Featured Listing: Unique Log Home with Acreage

Here’s a listing that’s just perfect for fall/winter homebuyers looking for a charming and comfortable home in the Virginia countryside.

With 5,000 sq. ft. of living space, I love the warm wood used throughout the house. The spacious kitchen with gas fireplace and the lodge-style sitting room with wood burning fireplace are two of my favorite features of the log home.

The master bedroom suite is on the ground floor and the room opens to the extensive deck located on the river side of the home. The upper level has two bedrooms and full bath. The lower level is very inviting for guests and family alike.

While you walk out on ground level from the lower basement area other features include an open floor plan from the kitchen, dining, and sitting room. A full bath, large pantry, cellar are also located in this space. A half bath is located in the front hallway on the ground floor.

The land is also a jewel having meadows, pastures, spring-fed pond, the small river Back Creek and at the far rear of the land is the forest which extends up Lantz Mountain. A roomy 2 car log garage has a workshop and storage upstairs w/a green house on the side. There is a large pole barn and yet another building on the property which houses the forced air furnace and a second outdoor wood furnace.

All in all this property has many sought after features and just as important is located in Virginia’s Little Switzerland, beautiful Highland County in the southern end of the Blue Grass Valley.

It’s an exceptional piece of Virginia real estate.

Deer In the Headlights: How to Avoid Them on the Road

It’s that time of year again, when it gets slightly darker and deer are on the move. Here is some advice from the Virginia Police Department and the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries on how to avoid them on the road.

Plans to Make Orange More Walkable

The gift of an acre of land has the Town of Orange exploring plans for a multi-use trail, a dog park, basketball court and other amenities to add more public space and make the town more walkable.

Town of Orange Director of Community Development John Cooley told the Orange County Review that the town plans to seek community input on how the space should be used.

People are looking for connectivity. We’re supposed to be a walk-able town,” Cooley said. “I’ve heard from some people who live on the edge of town that they want ways to walk into town. This would give them that.

Because of the property’s proximity to “Chatter Island,” located between Rt. 20 and Black Run Road on the town’s east side, Cooley said that they are exploring linking the two parcels with a multi-use trail.

Warrenton Is Going to the Dogs

Warrenton’s dog owners (and those who wish they were) are in store for a treat on Nov. 18 when the town’s first dog park opens at 10 a.m.

Located past the lower 5th Street parking lot along the Warrenton Greenway the park will be open daily, from dawn until dusk.

The opening will involve a ribbon cutting ceremony and some giveaways for dog owners who attend.

More information at the Fauquier Times.

Video Tour: 8131 Twin Oaks Lane in Culpeper

Twin Oaks equestrian property, beautifully renovated farmhouse meticulously renovated. Gorgeous kitchen with granite, bath for each bedroom, lots of nice architectural details. 1BD, 1BA guest cottage. 4 stall barn with wash stall. Board fenced paddocks. Equipment shed and run-in. Contact me for a showing: http://ucpiedmont.com/contactus.htm

Home Prices Bounce Back

A new report from Zillow indicates that home prices have really rebounded since 2007. According to the study, more than half of U.S. homes are worth as much or more than they were at their 2007 peak. The study revealed several interesting points:

  • The share of U.S. homes worth more than they were prior to the recession reached 52.6 percent in August.
  • Less than half (47 percent) of homes valued in the bottom third nationally were worth the same or more than their prior highs, while 52.5 percent of the middle third and 53.8 percent of homes valued in the top third were.
  • The U.S. Zillow Home Value Index grew 6.9 percent year-over-year in August to reach $201,900, while the U.S. Zillow Rent Index climbed 1.9 percent to $1,430.

Another interesting note shows that inventory continues to drop. This, in addition to buyer confidence, could be contributing to the value increases.

Source: Zillow

Fall Fun Abounds in the Piedmont

Autumn is one of the most amazing seasons in our area. With so many trees along the mountains and hills, we get beautiful fall colors when the leaves change, and the temperature is perfect — not too cool.

It’s also a great time for festivals.

For example, this weekend is the 38th annual Warrenton Oktoberfest at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with an German oompah band, carnival games, corn hole competitions, a petting zoo, face painting, moon bounces, a silent auction, vendors and raffles.

And don’t forget Haunted Hollow, a haunted trail outside town.

Learn more from Fauquier Now.

Microspots Discussed as Possible Rural Internet Solution

As beautiful as our area is for everyday living, some people complain about the limitations when it comes to reliable internet. The hills and hollows make it difficult for signals to travel, and services like DSL have yet to make it out our way.

A new plan to install “microspots” in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties  has earned Virginia Broadband a grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of utility poles that relay wireless internet service into isolated areas.

According to the Star Exponent:

The company currently uses about 30 of these mini-towers; the grant will allow the installation of nine more at a cost of about $10,000 each, according to Robert Sullivan, VABB’s CEO/president and an original founder of the company. Most of VABB’s Microspots are in the Northern Neck; however, Culpeper County currently has two.

 

 

Culpeper Continues to Draw Visitors

People who visit Culpeper are usually very impressed by the shops, restaurants, friendly people and surrounding countryside. It’s no surprise, then, that the U.S. Travel Association reported that Culpeper tourism increased 5.1 percent last year.

In an article for the Culpeper Times, Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for the Town of Culpeper, said:

“Visitors to Culpeper are drawn to our historic downtown with boutique shopping and culinary arts. Culpeper’s history and heritage continue to attract people from across the country, and our growing agritourism industry delivers authentic local experiences.  Culpeper continues to grow as a destination, and the numbers prove this.”

The state has actually put forth a big effort to promote Virginia as a tourist destination. According to the USTA, tourism in Virginia in 2016 generated $24 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 230,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.7 billion in state and local taxes.

I can personally attest to the draw of beauty of our area, including the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains, Warm Springs and other natural resources.

 

This Weekend: Piedmont Harvest Fest

Fall is a special time in our part of the country. The weather cools down and the trees turn amazing colors. It’s also a time for our fall and seasonal festivals.

The Piedmont Harvest festival is being held this Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Fauquier Fairgrounds: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, VA 20187.

According to Fauquier Now, “the Piedmont Harvest Fest is an indoor and outdoor event at the Fauquier Fairgrounds that features live demonstrations, animals, local artisans, a pumpkin sling-shot, face painting, farm equipment, food, local businesses and more.