Archive for August, 2009
I can’t say I enjoy food as much as many of my friends. But, I do enjoy an enjoyable night of dining.
This weekend I was treated to a couple of evenings of dining at two of the area’s finest establishments. And, while I enjoy good barbeque, or a visit to Chipolte with my sons, on Friday, I had another opportunity to spend the evening at one of Fredericksburg’s finest restaurants, Claiborne’s. It may be the best in fine dining to be had in the area.
Located in one of the orginal Old Town Fredericksburg’s train station buildings, the restaurant’s rooms allow for small parties as well as larger groups numbering more than fifty. Whether your dining pleasure is filet mignon, chicken, fish, or something a bit more exotic, the menu won’t disappoint you. Neither will the service. The wait staff is polite, punctual, and knowledgeable. While Friday night’s was a treat, Saturday night’s outing may have been better. It was certainly a different setting.
The Inn at Kelly’s Ford, is a site that should be a “mandatory formation” for visitors to the Commonwealth. It’s simply an exceptional example of what the state has to offer; a joy for the palette, and the eyes.
In Remington, Virginia, the Inn is situated on the historical site of the Kelly´s Ford Civil War Battlefield, on 150 acres, which is part of a larger 500-acre estate. As its website claims, there truly is a “casual elegance” that’s unmistakable upon arrival at the facility.
While the occasion for Saturday’s visit was a wedding, I’d been there a couple of times previously. The setting and view from the dining area is truly picturesque. In the middle of the Commonwealth’s horse country, the countryside’s rolling hills, and green pastures, provide the ideal setting for a quiet evening of exquisite dining.
Similar to Claiborne’s, the menu at the Inn is full of dinner delights. The Entree list includes:
While the cost of the entree selections is a bit more than one might expect at your routine “in town” restaurant, the Inn is anything but the usual, and you won’t find anything quite like it in the city. Additionally, the menu features are some you won’t soon forget. Not only are the dishes delicious, but their presentation is very impressive as well.
The Fredericksburg and Stafford, Viriginia region has much to offer. Whether on vacation, or an area homeowner enjoying a night out, Claiborne’s and the Inn at Kelly’s Ford are two fine dining choices you’ll enjoy immensely.
Before making your reservation, make sure your night out is one during which you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere and appreciate the experience. Each of the establishments leaves you wanting to remain a bit longer, to enjoy the experience even more. In these cases, it’s an urge worth indulging.
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In an e-mail I received last week, another agent reminded me of the public’s perception of the real estate profession; not good.
Earlier this week, a local Broker relayed the story of her most recent marketing appointment. It took place in a home situated in a local neighborhood, The Glens, in Stafford, VA.
Its developer, Augustine Homes, has a reputation for outstanding craftmanship and a quality product. Homes in their subdivisions aren’t cheap. Their neighborhoods and accomodations are anything but sparse. As a matter of fact, they’re some of the most expensive homes in the area. And, their subdivisions are the kind you and I wouldn’t mind living in. Homes in the Glens hover around $1,000,000 +.
But, back to the Broker’s story. Evidently, the marketing appointment wasn’t simply to discuss the remarketing of the home, but also the failures of the agent who previously listed the property. According to the Broker, the previous agent hadn’t bothered to make brochures or any other hard copy take away items for prospective buyers. No video of the home either. Other than the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) exposure, no other internet listing presence. But, the agent did put a sign in the yard.
And we wonder why the public’s image of real estate professionals is so low? But, before we begin to smear agents with a broad brush, this poor display of real estate practice isn’t the norm, but the exception.
Here, we have a million dollar listing, and next to no marketing. One has to wonder why. If it wasn’t the desire of the homeowner, and according to the broker, it wasn’t, then why would an agent not do a better job of show casing the property? Did not they not realize the contractural agreement they entered into with the homeowner bound them ethically to use their best efforts to accomplish their client’s objective…in other words, to market and sell the home?
While there is no perfect method of marketing a home, there are some basic practices that serve as a foundation for providing a homeowner the services necessary to sell their home. “Best effort” encompasses not only the scope of the effort, but, just as importantly, the quality.
When it comes to listing or marketing a property, what methods do the job effectively? How much marketing is enough? That will be the subject of an article later this month.
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We recently witnessed a first in North Stafford; a ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurating Germanna Community College’s (GCC) fourth location. With Governor Tim Kaine doing the honors, the GCC Stafford Center in Aquia Park was unveiled. Occupying almost 5,000 square feet of building space, the “campus” is one of the featured attractions of the ongoing Aquia Park development.
The initial semester begins just over a month from now, on August 20th. To begin with, classes in algebra, accounting, management, and Spanish will be offered. In addition, they’ll be courses in art history sociology and religion. Plans are to accomodate more than 1,000 students in the first semester.
While the new campus is simply the beginning of a larger plan to establish a free-standing GCC campus in North Stafford, expansion will have to wait until land is donated or secured for the larger facility. For Stafford area residents and homeowners, the new campus is a welcome site. Not only does it help with the region’s economic development, but, for those ready to step into community college life, it provides the option of little or no commute to and from school.
Attendees can enjoy the luxury of the new location, and realize they’re in “on the ground floor”. They’ll be able to take advantage of the small classroom sizes and helpful teacher/student ratios while they last. Because, after all, this is Northern Virginia, and new people and places don’t stay hidden for too long.
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