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How it all started - Costumes Pumpkins and Candy, oh my!

by Desi Sowers

Halloween conjures images of costumed children going house to house offering the question “trick or treat”? But it is so much more than that. It has become such a popular holiday that it is second only to Christmas as the top grossing holiday in America. Halloween has a rich history and hasn’t always been the holiday that it is today.

Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about real ghosts and goblins and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the past thousand years the holiday has transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.  While trick or treaters venture out for one night on October 31st, a whole season of Halloween activities celebrate the fearful fun of Halloween.  Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses and hayrides can all be found starting in late September and running through the first of November.

Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about Halloween:

  • The first jack o lanterns were made from turnips.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record     in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  • Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

Halloween Happenings in Blacksburg

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

Desi Sowers Your New River Valley Realtor

Blacksburg Farmers Market!

by Desi Sowers

The Blacksburg Farmers Market is your local stop for farm fresh foods, artisans baked goods, handmade crafts and local events.  

Located in the heart of Blacksburg on Draper Road the market is convenient for locals and Virginia Tech students.The market is open seasonally on Wednesdays 2pm-5pm and Saturdays 8am-2pm.  You will not want to miss The Blacksburg Vintage Market on the second Sunday of every month from April thru November from 10 am to 5 pm for the best selection of vintage Vinyl, Clothing, Jewelry, Books, Housewares, Oddities, and who knows what else. 

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Rare Radford double lot find with a spotless, move-in ready ranch home.  A welcoming covered porch invites you to explore all the quality amenities this home is offering including hardwood floors, crown moldings, natural gas heat, built in niches, storm doors, recessed lighting, main level laundry, updated baths, gas fireplace and sunroom. A sleek kitchen comes equipped with a full complement of appliances, an abundance of solid maple cabinetry, serving bar, planning desk and a Butler’s pantry. Generously sized main level master suite plus two secondary bedrooms. Awesome finished walk out basement is the perfect place to entertain or work from home plus there is additional storage. The deck overlooks quality landscaping and HUGE lot! Pack your bags and come on over we are sure you will want to stay.

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

New River Valley VA Real Estate: 111 Ingles Street Radford VA 24141

by Desi Sowers
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I can see you sitting on this sun porch and soaking up the mountain views. A covered front porch sets the scene for comfortable everyday living in this immaculate brick Radford VA bungalow. Offering hardwood floors, easy care flooring, ceiling fans, built-in’s, vinyl windows and a NEW heat pump, you don’t want to let this home slip you by. A bright open floor plan with living and dining area offers plentiful space for family and friends to gather. The sunny kitchen comes complete with range, refrigerator, dishwasher and ample cabinet space. Two main level bedrooms are sized generously and share an updated bathroom. Upper level master bedroom is ideal for a quite hideaway and there is plenty of room for a home office. Quality landscaping adorns the absolutely fabulous multi-tiered deck design for grilling and chilling! Full basement with outside access and laundry area plus a finished attic for extra storage. 111 Ingles Street is the home you have been waiting for; make your appointment today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

 

The Best Chance For Selling Your New River Valley VA Home!

by Desi Sowers

The best chance for selling your New River Valley Va home is within the first four weeks. Each year, in our area, many home sellers make the same mistakes over and over again. To help you avoid making the same mistakes, I’ve compiled a list of the main factors to ensure you sell your home faster and net more.

Pricing

It is very important to price your property at a competitive market value when you list it. Overpricing by only a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell in a desired time frame.

An overpriced home:

•           Minimizes offers

•           Lowers showings

•           Lowers agent response

•           Limits financing

•           Limits qualified buyers

•           Nets less for the seller

Cleanliness

Most people are turned off by even the smallest amount of dirtiness or odor when buying a home. If your house is squeaky clean, you will be able to sell your home faster and net your desired return. Odors must be eliminated especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker. You may not notice the smell, but the buyers do!

Likewise, declutter. You are moving anyway, so get rid of that old junk now so your house will appear larger. Put items you can’t bear to part with in storage to free up space.

Easy Access

The easiest way to show a house is to have a lockbox accessible to real estate agents! Allow your home to be available during all reasonable hours. Midmorning and midafternoon are usually the best, but sometimes people will want to see your home in the evening after work. Allow your home to be available on short notice as well.

Showtime

When your home is being shown, please do the following:

•           Keep all lights on

•           Keep all drapes, shutters and blinds open

•           Keep all doors unlocked

•           Make sure the temperature is appropriate for the season

•           Leave soft music playing

•           Take a short walk with your children and pets

•           Let the buyer be at ease and let the Realtor do their job

Paint and Carpet

Paint is your best improvement investment for getting a greater return on your money. Paint makes the whole house smell clean and appear neat. If your house has chipped paint, exposed wood, or the paint looks faded, it is time to paint. If your carpet is worn, dirty, outdated, or an unusual color, you may need to seriously consider replacing it. Many houses do not sell because of this problem.

Curb Appeal

Your front yard immediately reflects the inside condition of your house to the buyer. People enjoy their yards. Make certain that the trees are trimmed so the house can be seen from the street. Has the grass been mowed, trimmed and edged? Walkways should be swept. Clean away debris. Remove parked cars. This all adds to curb appeal. If a buyer doesn't like the outside, they may not stop to see the inside.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale. 

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move. Have a question send me an email!


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Learn to swim, get fit or just enjoy family fun at the New River Valley’s most comprehensive public aquatic and recreation facility. The Christiansburg Aquatic Center provides area residents and visitors the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. A full service facility for every swimmer in your family they offer The Lagoon with zero-depth beach entry, five water dumping buckets, several spray features, a triple loop water slide, and Four 20 yard lap lanes.  If you need a soothing swimming experience they have a warm water therapy pool (The Cove) with zero-depth entry, and an average temperature of 95.5 degrees making it ideal for rehabilitation.  The competitive swimmers have all that they will need at this facility; a fitness room especially designed for swimmers, and a competition pool with 21 lanes, spring boards and a diving tower.  Go, splash for the day, splash for the season or splash year-round.

The Christiansburg Aquatic Center is now accepting coat donations through November 11.  The annual Give a Kid a Coat drive aims to provide coats for New River Valley residents in need.   Simply bring your gently used coats to the Aquatic Center at 595 North Franklin Street.  All coat donations will be cleaned and delivered to the Montgomery County Christmas Store. For more information, please call (540) 381-7665 (POOL).

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You will find every detail in perfect order at 435 Gold Leaf Drive; a townhome with a desirable open living floorplan. The lucky buyer will enjoy lots of natural lighting, vaulted ceilings, easy care flooring, multi panel doors, neutral colors, ceiling fans and a sweet main level master suite. An inviting living with warm gas fireplace flows effortlessly into a dining area and deck access. The bright kitchen offers ample cabinet and counter space, large pantry and full appliance package. A main level laundry room and master suite is perfect if you don’t want to climb stairs. Beautiful Juliette style staircase leads to a family room, two generously sized bedrooms with walk in closets and a lovely shared bath including an elongated vanity. Great parking plus a two car garage. Newer (4 years old) Lenox heat pump at peace of mind to this already sound investment. Dynamic Christiansburg location close to hospitals, shopping, schools, recreation center, Huckleberry Trail and quick commute to VT. Hurry this Christiansburg townhome will not last long! View The Floorplan!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Every fall, the New River Valley rolls out a foliage carpet dressed in blazing oranges and reds, yellows and purples. Mid October is prime leaf-peeping time however colors can be brilliant two weeks before and after peak and even different from one mountain to another. Leaf peepers can drive the winding country roads, hike lush mountain paths and stroll town greens to soak in the electrifying display of color. If you’re planning a trip to the New River Valley region, here are the most vibrant scenes to see fall foliage.

Pandapas Pond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a break and stroll around the 8 acre pond located just outside the town of Blacksburg.  The pond is surrounded by a forest of hardwoods and rhododendron making it the perfect place to watch the leaves change color. Visitors will enjoy strolling the one-mile wheelchair accessible trail that encircles the pond.

Cascades National  Recreation Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a hike out to the 66-foot waterfall within Jefferson National Forest.  The highly scenic, 4-mile round-trip trail meanders along a shaded mountain creek giving you great views of the changing leaves.  Pack lunch and enjoy picnicking at the beginning of the trail.  

Claytor Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ideal spot for enjoying the changing left colors is beside the 4,500 acre lake.  Wonder around hiking trails, spend the weekend camping or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake.  Stop by the historic Howe House to see the interactive exhibits describing the ecology of the lake and the surrounding areas. Guests can also rent bikes and enjoy a universally accessible fishing pier, picnic shelters, a seasonal snack bar and playgrounds. There are also two gift shops.

Mountain Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful resort welcomes day visitors to come and enjoy the changing season.   The resort offers guided hikes of the 22 miles of Mountain Lake Trails lead by a naturalist, a treetop adventure course, mountain bike rentals, geocaching and frisbee disc golf.  If you would like to enjoy the beautiful scenery longer you can book a room at the lodge or in one of the rustic cabins.  

Huckleberry Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can spend endless hours taking in the wonderful colors of fall on the Huckleberry Trail. There are plenty of benches along the trail to stop and enjoy the surroundings, and free parking is available at both ends of the trail and at Warm Hearth Park.

New River Trail State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New River Trail is a 57-mile linear park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The park parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through four counties and the city of Galax. The trail's gentle slope makes it great for visitors of all ages to hike, bike and ride horseback.

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. If you are thinking about buying or selling New River Valley Real Estate Give me a call or send me an email. 

 

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
230 Alexa Lane, Christiansburg, VA 24073

MLS#325801

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Welcome to Senneca Springs where homes are tailored to suit the lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living. Nestled on an extra-large cul-de-sac lot this main level home with a stacked stone façade, high ceilings, hardwood floors, tiled floors, maple cabinets, granite, 2 car garage and a HOA that covers snow removal, lawn and common area maintenance is a must see. Beautiful living room with 9ft vaulted ceiling flows effortlessly into formal dining and an alluring sunroom. Delicious well-appointed kitchen offers maple cabinets, granite counters, tile backsplash plus a vast sized kitchen island that invites people to pull up a chair and relax. A soothing master suite where a pampering bath features dual vanities and a remarkable custom tiled shower is sure to impress. Stroll on picturesque trails or picnic by a peaceful pond with mountain views while the kids will enjoy playing on the tot lot. Minutes from Blacksburg, major employment centers, shopping and dining. Make your appointment today!

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Columbus Day Holiday!

by Desi Sowers

The Columbus Day holiday is a New River Valley VA extravaganza for retail merchants. It is a federal holiday in the United States when typically banks, post offices and federal offices are closed. If you happen to have the day off and would like to talk about buying or selling a home, give us a call; we are open!

Here are a few fun facts about Columbus Day:

  • Columbus Day is the celebration of Christopher Columbus landing on the shores of the United States in the year 1492… you know how the song goes! “Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492; he sailed he sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492.”
  • This day of observance became a state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and in 1937 the day became a federal holiday.  Why Colorado? You ask? Well, a first-generation Italian living in Colorado at the time lobbied the governor, and the first Columbus Day of resignation was born.
  • To this day, many Italian-Americans celebrate Columbus Day in honor of their heritage.
  • Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and the state of South Dakota do not recognize this day as a legal holiday. But, (now this is government lingo…) Hawaii and South Dakota “mark the day with an alternative holiday or observance.” Iowa and Nevada are also on this list of states that do not recognize the Columbus Day festivities.
  • In Italy, Columbus Day has been officially celebrated the “National Day of Christopher Columbus” since 2004. The Art Gallery of Como opens her doors on each October 12th, allowing visitors to view and admire the portrait of Columbus.
  • The second Monday in the month of October is deemed the official Columbus Day.
  • In Puerto Rico, Columbus Day is celebrated along with Puerto Rico Friendship Day.
  • In Virginia, Columbus Day is celebrated along with Yorktown Victory Day.
  • New York City has the largest parade to celebrate the day.

I hope you’re enjoying the day and you have off as well! Give me a call 540-320-1328 or visit my website to Discover your new home.

 

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