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My Journey to Lake of the Woods

As a Lake of the Woods resident since 2008 (as a weekender and a full time resident), I’d like to share my journey to the Lake. My husband, John, and I were interested in finding the perfect location for a second/vacation home. Initially, we were open to looking at a beach location, as well as a lake. We began searching in the summer of 2007 through the spring of 2008 for our getaway.
We decided fairly early on that the beach just wasn’t for us because of distance from Northern Virginia and lack of activity during “non-peak season,” we began focusing on the lakes in the area. Having made the trek to Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, and Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, something wasn’t “perfect” for us regarding each location. Lake Anna was too busy for us, and Smith Mountain Lake and Deep Creek Lake were both too far for us to enjoy a home regularly, and we also didn’t care for how few conveniences were located close by (ie, grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc).
Then we remembered having visited Lake of the Woods years ago, when we had been a guest of a friend. After our first house-hunting visit to the lake in early spring of 2008, we knew where we wanted to be. Lake of the Woods, as a gated, secured community, gave us peace of mind as weekenders. The community offered us close proximity (1 hr 15 min from Reston),  tons of conveniences, as we residents are supported by a grocery store, pharmacy, gas stations, cleaners, nail salons, automotive services, doctors, a library, a post office, many restaurants, and a brand new elementary school-all within 2 1/2 miles of the gates), over 50 clubs and organizations in which to participate, a fabulous clubhouse overlooking the lake that serves excellent food, and a clear, pristine lake!! Oh…did I mention the PGA golf course and equestrian center within the community?? And the Community Center, and the non-denominational Church within the gates? Or the walking trails? And what about the wildlife!
We purchased our home in June of 2008, and after that first year (52 weekends), we realized that we had been to our home at Lake of the Woods 51 of those 52 weekends! That’s when we decided that the “allure of the lake” was just too great to resist and made the change from weekenders to full-time residents!
Call me today at 540/735-7998 for a boat and car tour!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Aerial Tour of Lake of the Woods, VA!

Aerial Tour of Lake of the Woods! By Pat Licata REALTOR

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Holiday Craft SHow

LARGEST Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show at the Expo Center on December 2-3-4!

Are you tired of shopping for the same old gifts at department stores? Would you rather give your loved ones something unique that you can’t find anywhere else? If so, you’re in luck because the 14th Annual Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show is happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 2-3-4 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center! Considered to be one of the largest events at the Expo Center, you’ll have a chance to visit over 300 crafters and artisans each offering unique holiday gifts, designs and decorations. The limits to what you’ll find are endless, including jewelry, baked goods, sports, pet items and much more! Take a break from all the mainstream shopping and give your loved ones a gift to remember! For more information about this event, be sure to Click Here!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Norther Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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Latin America Festival

Latin America Festival in Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401 Coming in September 2022!

On Sunday, September 18th, 2022 from 11AM to 4PM, visit the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds located at 2400 Airport Ave, Fredericksburg VA 22401 to experience and celebrate Latin America. This is a family friendly event that will feature vendors, live music, a DJ, plenty of delicious food, kid activities including a moon bounce, face painting and so much more! Tickets are $10 each while kids under 6 are free. Don’t miss the live music by a Spanglish Latin American Band. Be prepared to dance! Purchase your tickets here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

9th Annual Playin’ in the Park 4th of July Celebration in Orange, Virginia

A local celebration of our freedom in Orange, Virginia for local residents and visitors! This event features live music, a Touch-A-Truck, kid’s activities and of course FIREWORKS!
This event is absolutely FREE and the gates will open at 6pm sharp. There will be donations accepted for parking by OCHS Football. Parking is limited, please arrive early. Fireworks are scheduled to start once it gets dark. Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Alcohol is prohibited and pest must be on a leash at all times. Come hungry! Featured food vendors for your stomach’s pleasure will be Barbara’s Soulfood, Buffalo Wild Wings, B-Radd & Honey, R U Freak’n Hungry and Kona Ice of Culpeper.
Don’t miss this event on Friday, July 1th at Booster Park, 1177 Bloomsbury Rd, Orange VA 22960 (behind the Orange County Airport). For more info visit their website or call 540-672-5435.
This event is brought to you thanks to the support of the following businesses and organizations: the County of Orange, the Town of Orange, the Town of Gordonsville, Somerset Sod Farms, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, 103.1 WJMA, Mason Insurance Agency Inc, Reynolds GM Subaru, Piedmont Power, Skydive Orange, Altman Tire & Auto Sales, Mr. & Mrs. V. Rea Jones, Cowan Realty, and Orange Tire Inc.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your professionals for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia, we are your proven Real Estate professionals. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, that’s the #1 question asked by home sellers. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. The Question is how much is it worth? Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.
To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

SmileS Adaptive Carnival 2022 by LOW Adaptive Watersports Foundation!

Join the LOW Adaptive Water Sports Foundation, Sunday, July 10th from 9AM to 3PM for a FREE fun day on the water! Bring your friends and family for the annual event that brings watersports to differently-abled people of all ages, walks of life and their families!

The carnival is held in honor of 2 women who left the world far too soon and young. This is a time to come together as a community and support each other with unconditional love and support.

There will be adaptive water-skiing, tubing, pontoon rides, kayaking, paddle-boarding and many outdoor games to play and participate in! This year, they are partnering with Therapeutic Adventures – IndependencePlus Adaptive Sports to bring adaptive paddling!

All attendees MUST pre-register. You can register here. If you don’t want to participate, come out and show your support! Check out the fun from previous years below!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

208 fairfax ln, lake of the woods virginia 22508

208 Fairfax Ln, Lake of the Woods Virginia 22508 COMING SOON by Licata Group EXP Realty LLC

Discover your new lifestyle in Lake of the Woods! This beautiful, one level home offers stunning curb appeal and a highly desirable floorplan with plenty of space. The large driveway and two car garage provide ample space for parking. As you enter this well maintained home, you walk into a large open family room with a gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The kitchen has plenty of storage and a bright eat-in area with access to the sunroom. The primary bedroom with attached bath and walk in closet is separate from the guest bedrooms. There is also a bonus room, great for a formal dining room, home office, or sitting room. The quiet backyard offers peaceful enjoyment with a large deck. A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, water skiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteer your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from $200,000+ to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience what’s to love in Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Buying a Home? Here’s a Pre-Move In Checklist

Buying a home is an exciting—and often stressful—process. While the closing represents the end of your negotiations with the seller and officially transfers ownership to you as the buyer, there are still several steps to take in order to make your new home truly your own. Here is a checklist of some of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth process when moving into a new home:

  • Transfer utilities to your name. In order to be able to begin enjoying your new home as soon as you move in, it’s necessary to ensure that the utilities, including electric, water, gas, and garbage collection, are up and running in advance. To avoid any delays, contact your utility companies a few weeks before your move-in date and have all accounts transferred to your name. In addition, ensure that internet and cable (if applicable) are set up in your new home.
  • Update your mailing address. To avoid missing a bill or other important piece of mail, be sure to update your address with the post office, your bank, credit card companies, insurance agencies, and anyone else who may try to contact you by mail.
  • Change the locks. Once the sale has closed and you’re the official owner of your new home, one of the most important ways to ensure your security is to have the locks changed—after all, you never know how many spare keys the previous owners had, or to whom they may have given copies.
  • Hire professional cleaners. Even if your new home is in great condition, hiring professionals to do a deep cleaning can help ensure that each room is sparkling, sanitary, and ready for you to make it your own.

source: redfin.com

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Summer Panzanella, the Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 3/4″-thick slices country bread
  • 1 medium zucchini or summer squash, halved
  • 1/2 large red onion, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 4 c. diced mixed tomatoes (such as heirloom, vine-ripened, cherry, and grape)
  • 1 c. cubed fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. packed fresh basil leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Directions:

  • Heat grill to medium-high and oil the grates. Brush bread, zucchini, and onion all over with oil and season with salt and pepper.
    Grill bread and veggies until bread is lightly charred and toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, and zucchini and onion are lightly charred and crisp-tender, 3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer grilled bread, zucchini, and onion to a work surface. Rub garlic on both cut sides of the bread, then let everything cool slightly.
  • Cut bread into bite-size cubes, thinly slice zucchini crosswise, and chop onion.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil and the vinegar, then season with salt and pepper. Add bread cubes, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Toss to combine and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.

source: delish.com

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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How to Keep Your Yard Looking Its Best This Summer

As the season of backyard barbecues and lounging by the pool, it’s important to keep your yard in prime condition during the summer. At the same time, you’ll probably want to spend less time maintaining your yard and more time actually enjoying it.

To help you achieve that balance, here are some quick and easy tips for keeping your yard looking its best this summer:

  • Gather the necessary supplies, including those needed for your comfort. One of the most dreaded aspects of doing yard work during the summer is contending with the heat and insects. Therefore, before you get started, gather all the supplies you think you’ll need, including bug spray, sunscreen, durable gloves, and large trash bags. Additionally, remember to stay hydrated, and take frequent breaks to head indoors or take a dip in the pool in order to avoid becoming overheated.
  • Set a schedule for lawn care. Even with its constant demands, maintaining a healthy lawn is far easier than having to start from scratch if your lawn dies. To ease the burden of lawn maintenance, it may help to create (and stick to) a schedule for when you’re going to mow, water, and apply fertilizers and weed control products. As an alternative, you might consider getting rid of all or some of your lawn and replacing it with something that requires less maintenance. The options are endless, ranging from artificial turf to patio space to gardens that may include herbs, fruits and vegetables, or succulents.
  • Stay ahead of pest control. Once you’ve achieved the perfectly manicured lawn or garden, the last thing you’d want is for moles, groundhogs, and other pests to destroy it. Preventative measures will depend on the specific critters that pose a threat to your yard, but may include applying repellants or installing fencing around certain plants. And don’t forget to take steps to ward off insects that could be a risk for humans, such as ticks or mosquitoes (which may carry West Nile virus). For mosquitoes, be sure to remove any sources of standing water; for ticks, consider planting deer-resistant plants, which will help keep away deer and the dangerous ticks they sometimes carry.
  • Prioritize pruning and weeding. In most areas, the warm temperatures and rains of the summer months can cause yards to quickly become overgrown. While regular pruning and weeding may seem like a hassle, it will help plants stay healthy and keep your yard looking beautiful. Another important task, particularly during the summer, is to trim dead tree limbs, as they could pose a threat to your home during storms and strong winds.

source: www.thespruce.com

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Lake of the Woods Players Club Accepting Auditions for Scrooge, the Musical!

If you enjoy singing and dancing and not afraid of sharing the stage, consider auditioning for the Lake of the Woods Player’s Club’s upcoming performance of Scrooge, the Musical! The book, music and lyrics were written by Leslie Bricusse, and this play will be Directed by Barbara Cochran. They are looking for cast members for children 8 and up for this show! Prepare for auditions being held for two days only: Sunday, August 21st from 2pm – 5pm and Monday, August 22nd from 7pm – 9pm. They will be held at the Lake of the Woods Community Center located at 110 Sweetbriar Park Rd in Lake of the Woods, VA. *Lake of the Woods is a gated community, if you live outside of LOW, please email: ditzlerva@gmail.com with your name and that you are planning to audition so your name can be provided to security, you may be asked for ID to enter.* For the complete list of characters details available and parts, visit the lowplayers.org/auditions. There is also an audition form that must be completed and submitted. Performances are scheduled for: November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30PM and November 13, 19, and 20th at 2pm.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

523 Monticello Cir, Lake of the Woods Virginia Home For Sale

523 Monticello Cir, Lake of the Woods Virginia 22508 Home for Sale at $349,900 by Licata Group EXP Realty LLC!

Discover your new lifestyle in this one level Lake of the Woods home! The wide circular driveway and two car garage provides ample space for family and guests. Step inside this beautifully maintained home, with a dramatic open family room, gorgeous stone gas fireplace, and lovely wood built-ins. Prepare feasts with ease in the generous kitchen with plenty of storage and bright eat-in area. Live in royalty in the vast primary bedroom suite, with soaking tub to ease away the day. The backyard with a screened in porch invites your imagination for new outdoor living ideas and peaceful enjoyment. Come envision your new beginning while it’s still available!

A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, water skiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteer your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from $200,000+ to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience what’s to love in Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.