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Restaurants In The DC Area Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

Restaurants In The DC Area Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and while many will be waking up early to prepare meals at home there are plenty of options for those of us (raising my hand) who are looking to go out and not put in all the work it takes to pull off a Thanksgiving feast.

 

Tysons Corner/Mclean

Seasons 52 – offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Fogo de Chao- offering seasonal recipes exclusive to the holidays. Dinner price applies all day on Thanksgiving.

Wildfire- enjoy Thanksgiving served family style, featuring Spit Roasted Turkey.

 

Alexandria/Arlington

Bastille- offering a 3 course meal for Thanksgiving.

Fyve at The Ritz Carlton- Thanksgiving inspired cuisine served in the Grand Ballroom with live entertainment.

Essy’s Carriage House- serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 8pm. Turkey with all the trimmings, pumpkin and pecan pies. Salmon or London Broil will be available as alternate entrees.

 

Downtown

Bucca de Bepo- open at 11am on Thanksgiving, join them for their sought after pasta dishes.

Lillies- prix fixe holiday menu; traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and sweet potatoes await you this Thanksgiving.

Bistro Bistro- serving a Thanksgiving feast including seasoned turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin and apple pies.

 

Reservations are filling up fast so don’t delay if you want to take the easy route for your Thanksgiving meal!

 

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    Kingstowne Real Estate Market Update September 2017

    Kingstowne Real Estate Market Update September 2017

    Kingstowne in Alexandria Virginia is known for its convenient location with easy access to major commuter routes, public transportation, and daily needs. Kingstowne is a planned community and home to over 5,300 residences. While Kingstowne itself is a community many locals know the area of Kingstowne as the 22315 zip code and some also consider 22310 a part of the area as it is situated right next to Kingstowne. For the purpose of this market report we will focus on the 22315 area.

     

    Kingstowne

    What’s The Neighborhood Like?

    Kingstowne offers a variety of residences – condos, townhomes, single family homes and some new construction. Residents enjoy extensive amenities; outdoor pools, walking paths, tot lots, fitness centers, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, volleyball courts, and an aerobics studio. Kingstowne is very unique in that it also features 1,200 acres of green space which the owners association does a wonderful job of maintaining. As you drive through the different areas of Kingstowne you’ll often see residents out for a run and children out riding their bikes. All of the walking paths throughout the community make it very inviting to get outdoors and go for a stroll.

     

    What’s Nearby Kingstowne?

    If you’re looking for a convenient location Kingstowne has you covered. Situated just 12 miles from the nation’s capital the community is minutes from 95, 395, 495, and Fairfax County Parkway. Need access to public transportation? Kingstowne is situated minutes from two metro stations; Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street. Kingstowne Towne Center is within minutes from all of the homes in the community and you’ll find multiple grocery stores, retail options, and over 25 dining choices. Hilltop Village Center is also within minutes of Kingstowne and home to the sought after Wegmans grocery store, Burtons Grill, Dickey’s BBQ, LA Fitness, Mathnasium and many other retail and dining options. Stop by and see us, we’re located in Hilltop Village Center too! Old Town Alexandria is ten minutes by car; enjoy a stroll along the waterfront or a delicious meal at one of the many dining options. You’ll also find unique shopping and endless activities to enjoy in Old Town. Needless to say Kingstowne is in a wonderful and highly sought after location. Whether you’re commuting into the city or just running to the grocery store Kingstowne makes access to everything extremely convenient.

     

    How close is Fort Belvoir to Kingstowne?

    If you currently work at Fort Belvoir or are being transferred to the base soon Kingstowne is a great option to look into – your commute time would be less than 15 minutes from anywhere in Kingstowne. Some homes are located less than 5 minutes from the base.

     

     

    Kingstowne Real Estate Market

    The following is a review of activity in Kingstowne for September 2017 – data is for 22315.

    •Number of Sales: 43

    •Highest Priced Sale: $775,000

    •Lowest Priced Sale: $218,250

    •Median Sales Price: $487,000

    •Median Days on Market: 18

    •Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.18%

     

     

    There are currently 64 homes for sale in Kingstowne. That’s a decrease by 15 homes at the same time last month. The homes for sale range from a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo that’s a short sale listed at $269,900 and goes up to a $934,900 single family home with 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 1 half bath.

     

    Do you want to know the value of your Kingstowne home? Visit our home value calculator for a free estimate.

     

    If you’d like to learn more about Kingstowne and the current real estate market in the community reach out to us. We look forward to answering your questions and the opportunity to help provide you with local information and expertise.

     

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      Condo Sales in Alexandria, Virginia; Market Update September 2017

      Condo Sales in Alexandria, VA – Market Update September 2017

      Condo sales in Alexandria slowed in September as compared to August. The second month in a row that sales have slowed. This isn’t uncommon for this time of year though. Let’s review the numbers and then dig deeper into the story behind them.

       

      Condo Sales in Alexandria September 2017
       

      September 2017 Condo Sales in Alexandria

      •Number of Sales: 149 (decrease from 173 in August)

      •Highest Priced Sale: $2,050,000

      •Lowest Priced Sale: $85,000

      •Median Sales Price: $277,000 (decrease from $284,215 in August)

      •Median Days on Market: 22 (increase from 15 in August)

      •Median Sale to List Price Ratio: 97.75% (decrease from 98.00% in July)

       

      How Does September 2016 Compare to September 2017?

      There were 24 more condos sold last September. The median sale price was higher this year by $14,000 and days on the market were lower this year by 3. The median sale to list price ratio was just a bit stronger this year 2016 – 97.03% vs. 2017 – 97.75%.

       

      Current Condo Inventory in Alexandria

      There are 389 condos for sale in Alexandria, an increase of just 3 from the same time frame last month. The consistent inventory level but, fewer condos sold in September is important. We have seen fewer condos sold in both August and September which is good news for buyers. The market is still moving quickly but, not as quickly as we’ve seen during the spring and summer.

       

      Is it a Buyers or a Seller’s Market?

      Although we’ve seen sales decrease in the last 2 months the condo segment of the Alexandria real estate market remains a seller’s market. Days on the market have increased but, at 22 are still low. Sellers continue to see a strong sale to list price ratio as well. With fewer sales taking place and inventory levels remaining consistent buyers still have to be prepared to make an offer promptly; have your pre-approval in hand and work with an agent that is able to take you to tour condos in a timely manner. If you’re considering selling your Alexandria condo it’s important to work with an agent who has a full understanding of the current market conditions. It always remains important to properly prepare your condo for the market, price it correctly, and be flexible with showings. As we enter the fall market it’s key to be aware that not as many sales are taking place and in turn you really want to go the extra mile to make sure your condo shines and sells for top dollar in the shortest time possible.

       

      Whether you’re buying or selling a condo in Alexandria we stand ready to assist. Contact us to get answers too your questions or to request more information. We look forward to helping you!

       

      To receive a free estimate on what your condo is worth in the current market visit our home value tool. www.northernvalocalmarketvalues.com

       

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        Kingstowne Real Estate; Market Update July 2017

        Kingstowne Real Estate – Market Update July 2017

        Kingstowne is located in Alexandria Virginia and known for its convenient location with easy access to major commuter routes, public transportation, and daily needs. Kingstowne is a planned community and home to over 5,300 residences. While Kingstowne itself is a community many locals know the area of Kingstowne as the 22315 zip code and some also consider 22310 a part of the area as it is situated right next to Kingstowne. For the purpose of this market report we will focus on the 22315 area.

        Real Estate Activity in Kingstowne July 2017:
        •Number of Sales: 63

        •Highest Priced Sale: $740,000

        •Lowest Priced Sale: $223,000

        •Median Sale Price: $455,000

        •Median Days on Market: 13

        •Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.61%

        The number of homes sold in Kingstowne decreased from June to July but, the median sale price slightly increased and the market remains a seller’s market. There are currently 85 homes for sale in Kingstowne. The homes range from a $230,000 one bedroom, one bath condo and go up to a $1,039,900 single family home with seven bedrooms and five and a half baths. The market has softened just a bit since the April/May timeframe but, inventory continues to be low and sellers continue to see a very strong sale to list price ratio.

        For a complete list of homes for sale in Kingstowne visit the link or contact us to have a custom listing alert setup to be notified when new homes enter the market.

        Interested in what your Kingstowne home is worth in today’s market? Visit www.northervalocalmarketvalues.com to receive a free estimate within minutes.

        If you’re considering buying or selling in the Kingstowne area and have questions about the market or the area just contact us. We look forward to helping you!

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          Sales Tax Holiday Tax Free Weekend in Virginia August 4-6, 2017

          This weekend is a great opportunity to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, Energy Star and WaterSense products and not have to pay any tax on the items you purchase. Take advantage of the legislation that was enacted by the 2015 General Assembly to combine Virginia’s three sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday. The Sales Tax Holiday will begin Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and end Sunday August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

          School supplies, clothing and footwear: this applies to clothing and footwear under $100 per item and for school supplies under $20 per item. Some items, such as sports equipment, may not be exempt from sales tax during Virginia's sales tax holiday.

          Hurricane/emergency preparedness equipment: savings applies to general hurricane preparedness supplies priced under $60, as well as portable generators costing less than $1,000 each.

          Energy Star/WaterSense:this applies only to qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense products purchased for in-home and personal use. It does not apply for commercial use. The purchase price must be less than $2,500 per item in order to qualify for the tax-free savings.

          To learn more, visit Virginia's Department of Taxation website.

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            Kingstowne Real Estate Market Update June 2017

            Kingstowne Real Estate – Market Update June 2017

            Kingstowne is located in Alexandria Virginia and known for its convenient location with easy access to major commuter routes, public transportation, and daily needs. Kingstowne is a planned community and home to over 5,300 residences. While Kingstowne itself is a community many locals know the area of Kingstowne as the 22315 zip code and some also consider 22310 a part of the area as it is situated right next to Kingstowne. For the purpose of this market report we will focus on the 22315 area.

            Real Estate Activity in Kingstowne June 2017:
            •Number of Sales: 78

            •Highest Priced Sale: $825,000

            •Lowest Priced Sale: $210,500

            •Median Sale Price: $452,250

            •Median Days on Market: 7

            •Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.05%

            Home sales in Kingstowne remain strong and the market conditions remain a seller’s market. There are currently 84 homes for sale in Kingstowne – no change in the level of inventory as compared to April. The homes range from a $228,997 one bedroom, one bath condo and go up to a $1,039,900 single family home with seven bedrooms and five and a half baths. Inventory remains low and sellers are seeing an extremely strong sale to list price ratio.

            For a complete list of homes for sale in Kingstowne visit the link or contact us to have a custom listing alert setup to be notified when new homes enter the market.

            Interested in what your Kingstowne home is worth in today’s market? Visit www.northervalocalmarketvalues.com to receive a free estimate within minutes.

            If you’re considering buying or selling in the Kingstowne area and have questions about the market or the area contact us. We look forward to helping you!

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              7 Moving Tips

              Do you have a future move planned? Moving can be complicated, especially since moving season is now officially upon us. We want to share seven tips to make the moving process easier for you.

              Take advantage of move-in off days. Weekends are prime times for moving companies because most of us don’t work on the weekends. However if you can spare a few days during the week to move, it will save you money. You can also save money by not moving on the day when leases start and end, so avoid the 1st, 15th, 30th, and 31st of the month.

              Don’t choose the cheapest quote. It can mean the cheapest service as well. Cheap moving companies will often cost you more in the long run. Pack without emotion. Packing can be a quicker process if you don’t have a sentimental attachment to your items

              Have the new place cleaned before you move in. Moving into a new home that is sparkling clean alleviates the stress of having to clean while the boxes are sitting around waiting to be unpacked.

              Measure twice, move once. If a piece of furniture doesn’t fit in the new home, considering tossing, selling, or donating it. There is no point in paying to move if it doesn’t fit.

              Pack smart. If you end up packing yourself, find friends to help you. Consider having a packing party and supply pizza and beer in exchange for their help.

              Make sure you know if your city requires a moving permit. Most cities that do require you to get a permit also require you to get it ahead of your move.

              If you have any questions about this topic or are looking to buy or sell a home, give us a call. We’d be happy to help!

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                Alexandria Real Estate Market Update June 2017

                Alexandria Real Estate Market Update – June 2017

                Sales continued to be strong during June in Alexandria. We did see a decrease in the median sale to list price ratio but, the number of sales increased and days on the market saw no change.

                Let’s check in on the statistics and then review story behind them …

                Real Estate Activity in Alexandria During June 2017

                •Number of Sales: 652 (increase from 606 in May)

                •Highest Priced Sale: $3,900,000

                •Lowest Priced Sale: $100,000

                •Median Sales Price: $482,300 (increase from $455,450 in May)

                •Median Days on Market: 9 (no change from May)

                •Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.50% (decrease from 98.68% in May)

                Alexandria Home Sales June 2016 vs. June 2017
                In June 2016 there were 609 homes sold, the median sale price was higher last June by $2,075. Days on the market in 2016 came in at 12 and sellers saw a 98.99% sale to list price ratio. Very similar statistics for both June 2016 and June 2017.

                Bottom Line -
                Alexandria remains a seller’s market. There are currently 1,023 homes for sale in Alexandria. Inventory levels remain similar to May. This is good news for buyers as inventory has increased since March. There continues to be less than a 3 month supply which points to the current seller’s market we continue to experience. It remains a great time to sell in Alexandria – days on market are low and sale to list price ratio is high. Even with the market favoring sellers that doesn’t mean you can forgo properly preparing your home for sale. All the details matter and you only get one chance to make the right first impression with buyers. Work with a local agent that knows your neighborhood and who can help you with preparing your home for sale, properly pricing your home, and who is an expert negotiator.

                Are you thinking about purchasing a home in Alexandria but, aren’t sure how to get started? Contact us! We look forward to answering your questions. If you’d like a copy of our VIP Homebuyers Guide reach out to us and we’ll be happy to send you one.

                We have programs and systems in place for our buyers and sellers to create accountability and guarantees for our service. Ask us about our Love It or Leave It and our Guaranteed Sale Programs.

                Find out how much your Alexandria home is worth.

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                Are you a member of the military? Learn more about our Beyond The Call program.

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                  Korean Restaurant In Kingstowne Kochix

                  We luckily happened to stumble upon a great Korean restaurant that has an awesome lunch buffet that we just had to share about. Specializing in Korean fried chicken wings (yum!), Kochix also offers staple Korean dishes such a kimchi, bulgogi, and dumplings, all which are offered on their lunch buffet with a variety of side dishes. The wings they’re known for come in either Mild Honey, Spicy Honey, or Soy Garlic flavor. Trust us, the wings are crispy and delicious!

                  The lunch buffet is offered from 11am-2pm and is under $10, so not only can you have a hearty meal but it’s also a great deal! If you’re thinking of dinner instead, the menu offers a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary Korean dishes to choose from. We’re looking forward to trying their shrimp tempura and rice cheese roll appetizers on our next outing there. Check out Kochix, nestled in the Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center at 7554 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315!

                  kimchi, bulgogi, Korean brisket, pickled cucumber, fried rice

                  Blog courtesy of JeMai Wright 

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                    Northern Virginia's Best Value Neighborhoods

                    Northern Virginia’s Best Value Neighborhoods

                    It is peak home buying season and homes are moving quickly in Northern Virginia. Finding the perfect home at the right price can be a challenge. Finding the perfect home in a great neighborhood can be a challenge as well. Luckily, it just became a lot easier thanks to Trulia. Using data from its site, Trulia, assessed all neighborhoods in the Washington DC metropolitan area for their overall value* considering the affordability of homes, number of restaurants, quality of schools, crime rates, and commute times.

                    Northern Virginia's Best Value Neighborhoods

                    City

                    Neighborhood

                    $$ Score

                    Restaurant Score

                    Commute Score

                    School Score

                    Crime Score

                    Median Home Value

                    Arlington

                    Fairlington-Shirlington

                    7

                    5

                    6

                    8

                    6

                    $408,376

                    Fort Belvoir

                    Fort Belvoir

                    7

                    1

                    6

                    6

                    10

                    $403,821

                    North Springfield

                    North Springfield

                    6

                    2

                    5

                    7

                    9

                    $462,533

                    Alexandria

                    Groveton

                    6

                    2

                    4

                    10

                    10

                    $443,506

                    Pimmit

                    Pimmit Hills

                    5

                    4

                    6

                    2

                    9

                    $523,434

                    Broadlands

                    Broadlands

                    4

                    3

                    5

                    2

                    10

                    $604,847

                    Topping the list is Fairlington-Shirlington in Arlington. The median home value in this Arlington Countyneighborhood is $408,376. Great schools, low crime, and a moderate commute are features making this neighborhood the best value in Northern Virginia neighborhoods outside the Capital. Originally owned by a friend of George Washington, John Carlyle, the neighborhood is steeped in history. The multitude of housing options from older apartments converted into condos, brick colonials, and many modern homes make it an attractive option for a diversity of homebuyers.

                    Nabbing the second spot is a Fairfax County city, Fort Belvoir. This tight-knit military community is the largest employer in the county given that it is home to many US Military Organizations. The city has the lowest median home value of $403,821. Fort Belvoir is a very safe city with a wide selection of single-family homes and townhomes.

                    Rounding out the top three spots is North Springfield, another Fairfax County city. Its median home value is $463,533, and is a very safe neighborhood with great schools. Straddling the southeast corner of the Capital Beltway, it also offers a reasonable commute.

                    Tying for fourth best are Groveton in Alexandria & Pimmit Hills in Fairfax County. Groveton is just three miles away from Old Town Alexandria, boasting safe streets and great schools. Dog owners might choose to invest in some of this Alexandria real estate given it closeness the Lenclair dog park. The median home value in Groveton is $443,506.

                    Pimmit Hills was farmland until the 1950s. Developers continue to add new housing options making Pimmit Hills one of the regions high-growth neighborhoods. It is located next to Tysons Corner and offers moderately priced homes in a low crime area. The housing options range from small homes built for soldiers returning from WWII to modern Craftsman style homes with open floor plans. The median home price is $523,434.

                    A notable sixth best in the greater metro is Broadlands, located north of DC in Loudon County. Broadlands is a safe community offering a moderate commute. Outdoorsy homebuyers may want to consider this community’s closeness to the Blue Ridge Mountains offering a multitude of activities including hiking, white water rafting, and wine tasting.

                    To move into one of these top-rated neighborhoods contact the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Grouptoday. Stay abreast of the changing interest rates and make sure to know home much home is affordable with tools like this mortgage rate calculator.

                    *Value does not mean cheapest home but general affordability combined with access to desirable neighborhood features such as good schools, ease of commute, dining options, and safety.

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