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October
31

Richmond Beer: Where to Order Seasonal Favorites

Richmond Breweries

Over the last 20 years, Richmond has developed into one of the most vibrant craft beer scenes in America. A glance at some of the area's leading breweries makes it obvious that Richmond is a city rooted in tradition while constantly pursuing new innovations. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local craft breweries in the Richmond area. Some are established titans of the craft beer world, while others are young upstarts pursuing their own visions. All offer a spectacular array of unique seasonal flavors. 

  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery - 2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of the biggest names in Richmond's craft brewery scene, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been creating some of Virginia's most unique and delicious beers, ales, and lagers since 2011. Their flagship location is just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale in the city's Historic German Brewing District and includes a renovated public taproom, beer garden, live entertainment stage, and pizza kitchen. This fall marks the release of Hardywood's Rum Barrel Pumpkin Ale, which joins the ranks of signature brews like Richmond Lager and Great Return IPA.

  • Ardent Craft Ales - 3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230
    Nestled in Richmond's historic Scott's Addition neighborhood, Ardent Craft Ales celebrates its 8th anniversary this year. Their rustic taproom and breezy outdoor beer garden are great places to sit, socialize, and sample all the brewery's flavors. One of their best seasonal offerings, Sweet Potato & Sage Saison, is back this fall, and it's a great way to welcome the crisp autumn weather in Richmond. 

  • Intermission Beer Company - 10089 Brook Rd Unit A, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    The journey of Intermission Beer Company started with a home brewing kit back in 2007 and finally culminated in the opening of their beautiful brick-and-mortar location in 2017. A short drive from many Glen Allen homes for sale, Intermission Beer Company offers some great brews in their rotating taps, like the light, refreshing Peaches N' Scream Sour. They also serve up tasty brick oven pizzas and pub snacks. Their pet-friendly patio is a welcoming place to sit and sip for a while. 

  • Steam Bell Beer Works - 1717 Oak Lake Blvd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Serving up fantastic beer near Chesterfield County homes for sale, Steam Bell Beer Works is the perfect place to meet up with friends for a pint or consider signing up for their cornhole league! Check out their website for the latest information on what's on tap at their Midlothian brewery. Hungry after your beer and game of cornhole? Stop by their onsite food truck for fantastic food to pair with your favorite beer. 

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. - 423 N 3rd St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Located in a historic building in Petersburg, Trapezium Brewing Co. offers a warm, welcoming taproom and outdoor beer garden adjacent to their 30-barrel production facility. New beers are always being added to their lineup, and the new Upstream Kolsch is one of the most exciting seasonal additions this fall. It joins a core lineup that includes their White Ale, IPA, Session IPA, and unique Lemon Honey Ginger. Pay them a visit if you're in town looking at Petersburg homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about all the unique sights, sounds, and flavors that Richmond has to offer. If you're looking for your dream home in Central Virginia, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it. 

August
22

Hiking Trails to Explore in Central Virginia

Richmond Hikes

Who needs an expensive fitness club? Our real estate agents stay fit while enjoying the beautiful sights at these great hiking trails, not far from Richmond homes for sale

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 14th and Dock Sts., Richmond, VA 23219 
    Whether you're looking for a lunch hour break or a family-friendly outing, Riverfront Canal Walk fits the bill. The dog-friendly 1.25-mile path features a fascinating variety of artworks and exhibits that highlight Richmond's vibrant history. With multiple access points along the way, it's easy to make a side trip to one of Richmond's wonderful downtown restaurants.

  • Pony Pasture - 7200 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Pony Pasture got its name from the charming animals owned by local families who once frolicked on the grounds. Now hikers and their dogs are equally entertained exploring the wooded trails and inland meadows. Hop across the rocks to Williams Island, a 100-acre place that's city-owned and open to the public. After your hike, cool off with a dip in the refreshing rapids or just soak up the sun. Pony Pasture is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

  • Buttermilk Trail - 4140 Hillcrest Rd., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Described as "fairytale-like," Buttermilk Trail is one of the more visually stunning paths around Richmond. Once named "Best Urban Trail" by Blue Ridge Outdoors, Buttermilk provides a welcome challenge with rocky sections, wooden bridges, and a moderate elevation gain. A profusion of wildflowers makes the trail particularly attractive during summer and fall. At the top, you can catch sight of the Virginia World War Memorial Carillon in William Byrd Park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Forest Hill Park - 4021 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Like many other spaces in Richmond, Forest Hill Park has a long and colorful history. At various times throughout the years, the grounds have held a quarry, a residential estate, and an amusement park. Now it includes a dog-friendly 2.7-mile loop trail with waterfalls, forests, lakes, and boardwalks. Plan a weekend hike and combine it with a visit to the South of the James Market. Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., area farmers and artisans gather at Forest Hill Park to sell locally-grown produce and handmade items. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

  • Beaver Lake Trail - Pocahontas State Park, 1301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    At 2.6 miles along a heavily wooded path, Beaver Lake Trail is a perfect outing for all members of the family, including Fido. The lily pad-covered lake and scenic spillway add to the aura of serenity. Add some length to the hike by connecting to the Ground Pine Trail. Parking fees are $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Hours at Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale, are 7:30 a.m. - dusk daily.

  • Fort Stedman Trail - Petersburg National Battlefield
    Petersburg National Battlefield isn't far from Petersburg homes for sale and has many trails to choose from, including Fort Stedman Trail. This trail is an easier hike, so it's a good option for kids or dogs to tag along. This 1-mile loop takes you by the remains of Fort Stedman and has several info panels posted along the trail. 

The best part of hiking? Going back to relax in your Richmond home. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.

August
1

Food Truck Favorites in Richmond

Food Trucks in Richmond

The Richmond area has so much to offer, including gorgeous outdoor parks, entertaining festivals, and a lively downtown. And at all these spots, you'll probably spot a food truck! Whether you're in the mood for tacos, pizza, or something totally creative, chances are you can find it at a Richmond food truck. Check out these local options.

  • Babbs' Food on the Move
    Babbs' Food on the Move serves American classics all over town. Customers love their cheesesteaks subs, smoked sausage, and grilled hot dogs. This is the perfect place to grab lunch when you're on the go or stop for dinner on your way to an event.

    Babbs' Food on the Move updates their location often on Facebook, so you can find them easily. You'll also spot them at a lot of local concert series and at Midnight Brewery some Saturday nights.

  • Intergalactic Tacos
    Intergalactic Tacos serves tacos that are totally out of this world. Start your meal with an order of chips and salsa — the salsa is made in-house. Follow it up with the Local Pork Tacos or Local Steal Tacos, both of which are loaded with fresh sauces and veggies. Add a Mexican soda, and you have a great meal.

    Intergalactic Tacos posts their location on social media sites regularly. You'll often find them at Veil Brewing - Scott's Addition, and you may spot them while looking at Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Momma's BBQ
    Momma's BBQ likes to call itself "Richmond's Favorite BBQ truck," and our real estate agents really can't argue with that. They make real, pit-smoked, slow-cooked barbecue and comforting sides. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, cornbread muffins, mac-n-cheese, and country coleslaw.

    Momma's BBQ offers order-ahead services on their website. You can see where they'll be in the coming months on StreetFoodFinder.com.

  • Fireside Pizza
    Fireside Pizza
    keeps things simple, and it works for them. Their Neapolitan pizzas are so good they really don't need to serve anything else. They do have several different pizza options. The Heavyweight is a delicious pie topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. The Maggie comes topped with roasted garlic and basil — vampires, beware!

    Fireside Pizza does offer online ordering via their website. They attend a lot of festivals but also park in various neighborhoods on weekends. You'll see them in The Grove, Bel Crest, and Winterfield Park.

  • JiJi Frozen Custard
    If you're in the mood for frozen custard, JiJi Frozen Custard is the place to go. This dessert food truck hand-dips their custard, and they have lots of tasty flavors. Order it in a dish or a giant waffle cone, and enjoy.

    JiJi can often be found downtown. They visit Walton Park, The Highlands, and Bexley. Look for them while you're out looking at Chesterfield County homes for sale.

  • Chili P's
    Chili P's does chili dogs right, topping each dog with a generous portion of their house-made chili. They also serve fries, which are seasoned with their own proprietary spice blend.

    Chili P's is a Veteran-owned company. They stop at a lot of locations around Richmond and post their location on Facebook often. You'll often find them at The Answer Brewpub and at local swim meets.

Food trucks are always one of the best things about events and festivals in Richmond. We hope you stop by a few food trucks and enjoy some of the area's best casual fare. Contact us if you're new to the area and looking for a place to call home.

May
9

Free Activities for the Whole Family in Central Virginia

Family Activities

If the best things in life are free, it doesn't get any better than Richmond. You don't have to spend a lot on a fun day out with the whole family! The price is right at these great family-friendly attractions near Richmond homes for sale

  • Falling Creek Ironworks Park - 6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Chesterfield, VA 23234
    Nature and history meet at Falling Creek Ironworks Park, right down the street from Chesterfield homes for sale. In the past, the grounds were the site of the eponymous ironworks, including a blast furnace and iron forge, as well as a grist mill that dates back to the 17th century. The park also includes a fully refurbished brick cottage that was relocated from nearby Moore's Lake, which was a popular vacation area during the mid-20th century. Get a panoramic view of the entire site from the promontory to the north of old Marina Drive's end. Park hours are dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

  • Echo Lake Park - 5701 Springfield Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    With its beautiful pond centerpiece, Echo Lake Park is as peaceful and serene as its name implies. Try your hand at fishing or just enjoy the scenery from the pier, watching the ducks swim by. Get your steps in along the half-mile hiking trail or boost your heart rate on the exercise course. There's a play area for little ones and picnic tables to enjoy a leisurely lunch, so you can take a pleasant break while viewing Glen Allen homes for sale. Echo Lake Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 139 Virginia St., Richmond, VA 23219
    There's so much to see and learn at the Riverfront Canal Walk that it's always worth a repeat visit. The pet-friendly path spans only 1.25 miles, but it's packed with exhibits highlighting points of interest throughout centuries of Richmond's history. Don't miss the gallery of street art murals decorating the old hydroelectric plant. When you get hungry or want to explore a little further, check out the 100+ restaurants and attractions within walking distance. 

  • Historic Farmers Bank - 19 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Historic Farmers Bank has a fascinating legacy that goes beyond its beautiful Federal-style architecture. In 1812, as fears of war with England were growing, the state's General Assembly authorized the Farmers Bank of Virginia to lend money to the United States. When the original building was destroyed in the disastrous 1815 fire, a new building was constructed at the current location, just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale. Today, the building is maintained as a way to educate the public about local life and business during the early part of the 19th century. Free tours are conducted Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    You don't need a green thumb to visit Lavender Fields Herb Farm, considered a "hidden Richmond gem" by local residents. The 37-acre farm has remained in the same family through six generations, producing herbs and gourmet vegetables. Their charming store features a unique mix of items, including raw honey, herbal salt and pepper, flavored sugars, and a number of lavender-themed products. Relax on the deck overlooking the Chickahominy River with some lavender lemonade or ice cream. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Richmond, our real estate agents will help you reach your goal. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

January
31

Date Night Idea: Richmond Cooking Classes

RVA Cooking Classes

Looking for a fun way to spend your next date night with someone special? A cooking class is a great way to spend some quality time, learn something new, and enjoy some fantastic food in the process. No matter your experience level with cooking or what types of food you enjoy, there's sure to be a local cooking class that you'll love for your next date night. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 of the best places for cooking classes in the Richmond area.

  • Mise En Place – 104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
    With a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a wide variety of classes available, Mise En Place is one of Richmond's most popular places for cooking classes. There are multiple fun, educational cooking classes here every month, with diverse subject matter that allows you to learn about and enjoy cuisine from all around the world. There are even special Couple in the Kitchen classes, perfect for a date night. Be sure to check the schedule online and reserve your place ahead of time, as spaces in these classes tend to fill up fast.

  • Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place – 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    When you book a cooking class with Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place, you can conveniently shop for groceries right after to try out your new culinary skills. Plus, the location is convenient to many Glen Allen homes for sale. Be sure to check out their online calendar for full details on their Wine and Dine demonstrations or cooking class evenings.

  • Midlothian Chef's Kitchen – 11501 Busy St., North Chesterfield, VA 23236
    Operated by the husband-and-wife team of award-winning chef David Dunlap and his wife Brittany, the Midlothian Chef's Kitchen is one of the more popular dining destinations near Chesterfield County homes for sale. You can stop by anytime for an excellent meal, visit a special event to learn more about how to create your own culinary masterpieces, or even book a private party for you, your special someone, and a group of friends. The menu here focuses on New American cuisine, prepared with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

  • Pitmastery – 164 Edgefield St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Is barbecue more your speed? Pitmastery has classes that will teach you to become a true expert at barbecuing and smoking on any grilling device. If you're serious about grilling, then you're sure to love the classes offered by Pitmastery. They'll teach you everything from the basics to the most advanced techniques and even offer a certification that qualifies you as a pitmaster. There are educational classes, masterclasses, and private events available, making it easy to plan your next date night.

  • From Scratch Cooking School – Richmond, VA
    Owned and operated by local chef Elizabeth Oliver, From Scratch Cooking School is all about teaching you how to create fun, flavorful, healthy meals for your family. Chef Oliver offers a variety of hands-on classes, cooking demonstrations, and workshops that are ideal for a date night. Have a fun night out, and learn some great tips to help you enjoy every meal with your family at home.

Interested in buying or selling a home close to all of the amazing attractions and fun activities around Richmond? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA, area.

January
17

RVA Neighborhood Guide for 2022

RVA Neighborhoods

Our real estate agents know buying a home isn't just about a home. It's about choosing a neighborhood. Picking the right one means entering the living history of a place you'll be proud to call home. When it comes to Richmond homes for sale, there truly are no wrong answers. Each of the six major communities throughout the Richmond Virginia Area ("RVA") has its own character and storied history.

Getting ready to move to the RVA in 2022? It can be tough to wrap your head around the options, so get started with our 2022 RVA Neighborhood Guide. Here, you'll get the facts you need to start exploring your favorite part of the RVA in earnest.

The RVA's unique neighborhoods include:

  • Hanover
    Hanover is best known for its open spaces and brilliantly preserved history of America's colonial past all within close proximity to Hanover homes for sale. Move here and you'll be within minutes of some of Virginia's top parks and rivers. Hanover is home to some of Richmond's best local restaurants. It's also a terrific place to raise a family, thanks in no small part to the many theme parks and the social calendar stuffed with family-friendly fun.

  • Ashland
    Located 15 miles north of Richmond, Ashland is undeniably a big part of the area's flavor. This small town sits at the crossroads of Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Norfolk, making Ashland homes for sale a popular choice for the career-minded. Historic main street will delight you with its shops, restaurants, and breweries – and don't forget the historic campus of Randolph-Macon College.

  • New Kent
    New Kent attracts visitors from all over the United States for its world-class accommodations and amenities. Here, you'll find some of the region's finest golf courses, vineyards, and historic venues for weddings. At the confluence of three grand rivers, it is a breathtaking base from which to experience Virginia's great outdoors. Golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, and boating are all popular activities near New Kent homes for sale.

  • Henrico
    Replete with Richmond's densest collection of unique small restaurants, dotted with historic sites that have no parallel elsewhere in the U.S. These days, it is known as a quiet suburban area, with fantastic Henrico homes for sale, that combines easy access to the best of city living with a relaxed, rural flair owing to the local farmlands, vineyards, and bed and breakfasts.

  • City
    The rich and diverse center of the RVA area is Richmond itself. It is packed with some of the leading art, music, and performance venues anywhere in the country along with the campus of the University of Virginia. Richmond is also a centerpiece of the craft brewery craze and has been home to dozens of America's greatest restaurants, many of which can still be found only here – where it all started.

  • Chesterfield
    Chesterfield is framed by the James and Appomattox Rivers. Its southern border is defined by 3,000-acre Lake Chesdin. With a collection of more than 20 public parks and bursting with history everywhere you look, it is the kind of place where you feel like you can get away from it all – while still being a part of everything. Many choose Chesterfield homes for sale for that reason! 

  • Tri-Cities
    Just 20 miles south of central Richmond, the area around Colonial Heights homes for sale dates all the way back to colonial times. Besides the many historical destinations you can visit, the area is also home to the Southpark Mall, a modern shopping destination that gets visitors from across the Tri-Cities area. Further south you'll find Hopewell homes for sale and Petersburg homes for sale.

Our team is here to help you find the right place for you to call home! Ready to learn more? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to discover it all for yourself.

December
6

National Lager Day: Richmond Brewery Spotlight

Richmond Lager

Our real estate agents know many local homebuyers are passionate about craft brewing.

When you explore Richmond homes for sale, you'll be minutes from the hub of the craft brewing craze in the historic neighborhood of Scott's Addition. And with National Lager Day coming up fast on December 10, it's never been a better time to go on an exciting Richmond brewery tour of your own.

Lager is beer brewed and conditioned at low temperatures, and it comes in pale, amber, and dark varieties. Most popular retail beers are American-style lagers. 

Let's check out some top places to celebrate National Lager Day:

  • Hardywood Richmond – 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond, VA, 23238
    Hardywood Richmond is known for its Richmond lager, which is fully unfiltered and comes from top-quality ingredients. Virginia-grown Cascade Hops make the Richmond lager a true taste of home that simply can't be duplicated anywhere else.
     
  • Väsen Brewing Company – 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    Väsen Brewing Company stands out for its creative flavors, including the smooth Velvet Walrus milk stout aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on hazelnut coffee. Regulars love the company's commitment to the environment and its passion for the great outdoors.

  • The Veil Brewing Co. – 1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond, VA 23230 
    With three locations in Richmond and one in Norfolk, The Veil Brewing Co. is never far from where you want to be. The original Scott's Addition location opened its doors in 2014 and is still the hippest and happening in The Veil portfolio. In addition to more than two dozen options on draft, you can always find cans or bottles of your favorite craft brew concoctions available for pick up or to go.

  • Bingo Beer Co. – 2900 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    For food, fun, and games along with some of the best lager in town, Bingo Beer Co. is the place to be. In addition to nearly a dozen lagers including the house favorite Free Space and the sugar-free Potter's Cider, you'll also find a full selection of cocktails, wine, and liquor. The menu is full of surprises, from the cheesesteak eggs rolls to the "Viet Po'Boy" and the bacon jam burger.

  • The Taphouse at River's Bend – 13131 Rivers Bend Boulevard, Chester, VA 23836
    Conveniently located inside a popular local Food Lion, The Taphouse at River's Bend turns heads with its array of 20 taps and its classic menu. Foods run the gamut from pub fare like wings and shrimp to the more complex charcuterie plates, Caprese salad, and hot-pressed paninis. Every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can drop in to see live acoustic musicians from the local area. It's one more terrific reason to choose Chester homes for sale.

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. – 423 3rd Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Trapezium Brewing Co. sits right at the heart of Old Towne Petersburg, just a short distance from some of the most sought-after Petersburg homes for sale. In fact, the original is so beloved that it has just recently opened a new location in Amherst. Come to the Petersburg taproom, open since 2016, for the original experience complete with fresh-baked Neapolitan-style pizzas, appetizers, and desserts.

Ready to learn more about the Richmond area? Contact us for more on Richmond real estate.

August
30

What to Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a Home

Credit Score Tips

Credit scores have long been a mystery to homebuyers, in both how they are determined and how they matter in the long run. Most people think that if you pay your bills on time, you'll have a good score, but our real estate agents can tell you that there is far more to it than that. But while the exact formula used to determine your score is not public knowledge, you still have a great deal of control over it. Here's how you can optimize your credit score and qualify for a mortgage with a good rate.

  • Monitor Your Credit Activity
    Federal law requires that you be able to access your credit reports once each year, free of charge. Ignore all the ads you see for quick credit repair and go to the federally mandated site: annualcreditreport.com. Run one report from TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian. Each will have the same information and will vary by only a few points. Check for any item that is not accurate. Such items could be fraudulent use of your name and Social Security number, debts that were paid but still show open, or items older than seven to ten years. A single negative item can drop your credit score by a hundred points or more!
  • Pay Down Your Debts
    You may think that paying the minimum balance on time each month will mean you have great credit, but it's important that you don't use close to your limit. You never want your debt to exceed 30 percent of your total credit available. Carrying a monthly balance on a card does not increase your credit score. Paying it off each month does. Many people with high credit scores use one card each month for convenience in tracking expenses, then pay off the entire balance each month. Not only does this practice support a healthy score, but it also eliminates interest payments.
  • Don't Chase Credit
    Retailers often lure buyers with special deals if they apply for a store credit card. Credit companies consider the length of time the card has been open, lowering scores for new cards. Be particularly careful when purchasing a car, as multiple credit checks can also indicate poor financial health. Apply for additional credit with as much consideration as you use when considering a major purchase. This is an example of a hidden cost.
  • Maintain a Healthy Credit Mix
    Maintaining a few credit cards and paying them off each month will help your overall score, but the scoring model also looks at car loans, cash loans, and mortgages. Making your payments late on any of these, even by just a few days, can really damage your credit score. Just because you make your payment before a late fee is applied, that doesn't mean "on time." Use auto-draft options if you have trouble tracking payments to avoid being late. 
  • Understand How Your Score Affects Your Rate
    Mortgage companies offer different interest rates for different credit scores. While you may be able to qualify for a $300,000 home with a credit score of 620, that could mean an APR of about 3.962%. The same loan to a buyer with a credit score of 800 may have an APR of about 2.373%. The difference over 30 years is $93,611!

If you're considering Richmond homes for sale, be sure to contact us for help navigating the mortgage process. 

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. 

August
2

Late Summer Blooms: Gardens Around Central Virginia

Gardens in Richmond

Central Virginia is always in full bloom when late summer rolls around. It's a season our real estate agents look forward to all year! Our local farms and gardens are bursting with life this season, and we're thrilled to share these great places to see the colors and taste the flavors of the season.

  • Agecroft Hall & Gardens - 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
    A splendid Tudor manor house and estate overlooking the James River, Agecroft Hall & Gardens offers splendid scenery in the heart of Richmond. It has several unique gardens, and the Shakespeare Garden is especially not to be missed, with its historic 1920s fountain tucked away among the boxwood trees. Agecroft Hall's beautifully manicured gardens have earned it a place on the Richmond Garden Trail, which includes some of the most picturesque sites in the city near these Richmond homes for sale

  • Fresh Branch Farm - 13801 N Ivey Mill Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
    There's always something new growing and something fun to explore at Fresh Branch Farm. You-pick sunflowers are always a highlight of their summer season, and visitors can pick their own blooms from vast fields of towering sunflowers. They're usually in full bloom by August. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Fresh Branch Farm also offers grass-fed Piedmontese beef shares and fresh eggs from their large flock of free-range chickens.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    If you're in Virginia in June, be sure to stop at Lavender Fields Herb Farm to see their 200 lavender plants in full bloom. But if you're planning a visit later in the summer, rest assured that there's still plenty to see at this lovely farm just outside Richmond. They offer dozens of herb, vegetable, and fruit crops that are seasonally available, and many of their specialties, like lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade, are available throughout the warmer months. You'll find them just a short drive from these Glen Allen homes for sale, among the rolling hills of Henrico County. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
    Spanning more than 50 acres, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a prime destination to immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. With more than a dozen themed gardens, including the Rose Garden and Cherry Tree Walk, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens offers something special in every season. Late summer visitors can delight in finding the roses, daylilies, hibiscus, gardenias, and sacred lotus in full bloom. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located a stone's throw from these Henrico homes for sale, just outside Richmond. 

  • Going for Green Farm - Merchants Hope Rd. Prince George, VA 23875
    Bring home locally grown flowers when you stop by Going for Green Farm. Sarah is the owner and "chief flower grower" who started her business near Prince George homes for sale. Be sure to check out their schedule for farmers markets they'll be attending with their locally grown sunflowers and other late summer blooms. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

July
26

National Chicken Wing Day: Where to Order in Central Virginia

Richmond Chicken Wings

July 29th, 2021 is National Chicken Wing Day, and our real estate agents are the first to admit that we don't need any excuse to celebrate this particular occasion. If you happen to be in Central Virginia in time for the holiday, we recommend these top spots for wings in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

  • The Cocky Rooster - 2523 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
    The folks at The Cocky Rooster know a thing or two about chicken. You can order your wings fried, smoked or boneless, and drenched in finger-licking sauces like spicy honey butter, garlic parmesan, and of course classic mild, medium, or hot. The Cocky Rooster is just a short drive from these Richmond homes for sale, and they even have vegan wings for plant-based diners!

  • Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen - 6525 Centralia Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    A cozy gastropub with tasty bar food and 30 rotating beers on tap, Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen is a perfect spot to sip a cold one and tear into some wings. Their super-crispy chicken wings come doused in buffalo bourbon or sweet Thai chili sauce, with a side of bleu cheese for dunking. They also make some of the best beer-battered onion rings in town and are located mere minutes from these Chesterfield homes for sale.

  • Flyin' Pig - 13560 Waterford Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    With a laid-back bar and grill vibe, Flyin' Pig is a great spot to relax and mow down a dozen savory, perfectly crispy wings. Located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale, Flyin' Pig hickory smokes their wings and serves them up with any of their 10 signature sauces. Choose classic buffalo sauce, honey BBQ, pineapple teriyaki, or 'waiver wings' so hot you have to sign a waiver before eating them.

  • Legend Brewing Co. - 321 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224
    No one can deny that Legend Brewing Co. makes some of the finest craft beers, ales, and lagers in town. But their wings are also next-level. They're grilled and dry-rubbed to perfection, and they taste great dunked in Porter BBQ sauce and washed down with a Legend IPA. Legend Brewing Co. also has a spacious deck and beer garden that will make you want to stay for another round. 

  • Hurley's Tavern - 4028 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    A beloved local watering hole with some of the best-elevated pub grub in town, Hurley's Tavern makes some seriously tasty wings. They're perfectly crunchy and crispy, and you can order yours any of 10 sauces or six dry rub seasonings (maple-bacon and Memphis BBQ are perennial favorites). Make it a 'Wings and Rings' combo with the addition of onion rings! Hurley's is just minutes from these Glen Allen homes for sale.

  • HogsHead Cafe - 8902 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294
    Although HogsHead Cafe is known for barbecue first and foremost, they also happen to serve some of the best wings in Richmond. Their jumbo spice-rubbed wings are cooked to juicy-yet-crispy perfection before being slathered in sauce and served with bleu cheese and celery. Sauce options include classic buffalo and BBQ, along with their signature Fiery Hog Sauce. Go ahead and order some loaded tater tots on the side. You won't regret it. 

  • Brother's Pizza - 25809 Cox Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803
    With a name like Brother's Pizza, you expect a menu full of great pizza and Italian favorites. But they are on this list for a reason, and that's because of their wing zings. Available in orders of 6, 10, or 20, these crispy fried wings make the perfect appetizer for your Italian meal. Or get their appetizer sampler to try other appetizers along with the wing zings. Either way, you're in for a treat! Plus, their location is close to many Petersburg homes for sale.   

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. From rich history to a great food scene, it's a truly special place to call home, and our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Richmond, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

June
28

Play Volleyball in Central Virginia This Summer

Volleyball RichmondIf you're into volleyball or would like to start playing this popular sport, summer is the perfect time for it. From indoor courts to ones that are situated on sand, Central Virginia has plenty of places to play. 

Our real estate agents suggest trying out the following places to play volleyball in Central Virginia this summer:

  1. Glover Park – 11217 Greenwood Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059  
    Glover Park, an 88-acre athletic complex in Henrico County, has 8 premium sand volleyball courts. The sand is washed, screened, and well rounded, and you can play doubles or fours or sixes on the courts. And if you'd like to watch some serious players in a tournament, the Richmond Volleyball Club hosting tournament play in July and August, as well as a tentative date in September. You'll also find plenty of free parking and a restroom building at the park, which is located near Glen Allen homes for sale.

  2. Huguenot Park – 10901 Robious Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
    Located just around the corner from Chesterfield homes for sale, Huguenot Park has 2 volleyball nets located near the picnic shelters. One is 80 feet from Shelter 1, and the other is 50 feet away from Shelter 2. And while you're at the park to play volleyball, take time to see the azalea garden and walk the fitness trail in this flat, heavily wooded park that attracts birds and small animals you'll enjoy seeing.

  3. Central High Cultural and Educational Complex – 2748 Dogtown Rd., Goochland, VA 23063
    The Central High Cultural and Educational Complex is a versatile space with indoor and outdoor public recreational amenities, including an auditorium, a museum with historical exhibits, and more. The Center, located near Goochland homes for sale, also has a quarter-mile walking track, soccer field, and volleyball courts.

  4. Deep Run Park & Recreation Center – 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233  
    You'll find plenty to do at Deep Run Park & Recreation Center, located within a beautiful park near Henrico homes for sale that's complete with ponds, walkways, and playgrounds. Open Gym activities include badminton, pickleball, and volleyball, and you can play any of them for free by picking up an access pass at the recreation center. Volleyball for ages 35 and up is also scheduled for on Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. throughout the summer. And if you're into bicycling, check out the Center's deep run pump track, where you can shift your body weight to maneuver your way around the track.

  5. Humphrey Calder Community Center – 414 North Thompson St., Richmond, VA 23221  
    Play volleyball at the Humphrey Calder Community Center sand volleyball court, and bring the kids along to burn off their energy on the playground. And if you're into other sports, the Center, located near Richmond homes for sale, has basketball courts, soccer fields, and more recreational opportunities. You can also participate in some of the many programs and classes offered, including crafts, computers, games, and self-improvement.

Contact us to learn more about the abundant recreational opportunities and other amenities that make Central Virginia a great place to live. Our agents are ready to help you find your dream home! 

June
21

Where to go Horseback Riding in Central Virginia

Richmond Horseback Riding

It's hard to imagine a better way to explore Central Virginia than on horseback. 

Fortunately, our real estate agents have found a lot of outstanding riding destinations in Central Virginia. If you're looking for places to ride—or learn more about horseback riding—we have some great recommendations we're excited to share!

  1. Brandywine Farms & Pony Rides - 13705 Bundle Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
    A picturesque farm that's been offering trail rides and riding lessons for more than 25 years, Brandywine Farms is one of Central Virginia's best destinations for anyone who wants to enjoy a day on horseback. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale, the farm offers everything from hunter/jumper lessons to pony rides and trail riding. Brandywine Farm spans 55 acres of meadows and woodlands, with many miles of trails for riding. They also host birthday parties with pony rides for kids. 

  2. The Riding School at James River Equestrian Center - 414 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Whether you've never been on a horse before or simply want to hone your existing equestrian skills, there's no better place than the Riding School at James River Equestrian Center. Options include hour-long group lessons for three to four riders and private 30-minute one-on-one lessons. Conveniently close to these Midlothian homes for sale, the James River Equestrian Center also offers a summer camp for kids and a working student program that gives students ages 12 and up a chance to learn the ins and outs of caring for horses. 

  3. Foxmeade Farm - 12150 Robious Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113
    There's something for everyone at Foxmeade Farm, but it's an especially great place for kids to learn to ride. Lessons are available for ages 6 and up, with dedicated, experienced riding instructors. This picturesque farm just outside Midlothian, VA, includes a 170" by 100" sand riding ring and a wide selection of well-trained horses and ponies to ride. Foxmeade Farm also hosts a summer camp for kids every year. Each camp is week-long and includes daily riding lessons and hands-on learning about horse care. 

  4. Mesa Vista Farm - 2650 Judes Ferry Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
    With a focus on therapeutic riding and horseback riding for those with special needs, Mesa Vista Farm is a unique riding school and farm. Located a stone's throw from these Powhatan homes for sale, Mesa Vista Farm is home to a beautifully equipped stable with horses that are suitable for riders of all ages and experience levels. In addition to horseback riding therapy, they also offer traditional riding lessons in various styles, including hunter/jumper, dressage, and western. They also host birthday parties and summer camps. 

  5. Cedar Knoll Farm - 15549 Stone Horse Creek Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    A family-owned boarding and riding academy since 2006, Cedar Knoll Farm offers riding lessons for all skill and experience levels. They have a team of calm, well-trained horses and a staff of experienced equestrian experts who can help anyone become a better rider. Private and group lessons are available, as well as boarding, training, and other services. Cedar Knoll Farm is located on a spacious tract of land just outside Glen Allen, VA, minutes from many Glen Allen homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. It's a beautiful place for anyone who loves spending time in the outdoors, and our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Richmond or the surrounding areas. 

June
7

Educational Opportunities for Your Kids in Central Virginia

Summer Kids Camps

When summer rolls around, learning opportunities don't end, they just get more fun. This summer, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some great opportunities for kids to keep learning.

Check out these fun educational opportunities for kids in Central Virginia this summer. Your youngsters will gain some serious knowledge and experience and have a blast doing it!

  1. Children's Museum of Richmond - 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Endless opportunities for hands-on learning are available at the Children's Museum of Richmond. The museum's mission is all about learning through play, and they offer a wide range of programs and exhibits that allow kids to do just that while developing crucial socialization skills and language development at the same time. Located a stone's throw from many Richmond homes for sale, the museum offers experiences for all ages. Check their online calendar for upcoming events. 

  2. Metro Richmond Zoo - 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120
    It's hard to imagine a better place for kids and grownups alike to embrace their wild side than that Metro Richmond Zoo. For kids interested in learning more about the zoo's wildlife, Summer Safari day camps are the perfect adventure. Open to ages 10-13, the 6-hour day camps include a behind-the-scenes zoo tour and unique insights into the lives of penguins, cheetahs, and other zoo residents, all under the supervision of expert zookeepers. Junior Summer Safaris are also available for children ages 6-9.  

  3. Children's Museum of Chesterfield - 6629 Lake Harbour Dr. Chesterfield, VA 23832
    The sister museum to the Children's Museum of Richmond, the Children's Museum of Chesterfield, offers many similar opportunities, plus a few fun extras. Kids can explore a full art studio plus, along with a "transportation station" that includes an authentic fire truck. With a location convenient to many Chesterfield homes for sale, this museum offers plenty of opportunities for kids to grow and learn while having a great time. 

  4. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    Home to a stunning collection of artwork from around the globe, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts also has a reputation for giving countless young artists a head-start on their artist journeys. The museum hosts art classes, lectures, and workshops on a wide-ranging variety of subjects and mediums, including hands-on classes tailored for kids in every age group, from toddlers to teens. 

  5. Code Ninjas - 13569 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you have a budding computer wiz on your hands, Code Ninjas might just be the perfect place where they can develop their skills. Located just minutes from these Midlothian homes for sale, Code Ninjas offers Coding for Kids programs, in which youngsters can learn more about computer programming by creating their own video games. They'll have so much fun they won't even realize how much they're learning. 

  6. Maymont Summer Camps - 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Maymont is a spectacular 100-acre historic estate that has been transformed into one of Richmond's most beautiful public parks. Complete with an arboretum and wildlife exhibits, Maymont hosts summer camps every year that give kids a chance to connect with nature and learn more about the wild world all around them. Summer camps are available for various age groups and include everything from outdoor adventures and animal encounters to crafts and games.

Ready to learn more about life in Central Virginia? Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond area and all the opportunities that await in Central Virginia. 

June
1

Upcoming 5Ks and Marathons in Central Virginia

Richmond 5k

Participating in a 5K or marathon is a great way to get some exercise as you train for and then run or walk in the event. You'll also be able to meet other people as you race and socialize afterward and get to see some beautiful local scenery. Our real estate agents suggest checking out these upcoming fun runs scheduled in Central Virginia this summer and fall:

  1. Give a Dog a Job 5K – Sept. 18, 2021 – Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Give a Dog a Job 5K, held near Richmond homes for sale, offers a virtual and in-person option for the 5K. If you participate in person, you'll also be able to enjoy music, prizes, and vendors. Bring your pup along to get some exercise with you as you run, walk, or roll since 100% of race proceeds go to Canine Companions for Independence. This organization trains feeds, and provides veterinary care for highly trained assistance dogs who will be given free to adults, children, and wounded veterans who need them.

  2. Virginia Brewery Running Series – Sept. 18, 2021 – Steambell Beerworks, 1717 Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23112  
    The Virginia Brewery Running Series consists of courses – all around 5K – that start and end at local breweries. In Midlothian, the race is set at Steambell Beerworks, a popular brewery located near Midlothian homes for sale. As a reward for racing, you'll get a free craft brew and a collector's pint glass or seasonal swag item. At least 10% of the proceeds from this race will go to REACHcycles, a local non-profit that provides adapted cycles to children and veterans who need them.

  3. Colonial Relay/70 – Sept. 25, 2021 – Courthouse Park, 7232 Courtland Farm Rd., Hanover, VA 23069
    The Colonial Relay/70 is a one-day relay race designed for teams of 2 to 6 people who split the race's 12 legs. Teams provide support vans for runners to use at drop-off and pick-up points along the way. The race is meant for everyone from serious runners to casual joggers, and the course is run over 70-plus miles through the heart of Virginia, starting near Hanover homes for sale and ending in historic Williamsburg.

  4. Pocahontas Trail Festival – Oct. 23, 2021 – Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield VA 23832  
    Runners have their choice of several distances – marathon (as a single runner or as a relay), half-marathon, and 10K – at the Pocahontas Trail Festival. This race loops through Pocahontas State Park, a picturesque location near Chesterfield homes for sale. Good footing is available most of the way since some new trails have been built.

  5. Healthy Kids Running Series – May 23-June 20, 2021 – Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23238  
    A fun event specifically for kids! The Healthy Kids Running Series is a 5-week program designed to help kids pre-K through the 8th grade develop healthy exercise habits. The five runs are conducted in Richmond, close to Glen Allen homes for sale. Events include the 50-yard dash, 75-yard dash, quarter-mile, half-mile, and 1-mile run. Kids earn points throughout the races, and those with the most points at their distances will win trophies.

Our agents know the Central Virginia area. Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area. 

May
25

Mini Golf Courses in Central Virginia for Summer Fun

Mini Golf Richmond

Warm weather has returned to Central Virginia, and while it might not quite be summer yet, our real estate agents are already dreaming of summer fun in the sun. And is there any more enjoyable way to spend a sunny day than at your local miniature golf course?

Many of us have fond memories of playing putt-putt golf as youngsters. So whether you're looking for a place to take your kids now that you're grown-up—or maybe you want to relive some childhood nostalgia of your own—these are the best mini golf courses in Central Virginia!

  1. Putt-Putt Fun Center - 7901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    You're always in for a good time at the Putt-Putt Fun Center. With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, they have more than enough entertainment to keep the whole family happy for hours and hours. The courses even offer great practice for experienced golfers looking to improve their putting skills. The Putt-Putt Fun Center also offers arcade games, go-karts, and bumper boats, and it's a great place for birthdays and other parties near these Richmond homes for sale

  2. Ironbridge Sports Park - 11400 Iron Bridge Rd, Chester, VA 23831
    Specializing in non-stop family fun, Ironbridge Sports Park offers an endless array of outdoor activities. They have a great miniature golf course, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also enjoy a covered driving range, outdoor laser tag arena, nine batting cages, and a go-kart track. Plus, their on-site cafe serves all kinds of tasty goodies. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Ironbridge Sports Park is open year-round. 

  3. Windy Hill Golf Course - 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Windy Hill Golf Course is a great destination for fans of mini-golf and golf. In addition to two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Windy Hill also offers beautiful 9- and 18-hole regulation golf courses, along with a fully-stocked pro shop. There's really something here for golfers of every age and skill level, along with other attractions like batting cages and a go-kart track. Windy Hill Golf Course is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale.

  4. Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd, Prince George, VA 23875
    You'll find two professionally designed miniature golf courses at Swader's Sports Park, each complete with waterfalls, fountains, and streams. Mini golf here is always equal parts relaxing and challenging, and you can also try out a wide range of other outdoor family fun, from batting cages and bowling to a driving range and laser tag. Swaders Sports Park also hosts all kinds of events,  and they're located just up the road from many beautiful Prince George homes for sale

  5. Hanover Sports Park - 11000 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 2305
    Open year-round and lit up well after dark, the mini-golf course at Hanover Sports Park is one of the most popular in the area. It's always a challenge to avoid the hazards and beat the par of 42 on this 18-hole course. Hanover Sports Park also offers a fully covered driving range with 28 teeing areas and seven batting cages that throw both baseballs and softballs. With numerous Glen Allen homes for sale nearby, you never have to go far for outdoor family fun. 

Central Virginia is a fun place to be in the summertime, with endless opportunities to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Contact us to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and talk to our team of dedicated real estate agents about finding your dream home today!

May
10

BBQ Spots in Central Virginia for National BBQ Day

Richmond BBQ

There's never a bad day to fire up the grill, and National BBQ Day is right around the corner. That's right, May 16th is an entire day dedicated to celebrating this American favorite! 

Plus, if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking, you're in luck. There are a ton of great BBQ restaurants in the Central Virginia area. Stop by these BBQ spots for flavorful dishes that will have you celebrating National BBQ Day all year long. 

  1. Deep Run Roadhouse: 12379 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
    If you're looking for delicious Tex-Mex, regional BBQ, and comfort food, look no further than Deep Run Roadhouse. They make everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. On the menu, you'll find items like their signature sliced brisket, rope sausage, fried catfish, smoked fried wings, and more. After you enjoy your meal, we suggest taking a drive around the area. It's home to some of the best Henrico homes for sale.

  2. Alamo BBQ: 2202 Jefferson Ave., Richmond, VA 23223
    For a taste of Texas right in Richmond, you can't go wrong with Alamo BBQ. From the award-winning beef brisket to southwest-influenced items like grilled burritos and fish tacos, their menu is sure to please even the most discerning of diners. Alamo BBQ is located in historic Church Hill, just minutes from downtown. When you're in the area looking at Richmond homes for sale, you'll definitely want to stop by or order take-out to enjoy when you get home.  

  3. Pig & Brew Barbecue Bar: 1313 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    When you visit Pig & Brew Barbecue Bar, you may come for the food, but you'll stay for the fun! This kid-friendly neighborhood restaurant/bar is the area's best place for authentic North Carolina-style barbecue. We love the smoked wings and the Hillbilly Fries topped with cheese, bacon, and NC-style pork BBQ.

  4. Saucy's Sit-Down Bar.B.Q: 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    If you've been exploring Petersburg homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know Saucy's Sit-Down Bar.B.Q. They were voted "The South's Best Butt" by Southern Living Magazine not once but twice! The menu features all the classics and some interesting items like fried mac & cheese balls. 

  5. The Original Ronnie's BBQ: 2097 New Market Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    The Original Ronnie's BBQ is definitely worth the stop! This family-owned-and-operated roadside BBQ joint serves up boxed specials like ribs, chicken wings, or beef brisket with your choice of two sides. If it's your first time, we recommend splurging on the Sampler Box. It comes with brisket, a chicken leg, smoked ribs, and a mound of Carolina BBQ. 
     
  6. Sibley's BarBQue: 12000 Winfree St., Chester, VA 23831
    Whenever we're in the area showing Chester homes for sale, we love to stop by Sibley's BarBQue. This excellent BBQ restaurant has been an area favorite for over 20 years. We recommend the hickory-smoked BBQ ribs, pork chops, and hand-breaded catfish. Make sure you save room for some of their almost-famous homemade pies - you'll be glad you did. 

Ready to learn more about the Central Virginia area? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled real estate agents. 

            May
            3

            Central Virginia Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

            Richmond Restaurants

            Mother's Day is the biggest holiday of the year for restaurants, surpassing even Valentine's Day. If you're taking mom out for brunch or dinner, head to one of these great restaurants in Richmond recommended by our real estate agents

            1. Independence Golf Club - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
              Treat mom to stunning sunset views near Midlothian homes for sale at Tavern 19, the onsite restaurant at Independence Golf Club. Relax on the patio or at the Lexus View as you dine on inventive small plates such as coconut lime cauliflower, short rib egg rolls, or seared sesame seed tuna. You can't go wrong with Tavern 19's hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas, available in both traditional and gourmet options. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

            2. Laura Lee's - 3410 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
              Laura Lee's is named after owner Kendra Feather's mom, making it a particularly appropriate choice for a Mother's Day outing not far from Richmond homes for sale. With vibrant artwork on exposed brick walls and beautiful splashes of greenery, Laura Lee's is a 21st-century update of the iconic fern bar. The menu includes seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes, so there's something to satisfy any taste. Dine alfresco on the charming and secluded garden patio. Laura Lee's is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

            3. Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern - 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831
              After a day of viewing Chesterfield County homes for sale, join mom for a special dinner at family-owned Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern. Customers keep coming back for Howlett's famous prime rib, offered in 12-ounce and 16-ounce portions, as well as their crab cakes, prepared with their own special recipe. Make sure mom saves room for one of co-owner Brooke Helbling's homemade desserts, such as the signature peanut butter pie. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

            4. The Boathouse - 701 W. Randolph Rd., Hopewell, VA 23860
              While the name has changed since the restaurant's debut in 1988, The Boathouse has always focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located just minutes from Hopewell homes for sale, the restaurant overlooks the Appomattox and James Rivers. Not surprisingly, seafood takes center stage, from the popular crab cakes to the Southern classic shrimp and grits. If you prefer an earlier celebration, The Boathouse serves Sunday brunch with a mix of breakfast favorites, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, with brunch until 2:45 p.m. Reservations are required.

            5. Kitchenette - 1405 Prince Arthur Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
              Treat mom to a home-cooked meal where she doesn't have to do the work. Kitchenette is a take-out eatery that offers full meals and a la carte main dishes, salads, and sides. Daily specials include mouthwatering items such as Parmesan-breaded chicken tenders, garlic-citrus pork tenderloin, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Mix-and-match your own dinner with choices like salmon filets, pasta, grilled asparagus, and roasted butternut squash. Hours are 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

            Richmond's history, culture, and natural surroundings make it a perfect place to raise a family. Contact us for friendly and knowledgeable help with all your real estate needs.

            April
            12

            Fun Features to Add to Your Landscaping

            Landscaping Ideas

            With landscaping season finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about how you can boost your home's curb appeal. Your yard and landscaping are the first things guests, and potential buyers see when visiting your home. As a result, good landscaping not only makes your home look nice but can help to boost your home's value. 

            Consider incorporating these fun features into your landscaping this spring before listing your home among Central Virginia homes for sale.

            1. Add Outdoor Furniture
              With a record-breaking number of people spending more time outside of the house last year, stylish outdoor furniture has definitely become a major trend. Creating an outdoor oasis with a comfortable sitting area near the patio, pool, or garden can create the best outdoor feeling. Just make sure to pick styles, sizes, and designs that fit the surrounding area.

            2. Optimize Your Lighting
              Outdoor landscaping lights are generally inexpensive and a great way to add a romantic vibe to your lawn this summer. String lights over the patio, LED lights along your flowerbed, or lantern lights along your walkway -- these are all great ways to shine a little extra light on your landscaping this spring. 

            3. Add a Fire Pit
              What better way to spend time with friends and family than to gather around the fire pit on a cool spring evening. Not only does a fire pit provide a source of heat, but it can also serve as the focal point of an outdoor gathering space. Consider a stylish fire pit made of brick, stone, or concrete.

            4. Create a Grand Entrance
              Our real estate agents love using spruces or shrubs to create a grand entrance. By planting two trees or shrubs on either side of your driveway, front door, or garden, you can really define your entrances and impress your visitors. 

            5. Incorporate Levels
              Adding terraced levels to your yard or garden is not only visually appealing, but it can actually make your yard look larger. If your yard slopes, consider creating defined spaces or sections. Terracing your yard can allow you to define specific spaces for dining, fire pits, or gardens.

            6. Add Some Native Plants
              It's easy to see why native plants are popular these days. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they're also easy to take care of since they thrive locally. Not only do they look nice, but they also are important for supporting natural wildlife. 

            7. Try a Vertical Garden
              Vertical gardens are really becoming popular these days, and they're incredibly easy to create. Just choose a location and grab a vertical frame, a plastic sheet, and some fabric. You can then plant whatever you'd like - flowers, edibles, or succulents. For a more traditional look, you can even try adding some vines or ivy.

            Beautiful landscaping is the best way to make a great first impression when visitors stop by your home. For more tips on how to make the most of your yard, contact us today.

            April
            5

            National Library Week: Local Libraries Near Central Virginia

            Central Virginia LibrariesLibraries are some of a community's most important assets. They provide an enormous amount of knowledge and a place to meet and get to know your neighbors – and they do it all with no entry fees or subscriptions. Even in today's world of instant access e-books, our real estate agents love to get lost in a good library. And our area has some of the best around!

            Combining peaceful surroundings with expansive collections and great learning technology, they set a high standard for what a library can be.

            Navigating the challenges of the last year, many local libraries have shifted to a full calendar of virtual events so locals can continue to enjoy the resources of their library without interruption. Since April 4th-10th is National Library Week, let's take a look at some of the top libraries in the Central Virginia area:

            1. Chesterfield County Public Library – Ten Locations in Chesterfield County, See Website for Details
              With a convenient location from wherever you are, Chesterfield County Public Library is a modern, exciting "24/7 library." You can access digital learning materials any time of day or night. In addition to robust streaming and downloading, library patrons will find plenty of educational events. Programming is held regularly for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. There are plenty of active book discussion groups, too. Plus, Chesterfield homes for sale are just nearby.

            2. The Henrico County Public Library at Glen Allen10501 Staples Mill, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              With nine locations and a Mobile Library Service – lovingly known as the Bookmobile – Henrico County Public Libraries are where to find everything you've been looking for. On top of a full range of virtual events, the Glen Allen location is known for computer classes that will get anyone up to speed, from children to elders. Plus, a digital media lab helps locals preserve their important old photos steps from Glen Allen homes for sale.

            3. The Henrico County Public Library at Tuckahoe – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, VA 23229
              Henrico homes for sale benefit from the spacious and newly renovated Tuckahoe Area Library and its many high-quality collections. At 53,000 square feet, it includes specialized reading and gathering areas for both kids and teens. It is also the home of the Joseph P. Rapisarda, Jr., Law Collection, which attracts scholars from all around Virginia. More than 100 public computers are located throughout the library, and Wi-Fi is available for free.

            4. Richmond Public Library – 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
              Considering Richmond homes for sale? You are in luck if you are a lover of books. Richmond Public Library is one of the finest in the nation, incorporating all the features you expect and many you won't. For example, you'll find the Master Gardener Virtual Help Desk to help you answer all your tough gardening questions. 

            Central Virginia Libraries Are Just the Beginning for Culture, Education, and Much More

            Richmond is a cultural center that attracts visitors – and new homeowners – from all over the United States. Not far from your local library, you'll find world-class attractions like the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Virginia Museum of the Arts, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

            No matter what interests you most, you can find out more at your library!

            Napier ERA is here to help, too. Contact us to learn about Central Virginia real estate.

            March
            29

            Where to Stargaze Near Richmond

            Stargazing Richmond

            Tracing constellations, watching for shooting stars, picking out planets and distant galaxies—there are endless discoveries waiting right over our heads.  

            With warmer nights on the horizon, spring is a great time to go stargazing around Richmond, and we have some great local parks where you can enjoy an incredible view. Join our real estate agents and other amateur astronomers at some of these great stargazing spots in the Richmond, VA area. 

            1. Bryan Park - 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
              One of the best stargazing locations within the Richmond City Limits, Bryan Park is a picturesque public green space with great views of the night sky. Besides open picnic areas and lawns, the park also has more secluded, wooded areas with trails and a pond. The Richmond Astronomical Society sometimes hosts Skywatch events, which are open to the public, at Bryan Park. You'll find the park north of Downtown and a short drive from many Richmond homes for sale

            2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
              Spanning 7,950 wild, scenic acres, Pocahontas State Park is a great place to get away from the city and reconnect with nature. The park has several picnic areas and open lakeshores that provide unbroken views of the night sky. Camping is available for overnight visits, and the park also offers 90 miles of trails to explore. Pocahontas State Park is located just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale and has frequently been the location of stargazing programs with the Crewe Astronomy Club. 

            3. Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
              In addition to being an amazing attraction for anyone interested in science and the natural world, the Science Museum of Virginia is also a hub of activity for local stargazers and astronomers. Skywatch events are hosted on the museum lawn by the Richmond Astronomical Society on the third Friday of each month, and they're open to anyone who would like to attend. Feel free to bring your own telescope or take a look through one of the Society members' telescopes, which will be set up on the lawn and made available for anyone with an interest in the stars.

            4. Powhatan State Park - 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
              Though less than an hour from Richmond, Powhatan State Park is far enough away that the city lights are a little dimmer and the night sky quite a lot clearer. It's a beautiful place to set up your telescope and cast your gaze skyward. The park's picnic areas, open meadows, and wildlife observation areas provide great views of the night sky, and light pollution is minimal. Located on a bend in the might James River, Powhatan State Park is also a great place for camping, canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. 

            The key to enjoying the best view of the night sky is getting as far away from man-made light sources as possible. These local parks are great places to start. Be sure to check out the latest information from the Richmond Astronomical Society to find out which stars, planets, and constellations are visible in the sky at any given time. 

            There's nothing quite like gazing up at the clear night sky on a warm spring night. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond and Chesterfield areas, and talk to our team about finding your Virginia dream home. 

            March
            15

            Why Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

            Oyster Capital Virginia

            Ever since the first settlers arrived in the region that would become Virginia in the 1600s, oysters have been a key element of the local diet. Today, Virginia is considered the Oyster Capital of the East Coast, thanks to the abundance and variety of oysters harvested from local sources. If you love fresh seafood, Virginia is the place to be. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on why Virginia is the Oyster Capital and where to find fresh, local oysters around Richmond.

            Why Virginia Is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

            When early settlers harvested oysters to help them survive in their new home, they likely couldn't have imagined that oysters would eventually be part of such a thriving Virginia industry. But it wouldn't be long before Virginia was recognized as the Oyster Capital! Today, oysters are harvested from eight distinct regions in Virginia, with each variety offering its own unique flavor and texture. You can find fresh, delicious oysters at many seafood restaurants in Richmond and beyond.

            1. East Coast Provisions – 3411 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
              When you're in the mood for fresh seafood near Richmond homes for sale, it's hard to top the selection at East Coast Provisions. The restaurant, which includes a dedicated oyster bar, is open every day for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, with online reservations available. Convenient online ordering is also available for curbside pickup, with delicious oysters on the half-shell and fried oysters always on the menu.

            2. Croaker's Spot – 1020 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
              Originally established in Harlem before making its way to Virginia, Croaker's Spot specializes in soul food, down-home cooking, and fresh, flavorful local oysters. If you're looking for oysters served in a wide variety of different styles, this is the place to be. Croaker's Spot offers fresh oysters on the half-shell, fried oyster appetizers, full oyster dinners, and oyster po boy sandwiches. Or you can order fresh oysters by the dozen for cooking your own seafood creations.

            3. Latitude Seafood Co. – 15532 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Craving oysters close to Midlothian homes for sale? Latitude Seafood Co. has you covered with local delivery, convenient curbside pickup, and limited in-person seating at the restaurant. There are happy hour and daily specials available every day, including some great deals on oysters. Latitude Seafood Co. also offers a diverse selection of local craft beer, wine, and craft cocktails to help you find the perfect pairing for your seafood feast.

            4. Mr. B's – 11844 Chester Village Dr., Chester, VA 23831
              Mr. B's
              has everything you need to enjoy a seafood feast near Chesterfield homes for sale, with fresh oysters and so much more. The menu here is packed with delightful soul food variations of your favorite seafood dishes, and the fried oysters are as fresh as it gets. Be sure to check out the seafood platters, which feature oysters served with a variety of seafood favorites.

            5. The Boathouse Restaurant – 4708 E Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
              The Boathouse Restaurant
              is a popular seafood spot with multiple Richmond locations, including a waterfront location on Old Main Street in Rocketts Landing. Select your favorite dish from an upscale seafood menu, with fried seafood platters, fresh oysters on the half-shell, seafood salads, and seafood soups made daily.

            Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy fresh, flavorful Virginia oysters anytime? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            March
            9

            Mountain Biking Trails to Explore This Spring

            Richmond Mountain Biking

            The Richmond area offers some of Virginia's best mountain biking trails, and spring is a mighty fine time to go for a ride. From technical skills parks to tranquil woodland paths, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite mountain biking trails in RVA.

            1. James River Park System - 1 Belle Isle, Richmond, VA 23225
              The network of trails collectively known as the James River Park System offers an incredible resource for mountain bikers in the Richmond area. In total, the system spans a loop of nearly 18 miles, including sections of several Richmond city parks and trails on either side of the James River. The trails are easily accessible from several trailheads and parking areas near Richmond homes for sale. One of the most popular spots is Belle Isle, an island on the James River with a skills park and several miles of trails connected to the mainland via a pedestrian bridge.

            2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
              Pocahontas State Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of wooded hills. The park is one of Virginia's greatest destinations for mountain biking, with three distinct trail systems for riders of all skill levels, offering features ranging from tight turns and steep grades to creek crossings and rock gardens. The longest loop, known as the Lakeview Trails, provides up to 12 miles of continuous riding. Pocahontas State Park is located less than 20 miles from Richmond and just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale

            3. Powhite Park - 7200 Jahnke Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
              A splendid urban oasis not far from the heart of Richmond, Powhite Park offers more than 100 acres of shady hardwood forests, rolling hills, and rich bottomlands. It's all ripe for exploration, and with an extensive trail system, this park is popular among hikers, trail runners, and cyclists alike. For mountain bikers, the 2-mile singletrack route known simply as the Powhite Park Loop is the most popular, offering an exciting ride with an abundance of steep climbs and fast descents. Keep an eye out for wildlife like deer and beaver along the way. 

            4. Washington Lacy Park - 13400 Woodside Ln, Ashland, VA 23005
              Located about 20 minutes north of Richmond in the small city of Ashland, Washington Lacy Park is a picturesque destination to immerse yourself in the outdoors. Offering picnic areas and a meandering network of trails, the park is shady, secluded, and peaceful. While advanced mountain bikers won't find the kinds of challenges offered by some other parks in the area, the trails here are smooth and gently-rolling, offering opportunities for a relaxing hike or bike ride. Washington Lacy Park is also open to horseback riding. 

            5. Deep Run Park - 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233
              A popular Richmond destination for outdoor recreation of all kinds, Deep Run Park offers picnic pavilions, fishing access, ball fields, playgrounds, and nature trails. The 164-acre park also has a great system of mountain bike trails. Cyclists will enjoy the winding 2.4-mile singletrack route that loops through the park—there's are also 3.4 miles of paved trails. The trails are largely created and maintained by local volunteers and are frequently being improved and added to. 

            6. Encampment Loop Trail - 5001 Siege Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
              Located near Prince George homes for sale, Encampment Loop Trail offers a moderate ride on a 3.4-mile loop through the forest. This historic site offers plenty of other outdoor activities, including hiking, birdwatching, and even horseback riding. Or bring your dog along to help you explore this trail! 

            Richmond is not only a hub for arts and culture, but it's also a stone's throw from some of Virginia's most spectacular outdoor adventures. Contact us to learn more about life in Richmond, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today. 

            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!

            December
            28

            Fireplace Safety Guide to Follow This Winter

            Fireplace Tips

            One of the best ways to warm up this winter is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. A fireplace adds a cozy touch to your home in colder weather, but if it's not maintained and used properly, it can pose a fire hazard.

            Our real estate agents suggest the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips you need to know this winter:

            1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually
              Creosote and soot – byproducts of fires that aren't burning efficiently – can build up and coat the inside of your chimney. Once this happens, these substances can catch fire. To prevent this from happening, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney before using it this season.

            2. Take care of ashes properly
              After using your fireplace, take care of the ashes properly, so a smoldering one doesn't start a fire. Don't vacuum them up because live coals can still remain and could cause a fire in your vacuum cleaner bag. Instead, remove them from the firebox by using the ash dump or scooping them out from the firebox once the ashes are cold. 

            3. Use a non-flammable rug
              Buy a non-flammable rug – which you should be able to find at a fireplace supply store – to put in front of your fireplace. That way, if sparks fly out, they won't damage your carpet.

            4. Protect your kids
              Never leave a fire unattended if you have children in the house. Now's the time for them to learn to stay away from the fireplace as well as the tools you use for it.

            5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
              Make sure you have enough working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This will help your family stay safe in case of a fire or if there's a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless, clear, and tasteless toxic gas. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly, and their batteries should be replaced annually.

            6. Your fireplace should have a door
              Make sure your door has a tight-fitting door rather than a screen. A door will keep sparks inside the fireplace, while a screen may let some escape.

            7. Check the flue or damper
              Before starting a fire, check your damper or flue to make sure it's open by looking up into your chimney with a flashlight or mirror. It should remain open to let smoke out of your house, so keep it that way until all the embers have stopped burning.

            8. Use wood that's dry and well-aged
              Avoid using wet or green wood in your fireplace. These woods cause more smoke and make more soot build up in your chimney.

            9. Keep the area around your fireplace clear
              Keep all flammable items – including draperies, newspapers, and furniture – away from your fireplace. If they get too close, they could catch fire from a sparking ember.

            10. Never leave a fire unattended
              Never fall asleep or leave your home with a fire burning, even if it's just for a brief moment.

            11. Keep a window cracked
              If you can, leave a window slightly cracked when you have a fire going. That way, you'll be keeping the room ventilated and give any smoke or gasses a chance to escape.

            Contact us today at Napier ERA if you're interested in Richmond homes for sale. If a fireplace is on your list of must-have items for your new home, we can show you houses where one or more fireplaces creates a beautiful focal point.

            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.
            December
            7

            Find the Perfect Christmas Tree at These Richmond Tree Farms

            Richmond Tree Farm

            November has certainly flown by, and now it's time to find the perfect Christmas tree. Our real estate agents love the look, smell, and feel of a real Christmas tree. The good news is there are plenty of places where you can pick up a locally grown tree! When the snowflakes fall, there's no better way to spend the evening than gathering around the tree to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. If you're searching for a tree that will create a sense of wonder and magic in your home, pay a visit to these tree farms around the RVA.

            1. Sneed's Nursery — 8756 W. Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
              Open since 1976, Sneed's Nursery has been a local source for year-round garden needs and of course Christmas trees. A perfect option for those on the go, they have trees packaged and will load them in your car for you. Also, be sure to check out their wreaths and bouquets while you are there for an extra holiday touch for your home. 

            2. The Great Big Greenhouse & Nursery — 2051 Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
              For nearly half of a century, the green thumbs of Richmond have trusted The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nursery with their lawn and garden needs. During the holidays, they have the area's best inventory of live and cut Christmas trees, as well as poinsettias, mistletoe, and other seasonal plants. As you're searching for the perfect tree, stop by for a look and let them treat you to a free cup of hot chocolate or coffee.


            3. Boulevard Flower Gardens — 2120 Ruffin Mill Rd., South Chesterfield, VA 23834
              Not sure if you have the time to find and cut down a Christmas tree this year? If you live near South Chesterfield homes for sale, you're in luck! Let Boulevard Flower Gardens lend a helping hand. They're offering curbside pickup and local delivery of their evergreens with no minimum purchase. 


            4. Azalea Garden Center — 1320 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
              If you haven't taken a stroll around Azalea Garden Center, now is the perfect time to discover their selection while shopping for a Christmas tree. This locally-owned business has helped Richmond homeowners on the Northside keep their gardens growing strong since 1994. Stop by to see their selection of fresh-cut Balsam Fir and Fraser Christmas trees.

            5. Willey's Christmas Trees — 6305 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
              Is there anything better than a relaxing walk through a Christmas tree farm? Embrace the magic of the season at Willey's Christmas Trees, just a few blocks away from our Mechanicsville homes for sale. Pre-cut trees, garland, and holiday wreaths are all for sale. Be sure to stop by to find the best Christmas trees while they last.

            Now that you have a tree, you need a space to set it up. Contact us today to tour our Richmond homes for sale with expansive living spaces where your family can celebrate the holidays around the tree. 

            November
            30

            Try These 5 Painting Tips From the Pros

            Richmond Painting Tips

            Nothing livens up a room quite like a fresh coat of paint. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, or just simply improving your living space this winter, painting a room can have some major benefits. In addition to improving aesthetics, paint also prevents dust build-up and keeps out moisture. While painting a room is a relatively simple home improvement project, there is a good bit of skill required. If you're getting ready to paint a room in your home, consider these 5 tips from our real estate agents.

            1. Properly Prepare Your Surfaces
              Painting before properly preparing and inspecting your walls is a common mistake. If you want a perfect coat of paint, your walls should be as smooth as possible. Take the time to sand rough spots, fill cracks and holes with putty, and thoroughly clean your walls prior to painting. Wash any greasy spots with soap and water. Remember, painting over a dirty surface can result in premature peeling. 
            2. Maintain a Wet Edge
              Applying wet paint over partially dry paint can result in lap marks or uneven layers. The trick to avoiding lap marks is maintaining a wet edge. In other words, always be sure your roller overlaps with the previous stroke before it has a chance to dry. You'll want to make sure you're always painting an entire wall at once. Simply move the roller up and down the height of the wall, while slightly moving over with each stroke. Also, reload your roller frequently so it doesn't become dry.
            3. Protect Your Baseboards From Drips 
              Masking tape can go a long way towards helping to keep your trim safe from dripping paint. Be sure to clean any dust or dirt from your trim or baseboards before applying the tape. Then, simply apply the tape over the edge of your baseboard and press it against the wood with a putty knife. We recommend using tape that is at least twice as long as the trim.
            4. Buy Quality Supplies
              The quality of your paint, brush, and roller can have a major impact on the quality of your finished product. Cheap materials might be appealing, but using them may result in you having to repaint sooner than you expected. Good paint is easier to apply and it lasts longer. Also, good paint often requires fewer coats to get the job done, which can ultimately save you money.
            5. Wash and Wrap Your Rollers
              Always wash your roller before using it. Excess fluff or fibers can stick to your wall while you're painting, so it's best to rinse your roller off before you begin. Simply place the roller under running water and move your hand up and down to remove any extra fluff. Once you're done for the day, use a plastic bag to securely wrap your roller and brushes, especially if you're planning to paint more the next day. This will help ensure your materials don't dry out overnight. 

            It takes practice to become a seasoned painter, but by following these tips you can be well on your way. Plus, a new coat of paint is a great way to impress potential buyers! Contact us today for more tips for getting your home ready to list among the many great Richmond homes for sale

            November
            23

            Gift a New Board Game From These Richmond Shops

            Richmond Board Games

            Who's ready to play a game? As the temperatures in the RVA drop, there's nothing better to do than warm up around the tabletop with a few board games. Plus, with the holidays coming up, board games make excellent gifts to help keep your friends and family entertained. Start a new holiday tradition of trying out a new board game with the family. From Monopoly and Clue to Scrabble and Sorry, our real estate agents encourage you to find old classics and new favorites that your family will love at these local RVA game stores.

            1. One-Eyed Jacques — 3104 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
              One-Eyed Jacques, or OEJ, has so much to offer that you'll wonder how they can fit so many new items in each week. From board games and card games to jigsaw puzzles, brainteasers, toys, gaming accessories, and more, OEJ will certainly have whatever fun you're looking for. We suggest viewing their selection of discounted, used, and dented items to take home a gently-used game for a price that's also gentle on your wallet.


            2. Modern Table Top Gaming — 4616 Chester Square Rd., Chester, VA 23831
              If you can't get enough gaming, then Modern Table Top Gaming will quickly become your home away from home. With tournaments held daily, weekly, and monthly, there's always a game going on for you to join. Of course, you can postpone your play and simply purchase a board game or card game to take home for later. If you plan on stopping by MTTG when searching for Chester homes for sale, we recommend leaving yourself plenty of time to browse their memorabilia and collectibles.


            3. Toys That Teach — 3038 Stony Point Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
              Although board games are fun, Toys That Teach believes that they're also educational. The #1 rated toy store in Richmond, Toys That Teach has games and puzzles for all ages. After picking up a board game, be sure to look at all of the other mentally and physically engaging games for children like STEM and science toys, DIY kits, arts and crafts, and early learning toys. With baby toys and games for tweens and teens, Toys That Teach offers hours of fun that's great for developing brains.


            4. Bits and Pixels — 2930 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
              Bits and Pixels may be your go-to for retro and used video games and consoles, but did you know that they also carry the occasional board game and other collectibles? If you don't happen to find a board game in their shop, might we suggest dusting off your old school PlayStation, Nintendo, or Sega and purchasing one of their video games based on board games. Favorites like Risk, Monopoly, and Battleship all have video game alternatives that you can play at home.


            5. Battlegrounds — 13172 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Just around the corner from our Midlothian homes for sale, Battlegrounds invites you to escape from everyday life and join other gamers for some fun. You're welcome to come in and shop their selection of board games, tabletop games, roleplaying games, and trading card games. However, their growing community of gamers might convince you to stay for a few hours and play a few games together.

            Now that you have a few new board games, why not find a cozy space to play them? Contact us today to tour the latest Richmond homes for sale with space for your own dedicated game room.

            November
            16

            5 Richmond Florists for Your Holiday Poinsettias

            Richmond Poinsettias

            Did you know that the first poinsettias came to the United States from Mexico in 1828? This popular holiday flower gets its name from Dr. Poinsett, the ambassador to Mexico at the time who brought the first poinsettias to the US. Nearly a century later, poinsettias remain the most popular holiday flower, and Richmond's florists feature a beautiful variety of poinsettias whether you're looking for the ideal gift or the perfect finishing touch for your holiday decorating at home. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 local florists where you can order beautiful poinsettias this year.

            1. Strange's Florists – 3313 Mechanicsville Pike, Richmond, VA 23223

              With more than 30 varieties of poinsettias, two locations near Richmond homes for sale, and delivery available throughout Central Virginia, Strange's Florists is an excellent place to shop for your favorite flowers this holiday season. The team at Strange's Florists develops their own poinsettia varieties every year, with a selection of colors and styles that you won't find anywhere else. Order a traditional red poinsettia, or try unique varieties like the Jingle Bell, Marble, Monet, or pink poinsettia. Every poinsettia you can order has been hand-picked, wrapped, and finished with a beautiful bow.

            2. Coleman Brothers Flowers – 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
              Coleman Brothers Flowers has been serving the Richmond area for more than 45 years, offers same-day delivery in the Richmond area, and has an excellent variety available whether you order online or visit the store. In the fall, Coleman Brothers Flowers stocks a diverse selection of red, white, and pink poinsettias for you to choose from, all beautifully packaged for gift giving or decorating your home. You'll find a special selection of flowers at Coleman Brothers for nearly every holiday, so be sure to check back often.

            3. Flowers Make Scents – 1272 Alverser Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Flower Make Scents is a family-owned and operated florist with a convenient location close to Midlothian homes for sale. In addition to a lovely selection of poinsettias, Flower Make Scents specializes in creating bouquets for any occasion. This shop offers same-day delivery in the Midlothian area, perfect for surprising someone special with a gift of poinsettias.

            4. Rivers Bend Florist – 220 Johnson Creek Dr., Chester, VA 23836

              It's easy to find beautiful poinsettias near Chester homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like Rivers Bend Florist. You can order online or shop in the store – either way, you'll love the gorgeous red poinsettias from Rivers Bend Florist. Searching for a little something extra to decorate your home? Rivers Bend Florist also offers a beautiful selection of holiday centerpieces and decorative bouquets for your home.

            5. The Great Big Greenhouse – 2051 Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235

              Whether you're shopping for poinsettias, a gift bouquet, or flowers for your garden, it's hard to match the selection available at The Great Big Greenhouse. This popular local garden center, which merged with Meadows Farms Nursery, brings nearly a century of combined gardening experience to help you pick the perfect plants. The Great Big Greenhouse offers an excellent selection of poinsettias for the holidays, which you can order online or shop for in the large Richmond store location. 

            Still searching for the perfect Richmond home where you can display your holiday decorations this year? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            October
            12

            Tri Cities Market Update

            Central Virginia Is Still Buying And Selling As We Move Into The Fall – especially in the Tri Cities area!

            From Dinwiddie to Colonial Heights, to Fort Lee from Petersburg – we've got the Tri Cities covered!

            Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs. https://www.napierera.com/contact/

            June
            15

            Summer 2020 Market Update

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

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

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

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

            Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

             

            August
            5

            Catch the Fun at the 106th Chesterfield County Fair

            Chesterfield County homes for sale are some of the top in Virginia, and there are all sorts of reasons why. With the breathtaking beauty of two historic rivers and its convenient location just south of Richmond, Chesterfield thrives as the state's fourth-most populous county.

            Chesterfield County is a great place to visit any time of year, but one event that draws people from all over is the annual Chesterfield County Fair. One of the longest-running events of its kind in the United States, it'll be celebrating its 106th year this August.

            Be a Part of the Fun with Chesterfield's Century-Old Tradition

            From August 23 to 31, the Chesterfield County Fair will bring gladness to the young and the young at heart here in central Virginia. Locals go all out for the Fair, known for its combination of concerts, agricultural events, and kid-friendly rides on the midway.

            Preparations are in full swing for the 2019 Fair, which promises to be the biggest yet!

            There's so much to do that organizers have put together a daily Fair calendar to help visitors navigate the events. The headlining daily attraction is the 3-Ring Super Circus, including an array of award-winning acrobats, clowns, jugglers, and daredevil thrill acts.

            That alone could occupy you for hours, but there's much, much more.

            The Chesterfield Tractor Club is a major sponsor of the Fair and will hold fun events and competitions daily. Watch or take part in barrel train rides, rope making, mill grinding, and more. You can also visit the Club's baby animal petting zoo, suitable for your kids.

            Every year, history buffs from around the Richmond area come together to create the remarkable Heritage Village. The Village will excite and educate you with oxen wagon rides, craft demonstrations, shanty music, a real steam engine, and violin-making.

            There'll even be a full Civil War display courtesy of local tour company Richmond Discoveries.

            The Fair incorporates plenty of family fun that's off the beaten track, too. For example, Ackmonster's Chainsaw Art, where America's top professional chainsaw sculptors show their stuff. You'll see a plain log transform into a work of art in just a few minutes. Kids love it!

            Naturally, the anchor event of the Fair is the Grand Parade. It features many civic organizations and the winner of the Miss Chesterfield County Fair Pageant, which also takes place during the Fair. Past years have also honored the armed forces with a Military Appreciation Parade.

            It's all happening at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds:

            10300 Courthouse Road
            Chesterfield, Virginia 23832

            Admissions are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 60 and up, and $5 for children aged four to 12. Children three and under are admitted free. Rides on the midway require one to five tickets, which can be purchased individually for $1 or as a book of 25 for $20.

            With Napier ERA, the Chesterfield County Fair Won't Be Your Only Reason to Stand Up and Cheer

            Our real estate agents are always glad to meet someone who wants to explore real estate opportunities here in Chesterfield. At Napier ERA, our passion for Chesterfield homes shines through in our commitment to quality service. Our expertise in the local area will give you the support you need.

            Contact us to learn more today.

            July
            1

            Best Spots for a Picnic Around Richmond

            Richmond Picnic AreasCelebrate National Picnic Month at One of These Area Parks

            July is National Picnic Month.  What better time to pack a picnic basket and head out to your favorite park with family and friends.

            Part of the Richmond area's draw is our wealth of green spaces.  It's not hard to find a soft patch of grass to spread out a blanket for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. With so many options available, we thought we would help you narrow down your choices.  

            Our REALTORS® take a look at five favorite parks and picnic spots in and around Richmond.

            1. Armour House at Meadowview Park – 4001 Clarendon Road, Henrico, VA 23223
              When you're in the market for one of our Henrico homes for sale, you'll soon discover why Armour House & Gardens is an ideal setting for an afternoon picnic. Enjoy the view of the Victorian-style historic home located on the grounds. Visit the scenic walking trail, manicured gardens, or the flowing fountain before or after your meal. It's all located just minutes from the local elementary school.  Many of the area's cultural and art events take place here, too.
            2. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond VA 23227
              A visit to Bryan Park is a fantastic way to get a breath of fresh air. It's especially rewarding for those who've just purchased one of the beautiful Richmond homes for sale! Found on the National Register of Historic Places, Bryan Park is known for its bird walks as well as its full calendar of festivals and events. A seasonal farmer's market takes place on Tuesday afternoons.
            3. Crump Park Playground and Meadow Farm Museum – 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              Crump Park Playground is adjacent to the Meadow Farm Museum, an appealing historic site not far from Glen Allen homes for sale. Crump Park features one of the nicest and most expansive playgrounds, perfect for the kiddos to get their extra energy out. It's also adjacent to the Meadow Farm Museum, one of the county's last surviving 1800s-era farmsteads.
            4. Pocahontas State Park – 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 28382
              A short drive from Chesterfield homes for sale, you'll encounter the natural splendor of Pocahontas State Park. In addition to any number of places to host a picnic, you'll also discover an array of other outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and horseback riding. The 200-acre Swift Creek welcomes all kinds of boating, complete with rentals, and two beloved fishing lakes are nearby.
            5. Robious Landing Park – 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Looking for a walk out in the great outdoors? Robious Landing Park is for you if you're considering Midlothian homes for sale. Robious Landing is one of the most convenient ways to picnic on the picturesque shores of the James River. With more than 100 acres of land, you'll find a wide range of picnic shelters and playgrounds to appreciate. There are plenty of scenic trails, too.

            Often the process of buying a house seems like "no picnic." With help from Napier ERA, it can be easier than you ever imagined. Napier ERA combines local real estate insight with reliable customer service. 

            Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond real estate area.

            May
            27

            Farmers Markets Around Richmond

            Farmers Markets Around Richmond
            Five Farmers Markets Picked For You

            Our real estate agents know the value of a balanced breakfast, and you can't quite get it right without plenty of fresh produce. But farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are often hard to come by.  That is unless you live in an area with plenty of thriving farmers markets like the RVA.

            A farmers market serves as both a market for fresh produce and a community gathering place where locals can deepen their connection to the Earth and the way their food is produced. These open-air retail areas give consumers a chance to buy directly from farmers.

            This has a number of wonderful effects on the community and economy.

            Farmers markets cut costs on both sides of the equation. Produce doesn't have to be trucked from far away to reach consumers, and farmers don't have to make agreements with distributors who add costly overhead fees. Produce is fresher, and there's less environmental impact.

            There are several different farmers markets throughout the RVA. While many of them are found near Richmond homes for sale, they are also distributed all across the region. When you live in Virginia, you'll never have to fret over "food deserts" where good produce isn't available.

            Here's a quick look at some of the farmers market in our local communities.

            1. South of the James Market – New Kent Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
              South of the James Market is an initiative of GrowRVA, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability in partnership with local farms and the arts. It is one of the best-known farmers markets here in Virginia and is open every Saturday from 8 in the morning. With seasonal produce, beverages, spices, honey, and local crafts, there's always something new to be found.
            2. Prince George Farmers Market – 6380 Scott Memorial Park, Prince George, VA 23875
              Prince George Farmers Market is a fun feature adjacent to Prince George homes for sale that will brighten up your Saturdays. It's a producer-grower market that focuses on keeping food regional and sustainable. Strict quantity standards help ensure every piece of produce is exactly what consumers expect. Plus, it's right beside the local library. Make a morning of it!
            3. Lakeside Farmers Market – 6106 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228
              Henrico homes for sale aren't far from Lakeside Farmers Market. It's one of the original neighborhood farmers markets and is open all year long. Seasonal schedules do vary, but it's always open all day on Wednesday. In addition to scrumptious fruits, veggies, cheeses, and even meats, you'll enjoy the guarantee: You can return any unsatisfactory products within a week.
            4. Westchester Farmers Market – 15785 WC Main Street, Midlothian, VA, 23113
              Westchester Farmers Market offers the best fruits and vegetables around to the future owners of Midlothian homes for sale. Formerly known as the Powhatan Farmers Market, it is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Opening day is May 16th every year. On the first Thursday of each month, the market welcomes young entrepreneurs to sell produce and crafts at the Kids' Market.
            5. Chesterfield County Farmers Market – 6701 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832
              Look at Chesterfield County homes for sale and you'll have access to this famous farmers market. From May through August, Chesterfield County Farmers Market will delight you with magnificent fruits, veggies, eggs, bread, and jam. Kids love the kettle corn treats! Recently, the market teamed up with local food trucks to participate in Food Truck Wednesday, too.

            Amazing farmers markets are just the beginning of what you can discover around RVA. Our expert real estate team will help you find a Virginia dream home. Whatever your goals, we give you the inside track.

            Contact us today. We look forward to helping you soon.

            May
            20

            Memorial Day Events In and Around Richmond

            Richmond VA Memorial Day Events
            Memorial Day is a time to pause our usual activities and take a moment to offer gratitude and respect for those who gave all to protect our freedom. Our real estate agents suggest taking a short break from exploring Richmond real estate opportunities so you can enjoy some of the most memorable Memorial Day events happening around the area.

            Not only will taking a break give you time to relax and recharge but spending some time out in the community will also help you get a feel for what living here is really like. Not sure what to do over Memorial Day weekend? Here are a few of the most popular events you'll want to check out! 

            1. Virginia War Memorial's They Gave All (TGA) 5k - 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA 23220
              On Saturday, May 25th, join the Virginia War Memorial in honoring our fallen soldiers by participating in the They Gave All (TGA) 5k. Registration is currently open, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or sponsor a memorial flag.

              You'll love the beautiful scenic route that winds through the Hollywood Cemetery and passes the Virginia War Memorial Shrine and the James River. This popular race is in its 8th year, and all proceeds from the event support the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.

            2. Pamplin Historical Park - 6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803  
              History lovers will enjoy the events that are taking place all three days over Memorial Day weekend at the 25th Park Anniversary Commemoration Weekend at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be tours, demonstrations, exhibits, and special activities for the kids.

              Monday's celebration ceremony includes a wreath-laying and Honor Guard presentation with military firing and playing of Taps. Other demonstrations are also planned throughout the day. While you're in the area, take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Petersburg homes for sale near the park. 

            3. Glen Allen Community Center Memorial Day Cookout - 10800 Brookley Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              The staff at the Glen Allen Community Center invites the community to attend their annual Memorial Day Cookout. Hotdogs, hamburgers, condiments, and sides will be provided by the GACC, please bring a dessert to share. The fun begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, May 27. Guest fees are $10 per person. Glen Allen homes for sale are just around the corner from this celebration.  Take time to schedule a showing with our team while you're in the neighborhood.
            1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
              On Monday, May 27th, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering free admission and discounts at the gift shop and cafe for military personnel, first responders, and their dependents. Anyone else in the party can also enjoy half-price admission. Your family and friends will enjoy spending the day exploring the 50-acres of gorgeous gardens and kid-friendly exhibits.  

            2. America's First College 1619 & Memorial Day Celebration -  Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. Chester, VA 23836
              Experience an unforgettable recreation of early-American military times at the Henricus Historical Park's Memorial Day Celebration. On May 25th from 10 am to 5:00 pm Henricus Militia and Henricus interpreters will provide weapons demonstrations, musket firings, and several cannon salutes throughout the day. Admission is free for active and retired military members and their immediate families.

              Once you spend some time exploring the area, you'll quickly understand why so many home buyers ask us to show them Chesterfield County homes for sale as soon as they're listed. 

            When you're ready to find the home of your dreams, we're here to help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and schedule an appointment. 

            April
            29

            Where to Host Your Child's Birthday Party Near Richmond

             

            Richmond Children's Birthday Party Venues
            The only thing better than celebrating your own birthday is throwing an unforgettable birthday party for your children. Our real estate agents know that planning a child's birthday party can be an overwhelming endeavor which is why we've compiled a list of the six coolest places in Richmond that are perfect for hosting a B-day bash that all of the kids will enjoy!

            1. Laser Quest – 889 Research Rd., Richmond, VA 23236
              Birthday parties at Laser Quest are out of this world! For over two decades, Laser Quest has offered Richmond area families the ultimate birthday experience for children and adults of all ages. Their 15,000 square-foot facility features levels upon levels of exciting laser tag action. This hassle-free party, conveniently located near many Richmond homes for sale, will provide hours of fun for boys and girls. With additional video games to play and delicious pizza to eat, hosting a birthday party at Laser Quest will make everyone feel like a kid again!

            2. Fairy Tale Parties & Events Boutique – 10861 West Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
              Every parent dreams of turning their child's birthday party into an amazing memory that their kids will cherish for a lifetime. Located near great Glen Allen homes for sale, Fairy Tale Parties & Events Boutique is here to help you make that dream a reality by throwing your child a party that is straight out of a storybook. Their wonderful party package themes feature princesses, rock stars, painting parties and more. They'll even take care of the treats and goody bags so all you need to do is take pictures and enjoy a fairytale ending to your child's perfect party.

            3. G-Force Karts – 4245 Carolina Ave., Bldg. B, Richmond, VA 23222
              In a hurry to find a fun-filled place to host your child's birthday party? Then race over to G-Force Karts and let them take the wheel. G-Force Karts is the place for action, adrenaline, and awesome entertainment. Their indoor facility offers go-karting, archery tag, laser tag, Bazooka Ball and much more. Every child also receives a free arcade card preloaded with $5 for games. Choose from one of their great packages or customize your own to plan a birthday bash that doesn't burn out.

            4. Peak Experiences – 11421 Polo Circle, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Do you want to take your child's birthday party to a higher level? Then host their celebration at Peak Experiences. This indoor rock climbing center offers children of all skill levels the chance to safely scale rock walls as high as 50 feet. After the climb, the party area on the mezzanine will be set up for ice cream, cake, and presents. While the kids enjoy their treats, perhaps you'll want to ascend the rock wall yourself to see if you can grab a peek at any beautiful Midlothian homes for sale.

            5. Off The Wall Indoor Bounce & Party Place, 721 Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23836
              Celebrate your child's big day by scheduling their party at Off the Wall Indoor Bounce and Party Place located next to some of our finest homes for sale in Chesterfield County.  Off the Wall has three party packages for groups from 8 to 20 guests with Party Planners whose main goal is to make sure your child a birthday party they will remember for years to come. 

            6. Cartwheels & Coffee – 2820 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221 
              Looking for a manageable place for your preschooler to enjoy their birthday party with friends? Cartwheels & Coffee, close to quaint RVA homes for sale, is a special spot where young ones and adults can relax and socialize. Their playland can be reserved for birthday parties of up to fifteen children while parents sit and enjoy handcrafted beverages in the café. They'll even structure the party around a theme to give the kids an immersive, memorable playday.

            Planning your child's birthday party doesn't have to be a stressful affair. Let our real estate agents help you find the perfect party spot around RVA. For more suggestions or to view Richmond homes for sale, contact Napier ERA today.

            January
            14

            Community Spotlight: Moving to Chesterfield

            Chesterfield County Community Spotlight

            For those searching for a home in the heart of Virginia,  homes for sale in Chesterfield County could be the perfect place to start your house hunt.

            The name "Chesterfield" refers to both the town of Chesterfield, home to about 3,500 residents, and the county of which it is the seat. Chesterfield is renowned for its courthouse – in fact, on many documents the area itself is referred to by that name – due to its great historic significance.

            Chesterfield has been the site of several major events throughout early U.S. history. Famed figures who were critical to the fate of the young nation stopped here for a variety of purposes. In the many years since that time Chesterfield County has grown into a thriving community.

            Let's find out more about Chesterfield.

            Who Lives in Chesterfield County?

            More than 300,000 people live in the greater Chesterfield area. It also attracts thousands of guests from all over the United States every year. Nature-lovers and history buffs alike enjoy Chesterfield County for its combination of natural beauty and historic sites.

            Where is Chesterfield County Located?

            Chesterfield County has an ideal location. It's situated between the beautiful James and Potomac Rivers and sits less than 20 miles from the state capital. Residents get to enjoy the robust local economy of Richmond without the hustle and bustle of living right in the city.

            What Attractions Are Popular in Chesterfield County?

            You'll find plenty to see and do when you decide to make Chesterfield your home:

            • Outdoor Adventures
              A variety of large and small public parks make it easy for you to enjoy the great outdoors. You'll be able to participate in hiking, camping, and water sports to suit any interest. Pocahontas State Park is famous for its mountain biking and also hosts the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.
            • Outstanding History
              You'll rub shoulders with history scholars here in Chesterfield, as there are many organizations dedicated to local preservation. In addition to the restored structures in Chesterfield proper, you can see the Chesterfield Museum and the Magnolia Grange Plantation House.
            • Shopping and Dining
              A fast-moving economy is the dynamic engine of modern Chesterfield. Chesterfield Towne Center offers amenities worthy of a major city without the rush. Dozens of shops run the gamut from treasured local finds to national chains. Holiday and community events happen regularly.

            What's the Housing Market Look Like in Chesterfield?

            Chesterfield contains a wide range of housing options from which you can choose. You'll find it all from historic houses to new suburban developments. Ranch, colonial, and split-level designs are some of the most popular. No matter the size of your family, there's something for you.

            What Should I Know About Neighboring Richmond, VA?

            As a Chesterfield resident, a quick trip to Richmond is a great way to enjoy local excitement on your terms. Richmond is a magnet for the top employers in the state. Proximity to the city is enticing for growing families, too: Richmond has some of the country's leading public schools.

            Richmond is also shaped by the presence of Virginia Commonwealth University. With more than 40,000 total students – including graduate and medical students – it presents unique opportunities for homeowners in the local area to expand their skills through continuing education.

            What's the First Step in Buying a Chesterfield, VA Home?

            If you want to buy a home in Chesterfield, Virginia, you need an expert real estate agent.

            Napier ERA is here to make the process simpler from start to finish. Our experienced team supports you with attentive customer service and insightful advice.

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more.

            October
            31

            Celebrate Thanksgiving in Chesterfield at the Half Way House

            Chesterfield VA Thanksgiving
            When it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, if you're like many Chesterfield locals, you may opt to make reservations instead of a turkey.

            If your heart sinks at the thought of missing mom's homemade mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie, don't despair. Our real estate agents have a solution that combines honoring the holiday with local history and coming together with family and friends.

            Why not make your family's Thanksgiving Day reservation at the Half Way House in Chesterfield? Often referred to as "the best-kept secret in Richmond," Rick and Sue Young, Chesterfield residents and owners of the Half Way House, offer guests fine cuisine in a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

            History of the Half Way House

            Built in 1760, the Half Way House served as a resting point for people traveling between Richmond and Petersburg (it was approximately halfway between the two cities) from the Revolution until late in the 19th Century.

            Some of its more famous visitors were the Marquis de Lafayette, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Today, Chesterfield's locals and visitors can take a step back in time and see the original Manor House and the authentic antiques that furnish it. A unique feature of the Half Way House is that the kitchen is in a separate building from the Manor House.

            Daily Dining in Chesterfield

            Executive Chef Raymond Allen leads the restaurant's staff preparing both lunch and dinner fare. Topping the list of favorite meals are Chesapeake Bay blue crab cakes, blackened duck breast, and hot apple pie. Reserve the Half Way House for private dining as well.

            Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2:00 PM. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30 PM until 9:00 pm.

            Making Thanksgiving Reservations for You and Your Family

            Thanksgiving dinner here is like none other in the area. A local Thanksgiving Day staple in Chesterfield for generations, the "gobbling" starts at noon on Thursday, November 22 and lasts until 7:00 PM.

            You'll enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu with your choice of favorites like roast turkey and baked ham. If you're in the mood for something a little different, order a petite filet, salmon, shrimp, or prime rib entrees.

            Make sure to leave room for a homemade dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, hot apple crisp ala mode, and gingerbread with brandied hard sauce top off the meal.

            We recommend reservations. Call 804.275.1760.  You can find The Half Way House at 10301 Jefferson Davis Highway, North Chesterfield, Virginia.

            Come and visit this historic landmark in Virginia and become a part of nearly three hundred years of history.

            Your Chesterfield Real Estate Professionals

            If you're finding yourself with Chesterfield homes for sale on your mind, contact us at Napier ERA Real Estate to find out more about starting your search for homes in the Richmond real estate area.

            May
            14

            Historic Homes in Chesterfield: Castlewood Plantation

            Castlewood Plantation - Chesterfield

            Chesterfield County homes for sale come in a wide range of architectural styles and often have strong historical influences. These classic homes are a reflection of the long history of Richmond and the important part Virginia has played in the epic of America.

            Of course, not all of the most historic buildings are for sale!

            One landmark that has stood the test of time is the fascinating Castlewood Plantation. Although it was renovated in the 1970s, it has remained true to its roots stretching all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, it is the home of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.

            Thanks to the conservatorship of the Historical Society, visitors from near and far have a chance to see this truly unique piece of Americana up close. It has been included in the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 and has welcomed guests for decades.

            The Story of Castlewood Plantation is the Story of Virginia

            Although its foundation wasn't laid until 1817, the story of Castlewood Plantation begins far earlier with the 1779 birth of visionary Parke Poindexter.

            Poindexter, whose family emigrated from the English Channel Isle of Jersey circa 1657, served as Chesterfield County's clerk of courts for more than 30 years, holding the position from 1812 to 1847.

            He established this fine Federal period home to raise a family of six children.

            Castlewood Plantation is an unusual architectural find, as it is a foremost example of the Federal period. This style was in vogue from 1785-1815 and incorporated a range of Roman and Greek influences that bring to mind the classical revival style that inspired the nation's capital.

            Many homes were designed in this fashion in Parke Poindexter's day, but Castlewood Plantation stands as the top surviving example. Not only that, but it embraces emblematic elements of the style, such as the five-part layout, carved marble mantels, and formal room in the basement.

            Interestingly, Federal architecture was most popular in Salem, MA – not Richmond at all.

            After Poindexter's death in 1847, the property soon passed into other hands.

            It was left unscathed by advancing Union forces during the Civil War, serving as a parsonage for traveling Methodist ministers during the period. Although many areas of Richmond sustained heavy damage as a result of the city's strategic importance, Castlewood was left without a scratch.

            As the Civil War drew to a close in 1865, Castlewood Plantation was bought and sold many times. It was revitalized by members of the Gilmer family in 1976, including patriarch William, great-great-great-great grandson of Poindexter himself.

            In 1977, Heritage Savings and Loan purchased the property and took renovation plans to a new level, hiring historians to carefully review every element and restore the property. Thus began its life as a public building – and it became a county-owned property in 1992.

            Visitors Can Still See Castlewood Plantation in All Its Glory

            In 1999, an anthropological dig at the Castlewood site uncovered evidence of some additional structures, which probably included a kitchen and slaves' quarters. Despite these losses, much of the building is fully intact and faithful to its original design and construction.

            Today, guests to the property are welcome to explore every part of this historic dwelling. Plus, there is free public access to a historic archive including artifacts like rare books, genealogical files, scrapbook maps, pictures, and cemetery records – ideal for any local historian!

            Our real estate agents are ready and waiting to help you become part of our Chesterfield County community.

            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.

            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.

            August
            24

            Salesperson Licensing Course September 11-15

            Salesperson Licensing Course

            Sept. 11-15 9am-5pm

            Napier ERA now offers a 5-day, 60-hour course that will fully satisfy your Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License Education requirement.  

            Classes will run from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you'll leave fully prepared to begin a rewarding career in real estate!

            Click here to complete the registration form, and you will be contacted promptly so that we can get you into the next class!

             

            August
            15

            Finding Your Home in Midlothian VA

            Big City Versus Suburban Living

            Suburban Home Midlothian
            Lately, there has been a great deal of attention placed on living in downtown areas.  Some love the idea of living in a large metro area with all the lights, sounds, and smells that come with it. 

            Still, many prefer the quiet, slower pace of living in the suburbs.  If you've been searching for a home in Richmond but living in an urban setting seems too overwhelming, then why not consider one of our stand-out, suburban areas:  Midlothian, VA.

            Only a quick 25-minute commute from Richmond, Midlothian was voted by CNBC.com as one of Top 10 Perfect Suburbs in the U.S. and Money Magazine among their Best Places to Live rankings.  If you're looking to relocate to a community with good schools, low crime, quality living, and affordable housing, Midlothian is the right Chesterfield County community for you.

            Buying in the 'Burbs

            Typically, suburban home buyers get more square footage for their money than their counterparts buying a home in the city.  Midlothian has been described as Richmond's best suburb when you're ready to scale up with the highest median household income of $123,124 and median home value of $269,752.

            In neighborhoods like Centre Point Crossing, Hallsey, Tarrington, and Queenspark, you'll find large estate homes starting at approximately $400,000.  

            Entertainment and Recreation

            While living in a smaller community may not have the "bright lights, big city" appeal of living in a downtown area, buying a home in the suburbs does offer its own array of entertainment and attractions. Being recognized nationally as a great place to live, Midlothian home buyers can attest to how much they love the convenience of outdoor and sporting attractions like Robius Landing Park, Mid-Lothian Mines Park, and Windy Hill Sports Complex located only minutes from home.

            Nearby shopping and dining is plentiful in Midlothian.  Chesterfield Towne Center, Ivymont Square Shopping Center, and Westchester Commons draw Midlothian shoppers to their stores with national retail chains and locally owned stores that you can visit.  For local dining and eateries, try Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Capital Ale House, Bell Greek Cuisine or Isabella's Bistro & Salumeria.

            Top-Rated Schools

            It's important to buy a home in a neighborhood with top-rated schools to increase the resale value of your home and its marketability as well as to ensure your child's education.  Midlothian's school-age children--from elementary to middle and high schools—attend the award-winning Chesterfield County School system. 

            Napier ERA Can Help

            For some choosing between living in an urban environment versus a suburban community is a hard decision to make.  When you're relocating to the Richmond area and can't decide between "city life" and a home in the suburbs, contact our team of REALTORS®.  Living and working in the local community gives us the ability to help you make the right choice for you and your family.  Contact Napier ERA today.

            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.

            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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