*** UPDATED for the 2021 School Year ***

    Whether you're moving to a new city or a new neighborhood, you might wonder about the quality of the schools. Fair Housing laws prohibit real estate agents from steering clients, whether toward a particular area or away from that area, based upon the buyer’s race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin. That means we will avoid giving personal opinions on school districts because a comment could be construed as influencing your housing choice based on demographic information. However, we can advise you on how to make the best well-informed decision for your family. ***Please keep in mind that the effects of COVID-19 on the 2019-2020 school year were substantial.  To gain a more complete understanding of a school or school district, we recommend that you also review statistics from the 2018-2019 school year.***

    For those of you who are looking for schools in Northern Virginia, you are in luck.  According to Forbes Virginia was ranked 4th nationally for the overall quality of its public schools.  On top of that, our region is home to 3 of the top 5 performing school districts in the state (and 4 of the top 6) according to Niche, a well-respected school rating website.  What does that mean for you?  The likelihood that you will find a home near a school you and your children will love is quite high.  Even most of our average schools are still top performers by national standards.

    Here are a few tips to help you determine which schools are the best fit for your family:


    What is your definition of a good school or a good school district? Do they offer AP courses or special education programs? Is there a variety of sports teams or clubs? Knowing what “good” means for you will help you narrow down your choices to the best options for your family's needs.



    Publicly available data can give a better understanding of a district and specific school. For example, the Virginia Department of Education has an excellent website.  It includes information on school assessment scores, enrollment data, college and career readiness, learning climate, teacher quality, and more.

    Many other third-party websites provide ratings and parent feedback.  While these ratings can be useful, make sure you take the time to look at the score breakdown, not just the overall average, and review the comments.  They can often be very enlightening.  Here are links to a few of the most popular schools and school districts in Northern Virginia:


    Social media also provides another option, especially for people moving from out of state, to engage with other parents and ask about their experiences.  Consider joining a local group for schools or school districts in your area.

    Third-party websites and the MLS usually list which school is assigned for a given home.  However, it is always a good idea to double-check this information on the county’s tax website.  A quick internet search should lead you to this website but if you are having trouble finding it, just ask us for help.



    School quality is a subjective issue so you will likely come across some conflicting opinions. While it’s good to get anecdotal information, don’t let it be the deciding factor in your school research. In addition to using all of the resources above, if you are able, consider making an appointment to visit a school in person.  This can provide you with a more complete understanding of the school your child may attend.



    Once you’ve completed your research and know what schools or districts you are interested in or want to avoid, please tell your Realtor.  He or she will take this into consideration when developing your custom home search.  However, since it’s your Realtor's job to provide you with options, he or she may still present similar listings outside those boundaries that could be a good fit.  So, if the schools or districts are a true deal-breaker, ensure your Realtor knows this.



    Have additional questions?  Contact us here or reach us by call or text at 904-891-4391.  We'd love to assist you!


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  • Private Oasis in Springfield

    Welcome home to your own private oasis.  This meticulously maintained and recently updated 4 bed/2.5 bath home with pool has it all.  It features an open concept kitchen/family room with granite countertops, breakfast bar, durable MoenStone sink, plentiful storage in its gorgeous maple cabinets and pantry, new tile floor (2019), and a convenient laundry chute.  Hardwood flooring in the entryway was refinished and all carpeting throughout the home was recently replaced (2019).  The crown jewel of this home is its private, beautifully landscaped backyard and sparkling, professionally maintained pool.  Lounge on the recently resurfaced patio (2016) under the gazebo or electric-powered awning, or take a jump off the diving board into the newly refinished pool (2020).  Its glistening quartz finish is not only beautiful but the added durability it provides means it will last for years to come.  Play or entertain in the yard adjacent to the patio while you listen to your favorite tunes.  The patio is pre-wired for speakers.  Other improvements include a new roof (2021), flashing repainted (2021), new paint throughout the interior (2019), and a newer hot water heater (2019).  The neighborhood tennis court is rarely used and conveniently located just behind the home.  Additional neighborhood features include two basketball courts, a playground, and special events hosted by the HOA.  Conveniently located less than a mile to the local grocery store, restaurants, and shopping.  Less than 5 minutes to the Saratoga Park and Ride and easy access to Franconia-Springfield metro make commuting a breeze. 


  • Just Listed

    Situated on a beautiful large lot, this well-maintained split-level home features an open concept kitchen/dining room with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a built-in wine fridge. Off of the dining room is the newly resealed back deck as well as a sun-filled family room with large windows overlooking the expansive front yard. Hardwood floors extend throughout the living areas. Double vanity in primary bath and granite countertops in both bathrooms. The basement features new vinyl flooring, full-sized windows, and a walkout to the private backyard. The unfinished basement area has been insulated and offers great options to fully finish or leave as-is as for exercise or storage space. Breath easy, air ducts cleaned and NEW HVAC with UV light sanitization installed December 2020. Septic pumped out, checked, and new pump installed 2020. High speed internet avialable.

    Lake Land'Or has it all: private beach, boating, swimming, archery and skeet shooting, camping, dog park, tot-lots, fitness center, tennis courts, clubhouse, the list goes on. Don't miss out on the opportunity to live in this idyllic vacation-like retreat.

    Contact us or click here for more photos and information. https://listing.staircasephoto.com/bt/208_Village_Ct.html



  • Happy New Year

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  • Listed to Tenant Occupied in 4 Days!

    This amazing home didn't last long.  Only 4 days from when it was listed until the new tenants moved in.  Let us know if you need help renting your property quickly, for top dollar, and to great tenants.

  • For Rent: Annandale, VA

    **MAKE THIS STUNNING 5 BD+/3.5 BA 3100 SQFT HOUSE YOUR HOME** Not your average rental!! This gorgeous home in Annandale, VA has it all. Upgrades galore, chef's kitchen, meticulously maintained, and located inside the beltway minutes to grocery stores, shopping, and restaurants. Contact us to schedule an in-person or virtual tour today.

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  • SOLD: Warrenton, VA

    So excited to help my client close on this home just in time for the holidays and for less than tax assessed value! Such a beautiful sanctuary.

    Let me know if I can help you find your dream home.

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