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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Ready to learn more about the Richmond area? Contact us for more on Richmond real estate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
If 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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
Our agents know the Central Virginia area. Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area.
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!
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!
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.
Ready to learn more about the Central Virginia area? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled real estate agents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Libraries 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Dinwiddie to Colonial Heights, to Fort Lee from Petersburg – we've got the Tri Cities covered!
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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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.