Chesapeake, VA Real Estate News

By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
The weather is getting warmer and we are sweltering here in Chesapeake, Virginia.  I am not really a fan of the heat, even though I was born in Arizona (yes, it is a dry heat).  But the great thing about the hot weather is that BLUEBERRY picking season is now upon us!   Each year, my sons and I make at least one outing to the blueberry fields to pick our own blueberries, which I then squirrel away at home and enjoy the rest of the year.  We eat fresh blueberries on our cereal, make cobblers with fresh blueberries and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  I also make my own blueberry preserves.  For those that we can't eat right away, I freeze them in double ziplock bags and pull them out whenever I want throughout the year.  Blueberries are one of those miracle foods tha...
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By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
One thing I love about Chesapeake, Virginia is the possibility to live in subdivision with a real neighborhood feel but live on a three acre parcel of land.  One of the nicer 3-acre neighborhoods is Shillelagh Farms in Southern Chesapeake.  Shillelagh Farms has it all:  An active homeowners' group that has frequent social events, wide streets with very little traffic where children can ride their bikes and enjoy the great outdoors, access to a Hunt Club, mature shade trees, and huge parcels of land.  Shillelagh Farms is zoned for the sought-after Grassfield school district and is conveniently located just six minutes' drive to the nearest shopping center.  Enjoy the stars at night from your own little piece of heaven.  The area is zoned for horses, although most of the neighbors do not ...
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By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
Virginia is a great place to celebrate the 4th of July.  If you are looking for a place for you and your family and friends to celebrate our country, here is a list of some great events that will be taking place the 4th of July weekend: July 3: Event:  Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Location:  Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Parkway Time:  7:30 pm Features:   Bring your blanket and/or lawnchair and listed to the sounds of the US Fleet Forces Band and watch spectactular fireworks. Concessions will be available.  FREE admission but $5 fee for parking on site.   July 4:   Event:  4th of July Fireworks over the Elizabeth Location:  On the Elizabeth River between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth Time:  9:30 - 10:00 pm Features:  Amazing display of fireworks.  If you ar...
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By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
The running joke regarding short sales is that they should be called "Long Sales" because they take so long for the bank to give approval.  Well, as Bob Dylan exclaimed all those decades ago "The times they are a-changing."   I  received an offer to purchase one of my short sale listings.  The lender is HSBC (aka HFC Beneficial).  We ratified the offer last Friday afternoon.  The closer received the package on Monday morning and by late Tuesday afternoon, we received our approval.  How is that for rapid response? This approval did not occur by magic or just out of the good graces of the lender.  There were a few key steps that contributed to the smoothness of the transaction: The BPO had already been done and the price approved by the bank.  They already knew what they would accept and ...
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By Naoma Doriguzzi, New Media Director
(Virginia Beach)
I am a country girl at heart - I guess that comes from growing up in Nebraska??  Anyways got to take my 2 little guys to their first rodeo this past weekend.  They LOVED it!  Hunter ( my 5 yr old) got to run in with the kids to chase a cow even...hilarious!  These are memories that I will cherish forever!   Good times at the 2010 Khedive Rodeo this year!    
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By Tyson Bradley
(Keller Williams Realty)
We are doing a tour of million dollar properties in Hampton Roads in the various cities - Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg.   Here is my review of Million Dollar Properties in Chesapeake - We are only reviewing 3 properties for each series in the different cities.  Would you like your home reviewed and featured?  Contact the Bradley Team!       $1,475,000 Oaklette Ave, Chesapeake, VA $1,675,000 Hickory Forest Dr, Chesapeake, VA $1,700,000 Bankbury Way, Chesapeake, VA
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By John Wojtasiak
(eXp Realty )
  Bryant Farms is a small community of approximately 82 single family homes located on Cedar Road in southern Chesapeake. The neighborhood was built between 1998 and 2000 and homes range in size from 1700 sq. ft. to 3200 sq. ft. Most homes are built on a slab foundation and have a mix of vinyl siding and brick fronts. This community belongs to a Homeowners Association with monthly dues of approximately $28. The schools for this neighborhood are as follows: Elementary School – Grassfield Elementary, Middle School – Hugo Owens Middle, High School – Grassfield High. before moving into any neighborhood, you should personally verify the school districts. To check which what school district your neighborhood is in go to this website.  
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By John Wojtasiak
(eXp Realty )
  The Creekwood and Creekwood South neighborhoods are located in the southern section of the city near The Great Dismal Swamp. There are approximately 381 homes in the combined neighborhoods. The schools for this neighborhood are: Elementary School – Grassfield, Middle School – Hugo Owens, High School – Grassfield. Please refer to this website for up to date attendance zones as zoning may change. Interstate 64 is within 2 miles and US 17 is within 1/2 mile. The neighborhoods are located 5 miles west of the municipal center. There are many recreational facilities nearby and the Dismal Swamp trail has bike paths and areas for canoeing and boating. The nearest grocery shopping area is 1 mile away, Wal Mart is 2 miles and Greenbrier Mall and Town Center is about 5 miles.Homes were built be...
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By John Wojtasiak
(eXp Realty )
First, lets go over what a home warranty is. A home warranty covers major systems and appliances that break from normal wear and tear. Covered systems include air conditioning and heating systems, washers, dryers, dishwasher, plumbing, electrical wiring and many other systems. A home warranty is different from your homeowners insurance policy which covers fire, storms and vandalism. These are two seperate coverages and they do not overlap. It is inevitable that something will breakdown in your home. Instead of having to budget for repairs, many customers find it easier to purchase a home warranty so an unexpected breakdown will not break their budget. Others like having just one number to call and letting the warranty company do the rest. They enjoy not having to negotiate with contract...
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By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
I was recently informed by an interested party that the developer for the apartment complex that is targetted to  be constructed in the area between the Cahoon Plantation golf course and Shillelagh Road has requested a postponement of the review and decision by the Chesapeake City Council.  The proposed name for this complex is Plantation Greens.  The new date for the review and decision by Chesapeake City Council is June 15, 2010.   Here is an excerpt the meeting minutes from the April meeting when the project was first introduced: C. R(C)-07-23 Plantation Greens APPLICANT: Arlington Dominion, LLC AGENCY: Hassell & Folkes, PC PROPOSAL: A conditional zoning reclassification of 1.2 acres zoned R-15, Residential District and 42.5 acres zoned A-1, Agricultural District to 28.4 acres R-MF-1...
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By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
For those homeowners who live around the Shillelagh Road/Cahoon Parkway area in Chesapeake, you may be aware of the plans that a developer has for building a large apartment complex in the farmland between Shillelagh Road and the Eagle Point golf course.  The Planning Commission for the county has recommended that the plans be denied.  However, the city council is free to vote any way they feel compelled.  If you feel strongly about this issue, you should write your city council members or show up at the meeting tonight (May 18, 2010).  Let your voice be heard!
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By Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach
(GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881)
Finding a nice safe place to teach your child to ride a bike, or even to take a lovely spring bike ride, can be a challenging task.  You want to have space to allow your child to discover their skills and practice their balance before having to do a quick stop or turn...or worse, avoid an oncoming car!  The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is the place for you.   As the evenings warm and daylight stretches into the early evening hours, now is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy a nice bikeride.  The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail used to be part of Route 17 and provides an 8.5 mile long, tree covered, paved path for bike riders, walkers, skaters and horseback riders.  There are picnic tables along the path which are also a great place to unwind next to the waters of the Dismal Swamp Canal.  If y...
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By Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc, "RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation
(NEPTUNE REALTY)
This week, the banks finally began to release the properties they have in Chesapeake with an increase to 154 available properties up from 139 last week, that's an 11% increase.  Other cities posted little or no gain.   If you are looking for a foreclosure property or want information on ways to avoid foreclosure if you are behind in your payments, you need the help of a professional who knows the market and works hard to represent you.  Call me, Drick Ward, today for additional information on how I can help you with all of your real estate needs in North America.
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By Rosalind Boyle, Virtual Tidewater
(Virtual Tidewater)
It's Strawberry Picking Time  One of the wonderful things about Hampton Roads is the farms that bring us fresh food.  5 minutes from my office in the middle of suburbia, you can go pick strawberries.  These strawberries are so sweet and juicy they burst with flavor in your month - nothing like what you would buy in a grocery store.  Besides having some great strawberries, it's a great activity for kids. There are lots of strawberry patches located through out Hampton Roads.  Here are a few to visit  around Chesapeake: Lilley Farms - 2800 Tyre Neck Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321. Phone: 757-483-9880Lilley Farms also runs a location off of Bennett's Pasture Rd in Suffolk. Brookdale Farms - 2133 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, VA  Phone: 757-721-0558 It has also become quite an area tradition...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
4346 Stafford Dr Chesapeake, VA Click For Listing Website Click For Interactive e-Tour Welcome to Stafford Drive. There is a lot of bang for your buck in this two bedroom townhouse. This home has newer carpet and appliances. This home has a spacious den with fireplace. The backyard has been bulk headed and includes a large screened in porch with electricity. A rare find in this neighborhood. The bedrooms upstairs are large connected by a jack and jill bathroom with double vanity sinks. Hurry. At this price this move in ready home won't last long. MLS# 1001133 $137,800 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath 4346 Stafford DrChesapeake VA, 23321 Robin Gauthier EXIT REALTY SPECIALISTS 757-739-7754 RobinSellsHomes@cox.net
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Price: $385,000 FIZBER.com ID 15703972 Single Family with 3 bed, 2.0 bath, in 2528 Hanover Lane Chesapeake, VA, 23321 http://www.fizber.com/15703972/ 2528 Hanover Lane - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Single Family Address: 2528 Hanover Lane, Chesapeake, VA, 23321 Sq footage: 2033.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 2.0 Bedrooms: 3 Year built: 1954 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Virginia homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: This ranch style home built in 1954 has been completely updated/renovated. All new flooring, appliances and windows throughout! Great family community in western branch area! 3 bedrooms and a large yard! The house has 2033 sq.ft. space and is sold by $385.000 Main features: All new energy efficient windows installed All ...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
4346 Stafford Dr Chesapeake, VA Click For Listing Website Click For Interactive e-Tour Welcome to Stafford Drive. There is a lot of bang for your buck in this two bedroom townhouse. This home has newer carpet and appliances. This home has a spacious den with fireplace. The backyard has been bulk headed and includes a large screened in porch with electricity. A rare find in this neighborhood. The bedrooms upstairs are large connected by a jack and jill bathroom with double vanity sinks. Hurry. At this price this move in ready home won't last long. MLS# 1001133 $137,800 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath 4346 Stafford DrChesapeake VA, 23321 Robin Gauthier EXIT REALTY SPECIALISTS 757-739-7754 RobinSellsHomes@cox.net
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By Naoma Doriguzzi, New Media Director
(Virginia Beach)
Check out how you can make a difference just by voting.  You can vote once per day until March 31, 2010 Waggleforce and Pepsirefresh are wanting to make a difference and get 10,000 people back to work with a $250,000.  I have seen first hand how powerful these job clubs are led my good friend Laurie Baggett here locally with the ItFactor Job Club.  She has truly made such a huge difference with helping individuals land careers and by supporting small businesses here.  Goals of Waggle Force : Recruit and train 1,000 job club leaders Start 1,000 job clubs in neighborhoods nationwide Get 10,000 people back to work And how will this $250,000 be used?  18,000 Recruitment outreach to prospective job club leaders 25,000 Creation of high-caliber training videos & printed materials 36,000 Initi...
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By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
Chesapeake city council is unwilling to spend $350,000 to study the plan to extend light rail into Chesapeake.  They have also postponed the plan to seek $1.4 million in federal money.  Chesapeake leaders were told that they would need to come up with the non-federal funds before applying for federal funds. The city council decided to revisit the idea next year.  The mayor said the delay will give the residents more time to comment on the light-rail.  It will also give officials time to come up with a way to pay for the study if they decide to move forward. The study would examine the cost and feasiblity of extending the light-rail into South Norfolk or Greenbrier area.  
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By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
Now is the time to register for the Paddle to the Border.  The event is held on May 1.  The deadline for registration is April 9.  Last year according to Parks and Recreation the spots were filled by the end of March.  The 8.5 mile journey starts in South Mills, N.C. to Ballahack Road boat ramp.  It is a 8.5 mile journey along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal.  It is open to 230 hand-paddled boats, mainly canoes and kayaks. There will be volunteers to help the boaters with their craft, shuttle busses will run paddlers from one site to the other.  There will be a catered picnic lunch for the participants at the end of journey. Contact the Parks and Recreation department to sign up today before it is to late.
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