Archives: July 2017

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FXBG Sandwich Invitational!

Khal King organized the FXBG Sandwich Invitational this year in operation by the Free-Lance Star!
This is the 3rd year downtown restaurants and the local community have come together for such a fun event!
On August 10th from 5pm – 9pm come out to the new location at: Fredericksburg Hospitality House in Central Park to try some sandwiches.
Approximately 25 restaurants, food trucks, vendors and people from all over Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania county will be there showcasing their most delicious sandwiches.
The winner will early the title ‘SANDWICH KING’ and the top prize is $750 !
Come HUNGRY and support local businesses in Fredericksburg, VA while also enjoying some mouthwatering sandwiches!
Can’t wait until August 10?? Check out Summer Restaurant Week in Fredericksburg going on July 28  – August 8!

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Restaurant Week Returns to Downtown Fredericksburg !

Enjoy trying new places? Always looking for a delicious meal at a good price? Look no further!
Downtown Fredericksburg’s restaurant week returns July 28th and continues through August 6th.
What does that mean?!
23 participating restaurants that include some of my personal favorites: Capital Ale House, Foode, La Petite Auberge, Ristorante Renato, Sedona Taphouse, and Soup Taco, just to name a few! The participating restaurants will give consumers the options of purchasing 2 dinners for $20 or a two-course dinner for $20 PER person. And for the lunch crowds, a two-course lunch for $10 per person. For a full list of participating restaurants check out their Facebook page!
Restaurant week is a fun and less expensive way to taste and explore all the local eateries in downtown Fredericksburg. Not only are you enjoying your delicious meal, but you’re also supporting a small business!
Interested in some local friendly business competition? Check out the FXBG Sandwich Invitational!

201 Hillside Dr Lake of the Woods VA Under Contract

Your lakefront living begins here in this incredible home featuring 122′ of waterfront w/ fantastic main lake views, private setting, oversized lot, lush landscaping, & uplighting! The dock & decking are perfect for lakeside entertaining. Inside, you will love the gourmet kitchen & open floor plan. Lake of the Wood offers golf, pools, stables, fitness center, beaches, Clubhouse & much more!

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Buyer Success Stories for Licata Group

“Keith exceeded expectations in communication, courtesy and professionalism and his overall experience was great!” B.Arnold

“What an incredible experience!! The Licata Group went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied and informed in all details of both selling and buying a home! We couldn’t have asked for a better team to guide us through this process. Everyone was very prompt in response to any questions we had!” -S. Basham

“Thank you to John for all his work on our behalf as we searched for and purchased our new home in LOW. We could not have asked for a more knowledgeable and responsive agent! Jazmine kept us in informed every step along the way from ratification to settlement. Everyone we met in the office was friendly and helpful. A great experience from start to finish! Thank you! ” -J. Heinz

Pat knows a great deal about Lake of the Woods and she made my purchasing experience smooth and pleasant. She’s very responsive to questions and her staff keeps things moving toward closing once I made the purchase. I would recommend Pat to anyone interested in finding a property in Lake of the Woods” -J. Moss

“The Licata team was outstanding, John was very patient and knowledgeable. He was responsive and truthful and pleasure to work with. We are thankful for him and his team’s service, they did a great job at making our purchase stress free.” -C. Hitt

“Mary Maurer is the best realtor l have ever dealt with. I had to sell a house in Nevada and buy a house in Virginia all at the same time, while recovering from major surgery. Mary showed many homes to my sister and brother-in-law until they found the perfect home for me. I cannot thank Mary enough for the excellent service and kindness she has shown to me and my family!” S. Lambert

“Dan was amazing and totally dealt with us in a way that we could have only dreamed of.” R. Johnson

“Everything was great! My experience with The Licata Group was very professional and personable. They are focused on customer service and their knowledge is excellent.” – B. Oravec

“Our experience with all of the Licata Group was very positive.” A. Smith

“The entire Licata Group made buying a different home and selling our current one a very positive experience. A shout out to Jazmine for going above and beyond more than once to make things go smoothly, even after both sales were complete. John patiently helped us find just the right house to purchase and then Pat was able to get our ‘old’ house sold even before the listing was finalized! Licata Group KNOWS the Lake!” – P. Archer

“My experience with the Licata Group was outstanding. You made a long distant sale so uncomplicated. John always made time for us even though our trips to VA were on short notice and short in duration. Because of his persistence and patience we finally ended up with a house we can truly be happy with. Jazmine made our transition to VA go smoothly providing us all information as needed. She went above and beyond, and we appreciate it. Thanks to all! “- The Smith’s

“Janice was super kind and friendly. We are very grateful for having us as realtor. She was very helpful and knowledgeable about the surrounding area. We couldn’t ask for a better realtor agent to help us find the forever home we were looking for. Thank you Janice J.”-S.Stetler

“Very patient, answered any and all questions and truly felt he had my best interests in mind. Always answered calls and emails right away, I would highly recommend to future homebuyers!” Molly

“Let me personally thank our agent Ms. Janice Johnston. She was professional, answered most of questions before we asked them and, went over and above to make, what can be a stressful experience, a pleasurable one.” The Birchett’s

“Our experience was excellent. Pleasant and professional.” The Clarks

“John always made time for us even though our trips to VA were on short notice and short in duration. Because of his persistence and patience we finally ended up with a house we can truly be happy with. Jazmine made our transition to VA go smoothly providing us all information as needed. She went above and beyond, and we appreciate it. Thanks to all!” – K.J. Smith

“Thorough, professional and efficient. Jazmine is terrific, never misses a beat. We purchased our current home and our past home from the Licata’s. Highly recommended.”- G Hodson

“I couldn’t have asked for better customer service from everyone. Jazmine was amazing! Janice also went above and beyond to keep me informed about what was available in the community. She then spent a lot of time with me and then my Mom educating me about the community and showing me around Lake of the Woods twice, so when John worked with Dominique and me on my third visit to the lake, I was already sold. John was really fun to work with too, and I look forward to that boat tour of the lake. We can’t wait to move in! Thank you to everyone at The Licata Group. I am so glad I chose you to work with in our search for the ideal lake property.”- B McGinn

“The Licata Group’s professionalism, courtesy and caring demeanor will never be forgotten. The complete staff was very expedient in responding to your needs.”- D Payne

“Our real estate rep John Licata and Jazmine were super in their attention to detail and in their patience for being with us as we searched for the right property for over a year. And, we found it. Their intimate knowledge of the area also resulted in their providing contacts with needed professionals in the areas of home management as well. John’s enthusiasm kept us coming back. Jazmine’s ability to find answers for all questions was such a help. I recommend them to anyone for first rate real estate service.”- The Elvgren’s

“I dealt primarily with Janice Johnson of the Licata group. She was knowledgeable, responsive and very nice and pleasant to work with. We got the house we were looking and closed without a hitch. The entire Licata group was very professional and responsive.” – The Kings

“Pat and John, it is so exciting to be a part of your community. Thank you both for all your work on selling our new home to us. Especially thank you for the beautiful swan photo canvas. There is a special place in our new home where it will be to remind us how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such beauty and great neighbors!” – The Lees
“Pat and John are THE best realtors! Nobody knows Lake of the Woods and Locust Grove like they do. They found out what we were looking for, helped us refine our requirements and then spent the time to get us exactly what we wanted at a great price. “- The Buckhouts

“The Licata group was outstanding to work with throughout our process of finding and purchasing a home in LOW. John and Pat were very patient with us as we got educated on what we wanted out of our future lake house and spent countless hours with us helping to determine what would work best for our family. The excellent reputation of the Licata group has been well earned and I give them my highest recommendation for anyone interested in buying or selling in the area.”-The McGarrigals

“Very respectful, patient in selecting a house for our needs. Well connected to her support groups who provided all our needs and questions. Well connected to the latest technical processes. Computerized applications and communications which saved us time and travel.”   -M.Potter

“Very friendly and professional. We were given advise on our offer and we heard back from the Licata Group so quickly. We were able to get the house of our dreams within a couple days. We would highly recommend them.” -Ms. Beck

“Pat and the Licata Team provided us with excellent service while we searched for, found and bought our dream lakefront home at Lake of the Woods. She and her husband John were patient with us as we searched over a two year period, always listening to what we were looking for, liked and didn’t like so they could fine-tune their searches. Once we found the house, Pat did a great job at walking us through the steps and providing us with constructive advice as to how to make our offer and subsequent counter-offers until we closed the deal. Pat was also very helpful providing names of general contractors and other professionals when we asked. We would strongly recommend Pat, John and the entire Licata Team.” -T. Vickery

“The Licata Group did an outstanding job from the first showing to closing! Throughout the entire process all members of the team were extremely helpful and highly responsive in answering all of our questions and concerns. Could not have asked for a smoother home buying process.” – Mr. Beck

“Their service exceeded expectations. With detail and patience, they carefully guided us through each step of the buying and selling process. And they were still available for help and referrals afterwards! Great people. A great company.” -Mrs. Reddick

“From start to finish, the most helpful, reassuring, informative home buying experience. That start to finish includes the “just looking” phase. This group has just the right amount of contact, wanting your business, yet not hounding you. Perfect experience!” -Ms. Laganga

“Finding the right home is just the first step. It’s all the steps between offer and closing that make a great realtor. The Licata Group is the best I’ve ever worked with. They embrace each challenge and work to a solution. At no point was anything to do with the purchase “my problem”. I can’t begin to cover how smooth they made this move. Thank you!!!” -Ms. Crocker

“The Licata Group are top notch experienced real estate professionals! They sold two homes for us and assisted us in a purchase just recently. The market is very hot with some homes getting multiple offers. They guided us through that and helped us find a great house. The Lake of the Woods community is fortunate to have them.” -Mr. and Mrs. Shope

“Always a pleasure working with the Licata Group. They have assisted me in both buying and selling the same home now…” -Ms. Frame

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Seller Success Stories for Licata Group

“Dan and Mrs. Seiler were outstanding realtors from the time we first met them to closing.  Even after closing, they kept in contact with us to make sure everything went well and if they could assist us with anything else.  I rate they a 10+++++.  If we hear of anyone moving to Virginia or looking to sell a home I would highly recommend them.” -D. Wells

“What an incredible experience!! The Licata Group went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied and informed in all details of both selling and buying a home! We couldn’t have asked for a better team to guide us through this process. Everyone was very prompt in response to any questions we had!” -S. Basham

“Pat and her team were wonderful. They were very patient and took the time to explain what was going to happen so there were no surprises. We truly appreciate everything Pat and her team did for us they definitely go the extra mile for their clients. I highly recommend Licata Group to anyone looking to buy or sell.”-W.Baer

“We appreciated the honesty that Pat provided. We also appreciate the patience and thoroughness the entire team throughout the selling process. We highly recommend the Licata Group if you are selling or purchasing.” -J Baer

“Dan Seiler and the entire Licata Team were outstanding. Special shout out to Jazmine also! Professional, extremely responsive to every email or phone call, and they went above and beyond in all aspects. Loaned us the van for moving furniture, coordinated all contractors and access to home, even helped fill a moving van when they stopped by at the right (wrong?!) time. Since we did not live in the area of the house we were listing for sale, Dan and his team were our “boots on the ground” for the entire process and made it amazingly easy on us. Highly recommend!!!” – M. Hornaday

“Pat Licata’s team at Lake of the Wood Realty has been a pleasure to work with. They provided help with many aspects of refurbishing then prepping my property before sale. They had good local contractor recommendations, and local Locust Grove / Lake of the Woods VA market insights to properly set the proper sales price and enable a quick and efficient sale. I would definitely work with them again, as they enabled the complete sales process without problems or last minute surprises.” M.Faletti

“Excellent customer service. Pat’s team sold our house in less than 2 weeks! We were kept informed and were provided excellent feedback. Can’t say enough good things about this group. Thank you for your service.” L. Gunther

“Above par service! Our home was beautifully marketed and sold within the 1st week. We received multiple offers, had many showings, and closed in two weeks. Pat is a real estate genius and her team is very helpful. Smooth and stress free describe our experience best!” L. Joback

“We had a difficult house to sell, but Pat and her team were with us every step of the way with suggestions, recommendations, and advice. Pat knows the community inside out and her insights were invaluable. Once we had an offer, Jazmine stepped up and guided us through the process, always keeping us informed. Despite some setbacks with our sale along the way, Pat and her team brought us to a successful close. We highly recommend the Licata Group!” M. Strauss

“This is the 2nd house sale I have utilized Pat and her team. I am very happy with my experience. Pat goes the extra mile for her clients” T Dean

“We found them to be professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and they kept us informed as the  complicated project progresses.” S Foster

“I HIGHLY recommend the Licata Group! From the beginning to the end, my experience was a positive one with them! They were great at communicating & always made sure my needs were met! I have nothing but great things to say about the entire company. Thank you all SO much for all the hard work!” B. Castagnola

“Dan was amazing and totally dealt with us in a way that we could have only dreamed of.” R.Johnson

“Pat and the support team provided practical advice as we prepared for the sale. We got our money back on the additional investments and got an offer within 10 days of listing.  The support team also did a great job arranging final repairs and checkups based on the inspection which save a lot of time for us. Finally, the online tools for tracking marketing activity and electronic signing of documents worked without a hitch.  Times have really changed since last time I sold a house!” James French

“Pat and her team in particular are incredibly responsive and efficient. I believe they are far and away the most knowledgeable and process oriented real estate company in eastern Orange County. Pat’s knowledge in pricing and presenting the property was invaluable. The brochure that was put together was invaluable in getting the best side of the property to the public. I was completely satisfied with Pat and the Licata Group.” B. Lookabill

“The entire Licata Group made buying a different home and selling our current one a very positive experience. A shout out to Jazmine for going above and beyond more than once to make things go smoothly, even after both sales were complete. John patiently helped us find just the right house to purchase and then Pat was able to get our ‘old’ house sold even before the listing was finalized! Licata Group KNOWS the Lake!” – P. Archer

“The Licata Group helped locate the perfect home for us and then turned around and were able to deliver a contract on our original house the same day as we listed it with them. Jazmine went above and beyond in assisting with all the paperwork and continually kept us on track and informed every step of the way. Pat and John really know Lake of the Woods and made what always has the potential to be a trying experience into an enjoyable one.” The Archers

“With the Licata group you get more than 1 person working to sell your home you literally get a whole office. We appreciated all the quick responses and feedback after showings. Even when we called for info on contractors for minor repairs or progress reports when our house sold the response was same day. Everyone in Pat’s office is involved in the process. Call her!” The Letoile’s

“We couldn’t be happier with how helpful Pat Licata and her team were in selling our home. We highly recommend the Licata Group!!” Rich D.

“Pat Licata was outstanding in selling our home. We had an original contract on the home before it even listed. The contract fell through 5 days before scheduled closing! Pat listed our home on May 26th and aggressively marketed it which paid off! We had a contract within 14 days and closed within 6 weeks!! We highly recommend Pat and her team!” The  Dennehy’s

“Couldn’t ask for a better seller’s agent. She went above and beyond anything I expected. The process went smoothly because of her and she was there every step of the way for any issues that arose. Can’t recommend her highly enough.” S Majumdar

“Our experience with The Licata Group was such a pleasure. They were so efficient. They were with us every step of the process.” The Sahley’s

“My experience with the Licata Group was outstanding. You made a long distant sale so uncomplicated.Pat and her team are so knowledgeable in Lake of the Woods and the surrounding area. They know how to market your property to its best advantage. From listing to closing, they make the process seamless. A special shoutout to Jasmine for making the inspection and closing go smoothly. ”  D Becker

“From start to finish Pat Licata was the perfect agent! Our house was on the market only a few days and we had a buyer. Pat has surrounded herself with a strong team and our experience was absolutely perfect. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts–you are awesome.” Doug Welsh

“Pat Licata and her team are second to none! I felt supported through the entire process, from pictures to closing! We had a full price offer within days. I highly and enthusiastically recommend Pat and the entire Licata Group.” S Berube

“Pat and her colleague, Dan Sieler, did a super job in selling a property I owned in Arlington, VA. The property sold within 8 days of listing. I received multiple offers; and it sold at more than the offering price.” – Carl V

“Excellent customer service. Pat’s team sold our house in less than 2 weeks! We were kept informed and were provided excellent feedback. Can’t say enough good things about this group. Thank you for your service”- A. Joseph

“We had an almost full-price offer within a week after Pat Licata listed this lot, even though another agent said that lots were hard to sell. Her assistant did a good job of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, too.” L.Epstein

“The overall experience was so professional and “smooth”. Like a well—oiled machine. Can’t think of anything they could have done better! The team approach made us feel very special, especially Michelle and Jazmine. Go with the team that excels and meets all expectations!” The Gunther’s

“I could not ask for a better real estate agent. She was an excellent guide for me from the very first. I did not know what selling price would ensure that the house would sell quickly with the best return for me. She was extremely knowledgeable about the prices in the area and suggested the ideal price. She and her associates staged the house to reveal “the bones of the house,” ensured that the house was open for inspection by potential buyers, and ensured that all paperwork was accurately and efficiently completed. I considered myself lucky to have selected her as two excellent offers were received within 24 hours resulting in a fast sale.”- A.Turvey

“Pat is absolutely awesome. She helped us make our home presentable before putting our home on the market. Pat made sure she made each process from showing the home to being under contract to selling our home very smooth. She always kept in contact either it was her personally or her awesome team in the office. If I had another house to sell I would use Pat Licata again!”- J Moore

“There is no other Real Estate team that comes close to The Licata Group. Pat & John Licata have put together a group of professionals covering all areas of any real estate process. Besides knowing their “job”, they have a true interest in their clients getting only the best possible results. This is why they continue to be the leader in the area. I had the utmost confidence that any problem coming up would quickly and efficiently be taken care of by Pat, Jane or Jasmine, and they certainly went out of their way to make sure that was the case. I highly recommend the Licata Group. You will be putting yourself in the best hands possible.”-  Bonnie Stern

“We highly recommended Pat to sell your home. She will come completely prepared to listen and understand what you want. Very impressed by her team as well. Thanks for all you have done. Very positive experience selling our home.”- The Johnson’s

“We have worked with many realtors in the past 50 years and the Licata Group is by far the best. They were very responsive to all our needs. Pat and her staff were always professional and eager to help.
I feel she went above and beyond our expectations. They were always eager to give us advice in a friendly, professional manner. From the listing of our home to the final settlement Pat was always available to listen to our and address our concerns.”- The Drigger’s

“We couldn’t have made it through this process without you! Your knowledge, expertise and patience were invaluable…” -Rex and Lynn
“Mary Maurer was exceptional to work with and along with Jazmine Rubi they made our house hunting a pleasure!” -M. Walser

“As first time sellers, everyone was very patient and walked us through everything that needed to be done with kindness and respect. Thank you so much Pat and group! ” The Cronin’s

“We can’t say enough about how pleased we are with our experience. Pat provided expert guidance on preparing our home for the market, priced it perfectly, and we had a contract within a week and a half. The top notch Licata Group staff provided excellent communication, professional marketing and continuous support during the entire process – we would advise anyone looking to buy or sell in Locust Grove to visit the Licata Group.” The Crowell’s

“The Licata Group were the ultimate professionals. They listened, worked hard, and gave me good counsel. They “sold” my house when two other agencies could not.” C Boechler

“We have only positive things to say about Pat Licata and everyone who guided us through the sale of our house. They began showing it right away, kept us informed and let us know immediately what we needed to do. Going to closing was smooth and orderly. What a great experience! We highly recommend Pat Licata.”   -Jack and Janet Ervin

“We were very pleased with Pat’s expertise and service when we were selling our home. Starting with the initial meetings on staging and pricing our home, through to the negotiations and settlement, Pat supported us every step of the way. Within 2 weeks of the listing, we had a ratified sales contract. Thank you Pat and the Licata team!” -DReddy

“Our experience with Pat Licata was excellent. Pat is extremely knowledgeable about our community in Lake of the Woods. She was very thorough in telling us about the sales process and responded very quickly to our questions. Pat utilized several sales techniques which ultimately resulted in the sale of our home to a wonderful couple. We couldn’t be any happier with Pat and highly recommend her and the Licata Group.”- M. Hayes

“Pat and the Licata Group were wonderful to work with and made the whole experience of selling our home easy! Pat and her team were always readily available for any and all questions we had and responded quickly. The professionalism of this group is exceptional and we highly recommend them to anyone who is thinking of selling their home!” – T.Corvetti

“Clearly a cut above in terms of knowledge, support and client service. Made selling the home remotely seamless and stress free. I would highly recommend Pat and her team to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in this area.”- WTJackson

“The Licata Group are top notch experienced real estate professionals! They sold two homes for us and assisted in a purchase. The market was hot and homes were getting multiple offers. They guided us through that and helped us find a great house. The Lake of the Woods community is fortunate to have them!”- SL Shope

“Pat knows the LOW area very well and has a good feel for the market. We were able to sell our house very quickly and for a fair price. The property was a long term rental and had been neglected for a while and needed some work. So it was great to get the place sold so quickly after deciding to finally sell.” – Mr. Klabo

“We are so grateful that we found Pat Licata. She is wonderful! Detailed. Patient. Knowledgeable. Helpful. Accessible! She personally walked us from step A to Z and continues to be of assistance even after the buying and selling of the homes.” – Mrs. Reddick

“We had a great experience. From day one, she was available by phone or text for anything. She was honest, fair and upfront and helpful through the process. We were not local and selling a parent’s home from afar. Thanks so much for the service!” – Stephanie M.

“I had an excellent experience with Pat Licata. I found her expertise and knowledge of the local area to be superb. She was very responsive and catered to the needs of my wife and I. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!” – Darnell R.

“The short time we listed our house with Licata Group was beyond our expectations. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. I sold a lot of houses, and this by far was the easiest and fastest.” – Leonard and Joyce W.

“I am so happy that we found Pat and the Licata Group. Their service exceeded expectations. With detail and patience, they carefully guided us through each step of the buying and selling process. And they were still available for help and referrals afterwards! Great people. Great company.” – Jen B.

“Very effective marketing; friendly and personal approach towards clients; willingness to go the extra mile.” – Bernard P.

“The Licata Team was wonderful! I didn’t have to worry about anything; anytime I needed something it was done right after I asked. I couldn’t recommend a better team to sell or help you buy a home! Simply put they are one AWESOME GROUP!! I’d recommend to anyone!” – Ronda K.

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7129 SANTA CRUZ PL, GAINESVILLE, VA UNDER CONTRACT

Welcome home to 7129 Santa Cruz! This beautiful, light filled end unit town home in Heathcote Commons with 3 finished levels and 2 car garage. Great main level open floor plan. Finished basement can be used for office, family room, etc. Fantastic location close to everything. Community with pool, clubhouse, playground, and plenty of guest parking. Walking distance to shops & cafes, convenient to I-66 & 29/15.
This home is offered at $364,900!
Interested in learning more? Click here for more photos and information.
Contact Mary Maurer to inquire about this home today!

830 Eastover Pkwy, LAKE OF THE WOODS

Peace & serenity abound in this lovingly maintained open floor plan home with extra special features. Enjoy the woods, garden, & birds from the fabulous screened in porch and deck that extend outdoor living. Partially finished lower level offers endless possibilities. You’ll love the Lake of the Woods lifestyle: lakes, beaches, pools, golf, stables, tennis, fitness center, Clubhouse and much more!

Community Features

  • Management: Owner/Self-Management
  • Bar/Lounge, Basketball Courts, Beach, Boat Ramp, Club House, Common Grounds, Fitness Center, Gated Community, Golf Club, Golf Course, Jogging/Walking Path, Horse Trails, Lake, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Pier/Dock, Pool (Outdoor), Putting Green, Recreation Center, Riding/Stables, Security, Soccer Field, Boat Slip, Gift Shop, Tennis Courts, Tot Lots/Playground, Water/Lake Privileges
  • Management Included, Master Insurance Policy Included, Pier/Dock Maintenance, Reserve Funds Included, Road Maintenance Included, Tot Lot(s)/Playground Included, Security Gate Included, Snow Removal Included, Security Included, Pool(s) Included
  • Covenants, Restrictions

School Information

  • Elementary School: LOCUST GROVE
  • High School: ORANGE
  • Middle School: LOCUST GROVE

103 Hillside Dr, Lake of the Woods VA- SOLD

This waterfront rambler is sure to please! Beautifully remodeled, open and bright with windows all around to capitalize on lake views. Extensive platforming and decking to enjoy the waterfront to its fullest. Room for all your guests in the home and at the water! Enjoy the Lake of the Woods lifestyle: pools, golf, stables, tennis, pickle ball, fitness center, Clubhouse and so much more!
 

215 Saylers Creek, LAKE OF THE WOODS VA, SOLD

Welcome to 215 Saylers Creek !

Fabulous one level living on a large, private, nicely landscaped lot. Stone steps welcome you to this beautifully updated home. Features include an impressive stone fireplace,wood floors, & tiled baths. Spacious kitchen boasts new stainless appliances & granite counter tops. Enjoy all the lake amenities: swim in the lake, jump in the pool, play a round of golf, and enjoy dinner at the clubhouse.

Community Features

  • Management: Owner/Self-Management
  • Bar/Lounge, Basketball Courts, Beach, Boat Ramp, Club House, Common Grounds, Fitness Center, Gated Community, Golf Club, Golf Course, Jogging/Walking Path, Horse Trails, Lake, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Pier/Dock, Pool (Outdoor), Putting Green, Recreation Center, Riding/Stables, Security, Soccer Field, Boat Slip, Gift Shop, Tennis Courts, Tot Lots/Playground, Water/Lake Privileges
  • Management Included, Master Insurance Policy Included, Pier/Dock Maintenance, Reserve Funds Included, Road Maintenance Included, Tot Lot(s)/Playground Included, Security Gate Included, Snow Removal Included, Security Included, Pool(s) Included
  • Covenants, Restrictions

School Information

  • Elementary School: LOCUST GROVE
  • High School: ORANGE
  • Middle School: LOCUST GROVE

Civic Club Hosts BOD Candidates at Reception

By Pat Licata, President, Civic Club
Please join the Civic Club on Wednesday, July 12th, at 5:30 PM, as we host a Reception for the BOD Candidates in the Great Hall of the Clubhouse. The LOWA Board candidates are Carl Clawson, Bill Feterle and Cliff Wilks.
The reception will begin with a social time to include hors d ‘oeuvres and a cash bar. A presentation will follow in which each candidate will have up to five minutes to address the gathering.
The Reception for the Candidates is open to all members of the community. Please plan to attend so you may become better acquainted with the candidates. We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!
The Civic Club will dispense with group questioning and encourages members to ask their questions during the social time before and after the candidate’s presentations.
Following the Reception for the Candidates, consider having dinner at the Clubhouse. The deck is open, and the view of the lake is priceless.
The Civic Club has asked each LOWA Board candidate to answer nine questions and their answers are below. On behalf of the Civic Club, we wish the candidates good fortune in the election and want to express appreciation for their willingness to serve our community.

  1. Why are you running for the Board?

Carl Clawson: I am currently on the LOWA Board. It is a one year term. I love the Lake and wish to help preserve and enhance property values and to contribute to the highest possible quality of life for all Lake of the Woods Association members.
Bill Feterle: As a full-time resident, I have a vested interest in LOW. I served 2 years on a condo owner’s association in Florida, and feel I can contribute in a positive manner here.
Cliff Wilks: I am running for the Board because I believe it is time for me to take the next step in community service. I have lived in this community since 2003, served on the Rules Committee, helped rewrite and update the Bylaws, and chaired the Ad Hoc Pool Fitness Center Complex Committee. The experience gained working with many of the current and past Board members also provides an excellent basis for finding solutions. I will vote for those actions which I believe to be in the best interests of the Association and that comply with the governing documents.

  1. What are the 3 most important duties of a Board member?

Bill Feterle: 1) Listen to member’s concerns to better serve the entire community. 2) Maintain infrastructure and amenities, while being fiscally responsible. 3) Ensure that reserves are adequately funded.
Cliff Wilks: The Lake of the Woods Bylaws describe the duties of the Board and each Director. In my view the importance of those duties varies according to the problems or situations being addressed. The most
important duty is for each Director to cast their vote for decisions that are, in that Director’s judgment, in the best interests of the corporation and community, in accordance with the governing documents. Should I be elected, I would start as a Director in September. At that time the important duties would be voting for the Officers of the Association and beginning the budget process, which includes reviewing and approving an annual budget, levying appropriate charges to the Lot Owners, tenants and users of the various facilities. I think at that time it would be important to plan for the future replacement, expansion, acquisition, use and disposal of land, facilities, and equipment owned by the Association.
Carl Clawson: 1) Attend all board meetings and other meetings as required. 2) Make educated decisions as to what the community wants and needs. 3) Be accountable and transparent in the day to day duties to the board and the community.

  1. What should be the role between the Board and LOWA staff, particularly the General Manger?

Cliff Wilks: The Board sets policies, procedures and administrative decisions consistent with the governing documents for the General Manager and staff to manage the day to day operation of the Association. Directors should refrain from making daily operational decisions unless exigent circumstances require otherwise.
Carl Clawson: A Board member is to be as educated in the day to day operation of the community and to ask questions of the Managers when needed to make decisions at the board level. The General Manager and his staff must make decisions on the day to day operations and report back to the Board. All decisions of the Board and Management are to be communicated back to the Members of the community.
Bill Feterle: The board is responsible for the governance of the community. At the behest of the BOD, the GM. and his staff execute the enforcement of rules and regulations plus operations of all amenities.

  1. What do you think of the current status of our facilities/amenities?

Carl Clawson: Now we are in good shape of our present Facilities and Amenities. There are still a lot of ongoing repairs and decisions to be made. The Fitness Center will need to be replaced soon.
Bill Feterle: “Fabulous” LOW offers a large, diverse array to enable member’s enjoyment, in their choice of activities. Most are in good shape/usable and all must be maintained.
Cliff Wilks: I think that our facilities/amenities are generally in good shape. However the fitness center, clubhouse pool, and clubhouse parking lot near the clubhouse are in need of new construction for the fitness center, pool, and an increase in parking spaces for physically challenged individuals. I have not reviewed or inspected our marinas in responding to this question, but it is my understanding that some repairs are needed.

  1. What is your view of LOWA capital planning?

Bill Feterle: The Miller-Dodson survey projects 739 items for the next 30 years, taking into account inflation and future labor costs. This survey should be reviewed every 5 years. If elected I will delve into this matter much deeper.
Cliff Wilks: I think that LOWA has solid capital planning strategies and procedures. My understanding is that the 5-year capital planning process begins with the Planning Committee Chair and the General Manager soliciting committees and member input on projects to be considered for the 5-year plan. Projects are ultimately reviewed and placed in the 5-year plan by the Board of Directors.
Carl Clawson: At this time LOWA uses the Miller Dobson study guidelines for a 30-year plan. Every year the 5-year capital planning process is updated as to what the current needs and repairs are for the upcoming year for the community common areas and amenities. We as Board members review this plan with Management and decide what items can last a little longer or must be completed for the year.

  1. What has been your involvement with LOW community activities?

Cliff Wilks: I served on the Rules Committee from 2012 until 2016 as Secretary and Chair. I received an Outstanding Service Award in 2015. In 2016 I was appointed by the Board President at that time to Chair the Ad Hoc Pool Fitness Center Outdoor Recreation Complex Committee and completed the process called for in the Request for Proposal as set forth in that Committee’s Charter. I received the Outstanding Committee Chair of the year for 2016. I am a member, and the current President, of Chapter 1885 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, along with serving as the Membership Chair. I also help Cause 4 Paws raise money for feline rescue.
Carl Clawson: Currently I am on the Board of Directors. I served three years on the Environmental Control Committee, The Maintenance and Ecology Committee and the Equestrian Committee. I am a member of the LOW Lions Club and Lowlink organization. I volunteer my Time and equipment to help build handicap ramps and perform repairs for the less fortunate in the Lake and Orange County through The Lake of the Woods Church Home Help group and the Lions club.
Bill Feterle: I am a member of the LOW Lions Club. I also belong to the LOW church choir and have participated in 2 Joyful Noise Concerts. I have provided musical entertainment for LOWLINC and will in the future.

  1. Should the Association take an active role in the affairs of state and local government? What type of issues should be addressed?

Carl Clawson: Yes, we should, we are all in this together. It is important that we stay updated with what goes on outside the community because it will affect us in the long run. Some of the issues are the development of Route 3 as far as business development and the quality of our school systems in Orange County.
Bill Feterle: LOW comprises approx. 1/3 of the total population of Orange County, so of course we should be involved in matters which affect us as a community. A county supervisor is continually informing us at BOD meetings of any/all concerns, events, and legislation affecting LOW.
Cliff Wilks: Yes, the Association should take an active role in state and county issues where our interests coincide. The population in Lake of the Woods represents roughly one third of the population of Orange County and we have a large footprint at a major transportation junction. We should ensure that the state and county are aware of our community’s interests and we should be civic partners.

  1. Are you satisfied with how the LOWA budget is developed? Please explain.

Bill Feterle: Development of the LOWA budget is by the BOD, after input of data from management and committees.
Cliff Wilks: I am generally satisfied with the LOWA budget process. My understanding is that the operating budget process begins with the cost center managers who generally use a mixed method of zero based budgeting and historical review of the prior year’s expenses to determine their needs for the upcoming cycle. Once they believe it to be accurate, it moves through the administrative chain to the General Manager and eventually to the Board.
Carl Clawson: I am pleased that we have so many volunteers that serve on committees and work with Management and the Board of Directors to develop the LOWA budget. The Reserve study and budget was built after reviewing actual revenue and expenditures from three previous years and the current year. The stated board goals were a significant factor as was Board Budget Guidance. We review the five-year Capital plan to consider new initiatives, like wise we determine if any spending could be reduced or eliminated.

  1. What is your view for the future of LOW?

Cliff Wilks: I believe the future for Lake of the Woods Association is unclear. We need to ensure that our current and future Boards take actions to maintain and selectively enhance amenities. However, the Association needs to strike a balance between maintaining and enhancing the amenities and the financial stresses of ever increasing assessments on middle income members (including those on fixed incomes). We can do so by encouraging our boards to spend money wisely. In the end, if we do not sustain our aging infrastructure while enhancing our amenities, our continued existence as a closed community is questionable
Carl Clawson: We are the largest community in Orange County. I see LOW as the leader in the future development of Orange County. A lot of the Orange County leaders come from the LOW Community. If we develop and grow as we have in the last 50 years, I can see us as the most sought after community with the most amenities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Bill Feterle: My opinion regarding the future of LOW would be, at a minimum, to maintain our present level of facilities/amenities and when able, to improve upon them.
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