- A new discount store has just opened on South Main Street in Harrisonburg. Buzz on over to the Bargain Hive for some great deals!
- Falafel Inc—a small chain restaurant where everything on the menu is less than $5—has just opened in Forbes Crossing on Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg. Every meal purchased helps feed a refugee in need. Stop by to welcome them to the Friendly City and enjoy a $3 falafel sandwich!
- The Dayton Market is excited to welcome a new vendor! Tic Tac Toys is taking the place of the previous location of the Cheese Place. Follow them on Facebook to keep updated on their opening plans.
- This fall weather just might make you want to pick up that crochet hook or knitting needle. If you’re in need of more yarn, make sure to check out Firefly Yarn and Mercantile opening on October 21st in the Dayton Market!
- New Beginnings Montessori School has just opened its doors. Welcome to the community!
- Mashita—Harrisonburg’s delicious Korean restaurant—is working on an expansion! Follow along their building journey on their social media.
- We celebrate with Elkton as they were recently designated as the 50th Appalachian Trail Community!
- The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project has recently launched an African American history tour entitled Roots Run Deep. Learn more about how it works on their website.
- The director of the Massanutten Regional Library, Lois Jones, retires after working at the library for over 30 years.
- If you’ve looked in downtown Harrisonburg recently, you might have noticed the new bell tower atop Asbury United Methodist Church. Watch a video about the restoration on their Facebook page!
• Football season is back at JMU! Here’s the football schedule for the Fall. Go Dukes!
Tina and Bill Johnson have been working hard getting 126 W. Bruce Street ready for the opening of Harrisonburg’s newest restaurant: Village Juice & Kitchen. Located in the previous home of Food.Bar.Food, the space is being transformed into a bright and open quick service eatery focusing on cold-pressed juices, grain bowls, salads, and more. Want a quick and healthy spot for lunch? Want to meet friends for a leisurely weekend brunch? VJK has got you covered. Tina and Bill were kind enough to show us around and give us a sneak peak of their in progress space—opening in mid October!
We are excited to welcome back abstract artist Bob Bersson and ceramic artist Bobbie Greer to the Wilson Downtown Gallery for October and November. Come enjoy enamel spray paintings by Bob for his show entitled “Inspired by Nature” and take in Bobbie’s “Expressions in Clay” earth-toned ceramic pieces. Join us for our First Friday events October 1st and November 5th from 5-8pm for light refreshments and a chance to chat with the artists!
The market continues to be strong as we enter into autumn. The number of homes that sold over asking price in the last 12 month has increased 38% from last year to 642. Also in the last 12 months, we’ve seen 1304 homes go under contract within 30 days – that’s an increase of 56% from last year! The median sales price for the area has increased to $264,900 – up 13% from the previous year.
real estate market brief (last 12 months)
Sales: 1,666 (+26% from ’19-’20)
Contracts: 1,855 (+10% from ’19-’20)
Median Sales Price: $264,900 (+13% from ’19-’20)
Average Price/Sq Ft: $152 (+13% from from ’19-’20)
Average Days on Market: 31 (-35% from ’19-’20)
Chris is an associate broker at Kline May Realty. He began his real estate career in 2003 with the vision of creating a residential sales team that works together to offer home buyers and sellers extraordinary customer service. He manages the activities of the team, and works directly with buyers and sellers. He loves where he works and lives – which is exemplified by his service on the boards of the local Salvation Army chapter and the Belmont Civic Association. When he is not tending the business, he enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his wife, two boys, and his family’s beloved schnoodle (miniature schnauzer + poodle), Sadie.