The weather here in Hampton Roads is heating up as we begin to say goodbye to Spring. That’s right, Summer is right around the corner! Typically Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to Summer here in the 757. Let’s take a look at what Memorial Day is all about and what’s in store for us, locally, this weekend.
WHAT IS MEMORIAL DAY?
“Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, in the United States, holiday (last Monday in May) honoring those who have died in the nation’s wars. It originated during the American Civil War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle.”
Memorial Day Ceremony, at Victory Arch, 25th Street and West Avenue, downtown Newport News. 11 a.m. (757) 245-4532 or (757) 247-8523.
Memorial Day Ceremony, Conaway Cemetery at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, 9 a.m. Attendants must have base access. (757) 953-7422.
Memorial Day Observance, Hampton National Cemetery Complex, Marshall Avenue and Cemetery Road, Hampton. A 21-gun salute, music and more. 10 a.m. (757) 723-7104.
Memorial Day Observance, Fort Monroe’s Continental Park. A 105 mm howitzer 21-gun salute, music and more. 11:55 a.m. (757) 788-2263.
Memorial Day Service, on board the battleship Wisconsin, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 10 a.m. (757) 644-1000.
Virginia Memorial Day Cluster All-Breed Dog Show, 8 a.m., Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. (757) 315-1610.
Virginia Beach Mayor’s Veterans Committee commemorates Memorial Day, Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 19th Street across from Virginia Beach Convention Center, 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. (757) 467-6435.
Memorial Day Evening Service, Courthouse Community United Methodist Church, 2708 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. 7 p.m. (757) 427-3272.
ACTIVITIES IN HAMPTON ROADS
Hampton Roads is home to many military families. There is much to enjoy throughout Memorial Day Weekend for all. Whether you’re looking to hang out with friends or enjoy some activities with family – CLICK HERE to search all local events.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman
Meet Phil Kazmierczak, Associate Broker and President of Property Management here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty. Phil has been in real estate since 2015 and started in property management in 2016. Since then he has excelled and risen to the top of his field. Phil is actively engaged in the community serving in several roles such as the 2022 Government Affairs Director for Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and was appointed to the 2022 Virginia Beach Housing Advisory Board by Virginia Beach City Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association (HRRA) and is the Moderator of the HRRA Property Management and Leasing Council.
Most recently, Phil was named by the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association 2021 Rising Star of the Year for volunteerism and engagement, 2021 Distinguished Property Manager, and the most highly coveted top award, 2021 Distinguished Property Manager of the Year. We interviewed Phil regarding his recent achievement – 2021 Distinguished Property Manager of the Year.
Q1. Did you know that you were going to win?
I actually had no idea I was going to win. Barbara Sgueglia, Chairman of the Board, reached out to my husband 2 months ago to tell him I had won. We even all had drinks together one evening prior and they didn’t say a word about it. My husband, Aaron, had also asked me for my bio recently and lied about what it was for. As for the day of, they tricked me into sitting up front unknowingly. It truly was a surprise.
Q2. What does winning this mean to you?
It is a verification of all the hard work the team has done for property management in the Hampton Roads Area. Property Management can be a very thankless profession. This award shows that we are effective and knowledgeable in the property management services we offer.
Q3. What’s your favorite part about being a Property Manager?
My favorite thing about being a Property Manager is making things work. I am all about the processes. Whenever there is any kind of problem, we put a solution in place so that it never happens again.
Q4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or mention?
This award has very little to do with me and everything to do with our Property Management Team and the work that they do.
True story, back in 2016 when Kris Weaver, Principal Broker, asked me to consider this position I said “Okay, but I want the opportunity to go back to being a full-time agent if it doesn’t work out.” And he said “No. You’re either all in or all out.” From that moment on, I was all in.
Please join us in congratulating Phil on his recent achievements! Here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, it is our mission to provide our clientele with the highest standard of Real Estate Services. This Includes our extraordinary Property Management Division.
One thing we can say about Hampton Roads is that every Earth Day there is much to do locally! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do, check out the full blog post. We hope this makes your Earth Day a breeze!
LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT HELP THE EARTH
“After 50+ years of celebrating Earth Day, it’s more important than ever to be green. If you’re looking for simple changes you can make at home in honor of the holiday, these easy, eco-friendly lifestyle changes on our list will help guide you: little yet important things like reusing the items you already have, purchasing environmentally-friendly products that don’t come in excess packaging, and reducing your daily water and energy consumption. After all, even a tiny bit goes a long way when it comes to saving the earth!”
“Every year on April 22, people around the world gather to celebrate and appreciate our planet for Earth Day! The movement started in 1970, as many became aware of the growing environmental issues, including air and water pollution. The day typically includes fun and engaging Earth-conscious activities to help you and your little ones learn how to make a positive environmental impact. While there are some easy things you can do to make a difference — think changing the light bulbs in your home to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and using eco-friendly products — partaking in our Earth Day crafts for kids can keep the change going for generations to come.”
Meet Katrina Pulliam, Associate Broker with the Welcome Home Realty Group… She believes her clients deserve an agent who always has their best interest at heart and Katrina works with the utmost integrity in order to do so. Katrina’s clients know that she is about them, will put in the work to get the transaction done professionally, that they will be in the home of their dreams, and get the highest market value for their home.
Recently we received a letter of commendation from a seller that had an extraordinary experience with Katrina. We would love to share from both the seller and Katrina herself regarding the sale of this gorgeous and elegant Toano home.
“I recently had the pleasure of working with one of your agents/brokers, Ms. Katrina Pulliam, in the sale of my house in Toano and the purchase of another home in Kiln Creek. Please see the attached letter of commendation that I felt compelled to write after a very positive experience! I have worked with other real estate agents in the past who seemed to care only about concluding a sale as quickly as possible to make their commission and add to their sales record. Nothing could be further from the experience that I had with Ms. Pulliam! She made me feel like she was truly representing me and my interests, and that she cared about my objectives!!” – Christine Belcastro, Ph.D.
We interviewed Katrina regarding the sale of this Stonehouse home and here is what she had to say.
Q1. What was your favorite part of the home?
My favorite part of this home was the gourmet kitchen and the outdoor balcony and patio, very quaint.
Q2. What was the most difficult part of selling the home and how did you overcome it?
The most difficult part was that the homeowner shared a well with a neighbor that supplied the sprinkler system for both properties and they did not have an agreement in place, so we put together an agreement that satisfied the new owner and the neighbor.
Q3. What’s your favorite thing in the area?
My favorite thing about the neighborhood is the Saudé Creek Vineyards and Gauthier Vineyard are close. The neighborhood Stonehouse is a golf course community, has a restaurant on site The Virginia Grill, and how centrally located between Williamsburg and Richmond this community is.
Q4. What’s your favorite part about being a REALTOR®?
My favorite part about being a realtor is knowing that I have the ability to help people accomplish their goals in the housing arena.
3224 Oak Branch Lane
“Extraordinary custom all-brick home in Stonehouse provides tranquility in a picturesque neighborhood with lots of amenities and easy access to Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Richmond! Ample light and many luxury features (see list) make it a must-see!”
Meet Lea Marie Ngowakl…She is an award-winning agent and property manager in Hampton Roads. Not only loved by her clients, Leà Marie is well-respected and admired by agents with whom she has engaged in transactions over the years. Buyers, sellers, landlords, investors, and even renters adore her calm yet assertive nature and unique style.
Recently Lea’s listing was featured in Country Living Magazine. Something cool about this home sale is that “most 2BRs of that size that are not WF sell for around $200k but I was able to get $270k for this. It originally appraised at $208k, but I argued the value, hired a second appraiser for the buyer, and it then appraised at $278k!” – Lea Marie
“Lea Marie Ngowakl and I got featured in this month’s Country Living Magazine!!!! It was for her Folk Victorian listing that I got to take photos of (top picture – house was built in 1910).” – Steven Salazar
Welcome home to this CHARMING Eastern Shore oasis brought back to life with meticulous, tasteful, & unique upgrades. This home offers an updated kitchen with a beamed ceiling & one-of-a-kind finishes & fixtures. A decorator’s delight, this darling beach retreat boasts beautiful hardwood floors throughout with freshly painted walls. Natural light pours into this special craftsman home filling it with warmth. Many of the original aspects of this home have been preserved while still peppering in modern-day amenities. Spend peaceful mornings & crisp evenings lounging on your wraparound porch watching the sunrise & set over the quiet, cozy town of Wachapreague. This historic coastal town has less than 250 permanent residents. Enjoy adventuring the wetlands, fishing, birdwatching & exploring the quaint Victorian-era town. Wachapreague is truly heaven! Be prepared to be impressed. Yes, there is even a little white picket fence.
It’s Easter Weekend here in Hampton Roads! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do in Hampton Roads, check out the full blog post. We hope it makes your life a little easier… and egg–stra festive!
Hampton Roads is a very family-centric region, where many small businesses and venues host events that are totally kid-friendly. If you are looking to take the family out for some festivities, here is a list of events frommyactivechild.com. Enjoy, be safe, and enjoy Easter with the little ones!
ACTIVITIES FOR ALL
We also pulled some additional events around Hampton Roads that are not just for the kids, but you adults too! Here is a list of brunches and other events local to you. From Blue Pete’s Restaurant to Varia – the options are endless! CLICK HERE to search all local events.
FOOD & DRINK INSPIRATION
“To help you plan this year’s Easter menu, we’ve found the best Easter dinner ideas that celebrate all things spring. From apricot glazed ham and lemon-herb chicken to roasted asparagus and lemon bundt cake, these family-ready dishes will impress everyone at your table. Not to mention, most of them are so simple and easy that even a bunny could make them (so hop to it!).”
From an extraordinary Sandbridge premium high-income-producing vacation rental to the sale of a meticulously maintained Onancock waterfront estate, here are our Significant Sales of 2021 per each city/area in Hampton Roads – all represented by Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach
This exceptional, OCEANFRONT, premium high-income-producing vacation rental is simply stated, “Stunning Luxury” from one of the most beautifully custom-detailed Sandbridge homes. Featuring three stories, 4,810 sqft, nine bedrooms, (1 en-suite handicap ADA compliant) eight and a half baths, and is perched on a lushly oceanfront landscaped lot that entertains endless panoramic ocean views from its expansive decks.
This meticulously maintained home really delivers comfort galore and ambiance. Relax on the inviting porch with a good book or morning cup of coffee while having a waterfront view and privacy. Soak your cares away in your very own indoor Swimming Pool. Boat dock with true deep water access. The flowing floorplan is stunning and great for entertaining. The immense living space will draw you to the breathtaking water views through the enormous window wall. One of the most impressive waterfront homes in Onancock!
Extraordinary custom all-brick home in Stonehouse provides tranquility in a picturesque neighborhood with lots of amenities and easy access to Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Richmond! Ample light and many luxury features (see list) make it a must-see! Outdoor terrace with gas fireplace, garden patio, private fenced-in yard, irrigation system with well pump… amenities include: a pond with covered dock, miles of walking trails, pool, playground, tennis, golf, clubhouse, and restaurant.
“Nansemond Bay Cottage” located in beautiful East Beach is just a short walk from the Chesapeake Bay. This beauty has soaring ceilings, an open floor plan, and a large front porch made of Brazilian Hard Wood. With four beds and 3.5 baths, this home offers the charming style and quality of the award-winning architect/builder team Ramsey-Crumley. Enjoy the pool, fitness center, clubhouse, tennis courts, and many public gathering spaces that are part of the community amenities.
Come experience this amazing 1 of a kind opportunity to own this 4 bedroom 3 bathroom 3,034 sqft. home; sitting on a 3acre lot in the sought-after Woodards Mill (Darby Run) neighborhood. Pride of ownership is seen throughout the home! Enjoy those summer cookouts while entertaining your friends and family on the large deck in your massive backyard which includes an invisible fence to allow your pets to run freely. Conveniently located in the heart of Hickory.
This gorgeous home on the Elizabeth River is a dream come true! The custom kitchen has beautiful maple cabinets with soft close drawers, a wine fridge, stainless steel appliances, a double oven, a huge center island, granite countertops, recessed lighting, and a beautiful view of the river. There is also an electric dog fence, a shed that has electricity, a kayak stand, a sprinkler system, lifetime decking on the front porch and back deck, and a custom bar in the room over the garage. Everything you need to call this beautiful house your home!
Step into luxury. Settle in among the natural beauty of northeastern Suffolk. The Lindsey Farmhouse with the sprawling wrap porch is picture perfect on the outside and irresistibly stunning on the inside. Complete with James Hardie exterior siding, energy-efficient vinyl windows, and architectural roof shingles – this home is built for longevity, quality, and custom comfort. . This beautiful home has a raised foundation wrapped in brick or stone, chic exterior color pallets and locally selected landscaping packages complete with sodded lawn create stately curb appeal. Treasured memory-making for years to come is on the horizon, right here at Nansemond Reserve at Sleepy Hole.
This home has been meticulously maintained. Equipped with upgraded surround sound, security system on all doors (motion sensors), new leaf guard gutters, and high trim aluminum wrap siding. This backyard will amaze you. Enjoy the 5 zone irrigation system that keeps this yard looking beautiful year-round and relax in the hot tub off the back patio/deck. Conveniently located just 5 minutes from Langley, don’t let this one pass you by.
Nestled in a quiet established area surrounded by live oaks, this impeccably maintained home is ready for its new family. Boasting 5 bedrooms and 5.2 bathrooms, the primary living area pours in natural light and features a gas fireplace with plenty of room for a large family gathering. The backyard features a pool and plenty of privacy for sunbathing and family gatherings. Plenty of parking and storage options for your cars or golf cart with an attached oversized two-car garage. Located within the pristine beauty of The Currituck Club, you’ll enjoy all the amenities TCC offers such as world-class Rees Jones golf, trolley service to and from beach Memorial to Labor Day, basketball and tennis courts, health club playgrounds, and pools!
2021 was an extraordinary year for us as a brokerage. We have seen some truly unique and beautiful homes hit the market across all of Hampton Roads and beyond. We think it’s about time to take a look at our Top 10 Favorite Listings from this year.
116 Civil Court, Suffolk | SOLD – $550,000
Settle peacefully in this stunning 6 bedroom 3 full bath home in Patriots Walke! Live in the luxury you desire while enjoying pre-wired speakers playing music in multiple rooms throughout. This 2019 home offers privacy at the end of a cul-de-sac with plenty of room to spread out. SEE MORE
2404 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth | SOLD – $580,000
This gorgeous home on the Elizabeth River is a dream come true! Plenty of windows and doors allow for an abundance of light and gorgeous views. There is also an electric dog fence, a shed that has electricity, kayak stand, sprinkler system, lifetime decking on the front porch and back deck and a custom bar in room over garage. SEE MORE
2337 Rookery WAY, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $639,500
Looking for a lifestyle change? Come home to this gorgeous beach home, fully renovated from top to bottom in coveted Aeries on the Bay! Don’t miss this opportunity to live in one of Virginia Beach’s premier bayfront communities. SEE MORE
3224 Oak Branch Lane Toano, Virginia | SOLD – $800,000
Extraordinary custom all-brick home in Stonehouse provides tranquility in a picturesque neighborhood with lots of amenities and easy access to Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Richmond! SEE MORE
2216 First Landing Lane, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $870,000
Cape Henry Shores presents this sprawling waterfront estate, overlooking a canal leading out to Long Creek, Broad Bay, and deep water. The main floor is perfect for entertaining, featuring an open concept kitchen and dining area, with extra high-ceilings and windows that highlight the enormous rear deck and waterfront view. SEE MORE
8406 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $895,000
Your private North End cottage awaits! Enjoy a short walk to a quiet beach or relax under mature trees in your private oasis. Plenty of space for a pool or additional dwelling. SEE MORE
2745 Sandfiddler Road, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $1,316,000
Semi-OCEANFRONT Successful Income Producing Vacation Rental! “Dune Our Thing” lives up to all its promises! Beautifully decorated, well maintained, fabulously remodeled in 2013 & updated in 2020. SEE MORE
2000 Canal Road, Virginia Beach | Listed at $1,574,999
This spectacular Bay Island waterfront home offers sweeping BOLD panoramic views with water views from every room in the house! Surrounded by water on 3 sides there is dock with 10,000 lb lift in the back and a protected boat slip in the front. Impressive Sophisticated architecture with terrific open, flowing floorplan. SEE THIS LISTING
3125 Hungarian Road, Virginia Beach | Listed at $3,200,000
Introducing Wellington Farm, arguably the finest luxury equestrian estate currently offered in Southern Virginia. Boasting over 77 manicured acres amongst pastoral fields, woods, with vibrant sunsets over the pristine Morton Barn. The equestrian facilities include a large indoor arena with EuroFelt, dressage arena, and jump arena. A 55-acre hay field and woods include a shooting range. No expense was spared in the 15 stall barn. The home offers 7,124 sqft of luxury. SEE THIS LISTING
794 Hunt Club Drive Corolla, North Carolina | Listed at $8,500,000
From the exclusive Joseph Richardson landscape to the lavish M. Vicas interior designs, elegance awaits in this exquisite coastline jewel. Situated among the heavenly Currituck Sound, no expense was spared in the architectural details… If elegance, luxury and a peaceful natural retreat are on your wish list, you must experience the lavishness of this home today! This showplace is proof that dreams do come true! VIEW THIS LISTING
What a year!Do you have any favorite properties from 2021?
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It’s the most wonderful time of year here in Hampton Roads. Between the temperatures dropping and Christmas rapidly approaching, we have a guide to celebrating here in the 757. From where to go see lights, to recipes, to events + more… let’s get festive!
“Get the party started with these pumped-up Christmas appetizer recipes. From classics like pigs in a blanket and sausage balls to our best-ever cranberry brie bites, there’s something for everyone in here.” – Delish
Seeing Lights Around Hampton Roads
“Here’s a list of the top spots to check out light displays across Hampton Roads that are merry and bright!” – Living Local
Holiday Events, Parades, and More
“It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in Hampton Roads! After a year off from many annual celebrations, parades, illuminations and more will return this year.” – ESPN 94.1
Edna Ferber once said, “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
We hope this holiday season is everything and more!
Merry Christmas Hampton Roads | Read Our Recent Blog About Holiday Prep
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