Handley Farm Estates

Remarkable Building Opportunities 6 minutes from Western Albemarle Schools

handley-signSweeping views and privacy within a stately neighborhood setting distinguish Handley Farm Estates in Western Albemarle. Parcels range in size from 4 to 23 acres with prices from $295K. Choose a builder or work with Peak Homes to design the perfect residence. Only 6 minutes to Brownsville, Henley, and Western Albemarle schools, Handley is conveniently located for your every day needs. Beyond close proximity to Crozet, you can be almost anywhere in Charlottesville or Waynesboro in 15-20 minutes.

Lot 10


Lot 10 has it all. This 21 acre parcel offers multiple options for home sites with breathtaking views. This parcel boasts a private pond and large expanse of gently rolling land, making it an ideal choice if you’d like a horse or two.

Lot 11


With over 7 acres, Lot 11 offers an open, elevated home site with potential for dramatic panorama views after select clearing.

Lot 12


A stunner with magnificent views, lot 12 includes hiking trails, and fishing pond on 23 acres. Cleared and level home site backs to a large conservation tract ensuring privacy in perpetuity. The jewel of this property is the opportunity to fish for trout on your own private spring fed pond.

Lot 2


Spanning 22 acres, Lot 2 is one of Handley’s larger parcels. A private pond greets you as you enter the property. The elevated home site offers lovely north-facing views and privacy provided by hardwoods dotting the property.

Lot 3


Ready for construction to commence, Lot 3 is mostly open with a large, level, cleared area. At just over 4 acres, this well-priced lot offers mountain views from its elevated home site and has the convenience of a well already in place.

Lot 9


At just under 8 acres, Lot 9 offers jaw-dropping views plus a level home site that backs to a preservation tract, ensuring supreme privacy. This parcel is also build-ready with a well in place.

Lot 4


Mature hardwoods sprinkled throughout Lot 4 provide privacy without inhibiting the Blue Ridge views that are Handley’s signature feature. Selective clearing could greatly enhance the mountain views and create a stunning backdrop for your future home.

Lot 5


Off the neighborhood’s one cul-de-sac, Lot 5 provides simply gorgeous views. Thanks to the hardwoods dotting it, the 7 acre parcel’s elevated, level home site has potential for shaded lawns and excellent views.

Lot 6


There are stunning panoramic views and a well already in place on Lot 6. The acreage is mostly level with views to the west, north, or south. Thanks to plentiful level land and views in 3 directions, there are several strong building sites to choose from. Panoramic views provide the potential for views from every room.

Handley offers you the freedom to work with whomever you choose when designing and building your new home. One excellent custom option is Peak Builders. With a keen attention to detail and a knack for marrying function with beauty, the team at Peak will partner with you to create a truly unique home perfect for you and your family.


If you are looking for that neighborhood feel without sacrificing privacy or your enjoyment of nature, then take a drive out to Handley Farm Estates. This neighborhood offers a rare opportunity to enjoy stunning natural scenery without increasing your daily commute. The views from Handley cannot truly be appreciated until seen in person. If you would like to schedule a walk-through, contact Loring or Sydney for more information today.


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Sydney Tenhundfeld

Do you need an agent to sell your house in a hot market?

Some sellers may get lulled into a false sense of security that their homes will sell without an agent’s help when hearing statistics that the market is stronger than ever and inventory is low. The problem is that a good real estate agent is so much more than simply a service to get it into the MLS.


It is incredibly difficult to be objective about one’s own home. Having an experienced third party perspective can make all the difference in getting your home show ready. Several recent properties were sold the first day on the market because of their agent’s ability to be critical and know when to pull in professional help when needed.

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Shannon Thomas called upon one of her trusted contacts to have this home professionally staged. The work paid off as she was able to get a motivated buyer the first day on the market.

Another example of staging making all the difference is this stunning downtown property. Gorgeous in its own right, this home’s appeal was maximized by staging to secure the seller a top dollar offer in record time.




From the moment you sign your listing agreement with an agent they begin marketing the home. While getting it into the MLS can require weeks of staging, photos, and yard work the agent can start soft marketing your home to other agents as coming soon. This helps agents poise their buyers for a new listing and creates abuzz around the property motivating buyers to come in with competitive offers.


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My buyer just closed on this home that we were able to get because I knew about it before it hit the MLS. The listing agent spread the word when it would be coming on and I was able to get my buyer in there at first notice with preapproval letter ready. This also proves the necessity of an in-the-know buyers’ agent.


Another strong asset of having an agent is access to advertising. We have the funding built into our business and the relationships with local outlets to get your home in front of thousands. Our firm employs a full time graphic designer to make sure your home stands out and doesn’t get lost in the sea of other homes. This extra step makes all the difference in how your buyers perceive your property and helps set our properties apart from other listings.



Agents know how to get your property in front of as many eyes as possible. In a hot market like this one it shouldn’t take long for a well priced home to sell. Anecdotally in my neighborhood alone there have been 3 agent listed properties all under contract within days whereas there are 2 for sale by owners that have had signs out for months.


Agents have their finger on the pulse of a home’s market value. They can guide you through how to negotiate multiple offer situations to come out with the best offer possible. Getting a home under contract is only half the battle though. Many things can happen between contract to closing from financing mishaps to deficiencies discovered in the inspection. Likely as a homeowner you have only been involved with a handful of transactions in your life. An agent has invaluable experience and a nuanced understanding of how to navigate these hurdles without killing the deal. Having an experienced agent helps protect your interests while maintaining a neutral, third party buffer between buyer and seller.

Interested in cashing in on the hot market? There are still motivated buyers looking for the right property. Contact me to give you an opinion of value and discuss more what Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates and I can do to help you sell your home.

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Sydney Tenhundfeld

Investment Property: Is it Right for You?

Many people turn to real estate as a way to diversify their investment portfolio. Depending on what you read, it can either appear like a no brainer way to achieve passive income or a daunting prospect fraught with risk. The reality, of course, is that property investment falls somewhere in between. There are a few things to keep in mind to maximize your earning potential and mitigate risk factors.

Think With Your Head, Not Your Heart
Investment properties are all about how the numbers shake out. Falling in love with a beautiful kitchen is not a reason to make an offer. If anything you will likely find a better value in a property that has yet to be updated. Renters will care more about new appliances than soapstone counters.

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Consider Maintenance Costs
Maintenance is one of the larger variables in owning real estate. A detached home will need yard maintenance and will mean you hold sole responsibility for the roof, plumbing, and major systems but will have a larger resale audience when it comes time to sell. Condos and townhomes mitigate a lot of the maintenance issues by having a Home Owners Association (HOA) but at an additional fee not recouped when selling the property.

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Select the Right Area
Location and cost are likely to be the top two priorities for a potential tenant. Proximity to employers or schools can be the single most important factor as to whether or not your property stays rented or remains vacant. When deciding on a particular area take stock of the current inventory and price range. You can learn a lot from others’ mistakes. Your agent can guide you on typical rent and demand for a neighborhood.


Gather Your Team
Depending on your own areas of expertise you will need to have a trusted handyman, insurance representative, attorney, and accountant to keep everything in order with your property. Your real estate agent can be a great resource for all of these needs. Additionally if you want to be more hands off and just let the checks roll in we do offer Property Management services at our firm. You can learn more about that here.

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If you have the patience, funds, and supporting professional guidance it takes, you could start profiting quickly with the right investment property. I would love to share with you the knowledge I have gained in my experience managing rental properties and representing investors. Contact me to start looking or learn more about my analysis of the above properties.

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Sydney Tenhundfeld

Neighborhood Spotlight: Old Trail

Old Trail has quickly become one of the most popular neighborhoods in Crozet and it is easy to see why. Between the amenities, location, and community it has just about everything you could ask for.

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Brownsville Elementary, Henley Middle, and Western Albemarle High schools are all a short walk or bike ride from Old Trail. This has made it an immensely appealing neighborhood for families. What is not to love about walking your child to school along a scenic path with mountain views?

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Swim and Golf
The Swim Club and Golf Club offer amazing opportunities to stay active. Old Trail’s 18 hole golf course offers simply beautiful blue ridge views also enjoyed from the well appointed club house. The Swim Club has something for everyone whether you are looking for a quick dip on a hot day or want to do some laps and dive.

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You don’t have to sacrifice convenience for the quiet Crozet lifestyle. Old Trail Village Center offers shops, restaurants, and even physician offices. Crozet is getting more and more

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Something For Everyone
Old Trail really has something for everyone at any stage in life. Properties range from smaller starter homes to beautiful custom built houses with a view. You may be surprised you can even still build in Old Trail!

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If you are interested in learning more contact me to go out and explore this wonderful community.

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The Importance of Staging Your Home For Sale

While you may absolutely love every item in your home from your kids’ artwork on the fridge to your grandmother’s antique bed that dominates the guest bedroom, they may not help you sell your house. This is where effective staging can make all of the difference.

In a study by the Real Estate Staging Association it was found that staging a home reduced the days on market by 72%. The association arrived at this number after evaluating 63 homes that had been on the market for an average of 143 days. These homes were then staged and received offers within 40 days on average.

Compare that to 481 homes that were staged before listing which received offers in 23 days on average. That is huge! Each mortgage payment you don’t have to pay is money in your pocket.

Nearly every buyer views properties online before ever setting foot in a home. Thus the photographs in your listing are crucial in making a great first impression is so vital. Good staging and great photography can take a home from being one a buyer passes over online to a home the buyer has to see now!

The talented home stager Gail Hoerr at Redesign and photographer Abby Inman with VA Home Pics brought this listing to the next level.

Here are some before and after pictures to highlight a few of the main principles of staging and the importance of great photography.


While many talk about the three L’s of real estate (Location, location, location!) the three D’s of staging are definitely Declutter, Declutter, Declutter! This strategy is utilized at every step of this staging project.



It is important to every room feel spacious, airy, and well lit to allow the potential home buyers to see themselves living in the space. Dark cramped areas are overlooked, forgettable, and viewed as unusable space.




Depersonalization and decluttering go hand in hand. While decreasing the number of items is important so is decreasing the distractions. Buyers are there to view the house and its potential to fulfill their needs. Photos of a family vacation can make a viewer think about how they should take their kids to Paris rather than how this office is a great asset to the family member that works from home.




Part of envisioning your life in a house is thinking of how you go about your day to day activities. The ability to seamlessly go from cooking in the kitchen to eating at the table to reading a book with a cup of tea in your favorite chair before bed should be easily envisioned.


When choosing your real estate agent make sure they have the resources for staging and photography in order to garner your home with the most interest possible.

See more from Gail by visiting her website or blog!

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By Sydney Tenhundfeld, REALTOR ®