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Alexandria Home Sales: September, 2014

In September 2014, 167 Alexandria homes sold between $2,662,500-$105,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: September, 2014

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2014

In September 2014, 50 Potomac homes sold between $2,985,000-$340,000.

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2014

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‘Net Positive’ Home Under Construction in Springfield

Once completed, this house will generate more electricity than it requires to operate. More and more houses are employing grids of solar panels to supplement the electricity they draw from power companies. Forty panels on the roof of this Springfield residence will help generate 12 megawatts of electricity a year, 10 more than what the owner expects to need.

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The Private School Admissions Process

Local educators offer insider tips on how to select and get a child admitted to the perfect school.

While this school year might still feel new, some parents are already thinking next fall. Or if they’re not, they should be. For parents who are considering sending their children to one of the area’s private schools for the 2015-2016 school year, the application process should be underway.

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Reston Association Hosts Home and Garden Expo

Guests learn about home care and Reston Association services.

Reston Association hosted a home and garden expo at Reston Association headquarters. “We look forward to hosting this event annually as we see it as a service to the community,” said Cate Fulkerson, Reston Association CEO.

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Residents Receive Community Enhancement Awards

On Sept. 22, the Vienna Town Council presented Community Enhancement, Beauty and Sustainability awards to four sets of local residents.

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Oronoco Condos Almost Sold Out

Size matters in 60-unit residences with panoramic views.

The Oronoco Waterfront Residences, condominiums at 601 N. Fairfax St., are almost completely sold out. Only six units are left and sales began in May. Panoramic views of Oronoco Park, Old Town and the Potomac River as well as expansive city skyline views, are at least part of the reason. Then there is sheer size.

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Remodeler's Charity Home Tour

Clifton residents to hold open-house tour of newly remodeled homes for the benefit of local widow.

Those who know their way around Hunting Horse Drive sometimes might wonder what happened to the circa-1970s Colonial style house that used to be perched up on the overlook. Clearly, the sprawling manor house there now is an entirely different home, but how did it get there?

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Touring the Decades

Reston Home Tour explores homes of all ages.

This year, Reston Home Tour will take visitors back through the decades. Six homes, built from the 1960s until the current decade, are participating in the Oct. 18 Reston Historic Trust and Museum Home Tour the year the town celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Blessing of the Animals

During the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Bradley Boulevard, Derek Solberg, vicar, at the church, blesses Wink on the right and Sena on the left.

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A Taste of Outdoors

The feline residents of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter will soon be glimpsing blue sky and breathing some fresh air. A “catio” under construction on the shelter grounds will be the animals’ new playground — a fenced outdoor area with a specially curved top that will prevent escape.

Think Longscapes, Not Landscapes

Trees: What’s not to love? They provide amazing beauty, shade, and moisture to cool our homes and photosynthesis to provide food for wildlife and people. They filter our drinking water and air; trap nutrient-laden sediment run-off before it reaches the Potomac and the Bay; stabilize stream beds; sequester pollutants; increase biodiversity and property values; and, remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the air.

Voting Early

Virtually every voter in Virginia is eligible to vote absentee, which includes voting in-person absentee at a variety of locations between Sept. 19 and Nov. 1.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Oct. 13-18.

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18th Century Market Returns to Mount Vernon

White tents dotted the landscape of the west field at the Mount Vernon Estate last weekend for the annual 18th century market.