Alexandria, VA Real Estate News & Market Trends

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July 15, 2020

Live Tour at this Chic DC Condo

1321 Euclid St NW

Chic DC Condo in Columbia Heights

2 BR | 2 BA condo in a boutique building in Columbia Heights.  Adams Morgan and the 14th and U St. corridor are close by.  Two metro stations (Columbia Heights and U Street) are only a 7-minute walk away.  Shop at nearby Target, Trader Joe's, and Harris Teeter, venture out to the nightlife 14th St has to offer or enjoy a summer afternoon at Meridian Hill Park.  Come home where you can have it all.

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July 7, 2020

American Architectural Styles: A Look at North Ridge Rosemont Homes

There are over 30 different styles of American architectural styles available. Virginia houses offer some of the broadest style varieties in the country.

Rosemont houses in Alexandria boast both revivals and contemporary designs. They are likely to suit anyone's taste.

Learn more American architecture styles common to North Ridge Rosemont Homes.

Types of House Architecture Common in Virginia

Do you seek American architectural styles found in Rosemont houses? If so, you should consult the Virginia Cultural Resource Information System (VCRIS). VCRIS is an electronic archive with records for historic properties in Virginia houses.

Before you begin house hunting for dreamy neocolonial houses, consider checking VCRIS. But first, check out the various types of house architecture typical to the area. Use this guide as a reference.

American Architectural Styles: Outside of Revivalism

Neocolonial houses, also known as colonial revival houses, are more common to the region. Virginia houses have a long history, spanning the colonial era to 1940. Some styles were popular for only a short time. Other architectural characteristics were so favored they reappear in revivals at later times. Each style boasts its defining characteristics, although some features may be repeated.

Colonial

Of the American architectural styles found in Virginia houses, colonials are the most common. Not only are they the oldest style in the region. Their defining characteristics also ensure more natural reconstruction and updates than other styles.

Colonial houses were built from 1650 to 1725. They are easily identifiable through their brickwork. They also feature single-room parlor plans and steeply pitched gable roofs.

Georgian

Georgian styles were constructed from 1700 to 1780. They emphasize balance and symmetry in their facades.

Also built from brick, this style uses central passage plans that run two-rooms deep. The standout features of this style include its embellished facades. These facades were more decorative than colonial styles.

Federal

Federal styles, built from 1780-1825, also relied on brickwork. This style also employed central-style plans. The federal style's architectural characteristics emphasize a more extended form. They also give more attention to detail.

Folk Victorian

Folk Victorian refers to a ruralized, more straightforward interpretation of regular Victorian styles. This style is known for its lack of decorative features (e.g., moldings, towers, wall surfaces).

Second Empire

The second empire style reflects the growth of the population in this period—the latter half the 19th century. Its use for residential styles mostly appears as single-family dwellings and townhomes.

Queen Anne

Queen Anne style homes usually include a corner tower, front gable, wrap-around porch. These features were difficult to fit into suburban lots. They were more often found in commercial buildings or vacation cottages.

Craftsman

This style is mainly associated with its use of forms. The craftsman style often uses bungalow and American foursquare.

American Architectural Styles: Revivals

Revivalism in architecture emphasizes a nod to popular forms and styles from Europe and ancient history. They are recent designs which individual architects attempt to reinvent. The revivals common in Virginia houses vary. Some are inspired by classical styles and those of modernity (i.e., the last century or so).

Classical

Introduced from 1780 to 1860, classical revival calls back to Roman-inspired architecture. Its emphasis on columns and use of the classical portico are the defining characteristics of this style.

Greek

Greek revival focused more specifically on the architectural characteristics of ancient temples. Also adorned with columns, this lacked some of the design details accessible in classical revivals. It mirrored the themes of liberty and democracy relevant to the time.

Gothic

Gothic revival, spanning nearly a century from 1835 to 1940, encompasses several substyles. These substyles include Early, Castellated, Carpenter, and High Victorian Gothic. This style appeared mostly to defy classicism. Its primary feature was a pointed, or Gothic-arched, window.

Italianate

Thi style was easily the most popular of American architectural styles at the time. The Italianate revival was used for houses and public buildings, too. This style stands out for its focus on overhanging cornices and decorative brackets.

Richardsonian

The Richardsonian style emphasizes the use of stone masonry. This style was considerably expensive, as it also focused on forms with lots of mass and scale over ornamentation. This style is also known as the Romanesque revival.

Colonial or Neocolonial

Colonial revival, or neocolonial houses, call back to the original colonial styles. This call to heritage through American architectural styles used two-story columns. It reintroduced the plantation styles of the Old South.

Other Revival Styles

There are several other popular revival forms. These were inspired by different colonial styles and cultures. These include:

  • Georgian: another historical call back to Revolution-era styles
  • Dutch: mostly used side-gambrel roofs and shed dormers
  • Tudor: very popular and inspired by cottages and stone manors
  • Spanish: considered exotic; known as Mediterranean due to the terracotta tile roofs
  • Neoclassical: yet another nod to classicism, emphasizing austerity
  • Rustic: aimed at blending natural landscapes with architecture

Popular Forms for Virginia Houses

Forms are architectural characteristics that refer to specific shapes or configurations of a building. A form is naturally opposed by space, either internal or external. A form's style is determined by its shape, size, scale, and proportion to an overall figure.

For Rosemont houses, certain American architectural styles that emphasize certain forms over others. The following are forms found in Virginia houses in Alexandria. These forms include:

  • American Foursquare: two-story or more with a square/rectangle plan
  • Palladian Villa: two-story with flanking pavilions
  • Octagon: eight-sided and very rare
  • Bungalow: small, gabled, with a living room connecting to the dining room
  • I-House: two stories, three bays, one-room deep, steep gable roof

No matter the forms or American architecture styles you prefer, you have several options available.

Finding Your Dream Home in Rosemont

With references like VCRIS, shopping for your favorite American architectural styles in Rosemont is easier than ever. Of course, even with a helpful resource like this, it is essential to have an expert's help.

Consider house hunting with the Liz Luke team. We can help you find the styles and characteristics you want. Please, contact us today so we can help you find the home of your dreams.

July 6, 2020

601 Johnston Place Rosemont, Alexandria

North Ridge Rosemont home for sale

 

Welcome to this inviting 1920s Bungalow at the intersection of Johnston Place and Elm Street in Rosemont, Alexandria. 

Listing details, photos and video tour here.

 

Tune in for our Facebook Live stream virtual tour here on Sunday, July 12, from 12 - 1 PM.

 

June 29, 2020

Moving to North Ridge Rosemont, VA: A Prospective Guide

Nationwide, new listing prices for homes have seen their slowest growth in seven years. In early March, listing prices were up 4.4% whereas early April saw a rise of only 1%. For new home buyers in the North Ridge Rosemont area, this is good news!

If you're a young couple looking for a great place to raise your family or an established couple looking to settle down, North Ridge Rosement, VA is the perfect area for you.

Over 11,000 people call this area home, and that number continues to rise. If you're looking to make a move and buy a new home, now is the time. Read on to learn more about this exciting neighborhood in Alexandria.

 

What Makes North Ridge Rosemont Stand Out?

What makes Rosemont stand out from the other neighborhoods in Alexandria? The first thing you should know is that buying a home in this area is a solid investment. The median home value is $691,263, and that number should continue to rise for the next decade. 

The area is home to working professionals that commute throughout the greater Washington DC area. The average household income is $138,308. With large income comes a larger tax base, meaning the area can invest more in schools and infrastructure.

The area has a high number of historic homes built before 1939. If you're looking for a home with character, this neighborhood is the perfect place for you. That doesn't mean that you can't find a modern home though. Rosemont also has several modern homes for executives in the area. 

 

Education  

Education is an important part of life in Rosemont, with 33% of the people that live in the neighborhood having a master's degree or higher. Another 28% or Rosemont residents have a bachelor's degree. 

The area is home to excellent schools for children of all ages. There are six elementary schools: 

  • Charles Barrett Elementary School 
  • Maury Elementary School 
  • George Mason Elementary School
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary School 
  • Mount Vernon Elementary School
  • Jefferson-Houston Elementary School

The area is also home to T.C. Williams High School and one of the highest-rated private schools in the state, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. 

 

North Ridge Rosemont Things to Do

You'll love living in Rosemont if you're a history buff. You can spend an entire day driving around the neighborhood and admiring the historic homes that line Russel Road, West Spring Street, and other places. 

You can also pay a visit to the Ivy Hill Cemetery. Some burials here date back to 1811. There are many historic figures laid to rest here, including: 

  • Nicholas Trist - forged the treaty which ended the Spanish-American War
  • Amelita Ward - American actress who appeared in over 20 films
  • Bryan Fairfax - Lifelong friend of George Washington and first American-born Lord Fairfax
  • Several descendants of George Washington

Please remember that there may be ongoing services and grieving family members when you visit the cemetery. Always show respect during your visit.

You can also visit Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, which is only about an hour and a half away. Harpers Ferry is where John Brown attempted to lead a rebellion against slavery in the South in 1859.  

On the border of the neighborhood, you'll find the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. This memorial, inspired by the ancient Alexandria Lighthouse in Egypt, is 333 feet tall. The building's purpose is to honor Washington as both the first president and as a mason. 

The best part about living in Rosemont is that you're close to world-class cultural sites and entertainment options that the entire family can enjoy. 

 

Museums and Cultural Attractions 

Even though you'll live in Virginia, you'll have access to the world thanks to the numerous free museums in the Washington DC area. 

You'll live within 15-minutes of the world-famous Smithsonian Museums. You can spend an entire day wandering the halls of the natural history museum where you'll come face to face with dinosaurs, Native American cultural artifacts, and ancient Egyptian mummies. 

You're also only a few minutes from the National Zoo where over 300 animal species are housed year-round. Watch as Western Lowland Gorillas forage for food and ring-tailed lemurs bounce from tree to tree. The National Zoo is an amazing place to explore on your own or take your family. 

You can also take in the national monuments, do a tour of the white-house, or spend the night taking in a performance from the National Symphony. The best part is that, after spending a day in Washington DC, you're only 15 minutes from your home!

 

Sports and the Outdoors 

Rosemont and the greater Alexandria area is the perfect place to call home if you're a sports fan. 

You can enjoy sports year-round since the area is home to teams in all five of the major sports. You can watch all-stars Bradley Beal and John Wall excite the Wizard faithful in the NBA or watch pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg throw strikes at Nationals Park.

You can watch Washington's NFL team at FedExField and catch a capitals NHL game. The area is also home to one of the most successful soccer clubs in the United States, DC United. 

If you're the outdoors type, Virginia has everything you could want and more. From Rosemont, you're less than an hour away from some of the best beaches in the United States. You can also take the short ten-minute drive to the Potomac River where you can fish, surf, and boat the day away. 

You're also a short drive from the Appalachian trail, mountain hikes, and amazing parks that offer camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and more. North Ridge Rosemont allows you to live close to the city and get away for a quiet excursion into nature. You're less than thirty minutes away from either a night out in the nation's capital or a camping experience in the woods of Virginia. 

 

Make the Move to North Ridge Rosemont Today!

When you start looking at North Ridge Rosemont homes, you need a team of professionals that understand your needs. You want professionals with experience in the local real estate market that can help you find the right home at the right price. 

The Liz Luke Team offers exceptional service and knowledge of the local real estate market. We've dedicated our lives to helping families and individuals like you find their forever home in Alexandria and beyond. 

If you're ready to make the move to North Ridge Rosemont and experience everything the area has to offer, contact us today!

June 26, 2020

Watch Live Virtual Open House Tours

Tune in Sunday, June 28 at 12 PM for our live virtual tour at 3207 Memorial Street.

Tune in Sunday, June 28 at 1 PM for our live virtual tour at 2407 King Street.

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June 24, 2020

3207 Memorial Street | Alexandria, VA 22306

Newly constructed three-story Craftsman in Groveton. Top of the line features and beautiful finishes make this the ideal home for those looking for a move-in ready experience. This property is perfectly situated off Richmond Highway, with easy access to Old Town, Washington D.C., I-95 and the Beltway. It's convenient for shopping, restaurants, and recreation, with Huntley Meadows and Lee District Park nearby. 

Complete listing details, photos and more here.

 

Tune in Saturday, June 27 at 1 PM for our live virtual tour.

 

Video tour at 3207 Memorial Street.

 

June 24, 2020

2407 King Street | Rosemont, Alexandria

2407 King Street is precisely why everyone wants to live in Rosemont. This iconic American Colonial marries classic with contemporary and invites you to join in on the ease of yesterday while enjoying all of today's conveniences. 

Complete listing details, photos & video tour here

 

Watch the Facebook Live virtual open house below | SUN, 6/28 | 1 PM

Tune in Sunday, June 28 at 1 PM for our live virtual tour at 2407 King Street in North Ridge Rosemont, Alexandria. 

 

Checkout the monumental views from the rear decks and patio at 2407 King Street in North Ridge Rosemont, Alexandria. 

June 2, 2020

Brian Buffini Show | Episode 221

 

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In this episode, Brian interviews John O’Leary about his new book, “In Awe.” John explains how to again tap into our childlike sense of wonder and become more engaged, successful, and fulfilled in our lives.

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May 6, 2020

The Podcast Every Homeowner Needs to Hear

 

LISTEN NOW: The Brian Buffini Show | Episode #214

Brian Buffini interviews NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun to bring clarity on the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on the economy and housing market. 

This discussion includes:

  • Why home prices are remaining steady
  • How agents are navigating the process and completing transactions
  • Why real estate provides a hedge against inflation
  • Why homes are still valuable assets in high demand

Download NAR Flash Survey here

Download March 2020 Existing Home Sales here

Photo | thebrianbuffinishow.com

 

March 25, 2020

Top home maintenance tips

Perhaps the best investment a homeowner can make is to learn the ins-and-out of home maintenance. Proactive measures will likely pay back in buckets and includes the regular inspection and updating of a home’s major systems and structure.  

Below are a few of the most important items, including the most damaging and costly to a homeowner if not properly maintained and a few DIY improvements, mostly cosmetic, that increase value and curb appeal.  Further down, you’ll find a formula for what to do first and last and tips to keep your calendars and maintenance reminders in order. 

Waterworks

Leaks cause more financial damage to homes than any of the other elements, including fire.  The best approach to prevent water damage? Inspect and maintain plumbing fixtures annually -  before leaks begin - starting from the top down.

Gutters

Gutter maintenance is cheap, easy and a prime prevention of damage.  In a short time, clogged gutters can affect the roofing material, fascia, soffits, and even the siding.  Free flowing gutters can allow for dry basements and crawl spaces; bi-annual inspections are recommended.  While you’re up there, look for nails that may have bumped out and spot-check caulking, too!  

Drip, drip, drip ... 

No, not coffee - that’s your hose bibb.  Notorious for leaks, hose bibbs can cause water damage inside wall assemblies, basements, or crawl spaces. Wetness or mold around the hose bibb is a sure sign of leakage -  usually caused by a loose tap or connection. 

Winterizing hose bibbs is a must-do in your maintenance program.  Before temps drop below 20 degrees: disconnect all hoses from their hose bibbs and drain excess water; turn off valves supplying water to your outdoor faucets; drain residual water from the hoses and leave the faucet handle in an open position to release pressure throughout the winter; place an insulating cover - easily found at hardware stores - over your hose bibbs.  

Leave the heavy lifting to the pros …

Do what you can with the skills and tools you have.  When you see the need for professional assistance, reach out to your trusted real estate team at LizLuke.  We work hand-in-hand with reliable resources including HVAC companies like John Nugent & Sons HVAC, roofing pros like Pond Roofing & Exteriors, plumbers, electricians, painters, and handymen of all sorts.

It only takes a minute to message us (email, text, or DM) for a referral to one of our trusted resources who will put your projects on the top of their schedule.

Roof inspection and repairs

A costly but inevitable home improvement - roof replacement.  Roofs are exposed to all of the seasonal stresses — rain, snow, ice, wind and heat.  Though they may last longer, roofs typically have a 20 year lifespan.

If you are comfortable on a ladder, perform a regular, close-up inspection of your roof; if not, binoculars work, too!  Early signs of roof distress include any warping of its shingles.  Also look for granules in your gutters - some asphalt granules are ordinary but an abundance of grit in the gutters is a sign your roof life is waning.

A serious indication for roof repair are waves or dips in a roof - these can mean the roof is leaking and could cause rot in the wooden sheathing below.  For major maintenance like this, it’s best to bring in the big guns and hire a professional roofer for an expert opinion.

HVAC need help?

Unless you’re an HVAC technician, hire the help of a professional for regular inspection and service of your HVAC system.  With proper maintenance in place, you will likely ensure a long service life for your HVAC and demonstrate responsible homeownership to potential buyers when your home is on the market.   

Curb appeal counts

First impressions are lasting impressions.  Wow potential buyers, or just your neighbors, with these DIY upkeep items.  

Fenced in?

Just like anything else, fences need periodic maintenance.  Simple fixes include new nails and fastening brackets.  Light pressure washing and staining will freshen up fences after winter weather.  

Windows, doors and drafts, oh my! 

Put your hand next to the window and door seals.  Do you feel cold air coming in?  Simple solutions to seal up drafts includes weather stripping and/or caulking.  These measures can eliminate upwards of 10% of your heating and cooling bills.

Liven up your landscape

Is that chickweed or dandelion?  Henbit or bittercress?  Ask Alexa, Siri or Google - they all have the answers.  Then, assess sunshine exposure and which plants should go where based on their needs.  Confused yet?  roozensonline.com can help.

Attention to Detail

Doors painted in a glossy color look larger and more inviting.  Is your doormat worn and weathered or does it offer a warm welcome message?  Are your house numbers visible from the street? Is your freedom flag flying high with bright red, white and blue or tired and tattered?  These things matter and are quick fixes.  

Prioritize your home projects

Put effort into what seems to pay off best.  Find the current age of your house component and determine its remaining life expectancy. Overdue items go to the top of the list. Once you’ve created an immediate focus list, map out the maintenance for one, three and five years out, keeping seasonal conditions in mind when plotting your due dates.  

Watch out for expense clusters.  This is when your home’s systems and appliances reach their expiry date around the same time.  Mapping out maintenance in advance is good protection against multiple costs at once.

Checklists & maintenance records

These documents provide an acceptable record of home maintenance to a prospective buyer — one more tool to protect your home value.

Words of wealth

Be the best steward of your home.  Commit to regular home maintenance and keep small problems from becoming big, costly issues. Your efforts will offer plenty in return.

Remember, great people know great people.  LizLuke Team has vetted professionals whom we love and trust.  Get on their schedule now.

When the topic of real estate should arise, with friends, family, colleagues - from coast to coast - LIZLUKE is here for you.  We are an excellent resource for your buyer and seller introductions.  We pledge to support every client with the same care.  We are a group of gals who keep our word and hustle hard to get our clients to the settlement table.  Getting you home - it’s what we do.