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Karen has been a Realtor/Assoc. Broker since 1980 & has earned these
awards & designations:

Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors SalesPerson of the Year

RE/MAX Hall of Fame

RE/MAX 100% Club

ABR: The Accredited Buyer Representative designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet specified educational and practical experience criteria.

CRS: The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation is the professional Designation offered by the Council of Residential Specialists. The CRS Designation is the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. Fewer than 4 percent of all REALTORS® hold the CRS Designation.

CLHMS: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Realtors who hold the CLHMS designation have successfully demonstrated their expertise in the luxury home and estate market by meeting strict performance requirements.

e-PRO: The e-PRO Certification Course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and is specifically designed to help real estate professionals thrive in the competitive world of online real estate.

SRES: Senior Real Estate Specialist is a designation for Realtors to address the needs of home buyers age 55-plus, learning about the different housing options for seniors and how best to assist them in buying the right home for their needs.

Senior Living Information: Charlottesville and Central VA


I earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation through the National Assocation of Realtors.

The relatively new Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation (SRES), conferred by Senior Advantage Real Estate Services, was created to show an agent's commitment to and interest in senior housing issues.

The SRES Council trains REALTORS® to meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. The Council tracks senior-specific lifestyle and housing issues and educates REALTORS® who are making clients age 55-plus a part of their overall business plan. By earning the SRES® designation, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature clientele with the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.


A two-day training program offered the unique opportunity to learn and build key skills in counseling seniors through selling their family home, buying rental property, or moving to a senior community, among many other issues.


In addition to guiding clients to the right experts on tax laws, probate, estate planning, and a variety of equity conversion strategies, Seniors Real Estate Specialists® can offer clients relevant information on current trends in senior real estate transactions.

Charlottesville has a very active Senior Center, click here to visit their web site. Everyone 50 and above are welcome. Enjoy trips, bridge, social events, book clubs, hiking, classes, and more! The membership fee is very reasonable.

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) has an adult day-healthcare center. Click here to visit their web site. Founded in 1975, JABA is Central Virginia’s leading provider of information and services for seniors. If your family member needs assistance while you're out, you can bring them to JABA for the day and their needs will be taken care of. A very helpful and enjoyable service for local seniors and their families.

Here is a list of local communities tailored for seniors over 55:

American Retirement Homes Inc.
In Charlottesville, on Pantops Mountain.Phone: (434) 220-3709.

Branchlands Retirement Village
In Charlottesville, near Fashion Square Mall and the Charlottesville Senior Center. Click here to visit the Branchlands web site. Phone: (434) 973-9044. Our oldest retirement community, no children allowed. High-rise condos, townhomes or villas. Also a wing for those who need minimal assistance or checking in on.

The Colonnades
In Charlottesville, near the University of Virginia, sponsored by the UVA Foundation. Click here to visit The Colonades web site. Phone: (434) 963-4198. Rental and endowment options to suit your financial needs, a continuing care community.

Evergreene Manor
In Stanardsville, Greene County. Phone: (434) 985-4411. Assisted living facility.

Jefferson Heights
, in Charlottesville on Pantops Mountain, adjacent to Westminster Canterbury.
Click here to visit the Jefferson Heights web site. Phone: (434) 977-4094.
Buy or lease a condo in a high rise or a cottage.

Nahor Village
In Fluvanna County near Lake Monticello. Villas for sale. In the process of building presently. Starting in the upper $200's.

Park View at South Pantops
In Charlottesville, on Pantops Mountain. Click here to visit the Park View web site. Phone: (434) 923-0200. Affordable apartments for seniors 62 and over.

Rosewood Village
In Charlottesville, near Fashion Square Mall, adjacent to the Charlottesville Senior Center. Click here to visit the Charlottesville Rosewood Village web site. Phone: (434) 975-5079. Experience the daily adventures of living in a small town, complete with a Main Street, store fronts, neighborhoods, cafes and outdoor gardens.

Rosewood Village
Near Wintergreen Resort, in Nelson County. Click here to visit the Wintergreen Rosewood Village web site. Phone: (434) 964-4518.Presently under construction: villas, condos, detached homes. Golf course adjacent. Opportunity to move to assisted care in the future.

University Village Manor House
In Charlottesville, near the University of Virginia. Click here to visit the University Village web site. Phone: (434) 977-1800. Luxury condominiums for seniors over 55.

Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge
In Charlottesville, on Pantops Mountain. Click here to visit the Westminster Canterbury web site. Phone: (434) 972-2622. Lifetime care community with independent living, assisted living, dementia care and skilled nursing care. A non-profit community. One and two bedroom cottages and apartments.

Winterhaven Adult Care
In Charlottesville, on Pantops Mountain. Phone: (434) 977-0002. Quality residential care for older adults.

Woods Edge
In Charlottesville near Fashion Square Mall and the Senior Center. Phone: (434) 975-9090. Independent senior living, one and two bedroom apartments with an elevator, laundry facilities on every floor, fitness /exercise room, beauty/barber salon, recreation/crafts/computer room, 24 hour emergency service and garden plots. Small pets are welcome. Woods Edge is a tax credit community with income restrictions.

For more Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes, see the yellow pages for further information and phone numbers. Our local yellow pages are online, click here to go to the Charlottesville Embarq Best Red Yellow Pages web site.

In my April 2007 issue of Hud User's newsletter "Research Works" there was an article on "Affordable Housing Plus Services for Seniors". "With the relationship between increasing age, chronic illness and disability, and growing long-term care needs well documented, new models of delivering health-related and supportive services are being sought that are attractive and affordable to low and modest income older adults. One promising but underexplored strategy, affordable housing plus services (AHPS), links older residents of subsidized multiunit housing to health and supportive services so that they can 'age in place.'" Click here to read the report on this strategy.

Charlottesville has been nationally recognized many times:

  • #1 Best Place to Live in the U.S. and Canada (Frommer's 400 Cities Ranked and Rated, 2004)

  • #2 Best Places to Retire Young (Money Magazine, April 2007)

  • #2 Greenest Cities in the South (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, 2006)

  • #2 Public University and the 21st Among All National Universities: University of Virginia (U.S. News & World Report, September 2002)

  • One of Seven Dream Towns That Have it All (Outside Magazine)

  • #6 Top Ten Healthiest Cities for Women (American Health)

  • #1 Best Small College Town (

  • #6 Top 10 Places That Have It All (Arts & Entertainment TV, November 1999)

  • #1 Best Small City in the South (Money Magazine, July 1998)

  • #1 Best Golf Community For Retirees (Golf Digest, Summer 1997)

  • #1 Tennis Community (Tennis Magazine, Summer 1997)

  • #2 Best Climate on East Coast (American Association of Climatologists, August 1997)

  • #2 Healthiest Place to Live (Kiplinger Personal Finance, September 1996)

  • #7 Best Place to Raise a Family (Reader's Digest, April 1997)

  • "America's 100 Best Places to Retire: The Only Guide You Need to Today's Top Retirement Towns", by Elizabeth Armstrong

  • "America's 100 Best Places to Retire", by Richard L. Fox


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