Alexandria, VA

Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature  is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $107 million in 2020!

We will be hosting an in-person open house featuring this Villamay beauty this Saturday, May 15, 2-4 p.m.

Nestled in the sought-after and picturesque neighborhood of Villamay, 1203 Gatewood Drive is a true gem on a private lot and ready for move-in! This 4 BD/3 BA bath home with an oversized 2-car garage has everything you need on two spacious levels.

Enter through the foyer and immediately fall in love with the updated gourmet eat-in kitchen featuring tall natural cabinetry, sleek granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a Sub Zero refrigerator. Enjoy meals in your dining room that leads out to a stone patio, a perfect place for a grill or indoor/outdoor dining! Flow right into the huge living room overlooking the lush backyard, offering abundant natural light and a wood-burning fireplace. Warm hardwood flooring leads you down the hall to the primary suite with a large ensuite bathroom. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bathroom round out this main level.

Head downstairs to a generous-sized lower level featuring a second wood-burning fireplace, unique stone flooring and brick wall detail. The living area is so versatile, offering a large space for a recreational room, den, playroom… so many options! A bedroom, additional full bathroom, and gorgeous and bright sunroom are situated off the living room. Head out to the sunroom where you can relax and enjoy a quiet evening with friends and family. Enjoy the view of lush landscaping, a tranquil fountain and an outdoor patio.

This home offers so much space and very easy living! Anchor yourself in this amazing neighborhood near the GW Parkway, running trails, parks and shopping. Easy access to Old Town, D.C., 495, Mount Vernon and more. Welcome home!

1203 Gatewood Drive, Alexandria, VA 22307The Jen Walker Team

Next up, we bring you 113 W Bellefonte Avenue, a lovingly cared for and meticulously maintained solar-powered home in the desirable neighborhood of Del Ray!

Sitting atop almost a quarter of an acre lot, this 5 BD/3 BA home is the space you’ve been looking for. A lovely and lush garden greets you as you enter into the foyer. Take a few steps to the upper level and find ample living space with tons of natural light. An updated eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances, beautiful high-end cabinetry with soft-close drawers, Silestone counters and tasteful Italian-imported porcelain backsplash. From the dining room, you’ll find an updated sunroom with newer windows, triple pane Pella doors and a huge deck overlooking your private green yard. Three bedrooms and one full bath round out this upper level.

The lower level of this home features a second living space with a wood-burning fireplace and a fabulous kitchenette with updated countertops and chic subway backsplash. Continue down the hall to the spacious primary suite with ensuite bathroom, a fifth bedroom with adjacent hall bathroom and a full laundry room with a freezer.

This home has so many noteworthy updates and is ready for your finishing touches! The heat pump was replaced in 2020, the electrical panel was updated in 2016, Solar Edge solar panels and solar tube lights were installed in 2016, a new kitchen and kitchenette were added in 2015 — just to name a few! Ideally located near all the fun things in Del Ray and “The Avenue,” schools, parks, easy access to the Metro, the airport, D.C. and more!

113 W. Bellefonte Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

We’re not done yet! This gorgeous semi-detached townhome with fabulous primary suite addition just hit the market!

Located just steps from The Avenue in sought-after Del Ray, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and well-appointed updates. The front porch invites you into the open living room with gleaming hardwood flooring and nice natural light through every room. A lovely dining area flows right into the recently updated kitchen with shaker-style cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a great peninsula island for maximum storage and prep space. Just beyond the kitchen, enter the new addition (designed by Kulinski Group Architects) where you’ll find a huge primary suite with vaulted ceilings and beautiful french doors overlooking the rear garden. This 2014 addition includes a tasteful en suite bathroom with a glass shower and subway tiled walls and custom double door closets.

Walk upstairs to find two great-sized bedrooms and one full bathroom with a tub/shower combo. On the lower level, you’ll find the laundry area with a utility sink, amazing storage and a blank canvas to create your own space! Don’t miss the fantastic outdoor space, perfect for entertaining, playing or relaxing. Leave the car at home and enjoy being so close to shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, Saturday morning farmers market and all the fun community events Del Ray has to offer! You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

105 E. Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Hope Peele of The Peele Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact The Peele Group at 703-244-5852 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Should I move before putting my home on the market?

Answer: This question comes up very frequently. Even in a hot “seller’s market,” like the one we are in now, sellers still want to put their best foot forward to ensure that their home will receive the best offer. Like most real estate decisions, it really depends on what works for each individual. Here are a few things to consider with your Realtor when you are deciding on your moving timeline.

First, do you have somewhere else to go?

Most sellers don’t have a new home yet when they decide to sell. In a seller’s market, many sellers choose to sell FIRST, then find a new home. Unless you are in the rare position of owning multiple homes, it’s typical to not have a place to move into quite yet. Many sellers prefer to have the sale on their home agreed upon before looking for a new home to move into.

Once there is a contract on your home for sale, it puts you in a much more competitive and financially stable position for your future purchase. Sellers can even negotiate a rent-back period with the buyers, allowing them to stay in their home past settlement while they find that next new home. Rent-back periods can be for a week or even up to 60 days after settlement. This is a great option to allow a seller the time they need to identify a new home and move.

Another consideration: Do you have a place for your things to go?

If you are downsizing, you can begin to pare down belongings and make space in your home long before the sale process. While it’s great to be that organized, most sellers are on a much shorter timeline. Did you know your Realtor can help by providing names of trusted vendors to provide an array of services that include packing, hauling, off-site estate sale services and more?

Not everyone is downsizing. Many people move because they need more space — maybe you need a new home office or an extra bedroom. Maybe you’re not planning on getting rid of a lot or anything at all. When this is the case, is it even possible to live in a home that’s on the market? Of course it is.

Whatever your situation is, I strongly advise leaning heavily on your Realtor. My team brings in a stager to work with sellers, whether they are living in their home or selling it vacant. A lot of people don’t know this, but stagers will work with what you ALREADY have! Sometimes it’s as simple as rearranging a few armchairs, replacing a painting with a mirror or clearing counters. Regardless of how they do it, your Realtor should be able to walk you through how to live in your home — without looking like you actually live in it!

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Alexandria’s real estate market is hot, but that doesn’t mean all homes are going for over asking price.

As of May 2, there were 371 homes for sale with a median list price of $470,000 and a median sales price of $650,000, according to Homesnap.

Although a good deal may be difficult to come by in this competitive market, 26 properties were reduced in price this past week, including:

Want more? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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This past week, 67 properties sold in Alexandria. These ranged from a $3.8 million historical Old Town home to a $165K 1 BD/1 BA condo.

In total, Homesnap reports 371 homes listed for sale in Alexandria, including 252 condos, 51 detached homes and 68 townhomes.

“The median list price is $470,000 and the median sales price is $650,000,” reports Homesnap. “There have been 170 new listings in the last 4 weeks and 287 sales.”

Here’s a look at a few of the properties sold in the past seven days:

In the market? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature  is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $107 million in 2020!

We will be hosting a virtual open house on our Instagram featuring this Rosemont beauty this Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m.

This rarely available top-floor, spacious condo is located in the charming and coveted Rosemont Station! Situated on a beautiful tree-lined street in the sought-after neighborhood of Rosemont, this two-bedroom one-bath condo has almost 1,000 square feet of living space and everything you need.

Walk into this upper-level home and find nice hardwood floors, tall ceilings, an in-unit washer/dryer and loads of light. Enjoy your large living room overlooking the gorgeous Rosemont neighborhood. The kitchen is updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and walks right out to your private balcony. Continue through this home and find great-sized bedrooms with Elfa custom closets, an updated bathroom and updated lighting throughout.

Rosemont Station is ideally located steps to King Street Metro, near Braddock Metro and the Amtrak. Enjoy a beautiful stroll into Old Town or Del Ray for shopping, dining out and farmers markets. Explore local running/walking trails, bike paths and parks all around.

Welcome home!

400 Commonwealth Avenue #306, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In the midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

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This Neighborhood Spotlight is brought to you by The Seward Group of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

This month’s neighborhood spotlight shines on Kingstowne, Virginia.

The Community

This popular community is loved for its unique environment, beautiful landscape, vibrant town center, and quick access to D.C., Fort Belvoir and the Pentagon. The tree-lined streets, miles of walking trails, acres of green space, multiple outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and numerous tot lots are where you will find the families who call Kingstowne home.

This planned community was developed in the 1980s in stages called villages. The South Village, North Village and Middle Village all contain a mix of apartments, condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes.

The Crest, a new high-end 55+ planned community includes condominiums, elevator townhomes and single-family houses.

Not many communities have their own ZIP codes, but Kingstowne does — 22315. Kingstowne’s own post office, UPS store, movie theater, library and town center are just some of the places that serve this neighborhood of over 5,300 homes. You never have to travel out of the community to find what you need.

Schools

Many families choose to live in Kingstowne so their children can attend school very close to the neighborhood. Younger students may attend Lane Elementary, Hayfield Elementary or Franconia Elementary depending on which part of Kingstowne they live in. The older children will attend either Mark Twain or Hayfield Middle School and/or Hayfield Secondary School or Edison High School.

Dining and shopping

Even long-time residents have a hard time keeping up with Kingstowne’s dining and shopping options! Anything you want or need is right in the neighborhood.

Kingstowne Towne Center is a beautiful retail shopping and professional services center. It is hard to believe there are so many options in one single community location. HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, Ross, World Market, Kohl’s, Walmart, Old Virginia Tobacco Cigar Shop, GameStop, Lane Bryant and more. (Ashley Home Store is opening soon!) Grocery stores include Giant, Safeway and Aldi.

The Kingstowne Farmers Market is located across the parking lot from Giant and is open Fridays, May 7 to October 29, 2021, from 3 to 7 p.m. And Amazon’s first new concept grocery store in Northern Virginia is opening here soon! (No official opening date, but hiring has started.) With amazing professional services also available (think: massage, nails, hair, optometrist, cat clinic, dentist and dermatologist), Kingstowne Towne Center is truly a one-stop location for the families who live here.

From seafood to Italian to Indian to Thai and Vietnamese, Kingstowne Towne Center has it all for dining options! Some family favorites include Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Bone Fish Grill, and Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill. But residents and visitors also love Starbucks, Panera and all the fast food restaurant options! (The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a drive-thru Chick-fil-A coming soon!) And don’t forget Sweet Frog and Dairy Queen for a fun dessert! Now that spring is here, residents take advantage of all the outdoor dining opportunities available in the Towne Center.

Kingstown keepers

We can’t forget these Kingstowne keepers around the neighborhood! Wegman’s is a favorite destination in Kingstowne as well as Burton’s Grill & Bar, LA Fitness and all the small (and large) businesses and dining options in Hilltop Village Center.

The Hayfield Shopping Center is another local place to check out! House of Dynasty is a 5-star Chinese restaurant that has been a neighborhood staple for decades. Dancensations has been providing dance and gymnastics classes to the children of Kingstowne since 1989. Planet Fitness, fast food options, professional services and more can be found in this center.

Real estate

Kingstowne is an expansive community in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria. Located just 12 miles from Washington, D.C., this 1,200-acre community is convenient to I-95, the Capital Beltway, two Metro stations, Fort Belvoir and the Coast Guard Station.

The boundaries for Kingstowne are:

  • Franconia Road to the north,
  • Beulah Street to the west,
  • S. Van Dorn Street to the east and
  • Telegraph Road to the south

According to Bright MLS, at the time this article was written there were 13 homes for sale in Kingstowne. Prices ranging from $265,000 for a one-bed condo to $850,000 for a four-bed single-family home. Homes in this popular community have been selling quickly. On average, homes receive seven offers with waived contingencies and sell in less than a week.

If you have a question about Kingstowne real estate or would like to set up an appointment with one of our agents, please email [email protected], call 703-298-0562 or visit The Seward Group website.

About The Seward Group: We are award-winning real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Lyssa Seward, Brittanie DeChino, Anita Edwards, Melody Abella, Laura Catron, Gina Wimpey and Elaine McCall make up our team. We offer our clients Full-Spectrum Concierge Real Estate Service at all price points, assisting with every step of the process from beginning to end. We are licensed in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Old Town Alexandria.

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This week’s Q&A column is written by Sallie Seiy of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Sallie at 703-798-4666 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: How do I begin to understand buying or selling a home?

Answer: Build your real estate dictionary.

Real estate is a fast-moving world. Decisions are usually made very quickly with real estate lingo thrown at you all day long. There are a lot of uncommon phrases, terms and conditions in real estate contracts. I wanted to share some frequently used real estate terms that you may not understand, but ones you’ll certainly encounter in your transaction.

MLS: Multiple Listing Service

This is the database where licensed real estate agents post listings for sale or rent. It’s accessible only through a licensed real estate professional. While you can see homes all over the internet, the MLS facilitates cooperation and compensation between brokerages. More simply, the National Association of Realtors explains: “Sellers benefit by increased exposure to their property. Buyers benefit because they can obtain information about all MLS-listed properties while working with only one broker.”

“Comps” or CMA: Competitive Market Analysis

When buying or selling, it’s important to know what other similar properties have recently sold for in your surrounding area. Preparing a CMA takes a lot of research and attention to detail. It helps sellers know how to price their home and, conversely, it helps buyers understand what they should offer for a home.

EMD: Earnest Money Deposit

I tell clients it’s like your down payment to your down payment. It’s also deemed a “good faith deposit,” showing the seller you’re serious about purchasing their property. Generally, this amount is about 1-2% of the purchase price. With the competitive market we’re living in today, this number can actually be more in the 5%+ range. Once under contract, this amount gets wired or dropped off via check to the settlement company. It will sit in the settlement company’s escrow account until settlement. At settlement, it gets deducted from the amount you owe at the table [(down payment + closing costs) – EMD].

While the EMD is money that you’re pre-paying towards the overall purchase, it’s also money that you could potentially lose in the event of a default. Per page 9 of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) contract, “If Buyer fails to complete Settlement for any reason other than Default by Seller, Buyer shall be in Default and, at the option of Seller, Deposit may be forfeited to Seller as liquidated damages and not as a penalty.”

Date of Ratification

No matter if the offer was accepted right away or if it took a couple of counteroffers, the date of ratification is when both buyer and seller have signed the offer thus making it a binding contract. When you read the contract, you’ll see a lot of references to this date.

The primary use of the term comes in the form of deadlines. For example, if you have a five-day home inspection period, that five-day countdown starts the day after ratification. If date of ratification is a Monday, the five-day inspection period starts on Tuesday (Day 1) and ends on Saturday (Day 5) at 9 p.m. It’s so important to know when the contract was ratified for counting purposes. Otherwise, all the other contingency deadlines can be invalid because you started from the incorrect date!

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Alexandria’s real estate market is keeping busy.

As of April 25, there were 366 homes for sale with a median list price of $417,400 and a median sales price of $632,500, according to Homesnap.

Although a good deal may be difficult to come by in this competitive market, 29 properties were reduced in price this past week, including:

Want more? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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