ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- With the nice weather here, welcome to prime home buying season. In Arlington, home prices are climbing higher than they were last year, reportedly averaging more than $913,000 for a single-family home.
So what type of home does $900,000 buy you in Arlington?
You know the saying, "Location, location, location." It's the most important factor when it comes to real estate, so we decided to go to two different locations and look at homes with similar price tags.
First, we visited Debbie Wicker, a real estate broker with Wicker Homes in Loudoun County who says she is extremely busy right now. She took us inside a 4-bedroom, 4-1/2 bath on Crested Quail Drive in Ashburn, roughly 31 miles from the National Mall. The home is larger than 6,000 square feet, has a 3 car garage, and is on the market for $949,990. Wicker explains the location has several benefits, "It's very close to Brambleton, and very close to where the future Silver Line Metro is going to be."
Next, we drove about 25 miles away to Arlington, where we met Mike and Maria Puletti. They are selling their family home in Arlington on North 22nd Street, by North Sycamore Street, after 21 years of living there. The 4-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home measures 2,800 square feet, and is on the market for $899,000. The kitchen has been redone, and it has a one car garage. Mike says one of its many selling points is its location, "The convenience of it too, with the Metro right here, Route 66, Lee Highway and Washington Boulevard. I work in Crystal City and there's always a way to get there."
Wicker says this is a busy time for real estate brokers, and she expects it to be a busy few months. The Puletti's hope their home will sell soon so they can move forward with their plans to move to Richmond to be closer to family.