From Location to Commute, Will This Affect Real Estate?

For those searching for homes in Northern Virginia, the location is always the main and important factor. However, there are a lot of specifications that would decide on a location. Those would be the exact neighborhoods, views, noise, schools, accessibility to shopping centers/ entertainment/ convenient stores/ healthcare and more. But there is one factor that will remain to be the most important specification and that would be Commute. Washington DC does have the most gridlock highways in the country and as regional planners suggest improvements to handle the current situation, people and employment still rains hard. Although from the perspective of Real Estate it is a blessing but in terms of commute it is already a complicated and challenging situation that would grow into a more challenging one. According to local news radio WTOP, the Washington DC region is primed to grow by more than 2 million people over the next 25 years, however the same report did highlight that the region needs to build more accessible roads to handle the influx. While as observed by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, once we get beyond our current major roads projects to deal with the current concerns, there are “no improvements in the pipeline after this”. Based on the current situation we have, the concern of location in Real Estate may as well be commute. A worker’s commute being frustrating and lengthy can and will have a large impact on his or her lifestyle and even personality. Bearing this in mind, the consideration to trade other location features to commute features will definitely arise. Such commuting features may be:
  • Accessibility to current or possible job centers that may include military bases.
  • Convenient highway access
  • Accessibility to mass transportation like Metrorail
  • Proximity to airports – Dulles or Reagan National in Northern Virginia or BWI
  • Consideration of toll vs. non-toll highways
  • Carpool hours on certain highways that can affect commute
  • Accessibility to secondary roads and upcoming road improvements
  • Awareness of where “ bottlenecks” can be found
Would such considerations make a large change of location specifications to commute specifications in terms of Real Estate?

Demand Strong for Well-Prices Homes

Yes, houses will sell as long as they are priced right. In many — but not all places — that means they’re priced low. "People who price their homes to the market are selling them in a reasonable amount of time, but people who cling to 2004 or 2005 prices aren't," says Richard Smith, president and CEO of Realogy, the parent company of Century 21, ERA, Coldwell Banker and Sotheby's International Realty. In some areas, pent-up demand has exploded. "It's crazy," says Brendon DeSimone, an associate with Paragon Real Estate in the Noe Valley near San Francisco. "I had one house with five offers, and it went from $1.4 million to $1.7 million. The valley has just popped. It's not uncommon for one open house to have 200 people come through." Source: USA Today, Stephanie Armour (07/28/2010)
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CNA with more than 60 years in Alexandria VA

CNA's objective, empirical research and analysis helps decision makers develop sound policies, make better-informed decisions, and manage programs more effectively. We take a multi-disciplinary, field-based "real world" approach to our work, and provide public-sector organizations with the tools they need to tackle the complex challenges of making government more efficient and keeping our country safe and strong.

A non profit research organization operating for the Center for Naval Analysis as well as the Institute for Public Research, CNA’s approach is a modern iteration of Isaac Newton’s perception that direct observation of events and people increases one’s understanding of complex dynamic processes. Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Public Research 350 researchers and 45 analysts and more make up CNA to date. These employees either in groups or individually are active in their communities by assisting those in need. CNA also takes part of many charity programs and organizations. The Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Public Research are 2 major operating components of CNA. Research and analysis support are provided to the US Navy and other Departments of Defense components via the Center for Naval Analyses contract – a federally Funded Research and Development Center. CNA also provides support to other federal government agencies, state and local governments, foundations and others via the institute for Public Research. CNA with more than 750 employees is located at 4825 Mark Center Drive in Alexandria, VA 22311. For more information you can contact: 703 – 824 – 2000

Dominion moving up in Virginia

Dominion’s Strategy To be a leading provider of electricity, natural gas and related services to clients in the energy intensive Midwest, Mid Atlantic and Northeast regions in the US that are potential markets of 50 million houses and businesses consuming over 40 % of the nation’s energy. Having their corporate headquarters in Richmond Virginia, Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy having 27,500 megawatts of generation, 12,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipelines and 6,000 miles of electric transmission lines. With 942 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serving retail energy clients in 12 states, Dominion is certainly the nation’s largest gas storage system. Dominion employees have been sincerely active in their communities and have been receiving formal company support for years. Programs and projects have been set up by employees to assist children and families in need as well as beautifying the communities itself to building classrooms and playgrounds for schools throughout the years. Dominion is an equal opportunity employer accepting applicants with disabilities, undergraduates as well as military and veterans are most welcome. Dominion have offices in One James River Plaza (OJRP) 701 East Cary Street at Richmond, Virginia 23219 with contact number 804-771-4795, as well as on James River at 120 Tredegar Street just a few blocks from OJRP.

Penderbrook Golf Club in Fairfax VA

The Penderbrook community’s Penderbrook Golf Club in Fairfax is a sight to see with its challenging 18 hole par 71 championship golf course that everyone can enjoy. Arnold Palmer Golf Management professionally manages the club garnering many improvements within a year including their pros shop and “traditions Café” restaurant. Penderbrook Club is known to host major tournaments, groups’ outings and leagues throughout the year. And the restaurant can seat 200 people with an attached covered deck while accommodating every catering need to provide excellent Penderbrook experience. Directions to get to Penderbrook Club via I-66:
  • Exit 57, Fair Oaks - Springfield and Winchester (Route 50 North)
  • West Ox Road North
  • Right at first traffic light which is the entrance to Penderbrook and Penderbrook Drive
  • Follow this to the end, past apartments, townhouses, condos, and single family homes
  • Road turns into Golf Trail Lane
  • Golf Club is straight ahead at the end
Penderbrook Golf Club is located at 3700 Golf Trail Lane Fairfax VA 22033. For more information please contact 703 – 385 – 3700.

About Reston National Golf Course

Home to Nike Golf Learning Center of the Mid Atlantic. Reston National Golf Course is among the Northern Virginia’s favorite of classic golf with a 150 seat covered outdoor patio for golf outings or even hosting a golf event. Reston National Golf Course is situated in the center of Reston off Dulles Toll Road between Dulles Airport and the Washington Beltway.  Reston National Golf Course is located at 11875 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston VA 20191. The Clubhouse offers majestic views surrounding the luxurious patio and clubhouse. A Golf Shop is available at the clubhouse providing gold equipment and accessories along with a professional staff to assist with repairs, custom fitting and the like. The restaurant within the clubhouse is a relaxing place to hang out with the luxury of viewing the beautiful surroundings while having a quick snack or a heavy full meal. Reston National Golf Course is certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International committed to protecting the local environment, natural resources and providing wildlife habitats. Different types of memberships are offered to secure the service and use of the club.

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Hidden Creek Golf Course

A Hidden Jewel in Reston Virginia

"Hidden Creek's golf course is still one of the most playable courses in the Washington metropolitan area...and after 35 years it's still fun and challenging." ~Stephen A. Wexler, Member since 1973.

The Hidden Creek Country Club is family oriented where families can get together as well as private moments for the moms and dads while the children can enjoy with activities planned out by the club. With the exquisite club just remodeled, it can also be the place where corporate meetings can take place. The Fitness Center offers quality workouts with their fully equipped cardiovascular and weight training facilities along with a personal trainer and yoga instructor. Hidden Creek Swimming Pool is of 25 meters providing the perfect spot for family fun, personal workout, relaxation and hangout with friends. There is a wading pool assigned for children especially tots and toddlers with of course adult supervision. Certified lifeguards supervise the pools. Food and refreshments by the pool are offered by the Cabana Bar. The Hidden Creek Hurricanes Swim Team won as the 2009 Division Champions in the DCCL League under the training of Head Coach Steve Ercolano. Tennis Programs are available for everyone of all ages using 2 indoor heated courts. Individual and group sessions are offered by Hidden Creek’s tennis professionals. Ten reasons why Hidden Creek members are always excited about playing their golf course:
  1. Peaceful, gently undulating and mature tree-lined golf course with few homes and a commitment to pure golf.
  2. A good mix of tough holes and less challenging ones. Holes four through six are three of the toughest holes in Northern Virginia, yet the 18th is a sporty hole that offers a good chance for a closing birdie.
  3. Top country club course condition
  4. Bent grass fairways and greens immaculately maintained year-round.
  5. Walkability.
  6. A wonderful course for juniors. The traditional and strategic Ed Ault design is perfect for the young golfer—and their parents.
  7. A fine course for all levels of player.
  8. A great course for a "game".  With a good mix of holes, members enjoy the fun of friendly competition with other members.
  9. A commitment to fast play.
  10. Proximity to downtown Washington, DC and the entire metropolitan area.
Hidden Creek Country Club is located at 1711 Clubhouse Road Reston VA 20190. You can call them at 703 – 437 – 5222

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International Country Club in Fairfax

Nice shot Dan!Family Oriented and Environment Friendly

Situated in western Fairfax Virginia, International Country Club is a private member owned club with top ranking golf course and amenities in a friendly membership and family oriented setting. International Country Club is a premier private country club with 9 hole and 18 hole women groups. Amenities:
  • Banquet Rooms / Meeting Rooms
  • Locker Rooms
  • Card Rooms
  • Pro Shop
  • Swimming Pool
  • 8 Tennis Courts
  • Fitness Center
The hills and woods at International Country Club houses a bird sanctuary and animal habitat offering a lovely combination of land use and environment preservation. Membership Privileges Include:
  • 18-hole golf course, 6704 yards long with five tees for all skill levels
  • Professional golf shop staff that offers group and private lessons for the entire family
  • Complete Pro Shop with Men's, Ladies' and Junior equipment and apparel
  • Ladies' and Men's locker rooms with steam rooms and adjacent card rooms
  • Junior golf program
  • Outdoor Har-tru and Indoor Deco-turf tennis courts
  • Tennis tournaments and teaching program
  • Heated swimming pool and "toddler" pool
  • Youth swim team that competes against other country clubs in the DCCL league
  • Gourmet and informal dining rooms
  • Catered social and business meetings
  • Ballroom with covered balcony
International Country Club is at 13200 Lee Jackson Highway Fairfax Virginia 22033. 703 – 968 - 7990

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Oak Marr Golf Course in Oakton

At Oak Marr Park and RECenter

Grand Cayman Golf Oak Marr Golf Course of Oak Marr Park and RECenter in Northern Virginia is well known as one of the quality teaching facilities with the largest lighted short game practice area. It features 9 hole par 3 golf course with 76 station driving range, target greens and covered heated trees. Park attractions available beside the course include a large indoor recreation center with a miniature golf course. Amenities:
  • 9 Hole Course
  • Clubhouse with Pro Shop
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • 76 Station Driving Range
  • Golf Instruction for individuals and groups (adults and juniors)
Oak Marr Park and RECenter is located at 3200 Jermantown Road in Oakton VA 22124. You can call them at 703 – 255 – 5390.

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Modern and Traditional Golf offered at Twin Lakes

"Designed by Denis Griffiths, who has done the bulk of his work in the Midwest, the Oaks Course meanders through woodlands. This should almost certainly be the choice for a golfer who does not hit the ball very far but straight. The greens are on the smallish side, but they are undulating and are well protected by mounds and bunkering."--100 Must-Play Courses of the Middle Atlantic, Golf Styles Magazine, March 2006

Twin Lakes is a premier 36 hole public facility located in Northern Virginia offering 2 courses for 2 very different golfing experiences providing exceptional golfing experience.

Lakes Course: Developed in 1967 and is the original course with a more traditional design. The course is designed around 2 lakes making the game more exciting. Oaks Course: Developed in 1998, the Oaks Course is slightly longer than the Lakes Course and more complicated than the latter. The Oaks Course has already hosted 1 Virginia State Golf Association Tournament as well as 4 United States Golf Association tournaments. Twin Lakes Amenities:Sun Down ~ 2 of 11 photos
  • Clubhouse – 7,000 square ft structure as a centerpiece
  • Meetings and Banquets – Can accommodate 80 people for buffet style meals
  • The Lakes Grill – Provides snacks, drinks and  grilled food
  • The Pro Shop – Offers equipment, latest fashions, golf accessories and hats
Twin Lakes is located at 6201 Union Mill Road Clifton VA 20124. Their phone number is 703 – 631 - 9372.

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