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

1381 Bishop Crest Ct

PLEASE ENJOY 3D TOUR: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=8DsNwb5XZdY Only 4 years young, this nearly 5,700 square foot home offers the perfect blend of luxury and function in sought after Fort Hunt. Upon entering the front foyer, you will be greeted by a living room to your left and an elegant dining room fit for formal entertaining to your right. Proceed forward and you are sure to be impressed by the sun-filled Great Room with its dramatic coffered ceiling that extends all the way to the upper level. Two story windows offer an abundance of natural sunlight. This open area seamlessly flows into the chef's kitchen where an oversized granite island creates the perfect gathering place. Special features include 2-toned custom cabinetry, a double oven and gas stove, a walk-in pantry, a coffee station and an additional breakfast room with French doors leading to the beautiful outdoors. Adjacent to the kitchen is a mudroom with built-in cubbies connected to the laundry room and spacious 2-car garage. In addition, this level offers a powder room and a private office with custom cabinetry and French doors. Upstairs you will find 4 generous sized bedrooms and 3 full baths. The spacious master bedroom offers a perfect retreat with an added sitting room and its very own private balcony. A bonus fourth level Loft with a walk-in closet is the perfect setting for a yoga studio, playroom, or artist's retreat. Since moving in, the owners finished off the enormous lower level creating a family room, a second area which has already been plumbed for a bar and third open area awaiting a pool table. In addition, there is a 5th bedroom, full bath and two oversized, enclosed areas currently used for storage and a home gym.The owners have also recently created a private outdoor oasis by adding a deck off of the breakfast room and a brick patio with pergola. The professionally landscaped yard is low maintenance with an underground sprinkler system. This home is conveniently located only 5.5 miles to the Metro, 6 miles to Old Town, 8 miles to National Harbor, 10.5 miles to Amazon HQ2, 14 miles to D.C., and within a mile of the Potomac River, GW. Parkway and bike trails. [Bishop's Crest - $1,325,000]

8012 Bainbridge Rd

3-D Virtual Tour @ https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=98DFS5sYFAu. Over five thousand square feet of finished living space in this lovely brick front home located in sought after Hollin Hall Village. This home boasts cathedral ceilings, open living and dining room for entertaining. Hardwood floors, moulding and lovely finishes and new neutral gray carpet. A large eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances, granite countertops, wood cabinets and two pantries. A bright two story family room with stone fireplace and french doors lead to the fully fenced backyard. The unique plan is ideal for main floor living. Four bedrooms and laundry all on the main floor. The grand master bedroom with lots of light and tray ceiling, has a large walk-in closet and bath with soaking tub and shower. A second large bedroom with its own bath. Two more bedrooms and one bath on the main. Downstairs with it's nine foot ceilings, are two more spacious bedrooms, a huge recreation/game room with door and stairs to yard. Another downstairs room can be an exercise or storage room. Upstairs is an enormous second family/play room, office or movie room. An elevator lets you move to all floors with ease. A two car garage and a fenced back yard with a custom-built storage shed round out an amazing home. [Hollin Hall Village - $979,900]

7807 Daybreak Ct

NEW HVAC! Renovated & updated move-in ready home w/ great character & space in Hollin Brook Park just off Sherwood Hall Ln! Only 2 levels! 3BR/2BA on main, 2BR/1BA on upper level! Open concept interior w/ great flow to outdoor space! Eat-in granite kitchen w/ gas cooktop! 2300+ sqft of living space! Upper level BR could be 2nd master or rec room! 2-car garage + huge walk-in attic! More photos in tour! Call today for your private showing! [Hollin Brook Park - $699,000]

1911 Paul Spring Pkwy

It's all in the detail, they say, and this point couldn't be more true for the fortunate purchaser of this Hollin Hall gem!Sited in a parklike setting + surrounded by gorgeous shade trees,the charming exterior belies a 2-level home filled w/ space for families large + small + updates to ensure comfort + convenience for many years to come. One enters the foyer, w/ coat closet, of the freshly painted home thru a custom mahogany Craftsman door w/ 6 glass panes from House of Doors-2014.The light-filled living + dining areas include 2 oversized windows which, along w/ all of the main level windows, have 2" white shutters. The LR includes a WB FP w/ brick base + brick + wood surround, FP equipment + screen.The DR light fixture is from Rejuvenation. Louvered doors separate formal areas from the KIT. SS appl's, granite countertops, Shaker-style cabinetry, quiet garbage disposal, deep pantry + tile floor complete the package! A rear door off the kitchen leads to the exterior stairs w/ wrought iron railing + brick landing.Down the hall from the living + dining areas are the 3 BD's + an attractive, updated BA with 12"tiles. 2 of the BD's have ample-sized closets + 1 of these includes a Rejuvenation ceiling fan.The 3rd has a deep closet. An oversized linen closet in the hall serves all 3 BD's. Attention to detail is evident in the renovation of the LL.The floor is made of a custom epoxy concrete w/ anti-skid coating.The 3-layer flooring system includes Liquid Dazzle, a metallic shimmer coating technique that assures a one-of-a-kind finish.The RR is huge w/ recessed lighting + plenty of space for TV + activity areas. There are 2 additional rooms which could serve as office, den, exercise rm +/or overflow sleeping space. A renovated BA w/ black + white tile floor + shower, w/ subway tile + glass door, was installed in 2019.The lg utility rm includes the updated electrical panel + circuits, Samsung washer + gas dryer, metal storage rack + loads of storage.The Carrier gas furnace was installed in 2015.French drains were installed in 2013.The previous owners replaced all LL windows w/ Vinyl-Lite windows.The Sellers replaced all MN level windows w/ energy-efficient thermal mirror glass double-hung windows + transferable lifetime warranty from Vinyl-Lite - 2014.This special home is surrounded by beauty. From the wooded park across the street (easement on property) to the landscaped yard, the lot has been beautifully maintained for the owners by Rosemont Landscaping.The front of the property has a huge shade tree while the back includes a flowing cherry blossom tree+boxwoods along the retaining wall. Brick steps + railing are at the center of the wall + stone steps are to the right.Plenty of open space allows for exercise while family + friends relax + entertain at the circular stone patio w/ stone seating + fire pit (2017).The back of the property is fully enclosed w/ a custom cedar horizontal board privacy fence (2018) w/ gate at one end + dble gate at the other.The driveway has ample parking for 3 cars + a 4th space is inside the dble gate. A Tesla charging station is located at the front of the home.Utmost care has been taken to improve the property.The custom-built retaining wall, w/ drainage, leads to a natural drain (2016). Thoughtful landscaping has ensured that drainage leads away from the home.Window wells w/ rocks have led to a dry LL. Gutters w/ gutter guards + oversized downspouts were installed - 2014. A custom shed from Helmuth Builders includes farm-style int. lighting,4 elect. outlets, windows opening from inside,2 workshop counters the length of the shed, storage + bike rack-2018.Walk to parks, playgrounds + shopping!Schools are popular Waynewood, Sandburg + West Potomac. Hollin Hall Village Shopping Center has variety + hardware stores, restaurants, shops + a grocery. The scenic GW Parkway offers bike + walking paths along the Potomac + easy access to Fort Belvoir, The Pentagon,Old Town,Reagan National Airport + DC. [Hollin Hall Village - $699,900]

1001 Priscilla Ln

This is the home you have been waiting for! Rarely available center hall colonial in Waynewood boasts over 3,300 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths on three levels. Move in and renovate as you live here. Bring your imagination as the kitchen/dining spaces offer many renovation possibilities including creating an open floor plan with huge center island or maintaining a separate dining room while updating the current eat-in kitchen with a peninsula. Two living rooms on the main floor each with its own fireplace offer excellent family/entertaining spaces. The huge master bedroom, en-suite bath, and multiple closet areas can be re-configured to include a walk-in closet, spacious master bath while maintaining a large master bedroom. The property has breathtaking gardens in both the front and back yards and includes an in-ground sprinkler system. Use the one car garage to store all of your outdoor gear including bikes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards. Park up to two cars tandem on the lovely stone paved driveway. There is also a full sized attic for all of your storage needs.Highly prized location in walking distance to Waynewood Elementary School, playground, baseball fields, pool, tennis, and basketball courts. Enjoy easy access to Fort Hunt Park, the Mt. Vernon bike path, GW PKWY. Convenient to the Mount Vernon Estate, Hollin Hall Shopping Center, Old Town Alexandria, Ft. Belvoir, DC and under 10 miles to Reagan International Airport. Wide streets, sidewalks, newly paved roads, mature trees, gardens, and buried power lines create the backdrop for this tranquil park-like setting. There are very few homes that become available on the Priscilla/Emerald loop in Waynewood and even fewer colonials. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to make 1001 Priscilla Lane your forever home. [Waynewood - $835,000]

8107 Wingfield Pl

You will be pleased that you came to 8107 Wingfield Place in the much sought after Hollin Hall Village community. Enjoy walking through this unique home located on a treed cul-de-sac near to the City of Alexandria, Va. Much larger than it appears from the street, this expanded home offers spacious rooms to enjoy daily or while entertaining family or friends. Four bedrooms, three full bathrooms along with a first floor Great Room and a lower level Recreation Room could meet your need for space. The Great Room has banks of windows flanking each side of a large fireplace and a wall of glass with the door out to the upper level deck. From the private master bedroom there is another door out to that deck. Two large closets with cedar lining, and space for a cozy sitting area add to this fabulous master bedroom which also has a cathedral ceiling and recessed lighting. In the bathroom you will enjoy the lights above the soaking tub with shower and the double sinks.There is an easy flow between the Great Room and the large dining room perfect for those special occasions under the chandelier and cathedral ceiling.Custom cabinetry, recessed lighting along with generous counter space make for a kitchen that one may enjoy preparing meals that can be easily passes through to the dining room.There are two bedrooms each with large closets just off the hall from the other full bathroom adjacent to the kitchen/eating area. The living room provides a wood burning fireplace for those cold nights.From the master bathroom you can send laundry down the chute to the washer/dryer on the lower level. There are cabinets to hold cleaning supplies along with a counter top for easy folding of the laundry.Lower level Recreation Room is bathed in light with the windows that are on either side of the fireplace along with recessed lighting. Entertain your friends while seated at the custom built bar which has a large storage area .Nearby is a full bath and across the hall another bedroom. For convenience there is a door out of the Rec. Rm to the lower level deck which includes a stairway to the upper deck. Enjoy the plants and flowers around this deck area and along the walkway out to the front yard .Hollin Hall Village is conveniently located near shopping, and just moments to the George Washington Parkway for commuting as well as access to the Huntington Metro Station, to the Pentagon, Crystal City or National Harbour. [Hollin Hall Village - $775,000]

1700 Shenandoah Rd

Beautiful 3BR/2BA brick rambler located in Hollin Hall! Hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen with SS appliances, and spacious master bedroom off the living room. Step out back to a large fenced backyard with patio and storage shed. New features include: fresh paint, brand new furnace, heated floors in master bath, newer kitchen remodel, new fridge and dishwasher. Great location - walking distance from local wine bar, shops, and Safeway. Quick 10 minute drive to Huntington Metro Station and close access to GW Parkway and Potomac River. Don't miss out on this one! [Hollin Hall Village - $569,900]

8502 W Boulevard Dr

Welcome to prestigious West Boulevard and this beautiful half acre home site. Existing home is in decent condition, but needs renovating. Buy and rehab or build your dream home on this stunning lot and have seasonal river views. Lot is approximately 100' wide and 200'+ deep easily accommodating a variety of home styles and sizes. Just steps from the Potomac River, Waynewood Sledding Hill and the bike path, this home is ideally situated in one of Fort Hunt's most desirable locations. Home is sold strictly "as-is." [Collingwood On the Potomac - $725,000]

7906 Kent Rd

Potomac Overlook at Kent Road, one of NVP, Inc.'s Platinum Series offers luxurious homes located in Fairfax County, near the Potomac River. Just minutes from Route 1 and Interstate 95. Come home to location, lifestyle and convenience. VIP by NVP. Experience the Difference today. [Wellington - $1,365,865]

1509 Paul Spring Pkwy

Spectacular commute along G.W. Pkwy., Potomac River & 1000's acres of parkland to this sought after Fort Hunt community. Waynewood School District. Handsome spacious home overlooking parkland with trees and privacy. Hardwood Flooring throughout main floor and upper level, Cathedral Ceiling, Cedar Closet in lower level, recent year upgrades include: old roof was completely removed and replaced with a high end Designer Roof, Sewer lines and Water lines have been replaced, Hot water heater, and Furnace replaced. Beautiful Custom Stone Walkway and Steps were built. French Culvert. Entertain and enjoy Private Landscaped Over-sized Yard all year. 2 Fireplaces for winter enjoyment (one has gas log and the other is wood burning) Extra Square Footage throughout the house and in lower levels 3 & 4 there is an office, recreation room, workshop and loads of storage. Neighborhood restaurants, bakery, shops, stores & schools. Convenient to Ft. Belvoir, Pentagon, Airport, D.C., and Old Town Alexandria. A Must See!! [Hollin Hall Village - $650,000]

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.

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Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate

Northern Virginia is a part of the National Capital Region it is home to some of the most educated, affluent and particular buyers in the nation. Everyday we help folks relocate in and out of Northern Virginia as well as help locals advance their real estate goals. If you’re shopping for a home in Northern Virginia, you will find our Buyer’s Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate is a great resource for understanding the area and for seeking out the perfect real estate match for your tastes and budget.

If you need any help with a specific search please don’t hesitate to call us at (703)765-0300.

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What is the role of a property manager?

The primary role of a property manager is interfacing directly with applicants, tenants, and maintenance personnel. An efficient property manager saves you time and ensures that you about your everyday life without having to worry about the production of income of your property while maintaining the value of your investment.

The role of a property manager is to:

  • market your rental property,
  • collect rent in a timely fashion,
  • maintain an accurate record of all income and expense,
  • handle maintenance and repair issues,
  • respond to tenant complaints,
  • know when to draw the line,
  • and even pursue evictions.

Nesbitt Realty is knowledgeable and experienced to manage your property and gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is in good hands.

Learn more about our property management services!

We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve your real estate needs.

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. In addition, the inclusion of amenities which the renter would not likely be able to afford if they were to purchase a home instead of renting is also a benefit. 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 may help you to find the best deal possible.

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

1904 Belle Haven Rd

FOR Luxury VIDEO, click Virtual Tour, click VIDEO, click play or Type into Browser: bit.ly/1904BelleHaven Modern design meets Historical Architecture to include $200K (Brand New HVAC) in gorgeous renovations in this traditional 4 BR, 3.5 BA brick Georgian colonial home in prestigious Belle Haven community. 3,000 sf HOME PLUS 528 sf GARAGE. Gorgeous Master Suite, walk-in CA closets, hardwood floors throughout, Palladian bookcases, dentil molding, finished lower level recreation room comes fully furnished, large 2 car garage. Great for entertaining. Private beautifully landscaped backyard with Trex porch, hardscape patio and fire pit. Awesome Location. Easy access to Rt. 1, GW Parkway, Ft. Belvoir, Old Town, National Airport, National Harbor, DC and 5 miles to Amazon HQ. Alexandria VA, and excellent Fairfax County Schools. Move in Ready!What I love about this house: Rooms are open and easily interchangeable for a growing family. Fully or partially furnished home an option. Convenient location, yet the community and house feel like home. You can walk the Belle Haven hills and admire the homes and beautiful landscaping, play golf, tennis or swim at the Belle Haven Country Club, hop on the trail for a bike ride to Old Town, Washington DC, Mt. Vernon. Walk to the cozy eatery, DRP Belle Haven and enjoy the convenience of the Belle View Shops, Dog Park and Recreation Center. FOR Luxury Amenities VIDEO, click Virtual Tour, click VIDEO, click play. https://tours.linenandlens.com/public/vtour/display/1386353?a=1#!/ [Belle Haven - $1,385,000]

1503 Belle View Blvd #C1

Remodeled 2 Bed Condo in quiet Belle View Community. Freshly painted , new carpeting. [Belle View Condominiums - $283,000]

7112 Marine Dr

Construction JUST completed!!! Don't miss your chance to be the first to own this captivating 3-level home with stunning 2-level bump-out! Upon driving onto the property, you will already begin to notice it's executive features. The exterior includes nighttime landscape lighting, a six-zone irrigation system, a no-maintenance concrete driveway, a two-car garage with slate flooring, a covered slate front porch with metal roof, an underground utility connection, and a Generac 20K natural gas generator. In addition, there is a FIOS system ready for hook up that features a video surveillance system!Let's take a look inside, shall we? At the front door, you will be greeted with the grand entryway that boasts 9-foot ceilings and a sweeping, open-sectional, hardwood staircase that rests in the heart of the home. But the luxury doesn't end there~the gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main and upper levels really get a chance to shine from the wealth of double-panel casement windows that let in a ton of natural light! The unique open floor plan on the main level allows for the gourmet kitchen to flood directly into the living room, creating a truly zenful oasis. You will love mealtime in this chef-inspired kitchen that boasts a large island with electrical service popups, medallion, soft-close cabinetry, Thermador stainless appliances, cooktop with pot filler, two wall ovens for microwave, speed cooking, conventional WiFi for remote settings, wine refrigerator for 36 bottles, stainless sink with an extendable handle, lighted faucet, french door refrigerator/freezer bottom with an ice maker, quartz counters, pendant lights, and a custom backsplash! Enjoy cozy evenings in the formal living room nuzzled next to the gas fireplace that's flanked by built-ins and a mantle that has a unique tiled surround. Or, enjoy basking in the sun from all the light that comes through the bay window bum-pout. On this floor, you can also find the oversized formal dining room that is conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen. It comfortably seats up to 10 people, and from either of these rooms, there is access to manicured fenced in backyard and custom stone patio. Amazingly enough, there are 2 master bedroom suites~one on the main floor and one on the upper level! If you somehow manage to leave the impressive main floor and make it upstairs to the main living quarters, you will find the larger of the 2. Every day is spa day with the divine bath on this master suite! Good luck trying to leave the elaborate Ello Allo shower that features an impressive foot faucet, body sprays, and a hand-held and rain unit, all of which can be controlled by digital temperature settings. Rest assured you will never run out of space thanks to the oversized his and hers walk-in closets that include storage built-ins. 2 additional bedroom suites are situated on this level, one of which features a custom shower bath with a lovely vanity vessel while the other has an amazing jetted tub/shower unit. The utility closet in the upper vestibule offers the convenience of hookups for a stack washer/dryer. Get ready to be the greatest host of all time with the beautifully finished lower level! Family movie and game nights will be enhanced by the audio system hookup, and the spacious recreation room leaves space for everyone! Host the in-laws for the weekend and rest assured they will be comfortable in the 5th en-suite bedroom with a private bathroom. Impress your friends on game nights with the extensive wet bar that features granite counters, refrigerator, and dishwasher and stay cozy all year long with the gorgeous custom raised hearth stone fireplace. Another laundry room can be found on the lower level and boasts a Samsung front load washer and dryer, a utility sink and cabinetry, and a large granite counter with storage above and below. And if all that wasn't enough for you, the attention to detail and all the custom additions will be the icing on the cake! [Marlan Forest - $1,499,000]

6610 Potomac Ave #B1

Urban sophisticates call Belle View home, hurry to call this meticulously maintained, fresh 2BR/1BA your home. B1 will be freshly painted for your arrival. 2015 updates included new Parquet Hardwood/Kitchen floor/Doors/Fridge/Blinds/Paint. Walking distance to shopping/restaurants, 3 pools, tennis courts included. Bus stop on block, minutes to Huntington Metro. Convenient to Old Town/DC/Belvoir/GW Parkway/495. For a tour of B1 go to: https://youtu.be/3tTp3ATc3JYFor a tour of the building and neighborhood: go to https://youtu.be/ynJ1mXI21rw [Belle View - $285,000]

7104 Park Terrace Dr

* SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED PRICE * A STAYCATION HOME YOU WILL NOT WANT TO LEAVE! All-Brick Custom Home built in 1958*One-of-a-Kind*Elevated Lot looks across GW Parkway to Potomac River*Half Acre of Pure Tranquility and Serenity*Adjoins Sussex Place at Rear*Professionally Landscaped with Massive Boulders, Statuary, Slate, Water Feature, Incredible Plantings, Extensive Decking*Hardscape at every turn*FIVE Generous Bedrooms*THREE and A HALF Renovated Baths*Unique Main Level with Modified Vaulted Ceilings in Formal Living Room, Dining Room*Light, Bright, Skylit Chef's Stainless and Granite Kitchen*Enormous, Great Room/Media/TV Room features Modified Cathedral Ceiling, Remote Skylights, Ceiling Fans, Three Walls of Windows, Elevated, Contemporary Fireplace*Limestone Floors and Double Sets of French Doors leading to Massive Decking/Patio at Rear Elevation*Extensive Renovation and Upgrades since 1999 to Present too many to list here -See Documents and Property Brochure onsite. [Villamay - $1,139,000]

6221 Arkendale Rd

Thoughtfully designed, with attention to every detail this 2016 custom built home is stunning inside and out. Located in Belle Haven on a beautiful and private lot, the curved walk leads to a charming covered porch with beadboard ceiling and welcoming entry. The interior layout is functional and versatile with high end designer finishes throughout. The living room with a gas fireplace and built in bookcases is open to the impressive gourmet kitchen featuring Thermador, Liebherr and Miele appliances, marble counters, farmhouse sink and ample storage including a walk in pantry. The kitchen, the heart of the home, includes island and peninsula counter seating. An elegant yet inviting dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and is surrounded by windows creating a delightful setting. The screened porch located off the back of the home overlooks the yard and provides a peaceful space for relaxation or entertaining with easy flow to the patio with outdoor kitchen. Additional notable details of this extraordinary home include en suite baths with 3 bedrooms, a main level bedroom which can function as an office, playroom or den, spacious family room with wet bar, climate controlled garage, numerous walk-in closets, finished walk up attic for a fitness or craft room and magnificent natural light throughout! [Belle Haven - $1,625,000]

1607 Belle View Blvd #B2

Beautifully maintained and move-in ready top floor condo with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and plenty of parking! It features a bright open floor plan with lots of natural light, lovely kitchen with stainless steel appliances, spacious bedrooms, balcony and more! 24/7 Safeway grocery store across the street. Great community amenities including swimming pool and playground. Close to Metro, bus stops and highways. Don't miss out! [Belle View Condominiums - $295,000]

6610 Wakefield Dr E #C1

Wow! Rare Top Floor Porch Corner Unit offers a nice quiet oasis in the center of Belle View. All the big ticket items are done! New high end efficient replacement windows, HVAC & Compressor replaced 2 yrs ago! Remodeled Bath. Newer Stainless Stove, Fridge & Microwave! Also has Dishwasher. Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops have been expanded to the 2nd wall for greater workspace. Laundry & Large Storage is just down the steps. Nicely cared for Hardwood Floors throughout. This unit offers 3 exposures and tree top views from your Balcony. Great spot for your morning coffee! Easy unassigned parking in the lot directly behind. Beautiful pool complex. 3 Tennis courts, Basketball court & several large Tot Lots. The condo fee includes gas, hot water, parking, great management and all the care of the superb landscaping & expansive lawns. The new Air Handler is tucked inside the vertical wall at foyer, so ceiling box in LR can be removed for greater ceiling height! Old Town Alexandria is just 2 miles north & National Harbor is just over the River. Easy commute to the Pentagon, Crystal City & Wash DC. Great Biking or hiking on the Mt Vernon Trail along the Potomac River. Everything you need for a care free condo lifestyle yet so close to Everything Washington! [Belle View Condominiums - $300,000]

6717 Radcliffe Dr

Corner lot, large yard...Excellent location! Minutes from Old Town Alexandria, I-495, DC and National Harbour. This 2 bedroom Duplex has a large third bedroom addition with its own entrance and full bathroom (NTC), there is also a finished basement with a full bathroom. Needs some updating, has great potential, property being sold as is! Please follow all health regulations due to Covid-19. Wear mask and gloves when entering the home! [None Available - $434,900]

6621 Wakefield Dr #620

Rarely available light and airy corner unit with TWO VIEWS in River Towers. This one bed, one bath unit has been updated and has much to offer! Highlights include a new modern kitchen with quartz counters, open shelving and subway tile & stainless steel appliances, and new kitchen cabinets and flooring. Space is plentiful with huge walk-In closets! River Towers offers so many amenities. Enjoy the rooftop terrace overlooking river views. Picnic areas with grills, outdoor pool, basketball court, tennis courts, fitness room, playground, and party room. ALL UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED in Condo fee. Metro station is a direct bus ride away. Easy commute, just off GW Parkway. Walking distance to shops, parks and Potomac River. [River Towers - $175,000]

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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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.

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