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 club house 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 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.

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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.

 

Gorgeous Home With Breathtaking Architecture in Lake of the Woods, VA! 3923 Lakeview Pkwy Offered at $385,000!

Welcome to 3923 Lakeview Parkway! This beautiful custom-built home, nestled in the trees, beautifully landscaped, private and close to the front gate. Even before going inside you are in awe! Once you enter, you are welcomed by gleaming hardwood floors, a corner gas fireplace, fine finishes, and a sought-after open floor plan! The ample windows and skylights allow the sun to shine in this well-maintained, move in ready Lake of the Woods home. You will love the master suite with a sitting room, inviting master bath and two large walk-in closets. The bonus room above the garage is ideal for additional flex space, office or even a bedroom. That is not all…. the crawl space is conditioned and is being used as a workshop and storage. The garage is oversize and finished with additional storage. Imagine sitting on your screened porch or deck listening to all the sounds of nature, entertaining family and friends or just relaxing. For more information on 3923 Lakeview Pkwy, Click 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 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.

Stellar Home in Fredericksburg, VA! 324 Burman Lane Offered at $249,900!

Welcome to 324 Burman Lane! Imagine the privacy of backing to the woods, sitting on your deck, relaxing, and enjoying the sounds of nature while being so close to all that Harrison Crossing, Central Park, and downtown Fredericksburg have to offer! As perfect as the yard is, and not having an HOA, you will also love the interior spaces. The kitchen has all the amenities, island, and large eating area. The spacious living room is open and bright! The lower level offers a huge family room with a wood stove for those cold winter nights, bedroom, full bath, flex space and large laundry room. For more information on 324 Burman Lane, Click Here!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern 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.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

Open Houses 7/12/2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM! *Face Masks Required For Entry*

Join us this Sunday, 7/12/2020, as we show off these four gorgeous homes in and around Lake of the Woods, VA!

Face masks will be required to enter into any property, and social distancing is highly recommended.

For more information about each home, click the addresses below!

3923 Lakeview Pkwy in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $385,000 (COMING SOON)

109 Ashlawn Court in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $429,900

106 Confederate Circle in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $539,900

34129 Enchanted Way in Locust Grove, Priced at $549,900

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern 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.

To see available properties, please visit our website lakeofthewoodsvirginia.com

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June 2020 Lake of the Woods Monthly Market Statistics

In June, 42 homes sold in Lake of the Woods.
4 sold between $130-200,000;
7 sold between $200-249,000;
9 sold between $250-299,000;
19 sold between $300-400,000;
1 sold between $400-500,000;
1 sold between $500-600,000;
1 sold at $850,000

39 Active Listings for Sale
66 Homes Under Contract
137 Homes Sold since January 1, 2020.

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.

Stunning WATERFRONT Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 106 Confederate Circle Offered at $539,900

Time to get your lake life started with this beautiful home on a private cove, jump on your boat and you are seconds from the main lake. This home is amazing from the minute you are welcomed by the brick entrance to the gleaming hardwood floors once inside. The formal living room and gorgeous dining room are set apart with columns and great design. Imagine having a kitchen with a large center island, two windows at your sink, more than ample counter and cabinet space, pantry and dining area. The family room is gracious in size and offers a corner gas fireplace for those cool nights.

Once upstairs you will be delighted with the owner’s suite, not only is it spacious it has an impressive huge walk in closet. The owner’s luxury bath offers a spa feel with a soaking tub, separate beautiful shower and double vanity. The upper level is completed with 3 more bedrooms, another full bath and the laundry room. A lower level offers another bedroom, full bath, family room with corner gas fireplace and flex space that could be used as a hobby room or exercise room. Plus the storage space in this home between closets and storage areas are impressive! Sprinkler system and invisible fence are bonuses. For more information on 106 Confederate Circle, Click 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 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.

The Pros and Cons of Living in a Neighborhood with an HOA

As you search for your next home, you’ll probably encounter more than a few neighborhoods that have their own homeowners associations. Often abbreviated as HOAs, these groups usually consist of a few elected residents, although they may also be run by an outside management company or developer.

While they tend to get a bad rap, HOAs actually have quite a few benefits you might not have considered—but they aren’t always the right fit for everyone.

Should You Buy in a Neighborhood with an HOA?

In a nutshell, an HOA’s job is to act as a governing body for a neighborhood. They typically set rules, maintain the community, and may offer certain amenities, like pools or landscaping. However, these perks don’t come free—homeowners have to pay dues to cover an HOA’s services.

Not sure if you want to live in a community with a homeowners association? Here are a few pros and cons to keep in mind before making a move.

Pro: Increased resale value

Neighborhood with an HOA

Believe it or not, an HOA can significantly impact a home’s resale value when you move again. On average, single family homes that are part of a local association sell for 4% more than ones that aren’t—for a home worth $300,000, that’s a gain of $12,000.

Con: More rules to follow

Side view of a home

Perhaps the biggest gripe that many homeowners have about HOAs is having to follow certain rules, especially when it comes to your home’s appearance. In order to maintain property values and a uniform look to the neighborhood, HOAs often restrict personalizations like paint colors, fences, or landscaping.

Associations may also have certain limitations on pets, noise, yard signs, home improvements, or trash removal. Violating the rules can sometimes result in hefty fines, so be sure you read up on an HOA’s restrictions to avoid any penalties.

Pro: A beautiful neighborhood

A pretty community

All those rules may seem irksome, but they do serve a purpose. HOA regulations are designed to make your neighborhood a beautiful and desirable place to live. You’ll never have to deal with eyesores like an overgrown lawn or lingering litter anymore, either!

Con: Additional fees

Paying HOA dues

Most associations charge dues that vary depending on the services and amenities they provide. It’s not uncommon to see fees of over $1,000 per year—definitely an expense you’ll want to factor into your monthly budget.

Wondering what these dues cover? They usually go towards maintenance, an emergency fund, or amenities. If you live in a condo or active adult community, they can also cover utilities and exterior maintenance.

Pro: Extra amenities 

Community pool

If you want to live somewhere with plenty of amenities right at your doorstep, an HOA neighborhood may be a great fit. Many homeowners associations pay to maintain community pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, and much more. Larger subdivisions may even have their own golf courses, restaurants, or clubhouses that are for residents only! 

Con: Risks of poor management

Woman stressed by an HOA

Almost every HOA is governed by residents, sometimes with the help of a management company. Unfortunately, a poorly managed association can be a nightmare for homeowners, especially if the HOA is responsible for maintaining major aspects of the community.

Homeowners associations also have the authority to increase dues without warning—and if they don’t have the money to pay for a big expense, they may even order a special assessment to cover the costs.

Bottom Line: Do your research!

In a recent survey by the Community Associations Institute, a whopping 85% of homeowners said they had a positive experience living in a community with an HOA. However, it’s still crucial to consider your own individual circumstances before making a decision. 

Be sure to read an association’s rules or bylaws, and take a good look at the neighborhood before you buy. If you have any questions, just ask your agent!

Take Your Next Steps

If you’re ready to make a move, we’d love to guide you through every step of the buying process! Just get in touch with us today to get started—we look forward to teaming up and helping you find your next dream home.

Stunning 4000+ SQ FT Home in Lake of the Woods! 109 Ashlawn Court Offered at $439,900

Welcome to prestigious 109 Ashlawn Court! If space is what you crave in a move-in ready, custom built home boasting fabulous architecture and 4,000+ finished square feet, this is it!!! You’ll love the bright, eat-in gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, expansive island, upgraded stainless steel appliances, and large pantry. The kitchen flows into the spectacular family room showcasing a gorgeous floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Off the family room you’ll find the fabulous screened porch and deck to enjoy the stunning private, level back yard comprising almost an acre on a double lot.

The formal dining room is spacious and perfect for entertaining, while the light-filled formal living room can double-duty as a music room or office. A bedroom/flex room completes the main level. The upper level offers an incredible master suite with tray ceiling, his and her walk-in closets, and a luxury bath that feels more like a spa retreat. Three additional large bedrooms share the other two full baths on the upper level. The finished basement is expansive and the perfect space for any need. Imagine a theater room, game room, man or woman cave~the possibilities are endless. And…last but not least, the over sized two car garage is sure to please! For more information on 109 Ashlawn Court, Click 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 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.

Stellar Stone Front Home With Oversized Two Car Garage in Lake of the Woods, VA! 112 Monticello Circle Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

The stone front welcomes you to 112 Monticello as well as the beautifully landscaped yard. You will be delighted with the open floor plan and split bedroom design. The spacious kitchen has ample counter and cabinet space that will make entertaining and cooking a breeze. The great room is full of light with a gas stone fireplace to keep you cozy on those cool nights. The master suite is spacious with an amazing master bath with double vanity and soaking tub. The deck is private to enjoy entertaining or relaxing with your favorite beverage. The backyard is perfect for gardening and has a shed for extra storage. That’s not all…. You will love the oversized 2 car garage. For more information on 112 Monticello Circle, Click 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 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.

Beautiful One Bedroom Condo in Reston, VA! 1965-B Villaridge Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 1965-B Villaridge Drive! You will be wowed by the cathedral ceiling, open layout, you will love the kitchen with upgraded stainless steel appliances, gorgeous fireplace and spacious bedroom. Relax on your balcony after a hard days work. The HVAC unit has a germ killing ultra violet filter. The Wiehle Metro and metro bus stop within one mile, close to Reston Town Center, minutes from South Lakes shopping center, Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon with boat ramp and pools. Surrounded by walking and biking trails. For more information on 1965-B Villaridge Drive, Click Here! To see a 3D Virtual Tour, click the link below!

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Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern 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.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

Beautiful Home Close to Golf Course in Lake of the Woods, VA! 200 Lakeview Pkwy Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 200 Lakeview Parkway! Gleaming hardwood floors greet you as you enter. Home boasts open floor plan, updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, a large inviting living room that is light filled and boasts a built in desk that will make working from home a breeze! A huge master suite featuring a master bath to die for with a soaking tub and incredible over sized shower beautifully tiled that you will love!! Privacy abounds with this beautiful wooded lot. Walk across the street to the community hub where you can swim from the beach, take a dip in the pool, savor a meal on the Clubhouse deck overlooking the lake, enjoy a free concert at the Point, & work out at the fitness center! Get your lake life started with your own private oasis! Short drive to golf course! For more information on 200 Lakeview Pkwy, Click 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 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.