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Buying a new home checklist

Are you thinking of buying a new home?

There are several key steps that your Virginia Licensed Real Estate Agent will help you through. Knowing what these are in advance can help you not be surprised later on:

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  • Know your budget, consult with a financial institution about what you can be pre-approved for.
  • Know your needs, including:
    • Number of bedrooms
    • Location
    • Walking distance to a bus stop
    • Walking distance to a metro stop
    • Price
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    • Garage Parking
    • Schools
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    • Indoor/Outdoor pool
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    • Tennis courts
    • In unit washer/dryer
    • Utilities included in condo fees
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    • Bowling
    • Concierge service
    • Controlled access
  • Realize that something will have to give to get what you want, prioritize your needs so that you can get the most important features. Use our school search to find homes for sale in a particular school district
  • Budget time and money:
    • Finding any home is easy. Finding the right home requires time invested in looking at properties.
    • Money for down-payments and closing costs can vary from a couple percentage points to a cash purchase where you provide the entire amount up front.

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

  • Affordability Calculator — How much home can you afford? The affordability will help you determine what your price range.
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  • Mortgage Calculator — Once you’ve identified a property plug the price into the calculator to see how much the purchase will cost on a monthly basis.

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Washington Square shopping in Old Town

Washington Square
Washington Square in Old Town Alexandria VA

Washington Square is a 235,000 square foot Class A mixed-use office/retail complex developed on a two-acre site along Alexandria’s main street, North Washington Street, in historic Old Town Alexandria. Washington Square features twin four-story buildings with brick and cast stone exterior façades and glass curtain walls overlooking a spacious courtyard. Tenants are attracted by the property’s 3-story atrium lobbies, fitness center, concierge service, 600 space parking structure and computerized energy management system.

Washington Square serves nearby condos at Port Royal, Alexandria House, Liberty Row, Watergate of Alexandria, Abingdon Row and more.  Many residents from greater Alexandria, Crystal City and Fairfax County visit Washington Square because of the popular grocer Trader Joe’s which is located here.

In addition to Trader Joe’s, Washington Square tenants include Talbots, FedEx Kinko’s, Starbucks Coffee, and Chevy Chase Bank.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 12-4PM!! IMMEDIATE DELIVERY-5 NEW LUXURY, FOUR LEVEL, ELEVATOR TOWNHOMES! The Towns of Abingdon Place by Madison Homes is an intimate community of 19 homes designed and inspired by the character and charm of Old Town Alexandria. Located in close proximity to the Waterfront Promenade, walking paths along the Potomac River, majestic parks and green spaces, public waterfront pier, and historic King Street with gourmet restaurants, retail and businesses, yet set apart from the crowds. Each townhome's intricate masonry detail is the perfect complement to Old Town's signature architectural style. Distinctive features includes 4 stories with Roof Top Terrace and elevator that travels to all 4 levels! Gracious 10 foot ceilings, a Loft Level Living space and Bedroom Suite with a Spacious Rooftop Terrace, large enough to furnish a true outdoor living and entertaining space, 2-car garage and Smart Home features such as remote entry of door and security. Fully equipped with Miele Appliances and beautifully appointed this spacious kitchen is truly a chef's dream! The Miele appliances include a paneled built-in refrigerator and dishwasher, convection wall oven and 6-burner gas range. Stunning cabinetry as well as large waterfall island with quartz countertops, tiled backsplash. The Owners suite includes two spacious Walk in closets, abundant natural light and bath with free standing quartz top vanity., stone floor and shower and frameless glass shower enclosure with separate commode room. The homes are Energy Star and National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified. Please note the photos are representative of a similar home (our Model home on site). . This home is to-be-built and you can still customized to compliment your personal style. We have several homes available for 60 day completion. Towns at Abingdon Place -- Make your appointment today to visit our Model Home! [611 Second, Alexandria, VA]

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY AND - SUNDAY 12-4PM. COME SEE OUR BEAUTIFUL MODEL HOME! IMMEDIATE DELIVERY AVAILABLE - 5 NEW LUXURY, FOUR LEVEL, ELEVATOR TOWNHOMES!!! THE TOWN OF ABINGTON PLACE IS AN INTIMATE COMMUNITY OF 19 LUXURY, ELEVATOR TOWNHOMES DESIGNED AND INSPIRED BY THE CHARACTER AND CHARM OF OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA. WALK 15 MINUTES TO THE WATERFRONT PROMENADE, WALKING PATHS ALONG THR POTOMAC RIVER , MAJESTIC PARKS , PUCLIC WATERFRONT PIER, AND HISTORIC KING STREET WITH GOURMET RESTAURANTS, RETAIL AND BUSINESSES, YET SET APART FROM THE CROWDS! Each townhome's intricate masonry detail is the perfect complement to Old Town's signature architectural style. Distinctive features includes 4 stories with Roof Top Terrace and elevator that travels to all 4 levels! Gracious 10 foot ceilings, a Loft Level Living space and Bedroom Suite with a Spacious Rooftop Terrace, large enough to furnish a true outdoor living and entertaining space, 2-car garage and Smart Home features such as remote entry of door and security. Fully equipped with Miele Appliances and beautifully appointed this spacious kitchen is truly a chef's dream! The Miele appliances include a paneled built-in refrigerator and dishwasher, convection wall oven and 6-burner gas range. Stunning stacked glass cabinetry as well as large waterfall island with quartz countertops, tiled backsplash. The Owners suite includes two spacious closets, abundant natural light and bath with free standing quartz top vanity., stone floor and shower and frameless glass shower enclosure with separate commode room. The homes are Energy Star and National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified. Please note the photos are representative of a similar home (our Model home on site). We have several homes available for 60 day completion. We also have homes to-be-built that can be customized to compliment your personal style. The Towns at Abingdon Place -- Make your appointment today to visit our Model Home! [1119 E Abingdon, Alexandria, VA]

Enjoy fabulous sunsets from your private balcony and stunning views from this 17th-floor penthouse level condo. And just one floor up to the rooftop deck from which you can see all of downtown DC monuments, National Harbor fireworks, Ferris wheel, and boats cruising the Potomac River. Bring your wine and friends and enjoy the provided Gas Grills and outdoor furniture and you have months of enjoyment without the maintenance. This condo is a spacious 785 sq. feet with an open floor plan. Tons of afternoon light pours through the large windows. New engineered wood floors, baseboards, and lighting complete the look of the condo. The bathroom is newly updated and there is good storage. Extra storage is available to rent. There are two parking spaces assigned to the unit. Just 1.5 blks to the Mount Vernon Trail, alongside the Potomac River, you can enjoy your outdoor exercise daily. Yoga, Pilates, and a variety of fitness clubs are nearby. Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's are steps away as are numerous restaurants, shops, and amenities. If you commute into the city, the Express Bus stops at the corner, just 2 blks away. The Braddock Metro is within a mile and the DASH bus stop to the metro is at the corner. King Street and the heart of Old Town are just 7 blks from your front door. Out the back door is a fantastic park that has off-leash for dogs, a large tot lot for kids, public tennis courts, and a Thursday Farmers Market. And Oronoco Park hosts the annual Fireworks and other Old Town Festivals. Just bring your chairs. Staffed front desk with package service, elevator, and other amenities. The Condo Fee includes ALL UTILITIES and PARKING and general maintenance and upkeep of all the common areas, laundry rooms, common areas, and party room. This is a great place and location for telecommuting or to have as a weekend or city getaway. Buy it to live in, to use as a pied-à-terre, an office condo, or as an investment rental property. You can't go wrong buying in Old Town. Location, Location, Location. [801 N Pitt St #1701, Alexandria, VA]

Extraordinary one bedroom one bath condo in Harbor Terrace. Beautifully renovated north old town 700 sq. ft residence features an open concept living space with kitchen and living room connecting seamlessly. The gourmet kitchen features granite counters, hardwood cabinetry, and stainless appliances with in unit washer and dryer. The living room leads to a front facing balcony with room to relax and space for grilling. The Bathroom is completely updated with ample storage. The oversized bedroom has full size closet space and faces the rear of the complex with access to the Mount Vernon trail, the Potomac River and Historic Old Town a short trek away. Hardwood floors throughout. The unit comes with a dedicated storage unit, and permitted off street parking for 1 car. Easy direct access to the GW parkway for future commuting. A perfect first home, in town residence, or investment opportunity, Minutes to Old Town, Amazon HQ, National Airport and DC. [1401 E Abingdon Dr #3, Alexandria, VA]

Welcome to historic Swann-Daingerfield House, and a hard to find 1,690 square foot condo with interesting architectural details throughout. Steeped in American history and located in a prime Old Town Alexandria location, this boutique condominium offers so many special features. High ceilings enhance the residences spacious rooms and create a light and airy atmosphere. Two wood burning fireplaces warm both the living room and dining room and make for cozy winter evenings. A second bedroom located off the living area is perfect for a den/home office that can double as a guest room. A fun balcony off the kitchen over looks rooftops and the private garden below and is reminiscent of European lifestyles. The master suite has plenty of room for a king size bed and a sitting area. An elevator, separate storage of 140 square feet and assigned parking space are included. All your must-haves in one perfectly lovely residence! The building is listed as a Historic Landmark by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Trust for Historic Places under the US Dept. of the Interior. Originally built in the Federal style in 1800 for Thomas Swann, a U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the Swann-Daingerfield House was the residence of three generations of the Daingerfield family, notable Alexandrian residents who remodeled it into its current Second Empire architectural style. From 1899 until 1941, the house served as the locus of St. Mary's Academy, a private Catholic secondary school for girls founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, an order established in Alexandria in 1869. During their tenure, the Sisters expanded the house with two large Second Empire-style annexes. In 1943, the Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing purchased the building and converted it into a dormitory for nurses in training, a role it served until 1973. It was then converted into condominiums and has been a private residences for over 50 years. [706 Prince St #12, Alexandria, VA]

Motivated seller, bring an offer! Welcome to Liberty Row, Old Town North living at its very finest. This first floor, end unit condo has lots of light gleaming throughout the residence. The building offers a secure, key fob entry and proximity to The Pentagon, DC, and soon, Amazon HQ2 and Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus. Two master suites each with their own en suite bath. In addition, one powder room for guests, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and open concept kitchen. Updated light fixtures, plenty of storage and a double sided fireplace add to this light filled condo. Two deeded garage parking places convey with purchase. Walk out and enjoy fresh air on your own private, balcony with views of greenery. Walk to shops, restaurants, grocery and so much more! Garage parking places #F10 & #F11 convey with purchase. Bring an offer! [540 Second St #103, Alexandria, VA]

*** Thermador appliance package upgrade, outdoor summer kitchen and wine frig included in unit 501!*** Introducing MUSE, now selling in presale! New water view mid-rise luxury condominium with 73 total residences & 29 one-of-a-kind floor plans with Old Town perspectives. Offering 1+den to 2 beds+den residences ranging from 920 - 2800 sq. ft. of extraordinary sophisticated space. Every residence features stunning floor to ceiling glass with operable windows, 7.5" engineered oak wood floor, custom imported Snaidero cabinetry, Waterworks and Brizio fixtures, Bosch panelized appliances, quartz countertops with waterfall, wine fridge, porcelain tile, recessed lighting throughout, and more. Select residences include expansive outdoor terraces and/or balconies. Amenities include direct access to Mt. Vernon Trail, 24 hour front desk, lobby lounge, bike storage, penthouse lounge with outdoor wrap-around terrace with sweeping water views of DC, MD, and VA, indoor-outdoor fitness center with dedicated movement room, and pet wash. White glove services include on-site lobby porter for general assistance, on-site experienced property manager, a full-time licensed building engineer and daily janitorial staff. New home of Art League of Alexandria will offer artist studios and classes in retail space. Other neighborhood retail includes Harris Teeter, Trader Joes, Rustico, Hank & Mitzi's, Cafe 44, Goldfinch, and Oak Steakhouse. A mere .75 miles to King St, 5 miles to Washington DC, and 1 traffic light to Reagan Airport. Delivery in 2021. Sales Gallery open daily by appointment. [1201 N Royal St #707, Alexandria, VA]

Smashing 2 bedroom condo in sought after Colecroft Station. Directly across from Braddock Road Metro station and thisclose to all the cool stuff going on, going in and going up in Alexandria. Roomy kitchen with stainless steel appliances, tons on storage and pass through into dining area with built-ins. Spacious living room open onto very private brick walled patio! Updated bath with chic bowl sink. Primary bedroom features a wall of closets. Secondary bedroom currently used as home office. Hardwood floors. In unit stacking washer/dryer. Deeded parking! (#61). Recent improvements included Electric Service Panel 2020, Heat Pump 2018, Refrigerator 2019, Dishwasher 2018. Community offers secure building access, elegant lobby area, fully equipped fitness room, meeting room, picnic pavilion and BBQ grills. Super convenient location near business districts including Old Town, Potomac Yards, Crystal City/National Landing/HQ2, DCA, major commuter routes and several military installations. This is a MUST SEE! [545 E Braddock Rd #102, Alexandria, VA]

Spacious Contemporary 4 level luxury town home with attached two car garage in the heart of Old Town! Three bedrooms, two full, and two half baths plus a large rooftop terrace overlooking the city complete the package. The entry level room serves as a separate office, guest suite for au-pair, parents, or out-of-town guests. Discreet custom wine storage under the stairs. The second level gourmet kitchen includes extensive updates and upgrades - new appliances, wine and beverage storage, an expansive island for entertaining and a living area boasting a beautiful custom gas fireplace. High ceilings on all levels flood this end-unit south-facing home with light from three sides; south, west, and north. The third level primary bedroom includes an en-suite bath with upgrades, whirlpool tub, and separate rain shower. A second bedroom offers private bath and closet space. The open upper fourth level offers flexible space for third bedroom, family living or entertaining. Located just two blocks to the Braddock Metro, the commuting options are unparalleled. Local eateries abound with Bastille, Mason Social, Chop Shop Taco, Lena's Wood Fired Grill and Lost Dog Cafe are among the numerous options. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JANUARY 24th from 1 to 4 PM conforming to CDC guidelines. [735 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA]

Lovely 2 level townhome in the heart of Old Town featuring 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. As you walk in, you are greeted with beautiful hardwood floors, a cozy living room with a wood burning fireplace and spacious dining area complete with wine storage. The kitchen is complete with granite countertops, new dishwasher (2020) and a pantry!! Continue out to the HUGE back patio that has something for everyone. Complete with a shed, hot tub and plenty of space for a fantastic outdoor living area, it certainly doesn't disappoint. Upstairs you'll find a large primary bedroom with a great walk in closet, a spacious full bathroom and 2 additional bedrooms. Washing laundry will be so easy with the second level laundry closet that has a new washer and dryer (2020). Blocks away from the King Street, a 15 minute walk to the water, access to the highway and plenty of locations to walk to with ease. The whole upstairs has been touched up with fresh paint. Other updates include water heater 2016, garbage disposal 2017, cooktop 2018, and a new heat pump in 2019. [410 S Columbus St, Alexandria, VA]

Property Management Basics

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Julie Nesbitt manages property in Northern VA. Her landlords value her attention to detail.

Property management is a business in and of itself. If you want to invest in real estate, but you don’t want to be a property manager, the solution is really quite simple: employ the services of Nesbitt Realty. Our family-run business is experienced with managing the day-to-day operations of properties just like yours. We manage residential properties including homes, condos and townhouses.

A big value-add provided by your Nesbitt Realty property manager is “separation”. This to say, your Nesbitt Realty property manager maintains a level of separation between the landlord and the tenants and the property. As you may already know, it’s important to invest in real estate without emotionally investing in tenants or property. Your Nesbitt Realty property manager helps ensure that you always make the best decision for your family, rather than making the best decision for the tenant’s family.

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Nesbitt Realty currently manages properties in Carlyle Towers, the Jamieson and across Northern VA.

So, your Nesbitt Realty rental property manager serves as a buffer between the owner and his tenants. Nesbitt Realty can help you find tenants, handling repair projects and maintenance, oversee improvements, collect rent, and even pay some expenses and taxes. The specific tasks we handle vary based upon upon the needs and wishes of the property owner. Additionally, a competent Nesbitt Realty property manager gives you protection from certain liabilities.

Nesbitt Realty usually charges a percentage of the rents collected. Every aspect of Nesbitt Realty property manager’s responsibilities will be outlined in a contract signed by both Nesbitt Realty and the landlord. This agreement details financial responsibilities and specifies the types of financial reports the landlord can expect.

Your Nesbitt Realty property manager will stay current on new laws and condo regulations which may be relevant to your situation. Nesbitt Realty Property Management takes a lot of the burden off of owning rental real estate.

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Properties in Belle Haven

Welcome to Cameron Mews

Properties in Cameron Mews

101 Cameron Mews

As close to the water as you can get without being on a boat! Extensive remodel to the 1st floor in 2019 including kitchen, dining, and living room. This home is connected with Nest thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detectors, Nest keypad front and back door locks, Haiku connected ceiling fans, WeMo & Brilliant light switches, & speakers in the ceiling of almost every room, which are currently connected to many Sonos amps (negotiable for conveyance). New front & back doors, including a doggie door in the back door. Jetted, extra deep tub in the master bath. Enjoy views of the Capitol Building and Founder's Park from the top floor. Located just 1 block from King Street and the trolley stop, close to all of Old Town dining and shopping! Due to Covid-19 concerns, please make sure you've viewed the photos, 3D Tour, video (if exists), and satellite map PRIOR to setting an appointment to see the home. Thank you for your caution! [Cameron Mews - $1,300,000] SOLD!

Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will and Julie at Art Festival
At the 2009 Alexandria Art Festival

This weekend Julie and I went to Old Town with the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group to enjoy the Alexandria Art Festival. The Art Festival occurs every year around this time and features artists and craftsmen from around the area.

2009 Art Festival
2009 Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria

King Street closes to vehicular traffic and artists set-up stalls in the street. It’s an easy way to enjoy lots of art from lots of folks. The weather was very co-operative, neither too hot nor too cold.

Old Town Alexandria
2009 Old Town Alexandria

This 12 foot tall image of a koi caught my eye, as did many smaller pieces.

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Arts Festival in Old Town Alexandria

I found that my camera was drawn to the larger pieces, but this is probably because I knew they would photograph well. There were many smaller items for sale too. However, many of us felt that this year’s festival seemed to offer more pieces that would be welcomed in a restaurant or hotel lobby than usual and a few number of the smaller pieces that look nice in a home.

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Harpist

There were several musicians playing up and down the street. This harpist sang like an angel, but I have to admit that my favorite was the steel drum player.

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People walking King Street during Art Festival

We walked all the way up to Washington Street before turning around and making way back to the Potomac. After some discussion the group voted to eat at the Charthouse. At the Charthouse, the ladies had a little wine and we enjoyed some relaxed conversation and then dinner. For my part, I think the food at the Charthouse is good, but not great. Even though it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it because of the pleasant views of the Potomac that are offered.

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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.

GW Rec Center offers a place for all to move

The George Washington RECenter in Alexandria provides residents with plenty of ways to exercise indoors and outdoors. In addition to a fitness area with exercise bikes and two treadmills, the center has lighted tennis courts and a picnic area. Saunas, showers and fully equipped locker rooms are also available for use.

For the aquatically inclined, the center features an indoor heated 25-meter pool, complete with a poolside spa, a diving board and a beach/wading area. Swimmers will also enjoy water aerobics classes and private and public swimming lessons. Also, water exercise equipment is available for the public.

The center is located at 8426 Old Mt. Vernon Road in Alexandria. To get to the center, take exit 177A (Route 1) from the Beltway. From Route 1, take Route 235 and then bear right onto Route 623, Old Mt. Vernon Road. The entrance is on the right. For more driving directions, visit the center’s page here.

The center is closed during most federal holidays, excluding Columbus and Veterans days. For more detailed information on hours, click here or call the center at 703-780-8894.

  • Julie Nesbitt

    Julie Nesbitt
    Julie Nesbitt knows the back trails and by-ways of Northern Virginia real estate.

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  • Enjoying Winkler Botanical Preserve

    We had a great time walking the trails. 

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  • Don’t take chances with real estate.

  • REDUCED: 7202 Churchill Rd, McLean

    Open House, Sunday, 1-4 BIG PRICE DROP! 7202 CHURCHILL ROAD McLean, VA 22101 6 Bedrooms 5.5 Bathrooms 6,752 SF $1,695,000

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