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Cool Down with an Iced Coffee at these Richmond Cafes

Richmond Cafes

Summer has hit the RVA and we sure wish The Fan was able to pump out enough air to cool the city. Since we may be stuck under the summer heat for a few months, our real estate agents are taking every opportunity to grab a refreshing iced coffee. If you're looking for a way to beat the heat this season, cool down with a delicious iced coffee at these Richmond cafes.

  1. Ironclad Coffee Roasters – 1805 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The minute you walk into Ironclad Coffee Roasters, you'll notice that they are unlike any other café in the RVA. Taking the café culture of Europe into consideration, Ironclad Coffee Roasters aims to offer the best customer service and finest Specialty Grade coffee in the city. You can order an iced coffee from their café, order beans online to make your own iced coffee at home, or find their mobile café driving around town.

  2. Saison Market – 323 N. Adams St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Saison Market
    is a coffee shop, café, and bottle shop serving all meals and offering a grab-and-go market. Their full espresso bar is loaded with the caffeine-fuel you need to make it through a long workday. Although their food and beverage menus are constantly changing to reflect seasonal ingredients, you can count on them to have a fresh cup of iced coffee every day of the year!

  3. Riverbend Coffee Company – 2623 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Chill out in Church Hill at Riverbend Coffee Company. All of their coffee beans are roasted in house and ready to take with you on the go. Best of all, their ice cubes don't water down your coffee as they melt, keeping the delicious taste consistent through every drop. Riverbend Coffee Company opened at the tail end of last summer so be sure to stop by and help them prepare to celebrate their one-year anniversary!

  4. Demolition Coffee – 215 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Located in the heart of historic Petersburg, Demolition Coffee has been delighting locals since 2009. Their menu features plenty of iced coffee and teas to keep you cool and refreshed all summer long. Plus, their pastry case is always stocked with fresh baked goods and is the perfect addition to any coffee order. The cafe plans to reopen in July after pausing services during COVID-19. Show your support for this local establishment and stop by when they reopen after browsing these nearby Petersburg homes for sale.

  5. Lamplighter Coffee Roasters – 116 S. Addison St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Cool down just outside The Fan at Lamplighter Coffee Roasters. This café is your one-stop-shop for coffee, breakfast, and even groceries like eggs, salsa, tofu, and almond milk. Most of their coffees can be served over ice and their cold brew is delicious, but if you're searching for a powerful pick-me-up, you've got to order the Turbo Coke. They take a Coca-Cola made with real cane sugar, drop in a double shot of Swiftwalker espresso and serve it over ice. Trust us, even a sweltering summer day is no match for a Turbo Coke!

  6. Black Hand Coffee Co. – 3101 Patterson Ave., Richmond VA, 23221
    Skip the line at the chain café and head over to Black Hand Coffee Co. This locally owned and operated café imports green coffee beans from around the world then roasted right in Richmond. Their location in the Museum District, and as well as their second location named Café Nostra, is ready to serve you up a delicious roast. Grab a cold brew from Brazil or an iced coffee from Costa Rica, pair it with a tasty sausage, egg, and cheese bagel, and you'll be fueled to take on whatever the day brings!

  7. Legacy Roasting – 325 Library St., Hopewell, VA 23860
    After years of selling locally roasted coffee beans at farmers markets, Legacy Roasting moved into their Hopewell storefront in 2018. While their location has changed, their commitment to serving high-quality coffee in Virginia remains the same. Stop by to pick up coffee beans near Hopewell homes for sale and browse their wide selection of unique flavors for you to make your own iced coffee. Other options include online ordering, or you can sign up for their monthly subscription plan!

Would you like to live within walking distance to one of these local cafes? We can help with your search. Contact us today to browse Richmond homes for sale.


Summer 2020 Market Update

May & June are going strong in Richmond's Real Estate Market

It's a GREAT time to list your home in Central Virginia because home inventory is low and prices are rising.

The real estate market in our area continues to be extremely active and in the month of May alone, 2,513 homes were listed, and 1,952 homes were successfully sold!The average sales price in our area was $300,826 in May 2020 compared to $288,203 last May – more than a 4% increase!

If you've been putting off listing your home, this could be the perfect opportunity to contact a Napier ERA sales professional, who can give you an accurate assessment of what you can expect in your market.

Contact Napier ERA today to get started!



5 Fishing Spots in Richmond for National Go Fishing Day

Fishing Spots in Richmond

National Go Fishing Day is coming right up on June 18, 2020! Our real estate agents are excited for an opportunity to wet a line at some of our favorite Richmond area fishing holes. Be sure to check out some of these incredible local lakes, rivers, and streams for your next fishing trip!

  1. Three Lakes Park - 400 Sausiluta Dr, Richmond, VA 23227
    True to its name, Three Lakes Park is home to three picturesque fishing lakes, all of them stocked with bass, catfish, sunfish, and bluegill. It's a great place to take kids fishing, with ample shore access, trails around the lakes, and accessible fishing piers. No boats are allowed on the lakes, which ensures a quiet, peaceful fishing trip. Three Lakes Park is also home to a fascinating Nature Center, which includes an aquarium attached to one of the three lakes that offer a glimpse into the underwater world of the native fish. Be sure to check out these Richmond homes for sale nearby. 

  2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Just 20 miles outside Richmond and surrounded by Chesterfield County homes for sale, Pocahontas State Park is one of the top destinations in the area for fishing, canoeing, and camping. The centerpiece of the park is Swift Creek Lake, a long, narrow man-made lake with shady, tree-lined shores and an abundance of fishing opportunities. The lake's long shape gives it a creek-like fishing environment, with populations of largemouth bass and bluegill. The park offers easy access to the lakeshore, as well as boat rentals. 

  3. Ancarrow's Landing - 1200 Brander St, Richmond, VA 23224
    The James River flows more than 400 miles across the state of Virginia, and some of the river's best fishing opportunities are right here in Richmond (there's a reason it's called the River City). Ancarrow's Landing, a Richmond park with open access to the riverbank, is one of the most popular spots for local anglers. who pull massive flathead catfish from the river's depths in summer.

  4. Belle Isle - James R. at US 1/301, Richmond, VA 23219
    A 54-acre island surrounded by the James River, Belle Isle is owned by the city of Richmond and maintained as a city park. Perhaps the most scenic fishing spot on the James, the island is crisscrossed by hiking trails and offers a spectacular view of the city skyline. Belle Isle is a popular spot for hikers and cyclists as well as fishers, who often paddle around the island by kayak, casting for bass around its rocky shoreline. 

  5. Robious Landing Park - 3800 James River Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113
    A popular James River access site in the community of Midlothian, Robious Landing Park provides plenty of bank access for shore fishing, as well as launch facilities for fishing boats. This section of the James River is known for excellent smallmouth bass fishing, along with catfish and bluegill. Overhanging sycamores along the shore provide cover for fish, and it's not uncommon to see eagles and ospreys circling overhead. Located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale, Robious Landing Park also offers picnic areas and several miles of hiking trails. 

Contact us today to learn more about outdoor fun and adventure in the Richmond area. We're proud to live in a city with abundant access to lakes, parks, rivers, and trails, and we can't wait to help you find your dream home in RVA!


The Home Improvement Projects for Your Summer To-Do List

Break out the sunscreen and dig out the flipflops – summer will be here before we know it! While we all want to hit the beach, relax by the pool, and enjoy hours in the great outdoors, the warm weather also presents an excellent opportunity to tackle a few home improvement projects. Our real estate agents are here to help you create a summer to-do list that includes a handful of projects that will breathe new life into your home. 

  • Restore Your Comfort
    Beat the heat by weatherproofing your home. Replace old windows with energy-efficient models, reapply caulk or weatherstripping around your exterior doors, and give your HVAC system a seasonal tune-up. Not only will it keep you cool all summer, but these projects will also help you stay warm throughout the colder months.   

  • Restore Your Curb Appeal
    Your curb appeal is always one of the most important aspects of your home, whether or not you're trying to sell it. Take advantage of the sunshine and plan a few outdoor home improvement projects that will spruce up your exterior. Re-siding or repainting your exterior is a great way to renew your home's appearance, but there are also smaller projects that can transform your curb appeal. Consider planting flower beds, creating a welcoming porch or front entryway with décor, or trimming your trees will make noticeable differences to your exterior. If nothing else, remember that unclogging your gutters, pressure washing your exterior walls or driveway, and cleaning your garage door will refresh your curb appeal.

  • Restore Your Functionality
    If you feel like you've run out of storage space or have trouble keeping items in your home organized, one worthwhile project you can take on is to improve the functionality throughout your home. Purchasing closet organizers, updating kitchen cabinetry, and installing shelving in your garage can increase your storage space and help your family's belongings stay organized. On the tech side, you can install smart home devices to increase the connectivity throughout your home. 

  • Restore Your Beauty
    Freshen up your interior with a few beautiful new updates. Give the kitchen a facelift with new cabinetry, countertops, and backsplashes. Create an oasis in your master bathroom by replacing your tub with a walk-in shower with a bench. Don't forget about the kids' rooms either! Let them spruce up their space by painting their walls in bright colors. You can even refinish or repaint your existing wooden furniture as an affordable and fun craft project.

  • Restore Your Fun
    Who says all of your home improvement projects need to be dull? Now is the perfect time to dedicate your efforts to create an area for you and your family to enjoy. Maximize your backyard by building out an outdoor entertainment area with a firepit, comfortable furniture, and maybe even a wide stretch of space where kids can play with their toys. Inside, consider revamping your loft or extra bedroom into a multipurpose space where your family can relax with guests. An office desk, bookshelves, and a bar cart can instantly turn the space into a functional yet fun area for the whole family to enjoy.

Are you hoping to spend the summer renovating one of our charming Richmond homes for sale? Contact us today to schedule a safe, private showing or a convenient virtual tour.


Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these Richmond Bakeries

Richmond Bakeries

Richmond homes for sale are in demand, and there are lots of good reasons why.

This safe, close-knit community is a great option for both established professionals and those ready to start a family. Terrific local bakeries are just the icing on the cake ... or the doughnut!

Richmond's dining scene is one of its most attractive features. And friendly, family-owned bakeries are just one more delightful way that Richmond stands out from the rest. 

Whether you're looking for a breakfast pick me up, lunchtime treat, or dessert after eating at one of our world-class restaurants, you'll never run out of options around Richmond. Delectable doughnuts are waiting for you whenever you get a craving.

Our real estate agents want to remind you that National Doughnut Day is coming up fast on Friday, June 5 which is the perfect excuse to order a dozen doughnuts at one of these Richmond bakeries. 

Some of our favorite bakeries in the Richmond area include:

  1. Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee – 1001 North Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    With two locations in Richmond and one in Chesterfield, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee is high on the list of family favorite doughnut places in Richmond. Keep your eye on the ever-changing flavor selections: Rare picks like chocolate and caramel with sea salt, blueberry cake, and red velvet cake mean Sugar Shack is always worth a second visit.

  2. The Treat Shop – 6114 Jahnke Road, Richmond, VA 23225
    The Treat Shop wants to be your home for doughnuts, ice cream, funnel cakes, and ... barbecue? Yes, this unlikely menu makes for a winning combination reminiscent of the local fair. In addition to lip-smacking doughnuts, many people swear by their breakfast sandwiches in the morning or burgers in the afternoon. It's all available for curbside pickup or delivery.

  3. Country Style Donuts – 4300 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, VA 23231
    Wondering what makes a doughnut country style? If Country Style Doughnuts is anything to go by, the answer is fresh ingredients, and fantastic taste served daily. Country Style opens at 5 a.m. on most weekdays and is so popular it often sells out before the end of the day. 

  4. First Stop Doughnuts – See Website for Locations Throughout Richmond, VA
    First Stop Doughnuts is a little different ... it's a food truck! Tooling around public locations in Richmond Friday through Monday, First Stop attracts a cheerful crowd wherever it goes. You can order online the day before for a fast and friendly pickup. 

  5. Westhampton Pastry Shop – 5728 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
    "Baking" Richmond a better place since 1952, Westhampton Pastry Shop is one of the city's oldest continuously operating places to buy fresh doughnuts. Built around secret family recipes passed down for generations, it offers doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and bread. It's most famous for its decorated cakes!

On the lookout for a "sweet" deal in the Richmond real estate market? Contact us for expert advice.

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