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

820 Herbert Springs Rd

Waterfront estate on the Potomac! Nearly 2 acres, w/100' of water frontage on private road. Spectacular Georgian col, renovated in 2007 w/ sweeping views of river across entire back of house. Pool w/cabana & spa, 2 story storage/boat bldg, skeleton dock & ramp. Designer kitchen & baths. 3-car garage & parking for 15+ cars for events. Unique opportunity! Easy to show!! ***MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION*** [Wellington - $4,450,000]

1603 Revere Dr

New Construction bb M & T Home Builders delivery in approximately 90 days. [Alexandria - $879,000]

833 Herbert Springs Rd

UNBELIEVABLE OPPORTUNITY --BRING YOUR BOAT! 90 FEET OF POTOMAC RIVER WATERFRONT WITH SANDY BEACH. Magnificent home featuring 7 bedrooms 6 full and 2 half baths. Expert craftmanship throughout. Well appointed rooms with exquisite details. Open kitchen & breakfast room with Carrara marble counters & backsplash, butler's pantry. Sun-drenched design with wide hallways & elegant molding. Master suite featuring large attached sitting room, double walk-in closets & attached spa bath. En-suite baths in all upper-level bedrooms. Walkout lower level with expansive great room, home theater, two guest bedrooms, huge storage room. Welcoming wraparound front porch, patio, breezeway, landscaping & 90 feet of Riverfront! VACATION AT HOME [Wellington - $1,999,900]

8405 Camden St

Ditch the sledgehammer and enjoy the home! Rare Fort Hunt home that needs nothing but you and years of worry free ownership. And(!), it's located on a quiet cul de sac just steps to the newly renovated Stratford Landing Elementary School...home of Fort Hunt's Advanced Academic Placement Program. Long-time owners have painstakingly renovated this home over the last few years to include high end finishes and seldom seen upgrades at this price. Owners almost $250K of upgrades will ensure years of worry free living. Outside: Cement board siding (2011), Andersen replacement windows (2011), new roof (2011) composite deck (2011) , expanded carport (can cover 2 cars), concrete driveway and custom patio with beautiful landscaping too! Inside: Complete kitchen remodel with white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances(2014). This dream kitchen is sure to be the center of daily life. 3(!) renovated bathrooms (yes, down to the studs) with custom tile and accents (2014). You cannot walk into this home without admiring the pride of ownership from the floored attic space to the "wine nook" under the stairs. And still, you can't beat the location! This private cul de sac is one of the few cul de sacs in Stratford on the Potomac that is "on the way home" from school Perfect for impromptu play dates and casual get togethers. Come experience one of Fort Hunt's best communities on one of it's best streets! [Stratford On the Potomac - $649,900]

8507 Loraine Ave

Priced below Assessed value and more than $150 K below it's sales price in 2007! This home is New York sophistication meets comfortable southern style! Just 14 years young, this large family home was built to welcome and impress. Gracious two story entry foyer with dramatic chandelier greets you and your guests. Photo-ready for everything from family reunion to prom photos, this staircase is the perfect entry to this almost 5,400 square foot home. Intricate crown, chair rail and casing moldings abound. Flanking the entry is a spacious office and living room. The office has sight lines to the front yard so you can receive colleagues, deliveries and guests alike. The large formal living room gives way to a light filled dining room fit for formal entertaining and large family gatherings. Family living space include a chefs kitchen with high end stainless appliances, cooktop with downdraft, double ovens and a built in refrigerator. As the heart of the home, the kitchen overlooks the adjacent family room with gas fireplace and breakfast area with access to the backyard. The dream mud room is prefect to contain daily messes, while the adjacent dare-to-dream laundry has enough space to meet all of your laundry needs. Upstairs, you will find 4 gracious bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Opulent master suite has it's own gas fireplace, separate sitting room and to-die-for walk-in closet with built-ins and an island. Your closet even has a closet for shoes and purses! Don't miss the grand master bathroom with soaking tub, dual sinks and "car-wash" shower with body sprayers and separate shower wand. Second bedroom, fit for a prince or a princess, has en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet. Downstairs, you will find a massive recreation room with two TV viewing areas (okay... you can have the pool tables and TV's too!). 5th large bedroom and adjacent full bathroom...plus storage...with built in shelves! High ceilings, fresh paint, refinished wide-plank hardwood flooring and new carpet will allow you to move in and put your mark on this home without busting your budget. Outside, you will find a low maintenance exterior with cement board siding, and a manageable yard that takes less than 20 (I promise..) minutes to mow, but has a sunny strip for a home garden and privacy for entertaining on the giant deck. The joy of this location is that there is plenty of room to play on this private cul de sac and the adjacent Stratford Landing school grounds with tennis courts and a to lot. It's like having a 16 acre estate without having to maintain it! Recently renovated, Stratford Landing Elementary is a stones throw away and the home of the advanced academic placement program for the nationally ranked West Potomac High School pyramid. 7 miles from the Huntington Metro and Old Town. 12 miles to Amazon's HQ2, and just minutes to 495, 295 and points north and south. Minutes from everything but miles from the ordinary, Fort Hunt is an enclave of single family homes adjacent to historic Mount Vernon, Fort Hunt Park and the Potomac River. You will find some of the most competitive youth athletic teams in the region amongst some of the friendliest people. Do not miss your opportunity to own this one of a kind residence in the heart of our Mayberry! [Stratford Landing - $1,097,000]

1204 Collingwood Rd

Charming home on large lot in great neighborhood convenient to Old Town and DC. Move in and renovate or build your dream house on the flat 1/2 acre lot. Current home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, updated kitchen and large semi-finished basement. Some repairs and updates needed but it is in move-in condition. The large, wide lot is shaded by old growth trees that provide privacy. The location is excellent- just off the GW Parkway, close to the Potomac River and biking/ running trails and parks. Less than 10 minute drive to Old Town Alexandria and 25 minutes to DC. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants. The 11Y bus which takes you straight into DC is only a block away. This land used to be part of George Washington's farm, and the neighborhood reflects the charm and history of the area. Showings by appointment only. Developers free to walk lot with notice. Listing agent related to seller. Sold As-Is. [None Available - $695,000]

1911 Cool Spring Dr

Come vacation from home in this wonderful 4-level split level (private master suite on the top floor), featuring lots of updates, sunny Florida room and peaceful back yard with an in-ground pool. Just .4 miles to Stratford Landing Elementary. Meticulously cared-for by long-time owners, including lots recently: paint thru-out, light switches and door handles, many lights, furnace, sump pump, hot water heater, master bath vanity/light, A/C coils, pool pump. Previously, replacement windows, siding, sun room addition. Huge floored attic w/ easy access; shed, too. Very well-maintained, but comes with an HMS warranty for further peace of mind. [Collingwood Springs - $695,000]

1913 Earldale Ct

Beautiful Ranch home with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. Over 3200 sf finished space. Light and bright foyer with hardwood floors, large living room with floor to ceiling windows and open floor plan. Doors to the wrap around deck. Open floor with a private dining room with doors to the deck as well. Updated eat-in kitchen with hardwood floors, center island and tons of cabinets and counter space. Large Family room with a fireplace open to the kitchen. The Family room has tons of natural light and built-ins. Master suite with full bath and 3 additional bedrooms. Large yard with privacy with the nature conservancy. Large deck is great for entertaining with access to the large yard. Truly a great home. [Hollindale - $759,000]

7508 Park Terrace Dr

Classic and Elegant, this beautiful colonial is nestled bordering the Villamay community. Custom built, 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 builtin 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. 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 [Wellington Heights - $934,900]

8300 Centerbrook Pl

Welcome to the stately home of 8300 Centerbrook Place, located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Manors at Mount Vernon! This home has been carefully cared for with over 3,400 square feet of living space on three levels. Enjoy fresh paint in the entry, and a formal sitting room and dining room with large bay windows. The kitchen features upgraded countertops, a large island, and eat-in dining space. It is open to the family room, which overlooks the deck, screened-in porch, and well-manicured backyard. Upstairs you will find an oversized master bedroom with attached master bath, two walk-in closets, and a jetted bathtub. There are also 3 additional bedrooms and a full bath on this upper level. Walk downstairs to a spacious recreational room and walkout access to the backyard, additional full bath, and a huge storage area. This premier community is within close proximity to schools, shopping, Fort Hunt Park, bike trails, and much more. Its prime location makes for an easy drive to the GW Parkway, D.C., Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, and new the Amazon HQ in Crystal City. [Manors At Mount Vernon - $915,000]

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.

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  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:

HOA stands for Homeowners Association, which is an organization that sets by-laws and restrictions in some neighborhoods. The fees associated with this, called homeowners fees, are usually paid annually and cover certain services and amenities associated with a neighborhood. These fees may include services such as landscaping, maintenance, and water and sewer; or amenities such as pools, fitness centers, neighborhood recreational areas, and valet parking. HOA fees usually range from $100-$1000, depending on the location of the home, and can be changed yearly.

A board of directors is usually voted in, and they decide the cost of the fees. Specific by-laws and restrictions are also associated with an HOA. These rules vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and are meant to keep your neighborhood safe and beautiful. Understanding all the by-laws and restrictions before purchasing a home is important so that you know that they are rules that you can live with.

 

Condominiums are found in all shapes, sizes, prices and types. Are you looking for a high-rise condo, a mid-rise or a garden-style condo? Maybe you'd prefer a townhouse?

The term "garden-style" condo usually refers to a condominium residence in a building that has less than three stories. Most garden-style condos have balconies or patios for each residence. Many garden-style condos have a main entrance that opens to a common-area hallway. Additional common areas include the green space and "gardens" surrounding the structures. If you're interested in garden-style condos you'll have a lot of options in Northern Virginia.

From the suburban feel of Kingstowne to the central location of Bolling Brook from the vintage charm of Belle View to the chic feel of Carlyle Square, are just some of the many Northern Virginia condominium communities we feature.


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Leasing a rental is a very serious decision which warrants a great deal of attention before a final decision is made. When choosing a rental property, renters in Northern Virginia have a variety of factors to consider including, but not limited to, price, size, location, amenities, length of stay, proximity to Metro, type of home (condo, townhouse, single-family, etc.).

A smarter renter will consider all of his/her options before making a decision to ensure that they are making the best possible decision. But the number of choices can be overwhelming. It is difficult to know that you are not missing anything. A Rental Agent can help you make sense of your options. The best part is that hiring a Rental Agent costs the renter nothing.

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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

1210 Huntly Pl

This is a beautiful family home located on a private cul de sac 1 block from the George Washington Parkway. The home has over 3000 square feet of living space. It features open concept, 4 bedrooms, and 3 full bathrooms, a living room with a vent free gas fireplace, a dining room, morning room, and a large family room with second vent free gas fireplace. The main floor has hardwood floors throughout except for tile in the bathrooms. The lower level, family and bedroom have new carpet. 500 square feet were added to the main level which includes the morning room and expansion of the kitchen, master bath, and master bedroom. Large energy efficient Anderson windows allow an abundance of light in every room with lovely views. There are Casablanca ceiling fans in each bedroom and the morning room. The kitchen features white cabinets and black granite countertops. Storage abounds in the cabinets as well as in a walk-in pantry and an additional kitchen closet. There are stainless steel appliances including double convection ovens and a six-burner gas cooktop with vent hood. The double sink is extra wide and deep. There is an additional prep sink next to the refrigerator. The master bedroom suite has 2 large walk-in closets and a 3rd entrance. The master bath has double vanities, a glass stand-alone shower, and a large jetted soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms with large closets and a full bath on the main floor. Lower level features a family room with a vent free gas fireplace, a large bedroom with a large closet, and an additional storage closet. There is a newly remodeled laundry room (Jan 2019) with white cabinets, a large butcher block folding counter, another cabinet with a deep sink and new General Electric stackable washer and dryer. A remodeled full bathroom has a glass shower and granite vanity. There is a Lennox Signature Gas Furnace and XC21 air conditioner with I-comfort touch thermostat, system factory equipped with sun source solar ready features and a new water heater all installed 2011. There is an oversized 2 car garage with an additional fridge/freezer combination. There is attic storage. The roof is less than 10 years old. The home has beautiful professional landscaping in the front and rear yards that includes garden lights and full sprinkler system. The backyard space is very private and a beautiful quiet oasis. Come take a look at this beautiful home in a lovely established neighborhood. Truly a great home!!! [Marlan Heights - $999,900]

6631 Wakefield Dr #506

Price Reduced.Fannie Mae property: Beautiful Condominium with 1 bedroom and 1 bath, freshly painted, new carpet, remodeled bathroom, kitchen with granite countertops. Easy parking. Close to bus stop, park, playground, Ready for buyer to just move in. Easy to show. Call Listing agent for any questions. Submit offer trough home path site. [River Towers - $189,900]

2105 Wakefield Ct

On a quiet cul de sac in the heart of Belle Haven, just across from historic Fort Willard Circle. At the top of the hill on the circle. Built in 1939; completely renovated and updated in 2009 with a focus on preserving the look and feel of the original Colonial Revival architecture. Four full baths, two half baths, 5 bedrooms, (4 up), 2 fireplaces. Renovation spearheaded by award-winning architect Donald Lococo. Interiors by Charleston-based Biggs Powell Interior Designs. Landscape design by Elizabeth Norman. Exterior lighting designed by Graham~s of Memphis, TN. Addition and renovation completed in 2009, including mud room, additional powder room, breakfast room and master bedroom with balcony overlooking Fort Willard Circle. Virtually all of the house renovated, including expansion of dining room, moving half-bath, adding master balcony, new master bath, new master closets, new guestroom bath, reconfigured fireplaces, remodeled basement. All new HVAC (2 systems) in last five years. New shutters, fence, and gates. Extensive new hardscaping, beautiful landscape design and elegant trellis off the breakfast room.Conveys: All appliances. All window treatments and hardware. All fixed light fixtures (Note: the mirror in the front powder room does not convey) OPEN THIS SUNDAY 1-3! [Belle Haven - $1,850,000]

6911 Clemson Dr

Now vacant allowing you to see it as a clean slate.This 5BR/3BA solid brick home is located in the Westgrove neighborhood just steps to the Potomac River and a short stroll to Old Town Alexandria. The house is MUCH larger than it appears with FOUR bedrooms and two full baths on the main level, a living room with wood-burning fireplace, and a sunroom overlooking the beautifully landscaped back yard. It also includes an extra-wide dining room off the kitchen. The lower level includes an expansive family room with lots of windows and two doors leading to the backyard. The lower level includes an additional gas fireplace in the family room as well as a fifth bedroom, a craft room/office and full bathroom! The driveway leads to the rear entrance two-car garage. The kitchen includes a pantry and lots of light with windows facing the front yard. This house has GREAT BONES that offer incredible possibilities. For example, it would be very easy to add cathedral ceilings to any room on the main level since the roof is rafter construction! Meet with Dave, an EXPERT BUILDER and listing agent to address any questions. This beautifully landscaped home is just a short walk to the national park trails and Potomac river. Minutes to Old-Town Alexandria/Crystal City/National Landing/Ft. Belvoir. Bike to the Pentagon with other neighbors! Enjoy walking or bicycling on the 18-mile long Mount Vernon Trail that follows the Potomac shoreline with access only 2 minutes away. [Westgrove - $737,000]

2301 Stokes Ln

A large flat 1-acre lot, the structure being sold AS-IS. Zoning R-4(RESIDENTIAL4 DU/AC) [Stokes Jeramiah - $499,900]

7121 Marine Dr

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 - $1,125,000]

6631 Wakefield Dr #402

CONTRACT FELL OUT DUE TO FINANCING - YOUR GAIN! MAINTENANCE FREE LIVING AT ITS BEST! TOTALLY UPDATED & RENOVATED 3 BR, 2 BA CONDO IN PREMIER LOCATION! WALK TO SHOPS, RESTAURANTS & MORE IN THE BELLE HAVEN SHOPPING CENTER, ENJOY LIBRARY TIME, CONDUCT YOUR BANKING OR SWIM YOUR LAPS AT MT. VERNON REC CENTER, ALL FROM THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR FRONT DOOR! STUNNING KITCHEN RENOVATION TO INCLUDE NEW 42" CABINETRY, GE PROFILE APPLIANCES, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND CHIC CERAMIC FLOORING. BOTH BATHS GUTTED AND UPDATED WITH DECORATIVE TILED SURROUND SHOWER/TUB ENCLOSURES, GRANITE TOPPED VANITIES, CERAMIC FLOORING & FASHIONABLE LIGHTING. ALL NEW HARDWOOD LAMINATES THROUGHOUT, ALL NEW CLOSET DOORS, WINDOW TREATMENTS THROUGHOUT, TONS OF STORAGE/CLOSET SPACE & INDIVIDUAL ROOM CLIMATE CONTROL. SUN FILLS EVERY ROOM IN THIS LOVELY CORNER UNIT! CONDO FEES INCLUDE ALL UTILITIES & AMENITIES TO INCLUDE OUTDOOR POOL, TENNIS COURTS, EXERCISE ROOMS, CLUB ROOMS, PICNIC AREAS, ROOFTOP DECK OVERLOOKING PARKLANDS & MORE! AMPLE PARKING, MIN'S TO OLD TOWN, POTOMAC RIVER BIKE PATH, MAJOR ROADWAYS & METRO. BUS SERVICE ALSO AVAILABLE. COME LIVE THE EASY LIFE AND MOVE RIGHT INTO THIS SPACIOUS, SUN FILLED, TURN-KEY PROPERTY! [River Towers - $289,000]

7215 Burtonwood Dr

Light filled home has been remodeled throughout to be perfect for entertaining with 5 bedrooms and 3 full renovated bathrooms. Remodeled high end gourmet kitchen with breakfast room with built- in breakfast island, cabinetry and gas fireplace. Formal dining room and living room across back of house with wood-burning fireplace. Master suite with walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. Refinished hardwoods throughout main level. Lower level is sun-lit across back of house with two additional bedrooms and bath plus cozy family room with wood-burning fireplace. 1/2 acre level lot with manicured lawn, perennial gardens. Outdoor living is predominant in this home with spectacular screened-in porch with vaulted ceiling plus large slate patio beneath. Over-sized two car garage with tons of storage. Stunning home! [Villamay - $1,199,900]

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. New heat pump. 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 - $979,900]

1411 H St

Huge Price Reduction plus seller offering $7500.00 toward buyers closing costs. Where Belle Haven meets New Alexandria, you~ll find one of the most prestigious and sought-after communities in Alexandria. The confluence of Old Town charm and traditional farm house appeal, along with stylish Craftsman details make this three-year young home ideal for the needs and desires of today~s family on the go. Professionally planned and maintained, the beautifully landscaped corner lot with wooden equine fencing is the envy of all who pass. Front and side covered porches add additional living space to this nearly 5000 square foot home. The open three-story grand foyer highlighted by the beveled and etched glass front door will take your breath away. If intimate dinner parties or large gatherings are a part of your lifestyle, the open floorplan is fitting for any type of setting. A professional kitchen suited for the master chef or the everyday cook comes equipped with commercial grade stainless appliances, including a six-burner gas stove with griddle and pot filler, along with a wine chiller to house your favorite beverage of choice. Pay careful attention to the details of this home, such as the exquisite coffered ceilings in the main level family room with gas fireplace, marble surround and detailed wood mantle. A double set of French doors open to the covered slate patio which brings outdoor living inside. A banquet-sized dining room and formal living room with pocket door to the library or possible bedroom showcase the well-designed footprint of this home. Enjoy your morning coffee in the breakfast room or slip outside to the private deck. Retreat upstairs to the owners~ wing, an elegant ensuite with three built-ins with granite tops, a master bedroom with custom dressing room, and a luxury bath with marble flooring, a jetted tub, oversized frameless shower and double vanity. Four additional bedrooms complete this level. The top floor houses a loft like rec room and a bedroom with full bath and is the perfect set up for au-pair living or guest quarters. A three-bay garage with plenty of storage space completes this extraordinary package. Conveniently located to 495, Old Town, National Harbor and DC this is a commuter~s dream. And for the exercise enthusiast or dog lover, a short walk brings you to the Potomac River where you~ll enjoy walking or jogging along the Mount Vernon Trail. [New Alexandria - $1,300,000]

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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