2019 New Year’s Eve in Charlottesville

2019 New Year’s Eve in Charlottesville New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday this year, but with the next day typically a national holiday there is still lots to do and enjoy around our area. The most beloved annual celebration in Charlottesville – known for its many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall – is celebrating its 37th birthday this year! First Night … [Read more...]

2018 Christmas In Charlottesville

Fun Ideas for the Holidays in Charlottesville With the weather turning a bit colder, and Thanksgiving on Thursday, it’s time once again to turn our thoughts to celebrating the holidays in Charlottesville.  Every year, there are signature events that define the season and we’ve compiled them for you below, along with some new traditions. We all know that shopping local helps the local economy, … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving in Charlottesville 2018 Once again we have arrived at the time of year that reminds everyone to slow down from all the rush of the holidays and enjoy a meal with family and friends and think of ways to be thankful. This year, Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday, Nov. 22. Although history has shown us many different versions of when the first official date of Thanksgiving is in … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Halloween 2018

With Halloween about a week away, many houses around town are already sporting skeletons, cobwebs and other decorations, but there is still time to pick up a pumpkin and candy for the trick or treaters.  It’s time once again for a fun annual tradition in Charlottesville, even though it’s on a Wednesday evening this year. Here are some upcoming events to help you ease into the sugar … [Read more...]

Household Items that can be Recycled

Household Items that can be Recycled Did you know that the average person in the United States generates around 4.5 pounds of waste every single day? Multiply that by around 300 million, and you can see why garbage has become a serious problem in this country. This is just one reason why recycling is so important. Here in the Charlottesville area, the city and county have made a commitment … [Read more...]

Is the Current Real Estate Market at a Top?

In 2017, a majority of Americans began worrying that the real estate market was going to crash. In fact, 58 percent of those surveyed agreed that there will be a "housing bubble and price correction" in the next two years. As a result, 83 percent of them believed it was a good time to sell. Here in the Charlottesville area, the market has maintained its low inventory of resale homes, which has … [Read more...]

​2018 Parade of Homes Charlottesville

2018 Parade of Homes The 55th Annual Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) Parade of Homes is scheduled to take place the first two weekends in October, 6 & 7 and 13 & 14, from noon to 5 pm each day. All Parade homes, neighborhoods and design centers will be open and free to the public both weekends. The BRHBA was organized in 1964 to unite Charlottesville builders with the … [Read more...]

How to stay cool in Charlottesville

How to stay cool in Charlottesville Summer in Charlottesville runs the gamut from warm rainy days to several humid and really hot days in a row with afternoon thunderstorms to top off and alleviate the sweltering hours just before.  Residents always know to carry an umbrella in their car just in case, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and make sure the AC in their cars is working starting … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2018 Second Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2018 Second Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2018 2nd Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our local … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Charlottesville 2018

Fourth of July events around the Charlottesville Area The United States of America is celebrating its 242nd Birthday this year and we’re pleased to see many of our surrounding communities, including the city of Charlottesville, are planning fun celebrations. Here’s a short round up of what’s available. Crozet The July 4th weekend will start on Saturday, June 30, in Crozet with the 8th … [Read more...]

The top places for Brunch in Charlottesville

Going out to brunch in Charlottesville is a delight as there are numerous options and get locations to choose from. Below are three that you may like! MarieBette Café and Bakery This is bar none most people’s go-to brunch, lunch and anytime destination on Rose Hill Drive, just past the intersection with Preston Avenue - the lines are typically out the door and you can get into some great … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Area Flooding

IMPORTANT REMINDER If you come to a road with moving/standing water - turn around - do not attempt to go through the water, unseen dangerous conditions are possible. June 2018 stated off with more of the same torrential rain that made the month of May around here a soggy mess.  The last week of May, in particular, turned deadly as at least two people have been confirmed dead from accidents … [Read more...]

Ticks in Charlottesville

Ticks in Charlottesville And now on to everyone’s favorite topic of conversation this time of year - ticks!  According to a recent NBC 29 report, tick experts believe the 2018 season could be the worst in years. That’s because a relatively mild winter helped the tick population. Warmer weather - especially from April to September - means that ticks will soon become more active, increasing … [Read more...]

Plug-In Charlottesville

Plug-In Charlottesville So you bought an electric car, now where do you plug it in? It’s comforting to know that at least in the city of Charlottesville there are several locations where you can pull up and plug in your electric car.  If you are interested in finding places to fill up outside city limits - and even around the state and country - please click on the link to the PlugShare … [Read more...]

Pantops Traffic Charlottesville – Is there a Solution?

As any commuter or soccer parent knows, crossing over Pantops in the morning or afternoon, at any time during the week or weekend, takes planning ahead for the inevitable delays and congestion backups at the various traffic lights, especially at the Rt. 20 intersection. Traffic has been a much-discussed topic of conversation for the past decade or more. Albemarle County has been working since … [Read more...]

Summer 2018 in Charlottesville

Summer 2018 in Charlottesville Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and 2018 is rapidly filling up with fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. From farmer’s markets to hiking, tubing and vineyard tasting, to music at various venues around town, there’s truly something for everyone.  Farmers Markets Long a favorite as a Saturday morning destination, and now starting its … [Read more...]

Hibiscus and Frost

Hibiscus and Frost My wife and I just lost a Hibiscus to Frost so we thought it was appropriate to write this blog: After the unpredictable winter we’ve experienced this year we know many gardeners and homeowners alike who are trying to get some color going in their gardens right away instead of waiting patiently for the regular perennials to make their appearance. Recently, we bought a … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2018 First Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2018 First Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2018 1st Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our local … [Read more...]

Should You Buy in a Gated Community? 

Should You Buy in a Gated Community?  We have already looked at the pros and cons of buying a home in a neighborhood that has a Homeowner’s Association. Let’s now look at homes that go one step further - those that are located in a gated community. A gated community is a collection of homes that are accessible only to residents and their guests via a gate or wall across any roadways in or out. … [Read more...]

Getting your yard ready for Spring

Getting your yard ready for Spring in Charlottesville Despite the appearance of snow flurries around the area today, Spring is one of the most important times to perform maintenance to your lawn.  Winter weather can leave your grass, shrubs and trees weak and hungry, especially after months of lying dormant. By following the steps below you can help prevent your beautiful lawn from being … [Read more...]

Spring 2018 – Charlottesville VA

Spring 2018 - Charlottesville VA Cherry trees, winter jasmine and daffodils are already dotting the Charlottesville streets with color as we look at the last days of February and peek into March.  Daylight Savings time starts at 2 am on Sunday, March 11, and Spring officially begins this year on March 20. Residents and visitors alike know what’s coming - Charlottesville is beyond compare in … [Read more...]

Virginia Festival of the Book 2018 – Charlottesville VA

Virginia Festival of the Book 2018 - Charlottesville VA If you hear a buzz of excitement on the Downtown Mall and around town this time of year, you know it’s almost time once again for the Virginia Festival of the Book (VFB), which celebrates its 24th anniversary this year! The annual Festival will be held March 21-25, 2018, in and around Charlottesville, and brings readers and writers … [Read more...]

2018 Design House Charlottesville

2018 Design House Charlottesville Address: 2525 Wind River Road, Charlottesville VA 22901 - MAY 7 – MAY 22, 2016 Open every day: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Extended hours on Wed & Thurs: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online or at the door starting May 7. What is Design House? In 2009, the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) celebrated its 30th anniversary, and a vision for establishing a … [Read more...]

Can I Afford a Home in Charlottesville?

Is Charlottesville Housing Affordable?  The city of Charlottesville is a town in constant flux - students move from place to place as they travel through their University careers, medical residents live here for about three years before heading off to other opportunities, visiting scientists and professors stay for a year or two before moving again, and government employees are stationed at the … [Read more...]

Livability – 5 best places to live in Charlottesville 

With a population now hovering around 44,500 and often the subject of Top Ten lists nation and world, the city of Charlottesville has a lot to offer locals and transplants alike. Greenbrier takes Number 1 spot According to a recent look at the five best places to live in Charlottesville, ranked by their livability scores, the Greenbrier neighborhood takes the top spot at 84 out of 100, and also … [Read more...]

2018 New Year’s Eve in Charlottesville

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The Area New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday this year, but with the next day typically a national holiday there is still lots to do and enjoy around our area. The most beloved annual celebration in Charlottesville – known for its many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall – is celebrating its 36th birthday this year. First … [Read more...]

2017 Christmas In Charlottesville – Fun Ideas for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, it’s now time to turn our thoughts to celebrating the holidays in Charlottesville. Every year, there are signature events that define the season and we’ve compiled them for you below, along with some new traditions. We all know that shopping local helps the local economy, but celebrating local also helps the community spirit as well. We’ll start with the … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving in Charlottesville 2017 Once again we have arrived at the time of year that reminds everyone to slow down from all the rush of the holidays and enjoy a meal with family and friends and think of ways to be thankful. Although history has shown us many different versions of when the first official date of Thanksgiving is in North America – Native Americans had been giving thanks … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Halloween 2017

Charlottesville Halloween 2017 Although Halloween decorations made their appearance in grocery stores around town back in late August, now is the time when people have finished decorating their yards and getting ready for a fun annual tradition in Charlottesville, even though it’s on a Tuesday evening this year. JMRL- Gordon Avenue On Friday, October 27, at 10:30 am, come and enjoy “Hotel … [Read more...]

A Tour Around Charlottesville

A tour around our Charlottesville area Afton Afton straddles Albemarle and Nelson counties, and is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 20 miles west of Charlottesville.  Its highest elevation is 1,362 feet and one of the most beautiful vistas of the area can be seen at the lookout at the top of Rt. 64 as you cross over from Waynesboro heading east, near the Rockfish … [Read more...]

Welcome to Crozet 

Welcome to Crozet  The community of Crozet began as a whistle stop on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) Railroad that was established at the request of the Miller Manual Labor School (the Miller School), which had been founded a year earlier.  Originally called "Wayland's Crossing," it was renamed in 1870 in honor of Colonel Claudius Crozet (1789-1864), the French-born civil engineer … [Read more...]

Rivanna Trail around Charlottesville

Rivanna Trail around Charlottesville Here in Charlottesville, we have a true example of what happens when volunteers get together and work on a community project - the Rivanna Trail around the city. The Rivanna Trails Foundation (RTF) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1992 by area citizens with a dream to create a trail system throughout the greenbelt of the Rivanna river and its … [Read more...]

Ivy Creek Natural Area

One of our area’s greatest treasures is the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA), a 215-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, which is located off Earlysville Road - just down the road from the Rock Store on the way to the Reservoir.  Long a destination for those who really enjoy a walk in the woods nearer to Charlottesville, the preserve is a “mix of upland woods, pine stands, open … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Charlottesville 2017

Fourth of July events around the Charlottesville Area The United States of America is celebrating its 241st Birthday this year and many of our surrounding communities, including the city of Charlottesville, are planning fun celebrations. Here’s a short round-up of what’s available. Crozet The July 4th weekend will start on Saturday, July 1, in Crozet Virginia with the Crozet Independence Day … [Read more...]

Private Schools near Charlottesville

Private Schools near Charlottesville Our area has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. For those who feel like they want their children to be in an atmosphere that offers the smaller class size not commonly seen these days in the public school systems - both city and county - there is a slew of Charlottesville private school options to fit any requirement. Here is a complete list of private … [Read more...]

Summer 2017 in Charlottesville

Summer 2017 in Charlottesville Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and 2017 is rapidly filling up with fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. From farmer’s markets to hiking, tubing and vineyard tasting, to music at various venues around town, there’s truly something for everyone.  Farmers Markets Long a favorite as a Saturday morning destination, and now starting its 44th … [Read more...]

40th Annual Foxfield Races – Saturday April 29, 2017

40th Annual Foxfield Races – Saturday April 29, 2017 We’re nearing the end of April and so that means it’s time once again for the the Foxfield Races, officially known as the Foxfield Racing Association (FRA) and Race Course. Held, since 1978, twice a year, in late April and in late September, the bi-annual event typically features seven to eight steeplechase races. The 40th Running of the … [Read more...]

All About Albemarle Barracks

All About Albemarle Barracks When anyone mentions “Barracks Road” today, everyone immediately thinks about the shopping center located a few minutes away from UVA and within minutes of Downtown and points north and south.  Barnes & Noble also comes to mind, as does Ben & Jerry’s for a quick ice cream fix, or any of the restaurants, like Zin Burger, Hotcakes or Tara Thai (best won-ton … [Read more...]

Home Trends for 2017

Charlottesville Home Trends for 2017 Every year, it’s always interesting to see what designers are looking at in the way of trends for the home. Although everyone has their own personal style, many trends do end up either coming back in style, expanding their reach or quietly going back into the past again, until the next time. We may see more color this year, as opposed to the white, grey and … [Read more...]

All about Keswick

Keswick When you live in Charlottesville, going for a “Sunday” drive in the country takes a matter of minutes. Keswick offers some of the most beautiful views to enjoy as you meander by on Route 22/231, which has often been cited as one of the most scenic roads in America.  Film buffs know the 1956 movie “Giant” - starring Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson - was filmed partially at … [Read more...]

All about Belvedere Neighborhood – Charlottesville VA

Like Old Trail out in Crozet, Belvedere - just off Rio Road and next to Dunlora - was designed to be a self-sustaining neighborhood that would include plenty of green spaces, and provide a blend of houses near retail and business centers. Founded on the principles of sustainability, healthy living and great streets, Belvedere is a sought-after hybrid — combining the best of urban and country … [Read more...]

Spring 2017 in Charlottesville

When the winter jasmine and daffodils start to bloom, we all know the redbuds, forsythia and crocuses aren’t far behind and spring is once again almost here in Charlottesville unless we get one last surprise snowstorm between now and then! One could argue there really isn’t a prettier place to be than in this area for spring - neighborhood streets boast a riot of colors, from small plants to … [Read more...]

Working out in Charlottesville

Charlottesville has long been known for its access to natural beauty.  On any given day or weekend you can see people out walking the Downtown Mall and in surrounding neighborhoods, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or on the local Rivanna or Monticello trails, running in a local 5k or just for fun, and biking.  If the weather is iffy, there’s always swimming at the Smith indoor pool or … [Read more...]

​ 2017 New Years Eve in Charlottesville

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The Area It’s rare to have New Year’s Eve fall on a Saturday so this is the year to get out and enjoy the various events scheduled around our area. The most beloved one in Charlottesville - known for its many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall - is celebrating its 35th birthday this year.  First Night Virginia (FNV) is an … [Read more...]

Organic ​Food in Charlottesville​

As we all know by now, Charlottesville is a foodie town. You can dine at a different place every night for a year and not eat at the same place twice it seems. And if you don’t want to partake of our many amazing restaurants, you can always find freshly picked and locally sourced ingredients to prepare a memorable meal at home. Farmer’s markets have long been a staple for residents in our area … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Charlottesville This time of year reminds everyone to slow down from all the rush of the holidays and enjoy a meal with family and friends and think of ways to be thankful. Although history has shown us many different versions of when the first official date of Thanksgiving is in North America - Native Americans had been giving thanks during the harvest season for centuries - … [Read more...]

2016 Christmas In Charlottesville – Fun Ideas for the Holidays

Let’s turn our thoughts to celebrating the holidays in Charlottesville. Every year, there are signature events that define the season and we’ve compiled them for you below, along with some new traditions. We all know that shopping local helps the local economy, but celebrating local also helps the community spirit as well. We'll start with the traditional events: From Nov. 25, 26, 27, 28 & … [Read more...]

Halloween in Charlottesville 2016

Fun Halloween Ideas Around Charlottesville Although Halloween decorations made their appearance in grocery stores around town back in late August, now is the time when people have started decorating their yards and getting ready for a fun annual tradition in Charlottesville, even though it’s on a Monday evening this year. Trick or Treating on the Lawn The best place to take younger children … [Read more...]

Crozet Arts and Craft Festival 2016

36th Annual Crozet Arts and Craft Festival Set for Oct. 8 & 9, 2016 One of Crozet’s most popular bi-annual events, the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival, will once again take place this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 am-5:30 pm, and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 am-5 pm, rain or shine.  Over the years, the festival has endured hurricanes and torrential downpours from one second to blazing hot … [Read more...]

​ 2016 Parade of Homes Charlottesville

53rd Annual Parade Of Homes - Oct. 1 & 2, 8 & 9 - Noon-5pm It’s that time of year again. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA), the now 53rd Annual Parade of Homes is a chance to see what’s new in the world of building, and it’s a free event. This year’s Parade features 42 homes from 18 builders, up from last year’s numbers of 12 builders and 32 homes, and … [Read more...]

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