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Homes for Sale in Potomac Lakes VA 20165. February 2016

 Welcome to the Potomac Lakes February 2016 Home Sales Report.

 

Homes for sale in Potomac Lakes Jan and Steve Bachman RE/MAX Hall of Fame

 See what homes are currently for sale in Potomac Lakes. Keep current with the prices & market trends for homes sold in the area.

Potomac Lakes offers townhouses, a few condominiums that are close to shopping and restaurants as well as detached single family homes with open floor plans.

 

 

 

As you might expect...housing inventory is low at the moment...about half of what it was in October of 2015. Which is normal for the winter. Good news for those who wish to sell since there is little competition.

December was an abnormally good month for sales due to the continued low interest rates, modest inventory and days with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.  See what's on the market using the links below. Once inside the link, just click the mls # to expand the listing . Click the camera icon to see the photos 

 

 

 2 Condos for Sale

 

6 Detached Single Family Homes for sale

 

3 Townhouses for sale in Potomac Lakes

 

The links in these reports generally EXPIRE in 30 days from the date of this post and become non functioning. Check in monthly for current data. OR just drop us an email and we will send you the current sales figures or set you up on an auto search so that you will ALWAYS have current data. You can set up you own search at Jan and Steve's Listing Book.

 

  

Homes for sale in Potomac Lakes Jan and Steve Bachman RE/MAX Hall of Fame

 

 

    You can see the 5 year price graph for all the home types in the Potomac Lakes zip code  20165 just below

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Loudoun County real estate price trends past 5 years:

 

  

Potomac Lakes schools:

The best way to see what schools may serve any particular home Homes for sale in Potomac Lakes Jan and Steve Bachman RE/MAX Hall of Fameyou are considering is to check the Loudoun County School Locator website by entering in the address of any home you plan to purchase.

School boundaries change and 3rd party online school info is not always up to date or accurate.

A follow up email or phone call to the school would also be advisable.

 

  

Also, please feel free to set up your own automatic home search at: http://janandsteve.listingbook.com/.

 

 

Homes for sale in Potomac Lakes Jan and Steve Bachman RE/MAX Hall of Fame

The data comes straight from the MLS and is current to within hours... as opposed to the public sites which show homes that were sold weeks months or years ago.

No one will bother you and all the listings that meet your specifications will come to an electronic organizer that you can access from your email. It's easy.

 


  
If you are a Potomac Lakes home owner and want to receive a free market analysis of your home's current value, please let us know and we will get it to you.

If you would like to visit some of the homes for sale in Potomac Lakes, drop us a line and we will make the arrangements.

 

 

Prince William County Real Estate Report June 2014, Bachman RE/MAX 

 
BY 
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

 

Prince William County realtors

The median home price in Prince William county has risen $100,000 from the market bottom of first quarter 2009.

Low Inventory of homes for sale and good interest rates have been the catalysts.

Good news for home sellers. Buyers are having a tougher time. There are few "deals".

Homes that are in great shape and priced correctly are receiving offers at or above market price.

 The low unemployment rate, about half the national average, combined with record low interest rates have kept the price recovery coming along.

 

 

 

The good news in Prince William is being mirrored around the country... Prince William's major statistics through the month of April 2013 are graphed a couple inches below.

 

Prince William County realtors   In order to smooth out seasonal aberrations and monthly anomalies, we generally use longer term statistics...covering 3-5 years.

The larger data set also helps uncover any underlying market trends of strength or weakness. 

Below is the 5 year median price trend for Prince William which mirrors that of all NOVA counties.

The market bottomed in early 2009 and has been recovering a significant amount of the equity loss from the freakish never before seen price highs of 2005.

Hover your cursor over any point on the graphs to get a monthly read...they are interactive.

 

 

 

The number of days that it takes to get a winning contract is hovering around 41 in May 2014... a much better number than the 119 days in April 2008. 

 

 

 

Prince William County realtors

The existing inventory of re-sale homes is rising on the chart below.  1645 homes were for sale on average during the month of May 2014 compared to the 977 for sale during May 2013. A large increase in available homes for sale.

 

Good news for home buyers...more choices...less pressure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince William County realtors

 

As always, the strong economy of our area has cushioned us from the worst.

Well priced homes under $300k in good locations and in good condition have been getting contracts quickly. 

 

Upper end properties ...above $600k, are moving well but more slowly even though some of them had sold for over $700k once upon a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 Jan and I have sold more new construction homes in the last year couple of years than we ever have.

This is directly due to the low inventory of existing property combined with strong builder incentives.

However, builder's business actually has become so goodin the last 9 months that many are cutting back on those sweet seller subsidies for buyer closing costs and the generous incentives for buyers options.

 

 

 

 

 
Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve BachmanOnce a given, the old $10k inbuyer closing cost subsidy and $15kfor options can no longer be assumed to be the norm.

Those builders that survived the plunge from 2006 to today are trying to get back in the black.

We had one of our clients in alottery for a select lot....whoa! Crazy no?

New homes are selling...As an example, 400+ new homes sold in 2011 in Loudoun's Ashburn community of Brambleton...an amazing # of properties. Delivery time currently is often running 9 months to a year on detached new construction homes.

 

 Prince William County realtors

If you need information on new homes or any other area of real estate, drop us a line.

We will do our best to get you what you need.

 

 

 

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Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 

 Moving to Northern Virginia? Not familiar with the area?

We are more than traffic and a great job market.

 

Below is a link to a photo tour of typical home styles and our countryside
yside: 
http://video214.com/play/ngb0RJKin5pR3jr2CUotnw/s/dark

 

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Kingstream Homes for Sale Herndon VA 20170. Bachman RE/MAX, June 2014 

 
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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax
           
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Kingstream home styles
Welcome to the May 2014 Kingstream Home Sales Report.
The following information will help you keep track of current home sales activity as well as sales trends over the last 6 months.
The late spring/early summer price and availability upward movement in the real estate market is in full swing. 
The number of available homes for sale have moved up from near 5 year lows, and sellers are able to gather attention right now from buyers frustrated with the lack of inventory and who have to have a place to live.
The graph below tracks the active listings in the 20170 zip code over 5 years in red with those homes sold shown in blue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Kingstream home styles
  
5 Single Family Homes for Sale in Kingstream as of June 11, 2014
 
5 homes sold in Kingstream since 1/1/14.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kingstream playground
 
 
The Kingstream HOA does a great job keeping this community looking great. Check them out.Kingstream Home Owners' Associationweb site.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kingstream home styles
 The main theme in the community is the modern colonial floor plan...the mostpopular style built in Northern Virginia in the last 20 years.
Decks, patios, porches and additions to the original homes abound.
 
The pictures in this post are of Kingstream home styles.
 
 
 
What schools serve Kingstream? 

Fairfax Schools are among the highest performing in the nation
  Kingstream is a community of 400 homes and school boundaries can cross in such a sizeable community. The majority of Kingstream is served by the following schools, with links embedded:

Dranesville Elementary

Herndon Middle

Herndon High School
 
 
 
 
 

Herndon High School
However, always double check theFairfax County School Locater websiteby entering in the address of any home you plan to purchase. School boundaries change and 3rd party on line school info is not always up to date or accurate.
 
 
A follow up email or phone call to the school would also be advisable.

 Is there any shopping close by?
 

 There are more options for shopping, entertainment and dining near Kingstream than you can shake a stick at.
 
Kingstream home stylesAll the shopping off Elden Street in Herndon is just minutes away or you can go the other direction and hit the Sterling shopping emporiums.

Reston Town Center is just up the road a couple miles so all the shopping and dining establishments there are easily at the disposal of Kingstream residents.
 
 
 
  
The first chart below shows the 5 year price trend for homes in Fairfax County.
 
 
If you would like to visit some of the homes in Kingstream as they come on the market, drop us an email and we will make it happen.
OR....If you are a Kingstream resident and would like a free analysis of your home's current market value, please contact us.
We are happy to be of service, no obligation and no pressure.
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Home Sales in Herndon and Oak Hill VA. May 2014.

 
BY 
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve BachmanThanks for stopping by our Herndon Home's Sales Report for May/June 2014.

Our goal is to show you the big picture of what is happening with  median home prices as well as market activity in the Herndon/Oak Hill communities of zip codes 20170 and 20171.

 

 The late spring/early summer purchasing bash has slowed down slightly with inventories growing just a bit. This is good news for buyers, who were getting frustrated with the lack of choice and the fact that really well prepared homes were getting multiple offers in less than a week. 49 homes sold in the Herndon zip code of 20171 during the month of May compared to 19 in the month of January. Zip code 20170 had 42 sales in May 2014 compared with 16 in January.

 

 Fairfax County real estate as a whole, is in strong recovery mode. Since the price bottom of 2009, home values have risen an average of $150,000. A huge move after the equally detrimental fall from 2006-2009. That price move was repeated in Herndon as you can see below in a smaller market size sample of zip 20171.

 

 

 

Fairfax County has the highest median family income in the nation for large countiesand Loudoun is number one for those counties with under 300,000 residents.

Combine those facts with the continued growth of our high tech sector and the small inventory of available homes for sale and you get increasing property values all over Northern Virginia.
 

What the future holds, know one knows..... but we can say Herndon pond photo zip code 20171what is happening today and what has happened in the past with 100% accuracy.

 

Availability of homes for sale is up from its 5 year low in zip code 20171 and is mirrored in  20170. Lower inventory with higher demand has been pushing prices up. Here's what that looks like:

 

 

 

 

If you are not familiar with Herndon VA, it is near Dulles Airport and along with its neighbor's Reston, Ashburn, Vienna and Tysons Corner it forms the backbone of the hottest high tech job market in the country.

 

Homes for sale in Herndon VA 20170, 20171If you have a Herndon Virginia address, there is a very good chance that the home you are living in was built after 1985.

Well, what did Herndon used to look like before it became a large star on the map of the Information Super Highway?

As my children would say, what did it look like in the "olden days" which to them means the 1960's.

 

 

 

 Homes for sale in Herndon VA 20170, 20171

Don't forget, you can set up your own private home search right here. Search Like an Agent. No one will bother you. 

Just play around. No hassle, no spam, we won’t bug you.

Fresh listings emailed to you. Want more info.

Drop us a line. You’re in control.

Want to take a tour of homes you like in Herndon, Reston or Sterling? Drop us a line and we will make the arrangements.

 

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Sold. Lake Jackson, Manassas VA. Jan and Steve Bachman Listing Agents 

 
BY 
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway were the listing agents for this one of a kind renovated beauty.

If you are at all familiar with the Lake Jackson area, you know that a home like this may be comprised of 4-6 small camping lots that were assembled over the years into a build-able site. This community started out as a weekend camping community 70+ years ago, with little wedges of land purchased by families looking for just enough land to pitch a tent and park a car.

Good title work and lot surveys are the way to proceed in an environment like this. One of the lots on this property had not been properly transferred at the last sale and the previous seller had to be located and the correction made.

It pays to have listing agents who understand well and septic systems, land acquisition and are detail oriented to manage a transaction that is not a cookie cutter situation.

This unique 1930's waterfront cabin took longer to get a contract than normal. A home like this is not for folks who want a new house and no up-keep.

Fish ponds, detailed plantings and a gravel road leading to the property scares potential buyers who are unfamiliar with old style country living.

 

 

However, the reward is an amazing one of a kind opportunity for a waterfront lifestyle close to the employment opportunities available in Northern Virginia, for the price of a small townhouse.

 

 

 

Jan and Steve Bachman  prepared an individual property website, on-line ads and photo tours, to bring a constant stream of interested folks to this home.

Below is a sample online ad run to promote this beauty on Lake Jackson, Manassas VA 20112.

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Lake Jackason waterfront home

Beautiful, waterfront, 3 bedroom, 2 bath renovated 1930s cabin is now on the market in the Lake Jackson area of Manassas VA Prince William County.

With its own private dock and dozens of azaleas, it is calling your name.

 

 


With a window walled sunroom looking directly at Lake Jackson and multi-leveled deck, this is the perfect sanctuary from a hectic day.

There are few opportunities to own single family waterfront property in Northern Virginia that is anywhere close to reasonable commuting distance unless you are willing to part with a fair number of millions.

This Prince William County beauty is just off route 234 with an easy run into Manassas and a reasonable drive to Quantico and Woodbridge.

 

 

  •  Situated on .55 acres of Lake Jackson waterfront, this 2 story lake jackson manassas waterfront home for salecabin is in great shape and features a koi pond, a gold fish pond, a butterfly garden, its own dock and dozens of azaleas.
     
     Price is $350,000
    Here is a winter photo tour with a few spring illustrations. Call or email if you would like to visit this property or need more information.
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Under contract in 8 Days. The sellers of this home prepared their property beautifully as you can see from the photos below. Their hard work and resulted in an excellent offer and a fast and painless sale.
Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway were the listing agents. Preparing full brochures, an individual property website and photo tours, these Realtors drove a constant stream of interested folks to this home.
When you interview agents to list your home, ask to see examples of their quality photography and online presence. Buyers in this area start their home search online 90% of the time. Your home needs to be there looking good to stand out from the competition.
Below is a sample online ad run to promote this move-in condition property.
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 If you have friends or family who would love to buy a townhouse with a 3 level bump-out (room extensions or additional rooms) featuring 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a 1 car garage priced at $368,000 with 2170 finished square feet in the outstanding South Riding community....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Such a sweet thing is now for sale. 
26122 LANDS END DR, CHANTILLY,VA  20152
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Market inventory of homes in fine condition is almost non-existent, so get out here fast.
As of today, there are only two other 3 bedroom, 2.5+ bath, non-condo garage townhouses for sale under $375,000 in South Riding out of the hundreds in the community.
 
 
This one is 400 sq.feet bigger than the next closest competition...come and get it before it is gone.
Take a photo tour below, then have your real estate agent arrange to take you to this house as soon as possible.
 Here are all the lovely details in word form:
 
 
This classic 3-level townhome with a 1-car garage includes a spacious 3-level bump-out which adds loads of extra living space on each level. This home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half baths plus additional indoor living space including a breakfast room, family room and rec room.
Among its many features, it is also great for outdoor entertaining and offers a, fenced backyard with 2 patios and a main level deck off the kitchen.  Hardwood floors grace the entire main living level with newer light fixtures and fresh paint throughout.
This home is move-in ready!  It is located in the Freedom High School pyramid including Little River Elementary and J. Michael Lunsford Middle Schools. This home is close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment and is easily accessible to Rt 50 and Braddock Road.  This lovely home offers an open floor plan with lots of indoor and outdoor living space.
26122 LANDS END DR, CHANTILLY, VA  20152
 
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fairfax and loudoun county realtors

 

 Thanks for stopping by the Fairfax County Virginia real estate report for May/June. Data is through the end of May 2014.

The normal spring/early summer run up of real estate sales activity continues with 1392 homes sold in Fairfax County during the month of May 2014 compared to 677 in January 2014.

The normal summer peak for sale settlements is June/July.

 

 

 

 

 

Home prices have moved up as is the norm in the spring, partly due to increased buying pressure and also because homes in premium condition are now on the market whereas the winter season often brings more rushed "have to" sales where the homes are not in primo shape.

Folks put their homes on the market in the winter because they HAVE to, not because they think the timing is optimal for buyer attention.

 

 

If you are a prospective home buyer, the inventory of choices has grown in the past few months as you can see in the graph above.

So if you felt locked out of good choices in February, there are many more homes available to see right now. 

 

 

 

 

Here are the major statistics through the end of May 2014. (June stats will be out around June 15 so check back here as these graphs are self updating.)

  Despite the recent upward bump in interest rates, Fairfax County's low unemployment rate (half the national average) and inventory scarcity have kept the price recovery motoring along.

 

 
 

fairfax and loudoun county realtors

 In the graphs that follow, we have used longer term statisticssince they smooth out seasonal aberrations and monthly anomalies and help illustrate any strength or weakness which underlies the market. 

 

 

Below is the 5 year median price trend for Fairfax which mirrors that of all NOVA counties. The market bottomed in 2009 and has been recovering a significant amount of the equity loss from the never before seen price highs of 2005.

Hover your cursor over any point on the graphs to get a monthly read...they are interactive.

 

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Here is what has happened to prices over the past 5 years:

(this is all home types: condos, townhouses and Single family homes)

 

 

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The existing inventory of re-sale homes has climbed to 3354 in May, climbing  from near its 5 year low in December 2013 of 619 homes for sale.  Short supply and strong demand has been moving prices upward from the price bottom of 2009.

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The number of days that it takes to get a winning contract stood at 31 at the end of May ...an outstanding rate of sale as opposed to 60 days in February 2014. Here is what that history looks like for the past 12 months.

 

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 Homes for sale in the following Fairfax zip codes

Fairfax 20151
Fairfax 22031
Fairfax 22032
Fairfax 22033

 

fairfax and loudoun county realtors

 Well priced townhouses under $375k in good locations and in good condition have been getting multiple contracts within days of coming on the market. 

 

 

 

 

Upper end properties ...above $700k ...also continue to move well as have newly constructed properties. Builder's back-log can run 6-9 months for single family homes.

 

 

 


fairfax and loudoun county realtors

Thanks for stopping in! If you would like to visit some of the homes in Fairfax as they come on the market, please drop us an email and we will make the arrangements.

Also, please feel free to set up your own automatic home search athttp://janandsteve.listingbook.com/

 

No one will bother you and all the listings that meet your specifications will come to an electronic organizer that you can access by email at your leisure.

If you are a Fairfax County home owner, and would like a free analysis of your property's current market value, please drop us an email.

We are happy to be of service, with no obligation and no pressure :-)

 

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Welcome to the Little Rocky Run August 2013 Single Family Home Sales Report.
We set this post up to be similar to a mini website where some of the neighborhood info remains the same yet the real estate data is updated monthly.
If you have been here before and just want to get to the active and sold listings for Little Rocky Run, they are about 10 inches below.
 
 
 
 Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VAThis is a  long post, with photos and a video.... the idea is to make kind of a mini website for the community.
If you are not familiar with the neighborhood, Little Rocky Run consists of 1653 single family (detached) homes and 1069 town houses on 950 acres with 250 acres of open space.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VA
The detached homes across from Centreville High School have a Clifton 20124 address, while the townhouses across New Braddock Rd, have a Centreville address in zip code 20121.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VAThe following reports cover the single family detached home section of the community and will help you keep track of current home sales activity on the Clifton side, as well as sales trends over the last 6 months.
12 Detached Homes for Sale in Little Rocky Run Clifton as of August 22, 2013.

18 Detached Homes Soldin Little Rocky Run since July 1, 2013.
 
Once in the homes for sale reports, click on the mls # to expand the listing and the camera icon to see any pictures there might be.
The links in these reports generally EXPIRE in 30 days from the date of this post and become non functioning. Check in monthly for current data. OR just drop us an email and we will send you the current sales figures or set you up on an auto search so that you will ALWAYS have current data.
You can set up you own search at Jan and Steve's Listing Book.
 
 
 Little Rocky Run Realtors
The average # of "Days on Market for this period was 41 with the median set at 26. Not bad at all for this price range.
"Days on market" means the number of days it took to get a viable contract from the date the property went on the market.
It is not the number of days from list date until settlement You can see how the prices and days on market for single family homes min Little Rocky Run compare to the rest of Northern Virginia in the graphs below:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VA
Major "daily need"shopping options are only 1.5 miles away in 2 directions with, Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks Mall and Fairfax Corner entertainment and mega shopping venues within a 15 minute drive.
Twin Lakes Public Golf Course run by the Fairfax County Park Authority is right across the street. The golfer and deer photos were taken there.
Little Rocky Run is convenient to New Braddock Rd (for a straight run up into Fairfax), and Routes 28, 29, and 66 which provide access to the rest of the world.
 
 
 
The community was planned so that recreation activities are easily accessible to residents. There are:
 
 
 
 Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VA
3 recreation centers
3 pools with adjoining baby pools
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VA
 
 
3 multi purpose courts
 7 tennis courts (2 lighted)
16 tot lots
3 miles of walking trails
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Singletons Grove, Centreville High School
 
 
Little Rocky Run is served by the following schools...
(the Union Mill elementary school boundary is pretty convoluted and starts with a small section off route 29 and expands west across New Braddock Rd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VA
 
 
 
 
 
 

Always double check the Fairfax County School Locater website by entering in the address of any home you plan to purchase.
School boundaries change and 3rd party on line school info is not always up to date or accurate.
A follow up email or phone call to the school would also beadvisable. Boundary studies are currently under way...expect changes.
 
 
 
 Clifton real estate agents





Thanks for stopping in! If you would like to visit some of the homes in Little Rocky Run as they come on the market, please drop us an email and we will make it happen.
Also, please feel free to set up your own automatic home search at http://janandsteve.listingbook.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VA
 
 
 
No one will bother you and all the listings that meet your specifications will come to an electronic organizer that you can access by email at your leisure.
If you are a Little Rocky Run home owner, and would like a free analysis of your property's current market value, please drop us an email.
We are happy to be of service, with no obligation and no pressure :-)
 
 
 
 
 
 
As you can see on the graph below, Fairfax County median home prices bottomed in first quarter 2009 and have been working their way up since.
From early 2006 until the market bottomed, the power lay with buyers. As you can see, the market is much more balanced with a slight edge to sellers. Housing inventory is at a three year low, pushing prices higher for the limited homes available.
   
 
 
 
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Century Oak was aesthetically designed
 
If you are searching for a single family home in a community with mature trees and some soul...not just a house farm on some cleared land with foot high bushes ...come visit Century Oak Fairfax VA.
 
Would you like to live in a neighborhood with amenities like pool, side walks, tennis, walking paths, ponds, clubhouse etc. that doesn't feel like a subdivision....?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Century Oak Fairfax VA photograph
 
 
 
If this is what you are looking for then, Century Oak in Fairfax VA should be on your must visit list. Welcome to the Century Oak August Home Sales Report.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Century Oak dressed for fall
Stop in monthly to see current home sales activity as well as sales trends over the last 6 months or so. 
 2 Single Family Homes are for Sale with 2 under contract in Century Oak as of August 6, 2013.
11 Single Family Homes Sold in Century Oak since January 1, 2013.
 
 Once in the links click on the mls # to expand the listing and see the details. Click on the camera or movie reel icon to see whatever pictures there might be.
 The average # of "Days on Market" of those homes sold in the last year was 18 with the median set at 10. Really amazingly fast turn around in this price range. This is how hot the market is for properly priced homes in good condition in great locations.
"Days on market" means the number of days it took to get a viable contract from the date the property went on the market. It is not the number of days from list date until settlement.
Median "days on market" means half the homes sold in Less than this number of Days and half took longer to sell.
 
 
 
 
 
The links in these reports generally EXPIRE in 30 days from the date of this post and become non functioning. Check in monthly for current data. OR just drop us an email and we will send you the current sales figures or set you up on an auto search so that you will ALWAYS have current data. You can set up you own search at Jan and Steve's Listing Book.
 
 
 
 
 

Move here now. Just a suggestion.
 
 
Century Oak is within walking distance of Fair Oaks hospital....just across the street actually.
If you have to hit the major commuting routes of routes 50, 66, and the Fairfax County Parkway ...those roads are practically on your doorstep.
 
 
 
 
 
This is a nice one don't you think?
Century Oak lies between the Fairfax County Parkway and West Ox road, the main arteries from Fair Oaks to Reston. There are other back road wiggle options depending on the traffic.

Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Lakes and Fairfax Corner shopping and entertainment centers are a slingshot away from Century Oak .
With no traffic, you can get to Reston in 10 minutes and enjoy all the eateries, shops, and entertainment at Reston Town Center.
 
 
 
 


What about schools?

Walk to work from this beauty
 
 
Elementary aged children can walk to Navy Elementary School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Worth moving for
 
 
Century Oak is fifteen minutes from Dulles International Airport,  Elleanor  Lawrence Park, Fair Oaks Golf Park, International Golf and Country Club, and Penderbrook Golf Course. Really,
it has almost everything but ocean and mountains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I like this location. Who wouldn't?
 
If you are relocating to the Fairfax County VA area and need real estate assistance, please drop us an email. We are happy to show you great neighborhoods like Century Oak.
As former denizens of the corporate world.... (GTE for Jan and Control Data for Steve) and 25 year residents of the area... we understand your world and can help you relocate here with a minimum of frustration.
 
 
 
For accurate current home sales data (not days or weeks old)... set up your own private Fairfax County home search right here: Jan and Steve's Listingbook. 
 
 

Also, if you are a resident of  Century Oak and would like a free analysis of the market value of your property, we are happy to provide it with no obligation and no sales pressure.
If you have already decided to sell, we would love the opportunity to interview for the job of listing your property.
 
 
 

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Single Family Homes for Sale Franklin Farm, Fairfax ,Oak Hill, Herndon

Franklin Farm homes for saleWelcome to the Franklin Farm August 2013 single family home sales report. 
The Northern Virginia real estate market has rebounded strongly and homes that are in good condition and priced correctly are getting contracts fast... often in a few days or less.
Great for sellers...tough on buyers.
The following information lists current home sales activity as well as tracks sales trends over the last 6 months. The large Franklin Farm neighborhood has homes that are listed in 3 communities. Some can be found in Fairfax zip code 22033 with some in the Herndon and Oak Hill zip of 20171.
 
 
 
 
 
Franklin Farm homes for sale
 
Our goal is to show you the prices received for the different single family home models in Franklin Farm as well as the number of days that it has taken to get a a winning contract over the past months.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Franklin Farm Road
 
9 single family homes are currently on the market with 10 Under Contractin the neighborhood as of August 6, 2013.
Once in the listings, click on the MLS # to expand the listing and the camera icon to see any pictures there might be.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Franklin Farm homes for sale  19 Single Family Homes Have Sold in Franklin Farm since April 1, 2013.
The average # of "Days on Market" of these homes was 16 with the median set at 6. This tells you that this is a "hot" destination neighborhood.
"Days on market" means the number of days it took to get a viable contract from the date the property went on the market. It is not the number of days from list date until settlement.
The links in these reports generally EXPIRE in 30 days from the date of this post and become non functioning.
Check in monthly for current data. OR just drop us an email and we will send you the current sales figures or set you up on an auto search so that you will ALWAYS have current data.
You can set up you own search at Jan and Steve's Listing Book.
 
 
 
 

You don't often associate neighborhood aesthetics with a housing development.
 
 
 
 
  
Franklin Farm silosHowever the planners of Franklin Farm have left open space and plenty of natural beauty in and around the neighborhood.
Its tree lined streets are inviting and its amenities and close proximity to employment and shopping make it a great place to live.
It should be on your short list of neighborhoods to visit if you are looking for a home in Western Fairfax County. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lots of home style choices in Franklin Farm
 
Franklin Farm is served by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

franklin farm real estate agents
 
 
 
Remember that school boundaries can change. 
Always check with the school district to verify. For Fairfax County Schools go to this web page: http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Franklin Farm pond shot
 
 
Franklin Farm has 2 playgrounds, 2 pools with a great swim team: The Franklin Farm Froggers), a community center and tennis courts.
csl.nvblu.com/...franklin_farm/.../2010FroggerHandbook.pdf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nice Franklin Farm Rambler
 
Conveniently located between West Ox road and Centreville road, with the Fairfax County Parkway only a couple of turns away.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A different Franklin Farm pond late afternoon
 
 
 The major Tech Corridor artery of Route 28 is 1.5 miles away. Great schools serve the community and transportation options, shopping and entertainment abound.
 
 
 
 
 If you would like to visit some of the Franklin Farm homes that are on the market please drop us an email and we will make it happen.
Also, if you live in Franklin Farm and would like a free analysis of the market value of your property, we are happy to provide it with no obligation and no sales pressure :-)
 
 
 
 
 
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Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman
 
 
 Moving to Northern Virginia? Not familiar with the area?
We are more than traffic and a great job market.
Here is a photo tour of typical home styles and our countryside:
 
 
 
 

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Under Contract. Richland Acres. 4 Bedroom Home Sterling VA 20164.

Under Contract in Sterling. Jan and Steve Bachman RE/MAX Gateway listing agents. The Richland Acres neighborhood in Sterling VA 20165 is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in eastern Loudoun. The neighborhood has that country feel yet is it is close to major commuting routes and high tech job locations in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.

What follows is an online ad that helped draw strong traffic to this well prepared home. If you need real estate assistance, we are happy to be of service whether your are selling or buying. Drop us a line. We would be delighted to chat with you about your goals.

More homes for sale in 20164

Homes for Sale in Sterling 20165

 

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Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164This is the prettiest 1.3 acre lot anywhere near Sterling, Reston or Herndon. The long  landscaped, tree-lined driveway is perfect for learning to ride a bike or skateboarding.

The huge level backyard is just what you need for entertaining and all kinds of play. A custom tree house rules the perimeter from above.

This perfectly maintained 4 bedroom, 3 level home with 2.5 baths, has a separate office that could be a main level 5th bedroom, a 2-car garage, and the perfect screened porch opening onto a circular flagstone terrace completes the convenience.

 

 

 

Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164

Priced at $650,000, you can have country living yet be close the employment centers of Western Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun. Herndon and Reston are just down the road and Tysons Corner is a straight commute up Route 7. That combination is almost impossible to find in a home. If you have been looking for more than a week, you already know this.

Located just off Algonkian Parkway in the wooded Richland Acres neighborhood, the Fairfax County Parkway is at your doorstep. You have many commuting options to choose from yet you can live in a peaceful idylic setting. 

  As of this moment there are only a handful of 4+ bedroom, 2+ bath, 2+ car garage single family homes for sale in this section of Loudoun County and NONE that have this outstanding natural setting.

 

 

 

 

Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164

 

 

It would be difficult to find this kind of peaceful environment at twice the price, yet you can be at Dulles Airport or any of the high tech centers of Herndon, Reston or Ashburn in minutes but still feel like you live in the country the moment you pull in the driveway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164

 

  Inventory of available homes for sale throughout Northern Virginia is at a five-year low and quality properties are going fast. Homes are frequently going to contract in a few days or weeks. 

If you have been looking for a home to purchase for any length of time, you have already experienced this market fact.

....so make sure to visit this lovely home.
  

 

 

 

Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164

 

 

This classic home has an eat-in kitchen leading to a comfortable brick-floored screened porch overlooking the terrace and the inviting half acre back yard.

The light-filled living and dining rooms feature hand finished, random width oak flooring.

 

 

 

 

 

  Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164

 

 

Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms with a spacious master bedroom and a remodeled master bath with jetted tub and separate shower.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Home for sale in Sterling VA 20164

 

 According to the Loudoun County school boundary website, this home is currently served by Horizon Elementary school, Seneca Ridge Middle and Dominion High School. https://webinter.lcps.org/Lcps_Locate/

(Always double check with school authorities before purchasing any home of interest. School boundaries do change)

 

 

 

 

Take an Internet stroll through this home in the photo tour on the link below, then tell your agent to schedule a real visit to 118 Lake Drive, Sterling VA 20164. (If you click on the bottom right hand corner of the display below, where the # 360 appears, you can improve the resolution of the tour to 720 high def.) :http://animoto.com/play/lvxPpVOR0i2kMuD5lqWDsg

 

 

 by Steve Bachman

 

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Sold. The Regency, Ashburn VA 20147. Jan and Steve Bachman Realtors

 

Sold last week in Ashburn. Jan and Steve Bachman RE/MAX Gateway listing agents. The Regency neighborhood in Ashburn VA 20147 is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in eastern Loudoun. The neighborhood is stunning and it is close to major commuting routes and high tech job locations in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.

What follows is an online ad that helped draw strong traffic to this well prepared home. If you need real estate assistance, we are happy to be of service whether your are selling or buying. Drop us a line. We would be delighted to chat with you about your goals.

More Homes for sale in Ashburn 20147

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ashburn luxury homes for sale

Priced at $725,000, this outstanding luxury home has aesthetic updates,  4 large bedrooms, 4 full baths, and rests on a beautiful, one half an acre level lot in The Regency neighborhood of Ashburn VA 20147. Close to  Waxpool road, 28, the Dulles toll road and within walking distance of the future metro station...you can get anywhere from here.

As of this moment there are only a handful of 4 bedroom, 3+ bath, 2+ car garage single family homes in Ashburn for sale between $700k and $725k. New construction homes in this price range are quoting delivery times 9 months to a year out. No need to wait..you can purchase this one now and move in before school starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ashburn luxury homes for sale

 

Inventory of available homes for sale throughout Northern Virginia is at a five year. If you have been looking for a home to purchase for any length of time, you already know there is almost nothing available.

Homes in outstanding locations with terrific amenities are extremely difficult to find so don't delay. Contact your real estate agents today and have them arrange a showing. If you do not have an agent, contact us and we will assist you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ashburn luxury homes for sale

 

  This beauty has gleaming Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, new paint, a huge kitchen, screened porch, family room with vaulted ceiling and a huge bedroom level with 3 full baths, including a magnificent master bath and much more...

...there is also a full bath on the entry level, right next to the study which could easily be a 5th bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ashburn luxury homes for sale

 

  This home has the best combination of price, location and condition of the competing properties.

According to the Loudoun County school boundary website, this home is currently served by Discovery Elementary school, Stone Hill Middle and Broad Run High School. https://webinter.lcps.org/Lcps_Locate/SelectSystem.aspx

(Always double check with school authorities before purchasing any home of interest. School boundaries do change)

 

 

 

 

Take an Internet stroll through this home in the photo show on the link below, then tell your agent to schedule a real visit to 43889 Loganwood Ct. Ashburn VA 20147. http://animoto.com/play/YPFpEusIfHbphD8Tmb44pg

 

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Herndon Home Sales in Zip Codes 20171,20170 February 2013 Price Report

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve BachmanThanks for stopping by our Herndon Home's Sales Report for month end February 2013.

Our goal here is to show the big picture of what is happening with  median home prices  as well as market activity.

If you have heard that real estate is doing terribly, look at the data below and make your own judgment. Northern VA's  unemployment  is one half the national average.

 

 

Fairfax County has the highest median family income in the nation for large counties and Loudoun is number one for those counties with under 300,000 residents.  Herndon homes for sale Jan and Steve Bachman

I don't know about you, but to me it looks as if the graphs below show that prices came down from their highs in 2005-2006 to bottom in early spring 2009.

What the future holds, know one knows..... but we can say what is happening today and what has happened in the past with 100% accuracy.

 

Availability of homes for sale is it a 5 year low in 20171 and is mirrored in zip code 20170. Low inventory with steady demand has pushed prices up. Here's what that looks like:

 

 

 

 

Check the other data below and see what you think.....

 

 

 

If you are not familiar with Herndon VA, it is near Dulles Airport and along with its neighbor's Reston, Ashburn, Vienna and Tysons Corner it forms the backbone of the hottest high tech job market in the country. Let's see what the guy below has to show us about Old Town Hermdon

 

If you have a Herndon Virginia address, there is a very good chance that the home you are living in was built after 1985.

Well, what did Herndon used to look like before it became a large star on the map of the Information Super Highway?

As my children would say, what did it look like in the "olden days" which to them means the 1960's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

Don't forget, you can set up your own private home search right here. Search Like an Agent. No one will bother you. 

Just play around. No hassle, no spam, we won’t bug you.

Fresh listings emailed to you. Want more info.

Drop us a line. You’re in control.

Want to take a tour of homes you like in Herndon, Reston or Sterling? Drop us a line and we will make the arrangements.

 

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Century Oak Homes for Sale Fairfax VA 22033 February 25 2013 Report.

 
 
Century Oak was aesthetically designed
 
Want a single family home in a community with mature trees and some soul...not just a house farm on some cleared land with foot high bushes?
 
How about a neighborhood with subdivision amenities like pool, side walks, tennis, walking paths, ponds, clubhouse etc. that doesn't feel like a subdivision....?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Century Oak has great landscaping throughout
 
 
 
If this is what you are looking for then, Century Oak in Fairfax VA should be on your must visit list. Welcome to the Century Oak February Home Sales Report.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Century Oak dressed for fall
 
 
Stop in monthly to see current home sales activity as well as sales trends over the last 6 months. 
1 Single Family Home Under Contract in Century Oak as of February 25, 2013.
 
 
9 Single Family Homes Sold in Century Oak since June 1, 2012.
 
 
 Once in the links click on the mls # to expand the listing and see the details. Click on the camera or movie reel icon to see whatever pictures there might be.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Move here now. Just a suggestion.
 
 
Century Oak is within walking distance of Fair Oaks hospital....just across the street actually.
If you have to hit the major commuting routes of routes 50, 66, and the Fairfax County Parkway ...those roads are practically on your doorstep.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a nice one don't you think?
Century Oak lies between the Fairfax County Parkway and West Ox road, the main arteries from Fair Oaks to Reston. There are other back road wiggle options depending on the traffic.

Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Lakes and Fairfax Corner shopping and entertainment centers are a slingshot away from Century Oak .
With no traffic, you can get to Reston in 10 minutes and enjoy all the eateries, shops, and entertainment at Reston Town Center.
 
 
 
 


What about schools?

Walk to work from this beauty
 
 
Elementary aged children can walk to Navy Elementary School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Worth moving for
 
 
 
 
 
Century Oak is fifteen minutes from Dulles International Airport,  Elleanor  Lawrence Park, Fair Oaks Golf Park, International Golf and Country Club, and Penderbrook Golf Course. Really,
it has almost everything but ocean and mountains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I like this location. Who wouldn't?
 
If you are relocating to the Fairfax County VA area and need real estate assistance, please drop us an email. We are happy to show you great neighborhoods like Century Oak.
As former denizens of the corporate world.... (GTE for Jan and Control Data for Steve) and 25 year residents of the area... we understand your world and can help you relocate here with a minimum of frustration.
 
For accurate current home sales data (not days or weeks old)... set up your own private Fairfax County home search right here: Jan and Steve's Listingbook. 
 
 

A
If you have already decided to sell, we would love the opportunity to interview for the job of listing your property.
 
 
 
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Prince William County Virginia Real Estate Market Report February 2013

 

fairfax and loudoun county realtors

Prince William County home prices are rising. Inventory is at a 5 year low.

Good news for home sellers.

 The low unemployment rate, about half the national average, combined with record low interest rates have kept the price recovery coming along.

 

 

Don't forget, the national real estate situation has almost no bearing on the good news from Prince William; See for yourself... Prince William's major statistics through the month of January 2013 are graphed a couple inches below.

 

 

 

 

 

Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William County realtors   In order to smooth out seasonal aberrations and monthly anomalies, we generally use longer term statistics...covering 3-5 years.

The larger data set also helps uncover any underlying market trends of strength or weakness.

Below is the 5 year median price trend for Prince William which mirrors that of all NOVA counties.

The market bottomed in early 2009 and has been recovering a significant amount of the equity loss from the freakish never before seen price highs of 2005.

Hover your cursor over any point on the graphs to get a monthly read...they are interactive.

 

 

 

 

 

The number of days that it takes to get a winning contract is hovering around 56 a much better number than the 118 days in February 2008. As the weather warms, these numbers should decrease as you can see historically below:

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

The existing inventory of re-sale homes is at a five year low on the chart below.  801 homes were for sale on average during the month of January 2013 compared to the 5176 for sale during February 2008 the 5 year high point....an 84% decrease in supply.

Basically less than one sixth the number of homes are now on the market  compared to February 2008. That is why prices are going up.

A small 2.17 months supply of housing was available in January...(369 sold vs 801 available)....combine that with steady demand and fewer foreclosed properties for sale and good news for Home sellers results. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

 

Thanks for stopping by our blog and come back often.

If you need information on new homes or any other area of real estate, drop us a line. We will do our best to get you what you need.

 

 

 

 

 

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Emerald Chase Homes for Sale, Oak Hill VA 20171. February 2013 Report. 

 
 
Thanks for visiting. Let's take a look at some warm weather photos of the wonderful Emerald Chase neighborhood in Oak Hill VA 20171,  and check on real estate activity.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome home to Emerald Chase
 
 
As of February 20, 2013,
Here are the 7 homes that have sold in Emerald Chase since January 2012...Homes sold in Emerald Chase 
 
 
 
 

Emerald Chase home styles
 
 Emerald Chase is dominated by variations of the most popular floor plan in Fairfax County for the last 20 years ....the colonial.
Built in 1985-87, you will  find many nice additions and interesting modified versions of the colonial theme plus a split level or so.
The photos in this post are of Emerald Chase home styles.
 
 
 
 
 

 Emerald Chase is served by the following schools:
 
 
Fairfax Schools are among the highest performing in the nation
 
 
 
 
 
 

Emerald Chase home styles
 
Always double check the Fairfax County School Locater websiteby entering in the address of any home you plan to purchase.
School boundaries change and 3rd party on line school info is not always up to date or accurate.
A follow up email or phone call to the school would also be advisable.

 
 
 
 
 

Shopping, entertainment and dining options abound near Emerald Chase.
 
 
 
Emerald Chase home stylesFranklin Farm Shopping Center, McLearen Center, and all the shopping off Centreville road coming out of Herndon is just minutes away.
 
Reston Town Center is just up the road a couple miles so all the shopping and dining establishments there are easily at the disposal of Emerald Chase residents.
In the opposite direction, Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Lakes and Fairfax Corner provide months' worth of enjoyable culinary and entertainment exploration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you need more info or would like to schedule a visit to any of these homes please drop us a line and we will make the arrangements...no hassle, no pressure, just service.
 
PS: As you can see from the graphs below, prices bottomed out in Northern VA in early 2009 and have been working their way up since.
The number of days it takes to get a viable contract on a home for sale in the Oak Hill zip code of 20171 stands at 28 as of January 2013.
 
 
 
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Reston Townhouse Under Contract 15 Days. Reston Homes for Sale.

 

Townhouses for Sale in Reston VA 20191

 

This beautiful townhouse went under contract in 15 days. Jan and Steve Bachman listing agents.

Below is an example of an online ad for the seller's Reston property, that helped bring showings from 20 real estate agents and 14 prospective buyer groups to the open house:



 

For sale a move in ready 3 level, 3-4 bedroom 3.5 bath townhouse with huge deck overlooking golf course priced at $465k... minutes to Reston Town Center and the toll road.

As of this moment there are just 19 town homes for sale in all of Reston, an incredibly small number. If you have been looking for any length of time you already know this. Only 3 are priced between $450k and $500k.

This townhouse has the best combination of price, location and condition of the competition. Feel free to check them all out. 

 

 

Don't wait. Reston homes this close to Reston Town Center, the future Wiehle Ave metro stop and Lake Anne Village Center go under contract fast.

Take an Internet stroll through this home in the photo show below, then tell your agent to schedule a real visit: http://animoto.com/play/6fVRLgBem2comuDxwbE5ow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Townhouses for Sale in Reston VA 20191

 

 

 

This is your opportunity to purchase a brick end unit townhouse with a huge deck over looking Reston National Golf Course.

Walking trails, a pool, tot lots and wooded open space await you in this quiet neighborhood on a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Townhouses for Sale in Reston VA 20191A huge sunny kitchen with beverage bar and plenty of cabinet space is one of the best you will find in this price range.

 Two set of French doors lead to a deck that is deep and the width of the house. A great place to unwind or entertain. A full updated bath on the lower level overs the ability to modify the recreation room into a 4th bedroom or in law suite.

There is much more to say about this beauty but you really need to see it for yourself. For more information please go too the property website right here:

 

 

http://2150golfcoursedr.IsNowForSale.com

 

 

Tell your agent to search the MLS for FX7998365.... 2150 Golf Course Drive, Reston VA 20191.

or contact Jan and Steve Bachman at Jan@homesbybachman.com

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The Loudoun County Real Estate Market Report February 2013

 Loudoun county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

  Spring is not yet here but Loudoun County's real estate market is warming up. The low unemployment rate, about half the national average, combined with record low interest rates have kept the price recovery coming along.

 

Don't forget, the national real estate situation has almost no bearing on the good news from Loudoun; See for yourself... Loudoun's major statistics through the month ofJanuary 2013 are below. The charts are self updating...as soon as the next month's figures are available, this post will automatically update.

 

 

 

 

 Loudoun county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman In order to smooth out seasonal aberrations and monthly anomalies, we generally use longer term statistics...covering 3-5 years.

The larger data set also helps uncover any underlying market trends of strength or weakness.

Below is the 5 year median price trend for Loudoun which mirrors that of all NOVA counties.

The market bottomed in early 2009 and has been recovering a significant amount of the equity loss from the freakish never before seen price highs of 2005.

Hover your cursor over any point on the graphs to get a monthly read...they are interactive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of days that it takes to get a winning contract as of last January 2013, stands at 63 a very wonderful number. As the weather warms, these numbers should decrease as you can see historically below:

 

 

 

The existing inventory of re-sale homes is at the five year low on the chart below.  Short supply and strong demand has edged prices upward. Although Northern VA home prices took a beating between 2006 and first quarter of 2009, we have been spared the devastation that occurred in the "Sand" states of Florida, California,and Nevada.

 

 

 

 

 Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 As always, the strong economy of our area has cushioned us from the worst.

Well priced homes under $350k in good locations and in good condition have been getting multiple contracts within a few weeks of coming on the market.

Upper end properties ...above $750k, are moving more slowly even though some of them had sold for over a million once upon a time.

 

 

 

 Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve BachmanJan and I have sold more new construction homes in the last year couple of years than we ever have. This is directly due to the low inventory of existing property combined with strong builder incentives.

However, builder's business actually has become so good in the last 9 months that many are cutting back on those sweet seller subsidies for buyer closing costs and the generous incentives for buyers options.

That said, there are some select builders who are offering some great options and subsidies, to get folks to come visit in the cold winter months.

My guess is that as the weather warms, these subsidies will shrink.

 

 Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

 

The national news regarding real estate is NOT US.

Homes are selling...As an example, 400+ new homes sold in 2011 in Loudoun's Ashburn community of Brambleton...an amazing # of properties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

 

Thanks for stopping by our blog and come back often.

If you need information on new homes or any other area of real estate, drop us a line. We will do our best to get you what you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 

 Moving to Northern Virginia? Not familiar with the area?

We are more than traffic and a great job market.

Here is a photo tour of typical home styles and our countryside:

 
 http://video214.com/play/ngb0RJKin5pR3jr2CUotnw/s/dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waterford Virginia. Photographs of an Exquisite Landmark Village (edit/delete)

 

 

Waterford VA. Loudoun County

I think we need some photographs of late spring in the Virginia countryside to help us through this gray February day.

Tucked away in Loudoun County, about an hour outside Washington DC is Waterford VA. It is unique. Not only in Virginia but in the US.

Only 4 blocks long and 1 block wide surrounded by rolling meadows, vineyards and treed hills, this village founded in 1733 is a National Historic Landmark District, one of only three in the country.



Waterford is just beautiful. Let's take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQd7fMvuJ9c
 

 

 




 

 Here is more from Waterford's website:

Waterford VA. Loudoun County

Why Waterford was Designated a National Historic Landmark District?


Today, visitors to Waterford, Virginia, experience many of the same views as residents in the 19th century. Waterford preserves the ambiance and many of the structures that characterized it during its heyday as a flour milling town in the 19th century.

 

 

 

 

 

Waterford VA. Loudoun County

 

 

 

The village is a Loudoun County Historic and Cultural Conservation Site, on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register, on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1970, the entire village, with the farmland surrounding it, was designated a National Historic Landmark District, one of only three such landmarks in the entire United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 

 Moving to Northern Virginia? Not familiar with the area?

We are more than traffic and a great job market.

Here is a photo tour of typical home styles and our countryside:

 
 http://video214.com/play/ngb0RJKin5pR3jr2CUotnw/s/dark

 

 

 

 

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Greenbriar Homes for Sale Fairfax VA 22033. Chantilly High School.

 

Myra: I will probably be selling my house in Fairfax's Greenbriar neighborhood in the months aheadIt is such a pleasant and convenient community that I hate to leave it, but it looks like I will be relocating soon.

 I was wondering if you could post a monthly report that will show homes that have sold here the last 3 months or so? I want to see what is happening with sales trend in the neighborhood.

 
  
Also, before you do that could you post a link to show me what homes are currently for sale in Greenbriar?

  

Steve: Happy to do so Myra.

Greenbriar homestyles This report shows the 3 homes for sale in Greenbriar as of this morning, February 5, 2012: Homes For Sale in Greenbriar, Fairfax VA

The following report shows those 16 homes that have sold in Greenbriar since October 1, 2012: Homes sold in Greenbriar

 
 Shawn: What home styles can I find in Greenbriar?

Steve: The community is dominated by 5 familiar styles: the colonial, splt foyer, rambler, split
level and cape cod.  The pictures in this post are of Greenbriar.

 

 

 

 

 

Greenbriar East

Ted: What schools serve Greenbriar?

Steve: Greenbriar
is served by the following schools, with links embedded Ted: 

Greenbriar East Elementary

Greenbriar West Elementary

Rocky Run Middle

Chantilly High School

 

 

 



Greenbriar West
 

 

Always double check the Fairfax County School Locater websiteby entering in the address of any home you plan to purchase. School boundaries change and 3rd party on line school info is not always up to date or accurate.

A follow up email or phone call to the school would also be advisable.

 



Fred: Is there any shopping close by?

 

 

 

Greenbriar homestyles

 

Steve: There are more options for shopping, entertainment and dining near Greenbriar than you can shake a stick at Fred. 

 You can certainly get everything for your daily needs right out the route 50 entrance of the community.

The Greenbriar Shopping Center is right there, Sully Plaza is just a short hop down the road and Fair Oaks, Fair Lakes and Fairfax Corner are all not much more than 10 minutes away. You can get anywhere from Greenbriar. 

 

 

 

Reston Town Center is just a 15 minute jump down the Fairfax Countyup the road a couple miles so all the shopping and dining establishments there are easily the disposal of Hunters Square residents.

Diane: Greenbriar sounds good and looks great from these photos. What philosophical advice

Greenbriar homestyleswould you give us regarding our Fairfax house

hunting adventure?

  

Steve: Diane, check out the totality of the choices before you, analyze your needs and wants, separate the two, visit as many properties as you need to until you can connect with just the right home for you. It will be almost a spiritual sensation....a 1970’s  terminology…you should feel the right “vibe”. 

   

 

 

 

 

   The right real estate agent will understand this and enjoy the hunt as much as you will…do not work with anyone with whom YOU don't also have that “vibe”..... there is no point in that. 

....And try to be at peace about the whole process.

Greenbriar homestyles

 

 

Bob: Would you and your wife be interested in helping us find just the right home?

Steve: Happy to help with no hassle and no pressure Bob. Just drop us a line and we can chat about your requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 Moving to Northern Virginia? Not familiar with the area?

We are more than traffic and a great job market.

Here is a photo tour of typical home styles and our countryside:

  http://video214.com/play/ngb0RJKin5pR3jr2CUotnw/s/dark

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

Adopting a dog is not for everyone. If all humans were exemplary pet owners there would be no need for animal shelters eh?

However, if you have some patience and a little bit of time, rescuing a dog or 2 from a bad situation will bring you much more entertainment and happiness than they cost in food bills and vet visits.

Our dogs keep us sane...at least within spitting distance of sane 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our pound puppy Eleanor Rigby

 

If you live in Fairfax County Virginia and you are thinking about getting a cat or dog, please consider adoption.

Our last three dogs have been adopted canines and they are awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fairfax County animal shelter

 

 Visit the Fairfax County shelter off West Ox Road near Fair Oaks mall on a regular basis and you will find the right pet for you... it might not happen in one visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our pound puppy Penny Lane

 

 

Some of the animals you will find there are too abused for a new pet owner or one with children to handle. Usually you can spot these animals right away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane her mother

 

 

 

 One test I use before I ask the aides to let me meet the dog, is to simply see if the animal will come up to the front of its pen to meet me with a wagging tail. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfax County animal shelter hours of operation

 

If so, that is a very good first sign.

Many dogs will stay huddled in a corner or stare indifferently or agressively...not a good sign for a successful adoption.

Sadly some animals have become too psychotic for most of us to handle.

 

 

 

 

 


This is a very good adopted dog-Penny Lane

 

 

 The last two dogs we got and still have, were very neurotic from abuse, but we took them on since we are pretty experienced dog people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Rigby

 

 

It took one of them a year to trust us, but they are now both outstanding and entertaining pets.

If you take your time and use common sense, you can get a great pet...REALLY CHEAP! 
 

 

 

 

 

 


It is very affordable to adopt a pet in Fairfax County. I have seen some breeds there with dogs of good temperment that would easily cost you $700 if you purchased them from a breeder

  • Dogs- $40.00
  • Cats- $30.00
  • Rabbits/ferrets- $15.00
  • Reptiles/small birds- $10.00
  • Other (hamsters,gerbils)- $5.00
  • Equine/bovine- $200.00
  • Livestock- $20.00
  • Large birds- $100.00

 

  • who can resist Penny? No one.

You must pay to neuter any cat or dog you adopt...again ...a very reasonable expense.

  • Virginia State Law mandates that all dogs and cats adopted from a shelter must be spayed/neutered.
  • You are also responsible for paying 100 percent of the cost for spaying/neutering dogs and cats adopted from the shelter.
  • A deposit for surgery is taken at the time of adoption, and the balance is paid directly to the veterinarian when the pet is picked up after surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

Ellie in the big snowIf you are looking for a particular breed and/or you cannot find the pet you want from the county shelter, here are some more places to check.


The two dogs in this post were adopted  from: http://animalconnections.org/ 

http://www.petharbor.com/

Good Dog Rescue

Friends of Homeless Animals

Middleburg Humane Foundation

Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue

HART

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Greyhound Welfare

4Paws Rescue Team

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

Greyhound Pets of America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caring Hearts RescueA TAIL TO BE PROUD OF

Miniature Pinscher Service

Humane Society of Fairfax County

Potcake Rescue

Collie Rescue

Pet Finder

Dogs in Danger

Cats Rule! Feline Rescue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Franklin Farm looks great in the spring!

 When my wife and I were living in  Reston years ago, we used to drive through Franklin Farm as it was being built, and say, "Wow...they're building ponds, leaving open space, putting in 2 pools and walking trails. Why doesn't everyone build like this? "

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

This was at a time when builders were flattening everything and lining homes up like tin cans.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

Well, 20 years later, Franklin Farm is even prettier. Come visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin Farm Living, natural and man made beauty...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man made beautySam: Could you show me a lot of pictures of Franklin Farm homes and some natural beauty found there without a whole lot of verbiage? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Franklin Farm pond at sunset

 

 

 

Steve: Sure Sam. Here you go. Lots of photos and just the pertinent information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of home style choices in Franklin Farm

 

Franklin Farm is served by Oak Hill Elementary

  Lees Corner Elementary,

and Scott Crossfield Elementary. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Franklin Farm pond shot

 

The community has 2 playgrounds, 2 pools with a great swim team: The Franklin Farm Froggers), a community center and tennis courts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice Franklin Farm RamblerConveniently located between West Ox road and Centreville road, with the Fairfax County Parkway only a couple of turns away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A different Franklin Farm pond late afternoon

The major Tech Corridor artery of Route 28 is 1.5 miles away. Great schools serve the community and transportation options, shopping and entertainment abound.

 

To see Franklin Farm homes for sale report, go to our latest posting:
Homes for sale in Franklin Farm.

 

 

 

 

Reflections at Franklin Farm

 

 

 

Please remember that school boundaries can change. Always check with the school district to verify. For Fairfax County Schools go to this web page: http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/

 

 

 

 

 

  If you would like to receive automatic emails of homes for sale in Franklin Farm, you can set that here: Jan and Steve’s Listing book.

( Give it a few seconds to load there are a lot of pictures in it)

It is one of our search websites…you do need to register but NO ONE WILL BUG YOU! You can also search "live" like an agent for all homes in the DC metro area.

 

 

 

 

 Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

This data is only hours old not out of date by days or weeks like Realtor.com.

You can also go to ourRelocation Information site for great links to schools, government services and transportation options.

 

 

 

 

If you do not feel like registering on our "listing Book" site above, you can search without registering on our website HomesByBachmanSearch

 

 

 
 
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 Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve BachmanWelcome to the Franklin Farm  Home Sales Report and community tour dated April 23.

The following information lists current home sales activity as well as tracks sales trends over the last 6 months or so, both single family properties and townhouses.

 

 

 

 

Franklin Farm Road

5 Single Family Homes for Sale in Franklin Farm as of April 23, 2012.

 

1 Townhouse is currently on the market

Once in the listings, click on the MLS # to expand the listing and the camera icon to see any pictures there might be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman13 Single Family Homes Sold in Franklin Farm since October 1, 2011.

11 Townhouses have sold since June 1, 2011

The average # of "Days on Market" of the single family homes homes was 56 with the median set at 51.

Town Homes were 16 average and 8 median...they sell fast if priced correctly.

"Days on market" means the number of days it took to get a viable contract from the date the property went on the market.

It is not the number of days from list date until settlement.

 

 

 

 

 


You don't often associate neighborhood aesthetics with a housing development.

 

 

 
 

  
Franklin Farm silos

However the planners of Franklin Farm have left open space and plenty of natural beauty in and around the neighborhood.

Its tree lined streets are inviting and its amenities and close proximity to employment and shopping make it a great place to live.

It should be on your short list of neighborhoods to visit if you are looking for a home in Western Fairfax County. 

 

 

 

 

A Franklin Farm pond at sunset

 

 

 

Even though the neigborhood is easy, covenient suburban living, you can quickly emerse yourself in privacy on the walking trails or stroll over to the ponds.

Sunset here is an uplifting experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of home style choices in Franklin Farm

 

Franklin Farm is served by

Oak Hill Elementary

Lees Corner Elementary,

 Scott Crossfield Elementary. 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections at Franklin Farm

 

 

Remember that school boundaries can change.

Always check with the school district to verify. For Fairfax County Schools go to this web page: http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Franklin Farm pond shot

 

Franklin Farm has 2 playgrounds, 2 pools with a great swim team: The Franklin Farm Froggers), a community center and tennis courts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice Franklin Farm Rambler

 

Conveniently located between West Ox road and Centreville road, with the Fairfax County Parkway only a couple of turns away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A different Franklin Farm pond late afternoon

 The major Tech Corridor artery of Route 28 is 1.5 miles away. Great schools serve the community and transportation options, shopping and entertainment abound.

 

 

 

 

 If you would like to visit some of the Franklin Farm homes that are on the market please drop us an email and we will make it happen.

Also, if you live in Franklin Farm and would like a free analysis of the market value of your property, we are happy to provide it with no obligation and no sales pressure :-)

 

 
 
 
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Homes for Sale in Century Oak, Fairfax VA 22033. February Real Estate Report 

 

 

 

Century Oak was aesthetically designed

 

Want a single family home in a community with mature trees and some soul...not just a house farm on some cleared land with foot high bushes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about a neighborhood with subdivision amenities like pool, side walks, tennis, walking paths, ponds, clubhouse etc. that doesn't feel like a subdivision....?

 

 

 

Century Oak has great landscaping throughout

If this is what you are looking for then, Century Oak in Fairfax VA should be on your must visit list. Welcome to the Century Oak November Home Sales Report and neighborhood photo tour....red more: http://actvra.in/tNJ

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: Cows, Horses, Pigs, Hay, Tractors. Minutes from Reston, Herndon, Sterling 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

Come see and touch the animals at Fairfax County's up close and personal yet working farm. Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Park celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Come visit for an hour and re-connect with your rural roots or just relax with the animals.

Bring your kids or just yourself. Our youngest kid is 20, but we still visit the farm regularly...it's free and fun.

You may see me there with my camera at sunset...it is a great place to unwind...right in the middle of suburbia.

read the rest: http://actvra.in/t8b

 

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Reston Home Sales Report 20191. February 2012. Prices, Days on Market, Video. 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve BachmanWhat Condos, Townhouses and Single Family homes are for sale in Reston zip code 20191?

What has been happening with Reston home prices in zip code 20191 over the last 5 years?

How many days does it take to get a contract on homes for sale here?

The price graph of 20191 below is for 5 years and includes condos as well as townhouses and single family homes.

For a Detailed report click Monthly Market Statistics: 20191

 

A larger sample size illustrates the underlying market strength/weakness better than a single zip code. The graph representing all of Fairfax county  is featured just below the one for 20191....read the rest at http://actvra.in/t7Z

 

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Homes for Sale in Vienna VA. Zip Codes 22180, 22181 and 22182 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer, Digital Artist and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

If you are planning to relocate to the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC make sure that you check out  Vienna Virginia....a wonderful town you may have never heard of...

....yes it is one of those best kept secrets. Located just 15 miles outside Washington DC on Metro's Orange Line, Vienna still has a small town feel without the center-less, soul-less mass tract home funk....read the rest: http://actvra.in/t4F

 

 

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REOs, Bank Owned Foreclosures in Fairfax, Prince William, & Loudoun Counties February 16, 2012 

 

 

We will be posting the Bank Owned homes  (property that has already been foreclosed on and now offered to the public through real estate agents) for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties weekly.

When folks talk about buying forclosures, bank owned homes (REO's) are generally what they are talking about.

read the rest: http://actvra.in/t2M

 

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Fairfax City Home Sales Report 22030 and Real Estate Market Statistics. February 2012 

 
 
 
 
Fairfax City realtors and home sales
 
Welcome to the Fairfax City market report for zip code 22030... data shown is through January 2012.
 
Before we look at the home sales data for this zip code....
 
.... let's look at Fairfax County's median sale price figures for the last 5 years below.
 
The county's larger sample size better illustrates the strengths/weaknesses of the local market....read the rest: http://actvra.in/tyX

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Homes for Sale in Bradley Acres/Bradley Farm Herndon VA 20171. February 2012 

 

 

The sign says Bradley

Welcome home to Bradley Farm

Farm....but the legal name of this community is Bradley Acres. Interesting eh?

Here is the February Home Sales Report and a warm weather community photo tour.

The following reports will help you keep track of current home sales activity as well as sales price trends over the last 6 months.

 read  the rest http://actvra.in/sXq

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Reston Home Sales Report 20194. February 2012. Sales Prices and Days on Market Trends. Video 

 

 

 reston town center

What has been happening with Reston home prices in zip code 20194 over the last 5 years?

How many days does it take to get a contract on homes for sale here?

The graph of median home prices below is very erratic for 2 reasons: 20194 is a small zip code with relatively light sales volume and the prices are for all types of property....apartment style condos as well as townhouses and single family homes.

 One month might feature many condo sales, while another might have just single family transactions. Result? Wide price disparity from one month to another....read more http://actvra.in/t2S

 

 

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Old Home. Different Light. Digital Painting and Photography 

Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

Photography and digital painting have been dancing for 20 years.
 
Digital painting has been around since the mid 1980s with MacPaint, Corel Painter and Photoshop.
 
The invention of sensitive touch screen devices like the Ipad have made it much more fun than using a mouse.
 
 
 
 
Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman
You use your finger for
 
brush and paint selection, and can control the result by the speed and pressure utilized.
 
The artistic tools available are almost endless and enable you to attempt many different styles. The photo above is very clean with almost no under painting....or layers...with much of the photo allowed to show through.
 
 
 
Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve BachmanAlternatively, you can create great depth using different brush sizes, and building deep layers, allowing very little of the original photo to show through and get get a sweet impressionistic look.
 
You do not need any art training to use the modern programs. In fact, they are art training in relatively painless form.
 
 
 
Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman
 
 
 
You mix paint, select brushes, determine style, and have at it without mixing mess or clean up.
 
Use a photo as an integral part of what you are doing or just as inspiration.
 
If you have an iphone, check out this site http://thebeginnerslens.com/ to get some instruction and ideas.
 

The paintograph above was created on an Ipad using Photoviva.

 

 

 

 
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Fairfax County Real Estate Market February 2012. Price History/Days on Market 

 

Washington monument amidst the blossoms

 

What is happening in the Fairfax County Real Estate market? That is the most frequently asked question we get.

There is no need to speculate; here are the major statistics through the month of January 2012.

  The cherry blossoms have come and gone but Fairfax County's low unemployment rate (half the national average) combined with record low interest rates have kept the price recovery motoring along....read more:

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Video: Homes for Sale in Clifton VA 20124. Little Rocky Run Photos. February 2012. 

 

Welcome to the Little Rocky Run February 2012 Single Family Home Sales Report and neighborhood photo tour.

 

 

 

 Little Rocky Run homes for Sale Clifton VAYes this is a pretty long post, with photos and a video.... the idea is to make kind of a mini website for the community.

If you are not familiar with the neighborhood, Little Rocky Run consists of 1653 single family (detached) homes and 1069 town houses on 950 acres with 250 acres of open space.....read more http://actvra.in/tDt

 

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Slugging. It's OK in Washington DC. Trust Me. 

 

Slug line to the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir....a Washington DC institution.
Pentagon with DC skyline

A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about transportation options for folks moving to a duty station at the Pentagon.

Alert reader Nancy Murray, a retired Navy commander who was stationed at the Pentagon some years back, left a comment that she had "slugged in from Fairfax Station".

I had  forgotten about THE SLUG LINE.

 

 

 


Slugging is a cross between organized hitch hiking and random carpooling.

It is human ingenuity at its best. As my friend Rich who slugs to the State Dept. says: "Slugging is an example of a government policy (HOV lanes) creating the desired  government result (cheap alternative transportation) without government involvement".

no this is not the Pentagon's north lotWhat is slugging? Well, slugging has become so organized and entrenched that is has its own superb website that explains the whole thing better than I can. http://www.slug-lines.com/:

The system of slugging is quite simple.

A car needing additional passengers to meet the required 3- person high occupancy vehicle (HOV) minimum pulls up to one of the known slug lines.

The driver usually positions the car so that the slugs are on the passenger side. The driver either displays a sign with the destination or simply lowers the passenger window, to call out the destination, such as "Pentagon," "L’Enfant Plaza," or "14th & New York."

The slugs first in line for that particular destination then hop into the car, normally confirming the destination, and off they go."

For a local interest story of real life slugging visit: Congressman joins the slugline



If you or friends are moving out of Northern Virginia ...away from Slug  Mountain views near Colorado SpringsCentral to the more peaceful climes of Colorado Springs and you need real estate assistance....a good place to start would be our alert reader friend Nancy Murray.

Nancy is a Realtor in Colorado Springs with knowledge of DC and miltary relocation...from both sides.

You can see Nancy's profile at: Nancy Murray  once you are at Nancy's profile, you can check out her Colorado Springs real estate blog by clicking on it over on the left side of the profile page.

She would be happy to help make your relocation a smooth one.

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Herndon Home Styles and Price Trends for Zip Codes 20171 and 20170 

Herndon Va

 

Thanks for stopping by our Herndon Home's Sales Report for February 2012.

Our goal here is to show the big picture of what is happening with  median home prices  as well as market activity.

If you have heard that real estate is doing terribly, look at the data below and make your own judgment. Northern VA's  unemployment  is one half the national average....read more:http://actvra.in/sHx

 

 

 

 

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Want a Job? Move to Reston. We Have Them for You and your Sister.

Welcome home to Reston VALive and work in Reston VA.

Sorry... this is a long blog post with lots of pictures.

If you have no interest in jobs or Reston don't read it.

It has to be long to scratch the surface of the economic and natural beauty that can be found here.

You can get to all these offices easily by bicycle or internal commuter bus.

It is time you relocate to the US' first planned community and the hottest job market in the country...most of the world comes here too! Makes for great food!!!....read more http://actvra.in/sCG
 

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Homes for Sale in Reston Zip Code 20190. February 2012 Real Estate Report. 

 

Reston Town Center

 

What homes are for sale in Reston zip code 20190 today?

 

What have prices been doing over the last year here?

 

Can you show me some unfiltered statistics so I can make up my own mind about future market trends?

 

 

 



 Welcome to the real estate market report for Reston Zip code 20190 for February 2012. The geographic area of Reston with the 20190 zip code is bounded by the toll road (267) and Route 606 (Baron Cameron.)...read more at: http://actvra.in/sBJ

 

 
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Townhouses for Sale in Reston VA 20191. Deepwood: Traditional Brick Townhomes. February 2012. 

 

 

Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for sale

 

John: I have always appreciated the care and creative thought that went into the design and layout of the neighborhoods in Reston Virginia.

I have been through the Deepwood neighborhood off Reston's Glade Drive many times and enjoyed the large trees and landscaping that makes that place so welcoming. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for sale

Even though it is convenient to everything, Deepwood seems to possess a sense of privacy... yet neighborliness.

  Would you start posting a monthly report showing all the Deepwood town homes for sale as well as those that have sold over the past few months?

Also post a bunch of pictures that I can send to my Mom so she can see what I am thinking of buying.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for sale

  

Steve: Happy to do so John.

However there are NO homes for sale in Deepwood as of today. This really is amazing and an indication of how tight the market is with a 3 year low in inventory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for sale
To see photos of sold property in the report below...once in the link, click on the mls number to expand the listing and click on the camera or movie reel icon to the left to see photos of the properties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oakton Va ground cover

 

 

   9 Homes have Sold In Deepwood in the Last 6 Months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for sale

 

 

 

 

 

Sue: What schools serve the Deepwood neighborhood?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for saleSteve: Deepwood is in the South Lakes High School pyramid and Hughes Middle School is actually at the back of the high school property so those two are really convenient.

Hunters Woods elementary is just a short hop down the road.

Here are links to these schools web sites.

Hunters Woods Elementary,

Hughes Middle School

and South Lakes High School

 

 

 

 



Check out the link to the Deepwood Home Owners Association while you are at it.

 






Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for saleIf you need more info or would like to schedule avisit to any of these homes please drop us a line and we will make the arrangements...no hassle, no pressure, just service.

 

 

 

 

If you would like to receive automatic emails of Homes for Sale in Reston you can set that up here: Jan and Steve’s Listing book. ( Give it a few seconds to load there are a lot of pictures in it) It is one of our search websites…you do need to register but NO ONE WILL BUG YOU! You can search like an agent for all homes in the DC metro area. 

 

 

Deepwood: Traditional Reston town houses for saleYou can also go to our Relocation Information site for great links to schools, government services and transportation options. 

 

 

 

 

 

Reston azaleas in the Spring

 

 

 

If you do not feel like registering on our "Listing Book" site above you can search without registering at

HomesByBachman

 

 

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Beer, Sofa Repair and Calamari. 

 

Have a pint at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

 Jimmy: What would you suggest I do in Old Town Herndon this afternoon since I get off work early.

By the way my wife is coming with me:

-we both like ale on tap

-we need some custom draperies and some reupholstery work done

-we want to sit down to a nice dinner with music.


Also did I mention that we want to walk no more than one hundred feet to accomplish all this since did I mention that we like ale on tap?...read more at: http://actvra.in/svJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunrise Fence Line. Loudoun County VA. Photograph. 

Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

Follow Jan and Steve at the places below

Jan and Steve Bachman are full time Realtors® with RE/MAX, specializing in Homes for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties.

 

Check us out on Google: Jan and Steve Bachman

 

              

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Black and White Photograph. Barn, Shed and House at Nightfall. Herndon VA. 

Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

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What's the price trend for Herndon home prices in zip code 20170 over the last 5 years?

The graph below shows the 5 year median sold prices for townhouses in red and single family detached homes in blue through the month of December 2011.

Hold your cursor over any specific month for exact figures...it's interactive and self updating....read more at http://actvra.in/tDw

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Welcome home to Franklin Glen

Welcome to the Franklin Glen February 2012 Single Family Home Sales Report and neighborhood photo tour. Thanks for stopping by.

One of our goals for our blog posts is to introduce you to outstanding neighborhoods you may have overlooked in your search for the next good place to live.

 

 

Franklin Glen is surrounded by local beauty

 

 

Our other goal is to keep Franklin Glen residents up to date on home sale activity in their neighborhood.

 

 The following reports will help you keep track of current home sales activity as well as sales trends over the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Franklin Glen is surrounded by local beauty

3 beautiful single family homes for saleand 3 Under Contract in Franklin Glen as of February 2, 2012

 

7 Single Family Homes Sold in Franklin Glen since June 1, 2011.

Once in the links click on the mls # to expand the listing and see the details. Click on the camera or movie reel icon to see whatever pictures there might be. 

 

 

 

 Franklin Glen is served by:   Lees Corner Elementary, Franklin Middle and Chantilly High schools.

Here are some recent photos of Franklin Glen with its autumn colors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin Glen has a very Nice Pool!

 

 

 

 

  

Nice pool eh?

If you are relocating to the Northern Virginia and need real estate assistance, drop us a line.

We're happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin Glen is surrounded by local beauty

 

If you would like to visit some of the Franklin Glen homes as they come on the market please drop us an email and we will make it happen.

 

 

 

 

Franklin Glen is surrounded by local beautyAlso, please feel free to set up your own automatic home search at http://janandsteve.listingbook.com/.

No one will bother you and all the listings that meet your specifications will come to an electronic organizer that you can access from your email. It's easy.

 
 
If you are a Franklin Glen home owner and want to receive a free market analysis of your home's current value, please let us know and we will get it to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is a warm day this February 1, 2012. Not quite as warm and green as it will be this summer in Chantilly Highlands.
 

 

 

 

 This beautiful neighborhood is conveniently located just off the Fairfax County parkway close to the employment centers of Herndon/Reston and Dulles.

 

 With an elementary school within its boundaries, pool, tennis and walking paths, Chantilly Highlands has proven to be a destination community for 25 years.

 

Stop in monthly to see what homes are available and follow the trend by checking out what has sold as well.

   
 

 

This report shows the NO homes are for sale in Chantilly Highlands as of February 1, 2012. 2 properties  are currently under contract: Homes Under Contract in Chantilly Highlands Oak Hill /Herndon VA 20171

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The following report shows the 10 homes that have sold in Chantilly Highlands since October 1, 2011: Homes Sold in Chantilly Highlands

 The links in these reports generally EXPIRE in 30 days from the date of this post and become non functioning.

 Check in monthly for current data. OR just drop us an email and we will send you the current sales figures or set you up on an auto search so that you will ALWAYS have current data.

 You can set up you own search at Jan and Steve's Listing Book.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Chantilly Highlands is a community of single family homes in Fairfax County located  between Herndon Virginia  and Chantilly.

 

 Dulles Airport is approximately 5 miles down the road as is the adult playground of Reston Town Center. Fair Lakes Mall and Fairfax Corner are 15 minutes in the other direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantilly Highlands Herndon/Oak Hill VA 20171Chantilly Highlands has Oak Hill Elementary school within its boundaries, a playground, a pool (home of the Chantilly Highlands Dolphins Swim Team), community center and tennis courts. 

 

 

 

It is conveniently located between the Fairfax County Parkway and Centreville road. The major Tech Corridor artery of Route 28 is 1.5 miles away. Chantilly High School and Franklin Middle School also serve the community. Transportation options, shopping and entertainment abound within a few miles in each direction of the community.

 

          

 

 

 

 chantilly highlands walking pathIf you would like to visit some of the Chantilly Highlands homes as they come on the market, please drop us an email and we will make it happen.

 

Also, if you live in Chantilly Highlands and would like a free analysis of the market value of your property, we are happy to provide it with no obligation and no sales pressure :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Franklin Farm Community Center Welcome to the Franklin Farm February 2012 Home Sales Report and community tour.

The following information lists current home sales activity as well as tracks sales trends over the last 4 months.

 

 

 

 

Franklin Farm Road

Single Family Homes for Sale in Franklin Farm as of February 1, 2012.

5 homes are currently on the market in the neighborhood.

Once in the listings, click on the MLS # to expand the listing and the camera icon to see any pictures there might be.

 

 

 

 

Franklin Farm Shopping Center Fountain

 

 

 

7 Single Family Homes Sold in Franklin Farm since October 1, 2011.

 

The average # of "Days on Market" of these homes was 52 with the median set at 51.

"Days on market" means the number of days it took to get a viable contract from the date the property went on the market. It is not the number of days from list date until settlement.

 

 

 

 

 


You don't often associate neighborhood aesthetics with a housing development.

 

 

 
 

  
Franklin Farm silos

However the planners of Franklin Farm have left open space and plenty of natural beauty in and around the neighborhood.

Its tree lined streets are inviting and its amenities and close proximity to employment and shopping make it a great place to live.

It should be on your short list of neighborhoods to visit if you are looking for a home in Western Fairfax County. 

 

 

 

 

A Franklin Farm pond at sunset

 

 

 

Take a photo tour of Franklin Farm in her autumn colors below, then come visit in person.

**For a full screen version of the tour click the link under the left corner of the tour below that says "Welcome to Franklin Farm"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of home style choices in Franklin Farm

 

Franklin Farm is served by

Oak Hill Elementary

Lees Corner Elementary,

 Scott Crossfield Elementary. 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections at Franklin Farm

 

 

Remember that school boundaries can change.

Always check with the school district to verify. For Fairfax County Schools go to this web page: http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Franklin Farm pond shot

 

Franklin Farm has 2 playgrounds, 2 pools with a great swim team: The Franklin Farm Froggers), a community center and tennis courts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice Franklin Farm Rambler

 

Conveniently located between West Ox road and Centreville road, with the Fairfax County Parkway only a couple of turns away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A different Franklin Farm pond late afternoon

 The major Tech Corridor artery of Route 28 is 1.5 miles away. Great schools serve the community and transportation options, shopping and entertainment abound.

 

 

 

 

 If you would like to visit some of the Franklin Farm homes that are on the market please drop us an email and we will make it happen.

Also, if you live in Franklin Farm and would like a free analysis of the market value of your property, we are happy to provide it with no obligation and no sales pressure :-)

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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An attempted short public essay on the topic of TRUST....with humor ventured
Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

 

I trust that my dogs will sit when I tell them. Except in close proximity to a squirrel. Unless I have a TREAT.

I trust that my cat will not sit when I tell it. Even if I have a treat. I do no have a cat. You cannot trust them.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

I trust that my wife likes me. She has since she was 20. I like her too. Since I was 20. She is my first and last wife. This I trust.

I generally want to be liked more than loved. Like is a positive, friendly, warm emotional response.

Love is a commitment. Loyalty in the face of adversity, helpfulness in time of need, courtesy when none should be given, self sacrifice on behalf of the one loved...whether  "liked" at that moment or month or months.

True friends love you, your acquaintances do not.

Forget it. I will take being loved over being liked. Although I do want to be liked by those I love and those that love me.

These things I trust.

 

 

 



Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

I love my children. I do not always like them. They feel the same way about me. This I trust.

I trust that if I purchase a used car, the results will be excellent. Experience bears this out.

If I recommend a particular used car to my mother-in-law, it will be the worst LEMON ever to wear four wheels. Experience bears this out.

This I trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman
 

 

 

I trust America's founding principles. I know that we as a nation will not always honor those principles or do the right thing.

Yet we have proved over time that we will provide shelter to the oppressed and disadvantaged when the self proclaimed, more enlightened countries have closed their doors.

We are a country that over time corrects her mistakes. May we continue.

In this I hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman

 

I trust that if I buy a deluxe snow-blower based on recent humongous storms, that no significant accumulation will occur for the next 7 years. That is a worthwhile investment.

I trust that my Sears lawn mower will start as it has for the last 21 years despite neglect and abuse.

If my Sears lawn mower does not start. I will buy another Sears lawn mower. Trust me.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Virginia Landscape Photographer and Realtor Steve Bachman
I've discovered that some of the darkest, saddest moments of  life contain the most useful, long lasting, even beautiful revelations of underlying truth.

The hurt will linger and often just be hiding. I trust that this will continue to be my experience.

Time does heal. Pain you never thought would relent can diminish. I hope time continues to offer this balm.

God never guaranteed me an easy life, filled with non-stop fun and happiness.

He does offer contentment and comfort in time of sadness in this life and an amazing experience in the next, if I trust His promises and ask for His forgiveness. I trust God.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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The Northern Virginia Real Estate Market. Prices and Trends January 2012. Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties. 

 

center for innovative technologies Herndon VA

 

 

Real estate might be bad shape in other areas of the country but not in Northern Virginia.

Even though the buyer's market ended in the first part of 2009, we are often contacted by folks who want to know where the bargains are...where they can buy a house for 75% of market value.

Frankly, that is almost impossible to do any more. Even at the courthouse where the foreclosure auctions are held, property routinely goes for 90% of fixed up market value.

That gives very little dollar room for flipping or fixing unpleasant title surprises....

.....this whole post with charts and graphs can be seen right here:       http://actvra.in/rsC

 

 

 

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photo courtesy of photoexpress.com

 

If you are relocating to Fairfax County VA and you have a Special needs child or adult in your care...be encouraged.

Fairfax has tremendous resources at your disposal: education programs, transportation, Special Olympics and Special Needs sports and Aquatic programs as well as child and elder care.

 

 



 Below are some links to Fairfax County programs that may be of help:

Fairfax County Special Needs Educational Resources:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/dspd/educ_children.htm

Fairfax County Kinship Care: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov
/dfs/kinship/



Fairfax County Special Needs Registery: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/specialneeds/


More Options: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Fairfax County Special Needs Aquatics Programs



Fairfax County Special Olympics

 

Transportation for Seniors

 

Dept of Rehabilitation Services

 

 

 

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Foreclosures in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William Counties. November 9, 2011 

 

 

We will be posting the Bank Owned homes  (property that has already been foreclosed on and now offered to the public through real estate agents) for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties every few weeks. If you need immediate data, please email us.

When folks talk about buying forclosures, bank owned homes (REO's) are generally what they are talking about.

 

 

 

 

 

These reports below expire within 30 days so keep checking back. Please drop us an email if you have any questions.

We have helped many buyers acquire these homes over the years and we also work with investors.

 

 

 

 

****If you are interested in the process of the foreclosure auction itself, you can read a bit here: On the Courthouse steps****

 

 

 

 

These reports expire in 30 days so please check back regularly for updates

Prince William County: 102 Bank Owned homes are on the market as of November 9, 2011. Here is a link to this report: Prince William Foreclosures

 

Loudoun County 67 Bank Owned homes are on the market in Fairfax County as of November 9, 2011.  Loudoun Foreclosures

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfax County: 181 Bank Owned homes are on the market in Fairfax County as of November 9, 2011.
Fairfax Foreclosures

 

***For more information about the foreclosure process please visit our website at  Distressed Properties

 

 

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Night photos of Seattle from the Space Needle (edit/delete)

 

Seattle's space needle at night

 

Seattle's space needle at night

 

Seattle's space needle at night

 

 

Seattle's space needle at night

 

Seattle's space needle at night

 

Seattle's space needle at night

Our adventure to the Seattle area is over :-(  What a great place to visit and I would live there in a heartbeat, rain or no rain.

 As far as taking better photos is concerned, I would ship a better tripod and use a remote control shutter button, especially for night shots. I bought a cheap light weight travel tripod that swayed in the wind and moved when I depressed the shutter button.

I lost my remote shutter release somewhere and should have bought another. If you are beginning your journey to better photography land as I am, crystal clear night photos demand a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter control since the shutter must remain open a LONG time without any movement in order to let in enough light to make a photo. I propped the camera up on various things as a substitute for a tripod and did OK but not as good as I would like.

Here is information about the Seattles space needle from the wikipedia:

"The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high at its highest point and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.[5] It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude,[6] which would protect the structure against an earthquake as powerful as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. The tower also has 25 lightning rods on its roof to prevent lightning damage.

The Space Needle features an observation deck at 520 feet (160 m), and a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet (150 m).[5] From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle in a prominent position, even appearing to tower above the rest of the city's skyscrapers, as well as Mount Rainier in the background. This occurs because the tower, which is equivalent in height to a 60-story building, stands more than a kilometer northwest of most downtown skyscrapers.

Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle via elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). The trip takes 43 seconds, and some tourists wait in hour-long lines in order to ascend to the top of the tower. On windy days, the elevators are slowed down to a speed of 5 miles per hour (2.2 m/s). The Space Needle was designated a historic landmark on April 19, 1999 by the City's Landmarks Preservation Board.[5][7]

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I Love You.          Friday Photo 

 

 

I love you

 

Our neighbor since he was a baby, Nick..... and his bride Jenna.

Click here to see photo of waiting for the bride

   
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Pentagon Public Transportation Options. PCS to the Pentagon. 

 

Pentagon with DC skyline

 

PCS to the Pentagon. What are the public transportation options?

You are coming to work at the Pentagon...
you've moved 6 times already so you know the ropes.

Rope #2 is often a combination of: " where shall I live so that I can get to work on time and still function"

 

 

 

 


Pentagon Bus Stop
OK.... the vehicular traffic in the Washington DC area IS exactly what you have heard.

If you want to drive no more than 15 minutes and be at your desk at 0700 then you need to live in Arlington no more than 3 miles from the desk. 

That choice also gives you the easiest access to Washington DC for both work and entertainment options across the river.

Expect to pay a pricing premium for your new domicile since much of the world also wants to live in Arlington for the same reasons.

 



Loudoun County beauty

( the photo to the left is to remind you that Northern VA is not all concrete and steel)

If you need to travel frequently to Ft. Belvoir or Quantico Marine base, then you may want to consider living along the route 95 south and Route 1 corridors in Fairfax County VA or further south in Prince William County.

This does somewhat limit your Metrorail options on those days when you are only going to the Pentagon, but there are plenty of bus routes to choose from.


 Prince William county offers the most affordable housing options among the close-in VA counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William....the definition of "close in" is extremely relative of course, especially if you've come from a base that was surrounded by nature, not people.

Also, the 95 South/Route 1 corridor  (They run parallel) offers the most Pentagon car pooling options of  any area plus SLUGGING.

  Pentagon City metro stop
If you would like to take Metrorail (our subway system) to work, you can have a relatively easy Washington commute since the Pentagon has its own stop.

Here is the map of the metro system: Metro to the Pentagon

For the early riser who wants to live WAY out in the most affordable areas of Virginia and still take public transportation, Virginia Railway Express runs in from Fredericksburg, south of Quantico Marine base and also runs in from the west from Manassas. Here is the rail site:  VA Railway Express   once inside, click on "Service Information" along the top bar, then choose "System map" from the drop down box.


Pentagon Construction 1942

 

  For the Pentagon's very accurate take on area transportation click: Pentagon

Here is a link to our own relocation's page. It has the school and county web site links as well as home search options.


Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: Teaching Children to Swim Well. Summer Swim Teams. What Are They? 

 

 

 

 Link to video: http://youtu.be/Ytkg8y37-Bw

 

 

Learn to Swim in Herndon VA

 

At Boy Scout camp one summer when I was 16, a group of us were training to become life guards.

One of the requirements for that as well as for a badge we all wanted to earn, was to swim a mile non-stop.

 

 

 

 



I think it took me and the rest of our group 45 minutes or so with lots of side stroke, resting back stroke and all kinds of labor saving methodologies to survive it. All accept Craig Bartlett. Craig was 12-13 and he finished in about 20 minutes, swimming free-style (crawl stroke) the whole way.Learn to Swim in Herndon VA

The adults beside the pool were all yelling at him to slow down so he wouldn't fail. He didn't slow down and he hopped out of the pool and strolled off to an ovation from astonished viewers.

The rest of us stayed in the water thrashing about for another 30 minutes. The difference between Craig and the rest of us was that he had been on a summer swim team since he was 6 years old. The rest of us had just had the usual local swimming lessons that are still taught today.

Learn to Swim in Herndon VAWe all thought Craig was some kind of superman and he was held in awe from that day forward. Now that I am an adult, I know that Craig was not an anomoly.

I have seen many younger children swim that far in less time as well as see them swim backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly as well as the usual freestyle that we all have attempted to learn.


So, if you want your children or grandchildren to REALLY be able to swim well. Get them on a swim team. The usual requirements are generally that they be water safe. Meaning that they can tread water for a minute and swim one length of the pool one their belly and one on their back....however ugly in form and style :-)

Summer swim teams are a combination of advanced swimming lessons and introduction to competitive swimming. Here they will learn to swim like my childhood friend Craig Bartlett or better.

 

 

photos by swim dad David Yurashus

   
 

 

 
 
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Video: Hungry in Herndon? Stone's Cove KitBar. Come on Baby Let's Go.

 

Stone's Cove Kitbar Herndon VA

Hey if you are looking for a restaurant review, this isn't it. My definitional of good food is any food that I DON'T have to Cook MYSELF and clean up from.

However, if I even bother to take the time to write about a place....I like it. AND I am happy to go back.

 


Video: Hungry in Herndon? Stone's Cove KitBar. Come on Baby Let's Go.
If the food is good I am happy, but if the service is not pleasant and friendly I am not going back. I don't care how good the food is.

Around western Fairfax, there are plenty of eateries options and I do not enjoy spending money to get poor or indifferent service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone's Cove Kitbar Herndon VA

Hey, if you enjoy being treated with indifference, you can get that almost anywhere for free.

So Stone's Cove Bar, Herndon VA. I am going back. I was happy. Six of us went and we probably ate a third of the menu.

We agreed that there was not one thing that we would not have again.

We ate mostly tapas or small plates. If you have never eaten this way, it is like making a meal of appetizers. Heck, I did this before I even knew what tapas was. I always thought that the appetizers were the best part of most restaurant meals and the rest seemed like filler. Now you can go to a place that only serves the best part...no fillers. How good is that?
stones cove kitbar

Service was stellar in my opinion. Three guys waited on us and they were personable, humorous and attentive but not overly so. I was a waiter in  4-5 restaurants in high school and college so I know good service from both sides, and these guys are good!

Did I say the wait staff was great? I know, but it is worth saying again. One reason is that much more is required of them than slingin' hash. They are known as cheftenders and have multiple responsibilities including cooking, beverage prep, cleaning in addition to service.

So.... if you cannot tell yet, my family likes this place and advises you to check it out.

 

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Whole Lotte Love, yoja chingu.

Terri: I am not a person that just wants to eat meat and potatoes all the time and I am sorely dissapointed in the produce and international food sections of the standard local markets. Do you have any suggestions for alternative shopping venues not too far from Chantilly Highlands?


Steve: You are in luck. Chantilly Highlands and Franklin Farm are
only 1.5 miles from the Shangri La of international food emporiums. Lotte......The produce section is about 3 times the size of your basic Safeway or Giant's section and the prices are usually 1/3 to 1/2 that of other stores with nowhere near the selection.

Fresh snow peas generally run $4/lb at the Giant...Lotte had them for $.99/lb last week. Normally they run around $1.5/lb. (I love snow peas can you tell)Bean sprouts are $.79/lb and are of awesome quality. The seafood selection cannot be matched anywhere and the guys will clean your catch at no extra charge.

Tom: Do they have Vietnamese, Spanish, Indo/Pak, Korean,
Chinese and Japanese sauces and specialties and 20 different kinds of soy sauce?

Steve: Yes, and they have a sushi counter that is cheaper than you can get anywhere I have seen and the guy will make it custom if you want. There is a bakery, a food court, Asian cooking and serving implements, optometry and kitchen and bath remodeling. I am not making this up.

 

Green onions: Seven 1 inch bundles for a buck, frozen pot stickers at 1/2 the price of Giant and 40 times the selection. There are isles dedicated to the different cuisines. We got 6 full bags of stuff there last week for $27 ...unbelievable.

Sue: Can you tell me how to use this stuff to make an amazing concoction out of Ramen which you can buy 6 packs for a buck?

Steve: OK Sue. Get your Ramen and follow the directions. Put sliced
mushrooms in the water at the start. Cook a couple minutes then add the noodles as directed, then with one minute left to go throw in some snow peas, bean sprouts, seafood mix (or sliced meat of your choice) turn off the heat and use scissors to top it off with cut green onion tops and cilantro ($.79 for a big bunch).

 

Then you can sauce it up as you see fit. We use hoisin and red pepper sauce to create what we call  "fast faux Pho" (Pho, pronounced FA is a Vietnamese soup...you probably have seen the stores in your local strip shopping center with names like Pho 90 or Pho 27 or some variation)

After a hard day of showing property to clients, we will make this version of Ramen and have pot stickers to go with it. Takes about 15 minutes total and is extremely non boring. Check it out yoja chingu..... it's a trip.

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 Guest blog today from William Feela in MN.....always with a smile! If you have friends or family out his way, have them check him out. His contact info is at the bottom so you can read more of his stuff.

As citizens, sometimes we just can't take anymore.

We are told for our own safety, we should not fight back during a crime.  But, not all people believe in that.  In fact, many take it upon themselves to stop the crime before any help can even be summoned.  Many are successful and many are not.  Some even bring a smile to your face.  This is one of them...

An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her car.  She dropped her bags, and drew her handgun from her purse and proceeded to scream at the top of her lungs...

"I have a gun and I know how to use it.  GET OUT OF THE CAR !!!

The four men didn't wait for a second threat.  They got out and ran like mad.

The lady, now somewhat shaken proceeded to load her shopping bags into the car.  She got into the front seat but was shaking so much that she couldn't get the key into the ignition.   She tried and tried and then realized why.

It was the same reason taht she sondered why there was a football, a frisbee and 2-12 packs of beer in the front seat.

A few minutes later she found her car parked 5 spaces down.  She loaded her bags and drove to the police station to report what she had down.  The Sargent whom she told the story to couldn't stop laughing.

He pointed to the other end of the counter where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad elderly lady described as white less than 5 feet tall, glasses, curly white hair and carrying a hand gun.

No Charges were filed.

MORAL...If you are going to have a senior moment...make it memorable.

 
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Buying a home in Northern Virginia? Making sense of the tax credits and interest rates. 

Reston's North Point shopping Center

 

 

 

Tom: We plan to buy a home in Northern Virginia. It will be our first one. I have to say that it is hard to keep track of all the opinions regarding the  future of mortgage interest rates and the various tax credit options available to us. Can you send us links to videos or web sites that have helped your clients?

 



Steve: Tom you are not alone. Everyone feels the way you do. We will give you some Reston's Baldwin Grove Community-awesome locationgood links below, but let us offer some counsel first.

We believe that you should enjoy the home buying process and that it should proceed at a sane pace regardless of  the deluge of information that assaults you. To that end:

 

 

 


Can't get more convenient than Reston Town Center condos!

 

 

Determine how much home you can comfortably afford. You want to enjoy your new place, not be a slave to it. A good mortgage lender can help you with this. The first step in the home buying process should be to get prequalified. We can send you a list of great local lenders that our clients have enjoyed. Just drop us a line and we will email it out.

Determine that you can happily live in the new place for 4-5 years. You will not be able to turn around and sell it in 2-3 years and break even after your expenses.

Only buy a home if YOU REALLY LIKE IT ! This seems self evident, but sometimes clients get frustrated with the process and start to settle for something they do not really like. You need to be realistic in your analysis of what you can afford and what the market offers in that range.....but don't give in after seeing a handful of properties.

 

Summer's comingOn average, in this market with a small inventory of homes in great shape, our first time buyer clients generally like to look at 10-15 properties before they feel they have a sense of what they really want in a home.

Home buyers who have owned before usually know what they want from years of experience, but that is not your situation.

Northern Virginia offers a tremendous selection of style and price for condos, town houses and single family homes close to employment and major transportation routes...so take your time and get a home you feel a real connection with.

Tom: That is good to know. I do not want to feel pushed or rushed
Reston's founder Bob Simon in ice at Lake Anneby anyone.

Jan: Tom, here are links to solid resources:

Federal Tax credit site


Federal Tax credit video

Understanding interest rates

Also, here is a great tool to have for searching for homes for sale in Northern Virginia: Jan and Steve's Search Like an Agent.

Just sign up and search away...no one will bother you. Drop us a line if you have questions. We are happy to help.
 

 

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Reston to Seattle? Meet Frank Kliewer guest blogger

2010 February 17
 

Welcome guest blogger Frank Kliewer from the Seattle area.

He is an outstanding real estate agent, artist and photgrapher. If you know folks headed his way, please have them touch base with Frank and his partner  Nina Cross.

They will take good care of your friends real estate needs and make the whole process enjoyable.

Whimsical Wednesday — Puget Sound
Rocks!

Below
are a series of rock sculptures along a shoreline of Puget Sound in
Washington State.

This type of construction is a popular art form in the area, to be
found in surprising places, including formal gardens and backyard
spaces. If you look really close you can see a new piece under
construction.

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There
is always something fun to discover in the Puget Sound area. Come and
visit if you get the chance.

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can assist you in the greater Seattle area with our 50 + years of
combined real estate experience, just give us a call.

Frank and Nina

Frank Kliewer 206.794.9900
Frank@FranksList.com

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Schools in Reston Virginia plus school comparison websites. 

Reston Town Center welcomes you

 

 

 

Diane: We are planning to move to the Reston Virginia area. What can you tell us about the schools there?

 

 

 

 



Steve: Reston is located in Fairfax County Virginia. The resources at your disposal for evaluating your child's education options are extensive and thorough.

This post will give you the addresses of the Buzz Aldrin elementary in North Point, Restonschool web sites that our clients have found most helpful . Click here for the main page for the Fairfax County school system


Diane: How do I know which schools serve a home I might consider buying?

Steve: Go to Fairfax County's school boundary site and enter the address of the prospective property. You will be given the elementary, middle and high school that currently serves that home. There is also a phone number for you to double check to see if any boundary changes are anticipated.



No school in Reston today

 

 

 

 

Fairfax County schools are divided into clusters then subdivided into pyramids named for the high school that tops the pyramid.



 The following site will also show the elementary and middle schools that feed into it. Reston is in cluster 8 and is served by the South Lakes high school pyramid. Click the link and scroll down past Oakton until you get to South Lakes

Diane:
Are there any independent school evaluation sites you know of?

Jan:
Here are three sites that our clients have found valuable.
No school today? Go to Reston Town Center

Great Schools

School Digger

School Matters

Sam:
How about private schools in Reston?

Jan: The Fairfax County website lists schools alphabetically by town. Click here for Reston private schools.

 

Schools in Reston, Reston schools, schools that serve reston, what reston school serves my neighborhood

 

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We are fortunate to live here...even if we don't always dance. 

 

With our tough traffic and steep fall in home prices since 2005, you mayHe's happy to live in Northern Virginia feel put upon. But count your blessings. Our unemployment rate is half the national average and homes under $400k are flying off the shelf often with multiple offers on them (yes...it is true). Our housing inventory is half of what it was this time last year.

That's good news for our residents, our economy and our real estate market…… the economic news might be bad nationwide, but the Washington DC metropolitan area in general and Northern Virginia specifically is financially strong.

 

 

 

Manassas Battlefield Park

 

 

 

 

Our median family income is far and away the best in the country. Of the top 20 counties nationwide, 9 are in our area: 6 in Northern Virginia and 3 in suburban Maryland.The last complete year available is 2008. It looks as if Loudoun will be slightly ahead of Fairfax for 2009...but it's all good news for those who live her and our new friends who are coming in the future.

Check the numbers below and be happy!

 

US counties with the highest median family incomes for 2008

 

1 Fairfax County, Virginia          $100,318

2 Loudoun County, Virginia        $99,371

3 Howard County, Maryland       $94,260

4 Hunterdon County, New Jersey  $93,297

5 Douglas County, Colorado         $92,125

6 Somerset County, New Jersey   $91,688

7 Morris County, New Jersey        $89,587

8 Montgomery Cty, Maryland     $87,624

9 Arlington County, Virginia          $87,350

10 Nassau County, New York        $85,994

11 Marin County, California           $85,892

12 Stafford County, Virginia        $85,014

13 Calvert County, Maryland         $84,891

14 Santa Clara County, Ca           $84,838

15 Forsyth County, Georgia          $83,682

16 San Mateo County, Ca            $82,123

17 Putnam County, New York        $81,907

18 Williamson County, Tenn          $81,449

19 Prince William County, Va      $80,783

20 Alexandria City, Va                  $80,449

 

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Don't let your kid face ridicule at the Acapulco Princess' pool 

Avoid Later Blame

Sign up for the Chantilly Highlands Dolphins Swim Team in April!

The Answerman


Ted:
Whenever I attempt to make helpful suggestions to my children as to how toSign us up for the Dophin's swim team! improve one of their skill sets or behavior patterns, somehow it always turns out that their shortcomings are my fault. This happens with my spouse too.

Answerman: Give me an example.

Ted: Well, I asked my daughter, politely, if she would clean up her room, she responded that it would be perfectly clean all the time, if I did not insist that she attend school. When I mentioned to my wife that her mood should be adjusted to a more gentle, quiet, co-operative mode of being, she responded that if I provided her with servants, a personal shopper, live in chef and laundress, her mood would be one that I would definitely find acceptable. The short comings of this world seem to have me as their source.

Answerman: You must still be young, Ted. Basically, this is part of being a man that no one ever tells you about. If they did, there would be no marriage, no children and the human race would shortly be holding very small, short swim meets.

Ted: Is there nothing I can do?

Answerman: Yes Ted there is hope. You must take pre-emptive action. In 20 years when someone makes fun of your son Teddy’s splashy, go nowhere, grunting swim stroke at the pool of the Acapulco Princess during a marketing convention, you do not want him to be able to say, “My parents were too pathetic, short sighted, and self centered to make sure that I developed a smooth, elegant, strong, safe, swimming style by signing me up for the Chantilly Highland’s Summer Swim Team.”

Ted: No I certainly don’t want to be blamed for that. What can I do...and why are you writing this when it's snowing and sign up is not intil April?

Answerman: Ted you must sign your son up for the Dolphin’s swim team. I'm writing now, so that there is time for you to plan...also Teddy must be able to at least swim one length of the pool on his back and one on his belly, in order to be on the team....if he can't... get him over to the Cub Run REC Center pool, the Reston YMCA, or Herndon Community center for some lessons. The Dolphin's coaches will take him forward from there.
 
Check the Dolphins website in a few weeks, for the correct registration times and go to the neighborhood Community Center and  register this April...it's very inexpensive.
 
You can learn more at the swim team website: http://www.chdolphins.net , there will also be a registration form there that you can fill out in advance.

You can also watch this space for the Answerman's advice for new swim team parents. He will attempt to answer  your questions regarding the philosophical underpinnings of the Aquatic Ethic, psychological insight into human interaction poolside, and other deep analysis of the human condition as well as the best things to eat at the snack bar during swim meets held at the Franklin Farm pool.
 
 

 
 
 
Doris: I have been going to your  swim blog in the hopes of getting the daily guidance I need, and you haven’t updated that sorry thing since last summer.

Answerman: Truth, beauty, and the Answerman’s comments are not bound by time, Doris.

 

 

 

 

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Slug line to the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir....a Washington DC institution. 

Slug line to the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir....a Washington DC institution.

A few days ago I wrote a blog post about transportation options for folks
Pentagon with DC skyline moving to a duty station at the Pentagon. An alert reader, Nancy Murray a retired Navy commander who was stationed at the Pentagon some years back left a comment that she had "slugged in from Fairfax Station". I had  forgotten about THE SLUG LINE.

 

 

 


Slugging is a cross between organized hitch hiking and random carpooling. It is human ingenuity at its best. As my friend Rich who slugs to the State Dept. says: "Slugging is an example of a government policy (HOV lanes) creating the desired  government result (cheap alternative transportation) without government involvement".

no this is not the Pentagon's north lotWhat is slugging? Well, slugging has become so organized and entrenched that is has its own superb website that explains the whole thing better than I can. http://www.slug-lines.com/:

The system of slugging is quite simple. A car needing additional passengers to meet the required 3- person high occupancy vehicle (HOV) minimum pulls up to one of the known slug lines. The driver usually positions the car so that the slugs are on the passenger side. The driver either displays a sign with the destination or simply lowers the passenger window, to call out the destination, such as "Pentagon," "L’Enfant Plaza," or "14th & New York." The slugs first in line for that particular destination then hop into the car, normally confirming the destination, and off they go."

For a local interest story of real life slugging visit: Congressman joins the slugline


If you or friends are moving out of Northern Virginia ...away from Slug
 Mountain views near Colorado SpringsCentral to the more peaceful climes of Colorado Springs and you need real estate assistance....a good place to start would be our alert reader friend Nancy Murray. Nancy is a Realtor in Colorado Springs with knowledge of DC and miltary relocation...from both sides. You can see Nancy's profile at: Nancy Murray  once you are at Nancy's profile, you can check out her Colorado Springs real estate blog by clicking on it over on the left side of the profile page. She and her partner Ann Knoll would be happy to help make your relocation a smooth one.
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Home buyer tax credit forms. Link to the IRS site...better yet hire a Tax Pro. (edit/delete)

If you have purchased a home in 2009 and have not yet filed your taxes, tax money back in your pocketwe encourage you to consult a tax professional. There are tax advantages that you may not be aware of if you have not owned before. In addition to the interest you pay each month, there are most likely additional deductible items on the  HUD1 form that you received at settlement.
 

 

 

 

Doing your own taxes?

 

 

Also, if you do decide to do your own taxes, make sure that if you are eligible for the home buyer tax credit that you get the right forms from the IRS. Here is one of the links to do that: IRS tax credit forms.

 

 

 

 

The experience of our buyer clients is that it  pays to hire a tax pro... at Get a tax pro to help you clean upleast the first time you purchase a home since they will often save you far more than they cost. All good ones should be up front and open about their fees, so that you can make an informed decision.
  

 

 

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What is that White Building Across From Reston Town Center?

Casper: I have seen this older looking white building across Reston Ave from Reston Town Center. Do you know what it is? It has been there for years.

Jan Bachman: This building housed the office of our primary real estate settlement attorney back in the early 1980’s, I learned a bit about it when cooling my heels in his waiting room…. it has a great history and we are glad that it has been saved. In the 1940’s, A.C. Bowman lived in the house and produced, “Virginia Gentleman Bourbon Whiskey from the distillery that was on the property behind the house. Distilling continued until 1988 when the company moved south to Fredericksburg VA. In the 1960’s, the house was sold to Robert E. Simon. Simon, who helped develop Madison Square Garden in NYC and whose family owned Carnegie Hall, liked the idea of the European piazza and as such, was instrumental in creating the Reston of today.

Robert E. Simon sits in BronzeHow Reston Got Its Name

Reston, named for Robert E. Simons initials R-E-S with the English word for town T-O-N, was one of the first planned communities in the nation. The site, located along Old Reston Avenue, was purchased by Bowman in 1927 and served as his family’s estate. The Bowman mansion oversaw the family business, the Virginia Gentleman bourbon distillery, which is now the location of the Sallie Mae building.

Prison Fellowship bought the property in July 1983 and built the office buildings to house the organization’s staff. Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by former Nixon aide, Chuck Colson, who became a born-again Christian after a seven month prison stay for his role in the Watergate conspiracy. The organization, now led by former Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley, has become the world’s largest religious outreach program for prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.

When my husband (Steve, the regular blog author) and I first moved to Reston, there was no Reston Town CenterTown Center, no toll road, no Reston north of Route 606 and the Smith Bowman distillery was in full function…lots of changes since then!

Check out the Reston Museum for the most acurate historical

information regarding the development of this beautiful planned

community.

 

 

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Should I Buy a Foreclosure? I have seen a lot of Bank owned homes online in Northern Virginia.

John: Should I buy a foreclosure? I have heard from coworkers that there are unbelievable prices on bank owned, foreclosed homes in Prince William…I am renting a townhouse near Fair Lakes and want buy something bigger than I am renting. I work at Tysons Corner, and don’t mind the commute I have now... but I know I can’t get a single family home around here for under $400k. I think I could stand driving more, if I can get more house. Is it possible to get some halfway decent bank owned homes under 10 years old in Prince William county?

Steve Bachman: Yes,there are plenty available in Prince William, however you may want to consider Herndon and Sterling as well, which is a lot closer to where you work. Jan and I just got back from showing 5 3+ bed, 2+ bath single family, detached homes in those communities under $400k that had sold in 2005-6 for over $500k. No joke.

However, you are faced with the classic choice that buyers face in every metro area...far out, bigger and cheaper...close in, smaller and more expensive. Should you decide to move further out in Loudoun or Prince William counties, we believe that you need to be able to commit to that home for…. at least 5 years. No one knows when the market will turn and there is a lot of inventory that has to be bought up before prices can rise …AND builders are still building adding to the problem. This situation can be found all the way over to the river in Woodbridge and down into Stafford and beyond.

Roger: Why do you think that prices in Loudoun and Prince William have fallen faster than in Fairfax, Arlington etc…the inner suburbs?

Steve Bachman: Warning Roger... this is a long answer...Some observations and speculation….. Prince William and Loudoun have fallen further then Fairfax mainly due to over-building. There is no room to build sprawling developments in Fairfax anymore...no available land…..houses go on the market one at a time as the individual seller has motivation.

In the outlying areas, hundreds of homes were coming on the market all at once in 2003-2006…competing for buyers with regular re-sale homes. Since Fairfax and areas in toward DC are closer to employment...there is more demand from folks all over the US and the world, with deep pockets who have no interest in a 90 minute commute. All this building was started before gasoline was priced where it is now...if folks worked in close to the city...they started to think twice about that long drive to and from….weighing the gasoline expense against the cheaper price of housing further out.

In addition to the glut of new homes…the easy credit that fueled the building and buying frenzy dried up. Many first time buyers came out of their rentals during the time of easy credit and poured out to Loudoun and Prince William, drawn by the desire for new homes. Since many of them were just barely able to qualify under easy credit standards, if they had any life crisis (divorce, job loss, sickness etc.)They needed to try to sell the homes they just bought, or re-finance them….. but they could do neither.

Credit had tightened, the builders were hurting because of the credit situation as well, and were dropping their asking prices far below what they had just sold the new-built homes for to that last wave of eager buyers. People ended up owing $400k on homes that would now only bring $325k IF they could sell…they couldn’t re-finance(the home would not appraise for what they owed)…and they couldn’t sell… hence the increase in short sale attempts and properties headed toward foreclosure.

There is a lot of stress on sellers now…it is not a pretty picture...however the seller’s pain has become the buyer's gain. These difficulties have opened opportunities for buyers who were on the sidelines or locked out during the price run up of 2002-2005. Some prices have fallen back to 2003 levels.

We just contracted a townhouse in the below $250k, that was purchased for $350k in 2005. Another client ratified a contract on a 5 bedroom single family home in Manassas at $350k on a home that sold for $550k in 2005. Opportunities exist...but the market is unpredictable ...that is why we tell prospective buyers that they need to plan to be in a home for 5 years...there is no more easy flipping or getting in and out in 2 years without a loss, unless you are really knowledgeable and are willing to fund significant repairs.

If you want to pursue bank owned foreclosed property you need to be patient and have a tough stomach…some of these properties can be very, very rough....in addition there may be delays caused by problems getting the bank to come up with a clear title. In summary, great opportunity exists...but patience, care and an eye toward the longer run are necessary.

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How did Reston get its Name?

Marnie: How did Reston get its name…from being a restful place to live?

Steve: No Marnie, Reston is a peaceful place to live…but the name Reston was derived from the initials ofBob Simon, father of Reston, sits in bronze at Lake Anne Robert E. Simon, the man behind the outstanding design, vision, and creation of Reston. That is a sculpture of him above sitting on a bench at Lake Anne Center. I will write about the history of Reston from time to time, since it is an intriguing topic for anyone interested in real estate development and the thought process that goes into designing a livable community…rather then just slapping up some The Head of Reston's founder Bob Simonbuildings, selling them and running off to do it again somewhere else.

The following quote is from the Washington Post 2004:

“Robert E. Simon Jr. is the pioneer behind the groundbreaking planned community of Reston, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. Reston’s European-style plaza, clustered townhomes, centerpiece lake, and contemporary architecture are studied by planning and architecture students across the country. Named by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a national planning landmark, Reston is a classic study in community planning. Simon, who turns 90 next month, moved back to enjoy his creation 11 years ago.”

Source: Washington Post, Mar 25, 2004

What was he thinking?

Marnie: Do you have some quotes from any speeches made by Mr. Simon which give some background into his thought process?

Steve: Yes …..the following quote is from his Genesis speech in 1961:

More Lake Anne Center“This brings me to 1961. A representative of the Washington real-estate firm of Shannon & Luchs was given the assignment to sell a 6,750-acre parcel of Virginia countryside. He spoke to Jim Lannegan in New York, hoping to interest Roger Stevens, but instead Jim called a friend of his, Henry Wrightson. “Henry, do you know anybody that is interested in 6,000-odd acres in Virginia?” Henry replied, “Maybe, if you come on up and see me.” The person he had in mind, of course, was me. The project was really out of my area, but it seemed such a marvelous opportunity. The location was perfect. The foundations were just being laid for the magnificent Dulles Airport terminal building and construction crews were scratching away at the runways. An airport like that in what seems like a desert will cause the desert to flower. And Dulles Airport was being put into Fairfax County, then the single, fastest-growing county in the United States.

The property was about 18 miles from Washington, the nation’s capital and fastest-growing metropolitan Bob sits Benchingly in Bronzearea in the country. On top of this, the terrain was beautiful. It was an irresistible challenge, so I didn’t resist. What should be done with the land? With a parcel this size, the only conceivable single use was a bedroom community; and that, to me, was a repulsive idea. We began to think about a “New Town.” Of the many definitions of a New Town, I prefer the one given by Ada Louise Huxtable in the New York Times: a New Town is a large-scale development with residential, commercial, industrial, cultural and civic functions. In other words, a well-rounded community.

 

Marnie: Is Mr. Simon still alive…I hope so...... he sounds like such a good guy?

Steve: Yes Marnie Mr. Simon is alive and living in Reston at Lake Anne, where it all started. You can kind of visit him at the Lake Anne Plaza….his life size bronze sculpture sits on a park bench there. You can sit beside him after learning more about the very cool history of Reston at the Reston Museum.

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Reston Homes for Sale. Does finding them online need to be so Painful?


Cara: I'm looking for Reston homes for sale online. I must say that I am sorely disappointed with the old data I have come across on the main public home search programs... 4 of the 5 homes that I wanted more info. on turned out to have been sold or put under contract days (sometimes weeks) ago. What do you recommend I do?

Steve Bachman: Cara, the reason the big public home search programs are so out of date and such time wasters is that they have to pull info from hundreds of separate Multiple Listing Services from all over the country. It is a huge data transfer problem. We have 3 programs we use to help friends and clients search online. Right now this is the most popular: Search Like an Agent. If you click on that link it will take you to a search set up page. The data on the search site is normally updated no later than every 30 minutes, so it is the closest you can get to the Realtor’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Waterfront Town Homes Lake Anne Reston VA

 

You often see a home listed on a place like Realtor.com only to find that it went under contract 3 days ago…that should not happen here. Search live or set up an automated search that will email listings that meet your criteria. Just fill out the little form and accept the confirming email and your password will be sent right back to you and off you go. It’s free and easy. No one will bother you.

 

Cara: Is this some semi transparent attempt at blatant self promotion on your part?

Reston Town Center at night



Steve Bachman: If you have wandered around our blog much, you have probably noticed that we try very hard not to self promote. Hopefully you can tell from the tone of the writing that we are not annoying, painful people. We provide information. If you feel like contacting us, that’s great. If not, please have fun on our blog and search site.

Cara: What areas does the search cover?

Steve: The entire DC metro area. Virginia, DC and Maryland. Reston too of course. It is linked straight to the local Realtors MLS and only acquires data from there. That is one reason the data is fresh...it only has to pull from one local source of data...not hundreds from all over the US.

Cara: Ok I'll give it a whirl. Just click here to: Search Like an Agent Is that correct?

Steve Bachman: That will do it. Please let us know if you have any questions, problems or want to go see a property. Just drop us an email at Steve@HomesByBachman.com. No one will hassle or annoy you.

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Reston VA Living: Get Mulch, Eat, Work, Read, Stop by the Church, then Check in at Reston Hospital

 

Carlene: You have written before that Reston is not only pleasing to my sensibilities, but that I can live with imagination and die peacefully within a five block radius if I move to Reston?

Steve Bachman: Yes

Carlene: I live in Philadelphia and just can’t capture the idea you are trying to get across…you got pictures?

Reston Home Depot... the old HechingersSteve Bachman: Yup…. If I can get them uploaded….(if not imagine a lovely well planned urban center amidst what was once considered the souless ‘burbs near Dulles Airport)…We have behind me Reston Town Center where you can live, work, hit the library, avoid the police station, cross over Reston Parkway to St Andrews Episcopal, come back have lunch with three part harmony, cross over Baron Cameron, pick up some mulch at Home Depot, have some chest pains and roll into Reston Hospital…all within a 12 minute walk.

Arlo: Didn’t that Home Depot used to be a Hechingers?Reston's St. Andrews

Steve Bachman: Yes…. I liked that store. It is now a Home Depot

Arlo: When you were very young did you ever deliver REALLY expensive furniture to Mr. Hechinger senior’s REALLY NICE house and scratch a table leg during the expedition?

Steve Bachman: Yes.

Arlo: As a really prepared and knowledgeable furniture guy did you whip out the matching color special wood markers to mask your ineptitude?

Steve Bachman: No…we forgot them. The earth was moist and we were able Reston Hospital emergency roomto rub a little mud um…we were pleased.

Carlene: Can you help me put down all this mulch I just bought? You know, I will need a good Reston realtor to help me buy a home.

Steve Bachman: Yes…. if my action is part of the process of improving the curb appeal of your property that you are getting ready to list with us….if not call one of the low or no service realtors. They will be happy to at least post one photo of you mulching, maybe... if you take the photo and email it to them. Just do not interrupt their regular daytime TV viewing schedule.

 


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Reston's Lake Anne in early springSally: I want to buy a home in Reston. Are you providing me information in this video that is timeless, never gets old, and is applicable today and forever?

 

Steve Bachman: Yes Sally. Just watch our home made video by clicking on the link right here beside the lovely picture of Reston's Lake Anne. Link away Sally! Buying a Reston home can be fun if you are not under time pressure and the market is in your favor. There are certain things you need to do to prepare and educate yourself: apply for a mortgage, find the best Reston realtor, determine your "must have" needs as well as those feaures that would make you happy.

 

Reston National Golf CourseThat is the point of these videos and this blog. Our goal is to make you knowledgeable and comfortable with the whole process. Check out the totality of the choices before you, analyze your needs and wants, separate the two, visit as many properties as you need to until you can connect with just the right home for you. It will be almost a spiritual sensation....a 1970's terminology...you should feel the right "vibe". The right real estate agent will understand this and enjoy the hunt as much as you will...do not work with anyone with whom YOU do not have the right "vibe"! There is no point in that.

Be at peace Sally....all will be revealed
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Adapted Aquatics:Special needs programs in Fairfax County, Virginia

 

Karen: Do you think swimming or aquatic therapy is appropriate for my special needs kid?

Steve Bachman: Absolutely, positively without equivocation. In general, the swimming community is Get your kids in the water now!the most supportive group of families we have come across in the 17 years that we have been involved with kids sports in Fairfax County. The Special needs volunteers are as you can imagine...outstanding human beings.

I love this even if it doesn't look like it

 

 

Your child does not need to be involved in competitive Special Olympics programs to physically and mentally benefit from aquatic training. For some reason, water has a special power, it is almost spiritual. It has a calming effect on children when they are introduced to it in the right way.

The following information was taken directly from Fairfax County park web page on Adaptive Aquatics: Click here to view.

 

 

Adapted Aquatics

"The Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity Shortly, I will not need these floaties!program for customers with physical and developmental disabilities. This success-oriented program targets individuals who do not currently meet the prerequisites for participating in an inclusive environment. The program is designed to develop basic swim skills in a structured setting with one-on-one support from trained volunteers.

Students may register for:

  1. Adapted Aquatics Group Classes – These courses are conducted by American Red Cross certified Adapted Aquatics Instructors and trained volunteers.
  2. Small group lessons (one to four students) – These lessons are offered at all RECenter pools. Flexible scheduling is available. Classes can also be arranged for school groups and group homes. Call 703-324-8565 for more information.

Please note that family members may be requested to assist in the water if volunteers are not available."

ssspppppppppppzzzzztttttttttzzzzzzAlso available are Special Olympics prep programs for developmentally delayed youth who want to participate in swimming competitions. These swim meets are awesome and  encouraging. Check out what the county currently has available HERE.

Here is the main Aquatics Specialty page: Swim now!

 

Steve Bachman,  RE/MAX Gateway, Northern Virginia Realtor