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Augusta County: Best Fishing for Local Anglers

Augusta County Virginia Best Fishing for Anglers
In a world of high-tech entertainment, fishing retains a nostalgic charm. The appeal of spending a pleasant summer day with a sandwich, cold beverage, and fishing pole never seems to grow old.

If you promise not to tell, our real estate agents will share the secrets of their favorite fishing spots in Augusta County.

  • Lake Tams - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
    The rustic beauty of Lake Tams, down the street from Staunton homes for sale, would be a perfect subject for a landscape painting. Its location, Gypsy Hill Park, resulted from the efforts of Captain William Purviance Tams, for whom the lake is named. Lake Tams is a 2.5-acre storm retention pond that features a stocked trout program. While boats are not permitted, there is an asphalt walking path that provides fishing access for everyone, including those with limited mobility. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. and fishing is available year-round.

  • Crimora Park - 1648 New Hope-Crimora Rd., Crimora, VA 24431
    Crimora Park is an 18-acre facility divided into two levels. The lower level features 1,000 feet of frontage along the South River, one of the more popular fishing spots near Crimora homes for sale. Both warm water and coldwater trout fishing is available in the South River, which also holds bass, sunfish, and bluegill. Crimora Park is open from sunrise until sunset.

  • Mossy Creek - 372 Kyles Mill Rd., Mount Solon, VA 22843
    There's a reason why anglers across the country sing the praises of trout fishing at Mossy Creek. It's not unusual to come away with a 20-inch fish weighing six pounds or more. Brown trout are the main attraction, but rock bass, eels, and suckers are also plentiful. Bring your patience, as Mossy Creek can challenge even experienced fly fishers. The water's path runs alongside private property, so be sure to get a free landowner's permit online. There is a public parking lot at Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church, just minutes from Mount Solon homes for sale.

  • Lake Arrowhead - 725 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Luray, VA 22835
    When you fish at Lake Arrowhead, you'll feel as though you're in a picture postcard come to life. The scenic 34-acre lake, located in the recreation area of the same name, is a favorite spot to catch largemouth bass, crappie, Northern pike, and channel catfish. This stunning example of nature's glory is conveniently located a short distance from Luray homes for sale. Please note that a Town of Luray fishing permit is required in addition to the state-issued fishing license. Park hours are sunrise to sunset.

  • Purcell Park - 41 Monument Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Looking for an easy afternoon getaway? Purcell Park is easily accessible to the area around Harrisonburg homes for sale. Enjoy a relaxing day of catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish in the park's shallow but well-stocked pond. Purcell Park is open daily from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Edgebriar Park - 101 E. Riverside Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Edgebriar Park is a lovely oasis sitting alongside the fish-rich North River, close to Bridgewater homes for sale. In addition to a handicap-accessible fishing pier, the park includes amenities such as benches, inlaid game tables, and a waterfall garden. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Are you randomly casting about for a new home? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for the most up-to-date information on Augusta County homes for sale


Your Online Listing is Even More Important

Online Property ListingsThe COVID-19 outbreak has completely upended the concept of "business as usual." While residential real estate businesses are considered essential services in Virginia and West Virginia, many state and local governments are imposing strict guidelines restricting normal practices.

If you need to sell your home, don't despair. Our real estate agents explain why online real estate listings are more important than ever for successfully marketing your home.

  1. Social Distancing
    The primary purpose of social distancing guidelines is to keep everyone safe and healthy. An individual can still spread COVID-19 without becoming sick themselves. With the uncertainty about who is and isn't a carrier, listing your house online allows you to sell your home without putting yourself and others at risk.

  2. Broader Reach
    Whether it's through a computer, tablet, or smartphone, nearly everyone has access to the internet. People are spending even more time online as the only source of interaction with the outside world. An online listing reaches vast numbers of potential buyers, even ones who don't currently live in your community.

  3. Virtual "Open House"
    An open house has been a traditional way to show homes to a wide range of buyers in a short span of time. With current restrictions on large gatherings, online listings let multiple people view your home simultaneously.

  4. Low Mortgage Rates
    Home mortgage interest rates, which had already been dropping steadily over the last year, continue to hit historic lows. As a result, demand improves as people are enticed to take advantage of the low rates. If your home is listed online, it's immediately available to these potential buyers.

  5. Convenient Information Sharing
    With an online listing, you can easily post all pertinent information about the home, such as square footage, year of construction, and amenities. Other data can include school districts and information about the local community. This cuts down much of the back-and-forth between seller and buyer to answer questions.

  6. Put Forth the Home's Best Side 
    As the saying goes, you get only one chance to make a first impression. When you create an online listing, you have the luxury of including high-quality photos and videos staged to maximize your home's visual appeal. This frees you up from last-minute scrambling to clean any quarantine clutter and sterilize surfaces pre- and post-tour.

  7. Perpetual Marketing
    Once a listing goes online, it remains there until the house is sold. You'll have peace of mind knowing that your home is being marketing 24/7 without the need for renewals or additional work on your end.

  8. Instill Confidence
    Most homebuyers engage a real estate agent to represent their interests. When your home goes into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it shows up in real estate search websites used by agents. Since MLS listings must conform to certain requirements, agents know the information is accurate.

Times are uncertain, but if you're ready to sell your home, there's no need to wait. Our agents at Old Dominion Realty can help you navigate the ins and outs of real estate transactions during the "new normal." Contact us today to get started.


Where to Invest Your Remodeling Dollars?

Remodeling Project That Pay You BankIf you're planning to sell your home soon, one of the best things you can do is invest your money in targeted renovations. Our REALTORS® have helped many clients find cost-effective ways to improve the sale price of a property – even just a few weeks before it goes to market.

The caveat: When it comes to remodeling, not all projects are created equal!

Market trends and other factors can play into whether your project could add a significant amount to your selling price. While some projects are very reliable, others come and go. A real estate pro can help you choose the best way to make the most of your budget.

Consider these useful options:

  1. Slap On a New Coat of Paint
    Painting is one project you may be able to do yourself – and it can really pay off. Even when it doesn't have a major effect on selling price, it makes a great first impression. That can be the difference between getting an offer in the first week or waiting 30 days. Plan for both exterior and interior paintwork, but if you must choose just one, the exterior is the winner.
  2. Put In New Flooring
    New flooring can make a home look new and vibrant no matter its age. Worn-out carpets get dull and dingy, and even steam cleaning them might not restore them to their original look. Also pay attention to flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, which tend to have less square footage to cover but make a big impact whenever they're modernized.
  3. Refresh Countertops and Cabinets
    Countertops "frame" the kitchen and give an immediate indication of how up to date it is. That said, there are many different styles of countertops. Appearance and cost can vary widely. Before you decide on granite, laminate, or quartz, be sure to talk to your real estate agent about what buyers want. A mid-range countertop is often a better investment than a premium one.
  4. Replace Faucets, Fixtures, and Switch Plates
    It seems like a small detail, but fixtures are remarkably helpful in making bathrooms look their best. Equipping a whole home with new fixtures may run into the hundreds of dollars, but it is often worth it. Combined with cleaning, it prevents your sinks and tubs from showing their age.
  5. Update (Some) Kitchen Appliances
    Updating smaller appliances such as the microwave and toaster can be a surprising perk for your buyers. That's especially true if the newer elements beautifully match the larger elements in the room, such as the refrigerator, and complement the countertops and cabinets.
  6. Declutter
    You might not think of decluttering as a home renovation, but it really is that important. Remove about 30% of items from a home before you list it and leave closets about 50% empty. This makes a home seem more spacious and inviting. Moving items into storage can also help you work much faster when it's finally time to move into your next home.
  7. Perform Lawncare and Seeding
    Have a nice front lawn? You can recover several times the cost of some basic landscaping. Many of today's buyers are looking for enough space for dogs and kids alike to play. A professional can amplify your curb appeal with just a few hours of work. Also consider smaller touches – a wreath on the door, for example, or a path of decorative pavers leading up to the front step.

Trends change, but Old Dominion Realty is always here to help you get the best deal for your home. To learn more about getting your property on the market, just contact us today.


Shenandoah Valley: Best Outdoor Spots for Kids


Outdoor Spots for Kids Shenadoah Valley
Michael J. Fox, star of the appropriately-named Family Ties, once declared, "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." Celebrate family members, by blood or choice, during International Day of Families on Friday, May 15. Our real estate agents suggest a fun-filled trip to one of these exciting outdoor areas in the Shenandoah Valley.

  • Bryce Resort - 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye, VA 22810
    All the natural beauty around Shenandoah County homes for sale is on display at Bryce Resort. Spend an afternoon kayaking on scenic Lake Laura or walking the nature trail that traces its perimeter. If you prefer adventure high in the sky, take a thrilling ride on the ski lift or zipline. Other activities include traditional, mini, and disc golf as well as tubing, swimming, and mountain biking. In addition to Copper Kettle Restaurant, Bryce Resort offers monthly mountaintop dinners during summer months. The resort is open to the public, but individual and family memberships are available with perks such as parking permits, discounts, and selected free amenities.

  • Stony Man Mountain Hike - Skyline Drive MP 41.7, Luray, VA 22835
    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is a treasure easily accessible to the area near homes for sale in Luray. Enjoy the park's expansive vistas when you take the Stony Man Mountain Hike, an easy mile-and-a-half attainable for all ages. Be on the lookout for unusual plants and wildlife sightings as well as the historic copper mine. Those who prefer a more challenging route can take the 3.5-mile Passamaquoddy Trail that circles Stony Man. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Park entrance fee is $30 per vehicle and covers seven consecutive days. Hours are dawn until dusk year-round.

  • Jordan Hollow Stables - 657 Pine Grove Rd., Stanley, VA 22851
    Every child dreams of having a pony, so give them the next best thing with a day at Jordan Hollow Stables. Most of the beautiful and gentle horses at Jordan Hollow have been rescued from shelters and given a "new" life delighting all ages of riders. No experience is needed for the guided ninety-minute rides along one of the trails on the stables' 125-acre wooded property. As a bonus, you're likely to spot deer, turkeys, rabbits, and other wildlife along the way. Prices start at $45 per person with a minimum age of 7. Jordan Hollow is open Monday through Saturday from March through November with riding times of 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

  • Gypsy Hill Park - 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
    With its multitude of facilities and activities, pet-friendly Gypsy Hill Park is like a free outdoor amusement park just minutes from Staunton homes for sale. With a skate park, mini-train, pool, fishing, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, horseshoes, and fitness station, your kids won't know what to do first! There's also an 18-hole public golf course along with grills and picnic tables available on a first-come-first-served basis. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

  • Luray Caverns - 101 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, VA 22835
    Channel your inner Indiana Jones with a visit to Luray Caverns. Guides lead you along lighted walkways passing through 10-story-high "rooms" with incredible rock formations. Other on-site attractions include the Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Shenandoah Heritage Village, Toy Town Junction, Rope Adventure Park and Garden Maze. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids aged 6-12 with additional fees for Rope Adventure Park and Garden Maze. Luray Caverns is open 365 days a year. Visit the website for hours.

Shenandoah Valley is for families. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty.

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