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11 Reasons to Visit Jimmy Madison’s, As If You Needed Any

November 21st, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


We went to Jimmy Madison’s Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar with camera in tow, ordered some appetizers and drinks, and had a good ol’ time in the comfortable, casual atmosphere of Harrisonburg’s newest restaurant. Here are 11 reasons… er, photos… to visit Jimmy Madison’s yourself. We recommend going soon. Very soon. It’s true what they promise on their menu:

Relax and let yourself be taken back to a time and place where life was slow and sweet, and troubles were checked at the door.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Mural on the farthest wall of the bar area… Jimmy’s always watching with that smile on his face.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

The view toward the bar from the front entrance, with hostess stand on the left.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Classic liquor label art graces the walls.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

That’s a lot of whiskey behind the bar.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Plenty of room upstairs for a large party.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

As a crowd gathers on the second level, folks dine downstairs at the bar.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

A view of the bar from the second level.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Fondue, and Southern Poppin Shrimp.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Smoked Bourbon Wings

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Smoked Bourbon Wings, Baked Crab Dip, and Fried Green Tomatoes

 

And, of course, we couldn’t pass up photographing the whiskey…

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Four Roses Small Batch Whiskey

 

Now that we’ve whet your appetite, try out Jimmy Madison’s for yourself. We’d love to hear what you think of it!

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The Only Film Festival of its Kind in the World, Right Here in Harrisonburg

November 19th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Super Gr8 Film Festival

Image source: Super Gr8

You walk into Court Square Theater. It’s a packed house. You wait expectantly in your seat. Raw video footage filmed around Harrisonburg pops up on the screen. A ban on post-editing gives you an appreciation for the talent — or at least guts — of local souls behind these numerous short films. It’s the 5th Annual Super Gr8 Film Festival, and it’s super popular… and unique:

The Super Gr8 Film Festival is the only film festival of its kind in the world and it happens in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Our creative community has come together and welcomed the festival by pooling their collective abilities, talents, ideas, and visions. The medium of film is a great meeting ground for actors, directors, cinematographers, designers, musicians, and artists.

Get a glimpse of what this event is all about, get a more in-depth look behind the scenes, and get your tickets here — there is a color night and a black & white night — and they’re cheaper in advance.

All that’s left is to ask the obvious question… ARE YOU SUPER GR8?

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6 Things to Do in Harrisonburg around Thanksgiving

November 14th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


There’s nothing like some cold weather to herald the coming of the Holidays. While you’ve been busy pulling out the scarves, gloves, warm blankets, winter decorations, and Thanksgiving dinner recipes, Harrisonburg has been prepping for the Holidays as well. We’ve compiled a short list of Thanksgiving week happenings in the ‘Burg.

6 Things To Do in Harrisonburg Around Thanksgiving

Before the craziness of mashing potatoes, hosting family, and Black Friday chaos begins, take a moment to relax at Friendly City Food Co-op while getting a massage and listening to soothing music at their Relax and Shop event the day before Thanksgiving. Aaaahhhh….

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving
Source: Friendly City Food Co-op

Then, start off your Thanksgiving morning with an invigorating run in the Rocktown Turkey Trot.

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving
Source: VAMomentum

Completing this 4-mile course will absolutely justify that extra helping of buttery mashed potatoes and at least one more slice of pie. Plus, if you have kids, make it a family affair with the Gobble Gobble Kids Dash around Court Square.

The races take place early enough in the morning to allow plenty of time to get back home for Thanksgiving dinner.

Once you sleep off all the food and family festivities, it’s time to start shopping for Christmas! Harrisonburg has some amazing local shops that can help you with your Christmas list.

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving
Source: Harrisonburg Tourism

November 29th is national Small Business Saturday, but why not start early and visit some of our local shops during your shopping frenzy on Black Friday?

To really get into the Holiday mood, check out Gypsy Hill Park’s Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights. It runs from November 24 to January 1st from 5-11pm each evening.

And, you can take your child or furry friend to get pictures with Santa at the Valley Mall in plenty of time for your Christmas card.

Well, Harrisonburg, it looks like it’s time to bundle up and get our Holiday spirit on!

 

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

November 11th, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


We are pleased with how the Harrisonburg real estate market fared in October. Entering the final quarter of the year usually begins the “leveling off” of both contracts and sales because folks are gearing up for the holiday season, but this year, October remained surprisingly strong. Sales were boosted to over 2%, contracts are up nearly 6%, and average price per square foot increased by $3.69! Read on for more details…

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 Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

October had another gain in sales, bringing the year-to-date change to +2.1%. This is due to the healthy number of contracts written over the past few months. Other key stats here are a significant 3.6% increase in average price per square foot — thanks to the higher average selling price — and a shorter time on the market (about a month!).

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

 

Contracts jumped by 5.7% over last year at this time, with an average list price of those homes going under contract at $215,269, which is 3.4% higher than a year ago. These homes are also slightly larger than last October, and sat on the market for about a month less time.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

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Sales prices in October were higher than any other October over the past four years, which means the economy is strengthening. Buyers are continuing to commit to purchase properties for higher amounts of money and at a quicker pace. Sellers, be confident in listing your home! The current local market has proven over the past year that sales are strong, and sellers are getting nearly 97% of their final asking price, while having their home on the market for an average of roughly five and a half months. (Not to mention the increase of $3.69 in average price per square foot to $105.94.) Buyers, there are a wealth of homes to choose from, but beware… the great homes at great values don’t stay on the market for long.  Stay tuned for more market trends

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Mashita + Bella Luna = A Delicious 4-Course Collaboration

October 31st, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza is teaming up with Mashita, a favorite local food truck serving Korean inspired dishes, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to offer a fabulous four course dinner. That is four courses, two favorite local dining hot spots, at $45 a person. Amazing!

What’s on the menu, you ask?

Mashita + Bella Luna = A Delicious 4-Course Dinner | November 4, 2014

image credit: Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza

DROOL.

Reservations can be made by calling 540-433-1366. Space is limited, so act quickly!

Event Details

4-Course Collaborated Dinner
Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza [map]
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7:30 PM
$45 per person
Remember to make a reservation (see above)

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Annual Veterans Day Celebration in Downtown Harrisonburg: November 9, 2014

October 31st, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Veterans Day Celebration, Downtown Harrisonburg & Harrisonburg High School | Sunday, November 9, 2014

The City of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance will be honoring our nations heroes at the annual Veterans Day Celebration in downtown Harrisonburg. On Sunday, November 9, head to Main Street for a parade beginning at 2:00 PM. Flags will line the streets and patriotic floats will glide through town, marching bands will fill the air with music, a convoy of military vehicles will drive through, and more!

Following the parade, at 3:30 PM, a ceremony honoring the veterans will take place at Harrisonburg High School. As part of the ceremony, the high school’s music department will present a Veterans Day Concert at 4:30 PM. The Harrisonburg High School Symphonic Band and Honors Choir will perform patriotic works celebrating the men and women who have served our country.

Looking for more information? Check out HDR’s website.

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Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry

October 23rd, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Wilson Downtown Gallery’s rotation of artists continues with the taking down of Denise Kanter Allen’s paintings and showcasing a new set of paintings for the months of November and December. For the first time, we’ll be displaying works from a group of artists: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry. The show will be called “Our Viewpoints,” and each artist will bring their unique viewpoints to their individual watercolor subjects. Remember to stop by the gallery during First Fridays on November 7 for a FREE artist’s reception and refreshments!

Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry | November & December 2014

Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry | November & December 2014 Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry | November & December 2014

FIRST FRIDAYS ARTIST RECEPTION

Our Viewpoints: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry
Wilson Downtown Gallery
83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg [map]
November 7, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Light refreshments provided
FREE!

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Shop for a Good Cause at Wilson Downtown Gallery: November 8, 2014

October 22nd, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Festival of Gifts @ Wilson Downtown Gallery: November 8, 2014 | Proceeds benefit Relay for Life

We are excited to host a fun event for a great cause in our downtown office space, AKA Wilson Downtown Gallery! Stop by on November 8 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM to peruse the Festival of Gifts. The Relay for Life team Smiles for a Cure is putting on this shopping extravaganza, and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Vendors at the Festival of Gifts include:

You’ll also be able to purchase baked goods and crafts. Come and shop for gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

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How to Eat Out on the Cheap in Harrisonburg

October 16th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 10 Comments


If you know us at all, you are fully aware that we love food. The fact that our office is nestled in the heart of the downtown Culinary District makes our hearts (and bellies) sing. Eating, for us, isn’t a problem. The problem comes when we want to dine on our favorite dishes but the budget doesn’t allow for it. So, another good reason to have an office downtown means that we can stay on the pulse of where the best deals are at our favorite restaurants.

How to Eat Cheap at Popular Harrisonburg Restaurants

Here is a list of some of the best dining deals we’ve found in Harrisonburg, and how you can eat out on the cheap in the ‘Burg:

Union Station serves $1.95 “bar bites” with a drink purchase every day during specific hours (they change depending on the day).

Capital Ale House has $2 burger night on Mondays from 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM, with a beverage purchase.

Bella Luna’s $5 pizza happy hour every day is truly one of the best deals in town.

A Bowl of Good has you covered on Saturday mornings with an $8 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

Local Chop & Grill House serves 5 for $6 until 7 – that is, 5 menu items for $6 until 7:00 PM Tuesdays – Thursdays.

Clementine offers $4 appetizers from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Mondays – Fridays.

Ruby’s (in the basement of Clementine) offers $2 Barbecue on Tuesdays, $3 Burgers on Wednesdays, and $3 Wings on Thursdays.

Corgans’ Publick House has 50 cent wing night on Mondays, and stop by on Wednesdays for $5 burgers.

The Artful Dodger has a buy one get one deal for appetizers from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Billy Jack’s serves $2 sliders on Tuesdays and $3 sticky nuggs on Thursdays.

Cuban Burger features a different burger each day (Monday – Friday) that you can get for ½ off from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Food.Bar.Food offers happy hour specials from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tuesdays – Saturdays, including half bowls and small plates for $4 – $6.

Joshua Wilton House has a $55 date night special on Thursdays, which includes a shared appetizer, two entrees, and a shared dessert.

The Baker’s Dozen serves an all-homemade daily (from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM) all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $6.99.

And, of course, another way to eat out on the cheap in Harrisonburg is to visit one of the many food trucks in the area!

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Do you know of any other fantastic, can’t-pass-it-up deals on dining in Harrisonburg? Let us know in the comments!

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Halloween on the Square: October 25, 2014

October 15th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


The 11th annual Halloween on the Square, one of Harrisonburg’s most popular — and spooky — downtown events, will feature fun holiday festivities for the whole family — even pets!

Young folks can enjoy face painting by Larkin Arts, balloon animals, magic tricks, caricatures, games, and more from 10:00 AM – noon. At 11:30 AM, children ages newborn through 13 years old will have the chance to show off their costumes in the Kids’ Costume Contest.

Your furry friends can also don costumes while chowing down on doggie treats and participating in Digico’s Howl-O-Ween costume contest. Don’t have a dog, or desire another? Fear not. The Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA will also have a selection of adoptable dogs at their “Muttsters Mash” Pet Station.

Trick or Treat @ Halloween on the Square

The best part, at least for us, is the trick-or-treating! Be sure to visit our office at 83 South Main Street (across the street from Jack Brown’s) as we (and 30+ other businesses) open up our business to you with candy! You can pick up a trick-or-treating map and bags at the Hardesty Higgins House or at the information booth on Court Square during the event.

As if that weren’t enough, more Halloween fun can be had with pumpkin painting, free popcorn at the Friendly City Food Co-op, live music at Asbury United Methodist Church, and a special 2:00 PM Rocktown Bites! food tour with a “Goons, Goblins, and Grub” theme for kids. (Be sure to purchase food tour tickets in advance.)

Event Details

Halloween on the Square
Court Square and Downtown Vicinity
October 25, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
FREE

photo credit: lobo235 on Flickr

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

October 8th, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


When someone considers selling their home, he/she is putting what is likely his/her biggest asset on the line. Listing a home on the real estate market is a big decision. It is beneficial to know how the market is performing, not just at this point in time, but what trends have been occurring over the past 6 – 12 months. On the flip side, buyers, too, are considering purchasing a large asset and want to get good value for their dollar. This is why we publish these market reports each month. It not only tells us how we’re doing as real estate professionals, but also guides buyers and sellers in their decision making. Our key takeaways for 2014 so far: sales and sale prices are steady, homes are slightly smaller, but price per square foot has increased. Sellers are getting a sales price that is closer to their final asking price, and buyers have plenty of options to choose from. Read on for more market trends…

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

September’s sales have closed the gap in year-to-date sales by a whopping 3.8% (last month, YTD sales were down by 4.3%)! Homes are also sitting on the market for 21 fewer days compared to last year at this time, saving sellers almost an entire month in mortgage payments.

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

The number of buyers committing to purchase homes continues to increase at a steady pace, with a year-to-date growth of 2.8%, plus a rise in average list prices of 3.0%. This rise in prices of homes going under contract will likely translate to an increase in sales prices because the average sold/list percentage is nearly 97%, which means sellers are getting approximately 97% of their final asking price. When the list price rises, so does the sales price. And again, we see that homes going under contract are sitting on the market for 21 fewer days compared to last year.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

 Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014
Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014
Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: September 2014

 

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Average price per square foot is faring better now than it has since 2010, which means the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market is pretty healthy. Buyers are also continuing to write contracts on homes, which will translate to sales in the coming months. Sellers can be confident in listing their homes because of the likelihood that they’ll sell at a price fairly close to their final asking, and because their home would, on average, sit on the market for less time now than if they had listed last year at this time. Because of the healthy market from the seller’s perspective, buyers have a nice inventory of homes to choose from. We look forward to what the final quarter of 2014 will bring to our local real estate market. Stay tuned for more market trends

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Vote For Turner Ashby High School’s $100,000 Grant to Construct Mile-Long Trail Around Campus

October 6th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Cindy Ferek, a Physical Education teacher at Turner Ashby High School is seeking a grant for the school to construct a mile-long track to assist with physical health and education for special needs youth. This paved trail would allow her students and others in the community access to parts of the 70-acre campus that have never been accessible before. Her submission has earned her a top spot in the running, but now it’s all up to a vote — see below about how you can vote to help this project!

We talked to Cindy Ferek about this, and it was such an inspirational chat. She said that this is her chance to make an impact in her student’s lives and in the community. To quote Ferek:

“This trail will be built a pebble at a time. I’ve thrown out the first pebble, but if it stops there it won’t do any good. Each vote is another pebble that goes toward getting this trail built. At the end of the voting session, if we get the funding, we’ll be able to look back and see all the pebbles that built this trail.”

How long has this been a vision for Ferek? In her 17 years of teaching, she’s wanted to do this from the start. It took her 10 years to get the bikes (see the video below), which she got little by little. TAHS now has a fleet of 42 bikes, a shed, helmets, etc. The trail is the next step. It would benefit the school, the Special Education students, and the community. Ferek’s desire to see this project to completion goes along with her daily mantra: “Be a blessing to others.”

VOTE for TAHS to Receive $100,000 Grant For Mile-Long Trail Around Campus

Your vote can help Cindy Ferek and Turner Ashby High School receive this grant!

All you have to do is click here, then go to Zone: Eastern and click the VOTE button for “Two Wheels Squared Driving Course Challenge.” You may vote once a day during the month of October. You can also check out the short video explaining the need for this grant that Ferek put together.

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Traffic Configuration Changes in Harrisonburg

September 25th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


So that you’re not caught off guard this week while driving around Harrisonburg, we wanted to make sure you are aware of a few traffic configuration changes. The reconfiguration is scheduled to take place this week at the intersection of Evelyn Byrd Avenue and University Boulevard and the intersection  of East Market Street and Linda Lane.

Intersection of Evelyn Byrd and University Boulevard
traffic configuration changes in Harrisonburg
Source: City of Harrisonburg Public Information Office Press Release

As pictured in the image above, the plan for this intersection is to reconfigure the intersection approach lanes on Evelyn Byrd to create a left-turn only, a through only, and a right-turn only lane. However, the traffic signals will not be updated with left-turn arrows as the left-turn traffic was not deemed heavy enough to require them.

The University Boulevard approach lanes are scheduled to be reconfigured in 2015.

Intersection of East Market Street and Linda Lane
traffic configuration changes in Harrisonburg
Source: City of Harrisonburg Public Information Office Press Release

At this intersection, the southbound approach lanes will be reconfigured to have dual left-turn lanes onto Eastbound East Market Street. This will hopefully reduce wait times on Linda Lane and, in general, make the flow of traffic more efficient.

Now that you are aware, happy driving!

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Harrisonburg’s New Dog Park!

September 23rd, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


On a beautiful, clear, September morning a group of people (and their furry friends) gathered for an exciting event – the Grand Opening of Harrisonburg’s very first Dog Park.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

The Happy Dogs Unleashed Dog Park boasts two large fenced areas (one for large, and one for small dogs), waste clean-up stations, benches, picnic tables, a double-gate entry/exit, and plenty of trees for shade.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

After some brief opening remarks, the leash over the gate was cut, and the dogs were let loose to have the time of their lives.

Harrisonburg Dog Park
Source: Happydogs Unleashed Facebook

Here are a few snapshots from the day.

There were big dogs and little dogs…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

….sleek dogs…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…fluffy dogs…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and even dogs that look like a giant stuffed animal.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were happy greetings and many new friends made.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There was lots of running…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and chasing…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and playing.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were frisbees…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and a game of keep-away.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were lots of tennis balls…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and even an impromptu game of “tackle ball”.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

With all that playing, periodic water breaks had to be taken.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were even treats…which brought all play to a standstill.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

And, of course, there were tongues….lots of tongues…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

But most of all, there were dogs that were ridiculously happy to be able to run free with friends.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

So, if your canine companion wants some new dog friends and some space to run around, head on over to 1646 Smithland Road between 8am and dark. Check out the Rules and Policies of the Dog Park before you go.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There is only one way to this dog park…It leads straight to a tail-wagging good time.

 

 

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

September 22nd, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


Last month we were pretty excited about the number of sales growing quite steadily throughout 2014. However, the percentage of sales compared to last year in July was -3.1%, and now it has dropped again to -4.3%. Don’t lose hope, though, because August is known for its slow-down. Folks get busy with back-to-school and end-of-summer vacations. We predict a healthy amount of sales to close out the year. Why? Check out the amount of contracts that have been written lately!

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

Although we don’t like to see the number of units sold dropping, sales prices are on the rise, and average price per square foot is nearly $106, plus the amount of time homes are sitting on the market is 20 days less than last year.

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

Good news! The number of contracts written this month jumped 9% compared to last month, which means the year-to-date contracts have crossed over the “zero” mark and we’re now in the positive! 811 contracts have been written this year so far, which is 2.3% more than last year during the same time. This is great news because most of these will eventually turn into SALES! (And, you’ll notice on the first graph below that contracts have increased for 4 years in a row.)

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

 
Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: August 2014

 

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August is pretty predictable when it comes to sales, but the number of contracts written exceeded our expectations. Compared to last year, sales are down 4.3%, but contracts are up 2.3%, so this fact alone gives us something to look forward to… more sales to come. Sellers can still list with confidence because homes are selling for almost 97% of final asking price and sitting on the market for 20 days less than last year at this time (not quite 6 months). Buyers still have a nice selection of inventory to choose from. Stay tuned for more market trends

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Downtown Hotel & Conference Center Back on the Table

September 22nd, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


A few months ago, the development of a downtown hotel and conference center was being discussed, but because of disagreements about how to finance the project, it was put on hold indefinitely. Since June, though, the City of Harrisonburg and the JMU Foundation have revisited this discussion and have tentatively come to an agreement, pending final approval from City and Foundation attorneys on the updated contract language.

Proposed Downtown Harrisonburg Hotel & Conference Center

Architectural rendering of the downtown Hotel & Conference Center (source: HDR)

A public hearing will take place on October 14. Project details and associated documents will be presented at this time.

You can keep up with the progress of this project on Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s website, view architectural renderings, and link to other related resources.

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Introducing House Stories: Every Home Has a History… We’re Here to Tell the Story

August 27th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


The Shenandoah Valley is rich with history, most widely known for the American Civil War… but have you ever wondered about the homes that are nestled in this luscious valley? Some have been around for hundreds of years, while others have just been constructed. House Stories, just launched by The Harrisonburg Homes Team, is a virtual storybook of the history of homes old and new in our area.

Introducing House Stories: Every House Has a History... We're Here to Tell the Story

Who’s behind all this? Us: The Harrisonburg Homes Team. We’re passionate about houses, especially when they tell intriguing tales of their pasts — whether those pasts are long or short.

Every home has a history, and we’re here to tell the story.

Introducing House Stories: Every House Has a History... We're Here to Tell the Story

Our first House Story features an interview with Mike and Donna Trainum, owners of 205 Franklin Street in Harrisonburg’s historic Old Town neighborhood. This home has undergone an amazing transformation over the years, so we’ve included several photos and memories made throughout this home to highlight its restoration, which is both attractive and functional. (Teaser: this home used to be a quadraplex, has hosted weddings, become an impromptu live music hall, and more!)

Visit often to read the pages in our virtual storybook of the history of homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley. We’re thrilled to share this journey with you!

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Rise and Shine and Get Your Breakfast On, Harrisonburg!

August 27th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 3 Comments


It’s the most important meal of the day. It gets your metabolism jump-started. It feeds your brain. It gets you going. It’s breakfast. Harrisonburg is home to a wealth of delicious, locally owned breakfast hot spots. Check out our list of favorites, then rise and shine and get your breakfast on! Try them all. You won’t be disappointed!

Favorite Local Breakfast Spots in Harrisonburg

Breakfast All The Time

  • Little Grill Collective. Probably the most popular breakfast joint in the ‘Burg, this refreshingly eclectic, community oriented, restaurant serves a fabulous morning meal. 
  • A Bowl of Good. A bountiful bowl of local ingredients and handmade specialties await you in the morning hours at this popular restaurant, which has two locations in Harrisonburg (one on Port Republic Road, and the other on Mt. Clinton Pike). They also have an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Saturday mornings for just $8 at the Port Republic Road location!
  • Earth & Tea Cafe. Not only can you enjoy an aromatic cup of hot tea, but you can also delight in a beautifully prepared breakfast or brunch dish at this globally inspired cafe in downtown Harrisonburg. Serving banana bread pancakes with special toppings, Belgium waffles, french toast, various parfaits, sandwiches, and fruit salad.
  • Artful Dodger. Breakfast is served everyday, all day! Simply go for a bagel or quesadilla, or try the french toast, Morning Glory Plate, or a handful of other egg-focused dishes.
  • Mr. J’s Bagels. The Harrisonburg bagel place is Mr. J’s, which serves up breakfast sandwiches and platters every day.
  • Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli. Breakfast served all day every day at this sweet cafe across from JMU on University Boulevard. Wraps, sandwiches, and cinnamon rolls to start your day, alongside a glorious cup of coffee.
  • Bakers Dozen Donuts. Open daily except Sundays, this donut shop provides Harrisonburg with delectable sweets for breakfast, including donuts, breads, cream puffs, cinnamon rolls, and much more.
  • L & S Diner. A classic diner experience with a friendly staff, serving affordable breakfast daily. Eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, omelets, french toast, and breakfast sandwiches are on the menu. They also have daily specials!
  • Southside Diner. This popular truck stop on Route 11 South offers daily breakfast (all day every day) in a diner atmosphere, and is a great spot for groups or kids! If your feeling mighty hungry, this is the place to fill up… large portions at a great price.

Brunch on Saturday + Sunday

  • FoodBarFood. Global comfort food for brunch means menu items like dulce de leche on blueberry banana pancakes, homemade biscuits, heirloom tomato martinis, and more. Anyone else’s stomach growling yet?
  • Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack. Weekends are for brunch, and Billy Jack’s does it right with breakfast sliders, chicken and waffles (what?? yes, you read that right.), crab cake benedict, special brunch cocktails, and more.

Brunch on Sunday

  • Clementine. Clementine’s Sunday brunch menu goes on and on, with several fabulous choices in each of these categories: entrees, sandwiches and burgers, sides, drinks, a kids menu, and even desserts. Yes, please!
  • Bella Luna Woodfired Pizza. Bella does brunch on Sundays! Try their House Biscuit Sandwich, which oozes handmade decadence. They’ve truly added breakfast dishes that are just as amazing as their original pizza line-up.
  • Corgans Publick House. From 11 AM – 3 PM on Sundays at Harrisonburg’s only Irish pub, you can dine on a traditional Irish breakfast, breakfast pizza with sausage, eggs, bacon, and cheddar, or their famous french toast, plus sip on a cocktail or Irish coffee!

Where is your favorite breakfast spot in Harrisonburg? What is your favorite menu item? Please share in the comments!

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Wilson Downtown Gallery: Denise Kanter Allen

August 25th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 1 Comment


Jennifer Lockard Connerley has had her beautiful paintings donning the walls of Wilson Downtown Gallery, located in our downtown office at 83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, for the past couple of months. We’re now ready for the next local artist to be showcased. Denise Kanter Allen will be displaying her works of art in September and October. Please join us for a FREE artist reception during First Fridays on September 5!

Wilson Downtown Gallery: Denise Kanter Allen

 

Here is a little bit of background about Denise:
DENISE KANTER ALLEN

Denise received a BFA in painting and drawing from James Madison University. She favors acrylic paints for her portrait-making but continues to explore all types of media, as well as collaborate with other artists. Denise is co-founder of Art Lotto portrait show, co-founder of Artery collaborative troupe, Treasurer for Spitzer Art Center, as well as a volunteer and supporter of the downtown local arts scene and events. Denise enjoys participating in downtown Harrisonburg’s First Fridays art exhibitions and working for Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

FIRST FRIDAYS ARTIST RECEPTION

Denise Kanter Allen Paintings
Wilson Downtown Gallery
83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg [map]
September 5, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Light refreshments provided
FREE!

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What the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Means To Us

August 25th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 2 Comments


If you’re on Facebook, your news feed has probably been inundated with videos of people dumping ice water on their heads. This is due to a brilliant marketing campaign by the ALS Association, and has so far raised upwards of $70 million. ALS is a neurological disease that can strike pretty much anyone at any time. There is no cure at this point. The ALS Association states that ALS patients are like snowflakes… no two are alike. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint similarities in order to find a common thread in patients with this disease.

In January of 2013, I knew nothing about this disease, except that it was named after Lou Gehrig. (ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) Then my own father was diagnosed. It all started with a lack of feeling, or numbness, in his right thumb and forefinger. His arms and legs would cramp and twitch. He got very weak. He went from walking, to needing a cane, to eventually using a wheelchair. He had trouble breathing, and needed a bi-pap machine, then a cough assist machine. He had a feeding tub installed exactly a year after his diagnosis. He caught pneumonia and ended up in the ICU. The doctors got rid of the pneumonia with antibiotics while dad was intubated, but he was too weak to breathe on his own after that. He passed away on March 8, 2014. He had just turned 66.

Here I am with my dad just last summer:

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This disease hits home for me, and several friends have asked me how I feel about the Ice Bucket Challenge. I personally think it is wonderful! Millions of dollars have been raised to help fight this dreadful disease, and awareness is spreading like wild fire around the world! My dad would have loved it, too, seeing all of his buddies dousing themselves in ice water while helping to bring awareness to the forefront.

I’m thankful for Chris Rooker, our team leader, and Karl Waizecker, Broker at Kline May Realty, who took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and also donated to the cause. Click the image below to watch the video:

Chris Rooker and Karl Waizecker of Kline May Realty take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

If you’d like to donate, please visit www.alsa.org. From someone who has seen someone dear affected by this disease, it is very much appreciated. Please consider helping to STRIKE OUT ALS!

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