arlington real estateArlington Real Estate (map) encompasses an urban area of 26 square miles of Northern Virginia, located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. There are no incorporated cities or towns within its boundaries. Home to Native American communities for more than 10,000 years, Arlington real estate has been associated with major events in America’s history for almost 400 years.

In 1656 John Custis II married a three-time widow, Alicia Burdette Traveller Walker, who owned some 500 acres around Old Plantation Creek where the Arlington National Cemetery is now located. Custis purchased another 300 adjacent acres to complete the plantation and named it for Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, who had been his patron.

There, Martha Dandridge Custis, widow of the great-grandson of John Custis II, and George Washington had their honeymoon cottage.

Martha’s grandson by a previous marriage, George Washington Parke Custis, began construction on Arlington House in 1802 and married Mary Lee Fitzhugh. Their daughter, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, would marry a cousin Robert E. Lee and inherit Arlington.

The Lees lived there for 30 years until the Civil War when Federal troops occupied the house and converted the grounds into a cemetery to prevent anyone from ever inhabiting the house again.

This, our nation’s “Most Hallowed Ground”, is now the resting place of thousands – from presidents to unknowns.

Financial contracts can be very confusing. Before signing yourself to a major long term Arlington real estate commitment have an attorney, familiar with financing and taxes, examine and explain the details (where the Devil is). A good tax attorney can save you many times his fee over the years, not to mention possible legal problems.

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