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Fairfax County is a Great Place for a Self-Proclaimed Book Worm! - 08/27/08 10:50 AM
Back in middle and high school, I tried to hide my tendency to turn to books as friends. Once in college, it became 'cool' to love to read and I was able to embrace my true love of reading. As a young girl I spent hours and hours at small branch of the Fairfax Country library at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. That branch has since closed--to be replaced by the Reston Museum--but I can still remember the thrill of the hunt when I would leave the heat of a warm summer day to enter the cool quiet of the library. (0 comments)
Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I grew up here, in Reston, VA. We moved here when I was in 2nd grade, so I did not go to preschool here. A lot of my high schoool friends did, however, attend LANk (as it is known--or 'Lankie' as our family calls it). The original founders were parents of my contemporaries. All three (0 comments)
Distrust of Real Estate Agents - 08/25/08 10:21 AM
Sometimes I feel like everywhere I turn I find television shows, newspaper articles, books and blogs criticizing the honesty of real estate agents. It is funny, because this stereotype is so dramatically different than the feedback that I receive from my clients. I have been told over and over how grateful my clients were for my help, how stress free I made the transaction and how they would definitely work with me again or refer me to their friends and family.
So why the disconnect? Who are these distrustful real estate agents who are giving the rest of us a (10 comments)
The Day Has Finally Arrived - 08/22/08 08:30 AM
Tomorrow I join the legions of parents who have driven up to a university and dropped off their child. I know it won't be that easy (if I don't make her bed, who will?). She is a great kid and I am so excited for her opportunity. But as anyone who has been through it (or will have to go through it), it is bittersweet. She told my younger daughter last night that she has to take over the role of talking to me while I make dinner. Knowing my children as I do, that is unlikely to happen, but it (6 comments)
National Obsession...And it is a Marathon! - 08/17/08 05:35 PM
Last week I wrote about the Olympics and the way it brings our family--and our nation--together (http://activerain.com/blogsview/638157/Ode-to-the-Olympics). It has been 9 days since we watched that amazing opening ceremony. So much has happened: we learned that the little girl singing in the ceremony was not actually the little girl singing, Michael Phelps has proven himself to be the most elite of elite athletes, Dara Torres has given the 'over 40' crowd a little extra inspiration and countless athletes have proven that all of their hard work was worth it! We celebrate them all...but I am exhausted! I am not a late (8 comments)
Getting Your House Ready to Sell Series: A Letter to My Seller after our Pre-Listing Walk Through - 08/15/08 02:31 PM
This is a generic letter to a client after a pre-listing walk through. It is a combination of many situations I have come across in these walk throughs over the years. I would, obviously, never address my clients this way. But for fun, I put this letter together to showcase some of the situations that I run in to again and again. If you are an agent, I am sure you will recognize these scenarios. If you are a seller, keep in mind that I am satirizing the situation, but that there is a grain of truth in each of my comments. Dear Seller, (3 comments)
Wow! And Thank You... - 08/15/08 12:52 PM
I just read an article in one of my trade journals on blogging. It got me thinking about some of the unbelievably great posts I have read here on ActiveRain. Blogging is/has become much more than just a way to increase your SEO, it has become a legitimate tool for writers to share their ideas and opinions. I have been blown away by some of the posts I have read. More than once I have thought, 'How did I not think of that?' or 'I never looked at it that way.' To all of you who create the fantastic blogs that (8 comments)
With a cup of coffee in hand, I strolled last week down to the dock at South Lakes Village Center. I took these photos because they reflect how peaceful being by the lake feels--even on a hot and humid day. If you are interested in seeing which merchants are at the SLVC, you can go to the website: http://southlakesvillagecenter.com/ There are currently 10 properties for sale on the lake in the South Lakes Area (also includes Lake Audubon) These properties range from a 2 Bedroom condominium, listed at $525,000 to a beautiful contemporary detached home $1,230,000. (2 comments)
Here are some photos from the famous Lake Anne Village Center. This was the first section of Reston to be built and the place where I spent a lot of my child hood. I have fond memories of playing in the fountain, the playhouse and the cement play area (on the left). We actually used to dive off the towers and swim in the lake...not allowed to do that now! I remember my surprise when my childhood playground showed up in my college Fine Arts textbook. For more information about Lake Anne, there is a website that you can go (1 comments)
Last Friday I went out and took some photos of areas around Reston. These are some shots taken by Lake Newport in the area called North Point (also referred to as North Reston). There are homes that surround the lake, but there is a path that goes around the lake for the enjoyment of all. This part of the path is around the lake, although parts of it wind in to the surrounding neighborhoods before returning lake-side. If waterfront living is something that interests you, there are currently two waterfront properties available, both are single family, detached home. One is (0 comments)
July & August Sales Figures for Hunters Woods, Reston (20190) as of 8/14/08 - 08/14/08 02:45 PM
Total Listings Sold to date in 2008: 268 Price range of all properties sold to date in 2008: $110,000-$1,250,000 Detached Homes, Active : 39 $210,000-$$1,230,000Detached Homes, under Contract: 14 $232,500-$649,900Detached Homes, Sold since 6/1/08: 28 $365,000-$1,250,000 Townhouses, Active: 75 $ 130,000-$1,190,000Townhouses, under Contract: 42 $142,900-$749,500Townhouses, Sold since 6/1/08: 43 $149,000-$990,000 Condominiums, Active: 56 $110,000-$525,000Condominiums, under Contract: 17 $109,900- $309,900Condominiums, Sold since 6/1/08: 34 $110,000-$360,000
Current Number of Listings: 172*Price Range: $110,000-$1,230,000 *This number may include listings that cannot be classified as detached home, townhouse or condominium
Reston, Virginia is a planned community (0 comments)
July & August Sales Figures for North Point, Reston (20194) as of 8/14/08 - 08/14/08 02:34 PM
Total Listings Sold to date in 2008: 133 Price range of all properties sold to date in 2008: $180,000-$1,550,000 Detached Homes, Active : 33 $550,000-$$1,499,000Detached Homes, under Contract: 8 $675,000-$$1,450,000Detached Homes, Sold since 6/1/08: 19 $500,000-$1,550,000 Townhouses, Active: 36 $ 250,000-$684,900Townhouses, under Contract: 10 $234,900-$600,000Townhouses, Sold since 6/1/08: 22 $250,000-$645,000 Condominiums, Active: 14 $214,900-$399,900Condominiums, under Contract: 2 $310,000 & $374,900Condominiums, Sold since 6/1/08: 3 $245,000-$318,000
Current Number of Listings: 84*Price Range: $214,900-$1,499,000 *This number may include listings that cannot be classified as detached home, townhouse or condominium
Reston, Virginia is a planned (0 comments)
July & August Sales Figures for Lake Anne, Reston (20190) as of 8/14/08 - 08/14/08 02:20 PM
Total Listings Sold to date in 2008: 170 Price range of all properties sold to date in 2008: $142,000-$1,275,000 Detached Homes, Active : 6 $507,600-$929,900Detached Homes, under Contract: 2 $519,000-$560,000Detached Homes, Sold since 6/1/08: 3 $450,000-$525,000 Townhouses, Active: 31 $ 267,900-$875,000Townhouses, under Contract: 13 $289,900-$575,000Townhouses, Sold since 6/1/08: 18 $268,400-$799,000 Condominiums, Active: 101 $129,000-$1,399,000Condominiums, under Contract: 32 $149,900-$479,900Condominiums, Sold since 6/1/08: 31 $142,000-$647,000
Current Number of Listings: 140*Price Range: $129,900-$1,600,000 *This number may include listings that cannot be classified as detached home, townhouse or condominium
Reston, Virginia is a planned community located in Fairfax County, (0 comments)
Is a College Education a Waste of Time and Money? - 08/14/08 09:52 AM
This morning I happened upon a small article in a paper I rarely read. It was paraphrasing a recent editorial published in the Wall Street Journal which contends that most people don't need a college education. AEI Scholar Charles Murray was the author of the article (full text of the original article can be read at): http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121858688764535107.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries). The article advocates for CPA-like Certification Tests to screen people for jobs--rather than checking to see if they studied for 4 years and came out the other side with a degree. My personal thought is that whether or not you need a college education (9 comments)
Ode to the Olympics and Family Time every 4 Years - 08/12/08 03:39 PM
My family loves the Olympics! They don't care about the politics, they only care about injuries that might keep their favorite athletes from competing. Not politically correct, but the truth!
Once every four years you can find us all cheerfully scattered around the family room rooting for the 'home team.' There are no complaints of boredom, or 'forced' family time. The kids talk about the upcoming events for weeks. They scour the paper and watch endless re-runs of competition footage. They can remember every Summer Olympics since about the age of 5--and they talk about them. I find this astounding! (5 comments)
Greater Reston Arts Center C-Note Sale in September--9/28/08 - 08/11/08 11:59 AM
From the Greater Reston Arts Center On-line Newsletter: "Tickets on Sale Now! Greater Reston Arts Center’s annual fundraiser, C-Note Sale is Sunday September 28. Experience the thrill of expanding your art collection during this fast-paced, auction-style raffle. Your $150 ticket is your chance to acquire a work of original art worth many times the ticket price. All artwork is donated by the artists and ticket sales support the exhibition and educational programming at GreaterRestonArtsCenter. Exhibition of Artwork: September 2 – September 28 Online preview of available art at www.restonarts.org <http://www.restonarts.org/> Reception: September 11, 6-8 includes a Silent Auction of additional works. (0 comments)
A Beautiful Weekend in Reston! - 08/11/08 11:33 AM
This weekend was one of those picture-perfect weekeends. Low temperatures, low humidity, bright blue skies and not a jam-packed calendar.I took advantage of the unusually appointment-free weekend to enjoy some of my favorite things about Reston. I was feeling nostalgic about how much I enjoy where I live that I thought I would share some of the special things about Reston.Friday afternoon I went over to the South Lakes Shopping Center and got a cup of coffee and wandered down to admire the Lake Thoreau before I went to the Reston Regional Library and picked up some books to read (on (0 comments)
Reston is a 'Best Places to Live 2008-Top 100 City' - 08/08/08 08:03 AM
Ranked number 37 on this years's CNN Money List http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshots/PL5166672.html , Reston is a well-rounded, well-educated community within close proximity to Washington D.C., Tysons Corner, Dulles International Airport, Reagan International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. What used to be a sleepy little bedroom community has become a vibrant urban/suburban destination. At the center of Reston you will find the Reston Towncenter. The original plans for Reston focused on "Village" Centers for shopping, but as the community has grown the development and growth of the Reston Town Center has given the residents a central meeting location. The Town Center is the site (4 comments)
Drive In Movies on Saturday Nights--For FREE! - 08/07/08 12:14 PM
The Fairfax County Park Authority is sponsoring Free Starlight Cinema on Saturday Nights in August. Located in the Sully district at 5875 Trinity Parkway in Centreville (20120) this event begins at 7:30 pm and features children's games and entertainment before the movie, which begins at dark. The movies that are playing in August are: August 2: The Bee Movie August 9: The Spiderwick Chronicles August 16: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix August 23: Transformers August 30: Shrek the ThirdShr
Call head for information/rain cancellation information at: 703-324-SHOW(7496) or go to the website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances (0 comments)
Wolf Trap is for Kids, too! - 08/06/08 04:23 PM
My kids are getting older now and I am not constantly faced with finding new 'outings' to keep them entertained (now I want them to stay in!). One of our favorites, when they were younger was to go to Wolf Trap for the performances at the Theatre-in-the- Woods. I wish I had thought to write about this sooner, because it looks like this is the last week/weekend for performances this summer Tomorrow through Saturday you can take them to see 'Bash the Trash' Trash Jam and Steve Roslonek (more information at http://www.wolftrap.org/Home/Find_Performances_and_Events/Performance/08TITW/BashtheTrash.aspx.) There are charges for these shows, so go on-line (0 comments)
How I work with Relocation to Northern Virginia - 08/06/08 11:06 AM
Moving can be scary. You have a lot of choices--you probably have a new job or career. You may not have friends in your new community, which will mean not only will you have to find and meet new friends, but you have to pick an area that will allow you to do that. You may know where you need to be generally, but not know the area well enough to be specific.
As an Accredited Buyer Representative, I am often your first 'touch-point' with your new city, town or community. You may know the area where you want to (0 comments)
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