There Are Bears in Crozet

There are bears in Crozet … they are part of the charm of living here (we are at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive/Shenandoah National Park, after all)

… and seemingly more bears are making their presence known now that it’s Bear Awareness Week (who knew?)

Bears in Crozet - Thanks to Wildlife Center of Virginia for the image

– Thanks, Wildlife Center of Virginia.

And thanks Matthew for sharing about the one last night.

– For fun, follow the Crozet Bear.

– More bears seen around Crozet this year because of the Shenandoah National Park fire?

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What Are Crozet’s Competitive Advantages?

This morning I noted on the RealCrozetVA Facebook:

Crozet needs employers so that not everybody needs to go to Charlottesville in the mornings.

Another day, another wreck on 64…

“Accident: EB on I-64 at MM115 in Albemarle Co. 1 travel lane closed. Delay 1 mi.8:24AM”

And this comment resonated with me:
Besides, wine, beer, cider, and new houses with amazing vistas, what are Crozet’s competitive advantages?

My quick list:

– Crozet is a community that cares
– Crozet have pretty good schools
– We are in a great location close to Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, parks, Charlottesville.
– We have (mostly) involved community members
– There is good enough walk and bikeability for those who choose to do so.
– We have a well-educated population (that is growing)
– Crozet has clean air.

What about you?

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Crozet Real Estate Conversation – 1st Quarter 2016

I love doing these. Not only do we love real estate market analysis & data, but having the opportunity to shoot at Crozet businesses.

We’ve done these at the Crozet Mudhouse, Greenhouse Coffee, Crozet Library, and this month at Pro Re Nata (PRN).

The Crozet Real Estate Conversation with David Ferrall and Jim Duncan with Nest Realty.

This is a quick look at the 1st Quarter 2016 real estate market report – land sales, new construction contracts, total sales in Brownsville & Crozet Elementary School Districts.

Have questions about the market? Call or email us anytime. Or stop by the Crozet Mudhouse from 9am – 11am on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month!


Broadway in Crozet

Broadway in Crozet

One Night Only: “Broadway In Crozet”

On Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Western Albemarle High School Drama Department presents “Broadway in Crozet. Up close in cabaret style in the WAHS cafeteria, students will perform songs to raise money for the March production of “Grease.” Admission is by donation, and concessions (snacks and drinks) will be sold.

WAHS Drama performed a similar show last season, when it previewed several numbers from their hit “Beauty and the Beast.” Patrons said they liked the intimacy and comfort of watching a performance from tables. Kids loved the proximity of the actors, as well.

For more information about WAHS’ March 17-19 production of the Tony-award-winning musical, visit the official Facebook page at WAHS Drama Presents “Grease”.

A Nice Thing about Life in Crozet – Soup & Cupcakes

A funny thing happened a little while ago – soup started showing up on the front porch of a little house on Jarmans Gap. Turns out that soup is by the fine folks at L’Etoile.

On a schedule I’ve not yet tried to figure out, they put soup in a green cooler on their porch , $10/quart, and then – on your honor – you pay and take home a delicious quart of soup.  I’ve had the soup; it’s outstanding.

And then … cupcakes appeared next door!

Cupcakes, in which I paid my $5 "on the honor system." #lovecrozet.

A post shared by RealCrozetVa (Jim Duncan) (@realcrozetva) on


(I’d have gotten a thing of soup, but I was on my way back from meeting clients, and my bicycle rack had only so much room!)


*As an aside, I find the media cycle interesting. Instagram -> Facebook -> Twitter -> Blog.

CCAC Meeting Recap – 17 February 2016

I’m going to let the tweets about tonight’s Crozet Community Advisory Council meeting speak for themselves.

Short summary:

  • There are at least 3 openings on the CCAC; apply here, and/or talk to current CCAC member John Savage. Please. Please. Volunteer
  • Infrastructure is needed in Crozet.
  • Restore N Station is going to get bigger
  • Adelaide faces challenges from the CCAC.
  • I’m glad I went, but … sigh.

Update: Staff comments on the Adelaide development.

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Western Albemarle Rescue Squad has a new Toolbox

Technically, it’s a Heavy Rescue truck, but apparently they call it a toolbox.

Heavy Rescue’s (sic) carry large quantities of tools, chains, air bags, lights, large cribbing/shoring, hydraulic equipment, ropes, rigging, air, and lighting. Fire trucks tend to carry limited amounts of the above lighting but in very technical situations you need more that was is typically carried. The Vehicle’s primary function is vehicle rescue/extrication. It has the capabilities to provide large scale scene lighting, mobile SCBA (air bottles) refills, ropes and rigging, large vehicle extrication and shoring, and large scale lifting of vehicles, tractor trailers, and even train cars. Most refer to a heavy rescue as a large moving toolbox.

All I know is that I’m always grateful (having never having used their services) that they are there.

A little patience and a few extra eyes making sure the truck fit in the building without any problems. Worked like a charm!

Posted by Western Albemarle Rescue Squad on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Grease is the Word

Chloe Horner, as Sandy Dumbrowski, and Cutter Mendenhall, as Danny Zuko (center) rehearse "You're the One That I Want" with the T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and other Rydell High students in Western Albemarle's production of "Grease," opening March 17 2016
Chloe Horner, as Sandy Dumbrowski, and Cutter Mendenhall, as Danny Zuko (center) rehearse “You’re the One That I Want” with the T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and other Rydell High students in Western Albemarle’s production of “Grease,” opening March 17.

Grease Is the Word!

by Will Sigmon

Western Albemarle High School will be performing the Tony-Award-winning musical “Grease” in its auditorium March 17-19.

Directed by drama teacher Caitlin Pitts, the rock ‘n’ roll production is set in 1959, when “good girl” (Sandy Dumbrowski) falls in love with (unbeknownst to her) a rough, tough gang leader (Danny Zuko) of the high school gang called the T-Birds over the summer. Once school begins, though, they and their friends struggle with peer pressure, sex vs love, gang violence and other adolescent issues.

Fans of Western’s productions will be treated to a talented cast including newcomers and veterans. In his Western acting debut, Cutter Mendenhall shows off his dancing, singing and acting chops as Danny. Chloe Horner, a “Silly Girl” from last year’s “Beauty and the Beast,” takes the female lead as Sandy. Freshman Ben Nordbrock plays Danny’s gang lieutenant Kenickie. Ryann Sheehy, who starred as elegant Belle in last year’s “Beauty,” shows her rougher edges as Rizzo.

Adult advance tickets for “Grease” will soon go on sale online and at Western for $12, $14 at the door (student and senior citizen prices are $6 and $8, respectively). Doors for the March 17-19 evening shows open at 6:30 p.m.; curtain is at 7:30 p.m. There is also a 2:00 matinee on Saturday. Please note that, due to cancelled rehearsals resulting from inclement weather, performances may be postponed for snow dates to be announced later.

For more information, visit the official Facebook page at WAHS Drama Presents “Grease.”

Median Home Prices in Crozet Continuing to Rise

We’ve been doing our Crozet real estate conversations for the past few months; each time we do them we tend to have some interesting data-based-conversations. This month, a friend asked me about median home prices in Crozet.

Looking at real estate data is always fun, so I pulled a bit of information from the Charlottesville MLS and came up with this (* “Crozet” for this purpose = Brownsville + Crozet Elementary school districts):

Crozet Homes' Prices and Sales Volume since 2015
Crozet Homes’ Prices and Sales Volume since 2015


  • Red line is the number of single family detached home sales in Albemarle County.
  • Green line is the number of single family detached home sales in Crozet.
  • Blue bars are the median sales prices for single family detached homes in Crozet.
  • Thanks to Keith for the help with the graphs.

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