About Virginia

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Virginia is a wonderful Horse Country - where scenic horse trails, elite competitions, thrilling races, hunts and the Chincoteague ponies have established Virginia as one of the best destinations for equine activities and events. Horse enthusiasts can find all breeds of horses, used for all purposes from trail riding to competition, to breeding and hunting, racing and training, all across Virginia. More than a half million horse lovers and admirers travel to Virginia each year to enjoy and participate in numerous events, shows, hunts, races, and trail rides.

The history of America is closely tied to that of Virginia, particularly during the Colonial period, Jamestown founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America and slavery was introduced there in 1619. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The climate of Virginia becomes increasingly warmer and more humid farther south and east.Seasonal extremes vary from average lows of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to average highs of 86 °F (30 °C) in July. The Atlantic ocean has a strong effect on eastern and southeastern coastal areas of the state.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which both operate the same way since independent cities are considered to be County-equivalent. This method of treating cities and counties equally is unique to Virginia.

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Fairfax County is the most populous locality in Virginia, with over one million residents. Neighboring Loudon County is both the fastest-growing county in Virginia and has the highest median household income ($114,204) in the USA as of 2010.  Virginia's economy is balanced, with diverse sources of income, including government and military, farming, and business. Virginia has 4.1 million civilian workers, and one-third of the jobs are in the Service Sector. The unemployment rate was 6.3% as of April 2011. Technology became the state's highest-grossing export in 2006, surpassing its traditional top exports of coal and tobacco combined.

Agriculture occupies 24% of the land in Virginia. As of 2007, about 357,000 Virginian jobs were in agriculture, with over 47,000 farms, averaging 171 acres (0.27 sq mi; 0.69 km2), in a total farmland area of 8.1 million acres (12,656 sq mi; 32,780 km2).

Providing horse power in the fields and transportation for goods and people, horses were the backbone of the first Virginia Colonies. Today, the role of horses has changed dramatically, yet horses are still a vital economic factor. Some 700 equine events are held in Virginia each year, attracting over 800,000 participants and spectators who spend more than $167 million at these events. The average Virginia horse owner spends $2,969 per horse yearly. Horse owners spend $505 million in annual expenses and support approximately 20,000 jobs statewide.

 
  Explore Virginia in Numbers:
img Horse Population: Over 170,000 horses
img Population: 8,001,024
img Land area: 39,594 sq. miles
img Capital: Richmond
img Counties: 95, plus 39 independent cities
img Highest Point : Mount Rogers 5,729 feet
img Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 
img Geographic Center : In Buckingham Co., 5 mi. SW of Buckingham
img 10 largest Cities :
 
 
  • Virginia Beach: 438,415
  • Norfolk: 231,954
  • Chesapeake: 218,968
  • Arlington: 195,965
  • Richmond: 193,777
 
  • Newport News: 179,899
  • Hampton: 145,579
  • Alexandria: 135,337
  • Portsmouth: 100,169
  • Roanoke: 92,631
 
 
$950,000
Your Own Private Paradise! Luxurious Custom Home, Barn and More!

Chesapeake, No County, Virginia


Welcome to enchanting Hickory Manor! Allow the tree-lined driveway to transport you to the very place your imagination has always envisioned: an elegant home filled with light and beauty, surrounded by the serenity of green pastures, tall trees and a stately barn. Here, you will embrace the companionship of family, friends, horses and dogs, celebrating the seasons of life, in all their glory. Wander the lush landscape with its unique, well-coiffed plantings, or delight at the bright koi as they splash blissfully in the pond. Relax by the pool after an invigorating ride, watching your beloved steed grazing in the sun. There is peace to be found at Hickory Manor, a home for the heart, so soothing for the soul. Experience the essence of this exquisite estate, where privacy, passion and purpose abound! This custom home was quality constructed in 1994 by the esteemed, local builder, Charlie Anderson. This 5 bedroom, 3 full bath, 2 half-bath home offers over 4450 sqft of comfort and convenience. The best of contemporary design and traditional touches combine to make this a home for all time! Meticulously maintained, the owner has ensured continuous beauty and energy efficiency. Top quality materials and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of not only the residence, but are also reflected in the barn, detached garage, riding ring, pool, pond and gardens. The expertise and engineering that exudes from the entire property is indeed, impressive. The ease of farm management is enhanced by design and will be appreciated by those familiar with the day to day operations of an equine facility. The structural integrity of the barn combined with a plethora of owner-friendly features will be celebrated daily by horse and human alike! In addition, the detached garage offers car and hobby enthusiasts an alcove for creativity, with abundant room for covered RV, trailer parking, motorcycles, tools and more. This home has a wonderful floor plan. Those searching for a multi-generational home need look no further, for the floor plan of this home is perfect for such. There are currently five bedrooms, three full baths and two half-baths. The first floor master bedroom, coupled with the finished room over the garage, offers the ability to create two master suites, for each has a private bath. The rooms are constructed on opposite sides of the home, thus, privacy is ensured. There is yet another option for a third master bedroom, located on the home's second floor. This large bedroom has additional, unfinished square footage adjacent to the walk in closet. This could be developed into a full bath, as well. The third floor, walk in attic can also be converted into livable space, whether bedrooms, a home theater, studio or gym. With the existing secondary bedrooms in place to house other family members and guests, you can be assured, you'll have plenty of space for all! Owner/agent

Lana Cary, Howard Hanna William E. Wood

30.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4457 SQ FT
 
$825,000
Your Private Look out Point!

Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Virginia


Magnificent 5 bedroom, 4.5 baths Colonial Home. Main level Master bedroom with fireplace,Hardwood floors on main level, Gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar ,Morning room leading to deck ,Basement has gym, theater room , a beautiful outdoor pool with hot tub, Wet Bar, Heated floors in Master Bath, Terrace, 3 car Garage , Surround System , and the list goes on!

Claudia I. Sarmiento, Long & Foster Real Estate

12.34 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
6042 SQ FT
 
$189,900
Horse property with 2 bedroom home.

Gloucester Courthouse, Gloucester County, Virginia


Fantastic farmette located within minutes to Hospitals, shopping, schools yet privately tucked away in a country setting. 4 pastures, 2 barns, large outbuilding, plenty of hay storage, lush pasture all surrounded with electric braid fencing.

Kathy Ward, Ruark & Associates, Ltd.

5.00 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS
900 SQ FT
 
$439,900
THE PERFECT HORSE FARMETTE

Suffolk, Suffolk County, Virginia


WHOA! NELLIE! NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED AS TO THE AMENITIES THIS PROPERTY OFFERS. IT HAS EVERY MODERN CONVENIENCE INSIDE AND OUT. INCLUDING 2 BARNS, RIDING ARENA, 4 PASTURES, AND WATER AND ELECTRICITY EVERYWHERE. WASH BAY WITH HOT/COLS WATER AND A HEAT LAMP. TACK ROOM HAS HEAT/AC, WATER HEATER AND DEEP SINK. BRING THE HORSE/ANIMAL LOVERS TO THIS PROPERTY! VERY PRIVATE ACRREAGE. GREAT RANCH WITH OPEN FLOOR PLAN. WALL OF WINDOWS ACROSS THE BACK OF THE HOME TO WATCH YOUR ANIMALS PLUS THE WILDLIFE THAT COMES TO VISIT. THIS IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A FARMETTE. ALL THIS AND MORE ON YOUR VERY OWN 11.31 AC PARADISE RANCH. CALL FOR YOUR PERSONNAL SHOWING.....IT WILL BE OUR PLEASURE

Lee Ann Shelton-Matthews, Allison James Estate & Homes

11.31 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2079 SQ FT
 
$575,000
Beautiful Remodeled Farm House

Stephens City, Warren County, Virginia


Remodeled farm house 3/4 bed, 2 1/2 bath, claw foot tub, covered patio, front porch room to entertain Mtn. views,17+ acres w/ 8 acres fenced/crossed fenced and some wooded. 5 buildings, metal lifetime roofing. Detached garage/shop w/apartment. Stocked pond! Barn, hen house, craft shed, pole barn! Ready for your farming needs! Convenient to I66/I81, yet offers privacy. Wood burning FP. Horse ready!

Tana Hoffman, Sager Real Estate

17.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2800 SQ FT
 
$39,900
Nandua Bay... horse friendly

Painter, Accomack County, Virginia


Property is a 3 acre cleared level lot. Located in a horse friendly community that features a community boat ramp, minutes by boat to the Chesapeake Bay for great fishing and family time. Lot already has a four bedroom septic letter on file. Build your dream home in this upscale community. This is an upscale community with a HOA. Located about 20 minutes from the new, state-of-the-art, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital. Only 10 minutes to the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club. Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime.

John Kluis, Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty

3.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$319,000
Gum Springs Horse Property

North, Mathews County, Virginia


Lovely Farmhouse within a Park Like Setting! Home Boasts of Six Bedrooms! Four Acres of Fenced Pasture for your Horses. Four Stall Metal Barn with Isle Way and Electric. Recent Addition of Master Suite, Huge Walk In Closet and Private Bath on the First Floor Plus Two Additional Bedrooms on the Second Floor. Great Location in North Mathews for Easy Commute. New Septic and Drain field. New Replacement Windows. Separate Shop with Concrete Floor, Heat/Air and Gas Stove for Canning or Cooking Holiday Meals. Various Outbuildings. Home is wired with an 8K Generator. Front Porch and Swing offer a Place to Rest At the End of Day and Enjoy the Sunsets. Wonderful Property to Come Home to!

Laura Pierce, ERA Bay and River Real Estate, LLC

6.02 ACRES
6 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2914 SQ FT
 
$275,000
Renovated Farm House and Working Farm w/ Pond

Susan, Mathews County, Virginia


Country Living At Its Best! Charming Farmhouse with Updates and Improvements.This Home Easily Accommodates with Versatile Living Space. First Floor Master/InLaw Suite or Study w/Built In BookCases Also Features a Private Sitting Area and Deep Closet.Lovely Foyer and StairCase.Open Living Room and Florida Room. Corner Sun Deck off of Florida Room.Dining Room w/Gas Fireplace and Built In China Cabinet.Country Kitchen with Custom Cabinetry/Pull Out Shelves/Vaulted Ceiling and Lovely Wood Counter Tops. Over 7 Acres includes 2 Fenced Pastures,2 Run-In Barns, PumpHouse/Canning Building w/Electric, Detached 20'x40' Metal Garage/Workshop w/Slab & 100amp electric. 2 Chicken Houses w/Enclosed Runs. Separate Pastures Fenced. Fruit Trees Include Apple,Pear,Plum & Fig as well as Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberries and Grape Arbors. Such a Wonderful Home and Property!Property Does Not Require Flood Insurance. Close to Public Water Access and the Chesapeake Bay! Ready to be Self Sustainable? This is the Property You Have Been Searching For!

Laura Pierce, ERA Bay and River Real Estate, LLC

7.38 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2032 SQ FT
 
$449,500
14.6 ac. Horse Ready Property. Perc for 4 - 5 brm home. Indoor arena available.

Catharpin, Prince William County, Virginia


14.6 ac. Horse-ready in the heart of Virginia horse country. 4-5 bdr. home perc. Lot grading plan done. Suitable for family subdivision. 4 pastures, 4-board oak fence. 48x12' run-in shed converts to two 24 x 12 sheds, 3-stall shedrow barn w/run-in. 2 wash stalls. Auto waterers+3 hydrants. Elect/water on property. Well-lit barn/sheds. Private, quiet and secluded location, pastoral views, buffered by forest w/ creek frontage. Only 4 mi. to I66, 20 min. to Dulles. 40 min. to D.C. Adjoins quiet, private horse farm with indoor arena available. Rideout to historic Manassas Battlefield Park. Low taxes if kept in land use (agricultural/livestock). About $800/year. 6 adjoining acres available for very reasonable price.

Susan Doner

14.60 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$499,000
High potential for horse property on Virginia's Eastern Shore

Cape Charles, Northampton County, Virginia


Your dream home or weekend getaway is waiting for you in beautiful and peaceful Seaview on Virginia’s Eastern Shore! Adjacent to Cape Charles but on the seaside! Two parcels for sale together. Approximate 4 acres house and grounds plus approximately 16 acres farmland. Historic home circa 1805 has a rich local history. Could be used as bed and breakfast or rent out one and live in the other. Perfect for horses! So many possibilities. Property includes a converted barn/guest house with full live-in accommodations (approximately 3000 square feet). Sixteen acres of farmland with conservation easement, currently under cultivation, a wide open space with big skies and beautiful sunrises. Sea breezes, peace and quiet and the life you can imagine away from the hustle and bustle of the city life but so close for a daily commute.

Paul Schutz, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty

20.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4742 SQ FT

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