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How Much Home Can You Get For $250k in Fredericksburg?

Author: From • Aug 30th, 2012
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local, Spotsylvania, Stafford

The real estate market is continuing to change.  Home prices are starting to rise, very slowly, and many homes have multiple offers within a few weeks of being listed.  Buyers need to stay on top of listing inventory if they want to get the home of their dreams.  Are you curious to see how much house you can get for your money? Where here’s a sampling of what $250,000, the medium sales price of a home, can get you in the Fredericksburg area. 

Fredericksburg City

2101 Washington Ave Fredericksburg VA 22401


$239,900 – 2101 Washington Ave 

Listed by C21 New Millennium 

4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, off-street parking, close to schools, canal path, and Rt.1 

Sold “as-is”, home warranty provided 

Standard Sale 


Stafford County

5 Zinc Drive Fredericksburg, VA 22405


$250,000 – 5 Zinc Drive 

Listed by Long and Foster 

5 bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors, sunroom, finished basement 

Off of Rt. 17 near Geico, convenient to shopping and I-95 

Standard Sale


Spotsylvania County

6216 Salisbury Drive Fredericksburg, VA 22553


$259,000 – 6216 Salisbury Drive 

Listed by Remax Supercenter 

4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, unfinished basement, over-sized garage 

Off of Courthouse Rd, close to schools and shopping 

Potential Short Sale 


Caroline County

18068 Coolidge Lane Bowling Green, VA 22427


$249,900 – 18068 Coolidge Lane 

Listed by Virginia Capital Realty, LLC 

4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, upgraded large kitchen, sunroom, basement 

Off of Rt. 301 

REO/ Bank Owned


King George

6206 Dawes Drive King George, VA 22458


$249,900 – 6206 Dawes Drive 

Listed by Exit Realty Expertise 

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, granite countertops, extra large family room 

Commute to Fredericksburg or Waldorf, Maryland easily 

Standard Sale



All information believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.  All data current as of 08/30/2012.  Data subject to change without notification.  Information provided as examples of homes in the $250,000 price range in the Fredericksburg area.  Information pulled from MRIS.  Homes selected for feature at random. 

Interested in seeing more listings in the $250,000 price range?  Interested in scheduling a showing for any of the Featured Properties?  Feel free to contact me at

We are back

Author: From • Aug 27th, 2010
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local, Spotsylvania, Stafford

Some of our regular visitors may have seen that the Word Press software got hacked, and we are in the process of restoring and rebuilding.  The site is pretty much functional as it was before.  I still have some glitches to workout, but the primary features of our site are back up and running.  Thank you for your patience.

The look of the site will probably change in the next couple of weeks, but now we are more worried about getting the tools all working again.

July 4th Celebrations!

Author: From • Jun 28th, 2010
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Events, RealEstate.Local, Spotsylvania, Stafford

2879497281_556261ed22_mThe 4th of July is a fantastic time to be in and around the Fredericksburg area.  The rich Revolutionary War history and Fredericksburg’s part in masterminding and securing America’s freedom makes this our own special holiday.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend, here is a list I’ve compiled.






Stafford County

“The Complete History of America” Musical performed at the Riverside Dinner Theater. 

Friday, July 2- Sunday, July 4  (6:30pm dinner seating)  Tickets:  $42

Fabulous 4th of July at Ferry Farm

Saturday, July 3  (10am-5pm)  small admission fee

Interact on an 18th century farm while farm workers perform daily tasks around George Washington’s childhood farm.  Learn how the Patawomeck Indian tribe functioned in the 16oos.  Enjoy crafts, games, and live music.  Food vendors will be on site.  Trolleys will be running from the Fredericksburg City street festival, as parking is limited at Ferry Farm.

Stars and Stripes Weekend at Potomac Point Winery

Wine tours and wine tastings will take place all weekend long at regular fees.  The band Blackstone will be playing on Sunday from 1-5pm.  A special July 4th menu is available for purchase. 

Saturday, July 2  (11am-9:30pm)       Sunday, July 3  (11am-6pm)


Spotsylvania County

Independence Day Kickoff Celebration – at Lake Anna Winery

The vineyard will feature live music, lite appetizers, and wine sold by the glass.  The $10 admission includes a winery tour and a souvenir wine glass. 

Friday, July 2 (6-10pm)

Stars and Stripes Spotsylvania Spectacular

A fun event for all age groups.  Come and enjoy pony rides, moonbounces, a petting zoo, a tour of the historic Spotsylvania Courthouse and 1855 jail, and much more.  There will be 3 stages playing Bluegrass music, and the night is finished with a huge fireworks display!  Vendors will be on site for food and drink sales.

Saturday, July 3   (3-10pm)


Fredericksburg City

33rd Annual Rappahannock River Raft Race sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees

Come watch this very entertaining and traditional Fredericksburg event.  Prizes will be awarded in several categories.  The race starts at 11:30am at the Port of Falmouth Park on River Road in Stafford and will end at approximately 4pm at the City Docks on Sophia Street.  If you are interested in participating please contact the Fredericksburg Jaycees at  Entry fees do apply. 

Saturday, July 3

Fredericksburg City Heritage Festival

The always fun Heritage Festival will take place over two days this year since July 4th falls on a Sunday.  The traditional street festival will be on Saturday, July 3 from (10am-4pm).  The Heritage Day Parade will begin at 9:30am on Carolina Street and is still looking for entries for this year’s parade.  The parade is limited to bikes, strollers, wagons, and walking. 

Heritage Festival 5 Mile – Saturday, July 3 (7:45am) at the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center on Caroline Street    Registration is $20 pre-race day and $25 race day  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female runners.

The fireworks will take place on Sunday, July 4 at Pratt Park. Music will begin at 8pm and fireworks will begin at dusk.  The Frederickbsburg Jaycees will be on hand selling glow-in-the-dark jewelry to help make the celebration even more exciting.   Be sure to bring your own refreshments and blankets and chairs to the fireworks display.   

Heritage Day Festival and 5 Mile Run – Saturday, July 3

Fireworks – Sunday, July 4

Time Has Come Today

Author: From • Nov 27th, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Spotsylvania, Stafford

A fortnightly MY FINAL rant, FL-S style.


During the past couple of days, some of you caught the string of YouTube videos posted to Fred2Blue. Much was foreshadowed by them.

And how great was that Viking Funeral?

YES FOLKS, Chris Guy and I have decided that the time has come to for us to leave our little village of Anatevka F2B.

You read that right. We’re outahere!

A certain Snarktress Supreme has been given the right-of-refusal to take over F2B. If she accepts the offer, then GREAT…F2B will begin anew. If not, that’s fine too and we’ll keep the site live for an extended period of time, then shut it down.

For the most part, authoring F2B has been a lot of fun. But two years is a long time to do any one thing, especially a blog. Plus, the process of coming up with Fortnightly Rant topics that are interesting (okay, that amuse me) has gotten harder and harder. Sometime over the past couple of months, writing them started to feel like…like…WORK.

Chris and I are moving on to new interests and involvements. Not sure what Chris will be doing, but sometime between mid-February and late March of 2010 I will publish my first book: it’s a green business executive career development book entitled Tailoring The Green Suit. Information about the book launch will be posted to my Sturdy Roots Blog and my company website.

Whether or not F2B continues, there will be from time-to-time another former Dem chair venting his spleen. Our friend Marc Broklawski has launched his new blog Leaving My Marc which I know will be a very good read. I encourage you all to bookmark it.

UPDATE Sunday 11/29: Marc has announced that Chris will be contributing blog posts to Leaving My Marc. THAT IS FANTASTIC NEWS!


Time has come today
Young hearts can go their way
Can’t put it off another day
I don’t care what others say
They say we don’t listen anyway
Time has come today

The rules have changed today (Hey)
I have no place to stay (Hey)
I’m thinking about the subway (Hey)
My love has flown away (Hey)
My tears have come and gone (Hey)
Oh my Lord, I have to roam (Hey)
I have no home (Hey)
I have no home (Hey)

Now the time has come (Time)
There’s no place to run (Time)
I might get burned up by the sun (Time)
But I had my fun (Time)

I’ve been loved and put aside (Time)
I’ve been crushed by the tumbling tide (Time)
And my soul has been psychedelicized (Time)
Now the time has come (Time)

There are things to realize (Time)

Time has come today (Time)

Time has come today (Time)

Now the time has come (Time)
There’s no place to run (Time)
I might get burned up by the sun (Time)
But I had my fun (Time)
I’ve been loved and put aside (Time)
I’ve been crushed by tumbling tide (Time)
And my soul has been psychedelicized (Time)

Now the time has come (Time)
There are things to realize (Time)
Time has come today (Time)
Time has come today (Time)

So that’s it.

No parting shots. No bon mot.

I thank you all for your support and readership. F2B has been the hippest trip!

Now, to bring things full circle, a final h/t to Monty Python:









k?t thúc

? ?????





y diwedd



Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
but she doesn’t have a lot to say;

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
but she changes from day to day;

I want to tell her that I love her a lot,
but I gotta get a bellyful of wine;

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
someday I’m going to make her mine (oh, yeah);

Someday I’m going to make her mine.



Houck on the Way Out? (Then Hap better be on the way in)

Author: From • Nov 19th, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Spotsylvania

Right now I’m hearing that Bob McDonnell will push very hard to convince Sen. Edd Houck to leave the Senate for a job in his upcoming administration, and Houck is seriously considering it. This means that control of the Senate probably hinges on either Democrats holding onto this seat or picking up Cuccinelli’s seat in upcoming special elections.

We now know that Del. Dave Marsden will likely be the Democratic nominee in the Fairfax race against one of 3 Republicans. Marsden narrowly won reelection to the House this year, but lost in the area located within Cuccinelli’s Senate district. Democrats could do better, but they could have done a lot worse.

Hap endorsed Terry McAuliffe for Governor this year. So, yes, he's a Democrat

In Houck’s Senate district, Spotsylvania Co. Board of Supervisors Chairman Hap Connors is the Democrats best hope of retaining this seat. Spotsy is a GOP stronghold in statewide races, but Republicans don’t have a great track record in local races these days. Connors, like a lot of other local “Democrats,” likes to run as an Independent, and it’s worked out pretty well for them (while tarnishing the party’s brand for everyone else).

In 2007, then Spotsylvania Co. Board Chairman Chris Yakabouski ran against Sen. Houck and lost badly. This year, Yak tried for his old seat in the Battlefield district and lost to incumbent Supervisor Benjamin Pitts. He really wants that Senate seat…but can Spotsy Republicans count on him to actually win for a change?

Will Houck Abandon Spotsylvania for Richmond?

Author: From • Nov 7th, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Spotsylvania

Sen. Edd Houck told The Washington Post that he’d be “willing” to talk to Bob McDonnell about a place in his administration, likely as Secretary of Education. Since the Democrats hold a one vote majority in the State Senate, this proposed move could potentially swing control of the entire General Assembly over to the Republicans.

But before Democrats (and Independents who believe in checks and balances) freak out, there is no offer on the table. This is merely speculation. Houck is an educator by trade and McDonnell wouldn’t be the first to consider him for this position. Sen. Houck has gained more seniority in the Senate since the last time we elected the new Governor, making him less likely to accept now – if he hasn’t in the past. If Chuck Colgan doesn’t run for reelection in 2011, as some have speculated, Houck would be next in line to chair the all-powerful Finance Committee in 2012. Who would walk away from that?

But even if Houck does leave, it’s no guarantee Democrats lose control of the Senate. That’s because there will be two special elections to fill the seats of Sens. Ken Cuccinelli and Ken Stolle. Fortunately the Democrats have a deep bench in Fairfax Co. and Virginia Beach, giving them a fair shot at one or both of those races. If Houck did resign, a strong candidate like Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Hap Connors would give the Democrats a good shot at holding onto that seat.

Likeliest scenario? Houck waits for the outcome of those races before making a decision, so it’s a moot point.

Election Night Madness!!!

Author: From • Nov 3rd, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Spotsylvania, Stafford

Considering what could have happened, I’m actually pretty happy about tonight. If you’d have told me that the Democrats would only lose 5 or 6 seats in the House of Delegates after this better than expected performance by the GOP ticket statewide, I’d think you were insane.

Republican candidates for Supervisor in Spotsylvania County, including former Board Chairman and Senate candidate Chris Yakawhateverthehellitis, went down in defeat despite a dominant performance by the GOP ticket in Spotsy. They ran against the VRE, and it cost them.

Republicans candidates for Supervisor in Stafford County all won, giving control of the Board back to the GOP. Inmate #283921, I mean Paul Milde, got just over 50% of the vote with Irene Egan and Paul Ortiz splitting the rest, swell. Mark Osborne made things a little interesting in Falmouth, but this was always Susan Stimpson’s race to lose.

Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins was reelected in Fredericksburg despite a rough performance from the Democratic ticket in the city.

Albert Pollard survived despite a challenger that inspired people to go around the 99th district stealing signs and yelling in people’s face. The closeness of this race will no doubt lead to teabaggers* patting themselves on the back, but Catherine Crabill performed far, FAR worse than other Republicans on the ballot in this district (Pollard will probably increase his lead when the rest of the precincts report in).

* also, thank you teabaggers for helping Democrats win a congressional seat in upstate NY for the first time since the mid-1800’s!

September 2009 Market Statistics

Author: From • Oct 9th, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local, Spotsylvania, Stafford

Fredericksburg City:

  • 133 days on market – this is 40 days more than in September 2008
  • Sellers received, on average, 84.67% of their list price when the home sold
  • There is 8.89 months of inventory on the market
  • 19 homes sold in September 2009 – this is 8 more than in September 2008
  • The most popular price range was $250,000-$299,999.   
  • The median sold price was $250,000, compared to $258,000 in September 2008
  • Financing Terms:  Conventional – 13, FHA – 1, VA – 1, Assumption – 1, Cash – 3

Orange County

  • 114 days on market – this is 60 days less than in September 2008
  • Sellers received, on average, 88.92% of their list price when the home sold
  • There is 13.09 months of inventory on the market
  • 32 homes sold in September 2009 – this is 2 more than in September 2008
  • The most popular price ranges were $140,000-$159,999
  • The median sold price was $159,000, compared to $213,450 in September 2008 
  • Financing Terms:  Conventional – 7, FHA – 10, VA – 4, Assumption – 2, Cash – 7, Other – 2

Spotsylvania County

  • 83 days on market – this is 40 less than September 2008 
  • Sellers received, on average, 93.24% of their list price when the home sold
  • There is 6.42 months inventory on the market
  • 140 homes sold in September 2009 – this is 21 less than in September 2008 
  • The most popular price range was $200,000-$249,999
  • The median sold price was $193,500, compared to $225,000 in September 2008 
  • Financing Terms:  Conventional – 38, FHA – 45, VA – 20, Assumption – 10, Cash – 26, Other Financing – 1

Stafford County

  • 57 days on market – this is 59 less than September 2008 
  • Sellers received, on average, 95.22% of their list price when the home sold
  • There is 5.50 months inventory on the market
  • 145 homes sold in September 2009 - this is 4 less than in September 2008 
  • The most popular price range was $200,000-$249,999
  • The median sold price was $220,000, compared to $250,000 in September 2008 
  • Financing Terms:  Conventional – 37, FHA – 49, VA – 43, Assumption – 2, Other – 1, Cash – 13

Prince William County

  • 50 days on market – this is 59 less than September 2008 
  • Sellers received, on average, 96.15% of their list price when the home sold
  • There is 4.31 months inventory on the market
  • 683 homes sold in September 2009 - this is 433 less than in September 2008
  • The most popular price range was $300,000-$399,999
  • The median sold price was $205,000, compared to $189,900 in September 2008
  • Financing Terms:  Conventional – 165, FHA – 260, VA – 106, Assumption – 24, Cash – 121, Other – 6, Seller Financing – 1

Statistics provided and calculated using data supplied by MRIS.

Important Spotsylvania Election Nov. 3

Author: From • Oct 6th, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local, Spotsylvania

Two important Spotsylvania County Supervisor seats are up for election November 3, 2009.  (There are actually 3 seats open, but only two seats have candidates with opposing views on this topic).  If you live in the Lee Hill District or the Battlefield District, you need to pay close attention.  In August, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Virginia Railway Express, the VRE; the commuter train that allows Fredericksburg area residents an alternative to driving to work in DC every day.  This was a narrow victory, a 4-3 vote.  However, there is a caveat to this victory.  Most start dates for new projects is January 1 of the following year.  The VRE project start date was moved to February 15 by the current Board of Supervisors.  This allows the new Board, elected on Nov. 4, to overturn the VRE vote.  Yes, this is politics at its finest. 

Although there are many issues on the table for the candidates to discuss, it appears they are all talking about the VRE.  Spotsylvania residents have had the luxury of using the VRE by driving to the Fredericksburg City station or one of Stafford County stations.  This luxury has come at a cost to Fredericksburg City residents and Stafford County residents whose tax dollars go to pay for these stations.  Spotsylvania County has been asked to join the VRE system several times in the last 17 years, but until this last vote, the invitation has been declined.  A VRE station in Spotsylvania County will not only make it more convenient to commute to Washington, DC, it can also open Spotsylvania County to being a DC bedroom community.  Fredericksburg City and Stafford County have enjoyed increased home sale prices because of their proximity to a mass transit system.  I’ve personally had countless numbers of clients who refused to look at homes in Spostylvania because of their lack of a VRE station.  There is also talk of a high speed rail service that would go from Richmond to Washington, DC.  Spotsylvania would benefit from having a stop in their county to help attract visitors to their historic sites. 

Are there drawbacks from becoming a member of the VRE system?  Well, of course.  Somehow Spotsylvania will have to pay for this system.  New tracks will need to be laid.  (However, jobs could be created because of the work involved with getting the Spotsylvania station up and running).  How do you pay for the system?  Well, taxes.  It’s just the way government works.  Had Spotyslvania jumped on board with this project 5 years ago, the system could have benefited from the areas rapid growth.  Spotsylvania will need to start planning for smart growth along the VRE corridor.  No one wants to see Spotsylvania become overcrowded or have the County loose the small town feel it prides itself on.  Smart growth is key and a realistic strategic plan will go along way. 

Here’s how the candidates for the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors plan to vote if elected:

Lee Hill District:                 DJ McGuire – against VRE                  Gary Skinner – for VRE

Battlefield District:           Chris Yakabouski – against VRE        Benjamin Pitts – for VRE

To get more information about where to vote and who you will voting for click here

This is a very important election for Spotsylvania County.  The outcome of the vote will determine the future of mass transit in the area.  Spotsylvania County residents need to consider the ramifications of not becoming a part of the VRE system.

Steve Shannon Commends Spotsylvania Law Enforcement for Online Sex Sting

Author: From • Sep 23rd, 2009
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Spotsylvania

Steve Shannon for Attorney General:

Fairfax– Steve Shannon, candidate for Attorney General, today commended the Spotsylvania police department for their work in finding and charging 15 child predators in an Internet sting.

Spotsylvania’s sheriff, Howard Smith, announced today that 15 perpetrators had been caught in an online trap set by detectives. Detectives involved in the sting posed online as children aged 12-14. The adults charged include two men with ties to state public school systems.

“Spotsylvania’s police department is to be commended for their fast and thorough work in bringing these twisted individuals to court and making their community safer for kids,” Shannon said. “As these arrests show, Internet predators are often hiding right in front of our eyes, living in our towns and even working in our schools. When I’m Attorney General, I will make sure that our law enforcement officers have the training they need to conduct stings like the one in Spotsylvania, rooting out Internet predators, and bringing them to justice.”

Shannon’s campaign released a new TV ad highlighting his plan to combat Internet crimes against children in Virginia. Shannon’s full plan to prevent Internet crimes against children can be found on his website.

UPDATE: Law Enforcement endorsements for Shannon:

Virginia Police Benevolent Association
Fairfax Coalition of Police
Fairfax Deputy Sheriff’s Coalition
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters

Fred P. Newman, Sheriff, Washington County
Stan G. Barry, Sheriff, Fairfax City
H.S. Caudill, Sheriff, Tazewell County
Herald Holt, Sheriff, Roanoke County
Beth Arthur, Sheriff, Arlington County
J.T. Whitt, Sheriff, Montgomery County
Gabe A. Morgan, Sheriff, Newport News City
Bill Watson, Sheriff, Portsmouth City
Paul W. Higgs, Sheriff, Fredericksburg City
Stephen Bittle, Sheriff, Falls Church
Vernie W. Francis, Sheriff, Southhampton County
John Puckett, Sheriff, Scott County
Streve Draper, Sheriff, Martinsville
Robert J. McCabe, Sheriff, Norfolk City
W. Randolph Hamilton, Sheriff, Buena Vista City
Lenny Millholland, Sheriff, Winchester City
Vanessa Crawford, Sheriff, Petersburg City
Kevin Pittman, President, Fairfax Deputy Sheriff’s Coalition
Bobby Mathieson, Delegate and Former Virginia Beach Police Officer
Marshall Thielan, President, Fairfax Coalition of Police
Mike Scanlon, Vice President, Fairfax Coalition of Police
Dan Kalbacher, Executive Board Member, Fairfax Coalition of Police
Bob Horan, Former Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fairfax County
Ray Morrogh, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fairfax County
Dennis Godfrey, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Washington County
Michael Doucette, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynchburg City
Joan Ziglar, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Martinsville City
Gregory Underwood, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Norfolk City
Paul B. Ebert, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Prince William County
Mike Mohler, President, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
Robert Bragg, Vice President, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, District 2
Michael Staples, Vice President, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, District 3 and President, VPFF Arlington Local
Andrew Water, Vice President, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, District 4
Ken Pravetz, Vice President, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, District 6
Hanh Deniston, Past Secretary, MWAA