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A Home That Fits Your Family Like a Glove

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By Hannah Hager
You’re meant to truly feel like yourself when at home. That is to say, all vestiges of professional responsibilities and even expectations of an active social life should fade away once you cross into the foyer. … Continue Reading

Jefferson Hill: A Quaker Reality Becomes A Preservationist Dream

July 7, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Jefferson Hill: A Quaker Reality Becomes A Preservationist Dream
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– By Hannah Hager

The dream of living in the Loudoun of yesteryear doesn’t quite play out like the West Side Story, but it certainly invokes a sense of pride in those who follow the setting sun on their commute home.
 
Much of western Loudoun was settled by immigrant Quakers whose lives revolved around the simple pleasures in life. Jefferson Hill is no exception, as this Colonial-style home was hand built using local timber and stone in 1746. Centuries later and the structure still stands, having been loved and cared for in a way that only pride can maintain.

Lest you think this home has passed its prime, hold off judgment until you step foot on its grounds. Enjoy both the morning sunrise and the evening sunset as your property has expansive, pastoral views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As with most classic beauties, this structure has withstood the test of time while undergoing various nips and tucks to its aesthetic features.

Natural, wide-planked hardwood floors run throughout the home as do low-hung and deep-seated windows that provide plenty of sunlight. You’ll come across four wood-burning fireplaces as you move from room to room, along with wood-beamed ceilings, crown moldings and stone accents.

This home doesn’t align with the popular open floorplans found in many homes today. Instead, it’s built with efficiency and purpose – every element has its place and the same could be said for its modern touches such as stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting. Not to mention it has four bedrooms for accommodating today’s average family size.

Maybe you moved to Loudoun thinking you wouldn’t become a part of its history (threadwork). Little did you know that it’s possible to find a home that makes you a part of its history just by welcoming you to be a part of its lengthy past.

Address: 38802 Hughesville Road, Hamilton
Year Built: 1746
Fireplaces: Four, wood-burning
Bedrooms: Four
Bathrooms: Two full and one half bath
Acreage: 15
List Price: $1,075,000
Agent: Sam & Ray Rees, Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 703-408-4261
Email: onthemarketwithsamrees@gmail.com

A Bit of Privacy in a Close-Knit Purcellville Community

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Bit of Privacy in a Close-Knit Purcellville Community
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By Hannah Hager
The quaintness of the Town of Purcellville encompasses many small town American dreams; a safe neighborhood, excellent schools and a sense of community. You probably already know and appreciate this, but don’t we all wish to escape sometimes?

Located in the Courts of St. Francis neighborhood, this relatively young home is situated on the edge of a cul-de-sac. Its growing trees and foliage blooming over trellises provides a level of privacy that you won’t find in many tight-knit areas. You’ll find it’s perfectly primed for front porch sitting where you can cool yourself under the ceiling fans while you watch your kids play during the upcoming summer months.

Those of you who are open floorplan fanatics will be pleased to walk through the front door to find the foyer, formal living room and dining room are only separated by well-appointed columns. No detail has gone untouched in the finishes of this home – the windows, their frames and plantation-style blinds – as well as the hardwood flooring and recessed lighting – all point to an air of richness in design. If you walk up the stairs at the end of the pathway, you’ll find the master bedroom with its own en suite bathroom. Sorry kids, but you’ll have to share a Jack and Jill bathroom.

Back on the main level, you’ll never be far from your loved ones while in the study or library, which is located just off the family room that has a fireplace as its centerpiece. The chef in your family won’t feel left out as the center island is the only divider from the great room.

Did you notice the street name Ravello? Its Italian sister city is located on the Amalfi Coast where only 2,500 people live. You’ll probably find time to pop open a bottle of Italian red wine while in the butler’s pantry. You can even enjoy it on the side patio if you’re looking for some privacy. With all that family togetherness, it won’t be hard to believe that you will.
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Address: 105 Ravello Court, Purcellville
Bedrooms: Three
Bathrooms: Three full and one half bath
List Price: $479,800
Agent: Jowilla Beck, Pearson Smith Realty
Phone: 703-618-0305
E-mail: JoWilla@Verizon.net

The Bee’s Knees of Market Listings

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Bee’s Knees of Market Listings
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By Hannah Hager

Congratulations—we have found the perfect home for you in the knick of time for summer. This colonial on the edge of Purcellville is the bee’s knees of market listings — you’ll know what we mean at first sight of its yellow facade.
Warm weather is upon us and this sunny home is made for you to enjoy it. It’s not just the multitude of windows, including five dormers, or the deep-seated, wrap-around porch at which you’ll salivate over the wood and stone finishings. No, you’ll barely be able to keep the kids and guests indoors once you follow the winding porch to overlook the patio and the grandly-appointed swimming pool and spa hot tub below. Bring along your friends of the four-legged variety, too, as dogs, cats and horses alike will find a place to enjoy grazing amongst the barn, stables and pastures beyond. … Continue Reading

Spring Home Improvement

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Spring Home Improvement
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Experts say that the most basic of home improvement projects – rather than that awesome new kitchen – are the best financial investments.

This is particularly important coming off the hard winter we’ve had. Roofs and gutters might need attention, painting touchups and smaller wood and fence repairs may be called for, the driveway may need to be resurfaced etc., etc. … Continue Reading

Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future
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By Hannah Hager

It’s often said that things aren’t made like they once were – and it’s often true, especially when it comes to elegant homes with “good bones.” Many are curious about what it must have taken to live and thrive in America at the beginning of the 19th century, but not many of us would be happy to experience it. … Continue Reading

What You Don’t Know About Propane That Can Save You Money

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on What You Don’t Know About Propane That Can Save You Money
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By Dale K. Schulz

Propane is a by-product of drilling for Natural Gas (largely Methane). All propane in our area comes from North America. The U.S. is a net exporter of propane, primarily to Central and South America. The propane is separated from the methane, butane, and ethane at the refinery and transported to our area via rail and pipelines. If propane did not exist, someone would have to invent a similar product. … Continue Reading

Dare To Be Different in Bluemont

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By Hannah Hager

It’s not easy to have it all. Most families have an idea in their mind of what the perfect home looks like and where it is located. Not all of them would choose a weathered-wood home surrounded by thick forest. But, you’re not them. You’re you – and you’re the kind of family who dares to be different. … Continue Reading

Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty
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By Hannah Hager
We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys and truly incomparable views. … Continue Reading

A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm
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By Hannah Hager

This estate is perhaps at its best when it’s viewed from the outside looking in. The wonderment of the outside of this home is twofold: It lies just beyond the perimeter of Loudoun County’s official borders; and it’s also one of the few properties where the landscape and grounds’ buildings equally rival the main home. 

Stunning views surround the five-stall, center-aisle barn that is fully equipped with tack and feed rooms, a wash stall, laundry and hay storage as well as an equipment shed, four fenced paddocks, multiple run-ins and an amazing ride out. 

This is an equestrian lover’s dream, almost begging for you to bring your horses out to explore the more than 23 acres of your own personal property. What’s more? This little bit of serenity is only a short 30-minute ride to Leesburg. 

Make no doubt about it, however, the fully renovated farmhouse that was originally constructed in 1875, is a sight to behold all its own. The crisp, white manor home has been beautifully restored to maintain its original architectural integrity while allowing for modern-day needs and luxuries. 

With no less than five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and four fireplaces – the original construction of this home was both forward-thinking and accommodating to families of all sizes. Hardwood floors and ceiling trim make for a neat and simple home. A mahogany-toned wood lines the fireplace in the formal living room providing a sophisticated air that is repeated in the formal dining room with its own fireplace. 
The sophisticated tone of the home slowly fades as you make your way through its rooms.  Relax as you go through to the kitchen with its farmer’s feel – boasting exposed pot slides overhead and a center island with a butcher’s block. The stone-framed, wood-burning fireplace in the living room will provide you and your family with the ultimate coziness during the winter months. Once spring arrives, however, you won’t be able to wait to enjoy your new home’s patio. It’s from there that you’ll overlook the great outdoors that will be all yours. 

Address: 497 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville
Bedrooms: Five
Bathrooms: Four full
Fireplaces: Four
Circa: 1875
Acreage: 23
Price: $949,000
Agent: Karen Cooper, Platinum Group Real Estate
Contact: 540-454-0467

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Lots of Lumination on Lime Kiln Road

November 4, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Lots of Lumination on Lime Kiln Road
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By Hannah Hager

Altogether luminous and light, this estate on Lime Kiln Road in Middleburg lives up to its name with a natural, ashen stone front façade, which also boasts a front veranda off the sunroom and a four-car courtyard garage.

The interior is no less elegant thanks to a reception area of softly treated hardwood floors and a sweeping spiral staircase that leads to a spacious balcony overlook on the second level. A significant portion of the home features whitewashed walls, which adds to the airy feel. Crown molding and chair rail detailing are seen throughout, as are arched windows and recessed lighting.

A beautifully appointed fireplace stands as the centerpiece of the formal sitting room, which also avowals two large, four-paned windows. The formal dining room has French doors leading to a private section of the five-acre acreage. The library has a bit more of an intimate feel with built-in mahogany bookcases. … Continue Reading

“Monte Subasio” Is a Taste of Italy in Bluemont

September 30, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on “Monte Subasio” Is a Taste of Italy in Bluemont
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Address: 18599 Calumet Lane, Bluemont
Bedrooms: Five
Bathrooms: Five full and four half bathrooms
Square footage: 11,000
Acreage: 23 acres
List price: $2.95 million
Contact: Jim Lemon, Washington Fine Properties, LLC
Call: 540 687-6395

By Hannah Hager

This breathtaking, private estate may sit amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it’s named for the magnificent Monte Subasio – the mountain range in the province of Perugia in central Italy. While not the most famous foothills, both lands have a quiet dignity that radiates throughout this grand mansion. … Continue Reading

The Town & Country Lifestyle

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Town & Country Lifestyle
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By Hannah Hager

If anyone has ever told you that you can’t have it all, you should ignore them.

You can be minutes away from the bustling restaurants and shops of downtown Purcellville and Hamilton, or you could be nestled away on your three-acre property, tucked behind mature trees and walking amongst your property including a renovated barn and personal pond. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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