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At Ashlake, there’s always something new under the sun!

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: May 23, 2017

Not only do you get a maintenance-free home and an amazing, friendly community when you move to the Villas at Ashlake, but you also get nuggets of wisdom. Keep reading to learn!

Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel, an important French physicist, explained how we can generate electricity from sunlight in 1839.  He’s the father of modern solar energy, discovering the photovoltaic effect, the operating principle of the solar cell. And finally, 175 years and decades of experimentation later, we have technology that can efficiently harness the power of the sun!

 

Why does this matter?

Because everything we do uses tons of electricity – and it costs a lot of money. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world! Modern technology can harness solar energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light, and heating water.

 

By using solar power, you can reduce your energy costs and your carbon footprint. And at the Villas of Ashlake, we’re helping you do just that – by installing a solar energy system!

 

What does solar power mean to you?

  • You’ll start saving the very first day of your system’s operation. How high is your current electric bill? You can expect to save around $90 a month from your solar energy system at Ashlake!

 

  • You can claim a one-time tax credit equal to 30% of your system’s cost. For example, on a $15,000 solar energy system, you’d be entitled to $4,500 in tax credits. Cha-ching!

 

  • When you purchase your home, it’s easy to finance your solar energy system through your mortgage.

 

  • Homes with a solar energy system provide more reliable power and have a better resale value in the Richmond market.

 

  • Your solar energy system will reduce your carbon footprint by lowering demand for electricity from coal or gas-fueled energy plants.

 

 

If want to learn more about how the solar energy system at Ashlake will work, please call Tom Gancsos at 804.347.4253.

We Make Home Buying Easy with our Concierge Program

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 21, 2016

Buying a new home can be the time of your life!  At Cornerstone Homes, we make this process as seamless and stress-free as possible. Why? Because we want to welcome you home to one of our active adult communities sooner so you can start that carefree lifestyle you deserve!

Through our innovative Concierge Program, we partner you with professionals that will help you with every aspect of selling your current home and prepare your move to your new life.

  • Staging is everything, and our design experts will help you stage your current home so it shines and sells quickly.
  • We have partnered with a team of local realtors near each of our 55 and over communities to sell your current home.  Plus, when you list with one of these partners, you will save money on commission fees!
  • Our preferred lenders can help you secure your new home with financing that works best for you and save you money.
  • We’ll even help you organize your move through our local experts. They can help coordinate everything from packing boxes to furniture placement in your brand new Cornerstone home and everythinscreen-shot-2016-11-21-at-12-40-40-pmg in between.

Let us help you make this next chapter in your life an exciting one. Contact us to learn how you can take advantage of our Concierge Program today!

Chickahominy Falls Featured on RichmondBizSense.com!

Categories: News & Events, Uncategorized | Posted: November 19, 2015

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Our own Roger Glover has unveiled more details for our new project, Chickahominy Falls, which would put as many as 400 homes on approximately 180 acres along both sides of Holly Hill Road just south of its intersection with Cedar Lane.

We put our focus on developments that cater to the 55-and-up homebuyer – those looking to downsize but who remain active in the community. While Chickahominy Falls is targeted to that age group, it also includes sections that are aimed at millennials and young families.

Glover said the goal is to create an interconnected community of various housing types and residents that are brought together by shared amenities, such as organic farming, community gardening and even a canning operation on the grounds of an existing century-old house – the former homestead of the family of Frank Hargrove Sr., a former longtime member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

“I’ve done a lot of age-targeted, age-restricted communities, and one thing that has always been a concern is that they may eventually become a little more age-isolated,” Glover said. “I like this idea of providing everybody their area but providing some connectivity.”

Read the full article here!

 

Open houses this weekend at The Villas of Wake Forest!

Categories: Events, Events for Wake Forest, News & Events, Uncategorized, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: November 10, 2015

Two new beautiful open houses to tour this weekend in The Villas of Wake Forest!

Come on out to The Villas of Wake Forest to tour the NEW Canterbury and Abbey floorplans! Bonus: The Canterbury is MOVE-In READY! Both homes will be open on Saturday, November 14th & Sunday, November 15th from 1 to 5 p.m.!

The Villas At Wake Forest Open House

Spook-Tacular Halloween Party at The Villas of Wake Forest!

Categories: Events for Wake Forest, News & Events, Uncategorized, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: November 5, 2015

Untitled design (29)The Villas of Wake Forest homeowners had a blast at the Halloween party last week! The Halloween bash was hosted at the clubhouse. We heard the ‘fun police’ had to come and make sure the gang didn’t get out of hand!

Homeowners at The Villas at Wake Forest are a tight knit group of folks and it shows when they get together.

There were prizes rewarded for the best costume – which was a hard decision! Everyone came dressed ready to win!

There was food, drinks and LOTS of laughs. This is just what living at The Villas at Wake Forest is all about – having fun. We can’t wait to do it again next Halloween!

Fredericksburg Ranked in Top Suburbs in Virginia

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, Local Articles, Uncategorized | Posted: May 27, 2015

Niche, a website that reviews communities and schools, has named Fredericksburg and its surrounding area one of the top suburbs in the state.

Fredericksburg ranked seventh. The city got a top grade for things to do and ability to commute for work. The lowest rating the city received was for crime in the area.

The Niche ranking of U.S. suburbs is based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools and access to activities, jobs, housing and transportation.

Niche provides reviews and insight from experts to help people choose neighborhoods, colleges or K-12 schools, and was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students.

Find the full ranking here: bit.ly/1KoL1s0.

Click here to read the original article

Things To Do in Fredericksburg This Weekend

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 9, 2015

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Fredericksburg.com shows a calendar full of great events taking place this weekend in the Fredericksburg area.  Here are just some of the events we thought you might like.

 

1) “Selfies” Art Exhibit

Now – March 1, 2015

For more information visit brushstrokesfredericksburg.com

 

2) Horseback Riding for Beginners

Saturdays 10-11am

Ever wanted to take up horseback riding?  Here’s your chance!  These are hands on classes that teach all the grooming skills, tacking techniques, general ground manners and care and riding.Lessons will expose the student to the full range of requirements for safely enjoying the horse and deciding if they wish to continue to master the ride. Class is six weeks. Shoe or boot with a heel is needed. Pre-registration required.

Location: White Buffalo Horse Farm.  Click here for more information

 

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3) Performance: The Drunken City

The University at Mary Washington, Repeats every day until Sunday, February 22, 2015 starting at 12:00 AM.

Performance, The Drunken City; duPont Hall, Klein Theatre; Feb. 12-14, Feb. 19-21 at 8 p.m., Feb. 15, 21, 22 at 2 p.m.; AfterWords discussion following the 2 p.m. performance on Feb. 15; $12 for general admission; (540) 654-1111

 

4) Model Trains Exhibit

National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle. Repeats every day until Sunday, February 15, 2015, all day.

All Aboard!! The National Capital Trackers “O-Gauge Train Club” will have their steam, electric, and diesel engines from the early 20th Century to modern day chugging down the track.  Free admission, free parking. For more information, call 703 784-4463. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway Triangle, VA 2217

For more information visit: http://www.usmcmuseum.org

 

5) Railroad Museum and Train Rides

Free Event at Rapahannock Railway Workers Museum, Fredericksburg. Saturday, February 14th starting at 9:00 AM and ending at 12:00 PM EST.

Spend Saturday reliving history at the Railroad Museum.  Located in Spotsylvania Business Park accross from the Fairgrounds and near Shannon Airport.  See th tools and equipment used to build and maintain the railroads.  Sit in the seats of the restored cabooses and weather permitting step aboard the restored maintenance of way train for an open air excursion out of the business park and along Deep Run.  Museum is open every Saturday morning from 9AM to noon and train rides conducted when weather and commercial rail operations permit.
Rapahannock Railway Workers Museum 11700 Main St Fredericksburg, VA 22408

 

Buying Your First RV – Everything You Need to Know

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 30, 2014

rvSo, you want to get away from it all, hit the road, travel the open road… but you don’t necessarily want to leave behind the comforts of home. A recreational vehicle (RV) is the answer. RVs are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association—almost 9 percent of American households own one, an increase of one million people over the last six years (thank a rebounding economy and millions of baby boomers reaching retirement age for this fact). If you’re thinking about purchasing your first RV, use these tips to get the right one for you at the right price.

New vs. Used

When buying new, you know you’re getting a vehicle without past problems, and you’ll enjoy warranty protection. However, RVs have a steep depreciation rate, and if you decide you don’t enjoy RV-ing or you purchased the wrong size RV, you risk making a costly mistake.

Buying used, of course, is cheaper. It enables you to take advantage of the depreciation the previous owner(s) suffered. If you go this route, evaluate the RV carefully and do independent research before you commit.

Nonmotorized vs. Motorized

If you don’t own a pickup truck or a large vehicle that can easily tow a nonmotorized RV (also called a travel trailer or fifth wheel), you’ll have to purchase a motorized one. Read online reviews of the models you’re considering to learn the specific pros and cons of each. Then ask the owners for more information, including why they are selling, who serviced their RV, when and where they bought it and whether there have ever been insurance claims against the RV.

Buy Smart

Take the RV for a test drive, and if you’re still a “go,” have your mechanic evaluate the RV’s frame, drivetrain and the other mechanical elements. Obtain an estimate for any mechanic-recommended repairs, then factor that into your budget. Don’t forget to factor in insurance as well. It will be cheaper on a used RV. According the TheHartford AARP, there are a lot of benefits and discounts you can get with RV insurance to make sure it’s affordable for you.

Maintenance

Once you bring your new RV home, follow proper maintenance tips to keep your unit in good shape. These include:

  • Be careful with your RV refrigerator. Novice RV-ers who make the mistake of storing their RV with the fridge as-is often come back to find rampant mold and mildew. Leave the refrigerator doors open, so the unit can air itself out. When you go to use your RV, pre-cool the refrigerator for 24 hours before filling it.
  • Cover your tires during storage. Vinyl tire covers protect your tires from weather damage and potential failure.
  • Disconnect the battery wires for long-term storage. This helps avoid battery drain.
  • Keeping a window or two slightly open as well as the roof vent will help maintain proper venting and air circulation inside the RV.
  • Have your axles and breaks serviced once a year.

Homes For Sale in Virginia & North Carolina | The Colonnade

Categories: Pinterest, Uncategorized | Posted: August 28, 2013

Request more about our Colonnade Model for sale in:

Apex, North Carolina

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Roanoke, VA

“Views from every angle, no matter which way you look out, you’ll like what you see!”

Courtyard views from owner’s suite, dining room, kitchen & living room • Courtyard access from owner’s suite (optional) • 2 Bedrooms, den/office, and 2 full baths • Dining area open to living room • 9 ft. ceilings, cathedral ceilings • Open, eat-in kitchen • Pantry • Direct access to garage from kitchen • Large Laundry room conveniently located • Owner’s suite with walk-in closet & owner’s bath with “custom” features • Extra large garage oversized by 20% • Covered front entryway

 

Approx. 1547 Sq. Feet

The Kitchen

 

 

The Living Room

The Dining Room


Your Very Own Courtyard

Nancy

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 6, 2011

“I love the freedom from yard work! This is such a fun place to live and I have more time to be active and involved with my neighbors. I enjoy the Wednesday Coffees, Thursday Craft Day at the Clubhouse, pot luck dinners and water aerobics in the summer, just to name a few! I feel a strong sense of belonging with people that truly care about each other.”