Northern Virginia Neighborhoods – How Do Streets Get Their Names?

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Unlike U2’s song “Where The Streets Have No Name“, the streets in most Northern Virginia neighborhoods DO have names. But you might be surprised to find out where the names come from!

Take for example “Alliwells Court” and “South Erin Drive” in the Wendover Oaks neighborhood in Oakton. This subdivision was built a number of years ago by one of the builders The Belt Team represents. Allison & Erin Wells are two of the builder’s granddaughters. When you combine Allison’s first name and last name, you get “Alliwells”. So – “Alliwells Court” became one of the new streets in the neighborhood. Our builder did not want to leave Erin out, so she got her own street too: South Erin Drive!

Another example is “Brenner Court” in the Bennett Kiln neighborhood in Vienna. Bet you can’t guess this one. Nope – Brenner is not the builder’s son’s name or even grandson’s name. It’s his DOG’S name! How did that happen? Well, when a builder is developing a neighborhood, he has to submit a list of possible street names to Fairfax County. The County checks the names, rules out duplicates and then issues the street names. In this case, the builder submitted 15 street names and then jokingly said “and if none of those are available, name the street after my dog Brenner“. And so – we have Brenner Court in Vienna.

A third example is “Ceret Court” in Vienna. I’ll bet you didn’t know that “back in the day” Vienna had a Sister City in Ceret, France. How do we know that? Well, one of The Belt Team members was an exchange student from Vienna to Ceret back in 1979. Ceret is a small town just like Vienna and is located in Southern France. You might recognize Pablo Picasso as one of Ceret’s famous inhabitants of the early 20th century.

It’s fun stories like these that are a by-product of being in the real estate business for so many years. And why we love helping our clients buy & sell homes in Northern Virginia. There’s more to real estate than just the numbers. It’s about people, your lives, your families & your dreams. If you need help buying or selling YOUR home, contact The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. We always provide that something extra that only comes from experience!

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343 Orchard St NW Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday March 27

343 Orchard Street NW SW Vienna VA 22180 has just been listed by The Belt Team and is OPEN SUNDAY March 27 from 2-4PM.

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Another spectacular new home just finished by one of the area’s top notch master builders in the Historic Windover area of Vienna! Six bedrooms, 5 full baths, two powder rooms. Exceptional features including 9′ ceilings, finished in place 4 1/4″ red oak hardwood floors, extra wide molding/trim, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, island with cooktop & raised bar; master bedroom with boxed ceiling, main level library(master bedroom), lower level in-law suite; covered 2 level back porch, patio & much more!

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6611 Fisher Ave Falls Church VA 22046 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open House March 27

6611 Fisher Ave Falls Church VA 22046 was just listed by The Belt Team and will be OPEN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH from 1-3PM.

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JUST FINISHED STUNNING NEW HOME IN FABULOUS FALLS CHURCH LOCATION!

Proudly Built by Taurus Enterprises, LLC

Five bedrooms, four full baths, two powder rooms. 5000+ sq ft of living space! Exceptional quality. Features include 9′ ceilings,custom wide board hardwood, top grade PA crafted cabinetry, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & large island, deluxe master suite, lower level in-law suite; attached garage & more! Excellent location for commuters,close to everything. Great schools – McLean HS!

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2329 Addison St Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday March 27

2329 Addison St Vienna VA 22180 is listed by The Belt Team and will be OPEN SUNDAY March 27th 2-4PM.

Just finished new home on spectacular almost 1 acre backing to W&OD Trail! Six bedrooms, five baths, two half baths. Exceptional quality & features including 9′ ceilings,finished in place 4 1/4″ hardwood floors, extra wide molding/trim, gourmet kitchen & island with cooktop & raised bar; master bedroom with boxed ceiling, main level library/master suite, lower level in-law suite; 2 level covered back porch, 3 car garage & more! Close to Vienna Metro. Excellent schools & location!

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For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation. The Belt Team is Vienna’s Top Real Estate Team and has sold more homes in Vienna than any other Realtor or team since 1973.

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“Four Months Is Cray-Cray”

We often share with your the research that is brought to us by Keeping Current Matters. Recently, they quoted Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for Realtor.com. He said

“The increase in sales is resulting in continued tighter-than-tight supply—measured by NAR to be four months in January.  For you non-economists out there, that metric measures the number of months it would take to sell the current inventory of available homes, at the current pace. Got it? Six to seven months’ worth of homes on the market is considered normal; four months is cray-cray.”

I read that and thought, “Wow if four months is cray-ray, what is two months?” You see, places all around Northern Virginia are sitting at two months or less of housing inventory. That’s a Seller’s Market folks.

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Low Inventory in Northern VA - Keeping Current MattersBuyers – you gotta be prepared. Sellers – NOW is the time.

Buyers – it’s not always price that wins a contract. Talk to your Realtor about price, AND about strategies in terms of:

  • Earnest money deposit
  • Whether or not to waive home inspection
  • Whether or not to waive financing contingency
  • Whether or not to waive appraisal contingency
  • Closing date
  • Escalation clauses
  • Introduction letters
  • Other important terms to the seller (example: they may want to rent back for a short time)
  • Finding homes to buy that are off market or before they hot the market

Sellers – preparing your home & pricing right up front will net you the MOST. Talk to your Realtor about strategies to elicit multiple offers. (Click here for an INSTANT online value estimate of your home and then call 703-242-3975 for a FREE personalized consultation.)

P.S. – Beware of selling on your own without a Realtor. You may save commission dollars, but you will likely net less on your bottom line. According to NAR, only 2% of Buyers purchased a home from a Seller they didn’t already know. 92% of Buyers used the internet and of those, 95% used an agent, builder or builder’s agent. So selling on your own can severely limit your exposure and consequently your final yield.


Keeping in mind the definitions that less than 3 months inventory is a Seller’s Market, 3-6 months is a Balanced Market, and more than 6 months is a Buyer’s Market – where do the towns and cities of Northern Virginia stand today:

Buyer’s Markets

  • Great Falls – 6.7 months

Balanced Markets

  • Dunn Loring – 5 months
  • McLean – 4 months

Seller’s Markets

  • Alexandria – 1.6 months
  • Annandale – 1.4 months
  • Arlington – 1.8 months
  • Ashburn – 1.8 months
  • Burke – 1.1 months
  • Centreville – 1.1 months
  • Chantilly – 1.5 months
  • Clifton – 2.7 months
  • Fairfax Station – 1.5 months
  • Falls Church – 1.7 months
  • Herndon – 1.4 months
  • Oakton – 2.1 months
  • Reston – 1.4 months
  • Springfield – 1 month
  • Sterling – Less than 1 month
  • Vienna – 2.7 months

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8021 Agin Court McLean VA 22102 – Just Listed by The Belt Team

8021 Agin Court McLean VA 22102 has just been listed by The Belt Team! Here’s a sneak peek!

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Spacious living in the sought after McLean Hamlet neighborhood. This attractive colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac with an expansive addition features huge rooms, including two family rooms, four large bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a kitchen with newer Stainless Steel appliances. No carpeting in this home – hardwood floors and tile throughout! Ideal location near Spring Hill School, Rec Center & Metro less than one mile!

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6611 Fisher Ave Falls Church VA 22046 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open House March 20

6611 Fisher Ave Falls Church VA 22046 was just listed by The Belt Team and will be OPEN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH from 1-4PM.

Homes For Sale McLean High School

More info, floorplans & price of 6611 Fisher Ave Falls Church VA 22046

Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

JUST FINISHED STUNNING NEW HOME IN FABULOUS FALLS CHURCH LOCATION!

Proudly Built by Taurus Enterprises, LLC

Five bedrooms, four full baths, two powder rooms. 5000+ sq ft of living space! Exceptional quality. Features include 9′ ceilings,custom wide board hardwood, top grade PA crafted cabinetry, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & large island, deluxe master suite, lower level in-law suite; attached garage & more! Excellent location for commuters,close to everything. Great schools – McLean HS!

For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation.

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7535 Burnside Ct Falls Church VA 22043 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open House March 20

7535 Burnside Ct Falls Church VA 22043 is listed by The Belt Team and will be OPEN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH from 1-3PM.

Yes! It really is possible to enjoy brand new construction, quality finishes, a great location in the heart of Falls Church-Tysons, and still with a price under $1,000,000!  Stop by Burnside Ct and see if you have found your new home! Here’s a sneak peek:

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Beverly Hills Quality! Pimmit Hills Value! Proudly Built by Taurus Enterprises, LLC

Top notch finishes & features including 9′ ceilings, finished in place 4 1/4″ red oak hardwoods, upgraded ceramic tile, custom hand crafted Pennsylvania kitchen cabinetry & cherry closet built-ins, extra wide moldings & trim, master bedroom with boxed ceiling, abundant recessed lighting, gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances, island, large deck off family room. Super lot, craftsmanship, location & schools!


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For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation.

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343 Orchard St NW Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday March 20

343 Orchard Street NW SW Vienna VA 22180 has just been listed by The Belt Team and is OPEN SUNDAY March 20 from 1-4PM.

Call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975 for more info!

Another spectacular new home just finished by one of the area’s top notch master builders in the Historic Windover area of Vienna! Six bedrooms, 5 full baths, two powder rooms. Exceptional features including 9′ ceilings, finished in place 4 1/4″ red oak hardwood floors, extra wide molding/trim, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, island with cooktop & raised bar; master bedroom with boxed ceiling, main level library(master bedroom), lower level in-law suite; covered 2 level back porch, patio & much more!

Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation. The Belt Team is Vienna’s Top Real Estate Team and has sold more homes in Vienna than any other Realtor or team since 1973.

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2329 Addison St Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday March 20

2329 Addison St Vienna VA 22180 is listed by The Belt Team and will be OPEN SUNDAY March 20th 1-4PM.

Just finished new home on spectacular almost 1 acre backing to W&OD Trail! Six bedrooms, five baths, two half baths. Exceptional quality & features including 9′ ceilings,finished in place 4 1/4″ hardwood floors, extra wide molding/trim, gourmet kitchen & island with cooktop & raised bar; master bedroom with boxed ceiling, main level library/master suite, lower level in-law suite; 2 level covered back porch, 3 car garage & more! Close to Vienna Metro. Excellent schools & location!

More info, price & floorplans of 2329 Addison St Vienna VA 22180

Call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975 for more info!

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Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation. The Belt Team is Vienna’s Top Real Estate Team and has sold more homes in Vienna than any other Realtor or team since 1973.

Best Real Estate Agents in Vienna VA