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 $103 million in 2019.

This week, our featured Just Listed property has hit the market again! We can’t wait for you to see this beauty inside and out. Located in the heart of Del Ray, this gorgeous, bright and expanded 4 bed/3 bath is what all of your dreams are made of.

507 E. Alexandria Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Just two blocks from “The Avenue” and a short walk to the Metro, this fabulous home welcomes you with its fabulous front porch. The main level features a study, formal living room, dining room and gorgeous family room with cathedral ceilings and a fireplace. The kitchen has great space for meal prep and has a breakfast bar for everyday living. Rounding out the main level are two bedrooms and a full bathroom.

Upstairs, you will find a huge primary bedroom with dual closets. A large bathroom, laundry room, a fourth bedroom and a loft overlooking the great room are also found on this level.

Just off the rear of the home is a screened porch — perfect for outdoor social distancing or entertaining. Not currently accessible from the main home, the finished basement has a separate, private entrance and has been used as a rental property. This space includes a living/dining/kitchenette combo, private bedroom and bath, and separate laundry room with full-sized washer and dryer.

The location, flow and size make this a home you don’t want to miss. Welcome home!

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 this 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

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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 703-244-6115 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Is it important to stage my home before listing it?

Answer: Everyone thinks they have good taste, but honestly, no one’s taste matters more when selling your home than the buyer’s. The goal is to showcase your home’s many features, while allowing the buyer to create their own vision for the home and to see a future for themselves in it.

Staging can seem overwhelming. In my experience, one of the main misconceptions about staging is that you need to be entirely moved out for someone to come in with new furniture to stage your home in boring colors and design. The fact is, stagers can offer a range of services, and the majority of my clients who sell their homes use mostly their own décor, just less of it and rearranged a bit. Many of my clients who sell their homes also choose to live in it while it’s on the market — so, of course, they still need their furniture. Many realtors are partnered with stagers who can stage the home with the owner’s existing belongings.

Typically, when someone decorates, the aim is to make their living space a reflection of their personality and lifestyle. Home staging is different from decorating in that it is actually DE-personalizing the space, so a wider range of personalities (buyers) can imagine themselves enjoying the space.

One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make is waiting too long to consult a stager. According to Kelly DeMaso, owner of Simplified Organizing and Staging, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and that’s the key to a quicker sale… The best time to stage your home is BEFORE you put it on the market.” The cost of having your home sit on market for too long could far outweigh the cost and energy of having a stager come over for an hour or two to offer advice — or even having them spend the day to do the work.

Your home is one of the biggest reflections of who you are, and if you’re like most people, you’re proud of it! You’ve probably curated the artwork on the walls with love and to suit your tastes. The fridge is covered in magnets you’ve collected, holding up shopping lists, sweet notes and drawings by your kids. You found the perfect area rug — large enough for your dining room with the perfect shade of red that matches your chair cushions. On your windowsills, tiny potted plants are proudly on display and you tend them daily.

How can someone else picture raising their family in a home that is filled with you and your style? The goal is to have potential buyers imagining themselves seated in the adorable breakfast nook with their art adorning the walls.

Imagine you walk into a house with a gigantic statue in the middle of the living room. What will you notice first — the beautifully redone kitchen or the gigantic statue in the middle of the living room?

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Address: 410 Prince Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
Listed: $2,997,000

Prince Street Grande Dame

Located in the heart of Old Town, this special home offers a compatible blend of antique, vintage and present-day designs. Main floor features include a welcoming rounded vestibule entry, expansive double parlor style living room, and a large family room with custom built-in bookcases and gas fireplace. The adjoining kitchen is bright and cheerful and bedecked with abundant custom-inset shaker style cabinetry. A suite of top-tier appliances does the heavy lifting including a cherry red six-burner gas-fired AGA range.

The second-floor owner’s suite is bathed in morning light thanks to east and south facing windows. Additionally, a large second bedroom suite and a Pinterest-worthy laundry room are found on this floor. The third floor has a third large bedroom suite and fourth bedroom currently used as a library. Outside is a deep, enclosed garden with gated access and a coveted off-street parking space. A charming heated screened porch brings the outdoors in for comfortable four seasons enjoyment. 410 Prince Street has it all in a prime Historic Old Town location.

Listed by:
Vici Boguess
McEnearney Associates REALTORS
703-447-2829
[email protected]
www.BBZgroup.com

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When most of us think about “getting fit,” we envision eating a strict diet of green foods and protein and spending hours at the gym. But, really, it doesn’t have to be — and frankly shouldn’t be — that way.

Alexandria’s Whetstone Virtual Fitness creates customized nutrition and fitness plans to help you meet your goals — no matter how busy you are. This is all virtual, which gives you the flexibility to workout when YOU have the time. No more worrying about rushing across town for a personal training session.

Aside from being all online, here’s how Whetstone is different than other programs out there:

  • Whetstone’s experts will create customized nutrition plan and fitness routine based on your goals and fitness level.
  • You get access to one-on-one expert nutrition coaching that’ll help you lose fat, gain muscle and, overall, feel more confident and healthy.
  • A personal coach will send you different workout routines based on your fitness level you can do in under an hour from your home. They’ll also check in with you each week because accountability is key!

To get started, schedule a free online consultation. This is a simple 30-minute Zoom call where you’ll share your health and fitness goals with an expert coach. They’ll design an online fitness plan tailored just for you.

There’s no need to wait until the new year to commit to your health and fitness goals. It takes less than a minute to get started.

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This week’s column, sponsored and written by McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria, is a bit of a departure from our usual Q&A format. To learn about relevant Alexandria market news, contact us at 703-549-9292. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Instead of taking your real estate questions this week, we wanted to share details about an upcoming blood drive McEnearney Associates is supporting.

On Tuesday, December 15, stop by 301 King Street to donate blood for the Old Town INOVA Blood Drive. It’ll run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Go ahead and schedule your appointment online, and don’t forget to bring your photo ID and a face covering!

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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This week’s Q&A column is written by Rebecca McCullough of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Rebecca at 571-384-0941 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Should I list my home during the holidays?

Answer: At this time of year, we have many people asking if they should list their home now or hold on until after the new year? As always, if you need to sell, list it.

However, in most years, if you have flexibility, we would be inclined to wait until the new year. Many potential buyers may be thinking there will be more to choose from in the new year. This is generally true — we often do see an influx of listings and buyers in January. There is definitely a cycle of January shoppers that bring February contracts and March closings. Then the cycle is repeated in April, May and June.

However, 2020 — the year of COVID, working from home and social distancing — is truly a unique time. We have seen unusually high holiday season demand for detached homes, and decreased inventory. While not quite as “hot” as the pre-Covid market, there are more buyers than sellers leading this strong seller’s market. Multiple offers, while never assured, are not out of the question, and well-priced homes are selling quickly. For buyers, this is tough. For sellers, this is truly a “merry” circumstance. This year, in so many ways, is an anomaly.

So you decide to list… If you decide to list during the holiday period, you might wonder about holiday decor. Do you go full-bore holiday style, or keep the seasonal decor packed away? The answer lies somewhere in between: nobody expects sellers to ignore the season, but this is likely not the year to go all out.

Keeping decorations simple and somewhat restrained, while still honoring your family customs, is perfectly acceptable. Subtle and understated is the way to go, always keeping the staging guidelines in mind. Remember: accent the best features in your home. So, don’t put the Christmas tree in front of the window with the best view, or cover up beautiful mantles and railings with too much greenery. Use the décor to accent areas of the home that you want the buyer to see.

This time of year is fabulous to emphasize the warmth in a home. The smell of fresh baked cookies, glowing flameless candles and seasonal floral arrangements contribute to the ambience to make them want to linger.

Also keep in mind if you are launching your listing during the holidays when your home is decorated, photographs will include the seasonal items. If your home does not sell before the holidays are over, consider having new pictures done to promote the property. Note that seeing holiday decorations in mid-January will indicate to buyers that the home has been on the market for a while.

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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 $103 million in 2019.

This week, our Just Listed column features two properties throughout Alexandria that just hit the market for your viewing pleasure. First, this gorgeous Del Ray home that just hit the market! This home has it all. We will be featuring a Virtual Open House this Saturday, November 21, at 11 a.m. on our Instagram.

Fabulously updated 3 bed/2 bath home in Del Ray… This sweet home was completely renovated in 2014. Enter through the charming front porch into the living room. This space flows easily into the spacious, open kitchen/dining area. The kitchen features stainless appliances, mosaic backsplash, upgraded countertops and great storage with abundant cabinetry. The rear door off the kitchen leads to a small deck and private, rear yard with brick patio — ideal for socially distant dinners al fresco!

Head upstairs, and you will find two bedrooms and a full bathroom. The primary bedroom is full of light and has two closets for ample storage. On the lower level, a recreation room provides for additional living space — great for movie night. There is a bedroom with a door to access the rear yard as well as a full bathroom. The bedroom is a great guest room or could be used for a bright and sunny office space. Laundry and utility areas round out this level.

You will love living in Del Ray — walk to all the shops and restaurants on “The Avenue” with easy access to Potomac Yard and Crystal City. A short drive into D.C. and close to Reagan National Airport, this location cannot be beat. Welcome home!

3005 Manning Street Alexandria, VA 22305 — The Jen Walker Team

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Lisa Groover of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Lisa at 703-919-4426 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Do you have any recommendations for ways to give back to other Alexandria residents during the holiday season and beyond?

Answer: As we all know, this holiday season is unlike any other. Many families are not able to travel to be with one another, group gatherings are out of the picture and dining in restaurants is not comfortable for most. But a common thread with this holiday season and previous ones is the importance of giving back.

As a member of the McEnearney Associates team in Alexandria, I am proud to live and work in a community that I love. You see, there is an important difference at McEnearney… “It’s not about us, it’s about you.” Not only when working with our clients, but also in giving back to the community.

This is the year to toss aside the “this is the way we have always done it” standard and think of different ways we can help. McEnearney’s long-standing support of the holiday event at Hopkins House will still include fun gifts for the children, but instead of sitting on Santa’s lap, he will be speaking to them via video. Target Gift Cards for The Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria will provide an opportunity for purchasing gifts of their choosing.

Between delivering Meals on Wheels, holding community coat and food drives, supporting of organizations that help with home repairs, and getting involved with stopping child abuse, women transitioning from prison, homelessness, and feeding the hungry… There are so many opportunities to make a difference.

Check out sites like ACT for Alexandria, Volunteer Alexandria and ALIVE! for a sampling of the types of ways you can volunteer your time or money. Or Google a cause you are passionate about and reach out to see how you can help.

As a TWIG, it is my pleasure to be on the fundraising committee in support of INOVA Alexandria Hospital. With the need to cancel the Annual Homes Tour and to have the thrift shop closed during the pandemic, our annual fundraising has been drastically reduced.

Are you familiar with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)? Started by a local Alexandrian for a very important cause and like so many other organizations, their annual fundraising gala was cancelled this year, and they can use your help. For more information about SCAN, please visit scanva.org.

What about random acts of kindness? Do you know of someone who has been ill or could use a surprise? Drop off an unexpected little gift — you can always leave it on their front porch. The feedback I receive from my neighbors, friends and clients when I do this throughout the year is one of sincere appreciation no matter how small the gesture.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about any of these organizations or for help finding one that best fits your passions. I am also readily available to connect you with like-minded individuals in our community where you can make a difference.

Lisa Groover is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town Alexandria.  Having had seven golden retrievers since moving to Alexandria in 1989, she is dedicated to helping other dog owners through the challenges of renting, buying and selling their home.

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email: [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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Type “Why are bathroom renovations” into Google and the first result suggested is “…so expensive.” After saving for a new home, home improvement projects are the most common reason Americans save money.

Most people believe having a bathroom that makes them happy is a worthwhile investment, yet are surprised by how much it costs.

Why is renovating a 40-square-foot space so costly? Pricey fixtures and the specialized skills required are partly to blame. However, some costs are embedded within the industry:

  • “Free” quotes are expensive: On average, contractors spend 25 percent of their time building quotes for jobs they will not win. Those costs need to be recouped.
  • Expense overestimation: Whether purposeful, unintentional or a little bit of both, contractors often significantly overestimate the cost of materials and effort on a project.
  • Professional design: Having a professional design your bathroom is considered a luxury service and carries a luxury price tag.
  • Limited visualization opportunity: Consumer Reports identifies a primary cause of price overruns as homeowners who change their mind regarding finishes or colors after they’ve been applied.

In 2016, remodeling industry veteran Chad Hall believed these inefficiencies could be eliminated by taking advantage of emerging technologies — so he founded remodelmate.

Eliminating the time-consuming process of in-home quotes, remodelmate gives homeowners free access to an app that uses advanced smartphone camera technology to generate a near-perfect 3D model of their existing bathroom. The scan is then applied to a quote-building system, generating a final labor price for the customer as well as a precise materials list for the contractor, eliminating overestimation.

To address the professional design and visualization issues, remodelmate employs CGI (computer-generated imagery) to apply homeowner color and finish selections to a model of their new bathroom. The results are photo-quality images showing the customer exactly what their new bathroom will look like before construction begins.

For more information, visit the all-new remodelmate website.

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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, Virginia. 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 $103 million in 2019.

This week, our Just Listed property features this gorgeous Del Ray home that just hit the market. This home has it all. We will be featuring a Virtual Open House this Saturday at 2 p.m. on our Instagram.

This is a three bedroom, two bathroom end-unit townhome. The adorable, enclosed front porch leads to a light-filled living room. This room flows easily into a spacious dining room with glass French doors that take you to the rear patio and fully fenced yard.

420 E. Luray Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301 — The Jen Walker Team

The kitchen boasts an abundance of white cabinets and crisp tile. On the upper level, the primary bedroom is very large and boasts three closets — one cedar. Bedroom two is spacious and full of light. Bedroom three is ideal for an office or nursery. The lower level features a recreation room, full bathroom, laundry room with utility sink, loads of storage space and rear access to the backyard.

Leave your car in the parking area off the backyard and walk to restaurants, shopping and entertainment on The Avenue. Welcome home!

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].

Additional Just Listed homes in Alexandria include:

In this 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

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