The College Park area holds a secret behind all of those car dealerships and commercial buildings on Military Highway, very near the Greenbrier area…. Ipswich, developed in the 1970′s, consists of approximately 200 cozy homes averaging 1400 square feet of comfortable living space in a townhouse community.

The family community of Ipswich features a lovely club house for residents to host parties or hold meetings, as well as a crystal blue community swimming pool with a lifeguard on duty. Both the swimming pool and the club house are situated next to one another in the center of the community for all to enjoy.

The Ipswich TownVilla Association provides an informative website, which also acts as a community social network. The Ipswich social network site requires residents to register for its use. Some public information is available on the site, but much of it is private to the residents of Ipswich. The Ipswich TownVilla Association has several committees which include a nominating committee, a recreation committee, a maintenance committee, publicity committee, an audit committee, and an architectural committee.

Most of the comfortable Ipswich homes include convenient attached garages for your treasured vehicle or for extra storage space that may be needed, sufficient driveway space, three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms or more, and fireplaces.

There are plenty of shopping and dining locations nearby to Ipswich. Greenbrier Mall is just around the corner. Across the street from the mall, you have Target, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Boston Market, Buffalo Wild Wing, and many many other shops. Up Military Highway from Ipswich, you will find Roses, Dollar Tree, several gas stations, Burlington Coat Factory, K-Bee Toys, Food Lion, and more. Just outside of Ipswich, within walking distance, you will find McDonalds, a Mexican restaurant, and several car dealerships.

The young ones of Ipswich attend Indian River Middle School and Indian River High School, which are very close by. Indian River High School is home of the “Braves”. You may have read about Oscar Smith High School and Great Bridge High School in some of our other blogs… Well, the “Braves” have a long standing rivalry with both of those Chesapeake schools.

Some notable alumni from Indian River High School are Alonzo Mourning of the NBA, I’m sure we’ve all heard of him. How about on Saturday night when you are relaxing on the couch, maybe you recognize the name Jay Pharoah “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!”. -And I’m sure no other Indian River High School graduate has made more left turns than Ricky Rudd of NASCAR.

If you would like to view one of the fine town homes in Ipswich, just call Keffer Realty. We have worked in Ipswich before, and would love to do it again… We would love to make your home ownership dreams come true. Our services are always free to buyers, so don’t hesitate to call!

Berkshire Estates

Have you ever seen that television commercial for some office supply store…. “WOW, now that’s a low price” ? Well, when you visit Berkshire Estates, you are bound to have the same enthusiasm as the shopper in the commercial saying “WOW, now that’s a gorgeous home!”. -And the location is optimal!

First, let’s talk location. Just off of Hanbury Road between the Great Bridge Bypass and Johnstown Road, Berkshire Estates is in one of the most sought after areas of Chesapeake. Located in the Great Bridge school district, Great Bridge High School is within walking distance of Berkshire Estates. The Great Bridge Bypass a.k.a. The Chesapeake Expressway is just a stones throw from the community leading way to North Carolina or all local interstates in a matter of minutes! The prime location of Berkshire Estates also gives you the opportunity to ride you bike (or drive your car) just about anywhere in Great Bridge.

Now, let’s talk square footage… are you ready to feel like the guy in that office commercial again? Berkshire Estates boasts gorgeous homes averaging 3800 square feet, but wait… some of these homes take the cake with as much as 5800 square feet! So, if you like to decorate, need some extra space, have a multi-generational family, or just like the feel of open space, Berkshire Estates could be the community of your dreams!

Location and space, but what about features and amenities? We have the guy in the commercial beat! The 40+ homes of Berkshire Estates are all unique, but when viewing the marvelous homes on the market in this fabulous community, you can typically expect to find a minimum of four spacious bedrooms, a minimum of two and a half luxurious bathrooms, romantic fireplaces, gorgeous landscaped back yards with privacy fencing, lush green grass in the front yard, stately brick mailboxes adorning the curbs, open designed kitchens, attached garages with electric garage door openers, walk-in closets, walk-in attics, spacious utility rooms with plenty of storage, formal dining rooms, cozy yet open family rooms, formal living rooms for special guests, envious jetted garden tubs, finished rooms over the garage for a spare room, game room, or even an office, patio and/or deck space for entertaining, and some homes feature sparkling blue swimming pools, royal tray ceilings, beautiful built-in cabinetry in the living rooms and home offices, and relaxing hot tubs.

Are you in “wow” mode yet? If you aren’t, then you must see one of these magnificent homes in person. -And seeing one of these great homes is simple! Just call Keffer Realty. Our agents would love to assist you in searching for the home of your dreams. We are professional and courteous, always putting your best interests first, and available to assist you just about anytime day or night. So, what do you say? Let’s go look around Berkshire Estates today and get “wowed”!

St. Andrews in Greenbrier

With just under 100 condominiums, St. Andrews offers a peaceful community in the heart of Greenbrier. Nestled among the trees, condominiums averaging 1200 square feet of living space offer you a much larger living area than the typical apartment, yet the payment on your own St. Andrews condo, can be very near the same as rental property.

St. Andrews offers a small outdoor fenced in space with each condo, most feature a convenient storage building. Romantic fireplaces and walk-in closets add to the charm of St. Andrews.

Parking is never an issue at St. Andrews. Parking spaces are assigned and reserved in front of each beautiful home.

The lush landscaping surrounding the spacious St. Andrews homes is professionally maintained with the costs covered in the reasonable condo fees.

Just south, within walking distance of St. Andrews, is the local Greenbrier Family YMCA. The YMCA offers a full fitness and weight training area, two group exercise rooms, a spin studio, sparkling indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium, a steamy sauna, and spacious locker rooms. So, since your landscaping is professionally maintained at St. Andrews, you now have the time to head over to the YMCA to stay in great shape.

One step south of the Greenbrier Family YMCA, and two steps down from St. Andrews, you will find public tennis courts, softball fields, and a generous amount of parking at Greenbrier Park. A small playground is provided for supervised children while their active parents participate in various sports.

Of course, being in the heart of Greenbrier many dining and shopping options are within easy reach of St. Andrews. Why wouldn’t you want to live in such a beautiful community with so many amenities nearby? If you would like to view a property in the St. Andrews community, please call Keffer Realty today. We would be happy to assist you in the home buying process at no charge.

Albemarle Farms North

Welcome to Albemarle Farms North, a custom built neighborhood on beautiful lots full of family history.

Before 1977 Albemarle Farms North was farmland, consisting of open fields, and an ancient graveyard under a lone cedar tree. However, the land where Albemarle Farms North is located has a much greater history. A history of families.

Let’s take a step back and learn, in summary, how this area went from family farm land to a peaceful family community.

In 1858 Napoleon B. Parsons began to purchase what would end in being a 54 acre parcel. Passing away in approximately 1889, without a will, his family could not agree on what to do with the land. Columbus Parsons, one of his sons, filed suit. The court ruled that the land should be sold and the proceeds split between Napoleon’s heirs.

At the public auction of Napoleon’s property in 1890, brothers John, B.O., and D.F. Fentress acquired the 54 acre forest of giant cypress trees for $275.00. The cypress trees on this property left stumps so large that tractors could be parked on the stumps! The Fentress Brothers owned the land for approximately 15 years.

In 1905, an Ohio man named William Brownlee had taken a job at the cypress mill in Moyock, NC. On his way to Moyock, he saw the Fentress brothers land was for sale. He purchased all 54 acres for $1400.00, deeding it to his wife Eliza Jane Brownlee.

Skipping ahead a bit, the land was then inherited by Eliza’s daughter, Viva Brownlee Swain, wife of Acey Swain. Hence, the land was now known as the “Swain Farm”. Following the death of Acey Swain, the family sold the property to John W. Keffer around 1977. The land was divided and a portion was sold and developed commercially where Food Lion now sits on the corner of Centerville Turnpike and Mt. Pleasant Road.

John Keffer developed Albemarle Farms North starting with School House Road. Hence the community street names -Slate Street, Blackboard Drive, and Inkwell Court. John made sure the lots were nice sized

Albemarle Pines

Welcome to Albemarle Pines, a quiet subdivision of less than 30 lovely homes built around 1991. The homes of Albemarle Pines average 1500 square feet of living space on pretty manicured lots.

Albemarle Pines consists of one quiet cul-de-sac street, just off of the slow paced, peaceful Fentress Road in Chesapeake. Mature trees are scattered throughout this lovely community. This is the perfect neighborhood to plant your own vegetable garden or spring blooming flower beds and make one of these marvelous houses your own home.

Albemarle Pines children attend Butts Road schools for lower grades and Hickory High School for the upper grades.-All within a nice distance of your new home in Albemarle Pines. Wouldn’t it be nice to teach your chubby cheeked youngster to ride their new bike on a safe secluded cul-de-sac street, where through traffic is not an issue?

If you would like to view a happy home in peaceful Albemarle Pines or the surrounding areas, just call Keffer Realty anytime. Our professional agents would love to assist you at no cost. We will happily answer all of your questions and walk you through the buying process step-by-step. The home buying process is truly an exciting time in anyone’s life! – Let us share in your excitement.

Alden Square – Chesapeake

“Sweetie, stop the car!” This could be your next fabulous home. Gorgeous Alden Square has the perfect location near the intersections of Volvo Parkway and Kempsville Road in Chesapeake. Just down the street from fun Greenbrier Mall, prestigious Greenbrier Country Club, and the sought after Greenbrier schools, Alden Square allows you easy access to just about anything you would want.

The Greenbrier Country Club features an 18-hole challenging golf course, great tennis courts, racquet ball courts, a fitness center, and relaxing swimming. This is a private club, and membership is required. However, they have activities for the entire family. Dining is also an enjoyment at the club, where they have their own executive chef!  -You can also book banquets at the club!

With just under fifty wonderful homes averaging a comfortable 1800 square feet of living space, Alden Square is a quiet community. Having their own Home Owner’s Association gives the residents of Alden Square peace of mind in knowing that their neighbors take pride in their lovely  properties. This being said, there are minimal Home Owner Association fees when purchasing a home in Alden Square.

When purchasing a home in a community with a Home Owner’s Association, be sure that you understand all of the guidelines and fees. Your real estate agent will be a great place to start, and for any remaining questions, you can always contact the Home Owner’s association to discuss the dues and what is included in the dues.

So, if you would like to view a wonderful  property in the Alden Square community, just contact Keffer Realty. Our professional agents are available to help you at anytime. As always, our services are free to Buyers from start to finish! We look forward to working with you!

Why do we call it “Greenbrier” ?

Robert Earl Thrasher, more familiarly known as “Bo”, moved his family from West Virginia in 1914, purchased 10,000 acres of farmland in Norfolk County and established a dairy farm.

To add a little income he contracted with northern nursery companies to grow nursery stock on some of his land. When the Great Depression hit in the 1930′s the nursery companies were unable to pay and Bo found himself in the nursery business. Since farmers were generally doing poorly in the economic climate of the depression he figured he had little to lose by converting completely to nursery farming and did so, eventually becoming the largest nursery on the East Coast.

When the land became more valuable as developed property than for growing trees the Thrasher family sold the original farm and moved the nursery to Hickory.

The area is now called Greenbrier because the nursery was Greenbrier Nursery and the farm was called Greenbrier by Bo Thrasher in fond remembrance of the home they left behind in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

School House Crossing – Chesapeake

The Schoolhouse Crossing community is made up of approximately 100 homes in southern Chesapeake with an average living space of 2600 square feet. These beautiful single family homes were each built in the mid 1990′s.

Many of the homes in Schoolhouse Crossing have such amenities as master walk-in closets, panned ceilings, more than one car garage, swimming pools, and sizeable decks. You could feel as though you are on vacation in your own back yard.

The streets of Schoolhouse Crossing are perfect for an evening bike ride, or casual walk. Sit on your back deck and watch the neighborhood children play while you visit with your neighbor, sipping iced tea.

Schoolhouse Crossing is just minutes from Bergey’s Bread Basket, a local delight. Using recipes that have been passed down for several generations, Bergey’s makes the best baked goods in town, all fresh and from scratch! So, once the kids are off to school, you can sneak down to Bergey’s for a cup of fresh coffee and a nice hot homemade cinnamon roll.

Schoolhouse Crossing is located in the Hickory High School district of Chesapeake with the lower grades attending Butts Road Elementary and Intermediate, which is just a hop and skip from Schoolhouse Crossing. Also next to Schoolhouse Crossing is Mt. Pleasant Christian School. Mt. Pleasant Christian School offers a Christian based education as well as a Praise and Worship Team, Intramural Soccer, Basketball, and Softball, and a Worship Singing Club.

If you would like to view a home in Schoolhouse Crossing or the surrounding area, please call Keffer Realty. Our agents are always available to assist you in your new home search. Our services are always free to Buyers, and we will work diligently for you.

Georgetown Colony – Chesapeake

Welcome to fabulous Georgetown Colony in Chesapeake. Georgetown Colony is an established community of lovely homes surrounded by mature trees. One of Chesapeake’s best kept secrets, Georgetown Colony boasts substantial manicured lots in a peaceful environment.

From Georgetown Colony, you are minutes from anywhere in the area: only 2.5 miles to Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake; 5.5 miles to Military Circle Mall in Norfolk; 6.4 miles to Downtown Norfolk; and last but not least 19 miles to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Living in Georgetown Colony, you truly can be anywhere in minutes!

Georgetown Colony homes are spacious with an average living area of 2500 square feet. Most of the homes have attached garages, and finished rooms over the garage. Many of the homes have been updated with granite, and hardwood floors. Some of the homes will still need updating. The key is to find one that suits your needs and budget. The great thing about finding one that has not been updated is all of the fun you will have finding accessories and surfaces to make the house your home.

Keffer Realty agents would love to assist you in finding the perfect home. So, if you would like to view a home in Georgetown Colony or the surrounding area, please give us a call. Our services area always free to Buyers.

Country Mill

Welcome to the relaxing community of Country Mill located just off of Etheridge Manor Boulevard in Chesapeake. Filled with spacious traditional style homes averaging 2200 square feet of living space, Country Mill residents show pride in their home ownership as evident by the heavenly yards they maintain.

Country Mill’s family friendly way of life is unmistakable when you witness the playful children riding their bikes, young Mother’s pushing strollers, and Dad’s in the yard playing catch with their young ones. With the majority of the admirable homes of Country Mill having secure fenced in back yards, they are ideal for playful pets and children, or an informal pow-wow and mixing and mingling of friends. So, grab the old Weber and fire it up! Let’s celebrate a new thrilling home in Country Mill!

The men of your new home in Country Mill will be most impressed with the spacious attached garages for tinkering with greasy motors and storing their grown-up toys. The women of the house will certainly be thrilled by multiple bathrooms, adequate storage spaces, relaxing decks and porches, as well as spacious kitchen areas found in Country Mill homes.

The younger generation of Country Mill will get to attend the highly desired Hickory Public Schools. Hickory High School is one of the most popular Chesapeake schools. The “Hickory Hawks” are well known for their band achievements, and have even played in places like Giant’s stadium and the Georgia Dome. The “Hickory Hawk” orchestra has played at The Kennedy Center and the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Hickory High School has produced a few Alumni whose names you just may recognize, such as David Wright of the New York Mets -who was also a five time Major League All Star; Marjorie Owens who is an Opera singer; and Daniel Combs, a PGA Golfer and Bass Fishing Champion.- Just to name a few!

If you would like to view a property in the celebrated community of Country Mill, please call Keffer Realty today. Our accomplished real estate agents would be delighted in assisting you with your home buying adventure at no charge. We can assure you our loyalty and we will always put YOUR best interests first. We work FOR you, and you the Client, make all of the decisions. We promise to negotiate the best possible deal to benefit you, our Client, at no charge. We look forward to hearing from you today!

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