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Idylwood Towers

itpicEarly 1970’s condominium centrally located in the Tyson’s Corner area of Falls Church (Fairfax County).  Idylwood Towers consists of two apartment buildings with about 14 floors each. The building has concrete between the floors, and units are large compared to current building standards. Units are allowed to have their own washer and dryer.

Amenities include things like landscaped grounds, tennis courts, exercise rooms, party rooms, extra storage units and a swimming pool. Parking is by permit and is located outside. Extra storage space is also available in the basement for the individual units. Both buildings have controlled access entry with a 24 hour receptionist and security guards.

Idylwood Towers is located about 1 mile from West Falls Church metro station. Metro Bus passes the buildings frequently and you can expect a 5 minute ride to the metro. There is also a shopping area within walking distance. There you will find things like a US Post Office, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Starbucks and other stores and restaurants.

Nearby major roads like I-66, I495 and Rt. 7 provide easy access to almost anywhere.

For Sale at Idylwood Towers

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(all data current as of 9/23/2014)

  1. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 862 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 19
  2. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 862 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 22
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,407 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 36

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Idylwood Towers – market update May 2014

Idylwood Towers in Tysons CornerWith the real estate prices having soared in many communities in 2013 it is only to be expected that Idylwood Towers would finally see some price appreciation too. In 2013 24 homes sold versus 16 homes in 2012.
As of today there are 4 homes listed for sale in the low $200′s (1 and 2 bedroom units). You can see the homes currently for sale here.

To get a better understanding of the overall price curve in the neighborhood we can take a look at the sales history of the various models.

While prices remained flat from 2009 to 2012, 2013 saw about a nice price increase for 1 and 2 bedroom units.  The lowest price was a junior 1br/1ba at $138,500. The highest price was a 2br/2ba property at $260,000.

idylwoodtowerssaleshistory2014

For 2014, there has been relatively few properties sold year-to-date. While 1 bedrooms seems to continue their climb along the same lines as 2013, the average price of 2 bedrooms fell to below the price for 1 bedrooms… However, there were only two 2-bedroom homes sold this year at $162,750 and $244,900. The home at $162,760 was sold in an auction at what I would consider quite a bit  below market… The last time a 2 bedroom home sold at a lower price was in 2002…

The rents seem to be flat this year but may change after the summer rental season.

idylwoodtowersrenthistory2014

Idylwood Towers is a great place to call home and the prices are still low. Coupled with still low interest rates this is a great time to buy. If you would like to discuss selling or purchasing in Idylwood Towers, please give us a call at 703 560-3424 or contact us online.

Are Andresen Broker, Soldsense Realty LLC “Your sixth sense in real estate”

Is Ruckstuhl Park Open Yet?

Current view of meadow area behind the main home.

Current view of meadow area behind the main home.

As we wrote about the last two years, a large 7 acre property near Idylwood Towers in Falls Church was donated to the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) by Dr Lily Ruckstuhl in 2008. NVCT then transferred the property at a bargain price to the Fairfax County Park Authority. The home initially had  three homes on it (and a swimming pool.) All the homes are now demolished and an initial site cleanup completed.

The county plans to kick off the park planning process in the next year.  Park neighbors will be notified and included in the process that starts with a public information meeting where input on the park’s future is gathered to inform the development of a draft plan.  The draft plan will be is published for public comment that includes a public meeting followed by a 30 day comment period.  This public input informs any needed plan refinements prior to our Park Board taking an action on the plan.  The final approved park plan will establish general locations of uses, facilities and resource protection areas in the park that will guide future development and resource management once there is funding.

Park development funding comes from general obligation bonds and other capital funding sources such as development proffers, community partnerships and contributions and other sources. It is difficult to say when funding will be provided for park development.  The next park bond referendum is scheduled in 2016 and would be the soonest opportunity for significant funding and there are many competing projects for the next bond.   The county is compiling a stakeholder list for the planning process and if you would like to be added please send an email to Fairfax County (parkmail (at) fairfaxcounty.gov.)

In the meantime, the site will be mowed but kept mostly in a natural state. Another related issue that should be a part of the plan would be the safety issues related to missing sidewalks and crosswalks on Idylwood Rd in front of the park.

Get A Backyard for Your Condo!

community gardens are making a comeback in Fairfax County

If you like condo living but miss growing your own vegetables, there is a tried and true solution for you!  While it may seem like something from the 40′s and their “Victory Gardens”, the idea of community gardening is still strong in Fairfax County!  There are more than 650 garden plots available in nine different locations. Plots are typically 30′x20′ and rents for about $60/year.

February may seem a bit early to plan for spring, but the garden plots are very desirable and there are wait lists for most, if not all, locations.

To sign up, visit the Fairfax County page at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/plots.htm

The community garden locations are: Baron Cameron Park(Reston), Broyhill Crest (Annandale), Eakin Park (Annandale), Franconia Park (Alexandria), George Mason Park (Annandale), Grist Mill Park (Alexandria), Lewinsville Park (McLean), Nottoway Park (Vienna) and Bo White Gardens at Pineridge Park (Annandale, pictured above, across the street from Woodburn Village.)  Places like Falls Church, Fairfax City and Arlington will have their own programs and plots available.

So, if you own a condominium (and like gardening) you may finally be able to grow your own flowers and vegetables. It may turn into a great hobby where you can meet like-minded people and get a sense of community.

Secrets to Timing the Tysons Market!

When is the best time to purchase a home” and ”when is the best time to sell a home” are  questions we get all the time here at Soldsense. Homes are in short supply in this area with stable prices and few foreclosures and short-sales. With all the development in the area and resulting jobs, more and more want to live close to where they work. Also, schools in the area are sought after creating great demand for townhomes and single family homes.  As a result, it takes time to find a suitable homes for clients in the Tysons Corner area.

So, if you have a choice – when would be the best time to sell your home? And when would be the best time to purchase a home?

Chart showing number of real estate listings coming on the market in Tysons Corner

The chart shows the average number of new listings coming on the market in any given month in the 22102 and 22182 zipcodes.

I generally counsel my clients to avoid trying to time the market. Instead I tell them to buy or sell when they have their finances and their plan in order. That being said, many try to use the seasonal market trends to their benefit. Here are some thoughts using the statistics in the graphs.

As a seller, to avoid the March-April rush try listing in January or February. That way you may take advantage of any pent-up demand from the winter months. Alternatively you could try listing in early May. Your new listing will look attractive with few DOM (Days On Market) as compared to homes having been listed since March and April and still available. You will then also hopefully be able to take advantage of the high number of closings taking place in the June-August timeframe.

Chart showing average number of real estate listings selling in Tysons Corner

The chart shows the average number sold homes in any given month in the 22102 and 22182 zipcodes.

If you have a choice – when should you purchase a home? Try to get an early start on the large inventory being listed in March and April instead of waiting to purchase in May-July like everyone else.

This article was written by Are Andresen of Soldsense Realty LLC. Soldsense is a real estate firm licensed in Virginia and has an office in Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA. Buying and selling can be difficult – we are experienced and can help you. Please contact us to learn how!

Idylwood Towers Prices Finally Rising!

clip_image002With the real estate prices having soared in many communities in 2013 it is only to be expected that Idylwood Towers would finally see some price appreciation too. In 2012 16 homes sold the whole year. In 2013, 21 homes sold year to date.
As of today there are 2 homes listed for sale in the low $200’s (both 1 bedroom units). You can see the homes currently for sale here.

To get a better understanding of the overall price curve in the neighborhood we can take a look at the sales history of the various models.

 

idylwoodtowersavgsalesprice

While prices remained flat from 2009 to 2012, 2013 has seen about a 10% price increase for 1 and 2 bedroom units.  The lowest price was a junior 1br/1ba at $138,500. The highest price was a 2br/2ba property at $260,000.

32 properties rented in 2012, this year to date 31 properties rented. The rents went down a little bit this year – overall the trend has been them increasing.

idylwoodtowersavgrent

Idylwood Towers is a great place to call home and the prices are still low. Coupled with still low interest rates this is a great time to buy. If you would like to discuss selling or purchasing in Idylwood Towers, please give us a call at 703 560-3424 or contact us online.

Are Andresen Broker, Soldsense Realty LLC “Your sixth sense in real estate”

Idylwood Towers Prices are Up Year to Date

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With the real estate market soaring these days, it is only to be expected that Idylwood Towers would finally see some price appreciation too. In 2012 16 homes sold the whole year. In 2013, 15 homes sold year to date.
As of today there are 2 homes listed for sale ranging in price from $239,000-$245,000 (both 2 bedroom units). You can see the homes currently for sale here.

To get a better understanding of the overall price curve in the neighborhood we can take a look at the sales history of the various models.

idylwood2013_sales

While prices remained flat from 2009 to 2012, the first half of 2013 has seen about a 10% price increase for 1 and 2 bedroom units.  The lowest price was a junior 1br/1ba at $138,500. The highest price was a 2br/2ba property at $238,000.

The rents keep going up this year. 32 properties rented in 2012, this year to date 21 properties rented. There are currently 3 properties listed for rent ranging from a 1br/1ba listed at $1,625 to a 3br/2ba listed at $2,200. As can be seen on the below graph the rents have been increasing the last few years. There is little change from 2012 to 2013 up to this point though.

idylwood2013_rentals

Idylwood Towers is a great place to call home and the prices are still low. Coupled with still low interest rates(albeit rising) this is a great time to buy. If you would like to discuss selling or purchasing in Idylwood Towers, please give us a call at 703 560-3424 or contact us online.

Are Andresen Broker, Soldsense Realty LLC “Your sixth sense in real estate”

Great 1br/1ba For Sale at Idylwood Towers (sold)

exteriormainThe greatest value in Tysons Corner and Falls Church! We just listed a wonderful (and large ~862sq/ft) 1 bedroom 1 bath unit at Idylwood Towers. It is on the 7th floor in the east building with great views of the area.

The unit has new carpet and paint as well as updates in the kitchen and bath.

Amenities include things like landscaped grounds, tennis courts, exercise rooms, party rooms, extra storage units and a swimming pool. Parking is by permit and is located outside. Extra storage space is also available in the basement for the individual units. Both buildings have controlled access entry with a 24 hour receptionist and security guards.

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This home has sold.

Idylwood Towers consists of two apartment buildings with about 14 floors each. The building has concrete between the floors, and units are large compared to current building standards. Units are allowed to have their own washer and dryer.

Idylwood Towers is located about 1 mile from West Falls Church metro station. Metro Bus passes the buildings frequently and you can expect a 5 minute ride to the metro. There is also a shopping area within walking distance. There you will find things like a US Post Office, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Starbucks and other stores and restaurants.

Nearby major roads like I-66, I495 and Rt. 7 provide easy access to almost anywhere.

Idylwood Towers Prices Going Steady

clip_image002The market activity at Idylwood Towers slowed this year with prices remaining flat.  There were 16 homes sold in 2012 – down from 22 in 2011.  The lowest price was a junior 1br/1ba at $135,000. The highest price was a 3br/2ba property at $300,000.

As of today there are 6 homes listed for sale ranging in price fro $188,000 for a 1 bedroom to $349,000 for a 3 bedroom/2bath. You can see the homes currently for sale here.

To get a better understanding of the overall price curve in the neighborhood we can take a look at the sales history of the various models.

idylwoodAvg2012The average sales prices did go up in 2010 (one bedrooms went up about 5% and two bedrooms about 8%.) That could have been a temporary bump due to the home buyer credit though. Prices for 2011 and 2012  have gone back to 2009 levels. The flat prices and few sales indicate that Idylwood Towers just isn’t that hot right now with purchasers despite the overall strengthening of the real estate market.

Moving on to better news – rentals. The rents keep going up this year. 32 properties rented in 2012, compared to 28 properties rented in 2011. There are currently 6 properties listed for rent ranging from a 1br/1ba listed at $1,575 to a 3br/2ba listed at $2,100. As can be seen on the below graph the rents have been increasing nicely the last few years.

idylwoodRentAvg2012

Idylwood Towers is a great place to call home and the prices are still low. Coupled with low interest rates and rising rents this is a great time to buy. If you would like to discuss selling or purchasing in Idylwood Towers, please give us a call at 703 560-3424 or contact us online.

Are Andresen
Broker, Soldsense Realty LLC
“Your sixth sense in real estate”

Disclaimer: The data above is not guaranteed in any way and may contain errors and omissions and is based on MRIS data only. The analysis is my opinion only – always do your own research.

Local Falls Church/Idylwood History For Sale

WP_20130121_005At a recent walk off Idylwood Road in Falls Church I found a “hidden” old cemetery. It is about 1 acre and is nicely located on a hill and “landlocked” between the Ruckstuhl park and the newer development on Colonel Lindsay Ct. I doubt more than a few of the most immediate neighbors are aware of the graveyard. 

WP_20130121_001Local history is always interesting – it is amazing how quickly those who lived here before us are forgotten. This graveyard appears to have been the family graveyard of the Lindsay family that are original landowners in the area. “The Mount” on adjacent 2312 Colonel Lindsay Court dates back to circa 1766 and is listed as a Fairfax County historic site. The property is currently listed for sale for $725,000 as a short-sale (the listing says the original build date is 1743 – must have been renovated as the home currently has a double garage.)

Fairfax County has a website listing cemeteries (including old family ones) at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/cemeteries/Default.aspx 

“This one acre square cemetery was located next to “The Mount,” built by Col. ROBERT LINDSAY. New homes have been built on the surrounding property. A 1975 survey found 14 headstones. A 1989 visit recorded only 13 headstones, two having been installed since 1975. The three oldest stones were no longer on site. On the most recent visit (1994) only 12 headstones were found. The site is marked by six large holly trees and enclosed by a dilapedated wire fence. The iron gate was padlocked. ”
( http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/cemeteries/Cemetery.aspx?number=FX056 )

Don’t Wait For Spring To Sell Your Home!

2013HomesComingOnMarketThe Tysons Corner(Vienna and McLean) real estate market ended 2012 strongly. While the number of homes being listed remained typical, the number of sales in October and November jumped significantly. The continued availability of low interest rate loans no doubt played a role as did the strong economy in the area.

Looking at the graphs it is obvious that sellers in Tysons Corner prefer to put their homes on the market in March and April. Purchasers seems to feast on those listings and do their closings during the summer.

In general we advice to buy and sell when you are ready. That being said, many will try to use the market trends to their benefit. So, here are some thoughts on using the trends to your advantage.

2013NumSalesAs a seller, to avoid the March-April rush you could try listing your home in January or February. That way you may take advantage of any pent-up demand from the winter months. Currently homes (and condominiums in particular) in Tysons Corner are selling very well – multiple offers are not uncommon. The main thing holding prices at the current levels would be the conservative  appraisals.

Alternatively you could try listing in May. Your new listing will look attractive with few days on the market as compared to homes having been listed in March and April. You may also take advantage of the high number of closing sales in the June-August time frame.

If you have a choice – when should you purchase a home? You could try to get an early start on the large inventory being listed in March and April instead of joining the crowd purchasing in May-July.

Every situation is different and the above may or may not apply to you. We know the Tysons Corner area and we would love to talk to you about how we can help you buy or sell a home.


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