REW Writers



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 […]

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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 […]

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Price Your Home to Sell

By Celeste M. Smucker – What is the best price for your home and how do you know? When all is said and done, the price is what the buyer is willing to pay and the seller is willing to accept. However, before the negotiation can begin, the home must go on the market, get […]

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 […]