The Village at Highlands

The Village at Highlands is an independent subdivision with its own homeowners association (HOA) within the division of Highlands at Mechums River near Crozet, VA. The Village consists of 50 attached homes built by Craig Builders between 2006 and 2012.  All but six of the 50 homes provide one-floor living.  See floor plans of the three most frequent types of homes.  Most homes have views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains or of wooded areas.

The Village at Highlands is section 57A-2B  in the Albemarle County real estate tax map 57A.

Information on other subdivisions of Highlands at Mechums River is here.

This Web site is the official site for the Village at Highlands Owners Association.  It provides information about the HOA and about how the HOA interacts with the buildings, grounds, architectural review, HOA finances, and hospitality.  The site also provides a page for news from homeowners.  Your comments and questions are invited. Contact our HOA President, Robbie Whitestone.

We are grateful to Debra Weiss of drw Design for designing and implementing this Web site.


New Members of Board and Grounds Committee:  At the Board of Directors meeting on September 3 Daniel Opperman and Barbara Poston volunteered to fill the two vacant positions on the Board.  Daniel also volunteered to fill the vacant position of chair of the Grounds Committee.  These appointments were unanimously approved by the Board and became effective immediately.  

Daniel said that he will send out a call for volunteers for the Grounds Committee, which will need to be officially confirmed by the Board.  Meanwhile at the Board meeting Kathy Rouse and Jim Deter volunteered to join the Grounds Committee. 

Front Door Refinishing:  The front doors on our homes are made of wood and, being exposed to both the weather and sunlight over the years, the doors require ongoing maintenance.

With the painting project now complete, we will be starting the process of “servicing” the front doors in the next few weeks, based on the weather conditions.  Our painter likes to start work early in the morning before the heat and humidity of the day arises.  This allows the door treatment to be applied in the proper fashion.  Homeowners will need to leave their doors “ajar” for a few hours to allow for them to dry.  Based on the degree of work needed, it could take several applications to restore/refinish the door to our standards.

The project will start with the homes on Lower Gate Post Lane first as they are the oldest homes in the neighborhood.  The goal is to have as many doors serviced as possible before years end – again based on the weather conditions. 

Our repair person, Chris Bielecki, does a fantastic job for us, and has done all of the door work for us in the past.  Chris will be reaching out to you directly to set up his schedule over the next few weeks.

Robbie Whitestone, President, Village at Highlands HOA

Parking of Vehicles:  As a reminder, the Covenants state that NO vehicles are allowed to be parked on the grass shoulders of the road at any time!

Thank You

V@H Board of Directors

ARB Committee: The Architectural Review Board has one open position and is seeking a volunteer to assist the other two members.  The role of the ARB committee is to make sure that requests submitted by homeowners for changes to their property are in compliance with the ARB guidelines.

If you are interested in this position, please let any Board member know, or you can call Steve Brecker, Community Group Manager, at 434-984-0700.  The current Board members are listed at

2019 Quarterly Dues, Budget, and Maintenance Reserve Update:

Dear Village at Highlands Homeowner,

At the Board of Directors meeting on November 7, 2018, the Board approved the Annual Operating Budget for the upcoming 2019 calendar year.  As part of the budget process, the Board reviews all of the income and expenses for the HOA and sets the following year’s HOA Quarterly Fee. The HOA dues rate for 2019 will be $502 per quarter, as compared with $491 per quarter in 2018.  Everyone will be receiving their new coupon books in the mail in the near future. 

This small increase in the quarterly fee is due to the maintenance work that Albemarle County is requiring the HOA to perform on the drainage basin/spillway, located behind the homes on lower Gate Post Lane.

Also approved at the November 7 Board meeting was an updated maintenance reserve report by Criterium.  This report discusses the drainage basin/spillway in detail and explains the funding needed to pay for the basin and other future maintenance specified in the Covenants (pages 1 and 8-9 of the Appendix).

Copies of the maintenance reserve report and the 2019 budget are available in the Member Area of the Web site.

Please let either myself or any other Board member know if you have questions.             

Thank You. 

Robbie Whitestone, President, Village at Highlands HOA

2019 HOA Dues and Budget:  Scroll down on the Finances page.

"For Sale" Signs:  "For Sale" signs are now permitted in front yards when Village homes are for sale.  Details are here.