Why You Should Purchase Your Next Home in the Washington DC area

So I received a inquiry from a Ms. Hilton ( yes, I believe it was that Ms. Hilton) She wanted to know the advantages of moving to the Washington DC area. I responsed.

Dear Ms. Hilton,

I received your request for information regarding your pending move to the Washington, DC area. There is a lot to share and I hope to cover the pertinent points with this letter. Should I fail to cover something that you have a question about, feel free to give me a call and I will answer any questions. I understand that you have a very busy schedule and I will make every effort to be available at times that are convenient to you.

You mentioned that you plan to visit the area and that you would like to see a few homes to get a feel for what the area has to offer.

No one does the four seasons like Washington. We do have a Four Seasons restaurant but I am referring to the weather. Each spring explodes with color as azaleas and cherry blossoms bloom. The chill of the winter is replaced with warm days and cool nights perfect for a stroll around the tidal basin followed by a night of visiting the clubs in Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. You can visit here to get an idea.

Spring gives way to summer and those lazy days are perfect for trips to the harbor in Annapolis (home of the Naval Academy and 4300 midshipmen. This is a link to public affairs). The D.C. area is also close to ocean beaches in Ocean City, Nags Head and Atlantic City. As Labor Day approaches the area features festivals such as the folk festival on the mall, county fairs in neighboring counties and wine festivals in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The onset of fall brings opportunities to enjoy the glorious colors of changing leaves at nearby Sugarloaf Mountain or a day trip along Skyline Drive. Many residents take advantage of this time to visit the various orchards which are harvesting apples in small towns to the north and west of the city. Many of these towns have weekend festivals that feature local artisans and crafters and homemade cooking delights that harkens to years past.

Winters here are usually mild, but the occasional cold snap offers the opportunity to visit the ski slopes of nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia. A day of racing down the slopes can be followed by a night of fun with friends at one of the many lodges that service the areas.

Of course, the demands of your career seem to indicate that you will need to have easy access to an airport. We have three to choose from. There is Reagon National located close to the city across the 14th st bridge, Dulles International located in nearby Virginia and Baltimore Washington International located a short drive up the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Each of them has the capability of handling your private jet. I have checked and all three have experience dealing with the needs of a high profile customer.

You mention that you are not sure if you want a single family home or a posh penthouse. In evaluating your needs with the limited information I have at this time regarding all of your needs, I would suggest that you put the penthouse on the back burner.

There are some penthouse units available, but none of them offer “paparazzi protection” and they all only feature two bedrooms. The downtown DC area is rather congested with traffic. I understand that you would be moving here from Los Angeles and traffic is something you deal with out there on a regular basis. DC does not have many freeways to aid in traffic movement. I am of the opinion that you will find the privacy and space you seek in the suburbs.

The area outside Washington features rolling hills that used to be farm or pastureland. There are many equestrian stables still operating. There are not any gated communities. I have spoken with several of the local fence companies and any one of them would welcome the opportunity to secure the property you purchase with professional fencing.

I visited over two dozen homes that met your general criteria. I wanted to see them first hand and make sure that actually would be worthy of your inspection. I am sure that you understand that a written description of something is often far from reality.

I narrowed the choices for viewing to three homes. Each is unique and each would be a candidate for purchase. Let me describe them for you.

The first home is located in the northern suburbs. It is an absolutely charming home on 13 acres of land. The home features 4 bedrooms with 2 and one half bathrooms. The original circa 1925 farmhouse has a spacious light-filled addition. The kitchen has been remodeled using Silestone counters, ceramic tile flooring, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Additional features in the home include wood floors, new carpet and recessed lighting throughout, an beautiful master bedroom suite, 2-car garage, in ground swimming pool, 2-story barn, and a detached workshop. This home just came on the market today and is priced at $1,300,000. Of course, that is their initial asking price and should you be interested in moving forward with an offer, I would make sure you have all the information necessary to make an intelligent offer.

The second home is located a little closer to the city but sits on 5 acres of land. It is a secluded 10,000+ square foot home in the sought-after Ashton community. The home features 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 2 half bath rooms. Nestled at end of a cul-de-sac, this castle of a home is hidden from view as you enter along the gated, tree-lined cobble-stone driveway. It is surrounded by a lush, professionally maintained landscape, a basketball court, and swimming pool. Inside boasts a large two-story marble foyer, 9ft+ cathedral ceilings, and open living space. There is a 3 car garage. This home has been available for purchase at $2,990,000 for four months and is ripe for negotiation. If you determine that this home is your choice, I will make sure that you have all the information necessary to begin negotiations for purchase.

The last home I selected for viewing is much closer to the city but sits on almost 5 and one half acres of land. This home features 6 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. The expansion and renovation of this center hall colonial style home has been done by Peterson, Collins & Solis Betancourt. This firm has an excellent reputation in the area. They have created a spectacular foyer, a 40 foot grand salon, an English paneled library, a gourmet kitchen featuring the finest appliances,  and a wonderful master bedroom suite. The lower level is fully finished with a walk out entrance to the cabana. There is a game room, additional family room and a cover loggia. The expansive terrace overlooks an exquisite pool and gardens. This truly is one of the premier homes in the Potomac Falls area. This home has been available for purchase for three days and it listed for $5,150,000. As with the other two, should this feel like home, I will make sure that you have the information necessary to make an intelligent offer.

I realize that this is a lot to digest and I am prepared to answer any questions that may arise while you peruse this letter. I have taken about 30 photos of each property and I will forward them to you under separate cover.

Let me know your schedule regarding visiting the area. I can arrange for a car to pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel. We can meet in the morning and discuss your plans over breakfast at the hotel. (They have crepes to die for!) and then begin our tour. I would suggest we stop between homes two and three and enjoy lunch at the Old Anglers Inn. We should be able to visit all the homes by early afternoon, which will give you time to freshen up before a dinner meeting at The Palm to discuss your thoughts on the homes we visit. After dinner, we can tour the area’s night spots. I can arrange for sufficient security to allow you move from club to club safely.

I look forward to hearing from you.


John MacArthur

ReMax Realty Centre


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