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Homes For Sale In Island Creek in Alexandria, Virginia | November 2018 Market Update

Homes For Sale In Island Creek in Alexandria, Virginia | November 2018 Market Update

There are over 1200 homes in the Island Creek neighborhood in Alexandria Virginia. The neighborhood is home to single family homes, townhouses, and two styles of condos; garden and townhouse style. Island Creek is conveniently located off Beulah Street in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. The neighborhood is known for its amenities and convenient location; two outdoor pools, tot lots, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts are all available for residents to use. There’s an assortment of jogging and biking trails through the community and residents also enjoy a private lake. Island Creek features a clubhouse that can be reserved for parties or special events.

What’s Nearby Island Creek?

Minutes to Fort Belvoir, public transportation and major highways this community is sought after because of its convenient location for commuters. The Springfield Town Center is just minutes from Island Creek and home to Top Shop, Michael Kors, Forever 21, Dicks Sporting Goods, Macy’s and many more. There are also numerous dining options in the town center; Maggianos, Nando's Peri Peri, Chuys, and Yardhouse just to name a few. Hilltop Village Center is within walking distance of Island Creek and home to Wegmans, LA Fitness, Green Turtle, Burtons Grill and many other retail locations. Residents of Island Creek find access to daily needs, commuter routes, shopping, dining, and entertainment all very convenient.

The following is a review of activity in Island Creek since November 2017.

•Number of Sales: 49

•Highest Priced Sale: $860,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $310,000

•Median Sales Price: $505,000

•Median Days on Market: 35

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99%

What Schools Will The Kids Attend?
Children that live in Island Creek will attend Island Creek Elementary and Hayfield Secondary Schools. Visit the GreatSchools website for more information about these schools including reviews and test scores.


There are currently 7 homes for sale in Island Creek. Have you been thinking about selling your Island Creek home? Find out its value in the current market by visiting our home value tool for a free estimate.

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To learn more about Island Creek contact Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group 703.988.3151.



Just Listed! 41994 Cedar Point Pl Aldie, Virginia 20105

Just Listed! 41994 Cedar Point Pl Aldie, Virginia 20105

Absolutely stunning single family home in Seven Hills – 5 years young and 100% move-in ready! As you step through the front door you’re greeted with a spacious and open floor plan. Wide plank hardwoods throughout the main level lead you to a gourmet kitchen with upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances, cook top, double oven, and granite countertops. The kitchen and sunroom adjoin the family room creating the perfect balance of open and usable space. From the sunroom, you can step out onto a large trex deck that overlooks the custom stamped concrete patio. Enjoy the security of a fully fenced backyard. The large separate dining room on the main level will be perfect for family or friends to gather around the table and enjoy meals and laughter together. The main level also features a spacious office with french doors for added privacy.


On the upper level of 41994 Cedar PointPl, you’ll find 4 bedrooms, including a master suite with a sitting room. The 3 spare bedrooms are generous in size and have access to a full hall bath. Doing laundry will be a breeze with a full laundry room located on the upper level as well. As you walk down the hall and through the double doors into the master suite you are greeted with a custom sitting room, wide plank hardwood floors, two custom walk-in closets with custom organizers, and a luxury master bath. The tray ceilings in the master bedroom provide an added element of design and elegance. Relax in the soaking tub in the master bath or enjoy the spacious separate shower. Separate vanities await you and provide for plentiful counter space and storage.

The lower level in this exceptional single family home is unfinished with a rough in bath. There are over 1,340 square feet awaiting your personal touch. The walk out basement also offers access to the fenced backyard.


If you’d like to set up a private tour of this phenomenal home contact us and we’d be happy to schedule one for you! 703-988-3151.


Kingstowne Home Sales | October 2018 Market Update

Kingstowne Home Sales October 2018 Market Update

The number of homes sold in Kingstowne increased from September to October. The median sale to list price ratio increased slightly and days on the market also increased. Sale to list price ratio remains extremely strong.

Let’s check in on what happened in the Kingstowne market during October 2018.

•Number of Sales: 45

•Highest Priced Sale: $1,100,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $240,000

•Median Sales Price: $482,000

•Median Days on Market: 16

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.63%

Is It A Buyer’s Or A Seller’s Market?
It remains a seller’s market in Kingstowne. Supply is not keeping up with demand, a trend we have witnessed throughout 2018.


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Current Inventory In Kingstowne

There are currently 71 homes for sale in Kingstowne. An increase of 2 from this time last month. It’s again important to point out that the Crest Of Alexandria a 55+ active adult community has added new construction listings (11 at this time) making resale inventory even lower than the total active inventory. Inventory remains low and as we mentioned above it is still a seller’s market. That doesn’t mean buyers aren’t looking for value and a turnkey product though. Seller’s that attempt to price above the market are learning quickly that buyers are passing up on their homes. Proper pricing is imperative – if you price your home correctly and it is reasonably updated and turnkey ready it will be positioned to sell quickly. Rates are currently getting close to 5% and there are a lot of buyers in the market looking to secure their new home. If you’re a buyer in the current market you need to be prepared to make a strong offer when you find the home of your dreams. Days on the market remain low and homes are still moving very quickly in Kingstowne.

If you’d like to know more about the Kingstowne market reach out to us and let’s connect! We are always happy to answer questions.

Receive a free home value estimate within minutes. Our home value tool is just a guide if you are looking for a precise analysis of the current value of your home nothing replaces the expertise of a local agent with years of experience selling homes. Reach out to us for a free consultation.


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Thanksgiving Dinner The Easy Way

If you're not up for a cooking marathon this Thanksgiving, or simply just prefer to take a load off and have someone do the hard work for you; this post is for you! Check out some of the best restaurant and grocery store options in our area that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner this year:


Wildfire - dine on spit-roasted turkey and all the traditional sides served family-style in the ambience of this beautiful restaurant.


Founding Farmers - serving a delicious prix fixe menu of classic Thanksgiving dishes for $39 per person, with locations in DC, MD, and VA!




The Capital Grille - ususally known for their amazing steaks, this upscale restaurant will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu including an appetizer, entree, side dish, and dessert this holiday.


Chart House - you can enjoy a specially crafted Thanksgiving menu while taking in the amazing water views of Chart House in Old Town, Alexandria!




Maggianos - If you're too tired from Thanksgiving festivities to to prepare breakfast the next day, you can go to Maggiano's to enjoy their Black Friday Brunch for an assortment of delicous offereings!




If you want to take it easy but prefer the comforts of home, you can pick up a prepared meal that you only have to heat up and serve on the special day!


Whole Foods - with a variety of holiday feasts to choose from centered around roasted or hickory smoked turkey, ham, or even prime rib, you can serve as little as four people or up to as many as twelve!


Harris Teeter - you can pick up a whole, full-cooked turkey with all the trimmings and serve your family an amazing Thanksgiving dinner and take all the credit if you prefer! :)


Wegmans - enjoy their signature honey-brined turkey for the big day and choose from an assortment of appetizers, side dishes, and more!


However you decide to dine on this imporatnt day of thanks, be sure to spend it with the people you cherish most!



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    Coming Soon in Seven Hills in Aldie Virginia

    Coming Soon in Seven Hills in Aldie Virginia

    Absolutely stunning single family home in Seven Hills – 5 years young and 100% move-in ready!

    Phenomenal kitchen with upgraded cabinets, granite countertops with a large breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. Wide plank hardwoods on the main level. Open floor plan with kitchen and sunroom adjoining family room. Fully fenced backyard with large trex deck and custom stamped concrete patio. 

    Watch for more information on this exceptional listing coming on the market November 14! If you are interested in seeing this home reach out to us and we’ll schedule a tour for you as soon as it hits the market!


    Amberleigh In Alexandria Virginia 22315 | Market Report November 2018

    Amberleigh In Alexandria Virginia 22315 | Market Report November 2018

    Amberleigh is located in Alexandria off of Beulah Road. The tree-lined streets provide a peaceful setting and privacy all while being within minutes of popular Kingstowne.


    What’s The Neighborhood Like?

    Amberleigh consists of 502 townhomes constructed between 1981 and 1988. There are six different models; Ashleigh, Oakleigh, Ridgeleigh, Stoneleigh, Timberleigh, and Woodleigh. Homes in Amberleigh typically range from 2-3 bedrooms and 2-3 full baths. Residents have access to basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. There are multiple tot lots throughout the community and an active neighborhood association puts on events throughout the year for the community. Residents can also access walking trails through a peaceful wooded area in Amberleigh Park.

    What’s Nearby Amberleigh?

    Amberleigh is conveniently located in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. As with many neighborhoods in the area, major commuter routes, dining, shopping, and daily needs are all easily accessible. The Springfield Transportation center is minutes away and home to Franconia-Springfield metro (blue line), VRE, Amtrak, and Greyhound. Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center and Fort Myer are all nearby as well. Kingstowne is less than 5 minutes by car where you’ll find Kingstowne Towne Center; home to Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater, Pasara Thai, East Moon Bistro, HomeGoods, World Market, TJ Maxx, La Madeline, and two grocery stores. Hilltop Village Center is within walking distance from the neighborhood. It’s home to the sought after Wegmans and you’ll also find Burtons Grill, LA Fitness, Green Turtle, Verizon, Hair Cuttery and many other retail locations in the center

    What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

    Children living in Amberleigh will attend Island Creek Elementary and Hayfield Secondary Schools. To learn more about these schools visit the GreatSchools website.

    Amberleigh Real Estate Market Update

    Below is a review of activity in Amberleigh since January 2018.

    •Number of Sales: 21

    •Highest Priced Sale: $445,263

    •Lowest Priced Sale: $395,000

    •Median Sales Price: $432,500

    •Median Days on Market: 5

    •Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.55%

    There are currently 3 homes for sale in the neighborhood. See pictures and details about the home for sale in Amberleigh.

    If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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    I'm Not A One Night Stand Type Of Gal

    I’m Not A One Night Stand Type Of Gal

    This post is inspired by someone who stops by my office every 6 months and hands me her card and says don’t forget to send me business. It’s nothing against her, there are so many that are just like her but, she reminds me of a one night stand. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about her, I know her first name and that’s about it. She’s never asked if she could tell me about what makes her different, why she loves her job, or even how she serves her clients.

    I love the relationship part of real estate. Yes, it takes a lot of time to form that bond and even more time to maintain it but, that’s the fun of it! We’re in the people business – if you don’t like forming relationships and nurturing them I can’t say I think real estate is for you. I also don’t think a lot of the businesses that are required to have a real estate transaction come together are either, i.e. loan officer, home inspector, radon company, termite company, title company, and the list goes on and on.

    The wham, bam, give me business approach just leaves me feeling used. If the only thing you want from me is business I’m just not your gal. The vendors we refer are like family and they’ve earned that title. They earned it by showing over and over again that they would go to the moon and back for our clients and that they’re there if we need them to go the extra mile. It’s a mutual relationship of trust and respect and not only does it give us peace of mind we are recommending clients to the most competent professional’s it’s just plain fun to have a bond with a team that has the same values as we do.

    While I know there will always be vendors that take the one night stand approach I have to wonder if it really works? Is it just a numbers game and then you hope you get lucky? If so I wish I could sit down and talk with them and show them a better way. Putting the time in to build an honest and genuine relationship will, of course, take more work and commitment but, it will go the distance. They won’t have to come by my office and ever drop a card and ask for business, because I’ll be sharing their information willingly with anyone who needs their services!



    5 Curb Appeal Tips For Fall

    5 Curb Appeal Tips For Fall

    Curb appeal is a topic in real estate that we talk about a lot when the weather is warm but, it’s also something sellers need to focus on as we enter the cooler months. Curb appeal is something that can and should be achieved year round! Fall provides a beautiful backdrop and let's face it, the first impression your home makes to buyers is from the exterior. If it’s not the right first impression they’ll never make it inside.

    Lawn Care – it’s easy to not want to cut the grass one last time or slack off on trimming the bushes and mulching as well. However, now is not the time to slack on the lawn care and landscaping. Rake the falling leaves, patch brown spots in the grass, and if the grass needs one last trim to have it looking pristine it will be time well spent. Plant seasonal flowers such as mums for a pop of color.

    Front Door – make sure your front door is clean and free of any dirt. If the paint is dull or scratched give it a fresh coat to make the entrance stand out. Making your front door a focal point of the exterior is always a good idea no matter what season you’re selling your home. During the fall hang a simple wreath with fall foliage for an inviting touch.

    Windows – summer often leaves behind a coat of pollen and a haze over the windows. Clean your windows! It sounds simple and it really is but, it’s something that often gets overlooked. Clean windows help light shine through and with the days getting shorter maximizing light is a must.

    Roof and Gutters – falling leaves mean your home is more exposed and that increases the need to make the exterior shine. If there are missing or loose shingles have them replaced. Check the gutters to make sure they’re secured and free of any debris. Having these items in top shape will not only add curb appeal it will also signal to buyers that your home is well maintained.

    Driveway – your driveway likely needs some love prior to putting your home on the market. At the very least it will need to be pressure washed and cleaned. If its asphalt, cracks may need to be filled and it may even need resealing. Concrete cracks, depending on their size may be filled but, if they’re large it might be time to have new concrete poured. The driveway is the path that leads buyers to your home, make sure it gives them the right impression.

    You have a very limited amount of time to capture a buyer’s attention and make the right first impression. It takes less than a minute for a buyer to size up the exterior of your home and either want to come inside for a tour or keep moving. Putting time and effort into the details to present your home in the best light on the exterior will set the stage to invite buyers in to see all that it has to offer on the interior!




    Chancery Of Kingstowne Condos For Sale | Alexandria, Va 22315

    Chancery Of Kingstowne Condos For Sale | Alexandria, Va 22315
    Chancery of Kingstowne is a highly sought after 
    neighborhood in Kingstowne. The neighborhood is tucked away off South Van Dorn Street and Lake Village Drive. Constructed between 1995 and 1998 there are 170 condos in 13 secure access buildings. The floorplans range from 1-2 levels and 2-3 bedrooms. All of the residences have 2 full baths and a patio or a balcony. Square footage in Chancery of Kingstowne ranges from 1,170 to 1,505. There’s ample on-site surface parking in the neighborhood as well.

    Looking For A Condo In Chancery Of Kingstowne?
    Interested in finding condos for sale in Chancery Of Kingstowne? Click that link to see the current listings.

    Why Do People Live Here?
    Did we mention many of the condos overlook Kingstowne Lake? It’s a beautiful setting and buyers find the water views to be a big selling point. Residents also enjoy use of all the Kingstowne amenities; outdoor pools, tennis courts, tot lots, fitness 
    center, and professionally landscaped common areas. The neighborhood is just a short walk to the pool and there’s a tot lot located right in the community.

    What’s Going On Nearby Chancery of Kingstowne?
    You can walk to Kingstowne Towne Center where you’ll find grocery stores, Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater, Bonefish Grill, Panera, World Market, HomeGoods, Macaroni Grill, Pasara Thai, World Market and many other retail and dining options. Hilltop Village Center is also nearby and home to the sought after Wegmans, don’t forget to check out The Pub while you’re there. Springfield Town Center is within minutes of the 
    neighborhood and features retail, dining, and entertainment options. Commuters will find two metro stations nearby, Van Dorn and Franconia-Springfield both of which are the blue line. Access to 495, 95, 395, and Fairfax County Parkway is also very convenient from the neighborhood. Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, Fort Myer, and the US Coast Guard on Telegraph Road are all easily accessible from Chancery of Kingstowne.

    What Schools Will The Kids Attend?
    Children living in Chancery of Kingstowne will attend Franconia Elementary, Twain Middle, and Edison High Schools. To see more information about these schools including test scores please visit the GreatSchools website.


    Chancery of Kingstowne Real Estate Market
    Review of activity in Chancery of Kingstowne since January 2018.

    •Number of Sales: 8

    •Highest Priced Sale: $350,000

    •Lowest Priced Sale: $312,000

    •Median Sales Price: $322,500

    •Median Days on Market: 32

    •Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 100%

    If you are interested in finding a condo in Chancery Of Kingstowne click on the link to see current listings. Our property information is a direct feed from the Bright MLS and is updated multiple times per day.

    Just have questions about the neighborhood? Reach out to us, we have experience representing buyers and sellers in Chancery of Kingstowne and are always happy to help.

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