REW Writers



Enjoy Charlottesville’s Popular, Walkable, Downtown Lifestyle

Enjoy Charlottesville’s Popular, Walkable, Downtown Lifestyle

Downtown Charlottesville offers jobs, restaurants, shopping and entertainment, a combination of features that bring a growing number of  homebuyers wanting to live in a community that is vibrant, urban and walkable. Of course the highlight of the downtown area is the lively pedestrian mall—one of the few of its kind still thriving after years of […]

Louisa’s Spring Creek is Close-in and Loaded with Amenities

Louisa’s Spring Creek is Close-in and Loaded with Amenities

The market is hot at Louisa County’s popular gated community, Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads, which draws buyers from across town, Northern Virginia, out of state and even overseas.  Residents and their guests can play golf at a course that regularly receives awards for being one of the best both nationally and in Virginia, and […]

Charlottesville’s Commercial Real Estate Market Rocks

Charlottesville’s Commercial Real Estate Market Rocks

The outlook for commercial real estate in the Charlottesville area remains strong according to local agents who cite declining vacancy rates and robust activity throughout the region. While demand is especially high in the downtown area, we are seeing growth in the commercial market all over town and in every sector from retail and office […]

Smart Preps for Holiday Guests

Smart Preps for Holiday Guests

Yes, we know you’ve only just put away the pumpkins and plastic bats, but we’re already hearing “Frosty the Snowman” in shops. The Big Holidays are on the horizon and it’s not too soon to be laying your plans. Are you having company this year? Will you be hosting people with disabilities? Are there children […]

The Virginia Film Festival: An Embarrassment of Riches

The Virginia Film Festival: An Embarrassment of Riches

Historic and heartwarming (Loving). Family-friendly and inspiring (The Eagle Huntress). Searching and shocking (The Promise), romantic (La La Land) and jaw dropping (Liv Ullmann, Werner Herzog and Shirley . .. that’s right, MacLaine)—if it boasts more than 125 films, and way too many admiring modifiers to choose from, it’s the 2016 Virginia Film Festival, screening […]

Enjoy Country Living for Less in Nearby Fluvanna County

Enjoy Country Living for Less in Nearby Fluvanna County

Buyers looking for a house with privacy to enjoy a laid-back country lifestyle for an affordable price should seriously consider contacting their agent about Fluvanna County. First-time homebuyers are welcome there as are growing families who want more space, horse owners looking for a farm, or active retirees wanting to be free of home maintenance. […]

Fall Foliage: Central Virginia’s Autumn Tapestry

Fall Foliage: Central Virginia’s Autumn Tapestry

It all comes down to chlorophyll, the green pigment in the leaves. Every autumn, as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, two phenomena occur. One, as the production of chlorophyll slows and eventually comes to a halt, other pigments already present but obscured become visible: brilliant yellow and gold, and orange, crimson […]

Welcome, Baby!

Welcome, Baby!

A baby on the way? What could be more exciting!  You’ve got to get ready, so we’ve organized some ideas for you as you prepare. Many parents-to-be visit nursery shops and check out the endless cute ideas on the Internet. But do you really want pink or blue walls with pastel dancing giraffes around for […]

Seven Oaks

Historic Homes: Central Virginia Treasures

The most historic place around is not on the market. A red brick neoclassical dream house constructed from 1769 to 1784, remodeled from 1796 through 1808, and today valued at “priceless and inestimable,” Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is on the National Registry of Historic Places and on every history buff and architecture lover’s bucket list to […]

Add a Touch of History to Your Home

Add a Touch of History to Your Home

Antique features lend character and individuality to the newest of homes and may harken back to our region’s history. Often a particular historical element, such as a salvaged door or window, lends an extra dash of personality to the home as well. “Very true,” declares Virginia Gardner, a REALTOR® with Roy Wheeler Realty Co. in […]

Making a Difference in Our Community

Making a Difference in Our Community

“Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country,”  says the Corporation for National and Community Service. A seldom recognized bonus: In the past twenty years, studies have shown that people who volunteer reap health benefits […]

Scottsville is Thriving, Affordable, and Close-In

Scottsville is Thriving, Affordable, and Close-In

People who live in the town of Scottsville enjoy a community that is diverse, thriving and very scenic. Home of Albemarle’s first county seat, Scottsville is located on a bend of the James River at the intersection of Routes 20 and 6 where the three counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Buckingham come together.  Though set […]

Home Theaters Are Practical and Popular

Home Theaters Are Practical and Popular

Forget bonus rooms and basements filled with cast-off furniture and piles of kids’ stuff. Today’s home entertainment spaces are sophisticated and tech-savvy, often including home theaters that look as if they’ve been lifted straight from some Hollywood producer’s mansion. Indeed, at one time, home theaters were the purview only of the wealthy, but the increasing […]

Luxury house at sunny day in Vancouver, Canada.

How Much is Your Home Worth?

How much is your home worth? How much more would it be worth if you remodeled the kitchen or enlarged the master bedroom? How do you know what price to set when you put it on the market, so it’s neither over nor undervalued? Is that condo you’re thinking of buying worth the $8,000 more […]

Four Good Ideas to Help Sell Your House

Four Good Ideas to Help Sell Your House

When you’re sprucing up your house to sell, some renovations positively increase a home’s marketability and selling price while others never come close to recouping the expense. According to Remodeling Magazine’s “2016 Cost vs. Value Report” figures for the Richmond area—the closest market for comparison—the highest value item is the installation of attic insulation which […]

A Dozen Winter-Prep Tips

A Dozen Winter-Prep Tips

Although we still can expect plenty of warm weather in Central Virginia, days are getting shorter, evenings are getting cooler with hints of fall and—well, it’s true—winter is coming. The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac—traditionally about 80 percent accurate—predicts this winter will be colder than last year, but with less overall snowfall in our region. It’s […]

Taste of the Mountains: Madison Pride

Taste of the Mountains: Madison Pride

Stroll down Main Street in Madison on Saturday, September 3 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Stop by the booth manned by the volunteer fire department and try one of their famous steak sandwiches. Head over to the bandstand and hear old-time mountain music and 21st century mountain music—they call it “country”—and the marches and […]