WHERE YOU SHOULD START IF YOU WANT TO BUY A CONDO – THE BASICS

Are you looking to buy a condo?

If you’re a recent grad, an empty-nester or a single professional, this home ownership option might be just what you’re looking for.

Why are condos so popular? The main reason is cost. A smaller space in a larger building will cost significantly less than a single-family home — especially in the city. That’s why this home ownership option is so attractive to young couples or singles paying off college debt — it’s affordable. And it beats apartment living, because it’s an investment. WHERE YOU SHOULD START IF YOU WANT TO BUY A CONDO – THE BASICS

THE BEAUTY OF FALL IN DC

If fall is your favorite season and you love to see the leaves turn color, you may wonder where the best leaf-peeping spots are in D.C.

First, you must set your mind to the fact that although D.C. has bucolic beauty o-plenty, it’s not New England. There is nowhere here where you can go and gaze out over miles of forests steeped in color like a brimming bowl of Fruity Pebbles at the breakfast table. For such scenery, you’ll have to make a day trip out to West Virginia. THE BEAUTY OF FALL IN DC

HAUNTING DOWNTOWN DC

Do you believe in ghosts?

Ghosts seem to prefer haunting some locations over others. You rarely spot them at Walmart, for instance, or the airport. For some reason, they’re always hanging around in old houses, and if there’s anything we have a lot of here in D.C., it’s old houses. And history. It just goes to reason that the more dead people you have in a particular area, the better the chances of a ghosting. HAUNTING DOWNTOWN DC

HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

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Dressing up in a costume is one of those funny things that you either love or hate. There’s no in between.

The Halloween season is approaching, and those who love dressing up are planning their costumes. That’s the easy part. The hard part is where to go to celebrate.

D.C. offers plenty of G-rated fun, and the best-known spot for this is the National Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a longtime D.C. tradition, featuring lots of educational opportunities and healthy Halloween treats. The event will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

Alexandria’s Old Town attracts thousands of visitors every year with its quaint shops and restaurants, but the biggest draw for anyone into the art scene is the Torpedo Factory. Fans of this attraction walk right past the chichi boutiques and $7 ice cream cones and head for the ultimate in culture — more than 70,000 square feet of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, needle arts, pottery, clothing and innumerable other crafts. THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS

Many of us have been to the Lincoln Memorial, but did you know Lincoln had a summer home here in D.C. too?

It’s true. This 175-year-old building just off North Capitol Street next to the Soldier’s Home was lovingly restored and opened to the public in 2008. The 10,000-square-foot, 34-room home is more spacious than one might expect in a “cottage.” But the double front doors with rounded tops that meet to form a point at the top and the gingerbread trim make you think fairies and gnomes might have once lived here. LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS