Free Peeps! And..a great N. Arlington Open House

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3205 N. Pershing Dr. Arlington, Va. Just .7 from the Clarendon Metro. Come see this terrific home on Sunday March 20th from 1-4. This classic 1929 Bungalow has been updated with all of today’s modern conveniences. The home features large rooms, big windows and all of that beautiful moulding that we love in these classic homes.

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The home features 2 bedrooms on the main level, 3 upstairs and and a fifth room downstairs (window is too small to call it a bedroom).

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Sink and fridge on lower level too. The lower level has a separate entrance as well. Expansive….and I mean expansive back yard. This home features a fenced lot that is almost 16000 Sq. Ft….and it’s a flat lot. Imagine the possibilities.

This home is listed at $1,199,000 and is only .7 miles to the Clarendon Metro.  Call me to see it before Sunday (You’ll get a Peep advance as well) 571-228-5656 or email me at Janejensen@comcast.net. Click Subscribe above to stay up to date on all the local real estate news and free Peep (and other things) giveaways.

 


What makes Arlington a world class community?

This video about Arlington, Va. was created a few years ago but is still exceptionally relevant today. I’ve lived here for 25 years and the reasons people cite in this video for loving this community, are the reasons I stay.

Arlington is exceptionally welcoming, diverse and friendly. It’s committed to providing residents with a safe, comfortable environment. Some other things I’ve personally noted is the commitment to the environment, making Arlington, Va. walker and biker friendly, community space, education, art and culture.

As an Arlington, Va. realtor I’ve long noted the different flavors different neighborhoods within our small geography have. And..it’s been interesting to watch various neighborhoods change and evolve over the years. When I moved here the Shirlington neighborhood did not even exist as a town center and Clarendon was a few bars (Remember when Bardos had a car going through their front window?), a Sears and a bike store. Times have changed and almost without exception (I do miss Queen Bee…that fabulous Vietnamese Restaurant) the changes have been well managed and great for the community. I continue to love living here and you will too. What is it that you think makes Arlington great? I would love to hear your comments.

 


Arlington, Va property values increase modestly

Arlington County issued the following press release on January 15, 2016. Most of us can expect to see a slight uptick in our assessments and hence a slight increase in our taxes. No one likes taxes, but everyone likes their home value to increase so try to smile when you pay up.

Arlington 2016 Property Values Increase Modestly

  • Overall increase of 2.8%
  • Average residential property up 2.8%, to $603,500
  • Commercial values slightly positive
  • Assessments available online 11 p.m. tonight

Arlington County real estate assessments for 2016 show an overall increase in property values of 2.8 percent over 2015. Residential and commercial property values increased slightly.

The value of the average Arlington residence (existing single-family properties, including condominiums, townhouses and detached homes), increased 2.8 percent from $587,100 in Calendar Year (CY) 2015 to $603,500 in CY 2016. New construction value was up 0.7 percent, and existing real estate value was up 2.1 percent.

“Arlington’s real estate market remains solid,” said Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz. “We see strength in both our residential market and commercial properties, particularly new construction. This is the best evidence that Arlington remains a very desirable place to live and do business.”

Real estate assessments will be mailed today to all Arlington property owners. Calendar Year (CY) 2016 assessment information also will be available online at 11 p.m. tonight. Look up your property assessment.

The commercial tax base, which includes office buildings, apartments, hotels, and retail, increased 1.3 percent over CY 2015 for existing properties.

Existing office property values increased 2.2 percent, due in part to a stabilizing office vacancy rate. Apartments, which represent just over 40 percent of the commercial tax base, increased in value almost 5 percent, with half of this growth from new construction. Values of general commercial property (which includes various types of retail) declined 3.5 percent, due in large part to redevelopment and to general commercial properties becoming commercial office space.

Budget outlook

 

As the County develops its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget, the challenge is to balance investment needs – including strategic investments necessary to enhance Arlington’s economic competitiveness, respond to growth in school enrollment, and meet other core service demands — with the need to minimize the burden on County taxpayers.

The Board gave the County Manager budget guidance in November 2015 for the FY 2017 Budget. At that time, tax revenues were projected to increase from 1.9 percent to 2.4 percent, and there was a projected combined County and School gap of approximately $15 million. With slightly higher real estate assessments, additional funding can be considered by the County Board during the FY 2017 budget process to address County and School needs.

The County’s single largest cost is funding the Arlington Public School (APS) system. For FY 2016, the County’s funding of Schools is 46.5 percent of all local tax revenue and an investment of more than $18,000 per student. Continued year-over-year growth in school enrollment has led to the need to expand some School facilities and build new ones. Educational costs also have risen.

Both the County and Schools have prioritized needs and made funding decisions over the last several years during lean financial times. The County and Schools will work with the community to balance their priorities within this year’s fiscal constraints. The County Manager and School Superintendent will present their proposed budgets to the County Board and School Board in late February. The County Board will set the real estate tax rate in April.

For more information on the budget process, visit the County’s Budget web page.

About real estate assessments

 

Real estate assessments are appraisals — the County’s opinions of value for each parcel of real property in Arlington. Assessments are made according to accepted methods, techniques, and standards of the real estate appraisal and assessment profession. The 2016 assessment is an estimate of the fair market value as of January 1, 2016.

Residential assessments were based primarily on neighborhood sales occurring July 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015. The real estate tax rate determines the amount of tax that is levied on the property. A uniform tax rate for all real property is set by the Arlington County Board. State code requires the County Board to use a uniform tax rate. In addition, Arlington levies additional taxes on commercial and industrial properties dedicated to transportation investments, as well as taxes for business improvement and sanitary sewer needs.

For more information, visit the County website and search “real estate assessment.”

 

Media Contact: Richard Stephenson, 703-228-3412.


Arlington, Va October 17 Board Meeting Agenda

October 2015 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Items of interest that the Arlington County Board will consider at its October Board Meeting, on Sat., Oct. 17 and Tues., Oct. 20.  View the Agenda and staff reports for the Sat., Oct. 17 Regular Meeting.
Saturday, Oct. 17 Regular Meeting
(Note: this meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment.)
670 N. Glebe Rd. – The Acting County Manager is recommending that the Board approve a proposed rezoning and site plan for 670 N. Glebe Road, in Ballston, a 43,936 sq. ft. site where an Exxon gas station now stands. The Penrose Group wants to demolish the gas station and build a six-story residential building, with 173 units, ground floor retail and 177 below-grade parking spaces. The site is on the west side of North Glebe Road between North Carlin Springs Road on the south and Seventh Street on the north. The Penrose Group proposes rezoning the site from “C-2” Service Commercial-Community Business District, to “R-C” —  Apartment Dwelling and Commercial Districts. To read the Staff Report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #36 on the Agenda for the Oct. 17 Regular County Board Meeting.
Contract to build streetlights along Lee Highway between North Fort Myer Drive and North Veitch Street – The Acting County Manager is recommending that the Board approve a $2.2 million contract to remove 70 obsolete streetlights and install 270 LED streetlights along Lee Highway to enhance safety. The project is part of the County’s approved Fiscal Year 2015-2024 Capital Improvement Program. The plan is to overhaul the lighting system installed decades ago by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The project will be funded by Transportation Pay-As-You-Go funds and approved CIP transportation funding. To read the Staff Report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #22 on the Agenda for the Oct. 17 Regular County Board Meeting.
Additional childcare spaces – The Acting County Manager is recommending that the Board approve several Use Permits that, if all are approved, will provide more than 150 additional child care spaces in new or growing childcare centers. To read the Staff Reports for these items, visit the County website. Scroll down to Items #8, #11, #12, and #13 on the Agenda for the Oct. 17 Regular County Board Meeting.
Ongoing cooperation with the City of Falls Church to provide judicial, jail and public safety services – The Acting County Manager is recommending that the Board approve extending an agreement that has existed between Arlington and the City of Falls Church since June, 2012, for the County to provide judicial and public safety services. The Acting County manager is also recommending that the Board approved an agreement between the County and the City of Falls Church for Arlington to continue providing jail services for City of Falls Church Offenders. (The County and the City have had an agreement for Arlington to provide these services since 1993). To read the Staff Reports on these items, visit the County website. Scroll down to Items #24 A and B on the Agenda for the Oct. 17 Regular County Board Meeting.


Arlington, Va Street Sweeping schedule

Things you need to know:

Arlington County Street Sweeping

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Department of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Bureau

October 9, 2015

Arlington’s expanded street sweeping service will continue through October.

This service will:

  • Help reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Increase efficiency in cleanup efforts.
  • Provide you with a better understanding of when street sweeping will occur in your neighborhood.
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Street Sweeping Schedule for October 12 – 16

Street sweeping will occur in the following neighborhoods next week from approximately 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Be sure to move your car to a driveway, garage, or non-sweeping street on your civic association’s scheduled street sweeping day.*  This will help us provide more effective sweeping.

Monday – October 12

Arlington Ridge/Forest Hills
Aurora Highlands
Columbia Heights
Long Branch Creek

Tuesday – October 13

Clarendon-Courthouse
Colonial Village
Lyon Park
Lyon Village
North Rosslyn
Radnor/Fort Myer Heights

Wednesday – October 14

Arlington Forest
Barcroft
Buckingham
Columbia Heights West
Forest Glen
Glencarlyn

Thursday – October 15

Ballston-Virginia Square
Cherrydale
Cherry Valley Nature Area
Glebewood
Old Dominion
Waycroft-Woodlawn
Waverly Hills

Friday – October 16

Highland Park-Overlee Knolls
John M. Langston
Leeway Overlee
Madison Manor
Tara-Leeway Heights
Westover Village

If you don’t see your civic association listed, street sweeping crews will be in your neighborhood in the following weeks. We’ll send out weekly schedules for each upcoming round of street sweeping.


Westover Farmer’s Market-Shamali Hummus

Here’s another of our wonderful vendors from the Westover Farmer’s Market.
Shamali Hummus. I personally sampled all of the flavors and found them all Yummy. The texture is chunkier then other Hummus. I liked the spicier flavors myself.
Watch the video and visit them at the market. Here are the hours:
Rain or Shine
December through April
Sundays from 9 AM – 1 PM

May through November
Sundays from 8 AM – 12 PM

Westover Library Plaza
1644 North McKinley Road
Arlington, Virginia 22205

Come out and see all the wonderful vendors this weekend. And, if you have a home to sell in the area talk to your neighborhood realtor.
Jane Jensen
571-228-5656
janejensen@comcast.net



Westover Farmer’s Market…..shop local in Arlington, Va

One of the great things about living in Arlington, Va is the opportunity to buy produce, grass fed free range meats, cheeses and other delectable items at a wide variety of Farmer’s markets.
You can find a farmers market somewhere in Arlington every day.
I live in the Overlee Knolls neighborhood (near the East Falls church Metro) which is walking distance to the Westover shopping area and I have chosen to help support this market through an annual sponsorship. It makes me happy to be bringing fresh from the farm veggies. We have some great vendors and I will posting some videos and introducing them to you. Please stop by every Sunday morning and support local farmers, bakers, cheese makers and others. There are also soap makers, an awesome Kim Chee (that garlic is good for you….but no hot dates after eating that) vendor and much much more.

Today’s video is from one of my personal favorite vendors. Spring Gap Mountain Creamery. I am a long time customer and can personally vouch for the awesome yumminess of all of their cheeses. Go check them out next Sunday and tell them you saw this video.



Arlington, Va cited as one of the most livable cities in the US

A article in the May issue of AARP named the most livable places at 50+. The catagories for determing the most livable places included housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. They ranked the top 10 in Large (500,000+), Medium (100,000-50,000) and Small (25,000-100,000) cities. Arlington ranks in the medium category and came in at #6. The comment for Arlington was that the Bikeometer in Rosslyn averages almost 4500 clicks a day. I know I’ve contributed to that. I guess that falls under almost all the categories except maybe housing…unless you live near the bike path (which I do), so I guess it can include housing too. As of yesterday 101,632 bike passes were logged for this year.

The Arlington Bikometer, located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington

The Arlington Bikometer, located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington

Location of the Arlington, Va Bikometer

Location of the Arlington, Va Bikometer

Click the link for a copy of the AARP article:

Most Livable Cities