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Thanks for finding this blog.  I’ve moved and consolidated my blog content onto a new site – Best Arlington Homes.  Please check in with me there, and I hope you enjoy!

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A lot!  This just in …

ARLINGTON, VA. — The new Reed-Westover Facility, a joint project between Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington County Government, has been awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The joint facility includes the Reed School which houses the district’s teen parenting program and the Children’s School and Integration Station, a countywide preschool program, and the Arlington Public Library’s new Westover Branch. The facility was completed and dedicated in October 2009.

Let’s review what LEED certification means:

LEED, a national benchmark

The LEED rating system was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. The rating system, the national benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings, is divided into five categories including; water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. There is also a category on innovation and design process.

Buildings receive points for each of the LEED rating system categories. A building needs at least 39 points to achieve a Gold rating.  The Reed Westover facility received 40 points from the USGBC, using the following strategies:

  • Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpet used for better air quality
  • Utilization of a green housekeeping program
  • Conveniently located bike racks
  • Facility located within 1/4 mile of four public bus lines and approximately a mile from the Falls Church Metro station
  • Landscaping not requiring permanent irrigation
  • Thermal comfort verification
  • Use of  waterless urinals, dual flush toilets and low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Highly efficient lighting to reduce electrical consumption
  • Showers for bicycle commuters in the school and library
  • A large glass wall façade of the Library’s Children’s Reading Room maximizes day-lighting to save energy and supports student’s well-being by providing views to the outdoors

Have you seen this library?  It’s amazing.  I will admit that I was not keen on them tearing down the old library where my children spent countless hours and attended so many summer reading challenge events (sentimental me), but this new structure is beautiful and the light that streams in is just magnificent.  Plus they have a large DVD collection for rent 🙂

Kudos to us!

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For all of your real estate needs in the Washington DC metro area, call real estate pro Christine Rich at 703-362-7764.  Whether buying or selling a home in Arlington VA, Washington DC, Fairfax County, Alexandria VA, Falls Church City, or Montgomery County, MD, Chris has the knowledge and expertise you can count on.

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Why do I say magical?  Because homes here are almost always in demand.  The location is very good, close to everything yet there’s a wonderful neighborhood feel.  The local elementary school, McKinley, is the glue that binds many of the neighbors and makes this a great place to raise kids.  But of course people of all ages live here and enjoy it.

The heart of the neighborhood is Madison Manor Park, which abuts Interstate 66 and the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) and Four Mile Run bike paths.

In 2000 The Washington Post published an article about the neighborhood, and the description still holds true.

So you want in?  Well, be quick about it.  Homes in Madison Manor tend to go under contract pretty quickly.  Over the past six months, homes have been on the market an average of only 16 days before getting to a ratified contract.  The average sales price for homes in the Madison Manor neighborhood of Arlington VA has been $702,414.  The price range is also very interesting to look at, because it tells you that homes in this neighborhood still tend to be priced at roughly the same level: prices have ranged from $520,000 (this was primarily for the land) – $998,000.  Most homes, though, are currently priced in the $600,000-$800,000 range.

You want out?  Don’t worry, selling your home in the Madison Manor neighborhood of Arlington VA should not be difficult.  You’ve got location going for you, so the thing is to make sure your house appeals to what today’s buyers seek.  That sort of guidance should be very specific to your home.  Any agent can tell you that buyers these days prefer to buy a house that is move-in ready, and that stainless steel and hardwood floors are the preferred finishes.  It’s a matter of putting it all together in such a way that you get the most bang for the buck.  For that, you should give me a call.  I’d love to see your home!

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So far this year, there have been 20 homes sold in the 22205 zip code of Arlington VA… on average for 99% of list price … on average sold in 52 days …

there are 30 homes now active for sale, so that means they should be sold sometime in the next month and a half …

What I find most interesting is that the sales price is roughly 99% of list price.  Many of these homes weren’t on the market all that long, so there was little call for a price reduction in the majority of sales.

Arlington 22205 includes the neighborhoods of Bonair, Brandon Village, Brockwood, Broyhill Heights, Dominion Hills, Falls Church Park, Fenwick Court, Fostoria, Highland Park, Garden Commons, Lacey Forest, Larchmont, Leeway Heights, Lindsay’s, Madison Manor, Overlee Knolls, Parkhurst, Summit & Veitch, Sycamore Heights, Tara, Taratowne, Tuckahoe Park, Tuckahoe Village, Waycroft, and Westover.

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Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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Waycroft/Woodlawn

If you love Cape Cod homes, you would love living here. For the most part, homeowners have very tastefully renovated their Capes in order to achieve additional living space that is more fitting for today’s notions of space and function. Taking a stroll through the blocks that make up Waycroft/Woodlawn is entertainment, as you take in the wonderful homes, beautiful gardens, and fun parks that comprise this area of Arlington.

Walkable is actually a very fitting word for this neighborhood. Though it has such a residential feel, this neighborhood is actually quite walkable to many things:

  • Ballston Mall is about a mile away, give or take, from most of the homes in this neighborhood. There you can find shopping, restaurants, ice skating, and a movie theater.
  • Glebe Elementary is the community school here, and many children walk to school with a parent.
  • Waycroft Park offers the children of the neighborhood a terrific playground, sandbox, and big wide open field for sports

This neighborhood is distributed across two North Arlington zips — 22205 and 22207.

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