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

905 Waynewood Blvd

Located in beautiful Waynewood community in the Mt Vernon area. This lovely 4 bedroom, 3 full bath 5 level with 2 master en-suites won't last long! Recently updated kitchen with white quartz tops, breakfast bar, and island provides the perfect gathering space. Living room with a fireplace and bay window offers comfort for all of your guests! Enjoy privacy in your family room equipped with plantation shutters. Utility room comes with a large workbench and walks out onto your partially fenced backyard! Down the street from surrounding schools, community pool & park and only a minute away from picnic areas along the Potomac. Easy access to King St Metro, bus access & to old-town Alexandria, National Harbor, and Washington DC! [Waynewood - $749,888]

8106 Zoe Pl

QUICK MOVE-IN! This beautifully upgraded home features and expanded main level recreation room, two-story deck; Sunroom, fireplace; over-sized island in the gourmet kitchen and expanded Owner's Suite with Spa shower and doors to upper level deck plus TWO over-sized walk-in closets. *** Potomac Trace is a vibrant new townhome community located in sought-after Alexandria, VA and the Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The enviable location offers homeowners close proximity to downtown Washington DC, legendary attractions, dining, shopping, major employment centers, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Amazon HQ2, and Reagan airport. PHOTOS REPRESENTATIVE ONLY - may show options [None Available - $764,300]

7822 Friars Ct

Amazing opportunity to be the 2nd owner of this lovingly maintained, single family home with 5 bedrooms plus office (or possible 6th bedroom), 3 full baths and single-car garage in Ft Hunt. Stately split-level Colonial accented by grand columns and traditional full brick front perfectly situated on a cul-de-sac. Fall in the love with the professionally designed flower beds & manicured lawn with irrigation system. Classic split-level floor plan with over 2500 sqft of living space on two levels. Spacious kitchen with custom-built cabinets, stainless steel appliances including brand new wall oven. Natural flow from kitchen to dining room to family room (or living room) with gas fireplace - ideal for today's living! Dining room leads directly to large cedar deck with walk-down to patio and backyard with mature trees. True master bedroom, with full bath, lots of closet space with built-ins and natural light. Two additional bedrooms, one with custom built-ins + newer full bath complete the main level. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms plus gleaming hardwoods on the main level. Two more bedrooms plus additional flex room, perfect for office, exercise room or 6th bedroom, on lower level. Enjoy game and movie nights in lower level rec room with gas fireplace adorned by a gorgeous, classic brick mantel. 2-stage HVAC replaced in 2019 includes whole house humidifier and electronic air filter. Roof approx 11 yrs young and garage door replaced in in the last 5 yrs. Very short walk to Sherwood Hall Library & McCutcheon/Mt Vernon farmers market and Connector bus stop (with connection to Huntington Metro). Close to lots of shopping, major commuter routes & more. Welcome home & look forward to the sweet smell of wisteria in the spring! [Sherwood Forest - $635,000]

8315 Fort Hunt Rd

This beautiful meticulous home has so much to offer... desirable floorplan that includes 3 full updated levels with generous room sizes, a gorgeous park-like backyard setting, Waynewood elementary school and a WW pool membership is available! Brand new roof and new HVAC system just completed in 2019! Gleaming hardwood floors, light filled rooms include 4 spacious upper level bedrooms, inviting living room with gas fireplace, main level office/guest bedroom with built-ins, formal dining room with custom moldings, updated kitchen with new Anderson sliding patio door that brings the outside in! Professionally landscaped fenced backyard includes entertaining size deck, custom brick patio with landscape lighting and tidy garden shed! Walk out lower level includes large family room with party bar/refrigerator, laundry room, utility room and lots of closets throughout! Convenient carport and driveway with storage shed. Near parks, pools, and GW bike trail. Convenient to Old Town shops and restaurants, great commute, near metro, express bus, airport and GW Parkway! Opportunity knocks, everything is done, just move in and enjoy! Please see floorplans in document section. [Collingwood Estates - $699,000]

9007 Linton Ln

Striking Craftsman Style 4 level home - Hardiplank siding. High End Builder focusing on unique details not found with most builders! 5 Bedroom, 4 1/2 bath. Over 5300 sq ft finished on 4 levels. $30,000 turned staircase! Screened porch PLUS Open Trex deck PLus Super special Owner's covered 17x14 balcony w/$4K water proof flooring!So many custom features - must be seen to believe. Big flat lot in Pretty community. 2 blocks to GW Parkway & Potomac River. Stunning owner's bedroom w/ 2 walk-in closets, Huge Bath - 2 vanities,custom lighting, Amazing 8ft shower - dual shower heads, Marble floor 'rug'! Top floor bonus room great for kids or at home office! Full Finished Lower Level - w/Bdrm & Stunning shower bath - older kids or In-Laws will be so happy here! Concrete driveway, exterior accent lighting, metal porch roof, wired for exterior cameras, interior speaker system throughout home w/surround sound in Fam Rm, Extensive Landscaping plus FULL Yard Sprinkler System! Wide Hardwood floors & High Quality carpet! [Sulgrave Village - $1,395,000]

9005 Linton Ln

Brochure available ! Striking Craftsman Style 4 level home - Hardiplank siding. High End Builder focusing on unique details not found with most builders! 5 Bedroom, 4 1/2 bath. Over 4,300 sq ft finished on 4 levels. Screened porch PLUS Open Trex deck PLus Super special Owner's covered 17x14 balcony w/$4K water proof flooring!So many custom features - must be seen to believe. Big flat lot in Pretty community. 2 blocks to GW Parkway & Potomac River. Stunning owner's bedroom w/ 2 walk-in closets, Huge Bath - 2 vanities,custom lighting, Amazing 8ft shower - dual shower heads, Marble floor 'rug'! Top floor bonus room great for kids or at home office! Full Finished Lower Level - w/Bdrm & Stunning shower bath - older kids or In-Laws will be so happy here! Concrete driveway, exterior accent lighting, metal porch roof, wired for exterior cameras, interior speaker system throughout home w/surround sound in Fam Rm, extensive landscaping with FULL Yard Sprinkler system! Wide Hardwood floors & High Quality carpet! [Sulgrave Village - $1,249,000]

7911 Fort Hunt

Beautiful newly constructed home just completed! 6,800 Sq Ft+ home features 7 bedrooms and 8 full baths and 1 powder room. Elegant foyer with formal living and separate dining room that boast high ceilings, crown molding and abundant natural light. The kitchen is a chef's dream with generous center island with extra sink, gas cooking, ample counter space, mesmerizing back splash, custom cabinetry, double oven, stainless steel appliances, large refrigerator with water and ice dispenser that opens to a dazzling family room. A butler's pantry with extra storage and beverage refrigerator connect the kitchen to the dining room. In-law type bedroom suite on the main level is complete with its own en suite full bath. Second level has 5 bedrooms ALL with en suite baths. The spacious upstairs landing comes with at wet bar and room for homework-desk area. This home truly separates itself with hardwood throughout the top two levels. The Master Suite is pure luxury with matching his and hers closets and spa like master bath with a jetted soaking tub and separate shower and adjacent double vanities. Lower level is full of light, has large bedroom w/ en suite full bath and walk up stair to spacious flat yard. Enjoy the one of a kind bar to the side of additional family room and gaming area with large space perfect for an in home deluxe movie theater. Two car side loading garage. A Fort Hunt can't miss property. [Tauxemont - $1,588,888]

8814 Danewood Dr

Minutes from Mount Vernon and Fort Belvoir, this meticulously-maintained home in Potomac Valley Riverbend is on a quiet street in the highly-desired neighborhood of Fort Hunt. From the spacious and open living room with hardwood floors, fully recessed lighting and built-in shelving (perfect for storage) to the roomy kitchen with stylish backsplash, granite countertops and abundant cabinetry (lots of pull-out shelving) for storage, there is plenty of room for the entire family to gather. This home offers a separate dining room and a spectacular, light-filled sunroom with sliding glass doors that open to a Trex deck ~ perfect for entertaining. Main-level master suite contains an en-suite bathroom. The lower level provides a fully-finished basement with brand-new carpeting in the guest bedroom and an added, oversize closet for extra storage. Other newer updates include a roof with architectural shingles, hot-water heater, refrigerator and crown molding/recessed lighting throughout. Situated in a family-friendly neighborhood walking distance to idyllic Fort Hunt Park, steps from a Metro bus stop, and with near proximity to the George Washington Parkway for easy commuting, this home will go fast. [Fort Hunt Estates - $649,000]

8807 Teresa Ann Ct

This splendidly updated 3,000 Sq Ft home, located in the Fort Hunt neighborhood of Alexandria, VA, is sitting on a beautifully landscaped lot, and it is ready for your move-in. The split-level style offers comfortable and spacious living on two levels, with plenty of daylight in almost every room. This gem is shining of home-owners pride. Updates have been done regularly, many in the past few years. It has fresh paint and new quality carpets. All bathrooms were updated in 2016. The kitchen has high-end cabinets and appliances and space for a table. Enjoy the outdoors on the deck that has a beautiful pergola made for climbing vines, or among all the plants in the private backyard. The water irrigation system makes it easy to care for landscaping and lawn. All public schools are close-by, with Fort Hunt ES 0.2 miles, Sandburg MS 1 mile, and West Potomac HS 4.6 miles away. The location is offering a quite, country-like living, not far from our Nation's Capital, with several parks and the Potomac River within a five minutes drive. It's only 2.3 miles to George Wahington's Mount Vernon. Ronald Reagan National Airport and The National Mall lays 10 and 14 miles to the north. There are many shopping malls, both small and large in the vicinity. [Fort Hunt Estates - $746,500]

7925 Fairfax Rd

Brick front home with a large lot and driveway. The home has a carport and tons of mature trees. Living room with hardwood floors, beams, lighted ceiling fan, and a fireplace. Dining room with chair rails and a lighted chandelier. Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white cabinets and tons of counter space. Family room with neutral carpet, and tons of natural light. Master bedroom with neutral carpet and lighted ceiling fan and good closet space. There are 2 additional bedrooms with neutral carpet and lighted ceiling fans. Hall bath with a tub and shower with ceramic tile backsplash. The outside is very private on your brick patio great for entertaining and relaxing on those beautiful days. Large lot .28 acres, of land that is flat and very open with mature trees. Truly a great home!!! [Hollin Hall Village - $619,900]

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:

What are buyers seeking?

According to a new realtor.com® survey of more than 1,000 home shoppers, the typical spring home buyer this year is on the hunt for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a garage and updated kitchen. Forty-four percent of respondents say they want a three-bedroom home, and 93 percent say they want a home with at least two bathrooms. But the garage is becoming increasingly important to home shoppers, too, with 27 percent rating it as one of the most important home features, even above an updated kitchen (24 percent) and open floor plan (20 percent).

 

Did you know that a landlord is required by law to make a reasonable accommodation for a tenant with a disability?  What is a reasonable accommodation? What is the definition of a disabled person? Are you required to install grab bars?  Are you required to admit comfort animals into your property? What sort of confirmation can you legally request?

Understanding how to implement the Fair Housing Law is just one of the areas of expertise that Nesbitt Realty remains apprised of.  We know the answers to these questions, and we know how to handle the issues while accommodating the tenant and protecting the landlord.

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Finding a rental is not always easy. Depending on occupancy rates in a particular area, it actually might be quite difficult to find available rentals that are also within your price range and meet all of your pre-determined requirements. However, even in areas where there is not a great deal of competition for the available rentals, renters may still have some difficulty finding the perfect home.

Figure Out Your Needs

The first step of any rental search should begin with the potential renter carefully identifying all of their needs in a home. This list of needs will be different for every renter. While some renters are simply looking for a place to eat, bathe and sleep other renters may be looking for a living space which will serve a number of purposes including working, entertaining and participating in leisure activities or hobbies. Do you need to be close to the Metro? Do you want granite counters? Do you need a washer and dryer in the unit? What’s your budget?

It is important to prioritize your needs and distinguish between needs and wants because you’ll probably have to compromise.

Use Our Website

Once a renter has a good idea of the basic features he or she needs in a rental, it’s time to use our website to identify neighborhoods, condos and properties.  This research will give the renter an idea of the types of properties available for rent in Northern Virginia. Many people are shocked by the prices and what’s actually available.

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Renters can also help themselves in their search for a rental by seeking recommendations from a rental agent. Our agents know the area and know the market. Once you’ve identified your needs and wants, we can probably take you directly to the best option for you. [Read more about rental agents]

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The Heart and History Of Groveton Alexandria

Groveton address’s are Alexandria although it is located in Fairfax County. Groveton encompasses many neighborhoods such as Bucknell Manor, Jefferson Manor, Virginia Hills and Stoneybrooke.

Huntley Meadows the county’s largest park is located south. Mount Vernon Recreation Center borders the eastern edge and Lee District Recreation Center is located on the west. Five other parks surround Groveton providing outdoor activities in a non rural community.

Cape-cod style single family homes and duplex town homes in Bucknell manor date back to the late 40’s and early 50’s. Jefferson manor homes also date back to the late 40’s also and are primarily brick. Virginia Hills are also primarily brick constructed but were built in the late 60’s and 70’s. Hardwood floors, additions and finished basements are common in Virginia Hills.

Properties in Groveton

Belle Haven Marina

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

Properties in New Alexandria

7112 Marine Dr

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

2107 Belle Haven Rd

Elegant and comfortable English Tudor on a double-sized lot in the heart of Belle Haven! Marble foyer with tray ceiling welcomes you. Step up to the parlor with bay windows front and rear, cathedral ceiling, and gas fireplace. Formal dining room with handsome moldings and French glass doors to the rear patio. Cherry wood floors give a warming touch to the family room, breakfast area and gourmet kitchen! Granite counters, stainless steel appliances (Subzero frig, Thermador wall oven, gas cooktop, warming drawer, and microwave, and Bosch dishwasher), wine frig, and large island with breakfast bar! The family room features a beam ceiling with recessed lights and spotlights, built-in bookshelves flanking a gas fireplace, and French glass doors to the large flagstone patio out back where you'll enjoy the built-in gas grill! Upstairs you'll find four unique bedrooms full of character, and three full bathrooms. The basement includes a recreation room with gas fireplace and bookshelves, a walk-behind wet bar, full bathroom, and large laundry room! Recent updates include both HVAC system replaced in 2014 (ready for gas conversion if desired), new hot water heater 2019. This home boasts three gas fireplaces, solid wood doors, solid brass knobs/hinges, casement windows, plantation shutters, brass faucets, digital thermostats, security system, invisible fence, irrigation system, French drains, and more! The active and popular Belle Haven community hosts social gatherings, and nearby Belle Haven Country Club offers golf, tennis, pool, gym, dining and banquet facilities! Terrific location just 5 minutes to Old Town Alexandria, 10 minutes to DCA, and 15 minutes to Pentagon, Pentagon City Mall, or downtown DC! [Belle Haven - $1,649,900]

6418 Princeton Dr

Come home for the holidays! You will love this gorgeous home with extensive updates in beautiful Belle Haven Terrace. The gourmet kitchen is elegantly equipped with granite and stainless-steel appliances surrounding a large island for entertaining. The kitchen opens to the dining and living areas with a comfortable, natural flow. Upstairs the home has three bedrooms and two remodeled full bathrooms with custom closet organizers and newer double paned vinyl windows. There is a bedroom and a half bath on the entry level. The floors are all either new bamboo flooring, new tile or hardwood. Relax in the three-season sunroom or on the substantial deck overlooking the lush, flat, fenced backyard. The garage is extra deep with built-in storage. Belle Haven Terrace is just minutes to the GW Parkway, Potomac River, and Old Town. [Belle Haven Terrace - $694,000]

6631 Wakefield Dr #807

This lovely and spacious condominium home was recently updated and overlooks the beautiful grounds of River Towers. Located on a high floor, the unit includes ample storage, new carpeting, custom blinds, new kitchen cabinetry and stainless appliances. Enjoy all that River Towers has to offer in tennis, swimming, walking trails, roof terraces. Close to shopping and the river, and all major commuting routes. Ample parking. Condominium fee includes all utilities! [River Towers - $195,000]

6602 10th St #B1

Sunny and cozy condo on top floor of a two story building. Amazing community with pools, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas and tot lots/playgrounds. Across from parks and hiking trails on GW Pkwy. Easy commute to DCA, DC, National Harbor, Old Town, Ft. Belvoir and Pentagon on parkway, express bus or Huntington Metro. **** [Belle View Condominiums - $265,000]

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) [Belle Haven - $1,695,000]

6429 14th St

Nestled on a lovely cul-de-sac in the desirable neighborhood of New Alexandria sits this stunning home. Completely renovated, this sun-drenched two-story is a must see. Entertaining is fun and easy with a spacious living room that flows effortlessly into the dining room and kitchen. Note the warm hardwood flooring and cozy gas fireplace. The heart of the home is the exquisite kitchen complete with crisp white cabinetry, stainless appliances, granite counters and subway tile backsplash. Two deep pantries provide more than enough storage. A French door opens to the backyard and provides tons of natural light. Guests will appreciate the first floor bedroom and bathroom for the utmost in comfort and privacy Work from home? An office, tucked away from the living space, provides a secluded space for answering emails and taking phone calls. Upstairs, three bedrooms share use of a recently renovated hall bathroom boasting a lovely shower with glass door and classic tile and fixtures. The huge master bedroom offers two closets and an attached laundry room. Step out the back door into the shady and relaxing backyard. Low maintenance landscaping means you will have more time to recharge in this wonderful space. A custom shed with electricity provides much needed storage or upgrade to create a studio or separate work space. Enjoy the convenient location just south of Old Town. Commuters will appreciate easy access to I495, GW Pkwy, Richmond Hwy, Huntington Metro, bus stops and the Mt Vernon Bike Trail. The Belle View Shopping Center with a new Safeway, restaurants, bike shop, coffee and ice cream is only steps away. Also within walking distance is The Haven restaurant, a favorite neighborhood spot. A variety of indoor and outdoor recreation is also just minutes away including the Mt Vernon Rec Center with a pool and ice skating rink, Belle Haven Marina, Belle Haven Country Club, Dyke Marsh Nature Trail, Mt. Vernon Bike Trail, Fort Hunt Park and a local dog park. [New Alexandria - $769,000]

2211 Windsor Rd

With pronounced beauty and modern refinement this stunning custom home was newly completed in Fall 2019. Perfectly situated on a large flat lot in illustrious Belle Haven, this residence boasts approximately 7,200 square feet of finished space including 6 large bedrooms, 5 full baths and one half bath. With supremely designed living spaces, gleaming wide plank oak floors, elegant millwork, top of the line windows, cabinetry and appliances, the unparalleled attention to detail found throughout this sprawling home will leave you in awe. Featuring an exquisite entryway, formal living and dining room, a butler's pantry, mudroom, extensive built-ins and a gas fireplace, the home also boasts a chef's kitchen outfitted with Thermador and Wolf appliances and an entertainer's family room with a beautiful gas fireplace. The master bedroom suite with enormous his and hers closets is to die for, and you will relish the radiant floor heat and heated towel rack in the over-the-top master bathroom that is fit for royalty. The impressive lower level features a theater room, hobby/fitness room, additional recreation room, bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and luxury bathroom--all composing five star accommodations. Also included are state of the art structured wiring upgrades as well as a $15,000 audio upgrade featuring three rooms of speakers in first floor and an impressively upgraded theater speaker package for the lower level media room. Outside the home the lush landscaping is enhanced by an irrigation system and (to be installed) privacy fence. This stately home provides an oversized two car garage and sits among other lovely properties on a peaceful tree-lined street, while just minutes from Old Town Alexandria and the new Amazon HQ and downtown Washington, DC, Tysons Corner and all major throughways. [Belle Haven - $2,495,000]

6631 Wakefield Dr #203

Clean and neat, bright and spacious sunny corner 3BR/2BA unit in sought after River Towers. Ready for new owners to make it their own. New carpet in BR's. Large kitchen with great storage. Huge LR/DR with wood laminate floors. Condo fees include ALL Utilities plus: outdoor pool, tennis courts, exercise room, party room, picnic area, tot lot/playground, roof top deck overlooking parkland. All just minutes to Old Town, Belle View Shopping Center, Mount Vernon Rec Center, Potomac River bike path, National Airport, GW Parkway/I395. Or take bus at your door. [River Towers - $263,000]

1317 Gatewood Dr

Exquisite all brick, two level rambler in the heart of Villamay! Move in ready with all the bells and whistles. Spacious and sunny rooms with gleaming hardwood floors that flow throughout the main level. Brand new gourmet kitchen with porcelain farmhouse sink, stunning quartz counters and high end stainless steel appliances. Four generously sized bedrooms and all new modern baths including private master retreat with beautiful en-suite bath. New deck looks out over the private back yard with fresh landscaping. Two car rear entrance garage with resealed driveway and new windows. Sunroom addition provides additional 200 SQ FT of living space not included on the tax record! Excellent location just minutes to the GW Parkway, Old Town Alexandria and easy commute into DC. Don't miss this one! [Villamay - $1,075,000]

How I met my wife.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt 2010

One of my friends when I was a Defense Language Institute in Monterey California was a fellow soldier named Jay Cook.  Jay Cook always reminded me of Clark Kent. He had broad shoulders and brown hair. Jay was a big strong guy and was the type of guy that I thought should have no problem with the ladies.  But for the glasses and perhaps the self-confidence Jay was Superman.

One Saturday afternoon in Monterey, Jay and I were walking down Alvarado Street and Jay was asking me, “How do you do it? How do you meet all these girls?”

I’ve always had a great affection for Jay, mainly because Jay always seemed to assume that I was Superman, even though I thought he was the real Superman.  Jay has a way of complimenting a guy’s ego that is so sincere, one can’t help but drink it in. I mean seriously—coming to me for advice about women is like coming to Willie Nelson for tax advice or fashion advice from Dennis Rodman.  Willie Nelson can tell you how to avoid paying taxes, but not how to do it without going to jail. Dennis Rodman can tell you how to dress, but can’t really tell you how to look good.

At any rate, far be it from me to tell Jay that I’m not expert on women. Instead, I just replied with confidence, “You just have to talk to the women, Jay. ” As we entered into Baskin-Robbins to get an ice cream cone, I told Jay, “Just be yourself. Watch this …”

Normally I wouldn’t have had the confidence to talk to a stranger, but Jay had pumped me up and I wasn’t going to disappoint. There was a gorgeous oriental girl (back then nobody said “Asian” but that’s another story) behind the counter.  I started joking around with her about flavors as we picked our selections.  When she looked away, I winked at Jay and said, “Watch and learn, young Jedi.”

I asked the girl who would one day be my bride, “Will you go out with me?”

Julie replied, “Maybe.”

We exchanged phone numbers … which is to say. I took her phone number. I lived in a barracks and didn’t have a phone in my room. Mobile phones were only for the rich so I didn’t have a number to give her.  I came to memorize that number more than 25 years later I still remember those 10 digits. As I left Baskin-Robbins, I told Jay, “That’s how you do it.”

It was probably the first time I’d ever done such a thing. And it was probably the last time. I definitely owe Jay Cook a debt of gratitude, because my wife and kids are the best things in my life.

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What does a rental agent do?

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Stuart Nesbitt is a real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.

A rental agent’s job is to listen to your needs and then help you identify rentals that meet your needs. Rental agents typically have in-depth knowledge of the community, and they are often aware of market rates. It’s not uncommon for a “connected” rental agent to know of rental opportunities that are quietly listed and generally unknown to the public.

A rental agent’s fees are paid by the landlord, so there is no expense to the renter. It really is in the renter’s best interests to employ the services of a trustworthy rental agent.

You, as a potential renter, need to know what you need.  Some people are simply looking for a place to eat, sleep and shower while others are looking for a lifestyle or a space that will accommodate various activities, such as working, entertaining and hobbies. Think about what the space needs to do for you and make a list of your specific requirements. For example, do you need built in kitchen appliances? Is a washer and dryer essential or is there a laundry nearby? Do you need easy access to the metro or do you need parking for a car? These are questions only you can answer. And then of course there is the all-important budget. What will your money get you and what are you prepared to sacrifice to stay within budget?

Remember when you assess your requirements to differentiate between wants and needs because unfortunately you will most likely have to compromise somewhere. Your needs are the things you cannot do without and your wants are those little extras that make your life more comfortable but are not essential. Take your list of requirements and mark your wants and needs in different colors and then rank them in order of importance. Remember your needs are always more important than your wants. [Read more about rental agents]

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