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February
26

Richmond Named by Zagat to Top 30 Most Exciting US Food Cities

Richmond VA Top US Foodie City
Richmond has long enjoyed a rich and diverse culinary scene. Recently, though, it has attracted more attention – drawing visitors from across the U.S. and even around the world.

In late 2016, WalletHub helped put Richmond on the map, noting it was #1 Per Capita in Craft Breweries and Wineries among America's 150 top cities and #9 overall for the best food and within the top ten in four other categories. In 2017, Zagat added Richmond to their list of the "30 most exciting food cities in America 2017." 

No matter if you're taking a long weekend or checking out Richmond homes for sale, there are some local restaurants you simply shouldn't overlook. If you're ready to get a true taste of Richmond, we've got some memorable recommendations for you!

Six "Can't-Miss" Dining Experiences in Richmond, VA

  1. L'opossum, 626 China St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond - L'opposum

    When you think of delicious food, an opossum might be the last thing on your mind. The unusual name conceals one of Richmond's premium dining experiences, consisting of a creative, quality menu at affordable prices. Prepare to enjoy one of the city's best wine, beer, and cocktail menus alongside entrees like jumbo lump crab cakes and exquisite desserts.

  2. Metzger Bar and Butchery, 801 N 23rd St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond - Metzger Bar & Butchery

    Metzer brings a touch of German culinary tradition to the Richmond area with rustic food, wine, and cocktails centered around the season's finest ingredients. Led by Richmond-born, New York-trained chef Brittanny Anderson, it is open for dinner and brunch with both small and large plates. Chicken schnitzel, beef cheeks, and steelhead trout are just some of the selections.

  3. Sub Rosa Bakery, 620 N 25th St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond Subrosa

    Sub Rosa is a traditional wood-fired bakery that prides itself on the craft of delicious fresh bread and pastries. It uses organic heirloom and regional grains in confections ranging from sesame rye to stone ground shortbread cookies. You can enjoy a light breakfast, tea, or coffee at the espresso bar. Plus, virtually anything on the menu is available to special order for your event.

  4. The Roosevelt, 623 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond - The Roosevelt

    The Roosevelt is a celebration of Southern food with a number of charming, unconventional twists. After opening in 2011, it was named 2012 Restaurant of the Year by Style Magazine and has been going strong ever since. In addition to scrumptious seafood including roasted rockfish, mahi mahi, and seared scallops, its bistro steak and slow-cooked pork shoulder are celebrated.

  5. Proper Pie Company, 2505 E. Broad Street #100, Richmond, VA

    Richmond - Proper Pie Co.

    Described by one reviewer as a "wonderful, magical place," Proper Pie Company is a cozy local storefront with a wide range of sweet and savory pies. Delectable sensations like the lamb and vegetable pie have won kudos from as far away as New Zealand. The menu includes plenty of vegan options, too – the vegetarian "steak and cheese" is a particular delight.

  6. River City Food Tours, 3199 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond (c) River City Tours

    If you want to enjoy all of the mouth-watering delights that Richmond has to offer, one of the best ways is with an established food tour. River City Food Tours is one of the favorites, thanks in part to its two exciting options. You can choose from the Carytown Food Tour or Arts District Food Tour. Each takes in five or six sights in one easy mile – a great way to spend about three hours.

Once you get a taste of all Richmond has to offer, you might just find you're not so eager to leave. Contact Napier ERA and we'll help you find the right new home for you in the heart of Richmond or any of our welcoming local communities.

 

February
23

6 Tips for Finding the Right Neighborhood

Finding the Right Richmond Neighborhood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
13

Richmond Is No. 1 Beer Destination in the World

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

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

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

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

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

Richmond Beats Out Global Destinations to Reign as King of Beers

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

Richmond Beer Reigns No. 1 Strangeways Brewing

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

Richmond Beer Trail Tour Triple Crossing Brewery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Breweries to Bakeries, Richmond Has Lots to Offer

Ardent Craft Ales Richmond

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

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

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

February
7

Moving to Richmond? Tips for Finding the Perfect School

Finding the Perfect Richmond Area School
Moving can be stressful. We all know it. As excited as you surely are to be finding your new home in Richmond, there are a lot of important decisions to be made, and many of them aren't easy.

If you're a parent, there may be no more important decision than where your children go to school. That means you need to find not only the perfect home in the area, but also the perfect school. We understand the challenges, which is why our real estate agents are eager to share these tips for finding the right school.

6 Tips for Finding the Perfect School

There are two basic strategies for finding a great school in a new city. Either you can find your dream home and then look for great schools nearby, or you can find your dream school and then look for great homes nearby. Either option can work for you, but it's good to start out with a solid plan of attack.

  1. Do Your Homework
    It would be great if you could actually see each school ahead of time in person if you can, by all means do – but that can be difficult if you're moving from across the state, or even across the country. Luckily, there are a lot of online resources that can help you learn more about schools, and find the one that's just right for your kids. Greatschools.org is an excellent resource for finding the highest-ranked schools in any given city, while NeighborhoodScout.com breaks cities down into neighborhoods and provides detailed information on each neighborhood, from school rankings to crime statistics.

  2. Look Beyond Test Scores
    It's easy to browse through online information about schools and make snap decisions based on how well each school ranks in terms of standardized test scores. But don't be too hasty. Just because one school is a few points lower test-wise doesn't mean that school doesn't have great teachers, wouldn't be a good fit socially, or isn't located in a great neighborhood. Don't ignore test scores completely, but remember that they aren't the only factor.

  3. List Your Needs and Wants
    Every child has different needs and every parent has different ideas of what their child's needs are. So take the time to really think out what you're looking for in a new school – a great arts program, lots of extra-curricular activities, top-ranked athletic teams, small classroom sizes? Make a list of "must-haves" and "like-to-haves" that you can use to objectively evaluate each school.

  4. Contact the Schools
    Calling up a school and asking questions is a great way to get a feel for what a school really offers. Talk to a principal or school administrator, and have all the questions you want to ask written down so you don't forget any. Remember to ask about things beyond academics. Does the school have a lot of after-school activities? How do they handle bullying?

  5. Have Reasonable Financial Expectations
    If money is no object, that's great; but if you live in the real world, you know that there's a limit to what you can pay for your new home. You probably also know that the best schools aren't always located in the areas with the cheapest housing. You shouldn't have to settle for a home or a school that you're not entirely satisfied with, but the process will be easier if you know what you can afford, and keep that information in mind moving forward.

  6. Talk to Your Real Estate Agent
    An experienced real estate agent is arguably the best resource you have for learning all there is to know about your new city, neighborhood, and home. The agents at Napier ERA have a wealth of knowledge that will make it easier to find the ideal school for your kids, and we're always happy to help!

Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about the process of relocating to Richmond, VA. Our team is here to help you every step of the way, from locating your dream home to living your new life to its fullest!

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