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

1101 Woodcliff Dr

Nestled on a spacious half-acre in sought-after Wellington Heights, this charming cottage has room for everyone. The main portion of the home features 3 bedrooms/3 full baths, while the large addition offers a luxurious in-law/nanny suite/owner's retreat. Spend relaxing weekends in the private rear yard with in-ground pool. Or enjoy a game of pool (billiards) in the lower level game/rec room. A wood burning fireplace in the living room and wood stove insert in the rec room will take the chill of the crisp fall evenings. Enjoy Waynewood Elementary School district and all that the Fort Hunt Community has to offer. Located close to the George Washington parkway and bike path . . . bike to work at The Pentagon, the District, Old Town, or Fort Belvoir! (Floor plans and 3D tour coming next week.) [Wellington Heights - $1,130,000]

8307 Riverton Ln

Classic center hall colonial in premier Manors at Mount Vernon! Open foyer welcomes family & guests to spacious rooms w/hardwood floors, gorgeous crown molding & chair rail. Center hall leads to family room w/soaring ceiling accented w/Palladian windows, skylights & remote start gas FP w/beautiful mantle. The expansive deck can be seen & accessed through french doors. To the right is the living room, warmly lit by floor-ceiling windows & to the left, the elegant formal dining room. Convenient butlers pantry leads to recently updated kitchen, offering custom Brookhaven cabinetry w/abundant storage, roll out shelves, self closing drawers, granite counter-tops, large center island and state of the art appliances; Stainless refrigerator, wall oven, microwave, Jennair cook top, Bosch dishwasher, huge pantry, under cabinet lighting, & oh, so useful, appliance garage! A joyful cooking & gathering spot for the entire family! Laundry room is handy as is the main level powder room & handsome study with an entire wall of custom built-in bookcases & storage cabinets. The extra wide staircase leads up to overhead walkway & four spacious bedrooms. The Master bedroom retreat boasts a fabulous walk-in closet and the ensuite bath features double sink vanity, jetted soaking tub, & glass enclosed walk-in shower. The guest bedroom has its own full bath & the two remaining share a Jack & Jill bathroom w/two sinks & private space w/tub & commode. The multi-level deck is perfect for entertaining & there are two flagstone patios to the rear. Extensive landscaping surrounds the home, & automatic sprinkler system makes irrigation a breeze. A two car garage & large shed provide added storage. In addition the full unfinished basement has rough-in for bath, French doors to patio, & unlimited potential for expansion! Recent upgrades include new upper level carpets, heat pump, HVAC, water heater and skylights. This lovely home is just minutes to GW Parkway, popular Fort Hunt Park, Mount Vernon Estate & Trails & the Potomac River w/easy access to Ft. Belvoir, 495, DC, National Harbor/MGM, Pentagon & new Amazon HQ in Crystal City. Excellent Fairfax County schools & outstanding Stratford Landing Elem. nearby. This home is truly a gem! [Manors At Mount Vernon - $975,000]

1915 Sword Ln

Superior Location - Dare to Compare this Beautiful Center Hall Colonial in Stratford on the Potomac. Walk (one block) to Ft. Hunt Elementary. Light and Bright throughout. Formal Living and Dining Rooms. Remodeled Kitchen with Custom Breakfast Bar/Computer Desk area - access to Rear Deck. Cozy Family Room features raised-hearth brick fireplace with gas logs and custom mantel flanked by matching custom built-ins. Direct access to Deck at Rear. Upper Level features Four Bedrooms. The Master features Walk-In Closet and Dressing/Vanity area with granite counter. The Basement Recreation Room is huge and walks out to a large concrete patio with swing. A second slate patio assures an abundance of outdoor entertaining area. An historically protected common area at the rear of this lot is maintained by the HOA and guarantees continued privacy for the Owners. The carport provides storage at the rear and a maintenance-free concrete driveway was added by this Owner. All windows and doors have been replaced along with a new roof and HVAC. A complete list of upgrades are provided in the property brochure. All documents may be obtained from MLS. [Stratford On the Potomac - $699,900]

2504 Childs Ln

Spacious Nathaniel Model in Stratford Landing. Four Bedrooms, Three Full Baths. Main Level Hardwoods throughout, Master features Shower Bath and large Walk-in Closet. Updated appliances and generous counters in bright, light Kitchen. Great Lower Level Recreation Room with Fireplace and 10' Wet Bar. Two additional Bedrooms (one with Walk-in Closet) on Lower Level. This home is ready for your personal touches! Walk to Stratford Landing Elementary! [Stratford On the Potomac - $540,000]

1301 Croton Dr

Fabulously updated home in Waynewood School district with lots of curb appeal. This 3 bed/2 bath home features a large eat-in kitchen with glass door walking out to the patio. S/S appliances, granite countertops, level fenced backyard, huge family room, 2 car carport. Walk to school, bike/jogging trail. Minutes to shopping and Old Town. [Waynewood - $649,000]

1601 Hollindale Dr

Welcome to 1601 Hollindale Drive. This private oasis is nestled into the hillside with gorgeous treetop views and wonderful spaces throughout. A brick terrace spans the front of the house and is perfect for entertaining, a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon cocktail while enjoying the beautiful parklike setting. There is a large variety of mature trees, especially blossoming cherry trees in the spring, that grace the hill and flank a rock lined creek. A spectacular addition was completed in 2012. At that time the entire roof was replaced, the house was wrapped in maintenance free Hardiplank , both heating and air conditioning zones were replaced and a whole house Generac gas generator was installed. This addition boasts a fabulous master bedroom suite on the main level with abundant windows and a wall of custom closets by Closets by Design. The luxurious master bath has heated floors, a steam shower, jetted tub, a private water closet and double vanity. There is even enough room for a chaise lounge! Laundry and a handy half bath are located on the main level as well. Elegant wide stairs lead to the second floor where you will find what is currently being used as a media room and another bedroom; both have en suite facilities.The main level of this lovely home is bright and open. There is a wood burning fireplace in the living room, a second a casual living area and French doors leading to a multitiered Trex deck. The kitchen is open to the living areas and has lovely natural cherry cabinets. There are three more bedrooms on the upper level of the original house; one en suite with a walk-in closet and lovely bay window. The full daylight lower level has a second fireplace, an outside entrance and yet another en suite bedroom ~ perfect for visiting guests, in-laws or an au pair. [Hollindale - $919,000]

8317 Woodacre St

Welcome home to this beautifully updated home in desirable Collingwood Springs!~ 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths invite you in to hardwood floors, new carpet in lower level family room, new paint throughout, updated windows, updated kitchen and brand new stainless steel appliances! Home is situated on a cul de sac, great for kids running around, and a private wooded backyard with a large deck. One car oversized garage and paver driveway with room to park a boat or RV. Enjoy entertaining on the large deck and playing in the backyard. There is also a large basement for storage and more playing in the winter! Walk to neighborhood schools and parks. Enjoy an ideal commute on the scenic George Washington Parkway, along the Potomac River, to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, Old Town Alexandria, DC, Boiling AFB, Huntington Metro, Reagan Airport and more!~ [Collingwood Springs - $775,000]

2107 Rampart Dr

Gorgeous 4BR/3.5BA 3LVL Colonial on Culdesac w/ 2 Car Garage & Tons of Renovations! Brand New Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen w/ 42in Wolf cabs, Quartz, SS applncs, backsplash; table space overlooking peaceful, fenced backyard. Cozy Fam Rm w/ FP opens to screened porch w/ skylight. Awesome BA renov's w/ nice tilework & fixtures! Freshly painted throughout. Hrdwds on main lvl, new carpet on upper lvl. Huge open rec rm w/ new flooring, recessed lights, sep entrance. Grt workshop area & tons of storage. Idyllic culdesac location in Riverside: just blocks to Stratford Landing ES & Sandburg MS. Mins to Ft Belvoir & Huntington Metro; picturesque GW Parkway commute to Pentagon/DC! [Riverside - $774,900]

8900 Battery Rd

Welcome to 8900 Battery Road in beautiful Potomac Valley River Bend nestled in the heart of Fort Hunt. This is a peaceful close-knit community with lovely mature trees. This sun-drenched five-bedroom, 3 full baths, home has been beautifully updated and boasts a perfect and versatile floor plan and flow. As you enter the residence via a gracious foyer (with secret storage), note the cozy family room, entry level bedroom and full updated bathroom. There is access to the lovely backyard as well. Walk up one level and relish the open kitchen with custom cabinetry, new stainless-steel appliances and Silestone countertops. This level features beautiful natural light, a dining room and a living room, all with gleaming hardwoods.The bedroom level features three amply sized bedrooms, all with hardwoods, including an update full hall bathroom and a full en-suite master bath. The lower level has an additional bedroom, another family room and a separate laundry room.This home has been lovingly maintained, features newer windows, newer hardiplank siding, new light fixtures, an updated electrical panel, a new sewer line, new ceiling fans and a freshly painted interior.Fort Hunt vibes like a small community with sidewalks and amazing proximity to the Potomac River, George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon Estate and Fort Hunt Park. Many residents take advantage of bike commuting and the 11Y express bus to Old Town and the District. Enjoy a scenic commute on the beautiful GW Parkway to Fort Belvoir, The Pentagon, Old Town, The District, or beyond.Welcome home! [Potomac Valley - $599,000]

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.

Real Estate for:

“Using a real estate agent is a very good idea,” says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “All the details involved in home buying [and selling], particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good professional can guide you through the entire process and make the experience much easier.”

Selecting the right professional is the key to a successful real estate transaction. Better than working with a simple real estate agent, you’ll want the services of a Realtor®.

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

More than two million people have earned real estate licenses but only a small percentage of these are Realtors. Realtors are members in good standing of the National Association of Realtors, their state association of Realtors and a local real estate board. Realtors are held to high standards of ethical behavior and must undergo continuing education annually to remain accredited.

All agents of Nesbitt Realty are Realtors!

What Does a Realtor Do?

Realtors are required by law to:

  • perform necessary and customary acts to assist in the purchase or sale of real estate.
  • perform these acts in good faith and with reasonable care.
  • properly account for money or other property placed in his or her care.
  • disclose “adverse material facts” which are, or should be, within the agent’s knowledge.

Realtors can help buyers pre-qualify for mortgages and keep abreast of the latest home listings. They can assist sellers in preparing their homes and screening potential buyers. They can show investors the properties that fit their risk profiles and long-term investment strategies.

Nesbitt Realty can quickly locate the perfect home for you, or sell your home in the shortest possible time frame. Our agents can efficiently organize and coordinate meetings with potential buyers and sellers.

A Nesbitt Realty Realtor will be well acquainted with the important things you’ll want to know about the neighborhood you may be considering:

  • the quality of schools,
  • the safety of the community,
  • traffic volume,
  • price,
  • Metro accessibility
  • nearby parks and attractions

Our agents have immediate access to homes as soon as they are put on the market, saving you hours of wasted drive-around time. When you’re ready to make an offer on a house, our Realtor will help structure the deal to save you money. He or she will explain the advantages and disadvantages of different types of mortgages and guide you through the mounds of paperwork.

When it comes to selling your home, a Realtor will save you time and aggravation. Their commission will vary depending on your location. Realtors pay for all advertising, schedule all open houses and make sure potential buyers are qualified. The money they can save you is often more than the cost of their commissions.

Real Estate Photography Tips

Exterior of House

  • Move cars away from front and / or rear of house and close garage doors.
  • Move trash cans and recycling bins inside or away from house.

    Living room
    Living room
  • Remove newspapers from driveway and sweep leaves.
  • Open deck furniture umbrellas, remove grill covers and put any deck cushions on furniture.
  • Hide toys and sporting equipment in garage or storage containers.

Interior of House

  • Turn on all interior lights and open all blinds. Make sure any burned out light bulbs have been replaced.
  • Clean vertical surfaces that reflect light such as mirrors, refrigerators, windows, television screens, etc.
  • Hide all pet beds, toys, bowls, etc. in a closet or storage container.
  • Remove items other than non-religious framed art or decor hanging from walls.
  • Keep in mind that items being moved from room to room will show in photos of other rooms, so please hide items in closets and / or storage areas that will not be photographed

Kitchen

  • Clear off countertops
  • Remove hanging dish towels and small area rugs.
  • Hide garbage can along with pet food bowls, mats and other items.

Bedroom

  • Make beds and be sure the mattress or any objects under the bed are not showing
  • Hide all personal items such as books, phones, remotes, etc. (Tip: You can hide them under the pillows!)
  • We suggest that personalized decor be removed from children’s rooms so their names and pictures don’t show in the photos which will go on the internet.

Foyer

  • Make it look as large as p0ssible by removing shoes, coats, throw rugs, etc.

    Fort Hunt real estate agents.
    Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in Fort Hunt.

Dining Areas

  • If dining area is small, remove extra leaves from tables to make the room look larger.
  • Show off the woodwork on the table by removing protector, tablecloths or placemats.
  • Remove extra dining chairs from the room so it doesn’t look overcrowded and smaller than it really is.

Living Areas

  • Keep the floors as clear as possible to emphasize the beauty of any wood floors
  • Make sure all televisions and computer monitors are turned off, and if portable hide from view
  • Clear surfaces such as end tables and coffee tables of items that are not decorative, and hide all magazines, books, remotes,  tissue boxes, etc.

Bathrooms / Powder Rooms

  • Wash all mirrors. Even the smallest splatter mark is magnified in photos.
  • Hide the trash can, toilet brush, bathmats and plunger.
  • Remove family bath and hand towels. (Tip: Don’t forget to remove the robe hanging on the back of the door.) You can keep a clean decorative / nice towels hung neatly.
  • Remove All toiletries from the counter and the shower/tub area, such as shampoo bottles, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Make sure the toilet paper roll isn’t empty or hanging down off the roll.

 

Do you really need a property manager?

Although hiring a property management company has many advantages, there is an expense associated with hiring a property manager. In addition to the cost of property management, there are other reasons why property management might not be for you. Consider the following factors to determine if hiring a property management company would be a good decision for your property.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will you live and work near your rental property? Northern Virginia is a very transient area. We have more than our share of military, diplomats, State Department, political appointees and academia.  If you’re getting transferred across the country or around the world, it might be a good idea to let a professional manage your rental. Even simple tasks can get complicated very quickly when you aren’t around to manage the details.
  • Do you want to handle the details of property management? Some landlords look forward to the challenge of finding good tenants. Some landlords find that maintaining a property and managing details is rewarding and enjoy taking late night calls. On the other hand, if you think rental property ownership is a chore and want little or nothing to do with the day-to-day management of your properties, you should probably consider hiring help to manage your property.
  • How busy are you? Even if you find hands-on management rewarding, you may not have much time to devote to your property management business.  If you’ve already got a full-plate, then the last thing you need is more to worry about, thus hiring a management company may be a good way to spend your money.
  • Can you afford the cost? Let’s face it. Hiring a property management company is much more attractive option if you can afford it.  If monthly cash-flow is not an issue, you’ll likely save money by paying a property manager and writing off the expense.  But if at the end of every month cash is tight, you might not want to hire a property manager.
  • Can you afford the risk? Do you understand the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act? Do you know the tenant’s rights? Do you know your responsibilities?  The more you know about property management in today’s litigious culture the more you’ll understand the value of having a professional in your corner.
  • Do you have access to a network of maintenance people? All properties require maintenance. When your tenant calls you in need of repair will you know who to call and what to do in a timely fashion?  If not, yo might want to consider hiring a property manager.

Learn more about our rental property management services in Northern VA

Did you know that Nesbitt Realty will match any offer by any Realtor in Northern Virginia?

We Serve Renters With Immediate and Specific Rental Needs.

Our Renters  Resource Page will answer common questions like:

  • Who is a Rental Agent?
  • What is the cost of hiring a Rental Agent?
  • Which areas do you serve?
  • Where may I search for homes?

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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

7302 Admiral Dr

A Remarkable, Resplendent and Uncompromising Revitalization of a sleepy 1960s Rambler*A Unique Stone (Kirlin stone quarried in Central Texas) French Country Dwelling offering One-Level, Open Concept Living*Expansive 12' Cathedral Chandeliered Entry Foyer from 8' Arched Exterior Mahogany Doors*Two Lovely Hand-Painted Murals*Cathedral & Tray Ceilings*Extensive High-Rail, Crown and Base Mouldings*Magnificent Banquet-Size Formal Rooms (Three Chandeliers)*Dining Room Furniture Alcove houses hidden storage panels and features a Hand-Painted Monochromatic Wall Mural reminiscent of Versailles and Tray Ceiling with Mouldings*Adjacent Formal Living Room (12' Beamed Cathedral Ceiling) boasts a Granite (Blue Eyes) Hearth Gas Fireplace with Italian Marble Columned Surround and Mantel*Palladian Sunroom w/Elevated ONYX Hearth/Gas Fireplace flanked by Custom Lighted Built-ins looking to Lush Rear and Waterfall*Separate Family Breakfast Room/Tray Ceiling*Beamed 11' Cathedral Ceiling (Ceiling Fan) in Family Room w/Built-in Granite Counters and Wet Bar, Uline Wine Refrigerator, Ice Machine and Under Counter Refrigerator*Cathedral (with two Chandeliers) Galley VIKING Kitchen features Granite (Aruba Gold) Counters and Backsplash, Built-in Brew Express Coffee, Commercial Oven, Wall Oven, Built-in Microwave, Cooktop w/Griddle, Warming Drawer and Range Hood (All Stainless Steel). French Door Viking Refrigerator (ice maker) and Two Dishwashers feature Omega Brand, Raised-Panel Doors matching abundant Maple Cabinetry throughout Kitchen (accent glass-front lighted Cabinets)*Master Bedroom is located at Front Elevation with generous seating area for Six, Custom Plantation Shutters and His and Hers Walk-in Custom (Closet Stretchers) Closets, Luxury Bath with Double Bubble Jet Hydro Systems Spa Tub and Hand-Held spray, Mahogany Cabinetry and Linen Closet, Travertine Stone, Dual Vanities, Double Entry Expanded Shower with Fixed, Rain, Body Spray and Hand Held fixtures. Accent 360 degree Hand-Painted European Countryside Landscape envelops Mirror Frames*Exquisite Hall/Guest Bath has ONYX Counters holding Dual Undermount Kohler Porcelain Bowls with Brushed Bronze faucets. Flanking are Maple Glass-front Cabinets. Flooring is Cr~me deMarfil Turkish Marble. A Jetted Hydro Systems Tub/Shower completes this Bath. It services two of the Four Main Level Bedrooms*A Third Bedroom with EnSuite Shower (Travertine) Bath is located at the Rear Elevation and accesses the European Patio from French Sliders*A generous(Granite) Breakfast Bar with built-in Brew Express, Stainless Sink and Under Counter Refrigerator is easily accessible to all Four Bedrooms*Flooring throughout the Main Level is Engineered American Cherry Hardwood. A Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Staircase with Oriental Runner ascends to the Center of Indoor Family Activities and Entertaining on the Upper Level where an 8-Person Theatre with Reclining Seats along with Exercise and Game Area, Wet Bar (Granite) & Steam Shower(Rosaelia Marble/Handmade Glass Accent Tiles), Storage Room, Storage Closet and Walk-In Attic are located*The Main Level Laundry houses two 50 gallon Recirculating Gas Water Heaters, Sump Pump (on Generator Backup) Elevated Maytag Front Load Washer and Dryer, Utility Sink, Abundant Cabinetry, Generous Counters and Ceramic Tile Floors*OTHER AMENITIES include: All Interior Paneled Mahogany Doors, Custom 5-Piece Mouldings in Common Areas and Master Bedroom, 8 Mounted Flat Screen TVs, Whole House Remote Sonos Sound System, 12-Zone Irrigat * Outdoor(Granite/Honed Marble) Living/Viking Kitchen Patio with Fireplace, Dining Patio, Cozy Private Patio and European Patio* Waterfall feature** Note: This home was first built by Gene May in 1960. Permits were issued for remodel/renovation as the slab, four exterior walls and one fireplace stack were retained. Roof was removed and 2nd level added. The balance of the home was torn down with new everything - studs, walls, plumbing, electrical, etc. [Villamay - $1,899,000]

7406 Admiral Dr

Pride Reduction! Amazing opportunity! Exquisitely updated and expanded colonial in sought-after Villamay! Stunning finishes make this beauty truly one of a kind! Generous flexible living spaces adjoined by spectacular double-sided fireplace! Gourmet kitchen with custom walnut hood, ten foot island, quartz counters, European appliances, separate eating area and more! Dreamy master suite with two walk-in closets, access to private balcony, and marble-appointed bath with luxurious Japanese soaking tub! Second master suite with walk- in closet! Sunny upstairs family room and upstairs laundry! Generous storage room, floored attic, and oversized two car garage! Glorious screen porch, and extremely private 1/3 acre yard! New roof and windows, back up generator! All systems updated! Minutes to Old Town/GW Parkway! Proudly offered by owner-agent! [Villamay - $1,150,000]

6026 Grove Dr

WONDERFUL, UNIQUE BRICK COLONIAL IN CONVENIENT & DESIRABLE BELLE HAVEN, WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT BY A FAMOUS ARCHITECT FOR HIMSELF. FEATURING 3-4 BEDROOMS, 2 1/2 BATHROOMS, BIG FAMILY ROOM WITH HIGH TWO STORY WOOD CEILING, FORMAL DINING ROOM, HARDWOOD FLOORS, LARGE SUNNY WINDOWS, AND MORE. [Belle Haven - $914,000]

1101 Woodcliff Dr

Nestled on a spacious half-acre in sought-after Wellington Heights, this charming cottage has room for everyone. The main portion of the home features 3 bedrooms/3 full baths, while the large addition offers a luxurious in-law/nanny suite/owner's retreat. Spend relaxing weekends in the private rear yard with in-ground pool. Or enjoy a game of pool (billiards) in the lower level game/rec room. A wood burning fireplace in the living room and wood stove insert in the rec room will take the chill of the crisp fall evenings. Enjoy Waynewood Elementary School district and all that the Fort Hunt Community has to offer. Located close to the George Washington parkway and bike path . . . bike to work at The Pentagon, the District, Old Town, or Fort Belvoir! (Floor plans and 3D tour coming next week.) [Wellington Heights - $1,130,000]

7121 Marine Dr

PRICE REDUCTION - Minutes to GW Parkway and Old Town Alexandria, Captivating, All-Brick and Custom-built for former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and 8th District U.S. Congressman Stan Parris*Designed for entertaining*Volume Ceilings, Skylights and Decorative Mouldings*Sparkling Hardwoods*Expansive Formal Rooms*Breezy and Bright Sunroom*A very cozy Den with raised-hearth fireplace*Kitchen can easily accommodate an Island*A Bedroom on the Main Level is perfectly located for Guests*Decking at Rear spans the length of the home*Circular Stairs with Silk Panel accents and tiered chandelier ascend to a Master Suite like none other featuring gas fireplace, walk-in closets, sitting and dressing areas and its own private balcony overlooking the rear elevation. Vibrant colors and rich finishes throughout. Make this Masterpiece yours and go visit today! [Marlan Heights - $1,050,000]

7112 Marine Dr

Marvelous, Captivating Three Level Home with Two-Level Bay/Bumpout at Front Elevation*Construction just completed*Hardwoods on Main and Upper Levels*Custom Five-Panel Doors throughout*Double Pane Casement Windows throughout*Extensive Recessed Lighting and Custom Crown Mouldings*9'Ceilings on the Main Level*An Open Sectional Hardwood Staircase is located in the Center of the Home*FIVE EnSuite Bathrooms*Master Bedroom Suites on both MAIN and Upper Levels*Washer/Dryer hookup on Upper and Basement Levels*Spacious Bedroom Suite on Lower Level with Private Shower Bath-Perfect for AuPair or Guests. Open Concept Main Level features Designer Island Kitchen*Medallion, Soft-close Cabinetry, Thermador Stainless Appliances, Cooktop with Pot Filler, Two Wall Ovens for Microwave, Speed Cooking and Conventional WiFi for Remote Settings. Wine Refrigerator for 36 Bottles, Stainless Sink and Extendable, Lighted Faucet. French Door Refrigerator/Freezer Bottom and Ice Maker, Electrical Service Popups in Island, Quartz Counters, Pendant Lights, Unique Backsplash*A Large Dining Area is located at the rear elevation adjacent to the Island Kitchen. It comfortably seats up to 10 people. The Formal Living Area features a Bay Bumpout affording an abundance of natural light. Located at the Rear of the Main Level is a Family Room with Gas Fireplace flanked by built-ins and features a mantle with unique tiled surround. Both this Room and the Dining Room access the Rear Patio through French Doors. The Larger of the two Master Suites in at the Rear of the Upper Level and features an elaborate Ello Allo Shower Bath providing foot faucet, body sprays, hand-held unit and rain unit, all of which can be controlled by digital temperature settings. The His and Hers Walk-In Closets are large. Two additional Bedroom Suites are located at the Front Elevation of the Upper Level. One features a custom Shower Bath with lovely vanity vessel and the other has a jetted tub/shower unit. A Utility Closet in the Upper Vestibule offers the convenience of hookups for a Stack Washer/Dryer Unit. A fully finished Lower Level can act as an independent unit with outside walkup ingress/egress. The Recreation features raised hearth stone fireplace with gas logs and speakers in place for an audio system. At one corner is located an extensive Wet Bar with Granite Counters, Full Service Refrigerator, Sink, Disposal and Dishwasher. The 5th EnSuite Bedroom/Shower Bath is at the Front Elevation adjacent to the large Exercise/Storage Room. The Laundry boasts Samsung front load Washer and Dryer, a Utility Sink with Counters and Cabinetry and a large Granite Counter with storage above and below. The Exterior of the property features nighttime landscape lighting, six zone irrigation system, no-maintenance concrete Driveway, Two Car Garage with slate flooring, Covered Slate Front Porch with Metal Roof, Rear Slate Patio, Underground Utilities from Street and a Generac 20K Natural Gas Generator. In addition there is a FIOS System ready for hook up that features a video surveillance system. [Marlan Forest - $1,599,000]

6505 10th St #A2

Renovated Porch Unit in Belle View! Nicely planned Granite Kitchen with added bar area & pantry. New Tiled Bath with added Glass Shower Door. Gleaming Hardwood Floors throughout. HVAC replaced in 2016. Gas Cooking. Built in Microwave, Full sized Dishwasher, Quiet High End Disposal, Icemaker. Ceiling Fans, thoughtful storage. Belle View is a beautiful tree lined neighborhood with great amenities within walking distance: Belle View Shopping Center, Martha Washington Library, Rec Center, Belle Haven Marina, Mount Vernon Bike Trail, Potomac River just across the GW Pkwy. Easy bus to Huntington Metro or the 11Y express bus into Wash DC. [Belle View Condominiums - $295,000]

2109 Woodmont Road

The utmost in charm! Surprisingly spacious 4 level center hall brick Colonial, over the top AMAZING kitchen! Gracious living room, dining room and screened porch! Flat, fenced back yard and off street parking. 3 Bedrooms on Upper Level and stairs to the Loft- great office, hang-out space, overflow bedroom; and on lower level finished flex space/ en-suite bedroom with full bath and family room with walk-up stairs to back yard. Buyers can add their own style to cosmetic updates in baths! [Belle Haven - $1,198,000]

6203 Foxcroft Rd

Wonderful opportunity for this spacious colonial that backs to parkland in desirable Belle Haven. Renovated and expanded in 2008, this home is move-in ready. Rear loading two car garage. Over 4,000 sf on three levels Living room with built-ins. Main level study with built-ins. Large kitchen with island, Wolf 48" dual fuel range, double wine refrigerator and pantry storage. Separate dining room. Family Room with corner gas fireplace and large wrap-around deck overlooking private back yard oasis. 4 Bedrooms/3 baths up with generous room sizes. Master Bedroom with vaulted ceilings, double walk-in closets and deck. Walk-out lower level with large recreation room, full bath and storage. Dual zone HVAC. Built-in speakers. Wood flooring throughout main and bedroom level. Rare & large flat backyard backing to protected parkland. Easy commuting to Old Town, Potomac River Trails, DCA, DC and Fort Belvoir. [Belle Haven - $1,279,000]

6118 Vernon Ter

Gracious 5 bed, 4.5 bath 1930s brick colonial w/detached 2-car garage in picturesque Belle Haven. History meets levity: stately architecture balanced by sunny windows, skylights & shimmering French doors. Grand 9-foot ceilings & HW floors thru-out. Elegant wainscoting & moldings. Contemporary updates include custom built-ins, apothecary-style master bath & magazine-worthy kitchen. Formal dining, cozy living & private work/play spaces. Organization galore in the mudroom, finished basement, ample closets. Spacious kitchen w/eat-in window banquette, island w/range & seating, immaculate white cabinetry. Outdoor entertaining simplified by the bricked patio, manicured lawn. [Belle Haven - $1,998,500]

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. 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.

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