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September
6

Historic Hotels to Stay at in Richmond

Historic Hotels Richmond

Richmond is steeped in history dating back to the earliest colonial days. As you visit beautiful Richmond homes for sale, you'll also discover plenty of historic sites from across the centuries. The same is just as true for the most desirable Petersburg homes for sale.

Our real estate agents are always glad to welcome you to the area, no matter whether you're coming in from out of town, out of state, or the other side of the world. To make your trip memorable, you should consider staying at one of Richmond's distinguished historic hotels.

Let's visit some of Richmond's truly remarkable hospitality properties:

  • Berkeley Hotel – 1200 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Berkeley Hotel is situated in one of Richmond's best locations and prides itself on impeccable service. Perched on the western edge of the cobblestone-paved Shockoe Slip, it's the place to be when you want to tour the city's other historic structures. The popular and equally pedigreed Sam Miller's Restaurant sits just next door, giving you an authentic taste of Richmond's iconic oysters and other fresh seafood.

  • Jefferson Hotel – 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Jefferson Hotel stands out for its "masterfully crafted" dining, including the afternoon tea and Sunday champagne brunch. The tea is framed in Southern style with assorted finger sandwiches and warm baked scones along with pastries and a choice of tea. Don't overlook the hotel's Lemaire restaurant, with a dinner menu featuring Ancho chili-rubbed salmon, roasted red snapper, and caramelized sea scallops.

  • Boulevard Inn – 1 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Boulevard Inn is a bit different from many of the selections on this list, as it offers a complete bed and breakfast experience to its guests. You'll be enthusiastically welcomed to the 1914 colonial revival farmhouse, which has been lovingly maintained to provide an immersive cultural and historic setting. Right in the heart of Richmond's dining scene, you'll be only steps away from other top attractions.

  • The Commonwealth – 901 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Commonwealth has a gripping history that reaches all the way back to its original founder Louis Rueger in 1842. After being seized for use by the Commodore of the Confederate Navy, the inn was decimated, only to be rebuilt anew by Rueger. Now, you can enjoy spacious suites, luxurious surroundings, and a lavish all-day menu that fuses local Richmond cuisine with global influences.

  • Linden Row Inn – 100 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Billing itself as "a great American inn," Linden Row Inn is a 70-room boutique hotel where you can feel "away from it all" while remaining in the midst of all Richmond has in store for you. With an Old World European approach to luxury and customer care, Linden Row stretches across the manicured grounds of seven row houses from the 1800s, all entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast – 15126 Providence Road, South Prince George, VA 23805
    You aren't far from Prince George homes for sale when you book a stay at Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast. Choose between staying in a cabin or in one of their guest rooms. Either way, a delicious breakfast will be included in your stay. While Scents of Cedar was constructed in 1997, the grounds have a storied history. Besides being a bed and breakfast, they can also host special events. 

Want to learn more about Richmond? Contact us to get started today.

August
29

Family Fun in Richmond: Plan a Weekend the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Richmond Family Fun

With the incredible assortment of activities around Richmond homes for sale, every weekend is a vacation. Our real estate agents and their families love spending quality time together at these exciting Richmond locations.

  • Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd., Prince George, VA 23875 
    Swaders Sports Park, located just minutes from Prince George homes for sale, offers so many activities that you won't even know where to start. Do you hit the go-kart course? Maybe you have a lively game of laser tag or a mini-golf match. Challenge your baseball skills in the batting cages. When you're ready for a break, head to the arcade or the Hologate virtual reality arena. Hours through Labor Day are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Visit the website for pricing information.

  • Byrd Park - 1209 Admiral St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Richmond is full of beautiful green spaces, and Byrd Park is the most popular spot for people to enjoy the great outdoors. The centerpiece of this sprawling 287-acre park is Fountain Lake, with activities including fishing and pedal boat rides. Get physical on the Vitacourse, a year-round exercise trail, or take part in a leisurely Frisbee toss. Leashed pets are welcome, so don't forget to pack some doggy treats in the picnic basket. Byrd Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Escape Old Towne - 104 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Have you been bitten by the escape room bug yet? You'll be hooked after a visit to Escape Old Towne, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Like a video game come to life, escape rooms challenge your problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and time management. Teamwork is essential as you work together to solve the puzzles before time runs out. Four themed rooms present different levels of difficulty to accommodate all players. Admission is $25 per person, with a fee of $22 for college students. Escape Old Towne is open 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Rain or shine, a day at the Science Museum of Virginia is always entertaining. The 223,000-square-foot building is full of enthralling interactive exhibits that make STEM learning fun. Continue the "lessons" outdoors on the 22-acre grounds, which include displays ranging from a pollinator garden to an 80-ton aluminum submarine. Don't miss The Dome, a 76-foot theater screen that's the largest in Richmond, putting you right in the center of the action. Admission is $16 for adults, $13.50 for ages 6-12, and $10 for ages 3-5. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228  
    Find out why national sources such as USA Today and the Travel Channel have recognized Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as one of the top gardens in the country. Each year, nearly half a million people visit Lewis Ginter to marvel at more than a dozen themed gardens across 82 acres. Kids love to dig in the dirt or climb the Klaus Family Tree House in the Children's Garden. Admission is $17 for adults and $8 for ages 3-12. Lewis Ginter is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday through September.

Looking for a new home in Richmond for your growing family? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

August
8

National Relaxation Day: 5 Ways to Relieve Stress in Richmond

Richmond Places

August 15 is National Relaxation Day, and our real estate agents have some pointers.

Our agents work hard, but we also know the value of taking some time to rest and unwind. When you're exploring beautiful Richmond homes for sale, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and "go, go, go" all day long. Take some time to stop and smell the roses – you'll feel better and make better decisions.

August 15 is dedicated to exactly that idea. No matter what your idea of relaxation is, the RVA area offers it. Commune with nature or enjoy the unique culture that makes this one of the most beloved places to settle in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here are just a few opportunities to relax:

  • True North Yoga & Wellness – 4025 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    True North Yoga & Wellness offers a wide variety of yoga classes and holistic practices that will nourish your body and spirit. Classes are available for every level, including those who have never tried yoga. A visitor can enjoy acupuncture, Tai Chi, and many more with a wide variety of on-site experts. It is right in the center of the highly desirable Belleview neighborhood.

  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – 10 North Nansemond Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides you with a huge range of opportunities to have a truly relaxing experience that meets your needs. There are nearly a dozen specialized massage options, from Swedish massage to hot stone and decompression therapy. Fifteen different facials also await, all with different spa enhancement add-ons.

  • Waterfront RVA – 415 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Getting out in nature can be the key to a relaxing experience, and Waterfront RVA is your entry point to the area's famous waterways. From noon to 6 p.m. starting in May, you can rent boards or kayaks for a small fee of $25 per person per hour. With "Flow Flow," you can enjoy sunsets over the river while you take part in gentle yoga led by trained instructors.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Looking for a calming experience near Petersburg homes for sale? You're in luck with Yoga One Studio. Since 2007, Yoga One has helped people from all over Virginia get in touch with their bodies and quiet their minds right in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg. There are seven different styles of yoga to pick from, most of which are accessible to all levels, with "Gentle" Hatha yoga ideal for absolute beginners.

  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen gives you the chance to contemplate wonderful artworks or make some of your own in a dedicated studio. One of the top cultural institutions near Glen Allen homes for sale, it welcomes all to explore five distinct galleries or contribute to the Community Gallery showcasing local talent. Low-cost art classes include 40 adult classes in 15 disciplines as well as teen and kid classes.

Contact us today to discover even more of what the RVA has to offer.

June
27

Take a Walking Tour of Richmond This Summer

Richmond Walking Tour

There's no better way to discover all that Richmond has to offer than by taking a walking tour, and there are fascinating local tours available for every interest. Whether you want to tour historic neighborhoods, discover the city's vibrant arts scene, enjoy a self-guided tour, or try a spooky ghost tour, there are so many fun ways to build a deeper connection with Richmond. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best ways to take a walking tour of Richmond this summer.

  • GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours – Mobile App
    While there are many expert-guided tours available near Richmond homes for sale, you don't necessarily need a guide to enjoy a great tour. With the GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours mobile app, you can take a self-guided tour at your own speed. Popular tours on the app include the Richmond Introduction Walking Tour, Historical Homes Walking Tours (I & II), Maymont and Carytown Walking Tour, and Richmond Civil War History Walking Tour.

  • Richmond Tour Guys – 405 N. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a variety of weekly tours that can take you to nearly every corner of Richmond, the Richmond Tour Guys have the city covered like few other tour services. The Richmond Tour Guys offer six distinctive experiences, including Public/Private Signature Tours, Group Tours, Specialty/Seasonal Tours, Experience Richmond Tours, and Step-On Tours. Signature Tours are available for Downtown Richmond, Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, and the Virginia Capitol building.

  • Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours – 5 S. 20th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The team at Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours has been helping people tour the spooky side of Richmond history for nearly 20 years, with 90-minute ghost tours through some of the city's most historic neighborhoods. In addition to haunted walking tours for kids and adults, Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours also offers a series of private haunted dinners and pub crawls perfect for a fun social gathering.

  • RVA First Fridays Art Walks – Richmond Arts District, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you want to get in touch with Richmond's artistic side, then RVA First Fridays Art Walks are the perfect place to start. On the first Friday of every month, many of the art galleries, dining destinations, and small businesses in the Richmond Arts District stay open late with fun special events to explore. RVA First Fridays present the perfect opportunity for a self-guided walking tour of the Arts District.

  • Walking the Ward – Jackson Ward, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Walking the Ward tour series from expert guide Gary Flowers highlights the many sites found throughout Jackson Ward. Each tour covers 20 stops throughout Jackson Ward, including the Black History Museum and the Maggie Walker Historic Site. The basic tour lasts for 75 minutes, while the enhanced tour is a 2-hour journey which includes historic videos at the Black History Museum.

  • Petersburg National Battlefield – 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many fascinating places to visit around Petersburg homes for sale as well, including the historic Petersburg National Battlefield. Start your journey at the Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the historic site you're about to experience. Then tour the historic battlefield where the nine-and-a-half-month Siege of Petersburg took place.

Discover a neighborhood you'd love to call home during a walking tour? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your Richmond real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
6

Summer Reading: Take Your Books to These Central Virginia Spots

Richmond Reading

Reading is fun for all ages, and our real estate agents know the right environment makes it even more satisfying. As you visit Richmond homes for sale, you are sure to find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and other spots where you can take your latest summer read or books to study.

With its strong culture of learning and vibrant educational institutions, Central Virginia will entice you with places where you can sit and sip your favorite coffee or tea as your stories unfold. 

Let's take a closer look:

  • Ellwood Thompson's Local Market – 4 North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Ellwood Thompson's Local Market is a small, independent organic market known as a hub for plenty of interesting events throughout the year. You can dine right on-site with its hot bar, juice bar, or salad bar, or just pick something up from one of the many local suppliers. Events have recently returned to the sit-down cafe at The Beet – classes, breakfasts, screenings, seminars, and tastings are held.

  • Pomona – 2025 Venable Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    Pomona is a retail and cafe space right in the heart of the desirable Union Hill area. You can find just about anything local to RVA here, including houseplants, coffee, and handmade gifts. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 o'clock, readers love the casual atmosphere. Light and fresh food comes from the local Sub Rosa Bakery, while the coffee is from Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

  • Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
    Looking for an outdoor space where you can get away from the crowds? As one of Richmond's many beautiful green spaces, Bryan Park may be exactly what you need. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it now attracts birdwatchers from all around the state on the first Saturday of every month. A farmer's market also calls the park home from May through November.

  • Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse – 1211 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse will delight you with its "from scratch" home cooking paired with some of the best coffee in the RVA. Breakfast and lunch are both served all day, with mainstays like a smoked salmon bagel or the breakfast sandwich with egg. Lunchtime fare has many vegetarian and vegan options and thrives on unique sandwich combinations leveraging fresh ingredients.

  • Restored Cup Coffee Shop – 105 West Bank Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Formerly known as the Sweet Blis Cafe, Restored Cup Coffee Shop is a local cafe where you can sit, relax and unwind with your latest read. Located in historic Old Towne Petersburg just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it has coffee, pastries, juices, smoothies, and much more to choose from.

  • Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place – 4810 Market Square Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place is a fun and exciting place to visit not too far from Midlothian homes for sale. Here, you can enjoy the full-service coffee shop or visit the open studio to choose a project to make. There's even a play area for kids five and under.

Ready to start your story in the Richmond area? Contact us to find out more about Central Virginia.

April
11

Hop on a Richmond Trolley Tour

Richmond Trolley

What's the best way to see the beautiful city of Richmond? Every year, thousands of potential residents explore Richmond homes for sale by driving or walking through the area. If you prefer something a little more adventurous, our real estate agents may have a suggestion or two!

You don't need to go to San Francisco or New York City to get a unique view in a classic way – as a passenger on a trolley.

A trolley tour gives you the opportunity to bring your group or meet new people as you discover everything Richmond has to offer. The tours are led by experienced guides who are glad to answer questions along the way. They'll also give you plenty of chances to snap great pictures.

Why Choose a Trolley Tour?

A trolley tour is a truly unique way to get around. You can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of a fully restored historic or replica trolley complete with plush seats and intricate interiors. Plus, you have a chance to make new friends and connect in a warm and inviting atmosphere with social seating.

RVA is known for its beautiful weather and its lovely surroundings. The city has a true soft spot for trolleys, as it was the site of the very first trolley system – beginning operations back in 1888. At the time, it was lauded as the most advanced public transportation system in the world.

These days, trolleys are still seen on the streets of Richmond, but most of them operate under private tour guides. They're a fun and exciting way to get a tantalizing taste of the authentic Richmond.

What Kind of Trolley Tours Can You Do in Richmond?

If you decide to go with the classic trolley tours from RVA on Wheels, you have three options:

  • RVA Historic Trolley Tour
    Richmond was a key part of the Revolutionary War era and is full of all kinds of historical sites from the colonial period and beyond. With the RVA Historic Trolley Tour, you'll be introduced to four centuries of history in one of America's oldest and most diverse cities. The tour runs for two hours and will take you on a whirlwind excursion to some of the top historical highlights across the ages.

  • Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour
    Taking place on the third Friday of each month and running through the evening, the "Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour" lets you get on and off whenever you wish. You'll stop by some of the city's top craft breweries in the company of three local comedians. Get their unique observations and insights on the RVA while you discover the ins and outs of the city's unique dining culture.

  • Hollywood Cemetery Tour
    It's the "haunted" Richmond tour you can enjoy any time of the year, not just Halloween! Hear some of the local legends of the RVA, including duels for honor that lasted well into the 1880s, Virginia Governor "Extra Billy" Smith, and much more. The Hollywood Cemetery helped to ignite interest in creating the national holiday of Memorial Day, and now you'll learn all about it on your trolley tour!

Ready to learn more about what the Richmond area has to offer? Contact us to find out more about Richmond today.

March
14

Richmond Art Gallery Guide for 2022

Richmond Art Gallery

Exploring a local art gallery is a great way to spend a free afternoon, and Richmond has plenty to choose from.  

Many of our real estate agents are art lovers themselves, and over the years, they've spent a lot of time in the galleries around our Richmond homes for sale. Before your next outing, take a look at our guide below and discover some of the art galleries that you should visit this year. 

  • Artspace - 2833-A Hathaway Rd, Richmond, VA 23225 
    Artspace is a non-profit member-operated gallery that has been a vital part of Richmond's art scene for over 33 years. They are currently located inside the Stratford Hills Shopping Center and feature a number of individual and group exhibitions by talented members of the community, including a collection of pieces by local middle schoolers. Plus, they host Artist Talks where you can learn from their featured artists. 
      
  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen - 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is home to four different galleries that art lovers are sure to appreciate. The artwork on display are pieces from regional and international artists, plus this arts center is conveniently close to Glen Allen homes for sale. Their four galleries are Gumenick Family Gallery, Slantwall Gallery, Midway Gallery, and Glass Door Gallery. Be sure to keep an eye on their website for the latest on featured local artists.
     
  • The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design - 2501 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220 
    The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is one of the more unique gallery experiences in Richmond. Devoted to exploring how and why things are designed the way they are, the museum explores its subject matter from all angles and includes some very unique pieces as a result. Cityscape paintings, audio exhibits, and even furniture have all been integral parts of recent showcases. If you're open to thinking about art a little differently, this place is well worth a visit.  

  • Artemis Gallery - 1601 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220 
    The Artemis Gallery is a small, locally-owned art gallery with works by more than 175 local and international artists in its collection. The pieces span a range of mediums, from photography and ceramics to wood and metal works. You'll always find something new and innovative to admire here - and if you fall in love with a piece, you may be able to take it home with you. Many of the works on display are available for purchase. 
  • Walton Gallery -  17 N Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many art galleries in downtown Richmond, but thanks to Walton Gallery, you can check out contemporary fine art in Petersburg's Old Towne District. This family-owned gallery first opened back in 2011 and has been a delightful addition to the local art scene ever since. Consider stopping by after viewing some Petersburg homes for sale.

Richmond's art scene is rich, diverse, and always changing, so why not live closer to the action? Contact us today for more information on any of our Richmond homes for sale or to book a viewing for one that's caught your eye.  

November
29

2021 Central Virginia Holiday Event Guide

Richmond Holiday Events

The holidays are a time to gather and celebrate in an air of cheer and goodwill. And throughout the Richmond area, there are plenty of local events to keep your calendar full of festive fun. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate these upcoming events around Central Virginia. 

  • Holiday Brunch - Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place, 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Want to wow family and friends at this year's gatherings? Pick up some tasty recipes at the Holiday Brunch class conducted by Publix Aprons Cooking School, down the street from Glen Allen homes for sale. Learn how to prepare elegant eggnog crepes, pear and cranberry Bellinis, lobster eggs Benedict, and other brunch items. Finish with cream-cheese frosted gingerbread scones for a sweet treat. Wine will be served for anyone over the age of 21. The class starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20. Tickets to the age-18-and-up event are $55.

  • 2021 Holidays at the Branch - Branch House, 2501 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23220
    In its third year, Holidays at the Branch is well on its way to becoming a favorite tradition near Richmond homes for sale. Stunning Branch House, which dates back to 1916, was once the private residence of financier John Kerr Branch and his family. Today, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125.

  • Christmas with the Celts - The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 
    Enjoy an evening of traditional holiday songs performed in unique style at Christmas with the Celts. This live edition of the popular PBS pledge show adds some Celtic flavor to "Little Drummer Boy," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and other classics, with Irish dancers completing the picture. Christmas with the Celts takes place at the Tin Pan on Thursday, December 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $41.50 at the door, with dinner reservations available.

  • Christmas Cookie Decorating - Steam Bell Beer Works, 1717 E. Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23112
    What are the holidays without the delightful smell of cookies baking throughout Midlothian homes for sale? The whole family will have fun picking up tips at Christmas Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Steam Bell Beer Works. Mom and Dad can sip on a craft farmhouse ale while the kids express their creativity decorating tasty cookies. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, from noon - 2 p.m., and free admission.

  • Christmas on High Street - High St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Experience an old-fashioned holiday while supporting a good cause at Christmas on High Street. A candlelight tour takes you through eight beautiful homes as you get hot chocolate and wreaths along the way. Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Brickhouse Run, a delightful tavern located in a historic building just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale. Proceeds benefit Young Ladies Boarding House, a local homeless shelter. Festivities run from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.

There's still no place like home for the holidays. Whether you're buying or selling a home in Central Virginia, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance. 

October
18

5 Must-Do's in the Richmond Arts District

Arts District

Richmond is comprised of several neighborhoods with their own distinct personalities. Appropriately, Richmond's vibrant Arts District is rich in culture, and it's an eclectic neighborhood that's a great place to live or visit. Our real estate agents recommend their favorite spots to enjoy local art in this one-of-a-kind district. 

  • Sandman Comedy Club - 401 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219 
    Studies show that laughter relieves stress, boosts the immune system, and strengthens your heart. That means a visit to Sandman Comedy Club is as beneficial as a trip to the gym. Owners Michael and Carrie Sands made a lifelong dream a reality when they opened the club, which includes an extensive dinner menu and full bar. In addition to shows featuring top comedians every week from Thursday through Saturday, Sandman holds open mic and karaoke night every Sunday. Visit the website for the full calendar and ticket prices.

  • The National - 708 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Whether you're a fan of rock, jazz, or country, you'll find it at The National. Built in 1923, The National is the last remaining auditorium of Richmond's Theatre Row. In 2003, the theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Upcoming shows include popular jam band Umphrey's McGee, iconic guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, and comedian and podcaster Nikki Glaser. The National has seven full bars throughout both floors of the theater and serves pizza by the slice for your convenience. Visit the website for full calendar and ticket prices.

  • Someday - 22 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Like many people, Audie McDougall dreamed of having her own business "someday." When that dream became a reality, Audie cleverly chose Someday as the name of her shop. Someday specializes in home accessories and decor with an aesthetic Audie describes as "cozy modern." Customers are encouraged to browse at their leisure or simply relax for a while and enjoy the ambiance. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Virginia State Capitol - 1000 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23218
    A visit to the Arts District isn't complete without viewing the Virginia State Capital, an impressive building with cultural and historical significance to the city, state, and country. Designed by Thomas Jefferson in the style of a classical Roman temple, the Capitol is a National Historic Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to its stately appearance, the building has served as a stand-in for the White House and the United States Capitol in films such as Lincoln and The Candidate. The Capitol is open to the public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

  • Candela Books + Gallery - 214 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Candela Books + Gallery uses a two-pronged approach in its mission to support and promote photography as an art form. The gallery stages 10 to 12 exhibitions per year, while the book side publishes one to two titles annually that coordinate with specific exhibitions. When you make a purchase, the knowledgeable staff is ready to assist with any framing, delivery, and installation needs. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Ready to call this area home? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for the most up-to-date information on Richmond homes for sale

September
13

Richmond Favorites: Winners From Richmond Magazine's 2021 Survey

Richmond Favorites

Want the inside scoop on the top activities and destinations around Richmond's lively social scene? Thousands of Richmond Magazine's readers sent in their votes for the 34th annual Best & Worst survey, highlighting some of the area's top options. Our real estate agents know there's a lot to love about living in Central Virginia, too. Below are some of the favorites mentioned in the survey by Richmond Magazine.

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is such an iconic part of Richmond that it ranked at or near the top in several categories. People voted VMFA as "Best place for a first date" and "Best nonprofit art gallery or museum" as well as #3 in "Best place to take a first-time visitor," "Best place to picnic," and "Best place to people-watch." Admission is free for all guests, making it accessible to everyone. Hours are 10 a..m - 5 p.m. daily except Wednesday through Saturday, when doors are open until 9 p.m.

  • Deep Run Park - 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., Henrico, VA 23233
    A wide-ranging assortment of passive and active recreation opportunities earned Deep Run Park the top spot of  "Best county park." Cycling enthusiasts near Henrico homes for sale are "pumped" about the latest addition to Deep Run Park's attractions. The new pump track features a never-ending loop of rollers and berms that let cyclists propel themselves by shifting their weight instead of pedaling. Enjoy basketball, pickleball, and other team and partner sports at the onsite recreation center. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week. 

  • Lillie Pearl - 416 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    When a restaurant opens in the midst of a pandemic, it faces an uphill climb. Lillie Pearl, which debuted in November 2020, rapidly gained a following thanks to its fusion of Southern classics and African flavors. The signature dish at this year's "Best new restaurant" is Obe Ata Braised Lamb Shank, topped with West African tomato and bell pepper sauce and served with jollof rice and pickled collard stems. Owners Michael Lindsey and Kimberly Love-Lindsey plan to spin off their popular fried chicken into a spot at Hatch Food Hall. Lillie Pearl is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • River City Roll - 939 Myers St., Richmond, VA 23230
    River City Roll may have been voted "Best bowling alley," but it's much more than that. "Richmond's social spot" is one of only eight facilities in the world to offer HyperBowling, in which lighted targets on the bumpers add multipliers to your score. The live music schedule includes weekly "Brunch Unplugged" on Sunday. Relax on the pet-friendly patio as you dine on upscale fare such as truffle fries and spicy lamb meatballs. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday. River City Roll is 21 and up after 7 p.m.

  • The Fan District - 208 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Named for the unusual layout of its streets, the Fan District was recognized as the "Best neighborhood in the city of Richmond." Spend an afternoon strolling the streets and view the collection of spectacular homes built in a variety of architectural styles. Houses for the Holiday Tour, scheduled for December 11 and 12, is one of the most popular local fundraising events. 

Looking for the scoop on Richmond homes for sale? Contact us to learn more.

August
16

Antique Stores Around Central Virginia

Richmond Antique Stores

Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to the incredible variety of vintage furniture, artwork, home accessories, and jewelry found in local antique stores. Our real estate agents love to spend weekends antiquing at these great shops around Central Virginia.

  • West End Antiques Mall - 2004 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Why do people consistently name West End Antiques Mall as the best antique mall near Richmond homes for sale? With more than 250 booths across 53,000 square feet, you're sure to find something that catches your eye. The comprehensive assortment of antiques and collectibles spans a full spectrum of periods and styles. Just 25 percent down holds any purchase of $100 or more for 45 days. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Sheppard Street Antiques - N. 1126 Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Virginia native Sara Garza blended her passion for antiques and dreams of entrepreneurship when she opened Sheppard Street Antiques. Originally, the shop specialized in vintage garden-related items, reflecting another of Sara's interests. As Sheppard Street Antiques became more successful, Sara expanded the scope to include an eclectic offering of antiques and collectibles. In support of her native state, Sara also carries a number of handmade jewelry and gift items by local artists. Sheppard Street Antiques is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Sixty West Vintage - 8004 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    When you visit Sixty West Vintage, you may feel like you're in someone's home rather than a store. Sixty West Vintage is well-known for featuring high-quality wood furniture from top brands such as Pennsylvania House and Thomasville. Be sure to stop in the gallery of Carole Stewart and take home one of her original oil paintings to grace the walls of your home. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Penniston's Alley Antiques & Collectibles - 102 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Historic Old Town is an appropriate location for Penniston's Alley Antiques & Collectibles, just down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Two Federal townhouses dating back to the early 1800s form the setting for the shop, creating a gracious and comfortable ambiance. Owners Sid Scott and Chris Brown took advantage of their jobs as flight attendants to bring back stunning furniture and accessories from around the world. Sid, Chris, and their staff love to share information about antiques as well as historic tales of Petersburg. Penniston's Alley is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Tye's Antiques - 4200 Steger Creek Dr., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Like many of the best entrepreneurial ideas, Tye's Antiques started out as a personal hobby for owners Tom and Robyn. The pair soon filled their home with furniture and family heirlooms Tom restored in their garage-turned-workroom. In addition to selling antiques, Tom puts his refinishing skills to work on customer-owned pieces ranging from a drop-leaf table to a pair of old church pews, many of which are now proudly displayed in Powhatan homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Central Virginia's historic past and lively present make it the perfect place for your future. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for expert help buying or selling a home. 

July
19

Broadway in Richmond is Back

Broadway in Richmond

The delights of the Broadway stage can be found just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at the historic Altria Theater, located on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate these upcoming productions that include dramas, comedies, and musicals.

  • Anastasia 
    Anastasia sweeps viewers away to the exotic locales of the one-time Russian Empire and Paris of the 1920s. A young woman known as Anya races to escape the clutches of a Soviet officer while on a quest to uncover her mysterious past. Along the way, she joins forces with a whip-smart conman and a charming former aristocrat. Written by Terrence McNally, award-winning playwright of Master Class and Ragtime, Anastasia runs October 26-31, 2021. 

  • Come from Away 
    Out of the tragic events of 9/11 came this triumphant story that forms the basis of Come from Away. When 7,000 airline passengers found themselves stranded in a small town in Newfoundland, residents opened their homes and hearts to the total strangers. This unlikely scenario ultimately forged strong friendships that continue to this day. Come from Away runs February 1-6, 2022.

  • The Lion King 
    The cinematic phenomenon gains a new dimension on the stage in The Lion King. As an animated feature, the story of lion prince Simba and his journey to fulfill his destiny captured the imaginations of kids and adults around the world. The stage production features the same blend of drama and whimsy, as live actors perform the iconic songs composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. The Lion King runs March 9-20, 2022.

  • My Fair Lady 
    George Bernard Shaw's classic play Pygmalion inspired My Fair Lady, a much-beloved show that's been called "the most perfect musical of all time." Across the decades, audiences have been caught up in the endearing odd-couple relationship of plucky Eliza Doolittle and pompous Henry Higgins. As you leave the theater, you'll find yourself humming timeless tunes such as "The Rain in Spain" and "Get Me to the Church on Time." My Fair Lady runs May 31-June 5, 2022.

  • Mean Girls 
    Tina Fey focuses her razor-sharp wit on the relatable topic of high school cliques in Mean Girls. Returning to the United States after a childhood spent in Africa, Cady Heron must learn to navigate a different kind of wildlife found in a Midwestern high school. Can Cady bring down the ironically-named Plastics without falling prey to their vicious tactics? Mean Girls runs September 20-25, 2022.

About the Altria Theater

Located just west of downtown Richmond, right across from historic Monroe Park, the Altria Theater is the crown jewel in the city's performing arts complex. The 3,565-seat venue opened in 1927 as an "entertainment palace" and meeting place for the Shriners fraternal organization.

Originally known as the Mosque, the theater was designed in Moorish Revival style, featuring dramatic minarets and desert murals. The City of Richmond purchased the Mosque in 1940, conducting a complete renovation in the mid-1990s. 

In addition to Broadway productions, the Altria hosts a wide range of popular events, from concerts and comedy shows to lectures and school commencement ceremonies. Celebrities who have performed at the renowned venue include Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Bruce Springsteen.

Whether it's live theater, movies, or museums, Richmond's cultural scene offers something for everyone. Contact us at Napier ERA to learn more about the attractions and amenities found around Richmond. 

April
26

International Jazz Day: History of Jazz in Richmond

Richmond Music

When you think of the Richmond music scene, is jazz the first genre that springs to mind? With International Jazz Day coming up on April 30th, now is the perfect time to take a closer look at the important role that Richmond has played in the development of jazz music. Some of the best jazz musicians in history have called Virginia home at various points in their careers, and many more have put on legendary shows at some of Richmond's historic music venues. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on how Central Virginia has helped shape jazz music, and where you can learn more about the history of jazz in the area.

International Jazz Day: The History of Jazz in Richmond

  • The Richmond Jazz Society and the Preservation of Music History
    If you want to learn more about the history of jazz near Richmond homes for sale, then the Richmond Jazz Society is the perfect place to start. Founded in 1979, the Richmond Jazz Society has been working ever since to shine a light on the hidden history of jazz in the city, and share those unique stories with the world. You can find their exhibits at local museums, music venues, and points beyond. It would be impossible to tell the story of jazz in Richmond without the contributions of this unique local organization.

  • Making Music and Making History
    In addition to sharing stories, the Richmond Jazz Society has made some musical history of its own. The organization started less as a place to preserve jazz history and more as a destination for local jazz musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to jam together. The first sessions were held at a local fish market, with talented Richmond musicians gathering to celebrate their love of jazz by playing music together. Of course, these musicians had a deep knowledge of local jazz history and loved sharing unique stories of the Richmond jazz scene. Over time, the organization evolved to focus more on the preservation of jazz history through educational exhibits, live shows, and a strong devotion to uncovering the hidden stories of the local music scene.

  • Virginia Jazz: The Early Years at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia – 122 W Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23220
    In the past, it would have been hard to discover the early history of jazz in Richmond without talking directly to the people who lived it. The Richmond Jazz Society has decided to change that, by creating an exciting exhibition called "Virginia Jazz: The Early Years" which can be found at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. This exhibition weaves together more than a century of local jazz history through multimedia exhibits that bring that history to life. After its run at the Black History Museum, the exhibition will be hitting the road to share jazz history with new audiences.

  • The RJS "Make Music With Me" Band Brings Jazz to a New Generation
    Of course, one of the best ways to experience local jazz history is to experience the music first-hand, and the Richmond Jazz Society has created a unique way to bring the joy of jazz to young audiences. The Make Music With Me band brings jazz to young audiences through interactive performances that allow children to come on stage, join the show, and help make the music happen in a lively, encouraging atmosphere.

Ready to find your next home near the bustling music scene of the Richmond area? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Virginia area.

February
22

DIY Tips for Your Home Library

Richmond Home Library

A home library is a great way to add a touch of elegance to your home while showing off your books. Plus with so many wonderful bookstores around Richmond, it's no surprise if you've accumulated quite the collection! 

Whether you're looking to convert an entire room into a library or just simply looking to set up a reading nook, our real estate agents pulled together a list of tips to help you create your own DIY library.

  1. Choose The Right Location
    The best location for your library is largely dependent on how much space you have available. It's also somewhat contingent on the size of your book collection. Those with a lot of space to spare and a lot of books may want to convert an entire room into a library. If you're looking to display a small number of books, consider placing them under a staircase or on a living room shelf. With a couple of bookshelves and a comfy chair, you can also convert any bedroom or living room corner into a cozy reading nook.

  2. Arrange Books By Color
    Organizing books alphabetically can create a stuffy look. Instead, why not arrange your books in a more creative way? Grouping books by colors can really create a vibrant look, especially if you have a lot of bright covers. You can also consider arranging them by size, or by separating horizontal rows with vertical stacks.

  3. Comfortable Seating is a Must
    Figuring out how to display your books is only one component of creating your own library. You also need a comfortable place to sit. Whether it's a big couch or your favorite recliner, be sure to add a comfortable surface, so you can curl up with your favorite read.

  4. Make Sure There Is A Table Nearby
    A good table is a key part of any library. If you've transformed an entire room into a library, try to add a long center table to the middle of the room. If your library is more of a reading nook, a smaller end table can add a nice touch.

  5. Add A Ladder
    Nothing creates a library vibe quite like a ladder attached to floor-to-ceiling shelving. If your library is big enough, definitely consider adding a rolling ladder into your library design, so you and your visitors can reach that top shelf book.

  6. Optimize Your Lighting
    Your home library shouldn't be in a dark area of the home. If your bookshelves aren't getting enough natural light, consider adding additional lighting fixtures at the top of each shelf so you can easily read the titles. You'll also want to make sure there is adequate lighting for reading so you don't have to strain your eyes.

Looking for the perfect home among the Richmond homes for sale to display your book collection? We're here to help!

For more tips on interior design or help finding your dream home, contact us today!

January
25

Try Out a New Hobby in Richmond

Hobbies in Richmond

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it's time for a fresh start. Make 2021 the year you have fun and expand your horizons with a fascinating new hobby. Our real estate agents will be exploring some entertaining options at these great places around Richmond homes for sale.

  1. Olde Towne Studio 7 - 20 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    New year, new venue for Olde Towne Studio, a delightfully creative spot not far from Petersburg homes for sale. Their new space is perfect for exploring your artistic side through painting, pottery, beadwork, and other crafts. No experience necessary: the studio provides an instructor and all supplies while you bring enthusiasm and refreshments. Sessions are offered for adults, kids, and families. Registration is required. Visit the website for schedule and pricing information.

  2. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen - 2880 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Experts agree that creating art relieves stress, improves cognitive skills, and boosts self-esteem. Along with all those benefits, it's just plain fun to take classes at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. With options ranging from painting and pottery to photography and creative writing, you'll find something for all ages around Glen Allen homes for sale. Get inspiration from exhibits in the four galleries displaying collections from regional and international artists. The Center is open seven days a week. Visit the website for class schedules. 

  3. Artisans Wine & Homebrew - 13829 Village Place Dr., Midlothian, VA 23114
    Take the craft beer explosion to a new level by creating your own brew at home. Artisans Wine & Homebrew has all the equipment you need, from brewing supplies to bottles and kegs. If you prefer wine, Artisans has that covered also. You can even pair your beverage of choice with the cheese you make yourself. Order ahead for curbside pickup after viewing Midlothian homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  4. Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe - 3016 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Did you find yourself spending more time in the kitchen last year? Keep building your culinary talents with gadgets, cookbooks, and more from Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe. Channel your inner Martha Stewart by using a selection of upscale tabletop and serving items. Have a friend or relative who's a home chef? Find the ideal gift at Ladles & Linens. Private shopping and curbside pickup are available. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  5. Quilting Adventures - 6943 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, VA 23227
    Quilting is more than just a relaxing way to pass the time. It offers a means to create a personal keepsake that can be handed down through other generations. Express your individual style with the extensive selection of fabrics and accessories from Quilting Adventures, just minutes from Henrico homes for sale. If you're a newbie, check out their free monthly Sit N Sew class on the basics. Quilting Adventures is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Is 2021 the year you make a move to Richmond? Contact us at Napier ERA for experienced help buying and selling homes. 

December
9

Going On Now: Massey Street of Hope

Massey Street of Hope Luxury Home Show

This is your last weekend to attend the most charitable home show in our region!


Massey Street of Hope is a NAHB award-winning special event featuring designer furnished new homes for tour to the public in an effort to raise money for VCU Massey Cancer Center.

The homes showcase the latest in interior decorating ideas, trends, and innovations with an emphasis on unique designs and creative use of space.

Napier Realtors ERA is the proud Real Estate Sponsor of this limited-time event! Join us in supporting Massey Cancer Center at VCU and see some of the best new homes of Central Virginia.

Learn more about home builders, get directions to Meadowville Landing, and support Massey Cancer Center at VCU on the official website.
November
19

Toys for Tots 2020

Hey Central Virginia – join us in our goal of gathering hundreds of toys for local kids this holiday season!

All Napier ERA offices are gathering new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Marines Corps Toys for Tots foundation.

Drop off toys during business hours (or have them delivered in the mail – Santa style!) at any of our locations in Central Virginia:

Midlothian/Corporate 14361 Sommerville Court

Midlothian, VA 23113

Powhatan 2600 Rocky Oak Road

Powhatan, VA 23139

Tri-Cities 20 Dunlop Village Circle

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

West End 10148 W. Broad St, Suite 200

Glen Allen, VA 23060

November
2

Go to an Art Museum Day: Where to See Art Around Richmond

Richmond Galleries

There's nothing like art to liven up a space! Our real estate agents know that a thriving art scene is an attractive reason to pick Richmond homes for sale or explore one of our fine neighboring communities!

It's no surprise that the Richmond area is steeped in history, and where you find history, you're sure to find art. National Go to An Art Museum Day is Monday, November 9th, and you'll have lots of places to choose from in and around Richmond.

From large city museums to eclectic private galleries, Richmond is bursting with color, culture, and life. Let's peek in on some of the area's most intriguing spaces and see what the art world has to offer:

  1. 1708 Gallery – 319 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Founded by artists in 1978, 1708 Gallery is a nonprofit gallery focused on innovation and appreciation of the new. Originally set in a flood-damaged warehouse at 1708 East Main Street, it has evolved over the years into a hip and happening place where established, and emerging artists can be seen side by side. New exhibits and events take place every month.
  2. Artspace – 31 East 3rd Street, Richmond, VA 23224
    Artspace is a nonprofit gallery open to the public Thursday through Sunday. Artist-run since its inception in 1988, it launches eleven new exhibits each year. In addition to the professional gallery space, there's also room for poets, comedians, musicians, dancers, and dramatic troupes to perform live. Artist talks and fundraisers are also held periodically to benefit the Richmond community.
  3. Crossroads Art Center – 2016 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230
    Crossroads Art Center is open Monday through Sunday and by appointment, giving you multiple ways to savor its exclusive collection. Hosting a busy calendar of events, Crossroads is known for juried art shows, lively receptions, and a remarkable selection of pre-owned pieces ready for a second act in your home. Looking for a gift? Drop by the Design Store and see exquisite handicrafts by local artisans.
  4. Virginia Museum of Fine Art – 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Virginia Museum of Fine Art is one of the premier museums in the region, welcoming visitors with free admission every day of the year. It is also one of America's leading institutions in digitization of its artistic treasures for online viewing. Its permanent collection encompasses 50,000 works spanning 6,000 years of human history. It's especially acclaimed for its ancient, African, and East Asian collections.
  5. Side Street Gallery & Gifts – 127-129 Pickwick Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Open Tuesday through Saturday not far from Colonial Heights homes for sale, go to Side Street Gallery & Gifts for a chic and trendy gallery experience with some of the best jewelry around. Side Street artists and artisans are highly active in the community, organizing various festivals and events. They also lead a range of art classes and live demonstrations with wit and warmth.
  6. Collector's Gallery – 13543 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Looking for the premier art gallery near Midlothian homes for sale? You've found it with Collector's Gallery, a family-owned business that offers a full assortment of custom framing and hanging services. Original watercolors and oil paintings await along with some of the most fascinating gift ideas from across the globe – including pieces from Egypt, Russia, and Africa.

For a flourishing culture of art, music, drama, and dance, Richmond is the place to be. To find out more, contact us at Napier ERA.

January
13

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art Classes in the Richmond Area

Richmond Art Classes

The Richmond art scene doesn't end with going to the museum. Many of our REALTORS® love to get in touch with their creative side with hands-on classes offered all over the area. Many arts organizations have a full range of classes for kids and adults.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is coming later this month on Friday, January 31. Let's look at some of the best ways you can have fun and unleash your vision with local art classes:

  1. Visual Arts Center of Richmond – 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Not too far from great Richmond homes for sale, you'll find Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Founded in 1963, it's dedicated to helping adults and kids alike explore their creativity. About 40,000 people every year visit its array of 1,000 visual and creative arts classes. With more than 100 volunteer art instructors, it has taught on everything from clay to wood to fiber.

  2. ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio – 1811 Huguenot Road #303, Midlothian, VA 23113
    ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio is one more terrific reason to select Midlothian homes for sale. It offers art classes for students ranging from pre-school to adult. All skill levels are welcome. Ceramic wheel throwing is an especially popular course for adults and older teens. Younger students love the drawing and painting classes. Sewing and mixed media are available, too.

  3. Studio Two Three – 3300 W Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Studio Two Three is known for its unique studio space, creative events, and mobile print truck. Visitors can enjoy a remarkably wide range of classes: Everything from screen printing to weaving to sketching. Every year, the Winter Print Fair offers the best works of the year along with vintage holiday portraits, tomato soup, and a grilled cheese bar.

  4. Hand Thrown Studio – 123 West Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA, 23222
    Hand Thrown is a ceramics studio with a focus on fostering community. Members have access to the studio space around the clock, but members of the public can still visit for its many events. Fun and fulfilling classes run the gamut from wheel throwing to hand building. For a fraction of the usual cost, you can "give it a shot!" with a 1-day, 2-hour session to see what ceramics is like.

  5. Timothy Judd, Violinist – 2925 Sara Jean Terrace, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    For adults exploring the world of music for the first time, personalized instruction from an expert is the way to go. Timothy Judd, Violinist, can be your guide to the world of performance if you choose Glen Allen homes for sale. A member of the Richmond Symphony with decades of professional playing experience, Mr. Judd shares his passion on Skype or face to face.

  6. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    All ages will all find something great at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Center offers more than 40 adult classes in 15 different artistic disciplines. Anyone can enjoy hands-on, creative experiences with everything from jewelry to fiber arts to watercolor. Unlike many other organizations of its kind, it even includes the culinary arts.

Feeling inspired? Let us help you find a Virginia home that will make your heart glad. Contact us today to learn more.

September
16

Music For Massey: The Results Are In!

Music for Massey final check donation

 

Napier Realtors ERA is proud to announce that with your help, we've raised over $27,000 for VCU Massey Cancer Center and Connor's Heroes Foundation with Music for Massey 2019! You may have joined us in July for a night of music with Bruce Hornsby and Amos Lee – and these are the results of all the fun we had! 

Supporting our community is at the heart of Napier ERA's values.

Thank you to Dr. John McCarty, MD, Director of Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplants and Dr. Gordon D. Ginder MD, Director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center for being open to fun ways to raise money for childhood cancer research!

And of course, thank you to everyone who supported Music for Massey in 2019 and throughout the years! Putting on this charitable concert has been a fantastic way to show our love for our music-loving and fun-loving community and we are so happy to share the success in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. 

May
29

Richmond VA Summer Events

Summer Events Near Me Richmond VA

There are always lots of things to do in the river city, especially during the summer festival season. We've picked our top events for each summer month for you to check out throughout the metro Richmond area – enjoy the many events and get out and about this summer!

May Highlight: Greek Food Festival

Greek Food Festival – the best way to start summer with a bit of "Opa!" enthusiasm. Recently voted as Richmond's Best Food Festival in Style Weekly, the Greek Food Festival celebrates classic Greek cuisine and culture with all sorts of folks right in the Carytown neighborhood. 

Where: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.

When: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2

Cost: free entry; pay as you go

More info: www.greekfestival.com

 

June Highlights: Broad Apetit, Village Vibe, Powhatan Music Festival

Broad Apetit – also known as the foodie's must-attend event, this food festival returns for its 12th year with some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, food trucks and vendors dishing up $3 sample plates.

Where: West Broad Street between Henry and Adams

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2

Cost: free entry; pay as you go

More info: www.broadappetit.com

 

Village Vibe with The Flashback Band – this annual concert event is sure to delight Powhatan people and beyond. With concerts going on all summer long in the Village Meadow, the community of Powhatan is rocking out monthly, especially in June with the Flashback Band. Go join our friends for music, brews, food, and raffles that benefit the community and local organizations.

Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

When: 7-10 PM, Friday, June 7

Cost: Free, donations and raffle purchases appreciated

More info: https://www.powhatanchamber.org/events/village-vibe/

 

Powhatan Music Festival – one day of awesome musical talent centered around a family friendly festival environment. All types of music will be played – rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and more. Napier ERA is a proud sponsor of this event because we're honored to be part of an effort that recognizes extraordinary local music.

Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

When: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturday, June 22

Cost: Free for children under 10, $20 tickets at the gate for adults, or for sale for $15 on Eventbrite

More info: https://powhatanmusicfestival.com/

 

July Highlights: Henrico County's July 4th Celebration, Music For Massey, International Disc Sport Championships

 

Henrico County's July 4th Celebration – Red, White, and Lights in Dorey Park! Parks in Henrico County are great, and Dorey Park is an excellent example. The largest park in all of Henrico is Dorey Park, making it perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Join Richmond Symphony's Big Tent for an evening of community fun on July 4.

Where:  Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231

When: 4 PM - 11 PM, Thursday, July 4

Cost: Free

More info: https://henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2019/

 

International Disc Sport Championships – if you love alternative sports, trying new things, or throwing around a frisbee, this is for you! You may have seen a casual game of frisbee before, but nothing like this. Check out international champs of disc sports throwing and showing their stuff at local parks all around Richmond on the week of July 8 - 13.

Where: Bryan Park, Dorey Park, Forest Hill Park, and more. See the full schedule for details.

When: July 8 - 13, Times vary each day.

Cost: You must register to get in on the championships, but watching and throwing for fun is free!

More info: https://www.rvadisc2019.com/

 

Music For Masseya fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center, taking place at Maymont!  For the past 13 years, Napier Realtors ERA has raised over $222,000 for pediatric cancer research thanks to community involvement with this fun, Americana-focused concert series. Join us this year for performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee. There are still sponsorship spots available for other local businesses interested in supporting pediatric cancer research.

Where: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

When: Gates open at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20

Cost: Tickets start at $41, and children under 10 can attend for free

More info: On Napier ERA's website



August Highlights: Richmond Jazz Fest, Innsbrook Afterhours

Innsbrook Afterhours – if you're looking at homes in Henrico, you need to know about Innsbrook Afterhours! This outdoor concert series is a classic Richmond event, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our suburbs for 34 years. In August, catch artists like Chris Young, Boyz II Men, and Brett Young in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Where: Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Henrico

When: All summer long!

Cost: $16 early bird and up

Info: www.innsbrookafterhours.com

 

Richmond Jazz Fest – For the 10th year in a row, there are four days of jazz and its direct descendants—blues, R&B, funk, soul, hip-hop, and fusion—at one of the most beautiful venues in Richmond, Maymont Park.

Where: Maymont Park

When: August 8th - 11th

Cost: Tickets are currently cheaper with early bird pricing

Info: https://richmondjazzfestival.com/

 

April
22

Virginia's Historic Garden Week Begins April 27

 

Virginia's Garden Week
Spring is here, and soon all of Virginia will be in bloom! Every year, at the end of April, the Garden Club of Virginia hosts Historic Garden Week, also known as "America's Largest Open House." During this event, visitors are welcome to tour over 250 of the state's most gorgeous gardens and historical homes while they're at the peak of springtime color.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, our real estate agents recommend taking some time out of your day to experience this event. Here are a few of the tours you won't want to miss.

  • Petersburg
    With a rich history dating back to 1748, Petersburg was once the second-largest city in Virginia. The Petersburg tour gives guests access to beautifully restored homes from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. It also includes admission to Centre Hill Mansion, a tour of the recently-opened Exchange Building, and a stop at an urban "mini-farm."

    This tour will be held on April 30th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. While you're in the area, keep an eye out for some of the beautiful Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Goochland / Manakin Sabot
    The community of Manakin Sabot, in Goochland County, is located about 30 minutes west of Richmond. Take one look at the area's picturesque countryside, and you'll immediately know why Goochland homes for sale are at the top of so many buyers' wish lists. 

    The Goochland tour offers a look into the Sabot Hill mansion with its 100-year-old gardens and recently renovated horse stables. There will also be a tour of Ben Dover Farms and stops at Tuckahoe Plantation (Thomas Jefferson's childhood home), the Executive Mansion, and the  Kent-Valentine House. 

    The Goochland tour is scheduled for May 3rd from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

  • Richmond - Park Avenue Above the Fan
    Park Avenue is one of the prime spots for Richmond real estate and is also the location of the Park Avenue Above the Fan tour. This walking tour features five architecturally-significant private residences and tours of Congregation Beth Ahabah.  It will be held on May 1st from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • Richmond-Westhampton
    The thriving Westhampton area is home to plenty of restaurants, retail stores, great schools, a history that dates back to the 1800s. The Richmond-Westhampton tour celebrates this history with stops at several private homes, a Cary Street Road cottage, York Road townhouse, and a country estate from the early 1920s. 

    This tour is scheduled for May 2nd from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Find Your Dream Home in Virginia

Once you've experienced the splendor of Virginia in springtime, you'll understand why so many people love calling this area home. When you're ready to start looking for a home of your own, we can help! Contact us today to get started. 

April
1

Celebrate Spring at Lewis Ginter Museum with a Million Blooms

Richmond-Lewis Ginter Million Blooms

Spring is here, and our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help you get a fresh start with the top Richmond homes for sale. If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Richmond in spring, you're in for a treat this season.

There are plenty of gorgeous green spaces distributed all along the Richmond area. Nature and the striking architectural achievements of Richmond work together to create a place where you can feel at home: Everything you want from a city provided to human scale.

Not surprisingly, the Richmond region is also home to top nature preserves of various kinds. In addition to parks and zoos that draw visitors from miles around, you'll also find some of the leading botanical gardens anywhere in Virginia.

One of the stand-out examples of these is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Will Give You a True Taste of Spring

Found at 1800 Lakeside Avenue right in Richmond, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a wide range of awards. In recent years, it has received write-ups from USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor, and the Canadian Garden Tourism Council.

In 2011, it earned the highest honor in the United States for museum and library service: The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. It has since lived up to that great moment by expanding its programs and reaching out to share nature with all Richmond.

"A Million Blooms" is one of the linchpin events of the year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Taking place between April 1 and June 1, A Million Blooms is the best way to see all that the garden has to offer as a new season of glorious growth settles in. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to see a parade of blooms unfurl up close.

There's Something to See and Do All Throughout Spring at Lewis Ginter

A whole spectrum of events will also be going on throughout the season. Lewis Ginter is known for some of the best children's programming focusing around the natural world. There is even a special Children's Garden set aside from young people to appreciate.

Butterfly fans will have good reason to rejoice, too. Between mid-April and mid-October, kids and parents alike can enjoy the vibrancy of tropical butterflies. These butterflies live in the North Wing of the Conservatory and include hundreds of specimens.

Thanks to the nature of these fascinating creatures, the experience is always changing. No matter when you come, however, you'll be treated to several fun options for family-friendly activities. It's a thrill to see butterflies take flight right here in Richmond!

It Could Be the "Spring" of Your Life Here in Wonderful Richmond

Are you wondering if Richmond is the right place for you?

Napier ERA will make it easy for you to explore your real estate opportunities here. Our team consists of the area's leading experts in choosing and buying the right home for you.

Not only do we understand the local market inside and out, but we also pride ourselves on outstanding service. You'll feel the confidence that comes from complete support every step of the way.

Don't settle for a real estate agent who'll leave you feeling like you are "on your own." We'll equip you with the insights to make informed decisions. Soon, you will become a Richmond local.

To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today. We are always here to help you reach your goals.

March
4

Arts in Our Area: Dominion Energy Center

Richmond Arts & Culture
At Napier ERA, our real estate agents strive to put our clients not only in the right home but in the right community. Having the right amenities and "local feel" around you is a big part of enjoying your area. Many Richmond homeowners are especially eager to soak in some great culture.

One of the epicenters of culture in Richmond is the world-famous Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This performing arts complex in the heart of downtown features an assortment of three performance venues, an art gallery, and an educational facility.

If you want to see breathtaking and unforgettable performances, it's the place to get started.

The Center for the Performing Arts is the Cultural Cornerstone of Richmond

When you visit our Center for the Performing Arts, you'll be seeing a piece of Richmond history up close. The Center has hosted musicians, artists, and performers from all around the world. Events take place every week: Everything from the Beatles to the Batsheva Dance Company.

And it is, of course, home of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. One of the most celebrated of America's orchestra companies, it fields more than 80 musicians in most seasons. They give more than 200 performances and are seen by more than 200,000 people.

The touchstone of the Center experience is the Carpenter Theater. This historic venue has been fully preserved, maintaining an Old World feel alongside fantastic modern amenities. It is renowned for some of the best acoustics of any large venue in the country.

When you visit the lobby, you'll have the chance to refresh yourself at four fully stocked bars. Don't forget to chat with the theater's oldest resident, the handmade parrot, which dates from the 1928 opening and in whose honor the room's murals were designed. The theater, too, retains striking elements from the original design, including its midnight sky ceiling with new fiber-optic stars.

The Center for the Performing Arts is safeguarded by the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports diverse local arts and education initiatives. It's partly thanks to them that the Center offers a wide range of kid-friendly events, both for education and entertainment, as well as a place where budding thespians and musicians can get their start.

Breathtaking Arts and Culture Experiences Await You in Wondrous Richmond

With its unique local flair and world-class amenities, Richmond offers you experiences like few other places in America. Every night can be a memorable one when you have access to the sophistication, beauty, and history of downtown Richmond.

Napier ERA will get you on track to find your Richmond dream home. Our experienced real estate agents work with you to understand your needs. We'll use our deep insight into the local market to find a property that matches your expectations in features, location, and budget.

Contact us today to learn more about Richmond real estate. Our team is waiting for you.

December
5

Shop Local This Holiday Season at Orange RVA

Richmond Shop Local Holidays
Local businesses bring a certain "sparkle" to their communities.  They add charm and uniqueness not found anywhere else. Across Central Virginia in areas like Midlothian, Petersburg, and Richmond, you'll discover locally-owned shops and boutiques filled with specialty items and gifts perfect for giving--especially at this time of the year.  Our real estate agents are here to tell you about one neighborhood gem, Orange RVA, found in our Scott's Addition neighborhood.

Visit Orange RVA in Scott's Addition

As Richmond's fastest-growing neighborhood, Scott's Addition has been steadily picking up popularity for being a fantastic place to go for shops, bars, breweries, restaurants, and entertainment. From bowling alleys to cinemas, shuffleboard clubs to arcade bars, Scott's is bound to have something to pique your interest.

On today's agenda, we're here to introduce you to Orange RVA, a unique boutique that works in hand-in-hand with local artisans to sell home decor, works of art, and a variety of gift items. Orange just recently made its move to Scott's Addition, and as owner Cathy Davis has stated, their new location is a perfect fit for Orange RVA: The front of a warehouse in a building full of artists. 

Orange has been in operation for more than five years and partners with more than 120 artists, with an inventory that updates weekly. Davis herself created the boutique as a means to display and sell her own artwork, and the business simply grew from there. Orange is the perfect place to visit for gifts, or if you love to browse until something clicks with you.

From candles and artwork to t-shirts and jewelry, Orange's artisans work hard to produce a broad variety of crafts, and it shows! If you're at all interested in seeing and supporting the works of Richmond's local artisans, by all means, drop in and give Orange a look. And if you're a Richmond artist yourself, Orange is always interested in picking up new talent.

Discover Richmond Real Estate with Napier ERA

Scott's Addition certainly has a lot going for it - but it's by no means the only place worth visiting in Richmond! RVA is full of thriving neighborhoods, places to go, and things to do. That's part of what makes Richmond such a great place to live.

When you're searching for Richmond homes for sale this holiday season--or any time of the year, let us take some of the stress off your shoulders and help make sure you meet your real estate goals. Contact Napier ERA today, and find out why we should be your go-to pro for Richmond real estate.

October
15

Why Richmond Loves Scott's Addition

Richmond Scott's Addition
Richmond homes for sale
are becoming a hot commodity, and our real estate agents are here to make sure you find the perfect home for you – quickly and easily.

Unless you've already started your Richmond house hunt, the odds are pretty good you haven't heard about Scott's Addition yet. It's an exciting place to live and work, especially if you're among the legions of up and coming Millennial homebuyers here in Virginia.

Scott's Addition is Blazing a New Trail as a Neighborhood with Style 

Since 2015, Scott's Addition has been attracting a new generation of businesses and residents.

This hotspot became a center of Richmond culture back then as developers moved in to revitalize the area. Scott's Addition was a little-known industrial area at first, and it had only been in the headlines as the result of a minor scandal.

Scott's Addition sits on prime real estate southwest of The Diamond ballpark and bounded by Interstate 195. Investment began around 2010, but creative, eclectic small businesses started to sprout up in earnest around 2015. More and more people saw Scott's Addition as an opportunity.

Now, it shows its true colors as one of the most vibrant areas of Richmond.

Scott's Addition is Where History Meets Tomorrow for Local Residents

Scott's Addition was conceived as a historic district, and it still has a number of fascinating treasures that set it apart. Among these are 284 buildings harkening to the origin of the area as a commercial and industrial hub. Its heyday ranges back to 1900.

Some of the key historic sites in the district include:

  • Jones Motor Car Company (1926)
  • The Hofheimer Building (1928)
  • Radio WMBG Broadcasting Station (1938)
  • Boulevard Baptist Church (1916)
  • National Biscuit Factory (1923)

While maintaining its noteworthy past, Scott's Addition has also been looking toward the future.

The hard work of the Scott's Addition Boulevard Association has attracted lots of investment and plenty of interest to the area. The Association focuses on building up the charm, economy, and community of Scott's Addition – maintaining it as one of Richmond's hottest neighborhoods.

Both residents and businesses are welcome to join the Association.

Community collaboration has paid off for Scott's Addition. A recent survey showed that it is the #1 trending Millennial neighborhood in the entire state of Virginia. The reason why is a combination of cost-effective housing, quirky character, and forward-looking amenities.

The startup-friendly atmosphere in Scott's Addition attracts creative and innovative businesses to launch there. As a result, the area has some of the most fascinating cuisines in all of Richmond: You'll find robust, flavorful street food alongside Avante-Garde high cuisine.

The Big Kitchen, a drive-through gourmet food concept, is one of the most recent newcomers.

You'll also find Tang and Biscuit, Richmond's first shuffleboard club or The Circuit Arcade Bar with over 80 retro and modern arcade games, sports games, skeeball and pinball plus over 50 taps of craft, wine, and cider. These are just a few of the fascinating enterprises getting bigger and better in response to demand from enthusiastic Scott's Addition fans.

Blue Bee Cider, located in our historic Scott's Addition, is Virginia's first urban cidery.  Blue Bee's ciders are made with Virginia heirloom apples known for their tannin, acidity, and flavor.

You Could be the Latest "Addition" to Scott's Addition in Wondrous Richmond

Richmond is soaring to new heights as the centerpiece of commerce and culture for a resurgent Virginia. Here at Scott's Addition, you'll have the opportunity to see it all up close.

To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA.

September
18

Made in Richmond: Don't Miss the 2018 RVA MakerFest

Richmond VA MakerFest 2018

Our real estate agents are always looking for local attractions to recommend to clients buying homes for sale in Richmond.

Local Fall events like the RVA MakerFest jumps to the top of our lists to talk about with newcomers to our community.  What is the MakerFest?  Read on to get the details on what makes this local event so unique.

About the RVA MakerFest

The RVA MakerFest
Location:  Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018

What is the RVA MakerFest

The Richmond Virginia MakerFest is an impressive event that redefines the term "maker" to include of all forms of creativity. It brings together artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, scientists, tinkerers, and inventors to show you what they can do. They hope to demonstrate their skills, share their ideas and inspire even the non-creatives in the crowd. 

RVA MakerFest is the product of a non-profit initiative. Volunteers come together to promote lofty ideas. They want to tear down the barriers between creative groups and foster DIY collaboration. They want to promote learning and innovation, and they see their efforts as a way to encourage child makers and encourage STEM disciplines. 

The Makers

Richmond VA MakerFest Sign
The makers are the key to the event. They come from all walks of life, hoping to inspire creativity with an exciting mix of materials, methods, and skills. Glass-blowers, laser-cutters, musicians, and more will entertain and motivate you.

The Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild will demonstrate how they forge metal wares with traditional blacksmith tools and techniques. A Lego artist will create works of art with those colorful chunky little blocks. You'll see robotics, soap-making, baking, pottery and more. For a complete list of makers visit the RVA MakerFest Blog.

The Science Museum of Virginia

The MakerFest is held on the grounds of the Science Museum of Virginia. It's an exciting and educational venue with three floors of permanent exhibits, interactive displays, artifacts, and experimental presentations. The staff provides STEM and laboratory learning opportunities, and educator resources that promote the Maker idea. 

The museum also presents special events and programs for children and adults. September 11 - 14 homeschool students can attend a program that focuses on "Creative Thinking." Adults can pack a lunch and attend Lunch Break Science events scheduled throughout September.

Rain or Shine

If it rains, the event will still take place. Most of the event displays will relocate to the inside of the museum. 

Refreshments

RVA Makerfest food truck
Food truck vendors, Airborne Kettle Corn, Sammich, Ninja Kombucha, Happy Empanada, and others will be on site selling your favorite snacks and entrees. Refreshment vendors will sell beer and soft drinks. 

Public Parking

There are eight lots designated as event parking areas. Check the parking diagram on the MakerFest event map page to locate the most convenient spot for you. 

Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

Contact Napier ERA when you're buying or selling homes in the Richmond area. We'd love to do a little bragging about why Richmond is such a great place to make your home.

September
11

Richmond Neighborhood Highlights: Monument Avenue Historic District

Richmond Monument Avenue Historic District
From the pillars of the Virginia State Capitol to the lush greenery of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in America. Anywhere you look in Richmond something catches your eye. And if you're a history buff or a lover of beautiful architecture, you don't need to look any further than Monument Avenue.

Richmond boasts a rich history, and nowhere is that better displayed than along the beautiful Monument Avenue. It's one of the must-see sites in town. So if you're in the area touring Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside a little time to check it out. 

A Stroll Through History

Monument Avenue was conceived initially as a site for a memorial statue of General Robert E. Lee after his death in 1870. The statue was unveiled in 1890 and was joined by a host of other monuments in the years following. Only after the turn of the century did Monument Avenue begin to transform into a residential street, and quickly became one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with dozens of vast, splendid homes popping up rapidly along the asphalt block-paved street between 1900 and 1925.

Today, many of those homes exist virtually unchanged and represent an incredible link to Richmond's past. Monument Avenue is a designated National Historic Landmark District and resides on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Monument Avenue offers an opportunity to explore the architectural styles of a bygone era, including the Colonial Revival style that was popular at the time, along with a smattering of Spanish Colonial, Tudor Revival, French Renaissance and Italian Renaissance-style homes. Many buildings along Monument Avenue were designed by the greatest architects of the early 20th century, like the fetching Branch House, designed by John Russell Pope in 1917.

Exploring Monument Avenue

The monuments of Monument Avenue, many memorializing Virginian Confederate veterans of the American Civil War, sparked controversy when they were first built. These statues, however, are only a small part of what makes Monument Avenue so striking. It's a broad, tree-lined avenue flanked by magnificent mansions, and churches, and shaded by towering oaks and sugar maples. Strolling down its sidewalk is like stepping back in time. 

Overall, there are 263 residential, religious, and commercial properties on Monument Avenue and adjacent West Franklin Street that make up the National Historic Landmark District each having its own story to tell.

Richmond Area Real Estate Experts

Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in Richmond, Virginia. From its rich history, splendid architecture and endless options for entertainment, it's an incredible place to call home. Be sure to ask how our real estate agents can help make your dream home a reality in Richmond. 

August
20

Start Your Engines at the Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway
Looking out over Richmond Raceway, you can almost hear the rumble of all the countless cars that have roared to victory or defeat on this iconic track. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite places in the city, and we have a feeling it might become one of yours, too.

Though it's changed in name and configuration many times over the years, Richmond Raceway has been a fixture of Richmond, VA in some form or another since the 1940s. And with NASCAR Races set to return to the raceway this September, now is a perfect time to plan a trip to this one-of-a-kind racetrack.

Get to Know Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway is a 0.75-mile, D-shaped, asphalt race track just outside of Richmond. Sometimes referred to as "America's premier short track," Richmond Raceway hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. These, of course, are only the latest in a long line of events that Richmond Raceway has hosted, including 33 consecutive sold-out NASCAR Cup Series races.

There's nothing quite like the experience of watching a NASCAR event at Richmond Raceway, surrounded by the roar of the engines and 60,000 screaming fans. This particular raceway is also unique in that it is one of just a handful in the country that hosts all of its events at night.

Richmond Raceway hosts all kinds of events throughout the year – the Richmond Home and Garden Show, the Richmond RV Show, the Bizarre Bazaar and Southern Women's Show, just to name a few – but it is and will always be most famous for its races, which are some of the most thrilling in America.

Richmond Raceway

Experience the Excitement

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series are set to return to Richmond Raceway this September when the raceway hosts its first-ever playoff weekend. That makes right now the perfect time to get tickets and plan your visit before the Federated Auto Parts 400 (the second race of the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) hits Richmond.

Longtime fans of Richmond Raceway have something else to look forward to when September rolls around. As USA Today reports, the raceway is in the midst of major renovations, and fans who return in September will see a revamped infield with a state-of-the-art garage and walkway, brand new infield suites, and an enclosed bar and club with a covered rooftop deck that will offer a spectacular view of the racetrack.

Richmond Raceway is just 15 minutes north of Richmond, VA in Henrico County, surrounded by nearby attractions like G-Force Go-Karts, Henrico County Center for the Arts, Azalea Flea Market, and Three Lakes Park. Visit the raceway's official website to get tickets and learn more about upcoming events at Richmond Raceway.

Richmond, VA is a special place, filled with rich history and unique attractions. If you're looking for Richmond homes for sale, we're here to help. Contact Napier ERA to learn more about finding your dream home in the Richmond area.

July
16

Virginia Capital Trail: A Bike Ride Through American History

Richmond Virginia Trail
Richmond homes for sale
put you within reach of some of the most historic areas in Virginia. Our real estate agents will be glad to show you all the real estate opportunities the area offers – but you'll definitely want to make time to explore the history on your own! 

One of the best ways to combine that look into history with some outdoor fun is to go bicycling on the Virginia Capital Trail. It's an enjoyable way to get acquainted with some of the most captivating sights. Plus, you'll benefit from one of the best-maintained trails in the region.

See History Unfold from the Seat of Your Bike

Richmond Virginia Trail

The Virginia Capital Trail runs 52 miles through the heart of the state. It was conceived in the 1990s but broke ground in 2005 at one of the most historic places in the nation: The location of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

With a start like that, you can imagine that there'll be plenty to see and lots to learn on the trail, and you'd be right. Although it only opened in October of 2015, it has already proven to be one of the most sought-after ways for history buffs to soak in the ambiance of Virginia.

You'll pass dozens of historic properties on this scenic byway. Many areas benefit from a lush canopy of trees, giving you more shade so you can relax and enjoy throughout most of the year. Unlike many other major hiking and cycling trails, it remains popular in summer.

Of course, you can take the trail at any pace you desire – but it's intended to be a good fit for cyclists of all skill levels. You'll need to know these important facts before you get started:

  • The Trail is Long and Flat
    Since there are no hills, you won't have to worry about pumping hard uphill or looking out for unseen traffic going downhill. The path is paved from end to end and follows along Route 5. Its gentle, meandering course will keep you moving forward without getting bored.
  • Most Journeys Start from Richmond
    From your new Richmond home, you'll have the perfect launching point for your Virginia journey. The trail on the Richmond side starts along the James River, right at Shockoe Bottom. You can park on Dock Street – at Great Shiplock Park – to begin your adventure.
  • There Are Break Points!
    There are several areas along the trail that offer time to stop, rest, reflect ... and use the restroom. Refreshments are even available at some stops. The midway point is located at the Charles City Courthouse, where you can stop in at Cul's Courthouse Grill for a bite to eat.
  • Some Sights Are Off the Trail
    The trail is designed to wend its way through all the major landmarks of the area – but there are a few notable exceptions you may want to be aware of. For example, the Berkeley Plantation (also in Charles City) was the birthplace of President William Henry Harrison.
  • The Trail Ends in Jamestown
    From the Richmond side, you can save the best for last by ending your excursion at the thrilling re-creation of the Jamestown settlement. The site includes a number of re-created buildings, exhibits, and even a model "Powhatan village" where you can see how indigenous people lived.

The story of Richmond, Virginia is far from over, and you can be part of it. Make your mark in Richmond when you contact Napier ERA today.

July
9

Visit Richmond's North Bank Park Before Summer is Over

North Bank Park
Our real estate agents
have many years of experience with Richmond homes for sale. Not only have we had time to learn all about the best real estate opportunities in Richmond and the surrounding communities, but we're very familiar with what makes the area special.

You'll find that the area around Richmond is dotted with beautiful parks that offer all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy year round. Although there are many to choose from, North Bank Park is one you'll definitely want to put at the top of your list when visiting Richmond.

North Bank Park Gives You Access to Nature Right in Your Own Back Yard

North Bank Park is one of the things that makes living in Richmond great.

You'll find it right at the south end of the town's storied Texas Avenue, almost as close as your own backyard. It's known to many of the locals as Texas Beach because of the many secluded, sun-soaked beaches where you can find warm sand and sunbathing rocks.

Sitting on the north bank of the James River, the park gets the most sunshine from October to March. Longer days give you plenty of time to enjoy the "lost in nature" feeling that North Bank Park does best of all – whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, or simple nature-watching.

Here's what you can expect when you visit:

  • Hiking
    The area's rustic trails are perfect for hiking, though those with less experience usually seek the more manicured trails throughout Richmond. Visitors should come prepared to remove their own trash, but ample parking makes it easy to get in and out with no fuss.
  • Bicycling
    Bicyclists will have a number of wonderful opportunities to enjoy views of the river and the many historic sites around it. For example, cycling the bike route is the best way to visit the old Foushee-Ritchie Mill, which dates all the way back to 1819.
  • Snorkeling
    The Main Section of the beach, as it's known, is found across the river on the South Bank.

Since the Main Section tends to get more traffic all throughout the year, those who want to enjoy peace and solitude tend to remain around Texas Beach. This is especially true of those who want to enjoy the best water sports: The area is especially known for snorkeling.

Snorkelers will have the outstanding opportunity to explore with much more freedom than they can find at other popular snorkeling destinations like Pony Pasture or Belle Isle. Seasonal low river levels make it easier to navigate and to spot local critters like fish, turtles, and snails.

You'll even find neat river-bottom treasures like driftwood and sunken boulders.

Tips for Young Explorers

Lower water levels in the dry months also make virtually all of North Bank Park safer for young children. North Bank Park is a popular proving ground for all sorts of youth scout organizations.

Explore Richmond Real Estate Opportunities with Napier ERA

At Napier ERA, our real estate agents tirelessly blaze a trail to the home of your dreams.

Whether you're trading up, moving for work, or seeking your first home, Napier ERA will support you at every step on the path. Our expert advice is personalized to your specific needs. We'll help you find the right home, accelerate the process, and make closing easier than you ever imagined.

Contact Napier ERA today to get your home search started.

July
2

Hanover County's Tomato Festival July 14

Hanover County Tomato Festival

Hanover County homes for sale have attracted a lot of attention in the last few months as the summer real estate season kicks into full swing. Our real estate agents are keeping busy across Hanover and the rest of Virginia, but there's always room to welcome another client. 

Hanover County includes such notable communities as Ashland, Mechanicsville, Doswell, and Montpelier.  Hanover County's towns and cities are welcoming, safe, and tight-knit, reflecting a commitment to community that has persisted for centuries. For all the things that bind the locals together, though, there's one you might not think of at first: Tomatoes.

That's right – tomatoes are one of Virginia's most important crops.

And Hanover County is home to the top tomato festival in the United States.

Tomatoes Help Shape the Culture of Eastern Virginia and Hanover County

The 4th of July isn't the only major celebration that goes on in Hanover in July.

If you've never had a delicious farm fresh tomato before, you might be surprised just how rich and flavorful they can be. However, Virginia locals know that a good tomato is just as nuanced as any other part of your salad – whether you consider it a fruit or a vegetable.

Tomatoes are one of the main crops in Virginia, so it's no surprise local farmers have had plenty of practice creating the most succulent, colorful, and plain old delicious tomatoes around.

Each year, the state harvests more than 2,000 acres of fresh-market tomatoes. All those salads, soups, sandwiches, and much more lead to more than $34 million in sales annually.

That's a lot of tomato sauce!

The Hanover County Tomato Festival is Coming Your Way on July 14

Virginia's Eastern Shore is the biggest hub of tomato-focused agriculture, but it can be found all throughout the state. Hanover County has the distinction of being home to the most popular tomato-based event: In fact, this year will be the 40th Annual Hanover Tomato Festival.

It's taking place on Saturday, July 14 in Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville.

Every year, the event showcases the best that tomatoes have to offer. Tomato tastings are the centerpiece of the event, but attendees will also enjoy live music, vendors, contests, and much more. It's a fun, festive, family-friendly atmosphere.

There'll even be a special cooling station for pets – Bow-Wow Beach – and an area with lots of exciting activities for kids 12 and under. With that care and attention to detail, there really will be something for everyone ... even if you (gasp!) don't like tomatoes.

More than 150 artisans and businesses will be on hand with merchandise including apparel and art.

If you can't get enough of tomatoes, then stop in early on Friday, July 13 to get your foot in the door with "Tomato-Palooza." The highlight that day is tomato-first cuisine, including food trucks using locally-sourced tomatoes in iconic dishes.

Tomatoes Aren't the Only Tasty Treat in Hanover – Your Dream Home Awaits

At Napier ERA, we're passionate about everything Hanover has in store. When you have a chance to take a look at all of the amazing homes for sale, you might just feel the same way.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more about finding your home in Hanover.

June
26

Historic Homes in Richmond: St. John's Church

Richmond-St. John's Church
If you've got Richmond homes for sale on the mind, our real estate agents are certain to become your best friends.

Not only does our team have all the inside insight you need to buy in Richmond, our knowledge of each Richmond-area neighborhood is second to none.

Every neighborhood has something special, and you can find truly special things in Richmond. The area has a unique charm and a place in American history unlike anywhere else.

In fact, Richmond itself is known for one of the most famous moments of the Revolutionary War: The famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech delivered by Patrick Henry.

Firebrand Politician Patrick Henry Left an Enduring Mark on Virginia

Patrick Henry was considered one of the greatest speakers of his day and made an indelible impact on the Revolutionary era. An Anglican minister and largely self-taught lawyer, he began his rise to prominence just before the Stamp Act, which inflamed anti-Crown sentiment.

Although many amazing speeches and writings came from this period, Henry's "liberty or death" is an iconic example still widely cited and quoted today. It helped give many other influential Virginians the courage to support the burgeoning independence effort.

It's said that Henry spoke from no notes while giving his oration. George Washington was one of the witnesses; he did not mention the speech in his letter to wife Martha written the next day, because documenting what was said might lend weight to a charge of treason by the Crown.

The speech was delivered right here in Richmond, and many monuments and historic buildings still commemorate it. Following the speech, Henry went on to become one of the most successful politicians of his time – his career spanned more than thirty years.

He was elected first Virginia governor and also served four additional terms.

History Comes Alive in St. John's Church: In the Footsteps of Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry St. John's Church

St. John's Church in Richmond was the site of Patrick Henry's legendary speech.

Built in 1741, it is now the oldest church in Richmond. It is a National Historic Landmark and still serves as an active place of worship. Every year, it attracts thousands of people from all over the United States and the world who want to witness Patrick Henry's legacy firsthand.

Of course, there are regular guided tours departing right from the St. John's Church gift shop.

You won't want to miss out on all the other events that take place throughout the year, especially in the summer. Free re-enactments of the "liberty or death" speech are given every Sunday throughout the summer, usually starting at 1 p.m.; optional tickets are just $6.

Visitors often take time to visit the church cemetery as well.

Although Patrick Henry himself does not rest here, a number of notables have been buried at St. John's. Some of these include signer of the Declaration of Independence George Wythe and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, the mother of Romantic-era author and literary trailblazer Edgar Allan Poe.

Start Your Own Revolution With a Richmond, Virginia Dream Home

Richmond's colonial charm is like nothing else you'll find in the United States, even in other historic cities like Baltimore or Boston. Napier ERA provides you with the personalized advice you need to make the best real estate decisions for you in this fascinating community.

We'll be glad to work with you every step of the way on your home-buying journey. It all starts by meeting you and learning your goals. Then, a personalized tour of available historic homes is yours for the asking.

To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today.

June
18

Kings Dominion Star Spangled Celebration

Kings Dominion CelebrationAmerica's birthday is right around the corner, and as usual, we're getting ready to throw her quite a party here in Virginia. Located in Doswell, Virginia--just 25 minutes north of Richmond--Kings Dominion is Virginia's premier amusement park, and our real estate agents are planning to observe the 4th of July in style with the Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion!

Celebrate Independence at Kings Dominion June 30 - July 4

The Star Spangled Celebration will find Kings Dominion decked out in red white and blue, with lots of special events along with all the rides and games you love. The celebration stretches all the way from June 30 to July 4, and there are plenty of reasons to make a visit to Kings Dominion part of your annual Independence Day tradition:

  • Fantastic musical performances from local military bands
  • Dazzling firework shows
  • A huge variety of water park and theme park rides
  • Opportunities to get your picture taken with Uncle Sam

Best of all, Kings Dominion is honoring service members by offering FREE admission for active and retired military during the Star Spangled Celebration. All veterans with honorable or medical discharge will also be able to get in for free, and discount tickets are available for friends and family members.

Fun All Summer Long

Kings Dominion
Whether you visit Kings Dominion during the Star Spangled Celebration or are planning a trip later in the summer, you can count on enjoying an amazing variety of rides at the greatest theme park in the state. Theme park rides range from the hair-raising Intimidator 305 – tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast – to the chill, kid-friendly (and ever-expanding) Planet Snoopy.

Kings

Of course, with it being summertime, there's a good chance you'll want to head straight for Soak City, a 20-acre water park that has everything you need to cool off and experience a few thrills on a hot day. Admission to the water park is included with all Kings Dominion tickets. Experience two massive wave pools, extreme water slides including a 65-foot tall slide tower, an interactive splash pad for kids, and much more.

Kings Dominion also hosts several other events throughout the year, like KidsFest, Taste of Virginia and Halloween Haunt. Be sure to check back for more fun upcoming events!

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Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From Glen Allen to Powhatan and everywhere in-between, we offer the best Richmond homes for sale, and our team is committed to getting you the best deal on your dream home.

 

June
11

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, VA is arguably best known for being steeped in colonial and Civil War history, but it's also home to an exciting art scene that is as vibrant today as it has ever been. At its heart is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a vast collection of art and artifacts ranging from ancient Greece to contemporary America.

If you're an art lover and are currently looking at Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside an afternoon to browse through the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been ranked as one of the best and most comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (and until 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays) 365 days a year. General admission is always free. Walk-in tours take place every day, excluding holidays, and art programs are available for all age, from young kids right up to adults. Visit the museum's official website to learn more about planning your visit, including information on the latest programs and exhibits.

An Incredible Collection From Around the World

Virginia Fine Arts - Contemporary

The permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts includes more than 33,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of world history. Highlights include:

  • American Art: From the 17th to 20th centuries, the American Art collection includes 2,700 objects, with works by Edward Hopper, John Trumbull, John James Audubon, George Innes and Max Weber.
  • European Art: Check out more than 10,000 pieces in the museum's collection of European art, including works by Bacchiacca, Poussin, Gentileschi, Goya, and Bouguereau, as well as a collection of 18th and 19th century English silver and the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia.
  • Native American Art: The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection
    features objects from more than 50 different Native American cultures, from exquisite Navajo textiles to baskets made by Apache artists.
  • Ancient Art: Since 1936, the museum has amassed a tremendous collection of Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Phrygian, Etruscan, Ancient Roman, and Byzantine art and artifacts.
  • Photography: Made up of around 2,000 photographs, this collection represents the most important developments in the history of the medium, as well as essential 20th- and 21st-century photographers like André Kertész, Gordon Parks, Edward Weston, Cindy Sherman and Sally Mann.
  • African American Art: The museum's collection of African American art has been growing since 1945, and now encompasses an incredible variety of African, African American, and African Diasporic artists.
  • Contemporary Art: The Modern and Contemporary Art collection includes 20th-century European art, American art from after 1950, and 21st-century art from around the world.
  • Asian Art: The museum offers collections of both East Asian and South Asian art, including Indian and Himalayan art as well as centuries worth of paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, metalwork and textiles from China and Japan.

The museum also features a wide-ranging rotating collection, as well as special events that highlight unique cross-sections of world art. Current exhibitions for 2018 include contemporary art from Portugal, a huge collection of art from the Islamic world, and an exhibit highlighting the horse in Ancient Greek art.

Your Virginia Real Estate Professionals

Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From rich Civil War history and a thriving arts scene to extraordinary restaurants and outdoor attractions, it's a place like no other. Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in the Richmond area.

May
29

Richmond Museums: Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Richmond Kids
Are you searching for a fun, educational experience in Richmond that the whole family will enjoy? While it's hard to stand out in a city filled with so many fantastic museums, the Science Museum of Virginia manages the feat with a combination of education, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a movie or astronomy presentation on the gigantic screen in the Dome, indulge your curiosity about all things science with truly unique exhibits, or try your hand at interactive, hands-on science activities. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details about the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA.

Find Educational Fun for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

Where: The Science Museum of Virginia – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Science Museum of Virginia

Experience the Most Advanced Domed Theater on the Planet

While there are many exciting attractions at the Science Museum of Virginia, there's no doubt that the Dome stands out in the minds of many visitors. The Dome is home to one of the largest movie screens in the world, with both education and entertainment on the menu every day. Visit the Dome to catch a giant-screen movie, tour some of the world's most spectacular natural sites, and explore the cosmos in incredible, high-definition detail. Cosmic Expeditions at the Dome provide a chance to explore the stars, learn about the wonders of the universe, and discover the long, fascinating history that has lead our universe to where it is today.

Exciting Exhibits for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is all about hands-on, interactive experiences which are designed to provide the perfect mix of education and fun. One look at the museum's Curiosity Guide, and you'll realize that there's more than you can ever see in one day. But that's just the perfect excuse to schedule another visit on your calendar.

  • The LightPlace – Designed for children from infants to five-year-olds, the LightPlace is an area of exploration, play, and science. The friendly, helpful staff is always available to help your kids make the most of their time in the LightPlace.
  • Speed – Centered around a retired SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, the Speed exhibit brings the fundamental forces of the universe to life with interactive exhibits, educational experiences, and fun physical activities.
  • Green Science – Explore the future of green science, and learn more about your local Virginia ecosystems. The Green Science area of the museum is a great place to learn about conservation, discover green technology, and even get a peek at the world's first aluminum submarine, which is part of the exhibit.
  • The Idea Factory – Learn, discover, and share ideas at the Idea Factory. Kids will love creating art with light, building structures in the imagination playground, and tackling scientific challenges. Teens will enjoy spending time at The MiX, where they can build robots, and explore technology.
  • Live Science Demonstrations – Throughout the Science Museum of Virginia, you'll find exciting live science demonstrations conducted by Gallery Educators. Demonstrations cover a wide range of topics, from chemistry experiments to climate science. If you're feeling inspired after a demonstration, simply head to one of the Live Science Labs to get hands-on with your favorite topics.

Ready to start shopping for Richmond homes for sale, and have easy access to all of the exciting attractions that the city has to offer? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
1

Your Kids Will Love the Children's Museum of Richmond

Children's Museum of Richmond

Our real estate agents are always thrilled at the opportunity to help anyone find the perfect Richmond homes for sale. Of course, there's also a special pleasure that comes from making sure that a family will have the amazing chance to see their kids grow up in this wonderful community.

There are so many great amenities here for young people that it's hard to narrow it down to what really matters most. Of course, there is a selection of fine public schools and a safe, welcoming atmosphere – but you'll also find plenty of venues for fun, enrichment, and extracurriculars.

When it comes to making learning fun, the Children's Museum of Richmond is a true leader.

The Children's Museum of Richmond: 35 Years of Learning and Play

With four locations throughout Virginia, the Children's Museum is known far and wide.

Its flagship campus is right in the Downtown Richmond area, though, so you'll never run out of things to do with kids of all ages. Children and adults visit for just $9 a piece and CMoR is open an astonishing seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm!

When you drop in, you'll find nearly two dozen long-term exhibits covering all kinds of topics. All exhibits are interactive and focused on the power of learning through play. Everything is housed in a state of the art 44,000-square foot facility opened in 2000 and renovated on a regular basis.

Tykes can find their way through learning experiences like these:

  • Sun Tubes
    Kids love to watch all kinds of objects go flying through these fun, twisty, turn-y tubes. Scarves, pom-poms and other small, soft objects can be inserted in the tubes and come flying out the other end. It's a wondrous way for young kids to develop hand-eye coordination.
  • Water Play!
    Water play helps younger children to lay the foundation for creative thinking and problem-solving. Kids love to see the miniature whirlpool in action and discover how it works. They can also send tiny boats splish-splashing down the water slide.
  • Silver Diner
    It's never too early to start learning about healthy eating, and that's the idea at Silver Diner. In this neat 1950's environment, kids can co-play while they learn more about organizing tasks and putting things in order. There's even a working jukebox!
  • The Dig Pit
    The Dig Pit is like the old-fashioned sandbox with a scientific and educational twist. Future archaeologists have the chance to discover what's underneath the layers of sand by sorting and sifting. Kids can spark a love of exploration and foster useful skills.
  • The Children's Garden
    A real treat for kids and adults alike! The young ones get to find out the basics of gardening, including just what it takes to nurture and grow an organic garden. Tykes will absorb lessons on plant anatomy and have the chance to identify what's growing in the garden.

The Children's Museum of Richmond Could Be Right in Your Backyard

It's one of the top kid-friendly museums in the United States, but CMoR is only one of the many things that makes Richmond special. You'll find outstanding employers, a flourishing restaurant and craft brewery scene, and much more here – there's truly something for everyone.

At Napier ERA, our experts provide personalized advice for clients who want to buy and sell in Richmond. We're dedicated to helping clients like you find a beautiful home you'll love on the timeline and budget you want.

We've already helped thousands – and you could be our next success story!

Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started today.

May
22

Summer Camps for Kids in Richmond

Richmond Summer Camps
Believe it or not, summer is already just around the corner, and soon schools throughout the Richmond, VA area will be closing for the season. If you're looking for fun, educational options to keep the kids busy this summer, Richmond offers a wide range of summer camps geared toward every age-group and interest. There are tons of outdoor-themed camps in the Richmond area, along with educational camps and even fishing camps for kids who love spending time on the water. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find the best summer camps in Richmond, VA this year.

Where to Find the Best Camps for Kids in Richmond, VA This Summer

  • James River Park System Summer Camps
    Looking for outdoor adventures that kids of all ages will love? The James River Park System offers a ton of fun classes and camps to keep the kids busy this summer. Camps include beginner mountain biking, intro to rock climbing, kayak pool sessions, tubing, a beginner's whitewater weekend, and a meteor shower bike tour under the stars. These camps are designed to offer a great time while improving environmental literacy in the process. Many of the camps and classes offered by the JRPS are open to residents of all ages, in addition to children.

  • Passages Adventure Camp
    The team at Passages Adventure Camps proudly claims that "We Make Kids Tired," through full days packed with fun outdoor activities. Camps at Passages feature a wide range of unique activities, like rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, and cruising the water on paddleboards. There are day camps for kids from 5–7 and 8–16 years old, along with overnight camps for kids age 11 to 17. Everything is overseen by the experienced team at Passages, which knows how to keep kids safe while offering a fun, engaging environment in the process.

    Richmond Summer Camps
  • Maymont Summer Discovery Camps
    With a mix of education, outdoor fun, and exploration, Maymont's Summer Discovery Camps are among the most popular in the Richmond area every year. Younger campers will have the opportunity to learn about the environment, tour outdoor spaces, create fun arts and crafts, learn more about animal antics, and even learn how animals construct their homes. Maymont Summer Discovery Camps also offer opportunities for teens from age 15 to 18 to participate by volunteering as camp counselors and earning valuable, hands-on experience with environmental sciences for the process.

  • Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps
    Outdoor fun is on tap for kids of all ages at Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps, where climbing, adventure, and waterfront fun are always on the menu. These week-long camps allow children to experience the natural side of Richmond, with activities centered around the St. James River and Riverside's unique urban forest. Camps are divided into three age-groups: Saplings (6–9), Oaks (9–12), and Old Growth (12–16). Many campers return every summer, progressing through each age-group, and having a great time in the process.

  • Virginia Fishing Adventures
    Kids of all ages will love exploring the outdoors and dropping lines in the water at Virginia Fishing Adventures summer camps. There are camps for mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and general outdoor fun. This is a great opportunity for kids who already love fishing, as well as a place where kids who aren't familiar with fishing can learn the ropes and develop a life-long passion in the process.

Are you searching for Richmond homes for sale close to all of the camps, outdoor attractions, and summertime fun in the area? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

May
3

Village Vibe event benefitting Back Packs of Love

Napier REALTORS® ERA is excited to join with Movement Mortgage in sponsoring one of the Village Vibe events for 2018. Our event takes place on Friday, June 15th from 7-10pm… which also happens to be the 'LAST DAY OF SCHOOL' thus a great reason to come out and celebrate!!! The event is located at 3920 Marion Harland Lane in Powhatan and takes place rain or shine, so be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather looks questionable, and a chair for comfort.

 

"The Taters" will be our band for the evening and if you haven't heard them yet, please check out their website http://thetaters.com/music/. There will also be a Raffle Drawing at 8:15pm offering up several great 'MUST HAVE' prizes. Or if it's a cash prize you desire, then you'll want to stay for the 9:30pm 50/50 Raffle Drawing. All proceeds to benefit Back Packs Of Love [BPOL]… a nonprofit committed to "eliminating hunger in school-age children by providing nourishing food for their weekends". BPOL currently provides food to Powhatan, Cumberland, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Amelia, Henrico and Goochland with goals for expansion into other Central Virginia counties.

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April
30

Friday Cheers Concert Kicks Off May 4

Richmond Friday Cheers
The perks of living in Richmond, VA go beyond the beauty of Richmond homes for sale

Our real estate agents point to the strong economy and vibrant community as two of the most important reasons to give serious thought to Richmond.

Richmond's premier business-boosting and downtown improvement organization, RVA, is always finding new ways to foster togetherness and keep things interesting in the city. You'll see their handiwork everywhere you look: Including in a thriving local music scene.

In fact, one of RVA's most popular initiatives is about to rev up for the year.

It's called Friday Cheers, and it's one of the longest-running RVA-sponsored events.

Friday Cheers is Coming Back to Richmond Starting May 4th

Friday Cheers has been running consistently for 34 years now. It launches every year on the first Friday of May and continues all through June.

But exactly what is Friday Cheers? It's one of the best family-friendly music showcases around!

Attracting talent from all throughout Virginia and the United States, this is the one and only summer concert series held right along the James River. Traditionally, it has drawn anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 attendees every weekend.

It all takes place on beautiful Brown's Island, a picturesque park-like environment situated between the major Richmond landmarks of the Canal Walk and James River.

Children under 12 are admitted free; adults pay either $5 or $10 depending on the show.

Richmond Friday Cheers May 4

You Won't Want to Miss an Exciting Lineup of Talent at Friday Cheers

The complete Friday Cheers schedule is available online and it promises to be a memorable one.

Everything kicks off at 6:30 with Devon Gilfillian and the chart-topping Valerie June. Fresh from a trip to Japan, June was recently featured as a recommended artist on Oprah.com. She brings her unique, soulful vocals to the stage, mixed with funky blues-folk melodies.

RVA Music Night on May 25th will also be a great time to pop in. This spectacular evening will be completely focused on Richmond-area bands with a fresh sound. The headliners include Dharma Bombs, Butcher Brown, and Pirahna Rama.

With five whole Fridays in June, the fun gets to carry on until the big weekend before the 4th of July. On June 29th, Friday Cheers will be getting a big sendoff thanks to Charley Crockett and the Turnpike Troubadours, an Oklahoma-based country western group.

Richmond Friday Cheers

Why Not Be Front Row Center for Next Year's Friday Cheers?

We hope you'll have the opportunity to enjoy everything Friday Cheers has to offer. If you want to be smack in the middle of a welcoming and wonderful community all year around, it's time to give Richmond a closer look – and Napier ERA can help.

No matter whether you're buying or selling, our team has the expertise to make the process easier. Our personalized service and deep insight into the Richmond market has helped hundreds of clients achieve their real estate goals throughout Virginia.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more today. We look forward to helping you.

April
25

Henricus Historical Park in Chester VA

Chester Henricus Park

Chester homes are some of the best in Virginia, and our real estate agents work to make buying and selling easier than ever. However, even the hardest working team needs to relax and recharge now and then – when we do, it's time to visit Henricus Historical Park!

Henricus Historical Park is Ranked #1 in Things to Do in Chester

There are plenty of fun, interesting, and educational attractions in Chester. So, it stands out that Henricus Historical Park is consistently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.

In fact, well over 60% of visitors give it a 5-star rating.

Henricus Historical Park is, as the name suggests, historical – but it goes well beyond the norm. Established in 1611 by the Englishman Sir Thomas Dale, it's one of the best mementos of a time even before the colonial age had gone into full swing.

European powers were still vying for a place on the continent, and the noble experiment we now know as America was decades away from taking a recognizable shape.

Even the most devoted history buffs have limited opportunities to learn more about this era from firsthand artifacts – but Henricus Historical Park opens a window on the fascinating time period.

Henricus marks the site of many key events in the early colonial, colonial, and Revolutionary periods. It was only the second English community to achieve success in the New World. Settlers on the James River encountered the Powhatans and related tribes: The people of Pocahontas.

How Henricus Historical Park Recreates History

Today, the 1611 city has been painstakingly brought back to life through the recreation of twelve colonial structures. Each is staffed by experienced history interpreters in period costume.

Chester Henricus Park History
Sites such as the soldier's house, blacksmith's forge, church meeting hall, and tobacco barn have been built with era-appropriate materials, tools, and techniques in mind. The largest of these is "Mount Malady," the first European-style hospital (or "guest-house") in North America.

Arriving colonists often needed to recover from their long voyage, which lasted more than two months from beginning to end. Mount Malady was designed to accommodate 80 people and was an important part of the struggle against illness that colonists faced throughout their lives.

Visitors also have the opportunity to witness the "Indian Village." Here, you can participate in the craft of canoe-making and learn about the principles of harvesting tobacco and corn.

The reproduction Powhatan Village is complete with several longhouses (also called yehakins) with all of the amenities they would have had, including pole beds and fur blankets.

All types of artifacts are on display, and everything is intended to be interactive.

There's Always Something to Discover at Henricus Historical Park

On top of all this, Henricus features a calendar of events, including seasonal celebrations and dramatic re-enactments. During spring and summer, hundreds of participants get together to demonstrate military drills, artillery, and even entire battles.

Chester Henricus Park Kids Tours

There's something for everyone, from Musket, Sword & Pike to kid-friendly Camp Pocahontas.

The park is open throughout the year with operating hours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Adults pay $9, children aged 3-12 $7, and children under age two visit for free. A military discount is also available.

Henricus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, welcoming both volunteers and donations.

As a resident of Chester, you'll have the chance to see history come alive any time you wish. Of course, Henricus Historical Park is just one of the many amazing amenities you'll enjoy nearby.

Contact Napier ERA to get started on our Chester home-buying journey.

April
19

The Riverfront Canal Walk For An Upclose View of Our City

Riverfront Canal Walk
Richmond is a modern city with new job growth and a healthy economy. That's a big reason why people of all ages are moving here. At Napier ERA, we are thrilled when new residents contact our office. We not only love to show them Richmond homes for sale, but we also like to tell them about Richmond and our surrounding communities of MidlothianColonial HeightsPowhatanGlen Allen--just to name a few.

Our real estate agents live and work in this community.  While we could talk endlessly about our favorite things to do in Richmond, one thing we all agree upon is the Riverfront Canal Walk is a don't miss experience.  Here's why.

Segway Tours

The Riverfront Canal Walk

The Riverfront Canal Walk is a 1.25-mile path located between 5th and 17th Streets along the James River. It is wide enough for bicycles, pedestrians, and even Segways!  Along this walk, you can experience Richmond in a way that is unique to our city.

Whether you are looking for historic monuments, museums, nature, or even pizza, you can find it on the Riverfront Canal Walk.

You can also swim or float the river, either in a tube or in an actual river raft. There are even some rapids roaring through the downtown area, so you can have an adventure right in the middle of the city. Not too many cities can claim that! There are river rafting outfitters right downtown, so your adventure awaits.

Riverfront Canal Cruises

The canal system in Richmond dates back to the days when George Washington roamed our streets. It is said he was the brainchild behind the canal system, with his visionary goal of connecting the harbors on the east with the trade opportunities on the west. Today there are canal cruises and even private charters available on both the James River and Kanawha Canal. The cruises are seasonal (from April to November), but it's an activity everyone who comes to Richmond should absolutely do.

Canal Walk Lincoln Statute

Monuments and Statues

If you're considering relocating to Richmond, you'll want to spend some time getting to know more about our city's famous history. Monument Avenue in Richmond is just off the Canal Walk, and the entire street is a historic landmark.

There are lots of beautiful statues in this area (and throughout the rest of Richmond), and one of our favorites is the touching statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, which sits on the hill behind the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. The story goes that the President and his son visited Richmond in 1865, shortly after the Capital of the Confederacy had been burned. You can almost hear President Lincoln explaining about the perils of war as you look at this beautiful bronze statue.

Fun on the Canal

Back on the Riverfront, you're bound to find a festival, concert or other activity going on, and the old buildings and warehouses around this part of the city are becoming extremely popular places to live and work. There are lofts and coffee shops, galleries, shopping and more than 160 restaurants to choose from. And because Richmond is a walkable city, you'll want to get out and explore as much as you can. The weather will likely cooperate, with moderate temperatures nearly all year long, and far more days of sunshine than rain.


Richmond is a vibrant and fun city -- one that honors its past but isn't stuck in it. If you are considering moving to Richmond, we hope you'll let us share our enthusiasm for our city and provide our expertise in helping you find a new home. Contact Napier ERA to make an appointment to see both beautiful homes and tour our wonderful city with us.

April
11

Tour Richmond on Two Wheels - Richmond Rides Tours

Richmond Rides Tour
The weather is warming up and Richmond residents are heading outdoors. With an abundance of art, culture, and historic sites, the city is ready to deliver a season of outdoor fun and entertainment. If you plan to search for Richmond homes for sale, you can experience our local fun and get to know the city better. A bike tour is a perfect way to do it. Richmond Rides, a local business in our community, will introduce you to the "real" Richmond on two wheels.

Our real estate agents know you'll enjoy biking with Richmond Rides. Their themed tours are a great way to get an up-close view of our historic homes, delicious dining, and hottest neighborhoods.  Here's more information to help you plan your move to Richmond. 

Richmond Rides

Three years ago, Catherine and Matt Lillian decided that biking was the perfect way to see Richmond. They invested in 20 bicycles and began Richmond Rides, located at 414 N. 29th Street in Richmond. Their initial offering was a guided tour through Richmond's historic Church Hill neighborhood. Since then, their bike tour business has grown in popularity and expanded to include other tour options.

Richmond Rides has consistently earned five stars from travel rating sites. Trip Advisor named them the #1 out of a list of 20 outdoor activities in Richmond. You can select the themed tour of your choice.

Church Hill Signature Tour

The original Richmond Rides tour rolls along at an easy pace through Richmond's most historic neighborhood. The Church Hill Signature Tour brings you intimately close to beautiful views and historic architecture. As your guide shares fascinating local facts, you'll learn about the neighborhood's culture and diversity.

Price: $49, 2-hour Easy tour includes a snack.

Richmond Rides Tours

Foodie Tour

The Foodie Tour lets you see Church Hill through a foodie's eyes. You'll view neighborhood architecture and culture and learn interesting facts. In keeping with the tour emphasis on food, you'll dine at bakeries and restaurants and see first-hand how Church Hill earned its foodie reputation.

Price: $54, 3-hour Easy tour includes food

Richmond Highlights Tour

On the Richmond Highlights Tour, you'll see city sights. The tour pedals through Jackson Ward, Capitol Square, The Museum District, and other downtown Richmond neighborhoods.

Price: $49, 2-hour Intermediate tour includes a snack.

Along the River Tour

When you take the Along The River Tour, you'll travel the bike paths along the James River and the Capital Trail. As roll along the river, you'll view the historic canal, the river, riverboats, and colorful murals.

Price: $49, 2-hour Intermediate tour includes a snack

Monument Avenue Tour

The Monument Avenue Tour is a "dialogue and tour" developed by the owner, Catherine Lillian and Nikki Fernandes, a VCU Focused Inquiry instructor. They encourage participants to view the monuments along the street and also to share and learn. Participants will eat together and participate in a facilitated discussion about Richmond's history and future.

Price: $75, 3-hour Beginner tour includes a snack

Custom Tours

Richmond Rides can create a custom guided tour for your corporate, family, or student groups. You can schedule a Brewery Tour, Architecture Tour, Team Building Tour or request a customized outing for up to 30 people.

Your Real Estate Professionals in Richmond

If you're thinking about relocating to Richmond, we can help you make the transition. Contact Napier ERA to buy a home in one of our local Henrico County communities.

 

 

April
3

Historic Homes in Glen Allen: Meadow Farm Museum

Glen Allen Homes Meadow Farm
When you're searching for a Glen Allen home, make sure to check out one of our town's more unique locations: the Meadow Farm Museum. 

Situated in beautiful Crump Park, Meadow Farm Museum is a taste of history that is truly unique to the area. Dating back to the 1860s, it is one of the best places in the entire nation to witness the living history of what life was like in the rural South of the nineteenth century.

Meadow Farm Museum Gives Visitors a Rare Window into History

The Meadow Farm Museum located at 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen is the restored home of John Mosby Sheppard, a recognized national historic site. Tour guides in period clothing will help you explore the manor and farm that bear witness to some of the most pivotal moments in American history.

Historic facilities and sites have been painstakingly preserved, including details like outbuildings. Guides are trained on a number of significant happenings tying the farm to the antebellum and Civil War eras, including the warning that saved the farm from Gabriel's Rebellion.

In addition to the farmhouse and barn, you can expect to see the doctor's office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. The land at Crump Park passed through seven generations beginning all the way back in the 1700s before being donated in 1975.

Interactive exhibits and activities make this an ideal learning experience for all ages.

Crump Park is a Terrific Place for a Picnic

You won't want to miss out on exploring Crump Park before or after your visit.

The Crump Park grounds are open every day from dawn until dusk, serving as a full-featured park in the finest of Virginia traditions. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, and numerous picnic areas, including a sheltered area that is available for reservations.

An open play area and children's playground round out the site.

When in season, volunteers and visitors can enjoy the handiwork of several period-appropriate "guilds." These volunteer organizations produce such things as textiles, baskets, and vegetables to support the mission of the Meadow Farm Museum.

Many of the guilds require no prior experience, and some are even open to children aged 16 and under with adult supervision. It's an outstanding way to learn while becoming part of history!

Experts in woodworking, blacksmithing, and other areas are always being sought and often perform live demonstrations. These more advanced participants also benefit from on the job training to complement their existing skills.

Choose a Glen Allen Home in Virginia

Historic Glen Allen appeals to many different types of homeowners. No matter what your vision for the ideal Virginia home is, our real estate agents will be glad to help you.

Our years of experience mean we are second to none when it comes to finding your first or second home in Glen Allen or trading up from an existing home. You'll always get personalized advice from leading local experts who truly understand Glen Allen's housing market.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started.

March
29

Have You Tried Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond?

Carytown Cupcakes Richmond

Richmond's Carytown Cupcakes Delivers Sweet Perfection

Whether you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, a hankering for a quality craft beer or wine, or just want to connect with other locals in a cheerful atmosphere, check out Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond. Located at 3111 West Cary Street, this gourmet bakery is known for their creative cupcake crafting skills, as well as what is now known as the "Carytown Cupcakes law," allowing them to serve craft beer and wine alongside their famous desserts.

Stop in today for a taste of the sweet perfection Carytown Cupcakes is known for. 

  • Cupcakes
    One bite of a Carytown Cupcake and your entire definition of what a cupcake is will change. Instead of those boring grocery store cupcakes, these delicious little morsels are crafted around rotating themes. Around the holidays they were known for holiday flavors such as eggnog, but in April you'll find more spring-themed cupcakes in the case, such as strawberry shortcake. They always have a couple gluten-free and vegan flavors to choose from--not the same old boring ones every time but inspired flavors such as gluten-free key lime pie and vegan strawberry lemonade in April. If you're a vanilla type of person, there are also always a selection of favorites to satisfy your need for comfort food, such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, lemon, and carrot cake.

Carytown Cupcakes Menu

  • Craft Beer and Wine
    Carytown Cupcakes isn't just for kids, and the fact that they serve craft beer and wine to pair with your cupcakes proves that their treats are engineered to appeal to more mature tastes. They worked hard to be able to serve beer and wine with your dessert, lobbying to expand Virginia's original law that limited bakeries to just serving cordials and dessert wines. Their dedication to the quality of your cupcake experience is why you can now pair a craft beer with your fancy cupcake in Richmond.

  • Puppy Treats
    Don't forget your four-legged best friend! While you're enjoying a sweet treat at Carytown Cupcakes, you can also have a treat for your favorite canine wrapped up in a real "doggy bag." Created by dog lovers for dog lovers, these delicious doggy treats are sure to please your pup.

Carytown Cupcakes is just one of many local businesses in which you can see how communities thrive here in Richmond. Interested being a part of something this exciting and welcoming? Contact Napier ERA today and browse Richmond homes for sale. Your dream home is waiting for you here, and one of our real estate agents will help you find it!

March
20

Springtime in Richmond at Agecroft Hall

Richmond, Agecroft Hall

Springtime is the perfect time to visit Richmond, VA. Warming temperatures are quickly arriving. Lush greenery and colorful blossoms are sprouting to life across the city. If you're searching for Richmond homes for sale, you'll see landscapes sprinkled with spring colors all around. And if you'd like to spend time in some of the most beautiful gardens in Richmond, don't leave town without visiting Agecroft Hall.

Our real estate agents know you'll enjoy Agecroft Hall with its beautifully landscaped grounds and elegantly cultivated gardens, They're a must-see feature of springtime in Richmond.

Agecroft Hall & Gardens

You don't have to travel to Great Britain to stroll through authentic English gardens. This spring you can have an English garden rendezvous at Agecroft Hall.

The home, located at 4305 Sulgrave Road in Richmond, is situated on 23 breathtaking acres overlooking the James River in the Windsor Farms neighborhood.  

When you enter the grounds, you'll feel as though you've been transported across the pond and dropped into Elizabethan England.

A Brief Agecroft History

In 1925, wealthy American families were building huge country estates. Thomas C. Williams, Jr. bought Agecroft Hall, dismantled it, and shipped it across the ocean to Richmond. Architect, Henry G. Morse, oversaw the dismantling process and piece-by-piece delivery to the Windsor Farms site overlooking the James River where it has stood since 1926-27. He also supervised the reconstruction, updating the mansion with modern conveniences.

The owner died in 1929, not long after the construction was completed. He bequeathed Agecroft Hall for use as a museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmark Register in 1978.

Tour the Museum and Gardens

Spring is the ideal time to visit the Agecroft Hall & Gardens. During operating hours, the museum provides guided one-hour tours. Guides will walk you through the museum and you can wander the grounds at will.

Landscape Architect, Charles Gilette designed the grounds during the original reconstruction. It's an opulent display of trees, greenery, and breathtaking gardens: Sunken Garden, Elizabeth Knot Garden, Crape Myrtle Walk, and Spring Sunken Garden.

You can visit the website to learn what's new in the gardens or listen to the "Sprouting Report" Thursday and Friday mornings on Mix 98.1.

Special Events

The Agecroft is the perfect venue for special events.

  • Shakespeare Festival: Agecroft Hall presents Virginia's only Shakespeare Festival. This year's productions are "Titus Andronicus" and "As You Like It."
  • School Programs: School tours are tailored to children based on their grade level.
  • Group Tours: Ten or more people visiting together can arrange a Group Tour with "behind the scenes" information, a guided museum tour, and a guided or self-guided tour of the grounds and gardens.
  • Event Rentals: The museum and gardens are a perfect backdrop for a wedding or other special event.

Hours & Admission

The Agecroft is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

  • General admission: adults $8, Seniors ages 65+ $7, full-time students $5.
  • Garden admission only: adults $4, Seniors ages 65+ $3.50 full time students $2.50.
  • Annual pass: $20.
  • Admission is free for children 6 and under and active military with valid ID.

If you're thinking about relocating to Richmond, we want to help. Contact Napier ERA if you plan to buy or sell a home or if you simply want to know more about the communities we serve.

March
6

Kings Dominion Virginia's Ultimate Family Fun Adventure

Kings Dominion Richmond Family Fun
Looking for a fun and exciting time to spend with the family just outside Richmond, VA? Don't miss Kings Dominion, the best amusement park in the whole state!  

Kings Dominion is the spring iteration of a special seasonal park that showcases four different themes throughout the year. In the summer it transforms into the wet and wild Soak City water park with 20 acres of slides, pools, and much more.

Fall brings the Halloween Haunt, while winter is known for WinterFest – the best time of the year to meet Santa Claus himself.

So, what does Kings Dominion have to offer in the spring? Glad you asked!


The All-New Twisted Timbers Roller Coaster Headlines Kings Dominion

In spring, Kings Dominion bursts with more than 60 breathtaking rides, spectacular shows, and amazing attractions.

Each year brings something new, but one consistent draw is the East Coast's biggest collection of roller coasters. People come from all around to enjoy these thrilling rides! This year, Twisted Timbers puts the king in Kings Dominion with a debut that's sure to be unforgettable.

An evolution of the world famous Hurler roller coaster that was retired back in 2015, Twisted Timbers runs to a total height of 111 feet with a drop of 109 feet. The total length is more than 3,300 feet, which riders will traverse at a speedy 54 miles per hour.

These amazing features and more are made possible by the coaster's unique design. It combines wooden supports with a steel track to give the most thrilling ride imaginable on 20 airtime hills! Kings Dominion has been making regular updates on their progress with it, including a peek at the first train.

Twisted Timbers will launch for the first time when the park opens for the season on March 24.

Kings Dominion Richmond Rides
Family-Friendly Rides and Events Abound at Kings Dominion

Although Twisted Timbers is the best for experienced roller coaster riders, there's plenty of fun for everyone at Kings Dominion. Youngsters can enjoy Planet Snoopy, where they'll get to meet their favorite Peanuts characters in person.

Rides and games for the younger kids include Joe Cool's Driving School and its kid-friendly go-karts, Flying Ace with Snoopy, the Great Pumpkin Coaster, and the Linus Launcher. The live entertainment features plenty of character meet and greets, too.

Kings Dominion is well known for an assortment of venues featuring music, dancing, athletics, and acrobatics. Want to add to the experience? Kings Dominion is surrounded by great hotels, of course, but it also has something truly unique so you can take it to the next level.

The Kings Dominion KOA (also known as Richmond North KOA) is the premier family camping experience. You can choose from RV camping, tent camping, or cabin camping in an environment perfect for younger campers.

There's also a pool, wireless internet, cable TV, and a dog park. Current reviews put the campground at a solid 4.5 out of 5, and you even get discounts at Kings Dominion when you choose to stay at KOA.

Kings Dominion Richmond

Family Fun Doesn't Have to End When You Find the Perfect Richmond Home

If you want to see the most desirable Richmond homes, it all starts by consulting an expert in the local real estate scene. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents have the insight and experience to make your house hunt that much easier – and then it can be an adventure all year long for you and the whole family. Contact Napier ERA.

 

February
23

6 Tips for Finding the Right Neighborhood

Finding the Right Richmond Neighborhood

When you're buying a home in a new city, it's hard to know if you're making the right choice by choosing a specific house—not to mention an entire neighborhood.   Home buyers often ask our REALTORS®, "How do I know if this neighborhood is the right one for my family?"  

There are a lot of answers to this question; however, finding your own best place to live is a personal process. Your list of wants, needs, and preferences will shape what you're looking for in a home.  Understanding how to prepare, prioritize, and reach an informed decision ultimately goes a long way in finding the right Richmond homes.

When you begin to search for homes in our community, here are six tips to help you get started:

  1. Build a Budget
    While most neighborhoods feature homes in a variety of price brackets, it's also true that some neighborhoods are more affordable than others to call home. Building a budget based on what you realistically have to spend will allow you to focus on homes that fit your price range making it easier to narrow your list and find a home that matches your needs. 

  2. Prioritize Wants and Needs
    With an idea of what you have to spend, you can get busy finding a home that both meets your needs and fits your budget. Before you dive into evaluating homes, consider making a list of wants, needs, and deal-breakers. Making a list will help you cross off homes that clearly don't meet your needs, and focus on the properties with the most promise. You can always update your list as you shop and get a clearer idea of exactly what you want.

  3. School Districts, Safety, and Family Homes
    Whether you have children now or plan on starting a family in the near future, it's important to look at how the place you choose to live will impact every member of the household. Finding a neighborhood with low crime rates and great schools is often a top priority for families, so it's worth doing your research online to see exactly which neighborhoods offer the best potential fit.

  4. Finding Fun Close to Home
    Are you able to enjoy your favorite leisure time activities close to home, and maybe find some new hobbies in the process? Every neighborhood features its own entertainment options, attractions, and events schedule, so look for a place where it's easy to unwind when you're in the mood for a good time.

  5. Employment Options
    Earning a living is a huge factor in finding the right place to call home, whether you're moving specifically for a job or will be looking when you get there. Take the time to research the employment market of any neighborhood that piques your interest, with a focus on major industries, job growth, top employers, and daily commute time.

  6. Become a Neighborhood Expert
    There's plenty to learn from people who have shopped for homes before, but ultimately finding your best place to live is a personal decision. Become a neighborhood expert by researching online, speaking with your real estate agent, and making visits to the neighborhoods that look most promising. When the time comes, you'll have all of the information you need to make an informed decision on your best place to call home.

Finding the right place to call home takes effort, but it's more than worth it. When you find the right neighborhood, home, and community, you've got a great chance of loving your next home for years to come.   Contact us at Napier ERA to get started.

February
13

Richmond Is No. 1 Beer Destination in the World

Richmond Beer Destination - Hardywood Craft Brewery
When you think of beer, you might think first about Milwaukee or even about Oktoberfest in Berlin, Germany. If you've followed the recent trends in craft beer, however, you might have heard there's at least one more place that deserves to be mentioned alongside those world capitals of beer.

That's Richmond, VA.   And it's actually the #1 beer destination in the world.

How the heck could that be possible? Just ask Vinepair.com, a leading beer review and travel site, which named Richmond the world's top beer destination for 2018.

Central to the story: The huge proliferation of top-quality local breweries. From a humble start with just a small handful of them, Richmond now boasts at least 32 active breweries – with even more slated to open in the coming years.  That gives it one of the most active brewing cultures (pun not intended) in the world.

Adding to the excitement, WalletHub called Richmond one of the best cities for foodies, noting that it rates as sixth in both restaurants per capita and ice cream shops per capita. When it comes to a variety of foods, Richmond delivers as #3 in grocery stores per capita, too.

Richmond Beats Out Global Destinations to Reign as King of Beers

In ranking the leading beer destinations, Richmond was scored against global cities including New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and many others. Although it might seem surprising at first, taking a closer look at Richmond makes it clear just how it earned the gold.

Richmond Beer Reigns No. 1 Strangeways Brewing

A vibrant, creative world of craft brewing is truly part of this city's beating heart.

Richmond Beer Trail Tour Triple Crossing Brewery

Each year, thousands of tourists are drawn to the area to explore the Richmond Beer Trail. There are even local tour operators who'll help visitors see all the different breweries and other beer landmarks – from the City of Richmond through the whole Richmond region.

(This Richmond Beer Trail map serves as a start for the curious.)

Although Richmond has never been quite as popular as it is right now, it has a historical connection to American brewing going back more than a century.

In fact, Richmond was the first place in the United States where beer could be purchased in a can. The same spirit of entrepreneurship persists to today when many craft beer executives focus on giving back to the community and supporting a vibrant downtown for Richmond.

The first wave of craft breweries arrived in the 1990s, with a handful claiming an even longer lineage. In 2012, Virginia's then-governor Bob McDonnell signed a pair of laws that expanded breweries' ability to do business in Richmond.

Not only did this give breweries the ability to run their taprooms without having a full-service dining facility, but it created the conditions for many smaller breweries to get their start: By leasing space within larger, more established brewing businesses.

That, in turn, has helped to sustain a spirit of cooperation truly unique to Richmond.

From Breweries to Bakeries, Richmond Has Lots to Offer

Ardent Craft Ales Richmond

Today, Richmond is #1 per capita in breweries and serves as home to top brands like Ardent Craft Ales, Intermission Beer Company, and Legend Brewing Company. This cast of colorful characters is sure to expand as locals welcome more "brewtrepreneurs."

No matter what you're looking for in Richmond, Napier ERA can help you find it. Our real estate agents are experts in all the great amenities and neighborhoods of Richmond. It's never been easier to find Richmond homes for sale that suit your lifestyle, needs, and budget.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more about living in Richmond and all that our community has to offer.

January
11

Hot Art, Cold Beer at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Mural
You may have noticed in recent years that murals have had a renaissance in Richmond, VA, which was sparked in part by the persistent work of muralist Ed Trask. His work appears throughout the city, including many works of art at beloved local businesses. You may have also noticed that our city has become a hot-spot for fantastic craft beers, especially in the historic German Brewing District of the city. Why not combine attractive art with delicious beer, and visit the Ed Trask mural at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery? Our real estate agents have all of the details about this exciting, local business. 

Ed Trask with Mural Hardywood

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the Ed Trask Mural 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a business started by two friends, who traveled the world to learn the secrets of creating unique, delicious craft beer. Located in the German Brewing District, Hardywood Park offers an outdoor beer garden, a busy schedule of special events for all ages, amazing beer, and a beautiful mural by Ed Trask. It's a great place to visit, and a perfect example of how unique, local businesses make life in the city special.

  • Outdoor Beer Garden – Spend an afternoon in the sun, sipping on delicious craft beers while you share stories with friends both new and old. The Hardywood Park outdoor beer garden is a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy everything Richmond has to offer. There's live music on the weekends, with free shows for all ages, along with spaces dedicated to bocce ball and corn hole. The outdoor beer garden is open every Tuesday through Sunday, so be sure to stop by.

  • Special Events – Looking to spice up your schedule with a unique special event in Richmond? There are tons of events to enjoy at Hardywood Park, from release parties for new IPAs to ugly sweater parties for the holidays. Hardywood Park also sponsors off-site events in the city, often raising money for good causes. You'll also find local events at Hardywood's various taprooms, which are often free and open to all ages.

  • Craft Beer – If you love soaking in every detail of your favorite craft beers, you'll fit right in with the crew at Hardywood Park. The list of Hardywood Park beers is a mile long, with unique spins on classic flavors, along with totally new creations. Enjoy lagers, stouts, IPAs, barrel-aged beers, and even one-off pilot projects.

  • Ed Trask Mural – It seems fitting that one of Richmond's most unique businesses is home to a mural by local artist Ed Trask. The Trask Mural at Hardywood Brewery is a spectacular ode to the city of Richmond, and the world of craft beer. Ranked as one of the "10 coolest murals you'll find a breweries," the Ed Trask mural provides the perfect backdrop for an evening at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

  • Giving Back to Richmond – In addition to all of the free events on the schedule, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery gives back to the community by donating $2 for every barrel of beer produced to local non-profit organizations. The crew at Hardywood is happy to support a diverse group of causes, including environmental, humanitarian, and educational organizations located in the communities where Hardywood sells its many craft beers.

Hardywood Home
Are you in the searching for your next home and looking for an experienced, local real estate team to help you accomplish your goals? Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

December
27

Best Things to Do in Richmond This New Year's Eve

Richmond New Years Eve Things to Do
Richmond's New Year's Eve Going-Out Guide

New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year no matter where you are – but if you're lucky enough to spend it in Richmond, fun is elevated to a whole new level!

Richmond homes are at the center of the action when it comes to ringing in the new year right. Whether you're a resident or visitor, you're sure to find events to suit any taste.

Let's look at five big bashes scheduled for New Year's Eve this December:

  1. New Year's Eve at 7 Hills
    7 Hills Brewing Company is famous for its Sunday brunch buffet. It has one of the top selections of domestic and imported beers in Richmond and plenty of fine seafood to pair it with. Not surprisingly, it's poised to be one of the top spots for "beats and eats" on New Year's Eve. Doors open at 10 p.m. and dancing will go on well into the night!

  2. NYE 2018 Moonlight Masquerade
    Richmond's #1 New Year's Eve party is Moonlight Masquerade. Situated at posh DoubleTree Hotel Southside, it will feature multiple DJs playing hot hits. Semi-formal dress is expected, but that won't detract from a fun and friendly atmosphere you'll never forget! This 5-hour party with complimentary buffet and premium cash bar is selling out fast, so get your ticket soon!

  3. New Year's Eve 2018 Fiesta @ Havana59
    Havana59 is known for its smokin' Latin flair, and it's going all out on New Year's Eve! Running from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., this is the place to be if you want to enjoy salsa and Latin mix from the incomparable DJ Renzo. A live viewing of the Times Square ball drop will be seen on a 60-inch TV along with a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are just $20!

  4. Casino Night New Year's Event
    How about a pulse-pounding NYE get together like nothing else? It's all happening at Good Tymes Restaurant and Wine Bar. This classy restaurant and lounge combine service and sophistication in a chic atmosphere. Party-goers have the chance to try their luck at games including craps and blackjack. Get a ticket now for your shot at door prizes, a buffet, and more.

  5. Year's Eve Murder Mystery at Maggiano's
    Maggiano's Little Italy is a beloved family restaurant serving hearty Italian cuisine. You can find it coast to coast throughout the United States, but it's especially popular in Richmond! The New Year's Eve Murder Mystery is an interactive all-night event that welcomes younger guests. For $65 per ticket, you'll get a three-course family-style dinner and all sorts of other fun perks!

It looks like another big year for New Year's celebrations in Richmond! Why not kick off 2018 by taking your first steps toward your ideal Richmond home?

At Napier ERA, our team can help you find a home you'll love and get the deal you want. Our real estate agents live and work right here in the area. Contact Napier ERA to start your Richmond home search.

Consult our Richmond City Guide for more information about living in Richmond. 

December
20

Things to Do in Chesterfield: Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Chesterfield's Swift Creek Mill Theatre

If you're considering a relocation to the Richmond area, Chesterfield County is a great place to begin your home search.  Chesterfield is a small, family-friendly community with historic roots and architecturally diverse homes for sale. When you are searching for a home during the holidays, you'll have the opportunity to participate in local Christmas events in Chesterfield and throughout its nearby communities.

Topping our "locals' list" of favorite things to do in Chesterfield is the Swift Creek Mill Theatre located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Chesterfield County.  Our real estate agents recommend Swift Creek Mill Theatre because it's perfect for family events, date-nights, and special occasions. The venue combines history, delicious dining, and professionally produced plays for an experience you'll always remember.

About the Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Locals call it "The People's Playhouse" and it's a wonderful place for you to experience the best of Chesterfield. The theatre is a non-profit organization committed to professional productions, youth education, and reasonable ticket prices. They accomplish these goals by presenting a Mainstage season and a Youth Theatre series offering group adult rates and discounted youth rates. Children learn theatre arts at a youth theatre summer camp. The organization also promotes the local economy by hiring a local production staff.

The theatre features two areas for on-site dining. You may choose to dine only, see a play only or you may reserve dinner and dine downstairs before seeing the play upstairs in the theatre. Past visitors have praised the theatre and restaurant for the food, attentive service, professional productions, and historic ambiance. The Swift Creek Mill Theatre receives consistently high ratings on national travel sites, such as Tripadvisor.com and Yelp.com.

A Historic Site

When you visit the Saw Creek Mill Theatre, you can connect with Chesterfield history. The theatre building is a local treasure listed on historic registers. It was built over 350 years ago and was originally constructed as a grain mill. The theatre helps maintain the building's historic standing by adhering to registry guidelines.

Chesterfield Swift Theatre Andrews Brothers

Currently Playing ... "The Andrews Brothers"

From now through December 31, 2017, you can see the play, "The Andrews Brothers." When the Andrews Sisters fail to arrive for their scheduled USO show, three stagehands step in to take their place. If you're interested in future plays, check the Mainstage Season schedule For a listing of plays through August 2018.

Chesterfield Swift Creek Mill Andrews Brothers

Get to Know Chesterfield

In an area so rich in American history, naturally, you'll encounter beautiful historic homes. You'll also find modern, planned communities and quiet neighborhoods with a small-two feel. Residents and visitors have a range of dining, wine tasting, and craft beer choices.

When you come to Chesterfield County, you'll see it's a warm and wonderful community. Contact Napier ERA to know more about buying a home in Chesterfield, Richmond, or the surrounding communities.

December
4

Our Favorite Christmas Towns in Virginia

It's a Wonderful Life in These Six Local Communities 

Six Local Christmas Towns

There's no shortage of Christmas cheer here in Virginia, but six towns truly capture the spirit of the holiday season. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents love helping families create new traditions in their homes and these towns are great places to do just that.

  1. Richmond, VA
    Our state capital, Richmond, is a big city with a small-town feel, especially when it's time to celebrate Christmas. While you're looking at Richmond homes this holiday season, make sure you check out all the family-friendly events (and adult-friendly night life) that comes to Richmond this month too. On December 15, visit the historic and beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation for their annual Christmas Open House.Then ring in 2018 at the Moonlight Masquerade, a New Year's Eve tradition at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.

  2. Glen Allen, VA
    Did you know the North Pole has a branch right here in Virginia? Every December The Virginia Cliffe Inn, one of the most historic old homes in Glen Allen, transforms into the Glen Allen Christmas Cottage, complete with children's workshops for creating holiday crafts and toys. Visit Santa in his cottage and tinker in four different holiday children's workshops this December 9 at the beautiful inn, just 15 minutes away from downtown Richmond. Next year, get tickets ahead of time to enjoy breakfast with Santa the morning of the workshops.

  3. Petersburg, VA
    From a festive holiday parade to a town-wide holiday party, picturesque Petersburg knows how to celebrate the season. If you or someone you love went to Petersburg High School, don't miss the 11th Annual PHS Alumni & Friends Holiday Party at the Civic Center on December 23. People who grew up in Petersburg (or currently have homes in Petersburg) look forward to this party all year long, and it's right before Christmas to make sure the reunion is as big as possible.

  4. Midlothian, VA
    Midlothian is a Richmond suburb with a personality of its own, and holiday activities are as abundant here as its creeks. For families with homes in Midlothian, holiday cards are a cinch too. Kids can take photos with Santa at the Art Factory (this year's photo-op happens on December 7). A few days later, take the whole family to have brunch with Santa at Independence Golf Club, which is hosting the special holiday event on December 10. On December 11 and 16, Clover Hill Church hosts Christmas Mansions & Festival, a ticketed tradition that now includes an outdoor festival with food trucks, a hayride, and more.

  5. Powhatan, VA
    Known for its horse pastures and rolling hills, Powhatan is a lovely place to celebrate the holidays, but make sure you visit one place in particular. At first glance, Mabel's Espresso Bakery Café looks like one of many adorable Powhatan homes. But inside, it's a charming and timeless little restaurant where you can grab a bite with friends or neighbors – or even Santa Claus himself. Don't forget to get tickets for their Santa Brunch on December 16 and their Christmas Cookie Decorating Class on December 19.

  6. Henrico, VA
    Families who want a quick commute to Richmond have plenty of homes in Henrico County to choose from. Once they move in, they have plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy too! Our favorite is the Jingle Jam 2017, a huge holiday party at HOPE Church's West Creek campus on December 9. This interactive Christmas event includes farm animals, Christmas characters, a photo booth, and a show that tells the Christmas story in unique and hilarious ways.

Need a new home for the holidays near Richmond, VA? Contact Napier ERA for advice and help with your search.

November
13

Richmond Celebrates the Holidays at The Jefferson Hotel

Richmond The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting
The Jefferson Hotel is one of Richmond's true historic gems with spectacular interior design, loads of luxury and fascinating stories around every corner. The Jefferson is also an excellent place to spread some holiday cheer! Every year, starting just after Thanksgiving, The Jefferson Hotel hosts a series of holiday events at its five-star facilities that always rank among the most popular in Richmond, VA. The fun begins on Monday, November 27 with the 31st Annual Tree Lighting.

Richmond Holiday Fun: 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel

Our REALTORS® have spoken, and the tree lighting ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel definitely ranks among our favorite events of the season. The luxurious Jefferson Hotel is a living example of Richmond history and a spectacular setting to spend some quality time with your favorite people during the holidays.

  • A Scenic Setting
    Richmond homes for sale 
    are located in one of the country's most historic cities and locations like The Jefferson Hotel are a big reason why that's the case. Visit The Jefferson throughout the holiday season for live music, delightful decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The holiday season begins with the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 27.  

  • The Ceremony
    The tree lighting ceremony has long been a local tradition and is entering its 31st year. Everything kicks off at 5:00 PM on November 27 with live holiday music before the big show begins. The ceremony takes place in the regal Palm Court Lobby with the tree lighting getting into full swing at 5:45 PM. Of course, it wouldn't be a true holiday celebration without a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

  • Free Fun for the Whole Family
    The Jefferson Hotel is a very luxurious facility, but it also has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. The tree lighting ceremony is a free event and a great opportunity to have some fun with the kids during the holiday season. All of the kids (and adults!) in the crowd love seeing the moment when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to start the tree lighting celebration.

  • Holiday Cheer throughout the Season
    Can't make the tree lighting ceremony or simply looking to spend some more holiday time at one of Richmond's most unique destinations? The Jefferson has plenty of holiday events scheduled throughout the season running straight through New Year's Eve. Stop by during the afternoon for a rotating schedule of live musical performances or visit anytime to see all of the gorgeous decoration throughout the property. The Jefferson Hotel is also a great place to enjoy a holiday meal or plan a luxurious getaway of your own.

  • Plan Your Own Party
    If you're looking for the ideal place to plan a holiday event of your own, The Jefferson has you covered. Whether you're looking to plan an event with the whole family or treat your employees to some holiday cheer, staging your event at The Jefferson Hotel is sure to lead to great memories for everyone who attends.

Are you searching for the right home in Richmond and the real estate team who will help your holiday dreams come true? Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs throughout the Richmond, VA area.

November
8

Henrico County Welcomes Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Holiday Fun at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


There's no doubt about it, the holidays are a special time of year. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the season is more than just sharing food and gifts—it's an opportunity to experience the best holiday events in Henrico County has to offer. November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018 (closed Dec. 24/25), Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers shimmering holiday fun for the whole family. Henrico County's ultimate holiday tradition features more than 500,000 twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, family activities, model trains and more.

Who doesn't love a good story? This year, the theme at GardenFest of Lights is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. From fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, these holiday events highlight stories, legends and rhymes that encompass many different eras and cultures through indoor and outdoor displays of light.

Holiday Events and Activities

Celebrate the seasons and nature with engaging events and activities that explore natural phenomena, teach life valuable lessons and connect people through the wonder of plants.

  • Merry Mondays
    The Garden Keeper hosts a fireside story time featuring Aesop's Fables at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM on Mondays in the Library Reading Room. "Santa sightings" in the Conservatory Mondays, 6 - 8 PM through December 18

  • Enjoy the Library
    Explore the timeless children's tale, Miss Rumphius, The library will be transformed into mini-galleries that highlight the works and stories the stories of area artisans and their hand-crafted wares.

  • Caroling Tuesdays
    Holiday caroling throughout the Garden 6:30 - 8 PM. Tuesdays.

  • Crafty Wednesdays
    Crafting based on this year's GardenFest theme with the help of staff and volunteers. 5 - 8 PM in the Kelly Education Center.

  • Musical Thursdays
    Acoustic musicians provide festive live holiday entertainment. 6-7 PM & 7:30-8:30 PM in the Lora Robins Library.

  • GardenFest for Fidos
    Bring your leashed dog to enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

  • The Garden Shop & The Bling Shop
    The Garden Shop offers all kinds of handmade gifts that are perfect for holiday shopping. Open Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sunday: noon - 10 PM The Bling House retail shop is open on select nights.

  • Tea House Dining at GardenFest
    Open Nightly; 5 – 9 PM Exceptional fare with fine wines and stunning Asian Valley views.

  • Santa Brunch & Santa Dinners
    Meals with Santa can't be beat! Reservations highly recommended. If you have a group of 15 or more, consider GardenFest Dinners.

  • New Year's Eve Family Frolic
    Rock and roll with the "Ululating Mummies," take photos with the GardenKeeper, make a party hat and "roll in the New year" with the annual hillside tumble.

  • Instagram Contest
    Share your best photos and tag #GardenFest

If you're ready to celebrate the holidays with a new home, our real estate agents can help you find homes in Henrico County you'll love. To learn more about fun, festive living in Henrico County, contact Napier ERA today!

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October
30

Maymont Estate - A Gift to Richmond Residents

Richmond Home - Maymont Estate
Ever wonder what it would be liked to be transported to a different place and time, where history, natural beauty, and learning meet? James and Salley Dooley, who lived in Richmond, VA more than a century ago, had the same vision, which is why they gifted their luxurious estate to the community for all to enjoy. The estate is called Maymont, and today it has become a place where you can learn, experience history first-hand, relax, and explore all of the outdoor fun that Richmond has to offer. Our real estate agents are here to tell you more about this truly unique Richmond home. 

The Maymont Estate Is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Maymont Estate is a gorgeous, Victorian-era property, with a spectacular interior and more than 100 acres of outdoor space. Like many homes in Richmond, every room in the Maymont Estate has a story a story to tell. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, the Maymont Estate has so much to offer Richmond residents.

Richmond Residents at Maymont

  • A Victorian Estate – Travel back in time to enjoy the classic luxury of a perfectly preserved Victorian estate, filled with history, antiques, and gorgeous art. The Maymont Estate has been lovingly maintained for more than 100 years, so that all visitors can enjoy the same gorgeous property as the original owners. What started as a gift has become a Richmond institution, where visitors from near and far can see what it was like to live in the Gilded Age.

Richmond Maymont Gardens

  • Outdoor Fun and Attractions – James and Salley Dooley loved the outdoor scenery of their Richmond estate, and it's easy to see why when you visit. Today, you can enjoy a collection of gorgeous gardens, with plants from around the world. The Maymont Estate is also a great place to have a picnic, scope out some local wildlife, and explore the natural beauty of the Richmond area. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll be treated to beautiful sights.

Richmond Maymont Animals

  • Furry Friends – The Maymont Estate aims to provide fun for the whole family, and the many animals around the estate are sure to please visitors of all ages. Visit the nature center, take in wildlife exhibits, see what's happening down on the farm, and enjoy unique animal encounters that the kids will surely love. It's all waiting for you outdoors at the Maymont Estate.

Richmond Maymont Tours

  • Guided Tours – With a mansion, formal gardens, and more than 100 acres to explore, the Maymont Estate certainly provides plenty to see. Taking a guided tour at the estate is a fantastic way to learn more about what life was like in the Victorian era, from the same experts who have worked so hard to preserve the Maymont Estate to this day. Tour the interior of the mansion, or hop in a golf cart for an easy way to explore the whole property.

  • Special Events – There's plenty to see and do no matter what time of year you visit the Maymont Estate, including a busy schedule of special events for every season. Enjoy events for the kids, beer and wine tastings for the adults, and holiday events that everyone can enjoy. The Maymont Estate also offers facility rentals for your own special events, perfect for weddings, large gatherings, and corporate events.

Whether you're searching for a private estate or an affordable, appealing family home, our real estate team is here to help. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

October
24

Celebrating the Best of Glen Allen at The Cultural Arts Center

Supporting the Visual and Performing Arts in Glen Allen

Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
When you're touring homes for sale in Glen Allen, take time to visit The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen offers local residents in the Richmond area an opportunity to discover the arts, develop a talent, and experience  all our community has to offer.

Young and old gather at the Center to share artistic experiences and develop creative skills. Four galleries showcase work from local and regional artists. Performance stages come alive with music, dance, and theater presentations. Regional artists and artisans market their work in a warm and friendly setting. The Center also rents four beautiful spaces for special occasions.

Our real estate agents live and work in the area. We know The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is a valuable community asset and celebrate the Center's best by sharing these upcoming programs and special events with you. 

Glen Allen Community Events   

  • Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos
    The Center celebrates Halloween with a cultural twist. The family-friendly event celebrates Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Visitors will enjoy music, dancing, treats, food, and creative activities. The Richmond Ballet Mind and Motion Ambassadors from will perform. Mercado Muertos will sell themed merchandise. October 29, 2017, 1-5PM; Free

  • Virginia Cultural Marketplace
    Regional artists and artisans will sell jewelry, bath & beauty products, wreaths, pottery, and more just in time for you to purchase gifts for the holidays. The Center's Atack Family Gift Shop will sell creations by local and national artists and artisans. The galleries will be open as well, showcasing a collection of art by local and regional artists. Friday, November 10, 2017, Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10AM-8 PM; Free
  • 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    The Center will collaborate with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks to present the annual lighting of the Center's 60-foot Christmas tree. Guests will enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies, a musical presentation and a visit from Santa. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:30PM; Free
  • Illumination: A Festival of Trees
    After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Cultural Arts Center hosts "Illumination," a festival that celebrates Christmas trees. The event features an exhibit of specially themed trees. Santa will be there with his elves and young visitors can participate in a holiday scavenger hunt. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5-7PM; Free

Live Presentations at The Cultural Center

The Cultural Arts Center celebrates the season with live concerts and theater performances. These upcoming events will start your holiday season out on a joyful note.

  • A Tribute to the Carpenters: Susan Greenbaum Band
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7PM; Tickets: $30.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Friday, December 8, 2017, 7PM; Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11AM and 1PM; Tickets: $12.

  • The Richmond Divas: Holiday Divas
    Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch, and Desiree Roots perform holiday favorites. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7PM; Tickets $30.

  • Twas The Night Before Christmas
    The VA Rep Tour presents a fun musical inspired by Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11AM and 1PM; Tickets: $12.

When you need information about Glen Allen real estate, we're available to answer all of your questions. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in Glen Allen, Virginia.

August
28

Family Fun at the Goochland Drive-in Theater

Summer's Not Over Yet - Plenty of Fun Left in Goochland

Goochland Drive-in Theater

No matter what, there are certain places that take you back to your youth and a time you'll never forget. For many living in the Richmond area, it's a summer evening at the Goochland Drive-in Theater. The Goochland Drive-In Theater is a community-oriented, family establishment that offers new/current release movies and plenty of fun for the entire family.

The Goochland Drive-In Theater

A much-loved staple of the community in Goochland, the drive-in's focus is on family entertainment, and provides a safe, wholesome atmosphere for people of all ages. No alcohol is permitted. It features a playground for kids under 12, and you can bring games, Frisbees, or footballs for pre-show fun (arrive early to get a good spot). Quiet, well-behaved pets are also welcome. No outside food or drink is allowed, but the Goochland Drive-In offers affordable, classic-American food and concessions, a gluten-free menu, and admission is just $4 for kids and $8.50 for adults.

In the late 1950s to early 1960s, more than 4,000 drive-ins captivated American moviegoers. While drive-ins have slowly disappeared around the US, they have seen a revival in recent years. The beloved Goochland Drive-In Theater has been bringing movie lovers and people of all ages together since 2009, creating and nurturing a sense of community and human connection. Just a 30-minute drive from Richmond and Charlottesville, the Goochland Drive-In attracts people from miles around.

Reminiscent of the classic drive-ins of yesteryear, the Goochland Drive-In is an ideal night out for families. A fun and unique way to catch a movie and connect with members of the community, come and enjoy some nostalgia laugh and hang out with friends and neighbors.

Can't get a babysitter for date night? Bring the kids and let them enjoy the playground while you chat with new friends or neighbors; then hunker down and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car (you can bring chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars, too!). The Goochland Drive-In also provides a safe and wholesome environment for teens, so you can rest easy knowing that your teenagers have a positive and entertaining place to go on dates or out with friends.

Call Goochland Home

If you are interested in buying a home in Goochland, our real estate agents can help you find a home you'll love. From new construction to classic historical houses, we have a variety of available homes for sale Contact Napier ERA to get started.

August
7

Discover the Richmond Jazz Fest - August 10 - 13

The Richmond Jazz Festival is a World-Class Musical Destination.

8TH ANNUAL RICHMOND JAZZ FEST
Do you enjoy good wine, great jazz, and historic Richmond sites? The Richmond Jazz Festival, the East Coast's premier musical event, is definitely the event for you. The eighth annual installment of this multi-day jazz festival will take over the Richmond area from August 10 to 13 with performances throughout Carytown and the main acts taking the stage at Maymont. Whether you're new to Richmond or looking for new things to love about your hometown, this festival is quickly becoming a town tradition, and we encourage you to participate too.

So, what happens during the Jazz Festival? Here are some of the fun things you can do during our annual jazz celebration:

Richmond VA Jazz Fest Performer

Catch Erykah Badu, Common, and Other Major Talents

Who needs Bonnaroo when you have Erykah Badu right here in Richmond? A festival that emphasizes "elevation music" over "elevator music", the Richmond Jazz Festival attracts world-famous talent and local legends alike. This year, the R&B queen Badu headlines an all-star lineup that also includes recent Oscar winner Common (performing alongside our very own Richmond Symphony), the Isley Brothers, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, David Benoit, The Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Peabo Bryson, and many more.

Enjoy Free Jazz Performances

While the Jazz Festival is well worth the price of admission, you don't have to buy a pass to enjoy jazz this August in Richmond. Before the festival, CaRue takes over Carytown for six days of free, pre-festival jazz shows. Catch performances at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the pop-up Jazz Café at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, all completely free, along with performances by local artists at smaller venues throughout the town. And the night before the festival, "Homegrown at the Hipp" takes over the Hippodrome Theater for a collaborative jazz show that features Nathan East and only costs $30.

Explore the Maymont Grounds

The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is designed to be an immersive sensory experience, not just a place to hear good music. Maybe that's why the venue is one of Richmond's most beautiful and historic places to spend the day. Maymont is a 100-acre estate that includes one of the most historic homes in Richmond, Maymont Mansion. This Victorian home will be open during the festival to make sure you get the full Maymont experience. The estate also houses hundreds of native animals, including river otters, a bobcat, black bears, goats, and bald eagles. Conservation and education are important to the staff at Maymont, and if you make the festival a family affair, your kids will get to see some of Virginia's most awe-inspiring and threatened species.

Richmond VA Jazz Fest Audience

Try Some of Virginia's Finest Wine, Food & Art

Of course, no festival can engage all the senses without gorgeous artwork to browse and delicious foods to taste (and wine to sip). During the Richmond Jazz Festival, some of the region's best chefs and artists will be putting their work on display. Catch chef demonstrations, shop for jewelry, art, and more from local merchandise vendors, and sample amazing local cuisine in between jazz performances. And don't miss the complimentary wine tasting from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, whose products pair perfectly with jazz music whether you're in the bathtub or the middle of Maymont.

Looking for your next home in Richmond? Contact Napier ERA to find the perfect property. Our real estate agents are an all-star lineup of local pros, and they're always eager to help new families navigate our market and find their next homes.

 

July
31

5 Good Reasons to Love the Powhatan Farmers Market

Powhatan Farmers Market
Every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Powhatan's favorite farmers and artisans come together at Westchester Commons to provide their wares for sale. Whether you are in the market for fresh produce for your dinner table or unique jewelry for your wardrobe, you will find it at the Powhatan Farmers Market from the beginning of May to the end of October.

Powhatan Farmers Market

The farmers market offers Powhatan residents the opportunity to enjoy locally-grown, low-pesticide produce and meats. They also give a venue for local artisans to showcase their good, so you can buy unique gift and home decor options. Items are fresher, more unique and often less expensive when you shop at the farmers market, and the Powhatan Farmers Market is packed with vendors. In fact, our Powhatan real estate agents believe the farmer's market is one of our area's best features, and here are five reasons, in particular, why we think you will love them too!

  1. Casselmonte Farm LLC
    Casselmonte Farm makes it easy for people with homes in Powhatan to enjoy the best heirloom veggies and berries around. Located on the banks of the Appomattox in Powhatan County, Casselmonte Farm primarily focuses on nine different products...bringing the best produce to your dining table. Each season you will enjoy asparagus and forest-grown shiitake mushrooms, followed by heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and blueberries. As summer moves on you will find blackberries, Bradford watermelons, honey. and baby ginger.

  2. Pleasant Fields Farm
    Folks with homes in Hanover know Pleasant Fields Farm as a small family farm located on a 73-acre plot of land. In addition to vegetables of all types, the farm offers cut flowers, hanging baskets and small fruits. If you can't catch Pleasant Fields Farm at the farmers market, head to Hanover to get your own produce in the U-Pick fields.

  3. Grassbelly Farm
    This family-owned farm is located in Powhatan. As its name implies, Grassbelly Farm offers grass-fed and free-range meat products including woodland/pastured pork, chicken eggs and chicken with the addition of beef coming soon. The farm is committed to providing a natural lifestyle for animals, and all pastures are free from pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers giving consumers a better quality meat product. Animals are supplemented with non-GMO feeds when needed.

  4. Arcangels Creations
    If you're looking for something spicy, Arcangels Creations delivers with fresh-made salsa, guacamole and gazpazcho. Arcangels Creations' products are all-natural, with no sugar or salt added, and they are completely gluten free. You can purchase a quart or a pint of your favorite flavor.

  5. Alpaca Woods Farm
    Nothing is quite as soft as alpaca wool, and Alpaca Woods Farm allows you to purchase items made from this soft material. If you own a home in Midlothian, you may know Alpaca Woods Farm as the place to see the community colorful herd of alpacas. When you stop by their booth at the Powhatan Farmers Market, you'll be able to find rugs, yarn, wall hangings, planters, and scarves made from this beautiful fiber.

Calling Powhatan Home
If you're shopping for homes in Powhatan, Hanover or Midlothian, you will be able to enjoy the Powhatan Farmers Market regularly. Contact Napier ERA to get your Powhatan house hunt started.

July
3

Family Fun at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield

Pocahontas State Park

With a downtown as vibrant and entertaining as Richmond, it's sometimes easy to forget there is serenity only twenty miles away. Nearby Chesterfield's Pocahontas State Park (PSP) boasts over 8,000 acres of natural beauty and is the perfect place for locals and visitors to unwind.

Our real estate agents at Napier ERA Real Estate love sharing their favorite local area destinations, so we've put together some information to help you enjoy a memorable day with family and friends at Pocahontas State Park.

  • Trails
    60 plus miles of trails will give you lots to look at when you bike, hike, horseback ride or run in PSP. There are so many trails to choose from. The park is pet friendly, so pick a short trail and bring the pup. For runners, Fenley Station is a great trail. It's approximately 14 miles and is very well maintained, as are all the trails. The whole park is marked with excellent signage and has trail maps posted throughout for those wanting to explore different routes.

  • Camping
    Bring your tent, RV or even rent a Yurt and spend a night or two, or more at one of the campsites located in PSP. All sites have electricity and water hook-ups, a laundry facility, vending machines, centrally located restrooms and very clean showers with hot water! Overnight guests swim free and get free use of the boat launch so reserve a spot, and don't forget your canoe.

  • Aquatic Center
    A water park in the woods, how cool is that? There are several different pools for all kinds of people at every swimming level. There are even two water slides. If you don't like the pool and just want to get cool, stand in front of a sprayer, or wait under the giant bucket of water until it tips over and saturates you. Certified lifeguards are always on high alert so parents can enjoy themselves as much as their kids. Pizza, hot dogs and other snacks are available at the concession. It costs to enter but the fee is minimal and children under 3 are free.

  • Heritage Amphitheater
    This 2000-seat amphitheater is an absolute hidden gem. "Pocahontas Premieres" hosts concerts, plays and other events throughout the season. Bring the kids, pack a picnic dinner and head over to free movie night for family films like ET and Yogi Bear. Or check out a concert with scheduled performers ranging from jazz, to bluegrass to classical. Concert tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and gates open at 6 PM. Food and drinks are always available and adult beverages can be purchased during specific events. Culture under the stars. What a wonderful way to spend an evening.

A Home in Chesterfield

One of the most wonderful things about Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield and the surrounding areas, is the wide variety of activities they have to offer. If you're thinking about buying one of our homes for sale in Chesterfield, contact Napier ERA Real Estate for help and advice with your next real estate transaction.

July
10

The Seven Hills of Richmond - Church Hill

Church Hill Richmond
When you're searching for a home in Richmond, you are sure to hear about our Seven Hills. Although never receiving an official designation, according to a 1937 ordinance by the City of Richmond, the seven hills of RVA are: Union Hill, Council Chamber Hill, French Garden Hill, Navy Hill, Gambles Hill, Shockoe Hill and Church Hill. These neighborhoods have shaped RVA's history and are part of what makes it such a special place to live today.

Church Hill - Richmond's First Neighborhood

Church Hill Home

Church Hill holds the distinction of being the first official neighborhood in Richmond. It's home to the original 32 blocks of the city and as such has a rich history and many historic buildings. The old architectural styles are still enjoyed and protected in Church Hill, and gas street lamps still line the red brick cobblestone sidewalks. This is a distinctive community that is full of character and charm.

Church Hill is found on the eastern end of Broad Street. It sits within walking distance of Richmond's downtown, but has its own collection of shops, restaurants and businesses. Church Hill also has a beautiful collection of residential properties that embrace the historic ambiance of this neighborhood. Here you can find homes that show the Greek Revival, Federal, Queen Anne and Italianate architectural styles and these properties have been carefully and lovingly maintained throughout the neighborhood's history. Today, the Church Hill North Historic District is part of the National Register of Historic Places.  Homeowners and business owners alike are dedicated to preserving the history and architecture of the community for future generations.

Unique Blend of Past and Present

Today, Church Hill provides Richmond homeowners with the perfect blend of historic with modern. The homes and their classic architectural styles, along with the beautiful streetlamps and cobblestone sidewalks, are the historic side of Church Hill. It's also home to Chimborazo Park and the Richmond National Battlefield, which is home to a museum that houses artifacts from Civil War history. Patrick Henry Park is also in Church Hill near the site where he uttered his famous quote, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Libby Hill Park, one of the first parks established in the city, is another historic community site. Everywhere you look in Church Hill, history awaits discovery.

Church Hill - The Roosevelt

Church Hill is modern at the same time. The community is located within walking distance of the city's vibrant and modern downtown. Within Church Hill, you will find local eateries, photography studios and locally owned shops. This blend of modern and historic is part of the reason Church Hill has continued to be a popular Richmond residential community.

Find Your Church Hill Home Today

If the history and ambiance of Church Hill appeals to you, our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help. Contact us to start the search for your own historic property in Richmond's charming Church Hill neighborhood.

June
26

Richmond VA July 4 Celebration Guide

Best Places to Spend a Star-Spangled July 4 in Richmond

Richmond VA July 4

Where better to bring in the Fourth of July than a city rich in early American history? Whether you're a local or just visiting, Richmond is a great summer destination. Here are just a few ideas we've come up with so you, your family and friends can enjoy a memorable July Fourth holiday in Richmond.

  • Innsbrook Taste of Virginia
    Start celebrating America's birthday a few days early at this amazing, family friendly event. On Saturday, July 1st, The Second Annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, will feature live music, artisans, a kid's zone, and of course plenty of craft beer, wine and delicious cuisine from local restaurants competing for the "Taste of Virginia" title! The fun begins at 3:30 and ends after dark with a dazzling fireworks display. All proceeds to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

  • James River Park
    There is something for everyone in this vast 600 plus acre park, situated along the James River. With so much to do, it's the perfect place to spend the day.

    Pack your blankets, chairs, and picnic and head to park areas like Belle Isle and Texas Beach where you can swim, fish, hike and bike. If you just want to take it easy, grab your binoculars to do some bird watching, sunbathe on the flat rocks, and don't forget your camera so you can capture some beautiful nature photographs. Some park areas can only be reached by bike or boat, but located off Riverside Drive, Pony Pasture has easy access, the most parking available and has water areas calm and shallow enough for small children.

  • Dogwood Dell July 4th Concert and Fireworks
    Located in beautifully landscaped Byrd Park, the Dogwood Dell Ampitheatre will host a free night of live music starting with jazz band, Simply Kevin at 5:30, followed by Carillon bells and at 7:30, the Richmond Concert Band. Come early to ensure a seat, or bring your own blankets and chairs. Pack a picnic dinner, enjoy the music and stay for the fireworks.

  • Liberty or Death Re-enactment
    On Saturday, July 4th, the St. John's Church Foundation will present a historical reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of 1775, an event they've hosted since 1976. Doors of the Historic St. John's Church open at 1 PM and although the event is free, it is strongly suggested you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat.

  • Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens
    To help celebrate Independence Day, Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens is offering free admission all day, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Decorate your wagons, strollers and yourselves for the parade at 2 PM in the Children's Garden, enjoy live music and visit their incredible butterfly display, "Butterflies Live"!

  • Hit the Richmond Beer Trail
    For adults looking to bring in the 4th of July with a bang, see for yourself why Richmond is quickly becoming a popular craft beer destination. Grab a Beer Trail Map at your first stop, and have it stamped in each place you visit to earn trail gear! You will surely eat, drink and be merry with over 20 breweries to choose from.

Live the Richmond Lifestyle

Richmond is a vibrant area full of scenic parks, restaurants, culture, beautiful neighborhoods and opportunities. If you're thinking of buying a home in our area, our local real estate experts at Napier ERA Real Estate will be more than happy to assist you.

June
20

At Home in Henrico County's Short Pump Town Center

Discover 140+ Shops, Restaurants & Entertainment Venues

Short Pump Town Center
Imagine living in an area where you have top of the line retail shops, luxurious amenities and fine dining area just outside your front door. Sounds great! If you dream of such a life, you could have it all right here at Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County. This center is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex with over 140 stores and has been popular with shoppers since it opened its doors in 2003. You can enjoy the best of luxury living in homes available near the Short Pump Town Center.

Living in this spectacular community will give you access to luxurious amenities, shopping, entertainment, and world-class dining. The best thing yet, you only take a short walk from your home. All the things that you need close to your home are right here at the Short Pump. The Center is a convenient location that offers easy access to notable areas including Barnes & Noble, Red Robin and Chipotle.

Luxurious amenities

Short Pump is a planned community that will give you the luxury of walking along beautifully landscaped walkways with serene water features and hanging lanterns. During the chilly months, you can still enjoy the atmosphere since there are heated pavilions and outdoor fireplaces. Shopping and dining has never been this amazing in winter. Enjoy the luxurious amenities in this community including Red Door spa, full-service fitness center, and beautiful outdoor spaces. 

Short Pump Restaurants

Dining

The Short Pump Town Center offers an excellent selection of dining options. This is an awesome place to share a meal with family and friends. Whether you want to have a cup of coffee or a gourmet entrée, you will have no trouble finding a place to grab something at the Short Pump Town Center. Dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Lehja, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Boathouse and Rock Bottom Restaurant. Cold Stone Creamery is also available to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Short Pump Retailers

Shopping

You can enjoy a versatility of shopping in over 140 unique shops including Macys, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, TUMI, Madewell, Sephora, Free People, Athleta and Pottery Barn. There are popular clothing stores, high-end retailers and even stores that are sure to become your favorites. The Short Pump aims to be an awesome place for people who love everything about shopping.

Short Pump Park

When it comes to picnics, walks, kids' fun and pets, this is the best place to live. The park has a water play area with an enclosed dog park and fountain sprays. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk. The park also has play equipment, shelter building, restroom, and additional trails. The Short Pump is a wonderful place that will make your stay in Henrico County an exciting experience.

Excellent Entertainment

Do you want to enjoy a movie but don't feel like driving to the closest theater? No worries! All you have to do is to take a short walk to the Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX. And when you are in the mood for a laugh, just head over to the Funny Bone Comedy Club.

Short Pump, has more to offer than just great places for entertainment and dining. It's a place with amazing people and a great history. If you are looking for homes in Henrico County, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect place to settle down at the Short Pump Town Center. At Napier Realtors, we have the experience to help us find your dream home. Contact us today for more information about homes in Richmond and finding a great place to live in the Short Pump Town Center.

June
15

What Virginia Loves about The Fan District

The Fan District Association
When you're searching for a home in Richmond, finding the perfect neighborhood definitely matters. A favorite location loved by Richmond locals is the Fan District. Located between Broad Street and Main Street, this culture-filled neighborhood lies at the eastern part of the West End area

So what is so appealing about the Fan District? Find out why Richmond locals love this historical and picturesque neighborhood.  

Fan District History

Architecture and History

Considered the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States, over 2,000 historic homes line the streets of the Fan District. Largely developed between 1890 - 1930, this area marks a period of economic prosperity for the City of Richmond. In addition to Victorian homes, it also features architecture in assorted well-known styles including Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco.

Monument Avenue

The rich history of Richmond is visible in more than just houses, most prominently featured on Monument Avenue. This street features a grassed divider lined with statues of prominent figures in Richmond history. The majority of these figures represent Confederate Generals such as Robert E. Lee but also include tennis star Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native.

In addition to the year-round display, Monument Avenue is home to many events including those held by Civil War reenactors and a well-known Easter parade. The street is part of the larger Monument Avenue Historic District.

Fan District- Community

Strong Sense of Community

The Fan District is also known for a strong sense of community. This highly walkable area features many restaurants and shops that are easily accessible. Streets feature lower speed limits to ensure pedestrian safety too.

Area residents take pride in their community appearance too, with frequent efforts to maintain yards, clean up after animals, and remove graffiti as detailed by the Fan District Association. But these Richmond residents don't just care about the buildings; they care about the people too.

Fan Village volunteers work to assist older residents, helping them age in place, instead of allowing them to get left behind by new construction and rising costs. Free services offered include simple tasks like taking out the recycling bins or grocery shopping and include kindness such as daily phone calls and well-being checks.

Calling the Fan District Home

Homes in Richmond are already hot, and homes in the Fan District are even hotter. Home value growth in this neighborhood is currently at 4.8 percent, based on a strong job market, attractive living environment, and reliable home equity.

It's clear that the Fan District provides beauty with picturesque homes, historic artwork, and caring people. Our real estate agents at Napier ERA understand why people fall in love with Richmond community and can help you find a home of your own.

 

June
9

Where to Find Great Homes in Richmond, VA

Getting to Know Richmond Real Estate

Richmond Real Estate

The historic city of Richmond, VA lies in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region with the sprawling Chesapeake Bay to the east and the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the west. The Richmond area is filled with big-city attractions along with a healthy dose of small-town charm. When you're shopping for Richmond real estate, it's a great idea to take a look at all of the communities that make up the historic Richmond area in order to find the right fit. Today, we'll be taking a closer look at Richmond City along with Henrico County, Chesterfield County and Hanover County.

  1. Richmond City

    You may know Richmond as a city steeped in history, tradition and outdoor entertainment--and that's all true. But did you know that the city is also a huge destination for fashion, fantastic food and public art? The city is even home to a thriving craft beer scene with more than 20 micro-breweries serving unique, creative flavors that you won't find anywhere else. No matter your interests or who will be moving with you, every member of the household will quickly find something to love about life in Richmond, VA.

    By the way, the households are pretty impressive, too! Homes in Richmond feature a mix of the historic and the modern with properties priced to fit every budget. This is the place to be if you're after the best of urban living in VA and it's the sort of city that will never stop surprising you.

  2. Henrico County

    Meandering its way north of the city of Richmond, Henrico County is filled with family-friendly communities and fun outdoor activities. The Recreation Department in Henrico County maintains a vast collection of public parks along with a golf course, sports leagues for all ages (seniors included!) and summer camps to keep the kids busy while school is out. The community is also big on history with a fascinating Civil War Trail and plaques posted throughout the area detailing important local historical events. Homes in Henrico County will be especially appealing for families with kids, but this is a great place to be for anyone seeking suburban living near Richmond, VA.

  3. Chesterfield County

    Located just south of Richmond, Chesterfield County has a history that dates back to the county's foundation way back in 1749 and beyond. Today, Chesterfield County has grown into a hot-spot for large, corporate employers with companies like DuPont, UPS, Walmart, Amazon and Capital One operating large facilities within county borders. Even with all of that economic action, the communities of Chesterfield County more than maintain their small-town charm. There is also natural beauty to be found in every direction in Chesterfield County so it's easy to find homes in Chesterfield County that feature great views.

  4. Hanover County

    Last but definitely not least, Hanover County is located north of Richmond and it's a lovely place to call home. Hanover County is the smallest on our list by population size and that translates to a collection of small, welcoming towns that still provide easy access to the big city. Homes in Hanover County really do offer the best of both worlds. There's also plenty to do around Hanover County including adult sports leagues, a huge collection of parks and a unique commitment to preserving local history.


Ready to find your next home in one of Richmond's communities? Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs in the Richmond, VA area

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