Get Ready for Braemar’s 2012 Spooktacular Movie Night on October 28th

Get Ready for Braemar’s 2012 Spooktacular Movie Night on October 28th

Residents of Bristow’s community of Braemar are familiar with the Braemar Halloween Spooktacular where children get to attend a neighborhood costume party, the weekend of or before Halloween.  This year’s Spooktacular is actually a movie night.

The event will be held at Clareybrook Park on Sunday, October 28, 2012 and starts at 6:15pm.  Kids arriving in costume will be given the opportunity to walk the track around the playground to show off their wears and receive a treat bag.  Meanwhile, residents wishing to participate in the “trunk-or-treat” will be in the parking lot where kids can trick-or-treat from car to car.

The movies shown after the display of costumes and trunk-or-treat will be It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (rated G) and Monster House (rated PG.)  The Braemar Blasters swim team have donated the movies to make the Braemar Spooktacular Movie Night  at Clareybrook Park possible.

Get your costumes ready and come by to enjoy the family fun of Braemar’s 2012 Spooktacular Movie Night.  

Braemar Condo Quarterly: July-September 2012

The third quarter is officially behind us as we are well into October and looking forward to Halloween and Braemar’s Spooktacular Movie Night.  This means it’s time to look back at the third quarter of 2012 and see what happened in the Braemar condo market.  There were no sales in the second quarter to report, so any comparisons we make will be the third quarter of 2011.

As of October 16th, there is only one Braemar condo on the market.  It is a Short Sale that is pending sale, having gone under contract in July.  There were only two Braemar condos that made it to settlement in the third quarter.  Below is a table giving you the quick and dirty on the relevant numbers.

When looking at the numbers compared to the third quarter of last year, every sales price went down.  The average sales price was down over 5%.  The high sales price was down exactly 10%.  The low sales price saw the least amount of change in a barley measurable $500 drop.

The good news, is the the average seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyer) and average marketing time are also down.  The average seller subsidy came down 7% and is now an average of 1% of the average sales price.  The average marketing time improved by over 58%.  Less time on the market and less money leaving the seller’s pocket to help buyers with their closing cost is a direct result of there not being enough homes on the market to meet buyer demand in Bristow.

If you placed your Braemar condo on the market, priced to current market conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks and pay about 1% of the sales price to help a buyer with closing costs.

The next Braemar condo quarterly will be out in January.  Until then, if you are contemplating the sale of your Braemar condo, call me for a free market analysis of your specific condo’s value.  I’ve been a full-time real estate agent and Braemar resident since 2005.  I’ve also been a Braemar Short Sale Agent since 2007.  No matter what your equity position, I can get you the most amount of money for your Braemar condo in the shortest amount of time.  No one knows Braemar better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Licensed in Virginia, Long & Foster REALTORS®



The Tartan Hills Village 1st Annual Chili Cook Off in Review

The Tartan Hills Village 1st Annual Chili Cook Off in Review 

The Tartan Hills Village 1st Annual Chili Cook Off was held on October 6, 2012 at the Braemar Clubhouse.  The weather threatened the accompanying cookout that was to happen on the large patio that adjoins the clubhouse.  Thankfully, the worst we had to deal with was the wind.  Luckily we had plenty of food to hold down the tablecloths on the outdoor buffet, which included hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and a variety of chips.

Inside we had three chili cooks show up with five chilis to be judged between them.  I wish I would’ve thought to take a picture of each bowl of chili, but I was too excited to taste them.  There was one that was a real face-melter.  Just a spoonful and my mouth started the ride of the slow burn of the ghost pepper contained inside.

With thirty two votes, we had a clear winner:  a sweet and savory chili whose secret ingredient was brown sugar. 

While the main attraction was the chili, the secondary attraction was the cake that we ordered from Drama Mama Cakes.  Chocolate cake with butter cream icing made to look like a hay bale.  And individual cakes in the shapes of pumpkins on top with fondant leaves to spruce up the hay bale.

Good food in the presence of good company is always a treat.  And what made this extra special was the opportunity to get to know more of the residents of Tartan Hills Village in Braemar.  Thanks to everyone who participated and made this a great party.  I can’t wait to do it again next year.


Attention Investors: Braemar Carriage Home Just Reduced to $325,000

Attention Investors:  Braemar Carriage Home Just Reduced to $325,000

This Braemar Carriage home, a Parkdale model with three finished levels, and a detached two car garage is a Short Sale being marketed to investors only.  Why?  The Short Sale Bank has given their blessing on the current owners staying in the home as tenants.

So if you are looking for a great investment opportunity in Braemar, take a look at this Carriage home.  The Short Sale was previously approved at the $325,000 list price and the home would rent for about $2200/month.

Call or email me for a tour!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®



First Annual Tartan Hills Village Chili Cook-Off, October 6th, 4-7pm

First Annual Tartan Hills Village Chili Cook-Off, October 6th, 4-7pm

Tartan Hills Village* has decided to host it’s First Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 4pm-7pm at the Iona Sound Clubhouse.  While chili cook-off participants who want to compete for the $150 VISA gift card prize will need to register with community manager Sara Cruz by 3pm on Friday October 5th, at 703-361-8785.  There is no RSVP necessary if you simply want to attend.

There will be food and drinks to include, hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas.  If adults over 21 wish to bring their own adult beverage, they are more than welcome as long as it is beer or wine only.  There will also be door prizes given away in a raffle fashion.

Come enjoy the music, food and help us judge the chili cook off.  Address for the event is 12300 Iona Sound Drive in Bristow.

*Tartan Hills Village homes in Braemar include the following:

All address on Bathgate Way and Bonnykelly Court

10075-10229 Broadsword Drive

All address on Chapeltown Mews

Odd addresses from 12701-12949 Correen Hills Drive

All addresses on Crail Court, Denside Court, Dunnegan Head Place, Earls Ferry Circle, Guildtown Place, Inchberry Court, Invergordon Street, Kirkmichael Terrace

9530-9576 Laurencekirk Place

All addresses on Marr Lodge Lane, Native Rocks Drive and Newtonmore Place

14040- 14054 Rora Moss Place

All addresses on Score Bay Place, Sdilaw Hills Lane and Slateford Lane

13667-13679 Tartan Hills Parkway

All addresses on Tombreck Court and Whinneyford Court