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When I was a kid, my mother was a Block Mother.  She volunteered to have a bright orange and blue symbol in the front window of our home, indicating that a child in trouble would be safe there.  The qualification?  She had to apply for Block Mother status with the local school, and not work durin...
Chris Ann Cleland | Long & Foster | 703-402-0037 10442 Rapidan Lane, Manassas, VA Outstanding Value in Manassas! 2BR/2.5BA Condo offered at $150,000 Year Built 1987 Sq Footage 1,564 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial Floors 3 Parking 2 Lot Size Unspecified HOA/Maint $188 per month DESCRIPTIO...
I met someone new in my neighborhood yesterday.  They aren't new to the neighborhood, but they are new to me. I was previewing a bank owned home not far from my own home.  As I walked out, I was greeted by a woman walking toward me.  "Have they sold the home yet?  I used to live there." She and h...
The following is a summary of a police report of an attempted child abduction that took place in Braemar on October 7, 2008.  This could have happened anywhere.  Neighborhood awareness is the absolute best way to combat crime.  Know your neighbors and know what's going on in your neighborhood.  A...
Today was a first.  I was having lunch at Pei Wei...the Asian Diner by P.F. Chang's.  Our own Gainesville, VA locaiton opened up about a month or so ago.   The service was great.  The restaurant was clean with plenty of seating.  A little noisy for a business meeting though.  Most of our busines...
I have blogged about Gray Kitty before.  He is the father of three kittens I scooped up off my porch almost one year ago.  I had been attempting to "tame" Gray Kitty with food, but he was not ready.  At the time, I couldn't get within five feet of him without him tearing off into the woods. Since...
Seems there are some truly unique ideas out there to sell a home that is worth less than what is owed.  Just moments ago, as I sat here at my desk, CNN playing in the background, a story caught my attention.  There is a couple somewhere in the U.S. (didn't catch the location) that is raffling the...
This is something that got my blood pumping today.  My Mom called and sounded panicked.  She said Route 66 had collapsed on Route 29 (a major intersection in Gainesville, VA).    She couldn't find any news about it on the local television stations. I jumped in the car, camera in hand, to see what...
Yesterday was my day to relax.  I love crafts and had decided I wanted to paint some plaster Christmas tree ornaments.  Being in need of some paints, I drove to my local Jo-Ann's Fabric store in Manassas, VA.  Jo-Ann's can be a sinkhole for time, but it's usually because the shopper gets constant...
I got to enjoy a sit down lunch with my Mother yesterday at my favorite Chinese Restaurant.  I enjoyed the conversation and time with Mom and, of course, the food.  At the end of our meal, we cracked open our Fortune Cookies to see what words of wisdom would be imparted to us.  Mine was simple an...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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