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

1114 Woodcliff Dr

One level living at its finest! 4 Bed/4 Bath home with finished basement nicely situated on a private and lush half acre lot. Special features include: huge light filled main level master suite with vaulted ceiling and luxurious bath, hardwoods in main level, bright kitchen with vaulted ceiling and skylights overlooks family room surrounded by windows, finished basement has fireplace, bedroom and full bath. Expansive rear deck and patio overlooks private back yard. Incredible opportunity for such a rare home! [Wellington Heights - $795,000]

7820 Accotink Pl

This premium property lies about 9 miles from DC, 8 miles to Crystal City and lies just off the GW Parkway for easy access to either. The half acre lot is wooded and lies in the Tauxemont Community which consists of 100 homes, most a on a half acre or larger. The community was established in 1940 and lies in a mature wooded stand of tall trees. Sidewalks and streetlights are banned which gives the community the feel of a rural village set in a forest which encourages the residents to do a lot of walking. There is a shopping center within a 10 minute walk and in the opposite direction, there is the GW Parkway bike trail which connects to bike trails throughout the DC area. One can even bike to Dulles airport from the front door. The community has its own water system which produces soft water and adds no chemicals to the water. It is fresh, chemical free water delivered to each house via the community water system. The annual payment of $500 includes the unmetered water and the fees to maintain the community.The current owner has completed many upgrades. The master bath is honey onyx, has a heated floor, glass shower with an integral steam shower, Brondell toilet seat bidet and all Grohe plumbing. The ceiling has a patterned PVC which will never need painting, and dentil crown molding. The master bedroom has a sun-room with electric shades and a beautiful two panel custom quarry tile floor. Most of the hardwood floors have been recently refinished and much of the interior has been freshly painted. A Nest thermostat was recently installed. Many of the lights in the house are controlled by motion sensors. The living room has a large skylight and has a faux tin ceiling. The wood burning fireplace is original to the living room and is an ingenious design with integral air chambers which greatly enhance the heating efficiency. The kitchen has solid maple fronts, kitchen-aid gas cook-top and dish washer. The refrigerator is a Samsung 3 compartment refrigerator. The ceiling is a genuine tin ceiling from W. F. Norman Company which has been making them since 1898. Off the kitchen is a 16 x 24 deck with a hard top (metal) which is perfect for a quiet breakfast or entertaining friends or family. The deck rests on concrete piers and was designed to be able to support a two story addition should one be needed.The property has two single bay garages--one at the north end and one at the south end. Both have garage door openers. The south garage has the feature to enable the owner to park the car and walk into the house with no steps. This is a unique property. [Tauxemont - $825,000]

8731 Bluedale St

Fabulous opportunity to build some equity. Solid and HUGE 5 true bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 level Cape on large, level corner lot. ENORMOUS basement. Mature trees, lots of perennial plantings. Needs updating but Oh the possibilities! Highly desired neighborhood with acclaimed schools. super EZ commute up the George Washington Parkway. Neighborhood pool membership available. Sold in "as-is" condition with Old Republic home warranty. [Stratford Landing - $607,500]

9020 Charles Augustine Dr

Welcome to 9020 Charles Augustine Drive in beautiful River Bend Estates in the heart of the Fort Hunt Community in Alexandria.This 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath stately French Colonial home has been lovingly updated throughout and is turn-key ready for its new owners.Sited on a level ~ acre lot, relish a gracious and traditional main living level floor plan. Enjoy a newly updated eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, a statement range hood, granite countertops, new stainless-steel appliances and breakfast bar seating. This level boasts gleaming hardwoods, a formal living room with a wood burning fireplace, a formal dining room, a cozy family room with cork flooring (with a 2nd wood burning fireplace), and a library, main level bedroom, home office or piano room. Note the easy access through two sets of beautiful French doors to the backyard, resident entry from the two-car garage (with wi-fi enable entry/exit) on the side of the residence. Enjoy a large patio directly off the kitchen and family room to take in the great outdoors and entertain graciously. Boasting 4 amply sized bedrooms on the bedroom level, all with hardwoods showcasing an updated hall bath and an updated en-suite master bath. This is a rare and wonderful feature in the residential Fort Hunt Community. Every bedroom has oversized closets highlighting the amazing storage in this residence! Huge door-accessed storage with expansion potential is showcased on this floor as well. The fully finished basement has been updated with a full bath, new flooring and highlights include; office/bedroom, abundant storage, separate laundry room and fun wall treatments. This level can be a great space for overnight guests or au pairs.The entire home has been painted inside and out, and extensive yard improvements and landscaping add to the attractive curb appeal. The lucky new owners get to enjoy over $140,000.00 of recent upgrades!Enjoy life steps away from the Potomac River, the George Washington Bike Path, Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon. Take advantage of fabulous commuting options along the river to the Pentagon, Old Town, Fort Belvoir and the District of Columbia. Many residents bike commute to work or take advantage of the 11Y express bus to Old Town and Washington DC. The Fort Hunt Community vibes like a small town in our busy metro area providing a first-class quality of life for its residents. Welcome home! [River Bend Estates - $835,000]

7813 Friars Ct

Beautiful, move-in ready, 5 bedroom, 3 full bath home in a sought after location. Plenty of shopping on Rt 1 & Fort Hunt Rd. Close to Old Towne & the GW Pkwy & bike path along the river! This one owner well maintained brick & siding home has New Roof in 2017, HVAC in 2015 (main house). Freshly painted through out, refinished hardwood floors on upper level and and new carpet on lower level. Upstairs has Light & Generous spaces in Living Rm, Dining, Kitchen, Sunroom, all 3 Bedrooms & 2 full baths. Large living room has fireplace, the Dining Room w/ Chair rail. Kitchen has updated cabinets and newer appliances. Relax and enjoy, year round, the spacious, light filled Sunroom with a view of the lush green yard, mature trees and bushes. Enjoy morning coffee with eastern exposure & all year temperature controls w/its own HVAC system. Large master bedroom has its private bath LL has a large family with gas fireplace, 2 generous bedrooms, office/library, full bath, laundry room w/W/D, sink & shelves. The attached one car garage has enough room for the car & storage! [Sherwood Forest - $650,000]

8811 Stockton Pkwy

Beautifully updated single family home near Mt. Vernon! This inviting home offers gleaming hardwood floors and plentiful natural light throughout. Fully updated kitchen complete with new cabinets, countertops and stainless appliances. Updated bathrooms & fresh paint throughout. Family Room addition features vaulted ceilings with sky lights and a gorgeous stone wood-burning fireplace. Finished basement with separate kitchenette and bathroom. Large deck overlooking the spacious fenced in yard backing to trees. Located just off of GW Parkway walking distance to the Potomac River. GW Pkwy allows for an easy drive to Old Town, Pentagon and DC. [Stratford Landing - $749,999]

1804 Whiteoaks Dr

Classic exterior with truly stunning open interior combined with gorgeous elevated 3/4 acre wooded setting just minutes from Old Town. One of the most unique and exciting opportunities in recent years! Special features include: Chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry and top of the line appliances including "Viking" cook top, gorgeous refinished hardwoods, expanded family room and main level Master suite lead to truly spectacular solarium with custom endless lap pool. Expansive glass doors from family room and pool area open to massive stone patio creating exceptional flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining. 3 Main level bedrooms and upper level private suite, basement with gas fireplace and bar. 2 car garage & gravel circle drive provides ample parking. This special property with its spa like private environment is more than just a residence. This home provides a complete lifestyle experience! [Hollindale - $949,900]

8211 Doctor Craik Ct

BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED END unit TH in a prime location! Main Level entry with brick walkway. Large renovated eat-in kitchen with bay window, Energy Star SS appliances, black galaxy granite countertops with custom backsplash, Montauk grey ceramic tile flooring in kitchen and foyer. Separate dining room with new chandelier. Separate living room has wood burning fireplace with mantle. Recessed lights throughout. All baths renovated. Gleaming hardwoods on ML. New paint throughout. UL -4 bedrooms, 2 bath. Lower level--renovated full bath, tons of storage space, walk-out to brick patio and 5 X 8 storage shed. PRIVATE back yard. NEW HWH. NEWER HVAC.Electric panel updated. 2 assigned parking spaces and plenty of guest parking. Short distance to Huntington METRO, Fort Belvoir, Pentagon, DC, NGA. Trash, snow removal,lawn care for front yard included in HOA dues. Community with pool, sport/tennis courts. MUST SEE! [Briary Farms Townhomes - $499,000]

8733 Fort Hunt Rd

Waynewood Elementary district in Plymouth Haven neighborhood, minutes to Fort Hunt Park, GWP/bike path on a half acres lot for kids & dogs. New hardwood floor in kitchen/foyer, fresh paint throughout, newly refinished & stained wood floor, Sun drenched with sky lights & large windows on all levels. Most of the house refreshed & ready for you. [Plymouth Haven - $674,990]

1503 River Farm Dr

Grand Colonial residence with a commanding street presence and quality construction. Potomac River views from the extensive multiple decks that overlook a half acre flat lot. The deck stretches from one side to the other and is nearly 1,000 square feet. Indoor and outdoor space combined amounts to almost 7,000 square feet. Blends luxurious contemporary finishes with classic architectural styling. Impressive ability to accommodate a variety of lifestyles and generations. Sweeping driveway opens to an oversized 4 car garage; obviously great for your cars but also ideal for additional storage needs. Designed to maximize the indoor and outdoor connection with multiple decks and patio space for comfortable entertaining. Generous dimensions throughout the home finished with neutral colors and most accented with crown molding, chair rail, and recessed lighting. The soaring ceilings of the two-story foyer entryway welcome guests and is illuminated by a new designer chandelier. A gourmet white kitchen built for function and flexibility; KitchenAid appliances, granite countertops, an abundance of cabinet storage, breakfast island for quick meals and center island for meal prep. Family room with beamed ceilings, custom built-in shelves, and cabinets, and a wood burning fireplace adjoins the kitchen and flows into the living. Living and dining rooms are versatile settings for more formal occasions or just a casual dinner party. Extend those dinner party conversations to the bonus rooms found on this level; second family room with wood burning fireplace that seamlessly flows into a barroom ideal for the ending the day with a nightcap. The upper level can be accessed by a front or back staircase. Five graciously sized bedrooms on this level with plush carpeting, high ceilings, and four with ensuite bathrooms. Master with access to its own private deck, and boast two walk-in closets, two separate vanities, two commodes, and separate shower room for added privacy. Master bedroom features a programmable thermostat that controls all three HVAC zones on the level essential for ideal comfort throughout. Laundry on bedroom level for added convenience. Walkout lower level is completely finished and presents large rec/games rooms areas, the homes 6th bedroom, a full bath, and ~hobby~ room or office. Sliding glass doors on the lower level bring in natural light and lead to the patio. Located less than 100 yards to the Mount Vernon Trail and Potomac River.~ mile to popular Fort Hunt Park to enjoy ball fields, trails, pavilions or visiting the National Horse Stables. Quick drive to Fort Belvoir, Old Town or Mount Vernon Estate. View across the river, which is especially noticeable in the fall/winter season, will never be obstructed since it is a government park; Piscataway National Park. [River Bend Estates - $1,250,000]

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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About your buyer’s agent

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For answers to the questions call (703)765-0300 or read more.

Did you know your Nesbitt Realty agent can save you THOUSANDS?

“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.”

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

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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.
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The MLS is a database of homes listed for sale.

A Nesbitt Realty Realtor will be well acquainted with the important things buyers want to know about your property’s neighborhood. When it comes to selling your home, a Realtor will save you time and aggravation. We will get your home on the market instantly with the MLS. When an offer comes in on your property, our Realtor will help structure the deal to maximize your proceeds. He or she will guide you through the mounds of paperwork.

Nesbitt Realty pays for all advertising, schedules all open houses and makes sure potential buyers are qualified. The money they can save you is often more than the cost of our commissions.

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Learn more about what we do and the services we provide.

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Finding the perfect fit

Rental hunting can be a frustrating and daunting task. Finding the perfect property that suits both your lifestyle needs and budget can be difficult. The sheer number and variety of choices can be overwhelming, especially for first time renters. There are, however, three simple steps to narrowing down your choices.

Step One: Set a realistic budget and stick to it.

Step Two: Discuss your needs and requirements with an agent who will then be able to locate and research suitable properties. Be clear about what you are looking for. Does the property need to be near a metro, do you have pets, do you want to be in a particular neighborhood? These are all things your agent needs to know is they are going to find the perfect property for you.

Step Three: Allow your agent to help you make comparisons and advise you on which properties best suit your needs.

A rental agent costs the renter nothing but their guidance can be invaluable when it comes to finding a property that works for you.   Learn more about Rental Agents.

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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

1212 Olde Towne Rd

This stunning NEW Construction Colonial is in the Belle View section of Alexandria. **** ENERGY STAR RATED HOME BRONZE MEDAL WINNER****ALL PERMITS COMPLETED and FINAL with FAIRFAX COUNTY Admire the curb appeal of mature landscaping & the front elevation. Open Concept home has 9~ ceilings & HW Acacia floors in the public rooms. TheLiving Room enjoys natural light from 3 transomed FrenchDoors. The Gourmet kitchen is the heart of this home with Grey base cabinets & the Island topped with Quartz. White upper cabinets are complemented by Stainless appliances &decorator fixtures. The adjacent dining area is reminiscent of the colonial ~Keeping Room~ & has access to the wraparound back deck. A large mud room w/ plentiful storage leads into the Kitchen from the side door. A ML bedroom with full bath as well as a powder room complete the first floor. Upstairs the spacious hallway has access to the upper porch. The Master has a WI Closet & En-suite bath with Encaustic tile floor & Vintage 1930~s restored soaking tub. 2 Add~l Bedrooms share a 3rd full bath w/ laundry on the bedroom level. Enjoy this historic location with easy access to GW Pkwy, 495, Old Town Alexandria, DC & MD OPEN OPEN HOUSE SUN 1-4PM 8/25/2019*****FRESHLY PAINTED**** [New Alexandria - $975,000]

1114 Woodcliff Dr

One level living at its finest! 4 Bed/4 Bath home with finished basement nicely situated on a private and lush half acre lot. Special features include: huge light filled main level master suite with vaulted ceiling and luxurious bath, hardwoods in main level, bright kitchen with vaulted ceiling and skylights overlooks family room surrounded by windows, finished basement has fireplace, bedroom and full bath. Expansive rear deck and patio overlooks private back yard. Incredible opportunity for such a rare home! [Wellington Heights - $795,000]

6021 Woodmont Rd

Elegant New Orleans style home on a unique lot, originally created from adjoining neighbors making room for their friend! * Custom built using antique bricks, characteristic of the colonial style in Belle Haven. * As owner is a master gardener, the garden is resplendent with mature boxwoods, yews, roses, camellias and perennials with a majestic magnolia front and center. * Attached brick garden shed has generous custom shelving and storage. * Gleaming hardwood floors, designer window treatments, spectacular lighting and chandeliers, dentil, crown moldings, and New Orleans railings create an enchanting ambiance within. * Inviting Kitchen has eat-in peninsula for cozy gatherings over wine or coffee. * Neutral white cabinets are complemented by brand new stainless steel appliances and Corian counters. * Immense, sun-filled Living Room boasts a custom built wall of shelves to display collections, photos and mementos. * Divine Dining Room with upscale, custom wall covering invites hours of entertaining pleasure. (Chandelier will not convey) * Two large Master Bedrooms, 2 more generous BR's, currently used as a Dressing Room and Sitting Room, plus a Library with a wall of custom book/display shelves. * Spacious Family Room has gas fireplace with grand hearth and mantel for showcasing works of art. * Massive and versatile Laundry Room/Craft Room/Exercise Room/Mud Room has front load washer/dryer, bountiful storage and its own Powder Room and French door garage entry. * The over-sized side-loading 2 car garage has a mahogany stained wood ceiling, and attic for additional storage. * Private, fenced back yard with a slate terrace to enjoy nature away from the hustle and bustle. * Recent improvements include: New roof (beautiful slate look - architectural shingles), gutters, downspouts, and exterior painting. * Close to shopping and restaurants - minutes to Old Town, Amazon HQ2, the Pentagon, and DC to the north or Fort Belvoir to the south. * Rte. 495 Capital Beltway interchange is one light away! [Belle Haven - $899,000]

2204 Foresthill Rd

Rare 2013/2014 built stately colonial in Belle Haven! Welcome home via the sidewalk lined street and incredible curb appeal on this 10,000 square foot flat lot! Its modern meets traditional as the main level offers 10 foot ceilings, colonial and craftsmen style moldings, and an open concept kitchen/breakfast/family room along with formal living and dining rooms, main level office, and mudroom. Exterior offers welcoming flagstone walkway, covered porch, and patio. Lower Level is an entertainers dream with wet bar, theatre room, game room, and fireplace. Each of the 6 bedrooms has its own en-suite bath and there is bedroom level laundry! [Belle Haven - $1,998,000]

6631 Wakefield Dr #211

Lovely, welcoming living space w/ expansive windows embracing natural light & relaxing VIEWS of trees & landscaped grounds, beautiful updated bath, newer wood flooring, spacious bedroom w/ large closet, & much more! Abundant amenities feature basketball courts, beauty salon, bike trail, exercise room, jogging/walking path, swimming pool, tennis courts, etc! EXCEPTIONAL location near Potomac River & Old Town Alexandria. Shopping, dining & entertainment conveniently close! [River Towers - $186,900]

7305 Fort Hunt Rd

Enjoy celebrating life in this completely updated home located south of Old Town Alexandria near the Potomac River and GW Parkway with an unbelievable outside terrace designed with grilling stations, bar area seating eight, fireplace, fountain, and outdoor living spaces maximized. Owners have entertained 150 guests on numerous occasions. The welcoming double door entry foyer with tile flooring and open four column features start this home~s social flow as the attached floor plan illustrates. The traditional colonial living room with wood burning fireplace and formal mantel is on the left with a separate dining room to the right, transcending into the travertine gourmet kitchen with island and huge bright family room with cathedral beamed ceiling, two ceiling fans, four skylights with shades, built-ins, wine refrigerator, and a wall of travertine presenting the fireplace with hearth and custom mantel. Everything this home has to offer is a mouth dropping surprise with over $500K in renovations! Designer paint, high-end tile selections, custom molding trim everywhere, and stunning bathrooms will delight all that enter this warm welcoming home! Upper level has four bedrooms, in which master bedroom envelopes one of those bedrooms as a private suite, thus offering three oversized bedrooms. Three zoned HVAC with germicidal light air cleaner, new windows and new roof convert to cost savings for new owners! Extras include cedar closet, walk-in attic with pull down stairs, 4 zone sprinkler system, drip system, drainage system, custom wood blinds, wood floors, closet systems~MUST SEE FOR YOURSELF!!! [Villamay - $898,000]

7401 Park Terrace Dr

Stunning all Brick Rambler with hard wood floors. 4 big bedroom 3 full baths. 2 Gas Fire Places Family Room & walk-out basement to a beautiful landscaped back yard with sprinkler system. New Pella Windows. Gas furnace. All 3 bath have been remodeled. Easy Commute Fort Belvoir, Old Town, Crystal City, Pentagon, plenty Shopping. View of Potomac River on deck off kitchen. [Villamay - $967,900]

7508 Park Terrace Dr

Classic and Elegant, this quality colonial (they don't make them this well anymore)- with oversized 2 car garage - is nestled bordering the Villamay community. Custom built, meticulously maintained, and boasting over 3000 finished square feet, this home is perfect for entertaining. This home has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 3 finished levels. Marble entry. Beautiful Golden Oak Hardwood floors on 2 levels. Spacious Living Room with wood burning fireplace is loaded with windows overlooking the beautiful yard. Separate Dining Room. Sunny remodeled kitchen with breakfast area and island. Plenty of cabinets too!2 main level bedrooms/office/den with custom built-in cabinets. Remodeled full bath on main level. The beautiful hardwood continues to the Upper level. Masterbedroom is spacious with a remodeled bath that includes a non slip ceramic tile floor. 2 more bedrooms plus a 3rd full remodeled bath. Walk in storage area accessed through bedroom 3. Lower level is a full walk out Large Rec Room with wood burning fireplace and exercise area. Huge storage area. 2 Car garage is oversized with a work bench area. Updates: New windows 2006, Roof-gutters and gutter guards 2006, HVAC 2010 The yard is flat and the lanscaped beds are full of perenial's, fruit trees and more. The rear gate leads to a 17 acre Fairfax County Park - Gilbert S. McCutcheon Park. Easy access to many commuting options. 12 Miles to Washington DC ** 6 miles to MGM/National Harbor**Jog and bike the trails along the George Washington Parkway****Take advantage of this summer time bargain! [Villamay - $899,900]

6909 Andover Dr

Sunny, bright and larger than it looks! Over 3000 sq ft of living space with gleaming hardwood floors, updated kitchen, 4 bedrooms on main level, bonus sun room and screened in porch. Gleaming kitchen with granite and 42 in cabinet. Envious lower level with oversized laundry room, cozy family room with plush carpet, wood burning fireplace, and builts ins, workshop, 5th bedroom and full bath. Easy access rear entry 2 car garage. Generous slate patio overlooks private and lush landscaped yard. Fantastic neighborhood. A must see! [Westgrove - $824,900]

2306 Beacon Hill Rd

FULLY RENOVATED HOUSE ON LARGE FLAT YARD, ALMOST FULLY GUTTED WITH MANY EXTRA UPGRADES, THAT INCLUDE NEW INSULATION NEW DRY WALL IN MANY AREAS, BRAND NEW KITCHEN WITH ALL NEW APPLIANCES, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS NEW CABINETS, CERAMIC FLOORING,COMPLETED RENOVATED BATHROOMS, NEW DECK, REAR CONCRETE PATIO, ALL DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS RECEDING LIGHTS WITH ALL OUTLETS REPLACED, BEAUTIFUL REFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORS, AND MANY MORE UPGRADES, THANK YOU FOR SHOWING. [Jackson Hall - $599,000]

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.

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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.

Buying your own home is on most people’s bucket list, but there are times when renting might be the better choice.

Try Before You Buy

If you are not sure that a neighborhood is really right for you, or if you need time to assess an area before making a long term commitment, then your best option is trying before buying. If that is the case, then renting may be an excellent option for you. Renting gives you the opportunity to see if a neighborhood lives up to your expectations and suits your needs before you buy. For example, you can sign a one-year lease for a two-bedroom condo in Shirlington, with the option to extend the lease if you like the neighborhood.  If you do not like it, for example, a four-bedroom, two-story house in Lorton is more your style, then you have the option of relocating.

Pay as You Go

Many Americans live from paycheck to paycheck and renting a property can help you draw up a realistic budget and live within your means. Before signing a lease, you know what your rent will be and you can work this amount into your monthly budget. When you do your calculations, remember that you will need to pay a security deposit upfront and the rate depends on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, your property manager may only charge one month’s rent. On the other hand, if you have a poor credit score your security deposit could be two months rent. Keep in mind that the security deposit is refundable if you meet the requirements of the move out inspection. Because rent is a fixed monthly cost, you will know exactly what portion of your income to allocate to rent and what portion remains for bills and other necessities. If you are realistic about the property you can afford to rent, then you will have money left over each month for fun expenditures, nightlife and personal hobbies.

Short-Term Commitment

Not sure if as a Washington DC commuting GS-5 you want to live in Northern Virginia? Do you dream of relocating to California and exploring Napa Valley, Los Angeles, and San Francisco? Are you an active duty member of the military with no idea of where your next assignment may take you? There are many reasons why people do not want to make a long term property commitment and renting means that you will not be tied down and makes it easier to move at a moment’s notice. Or perhaps, you simply have no interest in the responsibility of becoming a homeowner? Then renting, as opposed to buying, could be the right choice for you. As a renter, you will not have to worry about footing the bill to repair a leaky roof, paying monthly condo fees, or paying for garden services to pick up the leaves from your Mount Vernon home. Renting a property can enable you to live the lifestyle you want without the responsibility and financial commitment of owning your own home.

Build Your Credit and Save for a Downpayment

Buying a house is a huge financial commitment. It is usually the biggest single purchase most people make in their lives. Renting a property and being a responsible tenant can help you achieve your ultimate goal of owning your own home. Paying your rent on time is an excellent way to build your credit score and  show lenders that you are capable of managing your money responsibly. If you are realistic about the rent you can afford, and you are frugal with your money, you can build up your savings for buying a house in the future. Renting will also make you aware of the true costs of owning a property and prepare you for the financial commitment and accountability of home ownership.

Roommates

Not everyone wants to live alone and sharing a house with friends can be fun and lead to priceless memories, but it also has the added advantage of being cheaper than going solo. However, it is worth remembering that choosing good roommates may be challenging. Just because you are good friends does not mean that you will be good roommates. This is an important piece of advice as nobody is perfect, and some of your friends may have annoying habits that you simply will not be able to live with, so think  carefully before asking someone to move in with you.

There are many different neighborhoods in Northern Virginia that will meet your specific requirements for a neighborhood such as easy access to the metro, a main street vibe, or proximity to good school, and your needs in a property, like a certain architectural style, luxury features, and affordability.  With so many options to choose from it is worth asking an experienced Nesbitt Realty Realtor, like Stuart Nesbitt, who will help you find the perfect rental property.

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