REW Writers



Forest Lakes: Community, Convenience, Comfort

Forest Lakes: Community, Convenience, Comfort

By Ken Wilson – When Frank Kessler and the Kessler Group began construction on what was to be the largest planned unit development in Albemarle County in 1989, their goal was to create the “ultimate living community that would allow families to raise their children in a close-knit environment where residents enjoyed well-planned amenities.” Almost […]

Rain Gardens: A Lovely Way to Protect the Planet

Rain Gardens: A Lovely Way to Protect the Planet

By Marilyn Pribus – “Each time it rains, pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, zinc, and even lead flow directly into our sewers and waterways,” laments horticulturist Karyn Smith of Stanardsville. Since much of the water in our area is drawn from the Rivanna River watershed which encompasses Charlottesville, all of Albemarle County and parts of […]

Sustained Growth Predicted for Area’s Commercial Real Estate

Sustained Growth Predicted for Area’s Commercial Real Estate

By Celeste M. Smucker – Commercial real estate in Charlottesville and the Valley (including shops, office buildings, apartment complexes, manufacturing plants, subdivisions and warehouses) continues its impressive growth with more of the same predicted for 2019. And so long as families continue to visit and move here for the natural beauty, outdoor activities, job opportunities, […]

How to Plan the Best Holiday Visits

How to Plan the Best Holiday Visits

By Marilyn Pribus– It’s right there on the calendar. Company’s coming for the holidays. Whether it’s long-time friends, your child’s college roommate or a flock of in-laws, it’s not too early to start prepping. Remember, happy visits don’t just happen. Plan ahead because you (and your guests) will be more relaxed when you are well […]

Meet Local Artisans On the 24th Annual Artisans Studio Tour

Meet Local Artisans On the 24th Annual Artisans Studio Tour

By Marilyn Pribus – One of the most appealing quality-of-life aspects of Central Virginia is our vibrant art scene thanks to artisans who populate studios in both Charlottesville and the nearby, scenic Blue Ridge countryside. “We have an extraordinary group of talented people working sometimes in obscurity,” declares Joe Samuels who, with his wife Owie, […]

Close-In Fluvanna is Charming and Affordable

Close-In Fluvanna is Charming and Affordable

By Marilyn Pribus – When Eric Dahl, his wife, Jill, and their sons moved north from Florida, it’s no coincidence they bought a home at Lake Monticello where his two brothers already lived. Dahl is now Fluvanna’s Deputy County Administrator/Finance Director. “Jill and I really like the nature aspects of Fluvanna rather than the hustle […]

How to Enjoy Breathtaking Fall Views

How to Enjoy Breathtaking Fall Views

By Ken Wilson – Nature XXVII, Autumn The morns are meeker than they were, The nuts are getting brown; The berry’s cheek is plumper, The rose is out of town. The maple wears a gayer scarf, The field a scarlet gown. Lest I should be old-fashioned, I’ll put a trinket on. – Emily Dickinson You […]

Volunteers: The Heart of Our Community

Volunteers: The Heart of Our Community

By Marilyn Pribus – Volunteers are at the heart of any community from folks giving time to their church or children’s activities to those helping victims of domestic violence or injured wild creatures. In fact, the catalog of local volunteer efforts is nearly endless from Little League, Boys and Girls Clubs, thrift stores and food […]

Green Homes Sell for a Premium

Green Homes Sell for a Premium

By Celeste M. Smucker – The term “green” gets a lot of attention these days and can describe environmentally friendly activities of all kinds.  When it comes to real estate it usually means investment  in products and services that make your home healthier, more comfortable and more energy efficient. Not only does investing in green […]

How to Price Your Home to Sell

How to Price Your Home to Sell

 By Celeste M. Smucker – If selling your home is a priority, you probably know our market is active and that inventory is scarce in many neighborhoods.  Sellers may correctly interpret this information to mean their home may sell more quickly and at a better price than in years past. They may also believe all […]

Enjoy Fall’s Bounty at Central Virginia’s Orchards

Enjoy Fall’s Bounty at Central Virginia’s Orchards

By Ken Wilson – Before there were pumpkin spice lattes and before we were old enough for apple brandy, there were pumpkin pies and apple crisps, cold cider on Indian Summer days and hot cider around the winter fireplace. Even more exciting, for a country boy or an outdoorsy girl, were the pumpkins ripening on […]

Distilleries Thrive in Central Virginia

Distilleries Thrive in Central Virginia

By Marilyn Pribus – Central Virginia is widely recognized as a home to wineries and, more recently, craft breweries and cideries. Less well known, but increasing in popularity, are local distilleries that produce hard alcohol like gin, vodka, rum, liqueurs, whisky, and whiskey. What? No, that’s not a typo. While the Scottish spelling is whisky, […]

How to Make Your Home Nearly Perfect

How to Make Your Home Nearly Perfect

By Marilyn Pribus – Most people want The Perfect Home. Admittedly this is pretty much impossible since perfection is the enemy of the good.  Often attributed to Voltaire, that aphorism holds a lot of truth, so let’s settle for nearly perfect. It may be that your home has many great qualities but there are still […]

Charlottesville: Our Foodie Town

Charlottesville: Our Foodie Town

By Ken Wilson – A person could spend all day poring over online menus, but a friend’s testimony that “I’m never eating anywhere else” is worth any number of five star reviews on Yelp. When the elated friend (“I could taste the butter!”) has just eaten a “Feuillete chicken”—tarragon chicken baked in puff pastry—at Patisserie […]

Remodeling Projects That Pay

Remodeling Projects That Pay

By Celeste M. Smucker – If you are dreaming about fabulous renovations for your home, you may also wonder how much they will add to its value when it’s time to sell. While economic factors are not the only reason to renovate, they are a good place to start.  Once you know how much of […]

Get Your House Ready for Winter

Get Your House Ready for Winter

By Marilyn Pribus – Hard to believe, but some trees are actually starting to lose their leaves for winter. You should be thinking about getting ready, too.  Here are some pointers to prep your property for cold weather. Don’t wait for winter storm warnings. Outdoors Inspect the outside of your property, looking for cracks in […]

Commercial Real Estate Continues Impressive Growth

Commercial Real Estate Continues Impressive Growth

By Celeste M. Smucker– Commercial real estate  is still a hot commodity in both Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley.  Agents report the phone is ringing and they are cautiously optimistic that the upward trend will continue.  A recent article in Forbes magazine expressed similar confidence in the national market stating: “the industry is expected to […]

Taste of the Mountains: Celebrating Madison

Taste of the Mountains: Celebrating Madison

By Ken Wilson– Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival is what’s it’s called, but there are so many different tastes to try as you stroll down Main in the beautiful and historic town of Madison. You could start with the barbeque from Pig ‘N Steak, real pit-cooked, hickory smoked pork and ham the locals […]