Tysons Corner, VA

Halloween Light Show in Vienna

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in McLean. Reach the office at 703-790-9090.

The Ni Family does it again!

A fantastic light show during Christmas time has stepped out of their regular schedule and put on a fantastic Halloween light show! The show is located at 2528 Drexel Street, Vienna. Make sure you drive by over the next 2 weeks to see the show

When: Now through October 31

  • Sunday-Thursday: 6:45-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 6:45-10 p.m.

What: 2019 Halloween Light Show — the show runs 30:32 in total length.

  • This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas (4:07)
  • Spooky Scary Skeletons (1:01)
  • Thunderstruck by ACDC (3:23)
  • Mix — Ghostbusters/Fun House/Baby Shark (4:06)
  • Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy (3:06)
  • Beetlejuice Theme Song (2:26)
  • Calling All the Monsters by China Anne McClain (3:26)
  • Monster Mash (3:19)
  • Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell (3:36)
  • Stranger Things — Never Ending Story (2:06)

How: When you pull up to the house, tune your FM radio to 90.3 if you don’t to get out of your car.

Reminders:

  • Don’t block any driveways
  • Turn your headlights off
  • Don’t make the music too loud
  • Park close to the curb

To find out when their holiday light show is up, including times and playlist, make sure you follow their Facebook Page.

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Open Houses: October 18

Three Stones Residential agents pride ourselves on our consultative service approach, local expertise and real estate market knowledge. With over 26 years of business experience in the DMV, we have consistently performed in the top 2% of local Realtors and are currently the #1 group at Keller Williams Metro Center. 

3417 Gallows Road, Falls Church
3 BD/2 BA
Agent: Century 21 New Millennium
Listed: $629,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m

 

2903 Cherry Street, Falls Church
3 BD/2 BA
Agent: Washington Fine Properties, LLC
Listed: $649,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

519 S. Spring Street, Falls Church
6 BD/6.5 BA
Agent: Kw Metro Center
Listed: $1,574,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

306 Edwin Lane NE, Vienna
4 BD/3 BA
Agent: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Listed: $719,000
Open: 2-4 p.m.

 

914 Olympian Circle SW, Vienna
4 BD/4.5 BA
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,265,000
Open: Saturday & Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1629 Colonial Hills Drive, McLean
3 BD/4 BA
Agent: Re/Max Gateway, LLC
Listed: $920,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

Our role is to offer sound advice and guidance to our clients in order for them to achieve their goals in either buying, selling, leasing or managing real estate. We are truly “Your Home… for Everything Real Estate.” To schedule a private showing of these or any other properties of interest please do not hesitate to contact us here or email us at [email protected].

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Luxury for Less: October 16

Welcome to Luxury For Less, a weekly column highlighting the best deals in luxury real estate. Written by Brandy Schantz of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury For Less offers tips and tricks navigating the competitive real estate market and securing the home of your dreams. To learn more, visit ttrsir.com.

Vienna is one of the most popular locations in our area and is frequently featured as one of the best towns to live in on many lists.

Vienna has a small-town charm that has outlasted the growth of the D.C. area and Tysons Corner. The W&OD Trail runs through Vienna making it a cute place to walk around or just head out for a run or bike. It’s the kind of place where people still stop to say hello and often a visit to the Giant grocery store turns into an hour of socializing with your neighbors. Vienna is also home to many beautiful houses and is a great place to buy or build your dream home.

This beautiful home features 8,200 square feet of living space on nearly an acre of land! The gourmet kitchen is unforgettable and upgrades are numerable. The grand bath in the master suite features heated floors, Carerra Gold Marble and Rohl fixures. The newly added 5th bedroom above the garage is perfect for that extra guest space.

To see this beautiful home or any others, you can schedule an appointment by emailing or calling me at [email protected] or 571-263-0206.

9464 Coral Crest Lane Vienna (Reduced $49,000)

Check out the rest of this week’s Luxury for Less listings:

The properties listed are a small selection of properties available in the Tyson’s Corner area. For a full list of properties listed on MLS and private exclusives, please contact Brandy Schantz.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in McLean. Reach the office at 703-790-9090.

Here is your quarterly reminder on how to care for your home this fall and prepare for the cooler temps, falling leaves and time spent indoors.

If you ever need a contractor, you can always email me for a recommendation. My rolodex is large and full of great tradesman!

  • The leaves are falling, so clean your gutters, clear your downspouts and make sure all drains are clear (especially the ones at the bottom of your stairs near your basement).
  • Clean your window wells, and if you don’t have a cover, consider installing one. It’ll help prevent water from coming in.
  • Winterize your irrigation system and closer your pool!
  • Check your roof for damage or missing shingles.
  • When the weather drops to freezing temps, don’t forget to winterize your hose bibs. Before then, make sure you remove hoses and bring them inside for protection.
  • Check for drafty windows or doors. You can use a strip of paper to check — if you suspect a draft, update your weather-stripping.
  • If your driveway or front steps have cracks, they can expand when water gets in and freezes. Seal any cracks before that happens. You can use concrete crack sealer or higher a mason to help.
  • Change your HVAC filters. Have an HVAC company perform a seasonal service (should be done twice a year — fall and spring).
  • Fertilize your lawn. Those brown spots won’t fix themselves!
  • Check your smoke detector, carbon monoxide and flashlight batteries.
  • Get your chimney swept before use.
  • Prep by buying winter supplies now. Home inspectors advise you not to use salt on your driveway, as it can erode the concrete. Use sand if you’re looking for traction, but that won’t melt the snow either.
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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

The elections in 2020 are quickly approaching. Our law firm often represents and defends federal employees for potential Hatch Act violations in the federal workplace.

The Hatch Act was meant to limit the partisan political involvement of federal employees. Hatch Act political activity restrictions apply during the entire period of an employee’s federal service. There are certain rules that prohibit both on-duty and off-duty political conduct. As the 2020 elections start to come closer, this article is meant to help federal employees avoid the pitfalls of committing potential Hatch Act violations.

What is the Hatch Act?

The Hatch Act of 1939 prohibits certain types of political participation by federal employees. For example, federal employees may not seek public office in partisan elections, use their official titles or authority when engaging in political activity, solicit or receive contributions for partisan political candidates or groups, and/or engage in political activity while on duty.

Even though the word “partisan” is used other types of non-partisan elections where the candidate is backed by a particular party can also cause a federal employee potential Hatch Act violations.

Enforcement of Hatch Act Violations

For most federal employees, the Hatch Act is enforced by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC has the ability to seek disciplinary action against federal employees if violations are found. Federal employees can potentially be disciplined or terminated for violations of the Hatch Act.

Generally, the OSC will first conduct an investigation and then if violations are found may then seek to negotiate a resolution. In other cases, the OSC may file a disciplinary action with the Merit Systems Protection Board against the employee and ask an administrative judge to take action against the federal employee for a violation.

Hatch Act Tips for Federal Employees

Here are some quick tips for avoiding Hatch Act violations in the federal workplace:

  • Avoid discussion of partisan politics using government email
  • To the extent possible, avoid partisan political discussions while at work or while performing work
  • Don’t try to raise money for partisan political candidates in the workplace (even passing along links for partisan candidates to co-workers)
  • Don’t post political discussions during work hours on social media
  • Don’t donate to a political campaign during work hours
  • Don’t bring political campaign signs or buttons into the federal workplace
  • Don’t run for office in a partisan political election

Federal employees can often still participate in political activities, but doing so at work can be a violation of the Hatch Act.

For further information on potential Hatch Act violations, please see the information offered by the OSC. While it is doubtful that brief discussions about politics in the federal workplace would trigger an OSC investigation, the potential risk is there. The safest course for federal employees is to simply avoid partisan politics in the workplace and save them for off-duty.

Conclusion

If you need assistance with federal employment law issues, please contact our office at (703) 668-0070 or at www.berrylegal.com to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BerryBerryPllc.

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Open Houses: October 11

Three Stones Residential agents pride ourselves on our consultative service approach, local expertise and real estate market knowledge. With over 26 years of business experience in the DMV, we have consistently performed in the top 2% of local Realtors and are currently the #1 group at Keller Williams Metro Center. 

10427 Lawyers Road, Vienna
4 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: KW Metro Center
Listed: $775,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

502 W. Broad Street Unit 306, Falls Church
2 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: McEnearney Associates, Inc
Listed: $599,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2524 Midway Street, Falls Church
3 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Listed: $670,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

7919 Roswell Drive, Falls Church
3 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Listed: $599,998
Open: Saturday & Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

9557 Pine Cluster Circle, Vienna
3 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: Compass
Listed: $687,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

9809 Peppermill Place, Vienna
3 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Re/Max Distinctive Real Estate, Inc
Listed: $859,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1913 Foxhall Road, McLean
4 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Listed: $1,150,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1943 Lorraine Avenue, McLean
6 BD/4.5 BA
Agent: Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $1,599,850
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Our role is to offer sound advice and guidance to our clients in order for them to achieve their goals in either buying, selling, leasing or managing real estate. We are truly “Your Home… for Everything Real Estate.” To schedule a private showing of these or any other properties of interest please do not hesitate to contact us here or email us at [email protected].

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Just Listed Properties: October 10

Three Stones Residential agents pride ourselves on our consultative service approach, local expertise and real estate market knowledge. With over 26 years of business experience in the DMV, we have consistently performed in the top 2% of local Realtors and are currently the #1 group at Keller Williams Metro Center. 

The following properties were recently listed in the Tysons, McLean, Vienna and Falls Church areas.

Our role is to offer sound advice and guidance to our clients in order for them to achieve their goals in either buying, selling, leasing or managing real estate. We are truly “Your Home… for Everything Real Estate.” To schedule a private showing of these or any other properties of interest please do not hesitate to contact us here or email us at [email protected].

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Luxury for Less: October 9

Welcome to Luxury For Less, a weekly column highlighting the best deals in luxury real estate. Written by Brandy Schantz of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury For Less offers tips and tricks navigating the competitive real estate market and securing the home of your dreams. To learn more, visit ttrsir.com.

This week felt like another good time to feature a home that is opulent and extravagant.

McLean is home to many luxurious and extravagant homes. There are certain streets that are well known for being home to some of this area’s most powerful people. Ballantrae Lane has been featured in this article in the past. Today, I’m featuring Benjamin Street. Benjamin is a street in Langley Forest, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the D.C. area.

Langley Forest is situated just along the Potomac River and minutes from both Tysons Corner and Washington, D.C. It features the who’s who of the area and is one of the top neighborhoods to buy in if you are looking for prestige.

This beautiful home has 12,000 square feet on nearly 1 acre of land. The grand marble foyer and floating staircase make this a wow house from the moment you walk in. My favorite feature of this home is the dramatic water fountain in the courthouse. This home exudes magnificence  before you even walk in.

Just reduced in price by nearly $400,000, this home is certainly the most jaw dropping of the homes reduced in price this week. Check out some of the other price reductions below, this week features some big ones!

To see this beautiful home or any others, you can schedule an appointment by emailing or calling me at [email protected] or 571-263-0206.

7020 Benjamin Street McLean (Reduced $385,000)

Check out the rest of this week’s Luxury for Less listings:

The properties listed are a small selection of properties available in the Tyson’s Corner area. For a full list of properties listed on MLS and private exclusives, please contact Brandy Schantz.

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Address: 1446 Harvest Crossing
Neighborhood: Evans Farm
Listed: $1,585,000

Luxury townhome in the gated community of Evans Farm, with high-end features throughout.

This townhouse offers 4 finished levels offering 4 spacious BR’s/4.5 BA’s and flex space to fit your needs. Gourmet kitchen with eat-in area, high end stainless steel appliances & open to family room. Open family room space with fireplace and built-ins.

Spacious lower level with optional 5th bedroom, full bathroom, media room, recreation room & storage.

The generous master bedroom suite has a sitting area with extensive built-in storage, plantation shutters and tray ceiling. The laundry center is on the bedroom level for convenience. The upper loft area can be used to fit your needs. Make this space an office, playroom, homework room, etc.

An elevator can be added in this model! Private patio & 2 car garage. Convenient to major transportation routes, McLean Metro, shopping, dining, downtown McLean & Tysons!

Listed by:
Laurie Mensing
Long and Foster/Christie’s
703-965-8133
[email protected]
www.lauriemensing.com

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Ask Val: House Hunting Apps

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Val Sotillo, Northern Virginia-based Realtor and Falls Church resident. Please submit your questions to her via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: Which free real estate sites are accurate and reliable?

Answer: Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a house, you’re tracking home sales in your neighborhood, or you’re just curious about the value of homes these days, chances are that you’ve visited one of many real estate websites. Technology can help make your search a little easier allowing you to view listings, calculate mortgage costs, and find out which businesses and attractions are nearby.

According to a 2017 report from the National Association of Realtors, nearly all homebuyers start their home search online, up from just 44 percent in 2015.

How Do You Know Which Of The Countless Real Estate Sites Are Worth Your Time?

Most used by my clients: Homesnap

The biggest advantage of Homesnap is that it has a partnership with our Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Bright, which is the system of record agents use to enter and manage properties that are coming soon, for sale, under contract and sold. The result is that the status of every property in Homesnap is 100% accurate and that changes are made in real-time vs the delay you see on many other property search sites.

Everything you see in Homesnap reflects exactly what the listing agent enters into MRIS. You can connect directly with your Realtor through Homesnap (click the link to connect with me!) allowing you to send homes you’re interested in directly to your agent.

The chat function allows you and your agent to communicate through the app and keeps a record of the properties you’ve shared back and forth. You can also add multiple people to the chat (like a spouse).

Snap a photo of any home across the nation to get instant property details, including home values, when it last sold, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, taxes, lot boundaries, local school ratings, similar listings and nearby sales.

Other Search Apps

Sites: Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Homes, Realtor.com, etc.

I grouped these sites together because they essentially do the same thing: search the local multiple listing service (MLS) for properties for sale. Homebuyers can search by city/state or zip code to see current listings, and filter by price, number of beds and baths, property type, square feet, features, age of home and listing activity (e.g., open houses, new listings, price reduced).

Just keep in mind that Zillow and Trulia are not always reliable in terms of what’s for sale and what’s not on the market. They often show properties as currently listed that are not on the market, and vice versa. They have what they call a “Zestimate” of the value of all homes, but they are not always accurate.

MLS Through Your Realtor

The most accurate, up-to-date information available on your real estate market will come through the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This is information that licensed realtors and brokers have access to. Your real estate agent can set up email alerts for you based on specific search criteria.

Other Helpful Sites

Greatschools for school ratings.

Walkscore for commute report and options for getting around by car, bus, bike and foot.

Homepath for foreclosure properties owned by Fannie Mae.

What other property search tools do you like or have used in the past? I’d love to hear from you!

Note: Homesnap did not sponsor or review this post.

If you’d like more information, or would like a question answered in my bi-weekly column, please reach out to [email protected]. I hope to hear from you soon.

Val Sotillo is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite #10C Arlington, VA 22203, 703-390-9460.

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