Tysons, VA

Luxury for Less: December 4

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 we’re featuring another wow home in the area. 10015 High Hill Place Great Falls (Reduced $400,000) is a breathtaking English Tudor in Great Falls.

This stately home is situated on nearly 2 acres and is beautifully landscaped. This old world inspired home features stone walls, a slate roof, English coffered ceilings and gorgeous arched windows. The sophisticated touches in this home are unparalleled. The lower level includes a wet bar and custom wine cellar that any wine connoisseur would love. The outdoor pool and private spa is nothing short of stunning.

To see this beautiful home or any of the other homes on the market in the D.C. area, please contact Brandy at [email protected] or 571-263-0206.

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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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: We are under contract for a single family house near Tysons and we are trying to decide if we need to purchase a home warranty. How do home warranties work and what do they cover?

Answer: Getting a home warranty is always a great idea, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer with no experience in maintaining a home. The last thing you want after purchasing a home is an emergency repair that you did not budget for.

A home warranty is an annual service contract that provides repairs for your home, and pays for the replacement or repair of major appliances and home systems (like an HVAC system).

Don’t mistake a warranty for homeowners insurance, which covers your home’s structure and belongings in the event of a fire, flood, or other accidents.

How Does It Work and How Much Does It Cost?                                 

Home warranty companies have agreements with licensed service providers. When something that is covered by a home warranty needs repair, the homeowner calls the home warranty company, which sends a service provider to check the problem. If the provider determines that the needed repair or replacement is covered by the warranty, they complete the work. The homeowner only pays a co-pay, which usually is a flat rate of $75-$125.

The exact price of a home warranty depends on the coverage level you choose. Many companies offer basic plans and add-ons depending on your needs. A typical annual cost might be $200 for major appliances and $600 for a policy covering HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.

I had the opportunity to talk to Jonathan Asfour with Super Home Warranty, and he answered some of the most frequent questions people have when it comes to home warranties:

What’s Covered?

Always check with your home warranty provider to confirm what’s included in your plan. Coverage usually includes:

  • Built-in Microwave
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Washer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range, oven and cooktop
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Range Exhaust Fan
  • Trash Compactor
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat System/Heat Pump
  • Ductwork
  • Water Heater
  • Interior Electrical
  • Interior Plumbing
  • Sprinkler System

Super also offers a concierge program where we can get almost anything that you’d typically ask a superintendent to do for you (painting, pest control, yard work, handyman fixes, etc.). We also have included maintenance as well — this includes a pre-season HVAC tune up, carpet cleaning and re-key service, all for the price of our co-pay of $75.

The biggest issues that people typically are worried about are any HVAC or water heater claims, as these can be fairly pricey. Home warranties mitigate that risk and cover most (if not all) of costs of repairs to those items.

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Welcome to New Homes, a monthly column highlighting the new construction real estate market, written by Conor Sullivan and Dave Moya of Three Stones Residential at Keller Williams Realty. We are here to share our experience and expertise in lot acquisition, financing and construction of custom homes. 

Do You Need A Home Inspection For New Construction? 

If you’re in the process of building or are looking to purchase a new construction home, you may wonder if getting a home inspection is worth the money — especially since the home is brand new, right?!

Well, not so fast. While we would like to hope that a brand new home has been built perfectly, it is important to have a certified third party do a full inspection of the home to ensure everything is operating and built correctly. Some common issues found in new construction inspections include structural defects (foundation cracks & improper grading), window leaks, HVAC issues, plumbing issues and incomplete projects.

If you’re in a situation where you are working with a builder to build a custom home, you could have the opportunity to have three inspections:

Pre-Pour Inspection: Done before the foundation is poured, you can get an inspection completed to make sure the excavation and grading was done correctly. Once that concrete is poured, it’s tough to go back and make changes so this could be an important one to go through.

Pre-Drywall Inspection: This is done before any of the drywall or sheetrock go up inside the home. This allows the inspector to take a look at beams, posts and other structural items that can’t necessarily be looked at once the walls are up. This is also an opportunity to look at electric wiring and plumbing.

Final Inspection: Once the home has been completed, you can get the standard home inspection that most would get for any home they are about to purchase. This is to ensure that the home is safe to live in. If any issues arise during any of these inspections, it is important to talk with your builder as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the building or buying process of a new construction home, our team is here to help. At Three Stones Residential, we have worked with clients building, selling, and buying new homes and can provide guidance for each step of the experience. We are happy to share our expertise with you and help you through the process. Please contact us at (571) 429-7670 or [email protected].

Below is a list of new homes currently on the market in the Tysons, Falls Church, Vienna and McLean areas:

Want to learn more about financing a New Home build? McLean Mortgage (NMLS ID: 99665) can handle all of your construction financing needs. You can build your new home with as little as 5% down. Contact construction loan expert Troy Toureau (NMLS ID: 5618) at 301-440-4261 or AnyHomeLoans.com to learn more.

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Open Houses: November 29

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. 

8380 Greensboro Drive Unit 412, McLean
3 BD/2 BA
Agent: Kw Metro Center
Listed: $619,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

3705 S George Mason Drive 2210s, Falls Church
1 BD/1 BA
Agent: Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $245,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2013 Mayfair McLean Court, Falls Church
3 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Listed: $980,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

6434 Lakeview Drive, Falls Church
5 BD/3 BA
Agent: Ttr Sotheby’s International Realty
Listed: $1,525,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

8072 Sebon Drive, Vienna
2 BD/1.5 BA
Agent: Pearson Smith Realty Llc
Listed: $499,900
Open: Saturday 12-2 p.m.

 

2665 Manhattan Place Unit 305, Vienna
3 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: Redfin Corporation
Listed: $600,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

9550 Pine Bough Place, Vienna
3 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: Century 21 New Millennium
Listed: $799,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m. & Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

7887 Jones Branch Drive Unit 401, McLean
2 BD/2 BA
Agent: The Maywood Company
Listed: $1,324,000
Open: Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-5 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: November 27

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.

It’s my favorite time of year. The holidays!

It’s a time for indulgence and parties but also giving. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, and every day. Please remember to donate to your favorite charity or if you need a suggestion, consider Women in Housing & Finance Foundation. I’m on the board and will be happy to tell you more about our charity partners so please call or email me for more information.

Donate to WHFF here: https://whf.memberclicks.net/make-a-donation.

This week’s feature home is a home so beautiful and luxurious that it couldn’t be located anywhere else but Ballantrae Lane. This home was inspired by exquisite European manor homes and truly defines luxury. Built by the elite ALM Builders, 1181 Ballantrae features towering ceilings that rise to gothic vaults, intricate trim work, a large club room, bar, wine cellar, gym, sauna and even a safe room!

A home built for entertaining, it includes a spice kitchen and plenty of entertaining space. Just check out the club level with its interconnecting rooms! The Versailles styled pool is perfect for relaxing and enjoying one of the most spectacular homes in the DC metro area. This home is so stunning that the feature stands alone this week.

To schedule a tour of this beautiful home or any other homes in the DC area, email Brandy Schantz at [email protected] or call 571-263-0206.

1181 Ballantrae Lane McLean (Reduced $475,000)

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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Open Houses: November 22

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. 

8380 Greensboro Drive Unit 412, McLean
3 BD/2 BA
Agent: Kw Metro Center
Listed: $619,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1017 Aponi Road SE, Vienna
6 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $925,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

2047 Angelico Way, Vienna
6 BD/5.5 BA
Agent: Kw Metro Center
Listed: $1,350,000
Open: Saturday & Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

701 Ware Street SW, Vienna
5 BD/4.5 BA
Agent: Ttr Sothebys International Realty
Listed: $1,695,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

7221 Arthur Drive, Falls Church
5 BD/4.5 BA
Agent: RLAH Real Estate
Listed:, $1,345,000
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

7728 Oak Street, Falls Church
4 BD/3 BA
Agent: AM Realty Llc
Listed $749,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

7428 Tower Street, Falls Church
4 BD/3BA
Agent: Keller Williams Realty Falls Church
Listed: $718,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m. & Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1601 Spring Gate Drive Unit 1214, McLean
2 BD/2 BA
Agent: Soldsense
Listed: $479,000
Open: Saturday 12-2 p.m.

 

8003 Snowpine Way, McLean
4 BD/2.5 BA
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,075,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 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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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: November 20

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 we’re featuring an event at the International Country Club in Fairfax on Saturday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

This informative brunch will provide insight into acquiring a lot to build on, building a custom home on a lot you already own, construction financing and home renovation.

This event features Brandy Schantz of Schantz Group at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty to discuss acquiring a lot and building the right home in the right neighborhood, Paradigm Building Group to discuss building your dream home or doing a renovation or pop top to an existing home, and Jerry Berry of First Heritage Mortgage to discuss financing options. There are many great opportunities to build or renovate in this area and Saturday’s event will be a great start.

To RSVP to this event, email Brandy Schantz at [email protected] or call 571-263-0206.

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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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: What can you tell me about living in Oakton?

Answer: Oakton is a great place to live. According to a new set of rankings released by Niche, Oakton is the 8th best place to live in the state. The ranking looked at several factors, such as public schools, housing, diversity and family environment. Oakton received an A+ for its public schools, A for diversity, A+ for family environment and B for housing.

So What’s So Great About Oakton?

Location — The Vienna Metro is the last stop on the Orange Line. The station is located in Oakton, in the median of Interstate 66 at Nutley Street, which provides quick access to 495 and can take you to D.C. in 25 minutes. You can get to Dulles Airport in 20 minutes. It’s also less than 3 miles from the Town of Vienna and all its amenities. (Check my past column about Town of Vienna).

Shopping and Dining — The Oakton Farmer’s Market operates year round. Hunter Mill Plaza and Oakton Shopping Center have a great selection of eateries, including Chipotle, Luciano’s Italian, Old Peking, Yoko Japanese, Starbucks and other services include Giant, CVS, Wells Fargo Bank and a wide variety of medical offices.

It’s only a 5 minute drive to the thriving Mosaic District, offering many options for dining, shopping, fitness and entertainment.

Active Community — Oakton has plenty of parks for different activities: Oakton Community Park has a nice playground, Tattersall Park has quiet jogging and hiking trails, and Waples Mill Meadow Park is great for birding (who knew!).

The Oak Marr Golf Complex includes not only the challenging 1,456 yard, 9-hole par three golf course, with holes from 95-200 yards, but also a lighted 78 station driving range with target greens and covered, heated tees. And the Oak Marr Rec Center offers a gym with state-of-the-art equipment, group exercise classes, swimming pools, racquetball, spa, and many activities. Check the full calendar here.

If you have a dog, you can walk to Moorefield Park. The play area is shaded by mature trees and completely fenced in, providing a cool and safe retreat for dogs and their families. Water is available on site as well. All dogs must be licensed by the Town of Vienna or Fairfax County.

Housing

There are many different options for detached homes, townhomes and condos. There are 48 properties for sale, ranging from a one bedroom condo for $249,900, to a brand new 8,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom single family home for $4,895,950. You can see the active listings here.

Twenty-nine properties are under contract, ranging from a 1 bedroom condo at $260,000, to an 8 bedroom single family house at $1,699,900.

In the past 6 months, 46 condos were sold for a median price of $290,900; 34 townhouses were sold for a median price of $523,450; and 88 single family homes sold for a median price of $900,000.

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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Open Houses: November 15

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. 

3320 Grass Hill Terrace, Falls Church
5 BD/3 BA
Agent: RE/MAX West End
Listed: $879,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2013 Mayfair McLean Court, Falls Church
3 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $980,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

444 West Broad Street Unit 508, Falls Church
2 BD/2 BA
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $550,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

125 Carter Court South West, Vienna
3 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Samson Properties
Listed: $719,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

8520 Idylwood Mews Court, Vienna
4 BD/4.5 BA
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Listed: $1,085,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

8355 1st Avenue, Vienna
2 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Listed: $699,900
Open: Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

1450 McLean Mews Court, McLean
3 BD/4 BA
Agent: KW Metro Center
Listed: $930,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1805 Briar Ridge Court, McLean
3 BD/3.5 BA
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,250,000
Open: Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1613 Forest Lane, McLean
5 BD/4 BA
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,355,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 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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