Year in Review: These are the top 10 home stories from 2019

From interior design and real estate to expert tips and news on the home industry, we keep our readers up to date on it all each week. Here, find the 10 stories that resonated with you, our readers, the most during 2019.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve brought you a plethora of stories on all things home and design: up-and-coming neighborhoods, hot real estate, interior design inspiration, profiles on local experts and much more. Below, find the 10 most-read home and design stories from 2019.

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10. “4 hot home listings in Northern Virginia”

Each month we bring you a select number of hot home listings in the region. Are you looking for your next home? Click here to see our most recent listing of a great home for sale in NoVA.

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Photo by Tomasz Zajda
9. “The ‘Uber of landscaping’ has made its way to Fairfax County”

Plowz & Mowz, an app providing on-demand landscaping services, debuted in Fairfax in the springtime, featuring on-demand landscaping services without the commitment of a contract.

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Photo by Erica Corder
8. “Virginia Tech students create award-winning house of the future”

Virginia Tech University students won an international architecture competition in 2018, with an idea that could revolutionize the housing industry as we know it. Find all the details on their innovative, solar FutureHAUS here.

Casey Sanford's master medroom
Photo by Krisztina Thorsen
7. “Designer Digs: Casey Sanford takes a clean approach to her new home”

Just over a year ago, interior designer Casey Sanford pulled up stakes in Alexandria for Warrenton’s wide-open spaces. Trading postage-stamp backyards for the bucolic, rolling green hills of Fauquier County, she and her husband, Houston (who is also her business partner), wanted to begin and end their days with sunrises and sunsets. Now, their front porch and backyard deck serve as perfect perches for both.

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6. “7 local realtors share insider tips on the housing market”

Looking to make a move this season, but don’t know where to start? We went behind the scenes with some of the region’s most in-demand realtors to get their insider tips for diving into the market.

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Photo by Jess Feldman
5. “The Old Lucketts Store holiday open house returns with extended hours”

Spread across 12 days in November, the annual Shop in Peace event honored Christmas with thousands of shoppable home decor products at The Old Lucketts Store. We went behind the scenes to see how the team prepares for the big event each year.

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Photo courtesy of Mather Life Ways
4. “4 new luxury home developments opening soon in NoVA”

Looking for a new condo or town home? Upgrade your home search and consider these four new developments.

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3. “The 208 best home experts in Northern Virginia”

Our 2019 list of the best architects, handymen, interior designers and more.

virginia tech's futurehaus interior design
Photo by Erica Corder
2. “Here’s your chance to tour Virginia Tech’s house of the future”

The university’s award-winning solar home, FutureHAUS, was on public display in NoVA throughout the summer. FutureHAUS is a sustainable, grid-connected solar home. Over 100 VT students and faculty created the solar home, which is completely powered by solar energy, features smart technology responsive to voice commands and is built in a factory to fit budget and lifestyle needs.

townhomes located in the mosaic district
Photo courtesy of Mosaic District
1. “The hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods in Northern Virginia”

The arrival of Amazon kick-started the planning of the Potomac Yards station into high gear. But that’s not the only Metro stop that’s seeing some action. Here are the neighborhoods, all within walking distance from a current or future Metro stop, that are worth checking out.

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