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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 rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

Beautiful home in the heart of Del Ray! The ideal mix of modern and classic, this semi-detached home is perfectly located, full of light and move-in ready. On the upper level you will find three bedrooms and a full, newly updated bath. Main level and upper level have gleaming hardwood floors and new hardwood flooring was recently added to the kitchen.

On the lower level is a flexible bonus room with a full bath — great for guest accommodations, exercise space, recreation room or den. Walkout basement leads to a fully fenced backyard and large deck perfect for entertaining and enjoying al fresco dining. Leave your car and enjoy exploring the local restaurants, farmers market, shops, parks, and playgrounds. Commuting is easy with access to Braddock Metro and only a 15 minute drive to D.C.

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311 E Bellefonte Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301Jen Walker Team
Open House: Saturday, November 5 from 1-3 p.m.

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].

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 written by David Howell, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant market news, contact David at 703-855-5089 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: With the rise in interest rates, has the inventory of homes for sale in Alexandria increased this fall?

Answer: As interest rates have risen, it’s not surprising that there has been a reduction in demand for homes compared to the overheated markets of 2020 and 2021. Even when we look back to 2019, which was considered a modest sellers’ market, the number of contracts is lower now.

We might expect inventory to have increased significantly as a result, but that has not happened due to significant decreases in the number of homes coming on the market. And why aren’t we seeing a jump in new listings? Homeowners who have a sub-3% mortgage are thinking twice about giving that up to buy their next home with a much higher-rate mortgage and we see little reason to believe that will change.

The charts below look at the data for the City of Alexandria and South Alexandria (Fairfax County portions of Alexandria) during July, August, September, and October of 2019-2022. We have included the number of new listings, the month-end inventory, and the number of new contracts.

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Neighborhood Spotlight is a recurring column covering both the City of Alexandria and Alexandria in Fairfax County. This monthly column is sponsored and written by the Seward Group of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Visit the Taylor Run neighborhood and witness a mix of the city’s newest civic engagement efforts and some of the city’s oldest history, including the iconic George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a soaring landmark that overlooks Old Town all the way to the Potomac River and provides a visual reference for longtime residents and visitors alike.

The varied and vibrant Taylor Run area bridges the West End, the City of Alexandria’s largest neighborhood, and the Rosemont neighborhood and the very tip of Old Town, where the King Street Metro station and the Amtrak station are. This area is a mix of detached and attached homes, small pockets of condos and apartments, and several churches and historical landmarks.

The Taylor Run area is a triangle bound from the King Street intersections of Russell Road up to Braddock Road, Quaker Lane from King to Duke, and just below Duke Street. There are a few significant changes either recently completed or underway happening right in or close by to Taylor Run. The city’s only high school changed its name to Alexandria City High School in 2021 after shedding the name of T.C. Williams, a segregationist.

There is also the Taylor Run Stream Restoration project, a somewhat controversial project involving the restoration of 1900 feet of stream near the Chinquapin Recreation Center and along the walking path in Chinquapin Park and Forest Park. After a pause, the community collaboration on the project recently resumed. The stream corridor is highly eroded, and the city is proposing to use environmentally conscious practices to reconstruct the stream bank. The Chinquapin Park and stream is a forested respite with trails, taking visitors on a nature walk that parallels King Street.

Taylor Run, including the busy West Taylor Run Road — a street lined with duplexes — is a main component of the ongoing Duke Street in Motion project. The project has been changing traffic patterns around West Taylor Run and Duke Street, at the intersection of the Telegraph Road exits on 495, in an effort to ease neighborhood traffic congestion and cut-through traffic. The next community meeting is November 15, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bishop Ireton Auditorium.

Finally, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial — locally nicknamed the Masonic Temple — is dedicated to the nation’s first President and a well-known mason. The 333-ft tower is designed after the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. This landmark was built beginning in 1922, but the interior wasn’t finished until 1970. It is also a National Historic Landmark.

Here are some real estate statistics from the last six months, including detached homes, condos, and duplexes:

  • Highest closed price last 6 months: $3,350,000
  • Average sold price last 6 months: $821,821
  • Lowest closed price last 6 months: $285,000
  • Average Day on Market: 23

As with every neighborhood in the DMV, prices can vary greatly due to location, size, and property condition. Whether you are looking to sell, buy, or invest, we would be honored to help. Email [email protected] or call/text 703-298-0562 to set up an appointment with one of our agents.

About Seward Group: We are award-winning real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Lyssa Seward, Melody Abella, Anita Edwards, 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. Seward Group’s main office is in Old Town Alexandria.

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Upgrade your company’s online image while introducing your team with portraits that capture your organization’s values and mission.

Associations, law firms, nonprofits, and businesses of all sizes looking to update the images on their website, marketing, and social media platforms to a more modern and sleek design could do no better than to work with a photography studio that has legendary musicians in their portfolio. Such as? Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, and hip-hop icon CeeLo Green.

Meet the artists behind 11:44 Studios, a full-service photography studio in Old Town, Alexandria offering on-site photography services, concept planning, artistic design, mood board creation, wardrobe styling, digital asset management, retouching, image selection, and more.

Many local photographers shoot “headshots” for corporate use. Sarah Sharaf-Eldien and the team at 11:44 Studios prefer to call their work portraits, and rightly so, expressing the enhanced elements their images deliver.

Businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and others seeking to elevate their online and printed imagery will find 11:44 Studios’ work takes their public-facing image to new levels of polished professionalism.

“In each portrait we artistically convey as much relevant information about our subjects; hints about their character, the work they do, or the world they inhabit,” Sharaf-Eldien says, and they do so with a level of efficiency and attention to detail not normally found in corporate portrait photography.

“Sarah does an amazing job,” says Susan Cantrell, CEO of AMCP, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, in Alexandria. “She spent two days in our office doing headshots of our staff and they are amazing. She even brought in hair and makeup artists. We are so pleased with the excellent work.”

Now through November 30 mention code HOLIDAYS to receive a 25% off Friends & Family Holiday promotion.*

*Book by December 1, 2022 and schedule by December 31, 2024.

Contact 11:44 Studios online at www.1144studios.com/contact, by phone (202) 843-1144, or email [email protected].

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 rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

3112 Circle Hill Road

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].

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 written by Trudy McCullough, VP of Relocation & Client Services, and Britni Spurlock, Relocation Specialist, at McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article, contact Trudy at 703-639-7387 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: How can my local real estate agent help me move long distance?

Answer: Buying and selling a home can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. Locally, most people know at least one real estate agent; whether an agent they have used before or someone they are acquainted with. If not, recommendations from a friend, family member, or trusted advisor are a great place to start.

However, there may come a time when you have a real estate need outside of your local real estate market. When looking for an agent, you have to remember that anyone can build a beautiful website and hire a professional marketing team to support them, that doesn’t guarantee they are experienced or the best agent for your needs.

We want to ensure you receive the same professional service anywhere in the world that you receive from us. The three most common reasons clients reach out for recommendations outside our local area include: job relocation, family needs, and life-style changes.

Job Relocation

Many employers offer a variety of packages from full relocation to flat-fee services, while other employers are not equipped to provide relocation services. If Realtor recommendations are part of your relocation program or suggested by a co-worker, you should still do your research. Job relocations add an extra level of stress due to time constraints of the position start, selling your current home, relocating family, and more.

The right Realtor is experienced in your market but also “relocation best practices,” fully understanding the relocation processes, additional paperwork, and requirements of the employer so that you can take full advantage of all relocation benefits. When you are not offered relocation benefits by your employer, you must find the right agent on your own; not just an experienced one, but an agent with a true relocation background, because it will make all the difference in your move.

Family Needs

From growing families to downsizing, inherited homes to vacant land, relocation trained agents are equipped to assist with all types of family situations as they arise. For example, when parents are no longer able to age in place, relocation agent services can include: complimentary market analysis noting as-is and repaired/improved values; supplier introductions from repairs to improvements and cleaners to movers.

A relocation trained agent is a full-service Realtor who specializes in the area and type of transaction you are navigating, as well as proficiency in working with out-of-town clients.

Life-Style Changes

Often buyers are comparing multiple areas as a potential destination for retirement, investment property or even a second home. Relocation specialists offer more than housing information; they provide cost of living comparisons, area tours, local life-style information, and market trends to assist you in decision making.

How is McEnearney Associates able to help?

Knowing a Realtor who is part of a truly global network of vetted professionals is key. At McEnearney Associates, we are fortunate to be a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). LeadingRE is home to the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 550 firms and 136,000 sales associates making 130 client introductions, producing 1.2 million global transactions in 2021. Our by-invitation-only network is based on the unparalleled performance and trusted relationships that result in exceptional client experiences.

When you need an agent recommendation, anywhere in the world, McEnearney Associates are happy to help. We are your Trusted Relocation Resource.

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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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 rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

416 Underhill Place

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].

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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Happy Hour Concert Series tonight!

Meet us on the plaza at Carlyle Crossing from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Oct. 20) for live music with Rock Creek Kings, pumpkin decorating station, lawn games and pop up beer garden featuring fall fest beer selection.

Chairs provided but feel free to bring a blanket to lounge on and pets are encouraged!

Bring the whole family down for this free fall night of fun — learn more and free rsvp here.

#Fraylife

This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Ann Duff of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Ann at 703-965-8700 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Am I ready to turn the page?

Answer: Are you feeling either unsettled or bored?

Take a look at challenges faced by five of my recent buyers and see if you find yourself in their shoes.

  1. Active, handsome fellow using lots of energy walking his dog, but cursing his aching knees when climbing stairs in his townhouse.
  2. Dynamic, world-traveler in need of pizazz, after years in her large Arlington house, proud of her garden but tiring of lawn-mowing and repair responsibilities.
  3. Couple well-known in Atlanta for their neighborhood parties, transferring and forced to give up their famous outdoor pizza oven for urban living.
  4. Busy professional woman deciding whether to up-light the dramatic landscaping around her estate-sized home ($$$) or explore a totally new lifestyle instead.
  5. Fun duo living with history, contemplating stepping away from years of renovation and restoration to find classy new one-level living with water views.

For so many reasons and personal experiences, I am finding buyer after buyer wanting to turn the page. These wise ones are not following, but creating, a trend to reward themselves with their own “happy” place. They are figuring out what they want but do realize that some compromises will be required. I hear them saying to themselves “step away from the warming drawer and embrace the wine refrigerator,” “let’s bag snow shoveling and applaud the work of doormen and porters,” and “next steps, no steps.”

Consider me your part-time life whisperer. I ask questions such as “how often do you really have houseguests?” “Would you like to simply pack a bag and head to the airport for Nantucket or Florence?” “Is that cherry buffet from your great-grandmother cherished by other family members who would like it delivered next week?” “Will you read those books a second time?” and “Do you need the phone number for 1-800-GOTJUNK?”

After “whispering,” it’s time to consider individual concerns and get real life suggestions. Do you need that amount of square footage? If you’ve always wanted a place for a piano, go for it. Concerned about making paint selections and appropriately-sized furniture choices — hire a designer! What really will make your life more enjoyable?

So, what happened to each of my friends above?

  1. He happily garages his car, takes a short elevator ride up to greet the waiting dog ready for her walk and lives in a glamorous, one-level condominium complex at the north end of Old Town. (We sold the pretty townhouse to younger-kneed people).
  2. Three days after settlement of her detached house, she moved into a very hip-and-cool new condominium in D.C.’s Dupont/Shaw, took delivery of all her furniture stored in a POD during house marketing and is getting to know her neighbors.
  3. Amazingly, their big NW D.C. luxury residence gives them almost more useable space than their detached Atlanta home, so they are inviting lots of friends and family to visit this special historic condo while searching for the best brick oven pizza in town — ideas?
  4. Still a work in progress, she is looking toward a 2023 move, while we study a wide range of striking D.C., Alexandria and Fairfax properties which must accommodate a grand piano or two.
  5. Since those wished-for water views might not be in Florida but in Alexandria instead, they are enjoying the fruits of their labors in their restored circa 1880 townhome, now almost ready for the market when the time is right, and the special water view residence is found.

So where are you in your journey — beginning, middle or already “in your happy place?” There is no script for getting there, just decisions, compromises and making it up as you go along. Without naming names, I can share the experiences of others and provide resources that will help… from suggesting handymen/women, painters, designers, movers and more. We Realtors are important partners in your “page turning.” Of course, the stocking of that wine refrigerator for those discussions is a good place to start, too!

See you soon.
Hugs, Ann.

These thoughts and years of experience are brought to you by Ann Duff, Realtor, with McEnearney Associates. Based in Alexandria, Ann is busy day-in and day-out in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, listing, selling, and leasing distinctive properties with and for wonderful people — and all with a splash of fun! Let’s Get Busy… contact Ann at 703-965-8700 or visit her website AnnDuff.com.

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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