Social Media

Client Testimonials
"Nicky McDonnell was the best real estate agent that we have ever used. Nicky went above and beyond our expectations. Nicky made sure that our home looked beautiful to potential buyers. We received multiple, over the asking price offers. We can honestly say, if you want an agent who is attentive, responsive, knowledgeable with terrific negotiating skills, Nicky McDonnell is the realtor for you.- Connie & Tom D.

"Nicky went above and beyond from the first moment we reached out about a very spontaneous, pandemic-inspired, competitive transaction. She referred us to a wonderful person for pre-approval, she helped us see the home before the open house, and she suggested a pre-inspection (which we had never heard of) that definitely seemed to be a deciding factor in our favor. Nicky then sold our house shortly afterward, with no fuss or stress, and multiple offers. Buying and selling homes is supposed to be stressful, but not with Nicky as your agent! Everything was smooth sailing, she knows the market, and is widely respected buyers, sellers and others in the business as classy, fair, honest and charming. You will be lucky and relieved to have her in your corner. We certainly were.- Annie & Chris R.

"Nicky guided us through two transactions in 2019 -- the sale of our beloved home of 15 years and the purchase of a new home on a smaller scale that better suited our needs. She saw to it that the home was staged beautifully and got us a fantastic offer even before the open house. That was where fun began -- the inspection turned up issues no one could see but that had to be remedied, and she was at her best during this difficult period, providing the perfect blend of "let's just get it done" determination and sympathetic handholding. She helped us keep it all in perspective, think creatively, and get to closing without missing a beat. Then she made sure we found the perfect home for our new needs and matched us up with a lender who could find the funding for a self-employed person. I recommended Nicky to two friends who had similarly outstanding experiences in selling their homes on the same street, and I would not hesitate to recommend her again. She's a great realtor who can assemble the team you need when you're selling and who will take time to really understand what you want when you're buying. Smart, savvy and dedicated to an excellent customer experience and helping you realize your goals -- that's Nicky in a nutshell.- Debra C.

"Nicky has lived in Northern VA for a number of years and has an outstanding knowledge of neighborhoods from the best school districts to local amenities to property value. We purchased a home through her - then rented it with her expertise and have now sold the home with Nicky as our agent throughout. We currently line in AZ and Nicky did the walk through with our renters for the out - hired a top notch contractor to paint and make repairs to ready the house for sale - helped negotiate pricing with contractor - reviewed work of a siding contractor and checked on and handled follow up on a number of closing details. Nicky is a top notch professional who also cares a great deal about her clients- she is honest - has high standards/ethics and does not just go the extra mile but well beyond. You can’t go wrong with Nicky - the wrong thing to do would be to go with someone else as she is the best.- Kathy Douglas R.

"Nicky was patient, always answered our questions, and made herself available. Nicky also informed us about how competitive the house market was and what it would take to get an offer accepted. I would definitely work with Nicky again.- Isabel Loannis D.

See More on Zillow!


Buyer's Agent, Agent, Relocation, Foreclosure
About Nicky

Nicky McDonnell has enjoyed working with clients in Old Town Alexandria and surrounding Northern Virginia for the past 21 years as a top producing and trusted realtor. She offers a comprehensive knowledge of the trends and challenges of the current real estate market as well as exceptional service to her clients. She is a skilled negotiator and has earned a long-standing reputation as an agent who champions ethics, decorum and confidentiality above all else.

Nicky is thrilled to be able to offer her clients the cutting edge tools and resources that Compass has to offer. As of March 2022 - Compass is the #1 brokerage in the United States.  At Compass, our mission is to “help everyone find their place in the world.” We have attracted and retained the top 10% of agents in the country and have infused technology and support to create a truly modern day real estate experience both for the agent and the consumer. We offer high tech and high touch tools and technology to our clients including virtual workspaces for your search collections, innovative mobile search platforms and a data dashboard allowing you to make informed, strategic decisions. Simply put, Compass is your opportunity to tap into a smarter real estate experience.

Prior to her 21 years in real estate, Nicky owned an innovative green small business in mid-town Manhattan. She is a native Californian and has enjoyed living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Newport Beach, and La Jolla. She is a proud alumna of Santa Catalina School in Carmel. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She has traveled extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Along with Virginia and California, she has lived in Argentina, Boston, Los Angeles and Hell’s Kitchen, NY. She currently lives with her husband and two boys south of Old Town and is actively involved in community life, the arts, social action, outreach programs and schools.

Nicky McDonnell’s Listings

Listed By CompassPending


Square Feet