Cardinal Forest Condominiums For The Nature Lover

Cardinal Forest condominiums is one of the largest condominium communities in Northern Virginia. It is located in the West Springfield district, an area that boasts one of the lowest crime rates in any major metropolitan area. Cardinal Forest is bounded on two sides by parkland, including beautiful Lake Accotink Park which comprises nearly 500 acres of forested parkland surrounding a 77 acre lake. You are also only minutes away from Burke Lake Regional Park , Hidden Pond Nature Center and many other outdoor venues. Cardinal Forest is perfect for the nature loving DC metropolitan commuter.




Stuart Nesbitt, RealtorStuart Nesbitt is a Realtor™ licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Fort Belvoir

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is service-wide restructuring of bases and personnel in the US military.  BRAC mandated at that about 20,000 jobs move to Fort Belvoir. As Belvoir adjusted to this influx, Army officials sought nearby facilities that would satisfy BRAC mandates, but would relieve pressure from the crowded gates of Belvoir.

As a result, last month, US Army officials announced the movement of 6,400 jobs to Alexandria. There was some opposition from state and Fairfax County officials, but ultimately the decision was made to pass-over an alternate site in Springfield and head for Mark Center in Alexandria. This move is still ahead of the 2001 deadline required by BRAC.

Mark Center is a yet to be built office complex near Seminary Road at the I-395 interchange. According to some news sources, the Army construction project at the Mark Center could cost up to $1 billion. Ground-breaking on this new project will begin in January.

This is of course good news for home sellers and owners in Alexandria and Fairfax County as an influx of service members will help steady housing prices. Fairfax County and Prince William County and Commonwealth officials argued that the site at Mark Center is not well served by the Virginia Railway Express and as a result the new site will contribute to congestion on local roads.

No doubt 6400 additional commuters will place additional burdens on local roadways. But many of these service members and support staff will opt to live in Fairfax County and Alexandria rather than in outlying areas such as Prince William and Stafford Counties.

U.S. Federal Agencies in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia is home to many Federal Agencies of the United States. It has been described by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as “the economic engine of the state” at a Northern Virginia Technology Council address in January 2010 as government contracting has played an important role in the economy of Northern Virginia, providing jobs for many residents. Many of these Federal Agencies are located in Arlington.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
View of the U.S. Patent Office in autumn.

Here is a list of those Federal Agencies and their locations:


Defense Contract Management Agency
Institute for Defense Analyses
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Carlyle District)


Envirnomental Protection AgencyNational Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center
National Foreign Affairs Training Center (Arlington Hall)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Ballston)
Immigration & Naturalization Service (Ballston)
National Science Foundation (Ballston)
Office of Naval Research (Ballston)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Ballston)
Defense Information Systems Agency (Columbia Pike)
Defense Threat Reduction AgencyNuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Courthouse)
U.S. Marshals Service (Crystal City)
Army National Guard Readiness Center (George Mason Drive)
Defense Intelligence Agency (The Pentagon)
Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (The Pentagon)
Department of Defense (The Pentagon)
National Guard Bureau (The Pentagon)
National Security Space Office (The Pentagon)
Defense Logistics AgencyTransportation Security Administration (Pentagon City)
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Pentagon City)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (Rosslyn)
Bureau of Diplomatic Security (Rosslyn)
Office of the Inspector General (Rosslyn)
U.S Trade & Development Agency (Rosslyn)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Virginia Square)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Virginia Square)
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Washington National Airport)

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National Reconnaissance Office
National Reconnaissance Operations Center

Fort Belvoir

Department of Defense Agency in Alexandria VA

Defense Contract Audit Agency
Defense Logistics Agency
Defense Technical Information Center
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
United States Army Intelligence and Security Command
United States Army Material Command


Central Intelligence Agency (Langley)
Farm Credit Administration (Tysons Corner)
National Counterterrorism Center (Tysons Corner)
United States Trade and Development AgencyOffice of the Director of National Intelligence (Tysons Corner)


United States Geological Survey


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The Federal Highway Administration is part of the Department of Transportation

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

For those looking for homes in Northern Virginia:

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Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

Find a home for sale near Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center of Alexandria

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

The Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center is located off of Telegraph Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Hayfield is located between Newington and Franconia, where downtown Hayfield is located near several gates of Fort BelvoirHayfield. For commuters who live in Hayfield but work elsewhere, the Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center off of Telegraph Road provides both variety and convenience in the same, easy location.

The Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center’s chief business and shopping mainstay is a Giant Food and Pharmacy grocery store; but other businesses include a Subway Restaurant, an H&R Block Income Tax Service, Hayfield Dental Care, Stone Hot Pizza, House of Dynasty Restaurant, the Hayfield Urgent Care Center and more.


Properties in 22315

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

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

leaders in excellenceThe Army Corps of Engineers continues to oversee work on the new hospital at Fort Belvoir’s the Main Post.  The hospital plans to be a state-of-the-art 1.3 million square foot facility that will serve the National Capital Area’s military medical needs for many years to come. The hospital complex is now about half finished and delivery dates is planned for Spring 2011.

Homes recently listed for sale at Fort Belvoir

Quiet luxury near Mount Vernon Country Club’s fairway

Mount Vernon on the Green  is a community of single-family homes near Mount Vernon Country Club.  Mount Vernon on the Green’s cul-de-sac road features large, brick homes with spacious master suites—perfect for those deserving luxury and beauty.Mount Vernon on the Green is just off the Country Club’s fairway along Old Mill Road. However, with its swimming pool and dining facilities, the Country Club offers more than golf: It’s also a great place for the family living in or near Mount Vernon on the Green.

Being located in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County means Mount Vernon on the Green finds itself near many important locations, such as Mount Vernon Park, Fort Belvoir and the Potomac River. Also, history buffs and patriots alike love the community’s proximity to Washington Tomb Tribute where visitors can pay tribute to Martha and George Washington.

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

Hilltop Golf Center

Hilltop Golf is located at 7900 Telegraph Road  Alexandria, VA 22315. The phone number for Hilltop Golf is (703) 719-6504. Hilltop Golf has a driving range, a putting green, and a 9 hole golf course. Hilltop is open from 8am to 10pm daily.

Hilltop Golf is close to Fort Belvoir. A nearby condo is Island Creek. Just around the corner from Hilltop Golf is Landsdowne Shopping Center. Hilltop Golf is also a short drive from Kingstowne.

Richmond Highway Express

Richmond Highway Express, nicknamed “REX” is a bus route operated by the WMATA (the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) in partnership with Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Federal Government. The REX is a limited stop express bus that serves the Richmond Highway corridor. Before the REX, riders from Fort Belvoir had many stops to make along Richmond Highway enroute to Huntington Metrorail Station and to the King Street Metrorail Station.

REX buses operate every 15 minutes in both directions on Richmond Highway during weekday rush hours. During non-rush hours and on Satuday the REX comes through every 30 minutes. Then on Sunday the bus only operates every 60 minutes. Buses operate between 5:30 AM and 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM on Sunday.

The REX uses special technology which allows REX buses to sustain green lights in order to move more quickly up and down Rt. 1. The REX bus has low-floor buses for quicker boarding and SmartCard for quicker paying. In addition the REX has only a limited number of stops:

  • King Street Metro (Alexandria)
  • Dulaney Street/PTO (Alexandria)
  • Eisenhower Avenue (Alexandria)
  • Kings Highway
  • Beacon Center
  • Lockheed Boulevard
  • Arlington Drive
  • Belford Drive South
  • Ladson Lane
  • South County Center
  • Frye Road
  • Lukens Lane
  • Sacramento Drive/Cooper Road
  • Old Mill Road/Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway
  • Dewitt Hospital (Fort Belvoir)
  • Langfitt Loop (Fort Belvoir)
  • 16th Street & Belvoir Road (Fort Belvoir)
  • Jackson Loop (North) & Gunston Road (Fort Belvoir)

REX passengers may transfer at any Richmond Highway stop to Fairfax Connector routes, and may transfer at Huntington and King Street Metro stations to rail service as well as other local bus service such as Alexandria’s DASH.REX bus at King St. Metro

To stand-out from other Metrobuses and other area bus lines, REX buses are purple-blue with a golden yellow logo featuring the image of a running lion. The lion references the three lions emblazoned on the Fairfax County seal, which references the family crest of Lord Fairfax. Bus stop signs use the same color scheme, and stand out among the other bus stops along Route 1.



Properties in Alexandria

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

Great Homes for Young Professionals at Hollin Glen

Hollin Glen is located near Fort Hunt Road. The homes here are larger then the homes at Hollin Hall. This area is located near 495, Washington DC, Old  Town Alexandria, National Harbor and Fort Belvoir. The homes in the Hollin Glen subdivision are split foyer.




Fort Belvoir Medical Center

One of my favorite clients is Dr. Camille McGann who is featured prominently in this video.

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