State of the art, plantation style home with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, on 22 acres of beautiful pasture located in Fluvanna County just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. This would make a wonderful horse property or you can just enjoy the rural beauty surrounding your home. With over 4,000 finished sq. ft. and 864 unfinished this home offers the space for a comfortable country lifestyle while possessing theelegant appointments that go with gracious living. This 2 story home possesses 2 master suites, one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd, and 2 generously sized additional bedrooms on the 2nd floor. Plus a guest suite over the garage. The living area is perfect for entertaining or family living with a living room, large dining area, gourmet kitchen and large porches and decks for outdoor living. The many custom features include an oversized 2 car garage, 15,000 watt whole house generator and a new spa which seats 7. Please contact me for a complete list of the features. $1,495,000.00.
Due to the large inventory of homes on the market sellers are looking for anything that will make their home sell faster. According to the Daily Progress as of Friday there were 3,753 homes actively listed in Central Virginia; this is up from 1,708 in May of 2005. Consequently sellers have been getting creative with incentives designed to entice buyers. These incentives may range from a simple price decrease, to the seller paying the buyers closing costs, a car or a vacation. Another popular incentive is the seller’s purchasing a home warranty for the buyer. However, it is important to remember that it is still vital to make sure that the home is properly priced. No amount of incentives will persuade someone to buy an overpriced home.
For a discussion of this topic as reported in Sunday’s paper click here.
Updating and remodeling projects can make your home more desirable and therefore can have an impact on its time on the market. In today’s real estate market with such a large inventory, anything that can reduce the days that a home spends on the market can result in more money in the seller’s pocket. If a home sells quickly, it may mean several months less of mortgage payments. However, a remodeling project may not necessarily result in a proportunately higher sale price.
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The National Association of Realtors believes that a temporary tax credit would motivate wary buyers to purchase a home. NAR is urging congress to act quickly to pass this bill and help "jump start" the stagnant housing market. To read more click here.
One of the key organizations in the preservation of Albemarle County’s rural beauty is the Piedmont Environmental Council. The PEC is "a 35 year old non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty."
A variety of regional, statewide and national issues are delt with that impact the northern Piedmont area of Virginia. These include the conservation of farmland and forests, solutions for traffic congestion and transpotation, preserving clean air and water, protecting wildlife and their natural habitat.
The Piedmont Environmental Council serves 9 counties and 1 city in Central Virginia: Albemarle, Charlottesville, Culpepper, Orange, Madison, Rappahannock, Greene, Fauquier, Clarke, Madison. Regarding Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville the focus is on keeping a balance between city and county. In all of the areas where towns are impinging on the countryside there is an emphasis on building communities where residents can enjoy both the towns and the open countryside.
The PEC has had a major impact on the stewardship of land in the Piedmont and can boast one of the highest densities of private conservation land in the United States. This is not a time to rest on our laurels. If we want to keep our rural countryside, one of the things that we can do is to support the efforts of the Piedmont Environmental Council.
In the middle of all the stresses of moving it is easy to missplace things. Then you arrive at your new home, look at the piles of boxes and even though you thought you did a good job of labeling the boxes there is always something that you can’t put your hands on until that last box is unpacked. There are many documents and pieces of information that it is essential to have at your fingertips the first day in your new house. A good solution is to create a moving file containing all the information that you need to get settled in your new life. For more tips on what to be sure to include in this file click here.
At my daughter"s horse barn, Shadowfax LLC at the Glenmore Equestrian Center, we wage an ongoing battle with geese. Many other farms in Charlottesville and all over Albemarle County are having the same problem. I remember as a child watching v shaped formations of geese fly over in the fall on the way to their winter nesting grounds. Now flocks of geese make their home in central Virginia year round.
Most people are aware of the problems that golf courses and homeowners associations have discouraging the goose population, but farmers are faced with the problem as well. The numbers of Canada geese have increased all over the United States. Not only are they protected by laws but also in most areas there is a lack of natural predators. People understand the problem of goose poop on the golf course, but don’t realize the destruction that a large goose population can cause on a farm. A simgle goose can eat as much as 5 pounds of grass a day. Image what a sizeable flock can do to horse pastures and grazing land. Also geese can foul the water in the ponds where the horses and cattle need to drink.
Due to the fact that the geese are a protected species farmers are not allowed to shoot them. One solution is to use a dog such as a border collie to chase the geese off of the property. Some farmers also shoot over the geese to make them decide that a pond in another area would be a better choice for a home.
Another theory is that geese are not comfortable in tall grass since a predator mght be lurking unseen. Geese also prefer to eat the tender young shoots of grass rather than the tougher taller strands. Unfortunately it is an essential part of pasture management when maintaining fields for grazing to keep them bushhogged. However, there is the option of leaving a barrier of tall grasses around ponds. The grasses will block the goose’s view from the pond, and they will not feel safe there since they cannot see approaching predators. With a little luck the geese may decide to relocate.
Whichever approach you decide upon it will require constant vigilance since geese tend to be very persistent.
Today is the final day to catch Look – Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph. The festival describes itself as "three days of peace, love, and photography. A festival for those that love the still image, celebrating the careers of lengendary artists, emerging tallent, and the best work from the year." It is a not for profit event developed by photographers and consisting of exhitits, workshops, interviews, and screenings attracting professional and amateur photographers from around the world.
The three featured presenters are:
Mary Ellen Mark – exhibit: Prom, at the McGuffy Art Center, June 6-30
Joel Peter Witkin – exhibit: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, at the Second Street Gallery, June 6-26
James Nachtwey – exhibit: The unvanquished, at Les Yeux du Monde, June 6-30
During the festival the Charlottesville Downtown pedestrian mall has been transformed with huge photographic banners. There are also many other exhibits in conjunction with the festival at galleries throughout Charlottesville, Virginia during June.
For more information on the festival click here.
Albemarle County is known for its scenic vistas of pastures and rolling hills. The healthy local agricultural industry helps keep the open acreage necessary for this rural beauty. The county of Albemarle which surrounds Charlottesville ranks 8th in Virginia in total farm acreage. According to the 2002 Census of Agriculture, the county has 177,445 acres in production.
The fastest expanding agricultural business in the area is grape production and wine making. Albemarle County ranks first in the state with about 435 acres planted in grapes.
The horse industry is another important agricultural business in Albemarle County. In 2001 horse sales in the county were estimated to total $7,849,000 and there were estimated to be about 7,000 horses in the county with a total worth of $90,886,000. This would place Albemarle third in statewide ranking.
Another large scale agricultural industry in the county is beef cattle farming. In 2002 Albemarle had sales of $5,968,000 in beef cattle which came from 481 farms. There are about 22,725 head of cattle in the county.
As you can see from this data, Albemarle County has the vital agricultural economy necessary to preserve the rural beauty of the area.
The above information was provided by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Albemarle County Land Preservation. Albemarle County in Central Virginia is known for its rolling hills, pastoral views, and scenic landscape. This rural countryside has become Virginia’s brand. Albemarle County horse farms are some of the most beautiful in the United States.
At the same time the Charlottesville Virginia area has repeatedly gained national acclaim as one of the best places to live in the United States. As a result we have seen an influx of people eager to share the Virginia country lifestyle. The big problem is how to allow reasonable growth while keeping the rural character of the region that makes it so special.
As the population of rural landowners continues to age, we will see an increase in land transfer problems. There is a major difference in residential versus farm land values which can lead to increased development. After all the land is the farmer’s “401K” and it is necessary for to be able to preserve these Albemarle County farms. Additionally many of these Albemarle horse farms have been in the same family for generations, and the landowners are concerned with stewardship of the land for generations to come.
Some of the solutions, either implemented or studied, include agricultural use tax breaks, mandatory clustering, down zoning to reduce density, tax driven conservation easements, and the purchase and transfer of development rights. As you can imagine, each of these approaches would have an ecconomic impact. In addition, they tend to pit farmers, environmentalists and real estate developers against each other.
One of the continuing challenges for the community over the next few years will be to come up with policies which will satisfy these disparate factions and safeguard the rural beauty of Albemarle County.
Albemarle County land preservation is an issue that impacts all of us. We need to be actively involved in order to keep the balance between necessary growth and keeping the vistas of Albemarle County farms that we enjoy so much.
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