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Spring and Summer Events in and Around Prince William

Spring and Summer Events in and Around Prince William

It seems like we are finally coming out of this pandemic, and as things are opening up more and more, there are plenty of fun events to put on your calendar this spring and summer. There’s something for everyone from water parks to concerts. Read on to find out about all the exciting things you can do in the weeks and months to come. Continue reading

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My Personal Recommendations to Help Support Local Businesses

I have always felt that it is important to support local small businesses, and it’s especially important right now. Small businesses have been hit hard over the last year due to the pandemic. Many of them are struggling. You can help by patronizing locally owned restaurants, nail shops, wineries and other businesses that call this area home. Read on for my personal recommendations. Continue reading

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Tasty Take-Out Options

Tasty Take-Out Options

Northern Virginia has many wonderful restaurants that you should definitely try out at least once. While restaurant seating may be limited right now, many restaurants have the option of offering take-out. It may not be the same as enjoying your favorite foods inside the restaurants’ unique atmospheres, but now you don’t have to go without your favorites. Personally, I love ethnic foods and trying new dishes, so take-out is a great way of still doing that. I also love to support local small businesses, so if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to give these a try. Continue reading

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The Most Walkable and Bikeable Communities in Gainesville, VA

The Most Walkable and Bikeable Communities in Gainesville, VA

Gainesville is the gateway to Northern Virginia’s finest! Conveniently located near the historic Manassas Battlefields, it is also en route to Shenandoah National Park. Gainesville’s most recent improvements provide pedestrian-friendly shopping and entertainment, and easy access to commuter routes. If you’re looking to move into the Gainesville area and having nature and conveniences nearby is important to you, I’ve compiled this list of the most walkable and bikeable communities in the area. I’ve also assigned a “walkability” and “bikeability” rating to each community, based on the Walkscore.com methodology and my personal knowledge and local experience. Continue reading

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Prince William County's 2019 Real Estate Market Review and 2020 Forecast

Prince William County’s 2019 Real Estate Market Review and 2020 Forecast

In 2019, the real estate market saw low interest rates for home buyers, but also low inventory, especially for those looking for start-up homes. 2020 is shaping up to be very similar. Here’s a look at where we’ve been and where we’re headed in Prince William. Continue reading

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Time to Move-Up? New Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow Homes Between $450 - $575K

Time to Move-Up? New Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow Homes Between $450 – $575K

Looking to upgrade? Western Prince William County offers some of the most sought-after real estate in Virginia. Steeped in American history with beautiful neighborhoods and easy access to major transportation corridors for commuters, Western Prince William County is an ideal choice for those looking to move-up. The area has several outstanding neighborhoods with houses ranging in price from $450 – $575K. Take a look at these choice neighborhoods in Bristow, Gainesville, and Haymarket to see all that they have to offer: Continue reading

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Downsizing? Attractive Townhouse Communities in Gainesville and Haymarket, VA

Downsizing? Attractive Townhouse Communities in Gainesville and Haymarket, VA

Are you thinking of downsizing? A townhouse may be the perfect option for you. Townhomes typically offer more private space than a condo and generally require less upkeep than a single-family home, making them a perfect alternative for those looking to live a low maintenance lifestyle. Prince William County has several beautiful townhome communities. Take a look at these townhome communities in Gainesville and Haymarket to see all that they have to offer! Continue reading

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Your Horses are at Home in Western Prince William County

Your Horses are at Home in Western Prince William County

your-horses-are-at-home-in-western-prince-william-countyThe beauty of living in Western Prince William County is that it has something for everyone. The country mouse and the city mouse are both equally at home here. There are bustling suburbs and peaceful countryside, all within about an hour’s drive. Equestrians and horse enthusiasts alike will love the variety of horse trails that are all around the county. Here are just a few area horse trails you can enjoy.

Manassas National Battlefield Park –With horse trailer parking at the intersection of Route 29 and Featherbed, this National Park trail offers more than just a place for you and your horse to explore. You will trot down the trails of history together. There are monuments and a visitor’s center along the trail for you to explore area history. (You can purchase a park pass at the visitor’s center.) Come out and enjoy 50 miles of natural surface and some wood chip covered trails. A bonus of this trail – there is no standing water nearby, so there are hardly any bugs. There are so many different trails here, you can ride all day and not cover the same two places twice. Be aware, though, that some trails are for pedestrians only.

Nokesville – There are two trails in Nokesville — The Nokesville Park Equestrian Trail and the Valley View Park Equestrian trail. Nokesville Park is located on Aden Road. It has a sand ring trail for working and training purposes that you can use in conjunction with the horse trail. Explore 3 miles of natural surface trails here. You can find a slightly shorter natural surface trail at Valley View Park at 11930 Valley View Drive in Nokesville. This trail is perfect for short rides and natural challenges for training.

Haymarket – Haymarket also has trails located in James Long Park and Silver Lake Regional Park. James Long Park has a well-established trail in the community with about 5 miles of natural surface. There is plenty of horse trailer parking and a sand ring near the trail for training. Enjoy a scenic ride around a 20-acre lake, meadows and forest at Silver Lake Regional Park Equestrian Trail. This natural surface trail is about 4 mile long.

Gainesville – Conway Robinson State Forest Park is a 400-acre park, plus a wildlife and wildflower sanctuary. This historic and scenic area allows people ages 16 and up (with a permit) to ride horses through the forest, explore the Manassas Gap Railroad bed used during the Civil War or stop to enjoy a picnic.

Manassas – Ben Lomond Trail is a two-mile natural surface. There is no trailer parking available at this site. It’s located at 7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive in Manassas. Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville is adjacent to Manassas. There, you can explore 9 miles of flat, dirt trails through the woods. There are some steep bank water crossings and some marshes with boardwalks, so it’s not recommended to ride here after heavy rains. This trail offers beautiful scenery with wildflowers and wildlife.

Make yourself at home and your horse at home! Learn more about life in Western Prince William County by contacting Jacobson Reality and Home Staging today.Discover the natural beauty in our communities.

Jacobson Realty and Home Staging (JRY) was established by Broker/Owner Belinda Jacobson-Loehle in April 2002. Belinda is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and has lived and worked in Gainesville, Virginia since 1995. She has been a licensed broker since 1989. 

The JRY mission is to provide professional advice and analysis, maintain clear and consistent communication and serve clients with respect. The home buying and selling process can be an exciting and stressful experience. Our goal is to make it smooth, educational, enjoyable, quick and as financially beneficial as possible. 
The desire of JRY is to exceed your expectations to find the home you love or sell the house you have for a deal that is right for you!

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Holiday “Spirits” are Bright in Prince William County, VA

Holiday “Spirits” are Bright in Prince William County, VA

The holidays

The holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry. And you can do all of the above at many of the breweries in and around Prince William County. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life, or perhaps you need a good brew to bring to a holiday party, shop local and sample some of these breweries’ delicious offerings to help you choose your holiday gifts. Here are some great local places to imbibe:

· Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (7679 Limestone Drive #130, Gainesville) – With creative craft beer names like Unkel Dunkel and Honey We’re On a Date, you can be sure you’re in for a good time. You can typically find 6 to 12 beers on tap at a time, with their standard offerings, some seasonal brews and a few they call experimental. Their experimental beers are where they really let their imaginations run wild, like an amber ale with notes of bacon and chipotle peppers, called Breakfast of Champions. Sample beers, enjoy a pint or take home a growler Thursday through Sunday afternoons and evenings.

· Heritage Brewing Company (9436 Center Point Lane, Manassas) – This veteran-owned and operated brewery is committed to quality beer and social consciousness. They use only organic and sustainable ingredients, try to have the smallest carbon footprint possible and give 1% of their profits back to charity. You can choose from their flagship beers, seasonals, limited edition, oak aged or experimental brews. Enjoy beers from their tap room Thursday through Sunday, or take a tour on Saturdays.

· BadWolf Brewing Company (9776 Center Street, Manassas) – This company’s first location offers a cozy setting to sample a few of their staple beers, plus their experimental and pilot test batches. Family-owned and operated, this brewery offers unique beers like a stout called Chocolate Covered Banana or Mango IPA.

· Big BadWolf (8420 Kao Circle, Manassas) – The new second location of BadWolf Brewing offers tons of seating where you can enjoy a wider variety of your BadWolf favorites. Or, you might choose to enjoy a growler or keg at home. BadWolf doesn’t serve food at this location, but they welcome you to bring your own or order delivery.

· Old Bust Head Brewing Company (7134 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill) – Old Bust Head Brewing Company is named for a historic crossroads in Fauquier County. Some say the locals came up with the nickname when a neighbor fell off his horse after overdoing it. Others say the locals who drank liked to fight, or that they fell down and “busted their heads” on the road. No matter where the name came from, this brewery is known for dozens of craft beers on tap and in bottles. The brewery prides itself on investing in sustainability with its “green” building, energy efficient brewhouse and geothermal heating. The brewery also supports farmers and buys ingredients and supplies locally.

In addition to existing breweries, a new brewery is coming to Prince William County. The old Thomasson Barn at Innovation Park will become an $8 million “destination brewery.” Eventually, it will include an onsite brewing and packaging facility, bistro, tasting room, retail store, beer garden, hops fields, walking trails and bocce court.

Jacobson Realty and Home Staging prides itself on being closely connected with the community and up-to-date on not only the real estate market, but the neighborhoods themselves. If you would like more information on this area we call home, contact us. And Happy Holidays!

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