1st Dominion Realty

John

I am originally from Warren, Rhode Island, a small town in the East Bay area of the state. I have loved the water from very early on, and one of my greatest pleasures is snorkeling. I attended Boston University for several years, and finished my at Roger Williams College in Bristol Rhode Island. My BA is in Creative Writing. I worked in human services for many years, first at a CAP agency covering the East Bay area of Rhode Island, later at the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington, Vermont, and later still at Region Ten in Charlottesville, Virginia. At Region Ten I was first a Case Manager for the long term mentally ill and later a Prevention Specialist. As a Prevention Specialist as visited a number of local schools to work with guidance counselors and students on issues of drug & alcohol abuse in the family. In 1994 I became a real estate licensee, and several years after than I earned my broker's license. Helping people to purchase and sell real estate is a fascinating profession. Every day is different. And indeed it is a valuable tangible service to offer. I belong to WriterHouse, a local organization that offers support and programs to writers. Horror & Fantasy are my preferred genres, although I like my stories reality based with a flavor of the 'unusual'. My wife & I took up musical instruments about 10 years ago. Sue plays fiddle and I play mandolin. We play 'Old Time' music, but over the past two years Sue has gravitated towards traditional Irish music and lately I too have been learning some Irish tunes. There is a great music scene here in Central Virginia. We have many real good musicians and there are many venues to hear them in. Charlottesville is a great place to live, and I guess that is why I have been here since 1985.

Dramatic, open and bright. What a great home for family and entertaining! Entirely open from front to back, a true great room with lofted ceilings. The center kitchen location makes for great flow and access. Bonus room is bright, perfect for office, den, studio, study. Generous sized bedrooms. Large 2 car garage with space for storage. One level living, excellent views and so close to downtown and UVA. Check out the Visual Tour! Community clubhouse, pool and walking trails.

A true Great Room with center located kitchen.  And a great neighborhood with awesome views!

Sunday Open House 15 April 1-3PM.

1430 Willow Lake Drive, just a mile south of Charlottesville VA.

Just minutes to town and UVA! The original owner of this home worked with the builder to create a delightful, truly livable home. Original upgrades included: hardwood and ceramic tile floors, custom bathroom with large sit down shower/tub and tile surrounds, tile kitchen counter tops and upgraded cabinets, a passthrough from the upstairs bathroom into the hallway linen closet, access to storage space behind upstairs walls, and a unique and efficient central heating system. The current owner enclosed the patio with roof and screening to create a hospitable lounging area, paved the driveway, stained the exterior of the home, and surrounded the rear of the home with a french drain. Wonderful mountain views from the first floor master suite. Come See!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:  from downtown Charlottesville go south on Route 20 about a mile and turn right into Willow Lake.  Stay on Willow Lake Drive and this home will be on the right hand side.

 

Just minutes to town and UVA! The original owner of this home worked with the builder to create a delightful, truly livable home. Original upgrades included: hardwood and ceramic tile floors, custom bathrooms with large sit down shower/tubs and tile surrounds, tile kitchen counter tops and upgraded cabinets, a passthrough from the upstairs bathroom into the hallway linen closet, access to storage space behind upstairs walls, and a unique and efficient central heating system. The current owner enclosed the patio with roof and screening to create a hospitable lounging area, paved the driveway, stained the exterior of the home, and surrounded the rear of the home with a french drain. So many clever and thoughtful touches. Wonderful mountain views from the first floor master suite.  

 

Ready to move in! This spacious home has 4 roomy bedrooms and a large finished basement. Very close to UVA and 3 county schools, minutes to downtown C-Ville, easy walk to Barracks Rd Mall. Open kitchen with granite counter tops and family room w/fireplace are perfect for entertaining. Screened porch, basement office w/fireplace. Dining room and living room with built-ins. New in 2009: windows, front & screen door, heat pump, house wrap and siding. Roof new in 2005.

Lot’s of nice touches: built-ins, on demand hot water at kitchen sink, workshop area in basement, 2 fireplaces, screened porch, rear deck, shed beneath deck. Large finished area in basement! Office with fireplace in basement. This is a great home for family life and entertaining, and located in a favored Charlottesville neighborhood.   Nice!

The Circular Path

More than twenty years ago I saw a need for housing options for the Boomer Generation. I believe more than ever that many Boomers will need a viable affordable living arrangement that supports and enhances the lifestyle they desire. One such option will be a small scale condominium of 2 to 6 units. This could be a large house retrofitted for the purpose with each unit a nicely finished ‘home’. This house/condo would also have a common area to support ‘community’. Each resident would enjoy total privacy, and can also enjoy the company and support of other residents if so desiring. The residents can manage their own building, and the monthly condo fee can be small (unlike those big complexes). Going on vacation? Someone is home to bring in your mail. Need to relocate? You can sell your unit and benefit from your investment. Privacy, Community, Support, Affordability. Is this idea appealing to someone you know? Please have them contact me.

Just a few thoughts on the home buying process. 

I’ve helped a number of people purchase homes this year.  In almost every case there were delays in closing caused by the lender, even though my purchasers were well qualified to borrow.  I think this is the situation with virtually all lenders.  They are being very careful and plodding in closing the loan, verifying, reverifying, asking for the same information over and over again.  I do not blame them for being careful, but the delays cause anxiety for both purchasers and sellers.  Some of my purchasers came to believe they were not going to be granted a loan and started calling other lenders.  Some of the sellers came to believe the purchaser’s loan was being denied, even after provisional approval, and were getting pretty angry that their property had been off the market for a month or more waiting for a settlement they no longer believed would happen.  In every case, after a good deal of anxiety and stress, the loans did close and the property did transfer ownership.  The delays in closing spanned from a couple days to more than a month.  Fortunately none of these purchasers had a moving truck parked outside their intended home, and none of the sellers were buying another property that they needed to close on in order to move out of their current home.  My point:  plan for delay.  With luck you will close as scheduled or at least close to your planned settlement date.  But if not planned for, delays can cause you big problems and cost real money.  Hang in there!

This really is a crazy low price for this property:  $123,000.  Owner must sell, so a real opportunity for a prospective home owner or investor.  And what a destination:  Albemarle County, Virginia!  Blue Ridge Mountain views, excellent schools, wonderful community close to Charlottesville, VA!

 Well maintained and very solid. Super insulation for heating and cooling efficiency. New since 2009: 30 year roof, really excellent insulated windows, and most appliances. Garage and a shed with a reinforced floor (to accommodate owner’s motorcycle). Two covered carports. Large open fenced yard with great garden spots and a close-up mountain view. Convenient to Charlottesville and the Valley, located in a friendly rural neighbor adjacent to the charming town of Crozet. Close to the Crozet Elementary School, Henley Middle School, and Western Albemarle High School. Compare with other Albemarle County homes – this is a great buy and opportunity.

 

HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY

. This unique & beautiful home is in both the 31,000 acre “Southwest Mountain Rural Historic District” and “Blue Run Ag Forest District”, preservation/protected areas. The drive down Echo Valley Rd is stunning as are the views from the property. Studio outbuilding is nicely finished and has heat, electric, and a good size storage area. Vintage shed on property as well. This craftsman-like cottage is surrounded by large farm properties. The rustic kitchen was crafted by Blais Gaston, renowned furniture maker. Beautiful wood floors & trim and updated windows. Gas fired water/baseboard central heating. Central Air Conditioning. Invisible Dog Fence. Perfect for someone wanting a very special location, yet only about 20 minutes to Charlottesville. This property & location really are magical — there’s even a brace of albino deers that wander the area. Find Peace & Beauty in the Valley.

5476 Green Creek Road

Albemarle County, VA

A charming country home, yet proximate to Charlottesville, this 1500 plus finished square feet 1920s bungalow was extensively renovated in 2007. Entirely gutted, and all new in 2007: drywall, floors, roof, windows, HVAC, plumbing, electric, granite counter tops, hickory cabinets, ceramic tile in bathrooms, appliances. Super insulation in attic, blown-in wet cellulose in both exterior and interior walls for energy efficiency and quiet. Very nice features: plumbing & electric fixtures, solid wood interior doors, jet tub… All top notch. There’s even a raised brick hearth with stone surround for the wood stove. The 2 acre lot is gently rolling and mostly open with great garden sites (there are currently active raised beds). Two sheds out back, one with a covered carport on either side. Very quiet location, a very lovely property. Contact me for a showing!

$229,000

1524 fin. sq. ft.

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, hickory cabinets, granite counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms

1312 Orchard Drive Crozet, VA                  MLS# 491134         $140,000 

Crazy low price for this property.  Perfect Starter Home or investment property. Well maintained and very solid. Super insulation for heating and cooling efficiency. New since 2009: 30 year roof, really excellent insulated windows, and most appliances. Garage and a shed with a reinforced floor (to accommodate owner’s motorcycle). Two covered carports. Large open fenced yard with great garden spots and a close-up mountain view. Convenient to Charlottesville and the Valley, located in a friendly rural neighbor adjacent to the charming town of Crozet. Close to the Crozet Elementary School, Henley Middle School, and Western Albemarle High School. Compare with other Albemarle County homes – this is a great buy and opportunity.