Coming Soon. Spacious N. Arlington colonial. 4-5 Bedrooms. 2 car garage. Walk to metro and near Westover

I am hosting a Broker’s Open as a preview for realtors for this great coming soon N. Arlington property. This is a great piece of Arlington real estate. 4-5 bedrooms up and 4.5 baths total. Kitchen/Family room walkout to large stone patio overlooking fantastic private yard. The lot is very large and beautifully landscaped. It is located near the Arlington East Falls Church Metro and the W&OD multi-use trail (attention bikers and runners)img_2715. Nearby Arlington institutions like The Italian Store, The Lebanese Taverna, Lost Dog, Ayers, Arlington Westover Library Branch, The Westover Farmers Market (sponsored by yours truly) and more. We will be on the market Thursday or Friday this week. If you would like a preview, please feel free to contact me at 571-228-5656 or janejensen@comcast.net. A home with these features in this location is hard to find at any price let alone under $1.5M.

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Biking in Arlington and DC

One of my most favorite things to do in my free time is bike. We are so very fortunate to have some of the best biking trails anywhere. Additionally, when biking in Arlington and DC there are many bike lanes (yes, drivers, when you see a bike painted in a lane, the bike has full access to that lane).

Here are some of the wonderful bike paths in the area courtesy of bikewashington.org:

Mount Vernon Trail: 18 Miles – PavedVery scenic trail that runs along the Potomac River to George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon. Recommended ride for visitors.

Washington & Old Dominion Trail: 45 Miles – PavedThe W&OD (pronounced “wad”) is probably the best all around trail in the area. This is a rail trail between Shirlington and Purcellville, VA.

The Custis Trail: 4 Miles – PavedThe Custis Trail runs parallel to I-66 through Arlington, VA. It connects the W&OD trail with downtown Washington DC.

Capital Crescent Trail: 13 Miles – Paved/Crushed StoneThe very popular CCT is another great rail trail project. The paved section runs from Georgetown to Downtown Bethesda. The remain section has a crushed limestone surface.

Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath: 184 Miles – Natural SurfaceMy favorite trail in the area, it runs from Washington DC all the way to Cumberland, MD. Watch for future extension to Pittsburgh, PA!Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail: about 20 Miles – Paved
(On Road Sections)
A loose collection of paths that were eventually linked together. Not too bad in Maryland, but the DC section does leave something to be desired. The DC on-road section is closed to traffic on weekends.

Sligo Creek and Branch Trails: about 20 Miles – PavedMaryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trails start near Mt Rainier, and provides connections to Wheaton, College Park, and Greenbelt.

North Bethesda Trail: 4 Miles – Paved
(On Road Sections)
This trail provides an excellent commuter connection between Rockville and Bethesda.Metropolitan Branch Trail: (proposed)This trail will run north from DC’s Union Station to Silver Spring, Maryland along the west side of the CSX Railroad tracks.

To find out where many of the trails are and all the trail in Arlington along with Capital Bikeshare locations, go here:

http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/maps-rides/

Today, I was fortunate enough to ride from my home (in Overlee Knolls section of Arlington, near the East Falls Church Metro), along the W&OD, to the Custis, to the Mt. Vernon Trail where I took this photo just a bit past Roosevelt Island. It was one of the picture perfect days:IMG_7101If you have a favorite ride in the area, please share in the comment section below. Happy Trails!


I love free stuff. Bike to work day in Arlington

Today is Bike to Work Day all over the USA. Washington, DC and Arlington, Va are two of the more bike friendly areas I’ve travelled to. Happy to be living here. Great trails and bike lanes and so many people bike that drivers do look out for bikers. I registered for Bike to Work Day with my home stop being the East Falls Church Metro. I live about 1/4 mile walk and 1 mile bike ride (if I take the trails instead of the road. I went over to pick up my T-shirt and to my delight also got a new water bottle. And then…..I registered my bike with the Arlington County police and look what I got…..for Free!  Been thinking about getting one of these since I’m riding in DC more and I’ve seen thieves just snip the cable type lock I usually use. And now I have one…..for Free! I’m pretty sure that even if you haven’t registered if you head over to one of the Arlington stops and register your bike you’ll get yourself a lock. woohoo! Life is good. IMG_6549


What is that in the sky

It looks familiar but it isn’t something I’ve seen in the morning sky for a very, very long time. Could it be? Could it be? Maybe it is. The Sun, the Sun!!!!!! And it’s Bike to work day in Arlington, Va and the rest of the USA.  Go get ’em. IMG_6547

My Check in for #BTWD2016 is the East Falls Church Metro. Where’s yours? And…yes, that’s a dinosaur bell/horn on my bike. Don’t judge. 🙂

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Bike to Work Day is Coming.

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Bike to work day is coming. It’s on Friday May 20th. What a great opportunity to get on your bike and explore a commuting alternative. Here in Arlington, Va we are fortunate to live in a very bike friendly community. Shirlington is the trail head for the very popular W&OD trail (other end is in Purceville), and also access to Four Mile which intersects with the very popular Mt. Vernon Trail. Many folks also enjoy a trip to Maryland (Bethesda) via the Capital Crescent Trail) DC is also full of of bike lanes and bikers are every where. If you register for Bike To Work Day and select a Pit Stop you will be eligible for food, fun and prizes. Go here to register:

http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org

For anytime information on bike trails, maps, and any other questions you might have go here:

http://www.commuterconnections.org/commuting-resources/bicycling-resources/

Happy Biking.

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On The bike trail today May 14, 2016


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


I love biking in Arlington, Va.

I love to bike. I rediscovered biking two years ago when I got on a road bike instead of my hybrid. Love at first pedal. Fortunately, Northern Virginia offers some of the best biking options around including the Arlington Loop:

The Arlington Bike loop showing many of  the popular starts and stops

The Arlington Bike loop showing many of the popular starts and stops

During the nice weather months I bike the loop 3-4 times a week. For me it’s a 20 mile ride door to door.

It’s a pretty interesting ride. Here are some photos from some recent rides.

Bluemont is neighborhood in Arlington. It was a railroad junction and there is a stop along the trail that tells you all about it, along with a railroad car you can check out.

Bluemont is neighborhood in Arlington. It was a railroad junction and there is a stop along the trail that tells you all about it, along with a railroad car you can check out.

The railroad car at Blumont Junction

The railroad car at Blumont Junction

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In Bluemont Park you can always see a ball game, or watch a tennis match.

In Bluemont Park you can always see a ball game, or watch a tennis match.

Here is a stop about 3 miles into my ride. It's a man made wetland where you can see turtles, frogs and an occasional heron.

Here is a stop about 3 miles into my ride. It’s a man made wetland where you can see turtles, frogs and an occasional heron.

Some information about the wetlands

Some information about the wetlands

Riding along the river. Do we live in a great place or what?

Riding along the river. Do we live in a great place or what?

Near the airport

Near the airport

I always like to stop at Gravelly point and watch a few planes land right over my head. Check it out:

I just liked these trees. Not too far from Shirlington.

I just liked these trees. Not too far from Shirlington.

Rounding back to the W&OD trail head.

Rounding back to the W&OD trail head.

Capital Bike share bikes and Shirlington Crest townhomes in background. This is a great neighborhood where I have helped people buy and sell townhomes. Questions? Just ask.

Capital Bike share bikes and Shirlington Crest townhomes in background. This is a great neighborhood where I have helped people buy and sell townhomes. Questions? Just ask.

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The Nauck neighborhood was the original name for the area surrounding the trail head of the W&OD.

The Nauck neighborhood was the original name for the area surrounding the trail head of the W&OD.

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Information on the W&OD which you can ride all the way west to Purceville. We'll do photos of that one another time.

Information on the W&OD which you can ride all the way west to Purceville. We’ll do photos of that one another time.

I would love to hear about your great rides. Comment below. Let’s ride!