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General Area in Alexandria : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Van Cash To Buyers Garrett asked:
Van Garrett Jr.
Direct: (571)295-4414
Samson Properties
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Tue May 27, 2014
Susan & Mindy Team, Realtors answered:
Misha's or Buzz! Both have great coffee, although I admit to being biased toward Misha's. Buzz, for some reason, is a little more fun.
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Tue May 27, 2014
Susan & Mindy Team, Realtors answered:
As we are generally seeing a fair amount of appreciation throughout Alexandria, to answer your question adequately would require more specific information. Are you curious about a particular building, for example? ... more
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Wed Oct 2, 2013
Alan Wagman answered:
historic charm and urban convenience in a location centrally located to DC.
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Thu Jun 6, 2013
Lori M. Connelly-De Franco answered:
Dear Mwc20Mel,

Hollin Hills is my home. It is an amazing neighborhood filled with wonderful residents, but like all neighborhoods safety is only as safe as the people who pass through. My family has never had any issues living there and I love how quiet it is.
Schools can always be checked out on the county web-site. A lot depends on what your child needs as to what would be the best fit for them. Though I love Hollin Meadows, if I had a child who was a musical prodigy, considering a school that provides a performing arts focus would be perhaps the best fit.

As far as continuing to appreciate, our neighborhood is going before the Department of Historic Resources will be holding a hearing this summer. We are seeking approval of Hollin Hills as an historic neighborhood. This is very exciting because of many things like tax breaks for renovations and restorations.

Every house in Hollin Hills is unique. Try to see as many of them as possible when they are for sale or on the Semi-Annual Home and Garden Tour. Home value in Hollin Hills is very specific to size, updates, location and floor plan.


Lori M. Connelly-De Franco
Keller Williams Realty Alexandria Old town
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Will Nesbitt answered:
There are plenty of very nice condos in the Kingstowne / Island Creek / Manchester Lakes areas of Franconia. You can also search near Woodlawn for even more affordable properties. If you want to stay a little closer to the city and the metro, you might want to look at Huntington. ... more
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Brian Block answered:

As others have mentioned, there's independent cities and counties in Virginia. There are Alexandria addresses that are part of Fairfax County, same goes for Falls Church, there's Falls Church City and there's Falls Church addresses that are part of Fairfax County.

I published a blog article that explains all this a while back. See the link below.
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Sat Oct 20, 2012
Delaine Campbell answered:
Hi Rebecca. Glenmore is up behind the King Street metro and it's a super cute area, close to everything. And close to Old Town and the metro. The homes there, for the most part, are brick colonial bungalows, but up on the hill are more historic, Victorian style homes. The prices really vary there. I sold one of the homes on Hilton Street and my owners really enjoyed living there. Taylor Run has some nice homes as well. That entire area is a good walking area, has nice parks, and is close to everything you would want for convenience. I show homes in both of those areas a lot and my office is not far from there, so I know that you would probably like it. There are two elementary schools in that area, so you have to watch the boundary to get the specific school. If you would like more info on those areas or the schools, crime rates, etc. I would be happy to forward you the sources that I provide to clients interested in purchasing a home here in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
Rea answered:
Get married first then think about helping HIM find a home. Are you from the area? If not, you better weigh your options as to housing, employment, stable community with church and friends, schools, etc. Hmmm. ... more
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Fri Sep 16, 2011
Brent Kluge answered:
I can help you with the financing... In addition, you may want to consider buying an existing home and renovating it for mobility. I have done hundreds of them and would be delighted to assist.

Feel free to give me a ring:

Brent Kluge
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Sat Oct 10, 2009
Misha Zaitzeff answered:
I think you guys would really love Flippingpad. It's a good mix of Investors and Professionals.
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Thu Sep 24, 2009
Kathy Stark answered:
As Realtors we are not permitted by Fair Housing to make judgement calls about safety in an area. You best bet is to visit with neighbors, go by at different times of the day, an check with the police department about the number of calls they get for any area you are considering. Do you have a Buyer's Agent representing and advising you? He or she will have website info on where to get crime statistics. One good site to check is:
Good luck
Kathy Stark
Weichert, Realtors
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Mon Dec 29, 2008
Delaine Campbell answered:
Hi Mike, Tamara (below) is right in that there are many different areas to live in here. The best thing to do is to do some research on your own (look at a map of Alexandria and study it's proximity to the river, D.C., major highways) and then try to zero in on specific areas that interest you. Then depending on your price range you'll have to look around more. I realize Buyers are sometimes skeptical to contact a Realtor because they are afraid of the 'sales' pitch, but honestly, if they are good, you won't be locked in for life LOL. Contact a reputable, LOCAL Realtor (office in Alexandria or Old Town) that knows the area well and who, after listening to your needs - interests-and price range, can help you zero in on some places that might work for you. Remember, a good Realtor can tell you about the town, not just about the real estate there, so that's why using someone who is really implanted in the neighborhood can be an excellent resource for you. We have some great buys right now all over town - from Condos to Detached Houses. Interest rates are super low and if you are thinking of buying it is probably a good time to look around, get a feel for what's out there, and then decide what you want to target. Let us know if we can help. That's what we are here for. We don't bite :) And any of us can connect you with some lenders to so that you can find out how much you want to commit to for a mortgage payment (don't forget taxes, insurance, condo fees on top of that!) Hope this helps. ... more
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Tue Aug 19, 2008
AJ Heidmann answered:

In general, as long as you are moving up in the size of your home and staying in the same vicinity you should do well, so your thinking is on track in that respect. The disadvantage right now is for those that are downsizing, because in general they have taken a similar percentage hit to a larger value home.

Currently in Alexandria City, there are 31 single family homes in the $400K-$600K range, while including Fairfax County with an Alexandria postal address adds another 179 possiblities. There are options out there for your growing family to explore.

Best of luck! If you have any more questions please feel free to drop us a line,

AJ Heidmann, ABR, CRS, e-PRO
Cell 703-474-1260 Fax 703-518-8314 Toll Free 877-727-3631
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Old Town Alexandria
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Thu Jun 12, 2008
AJ Heidmann answered:
I agree with Brian that those areas are possiblities, but I would include South Arlington and Alexandria(Fairfax County) to your list. If you want to keep your commute under 45 minutes, you can't go much further. I just checked MRIS and found 200+ single family homes listed under $375,000 in the combined area. Now many of these are short sales, so to be sure to give as much information as possible to your agent so they can narrow down this large inventory, to more manageable number that work on.

Best of luck in your search!
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Sun May 4, 2008
Danilo Bogdanovic answered:
It's going to be very difficult to find a landlord that will allow dogs of that size, let alone two of them. If you do, you will have to pay a very hefty pet deposit at the very least.

Typical pet deposits are between $250 and $500. You may have to pay up to $1000 in your case. I'm a dog owner myself and would absolutely pay the huge pet deposit to keep my dogs if I were in your shoes. But that's just me...
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