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A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Eighth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th. The DC Design House benefits Children's National Medical Center.

Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.victoriasanchezinteriors.com, was inspired by her own children for the design of Space 21, the Teenager’s Getaway. “I looked to their likes and dislikes, and their wants and desires as I created this design,” says Sanchez, who is excited to part of the Design House but also knows the amount of work that had to be completed in a short period of time.

Annandale community groups oppose infill housing development

Annandale community groups oppose infill housing development

Residents of Wilburdale, Annandale Acres, Sunset Lane, and surrounding communities came out in force to a recent Mason Land Use Committee meeting to register their opposition to a proposed infill development close to the intersection of Backlick Road and Braddock Road.

Ana Cornejo, the owner of two houses at 4954 Sunset Lane wants to tear one down and build three more on her 2.17-acre wooded lot and add a private driveway onto Backlick.

Neighbors’ number-one concern is the developers’ inadequate plan for storm water management, says Kate Sriwardene, president of the Wilburdale Civic Association. But that’s not all. “The property is an eyesore, with lots of cars and work trucks,” she said.

Single-family houses recommended for Peace Valley Lane property

Single-family houses recommended for Peace Valley Lane property

About 80 people, most of them from Ravenwood Park, packed into a meeting of the Mason District Land Use Committee Tuesday evening to make sure their concerns are taken into account as the county considers plans for an undeveloped 1.89-acre property in their neighborhood.

It's a good time to buy - and sell - a home in Annandale

It's a good time to buy - and sell - a home in Annandale

It’s a great time to both buy and sell real estate in Annandale—and throughout Fairfax County—says Christine Todd, chief executive officer of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR).

Of course, that’s what you’d expect a realtor to say, but Todd has plenty of data to back up her optimistic predictions. Speaking at the monthly luncheon of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Todd said house prices have hit bottom and are starting to rise, so buyers can find good value. And the low inventory of homes on the market, means houses will start selling faster.

Nationally, sales of existing homes are projected to rise about 8 percent in 2011 (due in part to federal tax incentives) and another 4 percent in 2012.

Neighborhood forum will focus on blighted properties in Mason District

Neighborhood forum will focus on blighted properties in Mason District

If there are homes like these in your neighborhood, and you want to do something about it but don’t know how, the Mason District Council’s Roundtable Discussion on Property Maintenance is for you. This session, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale), will bring together community leaders and county officials to discuss what can be done about derelict and blighted properties.

Ravenwood Park steps up fight against townhouses

Ravenwood Park steps up fight against townhouses

More than 70 people from Ravenwood Park and surrounding areas gathered at JEB Stuart High School last night to solidify their opposition to the development of townhouses on a small piece of vacant property at 3236 Peace Valley Road, Falls Church. [See map at end of post.]