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...]

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...]

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...]

Why buy a Charlottesville Home in the Winter

Why Buy A Charlottesville Home in Fall/Winter? In a place where spring is one of the most beautiful seasons of all, it makes sense that our Charlottesville real estate market is also incredibly busy during that time  - with homes often selling within hours or days of coming on the market after fielding several contracts at a time. In spring, people who have been cooped up over the winter are … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Get Ready for Summer

Here at Solutions, we know summer has truly begun as school is out and house projects start to beckon. Here are a few things to do (both inside and outside your home) to best usher in the summer months and also help you get the most use out of your backyard for entertaining and/or a staycation with your family. 1 Prepare your grill Summer is not complete without the outdoor grill going full … [Read more...]

The Pros & Cons of Owning a Home in a Rural Area

Many people come to the Central Virginia area because of the natural beauty in the form of the Blue Ridge and Southwest Mountains that surround the towns of Charlottesville, Ivy, Crozet, Earlysville, Afton, Earlysville, Free Union and Ruckersville, to name a few. Although you might be familiar with the challenges that living in a more rural area can bring, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re … [Read more...]

Hidden Gem and Exceptional Value

Sorry, no longer on the market Hidden Gem and Exceptional Value in popular and quiet Baker Butler neighborhood - just 10 minutes north of town.Home is located off Proffit Road, and is a stone's throw from Rt. 29, Hollymead Town Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital Critical Care, NGIC/DIA & UVA Business Park and the Airport.This 3 BR/3 full BA, 2,392 sq. ft. (1196 sq. ft. on main level) one-level … [Read more...]

2665 Aldersgate Way

This home is no longer available, but we have more and here is the best way to find them in the Charlottesville area - Attached homes in Charlottesville 2665 Aldersgate Way  - MLS 516904 - $249,500 This 3 BR/2 full BA and 2 half BA, 2,430 sq. ft. townhome has  a 770 sq. ft. finished terrace level plus 70 sq. ft. of fantastic storage and a large two-car garage. It’s just steps away from … [Read more...]

North Garden Home is a must see

Sorry, This home is no longer available, but we have more - click here 3975 Rock Branch Road Open House, Sun May 19th from 1:30-4:00pm One-level living at an unbeatable price in North Garden - nestled on an acre surrounded by professionally landscaped gardens and offering an idyllic country setting, yet close by to everything that Charlottesville has to offer. This move-in ready home … [Read more...]

New Listing in Western Albemarle

NEWS FLASH for the Charlottesville area: We have a new listing, located in Murray Elementary School and Western Albemarle High School districts, coming on the market in a few weeks. This property has some of the most outstanding views in Albemarle County, and it's less than three miles from the Ivy I-64 exit.  The home is situated on 30+ acres, down a private paved driveway. Built … [Read more...]

3975 Rock Branch Road in North Garden

Hidden Gem and Exceptional Value in North Garden just 10 minutes south on Rt 29 3975 Rock Branch Road is located off Taylors Gap Road and Rt 29 South, and a stone's throw from Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie at the Crossroads store, Albemarle CiderWorks (family-run Cidery and Tasting Room) and Pippin Hill Farm & Winery. Watch the sun rise from the back deck just off of the kitchen and the sun … [Read more...]

Grand View from Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions

THIS HOME HAS SOLD Meriwether Lewis School Yes, you can still buy a home with almost five acres in the Meriwether Lewis and Western school districts for under $600K - come and take a look! Delight in the incredible Blue Ridge Mountain views during the drive in on Browns Gap Turnpike by way of White Hall and Garth Road. Details Colonial-style 4 BR/2.5 BA, 3019-sq.-ft home, including a … [Read more...]

Exceptional value – Western Albemarle schools under $300K!

1415 Beacon Hill  - MLS#501141 - $299,000  Come back for another look at this exceptional value - with Western Albemarle schools and under $300K! 1415 Beacon Hill in Signal Hill, a quiet subdivision with nicely-sized houses that are spaced apart for privacy and have well-kept landscaped yards, is a Colonial-style 4 BR/2.5 BA, 2028-sq.-ft home, including an additional 960-sq.-ft. unfinished … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Home Values

Charlottesville home values are based on trends and we've been discussing the Charlottesville Market for years. There is a consensus that the real estate market is improving, and the below chart, of Albemarle sales, shows that, for May through September, 2012 has certainly improved over  2011. We hear this in the news that the year over year numbers are better. There's an interesting twist, … [Read more...]

Zillow or Trulia which is best?

For Charlottesville Real Estate the answer is Neither - read on... Using the Web to Search I have clients who use a computer to do everything from ordering pizza to trading stocks. When people become so accustomed to using the web to find everything, they can sometimes over think things, and real estate is one of those things that they over think. Let me explain: I need to educate my clients … [Read more...]

2012 Charlottesville Real Estate Assessments

2012 Charlottesville Real Estate Assessments will be release by the end of January. At least this is what Albemarle County told me when I called to get a specific date. There are 2 areas that have the greatest impact on Assessments in our area. The city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, where Charlottesville is located. 2012 Charlottesville Real Estate Assessment The City of … [Read more...]

Stuck in Traffic in Charlottesville

I just wanted to share my stressful day when I was stuck in traffic - see photo Some days are just rough :) … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Michie Tavern

    A Virginia Historic Landmark, Michie Tavern is a place to stop, visit and dine like they did a hundred years ago. The food is authentic to the time and everyone is dressed in period clothes. This is a place for the entire family.   For more information visit: Michie Tavern Charlottesville … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Whole Foods

Wow! Let me just say that again, Wow! If you have been to the new Whole Food Store in Charlottesville, you know what I mean. Once in a while I get dragged into a trip to the grocery store with my wife where I stand around with my hands in my pockets looking bored but I can assure you that did not happen at Whole Foods. My wife kept losing me in the store, it was kind of like a treasure hunt … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate and Weather

It is always nice to show Charlottesville Real Estate when we have Charlottesville Weather like this. Take a look and you will see what I mean. When you are out looking for homes on your own try using our Charlottesville Map Search Do not forget to visit Monticello and the Downtown Mall. These are both must see locations. … [Read more...]

Charlottesville bird sighting

I saw my first Red Headed Woodpecker in our yard today! Gotta love the county living around Charlottesville … [Read more...]

Why Charlottesville is rated so highly

From my wife's perspective... Well, the answer to that question depends on who you are. Let me answer using my own family as an example. For my husband, Charlottesville offers an environment which allows his small business to flourish and grow by being a small enough town to enjoy word of mouth advertising yet big enough to offer a wide range of opportunities.  As a stay at home mom, I can … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Country Real Estate

Clients who are looking for that country property in the Charlottesville Real Estate market may want to start by choosing a County or two. This give them the focus on area first and price range second. This is one of the reasons we have home searches by price range in each county. Homes by County in the Charlottesville area Once you have an area selected it makes the process a lot smoother … [Read more...]

Showing Charlottesville Real Estate by air?

One of the first tours I took of Charlottesville was by air (see photo). This is an amazing area and to see it from a hot air balloon is worth the trip. We have clients who visit Charlottesville and we tour homes (by car). But there is the occasional visitor that takes it to the next level and tours the area by air. If this sounds interesting, let us know and we will help you to arrange a … [Read more...]

County Homes in Charlottesville

The best way to see what is available in the county is to look at price ranges. Here is a link to Price ranges of homes in the various counties around Charlottesville http://www.charlottesvillerealestatesolutions.com/customsearch/charlottesvillecountyrealestate   as always give me a call regarding homes in and around the Charlottesville and Crozet Real Estate area. … [Read more...]

Charlottesville after Hurricane Irene

I have been flooded with emails, text messages and phone calls wanting to see if we are alright in the Charlottesville Real Estate Area. The answer is YES! We are far enough inland that even when Richmond gets a bad storm we often do not get more than a little wind and rain. This is certainly the case with this storm. We were certainly ready for it, but thank goodness it was not bad for the … [Read more...]

Charlottesville and Mountain Biking

The Shenandoah National Park In 1926, U.S. Congress authorized Shenandoah National Park.  Today 197,000 acres of eastern forest are a sanctuary for more than 100 varieties of trees, 200 bird species, and 1,100 flowering plants. Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Pennsylvania and Georgia. Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road that winds along the … [Read more...]

Bundoran Farm-Business as usual

I received this message (below) regarding Bundoran Farms and Wells Fargo being the new owner: --- We just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to let you know what happened at the Bundoran Farm foreclosure auction today. At expected, Wells Fargo was the winning bidder at the auction and will become the sole owner and capital provider of Bundoran Farm. The project will continue with … [Read more...]

VDOT-memorial

  While driving near Charlottesville Virginia on Hwy 64 there is a little turn-out worth stopping at to take a look at the view (see above photo I took recenty). There is more to this stop than just the view. This is the VDOT Workers` Memorial…. see below: NOTE: No public funds were used to build this memorial. It is really a sight to see and we are proud that it is located … [Read more...]

Charlottesville-Real-Estate-Website

About Solutions Website Working with buyers in the Charlottesville Real Estate market has prompted me to design and build a site that offers them tools to find the perfect home. I love to add features so you will see more all the time. My Charlottesville Home Map Search is just one of those tools. With the use of google maps, global position and our local MLS data, I have a tool that allows … [Read more...]

Batesville Store Closing

Dear Friends of The Batesville Store, I have some sad news: The Batesville Store is closed until further notice. Earlier today two representatives from the state of Virginia showed up at the store without warning, informed us that we were not in compliance with certain state regulations, and gave us basically no choice except to close immediately. This came as a complete shock to Liza … [Read more...]

Sweet Price on Charlottesville Real Estate

Sweet Home, Sweet Price in Charlottesville - only 279K 1197 Raintree Drive One-level home in popular Raintree neighborhood - convenient to NGIC/DIA and other points north on Rt 29 yet mins to Downtown and UVA. "Move in" ready with hardwood flrs in main living areas, updated lighting, built-in bookcases, crown moulding, and cathedral ceiling in the great room, which is open to kitchen. Newer … [Read more...]

The Charlottesville Real Estate Market is moving

Below are a couple of headlines I read this morning (May 27, 2011): Next 2 years is prime time for real estate investors - Survey by Realtor.com operator of Move inc. Mortgage rates hit new lows for 2011 - Freddie Mac So Investors are getting into or in our local market already active because they see value. Investors are typically first to get in at the trough of a market. Rates are … [Read more...]

Solutions discussing Albemarle Homes

When you are looking for Charlottesville Real Estate remember that Charlottesville is in Albemarle County. We have grand estates and horse farms in Albemarle. The back roads will give you a feeling of peace and harmony as you drive by these beautiful properties. When you are ready to tour, just give me a call, it is my favorite thing to do in our area. (photo taken by Charles McDonald of the … [Read more...]

FOXFIELD RACE – 2011

FOXFIELD RACES It seems that there is always something to do instead of showing Charlottesville Real Estate and this is one of my favorites! FoxField Race – benefiting: The Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education This is a big day (Saturday, April 30th, 2011 )  Where: at Foxfield Race Track (about a mile from my home) in Western Albemarle is an event not to be missed! There … [Read more...]

Kluge Estate – Albemarle House for Sale

$16,000,000 355 ALBEMARLE HOUSE DR, CHARLOTTESVILLE Disclaimer: Copyright ©2004-2011 Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors®. All rights reserved. Information deemed to be reliable but not guaranteed. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the IDX Program of Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors®. Listing broker has attempted to offer … [Read more...]

Trump pays pennies on the dollar for Kluge Winery

The debt was 28 million and Trump pays 6.2 million.... That is certainly the "Art of the Deal" in Charlottesville Virginia. We have all heard the story but I say that the whole story is not written yet. In working with clients who have bought and sold Charlottesville Real Estate I can tell you first hand that this story is not done yet. The land and area of Albemarle is both stunning and … [Read more...]

Solutions discussing Albemarle Homes

When you are looking for homes remember that Charlottesville is in Albemarle County. We have grand estates and horse farms in Albemarle. The back roads will give you a feeling of peace and harmony as you drive by these beautiful properties. When you are ready to tour, just give me a call, (photo taken by Charles McDonald of the driveway of a past listing of mine in Albemarle … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s is coming to Charlottesville

We have all heard the rumors that Trader Joe's is coming to Charlottesville and it seems that we will finally see some action. (BTW, my wife drove to Richmond last week to go to Trader Joe's... maybe she could order online, but that is another story) Below is the Press Release:   ....we are extremely excited to introduce Trader Joe's to Charlottesville - a specialty grocer that we … [Read more...]

Afton Homes courtesy of Solutions

Afton is an area often overlooked by local real estate agents. When showing clients an agent should not just show a handful of homes to a client, they should also be able/willing to make suggestions of other areas that may fit a clients needs. … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Airport

Charlottesville-Albemarle AirportIf you are from the Charlottesville area, you laugh when you read the standard airport warning to get there two hours before your flight. If you did arrive that early at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO), you’d have about an hour and 45 minutes to read a book while waiting for your flight. Sure, we have to fly small planes with propellers and there are … [Read more...]

Will Donald Trump move to Charlottesville?

It is all over the news that Donald Trump put in a bid to purchase the Kluge Estate in Charlottesville. One of the priciest pieces of Charlottesville Real Estate available. Albemarle House started at 100 million and appears to now be purchased by a Bank of America Rep with a bid of $15.26 million…. Trump may still have interest.. stay tuned BTW Donald, I know a really good buyers … [Read more...]

AAA Magazine loves Charlottesville Real Estate

"Good Old-Fashioned Southern Hospitality Is Just One of the Many Things We Love About Sweet Charlottesville" AAA Magazine My wife bought this issue of AAA Magazine to my attention. AAA did a feature on Charlottesville and really hit all the highlights of what makes this area so wonderful to live in. Below are the highlights: 1. Charlottesville is Historical 2. Charlottesville is … [Read more...]

County and Price Search

If you know the county you want to live in and you have a price range, we have an easy Charlottesville Home search for you. I have always liked to have what I call "One-Click" Search buttons and I hope that you do too. … [Read more...]

Solutions – The Home Inspection

I am setting up 2 home inspections for next week. Once a contract is ratified (both parties signed) it is time to get the home inspected. We typically have 10-14 days to get the inspections done and a response back to the sellers. Most inspection costs are based on finished square footage, although I have seen flat fees too. Radon Inspections are separate and it takes 48 hours for a Radon test … [Read more...]

Albemarle County-Jan-14-2011

When you are looking for Charlottesville Real Estate remember that Charlottesville is in Albemarle County. We have grand estates and horse farms in Albemarle. The back roads will give you a feeling of peace and harmony as you drive by these beautiful properties. When you are ready to tour, just give me a call. Charlottesville Real Estate (photo taken by Charles McDonald of the driveway of a … [Read more...]

Best Search tool now available

Working with buyers in the Charlottesville Real Estate market has prompted me to design and build a site that offers them tools to find the perfect home. Below is just one of those tools. By using google maps, global position and our local MLS data, I have a tool that allows you to set parameters such as Detached or Attached homes, price range, number of Bedrooms and Baths, Square footage and even … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions mapping

Sometimes a map says a lot and here is how we are using Google Maps to help our clients! We love technology and this is just a small part of it. I can still remember the first time I saw google, while working in the Silicon Valley. It was just a start up, next door to a medical company that we did design work for. I saw several employees in the parking lot on in-line skates racing around in … [Read more...]

Carter’s Mountain in Charlottesville

Carter’s Mountain If you want a stunning view of the Charlottesville area, historic Carter’s Mountain is the place to go. There are many reasons to visit Carter’s Mountain, but the best is the Apple Harvest Festival. Plan a few hours for this trip, because there is only one windy road in and one road out. The cider, fritters, fresh apples, and pumpkins make the trip enjoyable, but the views are … [Read more...]

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