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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 […]

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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 […]

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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®, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Staging a House to Sell

By Marilyn Pribus –  “It’s critically important to have a house show well when it’s time to sell,” declares REALTOR® Byrd Abbott, an associate broker with Roy Wheeler Realty Co. “Some tweaking and paring down often needs to be done because it’s so much easier to present a staged home.”  What Exactly Is Staging? Often […]

Historic Garden Week 2017: Sharing the Beauty

Historic Garden Week 2017: Sharing the Beauty

By Ken Wilson –  “Gardens above all else are for sharing.” – Emily Whaley Would any gardener beg to differ? Emily Whaley knows: after all the planning and the plotting, and the digging and mulching and watering and tending have done their work comes a garden’s finest hour, when gardener and friends stroll through, approving […]

Keep Your Cool This Summer

Keep Your Cool This Summer

By Marilyn Pribus – “I can’t believe we’ve already had the AC on and it’s only April,” laments a Lake Monticello resident. “I don’t even want to think about our electric bill this summer.” She’s not alone. Air conditioning soaks up about five percent of all the electricity produced in our country, approaching $30 billion annually. […]

How to Find the Best Mortgage for Your Next Home

How to Find the Best Mortgage for Your Next Home

By Celeste M. Smucker –  A big concern for home buyers is finding the right mortgage program, one they can live with for many years, and this decision is especially important for those who have limited funds for a down payment. Many move-up buyers have more than enough cash from selling their previous home to […]

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Home and Garden Trends: What’s New in 2017?

By Celeste M. Smucker – When it comes to home and garden, you can count on one thing.  The new year brings changes in everything from floor plans and style updates to interior and exterior color preferences  and cutting-edge technologies.  Home buyers and those thinking about remodeling an existing house can look online for trends and […]

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What is Your Home Worth?

By Celeste M. Smucker – When home owners are ready to sell their house, they usually have a good idea about what they think it’s worth. Similarly, buyer prospects have a strong opinion about what they are willing to pay for it.  Sometimes these numbers are far apart.  So what determines what a home is worth […]

Building Goodness

Building Goodness

By Ken Wilson – Jack Horn loves to build and he loves to travel. A couple of weeks after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated much of Haiti in January of 2010, Horn, the CEO of the Charlottesville contracting firm Martin Horn, Inc., found himself on a mountainside overlooking Port-au-Prince. He was in the country with Building […]