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The Everything Waterfront Luxury Home for Sale

DSCN0023 DSCN0022 010 DSCN0031 DSCN0034 DSCN0006This home was appraised for $730,000.  It is now priced at $564,959 if you buy it through my realtor, Ken Smith, (804)366-2325.  He has made this special arrangement to assess the use of blogs for moving property.   The MLS price is a good bit higher, so you will need to work through Ken.  There are numerous photos and detailed descriptions on Ken’s blog site that go all the way back to March of this year.  Some current pictures are included with this blog.  The property is almost 2 acres.  The home has 10′ ceilings on the main floor, which has a large family room  (with gas log fireplace),  a large kitchen with tons of storage areas (with granite counter tops and solid cherry cabinets), a library/piano room (could double as MBR), a formal dining room, a sunroom, a large utility room (with brand new washer and dryer), and a full bath.  The main level floors are all ceramic tile, quarry tile and solid Eucalyptus wood.  The upstairs has two bedrooms with bath on the southwest side and a large MBR with a huge bath including jetted tub and two-seater shower on the other side.  The MBR also has a large walk-in closet with two window seats.  There is also a gas log fireplace in the MBR and a double door to a screened-in porch, which has magnificent views of the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and Hull Creek.  The back bedroom has a built-in desk with shelving and drawers and a large window seat.   The basement of the home is completely finished with two more bedrooms, half bath, exercise room, game room, walk-in pantry,  and a very large room that could be another bedroom, workshop, etc. which has a ground level door to the back yard.  The house is 3800 square feet (geothermal heat and cooling).  There is an “L” shape enclosed breezeway to the heated three-car garage, which has access to the heated greenhouse.  The property includes a 40′ by 90′ fenced garden area and a fenced in berry garden with five 4′ by 16′ raised beds.  The pier is about 4′ MLW and includes a 10,000 lb. boat lift, electrical outlets, water, a hand-crank davit (now attached to an oyster bed), cradles for two kayaks, and steps to the water level for boarding the kayaks.  The landscaping is varied and full of colors including an eight Yoshina-tree lined paved driveway, a rose garden with tea roses, and varied roses, hibiscus, hydrangea, silver lilac bushes, an almond tree that bears, two pecan trees due to bear next year, Chinese lantern trees, fig tree, etc.  Call Ken Smith to set up an appointment, and come see this beautiful property.

Waterfront Home with Fantastic Landscaping

This home now available at $595,000 ($135,000 below appraisal) has a beautiful variety of landscaping to grace the almost two acres of waterfront land.  There are eight Yoshina cherry trees lining the driveway, Chinese lantern trees along the lane, silver lilac trees, magnolia trees, pecan trees, an almond tree, a fig tree, and two palm trees.  The circle around the well head and on both sides of the driveway entry contains beautiful red drift roses as ground cover surrounded by holly bushes loaded with berries, and a rose garden behind the 14′ x 20′ greenhouse contains two huge Double Knockout red rose bushes that flower from April to December.  The Knockouts grace the entrance to the rose garden that contains a mixture of tea roses and bush roses.  Our favorite is Veterans Honor – a beautiful deep red rose.  The fenced in berry garden has five raised beds: two are asparagus beds, one is blueberries, and the other two are waiting for your favorite berries.  One does contain the fig tree on one end.  The 40′ x 90′ fenced in garden are was used in past years as a large and lush vegetable garden: no rocks and loads of fertile sandy loam.  There is a huge Japanese dwarf red maple in front of the porch and loads of Pacific Juniper for ground cover across the front of the house.  There are varieties of green bushes and flowering bushes around the house including hardy hibiscus, hydrangea, Japanese lilies, butterfly bushes, trellis climbing roses and many other beautiful plantings.  You must see this house.  The inside is unbelievable with its five bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, and a fantastic array of trim carpentry.  For an appointment to view, please call Ken Smith at (804)366-2325.009 010 012 April 2014 035main

Roses and Almonds on the Water

271Extraordinary waterfront home for sale — Loaded with extras.  The almond tree is full of baby nuts.  A climbing rose bush is loaded with unique tiny yellow blossoms.  The oysters have grown large over the long winter.  The fig tree and the pecan trees are showing signs of life.  The asparagus has furnished a couple of meals so far this spring.  The blueberry bushes are loaded with buds.  Life is good down here in our little cove off Hull Creek.  It’ll soon be time to put the crab pots in the water.  We get all we need just tossing them off the pier.  Unfortunately, the swans have gone for the summer, but the Blue Herons are back stalking along the beach then ducking under our pier as they search for food.  There is a peace and quiet you can hardly believe when you go outside — only the greeting calls of the birds.  Springtime is an amazing time here away from the highways, the traffic, and the hustle-bustle of Northern Virginia and Richmond.  This marvelous home has porches everywhere.  The front, the back, the sides are covered with porches.  Two are screened in with ceiling fans for the hot weather.  One open deck is great for flower pots and sunning close to the amazing mixture of aromas from the rose garden.  The back porch is large with plenty of room for a table and six chairs in a screened area with kitchen window access.  We have a restful two-seater hanging swing, a love seat and rocker with end tables in he other back porch area.  There is a 40′ x 90′ fenced in vegetable garden with lush sandy soil that will grow almost anything.  The berry/asparagus/fig tree garden area is also fenced in with five 4′ x’ 16′ raised beds.  If you want to grow things in the winter time, there is a 14′ x 20′ “gothic” greenhouse with plenty of table space and a small raised bed on one table where we have raised a variety of vegetables and flowers.  The sunroom has been a great place for plants – winter and summer.  The corner of that room is oriented dead south and six enormous windows are there to bring in the light.  The floor is tiled, and there is a large cherry cabinet with a granite-topped sink to support indoor growing with ease and convenience.  The landscaping is extensive including the Yoshina cherry trees that line the 225′ paved driveway, numerous rose bushes, holly, hibiscus, etc.  You must see this home to enjoy the landscaping and marvelous, easy floor plan.  Please contact me (Bill) at (703)298-5671, and I will get our professional real estate agent Ken Smith in touch with you to arrange a showing.

Northern Neck Waterfront Paradise

20140222_145939Construction was completed on this extraordinary home on June 1, 2000.  We redesigned a plan from a home design book (with our home site in mind) on Hull Creek, near Heathsville, VA.  We subcontracted most of the work, while doing some interior work ourselves.  We chose the orientation of the house to ensure maximum views of the four bodies of water surrounding the nearly two-acre rectangular lot: Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Hull Creek and Bridgeman Creek.  The house features a corner sunroom that is oriented directly to the south for maximum sunlight.  Porches surround the home allowing outside seating and eating areas, two of which are screened in.  All the porches are covered.  There is also an large, open deck to the southwest of the home for sunbathing, plants, etc.  There is a covered, insulated breezeway connecting the house to the oversized three-car garage that has housed at one time a large car, a pickup truck and various men’s toys: full-size tractor, riding lawnmower, large rototiller, etc.  There is a heated 14 x 20 greenhouse tucked in the south corner between the garage complex and the deck outside the sunroom.  In our next blog we will describe some of the details of the building’s construction to ensure minimal expenses from heating and cooling, and to ensure maximum strength and protection from windstorms and the sun’s destructive rays.  If you have questions or would like to view this fabulous home, you can call Bill at (703)298-5671, or you can contact our realtor directly: Ken Smith at (804)366-2325.       

Northern Neck Waterfront Home

20140222_150458This is a fantastic Property stick-built in 2000.  We redesigned blueprints purchased from a home book to fit our needs and the home site we selected from our almost two-acre rectangular waterfront lot.  We hired individual contractors to do most of the work.  We did do some of the interior painting and trim work.  We did all the insulation to ensure a tight house.  We did all the wallpapering to suit our taste.  The home has three bedrooms upstairs and two full baths.  The master bath has a jetted tub and double-seat shower with sliding doors.  The main floor has a piano/library/living room, a formal dining room, a large kitchen, an extensive family room, a sunroom, a utility room, and a full bath.  The piano room was designed to double as a bedroom should one not wish to go up and down the steps.  The basement is completely finished with two more bedrooms and a half bath.  The bedrooms double as offices for my wife and I.  There is a large workshop with access to the outdoors.  There is an exercise room, a playroom, and a large walk-in pantry.  There is an enclosed, insulated breezeway between the utility room and the oversized three-car heated garage.  Nestled in the southwest corner between the garage and the sunroom is a 14′ x 20′ heated greenhouse, which has withstood several high-wind storms.  Other structures include a 40′ x 90′ fenced vegetable garden with very, sandy loam.  There is also a fenced in set of five 4′ x 16′ raised beds, two of which are planted with asparagus, one with three blueberry bushes, and one with a prolific fig tree.  We plant a variety of other berries and plants in the other spaces.  The pier features a marina-style box providing electrical hookups for a/c and heat, a regular household current outdoor receptacle, and fresh water faucet.  The boat lift is rated for a ten thousand pound boat.  We have had boats of 6,000, 2,500, and 2,100 on it.  There is a two-kayak storage rack and steps on the right side of the pier and a storage box for life preservers, etc.  There is a davit that we use to pull up our oyster baskets.  The oysters grow very large in this site.  The 230-foot paved driveway is lined with Yoshina cherry trees (like the ones in DC).  There is a modest sized tea rose garden and many rose bushes and other decorative perennial bushes around the property.  There are two pecan trees that should be producing in the near future and one almond tree.  Our next post will contain some detailed information on the unique construction methods we used and on the very economical heating/cooling systems.  If you would like to ask questions or schedule a visit, please call Bill at (703)298-5671 or call our real estate agent, Ken Smith at (804)366-2325

Northern Neck Reflections

Every year about this time I say I’m going to drive to the valley or up on the Skyline Drive and see the colors of fall.

Last weekend I had a client from Culpepper. He told me that everything would be in full color in about a week. I really had intentions on an overnight excursion and just like every year I said it can’t be anymore beautiful than right here in the Northern Neck.

I don’t think it can be anything much prettier than calm water and the colors of fall reflecting off of it. But then again I love the water and that is one of the biggest reasons I call the Northern Neck home.

The wind really blew yesterday and the sun hasn’t come up yet so I don’t know how many leaves are left. But I’ll bet if you search the Northern Neck MLS,pick a few houses to view, and ride down here you will see what I’m talking about.

Fall is great time to visit the Northern Neck.

Oyster Replenishment

Last night I met with some other people to go out on the Great Wicomico River. We met with several state officials and went on their boat to look at oyster ground on the river. We were in hopes that legislators from the Commonwealth of Virginia would also attend. Unfortunately no legislators showed up. This is a real pity as money is needed to replenish the oyster grounds.

Some of the best oysters in the world come out of the Chesapeake Bay. In order for the oysters to continue to reproduce new shell has to be introduced to the bottom. Not only are oysters good to eat but they also help the environment. And oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day.

The oyster shells on the bottom of the river have deteriorated and if we expect to have new oysters then we need to put new shell on the bottom. The new shell will give oysters something to attach to and new oysters will grow from the shell that has been put on the bottom.

Oysters are making a large effort to come back in the Chesapeake Bay. They are adhering to any substance they can find but that substance often is not on the bottom. This picture shows where oysters have adhered to a pier. This seems like a good thing but the problem comes when the tide lowers. The oysters are then out of the water and if it’s cold weather they will freeze and die.

In the 1980’s they were 8000 watermen working in Virginia. Of those 8000’s, 4000 were from the Northern Neck. Much of the Northern Neck’seconomy depended on the seafood industry and the harvesting of oysters. Today they are only 3000 watermen working the waters of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

5000 men lost jobs with the demise of the oyster in the 1980s. Not only did men lose jobs but the health of the Chesapeake Bay deteriorated because of the demise of those oysters. If we ever want to have a healthy Chesapeake Bay then Virginia has got to have a healthy oyster industry.

Tell your legislator that the Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. Demand clean water and a healthy Bay tell your legislators to support oyster replenishment.



Northern Neck Surf Fisherman

Twenty maybe as much as twenty-five years ago I started to surf fish. Not here in the Northern Neck but in Florida. Every year when it was time to go back to Florida for some R&R I would break out my equipment. Over the years I accumulated some pretty decent rods and reels and when I finally had four15′ rods and a couple of 13′ all with Mitchell 403 spinning reels I thought I was set.

It was pretty impressive and I could throw at one time around 400′. I hadn’t measured it in a while but when  I wasn’t getting it out there as far.

I had heard stories about how you can cast further using a casting reel over a spinning reel for years but I never saw anyone really hitting distances that gave me reason to change. Besides I was scared of the reel backlashing and then spending the rest of the day untangling the bird’s nest.

I don’t know if you have surf fished or not but you can be 200 or 300 yards away from somebody and you can tell if he has good equipment. Well that was the case one day last year when I was fishing at Bonsteel just south of where we were staying in Melbourne Beach. There was this guy down the beach from me and you could tell he was using casting rods and reels and that his stuff was good. I figured that if he was still there when I left that I was going to walk by and glance at what he had.

When I packed up I walked a little out of my way just to see. I was pretty impressed. He was fishing 3 rods. 12 and 13 footers all with casting reels. He looked about my age and I always take it as a compliment if someone ask about my equipment so I decided to say something.

Alright this is where the story gets hard to tell. The damn guy is a Canadian. Thank God he wasn’t a French Canadian and after talking for a while I softened and he really was a pretty good guy. I was really impressed with his rods and he explained to me how you didn’t have to worry about backlash especially with a little practice. While we were talking he reeled in one of his lines, rebaited, and effortlessly tossed it out there about 80 yards.

Since we returned home I’ve thought about buying one of these outfits. About 3 weeks ago I made my mind up that I was going to do it so I went online and did my Google search.

There is a lot out there and some of the best is on YouTube. Again I don’t particularly like this part of the story but the best videos are from people from the UK. I never would have thought it. You know we are Americans. We do everything better but believe me the Brits know how to cast. Their technique is different from what I have been accustom to.

Where I’ve always laid my bait on the beach behind me and thrown from over my head using the arch of my back and my left arm for power they lay the bait on the beach turn their upper body kind of like a coiled spring. If you master that cast then you are ready to move on to what they call the pendulum cast. The ones using this method are throwing over 200 yards. UNREAL!!!

I’ve gotten ahead of myself so let me back up. I remembered the guy I meet on the beach was using a rod manufactured by Breakaway. So that was a starting point in my search. I found their website, learned that they are a Texas based company, and I started emailing asking questions. This guy named Nick was always the one that replied. After a few days of emails I decided to call and talk to Nick. Guess what? When I get Nick on the phone the damn guy has a British accent.

I ended up buying a Breakaway 13′ and an Okios 656SCM. Okios is fairly new but it is gaining a lot of popularity in the UK where they compete in long distance casting.

Both the rod and reel arrived the next day. I set it all aside for a few days and when I did put line on the reel it was some 12 lb. test that I like using for pompano. I went out in the yard and gently did a overhead cast. I was surprised it how fast the line took off from the spoon and had to stop it with my thumb. No backlash.

Without letting the line go I practiced the motions of the easy cast method that I had seen on the internet. After that I went through the motions of the pendulum cast and immediately could feel the power that could come from my new rod.

I went down and practiced a little from the pier and then yesterday I went to a piece of public beach around here where I really had room to work the rod. With just a straight overhead cast I’m sure I was going out there further. The technique of the so called easy case is something I have to keep practicing until it becomes second nature. Right now I have to think too much but by the time I finished I feel as though I was hitting 140 yards maybe 150. The pendulum cast, I need a lot of work. That has to be timed right and you really don’t have time to think. I’ll tell you someone could hurt at the speed that sinker is moving.



Another Day in the Life of Ryder and Granddaddy

I have been meaning to post something to this blog for over a month now but Ryder and I have been having too much fun.
As most who ever read this blog know I once had a blog, stop posting, and started again when I rebuilt this website.
In the past it really contained a lot of Northern Neck real estate information and the intent was for it to this time but it seems to be more about Ryder and myself than real estate. What the heck, it’s my blog, real estate is slow, and Ryder and I are having a blast.
I really wish I had a video camera on him all the time. It is unreal now quick he catches on and just how observant he is.
He will be 2 in September. In May I posted a video of his second day in the pool with me.
A couple of days ago I thought it might be a good idea to video his progress. Remember he is still 2 months away from his second birthday.
That’s his Mama in the pool. She panicked when he jumped in before anyone was in the pool and followed him right in with cell phone and all in her pockets. When it is just him and me sometimes I go in first, sometimes he does, sometimes we jump together, and sometimes we race. Remember he is still 2 months from his second birthday.

Another Day in the Life of Ryder and Granddaddy

I use to have people tell me that I didn’t have patience to boil water. It is funny how that changes as we get older.

All of my children learned to swim at a fairly young age. Ryder’s mom, my youngest, probably began at the earliest age. We had been working on her swimming that spring. She was always trusting of what I told her and I can remember the day I told her she could swim without me. It was right before her 4th birthday.

We were at Sunday School cookout and I told her that she was big enough to jump off the diving board and swim to the side.

I got out in front of the board to comfort and coach her (as much for her mother and the other women who were much more worried than Kacy). I told her to jump and swim to the side. Although she was older than Ryder she wasn’t much bigger than he is now. She jumped and made it to the side on her own. The women all gave a sign of relief and Kacy spent the rest of the day jumping off the diving board and swimming to the side.

Last year Ryder and I would get in the pool 3 to 5 times a week. I almost joined the Y so we could use their indoor pool and keep it up during the winter but I didn’t. Anyway when the the video below was taken it was our 3rd day this year. The first day was kind of chilly but we braved it and I was confident enough that he was going to enjoy it again this year.

The second day we went he was putting his under the water and now he is ready to start working on swimming. He is got a pretty hardhead sometimes but if I can get him to listen then I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t swimming by his second birthday in September.

Disclaimer Ken Smith is a Licensed Realtor Commonwealth of Virginia

Ken Smith 804-366-2325