Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

4005 N. Richmond Street
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: McEnearney Associates
Listed: $1,758,333
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.


6006 20th Street N.
4 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Listed: $899,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


3417 17th Street S.
3 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family
Agent: Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $719,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


1805 S. Crystal Drive #613S
3 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $619,999
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


3503 S. Stafford Street
2 bed/2 bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $479,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.


2700 13th Road S.
2 bed/1 bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Compass
Listed: $385,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.


1300 Army Navy Drive #812
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Main Street Properties
Listed: $229,000
Open: Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


WWBG: This Weekend at Dominion Wine and Beer

Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). This week’s Guide is written by Arash Tafakor of Dominion Wine and Beer.

New beers include Solace Brewing Company Buzz Magic Double IPA, @birds fly Birds Fly South Ale Project Radio Silence Pale Ale, Mast Landing Brewing Company Little Choppy Hoppy Session Ale, and many more! Full list of arrivals in the link below.

This week’s featured brewery is Aslin Beer Company!

On Tap Now

  • Aslin x Casa Agria Specialty Ales ‘Bale’ Peanut Butter Turtle Candy inspired Imperial Stout!
  • Aslin ‘Save Second Base’ NE IPA w/ Dragon Fruit & Vanilla, a portion of the proceeds of this beer will be donated to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation for breast cancer research!
  • Laser Raptors Imperial IPA
  • ‘Much Ado’ Helles Lager

And last but not least, tapping soon: ‘The Implication’ Double IPA, loaded with Nelson Sauvin, Hallertau Blanc and Lemon Drop. Pours only on all Aslin beers.

Download the DigitalPour mobile app to view all 36 of our taps in real time with pricing and crowler availability!

Stop by Saturday from 1-5 p.m. for our weekly wine tasting! This week we are featuring Rasa Vineyards Occam’s Razor Red, Weingut Köster Wolf Müller-Thurgau, Domaine Pillot Jean-Michel et Laurent Bourgogne Rouge and Eden Ciders Heritage Cider!

Full list of new beer arrivals, wine sales, and more details click this link.


Just Listed in Arlington

Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Buyers picked up the pace a bit this week by ratifying 58 contracts, while sellers also appeared motivated by listing 61 homes. This is so far the busiest week this fall for Arlington’s real estate market.

The days on market climbed somewhat to 43, reflecting many sales of properties long on the market. One home had been for sale nearly two years.

Buyers should be motivated in this market as time is not on their side. Home values in Arlington keep trending ever so slightly upward at about 2.2% so far this year, and purchasing power continues to be eroded by rising interest rates. The sooner buyers ratify a contract, the sooner they lock in a price and interest rate.

This week rates dropped about five basis points, but then regained that yesterday. The 30-yr fixed rate with no points is now at 5% and could go to 6% by the middle of next year.

In order to sell more 10-yr bonds to pay for the US budget deficit, the Treasury has had to raise the yield which influences long term rates like mortgages.

Click here to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.


Healthy Paws: Obesity in Our Pets — An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Editor’s Note: Healthy Paws is a column sponsored and written by the owners of Clarendon Animal Care, a full-service, general practice veterinary clinic and winner of a 2017 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Best Business Award. The clinic is located 3000 10th Street N., Suite B. and can be reached at 703-997-9776.

A study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention found that 56% of dogs and 60% of cats in the United States were classified as overweight by their veterinarians in 2017.

Given that the average dog encountered at the park and the average cat seen peaking out through a window is more likely to be overweight than not, pet owners are developing a skewed perception of a healthy body weight.

Your dog or cat’s annual physical exam includes a standardized body condition score. Your veterinarian certainly isn’t trying to body shame your furry friend — we think they are just as cute with a few extra pounds and a set of love handles!

However, when you take into account all of the impacts obesity can have on your pet’s health, and the added cost to your pet’s health care as a result, those extra pounds are far from “cute.” If you are looking for the absolute best way to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy for as long as possible, the answer is to keep them lean.

Not only is a lean body weight what is best for your pet’s health, it is also what is best for your wallet — it is guaranteed to save you money on the cost of pet food and veterinary care in the long run.

The most effective way to get your pet to lose weight is to feed fewer calories. This means that you’ll buy fewer bags per year of that expensive pet food you’ve been budgeting for.

Also consider that obesity leads to diseases that decrease your pet’s quality of life and increase your cost of veterinary care. Arthritis, cruciate ligament rupture, intervertebral disk disease, respiratory disease, liver disease, diabetes and heat stroke are all more likely to occur in overweight patients.

All of these diseases can require pricey medications, surgeries and treatments to manage, and can cause a lot of stress for both you and your pet.

The consequences of obesity may sound daunting, but the good news is that your pet’s body condition is entirely within your control. Your dog or cat (hopefully) can’t open the pantry or fridge door themselves, and they rely on you to control their food intake.

Think twice before you share your snack with your pet — what is considered a “snack” for you could be more than their total daily caloric requirement.

A helpful comparison provided by Hill’s shows that one ounce of cheddar cheese for your 20 pound dog is the equivalent of the average woman eating one and half hamburgers. For a 10 pound cat, this would be the equivalent of a woman eating two and a half hamburgers.

The best way to have control over your pet’s body weight is to avoid table scraps altogether and stick to food and treats that have a known caloric content. The packaging of any reputable brand of food or treat will provide the number of kilocalories per cup of food or per treat, which makes it easier to stick to the caloric intake recommended by your veterinarian.

If you are the type of person who just can’t help but slip treats to your best bud when he is being extra adorable (which happens a lot), try measuring out a daily allotment and drawing from this pile throughout the day when you’re feeling inspired to do so. Using some self control will help keep your pets slim and trim, which will keep them happy, healthy and by your side for many more years to come.


Off-Market Source: Oct. 18

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for off-market and pre-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else onlineIf you are interested in a property you see here or have specific needs you cannot find on the market, please reach out to us at [email protected] to talk to a real person, not an automated response system.

If you are a homeowner, investor, builder or agent who would like your off-market or pre-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville, ARLnow or Tysons Reporter, please email us at [email protected].

New Boutique Condo Near Rosslyn
1245 N Pierce Street
Arlington VA 22209

Description: 2 BR/2 BA luxury condo in new 12-unit boutique building in the Radnor-Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood, a short walk to the Rosslyn Metro. Large private balcony, garage parking and steps from all-you-can-eat crabs at Quarterdeck! January move-in.
Price: Upper $400’s
Courtesy of RLAH Real Estate

Updated Crystal City/Potomac Yard Condo
The Eclipse at 3650 S. Glebe Road
Arlington VA 22202

Description: 1 BR/1 BA updated and open condo with nearly 700 sq. ft. and garage parking. Coming to market by November and available immediately with or without furniture. Great primary residence or investment property (hello Amazon HQ2!). Newer building with 24 hr. concierge, gym, pool and more.
Price: $349,900
Courtesy of RLAH Real Estate

To view all of our off-market or pre-market properties, visit the off-market section of our website. We add new properties every week.

The Eli Residential Group is a real estate team with RLAH Real Estate, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington VA 22201 (703) 390-9460. Office locations also include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, H Street, and Chevy Chase. Contact the team directly at [email protected]


Arlington Pet of the Week: Hammy

Becky's Pet Care

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Hammy, a nearly two-year-old Lhasa Apso/Pomeranian mix, who is a small, but fierce, guard dog.

Here’s what his owner, Jessica, had to say about him:

Hammy is a 14.5 pound Lhasa Apso/Pomeranian mix who will be two in December! He guards the home with a fierce loyalty, a breed characteristic as the Lhasa Apsos were sentinel dogs for Buddhist monasteries in Tibet starting  around 800 B.C.. But at the same time he has an incredibly outgoing personality with other dogs (he’s been described as “Mr. Social”) and is a soft snuggly lapdog who loves to wake his 4 year-old human sister with kisses. They are excitedly planning joint Halloween costumes — his sister will be Princess Tiana and Hammy will be the Frog Prince!

Hammy is always ecstatic to run with his Mom and see his dog friends around the High View Park neighborhood. He leaps in the air when he hears his leash come out! He relaxes by watching sports with his Dad, whether it is golf, baseball, or football. We do not know whether he roots for the Washington teams or his Dad’s New York teams! He also loooves the fast food drive through – we think he likes McDonald’s the best, but he is not picky. He doesn’t get such things too often though and also loves healthy homemade treats and pupsicles from his sister and Mom. He is a pretty happy-go-lucky guy except he does not like the groomer’s clippers. Hammy is a great listener and cuddles up for bedtime stories with his sister. This year he’s gone camping twice and visited many dog cousins, and seen the ocean, where he enjoyed watching the wild ponies at Assateague Island and smelling the salt air.

Hammy is non-shedding (which his Mom appreciates), but not entirely hypo-allergenic we are told, which led to us adopting him at one year old from friends and neighbors. He was born in Colorado — literally outside in the snow — to a Lhasa Apso mother and a little Pomeranian father. And how did he get his name? His name was originally “Hammer,” but our neighbor’s daughter did not think that suited him and tried calling him Hamlet, but he would only answer to Hammy. We think “Hammy” fits him well, because he loves eating ham, plus he always “hams it up.”

We are so lucky to have this wonderful little guy as part of our family!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.


Small Biz Focus: Top Media Tools for Your Business

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

By Tara Palacios

2018. The age of viral videos and shared media posts.

How does it happen? What are the best ways to reach your clients in the short and long term? Does it make sense for your business to engage in certain activities which require the latest media tools? Do you have the right tools in your arsenal to engage successfully with your customers?

In a perfect world, your business should have a detailed (up-to-date) strategic plan in place when it comes to interacting with your customers.

First, you’ll need to answer the most fundamental question: how do your clients best receive information? Once you find out where your clients are the next thing is to understand everything about the platform, and create tools to help you to interact and engage.

Media Toolkit Quick Checklist

Step 1: Website — The content on your web site should be clear, informative and not too wordy. Less is best.

The ultimate goal of success is that all activities (blog posts, tweets, FB and LinkedIn etc.) will lead potential clients to your Web site to purchase your goods or services. This is the “call-to-action,” that your media kit must have, and your Web site is the virtual calling card of your business.

Add analytics to see how well your Web site is performing. Are you on the first page in search engines when people look for you using your industry’s key words? Anything less means your clients may find it hard to find you in search engines.

Step 2: Social Media Presence — Identify which platforms your clients are on, and make sure you are there! Social Media options can range from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more.

Follow key influencers and make sure you ask them to follow you back. Freshen content daily and use different online platforms to help you manage daily content. Many of these social media tools can help you analyze how well your data and information are being opened, clicked on and shared.

Keep in mind — the more active you are on social media (using industry keywords and hashtags where applicable), the higher you can be found on search engines!

Step 3: Use of Photography/Videography — These days almost anyone can be a photographer or videographer on-the-go if you own a smartphone or tablet. The high quality of images can be captured right on your phone, making just about anyone a great photographer, and the opportunities to engage endless.

The use of images and video content on your Web site and social media platforms are critical and help in making your content clickable. The more you can use images and video the more interactive you will make the experience for your clients.

Step 4: Experiential Marketing — Nowadays, many marketing strategies and marketing campaigns include experiential touches. In building a brand, companies engage their customers throughout the process to ensure the success of their product or service.

If a customer feels a deep tie with the business, they are loyal to the brand. A campaign can include customers contributing to the overall look and feel of the business or participating in activities that encourage giving back to a community.

BizLaunch and the Arlington Independent Media (AIM) are pleased to announce they will be offering several business courses next month on how to best use media tools to build your business.

We will launch the first course with making sure you have everything you need in your media toolkit, and then move on to specific instruction on both photography and videography for your business.

For more information please click on the hyperlinks below. We hope you can join us to brush up on your skills or to improve the ones you have!


Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he may not be the listing agent of these homes.

Yesterday was quite a quirky holiday: Dictionary Day!

How many of you celebrated by opening up the ole dictionary, jotting down a few words and spreading your new vocabulary to the masses? (Okay, I’m hearing crickets.)

But, it’s not too late to boost your real estate lingo. In honor of Dictionary Day (and, well, we should be learning new words all the time) here are a few common real estate terms/words that are commonly misinterpreted:

Short sale — Simply put, it’s a property that sells for a price lower than what is owed to the lender(s) who may hold liens on it.

Escrow — When you place something “in escrow,” it’s essentially in the hands of a third-party until specific stipulations are met.

Earnest money — This is the dough a prospective buyer puts forward to show that he/she is serious about buying a home.

And, there’s a lot more real estate lingo out there. When you’re ready to roll on your transaction, my team is ready to help make sense of the process… and help you get more out of your investment.

Now on to this week’s figures…

As of October 15, there are 216 detached homes, 61 townhouses and 248 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 59 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.


Ask Eli: Investing Along Columbia Pike — Trafalgar Flats Update

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Rosslyn resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: How much interest has there been in Trafalgar Flats and do you think it’s a good investment?

Answer: Twelve months ago I introduced a new condo building off of Columbia Pike, Trafalgar Flats, by Pillars Development Group. Now that they’re near completion, I stopped by to take a look at the progress and talk to Rick Snider, Pillars’ VP of Planning & Design.

Impressive Design, Upgraded Finishes

Trafalgar Flats owners will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the finishes; everything is upgraded well beyond what one expects at this price point.

It’s a modern design without being over-the-top and includes nice touches, like heavier interior doors, most builders skip. Instead of using standard bucket-style recessed lighting, they chose LED lights that lay flat against the ceiling (pictured below) for a minimalist look I expect will become a trend.

Strong Pre-Sales

Selling condos without a model isn’t easy so having 40% sold (33 of 78 units) already reinforces how starved Arlington is for new condos at a reasonable price (about half the cost of comparable units at Key & Nash).

To Pillars’ credit, their sales have been evenly distributed across each of the three types of units – Jr 1BR ($265k+), 1BR ($340k+), and 2BR/2BA ($475k+). I was particularly interested in how the Jr 1BR would sell because it’s a product that we don’t see much of around here; it turns out they made the right decision.

Trafalgar Flats will be complete, with a model unit, by the end of the year. Although that comes at the slowest time of the year for local real estate I expect the pace of sales to move quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are sold out by March 2019, sooner if Amazon HQ2 announces their move to Arlington.

Investing Along Columbia Pike

Western Columbia Pike has a higher appreciation ceiling over the next 5-10 years than most Northern VA neighborhoods. It is primed for a shift in residential and commercial activity as the County’s Multimodal Street Improvement project reaches completion over the next few years, including improvements to underground utilities.

Just this year, major projects along western Columbia Pike have been announced or under construction including Trafalgar Flats, a new Pillars townhouse community, Centro Arlington (anchored by Harris Teeter), and Gilliam Place Apartments.

Thoughts From Pillars Development Executive

I spoke with Rick Snider, long-time Northern Virginia real estate Executive and VP of Planning & Design for Pillars, about Trafalgar Flats and his thoughts on development along Columbia Pike:

How did you choose this area over others to build TF? We were immediately attracted to this site when it came onto the market due to the ‘hole’ in the market relative to “For Sale” product versus “Rental”; we rightly anticipated that some nearby apartment renters would want to become new home owners, rather than purchase an older condo.

Are there other pockets of Northern Virginia or Arlington that you believe has similar appreciation potential? We like Columbia Pike and the market along it; we already have townhouse lots in planning nearby Trafalgar Flats to emphasize our interest in and commitment to this area, and are hopeful that our searches for additional land development opportunities in the area will be rewarded.

Where do you see Columbia Pike Development in three years and in seven years? When do you expect the biggest transition to take place along the Pike? The foundational change of course is found in the Multimodal Project which underscores Arlington County’s commitment to upgrade the infrastructure along this important corridor and to thereby not only improve existing residents’ quality of life, but also to attract additional developments like Trafalgar Flats, Centro Arlington and Gilliam Place.

Do you think Columbia Pike or Lee Highway will re-develop faster?  If you had asked me this a couple of years ago, I would have weighed in on Lee Highway without hesitation, but I think that with the new developments underway and with the infrastructure improvements going in now and in the future that it becomes much more of a horse race; and I think that the price of housing, both for sale and rental, may well be the deciding factor that pushes the Pike ahead.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington, VA 22201, (202) 518-8781.


The Chew: Fun Fall Outings for Fido

The following bi-weekly column is written and sponsored by Bark + Boarding, which provides a heart-centered and safe environment for your pets. Conveniently located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads, Bark & Boarding offers doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking and training services, plus in-home pet care.

by Chelsea Pennington, Bark + Boarding Writer and Animal Enthusiast

As the weather cools off, there are plenty of fun activities for us humans to enjoy to celebrate fall. But there’s no reason to leave your dog at home to miss out on the fun! From pumpkin patches to trick-or-treating, local venues allow you to bring along your dog to enjoy the fall festivities too.

Bark or Treat
October 26
6:30-8 p.m.
Alexandria City Marina
105 North Union Street, Alexandria

Bring your dog on a cruise of the Potomac River and enjoy the fresh air, changing leaves and fall fun! The cruise takes you on a sightseeing tour of Alexandria’s Seaport, and on October 26th, you and your dog are welcome to wear costumes and get into the Halloween spirit.

Wine Down Wednesdays
October 17
5:30-8 p.m.
1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick

Fall can be a busy season, so why not spend an evening chilling out with a glass of wine at the Keswick Winery? Live music will be performed by Chamomile & Whiskey and food is provided by Spice Sea Gourmet. Of course, your pooch is invited!

Howl-o-ween Parties

A popular fall tradition are “howl-o-ween” parties hosted by local pet stores. These often include games, prizes, pet-safe fall treats and more. Check with a pet store near you to see if they have any events going on this season!

Scenic View Orchards

Nothing says fall like visiting an apple orchard! Enjoy the cool weather and some favorite fall treats when you stop by Scenic View Orchards. Pick your own apples, visit their farmer’s market and explore the outdoors with your pup.

Saints Row Brewing Company

Saints Row is a family-owned nano-brewery that is new to the area, but sure to quickly become a favorite. Your leashed dog is welcome to keep you company while you tour the facility and sample some of the beers they have on tap. You can also bring in outside food, so enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the other dogs!

Montpelier Farms Family Park

Just about every activity you want to do during fall is available at Montpelier Farms. They have a pumpkin patch, corn maze and even a fall festival open until November 4th. Your dog can join you in wandering the grounds of the farm, and even accompany you through the corn maze.

Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market

Even though this market is open year-round, something about fall makes farmer’s markets seem even more special. Bring your dog and support local farmers while getting fresh food such as fruits and vegetables, pastured meat, poultry and eggs, farmstead and artisan cheeses, sweet and savory baked goods (including gluten free options), jams and jellies plus home goods such as potted plants, soaps, cut flowers and more.

For any of the fun fall activities where dogs are not invited, daycare is a great alternative to ensure your pup is safe and having fun while you are doing the same!

Looking for more tips, interested in adorable pet pics or just want to get more information on what we do? Stay connected with Bark + Boarding on FacebookInstagram and our website!

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Ballston-Based Startup Adds a Physical Barrier to Cyber Attacks

Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

Ballston-based startup Fend is working to make infrastructure assets un-hackable.

“The goal is to protect infrastructure from cyber attacks,” said Fend’s founder Colin Dunn. “That’s everything from the electric supply to water systems. What worries me is hackers taking down our services.”

Dunn said he was frustrated looking at new technology being developed for infrastructure development that was turned down because of cybersecurity concerns.

Fend’s hardware is a device inserted into the data stream connecting industrial equipment (the asset) to cloud network stream. Information comes in from the asset, like a power plant or a truck, into one half of the device. That data is converted into a unidirectional beam of light fired into the second half of the device, which then sends the information into the network.

Because the information is physically transported in a one-way beam, there’s no opportunity to use the hackable network to access the asset. Dunn says Fend allows equipment operators to receive live updates on the assets without concern that the asset could be compromised.

According to Dunn, the technology adapts technology that has been used to defend nuclear power plans and the intelligence community but makes it easier to use and more price accessible for building owners or local governments.

Fend started in 2017 out of Smart City Works, a business accelerator in Reston, but has since moved to Techspace, a shared office space in Ballston. It was awarded a Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research award earlier this year for the technology’s potential to help protect solar farms. According to the Department of Energy, the technology could prevent large-scale economic disruption.

The funding from the Department of Energy has allowed Dunn to bring on another full-time employee, Sang Lee, who is now the chief engineer for Fend, and move forward into a pilot phase. The first batch of 10 units are currently under construction in Charlottesville and will be ready in four to five weeks.

Dunn said the program is scheduled for six weeks of pilot testing as Dunn starts to work on developing clients. Currently, Dunn says the company has one outside investor, but Fend will be looking for more investors and clients as the program looks beyond the pilot into full-scale implementation.


Wilson Hardware Nails It With Their Drinks and Dining

This content was written and sponsored by The Keri Shull Team, Arlington’s top producing residential real estate team.

During the 1960’s this unassuming storefront was a spot to buy adjustable wrenches. Now it’s a place where you can order and drink an “Adjustable Wrench” — or a “Blueprint,” a “Nailed It” or a “Tongue and Groove.”

Wilson Hardware’s been open since September 2017. One year after opening, this eclectic spot has become a favorite spot for drinking, dining and weekend unwinding.

In our Arlington Restaurant Spotlight video above, Drew of the Keri Shull Team talks to Faris Ghareeb, co owner of the Wilson Hardware Kitchen & Bar along with partners Jad Bouchebel, Alex Haje and Walid Zeytoun.

Wilson Hardware Kitchen & Bar looks unassuming on the outside, but on stepping across the threshold you’ll find a surprisingly deep, airy layout opening into five rooms and three bars.

Pull up to the 27-foot-long main bar’s quartz top, eat dinner on the mezzanine, enjoy warm weather on the outdoor patio lounge or grab a drink with a view at the rooftop bar.

Wilson Hardware has used their uniquely designed Clarendon space to host a variety of events: serving happy hour drinks, providing full dinner service, dishing up bottomless brunches on the weekends (they now open at 10:00am on weekends) and enlisting a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights for the weekend play-hards.

zWilson Hardware is also popular for private events, from small bridal showers to full venue buyouts hosting up to 300 people.

Faris’ Favorites

Wilson Hardware’s kitchen now serves meals for vegans and meat lovers, and everyone in between. Faris’ favorite meal? Their pan-seared Diver Scallops on a bed of cauliflower risotto.

Asked to highlight his favorite and most popular drinks, Faris names the “Screw Him:” a purple drink made with vodka, lychee, champagne, lemon and hibiscus.

Faris also mentions the tequila-based “Bright Idea,” a spectacular glowing drink for two. The “Bright Idea” comes in a light-bulb shaped glass plunged into a shimmering LED-illuminated ice bucket. Aperol, lime, grapefruit, strawberry and sparkling wine are among its insights.

After his trip to Wilson Hardware we asked Drew what stood out to him about the place. He said: “I frequent Wilson Hardware because I can bring all different types of clientele there and there’s something for everyone, from an intimate sit down dinner to an upbeat happy hour on the rooftop. They also offer a lot of unique cocktails that will impress your guests and your taste buds.”


Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

3910 N. Abingdon Street
5 bed/4 bath single-family home
Agent: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Listed: $1,195,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


5642 20th Street N.
3 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: McEnearney Associates, Inc.
Listed: $825,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


4916 14th Street S.
5 bed/4 bath single-family home
Agent: Century 21 New Millenium
Listed: $759,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


5860 14th Street N.
2 bed/1 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $619,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


2136 N. Brandywine Street
2 bed/2 bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $549,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m.


3600 S. Glebe Road #219W
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $512,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


4121 S. Four Mile Run Drive #304
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $405,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-3 p.m.


Flying Colors: Donut Do It!

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Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.

Ok, I have a confession to make. I like donuts. I like them a lot. In fact, I never met a donut I did not like.

Ok, there was that one donut in Nova Scotia, but just one. My doctor is not to happy with my love of donuts. It is not good for me and I know it. So, every day I eat a grapefruit to balance my diet.

Wild birds do not have my problem. Sure, we all used to think that birds love bagels and stale bread and donuts. But they really don’t! They eat and need to eat natural foods to survive and thrive.

This is an on-going annual requirement for the birds. So, for 27 years we have been educating our customers about the seed’s birds need and the best variety to give them.

Sure, you see birds eating that off brand of bird seed full of millet, cracked corn and milo. But they are not the birds you want; english sparrows, starlings and grackles. That is also not the seed you want to feed them. milo, flax, rape seed and wheat are all filler seeds that most birds will not eat.

Good quality seed blends are full of black oil, safflower, peanuts and sun chips. Those types of blends have tons and tons of high fat foods for the birds. They use that fat for energy during the day and for creating warmth at night. Not only that, but you will get the birds you want; cardinals, chickadees, wrens and woodpeckers to name just a few.

Do you go in the grocery store to buy food and check the ingredients on the back? You know that the first ingredient is the number one thing in that the package. So, if you buy a bag of bird seed and the first ingredient is millet, that’s what makes up most of the bag.

Would you want to eat a whole bag of high fructose corn syrup? I don’t. Neither do the birds.

This is what makes our seed blends different. We can guarantee you that you will get beautiful backyard birds with our seed blends. Stop in and check out the first ingredient on our seed blend bags. You will see that most of them are sun chips, black oil and peanut pieces.

Now you might be the person sitting there saying well, yeah, but I can get seed blends in another store too. Sure, you absolutely can; but we can promise you that ours is fresher.

We receive our seed once a week, and we guarantee it is fresh. Our WBU seed blends have a higher fat content than other store brands. This gives the birds that extra fat they need for the upcoming winter. It is also 99% clean from sticks and stems.

So, don’t buy the donut, I mean that yucky millet brand bird seed blend. Buy the grapefruit and the Good WBU Bird Blends. Your birds will thank you!

Come take the Bird Seed Challenge with us. Stop in and grab a 2 lb. bag of Choice Blend at no cost to you. It’s free! Take the challenge and try us out, you won’t be disappointed!


Just Listed in Arlington

Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Sellers did their part this week to keep Arlington’s real estate market humming along by listing 69 homes. But buyers continued their mediocre trend of ratifying only 53 contracts, very similar to the last three weeks. In previous years, we would typically see 60 to 65 ratified contracts a week in the peak of the Fall market.

Mortgage interest rates shot up again this week with the 30-yr fixed rate climbing to 5%-5.125%, the highest rates in seven years. The stock market big drop this week didn’t yet influence mortgage rates to ease back. But that could happen next week if Wall Street continues a downturn. As capital flows from equities to bonds, it usually pushes down the bond yield which influences long term interest rates.

There was good news this week that unemployment is at a 60-yr low, and average wages across the US have increased 2.8%. But we are still waiting to see the average household income in the DMV increase for the first time in five years.

Click here to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.


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