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fairfax county real estate: Barrett House Standing in Lorton Since 1891 - 10/12/12 04:58 PM
Barrett House today stands empty and surrounded by fencing to keep out intruders. However, since the early twentieth century the home located on Ox Road in Lorton has stood watching the changes to the surrounding area. Originally the property where Barrett House sits was part of a 3,500-acre tract granted by Lord Fairfax in England to Virginia colonist Robert Carter, Jr. in 1729. Over the years the land was divided and subdivided by various owners. Around 1891 Barrett House was constructed on 258 acres and used as a country home for a DC based lumber merchant. A few more ownership changes (9 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Like Oil and Vinegar-Inmates and Nike Missles In Lorton VA - 08/04/12 07:01 PM
My friends accuse me of making some of these little facts about Northern Virginia up. Nope the stories are all real....well okay the one about the Bunny Man Bridge in Clifton...not so much. However the story of the DC Reformatory located in Lorton VA being the site of the Army's premier showcase for the nationwide Nike program unveiled in 1954 is true. One of the big issues that the government faced when it was trying to build defenses against the threat of a nuclear attack from the USSR was acquiring the land necessary to develop missile defense sites. Since the Army (40 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Watching The Transformation-From 1950's Raised Rambler To Modern Day Home - 06/10/12 04:15 PM
Earlier this year a former client called and asked for my assistance in selling the family home in Falls Church. The home in the McLean High School District was mostly original and needed work to bring it into the 21st century.After making a few calls to investors, builders and other agents a buyer was found who was interested in rennovating aka gutting and expanding the property for resale. They've kept me in the loop and today I stopped by to see how progress was going.The former two level ranch is well on it's way to becoming a three level 6 Bedrooms/6.5 (24 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)
fairfax county real estate: 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)
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.
fairfax county real estate: Fairfax Station-Custom Homes With Acreage Within Commuting Distance To DC - 02/27/12 02:49 PM
It's easy to drive through the Fairfax Station area in Northern Virginia and see why so many owners are proud to call it home. Not only are there terrific planned communities such as Crosspointe, Barrington and South Run but Fairfax Station also offers the opportunity for a buyer to find a one of kind custom homes as well.In pockets scattered off of Route 123 (Ox Road) you will find custom homes on 1, 5 or even 10 acre wooded lots that reflect their owners and the builder's individual style and taste. Though most of the available open land has already been (2 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Run Don't Walk To Find Your New Home in Fairfax Station Virginia - 02/24/12 05:49 AM
It won't be long before the trees will bloom again in the South Run neighborhood in Fairfax Station VA. Located just 25 miles south of DC in Fairfax County, the South Run neighborhood exudes southern hospitality and old fashioned neighborhood charm. Homeowners in South Run enjoy the feel of a long lost neighborhood spirit. With BBQ's in the summer, pool parties, Halloween activities the neighborhood has an active neighborhood social committee that plans dozens of events a year. Nestled on tree lined 1/3 acre or larger lots the 530 homes that make up the South Run neighborhood in Fairfax Station, VA (8 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Bull Run-Occoquan Trail A Suprise Only Minutes From Woodbridge Traffic - 02/09/12 06:13 PM
Need a place to get away only a few minutes from Woodbridge VA? Then consider slipping away to the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail off of Old Yates Ford Road just across the Fairfax County line. You can access the trail at multiple points but today we started just across the street from Bull Run Marina. This portion of the trail is just over 6 miles to reach Fountainhead Park. If you don't want to go that far just head out along the Occoquan Reservoir for 30 minutes and then turn around and come back.Most of the way along the trail you will (8 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Undertanding Northern Virginia Can Be Confusing At First - 02/06/12 09:57 AM
Relocation is always stressful. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve made a move the minute you get the word to pack your bags you need to learn the “language” of a new area. In Northern Virginia part of that new language is deciphering the difference between our cities and our counties. Northern Virginia has a mixture that often leads to confusion. For example we have: Fairfax County and Fairfax City Alexandria City and Alexandria (postal address) in Fairfax County Falls Church City and Falls Church (postal address) in Fairfax County
Once you have figured that out then you (2 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Living Inside or Outside the Beltway-What's the Difference in NoVa? - 01/20/12 08:23 AM
Buyers moving to Northern Virginia often see the phrase "inside" or "outside" the beltway in MLS descriptions and wonder where are these locations on the map. For those who have lived in the Northern Virginia most of our lives we have watched "outside" the beltway on the Virginia side expand far west and south of DC. Just as the term "slugging" started as a phrase to describe riders using counterfeit tokens, the term inside or outside the beltway started with a different meaning in our area as well. The phrase was originally used politically to describe the fact that most of (14 comments)
The cold weather is quickly approaching Northern Virginia. In fact the weather guessers are calling for freezing temperatures. It's time to make sure you have winterized your house and especially the outside hose bibs. No one wants the results of a burst pipe. It isn't pretty AND your insurance company won't be happy with you.
Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): Every winter, and depending on where you live maybe even before right now, you must winterize your exterior hose bibs. That demands that you turn off the handle of the interior valve which services each hose (6 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Lipstick On A Pig-Checking Out Whether Those Beautiful Updates Were Done Correctly - 11/18/10 09:03 PM
You've walked in the front door and you are blown away. On the surface everything about the home you are exploring looks perfect. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, updated bathrooms and hardwood floors. What's not to love? Before you run back to the office to write an offer you may want to do a little double checking. In the case of this wonderful little house in Fairfax County VA the first place we went was to the county website to check to see if any building permits were pulled. What we found were a slew of permits with work marked incomplete (72 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Crosspointe in Fairfax Station VA-Executive Homes With Space And Elegance - 11/04/10 07:50 PM
No matter what season you look at the Crosspointe neighborhood in Fairfax Station you can't help but notice the well kept landscaping, large lots and mature trees. An encouraging sign that the owners in Crosspointe care about their homes. The streets are wide and no two homes sitting side by side look alike. Driving through the neighborhood you will find Victorians with wide front porches, Tudors and stately Georgian Colonials. Residents of Crosspointe enjoy the proximity to major parks and recreation activities including Burke Lake Park and the new Laurel Hill Golf Club. The neighborhood itself features two community pools, (10 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Dear Buyers-There Is A Simple Reason You Are Sitting In The Dark Today - 10/14/10 01:13 PM
It is a dark and dreary day in Northern Virginia. It is raining hard and when the phone rang the voice on the other end was obviously upset. Me: HelloBuyer: The lights just went out in my house.Me: Shouldn't you be calling the utility company?Buyer: I did they said the seller turned off the lights.Me: Didn't you switch the electricity to your name for settlement?Buyer: No I thought the seller did that.Me: The seller can't turn on the utilities in your name, you need to call them. Didn't your agent discuss this with you before settlement?Buyer: No they didn't say anything (38 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Mother Rules-Easy To Follow When Your Home is On the Market in Northern Virginia - 09/30/10 09:03 AM
Most of us grew up with "mother rules." We knew what they were from when we were little until we left home. Even as adults we can hear them ring in our ears as we go about our day. So I started thinking about some of the "mother rules" in our house and how they might help keep a home ready for showing. Hang up your wet towels Flush the toilet Make your bed Put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher Clean up after the pet(s) Mow the lawn Take out the trash Fold the laundry Water the plants And (19 comments)
fairfax county real estate: Springfield VA-Still a Wonderful Place to Call Home in Northern Virginia - 08/20/10 08:26 AM
Long before Homer Simpson made the TV town of Springfield famous, before the Springfield Interchange was created or Slug lines came to town their was a small ‘country” highway stop fifteen miles outside of DC that would come to be known as Springfield Virginia. In 1946 the developer Edwin Carr realized that their was a huge piece of undeveloped land, close enough to DC to be appealing to government workers who worked in town and that would provide space for larger homes than were currently available in Arlington or Alexandria. My parents were one of those families who decided that Springfield (14 comments)
fairfax county real estate: As a Realtor® What Does Local Mean to You? - 08/14/10 01:55 PM
Recently I read a post where one Realtor® was concerned that agents "outside" their area were portraying themselves as "experts" in a particular market on-line. They felt this was misleading to prospective buyers since clearly they didn't know the area as well as a "local expert" would.However later in their post they went on to say they covered a selling area, by Google Maps, which covered a distance of almost 20 miles. Slightly more than the distance of one of the examples they used of an agent who wasn't a "local expert." So it of course made me wonder. What do (69 comments)
1 Billion in total sales in Fairfax County last month. No wonder inventory in the region is still low.
Via Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for Cindy Jones RE/MAX Allegiance): According to the Sun Gazette Northern Virginia's residential real estate market in June had a billion-dollar sales month. A total of $1.07 billion worth of real estate transactions closed in June, according to Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. That was a 9.3% increase over the $978.99 million logged last year, and is the highest one-month total in three years. You can read the rest of the article on the Sun Gazette (3 comments)
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