Just Listed and Open Sunday 1-4 – 3209 N. Nottingham St, Arlington VA

Open Sunday July 18, 1-4.   Sophisticated split level on one of Arlington’s prettiest streets. Amazing gourmet kitchen remodel and family room addition gives this home spectacular flow, light and living spaces. 4 big bedrooms and 3 full updated baths – plus 2 more… rooms that could easily be bedrooms too. Also, French doors leading to Trex deck overlooking smashing landscaped, private yard with patio and koi pond too! Lowest level rec room, has loads of space, kitchenette, and nice laundry room with front loaders.   Click on the link to my Facebook page for tons of photos. Call/email or text me for a tour:   Cell – 703-200-3631, email: cgundlach at mcenearney dot com

3209 N. Nottingam St, Arlington, VA 22207Living Room – Features a fireplace with striking granite surround, hardwood floors, picture window and is open to large dining room with French Doors leading to awesome deck overlooking roomy, private landscaped

The yard offers so much – front detailed landscaping and pathways providing a storybook curb appeal.  Back yard has a trex deck accessible from both family room and dining room, flagstone patio, koi pond and lots of lush landscaping including Crepe Myrtles, Japanese Maples and many more surrounding it all.

3 bedrooms and 2 baths up – plus one more bedroom in first lower level (that is ground level with tons of daylight) with private entrance along with a lovely office with full sized windows overlooking backyard and pond, and another bonus room currently used as bedroom.   Lowest level also has a full kitchenette with granite counters and a rec room with gas fireplace and laundry room with front loading washer and dryer.

Tons of updates including – all new kitchen in 2007, Trex deck in 2007, Custom window treatments and blinds in 2007, New granite hearth and gas fireplace in 2007, LG HE Front loading washer and dryer in 2007, Bryant High Efficiency Heat Pump in 2009, new bathroom vanities and sinks 2010.

All of this on one of Arlington’s prettiest streets with rolling hills, nestled between Little Falls Road and Williamsbug Boulevard. Walking distance to the award winning Nottingham Elementary, and a quick commute to DC, Fairfax, Tysons or Bethesda.   ART bus service runs during rush hour to the East Falls Church metro, which is only a bit over 1 mile away.    Take out and dining options are plentiful at the Williamsburg Shopping Center with Backyard Barbeque, Peking Pavillion, Williamsburg Deli and you even can walk up to 7-11 or CVS for sundries.
Kitchen Family Room

Stunning gourmet kitchen!Sophisticated Dining Room

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Spectacular views of the national fireworks from Arlington : County Manager : Arlington, Virginia

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

What a better place to celebrate Independence Day than right outside our Nation’s Capital?   If you would like to view the fireworks this Sunday, July 4, 2010, but don’t want do drive into DC, stay in Arlington to see the show.   You don’t have to trek into DC and brave the crowds on the mall, stay right here in Arlington and view the show from some of Arlington’s outdoor attractions.

The  Marine Corps War Memorial, aka, Iwo Jima and Gravelly Point are both great places to see the fireworks in DC.  If you are going to Iwo Jima, the Orange Line metro to Rosslyn is your best bet.   Gravelly Point can be reached via the George Washington Memorial Parkway, but pack a cooler and some chairs and leave early because this will be a popular spot!

Check out this article from Arlington County’s website for more great info on viewing fireworks in Arlington, Virginia this year, 2010.

Happy Independence Day!

Spectacular views of the national fireworks from Arlington : County Manager : Arlington, Virginia.

Coral Gundlach, CRS, Realtor

McEnearney Associates


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It’s not that I don’t trust you, I am just doing a good job for my clients

It’s not that I don’t trust you, I am just doing a good job for my clients

Magnifying Glass ManA huge part of my job as a real estate agent, post contract, is to make sure everyone else does theirs. This is often when we really earn our commission, and can make the difference between closing the sale or watching it all fall apart.   A good agent checks in regularly with the lenders, title companies, co-operating agents, inspectors and clients, of course, to see how things are progressing. After a few bad termite inspector experiences, I decided to start attending them in person, especially if the house has a lot of wood or is in a woodsy area, which is the case with my most recent contract.  The buyers for this house are also very detail oriented, and currently overseas, so I wanted to be there to explain first hand should he find something.    It’s a new inspector for me who was highly recommended, and I like him because he only inspects, and does not provide treatment (see previous blog for why). Anyway, he asked me why I was there, and said no one ever meets him there and frankly seemed a little weirded out by my presence.

I went on to explain that a colleague of mine ALWAYS attends termite inspections, just for the above reasons, and I thought that was a good practice and am starting it myself with this inspection.  He asked “why so much distrust?”   I was a little taken aback that he would assume distrust, but explained that it had nothing to do with not trusting the inspector, but everything to do with representing our clients to the fullest extent, and making sure we understood the scope of the problem first hand if there was one.

Same thing goes for attending all aspects of a transaction, and with follow ups to the lenders, title companies, etc.   I hope no one I work with assumes distrust because I am on top of the details, it simply means I am doing a thorough job representing my clients.  So if you are working with me as either a buyer, seller, lender, title company or inspector – expect to hear from me often, and know it’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s that I am doing my job and making sure all pieces of the puzzle fit together.  It can make or break a transaction, and I’ve made them stick together many times this way.

If you are looking for a thorough and responsive real estate agent in Northern Virginia, give me a call to find out how I can help you buy or sell a home. You will hear from me often, and know that your sale is running smoothly.

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Arlington, Virginia – Ranked by Parenting Magazine as the best place in the US for families

Best Cities 2010: Arlington, VA – Parenting.com

Congratulations Arlington, County Virginia!  Parenting Magazine just ranked Arlington as the best place in the Whole Country to raise a family.  No arguments here.  As a parent and resident in Arlington County, I can vouch that our public schools do live up to the hype.  Our North Arlington Mom’s club, MONA, is one of the greatest resources for everything from parenting to vacation tips and more and is so strong it practically has the clout of the Better Business Bureau if a mom posts a bad review of a business; we have a wonderful variety of parks, including two spray parks for our scorching summer days.

Kids during the summer have a variety of camps to choose from, and even procrastinating parents can usually find something for the kids to do.

And then there is the real estate factor.  I am so lucky to be a real estate agent and homeowner in Arlington, Virginia. Average Sold Price for North Arlington Virginia This county has incredible resilience.  People in the DC Metro area really want to live here, and will pay to do so.  The average sales price for detached homes in North Arlington so far this year is $851,687. Wow.  That’s out of 334 detached home sold this year so far.  Average Days on Market:  44.

And compared to the rest of the DC Area, check out how Northern Virginia’s prices have improved in 2010.     The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis just crunched the numbers and they tell quite a story.  Look at the real estate recovery in Northern Virginia compared to DC and Maryland.

If you are considering between buying in Northern Virginia, Maryland or DC, check out these slides to see that Northern Virginia’s housing recovery is well on its way.  And for sound, honest real estate and guidance in Northern Virginia, call or email me to get started!

Average Sold Price for Northern Virginia

Average Sales Price for District of Columbia

Average Sales Price for Suburban  Maryland

Coral Gundlach, CRS

Realtor serving Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Vienna, Falls Church, Fairfax and Loudoun County Virginia


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Arlington Cinema and Draft House and Dragon Training

I recently went with my family and some out of town guests to see How to Train Your Dragon at the Arlington Cinema and Draft House, and it gave me some great ideas about negotiating in real estate.  This movie is really a must see for anyone in the business, or in the middle of a negotiation of any kind.

First of all, I must give mad love to this place.  Definitely one or Northern Virginia’s treasures.   It’s located on Columbia Pike, and easily accessible from Alexandria, DC, Arlington or Annandale.   

It usually plays slightly older movies, like between theater and DVD release.     For a discounted price, you can go see a 3 or 4 month old movie, drink beer and eat junk food all at the same time.     It also has stand up comedy and is a great place to watch sporting events.  We stuck with the beer and saved our appetite for Bangkok 54 next door – A a Washingtonian “Cheap Eat”must visit for the best Thai in Arlington.

Back to How to Train Your Dragon:  The premise of the movie is that the Vikings have always trained to kill dragons.  Dragons are the enemy, we kill them, and that was the end of the thought process on this subject with the Vikings.  Until a little guy named Hiccup befriends a wounded dragon by accident, and learns that when working together, dragons and Vikings can actually accomplish  a lot more.   There’s a big moment in the movie when the kid is supposed to fight the dragon and ends up gently touching him on his face and makes him giggle and not a threat.   The kid was ostracized by his community for thinking this way; yet eventually the Vikings “get it” and learn to work together with the dragons to kill a big bad monster dragon who wants to kill them all.

I feel like many people approach negotiations the way the Vikings did the dragons.  The other side is the enemy, and you try to kill them.  That’s not the way I approach negotiations in Northern Virginia real estate, you can enjoy great success by figuring out what the other party wants and – gasp – giving it to them.  That doesn’t mean your side loses, but it means you both win because you get what you give.   If you make it clear to the other side that you are not out to stiff them, they are likely to handle you the same way.

Most of my real estate transactions are smooth and not acrimonious, because I approach negotiations this way.   Both parties want to sell the house, HOW they get it done, usually is a win-win, if we learn how to tickle the dragon.

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Wireless Freedom

My husband along with his team at GMMB,  has been toiling away for months on a groundbreaking event for his client, CTIA, or The Wireless Association.   This is something that none of them had done before, and it took hours and hours of mind numbing work to accomplish.  So, I will be upfront, this is a shameless plug for him and his company’s efforts, but this is a subject worth blogging about, as wireless technology has had a profound affect on my life, both business and personal.

The “event” is a 50 foot dome in the middle of Union Station in Washington DC.  People are invited into the dome, and can send texts or email photos and see them appear on the ceiling of the dome.   Visitors are prompted to answer questions about how wireless has inspired or affected them.   You can send a picture of your kid and see him float around on the dome (mine thought this was quite cool).  Or just send a nice message to your companion.

It’s a celebration of the freedom that our wireless technology gives us and who better to celebrate that than a Realtor?

I’ve been in real estate for 6 years, and still can marvel at the progress wireless technology has given me in my job.   If a client wants to see a house on the fly, no problem!  I look it up on my smart phone, get the showing instructions and we are on our way.  When I began in 2004, I would have to tell them to wait, or have to call the agent on the sign.  As far as my personal life goes, the ease of texting and wireless to wireless calling plans has made it much easier to keep tabs on my husband during the day and my mom who lives in Arkansas, every day.

Check out this You Tube video to see how the dome was installed.   So far the traffic has been excellent – about 2,000 visitors a day and has gotten lots of love in the blogosphere. Love your wireless technology, or just appreciate a cool technological exhibit?  Go check it out.

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Great opportunity in Falls Church, Virginia, 22043 zip: 4 BR, 3 BA – $475,000

Investors, Do-it-yourselfers and bargain hunters – check out this great deal in Falls Hill, a beautiful neighborhood along the W&OD Trail in Falls Church, Virginia.  This home is an unusual opportunity, in that the seller is motivated, it’s priced way below market value, but it’s actually part of an estate and not bank owned.  The seller paid for a professional inspection, and that report is available to those who are interested.  It needs a fair amount of work, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

This home has many lovely features, more than your typical fixer upper:  large over 1/4 acre lot, hardwood floors, 5 year young roof and appliances, great circular floor plan, attached garage, fantastic sunlight, beautiful lot with soaring trees and private fenced backyard.  Three large bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs and a fourth bedroom and full bath downstairs.  It’s a split foyer style home, so both levels get great sunlight and your lower level is not completely below grade.  The home features 2 wood burning fireplaces as well, and a huge recreation room downstairs that could easily serve as both a place to entertain and or watch TV.   There’s also an attached garage that leads into a mudroom/laundry room with a new washer and dryer.

It is ready for its new owners to give it some TLC.

Location is prime – Falls Hill is a beautiful neighborhood of stately colonials, split levels, and split foyers, all with larger footprints and lot sizes, allowing it to have a nice continuous look and feel.  It’s in top rated school districts: Shrevewood Elementary, Kilmer Middle School and Marshall High School.

7605 Salem Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22043 is priced at $475,000 and is easily shown.  Call or email me to see it or find out more.

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