Our team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on December 5 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101.
We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process.
Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. The event is totally free and all attendees will receive two guarantees just for attending.
- Buyer satisfaction guarantee! If you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months!*
- $1,500 home purchase credit (exclusive to event attendees only)*
When: Monday, December 5th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
We will be providing drinks and appetizers. Space is limited to sign up now so you do not miss out. To register email: [email protected].
The preceding was sponsored by Orange Line Living/Optime Realty. *Terms and conditions apply.
4931 33rd Road N.
Neighborhood: Country Club Manor
Listing Price: $1,579,000
Open House: Sunday, December 4 from 2-4 p.m.
Upon entering this home, the visitor will know that they have entered a residence full of sophistication and modernity.
Hardwood floors and large paned windows present best of contemporary living. The open floor plan makes living and entertaining a breeze. The kitchen, full of Jenn-Air amenities including a range with oven and six burners, range hood, an additional oven and microwave convection oven and a large paneled refrigerator.
The family room is equipped with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace. Lovely double doors open onto the patio, perfect for outdoor leisure. The butler’s pantry has ample storage, including a wine refrigerator. The large dining room and additional formal living room, also with built-in bookshelves, provide great spaces for entertaining friends or enjoying a family meal.
The second floor of this home has the perfect layout. The master suite, boasting two walk-in closets, is spacious with the connecting en suite offering great amenities. Dual vanities, a separate water closet, a soaking tub and a large walk-in shower along with ample storage space make this master bath one that pleases. Also, on this floor are two additional large bedrooms, one featuring its own en suite bathroom along with the home’s laundry room.
The third floor of this residence holds an additional bedroom and bathroom that is complete with a tub/shower combo. This level also holds a terrific loft area which can be used in myriad ways and an attic space that provides additional storage space. In addition, the spacious lower level of this house contains a dedicated exercise room and home office space, making it a true hidden treasure. An additional bedroom and bathroom, complete with a large shower, and recreational room with kitchenette make this home very unique.
Artomatic, a free, unjuried creative arts event that invites artists to display their work — usually in large, vacant buildings — is returning to Crystal City.
The event, which was previously held in Crystal City in 2007 and 2012, will take place over the course of six weeks in the spring at 1800 S. Bell Street, the Crystal City Business Improvement District announced today. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to visit the 100,000-square-foot arts space over the course of the event.
“The return of Artomatic to Crystal City demonstrates the area’s continued growth and development as an artistic and innovative laboratory,” said Angela Fox, CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Artomatic’s mission aligns with the BID’s efforts to transform our community into a place where people are inspired to create their own masterpieces.”
Dubbed a “playground for artistic expression,” Artomatic is known for its massive size and range of often-eclectic creative works, including visual art, music, film, live performance, fashion and more.
From a press release:
The Crystal City BID made its first massive splash onto the creative stage in 2007 by luring Artomatic across the river and helping them host their biggest art happening up to that time…
The 2007 and 2012 editions attracted over 35,000 and 75,000 visitors, respectively, and over a thousand artists for each run. Artomatic 2017 will be in approximately 100,000 square feet of space provided by Vornado/Charles E. Smith at 1800 S. Bell Street. Artomatic is anticipated to attract another large and diverse crowd given its proximity to metro, free parking after 4 p.m., and location among dozens of restaurants and watering holes.
The new location also has the benefit of an entrance along the interior concourse of Crystal City and part of the Art Underground. Launched in 2013 to transform Crystal City’s interior concourse into a vibrant arts and cultural destination, the Art Underground includes Synetic Theater, the 1200-foot long FotoWalk Underground, ArtJamz Underground, the Gallery Underground, TechShop, and Studios Underground which provides work space for two dozen artists.
The dates for the 2017 installment of Artomatic are expected to be announced within a few weeks.
A new fast casual Korean barbecue restaurant has opened in Crystal City.
KBQ Korean BBQ & Bar is located at 2450 Crystal Drive, next to Buffalo Wild Wings. It opened earlier today, offering a Chipotle-style experience, allowing customers to build their own rice and lettuce bowls, lettuce wraps, tofu dogs and rice burgers.
KBQ offers six proteins — from steak to pork belly to tofu — and nearly a dozen “banchans,” or sides. That’s topped off by a selection of sauces and garnishes.
In addition, there’s a separate “bubble tea shop” offering a selection of bubble teas, including taro, chai and mango, for $5 apiece. As of earlier today, the boba for the teas was not yet ready, so customers had to make do with bubble tea sans bubbles.
Though KBQ seems likely to capture a primarily lunchtime dining crowd in Crystal City, it also has a bar serving cocktails, beer, wine and “bombs” — as in soju, Jager, car and cherry bombs. The restaurant will be open nightly until 1 a.m.
Korean barbecue “is the hottest trend in the culinary world,” according to a press release announcing the restaurant’s opening today. The full release, after the jump.
This biweekly sponsored column is written by the experts at Gordon James Realty, a local property management firm that specializes in residential real estate, commercial real estate and homeowner associations. Please submit any questions in the comments section or via email.
Commercial developers are venturing into virtual reality technology as a way of allowing prospective tenants to visualize and experience a space — even before it is built.
One of the biggest technological trends over the past decade has been the ability to create and visualize 3D representations. While most of these technologies have been developed for the gaming and entertainment industry, virtual reality has grown into having key applications in real estate by allowing potential tenants and buyers to take a simulated “tour” of a property.
According to a recent study by Goldman Sachs Research, virtual reality will become an $80 billion market by 2025, with $2.6 billion being targeted for real estate. More commercial developers and brokers are currently exploring the virtual reality trend as a key tool in selling or leasing potential spaces.
How it works
Commercial developers have begun using 360-degree video systems throughout their properties to record spaces. The recordings are edited together to create an interactive projection — or simulation — of the interior spaces and surrounding landscape. Potential tenants and buyers are able to view the 3D simulation using virtual reality software applications on a phone, computer or tablet.
The technology gives the illusion of walking through a space and allows the users to look around in different directions from multiple vantage points, feeling as if they are actually touring the property in person. Users can click or scroll on their device to navigate through a space and zoom in on particular features. Some of the 3D applications require special headsets.
Potential prospects can also tour a potential property before construction has even begun.
Some of the main providers of virtual reality applications and 3D gear include Facebook Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and HTC Vive.
Uses and benefits
Whether touring an existing property or one being developed, the virtual reality software applications will let users experience:
- Floor plans and square footage of spaces
- Views from windows
- Natural light at different times of day (sun and shadows)
- Interior lighting
- Floors and ceilings
- Changing finishes, furniture, textures and colors
- Parking features.
Among the most valuable benefits of virtual reality systems and applications include:
- Potential prospects can take a virtual reality tour of a commercial property anywhere from their laptops or mobile devices without having to set up appointments or travel.
- You can showcase multiple properties at the same time.
- Instead of traditional architectural renderings, virtual reality breaks down design concepts with minimal effort.
- Users with accessibility issues can reach all parts of the space.
- Research shows a higher level of engagement by real estate customers when experiencing virtual reality.
- A virtual tour will last many years until renovation of the property.
The cost outlook
One hurdle for widespread use of virtual reality in commercial real estate is cost, which can run into the thousands of dollars depending on the scope of the project. The cost of hiring a professional to shoot 360-degree videos can be $3,000 or more. Gear such as headsets are available for under $1,000.
For example, 3D interactive headsets that debuted this year include Oculus Rift at $599 and HTC’s Vive Pre at $799.
Because virtual reality hardware companies are continuing to innovate, however, the costs of virtual reality applications and 3D gear are likely to come down. Commercial developers should also weigh the time-saving potential and the cost-savings of not having to arrange and conduct actual physical tours of their properties.
Transforming the industry
A commercial virtual tour has the potential to increase interest in your property and simplify your sales efforts. This can provide you with a competitive advantage.
While virtual reality technology will likely not replace a physical building tour and still has a way to go, virtual reality stands to play a key role in transforming the way commercial developers and brokers do business in years to come.
It’s going down on Tuesday, Dec. 13, kicking off a seven-week run that will stretch through Jan. 29. The ambitious production features “a cast, crew and orchestra of more than 50 artists and an inventive new 360 degree staging in Signature Theatre’s intimate 330 seat MAX Theatre,” according to a press release.
Signature’s Artistic Director, Eric Schaeffer, promises a first-class experience.
“I’ve always loved the musical Titanic and I have felt that Signature should reinvent this musical for our audiences in an exciting new way,” said Schaeffer, in a statement. “Audiences will feel they are aboard this ‘ship of dreams’ surrounded by Maury Yeston’s beautifully haunting score. It truly will be the musical event of the season in Washington and an experience like none other.”
The epic disaster tale comes at a busy time in the Washington area — it will overlap with Christmas, New Year’s, president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and possibly a Redskins playoff run.
Those who want to get on board for the musical performance will need to take the plunge to the tune of $40 to $109 per ticket.
The full press release about “Titanic” and its casting is below.
This week’s Arlington Pets of the Week are Ivy and Olive. They are sisters who love to cuddle, share toys and roughhouse!
Here’s what Ivy and Olive’s owners, Erica and Gregory, had to say about them:
This is Ivy (red collar) and Olive (blue collar)! They are about four months old — born July 22 — and were adopted from Last Chance Adoption in mid October. They are sisters from the same litter who could not be separated and one seemed to protect the other from the other puppies. We don’t really know much about their life prior to us, but they came from a big litter and are terrier mixes. We renamed them once we brought them home.
They are sisters and each other’s best friends. They enjoy cuddling people and one another, digging holes in the yard and playing fetch together. They share everything, you’ll never see one of them playing with a toy without the other trying to share it. They also love to play rough which includes biting each other’s ears and neck.
They love kids and have many neighborhood friends that come over and play everyday.
Like most dogs, they hate taking baths. They haven’t tried swimming yet, but are not interested in getting wet when we take them on hikes.
The last time they we to the vet, they weighed 13 pounds, so now they’re probably closer to 20 pounds. We were told that they will only grow to be about 40 pounds. Ivy and Olive are the best little puppies and we are so happy we got them both!!
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 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.
The incident happened late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, in the Barcroft neighborhood near Columbia Pike.
Police say the man and the woman knew each other.
From an Arlington County Police Department crime report:
TAMPERING WITH AUTO (significant), 2016-11290004, 5100 block of S. 8th Road. At approximately 12:10 a.m. on November 29, officers responded to the report of tampering with auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that a male subject assaulted a known female victim. After two witnesses broke up the altercation, the suspect left the residence and shattered the windshield of the victim’s vehicle. Ryan Victor Lane, 33, of Cockeysville MD, was arrested and charged with assault & battery, strangulation, and tampering with auto. He is being held without bond.
The rest of the past week’s crime report highlights — which are somewhat sparse thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday — after the jump.
Arcland Property Company, which owns a swath of industrial land near Shirlington, wants to swap those 3.5 acres for 2.3 acres of the 6.1 acre “Buck property” site across from W-L, which the county has an option to purchase for $30 million.
Arlington, which is already leasing a portion of the Shirlington property for parking, would get an even larger piece of property for its expanding ART bus fleet — it’s expected to grow from 65 to 90 vehicles by 2020 — and would save $4 million in lease payments.
Arcland would get the piece of the Buck property closest to N. Quincy Street, in the Virginia Square area, and would use it for a six-story, 150,000 square foot self-storage facility. (The company also developed the CubeSmart storage facility, which is located adjacent to I-395, next to the land it proposes to swap.)
Neighbors might object to the facility — they objected to a county proposal to use the Buck property for school bus parking — but the property is zoned for light industrial use and the facility could be built by right. The county says it will require tasteful building design as part of a deal.
“The land exchange agreement, if reached, would require high quality architecture from Arcland compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,” the county said in a press release. “The proposed facility must also comply with M-1 (light industrial) zoning regulations including set back and height restrictions, as would any use the County makes of the Shirlington site.”
Arcland only expects to use 1.2 acres of the Quincy Street property for the storage facility. The remaining 1.1 acres would be leased back to the county “at below market rate.”
“This is a rare opportunity for the County to secure land in Shirlington, zoned for light industrial use, that could accommodate our growing bus fleet,” County Manager Mark Schwartz said in a statement. “We have a critical need for support facilities, and must make smart, tough decisions about land to meet those needs. If the Board is interested in pursuing this proposal, I will work to shape an agreement with Arcland. I am confident that we can put facilities on these sites that will both serve our community’s needs and allow us to be a good neighbor.”
The deal will be discussed at next month’s Arlington County Board meeting. From the press release:
The proposed exchange, if approved, would take place after November 20, 2017, the date on which the County must exercise its option to purchase the N. Quincy Street site. The land exchange would involve no additional cost beyond the $30 million that the County has already agreed to pay for the N. Quincy Street site.
The Manager plans to seek the Board’s approval to pursue negotiations with Arcland at the Board’s December meeting. If the Board approves negotiations, any agreement that might be reached would come before the Board for consideration in 2017.
Update at 11 a.m. — Jim Todd, president of the Cherrydale Citizens Association, sent the following email to residents last night regarding the potential deal.
This is a complex issue and there are a lot of potential trade offs. On the plus side, the land swap would end the potential for the County to move the bus depot from Shirlington to the Buck property. But on the down side, it would also limit the County’s ability to use all of the Buck property for other, larger purposes (as the Buck property is also adjacent to Hayes Park, across the street from Washington-Lee High School, etc.).
This seems like its happening fast, but there is still plenty of time for us to better understand what’s going on, and to learn what other trade-offs and potential upsides and downsides there may be. I understand that the next step is for the County Board to talk about whether to further entertain this idea at its December 13 meeting. But I have been told that the Board will not be making a final decision at that meeting.
Post-Election Harassment in Arlington — Among the incidents of “harassment and intimidation” reported across the country following the election was one in Arlington. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a woman was crossing the street when two men in a car yelled, “you better be ready because with Trump, we can grab you by the p***y even if you don’t want it.” [Independent UK, Southern Poverty Law Center]
GOP Wants Va. Electoral College Change — Following another year of Virginia being a blue state in the presidential election, state Republicans are pushing to change Virginia from a “winner take all” state to one that allocates Electoral College electors by congressional district. [InsideNova]
Heavy Traffic This Morning — With rain and fog slowing things down, heavy traffic has been reported on local highways throughout the morning rush hour. [Twitter]
Chamber Threatens to Go to Richmond on Towing — If Arlington County follows through on a proposal that would make it harder for property owners to have trespassing cars towed off their lot, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce says it may go to Richmond to lobby for a law superseding Arlington’s regulation. [InsideNova]
Flickr pool photo by Drew H.
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 is not the listing agent of these homes.
The bulk of the “post-Thanksgiving” 2016 celebratory days are over with. Until next year, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday (personally I think there should be a #GivingTuesday every week to support our awesome local nonprofits!).
To keep the spirit going strong, I have declared this a new day in Arlington County: Real Estate Wednesday. It’s the day where you can start thinking about (and maybe acting on) one of the most important purchases you’ll make. Yes, despite how alluring the newest 64-inch TV is every year… buying a home of your very own may be a much better investment in the long run.
The good thing about this Real Estate Wednesday is that there are no doorbusters and no fighting with neighbors over a Furby. It’s all about you… your budget… and what you want in the long run.
So, let’s roll and GET MORE out of your transaction!
As of November 28, there are 192 detached homes, 36 townhouses and 253 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 13 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.
Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:
- 3941 Dumbarton Street, 22101 – NOW: $3,690,000 (Reduced $200,000 on 11/23)
- 3100 Peary Street North, 22207 – NOW: $2,450,000 (Reduced $40,000 on 11/28)
- 1930 Daniel Street, 22201 – NOW: $925,000 (Reduced $20,000 on 11/25)
- 5724 16th Street North, 22205 – NOW: $675,000 (Reduced $25,000 on 11/22)
- 4827 28th Street South Unit B, 22206 – NOW: $454,700 (Reduced $13,000 on 11/26)
- 231 Thomas Street North #305, 22203 – NOW: $360,000 (Reduced $10,000 on 11/23)
- 1020 Highland Street North #820, 22201 – NOW: $349,900 (Reduced $10,000 on 11/28)
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.
The National Weather Service has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for Arlington and the D.C. area.
The advisory is in effect through 7 a.m. Wednesday. Drivers should use caution and expect low visibility on their morning commutes, forecasters say.
… DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY. * VISIBILITIES… AROUND ONE-QUARTER MILE. * IMPACTS… AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL CAUSE SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AND DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING… SLOW DOWN… USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS… AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU. &&
Sugar Shack Donuts (1014 S. Glebe Road) has applied for a Virginia ABC license to serve beer on premises. The application was filed Nov. 7.
Owner Rob Krupicka wasn’t ready to discuss his beer-related plans when contacted by ARLnow.com.
“Need to see if we get a permit,” he said via email.
Police are encouraging local residents to “help make the holidays bright for Arlington County children in need” via donations.
“The Arlington County Police Department is asking community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages 1 – 17,” the department said. “Donations will be distributed by the police department throughout the month of December.”
Tonight (Tuesday), from 6-8 p.m., police will be collecting donations at the following locations:
- Lee Harrison Shopping Center (2425 N. Harrison Street)
- Pentagon Row (1201 S. Joyce Street)
- Shirlington Village (2700 S. Quincy Street)
The Shirlington collection is still happening despite the fact that the Shirlington light-up night was postponed until next week due to rain.
A separate collection will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes (830 23rd Street S.) on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m. For those who cannot get to any of the events, donations are also being accepted at police headquarters (1425 N. Courthouse Road) until Friday, Dec. 16.
The union leading the charge, 32BJ SEIU, says that wheelchair attendants, skycaps, baggage handlers, checkpoint agents and cabin cleaners at the airports “earn as little as $6.75 an hour plus unreliable tips.”
The strike was authorized during a rally at National Airport today.
“The entire crowd marched for nearly a mile outside DCA to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority headquarters to demand that the board ensure contractors pay their workers $15 an hour,” the union said in a press release. “The workers were part of a nationwide Fight for $15 day of disruption, including strikes and protests at 330 locations and at 20 major airports nationwide.”
— Bri Carter (@ABC7Bri) November 29, 2016
Among those participating in the rally were the workers, clergy, community groups and state delegate Alfonso Lopez.
“Given the vital role that airport workers play in keeping air travel running smoothly, safely, and on-time, it is disappointing that contracted workers at DCA are not paid a living wage for the critical work that they do,” Del. Lopez (D-Arlington) said in a statement. “In our nation’s capital, we can and should do better for those who help keep our economy moving. MWAA should act now to ensure that contractors are paid $15 an hour.”
Locally, the workers are employed by a private contractor, Huntleigh Corporation.
More from the press release:
“We work very hard to ensure that travelers have a safe and clean airport, but we are ready to go on strike to ensure we can provide for our families,” said Aynalem Lale, a wheelchair dispatcher at Dulles. “If I made $15 an hour, I wouldn’t have to work two jobs and would not have to sleep at the airport between jobs.” …
Four decades ago, every job in an airport was a good, family-sustaining one. Men and women worked directly for the major airlines, which paid a living wage, provided pensions and health care and respected Americans’ right to stick together in a union. That’s no longer the case. Today, most Americans who work at airports are nonunion and are employed by subcontractors that pay low wages, without any benefits. Their jobs now represent the failures of a political and economic system geared towards the wealthy few and corporate profits at any cost.
Between 2002 and 2012 outsourcing of baggage porter jobs more than tripled, from 25 percent to 84 percent, while average hourly real wages across both directly-hired and outsourced workers declined by 45 percent, to $10.60/hour from more than $19/hour. Average weekly wages in the airport operations industry did not keep up with inflation, but instead fell by 14 percent from 1991 to 2011.
America’s airports themselves are also a symbol of the concerted effort to erode the ability of working people to improve their jobs. President Reagan fired and permanently replaced 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981, paving the way for a decades-long march by corporations and elected officials to systematically dismantle Americans’ right to join together on the job. By zeroing in on airports Nov. 29, worker-class families are looking to transform a symbol of their decline into a powerful show of their renewed force.
All told, the Fight for $15 has led to wage hikes for 22 million underpaid workers, including more than 10 million who are on their way to $15/hour, by convincing everyone from voters to politicians to corporations to raise pay. The movement was credited as one of the reasons median income jumped last year by the highest percentage since the 1960s.