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2015 St. Jude’s Dream Home at Culpepper Landing

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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2015 Dream Home by Stephen Alexander | Photo Credit: L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian Pilot

Article By Joanne Kimberlin  | The Virginian-Pilot  |  ©


You can’t raffle off your own house – that’s illegal. But for $100, you might win one – a $475,000 Deep Creek beauty being raffled to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (charity = legal).

Odds of snagging the keys are 1 in 13,000 (number of tickets being offered) – which is better than the lottery (recent Powerball: 1 in 175 million).

Win the house, though, and you’ll have to come up with a lot more cash before you move in. Taxes are due up front, about $100,000 worth (the fly in the ointment).

On the upside, plenty of banks will be eager to help you out, since 3308 Dodd Dr. in Chesapeake’s Culpepper Landing will make fine collateral.

The 3,100-square-foot house – three bedrooms, media room, screened-in porch, top-shelf appliances and a to-die-for master bath – is one of 30 being raffled across the country for the annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, the hospital’s biggest fundraiser.

Builders in Hampton Roads have been participating for 15 years. This year’s house is the sixth built by Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods.

Stephen Quick, who owns the company with his two sons, says his outfit has funneled $6 million to St. Jude over the years. Dozens of local and national contractors donate materials or labor, while Quick and his folks work for free.

The result: A home built for about 40 percent of its usual cost, which is covered by raffle proceeds.

Tickets usually sell out; St. Jude gets the rest.

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Deep Creek High School In The News

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Chesapeake Students play “I Spy” with Asteroids

By Mike Connors
The Virginian-Pilot
April 6, 2015

Science students at Deep Creek High School are playing a cosmic version of “Where’s Waldo?”

Only in this game, Waldo is constantly on the move and his location isn’t limited to pages in a book – it spans the skies.

The students are searching for asteroids. If they find one, they have a chance at history.

Roughly 60 freshmen in the Science and Medicine Academy, based at Deep Creek, are involved in the project through the International Astronomical Search Collaboration.

The program, for high schools and colleges, allows students to study astronomy in a hands-on way. More than 500 schools participate, said Patrick Miller, the program’s director, but many are in foreign countries.

Deep Creek is in a program campaign called Pan-STARRS, which uses a facility developed at the University of Hawaii’s astronomy institute. One goal is to discover asteroids and comets that might pose a danger to Earth. Broad Run High in Ashburn is the only other Virginia school in the campaign, which began in March and runs through the middle of this month.

Donna English implemented the project when she started teaching at Deep Creek two years ago. This semester, earth science students are involved, though she has given it to other classes in the past.

“They get to see what real scientists do,” English said. “It’s not just theory.”

About once a week, English receives astronomical images from Hawaii of our solar system. The students then get together in small groups and study them on laptops.

Asteroids – fragments of rock or metals left over from the formation of the solar system – are not easy to find, even for the keenest eye. They can have diameters the size of small rocks. Most orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Their orbits are generally circular, but they are oddly shaped and can fall like a poorly thrown football. About once a year, an asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere, creates a fireball and burns up before reaching the ground, according to NASA’s website.

The search requires patience. Looking at magnified portions of the night sky, students scour their screens for any streak that might be an asteroid. Entire classes can pass without seeing anything.

It also requires teamwork. On a recent Tuesday morning, Tikiyah Ivey, Caleb Wirt and Sondai Riddick huddled together, their faces inches from the screen. Ivey pointed to a possible finding.

“There it is again!” Wirt exclaimed as the group recorded its report.

“It’s like if your mom says you’re not getting anything for your birthday – then brings in a present,” Ivey said.

Reports are sent to the Minor Planet Center at Harvard University, which collects information on astronomical objects. If the center confirms a report, it declares a preliminary asteroid finding. As of Thursday, 19 Deep Creek students had made such findings this semester, English said.

If it is found again in seven to 10 days, the asteroid becomes provisional. Scientists then study it for about six years to refine its orbit, before it can be named.

Since the astronomical search program debuted in 2006, there have been about 10,000 preliminary and 1,000 provisional findings, Miller said. Only about 50 asteroids have been named.

The chance to take the first step brings life to class, said Chloe Hall, one of five group members at Deep Creek who made a preliminary finding in mid-March.

“It’s better than just taking notes,” she said.

English sees many virtues in the program. Students gain real-world experience, viewing images many others don’t know exist.

Students also learn that experiments don’t always bring success. They log reports even when they haven’t seen potential asteroids.

“Not every set is going to have an object in it,” English reminded a class last week. “And that’s OK.”

Students enjoy that their lessons are not traditional. Recently, English briefly taught from the front of the room, then moved from group to group, helping the amateur astronomers solve problems.

They also are thrilled at the chance that they might someday name an asteroid.

“I’m not really an astronomy person,” admitted Gabrielle Turdici, another student who has made a preliminary finding. “But I think this is pretty cool – the excitement of making a discovery.”

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Market Projections for 2014. What do the “experts” think?

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Made in America HouseThe Chief Economist at the national research division of Hanley Wood , Jonathan Smoke, has peered into his glass ball for 2014, run his magical algorithms and determined the outlook for residential new construction for the Top 100 markets for 2014. His ratings are based on the overall economic health of each market and expected growth in new home sales next year. How did the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Peninsula SMA rate? He gave our region a score of 78.4 (on a 100 point scale). Now, that’s a bit hard to decipher until you put it into context. The top local market was deemed to be The Villages, Florida (I can only assume that is the name of the actual city or metro market) with a score of 95.0. The bottom market was, somewhat understandably, Detroit, MI with a score of 32.8. And our neighbor to the north, Washington, DC, inside the beltway where most of the money seems to be flowing these days, attained a score of 86.2.  I would say this puts Hampton Roads into the category of “slow but reasonably steady” growth, which may be tempered based on how things like sequestration and defense cuts ultimately play out. So…how do you feel about the prospects for our region next year when it comes to housing?

Home Ownership Is Still Important.

Friday, October 25th, 2013

PNC Mortgage put out a recent Homebuyer’s Guide. It listed 10 Reasons to Own Your Own Home. Thanks, PNC Mortgage. A great reminder for all prospective buyers that homeownership is still a solid emotional and financial investment.

#1 – Equity ~ Money paid for rent is money you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity in your home;

#2 – Savings ~ Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can be eligible for tax-free gains (of course, you’ll want to consult a tax advisor);

#3 – Predictability ~ Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t go up over the years. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs may rise;

#4 – Freedom ~ The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and be able to benefit from your investment for as long as you own the home;

#5 – Stability ~ Remaining in one neighborhood for several years gives you a chance to participate in community activities, lets you and your family establish lasting friendships and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity;

#6 – Owning Your Home Is the Number One Way to Build Financial Security ~ The Federal Reserve reports homeowners have an average of $184,000 in household wealth versus renters whose net wealth on average is $4,000;

#7 – Homeownership Gives Children a Great Start ~ Studies show that children of homeowners have higher educational levels, a lower rate of teen pregnancy and higher test scores;

#8 – You No Longer Need a Big Downpayment ~ Historically it was customer to make a downpayment of 20% of the home’s sales price, which prevented many people from being able to consider homeownership. Today, there are many affordable loan products that require little to nothing down;

#9 – Mortgage Interest and Private Mortgage Insurance May be Tax Deductible ~ For the first few years of the mortgage loan, it is typical that the vast majority of your payment is made up of interest. For many, that can mean significant tax savings (again, consult that tax professional about your individual situation);

#10 – It’s a Good Time to Buy ~ In today’s market, the affordable housing prices, inventory of available homes and low mortgage interest rates provide a great opportunity for many first-time home buyers.

At Culpepper Landing, we can show you beautiful homes, priced from $175,000 to the upper $400s, that will make your decision to become a homeowner an even smarter one!

Kitchens…Bigger, or just Better?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

According to a recent survey by Houzz (have you seen the Houzz mobile app yet? Get it – it’s pure eye candy and chocked full of incredible ideas!!), people considering a kitchen remodel aren’t necessarily looking to get a bigger kitchen, just one that is more open with updated countertops and appliances. Do you agree? As an alternative to an expensive and disruptive remodel, why not buy a new home at Culpepper Landing where the kitchen design is already open and modern and you can select the cabinets, countertops and appliances that work for you?

Culpepper Landing Saluted as Environmental Steward on the Elizabeth

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We are excited to announce that The Elizabeth River project recently noted Culpepper Landing as Achievement Level for 2013 for significant results in pollution prevention and wildlife habitat. Located next to the Dismal Swamp, Culpepper Landing has conserved 150 acres of wetlands and forest and recently planted 3 more acres of wildlife habitat as a buffer along the edge of the development. Developers planted native pines, maples, wax myrtles and magnolias. Read More…

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Homearama 2012 at Culpepper Landing is Shaping Up

Friday, May 4th, 2012
builders sign pledge

Builders, vendors and local politicans sign a pledge to use at least 5% American made products in their homes.

Homearama 2012 at Culpepper Landing marks the 30th anniversary for Tidewater Builders Association’s Homearama in South Hampton Roads and the 16th time it has been hosted by the City of Chesapeake. Eight fully furnished and landscaped homes ranging from the $350,000s and higher will be featured in the showcase event.

View the 8 homes that are under construction now at Culpepper Landing. Builders include T.E. Jones of Vintage Homes, Chip Iuliano of ABT Custom Homes, Michael Brunick and John Reddecliff of Definitive Homes, Sam Cohen of Joey Corp., Les Ore of Les Ore Construction, Terry Neal of Reliant Construction Corp., Jimmy Richardson and Edward Hewitt of Richardson Homes/Viridian Homes, and Steve, Stephen and Alex Quick of Stephen Alexander Homes.

For news, photos and updates, you can also visit the Culpepper Landing Facebook page.

Culpepper Landing… a neighborhood built on tradition

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Welcome to Culpepper Landing’s Blog. That offers me the chance to introduce you to this “Traditional Neighborhood Design” neighborhood but more importantly to the history of this lovely neighborhood and the surrounding area. We are bordered by the intra coastal water way and the Dismal Swamp, so there are lots of history and interesting stories.

My first adventure into the Dismal Swamp was many years ago as a lass of 2 or 3. My parents stopped on their way to my Mom’s hometown for a bit of a picnic. There I was -brave little adventuress in my most beautiful dress with a sash and full skirt sitting on the bank of the canal. I can remember thinking okay, here I am with my legs dangling towards the water… now how do I gently get up and over to the picnic table where my Mom was laying out the good stuff? Suffice it to say I must have taken a slide forward instead of backwards and so, with no ceremony but plenty of tears,I fell into the drink. My next memory is of my Dad reaching down and probably by the same tied-in-a-bow sash plunking me out of the water.

A few decades later, I find myself the Co-Mayor (self appointed) of Culpepper Landing, along with Doreen Giuliano, my partner in selling these homes. We have the privilege of watching this community grow. Developed on the Culpepper family farm, bordered by the Dismal Swamp and intra coastal waterway, this development has a vision of a return to a lifestyle of yester year. While the Village of Deep Creek is a memory, we hope here on the Culpepper farm to recreate that community where neighbors know one another, watch each others children grow up and have the kids know the family next door and down the street! In the suburbs it’s a sad fact that type of community doesn’t always exist.

I’ll share the saga of Culpepper Landing as it grows and share a few stories of the history of this area. From the Culpeppers who owned the land and now are the developers, to the street people, (those whose names are used to designate the streets in Culpepper Landing), to the farmers who farmed the area. From Robert Frost to Harriet Beecher Stowe and Moses Grandy, I’ll tell the story of each and more. I want you to know the Village of Deep Creek and how we are turning back time to that way of neighborly living.

We are a traditional neighborhood development that emphasizes a to return to a style of development which encourages neighbors to get to know one another. Front porches and decks look out over the streetscape so as you rock away the cares of the day on your front porch, you can wave and commiserate with the neighbors taking their evening stroll, whether pushing a baby stroller or walking the family dog.

Check back, I’m gabby and have lots to share!