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Calling all design aficionados!

This post is for all you design buffs! There are a couple of great events you should check out if you are interested in interior design, home decor or architecture. First up is the DC Design House, which is in its 10th year. This year, the DC Design House showcases the work of 23 different designers from DC, Virginia and Maryland. Both the inside and outside feature beautifully designed spaces....

Halloween Happenings 2017

Halloween is almost here, and if you are looking to get out and about, there is plenty going on! Here are some ideas to get you started. Shocktober Haunt, October 27-29; Paxton Manor in Leesburg You never know what is in store for you at Paxton Manor or its basement, Carnival of Souls! Dubbed "Northern Virginia's only REAL haunted house", the scenes change every year, with over 100 c...

Taco Bamba opens in Springfield

Tom and Susan were brave (actually foolhardy) and went to Opening Day at the brand-new Taco Bamba in Springfield on Backlick Road. Yes, there was a long line. Our patience was rewarded with some chips and zesty guacamole to start. Our main course was heaping carne asada and stewed chicken tacos. It was tough to forgo the margaritas with their vast tequila selection…but we’ll be ba...

New Construction: Bottling House

Tom and Susan had the opportunity to check out a new condo building in the heart of Old Town Alexandria called Bottling House recently. There will be a total of seven beautifully-appointed contemporary-style units, with four still available. Check out the view from the rooftop deck of one of the penthouse units! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUrYWViMrA4 The condos at Bottling House have...

TSA Headquarters Moving to Springfield, Virginia

It has been announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will build their new world-class headquarters in Springfield, Virginia. Springfield will be the beneficiary of approximately 3,000 jobs, and we are sure that it will attract more amenities to the Springfield Town Center. Easy access to Metro and VRE is a big plus, and means that folks from as far away as Quantico an...

New Construction: Burke Junction

Another new construction project that we've visited recently is Burke Junction in Fairfax, Virginia. This community will consist of  17 luxurious single family homes built by K.Hovnanian. Six different models are available; you can choose from the Dover, Portland, Oxnard I, Berwyn, Louisville and Delaware. Square footage ranges from 2,687 to 4,244, and prices will be between $899,900 and $1,...

Should you add granite counters and stainless steel appliances?

  One question we get asked a lot by people selling their homes is whether or not they should add granite counters and stainless steel appliances. We say yes, and that you'll certainly get a return on investment (ROI). Listen to Tom explain why below. With 92% of buyers looking for homes online, upgrades like granite counters and stainless steel appliances can really make your ...

Our Fundraiser to Bring Anguilla Back

We’ve been lucky to have visited Anguilla in the Leeward Islands many times. It truly is a paradise with the best beaches, fabulous restaurants and fun and sincerely friendly people. As many of you know, hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean. We have started a YouCaring.com fund to help the island of Anguilla re-build. We’ve raised almost $6,000 so far and, when travel is permit...

Update on Park Glen and Park Pointe construction

Remember when we told you about the brand new Park Glen (Burke) and Parke Pointe (Springfield) communities that Van Metre was building? We just found out that there are only two home sites left, one in each location. If you are considering purchasing a luxury home in the near future, you might want to take a peek at these. Give us a call at 703-822-0207 and we’d be happy to represent ...

Meeting Mike Isabella at Arroz

Last Saturday, Tom and Susan went to Arroz, a hot new Mike Isabella Concepts restaurant in the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. It is a unique contemporary look at the flavors, and look of Morocco and Southern Spain. We started with “No Borders” craft cocktails, which were super-tasty and then rosé sangria with dinner. We had two of the small plates and split a bomba-Arroz’s cu...