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What’s new on the Arlington home front?

Everyone in Arlington seems to be talking about about what’s happing at the corner of Washington Boulevard and N. George Mason Dr. in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood. Suddenly, what used to be undeveloped, wooded land, has been taken over by an excavating crew. This has resulted in the removal of 150 trees.

In an eco-conscious County like ours, many Arlingtonians sometimes say they are left wondering how our government could let such a thing happen? Well, it turns out that the land is privately owned. The property will be divided into nine residential lots, creating a new susbdivision.

As for the trees? Under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, the developer must re-plant 20 percent of the trees that previously stood on the land. In fact, Arlington County will not issue certificates of occupancy for the new homes until the trees are re-planted.

Since I am an Eco Broker (, this has been of particular interest to me. And it is definitely one of the biggest topics of discussion in the Arlington home market for single family homes in a completely residential neighborhood.

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Ken Courtade

The Yes I Ken! Team, 703.981.4646

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Like me, you’ve probably been closely watching the local forecast for Arlington, VA. It looks like more snow is headed our way, so I thought it would be helpful to provide a few tips to keep your home safe in the event of heavy snow:
– Be sure to look out for snow that accumulates on the downwind side of a higher-level roof. Blowing snow will collect here. It’s a good idea to contact a roofing contractor rather than removing it yourself;  you don’t want to endanger yourself or your roof! Read the rest of this entry »

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One of the many reasons I love Arlington is because of the constant efforts towards urban agricultural growth. As many of you know, The Westover Farmers Market opened in my neighborhood last summer. It is held in front of the Walter Reed School and Westover Library on N. McKinley Road on Sundays from 9am-1pm. I was happy to see that the The Westover Farmers Market recently resumed its winter season on January 13th, and includes many vendors from the summer market along with some new vendors. What a great way to support our local area farmers and prepared food vendors!

In other local agricultural news, Arlington’s Urban Agriculture Initiative Citizen Task Force has scheduled a series of Community Conversations. The schedule is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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In keeping with it’s reputation as a town rich with ethnic and cultural diversity, Arlington recently became the first jurisdiction in Virginia history to have two Latinos elected to it’s County Board.

As expected, Walter Tejada was selected by his colleagues to chair the County Board for 2013. He joins Emma Violand-Sanchez, who is halfway through a term chairing the School Board. “This is an important milestone for our community,” said County Board member Libby Garvey.

Tejada is a native of El Salvador who came to the U.S. as a young teen. Violand-Sanchez is a native of Bolivia who immigrated to the U.S. to further her education.

“Who would have thought that the young boy who helped his struggling family by shining shoes in the central market in San Salvador would become chairman – twice – in one of the best communities in the world?” Tejada said in remarks at the County Board’s New Year’s Day organizational meeting.

In further remarks, Tejada referred to Arlington as “a fascinating and exciting place to live.” (SunGazette)

Another reason why ARLINGTON ROCKS!

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Ken Courtade

The Yes I Ken! Team


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As many of you know, Arlington County approved the Columbia Pike Streetcar project earlier this year. The next step is determining the design of the streetcar, which is just what the County Board is contemplating now.

The Board is considering the following criteria: Width, length, layout and emergency power capacity. The length and width of the street car will affect the capacity of riders which can range from 92-231 per car. This gives streetcars the advantage of carrying three times as many riders as a bus.

ARLINGTON’S Columbia Pike Streetcar is expected to start running as early as 2016.

Another great reason why Arlington Rocks!

Getting it SOLD – for YOU!

Ken Courtade

The Yes I Ken! Team


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