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March
28

Visit Farmer's Markets in the Shenandoah Valley

Farmers Markets

Farmer's markets are much more than places to buy food. Many of these locations serve as community centers, where you can chat with local and regional growers, enjoy live entertainment, and interact with your neighbors. Our real estate agents share their favorite farmer's markets around Shenandoah County homes for sale.

  • Adam's Apples and Herbs - 583 Walton Farm Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664
    Don't let the delightful name fool you. Adam's Apples and Herbs offers a wide selection of produce and dairy, including potatoes, eggs, cauliflower, beets, and turnips. In December 2021, the family-owned market near Woodstock homes for sale expanded its scope by purchasing Rinker Cider. Brighten your day with plants from the greenhouse, or take home one of the beautiful arrangements created by Adam's mom. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

  • Shenandoah Heritage Market - 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Don't go to Shenandoah Heritage Market planning to pick up just a few things. At this amazing market, the largest one around Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll find all kinds of items you didn't even know you needed. With more than 20 sellers under one roof, you can shop for everything from produce and baked goods to kitchenware and toys to locally handcrafted items, including Amish-made furniture. When you're ready for a break, enjoy a meal at the Hungry Farmer Country Café or just relax on a bench near the peaceful water gardens. Shenandoah Heritage Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Staunton Farmers Market - 101 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Staunton Farmers Market
    , located in the historic Wharf district, is truly committed to promoting sustainability and supporting local growers. As a producer-only market, all sellers must be involved in the growing or production of their product. In addition, these activities must take place within a 75-mile radius of Staunton homes for sale. Make your own contribution to sustainability by bringing your food waste to the market's composting station. At least twice a month, live musicians are on hand to provide entertainment. Staunton Farmers' Market is open from April 1 until the weekend before Thanksgiving, with a limited winter market in December. Regular hours are Saturday from 7 a.m. - noon.

  • Swover Creek Farms & Brewery - 4176 Swover Creek Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824
    When you're planning a family outing, "farmer's market" may not be the first choice that comes to mind. But Swover Creek Farms & Brewery is a family-friendly destination, just minutes from Edinburg homes for sale, with something for everyone, including Fido. Pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and shop for homemade items in the on-site store. Kids can go back and forth between the indoor play area and outdoor disc golf course, while the pet-friendly facility includes a separate dog park. Afterward, the whole family can share a specialty pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If that's true, you'll always be in good health when you shop at Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse. Showalter's signature apple cider has become an annual tradition, which prompted the opening of the Old Hill Cidery Tasting Room. More than 30 varieties of apples, as well as two varieties of peaches, are grown in the orchard. Stop off after a day of viewing Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Massanutten Country Corner - 3546 US Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    In the beginning, Massanutten Country Corner was a 1960s-style roadside gift shop, not far from Luray homes for sale. When current owners Jeff and Kristin bought the place, they retained the gift shop flavor while adding a farmer's market and garden store. In addition to seasonal produce and fresh meat, the farmer's market offers dairy products and specialty foods such as jams and jellies, hot sauces, and fudge. Thanks to the gift shop, which features handcrafted items made by local artisans, Massanutten Country Corner is part of the Artisans Trail Network in recognition of the high quality of work. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Life in the Shenandoah Valley is full of endless variety. If you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Old Dominion Realty for friendly and experienced help.

March
21

Augusta County Spots That Are Fun For the Whole Family

Family Friendly Spots

Does your family have a hard time agreeing on things to do together? Our real estate agents are here to help. These family-friendly activities around Augusta County homes for sale offer something for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Visulite Cinemas - 12 N. Augusta St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Looking for a weatherproof activity on a rainy day? There's nothing like hunkering down with a bucket of popcorn to watch the latest hit movie on the big screens at Visulite Cinema. The vintage 1930s exterior holds a modern movie house with state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound, highbacked rocker chairs, and stadium seating tiers. In addition to popcorn and candy, refreshments include beer and wine as well as nachos, taquitos, and chimichangas delivered right to your seat. Visit the website for schedules and tickets. 

  • Crack the Code Escape Room - 300 Church St., Bldg. B, Staunton, VA 24401
    Today's hottest group activity comes to Staunton and Augusta County with Crack the Code Escape Room. Each room has an engaging story involving a puzzle to be solved in order to "escape." In one room, "Subway NYC," the group must work together to regain control of a hijacked train that's hurtling on a collision course. Rooms accommodate groups of six to eight players, ages 10 and up, and playing time is 60 minutes. Admission is $27 per person. Crack the Code is open 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr., Grottoes, VA 24441
    Play Indiana Jones in the fascinating depths of Grand Caverns, a National Natural Landmark not far from Grottoes homes for sale. First opened for tours in 1806, Grand Caverns is the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States. There's plenty of fun above ground also, with picnic shelters, hiking and fitness trails, mini-golf, fishing, and a playground. All-ages walking tours of the caverns run 70 minutes. Visit the website for full schedule and pricing. Grand Caverns is open daily year-round. 

  • Natural Chimneys Park and Campground - 94 Natural Chimneys Ln., Mount Solon, VA 22843
    Whether you and your family want to get away for a day or a weekend, Natural Chimneys Park and Campground is the place to go. The park name refers to the majestic rock formations created when the inland sea that once covered the area near Mount Solon homes for sale receded. More than 2.5 miles of trails provide opportunities for viewing beautiful flowers and spotting wildlife such as deer, turkeys, and owls. Fish for trout or enjoy a lively game of basketball or volleyball. Natural Chimneys is open from dawn to dusk for day use, while camping is available in season.

  • Pufferbellies Toys & Books - 15 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
    A visit to Pufferbellies Toys & Books brings out the kid in everyone. The shop itself is a family venture near Staunton homes for sale and is run by Susan Blanton and her daughter Erin. Shelves are filled with books, games, and toys that appeal to a child's sense of wonder while promoting the development of physical and mental skills. Categories include STEM, Outdoor & Active Play, Blocks & Building Toys, and LEGO. They even have Fun Things for Grownups! Store hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  • The Split Banana Co. - 7 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
    No matter what you have planned for the day, there's always time for ice cream. The Split Banana Co. serves up luscious gelato, handmade from fresh local milk for the highest quality. Choose from 24 rotating flavors such as Caramel Peanut Butter, Cherry Cheesecake, and M&M Birthday Cake. Scoops are available in cups, cake cones, and waffle cones. Be sure to pick up a pint or quart of your favorite flavors to take home. Store hours are noon - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Want to learn more about what makes Augusta County such a great place to raise a family? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents. 

March
14

Features People are Willing to Move for in 2022

Home Features

As life changes, people naturally seek new homes that are better suited for that next stage of life. Whether it's starting a new family or starting to downsize, our needs are constantly changing.

Understanding what buyers are looking for can really pay off when it comes time to sell. Our real estate agents always recommend you put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer, so you can market features of your home that are most desirable. Here are some of the top home features we believe consumers are willing to move for in 2022:

Home Office

  • A Comfortable Home Office
    Remote work is here to stay, and so is the need for a comfortable home office. For most people, taking conference calls from the dining room table will no longer cut it. So many consumers are seeking out new homes with an extra bedroom or a finished basement area that can be easily converted into a spacious home office. Even if your home doesn't have an office, it can help to stage one during the selling process. If you're looking for some examples of beautiful home offices, check out some of these awesome Augusta County homes for sale.

  • More Space
    Size requirements vary over the course of a lifetime, and so some families move primarily for the sake of more square footage. As a seller, we recommend doing everything possible to highlight the storage features of your home. During the staging process, make sure your closets are freshly painted and not overflowing. Closets that are a little less than half full actually appear larger in size. 

Outdoor Features

  • Beautiful Outdoor Space
    A big backyard may not always be important in a first home, but as consumers begin to start a family, having a nice green space for the kids to play becomes even more important. A bigger backyard has always been a common reason for moving. As a seller, you can really bring out the best in your outdoor space through good landscaping, patio decor, and gardening.

  • A Large Garage
    Covered parking is a big deal, especially in the winter. Many homeowners are willing to move in order to avoid off-street parking or a one-car garage. If you have a nice multi-vehicle garage, make sure to clean it out and declutter to try to maximize the space. Also, consider adding new bright lighting to make it shine.  

Pet-Friendly Features

  • Pet-Friendly Amenities
    A great home for pets is often a non-negotiable for millennials, so it's no surprise to see consumers moving for more pet-friendly amenities. Whether it's a walkable neighborhood or a location with quick access to parks, vets, or pet-boarding, many people are considering their dog or cat's well-being when choosing a place to live.

Kitchen Features

  • A Big Bright Kitchen
    Kitchens in many starter homes are small and not conducive to cooking large meals. Many people are willing to move in order to obtain that big bright kitchen they've always dreamed of. Big kitchens make it easy to host dinner parties and holidays. It's worth considering a nice kitchen makeover with new lighting, flooring, and even upgraded appliances, as these renovations could earn you a nice ROI when it comes time to sell.

  • A Spacious Extra Bathroom
    The total number of bathrooms is an important selling feature, and often families are in search of homes with two, three, or even four full bathrooms. Adding an extra bathroom can really boost your market value. We often see homeowners add an extra full or half bath to a finished basement. 

Laundry Features

  • A Nice Laundry Room 
    A dedicated laundry room is often among the most desired features of homebuyers. Washers and dryers are often stored in the basement, due to easy access to utility lines; however, many prefer a comfortable laundry room with space to wash, dry, fold, and iron clothes.

By learning what buyers are looking for in a home, you can be better prepared to market the best features of your listing. For more tips on how to maximize your property, contact us.

March
9

Returning Trends: Wallpaper is Back

Wallpaper Trends

What goes around comes around, and our real estate agents have been noticing several old trends from decades ago reemerge this year. Bold colors, '70s patterns, and, believe it or not, wallpaper are all making big comebacks. We're not talking about your basic neutrals and boring patterns. Wallpaper printing has come a long way over the last few years, and we're seeing some of the most fun, unique, and nature-inspired wallpaper trends across some of these Augusta County homes for sale.

Wallpaper has gone in and out of style for hundreds of years, and every time the pendulum swings back, we see new art and interesting designs. Here are some of our favorite concepts in 2022:

  • Bringing Back The Past
    If you love traditional, old-timey wallpaper patterns used in late 19th century or early 20th century homes, you might be able to find some of these lovely designs reprinted at commercial stores. Wallpaper with beautiful bold floral concepts and carefully crafted patterns are back in a big way. 

Nature Design

  • Nature Is In-Style
    As a society, we've been spending more time outdoors than ever these last couple of years, and so we're seeing many people bring the outdoors back inside. This has been playing out in the form of new green shades and earthy tones across interior decor, and wallpaper is no exception. In addition to nature-inspired colors, we're seeing an increase in trees, flowers, and greenery patterns. If you want something calming, try some abstract botanicals. If you want something more fun, try a jungle theme. 

  • Modern, Yet Rustic
    Rustic interiors have been in-style for the better part of the last decade, and we're even starting to see this trend come through in wallpaper designs. Adding in a light faux, faded wood wallpaper design can combine the best of both modern and rustic elements. 

Wallpaper Bathroom

  • Floor To Ceiling Wallpapered Bathrooms
    Many are quick to dismiss the idea of wallpaper in the bathroom, but when matched with the right decor, floor-to-ceiling wallpaper around the tub can look quite nice. Choose a nice blue or green coupled with a visually stunning pattern, and you can go a long way towards creating a peaceful paradise.

  • Quirkiness 
    If you're looking to introduce an element of fun into your bedroom or bathroom, quirky wallpaper elements are definitely in this year. Imagine patterns comprised of random collections of plants, animals, rocks, insects, or really anything you can think of. Try it with a bright green or yellow backdrop. 

Blue Wallpaper

  • This Year's Theme Is Blue
    We're all longing for peace and calmness, so it's no wonder bright, bold, and navy blue wallpaper shades are all simultaneously emerging. Matched with bright blue furniture or rugs, blue wallpaper patterns are visually appealing on a level that can't be achieved with paint alone. If you want something less vibrant, choose a peaceful blue coastal wave pattern or a deep-blue nautical theme.


  • Think Maximalist
    After spending the last couple of years in the home, many people are beginning to grow bored with minimalism. It's no surprise the tides have turned towards maximalist design. When it comes to this trend, the bigger and bolder, the better. Big patterns, bright colors, with detailed and textured elements. 

Abstract Pattern

  • Abstract Patterns
    The mind enjoys gazing at complex patterns, which is why this interior design trend will never truly fade away. Wallpaper with abstract geometric patterns is very visually appealing. Think of the '90s or early 2000s computer screensaver shapes except with better color patterns. Abstract wallpaper was big in the '70s, and now it's finally making a big return.

  • Grandmillenial Design
    One of the most surprising design trends of 2022 is grand millennial. This term refers to design elements reminiscent of your grandmother's house yet with some upscale elements. The grand millennial movement is all about creating a very cozy atmosphere without sacrificing class.

Interior trends always return eventually, and we think of it as a great opportunity to combine the past with the future. With wallpaper, it really gives you the opportunity to add your own artistic element and personal touch to any room. For more tips on the latest interior design trends, contact us today.

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