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September
28

Visit These Richmond Cideries This Fall

Richmond Cideries

As the crisp autumn weather rolls into the RVA, now is the perfect time to grab some fresh air and a cold drink. If you're interested in sipping on something sweet, our real estate agents encourage you to stop by one of these Richmond cideries for a true taste of the fall season.

  1. Blue Bee Cider – 1320 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
    Take a drive down to the historic Scott's Addition district to visit Virginia's first urban cidery. Offering distinctive ciders that embrace yet challenge the traditions of the craft, Blue Bee Cider uses apples from throughout the state in their delicious drafts. Try the Aragon 1904, their original cider, before moving onto Hewe's Crab Apple or Rocky Ridge Reserve. If you want more than one fruit in your cider, sample the Mill Race Bramble infused with blackberries and raspberries.

  2. Ashton Creek Vineyard – 14501 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Chester, VA 23831
    There's no place quite like a Virginia vineyard in the fall. Ashton Creek Vineyard invites you to enjoy the cool weather while sampling their wines. They're ready to fill your glass with a variety of whites, reds, and roses. A 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2017 Twee Blanken, and a 2018 Lady May Rose are only a few of the delicious aged wines on their menu. Make sure you come hungry as well; their kitchen menu includes charcuterie and cheese boards, sliders, fries, and baked crab dip that all pair well with the vino. Ashton Creek Vineyard is the perfect place to have a celebratory drink after you close on one of our Chester homes for sale.

  3. Courthouse Creek Cider – 3300 W. Broad St. #106, Richmond, VA 23230
    Courthouse Creek Cider is the only cidery in the state to produce all of their ciders naturally. They grow their own apples and use sustainable practices throughout their orchard and fermentation processes. Take one sip of any of their nine ciders and you'll taste the flavors of their family-run farm. Cheers to the good life with a Bella Vita or taste the Hoppy Girl that drinks like a light beer. If you're still longing for the summertime, the Endless Summer will transport you back to sunnier days.

  4. Capital Ale House – 4024-A Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Craft beer and cider lovers don't have to venture far for a huge selection thanks to Capital Ale House. There are five locations throughout the area ready to serve you a seasonal pint. If you are up looking at Glen Allen homes for sale, stop by their taphouse to check out their latest selection of hard ciders on the menu. Current options include adventurous ciders like blueberry and grapefruit. 

  5. Oak & Apple – 1814 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
    What's better than fresh cider? A plate of slow-cooked barbeque and a dog-friendly patio to enjoy them on. Oak & Apple have a draft list containing ciders, beers, and cocktails. As far as ciders go, we recommend trying a few Virginia favorites like the Guava Galaxy from Free Union, the Pineapple Cider from Nellysford, or the Lime of the Ancient Mariner from Hampton. Their tasty ciders are only rivaled by their delicious menu. 

  6. Buskey Cider – 2910 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Located in Richmond's craft alcohol neighborhood, Buskey Cider is another fantastic cidery in Scott's Addition. Over a dozen ciders are on tap and ready to serve. If you're new to ciders, try their two flagship options: the RVA Cider and the Tart Cherry Cider. Their other taps are often limited-release flavors so be sure to try them before they're gone. We recommend the premium Heritage Blend Cider, the classic Buskey Dry Cider, or the no-added-sugar Little Bit Sweet Cider.

Are you hoping to savor the flavors of the RVA in your own home? Contact us today to schedule tours for our Richmond homes for sale.

September
21

Richmond: Where to Play Tourist for a Day

Richmond Tourism

World Tourism Day is on Sunday, September 27th, and although we may not be able to grab our passports and jet off to parts unknown around the globe, we can still explore the many wonders of the world in our own backyards. Have you ever tried to act like a tourist in your own town? Our real estate agents encourage you to view the RVA through the eyes of a visitor with stops at these fantastic local places.

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    50-acres of outdoor gardens are waiting for you at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. As one of the top gardens in the country, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has over a dozen themed gardens, including a Rose Garden, Children's Garden, and Cherry Tree Walk. Ideal for taking a relaxing stroll around gorgeous scenery, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a must-visit for anyone who wants to see one of the most beautiful areas of the RVA.

  2. The Poe Museum – 1914 East Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Edgar Allan Poe, one of Richmond's most famous residents, is immortalized at The Poe Museum. Featuring the world's most comprehensive collection of Poe memorabilia and artifacts, including first editions, movie posters, and handwritten letters. Whether you can quote The Raven by heart or if you only know a little about this world-renowned author, a visit to The Poe Museum is a fun and interesting way to learn about the life, death, and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.

  3. Maymont – 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Maymont
    is a sprawling historic park and estate containing gardens, arboretums, a nature center, historic buildings, and many more interesting sights. Covering 100-acres, this estate and park is a popular space for both public and private events throughout the year. From watching and petting wildlife to viewing the carriage collecting and learning about the history of the property, Maymont's engaging atmosphere has earned it a Best of Virginia Award in 2020.

  4. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center – 400 Sausiluta Dr., Henrico, VA 23227
    When you're touring Henrico homes for sale, take a moment to learn about the natural area surrounding these charming neighborhoods at the Three Lakes Park and Nature Center. The Center offers 6,500-square-feet of exhibits, an aquarium, and interactive displays in nearly every field of natural interest. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center is a great stop for children of all ages. Outside of the Nature Center, the park offers fishing, a playground, hiking trails, and a picnic area where you can spend hours getting in touch with nature.

  5. Lavender Fields Herb Farm – 11300 Winfrey Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Close to Glen Allen homes for sale is Lavender Fields Herb Farm, where you can stock up on unique gifts from the farm and, of course, all things lavender. Their website is updated regularly to show what's in season on their farm. While their lavender fields are at their peak in June, you can visit at any point in the year and enjoy their Lavender Tour. 

  6. Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum – 880 West Roslyn Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    After looking at nearby Colonial Heights homes for sale, take a trip back in time when you visit Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum. Featuring a rare collection of tractors, this museum is the perfect opportunity to learn about this history of agricultural equipment. The tractors on display are always changing, making this a great place to visit multiple times. 

  7. Centre Hill Mansion – 1 Centre Hill Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Petersburg is packed with history, and one of the best places to learn about it is Centre Hill Mansion. Constructed between 1818 and 1823, this mansion now serves as a museum displaying 19th and 20th-century furniture and art. Tours are available Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for a tour and learn about the area after looking at Petersburg homes for sale

Did you discover charming new neighborhoods during your tour of the RVA? Contact us today to schedule tours of the many great Richmond homes for sale.

September
14

Home Improvement Projects that Can Help You Sell

Home Improvement Projects

If you're planning to sell your home, you'll want to make it stand out positively from other houses that are on the market. This often requires making some upgrades. When making your decision on what you'd like to upgrade, you'll obviously want to concentrate on those improvements that will help you recoup your investment.

Our real estate agents suggest the following home improvement projects that can help your home stand out from other Richmond homes for sale.

  • Install – or Refinish – Hardwood Flooring 
    Most of today's homeowners prefer hardwood flooring over carpeting because of its appearance, as well as its easy maintenance. If your home has carpeting, replacing it with hardwood flooring can more than pay for itself when it's time to sell. And in some cases, you might even find that the carpeting was installed over hardwood flooring. You'll then only need to remove the carpet and refinish the hardwood. If your home already has hardwood flooring, refinishing it can show it off to its best advantage.

  • Update Your Kitchen
    A kitchen can often make or break a home sale. But if you opt for a full kitchen remodel, you may not recoup what you spend. Instead, make smaller upgrades by applying a fresh coat of paint and installing new energy-efficient appliances. Depending on their age and condition, you can also consider updating your countertops, cabinets, and hardware.

  • Improve Your Landscaping  
    If your landscaping is less than attractive, prospective homebuyers may never take the time to see the inside of your home. Trim overgrown shrubs and trees, edge your lawn, apply fresh mulch, and plant some colorful perennials. These improvements are quite inexpensive, especially if you do the work yourself, and they can make a big difference in your home's curb appeal.

  • Install a Deck   
    Homeowners appreciate an outdoor living space like a deck, which can become a family gathering and relaxation spot. If your home doesn't already have a deck, you can add one that's relatively simple or one that has more features, such as built-in seating and two sets of stairs. As you choose your features and materials, you'll have control over exactly how much you invest in your deck.

  • Paint Your Home
    In any home, interior paint will look dingy over time and develop scuffs or other imperfections. Invest in a fresh coat of paint, which will make your home look its best and instantly give it a brighter, cleaner appearance. This will also give you the chance to choose a neutral hue if you have rooms with more unique paint colors. 

  • Upgrade Your Garage Door
    An older garage door can make a home look dated, so an upgrade can give your home an instant facelift. Look at current styles, designs, and colors and choose an option that complements the look of your home.

  • Refresh Your Home's Exterior
    Your home's curb appeal goes beyond your landscaping to include your front door and porch, as well your walkways, driveway, mailbox, and other exterior elements. A freshly painted porch with attractive furniture and colorful throw pillows will welcome prospective buyers. Also, consider replacing your mailbox and front door if they aren't in tip-top shape. First impressions are important!

Contact us to learn more about selling a home in the Richmond area. Our experienced agents can suggest home improvement projects that will provide the best return on your investment while attracting buyers.

September
8

August 2020 Market Update

 

Central Virginia is still buying and selling in Summer 2020!

August had thousands of transactions and we're seeing higher home prices as time goes on, month over month, year over year.

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

September
8

National Waffle Week: Where to Get Brunch in Richmond

Waffles in Richmond

Every once in a while, a holiday comes along that we can really get behind. Did we mention that National Waffle Week is this week? It's the first full week in September, and we are ready to celebrate! 

Our real estate agents love Richmond for a lot of reasons—the culture, the nightlife, the music, the rich history, and scenic beauty—but at the end of the day, the thing that might stand out the most is the food. With that in mind, let's all take a tour of some of the Richmond area's best brunch spots in honor of National Waffle Week!

  1. Aunt Sarah's Restaurant - 9010 Brook Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Sometimes, there's simply nothing that beats a classic diner breakfast. When that's what you're in the mood for, head to Aunt Sarah's Restaurant. Breakfast is offered up all day, including hearty waffles served with bacon and a generous scoop of homemade mashed potatoes. Sarah's has two locations, one on Broad Street in Richmond and another in Glen Allen, just around the corner from these Glen Allen homes for sale

  2. The Shaved Duck Restaurant - 15408 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Duck is indeed a menu staple at The Shaved Duck Restaurant, which provides a unique take on some classic brunch dishes. Duck and Waffles is a menu highlight—and a twist on the more traditional chicken and waffle combo—with a confit duck leg served on a fluffy, crispy waffle and drizzled with rosemary-bourbon syrup. The Shaved Duck is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale and is open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays. 

  3. Capitol Waffle Shop - 1110 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Capitol Waffle Shop takes a simple concept (make great waffles, serve them all day, repeat), and stretches it to the max. When you need a waffle any time between 9 am and 8 pm, this is where you go. They also make killer mimosas and are within walking distance of some lovely Richmond homes for sale.

  4. Lulu's - 21 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    With one of the best brunch menus in Richmond, Lulu's is always a reliable place to get your waffle fix. Red velvet waffles are one of their specialties, topped with pecan cream cheese and strawberries. Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. If you're looking for a drink with a little kick to go along with it, Lulu's bloody Marys, mimosas, and Irish coffees are all great choices.

  5. Boychiks Deli - 4024 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    It's as if an old school New York-style deli somehow wandered its way south, made it to Virginia, and decided to stay. Family owned and operated since 1990, Boychiks Deli serves some of the best bagels south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and you can even get yours with generous portions of lox, onions, and cream cheese, just like in NYC. The menu is rounded out with all the classic breakfast and brunch staples, from Belgian waffles and French toast to omelets and egg sandwiches. 

  6. Edna's Country Cookin - 3268 S Crater Rd, Petersburg, VA 23805
    If you are in Petersburg looking at Petersburg homes for sale, make sure to stop by Edna's Country Cookin. Open every day from 6 am to 10 pm, their kitchen serves up classic comfort food and breakfast all day. For National Waffle Week, we recommend trying their waffles, which you can get topped with blueberries or strawberries. Or get their Waffles and Four Wings special for an unbeatable sweet and savory combination.  

Richmond has a lot of things going for it, but its culinary scene really is second to none. Contact us today to learn more about life in Virginia, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in RVA and the surrounding areas!

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