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71 Dogwood Ln.

860 Devils Knob Loop

(Laurel Ridge 50) $375,000.00 MLS#482968

(Devils Knob 42) $1,100,000.00 MLS#511452

Private location at the end of Dogwood Lane with seasonal views into the Rockfish Valley. Four bedrooms, a great room and family room, three bathrooms and two fireplaces.

From the minute you pull into the driveway, you know that this property is something special. The design of the home by architect Glen German of Richmond takes the opportunity of view and creates living spaces that are comfortable and bring in the magnificent portrait of the Blue Ridge from many angles. The living room, dining and kitchen blend into outdoor deck spaces that make entertaining and relaxing a delight for all.


1625 Overlook

407 Three Ridges

205 Ravens Roost Pt.

(Ravens Roost 18) $825,000.00 MLS#509180 One of the best designed homes built at Wintergreen. Never rented and most attractive and carefully maintained. Never offered for sale before.

962 Diamond Hill

$235,000.00 MLS#511130

$115,000.00 MLS#511987

$275,000.00 MLS#516604

Wonderful location! End villa with wraparound deck, raised hearth fireplace in living room. Walk out to deck from master bedroom. Views for miles!

A great condo for the value! Nice floor plan of 2 bedrooms, two full baths all on one level. Ground floor condo with a large patio to enjoy the outdoors. Less than 2 min walk to the ski slopes and all other amenities located at the heart of Wintergreen Village. Super convenient location all year round. Some seasonal mountain views in the winter. Conveys fully furnished and ready to move in and enjoy. Some of the lowest condo association fees at Wintergreen. Must see!

Spectacular ski-in/ski out villa with fantastic all year round ski slope and mountain views from every room. One of the only two condos built with this unique spacious 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath floor plan in Diamond Hill. On two levels with two master suites. Completely and beautifully renovated interior, all new windows and doors. Spacious patio on the ski slope side.One of the largest 2 BR floor plan at Wintergreen, it feels like a small home but for only $275,000. Enjoy this ski season.


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142 Fortunes Ridge Dr. (Fortunes Ridge 7) $349,500.00 MLS#510776

Nestled in a grove of mature mountain laurel, the beauty of springtime in the mountains will sweep you away here! Distant year round mountain views from the large deck and major living areas, and large screened in porch. This is a home for the family to gather and make memories. Handsome stone fireplace, large eat in kitchen, recently replaced carpet-a charming mountain view home at an affordable price. Well maintained home freshly repainted.

762 Laurelwood

$139,900.00 MLS#515850 Price Reduced! This stunning 2 bedroom villa offers the best of everything. Freshly renovated. Fully furnished with all new furniture and accessories. All new mechanicals. Terrific seasonal views. Outstanding location close to skiing, shops, restaurants and amenities. Great light and southern exposure. Currently in Wintergreens’ rental program with a “GOLD” rating. An elegant mountaintop offering and terrific value.

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11 Deer Springs Ln.


(Deer Springs 78) $39,500.00 MLS#516177


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One of the very few easy to build on lots currently under $50,000. Located at a short driving distance to all upper mountain amenitiesDevils Knob golf, tennis, fine dining restaurant, Wintergarden Spa & Aquatics Center, The Nature Foundation. Hiking trails are at a walking distance from this homesite. The lot is covered by beautiful ferns and wild flowers during spring, summer and fall- most beautiful and maintenance free landscape for your mountain home. Great price. • 800.325.2200 2

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Nelson County… it’s a lifestyle! Wintergreen Resort Homes & Condos 61 Agate Lane Charming, mountain cottage in the ideal location—just a short walk from the village center and the slopes! Level, wooded, private lot, backing up to open space. Well-maintained and very spacious. Includes 4 BR, 4 BA, and a fullyfinished basement with a huge living space and a second fireplace. Basement has an additional room that could be a 5th bedroom, a den or home office. $349,000 138 Firtree Drive Minutes from the Mountain Inn complex and the ski slopes, this 4 BR, 3 BA home has plenty of usable space for the family. With a new roof and exterior painting, it’s ready for your interior updating and personal touches. Lots of decking and beautiful rock outcroppings add to the ambiance, and the hiking trail is very close by. The large second living area downstairs, with a full bar, is a real bonus. Price reduced! $299,000 1206 Blue Ridge Drive This home with 6 BR and 4 BA is currently on the Wintergreen rental program and would be perfect for investor clients or large families. Private wooded setting with two large decks for outdoor enjoyment. Inside are two living areas, both with wood burning fireplaces, to accommodate large groups. Easily accessible to all Wintergreen amenities. Price reduced! $379,900

470 Three Ridges Walking distance to slopes. New W/D, heat pump, and air handler within past few years. Private back deck, furnished. Affordable 1 BR condo. Reduced price! $87,900 Eagles Court 113 Located on Eagles Swoop, this firstfloor, ski-in, ski-out, 2 BR condo is the perfect getaway. Stunning mountain views. $169,000 131 Eagles Court Ground floor, 2 BR condo. Walk out to the slopes! Renovated with new carpeting, granite countertops, LR furniture and paint. Ready for ski season! $179,000

1408 Highlands Updated, ski front 2 BR condo. Spectcular views of the Blue Ridge and Highlands slopes. Great rental or second home. Furnished. $129,500 1412 Highlands Year-round views from this 3 BR condo. Overlooks the ski slopes and walk to the Wintergarden. Currently on the Resort Rental program. $225,000

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304 Deer Wood Court If you want gorgeous mountain views, a bold stream, privacy and a handsome, wellbuilt house, look no further! Located on 5.27 acres with stunning views of the Blue Ridge, this 3 BR, 2.5 BA home has hardwood floors, a screened porch, huge deck for entertaining, beautiful landscaping and a detached 2-car garage with an extra area for an RV, boat or equipment. Minutes to Crabtree Falls or the Nellysford area. Extra 7-acre lot available. Fall in love with this warm, inviting home! $395,000

Stonegate Lane This beautiful, pastoral building site in sought-after Greenfield Acres is a rare find. With over 9 acres, a meandering stream and mountain views, this is the perfect place to build your dream home! Location is superb, just minutes to Nellysford, the amazing Farmer’s Market, wineries, microbreweries and more! $199,000

500 Rhue Hollow Lane Have it all with this adorable 2 BR, 2 BA cozy cottage! Located on a beautiful 5-acre parcel with mountain views, two very bold creeks and a park-like setting. Spacious great room with woodburning fireplace and hardwood floors. Huge deck for entertaining and enjoying the vistas. Large, unfinished walkout basement with interior entrance as well. Free-standing storage shed for tools and equipment. Just minutes to Nellysford, Wintergreen, breweries, wineries and shopping! Perfect for primary or second home. $335,000

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57 Butternut Lane Beautifully maintained home on .59 acre near the Mountain Inn. This home has 2 bedrooms plus a 3rd loft bedroom. High ceilings and lots of natural light makes this home a must see for under $220K. Open floor plan with a charming cottage feel. Kitchen and bathrooms updated in 2009, roof and gutters replaced recently. This home is in great shape with wonderful landscaping. $219,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (516645)


1517 Cliffs Condo

Gorgeous 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo. Impeccably maintained and beautifully furnished, this condo offers Wintergreen’s best views at an incredibly low price! Walk to the Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center, Devils Knob Golf & Tennis, and Devils Grill. $119,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (516533)






57 Tyro Lane

Rare, Rare, Rare SLOPE SIDE HOME ON UPPER TYRO....Enjoy night skiing from this well maintain detached home. Is sits right on Tyro slope across from Tequila slope where it is lighted for night skiing and this slope is always first to have snow. 4 beds, 3 full baths, updated master bath, beautiful wood ceilings, very open floor plan with lots of natural light......great morning light as well with the sunrise. Wonderful year around Mountain Views, 2 large decks to enjoy the slopes and views. $599,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (516643)



2231 Tanners Ridge Condo Ground Floor Walkout - Just Fully Renovated ! New Cabinets ! New appliances ! New Floor covering ! Fresh Paint ! Turn Key for Rental or Private getaway !. Close to Wintergarden Spa, Golf & Tennis ! Winter Views from patio /Bedroom. $84,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (516633)






364 Chestnut Place

281 Wood House Lane Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac street in Stoney Creek is this remarkable oversized elevated lot with stunning seasonal views of the surrounding mountains. Build your dream home here and enjoy the close proximity of all Stoney Creek’s many amenities. Enjoy the privacy of this larger lot. Only a few homes on this street. A perc test is available. Excellent value! $69,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (516575)




204 Shamokin Springs Trail Nice lot for initial home overlooking the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve. Quiet area and easy access to hiking and other resort amenities. Perfect for morning walks and all the mountain has to offer. Owner financing available. $45,000. For more information call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (515961)





This is a beautiful site with view in one of the most exclusive areas of Wintergreen. Priced to sell quickly. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Seller financing available. $119,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (515979)


164 Hemlock Drive

Home features mountain views to the West as well as views of the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy spectacular sunsets, twinkling lights of the Valley at night, and cool breezes of the Western slope. Home offers the true mountain chalet charm you’re looking for complete with tongue & groove cathedral ceiling throughout the main level. $379,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860





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1881 Wintergreen Drive Home can’t be duplicated at this price. Towering cathedral great room filled with glass and light overlooks and adjoins Wintergreen’s permanent open spaces. Granite finishes, wood trim, wood floors reflect superb quality. This home deserves your attention! $455,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (516431)







Main floor 2 bedroom condo! Original owner and never on the rental program. Totally handicapped accessible makes this condo a rare find on the mountain. Walk right in from the covered parking area (no steps) and see the most amazing view from your front hall, Living Room, Kitchen and Master Bedroom. A large deck covers the entire back of this ‘home away from home’ condo, where the perfect place for a Hot tub awaits the new owner. Expansive views! Almost totally ADA ready! Furnished w/exceptions. $250,000. Call Jody A. Morgan 540-461-1733 (516506)





750 Pedlars Edge Drive Premier Ski front lot on Tyro. This is one of the last buildable ski-in / ski-out lots at WTG. The lot next door sold for $375K. Build your dream ski front home. Beautiful mountain laurels all over this property as well. Call agent for building ideas. $325,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (516674)

988 Devils Knob Loop Premier lot with fantastic VIEWS on Devils Knob Loop! Very build-able site in a great neighborhood among million dollar homes. One of the last view lots on Devils Knob. Call agent for building questions. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (516671)

Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Marcie Gates Woody Greenberg Jennie Tal Williams Sharon Zoumbaris a mom & pop since 2005

Blue Ridge Life magazine (formerly Nelson County Life) is published monthly by The Afton Group, LLC and is distributed free of charge. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Advertising deadlines are the 15th of every publishing month. For advertising information, download our ratecard at or contact us at Views reflected by our advertisers do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the company. Blue Ridge Life Magazine, published by The Afton Group, LLC is pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing oppotunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise ‘any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.’ This magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this magazine are available on an equal opportunity basis.


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inside basic necessities ................. 7 cover story .............................9 this old/new house ............ 23 at home with marlo ......... 27 sam’s garden ..................... 42 ask the dr. ......................... 43 the perfect fit ................. 43 event calendar ................. 44 business directory ............ 45 classifieds .......................... 46 games ................................... 47

on the cover Photographer: Norm Shafer Originally a part of the Mirador estate, this cabin was disassembled and moved to a farm in Greenwood. Story on page 9.


thepublishers It’s a big deal when the mommy car is in the shop for a week. “It’s bwoken. Put some tape on it and then you can get it back and we can get ice cweam,” Peyton advised. Adam thought we needed a little something stronger than tape. “Fix bolt! You need a fix bolt!” I love that. Car won’t run? Computer won’t boot? You need tape and a fix bolt! When the trusty Jeep came back (sorry I didn’t have time to clean out the layers of trail mix and apple cores), Peyton was thrilled to be back in the “purple Jeep” (it’s maroon) as was Adam. After all, this ride is about as familiar to them as their home. Big things happen in it. The 5-gallon bucket in the back? It came in handy when Adam got the bug. There’s a grocery store in town that gives little kids stickers at the check out line. There are plenty of cows, chickens and barns on Peyton’s window. Adam’s two bottom front teeth started wiggling a couple of months ago. By Christmas week, a lucky bump on the sofa during some rough housing knocked them really loose. By the time we were in the car with

both kids to calm them down from the blood and the crying, Adam said from his seat, “Momma, my teeth are breaking!” “Sweetheart, your baby teeth are about to come out and when they do, try not to swallow them by accident,” I told him. “Momma they came out!” I pulled over to a parking lot and sure enough, Adam had a pair of baby teeth in his hand. He unbuckled his belt and jumped to the center console to look at his new mouth in the mirror. “Adam’s teeth are bwoken. He needs tape, momma.” Peyton said. Hopefully, we can skip the fix bolt. Enjoy! Yvette and Tommy Stafford


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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz Love for love’s sake A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. —Thomas Carlyle While a loving heart may nudge us, strangely, toward knowledge (although I would say it’s more closely allied with wisdom, which comes from heart not brain) it is also often not only the beginning of learning, but of joy and… inevitably sorrow. Yet if loving opens us up to sadness, not loving costs us more and cuts us off from life itself. Like the river stones I behold beneath the moving water, we’re shaped— sometimes pounded, sometimes polished—by every drop of love, worn thin in some places but ultimately molded to unique expressions of our hearts’ interior music. Romantic love may feel wonderful, making 70 and 20-year olds equally giddy, but our enchantment needn’t stop at the end of another’s arms, for we find some of our most enduring joy in work we love. Then there is love of art, love of spirit, and love of wine and food. But alas, we are lowly humans still titillated by human connections and

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Montague Miller & Co Amherst Office 198 South Main St, Suite 102 • PO Box 1020 Amherst VA 24521 • 434.946.5522 • 434-263-5088 FABER – $895,000

WINGINA – $525,000

Complete privacy with mountains surrounding this 3,455 sq. ft. unique 4 BR., 3 1/2 BA. Brick Contemporary with a 2,409 sq. ft. Lord and Burnham Solarium. Entertain in the 17 ft. x 41 ft. Great Room with a fireplace on each end or relax by the 16 ft. x32 ft. salt-treated pool. Custom Maple cabinetry in the spacious 15 ft. x 21 ft. Kitchen with ceramic floors, Corian countertops, all appliances conveying plus a Tirolia Ceramic Wood Stove. Hike, Hunt, or enjoy your neighbors, the Rockfish River and Delfosse Winery. Offered with 40 acres for $895,000 or 303 acres for $1,295,000. MLS 513170 & 513245.

Relaxing view of the James River from the 60 ft. deck of this 2000 sq. ft., 3 BR., 3 BA., Brick, custom-built home on 65 ac. Located on a mountain top adjoining the 1215 acre James River Wildlife Reserve with 1600 ft. on the James River. Features of home are 22 ft. x 23 ft. Great Room with Pine/Cedar cathedral ceiling, Hickory & Ceramic floors, 2 FP’s, Central Vacuum System, Skylight, Built-in Bookcase, Insulated Anderson Windows, Heat Pump, plus 600 sq. ft. Garage. Or with 125 +- ac. for $725,000. MLS 513087 & 513257

ALHAMBRA – $349,900

BUCKINGHAM – $180,000

LOVINGSTON – $137,000

ARRINGTON – $129,900

This 40+/-acre property is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with over 2700 ft. on the Piney River and adjoins the National Forest. This private compound offers several outbuildings, work shop, garage, 2062 sq. ft. barn, smoke house plus an additional 2 bedroom 1 bath mobile home. The main home was renovated in 2012 with new windows, kitchen, baths, drywall, heat pump to name just a few of the many amenities. MLS 281325

Great home place or recreational property. Peaceful rural setting half mile off Rt 60.Perfect for horses, Gentlemen’s farm, hunting, etc. 10+ open acres, balance wooded. Fenced with several out buildings, 2 car garage. Convenient to Richmond. Home needs work incl appliances, flooring, and some bath fixtures. Priced accordingly 55k below assessment. MLS 281183.

This 3 bedroom, 1 full and one ½ bath home offers a full basement partially finished would make a nice in-law living quarters. Some wood flooring, brick fireplace with gas logs. Nice large back deck. Close to Lovingston shopping and restaurants. Great location for walking. MLS 514930.

3 Bedrooms. Get that mountain feel with this stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings in living room and kitchen, open floor plan. Skylights to let in that natural light. Walking distance to 45 acre recreational lake, enjoy a relaxing day of fishing. New roof, new electrical, new flooring throughout and more. Nice back deck overlooking fenced in back yard. Nice storage shed. MLS 509790.

NEW! AMHERST – $128,500

ARRINGTON – $99,000

SHIPMAN – $87,000

AMHERST – $79,900

Cozy 3BR, 2BA Brick ranch in town with schools and shopping nearby located in a quiet neighborhood. Spacious back yard with privacy fence with deck on front. Perfect for cookouts and children to play. Hardwood floors, New Heat Pump, gas logged Fireplace in Living Room with Bookcases, Replacement Windows, All appliances convey. Well maintained one level living with full basement ready for further expansion. MLS 282694

Great for a first time home buyer or perhaps retirement. Priced just right over 10,000 under county assessment is this 3 bedroom 2 bath home on 2.24 nearly level acres. Great location less than 5 miles to Rt29. Needs just a little TLC. MLS 515181.

Beautiful 11 acres, rolling pasture land w/mixed hardwoods in rear and 769 ft. of paved road frontage. Stream is left boundary. Agriculture zoning w/restrictions against mobiles and doublewides. Private building site at tree line with spring/pond site. Perfect for horses, cattle or other animals. Mountain views and recent survey w/soil letter indicating 3 house sites. MLS 514705

Reduced! Nine level, mostly cleared acres with older restorable farm house. Home needs some TLC, is currently occupied by tenant. Home could serve as temporary quarters as you build your new home in the cleared field. MLS 277724

SHIPMAN – $73,500

ROSELAND – $29,500

ARRINGTON – $28,500

TYE RIVER – $24,900

Charming well maintained 3 bedroom cottage on 0.40 acres less than 2 miles to Lovingston. Great starter home or an investors dream. Small eat-in kitchen with electric range and refrigerator. Carpet and vinyl flooring. MLS 516030.

Camp out and enjoy nature on a Mountain with an easy flowing stream located only a few miles from Wintergreen. Affordable and Ideal for your private get-away site to enjoy the peaceful scenery on this 8.23 acre all wooded parcel. MLS 514385.

Looking for a private building lot, plus access to the beautiful Tye River? This 5.021 wooded acres is level to rolling, priced under the county assessment and offers a great opportunity to build your dream home at an affordable price. Easy commute to Lynchburg and Charlottesville MLS 514291

Mixture of hardwoods on this 4.08 Ac., with NO RESTRICTIONS & Zoned Agriculture near Colleen and US 29. Level to rolling land that would make an excellent building site. Driveway into property. Minutes to the Tye River and Buffalo River. MLS 473902


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The story of this cabin begins nearly 400 years ago, when Virginia was still a colony and a tree in Greenwood was still just a tree.

Job foreman Kevin Knicely and Meade Shirley, owner of Elk Mountain Contracting pose in a finished cabin that they had taken apart and reassembled and restored on a farm in Greenwood.


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Originally felled in 1828, the tree became part of a cabin on what was then part of the Mirador estate. 10

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There, it was added upon and added upon (and possibly lived in, at one time, by the county doctor), until it fell into disuse. As they say, “If walls could talk,” there would be a lot more to tell but between 1828 and today, not much is known about the cabin that tree became. Fast forward several hundred years and that little tree is getting a whole new life. Martha Rogers used to drive past an old cabin on the way to her daughter’s preschool every day until one day she noticed a group of men taking it down. She was so upset of the thought of “her” cabin going missing that she pulled over and asked what was going on. One of the men was local builder Meade Shirley.

Meade Shirley holds a copy of the original deed to a cabin that he disassembled and then rebuilt for Bradley and Martha Rodgers on their farm in Greenwood. The deed dates from 1828.


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“The [owners] wanted to do away with the cabin because they wanted another building on the spot,” said Meade who specializes in reconstructing old buildings. Sometimes he fixes buildings on site, but this time was different: This time Meade traded his time for removing the cabin and in exchange got all of the usable antique wood. The fact that Martha stopped by and said she wanted to buy it was just a happy coincidence. “We had a full sharecroppers home on a corner of our property which we had some contractors come out to see if it could be restored and it couldn’t so we knew we were going to have to tear that down,” said Martha’s husband, Brad. “But the spot is a beautiful location; there’s a vista. It’s at the bottom of one of our horse fields and it looks up onto the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Not a spot they could pass up. So together with Meade and Charlottesville architect Bahlmann Abott, Brad and Martha designed their dream house: a three-story antique cabin (complete with wood, brick, and stone

from the original), with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a fully appointed kitchen, and a large main room. And don’t forget the view. Meade has been focusing his work on older homes, cabins, and barns for years now - tearing them down and rebuilding them with as much original (or period) material as possible while keeping them up to modern building codes. “Every one is really unique,” said Meade about his chosen specialty. “It wasn’t like [the original builders] went to the lumber store and bought what they needed; they and to take what was close to the cabin and make it. They had no electricity for tools and there is so much craftsmanship in dealing with these cabins.” “We’re delighted to have something of this era on the property,” said Brad who already has an 1860s-era house to live in on the property (today: Clitton Stable, Martha’s horse boarding business; formerly: a plantation-style orchard) with Martha and their daughter and therefore plans to turn the cabin into a bed and breakfast, for which they’re slowly accumulating furniture. continued on page 14


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Meade Shirley talks with Bradley Rodgers after Rodgers brought the construction crew a rum cake. Shirley has been rebuilding a cabin for the Rodgers on their farm in Greenwood.

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“We’re just delighted to have something this old,” said Brad, a pediatric surgeon at the University of Virginia Hospital who is curious about former owners of his new cabin, even though he has heard rumors that he may have a few things in common with at least one former owner. “We have been told that a physician lived there and used it as an office in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but we can’t confirm that,” Brad admitted. “The original owner is on the deed, but I don’t know much of a history from that point to the present. That’s what we’ll spend some time doing over the next couple of years. There are a thousand imagined stories.” BRL

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Connie Muscenti is a pianist and music teacher. Marti Naro teaches gifted art and is an editor for an online software company. Paul Richards is an Air Force Veteran and retired upholstery shop owner. They don’t have much in common, but one thing has brought them together: Music. Connie says she played cello years and years ago and loved it, but hasn’t had a chance to play recently or locally. When she found out that Crozet was getting it’s own community orchestra, she thought Nelson deserved one, too, and the Nelson Community Orchestra had it’s first rehearsal in mid-January. “People need a safe environment where they’re not going to feel intimidated or stupid; a place to be brave and try it,” said Connie who really wants to make sure that the Orchestra is a multi generational community group. “Nelson County Schools doesn’t have a strings program right now, but I’m sure there are kids taking lessons.” Philip Clark, the conductor of both the Nelson County and the Crozet community group, would also love to see people of all ages get involved. “In Crozet, we have one 15-year-old and two 85-year-olds,” said Philip, who conducts and arranges music for the Nelson Community Orchestra. “I’d love to see that in Nelson.” Paul, who played the trumpet in the air force and has played with the Charlottesville Municipal Band for 26 years said there is something about playing in a community group that is incomparable to any other experience. continued on page 19

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MOUNTAIN HOMES 45 Greenstone Dr.

$389,673.00 (Black Rock 99) MLS#516423

This home is on one of the most prominent mountain streets with views back to Charlottesville and private open space bordering the rear of the home. It has three levels and would accommodate 2 families comfortably. Two level decks and open floor plan.

71 Devils Bend

$225,000.00 (Devils Bend 10) MLS#504182

Perfect location right on the golf course with the shuttle to the slopes nearby. Single family house with plenty of room at a condo price! Enjoy the summer breezes on a large deck overlooking the golf course. This home has been updated with central heating and air, new cabinets. Attractively furnished, this home will sleep a large group with a well furnished bunk room. Listed way below assessed value of $344,300.

33 Smoke Rise

$579,000.00 (Indian Rock 30 & 31) MLS#514027

Remarkable property offering extreme privacy and solitude. Home has been nicely renovated and an oversize, attached 1-car garage with plenty of storage was added to the house a few years back. Home faces south and has many large windows in every room to let daylight and Nature inside your home. Two homesites with this property for a total of 1.08ac. Great location convenient to hiking. Property backs up to the GW National Forest for added privacy.Liquid propane heat, paved driveway and much more

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“It’s a feeling of teamwork,” he said. “No one person can do the entire orchestra all alone. We all have to depend on other people playing their parts to make the composition work.” And after just one rehearsal, everyone was impressed with what the group could accomplish, especially with a group so heavy in on woodwind and brass players, like Marti (a flautist) and Paul. The group is definitely on the lookout for strings players and percussionists but anyone is welcome. “Having a community orchestra where people are coming together, in it for the love of the art, is something that I would love to keep going,” said Marti, a liturgical flautist. “Nelson County has a lot of great, fantastic artists. It’s great to have a music program we can call enjoy.” BRL


Who: Any musician (beginner and above) over the age of 14 When: Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Rockfish Valley Community Center Cost: $95 per eight week session Contact: Connie Muscenti,

Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse. End villa. Golf front location. Two-car garage, mud room. Many recent upgrades, including new windows, please see the list attached with the property pictures. Conveys fully furnished. Across the street from the Spa & Fitness Center, the High Crest Dog Park, Highlands expert ski slope. Never rented by the current owners but could be a great rental property. Bonus room in the basement is heated and could easily be finished. Must see!

766 Laurelwood

$75,000.00 MLS#500872

Quiet wooded setting walking distance to skiing and the Mt. Inn, beautifully furnished with designer quality furnishings. Updated kitchen with new appliances, recently replaced HVAC, there is nothing to do but bring your comfort clothes and relax! Laurelwood enjoys a private pool, and a great location close to restaurants, shopping and skiing. Great value!

195 Mountain Inn

$88,500.00 MLS#515908

This well valued, ground floor, slopeside villa is just in time for ski season! One of only a few villas that exist in the desirable ground-floor, left-wing of the Mountain Inn. Due to its location, you’re also removed from the hussle and bustle of the lobby, enjoying much more privacy. Ground floor also means not having to negotiate the main lobby, or the main staircase, in ski boots! Villa is offered fully and tastefully furnished, and currently in the Wintergreen Resort rental program.

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$155,000.00 MLS#509112

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thisoldhouse Location: 2367 Beech Grove Rd, Roseland, Virginia Offered at: $154,500 Comments: Quaint little getaway home, in need of some repairs. Located just a short distance from Wintergreen Resort entrance. Nice, level lot with some stream access across Route 664. Contact: Richard Carroll Wintergreen Real Estate Co. 434-361-0588

Location: 299 Lakeland Ln, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $549,900 Comments: Lake views!!! Custom home AND garage apartment with direct lake access and superior finishes; features: gourmet kitchen, granite counters in kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood and tile flooring, vaulted wood-lined ceilings, family room with wet-bar, 3 stone fireplaces, oversized garage, covered porch with stone columns, screened porch, decks, balcony, stone patio/walks, Hardiplank siding, copper roofing, security system with cameras, generator; 5 min to Nellysford and 30 min to Charlottesville. Contact: Marlo Allen Mountain Area Realty 434-996-3525


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3213 North Ridge Condo

This terrific Mountain Inn condo is the ultimate in flexibility. Walk downstairs to shops and into the courtyard for restaurants, special events, and skiing. Quality unit is already generating revenue in the Resort’s rental program. One bedroom loft. Sold furnished. $109,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (508863)

Attractively updated end unit with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, on one level. Updated flooring and elegant furnishings. Ground level access off the deck to grassy area. Short walk to Spa-Aquatics-Fitness Center, Devils Knob Tennis & Golf. Reduced! $180,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (508360)


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Private wooded lot on cul de sac at Wintergreen. Priced to sell, hold as investment or build here now. Seasonal views. Listed by Steve Marianella at $40,000, 434-566-1293 or (498182) D! CE DU E R ST JU




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Looking for a real Gem close to the slopes? This custom home offers a great floor plan with 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths on the main floor. Seasonal views! Many extras include Master bedroom 2 side open gas fireplace / with Master bath. Sky lights, Hardwood flooring, wrap around deck. Custom cabinets, basement laundry room, Family room and storage. Large deck for outdoor entertaining. $373,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (513241)

Larger than the typical Wintergreen lot and with mountain views too! Priced at only $125,000 this lot is bordered by green space for added privacy and enjoyment, and located on a quiet cul de sac. Build your vacation home or hold for investment. In summer, enjoy pristine forest foliage from this slightly elevated home site. Compared to the others, this one has the valuable privacy and would accommodate a hillside building plan. Walk to the mountain village and slopes. For more information contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (515261)

The Mountain Inn

2005 Stone Ridge Woods Condo Great price for nice income producing condo. Very popular rental. Great natural light, open floor plan, large deck, fireplace, nicely furnished. Park and walk right in - NO STEPS. Proof of rental income with request. $138,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (505045)

358 Black Rock Drive

306 White Oak Drive

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47 Bucksaw Lane

Great golf course lot overlooking the 6th Green of soon to be private Devils Knob Golf Course at Wintergreen. Level lot easy to build on in quiet area of the resort. Bring your builder or let me introduce you to one of ours. Only $99,000! For more information contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (515369)






1761 Blue Ridge Drive

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69 Waters Edge Lane Spectacular custom golf-front home! Architect’s design includes brick & Hardiplank, custom low-E4 windows, composite decking, Italian tile, granite, 3 zone HVAC, 3 fireplaces, 1st floor master w/ attached deck and luxurious bath & sauna. A 2nd master suite occupies the 2nd level. $725,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (510822)








Fantastic Shenandoah Valleys views from this renovated home off prestigious Devils Knob Loop at Wintergreen Resort. New gourmet kitchen, post and beam architecture with two family rooms, two fireplaces, and hardwood floors. Addition and renovation by Glen German. Includes most furnishings, many antiques and artwork. Level driveway, large deck with hot tub. Three full baths and bedrooms, wet bar, Pella windows with built in shades, hardiplank siding on addition. New HVAC. $639,500. Must see to appreciate! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 smsales1@ (504578)





2036 Stone Ridge Condo

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109 Oak Lane

Lots of potential for this cozy three bedroom, 2 bath cabin with seasonal mountain views, only $189,900. New decks, some furnishings, great stone fireplace to relax beside. Partially finished basement that could add considerable space. Quiet location not far from mountain village, many native wildflowers and plants in yard. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (510404)




Great Furnished end unit two bedroom in immaculate shape at Stone Ridge in Wintergreen Resort. Perfect location to enjoy the cool summers of Wintergreen, overlooking golf and mountains. Walk to Wintergarden spa, aquatics center, Devils Grill restaurant, Nationally ranked Tennis Center. On shuttle bus route to other resort amenities, including Skiing and Village center. Listed by Steve Marianella for $159,900, 434-566-1293 (510853)

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38 W. Catoctin Drive Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom 2 full bath home plus spacious loft. This home is in great shape with a stunning copper fireplace as a center piece. It is in a great location on the mountain with a huge deck off the back. Gourmet kitchen and updated bathrooms. The house also sets up nicely for 2 families....2 bedrooms and 1 bath on each side. New Hardi-Plank siding and roof as well. $299,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-9876399. (511014)


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188 Mountain Inn Condo

Only $105,000! Invest now in this high producing one bedroom, one bath condo in Wintergreen rental program in the heart of the Mountain Village. Walk to ski slopes, shopping, art and music festivals, restaurants and nightlife! Offered fully furnished and producing significant annual rental revenue, this vacation condo even has some mountain views too. Great price well below market and assessed value! Contact Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (512523)

107 Pedlars Point Seasonal views and a great ski chalet close to the Tyro slopes. This furnished 4 bedroom home has two family rooms, both with fireplaces, new plumbing, big decks and views of the mountain. Quiet street off Pedlar’s Edge Dr. Nice hot tub conveys also. New sliding door to deck just installed. Only $357,000, Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (512686)






2044 Stone Ridge Condo

Charming furnished 2 bedroom Stone Ridge condo overlooks the 18th fairway and Shenandoah Valley. Great location close to golf clubhouse, tennis, hiking, pool, spa & cafe. Family room has plenty of space & charming fireplace w/ hand painted details. Kitchen has opening that overlooks family room & fireplace as well as adjacent dining room. Back deck is the perfect place to dine in nice weather.$149,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (504138)







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2108 Fairway Woods Condo

78 Fox Run ~ Stoney Creek 1+ acre lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Right around the corner from the Lake Monocan beach and picnic area, and just 2 minutes to golf, tennis, hiking, dining, fishing. Nearly level for easy building. Bring your own builder or contact us for recommendations. $43,100. Listed by Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (513786)





10 Mulligan Lane – Stoney Creek Unique double lot offers ability to build unattached single home in 55+ RoseWood Village community. Located near shopping and all Stoney Creek amenities; also has views of mountains and golf course. $99,500 call Joan Mummery 434-361-9402 (496472)




Enjoy this contemporary 3 bedroom + bonus room mountain retreat with additional space in a loft! Open floor plan with new hardwood and tile flooring. Plenty of parking and close to the Mountain Inn. Value priced at $230,000. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498.(505120)

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910 Devils Knob Loop Looking for incredible value and Wintergreen’s most prestigious address? Savor the incredible mountain views from this home on Devils Knob Loop. Property features a significant home with 4,500+ SF, a two car garage addition, more than 1,000 SF of decking. Act quickly! $785,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (515589)




16 Chestnut Lane

11 Cedar Drive Great value in this well maintained, cozy furnished three bedroom vacation home. New windows, new flooring, large wrap around deck and lots of charm in this getaway at Wintergreen. Nice stone wood burning fireplace where you can warm after a brisk hike or a day on the slopes. Level driveway, good location just off prestigious Devils Knob Loop. $230,750. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (504238)


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Highly rated and furnished two bedroom golf front condo in resort rental program. Overlooking Devils Knob Golf course #18 tee box, this updated condo has granite counters and newer appliances. Family room has wood burning fireplace, seperate dining area, tile floors in kitchen and baths. Located within a short walk to Wintergarden Spa, Devils Grill Restaurant, tennis and nature center. Free shuttle bus stops out front to all other resort amenities. $139,900. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (499537)







2080 Stone Ridge Condo

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! No steps from parking lot; bathroom renovated for wheelchair use. Building is NEWEST CONDO CONSTRUCTION at Wintergreen (2003). This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo overlooks the 18th green & golf clubhouse with Shenandoah Valley winter views; short walk to Wintergarden Spa, pools & work-out facility, as well as golf, tennis and restaurant. Interior tastefully appointed and in excellent condition. Ready for immediate occupancy. $159,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033. (508014)




Lot 5C, Cedar Drive






This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize year-round views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. Ideal for a significant mountain home. Adjacent 1+ acre parcel also available. $249,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (514560)


RoseWood at Stoney Creek: Models and building sites available, a 55+ living community in the valley of Wintergreen’s Stoney Creek. Spacious villas & condos, superb craftsmanship, many Universal Design features. Maintenance-free living with sensational views and care-free convenience. Villas from $349,000 / Condos from $297,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (462918)


Another great value from Solid Rock Properties/Copperleaf Homes. Brand new construction of 2,300 square feet. 4 Bedrooms, 3 full baths plus finished basement. Custom hickory cabinets, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, Hardiplank siding and much more. High ceilings, wall of glass windows, huge wrap around deck, craftsman style front door. This is a great value for new construction under $360K. Oversized lot! $357,900. Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (513608)




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107 Chestnut Lane Great value for a buildable lot near the Mountain Village center. Quiet street but close to skiing, restaurants, hiking and other activities. Invest now while prices are low...priced to sell. $30,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (511643)


Brand new construction from one of Wintergreen’s highest quality builders, Shenandoah Valley Construction. Hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with granite counters and custom cabinets, and many upgrades. Lots of light throughout this cottage style three bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath vacation home. Quiet and private lot on cul de sac with seasonal views. $489,000. Call now and select some of your own custom finishes, listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (MLS 504918).














907 Diamond Hill Condo SKI OUT ! Slope Side ! 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Condo. Excellent Views ! Walk to everything ! Great Rental Unit ! Most desired location ! Private Parking Spaces ! Easy Assess ! This unit will not last long ! $224,900. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (513403) FEBRUARY 2014

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Bed & Breakfast, Farm Winery, or Professional Office? 6222 Rockfish Valley Hwy MLS# 510341

Only $299,900

Classic Virginia four-over-four farmhouse on 7+ acres in the heart of Nelson County’s wine and brewery country. Convenient to Charlottesville and Wintergreen, the home has been a successful home office work environment for the publishers of Blue Ridge Life Magazine. Parlor, formal dining room, guest room/master w/ full bath, office, plus powder room on first floor. 4 bedrooms and full bath on second floor. Deck from 1st floor kitchen/den area overlooks pasture bordered by stream. Walk-out basement, 2 sheds, outdoor shower, mature trees and landscaping. High-speed internet (WISP) with option to connect to fiber line across the street. Property suitable for livestock.

NELSON IS BUSINESS FRIENDLY Under this property’s current Agricultural District A-1 zoning, home occupations and farm wineries are an allowed use by right. Should you wish to turn this property into an antique or gift shop, professional office, or other small business, you could seek a special use permit. To explore and discuss business and zoning opportunities, contact: Maureen Kelley, Nelson County Director of Economic Development and Tourism. 434-263-7015.

The Dameron family enjoys an afternoon in the front yard, July 4, 1928. The home has been thoughtfully renovated and still boasts much of the original flooring and trim.

Livebeautifully in Nelson County Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525

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2013 year end residential real estate summary for Nelson County


By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

with 30 sales at an average price per sq ft of $134.75, and all other nonresort or county properties with 87 sales and an average price per sq ft of $118.42. When comparing 2013 sales with 2012 sales, all 3 markets saw an improvement; Stoney Creek realized the most significant increase in sales volume at 150%, followed by county/ non-resort at 45%, and Wintergreen at 4%. Another notable statistic is within Wintergreen (mountain) and the distribution of sales; 113 properties sold representing 42 detached homes and 71 attached/condos. Hence, 63% of all mountain sales have been condos. Besides Wintergreen and Stoney Creek, the county locality with the most sales was Afton with 20 sales representing 23% of the county/non-resort sales.

ber-25, December-9. Quarterly Summary: Q1-54, Q2-45, Q3-74, Q4-57. Q3 recognized the highest number of sales while Q2 achieved the fewest. The strongest months in 2013 were July and September. The slowest months were June and December. (Compared to 2012 which exhibited a late in the year sales recovery with the highest sales in Q4 (64) and the lowest sales in Q2 (35); strongest month in December (25) and slowest month in March (8).)

Countywide Overview; 230 residential properties sold in 2013 which represents a 27% increase from the same time period in 2012 when 181 properties sold.

2013: 230 sales, median $245,950, average price $267,153, Average price per sq ft $140.42, Days on Market (DOM) 187. The 2013 market has shown increases in the number of sales and price while experiencing fewer days on market. While the amount of sales has increased significantly, the price increase per sq ft is marginal because there is still a lot of inventory/competition; there are currently 328 properties for sale with an average price per sq ft of $166.27. It is also important to note that the properties that are actually selling are the ones that are priced appropriately for the market. Value is an important decision making tool for buyers when there are so many options available for purchase.

Statistical Comparisons; Q1Q4 2012 recap: 181 sales, median $227,900, average price $258,651, Average price per sq ft $139.25, Days on Market (DOM) 217. Q1-Q4

Sales Summary by Locality; Nelson County sales encompass 3 main markets, Wintergreen (mountain) with 113 sales at an average price per sq ft of $158.87, Stoney Creek (valley)

Monthly/Quarterly Sales Breakdown; Monthly Sales: January-16, February-24, March-14, April-21, May-16, June-8, July-28, August-20, September-26, October-23, Novem-

Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson and besides being a Realtor, is a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.

The theme song for the TV sitcom, The Jeffersons, might be appropriate here because we are “Movin’ on Up”. In 2013 the Nelson County residential real estate market improved on all fronts. Comparing year end 2013 with 2012, increases were exhibited in number of sales, average price, median price, and price per sq ft. Here is a quick market summary for Nelson County. Sales figures were pulled from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

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In 2013, Marlo sold more listings in Nelson County than any agent. Call Marlo! Marketing consultations are FREE. *Data pulled from CAAR MLS from 1/1/13-12/31/13.

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Variables such as location, views, acreage, condition and features can affect values. For further explanation and comparison relative to a property you want to sell or purchase, contact a real estate professional. Extras: Views and 1Br/1Ba Apartment!

300 Afton Mountain Rd 4Br/2.5Ba; 2,159 fin & 906 unfin sq ft MLS #516199; $249,900 Solid brick ranch with in-law suite and tremendous mountain views! Well maintained home with many extras: spacious great room with picture window to capture mountain views, brick fireplace, built-in shelving and china cabinet, full basement with storage/workshop area AND an in-law suite (including kitchen, family/living area, bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet), sun porch, home office, garage, 2 carports, storage shed, paved drive, and more. Property has undergone many recent improvements such as newer roof, windows, central AC, well pump, water heater, kitchen and bath countertops, etc… Ideal location with easy access to 151 and Afton medical center; less than 15 min to Waynesboro and 25 min to UVA and Charlottesville.

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In 2007, Paul Saunders published his first book, Heartbeats of Nelson, a 600+ page-turner about the historical happenings of the county as a whole. His latest, Down on the Farm, is a compilation of short stories which focus on the life of one man and his love for the farm. “We were sending out newsletters to our customers,” says Paul, referring to the Saunders Brothers Farm Market and Nursery newsletter. “And one day one of the children comes in, my son Jim, and he said, ‘Dad why don’t you write some of your stories that I can put in our newsletters on the farm?’ And so I started writing these little newsletters every week or two weeks, just to let people know what’s goin’ on down on the farm.” continued on page 30


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To get your hands on a copy of Down on the Farm, call Saunders Brothers Farm Market at 434-277-5455.

The majority of the short stories are from more modern times, like Pablo, Our Cowboy and Irrigation, a New Peach, and a New Azalea. “It’s stories that people told me, it’s stories on how some of the things were done, people and places and things.” Some are firsthand accounts of Paul bearing witness to nature at its kindest and at its most cruel, while others date back to his childhood, a time when threshing, nipping, and courting were all common practice. A time when men grew in the fields they were planting. “I started with propagating boxwoods in 1947 – sixty seven years ago,” says the now eighty year old specialist. “I was a kid and somebody showed us how we should do it and it worked! It worked! And all of a sudden I had a bunch of little boxwoods growing and my calves. And all I could think of for four years at school was how to come back to Piney River.” After graduating from Virginia Tech, Paul served in the Army before he would finally make his way back to Nelson County, but it would still be many more years before he could call the farm home once again. “The opportunity came to come back and be a surveyor, which I was, and all the time the nursery was growing. I started surveying as a way to come home, but there was not enough income to add my wife and me to the operation, so I surveyed for twenty plus years,” explains Paul. “Then I got snake bitten and I said, ‘Buddy, you had one chance to get me, and that’s the only chance you gonna ever have.’ I was in the hospital five days and it made me think,” Paul recounts from the tale, “Snake Bit.” “I said, ‘Now quit surveying and go be what you’ve always wanted to be. Raise your plants, and raise your peaches, and raise your apples, and raise your calves, and do what you wanna do.’ So I did. That was 1981.” With many changes in agrarian technology and a few additions to the family tree, Paul’s been living his love story for over three decades now. Dedicated to his wife Tatum, the other love of his life, Down on the Farm asks you to …

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GO OUT AND PLAY IN THE SNOW is what several people did the morning after the mountains received an inch or so of the white stuff. While skiers and boarders hit the slopes at Wintergreen, others took to the Appalachian Trail at Reeds Gap, milepost 13.7 along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Chris Peterson who’s worked at Taylor and Boody Organbuilders in Staunton for 22 years, hand planes a 16’ trombone resonator, built from tulip poplar. The wooden pipes are for an organ being built for the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.


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The first clue of something special about the converted school building is in the way the sun streams through the upper windows, filling the workshop below with a heavenly light.


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Rebekah Bono lacquers a set of metal pipes for an addition being built for the organ at Christ Lutheran Episcopal Church in Staunton. The organ was originally built by Taylor and Booty with room for an additional 5 stops of pipes.


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Inside, George K. Taylor and John H. Boody, who founded Taylor & Boody Organbuilders in 1977, join together architecture and aesthetics by creating magnificent pipe organs in their Shenandoah Valley business.

$699,678.00 (1-H F2) MLS#516655 This is not only one of the nicest houses in Nelson County & Stoney Creek but one of the best values. It is a spectacular property and in mint condition. This house could not be reproduced with the property for any price close to for what is is currently listed. The house is meticulous in every detail. It’s a couple of minutes walk to a trout stream and seconds from the back tees of the Rees Jones Golf Course at Stoney Creek.Very private and great views. The house is turnkey and spring ready.

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In the renovated space just west of Staunton, where they moved the company in 1979, the staff now combines decades of experience with the latest in computer and laser technology. While the work is no less time consuming with computers, modern pipe organs do benefit from a greater understanding of the science of sound while they remain rooted in centuries of traditional craftsmanship. According to John Boody, their small company is among some 200 makers of pipe organs in the U.S. However, their size hasn’t prevented them from having a large national and international reach. Current projects include an addition to the Trinity Episcopal Church organ in Staunton. At the same time their company is delivering the last of 8 organs in Japan. Their list of accomplishments also includes creating and placing an organ in the Yale University Institute of Scared Music and one in Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England. They recently completed their largest project to date, the creation and installation of the pipe organ at Grace Church in New York City, which in Boody’s words was “a huge job” that raised their expectations of what the company can accomplish.

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Much of the wood used to build the organs at Taylor and Boody comes from John Boody’s log pile at the saw mill on his property in Middlebrook. Boody built the saw mill so he could control the quality of the wood used for the organs.

The question for Taylor and Boody is, after crafting some 70 organs, a lifetime of work that leaves a substantial legacy, is it time to pass the business to the next generation? The good news is, the staff already includes Boody’s son, daughter-in-law and son-in-law and the entire group of artisans is trained and ready to carry this unique legacy forward. As carriers of such rare knowledge the Taylor and Boody team designs and builds older style organs and many of the tasks, like pouring metal for pipes onto a stone table, mimic work done as far back as the ancient Romans. In fact, pipe organs can be traced back more than 2,300 years.

Keyboard covers for three continuo organs sit laid out at Taylor and Boody Organbuilders in Staunton. The keyboard at top features ebony naturals with cow bone topped sharps. The bottom two feature boxwood naturals with ebony sharps (above). The stops sit in position on Opus 24, an organ built by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders in 1984 at Christ Episcopal Church in Staunton. The stops control which set of pipes are activated. They are currently in the process of building 5 more stops for the organ (below).

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Pipe bodies tied to the wall wait for the next stage of construction. To the left of them is a large pipe foot that was cut off a pipe they renovated. To the right are wooden forms used in building the pipe bodies.

Each instrument can weigh thousands of pounds and require years to build, starting with the design and lasting through the final installation. The staff at Taylor and Boody meticulously makes each part of every organ by hand, from the ebony keys and the metal and wooden pipes to the leather sides on the bellows and the intricate woodcarvings on the windchests.

B.J. Regi and Robbie Lawson roll up a pipe body. The pipe is then soldered together, and the pipe foot is later attached.


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Each pipe has a unique sound, tone and timbre and is a masterpiece of precision and mathematical calculations. Thousands of pipes in all sizes give the organs their dramatic sound. The metal is cast, then rolled into sizes that range from tiny to towering. The slots in the inlet of the pipe draw air in and out and set up the complex vibrations inside the pipes. Each pipe plays one note, based largely on its length, while the diameter influences the tone of that pipe. The slot or cut-up in the pipe also plays a role in


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what is called the sound or color palette. Final tuning of every pipe is accomplished through miniscule adjustments. Even though building a pipe organ is an extremely complex process, listening to one of Taylor and Boody’s organs is simple. First, wait as the organ comes to life and begins to breathe in and out. Then, as organists like Gen Bolena at Trinity Episcopal lift their fingers, pump the pedals and work the stops, let the ethereal sound wash over you and touch your soul. BRL


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sam’sgarden By Sam Saunders Saunders Landscapes, LLC

More, More, More Of all that happens from spring through winter each year, I often find myself wondering about that group of plants that I truly love – and why, if I love them so much, do I not really plan and plant tons. We all know them. They are the plants that perform as advertised and give us our money’s worth each and every year we pull out the spade.  They work well in arrangements, may even offer fragrance or possess drying qualities. My list is large but these few are just a partial list worthy of ‘Sam Dirt’. From seed to flower, the sunflower typically takes around 40-60+ days but is well worth it. Choose the pollen-less multi and single stem varieties in conjunction with the white striped/snack type and black oil types – staggering your season long plant dates 10-14 days to provide a plethora of blooms until early fall.  Choose random full sun sites with ample drainage either in the vegetable garden or in the border where a little cheerful height is needed. And in fall, self-made birdfeeders seals the deal with our feathered fowl. Bearing a similar look as a bright and cheerful sunflower, Rudbeckia Indian Summer has been around for around 20+ years and is no less popular now than when it hit the market and scored numerous awards for its flower and care-free nature. Growing to around 3 feet, plant them near the middle or back of the border in May and enjoy cut flowers for months to come.   Full Shade + Deer = Helleborus.  I have been talking up Hellebore for as long as I have been growing and installing them. A drought tolerant, evergreen perennial with a three month bloom cycle is worthy of as much shade space as you would allow.  There are a number of ‘series’ out now to extend the season from Christmas

til Easter and beyond. Buy them. Dwarf phlox is one of those dropdead hardy plants that can literally be planted in solid clay or rock and not watered for the entire season and still thrive. Ok, don’t try this but they really are tough as nails. Choose a full sun site in either amended or native soil. Intermix them, blue, pink and white, as I find single varieties of single colors a little too neat and, ‘Yawnnnn’, boring. The panicle hydrangeas arrived on the scene some 10+ years ago and brought with them the guarantee of hydrangea color. Unlike their French counterparts, the panicle hydrangeas bloom in acid or alkaline, moist or dry soils, and don’t require an Exorcist or Hydrangea manual to bloom. What was once a short list of Hydrangea panniculata varieties has begun to grow to numerous sizes and colors aside from the white standard.  Limelight or Little Lime now with pink colors coming in 2014.  About 5 years ago I acted on an ‘end of year blowout sale’ on about 1,000 yellow (King Alfred) daffodils. Instead of breaking the lot and divvying them up to plant here and fro, I installed every one of them in an area half the size of a tennis court.  The end result is show – year end and year out, vole and deer proof show.  Yes, you do have to contend with the spent flower stalks but, in a manner of speaking, does the guarantee of dirty dishes thwart the party?  Snowball Viburnums are an heirloom plant that most of us remember being somewhere between the American boxwood and Sugar Maple in grandma’s yard. With no real fragrance to taunt, Snowball Viburnums are known for a 3+ week of pure white bliss – snowball size!  Locate them in the back of a sunny border as they can approach 6 feet tall and wide.

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asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, It is 1:00AM, and I CAN’T SLEEP! I’m miserable, please help! Well, first of all, thanks for writing instead of calling. My (least) favorite call as a resident doctor in training was the 2:00AM call waking me up with someone on the other end saying, “Doc, I can’t sleep.” I always felt like replying, “That makes two of us!” but of course never did. The list of causes for insomnia is long. (Maybe reading the whole list over and over would put you to sleep!) Some of the more common causes include use of caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, decongestants, or other medical problems like asthma, allergies, depression, anxiety, or even just plain old stress. Seeing your doctor to look into the cause of insomnia is always a good idea, but before you do, there are some easy things to try at home first. Just about everyone knows that trying hard to sleep is a sure way to stay awake. Instead, focus your energy on good sleep habits. Make

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sure to avoid caffeine, especially in the evening hours. Don’t get into bed until you are actually sleepy, and set an alarm so you get up at the same time each day. Use the bed only for sleep, not as a place to read or watch TV. Instead, read (preferably something boring) in a chair outside of the bedroom until you feel sleepy, and then get in bed. If you aren’t asleep within about 20 minutes, get up and do something else quiet and relaxing and try again. Get good exercise and fresh air every day. If all of this fails, it is probably time to see your doctor. There are prescription sleep aids that can be a great help at establishing a better sleep pattern. Also, there might be something else going on that your doctor can help uncover. Sleep well tonight! Dr. Steve Schmitz is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. This column is provided as a service to readers of Blue Ridge Life Magazine and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of this magazine. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Wellness Center

Return on Investment: Your Body When we make long term investments in retirement funds, a home or a car, we want a good return on the investment. We want the invested money to make more money, the home value to rise so it can be sold at a higher price and the car to perform well over a long period of time, staying in good condition for resale. It is time to consider your body as a long term investment. Our body and mind are gifts that we must care for over a lifetime. Imagine your future self at ages 50, 60, 70 and 80 years old. How would you like to function at those ages? Do you see yourself being active or in a wheelchair? Envisioning your future self is a great motivator for life long wellness. The first step is assessment. Assessment: financial health expenses: As with your financial investments, it is important to determine health assets and expenses. Collect your health receipts from 2013 (copays, illnesses, hospitalizations, eye, dental). Then, record the money spent on quick stop snack and bever-

ages (coffee, candy bars, sodas) for four weeks. Examine your grocery receipts to determine healthy and non- healthy food items purchased. Typically, there are potential financial savings in everyone’s daily expenses. That money then becomes your part of your health dollars for prevention. In addition, you’ll notice how your spending choices affect your health. Assessment: current physical health. Fitness assessments in addition to annual physicals are important. The Fitness Assessment determines your physical level collecting objective data so your physical therapist and trainer can design an appropriate exercise program. Measures such as body fat, girth, strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, heart rate, blood pressure are tested. An extensive interview is performed. These tests performed annually direct your fitness program. The time and money spent on your health is a wise investment just as the money spent in home and car maintenance is valuable. How well would your car perform if you didn’t spend

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the money on oil changes or tune ups and put the incorrect fuel in it? The goal is that your body performs well over a lifetime. The “quick” fad diets or exercise gimmicks do not

work. Countless research shows that prevention yields better physical, cognitive and emotional wellness regardless of what age or physical level you begin. The challenge is to begin.

Agnes F. Schrider, PT is a licensed physical therapist, fitness trainer, and certified golf fitness trainer based in Nellysford. This column is provided as a service to readers of Blue Ridgey Life Magazine and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of this magazinel. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult a health professional.


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GROUNDHOG’S DAY CELEBRATION Start: Feb. 1, 2014 10:00 am Venue: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Phone: 434-325-8169 Address: 3421 Wintergreen Drive, Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON) WINTER SLOPE STYLE Start: Feb. 1, 2014 6:00 am End: Feb. 1, 2014 9:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-2200 Address: 39 Wintergreen Dr., Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 2 SUNDAY GROUNDHOG DAY SPECIALS Start: Feb. 2, 2014 11:30 am End: Feb. 2, 2014 10:00 pm Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Phone: 434-325-2200 Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 3 MONDAY BREWERY BINGO Start: Feb. 3, 2014 6:00 Pm End: Feb. 3, 2014 10:00 pm Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Phone: 434-325-2200 Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 7 FRIDAY WINTERGREEN WOMEN’S CLINIC Start: Feb. 7, 2014 9:00 am End: Feb. 7, 2014 2:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-8065 Address: 39 Wintergreen Dr., Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON)

VALENTINE’S BEER DINNER AT WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY Start: Feb. 13, 2014 5:00 pm End: Feb. 13, 2014 10:00 pm Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Company Phone: 434-361-0088 Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 14 FRIDAY VALENTINE’S DAY BALL AT VERITAS VINEYARD & WINERY Start: Feb. 14, 2014 7:00 pm End: Feb.14, 2014 11:00 pm Venue: Veritas Vineyard and Winery Phone: 540-456-8000 (ext 107) Address: 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 15 SATURDAY SWEETHEART’S WEEKEND AT HILL TOP BERRY FARM & WINERY Start: Feb. 15, 2014 11:00 am End: Feb.16, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Phone: 434-361-1266 Address: 2800 Berry Hill Rd., Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) 56TH ANNUAL PINEY RIVER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CHITTERLING DINNER Start: Feb. 15, 2014 12:00 pm End: Feb.15, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Piney River Volunteer Fire Department Phone: 434-361-1266 Address: 249 Firehouse Road, Piney River, VA 22964 (NELSON)



AFTERNOON ADVENTURE Start: Feb. 8, 2014 2:00 pm Venue: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Phone: 434-325-8169 Address: 3421 Wintergreen Drive, Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON)

INSCAPE SPRING QUARTET WINTERGREEN PERFORMING ARTS Start: Feb. 16, 2014 4:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-325-8292 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 9 SUNDAY UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE BRASS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE - WTG PERF. ARTS Start: Feb. 9, 2014 4:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-325-8292 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON) FREESTYLE DOUBLE CROSS AT WINTERGREEN RESORT Start: Feb. 9, 2014 10:00 am End: Feb. 9, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-2200 Address: 39 Wintergreen Dr., Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON) 44

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FEBRUARY 17 MONDAY PRESIDENTS’ DAY CELEBRATION AT DEMOCRACY VINEYARDS Start: Feb. 17, 2014 2:00 pm End: Feb. 17, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Democracy Vineyards Phone: 434-263-8463 Address: 585 Mountain Cove Rd., Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON)



businessdirectory Auctioneers MASON AUCTION COMPANY, INC. 540-836-0258 P.O. Box 160 Nellysford, VA 22958 NELSON COUNTY A full service auction company specializing in antiques, estates & liquidations. Stillie L. Mason, Auctioneer VA License 2881

Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open FridaySunday, 11AM-7PM. You can enjoy a tasting flight of our available beer selections, relax with a full glass of one of our fine ales or lagers, and take a complementary tour after your purchase if you’d like to learn about our special brewing process.


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MOUNTAIN AREA REALTY 434-361-2440 2788 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

Elk Mountain Contracting has been building custom log cabins and barns for 14 years. Using stonework and reclaimed materials to compliment your project allows us to provide a historic appeal to your structure. Services Provided: Reclaimed building materials, Custom log cabins and barns, Chinking, Stonework, General Construction, Cabin and barn restorations.

Mountain Area Realty offers full real estate services for Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort, Stoney Creek, and surrounding areas. Call our office 7 days a week for immediate professional service from one of our experienced agents.


Legal LAW OFFICE ROBERT L. BROWNE 703-369-7850 (t) 703-542-4010 (f ) (e) Trials • Business Law • Wills, Estates and Probate. To request an initial consultation, visit our website, Advising and Representing Clients Since 1976.

WINTERGREEN REAL ESTATE 800-325-2200 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Wintergreen Real Estate Company is the founding company of Wintergreen. We are experts in resort sales, rentals and county property. We are the only company with an office on Devils Knob as well the entry of Stoney Creek.

Medical BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY 540-456-8020 9519 Critzers Shop Rd Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY Blue Mountain Brewery is open 7 days a week bringing the revolution of real hand-crafted American beer to our corner of the world. Eight to ten Blue Mountain drafts available at all times, local foods for lunch and dinner, local wines & family friendly.

MARTHA JEFFERSON AFTON FAMILY MEDICINE 540-456-6710 10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY Family Medical Physician’s office specializing in preventive care, acute care,chronic illness care, pediatric and newborn care, women’s health, sports medicine, and geriatric medicine. All ages are welcome.

Real Estate WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Brewery, Restaurant, Sports Bar and Shopping Village! Our menu offers something for everyone, including Vegan, Gluten Free, daily flatbread & sushi specials. Experience the delightful creations from our kitchen using fresh, local ingredients paired with a broad selection of our hand crafted beers. Dog & kid friendly.

MARLO G. ALLEN, ASSOCIATE BROKER 434-996-3525 Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY When buying or selling real estate in Nelson County or Wintergreen, you can count on “That Girl” to get you results! Besides being a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford, I am also a recognized and trusted name in real estate throughout Nelson County and Wintergreen.

NELSON COUNTY TOURISM 434-263-7315 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY Experience the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge. From our mountains to the mighty James River. Wear yourself out at our wineries, breweries, cidery, and eateries. Then hit the sack in a cozy cabin or bed & breakfast.

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, MASSIES MILL 434-277-8926 Crabtree Falls Hwy & Tan Yard Road, Massies Mill, VA NELSON COUNTY We’re a small, caring, affirming congregation with a deep commitment to social action. Sunday services: 11 AM (Communion) and 5 PM (Celtic Evensong) Community dinner: Every Thursday at 6:30 PM. All are welcome!

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Resorts & Recreation WINTERGREEN RESORT 855-245-5011 39 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY Wintergreen Resort is a four-season mountain retreat on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Championship golf; seasonal skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; indoor and outdoor pools; miles of marked hiking trails; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; charming lodging; and a variety of enticing dining options.

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2 BA with utilities and basic cable included. Close to Spa, Nature Foundation, and shuttle stop, but in a quiet area. $850 per month off-season rate. Posted By:Erlene Hendrix 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 757-625-5241 $850/mo

foot brick ranch with full basement, carport, front porch,3 bedroom, one bath on nice lot with town water and sewer. Heat pump, air conditioning, propane heater in basement, updated kitchen. Posted By:John Campbell 22949 - Lovingston

Mini Farm for rent This 3 acre property has beautiful mountain views, 2/3 BR, sunporch, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, new heating and AC unit and back-up woodstove. Washer/dryer. Two screened porches and a gorgeous yard with mature plantings. Great for horses with fenced paddocks, barn and run-in shed. Minutes to Nellysford, the Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf, Bold Rock Cidery and Wintergreen Resort. Available immediately. Indoor pets considered. Owner/Agent. Posted By:Julie Bendle 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434.996.8669 $1200

Lovely Furnished Home Stoney Creek/Wintergreen Resort Lovely single fam home, large wooded lot. 3 BR, 2.5 bath, in Stoney Creek near Lake Monocan. Elegantly decorated, fully furnished. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub & private deck. DR and LR look over bold stream and onto golf course. Graceful LR w/ wood burning FP and baby grand piano. Marvelous windows. Attractive kitchen with all appliances. Laundry room, washer/dryer. Beautiful views, mature trees, DSL high speed Internet optional. Min 1-year lease. Posted By:Dana Frye 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-2444 $1600/ month

Home in Shipman For Sale: Home in Shipman. 3 bedrooms, den, kitchen, laundry room, partial basement, storage shed, all on 0.689 acres. Sold as is $60,000. A fixer upper. Great starter home. Posted By:Kate McGinnis 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-263-5895 $60,000

For Rent Charming 2 BR, 2 BA home. Hardwood floors in living areas and kitchen. Tile flooring in baths. Refigerator, electric range, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Master has balconey and huge jacuzzi. Lovely mountain views and lots of privacy. Minutes to Rt. 29 and Lovingston. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. Pets considered. Posted By:Julie Bendle 22949 - Lovingston 434 996-8669 $925

Property on Tye River 54.3 wooded acres, with 1/4 mile on the Tye River. Quiet area and very private.Land is located near Route 29 and easily accessible to Washington, DC, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Richmond. Posted By: J Tinsley NELSON COUNTY 434.969.2345 $398,000.00

REAL ESTATE Apartment for Rent One bedroom apt for rent in Nellysford. $400 a month plus SD and References. Call Mon-Fri or leave message for Dondi Posted By:Dondi 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 434 361-2440 $400

Homestead Homestead-2 acres gardens, apple trees, berries plus 10 acres woods. Mountain side. House built 1988, needs renovation. Sheds, good water via well. Quiet road, faces south-near Lovingston. Posted By:Deborah Turel 22949 - Lovingston 434.263.5228 $155,000

Blue Ridge Terrace, Afton UPPER 1 BEDROOM WITH HUGE DECK! Hardwoods throughout, large sized living area. Deck open to views and extended living space. Renting for $550/month and security deposit. Heat and w/s/t removal provided by landlord, tenant only pays electric. Small pet is negotiable. Posted By: MANS Property Management, Inc. 22920 - Afton 540-949-5246 $550

Two Bedroom, Two Bath Condo Wintergreen Resort rental. Fully furnished 2 BR,

RENTED! - Brick Ranch 1000 square

Charming home to share in Stoney Creek/Wintergreen Seeking compatible housemate – someone neat, responsible, quiet, enjoys privacy as well as sharing space. Furnished bedroom, sitting room, and private full bath in single family home. Common areas: kitchen, DR, LR, utility rm, decks, wood burning fireplace, large yard. Property on golf course, cheerful creek, mature trees, miles of beautiful walking and cycling trails?, nature conservancy area. Fast, easy access to main corridors. Posted By: Dana Frye 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-2444 $600/month

HOME & GARDEN Polo sculpture Rod iron, Rodinesque sculpture of polo player with mallet. Great gift for horse-lover.Posted By: K 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434 277 9163 $50 obo Riding Lawnmower 2013 Airens Riding Lawnmower, 22 HP, V-Twin, Auto 46” w/ 3 year extended warranty. Used 1 season. Excellent condition. Moving and


Bank some Green!

do not need.Posted By: Dawn Thomas 22922 - Arrington/Tye River 757-450-1580 $1000 obo Wok 14” stainless steel wok. Never used. Posted By: R. Browne 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 4343612178 $15

FURNITURE 3 piece bedroom set Queen headboard, double dresser with mirror, 2 drawer night stand, modern design light woodgrain color, mattress and bedframe not included. Posted By: Helen White 22938 - Faber 434-263-8211 $200 Oak Dining Room Table and Hutch Oak dining table with six chairs and matching hutch with glass doors. In very good condition. Table can be used round or it has two leaves that can extend it. Posted By: N. Hughes 22920 - Afton 540-456-8289 $900

CARS & TRUCKS 1996 C4 Corvette Convertible Excellent inside and out. 1996 C4 Corvette Convertible. White with black canvas top (like new). Garage kept, never raced. Only 62,000 miles. Extras include all new spark plugs, oil change, diagnostic test, very good tires, Corvette C4 cover, interior is beautiful red and black, with red leather seats. Alpine detachable cd player/radio w remote. rug protectors that reads Corvette, console leather cover with embroidered logo. Automatic. Really a beauty! Posted By: Sheila M. Jones 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-218-7169 $9000

FARM & TOOL Shopsmith Mark V It was bought in 1983 with the 11” band saw and 4” joiner, the starter accessory pack, the handyman accessory pack, and the craftsman accessory pack. All of the accessories are go with it. It functions as a drill press, table saw, sander, lathe, and router. All of the original manuals and instruction manuals are in great condition. There are also a large number of additional saw blades, including a dado set; a number of the supplemental blades have never been used. The total system is $575 assuming it is picked up here. Posted By: David McKenzie 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1917 $575 Organically Raised Grass Finished Beef We have reasonably priced USDA inspected beef for sale by the pound. Our animals live healthy happy lives. Can deliver to Nellysford/Afton area. Posted By: Anne Buteau 22971 - Shipman/ Rockfish 434-263-4946 $Call for price list Round bale hay feeder Round bale hay feeder in great shape. 8ft in diameter and 50in high. Please call or text Rob at 434-989-0614 Posted By: Rob Rebitzke 22920 - Afton 434-989-0614 $190 obo

SERVICES Our website says it all! Contact us today for all your home improvement needs! Posted By: Paul Burns 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-430-0522 $TBD



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Lake views!!!






299 Lakeland Ln $549,900 Spacious custom home AND garage apartment with direct lake access and superior finishes; 3+Br/5.5Ba



9 &2






New Year; New Solutions! Call Andy and let him unravel the financing puzzle, so you can close on that property!

71 River Rd; $1,000 month

Retail space for lease or sale; Central county location; ample parking; 1,820 sq ft; Formerly Walton’s Mountain Country Store



18 Stoney Glen; #515758; $39,900

Tremendous value & privacy! Mostly wooded and gently rolling with seasonal views and public water; Walk to Stoney Creek Park; 1.08ac





S TO Andy Zemon 434-529-8431

1767 Monocan Dr; #506273; $119,000

Bland Wade Ln; #509667; $74,900

One of the largest parcels in all of Stoney Creek! Exceptional privacy and gently rolling; take it all in at viewing platform; 5.7ac

Expansive Mountain views!!! Mostly cleared with tree lined border and small creek; 25 min to Charlottesville! 3.08 acres






701 Rockfish Orchard Dr; #515545; $389,000

Pristine home and setting in Rockfish Orchard with phenomenal mountain views! Porch, deck, garage; 3Br/2.5Ba; 2,420 sq ft; 4.69ac






687 Adial Rd; #513740; $649,900

56 acres w/ ~2,000 ft of Rockfish River, mountain views, and pasture; multiple division rights & building sites; farmhouse & barns

Livebeautifully in Nelson County

3450 Ennis Mountain Rd; #515214; $675,000

Board your own horses! Custom home and mini-farm with great mountain views, pastures, barn, run-in sheds, pool; 2,629 sq ft; 8ac

Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525

434-996-3525 Blue Ridge LIFE

Marlo Allen FEBRUARY 2014

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #107  

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #107 (February 2014)