There’s so much new in every room!

There’s so much new in every room!

So Much New in Every Room

WELCOME TO 3560 S STAFFORD STREET!

Every corner of this home has been updated in every room, on all 3 levels.

Those who know Fairlington also know that this is one of Fairlington’s favorite floor plans. This Edgewood Floor Plan has today’s best features! Private, convenient community central to all Arlington and Alexandria communities, amenities, and commuter route, that will help you love this home! Updated, renovated kitchen, baths, designer fixtures, accent lights, moldings.

ALL NEW: new floors, new windows, systems, granite, stainless steel, designer neutral paint, HVAC, H20 heater.Quaint, private, patio backs to common space. Tucked away in quiet corner of this south side cul de sac. Short walk to pool, tennis, Fairlington and Bradlee shops and eats.1 Reserved Parking Space.Metro Bus at every corner.

Low condo fee includes water, exterior maintenance, common grounds, tennis, ball courts, Community Center, fitness trail, pool, and more!

CURRENT OWNER UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS

  • New Stainless Steel Appliances 2017
  • New Granite Countertops
  • New Kitchen Floor 2016
  • New Kitchen Disposal 2016
  • Wood Floors Refinished 2017
  • New Bathroom Floors 2017
  • New Basement Windows 2017
  • Washer & Dryer replaced 2016
  • New Bannister to 2nd floor replaced 2017
  • New HVAC 2010
  • New Windows 2003

 

FLOORPLAN: EDGEWOOD MODEL

Edgewood Floor Plan

LOCATION: WALK. BIKE. RUN.

Fairlington Glenn Pool, Courts around the corner

2 blocks to Fairlington Shops and Restaurants

2 blocks to the Shops, Starbucks, and Restaurants at Bradlee Center

3.9 miles to the Pentagon

8.5 miles to Washington Navy Yard

Metro Express Bus to Pentagon at every corner.

Contact Me to learn more.

 

 

Fair Lakes Court

Fair Lakes Court

Contemporary Flair in Fair Lakes Court

Welcome to 4158 Brookgreen Drive!

Fairfax, VA 22033

Experience the difference in Fair Lakes Court.

Look at this kitchen! And that’s just the beginning.

Impressive floor plan,features,and improvements highlight this two-car garage home in convenient,quiet location.Bright,open,main-level bump out,wood floors,decorative accents,and updates,Gourmet kitchen/family room/FP,breakfast bar,large pantry w/custom shelves,refinished deck,stainless appliances,imported granite.UL wood floors,master suite retreat! Brand new HVAC system,too!

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THIS FLOOR PLAN

•Contemporary, stylish updates on three finished levels
•Custom fixtures, decorative touches
•Decorative accents and recessed lights
•Living room bump-out adds living space and light
•Family room sitting area

•Main level half bath

•Oversized pantry 

•Extended breakfast bar
•Custom closets throughout
•Decorative hardscape, plant beds
•Expansive refinished deck
•Fully-fenced, private patio for quiet enjoyment or entertainment

Once inside, you’ll find today’s best features and contemporary upgrades on all three levels.

MAIN-LEVEL HIGHLIGHTS
•Main Level and Upper-Level Hardwood Floors
•Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances
•Designer Glass Tile Backsplash
•Modern, Deep Stainless Steel Sink
•Imported Blue Spectrolite Granite Kitchen Counters
•Extended Kitchen Island for Seating
•Main Level Half Bath
•Oversized Kitchen Pantry with Custom Shelves
•ADT Home Security System

UPPER-LEVEL FEATURES AND HIGHLIGHTS
•Gleaming Wood Floors
•Gorgeous Master Suite with Sitting Area
•Walk-in Closet with Custom Closet Organizers
•2 Additional Closets with Custom Closet Organizers
•Luxury Master Bath has Jacuzzi Tub, Updates
•2 Guest Bedrooms
•Contemporary Bath Updates

LOWER-LEVEL FEATURES AND HIGHLIGHTS
•Entirely New Heating and Air System
•Almost New Hot Water Heater
•Recessed Lighting
•Powder Room
•Bright Living Space
•Large Windows, Sliding Doors
•Brick Patio

 Contemporary life means convenience and quality. All of this exists in this Fair Lakes Court Community. Plus, community amenties, activities, and access to train, planes, and express lanes await within a 1-mile radius.

WHAT’S NEARBY?
EVERYTHING YOU LOVE ABOUT FAIRFAX, FAIR LAKES
Here’s the list for what’s nearby or within a 5 min drive
•Fairfax Town Center
•Fairfax Commons
•Fair Oaks Mall
•Fairfax Corner (shopping, movie, restaurants)
•Harris Teeter
•Fair lakes Shopping Center (shopping, restaurants)
•Costco, BJs Wholesale

We’re also 5 mins from emergency services:
Fire Station
Police Station
Hospital (INNOVA Hospital at Fair Oaks)

We’re 15-20 mins from Vienna Metro and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Experience special features,improvements,and community location.

Contact Me! Complete this form to schedule a visit!

 

 

Fair Lakes Court
Welcome to 4158 Brookgreen Drive

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Beautiful, bright living room bump out, wood floors and wall of windows

 

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Spacious Dining Room perfectly placed between living room and kitchen
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Entertaining is easy from Dining Room

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Beautiful wood floors, stainless appliances, imported granite and decorative glass tile
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Plenty of table space, oversized pantry and deck access
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Family Room off Kitchen has gas fireplace, adjacent powder room and deck access

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Main Level Half Bath
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Spacious, oversized master suite with spa bath, wood floors and 3 closets–2 walk-in closets–all with organizers

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Lower Level Rec Room h as Half Bath, fenced brick patio, plant beds, utility and garage access
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Recessed lighting, plenty of space for work, play, and entertaining

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FAIR LAKES COURT IS 5 MINUTES TO FAIRFAX TOWN CENTER–SHOPS,RESTAURANTS,AND MOVIES

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SHOP HARRIS TEETER, CORNER BAKERY AND MORE

 

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What’s Nearby Fair Lakes Court Community?

 

The Great Space Debate

The Great Space Debate
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Open, Contemporary Floor Plan at PRESTON at Potomac Yards

 

 

The story behind the home focuses on key elements of history, design, location, and community. When all of these come together, we create a value story that defines your home’s distinctive value, style, and luxury that connects people to the best properties available in any market.

As you know, I am a certified residential specialist proudly serving professionals, military, and foreign service professionals across VA and MD. A common thread when listing or buying homes is the concern over square footage. It’s typically the first thing that sellers want me to know. More often than not buyers will start out with a certain amount of square footage requirement as they search online or among the selections I provide during their search.

Sure, square footage is an important consideration. But, consider this: focus on the floor plan! Take a look at how the square footage of your home is used. In essence, is your floor plan functional? For sellers: If your home boasts a great amount of square footage think about how you use that space now. Then, think about what areas you use a certain way that may be taking away from the layout potential for buyers who walk through. When we meet, I typically walk through the house with potential clients so the floor plan becomes more familiar to me. That way, when we discuss the market analysis I can offer distinct differences–pros and cons–about livability. In the end, it’s easier to connect with those spaces most similar to how you live in your current home.  As you encounter different spaces, you can continue the comforts of current life and imagine better ways to use living areas, new rooms, and indoor and outdoor spaces at your new home. It solidifies the reason behind a move or makes a move happier. You know, “that feeling” you get as soon as you walk through the front door.

Most buyers search tirelessly for “that feeling” which I emphasize is the intangible that the data, numbers, and analysis just can’t do for you. So, the space debate among buyers takes on a unique perspective as we tour your favorite properties. When asked about how much space buyers need or want the response I get most often is a number i.e. 2200, 3000 or more and then the number of beds and baths. Clients narrow down my suggestions and add their own preferred properties to visit. Let me be clear that while the debate starts at the first meeting with a typical response in numbers, it doesn’t really take on true meaning until we actually visit homes and experience a floor plan first hand. For example, do you love or not love your kitchen? Need more cooking or counter space? Look for similar layouts like these from BUILDER magazine. More Kitchen Less Hallways You don’t have to build your own home to find a floor plan that fits your favorite places at home.

I encourage you to think about, talk about, and walk through every inch of space and think about how you live at home. Then, decide which elements of each property reflect your current favorites and connect with your expectations for your new home. When the debate is considered in that context, it tends to be easier to prioritize properties, and rank your preferred properties that have potential to meet and exceed your expectations. Here’s a real life example of a recent listing in Vienna Woods. More Can Be Better

What do you think?

 

Hopefully, you’ve found some guidance here and some floor plan food for thought ;-). That way, you can decide for yourself as you consider a sale or purchase. Here are some real examples from BUILDER magazine and how space, style, and design make the most of 1600 square feet for the best use of every inch of these 4 house plans.Best Use of 1600 Square Feet

Read this. Then comment. Considering a sale or purchase? Contact Me. The story behind the home connects people with the best properties available. Clients connect with a home’s existing story or they can create their own. I’d love to show you how.

 

The Story Behind Your Home Remodel

The Story Behind Your Home Remodel

I admit to being a bit nostalgic. I love people, places that bring back great memories. Most of those memories include a time, place, people, and things I’ve learned that I still rely on and build upon personally and professionally. In fact, my best memories and experiences bring back some of the most educational and useful data and resources that I have been using and sharing to keep growing, improving, and educating clients, their friends, family, and colleagues. A special resource that harkens back to my Hanley-Wood special projects days is the annual Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine.

It happens often. In fact as recently as a few weeks ago, a past client sent a description and photos of his fantastic kitchen and bath renovations. I was initially impressed with the photos that looked great. We didn’t get into specifics until I see it in person after an additional family room upgrade happens soon. So, when he asked–and I get this a lot– if these projects would help with resale value prior to a sale, I responded as I typically do with this: “… according to the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) …” and then this:  2016 Cost vs. Value Report for Virginia and MD clients. Remodeling magazine is a trade journal published by Hanley-Wood, Inc., utilized as a key resource among licensed, professional remodeling contractors across the U.S. You’ll find a systematic, descriptive, and data-filled report broken down by region right down to the city in which you live.

For my relocating clients, military families and Foreign Service folks who live outside of the South Atlantic states identified, you’ll find a drop-down menu for each region in the U.S. It covers 30 markets and 100 projects from mid-range to upscale. You’ll find project descriptions along with estimated costs and projections of your potential return on your investment.

The measure of quality and value of any resource, report, or metric is how you utilize the data. I’ll break it down into 3’s so you can better understand which clients find it helpful, how, when, and why you may use it as you plan and prepare for your next remodeling project.

Hopefully, the Q & A format will keep it simple and you can easily decide how to work with the report for positive results. Here we go:

Q: I’VE HIRED A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL. HOW IS THE REPORT STILL USEFUL FOR ME?

A:Remodeling magazine is the leading industry resource among licensed contractors nationwide. The report AND the magazine provide industry trends in project scope, pricing, and product information. I also recommend that you review and consider previouse reports for a retrospective approach to the data. You can compare not only prices and estimated values over time. It’s interesting to note how the projects and products have changed and/or improved how you can live in the space. Then, you can better set your own expectations for your own project, contractor, and life in your home when its all said and done:

Q. HOW DOES THE INFORMATION APPLY TO ME IF I JUST BOUGHT MY HOUSE?

A. I provide this for buyers who have just moved so they can plan ahead in a few ways. First, you can get familiar with project scope and pricing. That way when you’re ready you’re more familiar with what the professionals will assess and how they may price your requests. Plus, you’ll find that the report includes advertisements of remodeling products as industry standards so you can educate yourself on products and materials.

Q. I OWN AN HISTORIC HOME. DOES THE COST VS. VALUE REPORT CONSIDER THE DELICATE NATURE AND MANY REQUIREMENTS FOR REMODELING AND/OR RENOVATING AN HISTORIC HOME?

A. Every remodeling project or home renovation has its own nuances and delicacies when dealing with design, architecture, city and homeowner standards, of course. Historically, the Cost vs. Value Report addresses estimates and average projects that can guide homeowners and their contractors to work toward a positive end result in price, project, and completion. In an effort to provide help for clients remodeling an historic home, I did ask the editor, Craig Webb, Editor-in-Chief, Remodeling and ProSales Magazines, Hanley-Wood, Inc. And while he’s not seen any data specific to historic homes and notes that this report may not be useful for such specific properties, He offers, “…We all like to say that every house has unique qualities and unique repair/remodel issues. For historical properties, I’d think that is doubly true…”

Q. I own a home on or near the water. How can this help understand the nuances of an addition or garage on the water?

A. Waterfront and historic properties are unique in location, restrictions and nuances in general. So, the best approach is to identify licensed, professional remodeling professionals with knowledge, experience, resources, and references for similar properties and projects.

Q. DOES THE REPORT IDENTIFY TRENDS?

A. Yes, in fact, I have used this element of the report for my own edification about what’s trending year over year in terms of types of projects, scope of projects, and the average return on these projects across the board. It’s been interesting to take a step back and look at all of this from a National level and how it lines up with resale pricing and sold prices across the U.S. compared to the regional and city data over the years.

Report content © 2016 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at  http://www.costvsvalue.com.

The Story Behind Your Mortgage

The Story Behind Your Mortgage

It’s a New Year! Here’s the inaugural post from our local expert among lenders. Peter Accolla, George Mason Mortgage, offers insight into what the New Year means for the mortgage market. You’ve likely heard about the recent rate hike. But Peter offers perspective on what this could mean for you in the near term and throughout 2016. Peter is an experienced lender whom my clients have trusted for the last 10 years. Welcome, Peter to The Story Behind the Home. I appreciate his experience and perspective as a very important part of your real estate story unfolds.

It’s a New Year of opportunities and changes. If you’re considering a sale or purchase, you may be wondering what to expect from the mortgage market going forward. The short answer is that the Federal Reserve (FED) pretty much has full control. A reality that begs the question “How quickly will the FED raise short term interest rates this year?”  The overall expectation is that short term rates (the Federal Funds rate) will be 1.5% by the end of 2016.  Currently, it is .5%.  This means that there is an expectation of a .25% increase each quarter of this year.  My opinion (and the opinion of many local loan officers and lenders in our area) is that if we see the FED hike the Federal Funds rate more quickly than expected–insinuating a stronger economy and the need to control inflation–we’ll see mortgage rates increase faster as well.  If we see a steady increase of the Federal Funds rate each quarter over the year, we’ll see our average 30 year fixed rate go from roughly 4% (where it is now) to somewhere around 4.5% by year end.

The effect on your purchase power, interest rate, and loan approval will vary according to a set group of criteria. I’ve provided my contact information below. If you’ll give me 15 minutes of your time or visit my website to provide responses to a few questions, I can show you what the new year in the mortgage market means for you. 

Let’s get started.

Best regards, Peter

Peter S. Accolla II
Branch Manager/Mortgage Banker George Mason Mortgage, LLC
(703) 259-0731 (O)
(703) 888-6889 (C)
(703) 653-3052 (F)

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Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

Exterior_editedQuiet, spacious, two-levels with walk-in closets! Seller has done all money-saving upgrades:windows,HVAC,wood blinds,fresh paint, LL flooring, bath updates and more mean lower cost of ownership!

NEW PRICE!

BEST VALUE FOR FAIRLINGTON’S FAVORITE BARCROFT MODEL

WELCOME TO 3545 STAFFORD ST S #A2

SPECIAL FEATURES AND IMPROVEMENTS 
 

  • New Microwave 2007  
  • New Lighting in baths  2007
  • New Vanity in LL bath  2008
  • New LL Flooring  2008
  • New Oven/Range  2008
  • New Kitchen  (cabinets refaced, new floor, new sink,  new countertop)  2009
  • New Windows (triple pane windows main level)  2010
  • New Dryer  2011
  • New Trane HVAC system  2013
  • New Washer  2015
  • New Hot Water Heater  2015
  • New Garbage Disposal 2015

 

As an historical landmark that spans Arlington and a corner of the City of Alexandria, Fairlington is among buyers favorite community. It’s a wonderful location, beautifully maintained and one of the most reasonable condo fees around.

One of Fairlington’s favorite floor plans is this Barcroft. These condo homes offer generous rooms on two levels of living spaces plus a fully-fenced rear patio perfect for outdoor enjoyment or entertaining.

This particularly Barcroft is nestled in the back of the court in Fairlington’s south side. That means assigned parking, more green space, trees, and steps to shops, restaurants, and conveniences at Bradlee and Shops at Fairlington including Reunions, CVS Pharmacy, Cafe on Fern, Ramparts, Green Street Nursery, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Baskin-Robbins. Yes, you can walk to ice cream AND pizza! Keep reading…we haven’t even covered our favorite things about this wonderful home.

Tons of natural light pours through replacement windows that brighten the space. Wood floors and decorative touches welcome all who enter. A complete top-to-bottom kitchen renovation offers tons of counter and cabinet space for cooking and storage in style. Entertaining is easy with kitchen access to the backyard patio and pass through to the separate dining room. There’s a main level bedroom with great closet space, bright light, wood floors offer guests or roommates privacy and comfort including an updated full bath across the hallway.

Wonderfully separate and spacious is a lower level turned master suite retreat! A private back stairwell leads to the family room and recreation room updated in style and luxury. You’ll find warm designer paint, wood laminate floor at the base of the stairs. It’s a great exercise space, reading room, or added storage space including linens, closet space underneath the stairs as well. The possibilities are limitless. Adjacent, updated bath turns this entire level into a master suite retreat created by owner and utilized by current occupants.

Fairlington is a favorite community for its location, convenience, brick construction and slate roof composition. It’s one of the few condo communities in the area that connect Alexandria City to Arlington County with walkable amenities and attractions in between. Fairlington association fees are among the lowest in the area and among the few where you can truly witness the value of a full-service grounds maintenance, pools, courts, Community Center, sidewalks, dog park and more. Oh, and the commute?! Express Metro Bus and ART Bus at just about every corner. Minutes to I395, Old Town Alexandria, and Rte. 7!

It’s one of the best stories about many of our favorite things about the story behind the home. This beautiful Barcroft ranks among the best properties available with a functional floor plan, highly desirable building,and community location. Seller is serious. Put this one at the top of your favorites list. You won’t be disappointed.Top of Your List

#ABuyerStory #YourStoryStartsHere #StoryBehindtheHome #AnInvestorStory #FairlingtonFavorite #Backyard #LowCondoFee #LotsofAmenities #WalktoEverything #YourHomeStory #RealtorKristinMango YourStoryStartsHere

Holiday Homes

I saw a Facebook post and news video about a Texas family decorating for Christmas. There were lights and yard ornaments common during this time of year. I love driving through my neighborhood to see homes lit up. And, there’s nothing like a candlelight tour at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Photo courtesy of KHOU in Houston, TX
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Photo courtesy of KHOU in Houston, TX

I love living close to Mount Vernon and so appreciate where we live so close to National and State Parks, Monuments, and Museums. There are so many places to go to celebrate living here in this country and Free! They add up each and every day if we pay attention. So, as I read this post and watched this video, I added another really wonderful reason to love the ways we decorate our homes for the Holidays with Christmas lights and yard ornaments.

Each stood tall, bright, and bold in the front yard. The United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines were all represented. The homeowners, a family of first-responders and neighbors to a number of military veterans wanted to let everyone know that people appreciate, honor, and pray for our country, our military, and our neighbors near and far. Notably absent in the yard, the video, the interviews was biased, hate, and fear. Santa bows down before each branch of military service to say thank you. Simply put, support and prayer for military families and our country is an integral part of this great nation. It CAN be about faith. It most definitely IS about the strength, support, and celebration of peace, hope, and love for those who protect us each and everyday.

There would be little to celebrate without military families and their commitment to serve. So, remember those who are away from their homes, families, and loved ones for the Holidays. I’m not sure words are enough. So, it makes a small display, actions, and expressions like these decorations in a small Texas town mean a lot. For military and foreign service families across the globe, this is so often their story. Brambleberry CottagePhoto courtesy of Brambleberry Cottage

The Story Behind the Home dedicates this post to you with a heart-felt, “THANK YOU”!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Come home safely and soon.