patio w/Outdoor Cooking/Refrigerator/Fireplace and Generous Screened Porch. All are linked by Stone/Slate Walkways and extensive Hardscape. The Screened Entertaining Porch has Dining Table, Sectional Sofas/Chairs, Serving Table and Two Lighted Ceiling Fans. The Stone Garden Structure can be an Enchanting Cottage, a wonderful Private Office or even an Artist's Studio. It, too, has an independent HVAC Zone. Please call for an Engaging Experience! [Villamay - $1,789,000]

6621 Wakefield Dr #503

Filled with sunlight on a higher floor with over-sized windows that stretch the entire expanse of the living room. Spacious 1362 square foot condo corner unit, one of the largest, features 3 bedroom 2 bath w/ ample closet space. Just 2 miles south of Old Town Alexandria in River Towers, a high-rise community located on 26 beautiful park-like acres. Beautiful rooftop. Located only a short distance from Potomac River with biking and walking trails and a short distance to grocery, shopping, restaurants, florist, dry cleaner, bakery, bank, post office, drug store, and library. Bus stop is right outside the door for a quick access to Metro. Working or playing in DC, Pentagon, Alexandria, Arlington, or Maryland, the commute is super easy. Condo amenities include large swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court, exercise room, picnic grove, bike storage, club room, tot lot, GARDEN plot, car wash area, and more. Ample free surface parking and on-site management. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED in condo fee. [River Towers - $279,000]

6319 Olmi Landrith Dr

Simply spectacular and one of the most beautiful properties in the Washington Metro area! Sited on a two and one half acre lot, this gorgeous residence is perfect for grand entertaining as well as comfortable family living. Offering nine foot ceilings, exquisite moldings throughout, seven fireplaces,, hardwood floors, elegant foyer with a gracious curved staircase, seasonal river views and gorgeous sunrises, beautiful living room with exquisite moldings, a fireplace and bay window, spacious dining room with exquisite moldings and a bay window, butler's pantry with and ice maker, refrigerator and built in cabinets, state of the art chef's kitchen with top of the line appliances and white marble counters, family room adjoining the kitchen with a coffered ceiling, wood paneling fireplace and dining area with serene views, a second family /game room on the main level with a coffered ceiling, paneling, fireplace and built in cabinetry. The upper level offers a luxurious owner's suite with a fireplace, huge walk-in closet, luxurious bath with a steam shower, three more ensuite bedrooms and baths, a library and laundry area. The lower level offers a recreation room with a fireplace, home office, full bath, ample storage space and a laundry room. The exterior features a circular driveway, expansive flagstone terrace offering serene views with a fireplace, professionally landscaped lot with mature trees and plantings, solid brick construction, slate roof and a two car garage. Fabulous location only five minutes from all the shops, restaurants and ambience of Old Town, the Potomac River and the bike/walking path to Mount Vernon, twenty minutes from Reagan Nation Airport and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. Floor plans available in Documents. [Belle Haven - $3,995,000]

6613 Potomac Ave #B1

Light filled 2Br 1Bth featuring a updated kitchen & bath. Property boosts hardwood floors thru out and upgraded vinyl windows. Walking distance to restaurants & shopping. Minutes from the Pentagon & Fort Belvoir. Easy access to the Mount Vernon Trail & George Washington Parkway. Community amenities included: pool, tennis courts & basketball courts. Washer/Dryer and additional storage in same tier! Check out the 3D Virtual Tour! [Belle View Condominiums - $265,000]

6706 W Wakefield Dr #A2

Beautifully Maintained Home in Building with Just Four Units. Laundry and Storage in the Same Building. Built-in Book Case, Hardwood Floors, Open Living & Dining, Stunning Courtyard, Ample Parking, Short Stroll to Shopping Center and Restaurants. Easy Commuter Location to Old Town, DC , Fort Belvoir and National Harbor. GW Parkway, Belle Haven Marina, Huntington Metro and Mount Vernon just Moments away. This Unit Shows Very Well! [Belle View Condominiums - $265,000]

How I met my wife.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt 2010

One of my friends when I was a Defense Language Institute in Monterey California was a fellow soldier named Jay Cook.  Jay Cook always reminded me of Clark Kent. He had broad shoulders and brown hair. Jay was a big strong guy and was the type of guy that I thought should have no problem with the ladies.  But for the glasses and perhaps the self-confidence Jay was Superman.

One Saturday afternoon in Monterey, Jay and I were walking down Alvarado Street and Jay was asking me, “How do you do it? How do you meet all these girls?”

I’ve always had a great affection for Jay, mainly because Jay always seemed to assume that I was Superman, even though I thought he was the real Superman.  Jay has a way of complimenting a guy’s ego that is so sincere, one can’t help but drink it in. I mean seriously—coming to me for advice about women is like coming to Willie Nelson for tax advice or fashion advice from Dennis Rodman.  Willie Nelson can tell you how to avoid paying taxes, but not how to do it without going to jail. Dennis Rodman can tell you how to dress, but can’t really tell you how to look good.

At any rate, far be it from me to tell Jay that I’m not expert on women. Instead, I just replied with confidence, “You just have to talk to the women, Jay. ” As we entered into Baskin-Robbins to get an ice cream cone, I told Jay, “Just be yourself. Watch this …”

Normally I wouldn’t have had the confidence to talk to a stranger, but Jay had pumped me up and I wasn’t going to disappoint. There was a gorgeous oriental girl (back then nobody said “Asian” but that’s another story) behind the counter.  I started joking around with her about flavors as we picked our selections.  When she looked away, I winked at Jay and said, “Watch and learn, young Jedi.”

I asked the girl who would one day be my bride, “Will you go out with me?”

Julie replied, “Maybe.”

We exchanged phone numbers … which is to say. I took her phone number. I lived in a barracks and didn’t have a phone in my room. Mobile phones were only for the rich so I didn’t have a number to give her.  I came to memorize that number more than 25 years later I still remember those 10 digits. As I left Baskin-Robbins, I told Jay, “That’s how you do it.”

It was probably the first time I’d ever done such a thing. And it was probably the last time. I definitely owe Jay Cook a debt of gratitude, because my wife and kids are the best things in my life.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
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What does a rental agent do?

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Stuart Nesbitt is a real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.

A rental agent’s job is to listen to your needs and then help you identify rentals that meet your needs. Rental agents typically have in-depth knowledge of the community, and they are often aware of market rates. It’s not uncommon for a “connected” rental agent to know of rental opportunities that are quietly listed and generally unknown to the public.

A rental agent’s fees are paid by the landlord, so there is no expense to the renter. It really is in the renter’s best interests to employ the services of a trustworthy rental agent.

Benefits of Renting

While there are some obvious benefits to buying over renting, there are also many benefits to be gained from renting a property as opposed to purchasing a property.

Some of the benefits of renting include the ability to save money while renting for the purpose of purchasing a home, and the inclusion of amenities which the renter would not likely be able to afford if they were to purchase a home instead of renting. Renters are also free from most maintenance concerns. This is especially true in a condominium. The renter may be responsible for small items such as changing light bulbs but more extensive repairs are typically covered by the landlord.

If you’re looking for a rental unit, contact us to learn more about how a rental agent can help you find the best deal possible.

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