Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog, Carolyn Capalbo


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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Victory Lakes is a fantastic community situated on 580 acres in Bristow VA, developed by Miller & Smith. This community contains a mixture of single family and townhomes with several acres planned for green space. Residents enjoy access to a clubhouse, tot lots, dog park, covered picnic areas, pools, hiking/biking trails and three man-made lakes. Miller & Smith created a community that was a first in the market to contrast the traditional golf communities in the area in targeting active families with access to these amenities.  Miller & Smith is known for their unique and dynamic floor plans.  Other builders also helped shape and build Victory Lakes.  There are offerings from Beazer, and Craftsmark as well.  The townhouses in this community

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Bristow is a growing community in Prince William county with several wonderful neighborhoods to include Braemar, Kingsbrooke, Saybrook, and Victory Lakes to name a few and with the rapid population growth in the area, more are likely to come. Residents enjoy access to the great attractions such as the Bristow Manor Golf Club and Jiffy Lube Live-an outdoor concert venue that brings countless amazing artists to the area every year.  There are many shopping and dining options in and around Bristow. Within the community, there is the Bristow Center with a Harris Teeter and local favorite Tony’s Pizza. In addition, Bristow is conveniently located in relation to Sowder Village Square as well as the Virginia Gateway Center.

Commuting from Bristow is

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Consumers should be weary of the homes Zillow, RealtyTrac and other aggregate sites list as “pre-foreclosure” statuses, these listings are likely a large waste of consumer time and a potential invasion of homeowner peace and enjoyment.  This pre-foreclosure status is given to homeowners who have fallen behind on payments.  Many of these homeowners are able to bring the mortgage current and these homes should be removed from the foreclosure process.  These homes never actually get foreclosed upon and never make it to market.  Home buyers may be investing time and researching homes that are never going to hit the market any time soon.  Why do these sites employ such tactics? The pre-foreclosure listings enhance their website content which brings in

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