Local Real Estate News
- Reston made the list of five metro D.C. neighborhoods where home prices remain steady (Washingtonian, April 18, 2016)
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is seeking a zoning change in order to build a 16,558-square-foot location at Crowell and Hunter Mill roads, according to RestonNow. The church plans a one-story building with 292 seats and 233 parking spots.
- Lake Anne Brew House opened April 16 to so many customers that it’s taking time off to brew more beer, according to RestonNow. It will re-open April 29.
- Madewell will open April 27 in the former Ben & Jerry’s space in Reston Town Center.
- Ben & Jerry’s is scheduled to re-open April 30 at 11916 Market St.
About the local real estate market: “In general, homes are selling fastest and with multiple offers in Reston, Arlington and Alexandria, where there is less than a two-month supply of homes to meet current demand. In Great Falls, however, there’s a nine-month supply of homes, according to NVAR.”
—“Lack of inventory pushes up home prices in Northern Virginia,” Washington Post
Upcoming Local Events
From IMAX Entertainment, space documentary A Beautiful Planet will open at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater — Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 29. The film features footage of Earth and the effects humanity has had on it over time, captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Tickets can be purchased here. While you’re there, check out the newly-acquired United States Coast Guard aircraft, the Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard helicopter. (Via Smithsonian Newsdesk)
FYI: Combined attendance at the National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly exceeded eight million in 2015, making it the most visited museum in America.
Good things come in small houses
Don’t let home costs scare you. The price tag may be high on owning property in Washington, D.C., but there are plenty of positives to this city, including museums, great culture, excellent schools, decent climate and job opportunities, to name a few. We can tell you the D.C. metro area is great to live in and so can small space living! Here’s a few tips to help you downsize and break the rules of traditional small space decorating.
Go Big! — People tend to think that only small furniture will work in tight living quarters. However, this can make your home appear even smaller. Instead, get a few full-sized furnishings to fill the space, and it will actually appear larger.
Lighting is Everything — When you want to add light to your small space, keep two things top of mind: choose lights with different styles and purchase light fixtures that illuminate in different directions. This design technique will help divide the room naturally, so it looks spacious.
Bathroom Oasis — An area feared most in small space living is the bathroom. If you are working with tight quarters, add a floating vanity or wall-mounted faucet to drastically free up space. Another easy-to-do trick is to invest in open shelving and extend your counter space over the toilet.
Paint Bigger — The ceiling is the forgotten fifth wall in our homes, and choosing the right paint can make a big difference in your space. It is recommended that you choose lighter shades to expand the room and keep a similar contrasting color on the ceiling to create an open and airy feeling.
Eat-In Kitchen — When was the last time you ate at the kitchen table? We usually eat at the counter or in front of the television. A better use of space would be to get rid of the kitchen table, and build an eat-in counter. This is a great way to conserve space and entertain.
—McEnearney Associates, “Good things come in small houses”
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