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Another Exciting New Homes Market Predicted for 2018

Another Exciting New Homes Market Predicted for 2018

By Celeste M. Smucker – One of 2017’s biggest real estate stories was the emergence of a fast-growing new construction market, which continues to keep builders very busy, in many cases, well into this year.  Historically low interest rates and an upward trending stock market motivated buyers to jump into the market, seriously depleting inventories […]

Dramatic and Functional Stairway Statements

Dramatic and Functional Stairway Statements

By Marilyn Pribus – It’s an iconic movie moment—Our Heroine sweeping down the dramatic curving staircase toward Our Hero or the Supporting Cast of 1,000. Of course most of us don’t have a grand staircase or even any stairs at all. But if you do, here are some classy, functional, or just plain fun ideas […]

Winter at Wintergreen:  Snow, Slopes and Fun

Winter at Wintergreen:  Snow, Slopes and Fun

By Ken Wilson – Skiing, snowboarding, skating or tubing: on your feet or on your rear, straight or in circles, down the hill or up and over the obstacles—however you like to slide and however you like your winter sports, Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County’s Rockfish Valley has a hill, a park, a rink, and […]

Nelson County: Come Play and Stay

Nelson County: Come Play and Stay

By Ken Wilson – You can spend a day driving Route 151, the “Brew Ridge Trail,” sampling beer, wine, cider and whiskey. You can spend the night at a bed-and-breakfast and make it a weekend. You can ski down Eagles Swoop at Wintergreen, hike up Spy Rock in the George Washington National Forest, or wax […]

First Night Virginia: New Year, Old Tradition

First Night Virginia: New Year, Old Tradition

By Ken Wilson – It’s called First Night, but it’s really Last Evening meets First Morning, as we finish off the old year and greet the new one, sober but enthused, entertained and enchanted, and in the company of family and friends. The alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, first held in Boston in 1975, is […]

Luxurious and Eco-savvy Bathrooms

Luxurious and Eco-savvy Bathrooms

By Marilyn Pribus – Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your old one, REALTORS® agree that a luxurious master bath is a big plus. You get to enjoy it now and when it’s time to sell, and only the kitchen is more important. REALTOR® Todd McGee, Associate Broker with Nest Realty in […]

How Not to Break the Holiday Bank

How Not to Break the Holiday Bank

By Marilyn Pribus – If you’re one of us who hasn’t quite finished shopping for this year’s holidays, and have three truly tough names on your list that you absolutely have to get something for, here’s a budget and stress-saving checklist for next year. Tuck it in your purse or copy it on your smart […]

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Make the Most of  Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

By Marilyn Pribus – “During the holidays, you can entertain regardless if you have an open concept or more traditional layout,” declares REALTOR® Paul McArtor of Montague, Miller & Co. in Charlottesville. While not every place is perfect for entertaining, the good news is that you can always create a party at your home.  Make […]

Country Lifestyle:  Loving Where You Live

Country Lifestyle:  Loving Where You Live

By Ken Wilson – “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm (after they’ve seen Paree)?” some people still say, but they’re just showing their age. Cities have their charm (and suburbs have their convenience), but they’ve never been places to see the stars and they’re no longer where all the action is. If […]

Why Home Buyers Love The Walkable Downtown Lifestyle

Why Home Buyers Love The Walkable Downtown Lifestyle

By Celeste M. Smucker – If the idea of walking to work, eating at close-in trendy restaurants, browsing an interesting array of shops and heading out to entertainment venues near where you live appeals to you, then ask your agent about downtown Charlottesville. The lively pedestrian mall is the heart of downtown and an area […]

Belmont:  Charlottesville’s Popular, Walkable Community

Belmont: Charlottesville’s Popular, Walkable Community

By Celeste M. Smucker – Belmont home buyers love their neighborhood for many reasons, but its location near jobs, restaurants and entertainment venues is high on the list. And that includes attractions in downtown Charlottesville as well as those at Belmont Village that are even closer to home. Belmont’s short commute to downtown, UVA or […]

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Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

By Marilyn Pribus – As a bonus gift to yourself, your community and your planet, why not make this year truly green? Here are some easy ways.  An Artificial Tree Or a Real One? The first artificial trees were constructed in Germany in the 1800s and employed green-tinted goose feathers. In 1930, a British business […]

Spring Creek: Close-in, Gated and Loaded With Amenities

Spring Creek: Close-in, Gated and Loaded With Amenities

By Celeste M. Smucker – Louisa County’s gated community, Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads, is a popular neighborhood that draws enthusiastic buyers from all around the Charlottesville area as well as Northern Virginia and DC, the Northeast and even Florida. Golf is a big highlight and Spring Creek residents and their guests can play at […]

Active Commercial Market Continues To Impress

Active Commercial Market Continues To Impress

By Celeste M. Smucker It’s a great time to be in the commercial real estate business. Local agents are excited about the year they are having and anticipate continued growth in 2018, a prediction consistent with findings in a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS® about the national commercial market. The report states […]

Hosting Overnighters For The Holidays

Hosting Overnighters For The Holidays

By Marilyn Pribus – “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” go the familiar song lyrics and if it’s going to be your home this year, it’s not too early to start prepping. Whatever the plans, remember that happy visits don’t just happen. You’ll be much more relaxed when you are well prepared. Eyeball […]

Virginia Film Festival 2017: Extraordinary Depth And Breadth

Virginia Film Festival 2017: Extraordinary Depth And Breadth

By Ken Wilson – Some go for the rising stars, highly anticipated new releases, and Academy Award contenders. Others relish the classics on the big screen, the probing documentaries, the 72-hour “highly-caffeinated” filmmaking competition, and the foreign films curated by the eagle-eyed team of Festival Director Jody Kielbasa and Programmer Wesley Harris. Digital or celluloid, […]

Meet Local Artisans on the 23rd Annual Studio Tour

Meet Local Artisans on the 23rd Annual Studio Tour

By Marilyn Pribus – One of the most appealing quality-of-life aspects of Central Virginia is its vibrant art scene. Artisans of all sorts populate studios in Charlottesville and there are numerous galleries and studios nestled away in other towns in our scenic Blue Ridge countryside. A wonderful way to explore this art trove is the […]

Vacation Year-Round at Lake Monticello

Vacation Year-Round at Lake Monticello

By Celeste M. Smucker– There’s a reason why Charlottesville is prominent on so many “Best Of” lists like 50 Best College Towns,  Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, Top 100 Best Places to Live and many more. Those of us who live here know it’s an all-round great place to call home.  So what to […]

Fluvanna County: Relax and Enjoy

Fluvanna County: Relax and Enjoy

By Celeste M. Smucker– Want to attend events in Charlottesville but still see the stars at night?  Maybe you love both  privacy and a laid-back country lifestyle but fear you’d have to go too far off the beaten path to find them.  The good news is, when you move to Fluvanna,  you can have all […]

"Country barn on an autumn afternoon., Stowe, Vermont, USA"

Autumn’s Paintbrush: Virginia’s Fall Foliage

By Ken Wilson Suddenly all the gold I ever wanted Let loose and fell on me. A storm of gold Starting with rain a quick sun catches falling And in the rain (fall within fall) a whirl Of yellow leaves, glitter of paper nuggets. Robert Francis, from “Gold” You can take a drive, take a […]

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Volunteers Serve Our Community

By Marilyn Pribus – Volunteers are always at the heart of any community from folks giving time to their church or children’s activities to those helping persons escape domestic violence to the musicians who mounted the Concert for Charlottesville last month. In fact, the catalog of local volunteer efforts is nearly endless from working with […]

House in the light bulb

How Green Sells Homes

By Ken Wilson – “If you have two exactly identical homes side by side, and one of them makes a $1,000 worth of power a year, and the other one doesn’t, shouldn’t that thousand dollars count?” Coming from Greg Slater, Associate Broker with Nest Realty, that’s no idle question. Slater is on a mission—an educational […]