05 May 2015
About 70 people came to the Lake Monticello clubhouse on Tuesday evening (April 28) to hear four local real estate agents discuss the renovation and replacement (R&R) proposal on the ballot for Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) members this June.
The R&R proposal, which would cost LMOA members an extra $95 a year on top of the current yearly dues of $845, would replace the pro shop and Eagle’s Nest facility at the golf course with a more modern building, called the Bunker Recreation Center, that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It would also finance significant changes to the clubhouse.
Participating in the panel were Roxanne Carter-Johnston and Paul McArter of Montague, Miller & Co., Jay Hurdle of Remax Realty Specialists, and Daniel Rothamel of Strong Team Realtors. Ida Swenson of the LMOA broadcast committee moderated the panel.
Swenson first asked the real estate agents if they believe, based on their experience selling Lake Monticello properties, that the Lake’s amenities affect property values.
Hurdle replied that the amenities and affordability are what sell Lake Monticello. Rothamel agreed, saying that each successive amenity has improved the quality of life at the Lake. Carter-Johnston added that the Lake’s amenities are selling features for potential buyers when they see the Fluvanna community has benefits akin to those in Charlottesville. McArter agreed, but cautioned that the amenities “don’t help as much as they should.” He explained that he often sees a drop in his clients’ “excitement level” when they see LMOA’s actual amenities after hearing them described.