First of all. I hope this post finds you well. People have asked me recently “how is the housing market”? My answer depends on the day. As the pandemic hit and schools closed, then businesses closed, then restaurants and shops closed it was all very unsettling to say the least. But, as of February 29th the housing market was great.
Loudoun County’s Spring housing market was already off to a great start. Housing inventory has been at an all time low for the past 3 years and buyer activity was very good. Some locations were seeing multiple offers. It was looking like the best Spring Market in quite some time.
In early March, everything changed. Stay at home orders went out nationwide for all non-essential workers. Essential workers were told to work as safely as possible. In Virginia, real estate brokers and agents are deemed “essential” because there are always housing needs. This is one pillar still holding up our economy! Even right now, sellers who sold their house last month will still need a place to live. We had many contracts in place with scheduled closings that need to move forward. Here’s what I am doing to make sure you are safe.
Court houses are closed to the public but they still have staff there to record deeds. Our title companies have all turned to “E” recording which seems to be working out well. Our lenders have continued their processes and will send a Notary to your home if needed for you to sign your closing papers. We have kept all of our closings on track thus far. Everyone is learning how to function with a “new normal”.
Yes, I am open for business. I typically work from home anyway so this is no change for me. I’m setup to take calls, write contracts, send offers, write presentations, look up listings and negotiate for you, from home. Our physical office in Hamilton is not currently open but we are all in and out of the office several times per week and we maintain weekly meetings virtually with our broker. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty is in constant contact with all of us. The support we have is incredible.
Listing appointments. I would be happy to meet with you via Facetime, Zoom, phone call or in person. If I am meeting you in person, I will be wearing gloves, mask and shoe covers. If you are healthy and feeling well, I’m happy to come see you.
Side note: I take my temperature daily. If I am at all under the weather, I do not go out of the house for meetings.
Showing homes to buyers: I am working with a few buyers who were already looking for a house for the last few months. These buyers have already spoken with a lender and are pre-qualified for a mortgage. All we need to do is find the right home.
When showing homes to buyers, we should all take precautions of wearing gloves, masks and shoe covers when going in the home. I ask ahead of our showing that the sellers please turn on all lights and open closet doors for us. That way we don’t have to touch much of anything except a door going in and a door going out.
If you are a buyer in need of finding a home, do not hesitate to call me. I can get you started on the process of lender pre-qualification. I can start an MLS search for you and send you house listings daily. I encourage buyers to “drive by” listings when they can, just to be sure they like the location and look of the home from the outside. When we go out to see a home, I will drive separately and meet you there.
I’m working hard to adapt to our changing world and I am right here to help you. Stay safe!
This lovely home on Francis Farm Place in Hamilton will be on the market on or about October 2nd. The home features a pond with a private dock, a swimming pool and terraced gardens. Spacious front and back porches. There are 5 bedrooms on 3 finished levels, including a main floor master bedroom. High-speed Xfinity broadband internet available. Garage parking for 4 cars. Offered at $1,150,000. Geese sold separately.
The geese are not actually for sale. This large flock of Canadian honkers just decided to show up for the photo shoot.
Coming Soon on Curtis Court in Farmington On The Green
Farmington On The Green is a great neighborhood and homes here only become available once in awhile. Here’s your latest opportunity to join one of Purcellville’s most in-demand communities. Offered at $765,00, this home features 4 bedrooms, 3|1 baths on 1.95 acres.
Farmington On The Green is a neighborhood of about 75 homes near the Town of Purcellville in Northern, Virginia. The name, “On The Green” refers to the community’s proximity to Loudoun Golf & Country Club. The back nine of Loudoun Golf & Country Club runs along the eastern border of the neighborhood. A number of homes back directly to holes #12, #13 and #14.
For many years, Farmington On The Green, known as “the FOG” by locals, has been one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in the county. Why? What’s so great about life in “the FOG”? Here’s a Top Ten to help you understand why those of us who live here love it so much…
#1 – Living on the Golf Course
Loudoun Golf & Country Club is one of the best kept secrets in golf here in Northern Virginia. Built in 1927, the 18 hole course offers a unique layout. It’s playable for golfers at any level, but infinitely challenging even for more talented players. Over the past several years, LGCC has been in the midst of a major renovation of the golf course. The result is 18 impeccably maintained greens in a natural setting, that’s very walkable. “The Club” is not affiliated with the neighborhood in any official way, but 30-50% of neighborhood residents are members.
Loudoun Golf & Country Club is a unique community unto itself. It’s unassuming, uniformly friendly and welcoming. Membership dues are among the lowest in the Washington DC region. The saying goes, “We put the COUNTRY in country club.” This isn’t a hoidy-toidy, richy-rich club of snobs. This is a club your whole family belongs to, taking advantage of the swimming pool, an active tennis community and simply one of the best golf courses in the area. There are tournaments and events throughout the year, and the club house is a place where friends gather for good food, drink and merriment. A typical Friday evening will find you and about 50 of your neighbors on the patio, enjoying dinner, watching golfers come up the 9th fairway, with live local music. Residents of Farmington On The Green can walk home, or take a golf cart for safety or convenience.
#2 – Living Next Door to Franklin Park
On the western side of the neighborhood is Franklin Park, a regional park in the western portion of Loudoun County. The 200 acre park includes:
3.5 mile walking / horseback riding trail
Outdoor pool and “Sprayground”
2 Lighted Tennis Courts
Beach Volleyball Court
Rugby / Football / Soccer / Lacrosse fields
An 18 hole Disc Golf Course
Baseball / Softball Fields
Equestrian Ring & Corrals
In-line Hockey Rink
Fishing – Catch & Release Pond
Programs & special events include:
Trout Fishing Derby
4th of July Fireworks – One of the best displays in the county
Franklin Park is just a tremendous resource, a place where any kid could grow up, never running out of things to do. The park grounds are immaculate with no litter. It’s a safe and family friendly environment.
#3 Close to the Town of Purcellville
Purcellville is simply a classic American small town. It used to be one of the last stops on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. In the 19th & 20th century, families would escape the heat of summer in Washington D.C., by heading west to rural Loudoun County. Purcellville was a farming community. The town has preserved that feeling of quaint simplicity, despite it’s growth as a suburb of the District.
Purcellville still isn’t quite big enough that we have a Home Depot (go to Nichol’s Hardware instead) or a Walmart (go to Leesburg). But we have great local restaurants like Magnolia’s at the Mill or Finn Thai, as well as many local wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Purcellville conducts a number of parades through the year and in the fall, the entire town becomes a giant flea market during the annual Purcellville Tag Sale.
#4 Not in the Town of Purcellville
Although it’s great to live close to Purcellville, there are a couple of big benefits to being outside the town limits. We don’t pay any extra town taxes, and we don’t pay for town water and sewer. The savings is significant!
#5 High Speed Internet is Available in Farmington On The Green
Unlike some other rural communities in Western Loudoun, all the major carriers are here, including Verizon FIOS and Comcast. This makes working from home a lot easier.
#6 Places to Walk Your Dog (or Yourself) or Run or Bicycle
If you’re a walker, runner or cyclist you’ll be thrilled with many options on paths. Many of us walk on the golf course when the golfers aren’t out there. Franklin Park has a 3.5 mile perimeter trail that includes some challenging hills. The neighborhood itself offers ~5 miles of beautifully paved roads. To the south, along Tranquility Road, an old gravel road winds past Otium Cellar Winery and Tranquilty Farm back through hundreds of acres of farmland. You can truly go as far as your legs will take you.
#7 – Wildlife
Between the golf course, the park, common areas throughout the neighborhood and adjacent farmland, there’s quite a bit of open space that provides habitat for all manner of wildlife. Deer are abundant in the neighborhood. Rabbits, raccoons, possum, skunk and snakes are all quite common. Wild turkeys and foxes can be seen throughout the neighborhood. This black bear came up on our deck for the bird feeder suet. Bird seed is ok but suet will attract the bears. Better to leave that down.
#8 – Natural Beauty
Farmington On The Green was built starting back in the 1980s. Even from the earliest days, homeowner’s planted flowering trees, Cleveland Pears, Kwanzan Cherry’s, Flowering Crab Apples, Star Magnolias. In Spring when these trees are in bloom the neighborhood seems frosted in cotton candy. The community was built around open spaces that have been preserved as meadows. In the summer a slight breeze makes waves across fields of waist high grass.
#9 – Community – The People of Farmington On The Green
For many years there has been a great sense of community here. People look out for one another and go the extra mile to be a good neighbor. Folks come out to help when there’s a tree down after a storm. We share tools and equipment. We find lost dogs and check on each other. There’s a very active Facebook page where people share information and connect with each other. The people here are just wonderful and go out of their way to welcome new neighbors.
#10 – We Like to Party!
There are two big events throughout the year, attended by most of the neighborhood. Oktoberfest is the Fall potluck. At Christmas time, an annual party is hosted, usually at the same home each year. Throughout the year, smaller informal gatherings are conducted.
The second largest body of water in Loudoun County is Sleeter Lake in Round Hill, Virginia. The community of Lakepoint in Round Hill is nestled on the eastern shore of this 90 acre lake. Residents enjoy waterfront views, abundant wildlife and activities including kayaking, paddleboarding and fishing.
Nearby parks including Sleeter Lake Park and Franklin Park offer hiking, horseback riding, a performing arts center, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts and even full size outdoor hockey rink.
This home, at 17662 Cleveland Park Drive in Lakepoint features the popular “Mosby” floor plan.
The kitchen features granite counter tops. The breakfast room bumps out and overlooks back yard and a spacious deck.
The upper level master suite has cathedral ceilings and a spa bath, along with two roomy walk in closets.
The Town of Round Hill is in Loudoun County, about 10 miles west of Leesburg on Route 7, about 25 minutes from Dulles International Airport. Shopping, dining and more are close by in the adjacent Town of Purcellville. Round Hill is in the heart of Northern Virginia Wine Country, nearby vineyards include Otium Cellars and Bogati Winery.
Round Hill got it’s name for being located two miles northeast of a 910 foot hill used during the Civil War as a signal post by both Confederate & Union Troops.
This townhouse for sale in River Creek overlooks the signature 15th hole along the banks of the Potomac River. The “Blue Ridge” floor plan by Mitchell & Best is the largest model in the community, featuring a 3 car garage and private roof deck.
Townhouse for Sale in River Creek: Offering 5,428 square feet of finished living space and 4 bedrooms on 3 finished levels, you’ll have more than enough room for the entire family. Don’t forget the private rooftop deck with seasonal views of the Potomac River and River Creek Club golf course.
Open Concept Kitchen & Family Room
The elegant master suite features a two-sided fireplace with sitting room.
The fully finished lower level has 16-foot ceilings. The bar has granite counters, plenty of cabinet space, a sink, and a refrigerator. The family room in the lower level has a gas fireplace and opens to the billiard area. The billiard area/4th bedroom has a full bath adjacent. Walk out the back door to a fully enclosed screened porch overlooking the private wooded common area.
Here’s a long view of the 15th hole at River Creek along the banks of the mighty Potomac River.
Enjoy all the amenities of the River Creek Club, including the 18 hole championship golf course, an active tennis community, swimming, fitness center and fine dining, all within the exclusive gated River Creek On the Potomac community.
Originally built in 1905, this grand Victorian in the heart of “downtown” Bluemont looks great in every season. There are three bedrooms each with large closets, and three bathrooms including a full bath on the main level. It’s next door to the E.E. Lake General Store. The home has been lovingly preserved, restored and improved. Offered at $549,900.
The pink crepe myrtle provides bold color even in the heat of late summer. Soon it will be time for the famous Bluemont Fair.
A good day to fire up the wood stove and stay cozy inside.
“Naked Ladies” in bloom off the back patio.
Lilac fills the air with fragrance on a warm spring day in the Village of Bluemont.
These giant hostas by the back patio are fragrant when blooming. One of two garden sheds is pictured in the background.
This 4 bedroom home on 3+ acres near downtown Purcellville has it all — gourmet kitchen, swimming pool, media room, home gym, fully finished lower level and stunning master suite with coffee bar. Offered at $1,119,900
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.
There is hardwood flooring through the the main level. The family room features a gas fireplace.
The master suite has vaulted ceilings and an updated bathroom.
The lower level is fully finished, with a wet bar, family room and exercise area.
The private back yard has a deck with plenty of space to entertain.
Lovely gardens and foundation plantings frame the spacious front porch.
Would 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
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.
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.
The builder is Carrington Homes, one of my personal favorites, one of the premier builders of luxury homes in Loudoun County.
Would 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
Selling our small horse farm after nearly 20 years was both emotional and stressful, especially given we had already bought our "in retirement" home out of state. So, selling needed to be fast, yet meet our expectations of price. Kelly kept us focused during some downturns in the [...]
The Galloways, Purcellville, Virginia
Kelly was there for us every step of the way while we were selling the house. She was very clear on what services she would provide and how best to market the house. Her expertise facilitated our ability to go from an excellent offer one week after going onto the market to closing the sale just [...]
Sue & Don Goldman
Kelly was a joy to work with and showed sincere interest in our house and our goals as sellers. She was extremely responsive and enthusiastic in all aspects of bringing our house to market. She intelligently guided us through all aspects of the home sales process and successfully found a buyer [...]
Tim Hall, Bluemont, Virginia
Kelly is simply the best there is in the area. She is the total package as far as I am concerned. [...]
Cheryl Hardy, Now Residing in Poulsbo, Washington
Kelly was the best! She always responded promptly to my questions and guided me through a maze I hadn't navigated before. Thank you for turning a stressful time into a good experience!