DC Metro Real Estate News

Feb. 27, 2017

Washington DC Real Estate is Experiencing Gentrification and Lots of Growth

Get in on Washington DC real estate gentrification.The Washington DC real estate market is one of the fastest-growing and thriving markets in the nation. While many areas saw plummeting home values after the housing market crash in 2008, DC homes have gone from strength to strength. The city is seeing a huge influx of young, professional buyers. The median income for these young professionals tops $100,000, nearly twice the national average. With this inflow of wealthy buyers, many areas that once languished in crime and poverty are experiencing a renaissance. Gentrification is taking place in many neighborhoods, driven by the new buyers’ desire for good access to the Metro and a lifestyle geared for walkability.

Find Beautiful DC Homes, Both Historic and New Construction

The northeast quadrant, once known mostly for blight, is home to some of the hottest Washington DC real estate. Neighborhoods including Trinidad, U Street, H Street, and Ledroite Park are all flooded with young millennial buyers. While the newcomers are mostly white, the DC area has a large black middle class population of professionals. The region also has a lower unemployment rate for all racial categories than the national average.

All this energy is translating into a population expansion for the first time in 50 years. The current population is over 670,000. Between 2010 and 2015, 70,000 people moved to DC. In addition to renovating older Victorian homes, bungalows and row houses, there is a lot of new construction. Anyone considering a move to DC has a lot of choices for the right house.

Start a DC home search and call our office to set up a tour of the up and coming neighborhoods.

 

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Feb. 21, 2017

Washington DC Home Owners and Residents Visit the National Zoo to Say Goodbye

Meet the pandas that live on Washington DC real estate.One of the many perks of owning Washington DC real estate is access to the many museums and other places that make up the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is well worth a visit. Admission is free. The zoo is open every day of the year, except December 25th. Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admittance at 4 p.m. Regular hours begin in mid-March, and the zoo stays open until 7 p.m. once they begin. There is a huge number of animal species from all over the world. Visitors from DC homes can meet lots of different North American species. Or check out the great cats, the primates, reptiles, or even the many amazing creatures from Asia. Everyday there’s a full schedule of keeper talks and animal feedings.

Everyone from DC Homes Says a Heartfelt Goodbye to Bao Bao the Panda

The National Zoo is also dedicated to conservation, with a huge number of threatened and endangered species born at the Washington DC real estate location. The panda program coordinates with zoos in China to help grow the world’s panda population. Today sees a special, if bittersweet, event. Bao Bao, the three-year-old female panda cub, is being transferred to Chengdu, China. She will go to live at Dujiangyan Panda Base and enter the breeding program when she reaches maturity.

Visit the National Zoo to find out more about panda conservation efforts, see a daily schedule of events, and learn about all the species that live at the zoo. 

 

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Aug. 1, 2016

Find Collectibles and Vintage Goods for Arlington Homes at the Urban Village Market

Get vintage good for Arlington homes.All who own Arlington homes are invited to come check out the Urban Village Market. Every week is a little different and visitors never know what kind of treasures they will find at each time. This market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on 15th Street, not far from the Courthouse Metro station. Take public transportation with stops near most Arlington homes, or drive down. Parking can be found close by in the Courthouse parking lot.

DC Metro Home Owners Can Get Produce and Snacks at the Market

Shoppers can find all sorts of goodies including bicycles, art, handmade goods, vintage magazines and music, posters, furniture, photography, clothes, antiques, and many more items. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and prepared foods can be found here as well, when the Courthouse Farmers Market is not in operation. Support local vendors, spend quality time with friends and family, and bring some cool finds back to your DC metro home. This market operates year round and is a fun place for locals to showcase their wares. Anyone with collectibles, antiques, and craft items to sell can inquire about renting a space. This is a great market to reach local residents and visitors to the area as well. Read more about the market and find eligibility requirements to become a vendor at the Urban Village Market

 

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July 25, 2016

See Recycling from DC Real Estate Made into Icebergs!

Visit the National Building Museum near DC real estate.Explore examples of America’s architecture with a visit to National Building Museum and celebrate the artistic forms of many DC real estate properties. Known for presenting critically acclaimed National Building Museum exhibits, the NBM always has some awe inspiring presentations to enjoy.

Currently, the Icebergs exhibit holds center stage. Running through September 5, 2016, this massive exhibit fills the Museum’s Great Hall and has been created from reusable construction materials from DC real estate or nearby. A towering iceberg sculpture represents the magnificent size of these natural forms. Visitors will journey to a viewing area inside the tallest structure and can slide down an icy chute or walk across an undersea bridge. Afterwards guests can try a sample of Japanese kakigori, a sweet shaved ice treat.

Explore the National Building Museum near DC Metro Homes

Permanent collections are also impressive. The James Stewart Construction Collection holds items representative of works from General Electric, Standard Oil, Pennsylvania Railroad and more. Vintage toys dating from 1860 comprise the Architectural Toy display. See the early models of Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets. These toys often provided the basic building blocks for children to experiment with architecture throughout time in their DC metro homes.

With a focus on community spirit, programs held both for adults and youth include lectures and educational events with a focus on science, arts and innovation. Free family festivals also fill the calendar and are wonderful opportunities for making memories. Hours for the National Building Museum are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

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July 18, 2016

Everyone in a Fairfax Home Can Have Fun This Summer

Have fun near a Fairfax home this summer.Summer is in full swing, and Fairfax home owners are lucky to live in a city with a full schedule of great summer events. Relax, get in shape, and meet new friends at Yoga on the Square. This free class is held Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at Old Town Square. Bring some water and a mat and get ready for deep relaxation.

The Kids in Your DC Metro Home will Enjoy Music, Games, and Crafts

On Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, bring the kids in your Fairfax home to the Pop-up Adventure Playground. Kids can build Lego, do crafts, play games, and do coding. All ages are welcome, and a parent or guardian must stay with children. The Pop-up Adventure Playground is held at a different park each week. On Wednesday, July 20th, it will be at Providence Park, and on July 27th, it will be at Thaiss Park. Kids can also enjoy music and crafts at Kidz Korner on Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come to Old Town Square for a good time.

Music lovers from the DC metro home area will enjoy Summer Nights in the City. Each Thursday, the Fairfax City Band plays a free concert at the Veterans Amphitheater at Fairfax City Hall. Concerts usually start at 8 p.m.

Find out more about summer programs at the Fairfax city calendar

 

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July 11, 2016

DC Real Estate Owners Go to the Lotus Festival

See the lotus flowers on DC real estate.Summer time is a great time to own DC real estate. There are all sorts of fun activities going on near DC metro homes. This Saturday, July 16th, head out to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens for the Lotus Festival. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Come enjoy the beautiful blooming lotus flowers and water lilies. Take a gardening workshop and get ideas for sprucing up the outdoors of your DC real estate. African and Asian dancers will be giving performances of traditional dances throughout the festival. Kids can get their faces painted and participate in arts and craft projects. Everyone can taste lotus tea and watch artists at work. Festival-goers are invited to check out cultural, educational, and artistic exhibits, too.

Visit Kenilworth Park Near Your DC Metro Home

The Kenilworth Gardens are worth a visit any time of year. Kids can learn about the park in the Junior Ranger program. Nature walks and bird walks are held regularly. An experienced ranger leads walkers and helps them learn to identify plants and animals. Come Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. for nature walks. On Saturday and Sunday, come at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Visit Kenilworth Park to learn more about the Lotus Festival and download a field guide to the park’s birds.

 

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July 4, 2016

Kids and Families From Arlington Homes Go to the Park for Summer Fun

Kids from Arlington homes make butterfly gardens.This month, kids who live in Arlington homes can participate in several fun outdoor activities in the city’s parks. All DC metro home owners are invited. Come for a scavenger hunt on Saturday, July 9th. The event will take place at Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids ages six to 12 are welcome to come and look for the signs of summer. Bring along a camera or smartphone to snap selfies with your finds. Stick around for the evening campfire from 7 to 8 p.m. Sing songs, meet interesting animals, play games, and enjoy s’mores. The cost is $5 per person. Visit Long Branch Nature Center to get more details. 

DC Metro Home Owners are Invited for Educational Activities

Budding entomologists won’t want to miss the Bug and Butterfly Festival on Friday, July 22nd. The 4H Club will lead activities from 6 to 8 p.m at Bon Air Park. Kids who attend will be able to attract butterflies to Arlington homes by creating butterfly garden starter kits. There will also be fun insect crafts to make. Learn about butterfly migration with an interesting game. Find out more at the event at the Bug and Butterfly Festival. Admission is free. 

 

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June 27, 2016

Celebrate America’s Independence near Fairfax Homes

Celebrate July 4th near Fairfax homes.Come learn more about the history of the area, including some historic Fairfax homes, while celebrating our nation’s independence at the Fairfax Museum this 4th of July. Located at 10209 Main Street, the museum will be open to all from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests can come inside to take a look at interesting exhibits about the history of Fairfax. Celebrate not only the birthday of our country, but also the 24th birthday of this museum with cake and lemonade on the front lawn. Enjoy the sounds of Matthew Dodd as he presents “Songs of the Red White and Blue” on the lawn at 1 p.m. Everyone can return to their Fairfax homes, or other event in the city, with the patriotic songs dancing in their heads. Learn more at Historic Fairfax.

DC Metro Home Owners Have Fun on July 4th

In addition to the open house, those who call DC metro home can find many other events to celebrate the 4th of July nearby. The Independence Day Parade will take place from 10 a.m. until noon in downtown Fairfax. Tours of the Ratcliffe-Allison House will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Many superheros will be around on this special day. Come out to the Suntrust Parking Lot across from Fire Station #3 to meet and get pictures with all the favorites such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Ironman, Super Girl, Wonder Woman, and Captain America from noon until 1 p.m. There will also be a firefighter competition, food, drinks, and activities for the kids at 12:30 p.m. at the Old Fashioned Fireman’s Day at 4081 University Drive. There is much to do, get out, have some fun, and celebrate our country. Get more information at the city of Fairfax website.

 

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June 20, 2016

Meet World Cultures on DC Real Estate at the Folklife Festival

DC real estate owners go to the Folklife Festival.Cultures collide and merge during the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival near DC metro homes from June 29 to July 4 and July 7 to July 10th. Located outside at the National Mall, this area of DC real estate will be a spotlight of celebration and fun. This annual event celebrates the differences of international communities bringing forth samples of music, dance, food, crafts and more. The 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcases three themes: Basque, Sounds of California and On The Move Migration and Immigration Today. Since 1967, the Festival has sought to bring awareness to the public about the similarities of all cultures worldwide and the differences creating uniqueness.

Kids from DC Metro Homes Enjoy Crafts from Around the World

Children living on DC real estate or visiting the District of Columbia can participate in hands on programs at the Txiki-Txoko Kid Zone. Some activities include fishing net crafts, whale origami and lessons in Japanese-American Festival traditions. Those with culinary interests will find several cooking demonstrations providing them the opportunity to learn about new spices and dishes to recreate later in their own kitchens. Guests feeling the rhythm can join into a dance workshop and inquiring minds can partake in dialogue exercises.

In the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, a bustling marketplace is set up from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. where musicians and artists display their goods. There will be a vast variety of items to browse through including textiles, toys, jewelry, music, pottery and sculptures. Shoppers are sure to find some unique items to bring home in remembrance of the day.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Daily itineraries for the Folklife Festival are available online.

 

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June 13, 2016

Everyone From Arlington Homes Enjoys the Farmers Market

Go to the farmers market near Arlington homes.Everyone living in Arlington homes have the opportunity to purchase fresh produce, grown within 125 miles of the city. Community Foodworks is a local organization focusing on bringing together communities and their farmers. Come down to the courthouse square on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon throughout the year. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods are available. Summer is the perfect time to head to the farmers market to pick up organically grown vegetables and sustainably raised meat or fish. Don’t forget a few loaves of fresh-baked bread and some cheese, made the old-fashioned way. Pick up a sweet treat to enjoy while browsing the vendors at the market, too. The farmers enjoy answering questions about their wares and can often suggest great cooking methods if you’re trying out something new.

DC Metro Home Owners Can Shop at Farmers Markets All Week Long

Community Foodworks sponsors several markets, each within an easy distance of a DC metro home. They are all easily accessed by public transit or bicycle, too. Farmers accept cash, SNAP benefits, or credit cards as payment. Several of the markets also have programs to match money spent with WIC, SNAP, and Senior FMNP. Be sure to check out Community Foodworks to learn about all their markets and find out how to participate in community supported agriculture.

 

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