Tag Archive for: Virginia

Fall Wine Tasting: Virginia & Maryland Wineries Near Washington, D.C.

02 Oct
October 2, 2013 Now that it’s cooled off in our area it’s time to enjoy the sunny crisp days before the chill of winter by heading out of the city on a Saturday or Sunday escape to one of the DMV’s numerous nearby vineyards. A lot of DC natives aren’t aware that Virginia and Maryland are home to many locally owned and operated wineries. Spending the day touring a vineyard and taking advantage of the tastings being offered by the winery you choose is the perfect way to spend a fall day out of DC. If you’re planning on visiting multiple vineyards and doing several wine tastings in a day you may want to look into the option of getting a car service, limo or party bus, depending on the size of your group. Read more [...]

Farm Focused Fun For Kids This Weekend

26 Jul
July 26, 2013 Washington, D.C. is one of the best cities in the country right now for the local food movement. Not only does this area have chefs that are dedicated to buying products from as close as possible, there are farms all over Virginia and Maryland that are capable of providing top-notch produce and meats. The local food movement is one with staying power. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good eating. Local tastes fresher. And as all good dining habits start at the home, it’s never too early to teach your children about the benefits of eating local That makes this weekend the perfect opportunity to show children how to do so, with many local farms opening their barn doors for family-centric Read more [...]

Lorton, VA Market Report – 7/4/13

04 Jul
July 4, 2013 Sellers are asking, "Is this a good time to sell my home in Northern Virginia?" Good question, and I have the answer:  ABSOLUTELY!!  Just look at the housing report below, comparing sales activity for May 2013 against May 2012. Sold prices jumped an average of 22% for all home types (single family, townhome, condo) with the largest jump for townhomes and condos at 27%, or $70,000.  But wait - detached single family homes sold for over $108,000 more than last year, too! I call this the "Big Bounce Back" from the price drop of 2007-2009. Check out the stats below then go to the next question sellers are asking...   May   2013 2012 +/- New Listings 67 55 21.82% Active Read more [...]

Taste of Reston Showcases Town Center

13 Jun
June 13, 2013 Over the past few years, one of D.C. Metro  biggest area's of growth has been in Virginia, to the Northwest of the city. That trend is only likely to continue, spurred by the construction of Metro’s Silver Line, connecting downtown Washington to Dulles Airport. Along that route is an already constantly expanding town, Reston. Though Reston has become more popular in recent years, it’s been an established community for a long time thanks to one very big anchor: The Reston Town Center The Reston Town Center was one of the area’s first mixed-use suburban properties, a massive collection of commercial, residential and retail space. At the time it was an example of how suburban areas could Read more [...]

Centreville, VA Market Report – 6/10/13

10 Jun
June 10, 2013 The Centreville market is divided into two distinctive markets. 20121 is located North of Lee Highway, with 20120 to the South of Lee Highway.  In line with Northern Virginia and Fairfax County, the Centreville market is experiencing the lowest inventory in 5 years, and sales are reaching the number of active listings, creating Sellers’ market with average days on the market below 30. April 2012 April 2013 % change Avg. Sales Price $346,987 $375,953 8.4% Avg. DOM 25 22 -12% Total Unit sales 96 92 5% Active listings 105 51 -51% If you're considering selling, now is the time!  It’s time to take advantage of this exceptional Seller’s Market.  Select and compare 2 to Read more [...]

Manassas Park, VA Market Report – 6/10/13

10 Jun
June 10, 2013 Buyers are asking, "Where can I find a home to buy in Northern Virginia"? That's a good question, and I have the answer - "New Construction." With interest rates "still" at historic lows and the lack of inventory of available resale homes, buyers are streaming to new home builders. "What does this do for homeowners in Manassas Park?" In general, new construction drives resale home prices, so as builders raise their prices (happening now), it tends to pull resale values up also. Do I hear a "Come on new construction!?" So, why are buyers flocking to new construction? It's simple - there is a lack of available homes for sale. The chart shows us there was a 20% decrease in new listings on the Read more [...]

The Mosaic District Development is a Delight

22 May
May 22, 2013 If you have ever driven around the Merrifield area the past few years, you noticed one constant: construction. Everywhere. From holes being dug to roads being expanded, the intersection of Route 50 and Gallows Road has been one massive project after another. However, if you take a trip there now, you’ll see something completely different. An entire mixed-use development coming together, one that had restaurants, retailers and residents flocking to the area. It’s also got an entirely new name: The Mosaic District. A trip to the Mosaic District is a high-end delight. The developers of the area have hand-picked national boutique retailers and some of D.C.’s most popular restaurants and Read more [...]

Area Dog Parks Perfect For Puppy Play

13 Mar
March 13, 2013 This past weekend showed us just how wonderful spring in Washington, D.C. can be: warm temperatures, gentle breezes and clear skies. The perfect conditions that make you want to head outdoors. A lot of us, when we do leave the house, don’t do so alone. Many people in this area take with them their four-legged friends. Which is perfect, because this area is littered with parks for your litter (or just the one, if that’s all you have). Way northwest of the city, past Germantown, Maryland is Black Hill Regional Park. The entire area is dog-friendly, and with scenic views of Little Seneca Lake and rolling hills, it’s the perfect place to take your dog for a leashed stroll. But when your friend Read more [...]

Bayou Festivities Come To Arlington

07 Feb
February 7, 2013 In less than a week, the country’s biggest block party will come to a close. If you haven't heard about, it’s been going on ever since this Wednesday. But right now, the streets of New Orleans have been closed, and will be for six more days, as the city puts on what may be America’s wildest week. That’s right, it’s Mardi Gras. The festivities began much earlier than usual this year, with Fat Tuesday coming in early February. That’s the final day of celebration, and this year is February 12th. Fat Tuesday celebrates the last day before the solemn season of Lent, and is the actual day of Mardi Gras. But ever since the city of New Orleans threw its first parade back in 1857, the parties Read more [...]

Pumpkin Chunkin' Lets You Send Off Halloween In Smashing Fashion

31 Oct
October 31, 2012 After any holiday ends, there is often a bit of disappointment. Weeks or even months of preparation culminate in a single day, and then it is simply over. But it doesn’t have to be that way with Halloween this year. Once everyone finishes trick or treating on Wednesday night, there’s still an event that gives the holiday a proper send off. And it is a literal send off, but not in any traditional sense. This year, if Hurricane Sandy didn’t already dispose of your jack-o-lanterns, you can skip the usual step of tossing them to the curb. Get rid of yours by sending them soaring into the sky and smashing into the ground at Great Country Farms Annual Pumpkin Chunkin’. Great Country Farms Read more [...]