Buying a home is a big step, and there are many details to consider to help ensure that it is a step in the right direction. While commute time is a detail that many people tend to overlook – especially if they find a home or neighborhood they love – our real estate agents know that it's important to factor it into the decision-making process. How much does commute time matter? Taking on a long or stressful commute every day can impact your quality of life in many ways, so keeping commute time in mind as you shop for your home can prevent regrets later.
Commute time can seem like a minor detail among the many things you'll need to look into as you compare Harrisonburg homes for sale. However, unless you're lucky enough to have a very flexible work situation, it's an aspect of life that you will have to deal with day in and day out, usually five days a week. Here are some of the ways that a longer commute could impact your daily life.
Commuting Can Be More Costly Than You Realize
Most people drive themselves to work, and adding up the expenses of doing so means taking more than just the cost of gas into account. Other costs to tally up include any tolls you pay on your route, parking fees, auto insurance costs, which are partly based upon daily mileage, and the costs associated with wear and tear on your vehicle, including routine maintenance, occasional repairs and periodic replacement of tires, for instance. Those costs can stack up over time. According to CNN, the average American spends $2,600 per year getting back and forth to work. If your commute is longer than average, which CNN says is 45 minutes and the US Census Bureau places at 26.1 minutes, your costs will be higher. Factoring in these costs as part of your overall housing expenses can provide a clearer perspective on whether or not a home you are considering is as affordable as it may appear at first glance.
Commuting Can Eat Up A Lot of Your Time
Whether you spend that 26.1 minutes each way, 45 minutes or more, that commuting time adds up over a five day week, and most certainly over the year. Even at the low end – 26.1 minutes each way – you'll spend more than four hours a week in the car and over 200 hours per year, leaving you much less time for other things, like spending time with family, household tasks, hobbies or relaxing after work.
Long Commutes Can Be Hard on Your Health
Spending all that time on the road can cause stress levels to rise, and stress takes a toll on physical, emotional and mental health. Chronic stress is known to contribute to conditions that include anxiety, depression, back, neck and shoulder pain, overweight/obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease, among others.
Of course, while long commutes may be stressful for some, they work quite well for others. Many people enjoy driving or just having that time to themselves to unwind before arriving home. Either way, it is important to weigh your options and know what you'll be getting into should you choose to purchase a home some distance from your workplace. For more tips on how to work out the best location to suit your needs as you shop for your new home, feel free to contact Old Dominion Realty – our team is always happy to help.
When you're touring Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll quickly discover our hometown is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. However, there's one more reason to love our city, the newly opened Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Our real estate agents are passionate about the community we call home, and we're excited to show new clients all we have to offer.
Hotel Madison's opening in May 2018 provided a means for the community, James Madison University, and business leaders from across the Shenandoah Valley and beyond to connect. While interest in a location to hold conferences and conventions in the area existed from some time, facilities large enough to accommodate such meetings had been missing. Hotel Madison's 21,000 square foot conference center features a banquet and ballroom, perfect for both business and industry meetings as well as private events. The hotel and conference center are already booking events well into the future, proof that the outlook for this venue is bright indeed.
Hotel Madison is dog-friendly. We greet your furry friends with a host of treats designed especially to please them. When you make reservations, be sure to tell the staff that your pet will be accompanying you. Please note not all rooms are designed to accommodate dogs. The hotel charges an additional charge for their stay.
Visitors have easy access to the facility from I-81, Route 11, and the Shenandoah Regional Airport. It's location at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way places Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg's Downtown on James Madison University's campus next to Madison Hall, site of Undergraduate Admissions.
Hotel and conference center guests find an atmosphere of simple elegance alongside superior amenities during their stay. Here you'll find rooms with mountain and downtown views, a farm-to-table restaurant, and spacious ballrooms and boardrooms. Hotel Madison offers valet parking and concierge service to ensure that visitors have access to area information and can experience all the wonders of the region. The hotel boasts 230 beautifully appointed guest rooms and offers special packages throughout the year. Hotel guests certainly won't go hungry either. In addition to the Montpelier Restaurant and Bar, the hotel also has a coffee and wine bar, a casual dining spot in the lobby, and in-room dining service for those looking to have a private meal. An indoor pool and fitness center are also available for guest use during their stay.
Hotel Madison is the official hotel of James Madison University and has partnered with the school to offer a unique learning opportunity for its students. The University's Hart School of Hospitality holds classes at the conference center to immerse students in the industry as they learn. Also home to a range of JMU events, Hotel Madison prides itself on helping its students ready themselves for their future. Centrally located in Downtown Harrisonburg, the hotel is an ideal accommodation for those attending events held by other area colleges and universities as well.
Hotel Madison makes exploring downtown Harrisonburg convenient, and it's easily accessible from major highways and interstates and the regional airport. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're ready to start your search for homes for sale in Central Virginia's Shenandoah Valley real estate area.
If you are among the estimated 266,120 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2018, you are familiar with the swirling rollercoaster of emotions and questions that come with the diagnosis.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Agencies, hospitals, groups, and individuals working throughout the year to raise money for research, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Individuals like you participate in walks, runs, and other special events to raise funds for the cause. Our REALTORS® are here with information on how you can support the cause in Harrisonburg.
Here in Harrisonburg, the 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk is happening on Saturday, October 20. The 5K Run/Walk takes off at Westover Park, 305 South Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the event. Proceeds from the race provide women in our community with treatment, support, and funding for mammograms at the RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.
The day begins at 7 am with all participants gathering at 9 am for the opening ceremony to hear testimonials from cancer survivors. The race takes off at 9:30 am. Almost 600 individuals and teams participated in the 2017 event.
Old Dominion Realty employees, Janet Harrison and Kari Miller, and family members participating in the 5K run/walk as team members.
The Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center believes a warm, nurturing environment promotes healing for women. Their breast care program includes screening digital mammography or 3D mammography services, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsies, molecular breast imaging, breast health navigators, a dedicated breast surgeon, and genetic testing.
Harrisonburg's Massanutten Regional Library recently received a $700 grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation to use on books and literature for breast cancer patients and survivors to learn more about living with and recovering from the disease.
Whether you've recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, currently undergoing treatment, or are a breast cancer survivor, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation works to end breast cancer and to educate Virginians on the facts about breast cancer.
Published dates and times may vary so be sure to call before attending. Harrisonburg has several groups available:
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives us the chance to shed light on the facts surrounding breast cancer and how we can support the fight by becoming involved in local events.
Join Old Dominion Realty at Westover Park on Saturday, October 20 at 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. Contact us for more information about the race.
Harrisonburg, lovingly called Rocktown or The Friendly City by locals, has earned its reputation as a home for foodies, arts and culture aficionados, and history buffs. Located in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg is the perfect combination of city and rural living.
If you're in the process of searching Harrisonburg homes for sale, and you're questioning about whether to buy or build a home, our real estate agents are proud to say we've helped clients buy existing homes and lots for over 50 years. Harrisonburg has a number of subdivisions with lots ready to build your dream home. We're here to introduce you to the Highland Park neighborhood.
The Highland Park subdivision in Harrisonburg is no exception with its convenient location on the outskirts of Harrisonburg on its beautiful lots. An ideal site for building a home, Highland Park has been around for more than two decades and offers its residents a welcoming neighborhood feel with plenty of mature trees and a softly rolling landscape. The neighborhood has easy access to shopping, schools, and other popular amenities like the Lakeview Golf Course, Shenandoah Lake, and Sentra RMH Hospital.
Building a Home in Highland Park
If you're building a home in Highland Park or any one of the Shenandoah Valley's other communities, there are certain factors you'll need to take into consideration before you start. Here's a checklist of seven things to consider when you're thinking about building a home.
We'd love to discuss your real estate goals and partner with you in locating your perfect home or lot for building. Listing agent Gail Mitchell from our team at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about building your dream home in Highland Park.
Harvest season is here. That means it's almost time for one of Burlington's longest-running community events. The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is a weekend full of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with contests, shopping, fantastic food, live entertainment, and so much more. This year's festival includes three days of fun events, starting on October 5, 2018. Our real estate agents have all the details on the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, one of Burlington, West Virginia's most anticipated events of the year.
The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
Location: 120 Hope Lane, Burlington, WV, 26710
Date/Time: October 5 - 7, 2018 – Festival Grounds Open 10 am – 7 pm
Admission: Free, with Free Parking and Shuttle Service Available
The Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV is organized by Burlington United Methodist Family Services and takes place on the BUMFS residential campus. The festival starts on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, with both scheduled events and all-day attractions. It's the perfect opportunity to get out, take in the autumn air, and create special memories for every member of the family.
A strong sense of community spirit is one of the big attractions in many West Virginia communities like Burlington, for both long-time residents and people shopping for homes in Burlington. Major community events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival help to foster that sense of community, by bringing people together, creating a community identity, keeping traditions alive, and reminding everyone in attendance of the community's heritage. So attending festivals – in your hometown or other communities – is a great way to learn more about what matters most to people in that community.
Are you ready to find your own ideal home in the Burlington area, where you can enjoy great events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival? We'd love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Burlington, WV.