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by Eleanor Greene — October 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Halloweekend is finally here! After you spend your Saturday dressed up at an event or hiding from trick-or-treaters, spend Sunday afternoon in one of the many open houses in the area.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

1045Utah1045 Utah Street
1 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Shawn Battle, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $365,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

484328th4843 28th Street S.
2 BD / 2 BA Condominium
Agent: Bruce Fall, Mcenearney Associates Inc.
Listed: $427,500
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

2109Brandywine2109 Brandywine Street N.
2 BD / 2 BA Townhome
Agent: Lyssa Seward, Coldwell Banker
Listed: $499,000
Open Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm

3337Wakefield3337 Wakefield Street S.
2 BD / 3 BA Condominium
Agent: Lynn Robinson-Grant, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $515,000
Open: Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

511926th5119 26th Street N.
4 BD / 3 Full BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Patricia Wilson, Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.
Listed: $895,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

440833rd4408 33rd Road N.
5 BD / 5 Full, 2 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Laura Zauner, Neighborhood Real Estate Llc.
Listed: 2,895,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com — October 29, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

This luxury three story home is slightly elevated on a large 15,663 square foot lot is a quiet neighborhood north of Lee Highway. From the street, a grand entrance has a curved staircase up to a covered front porch with grand door entrance that reveals a luxurious open foyer with an elevator conveniently tucked away.

The large open family room with gas fireplace connects to a gourmet kitchen complete with a 48″ Wolf range, Subzero built-in refrigerator and a chef’s prep island with counter seating surrounded by granite countertops and premium wood cabinetry. In addition, the main level has a private home office, spacious living room and a formal dining room with double doors opening out to a spacious backyard with gorgeous fireplace and patio primed for entertaining.

The second floor master suite with double door entrance opens to a large room complete with two walk-in closets, a luxurious master bathroom with two sinks, walk-in shower and free-standing tub. Just down the hall is a bedroom suite with private bath and two additional bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room.

This property is listed at $1,979,000 and will be completed in early 2016. Contact us now to pick your finishes before it’s too late! For more information or to schedule a showing please contact Classic Cottages via email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-350-6365.

The preceding post was sponsored by Classic Cottages.

by Eleanor Greene — October 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

This weekend is packed full of events, which may or may not involve people dressing themselves and their dogs up in costumes. Between all the events, don’t miss the open houses all over the county this weekend.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

43122nd
4312 2nd Road N.
2 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Preeda Sukachevin, Northern Virginia Homes
Listed: $259,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

1016Wayne1016 Wayne Street
2 BD / 2 BA, Condominium
Agent: Michael Webb, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: $439,900
Open:  Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

58812nd5881 2nd Street S.
5 BD / 2 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Keri Shull, Optime Realty
Listed: $584,900
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

851Glebe851 N. Glebe Road
2 BD / 2 BA Condominium
Agent: Daniel Lesniak, Optime Realty
Listed: $589,900
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

1633Taylor1633 Taylor Street S.
4 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Meg Ross, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $875,000
Open: Saturday from 5:30-5 p.m., Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

2390Fillmore2390 Fillmore Street N.
4 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Kevin Love, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: 1,099,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com — October 20, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

Just steps away from the trendy shops and restaurants of Shirlington is a gorgeous two-bedroom loft that makes quite a statement. This light-filled “Ashlawn” model might just be your ideal home in the sought-after Fairlington community.

From the curb, this 1944 garden apartment converted to condo looks classic, with red brick and black shutters, but on the inside, an updated, open floor plan is revealed. A soaring two story foyer and living room over looked by the loft space is the signature — but don’t stop there. The home features two bedrooms, and an option for one or two bathrooms — and loads of storage throughout including three large closets in the master bedroom.

The open-plan living room with neutral carpeting has a spiral staircase that adds architectural interest to the living space and easy access to a cozy reading loft or office.

In addition to the bedrooms and relaxing spaces, this three level condo has lower-level flex space, which could be a home gym or office, and an unfinished attic space for storage. The kitchen has an electric stove, sleek countertops and cabinets and an inviting breakfast-nook-style dining space. This residence also has central air cooling and forced air heating. Additional community amenities include tennis courts, swimming pool, ball fields, basketball courts and community center.

The area around the home is great for people looking to walk, bike, or just spend time outside. The home has a balcony overlooking the property’s backyard that can easily accommodate an al fresco dining table. With a home close to bike and jogging trails, homeowners will love to explore the vibrant Shirlington community, and can easily access anything they may need on foot, including Harris Teeter, the public library, coffee shops, and many top-notch local restaurants and retail shops.

This property is listed at $409,900. For more information or to schedule a showing please contact Bret Brock via email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-538-6030.

The preceding post was sponsored by Brock Realty and written by Eleanor Greene for ARLnow.com.

by Eleanor Greene — October 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

No rain, but pretty chilly this weekend. There’s no better time to bust out that new scarf and see some of the amazing open houses available this weekend in Arlington.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

3515Washington3515 Washington Boulevard
1 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Carolyn Connell, Keller Williams
Listed: $309,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

472829th4728 29th Street S.
2 BD / 1 BA, Condominium
Agent: Stanley Brock, Howard Brock Realty Company
Listed: $409,900
Open:  Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

1101Vernon1101 Vernon Street
2 BD / 2 BA Townhouse
Agent: Betsy Twigg, Mcenearney Associates
Listed: $625,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

362510th3625 10th Street N.
2 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Condominium
Agent: Meg Ross, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $699,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

1209Powhatan1209 Powhatan Street N.
3 BD / 2 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Keith Min, Samson Properties
Listed: $749,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

3501Kensington3501 Kensington Street
5 BD / 5 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Keri Shull, Optime Realty
Listed: 1,299,000
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

by Eleanor Greene — October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

There’s going to be a return to crisp fall weather this weekend. So bust out your scarves, sweaters and pumpkin beverage of choice, and treat yourself to some open houses. There’s a big range in prices and sizes especially this weekend, so it’s a great time to get out there.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

4201Lee4201 Lee Highway
1 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Lindsay Clark, Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $260,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

466534th4665 34th Street S.
2 BD / 2 BA, Condominium
Agent: Thomas Arehart, Re/max Alliance
Listed: $414,900
Open:  Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

1917Quebec1917 S. Quebec Street
3 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: David Moya, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $500,000
Open: Saturday from 1-3 p.m., Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

2305Kentucky2305 N. Kentucky Street
3 BD / 2  BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Meg Ross, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $760,000
Open: Sunday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

521825th5218 25th Place N.
3 BD / 2 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Robin Cale, Mcenearney Associates
Listed: $824,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

1320 N. Cleveland Street1320Cleveland
3 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Townhouse
Agent: Betsy Twigg, Mcenearney Associates
Listed: 925,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by Eleanor Greene — October 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Will Hurricane Joaquin hit hard this weekend, or will we be passed over? It’s hard to say. What we do know is there are still plenty of open houses in Arlington this weekend. It’s a good time to get out there if you don’t get rained in.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

3035Buchanan3035 Buchanan Street S.
2 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Thomas Arehart, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: $359,000
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

1343 Columbus1343 Columbus Street S.
3 BD / 2 BA, Single Family Detached
Agent: Thomas Syvertsen, Weichert Realtors
Listed: $499,000
Open: Saturday from 2-4 p.m., Sunday from 12-3 p.m.

1802 9th1802 9th Street S.
3 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Townhouse
Agent: David Swartzbaugh, Weichert Realtors
Listed: $549,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

6320 24th6320 24th Street N.
5 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Denise Kaydouh, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $875,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

109 Highland109 Highland Street N.
3 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Jane Morrison, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $934,000
Open: Saturday from 2-4 p.m., Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

3856 Glebe3856 Glebe Road N.
6 BD / 5 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Afarin Kovach, Fairfax Realty of Tysons
Listed: $1,599,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by Eleanor Greene — September 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

It’s supposed to be a rainy one this weekend, so why not get inside and look at some homes? Lots of Sunday open houses in both North and South Arlington, so now’s a great time to get out there.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

1530 Key1530 Key Boulevard
1 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Raymond Zakka, Weichert Realtors
Listed: $385,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

5037 12th5037 12th Street S.
2 BD / 2 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Anthony Cammarota, Re/max Distinctive Real Estate
Listed: $499,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

1810 21st1810 21st Street N.
2 BD / 2 Full, 2 Half BA Condominium
Agent: Robin Cale, Mcenearney Associates
Listed: $754,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

3219 5th3219 5th Street S.
4 BD / 2 Full, 2 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Sean Judge, Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $874,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

4300 4th Court N4300 4th Court N.
4 BD / 4 Full, 1 Half BA Townhouse
Agent: Jayson Wingfield, Real Living at Home
Listed: $929,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

2825 Tacoma2528 Tacoma Street
5 BD / 4 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Susan Forest, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Penfed Realty
Listed: $1,574,900
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

by Eleanor Greene — September 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

As the weather remains relatively cool and clear, it’s hard not to notice the earlier sunsets happening these days. Even as the days get shorter, there’s still time to check out the multitude of open houses around Arlington this weekend.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

455428th4554 28th Road S.
1 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Julie Chesser, Century 21 New Millennium
Listed: $255,000
Open: Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

6940Fairfax6940 Fairfax Drive
2 BD / 2 BA Condominium
Agent: Heather Bennett, Redfin Corporation
Listed: $415,900
Open: Saturday from 12-2 p.m.

310813th3108 13th Street S.
4 BD / 2 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Alison Miller, Keller Williams Realty Falls Church
Listed: $549,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

46134th4613 4th Road N.
3 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Townhouse
Agent: Meredith Strerrett, Century 21 New Millennium
Listed: $770,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

1418Edison1418 Edison Street N.
3 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Shahrzad Miller, Mcenearney Associates
Listed: $989,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

5515LittleFalls5515 Little Falls Road
5 BD / 3 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: David Lloyd, Weichert Realtors
Listed: $1,200,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com — September 17, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,572 0

Tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

McMenamin Leads Cash Race — Independent Arlington County Board candidate Michael McMenamin has the most cash on hand of the four candidates in the race. McMenamin’s campaign reported $13,699 on hand as of Aug. 31, compared to $10,127 for Democrat Katie Cristol, $8,853 for Democrat Christian Dorsey and $1,657 for independent Audrey Clement. Dorsey has thus far spent the most on his campaign: $55,048, compared to McMenamin’s spending of $2,050. [InsideNova]

‘Demolition Derby’ for Old Houses — All over Arlington, older, more modest homes are being torn down and much larger, more lavish homes are being built in their place. The actual number of homes destroyed is low relative to Arlington’s population — the county reported 124 demolition permits for the first six months of 2015 — but it still worries long-time residents. “Can middle-income people in their 30s, first-time buyers, still live in Arlington?” asked one woman. [Falls Church News-Press]

Local Youth Pilgrimage to Philly — Six hundred teenagers from around Northern Virginia, plus 185 students from Arlington’s Bishop O’Connell High School, will be making a pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the visit of Pope Francis. [Arlington Catholic Herald]

Death Nears for Man Who Raped, Killed in Arlington — A man suspected of raping and killing a woman in Arlington in 1988 is scheduled to be executed in Virginia in two weeks. Alfredo Prieto has also been convicted of or is suspected in a number of other murders and rape cases in Virginia and California. [Los Angeles Times]

Grants for Serving Those with Disabilities — Arlington County has $111,910 available for grants to groups that provide services to Arlington residents with physical and sensory disabilities. The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 30. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by Eleanor Greene — September 11, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

There’s really a lot going on this weekend in Arlington, and whether you’re looking to spend some dough or save it, there are plenty of interesting events to check out. Likewise, this is a great weekend for open houses in every price range, so get looking.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

462736th4627 36th Street S.
1 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Lynn Robinson-Grant, Long & Foster
Listed: $317,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

38359thStreet3835 9th Street N.
2 BD / 2 BA Condominium
Agent: Karrina Brown, Re/max Executives
Listed: $550,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

111416th1114 16th Street S.
2 BD / 2 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Keri Shull, Optime Realty
Listed: $599,900
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

1947 Woodley1947 Woodley Street N.
3 BD / 2 Full, 2 Half BA Townhouse
Agent: Kevin Adler, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $699,950
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

37085th3708 5th Street S.
4 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Kelly Lichtenberg, Long & Foster
Listed: $825,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

111717th1117 17th Street S.
4 BD / 4 BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Robert Johnson, Arlington Premier Realty
Listed: $1,199,000
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com — August 25, 2015 at 9:30 am 2,120 0

Future 12th Street extension in Pentagon City

Arlington No. 3 on ‘Walkable’ List — Arlington is the third most walkable “mid-sized city” in the U.S., according to rankings from real estate firm Redfin. The top ranked locales on the list were Jersey City, N.J. and Newark, N.J. “Many of the cities on the list are considered suburbs of the nation’s largest cities, proving that one need not live in the center of a major city in order to enjoy a walkable lifestyle,” said a press release. [Business Wire]

Income Needed to Buy a Home — Want to buy a house in the D.C. area? In order to afford the median sales price of a home in the region — $403,800 — you’ll need a household income of $86,595. The median sale price of a home in Arlington last month was $622,500. [InsideNova]

by ARLnow.com — August 21, 2015 at 9:45 am 1,528 0

Rainbow over the Iwo Jima memorial (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Motorcycle Ride Arrives This Afternoon — The annual America’s 9/11 Ride will arrive in Arlington around 3 p.m. today. The ride is escorted by police and features hundreds of motorcyclists. The bikers are arriving at the DoubleTree Crystal City hotel and touring the Pentagon this afternoon, before departing for New York City at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Arlington > D.C. in Home Prices — The median home sale price in Arlington is now more than $100,000 higher than in the District of Columbia. A year ago, the median sale price in Arlington was $490,500, compared to $499,900 in D.C. [Washington Business Journal]

Preservation Board Delays Reevesland Action — The Arlington Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board has deferred consideration of changes to the Reevesland farmhouse until November. Arlington County is seeking to make a couple of changes to prepare the house for sale. [InsideNova]

Tablet Changes Coming — We’ve heard your feedback and are making some changed to the ARLnow experience for tablet users. Chief among those changes: full articles will now once again be displayed on the homepage if you own an iPad or other tablet. That change is expected to take place within a few days.

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,564 0

Rabbit (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Flash Flood Watch Tonight — Arlington and much of the D.C. area is under a Flash Flood Watch tonight. The watch runs from 4 p.m. to midnight. Forecasters say storms with very heavy rain will pass through the region and may produce flash flooding. [Twitter]

Regional Home Prices Flat — The Washington region saw no year-over-year growth in the median sales price of single family homes in the second quarter of 2015. That comes at a time when 93 percent of metropolitan areas reported increases in median home sales prices. [InsideNova]

Highline Now Offering Sunday BrunchHighline RxR in Crystal City is now offering Sunday brunch service. The bar/restaurant opened in February, in the former Bailey’s space above McCormick and Schmick’s. [Facebook]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Ask Will banner

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A  column is written by Will Wiard, Arlington-based real estate broker, voted one of Washington’s Best Realtors of 2015 by Washingtonian. Please submit your questions via email.

Q: I’m thinking about buying a condo and hear that the condo association for the building should be providing me with information in a Resale Packet or Certificate. What’s included in this packet? Is there anything I should be on the lookout for as I’m reviewing it?

A: When purchasing a condo in Virginia, a condo association for the building, if intact, is required to provide you with information about the building under the Virginia Condominium Act. If a condo association exists, the Seller of the unit must seek out and provide you with a Resale Certificate for that unit and any other documentation they have specific to the unit, and building, prior to settlement.

What is the Resale Certificate? The Resale Certificate includes important documentation about the property, including the homeowner association’s description of rules and regulations, financial standing and planned assessments, as well as condo board meeting minutes and articles of incorporation. This is not just “routine paperwork” and should be carefully reviewed by the purchaser.

The Virginia Condominium Act gives a purchaser three days from receiving the Resale Certificate or being notified that the certificate is not available to cancel the contract at any time within the three days of notice for any reason and without penalty.

Here are the top things to look for when reviewing the Resale Certificate:

Pending Special Assessments: Be on the lookout for any special assessments, or charges for special projects planned in the building, that are pending or have been approved. These should be listed in the Resale Certificate. If a special assessment is listed, it could be the purchaser’s responsibly to cover the cost of this assessment after closing. Some special assessments can exceed $10,000 per unit, or more.

Are there restrictions (on pets, grills, etc.)? The most common situation for a purchaser to void a contract is because of a restriction in the building. Many buildings have restrictions on pets. If the building allows pets, there may be strict policies on the weight of the pet, often intended to keep large animals out of the building.

Is the condo association in good financial standing? You can find out by reviewing the amount of funds in the association’s reserves. If the association is in the red or has low reserves it could mean there’s a problem. It’s also a good idea to review the minutes from association meetings to identify any pending issues that could affect you financially upon purchasing the unit.

Thank you for this week’s question. Please keep them coming to [email protected]. This is also a great place to reach me for anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Arlington area.

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

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