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Vacation Every Day In Your Waterfront Home

Vacation Every Day In Your Waterfront Home

By Celeste M. Smucker – Enjoying a waterfront lifestyle is high on the list of many home buyers searching for the perfect place to live. Fortunately, in our area, they have plenty to choose from ranging from a house on a local lake, to a home on the James River, to a rural property with […]

Playing in the Water: Messing About in Boats

Playing in the Water: Messing About in Boats

By Ken Wilson – The air is hot, but the water is not. Paddle it, ski it, plunge a line into or just plain jump in—the cool, cooling water of our lakes and streams and rivers refreshes our bodies and our minds in the always, shall we say, atmospherically challenging Virginia summertime. Here are just […]

Dreaming Big At IX Art Park

Dreaming Big At IX Art Park

by Ken Wilson –  The Wizard of IX can help your dreams come true. Independent filmmaker Brian Wimer was first the “instigator” of the IX Art Park, nestled between Monticello and Elliot Avenues in Charlottesville, then he was its “executive director,” and now he’s officially its “Wizard.” And why not? As Wimer notes with the […]

Independence Day 2018: Honoring History Where it Happened

Independence Day 2018: Honoring History Where it Happened

By Ken Wilson – An Albemarle County landowner named Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe, had a place just up the road and James Madison, mentored by Jefferson and hailed as “the father of the Constitution” settled in nearby Orange County. These men made history—our American history—and their […]

Home Buyers Love Walkable Neighborhoods

Home Buyers Love Walkable Neighborhoods

By Marilyn Pribus –  These days, people shopping for a new abode often have “walkability” close to the top of their list of wants. Especially as gas prices are again on the rise, the thought of not having to get out the car keys to go places you want to go is appealing. Walkability basically […]

The Hills are Alive: Wintergreen Music Festival

The Hills are Alive: Wintergreen Music Festival

By Ken Wilson – They flock to the Blue Ridge Mountains every summer and they coalesce into something extraordinary. Experienced professional and aspiring student musicians join discerning music lovers at Wintergreen for four stimulating weeks of classical music, with a little bluegrass, Broadway, and what-have-you on the side. The resulting festival, says Artistic Director Erin […]

Moving Like a Pro

Moving Like a Pro

By Marilyn Pribus – Even when you’re moving to a wonderful new abode, the mechanics of getting your belongings from the old place to the new can be confusing, even overwhelming.  Fortunately, practicalities have improved since our ancestors trundled belongings from one cave to the next. Unless it’s a do-it-yourself move, the place to start […]

Sports Town: You Name It, We Play It

Sports Town: You Name It, We Play It

By Ken Wilson – Saturday morning checklist in a randomly chosen Charlottesville household: Don’t forget bat, mitt, shoes, and sunscreen. Saturday morning checklist in the house across the street: Don’t forget binoculars, beer, cooler, and sunscreen. Whether they’re out on the field or out $50 for the tickets, the average Charlottesvillian is somewhere on the […]

Buying or Renovating for the Long Term

Buying or Renovating for the Long Term

By Celeste M. Smucker – Updating a home so the occupants can live there comfortably for the long term is a hot topic these days  and is all about adding features that promote convenience, accessibility and ease. While once this concept was aimed at Boomers who wanted to stay longer in their homes, most of […]

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Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Their REALTOR®

By Celeste M. Smucker– For most people, buying a home is a huge investment, and, whether you are a seasoned homebuyer or a first timer, it is important to find the right REALTOR®  to guide you through the process.  First and foremost is to find someone you feel comfortable with and who enjoys their role […]

Madison County: Close-In Living With a Host of Amenities

Madison County: Close-In Living With a Host of Amenities

By Celeste M. Smucker – Madison County is acclaimed for its beautiful scenery and multitude of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and fishing. It appeals to homebuyers who want an amenity-rich, rural lifestyle and those who value privacy at a reasonable cost. Easy access to the employment, shopping, educational, recreational and cultural benefits of Charlottesville […]

Festival of the Home Coming Soon to IX Art Park

Festival of the Home Coming Soon to IX Art Park

By Celeste M. Smucker – What are the latest trends in home decor, technology, renovation, building and finance? What would work best at your house? Wouldn’t it be great if this information was all available in one place?  The good news is, it is when you attend the Blue Ridge Homebuilders Association’s (BRHBA)  Festival of […]

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Small-Scale Gardening

By Marilyn Pribus – “There are challenges in having a small garden space,” declares Stanardsville Horticulturist Karyn Smith, “but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow flowers, veggies, and herbs.” She points out that even a small balcony can offer enough room to play gardener. “Be sure to choose plants that won’t outgrow your space,” she […]

Sipping Apples: Virginia Hard Cider

Sipping Apples: Virginia Hard Cider

By Ken Wilson – Not so long ago, hard cider was stuff you bought at the grocery store and let sit around too long. Or maybe you’d put it out on the porch to ferment on purpose, checking it every once in a while as it developed that tang and that slightly alcoholic edge. Either […]

Pantops Homeowners Enjoy Convenience and Spectacular Views

Pantops Homeowners Enjoy Convenience and Spectacular Views

By Celeste M. Smucker – A close-in Albemarle location, gorgeous views, convenience and lots of options:  Pantops has it all. And thanks to Thomas Jefferson the area also enjoys a captivating and unusual name. One of Pantops’ earliest property owners, Jefferson is believed to have called the area Pant-Ops, Greek for all seeing.  Was this […]

Local Habitat Focuses on Building Neighborhoods

Local Habitat Focuses on Building Neighborhoods

By Marilyn Pribus – Habitat for Humanity® of Greater Charlottesville is all about having a home. In more than 25 years of local action, this remarkable effort has constructed more than 200 dwellings, living up to Habitat’s vision of eliminating homelessness and substandard housing by making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. […]

Central Virginia Wine: Come Sip and Sample the Best

Central Virginia Wine: Come Sip and Sample the Best

By Ken Wilson – They’re all around us and they’re looking their best right now, the mom and pop wineries that dot our lush Central Virginia countryside. Draw up a list of two or three, drive slowly like the native old-timers and take in the view, then stop and sample the prize winners and the […]

The Appeal of Smaller, Greener Homes

The Appeal of Smaller, Greener Homes

By Marilyn Pribus – Here’s an interesting statistic: The 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, as researched by the National Association of Realtors®, shows about one-third of recent homebuyers are Millennials and about one-third are Baby Boomers. While these groups are at different places in their lives, it turns out they are looking […]

Horses and Their Owners Love Central Virginia

Horses and Their Owners Love Central Virginia

By Celeste M. Smucker – From very early days, horses have been a big part of Virginia’s lifestyle and economy. The first Colonists brought their favorite Thoroughbreds from England in the early 1600s. However they weren’t the first equines in the area. Native Americans also owned horses thought to be descended from those brought by […]

Fridays After Five: A Charlottesville Tradition

Fridays After Five: A Charlottesville Tradition

By Ken Wilson – It’s free, it’s family-friendly and, lucky for us, it’s happening again. For 30 years now it’s been our favorite way to let the good times roll—and rock and rumble, moan and purr, shake and shimmy, and however else the spirit moves. Thank God it’s Fridays After Five, with live music and […]

Staging a Property to Sell

Staging a Property to Sell

By Marilyn Pribus – Shopping for a new home has certainly evolved in the last few years. Home-buyers trawl the internet for months looking at potential properties. So if you’re selling, excellent pictures are essential to make your offering stand out and you can’t have great photos unless the property is in really good shape. […]

Enjoy a Close-in Country Lifestyle for Less in Louisa

Enjoy a Close-in Country Lifestyle for Less in Louisa

By Celeste M. Smucker – If the benefits of a rural lifestyle appeal, but you also want to live close-in to enjoy the many amenities of town, then Louisa County could be the perfect choice. Known as a place where residents can see stars at night, Louisa is blessed with a vibrant economy and central […]