REW Writers



Relax Year-Round In Your Waterfront Home

Relax Year-Round In Your Waterfront Home

By Celeste M. Smucker– Water draws and fascinates us, and along with mountain views is the natural feature most sought-after by home buyers.  Whether we own a lot on one of our local lakes, a home on the James River or a rural property with its own pond, water adds value to our lives. The […]

Fun on the Water: Boating, Fishing, Water Skiing

Fun on the Water: Boating, Fishing, Water Skiing

By Ken Wilson– Put me on a mountain, way back in the backwoods. Put me on a lake with a biggin on the line. –  Montgomery Gentry We have the mountains, we have the backwoods, and we sure do have the lakes and the rivers. Fishing and boating enthusiasts have everything they need here in […]

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

By Marilyn Pribus – “Buy fresh, buy local” is great little bumper sticker you see around these parts.  And it’s a wonderful motto.  When we shop local, we support our whole community and a great place to start is at farmers markets because the money we spend there stays right here. In fact, a Virginia […]

Outdoor Rooms and Screened Porches Add Living Space

Outdoor Rooms and Screened Porches Add Living Space

By Marilyn Pribus– An outdoor room is a looked-for feature in a property, declares REALTOR ® Gerri Russell with Roy Wheeler Realty Co. “It’s an extension of the home and I think it adds value because people want to be outside and enjoy their lawns and gardens and flowers.” Defining The Space Outdoor rooms can […]

Great Home Prices and Lots to See and Do in Greene County

Great Home Prices and Lots to See and Do in Greene County

By Celeste M. Smucker– Looking for a relaxed, country lifestyle close to Charlottesville?  Look no further than Greene County on the other side of the Albemarle line where you will enjoy mountain views, own a surprising amount of house and land for the money compared to closer-in, and still have an easy commute to town.  […]

Save Money, Use a REALTOR®

Save Money, Use a REALTOR®

By Celeste M. Smucker– Everyone is excited about today’s real estate market, the best we’ve experienced in years. Buyers who have been on the fence are out looking in order to take advantage of  today’s prices and interest rates before they climb out of reach, while many sellers are choosing from multiple offers on their […]

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival: Fountain of Youth

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival: Fountain of Youth

By Ken Wilson– A Roaring Twenties party in a pop-up speakeasy, a choir camp for grown-ups and a singing night out for an Artistic Director. Time travel and role play, irresistible tunes and imaginations freely roaming—when the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy hits the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County every July, it turns a […]

Family jumping out of moving box in new home

Tips For A Stress-Free Move

By Marilyn Pribus – During my husband’s 20-year military career, we were transferred. A lot. We became experienced movers with the Air Force covering most of the packing and moving costs. When we moved to Charlottesville nearly ten years ago, however, it was on our own dime, so we studied up on the thriftiest way […]

Golfers Love Charlottesville

Golfers Love Charlottesville

By Celeste M. Smucker – If you love golf you will love Charlottesville where you can enjoy spectacular views while playing your favorite sport.  In the heat of the summer, Devil’s Knob,  a private mountain course and part of the Wintergreen Resort, is a great choice with its panoramic views and temperatures often 15 degrees […]

Charlottesville Loves Sports

Charlottesville Loves Sports

By Ken Wilson – It’s a late spring Wednesday in Charlottesville, and Johnny’s out shooting hoops, dreaming about his game tonight at Buford Middle School. Dad’s at work, or maybe he’s on the golf course, but at six he’s pitching in McIntire Park, and at seven Mom plays volleyball at Carver Rec. Susie’s basketball team […]

Full length beautiful woman in formal clothes with hands on the waist. Colourful ' home sales ' icons are drawn on the concrete wall. Risk analysis of the mortgage loan. Wooden floor.

More Than 20 Questions For Your REALTOR®

By Marilyn Pribus – When buying or selling real estate, the first thing to know is that not every agent is a REALTOR®, although most are. A person must pass a written test before they become state licensed and may legally act as a real estate agent. States have their own licensing standards. A REALTOR®, […]

Couple in front of house

Aging in Place: Building and Renovating for the Long Term

By Celeste M. Smucker – Some major trends in today’s  real estate market reflect the preferences of its two most active groups of buyers, Boomers and Millennials.  Surprisingly many of the same floor plans and amenities are attractive to both suggesting that their appeal is universal encompassing lifestyle preferences that are good for now as […]

Navigating Local Rivers for Fun

Navigating Local Rivers for Fun

By Ken Wilson – “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river” – Creedence Clearwater Revival Rivers we have aplenty in Central Virginia, and spring through fall is prime time for boating, canoeing, tubing and paddling of all sorts. Let’s take a look at two local rivers and some popular ways to enjoy them. The James Formed […]

Madison County: Close-in, and Affordable With Panoramic Views

Madison County: Close-in, and Affordable With Panoramic Views

By Celeste M. Smucker – Home buyers love Madison County for its beautiful scenery and its multitude of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and fishing.  Just north of Greene County, it attracts those who value privacy at a reasonable cost, along with access to the employment, shopping, educational, recreational and cultural benefits of Charlottesville. […]

Lots To Do In Scenic Madison County

Lots To Do In Scenic Madison County

By Celeste M. Smucker – While perhaps best known for its spectacular scenery, Madison County also attracts tourists coming for special events like the upcoming Hops Festival, or passing through on their way to Charlottesville and points south who decide to stop for a meal or enjoy a night in one of the county’s gracious […]

Living in a College Town: Just How Good We Have It

Living in a College Town: Just How Good We Have It

By Ken Wilson – “If you close your eyes and say, ‘What would Charlottesville-Albemarle be like if UVA were somewhere else?’, muses Timothy Hulbert, President of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, “I don’t think anybody can tell you.” He can say that again. The University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s dream, is now ranked second […]

Smaller + Greener = Winner

Smaller + Greener = Winner

By Marilyn Pribus – Statistics and reports reveal a definite move toward people building and buying smaller homes than a decade ago. “I think the trend really started with the recession,” declares REALTOR® Greg Slater, an associate broker with Nest Realty in Charlottesville. “Everyone started looking at building projects more closely.” According to the U. […]

Now Is The Time to Buy Your Vacation Home

Now Is The Time to Buy Your Vacation Home

By Celeste M. Smucker – Mountain views, gorgeous lakes, and  year-round vacation lifestyles all draw people to our area whether for jobs, retirement, or just  get away from urban life.  Some pass through on their way elsewhere, others come for specific events like the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival or the Montpelier Races.  Still others come […]

Habitat for Humanity Benefits Entire Community

Habitat for Humanity Benefits Entire Community

By Marilyn Pribus – What’s the best thing about Habitat for Humanity? “My children have a place,” declares Sheron Sinclair, a Habitat homeowner for more than two years. Habitat for Humanity® of Greater Charlottesville is all about having a place. In more than 25 years of homebuilding, this remarkable effort has constructed more than 170 […]

pouring red wine glass

Virginia Wine: Finding Its Own Identity

By Ken Wilson –  It’s no novelty anymore, no curiosity, no fledgling with promise. Virginia wine—more than 6.6 million bottles in 2016—has found its identity and found its fans. It may have taken a few decades—or a couple of centuries counting Jefferson’s aborted attempts—but the local vino is making us proud, and making the state […]

Cider with three sorts of apple, isolated on white

Cider Makes a Comeback

By Ken Wilson –  It was a staple of the Colonial diet, the most common drink in 18th and early 19th century America. Thomas Jefferson grew two varieties of apples, Hewes’ Crab and Taliaferro, especially suited for making it, and served it with the main course. And then, on American shores, it all but disappeared. […]

Charlottesville Is Horse Country

Charlottesville Is Horse Country

By Celeste M. Smucker –  Horse lovers, from weekend trail riders to fox hunting, racing and dressage enthusiasts, all appreciate what the Charlottesville area offers them and their animals.  Some come to participate in or watch races and other events, spend their money and go home. Others fall in love with the mountains and beautiful […]

Fridays After Five: A Charlottesville Tradition

Fridays After Five: A Charlottesville Tradition

By Ken Wilson –  The Dave Matthews Band  played it. So did Corey Harris, and so did Sons of Bill. The hometown crowd heard these future stars, and heard them for free, at Fridays After Five, the April to September concert series set to begin its 30th season. Fridays from April 14 to September 8, […]

Home Owners Love Louisa’s Relaxed Country Lifestyle

Home Owners Love Louisa’s Relaxed Country Lifestyle

By Celeste M. Smucker – Comfortable rural living where you can see the stars at night is one way people describe life in Louisa County located just to the east of Albemarle.  Others point to its vibrant economy and central location with easy access to the three major urban centers of Charlottesville, Richmond and Fredericksburg. […]