Thomas Jefferson Community Center

The Thomas Jefferson Community Center is located at 3501 2nd Street S., in Arlington, VA 22204. The facilities at TJ Community Center include:

  • a (50 person capacity) Meeting room,
  • game room,
  • art studios (pottery, photography, jewelry and wood working),
  • gymnasium,
  • indoor track,
  • accessible pre-school and school-aged playgrounds,
  • basketball courts (outdoor),
  • tennis courts with lights (outdoor),
  • fitness trail,
  • soccer field,
  • par course,
  • fitness center,
  • accessible public restrooms,
  • showers, changing rooms, lockers,
  • towel service,
  • sauna,
  • pay phone,
  • water fountain, and
  • vending machines (snack/beverage).

Hours vary depending upon the time of year, but the center is generally open 7 days a week. For more information call 703-228-5920.

Nearby homes for sale include:

Properties in 22204

Fairfax County Asks Residents For Help With Clean-up

Fairfax County officials are encouraging residents to help remove dirt and sod left on the roads by snowplows. Residents and business owners also are asked to replace any missing grass on their properties.

The county already is taking action on this issue with help from the Sheriff’s Office Community Labor Force (CLF). During the next few weeks, these crews will clean up dirt and sod from the roads as they perform landscaping at bus stops and parking lots across the county.

Because this problem is so widespread, VDOT won’t be able to clean up every one of the 17,000 miles of roads that they’re responsible for in Northern Virginia,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “This is why we’re asking for help from the community and the county is stepping in to assist too.

In many cases, the sod can be transplanted back on the sides of the roads.

The Sheriff’s Community Labor Force provides an innovative approach to incarceration and work release. The CLF partners with other county agencies to provide light landscaping services on county-owned property, saving taxpayer dollars. Labor crews, consisting of well-screened offenders, provide necessary services to the county that include graffiti removal, blight abatement, countywide litter pickup, bus stop maintenance, and overall beautification.

The CLF program participants can engage in meaningful work and develop employable skills. They also may earn “Exemplary Good Time” for their efforts, thereby reducing incarceration periods and the cost of incarceration to taxpayers.

Courtesy Fairfax County Government Website

Rent a bike in Alexandria VA

Biking is a fun way to see the sites of Northern VA

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Tandem bikes are available

Go green and explore the city by bicycle!  Bike and Roll Alexandria offers bike rentals including Trek comfort hybrid bikes as well as tandem bikes. Children’s bikes and accessories such as tandem trailers and burleys are also available.

Bike rentals allow you to hop on two wheels and see DC and Northern Virginia in a completely new way. All rentals come with a helmet, U-lock, bike rack, flat kit and city map. Just let us know where you are heading and we’ll point you in the right direction! You may even rent from one shop and ride one-way to our other location (in Washington DC) for a small drop-off fee.

comfort bike
Choose between comfort or performance.

For day long reservations for any equipment in Old Town Alexandria, VA, call: 703.548. ROLL (7655).

Bike and Roll Alexandria
One Wales Alley
Alexandria, VA 22314

Bike and Roll Alexandria is located at the corner of Wales Alley and The Strand in Old Town Alexandria. This

Bike Path on GW Parkway
Bike Path on GW Parkway

shop is convenient to the King Street Trolley Stop at North Union Street and a couple hundred yards south from the Water Taxi.

biking in Old Town
Bike and Roll

Transportation Costs Hurt Housing Affordability

Huntington Metro
Huntington Metro

A new study contends that only 39 percent of U.S. communities are affordable for typical households when the cost of transportation is included in the calculation of housing costs.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology analyzed the Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, which examined 161,000 neighborhoods housing 80 percent of the U.S. population, and concluded that for most families, transportation is the second-largest household expense.

It is also a fairly unmanageable one, the study concluded, because it is difficult for families to estimate the full cost of a location before they move there. Gas prices and employment demands aren’t very predictable for many.

Factors that can help people control transportation costs include walkable neighborhood streets, access to public transit, and nearby retail.

Source: Center for Neighborhood Technology (03/23/2010)

Julie in Spring of 2010

Julie Nesbitt is one of the hard-working real estate professionals at Condo Alexandria.  As many people know, she’s a force behind much of what gets done here.  We snapped a few publicity photos of her this Spring.  Which one do you like best?

The Marshall House

Plaques are found on many buildings and homes in Old Town Alexandria. “Plaqued” homes are not uncommon in Old Town Alexandria and a historical plaque is generally considered to enhance the value of the property.  The plaque for the Marshall House is found on King Street on the Hotel Monaco. It reads:

historical placque
History is around every corner of Northern Virginia

The Marshall House stood upon this site and within the building on early morning of May 24, 1861 James W. Jackson was killed by Federal soldiers while defending his property and personal rights, as stated in the verdict of the coroners jury.
He was the first martyr to the cause of Southern Independence. The Justice of History does not permit his name to be forgotten.
Not in the excitement of battle, but coolly and for a great principle, he laid down his life, as an example to all, in defence of his home and the sacred soil of his native state, Virginia.

Erected by the Sons and Daughters of Confederate Soldiers

Arena Stage

Arena Stage in Crystal City on South Bell Street was founded in 1950 as one of the nation’s original resident regional theaters. Arena Stage has a focus on American playwrights, featuring the classics of American theater, but productions also include new American plays. Arena Stage has a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the field, including several important firsts:

  • the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway;
  • the first regional theater invited by the U.S. State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain; and ,
  • the first regional theater to receive a Tony Award.

Arena stage has produced everything from vast epics and charged dramas to rousing musicals and probing profiles. With the opening of the new Mead Center for American Theater in 2010, Arena Stage is recognized as a leading center for the production, development and study of the American theater. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000.

Arena Stage
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater – named to honor the visionary philanthropy of Arena Stage Life Trustees Gilbert and Jaylee Mead – will be a state-of-the-art theater campus for the presentation of classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. (Rendering by Bing Thom Architects)

2009/2010 Season

Jane Anderson
Directed by Lisa Peterson

Book and lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Amanda Dehnert

by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Kenny Leon

Book by Craig Lucas
Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Directed by Molly Smith

Concept by Donald McKayle
Based on the music of Duke Ellington
Dance and musical arrangements by Lloyd Mayers
Vocal arrangements by Malcolm Dodds and Lloyd Mayers
Original music direction by Mercer Ellington
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Choreographed by Maurice Hines

Written and directed by D.W. Jacobs


(A) Performed in the Arena
(renamed The Fichandler Stage in 1992 (F) )
(K) Performed in the Kreeger Theater
(O) Performed in the Old Vat Room
(S) Performed in The Scene Shop
(14&T) Performed at 14th and T downtown theater space

More Information About Arena Stage

Address: 1800 S Bell St, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (202) 488-3300
Website: Arena Stage

The Differences between the Watergates

Watergate of Alexandria is very different from Watergate at Landmark

Watergate Apartments
The original Watergate

Watergate is perhaps one of the most famous real estate names in North America.  The original Watergate complex was built in Washington DC along the Potomac, sited in a location that made it ideal for members of Congress and Executive Branch staff.  Watergate in DC is most famous for the burglary that occurred at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Ties to this break-in is what led to the downfall of Richard Nixon and what put the word “Watergate” in every newspaper in America, if not the world.

As the original Watergate was nearing completion, plans were made and land was purchased to build another Watergate in Old Town Alexandria. Old Town Alexandria had approved a sleek and modern complex known as the Alexandria House, so it was assumed that the Watergate of Alexandria would be welcomed by the city.  However, the City of Alexandria balked at the modernization of Old Town, forever changing the trajectory of Old Town.

Watergate of Alexandria
colonial elegance at the Watergate of Alexandria

The Watergate of Alexandria evolved into a condominium community that better fit with the surrounding neighborhood. The Watergate of Alexandria has architecture and a design style that echoes Old Town Alexandria. The condominiums here are townhouse style, sited around a courtyard and gardens as one my expect from a traditional Alexandria home.

Watergate of Alexandria is a far cry from the original Watergate concept. Watergate was not sleek and modern. There is no pool at the Watergate of Alexandria, and there are no tennis courts. But Watergate of Alexandria is a gem in its own right. It’s location in Old Town and the colonial /Federal style of architecture fits nicely with Old Town. Watergate of Alexandria is not far from the Braddock Road Metro Station.

After failing to get approval for the type of complex they were seeking in Old Town, the developers of Watergate then proceeded to build the Watergate at Landmark. Landmark is in West End Alexandria and thus, not really near the water at all.  But Watergate at Landmark is truer to the original Watergate brand. Watergate at Landmark has a bevy of amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, racket ball courts, and much more. The community provides shuttle service to nearby Van Dorn Metro.

Watergate at Landmark

Watergate at Landmark is a large complex of 5 high-rises. Watergate at Landmark is a gated-community with 24 hour security. Homes here range from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom condos.  Each condo at Watergate at Landmark has a balcony. Watergate at Landmark has both surface and garage parking depending upon the unit.

As you can see, Watergate at Landmark and Watergate of Alexandria are very different from each other and in many ways they are both very different from the original Watergate apartments in Washington DC. Watergate of Landmark has become representative of some of the best condos that West End Alexandria has to offer. Watergate of Alexandria has melded into the community of Old Town Alexandria.

Homes for Sale at Watergate at Landmark

Homes for Sale at Watergate of Alexandria

Properties in Watergate of Alexandria

photo credit: Mr. T in DC

Wiehle Avenue Metro Station

You’re invited to give feedback on future land-use near proposed Wiehle Avenue Metro Station

As you may know the new Silver Line is being planned to take commuters from Reston/Herndon into the City.  The Wiehle Metro Station will be located just west of Tyson’s Corner at Weihle Avenue.  Planners and adminstrators have invited the public to offer input about the land-use around the proposed station on March 20, at 9 a.m. The public workshop will be held at the Langston Hughes Middle School cafeteria, 11401 Ridge Heights Road, Reston. The draft agenda for this workshop is available online.

The goal of this development is to take advantage of proximity to Metro while preserving nearby neighborhoods. The Reston Master Plan Task Force will develop recommendations for future land use for the Dulles Corridor. This includes the areas around the future Wiehle Avenue, Reston Parkway and Herndon-Monroe Metro stations, as well as Reston Town Center. Community workshops will be conducted for each of these areas, so the public can offer their input. Public hearings also will be held later this year on the overall recommendations for the corridor.

The task force is scheduled to present its recommendations this summer and they will be sent to the Fairfax County Planning Commission for review this fall. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will then vote on whether to include the recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan for the corridor.

Materials from previous workshops are available online.

For more information or reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Sandi Smith, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, at 703-324-1239, TTY 711 or [email protected].

Homes for sale near this proposed Metro Station

Properties in Metro Wiehle Ave

When the rent check bounces …

At Condo Alexandria, we take very seriously our duties at property managers. One thing we do NOT play around with is rent checks.  When a rent check bounces, we go into action taking the following actions as our discretion dictates:

  1. We hand deliver a letter and notice stating the check has bounced which includes a photocopy of the bounced check front and back.  That notice includes a 3 day “pay or quit” notice.
  2. We give the tenant 72 hours to cover the check. The tenant must also pay all bank fee’s which we have been charged. Our notice makes clear that if the bad check is not covered within the time allotted, we will turn it over to the commonwealth attorney for prosecution.
  3. Payment must be make with either a money order or a cashier’s check. Cash or checks are not accepted.
  4. Condo Alexandria demand the payment be made personally. We will accept shipment only where a tracking number can verify where and when the check was sent and where it will arrive.

If the funds are not delivered in time, we take action immediately.  We’ve been doing this too long and heard too many stories to let the matter linger.  We can always call off an eviction, but we can never recoup lost days.  We also inform the tenant that once the attorney is involved, the tenant will be responsible for those fees as well.

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Will Nesbitt

Will Nesbitt is the Principal Broker of Condo Alexandria