National Home Prices

National Home Prices - Oct 2018 The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) produces housing statistics on the national, regional, and metro-market level where data is available.  It is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries, and releases national and regional existing-home sales … [Read more...]

Does your Homeowner Insurance cover you in a Natural Disaster?

Does your Homeowner Insurance cover you in a Natural Disaster? With the recent arrivals of Hurricanes Florence and Michael through our area - although a bit east of Charlottesville - it is understandable for local homeowners to wonder if their home insurance policies are up to date in the event we get a direct hit next time. A natural disaster is defined by the United Nations as "the … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2018 Third Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2018 Third 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 3rd 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...]

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...]

​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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Charlottesville Real Estate Market Report 2017 Fourth Quarter

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2017 Fourth 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, 2017 4th 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...]

Charlottesville 2017 3rd Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2017 Third 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, 2017 3rd 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...]

Charlottesville 2017 2nd Quarter Market Report (revised)

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2017 Second Quarter Market Report (REVISED) Revised reports are posted below for 2Q 2017, based upon a discrepancy in the current and historical inventory statistics. Upon review, a MLS data update in early June resulted in the inaccurate counts. While the current Greater Charlottesville statistic for "inventory of homes for sale" was previously stated as … [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...]

New Charlottesville County Schools on the horizon?

The Charlottesville/Albemarle County area has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. This has led to some growing pains for the county schools, in particular, Albemarle High School, and many developers are taking that into account, especially in the popular Rt. 29 North corridor. As of Sept. 2016, Albemarle High School had a student population of 1,987, which is over its official … [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...]

Charlottesville 2017 1st Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2017 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, 2017 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 … [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...]

Goodbye 2016

Looking Back at 2016 at Solutions Another year has come and almost gone here in Charlottesville.  We’ve seen the Rio Road/Rt. 29 Intersection completed and watched as new construction began to fill in the empty lots next to Stonefield. We also heralded the opening of 5th Street Station and the long awaited Wegmans.  We’ve had to say goodbye to a few institutions - Spudnuts, long a favorite … [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...]

Angie Woodson joins Charlottesville Solutions

Angie Woodson joins Charlottesville Solutions Angie Woodson is well known in the Charlottesville area as an advocate for her clients. She not only has a fantastic reputation with her clients, but also with other agents in the area. She is a top producing agent work works in Albemarle and all surrounding counties. Locally, Angie has worked on fundraising efforts for the Virginia Institute of … [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...]

Foxfield Races – Sunday September 25, 2016

Foxfield Races - Sunday, September 25, 2016 The start of Fall in Charlottesville isn’t complete without 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 Fall version is known more as a … [Read more...]

Spudnuts and Duck Donuts – Choices in Charlottesville

Spudnuts and Duck Donuts - Hard to Choose Just One For as long as most Charlottesville natives can remember (since 1969) Spudnuts, located at 309 Avon Street just after the Belmont Bridge, has been waking them up in the morning with the glorious smell of their famous potato-flour doughnuts wafting throughout the surrounding neighborhood. First opened by Richard Winfield and now operated … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Charlottesville 2016

Fourth of July events around the Charlottesville Area The United States of America is celebrating its 240th 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, July 2, in Crozet with the … [Read more...]

The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville

The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is fortunate to have two renovated theaters that offer residents and visitors alike a plethora of entertainment options in the way of music, plays, private event space and movies. The older of the two (the Paramount Theater opened 19 years later), the Jefferson Theater has been a staple on the Mall since 1912 - it was … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2015 Year End Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2015 Year End Market Report   Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2015 Year-End. 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...]

Foxfield Races

Foxfield Races - Sunday September 27, 2015 Here in Charlottesville, the start of Fall isn’t complete without 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 Fall version is known more as a “Family … [Read more...]

Where to Find Charlottesville News

Every Charlottesville resident has their favorite resource to find out the latest news on weather, school closings, traffic accidents and local events. Some people find that radio is the best in the early morning or mid/late afternoon as they are already in their cars heading for school drop-offs and pickups, a quick coffee meeting before or after work, and for the commute to and from work, … [Read more...]

Five New Home Trends for 2015

Where once McMansions reigned supreme in new house sales, buyers today are now asking for more energy efficient, customized and smaller models. While we aren’t quite at a Jetsons-style home with dinner at the push of a button, innovation and invention are at the forefront of building industry trends. These designs include options that are “green”, are more pedestrian-friendly - with dining, … [Read more...]

All About Costco Charlottesville

Costco set to open in 2015 The Stonefield Shops have quickly become the centrally located shopping center to visit with the popularity of now having the only movie theatre around (until the Downtown Mall one reopens after renovations), plenty of speciality shops and eateries, and everyone’s favorite - Trader Joe’s. With the opening of Costco later this year, the warehouse club market … [Read more...]

Wegmans Charlottesville – learn more here

Wegmans Set to Open in Fall of 2016 at Fifth Street Station For those city and county residents who live just off Fifth Street Extended - Redfields, Frys Spring and Willoughby neighborhoods included - the news that a Wegmans, part of a major supermarket chain, has been coming to the area for the past 12 years has been a welcome, albeit frustrating wait. The 73-acre property is just south of the … [Read more...]

Top Coffee Shops around Charlottesville

Top Coffee Shops around Charlottesville It seems that coffee shops are on every corner here in Charlottesville. With the warmer weather and spring starting in earnest, the outdoor patios are beginning to be set up and many people are setting up their computers or meeting with friends all over town - truly the best time of year! Below are a few of our favorite stops around … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2015 First Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2015 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, 2015 First 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 … [Read more...]

Charlottesville’s Farmer’s Markets – 2015

Charlottesville’s Farmer’s Markets - 2015 Now that spring has arrived and we’re safely in April, and away from any kind of snow-related event (fingers crossed!), it’s time to turn our thoughts to what new items the local Farmer’s Markets will start bringing our way. Most area residents are familiar with Charlottesville’s Downtown - or City - Market, which traditionally has been held in the … [Read more...]

Can you live in Charlottesville without a car?

Can you live in Charlottesville without a car? Charlottesville has long been on many a Top Ten list for visitors and residents alike as one of the best places to live. One question that has come up, however, is whether it’s possible to live in town without a car. As many of you know, the University of Virginia doesn’t allow first years to live on campus and have a car so many students … [Read more...]

Happy New Year 2015 Charlottesville – Things To Do

Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays with family and friends last week. We at Solutions are looking forward to 2015 and, like you, are wondering what fun things there are to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We’ve compiled a list of events that we hope will help you ring in the new year! First Night Virginia (FNV) is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville … [Read more...]

Christmas In Charlottesville – 24 Fun Ideas for the Holidays

Christmas In Charlottesville - Fun Ideas for the Holidays Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we can 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 … [Read more...]

Deer Safety around Charlottesville

How Best to Handle a Deer Encounter While Driving As many Virginia drivers already know, navigating local roads usually has the added element of necessary deer watching built right in as evidenced by the plethora of yellow “Deer Crossing” signs about. Everyone has near miss or accident stories - even in the city of Charlottesville where one deer recently took a leap off a side street ramp … [Read more...]

Exploring our Monticello Wine Trail

Exploring our Monticello Wine Trail As many of our area residents and visitors have discovered, Charlottesville is surrounded by top-notch wineries - many of which are a short 25-minute drive away through our beautiful countryside. Many in the know would also point out that two are owned by celebrities - singer Dave Matthews (Blenheim Vineyards) and entrepreneur Donald Trump (Trump … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Solutions Party 2014

For most agents, Fall means that the real estate market slows a little.  So what do we do with a little extra time on our hands? We take advantage of it by having a party for our friends and colleagues. This year was no exception and we had a wonderful time. Betty, my wife, loves to cook up special dishes. I wish we had a photo of all the food as it really is quite amazing.  We also have … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2014 Third Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2014 Third Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest report showing stats for sales in our area, 2014 3rd 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 MLS and you have … [Read more...]

12 Reasons to “Fall” in Love in Charlottesville

The Charlottesville area is blessed with true four-season weather - from  snow showers around January and February to the first buds of spring in mid to late March and April, through the typically humid summer months, we then arrive at fall in September/October. Many people agree that they love the warm days and cooler nights. Peak leaf season is mid to late October and a drive in the … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Named the Happiest City in the Nation!

A group of Harvard researchers has named Charlottesville the "happiest city" in the country- July 2014. According to the Harvard Gazette, the researchers used a life satisfaction survey and looked at health data to rank the locations. Charlottesville led the list, followed by Rochester, Minn., Lafayette, La., and Naples, Fla. The cities ranked "unhappiest" included Scranton, Penn., and … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2014 Second Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - 2014 First Quarter - Numbers Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest report showing stats for sales in our area, 2014 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 MLS and you have likely … [Read more...]

Types of Taxes in Virginia

It’s tax season again. Many Virginians may have some questions about the different categories of taxes they must pay. With some help from the Virginia Department of Taxation website, below are some helpful facts about state taxes. As an FYI, you must also pay federal taxes to the IRS in addition to the state taxes. Be sure to contact your tax preparer for any questions you may have. Personal … [Read more...]

Obama to visit Monticello with French President on Monday

President Obama will be touring Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, this monday with visiting French President Francois Hollande. Jefferson's home, Monticello, which overlooks Charlottesville VA, is not only a wonderful tour, but it is also a step back in history since Jefferson was the Ambassador to France from 1784-1789. When one tours Monticello, they will see several things that … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Charlottesville

Charlottesville is Growing I think Charlottesville is certainly progressing very nicely. We have a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, an Imax Theater and an Apple retailer - Peachmac. Soon, actually in Spring 2014, we will have a Charlottesville Pottery Barn at The Shops of Stonefield. About Pottery Barn Pottery Barn is an American-based home furnishing store chain.  In September 1986,  it was … [Read more...]

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