Everyone Ends Up In The Kitchen

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

We’ve heard it and experienced it a million times.  Beautiful formal living and dining rooms sit untouched, and everyone squeezes into the kitchen to enjoy visiting with the hosts, helping prepare the food, and watching the big game on a tiny kitchen TV. Builders and remodelers caught on and now kitchens, even in older homes, are increasingly being remodeled with …

A father walking with his dog and his son in the suburbs

Can You Find Walkability and Value?

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the demand for walkable neighborhoods has more than doubled over the past 10 years and will only continue to increase.  The two largest generations in America’s history  –  Millennials and Baby Boomers –  both sited walkability as one of the most important criteria to them when searching for a …

Del Ray

Del Ray – Location and Lifestyle

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

Over the past twenty years, Del Ray has experienced tremendous growth and transformation, becoming one of the most sought-after and cherished neighborhoods in Alexandria. Many residents echo the notion that Del Ray is “where Main Street still exists”. If you are thinking about buying your first home in Alexandria, you should definitely consider Del Ray and here are the reasons …


10 Reasons to live in Beverley Hills

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle , Real Estate Trends

Beverley Hills has always been a popular place to live in Alexandria. Some have even called it the quintessential suburban oasis. The tree-lined streets and brick colonials just exude character and charm.  And while people are always moving into the neighborhood it’s not uncommon to meet someone who has lived here for 4o years or more. You may wonder, “what makes this …

The Hive

New Luxury Clothing Boutique in Old Town

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

Today a friend and local business owner, Elizabeth Todd, opened the doors to her second Old Town boutique!  The Hive, located conveniently at the corner of Cameron and Fairfax is a fabulous addition to the vibrant Old Town shopping experience. I stopped by this  morning on my way to the office and the place was abuzz…. The Hive is a luxury …

Willowsford Kitchen

Thinking about New Countertops?

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

If you are thinking of changing your countertops – either for resale or as part of a kitchen remodel, you may want to consider Quartz.  For more than a decade granite has dominated the kitchen landscape but that trend is beginning to shift. According to the National  Kitchen and Bath Association, last year Quartz was favored over granite as the top …


3 Hot New Dining Spots in Pentagon City

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

If, like most people in the DC area, you’ve been vacationing for the past two months – you may have missed it, but this summer Pentagon City became just a little more happening. The grand opening of a remarkable new Whole Foods and popular restaurants Matchbox and Shake Shake are definitely cause for celebration. Let’s start with the Whole Foods on South …


Make Your Kitchen Feel Like a Model Home

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

There is nothing like walking into a model home. Designers pull out all the stops to dazzle homebuyers from the moment they cross the threshold.  With the today’s discerning homebuyer demanding bigger and better kitchens with high-end finishes, we’re seeing model homes turn out some truly magazine worthy kitchens. According to Pulte Home’s design team, here are the top kitchen design trends …


Things You Shouldn’t Do When Buying a Home

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

The last thing in the world you would ever want is to spend a bunch of time searching for a home, finding that perfect place and then not being approved for your mortgage. There are also many common mistakes homebuyers make that could make the process much more painful than it has to be. Buying a home can be a …