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 Author --- Will 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

8014 Karl *** Rd

Lowest Priced Detached Home in 22308 ! SPACIOUS FRONT TO BACK SPLIT LEVEL, WITH 2 FULL BATHS UPSTAIRS AND A HALF BATH ON THE LOWER LEVEL ! Freshly Painted Top to Bottom ! All New Granite Kitchen Countertops, Ceramic Tile Kitchen Floor, and built-in Microwave Oven ! LIVING ROOM HAS CATHEDRAL CEILING AND FIREPLACE ! BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS ON 3 LEVELS ! HUGE FAMILY ROOM THAT WALKS OUT TO PRIVATE BACKYARD THAT BACKS TO WOODED PARKLAND ! ATTACHED CARPORT OFF THE KITCHEN ! GREAT DEAL !!! [Kirk - $699,999]

1010 Neal Dr

This beautifully maintained split-level two-car garage home is in a beautiful South Alexandria location. Your chance to own this lovely home in Collingwood. Home features 4 levels, 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, AND A pool on .35 acres! Lovingly cared for, THE HOME’S ROOF IS ONLY 2 years old, ALONG WITH A new water heater, fresh landscaping, and fresh paint. Walking distance to the river and easy commute. Close to Mount Vernon Trail, GW Parkway, Old Town, Fort Belvoir, and DC. DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE [Collingwood - $865,000]

8023 Candlewood Dr

Charming - home in incredible condition! Wonderful garage addition and extension to master bedroom w/walk-in closet & office/study! Gorgeous hardwood floors and renovated bathrooms! 5 amazing levels! Huge shed w/Electric. Massive newly replaced deck for entertaining. This home backs to deep woods and is sure to please nature lovers! Prime location - so close to Mount Vernon Hospital, GW Parkway, 10 min to Old Town! [Kirk - $825,500]

8613 Bluedale St

Welcome to 8613 Bluedale Street.... a terrific opportunity to own a beautifully maintained home in an extremely sought-after neighborhood. This center hall colonial is airy and bright, possessing great living spaces on three levels while still maintaining a feeling of complete comfort and charm. The spot-on curb appeal, with meticulous landscaping throughout, is noteworthy adding to the serene feeling this house gives you the moment you see it. Upon entering the home, you immediately see the excellent attention to detail from the gleaming hardwood floors to the thoughtfully remodeled kitchen. The house flows pleasantly from room to room and floor to floor. On the main level, there is a formal living room w/ a fireplace, a spacious kitchen/dining room area, and a powder room. On the upper level, there are four bedrooms, including the primary suite, and a full hall bathroom. The lower level has a large family room area, a bonus room, and a laundry/utility room. There is a delightful flagstone patio in the backyard that overlooks a beautiful lush, green lawn. A completely tranquil property & meticulously cared for home. A must see! [Stratford Landing - $759,000]

8224 La Faye Ct

Interior town house in highly sought after Huntington of Mt. Vernon. Multi level home, FOUR bedrooms, THREE FULL baths, one powder room, large eat in kitchen, separate dining room, living room. Large rec room with bedroom/office/zoom room . Basement doors opens to fully fenced back yard for more room. Great neighborhood with community amenities; outdoor pool and tennis court. Two assigned parking spaces, leave your POV's /vehicles at home and commute. Metro buses to stations available. Minutes to Inova Alexandria Hospital, Mt. Vernon District Station, Ft. Belvoir, Fairfax County Parkway and I95. This is a commuters dream location! [Huntington At Mt Vernon - $530,000]

2014 Hoover Ln

2,684 SqFt of Living space! Lovely Cul de Sac location in and wonderful neighborhood! This 3 Level Colonial boasts 4 upper level bedrooms as well as 2 baths on the upper floor. Generous Owners Suite with one Walk-in Closet and a second standard closet. En Suite Owners Bath has been updated. Hardwood Flooring. On the Main level walls were removed to offer a fantastic open floorplan!(Completed with permits) There is a nice fireplace and a Half Bath on the main level with doors out to a charming rear screened in porch with vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan. The Lower level has a terrific Rec Room and a Full Bath as well as a Laundry Room and HUGE storage room with built in shelving. There is an attic pull down stair to a finished & insulated climate controlled attic space for fantastic storage! Outside you get a spacious carport and bonus workshop/storage. Mature Landscaping and walled garden area. This home is also hard wired for stereo equipment. [Stratford On the Potomac - $839,000]

8530 Monticello Ave

*** NEW PRICE!! Beautifully Remodeled, GREAT LOCATION!! *** Nestled on 0.21 acre, on a quiet cul-de-sac location, in the desired Stratford Landing area, with no HOA, where Pride of Ownership clearly shows, this beautifully remodeled two-level, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms colonial home, affords plenty of room for living and entertaining. A spacious screened-in porch that is great for both entertaining and relaxing with a scenic view of beautiful trees makes it a perfect place to unwind after a long working day - seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living. A welcoming foyer ushers you into a bright, light-filled home with hardwood and luxury vinyl floors on the main and upper levels. The main level features a living/dining combo room off kitchen, a brand new eat-in kitchen with quality stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, tile backsplash, kitchen pantry, a spacious sun/family room with access to a screened-in porch that overlooks a private lot with trees and firepit, a second family/formal dining room with a wood-burning masonry fireplace with brick surround and mantel, a laundry room with access to the backyard, and a powder room that compliments the main living area of the home. The upper level features a master bedroom with an attached bathroom and a walk-in closet with built-in shelves and additional 3 bedrooms with nice closet space. Other features include a one-year home warranty, two large sheds, a new hot water heater, recess lighting on the main and upper level, updated light fixtures, new bathrooms, fresh paint throughout the house, roof replaced approx 2014-2015, heat pump approx 2015, and HVAC (2011) recently serviced. Conveniently located near George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Fort Belvoir, Mount Vernon, Fort Hunt Park, Commuter bus stop, shopping, restaurants, and more. *** For a gem of a home in a spectacular community, come home to 8530 Monticello Ave! *** [Stratford Landing - $799,000]

2817 Douglas St

Major Price Improvement! Investor/Builder Opportunity! Great location at the end of Douglas Street on the right hand side. Large .61acre lot zoned R-3. Perfect for a Major renovation and flip or rent and hold. Perfect for a builder. Fairfax county has many options under the Affordable housing guidelines. Minutes to Mt. Vernon Hospital & 5 mi to Ft. Belvior. Location is ideal to build a Group Homes for Drug Recovery, Vets, Seniors &/or Disabilities. Survey Avail in documents. Public water/sewer. Sign on the property. Do Not Enter the Property, use caution when previewing. Sold As-Is. Utilities not connected. [Gum Springs - $495,000]

7903 Wellington Rd

Reduced $25K!!. Bright and spacious 4 BR, 2 BA rambler minutes from Old Town Alexandria! Hardwood flooring throughout the main level with ceramic tile in the kitchen and baths. Lower level is carpeted with a bedroom and full bath. Beautiful landscaping and great curb appeal. Deck and patio provides plenty of room for outdoor entertaining. Fully fenced in back yard is ideal for pets. Quick access to GW Parkway trails, major commuter routes, walking distance to local coffee shops, recreational center and restaurants as well as close proximity to Fort Belvoir, Andrews AFB, and Washington DC and Waynewood Elementary school. [Hollin Hall Village - $699,000]

2103 Stirrup Ln

Don't miss this incredible opportunity for your new home in Riverside Gardens! Everything has been replaced, remodeled and reimagined in this warm and welcoming home. Top-to-bottom updates included refinished hardwoods floors throughout, all new windows, light fixtures and a brand new custom designed kitchen with quartz countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, white shaker cabinets, and custom backsplash. The main level offers open concept living room, dining room, and gourmet kitchen. The Primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, featuring beautiful high end finishes. The three additional bedrooms and hall bath complete the upper level. The professionally landscaped, fenced backyard is perfect for hosting outdoor gatherings. Just a few miles to Old Town Alexandria, you will love living here! Easy access the GW Parkway, allowing for convenient commute to the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, DC, or Alexandria. [Riverside Gardens - $940,000]

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:

When buying a home it is often best to use a systematic approach as this is often the best way to be sure that all decisions are based on information and reason, not on impulse or emotion. Buying a home can be an emotional process, nevertheless, it is imperative to keep your emotions under control and not let them cloud your judgment. Your Realtor can provide an objective opinion unclouded by emotions and yet guided by experience. Our agents are locals with in-depth knowledge about the market and what it will bear. Best of all we can save you thousands on your purchase, while providing you with a home-town small business experience. [learn more]  
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Pet Predicament

Research has shown that owning a pet can help reduce stress levels and make you happier and healthier. However, when it comes to finding the perfect rental owning a pet can add to your stress. It is often difficult to find a property that suits both your lifestyle requirements and is pet friendly. It is of course a property owner’s right to refuse pets but there are also properties that are just not suitable for certain pets for purely practical reasons. There might be no yard, no fence or steep stairs. Some properties that allow pets do have restrictions on the size of the pets and may discriminate against certain breeds. These are all things that you need to consider when looking for a suitable property. Remember pets can be disruptive and destructive and it is important that as a pet owner you follow any of the home owner’s rules regarding pets and don’t let your pets run amok and damage the property. Irresponsible pet owners make it hard for responsible pet owners to find good rental properties. Fortunately there are properties out there that are pet friendly, it just might take a bit of time and research to find them.  Your agent is the ideal person to solve your pet predicament and assist you in your search for the perfect pet-friendly property in {Location_Name}.  By helping you identify and target suitable properties they can save you time and take the stress out of the search.   [Read more about rental agents]

703 765 0300

 

The Heart and History Of Groveton Alexandria

Groveton address's are Alexandria although it is located in Fairfax County. Groveton encompasses many neighborhoods such as Bucknell Manor, Jefferson Manor, Virginia Hills and Stoneybrooke. Huntley Meadows the county's largest park is located south. Mount Vernon Recreation Center borders the eastern edge and Lee District Recreation Center is located on the west. Five other parks surround Groveton providing outdoor activities in a non rural community. Cape-cod style single family homes and duplex town homes in Bucknell manor date back to the late 40's and early 50's. Jefferson manor homes also date back to the late 40's also and are primarily brick. Virginia Hills are also primarily brick constructed but were built in the late 60's and 70's. Hardwood floors, additions and finished basements are common in Virginia Hills.

Properties in Groveton

Belle Haven Marina

Belle Haven Marina has access to the Potomac River. The Belle Haven Marina is located off the George Washington Parkway.

Properties in New Alexandria

7212 Regent Dr

VIEW TO THE RIVER!! From your position at the top of Villamay you will see fireworks in Old Town and National Harbor, views of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Potomac River, and seasonal views across the river to Maryland. Inside you will find this Raised Ranch style home has three full bathrooms and bedrooms, hardwood floors throughout, picture windows, fresh paint, recessed lighting, granite countertops, and two fireplaces. It is the perfect size. The two car garage provides ample space for vehicles, bicycles, a wood shop, or whichever hobbies you pursue. Villamay is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in all of northern Virginia. It is conveniently located between two neighborhood shopping centers, Belle View Shopping Center and the Hollin Hall Shopping Center. Both offer grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, quick bite options, and more. More grocery and shopping options are available within a short drive to Rt. 1. Old Town Alexandria is just two miles to the north along the George Washington Parkway. Bus stop approximately 3 blocks away. Huntington and King Street Metro stations are minutes away. The neighborhood also offers one of the best commutes to the Pentagon, Arlington, or DC in the entire metro area. [Villamay - $949,000]

6414 Fort Hunt Rd

$150k+ in current owner improvements including a gorgeous kitchen remodel in 2020! Located just 2 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, 1 mile south of Belle Haven Country Club, and .2 miles from the nearby Belle View Shopping Center which features numerous restaurants, grocery store, post office, gift shop, and more! With nearby access to the 495 Capital Beltway, GW Parkway and Richmond Highway, you are located in a central hub that feeds the entire DC region. Upon entering, you are enveloped by a sense of relaxation and peace - the perfect feeling to welcome you home! Notice the gleam on the recently installed (2020), rich hued, wood flooring that carries throughout the living spaces of the main level. With it’s impressive stone surround, the gas fireplace offers both beauty and convenience - allowing the luxury of a relaxing fire to be enjoyed as often as desired! Make your way into the recently renovated gourmet kitchen (2020) - complete with a large island, farmhouse style sink, and a built-in bar to make hosting and engaging with guests a breeze! Continue past the kitchen to the bright and cheery family room with vaulted ceiling and overhead windows allowing in additional natural light. A large, glass sliding door facilitates easy outdoor access for alfresco dining, while an adjoining dining space allows for intimate gatherings. Off the kitchen, you’ll find a hallway to the personal spaces of the home. As you begin down the hall, a full bathroom is thoughtfully placed slightly away from the bedroom areas for more privacy and less guest interference. The large primary bedroom includes it’s own full bathroom, a walk-in closet, as well as a vanity/dressing area. Two bedrooms round out the main level’s sleeping quarters, along with a pull-down attic ladder that allows easy access to additional storage from the hallway. Make your way down to the finished basement where you'll find a large utility/laundry room with plenty of storage space. Continue into your large recreation room where you'll notice the natural light streaming in through the window; taking away the notion of being in a basement and extending the living footprint of the home. A wood burning brick fireplace reinforces the relaxing atmosphere. Located off of the rec room you'll find the lower-level study that has an adjoining full bathroom. This room includes another window for natural light, and is the perfect home office set away from the upper-level living areas for privacy. An added bonus of the lower-level study is that you have access to the garage entrance if you'd like to host guests or colleagues without having them go through your home. An alternate use for this space could be to use it as an in-law or nanny respite - a room and bathroom separated from the main areas of the home with a private entrance. Rounding out the theme of tranquility found throughout this home, make your way to the fully fenced-in backyard, anchored by a serene backdrop of green trees. The concrete patio just off of the home is the perfect spot for a couple of Adirondack chairs or a fire pit - for enjoying your relaxing respite in the heart of this prime Alexandria location! $150,000+ in current owner improvements, including an upgraded electrical panel with 40 amp electric car charging outlet. [Belle Haven Terrace - $875,000]

7405 Gatewood Ct

Solid all brick rambler on a great cul-de-sac lot in highly desired Villamay.....needs work but terrific value....Main level with lightly used hardwood floors in the living room, dining room and all 3 bedrooms....many rooms freshly painted....Huuuuge kitchen with plenty of room for a large table but it needs a complete remodel......living room with a wood burning fireplace set in front of a solid brick wall....3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the main level....The lower level rec room has another wood burning fireplace....Parquet floors in the rec room....Light bright rec room has a wall of windows across the back and walks out to the rear yard..4th bedroom with a private bath on the lower level...Rear 2 car garage with a new garage door and an entrance to the lower level...Rear yard is level...pull down stairs in the upper hall. attic is partially floored attic for extra storage....Entire house will sell as is....Conventional or cash only.... [Villamay - $860,000]

2002 Belle View Blvd

Freshly painted all brick single family home located in Belle Haven featuring 4 spacious bedrooms and 3.5 baths. This home has been fully remodeled and is move in ready! Walk into an open floorplan with tons of natural light, new flooring and paint throughout. A brand-new kitchen with an oversized island, custom shaker style cabinets and premium quartz countertops, new backsplash, plus new black stainless-steel appliances and range hood! The family room features a custom fireplace and mantel. Move upstairs from there and you have three bedrooms and two full baths. New washer and dryer on upper level. The lower level features a huge recreational area with another entirely custom wood burning fireplace, new wet bar with beverage fridge and brand new LVP flooring. The half bath on this level also has its own washer and dryer. The large bedroom on this level has its own outside entrance and full bath. Large private and serene rear patio. NEW ROOF and gutters with warranty, NEW DRIVEWAY, HVAC 2 years old. Close to GW Parkway trails, Old Town Alexandria, DC and major commuting highways I-495 and Rt. 1. Walking distance to Belle Haven shops and dining options! [Belle Haven Estates - $899,000]

1309 Gatewood Dr

The Owners bought this Gene May home in 1968 and have loved and maintained the house ever since**Fantastic curb appeal in sought after Villamay**Hardwood floors on main level under carpet**Spacious rooms**Eat in kitchen with granite countertops**3 remodeled full baths in house**3 bedrooms on main level and 4th bedroom in lower level**Bright and sunny rec room with hardwood floors*Beautiful plantation shutters through out**Walk out to landscaped backyard and oversized deck** Roof 2012**Sewer line replaced 2018**Generator installed 2011*Location is hard to beat! Close to parks, shopping, restaurants and super easy access to George Washington Parkway, 495 and 295. Don't let this great home slip away. [Villamay - $995,000]

6303 Potomac Ave

Cute Cape Cod, originally built circa 1930 for the Trolley Conductor of the Washington-Virginia Railway. Located in highly sought after New Alexandria. Great proximity to Old Town Alexandria, DC, National Harbor and 495. Home is being sold in AS-IS condition. Newer roof, hardwood floors, open kitchen, granite counters, detached sheds for additional storage, 2 garden beds great for vegetable gardens, fully fenced backyard, and more. A great opportunity to be part of a wonderful community. [New Alexandria - $665,000]

7210 Burtonwood Dr

Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy a one of a kind property. You will enjoy this impeccably kept home on the inside and out. With an open floor plan, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home boasts unparalleled craftsmanship. Whether you're spending time in the vaulted ceiling family room or the gourmet kitchen you will be keeping warm with the stunning brick fireplace. Working from home is made easy with a large office that features a stone fireplace, birch wood wall shelving and plenty of natural light. Escape to the outside oasis where lounging in the gazebo or taking a dip in the saltwater pool is a relaxing getaway at home! This property is conveniently located a couple blocks from the GW parkway and minutes from Old Town Alexandria. [Villamay - $1,349,000]

1799 Duffield Ln

Approximately 3,000 sf feet of sun-flooded floor plan emphasizing the vast living space this luxury townhouse features. Sited just TWELVE miles from Ft. Belvoir's back gate and 2 red lights to Old Town Alexandria this end unit has gracious space and an enviable location. The main level has vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan with dining room adjacent to family room/ kitchen which is complete with a gas fireplace. The upper level features two master suites and a flexible third bedroom/ dressing room/ nursery/ office, and further 2 full baths. From one upper bedroom you can go up another level to a loft space with full bathroom. The lower level features a family room with fireplace, another bonus space bedroom, full bath and storage or transformed laundry! This rare garage townhouse development also features a very low HOA! Brand new roof, new paint throughout and home warranty! [Belle Haven On the Green - $839,000]

1827 Duffield Ln

Improved Price! Charming interior unit townhome- all updated! Backing to the Belle Haven neighborhood this four level home has two master suites and a separate LOFT- think nursery, office, dressing room! The main level has an open floor plan with white, up to the minute kitchen with quartz counters and custom cabinetry, dining area, living room and fireplace. The lower level features a fireplace, family room, full bath and laundry. The backyard patio has been hardscaped and this rare garage townhouse is light filled and move-in ready! Some of the many updates: Replaced all original windows, new washer and dryer , Complete kitchen remodel (includes all fixtures) , new carpet throughout in 2018, patio / hardscape , replaced all chandeliers and ceiling lighting throughout 95% of the house. METICULOUS RESTORATION! [Belle Haven On the Green - $775,000]

6603 E Wakefield Dr #B2

Must see move-in ready condo! Beautiful 2nd floor condo in the highly sought-after Belle View community! Great kitchen with plenty of counter space and plenty of cabinets for storage. Another wonderful feature is that this condo gets an amazing amount of natural light! Laundry & Storage Unit on the lower level! Unbeatable Location - Steps to Pool, Tennis Courts, Belle View Shopping Center, Potomac River & Mt Vernon Trail. Minutes to Old Town Alexandria, close to Huntington Metro, and a short distance to the bus stop that is just a block away. Don't miss your chance to be an owner in this AMAZING COMMUNITY THAT OFFERS IT ALL for an incredible price. This is HOME! The incredibly reasonable condo fees cover the multiple following amenities & utilities: Common Area Maintenance, Exterior Building Maintenance, Gas, Laundry, Management, Parking Fee, Pool(s), Reserve Funds, Sewer, Snow Removal, Trash, Water. [Belle View - $230,000]

How I met my wife.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt 2010
One of my friends when I was a Defense Language Institute in Monterey California was a fellow soldier named Jay Cook.  Jay Cook always reminded me of Clark Kent. He had broad shoulders and brown hair. Jay was a big strong guy and was the type of guy that I thought should have no problem with the ladies.  But for the glasses and perhaps the self-confidence Jay was Superman. One Saturday afternoon in Monterey, Jay and I were walking down Alvarado Street and Jay was asking me, "How do you do it? How do you meet all these girls?" I've always had a great affection for Jay, mainly because Jay always seemed to assume that I was Superman, even though I thought he was the real Superman.  Jay has a way of complimenting a guy's ego that is so sincere, one can't help but drink it in. I mean seriously---coming to me for advice about women is like coming to Willie Nelson for tax advice or fashion advice from Dennis Rodman.  Willie Nelson can tell you how to avoid paying taxes, but not how to do it without going to jail. Dennis Rodman can tell you how to dress, but can't really tell you how to look good. At any rate, far be it from me to tell Jay that I'm not expert on women. Instead, I just replied with confidence, "You just have to talk to the women, Jay. " As we entered into Baskin-Robbins to get an ice cream cone, I told Jay, "Just be yourself. Watch this ..." Normally I wouldn't have had the confidence to talk to a stranger, but Jay had pumped me up and I wasn't going to disappoint. There was a gorgeous oriental girl (back then nobody said "Asian" but that's another story) behind the counter.  I started joking around with her about flavors as we picked our selections.  When she looked away, I winked at Jay and said, "Watch and learn, young Jedi." I asked the girl who would one day be my bride, "Will you go out with me?" Julie replied, "Maybe." We exchanged phone numbers ... which is to say. I took her phone number. I lived in a barracks and didn't have a phone in my room. Mobile phones were only for the rich so I didn't have a number to give her.  I came to memorize that number more than 25 years later I still remember those 10 digits. As I left Baskin-Robbins, I told Jay, "That's how you do it." It was probably the first time I'd ever done such a thing. And it was probably the last time. I definitely owe Jay Cook a debt of gratitude, because my wife and kids are the best things in my life. For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
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Stuart Nesbitt is a real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.
A rental agent's job is to listen to your needs and then help you identify rentals that meet your needs. Rental agents typically have in-depth knowledge of the community, and they are often aware of market rates. It's not uncommon for a "connected" rental agent to know of rental opportunities that are quietly listed and generally unknown to the public. A rental agent's fees are paid by the landlord, so there is no expense to the renter. It really is in the renter's best interests to employ the services of a trustworthy rental agent.

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