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Archive for January, 2010

Edgar Allen Poe, Dismal Swamp and a Neighborhood that’s anything but Dismal

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Just a few days ago, January 19, would have been Edgar Allen Poes’, 201st birthday. Born in Boston, MA, after the death of both of his parents, he moved with foster parents to Richmond, VA.  Though he had a short life (dying at the age of 40), he left behind a legacy of writing. He is credited with starting the Detective / mystery writing genre.  The poem he is most famous for The Raven, is said to have been penned after a visit to the Dismal Swamp.  Along with Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe, he is one of the many writers to have been inspired by the mystery of the Dismal Swamp.

When it’s a bit foggy outside and at night with the gases coming out of the swamp causing mysterious light, it is easy to see the inspiration. Though the swamp be referred to as Dismal, not so this wonderful neighborhood bordered by the swamp and the inter coastal waterway.

I say that the neighborhood is anything but Dismal… based on the number of visitors coming in to check out our neighborhood. We will be adding two families to the neighborhood this coming week.  The real estate market is down in many parts of the country, for Doreen and I it seems not so in our neck of the woods!   One visitor this weekend pointed out the number of homes he saw being built and how reassuring that was.

It’s music to our ears to pull in and hear the hammers going.  It is wonderful to see so much activity going on in the neighborhood. I watched today as one of the neighbors mowed his lawn while the children played on their bikes.  Folks out walking their dogs and families out exploring the neighborhood, just as the vision of a traditional neighborhood development theme calls for.  I smiled as I locked the model home at the end of the day.

We wrote another contract today for a family moving back to Chesapeake from a neighboring city.  It’s a privilege to help bring folks home to Culpepper Landing.

Robert Frost, Dismal Swamp and a Cold Winter’s Day

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Did I mention the “street people” of Culpepper Landing. Let’s talk about Robert Frost and his connection to the Dismal Swamp. So the story goes, Robert Frost was wild about a girl.  He had aspirations of marriage…. She thought finishing their education and then moving toward the alter was the way to go.  Robert Frost had dropped out of college and decided to visit her un announced! Not good in his day. She refused to see him so Robert Frost decided to head south to the Dismal Swamp and end it all.  Instead after making his way to the Dismal Swamp via Norfolk, VA to Deep Creek,  he spent some time and decided this wasn’t the way to end it all. Finally he returned North to his true love who later became his wife! Nice ending to the story wouldn’t you say.

We’ve had an awesome beginning to the year 2010 with a flurry of activity and some new folks deciding to call Culpepper Landing their home.  In spite of the extremely cold weather our visitors have been braving the cold to come and take a look.  As I was showing a family the Dover plan this weekend they were lamenting the fact they missed Homearama. I only have two Homearama homes left to show.  All the others have been scooped up.   The Elizabeth, built by Widener Homes, is an excellent specimen of Charleston style architecture.  A wrap porch and balcony give an unmatched curb appeal to this lovely home.  All the amenities in a new home they you could dream of with the charm and character of yesteryear that makes this a place you can really call home.  Check out the virtual tour on our website.  You won’t be disappointed.

New Year, New Guild Members and a Look back…

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day at Culpepper Landing.  Our weather has turned cold and windy.  Still the neighbors were out walking the pooches, taking down the Christmas decorations and a few brave souls ventured out to view our homes.  We start this year on a high note as we finished up with six more sales in the neighborhood and a flurry of  folks moving in in time for Christmas and the New Year.

Simpson Builders, has come on board as a member of the Guild and soon we will have their first buyers moving into the community. In case you ventured out for Homearama, their home The Bright Idea Home, was House number 1 in the show.  Features included an office/ study area off the family room. Roomy porch, outdoor entertainment area, detached garage, mud room entrance to collect shoes, coats, etc.   Check out the virtual tour of this lovely home.

Bill Ore, LLC.  builders of the award winning Christmas House, are in full swing with their Kristie Lynn, just started and already sold on Lot 67!  They have tweeked the Christmas House, also known as the Elderberry, the Elderberry II, features five bedrooms, with a master bedroom down,  wrap porch, detached garage with carport/entertainment area and a room over the detached garage which can be finished as well.  They also have a plan the Dawn Michelle which is a very nice cottage plan.  We have 33 families now living in Culpepper Landing.  It’s really been delightful for us all to see the neighborhood taking shape and the folks moving in.

I spoke with one of the neighbors as I left this evening, a quick exchange due to the cold,  turned the corner and watched a neighbor de-Christmasing.. as I call it. I turned my car from Robert Frost to Mill Creek Parkway and looked toward the Row Homes, which now have 8 residents living there.  Did I hear Auld Lange Syne, on the radio,  I found my thoughts to how a quick year for me in Culpepper.  From no homeowner’s to 33 living in the neighborhood in one year.  It was a whirlwind when we found in March, Homearama 2009 would be held there.  Ahhh, the opening night when I stood and looked down Dodd, all adorn with the “Homearama Homes,” truly,  Main Street, USA.   It’s a privilege to see this community grow.  The neighbors are as welcoming as the homes themselves. The empty nesters, the retirees, the new bride and groom, the folks welcoming their new baby.  It’s been a wonderful year at Culpepper Landing and I look forward to the year to come!