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Beautiful Home at Lake Wilderness in Spotsylvania, VA. 12809 Flintlock Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to this beautiful home in amenity rich Lake Wilderness. As you drive up you will love the front porch that is inviting, you can imagine relaxing and sipping on your favorite beverage! Once inside you are welcomed by gleaming hardwood floors, a fabulous kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a dining area. The family room is full of windows for oodles of natural light and a gas fireplace for those cold nights. There is a formal dining room and living room which could also be used as a classroom, office or both. As you head up the stairway, you will find an incredible master suite with an en-suite bath that has a soaking tub, separate shower, and double vanity. A spacious bonus room/bedroom over the garage that could be used as more flex space, two more bedrooms, and a full bath complete the upper level. Enjoy entertaining and cook outs on your tiered deck which will make entertaining a breeze! All this with a half acre lot that is your own private oasis. For more information on 12809 Flintlock Drive, 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 9/19/2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM! *Face Masks Required For Entry*

Join us this Sunday, 8/16/2020, as we show off these five 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!

34129 Enchanted Way in Locust Grove, Priced at $525,000

13507 Black Meadow Road in Spotsylvania, Priced at $424,900

28328 Beech Drive, in Rhoadesville, Priced at $379,900

413 Liberty Blvd in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $199,900

701 Gold Valley Road in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $419,900 (COMING SOON!)

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

Beautiful Log Cabin For Sale in Spotsylvania, VA! 13507 Black Meadow Road Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Have you dreamed of owning an amazing log cabin on acreage with gorgeous, mature trees? If you have, then this is the one! Imagine being surrounded and serenaded by nature as you sit on your front porch sipping your favorite beverage! Feel like exploring your land? Hop on the ATV trails! Like to garden? You’ll love the fully fenced, critter-proof 20’x40′ garden boasting mature grape vines, strawberries, and herbs. Once you enter, you immediately notice the incredible architecture, exposed beams, wood ceilings, and hardwood floors. In the expansive family room, there is a gorgeous brick fireplace with wood stove insert to warm you on those cool nights. Perfectly placed in the center of the home is the kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, and dining area. The owners’ suite offers a beautifully tiled bathroom with jetted tub and separate shower. The upper level features two generously sized bedrooms and an office/flex space, along with a full bath. Wait til you see the lower level’s open space providing the opportunity to use as you wish with second wood stove! Owner says saving money is easy by using both wood stoves to heat the house even on the coldest nights! For more information on 13507 Black Meadow Rd, 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

Spacious Home With 3,000+ Sq Feet in Spotsylvania, VA! 11013 Cedar Post Lane Now SOLD!!

Welcome to 11013 Cedar Post located on a quiet cul-de-sac with a very private beautiful lot. This home is spacious and has an open floor plan. It does need work, however, most the work is sweat equity. Enjoy the three tiered deck for entertaining, the kitchen has an island, oodles of cabinet and counter space, step down into the light filled family room. There are windows everywhere for a lot of natural light. Living room and kitchen dining area share a double sided fireplace. The master suite is spacious and has an amazing master bathroom. This home has so many design features that are unique and amazing. A little tlc and you would have an amazing home with over 3000+ sqft. For more information on 11013 Cedar Post 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

Picture-Perfect Home with Beautiful Landscaping in Spotsylvania, VA! 7700 Burnleigh Street Now SOLD!!

Privately nestled among the trees in sought after Stuarts Crossing lies 7700 Burleigh Street. Welcome to this fabulous home situated on a beautifully landscaped lot of over an acre. Relax after a long day with a beverage on your large deck, and melt the day away. You will appreciate the two story foyer and gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level. This light filled, spacious, open floor plan delights with an upgraded kitchen, which offers granite counter tops, gorgeous back splash, an island, and stainless steel appliances.

You will love the open family room with fireplace for those cool nights, as well as the other formal living areas that will make entertaining a breeze, and an inviting office to work from home in style. The upper level will wow you with an expansive master suite, ensuite bath, and large walk in closets. A laundry room and the other three bedrooms complete the upper level. The light filled, walk out basement is unfinished with the potential for a 5th bedroom and is already plumbed for a bathroom. You will also love the smart home security system, which supports operating all the security features from your phone! This is the complete package! For more information about this listing, 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

Top 10 Features That Make Your Home Sell Faster

The first rule in home selling is to know your typical buyer. What most buyers would want to have in their homes is what will eventually sell it. How soon – this depends on how well it fits their needs. While you can’t fulfill everybody’s wishes, some features make your home sell faster than others.

What Buyers Want

You don’t have to get inside your buyer’s mind. Luckily, tips for selling a home are numerous and easy to find. They are based on surveys and statistics and are usually related to a specific market. While steam ovens and floor heating may be a good add-on to an upscale home, those upgrades simply won’t pay off for most sellers. What the majority of people want is a reliable, good-looking, practical, comfortable, and affordable home. The most common features that would make your home sell faster are

  1. Curb Appeal
  2. Ample Storage Space
  3. Sufficient Bedrooms
  4. Eat-in Kitchen
  5. Fresh Paint
  6. Energy-efficient Appliances & Windows
  7. Off-road Parking
  8. Renovated Bathrooms
  9. Hardwood Floors
  10. Modern Lighting

Start With Entrance

The first step to boost the appeal would be to declutter your home, which also applies to your yard if you have it. If the exterior of your house is impressive enough, only then the prospective buyer will come inside and check the rest. To sell your home faster, you need to show to your buyer that you took good care of your home. Nothing shouts good maintenance like a neat exterior. 

Outstanding curb appeal will make your home sell faster

You might not have enough space for a garden, however, even a small secluded patio with a pair of garden chairs or loungers and potted plants can create the feel of a cozy getaway that most new homeowners look for.

Room for the things

There aren’t many who can say that they have too much storage space. Those who need extra storage simply call Verified Movers and rent a storage facility but there is another option. With the help of experts, it is possible to create extra storage and exploit otherwise underutilized space. Additional space for belongings is especially important to families with kids because they have plenty of useful things they don’t want to dispose of even if they’re used only occasionally.

Walk-in pantry

In case there is enough extra space, usually 5×5 feet, creating a walk-in pantry in the kitchen is a big bonus. Non-perishables stored at the arms reach is something most would prefer. Even more so because they can save on the deals of bulk purchases. Walk-in pantries are affordable add-ons highly appreciated by families.

A kitchen with a walk-in pantry is a great asset

Walk-in closet

On the other hand, walk-in closets are added to master bedrooms and are perfect for empty-nesters in love with neatly organized apparel, jewelry, and accessories. This feature can be made as a part of the existing bedroom or placed in a separate, smaller room. Organizers and many shelving units are worth their price. Walk-in closets are perfect for couples who share storage space and are highly ranked among other features.

That extra bedroom

Nothing attracts buyers more than a cozy extra bedroom. A guest bedroom is best suited for loft space. After all, having a new bedroom in the attic is much better than blocking the garage. If you opt for the renovation of your loft space, consider adding a new small bathroom or at least a WC.

Hearth of your home

Making an eat-in kitchen would leave a good impression on families with children. Resurfacing cabinets and repainting walls is the least you can do to make your kitchen more attractive. A new trend and a highly popular and affordable one is adding lighting under cabinets. The effect is to give your kitchen depth and visually make the ceiling higher. 

There is nothing as attractive as new appliances so the first and most important on the list should be a fridge. Prospective buyers are impressed with spacious and clean refrigerators as this is the appliance they will use the most.

A new coat

The most affordable and yet the best investment is fresh paint. Repainting your walls and ceilings and adding a new coat on the outside leaves a good first impression. Natural lighting is one of the most beneficial features a home could have. Bright walls that reflect natural light will make space visually larger and have a good psychological effect on visitors. If you wish to attract buyers moving to Virginia from another state, for example, you should stick to neutral colors, appealing to many.

Energy-efficient walls, windows, and appliances

If nothing else makes people care about the environment it’s the savings they secure by installing energy-efficient windows, adding insulation to their walls and purchasing energy star rated appliances. Any of these features would greatly appeal to millennials. They are both environmentally and financially conscious. Keeping the heat inside will help them keep their cool, too.

Room for your car

It is difficult to imagine getting anywhere without a car nowadays and having an (at least one) parking slot is a big asset to a home. If your garage space has been repurposed, make sure that you keep at least one off-road parking slot. 

One of the first things buyers ask the real estate agents is if there’s a garage/parking space available. You too might need to hire a lawyer or a real estate agent if you’re buying a new property at the same time you’re selling. A garage can serve as additional storage and as such is indispensable.

Fresh & Clean

A tidy and crisp bathroom is a feature no one is immune to, and refurbishing one is a must. A bathroom is perhaps the only room in the house that is easy to look luxurious and impressive with a relatively small investment.

Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are durable and lasting and as a feature, they appeal to everybody. And why not; they are easy to maintain and keep clean.

Interior and exterior lighting

Modern exterior lighting is an add-on that sets your house apart. While an exterior illumination boosts your curb appeal, interior lighting is an affordable feature that will make your home sell faster.

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.

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

Fredericksburg Pet Show

Who let the dogs out? You did if you plan on bringing your furry friends to the 8th Annual Fredericksburg Pet Show! The Fredericksburg Expo Center invites you and your favorite pets to join them on September 21 from 10:00 Am – 5:00 PM and September 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at this family-fun event that is sure to put a smile on every face. All well behaved pets are welcome, and the fun doesn’t end with cats and dogs. Pigs, lizards, birds, Opossum and pets of all kinds will be there. All dogs that are attending are welcomed to challenge the Agility Course and Dog Racetrack from Dogloversdays. What could possibly make this event even better?  How about a performance from the famous Twiggy, The Water-Skiing Squirrel! Admission is $9.00 for Adults | $8* Advance, and $8.00 for Seniors (60+) | $7* Advance. Children 12 and under are free! For more information, be sure to click here. We all love our furry friends, so let’s give them a day to show it!

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.

HAUNTED MANOR TOUR

Want to send a shiver down your spine? Tired of watching ghost shows, and want to experience it first hand? Than be sure to pay a visit to Deep Creek Vintage on September 7, 2019 as they take you along an after-hours ghost tour that is sure to make even the bravest of us quiver in fear. Guests will be a part of a 2.5-hour interactive tour that takes you through the manor, where your courage will be put to the test. You’ll learn the history that lies beneath these haunted grounds, hear all kinds of paranormal activity that occurs within the walls, and take part in a real EVP recording session! Tickets are available for $30.00. Suitable for mature children over 12. For more information be sure to click here. If you’re ready for a frightening good time, then make sure you’re there on September 7th!

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.

Wild Roots Music Festival

Wild Roots Music Festival at Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsylvania, VA!

Wilderness Presidential Resort located at 9220 Plank Rd in Spotsylvania Virginia 22553 is hosting the Wild Roots Music Festival on Saturday, September 21st from 12pm – 8pm.

Licata Group is proud to be a sponsor of this festival that will consist of 4 live Americana bands, several food trucks, a beer garden and many local artists.

Live Music will be performed by: Karen Jonas, Whiskey Revival, Cabin Creek and the Hive Robbers. The craft beer garden will feature local downtown Fredericksburg Brewery: Spencer Devon Brewing.

This is a rain or shine event with tickets for sale at $20 each, tickets prices do not include the beer garden. Purchase tickets here. Grab your friends and family and prepare for a relaxing Saturday enjoying some good music with delicious food!

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.

History in Our Backyard Chapter 5: an Oral History (continued)

In April, 1875, the New York Sun reported that Anthony Smith, commonly known as Anthony Jones, died in New York at the age of 70. Smith was a former slave who had run-away from the Wilderness of Virginia. During his life in New York Smith had accumulated a considerable estate but had neglected to write a will. Lacking a legal heir, the New York Court System took control of his affairs.

On his death-bed interview, Smith told the story of his life. Once the property of William Jones, owner of the Ellwood Manor estate in the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, His master William Jones had become a widower in the 1820s and several years later William remarried Lucinda Gordon who brought with her to Ellwood Mansion a personal slave, Patsey.

Anthony eventually wooed Patsey and with the consent of their owners they took up housekeeping on the Ellwood Manor grounds. Four children were born to the couple, but only one, the fourth, survived. About the time of William’s death in 1845, Anthony ran-away from his then pregnant wife and the Ellwood estate. He was captured, returned to Fredericksburg and sold to a new owner. After a trip to the South with his new master, Anthony again escaped and made his way to New York City, where he lived out his remaining years. Following the Emancipation, Anthony attempted to restore contact with his family back in the Wilderness, but with limited success. Patsey did retain one of his letters and later cited it as proof of their marital relationship.

The story as related above was published in the New York papers sometime after Anthony’s death. It was soon picked up and published by Richmond, Virginia papers. As a result, two sets of claimants to Anthony’s fortune came forth to the New York Court. One, the remaining sister and brother of Anthony declared extreme poverty. They were represented by J. Horace Lacy, their former owner through his marriage to Betty Churchill Jones, William Jones’ second daughter and heir to Ellwood.

Exhibit 5 J. Horace Lacy

The second claimants were Patsey, his first wife, along with the sole living child who was born after Anthony’s first escape. They were represented by lawyers Alexander & Green of Fredericksburg. When interviewed by the New York court, Patsey explained that she had waited a number of years following Anthony’s departure before taking in a new partner. Though partnered, she claimed to have been the wife of Anthony (citing the letter she retained) and therefore a legal heir to his estate.

The New York Court wrestled with the judgment for nearly a year. They recognized that New York and Virginia laws on marriage differed considerably in the pre-war era. Numerous testaments and affidavits were heard or submitted. Many of the claimants appeared before the referee at least one time. In the end, based on Patsey’s proof of their pre-war marital relationship, the court sided with Patsey. She received the estate, then valued at $20,000, cash and property.

Author:  Bob Epp
Date: March 2018

Read Previous Chapter. Chapter 4: An Oral History of a Local Slave Family

Continue to Chapter 6: Relive the Battle of the Wilderness

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.