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

7820 Accotink Pl

Beautiful single family home offering one level living 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 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. Termite bond till March 2021 [Tauxemont - $699,000]

1608 Lafayette Dr

Lovingly remodeled and expanded Hollin Hall one level home, seated on a flat fenced in lot, just steps from the neighborhood pool and park - Mt Vernon Park Association. This 3 bedroom/2 bath home features a remodeled kitchen, living room, family room with brick fireplace, spacious laundry area, and large attic for extra storage. Walking out to the back yard you will find an expansive ground level deck. The shed offers excess storage while allowing plenty of room for outdoor activities. The current owners have made several improvements since 2014 to include - remodeled bathroom with marble and ceramic tile, new kitchen stainless steel appliances, new water heater, refinished hardwood floors, new carpet in family room, new tile flooring in laundry/mudroom area, upgraded light fixtures throughout with new recessed lights in ceiling, Nest Smart Thermostat and CO detector, new Anderson front storm door and rear sliding door with built in blinds, new shutters, new door hardware, and vent covers. This is the best priced home in Waynewood ES district! [Hollin Hall Village - $574,900]

819 Eden Ct

Exceptional home, beautifully renovated in desirable Waynewood community! Gorgeous .31 acre yard on private cul-de-sac setting along GW bike path and river! Enjoy open flowing light-filled rooms with gleaming hardwood floors, gracious living room has gas fireplace, custom wainscoting plus contemporary chandelier highlight the dining room. French doors lead to inviting sunroom/breakfast room overlooking glorious yard and slate patio. Kitchen sparkles with granite counters, designer cabinetry and stainless appliances. Upper levels include 4 generous sized bedrooms, expanded renovated baths plus huge walk up attic for all your storage needs! Walkout lower level includes family room, half bath, laundry/utility plus one car garage and expanded (2 car) stamped concrete driveway. New architectural shingle roof 2019, furnace, water heater and windows replaced 2013. Coveted location near George Washington trail, scenic river and parks! Waynewood Elementary School and a WW pool membership is available! Huntington Metro and 11Y community bus service offer an easy commute. Convenient to Old Town Alexandria restaurants and shops, downtown DC, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir or Amazon's new headquarters! Don't miss this special home! View virtual tour at https://tours.linenandlens.com/public/vtour/full/1553116/ [Waynewood - $899,900]

8605 Lombardy Ln

Welcome to this beautiful four-bedroom colonial situated on a half-acre private wooded lot located on George Washington~s original River Farm. Stratford Landing Elementary and Carl Sandburg Middle are under a mile away and the Riverside Gardens Swim & Tennis Club is just around the corner. All walkable from this home in a quiet cul-de-sac. Enter the front door from a custom slate and brick front porch with an expansive portico, keeping you dry on rainy days. Step into the foyer with wainscoting and onto solid maple floors throughout the main floor. The open kitchen / family room combination is bright with natural light, and the open feel is further enhanced with French doors that flow into the formal living room with Mahogany built-in bookcases. The family room has a gas fireplace. Enjoy the large screened-in porch accessed from the family room and a view of the inviting back yard.The dining room is conveniently off the kitchen. A central half bath completes the first-floor layout.Upstairs you will find 4 generous bedrooms. The Master suite includes the master bath and a walk-in closet with Birdseye maple cabinets. Upper level laundry. The finished basement has abundant bright recessed lights throughout and offers two separate entertainment areas. A set of glass French doors opens to a wide stairway leading into the back yard, the wide stairway covered by a custom clear roof structure. The basement also includes storage areas and roughed-in full bathroom space.Outside, you will find an area to relax by the firepit and an inviting level yard for outdoor activities. Storage shed conveys. The 2-car garage has 220V service for car charger or workshop, and a doorway leading into the kitchen for easy grocery transfer. Pull-down stairs to floored attic over the garage.Just minutes to the picturesque George Washington Memorial Parkway between Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. Enjoy the trails and picnic areas along the Potomac River and in nearby Fort Hunt Park where Fairfax County presents free summer concerts and events. [Alexandria - $849,900]

2016 Hoover Ln

Stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Colonial home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the much sought-after Fort Hunt/Stratford on the Potomac area! As you drive up, you'll notice the professional landscaping & enlarged driveway for two cars with carport. Upon entering this home, you'll first notice the beautiful hardwood floors & sunlight throughout. A private work from home office or reading room is to your left. An addition added in 2011 provides for an enlarged living room and a sunroom extension - an additional 300 square feet to the original design. The oversized living room has vaulted ceilings, skylights, & a gas fireplace, and is perfect for entertaining year-round. From the main living room, you can also escape to the new glass-enclosed sunroom to watch TV, listen to your favorite music, and/or relax in the hot tub after a long day. The sunroom also has a separate temperature system, open skylights, and beautiful custom tile. It's a true $100K addition and done exceptionally well. The first floor continues to have much to offer and boast an inviting kitchen with bar style sitting area, and a spacious dining room. Upstairs there are 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master bedroom has a sizable walk-in closet, as well as its own private full bath. The other three bedrooms all can be used for a growing household, extra guest rooms, and/or could easily be used as 2nd home office. The downstairs walkout basement is a warm and cozy family game room with new carpet and a bathroom with shower. It is perfect for a media room with pre-wiring for surround sound speakers. Just add your big screen TV & audio receiver! A large storage/laundry area includes a second refrigerator and a high-end energy efficient pedestal washer & dryer that are included. Lastly, you"ll notice the fenced-in backyard with privacy trees and patio. Great to end the day relaxing in the summer and enjoying the breeze and the trees! Recent upgrades include: refinished upstairs floors, new carpet downstairs, fresh paint throughout most of the home, and updated HVAC in 2019. You are just a short distance from both Fort Hunt Elementary School and Carl Sandburg Middle School, and just minutes to the GW Parkway, Old Town, Rt. 1, Mount Vernon and the Potomac River. [Stratford On the Potomac - $785,000]

8614 Cushman Pl

Stunning home in highly sought after Waynewood. Recently renovated, open concept home in the heart of Waynewood with over 3,000ft~ of finished living space. Hardwood floors, granite countertops, glass backsplash, SS french door refrigerator, SS five burner gas range, SS dishwasher, sun-room, wood burning fireplace, spacious yard with picket fence, color-matched shed, New England paver patio, finished basement, and large laundry room. Guest bedroom has attached bathroom. Large master suite with extra-large master bathroom and walk in closets. Split HVAC system for upper living areas. Entire home has LED bulbs and keyless entry with a smart thermostat. Only two blocks from the pool and playground. Less than four blocks from top rated elementary and middle schools. Family-friendly neighborhood on a quiet street. Holiday events in the neighborhood. Many commuting options (GW parkway, route 1, Huntington metro station, 11Y metro bus). [Waynewood - $925,000]

2306 Wittington Blvd

Charming turn key colonial nestled on spacious corner lot in highly sought after Fort Hunt. Meticulously maintained and renovated ready for you to move right in. Exquisite kitchen with high end Smart appliances, quartz countertops and finishes. Spacious open concept floor plan with large great room addition perfect for entertaining. Private fenced in backyard oasis with screened in porch and new composite deck. Refinished hardwood floors flow throughout the main and upstairs levels. Four ample sized bedrooms including large master bedroom. Fully finished basement. Spacious professionally finished two car garage and oversized driveway makes entertaining a breeze. Excellent location just minutes from the Potomac River, Fort Hunt Park, Mount Vernon and the GW Parkway! Minutes from neighborhood community pool* and Little Hunting Creek! *Pool membership not provided. [Stratford Landing - $799,900]

8516 Doyle Dr

Totally renovated from top to bottom! Must see to appreciate. Wide-open kitchen allows light from front and rear of home. Elegant marble counters with impressive bar/eat-in counter. Open floor-plan boasts interesting views inside the home. This unique floor-plan has flexibility for either a family-room or bonus first-floor bedroom or au-paire suite. First floor bedroom has separate entrance. Brand-new never-used refrigerator, disposer, washer, dryer, stove, dishwasher. New bathrooms with marble and porcelain finishes. Newly installed vanities, tub and shower. Gleaming wood floors upstairs and durable ceramic floors in kitchen and baths. Plenty of storage space in the carport. Large lot with huge backyard. Curbed sidewalk and fresh landscaping. Great Waynewood schools on quiet street near GW Parkway and Collingwood Rd. [Collingwood On the Potomac - $699,999]

8012 Bainbridge Rd

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 - $989,000]

8401 Riverside Rd

Check out the 3D tour! You feel as if you are there walking through the home. Also available for regular showings but schedule on line to manage. Please use wipes and remove shoes. Stay healthy! Welcome in and feel right at home. Follow the wood floors throughout the main level and into the open and updated kitchen with granite countertops, loads of cabinets, an endless amount of countertop space and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen opens to the sunroom/dining room addition with tall ceilings and large windows that flood the room with natural sunlight! Entertain in the screened porch and the deck overlooking the fully fenced backyard. Master bedroom is expanded and contains a walk in closet. Find yourself in the bright and open lower level that is filled with entertainment space, 2 bedrooms and a large laundry/storage room. New luxury plank flooring, carpet in bedrooms and fresh paint throughout the entire house. Lower level contains 2 doors to the outside. 1 with easy access to the driveway. All of this plus 2 new HVAC systems replaced in 2019, an ideal commute to DC, Old Town, Reagan National Airpot, the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, trails along the Potomac River, GW Parkway and so much more! [Collingwood - $635,000]

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:

For a first-time home buyer, one of the most difficult things to do is to just start the process? What does one actually do to buy a home? We’ve prepared this short list of links to help you begin your home buying quest

  • Affordability Calculator — How much home can you afford? The affordability will help you determine what your price range.
  • Buyers Tips — Simple and effective tips for shopping homes.
  • Closing Cost Estimator — What are closing costs? How much do you have to pay?
  • Guide to Northern Virginia — All about the neighborhoods and communities of Northern VA
  • Map Search — Our map-based search is one of the best in the business.
  • Mortgage Calculator — Once you’ve identified a property plug the price into the calculator to see how much the purchase will cost on a monthly basis.

Learn more about how a Nesbitt Realty buyer’s agent can help you.

“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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National Association of Realtors

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.
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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We appreciate the opportunity to serve your needs

Nesbitt Realty takes property management very seriously. Our agents and full-time staff are in the property management business, and we meet weekly to stay abreast of industry changes and to home in on our best practices in property management.

Nesbitt Realty is a family business that strives for excellence in real estate. You may be certain that we work hard in analyzing the best possible solution to maximize our landlord’s return on investment. We strive earnestly to meet the requirements of  the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act, the demands of the tenant, and the needs of the landlord. Call us to today to learn more about what makes us different from other property managers.

We serve most of Northern Virginia and we also have offices across the area. We manage single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums.

Read more about property management service.

How can we help achieve your real estate goals? Speak to an agent today to find out how. 


Renting is an excellent way to get some firsthand experience in a neighborhood. Renting may let you sign a one-year lease, say in a Shirlington two,-bedroom condo for example, with the option to continue, if you like the neighborhood. An advantage of this is you can test the waters to see if you really love the features of this neighborhood or not. If you do not like where you are, for example, if the four-bedroom, two-story home in Lorton is not your style, you may relocate to another place.

Pay as You Go

Many Americans live from paycheck to paycheck. Upfront, you will have a security deposit with a rate that depends on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, your property manager may only charge one month’s rent, for a security deposit. On the other hand, if you have a poor credit score, your property manager may charge two months’ rent for a security deposit. After this initial fee (which may be refunded if you meet the requirements like passing the move out inspection), it is a comforting feeling to know that after a chunk of your paycheck is put into your monthly rent, there’s a good portion of it left for bills, necessities, and fun expenditures, like neighborhood nightlife, or personal hobbies.

Short-Term Commitment & Little Investment

Not sure if you want to stay in Northern Virginia as a Washington DC commuting GS-5? Do you have plans of living in California and seeing Napa Valley, Los Angeles, and San Francisco firsthand? Are you active duty military with upcoming orders for a new assignment, with no interest in the responsibility of becoming a homeowner? If so, these questions may make you lean towards renting, as opposed to buying. It is nice to know that as a renter, you would not have to concern yourself about footing the bill for a repair on a roof that is falling apart, paying a monthly a condo fee (that could range anywhere from $150-$700), or paying the bill for a lawn service to pick up the leaves from your $1,000,000 Mount Vernon home in fall. Overall, renting may be cheaper up front, but it is not for everyone. Also, who says you simply cannot purchase a property at a later date?

Build Your Credit While You Sock Away Savings for a Down Payment

Paying your bills on time is an excellent way to build your credit score, and to show lenders that you know how to manage your money. If you are frugal, you can take a chip off each pay check, to build up a savings for buying a home in the future. The return on applying your savings to the purchase of the home of your dreams can be exponential. For those with an eye on the future, being a responsible tenant can prepare you financially and teach you the accountability necessary for home ownership.


Spending time with friends can make for priceless memories. Living together can be fun and slightly cheaper than going solo. The process of getting a group of friends together to rent out a property may be very rewarding and challenging. A Nesbitt Realty Realtor, like Stuart Nesbitt, is capable of making the later stages of finding and renting a property simple. There are many different neighborhoods in Northern Virginia to choose from, that can fit your specific needs such as:

  1. being metro accessible,
  2. having a main street,
  3. being near a good school,
  4. being luxurious,
  5. being of a certain type of building style [e.g. high-rise or garden style, for example],
  6. being affordable,
  7. or even being off the beaten path.



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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

6621 Wakefield Dr #510

An absolute treasure! Rarely available 1 bedroom condo WITH BALCONY! This pristine condo has been meticulously and fully renovated throughout; new paint, carpet in bedroom,~luxury wood vinyl flooring, and recessed lights. Gourmet kitchen comes equipped with new granite countertops,~back splash and beautiful white soft-closed cabinets, new stainless steel appliances and 5 burner gas stove top. The large pantry has built-in pull out shelves providing ample storage space as well as under counter double trash bins for your easy convenience. Entry way closet, linen closet, bedroom closet and large walk-in closet in living room provides an abundance of space. The fully remodeled bathroom has floor to ceiling ceramic tile.~The rarely available balcony is the perfect get-away to relax and enjoy your favorite beverage and tranquil space overlooking parkland and amazing views. River Towers is just two miles from South Old Town tucked away among 26 beautiful park-like acres of private land; only blocks away are: Mount Vernon Recreational Center, Martha Washington Library and Belle View shopping center with grocery store, wine store, restaurants and a dog park & so much more. River Towers is an amenity rich community with: Rooftop Terrace overlooking river views, Picnic Grove and Grills, Pool, Basketball Court, Tennis Courts, Exercise room, Playground, Garden Plots and Party Room. Ronald Reagan Airport is 2.5 miles from Huntington Metro station with a direct bus to the metro. ALL UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED in Condo fee (except cable and phone) Do yourself a favor and put this one at the top of your list~.You won~t be disappointed!~~ [River Towers - $200,000]

6718 Swarthmore Dr

This beautifully renovated (top to bottom) cape has it all! Wonderful wide plank hardwoods welcome you home and run throughout the home, other than the bathrooms and mudroom that boast amazing tile finishes. Large master suite with a sitting/office area, walk in closet and double vanity en-suite master bath. Open kitchen expanded with special touches like built in pantry/pot filler (over the stove) and wine fridge, sure to be a gathering place. Kitchen is open to the family room with views to the back yard. Whether playing or gardening in the back yard the mudroom is the perfect place to toss dirty clothes, wash up tools, pets and kids vs tracking that through the house! Upstairs you will find two additional bedrooms with fun nooks and a gorgeous bathroom. One of the two upper bedrooms is so large two could easily share (4 have shared it in the past). From the siding, to the floors, paint and tile it is all new, fresh and clean. Detached extra large one car garage could be used for cars, wood working, man cave or she shed and no need to fight if the last two sound best there is a large shed that also has electric. Walk or drive to the library, rec center, Belle View shopping center, Belle View Elementary, West Potomac, parks and so much more. Close to everything GW parkway, Old Town, National Harbor, 495, DC and public transit. This house has it all in a community that has it all! Don't miss out on this spectacular home. [Bucknell Manor - $664,000]

6510 Potomac Ave #C1

Light filled 2Br 1Bth featuring a updated kitchen & bath. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, upgraded cabinetry in the kitchen & bath. Kitchen boosts a bar for entertaining. Walking distance to restaurants & shopping. Minutes from the Pentagon & Fort Belvoir. Easy access to the Mount Vernon Trail & George Washington Parkway. Community amenities included: pool, tennis courts & basketball courts. [Belle View - $285,000]

7202 Regent Dr

Situated on a tranquil street on 1/3 acre lot in Villamay is this 4 bedroom, 3 full bath rambler. This home boasts more than $50,000 in upgrades and renovations in 2018, which includes a new kitchen with Corian counters, energy star stainless steel appliances, new sink, new lighting, new hardwood floors, new island opening into the dining room. Throughout are new hardwoods (upper level), carpet (lower level) and paint both levels. New HVAC with Aprilaire humidifier, and electrical upgraded to 200 AMP service with circuit breakers. In 2017, the main and lower level bathrooms were re-glazed with new flooring; exterior repainted and shutters replaced. Nestled off the G.W. Parkway between Old Town Alexandria and Mt. Vernon, near Belle Haven Country Club with walking\biking trails nearby. A warm and welcoming community convenient to shops, routes 1, 495, 395 and points in MD. NO MORE SHOWINGS, NOW UNDER CONTRACT [Villamay - $819,000]

7121 Marine Dr

Now Available for Lease/Purchase w/delayed settlement at $3,900/month- Call for Details. Minutes to GW Parkway and Old Town Alexandria, Captivating, All-Brick, Custom-built for former 8th District U.S. Congressman Stan Parris*Designed for entertaining*Volume Ceilings, Skylights & Decorative Mouldings*Sparkling Hardwoods*Expansive Formal Rooms*Breezy/Bright Sunroom*Cozy Den/Ofc. w/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 w/ 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 - $995,000]

2105 Windsor Rd

Welcome to the wonderful neighborhood of Belle Haven in Alexandria. Charming on the outside, it is MUCH bigger on the inside! (Video tour available here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/403388554) Every inch of this 1952 home has been renovated, including bringing the previously unfinished attic to life with the addition of 2 spacious Bedrooms, a Full Bath, and an open, sun-filled space for study or play. The home now features 4 Bedrooms and 3.5 all new Bathrooms, with your Master Suite conveniently located on the main floor. The 4th Bedroom, also en suite and on the main level, would be perfect for guests, a family room, home office, or even a home gym. The expansive Kitchen makes a quiet statement with GE Profile appliances, soft close cabinets, granite countertops with a breakfast bar that could easily double as a buffet service to the adjacent dining space. Because we will have dinner parties again. The floor plan is both open and traditional, making it uniquely suited for a wide variety of households. Outside you will find mature trees, flowering shrubs, original flagstone path, a lovely front porch with extended patio, another patio in back with just enough yard for things that love to run. Belle Haven is located just outside the 495 Beltway, south of Old Town Alexandria, and a stone's throw from the GW Memorial Parkway. You will be less than a quarter mile to the nearest bus stop, not quite 2 miles to the Huntington Metro, and under 15 minutes by car to Reagan National Airport. No HOA, but an active and welcoming civic association with optional membership. NOTE: County Tax Records do not yet reflect the increased finished square footage and the added Bedrooms and Bathrooms. IMPORTANT: Showings by appointment for pre-approved Buyers only. During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency, we must insist that children and extended family members not attend showings. Call the Listing Agent with any questions or concerns. [Belle Haven - $999,000]

1908 Joliette Ct

WONDERFUL PROPERTY AT AN UNBEATABLE PRICE IN QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD! Newly updated! All new kitchen appliances and upgrades. Refinished HW floors throughout. Freshly painted throughout. Cul de sac. Large bedrooms. All bathrooms updated. Finished basement. Storage space galore. Fenced backyard. Commuter's dream. Metro nearby.***CORONA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS FOR SHOWINGS....PLEASE READ AND HEED: These preventative measures shall be taken to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus during showings of this property as well as any other CDC guidance. Showing Realtors are responsible for advising their clients and supplying all showing materials including, yet not limited to: gloves, masks, booties, hand-sanitizer for all persons entering this property. Avoid touching anything inside the property that can be avoided (e.g., all closets and cabinets are empty and in good condition, etc.). Please do not run any water or use any toilets. Only one showing group may be within the property at any one time and cannot exceed 5 people.The CDC urges individuals to take these measures to protect themselves and others:Prior to entering this property, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Practice social distancing by staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.Stay home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptom.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.Additionally, to help prevent the continued spread of coronavirus, on March 15, 2020, the CDC recommended that for the next 8 weeks, all in-person events consisting of 50 or more people, such as conferences and assemblies, be cancelled, postponed or modified to virtual events(link is external). On March 16, 2020, President Trump announced new guidelines, advising that individuals avoid groups of more than 10 people for the next 15 days. Avoiding these in-person gatherings is an effective measure that will reduce your risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus. [Hollin Glen - $749,900]

6418 Cygnet Dr

This home sits quietly as the last house on the street before the back side of Four Mile Run Park. (See the Google Maps picture in the photos) There is a fully functioning Inlaw suite with its own bathroom, kitchen, washer/dryer and private entrance. (Or perfect for rental income/Airbnb) Nice hardwood floors, a fireplace, a den that could be a fifth bedroom. Open gourmet kitchen and dining area. Sliding glass door leads to wooden deck that steps down to a very large brick patio. There is a built in fireplace grill, and steps going up to a second patio covered with a pergola. This backyard feels secluded and can entertain as much or little as you would like. It is a short drive to Old Town Alexandria, and is in a great location to jump right onto the beltway. Shopping, restaurants, and public transportation only minutes away. [Belle Haven - $699,000]

6622 10th St #A2

To view 3D Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=h7cDEAcaSX6. Welcome Home to this rarely available, amazing 3 bedroom, first level condo with loads of updates. Enjoy the gorgeous, newer luxury vinyl tile floors throughout most of the home. Style abounds with the fresh paint, crown molding, chair rail, wainscoting, updated bathroom and replaced windows. The spacious kitchen has newer, stainless steel appliances. Enjoy entertaining in the separate dining room with amazing designer light fixture. Two of the bedrooms boast ceiling fans, and the third is spacious and makes a great guest room or office. Natural light bathes the entire space. This quiet location is only steps to the Mt Vernon Bike Trail and Potomac River & Marina. Surrounded by green space, this unit is only a few blocks to the bus and shopping center and only a few miles to the Huntington Metro, Old Town, and National Harbor. The condo fee includes water, trash, gas, and easy, unassigned parking. Extra storage and laundry room in basement accessed through adjoining entrances. [Belle View Condominiums - $299,900]

6524 Cavalier Dr

One of Largest and Most Updated Capes in Bucknell Manor. First-floor Opened up & expanded to include Kitchen, Separate Dining Room, Family Room, and Laundry Room. Can be 5 bedrooms; Set up for 4. Kitchen has Corian, Maple 42" Cabinets and Stainless Steel Appliances. Upgraded roof, windows, kitchen, baths, new carpet upstairs, fresh paint throughout. Huge shed in backyard. No Open House but all are welcome!Note most recent comp: 6723 Williams - just settled at $635,000. This house is bigger than Williams, and the additions are very well laid out for maximum usage. Note most recent comp: 6723 Williams - just settled at $635,000. This house is bigger than Williams, and the additions are very well laid out for maximum usage. Price reduced to $10,000 below most recent comp! [Bucknell Manor - $625,000]

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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