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What an interesting week in Alexandria. Here’s the rundown.

World champion sprinter Noah Lyles brought home his bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. In a frank, TED Talk-like speech at Alexandria City High School, Lyles talked about the importance of mental health as he struggled to perform at the games.

“A lot of people will look at the Olympics this year like something was different with the athletes,” said Lyles. “Well, it was a lot of difference because we had so much weight that we had to hold onto — about two years. I was no different.”

On the COVID-19 front, while the transmission level remains high in Alexandria, this week the city tied with Arlington for the lowest seven-day positivity rate in Virginia. Large outdoor public events are still happening, too, and on Monday, a vast majority of local elected officials and candidates converged for the Alexandria Democratic Committee’s annual Labor Day Picnic, which included an appearance by gubernatorial candidate, former Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Important stories

Top stories

  1. Man arrested for spending spree after finding wallet in Bradlee Shopping Center parking lot
  2. COVID-19 Update: Alexandria ties with Arlington for lowest seven-day positivity rate in Virginia
  3. BREAKING: Pedestrian critically injured in Old Town car crash
  4. Mark Center development plans head to Planning Commission this week
  5. Alexandria Police union calls out years of executive mismanagement
  6. JUST IN: Suspects arrested after allegedly firing shots at Alexandria Police
  7. BREAKING: Video shows brawl at Alexandria City High School cafeteria just two days after school starts
  8. Mayor outlines upcoming plastic bag tax plans
  9. Village Brauhaus aims for rooftop expansion
  10. No injuries or arrests after shots fired in Old Town Sunday night
  11. Most expensive homes sold in Alexandria in August

Have a safe weekend!

Via Elijah Walter Griffin, Sr.

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Morning Notes

Booster shot preparations for adults made in Alexandria — “After a White House announcement that a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine could be available to adults as soon as Sept. 20, the City of Alexandria is preparing to administer the additional doses.” [Patch]

Efforts underway to educate public as city adjusts to marijuana legalization — “In order to spread awareness about the details of the bill and quell community concerns, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria worked with the governor’s office to release a “Top 10″ list for youth and adults that concretely explains the new measure’s rules and regulations.” [Alextimes]

Behind the scenes at ‘The Loft’ with Lena’s seasonal transformations — “When the theme at the Loft at Lena’s changes for the season, it’s a top to bottom change. New menus are developed, staff don new uniforms and even the lighting is completely redone. The loft closes down on Sunday and is closed for four days before reopening in time for Friday dinner. During that time it’s a 24/7 process that involves the whole team at Lena’s.” [Alexandria Living]

Median home prices to rise steadily in Northern Virginia — “The median price of sold homes will continue its upward trend across Northern Virginia, but the rise in prices will slow down in the coming months, according to a new report from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University (GMU-CRA) and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR).” [Alexandria Living]

Today’s weather — “Rain showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 79F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Locally heavy rainfall possible… Scattered thunderstorms in the evening, then variable clouds overnight with more showers at times. Low around 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Auto sales representative — “NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!! WE WILL TRAIN YOU!! OURISMAN CHRYSLER / JEEP / DODGE / RAM NEEDS SALESPEOPLE!!…..one of Virginia’s most respected automotive groups is offering an opportunity to join their automotive sales team” [Indeed]

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School year starts at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School — “With a little uncertainty and a lot of hope, Alexandria enters a new chapter for its students.” [Zebra]

Brokerage firm KLMB chosen to find tenants for Landmark Mall — “The first phase of the 4.2 million-square-foot mixed-use redevelopment, to be anchored by a 1 million-square-foot Inova Health System hospital, isn’t slated to deliver until mid-2025. But KLNB and the development team, including Foulger-Pratt, Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC), and Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG), have started working on a retail master plan to identify potential anchor tenants — which they hope will then help draw smaller shops and restaurants to the development.” [Washington Business Journal]

The Fund for Alexandria’s virtual gala is this Thursday — “All funds raised will directly benefit children in foster care or at risk for abuse and neglect, helping to ensure that each child has their basic needs met and providing life-enhancing and enriching opportunities that many of these children miss out on, like dance, art or karate lessons, summer camping, school field trips, scouting and team sports.” [City of Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Mostly sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 94F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%… Isolated thunderstorms during the evening, then skies turning partly cloudy overnight. Low near 75F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Real estate agent (training included) — “Have you reached your potential in your career? Are you making the money you deserve? Do you have the tools, leadership, and supportive environment to help you succeed in this lucrative and exciting industry? If you answered ‘No’ to any of these questions, Keller Williams Realty is your answer.” [Indeed]

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Volunteers needed for ACPS food distribution — “Kids should ask ‘What’s for lunch?’ not ‘Is there lunch?’ Help distribute two days worth of meals for @ACPSk12 students on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Volunteers are needed for both mobile pop-ups and curbside locations.” [Twitter]

First half of real estate taxes due today — Real estate taxes can be received at City Hall until noon. [City of Alexandria]

Passionately Pets expands to treats and apparel — “Passionately Pets has been offering quality dog walking and petsitting services since Jenna Gotch founded the business 14 years ago. But it wasn’t until recently that Gotch added a line of branded pet products and tasty treats for cats and dogs.” [Alexandria Living]

Craft beer festival at Mount Vernon estate on July 19 and 20 — “Experience Mount Vernon after-hours and taste beers from across the region. Sample craft beer from local breweries, hear live music, and explore the historic area after hours. The Mansion will be closed during this event.” [Visit Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Mostly sunny skies (during the day). High 81F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph… A few clouds from time to time (in the evening). Low 61F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Dog store manager — “We are a holistic doggie daycare, boarding, grooming and retail spot looking for a store supervisor. You will need to love dogs, and adhere to our holistic and natural approach to dog care. We offer only healthy food, supplements, as well as unique toys, gifts and other dog products.” [Indeed]

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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.

Join Us — Saturday, April 17 at 12 p.m. we will be going live on our Instagram featuring 8 E Chapman in picturesque Rosemont Park! This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, semi-detached home lives large and open featuring soaring ceilings and tons of natural light. A welcoming front porch greets you as you enter into the formal living room adorned with custom built-ins and clever storage. Continue into the great room where you’ll find the true heart of the home — including a half bath! The open kitchen features gas cooking, granite countertops with a peninsula, and great storage. Sit in the family room and enjoy the wood-burning fireplace (surrounded by built-ins) in the winter or hang out with the porch doors open during those perfect spring and fall evenings!

The upper level features a large primary bedroom with chic grasscloth wallpaper, great natural light and an Elfa closet system to maximize storage. A second bedroom and updated bathroom round out this level. The lower level features a bright rec room perfect for a playroom, office, or guest space. Conveniently, there is also a full bathroom on this floor, plus a spacious utility room equipped with a washer/gas dryer, ample storage, and new HVAC in September 2020! Don’t miss the well-manicured outdoor gardens and 3 car stamped concrete driveway! 8 E Chapman Street is perfectly situated near two Metro stations, two blocks to Maury Elementary, walkable to George Washington Middle School, shops and restaurants in Del Ray and Old Town, and more!

Welcome Home!

8 E Chapman Street, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

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Address: 711 Prince Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
Listed:  $4,995,000

Circa 1800, this exquisite Old Town home affords grand style with comfortable living set on spacious lushly landscaped grounds. A covered porch and gorgeous entrance greet you upon arrival, graced by a leaded glass fanlight and sidelights showcasing an original curved staircase with a shadow rail. Generously proportioned rooms are designed for intimate and large-scale entertaining with high ceilings, eight fireplaces with original mantels and crystal chandeliers.

The chef will be inspired by the gourmet kitchen equipped with honed marble countertops, elongated center island, and premium appliances, which opens to the light-filled breakfast room overlooking the backyard oasis. The new family room addition features a gas fireplace, wet bar and heated floors providing a casual space for get-togethers or movie nights.

Six spacious bedrooms and five-and-a-half renovated baths are tastefully appointed including the luxurious master suite with a gas fireplace, his and hers walk-in closets plus a spa-like marble bath with in-floor heating. The elevator transports you to various floors, including the master suite, lower-level exercise area, full bath and wine room. Outdoors is a dream for hosting with a towering oak tree anchoring the beautifully maintained yard and wide terrace. You’ll have access to off-street parking for multiple cars with an electric gated entrance.

Listed by:
Babs Beckwith
McEnearney Associates
703-627-5421
[email protected]
BabsBeckwith.com

This past week, 53 properties were recently sold in Alexandria. These ranged from a $1.8 million Old Town townhome to a $194,000 1 BD/1 BA condo.

Zooming out, Homesnap reports 318 homes listed for sale in Alexandria, including 228 condos, 45 detached homes and 45 townhomes.

“The median list price is $449,000 and the median sales price is $530,000,” reports Homesnap. “There have been 137 new listings in the last 4 weeks and 279 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!

Welcome to 5 E. Maple Street in the sought-after Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria! This charming and classic Rosemont townhouse is ready for move-in and features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, a walk-out basement and great outdoor space!

Walk into the living room and instantly feel right at home in the cozy and bright space. A formal dining area flows into the kitchen that boasts great cabinetry storage. Don’t miss the adorable screened in porch, perfect for sipping morning coffee year-round. The hardwood floors extend to the upper level where you’ll find two great sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The spacious walk-out level basement features a gas fireplace and open living area that’s perfect for a den, additional guest space or a home office. The options are endless! Rounding out the lower level are a full bathroom, utility room with cabinetry and three closets that provide ample storage in this adorable home.

Walk out back and enjoy the landscaped and fenced yard complete with an off-street parking space. Leave your car at home and walk to shops, restaurants, two Metro stops, Maury Elementary, Del Ray and Old Town — the location doesn’t get any better!

Welcome home!

5 E. Maple Street, 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 week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Brian Bonnet, Senior Loan Officer (NMLS ID# 224811) of Atlantic Coast Mortgage, LLC (NMLS ID# 643114). To learn more about current mortgage rates and the home loan process, contact Brian at 703-766-6702 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What are residential closing costs and how do they affect me?

Answer: One of the realities associated with the purchase and financing of residential real estate is the fact there will be transaction costs generally referred to as closing costs. Understanding, well in advance, what those costs will be is useful in planning for the purchase.

Transaction costs can be broken down into two broad categories — closing costs and prepaid/escrow expenses. Closing costs include fees charged by the lender, fees charged by the settlement company, and fees charged by state and local jurisdiction where the property is located.

Lender fees often include charges for the appraisal, credit report, processing fees, flood certifications and tax service fees. The total charges generally run between $1,800 and $2,300. Appraisal fees will vary depending upon the value of the appraisal and the complexity of the appraisal effort.

Settlement company charges generally include fees for their service, fees associated with the title search and preparation of the title binder, and lender’s and owner’s title insurance. Not including the cost of the title insurance, the settlement company fees usually total between $800 and $1,000.

Title insurance costs are driven by the sales price of the property, whether the borrower chooses to purchase owner’s title insurance, and further, whether the borrower chooses standard or enhanced owner’s title insurance. For a $300,000 purchase price with standard owner’s coverage, the title insurance costs would be somewhere between $1,550 and $1,700. At a price of $600,000 with the same election, the costs would range from $2,850 to $3,000. At a sales price of $1 million, the title insurance costs would range between $4,550 and $4,800. If the borrower chooses to purchase the enhanced type of owner’s title insurance, the total title insurance costs would be higher at all price points.

State and local jurisdiction costs vary from location to location and are also determined by the sales price and loan amount. In Virginia at a sales price of $600,000 with 20% down, the tax stamp cost would total $3,600. In Montgomery County, Maryland, the transfer and recordation taxes at that same price point and loan amount would total $6,955. In Washington, D.C., the recordation tax would be $8,700. Maryland and The District do offer some discounts for first-time purchasers in their jurisdictions.

The last group of costs associated with the purchase of residential property are prepaid and escrow expenses. If the purchaser is obtaining a mortgage loan, he/she must also obtain homeowner’s (hazard) insurance, which will vary in cost based on the price of the property. The premium for the first full year is generally collected at the time of settlement. In addition, three months of the annual premium are collected at settlement and placed in the borrower’s mortgage escrow account to ensure enough will be available the following year to cover the second-year premium. The borrower will also be responsible for covering any property tax due to the seller and the amount required in the escrow account necessary to cover the next real estate tax bill.

Lastly, if the property is a condominium or located within a homeowner’s association, the purchaser will be responsible for any refund to the seller of monthly dues, which had been paid in advance and for any fees required by the homeowner’s association.

If you would like more information to help plan your next move, please contact Brian Bonnet at [email protected] or call 703-766-6702.

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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Spring has arrived, and the real estate market is still hot in Alexandria.

This past week, 70 properties were recently sold in Alexandria — up five from last week. Sales included a 3 BD/3 BA boutique condo in Old Town for $3.6 million.

In total, as of April 4, Homesnap reports 319 homes listed for sale in Alexandria, including 229 condos, 45 detached homes and 45 townhomes.

“The median list price is $444,500 and the median sales price is $530,000,” reports Homesnap. “There have been 137 new listings in the last 4 weeks and 279 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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