Arlington, VA

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by Arlington Realty, Inc. Maximize your real estate investment with the team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6000 today!

Please note: While Arlington Realty, Inc. provides this information for the community, it may not be the listing company of these homes.

As usual, we’ve perused this week’s quirky holidays. Among them, today — March 3, 2021 — is “I Want You to Be Happy Day.”

The origins of the holiday are disputed, but odds are that Hallmark or some similar company created it. It exists “to make others happy by doing something positive.”

So, we’ll take this fun day and positively encourage all of our Arlington neighbors to not settle for anything less than your optimal living situation. It has been a trying and difficult year for so many. And we’ve heard it directly from so many folks — this pandemic has equated to a strong desire to move, to upgrade and/or to experience something new.

We don’t blame you and, guess what! We want you to be happy.

When the time comes, the time-tested team at Arlington Realty, Inc. is ready and equipped to make your real estate dreams a reality. Until then, here’s to a happy day and a happy week.

And now on to this week’s Just Reduced figures…

As of March 1, there are 99 detached homes, 41 townhouses and 286 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 27 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week, including:

Please note 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 Arlington Realty, Inc.

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Natalie Roy isn’t the type of real estate agent who rolls up to a house showing in a luxury car. Instead, if the weather’s decent, you’ll find her pedaling up on her bicycle.

If you’re in the market to buy a home, she welcomes you to join her to ride along on a bike house-hunting tour. (Though biking isn’t a requirement when working with Roy.)

“The best way to know a community is walking or biking through it,” said Roy, the owner of the aptly named Bicycling Realty of KW Metro Center.

Roy’s unique approach to the house-hunting process is just one of the reasons she was voted the top real estate agent for first-time homebuyers in the 2021 Winter Arlies.

Getting to Know Natalie Roy and Bicycling Realty

Roy has been a member of the Arlington community, specifically the Lyon Park neighborhood, for nearly 30 years. She’s always biked as much as possible when getting around town.

When Roy decided to go into real estate more than eight years ago, she wanted to bring her passion for the environment into her business.

Enter: Bicycling Realty.

If a client opts in to a bike house-hunting tour, Roy builds an itinerary to take buyers through one or two adjacent neighborhoods with a few home stops along the way.

Plus, there’s another perk to house-hunting on a bike. “The experience of looking for a house is stressful,” Roy said. “If you’re biking, I find people are happier.”

Arlington’s Top Real Estate Agent for First-Time Buyers

Not only is Roy a fun real estate tour guide, she’s also a big-time advocate for her clients and is especially protective of first-time homebuyers. She sits down with them to outline the process and the intricacies of contracts.

“What’s really important with first-time homebuyers is to make sure they know what that contract says and what’s really there,” Roy said. “I find there are so many things with the transaction that can be confusing for people, so it’s important to make sure people understand.”

She’s also transparent and sets expectations up front, especially with homes going fast in today’s market.

“You don’t want to push them into anything,” Roy said. “If they lose a property because they weren’t comfortable, go find another one. That’s just my feeling, and I always tell them, if they lose it, there’s something better out there — and it’s true.”

Roy’s Larger Vision: Building Community

Roy is passionate about the Arlington community. She loves giving back to local organizations and also bringing people together. Pre-COVID, her team organized local events and invited their clients, so they could get to know their neighborhoods.

“When you purchase a home, you are not just buying a house but a place in the community,” Roy said.

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned pro, Natalie and her team at Bicycling Realty are ready to help. Grab your helmet, and schedule a bike house-hunting tour. (But no judgment if you prefer to drive!)

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

Question: Are you able to tell how much of the appreciation in the overall Arlington housing market is from homes in the upper or lower price ranges?

Answer: I’ve often wondered if the appreciation in Arlington’s housing market is driven more by the lower, middle or upper end of the market. My theory, prior to doing an analysis, was that homes in the lower price ranges were appreciating faster than those in the upper ranges, thus affordability was suffering more than any other category of housing.

To test this theory, I split each year into a lower, middle and upper third and found the median price within each price range. (Note: The numbers for average prices looked very similar.) I split the market into single-family/townhouses and condos for a more accurate picture of actual market behavior.

As it turns out, for the single-family/townhouse and condo markets, the upper third of the market has appreciated more over the past 10 years than the lower and middle thirds. As is usually the case, single-family homes and townhouses appreciated much faster than condos during the same period, with single-family/townhouses practically doubling the rate of condo appreciation over the past 10 years.

Explanation of Charts: Appreciation and Market Speed

Below you will see charts showing the median price of the lower, middle and upper price tiers for single-family/townhouses and condos in Arlington over the past 10 years. I also included a chart showing the cumulative appreciation for each price tier to highlight when each market experienced the greatest price jumps or most price stability.

The last two charts show the same concept but applied to days on market. Specifically, looking at what percentage of homes went under contract within the first seven days on the market. I’ve always felt like this metric is one of the best ways to understand how fast the market is moving and the intensity of demand.

All three price tiers show similar speed/intensity of demand over the years, with the only noticeable difference being the upper third of single-family/townhouses, which is likely skewed by new construction. New construction often has a much higher days on market number because of how often homes are listed before they’re finished.

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Sign up for DC Bike Ride now and get your 2021 jersey, standard registration and packet mailing for just $119. That’s a $33 discount to join a lifetime adventure on 20 miles of car-free roads all while taking in the monumental views of D.C.

Bring your family and friends! DC Bike Ride will bring back all the fun you already know in the region’s favorite bicycling experience, following health and safety guidelines to provide a safe ride for all.

By registering for the 2021 DC Bike Ride, you also get special discounts and early access to virtual events and social rides. Register today and get ready for a fun adventure through the nation’s capital.

Sign up now at register.dcbikeride.com.

DC Bike Ride 2021
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West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, Sept. 25

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Aging Right @ Home is a monthly blog series, answering your questions on providing care for individuals with disabilities, loved ones with dementia and older adults aging in place. If you have a question, please submit it to [email protected].

Medications play an important role in improving the health and preserving the independence of aging adults by helping control many health conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and chronic pain, among others.

This medication can help restore daily life for many seniors, but often medication management becomes a major challenge for older patients. Medications, or combinations of medications, can cause side effects, such as dizziness, depression, digestive problems and even confusion that might be mistaken for dementia. It could also increase the risk of falls and other injuries.

Managing medications in our later years can be challenging for several reasons. However, the top challenge is that seniors take a lot of medications. Experts from the University of Michigan looked at the data of people on Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans) and found that these seniors take an average of 4.5 drugs — and sometimes upward of 10. Doctors and pharmacists have deemed this situation “polypharmacy.”

To limit the negative effects of polypharmacy, older patients should be partners in their own care. If you are a family caregiver to an aging adult, here are ways you can provide support:

  • Get a medication review. Today’s seniors are likely to have a number of health care providers, which could lead to an issue where one doctor prescribes a drug and other providers don’t know about it. Having a single doctor or pharmacist evaluate all medications can limit this risk. (Also, people on Medicare Part D should know their plan may offer a free, in-depth review for enrollees.)
  • Use a single pharmacy if possible. This way the pharmacist has a record of all the medications you take, which makes it easier to spot any possible “red flag combinations” that could cause a bad interaction.
  • Don’t hesitate to bring up the cost. Today, the high price of many prescription drugs leads some seniors to split pills, skip doses or fail to fill a prescription. If a drug is costly or is not covered by your insurance, ask the doctor if there is a generic or less expensive alternative.
  • Talk to the doctor about alternatives to medications. For certain conditions, lifestyle changes such as increased exercise and improved diet, or physical treatments such as physical therapy, can be beneficial and can reduce the need for medications.

Home care can also help. Professional in-home care can be a valuable resource for successful medication management. Non-medical home care professionals can provide transportation to the pharmacy or pick up prescriptions, while skilled nursing services could also be provided in the home. If you are thinking of receiving home care for a loved one, Right at Home care experts work with families to support the needs of senior loved ones and family caregivers alike. Contact me today with any questions you may have or for a personalized care consultation.

Your neighbor, and Owner/President of Right at Home of Northern Virginia,
Phillip Turner, CDP, CSA

Each month readers can submit questions to Phillip Turner (CSA, CDP), the Owner and Executive Director of Right At Home Northern Virginia, one of the area’s largest and longest-serving providers of in-home senior care.

As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Phillip is passionate about providing individualized care, enthusiastic management services and collaborating with other health care providers. If you have a question, please submit it to [email protected].  

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If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree in an in-demand security field, now is the perfect time. The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University has been awarded a $450,000 gift from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation for the school’s highly ranked security studies programs.

The gift, intended to develop and prepare future national security leaders, will be available in scholarships for eligible students studying one of the Schar School’s four master’s programs this fall 2021:

“The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation gift is making it possible for many students to attend our high-ranked security studies programs and prepare for careers in intelligence and security policy,” said Schar School Dean Mark J. Rozell.

Scholarships will range from $3,000 to $30,000.

“We are delighted to support students to attend a top-tier policy and government school, which prepares them to be the outstanding professionals who will serve in the national security arena,” said the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Abby Spencer Moffat in announcing the award.

Learn more about the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation Scholarship and how to apply.

Not ready to apply just yet? The Schar School offers admissions events for you to explore which program is the right fit for you.

Register for an upcoming Master’s and Certificate Virtual Open House on April 7 to explore each program in-depth, as well as meet program directors, understand the admissions process and application requirements, and talk to admissions staff. To get a feel for life as a Schar School student, attend a sample class with former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe on national security, or join an interactive discussion on some of today’s most pressing topics during a Policy Exchange event.

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This neighborhood in Arlington County doesn’t just have a great name — it also stands out as one of the best places to live in Virginia.

Like all of Arlington, the real estate market in Cherrydale is thriving right now. We are seeing a ton of traffic as people are moving up from Arlington condos to the single-family homes in this bucolic locale. So join the Keri Shull Team today as we share everything you need to know about the in-demand Cherrydale neighborhood of Arlington.

And, as always, if you have any questions about Arlington real estate, please contact the Keri Shull Team, the No. 1 top-selling real estate team in the Washington, D.C. area.

Location is Everything

Cherrydale is a lovely suburban neighborhood in northern Arlington, sitting just to the north of the Orange Line Corridor. The area is bordered on the south by I-66 and stretches across US-29, which contributes to the convenient commutes that help keep Cherrydale popular.

Although you might not expect it from Cherrydale’s relaxed, suburban atmosphere, the neighborhood directly abuts some of Arlington’s busiest areas. In particular, Cherrydale sits right to the north of Clarendon and Virginia Square. This means that the area is perfect for people who work in Arlington or attend school at one of the prestigious institutions along the Orange Line.

A Life in the Cherry Orchard

Cherrydale’s history traces back to the late 1800s when a post office opened in the area and took its name from a nearby cherry orchard. Today, that long history is still apparent in Cherrydale, thanks to a plethora of well-maintained homes that were built in the early 1900s.

Speaking of homes, most of the houses for sale in Cherrydale are single-family homes. When paired with the quiet streets and lush greenery, this helps give Cherrydale a classic, suburban feel.

Cherrydale is well known for its exceptional public schools, job opportunities, outdoor activities, and easy commuting. This family-friendly neighborhood is one at the top of our list. The local community organization hosts numerous events to bring residents together, including their Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale and Fourth of July Block Party.

Owning a Home in Cherrydale

In general, houses in Cherrydale hold their property value and appreciate well, meaning that buying a home in the neighborhood can be a smart investment for many people.

So why are homes in such high demand in Cherrydale? Cherrydale’s market remains hot because it’s the neighborhood that has it all. With both a family-friendly atmosphere and easy access to all of the nightlife and entertainment in Arlington, this community is thriving right now.

Getting Around ARL

We rate Cherrydale 10/10 when it comes to commuting. The neighborhood is within walking or biking distance of the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro stops. This means that residents can easily access the conveniences of D.C. and NoVA via the Orange Line.

Plus, with a respectable Walkscore of 74, it is very possible to take care of daily errands via foot, all without sacrificing the quiet of suburbia.

The real estate market is thriving in Cherrydale right now because it is a popular and desirable neighborhood. Thanks to the quiet, regal beauty of the area — as well as the amazing transit options and walkability — Cherrydale continues to be a hotspot in Arlington real estate.

On top of this, we are seeing an increasing interest in single-family homes in 2021, with more and more condominiums going on the market as families outgrow their homes. This means people are moving away from high-rise neighborhoods like Rosslyn or Ballston and into more suburban locals — such as Cherrydale.

This means if you want to find a home in Cherrydale, you need to have every advantage that you can get!

How to Find a Home in Cherrydale

At the Keri Shull Team, we have hundreds of off-market properties that you cannot find online or anywhere else, and we want to give you priority access to these homes before they even go on the market!

And if you are selling a house in Arlington, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect your investment. The best way to do that is to speak with a top-tier real estate agent and create a completely customized home selling strategy.

So what are you waiting for? Schedule a time for a free, no-pressure consultation with one of our Real Estate Needs Analysts!

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Auxmite Village Condos, located at 1100 S. Highland Street, currently has four townhouse-style affordable dwelling units (ADUs) for sale.

Each unit has two bedrooms and ranges from 808 to 948 square feet.

The units are listed for $369,301, and the monthly condo fee is $223, which will vary year to year based on HOA assessments. You can purchase parking separately for $20,000.

Four eligible applicants will be randomly selected by the Arlington Housing Division to purchase a unit. The drawing date is TBD.

Eligibility criteria include:

You must also be a first-time homebuyer with no homeownership or real estate interest within the past three years.

To apply, submit a homebuyer assessment form, complete a Virginia Housing First-Time Buyer Class and get mortgage pre-approval. Email these materials to the Arlington County Housing Division at [email protected] to be entered into the drawing.

Units are chosen based on household size and prioritized through drawing ranking.

For more information on Arlington’s affordable housing units, visit the Arlington County Housing Division website.

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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:

2747 N. Nelson Street
6 BD/6 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $2,250,000
Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

 

4112 Lee Highway N.
6 BD/4 BA, 2 half bath single-family home
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $1,900,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

 

1881 N. Nash Street, #1612 
2 BD/2 BA condo
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $1,525,000
Open: Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

 

1124 N. Kensington Street
4 BD/3 BA townhouse
Agent: KW United
Listed: $1,100,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m.

 

6242 21st Street N.
4 BD/3 BA single-family home
Agent: Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $935,000
Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

 

3740 12th Street S.
4 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath townhouse
Agent: Coldwell Banker Realty
Listed: $869,000
Open: Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

 

2530 S. Walter Reed Drive, #1 
3 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Pearson Smith Realty
Listed: $625,000
Open: Saturday, 12-2 p.m. and Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Andors Real Estate Group.

Good morning, Arlington! I hope you’ve been enjoying this beautiful weather as much as I have!

Sellers put 75 homes on the market this past week, a bit of a pullback from the 91 homes last week. Buyers ratified 61 contracts this week, and 28 of those were on homes just listed within the past seven days.

This week, there are 363 available properties for sale, a decline of two from the week prior. There are just 67 single-family homes to choose from and only 28 townhouses/ semi-detached. Condos continue to make up a large majority of available inventory, with 268 available condominiums for sale.

This same week in 2020, sellers listed 67 homes and buyers ratified 53 contracts.

The average list price for currently available properties is $721,808, and the median is $495,000.

This week, The Andors Real Estate Group is proud to have JUST LISTED two great Arlington homes for sale. You can find us at both properties Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. for in-person open houses with appropriate COVID protocols in place.

2511 S. Grant Street, Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,045,000

Charming, expanded Tudor with amazing potential that’s perfectly situated at the corner of 26th and Grant Street on a private 6,612-square-foot corner lot. You’ll find a beautiful brick and slate patio, secluded outdoor hot tub and a separate in-law suite with bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette. This home boasts five bedrooms and five full bathrooms and has multiple sunrooms and spaces to flex as a home office, playroom, or other ways to customize to your needs.

827 25th Street S., Arlington, VA 22202 — $1,095,000

Deceptively spacious, this 5 BD/5.5 BA expanded and fully renovated Cape Cod is a hidden gem! Driveway parking, a flat 6,873-square-foot lot, main level master suite and a huge deck in the rear make this home check all the boxes. Enormous basement has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large kitchenette that might be used for income potential or a multigenerational space.

Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. If you see a home you’re interested in purchasing, give us a call.

Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at 703-203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight new listings I think you might like to check out:

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