Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog, Carolyn Capalbo

As we near the culmination of a major roadway project here in Gainesville, VA our neighborhood communities are certainly feeling the effects. Currently, the commute to and from Lake Manassas  as well as several other communities has much improved now that the new overpass off of I-66 has opened and there is no longer a light at what was formally the Linton Hall Road intersection. However, Virginia Oaks and Broad Run Oaks have been impacted with heavily increased traffic diverted through what are normally family friendly quiet neighborhoods. Currently, the communities have become a thoroughfare for many trying to cut through and avoid the construction on Route 29. Additionally, communities such as Wentworth Green and others on Wellington and Limestone Road

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Often when homebuyers hear the word “condo” the image that comes to mind is apartment styled units. This style of condo is prevalent in Northern VA and provides one level living and is often seen in high rise buildings. These high rises often come with many amenities to include pools, concierge services, secured entry, grounds maintenance, on site gym facilities, sports courts, ect. Many of these high rise, one level style condos are found in the more urban areas closer to Washington DC, for example units like these in Arlington or these in Alexandria.

Many purchasers in the house hunt fail to realize is that condominium is a type of ownership, not a style of home. Condominiums can come in many different styles to include duplex, stacked townhouse

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People often ask us about what we think their home is worth on the market right now. More often these days, by the time they ask a REALTOR, they have already visited one of many websites and consulted an "automated valuation model" for a rough guesstimate on what their home is worth. We are seeing more and more of that, and I thought it would be good to explain WHY those tools are so often wrong and additionally, how to avoid the problem of overpricing or underpricing your home.

Martin Archacki, a REALTOR in Atlanta recently created a clever graphic that shows how far these automated models can be off. In his case he used Zillow's own statistics to explain the problem. On Average...a Zestimate is 8% off in terms of value. There are many areas of the

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Last week, our team had the pleasure of gathering for a meeting at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and couldn’t have been more thrilled with the food, service and ambiance.  Our team enjoyed the bar area for happy hour and were extremely impressed with their signature cocktails and appetizers.

We are so excited about the growing restaurant scene here in Gainesville. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is joined by other fantastic restaurants in the Virginia Gateway Center to include Bar Louie, Bj’s Restaurant& Brewhouse, Nando's Peri Peri and Smashburger.

No matter what kind of food you are in the mood for, Gainesville has an option for you. And if it’s not already here, it’s likely coming. The growing roster of restaurants will soon include Trummer’s

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The Schubert model is the largest of the townhomes offered at Wentworth Green offering 2300+ square feet of living space. This model gives the feel of single family living with the low maintenance luxury of a townhome. The main level features a generous sized Living Room with the option to have a powder room or coat closet. The spacious kitchen features a breakfast bar, spacious island and fantastic cabinetry.  Just off the Kitchen there is a light filled Morning Room that is a perfect space for dining. If you prefer a formal Dining Room, this is also an option with this model.

On the Upper Level, the Master Bedroom acts as a private oasis with a spacious walk in closet, optional tray ceiling and en suite Master Bath. The Master Bath has a generous

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One of the questions that we get asked quite a lot is about the drive / commute times between Northern Virginia cities. Many of our clients who are coming from out of town need this information to help them decide where it is best to live. We could not find this information anywhere, so we created it.

The chart that you see below is for NON-Peak drive times. During PEAK times a good rule of thumb is to double these times. While these are not hard and fast rules, they do give you an idea of what you can typically expect.

By the way, if you would like to use this graphic on your website, we would be HAPPY to share it with you, with the understanding that you share credit to us since we created it. The easiest way to do that is to simply copy and

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The Oronoco: providing luxurious one level living in Old Town Alexandria. With just a few units left for sale, these open-concept, one level condos contain incredible amenities and high end finishes. There are 2 and 3 bedroom options with standard interior appointments include 10’ ceilings, wide plank hardwood flooring, contemporary gas fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows and expansive balconies up to 1000 sq feet. The stunning Kitchens include quartz countertops, glass mosaic backsplash, Energy Star appliances, LED under cabinet lighting, and oversized islands with pendant lighting.

Residents in this 6 story building will enjoy access to amazing on site amenities to include Concierge Services, 24 hour Fitness Center with Yoga Studio, Meeting

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The lovely Lee Square condominium community is comprised of 132 stacked townhome style condo units and situated less than a mile from the VRE and Old Town Manassas.  There are two models in this community: The Riley and The Dylan, ranging from 1600-2600 square feet. Both units have 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms as well as 9 foot ceilings on all levels. Other standard features include: raised panel oak cabinetry, spacious pantry, and center kitchen island.

The Dylan is an upper-level unit with three levels. Entering on the lower level there is a foyer, closet and stiars to the garage. Ont he main level, there is an open Living/Dining Room as well as a Powder Room. The spacious Kitchen is open to the Family Room. On the Upper Level, the large Master

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The condominiums at Market Center have been crafted by several different builders and offer multiple floor plans. Currently, M/I Homes is building townhouse style condos that are three levels with fresh floor plans and up to 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Spacious owner’s suites with large master bathrooms and one car garages are included in all units. Previously completed, Ryan Homes and Beazer built in this community between 2008-2012. These homes are also three level townhouse style condos with one car garages. This community is subject to both a Condo Association as well as a Home Owner Association.  Residents enjoy access to tot lots, swimming pool and covered pavilion.  The community is situated across the street from the recently completed Novant Health

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Braemar is a spacious planned community situated in Bristow, VA that has over 2800 homes built between 1996 and 2008. Recognized in 2012 as Large Community of the Year by the Community Associations Institute, Braemar has homes that vary in range from townhomes to small and medium single family homes as well as town home style condos. Residents enjoy access to a Community Center, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, two Pools, multiple Tot Lot and Walking/Biking Trails. In addition, the community hosts various family friendly events throughout the year to include Breakfast with Bunny, Yard Sales, Dog Swims, Braemar Day, Halloween Party and Holiday Party. Also, there are several clubs and groups that are offered in the community such as the Activity

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