As shown, July was a strong month for home sales. There were a total of 149 home sales this July, up a significant 13.74% from last July. This July had the most sales of the past 6 years, by far. Interestingly enough, the number of homes listed for sale was 270 this year, which is 21.74% less than last year's 345. This shows that the market today still remains very much a sellers market. And homes are going fast! The median days on the market dropped from 22 days last July to 17 days this year, a decrease of 22.73%. The median sales price of homes has stayed fairly consistent since last year, dropping just a bit over 1%. We've seen 784 home sales so far this year, just 1 sale less than last year at this time.
Massanutten resort is a phenomenal option for interested mountain bikers. Whether you are a veteran biker, or a total novice, Massanutten has great trails for you! The Massanutten Bike Park is home to 7 different runs, with a descent of 1,100 feet. These 7 different runs host a pleasant mix of beginner to expert trails. The simplicity of two summer lifts makes the mountain very easy to operate. The convenience of having and using lifts also saves your legs from turning to jelly. Lessons, rentals, and affordable packages are all available for interested bikers.
The best thing about Massanutten mountain biking is the fact that the trails don’t end at the Massanutten Bike Park. Massanutten also has their Western Slope. The Western Slope has a total of 30 miles of cross country trail riding. While you do not get to use the convenience of the chair lift, the Western Slope provides a massive amount of trail riding for those interested. Plus, with the addition of Electric Assist Mountain Bikes to Massanutten’s rental fleet, you can take all the work out of climbing the mountain!
It should be noted that the Western Slope is recommended only for intermediate to advanced riders. 100 percent of proceeds resulting from the Western Slope are given to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition for further improvements to the trails.
Western Slope Map
Massanutten Official Mountain Biking Page
This blog is part of a Massanutten Blog Series
The Massanutten WaterPark is one of the best water park options in the east. It was voted the #2 indoor WaterPark in the United States by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice in 2018. The indoor WaterPark has a variety of different attractions including but not limited to: a giant water-powered playhouse, adventure river, tube and body slides, a triple-jet FlowRider and surf simulator , hot tubs, and many other family friendly options. While the indoor WaterPark is truly amazing, the Outdoor WaterPark is also a great option for those hot Virginia days. The Rockingham Racer is a great thrill seeker. The Racer is a waterslide sitting at 40’ tall, with a length of 296’. The Outdoor WaterPark also has the White Caps Wave Pool, an area with three-foot waves to keep you cool all day long. And finally, Splash-A-Nutten, a great outdoor pool area with obstacle courses, basketball hoops, and other recreational activities to enjoy. So, whether it’s the middle of winter and you want to warm up in the large, indoor/outdoor hot tub, or a scorching sunny day where you need to cool off, be sure to take advantage of the fantastic Massanutten WaterPark!
This blog is part of a Massanutten Blog Series
Massanutten WaterPark Official Page
As a person who has lived in Harrisonburg for over 20 years, I love the changes I am seeing to downtown. It's thriving! However, with this improvement comes other challenges. Parking is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Luckily, we have a local government who wants to see downtown continue to improve and they are asking you to fill out a short survey to help shape the future of Downtown's parking.
Here is a link to the survey that is available until September 6th: www.surveymonkey.com/r/F6FR36N
See what Harrisonburg has to say about the survey below.
Massanutten resort is probably best known for being a ski resort. While resorts like Snowshoe and Wintergreen may get more snowfall, the convenience of Massanutten is unparalleled for Harrisonburg and surrounding residents. The ski resort boasts an impressive elevation of 2,922 ft. It has 7 lifts and 14 runs, including two terrain parks. The resort also has outdoor lights installed, making night skiing an enjoyable possibility. If you’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding, but are up for the challenge, you’ll be happy to hear that Massanutten is now a Terrain Based Learning (TBL) resort! By shaping snow features to naturally control speed and body position, it’s easier than ever to get out there and conquer the slopes!
If winter tubing is more your speed, Massanutten also has an impressive snow tubing hill. The tubing hill has up to 16 lanes, each 900’ in length with a drop of 120 feet. It is a great option for all ages. There are two conveyor belts ensuring short lines. So next winter, be sure to hit the slopes!
This blog is part of a Massanutten Blog Series.
Massanutten Official Snow Sports Page
One of the best aspects of living in Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas is the availability of recreational activities outdoors. While there are a plethora of hikes, mountain biking trails, golf courses, and some skiing options, there is one place that has them all: Massanutten Resort. Located 14 miles from downtown Harrisonburg, this resort is ideal for Harrisonburg families, students, or adventure pursuers. This series explores in depth the variety of activities that Massanutten offers all year round, for all ages.
This series incorporates five of the most common and exciting experiences one can enjoy at Massanutten resort. These activities are Winter Sports, Mountain Biking, The Massanutten WaterPark, Golf, and The Adventure Park.
It is important to note that Massanutten resort is open to the public. A common misconception is that the resort is only available for Massanutten homeowners, but this is not the case. Refer to links below for more information. Finally, this series is by no means all encompassing. Due to times sake we focused on several of their largest attractions. Links below will become active as posts are published.
Family Adventure Park
All info for series obtained from Massanutten Resorts Official Website, visit Resort Home link Here
The Northend Greenway is an exciting project that will add value to the Harrisonburg Area. The Northend Greenway is projected to be a 2.5 mile shared use path when fully completed. It will enable northern Harrisonburg residents to access a variety of places including Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, residential neighborhoods, community centers, areas of downtown, and more.
In the Fall of 2013, the City of Harrisonburg was awarded $600,000 by the Virginia Department of Transportation Revenue Sharing Funds and the City Council matched it with local funds for a total of $1.2 million to fund the Northend Greenway Project.
Phase I of the Northend Greenway is underway. It is expected to be completed at the end of July and officially open to the public in the very near future. Phase I will be approximately 0.6 miles long, starting near the railroad tracks at Mount Clinton Pike and ending at Suter Street. Blacks Run, which is adjacent to the path, will also undergo restoration in conjunction with the construction of Phase I. Momentum Earthworks is the contracted company tasked with the construction of Phase I.
Scheduling and funding for Phase II has not been finalized although significant steps have been taken. The second phase will continue from Suter St. and run through the north part of downtown, ending at the intersection of Main and Johnson. Phase II is likely to be constructed largely by non profits, community members, and volunteers. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is largely spearheading the community build days and other events in relation to the Greenway.
Compared to most other months this year, June was an extremely active month for home sales. However, this is expected as the summer is the busiest season for real estate sales. Sales in June this year (136) were slower than the last 3 years. Additionally, the number of homes on the market is the lowest it has been in June the last 6 years (267). This resulted in the mid year number of homes sold (625) to be 4.43% lower than last year. Although home sales have been slightly slower, the median sales price of homes continues to climb. The median sales price this June was 240,000, 9,500 more than the previous year. Median days on the market continues to drop for the month of June, albeit just by one day from last year (22 to 21). The market very much remains a sellers market.
Red Wing Music Festival is arguably the best annual local music festival in the greater Harrisonburg area. For annual attenders, the wait is nearly over. The festival kicks off its three day extravaganza tomorrow. The first show starts at noon! For those of you unfamiliar with the festival, Red Wing is a great local music festival held at Natural Chimneys in Mt. Solon Virginia. They have a superb lineup this year including such headliners as: The Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange, The Steel Wheels, Mipso, Judy Chops, and many many more. Unfortunately, at this time most of the tickets are sold out, however, Sunday day passes are still available, as well as kids, and teens 3 day passes. Visit https://www.redwingroots.com/ for more information concerning the full lineup, tickets, camping and amenities, food vendors, volunteer opportunities, outdoor activities, and much more.
For last minute band cramming, or to get a sense of the style of alternative music played at the festival, feel free to take a listen to the playlists listed below via spotify.
The Market Report for Virginia Realtors showed an increase in home sales for the month of May compared to last year. This is the first increase in 8 consecutive months. Prior to this month, sales activity has been flat or declining compared to last year. The increase in May was largely the result of several specific areas experiencing significant growth throughout the state. The area with the most growth throughout all of Virginia compared to last year was right here in the Valley! There were 708 sales in the Valley in May, which is 104 more than last year, equating to an increase of 17%. Hampton Roads and Central Virginia were the other two regions that experienced significant growth.
The median sales price of homes increased approximately 5% throughout the state, rising to 309,900. This is an estimated increase of 15,000. As in the valley, the state’s median price has risen largely due to the low number of active listings. Low inventory levels continues to drive the price of homes upwards and the number of days on the market down. The average days of homes on the market statewide is 47 days, 3 days less than a year ago. Fewer homes were listed at the end of May than a year ago. Roughly 55,090 homes were listed statewide, about 5,800 less than last year, representing a reduction of 10 percent.
Info obtained from: May 2019 Virginia Realtors Home Sales Report.