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Mountain Retreat in Winchester, Virginia

Living in Western Loudoun, we still see quite a bit of wildlife. Deer, foxes, raccoons, skunk and possum are all very common. Just last year we had a large black bear on the back deck. It’s a rare treat to discover a native animal that I’ve never seen before. That’s just what happened at my new listing in Winchester. Have you ever seen one of these before? Probably not.

Fisher Cat

Meet the “Fisher” or “Fisher Cat”, a relative of the weasel and mink. Fishers are a fierce predator found in forests. Once trapped for fur, they were driven to the brink of extinction in the US. However they were reintroduced in some areas and welcomed for their unique ability to prey on porcupines.

So, where was this exotic specimen discovered? On a 28+ acre lot in the town of Cross Junction, just north of Winchester, Virginia — about an hour west of Dulles International Airport.

In addition to exotic wildlife, the property offers sincere privacy and serene mountain views.

The house features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, a roomy kitchen with island seating and a separate dining area. The large family room has a wood stove. There’s a separate living room with a wood burning fireplace and large picture windows.

The property might be suitable as a hunting cabin or weekend getaway. Or, just a few minutes from Winchester, perhaps this is your everyday private retreat.

Would you like to REALLY get away from it all? Would you like to escape the traffic and noise of the suburbs and see real wild life? Come visit 281 Dry Creek Lane! Even as autumn winds into winter, it’s a fun drive into the countryside with spectacular views.

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Farmington on the Green – Recent Sales

As both a resident of Farmington On The Green, and a busy Realtor®, friends and neighbors often ask me about recent sales in the neighborhood. All of this information is publicly available on sites like Zillow.com, Realtor.com, etc. But I thought it would be helpful and informative to pull it together in one place to share.

36552 Innisbrook Circle – Purcellville, Virginia

Sold Price
$720,000
Close Date
11/18/2019
Days on Market
0
Finished Square Footage
3,492
Lot Size
2.25 Acres
Garage Spaces
2
Bedrooms
4
Baths
2 Full / 1 Half
Year Built
1996

 

17842 Oakmont Way

17842 Oakmont Way – Purcellville, Virginia

Sold Price
$697,796
Close Date
11/15/2019
Days on Market
25
Finished Square Footage
4,902
Lot Size
2.23 Acres
Garage Spaces
2
Bedrooms
4
Baths
2 Full / 1 Half
Year Built
1989

 

36543 Innisbrook Circle

36543 Innisbrook Circle – Purcellville, Virginia

Sold Price
$921,000
Close Date
10/25/2019
Days on Market
140
Finished Square Footage
6,406
Lot Size
4.59
Garage Spaces
3
Bedrooms
5
Baths
5 Full / 3 Half
Year Built
2001

 

36624 Innisbrook Circle - Farmington On The Green

36624 Innisbrook Circle – Purcellville, Virginia

Sold Price
$799,900
Close Date
5/17/2019
Days on Market
0
Finished Square Footage
4,391
Lot Size
4.03 Acres
Garage Spaces
2
Bedrooms
4
Baths
4 Full / 1 Half
Year Built
1994

 

17796 Brookwood Way - Farmington On The Green

17796 Brookwood Way – Purcellville, Virginia

Sold Price
$641,000
Close Date
5/15/2019
Days on Market
77
Finished Square Footage
4,788
Lot Size
2.37 Acres
Garage Spaces
3
Bedrooms
4
Baths
3 Full / 1 Half
Year Built
1996

 

36544 Innisbrook Circle - Farmington On The Green

36544 Innisbrook Circle – Purcellville, Virginia

Sold Price
$643,000
Close Date
2/15/2019
Days on Market
10
Finished Square Footage
3,408
Lot Size
1.5 Acres
Garage Spaces
2
Bedrooms
4
Baths
2 Full / 1 Half
Year Built
1989

In 2019, the lowest actual sales price was $641,000 and the highest was $921,000 producing a median price of $697,796. The average price per square foot was $204.27. The average Sold Price to List Price Ratio was 99.38%. The average days on market was 50.

Are you curious about what your home might be worth in today’s market? Do you have questions about how long it might take to sell, or what improvements could add the most value to your home? Call or text me at 703-966-7036, I’m never too busy to help or answer your questions.

You can also contact me by email, or request a spreadsheet version of this data at kelly.gaitten@penfedrealty.com

Bookmark this page for future reference, I will continue to post updates as they are available. I will announce updates to the page via the private Farmington On The Green Group on Facebook.

Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville

As a Realtor® AND a golfer, I get lots of questions about local golf courses and neighborhoods that offer convenient access to golf. As a long time member of Loudoun Golf & Country Club and a neighbor in the adjacent Farmington on the Green community, I’m always eager to recommend my home course. Here are some beautiful aerial pictures of the course following the latest round of design enhancements on the front nine.

Hole #1 - View from the Tee

Custom Home on 42 Acres in Unison, Virginia

This custom home is located on 42 idyllic acres in the community of Unison. Close to Foxcroft school. Magnificent grounds and gardens. Private, but accessible. Luxurious, but classic. Offered at $1,385,000

Custom stone and stucco home on 42 acres! Open floor plan with main level living. This home has a very light and open feeling with warm wood floors and accents. In the kitchen, you’ll have plenty of countertop work space and lower cabinet storage. An extra wall of cabinetry was added at the dining area as well as glass front cabinetry on the front of the island. The family room has coffered ceilings, a stone fireplace and a wall of windows. Enjoy the sunsets and ever changing mountain and vista views. A cozy library with built in shelving is located on the other side of the family room. Step into the main floor master suite with spa bath and large walk in closet. Upstairs, you’ll find 3 more bedrooms and 2 full baths. The lower level has a large family room with stone fireplace, a wet bar, a media area, office and full bath. Walk out to the patio and yard. The yard has been landscaped with heirloom plants and hearty trees. Exterior illumination all around the patio and screened porch. A fenced garden allows you to grow veggies or flowers to your liking. The land is in conservation easement and land use. Perfect for horses. Plenty of room for a barn and riding ring! Live in the beautiful countryside of Western Loudoun County. This home is in Piedmont Foxhunt territory. The Village of Unison was founded in the early 1730’s and has a rich history. Become part of a lovely community while living in the Country. Unison neighbors are connected to each other and enjoy community events such as Heritage day and other social gatherings. High speed internet is All Points Broadband.

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12 Acre Property for Sale Near Downtown Purcellville

12+ IN-TOWN ACRES – Purcellville. This charming 3 bedroom farmhouse sits on just over 12 acres just minutes from downtown. The property features a scenic 1+ acre pond, guest house and a large barn. A special zoning exception has been granted for a retail home-based business.

Simmons Switch Farm was originally a stop on the W&OD railroad (as noted in Eugene Sheel’s book Loudoun Discovered Volume 4). This charming farmhouse had additions in 2010. Tax records incorrect. Now 3 bedrooms/2 full baths plus kennel area for dog breeding business. New Trex deck. Over 1 acre pond and special exception for retail home based business. Peruvian Granite flooring on main level. Guest house has 2 efficiency apartments. Guest house and barn are fully rented until 2021. Income producing property!

Living By The Golden Rule

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 edition of NOVA Real Producers Magazine. It was written by Karla Lutz Bowling.

Kelly Gaitten is one of those people you meet and you immediately feel a connection. Kelly is an associate broker at Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty. She’s the kind of person you can’t help but want to be friends with, and if you’re lucky enough to have her as your real estate agent, you’ve hit the jackpot. It’s easy to be charmed by her energy and passion for life because it comes from a genuine concern for others and the ability to relate on a personal level.

Her insight into her clients’ needs is intuitive. “Building this business into a career is very rewarding. Real estate is not sales; it’s psychology. Figuring out someone’s needs, wants, and real reasons for buying or selling is the best way I can help them. Everyone is going through something — life changes, health changes, or happy things like getting married or having a baby. It’s exciting to be involved in people’s lives during those big events. I do my best to minimize the stress of the transaction. We can’t always accomplish that, but it’s my goal,” she says.

Kelly has been around the real estate industry for most of her life. She got her license in 1989 at age 22 at the suggestion of her parents who were real estate investors. However, after a year she decided to put that career on hold when her father became ill with cancer. Her mother, Pat Lynn, still owns, manages, and maintains several commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties in Kelly’s hometown of Occoquan, Virginia.

Kelly has never been one to shy away from hard work. At 13 she was already showing her entrepreneurial spirit by mowing grass and picking up groceries for neighbors. In high school, she worked at the Godiva boutique in her hometown and waited tables.

“After high school, I went to college for a few accounting and business courses, but I never finished. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to be or find my direction, so I went to work! I got an entry-level job in Alexandria as a temp. From there, I worked my way up to an executive level assistant, first for the president of a civil engineering firm, then moved on to Freddie Mac. In 1997, AOL recruited me to be an executive coordinator, and that is where I met my husband,” Kelly says.

Kelly credits her husband, Steve, for giving her the courage to get back into real estate. “His love and support have helped me become a more independent and confident person. He believes in me like my parents always have. After we got married, we took off for a few years to renovate our historic home. In 2001 we decided we were ready to get back to work.  I was struggling with whether to return to an office job or to put my license back to active as a full-time Realtor®.  I was afraid to step out on the ledge. One day he asked me if I wanted to work for someone else my entire life or bet on myself. I told him ‘I want to bet on me!’  That was a turning point in my life and career. The reassurance to make that decision helped me blossom further. Confidence was all I needed. I had everything else, and I never looked back.”

Once Kelly stepped onto that ledge, she began to soar. Well known as one of the top producing real estate agents in Northern Virginia, Kelly specializes in luxury homes, horse properties, and historic homes. Her career volume is more than $200 million and her last year’s volume was $26 million. Kelly boasts a 5-Star Rating on Zillow, Google, and Facebook and was recognized as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Best DC Area Realtors (2015 – 2018), and Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Real Estate Agents in 2018.

Her awards are numerous including 2009 President’s Circle, 2010 Leading Edge Society, 2011 Chairman’s Circle Gold, 2012 President’s Circle, 2013-2016 Chairman’s Circle Gold (Top 2% of the network), 2016 Legend Award (for 5 consecutive Gold Awards), and Chairman’s Circle Platinum (Top 1% of all agents in network) in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, she has been recognized as a HomeLight Top Buyer’s Agent, Top Seller’s Agent, and Top Producer in 2018.

Although her particular expertise is with luxury properties, Kelly points out that she works with buyers and sellers in every price range. She has experience with virtually every type of property including land sales, single-family homes, and condominiums. She has listed wineries, B&B’s and large estates. “I try to be humble every day — get up, go to work and do my thing. I can have a meeting with a high-level executive selling their home on the golf course or a first-time buyer. Both will get my full attention and level of detail. Be fair, treat everyone like you want to be treated,” she says.

Kelly’s expertise in historic properties was instrumental in the decision to choose her as the exclusive listing agent for “Carter Hall,” in Millwood, Virginia. This exquisite property is listed at $12 million and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Stonewall Jackson once used it as his headquarters during the Civil War. The estate includes a spectacular limestone manor house, expansive lawn, and terraced gardens with sweeping panoramic views of the Shenandoah Mountains in all directions. The property has a total of 14 buildings on 87 acres. Currently, it serves as a conference center for the charitable foundation, Project Hope.

Carter Hall - Rear Aerial View

Kelly says her problem-solving skills are a vital component of her success. When faced with a problem, she doesn’t look at it as an obstacle. Instead, she approaches the situation with an attitude that she has been presented with an opportunity to find a solution. “I once had a boss tell me ‘don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.’ I use that every single day,” she relates.

Kelly’s advice to new and up-and-coming agents is to remember there is nothing that can replace perseverance. “It took me ten years to get to a notable level of success. I just kept pushing every day. Don’t get distracted. Stay focused, and it will pay off. Most of all, keep your chin up. Even when things get slow, you can get out and make some heat. Reach deep down and outside of your comfort zone. I keep pushing myself to do that every day. Don’t get complacent. This business does not allow for it. Stay humble.”

Kelly attributes her success to the strong foundation her parents gave her and their example of living by The Golden Rule — do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She adds that success may not always look the way you expect. “Setting a goal and meeting that goal is a great start. Some successes are years in the making. Patience, diligence and passion define success for me.”

Kelly is passionate about taking care of her clients, but also tries to strike a balance between work, home, and her personal life. “This business can really pull you in. It’s easy to get distracted from life. I try not to miss key events, and I prioritize spending quality time with my family. My husband plays the guitar, and we enjoy singing together when we have time.  I also enjoy painting and drawing and recently started painting with pastels. I love to golf, and my husband and I walk three miles every single day with our dogs. That time in the early morning is key for my mental and physical well being. Once I get that done, I feel like I can tackle anything!”

Kelly likes to face each day with a positive outlook and a goal of making a difference in the world around her. She makes friends effortlessly, and her endearing personality is a natural ingredient for building lasting relationships with her clients. Her favorite quote by Maya Angelou is a perfect summary of how she lives her life: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Homes for Sale in Round Hill Virginia – Coming Soon! 35460 Sassafras Drive in Falls Wood

This lovely four bedroom Colonial sits high on a corner lot in the Falls Wood community in Round Hill, Virginia. Located just east of Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club, this neighborhood has convenient access to Route 7. Offered at $499,900.

Homes for Sale - Aerial View of 35460 Sassafras Drive

There is hardwood flooring through the the main level. The family room features a gas fireplace.

Open Floor Plan - Kitchen and Family Room

The master suite has vaulted ceilings and an updated bathroom.

Cathedral ceilings in the master suite.

Updated bathroom in the master suite.

The lower level is fully finished, with a wet bar, family room and exercise area.

Fully finished lower level.

The private back yard has a deck with plenty of space to entertain.

Aerial view of private deck

Lovely gardens and foundation plantings frame the spacious front porch.

Front Porch

Picture of Kelly Gaitten, Real Estate AgentWould you like to schedule a time to see this property? Would you like more information? Call or text Kelly at 703-966-7036 or email her at Kelgaitten@gmail.com

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Coming Soon in Purcellville – Black Oak Ridge

Don’t wait to build! Fantastic Carrington Kendall Lane floor plan with wrap porch and all the bells and whistles! Chef’s kitchen with over-sized island, farm sink and upgraded cabinets and appliances. Morning room and screened porch overlook large yard with stunning pond and mountain views. Generous bedrooms upstairs. Master has custom furniture built-ins with spa-quality bath and huge walk in closet. Lower level fully finished with bar, recreation area, family room, bedroom, full bath, craft room and exercise room. $1,075,000. Won’t last long! FIOS is here.

Northwest view of this lovely home by Carrington Homes in Purcellville Virginia. This home is part of the Black Oak Ridge Community just minutes from downtown Purcellville.

This gorgeous home is located in the Black Oak Ridge Community in Purcellville, Virginia. The home features sweeping views of the countryside along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Home for Sale in Purcellville - A Carrington Home in the Black Oak Ridge community. View of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind.

The builder is Carrington Homes, one of my personal favorites, one of the premier builders of luxury homes in Loudoun County.

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