Category: Blacksburg

Graffiti in Blacksburg? Or Is It Art?

Ever wondered about those exterior walls on buildings you’ve seen around Blacksburg, the ones that have graffiti all over them? Where did the graffiti come from? Who does it? I’ve wondered it. And now I know who does it. But he calls it street art. What do you think? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Would you like to see more/less? Interested in more? There are other videos on YouTube. Hokie Feet: Shapes: A Walk In The Woods:

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National Bank of Blacksburg Building Auctioned Off

If you’ve been around Blacksburg for any length of time, you’ve almost certainly noticed the old National Bank of Blacksburg building – on the corner of N. Main and Roanoke Street – standing proudly but looking rather weathered and beaten up. The building was an earlier home to the National Bank of Blacksburg, and in recent years had been passed around from owner to owner while sitting vacant and, quite honestly, falling apart. The story is muddled, of course, but here’s a synopsis. Earlier this month, it was finally auctioned off (along with two adjacent storefronts), and the highest bidder …

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July 4th Fireworks in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford – 2014

July 4th is right around the corner, and it’s time to start planning all of your Independence Day celebrations.  Certainly no Fourth of July holiday is complete without a great fireworks show, so if you’re looking for where the fireworks are, here’s the list for Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford. Please be sure to check with the venue for the exact times – things may change due to weather and what not! Blacksburg The Where – Downtown Blacksburg AND Municipal Park The When – Parade through downtown Blacksburg from 2-3pm, then music, food, and more at Municipal Park beginning at 6pm. …

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Top 10 Reasons To Build a Green Home

Over the last several years, “building green” has become a popular phrase among the real estate industry. Some agents have gotten their Eco-Broker(R) designation, others certified “this that or the other”, and everyone appears to be paying more attention to what their carbon footprint might be. Personally, I’ve seen clients take a dramatic shift from wanting to be “on the edge of town, it’s just a 5 minute commute” to choosing to be within walking distance. Lots of builders have followed the same path, as well, and have started focusing on making changes in their building processes that may – …

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Blacksburg VA Is Going Solar

I’m a few days behind in posting this, but hopefully you’ve seen it posted elsewhere, and are planning on helping to launch Solarize Blacksburg tomorrow, at 4pm, in Market Square Park. Announced on February 28th, Solarize Blacksburg is a partnership using bulk purchasing power to expand solar energy use even further within the Town of Blacksburg. I don’t know the details yet, but personally I love this news. Bulk purchasing, combined with tax credits available and realized savings, can mean a much greater reach and acceptance of solar energy here in Blacksburg. I think very highly not only of the …

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Retiring? The New River Valley Might Suit You Well

Blacksburg – and the New River Valley – have just been named to another “Best” list. Where to Retire magazine just published an article, seen below, naming Blacksburg a great place to retire. I don’t know about the retirement part, but I can certainly say it’s a great place to live, and I’ve worked with a lot of folks over the last 10 years who’ve moved back here for many of the reasons mentioned in the article. When thinking about retirement don’t forget to also start looking into assisted living communities, it’s never to early to plan your future. Here you …

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What’s the List to Sale Ratio in Blacksburg?

Seems a lot of people consider negotiation as “ask less than the list price and expect that they’ll come back somewhere in the middle.” At its’ simplest sure, that might work, but it also helps to know at what price sellers are pricing their homes, and also at what price buyers are buying those same homes for. This is where the list to sale ratio comes in. To see the list to sale ratio in Radford, click here.  Now, it’s not perfect, but it’s helpful, and the reason why it’s helpful is because it shows what kind of momentum, plus …

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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA Among The Safest

I’m admittedly a week or so behind on this news, but it’s relevant nonetheless. Earlier this month, Farmers Insurance named the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area one of the safest places in the country. The MSA, named the 7th safest place to live among small towns (population < 150,000 people), has been on the list before, showing stability throughout the region. What’s it mean for real estate? The impact is pretty simple, people want to live where they feel they and their family can be safe – that’s a no-brainer. Demand drives value, and the area’s housing inventory benefits. Search for …

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Christmas Lights in the New River Valley 2013

Christmas season is upon us, and one of the things I really look forward to is going out to look at all the houses decorated in lights, most of them have professionals put them up, and they always do an amazing job. If you’re looking for a Colorado Christmas Light Installation professional, I would definitely recommend them . In years past, we’ve done the Christmas Map, where I’ve highlighted all of the houses I found that had some really great decorations – both elegant AND gaudy (oh admit it, you like the gaudy ones too). This year, I’m behind in …

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Blacksburg – A Look Back In Time

Floating around on Twitter this week was a link to a site called That 70’s Blacksburg … written by a real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Townside, Dennis Smith, it’s an interesting look at Blacksburg back when some of them really went to sleep in this little town. Now, it’s a vibrant place … although it’s still a town. I’ve never met Dennis, but wrote him to tell him how much I’ve enjoyed looking back through time – hope you will as well. And that black and white photo below? That happens to be Nest Realty NRV’s office today!  

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