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ONLY 4 RESIDENCES remain for sale including efficient one bedroom one bath north downtown facing units, and only one two bedroom two bath. residents make interior design selections from a sophisticated list of interior appointments together with the gleason’s interior design consultant. Unmatched amenities include on-site concierge services, covered parking, and a 1-year acac health club membership. the gleason is located just two blocks of charlottesville’s historic downtown mall. only nine (9) condominium residences remain for sale.

mLs#485060 $929,000 visit us online at and call today to set up a site tour. for more information or call:

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Drive down the driveway & see this beautiful private lot on a cul-de-sac country lane; just over 4 ac. wooded building site w/ many tall hardwoods; upscale 53 lot neighborhood in Earlysville, 15 +/- min from Charlottesville; drilled well; 100 ft. common area around lake; HOA includes Clubhouse & fishing. MLS#492605, $265,000


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Faulconer Falls iVy Beautiful Estate parcels off of Owensville Rd in Western Albemarle School District. Total of 9 lots 2 – 6.9 acres. Already perked. Lots range from $250,000-425,000. Lot 8 already has a home w/guest cottage and is available for $1,095,000. Owner financing on lots available with a minimum of 30% down. MLS #485875

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Eleven min. to Hollymd Town Center. Move in condition on cul-de-sac. Gourmet Kit w/ gas cooktop, granite counters, center island, maple cabinets. Kitchen opens up to FR & lg deck; HWD floors & crown molding. MBR w/ W-I closet & ceramic tile BA w/ whirlpool tub. Huge bonus room. Lower level incl. Full BA, Game Room and Office. Terrace w/ hot tub. Fenced yard. 2-10 Warranty. MLS#492033, $539,250


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300 Wellington Drive ednam forest Gracious Georgian brick set on 1.38 parklike ac. in one of C’ville’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Ednam Forest. Backs to Birdwood; Many updates, yet a feeling of timelessness, this spacious light filled home features 5 BR, 4 FB/2 HB, 2 Home offices, Lovely Kitchen; Library/FR, Game Rm, Beautiful terrace w/ pool & mountain views. Beautiful flow for entertaining & family living. Main level incl. marble, hardwood & tile floors; crown molding abounds; A MUST SEE! MLS#494764, $1,262,500

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Move in condition! Rocking chair wrap around front porch & seperate rear deck. Main level incl. 9’ ceilings & hdwd floors. Kitchen w/ Maple cabinets, Solid Surface counter tops & SS appl. Two Gas Log FP’s, 2 upper floor BA w/new ceramic tile floors. Spacious MBR w/ lg walk-in closet. Fin. lower level incl. lg rec rm, media rm/den & full BA. Sec system, inv. fence. Enjoy your privacy on this 2.7 acre. MLS#493208, $349,500

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february 16 - february 22 , 2012 | Issue 21-07

A Virginia Tradition Since 1927

Roy Wheeler Realty Co. Celebrating Over 75 80 years of Trust, Tradition, and Market Leadership Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane • Charlottesville, VA 22903 • (434) 951-5155 • Fax (434) 951-5190 Email: • Website:

WATERVIEW! Ready by Spring. Colonial home features a country front porch, 10 x 12 deck, 3BR/2.5BA, spacious great room with extra windows, dining room & so much more. Now comes standard with brushed nickel hardware. Choose siding, shutters, carpet, cabinets, floors & more. $159,640. Susan Stewart 434-242-3550. (491724)

LOVELY 5BR HOME on 3+ level acres & incredible mtn. views. 1st floor master w/newly updated bath, adjacent spa room w/sunken hot tub opening onto large deck. Large kitchen w/ new granite, new fixtures, tons of cabinet space & access to screened back porch. Home office, great rec room/full bath. $499,900. www.DeniseRamey. com Denise Ramey 434-960-4333. (495462)

SPECTACULAR HOME and breathtaking views! This spacious five bedroom, 4.5 bath home has a soaring stone fireplace, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen and master bath and a wall of windows to enjoy the endless Blue Ridge Mountain views! $649,000. Christy and Rod Phillips, 434987-6399. (495574)

HEATHCOTE c. 1915. Gracious country manor of 16+ acres in heart of Keswick. Old oaks, boxwoods, guest home, 3 car garage with workshop. Pastures are fenced for horses. four bedrooms, four baths with six fireplaces, completely renovated and restored. $1,695,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102. (495458)

MEGAN’S MEADOWS c. 1800. Historic Southern Albemarle farmstead of 62 productive acres with private winery, guest house and some great farm outbuildings. Ample water, excellent garden with greenhouse. Beautiful, mostly open rolling fields. Only $585,000. www.landofc. com Jim Bonner, 951-5102. (495736)

WHERE CAN YOU find an all on 1 level home, on more than an acre, just 5 minutes to shopping centers & UVa. in a neighborhood with the most recent sale near $600,000 for this price?! This 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage, 2 home offices with zero maintenance professional landscaping home is for you!! Detached studio. $337,000. Joan Esposito “Your Running Realtor”, 760-1028. (494625)

REFRESHED! LIKE NEW! Ready to move in gem! Immaculate model has 3 finished floors. Fully finished terrace level can be used for office, den or guest quarters. Spacious kitchen w/pantry, new HVAC, appliances and flooring. Wonderful opportunity to own a home with minimal maintenance, no yard work near downtown and PVCC. $215,000. Nancy Barrett, 825-3279. (492974)

NESTLED IN THE WOODS. Enjoy seasonal mountain views from this attractive 3 bedroom, 3 bath home featuring an open floor plan, first floor master, formal dining room, beautifully finished lower level and large, detached 2 car garage. $495,000. Mike Peters 951-5119/981-3995. (488752)

BRICK DUPLEX over/under within walking distance to UVa Hospital. Home needs TLC and price reflects that. Home has tons of potential. Great rental history in past. Home is ready for its new owner. Located on a quiet street. $169,900. Susan Stewart 242-3550. (494660)

WELCOME TO Dogwood Farm, a charming country home with plenty of room for two horses without spending hours on mowing. This light filled home is perfect for someone desiring onelevel living. This home has been completely remodeled from top to bottom in the last several months. Conveniently located to I-64. $375,000. 531-9581. (488962)

STARFIELD COTTAGE. Older Cape Cod of 2763 square feet with full basement (wine cellar) situated under tall oaks on 4.5 acres overlooking an idyllic pond. Adjoining building lot securing ownership of pond also available. $249,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102. (491168)

ENJOY THE PEACE and quiet of country living in this dramatic contemporary home in a great neighborhood. Just minutes to downtown and the new Martha Jefferson Hospital, it’s situated on 2.5 very private and partially wooded acres with winter mountain views to the East and West. Unique floor plan with 1st AND 2nd floor master suites. $432,000. Phyllis Novotny, 760-0548. (495149)

HOLLYMEAD GEM! This beautiful Colonial in move-in condition features custom family room with built-ins and skylights, updated eat-in kitchen, recent new roof and hot water heater, Trane heat pump. Walk to schools. Mike Peters 951-5119/981-3995. (495104)

BEAUTIFUL LEVEL LOT with mountain views in Albemarle County. Land has been perked and is ready for a new home. Easy drive to Cville or Lynchburg. Beautiful old oaks on the property. Lot is open with beautiful old oaks that would make great shade trees. No restrictions, manufactured homes welcome. $39,900. Michele Sheffield 906-2923/951-5188. (495047)

BEAUTIFULLY-MAINTAINED ranch home on a great, level lot in the Riverside section of Lake Monticello. Neutral paint, stainless steel appliances, three bedrooms, two full baths and spacious rooms make this the perfect place to call “home”! $125,000. Errin Kardos-Searcy, 9813872. (494444)

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TWO MASTER BEDROOMS, three full and one half baths, granite, tile, stainless steel, hardwood, library, four walk-in closets, two story great room, alarm, huge deck, garage, open floor plan and private location. $384,900. Susan Stewart 434-242-3550. (495572)

This information, although deemed accurate at the time of publication, is not guaranteed.

Issue 2 1-07 | f e b r u a r y 1 6 - f e b r uary 22, 2012

A Virginia Tradition Since 1927

Roy Wheeler Realty Co. Celebrating Over 80 75 years of Trust, Tradition, and Market Leadership Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane • Charlottesville, VA 22903 • (434) 951-5155 • Fax (434) 951-5190

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ONE OF GREENE County’s newest communities offer lots from 2 to 20 acres. Protected by towering hardwoods, farms and views of the Blue Ridge Mtns. Enjoy feeling worlds apart yet only minutes from shopping and No. Albemarle County. Prices range from $136,000 to $362,000. Pick yours today! $166,000. Matthew@ 960-5187. (470908)

AS YOU DRIVE down the paved driveway to this custom built home by Blue Ridge Homecrafters the feel of serenity surrounds you. On a private, 3.82 Acre lot in Ivy this award winning design home has many extra features including gourmet kitchen, stone fireplace, detailed trim work & attached 2 car garage. $529,000. Sharon L. Williams 9515172/906-5069. (491761)

GLEN MARY. Gated community, excellent mountain views from pastoral valley. Conveniently located midway between resort facilities in Wintergreen mountaintop and Stoney Creek Village. 3+ to 8+ acre lots starting at $125,900. Denise Ramey 434960-4333. (476339)

WATER VIEWS in Indian Springs. Lot 53 boasts 2.51 acres and adjoins the 25+ acre common area with community lake. Perked for a 4 BR home and the well is already in place. Offered for $157,000. Christy 8823456 or Warren 962-8939. (438491)

BUILDER REDUCING INVENTORY. Nearly 4 acres, Langdon Woods lot 5 enjoys privacy and a little stream that traverses on the rear of the property. Perked for a 4 bedroom home and well is already in place. Reduced to $195,000. Christy 882-3456 or Warren 962-8939. (425792)

CHARMING HOME in pristine, move-in condition. New owners won’t have to spend a dime on this beautifully maintained, low-maintenance gem. Flexible, flowing floor plan with three lovely bedrooms on main level, ample storage. Wonderful multi-level deck or sit on the front porch and watch the sunset over the mountains. $325,000. Janet Matthews, 960-5182. (493281)

MINUTES TO LAW/B-SCHOOL. Several condos available. Just a five-minute walk to the Barracks Road Shopping Center and a two-minute car ride to the Law School and the Darden Business School. Strong leasing history, excellent swimming pool and community laundry facility. Offered at $72,500. Contact the Chase Team www.TheChaseTeam. com 296-9860.

THIS IMMACULATE HOME with state road frontage has a huge list of upgrades & improvements. New roof w/lifetime shingles, new water heater, updated light fixtures, new tile kitchen countertop, new heat pump, new screen doors front & back. 26’x30’ garage w/electric, workspace & new epoxy floor. $219,900. Tammi Campbell 985-2348/8825403. (492057)

AVENTADOR. Spectacular Albemarle estate of 100 acres overlooking a pastoral river valley. Gently rolling, board fenced pastures, old oaks and idyllic pond. Beautiful new brick Georgian manor home of 10,000+ square feet of the finest quality and detail. $3,450,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102. (493869)

BLENHEIM FARM. Beautiful brick Georgian on 25 wooded acres. Quartz counters, luxurious 1st floor master suite, hardwood and ceramic tile floors. Note: Owners have tastefully finished the lower terrace level which adds 1583 finished square feet. Will consider lease/purchase option. $849,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102.

DUNGANNON c. 1898. Spectacular 475-acre estate with over a mile on the James River located just ½ hour from Charlottesville. Remarkable main residence with a beautiful mix of open hayfields and forest with pond and mountain views. $2,599,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102. (493096)

JORDAN RUN FARM. The newest addition to the Farms of Turkey Run located on Lot #9. This 5200 square foot Greek revival brick residence with full walkout lower level and wine cellar is situated on a 21 acre rolling pasture that is partially wooded, very private and has stream frontage. $995,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102.

EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY. Ride for miles from this sweet horse farm Near the James River in Albemarle County. Immaculate 2001 farmhouse with in-ground pool beautifully designed with light-filled open spaces and wraparound porches. This very private property of 21 acres has 13 board-fenced acres with 3 automatic waterers, 2 barns and all in perfect condition. $885,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102. (491918)

BUILDING PARCEL AT KESWICK. A wonderful building lot of 4.2 +/- acres with water frontage on idyllic pond. Beautiful hardwoods. New road, well, survey, soil work. Bring the builder of your choice to build your dream home! Subject Lot #2 is part of a five lot subdivision in the heart of Keswick. $159,000. Jim Bonner, 9515102. (444215)

TURKEY RUN ESTATE PARCELS. Large estate parcels of 21 to 52 acres of gently rolling fields and forests in Albemarle County along historic Blenheim Road. Ideal for horses with extensive community trail system. Offered from $275,000. Jim Bonner, 951-5102.

AUBURN HILL. c.1740 center hall manor house on 208 acres has 3 chimneys servicing 6 fireplaces, heart pine flooring, exposed hand hewn wooden beams & high ceilings. The English basement features the original wall ovens. Great retreat or permanent home. $1,150,000. Ginger Ashcom 978-1066/953-8045. (483750)

COMMERCIAL/RETAIL SITE located off Rio Road that is ideal for Churches, Clubs, Florists, auto repair or small business. This 1.4 acre site has been graded and is only minutes to Downtown. $595,000. Please contact Mike Peters at www. or call 9515119/981-3995. (444726)

BEAUTIFUL LEVEL LOT to build your dream home! Live in a rural/natural setting close to town. Lot has open area where a house once stood, and private woods in the back section, which is adjacent to conservation land owned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Only 10 minutes to Pantops. $99,000. Nancy Barrett, 8253279. (492651)

MOVE-IN CONDITION cape-style home near Louisa with many new improvements. Includes a paved drive and separate garage with workshop, office, ½ bath and a heat pump! Many extras here – also an indoor kennel area and a hot tub in an enclosed building. This is a unique and well-maintained property. $149,500. Maury Atkins 540-2232719. (487784)

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charlottesville 101 LONGWOOD DR LONGWOOD ATH MLS# 484693 $248,900

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fluvanna 209 AUGIE ALLEY SYCAMORE SQUARE PAT MLS# 487523 $144,990 656 JUSTIN DR SYCAMORE SQUARE DET MLS# 492438 $244,990

greene 112 HOLLY HILL DR HOLLY HILL PDT MLS# 487642 $224,990


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5633 UPLAND DR OLD TRAIL ATH MLS# 489352 $379,695 6900 WELBOURNE LN OLD TRAIL DET MLS# 495643 $525,000 724 BELVEDERE BLVD BELVEDERE DET MLS# 491528 $537,800 6 ROBERTS LN CHESTNUT RIDGE DET MLS# 478652 $574,900 440 LEGO DR ASHCROFT DET MLS# 486902 $620,000 1140 TURNSTONE DR MOSBY MOUNTAIN DET MLS# 491122 $628,500 646 HADEN LN OLD TRAIL DET MLS# 494909 $695,000


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Issue 2 1-07 | f e b r u a r y 1 6 - f e b r uary 22, 2012

Roy Wheeler Realty Co. 80 years of Trust, Tradition, and Market Leadership Celebrating Over 75 Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane • Charlottesville, VA 22903 • (434) 951-5155 • Fax (434) 951-5190 Email: • Website:

open houses Sunday, february 19th

1825 EdgEwood LanE

2927 IdLEwood drIvE

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440 LEgo drIvE

Time: 1-3 pm Hosting Agent: Courtney Sargeant

Time: 1-4 pm Hosting Agent: Mandy Yancey

Time: 1-4 pm Hosting Agent: Betsy Watson

Time: 1-4 pm Hosting Agent: Errin Kardos-Searcy

LoVInGLY-upDATeD hoMe, 1st time on the market. new everything: windows, fixtures, deck, carpet, ceramic, bamboo, toilets, tubs, vanities, countertops, cook top, oven & more!! Come see this ready to move in home in popular Woodbrook. Large corner lot conveniently located. $299,900. www.

Directions: from the rotunda, take rugby rd. to left onto fendall ave., bear left onto edgewood Lane, house is on the right, see sign.

Directions: 29 to Woodbrook drive (across from Lowes) at 4 way stop turn left onto Idlewood. Continue to back side of Woodbrook. Just before next stop sign last driveway on right.

Directions: from 29n & 33, L on 33 (1 mile) to L on Greencroft blvd. (four Seasons entrance), L on four Seasons drive.

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Courtney sargeant 951-5123/962-3100. (492800)

The BesT of Old trail. Incredible views from 2 beautiful rocking chair porches. Quality, custom-built, antebellum-style William Poole-designed home. fantastic open floor plan and extra-large lot. 10-foot ceilings, custom built-ins, lots of natural light and energy efficient. $695,000. Denise Ramey 434-960-4333. (494909) Directions: 250 W to Old trail drive. follow Old trail drive to r on brookview. L on haden Lane. home on right. Denise Ramey 434-960-4333. (490967)

on “The CoMMon” in Old trail, brick end unit, quality-built home with high quality finishes, traditional design with modern day amenities like stainless appliances, granite counters, fP, built-ins, rear fenced courtyard and 2 car parking pad. built by Gaffney homes. $279,900. Denise Ramey 434-960-4333. (492604)

Mon. - Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4 Agent on site Denise Ramey 434-960-4333. (491036)

oLD TRAIL VILLAGe is situated just 12 miles west of Charlottesville and uVa in historic Crozet. the blue ridge Mountains serve as the backdrop to a growing community that offers golf, swimming, walking trails and a county park. Come visit us at our new office in the town center. Lot prices start at below $100,000.

Directions: rt. 250 west to Old trail, across from the entrance to WahS, follow Old trail drive to right onto West end dr right onto Grassdale Lane to left onto hampstead drive.

Directions: from Charlottesville 250 West to right into Old trail (across from Western albemarle high School). steve White, 951-5112.

AshCRoFT. Custom built, brick home on 1+ acre lot. Open floor plan great for entertaining. Over 4000 finished square feet with 4br/3.5ba plus in-law/teen suite on terrace level with kitchenette, outside entrance & patio. Mature landscaping & super lot. $620,000. Denise Ramey 434-960-4333. (486902) Directions: I-64 to 250 Keswick exit. Go west on 250 towards Pantops to right on hansen’s Mountain road, then left on Lego drive. home on left.

5327 CHEStnut LanE Time: 1-4 pm Hosting Agent: Mike Peters WeLL CAReD FoR brick home on beautiful albemarle Cty. lot. this delightful 3br/2.5ba home features hardwood flooring, formal LR with brick FP and formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, fr with fP and wood stove, study or sewing room, rough-in for bath downstairs, storage area in basement plus storage shed. Mike peters 951-5119/981-3995.

Directions: from earlysville, left at General Store (buck Mtn.), right at Chestnut Grove Church (Simmons Gap) then straight on buffalo river, 1 mile to right on frays Mtn., next right on Chestnut Lane, house on left.

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pRICeD To seLL In A 55+ community! resort-style living where you’ll enjoy great amenities in this active community located close to shopping, restaurants and medical offices. Come to the Sales Model for information on the 3 remaining homes priced $254,990 - $274,990.

InDeeD A RARe FInD in an exceptional city neighborhood within walking distance to the central grounds of the university and just minutes to downtown and barracks road shopping. 1 level residence with 2 masters and a 3rd bedroom with full bath upstairs. 2 fireplaces, breakfast area and built-ins. Quality throughout. $795,000.

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february 16 - february 22 , 2012 | Issue 21-07

Lots, & Acreage Rare Land Offering in Afton

27 PLUS ACRES of mostly pasture land with mature woods and a flowing creek through the length of the property.

Old Trail Village

Gorgeous 1/4 acre parcel overlooking County Park in Old Trail Village close to the pool and Old Trail Village area(ONLY 3 LOTS LEFT!). Parcel offers a breaktaking Blue Ridge Mountain view and is predominately open. The parcel’s best feature besides the view is that you know nothing will be built behind you because the parcel backs up to a future Albemarle County Park. Parcel is one of 4 and one is already under contract. Come visit one of Central Virginia’s fastest growing communities that offers ameneties such as golf, walking trails, county park, and pool. Village town center is complete with restaurants, salon, ACAC, specialty shops, and coffee shop all open for business. $154,500

Beautiful building site on a wooded knoll. With some tree clearing, this site provides year round views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Perfect for a mini-farm, horse boarding/training alppaca/llama or a small cattle operation. 20 min. to Wintergreen Resort, Waynesboro and 25 min to UVA/Cville. Minutes to 250 West. $408,900 MLS#479541

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GRI Cell: 434.466.6565 800-690-0206 Office: 434.386.6216

sclaters ford road palmyra Level to rolling 3.9 acre wooded building site fronting Rt. 660. Distant views across pasture land of the Blue Ridge Mountains & Slopes of Wintergreen. Scenic rural area close to shopping at Lake Monticello & Palmyra. Short drive to County Schools. A few minor restrictions for owners protection. MLS# 494920, $59,500


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663 COVERED BRIDGE ROaD KENTS STORE This 1800’s Family Homestead was carved out of 104.8 acres of rich soil, tillable land, woods, a pond, stream, and grazing fields. Looking for horse property? This is it. Want to hunt? You’re already there. Exquisite propertygenerously priced-loaded with natural beauty. MLS#495523, $325,000

MaRVIN CaISH 434-760-0063

Affinity Group 1770 Timberwood Blvd. Suite 101 • Charlottesville, VA 22911

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3081 Boonesville Road Western Albemarle

Gorgeous 51 acre land parcel located in Northwest Albemarle County. Parcel offers some open land at the front of the property then land rises up to several prominent knolls that offer spectacular views of the valley below and mountains that surround the parcel. Parcel has division rights, internal trails, and mature hardwoods. Parcel offers some very modest improvements all being sold in AS-IS condition. MLS#486700. Reduced $100,000 to $395,000. MOTIVATED SELLER!

Jefferson Lake Farm Gorgeous 505 acre estate located only 15 minutes from Charlottesville offering a combination of beautiful, gently rolling pasture, mixed hardwood forest and your own 12 acre stocked lake with miles of stream and trails throughout. Als included is a nice sized stocked pond and additional land is available. Improvements include 4 homes all currently rented w two dating back to btwn 1790-1850. Property offers multiple areas in which to build your dream home overlooking the lake.$2,500,000

If you would like to renovate a charming cottage home in the heart of Ivy, just 5 miles to UVa, if you love large vegetable gardens, if you enjoy trains, this is your property. A wonderful opportunity for either an investor or a family wishing to renovate a fixer-upper in Ivy on a large sunny 1.2 acre lot. The small home has been in the same family for generations. Located at the entrance to the exclusive Grassmere subdiv., just next to Murray Elem. Two dwellings on property. Possibilities galore. Homes sold “as is”. MLS#487356 $149,900

MArY LeAveLL 434-989-5860

three 2-acre lots in northern Buckingham Replanted pine, new survey, perk test, hard surface road frontage. Owner/agent. $25,000.00 each. 434-581-3073


Old Trail Villiage Lots available in several different sections - Over 80 homes SOLD IN 2011! Come visit one of Central Virginia’s fastest growing communities that offers ameneties such as golf, walking trails, county park, and pool. Village town center is complete with restaurants, salon, ACAC, specialty shops, and coffee shop all open for business. Lots startTRAIL® ing at $90,000.




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417 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Reduced!! Custom one-level 3 BR, 2.5 BA w/unfin. 4th BR, Bath & Bonus Room on 2nd floor. Brick & hardiplank exterior, custom Kitchen w/Brkfst area, cherry, granite, stainles, hardwoods & 2-story Great Room w/stone fireplace & built-ins. Builder will finish upstairs level at cost w/full price contract. On 2.28 acres. 2-car garage. MLS# 478652 Directions: Take 29N. Turn left on Airport Road, left at traffic circle, right at light onto Earlysville Road. Bear left at fork onto Buck Mountain Road. Chestnut Ridge is on the right just past Broadus Wood Elementary School. Hosted by Bob Durrer 242-6011

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Real Estate Weekly Celebrates 20 Years In September 1997, I approached Mary Sproles Martin, editorial coordinator for the then five-year-old Real Estate Weekly, about a freelance writing job. I had been in Charlottesville for a little over two years and was working part-time as an assistant to a local builder but my goal was to rekindle the writing career I had successfully pursued in

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That was then, this is now...We’ve come a long way, baby!

Chicago, writing for local newspapers and national magazines. Mary gave me that opportunity and I have been with REW ever since. Now here it is 15 years later and I am the editorial coordinator. I am so proud that it is on my watch that this wonderful publication is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It is no small feat for a magazine to survive at a time when so many other publications have ceased production. One wonders if the founders of REW could foresee such an anniversary when the first issue was published on February 12, 1992. At that time, Peter Scherman, a member of the Charlottesville Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) Publication Task Force, said that the first issue of REW was “ushering in a new era in real estate marketing that will serve both advertisers and readers in an equally rewarding fashion.” The publication’s objectives back then are the same as they are today: provide an effective advertising vehicle, designed for, and owned by, CAAR members; increase the quantity and quality of buyer responses to advertising; and promote the local community. Two of the people I’ve worked with the longest at REW are Beth Wood, our account executive, and Tracy Federico, our art director. Besides being wonderful colleagues to work with, their contributions have taken REW to a new level. “In the 12-1/2 years I have been with the Real Estate Weekly I have seen lots of change with the industry,” said Wood. “This, of course, has an impact on the magazine, but we’re still here assisting our CAAR REALTOR® community in selling property as well as keeping things positive for our readers. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here.”



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Federico has been at REW almost as long as Wood and echoed her sentiment. For her, it’s been an opportunity to expand her creative talents, as well as enjoy the perks of being a publication’s art director. “One positive thing that comes to mind after having worked almost 12 years at the Real Estate Weekly is how many places in Central Virginia my work has taken me,” Federico said. “One of my jobs is to take photos for the articles we run, and many of those assignments took me to places I didn’t know existed. I had just moved to Virginia when I began working at the REW, and taking these photos really opened my eyes to the beauty of our area, and the cultural advantages to living here. Through the Weekly, my kids and I got to experience Foxfield, take a haunted tour of the Exchange Hotel, and enjoy a day at the Virginia Safari Park. It has also taken me down many scenic back roads and into little neighborhoods that would have been left undiscovered if not for the articles in our paper. It feels good to work for a paper that accentuates the good things our area has to offer.” As for me, I used to keep count of the number of articles I wrote for REW over the years. I haven’t done that in a while, but a conservative estimate would be somewhere around 500 stories. I have had the privilege of talking to many of the outstanding REALTORS® and leaders in our community who have shared their passion and commitment to the Charlottesville area. We have strived to enable newcomers to discover all the reasons that Central Virginia is such an exceptional place to live, work, raise a family and retire. And for those who are native to the area, or who have lived here for many years, we keep the light shining on all we have to be grateful for in this beautiful part of the country. It’s not hard to do. Our cup really does runneth over. Thank you for going to the newsstands to pick up our latest issue, using it as a tool to find a new home and to read up on what’s happening in our neck of the woods. We hope you will continue to do so for many

more years to come and we look forward to making a big splash for our 25th anniversary in 2017! Joanne DiMaggio Editorial Coordinator

Blue Ridge Home Builders Association Celebrates 2012 Board and Officers

John Kerber, 2012 President of BRHBA installed at annual BRHBA meeting BRHBA, the voice of the home building industry facilitating sustainable growth within our community, celebrated the installation of 2012 President, John Kerber. With over 18 years of custom home building and construction management experience, Kerber is the President and CEO of Dominion Development Company, L.L.C. Prior to founding his company, Kerber received his Bachelor and Masters of Science Degrees in Construction Management from Michigan State University. He has recently earned the designation of Certified Green Professional established by the National Association of Home Builders. In addition to BRHBA, Kerber is on the Board of Directors of the Free Enterprise Forum, and the Construction Specifications Institute. He is also affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders, Professional Builders Council, Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Kerber built his business on two key principals: provide the CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

Hollymead Square 1, 2, & 3 bedroom homes perfect for first-time homebuyers or investors. Great location between Forest Lakes North and South. Prices start at $134,000. (434) 296-0007

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Splendid country property on over 20 acres with woods, gardens, barn, and an amazing and completely renovated 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath farmhouse. Copper roof, antique appointments, ceramic tile counters. Priced well below cost. $795,000. MLS#488417

Surrounded by horse farms this light filled 4 bedroom/2 bath Cape Cod on 21+ quiet and peaceful acres has new upgrades and additions, babbling waterfalls, and beautiful grounds all in excellent condition. $675,000.

heathcote, c. 1915 Gracious country manor of 16 acres located in the heart of Keswick. Old oaks, boxwood, guest home, 3 car-garage with workshop and pastures are fenced for horses. 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with 6 fireplaces, completely renovated and restored. $1,695,000

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Historic Southern Albemarle farmstead of 62 acres with private winery, guest house and some great farm out buildings. Ample water, excellent garden with greenhouse. Beautiful, mostly open rolling fields. Only $585,000.

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Located near Old Rag Mountain in Madison, this handsome Victorian home c. 1911 graces 15 acres with stocked pond, guest cottages, barns and studio. Currently operating as a B&B. $679,500. MLS#487808

3525 Devon Pines Privately tucked away next to wooded green space, this traditional farmhouse, built in 1998, features all the comforts and an exciting floor plan with over 5,000 square feet of living space. Best value in Glenmore. $589,000 MLS#493870

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Picturesque Shenandoah Valley farm of 152 acres fronting on bold creek and adjoining Blue Ridge Parkway forest land. Renovated/expanded manor home, guest rental home, big beautiful cattle barn, large well fenced pasture. $1,200,000. MLS#495348

Free Union Farm

1919 GreenBrier Drive

Enjoy glorious Blue Ridge views from this very privately situated brick Georgian on 23 acres in the heart of Free Union. Swimming pool, tennis courts and grand country living. $1,295,000. MLS#485448.

Charming and immaculate describe this 4 bedroom, 2 bath home minutes from downtown with Rivanna Trail and neighborhood schools just around the corner. Large light filled rooms. Two fireplaces. Fresh paint throughout, new carpeting. $335,000. MLS#495238

Jim Bonner

The Top Producing Agent 20 consecutive years.* Since 1998 sales volume in excess of $331,000,000 including over 36,500 acres.

aventaDor Farm Spectacular Albemarle estate of 100 acres overlooking pastoral river valley. Gently rolling, board fenced pastures, old oaks and idyllic pond. Extraordinary new brick Georgian manor home of 10,000+ square feet of the finest quality and detail. $3,450,000. MLS#493869

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Extraordinary 106+ acre riverfront estate and horse farm. Beautifully crafted by Abrahamse in 2000 of the finest materials featuring dramatic open floor plan. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces, wine cellar, pool/pool house, fabulous barn, magnificent 4 acre lake. $2,450,000. MLS#493735


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Farm, estate anD resiDential Brokers

SUPERB KENRIDGE HOME. Quality features throughout: gourmet kitchen w/granite countertops, stainless steel appliances & cherry cabinetry. Huge MBA. Lower level features: stone wet bar, billiards room, home theater, game room. $699,000 Jim Faulconer (434)981-0076 #481405

SUGAR HILL FARM - Spectacular country estate offering breathtaking panoramic pastoral & Blue Ridge Mountain views from 51+ acres in western Albemarle. Impressive stone 6,100+ sq.ft. manor home, pool, pool house, guest quarters, manager’s residence & extensive equestrian facilities. $5,495,000. MLS #482382 Steve McLean (434) 295-1131

Windy Hill, 6.05 acres, feat. 2 homes & spectacular post & beam barn. 1.5 story, c.1913, spacious main residence, feat. first level master suite, heart pine floors, high ceilings, large country kitchen, & more. Second home has over 2000 sq.ft. Property has 2 division rights. $545,000 Will Faulconer, (434)9879455 #490858

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MALICORNE-Truly elegant country home with river frontage near Charlottesville & UVA. Stunning gracious rooms with high ceilings and custom woodwork, which are rarely found in today’s homes. Beautiful setting on 8+ acres w/ complete privacy. Charlotte Dammann (434)981-1250. #490965

OLD BALLARD ROAD –5 BR, 5 BA brick +6100 sq/ft residence in Ivy. All custom features of only the finest materials, 1st floor master suite with FP, FR, professional kitchen all Thermador appliances, home theater, 3-car garage, and a lovely setting with sweeping pastoral views. Andrew Middleditch (434)981-1410. #489761

EDGEHILL, circa 1893, is a spacious, comfortable antique home loaded with charming features, situated on a high knoll with panoramic pasture and mountain views. Only 1 mile to Lovingston & US29! Jim Faulconer (434)981-0076 $1,295,000

Classic brick Georgian, c.1852, 206 ac., Rapidan River frontage. Lovingly restored by owners, magnificent interior moldings & appointments. New additions, detached garage w/studio, guest home, 6-stall stable & ring, & tenant house. $3,695,000. Jim Faulconer (434)981-0076 MLS#487472

THREE SPRINGS FARM – 5 BR traditional brick manor home, over 7,000 finished sq. ft. There is also a separate guest home and barn. Perfect for small horse estate, private and quiet, only 4 miles from Charlottesville. Tim Michel (434) 960-1124 or Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. #485463

UNIVERSITY AREA – Beautifully maintained 3,258 sq.ft. brick colonial home in sought-out University of Virginia neighborhood. 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths, kitchen, living room w/fireplace, dining room, study, built-ins, & hardwood floors. Private, landscaped backyard. $745,000. MLS #495568 Steve McLean (434) 295-1131

DREAM KITCHEN & ADJOINING FAMILY ROOM Greenbrier School District. Fenced yard, 4 BR, 3 full baths, formal and informal living areas. 2 Fireplaces. On City bus line. Punkie Feil (434)9625222. $299,900 #479703

Quality abounds in this recently remodeled allbrick ranch! Great location on almost a half acre, close to UVA. Many improvements since 2008, including gourmet custom kitchen. The property has a fenced backyard that borders woodlands. 5 BR, 3 FB. $419,000 Gail Hubbard(434)242-7073 #491994

IVY CREEK FARM - Spectacular 105+ acre estate with vineyard, guest cottage, pool, manager’s house, tennis courts, barns, sheds, workshops and unparalleled Blue Ridge Mountain views located less than 10 minutes west of Charlottesville & UVA! $6,950,000. MLS #482639 Steve McLean (434) 295-1131

CAMERON LANE - Arts and crafts style five bedroom two story house with screened porch; easy walk to UVA. Separate spacious studio over garage with full bath; private gardens. A quiet touch of country in the city. $569,000 Charlotte Dammann(434)981-1250 #490444

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WOODLEA - Unique, one-level home in Farmington with excellent potential! 5 BR, 5 full & 3 half BA’s, LR w/16’ tray ceiling offering views of the 11th fairway, guest wing, spacious kitchen, library/study, sunroom. Superb privacy on 2.3+/- wooded acres. $2,000,000. MLS #494335 Steve McLean (434) 295-1131

Flordon - traditional 2 story home in great close-in neighborhood, offers up to 5BR and a great flow on the lain level. Huge entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms, office or library and spacious eat-in kitchen and adjoining family room. Full basement includes guest or in-law suite. $829,000. MLS# 487339 Call Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076

BLANDEMAR FARM ESTATES –The setting is exceptional with bold mountain views, beautiful streams and hardwood forest and lovely open pasture land. Each lot has a unique quality from lakefront to mountain tops allowing for a variety of home design and lifestyles. Andrew Middleditch, 981-1410.

Traditional brick home in Flordon w/4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, formal living & dining rooms, den, sunroom, spacious rec room, office/study, 4 fireplaces, hardwood floors, large, eat-in kitchen, 2 decks & terraces. $549,000. Betsy Swett, 249-2922, MLS 487850.

ADJACANT TO UVA CAMPUS AND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER - The Barringer Condominiums offer the best location in a very secure building with 1 covered parking space in garage. The one sunny bedroom unit faces south with all appliances included. Tim Michel, (434)960-1124. #494758

DOWNTOWN - Designed by Eugene Bradbuery and built in 1911 with recent additions, this gracious Park Street home offers 4 BR, gourmet kitchen, generous LR & DR, 2 separate apartments, garage & garden. $1,095,000 Tim Michel (434)960-1124

Custom built Victorian nestled on 5 private acres seeks demanding buyer that will only accept the best! The gourmet granite kitchen is designed for entertaining. Hand-made custom cabinetry throughout, a sumptuous 1st floor Owners Suite & wheelchair accessibility, easy first floor living. Convenient to NGIC. Paradise! Charlotte Dammann (434)981-1250 #486146 $499,000.

EDNAM FOREST - STUART PLACE-Delightful award winning Contemporary residence on a private 1 ac elevated wooded lot. Wonderful natural light filled +2600 fin. sq/ft floor plan with 3 BR, 2.5 baths, attractive formal living room & library w\vaulted ceilings & double sided fireplace, lovely formal dinning room, open kitchen, hardwood floors all with many recent upgrades roof, HVAC, exterior painting. Great balconies & decks for outside entertaining low maintenance yard all min. west of town & UVa in the premier Ednam Forest community. Andrew Middleidtch for private showing. $625,000.

Cherry Hill – Luxury 3 level 3BR/3BA townhome with 9’ ceilings, wood floors, moldings, tiled baths, MBR w/cathedral ceiling, gourmet kitchen, family room, deck, patio & 2 car garage. Close to UVA, Hospital & Downtown. Exceptional value $285,000. Judy Campbell 466-6688 #493043

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY - Wellmaintained triplex in prime location near downtown mall, hospitals, schools, shopping & U.Va. Two, 2-3BR/1BA units & one 1BR/1BA studio unit. Great income potential. $465,000. MLS #482203 Steve McLean (434) 295-1131.

WALNUT HILLS - Fantastic 4 BR, 4.5 BA First floor master suite, large family room with stone fireplace, home in prestigious Walnut Hill community. $899,000. Andrew Middleditch (434)981-1410. # 492379

Exquisite English Country home on a premiere 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates. Lovely views of the golf course & mountains in the distance yet very private. The architecturally designed 7000+ sq ft residence offers LR; DR; gourmet kitchen; library, & office; media rm & 4 additional BDRS. C Dammann (434)981-1250. #451592 $2,500,000

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Clunie Farm- Very special 151+/- acres w/ c.1870 home. Combination of farm land & woods offers a private & beautiful setting. Located on a country lane just minutes from amenities. Great opportunity for conservation easements. Charlotte Dammann (434) 981-1250 MLS#493734



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he average size of a new single-family house in the United States grew from less than 1,000 sq. ft. in 1950 to 2,521 sq. ft. in 2007, according to the United States Census Bureau. That was the peak year. By 2010, the average size shrank to 2,392 sq. ft., and experts in the industry predict that the shrinking will continue. The economic recession is surely a factor, with depressed home prices, lower sales volume, and decreased purchasing power among consumers. Demographic trends also come into play. Family size has been shrinking for decades, as people have fewer children, or the children grow up and leave the nest, or the family is a couple or a single person. The

2010 United States Census gives the average family size as 2.59 persons. Single-person households are now 27 percent of the total, up from 13 percent in 1960. Economists said for years that lower and middle class income remained stagnant while home size grew. By no coincidence, personal debt soared, mainly in the form of mortgages. The news since 2007 has been full of stories about unscrupulous lenders and shady financial deals on Wall Street and in European capitals. The backstory is that many ordinary people borrowed too much money. A reckoning was due on a global scale. Well before the meltdown, some designers and homebuyers showed a preference for smaller houses. In 1997, Sarah Susanka published The Not So Big House, a book on “tailoring your home for the way you re-

Some homeowners feel that restraint is a virtue. Excess and ostentation, exemplified by the McMansion, are out.

Good taste is in.

ally live.” An architect, Susanka elaborated the point that architects have always made: build quality, not quantity. She challenged the subliminal connection between house size and ego by asking clients, and then readers: “Why do you want so much space? How much space do you actually need?” Very large houses and unique luxury properties always have been a niche market, often taking a long time to sell. In the current climate, they may linger for years and their prices have plummeted. At the other end of the price scale, small houses have been the most active share of the market for the past few years. Partly due to competition with foreclosed properties, prices have fallen here too, but not so dramatically. Local real estate broker Pat Sury of Montague Miller & Company, says: “The buyers I see divide into two groups, older and younger. The older group is retiring, downsizing, often moving here from out of town. They want good construction instead of lots of square feet. They are buying high-end condominiums and attached houses. They like in-town locations, which tend to have smaller lots. The younger people, families with children, are looking at houses that omit the formal spaces—living and dining rooms—in favor of open floor plans. Both groups want green design, which often means smaller house size.” Retirees, empty-nesters, and one- or two-person households are a growing share of the market nationwide. These people do not want to maintain more house than they need, or pay energy bills and real estate taxes for it. They are prudent about how much they spend, and they invest only part of their wealth in real estate. They have learned from experience, and they are savvy when it comes to construction. In keeping with a Puritan strain in American culture, some homeowners feel that restraint is a virtue. Excess and ostentation, exemplified by the McMansion, are out. Good taste is in. The finished area may be less, but buyers still want features. The new small house typically has an upgraded kitchen, a luxurious master bath, and a high-performance HVAC system. Hardwood and ceramic tile floors are increasingly seen as standard, instead of an upgrade from carpet and vinyl. Appliances, light fixtures, cabinets and hardware are more pleasing to the eye and made to last longer. On the exterior, durable materials like fiber-cement plank, brick, and composite (a rot-resistant


tertaining or raising a family, but as Shafer says, it will fit anywhere and it is cheaper to build and maintain than a standard house. After Hurricane Katrina, architects produced a flood of cottage designs with dimensions and details that recall the traditional housing that was destroyed. Meant to be affordable, and in some cases to be mass-produced, Katrina Cottages are often delightful exercises in scale and ingenuity. The good life can be lived in close quarters, they imply. Historical reproductions and pattern book designs are an earlier attempt to infuse small, inexpensive houses with architectural detail and period charm. The restoration of Colonial Williamsburg inspired a rash of such houses through the 1970s, some of which are now due for a makeover. The New Urbanism movement dates from the 1980s, well before the current recession. Conceived as an antidote to suburban sprawl, New Urbanist ideas are gaining acceptance in the development of new

aside, New Urbanist housing often has a neotraditional look, with an economical use of space. Local examples of New Urbanist development include Belvedere north of Charlottesville and Old Trail west of Crozet. The new subdivisions contain a mix of housing types and prices, from affordable garden apartments to attached houses to larger free-standing houses, with vest pocket public parks to compensate for the small private yards. Kentlands, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was a pioneer in this type of development. According to Michael Watkins, one of its designers, in a talk in Richmond in 2011, property values and resales have performed better in Kentlands than in nearby conventional housing. Attached houses, also called townhouses or rowhouses, are disparaged as monotonous, cramped, and lacking in social tone. Yet some townhouses feature varied facades, front porches, and luxurious interiors. The townhouse is in fact the ultimate in smallhouse living, with centuries of history

subdivisions, which in turn affect what is built. Simply put, the small lots favor smaller houses and more compact floor plans. The higher density (dwelling units per acre) requires public sewers instead of private septic systems, which means that county and town planning departments are closely involved. Green design advocates note that density encourages walking, reduces car trips, economizes utility lines, and stimulates neighborliness. Social engineering

behind it. Built at higher density, it reduces sprawl, which in turn reduces the infrastructure of roads and utilities, which reduces car trips and pollution, and so on. Multi-story design and party walls between houses reduce the exterior envelope, and therefore reduce the cost of construction and maintenance. As modern renovations show, the townhouse is capable of endless variations in interior layout. Stairs are inevitable, so this type of vertical living is not for everyone.

Belvedere and Old Trail

contain a mix of housing types and prices, from affordable garden apartments to attached houses to larger free-standing houses.

In the eastern United States, the nineteenth century was the heyday of the townhouse. Boston, New York, Philadephia, Baltimore, Washington, Charleston and Savannah all contain large areas of low-rise, compact and charming townhouses. Brick is the dominant material, with regional variations. New York is famous for its brownstone facades, while Boston is known for bow windows, and Philadelphia for fine details and limestone trim. Restored and updated, these


wood product) are preferred to vinyl and aluminum siding. Windows and doors, a large part of any construction budget, are ample and of high quality, brands like Pella and Marvin instead of no-name vinyl. Here, green design comes to the fore, favoring natural light and sealing air leaks to conserve energy. The small house, then, is not all about saving money. It is also about style. Cottages, cabins, and diminutive dwellings of all kinds exert a fascination. The quirky cottages of Carmel, California, the Colonial-era houses of Cape Cod, and the bungalow (originally an import from India) are endlessly photographed and imitated. With their hand-crafted details, fine wood species, art glass, custom ceramic tile, and carefully chosen “boulders” in foundations and chimneys, these houses can be expensive. Among the many books on the subject, here are two personal favorites. The American Bungalow 18801930, by Clay Lancaster (Dover, 1985) is the definitive history, with a wealth of photographs and drawings. The idea of the bungalow was so popular among all classes that it led to large houses of two and three stories. The small, mass-produced bungalow with the low, spreading roof is more typical. Dover also reprints catalog books from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, showing hundreds of small, architecturally inventive houses. Cottages by the Sea, by Linda Leigh Paul (Universe, 2000) describes 35 “handmade homes of Carmel, America’s first artist colony” with color photographs. From fisherman shacks to architect-designed showplaces, the Carmel cottages are a tourist attraction and an exclusive weekend getaway. Arched doors, rock walls, shingle roofs, and picturesque gables sprout everywhere. No two windows are alike, and there are plenty of them to take in the Pacific coast views. The so-called tiny house movement takes size and cuteness to the limit. As promoted by Jay Shafer in his website and book, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has dozens of wellcrafted designs that resemble cabins, converted sheds and children’s playhouses. Some are mounted on wheels. They are sold as prefab kits for the doit-yourselfer, or architectural plans. Shafer claims to have lived happily for years in a house of 89 square feet. His website shows models that range from 99 sq. ft. up to 3-bedroom models of about 850 sq. ft., in styles that recall Carpenter Gothic and Craftsman. A tiny house seems unsuitable for en-

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neighborhoods are now very desirable, and prices are beyond the reach of the middle class for which they were originally built. Richmond, Virginia, boasts examples of townhouse development in the Fan, Church Hill and Jackson Ward districts. Historic Richmond Foundation has published three books on them with large color photographs: Richmond’s Fan District, by Drew St. J. Corneal, 1996; Old Richmond Today, by John G. Zehmer, 2004; and The Church Hill Old and Historic Districts, by John G. Zehmer, 2011. Restoration has come to Richmond, but it is still possible to buy low-priced houses in the Fan and Jackson Ward, the historic black center. A local specialty is the wrought iron used for railings, porches and roof crests. Charlottesville has few historic townhouses. It was too lightly settled

to need that type of development in the nineteenth century. Small brick rows are located near the University of Virginia on West Main Street and isolated units in the grid of streets downtown. Most of our townhouses were built after 1950, on the edge of the urban area. As a result, they lack the convenience of neighborhoods like the Fan. Georgetown Green, Minor Hill, Stonehenge and River Run are pleasant and walkable, but you still need a car to live there. In the past decade, townhouse clusters were built in southern neighborhoods like Belmont and Johnson Village, within city limits but a long walk to the center. If the trend continues, Charlottesville may become a model for the green, small-size city.

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personal attention that can’t be duplicated by larger builders and build each home with the integrity and stewardship that a family deserves.

John Scott, Builders FirstSource

Also serving BRHBA as Officers in 2012 are: Immediate Past President, Doug Kingma, Kingma Developers, Inc.

Keith Scott, European Stone Concept

Vice President, Charlie Armstrong, Southern Development Homes

Matthew Gruber, Peak Builders Ltd.

Associate Vice President, Jessica Ammons, Ferguson Enterprises Treasurer, Troy Yancey, T.E.A.L. Construction, L.L.C. Secretary, Tracie Skipper, Pella Windows & Doors BRHBA as Board Members in 2012 are: Art Peters, Artisan Construction Ben Davis, Ryan Homes Casey Hastings, Tiger Fuel Company Joey Conover, Latitude 38 L.L.C. Duncan Macfarlane, Macfarlane Homes, Inc. Drew Holzwarth, Piedmont Realty & Construction Jimmy North, Airflow Systems

Karen Morris, Cunningham and Company

Kevin Shreiner, Dominion Engineering & Design, L.L.C.

Nancy Brewer, Builders Lighting, L.L.C. Rick Beyer, R.L. Beyer Construction, Inc. Ravi Respeto, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) Robin Newhouse, Dominion Virginia Power T.J. Wilson, Union First Market Bank The event was sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power, Builders FirstSource and Pella Windows & Doors. For more information on BRHBA visit or contact Jim Kuznar, Executive Vice President.

What’s Happening Around Town? Bluegrass BENEFIT Concert at C’ville Coffee A special treat for bluegrass lovers! Friday, February 24 at 8pm C’ville Coffee will host a bluegrass

concert featuring the talents of local musicians Richard Will, Christian Gromoll and Gabe Robey. Robey is a guitarist and vocalist who has lived in Charlottesville for five years. He spends his days working for Varian Medical Systems in Charlottesville, and moonlights as a bluegrass musician, playing w/ The Southwater Duo and The Harwell Grice Band. Banjo player Christian Gromoll is a math professor at UVa and has played with a number of local groups, including the Wednesday Night Regulars and Grit City Grass. Fiddler Richard Will teaches music at UVa and hosts a weekly bluegrass jam on grounds. He has played previously with the Courtney Hollow Band and the Wednesday Night Regulars. $10 cover charge will benefit The Women’s Initiative, a communitybased nonprofit that empowers low-income women in times of challenge and change through individual mental health counseling, support groups, education and community outreach.

Civil War Living History Commemoration

The 147th anniversary of the Battle of Waynesborough (Waynesboro) will take place on Saturday, March 3 at the Plumb House Museum, 1012 West Main Street in Waynesboro. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a memorial ceremony at the Presbyterian Cemetery, 1035 W. Broad Street (behind Purple Foot Restaurant). Enjoy a day filled with Civil War Reenactors, camp life, farm animals, speakers, live music and food. For more information, contact the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, Inc. at 540-943-3943 or email

Medicare/Healthcare Advocacy Night FOCUS Women’s Resource Center, as part of its continuing commitment to serving women and their families in the greater Charlottesville area, now offers Medicare and Healthcare Advocacy Night beginning February 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at its offices at 953 2nd St. SE. The primary consultant for this ongoing free event, held the last Tuesday of each month, will be Marci Kramer, Medicare and Geriatric Health Advocate. “If you have or will soon have Medicare, or you are an adult child trying to help your parent with issues as they get older, this free event is for you., says Ms. Kramer. “We will act as your personal research assistant so you don’t have to spend the time trying to understand all the complicated rules and regulations. We can cull information related to your Medicare or related insurance options, or give you resources for staying as well and active as possible as you age. We will guide your selection based on what’s most important to you.” Pre-registration is requested by calling 434-293-2222.



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With these sobering thoughts in mind, if you want the warmth and beauty of a fireplace in your house, here is how to proceed. There are three basic types: masonry, metal, and stove. Masonry, which can be built of brick, block or stone, is the most massive and expensive option. The construction of flues and fireboxes is a craft that requires a skilled mason. The fireplace and chimney are independent of the wood structure, have their own foundation, and must

The fireplace was formerly always regarded as the chief feature of the room, and so treated in every well-thoughtout scheme of decoration.

Adding a

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can buy a modest stove for under $1,000, or a large and complex one for several thousand. Europeans have a tradition of fine ceramic stoves, beautiful and good for heating. Tulikivi is a locally marketed Finnish stove made of soapstone. In America, the castiron stove, including the one invented by Benjamin Franklin, is traditional. It can burn wood, coal, pellets, dried corn, rolled newspapers, and in an emergency, old love letters.


et’s say you like everything about your house—location, size, sunlight, yard, floor plan, and so on. Maybe you’ve lived there for years, or maybe you’re about to buy it. But it has no fireplace. Can you add one? How difficult is it, how much does it cost, and how much resale value does it add? According to Kelly Ceppa, a REALTOR® with Nest Realty in Charlottesville, homebuyers who write a list of features they want seldom include a fireplace. “If a house happens to have one, it’s a plus. If the fireplace is a prominent feature that catches the eye, it may help in selling. But it’s hard to put a number on the value. Most people choose a house on general appeal. Lack of a fireplace is not a deal-breaker.” For a contrasting point of view, in their 1902 book The Decoration of Houses, Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr. say: “The fireplace was formerly always regarded as the chief feature of the room, and so treated in every well-thought-out scheme of

decoration.” They devote a chapter to fireplaces and mantels, with practical hints on materials, architectural form, and placement. You should locate a fireplace in the center of the longer wall of a room, with space for seating beside it. Fussy ornament is vulgar, and sham is forbidden. Wharton, better known for her novels of high society, was strict.

meet the building code. A masonry wood-burning fireplace and chimney will cost $5,000 to build, more with a special mantel or hearth. Metal fireplaces, also called prefab, zero-clearance, and a variety of other names, are more like a built-in appliance. They generally burn natural gas or propane, from jets hidden in artificial logs. Some are operated by the flick of a switch or by remote control, much like a television. You may appreciate the convenience, with no need to haul wood and shovel ashes. There are perhaps a dozen manufac-

turers, each with several models. The cost for purchase and installation is in the $2,000 range. Stoves can be cast-iron, ceramic, or specially built of stone, with or without a door that allows you to see the flames. Though free-standing, they still must have a flue to outside, and the surfaces near them (floor and wall) must withstand high heat. You

For any type of fireplace, you need to decide whether it will be a significant source of heat or simply decorative. The traditional brick fireplace, with a wide open hearth, as found in Colonial houses, is an inefficient way to heat a room. Most of the heat goes up the chimney, and the fire creates a draft of cold air. The Rumford fireplace design is better, and an iron fireback or insert reflects more heat. An existing masonry fireplace can be adapted to burn gas, and glass doors can be added, either for safety or to convert it to convection, often called a “Heatilator.” Prefab metal fireplaces have this option built in. Stoves are essentially large radiators, and they control combustion for maximum efficiency. Wooden Sun is a local company that sells prefab fireplaces, stoves, wood mantels, stone hearths, fireplace tools and related gear. With a lavish showroom in the Ix Factory in Charlottesville, Wooden Sun does sales and installation—one-stop shopping for the home improvement firebug. The frosty winter day I visited, one of the two partners, Jonathan Schnyder, gave me a tour. A former building contractor, he carries several manufacturers, including Hampton, Pacific Energy, Regency, Renaissance, Valor, and Vermont Castings. Some models are decidedly old-fashioned, recalling nineteenth-century castiron stoves, with or without cooktop. Some of the inserts and freestanding models are sleek and modern. Neoclassical wood mantels are shown with contemporary designs, natural wood and painted. And there are choices for stone and ceramic tile facing. They also sweep chimneys and reline flues. For more information, visit


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SaleS S t a t S For The week eNdiNG 2-3-12

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SPACIOUS & OPEN – Brand new 2,100 sq ft home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths in a new neighborhood in Augusta County. Sidewalks & lots of open space. $229,500. Owner will finance. Call Beth, Valley Real Estate Brokers, 540-241-5986. BEST LOCATION – BEST VIEW – Charming NEW Victorian 2-story in Augusta County with over 2000 ft. 3 bedrooms, lots of living spaces, great porches & 2-car garage. Sidewalks & street lights. 1 minute to restaurants, churches & grocery. $309,900 and owner will finance. 540-487-0480.

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OWNER FINANCING – Spacious 2-bedroom condo with garage in Augusta County. No steps, no outside maintenance, excellent owner financing. Only one available. $211,900. Call or Text: 540-487-0480. WAYNESBORO – Just a short drive from Charlottesville. Several new homes available: spacious 2-story and adorable ranch. Starting at $189,900 and owner will finance. Call 540-487-0482.

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3 BEDROOM one-level home in Augusta County, Brand New, 2-car garage, almost 1,600 SF. Ready in February. $214,900 and owner will finance. Call Beth, Valley Real Estate Brokers, 540-241-5986.

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LOTS & ACREAGE OK FOR MOBILE HOME – 5 acres of woods. Paved state road frontage. Just off Rt. 60 in Nelson County. Only $39,900 with easy financing. 434-444-5088. HOMESTEADER WANTED to reclaim 6 acres of wilderness on Carter Creek in Nelson County. Mobile home welcome. $39,900. Easy owner financing – Nothing down. 434-444-5088.

for rent GREAT SELECTION of homes and apartments just a short drive west in Waynesboro and Augusta County. Check out our website for current availability: or call 540886-6155.

Local trade association seeks energetic and creative team player to design and implement marketing plans, create, design and maintain print and social media member communications and assemble news releases and statistical reports. Strong writing skills and experience managing social media coordination highly desirable. Related degree or equivalent work experience required. Excellent benefits.

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Land Offerings In Central Virginia

GLENBROOKE ~ 139+/- acres located in the Barboursville area of orange County. Mountain views mostly open with year round Blue run stream flowing through the property. ideal for livestock and an exceptional candidate for conservation easement because of the number of county approved divisions. MlS#465504 $1,850,000 Justin Wiley

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CHESTNUT HILL ~ 300+/- acres mostly open and actively farmed property in the keswick hunt area of orange County. Strongly protected by conservation easement and can be divided into 3 parcels. Property includes two tenant homes, numerous dependencies and stunning Piedmont views. MlS#484789 $2,850,000 Justin Wiley

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GREEN SPRINGS ESTATE PARCEL ~ 260+/- acres located in the beautiful and protected Green Springs area of louisa Co. this property has mountain views towards the west and is located within 30 min. of downtown Charlottesville. the land is a mix of open fields and woods which makes it ideal as an equestrian estate. Situated in one of the great keswick hunt areas. numerous springs and frontage on Camp Creek. MlS# 495383 $1,295,000 Justin Wiley

MAGNOLIA ROAD ~ 46 +/- acres of rolling pasture and hardwoods surrounded by large estates. rolling fields with an excellent building site, pond site and good pasture. excellent pastoral views in a very private setting. keswick hunt Country. Good equestrian property, country retreat or possibly a vineyard. 25 minutes to Charlottesville, 20 minutes to airport. MSl#465898 $450,000 Peter Wiley

GOODLING TRACT ~ incredible views! 180 acres of rolling pasture, apple orchard & hardwoods w/numerous building sites & large pond. in one of the county’s most pastoral settings w/view shed protected from unplanned development. excellent, estate parcel, investment opportunity or possible easement candidate, parcel is made up of 6 lots of the Bundoran Development w/cottage. MlS#492880 $2,250,000 Peter Wiley

BUNDORAN FARM LOT B-13 ~ a premium Bundoran Farm offering. 56+ acre lot with incredible pastoral and mountain views. this lot consists of rolling, productive, pasture that rises up to a secluded ridge top home site with breathtaking views of edge valley. this lot offers privacy, views and access to miles of walking and riding trails throughout the 2300 acres of Bundoran Farm. only 15 minutes to Charlottesville. MlS#493148 $1,200,000 Peter Wiley

GRAVES MILL FARM: a 664 acre mix of rolling pasture and hardwoods in one of Central virginia’s most pastoral settings. Graves Mill Farm offers long views of the surrounding farms and the Shenandoah Park. 3 houses, numerous farm buildings and breathtaking, elevated building site overlooking a magnificent 5 acre lake. MlS#492026 $4,900,000

MARSHALL PLACE c. 1798 ~ a 683 acre farm made up of 145 acres of good pasture and tillable land and 538 acres of hardwoods and pine forest. Current use of the farm includes grazing (for cattle), hay, timber and a boxwood nursery. two large creeks (randolph and little) run thru the property. historic house has good architectural detail and is in a very private setting. MlS#492247 $2,200,000

HAZEL RIVER PROPERTY ~148+/- acres located in both rappahannock and Culpeper Counties with significant frontage on the hazel river. very private, a good mix of open and wooded land with an abundance of wildlife. this property is ideal for the outdoorsmen and is priced to sell. the river can be canoed a good part of the year. MlS#491407 $795,000

To inquire about these properties and other fine properties, please contact JuStin WileY, (434) 981-5528 • Peter WileY, (540) 219-3771 •

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The Real Estate Weekly 2.16.2012  

February 16th Issue of the Real Estate Weekly featuring: • Downsizing to a smaller home • Adding a Fireplace • Real Estate Weekly turns 20!

The Real Estate Weekly 2.16.2012  

February 16th Issue of the Real Estate Weekly featuring: • Downsizing to a smaller home • Adding a Fireplace • Real Estate Weekly turns 20!