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Alexandria/Fairfax County Open House-Sunday, May 1, 2011/1-4pm

Alexandria, VA 22307 

Total Living Square Feet: 3360 with Lower Level Walk-Out to large brick patio

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BRAC-133 in Alexandria VA (Mark Center)-Infrastructure Impact

Location map Alexandria, Virginia
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In an article written by: Dak Hardwick and Don Buch for the Cameron Station Compass

BRAC-133”, scheduled to be fully open and operational by September 15, 2011, will bring approximately 6,400 DOD personnel to the West End of Alexandria. As this building is owned by the federal government, it is not subject to local zoning rules and regulations. However, over the past two years, various citizens’ groups and the City of Alexandria have been working to help mitigate the impact of BRAC-133 as a consequence of its being located in a semi-residential area with a limited transportation infrastructure.

Short/Mid-Term Road Improvements — If you’ve been in the Seminary Road/Beauregard Street area recently, you’ve probably seen some ongoing road construction. The City of Alexandria is undertaking some minor road improvements, including a “triple left” from westbound Seminary onto southbound Beauregard in an effort to alleviate some of the BRAC-bound traffic. Construction of several additional improvements will begin in late winter 2011/early spring 2012 and are expected to take two to three years to complete.

BRAC Transportation Management Plan — DOD and the City of Alexandria have been working on an extensive Transportation Management Plan (TMP) that offers a variety of traffic mitigation efforts. There will be frequent peak period shuttles from five different Metro stations. That includes service between the King Street station and Mark Center every ten minutes on a service open to public ridership.

Long Term Transportation Improvements — In early February, the Virginia Secretary of Transportation announced plans to pursue a new HOV ramp from the northbound HOV lanes of I-395 to westbound Seminary Road (reversing at evening rush hours). The estimated cost of this project is approximately $80 million. Although some questions remain about the exact scope and scale of the project, the Alexandria City Council has endorsed the proposed ramp and is currently working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to move it forward as expeditiously as reasonably possible.

As many would expect, this project may also significantly affect Real Estate Values and requirements in the Alexandria Area, most pronouncedly on the West End of the city.  The demand both for homes to purchase and to rent near the new center will undoubtedly increase as this project moves forward.

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Repealed Landlord Law! Yea NAR!

Congress passed legislation last week that repeals a provision in the small business legislation enacted last year that requires landlords to report any work done on investment properties totaling $600 or more, and to provide 1099 forms to vendors that provided the services.

Realtors® fought against this provision, arguing that the amount of paperwork generated would be onerous to landlords and any real estate practitioners employed by landlords. Lawmakers finally agreed that the provision was an example of overreach by Congress that was not intended to burden small property owners and managers.

Even President Obama agreed back in November of 2010, “It just involves too much paperwork, too much filing.”

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Open House-Alexandria, VA-Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1pm-4pm

1100 Quaker Hill Drive, #1, Alexandria VA 22314

Beautiful Condo in quiet community with an open floor plan that makes the large rooms seem even more spacious. Two entrances on two levels. Great kitchen that has friendly pass-through to dining room. Master BR w/walk in closet. Welcoming patio entrance just steps from parking. Luxury bath w/sep shower and jacuzzi tub. Tons of storage space. Enjoy Pool and Pond.  Just min. to King Street metro, old Town and I-495.


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Cherry Blossom Festival-March 26 through April 10, 2011!

Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gift from Ja...
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It’s that time again…time to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms along the tidal basin, enjoy fun events and get outside for Spring.  Unfortunately we had a bit of a cold snap, but hopefully it will warm up soon…don’t let the cold keep you indoors though…here is a link to the Cherry Blossom Festival schedule of events.  There are so many fun things to do in the city during this time…And don’t forget the parade is on April 9 beginning at 10am on Constitution Ave from 7th-17th street.  Enjoy Spring!  Here is a link to the official page to learn more or donate to the disaster relief efforts in Japan:

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Alexandria VA Open House…steps to Shirlington…Sunday March 27, 1-4pm!

3777 GUNSTON RD #541, Alexandria VA 22302

Fantastic 2-lvl, end-unit in the great community of Parkfairfax. High-end SS appliances,granite,tiled floor/backsplash. Crown molding/ recessed lighting. Solid wood doors, gleaming parquet floors and literally just steps to the Shirlington Footbridge & Metro bus!!! Overlooks gorgeous park-like courtyard! Washer/Dryer in unit.  Community has amenities such as: Pool, Tennis Courts, Rec Facility, Tot-lot/playground, grilling areas and courtyards.  Easy access to I-395 and just steps to the Shirlington Footbridge and metrobus.

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3 BR Home for Rent near Ft Belvoir-only $1400/month!


8506 Gila Ct, Alexandria, VA 22309

Application was not accepted so this home is available again.

Listed for $1400/month

This spacious home is a 3 BR/1.5 Bath townhouse-style condo in Pinewood Lawns is ONLY 2 MILES FROM FT. BELVOIR!

Unique features include, recessed lights w/dimmers in all rooms, tons of additional storage including floored attic space, a deep closet under the stairs and storage in car port, an expanded kitchen island provies additional cabinet space and counter space.  Crown molding and ceiling fans in all rooms. Washer/Dryer in unit housed in a large laundry room.  Private brick patio with high fence leading out to either parking area or common grounds. Owner willing to leave table, and china cabinet for tenant use during occupancy.

Rent includes: Condo Fees (allowing access to amenities and exterior/lawn maintenance), Water, Sewer and Trash Removal

Tenant Responsible for: Electric, Cable and Internet

Date Available: April 30, 2011

No Pets Please.

This rental is Non-Smoking.

Application fee is: $50 per married couple or per unmarried adult occupant (NON-REFUNDABLE)

Security Deposit and First months rent: $1400/each ($2800 total) are due at lease signing.

Please call or email for more information.

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Cameron Station Open House-Sunday, March 6 2011 from 1-4pm

503 Cameron Station Blvd, Alexandria VA 22304

Please join me for a Cameron Station Open House-Sunday, March 6 2011 from 1-4pm!

This lovely and spacious 2 BR, 2.5 Bath townhouse-style condo in the coveted community of Cameron Station (in Alexandria VA) is a must see!  Home features include: WOOD FLOORS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES AND GAS FIREPLACE ON MAIN LEVEL. Wood Blinds, upgraded light fixtures and neutral paint.  MASTER BR HAS FULL BATH TUB W/SEP SHOWER, CUSTOM WALK-IN CLOSET & EXTENDED PATIO. 1 CAR GAR + ASSIGNED SPOT. Email or call for more information!

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Old Town Alexandria VA-Open House-Sunday, Jan 6, 1p-4p

Alexandria's waterfront, seen from the Potomac...
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Open House!

703 Potomac Street, Alexandria VA 22314

2 Bedroom plus loft, 2.5 Baths, 4 level brick townhouse with off-street parking. Located in the South East Quadrant of Old Town Alexandria and less then a block from the Potomac River and Bike Trail. Hardwood floors on three levels, brick patio with gravel area for dogs plus garden space and storage.

Come Visit!

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Real Estate Forum-Saturday, Jan 29, 2011, 10:30am!

Come visit the Weichert, Alexandria/Old Town office tomorrow (Sat. Jan 29) at 10:30 am for a Real Estate Forum.  We will be discussing the state of the market in the Northern Virginia and DC areas: Interest Rates, Mortgage Availability, Price trends, Inventory and more…

Address is: 121 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Feel free to call or email me for more information!  Hope to see you there!