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September
19

Recreation Centers in Henrico County

Henrico County

The seasons are changing, and local parks and recreation centers offer a front-row seat to everything the fall season has to offer.

Our real estate agents work fitness and fun into their busy schedules at these wonderful Henrico County recreation centers near Richmond homes for sale

  • Belmont Recreation Center - 1600 Hilliard Rd., Henrico, VA 23228
    In earlier times, Belmont Recreation Center was a private home that later became Hermitage Country Club. As a result, the beautiful building and grounds are a great site for parties, meetings, and other large events. In addition to a golf course and tennis courts, the center has a community game room and drop-in programs for bridge, pinochle, and Colonial dance. Belmont Recreation Center is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on weekdays.

  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center - 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, VA 23223
    Who needs a pricey gym membership? Eastern Henrico Recreation Center has a fully-equipped fitness center with free weights, machines, an exercise studio, a locker room, and showers. Outdoor park hours are dawn to dusk daily. Visit the website for fitness center/gym hours and application for an access pass.

  • Hidden Creek Park & Recreation Center - 2417 Brockway Ln., Henrico, VA 23223
    History meets nature at Hidden Creek Park & Recreation Center. The centerpiece of the park is a lovely garden dedicated to the memory of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle crew. Amenities include a playground, walking trails, tennis courts, and picnic facilities. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • Laurel Recreation Area & Skate Park - 10301 Hungary Spring Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Catch some air at Laurel Recreation Area & Skate Park. Use the facility to build skills with skateboards, BMX with Gyro, non-motorized scooters, in-line skates, and Heely-wheeled athletic shoes. The center also features baseball/softball and football/soccer fields. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • The Springs Recreation Center - 302 Lee Ave., Henrico, VA 23075
    During the early 20th century, the Richmond and Rappahannock Railroad ran through the property that is now The Springs Recreation Center. Today, wonderful Henrico homes for sale are just down the street. The building retains stunning features such as wooden beams and a parquet floor. Enjoy the old-school charm of croquet, learn the popular new game of pickleball, or nurture your creativity in the self-guided art studio. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk, while the center is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

  • Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center - 5011 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    On hot days, let your kids make a big splash at Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center, not far from Glen Allen homes for sale. Children 12 and under love to frolic in the center's refreshing spray park. There are also two separate playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 6-12. The whole family can enjoy a walk along the nature trails. Park hours are dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

  • Virginia Randolph Recreation Area - 2175 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Team sports provide kids with a way to stay physically active while developing valuable social skills. With baseball/softball fields, football/soccer fields, basketball courts, and play equipment, Virginia Randolph Recreation Area accommodates the most popular sports. If you prefer one-on-one or doubles, the center also has tennis courts. Virginia Randolph is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

Life in Henrico County offers something for everyone. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

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
15

Get Ready for Fall With These Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that summer is drawing to a close, you can no longer rely on lush greenery to make your property look its best. The final days of summer are approaching, and it's time to start thinking about fall landscaping ideas. Our real estate agents know how important curb appeal is in any season. Here are some of their favorite tips to help get your home ready for the fall months.

  • Use Dead Leaves for Mulch
    Fall weather means lots of dead leaves to rake up – or does it? While it's become common to rake away the last year's foliage before the winter sets in, this practice actually robs your gardens of valuable nutrients they need to grow.

    Instead of disposing of the dead leaves, gather them up and place them around your still-growing plants. If you want to keep your garden beds looking neat, you can use a leaf blower with an attached mulcher to grind up the leaves before scattering them. The result will look just like store-bought mulch but will provide much more nutrition for your plants.

  • Choose Plants That Flourish in Fall
    Fall landscapes may not be as rare with growth as spring and summer ones, but some plants thrive in this season. There are many impressive vegetable plants (such as kale and cabbage) and ornamental grasses that do well in cooler weather. Some fruiting plants (including roses, elderberries, and winterberries) continue to produce fruits well into the colder months. 

  • Add Pumpkins and Other Squashes
    Cliché or not, there's nothing like pumpkins to bring out the beauty of fall. Their fellow gourds may not be as well known, but squashes, in general, are still unmistakably connected to the autumn months.

    Squashes grow well in colder weather, which is part of why they are so deeply connected with the season. You can grow your own for an impressive display, but be sure to start early to give your gourds time to grow. If you don't have the time or money for this, you can try using plastic pumpkins and squashes instead. If they're viewed from afar, no one will know the difference.

  • Incorporate Gates and Archways
    Doors and arches are a classic symbol for transitions, making them an apt landscaping decoration during changing seasons. They can also serve a practical purpose by blocking access to parts of your property where you may not want animals or other uninvited guests.

    If you have a gate or archway in your garden already, dress it up with some vines, trees, or shrubs to draw attention to it. If you don't have one, add one. Stone arches are particularly good for creating a fetching fall look. 

  • Add Rock and Water Features
    Want to keep your garden looking great all year long? Try adding some rock and water elements to the mix. Rock formations and water features add some flair to a garden and look great in all seasons, not just the sunny summer months. 

    Fountains and sculptures are some of the most dramatic landscaping elements available and are sure to draw the eye as part of your fall display. If you prefer to keep things more low-key, a tranquil pond, a low stone wall, or some decorative path stones might be just what your need to bring new life to your outdoor spaces.

Wish you had a little more outdoor space to try out these ideas? Many of our Richmond homes for sale have sprawling yards and gardens. Contact us today to book a viewing of any of our stunning properties and see for yourself.

June
6

Summer Reading: Take Your Books to These Central Virginia Spots

Richmond Reading

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

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

Let's take a closer look:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
16

How to Pick the Right Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Furniture

With warmer temperatures and flowers in bloom, it's the perfect season to start spending more time outside. If you just bought one of the Richmond homes for sale with a backyard or patio, you're probably looking forward to how you'll use it this season! You could lounge outdoors while reading a book or grill some food to share with friends. Of course, this is most enjoyable when you have outdoor furniture that suits your needs. Make the most of your outdoor spaces by selecting the right furniture. Here are some tips for selecting furnishings for your own patio or yard.

  • Measure Your Space
    Outdoor spaces often look larger than they actually are. You don't want to arrive home with a new patio set and find out it doesn't fit your space. Make sure to measure the area you're planning to furnish and bring those measurements with you as you shop.

  • Map it Out
    As you look at various furniture sets, use a piece of graph paper to sketch the way you'll arrange the furniture. Use the measurements you took of your space, along with the measurements of the furniture, to guide you. Experiment with different layouts to see which option you like best.

  • Sit on Chairs Before Buying Them
    People often focus on the appearance of outdoor furniture, overlooking the fact that furniture should be comfortable, too. This is why it's a good idea to shop for furniture in person. Sit in the chairs before you buy them and make sure you choose ones that are comfortable. Does the back offer enough support? Are you at a reasonable height when you scoot up to the table?

    Some people prefer patio chairs with cushions, but there are some really comfortable, non-cushioned chairs out there, too. Sit in a few and see how you like them. It really is a matter of personal preferences.

  • Choose a Low-Maintenance Material
    Maintaining outdoor furniture is not as fun as relaxing in it. So, make sure you choose furniture made from easily cleanable materials. Vinyl and aluminum are both good choices. If you like a more natural look, teak and cedar tend to be the best wood options. These woods resist rot, so you can hose them off to clean them.

  • Look for Easy Storage
    Most people like to store their patio furniture in a garage or shed during the winter months. So, when looking at various furniture choices, consider how easy it is to store. Chairs and tables that fold up will take up less space in storage. If you prefer rigid chairs, look for ones that stack. Also, try picking up the furnishings. Be sure to choose furnishings you can lift and carry safely. Vinyl is a good, lightweight material for those with less strength. Wood, while beautiful, can be heavy. So if you go with wooden furniture, make sure you have help moving it.

  • Coordinate Colors With Your Landscaping
    Neutral colors like white, black, and natural wood should look good with most any landscape. But if you want brighter-colored furniture, make sure the color you choose coordinates with your landscape and home exterior.

    It often works well to choose a color that is seen in small amounts elsewhere in your yard or garden. For instance, if you have purple flowers, purple furniture may look nice. If you have forest green trim, then outdoor furniture with some green is an option.

With these tips, you're sure to find the perfect outdoor furniture for your yard or patio. If you're still looking for the perfect house and yard to furnish, contact us. Our real estate agents will gladly walk you through the buying process.

February
7

6 Dog-Friendly Places in Central Virginia

Dog Friendly Richmond

For many of us pet owners and dog lovers, quick access to pet-friendly amenities is essential. Things like boarding and pet stores are important, but sometimes your pup needs a little bit of luxury too. Central Virginia has it all -- from options for pet-friendly outdoor activities, doggie spas, and even upscale overnight accommodations. Our real estate agents love pets, so it only made sense that we'd create a quick list of our favorite places around Central Virginia to treat our pups.

  1. Dog Krazy - 3310 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for some of the highest quality pet products around, a stop by Dog Krazy is in order. This specialty pet store offers a wide selection of quality dog food as well as essentials, toys, and treats. You'll also enjoy checking out their assortment of doggie baked goods. 

  2. Ruff Canine Club - 1924 Ellen Rd, Richmond, VA 23230
    This members-only dog club offers a recreational haven for your pup. Dogs have plenty of room to run around and play at Ruff Canine Club, while owners can enjoy a drink at the dog bar. Memberships are available on a monthly or annual basis, but you can also buy a guest pass for the day if you want to check it out.

  3. Dogtopia - 13615 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Looking for some great boarding options? Dogtopia is a premier destination for daycare, boarding, and spa services. However, this is more than just a place to drop off your dog -- the staff at Dogtopia offer training to help pets learn valuable social skills during their stay. The daycare is an off-leash setting, so your dog will have complete freedom to explore. Dogtopia is a great option for pet boarding, especially if you're considering one of these great Midlothian homes for sale nearby.

  4. Swift Creek Animal Hospital & Pet Resort - 2331 Colony Crossing Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Easy access to high-quality medical care can be found at Swift Creek Animal Hospital. This vet clinic offers comprehensive services to help keep your dog feeling healthy. Emergency services, basic health care, dental care, and even laser treatments, you'll find everything you need and more. They also have an onsite pet resort for daycare, boarding, and spa services.

  5. Scott Memorial Park - 6680 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    If your pet is in need of some fresh air, a nice walk Scott Memorial Park could do you both some good. This beautiful park consists of ballfields, playgrounds, walking trails, and obstacle courses, spread across 10 acres of land. It's the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. If you love this park, you might enjoy checking out some great Prince George homes for sale just down the road.

  6. Dorey Park and Recreation Center - 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231
    Head on over to Henrico and check out one of the best dog parks in Central Virginia. Dorey Park has an excellent outdoor, off-leash dog park. It's about 1 acre and is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. The park has its own section for small pups and another one for large dogs. There is also a trailhead for the Virginia Capital Trail right next to the park, so you can head on a nice walk in the woods. There are also plenty of gorgeous Henrico homes for sale not too far away.

Access to amenities and resources for your pet is important when selecting a new place to live. Contact us for more information on all the great things Central Virginia has to offer.

October
4

Where to Practice Yoga in Central Virginia

Richmond Yoga

Looking for a new hobby to try in the Central Virginia area? Practicing yoga has so many benefits for both mind and body while fostering a sense of community that makes everyone feel welcome. Whether you're interested in trying yoga for the first time, looking for an advanced class where you can learn new things, or even becoming a yoga teacher yourself, there's a local yoga class with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 of the best places to practice yoga in Central Virginia.

  • BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness – 13 S. 13th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a great community of students, BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness offers a ton of options for pursuing your yoga passion. If you have a busy schedule, BareSOUL Yoga has you covered with both morning and evening classes nearly every day of the week. Practice yoga with an in-person class at the studio, or try one of the many virtual classes available to enjoy a class from the comfort of your own home.

  • Richmond City Yoga – 212 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Are you a beginner looking to practice yoga for the first time and learn the basics from friendly, experienced instructors? Richmond City Yoga offers an excellent selection of Mysore yoga classes designed to be accessible for beginners while still providing more advanced instruction for experienced practitioners. There are morning and evening classes available on weekdays, along with a special Saturday morning class that's perfect for adding some wellness to your weekend.

  • Project Yoga Richmond – 112 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    The team at Project Yoga Richmond works hard to provide accessible yoga classes for all community members, with a "pay what you can" program that allows yoga to fit within any budget. This is possible thanks to the support of other local yoga studios and to the donations of many people who attend classes at Project Yoga Richmond. Stop by for evening yoga classes every night at the studio, or visit the Saturday Salutations program for outdoor, public, family-friendly yoga classes every Saturday throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 N. Sycamore St., Second Floor, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Searching for a great yoga class close to Petersburg homes for sale? Ever since it opened its doors in 2007, Yoga One Studio has been providing amazing wellness experiences to the local community. Stop by for one of the many regularly scheduled classes, schedule your own class at the studio for up to four students, or bring Yoga One to you with a special private session at your home. Classes are designed to be affordable for all, with special discounts for military members, college students, and anyone who wants to pay for multiple classes in advance.

  • Guiding Tree Yoga – 12097 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
    You won't have to travel far from Henrico homes for sale to enjoy some outstanding community yoga classes, thanks to local studios like Guiding Tree Yoga. Classes here are a mix of community yoga, private yoga, and virtual yoga, with something to fit every schedule. Everything is lead by experienced yoga instructor Caleigh, who founded the studio as a way to provide accessible yoga for people from all backgrounds.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing health and wellness amenities around Central Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us today.

September
20

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is back and better than ever! After holding a virtual event in 2020, the festival returns to its place on the riverfront for an in-person event in October 2021. As always, you will be treated to live performances from a diverse, international collection of bands in a fun festival atmosphere with activities for all ages to enjoy. There's no admission fee for this outstanding event, and its convenient location near Richmond homes for sale attracts visitors from throughout Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the details on what you can expect at the Richmond Folk Festival this year.

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

The Event: Richmond Folk Festival

When: October 8 – 10, 2021

Where: Downtown Richmond Riverfront

Admission: Free

Enjoy a Free, Culturally Diverse Live Music Festival

The highlight of the Richmond Folk Festival, as always, is the amazing lineup of artists set to perform. There will be six performance stages located throughout the riverfront area, with performances happening all day throughout each of the event's three days. The first group of artists announced for the festival includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Nava Persian Trio, Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies, Plena Es, Rare Essence, and Sean Jones. In addition to the live music, there will also be dance performances that highlight cultures from around the world.

Fantastic Food and So Much More at the Marketplace

It's not just great music that makes the Richmond Folk Festival such a must-visit event. The Marketplace is where you'll find food from some of the best food vendors from Richmond and beyond, all in one place. Sample a unique selection of multi-cultural cuisine, and be sure to save room for dessert! In the Marketplace, you will also be able to shop from a selection of artisans offering unique gift items, clothing, home décor, and crafts of all kinds. Stay tuned to the Richmond Folk Festival website to learn more about which artisans and vendors will be setting up shop in the Marketplace this year as they're announced closer to the start of the festival.

An Epic Scavenger Hunt and Fun Family Activities

The Richmond Folk Festival is geared toward families and visitors of all ages, with a wide variety of fun activities available in the play area for kids. And you don't have to wait for the festival to start having a great time. There are also two scavenger hunts that you can participate in to learn more about the festival, discover new artists, and get excited about the big event. 

A History of Excellence in Richmond

The Richmond Folk Festival has been one of the city's favorite annual events ever since it was first established in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest festivals in Virginia. It all started with the goal of celebrating the many unique cultures that combine to make Richmond such a special place to live, and festival organizers find new ways to add to that celebration every year. 

There's always another exciting event coming up on the calendar in Richmond, and our team would love to help you find your next home close to all of the action. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.

September
13

Richmond Favorites: Winners From Richmond Magazine's 2021 Survey

Richmond Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
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.

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
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!

April
19

Disc Golf Courses Around Central Virginia

Central Virginia Disc Golf

Disc golf is a great way to spend some time outdoors with friends, immerse yourself in natural scenery, and enjoy some fun, healthy exercise in some of your favorite local parks. You don't need much equipment to get started, yet disc golf still offers many of the same enjoyable challenges of a traditional round of golf. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the best disc golf courses that you can enjoy around Central Virginia.

  1. Gillies Creek Park – 4425 Williamsburg Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
    Start your tour of disc golf courses near Richmond homes for sale at Gillies Creek Park, which has been a popular destination for disc golf for more than 25 years. This is a perfect course to play if you're looking to enjoy a quick round, with relatively short holes surrounded by beautiful, wooded terrain. There are multiple tees for each hole to accommodate players of all experience levels, and the course is conveniently located close to some of Richmond's most popular neighborhoods.

  2. Dunncroft/Castle Point Park – 4901 Francistown Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    With two names and one great disc golf course, Dunncroft/Castle Point Park is a fun place to enjoy a round of disc golf near Glen Allen homes for sale. This course offers a wide variety of terrain, which adds to both the challenge and beauty of playing here. You will find thick forests, meandering creeks, and hilly terrain at Castle Point Park. This course is 9 holes long, so it's perfect for playing a quick round.

  3. Dorey Park and Recreation Center – 2999 Darbytown Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    Dorey Park and Recreation Center 
    is a beloved local destination for outdoor fun of all types close to Henrico homes for sale, and it features one of the best disc golf courses in the area. This is an ideal place to play if you're in the mood for a longer, more challenging round of disc golf. The course plays over 6,200 feet from the back tees, with various elevation changes and tree-lined holes that add to the fun challenge of playing a round here.

  4. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
    If you're searching for a challenging disc golf course with long holes and beautiful scenery, then be sure to plan a visit to Bryan Park in Richmond. The course at Bryan Park is one of the most popular in the Richmond area, with hilly, wide-open holes and fewer trees than some of the other courses on our list. The terrain makes this a perfect place to play on a warm, sunny day, and the length of the holes adds plenty of challenge to this fun course.

  5. White Bank Park – 400 White Bank Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23842
    Searching for a fun, scenic place to enjoy a round of disc golf near Colonial Heights homes for sale? Then it's time to plan a trip to White Bank Park, where you'll find a fun disc golf course and a wide variety of outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. This course makes outstanding use of the surrounding terrain to create unique holes, with layouts that reward players with great technique.

Ready to find your next home near fun outdoor attractions and excellent disc golf courses? Let our team help. Contact us today.

    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.

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