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Fall Family Fun:  Orchard Hopping in Central Virginia

Fall Family Fun:  Orchard Hopping in Central Virginia

By Ken Wilson – Fall colors and fall flavors go together. Fall is when we go leaf-peeping and pumpkin picking, when we make apple sauce and pumpkin butter, when we enjoy stunning colors by day and mouth-watering pies at night. Fall is also festival time at area orchards, of which we have aplenty. “Apples have […]

Drinking Local: Distilling Spirits in Central Virginia

Drinking Local: Distilling Spirits in Central Virginia

By Ken Wilson – As an underage college kid, Ian Glomski made “crappy” beer in his mother’s house. As an adult he makes whiskey in an alternative school—a former school, that is. Let’s not get the wrong impression. What Glomski is up to in the former Henry Avenue Learning Center in Charlottesville, and what an […]

Burning Wood for Heat

Burning Wood for Heat

By Marilyn Pribus – There was a time when people heated with separate fireplaces or stoves in most rooms, burning wood or coal. People still appreciate such heating devices and see fireplaces with their cheery flames as very desirable.  In fact, having a fireplace gives properties an edge when they are on the market. Still, […]

Buyers Love Glenmore’s Amenity-Rich Lifestyle

Buyers Love Glenmore’s Amenity-Rich Lifestyle

By Celeste M. Smucker _ Glenmore is a popular, upscale neighborhood a few miles east of Charlottesville.  It was founded in 1992 by Frank Kessler with a mission to “provide the finest family Country Club Community of its size and time in the United States,” explained Jeff Gaffney,  Chairman and CEO of Real Estate III.  […]

Top Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home

Top Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home

By Ken Wilson – You’re downsizing and ready to sell your family home, or you’re looking at larger houses to accommodate your soon-to-be-larger family. Maybe you hope to move next year, or maybe you’re just thinking five to ten years down the line, but either way you’re dreaming and mulling things over. What can you […]

Foodie Town: Eating Well in Charlottesville

Foodie Town: Eating Well in Charlottesville

By Ken Wilson – Nearly 50,000 people live in Charlottesville, and the fun starts when they get hungry. There is no “bored mouth” syndrome here in “C-ville”—not with taquerias and smokehouses, bistros and sushi bars, inns and noodle counters, high-end pizza and burger joints to choose from. Not with Chinese, French, Italian, Indian, Irish, Japanese, […]

Winter’s Coming!

Winter’s Coming!

By Marilyn Pribus – Yes, we know it’s still pretty warm around here these days, but Mother Nature is dusting off her ski parka. Time to beat her to the punch by preparing your property for cold weather.  “For most people, the family home is one of their most valuable assets,” declares REALTOR® Kelly Ceppa […]

Commercial Real Estate Continues to Flourish

Commercial Real Estate Continues to Flourish

By Celeste M. Smucker– National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun predicts continued growth in commercial real estate thanks to an improving national economy characterized by declining unemployment and increased consumer confidence. Local REALTORS® agree describing an active commercial market with significant opportunities for business owners and investors.  The Power of Our Local Economy […]

Taste of the Mountains: Celebrating Madison County

Taste of the Mountains: Celebrating Madison County

By Ken Wilson – Pretty country town, warm and friendly people.  If you think that’s a Chamber of Commerce cliché, a Hollywood screenwriter’s daydream, come to Madison on Saturday, September 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the 25th annual Taste of the Mountains street festival, and talk to Steve Grant, owner of Blue […]

Students Enjoy Impressive Amenities at Area Private Schools

Students Enjoy Impressive Amenities at Area Private Schools

Charlottesville area private school schools offer impressive options, with plenty of choices to meet the specialized needs of every child. The following are descriptions— in their own words—of the philosophies and offerings of just a few of our impressive private schools to give parents and children an overview of the remarkable opportunities these institutions have […]

Choose Used

Choose Used

By Marilyn Pribus – Furniture that isn’t new goes by many names: previously-owned, second-hand, or even antique. We’ve always called it “very early heirloom”—that wobbly-legged chair from my grandmother, the many-times painted dresser from my in-laws, and the heavy, gouged round oak table from my parents’ attic. But in each case, the price of free […]

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 […]