Charlottesville, VA Real Estate News

By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
James Monroe was our fifth President of the United States from 1817 until 1825.  In 1793, Monroe purchased Ash Lawn-Highland to be close to his friend Thomas Jefferson.  Today the home is owned and operated by The College of William and Mary.  Located minutes (2.5 miles) from the Jefferson home of Monticello off of Route 795 is Ash Lawn-Highland.  Now a 535 acre working plantation with tours focused on Monroe's day.  Tour the home that has been furnished in elegance for it's day.  Peacocks roam the landscape.  Visit the chicken and sheep in the livestock area and watch craft demonstrations.  Outbuildings have been restored to reflect their appearance in the 19th century.  Stop by the shop for unique gifts and keepsakes.  Today, Ash Lawn-Highland also serves as a conference area, hosts p...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
2008 is going to bring a lot of big changes for America.  A new President will be elected come November.  The Fed will continue to cut rates.  The housing market will hopefully bottom out...  I predict big things for 2008!VALORIE'S 2008 PREDICTIONS*Based on what I have seen coming out regarding the real estate and mortgage market, I predict that the Presidency will step in and aid those struggling with adjustable ARMs.*Gas prices will continue to rise until they cease come Spring and start to fall.  This rise in gas prices as well as increased unemployment will prompt the Fed to further cut interest rates.*Federal Funds rate will drop to 7%*We will experience the lowest mortgage rates in years and mortgage brokers once again will see an influx of refinances* The housing market will bott...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
One of the best things about living here in Charlottesville, VA is the rich history of the area.  Thomas Jefferson, third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, called Monticello home. Monticello is the showcase for Thomas Jefferson's passion for architecture.  Monticello is open for tours to the public every day of the year except for Christmas.  Located just outside of Charlottesville on Route 53, Monticello is set for tours to show how Jefferson lived in his day. It is like taking a peaceful step back in time.  This is a must see when visiting the area.  The mountaintop scenic views are some of the most beautiful in the area.   Jefferson loved architecture and gardening and you can see this in the landscape.  Visit the Monticello Garden Shop and Museum Shop for uniq...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
The City of Charlottesville is offering Free Christmas Tree Pickup Christmas is over so what do you do with that Christmas Tree?  We have a suggestion... The City of Charlottesville¹s Public Works Department is now offering free Christmas tree pick-up. This will be starting on Monday January 7th. Trees must be free of decorations, wires, stands, tinsel and nails and they must be placed on the curbside by 7am (on the 7th) so that they will be picked up. The great thing is that the trees will ve recycled into mulch and actually used on various City project and properties including schools and parks! Do your part and be a part of this great idea! For more information call the Public Service Division at 434-970-3830. Happy New Year Charlottesville!!!!Next Stop ---- SPRING!!! Your agent in C...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 As some of you know I have made a recent change in my business plan for 2008. I have talked to many of you and I truly appreciate your sincere comments about your Real Estate business and your companies!NOTICE: I have joined RE/MAX Assured Properties!RE/MAX Assured Properties is independently owned and part of the RE/MAX franchise. They are highly respected and some of the finest agents in our area. This is one of the main reasons I joined RE/MAX, but there are others. RE/MAX is a company that is recognised worldwide and the Real Estate business is becoming a global business. This is a good move if you expect business from other areas of the country and the world. RE/MAX offers it's agents incredible training and opportunities. Any agent (worth their weight in salt) keeps up with educa...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
In Charlottesville Virginia we love a good party and what better time than New Year's Eve?We have an event that you will want to see! Starting at the Omni Hotel at the downtown mall in Charlottesville (at 5:15pm) is the Community Processional!There is a lot to see and do so plan on spending some time with your family and friends!FIREWORKS are at 9pm! There will be Stagecoach Clydesdales, Happy Potter's Castle and a Underdog Belly Bouncer!There are 75 different performances in one night!For more information and to get tickets visit: http://www.firstnightva.org/You can also get tickets at: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports (Barrack's Road) Plan 9 (The Corner and Albemarle Square) Volvo of Charlottesville (3025 Ivy Road)  The Paramount Theatre (Downtown Mall) Timberlake's Drug Store (Downtown Mal...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
A must visit in the Monticello area is Michie Tavern located just before Thomas Jefferson's Monticello on Route 53.  Michie Tavern was a travelers center providing food and lodging back in the 18th century.   Today, it is a historic site to visit for a trip back in time.The Ordinary is the dining room where you will be southern food attended by servers dressed for tavern time.  Try the famous Colonial Fried Chicken or Pork Barbecue for a meal you won't soon forget. Tour the tour of the original Tavern for a peek of past life.  Check out the ballroom and take part in the 18th century dances.  Also on site is the Virginia Wine Museum, The Clothier and Tavern Gift Shop.Best of all, my personal favorite is the General Store with the Meadow Run Grist Mill.  Old style shopping with two floors...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 With the end of 2007 so close I feel the need to reflect a little and look forward too. 2007 was a very good year in Real Estate. Sure our market pulled back a little but that was necessary. For our little corner of the world know as Charlottesville, Virginia the market has actually been correcting for about 6 months.   After the run we had, it was expected. We now need to work off some inventory and home sellers need to be realistic on the pricing of theirs homes (or take them off the market). The prices of a year ago will not be seen for sometime in the future, but it will come...(it will take time). The reality is that you will get less for your home, but when you buy you will pay less... so it is a wash! Not really a bad deal!   If you are looking to buy, start looking now! The dea...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
One of the great things about Charlottesville is the rich history of the area.  You can visit the same places that Thomas Jefferson himself knew during his lifetime here. This week, some of the RE/MAX crew had the pleasure of lunch at the Boar's Head Inn at the Old Mill Room.  First of all, everything at Boar's Head is outstanding.  You dine in elegance with picture perfect views of the pond and grounds in the background.  A great selection of food, deserts to die for and everything was just delicious.  The biggest issue was deciding to choose. My favorite was the beef stew.  Make sure you check out the historic charm and wood work of the Inn while you are dining.Also at Boar's Head Inn is the Birdwood Golf Course complete with a Pro Shop and Birdwood Grill.  Birdwood is considered one ...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
This morning was a big rush at the McDonald household, I am sure yours was too. My kids were excited as they wanted to get to school and start their final day of the year! My wife and I started with 21 Ginger bread houses. We use school milk-cartons with "Gram Crackers" hot glued to make the house. Add a upside down ice-cream cone (the pointed ones) for a Christmas Tree, all hot-glued on a paper plate (which is wrapped in foil) and you have a mini-Ginger Bread house! We dropped them at my daughter's school with bags of candy and icing so that all the kids can decorate them. My wife is there now working with the kids! They just have a blast with this! NOTE: these are not for eating! lol I was so proud of my son this morning, he wore his "Santa Hat" and has small gifts for all his teacher...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
Todays local newspaper, The Daily Progress, reported this years list of parade of lights in the Charlottesville area.  You can see the entire list on the DailyProgress.com.  As always the Belmont area and the neighborhoods around Park Street and Locust Avenue are great places to view the lights.  This is a wonderful tradition to share with your love ones.  Why not go for a drive this evening?Downtown Belmont Area
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
JANUARY 2008 BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETING DATESThe Albemarle Board of Supervisors will beholding its first regular day meeting of 2008 on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.Time : starting at 9:00 a.m. The Board's regular night meeting for January will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2008Time : starting at 6:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building. I strongly suggest that you consider attending these meeting if you want to stay informed on the way our area is run. I find out much more information at these meeting than by just reading the newspaper with a few highlights.It is great to see our government in action!Best regardsCharles
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Pictures and a map of Forest Lakes Neighborhood December 17th, 2007Map of Forest Lakes:Aspenwood Neighborhood:Ashwood Blvd--Forest Lakes South:Entrance to Brandermill:Brandermill: Ashwood Blvd--Forest Lakes South  Entrance to Stratford Glen:Stratford Glen:Roundabout on Ashwood Blvd:Entrance to Willow Bend:Entrance to Kernwood:Entrance to Keiser Ridge:Pleasant Ridge:Creekview: Ashwood Blvd--going back west towards Rte 29 (Seminole Trail):Chimney Springs:Magnolia Bend:Magnolia Bend:Aswood Blvd going west:Ashwood Blvd going west:Kendalwood: English Oaks:Forest Lakes South Swim & Fitness Center:Thornridge:Teakwood:                    tshthyksduyk
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
I was born and raised in New Hampshire.  My wife, 2 daughters, 8 & 10, and myself moved down to Charlottesville (C'ville) last August.  WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT HERE!!  The scenery with its farms, rolling hills, and trees.  The weather--oh my G_d.  It was 70 degrees last December!  I know, it was a little unusual, but still beats the cold and snow up in New Hampshire!!  Anyway, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some "things" we discovered during our relocation.1.  We were interested in moving to Charlottesville.  We found out that "Charlottesville" means the city of Charlottesville--with the University, the Downtown Mall, and Rte 250 East and West transecting the northern part of the city, etc.  Charlottesville is located pretty centrally in Albemarle County.  So we actually live...
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Did you know C'ville has one of the most active running clubs and running community in the country?  There is some kind of road or cross country race almost every week! Check out these resources:1.  The number of events the Charlottesville Track Club (CTC) sponsors is a major reason why Charlottesville was rated one of the top running communities in the country. Each year, the Charlottesville Track Club helps present over twenty-five races, including two events--the Women's 4 Miler and the Charlottesville Ten Mile Race -that attract runners from around the region. 2.  Charlottesville Running Company is the new passion of Gill and Francesca.  This innovative specialty running shop offers the best in shoes, apparel, gear, nutrition, wellness and advice for both runners and walkers.  Pleas...
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Relocation information:Our girls participate in and LOVE the following organizations:Soccer league: Providing enjoyable, effective, quality soccer programs that develop participants' skills and encourage citizenship, SOCA is open to all youth and adults in Albemarle County.  C'ville SoccerYMCA basketball league: YMCA currently offers childcare, after school, summer camp, CYAC Swim team, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, wrestling, adult aerobics, and First Aid & CPR.  For complete listings, see our respective program pages: YMCA Youth Sports Forest Lakes Swim Team: (Part of the Jefferson Swim League)  If you live in the greater Charlottesville, Virginia area and your children enjoy swimming, please consider joining one of our 16 great summer s...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Shopping is one of America's Favorite Pastimes and at this time of year there is a mad rush of Christmas shopping going on. With all that shopping there is one common denominator... Everyone wants a deal? When we buy something in this competitive market we "want a deal". It no longer matters as much where a gift is purchased. Sure we want nice gifts and that is why Target and Wal-Mart have (over time) changed from just a discount store to an all purpose store.  You can get everything from a cat food to a flat-screen TV, all in one location. What a Deal!  In the Charlottesville Area "Target" is located at: 3284 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville - (434) 973-7145Their website is http://www.target.com/  "Wal-Mart" is located (just down the road) at: 975 Hilton Heights Rd, Charlottesville - (4...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Today I get to do one of my favorite things! Show off Charlottesville! We have the University of Virginia!   It is fabulous "grounds" with all it's beauty and history! There is so much activity there, it is very exciting!  Then there is the Downtown walking mall with shops and nice places to eat. This is a must see if you like the small town feel! A great place to stop at is the Mud House, a coffee shop on the downtown mall! Watch for Christmas decorations this time of year!   Then there is the home of our Third President, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello! Now this is an interesting stop if you have time when visiting Charlottesville! I just love this tour! Today will be a great day because I get to do what I love to do! Show Off Charlottesville!I hope you have a great day too!Your Agent i...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 This morning I went to the mailbox and something was a little different.  Yes, my wreath was there and the the bow was properly hung showing my Christmas spirit, but there was a definite chill in the air! I then slide on the driveway and almost landed on my rear, It had Snowed!!! A fine white dust was all over my yard and it was beautiful!It seems the snow in Charlottesville is a little early. The kids are very excited and my wife and I are off to town for a little Christmas Shopping!  I love to see the first snow as it rests gently on the leaves of our bushes and trees.   This is one of the wonderful things about Charlottesville, that we have 4 seasons and each one has it's own beauty. Recently, on my Blog, you saw a lot of Fall pictures with great colors!  Be prepared to see photos o...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 No Not the Movie with Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte! Although that is worth a mention too!!! It is just 48 Hours to the big event! we have been getting ready for this event for several months!Then invitations have been sent to clients and friends! (Heck all my clients are friends!)  The decorations are hung (with care) in our home and in our yard!We have reindeer and several wreaths!My family has even decorated the Christmas Tree early this year!  Some might say I have gone overboard, since I even decorated my Truck! But hey, I do this every year!I have been asked how I do this... easy just add wire and do not drive over 70! lol We are getting into the festive spirit of Christmas!  In just 48 Hours when you arrive there will be Christmas Songs being played on the Piano! You will meet fri...
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