Category Archives: Northern Virginia

Colin’s “Catch of The Day”: $1.2m Falls Church Home Worth Every Penny?

With lot size, dosage location, viagra 100mg condition, etc all added up is this Falls Church colonial a deal at $1,250,000? It might just be. Sure the kitchen is not the largest, which might be the biggest reason I would hesitate at this price, but it is modern and does open up into larger spaces….

Freshbikes Mosaic District Location Now Open

Fresh Bikes Mosaic District

Last Thursday I was on duty to watch our two pre-school girls, which included a morning in school and then a napless afternoon in the aftermath of the adrenaline from their first day. For their sake, and for mine, I needed to find something out and about for us to do. Earlier in the week I…

The Bump: Is Mosaic District Already Boosting Property Values in Merrifield?

Target Mosaic District

With election season upon us the media likes to talk about the “bumps” in polls a given candidate receives after major events such as the RNC, or the DNC. But what about the “bumps” areas can get when real estate development occurs? A question that has floated around for several years now is what impact…

Urban “Widow-Makers”: Storms Leave Dangerous Trail In Falls Church

Limb Down in Falls Church

If you have done any amount of back-packing then you are familiar with “widow-makers”. If you have done much back-packing and do not know this term… you should probably learn it before you go out again. “Widow-makers”, in short, are large branches you want to try and avoid putting your tent under because they are…

DC Economy: More Recognition For DC’s Tech Scene

What are the first 5 cities you think of when it comes to startups? Would you put Washington, DC on that list? Well, today VentureBeat.com has done just that, and they are not the first. If you have had any exposure to the entrepreneurial community in and around DC, then this really comes as no…

City of Falls Church Pending Home Sales Jump In 2012

The City of Falls church is not a large real estate market, but it is a popular one that has seen robust activity so far in 2012. The chart below really tells an unusual story, at least from January 2012 onward. Typically, as you can see through the previous 18 months on this chart, pending…

Colin’s Catch Of The Day: Alexandria Row Home Renovation, Too Small or Just Right?

For today’s catch we’re checking out a renovated 1920 City of Alexandria row home. Located within walking distance of King St., the Potomac, Braddock Rd. Metro, and possibly even Del Ray’s great restaurants if you’re up for it, this home is essentially new on the inside, and includes an off-street parking space. After originally being…

What Facebook’s IPO and Today’s Housing Market Have in Common:

By now there is little chance you haven’t heard about the LACK of success that the Facbook IPO has had in the last few weeks. The stock has gone nowhere but down since day one. After more hype, order speculation, seek and excitement than any IPO in recent memory, what went wrong? I am not…

Speaking of Walkable: Mosaic District Fast Becoming a Reality

Recently I have had an increased emphasis on neighborhood walkability and what some of the DC area’s most walkable communities are. Well, a new neighborhood anchored in walkability is on the horizon: The Mosaic District near the Dunn Loring Metro in Fairfax County. With shopping, restaurants, office space, and housing (supplied in large part by…

Colin’s “Catch of the Day”: Arlington Craftsman With Subtle Curb Appeal, but Ample Space

This edition of my “Catch of the Day” features an Arlington Craftsman with a great mix of modern amenities and classic feel. Built in 1999, before the idea that we had to completely fill an entire lot with a house took root, this Craftsman brings a subtle curb presence, but plenty of room to stretch out inside. Listed…

Saving Saturday: Saving Money For A House, Mortgage Payment… Or Anything Really.

After 8.5 years of marriage my wife and I, in many ways, are just getting started. However, one of the things we have done quite a bit of is navigate budgets and sliming down on our spending. Sometimes it has been to meet a specific goal and sometimes just for sport, none-the-less we have learned…

Arlington Going Green – Earth Day 2012: Local, Social, Technical, Practical

With Earth Day weekend upon us it is the perfect time to take a look at what you can do to reduce your footprint, and get involved in the community. In the slidshow above, and the descriptions below I break down ways you can get involved in Earth Day 2012 locally, socially, technically, and practically….

Is The Clarendon Condo Market Tightening Up?

They say that condos are the first down and the last out of any down real estate market. If that is true then it seems there is hope on the immediate horizon for Clarendon area condo owners, and thus for home owners throughout the area. Personally I have seen competition heating up in the condo…

Geeking Out Over Arlington: The Paradox of Arlington’s Real Estate Data

Spring in Arlington would not be the same without all the vibrant azaleas and Open House balloons on every corner. This year has me more excited than most because of the data I discussed above. Based on what I have experience personally of late I think we’re in for a solid few months. Come back…

Turnberry Tower: Don’t Believe The Negative Rumors

I’m not sure where it came from, but evidently there is a rumor floating around that the Turnberry Tower condominum project remains 80% vacant. This is not only untrue, but the actual sales at the tower are more than opposite that rumor. As of late last week Turnberry Tower, arguably the hotest condo project in…