There's no better way to discover all that Richmond has to offer than by taking a walking tour, and there are fascinating local tours available for every interest. Whether you want to tour historic neighborhoods, discover the city's vibrant arts scene, enjoy a self-guided tour, or try a spooky ghost tour, there are so many fun ways to build a deeper connection with Richmond. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best ways to take a walking tour of Richmond this summer.
Discover a neighborhood you'd love to call home during a walking tour? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your Richmond real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.
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:
Ready to start your story in the Richmond area? Contact us to find out more about Central Virginia.
Summer is coming, and there's no better time to catch a baseball game here in Richmond! There's just something about the sizzling summer air that makes a cold beer taste better, and a night at the baseball diamond even better.
Our real estate agents are always excited to watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels play on their home turf, and with the 2022 season well underway, it's definitely time to play ball. Here's what you need to know about our local team!
Meet the Flying Squirrels
RVA's own minor league baseball team is the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Part of the Eastern League, the Squirrels are the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and they've made their home at Richmond's Diamond stadium since 2010.
The Flying Squirrels have plenty of home games coming up. In June they'll be facing off here in Richmond for a six-game series against the Erie SeaWolves from June 7-12, before taking on the Portland Sea Dogs for six more games from June 21-26.
And the season is far from over! The team usually plays 71 home games at the Diamond every year, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the Squirrels play well into fall. Check out their full schedule here.
About the Diamond
Built in 1985, The Diamond has been the home of the Flying Squirrels since they started their tenure in Richmond.
The Diamond seats up to 12,134 people (seating for Flying Squirrels games is 9,560) and is located within minutes of many Richmond homes for sale. It's not uncommon to find it close to full capacity during home games, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.
Fans have a lot of fun seating options in The Diamond as well as several spots to grab some food and drinks, including Rosie's Bistro at the Bullpen and Brewski's 804 Corner Cantina. The Cross Timbers Party Pavilion offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a great view of the action from just outside right field.
Other Things to do Nearby
The Diamond is located in an area known as the Diamond District, which is an area of Richmond poised for redevelopment and revitalization. Nearby neighborhoods have seen a ton of urban renewal over the last decade, and the neighboring Scott's Addition Historic District is one of Richmond's most vibrant neighborhoods.
Lots of industrial spaces near the stadium have been repurposed in recent years. Craft brewing, in particular, has exploded. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Castleburg Brewery, and Main Line Brewery are all minutes away from the stadium and are popular game-day hangouts.
The Diamond also hosts other events throughout the year. The weekly PopUp RVA Market at the Diamond takes place every Saturday from April through October, and The Diamond Flea Market is a monthly event, usually happening on the third Sunday of the month.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond. Our city really comes to life in the summer, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas.
Why spend money and deal with the hassle of traveling when amazing vacation adventures can be found just minutes away from Richmond homes for sale? Whether you're new to the area or have lived in Central Virginia your entire life, there's always something to explore. Plan an entertaining and memorable staycation around these exciting local activities.
If the best things in life are free, it doesn't get any better than Richmond. You don't have to spend a lot on a fun day out with the whole family! The price is right at these great family-friendly attractions near Richmond homes for sale.
What's the best way to see the beautiful city of Richmond? Every year, thousands of potential residents explore Richmond homes for sale by driving or walking through the area. If you prefer something a little more adventurous, our real estate agents may have a suggestion or two!
You don't need to go to San Francisco or New York City to get a unique view in a classic way – as a passenger on a trolley.
A trolley tour gives you the opportunity to bring your group or meet new people as you discover everything Richmond has to offer. The tours are led by experienced guides who are glad to answer questions along the way. They'll also give you plenty of chances to snap great pictures.
Why Choose a Trolley Tour?
A trolley tour is a truly unique way to get around. You can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of a fully restored historic or replica trolley complete with plush seats and intricate interiors. Plus, you have a chance to make new friends and connect in a warm and inviting atmosphere with social seating.
RVA is known for its beautiful weather and its lovely surroundings. The city has a true soft spot for trolleys, as it was the site of the very first trolley system – beginning operations back in 1888. At the time, it was lauded as the most advanced public transportation system in the world.
These days, trolleys are still seen on the streets of Richmond, but most of them operate under private tour guides. They're a fun and exciting way to get a tantalizing taste of the authentic Richmond.
What Kind of Trolley Tours Can You Do in Richmond?
If you decide to go with the classic trolley tours from RVA on Wheels, you have three options:
Ready to learn more about what the Richmond area has to offer? Contact us to find out more about Richmond today.
Deep dish pizza may have originated in Chicago, but our real estate agents agree that some of the tastiest versions can be found near Richmond homes for sale. On Tuesday, April 5, celebrate National Deep Dish Pizza Day with a delicious pie from one of these local restaurants.
The best pizza is the one enjoyed while relaxing in your own Richmond home. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.
Exploring a local art gallery is a great way to spend a free afternoon, and Richmond has plenty to choose from.
Many of our real estate agents are art lovers themselves, and over the years, they've spent a lot of time in the galleries around our Richmond homes for sale. Before your next outing, take a look at our guide below and discover some of the art galleries that you should visit this year.
Walton Gallery - 17 N Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803
There are many art galleries in downtown Richmond, but thanks to Walton Gallery, you can check out contemporary fine art in Petersburg's Old Towne District. This family-owned gallery first opened back in 2011 and has been a delightful addition to the local art scene ever since. Consider stopping by after viewing some Petersburg homes for sale.
Richmond's art scene is rich, diverse, and always changing, so why not live closer to the action? Contact us today for more information on any of our Richmond homes for sale or to book a viewing for one that's caught your eye.
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.
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.
Richmond has a vibrant culinary scene, and that means we always have new restaurants to try! Food halls are growing in popularity across the country, and there's one expected to open in the downtown area very soon.
Our real estate agents have passed by the building many times on their way to and from our Richmond homes for sale. With its grand opening so close on the horizon, let's take a closer look at this promising new dining destination.
The Hatch Local Food Hall is currently being set up at 400 Hull Street in Richmond, VA. When it's complete, it will feature a coffee bar, a full-service bar, and a lively local market. There are also plans for a space for outdoor dining and events. Patrons will be able to reserve the space ahead of time for occasions like birthday parties or corporate gatherings.
The hall is set to host seven local food establishments at first, including:
Hatch Local Food Hall is currently set to open in early 2022. When it does, it will operate every week between Wednesday and Sunday from 8 AM to 10 PM. For now, you can observe their progress and check out some of the delicious dishes that will be available on the hall's Instagram page. You can also purchase an e-gift card for anyone you know who might be interested in visiting once the hall is up and running.
Contact us today to learn more about what you can expect when you call the Richmond area home.
Offering a mix of charming restaurants and shops, Old Towne Petersburg has something for everyone to enjoy in a beautiful historic setting.
This district remains the heart and soul of the city, as evidenced by these wonderful spots our real estate agents love to visit.
What else makes Petersburg such a perfect blend of old and new? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more about homes and real estate in Petersburg.
Winter is a wonderful time in Richmond, with a great mix of holiday and traditional attractions to explore with the whole family. It's the perfect time to check out some of the city's most popular cultural attractions, enjoy events that will get you in the holiday spirit, or see some of your favorite outdoor attractions transformed for the winter. Our real estate agents have 7 fun Richmond activities to keep you busy this winter.
Is shopping for a home at the top of your to-do list this winter? Let our team make your life easier. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.
The leaves are changing colors and Central Virginia's finest fall foliage is on display. What a perfect time to go on a scenic drive to take it all in! On Monday, November 22, Go for a Ride Day honors our nation's long love affair with the open road. Our real estate agents urge you to take a spin along one of these scenic routes near Richmond.
When you live in Central Virginia, shopping, entertainment, and cultural activities are all just minutes or a short drive away. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for more information.
Richmond is comprised of several neighborhoods with their own distinct personalities. Appropriately, Richmond's vibrant Arts District is rich in culture, and it's an eclectic neighborhood that's a great place to live or visit. Our real estate agents recommend their favorite spots to enjoy local art in this one-of-a-kind district.
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
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.
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.
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We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here in Richmond, our real estate agents are lucky to live in a place where a great breakfast is never hard to find.
September is officially Better Breakfast Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're excited to share some of our favorite breakfast spots in Central Virginia! Whether you're looking for a classic diner breakfast or perhaps some healthier fare, you have a lot of great options to choose from.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond and the surrounding areas. Or real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in Central Virginia!
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.
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!
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.
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.
With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it's time for a fresh start. Make 2021 the year you have fun and expand your horizons with a fascinating new hobby. Our real estate agents will be exploring some entertaining options at these great places around Richmond homes for sale.
Is 2021 the year you make a move to Richmond? Contact us at Napier ERA for experienced help buying and selling homes.
All Napier ERA offices are gathering new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Marines Corps Toys for Tots foundation.
Drop off toys during business hours (or have them delivered in the mail – Santa style!) at any of our locations in Central Virginia:
Midlothian/Corporate 14361 Sommerville Court
Midlothian, VA 23113
Powhatan 2600 Rocky Oak Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
Tri-Cities 20 Dunlop Village Circle
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
West End 10148 W. Broad St, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060
There's nothing like art to liven up a space! Our real estate agents know that a thriving art scene is an attractive reason to pick Richmond homes for sale or explore one of our fine neighboring communities!
It's no surprise that the Richmond area is steeped in history, and where you find history, you're sure to find art. National Go to An Art Museum Day is Monday, November 9th, and you'll have lots of places to choose from in and around Richmond.
From large city museums to eclectic private galleries, Richmond is bursting with color, culture, and life. Let's peek in on some of the area's most intriguing spaces and see what the art world has to offer:
For a flourishing culture of art, music, drama, and dance, Richmond is the place to be. To find out more, contact us at Napier ERA.
Richmond, Virginia was founded in 1737, and few cities in America have been such an integral part of our nation's history. Our real estate agents have gotten to know Richmond's most historic corners very well, and we're always happy to point you in the direction of a unique experience. And some of those places just happen to be historic restaurants! Be sure to dine at one of these unique historical eateries in the Richmond area.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond, Virginia. It's a city with a rich history and a vibrant future, and a place we feel lucky to call home.
From Dinwiddie to Colonial Heights, to Fort Lee from Petersburg – we've got the Tri Cities covered!
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How much do we love cookies? Sesame Street has an iconic character who personifies our endless craving for these delicious baked treats. October is National Cookie Month, so it's a perfect time to indulge at these great bakeries around Richmond suggested by our real estate agents.
Life doesn't get any sweeter than a home in Richmond. For experienced help buying or selling a local home, contact us at Napier ERA.
Raise your hand if you're tired of ordering delivery? Even though our options for eating inside of a restaurant are limited these days, local food trucks are maximizing our options for ordering out in the RVA. Offering everything from barbeque and burgers to fish dinners and desserts, dozens of tasty food trucks are taking their meals on wheels throughout Richmond. Next time you want to grab a bite when your out and about, our real estate agents encourage you to hunt down a few of our favorite food trucks cruising around our Richmond homes for sale.
Are you hungry for a new home? We can satisfy your appetite. Contact us today!
The Richmond art scene doesn't end with going to the museum. Many of our REALTORS® love to get in touch with their creative side with hands-on classes offered all over the area. Many arts organizations have a full range of classes for kids and adults.
Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is coming later this month on Friday, January 31. Let's look at some of the best ways you can have fun and unleash your vision with local art classes:
Feeling inspired? Let us help you find a Virginia home that will make your heart glad. Contact us today to learn more.
Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to find deals on holiday gifts at Richmond small businesses, and the big day is right around the corner. The event is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year Small Business Saturday will be on November 30th. Whether you're shopping for fashion, art, books, a personalized gift basket, or nearly anything else under the sun, you'll find it in Richmond. Our REALTORS® are ready to shop, and we've got the local scoop on where to go in Richmond for your local holiday shopping.
Mod & Soul – 323 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Richmond homes for sale make it easy to visit so many amazing, local small businesses, and Mod & Soul is a great place to start for fashion lovers. Mod & Soul specializes in dresses, skirts, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and so much more. Visit anytime to take a look at the latest styles, and pick out something new for your wardrobe. Small Business Saturday is also a great chance to grab unique gifts from Mod & Soul.
Nellie George – 5714 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
Whether you're adding to your wardrobe or searching for the perfect gift for a stylish friend, Nellie George has just what you need. Nellie George stocks a wide selection of women's, children's, and baby clothing, along with gift items. If you're shopping for a new mom, be sure to visit this popular spot.
Art Works Inc. – 320 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
Looking to decorate your own home, or find the perfect gift for someone who has everything? Art Works Inc. is one of Richmond's best destinations for purchasing art of all types, from both local and international artists. This facility is part exhibition center, part art gallery. Stop by to see the work of talented artists from around the world, then choose the right holiday gift or piece of art for your home.
Chop Suey Books – 2913 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
If you love to read or know someone who does, then Chop Suey Books is a little slice of heaven. This local bookshop has an incredible selection, with books both well-known and obscure. The friendly staff at Chop Suey Books is happy to help you comb the stacks until you find the perfect gift.
Taylor Made for You – 464 Southlake Blvd., Richmond, VA 23236
Doing some holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday? Taylor Made for You offers customizable gift baskets for every occasion, and everyone on your list – pets included! Choose one of many pre-made gift baskets suited to every recipient, or pick and choose the ideal items for a custom gift basket.
Beasties – 3218 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
Shopping for a friend with a young child, or someone who has a baby on the way? Beasties is sure to have a holiday gift they'll love. Work with the talented team to put together a truly unique gift basket, or shop for individual items.
Living in Richmond means that you won't need a special occasion to enjoy a vibrant collection of local small businesses, no matter the season. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.
The end of summer doesn't mean the end of fun around Richmond. October is jam-packed with festivals promising fun and excitement for all ages. Our real estate agents provide the inside scoop on the best events in the area, so you can start making plans.
There's something happening around Richmond every time of the year. Contact us at Napier ERA for experienced help buying or selling your Richmond area home from our friendly and professional real estate agents.
Ghouls, and ghosts, and goblins galore are descending on cities this Halloween. As you gear up for the spooky season, our real estate agents recommend these frightening festivals happening in our communities in the weeks leading up to Halloween night.
Blood Lake Haunted Trail - 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
For frights near Glen Allen, it is tough to beat a stroll down the Blood Lake Haunted Trail. Every branch that rustles and every leaf that falls in the forest may be the last sound you hear. You have been warned this is no walk in the park, so be careful out there. There are plenty of things waiting for you.
Creepy Hollow Scream Park - 14437 Stone Horse Creek Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Tired of wondering what you would do if you came across Jason, or Freddie, or Leatherface? All you have to do is take a trip through the Creepy Hollow Scream Park. Organizers have shipped in more than 50 live-action monsters from Timbuktu to the forests of Transylvania. There are plenty of thrilling decorations and the park features acre upon acre of pure terror. Ranked as one of Richmond's top haunts, you won't want to miss a chance to discover the villainous creativity and despicable ingenuity of your neighbors who live next door to the Glen Allen homes for sale.
Red Vein Haunted House - Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland, VA 23005
For those who are serious about haunted attractions, the Red Vein Haunted House has plenty of surprises in store. These masters of horror could give Wes Craven nightmares with their immersive storylines and realistic sets designed to prick every hair on your neck. Don't worry, though. We promise that not all Ashland homes for sale come with ghosts and goblins.
Terror on the Farm - 12607 Old Ridge Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Spring and summer are pleasant on the Ashland Berry Farm. It is a great place to stop off with your family and enjoy some fresh fruit as you peruse listings for Ashland homes for sale. Of course, things take a turn once the leaves fall and Terror on the Farm starts. When the pumpkins start to sprout up, and the stalks of corn turn yellow, you will know that the red in the soil isn't from the berries.
You are always welcome to contact us to discover more about the fabulous fun and fantastic attractions you can find in the area. There is something for everyone to discover, and it is our pleasure to help you find the perfect place to launch your next adventure into the unknown. Whether that is from one of our Richmond homes for sale or one of the many beautiful Colonial Heights homes for sale, we promise to do our part to take the fear out of the process of buying a new home in Virginia.
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.
When Weather.com forecasts Richmond-area temperatures to soar above 90 degrees, you need to find a way to beat the heat. Why not cool off with a scoop or two of your favorite frozen treat? National Ice Cream Day is July 21. While consuming copious amounts of this cool confection is a great way to celebrate this holiday, our REALTORS® know ice cream isn't just for summer anymore.
So, if you're new to our area and can't go another day without two scoops of mint chocolate chip, we've got our list of six local ice cream shops waiting for you.
Our REALTORS® know about all the things that make the Richmond area a great place to live, and we're sure you'll love it too! Napier ERA can help you find the home that's right for you. Contact us today to get started.
Just like our clients, our real estate agents are looking forward to the chance to enjoy a classic Fourth of July party in and around the Richmond area. Richmond real estate offers many wonderful opportunities to homeowners, including the chance to enjoy some of the state's best Independence Day bashes.
If you're looking for something to do to celebrate our nation's freedom, check out these events:
Independence Day is one of the most important – and the most fun – holidays around. Get in touch with our real estate experts, however, and you'll have a milestone of your own to cheer for. It's never been easier to find the Richmond home of your dreams than it is with us.
Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Richmond real estate isn't just about beautiful homes, but the communities you live in.
Our real estate agents work overtime to let clients know about the amenities, sights, and activities they can enjoy in our area. There's something to do for everyone, and that definitely includes Dad.
Wondering about the best ways to celebrate Father's Day in the RVA? We've got you covered with these suggestions:
Whatever day it is, there is always something to celebrate when you live here in the Richmond area. Our team will make it easy for you to find the home of your dreams and close without a hitch. Contact us to find out more. We look forward to advising you.
There are always lots of things to do in the river city, especially during the summer festival season. We've picked our top events for each summer month for you to check out throughout the metro Richmond area – enjoy the many events and get out and about this summer!
May Highlight: Greek Food Festival
Greek Food Festival – the best way to start summer with a bit of "Opa!" enthusiasm. Recently voted as Richmond's Best Food Festival in Style Weekly, the Greek Food Festival celebrates classic Greek cuisine and culture with all sorts of folks right in the Carytown neighborhood.
Where: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.
When: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Cost: free entry; pay as you go
More info: www.greekfestival.com
June Highlights: Broad Apetit, Village Vibe, Powhatan Music Festival
Broad Apetit – also known as the foodie's must-attend event, this food festival returns for its 12th year with some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, food trucks and vendors dishing up $3 sample plates.
Where: West Broad Street between Henry and Adams
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Cost: free entry; pay as you go
More info: www.broadappetit.com
Village Vibe with The Flashback Band – this annual concert event is sure to delight Powhatan people and beyond. With concerts going on all summer long in the Village Meadow, the community of Powhatan is rocking out monthly, especially in June with the Flashback Band. Go join our friends for music, brews, food, and raffles that benefit the community and local organizations.
Where: Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA
When: 7-10 PM, Friday, June 7
Cost: Free, donations and raffle purchases appreciated
Powhatan Music Festival – one day of awesome musical talent centered around a family friendly festival environment. All types of music will be played – rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and more. Napier ERA is a proud sponsor of this event because we're honored to be part of an effort that recognizes extraordinary local music.
Where: Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA
When: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturday, June 22
Cost: Free for children under 10, $20 tickets at the gate for adults, or for sale for $15 on Eventbrite
More info: https://powhatanmusicfestival.com/
July Highlights: Henrico County's July 4th Celebration, Music For Massey, International Disc Sport Championships
Henrico County's July 4th Celebration – Red, White, and Lights in Dorey Park! Parks in Henrico County are great, and Dorey Park is an excellent example. The largest park in all of Henrico is Dorey Park, making it perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Join Richmond Symphony's Big Tent for an evening of community fun on July 4.
Where: Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231
When: 4 PM - 11 PM, Thursday, July 4
International Disc Sport Championships – if you love alternative sports, trying new things, or throwing around a frisbee, this is for you! You may have seen a casual game of frisbee before, but nothing like this. Check out international champs of disc sports throwing and showing their stuff at local parks all around Richmond on the week of July 8 - 13.
Where: Bryan Park, Dorey Park, Forest Hill Park, and more. See the full schedule for details.
When: July 8 - 13, Times vary each day.
Cost: You must register to get in on the championships, but watching and throwing for fun is free!
More info: https://www.rvadisc2019.com/
Music For Massey – a fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center, taking place at Maymont! For the past 13 years, Napier Realtors ERA has raised over $222,000 for pediatric cancer research thanks to community involvement with this fun, Americana-focused concert series. Join us this year for performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee. There are still sponsorship spots available for other local businesses interested in supporting pediatric cancer research.
Where: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
When: Gates open at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20
Cost: Tickets start at $41, and children under 10 can attend for free
More info: On Napier ERA's website
August Highlights: Richmond Jazz Fest, Innsbrook Afterhours
Innsbrook Afterhours – if you're looking at homes in Henrico, you need to know about Innsbrook Afterhours! This outdoor concert series is a classic Richmond event, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our suburbs for 34 years. In August, catch artists like Chris Young, Boyz II Men, and Brett Young in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Where: Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Henrico
When: All summer long!
Cost: $16 early bird and up
Richmond Jazz Fest – For the 10th year in a row, there are four days of jazz and its direct descendants—blues, R&B, funk, soul, hip-hop, and fusion—at one of the most beautiful venues in Richmond, Maymont Park.
Where: Maymont Park
When: August 8th - 11th
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 weather is getting warmer, and many would-be buyers have started asking our real estate agents about their favorite local spots for summertime fun.
If your dream home doesn't include a backyard pool, don't sweat it! From free public pools and splash pads to private aquatic centers, you have plenty of options for keeping the entire family cool and entertained all summer long. Here are six of the most popular area spots for summertime fun.
Summer might not be here quite yet, but there are plenty of hot Richmond real estate deals available right now. We would love to help you find your dream home and get settled before the temperatures start to rise. Contact us today to get started!
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.
Spring is here, and soon all of Virginia will be in bloom! Every year, at the end of April, the Garden Club of Virginia hosts Historic Garden Week, also known as "America's Largest Open House." During this event, visitors are welcome to tour over 250 of the state's most gorgeous gardens and historical homes while they're at the peak of springtime color.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, our real estate agents recommend taking some time out of your day to experience this event. Here are a few of the tours you won't want to miss.
Find Your Dream Home in Virginia
Once you've experienced the splendor of Virginia in springtime, you'll understand why so many people love calling this area home. When you're ready to start looking for a home of your own, we can help! Contact us today to get started.
Multigenerational housing has become a more prevalent housing trend in the past several years. Research states that one in five homes is a multigenerational household. With grandparents and children living under the same roof, homeowners are often looking for houses that can accommodate the growing needs of such a diverse family.
Our REALTORS® understand that you would love to purchase a new home that you, your parents and your children will love. Though each member of the family may have a different wish-list, finding the perfect home that suits your entire family is possible with an experienced REALTOR® by your side.
Although imagining your family growing in one of the beautiful homes you tour is one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process, you'll need to consider a few important questions before you start the house search. The needs of a multigenerational family will evolve as the years go by which means that it is wise to narrow your search to houses that can accommodate these growing requirements. To determine your family's unique needs, consider the following questions:
Be as honest as possible with your REALTOR® so that they can help you find a home that fits your needs. Our REALTORS® understand that the layout and functionality of your home needs to suit your family's lifestyle. Here are a few tips that we believe will help you during your home search:
The increase in multigenerational housing is a trend that our REALTORS® absolutely love. We cherish the time spent with our own families and want to help yours find the perfect home that you can fill with memories you'll treasure. For more help in your home search, contact us today.
Spring is here, and our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help you get a fresh start with the top Richmond homes for sale. If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Richmond in spring, you're in for a treat this season.
There are plenty of gorgeous green spaces distributed all along the Richmond area. Nature and the striking architectural achievements of Richmond work together to create a place where you can feel at home: Everything you want from a city provided to human scale.
Not surprisingly, the Richmond region is also home to top nature preserves of various kinds. In addition to parks and zoos that draw visitors from miles around, you'll also find some of the leading botanical gardens anywhere in Virginia.
One of the stand-out examples of these is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Found at 1800 Lakeside Avenue right in Richmond, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a wide range of awards. In recent years, it has received write-ups from USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor, and the Canadian Garden Tourism Council.
In 2011, it earned the highest honor in the United States for museum and library service: The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. It has since lived up to that great moment by expanding its programs and reaching out to share nature with all Richmond.
"A Million Blooms" is one of the linchpin events of the year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Taking place between April 1 and June 1, A Million Blooms is the best way to see all that the garden has to offer as a new season of glorious growth settles in. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to see a parade of blooms unfurl up close.
A whole spectrum of events will also be going on throughout the season. Lewis Ginter is known for some of the best children's programming focusing around the natural world. There is even a special Children's Garden set aside from young people to appreciate.
Butterfly fans will have good reason to rejoice, too. Between mid-April and mid-October, kids and parents alike can enjoy the vibrancy of tropical butterflies. These butterflies live in the North Wing of the Conservatory and include hundreds of specimens.
Thanks to the nature of these fascinating creatures, the experience is always changing. No matter when you come, however, you'll be treated to several fun options for family-friendly activities. It's a thrill to see butterflies take flight right here in Richmond!
Are you wondering if Richmond is the right place for you?
Napier ERA will make it easy for you to explore your real estate opportunities here. Our team consists of the area's leading experts in choosing and buying the right home for you.
Not only do we understand the local market inside and out, but we also pride ourselves on outstanding service. You'll feel the confidence that comes from complete support every step of the way.
Don't settle for a real estate agent who'll leave you feeling like you are "on your own." We'll equip you with the insights to make informed decisions. Soon, you will become a Richmond local.
To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today. We are always here to help you reach your goals.
Doing it differently is what the team at ZZQ enjoys doing every day: doing it best is what makes them better than everyone else. It's the perfect place to spend a lunch or dinner for those who love Texas barbecue and want to enjoy it without having to catch a flight to Dallas. It's a favorite of our real estate agents, and it's one of the first places our clients go to celebrate after they buy one of the many homes for sale in Richmond.
Built brick by brick by Texas native Chris Fultz and his wife Alex Graf in 2013, ZZQ has risen through the ranks to become Virginia's top BBQ restaurant. This rising star is collecting stars and accolades galore with each national competition they complete, and each award they receive. At the rate they're flying, it won't be long before they are named the best barbecue establishment in the country.
ZZQ, located at 3201 West Moore Street in Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood, prides itself in producing some of the most tender barbecue this side of the islands where the craft originated. Their brisket falls apart on the fork. The shredded pork can be cut with a spoon. Molasses collard greens are so fresh and crisp that your mouth will crave every bite. This makes it a perfect meal for everyone in the family, including the cowboy with a soft heart and the tenderfoot with the temperate stomach.
The pitmasters are famous for their mastery of smoke and flame. These trained artists of the fire know how to craft beef brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, turkey breasts, and sausages, unlike anything you have ever sampled. Give 'em a try, and you'll see why they are the talk of the town.
There's more to ZZQ than just the main menu. As with any barbecue, it's the sides that complete the dish. To that end, you just might fall in love with their Jalapeno Mac and Cheese, and their Buttermilk Potato Salad is so good you are going to ask for seconds. That's not even going into the fantastic flavors you'll find in every spoonful of Daisy's Butter Beans and their close cousins Mama Singh's Black-Eyed Peas.
Each of these side-dishes is hand-crafted to culinary perfection. Each is the brainchild of Russell Cook, the Culinary Director for ZZQ. His recipes are designed to build and layer flavors within the dish. This creates complexity and depth that most restaurants overlook. It's this ability to build and create a flavor that has propelled ZZQ to the number one spot in the state so quickly.
What's the best way to celebrate a new home purchase in Richmond? If you ask us, there's no better way than by hosting a ZZQ-catered barbecue where your family, your old friends, and your new neighbors can get together and enjoy some delicious food as you get to know one another.
We encourage you to contact Napier ERA for more information about homes for sale in Richmond right now. Our agents would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the listings they recommend. When you're ready to buy, we can sit down in the office or over at ZZQ to sign the papers and help you celebrate.
The community newspaper of Powhatan, Powhatan Today, holds an annual contest for readers to put their favorite local businesses in the spotlight, and Napier ERA is honored to have our agent Mike Williford voted the #1 Realtor in Powhatan!
Mike Williford was born and raised in Midlothian and Powhatan and is a local expert on all things real estate. From his great work for buyers and sellers to his connections with investors, builders, and people from all walks of life, Mike thrives on making lasting connections in the community. Mike has an infectious laugh and never fails to make folks smile. We are incredibly proud of Mr. Williford and love having him on the Napier ERA team. Congratulations on being voted first place in Powhatan, Mike!
Powhatan, Virginia is a very special place for Napier ERA Realtors. The community feel, the developing neighborhoods, and the many local business make it a perfect place to call home. Perhaps that's part of the reason why Napier ERA is the top selling real estate agency in the area! From January til November 2018, we listed and sold 189 units in the Powhatan area. Powhatan Today readers voted Napier ERA as an honorable mention in the Powhatan Picks contest and we are so grateful to our friends and family in the area for the privilege of doing work together.
An honorable mention was given to the real estate team of Terry Adcock and Lindsey Eck. They were also honored in the contest in 2017 and consider themselves very grateful for years of support from the Powhatan area! Terry and Lindsey are known for their professionalism and expertise in buying and selling rural land, particularly historic homes and horse farms.
Congratulations to our team and a big thank you to Powhatan Today readers for voting for Napier ERA! We look forward to further serving this wonderful area in 2019.
Winter in and around Petersburg, Virginia can be an enchanting time for your whole family. While we cannot guarantee snow and cold temperatures, we can point you toward these five, delightful family destinations to keep your gang happy and feeling warm inside.
Our real estate agents understand the needs of families. When you contact Napier ERA, you connect with trained professionals who know the Petersburg, Virginia market. We know what families want, from winter wonderlands to serene summer backyard getaways. Our agents can help you find the perfect family home in Petersburg.
While winter doesn't officially arrive until December 21, our latest Richmond snowfall suggests a different story.
Our real estate agents know that when you are touring homes for sale in Richmond, you want to move to a city that gives you everything you want including activities for your entire family. Richmond has it all!
Whether the thermostat sends you outside (or tells you to stay indoors), here are five of our favorite opportunities for your family to experience local fun.
At Napier ERA, we strive to find your ideal home. With our expertise in all things Richmond combined with unbeatable dedication to customer service, we know how to make finding your first or next home a joy, not a chore.
Contact Napier ERA to find out more today. Before you know it, you could be moving into the Richmond home you've always wanted.
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.
Unless you've already started your Richmond house hunt, the odds are pretty good you haven't heard about Scott's Addition yet. It's an exciting place to live and work, especially if you're among the legions of up and coming Millennial homebuyers here in Virginia.
Since 2015, Scott's Addition has been attracting a new generation of businesses and residents.
This hotspot became a center of Richmond culture back then as developers moved in to revitalize the area. Scott's Addition was a little-known industrial area at first, and it had only been in the headlines as the result of a minor scandal.
Scott's Addition sits on prime real estate southwest of The Diamond ballpark and bounded by Interstate 195. Investment began around 2010, but creative, eclectic small businesses started to sprout up in earnest around 2015. More and more people saw Scott's Addition as an opportunity.
Now, it shows its true colors as one of the most vibrant areas of Richmond.
Scott's Addition was conceived as a historic district, and it still has a number of fascinating treasures that set it apart. Among these are 284 buildings harkening to the origin of the area as a commercial and industrial hub. Its heyday ranges back to 1900.
Some of the key historic sites in the district include:
While maintaining its noteworthy past, Scott's Addition has also been looking toward the future.
The hard work of the Scott's Addition Boulevard Association has attracted lots of investment and plenty of interest to the area. The Association focuses on building up the charm, economy, and community of Scott's Addition – maintaining it as one of Richmond's hottest neighborhoods.
Both residents and businesses are welcome to join the Association.
Community collaboration has paid off for Scott's Addition. A recent survey showed that it is the #1 trending Millennial neighborhood in the entire state of Virginia. The reason why is a combination of cost-effective housing, quirky character, and forward-looking amenities.
The startup-friendly atmosphere in Scott's Addition attracts creative and innovative businesses to launch there. As a result, the area has some of the most fascinating cuisines in all of Richmond: You'll find robust, flavorful street food alongside Avante-Garde high cuisine.
The Big Kitchen, a drive-through gourmet food concept, is one of the most recent newcomers.
You'll also find Tang and Biscuit, Richmond's first shuffleboard club or The Circuit Arcade Bar with over 80 retro and modern arcade games, sports games, skeeball and pinball plus over 50 taps of craft, wine, and cider. These are just a few of the fascinating enterprises getting bigger and better in response to demand from enthusiastic Scott's Addition fans.
Blue Bee Cider, located in our historic Scott's Addition, is Virginia's first urban cidery. Blue Bee's ciders are made with Virginia heirloom apples known for their tannin, acidity, and flavor.
Richmond is soaring to new heights as the centerpiece of commerce and culture for a resurgent Virginia. Here at Scott's Addition, you'll have the opportunity to see it all up close.
To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA.
When it comes to Fall festivals, our real estate agents will tell you that the city of Richmond has plenty to offer. When you're touring Richmond homes for sale, you'll want to carve out some time to pay a visit to the Richmond Folk Festival taking place October 12 - 14. Here's everything you need to know so you can get this most out of this popular event.
A day spent at the Richmond Folk Festival is sure to be a memorable one. As one of the most significant events held in the state of Virginia, this free three-day festival attracts over 220,000 visitors to downtown Richmond's riverfront. While attending the festival, you can expect to see plenty of live music and dance performances, an arts and crafts marketplace, and a stellar selection of ethnic and regional foods.
With seven live music stages and over 30 performers, the Richmond Folk Festival offers something for everyone. Here you'll find jazz, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, salsa, polka, reggae, rockabilly, gospel, and more.
The Virginia Folklife area features costume artists, master crafters, stilt walkers, contortionists, dancers, and revelers. Families will love the CarMax Family Arena where children can learn about various cultures, do crafts, play games, and win prizes.
Stop by the Crafts Marketplace to browse the handcrafted and traditional items made by local and national artisans. Here you'll find jewelry, pottery, artwork, handcrafted soaps, clothing items, and more. You can also commemorate your trip to the festival with merchandise like original posters, stickers, ceramic mugs, and hats.
Throughout the event, you'll find plenty of traditional festival foods like fried Oreos, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and kettle corn. Ethnic food options include Indian, Thai, German, Mexican, Greek, and more.
Those feeling a bit more adventurous may opt for menu choices like fried alligator, Ruben egg rolls, a steam shrimp boil, or gourmet mac & cheese. No matter what your tastes, be sure to bring your appetite so you can enjoy the wide selection of delicious foods.
This year's Richmond Folk Festival runs from October 12 - 14. Event hours are Friday from 6 pm until 10 pm, Saturday from noon until 9:30 pm, and Sunday from noon until 6 pm.
There is no charge for the event, although there is a suggested donation of $10 per person per day. Free parking is available. Free shuttles will regularly run throughout each day. You can find more event information including schedules, directions, and parking information on the Richmond Folk Festival website.
Learn more about living and working in Richmond with us. Our agents love welcoming new clients to our community. Contact Napier ERA today to learn how we can help you find your dream home in Richmond and our surrounding areas.
From the pillars of the Virginia State Capitol to the lush greenery of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in America. Anywhere you look in Richmond something catches your eye. And if you're a history buff or a lover of beautiful architecture, you don't need to look any further than Monument Avenue.
Richmond boasts a rich history, and nowhere is that better displayed than along the beautiful Monument Avenue. It's one of the must-see sites in town. So if you're in the area touring Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside a little time to check it out.
A Stroll Through History
Monument Avenue was conceived initially as a site for a memorial statue of General Robert E. Lee after his death in 1870. The statue was unveiled in 1890 and was joined by a host of other monuments in the years following. Only after the turn of the century did Monument Avenue begin to transform into a residential street, and quickly became one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with dozens of vast, splendid homes popping up rapidly along the asphalt block-paved street between 1900 and 1925.
Today, many of those homes exist virtually unchanged and represent an incredible link to Richmond's past. Monument Avenue is a designated National Historic Landmark District and resides on the National Register of Historic Places.
Monument Avenue offers an opportunity to explore the architectural styles of a bygone era, including the Colonial Revival style that was popular at the time, along with a smattering of Spanish Colonial, Tudor Revival, French Renaissance and Italian Renaissance-style homes. Many buildings along Monument Avenue were designed by the greatest architects of the early 20th century, like the fetching Branch House, designed by John Russell Pope in 1917.
Exploring Monument Avenue
The monuments of Monument Avenue, many memorializing Virginian Confederate veterans of the American Civil War, sparked controversy when they were first built. These statues, however, are only a small part of what makes Monument Avenue so striking. It's a broad, tree-lined avenue flanked by magnificent mansions, and churches, and shaded by towering oaks and sugar maples. Strolling down its sidewalk is like stepping back in time.
Overall, there are 263 residential, religious, and commercial properties on Monument Avenue and adjacent West Franklin Street that make up the National Historic Landmark District each having its own story to tell.
Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in Richmond, Virginia. From its rich history, splendid architecture and endless options for entertainment, it's an incredible place to call home. Be sure to ask how our real estate agents can help make your dream home a reality in Richmond.
Our real estate agents work hard to find you the best Richmond homes for sale. When you work hard, you need to play hard too. And that's why we love to talk about Thunderbolt Indoor Karting as a top spot in Richmond for family and friends.
You'll find Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Chesterfield County near Chesterfield Towne Center. Families love Thunderbolt Indoor Karting because it's exciting, high-speed fun. Drivers who have a "need for speed" delight in the karts' levels of speed and control.
Location: 1365 Carmia Way, Richmond, VA 23235
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am; Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is a Richmond-based indoor racing facility that focuses on providing a premium racing experience for everyone to enjoy. We'll guess you might agree that driving one of Thunderbolt's electric karts will leave all other indoor karting experiences "in the dust," but we'll let you make that decision to you.
Thunderbolt's STORM series electric karts are made by OTL Italy--the same country as the Ferrari and Lamborghini--and designed with performance and safety in mind. Electric karts allow for better take-off and improve acceleration.
Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is the place for friendly competition between family and friends. Whether you prefer to challenge your friends to a high-speed race or want to relax and have fun, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is a great place for all types of entertainment. Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is also open each day of the week, which makes it an excellent opportunity for new homeowners to visit at their convenience.
Each kart is electric, which is much safer than fuel-powered karts. The weight is distributed evenly, which significantly reduces the chance of flipping. Each kart comes equipped with rollbars, resistant framing, and safety belts for your added protection. Our karts come with self-ventilating disk brakes and chain drive transmission for bump-free racing. Electric karts are also much more eco-friendly, as racers do not have to deal with the loud noise or exhaust fumes that can cause headaches.
Customers are always the top priority at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, as the staff is available to answer questions at any time and ensure that you are completely comfortable on the race track. If you have any concerns, a staff member will guide you on how to safely drive a kart and ensure that you feel confident driving on the race track.
Of course, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is only one of many attractions in Richmond that our locals love. Our team at Napier ERA knows where to find all of our community's best things to do and places to live in our nearby communities.
Contact us when you're ready to find the home of your dreams in Richmond, Virginia.
Looking out over Richmond Raceway, you can almost hear the rumble of all the countless cars that have roared to victory or defeat on this iconic track. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite places in the city, and we have a feeling it might become one of yours, too.
Though it's changed in name and configuration many times over the years, Richmond Raceway has been a fixture of Richmond, VA in some form or another since the 1940s. And with NASCAR Races set to return to the raceway this September, now is a perfect time to plan a trip to this one-of-a-kind racetrack.
Richmond Raceway is a 0.75-mile, D-shaped, asphalt race track just outside of Richmond. Sometimes referred to as "America's premier short track," Richmond Raceway hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. These, of course, are only the latest in a long line of events that Richmond Raceway has hosted, including 33 consecutive sold-out NASCAR Cup Series races.
There's nothing quite like the experience of watching a NASCAR event at Richmond Raceway, surrounded by the roar of the engines and 60,000 screaming fans. This particular raceway is also unique in that it is one of just a handful in the country that hosts all of its events at night.
Richmond Raceway hosts all kinds of events throughout the year – the Richmond Home and Garden Show, the Richmond RV Show, the Bizarre Bazaar and Southern Women's Show, just to name a few – but it is and will always be most famous for its races, which are some of the most thrilling in America.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series are set to return to Richmond Raceway this September when the raceway hosts its first-ever playoff weekend. That makes right now the perfect time to get tickets and plan your visit before the Federated Auto Parts 400 (the second race of the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) hits Richmond.
Longtime fans of Richmond Raceway have something else to look forward to when September rolls around. As USA Today reports, the raceway is in the midst of major renovations, and fans who return in September will see a revamped infield with a state-of-the-art garage and walkway, brand new infield suites, and an enclosed bar and club with a covered rooftop deck that will offer a spectacular view of the racetrack.
Richmond Raceway is just 15 minutes north of Richmond, VA in Henrico County, surrounded by nearby attractions like G-Force Go-Karts, Henrico County Center for the Arts, Azalea Flea Market, and Three Lakes Park. Visit the raceway's official website to get tickets and learn more about upcoming events at Richmond Raceway.
Richmond, VA is a special place, filled with rich history and unique attractions. If you're looking for Richmond homes for sale, we're here to help. Contact Napier ERA to learn more about finding your dream home in the Richmond area.
Before you start thinking about back to school shopping, pumpkin-flavored everything and sweater weather, round up the family and enjoy a day of fun and learning at Pamplin Historical Park. Explore the historical battleground as you take a trip back in time to experience life during the Civil War era. The entire family will enjoy at the park. As you're touring Petersburg homes for sale, a trip to Pamplin Historical Park will stand out as a great reason to call our area home.
To preserve and protect this site which holds such historical significance, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. purchased the property in 1991 upon being made aware that it was available. Aside from having ancestral ties to the grounds from the Civil War, Dr. Pamplin saw the purchase as an opportunity to educate current and future generations about the importance of this particular part of Civil War history and the realities of daily life during this era. Central to the park's features is the stretch of land where the Union Army, under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant breached the Confederate defensive line, led by General Robert E. Lee. This end to the struggle for Petersburg initiated events that would end in General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse soon after. Pamplin Historical Park also showcases museums, walking trails and antebellum homes on its 424-acre spread.
Part of what makes Pamplin Historical Park unique is its mission to show visitors more than just a battleground and a few artifacts. The park presents a perspective that includes the history of the events that occurred here as it seen through the eyes of soldiers, officers, civilians and even slaves. Your journey back in time begins at The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier that houses informative exhibits including one that's interactive and lets you walk through the war experience of one of thirteen soldiers. The restored Tudor Hall Plantation gives guests a glimpse of how a Confederate general lived. Antiques and furnishings from the era are on display. Learn what it was like to be a slave during the Civil war as you tour The Field Quarter, and watch actors in costume demonstrate the daily activities of soldiers at the Military Encampment. One of the highlights of the Battlefield Center museum is the "Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion" exhibit, featuring a surround sound theater experience and battle map lit with fiber optics that the kids will love.
You can visit Pamplin Historical Park any day from 9 am to 5 pm between March and November. The park offers special events regularly and hosts a Civil War Adventure Camp. Don't miss out on The Civil War Store while you're there and take home some souvenirs.
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With Richmond homes for sale, you're within an easy trip of some of the top sports venues around. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents will be glad to let you know about all of the amazing opportunities for a day out – but the real "big game" is helping you find a new home.
But you don't have to go to the Major League for an amazing time at the ballpark.
Minor League games bring their own type of fun, and you can catch rising talent as they build the skills they need to compete at a different level. The Minor League may not make huge headlines, but it can provide endless fun to a whole community. And in Richmond, you have an opportunity to enjoy it whenever you wish.
Yes, Richmond is home to one of the most celebrated Minor League teams. They're the Richmond Flying Squirrels, and you'll see them in action right in our amazing town.
The Flying Squirrels are the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants and were formerly known as the Connecticut Defenders. They play right in Richmond, VA at The Diamond – which offers a capacity of more than 9,500 seats when the Flying Squirrels are playing.
The Diamond broke ground in 1984 and officially opened in 1985. It was renovated as recently as 2009 with all-new seats, major remodeling, and a variety of new amenities. All this effort – at a cost of more than $1.5 million – has ensured one of the best Minor League venues anywhere.
In 2011, the park was enhanced even further. The scoreboard was made even more striking and easy to read, while beautiful new party decks were added to the upper level. That gives visitors the opportunity to have a truly memorable time while watching a great Richmond game.
As for the team itself, the name was chosen through a reader contest at the local Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper. After the contest concluded in October, 2009 the new team logo was unveiled in December. Who doesn't love flying squirrels?
The mascot, Nutsy, can be found soaring high overhead whenever the team is playing.
Naturally, the Flying Squirrels can be enjoyed throughout the Minor League baseball season, which opens in the first week of April every year. It runs through the whole summer and it typically has its last major game all the way in September.
Of course, training and other events continue to go on throughout the year. Some of these are even open to the public. The stadium is also known for its 4th of July fireworks show, which has been consistently sold out for nine years in a row.
At Napier ERA, we know that a community has many parts: Homes, people, amenities, and the important relationships between them all. We want to help you find the perfect property for you so you can enjoy everything that Richmond has to offer.
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Richmond homes for sale put you within reach of some of the most historic areas in Virginia. Our real estate agents will be glad to show you all the real estate opportunities the area offers – but you'll definitely want to make time to explore the history on your own!
One of the best ways to combine that look into history with some outdoor fun is to go bicycling on the Virginia Capital Trail. It's an enjoyable way to get acquainted with some of the most captivating sights. Plus, you'll benefit from one of the best-maintained trails in the region.
The Virginia Capital Trail runs 52 miles through the heart of the state. It was conceived in the 1990s but broke ground in 2005 at one of the most historic places in the nation: The location of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
With a start like that, you can imagine that there'll be plenty to see and lots to learn on the trail, and you'd be right. Although it only opened in October of 2015, it has already proven to be one of the most sought-after ways for history buffs to soak in the ambiance of Virginia.
You'll pass dozens of historic properties on this scenic byway. Many areas benefit from a lush canopy of trees, giving you more shade so you can relax and enjoy throughout most of the year. Unlike many other major hiking and cycling trails, it remains popular in summer.
Of course, you can take the trail at any pace you desire – but it's intended to be a good fit for cyclists of all skill levels. You'll need to know these important facts before you get started:
The story of Richmond, Virginia is far from over, and you can be part of it. Make your mark in Richmond when you contact Napier ERA today.
Our real estate agents have many years of experience with Richmond homes for sale. Not only have we had time to learn all about the best real estate opportunities in Richmond and the surrounding communities, but we're very familiar with what makes the area special.
You'll find that the area around Richmond is dotted with beautiful parks that offer all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy year round. Although there are many to choose from, North Bank Park is one you'll definitely want to put at the top of your list when visiting Richmond.
North Bank Park is one of the things that makes living in Richmond great.
You'll find it right at the south end of the town's storied Texas Avenue, almost as close as your own backyard. It's known to many of the locals as Texas Beach because of the many secluded, sun-soaked beaches where you can find warm sand and sunbathing rocks.
Sitting on the north bank of the James River, the park gets the most sunshine from October to March. Longer days give you plenty of time to enjoy the "lost in nature" feeling that North Bank Park does best of all – whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, or simple nature-watching.
Here's what you can expect when you visit:
Since the Main Section tends to get more traffic all throughout the year, those who want to enjoy peace and solitude tend to remain around Texas Beach. This is especially true of those who want to enjoy the best water sports: The area is especially known for snorkeling.
Snorkelers will have the outstanding opportunity to explore with much more freedom than they can find at other popular snorkeling destinations like Pony Pasture or Belle Isle. Seasonal low river levels make it easier to navigate and to spot local critters like fish, turtles, and snails.
You'll even find neat river-bottom treasures like driftwood and sunken boulders.
Lower water levels in the dry months also make virtually all of North Bank Park safer for young children. North Bank Park is a popular proving ground for all sorts of youth scout organizations.
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Hanover County homes for sale have attracted a lot of attention in the last few months as the summer real estate season kicks into full swing. Our real estate agents are keeping busy across Hanover and the rest of Virginia, but there's always room to welcome another client.
Hanover County includes such notable communities as Ashland, Mechanicsville, Doswell, and Montpelier. Hanover County's towns and cities are welcoming, safe, and tight-knit, reflecting a commitment to community that has persisted for centuries. For all the things that bind the locals together, though, there's one you might not think of at first: Tomatoes.
That's right – tomatoes are one of Virginia's most important crops.
And Hanover County is home to the top tomato festival in the United States.
The 4th of July isn't the only major celebration that goes on in Hanover in July.
If you've never had a delicious farm fresh tomato before, you might be surprised just how rich and flavorful they can be. However, Virginia locals know that a good tomato is just as nuanced as any other part of your salad – whether you consider it a fruit or a vegetable.
Tomatoes are one of the main crops in Virginia, so it's no surprise local farmers have had plenty of practice creating the most succulent, colorful, and plain old delicious tomatoes around.
Each year, the state harvests more than 2,000 acres of fresh-market tomatoes. All those salads, soups, sandwiches, and much more lead to more than $34 million in sales annually.
That's a lot of tomato sauce!
Virginia's Eastern Shore is the biggest hub of tomato-focused agriculture, but it can be found all throughout the state. Hanover County has the distinction of being home to the most popular tomato-based event: In fact, this year will be the 40th Annual Hanover Tomato Festival.
It's taking place on Saturday, July 14 in Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville.
Every year, the event showcases the best that tomatoes have to offer. Tomato tastings are the centerpiece of the event, but attendees will also enjoy live music, vendors, contests, and much more. It's a fun, festive, family-friendly atmosphere.
There'll even be a special cooling station for pets – Bow-Wow Beach – and an area with lots of exciting activities for kids 12 and under. With that care and attention to detail, there really will be something for everyone ... even if you (gasp!) don't like tomatoes.
More than 150 artisans and businesses will be on hand with merchandise including apparel and art.
If you can't get enough of tomatoes, then stop in early on Friday, July 13 to get your foot in the door with "Tomato-Palooza." The highlight that day is tomato-first cuisine, including food trucks using locally-sourced tomatoes in iconic dishes.
At Napier ERA, we're passionate about everything Hanover has in store. When you have a chance to take a look at all of the amazing homes for sale, you might just feel the same way.
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Not only does our team have all the inside insight you need to buy in Richmond, our knowledge of each Richmond-area neighborhood is second to none.
Every neighborhood has something special, and you can find truly special things in Richmond. The area has a unique charm and a place in American history unlike anywhere else.
In fact, Richmond itself is known for one of the most famous moments of the Revolutionary War: The famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech delivered by Patrick Henry.
Patrick Henry was considered one of the greatest speakers of his day and made an indelible impact on the Revolutionary era. An Anglican minister and largely self-taught lawyer, he began his rise to prominence just before the Stamp Act, which inflamed anti-Crown sentiment.
Although many amazing speeches and writings came from this period, Henry's "liberty or death" is an iconic example still widely cited and quoted today. It helped give many other influential Virginians the courage to support the burgeoning independence effort.
It's said that Henry spoke from no notes while giving his oration. George Washington was one of the witnesses; he did not mention the speech in his letter to wife Martha written the next day, because documenting what was said might lend weight to a charge of treason by the Crown.
The speech was delivered right here in Richmond, and many monuments and historic buildings still commemorate it. Following the speech, Henry went on to become one of the most successful politicians of his time – his career spanned more than thirty years.
He was elected first Virginia governor and also served four additional terms.
St. John's Church in Richmond was the site of Patrick Henry's legendary speech.
Built in 1741, it is now the oldest church in Richmond. It is a National Historic Landmark and still serves as an active place of worship. Every year, it attracts thousands of people from all over the United States and the world who want to witness Patrick Henry's legacy firsthand.
Of course, there are regular guided tours departing right from the St. John's Church gift shop.
You won't want to miss out on all the other events that take place throughout the year, especially in the summer. Free re-enactments of the "liberty or death" speech are given every Sunday throughout the summer, usually starting at 1 p.m.; optional tickets are just $6.
Visitors often take time to visit the church cemetery as well.
Although Patrick Henry himself does not rest here, a number of notables have been buried at St. John's. Some of these include signer of the Declaration of Independence George Wythe and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, the mother of Romantic-era author and literary trailblazer Edgar Allan Poe.
Richmond's colonial charm is like nothing else you'll find in the United States, even in other historic cities like Baltimore or Boston. Napier ERA provides you with the personalized advice you need to make the best real estate decisions for you in this fascinating community.
We'll be glad to work with you every step of the way on your home-buying journey. It all starts by meeting you and learning your goals. Then, a personalized tour of available historic homes is yours for the asking.
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America's birthday is right around the corner, and as usual, we're getting ready to throw her quite a party here in Virginia. Located in Doswell, Virginia--just 25 minutes north of Richmond--Kings Dominion is Virginia's premier amusement park, and our real estate agents are planning to observe the 4th of July in style with the Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion!
The Star Spangled Celebration will find Kings Dominion decked out in red white and blue, with lots of special events along with all the rides and games you love. The celebration stretches all the way from June 30 to July 4, and there are plenty of reasons to make a visit to Kings Dominion part of your annual Independence Day tradition:
Best of all, Kings Dominion is honoring service members by offering FREE admission for active and retired military during the Star Spangled Celebration. All veterans with honorable or medical discharge will also be able to get in for free, and discount tickets are available for friends and family members.
Whether you visit Kings Dominion during the Star Spangled Celebration or are planning a trip later in the summer, you can count on enjoying an amazing variety of rides at the greatest theme park in the state. Theme park rides range from the hair-raising Intimidator 305 – tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast – to the chill, kid-friendly (and ever-expanding) Planet Snoopy.
Of course, with it being summertime, there's a good chance you'll want to head straight for Soak City, a 20-acre water park that has everything you need to cool off and experience a few thrills on a hot day. Admission to the water park is included with all Kings Dominion tickets. Experience two massive wave pools, extreme water slides including a 65-foot tall slide tower, an interactive splash pad for kids, and much more.
Kings Dominion also hosts several other events throughout the year, like KidsFest, Taste of Virginia and Halloween Haunt. Be sure to check back for more fun upcoming events!
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Richmond, VA is arguably best known for being steeped in colonial and Civil War history, but it's also home to an exciting art scene that is as vibrant today as it has ever been. At its heart is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a vast collection of art and artifacts ranging from ancient Greece to contemporary America.
If you're an art lover and are currently looking at Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside an afternoon to browse through the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been ranked as one of the best and most comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (and until 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays) 365 days a year. General admission is always free. Walk-in tours take place every day, excluding holidays, and art programs are available for all age, from young kids right up to adults. Visit the museum's official website to learn more about planning your visit, including information on the latest programs and exhibits.
The permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts includes more than 33,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of world history. Highlights include:
The museum also features a wide-ranging rotating collection, as well as special events that highlight unique cross-sections of world art. Current exhibitions for 2018 include contemporary art from Portugal, a huge collection of art from the Islamic world, and an exhibit highlighting the horse in Ancient Greek art.
Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From rich Civil War history and a thriving arts scene to extraordinary restaurants and outdoor attractions, it's a place like no other. Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in the Richmond area.
Are you searching for a fun, educational experience in Richmond that the whole family will enjoy? While it's hard to stand out in a city filled with so many fantastic museums, the Science Museum of Virginia manages the feat with a combination of education, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a movie or astronomy presentation on the gigantic screen in the Dome, indulge your curiosity about all things science with truly unique exhibits, or try your hand at interactive, hands-on science activities. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details about the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA.
Where: The Science Museum of Virginia – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
While there are many exciting attractions at the Science Museum of Virginia, there's no doubt that the Dome stands out in the minds of many visitors. The Dome is home to one of the largest movie screens in the world, with both education and entertainment on the menu every day. Visit the Dome to catch a giant-screen movie, tour some of the world's most spectacular natural sites, and explore the cosmos in incredible, high-definition detail. Cosmic Expeditions at the Dome provide a chance to explore the stars, learn about the wonders of the universe, and discover the long, fascinating history that has lead our universe to where it is today.
The Science Museum of Virginia is all about hands-on, interactive experiences which are designed to provide the perfect mix of education and fun. One look at the museum's Curiosity Guide, and you'll realize that there's more than you can ever see in one day. But that's just the perfect excuse to schedule another visit on your calendar.
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Our real estate agents are always thrilled at the opportunity to help anyone find the perfect Richmond homes for sale. Of course, there's also a special pleasure that comes from making sure that a family will have the amazing chance to see their kids grow up in this wonderful community.
There are so many great amenities here for young people that it's hard to narrow it down to what really matters most. Of course, there is a selection of fine public schools and a safe, welcoming atmosphere – but you'll also find plenty of venues for fun, enrichment, and extracurriculars.
When it comes to making learning fun, the Children's Museum of Richmond is a true leader.
With four locations throughout Virginia, the Children's Museum is known far and wide.
Its flagship campus is right in the Downtown Richmond area, though, so you'll never run out of things to do with kids of all ages. Children and adults visit for just $9 a piece and CMoR is open an astonishing seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm!
When you drop in, you'll find nearly two dozen long-term exhibits covering all kinds of topics. All exhibits are interactive and focused on the power of learning through play. Everything is housed in a state of the art 44,000-square foot facility opened in 2000 and renovated on a regular basis.
Tykes can find their way through learning experiences like these:
It's one of the top kid-friendly museums in the United States, but CMoR is only one of the many things that makes Richmond special. You'll find outstanding employers, a flourishing restaurant and craft brewery scene, and much more here – there's truly something for everyone.
At Napier ERA, our experts provide personalized advice for clients who want to buy and sell in Richmond. We're dedicated to helping clients like you find a beautiful home you'll love on the timeline and budget you want.
We've already helped thousands – and you could be our next success story!
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Believe it or not, summer is already just around the corner, and soon schools throughout the Richmond, VA area will be closing for the season. If you're looking for fun, educational options to keep the kids busy this summer, Richmond offers a wide range of summer camps geared toward every age-group and interest. There are tons of outdoor-themed camps in the Richmond area, along with educational camps and even fishing camps for kids who love spending time on the water. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find the best summer camps in Richmond, VA this year.
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Chesterfield County homes for sale come in a wide range of architectural styles and often have strong historical influences. These classic homes are a reflection of the long history of Richmond and the important part Virginia has played in the epic of America.
Of course, not all of the most historic buildings are for sale!
One landmark that has stood the test of time is the fascinating Castlewood Plantation. Although it was renovated in the 1970s, it has remained true to its roots stretching all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, it is the home of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
Thanks to the conservatorship of the Historical Society, visitors from near and far have a chance to see this truly unique piece of Americana up close. It has been included in the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 and has welcomed guests for decades.
The Story of Castlewood Plantation is the Story of Virginia
Although its foundation wasn't laid until 1817, the story of Castlewood Plantation begins far earlier with the 1779 birth of visionary Parke Poindexter.
Poindexter, whose family emigrated from the English Channel Isle of Jersey circa 1657, served as Chesterfield County's clerk of courts for more than 30 years, holding the position from 1812 to 1847.
He established this fine Federal period home to raise a family of six children.
Castlewood Plantation is an unusual architectural find, as it is a foremost example of the Federal period. This style was in vogue from 1785-1815 and incorporated a range of Roman and Greek influences that bring to mind the classical revival style that inspired the nation's capital.
Many homes were designed in this fashion in Parke Poindexter's day, but Castlewood Plantation stands as the top surviving example. Not only that, but it embraces emblematic elements of the style, such as the five-part layout, carved marble mantels, and formal room in the basement.
Interestingly, Federal architecture was most popular in Salem, MA – not Richmond at all.
After Poindexter's death in 1847, the property soon passed into other hands.
It was left unscathed by advancing Union forces during the Civil War, serving as a parsonage for traveling Methodist ministers during the period. Although many areas of Richmond sustained heavy damage as a result of the city's strategic importance, Castlewood was left without a scratch.
As the Civil War drew to a close in 1865, Castlewood Plantation was bought and sold many times. It was revitalized by members of the Gilmer family in 1976, including patriarch William, great-great-great-great grandson of Poindexter himself.
In 1977, Heritage Savings and Loan purchased the property and took renovation plans to a new level, hiring historians to carefully review every element and restore the property. Thus began its life as a public building – and it became a county-owned property in 1992.
Visitors Can Still See Castlewood Plantation in All Its Glory
In 1999, an anthropological dig at the Castlewood site uncovered evidence of some additional structures, which probably included a kitchen and slaves' quarters. Despite these losses, much of the building is fully intact and faithful to its original design and construction.
Today, guests to the property are welcome to explore every part of this historic dwelling. Plus, there is free public access to a historic archive including artifacts like rare books, genealogical files, scrapbook maps, pictures, and cemetery records – ideal for any local historian!
Our real estate agents are ready and waiting to help you become part of our Chesterfield County community.
The perks of living in Richmond, VA go beyond the beauty of Richmond homes for sale.
Our real estate agents point to the strong economy and vibrant community as two of the most important reasons to give serious thought to Richmond.
Richmond's premier business-boosting and downtown improvement organization, RVA, is always finding new ways to foster togetherness and keep things interesting in the city. You'll see their handiwork everywhere you look: Including in a thriving local music scene.
In fact, one of RVA's most popular initiatives is about to rev up for the year.
It's called Friday Cheers, and it's one of the longest-running RVA-sponsored events.
Friday Cheers has been running consistently for 34 years now. It launches every year on the first Friday of May and continues all through June.
But exactly what is Friday Cheers? It's one of the best family-friendly music showcases around!
Attracting talent from all throughout Virginia and the United States, this is the one and only summer concert series held right along the James River. Traditionally, it has drawn anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 attendees every weekend.
It all takes place on beautiful Brown's Island, a picturesque park-like environment situated between the major Richmond landmarks of the Canal Walk and James River.
Children under 12 are admitted free; adults pay either $5 or $10 depending on the show.
The complete Friday Cheers schedule is available online and it promises to be a memorable one.
Everything kicks off at 6:30 with Devon Gilfillian and the chart-topping Valerie June. Fresh from a trip to Japan, June was recently featured as a recommended artist on Oprah.com. She brings her unique, soulful vocals to the stage, mixed with funky blues-folk melodies.
RVA Music Night on May 25th will also be a great time to pop in. This spectacular evening will be completely focused on Richmond-area bands with a fresh sound. The headliners include Dharma Bombs, Butcher Brown, and Pirahna Rama.
With five whole Fridays in June, the fun gets to carry on until the big weekend before the 4th of July. On June 29th, Friday Cheers will be getting a big sendoff thanks to Charley Crockett and the Turnpike Troubadours, an Oklahoma-based country western group.
We hope you'll have the opportunity to enjoy everything Friday Cheers has to offer. If you want to be smack in the middle of a welcoming and wonderful community all year around, it's time to give Richmond a closer look – and Napier ERA can help.
No matter whether you're buying or selling, our team has the expertise to make the process easier. Our personalized service and deep insight into the Richmond market has helped hundreds of clients achieve their real estate goals throughout Virginia.
Contact Napier ERA to find out more today. We look forward to helping you.
Buyers have some terrific opportunities here, but homes never stay on the market for too long. Part of the reason is that Richmond's many annual races, concerts, and other events attract so many visitors who ultimately decide to make the city home.
Thousands of guests will be arriving in Richmond for Dominion Energy Riverrock.
It's billed as the nation's premier outdoor sports and music festival, and it's coming May 18th.
This year's Riverrock is a joint collaboration of the nonprofits Sports Backers and Venture Richmond, the latter serving as the city's business association for a vibrant Downtown.
Riverrock is one of the most exciting events on the calendar every year, drawing bands and solo performers from all over the United States in a huge variety of styles.
The whole thing happens right along the riverfront in and around Historic Tredegar Iron Works, a unique venue that was one of America's biggest and best iron works in its 1860 heyday. Today, it's operated by the American Civil War Museum, but it hosts portions of Riverrock each year.
RVA is the official booster organization for all things Richmond, VA. It'll be offering a wide range of fun and exciting events for festival-goers to participate in as part of its Go RVing Interactive Village: An opportunity to try creative competitions and cool equipment hands-on.
Some of the amazing contests in store include the Filthy 5K Mud Run and Sierra Nevada Kayak Boatercross. All necessary equipment will be provided for many events, like the Slack Line Demo and Competition, but racers must sign up at the Go RVing registration tent.
The Adventure Race offers the toughest challenge, with a four-hour, multi-sport event featuring team and individual components. Racers will need to navigate with map and compass as they ride, run, and paddle from a mystery start location, ending right in the middle of the action!
The River Rumble is a triathlon featuring the James River Scramble, Sierra Nevada Down River Paddle, and – perhaps toughest of them all – the 20-mile Urban Assault course. Only one male and one female racer will win it all and take home the title of River Rumble champ!
Many of the most intense events will start in Historic Tredegar and end all the way down the James River on Brown's Island. Beer trucks, food vendors, and souvenir tents will be distributed all through the festival, so you'll never be far from anything you need.
Note that while many of the demos are kid-friendly and most are free, some of them require a separate participation fee. Most of these are $20-$30, but the Trail Trio running event combo will set you back as much as $190 per day. It might just be worth it for the bragging rights!
What else can you expect from Riverrock? Too much for one little blog post to hold!
If you ask us, the only thing better than visiting Richmond for Riverrock is staying for keeps!
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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.
Contact Napier ERA to get started on our Chester home-buying journey.
Richmond is a modern city with new job growth and a healthy economy. That's a big reason why people of all ages are moving here. At Napier ERA, we are thrilled when new residents contact our office. We not only love to show them Richmond homes for sale, but we also like to tell them about Richmond and our surrounding communities of Midlothian, Colonial Heights, Powhatan, Glen Allen--just to name a few.
Our real estate agents live and work in this community. While we could talk endlessly about our favorite things to do in Richmond, one thing we all agree upon is the Riverfront Canal Walk is a don't miss experience. Here's why.
The Riverfront Canal Walk is a 1.25-mile path located between 5th and 17th Streets along the James River. It is wide enough for bicycles, pedestrians, and even Segways! Along this walk, you can experience Richmond in a way that is unique to our city.
Whether you are looking for historic monuments, museums, nature, or even pizza, you can find it on the Riverfront Canal Walk.
You can also swim or float the river, either in a tube or in an actual river raft. There are even some rapids roaring through the downtown area, so you can have an adventure right in the middle of the city. Not too many cities can claim that! There are river rafting outfitters right downtown, so your adventure awaits.
The canal system in Richmond dates back to the days when George Washington roamed our streets. It is said he was the brainchild behind the canal system, with his visionary goal of connecting the harbors on the east with the trade opportunities on the west. Today there are canal cruises and even private charters available on both the James River and Kanawha Canal. The cruises are seasonal (from April to November), but it's an activity everyone who comes to Richmond should absolutely do.
If you're considering relocating to Richmond, you'll want to spend some time getting to know more about our city's famous history. Monument Avenue in Richmond is just off the Canal Walk, and the entire street is a historic landmark.
There are lots of beautiful statues in this area (and throughout the rest of Richmond), and one of our favorites is the touching statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, which sits on the hill behind the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. The story goes that the President and his son visited Richmond in 1865, shortly after the Capital of the Confederacy had been burned. You can almost hear President Lincoln explaining about the perils of war as you look at this beautiful bronze statue.
Back on the Riverfront, you're bound to find a festival, concert or other activity going on, and the old buildings and warehouses around this part of the city are becoming extremely popular places to live and work. There are lofts and coffee shops, galleries, shopping and more than 160 restaurants to choose from. And because Richmond is a walkable city, you'll want to get out and explore as much as you can. The weather will likely cooperate, with moderate temperatures nearly all year long, and far more days of sunshine than rain.
Richmond is a vibrant and fun city -- one that honors its past but isn't stuck in it. If you are considering moving to Richmond, we hope you'll let us share our enthusiasm for our city and provide our expertise in helping you find a new home. Contact Napier ERA to make an appointment to see both beautiful homes and tour our wonderful city with us.
The weather is warming up and Richmond residents are heading outdoors. With an abundance of art, culture, and historic sites, the city is ready to deliver a season of outdoor fun and entertainment. If you plan to search for Richmond homes for sale, you can experience our local fun and get to know the city better. A bike tour is a perfect way to do it. Richmond Rides, a local business in our community, will introduce you to the "real" Richmond on two wheels.
Our real estate agents know you'll enjoy biking with Richmond Rides. Their themed tours are a great way to get an up-close view of our historic homes, delicious dining, and hottest neighborhoods. Here's more information to help you plan your move to Richmond.
Three years ago, Catherine and Matt Lillian decided that biking was the perfect way to see Richmond. They invested in 20 bicycles and began Richmond Rides, located at 414 N. 29th Street in Richmond. Their initial offering was a guided tour through Richmond's historic Church Hill neighborhood. Since then, their bike tour business has grown in popularity and expanded to include other tour options.
Richmond Rides has consistently earned five stars from travel rating sites. Trip Advisor named them the #1 out of a list of 20 outdoor activities in Richmond. You can select the themed tour of your choice.
The original Richmond Rides tour rolls along at an easy pace through Richmond's most historic neighborhood. The Church Hill Signature Tour brings you intimately close to beautiful views and historic architecture. As your guide shares fascinating local facts, you'll learn about the neighborhood's culture and diversity.
Price: $49, 2-hour Easy tour includes a snack.
The Foodie Tour lets you see Church Hill through a foodie's eyes. You'll view neighborhood architecture and culture and learn interesting facts. In keeping with the tour emphasis on food, you'll dine at bakeries and restaurants and see first-hand how Church Hill earned its foodie reputation.
Price: $54, 3-hour Easy tour includes food
On the Richmond Highlights Tour, you'll see city sights. The tour pedals through Jackson Ward, Capitol Square, The Museum District, and other downtown Richmond neighborhoods.
Price: $49, 2-hour Intermediate tour includes a snack.
When you take the Along The River Tour, you'll travel the bike paths along the James River and the Capital Trail. As roll along the river, you'll view the historic canal, the river, riverboats, and colorful murals.
Price: $49, 2-hour Intermediate tour includes a snack
The Monument Avenue Tour is a "dialogue and tour" developed by the owner, Catherine Lillian and Nikki Fernandes, a VCU Focused Inquiry instructor. They encourage participants to view the monuments along the street and also to share and learn. Participants will eat together and participate in a facilitated discussion about Richmond's history and future.
Price: $75, 3-hour Beginner tour includes a snack
Richmond Rides can create a custom guided tour for your corporate, family, or student groups. You can schedule a Brewery Tour, Architecture Tour, Team Building Tour or request a customized outing for up to 30 people.
When you're searching for a Glen Allen home, make sure to check out one of our town's more unique locations: the Meadow Farm Museum.
Situated in beautiful Crump Park, Meadow Farm Museum is a taste of history that is truly unique to the area. Dating back to the 1860s, it is one of the best places in the entire nation to witness the living history of what life was like in the rural South of the nineteenth century.
The Meadow Farm Museum located at 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen is the restored home of John Mosby Sheppard, a recognized national historic site. Tour guides in period clothing will help you explore the manor and farm that bear witness to some of the most pivotal moments in American history.
Historic facilities and sites have been painstakingly preserved, including details like outbuildings. Guides are trained on a number of significant happenings tying the farm to the antebellum and Civil War eras, including the warning that saved the farm from Gabriel's Rebellion.
In addition to the farmhouse and barn, you can expect to see the doctor's office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. The land at Crump Park passed through seven generations beginning all the way back in the 1700s before being donated in 1975.
Interactive exhibits and activities make this an ideal learning experience for all ages.
You won't want to miss out on exploring Crump Park before or after your visit.
The Crump Park grounds are open every day from dawn until dusk, serving as a full-featured park in the finest of Virginia traditions. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, and numerous picnic areas, including a sheltered area that is available for reservations.
An open play area and children's playground round out the site.
When in season, volunteers and visitors can enjoy the handiwork of several period-appropriate "guilds." These volunteer organizations produce such things as textiles, baskets, and vegetables to support the mission of the Meadow Farm Museum.
Many of the guilds require no prior experience, and some are even open to children aged 16 and under with adult supervision. It's an outstanding way to learn while becoming part of history!
Experts in woodworking, blacksmithing, and other areas are always being sought and often perform live demonstrations. These more advanced participants also benefit from on the job training to complement their existing skills.
Historic Glen Allen appeals to many different types of homeowners. No matter what your vision for the ideal Virginia home is, our real estate agents will be glad to help you.
Our years of experience mean we are second to none when it comes to finding your first or second home in Glen Allen or trading up from an existing home. You'll always get personalized advice from leading local experts who truly understand Glen Allen's housing market.
Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started.
Whether you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, a hankering for a quality craft beer or wine, or just want to connect with other locals in a cheerful atmosphere, check out Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond. Located at 3111 West Cary Street, this gourmet bakery is known for their creative cupcake crafting skills, as well as what is now known as the "Carytown Cupcakes law," allowing them to serve craft beer and wine alongside their famous desserts.
Stop in today for a taste of the sweet perfection Carytown Cupcakes is known for.
Carytown Cupcakes is just one of many local businesses in which you can see how communities thrive here in Richmond. Interested being a part of something this exciting and welcoming? Contact Napier ERA today and browse Richmond homes for sale. Your dream home is waiting for you here, and one of our real estate agents will help you find it!
Looking for a fun and exciting time to spend with the family just outside Richmond, VA? Don't miss Kings Dominion, the best amusement park in the whole state!
Kings Dominion is the spring iteration of a special seasonal park that showcases four different themes throughout the year. In the summer it transforms into the wet and wild Soak City water park with 20 acres of slides, pools, and much more.
Fall brings the Halloween Haunt, while winter is known for WinterFest – the best time of the year to meet Santa Claus himself.
So, what does Kings Dominion have to offer in the spring? Glad you asked!
The All-New Twisted Timbers Roller Coaster Headlines Kings Dominion
In spring, Kings Dominion bursts with more than 60 breathtaking rides, spectacular shows, and amazing attractions.
Each year brings something new, but one consistent draw is the East Coast's biggest collection of roller coasters. People come from all around to enjoy these thrilling rides! This year, Twisted Timbers puts the king in Kings Dominion with a debut that's sure to be unforgettable.
An evolution of the world famous Hurler roller coaster that was retired back in 2015, Twisted Timbers runs to a total height of 111 feet with a drop of 109 feet. The total length is more than 3,300 feet, which riders will traverse at a speedy 54 miles per hour.
These amazing features and more are made possible by the coaster's unique design. It combines wooden supports with a steel track to give the most thrilling ride imaginable on 20 airtime hills! Kings Dominion has been making regular updates on their progress with it, including a peek at the first train.
Twisted Timbers will launch for the first time when the park opens for the season on March 24.
Family-Friendly Rides and Events Abound at Kings Dominion
Although Twisted Timbers is the best for experienced roller coaster riders, there's plenty of fun for everyone at Kings Dominion. Youngsters can enjoy Planet Snoopy, where they'll get to meet their favorite Peanuts characters in person.
Rides and games for the younger kids include Joe Cool's Driving School and its kid-friendly go-karts, Flying Ace with Snoopy, the Great Pumpkin Coaster, and the Linus Launcher. The live entertainment features plenty of character meet and greets, too.
Kings Dominion is well known for an assortment of venues featuring music, dancing, athletics, and acrobatics. Want to add to the experience? Kings Dominion is surrounded by great hotels, of course, but it also has something truly unique so you can take it to the next level.
The Kings Dominion KOA (also known as Richmond North KOA) is the premier family camping experience. You can choose from RV camping, tent camping, or cabin camping in an environment perfect for younger campers.
There's also a pool, wireless internet, cable TV, and a dog park. Current reviews put the campground at a solid 4.5 out of 5, and you even get discounts at Kings Dominion when you choose to stay at KOA.
Family Fun Doesn't Have to End When You Find the Perfect Richmond Home
If you want to see the most desirable Richmond homes, it all starts by consulting an expert in the local real estate scene. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents have the insight and experience to make your house hunt that much easier – and then it can be an adventure all year long for you and the whole family. Contact Napier ERA.
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:
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.
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.
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.
A vibrant, creative world of craft brewing is truly part of this city's beating heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For the first time since the 2008 housing bubble, homes are going on the market en masse – and the Richmond, VA housing market is one of the hottest places in the United States.
Napier ERA President Jim Napier put this into perspective in the June, 2017 publication of Richmondmag.com:
"Six months' worth of inventory is considered a normal market that favors neither buyer nor seller. On average, the Richmond region has a little more than four months of inventory based on home sales from the first quarter of 2017."
Conditions remain tight throughout desirable Richmond areas:
The seller's market in Richmond is an inspiration for communities all throughout the United States that want to see a vibrant housing market. And who is the economic engine behind it all? It's Millennials--the oldest of whom are about 35 today.
Institutions have long undervalued Millennial purchasing power. The effects of structural issues like the economic downturn coupled with huge and rising student debt have given the generation a pragmatic streak that looks askance at luxury items like diamonds and sports cars.
Now, however, Millennials are entering the housing market in greater numbers.
Suppressed earnings caused by weak economic conditions have given way to a robust employment market granting Millennials a chance to start fresh at building a family and pursuing homeownership.
With $200 billion in buying power and representing about 25 percent of the population, Millennials have come roaring onto the scene – bringing a merciful end to years of think-pieces and stale jibes about avocado toast.
Still, it's essential to approach the Richmond market with eyes open.
Thanks to its many career and educational opportunities, paired with unbeatable amenities and a welcoming community, Richmond is a Millennial magnet.
To make the most of all it has to offer, Millennial home buyers should keep these steps in mind:
At Napier ERA, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you achieve the dream of homeownership. Our team is made up of the foremost experts on the Richmond real estate market. We will give you the personalized guidance you need to make an informed decision each step of the way. Contact Napier ERA today.
Do you love the Richmond area and want a scenic, suburban community where you can enjoy all that the region has to offer? Then we've got a secret to share with you! Midlothian, VA has long been a beloved location for anyone who calls the community home with more new residents learning the secret of how great life can here. This historic, growing community is just waiting to be explored with outdoor activities, local businesses, and historic destinations around every corner. Our real estate agents are ready to spill the beans on just why Midlothian is such a great place to call home.
Located just outside of Richmond, the village of Midlothian is a large, growing suburb with a fascinating history that dates back centuries. With an affordable cost of living and ample entertainment options, Midlothian homes for sale are popular with shoppers from every generation.
When we say the history of Midlothian stretches back centuries, we're not kidding. For many years, Midlothian was a mining community, and you can find remnants of that period throughout the community today. It was the site of some of the first coal mines in the country along with the first railroad in Virginia. Today, Midlothian has become more of a residential community with a mix of luxurious homes and attractive, affordable options for shoppers looking to make the most of their budget.
In addition to exploring local history, there's a ton to do in our area. The community's many parks offer a great way to spend the day outdoors, and the local YMCA is a popular gathering place for all of your favorite athletic activities. There are a great antique shops to explore in the area along with local small businesses of every type offering unique products and services. The community's close proximity to downtown Richmond makes also it easy to enjoy a day in the city whenever you please.
Midlothian offers an affordable cost of living about five percent below the national average, which leaves plenty of room in the budget to enjoy all that the community has to offer. The luxury real estate market in the community has grown significantly in recent years, with both new and historic homes available to suit every shopper. If you love outdoor beauty close to home, be sure to check out the waterfront homes available in the Swift Creek Reservoir area. If you're not shopping the luxury market, don't worry – there are appealing homes in Midlothian to suit every budget.
Are you searching for a community on the rise with an exciting present and an even brighter future? Midlothian has grown significantly by any measure in recent decades, and there's plenty more to come. Today, Midlothian is home to a population of more than 68,000 residents with a median household income of $77,158, which was enough to earn a spot on Money Magazine's prestigious list of best places to live in 2017. Expect to see continued growth on both fronts, as more new residents learn the secret of why Midlothian, VA is such an excellent place to call home.
Ready to find a home of your own in Midlothian, and learn first-hand why so many love calling the community home? Contact us to buy and sell homes in Midlothian, VA.
You may have noticed in recent years that murals have had a renaissance in Richmond, VA, which was sparked in part by the persistent work of muralist Ed Trask. His work appears throughout the city, including many works of art at beloved local businesses. You may have also noticed that our city has become a hot-spot for fantastic craft beers, especially in the historic German Brewing District of the city. Why not combine attractive art with delicious beer, and visit the Ed Trask mural at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery? Our real estate agents have all of the details about this exciting, local business.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a business started by two friends, who traveled the world to learn the secrets of creating unique, delicious craft beer. Located in the German Brewing District, Hardywood Park offers an outdoor beer garden, a busy schedule of special events for all ages, amazing beer, and a beautiful mural by Ed Trask. It's a great place to visit, and a perfect example of how unique, local businesses make life in the city special.
Are you in the searching for your next home and looking for an experienced, local real estate team to help you accomplish your goals? Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.
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.
Are you deciding whether to buy a brand new home or an older home in the Richmond area? Both options have their benefits, and Richmond is an excellent place to shop regardless of what type of home you are targeting. Older homes offer that comfortable, "lived in" feel, but may also require more maintenance after you move in. New homes are more likely to offer the latest amenities, unique, customized features, and energy efficient design throughout the home. Our real estate agents are here to help you make the right choice for your needs, with a guide to new homes in Richmond, VA .
If you're looking for the latest design features, modern layouts, convenient tech, and efficient home systems, then buying a new home will often be the best way to cover all of your needs. New homes are often more energy efficient, thanks to efficient, modern appliances, new HVAC systems, and the latest building components. You'll find that new homes also offer diverse floor plans, and unique interior design. And when you're shopping for new homes in Richmond, you'll have plenty of great options to choose from:
Looking for the right real estate team to help you land the new home of your dreams? Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout Richmond, VA.
There's no shortage of Christmas cheer here in Virginia, but six towns truly capture the spirit of the holiday season. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents love helping families create new traditions in their homes and these towns are great places to do just that.
Need a new home for the holidays near Richmond, VA? Contact Napier ERA for advice and help with your search.
There's no doubt about it, the holidays are a special time of year. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the season is more than just sharing food and gifts—it's an opportunity to experience the best holiday events in Henrico County has to offer. November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018 (closed Dec. 24/25), Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers shimmering holiday fun for the whole family. Henrico County's ultimate holiday tradition features more than 500,000 twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, family activities, model trains and more.
Who doesn't love a good story? This year, the theme at GardenFest of Lights is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. From fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, these holiday events highlight stories, legends and rhymes that encompass many different eras and cultures through indoor and outdoor displays of light.
Celebrate the seasons and nature with engaging events and activities that explore natural phenomena, teach life valuable lessons and connect people through the wonder of plants.
If you're ready to celebrate the holidays with a new home, our real estate agents can help you find homes in Henrico County you'll love. To learn more about fun, festive living in Henrico County, contact Napier ERA today!
Ever wonder what it would be liked to be transported to a different place and time, where history, natural beauty, and learning meet? James and Salley Dooley, who lived in Richmond, VA more than a century ago, had the same vision, which is why they gifted their luxurious estate to the community for all to enjoy. The estate is called Maymont, and today it has become a place where you can learn, experience history first-hand, relax, and explore all of the outdoor fun that Richmond has to offer. Our real estate agents are here to tell you more about this truly unique Richmond home.
The Maymont Estate is a gorgeous, Victorian-era property, with a spectacular interior and more than 100 acres of outdoor space. Like many homes in Richmond, every room in the Maymont Estate has a story a story to tell. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, the Maymont Estate has so much to offer Richmond residents.
Whether you're searching for a private estate or an affordable, appealing family home, our real estate team is here to help. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.
When you're touring homes for sale in Glen Allen, take time to visit The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen offers local residents in the Richmond area an opportunity to discover the arts, develop a talent, and experience all our community has to offer.
Young and old gather at the Center to share artistic experiences and develop creative skills. Four galleries showcase work from local and regional artists. Performance stages come alive with music, dance, and theater presentations. Regional artists and artisans market their work in a warm and friendly setting. The Center also rents four beautiful spaces for special occasions.
Our real estate agents live and work in the area. We know The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is a valuable community asset and celebrate the Center's best by sharing these upcoming programs and special events with you.
The Cultural Arts Center celebrates the season with live concerts and theater performances. These upcoming events will start your holiday season out on a joyful note.
October's changing weather and earlier sunsets bring thoughts of Halloween. If your inner child feels the ghostly pull of haunted places, perhaps it's time for a visit to our Historic Hollywood Cemetery. It's located in Richmond's Oregon Hill neighborhood at 412 South Cherry Street. If the possibility of a ghostly encounter doesn't scare you, you can walk (or run) through the grounds or even sign up for a tour.
While our real estate agents value Hollywood Cemetery for its national historical significance, we also recognize it as the perfect place to generate Halloween inspiration.
Cemetery founders, William Haxall and Joshua Fry, commissioned Architect, John Notman, to design a cemetery at a vast property called Harvie's Woods. As the work began, Notman recommended the name "Hollywood" for the proliferation of Hollywood trees on the site.
Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place of a long list of notable Americans. In 1969 the site was added to the National Record of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. It's also listed as a United States Historic District.
Hollywood Cemetery is known nationally as a historic venue. But over the years, it developed a higher profile as the home of hauntings and unusual events.
No one knows if these eerie cemetery tales are true, but they could be. Hollywood is 130 acres of aging monuments memorializing centuries of buried dead. Its history includes horrible deaths in a collapsed underground tunnel, thousands of dead Confederate soldiers and an iron dog watching over a toddler's grave. Given the colorful history, it's the perfect environment for ghostly happenings.
If you're more interested in Hollywood's history than scary experiences, you can track down graves or tombs for President, James Monroe, President, John Tyler, a Supreme Court Justice, and six Virginia governors.
A monument of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, stands over his grave.
There's a 90-foot stone pyramid marking the spot where 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried. The identities of 11,000 of these soldiers remain unknown.
One of the best-loved monuments in the cemetery is the cast-iron Newfoundland dog standing guard over a grave of a two-year old Richmond girl. There are a number of versions of how the Iron Dog came to rest by the little girl's grave.
If you're interested in getting up close and personal with Hollywood Cemetery history and scary legends, you have several tour options:
It's not uncommon for people who own homes in Richmond to add the Hollywood Cemetery at the top of their list to show guests and visitors. If you're interested in relocating to this area, our professionals can help. Contact Napier ERA if you're thinking about buying or selling your home in Richmond, Virginia.
Anyone who has spent some time in Hopewell, VA is probably familiar with the Hopewell Downtown Partnership (HDP). HDP is an organization focused on building a vibrant and prosperous downtown area for the Hopewell community.
It's behind many initiatives throughout the year that help to give Hopewell its unique character.
Hopewell, VA is a charming little city of about 23,000 people that overlooks two rivers – the James and Appomattox. Founded in 1613 and originally associated with the Quakers, it has been on the rise since an ambitious urban renewal plan launched in the 1960s.
Although the original idea hit snags, it sparked greater community interest in rebuilding the downtown area. That inspiration has carried forward to today, where the Hopewell Downtown Partnership is one of the most active community groups of its kind anywhere in the country.
The Hopewell Downtown Partnership is committed to the highest standards of quality, and it shows – just ask Main Street America™ , which accredits similar community groups for following strict standards in community revitalization and involvement.
HDP was one of only 24 community groups throughout the state of Virginia to be accredited.
In recent years, HDP has consistently maintained the credential. It depends, among several other things, on demonstrating broad-based community support and reporting results regularly. Community members must be deeply involved in the organization's work, too.
The Main Street America™ program was founded in 1980 and has been adopted by more than 1,000 communities coast to coast. It delivers a program of restoration for historic commercial district by balancing preservation and economic development.
Hopewell Downtown Project has been accredited since 2011. 828 programs made the cut this year. Accreditation of organizations throughout the U.S. is managed by a state-level Main Street program, which in turn coordinates with the National Main Street Center.
During its accreditation period, HDP has sparked more than $7 million in public and private investment in the Hopewell downtown area. Burnette's Baked Goods, K&J Fitness, and a variety of others have been attracted partially through HDP's work.
Hopewell homes benefit from all the hard work done in the downtown area and so much more. A growing downtown means a strong economic engine and diverse jobs for people at any stage of their careers – essential for a growing community you may want to make your own.
Want to find out more? Expert help is just a quick call away. Contact Napier ERA to learn about your many Hopewell VA real estate opportunities. Our real estate agents in the area will be glad to work with you to find an amazing home.
No matter what, there are certain places that take you back to your youth and a time you'll never forget. For many living in the Richmond area, it's a summer evening at the Goochland Drive-in Theater. The Goochland Drive-In Theater is a community-oriented, family establishment that offers new/current release movies and plenty of fun for the entire family.
A much-loved staple of the community in Goochland, the drive-in's focus is on family entertainment, and provides a safe, wholesome atmosphere for people of all ages. No alcohol is permitted. It features a playground for kids under 12, and you can bring games, Frisbees, or footballs for pre-show fun (arrive early to get a good spot). Quiet, well-behaved pets are also welcome. No outside food or drink is allowed, but the Goochland Drive-In offers affordable, classic-American food and concessions, a gluten-free menu, and admission is just $4 for kids and $8.50 for adults.
In the late 1950s to early 1960s, more than 4,000 drive-ins captivated American moviegoers. While drive-ins have slowly disappeared around the US, they have seen a revival in recent years. The beloved Goochland Drive-In Theater has been bringing movie lovers and people of all ages together since 2009, creating and nurturing a sense of community and human connection. Just a 30-minute drive from Richmond and Charlottesville, the Goochland Drive-In attracts people from miles around.
Reminiscent of the classic drive-ins of yesteryear, the Goochland Drive-In is an ideal night out for families. A fun and unique way to catch a movie and connect with members of the community, come and enjoy some nostalgia laugh and hang out with friends and neighbors.
Can't get a babysitter for date night? Bring the kids and let them enjoy the playground while you chat with new friends or neighbors; then hunker down and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car (you can bring chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars, too!). The Goochland Drive-In also provides a safe and wholesome environment for teens, so you can rest easy knowing that your teenagers have a positive and entertaining place to go on dates or out with friends.
If you are interested in buying a home in Goochland, our real estate agents can help you find a home you'll love. From new construction to classic historical houses, we have a variety of available homes for sale Contact Napier ERA to get started.
Large or small, Virginia's communities have so much to offer that it's hard to choose one to settle in. One of the most attractive things about the state is how history seems to come alive in so many ways. Every chapter in the nation's history has played out in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
There's perhaps no better example of this than Hanover Tavern in Hanover County, VA.
Hanover Tavern is a Unique Glimpse Into Colonial America
Located right in Hanover Courthouse, Hanover Tavern is the direct descendant of the original tavern that was licensed to stand on the spot all the way back in 1733 – more than 40 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As taverns go, it's one of the oldest in the United States.
It's not surprising, then, that Hanover County locals throughout the centuries have worked hard to maintain and protect it. Not only has so much of its history been preserved, but it has actually continued to function as a tavern for much of the time it has stood.
The story of Hanover Tavern started through necessity.
One of the Epicenters of Virginia Community Since the Start
In the country's early history, the vast majority of people lived in rural areas. The population was so sparse that it was only necessary to hold court once a month in most places.
The judge and those with legal complaints would typically travel from very far away. With that in mind, a tavern was a crucial part of giving them all good food and a warm bed. Stables and other amenities were needed for the large stagecoach teams.
The Hanover Tavern was the solution and has been a fixture of the community ever since.
Since opening its doors 284 years ago, this unique landmark has had many famous guests.
During the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette and several of his comrades stayed at the Hanover Tavern. Likewise, George Washington wrote diary entries about it. We know that he stayed at the Hanover Courthouse complex at least twice. Patrick Henry once lived there, and the Patrick Henry Tour – known as Road to Revolution – is a popular attraction even today.
Throughout the Civil War, the Hanover Tavern gained even more importance. It entered the National Registry of Historic Places and became one of the keystone sights on the various Civil War tours and trails. As time went on, more and more notable people passed through.
Some of these include literary giants Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens.
The Hanover Tavern Today: A "Must See" For History Lovers
Today, Hanover Tavern – and Hanover County in general – is still welcoming guests.
The Tavern offers seasonal menus showcasing local favorites like the lunch brisket sandwich, duroc pork, and shrimp and grits. All year around, you can get tavern fare with a distinctive local flourish that's helped the Tavern command rave reviews online.
No matter when you visit, you'll also find a full calendar of events at the Tavern. Businesses and community groups alike use it. Adult education in things like painting and handicrafts are held frequently.
Want more? The Tavern can be rented for other special occasions, or you can simply visit as part of your grand evening at the Virginia Repertory Theater. The Theater is just steps from the Tavern and is the oldest continually-operating dinner theater in America.
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.
Do you enjoy good wine, great jazz, and historic Richmond sites? The Richmond Jazz Festival, the East Coast's premier musical event, is definitely the event for you. The eighth annual installment of this multi-day jazz festival will take over the Richmond area from August 10 to 13 with performances throughout Carytown and the main acts taking the stage at Maymont. Whether you're new to Richmond or looking for new things to love about your hometown, this festival is quickly becoming a town tradition, and we encourage you to participate too.
So, what happens during the Jazz Festival? Here are some of the fun things you can do during our annual jazz celebration:
Who needs Bonnaroo when you have Erykah Badu right here in Richmond? A festival that emphasizes "elevation music" over "elevator music", the Richmond Jazz Festival attracts world-famous talent and local legends alike. This year, the R&B queen Badu headlines an all-star lineup that also includes recent Oscar winner Common (performing alongside our very own Richmond Symphony), the Isley Brothers, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, David Benoit, The Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Peabo Bryson, and many more.
While the Jazz Festival is well worth the price of admission, you don't have to buy a pass to enjoy jazz this August in Richmond. Before the festival, CaRue takes over Carytown for six days of free, pre-festival jazz shows. Catch performances at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the pop-up Jazz Café at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, all completely free, along with performances by local artists at smaller venues throughout the town. And the night before the festival, "Homegrown at the Hipp" takes over the Hippodrome Theater for a collaborative jazz show that features Nathan East and only costs $30.
The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is designed to be an immersive sensory experience, not just a place to hear good music. Maybe that's why the venue is one of Richmond's most beautiful and historic places to spend the day. Maymont is a 100-acre estate that includes one of the most historic homes in Richmond, Maymont Mansion. This Victorian home will be open during the festival to make sure you get the full Maymont experience. The estate also houses hundreds of native animals, including river otters, a bobcat, black bears, goats, and bald eagles. Conservation and education are important to the staff at Maymont, and if you make the festival a family affair, your kids will get to see some of Virginia's most awe-inspiring and threatened species.
Of course, no festival can engage all the senses without gorgeous artwork to browse and delicious foods to taste (and wine to sip). During the Richmond Jazz Festival, some of the region's best chefs and artists will be putting their work on display. Catch chef demonstrations, shop for jewelry, art, and more from local merchandise vendors, and sample amazing local cuisine in between jazz performances. And don't miss the complimentary wine tasting from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, whose products pair perfectly with jazz music whether you're in the bathtub or the middle of Maymont.
Looking for your next home in Richmond? Contact Napier ERA to find the perfect property. Our real estate agents are an all-star lineup of local pros, and they're always eager to help new families navigate our market and find their next homes.
Every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Powhatan's favorite farmers and artisans come together at Westchester Commons to provide their wares for sale. Whether you are in the market for fresh produce for your dinner table or unique jewelry for your wardrobe, you will find it at the Powhatan Farmers Market from the beginning of May to the end of October.
The farmers market offers Powhatan residents the opportunity to enjoy locally-grown, low-pesticide produce and meats. They also give a venue for local artisans to showcase their good, so you can buy unique gift and home decor options. Items are fresher, more unique and often less expensive when you shop at the farmers market, and the Powhatan Farmers Market is packed with vendors. In fact, our Powhatan real estate agents believe the farmer's market is one of our area's best features, and here are five reasons, in particular, why we think you will love them too!
Calling Powhatan Home
If you're shopping for homes in Powhatan, Hanover or Midlothian, you will be able to enjoy the Powhatan Farmers Market regularly. Contact Napier ERA to get your Powhatan house hunt started.
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.
When you're searching for a home in Richmond, you are sure to hear about our Seven Hills. Although never receiving an official designation, according to a 1937 ordinance by the City of Richmond, the seven hills of RVA are: Union Hill, Council Chamber Hill, French Garden Hill, Navy Hill, Gambles Hill, Shockoe Hill and Church Hill. These neighborhoods have shaped RVA's history and are part of what makes it such a special place to live today.
Church Hill holds the distinction of being the first official neighborhood in Richmond. It's home to the original 32 blocks of the city and as such has a rich history and many historic buildings. The old architectural styles are still enjoyed and protected in Church Hill, and gas street lamps still line the red brick cobblestone sidewalks. This is a distinctive community that is full of character and charm.
Church Hill is found on the eastern end of Broad Street. It sits within walking distance of Richmond's downtown, but has its own collection of shops, restaurants and businesses. Church Hill also has a beautiful collection of residential properties that embrace the historic ambiance of this neighborhood. Here you can find homes that show the Greek Revival, Federal, Queen Anne and Italianate architectural styles and these properties have been carefully and lovingly maintained throughout the neighborhood's history. Today, the Church Hill North Historic District is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Homeowners and business owners alike are dedicated to preserving the history and architecture of the community for future generations.
Unique Blend of Past and Present
Today, Church Hill provides Richmond homeowners with the perfect blend of historic with modern. The homes and their classic architectural styles, along with the beautiful streetlamps and cobblestone sidewalks, are the historic side of Church Hill. It's also home to Chimborazo Park and the Richmond National Battlefield, which is home to a museum that houses artifacts from Civil War history. Patrick Henry Park is also in Church Hill near the site where he uttered his famous quote, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Libby Hill Park, one of the first parks established in the city, is another historic community site. Everywhere you look in Church Hill, history awaits discovery.
Church Hill is modern at the same time. The community is located within walking distance of the city's vibrant and modern downtown. Within Church Hill, you will find local eateries, photography studios and locally owned shops. This blend of modern and historic is part of the reason Church Hill has continued to be a popular Richmond residential community.
If the history and ambiance of Church Hill appeals to you, our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help. Contact us to start the search for your own historic property in Richmond's charming Church Hill neighborhood.
Where better to bring in the Fourth of July than a city rich in early American history? Whether you're a local or just visiting, Richmond is a great summer destination. Here are just a few ideas we've come up with so you, your family and friends can enjoy a memorable July Fourth holiday in Richmond.
Richmond is a vibrant area full of scenic parks, restaurants, culture, beautiful neighborhoods and opportunities. If you're thinking of buying a home in our area, our local real estate experts at Napier ERA Real Estate will be more than happy to assist you.
Imagine living in an area where you have top of the line retail shops, luxurious amenities and fine dining area just outside your front door. Sounds great! If you dream of such a life, you could have it all right here at Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County. This center is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex with over 140 stores and has been popular with shoppers since it opened its doors in 2003. You can enjoy the best of luxury living in homes available near the Short Pump Town Center.
Living in this spectacular community will give you access to luxurious amenities, shopping, entertainment, and world-class dining. The best thing yet, you only take a short walk from your home. All the things that you need close to your home are right here at the Short Pump. The Center is a convenient location that offers easy access to notable areas including Barnes & Noble, Red Robin and Chipotle.
Short Pump is a planned community that will give you the luxury of walking along beautifully landscaped walkways with serene water features and hanging lanterns. During the chilly months, you can still enjoy the atmosphere since there are heated pavilions and outdoor fireplaces. Shopping and dining has never been this amazing in winter. Enjoy the luxurious amenities in this community including Red Door spa, full-service fitness center, and beautiful outdoor spaces.
The Short Pump Town Center offers an excellent selection of dining options. This is an awesome place to share a meal with family and friends. Whether you want to have a cup of coffee or a gourmet entrée, you will have no trouble finding a place to grab something at the Short Pump Town Center. Dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Lehja, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Boathouse and Rock Bottom Restaurant. Cold Stone Creamery is also available to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You can enjoy a versatility of shopping in over 140 unique shops including Macys, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, TUMI, Madewell, Sephora, Free People, Athleta and Pottery Barn. There are popular clothing stores, high-end retailers and even stores that are sure to become your favorites. The Short Pump aims to be an awesome place for people who love everything about shopping.
When it comes to picnics, walks, kids' fun and pets, this is the best place to live. The park has a water play area with an enclosed dog park and fountain sprays. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk. The park also has play equipment, shelter building, restroom, and additional trails. The Short Pump is a wonderful place that will make your stay in Henrico County an exciting experience.
Do you want to enjoy a movie but don't feel like driving to the closest theater? No worries! All you have to do is to take a short walk to the Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX. And when you are in the mood for a laugh, just head over to the Funny Bone Comedy Club.
Short Pump, has more to offer than just great places for entertainment and dining. It's a place with amazing people and a great history. If you are looking for homes in Henrico County, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect place to settle down at the Short Pump Town Center. At Napier Realtors, we have the experience to help us find your dream home. Contact us today for more information about homes in Richmond and finding a great place to live in the Short Pump Town Center.
When you're searching for a home in Richmond, finding the perfect neighborhood definitely matters. A favorite location loved by Richmond locals is the Fan District. Located between Broad Street and Main Street, this culture-filled neighborhood lies at the eastern part of the West End area.
So what is so appealing about the Fan District? Find out why Richmond locals love this historical and picturesque neighborhood.
Considered the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States, over 2,000 historic homes line the streets of the Fan District. Largely developed between 1890 - 1930, this area marks a period of economic prosperity for the City of Richmond. In addition to Victorian homes, it also features architecture in assorted well-known styles including Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco.
The rich history of Richmond is visible in more than just houses, most prominently featured on Monument Avenue. This street features a grassed divider lined with statues of prominent figures in Richmond history. The majority of these figures represent Confederate Generals such as Robert E. Lee but also include tennis star Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native.
In addition to the year-round display, Monument Avenue is home to many events including those held by Civil War reenactors and a well-known Easter parade. The street is part of the larger Monument Avenue Historic District.
The Fan District is also known for a strong sense of community. This highly walkable area features many restaurants and shops that are easily accessible. Streets feature lower speed limits to ensure pedestrian safety too.
Area residents take pride in their community appearance too, with frequent efforts to maintain yards, clean up after animals, and remove graffiti as detailed by the Fan District Association. But these Richmond residents don't just care about the buildings; they care about the people too.
Fan Village volunteers work to assist older residents, helping them age in place, instead of allowing them to get left behind by new construction and rising costs. Free services offered include simple tasks like taking out the recycling bins or grocery shopping and include kindness such as daily phone calls and well-being checks.
Homes in Richmond are already hot, and homes in the Fan District are even hotter. Home value growth in this neighborhood is currently at 4.8 percent, based on a strong job market, attractive living environment, and reliable home equity.
It's clear that the Fan District provides beauty with picturesque homes, historic artwork, and caring people. Our real estate agents at Napier ERA understand why people fall in love with Richmond community and can help you find a home of your own.
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.