Orange Va Real Estate

Lake Beach in Orange Virginia.

Communities and Homes For Sale:

The gated lake community of Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, VA, is a very popular neighborhood of interest for most people who are looking to purchase a home in Orange County, VA, specifically in the Locust Grove area and for good reason. Those that choose to purchase a home in Lake of the Woods are attracted to the abundance of conveniences and amenities that this community has to offer. The Lake of the Woods community has over 50 clubs and civic organizations that owners and tenants can get involved in. Trust me when I say that there is something for every interest here! Lake of the Woods, commonly referred to as LOW, has two manmade lakes, one considered the fishing lake due to the fact that watercraft is limited to electric, sailboats, paddle boats and canoes, and the other the “big lake”, which has its own marina and is home to the Lake of the Woods ski team. For anyone who is looking to purchase waterfront homes, either lake in Lake of the Woods will offer breathtaking lake frontage views that are sure to start your day off on the right foot! Additional lots in LOW offer seasonal lake views as well. For the horse enthusiast, Lake of the Woods also has its own stables for boarding and riding horses and hosts pony camps for children throughout the year. Lake of the Woods is also a golf community where golfers can get in their tee time in on the communities own 18-hole golf course. Golf course homes and lots are currently available in Lake of the Woods.

Additional notable communities of interest for those looking to build a home or purchase a home in Orange County, Virginia are Orange Estates, Somerset, Swan Woods, Wilderness Shores, Governor Spotswood Estates, and Meadowland. Meadowland is a gated community and provides ample acreage for boarding horses. Swan Woods only has a handful of homes already established and the remainder of the community offers lots for sale for new construction. Governor Spotswood Estates offers estate style homes on vast acreage with the Rapidan River practically flowing through your backyard. Wilderness Shores, located off of Route 3 West, is a newer community out of this group and is perfect for first time homebuyers and families. Wilderness Shores offers playgrounds, lighted streets, and a community pool for its residents. Somerset Subdivision is also a newer community and is also a great place for first time home buyers and families. Somerset has a community pool with clubhouse, tot lots and playground and is re-opening their golf course for 2013.


The county provides Gordon-Barbour Elementary, Lightfoot Elementary, Locust Grove Elementary, Unionville Elementary, Locust Grove Primary & Orange Elementary for public education; depending where in Orange, VA you purchase a home. More information on which school your child (ren) would attend when living in Orange County, VA can be found on the following website by inputting the address of your home: There are two middle schools in the area, Locust Grove Middle School and Prospect Heights Middle School and one high school, Orange County High School. For private schooling, Grymes Memorial School is available for grades kindergarten thru 8th and is located off of Constitution Highway. The Head Start program is also offered in the county. The first and original location of Germanna Community College is off of Route 3 West in Orange County for a great start to a higher education.

Property Taxes:

Real estate assessments for Orange County, Virginia are considerably low at a mere $.72 for every $100 of assessed value.

About Orange County VA:

Within a short drive from the more suburban areas of the Greater Fredericksburg, Virginia region, you can find yourself in what seems to be a world away in Orange County, Virginia. On a clear day, you will have an awe inspiring view of the Blue Ridge Mountains when entering Orange County from the East off of Route 3. Orange County is in the Piedmont Region of Virginia and lays West of Spotsylvania County, South of Culpeper County, North of Louisa County, and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Living in the county provides easy access to major employers and Northern Virginia markets by way of Virginia Scenic By-Ways on State Route 3 West towards Fredericksburg, VA, US Route 20 towards the Town of Orange and Charlottesville, VA, and US Route 15 towards Leesburg. Orange County, Virginia is 72 miles from the state capital of Richmond, 75 miles from Northern Virginia and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and 25 miles to Charlottesville. Interstates 95 and 64 are within 40 miles of the Town of Orange as well. The Town of Orange provides a bus transit system called Ride TOOT to take the pain of the pump out of travel for only 25 cents each time you ride, within limited travel vicinity. Travel can be made between the Town of Orange and Gordonsville for only 50 cents each way. Where ever you choose to purchase a home in Orange County, whether it’s the town of Gordonsville, Locust Grove, Barboursville or Orange itself, you’re sure to be surrounded by nature’s beauty that this area has to offer. Orange County consists of the following areas when considering where to look for purchasing a home, Eheart, Scuffletown, Albano, Liberty Hills, Somerset, Old Somerset, Madison Run, Gordonsville, Montford, Town of Orange, Montpelier Station, Trimmers Crossing, Rapidan, Nasons, Grassland, Monrovia, Lahore, Tatum, Vulcan, Danton, Unionville, Rhodesville, Ture Blue, Bledsoe Corner, Verdiersville, Gold Dale, Locust Grove, Flat Run, and Germanna Bridge.

The friendly towns in Orange County, VA, with their quaint streets offer delicious dining, unique shops, and fine arts and crafts as well the areas extensive colonial history of our fine Nation. For the wine connoisseur, Orange County boasts award-winning wineries. Horton Vineyards in Gordonsville and Barboursville Vineyards are just a few of notable mention worth a tantalizing tasting. If you enjoy artesian ware you may have a hard time choosing where to spend your money. Graves Fine Art Gallery and Stokes of England in Gordonsville are great places to start. If you live in the Town of Orange the Corner House Gallery and La Galeria are two great places to stop to purchase wares. In Barboursville make sure to go by Sun’s Traces Gallery and Nichols Gallery for breathtaking depictions of the natural beauty that is found in Orange. Living in Barboursville, VA, a dining must is at Palladio, whose cuisine was mentioned in Travel and Leisure Magazine. If you choose to live in the Town of Orange, VA, make sure to frequent The Silk Mill Grille, Real Food, Elmwood at Sparks or The Inn at Willow Grove for fantastic fare! In Gordonsville at such shops as Homespun, The Odd Chest, and Laurie Holladay Interiors, great collectables can be found. While living in Gordonsville, VA, dine at Pomme for exquisite French fare. Great boutique shops such as Beggars Banquet Market, Gypsy Willow, and Garden of Eden can be found in the Town of Orange. For sporting goods, make your way to Angler’s Landing at Lake Orange.

Orange County has holds much of our Nation’s history as well and is the location of many notable sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Tied to the Civil War, as is Spotsylvania County and the City of Fredericksburg, Orange County, Virginia is the location of the Battle of Wilderness, fought May 5-6 in 1864. The Wilderness Battlefield is located off of the thoroughfare Route 20, commonly referred to as Constitution Highway, in Orange County. Visit the only surviving house from the Battle of Wilderness, Ellwood Manor. Ellwood Manor also plays a role in the Battle of Chancellorsville of 1863 and is nationally known for where Confederate General Stonewall Jackson had his arm amputated and buried in the family cemetery at Ellwood. The Holladay House in Historic Downtown Orange, Virginia, circa 1830, is named for Dr. Lewis Holladay, a prominent Virginia physician in his time. The Doc Holladay House is historically significant because it is one of only a few pre-Civil War structures still standing in Orange County, Virginia today. Another beautiful plantation home of historical significance in Orange County, VA is Montpelier, the home of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution”. Orange County’s public library services the area with three locations throughout the county. The main branch is located on Main Street in downtown Orange, VA and additional branches can be found at the Wilderness in Locust Grove on Flat Run Road and in Gordonsville, VA on North Main Street.

For parks and recreation in Orange County head to Angler’s Landing on Lake Orange off of Rt. 20. Lake Orange is a fisherman’s paradise and became popular for producing the world record white bass of 6 pounds, 13 ounces in 1989. Orange County, Virginia has numerous public golf courses for any level pro. Meadow’s Golf Course off of Flat Run Road in Locust Grove is home to the longest hole in the United States, a Par 6, 841 yards! There is also Shenandoah Crossing Resort and Spring Creek Golf Club, which offers a picturesquely designed course. The Orange County Airport is a general aviation airport for public and is located on Route 20, five mile northeast of the Town of Orange, VA. If you are lucky enough to have your own turboprop or propeller aircraft, you can house it here. The Orange County Airport is home to Skydive Orange, if you are so brave, offering tandem, static line, and free fall jumps. For the horse enthusiast, Orange County, Virginia is also horse country, so bring your horses and trailers when looking to buy a home in Orange. At Oakland Heights Farm you can enjoy trail rides, riding lessons, and bull-riding rodeos in the months of May through September. A popular spot for activity on Saturdays in Locust Grove, VA is WarPlay Paintball of off Route 20. WarPlay Paintball was created by two veteran Marines and provides a challenging terrain for paintball battles. Another major draw to the area that has national visitor attention is the Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, located off of Route 20 in Orange, Virginia. A sunny day in Orange County, VA is the perfect day to take the bike out for a ride down the rolling hills of Constitution Highway to Waugh!

One visit to the peaceful serenity of Orange County, Virginia, is all it takes to understand why so many are people are attracted to living here.

Kelly Gronau Dodson

Kelly Gronau Dodson

Realtor® | e-Pro® | SRES® at Coldwell Banker Elite
REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Elite in Locust Grove. Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you, or someone you know needs to buy or sell a home, please give me a call! 540-287-6807
Kelly Gronau Dodson
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