Tuesday, April 16, 2019 / by Jason Kirby
Before making Charlottesville our home, my family and I lived in the Boston area for about six years. Since then, we've been enjoying the warmer weather and most certainly the warmer people! However, one of the big differences between here and there are the sizes of homes.
Our house was about 120 years old and was a snug 1,000 square feet (people were smaller 120 years ago apparently). We managed perfectly fine in that small space-even as our family grew in size by two rowdy boys. One of the more interesting things about life in a smaller home is that acquiring things took on a new perspective. Before purchasing something, we had to ask ourselves, "Where will we put this when we aren't using it?" One of the great benefits of this is that you stop buying things you don't expect to use often.
Another habit we acquired is regularly donating things we no longer need. There are many charitable organizations who would love our old stuff. One of my favorites is just 4 miles from Carriag ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 / by Jason Kirby
This immaculately maintained and tastefully remodeled home features quartz counters, custom cabinets, picture windows with wonderful views, stainless appliances, gas range, and an adorable coffee bar/butler's pantry - and all on a single level! Charming built-ins throughout the home and generous room sizes. The private back deck is perfect for entertaining, especially with an amazing vantage point to watch fireworks on the 4th of July. A storage shed and fenced yard round out the many features this home has to offer its next owner.
705 Oak Ave, Waynesboro
Offered at $329,500
4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
2,523 square feet
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Saturday, April 6, 2019 / by Jason Kirby
This amazing Rugby home sits on over a 1/2 acre in a prime location near UVA and Downtown. Upgraded features include custom cherry cabinetry, stainless steel and bamboo butcher block counters, recessed lighting, high-end tile finishes, copper roof, hot water tanks with solar collectors, radiant heat flooring, high energy gas furnace and two heat pumps, and copper and pex plumbing. Built-in storage throughout the home. There's a sunroom off of the living room which includes a Jotul wood stove. The family room features a private wooded view and leads to a spacious covered porch. With a basement apartment down below, additional unfinished space and a two-car garage, this home offers great versatility to its future owner.
To have a look at the layout, visit our virtual tour: 1159kensington.com. For additional information, click here.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Jason Kirby
Though the winter weather has lingered into March, the real estate market is definitely feeling like spring. Just this morning, I arrived at an appointment to show a home in Charlottesville at 9:00 AM and found that we were fourth in line to get inside! There is still incredible demand for homes which are priced attractively, just like that one.
In Carriage Hill since the beginning of the year, we have already seen two condos sell, three more go under contract, and there are three still for sale. That is quite an increase over the activity at the beginning of 2018. In fact, at the beginning of last year we only had one property go under contract and sell.
This level of late winter activity is unusual in Carriage Hill. Typically, a little over half of the year’s new listings and sales will occur in the spring. Does this mean we can expect a record level of activity for the spring of 2019? It’s an interesting question.
To give us an idea of how winter compa ...
Sunday, February 3, 2019 / by Jason Kirby
These recent, record-setting low temperatures can be a true test of our homes’ systems. Just the other morning I woke up to an unusual sound outside my house. The compressor was having trouble starting and about every minute or so it was creating a loud and brief humming noise.
Fortunately, I have a service plan with a local heating and air company. One advantage of such a plan is they often include regular visits to service your system. Another feature, most important during times like this, is it provides you with expedited service when something goes wrong.
Systems typically fail during the time of year when they are most used. Those times are often the dead of winter or the peak of summer; times when you can least afford to go without them. In my case, having a bit of foresite to purchase the plan last year meant that I went to the top of the service list on that freezing day.
One advantage to owning a condo is that you have greatly reduced your exposur ...