56°Overcast

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 3, 2016 at 7:30 am 0

The proceeding post is sponsored and written by Rosslyn Key

As developers scrambled over recent years to meet the demand for luxury homes in the D.C. area they pushed projects further and further into the suburbs, losing much of the urban appeal, character and convenience that is found in the area’s epicenter. Families followed the real estate trend and moved further out in search of new construction communities, but young professionals quickly filled the area’s urban spaces. What followed this shift in demographics was a resurgence of energy and an immediate demand for a vibrant social lifestyle in what were formerly considered to be “boring” neighborhoods.

Rosslyn was one of the most notable benefactors of this urban resurgence as the neighborhood transitioned from a pass-through area of corporate buildings and lunch delis to an area rich in dining, shopping and nightlife. Most importantly Rosslyn emerged from this transition and maintained its urban character, becoming very appealing to homebuyers looking for exactly that.

A problem for home shoppers arose, however, as professionals drawn to Rosslyn’s urban feel and newfound social vibrancy were hard pressed to find newly constructed homes to purchase. Most of what was on the market were remnants of the “boring” Rosslyn, requiring buyers to consider costly upgrades following a purchase if they wanted the latest in modern luxury. Enter Rosslyn Key.

Rosslyn Key, an urban community of luxury townhomes by Madison Homes, gave buyers exactly what they wanted: new construction luxury homes with all the conveniences and urban appeal Rosslyn had to offer. Purchasing a newly constructed home within walking distance to both Georgetown and Clarendon without having to remodel or reconstruct became a mission for high-end home shoppers in this transformed neighborhood, and Rosslyn Key delivered.

The community of 4-level city townhomes offers standard features such as Thermador designer kitchens, hardwood floors, rooftop terraces, 2 car garages and even have elevators available all within 3 blocks to Rosslyn’s metro, shopping and bistros. The features and layout of these townhomes are certainly one of a kind.

Rosslyn Key scratched the itched of the luxury buyer looking for new construction. Because of everything these townhomes have to offer combined with their location in one of the D.C. Metro’s hottest neighborhoods, buyers have already snatched up 20 of the 25 available homes. Only 5 remain before Rosslyn Key is completely sold out.

Priced from $1.3 million, Rosslyn Key truly combined luxury with location to become Arlington’s hottest townhome community. Visit RosslynKey.com to view the floor plans, features and options in each of these homes. The furnished model home is open Friday – Tuesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment to see these amazing homes in person or call 703-665-1792 to set an appointment. Visit rosslynkey.com for more information.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

The following promoted post was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living.

Orange Line Living logoYour home sold guaranteed, or we sell it for free! If you have a home to sell, buy a home with us and we guarantee the sale of your home or we’ll buy it! *exclusive to event attendees only*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull team are hosting a Home Seller Seminar event on April 25th at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, in Arlington. We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and listing agents) to give you an overview of the home selling process.

We will be providing a few additional benefits to all seminar attendees:

  • Contractor Credit to get your home ready for the market. ($250 value)
  • Free Home Valuation

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 360 families buy and sell homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

We will be providing drinks and appetizers. Space is limited to sign up now so you do not miss out. For information, click here, email [email protected] or give us a call at 571-969-7653.

Details:

When: April 25, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209

Cost: Free

Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking

Food: Appetizers and Drinks

Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipsellerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living logoThree percent off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team are hosting two Free Home Buyer Seminar events on April 16 and 18.

The events will have specialists on hand, including lenders and buyer agents, to give you an overview of the buying process. They have also partnered with special guest speaker Elysia Stobbe of NFM Lending to give tips on how to get the best mortgage. She will also be raffling away her #1 Best Seller on Amazon “How To Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye” to all attendees.

Elysia has 12 years of experience in the industry of home mortgages and has closed more than 250 million in residential mortgage loans. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post about her mortgage lending expertise.

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 along with ways to get the best mortgage.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details:

When: April 16, 2016 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & April 18, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209

Cost: Free

Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking

Food: Appetizers and Drinks

Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living. * terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com — March 31, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Arlington sign inside a Ballston office building

Low House Rental Profits in Arlington — Of 448 U.S. counties with a population over 100,000, Arlington County has the lowest annual gross yield on rentals of single family homes. Those renting their homes can expect a low return on their investment: only 3.3 percent in Arlington. [RealtyTrac]

Women of Vision Nominations Begin — The Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for its 2016 Women of Vision Awards. The nomination deadline is April 15. [ARLnow]

Mrs. Arlington Spotlights Child Sex Abuse — Former TV anchor and current Capitol Hill comms director Jen “Elizabeth” Peace is using her title as the reigning Mrs. Arlington to bring attention to the issue of child sexual abuse. Peace will compete for the title of Mrs. Virginia the weekend of April 22. [Arlington Connection]

Historical Society’s Washington Walk — The Arlington Historical Society will be hosting a “Washington Forest History Walk” next weekend. The free event will retrace the footsteps of George Washington as he surveyed his land in what is now Arlington. [InsideNova]

Creeping Easter Bunny on Newspaper Cover — This week’s cover of the Arlington Connection newspaper features an Easter bunny that’s trying to sneak up on kids in the woods, with the headline “Easter Surprise.” Is this the “creepiest Easter bunny ever,” as one emailer suggested? [Arlington Connection]

by ARLnow.com — March 29, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

U.S. government helicopter flying overhead (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Experts: No D.C. Real Estate Bubble — Most experts in a recent Zillow-sponsored survey said there is no significant risk of a real estate bubble in the D.C. region, at least over the next five years. However, a significant portion of experts do believe other hot markets, like San Francisco and Miami, may be at risk of a bubble. The overall value of all residential real estate in the D.C. region, meanwhile, is approaching $1 trillion. [InsideNova, InsideNova]

Lane Closures For Crystal City Project — On-street parking, bike lanes and the outside travel lane are currently blocked off on both sides of 18th Street S. between S. Eads and Clark streets for construction of the Crystal City Multimodal Center under the Route 1 bridge. Cyclists in particular are urged to use caution when using 18th Street. [Arlington County]

Cherry Pie Recipe for the Cherry Blossom Bloom — Just in time for the cherry blossom bloom, Chef Jonathan Till of William Jeffrey’s Tavern (2301 Columbia Pike) is sharing his family’s Sour Cherry Pie recipe. [ARLnow]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Orange Line Living logoThree percent off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team are hosting two Free Home Buyer Seminar events on March 19 and 21.

The events will have specialists on hand, including lenders and buyer agents, to give you an overview of the buying process. They have also partnered with special guest speaker Elysia Stobbe of NFM Lending to give tips on how to get the best mortgage. She will also be giving away her #1 Best Seller on Amazon “How To Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye” to all attendees.

Strobbe mortgage book coverElysia has 12 years of experience in the industry of home mortgages and has closed more than 250 million in residential mortgage loans. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post about her mortgage lending expertise.

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 along with ways to get the best mortgage.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

When: March 19, 2016 from 11am-1pm & March 21, 2016 from 6pm-8pm
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

The preceding post was sponsored and written by Orange Line Living. 

*Terms and conditions apply.

by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Murals at Courthouse Plaza (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf)

Home Values Jump 14 Percent — Arlington County saw a big bump in the sale price of homes, at least according to one data set from January. Long & Foster says the median price of a home sold in Arlington last month was $590,000, up 14 percent from one year prior. [WTOP]

Wakefield Boys Win Conference — The Wakefield High School boys varsity basketball team captured the Conference 13 championship on Saturday, after defeating Marshall 50-47. [Twitter, Twitter]

Caps Hold Fundraiser for Young Cancer Victim — The Washington Capitals held a fundraiser at Don Tito in Clarendon on Friday for the family of a three-year-old girl who just died of an inoperable brain tumor. The family has more than $100,000 in medical bills to pay and hopes to also raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. [NBC Washington]

Problems Persist at Arlington National Cemetery — More than 5 years after major problems were revealed at Arlington National Cemetery, there’s word of new problems. The cemetery’s burial backlog has increased, it’s taking longer to get headstones approved and previously unenforced rules are now being enforced, frustrating some families, reports a local TV station. [WJLA]

Arlington Students Serving as White House Interns — Three college students who hail from Arlington are on the list of spring 2016 White House interns. The interns are: Jeremy Brown, who attends the University of Michigan; Ryan Cowdin, who attends George Washington University; and Caitlin O’Grady, who attends Pepperdine.

County Board Approves Rosslyn Changes — At a relatively uneventful meeting on Saturday, the Arlington County Board approved a series of land use, transportation and zoning changes as part of the Western Rosslyn Area Plan. The changes will allow a new school and new development. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Ask Eli banner

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: I just listed my home for sale and now it’s covered in two feet of snow. How bad is this?

It’s certainly not going to make selling your home easier and if you’re in the first 30 days of your listing (the most likely window to get a full offer), it’s a tough break, but hope is not totally lost. While showing activity and chances of receiving an offer will be low, internet search activity will be up. If your Realtor brought in a great photographer for some eye-catching pictures, this storm may actually help you sell your home by attracting extra attention online.

Tips:

  • Shovel walkways and parking. Make sure there are at least two clearly visible places to park.
  • If vacant, keep the heat running so your home is a pleasant place to escape the cold. This is good winterization practice to prevent pipes from bursting too.
  • Add a weather mat, shoe rack/mat, and a basket of shoe slipcovers to prevent dirt and water being tracked through your home.
  • If you’re taking listing photos now, don’t use an exterior photo with snow everywhere as your first picture unless it really works. Open with another appealing photo and consider taking new exterior photos once the snow melts.
  • Follow-up immediately with anybody who sees your property over the next week. Only the most serious, interested buyers are trekking out to properties right now.

During Snowmagedon Feb 5-6 2010, we got about 18 inches of snow. Here’s a look at the number of homes that went under contract before, during, and after that period. It took about 2 weeks for activity to pick back up to “normal” levels.

Homes Under Contract (Snowmageddon 2010)

On average, sellers took a 3.3% reduction from list price (including seller credits) on the 89 contracts from 2/5-2/20.

If you have the flexibility to wait another week to put your home on the market, it’s in your best interest to do so. You can consult your Realtor about using the Coming Soon feature for now, which allows you a limited listing without accruing days on market (key metric to maximize sale price).

Remember, you’re not the only house for sale in Arlington dealing with the impact of the blizzard, so the competitive playing field is (mostly) level. Good luck and stay strong. 45+ degree weather and sun are around the corner!

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 http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com.

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.

by Buzz McClain — January 14, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Optime Realty Team

Optimé Realty
1600 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 101
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 703-459-9863

It didn’t take long after the merger of two high-profile Realty firms into one powerhouse brokerage to become a dominating force in regional — particularly Arlington — real estate.

Last year Rosslyn-based Optimé Realty sold more volume in Northern Virginia — more than $220 million — than any other realty team combined, says Dan Lesniak, founder of Orange Line Living. That accounts for 369 homes bought and sold in the market with the Keri Shull Team, headed by prominent realtor Shull.

About two-thirds of those transactions were in Arlington, he says.

The success of the firm, Lesniak says, stems from strength of the experience of the dual leadership of “combined teams that were young and growing, and we added to that.”

Optimé Realty, he says, optimizes on the proven systems and entrepreneurial ideas that he and Shull shared. The success stories — of which there are many — are the result of “a combination of innovative marketing, great people and hard work.”

Says Shull, “Our team does an excellent job of anticipating the needs of both buyers and sellers and thinking way outside the box to solve their problems, often before they even experience them.”

Innovations in marketing also can’t be overlooked, particularly the risk reversal program that assures home buyers that their existing home will be sold. New construction of more spacious, feature-rich homes replacing existing older dwellings also account for many of Optimé’s sales, for homeowners and construction firms. “We span the whole range, really,” Lesniak says.

Opitmé also works to find properties in advance of their market placement so clients have an inside track when it comes to beating the listing.

The two firms have a combined staff of 36, with three new hires in the last month. At the forefront of the brokerage are two standouts, Amy Harasz, the 2015 top sales person, and Elizabeth Rea Landeros, the top-listing agent last year.

They and the other representatives of the company have mastered the quirks and trademarks of Arlington real estate. For buyers, Lesniak says, “things can be more challenging because the inventory is pretty low. But it helps to be educated on different neighborhoods, be specific on what you want and make sure you have your paperwork into the leader and are pre-approved.”

This is key, he says, because in Arlington’s fast-paced market, “things do come up with competing buyers, so you want to be able to close quickly so there are no surprises.”

As for sellers, Arlington is famous as a “sellers’ market” where the buyers have to do the cutthroat dirty work to outbid the other party. Still, Lesniak says, “sellers need to get the house in its best shape and properly stage. We’ve seen similar homes go on the market at the same time, and the one that gets sold or gets the best price is the one with the best presentation.”

The preceding was a sponsored local business profile written by Buzz McClain for ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Just Reduced banner

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.MrArlington.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

It’s been a wild ride to start 2016 for the stock market.

The market kicked off its worst year on record, with the Dow Jones plunging to major declines. Oil has tanked quite a bit, too (though that can be good for our gas tanks). And, who knows how this year’s election will play in to it all? Perhaps this isn’t the best time to dive in to the stock market (or perhaps there are some hidden gems to discuss with your financial advisor).

On the real estate front and specifically in the D.C. area, housing is shaping up to be another stable investment option. Why, you ask? A strong job market, low unemployment and high-paying salaries anchor our area.

So, in weighing your investment options, never shut the door on real estate… especially in 2016. There are many great investment opportunities and it’s important to keep your eyes peeled.

This week, as of January 10, there are 157 detached homes, 42 townhouses and 240 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 29 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s batch 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.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

by Buzz McClain — January 12, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Atlas Home Inspection

Atlas Home Inspection
703-304-3925
[email protected]

A home inspector needs to be knowledgeable in everything between the foundation of a house and the roof. They need to be willing to cram into creepy, dark crawl spaces looking for compromising cracks, and they often need to climb onto dangerously high roofs to check chimney masonry at the topmost point, something many home inspectors decline to do.

Ed Snope, the sole proprietor of Arlington’s Atlas Home Inspection, has been doing all those things, and everything in between, for three years. His business is the culmination of more than 30 years in all aspects of home building, beginning when he was a teenager learning the fine points of landscape construction with a contractor.

“We built retaining walls, decks, patios, that sort of thing,” Snope says. “I learned about grading and how to control water flow outside of a home, which is one of the most important issues I deal with as an inspector.”

Snope says his skills and interest in home construction “always led from one thing to another. People would ask, ‘Can you fix this?,’ and that led to home repairs.” The handyman career led to high-end house painting–which requires more knowledge and skill, not to mention effort, than most house painting–and that led to historic restoration, which found Snope expanding his knowledge about wood preservation and historically accurate construction methods.

Once he bought his own 1930s Cape Colonial in North Arlington, Snope spent his time restoring his own home, after which he decided to give home inspection a try. “It’s a good way to wrap up all my experience in one package,” he says.

His reputation has spread among Northern Virginia Realtors — the primary source of referrals for most home inspectors–rapidly, and after his first year his business doubled. “Things are going in the right direction,” he says.

First-time home buyers — and that includes those of cozy condos as well as vast McMansions — can be forgiven if they’re not sure what a home inspection entails, or why to even bother with one.

In short, once you make an offer on a house, the buyer needs to be certain there are no structural surprises to deal with once the sale closes. A home inspection report will detail everything the buyer needs to know about the house’s and the appliances’ deficiencies and strengths. If a problem is significant, the buyer may be able to negotiate with the seller to repair it or pay for the repair before closing.

“You will know by the end of an inspection if you want to proceed [with the purchase],” Snope said. “Most of the time I recommend the buyer ask for some money off as opposed to having the seller fix things. They might do it on the cheap and it may still need to be fixed by the buyer later.”

Snope also instructs the buyer on how to operate the house — “I show them shut-off valves, safety disconnects, how to operate the equipment” — as well as pointing out major or minor defects. “I’m looking for safety issues, proper installation and energy efficiency,” he says.

The one thing he hears from his clients more than others, he says, “is that I’m a lot more thorough than people expected. If you see my reviews [on Angie’s List, Yelp and elsewhere] you always see the word ‘thorough.'”

(more…)

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

1320 N. Cleveland Street
Price:  $899,000
Open: Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1-4 p.m.

This all brick three level end townhouse is located on a quiet street in the heart of Clarendon. It has two or three bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room on the main level.

It includes two garage parking spaces and a gas fireplace in the living room flanked by built-in bookcases.

Features include crisp white cabinets and appliances, Corian countertops, and a breakfast bar at open kitchen. The top floor is given over to the master suite with two walk in closets and an appealing bathroom offering soaking tub and a large vanity.

The living room French door opens to a landscaped courtyard. Additional storage is located in the attic and lower level storage room and workshop. Walk to Metro, shops, restaurants, gyms, Rocky Run Park, and bike path. Key/Science Focus, Williamsburg, Yorktown school district.

1320 Cleveland Street is listed at $899,000 and is open Sunday, January 10, from 1-4 p.m.

Please contact Betsy Twigg with McEnearney Associates at 703-967-4391 or [email protected] for more information.

by ARLnow.com — December 31, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Graves and a holiday wreath at Arlington National Cemetery (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf)

Free Late Night Metro Rides Tonight — Metrorail will run through 3 a.m. tonight, to accommodate New Year’s Eve revelers. Rides from midnight to 3 a.m. will be free, courtesy of Miller Lite. Tomorrow, on New Year’s Day, Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule, with service starting at 7 a.m. [Twitter, Twitter]

Last Minute NYE Options — Procrastinated on your New Year’s Eve plans? Our event calendar has some good suggestions, with events along the Orange Line and Columbia Pike. Some NYE events at popular Orange Line bars have already sold out of advance tickets. [ARLnow]

New Year’s Closures in Arlington — All Arlington County offices will be closed tomorrow (Friday) in observance of New Year’s Day, with the exception of the County Board offices, where the Board will hold its annual organizational meeting (see below.) Parking meters and zones will not be enforced Friday. Public libraries will close at 5 p.m. today and will reopen Jan. 2. [ARLnow, Arlington County]

Board to Hold New Year’s Day Meeting — The County Board will hold its annual Jan. 1 organization meeting tomorrow. It will be the first day of work for new Board members Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey. A new County Board Chair and Vice-Chair will be chosen, but it’s unclear at this point who will be selected. [Arlington County]

Violand-Sanchez Won’t Seek Third Term — Arlington School Board Chair Emma Violand-Sanchez says she will not seek a third term on the School Board in 2016. Previously a school administrator, Sanchez has had a 40-year career with Arlington Public Schools. [InsideNova]

Median Home Sales Price Rises — The median sales price for a home in Arlington rose 5.75 percent to $560,000 in 2015, faster than the rate of increase in Fairfax, Loudoun or Alexandria. [Washington Post]

Arlingtonian Surprised to Be Named 50 Millionth Passenger at SFO — Arlington resident Katheryn Castagna was getting ready to fly from San Francisco back to Reagan National Airport when she was surprised by airport officials and news crews, who told her she was the airport’s 50,000,000th passenger of 2015. Castagna, who works at CEB in Rosslyn, received two round trip tickets to Hawaii. [SFGateCBS San Francisco]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

by ARLnow.com — December 9, 2015 at 9:50 am 0

Ashton Heights house brightly decorated for Christmas (Flickr pool photo by Doug Duvall)

Price Dip for Orange Line Homes in 2016? — Houses and condos along the Orange Line in Arlington’s 22201 Zip code appreciated in value by double digits this year. But a dip in prices around the Clarendon and Ballston areas may be ahead in 2016, according to an analytics firm. [Washington Post]

Marymount Farmers Market Proposed — A farmers market has been proposed for Marymount University. This weekend, the Arlington County Board is expected to defer consideration of a use permit for the market until February due to “zoning-related issues.” [Arlington County, InsideNova]

Foggy Morning in Arlington — Updated at 10:50 a.m. — D.C. and much of Northern Virginia, including Arlington, are under a dense fog advisory through 1 p.m. Earlier this morning, the FAA was reporting departure delays between 31 and 45 minutes at Reagan National Airport due to low clouds. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Doug Duvall

by Jennifer Currier — December 8, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

Banneker Park Land ExpansionThe Arlington County Board will consider the purchase of another parcel of land for the expansion of Benjamin Banneker Park, near East Falls Church, at its meeting this Saturday.

The property at 6616 18th Street N., near the park’s existing playground and adjacent to the W&OD Trail and Four Mile Run, is approximately 8,250 square feet.

The homeowner has already signed an Agreement of Sale with the county at a purchase price of $637,500. The agreement needs approval from the County Board to be finalized.

There’s a house on the property that is occupied by tenants of the owner. If approved, it will be demolished as part of the acquisition as it was not found to have historical significance.

According to the agenda item about the purchase, the county first expressed interest in this land in January. It is one of several parcels along 18th Street North identified in the 2005 Public Spaces Master Plan as land that could be acquired for the expansion.

It is also the second piece of land the County has moved to purchase this year.

In February, the County Board unanimously approved the purchase of 8,375 square feet of land at 6608 18th Street N., which is one property away from the one now awaiting purchase approval. That plot sold for more than $688,700 and also had a house on it when the county purchased it.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list