House of the Day in Alexandria, Virginia
We haven’t done a ‘House of the Day‘ in a while but, I always notice this 1940’s era house driving in the Old Town area for three reasons. 1) Love the colors of the house, 2) love the flag out front, and 3) the door in between the two houses.

House of the Day in Alexandria, Virginia

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Lenas Pizza (Image credit: In a DC Minute)

(Image credit: In a DC Minute)

For Rule 5 Tuesday, we scanned the local Alexandria, Virginia area blogs to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed. Please show our fellow local bloggers some link love!

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tax

Residents & businesses to pay more in tax $ and refuse fees this year

The City of Alexandria, Virginia has mailed bills for the first half 2016 real estate tax and refuse fee to all property owners and/or mortgage companies. The 2016 real estate tax rate is $1.073 per $100 of assessed value, and the annual refuse fee is $363.

First half real estate tax and refuse fee payments are due Wednesday, June 15. In accordance with City Code, late payment penalty and interest will be assessed on all real estate taxes and refuse fees that are not paid or postmarked by the due date. The late payment penalty is five percent of the tax if paid by June 30, 2016, and 10 percent of the tax if paid on or after July 1, 2016, or $10, whichever is greater. The late payment penalty is 10 percent of the refuse fee.  Interest accrues at an annual rate of 10 percent for the first year and five percent for each year thereafter, beginning June 16, 2016, and continues until the entire outstanding balance is paid.

Beginning with service provided from July 1, 2016, the City’s annual residential refuse fee increased from $337 to $363 in order to recover 100 percent of the City’s cost of collecting and disposing of household refuse. The second half 2016 real estate tax bills, which are due November 15, will show a $13 increase. Households that do not receive service from the City are not charged this fee.  Residents with questions about the refuse fee can contact the City’s Resource Recovery Division at 703.746.4410.

The Code of Virginia does not allow for waiver of tax, penalty, or interest due to inability to pay or failure to receive a tax bill. Property owners who do not receive a real estate tax bill in the mail and do not have their real estate taxes paid by their mortgage companies should contact the City’s Treasury Division at payments@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.3902, Option 8, to request a bill before June 15.  Detailed real estate tax balances and payment history are available 24 hours a day on the City’s website. Property owners who changed their mailing address but did not previously report this change to the City can update their address by contacting the Real Estate Assessor’s Office at realestate@alexandriava.gov to ensure that future bills and correspondence are mailed to the correct address.

Additional information on real estate tax is available on the Finance Department website. Information on real estate assessments, appeals, or updating the property owner’s mailing address is available from the Real Estate Assessor’s Office. Information on payments, late payment penalty, and interest can be obtained through the online Alexandria Tax Guide or by contacting the Treasury Division.

Retail space available at 815 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Retail space in core section of Old Town Alexandria

This stretch of King Street gets A LOT of foot traffic and probably will get more once the Old Town Theater situation is resolved as the space is located right in the same block. This space used to house the Flying Fish Restaurant, which closed unexpectedly (see this link as well).

Leasing opportunities like this don’t come along very often along the King Street retail corridor as the King Street retail vacancy rate is less than 3%.

Visit this link (PDF) and/or call the number in the photo if you’re interested in this commercial retail space opportunity.

Sunrise Over Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia is a great place to live as this list of awards can attest. Livability.com pretty much nails this list of eight reasons to move to Alexandria, Virginia wouldn’t you say? I thought they should have said more about the Old Town Boutique District though (see #1).

(Flickr Pool photo via Geoff Livingston, on Flickr)

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