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Who doesn’t love some live music? From Nighthawk Brewery & Pizza, Bandito’s Tacos and Tequila, and the other restaurants and bars of Pentagon Row comes our summer concert series!

Nighthawk Brewery & Pizza is a new concept from Arlington bar owner Scott Parker, Michelin-star award winning chef Johnny Spero, and the founders of Aslin beer company. Bandito’s brings their third location to Pentagon Row for Mexican bites and brews.

Starting this Saturday, July 30 from 6-9 p.m. join us once a month for live music on the plaza kicking off with Maggie Shot Burns.

Maggie Shot Burns will rock the plaza with all things 90s. Keep in mind that the entire plaza now allows for open carry and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Newly opened Nighthawk Brewery and Bandito’s will be cranking out all the pizza, beer, tacos and margaritas you can handle, and Pentagon Row provides a number of awesome food and beverage options as well as a bevy of life size outdoor games.

This year’s concert series will be as follows:

The concert is absolutely free — come one, come all.

Help us kick off this year’s concert series strong, and join us for some 90s rock on the plaza with Maggie Shot Burns, Saturday, July 30 (tomorrow night) from 6-9 p.m.

For Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, The Drain Guys are the plumbers to beat.

The Drain Guys are a locally owned and operated plumbing company in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. They believe in honesty, integrity, customer service, superior quality and charging fair prices. As such, The Drain Guys have built a strong reputation and are quickly becoming one of the most popular plumbing companies in the area.

One of The Drain Guys core offerings is free diagnosis. Free diagnosis is just one of the traits owner and CEO Jay Glazer incorporated into the Drain Guys after spending years managing service teams for some of the largest plumbing companies in the DMV. Over the years, he saw the details in the service his customers wanted and expected and then exceeded those expectations by focusing on communication, timely response, quality work and fair pricing.

“We had a great experience with [The Drain Guys],” says John D. in the Drain Guys’ online comments. “My basement started flooding unexpectedly over the weekend. I called The Drain Guys and they came out a few hours later and diagnosed the problem as a clogged mainline. They fixed the problem within an hour and charged me what I feel was a reasonable price. Very professional company.”

The Drain Guys can handle all plumbing problems, large and small, from sewer line repair and plumbing excavation to water heater and sump pump installation, not to mention the usual household needs of unclogging toilets and clearing sink drains.

The Drain Guys plumbing company excels at prioritizing each customers individual needs to successfully deliver a clear and concise plumbing solution. The Drain Guys service Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Emergency and same-day service is available. To reach the Drain Guys, call 240-885-9264 or use the online form on this page.

Give a round of applause to the newest Adoptable Pet of the Week, Posh! Posh is a pretty and petite girl who loves playing with her sister Sporty.

Her friends at Animal Welfare League of Arlington, had this to say about Posh:

Posh is all personality and curiosity with petite and pretty features.

While she may start out a little shy, she is very curious and will explore her surroundings and show the way to her sister Sporty. She will follow you and likes to talk, especially while you walk into another room. She loves to chase her feather toys and jump on the chair and look out the window. She and her sister are very playful with one another and chase each other room to room. Posh enjoys ‘surprise attacking’ her sister throughout the day.

As much as they love to play with another and you, they are also loving and sweet and will sleep/snuggle together in their bed(s) or other household furniture.

Are you looking for a Posh and Sporty to complete your girl group? To set up a virtual meet and greet, check out her complete profile.

These two girls are ready for their next adventure!

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!

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Address: 1603 N. Greenbrier Street
Neighborhood: Tara
Listed: $1,100,000

Character and space abound in this expanded 1930s brick and stone colonial on an 8,000 square level lot in the Cardinal, Swanson and Yorktown school pyramid.

Follow the stone path to this inviting home with the living room anchored by a wood burning stone fireplace, flanked by windows. The living room flows into the dining room and then to the large kitchen, family room and breakfast area. Abundant cabinets, a pantry and generous granite countertops highlight the kitchen. The adjoining breakfast room opens to a stone, covered patio and the private rear yard. A door from the family rooms leads to the deep driveway and a powder room completes the main level.

Upstairs, the primary bedroom has space for a desk or sitting area, walk-in closet and a private bath with soaking tub and double bowl vanity. The large second and third bedrooms share a renovated hall bathroom and there are fixed stairs to a large attic for storage or expansion.

The lower level has a big den for playroom, office or gym, along with the laundry area, a roughed in bathroom and several storage closets. Two zone heating and air conditioning, too.

Walk to Westover Village, Lee-Harrison Center, Big Walnut and Lacey Woods Park, bike path and easy commute to business and government centers.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
McEnearney Associates
703-967-4391
[email protected]
www.betsytwigg.com

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This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

A trio of Arlington’s theatrical ensembles join forces for a special event: join Avant Bard Theatre, The Arlington Players and Encore Stage & Studio for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber), a special collaborative production as part of the Free Summer Concert Series at Lubber Run Amphitheater, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, and on Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. Admission is Free.

This fantastically fun and energetic musical will transport you to ancient times where dreamers and destiny collide. Featuring talented local performers, including a children’s chorus, it’s a theatrical experience for the entire family not to be missed!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. The production is part of the Lubber Run Amphitheater Free Summer Concert Series, presented by Arlington Arts in partnership with the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation.

“The cultivation and celebration of community lays at the heart of Avant Bard’s mission. It is a joy for us to engage this collaboration with this production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” says Avant Bard Theater’s producing partner DeMone Seraphin, who is directing the production. “How exciting it is to watch artists at various levels of experience come together to create something that promises to be fun and to bring joy to the Arlington community.”

“Encore is so excited to be a part of this collaboration!”, says Encore Stage & Studio’s Sarah Duke, who is a co-producer of the show. “We especially value the opportunity for our students to work alongside adult performers in this fun summer show!”

The seeds of this collaboration were sown last fall in the Spotlight Series: a showcase of Arlington-based theater and dance ensembles presented by Arlington Arts. As most of the participants usually performed at indoor ticketed events to their established audiences, the Spotlight Series allowed them to reach an entirely new audience with their artistry. This production takes things to the next level, fostering collaboration between three of Arlington’s longest tenured theatrical arts organizations.

“The Arlington Players is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the local theater community in bringing this fun-filled production to the residents of Arlington County!”, notes Jasmine Jones, the Executive Producer for The Arlington Players.

For more details on this special performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 5-7, as well as the rest of the Free Summer Concert Series at Lubber Run Amphitheater, visit the Arlington Arts website!

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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 of July 25, there are 161 detached homes, 67 townhouses and 266 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 43 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week, including:

104 S.Columbus Street

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 Arlington Realty, Inc.

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Address: 5719 11th Street N.
Neighborhood: Westover
Listed: $999,995

Walk to Westover shops, restaurants, beer garden, library, farmers market and parks and trails from this nearly new, four-level, end unit townhouse with a two-car garage.  The home is loaded with upgrades and features hardwood floors on three of the four levels.

Enter on the first level to the light-filled den and access to the two-car garage. The second level features the living room, dining room and upgraded kitchen with crisp white cabinetry, extra storage and a large island.

The third level offers the primary suite with a tray ceiling, a large walk-in closet and a bath with a dual vanity and large shower with frameless doors. This level also features a second bedroom with a tray ceiling, walk-in closet and an ensuite bath with a tub/shower and a linen closet. The laundry is also on this level, as is another linen closet.

The fourth level is the third bedroom with an ensuite bath with a large shower. This level can also be used for an office or quiet get-away with double doors leading to the rooftop deck.

The HOA covers the lawn mowing and snow removal, leaving more time for enjoying the nearby neighborhood amenities. The house is located equidistant to both the Ballston Metro and East Falls Church Metro stops.

Listed by:
Bonnie Harrison
Century 21 Redwood
(703) 409-0488
www.bonnieharrison.com
[email protected]

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. Video summaries of some articles can be found on YouTube on the Ask Eli, Live With Jean playlist. Enjoy!

Question: How did the Arlington single-family home market perform in the first half of 2022?

Answer: We have reached two years of the average single-family home (SFH) in Arlington selling for over the asking price, but like the rest of the economy, things are finally cooling down. However, the “cool-down” data won’t start showing up for another month or two and the data you’ll see here, a review of the first half of 2022, reflects what was mostly a red-hot market.

More Competitive, Less Price Growth?

By nearly all measures, the first half of 2022 was more competitive than the first half of 2021, yet we got lower average and median price growth in ’22 than in ’21, compared to the first half of the year prior.

The competition in the first half of 2022 was unlike anything we’ve seen in Arlington before with the average SFH selling for 4.2% more than the asking price, compared to an average of 1.8% over ask in the first half of 2021. In 2022, an insane 79% of homes sold within the first 10 days on market, compared to 70% in 2021 and 73% of homes sold at or above asking price in 2022, compared to 66% in 2021.

With such intense demand, one would expect to see higher price growth in 2022 than in 2021, but that’s not the case. The average and median price change in the first half of 2022 was 7.1% and 5.6%, respectively, compared to the first half of 2021. From 2020 to 2021, the average and median price change was 9.6% and 16.6%, respectively.

I think the reason for conflicting demand and appreciation data is two-fold. First, the 2021 appreciation is based on the first half of 2020, which included the first few months of COVID lockdowns when the market basically froze, so those prices may have been somewhat artificially deflated. However, the counter argument to that is comparing the first half 2020 prices to 2019 prices, we got a healthy 5% appreciation in average price.

The second reason, and this is just a theory, is that by 2022 the market (sellers and listing agents) knew that buyers were accustomed to paying significantly over the asking price and thus set more conservative (lower) asking prices to ensure competition instead of setting prices that were more reflective of actual/likely market values. Doing so would artificially inflate some demand measures without causing a coinciding explosion in prices.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in the first half of 2020, the market has experienced the following:

  • Median price increased by $225,000 or 23%
  • Average price increased $197,000 or 17.5%
  • Average seller credit (towards buyer closing costs) decreased by 75%
  • The number of homes sold for $2M+ increased from 5% to 11% of total sales
  • The number of homes sold for under $1M decreased from 53% to 31% of total sales

22205 Leads Growth, 22201 Still Most Expensive

The 22201 and 22207 zip codes remain significantly more expensive than other Arlington zip codes as the only two with an average price higher than the county-wide average. The 22205 zip code has benefitted from tremendous growth over the past five years and led the way in the first half of 2022 price growth, adding 12.7% to its 2021 first half average.

After gaining 19.8% in 2021, 22204 settled back down to a 5.1% increase on average price in 2022 and remains the only zip code with an average price below $1M, but with more new construction popping up throughout the 22204 neighborhoods, I don’t expect the sub-$1M average price to last much longer.

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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

In a move that will affect Virginia executives and employees, it appears that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering new regulations to curtail the use of non-compete agreements. Non-compete agreements limit the ability of employees to work for potential competitors or start their own businesses.

The President issued an Executive Order in July 2021 urging the FTC to consider limiting the unfair use of non-compete agreements that unfairly limit worker mobility. It now appears that the FTC is on the verge of taking action.

Non-compete agreements in recent years have gotten out of hand, with some companies barring even fast food workers or coffee baristas from taking similar positions elsewhere. Traditionally, non-compete agreements were reserved for very senior-level executives, but the practice has now been extended to all types of employees.

Lina Khan, the Chairperson of the FTC, recently told the Wall Street Journal, “We feel an enormous amount of urgency given how much harm is happening against the workers. This is the type of practice that falls squarely in our wheelhouse.” While non-compete agreements have typically been controlled by state law, it is time for action on the federal level. Locally, in 2020, Virginia exempted low-wage workers from non-compete agreements; this was a move in the right direction.

Many lawyers who draft non-compete agreements disagree with the FTC taking any action to limit them. Our firm represents executives and employees who have been issued unfairly broad non-compete agreements, and we believe that the FTC should take action to limit this practice.

Contact Us

If you are employed in Virginia and have signed or are considering signing a non-compete agreement, you should seek the advice of a qualified Virginia employment lawyer. Please contact our office at 703-668-0070 or through our contact page to schedule a consultation.

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Meet Benedict and Bertram, the latest Adoptable Pet of the Week duo! These two friends are a bonded pair looking for a forever home together.

Their friends at Animal Welfare League of Arlington, had this to say:

Meet Benedict and Bertram!

Admittedly, it is difficult to tell these two apart; same size, same age, same coloring! But when it comes to personality, you’ll quickly see Benny is the more curious of the pair, especially when it comes to questioning why you have stopped petting him. He’s the first to sniff out any changes to his space, including any new humans. His favorite thing is to snuggle up next to Bernie (Bertram) and spend the afternoon dozing off.

Bernie likes to sit back and let Benny do all the hard work of exploring anything new in the environment. If something/someone is deemed to be interesting enough, he quickly joins to see what all the fuss is about. Much of the time Bertram can be found content in a loaf, just happy he gets to hang with his bestie all day, everyday.

AWLA expanded their “Empty the Shelters” event through this weekend (July 22-24) as its kennel capacity has reached a “critical” level. Small animal adoption fees are free during the event.

Have Benedict and Bertram finally found their forever home? Check out their profiles to learn more.

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!

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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.

Welcome to Just Listed!

Interest rates inch up three basis points, from 5.51% to 5.54%. We’re expecting another .75% rate hike from the Fed soon. I won’t get too in depth, but remember that doesn’t directly correlate to mortgage rates, but everything is related. These continued rate hikes are putting downward pressure on growth, and mortgage rates are likely to continue to rise.

At the time of publication, in Arlington there are 459 residential properties available across all property types, eight more than last week. Of those 459, 141 are detached properties, 66 are town homes/semi-detached properties and the remaining 252 are condominiums.

This past week, sellers listed 75 homes for sale, a decrease of 19, while buyers ratified 55 contracts. 19 of the ratified contracts were on homes just listed within the past seven days.

Average asking price of currently available homes is $865,183 and the median is $685,000. Currently available homes have been on the market for an average of 47 days and a median of 32 days.

This week last year, rates were sitting at 2.78%, sellers has listed 97 homes for sale and buyers ratified 82 contracts. There was a total of 545 properties for sale!

Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. If you see a home that you’re interested in purchasing, give us a call! Our team are experts at WINNING when it comes to Arlington real estate — our agents routinely outmaneuver others when it comes to multiple offer scenarios — call us to find out how!

Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at (703) 203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight properties I think you might light to check out!

809 21st Street S.
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