Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog,<br />Carolyn Capalbo


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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Live in Gainesville, VA and wondering how you’re going to get all of your holiday shopping done? The Virginia Gateway Center has put together this great list of gift ideas for everyone on your list and it can all be done without leaving the Gateway Center. If you’re lucky enough to live in the fantastic Wentworth Green community, the Gateway Center is within walking distance and your holiday shopping list can be complete with plenty of time to spare. Once you’re done shopping, reward yourself with an excellent meal at one of the great dining options in the Gateway Center such as Firebirds, Smash Buger or Grafton Street. And don't forget to participate in the great photo contest: pose with the ornament installation, post your pic, and you could

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Looking for a golf course community in the Haymarket area? There are several options and each community offers a different feel and type of course. The communities to consider are:


Dominion Valley:
This exquisite gated community offers a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The golf course is just the beginning to the world class amenities that Dominion Valley has to offer. Upholding the Arnold Palmer reputation, this was designed to showcase the natural landscape and the Bull Run Mountains.  Situated along Little Bull Run Creek, the course moves through community's rolling landscape and natural preservation areas. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy this course with its mountain views, the eight water holes, and four sets of

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Are you currently an owner of a townhouse in the Piedmont community and find yourself dreaming about more space? Has your family outgrown the space you currently have?  If you bought your home between 2007-2013, you may have enough positive equity to make stepping up a realistic goal.

There is a great inventory of single family homes in Piedmont, which provides the option to stay in a neighborhood that you have come to love with fantastic amenities, access to a wonderful school system and get the extra space you and your family may need. Homes are being priced competitively and we are seeing sellers being amicable to providing concessions. If you are even thinking about stepping up from a townhouse to a single family, please don’t hesitate to call me

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Loaded with culture, shopping, dining and American history, Alexandria, VA is close in proximity to D.C but feels like entirely different city.  Strolling down the cobble stone streets, you will find endless boutique shops, incredible dining options from casual bars to fine dining, and rich cultural experiences can be found at The Torpedo Factory Art Center and historic Mount Vernon is situated just eight miles south of Alexandria.

Waterfront activities include water taxis, boat cruises, parks and spectacular water front dining. Another popular Alexandria attraction is the Port City Brewing Company, a craft brewery that offers pints, flights and tours.

Real Estate in this popular yet historic district was largely built in the 1700

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Looking to move to the Haymarket-Gainesville area? The Piedmont community should be on your list to consider. 

Piedmont is a fantastic, gated, golf community located in the Haymarket-Gainesville area at the intersection of I-66 and Route 15 with approximately 1600 homes, both townhome sand single family built in between 1999-2007.  This community is loaded with amenities to include: an indoor swimming pool that is open year round, two Olympic size swimming pools both with luxury bathhouses, multiple tennis courts, fitness center, community center and business center.

All of these amenities are in addition to the main attraction of the community, the gorgeous 18 hole Piedmont Golf Club designed by Tom Fazio.  The Golf Club features

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As the cliché saying goes, now may actually be the best time to buy a home in Dominion Valley Country Club.  As I review economic statistics, inventory data, days on market, and interest rate data, now is an amazing time to buy a home in Dominion Valley.  There is ample inventory available for those families that wish to step up to a luxury single family home in the community.  Many sellers are willing to accept contingent offers and interest rates are crazy low.  Economic and monetary policy have mortgage professionals anticipating interest rates to rise next year.  Some area lenders are forecasting a 1% uptick by year end of 2015.  Let’s take a look at the interest rate impact for home sales in this community…

The average sales price in the community

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