Category Archives: Licata on the Lake

“Serene Acreage Retreat: Your Dream Move-In Ready Home Awaits! 11521 Brock Road, Spotsylvania, VA. Offered at $549,900 Now UNDER CONTRACT

Looking for a move-in ready home on acreage? This stunning home truly offers a remarkable living experience with its expansive space and thoughtful layout on 2+ acres in the sought-after Riverbend school district. As you step into the foyer, you’re greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for welcoming guests. The cozy formal living room to the left provides a comfortable space for relaxation, while the formal dining room offers an elegant setting for entertaining. The highlight of the home is undoubtedly the expansive family room, complete with a brick wood-burning fireplace. This room not only exudes charm but also offers ample space for gatherings and creating cherished memories with family and friends. Moving to the kitchen, you’ll find plenty of storage and counter space, making it a joy to cook and host gatherings. The attached breakfast room adds versatility to the space, providing a casual dining area for everyday use. The den area with a wet bar and access to the sizable deck and backyard is perfect for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The half bath nearby ensures convenience for guests, while the laundry room, located near the primary ensuite, adds practicality to everyday living. Speaking of the primary suite, it truly serves as a private oasis where you can unwind and relax. The spacious retreat features an attached bath with a jetted tub and shower, offering the perfect escape after a long day. Upstairs, the four additional spacious bedrooms and full baths provide privacy and comfort for family members or guests. The layout ensures separation between the primary suite and the other bedrooms, enhancing privacy and convenience. Outside, the serene landscape and cleared, fenced backyard create a picturesque setting for enjoying nature and outdoor activities. The addition of two 500-gallon rain catchers attached to the detached 3-car garage further adds to the property’s appeal, providing a sustainable water source for gardening. And wait until you see the oversized garage!!! Need a workroom? Let your imagination run wild with the variety of options available! Additionally, a John Deere tractor and 2 trailers convey! This home boasts over 2700 square feet of sprawling living space, including five bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and both a 2 and 3-car garage, all situated on a spacious 2+ acre lot. With its inviting atmosphere, thoughtful layout, and stunning outdoor amenities, this home is sure to impress anyone seeking comfort, convenience, and serenity.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 contacting Pat Licata. To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Spring into Action: Essential Home Maintenance Tips for April

As the chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring, it’s time to turn our attention to revitalizing our homes after the long hibernation. April marks the perfect moment to embark on essential maintenance tasks to ensure our living spaces are not only beautiful but also functional. Here are some key tips to kickstart your springtime maintenance routine:

  1. Green Up Your Surroundings: Embrace the spirit of renewal by planting new trees, shrubs, or flowers in your garden. Not only will this add a splash of color to your outdoor space, but it also contributes to the health of the environment. Don’t forget to fertilize your lawn to encourage lush, vibrant growth.
  1. Clear the Path: Before April showers arrive in full force, take the time to remove leaves and debris from your gutters and downspouts. This simple task can prevent water damage to your home’s foundation and roof, saving you from costly repairs down the line.
  1. Mow with Confidence: As the grass begins to grow, ensure your lawnmower is in prime condition. Check the blades, oil, and fuel levels to guarantee smooth and efficient operation. A well-maintained lawnmower not only delivers better results but also extends its lifespan.
  1. Softening Water, Softening Worries: Give your water softener some TLC by checking the salt levels and adding more if needed. Soft water not only improves the quality of your water for everyday use but also helps prolong the life of your appliances and plumbing fixtures.
  1. Illuminate Your Windows: Don’t overlook the importance of clean and debris-free window wells. Take the time to clear out any buildup, allowing natural light to flood into your basement while keeping pests and moisture at bay.

By tackling these essential home maintenance tasks in April, you can ensure your abode is ready to embrace the joys of spring to the fullest. Remember, a little effort now can go a long way in preserving the beauty and functionality of your home for years to come. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your gardening gloves, and let’s make this April a month of renewal and rejuvenation for our beloved living spaces. Happy spring cleaning!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 

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

Prepare for a wild adventure in the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg!

Looking for something that’ll ignite your sense of adventure and keep the kiddos entertained for hours? Well, get excited because Downtown Fredericksburg is about to become your family’s new favorite playground!

🎨🦦 Picture a vibrant cityscape with whimsical bronze otters just waiting to be discovered. Yes, you heard that right – otters! These adorable critters aren’t just your average statues; they’re the stars of our Otter-ly Amazing Scavenger Hunt! 🦦🔍

So, what’s the scoop? Here’s the lowdown on how to embark on your otter-filled escapade:

📍 Grab Your Map: Swing by the Visitor Center on 706 Caroline Street to snag your very own Scavenger Hunt map. Trust us; it’s your golden ticket to all the fun!

🗺️ Follow the Trail: Armed with your map and a sense of curiosity, set off to explore Downtown Fredericksburg. Keep your eyes peeled for those elusive bronze otters tucked away in surprising corners.

📲 Unlock the Secrets: As you stumble upon each adorable otter, scan the QR code at its base to uncover fascinating tidbits about the sculpture and its unique location. Prepare to be amazed!

📸 Strike a Pose: Don’t forget to capture those precious moments with your newfound otter friends! Snap a selfie or a group pic with each sculpture and share your adventures with the world using #fxbgotters.

🏆 Claim Your Prize: Once you’ve conquered the scavenger hunt, head back to the Visitor Center with your completed map in hand. Your efforts will be rewarded with a fabulous prize that’ll make your day even more memorable!

And hey, the fun doesn’t stop there! We want to hear all about your adventures. Share your photos and a quick recap of your hunt with us at daisey@licatagroup.com. We can’t wait to relive the excitement through your eyes!

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your crew, lace up those walking shoes, and get ready to dive headfirst into a world of delightful adventures. Downtown Fredericksburg is calling – and trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing experience! 🌟🦦🌟

https://fxbg.com/fxbg-otters/

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 

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

🎉 Save the Day For Our Annual Shred Day! 🎉

Mark your calendars for April 20th, 2024 – it’s time to save the day at our Annual Shred Day event! Join us from 11 am to 2 pm in the parking lot by Food Lion, right across from Lake of the Woods. Get ready for a day packed with fun, community spirit, and plenty of ways to make a difference!

🚒 Supporting Our Local Heroes

While the event is free for all to attend, we’re excited to be accepting donations for the Lake of the Woods Fire Department. Every contribution counts, so let’s rally together and show our appreciation for these real-life heroes who keep our community safe!

🐾 Furry Friends and Furry Love

But wait, there’s more! We’re thrilled to have the Orange County Animal Shelter joining us, bringing along their adorable and adoptable pets! Show them some love and support by donating much-needed supplies like food, treats, peanut butter, cleaning supplies, beds, and blankets. Let’s give these furry friends the comfort they deserve!

🍔🍦 Food, Fun, and Friends

Feeling hungry? We’ve got you covered! Indulge in delicious eats from the Fire Escape Food Truck, serving up mouthwatering treats that’ll satisfy any craving. And what better way to cool off than with some refreshing Rita’s Ice Cream? It’s the perfect pairing for a sunny day of community celebration!

🤝 Join the Fun with Licata Group Team

Of course, no event would be complete without our amazing Licata Group team! Swing by to say hello, share a few laughs, and bask in the warm camaraderie of our wonderful community. Whether you’re shredding documents, snuggling with furry friends, or enjoying some tasty treats, we can’t wait to see you there!

So mark your calendar, gather your friends and family, and let’s make April 20th a day to remember. Together, we’ll shred, support, and share the love – because that’s what community is all about!

See you there! 🎉

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 

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

8 Post-Moving Day Tips For a Stress-Free Move

There are tons of checklists and moving company reviews to help you prepare for a move, but once the furniture and boxes make it into your new home, the moving help is done for the day, and everyone is exhausted, it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’ve prepared a short guide to help de-stress unpacking and get you settled into your new home.

1. Build breaks into your plan. Make your dinner ahead or plan to order takeout. Expect to need a trip to the store on moving day, the day after moving day, and a week after moving day. Despite the best planning, things come up.

2. First things first – if you’ll be living there from day one, the first order of business is to set up the beds and get one bathroom set up that everyone can use.


3. Plan before you start unpacking. You’ll want to plan how you’ll unpack, which rooms to tackle first, how to organize the drawers, and the end date when the last box will be unpacked. Include shopping for window treatments, rugs, and organizers when looking over your timeline. And don’t over-schedule yourself, enjoy the process of settling into your new home.


4. Within the first week, make your emergency plan, map out your fire escapes, locate or purchase fire extinguishers and blankets, and check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Get your first aid kits and flashlights in place and stock the basement or shelter with bottled water, snacks, batteries, and a weather radio.


5. Within the first two weeks take a good look around inside and outside your new home. Note anything broken or worn, potential dangers, leaks or drainage issues, electrical concerns, and any sharp, pointing things. Note the HVAC service schedule, the age of the water heater, and any other home mechanicals. Start making your maintenance plan.


6. Now that you’ve moved into your new home, explore your new neighborhood. Locate nearby grocery, hardware, pharmacy, fuel, parks and trails, banks, hospitals, and walk-in clinics.


7. Wrap up the details. Change the locks, get spare keys made, check that you’re set up with all the utilities and service providers you need, send thank you notes to friends and family who helped you out, and help your kids memorize your new address.


8. Host a housewarming party! Moving into a new home is a big life event and you’ll want to celebrate!


Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 
contacting Pat Licata. To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Sources: homebuying.realtor & move.org

Inside-Out Pork Dumplings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 scallions, whites, and greens separated and cut thinly on the bias
  • 8 ounces ground pork (if substituting ground turkey, add 2 Tbsp. more oil)
  • 1 pound baby bok choy, leaves separated and cut into 1 ½-inch pieces if large
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 ounces fresh wonton wrappers
  • Kosher salt
Directions
1. Heat oil and red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and scallion whites. Cook, stirring, until scallions are tender, about 1 minute. Add pork, breaking up with a spoon until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add bok choy; cover and steam until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add carrots. Season with vinegar and salt. Set aside. 

2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Season with salt. Add wonton wrappers one at a time. Cook until al dente, about 1 minute. Drain. Add wonton wrappers to the skillet and toss. Serve with scallion greens.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 

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

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics:” There are several benefits to reducing plastics in our world – from production concerns to waste and recycling problems, from air pollution to ocean pollution, and economic disparity issues to workplace safety, there’s room for improvement. The organization EarthDay.org is aiming for a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040.

Although this international environmental initiative aims at global production, technological advancements, and buy-in from governments across the world, we can each help reduce plastic waste in our own circles. Here are a couple of easy ideas to join the movement:

Reduce plastic bag use: Those plastic bags from the store pile up quickly, so take reusable bags with you to avoid using plastic store bags. At home, you can reuse the plastic bags you have or recycle them. And when shopping for trash bags, look for biodegradable options.

Use and wash a water bottle: We’re using plastic beverage bottles at a rate of more than 300 per person per year, and most of them won’t be recycled in the end. A single reusable water bottle can last for years or even decades, depending on your choice. Plus, if you live somewhere with running water, it’s cheap, convenient, and easy to fill your bottle from the tap. If you purchase drinking water from the store, purchase in larger jugs, and look for opportunities to reuse those jugs.

Mind your outfit: Fast fashion is a big topic, but there are some little things we can do to help move the needle. In addition to buying fewer, higher-quality items and natural fibers like cotton, linen, or hemp, many brands are now offering 100% recycled fabrics (polyester, viscose (rayon), etc.) You can also choose secondhand clothing, it’s a great way to find unique, interesting items for your closet and give old clothes new life.

Look around your home, what opportunities do you see to reduce single-use plastics? Can you think of ways to reuse the plastics you’d normally send to the recycling bin? Are there any options to purchase items in non-plastic packaging or from a more environmentally-minded brand? Little changes add up and we can all do our part.

Source: earthday.org

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 

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

Charming Residence: 101 Burgess Mill Court – Listed at $320,000

Step into the welcoming embrace of this delightful home, boasting over 1300 square feet of inviting living space. As you enter, the fireplace in the living room greets you with warmth and charm, setting the tone for memorable moments to come.

Straight ahead, the dining room and kitchen beckon, offering a seamless flow for gatherings and culinary adventures. Picture cozy dinners and lively conversations filling these spaces with laughter and joy.

Journey down the hall, where the bedrooms and bathrooms await, providing serene sanctuaries for rest and rejuvenation. Each room holds the promise of cherished memories waiting to be made.

This home eagerly awaits the special touches and love of its new owners, ready to transform into a haven of comfort and warmth. With its cozy ambiance and thoughtful layout, it invites you to infuse it with your unique style and personality.

Come, discover the endless possibilities and envision the memories waiting to unfold in this charming retreat. Your dream home awaits, ready to embrace you with open arms.

Nestled in a private, secure, gated community, Lake of the Woods is a paradise of possibilities. With two lakes, a golf course, an equestrian center, fire and rescue services, and even a church within its bounds, this community offers a diverse range of activities. From boating, water skiing, kayaking, and golfing to the simple joy of soaking in mesmerizing views from the clubhouse, deck, yard, or beaches, there’s something for everyone. Engage your interests by joining over 60 clubs and organizations, or perhaps indulge in a game of bridge or contribute your talents as a volunteer. Lake of the Woods truly caters to your lifestyle.

Located in Orange County, enjoy the added advantage of low real estate taxes. With home prices spanning from $200,000+ to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the ideal haven for both full-time residents and weekenders. Don’t just take my word for it – come and see for yourself! Allow me to guide you through a captivating tour of Lake of the Woods, showcasing the very essence of what makes this community so special. Experience firsthand the captivating charm of Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 contacting Pat Licata. To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

403 Birchside Circle: A Cozy Haven in Every Corner, Listed at $485,000

Welcome to your new sanctuary, where modern elegance meets the tranquility of nature. This colonial gem boasts a two-car garage for effortless convenience from the moment you arrive.

Step inside, and you’re greeted by the essence of modern elegance. This two-year-young home stands as a testament to meticulous care, barely lived in and awaiting its new owner to fill its walls with laughter and love. With the primary suite and laundry conveniently located on the main level, every aspect of daily life is effortlessly streamlined.

The spacious, open-concept layout invites gatherings and shared memories, from casual family dinners to lively celebrations. Upgrades grace every corner, from the kitchen to the bathrooms, ensuring each moment is steeped in luxury and comfort.

Featuring four bedrooms with the potential for a fifth and 2.5 bathrooms, this home offers abundant space for a growing family to thrive. Spread across 2238 square feet, there’s room for everyone to find their own slice of happiness.

Step outside to explore the expansive oversized lot, where lush greenery and endless skies call you to unwind. Situated within walking distance to Pleasant Grove Beach, every day presents the opportunity for lakeside adventures and tranquil moments by the water’s edge.

Imagine the memories waiting to be made – picnics in the sun-filled yard, evenings watching the sunset from your own private oasis, and lazy weekends filled with laughter and love. This home is more than just a living space; it’s a sanctuary for the soul, where every moment is infused with joy and possibility.

In every detail, from the conditioned crawl space that keeps costs down all year, to its pristine condition and its unparalleled location, this home epitomizes perfection. It’s a place where dreams take flight, where families grow closer, and where happiness finds its truest expression. Welcome home to a life filled with boundless beauty and endless wonder.

Located in a private, secure, gated community, Lake of the Woods is a paradise of possibilities. With two lakes, a golf course, an equestrian center, fire and rescue services, and even a church within its bounds, this community offers a diverse range of activities. From boating, water skiing, kayaking, and golfing to the simple joy of soaking in mesmerizing views from the clubhouse, deck, yard, or beaches, there’s something for everyone. Engage your interests by joining over 60 clubs and organizations, or perhaps indulge in a game of bridge or contribute your talents as a volunteer. Lake of the Woods truly caters to your lifestyle.

In Orange County, enjoy the added advantage of low real estate taxes. With home prices spanning from $200,000+ to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the ideal haven for both full-time residents and weekenders. Don’t just take my word for it – come and see for yourself! Allow me to guide you through a captivating tour of Lake of the Woods, showcasing the very essence of what makes this community so special. Experience firsthand the captivating charm of Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 contacting Pat Licata. To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

340 Yorktown Blvd: Your Next Home Sweet Home: Listed at $375,000

Step into the warmth of this inviting sanctuary, where beautiful hardwood floors grace the main areas, welcoming you into over 2000 square feet of comfortable living space. Effortless living unfolds within a single-level, open layout, perfectly designed for creating cherished memories with your loved ones.

As you enter, you’ll find yourself drawn to the heart of the home – the open kitchen. Here, culinary delights transform into unforgettable moments shared around the table. Whether it’s a cozy family breakfast or a lively dinner party, this space sets the stage for countless gatherings and laughter-filled evenings. Moving through the home, the dining room beckons with its warm ambiance, offering a backdrop for intimate dinners and lively conversations.

Gather around the fireplace in the living room, where flickering flames invite you to unwind and create memories of togetherness. The living room becomes a hub of joy and connection, echoing with laughter and shared stories.

Each bedroom is a cozy retreat, providing a sanctuary for rest and relaxation, where dreams are nurtured and memories are made.

With a two-car garage and an open floor plan, this home seamlessly blends functionality with style, offering endless possibilities for comfortable living. Come, discover the inviting vibes and embrace the warmth of togetherness awaiting you in this haven of comfort and relaxation.

Nestled in a private, secure, gated community, Lake of the Woods is a paradise of possibilities. With two lakes, a golf course, an equestrian center, fire and rescue services, and even a church within its bounds, this community offers a diverse range of activities. From boating, water skiing, kayaking, and golfing to the simple joy of soaking in mesmerizing views from the clubhouse, deck, yard, or beaches, there’s something for everyone. Engage your interests by joining over 60 clubs and organizations, or perhaps indulge in a game of bridge or contribute your talents as a volunteer. Lake of the Woods truly caters to your lifestyle.

Located in Orange County, enjoy the added advantage of low real estate taxes. With home prices spanning from $200,000+ to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the ideal haven for both full-time residents and weekenders. Don’t just take my word for it – come and see for yourself! Allow me to guide you through a captivating tour of Lake of the Woods, showcasing the very essence of what makes this community so special. Experience firsthand the captivating charm of Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or 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, one of our 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 contacting Pat Licata. To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.