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Mountain Homes

822 Devils Knob Loop

1045 Devils Knob Loop (Devils Knob 12) $219,000.00 MLS#540592

(Shamokin Springs 42) $419,950.00 MLS#521970

Great mountain views into the valley and beyond to Lynchburg. This location provides some of the best views available at Wintergreen and the home was designed to maximize view. Remodeled with a large addition in 1990. Architect, Glen German, expanded the home and added a number of large decks and lots of glass to best take advantage of the views. Lower level rec. room has convertible bed to function as the 4th bedroom.

“Shadow’s Summer Home”, which has been beautifully maintained. Great views of the Shenandoah Valley in the winter and a half of a fairway away from the Wintergarden Spa facilities, restaurants, golf, tennis and skiing.

This house was built by Tectonics for the current owner. It has 2 master suites, 2 livings rooms, 2 stone fireplaces and large decks with golf orientation.

(Devils Knob 40) $565,000.00 MLS#530135

1575 Vistas

(Indian Rock 73) $264,000.00 MLS#537949


next to spa

• STONEY CREEK at the entrance

A delightful private home tucked into a small cul-de-sac and backing into open space with panoramic views of the mountains across Shamokin Gorge. A very affordable retreat.

482 Three Ridges

1719 High Ridge

$69,500.00 MLS#540605

$154,900.00 MLS#530836

This is a 1 bedroom condo with 2 full baths and the master bath has been renovated recently. It is walking distance to everything on upper mountain and ski shuttle stops at front door. It also has one of the most spectacular views at Wintergreen.

A very nice one bedroom condo, fully furnished and ready for ski season. Within walking distance to the slopes and the Mountain Inn. All new windows and siding. New marble and hardwood floor, new HVAC system. Indoor and outdoor components, and nice furniture.

Comfortable two bedroom unit with a spectacular year round view of the Rockfish Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ready to move into with new appliances, this property is a great get-a-way destination to enjoy both the comfort of the summer season and the excitement of the winter white.


Text* the MLS Numbers to 1807 High Ridge Ct.


(Shamokin Springs 84) $315,567.00 MLS#540718

$159,000.00 MLS#540956

$395,000.00 MLS#540878


12 Coopers Vantage


1262 Laurel Springs Dr.

Gorgeous, one owner house. Fantastic location on the mountain. Priced to sell (well below tax assessment) Handicap equipped bathroom on main level. 2 master bedrooms on lower level, one with a large sitting/office area and built-in bookcase. There is a third room downstairs that could be a 4th bedroom. Large loft at the top of the spiral staircase offers plenty of room for an office, kids play/game room and extra storage. This house has brand new carpet (installed Sept 2015) and neutral tones throughout making the perfect canvas for you to create your perfect home on the mountain.

1219 Blue Ridge Dr.

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Breathtaking panoramic mountain, valley and ski village views from this spacious top floor condo. Every room offers wonderful vistas. Lots of natural light. Open floor plan. Two story floor plan. Beautiful wood cathedral ceilings in the great room. Marble surround wood burning fireplace. Convenient access to condo- the building has an elevator and no stairs from the parking to the elevator. Cart port available. Condo conveys fully furnished. Well maintained neighborhood. These larger floor plan condos that also offer spectacular views do not come on the market often. Get a condo with the size of a home but enjoy maintenance free lifestyle.

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Nelson County… it’s a lifestyle! Wintergreen Resort

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55 Squirrel Tree Lane This 3 BR, 2 BA home is within walking distance to the slopes, which makes it an ideal spot and perfect for rental. The home features a new roof, fiber cement siding, hardwood floors, renovated baths with ceramic tile showers and floors, granite countertops, cozy living room with wood-burning fireplace, seasonal mountain views and much more. $275,000

Old Stoney Creek Lot Homesite with septic already installed on this 5-acre parcel. Level area for building, mountain views and the roar of Stoney Creek! Close to Nellysford restaurants and stores as well as breweries and cideries, hiking and Wintergreen. $49,900

122 Shamokin Springs Trail This classic 2 BR, 2 BA mountain chalet is close to the Nature Preserve, the Old Appalachian Trail and the community pool. Enjoy the seasonal mountain views from the large front deck. Bedrooms are large with seating areas and the loft is great for overflow. New tile floors in the foyer and in the baths. Propane heating, roofing and many upgrades. It feels like you’re living in your own private forest! $284,900

390 Dogwood Lane Handsome 4 BR, 3.5 BA home with overflow for family and friends. Bonus apartment with full kitchen, private deck, entrance and parking. Not a cookie cutter design—main level is open providing ideal flow for entertaining. Vaulted ceilings in great room and BRs, wood-lined walls/trim, hardwood floors, 2 stone fireplaces, 2-car garage, porch/decks, paved driveways, new roof, flooring, and interior/ exterior paint. Move-in ready. Within 1 mile of Devils Backbone and Rockfish Valley Trails and just over 30 minutes to Cville and UVA. $329,900

443 Three Ridges Just in time for ski season, this adorable, 2 BR, 2 BA condo is move-in ready and just a short walk to slopes, dining, and shopping. Attractive improvements in recent years include kitchen cabinets and counters, appliances, doors, floors, baths, furnishings and window treatments. Never rented, it is immaculate and tastefully appointed. And Three Ridges has one of the lowest condo fees at Wintergreen! If you are looking for an affordable getaway or a rental property, this one is perfect for you! $124,900

770 Pounding Branch Road This cozy 3 BR home, on just under 2 acres, is located in the highly desirable Afton area. Minutes to local activities and an easy commute to both Waynesboro and Charlottesville. Open floor plan, beautiful rock patio, bright windows in the great room, and wood stove for extra heat source.

18 Grassy Overlook Unique, architect-designed, single-level, 2 BR, 2 BA vacation/retirement home on quiet cul-de-sac. Large, flat driveway and oversized 2-car, attached garage. Study; private on the outside, open on the inside. Sited on .49 acres with room to build additional bedrooms. Southern exposure, cozy and well heated in the winter with brick wood-burning fireplace, central AC and French drain system. Tip top condition. Move-in ready. $349,000

77 Bunny Lane Home! With an “end of road” location, you’ll find the privacy of country living blended with a short commute to Charlottesville. Sited in a beautiful grove of mature trees, this 3 BR, 2 BA home is very close to fire/rescue and a Nelson County recycling center. The sunny yard has grapes, perennials and a perfect location for the veggie garden. Take a look and see if this property doesn't call you home. $159,000

344 East Catoctin Drive This handsome 6 BR, 4 BA home has two separate living areas with stone fireplaces. It has been professionally cleaned and is ready for your decorating ideas. Located on Devils Knob Golf Course. Seasonal mountain views. $274,900


C h a r l ot t e sv i l l e 608 Shamrock Road Charming 3 BR, 1 BA cottage in the city, convenient to UVA, the hospital and downtown. Custom, in-ground, heated 14x28 pool with a 6-foot wooden privacy fence surrounding landscaped yard. Updated, efficient windows; wood flooring and a brick fireplace in the living room. Carport, detached utility shed, 5–7 person hot tub, spacious patio and central AC. House has been a rental since 2008, with monthly rent as high as $1850. Owner/agent $269,500

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RECENTLY SOLD 298 Catoctin Drive $335,000 348 Dobie Condos $287,000 2239 Tanners Ridge Condos $98,000

118 bLAckROck cIRcLE $549,000 Updated 5 bedroom home in great location with beautiful views.

19 ROck DOvE $349,000

Brand new construction by Solid Rock Properties. 4 beds, 3 baths

1724 HIgH RIDgE $350,000

Top Floor unit with amazing views. 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths

410 FAwn RIDgE $329,000 Post & Beam Cedar Lindel home, many upgrades.

1439 Highlands Condos $180,000 1925 High Ridge Place $300,000 209 Timbers Condos $85,000 604 White Oak Condos $125,000 782 Laurelwood Condos $75,500.00 38 W. Catoctin Drive $262,500.00 57 Tyro Lane $555,000

13 SHEnAnDOAH RIDgE cOuRT $319,000

5 bedroom townhouse with great rental income.

305 DObIE cOnDO $199,000 Ski-in/Ski-out income producing condo. 2 beds, 2 baths

306 DObIE cOnDO $334,900

Completely updated ski-in/ski-out. 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths

750 PEDLARS EDgE $245,000

One of the last ski front lots left, build your dream home on the slopes.

1505 Cliffs Condos $90,000 1505 Cliffs Condos $110,000 1558 Vista Condos $320,000 103 Eagles Court $276,000 171 Mountain Inn $90,000 180 Mountain Inn $90,000

22 knOb HILL PLAcE $319,000

519 bLAckROck cIRcLE $199,000

Huge mountain views Beautiful location on MTN, year around. Outstanding value Best views on the mountain.

15 RED cEDAR $279,000

Great neighborhood 4 beds, 3 full baths

29 bRIARwOOD LAnE $289,000

4 Bedroom townhouse, totally updated with two master suites, 2 car garage, large deck on golf course

2204 Tanners Ridge Condos $64,000 466 Three Ridges Condos $58,000 47 Weeping Rock Ln (Vacant Lot) $50,000 19 Rock Dove Lane (Vacant Lot) $30,000

Roy Wheeler Realty Company Charlottesville, VA

353 Dobie Condo $175,000

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107 Eagles Ct Condos

True “walk out” 2 bedroom furnished ski condo on Eagles Swoop slope at Wintergreen. Full kitchen, wood burning fireplace in family room, 2 bathrooms. Patio overlooks slope and mountains, great location a short walk to mountain village shops and restaurants. Snow Tubing Park and Discovery ridge activity center nearby. Could be great rental unit. Low condo fees, exterior renovated with hardie board siding recently, gate activated parking. Ready to enjoy thisski season! Listed by Steve Marianella for $164,900. 434-566-1293 (540827)




245 Timbers Condos

Very nicely maintained slope side studio sold furnished and ready to enjoy this ski season. Full bath, kitchenette and bedroom, overlooking the Dobie slopes and Crawford’s mountain nature preserve. Walk to the mountain village amenities, restaurants, shops and year round activities. Ready to enjoy or invest as a rental unit with excellent rental potential. Timbers Condos is among the lowest condo fees at Wintergreen too. Offered at $64,000. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (541315)

77 Oak Lane Charming 4 bedroom chalet with winter views and great location not far from mountain village and slopes. Open layout on main level with custom kitchen, cathedral ceiling, window wall with lots of light. Home has professional decorator touches including ceramic tile, granite counters and custom cabinets, fine furnishings, gas fireplace. Lower level has kitchenette, hot tub, pool table and walk out. Central air and heat, weather resistant hardi board siding, covered entryway, level parking and drive. Listed by Steve Marianella for $419,000. 434-566-1293 (540646)

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178 Mountain Inn Condos

Updated and producing steady rental revenue in the Wintergreen resort rental program, this condo is located in the heart of the Mountain village at The Mountain Inn. Restaurants, shopping, festivals and bars are all within walking distance, along with slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Sold furnished and ready to use now and continue in the rental program. 2014 Gross rental revenue of over $17,000. 2015 YTD through September $13,353. Offered at $97,000. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (538856)

194 Mountain Inn Condo Great investment rental rated Gold in Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Renovations included new bathrooms, kitchen and furniture. Walk to restaurants, ski slopes, skating rink, music and craft events and festivals, conference and meeting areas. Gross rental revenue over $19K/ year both 2013 and 2014. Exterior of building upgraded with fiber cement siding in 2013. Invest now while prices are at 15 year lows! Owner financing available to qualified buyers. $80,900. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (530732)





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403 Devils Knob Loop



438 Three Ridges Condo

Just across from Dobie condos and at only a minute walk to the ski slopes, this two bedroom Three Ridges condo has everything the ski-front condo has except the premium price! Granite counters in kitchen; tile floors in the baths; plus, some of the cheapest condo dues at Wintergreen! $116,900. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (538283)







Superb home built in 2005 with 2 car garage offers seasonal mountain views. More than 1,200 SF of decking facilitates outdoor living. The finest granite, tile, stone, hardwoods, plumbing & lighting fixtures, and appliances make this home impossible to duplicate at this price. Reduced! $479,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (515960)







137 Pedlars Point



Totally updated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse in a great location at Wintergreen. These Westwood town homes rarely come to market. The townhouse was renovated in 2014 and new flooring and painting added in 2015. This home has large bedrooms, huge deck on the Devils Knob Golf course, and a gourmet kitchen. Some features included are, high end granite throughout, new LG appliances, vessel sinks, double deep stainless sink, all new faucets, and much more. Enjoy Blue Ridge and Valley views from some rooms. Two master suites! Recent exterior upgrades include new roof, chimney, and exterior paint. Westwood has very low association fees. $289,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (539621)



Fantastic panoramic year round views from this well cared for Five bedroom luxury home on quiet cul de sac at Wintergreen Resort. Two Family rooms with fireplaces, large decks, office, dining room and large master suite all enjoy the unspoiled views of Crawford’s Mtn and wilderness area. Upgrades include gourmet kitchen with granite and custom cabinetry, hardwood floors in main living area, cathedral ceilings and floor to ceiling stone fireplace, multi zone HVAC with air conditioning, wired for generator and more. $849,000 Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (540900)






Build your Wintergreen home on this cul-de-sac lot with seasonal golf and mountain views. Easy walk to Wintergreen’s Spa, Fitness, and Aquatics Centers. Less than 5 minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. $38,750. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (540776)








Tons of living space and priced to sell! This bright, spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath golf-front townhome features a large wrap-around large deck and is an easy walk to Spa, Nature Foundation, and Ski shuttle. Enjoy gorgeous golf views of the 17th par 3 on Devils Knob. All furnishings convey. Get this great value before it’s gone! $239,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (540825)




606 Blackrock Circle

Well cared for furnished three bedroom home with seasonal views in the Blackrock area, close to Tyro slopes. Updates include nice hardwood floors, redone wood burning stone fireplace, and updated furnishings. Cathedral ceiling in family room gives home a more spacious feel, with lots of morning light. Very private lot with lots of privacy, level parking, and bordering on not to be developed green space. Two full baths with some updates and a unique nook for office space. Large master bedroom enjoys views and has access to a private loft area that can be storage space or a “kids getaway”. Short drive to mountain village area and its amenities and events. Offered at $329,000. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (540951)

Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Woody Greenberg Rachel Ryan Jennie Tal Williams a mom & pop since 2005

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If you’re going to open a winery, you might as well accidentally do it on your wedding anniversary.


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basic necessities ................. 9 cover story ............................11 at home with marlo ......... 23 this old/new house ............ 25 embrace the adventure ... 33 sam’s garden ..................... 34 ask the dr. ......................... 35 event calendar ................. 36 business directory ............ 37 classifieds .......................... 38 games ................................... 39

on the cover Photo credit: Norm Shafer Sheila Oroark holds a rose as she listens to the barbershop quartet, Breezeway as they sing to her at the doctors office where she works. Story on page 11.


thepublishers Shortly after we went to press, we lost our second dog. After Martina’s passing we were worried about ol’ Nick, who had come to us as a rescue from Almost Home. He had been dumped there on Christmas Eve some years ago, hence his name. This old beagle was loyal to us, but mostly to Martina. Where she went, he followed. He may have been the male but Martina wore the pants in the house. So when she died, we began looking for a companion. But dogs can be smarter than we think they are. A few days after Martina’s passing, Nick’s breathing became labored and he started to swell. The diagnosis was cancer. He had apparently had it for a while but after his best friend left, he threw in the towel. His soul had already left us and his body was slowly catching up to the departure. Tommy’s father died last summer and since then, we’ve worried about his mother. As I write this, Tommy is rushing to Tennessee to beat a snowstorm so that he can be with Mama Staff in her final days. He’s grabbing a quick bite with Peyton, and Adam is in the shed recording a video of Otis and Martina 2.0. So yes, as luck would have it, a friend guided us to a sweet young

couple in Palmyra whose dog bore a litter late last year. “Save us two,” I told her. “A boy and a girl.” Over the hills and through the woods to the puppies’ house we went. Adam decided to name his pooch Otis (after the movie) and Peyton, who still very much misses Martina, wanted “another Martina.” “No, Martina is in heaven. Your dog should be Violet!” Adam insisted. “I miss Martina and I want Martina!” Peyton explained. Martina 2.0, it is. May I one day achieve the honor of becoming a Mama Staff 2.0. Love always. Yvette and Tommy Stafford FEBRUARY 2016 Blue Ridge LIFE 7

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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz Sustainable and natural wines “Man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.” ― Chief Luther Standing Bear Trends come and go. Some trends that feel new have in fact been around for eons. Just like much of the New Age spiritualism that is actually old-age, so too with the very popular movement of “natural” wines. Note that this is different from the labeling of foods as “natural”. On grocery store shelves across our country, “natural” takes on a catholic embrace that means little. It’s confusing to consumers at best, and a marketing gimmick at worst. Yet when referring to wine, the word “natural” won’t appear on labels. The natural wine movement is simply a trend toward less manipulated wines. Many wine drinkers have no idea just how many artificial additives are put into conventional wine. Do we want to put those chemicals into the earth and into our bodies? In Vouvray François Pinon says, “I see guys in the vineyard wearing space suits to protect themselves from the chemicals they’re spraying on their own land. If they’re taking those precautions, then

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they know it’s bad. Yet they’d still sell you their wine.” The natural movement is an inevitable reaction to wines that are too concentrated, too sulfured, over-filtered and over-extracted. The difference, in other words, between the wine maker as magician, pulling forth wine from his hat and taking most of the credit, and wine that is “made in the vineyard.” Proponents of natural wines say, let the vineyard produce the wine and don’t mess with it. Keeping your vines and vineyard in the best condition is the priority opposed to practices such as micro-oxygenating the wine or adding sugar, all tricks of the winemaker as magician. For more, watch the documentary Mondo Vino (it’s not hard to tell the bias here) that juxtaposes an estate I adore, Mas de Daumas Gassac, with the powerful conglomerate, Robert Mondavi. There is also Natural Resistance introducing the natural wine movement, and featuring Arianna Occhipinti about whom I’ve written before, and Elena Pantelioni, a friend, and I can’t count the times I’ve written of her exceptional estate, La Stoppa. While natural wines are often organic or biodynamic, they may or may

not be sustainably produced, though usually are. Sustainably-produced wines are made with the intention of having as little negative impact on the environment as possible. Sustainablemethod wineries often opt for solar power, water reclamation systems and recycling programs. Les Grimaudes, Costières de Nîmes, 2013 (Natural, biodynamic) – Emmanuelle Kreydenweiss makes this Basics’ favourite with her Alsatian husband. Farmed biodynamically without SO2 additions. Aromas of blackberry pie, stewed prunes and cardamom. $15.99 Château Suau, blanc, 2013 (organic) – Hidden behind a row of 100-year-old oaks, Château Suau was once the hunting lodge of the Duc d’Eperon. It was restored in the 16th century and in 1687, during the reign of Louis XVI, the château was owned by the Suau family of Capian. Monique Bonnet bought the estate in 1986 and is now the current wine maker, lending her great style and elegance. Look for notes of citrus, honeysuckle and pineapple. Sublime with shellfish and seafood. $12.99. Next month: Biodynamic wines.

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REDUCED Arrington - $254,900 4BR, 2BTH, 2 acres, Mountain Views, County water, Open flr plan. Lynn Bowling: 434.941.3126

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Scott Price and another member of Breezeway, a barbershop quartet, ride an elevator as they go to sing two love songs on the day before Valentine’s Day last year. Nick Kozel and Jim Bell warm up in the car before a performance (above). They are part of the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.


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Four men in matching red blazers and bow ties hopped out of a car and headed into the Little Peoples Preschool in Penn Laird on Valentine’s Day last year. Katie Oates, a teacher at the school, had no idea what was coming. The four men walked into the room, where Oates and her students had gathered. They began to sing, Let me Call You Sweetheart.

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The men were members of Breezeway, a barbershop quartet, and they were there to surprise Oates with a singing valentine orchestrated by Oates’ husband, Kenny. As the quartet sang, Oates’ three and four-year-old students sat quietly, mesmerized by the performance. “It was lovely and beautiful,” she said. Along with their stop at the preschool, the Barbershop Quartet performed at a doctor’s office, James Madison University, a few restaurants, and a nursing home. In all, the quartet delivered about three dozen singing valentines that day. “We have a lot of fun doing it and people are pleasantly surprised when we go,” said Jim Bell, a local minister who has been performing with the quartet for the past few years. “We’ve sang for just about every kind of person out there.” Bell and the rest of the quartet are part of the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, a group of about thirty men who gather each Monday night to practice their “barbershop style” of a cappella songs arranged for male voices in close fourpart harmony. Bell, at 60, says he is one of the youngest members.

Jim Bell gives a last minute adjustment to Nick Kozel’s bow-tie before a performance at the JMU health center. At right are Tom Hoover and Scott Price (above). The barbershop quartet also sang to Gail Noble at Sunnyside, a retirement community in Harrisonburg (below).

The singing valentine is the group’s largest fundraiser, allowing them to travel and participate in competitions throughout the year. Anyone can book the Barbershop Quartet to deliver a singing valentine to a spouse, family member, colleague, or friend. The group travels “from Staunton to Mount Jackson and any place in between,” said Mike Calhoun, another member of the Harrisonburg Harmonizers. Each performance includes two or three songs, a rose, and a card for the lucky recipient. “That’s the most fun, just seeing how people react,” Bell said. “The person we sing to, nine times out of ten it’s a surprise. Sometimes they are rather embarrassed or quiet.” continued on page 14


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Sheila Oroark reads a note from a friend that she was presented by the barbershop quartet, Breezeway before they sing to her at the doctors office where she works.

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Bell said the most awkward performance he has been apart of took place at a doctor’s office, when a woman hired the group to sing to her husband. “I think he felt kind of awkward having a men’s quartet coming and singing for him at his doctors office,” Bell laughed. A special performance was for an 85-year-old grandmother who’s birthday fell on Valentine’s Day. “That was real special for her,” Bell said. But his favorite performance so far, was in the atrium of the rec center at James Madison University. Bell and his quartet members had been hired to deliver a singing valentine to woman who worked there. “There were hundreds of students there,” Bell said. “Everybody came out of the balconies…we had a lot of students taking videos with their


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phones. We usually throw in two or three extra songs for everybody if they are enjoying it.” One year later, Katie Oates still has the rose and card she received from her singing valentine. She said the performance was so unexpected because she and her husband don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day. “We just decided ourselves that we love each other all the time and we don’t have to show it one special day. It’s always there. I know he loves me and he knows I love him.” Still she said the singing valentine made for a marvelous day. The only problem, she thought as the Barbershop Quartet finished their performance, “I said, wow Kenny, I got you nothing.” Perhaps she could call Bell and the Barbershop Quartet this year. BRL


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CONDOS 1821 High Ridge Ct.

$359,000.00 MLS#540628

One of the biggest features is this is a top floor end unit with an elevator to the 4th level. Sited on the crest of the Blue Ridge, it has views in two direction. It is located across the street from 3rd tee of Devils Knob Course and walking distance to tennis, clubhouse and spa. Ski shuttle stops in front at the parking lot. In addition to panoramic views this building has many distinctive architectural features. This is a four bedroom & four bath, with a separate den/library. Individual ski closets convenient to parking. A very spacious floor plan with many interior upgrades not found in most condos.

2141 Fairway Woods

$99,000.00 MLS#523549

Beautiful two-bedroom villa in phase 2 of Fairway Woods! On the 18th fairway and right in the heart of the Resort. Convenient to everything and already in the Resort’s rental program! Phase 2 villas offer central air and a larger floor plan. Come see for yourself.

336 Dobie

$319,000.00 MLS#536003

Spacious three bedroom, 3 full bath condo located on the ski slopes. Top floor villa with cathedral ceilings in the great room and master suite. Third bedroom on the second floor used to be in a loft but now is completely enclosed and private. The owners have also finished a spacious attic space into a walk-in closet and and additional kids sleeping/ play room. Fully furnished with a few exceptions. In wonderful condition with some recent cosmetic updates. Wonderful property for the ski enthusiast. Build unforgettable memories with family and friends in this mountain ski chalet.

1409 Highlands Lauren Rowson a JMU student applauds as Nick Kozel (baritone), Jim Bell (bass), and Tom Hoover (lead), members of “Breezeway” sing at JMU’s recreation center Friday Feb. 13, 2015. They are part of the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. For a fee one of the Harmonizer’s quartets will visit your loved one and sing two love songs and present them with a note and a rose. For more info, call Danny at 540-292-0604, or email

$249,900.00 MLS#528148

This prime property is located at the top of Highlands lift. It has a magnificent view of the slopes and valley below. 3 bedroom, 3 bath, with upgraded kitchen.

MOUNTAIN HOMES 550 Devils Knob Loop

$745,000.00 (Devils Knob II 44) MLS#532398

A luxury mountain home with some of the best Southern mountain views. Located right next to the Blue Ridge Overlook off of Devils Knob Loop and bordering open space on the back. Truly breathtaking and extremely private views. Extensive decking to enjoy the all year round views and majestic sunsets. Home has many high end finishes- maple floors and cabinets, granite counter tops, Viking gas range in kitchen, 2-story stone fireplace in great room, beautiful furnishings. Main floor living with 3 guest bedrooms and 2 guest baths upstairs. Move-in condition.

84 Summit Ln.

$624,000.00 (Devils Knob II 30) MLS#532521

A stunning custom home at the peak of Wintergreen, with fabulous views and architectural character. Private front courtyard with multiple entrances and breezeway. Large 3 car garage. Exposed aggregate concrete driveway. Double living rooms. 5 bedrooms, two of which are private master suites. Additional bonus rooms for whatever use suits you. Enormous wall of windows and skylights overlooks courtyard. Multiple levels of decking to enjoy mountain and golf views. Sprawling lighted deck pathways snuggle into native rock outcroppings and connect deck levels. Excellent privacy. Large hot tub with his & hers changing rooms. Backup generator. A superlative home for your personal enjoyment or your rental portfolio. Exceptionally valued.

181 Black Rock Cir.

$299,500.00 (Black Rock 36) MLS#526447

Over-sized deck with sunset views over the Blue Ridge to the Southwest. Three large bedrooms, three Jacuzzi tubs. Two master suites, one with a private balcony with sunset views. Recently remodeled and refurbished. Refurnished to high standards. Located near the very top of Black Rock Mountain. Walk to slopes and Black Rock Village.amenities and conveniences of Nellysford and Wintergreen. A very well valued offering, ready for your new home.

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Starting a vineyard from scratch is a labor of love. Opening it on your wedding anniversary is pure genius.

The traditional anniversary gift for 17 years of marriage is wine or spirits. Most couples splurge for a great bottle of Scotch. Some even make a trip out of it and head to wine country. But the Raposos took it to the next level. “We bought the property in 2009 and over the next several years we planted the vineyard. Then began working on the winery building itself,” said Jorge Raposo, owner of Brent Manor Vineyards, the newest varietal of wineries in Nelson County. “I’ve been doing most of the work myself on the weekends so we finally opened the tasting room on October 10.” “Our 17th wedding anniversary!” Interrupted his wife, coowner and business partner Tracie. They never intended to open their new vineyard on their anniversary (that best weekend for that was just super coincidental); having a winery has been a long-time dream for the couple, who still lives a few hours away in Stafford and makes the weekly trip to Nelson on weekends until they build their new homestead down here in Faber. Jorge’s love of wine is deeply ingrained. As a young kid in Portugal and then the United States, he remembers his dad making wine. “So when I grew up and got married, we kept that up for our own personal consumption,” said Jorge, who pronounces his name in the Portuguese way (like a soft pronunciation of George), even though it’s spelled exactly like the Spanish version of the name. After years of hosting wine dinners at home together, the pair visited Carlton, Oregon in 2008 and were inspired by an awesome B&B and its innkeepers. They decided on that trip that they knew what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. continued on page 18


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Jorge Raposo is the owner of Brent Manor Vineyards, Nelson County’s newest vineyard off Route 29 in Faber. The tasting room is open on the weekends and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 16-17, Jorge’s birthday weekend.




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Three furnished one bedroom, one bathroom, loft condominiums located in the heart of Mountain Village. All three have GOLD status rental. Perfect for those who want a prime location. Good rental potential for investment property seekers. GREAT value!

155 Mountain Inn Condos $95,000 (539793)

173 Mountain Inn Condos $95,000 (539794)

166 Mountain Inn Condos $95,000 (539795)

“I drafted the rough plans that were to become the B&B on the plane on the way back,” said Jorge. “That was January 2008 and we spent the next year looking for property. The more we looked at sites, the more we knew we wanted to be in Nelson.” The B&B is still a few years out, but Jorge’s lifelong love of winemaking made the first half of their dream a quick reality. The wines on hand are what he calls “old world meets new world,” and he’s stocking two of his own 2014 varietals (a Chambourcin and a Viognier) along with a few other Gabriele Rausse Virginia wines and several tastes from Portugal. Last year, he ramped up production, though, so next season visitors can expect eight Brent Manor Vineyards originals. Not at all farmers by trade – Jorge’s a software developer and Tracie’s a system supervisor, both for Geico in Fredericksburg – the most surprising thing to Jorge has been the speed at which the deer gobble up his new vines. For his wife, however, the surprises have been much more pleasant. “I love the interaction with the people that come in tasting wines; sometimes they’ve never experienced this wine area so I really enjoy that,” said Tracie. “And the fact that a lot of people get refereed to us by other wineries. A lot of people have supported us throughout our journey and the support and openness that Nelson has given to us, I couldn’t expect anything more than that.” BRL












87 Devils Knob Loop $739,000

415 Pedlars Edge Drive $699,000

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22 Knob Hill Place Amazing mountain views from this pristine lot at wintergreen. Come build your dream home on the nicest view lot on the mountain. Huge year around views in all directions from this beautiful lot. Call agent for building ideas on this lot! Offered at $319,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (532806)







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Wintergreen, Virginia 22958




This completely renovated (2013) and beautifully decorated, rustically trimmed 2 bedroom/2 bath unit is really a must see! This fully furnished condo boasts private parking, views from your covered patio, elegant granite countertops, and a true ski-out experience. Nestled close to the Mountain Inn, this unit is close to everything! Enjoy relaxing from a day of fun in your fire warmed conversation area! Firewood supplied all year! Offered at $255,000. Call Tim Craig at 540-416-8498 (538049)

Ski in/ ski out, 3 bedroom/ 3 full bath, beautifully updated Dobie condo. This condo has been completely updated including all windows, doors, kitchen, baths, flooring, paint and much more. The spiral staircase has been removed and a creative, more functional staircase has been added giving much more space for the living area. This condo is a top floor unit with high ceilings and spectacular mountain views. Located in the heart of wintergreen resort walking distance to restaurants and shopping. This is one of the nicest 3 bedroom ski front condos at Wintergreen. $334,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399.(530948)


Gold Rated one bedroom loft condo in Wintergreen rental program. Rental revenue of over $21,000 in 2014. Sold furnished and ready to enjoy this winter or keep it in rental program. Walk to courtyard restaurants, festivals and music, shopping and of course the slopes! Full bathroom and kitchenette too. One of the few units in the Mountain Inn with an outside deck too. Listed by Steve Marianella for $115,000. Call 434-566-1293, (538273)

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141 Far Knob Climb Terrific homesite of more than 2.5 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. Easily accessible road frontage for construction of a driveway to into the parcel. Slope of lot provides potential for excellent year-round mountain vistas. Wonderfully private setting yet still an easy two minute drive to Stoney Creek amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, dinning, fishing). Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $68,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (539331) HIN

173 Mountain Inn Condos Ski front, furnished condominium in the heart of Mountain Village. One bedroom, one bath, loft condo. Gold rental status for those interested in an investment property. Great value! Offered at $95,000 - Call Jon Tsakis, 540-836-9211. (539794)

166 Mountain Inn Condos GREAT value in the Mountain Inn! Furnished, one bedroom, one bath loft condominium with nice mountain views is located in the heart of Mountain Village. Gold status rental for those interested in an investment property. Offered at $95,000. Call Jon Tsakis. 540-836-9211. (539795) I-O





Excellent development opportunity in Wintergreen Resort. Approved for 22 townhomes or an 85 room hotel. Located in a very favorable area of the resort. Townhome owners or hotel guests would be able to walk to the resort’s full service spa, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, ski shuttle and local cafe. Very short drive to the golf and tennis facilities as well as the resort’s shops and restaurants. This unique opportunity is available for $1,870,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (514993)







122 Wintergreen Drive

Beautiful year around mountain views from this updated home. This home sits in the very desirable Blackrock neighborhood of WTG. Great location near all the resort activities. This is a great family home with a very spacious floor plan and has a large deck for entertaining. Master bedroom has its own private balcony.....have fun in the hot tub while enjoying wonderful mountain views. This is a great value for year around mountain views and a renovated 5 bedroom home in this location at WTG. $549,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (535915)


24 Wintergreen Drive Incredible value for 3,700 square feet of living.....newer construction with very high finishes....Viking appliances, Granite counters, solid wood craftsman style doors throughout, high ceilings, hardwood flooring and much more. Great location next to spa/pool and ski slopes. This floor plan allows for multiple families to enjoy. $479,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (526929)


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15 Red Cedar Court Located in a charming and quiet neighborhood in the Devils Knob area. This home has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, open floor plan with lots of natural light, soaring high ceiling, and beautiful stone fireplace as a center piece. Two master suites both with private bathrooms makes this home desirable for multiple families. Nice winter views and home faces west for spectacular sunsets. This home is well maintained and ready to move in and enjoy Wintergreen. $279,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (520119)




410 Fawn Ridge This classic timber frame Lindal Cedar chalet is perfect for the family that wants to be a short distance from the upper village amenities. Great open floor plan with lots of natural light. Floor to ceiling arched stone fireplace, exposed cedar ceilings, wood floors both upstairs and down, including bedrooms. Soaring vaulted ceilings with custom window features bring the light indoors. Quality features include, stainless steel appliances, dual heat pumps, oversized soaking tub, granite countertops. $329,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (508030)


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149 Timber Camp ~ Building Lot Walk across to the Chestnut Springs Park and enjoy swimming (Memorial Day to Labor Day), grill stations, and enclosed pavilion – a great amenity available to all owners! This corner lot offers an easy-to-build gentle slope with winter mountain views. $54,900. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (531593) !







155 Mountain Inn Condos

157 Mountain Inn Condos

Gold Rental on the Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Located in the heart of the Mountain Village! Close to everything! This 1 bedroom 1 bath condo comes completely furnished - Excellent Rental Investment or Leisure! Short walk to all amenities, 2 restaurants, and SKIING! Call for a showing today! $99,000 Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (539168)


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1822 High Ridge Court Condo

2041 Stone Ridge Condos Beautifully maintained 2 bedroom 2 bath condo at Stone Ridge. This condo is in great shape and very clean. It is located right on the 18th fairway of Devils Knob golf course. Open floor plan with a large deck facing the golf course. Great location near the spa and other attractions at Wintergreen Mountain. Offered at $139,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (532813)

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258 Timbers Condo This amazing one bedroom one bath updated Timbers Condo on Wintergreen Resort Rental Program has been freshly painted and is looking great! Fantastic location, slopeside condo, with a short walk to amenities. Priced to sell! $79,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (493414)









Amazing deal. It sold in less than a month the last time it was on the market. Rated Gold on the Wintergreen Resort rental program, it is beautiful, convenient to everything but quiet with south facing views (in season). Walk to the Mountain Inn, ski slopes, restaurants and more. Comfortable and classic with updated furniture and furnishings. New bathroom, kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops and appliances and lighting fixtures. Offered at $74,900. Call Jody A. Morgan 540-461-1733. (535233)











Furnished ski front condominium. This one bedroom, one bathroom loft condo is located in the heart of Mountain Village. Gold status rental. Perfect for those who want a prime location, view of the ski slopes, and good rental potential for investment property seekers! Offered at $95,000. Call Jon Tsakis, 540-836-9211. (539793)


Fully renovated 2 bedroom condo with spectacular views from almost every room. Granite kitchen counters with stainless appliances. Renovated bathrooms, wood burning fireplace, hot tub and large deck. Walk to many amenities including Devils Knob Golf and Tennis and Devils Grill. Covered parking right outside door, NO STEPS to unit! Listed by Steve Marianella for $189,000. Call 434-566-1293. (537682)








50 Ash Lane

On the corner of Ash Lane and Devils Knob Loop on a double lot, this home offers spectacular year-round mountain views, and gorgeous interior details. Sauna, indoor hot tub, multiple living areas, his and hers master baths, and a top floor with 280 degree views are a few of the features that make this offering special. Amazing Price Reduction to $749,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (512525)


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Amazing new construction at Winterhaven with almost 2 acres of seasonal mountain views. Approximately 3,000 sq. feet, including heated 2 car garage. Living Room, Family Room both with gas log fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 3 large baths, 2 large decks (upper and lower). Hickory floors and cabinets in the kitchen, along with stainless steel appliances. Energy efficient home with R values up to R-50. Fifty-year roof, Superior Walls 15 year warranty, smart siding, energy star windows, insulated garage door, high-end finishes including granite, tile, and hickory floors. Priced to sell. New homeowner’s dream! Offered at $388,000 Call Jon Tsakis 540-836-9211. (535187)





This elegant mountain home provides the perfect blend of rustic and modern. A remodeled kitchen offers the modern conveniences you expect while pine floors, ceilings, and appointments remind you this home is in the Mountains. From its vantage point at 3,850 feet, a year-round view of the valley and mountains to the West is mesmerizing. $489,900. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 434-296-9860 (533751)


224 Deer Springs Lane Spacious,open home on the 9th fairway of Devil’s Knob golf course. 5 bed 4 baths w/ 2 mstr suites & 2 family rooms. Main entrance greets you w/ vaulted ceilings & a soaring stone fireplace. A wall of windows lets in the light and views. Gorgeous hand-scraped maple floors. Gourmet kitchen w/ thick granite counters & stainless appliances. High quality/energy eff construction. Tankless water heater, lots of storage. Very short walk through your back yard to Devils Grill, driving range, tennis or golf. Private street-great location. Offered at $599,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (539416)



154 Tyro Lane





Ski chalet just steps away from Tyro ski slope via community foot path. Coveted location is bordered by permanent open space for enhanced privacy. Many recent updates: Roof, slate flooring, fireplace façade, kitchen appliances, expanded deck and porch. Home features winter mountain views and a versatile loft bedroom that sleeps 4+ comfortably. $225,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (536726)








This chalet-style home captures the spirit of an era of mountain home designs loved through the generations. The vaulted great room is anchored by a real stone fireplace and flows seamlessly to the dining area and kitchen. A new master suite addition was completed in 2007 along with a new roof and skylights. $349,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (539170)






31 Deer Springs Lane

25 South Rock Tree Lane Custom Build your New Home & create a FULL View Year round ! Great corner lot, walk to the slopes, and quiet section of Black Rock Village at wonderful Wintergreen Resort. Easy build in skiers’ popular and preferred section. Currently Priced $30,000 under Tax assessment. A backyard destination, Wintergreen opportunity is knocking! Offered at $69,750. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (540322)









2073 Stone Ridge Condos

Beautifully furnished and updated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo with great rental revenue potential! Updated flooring, appliances, and furnishings make this unit move-in ready. Ground floor, walk-out to grassy area from living room patio. Views of 18th fairway on Devils Knob course. Stone Ridge is adjacent to the Spa and is a short walk to the Devils Grill and Nature Foundation. Drive or catch the shuttle for a two minute ride to tennis, skiing, dining, and shops. This turnkey unit feels like home! Offered at $132,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (532585)



2230 Tanners Ridge Condos Tanners Ridge with a view! You will not believe how spacious and warm this attractive recently remodeled condo feels! Views from both Master and Guest Bedrooms (3rd level). Cathedral Ceilings & Ceiling Fans, Wood Burning Fireplace - Check out the new appliances and bathroom renovations! Granite Tops! Stainless Steel appliances! New Cabinets! Flooring! Great Lighting Added!!! To many extras to mention A real must see!!! Golf and Blue Ridge Views thru out!!! Easy parking and Shuttle Service! Offered at $109,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (539166) FEBRUARY 2016

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Highs and Lows

2015 year end residential real estate summary for Nelson County


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

The greater Charlottesville area, encompassing the city of Charlottesville and five surrounding counties including Nelson County, experienced tremendous growth. In fact, home sales increased in all jurisdictions with Nelson County leading the pack. Nelson may have been the area leader in number of sales, but price and days on market did not end the year on a positive note. Here is a market summary for Nelson County. *Sales figures were pulled from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Countywide Overview; 248 residential properties sold in 2015 which represents a 28% increase from 2014 when 194 properties sold. Statistical Comparisons; Q1Q4 2014 recap: 194 sales, median $238,875, average price $277,062, average price per sq ft $141.50, days on market (DOM) 169. Q1-Q4 2015: 248 sales, median $199,900, average price $240,746, average price per sq

ft $130.66, days on market (DOM) 203, median DOM of 119. While sales had an impressive annual gain of 28%, the median price is at a ten year low with an annual decrease of 16%. With price declining and days on market increasing, sellers must be diligent at setting a market driven price to even achieve a sale, and especially if targeting a timely sale. On a positive note, the absorption of properties from the current inventory may enable “future” price growth based on the principle of supply and demand. Countywide, there are currently 280 active residential properties for sale compared to 318 at this time last year; the average asking price per sq ft is relatively unchanged at $163.69 today verses a year ago at $166.81. Sales Summary by Locality; Nelson County sales encompass 3 main markets, Wintergreen (mountain) with 128 sales at an average price per sq ft of $144.59, Stoney Creek (valley) with 23 sales at an average price per sq

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ft of $133.97, and all other non-resort or county properties with 97 sales and an average price per sq ft of $111.50. When comparing 2015 sales with 2014 sales, all 3 markets saw an increase in sales and a reduction in price. The greatest sales growth was in Wintergreen at 39% followed by the county at 20% and Stoney Creek at 10%. The deterioration of price per sq ft was greatest in the county at 12% followed by Wintergreen at 7% and Stoney Creek at 1%. Another notable statistic is within Wintergreen (mountain) and the distribution of sales; 128 properties sold representing 44 detached homes and 84 attached/condos. Hence, 66% of all mountain sales have been condos. Besides Wintergreen and Stoney Creek, the non-resort county locality with the most sales was Shipman with 17 sales followed by Afton with 16. Monthly/Quarterly Sales Breakdown; 2015 Monthly Sales: January-18, February-15, March-18, April-16, May-24, June-18, July-21,


August-24, September-22, October-34, November-15, December-23. The strongest month was October and the slowest months were February and November. 2015 Quarterly Summary: Q1-51, Q2-58, Q3-67, Q4-72. Q4 recognized the highest number of sales while Q1 achieved the fewest. Historically the second half of the year consistently outperforms the first half. Percentage increase in sales when comparing the second half of the year with the first half: 2013 - 32%, 2014 - 26%, 2015 - 28%. 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. Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson County and helped found Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties. Hand hewn chestnut cabin with privacy! 1793 Dark Hollow Rd; #537496; $214,900 2Br/2Ba; 28 Acres

Salesperson of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015 Make 2016 count! Buying or selling, call Marlo. Specializing in: Nelson County – Wintergreen – Stoney Creek Marlo G. Allen

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Nestled on nearly 28 acres with a meandering creek and spring. Ideal place to get away from it all and to enjoy as full time residence, vacation retreat, or recreation and hunting, County records indicate that the cabin was built in 1848; addition was added for more living space. Acreage is mostly wooded with possibility of other building sites. Yard has mature landscaping, spring fed water features, and several garden spots. Secluded, yet only 3 miles to Route 151 for convenience to Wintergreen Resort, local wineries and breweries, and more.

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Location: 2127 Mountain Rd, Afton, Virginia Offered at: $268,500 Comments: Charming cottage with wonderful views of the Blue Ridge mountains near the village of Afton with close proximity to the Shenandoah Nat ional Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail. The residence boasts ten foot ceilings, transomed doors, large windows, generous center hall and heart pine flooring; creating a bright and spacious floorplan with expansion potential in the large dormered 800 square foot floored attic. Situated under a canopy of mature trees, the home offers a full length front porch and a rear porch with open deck space to enjoy the undisturbed mountain views and the southern exposure. Contact: Amy Stevens, Stevens & Company – Crozet 434-823-6104

thisnewhouse Location: 24 Wintergreen Dr, Wintergreen, Virginia Offered at: $479,000 Comments: Incredible value for 3,700 square feet of living. Newer construction with very high finishes. Viking appliances, Granite counters, solid wood craftsman style doors throughout, high ceilings, hardwood flooring and much more. Great location next to spa/pool and ski slopes. This floor plan allows for multiple families to enjoy. Contact: Rod Phillips Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties 434-987-6399

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When Anne Williams’ daughters were both in college, she found herself with a lot more time on her hands than she was used to having. As somewhat of an empty nester, she knew she was going to have to find a hobby - and fast. “I wanted to be doing something productive with my time besides helping them, since they just weren’t going to be needing my help quite the same way,” she said. “I knew there was going to be a void.” Her daytimes were covered – she’s been the morning host of WNRN for 16 years – but she knew she’d have some time to kill after work. But Anne wasn’t sure what to hone in on until she remembered a long-ago interest in quilt-making. “When I moved here to my house eight years ago, I thought I wanted to make T-shirt quilts; there are a lot of T-shirts that are part of the process of public radio and I had bins and bins of them,” she said. “My mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine, but I put it away and it was dormant for six years.” After attempting an apron and a dress, she found herself at Cottonwood, a quilting store on Barracks Road. She knew she’d found her niche. “The store had books, they had friendly people and I ended up taking a beginning quilting lesson there and then regular classes,” she said. “Here was an environment that was focused completely on quilting and I had access to everything.” These days, she’s working part-time at Cottonwood and has extreme insider access – from getting

tips from experts to early access to patterns and fabrics. She even makes some of the display quilts for the store. Anne said it had been a couple of decades since she felt that passionate about anything.

“It was the same feeling that I had when I was 18 or 19 and walked into a radio station for the first time as a volunteer,” she said. “I just wanted to know everything about it.” One of her most recent quilts combines her two favorite things - she made a custom quilt for her radio station, WNRN Charlottesville. She customized a quilt originally designed to have appliqué baseball bats, gloves and mitts that she saw in a magazine and designed an appliqué version of the station logo to use instead. Usually Anne quilts her own projects, but she decided to send this one to a professional quilter who has a computer in her machine and was able to stitch in musical elements like treble clefs, a G-clef and eighth notes. When she got it back, she put a sleeve on the top like a curtain rod and now it hangs from the ceiling at the station. “It’s interesting to see people’s reactions to it because some people are like ‘Whatever,’ and others are like ‘Oh my gosh how much time did this take?’” Anne said of her first original design. “It was a lot of work, but I’m glad I did it. There’s love in every stitch.” BRL


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Located in the heart of historic downtown Staunton, unlike other commercial breweries and taprooms, Redbeard is pretty much a one-man show, run by owner, entrepreneur, and Brewmaster extraordinaire, Jonathan Wright. Cooking up around 150 barrels a year, Wright’s operation is what connoisseurs would call a “Nano Brewery.” Which, in terms of product, means Wright gets to personally focus on crafting a duplicity of artisanal varieties, in a plethora of different ways. In turn, Thursdays through Sundays, patrons of Redbeard have the privilege of hanging out in the brewery’s homely furnished taproom sipping from freshly brewed, truly local beer. And, as the man who does the brewing is nearly always available, returning customers have the not-so-fringe benefit of putting in requests for the upcoming beer menu. In an effort to bring you the inside story behind one of the Blue Ridge’s most delectable secrets, Blue Ridge Life dropped by Redbeard and talked with Jonathan Wright about the art of brewing nano, his entrepreneurial roots, and much more.

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What’s the story behind Redbeard’s opening? How’d you guys get started? JW: Both sides of my family have a multi-generational history of making alcohol in Virginia, both legally and otherwise. So that spurred the interest in brewing originally. After doing some home brewing and getting positive feedback from experienced palates, I decided to begin working on putting a business model together. At the time, VA Senate Bill 604, which would allow breweries to sell their products onsite, was being debated in state legislature. I took a gamble that the bill would pass, and decided to work on opening a small local brewery — the kind you would have seen all over the country prior to prohibition. At that point, I’d been self-employed for a number of years as a Certified Real Estate Appraiser, so while I continued to run that business, I began putting together Redbeard Brewing. Over the course of a year, I acquired the bits and pieces necessary to build the brewing equipment, engineered and built said equipment, found and leased a space, dealt with the assorted federal, state, and local regulatory hurdles, and finally opened on June 21, 2013.

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Farrah, Jonathan Wright’s wife and co-owner of Redbeard Brewing Co., wheels a half keg of fresh brew (left). The brewery’s seasonal menu constantly changes, but not the serving sizes.

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What are the merits of running a brewer of this size? I don’t know there’s any particular merit to running a small brewery rather than a large one. In my case, I just can’t work for other people. Since I’d been self-employed for some time when I opened Redbeard, in a field that was completely autonomous, it made sense to me to run the entire brewery, back to front, soup to nuts, by myself. So starting as small as was reasonably possible was a necessity. What’s your tap schedule and rotation like? We have anywhere from six to ten beers on tap at a time at Redbeard, depending on the time of year. During peak-time, demand exceeds the supply I’m able to produce, and we get down to six taps for a few months. During those periods, we stick with an approachable but varied selection (i.e., an American Pale Ale, English Brown Ale, Belgian Saison, IPA, Black IPA, and Blueberry Wheat). During slower periods—such as the early fall—I add taps and push things a little more style-wise. (For instance, we just added a Sweet Potato Pie Porter, Belgian Tripel brewed with Wild Blackberries, and an English Dark Mild Ale.) Typically, we change the tap-list every three weeks. Sometimes that’s one tap swapping out for something I’ve made


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before, sometimes its three or four new beers. Again, it depends on the time of year. Additionally, we do seasonal beers that only get released once a year, like a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout called Moriarty, and a Peppermint Stout. Our X-mas Beer [was] released on Black Friday (November 27), along with a one-day-only menu featuring 11 big dark beers—including a 2014 Moriarty aged 15 months in Van Winkle 10-year barrels, a few of our black flagships, and cellared kegs of one-offs made throughout the year. With so much brewing freedom, how do you decide what to make? As in, what’s the rationale behind your deciding to brew this or that beer now? While it was torturous to begin with, deciding when and what to brew has become easier with each success and failure. Sometimes, the decision is based on what’s popular in the market or the time of year. Other times, I want to showcase an under-appreciated style. Still other times, a regular will drop by with 20 pounds of blackberries from their backyard garden. Ultimately, my decision-making is based primarily on what I feel will be received best in the taproom, by our customers. BRL


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As a means to avoid the subject of dying, or maybe just to avoid lawyers, many people do no estate planning at all, or try to use a DIY source to write their own estate plan. If you feel like the whole thing is too complicated or may somehow put a hex on you, rest assured that spending some time to do it right is worth it! Approximately 55% of adults in America have done no estate planning (they have no Last Will, Trust, or any dispositive plan), and for people under the age of 35 that percentage increases to an estimated 92%! If you are one of those people without a plan, please consider the consequences before it’s too late! If you have no Will or Trust to control the distribution of your estate, then at death the Laws of Intestacy will govern your affairs. This body of law constitutes a “default” estate plan written by the State for everyone who dies without taking care of it during life. The Laws of Intestacy create different outcomes for different people depending upon their situation when they die. For example, in Virginia there are different results for those who are single (whether they were ever married or not), those in a second marriage, those who have children or not, those who’s spouse had children that were not their biological or adopted children. In my experience, most people would not ever want their estate distributed the way the Laws of Intestacy force it to go. The do-it-yourself, or DIY, sort of planning is very appealing to some who want to have something in place and feel like they can handle it with a “trusted source” for pre-written documents. But be warned, while I believe every person should have an estate plan, I have worked with some DIY documents which have created a legal nightmare for their loved ones after death. In some cases, the DIY documents were legally invalid altogether. In other cases, the primary distribution of the estate went to the wrong person (or so it appeared from conflicting beneficiary designations, which over-ride the Last Will). Often when I sit down with a client, they will have a preconceived idea of how to achieve their desired goals. But, a significant role of the attorney is to spot issues and help the client realize their goals in the most cost-effective and simplest manner possible. Attorneys are sometimes accused of making mountains out of mole hills, but I think that attorneys actually just blow the smoke off the mountain that already existed. Simple is good - when it is done right. But, don’t make the mistake of creating a DIY legal mess for simple or doing nothing as the simple way. In both cases, simple is simply a potential disaster waiting to happen. Speak to an attorney that practices estate planning for guidance and help today!

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Put Adventure into your Resolution We’re about a month into the Year of the Monkey and adventures abound. We hope your New Year’s Resolution(s) included getting out the front door and checking out more of those trails nearest you. We’ve already bolted out the door and hit the trails and the not-quite-trails-yet trails over at Paul’s Creek. Recently, I was visiting my buddy, Neil, who lives near Paul’s Creek over near the Rockfish Valley Community Center. After one of Trager Bros. Coffee’s great Quad Tall Lattes (they are awesome!), I decided it was time to find the source of Paul’s Creek. A quick study of the maps and figured this would be a great morning’s adventure and as all adventures go, you never know. So, out the backdoor and to the creek we go. This adventure starts off easy with a dirt road turn to singletrack trail to follow up stream. As anyone that’s done something like this before, that’s the easy part. After

about 30 minutes, I reached the slides and the trail came to an end. There were no traces anyone had ventured any further. Neither side of the creek offered any easy solutions to continue upstream. So I figured I would scramble on up the mountain side to get a better view for route selection from above. The terrain wasn’t the easiest because of the steepness but not too incredibly tough with just deadfall and leaf coverage. After about 50 yards up the mountain, that’s where everything changed. As I made my way up the slope, I noticed just up above the terrain looked to level off a touch. Well, it just so happened to be an old fire road. This made travel easy and I was able to keep Paul’s Creek in sight. ‘Oh, this will be easy,’ I thought. Well every adventure has this moment just before the floor falls out from under you. Not to be overly dramatic but the fire road came to an end. My Easy Street fire road comes to

an end but in the leaves I discover an old timber trail. My adventure has grown new legs as I begin marching through the knee deep leaves with my new old timber trail, still following Paul’s Creek. One timber trail then connects with another and crossing confluences along the way. I can see why Paul’s Creek rages when it rains in the area. Well along the way, I came across an area that I’m sure you’ve heard of: Crawford’s Knob Natural Area Preserve. This is definitely a great local adventure worth taking when time is not an issue. And when you arrive at the source of Paul’s Creek, take a picture and share it with us at #EmbraceTheAdventure. We can meet over at one of Nelson County’s many fine watering holes and discuss our findings.

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Go Plant a Tree With winter in full swing and your landscape in complete dormancy, now is a great time to find those holes in your vertical landscape and begin the thought process of adding in some trees. Fall is a good time to plant, but late winter is not too far from being just as good – in particular for a few species that seem to just take the transplant shock better in the dead of winter (Crape Myrtle, Oaks, etc.). The ground could be hard, but moisture levels are ever increasing and most garden centers are stocking thereby guaranteeing you a fresh ball. Here are some tips and things to consider. The biggest fallacy of planting trees is incorrectly judging distances in relation to overall mature size. Best rule of thumb is to take the mature size and divide it by two to get the radius and then measure that distance from structures and view sheds that you wish to preserve. No, most of us will never experience the mature size of a tree that is planted now from a 10 foot specimen, but the ultimate height and width must be a consideration. Equally important is understanding the branching structure of certain species and how they can be trained to allow for under canopy pruning to open view sheds. Oaks, maples and other large species can give you 10 feet (+) of under canopy area where dogwoods, Japanese snowbells and other mid to small sized trees do not offer this same luxury. Evergreens are perhaps one of the trickier groups since the under canopy pruning should be avoided like the plague. Very few plants in this group allow for pruning without leaving a nasty wound that will remind you for the life of the plant (or you – which ever comes first) that you mistakenly misjudged their ultimate size. Included in this

group are magnolias, spruces and arborvitae – plants whose complete skirt shape should be heralded as an asset and not ever see the blade of a lopping shear. Again, taking the overall width and dividing in half will at least give you a barometer as to where to plant in relation to structures, driveways and view sheds. Tipping (or cutting a portion of the lower limbs) is acceptable but complete removal of a limb is unadvised. Once the location is found, the hole and planting plan are straightforward – dig the hole at least 1 ½ the size of the ball and the same depth. Soil should be amended accordingly and should never be frozen as it goes back into the hole as this will cause air gaps around the ball. The first watering should commence before the soil is placed back in the hole to thoroughly wet the ball, and then again after it is planted. A winter feed of an organic fertilizer (like chicken manure, Tree Tone) should be applied at the time of planting along with at least a starter mulch to prevent desiccation. Remember, all newly planted trees, not just evergreens, need water throughout the winter season depending on available moisture – in particular just before a hard drop in the mercury. Alas, if you haven’t figured this one out yet, I am a huge proponent of planting trees. Trees are great for the earth, for our feathered friends and, when properly placed, for both the cooling/ heating AND resale of your home. Every tree I plant around my current home is but a short term pleasure for me; however it give me a sense of fulfillment thinking that a future generation, maybe even unbeknownst to me, may bask in the grandeur of their canopy on a warm summer’s day and thank the author for its existence.

asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, I am tired all the time and I think I have hypothyroidism. What do you think? I see lots of folks who think there is something medically wrong with them because they are tired. Often, when I hear about their life and schedule, it is no wonder they can’t keep their eyes open! They are up with the kids early, running around all day, working, playing, watching TV, exercising or not, shopping, and not sleeping a whole lot. I certainly fall into a pattern like this some days too- “well if I stay up a little later tonight I will get it done...” What to do about that I don’t know, but it is certainly clear that most of the time people who are tired have a good reason to be that way. But, there are some people who have medical reasons to feel run down, tired, sleepy, or out of energy. Anemia, sleep apnea, depression, and hypothyroidism are some of the possible causes. I think the most common thing people think of when they consider whether they have a medical cause for feeling run down is hypothyroidism. The thyroid is a gland at the bottom of the neck in the If you are ready for a faster internet connection, you are ready for Exede Broadband.

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FEBRUARY 19 FRIDAY MARDI GRAS SQUARE DANCE Start: Feb. 19, 2016 7:30 pm End: Feb. 19, 2016 10:00 pm Venue: Rockfish River Elementary School Phone: 434-361-2470 Address: 200 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

FEBRUARY 13 SATURDAY WINE LOVERS 5K Start: Feb. 13, 2016 8:00 am End: Feb. 13, 2016 5:00 pm Venue: Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Phone: 540-456-8400 Address: 9423 Batesville Rd, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)


SWEETHEARTS WEEKEND Start: Feb. 13, 2016 11:00 am End: Feb. 14, 2016 5:00 pm Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery Phone: 434-361-1266 Address: 2800 Berry Hill Rd, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DINNER Start: Feb. 13, 2016 6:00 pm End: Feb. 14, 2016 8:30 pm Venue: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery Phone: 434-263-6100 Address: 500 DelFosse Winery Ln, Faber, VA 22938 (NELSON) WINTERGREEN RAIL JAM Start: Feb. 13, 2016 6:00 pm End: Feb. 13, 2016 8:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-2200 36

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BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY


WINTERGREEN REAL ESTATE 800-325-2200 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, 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 Sunday-Thursday, 12PM6PM, and Friday & Saturday, 12PM-8PM. 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.

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.

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.

Music 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.

BLUE STAR MUSIC 434-263-6746 177 Main St. P.O. Box 493 Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY 434-277-9209 2nd Stage, Amherst, VA AMHERST COUNTY NELSON COUNTY’S FAVORITE SINCE 1988 Musical instruments, service, repairs, rentals and supplies. Lessons: all styles and levels of guitar, including advanced jazz, banjo, bass, vocals, keyboard, drums, beginning mandolin, dobro and accordion. Mon. Wed. Thurs. 12-8

DEMOCRACY VINEYARDS 434-263-8463 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY


Boutique winery and tasting room featuring estate grown wines near Lovingston. For more info, contact or 434-263-8463. Hours of operation: Noon to 6 pm - Thursday through Monday [April to mid-December]; weekends in February and March.

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Resorts & Recreation WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Brewery, Farm-to-Fork Restaurant, Sports Bar, Gift Shop and NEW Event Hall! (Ready for events starting in June - Now taking reservations). Plan a visit to Wild Wolf and experience a menu created with locally sourced Nelson County ingredients and 11 handcrafted beers on tap. Our menu is diverse and offers options for everyone, including Vegan & Gluten Free. Dog & Kid Friendly.

Real Estate 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.


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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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.

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.


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G REAL ESTATE Lovely Home in Shipman Recently renovated two-bedroom, one bath home for rent. $750/mo plus $750 security deposit required. No pets. Committed professional couples preferred. References required. Background/credit check required. Posted by: Ed Dowdy 22971 Shipman/Rockfish (434)263-6278 $750/month Country Home For Sale Great starter or retirement home under $100K!!!! 3Br, 1 Ba 768 SQFT on .50 acres with Rockfish River views from porch, many renovations, new heat pump, gas heater for back up, new carpet in bedrooms, shown by appointment to serious buyers. Posted by: Dondi Brandon 22938 - Faber 540-4567127 $99,900 RENTED! Country Rental in Roseland Two bedroom trailer on 30 + acres with views and creek for rent. Available Post it online

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now. References and credit history required. Posted by: Dondi Brandon 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/ Massies Mill $500/mo Home for Rent This is a brick home in Green Acres. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, full basement, heat and AC. The kitchen has been updated. There is a front porch, carport and large yard. Convenient to route 29. Posted By: John Campbell 22949 - Lovingston 434 906-0718 $800/mo 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. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub & private deck. DR and LR look over bold stream and onto golf course. 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

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FURNITURE Entertainment center 3 piece custom made, painted unit. Center piece…90” h x 60” w x 19” d. 2 side pieces….each 82 1/2” h x 32” w x 13” d. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-4219400 $950 Portable kitchen island Marble top 26” x 21”. Wooden cabinet (open) 35 1/2”h w/ 2 wine shelves & 1 solid shelf.. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-421-9400 $50 2 bar stools 2 black wrought iron bar stools. Seat height 24”. Fabric seats. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-4219400 $50 Bentwood rocker Black THONET bentwood rocker purchased new in Itlay in 1960’s. Posted By: Barbara Graves


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22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-421-9400 $100 Brass Metal Crafters andirons Brass Metal Crafters andirons..just front pieces. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540421-9400 $50 Bunk bed set, black metal Black metal bunk bed set with mattresses. Top bed is single; bottom bed is full. Bottom bed can fold into a sofa. Includes railings and ladder. Black metal with matte finish; goes with any décor. Ideal for children’s room; assembly needed. Must be able to pick up in Afton. Posted By: Nancy Sheridan 22920 - Afton 540-456-8731 $199 China hutch China hutch, solid wood with glass-front doors, from the Hearst Castle collection by Lane Furniture. Includes drawer for silverware and 3 adjustable glass shelves. Must be able to pick up in Afton.

A beautiful, sturdy piece to showcase your collectables! 84”Hx32”Wx18”D. Posted By: Nancy Sheridan 22920 - Afton 540-456-8731 $499 obo

SERVICES Your Nelson Co. Painting ProfessionalDo you need to have any power washing and painting done? We do exteriors, interiors, roofs and decks! We power wash and paint decks to perfection! Locally owned and operated, we believe in our customers satisfaction. Posted By: Paul Burna 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 540-430-0522 $fair Andy’s Piano Tuning Service Licensed and Insured for top notch high quality piano tuning and repairs with prompt, courteous service, and guaranteed workmanship since 1989. Posted By: Andy Aeschbacher 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-385-0502 $125


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Already Zoned Commercial! Nellysford: 4300 Rockfish Valley Hwy #541126; $349,000 13.02 acres (6.08 B-1, 4.79 B-1 Conditional, 2.15 A-1) Views & more than 1,500 ft of road frontage







REDUCED: 34 Poll Axe; #528102; $29,900

7275 Rockfish Valley Hwy; #535433; $208,900

Great resort investment! Mostly wooded w/ small stream at end of cul-de-sac within short stroll to pool; Build: land + home under 300k!


Mountain views! Bring horses, goats, chickens for mini-farm OR business opportunity with county approval; 3Br/1Ba; 10.2ac







278 Afton Mountain Rd; #538078; $219,000

18 Stoney Glen; #515758; $33,500

Brick ranch w/ fireplace, hardwood floors, and NEW roof, windows, HVAC, gutters, etc‌ 1,760 fin & 1,400 unfin sq ft; 3Br/2Ba

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










REDUCED: Braddock Ln, 7 Lots; #533598; $39,900

Investor/developer Alert! 7 lots w/ large scale site plan and recorded access rd; gently rolling, wooded w/ some mtn views; 6.8ac

NEW: 10749 James River Rd; $149,000

Complete renovation in 2015! New: kitchen, bathrooms, siding, windows, doors, plumbing, wiring, covered deck; 1,260 sq ft; 3Br/2Ba

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370 Ravens Nest Dr; #536014; $319,900

Privacy, mountain views, and 565 ft of Rockfish River frontage! Cape with lots of charm and tiered decks; 1,599 sq ft, 3Br/2Ba; 15.78ac

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

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