local expert: Townes Of Orange Hunt, Springfield, VA - Market Report as of 2/19/2009 - 02/19/09 05:57 PM
The Townes of Orange Hunt homes have continued to be popular since they were first introduced.  There are several reasons.  They are all brick, have a superior commuting and shopping location, outstanding schools and proximity to a multitude of recreational facilities.  Additionally, there are large courtyards throughout the community minimizing the proximity one normally associates with town homes.
Since only 1 home sold and settled so far this year it is inadequate to make a meaningful comparison with 2008.  However, the average list price of homes in 2009 is only 9% lower than the average list price of $300,312 in 2008.  That … (2 comments)

local expert: Orange Hunt Estates, Springfield, VA - Market Report as of 2/19/2009 - 02/19/09 05:02 PM
Showing and selling homes in Orange Hunt Estates for the past 3 decades has been a very gratifying experence for the Kruschka Team. The homes have continued to be popular since they were first introduced in 1967.  It is due in no small part to their superior commuting and shopping location, outstanding schools and proximity to a multitude of recreational facilities.
Currently, there are 8 homes for sale in Orange Hunt Estates - none have sold and settled as yet in 2009.   A year-to-year comparison is not possible at this time.  However, the average list price of the 8 homes for sale is … (4 comments)

local expert: Cardinal Forest, Springfield VA - Market Report as of 2/18/2009 - 02/18/09 04:58 PM
Although 2 Cardinal Forest homes have sold and settled in 2009, it is my opinion it is too early in the year to draw any conclusions from the 19% drop in net sales price when compared to 2008.

Cardinal Forest homes are located off Carrleigh Parkway near the intersection of Old Keene Mill and Rolling Roads. Their continued popularity is due in no small way to the fact they are
Centrally located in Springfield Just a few blocks to shopping and Have a wide variety of home styles Commuting
Metrobus Route 18G Express Service to the Pentagon Metro Station operates on … (4 comments)

local expert: Townes of Orange Hunt, Springfield VA - Community Profile - 02/18/09 03:45 PM
The Townes of Orange Hunt homes have continued to be popular since they were first introduced.  There are several reasons.  They are all brick, have a superior commuting and shopping location, outstanding schools and proximity to a multitude of recreational facilities.  Additionally, there are large courtyards throughout the community minimizing the proximity one normally associates with town homes.
 Commuting
MetrobusRoute 18H runs through the community providing both morning and evening rush hour service to the Pentagon Metro Station - it's about a 40 minute trip  Additionally, it is a relatively short drive to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station for subway service to Washington, DC and … (0 comments)

local expert: The Oaklands, Manassas, VA - Market Report as of 2/17/2009 - 02/17/09 05:03 PM
Entrance to The Oaklands is on Hoadly Road about halfway between The Prince William County Parkway and Dale Boulevard.  The homes are approximately 6 years old.
Although one home has sold in 2009 it is too early to determine if the price for which it sold is indicative of a market trend for 2009

 Commuting
Commuter buses to the PENTAGON, WASHINGTON, DC and the WASHINGTON NAVY YARD/BOLLING AFB are located at the Lindendale Road Commuter Lot (Approximately 10 minutes) Bus service to the FRANCONIA-SPRINGFIELD METRO is available at the Horner Road Commuter Parking Lot SLUG LINES can be found at the Horner Road Commuter … (2 comments)

local expert: Winding Creek, Woodbridge, VA - Market Report as of 2/17/2009 - 02/17/09 04:51 PM
There are 400 homes in Winding Creek.  It has two entrances on Minnieville Road and is approximately 5 miles west of I-95.  Its' central location in eastern Prince William County makes it an ideal location for ease of commuting throughout Northern Virginia.
It would appear at the outset of the year that prices in Winding Creek are stabilizing since there has been only a minimal decline compared to 2008.

Community Advantages
Pool and tennis club Large usable lots Underground utilities Sidewalks Wide streets Fortuna Village Shopping Center is approximately 10 minutes.  Lake Montclair Center and Staples Mill Center are approximately 5 minutes Well maintained homes Numerous … (4 comments)

local expert: Rice Hardware, Manassas Virginia - A Prince William Treasure - 02/16/09 03:20 PM
 
One of my favorite places to shop is small local hardware stores.  They have a "flavor" that the Lowe's and Home Depot stores do not and never will.  The J.E.Rice Hardware Store is located in the Manassas Shopping Center on Mathis Avenue.
Their saying is, "If we don't have it you don't need it or they don't make it."
J.E.Rice, Sr. opened the store in 1936 at another location and opened this store in1957.  The founder's three grandchildren still operate the store which stocks in excess of 35,000 items. One of the reasons for the store's continued success is the willingness … (4 comments)

local expert: Winter Forest, Springfield, VA Detached Home Report - 2/14/2009 - 02/14/09 06:17 PM
Winter Forest is a community of 268 detached homes and 171 town homes located on both sides of Rolling Road in Springfield, Virginia
Since ther have been no homes sold in 2009 it is impossible to make a comparison with year 2008

Commuting
One of the most attractive features about Winter Forest in Springfield is the availability of excellent commuting options. It is just a few minutes to the Fairfax County Parkway and Less than 10 mimutes to the intersection of Rolling and Old Keene Mill Roads. Metrobus Route 18S operates on Rolling Road for a 10 minute trip to … (0 comments)

local expert: Cardinal Forest Condominium 2 Level Town Home Report - 2/14/2009 - 02/14/09 06:08 PM
Cardinal Forest Condominiums, located between Rolling Road, Carrleigh Parkway and Forrester Boulevard, are extremely popular with all buyer age groups.  The reason is simple
Centrally located in Springfield Just a few blocks to shopping There are more than 1,000 units featuring brick construction Elementary, Junior and Senior High schools are less than 10 minutes away There are two type homes available 
Two or Three level town homes with either 2 or 3 bedrooms or Garden apartments with either 1 or 2 bedrooms  The 2 level town home market appears to be off to an excellent start in 2009 - almost twice as many homes have … (0 comments)

local expert: Cardinal Forest Condominium 3 Level Town Home Report - 2/14/2009 - 02/14/09 05:55 PM
Cardinal Forest Condominiums, located between Rolling Road, Carrleigh Parkway and Forrester Boulevard, are extremely popular with all buyer age groups.  The reason is simple
Centrally located in Springfield Just a few blocks to shopping There are more than 1,000 units featuring brick construction Elementary, Junior and Senior High schools are less than 10 minutes away There are two type homes available 
Two or Three level town homes with either 2 or 3 bedrooms or Garden apartments with either 1 or 2 bedrooms  Since there are 7 of this model home on the market and only 4 sold in the entire year 2008 it would appear … (0 comments)

local expert: Winter Forest, Springfield, VA Town Home Report- 2/14/2009 - 02/14/09 05:38 PM
Winter Forest is a community of 268 detached homes and 171 town homes located on both sides of Rolling Road in Springfield, Virginia
The 26% decline in list price for 2009 over 2008 is not indicative of an annual trend since only one home is on the market this early in the year.

Commuting
One of the most attractive features about Winter Forest in Springfield is the availability of excellent commuting options. It is just a few minutes to the Fairfax County Parkway and Less than 10 mimutes to the intersection of Rolling and Old Keene Mill Roads. Metrobus Route 18S … (0 comments)

local expert: 700 Trout In One Of Our Swimming Pools? Yes !!! - 02/10/09 06:57 PM

 
The time for one of the events planned by our homeowner's association is rapidly approaching - the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association Ridgewood Pool Fish Out.  Sorry, no boats allowed in the pool!!
Hard as it may be to believe 700 trout will be put in our Ridgewood pool for anglers of all ages and ability to catch or attempt to catch.  This is one of the very well attended Spring events in our community.
The association also needs many levels of "fishmongers" from among us to assist with the program.  I plan to be there and I hope many … (6 comments)

local expert: Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Virginia - 02/10/09 02:27 PM

 
"In the summer of 1861, enthusiastic volunteers in colorful uniforms gathered to fight the first major land battle of the war. Confident that their foes would turn and run, neither side anticipated the smoke, din and death of battle. Nearly one year later, both sides met again on the same battlefield with the Confederates winning a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power." from the Manassas National Battlefield Park web site.
Each side in the conflict had a different name for the battles. If you were in the Confederate Army you fought in the 1st Battle of … (0 comments)

local expert: What Happens When You Give The State 542 Acres? - 02/09/09 04:39 PM
 
 
In 1978 philanthrophist Daniel K. Ludwig donated the land for Virginia's  542 acre Leesylvania State Park. How did Virginia reward his generosity?  They named the road into the park Daniel K. Ludwig Drive.  So, why didn't they honor him by naming the park after him?
The first three letters, LEE, say it all.  Leesylvania Plantation was the ancestral home of Harry Lee III (Light Horse Harry), Revolutionary War hero.  He also was the father of General Robert E. Lee of Civil War fame.
The park itself was opened in 1992 and has become increasingly popular with each passing year due to … (2 comments)

local expert: Easter Egg Hunt At Leesylvania State Park - 02/09/09 03:34 PM

See LESYLVANIA STATE PARK for more information on the park in general and on upcoming events as Leesylvania is one of the most popular parks in the immediate area
Howver, for more information about homes in Prince William County please consider that the Kruschka Team has 33 years full time experience in the Prince William County area. We invite you to try our
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and then contact Karen and Art by Email or call us at 703-690-6569.  Put our  record of customer service, real estate experience and state-of-the-art technology to work for you in Alexandria, … (0 comments)

local expert: Call An Accredited Buyer Representative To Buy A Home In Springfield - 02/07/09 08:15 PM
 

 
The law in Virginia determines "agency". 
When I list a home for sale I am a seller's agent When I sell a home to clients I am a buyer's agent Any real estate agent in Virginia can be either a
Buyer's agent or a Seller's agent - it has nothing to do with the type of license they have. When buying a home I recommend you work with a real estate agent who has earned the right to display the REBAC logo and be known as an Accredited Buyer Representative.  My wife, Karen, is the member of the Kruschka Team who … (0 comments)

local expert: It's The Only One In Northern Virginia - 02/07/09 04:45 PM
 
The Mount Vernon Rec Center is the only facility of its' kind in Northern Virginia.  You can
Ice skate at the 200' x 85' indoor ice arena Swim in the 25 meter heated indoor pool with poolside spa and children's beach/play area Exercise on the state-of-the-art fitness equipment Additionally, you can go to the library that adjoins it and draw out a book to read at poolside or on the exercise equipment.
Both Fairfax County and Prince William County have rec centers with pool and exercise facilities, but Mount Vernon Rec is unique since it also has the ice rink.  My wife … (0 comments)

local expert: There Is A Gate At The End Of The Road - 02/07/09 03:10 PM
 

 
Forest Hill Road to be precise.  Only Lake Ridge residents can obtain a key to use the park and boat ramp at the end of the road. 
It is a very peaceful site disturbed only by the occasional osprey that swoops down to fish or the fish that breaks the tranquil surface.
There is ample space for anglers to park their trailers after launching their boats. 
It is also a favorite spot for kayakers to "do their thing" in a protected cove, but with access to the main body of the Occoquan Reservoir.
The 2,100 acre reservoir is … (2 comments)

local expert: Cold Ice And A Warm Heart - That's True Love - 02/07/09 12:33 PM
 

 
Not everyone will be showing their love on Valentine Day with flowers and candy.
 
The Prince William Ice Center is a privately owned facility that has both NHL and Olympic-sized ice rinks.  When you visit their site you will find they offer a wide range of instructional, recreational and league oriented programs.
Although the ice rink is heated we are available to assist you if you plan to purchase a "warming place' with bedrooms and baths
The Kruschka Team has 33 years full time experience in the Prince William County area. We invite you to try our
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local expert: 3600 Heather Court, Alexandria, VA - Rehab Special In Virginia Hills - 02/06/09 07:15 PM
The Kruschka team has just listed an all brick home within minutes of the Huntington Metro and the Capital Beltway in Virginia Hills.
It is an estate sale and could possibly qualify for FHA 203K.  For those of you have never done this type financing it is important you contact us for guidance.  The purchaser MUST be pre-qualified by Wells Fargo Mortage
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