Life on the Potomac River

PotomacThe Potomac River is 400 miles of beautiful scenery that runs on the east coast starting with Maryland and passing Washington D.C. to its end at the Chesapeake Bay.

Washington Monument
Washington Monument surrounded by cherry blossoms

Passing by some of our nation’s greatest landmarks including The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. There are many great recreational areas to enjoy along the way. George Washington was a great admirer of the Potomac River. He worked along the river as a surveyor and his home was on the Potomac River.

The Great Falls are where many visitors gather to enjoy the awesome scenery it provides. The water comes down from the Appalachian Highlands to the sands. Visitors can still see some of the remnants of the C & O Canal which was started with George Washington’s vision of connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River.

Point Lookout is also widely visited and was home to one of the largest Union POW camps.

The Potomac has much to offer along all 400 miles which include mountains, parks, recreational areas, historic monuments, and homes.

Great FallsIf you’re searching for a home or condo in Northern Virginia with a view of the Potomac, contact Nesbitt Realty.


Recent Listings


Walls of windows & open floor plan in this waterfront home combine nature's beauty & contemporary details! Multiple decks, patios & flagstone paths add to your enjoyment of the landscaped yard & dock . Kitchen and bathrooms remodeled, au-pair or in-law suite, oversize 2 car garage & cul-de-sac setting in Wessynton. Community boat ramp, pool, tennis [3000 Doeg Indian Ct, Alexandria, VA]

Potomac River Waterfront Lot/Tear-Down, over 1 acre in Fairfax Co. for under $950,000! RARE OPPORTUNITY at this price in a wonderful Mason Neck/Lorton community. Award winning schools. Utilities, driveway, seawall in place. Flat front yard with home sited on apex of property. Approx. 10 mile downriver views & approx. 2 miles across the river! Home is a tear-down, make offer on Contract for Land. [6101 River Dr, Lorton, VA]

Incredible value for a 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath in Marina Towers. Fresh carpet & paint makes this unit turn key & ready for you to add your personalized touches.Features include: Gas cooking, huge room sizes, large windows, & private balcony. Unparalleled pool scene overlooks Potomac River making this one of Old Town's greatest bargains! Stroll to King St or short drive to DCA, Pentagon, or downtown DC! [501 Slaters Ln #114, Alexandria, VA]

Rarely available, water-front Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired gem****Highly desirable neighborhood, on circle at end of cul-de-sac. Glassed-in exterior including 3 decks(one glassed-in for year round use, including ceiling)**Pics tell the story*** 1st floor MBR suite*** Grounds maintained as virtual arboretum, with 18 identified flowers/plants--easily maintained***Shown by apps-only. [11421 Purple Beech Dr, Reston, VA]

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.

What do real estate agents do?

on the lawn of the White House looking toward Washington Monument
Julie is a Realtor serving Northern Virginia

Real estate agents act as go-betweens for buyers and sellers of real estate property. With certain exceptions, anyone who assists with the sale of real estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia is required to be licensed by the state.  Each and every real estate agents must be affiliated with a real estate broker. A broker is a real estate profession who has higher educational requirements and who has a minimum of three years of full-time experience as a real estate agent. A realtor is a real estate agent or broker who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. As a realtor, agents and brokers agree to ascribe to a high standard of ethics and participate in continuing education programs.

In most cases, a real estate agent works for one party, either the buyer or seller, renter or landlord. The agent uses his or her specialized training to best represent the clients’ best interests. In some cases, the agent will work in a dual capacity representing both sides of the transaction.  In all cases, the agent’s first duty is to truth and honesty. But when you choose a real estate agent, don’t be afraid to ask about what obligations state law imposes.

Some agencies have up-front fees or retainers.  It’s okay to shop around and to interview several agents and agencies to find the one that you feel most
comfortable working with, but it’s only fair to the agent and to yourself to settle on one agent to sell or buy a home. Although it is your right and duty as a consumer to shop around, it is unethical and unfair to work with more than one agent at a time. An experienced agent will always ask if you already have representation. This way the agent won’t waste his time or accidentally interfere with the relationship you already have.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Properties in Cameron Station

Gunston Hall Plantation

manor of George Mason IV
Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall Plantation is located in Fairfax County near Lorton and Mason Neck.  In it’s heyday this Georgian-style home was at the center of a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation. The owner of Gunston Hall was George Mason IV (1725-1792)—known historically as an author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.

Gunston Hall and it’s gardens are a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

Gunston Hall is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Each visitor will receive a guided tour of the mansion; the 550 acres of grounds and hiking trails are open until 6:00 p.m. A variety of special events are presented throughout the year.

Lorton real estate agents
Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in Lorton.

Arlington Hospital / Virginia Hospital Center

Arlington’s Hospital entrance

The hospital in Arlington is located at 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 22205. The administrative phone number is 703.558.5000. For emergencies call 911.

Virginia Hospital Center provides comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including: Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Oncology, Neuroscience, Urology, and Women & Infant Health. Growing service lines include the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern Virginia, Colorectal Surgery and more.

In addition, Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.

Are you looking for a home near the hospital?  Check out the following:

Properties in 22205

22205 real estate agents
Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in 22205.
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  • Mid-Market House In Arlington County

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  • Are You Looking To Lease A Rental In Arlington County? Look At This $5,100 Rental Property

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Tenant Duties and Landlord Remedies

If you are considering renting an apartment from a landlord or condominium owner or if you are thinking about leasing your property for rent, it is important that you know both the law and the legal instruments that govern landlord tenant relationships in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


First, consider the lease. A lease is the contract that governs a landlord-tenant relationship. In contrast, covenants within a lease are generally independent of the lease itself, where if one party breaches a covenant, the other party may still recover dam¬ages but cannot terminate the landlord-tenant relationship in its entirety. Although not covered herein, the doctrines of actual and constructive eviction and the implied warranty of habitability are exceptions to this general rule. In addition, many states including Virginia have created a statutory exception to this general rule which does allow, however, a landlord to terminate a lease for any nonpayment of rent. Below is a brief discussion of a tenant’s duty regarding the doctrine of waste and other considerations including ordinary wear and tear as they may or may not be contemplated in any given leasehold agreement.

Tenant’s Duty to Repair and the Doctrine of Waste:

A tenant has a duty not to damage (or commit waste on) a leased premises. There are three rules governing waste in a leasehold context, all of which a Landlord may recover for from the tenant in the form of damages should the tenant breach.

1) Voluntary (affirmative) waste results when the tenant intentionally or negligently damages the premises or exploits minerals on the property.

2) Permissive waste occurs when the tenant fails to take reasonable steps to protect the premises from damage from the elements. The tenant is liable for all ordinary repairs, excluding ordinary wear and tear. If the duty is shifted to the landlord (by lease or statute), the tenant has a duty to report deficiencies promptly, and the tenant can assume liability for such deficiencies if not reported in a timely manner pursuant to the lease agreement.

3) Ameliorative waste occurs when the tenant alters the leased property, thereby increasing its value. Generally, the tenant is liable for the cost of restoration. There is a modern exception to this rule, however, which permits a tenant to make this type of change if he is a long-term tenant and the change reflects changes in the neighborhood.

Finally, remember that in the absence of a specific reference to ordinary wear and tear, most repair covenants frequently exclude ordinary wear and tear whereby a Landlord usually remains obligated for certain structural and casualty destruction repairs except for damages caused by the tenant.

What are Real Estate Agents?

  • Real estate agents are go betweens for buyers and sellers for real estate property.  Realtor Logo
  • All real estate agents have to be licensed by their state or such as of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Every real estate agent has to be affiliated with a real estate broker. A broker is a real estate profession with higher educational requirements and a minimum of 3 years of full time real estate experience.
  • A realtor and broker have to be a member of the National Association of Realtors.
  • Both realtors and brokers agree to follow the high standards of ethics and participate in any continuing education programs.
  • A real estate agent represents a buyer or seller, renter or landlord, having their best interest at heart.
  • Agents can work in a dual capacity in certain circumstances representing both parties.
  • A real estate agent’s duty is to truth and honesty and will explain what obligations state law imposes.

It is alright for you to shop around and decide on which agents and agencies you could work with comfortably, it is fair and ethical that you work with only one agent to help you buy or sell your home. This is the reason why real estate agents will ask you if you already have representation prior to working with you.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.
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The differences between cities, counties, towns and unincorporated settlements in Virginia

For many, especially those who are new to the area, the system of jurisdictions that we have in the Commonwealth of Virginia can be confusing. This is especially confusing in Northern Virginia, where
Virginia intersects with Washington DC and the State of Maryland.

Fortunately I have a fresh bottle of CONFUSION-B-GON to spray liberally as needed.

Around our nation’s capital

Let me start with my single-biggest pet peeve among newcomers: the term “DC proper”.

I have seen this term used regularly on a site that claims to provide local information. That information is provided by people using anonymous handles. Anonymous handles should be your first clue not to completely trust the information you find.

At any rate: there is no such thing as “DC proper”. There are three main jurisdictions here: Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.

It is very common to live in Northern Virginia or Suburban Maryland and work in DC. Virginia is as different from DC as New Jersey is from New York. With a wink and a smile I have to inform you that just because you thought your job was transferring to Washington doesn’t mean that you’re moving to DC proper or improper.

Virginia jurisdictions

One of the keys to understanding Virginia real estate for a property search is to understand the differences between towns, counties and cities. In Virginia, as in most other states in the US, a county and an area administer below the state-level by local / county government.
Counties are often rural areas, but Fairfax County has over a million
residents and has very little rural land left.

Fairfax County aside, a county may have one or more towns within it’s borders. In Virginia a town, no matter how many people live in that town, is part of a county and is managed by the county. In Virginia, towns often have governments but these governments are subordinate to and part of the
county where the town is found.

In addition to counties, Virginia has a fairly unique concept called a city. A city is like a county, except it is more urban than rural.

For example Falls Church and Alexandria are both cities. Cities, unlike towns, are not subordinate to counties. Cities are independent and operate on a level similar to counties.

This can be particularly confusing in Fairfax County. Fairfax County is a large mostly urban county and it surrounds Fairfax, an independent city. So the City of Fairfax is surrounded by Fairfax County, but it’s not a part of Fairfax County. Falls Church, Alexandria and Fairfax are
all cities. Manassas and Manassas Park are both cities, and both are surrounded by Prince William County.

Real estate is sorted by county

It’s important to understand this system of administrative organization because land tax records are stored by the county or city. Because tax records are organized by the county or city, real estate property searches are often sorted by the administrative jurisdiction.

For a newcomer it can be a little difficult to tell the difference between Fairfax and Fairfax County, between Manassas and Manassas Park and Prince William County. Another point of confusion is Arlington. Arlington is a city in a practical sense, but Arlington is a county.

Herndon, Vienna and Clifton are all towns located in Fairfax County, which mean that these towns have local governments subordinate to the county. Springfield is much bigger than Clifton, but Springfield is not a town.

Another curious case is Crystal City. Crystal City is located in Arlington County. Interestingly, Crystal City is not a city nor is it a town!

Unincorporated settlements

Which brings us to the next point of confusion in the area. There are many unincorporated neighborhoods, villages, towns and settlements in Northern Virginia. Unincorporated just means there is no local (i.e. town) government. Rather than having a town government, an unincorporated town is managed by the county. Springfield, Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, Mclean Tysons Corner and Reston are just a few of the many unincorporated towns in Fairfax County. In places like Springfield this can be a little confusing because without a town there is no formal border between Franconia and Springfield and thus no hard and fast distinction between the two. In addition, with the near completion of Kingstowne, Franconia-Springfield is now home to one of the largest planned
communities/subdivisions in the area. Kingstowne is considered a town in and of itself by many.

Post office address

To make matters even more confusing for newcomers, there is the matter of the post office. The postal address of a property is not always an indicator of the jurisdiction of a property. For example,
many addresses in Fairfax County have an Alexandria address. Service from the Alexandria post office has no bearing on the county or city of the address in question.

Confusion-B-Gon guarantee!

Well, that’s the last of this bottle of CONFUSION-B-GON. If you’re still confused, no worries. Contact Nesbitt Realty. Tell us what you seek and we’ll find the property for you!
For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

More Taxes for Sellers to Pay

Nesbitt Realty is licensed in Virginia.
Virginia House Bill 2313 which recently was approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Among other provisions, each designed to facilitate statewide transportation funding, the Virginia Grantor’s tax charged to all Sellers of real property will increase from $1 per thousand (in the greater of the sales price or assessed value) to $3.50 per thousand. Consider this a pyrrhic victory, as the original proposal called for an increase to $5 per thousand. Unlike a number of years, this Bill will not be struck down as unconstitutional. This change will take effect July 1, 2013, and should be factored into your seller’s net sheets for all transactions sent to record on or after that date.

  • Alexandria City Government

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  • Fairfax County Courthouse, in 1972

  • Alexandria City Hall- Historic Old Town

    Old Town Alexandria
    Alexandria City Hall was built on a site designated for the market and city hall when Alexandria was founded in 1749. The original City Hall burned in 1871 the current structure was erected in 1874. This City Hall wraps around a central courtyard known as Market Square. When first constructed Alexandria City Hall also housed…

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  • Department of Agriculture at Washington DC, in 1950

I want to look at houses before sitting down and talking about searching for homes.

On the roof at Waterview in Arlington VA

Fairly recently the Commonwealth of Virginia implemented new laws requiring an agency relationship prior to showing homes. (Effective July 1st, 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia required an agency agreement prior to showing homes to clients.)  This can be frustrating to some folks who “just want to see houses”.  Once you’ve signed an agency agreement we can run out to look at houses, but we’ve found this to be generally ineffective.

Instead, we prefer to take a little time to answer your questions, give you a copy of all the documents you’ll be seeing, and put you in a position to make better decisions. The choice is yours, and I think you will find the second way extremely valuable.

Properties in 22310

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  • Don’t take chances with real estate.

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