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Old 07-02-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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hi!

I am tring to get as much updated info in regard to the lake of the woods near Fredericksburg, va.
We are retired and looking for a nice affordable lake community.
Do any HOA issues exist?
Why ae so many homes for sale at low prices?

Any info would be most helpful.

Thank you
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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LOA has had some problems with the dam and upgrades/repairs. Folks in that community were up in arms over the humongous acessement that was levied.
LOA is HUGE....all kinds of homes in there. It's not as close to town as you might like...it requires travel down the infamous Rt. 3 corridor....mid-day isn't too bad, but rush hour and weekends/holidays can be a nightmare! Ongoing construction at 5-mile Fork just adds to the woes!
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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It's a gated community. You can't have guests over without telling the guard who they are. Seemed like a hassle trying to get in and out of the 'complex'. Looks like a bunch of people scared of the real world. It's located nearly in the middle of nowhere. So, I don't understand the purpose of all the high security. Locust Grove area looks like a wasteland. The soil is all red clay and it appears dead almost all year. There is an HOA, but I don't know of any 'issues' with it.. besides the fact there is one in the first place.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:26 AM
 
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I too am interested in moving to LOW. I took a visit out there yesterday and the community seems really nice. There werent sidewalks down the roads and several of the houses seemed close together but I really loved the lake and the clubhouse. The golf course was nice too if you like to golf. I wouldve liked to talk to some of the residents there but didnt really see anyone out and about. So anything you find out about this community pass my way
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:56 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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It's a gated community. You can't have guests over without telling the guard who they are. Seemed like a hassle trying to get in and out of the 'complex'. Looks like a bunch of people scared of the real world. It's located nearly in the middle of nowhere. So, I don't understand the purpose of all the high security. Locust Grove area looks like a wasteland. The soil is all red clay and it appears dead almost all year. There is an HOA, but I don't know of any 'issues' with it.. besides the fact there is one in the first place.
If you live there, there is no issue getting in nor out. I don't live there fulltime but have family there and yes, I have to go through the security guard but frankly, what a blessing. It's good to know that my parents have an extra bit of protection out there.

If you're supposed to be in the development, there is no issue gaining entrance.. If you're not supposed to be there, fortunately no one will have asked the front desk to allow you to enter. How hard is it to call the front gate and tell them you have a visitor coming ?

As far as what the need for security is, welcome to the world. Things happen everywhere. As one who lived in Spotsylvania, next county over, we surely saw that harsh reality.....being in the exurbs of anywhere does not ensure safety.

Red clay is Virginia but if you want to see a place that is green and lush, check out just about anywhere in the state, including Locust Grove. Geez, one thing you can't say about Virginia is that it isn't lush in foliage..............You apparently have an ax to grind. Fortunately for you there is an abundance of trees in LOW and all around you to grind it on...............
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:04 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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LOA has had some problems with the dam and upgrades/repairs. Folks in that community were up in arms over the humongous acessement that was levied.
LOA is HUGE....all kinds of homes in there. It's not as close to town as you might like...it requires travel down the infamous Rt. 3 corridor....mid-day isn't too bad, but rush hour and weekends/holidays can be a nightmare! Ongoing construction at 5-mile Fork just adds to the woes!
I believe the assessment levied concerning the dam became a moot point when the governor intervened.

Traffic is a pain/that part of route 3 is not anywhere as bad as the bottleneck closer to the mall and Central park. However, I have been amazed the last few times I landed on 3 at a bad time that it moved as well as it did. They definitely did some widening on the road and maybe I was just lucky or maybe I've gotten mellow in my later years................ Plus the shortcut via River Road (I know the River Road residents will love my mentioning it) makes Route 3 a non-issue and drops you off nicely past the traffic issues.................

Really not a cheerleader for the Fredericksburg-Culpepper area but there are good points and bad points -
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:06 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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hi!

I am tring to get as much updated info in regard to the lake of the woods near Fredericksburg, va.
We are retired and looking for a nice affordable lake community.
Do any HOA issues exist?
Why ae so many homes for sale at low prices?

Any info would be most helpful.

Thank you
The bubble burst in real estate would be your culprit on housing prices. Great for buyers/not so great for sellers.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:15 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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I too am interested in moving to LOW. I took a visit out there yesterday and the community seems really nice. There werent sidewalks down the roads and several of the houses seemed close together but I really loved the lake and the clubhouse. The golf course was nice too if you like to golf. I wouldve liked to talk to some of the residents there but didnt really see anyone out and about. So anything you find out about this community pass my way

Oh, if my Dad were still with us, I could get you a wealth of info....I think he was involved in everything and with everybody. Life of the party.

I do know that someone who graduated from high school with me has lived there for a very very long time and might be a great source of information for you. If you are interested, I'll see if I can contact her and put the two of you in touch.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:26 PM
 
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My husband and I are currently trying to purchase a home in LOW, but are frustrated because they will not let us see the by-laws until we have signed everything. We have two small children and a dog and I just want to know if they allow people to fence in their yards.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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My husband and I are currently trying to purchase a home in LOW, but are frustrated because they will not let us see the by-laws until we have signed everything. We have two small children and a dog and I just want to know if they allow people to fence in their yards.
Do you see any yards with fences around them?
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