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Hyper-Local Blogging-Be Careful What You Ask For - 04/30/12 06:18 PM
We all hope our blog catches the attention of a potential client or two. Sometimes while we are concentrating on our target market we are surpised by an unplanned outcome of our blogging efforts.Since the beginning of 2011 my blog posts on the Belmont Bay neighborhood in Woodbridge VA has led to 15 rental listings and another 5 incoming rental clients under lease. All without getting in my car or walking more than 1/2 mile to complete a transaction. Now in my area rental transactions won't pay the bills by themselves but they do provide a nice way to fill in (75 comments)
West Springfield homes are as popular today as they were when Edward Carr introduced the neighborhood in the 1960's. Springfield Golf and Country Club has grown and expanded into a private country club but the three lakes are still there and members have a chance to play 18 holes of golf, play tennis, swim and enjoy special events at the clubhouse.When the West Springfield homes were first introduced they ranged in price from the $24,000 to $35,000. Today homes in West Springfield surrounding the country club run in the mid-$400,000's and up depending on the updates and additions. If you (6 comments)
It's nice to remember that despite the busy roads that criss cross Northern Virginia that you can still find scenes like this. Moments like this make me remember how much I enjoyed spending time on my Grandfather's farm as a child. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead.
Birds Aren't The Only One Who Like Slugs In Springfield VA - 04/28/12 05:57 PM
If you are just moving to West Springfield (VA) from another part of the country the term "slug line" make you go YUCK. However for anyone who has lived in the area for awhile the term "slug line" means a great way to get from a West Springfield neighborhood to the Pentagon or other major DC employment areas.One of the questions that anyone relocated to the area asks is about public transportation options. Once newcomers understand the value of a slug line...it is FREE then they wonder if they can find a home within a mile of a slug line. The (8 comments)
What's Moving In Orange Hunt Estates In West Springfield VA? - 04/27/12 10:02 AM
Orange Hunt Estates is one of the well established West Springfield neighborhoods that continues to attract new buyers every year. The neighborhood was first established in 1967 and is located off of Old Keene Mill Rd. With mature trees and a strong civic association the neighborhood has retained the original exterior architecture and welcoming community atmosphere.The community offers membership in the pool and tennis courts in the neighborhood. There is a community park as well. With multiple metro bus stops on the two main streets, as well as two close by commuter lots, it is easy for homeowners to get into (3 comments)
Riverwood at Ferry Point-New Luxury Homes On The Potomac River - 04/26/12 04:35 PM
New homes on the Potomac River are hard to find. NV Homes has annouced 20 new luxury detached homes to be built just minutes from the Mount Vernon Estate on the Potomac River.Riverwood at Ferry Point will feature 6 home styles with prices starting at $1.2 Million. The homes will range up to 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths and up to 5600 square feet. Standard features include hardwood flooring in the foyer, hallway, kitchen, dining and living rooms. The homes will be three sided brick with rear siding, a two car siding loading garage with an option for a third (6 comments)
Early Design Center Options In Springfield VA - 04/25/12 12:53 PM
Today when you buy a new home the builder design center reminds you of a huge furniture store. The builder offers you a myriad of choices for every room in the house. In 1950's Springfield VA you had a "colororizer" to help you pick out the interior color scheme of your home. I can remember friends who had homes with pink or turquoise kitchen appliances and yellow bathroom fixtures. If you are looking for a home in Springfield VA today you can still find some homes with the original fixtures but more often you will find a home that is nicely (10 comments)
Glanced over last night and found Alley Cat staring intently at this poster in my living room. I wondered if she was thinking; are you my mother or perhaps take me to our leader? Alley is a rescue and rarely seems to sleep which has earned her the nickname "crack kitty." At least this time she sat still long enough for me to grab my phone and snap a picture.
Active Listings Are Down in West Springfield But DOM Are Up - 04/24/12 01:43 PM
Market Update for Springfield VA Zip Code 22152 DOM is Realtor® speak for Days on Market With buyers considering the West Springfield zip code of 22152 it was time to take a closer look at how the market in the 22152 zip code is doing. . The buyer's are looking at options in Kings Park, Orange Hunt Estates and Rolling Valley West all of popular West Springfield neighborhoods.. The number of new listings is well below this time last year. In April 2011 there were 87 active listings on the market. In March 2012 there were only 50 active listings in (14 comments)
Even though this mama duck has the Occoquan River only a block away she decided this puddle on the street was a good spot for a first swim. Since it's Earth Day 2012 I hope you get a chance to enjoy the wonders of what Mother Nature has provided whether its watching ducklings in a pond or taking a walk through your local park.
Rolling Valley in West Springfield VA-A Real Estate Hot Spot in Spring 2012 - 04/22/12 10:01 AM
Rolling Valley in West Springfield is currently one of the most active neighborhood in terms of listings, contracts and sales in the West Springfield (VA) area. Why do I call it a hot spot? As of today (April 22, 2012) there have been 27 listings in Rolling Valley for the year. There have been 7 sold and settled transactions, there are 11 under contract and currently 9 active listings. What makes Rolling Valley popular with buyers? Location is certainly one of the factors. Right off the Fairfax County Parkway it is easy to access the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, as well as (0 comments)
Active Rain-It's All About The Secret Sauce - 04/20/12 08:36 AM
KFC has it's secret herbs and spices. Coca-Cola has it's secret formula. Not as well known or publicized is Active Rains's Secret Sauce. What goes into the Active Rain Secret Sauce? Well if we knew the answer to that question we'd all be lounging on a beach instead of selling real estate. However there is one ingredient that is obvious. It's the willingness to share. This photo was taken on Friday April 13, 2012 in Dulith GA. Talk about an unlikely location. Let's get to what's even more amazing. These are all Active Rain members from around the country.Michelle Gibson-Wellington FLDebe (52 comments)
Coming Soon-Potomac Club Townhouse With 2 Car Garage - 04/19/12 11:34 AM
Potomac Club is one of the newer Prince William County communities tucked off of Route 1 and Neabsco Road in Woodbridge. The crown jewel of the neighborhood is the incredible $12 million dollar club house which sits at the entrance to the community. Featuring both indoor and outdoor pools, a rock wall, billiards room and casual lounge the clubhouse was designed as a place for residents to gather and relax. The club also is a WiFi hot spot and business center giving residents who need to work from home the convenience of quiet spot to hold a meeting or get some (2 comments)
Though you can't buy a house in North Springfield for $15,500 anymore a veteran can still use their VA benefits to buy a North Springfield home for zero down. The reasons that servicemembers choose North Springfield in the 1950's are still the same reasons they buy their now. Convenience to DC, larger tree lined lots and access to parks. Now they can add multiple options for commuting and nearby shopping.It's good to know that some things never change. If you are interested in using your VA benefits to buy a home in North Springfield give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty (10 comments)
Totally by Accident * I was there as the Last US Space Shuttle Touched Down - 04/18/12 05:46 AM
Many of us who live in the DC area were treated to an incredible sight yesterday as the Space Shuttle Discovery made the last flight into DC. I for one had tears in my eyes as I saw it circle past the house. Turns out Wallace was in the area too. Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.):
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM * GIBSON MANAGEMENT GROUP, Ltd. Central Virginia LandlordWhisperer View our available Charlottesville, Albemarle and Lake Monticello rental homes online with photos and floor plans"...to be a Virginian, either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on (13 comments)
Woodbridge New Construction-Hope Hill Crossing - 04/17/12 02:26 PM
Hope Hill Crossing is a new detached home community rising rapidly in Woodbridge Virginia just off of Spriggs and Minnieville Road. Offering a total of 200 home home sites when finished the community will feature a clubhouse with pool and exercise room as well as connection to local Prince William County Park Authority Trails. A variety of builders are offering homes in the community. Stanley Martin, Ryland and Richmond American. Each builder offers a variety of models to choice from. If you want to build your home from the ground up, you can select your lot and expect a 4-5 month (1 comments)
The Crestwood neighborhood in Central Springfield has changed a lot since this ad from the 1950's. At the time the Virginian rambler was one of the least expensive homes you could buy in the growing suburbs 20 miles south of DC. Many of the original Virginian models have been expanded and in some cases torn down for larger homes. In their time they were the first home of choice for many young families. If you are looking for a home in Springfield VA give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213. We know Springfield and though we (10 comments)
It's obvious looking at the old timber balanced on the interior walls at Chapman Mill that they have served the mill well. However to make the mill safe for visitors today new steel beams cross the interior walls to hold them up. If I had been around since the mid 1700's I'd need more than a steel beam to keep me upright.Chapman's Mill is located in Prince William County off of Route 66 at the Haymarket exit. The mill grounds are open on the weekends from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Belmont Bay-New Waterfront Rental On The Market - 04/15/12 06:40 AM
Rarely do you find a waterfront rental in Belmont Bay as nice as this condo. Features include:2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsDen with custom built-in'sHardwood FloorsGranite Counters in KitchenStainles Steel AppliancesAnd Unobsturced Waterviews$2200 Available June 5, 2012 Click photo for a Virtual Tour of Belmont Bay Waterfront Condo for Rent
Belmont Bay offer residents easy commuting options around the area. With a VRE station at the entrance to the community making the commute in to DC a breeze. The main gate of Fort Belvoir is only 15 minutes away, Quantico is 20 minutes to the south and the Pentagon is an easy commute (6 comments)
Snapshot Of The Woodbridge VA Detached Home Market In March 2012 - 04/14/12 06:19 PM
March 2012 Detached Home Market Report for Woodbridge VA Zip Code 22191 The 22191 Zip code in Woodbridge VA covers a wide variety of neighborhoods including Belmont Bay, Port Potomac, Hope Hill Crosing, Newport and Eagles Pointe to name a few. There are older established neighborhoods and a good deal of new construction currently for sale.
For more information on the Woodbridge VA real estate market or to discuss your home buying needs contact Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group at 703-346-2213. Let our experience in helping Woodbridge VA buyers find the right place to call home work for you. (8 comments)
Double Ovens A Big Selling Point in 1950's Springfield VA Homes - 04/11/12 05:26 AM
"Brownies can bake brownies at the same time you roast a turkey" says the ad touting the lastest upgrades to the kitchens offered in Yeonas homes in Springfield VA. Yeonas Builders were one of the major builders in the 1950's and 1960's as Springfield developed from a farming community into a large Northern Virginia suburb. One of the biggest neighborhoods they built was Montcello Woods. The neighborhood was the site of the first ever "Parade of Homes" by the Home Buidlers of Washington.The Parade of Homes offered 12 homes built by 12 different builders side by side in Montcello Woods and (16 comments)
Do You Know What A "Red Flag" Warning Means In Woodbridge VA? - 04/10/12 05:32 PM
It means with high winds and dry conditions there is a high chance of brush fires starting. Warnings have been given not to throw cigarettes into brush, out car windows and to be careful that you keep your charcoal grill in check. This is what happens when you don't. This fire spread from one end of the wetland area in Belmont Bay within 5 minutes. Fortunately two fire trucks were able to arrive on the scene and keep it from going any further. One truck is still standing watch since the winds are gusting up to 30 MPH. Pay attention to (14 comments)
Kings Park Standing The Test Of Time In Springfield VA - 04/10/12 03:50 PM
Even though Kings Park in Springfield VA was built over 40 years ago it remains a popular neighborhood for today's home buyers. With bus routes to DC running through the neighborhood and a near by park and ride lot getting from home to work is easy. For families with children, Kings Park is in the Lake Braddock School Pyramid. For exercise you can walk the tree-lined neighborhood sideways or ride your bike through two different "back" entrances to Lake Accotink. Close by is the Kings Park shopping center with grocery shopping and the Kings Park library, part of the Fairfax County (0 comments)
Taking A Step Back In Time In Springfield VA - 04/10/12 07:59 AM
Having grown up in Springfield Virginia and watching it go from country to suburb it's interesting to take a look back at the history and see what you can find. How homes were advertised isn't that far off from today's ads. Split level homes in this area of Springfield are still popular today. Many of them have been expanded and updated though occassionally an "original" still pops up on the market. If you are looking for a split level today in this Springfield VA neighborhood prices range from the high 200's to up to the 400's depending on condition.
If (10 comments)
Historic Woodbridge VA Home Headed To Auction - 04/09/12 05:52 PM
Bel Air Plantation located in Woodbridge VA will be auctioned on April 18, 2012 on location at 3 PM. Built in 1740 by Major Charles Ewel the current property encompasses 25 acres. Built in the Georgian style popular of the time, Bel Air Plantation was frequented by George Washington on his travels up throughout Virginia. At one time it was the home of Reverend Mason Locke Weems, the first biographer of George Washington. It is reported that George and Martha stayed at Bel Air Plantation on their honeymoon travel to Mount Vernon. You can legitimately say “George Washington Slept Here” if you (16 comments)
A Sampler of New Construction For Sale in Woodbridge VA - 04/08/12 10:10 AM
Are you considering new construction? Check out this sampler of neighborhoods in the Woodbridge VA area offering new homes for sale. Before you head out to look at new home site remember that the builders representative is NOT representing you. Call Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group at 703-346-2213 to talk about how we can represent you when you buy a new home. Put extra money in your pocket with our New Home Construction Rebate offering you a 1% rebate of the builders commission. Showing properties 1 - 5 of 8. See more Woodbridge New Construction Sampler. (all data current as (6 comments)
When I went out for an early morning walk the first stirring creature I came across was a bunny. Didn't see an Easter Basket anywhere nearby so guess the eggs were already hidden. Hope the kids find them all, as a hardboiled egg left in the sun for a few hours is not pleasant to come across later.Happy Easter. (29 comments)
Coming Soon-Wonderful Lake Terrapin Detached Home - 04/06/12 05:21 PM
Lake Terrapin offers residents a community center with pool, tennis courts, play ground, sidewalks and plenty of mature trees. There are no through streets in the neighborhood keeping outside traffic to a minimum. Lake Terrapin itself is part of the Powells' Creek Watershed which flows into the Chesapeake Bay.Three nearby shopping centers offer multiple grocery stores, Target, Starbucks and Panera to name a few. Owners who commute to DC can grab a commuter bus less than 15 minutes away or head to I-95 and the HOV lanes North. If you work in Manassas or points west of Woodbridge it is less (4 comments)
Nap time was the order of the afternoon with this calves at Kidwell Farm in Fairfax VA. With spring comes lots of little ones at the farm and these two calves were down for the count. If you are looking for a fun place to take your children then check out what's new at Kidwell Farm and Frying Pan Park this spring.
In fact he had the largest Whiskey Distillery in 18th Century America. It's something not to many people realize. The George Washington Distillery and Grist Mill are just a few miles down the road from his Mount Vernon Estate. The current distillery building is built on the foundation of the orginal from 1792.Thirteen years ago Mount Vernon embarked on recreating George Washington's Distillery using authentic tools, materials and construction techniques from George Washington's time. Then they hired a well known distiller from Makers Mark Whiskey to distill the whiskey to the original instructions. Now twice a year two whiskey batches (24 comments)
Port Potomac A Neighborhood Loaded with Community Amenities - 04/03/12 05:56 PM
Are you looking for a new neighborhood to call home? Would you like your new neighborhood to include a great clubhouse with both indoor and outdoor pools? Then the Port Potomac neighborhood in Woodbridge VA should be on your must see list. In addition to the great clubhouse the neighborhood is close to shopping at the Stonebridge Town Center and Potomac Malls. Located only a few miles to the Rippon Landing VRE, I-95 and commuter parking lots getting into DC make Port Potomac a top choice for area commuters. Check out what's currently for sale in Port Potomac and then call (1 comments)
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