Insights: About Waterfront Properties

James River Waterfront Cottage: SOLD!

The Joy of Home . . . at 17001 Sandy Point Road (SOLD) Riverfront estates are a rare offering in our region — and this wonderful property merits special attention!  When it comes to unrivaled James River sunset views with 200′ of navigable river frontage, 5 glorious acres of land, 6 fireplaces and a distinctive Continue Reading...

It’s True, Houses Won’t Wait For People

The One That Got Away: A Cautionary Tale Of Opportunity Lost    I felt a sense of disbelief when I heard Realtor Amy say those difficult words, “Tammy, I’m so sorry… the Laurel Point house just went under contract.” Startled and profoundly disappointed, I couldn’t express an audible response.  After all, Tabb and I spent several years Continue Reading...

The Joy of Oyster Roasts & Crab Feasts

Love to entertain?  Enjoy a Virginia tradition… Break out the Old Bay seasoning and host a festive oyster roast or crab feast!  Every summer and every Thanksgiving, my family celebrates the joy of togetherness in this wonderfully relaxed way. Area fishmongers can keep you in-the-know about what to expect for prices — and if your Continue Reading...

James River Waterfront Land: New Price!

The Joy of Home . . . Parcel C, Sandy Point Road Welcome to Parcel C!  With pastoral beauty and wonderful privacy from the road, this gorgeous homesite boasts expansive sunset views along the James River!  New price: $449,000!   Click here to view additional photos and detailed info for Parcel C – Sandy Point Road. From Continue Reading...

Understanding What’s Truly Important To You

Know What You Want… But Unsure How To Get There? “Most of all, my wife wants our river house to have a great view.  And, the James River, that’s her absolute favorite!”  Howard’s dream of having a getaway home had become a family affair, all with the hopes of creating lasting memories along the water’s Continue Reading...

A Harvest Party At River’s Bend

Along The Chickahominy River, Life Is Good Today… The leaves are beginning to change color at long last, as mid-October graces the Williamsburg area.  It’s late afternoon, on the cusp of another warm autumnal evening.  I’ve packed up my briefcase much earlier than usual, even traded in my business suit for a comfy pair of Continue Reading...

Navigating The Region’s Waterways

Williamsburg Offers Waterfront?  Who Knew! When you’re out on the water, a good day of boating can quickly go bad without reliable and timely information.  Marine radios and charts are trusted resources, so please don’t leave the dock without them on board! In this age of smart phones and tablet technologies, I’ve found it’s easy Continue Reading...

Should You Buy Flood Insurance?

The Importance of Flood Insurance… Did you know that according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association), everyone in the United States lives in a flood zone?  It’s just a question of whether you live in a low, moderate, or high risk area. One of the toughest lessons learned from past storms involves assumptions.  Assumptions about Continue Reading...

Are You Prepared For Hurricane Season?

A Little Planning Goes A Long Way… Whether you live along Virginia’s lovely coast or far inland, it pays to be proactive about the possibility of inclement weather in your area. History shows that the lack of awareness and preparedness are costly common threads among all major hurricane disasters.  By knowing your area’s vulnerability — Continue Reading...

Set Sail For Coastal Virginia

Sailing the Chesapeake Bay… Personally, this river girl has never met a boat or waterway she didn’t like! The Chesapeake Bay is world renowned for both leisure and sport sailing.  Our lovely lower bay region boasts a bounty of breezes, great ports, quiet harbor moorings, marinas, regattas and clubs. If I were to make an Continue Reading...

Gas Up The Boat, It’s Time To Go Fishing!

Fish On… One of the finest aspects of coastal Virginia living is the opportunity to simply go fishing.  Whether  your prefer freshwater, saltwater, inshore or offshore charters… there’s something for everyone! Plan your next fishing adventure by spending a little time with Chesapeake Angler and Prop Talk. Pack the sunscreen and pick up some Lee’s Continue Reading...

Living The Chateau Relaxo Life…

What In The World Is Chateau Relaxo? In short? It’s my personal design and lifestyle philosophy — joyfully embracing the simplicity and elegance in life, all in a relaxed and comfortable manner. It stretches a dollar for maximum return on investment, so there’s more left over for whatever is important to you. Through a well-received Continue Reading...

Site Planning For Waterfront Properties

Taking The Time To Do It Right… In life, I’ve found it’s far less stressful when you can pace yourself.   One of my favorite mantras is ‘inch by inch, it’s a cinch.’  Why?  Because ‘yard by yard, it’s hard.’  Think about it for a moment.  Even when many tasks await your time and attention, Continue Reading...

Got Plans? Take Time To Study The Land

Time to build your dream home right… Generally, in a contract offer to purchase land, the buyer includes a due diligence period (anywhere from 30-60 days), where they can explore everything from a building envelope to soil studies to restrictive covenants. If anything is unsatisfactory, they are released from the contract and their deposit will Continue Reading...

How Long Can You Count On A Dock Lasting?

In short, it depends on the dock…  Just as with a house, the duration of a dock should be factored upon who engineered the structure and the quality with which it was built (e.g. materials + construction). Also of major concern can be nature itself — sun, saltwater, storms and/or marine organisms.  All take their Continue Reading...

Being Mindful of The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act

Working Together to Save the Bay… Did you know that local governments have the primary responsibility for managing land uses and development? The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act focuses on assisting Tidewater localities to preserve the water quality through land use decisions. To implement the program, the Act established a nine-member citizen board called the Chesapeake Continue Reading...

Selecting Premier Waterfront Properties

Why Take The Time?  In Short, Your Money Matters… Whether it’s for your primary residence, a long-awaited cottage for retirement life or even a fun ‘Chateau Relaxo‘ summer home, the decision to purchase waterfront property should be approached with eyes wide open. A romantic water view can be awfully seductive, but it may not translate Continue Reading...

River Style: For Life’s Delicious Moments

The Secret About Merroir… After a long day of previewing waterfront properties, Merroir is always a welcomed destination for me.  What a wonderful place to simply relax and unwind — or even discuss your real estate business needs! Part of the Rappahannock River Oyster Company, you’ll find cozy Merroir tucked along the banks of the Continue Reading...