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Arlington has five farmers market that covers the whole county. The markets open at different schedule. The biggest and most popular is the one located in Courthouse. This is the place where politicians rub elbows with their voters during election year. This year, happens to be election year in Virginia (I know Virginia is the one state that has election every year!) for state and local officials.
The five farmers markets:
1. Arlington Farmers Market Courthouse
Located across the street from the Courthouse at intersection of N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th St. Open every Saturday from 8am to 12pm on regular season (mid April through end of December). And from 9am to noon in winter (January to mid April). You'll find more than 30 vendors serving the market. Vendors include Atwater Breads that sells organic, hand shape, heart baked breads. Full list of vendors here. You can also the type of vegetables in season here.
2. Ballston Farmers Market
The market is located at Welburn Square at N. 9th and Stuart Streets. Open Fridays from the 29th of May to October 13 from 11am to 3pm. There are 12 vendors serving the market. Vendors include Baguette Republic, like the name implies make baguettes, boules, challah, focacia and rolls. Full list of participants here.
3. Columbia Pike Farmers Market
It's located at Pike Park in front of Rite Aid store at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed. St. There are 19 vendors serving the market. Vendors include Virginia Chocolate Company from Falls Church that sells chocolate truffles and candy. Full list of vendors here.
4. Clarendon Farmers Market
You don't have to go that far. It's at Clarendon metro station. Open every Wednesday with seasonal hours: May through October 12-7pm and November through April 2-7pm. Perfect time to catch commuters. The place is small, so you'll find only few vendors here peddling organic produce, baked goods, plants, herbs, homemade soaps, and other items.
5. Rosslyn Farmers Market
Every Thursday from May 14 to October 22. Seasonal hours 11:45am to 3pm. Located between Wilson Boulevard and N. Oak Street. Five vendors selling their produce here from pastries to fresh fruits, vegetable, gourmet tea, and herbs. Full list of vendors here.
So eat local. Shop local. It keeps the local economy going..
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The new limit isn't something to sneeze at. However, under current market conditions, buyers might find "something," especially in neighborhoods laden with foreclosure and short-sale. This a good way to clean up distressed properties supplies and improve the quality of live in Arlington's neighborhoods.
Under Arlington County "shared appreciation" model, it encourages the homeowners to refinance the house as soon as possible. Because when a homeowner refinances, loan have to be repaid. So, the upside is homeowner can keep the house free-and-clear from county's involvement.
If a homeowner buys at the bottom of the market, this is good deal. On the other hand, if an owner buys at the peak, it can be a challenge to refinance it.
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Information gathered via Fairfax County Planning and Zoning department on preliminary concept for Baileys Crossroads redevelopment is linked with the coming of Columbia Pike streetcar project in Arlington. The streetcar terminus at South Jefferson Street in Fairfax county. Essentially this streetcar connects Pentagon (Arlington) and Baileys Crossroads/ Skyline area in Fairfax.
Closer look at the proposed route for Columbia Pike streetcar.
At the end of Arlington route at Columbia Pike, street car continues up almost to the end of South Jefferson Street which is essentially border with Skyline.
This map shows proposed area of redevelopment on Fairfax's side.
Basically, the county agrees with most of the recommendation made by Urban Land Institute plus county's own proposed concentration of highest density within 1/8 mi. of the streetcar stops, pedestrian connection, and exploring various configurations for the streetcar operations facility.
There are 2 final concepts on the table for Baileys redevelopment:
1. Town Center
Proposed planning study includes reconfiguration of land use to include mixed-use (4 to 10 floors), residential and neighborhood retail types, townhomes, small apartments, big box retailers, industrial flex (warehouse?), open space and civic place. It's a more compact density for residential.
A little bit different than above, larger lot set aside for street cars operation (6 acres) with parks vs. open space (above) and lower residential density.
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• Though there's no direct cost to the buyer, that doesn't mean it hasn't been tacked on subtly somewhere in the deal — possibly in the price from the seller or builder.
• There are key exclusions and coverage limits. For instance, the Rainy Day program doesn't kick in for two months after closing. Self-employed persons, independent contractors and active military members are not eligible. There's a 30-day waiting period after you lose your job before the first insurance payment is made.
• The Toll Brothers plan is available only to buyers who use the company's affiliated lender, TBI Mortgage. Consumers who know of a forthcoming layoff or "any impending job loss" are ineligible.More after the jump..
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That's right, according to this video below. So, whenever you see cobweb on your attic that should alert you.
Over at Green Light, they questioned if one day utilities will retrofit your home for free? I am skeptical about that idea. Because someone complained to me this morning about how much they spend monthly on utilities. Their house is of a decent size (3,000 s.f.), not one of McMansions kinda house. But, according to this client, they spent on average $1,000 a month!
Now, you think utilities will sacrifice their cash cow for free? That will be great if they do.
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Spring buying season typically starts in February, and the resulting increase in demand traditionally causes prices to strengthen, and that’s exactly what happened this February as transaction counts increased month-over-month in 22 of the nation’s 25 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) tracked byRadar Logic. Home prices also improved in nine MSAs, compared to just six MSAs in February 2008.
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According to Eco-Home, K Hovnanian builds a concept high performance home in one of their communities, Eagles Pointe in Woodbridge, VA. They call this project "Building America Concept Home" as a result of its partnership with Department of Energy's Building America research initiative.
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A new study by Biz Journal ranks McLean, Virginia as the top wealth center in the nation. The ranking is based on 10-part formula to analyze what they called 'the relative affluence' of 2,065 cities across the U.S. Of the 10 part formula, McLean excels in 8 of 10.
McLean's median household income of $156,292 is more than triple the national median of $50,007. (A median is a midpoint, with half of all incomes higher, and half lower.) Thirty-six percent of its households have annual incomes above $200,000, nearly 10 times the U.S. rate of 3.7 percent. And 79 percent of its adults hold bachelor's degrees, compared to 27 percent nationwide.
I am kinda surprise to see McLean in the top ranking of affluence community! I thought Connecticut, NYC would easily slide in to take the title. The prices of houses around here -some of them- far from the million dollar range. Potomac, MD is another burb in DC region that gets to the top 10 communities.
Here's the Top 10 'wealth centers' in the U.S.:
Notice there are more communities in California? Think California is the state with more affluence communities.
Complete list of 250 affluence communities here.
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Happy Earth Day!
I watched this fascinating documentary on PBS last night. There's a part in this documentary film that takes us to Arlington and Fairfax counties, where Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning journalists interviews smart growth expert, county executive about land-use planning.
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