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Pet of the Week: Yzma

This week’s Pet of the Week is Yzma, a darling senior who’s looking for a human committed to giving her the care and love she deserves.

Here’s what her friends at Operation Underdog WV have to say about her:

Yzma is a joy, and if you are looking for a darling senior to pour your heart into, you couldn’t find a more deserving girl. Found roaming in South Carolina, Yzma was a pitiful sight. She had a poor body score and coat, and she had a noticeable weakness in her rear quarters, but despite her shaking fear, there was an infinite sweetness about her. And as soon as she left the shelter and was settled in a foster home, we were rewarded with a brilliant smile. Yzma is happy and loving and does best when she can follow the lead of a confident canine companion. She is house trained and does well without being crated. She likes to spend her time rotating between the dog beds and exploring the yard. And she is always up for a treat or a pet. She absolutely loves snow.

Yzma has degenerative disc disease, and our vet does not feel she is a candidate for surgery. This means she will need an owner who is committed to managing her condition with a combination of oral medication and other therapies, which may include things like laser, acupuncture, etc. Other considerations like managing her weight, and restriction of high-impact activity (avoiding stair use, not allowing her to jump on or off furniture) would be important for Yzma as well as quality food and supplements. Being that her condition is both chronic and there is the possibility of acute flare-ups, it is important for an adopter to know that this will be an ongoing process.

We realize that Yzma’s needs won’t be the right match for every applicant, but this is a truly special girl in more ways than one, and we do believe that there could be a special someone out there who will see that the love and devotion they give to Yzma will be returned tenfold. She’s totally worth the effort.

Are you and Yzma the perfect match?

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

ViVA Vienna, the town fair, is my favorite event of the year — maybe more so this year because usually it’s unbearably hot and the forecast actually looks to be decent this coming weekend. For those that have never been, let me give you the general overview of what to expect and then I’ll add some COVID twists to your 2021 visit.

ViVa Vienna is made of rides for the kids, some for the smaller crew and some for the older crew who likes faster/higher rides, usually games (knock down the clown, pop the balloon, fishing for a duck), vendors (arts, crafts, photos, local businesses), and fair food. Think meat on a stick, turkey legs and fried everything. It’s glorious and fun. They also have shows on the town green in the amphitheater.

This year, you’ll need to buy tickets in advance. You can get a slot of time (1 hr and 50 min) for unlimited rides for the kids and yourself, or you can buy non-rider passes if you’re just going to go for fun to watch and walk around. The rider tickets are $20 and the non-rider pass is $5. You can buy as many as you want. The event is Saturday, Sunday and Monday and there are time slots for each day left.

Bring water! Bring snacks if you don’t want to buy food. The kids (and adults) get hot and hungry and that’ll kill anyone’s day.

The Vienna Singing Princesses are always a hit and are on the entertainment schedule to perform on Saturday morning. I don’t believe you need tickets for the entertainment. The Great Zucchini is on the schedule for Monday morning.

This year they have food trucks around Vienna Elementary along with some food vendors at the exit of the vendor exhibit on Caffi Field (the softball fields by the community center).

Logistics: there are recommendations by the Rotary Club for parking spots. Be careful of residential streets that may have no parking signs and try not to block driveways.

Hope you have a great time!

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If you’re in the market to buy a house in the Tysons, McLean and Vienna areas, you’ve got options to explore.

According to Homesnap, there are 121 homes for sale, with a median list price of $463,750.

Here are a few open houses taking place this weekend:

6811 Stockwell Manor Drive, Falls Church
4 BD/4.5 BA single-family home
Listed: $1,799,000
Open: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

1781 Chain Bridge Road #206, McLean
2 BD/2.5 BA condo
Listed: $1,240,000
Open: Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

8595 Coral Gables Lane, Vienna
5 BD/3.5 BA single-family home
Listed: $975,000
Open: Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

6604 Jerry Place, McLean
4 BD/3.5 BA single-family home
Listed: $899,000
Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

2022 Madrillon Springs Court, Vienna
2 BD/2.5 BA townhome
Listed: $759,999
Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

Photo via Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

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This past week, 37 properties were sold in Tysons Corner, McLean and Vienna, according to Homesnap. Included was a 5 BD/3 BA Craftsman-style home in McLean that sold for $3.4 million.

A few of the recently sold properties include:

In the market? Check out the latest in Tysons area real estate.

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Pet of the Week: Silver

The Pet of the Week is Silver, an affectionate kitty who recently arrived from Afghanistan.

Here’s what her friends at 4Paws Rescue Team had to say about her:

Silver is one of the cats who recently arrived from Afghanistan. This exotic-looking blue-grey beauty is an extremely affectionate lap cat.

Silver’s foster mom likens her to an affectionate leopard cat — big and playful. She loves to show off her hunt-and-capture skills with mice and feather toys.

Silver is still getting used to living in a safe and comfortable indoor environment in a brand new country. This expat girl has a great appetite and good litter box habits. She is still learning how to be careful with her claws.

In her foster home, there is a resident cat, and although she hasn’t yet been introduced to him, she does show interest when she hears him. The 4Paws website has helpful information about introducing a new cat into a household with other pets here. Silver would certainly do fine as an only pet, so she could enjoy the love exclusively.

Silver came to 4Paws from the Kabul Small Animal Rescue organization in Afghanistan. She is one of about a dozen or so that 4Paws is helping to find adoptive homes. Silver’s estimated birth date is February 2018. She is spayed, current on vaccinations, has tested negative for FIV and Feline Leukemia, and is microchipped.

Are you and Silver the perfect match?

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Discover an innovative approach to modern assisted living rooted in hospitality & integrated wellness in Fairfax’s MetroWest neighborhood.

Step into The Providence, a brand-new assisted living and memory care community now open at 9490 Sprague Avenue in Fairfax, and experience a new model of assisted living, focused on renewal rather than retirement.

Eye-catching art and design elements, cutting-edge technology and a bright, airy ambiance invite you to dine, discover, engage, learn, relax and rejuvenate in this community of experiential and cultural enrichment.

The Providence boasts amenities that rival world-class resorts such as a concierge service, chef-driven restaurants, a full bar and lounge, a salon, day spa, fitness center, art studio and rooftop terrace with fire-pit seating.

Innovative programming such as Watermark University offers customizable courses, affording residents, associates and family members the opportunity to teach and take classes on subjects you are passionate about. Other unique programs include EngageVR, a virtual reality technology that keeps the brain active while providing uplifting and educational experiences.

Private studio, one- and two-bedroom residences are available on a monthly rental basis with no long-term commitment. Apartments feature modern kitchenettes, high-end appliances, upscale finishes, tall ceilings and ample natural light. Some include a private balcony.

The Providence welcomes you to learn more and schedule a tour by calling 571-396-0500 or visiting www.ProvidenceFairfax.com.

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

As a mom of boys, a consistent and reliable barbershop seems to be hard to find. I wanted to highlight two local places to try out if you’re looking for someone new.

The one most people in Vienna know of is a long-time Vienna favorite, Andy’s Barber Shop located at 431 Maple Avenue W. #D (in the back of the plaza with Magnolia Bakery). With 9 technicians on staff, they have plenty of hours to fit your schedule. They also recently added online scheduling to avoid a crowd and keep wait times lower. They have a TV to distract young ones.

The other local one we love is Vienna Barbers on 159 Glyndon Street SE (next to The Virginian Restaurant). A smaller shop, also with a TV to distract young ones, they offer a good cut, fair price, and easy in and out.

I noticed that both places advertise that the entire staff is fully vaccinated, as I’m sure barber shops try to recover from the year.

Please remember to tip well!

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Address: 1650 Silver Hill Drive #1703
Listed: $769,000
Open: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Want to love where you live? Make the move to condo owner this weekend! Visit our open house to see this brand-new, never-lived-in 17th floor unit with the most incredible views.

This light and bright 1 BD plus den/1.5 BA 894-square-foot home offers high-end finishes in an open-concept layout that makes cooking and conversation a breeze. The space is highlighted by extraordinary 10-foot ceilings in the living area and a designer kitchen to make everyday dining and hosting a joy. In the kitchen, you’ll find Italian cabinetry and composite stone countertops, stainless steel appliances including a built-in gas range with a five-burner cooktop and wall-mounted oven, concealed refrigerator and dishwasher, full-height pantry, long island with waterfall edge and room for seating, plus storage and a built-in microwave.

The bedroom offers plenty of space for you to relax, and the closets throughout have been upgraded with storage systems. The extra den presents the flexibility to work, school or exercise from home.

Plus, never search for parking again, as this unit comes with a reserved garage spot. See why this floor plan has SOLD OUT!

Listed by:
Lauren Budik
McEnearney Associates
202-780-5253
[email protected]
Laurenbudik.com

This past week, 24 properties were sold in Tysons Corner, McLean and Vienna, according to Homesnap. This included a six-bedroom home complete with a gym, sauna, hot tub and pool that went for $2.9 million.

A few of the recently sold properties include:

In the market? Check out the latest in Tysons area real estate.

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