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Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group is Northern Virgina's most trusted local, independent resource for real estate news and insight. Our team has its finger on the pulse of the real estate market in Alexandria and the surrounding counties. Here you'll find the latest market updates, local news, and tips for buyers and sellers.

Just Sold! 41994 Cedar Point Pl Aldie, Virginia 20105

Just Sold! 41994 Cedar Point Pl Aldie, Virginia 20105

This gorgeous Aldie home has new owners just in time for the New Year! Our sellers absolutely loved their home and were sad to sell but, they’re very excited to be starting their next chapter out of Northern Virginia and closer to family. I was so sad to hear that it was time for them to move but, admire their desire to be closer to family. I sure will miss them!

41994 Cedar Point Place has showings scheduled for the day it went active, we love when our coming soon marketing generates calls to have buyers lined up. After just two days on the market we were under contract. It really couldn’t have been a smoother path to closing and I’m grateful to the buyer’s agent Mark Miller with Long and Foster for being such a pleasure to work with.
 



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 Point Pl 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’s over 1,340 square feet awaiting your personal touch. The walk out basement also offers access to the fenced backyard.
 


If you are thinking about buying in Aldie reach out to me. I have quite a few clients who live in and love the area! I’m always happy to help. 703-431-3755, call or text!

 

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Homes For Sale In Governors Grove | Alexandria Virginia | Market Update December 2018

Homes For Sale In Governors Grove | Alexandria Virginia | Market Update December 2018

Governors Grove in Alexandria Virginia is composed of 157 luxury townhomes built by Carr Homes between 1999 and 2000. All of the townhomes in Governors Grove have beautiful brick fronts and two car garages. The square footage in the homes ranges from 2,636 to 3,422. Governors Grove has five floor plans; Austen, Cheswicke, Eliot, Fenwicke, and Keats. Residents enjoy a meticulously maintained community with a pond, gazebo, walking paths, tot lots, and tennis courts.

 

 

What’s Nearby Governors Grove?

Known for its convenient location the neighborhood is close to Kingstowne, Old Town, and Del Ray. Residents in Governors Grove have easy access to endless choices for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Hilltop Village Center is less than ten minutes away and home to Wegmans, Burtons Grill, Dickey’s BBQ, Verizon, Mattress Warehouse, Navy Federal Credit Union, Green Turtle and many other retail and dining options. The neighborhood is less than a mile from the Huntington metro station and about 1.5 miles from the Eisenhower station. Commuting from the neighborhood is convenient with easy access to 395, 95, and 495; Fort Belvoir is less than ten minutes away and the Pentagon is also nearby.

 


 

What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

Children living in Governors Grove will attend Clermont Elementary, Twain Middle, and Edison High Schools. Visit www.greatschools.org for more information.

 

Governors Grove Real Estate Market

The following is a review of activity in Governors Grove since January 2018.

•Number of Sales: 18

•Highest Priced Sale: $645,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $583,200

•Median Sales Price: $625,000

•Median Days on Market: 19

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.08%

 


 

There are currently no homes for sale in Governors Grove. There is one home under contract.

 

If you’re thinking about selling your Governors Grove home let’s connect! The neighborhood is experiencing a seller’s market and proper preparation for your sale is key. I will work hard to provide you with a smooth selling process and communicate every step of the way. Call or text 703-431-3755.

 

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Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018

Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018
The holidays are tons of fun but, they’re also very busy. When the days are filled with shopping and festivities on top of our normal obligations it’s easy to overlook the little details.

 


Packages being stolen from homes seems to be at an all-time high. If you’re gone at work all day make arrangements to keep what you purchase safe. Even if it means an extra stop on the way home from work to pick them up from the shipping carrier it’s worth it. Security cameras and doorbells help but, even then they don’t deter some brazen thieves.
 

Travel is getting ready to kick back into high gear and protecting your home while you’re away should be on your mind. Have a plan in place with a checklist to go through before you leave. If you’re someone who has lights that can be controlled by your phone you’re ahead of the game! They’re a great security feature. If you’re like the majority who do not, don’t let your house sit dark every night. Leaving just one light on a timer isn’t enough. Thieves watch and they’ll quickly be able to tell it’s the same light every night at the same time. Use different lights on different timers but, make sure it’s not one that allows anyone to see into your home. Better yet, ask a neighbor or a friend to pop in and out a couple times, not just to pick up your mail or clear packages from the door but, to actually come and go.
 


Social media…you’re probably reading this and thinking duh Amanda we all know not to post travel details on social media and I’m sure you do but, the fact is I see SO many people posting their exact travel plans and often with comments saying when they will return home. If you have someone house sitting for you or maybe you watch your security cameras from your phone 24/7 then that’s a different story but, if you don’t have a way to keep a constant eye on your home don’t advertise to the world that you’re away and especially don’t advertise how long you’ll be gone. As bad as it sounds (and it is) not everyone you’re friends with or who follows you has good intentions. Don’t offer any temptation to come to your home and break in. Save those Instagram worthy pictures for when you return home.
 


Lastly, be mindful of your holiday trash. It’s another way you can advertise to thieves and give them the extra nudge they need to want to break into your home. If expensive or popular gifts have been exchanged at your home don’t just toss the boxes on the curb for the world to see. If you need to, make time to take a trip to the dump and directly dispose of or recycle them. At the very least disguise them in black trash bags that have been tied up to avoid anyone simply being able to casually drive by and see what could be inside your home.

Most importantly set aside a little time to think of what needs to happen to keep your holiday and your home safe!

 

 

Kingstowne Home Sales November 2018 Market Update

Kingstowne Home Sales November 2018 Market Update

Lets check in on what happened in the Kingstowne market during November 2018. We’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the market in general and specifically whether it’s still a seller’s market. While days on the market are higher than they were the reality is they’re still very low and so is inventory. Read on to find out if it’s still a seller’s market!
 


•Number of Sales: 38

•Highest Priced Sale: $826,225

•Lowest Priced Sale: $223,100

•Median Sales Price: $477,475

•Median Days on Market: 18

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 100%

Is It A Buyer’s Or A Seller’s Market?
It is still a seller’s market. There are markets that have shifted to a stable market in others areas of the country but, in regard to Kingstowne that’s just not the case.

 

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Current Inventory In Kingstowne

There are currently 41 homes for sale in Kingstowne. That’s a decrease of 30 homes from this time last month. As we’ve mentioned in our previous market reports it’s 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. If you’re considering selling your Kingstowne home now is an excellent time. Homes that are priced correctly, have a reasonable amount of updates, and show well are moving quickly. Many in less than a week. Buyers continue to seek a turn-key ready product and resist homes that are overpriced. Do not make the misstep of rushing to put your home on the market. Taking the time to properly prepare it will produce the best results.
 


If you’d like to know more about the Kingstowne market reach out to us, we’d be happy to answer your questions.
 


Receive a free home value estimate within minutes. Our home value tool is just a guide, and to be used solely to receive an estimate. If you prefer to receive a precise analaysis on what your home is worth in the current market reach out to Amanda Davidson 703-431-3755.

 

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Helping Others Inspires Me

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others succeed. 
~Napoleon Hill

 

Helping others inspires me and leaves me feeling fulfilled. I’ve noticed over the years that I feel successful when I’m able to help someone else. Reading books from Napoleon Hill is something I enjoy and he has a lot of wonderful quotes but, this has always been a favorite of mine. It's written on the cover of the notebook I use to write what I'm thankful for daily. It reminds me to give back and lend a helping hand whenever possible. 
 


 

Success is often defined by material items – especially money but, to me success is a feeling. Something as small as checking an item off a to-do list can give me the feeling of being successful, it really isn't about money at all. There’s something very rewarding that comes from helping someone achieve their own success, it brings me happiness. When you help someone else achieve success you form a connection with them and a natural mutual admiration forms. It leaves me feeling humble and grateful.

 


Helping each other succeed spreads kindness and that’s something our world can always use more of. 

 

 

Homes For Sale In Runnymeade in Alexandria | Market Update December 2018

Homes For Sale In Runnymeade in Alexandria | Market Update December 2018

Runnymeade is located in Alexandria off of South Van Dorn Street and Crown Royal Drive.  The neighborhood is home to 346 townhomes that were built between 1983 and 1987. All of the homes have 3 levels and range from 2,080 to 3,000 square feet depending on the floor plan. There are six-floor plans; Alford, Berwick, Darnley, Elgin, Falkirk, and Marlburough. The townhomes in Runnymeade typically have 2-4 bedrooms and 2-3 full bathrooms. Some of the homes have a one car garage while others sell with surface parking.
 


Community Amenities

Community amenities in Runnymeade include tennis courts, tot lots, and common areas. There is a beautiful wooded area of the community where you’ll often see residents playing with their children, walking their dogs, or enjoying a game of catch or kickball.

 

What’s Nearby Runnymeade?

Runnymeade is very conveniently located. Kingstowne Towne Center is less than 5 minutes away. You’ll find multiple grocery stores, Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater, World Market, Home Goods, Panera Bread, Pasara Thai, Bonefish Grill, Bath and Body Works and many other dining and retail options in the center. Runnymeade is also close to Springfield Town Center, home to Maggiano’s, Yard House, Chuys, LA Fitness, Target, and many retail stores. Check out the movie theatre while you’re there – super comfortable seats, delicious food and you can even have an adult beverage while you watch the latest release. Hilltop Village Center, home to the sought after Wegmans grocery store is less than ten minutes from the neighborhood. The community is two lights from the Beltway making it very commuter friendly. Van Dorn and Franconia Springfield metro stations are easily accessible from Runnymeade and there is a bus stop located in the front of the neighborhood that’s in walking distance to all residents. 395, 495, 95, and Fairfax County Parkway are all just minutes away.
 


What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

Kids in Runnymeade will attend Bush Hill Elementary, Twain Middle, and Edison High School. Visit www.greatschools.org for reviews and information on test scores.

 

The following is a review of activity in Runnymeade since January 2018.

•Number of Sales: 15

•Highest Priced Sale: $482,650

•Lowest Priced Sale: $419,000

•Median Sales Price: $460,500

•Median Days on Market: 16

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 100%
 


There are currently no homes for sale in Runnymeade. If you’d like to know more about the neighborhood or are considering selling reach out to us. We look forward to answering your questions.

 

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

As you gear up for the holidays it’s important to keep your pets in mind, after all, they’re a part of the family. It’s a busy time of year with a lot of extras going on and keeping your pet’s daily routine as close to normal as possible is something every pet parent should try to do. From décor, to parties, to food there’s a lot to consider to keep your pet safe.
 


Décor Safety Tips

  • Christmas Tree – anchor your tree so that it doesn’t pose a threat of falling over and injuring your pet. This is especially important if your feline friends like to attempt to climb the tree. Do not let your pets drink the tree water. Stagnant tree water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet can become ill from ingesting it. Tinsel is not a good idea if you have curious pets. What looks like a toy to them can easily get swallowed and lead to an obstructed digestive track.
     
  • Candles – they create beautiful ambiance but, they also need to be monitored at all times. If you leave the room blow them out! Pets can easily burn themselves or knock them over and cause a fire if left unattended.
     
  • Wires – the holidays bring a lot of wires that aren’t typically in your home and keeping them out of paws reach is a must. Your pet could suffer a lethal shock if they bite into a wire. Batteries are also something to steer clear of being left out. A punctured battery can cause burns to an animal’s mouth and esophagus.
     


Holiday Gathering Safety Tips

  • Party Animal – some pets like to be the life of the party. If your pet falls into that category your animal-loving guests can feel free to interact and enjoy your furry friend. However, not all pets like to be the center of attention and even those that do still need a break at times. Have a quiet space set up for your pet complete with a snuggly place to lay and water.
     
  • Guests Belongings – have guests house their handbags and coats in a closet or room that allows you to close the door to keep your pet out. Let your guests know the door needs to remain closed at all times. This will ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything that might be in a guest’s bag or coat pocket – especially medication.
     
  • New Year’s – poppers and fireworks can be terrifying for pets and even cause damage to their ears. Be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area on New Year’s Eve.
     


Holiday Food Dangers

  • Holiday Goodies - the holidays inevitably bring more food into our homes. Many pets will go to extreme lengths to taste the yummy goodies their humans enjoy. Make sure to keep your pets away from unattended food both on plates and the counter and secure your trash in and out of the house.
     
  • Bones – feeding bones from human food to your pet is a big no-no. For some reason, the holidays seem to increase when this happens and while they might be giving you lovey eyes to hand one over don’t do it! The bones can splinter inside your pet and lead to costly medical bills or worse.
     
  • Special Pet Toys – we’ve all seen the pretty toys with strings, ribbon, yard, and loose little parts. Steer clear of all of them, they can become lodged in your pet’s intestines and lead to surgery being needed. There are plenty of safe toys (and treats!) to pick from to fill your pets stocking with.
     



It’s the most wonderful time of the year and keeping your pet safe will allow both of you to fully enjoy the holidays together!

 

 

Holiday Happenings In Northern Virginia 2018

Holiday Happenings In Northern Virginia 2018

The holidays are in full swing and parks in Northern Virginia are hosting events that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

Bull Run Festival Of Lights – Open Through January 6

This is one of my favorites in our area. Drive through 2.5 miles of incredible holiday-themed light displays and end with a walk through the holiday village with rides, refreshments and of course photos with Santa.
 


Pancakes With Santa – December 11

Potomac Overlook Park will have Santa on hand for pictures and after you get your picture taken you can enjoy pancakes. Reservations are required.

 

Winter Walk Of Lights – Open Through January 6

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland and lights up the night. Stroll through the half-mile display and end with hot beverages around a toasty fire.

 

 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Condos For Sale In Kingstowne | Market Update October 2018

Condos For Sale In Kingstowne | Market Update October 2018

Kingstowne is a planned community of over 5,300 homes. The community consists of condos, townhomes, and single family homes. Many locals consider 22315 the Kingstowne area and for our condo market update that’s the zip code we’ll focus on.  
 


October 2018 Condo Sales in Kingstowne

•Number of Sales: 6

•Highest Priced Sale: $345,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $235,000

•Median Sales Price: $331,745

•Median Days on Market: 10

•Median Sale to List Price Ratio: 98.83%
 


How Do Sales in October 2017 Compare to October 2018?

8 condos sold in October 2017 with a median sale price of $292,750. Days on the market were higher, coming in at 18 and the median sale to list price ratio was 98.00%. The change in median sale price is an important statistic to take note of, a 13.3% increase.
 


Kingstowne Condo Inventory

There are currently 10 condos for sale in Kingstowne. They range from a 2 bedroom, 2 bath with 1,053 square feet priced at $269,000 up to a 2 bedroom, 2 bath with 1,277 square feet priced at $325,000. The total number of condos for sale includes new construction condos at The Crest Of Alexandria, a 55+ community located off Telegraph Road. Base pricing starts at $429,900 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath.  

Inventory in Kingstowne remains low and condos are no exception. Rising interest rates and the winter season have not slowed buyers down. You can read more about the Kingstowne housing market in our October 2018 market update. Homes that have a reasonable amount of updates and that are priced according to the market are moving quickly. Sellers do need to understand that the market has changed from this spring when we were seeing 5, 6, 7+ offers on homes. That is no longer the case and if you try to chase the market your home is going to sit and be avoided by buyers. High days on the market and an inevitable price drop will cost you far more than pricing your home correctly from the start. It’s still a seller’s market but, buyers are looking for value in the form of homes that are priced according to the market. Pricing your home correctly and properly preparing it for sale will ensure a timely sale for the highest price possible.
 


If you’re looking to buy a condo in Kingstowne it’s important to know that inventory remains low. Homes that show well and are priced correctly are selling quickly. There’s still a strong chance that if a home that has just come on the market that matches those criteria that other buyers will also be interested. Do not delay in making an offer when you find the home you want to purchase. Consult with your agent on the best strategy to take. Every neighborhood and property is different and understanding the current market trends is important to position your offer to be appealing to the seller.

 

To receive a free estimate of what your Kingstowne condo is worth in the current market visit our free home value tool.

If you’re buying or selling a condo in Kingstowne and would like to work with an experienced agent reach out to us and let’s connect.

 

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