A County of its Own: City of Fairfax Public Schools

The City of Fairfax Public School system is an independent district separate from Fairfax County Public Schools. A small and quaint school division, City of Fairfax Schools are controlled by the Fairfax County School Board and the school board members consult with superintendents to make decisions regarding the schools. In 2007, the City Schools Close-Up Newsletter won an award for Excellence from the National School Public Relations Association. Schools include Fairfax High School, Lanier Middle School, Daniels Run Elementary School, and Providence Elementary School.


Top 100 Communities for Young People by America’s Promise: Alexandria City Public Schools

Alexandria City Public Schools is located in Alexandria, Virginia. It is one of the most diverse school divisions in the country with students from 80 different countries, and over 60 different languages. The county is very focused on education; the city council and the community are active components of the school system. The City of Alexandria was recently named one of the Top 100 Communities for Young People by America’s Promise. Since 2004, a recent city survey found that a number of people moved to Alexandria for their excellent school system.

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Experience Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap is a fine arts mecca that is known for hosting some of the best entertainment in the Northern Virginia region.  Its calendar is filled with a host of acts from dancing to some of the world’s most famous musicians.   There schedule is complete with options for the kids, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa.  This area is one of the best places to visit if you are from out of town and it is in a great location. Wolf Trap logo

One of the neatest details about this place is that it is an amphitheater.  You and your family can enjoy in-house seats or take a picnic and enjoy the show from the lawn.  This is especially fun in those warm summer days.  I had a chance to go to a Gladys Knight concert at Wolf Trap and it was one of the best experience’s I have ever had in my life.  The crowd was pumped and I honestly thought that the crickets were right in tune with her that night.  The crowd was electric and it was so nice to have the breeze of the night air in the midst of pumped up concert.

There amazing acts coming up this spring and summer.  There are some shows you definitely will not want to miss.  The latest act to come to Wolf Trap is Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody.  There are also great children’s programs.  This is a great treasure in Northern Virginia and if you get a chance to visit, you’ll see why.

Kitchen “ins” and “outs”

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Whether it be, trash, lighting, style, cabinets, etc., kitchen trends have changed a lot for this year.

Below is a list of kitchen trends decreasing and increasing in popularity, that may be of help to you.

kitchen at Turnberry Tower
Quality designs for each unit


Popular:  Recycling and trash can pull outs, trash compactors, and garbage disposal.
Not so popular:  Random trash can placement.

Popular:   Energy efficent LED lighting
Not so popular:  Regular non energy saving light bulbs.


Popular:  Electric or induction stovetops, and also double wall ovens.

Not so popular:  Gas stovetops. Warming drawers and single wall ovens are also losing their popularity.

Granite counters in the kitchens at the Duke
Granite kitchen counters at the Duke.

Popular:  Side by side door and french doors.
Not so popular:   Freezer on top refrigerator on bottom models.

Upgrades in Cabinetry:
Popular:  Unchilled wine storage
Not so popular:  Lazy susans, tall pantries, pull out racks, things like that.


Popular:  Low maintenance countertops, quartz and granite are very popular. Marble seems to be gaining popularity as well.

Not so popular:   Laminate countertops.


Popular:  Traditional remains number 1. Shaker style is increasing in popularity since last year.
Not so popular:  Contemporary style.


Popular:  Grays, bones, and beige
Not so popular:  Off whites, whites, brown tones.

Kitchen finishes:

Popular:  Light and dark natural finishes, as well as colored paint finishes.
Not so popular:  Glazed, medium natural, painted and distressed finishes.


Popular:  Maple!
Not so popular:  Cherry

Info gotten from the national kitchen and bath association.

Reston Opportunity for Options

Reston has been an up and coming city in Fairfax county over the last few years.  The growth it has experienced has given buyers plenty of room to decided what kind of home best meets their need.  Whether you want a neighborhood or city experience.  Reston has definitely got whatever you need.  It has tried to meet he needs of their community by adding several shopping centers and has quickly become one of the premier places to shop, dine, and socialize amongst Northern Virginians.

Reston Town Center is located in the hear of city and quite frankly you can drive for several blocks and find something to interest you or your family.  Right around the block from Reston Town Center is another shopping center that offers access to stores like Best Buy, Lane Bryant, Barne’s & Nobles, and Men’s Warehouse.  There are grocery stores integrated in these shopping centers as well like Harris Teeter.  What’s nice is that all of this action is surrounded by quiet neighborhoods of condos, townhomes, or single family homes.

Commuters will also be pleased by the ability to get to the metro quickly when trying to beat the morning rush.  Reston straddles the Dulles Toll Road so you never have to worry about getting in and out of the city.  In all honesty, I could go on and on about all that Reston has to offer.  It is one of those places you have to see and experience to understand.  Reston has a lot opportunity for a lot of buyers, it just depends on what your’re looking for.

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Escape to Harbor Terrace

Harbor Terrace
Harbor Terrace covered in snow.

Harbor Terrace condos is located in Old Town Alexandria and provides the perfect escape for city living after a long day’s work.  It’s easy to access and it offers plenty of access for commuters who need reliable ways for transportation.  On the other hand, there are many companies that are based in Old Town so your commute may be as simple as a brisk walk. 

 Harbor Terrace is a nice condominium complex that has a lot to offer its residents who are looking for the perfect place to settle down.  These condos feature lofts complete with a washer and dryer.  The summer months can be filled with fun in the sun with outdoor barbecue grills available to residents.  You can also take advantage of the community pavillion. 

The community is in close proximity to Mount Vernon Bike Trail and welcomes residents with pets.  You have access to parking on the street and you can feel safe knowing that the building has a secure entry system.  No matter what your looking for in a condominium, Harbor Terrace has a lot of what need and more.

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Rippon Landing offers mid-sized townhouses.

Rippon Landing is a subdivision located  in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. The townhouses look about mid-sized, they’re not very large, but great for a starter home. They don’t look super appealing from the outside, mainly because of the age of them I’d say.  The neighborhood seems to be pretty well taken care of though. There are very wide streets, which is nice so you can park on the side of the streets without having to worry too much about your car. There is a large playground in the center of the neighborhood, it has swings, slides, a basketball court, a jungle gym, etc., which makes Rippon Landing a nice place to live if you have any children. Its also located right off of route 1, and has very close access to I-95, making it very conveinent for any commuters out there. Overall, the community seemed quiet, and very pleasant.

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Types of condominiums that are available

The Eclipse near Potomac Yards

Their are many different types of condos available, and in a variety of different sizes. Types of  condos can  range from studios, to one-bedroom apartments, to townhouse condos, and sometimes you may be able to find three or four bedroom condos available as well. Different condominiums, as stated before come in different sizes, and with different floor plans of course. Some may have two bedrooms and two baths, while others will have three bedrooms and one and a half baths, and so on. It all depends on the specific condiminium your looking at.

Pembrook Village has comfortable condos and great location

Located in Southern Fairfax County near Engleside and Buckman Road, Pembrook Village offers residencies in a condominium community near many important roads and locations.

Walmart at 6303 Richmond Highway Alexandria

This condo community’s more than 100 units were built in the 1980s but many have been updated since then. They contain one, two or three bedrooms and often more than one bathroom. On the exterior, the quaint living space features pastel colors, white trim, porches and fences. Residents also have access to ample parking space and a tot lot.

Pembrook Village residents have easy access to Route 1 (Richmond Highway), which contains a recently built Walmart.

Being near Route 1 also makes for an easy commute to Alexandria and Fort Belvoir. Shoppers looking for more than Walmart will enjoy Pembrook Village’s proximity to Beacon Hill Mall, which contains everything from Giant Food and Drug to Lowes home improvement. It’s also located near Mt. Zephyr Park.


Braddock Place Style

Braddock Place is a condominum complex located in Alexandria, VA.  It offers its residents lots of charm, style, and convenience.  It is located near the Braddock Metro station which allows for easy access to and from D.C.   With several

Braddock Place
Braddock Place

different amenities, it can be easy to make this place your own. 

The building is equipped with a gym and each unit has a washer and dryer.  During the summer months you can enjoy the amazing outdoor pool that is available to all residents.  Another great feature to brave the cold nights during the Northern Virgini Winter are fireplaces.  Many of the condos have nice ones pre installed. 

Braddock Place offers affordable units that are a great buy for the prices they offer.  In today’s economy it can be difficult to make your dollar stretch and enjoy all the luxuries you are looking for that this place has to offer.  Braddock Place offers the great mix of style and convenience and is a great option for singles or small families. 

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