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April
11

Hop on a Richmond Trolley Tour

Richmond Trolley

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:

  • RVA Historic Trolley Tour
    Richmond was a key part of the Revolutionary War era and is full of all kinds of historical sites from the colonial period and beyond. With the RVA Historic Trolley Tour, you'll be introduced to four centuries of history in one of America's oldest and most diverse cities. The tour runs for two hours and will take you on a whirlwind excursion to some of the top historical highlights across the ages.

  • Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour
    Taking place on the third Friday of each month and running through the evening, the "Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour" lets you get on and off whenever you wish. You'll stop by some of the city's top craft breweries in the company of three local comedians. Get their unique observations and insights on the RVA while you discover the ins and outs of the city's unique dining culture.

  • Hollywood Cemetery Tour
    It's the "haunted" Richmond tour you can enjoy any time of the year, not just Halloween! Hear some of the local legends of the RVA, including duels for honor that lasted well into the 1880s, Virginia Governor "Extra Billy" Smith, and much more. The Hollywood Cemetery helped to ignite interest in creating the national holiday of Memorial Day, and now you'll learn all about it on your trolley tour!

Ready to learn more about what the Richmond area has to offer? Contact us to find out more about Richmond today.

September
20

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

Richmond Folk Festival

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

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

The Event: Richmond Folk Festival

When: October 8 – 10, 2021

Where: Downtown Richmond Riverfront

Admission: Free

Enjoy a Free, Culturally Diverse Live Music Festival

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

Fantastic Food and So Much More at the Marketplace

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

An Epic Scavenger Hunt and Fun Family Activities

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

A History of Excellence in Richmond

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

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

September
13

Richmond Favorites: Winners From Richmond Magazine's 2021 Survey

Richmond Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
9

Pay Attention to These Things When Your Neighbor Lists

Neighbor Selling

Has your neighbor recently listed their home? After you spot that for sale sign, this is an opportunity to find out more information about your neighborhood, your competition, and even your own house. Here are five things our real estate agents recommend you check out, especially if you plan on listing your home in the near future.

  1. Who is listing the house? 
    Is it someone who specializes in your neighborhood, for instance? It might not be a bad idea to have a conversation with your neighbor's real estate agent. See how well they know the area and if they have any recommendations.

  2. How similar is their home to yours?
    If you've never been inside your neighbor's house, go to the open house or ask if you can schedule an appointment. Another option is to view the listing photos online. If you do attend the open house, while you're there, consider features such as square footage, floor plan, number of rooms and bathrooms, and how updated their home is compared to yours. Taking a look around can tell you whether your home is comparable to theirs, so you know whether you can use their final sale price as an indicator for what your home might be worth.

  3. What does your home look like from a neighbor's point of view?
    Before you go into your neighbor's house, stand on the walk and look over at your house. Try to view it as a prospective buyer or a neighbor would. Take a look at your house from the neighbor's windows and backyard, too. What would you think about your house if you were a homebuyer visiting your neighbor's home? 

  4. How does the sale go?
    Continue tracking the listing, and note important details such as how long it takes to sell and what the final sale price is. If it sells within days, for instance, now might be an excellent time to list your home, too. If it takes weeks or months to sell, on the other hand, it might benefit you to wait out the slow market and list once home sales in your area pick up more.

  5. Is this an opportunity to work together?
    If you were about to list your own home, consider whether your neighbor's listing is an opportunity to work together. Rather than viewing your neighbor as competition, for instance, consider the ways in which your homes are different. You and your neighbor could use the same agent or encourage your agents to work together. Not all Richmond homes for sale are the same, and your two homes may have important differences that set them apart and make one or the other more appealing to specific buyers.

Whether you're thinking of selling soon or just biding your time, your neighbor's home sale can provide a wealth of information to help with your decision. If you're interested to learn about selling in your Central Virginia neighborhood, contact us today, and one of our experienced agents will talk to you about what you can expect when listing your home for sale.

August
2

Late Summer Blooms: Gardens Around Central Virginia

Gardens in Richmond

Central Virginia is always in full bloom when late summer rolls around. It's a season our real estate agents look forward to all year! Our local farms and gardens are bursting with life this season, and we're thrilled to share these great places to see the colors and taste the flavors of the season.

  • Agecroft Hall & Gardens - 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
    A splendid Tudor manor house and estate overlooking the James River, Agecroft Hall & Gardens offers splendid scenery in the heart of Richmond. It has several unique gardens, and the Shakespeare Garden is especially not to be missed, with its historic 1920s fountain tucked away among the boxwood trees. Agecroft Hall's beautifully manicured gardens have earned it a place on the Richmond Garden Trail, which includes some of the most picturesque sites in the city near these Richmond homes for sale

  • Fresh Branch Farm - 13801 N Ivey Mill Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
    There's always something new growing and something fun to explore at Fresh Branch Farm. You-pick sunflowers are always a highlight of their summer season, and visitors can pick their own blooms from vast fields of towering sunflowers. They're usually in full bloom by August. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Fresh Branch Farm also offers grass-fed Piedmontese beef shares and fresh eggs from their large flock of free-range chickens.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    If you're in Virginia in June, be sure to stop at Lavender Fields Herb Farm to see their 200 lavender plants in full bloom. But if you're planning a visit later in the summer, rest assured that there's still plenty to see at this lovely farm just outside Richmond. They offer dozens of herb, vegetable, and fruit crops that are seasonally available, and many of their specialties, like lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade, are available throughout the warmer months. You'll find them just a short drive from these Glen Allen homes for sale, among the rolling hills of Henrico County. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
    Spanning more than 50 acres, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a prime destination to immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. With more than a dozen themed gardens, including the Rose Garden and Cherry Tree Walk, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens offers something special in every season. Late summer visitors can delight in finding the roses, daylilies, hibiscus, gardenias, and sacred lotus in full bloom. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located a stone's throw from these Henrico homes for sale, just outside Richmond. 

  • Going for Green Farm - Merchants Hope Rd. Prince George, VA 23875
    Bring home locally grown flowers when you stop by Going for Green Farm. Sarah is the owner and "chief flower grower" who started her business near Prince George homes for sale. Be sure to check out their schedule for farmers markets they'll be attending with their locally grown sunflowers and other late summer blooms. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

June
7

Educational Opportunities for Your Kids in Central Virginia

Summer Kids Camps

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!

  1. Children's Museum of Richmond - 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Endless opportunities for hands-on learning are available at the Children's Museum of Richmond. The museum's mission is all about learning through play, and they offer a wide range of programs and exhibits that allow kids to do just that while developing crucial socialization skills and language development at the same time. Located a stone's throw from many Richmond homes for sale, the museum offers experiences for all ages. Check their online calendar for upcoming events. 

  2. Metro Richmond Zoo - 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120
    It's hard to imagine a better place for kids and grownups alike to embrace their wild side than that Metro Richmond Zoo. For kids interested in learning more about the zoo's wildlife, Summer Safari day camps are the perfect adventure. Open to ages 10-13, the 6-hour day camps include a behind-the-scenes zoo tour and unique insights into the lives of penguins, cheetahs, and other zoo residents, all under the supervision of expert zookeepers. Junior Summer Safaris are also available for children ages 6-9.  

  3. Children's Museum of Chesterfield - 6629 Lake Harbour Dr. Chesterfield, VA 23832
    The sister museum to the Children's Museum of Richmond, the Children's Museum of Chesterfield, offers many similar opportunities, plus a few fun extras. Kids can explore a full art studio plus, along with a "transportation station" that includes an authentic fire truck. With a location convenient to many Chesterfield homes for sale, this museum offers plenty of opportunities for kids to grow and learn while having a great time. 

  4. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    Home to a stunning collection of artwork from around the globe, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts also has a reputation for giving countless young artists a head-start on their artist journeys. The museum hosts art classes, lectures, and workshops on a wide-ranging variety of subjects and mediums, including hands-on classes tailored for kids in every age group, from toddlers to teens. 

  5. Code Ninjas - 13569 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you have a budding computer wiz on your hands, Code Ninjas might just be the perfect place where they can develop their skills. Located just minutes from these Midlothian homes for sale, Code Ninjas offers Coding for Kids programs, in which youngsters can learn more about computer programming by creating their own video games. They'll have so much fun they won't even realize how much they're learning. 

  6. Maymont Summer Camps - 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Maymont is a spectacular 100-acre historic estate that has been transformed into one of Richmond's most beautiful public parks. Complete with an arboretum and wildlife exhibits, Maymont hosts summer camps every year that give kids a chance to connect with nature and learn more about the wild world all around them. Summer camps are available for various age groups and include everything from outdoor adventures and animal encounters to crafts and games.

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. 

March
29

Where to Stargaze Near Richmond

Stargazing Richmond

Tracing constellations, watching for shooting stars, picking out planets and distant galaxies—there are endless discoveries waiting right over our heads.  

With warmer nights on the horizon, spring is a great time to go stargazing around Richmond, and we have some great local parks where you can enjoy an incredible view. Join our real estate agents and other amateur astronomers at some of these great stargazing spots in the Richmond, VA area. 

  1. Bryan Park - 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
    One of the best stargazing locations within the Richmond City Limits, Bryan Park is a picturesque public green space with great views of the night sky. Besides open picnic areas and lawns, the park also has more secluded, wooded areas with trails and a pond. The Richmond Astronomical Society sometimes hosts Skywatch events, which are open to the public, at Bryan Park. You'll find the park north of Downtown and a short drive from many Richmond homes for sale

  2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Spanning 7,950 wild, scenic acres, Pocahontas State Park is a great place to get away from the city and reconnect with nature. The park has several picnic areas and open lakeshores that provide unbroken views of the night sky. Camping is available for overnight visits, and the park also offers 90 miles of trails to explore. Pocahontas State Park is located just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale and has frequently been the location of stargazing programs with the Crewe Astronomy Club. 

  3. Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    In addition to being an amazing attraction for anyone interested in science and the natural world, the Science Museum of Virginia is also a hub of activity for local stargazers and astronomers. Skywatch events are hosted on the museum lawn by the Richmond Astronomical Society on the third Friday of each month, and they're open to anyone who would like to attend. Feel free to bring your own telescope or take a look through one of the Society members' telescopes, which will be set up on the lawn and made available for anyone with an interest in the stars.

  4. Powhatan State Park - 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
    Though less than an hour from Richmond, Powhatan State Park is far enough away that the city lights are a little dimmer and the night sky quite a lot clearer. It's a beautiful place to set up your telescope and cast your gaze skyward. The park's picnic areas, open meadows, and wildlife observation areas provide great views of the night sky, and light pollution is minimal. Located on a bend in the might James River, Powhatan State Park is also a great place for camping, canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. 

The key to enjoying the best view of the night sky is getting as far away from man-made light sources as possible. These local parks are great places to start. Be sure to check out the latest information from the Richmond Astronomical Society to find out which stars, planets, and constellations are visible in the sky at any given time. 

There's nothing quite like gazing up at the clear night sky on a warm spring night. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond and Chesterfield areas, and talk to our team about finding your Virginia dream home. 

March
15

Why Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

Oyster Capital Virginia

Ever since the first settlers arrived in the region that would become Virginia in the 1600s, oysters have been a key element of the local diet. Today, Virginia is considered the Oyster Capital of the East Coast, thanks to the abundance and variety of oysters harvested from local sources. If you love fresh seafood, Virginia is the place to be. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on why Virginia is the Oyster Capital and where to find fresh, local oysters around Richmond.

Why Virginia Is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

When early settlers harvested oysters to help them survive in their new home, they likely couldn't have imagined that oysters would eventually be part of such a thriving Virginia industry. But it wouldn't be long before Virginia was recognized as the Oyster Capital! Today, oysters are harvested from eight distinct regions in Virginia, with each variety offering its own unique flavor and texture. You can find fresh, delicious oysters at many seafood restaurants in Richmond and beyond.

  1. East Coast Provisions – 3411 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    When you're in the mood for fresh seafood near Richmond homes for sale, it's hard to top the selection at East Coast Provisions. The restaurant, which includes a dedicated oyster bar, is open every day for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, with online reservations available. Convenient online ordering is also available for curbside pickup, with delicious oysters on the half-shell and fried oysters always on the menu.

  2. Croaker's Spot – 1020 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    Originally established in Harlem before making its way to Virginia, Croaker's Spot specializes in soul food, down-home cooking, and fresh, flavorful local oysters. If you're looking for oysters served in a wide variety of different styles, this is the place to be. Croaker's Spot offers fresh oysters on the half-shell, fried oyster appetizers, full oyster dinners, and oyster po boy sandwiches. Or you can order fresh oysters by the dozen for cooking your own seafood creations.

  3. Latitude Seafood Co. – 15532 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Craving oysters close to Midlothian homes for sale? Latitude Seafood Co. has you covered with local delivery, convenient curbside pickup, and limited in-person seating at the restaurant. There are happy hour and daily specials available every day, including some great deals on oysters. Latitude Seafood Co. also offers a diverse selection of local craft beer, wine, and craft cocktails to help you find the perfect pairing for your seafood feast.

  4. Mr. B's – 11844 Chester Village Dr., Chester, VA 23831
    Mr. B's
    has everything you need to enjoy a seafood feast near Chesterfield homes for sale, with fresh oysters and so much more. The menu here is packed with delightful soul food variations of your favorite seafood dishes, and the fried oysters are as fresh as it gets. Be sure to check out the seafood platters, which feature oysters served with a variety of seafood favorites.

  5. The Boathouse Restaurant – 4708 E Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
    The Boathouse Restaurant
    is a popular seafood spot with multiple Richmond locations, including a waterfront location on Old Main Street in Rocketts Landing. Select your favorite dish from an upscale seafood menu, with fried seafood platters, fresh oysters on the half-shell, seafood salads, and seafood soups made daily.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy fresh, flavorful Virginia oysters anytime? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

March
1

National Day of Unplugging: How to Unplug in Richmond

Richmond Nature Retreats

Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, do you find you've become even more tethered to your cell phone, laptop, TV, and other electronic devices? Spend time away from your screen on Friday, March 5, during the National Day of Unplugging. Plan your nature retreat at these places near Richmond!  

  1. RVA Paddlesports - 1320 School St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Getting tired of the day-to-day routine? Make some waves with RVA Paddlesports. Take in a stunning blend of natural and urban scenery with whitewater rafting on the James River. If you prefer something a little more relaxing, opt for the serenity of kayaking. Landlubbers don't get left out thanks to RVA Paddlesports' rock climbing classes at Manchester Climbing Wall. Visit the website for information about schedules and rates.

  2. Virginia Capital Trail - 200 S. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Hiking may be the perfect outdoor activity. It requires no special equipment or expenses. There's no better place to hit the trails than Virginia Capital Trail, a 51.7-mile, dog-friendly, multi-use path that stretches from Richmond to Williamsburg. Pack a lunch and take a break at one of the picnic areas along the way. Be sure to check out the Virginia State Capitol, Tyler Pottersfield Bridge, and other nearby attractions. 

  3. Eco Trek Adventures - 1604 Fine St., Prince George, VA 23875
    According to the owners of Eco Trek Adventures, they founded their company as a proactive solution to their self-professed "boat addiction." Eco Trek is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteer kayak and canoe instructors and tour guides. Boat rentals, tours, and lessons are offered at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates. Enjoy the thrill of spotting blue herons or leaping sturgeon just minutes from Prince George homes for sale. Call ahead for information about availability.

  4. Fort Clifton Park - 100 Brockwell Lane, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family at Fort Clifton Park, one of the appealing features around Colonial Heights homes for sale. Ballfields, basketball courts, a playground, and a fishing pier provide fun for the whole family. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., with expanded hours until 9 p.m. between April 1 and October 31.

  5. Canopy Adventure Park - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Get a bird's-eye view of the beautiful area surrounding Midlothian homes for sale from the thrilling rope courses at Canopy Adventure Park. Four different courses incorporate 10 ziplines along with aerial bridges, cargo nets, and other challenging obstacles. Degrees of difficulty range from easy to expert, so you can spend as much or as little time as you choose on each course. Admission for a two-and-a-half-hour session is $45 for adults and $40 for kids between the ages of 10-14. Advance purchase on the website is required. Canopy is open on weekends from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

After a day of unplugging, what's better than heading back to the comfort of your own Richmond home? Whatever your real estate needs, contact us at Napier ERA for dedicated and professional assistance.  

January
27

Understanding Real Estate: The Home Search

Understanding Real Estate – a new series of educational videos from Napier Realtors ERA!

Our first video is all about HOW & WHY to do the real estate home search. Some ways are better than others (looking at you, Zillow) – learn how to search with the home experts!

January
19

2019/2020 Market Recap

2019 to 2020 Market Recap

The local housing market took some unexpected turns in 2020, but hey, that's on par with everything else we saw from 2020!

We've unpacked 2019's trends and compared them to 2020's to stay up to date with what may come in 2021. ⁠ ⁠

Looking for advice on how to handle this market? Contact Napier ERA to stay in the know!

January
15

2020's Final Market Update

Final 2020 Market Update

Central Virginia had a very active December 2020! After an unexpected year, we are happy to see the market staying active and fast-moving!

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

Let's see what 2021 will bring for CVA! Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs and view homes for sale now.

January
4

2021: Top Colors for the Year

Colors for 2021

Each year, paint companies and color pros choose hues that will make a splash in the coming year based on the current trends. Brighter, bolder colors were unveiled for 2020 in anticipation of a year filled with confidence and optimism. For 2021, however, things are moving in a subtle direction. The reignited passions for creating beautiful homes, along with the need for more peace and serenity, have influenced many of the expected color trends of 2021. Here are the top shades our real estate agents know so far and how you can use them in your home.

  1. Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore
    Benjamin Moore selected Aegean Teal 2136-40 for its 2021 color of the year. This intriguing, soft color is a blend of gray and blue-green. It marries green's association with nature and wellness with the tranquil nature of blue. The gray undertone helps provide a modern look to it. The color creates natural harmony and an invitation to reflect and reset.

    Add it to your home: This color's calming qualities make it a great option for home offices, bedrooms, and kitchen cabinetry.

  2. Ultimate Gray and Illuminating by Pantone
    Pantone chose two contrasting colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray (a dull, familiar gray) and Illuminating (the bright yellow of lemon skin). These colors combine to reflect a sense of resilience and optimism. The gray cloudy skies evoke our collective experiences over the past year of quarantine. The yellow highlights hope and light at the end of the tunnel. 

    Add it to your home: Perfect for upholstered furniture and walls, gray is a timeless neutral that provides a foundation for interiors. The yellow adds a dash of positivity and brightness when used on wall decor, accent furniture, the front door, and accessories like throws and pillows.

  3. Satin Paprika by Rust Oleum
    Popular spray paint brand Rust-Oleum chose its 2021 color of the year, emphasizing warmth, calm, and comfort. Satin Paprika, an earthy red hue, anchors other trending shades the brand has chosen, curated to complement modern boho aesthetics, outdoor living spaces, and midcentury modern style.

    Add it to your home:
    To add this earthy, spicy hue to your space, try spraying a few coats on accent furniture or update wall decor for a vibrant feel. The color pairs well with earthy tones like black matte and brass finishes.

  4. Passionate by HGTV by Sherwin-Williams
    A rich, bold red, Passionate is a hue that blurs the line between modern and traditional. It is part of a larger collection dubbed "Delightfully Daring," which comprises shades of rich brown, aqua, and energetic green. When used thoughtfully in design, this red shade can easily incite emotion and add energy to a room. It creates a refreshing backdrop for nature-inspired accents and neutral furniture.

    Add it to your home: The warm hue of this paint looks cozy in a home library or den. Or consider adding it to your home office for a professional touch. 

  5. Aqua Fiesta by Glidden
    Rather than select a Color of the Year, Glidden announced its first-ever Accent Color of the Year: Aqua Fiesta. This bright, refreshing aquamarine hue looks great on millwork or accent wall. While the color might be overwhelming if painted all over a wall, it helps perk up a room even in small doses, especially when combined with neutral colors.

    Add it to your home: Pair it with a cool gray to lend spa vibes to your bathroom. In living areas and bedrooms, combine with neutral accessories or cream-colored fabric for a soft look.

Are you dreaming of a new home that you can paint with some of these top colors in 2021? Contact us today to discuss your goals and start touring some of the best Richmond homes for sale.

December
28

Fireplace Safety Guide to Follow This Winter

Fireplace Tips

One of the best ways to warm up this winter is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. A fireplace adds a cozy touch to your home in colder weather, but if it's not maintained and used properly, it can pose a fire hazard.

Our real estate agents suggest the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips you need to know this winter:

  1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually
    Creosote and soot – byproducts of fires that aren't burning efficiently – can build up and coat the inside of your chimney. Once this happens, these substances can catch fire. To prevent this from happening, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney before using it this season.

  2. Take care of ashes properly
    After using your fireplace, take care of the ashes properly, so a smoldering one doesn't start a fire. Don't vacuum them up because live coals can still remain and could cause a fire in your vacuum cleaner bag. Instead, remove them from the firebox by using the ash dump or scooping them out from the firebox once the ashes are cold. 

  3. Use a non-flammable rug
    Buy a non-flammable rug – which you should be able to find at a fireplace supply store – to put in front of your fireplace. That way, if sparks fly out, they won't damage your carpet.

  4. Protect your kids
    Never leave a fire unattended if you have children in the house. Now's the time for them to learn to stay away from the fireplace as well as the tools you use for it.

  5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    Make sure you have enough working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This will help your family stay safe in case of a fire or if there's a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless, clear, and tasteless toxic gas. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly, and their batteries should be replaced annually.

  6. Your fireplace should have a door
    Make sure your door has a tight-fitting door rather than a screen. A door will keep sparks inside the fireplace, while a screen may let some escape.

  7. Check the flue or damper
    Before starting a fire, check your damper or flue to make sure it's open by looking up into your chimney with a flashlight or mirror. It should remain open to let smoke out of your house, so keep it that way until all the embers have stopped burning.

  8. Use wood that's dry and well-aged
    Avoid using wet or green wood in your fireplace. These woods cause more smoke and make more soot build up in your chimney.

  9. Keep the area around your fireplace clear
    Keep all flammable items – including draperies, newspapers, and furniture – away from your fireplace. If they get too close, they could catch fire from a sparking ember.

  10. Never leave a fire unattended
    Never fall asleep or leave your home with a fire burning, even if it's just for a brief moment.

  11. Keep a window cracked
    If you can, leave a window slightly cracked when you have a fire going. That way, you'll be keeping the room ventilated and give any smoke or gasses a chance to escape.

Contact us today at Napier ERA if you're interested in Richmond homes for sale. If a fireplace is on your list of must-have items for your new home, we can show you houses where one or more fireplaces creates a beautiful focal point.

December
14

Holidays at Home: 7 Ways to Step Up Your Decorating Game

Richmond Holiday Decorating

Ask any of our real estate agents, and they'll tell you that the holidays are a big deal around here! From enjoying delicious baked treats to over-the-top decor, we love everything about it. If you're ready to step up your decorating game, we've got plenty of excellent tips. Here are a few of our favorites! 

  1. Decorate Your Front Porch
    Boost your curb appeal and make sure your guests get a festive feeling right from the start by decorating your porch. A wreath is a simple way to add a touch of class to your front door. Take things a step further by adding some garland and ribbon to your banister. If you have space, place matching evergreen trees on either side of the door or choose other festive decor like vintage sleds, a statue of a woodland creature, or a painted porch leaner. 

  2. Don't Stop with the Entryway
    Many homeowners beautifully decorate their front porch and entryway, but that's as far as they go. If you want to step up your decorating game, make sure you continue your decor theme throughout your home. Adding small, simple touches in each room will make a huge difference! 

  3. Deck the Halls (And the Stairs)
    Some of the best Richmond homes for sale have multiple stories. If you're lucky enough to have a staircase in your home, take advantage of this great decorating opportunity. For a simple, classy look, add some greenery or garland down your banister and accent it with red, green, or gold bows. Are you an expert wrapper? Show off your style by stacking elegantly adorned gifts on the edge of each step. You can also use your stairway to hang stockings or other treasured trinkets.

  4. Bring Nature Indoors 
    One of the most beautiful ways to decorate your home for the holidays is to incorporate natural elements into your interior decor. Think sprigs of pine, poinsettias, pinecones, and natural wreaths. 

  5. Rock Your Christmas Tree 
    In most homes, the tree is the centerpiece of the holiday decor. Whether you buy a fresh new tree every year or opt for a pre-lit artificial tree, knowing a few simple decorating tips can help you create a stunning look time and again. After you've strung up your lights, it's time to add some garland. Feel free to get creative with this. Use beaded strands, wide ribbon, or any other style that appeals to you. 

  6. Don't Forget the Base 
    If you want to take your holiday decor to the next level, don't forget your tree's base! Start with a coordinating tree skirt that matches your decor, or choose a neutral white or off-white skirt that matches everything. Then, add something under the tree to create visual interest. Think a train track, snowmen, or even a vintage wagon or sled. Pull everything together by wrapping gifts or empty boxes, so they coordinate with your decor and place them under the tree. 

  7. Dim the Lights 
    The soft glow and twinkle of your holiday lights will look much more attractive when the other lights in your house are slightly dimmed. If you don't already have dimmer switches on your lamps, it's time to get some. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add instant ambiance to your home. 

Are you dreaming of a new home this holiday season? We can help turn your dreams into a reality! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

December
9

Going On Now: Massey Street of Hope

Massey Street of Hope Luxury Home Show

This is your last weekend to attend the most charitable home show in our region!


Massey Street of Hope is a NAHB award-winning special event featuring designer furnished new homes for tour to the public in an effort to raise money for VCU Massey Cancer Center.

The homes showcase the latest in interior decorating ideas, trends, and innovations with an emphasis on unique designs and creative use of space.

Napier Realtors ERA is the proud Real Estate Sponsor of this limited-time event! Join us in supporting Massey Cancer Center at VCU and see some of the best new homes of Central Virginia.

Learn more about home builders, get directions to Meadowville Landing, and support Massey Cancer Center at VCU on the official website.
December
8

Meet Our Team: Kim Harvey

Meet Kim Harvey, West End office administrator 

When you work with Napier Realtors ERA, you're working with a team of professionals that are devoted to you! Whether you are an agent or client, our team works hard to get transactions closed in a timely manner that makes it all easy. We're proud to have a West End office that's filled with family values, professional ethics, and smiling faces. Thanks to Kim for being a spectacular part of our team! 

November
16

October 2020 Market Update for Central Virginia

Central Virginia is still buying and selling as we move into the fall!

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

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

November
9

Lighting Upgrades That Make a Noticeable Difference

Lighting Upgrades

No home makeover is complete until you upgrade the lighting. Proper lighting choices can set the ambiance, change the mood, and help highlight a room's design. Plus, why settle for outdated and inefficient lighting when the fun, functional options out there are unlimited? With the right pendants, recessed lights, lamps, task lights, sconces, and flush mounts, you can purposefully give your rooms an entirely new look. Here are our real estate agents' tips for transformative room-by-room lighting upgrades.

  1. In the Kitchen
    Cooking, baking, cleaning, and gatherings can benefit from careful consideration of task and ambient lighting. When it comes to your kitchen, lighting should set the mood and help you see properly for all your food preparation. Think in particular of under-cabinet lighting that can illuminate your countertops while you work without relying on an overhead light that casts shadows. Light the dark corners of your kitchen like counters, pantries, shelves, cupboards, and counters. These areas become more beautiful and functional when properly lit. Pendant lamps above kitchen islands, breakfast nooks, and kitchen sinks can be a fun and functional upgrade.


  2. The Bathroom
    With an emphasis on personal grooming, the bathroom requires proper lighting placement. Most bathrooms have a central ceiling-mounted fixture and over-the-mirror strips of lights that cast odd shadows. You can replace those with recessed light in the ceiling and vertical wall sconces on the sides of the mirror. Alternatively, you can install vanity lighting around your mirror to cast the perfect amount of light and create a soft glow. 


  3. Living Rooms
    As an area where people spend a lot of time and engage in a wide range of activities such as watching TV, chilling after work, having conversations, hosting friends, or playing board games, the living room is incredibly versatile. As such, you should consider making your lighting as adaptable as the room. The concept of layering light works great in the living room. Table lamps are great, but adding a big floor lamp, oversized pendant, or large lantern can create a great focal point.

  4. In Hallways and Along Staircases
    Staircases often form the main focal point in a hallway, but dark ones aren't safe. This offers great opportunities for fun, dramatic, and practical lighting. To begin with, the space above a staircase is a perfect place to add sparkle and visual interest with a show-stopping chandelier. You can also layer your lighting and bring a dramatic effect to your hallways and stairs with inset floor-level lights, LED strips, and wall lights. If you want to focus on the stairs, LED strips underneath individual stair treads can bring that noticeable difference you're going for. LED lights are a good choice because they're inexpensive to burn, cool to the touch, and have a lifespan of 10 or more years.

In general, when you are planning to install new lighting fixtures in your space, it's best to:

  • Install layered lighting. Go for general lighting (pendant or overhead), ambient lighting (decorative sconces or candles), and specific lighting (table or task).
  • Incorporate reflective surfaces such as metallic finishes, glossy floors, and mirrors.
  • Choose the right shade for fixtures.
  • Install smart lighting, energy-efficient lighting, and dimmers.

Contact us today to learn more about how lighting can bring a noticeable difference to your space while also appealing to buyers looking for Richmond homes for sale.

November
2

Go to an Art Museum Day: Where to See Art Around Richmond

Richmond Galleries

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:

  1. 1708 Gallery – 319 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Founded by artists in 1978, 1708 Gallery is a nonprofit gallery focused on innovation and appreciation of the new. Originally set in a flood-damaged warehouse at 1708 East Main Street, it has evolved over the years into a hip and happening place where established, and emerging artists can be seen side by side. New exhibits and events take place every month.
  2. Artspace – 31 East 3rd Street, Richmond, VA 23224
    Artspace is a nonprofit gallery open to the public Thursday through Sunday. Artist-run since its inception in 1988, it launches eleven new exhibits each year. In addition to the professional gallery space, there's also room for poets, comedians, musicians, dancers, and dramatic troupes to perform live. Artist talks and fundraisers are also held periodically to benefit the Richmond community.
  3. Crossroads Art Center – 2016 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230
    Crossroads Art Center is open Monday through Sunday and by appointment, giving you multiple ways to savor its exclusive collection. Hosting a busy calendar of events, Crossroads is known for juried art shows, lively receptions, and a remarkable selection of pre-owned pieces ready for a second act in your home. Looking for a gift? Drop by the Design Store and see exquisite handicrafts by local artisans.
  4. Virginia Museum of Fine Art – 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Virginia Museum of Fine Art is one of the premier museums in the region, welcoming visitors with free admission every day of the year. It is also one of America's leading institutions in digitization of its artistic treasures for online viewing. Its permanent collection encompasses 50,000 works spanning 6,000 years of human history. It's especially acclaimed for its ancient, African, and East Asian collections.
  5. Side Street Gallery & Gifts – 127-129 Pickwick Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Open Tuesday through Saturday not far from Colonial Heights homes for sale, go to Side Street Gallery & Gifts for a chic and trendy gallery experience with some of the best jewelry around. Side Street artists and artisans are highly active in the community, organizing various festivals and events. They also lead a range of art classes and live demonstrations with wit and warmth.
  6. Collector's Gallery – 13543 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Looking for the premier art gallery near Midlothian homes for sale? You've found it with Collector's Gallery, a family-owned business that offers a full assortment of custom framing and hanging services. Original watercolors and oil paintings await along with some of the most fascinating gift ideas from across the globe – including pieces from Egypt, Russia, and Africa.

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.

October
12

Tri Cities Market Update

Central Virginia Is Still Buying And Selling As We Move Into The Fall – especially in the Tri Cities area!

From Dinwiddie to Colonial Heights, to Fort Lee from Petersburg – we've got the Tri Cities covered!

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

October
7

Fall 2020 Market Update

Central Virginia is still buying and selling as we move into the fall!

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

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

September
21

Richmond: Where to Play Tourist for a Day

Richmond Tourism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September
14

Home Improvement Projects that Can Help You Sell

Home Improvement Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September
8

August 2020 Market Update

 

Central Virginia is still buying and selling in Summer 2020!

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

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

September
8

National Waffle Week: Where to Get Brunch in Richmond

Waffles in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
10

July/August 2020 Market Update

July and August are going strong for home sales!

The time to list your home in Central Virginia could be now! Home inventory is low, and prices are rising. The real estate market in our area continues to be extremely active and in the month of July alone, 2525 homes were listed, and 2655 homes were successfully sold! The average sales price in our area was $320,592 in July 2020, up 6.8% over last year.

If you've been putting off listing your home, this could be the perfect opportunity to contact a Napier ERA sales professional, who can give you an accurate assessment of what you can expect in your local market. 

Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

August
3

Clean Hard To Reach Places in Your Home with These Tips

Cleaning Your Richmond Home

When it's time to clean your home, it's easy to overlook areas that aren't easily within reach. Some of these areas might require special equipment, while others may be tricky to access. Our REALTORS® know that a clean, fresh-smelling property is more attractive to prospective buyers. Ban dust bunnies from your house, wherever they might be hiding, and follow our tips to help you clean those hard-to-reach places in your home. 

  1. Invest in Extendable Cleaning Tools
    Extendable cleaning tools make it easier and quicker to clean high-up areas without having to drag out a ladder. An added benefit is that many extendable cleaning tools work well for everyday cleaning. When adding your home to the inventory of Richmond homes for sale, it's essential to ensure that every portion of your home is clean. Extendable tools ensure that you don't miss any dust on your ceiling fan or on the tops of your cabinets. 
  1. Look for Tools with Pivoting Heads
    Another characteristic to look for in your cleaning tools is a pivoting head. A pivoting head is easier to maneuver in tight spaces, and you'll be able to tackle the dirty area from different angles. Pivoting heads are also more effective at cleaning small areas (like the grates on your heating vents) than their stationary counterparts. 
  1. Break Out the Crevice Tool for Your Vacuum Cleaner
    When you're faced with tight nooks and crannies that are filled with dust in grime, break out your vacuum cleaner and its crevice tool. The crevice tool is a valuable addition to your cleaning regimen; use it to quickly remove hair, dust, and other ick from tight, narrow areas. Not only will this save you time, but when it's time to wipe down these dirty areas, you won't have to worry about removing layers of pet hair and dust interfering with your cleaning session. You can also use your crevice tool to quickly dust areas that are physically uncomfortable for you to reach (like under your beds or behind your appliances). 
  1. Try a Scrub Brush
    If your hands just feel like they're too big to effectively clean narrow areas, try a scrub brush. You can select the size and firmness of your scrub brush so that it's suitable for the area you're cleaning. The scrub brush is also much more narrow than your arm or hand, making it easier for you to scrub these tight areas.
  1. Give Your Cleaning Products a Few Minutes to Work
    It's tempting to jump right in with your cleaning tools and a little elbow grease when you're faced with a filthy area. However, make sure that you give your cleaning products a few minutes to work before you dive in with your cleaning efforts. Let your cleaning products sit for about 10 minutes before you start scrubbing. This will give the product a chance to break up any grime or set-in stains so that they're easier for you to remove. 
  1. Always Clean the Room from Top to Bottom
    You don't want to spend a lot of time removing dust from tight spaces, only to inadvertently add more dirt when you clean other areas. Make sure you always clean a room from top to bottom. This will ensure that you don't wind up having to clean something twice. 

Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to learn more!

July
27

National Cheesecake Day: Bakeries Around Richmond

Cheesecake in Richmond

The Richmond area is home to many talented bakers! Our real estate agents love stopping by a local bakery to pick up a sweet treat, or two. With National Cheesecake Day coming up on Thursday, July 30 be sure to check out these great bakeries and restaurants around Richmond to celebrate.

  1. WPA Bakery - 2707 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Are you craving cheesecake "just like your grandma would've made 'em?" That's the promise from WPA Bakery, whose name stands for "Well-Made Pastry Alliance." WPA's tasty baked goods are often found in many kitchens, restaurants, and retail outlets around Richmond homes for sale. In addition to classic cheesecakes, WPA offers popular flavors such as mocha, cherry, and sticky bun. Have allergies or special dietary needs? Most items are available as vegan or gluten-free. Allow 48 hours for special orders. WPA is open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  2. Geescakes - St. Stephen's Farmers Market, 6000 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    When it comes to Geescakes, less is truly more. In 2016, Gee served her miniature artisan cheesecakes at her Christmas party, where they were a huge hit. Word of mouth took over, and three months later Gee began her successful retail business. Shop Geescakes each Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon at St. Stephen's Farmers Market or visit the web site to pre-order trios of classic, key lime, or red velvet for $12.75. Daily and specialty flavors, including carrot cake and maple bacon, are also available with a minimum order of 12. If you can't make it to the market, contact Gee to make alternate plans for pick-up.

  3. The Dessert Diva RVA - 1726 Altamont Ave., Suite C, Richmond, VA 23230
    "Diva" is defined as "one who is spoiled and entitled." But at The Dessert Diva RVA, the only ones who are spoiled and entitled are the customers, who keep coming back for their luscious cheesecake. Try a slice of the classic flavor with a drizzle of strawberry sauce, banana pudding, or one of three other toppings. Go full-on diva with a slice dipped in white or milk chocolate. Visit Dessert Diva's Facebook page for the link to their convenient ordering app. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  4. A N.Y. Slice - 133 Browns Way Rd, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Who says you have to head all the way to the Big Apple to enjoy New York-style pizza and cheesecake? In fact, you don't even have to venture too far from Midlothian homes for sale! As the name suggests, A N.Y. Slice offers slices of New York-style delicacies including a cheesecake perfect for celebrating National Cheesecake Day. Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday through Saturday open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. And Sundays 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

  5. Buttermilk Bake Shop - 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Buttermilk Bake Shop is the perfect place to stop in if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth after looking at Petersburg homes for sale. Their menu is full of made from scratch goodies, but to celebrate National Cheesecake Day we recommend their delightful mini cheesecakes! Stop by between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Also, open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No wonder the New York Times named Richmond as a city on the "cutting edge" of food. Contact us at Napier ERA to learn more about why Richmond is a wonderful place to call home.

July
21

Picnic in a Parklet: Dine in the Streets Around Richmond

Roadways take us from Point A to Point B, but what if the street suddenly became the spot where we drank, laughed, and dined with our friends and family? Prepare to park yourself in the middle of the road for a picnic: parklets are coming to Richmond! If you're unfamiliar with the relatively new concept of the parklet, our real estate agents have a feeling that you'll love this innovative idea that brings the RVA community out into the street!

What is a Parklet?

Outdoor dining has always been a popular option, particularly in Richmond where our warm weather is limited during the winter. Having the opportunity to dine outside with our friends and family, enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze, is perhaps even more of a luxury in today's world. Richmond is preparing to turn streets within the Richmond city limits into a parklet so that restaurants can expand their seating options for diners to safely gather.

Think of a parklet like a tiny oasis right in the heart of Richmond. This temporary pop-up park is built in an area that is predominantly used for vehicular traffic like metered parking spaces or smaller roadways. The parklet takes this space and connects to the sidewalk to increase the pedestrian space available. In many instances, these spaces are positioned around popular areas such as restaurants and coffee shops to provide more space for patrons.

The concept of a parklet dates back to 2005 when a design group in San Francisco repurposed a parking space into a "people space". This was joined by a larger movement called PARK(ing) Day which is an annual act to bring attention to the need for more public spaces within urban areas.

Parklets in the RVA

Venture Richmond is taking the concept of parklets and using them to help restaurants while indoor capacities are still limited. The project called Picnic in a Parklet is easy for businesses to apply for online and will help them with design and getting permitting assistance for their parklet.  

Parklets may be temporary or permanent structures and there are already many businesses around Richmond interested in this idea, including The Stables in the Museum District and Soul Taco.

Other past parklet projects have included Robinson Street Association Parklet Project, which brought parklets near Stuart & Robinson and at Cary & Robinson, and Park(king) Day 2019 which brought parklets to local restaurants like Saison Market.

This initiative is one of the many ways our community is coming together to support small businesses. If these parklets are created, Richmond's community will be offered a new space to enjoy the outdoors comfortably and safely.

Would you like to live within walking distance of these proposed parklet locations? Want to be a part of a community that loves supporting local businesses? We can help! Contact us today to browse our Richmond homes for sale.

July
13

Summer Market Update

Summer Market Update

Central Virginia is still buying and selling in Summer 2020! June had thousands of transactions and we're seeing higher home prices as time goes on. Even the average price has increased since June 2019. Watch our latest video for all the latest numbers.

 

Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs. 

July
13

5 Richmond Parks to Explore this Summer

Richmond Parks

Living in the Richmond area means you are never far from exciting outdoor adventures. Home to many parks and nature trails, outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring all Richmond has to offer.

Our REALTORS® encourage you to embrace these wonderful natural areas around the RVA this summer. 

  1. Pocahontas State Park — 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Nature lovers will enjoy Pocahontas State Park just a few miles from our best Chesterfield homes for sale. Hikers will have plenty to do with over 90-miles of trails to explore. And if getting out on the water is more your thing, Swift Creek Lake offers 225-acres and plenty of seasonal water-based activities. The whole family will enjoy spending the day at this state park. 

  2. Powhatan State Park — 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Another picturesque state park, Powhatan State Park is a lovely green space located on the James River. With a full-service campground and miles of multi-use trails, you could spend an entire week exploring the park! If you're only visiting for a day, we suggest you bring your boat or another water vessel so you can relax on the serene waters of the James and appreciate everything this area has to offer, including plenty of nearby Powhatan homes for sale.

  3. James River Park — 4001 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225
    Discover wilderness surrounded by Richmond homes for sale at James River Park. The James River Park System encompasses the majority of the fall line of the James River, including wetlands, the meadows, rapids, forests, the Virginia Capital Trail, and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Receiving over one million visitors each year, James River Park is a fantastic place to explore this summer. 

  4. Byrd Park — 600 South Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Relax and take in the views at Byrd Park near the West End. Nearly 300-acres of space creates one of the city's most popular parks. With the warm weather moving in, now is a perfect time to enjoy an afternoon by one of Byrd Park's lakes. Fountain Lake, Shields Lake, and Swan Lake are ideal for pedal boat rides, fishing, and sunbathing. The park also has an exercise trail, softball fields, picnic areas, a playground, and a tennis complex. No matter how you choose to spend your time outside, a trip to Byrd Park has everything your family needs for a day of outdoor fun!

  5. Powhite Park — 7200 Jahnke Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
    For those who would rather explore nature on two wheels will love the Loop Trail at Powhite Park. Powhite Park covers 100-acres, devoting nearly two-miles of land for walking, running, and biking. The Loop Trail is a trail of moderate difficulty that's moderately trafficked, allowing explorers to view wildlife. Great for mountain biking, the Loop Trail at Powhite Park is also a perfect place to hike with your dog on a lovely summer day!  

Would you like to live in a home surrounded by these beautiful green spaces? Contact us today to start your search!

July
6

Summer Project: How to Clean and Organize Your Garage

Organizing Your Garage

Summer is the perfect time for reorganizing your garage. The long daylight hours mean you have plenty of time to tackle this task and better showcase the space your garage has to offer. Depending on the size of your garage, you may be able to have everything cleaned and organized in a weekend!

When potential buyers are viewing Richmond homes for sale, a well-organized garage will help them envision the possibilities, or at least not trip over an unruly extension cord. If your garage hasn't been cleaned lately, a cleaning plan will help you get through the task efficiently. Use the tips below to get started. 

  1. Break Down the Big Project 
    Working in sections or categories will help you break the work down into manageable sub-tasks. You can divide the garage into sections to thoroughly clean and organize each section. This can work very well if your garage is small or relatively uncluttered. You can also break the work down into categories for what you normally store in the garage. You may decide to organize auto care supplies, outdoor decor, tools, or other items you store. This approach is ideal if your garage has been recently cleaned or is new, but you need to cull items. Either method will help you efficiently divide cleaning your garage into tasks that you can delegate to helpers or stretch out over a long weekend.

  2. Keep, Donate, Toss
    Every reorganization will turn up items that you may not use often. If you don't have use for an item, but it's in good condition, a local thrift store will often be happy to have them. If you have a tool that needs a new home, the RVA Tool Library accepts donations of gently used tools. If you need to dispose of potentially hazardous items such as paint or car batteries, the Richmond Department of Public Works accepts multiple types of hazardous waste.

  3. A Clean Slate
    Decluttering will improve the look of your garage, but gleaming surfaces will complete the makeover. A scrub brush and soapy water will work on many surfaces, but a drill with brush attachments and a pressure sprayer will help with rust, oil stains, and dirt that's become deeply embedded into surfaces. If you're not sure if a cleaning solution or method is appropriate, please test it on a small hidden area first. 

  4. Just A Touch Up of Love
    The surfaces of your garage endure a lot of wear and tear, and it's common for surfaces to become chipped. Perfectly clean surfaces can look less, so when they're scratched or chipped a fresh coat of paint will make your garage look new inside and out and show the pride in your home that our real estate agents love to see.  

Reorganizing your garage can seem like a daunting task, but it's deeply satisfying to see the clutter and grime melt away into a space that makes it easy to find the tools you need and retrieve the items you've stored away. But if you're looking to make a more dramatic change in where you live, contact us today. 

June
23

Build a Summer Fire Pit with These DIY Tips

Summer Fire Pit

There's no better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around a fire pit with a refreshing beverage, your friends and family, and everything you need to make tasty s'mores. 

A fire pit makes an excellent addition to any property on the list of Richmond homes for sale. If your home is lacking a fire pit, consider creating your own for a custom look. Make your backyard fire pit enjoyable and safe with these tips below.  

  1. Set Your Budget
    Building your own fire pit is a fantastic way to save money. However, depending on the design, the project can cost you anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Before you get started, decide how much you want to spend on your DIY fire pit. If you're on a tight budget, you can still build a gorgeous firepit. Look around your property and see what items you can repurpose. Old pavers, cement blocks, or retaining wall bricks are perfect materials for building a fire pit. Just a layer of sand to hold the pavers in place. Or, if you have an old koi pond, you no longer use, remove the water and transform it into a fire pit. Just make sure that the rocks in the pond are non-combustible. Should you have a little wiggle room in your budget, there's no limit to the design possibilities for your fire pit. Use concrete and mold to cast an inviting fire pit, or add glass walls to a metal planter for a contemporary look.
  1. Decide on Your Preferred Fuel Source
    Another detail to keep in mind is what kind of fuel you'd prefer to use. If you have your heart set on a wood-burning fire pit, you'll want to check that your fire pit's design provides ample space for the logs and allows enough airflow for the fire to thrive. Gel fuel canisters are another popular fuel source for DIY fire pits. These canisters are available at many home improvement stores and retailers that sell home goods. A benefit of these canisters is that you can use them to customize the appearance of the flame. Just add more canisters for a larger flame. They also work well in smaller fire pits. You can add stones or glass rocks to use with the gel fuel canisters to customize the aesthetics of your fire pit.
  1. Make Sure Your Fire Pit is Safe
    While our real estate agents know the value that a lovely outdoor space can add to a home, it's important that these spaces are safe for your family and your home. Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from your home or any outside buildings. Make sure the fire pit is in an open area clear of trees, vegetation, or brush. If you plan to house your fire pit on your deck, you'll want to add a fireproof mat underneath the fire pit if you prefer a wood-burning fire pit. This will prevent the flames from damaging your deck or catching it on fire. Or, you can stick with gel fuel canisters that are considered safe for deck usage.

Looking for a new home in Richmond with plenty of outdoor space? Contact us today to start your search!

June
15

Summer 2020 Market Update

May & June are going strong in Richmond's Real Estate Market

It's a GREAT time to list your home in Central Virginia because home inventory is low and prices are rising.

The real estate market in our area continues to be extremely active and in the month of May alone, 2,513 homes were listed, and 1,952 homes were successfully sold!The average sales price in our area was $300,826 in May 2020 compared to $288,203 last May – more than a 4% increase!

If you've been putting off listing your home, this could be the perfect opportunity to contact a Napier ERA sales professional, who can give you an accurate assessment of what you can expect in your market.

Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

 

June
15

5 Fishing Spots in Richmond for National Go Fishing Day

Fishing Spots in Richmond

National Go Fishing Day is coming right up on June 18, 2020! Our real estate agents are excited for an opportunity to wet a line at some of our favorite Richmond area fishing holes. Be sure to check out some of these incredible local lakes, rivers, and streams for your next fishing trip!

  1. Three Lakes Park - 400 Sausiluta Dr, Richmond, VA 23227
    True to its name, Three Lakes Park is home to three picturesque fishing lakes, all of them stocked with bass, catfish, sunfish, and bluegill. It's a great place to take kids fishing, with ample shore access, trails around the lakes, and accessible fishing piers. No boats are allowed on the lakes, which ensures a quiet, peaceful fishing trip. Three Lakes Park is also home to a fascinating Nature Center, which includes an aquarium attached to one of the three lakes that offer a glimpse into the underwater world of the native fish. Be sure to check out these Richmond homes for sale nearby. 

  2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Just 20 miles outside Richmond and surrounded by Chesterfield County homes for sale, Pocahontas State Park is one of the top destinations in the area for fishing, canoeing, and camping. The centerpiece of the park is Swift Creek Lake, a long, narrow man-made lake with shady, tree-lined shores and an abundance of fishing opportunities. The lake's long shape gives it a creek-like fishing environment, with populations of largemouth bass and bluegill. The park offers easy access to the lakeshore, as well as boat rentals. 

  3. Ancarrow's Landing - 1200 Brander St, Richmond, VA 23224
    The James River flows more than 400 miles across the state of Virginia, and some of the river's best fishing opportunities are right here in Richmond (there's a reason it's called the River City). Ancarrow's Landing, a Richmond park with open access to the riverbank, is one of the most popular spots for local anglers. who pull massive flathead catfish from the river's depths in summer.

  4. Belle Isle - James R. at US 1/301, Richmond, VA 23219
    A 54-acre island surrounded by the James River, Belle Isle is owned by the city of Richmond and maintained as a city park. Perhaps the most scenic fishing spot on the James, the island is crisscrossed by hiking trails and offers a spectacular view of the city skyline. Belle Isle is a popular spot for hikers and cyclists as well as fishers, who often paddle around the island by kayak, casting for bass around its rocky shoreline. 

  5. Robious Landing Park - 3800 James River Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113
    A popular James River access site in the community of Midlothian, Robious Landing Park provides plenty of bank access for shore fishing, as well as launch facilities for fishing boats. This section of the James River is known for excellent smallmouth bass fishing, along with catfish and bluegill. Overhanging sycamores along the shore provide cover for fish, and it's not uncommon to see eagles and ospreys circling overhead. Located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale, Robious Landing Park also offers picnic areas and several miles of hiking trails. 

Contact us today to learn more about outdoor fun and adventure in the Richmond area. We're proud to live in a city with abundant access to lakes, parks, rivers, and trails, and we can't wait to help you find your dream home in RVA!

June
8

The Home Improvement Projects for Your Summer To-Do List

Break out the sunscreen and dig out the flipflops – summer will be here before we know it! While we all want to hit the beach, relax by the pool, and enjoy hours in the great outdoors, the warm weather also presents an excellent opportunity to tackle a few home improvement projects. Our real estate agents are here to help you create a summer to-do list that includes a handful of projects that will breathe new life into your home. 

  • Restore Your Comfort
    Beat the heat by weatherproofing your home. Replace old windows with energy-efficient models, reapply caulk or weatherstripping around your exterior doors, and give your HVAC system a seasonal tune-up. Not only will it keep you cool all summer, but these projects will also help you stay warm throughout the colder months.   

  • Restore Your Curb Appeal
    Your curb appeal is always one of the most important aspects of your home, whether or not you're trying to sell it. Take advantage of the sunshine and plan a few outdoor home improvement projects that will spruce up your exterior. Re-siding or repainting your exterior is a great way to renew your home's appearance, but there are also smaller projects that can transform your curb appeal. Consider planting flower beds, creating a welcoming porch or front entryway with décor, or trimming your trees will make noticeable differences to your exterior. If nothing else, remember that unclogging your gutters, pressure washing your exterior walls or driveway, and cleaning your garage door will refresh your curb appeal.

  • Restore Your Functionality
    If you feel like you've run out of storage space or have trouble keeping items in your home organized, one worthwhile project you can take on is to improve the functionality throughout your home. Purchasing closet organizers, updating kitchen cabinetry, and installing shelving in your garage can increase your storage space and help your family's belongings stay organized. On the tech side, you can install smart home devices to increase the connectivity throughout your home. 

  • Restore Your Beauty
    Freshen up your interior with a few beautiful new updates. Give the kitchen a facelift with new cabinetry, countertops, and backsplashes. Create an oasis in your master bathroom by replacing your tub with a walk-in shower with a bench. Don't forget about the kids' rooms either! Let them spruce up their space by painting their walls in bright colors. You can even refinish or repaint your existing wooden furniture as an affordable and fun craft project.

  • Restore Your Fun
    Who says all of your home improvement projects need to be dull? Now is the perfect time to dedicate your efforts to create an area for you and your family to enjoy. Maximize your backyard by building out an outdoor entertainment area with a firepit, comfortable furniture, and maybe even a wide stretch of space where kids can play with their toys. Inside, consider revamping your loft or extra bedroom into a multipurpose space where your family can relax with guests. An office desk, bookshelves, and a bar cart can instantly turn the space into a functional yet fun area for the whole family to enjoy.

Are you hoping to spend the summer renovating one of our charming Richmond homes for sale? Contact us today to schedule a safe, private showing or a convenient virtual tour.

June
1

Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these Richmond Bakeries

Richmond Bakeries

Richmond homes for sale are in demand, and there are lots of good reasons why.

This safe, close-knit community is a great option for both established professionals and those ready to start a family. Terrific local bakeries are just the icing on the cake ... or the doughnut!

Richmond's dining scene is one of its most attractive features. And friendly, family-owned bakeries are just one more delightful way that Richmond stands out from the rest. 

Whether you're looking for a breakfast pick me up, lunchtime treat, or dessert after eating at one of our world-class restaurants, you'll never run out of options around Richmond. Delectable doughnuts are waiting for you whenever you get a craving.

Our real estate agents want to remind you that National Doughnut Day is coming up fast on Friday, June 5 which is the perfect excuse to order a dozen doughnuts at one of these Richmond bakeries. 

Some of our favorite bakeries in the Richmond area include:

  1. Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee – 1001 North Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    With two locations in Richmond and one in Chesterfield, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee is high on the list of family favorite doughnut places in Richmond. Keep your eye on the ever-changing flavor selections: Rare picks like chocolate and caramel with sea salt, blueberry cake, and red velvet cake mean Sugar Shack is always worth a second visit.

  2. The Treat Shop – 6114 Jahnke Road, Richmond, VA 23225
    The Treat Shop wants to be your home for doughnuts, ice cream, funnel cakes, and ... barbecue? Yes, this unlikely menu makes for a winning combination reminiscent of the local fair. In addition to lip-smacking doughnuts, many people swear by their breakfast sandwiches in the morning or burgers in the afternoon. It's all available for curbside pickup or delivery.

  3. Country Style Donuts – 4300 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, VA 23231
    Wondering what makes a doughnut country style? If Country Style Doughnuts is anything to go by, the answer is fresh ingredients, and fantastic taste served daily. Country Style opens at 5 a.m. on most weekdays and is so popular it often sells out before the end of the day. 

  4. First Stop Doughnuts – See Website for Locations Throughout Richmond, VA
    First Stop Doughnuts is a little different ... it's a food truck! Tooling around public locations in Richmond Friday through Monday, First Stop attracts a cheerful crowd wherever it goes. You can order online the day before for a fast and friendly pickup. 

  5. Westhampton Pastry Shop – 5728 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
    "Baking" Richmond a better place since 1952, Westhampton Pastry Shop is one of the city's oldest continuously operating places to buy fresh doughnuts. Built around secret family recipes passed down for generations, it offers doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and bread. It's most famous for its decorated cakes!

On the lookout for a "sweet" deal in the Richmond real estate market? Contact us for expert advice.

May
18

Open vs Closed Floor Plan: How to Choose the Right One for You

Open and Closed Floor Plan

Home design trends are fun to stay updated on, which is why there are so many TV shows dedicated to highlighting them! But seeing a trend take shape on a home renovation show is different from considering it as a prospective homeowner. Open floor plans have cycled in and out of fashion for quite a long time, and according to The Spruce, the most recent trend started in the 1990s. If you're considering homes built after 1950, you'll probably see a few open floor plans among the Richmond homes for sale. Determining whether they are right for you involves paying attention to several key factors. 

Mix and Mismatch

Open floor plans work best when the decor scheme is consistent, or at least harmonious, between spaces. A farmhouse kitchen and a shabby chic dining room will work well together, but if your coffee table is glass and chrome and your kitchen table weathered wood, the lack of a wall between the two will make that contrast jarring. This includes major appliances, so if you have a chrome refrigerator that you love, it may wind up influencing the look of the entire first floor. A closed floor plan creates a mental "reset" as you move through doors to new rooms, so if you have very different styles for different rooms, a closed floor plan might be for you. If you have an eclectic style, or if your preferred style is consistent throughout your home, an open floor plan is a great way to show that off. 

The Family That Stays Together

If you have children, floor plans affect family life in distinct ways. The flow of sound in the household isn't broken up by doors, which may not be the best situation when you're trying to get a toddler to nap so you can make a phone call. Some open floor plans have closed kitchens, which can be crucial to the safety of very young children. Older kids and teens may want privacy. But opening up a floor plan can also encourage the family to interact more. You may get to hear more about your teen's day at school besides the fact that it was "fine." But if you need to tiptoe backward out of the nursery so you can finally watch a movie, a closed floor plan is best. 

Over the Overflow 

Without walls and doors to break up a space, everything moves freely. This can include heated or cooled air into spaces that aren't being used, dust into far corners, and various household items into spaces where they don't belong. For large homes with young children, keeping heating and cooling costs down while maintaining an organized home could be challenging. But if your dream home is small and you keep clutter to a minimum, an open floor plan can be an excellent choice.

Our REALTORS® will be happy to discuss the best floor plan options for the way you live. 

There is no universally ideal home design, which is why there are so many. Whether a home design is on trend is much less important than your comfort. We're here to help you find the home you love, so contact us today.

May
7

Thanking the Hometown Heroes Among Us

Thank you, Hometown Heroes!

The people on the frontlines are serving our community and continuing to make Central Virginia a wonderful place to call home. From all of us at Napier Realtors ERA, thank you!

We are so happy we've been able to partner with Stuffy's Subs of Gayton Crossing, River's Bend Grill of Colonial Heights, More than Greek RVA of Mechanicsville, Burger Bach Midlothian, Galley, and Mi Rodeo of Colonial Heights to provide over 200 meals for frontline workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Right now more than ever is the time to show love to our neighbors and hometown businesses. Thank you to everyone who makes our community a wonderful place to live. 

 

May
11

Budget-Friendly Tips for Making Your Home Look More Elegant

Budget Friendly Home Improvements

Whether you're preparing to list your home for sale or to make it high-end looking, you don't have to spend an extravagant amount of money to get big results. Instead of running up your credit card or depleting your savings account to renovate your home and get that high-end look you dream of, consider small and inexpensive changes that can transform your space.

Our real estate agents share these simple and inexpensive ways to make your home look elegant.

  • Cut the Clutter
    One of the easiest ways to make your home look elegant is actually free. All you have to do is declutter and clean your home. Regular cleaning helps you to avoid clutter, allows other elements to really stand out, and makes your home welcoming. So, dust and vacuum every room on a weekly basis, take care of stains on area rugs and furniture, and clean your windows. Another great way to make your space neat is to hide the unsightly wires and cables that may be sticking out of your internet router or television.

  • Swap Out Your Throw Pillows
    Throw pillows offer a layered feeling to your rooms, provide a little extra comfort on the couch, and can really punch-up the elegance factor. Whether you buy or make them, incorporating throw pillows is an easy way to create a very plush, elegant appearance, if they are chosen and arranged correctly. Consider replacing your older throw pillows with bright, fuller pillows from another room – or just buy new pillow covers. Blend different groupings and mix and match colors, but make sure you don't go overboard.

  • Lighting Makes a Difference
    Bringing your lighting up-to-date with interesting and expressive lighting pieces can give you that high-end look without that high-end price. Think of lighting fixtures as the jewelry of the room. Lean toward unique pieces with an interesting design, shape, or finish, focusing on lighting that will make a statement in a room. In addition, be sure to have the lighting in various heights and sizes and include floor lamps and table lamps to increase the elegant feeling.

  • Accessorize
    Most homes lack accessories to bring that elegant touch. The most common excuse for this is that accessorizing is expensive and would over-extend the budget. However, there are many affordable home décor shops online or stores that offer stupendous finds to create a luxurious and upscale look. Try accessorizing with gold or silver mirrors, trays, candleholders, picture frames, or small sculptures. Coffee table books can also create an elegant feeling.

  • Minimize or Move Furniture
    A minimalist approach is another great way to transform your space. When a home has too many accessories and too much furniture, the space can feel cramped and overwhelming. When it comes to furniture, choose items that you need versus those you want. Another trick is moving furniture pieces slightly farther away from one another of a few inches from the wall. This will give your space a lighter, airier feel.

Are you selling or shopping for Richmond homes for sale? Our real estate agents are here to help you learn more about buying, selling, and making the most of your home. Contact us today for your homeownership needs.

May
4

National Nurses Week: 4 Ways to Show Appreciation to Richmond Nurses

Richmond Nurses

The events of the last several months have highlighted the indispensable role nurses play in all our lives. Nurses are sacrificing so much to give others in the community the care they need during the coronavirus pandemic. They are truly our local heroes on the frontline of this crisis.  

While nurses always deserve a huge thank you, National Nurses Week is the perfect time to do so. National Nurses Week is observed every May 6 through May 12, coinciding with the birthday of Florence Nightingale on May 12.

There are many ways you can show appreciation to nurses for everything they do. On Nurses Week or any time, some of the best ways to show appreciation include:

  1. Sending Gifts 
    With many businesses still closed, an unexpected gift is a great way to help your favorite nurse unwind with a special surprise. A gift card from a local business benefits the recipient and also helps support small businesses that value every sale at a time like this.
  2. Making Donations to Area Hospitals
    Nationally ranked VCU Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital and Chippenham Hospital are just a few healthcare facilities right in Richmond. Donations of requested food, equipment, and funds help to reduce the burden on hard-working nursing staff.
  3. Giving Blood
    No matter the time of year, there's always a need for blood at major hospitals. A prompt blood transfusion can make a difference after an accident or medical emergency. You don't have to wait for a local blood drive: Many hospitals maintain year-round blood donation programs.
  4. Reach Out to Your Friends
    Have a friend or family member who is a nurse? Send them a card thanking them for all they do in their profession. You could also ask them how you can help them. Maybe they need grocery pick up or someone to walk their dog? Simple acts like this go a long way! 

With nearly two dozen major hospitals and care centers right in the area, Richmond is at the forefront when it comes to the latest medical treatments. Our real estate agents know just how important that quality of care is to our homebuyers and the community.

Richmond homes for sale are desirable for many reasons, but the hard work of our local nurses is a factor that makes a big difference. Thousands of nurses are employed across the Richmond, VA area, part of a vibrant and growing healthcare workforce.

To find out more about local real estate opportunities, contact us.

April
20

Where to Donate Homemade Masks in Richmond

Donate Homemade Masks in Richmond

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has altered our lives in unimaginable ways. All of our families, friends, and neighbors in the RVA have had to face dramatic changes to their lifestyles, one of which includes now wearing protective equipment when we leave the house. According to the CDC, most individuals should wear face masks when walking through public spaces.

While N95 masks or surgical masks should be used by medical professionals only, all other individuals should use cloth masks, which include homemade masks. These masks are surprisingly easy to make and are a fun arts-and-crafts project to take on while we're all sheltered in our homes during social distancing mandates.

How to Make a Mask for Coronavirus

In addition to washing our hands frequently and keeping at least six-feet between ourselves and others in public, wearing a face mask over our noses and mouths in public will also slow the spread of the coronavirus. Homemade masks can be effective in preventing the spread. However, the right methods must be used. Because the coronavirus is tinier than other bacteria, not all fabrics can trap it. The virus seems to attach itself to water droplets that come from our nose and mouth, which means these droplets containing the virus can be blocked with a simple fabric like cotton.

Essentially, you can make a mask out of any type of fabric, as any protection is better than no protection at all. If you can sew a mask from fabric, make sure it fits the wearer snugly and covers from the bridge of the nose down underneath the chin. If you are creating a mask without sewing it, cut multiple layers of cloth fabric out that cover your nose and mouth then secure it around your head by tying it or using rubber bands. Make sure the wearer can speak and breathe clearly while using the mask. To wash, simply throw it in the laundry with your clothing.

Donating Handmade Masks

If you have spare time and would like to do your part to help the RVA during this pandemic, you can make and donate your homemade masks to those in need. The Greater Richmond Area Volunteer Mask Group is connecting mask-makers with facilities that need masks for their employees. This Facebook group helps accommodate the entire process, allowing individuals to post if they need supplies, need a driver for drop-offs, or need materials to create more masks.

If you have any other personal protective equipment that you can donate, Greater Richmond health systems are accepting medical supply donations at this time. Any masks, face shields, gloves, or other PPE is requested for many of our area medical centers including:

  • Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Central Virginia VA Health Care System
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Riverside Health System
  • VCU Health

Our real estate agents encourage you to help these medical professionals who do so much for our community. In the event that you are currently buying or selling Richmond homes for sale during this difficult time, please contact us and allow our agents to help you safely and securely finalize your home sale.

April
6

Spring Cleaning Tips: How To Clean Stainless Steel

Cleaning Stainless Steel

Spring is here, and in between listing Richmond homes for sale, you'll also find our REALTORS® working diligently on their spring cleaning for the year.

There are plenty of cleaning and tidying tasks that can easily end up at the bottom of the priority list. 

Stainless steel is one area where homeowners often find themselves scratching their heads about the best way to proceed. After all, it is called "stainless" – but discoloration can and does happen. The question is, what to do about it?

How Does Stainless Steel Work and Why Does It Sometimes Get Rusted?

Stainless steel is designed to be highly resistant to rust and other forms of corrosion.

The secret of stainless steel is its inclusion of chromium. Chromium guards the surface of the steel, forming a thin protective layer against the oxygen that causes oxidization – also known as rust. In some circumstances, this "sacrificial coating" of chromium wears away.

Although it performs better and lasts longer than many other metals, stainless steel can still require periodic restoration. Some household chemicals can encourage corrosion even on it. Chemical stains are one of the biggest hazards for a stainless steel sink.

When the chromium coating on stainless steel is rubbed away, the protective film quickly repairs itself. However, the metal can temporarily become damaged while this process is underway. This is why you might occasionally find rust in limited quantities on a stainless steel surface.

The Three Most Common Stainless Steel Cleaning Challenges

Here's how to restore stainless steel from three common issues:

  1. Stains
    Rub the stain in the direction of the grain brushed into the stainless steel using a soft pad or brush, such as a toothbrush. You can use a homebrew mix of one tablespoon baking soda in two cups of water. After rubbing, use a soft cloth dipped in clean water to rinse. Finally, apply a purpose-made stainless steel cleaner.
  2. Scratches
    Check whether your brushed stainless steel surface is coated with clear anti-fingerprint coating. If not coated, you can use the method above to treat fine scratches. Deep scratches can be sanded out. While sandpaper may work for those familiar with it, it is easier to use a commercial scratch remover kit with a variety of grit pads for different stainless steel products.
  3. Rust
    Try wiping down small rust spots using the method for stains. For larger areas, rinse out the rusted surface thoroughly, then sprinkle a layer of baking soda over it. Wait about an hour before you scrub with a soft bristle brush, then dry with a paper towel. If the rust still resists, use a grit-free cleaner that includes oxalic acid.

For day to day cleaning of dust, dirt, and fingerprints, feel free to continue using mild dish detergent and warm water. Most of the time, keeping stainless steel fresh should take only seconds every few days. When it is cleaned right, stainless steel thrives for many years.

We can't join you for spring cleaning, but Napier ERA is always here to help you take advantage of real estate opportunities in Richmond and across Central Virginia. To get started, contact us.

March
23

Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring: Pros and Cons

Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

If you're getting ready to install new flooring, you'll be faced with a choice between laminate and hardwood. Though they may look similar, each of these two flooring options has its pros and cons. Our real estate agents have summarized a few key factors to help you decide which is best for your home.

  • Appearance and Aesthetics
    When it comes to aesthetics, the difference between laminate and hardwood flooring is glaringly obvious. Hardwood has a timeless appeal and tremendous texture variation of the wood grain. No two planks of hardwood flooring appear exactly alike. They can also take on different finishes and stains.

    When copying real wood, laminate flooring cannot look as genuine due to repeated patterns in the photographic layer. While the quality of synthetic materials continues to improve, repetition is unavoidable because it's impossible to replicate the uniqueness of authentic wood grains. 

  • Durability
    The durability of the flooring surface greatly depends on foot traffic, wear and tear, adherence to manufacturer recommendations, and maintenance practices. Laminate flooring is made from pressed wood and has a wear layer that protects the photographic layer. The tough surface makes this type of flooring more durable and is almost impervious to stains, moisture, dents, and scratches. However, if laminate flooring is grooved, deep scratched, or heavily worn, it cannot be sanded or refinished – it must be replaced.

    Natural hardwood is softer and can dent more easily. Hardwood is also susceptible to scratching, will easily show wear, and can get damaged from excessive moisture. But solid hardwood can be repaired, refinished, and renewed, usually without the need to replace the planks or entire floor. 

  • Repair and Maintenance
    Regular sweeping, wiping, damp mopping, or vacuuming is all that's necessary for cleaning and maintaining laminate flooring. No floor waxing is necessary for laminate wood floor. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, require a little more care because they need special cleaners that restore and preserve the finish.

    Most solid and engineered hardwood floors have excellent resistance to many household chemicals, red wine, and soda. The floor can be refinished many times, and noticeable imperfections can be reversed, without reinstalling everything, as is the case with laminate flooring.

  • Moisture Resistance
    Wood is an organic material that responds to temperature and humidity fluctuations. Hardwood's water resistance qualities depend on the species of wood, finishing, and maintenance practices. Unfinished wood is more likely to get damaged if installed in the kitchen or bathroom.

    Laminate surfaces are stain and water-resistant. The tough top layer makes this material a good choice for areas where spills are a possibility, such as in the kitchen. 

  • Cost
    Hardwood flooring is made from harvested trees; the type of wood you choose would determine the cost. But generally, hardwood is more expensive to buy and install. The stronger the wood, the more you spend. There are also added costs to wax, finish, and treat the floor. Laminate flooring is considerably cheaper than hardwood. The installation cost is about 50 percent less than it is with solid wood flooring.

    Hardwood flooring can go for $3-$10 per sq. ft., including installation. Good-quality laminate flooring cost about $3.00 per sq. ft. and up. You can get lower-quality laminate at a much lower price but at the expense of performance and looks. 

Looking for more home improvement advice before listing your home among the many Richmond homes for sale? For more tips and advice, contact us today!

January
30

Platinum Status: Achieved!

Cartus Platinum Broker

We are very proud to announce that Napier ERA has achieved Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2019!

Cartus is the industry leader in corporate relocation services. We have been working with the Cartus Broker Network for many years and are proud to have the Platinum status for 11 years in a row. 

Napier ERA Realtors congratulates and thanks the Relocation Team and our agents for their outstanding service to our Cartus clients! 

February
3

Event Spotlight: River City Spirits Festival

River City Spirits Festival

Did you know that Richmond is home to a dynamic collection of local distilleries and breweries? The second annual River City Spirits Festival provides the perfect opportunity to experience all of the best award-winning local spirits in one convenient location. It's a full day of spirits, live music, food, and shopping at Stony Point Fashion Park. Our REALTORS® have all the exciting details about what to expect from this year's River City Spirits Festival.

Event Spotlight: River City Spirits Festival

Location: Stony Point Fashion Park – 9200 Stony Point Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23235

Date: February 15, 2020 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Get a Taste of Richmond's Local Distilling and Brewing Scene
    The River City Spirits Festival is the place to taste the best spirits, wine, and craft beer that the Richmond area has to offer. Your admission buys you unlimited drinks from more than 20 distilleries and craft breweries from throughout Virginia, including your favorites from Richmond. Spirits from local distilleries have earned international acclaim for their taste and complexity, giving Richmond a reputation as a true distilling hotspot. Try them all in one place at the River City Spirits Festival.

  • An Afternoon of Fun at Stony Point Fashion Park
    Great drinks are just the start of what you'll enjoy at the River City Spirits Festival. Stony Point Fashion Park, the indoor/outdoor mall where the festival is held, will be hopping all day long with great deals, live entertainment, and delicious food to pair with your drinks. The festival features a mix of outdoor tables, tents, and indoor cocktail lounges. Take in some live music from Zach Angle, win great raffle prizes from local stores, and sample $5 food plates from some Richmond restaurants.

Featured Local Distilleries

  • Three Crosses Distilling Co. – 3835 Old Buckingham Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Established as the first distillery in Powhatan, Three Crosses Distilling Co. is your source for locally crafted fine spirits close to Powhatan homes for sale. Three Crosses is proud to represent Powhatan and sources most ingredients locally. They create a diverse collection of rum, vodka, and whiskey, with unique flavor profiles and a constant commitment to quality.

  • Cirrus Vodka – 1603 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The River City Spirits Festival is an excellent example of the growing distilling scene around Richmond homes for sale, including the award-winning spirits from Cirrus Vodka. One of the only local distillers to take home a prestigious Gold Medal award from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Cirrus Vodka, creates smooth, triple-distilled vodkas. Great for sipping and mixing in your favorite cocktails. Head distiller Eliad Gebrehiwot relies on a mix of art and science to create potato-based vodkas that rival the biggest names in the world.

  • Virago Spirits – 1727 Rhoadmiller St., Richmond, VA 23220
    If you're searching for world-class spirits created in Richmond, few local spots can top the list of international awards earned by Virago Spirits. The vintage, 2,500-liter still at Virago Spirits, is one of just a handful operating in the country, and it's used to create a broad selection of award-winning craft spirits. Try it for yourself at the River City Spirits Festival.

When you call the River City home, you're never far from a great drink and even better times. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

January
27

5 Things to Consider Before Getting New Windows

New Windows for Your Home

If you are thinking of home improvement projects to help increase your home's value and comfort level, replacing your windows is an excellent option. Of course, this project comes with a big investment, so it's important to do your research to ensure you get a good deal and the right windows for your home. There are few things to consider before making that final choice. Our REALTORS® share some tips on what you should take into consideration when deciding on new windows.

  1. The Architecture and Design of Your Home
    Whether you plan on listing your Richmond home for sale or you're staying in your home for many years to come, it's important to make sure your new windows aesthetically pleasing in addition to being functional. If you're thinking of replacing drafty old wood-frame windows in a beautiful Victorian home, you don't want to replace them with white vinyl windows that won't match the architecture. 
  2. Materials Matter
    Speaking of window materials, each has its pros and cons. Vinyl frame windows are the most affordable energy-efficient option but have a thicker frame that expands and contracts and deteriorates over time. While aluminum frames are thin but strong, they're not very energy efficient. Composite frames are durable and very energy efficient but can be costly. Fiberglass frames are also energy efficient, but as expensive as well and tend to deteriorate as they age. Wood frame windows are beautiful and energy-efficient but are also the most expensive and require extra maintenance.
  3. Understanding What Energy-Efficient Means
    There are hundreds of types of double-paned windows that are categorized as energy-efficient, but what does it mean, exactly? Although there's no set formula for determining a window's rating, there are a few factors that are taken into account, including: how the window keeps out heat, how much natural sunlight it lets in, how much air leaks through small openings in the window's construction, and the window's ability to repel condensation. 
  4. Your Home's Exposure to Sunlight and the Elements
    Outdoor light, heat, and weather all affect the temperature of your home. Take a look and see how the sun hits your home at different times of the day. Does the wind blow a certain way most of the time? For example, energy-efficient windows will make the side of your home that faces the west more pleasant in the evening when it's hot outside. If you live in a climate that has extreme hot or cold temperatures, it's probably best to get energy-efficient windows all around. There are even window panes that block UV rays, to keep your carpet, floors, photos, and artwork from fading in rooms that get a lot of light.
  5. Safety
    If you have little ones running around, it's important to think about how to keep them safe when the windows are open. Casement and single-hung windows are easy for children to fall out of. If you have kids, your best bet is to go for double-hung windows so you can open from the top and avoid the hazard of them falling from a second story. Old windows often have faulty locks, so replacing them can help you keep your home safe from intruders.

Want to learn more about improvements that increase the value of your home? Whether you're buying or selling a home, our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.

January
13

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art Classes in the Richmond Area

Richmond Art Classes

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:

  1. Visual Arts Center of Richmond – 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Not too far from great Richmond homes for sale, you'll find Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Founded in 1963, it's dedicated to helping adults and kids alike explore their creativity. About 40,000 people every year visit its array of 1,000 visual and creative arts classes. With more than 100 volunteer art instructors, it has taught on everything from clay to wood to fiber.

  2. ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio – 1811 Huguenot Road #303, Midlothian, VA 23113
    ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio is one more terrific reason to select Midlothian homes for sale. It offers art classes for students ranging from pre-school to adult. All skill levels are welcome. Ceramic wheel throwing is an especially popular course for adults and older teens. Younger students love the drawing and painting classes. Sewing and mixed media are available, too.

  3. Studio Two Three – 3300 W Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Studio Two Three is known for its unique studio space, creative events, and mobile print truck. Visitors can enjoy a remarkably wide range of classes: Everything from screen printing to weaving to sketching. Every year, the Winter Print Fair offers the best works of the year along with vintage holiday portraits, tomato soup, and a grilled cheese bar.

  4. Hand Thrown Studio – 123 West Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA, 23222
    Hand Thrown is a ceramics studio with a focus on fostering community. Members have access to the studio space around the clock, but members of the public can still visit for its many events. Fun and fulfilling classes run the gamut from wheel throwing to hand building. For a fraction of the usual cost, you can "give it a shot!" with a 1-day, 2-hour session to see what ceramics is like.

  5. Timothy Judd, Violinist – 2925 Sara Jean Terrace, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    For adults exploring the world of music for the first time, personalized instruction from an expert is the way to go. Timothy Judd, Violinist, can be your guide to the world of performance if you choose Glen Allen homes for sale. A member of the Richmond Symphony with decades of professional playing experience, Mr. Judd shares his passion on Skype or face to face.

  6. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    All ages will all find something great at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Center offers more than 40 adult classes in 15 different artistic disciplines. Anyone can enjoy hands-on, creative experiences with everything from jewelry to fiber arts to watercolor. Unlike many other organizations of its kind, it even includes the culinary arts.

Feeling inspired? Let us help you find a Virginia home that will make your heart glad. Contact us today to learn more.

January
6

5 Crossfit Gyms in Richmond for Your 2020 Fitness Goals

Richmond Crossfit Gyms

If you're like most Americans, your New Year's resolution will include some fitness or weight loss goal. CrossFit is a popular workout option that is sweeping the nation. If you're looking to reach your goals fast, this is a great way to do it!

Our REALTORS® scoped out some of the best local CrossFit gyms and created this shortlist to help you get started. Lace-up your sneakers and get ready to make 2020 your best year ever! 

  1. DBG CrossFit: 3821 Gaskins Rd. Henrico, VA 23233
    If you're looking for intense, no-nonsense training, DBG Crossfit may be the perfect gym for you. The owner is a former Naval Special Warfare boat operator who knows the value of a "can-do" attitude. Participants are expected to bring this attitude with them to the gym and commit to giving 110% effort during each session.

    In addition to CrossFit, this gym also offers personal training, "DBG Fit" classes, and DuraMater therapy for rapid recovery. Next time you're in the area looking at Henrico homes for sale, stop by and check it out. You can even get your first class free
  2. James River CrossFit: 10910 Southlake Ct, Ste. C Richmond, VA 23236
    If you've been scoping out Midlothian homes for sale, you'll want to check out James River CrossFit. This gym has a large staff of experienced trainers to help you with your fitness journey. They also have a wide variety of class times during the week and open gym on Sundays, so you can easily fit your workouts into your busy day. Want to learn more? Schedule a free class today! 
  3. CrossFit Prelude: 3306 East Marshall St. Richmond, Virginia 23223
    Next time you're in the area looking at Richmond homes for sale, make an appointment to meet with a trainer at CrossFit Prelude for an introductory assessment and goal setting session.
    This gym has everything you need to get into the best shape of your life. They offer a wide array of programs, including group CrossFit classes, endurance, and running programs, personal training, and nutritional counseling. 
  4. CrossFit NewFound: 3930 Castle Rock Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Are you ready for new friendships, support, and training that will make you stronger than you've ever been before? Then you'll want to check out CrossFit NewFound. This 4,000 square-foot facility features top-of-the-line equipment, two full showers, and a fully stocked kitchen. The training at CrossFit NewFound is super effective, and it's also fun
  5. Shockoe Bottom CrossFit: 121 N. 18th St. Richmond, VA 23223
    Shockoe Bottom Crossfit offers both CrossFit and personal training. This 5,000 square-foot facility is conveniently located just east of downtown Richmond in one of the area's oldest neighborhoods. It's also stocked with the latest equipment, including Trueform Runners. Shockoe Bottom's skilled coaches work with members at all fitness levels. As long as you have an open mind and a desire to improve, you'll fit in just fine! You can try your first class for free, so step out of your comfort zone and check it out. 

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, don't make the mistake of doing it alone! Our team can make the process simple, easy, and stress-free. Contact us today. 

December
30

Real Estate Terms: Pre-qualification vs. Pre-approval

Real Estate Terms

Our REALTORS® know getting a mortgage on the best terms is something all buyers think about. That's especially true of first-time buyers! When you're exploring the best Richmond homes for sale, sound financing means peace of mind.

Luckily, the mortgage process is a lot easier than it seems at first!

The more you know, the simpler it is to get a mortgage loan you can be happy with. We'd like to address one of the most common questions about home financing our team gets: The difference between pre-qualifying for a loan versus receiving pre-approval.

Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval: What's the Difference?

When it comes to getting a great home loan, starting sooner makes life easier.

Prequalification and preapproval are steps you take to smooth the path to your final loan package. You can think of one of them as the trial run, while the other is the "real deal."

Pre-qualifying can happen in a matter of minutes the first time you talk to your lender. You discuss your finances and get a ballpark estimate for what loan amount you can expect. It's not necessary to document your income, and you're not committing.

Pre-qualification is often the first or second step someone takes before starting a house hunt since it indicates what homes and neighborhoods to focus on. It's a good idea to check with several different lenders and take an average of their estimates.

Pre-approval, on the other hand, represents a conditional commitment by your lender. During the pre-approval process, you submit detailed documentation of your income. The lender takes extra steps to verify your financial health, including a detailed credit check.

Once you "pass" pre-approval, your loan package is effectively ready. You can bid on a home at or below your conditional loan approval amount. However, you need to act quickly. Specific loan amounts and rates are usually only locked in for 30-90 days.

A loan commitment is a final step. It's issued only when the lender approves both the funding amount and the property. This takes longer because lenders want to make sure the home is insurable, usually by awaiting the results of a home inspection.

Why Do Both Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval?

Technically, you can skip pre-qualification if you wish. It is not a requirement, but it will give you some beneficial advantages as you move through the buying process.

First and foremost, you'll never have to guess how much funding you may qualify for. That saves you time and effort you might otherwise waste on properties that won't fit your budget.

Plus, you have the chance to see whether a given lender seems right for you. How a lender responds to your questions and discusses your needs can provide you with plenty of insight.

Pre-approval is valuable, too. Although it's not the same as a loan commitment, it gives you a negotiating edge when working with sellers. They'll know you are ready to move forward right away. Only cash bidders can offer sellers a faster process.

Whether you're pre-approved, pre-qualified, or just getting started, Napier ERA is here for you.

Our experienced team members are experts in the Richmond area. We'll work with you to find properties fitting your needs and your budget. Contact us to find out more.

December
16

13 Gift Ideas for First-Time Homebuyers

Homeowner Gift Ideas

For first-time buyers, furnishing a new home is equal parts fun and intimidating. Give a gift this holiday season that will help warm up a new home.

Get holiday gift inspiration from this baker's dozen list of holiday gifts for first-time homebuyers compiled by our REALTORS®.

  1. Throw Blankets and Pillows
    You can never have too many throw blankets and pillows. Create a new look in five minutes just by changing them out based on season, theme, or mood. Throw blankets and pillows also create a cozy, comfortable ambiance.

  2. Pizza Baking Stone
    A pizza baking stone lets first-time homebuyers maintain the regular pizza night schedule without denting the budget. Great for baking homemade bread as well.

  3. Meal Delivery Service
    When the pressures of work and home get to be too much, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Make it more comfortable with a gift card for Blue Apron, HelloFresh, or another convenient meal delivery service. For those stressful days, go with a gift card for a restaurant delivery service like DoorDash or Uber Eats.

  4. Instant Coffee Maker
    Today's K-cup coffee makers deliver a fresh cup of java instantly with no guesswork. Include a K-cup sampler of different brands and flavors so they can expand their coffee horizons.

  5. Basic Toolbox
    Being responsible for home maintenance can be a rude awakening for many first-time buyers. A toolbox filled with a hammer, pliers, screwdriver kit, tape measure, level, wrench, and other essentials eases the transition.

  6. Doormat
    Help the new homeowners welcome guests in style with an eye-catching doormat. Personalize it with names, sayings, or themes revolving around personal interests. 

  7. Amazon Prime Membership
    It's Amazon's world, and we're just living in it. A Prime membership includes free two-day delivery and automatic shipment options on an unbelievably wide range of products along with streaming video and music for at-home date nights.

  8. Snap-On USB Outlets
    Between phones, tablets, e-readers, and other high-tech devices, old-school electrical outlets aren't enough. Outlet cover plates with built-in USB ports take just minutes to install and provide power access for all your gadgets.

  9. Bartending Kit
    Entertaining is one of the joys of homeownership. Get the party started with a pro-style mixology set including a cocktail shaker, corkscrew, ice tongs, and mixing spoon. Many kits come in attractive cases and stands that look good even when they're not in use. 

  10. Linens
    Towels and sheets are another category of household items that are always needed. Before buying sheets, make sure you know the correct bed size.

  11. Personal Assistant
    With Amazon Echo or Google Assistant, a busy owner can check the weather, make a shopping list or turn on some music even in the middle of other tasks.

  12. Vases
    Vases are one of those items that are rarely thought about until they're needed. They come in an endless variety of colors and styles to fit any decor. Some vases even perform double duty, such as bookend vases.

  13. Subscription Boxes
    Traditional wine- and cheese-of-the-month services have exploded into subscription boxes tailored to any interest. Choose from makeup and skincare, vegan products, pet toys and accessories, wellness care, hot sauces, crafts, and even clothing and underwear. 

Any of these items would make wonderful accents for the beautiful Richmond homes for sale. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us to get started.

December
2

4 Painting Projects That Can Help You Sell

Painting to Sell Your Home

When you're selling a home, every detail matters. From the smallest closet wall to the largest exterior wall, you need to showcase your property as well as possible. Upgrading appliances, repairing fixtures, and renovating rooms can increase your home's value. But don't overlook completing painting projects that can transform your house into a buyer's dream. Our REALTORS® have identified these four simple painting projects that you can easily accomplish before you list your home.

  1. Consider Painting Exterior Features
    While you can certainly paint your full exterior, you can make the outside of your home look fresh and new without such a large project. Consider washing your exterior walls to let the color shine. Then apply a new, complementary color of paint to the front door, the railings of your porch banister, your window shutters, or other notable features.

  2. Repaint & Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
    You already know that the kitchen is one room in the home that draws plenty of attention from prospective buyers — make sure it looks as amazing as possible. Consider repainting and refinishing your cabinetry. Take it to the next level by choosing two-tones to give the space a dynamic presentation. It's best to choose a dark and light color combination, usually with the darker color on the bottom and the lighter on the upper cabinets. If you plan on painting the entire kitchen, be sure to plan to determine which color palette will look best when the project is complete.

  3. Use Accent Walls Strategically
    Just as adding a splash of color into the kitchen is a great idea, you can also pick a few rooms to add accent colored walls. We suggest focusing on major rooms like the master bedroom, the main living room, or a multipurpose space. Be sure to choose appropriate colors for the space as well. Choose a rich and darker color for the accent wall in the bedroom to create an inviting, warm atmosphere. Similarly, you should use a brighter color in the multipurpose room that may be used as an office or playroom. For rooms not sectioned off by doors, pick a rather neutral color that won't be too distracting or clash with the rest of the colors in the adjacent rooms.

  4. Be Simple in Some Spaces
    A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in nearly any room. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that you need to utilize the full rainbow of colors. One of the best tips we can give home sellers is to remember that neutral, basic colors are extremely effective in selling homes. White, off-white, light grey, and a light beige are preferred colors for many homebuyers. These neutral colors give them a blank space to envision how they'll want each room to look. It's also easier for them to paint over a white wall than to try and repaint a darker colored wall.

Simple painting projects can help you sell your property if you apply the right colors to the right spaces. When in doubt, remember that neutral is always the best option because potential home buyers may not love the same color scheme that you adore. For more help selling or buying Richmond homes for sale, feel free to contact us!

November
25

HOA Pros and Cons: Know Before You Buy

HOA Pros and Cons

While showing our clients the best Richmond homes for sale, many of our REALTORS® have gotten questions about HOAs.

An HOA – Homeowners Association – is an organization that oversees property maintenance and special amenities for a particular group of homes. HOAs can be established in an average neighborhood, but you will usually find them in planned communities and some apartments.

Before you move into an HOA home, you need to meet with a representative. That person will go over the guidelines contained in a document called the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. This spells out what residents can and can't do.

Naturally, there are pros and cons to the decision to move forward:

Pros of an HOA

  1. More Responsive Maintenance
    A significant portion of HOA fees goes back into the property, including all types of maintenance. Residents are not responsible for maintaining the grounds, usually get lawn care, and might even have certain repairs on their own homes performed at a discount or for free.
  2. Better Home Amenities
    HOA neighborhoods tend to have "centerpiece amenities" to make them attractive to prospective residents. For example, they may have a pool, golf course, or clubhouse. All of these are maintained out of the general HOA fund and kept available for you to use.
  3. Greater Sense of Community
    HOA staff are often involved in planning and hosting community events. If you like having opportunities to meet your neighbors and make new friends, this can be great. You could enjoy anything from a free barbecue to karaoke night depending on the local culture.
  4. Clear Dispute Resolution
    If your HOA is not fulfilling its side of the bargain, there are ways to deal with disputes. The process is often much easier than addressing problems with a landlord. The HOA can even help resolve certain types of neighborly disagreements, like noise complaints.

Cons of an HOA

  1. HOA Fees
    Most buyers consider HOA fees to be a major drawback. These fees can make up a significant portion of your home's cost of ownership. Fees can go up within a very short time, and can even be raised on a temporary "emergency" basis to complete a project.
  2. Lack of Freedom
    HOAs all vary in the types of rules and restrictions they enforce. In general, residents will be expected to uphold specific standards about the exterior of the home. You may not be able to paint the exterior your favorite color or do your landscaping how you want it.
  3. Potential for Foreclosure
    Your HOA may be able to foreclose on your home if you fall behind on association dues for any reason. Debt collection procedures are specified in your covenants. However, some HOAs are notorious for their aggressive collection practices. Know an HOA's reputation before you move.
  4. Inconsistent Management
    Some homeowners associations are terrific with responsive customer service. Others, not so much. Since the management of a community can change hands, you might find yourself dealing with new management at almost any time.

The key to a successful experience with a homeowners association is to gather information from multiple sources. In addition to HOA representatives, talk to current residents – and previous ones, if possible. 

The experts at Napier ERA will help you find the ideal HOA development for you.

Contact us today to get started.

November
11

Small Business Saturday: Richmond Businesses for Holiday Shopping

Small Business Saturday Richmond

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

November
4

National Cappuccino Day: Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix in Richmond

Coffee Shops in Richmond

Whether you're looking to celebrate National Cappuccino Day or you treat every day like a holiday for your favorite drink, Richmond has excellent coffee shops. The coffee shops of Richmond are as diverse as the city itself, with a mix of small cafes, diners, breakfast shops, and simple coffee retailers that deliver fabulous flavors from around the world.

Our REALTORS® are ready for National Cappuccino Day, and we've got the details on 6 of the best spots to get your caffeine fix around Richmond.

  • Black Hand Coffee Co. – 3101 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    With an incredible selection of coffee, cappuccinos, and more from around the world, Black Hand Coffee Co. is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix close to Richmond homes for sale. Locally owned and operated, Black Hand Coffee Co. imports its beans from farms across the world and uses them to create unique, flavorful blends.

  • Demolition Coffee Co. – 215 E Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Searching for a caffeine fix near Petersburg homes for sale? Head for Demolition Coffee Co. for a cappuccino, along with a full breakfast and lunch menu. Demolition Coffee Co. offers all of your favorite drinks, from hot coffee to espresso, and iced coffee. Grab some take out, or sit down for a drink at Demolition Coffee Co's historic Petersburg location.

  • Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee – 1501 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229
    Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
    is a Richmond original, which has grown into a popular local chain. Henrico homes for sale make it easy to visit Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee anytime to get your caffeine fix and satisfy your sweet tooth. There are fresh, hot donuts throughout the day at Sugar Shack, along with a huge selection of coffee, espresso, and specialty drinks.

  • Shockoe Espresso and Roastery – 104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
    Whether you're stopping for breakfast, lunch, or just a quick cappuccino, Shockoe Espresso, and Roastery always has what you need. Shockoe Espresso stocks a full selection of local Mill Mountain Coffee, and features an extensive tea menu when you're in the mood for something different. Stop by anytime for breakfast, lunch, and a caffeine fix.

  • The Lab by Alchemy Coffee – 814 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    With a scientific approach to quality and one of the most diverse coffee menus in the city, The Lab by Alchemy Coffee is one of Richmond's favorite spots for a hot drink. The knowledgeable team at The Lab is happy to teach you all about the secrets of a great cup of cappuccino, in a friendly, approachable setting.

  • Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream – 3600 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Looking for a coffee shop that the whole family will enjoy? Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, and fantastic cappuccino in a truly unique setting. Crossroads is a bit of a hybrid, with a funky diner atmosphere and a menu a mile long. The family-friendly atmosphere and diverse menu have made Crossroads a popular local destination.

Whether you're celebrating National Cappuccino Day or looking for a pick-me-up before work, Richmond's coffee shops always have what you need. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Richmond.

October
11

Richmond's Best – for 5 years in a row!

Napier ERA Team at the RTD Best Fest

Who did Richmond vote as THE BEST in Real Estate? Napier ERA Realtors!

We're so proud of the Napier ERA team for representing us at the Richmond Times-Dispatch's BEST FEST!

Dianne Long once again took home the title of The Best Real Estate Agent! Dianne was voted The Best in 2017 and 2018 from Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond.com readers and was also Richmond Association of REALTOR's Realtor of the Year in 2018! Dianne is consistently a top producer and we are proud of her commitment to her clients.

The Chalk Homes Team placed 2nd in the Best Real Estate Team segment. Bryan and Amy are invaluable members of the Napier ERA team and we couldn't be prouder of them and their accomplishments in the past year!

For the 5th year in a row, Napier ERA finished in the top three in the Best Real Estate Firms category. 

Thank you to everyone who voted for Napier ERA and our agents! We are so appreciative of our Central Virginia community and couldn't do what we do best without your support! 

The Best Fest was a lovely evening with our friends and colleagues from all around town! Thank you to RTD for hosting and honoring so many amazing businesses in our area. 

October
21

Top 5 Date Night Spots in Richmond

Date Night Richmond

With a vibrant city like Richmond, there's always somewhere new and fun for a date night! But with so many options, sometimes choosing one can be overwhelming. We've narrowed down a list of top 5 date night spots in our area. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 5 of the best places.

  1. The Shaved Duck Restaurant – 15408 Westchester Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Located close to Midlothian homes for sale you'll find the fantastic Shaved Duck Restaurant, where fresh, local ingredients are simply part of the package. The Shaved Duck specializes in upscale, casual dining and craft cocktails, with a menu your date will love. Meals at the Shaved Duck are created, presented, and served with love. Taste the flavors of New American cuisine in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere at this well-known Midlothian dining destination.

  2. Red Salt Chophouse and Sushi – 12221 Broad St., Henrico, VA 23233
    Planning a date night after looking at Henrico homes for sale? Head to Red Salt Chophouse and Sushi, where there's always something new. Red Salt is a classic American steakhouse, mixed with a sushi bar that's second to none. Enjoy a hand-cut steak, a plate of our area's best sushi, or a combination of both.

  3. Lola's Farmhouse Bistro – 1840 Manakin Rd., Manakin, VA 23103
    Have your date night close to Goochland homes for sale at the legendary Lola's Farmhouse Bistro, where the service is just as amazing as the food on your plate. Lola's serves fresh, healthy food in a relaxed, inviting setting, perfect for a quiet evening with your special someone. The meals on the menu are delicious, and the desserts at Lola's are some of the best. Lola's Farmhouse Bistro also offers an excellent brunch menu, ideal for surprising your date!

  4. The Circuit Barcade – 3121 W Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Richmond homes for sale
    are close to so many great local destinations, including the Circuit Barcade. This popular date-night spot mixes delicious dining with a massive collection of arcade games. The result is a fun evening of fabulous food and gaming with your special someone. At the Circuit, you'll find a mix of classic arcade games, racers, social games, pinball machines, and multiplayer games to enjoy with the person you love.

  5. CineBistro – 9200 Stony Point Pkwy Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23235
    Ready to recreate the magic of your first movie night? Head to Richmond's CineBistro for an evening of film, food, and fun all in one venue. CineBistro is a unique mix of a movie theater, bar, and restaurant, where you can enjoy all of the latest hit movies along with your meal. Enjoy luxurious seating, in-theater dining service, and an extensive craft cocktail menu.

Every day is a little sweeter when you call Richmond home, and now is the time to find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.

October
14

National Pasta Day - Italian Restaurants in Richmond You Need to Try

Richmond Italian Restaurants

When the leaves start to change color, and the air turns crisp, there are few things better than indulging in some comfort food. National Pasta Day is right around the corner, and our real estate agents are looking forward to celebrating at some of the area's best Italian restaurants. 

Not sure where to go for a great pasta dish? Check out this list of our favorite local spots! 

  1. Bombolini Pasta: 1606 W Main St., Richmond, Va 23220 
    When you're ready to take a break from looking at Richmond homes for sale, you can't go wrong with a stop at Bombolini Pasta. This family-owned business is known for its unique and creative pasta flavors and dishes made from only the finest quality ingredients.

    Here you'll find fresh-made pasta in flavors like pumpkin, chocolate, carrot, and even squid ink! Not feeling adventurous? No problem! Bombolini Pasta also carries more traditional flavors like spicy tomato, lemon pepper, and roasted garlic as well as pressed sandwiches and entrees like Chicken Marsala and Salmon (served with pasta, of course!)

  2. Casa Italiana: 8801 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Virginia 23229
    Located nearby some of the best Henrico homes for sale, Casa Italiana celebrates food and family with a history that spans generations and goes back to Carini, Italy.

    They serve pizza and sandwiches for lunch and take-out and offer a huge menu of entree items and decadent pasta dishes. Save room for the house-made Sicilian cannoli, tiramisu, or limoncello cake!

  3. Nota Bene: 2110 E. Main St. Richmond, VA 23223
    Serving modern cuisine with Italian and Mediterranian flair, Nota Bene is well-known for their fresh pasta, locally-sourced vegetables, and wood-fired meats and seafood.

    They serve a seasonal lunch and dinner menu, desserts made in house daily, and have a Sunday Brunch you won't soon forget. 

  4. Sergio's: 4824 Market Square Ln, Midlothian, VA 23112
    If you're in the area checking out Midlothian homes for sale, you'll want to leave enough time to stop at Sergio's. This New-York-style restaurant with Sicilian roots has been family owned and operated since 1990.

    Their menu features an excellent selection of specialty pasta and entrees like Stuffed Shells Florentine, Lobster & Crab Ravioli, and Chicken Manicotti. They also serve pizza, stromboli, calzones, sandwiches, and more. You'll also love satisfying your sweet tooth with frozen custard or a slice of New York cheesecake. 

  5. Mamma Zu: 501 S. Pine St. Richmond, VA 23220
    For fantastic food in a quirky, understated atmosphere, Mamma Zu is the place to go. This isn't a fancy spot by any means, but it's also where you're likely to get one of the best Italian meals! Try a seafood dish, veal marsala, or one of their exceptional pasta entrees.

    Mamma Zu is so popular among locals that it's common to see lines wrapped around the building. It only takes one visit for you to see what the buzz is all about. 

Fall is a great time to start shopping for your dream home! If you're ready to begin exploring some of the great homes for sale in the Richmond area, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

October
7

Festivals in Richmond this October

Festivals in Richmond

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.

  • Dia de Los Muertos Festival - Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen 23060
    Add some cultural flair to your Halloween celebration near Glen Allen homes for sale at the Dia de Los Muertos Festival. Dia de Los Muertos translates to "Day of the Dead," is observed during the three days between October 31 and November 2. Despite the somber name, Dia de Los Muertos is a colorful and joyous remembrance of loved ones who have passed. The family-friendly festival includes live music and dancing, sweet treats, and art activities. Guests are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Dia de Los Muertos Festival takes place on Sunday, October 27 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and admission is free.

  • Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival - Westchester Commons, 15786 WC Main St., Midlothian 23113
    Spend a glorious fall afternoon in Virginia, sampling the best local food and beverages at the 31st annual Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival. Tijuana Flats, Smoke Pit Grill, and Toast are just a few of the restaurants close to Midlothian homes for sale serving up their specialties. Popular bands South of James and Party Fins will be pumping out the jams throughout the day. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 day of the event. Receive a refillable beverage glass for an additional $10. Five food/beverage tickets are included with each paid admission, and more are available at $5 each on-site. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult ticket. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 12 from noon - 7 p.m.

  • Scott's Addition Pumpkin Festival - The Boulevard between Leigh St. and Broad St., Richmond 23230
    October around Richmond homes for sale wouldn't be complete without pumpkins, and you'll find plenty of them at Scott's Addition Pumpkin Festival. In addition to live music and kids' activities, the highlight of the festival is the costume contest with categories for adults, kids, and pets. Food and beverage vendors will also be on hand. The Pumpkin Festival is scheduled for noon - 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, rain or shine and admission is free.

  • Richmond! VA Comicon - Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum, Richmond 23222
    Superheroes, fantasy figures, and other comic book characters have never been more popular. For 32 years, Richmond! VA Comicon has been the place for comic book enthusiasts to meet and share their passion. Activities include panel discussions, costume contests, and vendor exhibits. Have some comic books you want to sell? Bring them along! Dates for Comicon are Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $9.95 and kids ages 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission.

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. 

September
16

Music For Massey: The Results Are In!

Music for Massey final check donation

 

Napier Realtors ERA is proud to announce that with your help, we've raised over $27,000 for VCU Massey Cancer Center and Connor's Heroes Foundation with Music for Massey 2019! You may have joined us in July for a night of music with Bruce Hornsby and Amos Lee – and these are the results of all the fun we had! 

Supporting our community is at the heart of Napier ERA's values.

Thank you to Dr. John McCarty, MD, Director of Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplants and Dr. Gordon D. Ginder MD, Director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center for being open to fun ways to raise money for childhood cancer research!

And of course, thank you to everyone who supported Music for Massey in 2019 and throughout the years! Putting on this charitable concert has been a fantastic way to show our love for our music-loving and fun-loving community and we are so happy to share the success in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. 

September
30

Richmond Area Halloween Hauntings Guide

Richmond Halloween Hauntings - Napier ERA

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. 

Ghoulish Frights Near Glen Allen

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.   

Ghostly Sightings Near Ashland

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.  

October
28

7 Tips for Buying and Selling a House at the Same Time

Buying and Selling a Home

Buying and selling a home at the same time is essentially doing two jobs at once. Coupled with other life obligations, you will have a lot on your plate. While our real estate agents know it seems like a daunting challenge, the following tips can help you sell your home, buy a new home, and stay balanced.

  1. Study the Market
    Timing is critical, and you should have a solid understanding of prevailing market trends where your home is located and where the home you want to buy is located. This can help you position your home to sell so you won't have to wait to buy a home where you want.

  2. Secure Funds for a Down Payment
    Apply for a home equity line of credit (HELOC) before you list your home. This will give you access to funds you can use as a down payment. Alternatively, build up your savings, or speak with your bank about a bridge loan.

  3. Be Ready to Make a Contingent Offer
    If you find the home you want before you selling, then you may want to broach the subject of a sales and settlement contingency with the seller. This allows you to put an offer on a home with a first-right-of-refusal if the seller accepts your offer. Ideally, you will want to wait until you have an offer on your own home and then discuss a settlement contingency that allows you to buy the home when your home is sold.  

  4. Consider Renting Your Home Out
    If the market is slow and inventory of rental properties is low, you may want to rent your home out. This can ease your financial burdens and allow you to move into your new home right away. However, you will need to be willing to accept the risks and responsibilities of becoming a landlord.

  5. Consider Renting Your Home
    If you sell your home first, it may be possible to negotiate a rent-back agreement. In this scenario, you agree to pay rent on your property for a set time until you find a new home. It's important to note this is usually an option in a seller's market, and it may reduce the number of offers.  

  6. Have a Plan B, C, & D
    Selling and buying a home at the same time means you may miss out on your first choice. Because of the variables in play, it is vital to identify a second, third, and even fourth home that you would like. Giving you a little more flexibility during the process.  

  7. Sign on with an Experienced Agent
    An experienced agent can help you market the home effectively. They can also help you zero in on the ideal listing price for Richmond homes for sale and strategy for selling your home as quickly as possible. 

We encourage you to contact us for more tips on buying and selling a home at the same time. Our team can guide you through the steps you'll take on the way toward your new home. 

September
19

Tuckahoe Plantation - Childhood Home of Thomas Jefferson & Popular Wedding Venue

Tuckahoe Plantation - Napier ERA

Living in Richmond, VA, means you don't have to look far to find history all around you. Some of America's most compelling historic sites are a mere stone's throw from many Richmond homes for sale.

One of those sites is Tuckahoe Plantation. Less than 30 minutes from the heart of Downtown Richmond, this incredible 18th-century historic plantation is one of the best-preserved structures from its era in Virginia. It was also the boyhood home of future president Thomas Jefferson. 

Formative Years

A picturesque house set on a rambling estate in Goochland County, Tuckahoe was originally built for the Randolph family around 1712. Additional construction between 1730 and 1740 expanded the home to its current configuration – a unique H-shaped floor plan rarely seen in its time – and made space for William Randolph's wife and children.

After Randolph's death in 1745, the home was passed to his cousin, Jane Randolph and her husband, Peter Jefferson. Together they moved to Tuckahoe with their four children, including two-year-old Thomas. 

Thomas Jefferson, who would become the third President of the United States, spent the next seven years of his life at Tuckahoe. These were formative years during which he was educated at a small one-room schoolhouse on the property.

Stepping Back in Time

Tuckahoe is a rare example of the early architectural Georgian style, with two long gabled wings connected by a broad central block. The home still sits on its original site, with high brick foundations and four chimneys – two on the south end and two on the north. Much of the interior paneling and embellishments are intact as well.

Amazingly, the outbuildings are also still intact, leading historians to consider Tuckahoe to be one of the most complete 18th-century plantations in North America. The plantation "street," gives a rare glimpse into the full range of plantation life. The barn, kitchen, smokehouse, storehouse, and plantation office are all still intact. Along with two slave quarters, and the schoolhouse where young Thomas Jefferson received his education. 

Visiting Tuckahoe

Located at 12601 River Road just outside Richmond, Tuckahoe Plantation was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1969. Although the home is currently privately owned, it is open to the public for tours. 

You can take a self-guided tour of the house and grounds for only $5.00 per person. Guided tours are also available; contact the house tour guide by phone to learn more or schedule a tour. It is also possible to reserve the grounds for private events. 

Visit the house in spring to see the rambling gardens in full bloom, or in fall to see the trees around the property changing color. Be sure to check for upcoming events on the Tuckahoe Plantation facebook page as well. The house hosts numerous annual events, including Thomas Jefferson's Birthday Bash in April, and Haunted History in October. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond, VA. Finding your dream home to make it yours. Our real estate agents are committed to helping you live your best life in Richmond, VA. 

September
9

What's Brewing in Scott's Addition Breweries & Cideries

Scott's Addition Breweries - Napier ERA

There are some exciting evolutions brewing in the Scott's Addition area. A brewing industry is emerging, giving the "big boys" of beer a run for their money. Sit back and enjoy a cold brew with your friends as you discuss Richmond homes for sale. We recommend these incredible breweries in Scott's Addition. 

  • Vasen Brewing - 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    If you love European style beers, you are going to fall head over heels for this Swedish treat. Vasen Brewing relies on locally sourced goods to create an eco-friendly brew. 
  • Buskey Cider - 2910 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    There's something sweet about a summertime cider in Virginia. For the past three years, the team at Buskey Cider has honed their craft and offers one of the best ciders. At the heart of each recipe are delicious Virginia apples, giving each glass of cider the right amount of southern sass.
  • Blue Bee Cider - 1320 Summit Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
    Known for using traditional techniques and recipes to craft their cider, the busy bees down in the lab at Blue Bee Cider are turning their eyes towards the future and experimenting with ciders infused with raspberries and blackberries. Plus, some brews feature Colorado hops to give it a kick.
  • The Veil Brewing, Co. - 1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond, VA 23230
    If you love the taste of hops and want a barrel-aged beer guaranteed to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, then you will love the beers at The Veil Brewing Co.  
  • Cirrus Vodka - 1603 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you think the best vodka comes out of Sweden or Russia, you are in for a surprise. The best of the best is at Cirrus Vodka where their artisan creations are some of the best in the nation.
  • Castleburg Brewery - 1626 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
    What started with a home brewing kit has grown into one of the best beer companies in Virginia. All it takes is one visit to Castleburg Brewery, and there's a good bet you are signing up for their mug club and enlisting with the Knights of Malta to defend the brewer's secrets with your pals.
  • Courthouse Creek - 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    The cider garden and outdoor patio are the most popular places in Richmond for a summer evening. You will fall in love with the custom-crafted ciders at Courthouse Creek and the top-notch service with every glass.
  • Ardent Craft Ales - 3200 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    Supported by one of the strongest brewing teams in Richmond, Ardent Craft Ales is determined to deliver the finest quality with each batch of brew. From pilsners and IPA's to porters and stouts, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Contact us to discuss the Richmond homes for sale we have available. It's our pleasure to help you find a home that is close to the schools, parks, shopping, and breweries you enjoy. 

August
26

Put it in Writing- Benefits of Personalized Offer Letters

Personalized Offer Letters - Napier ERA Realtors

In a crowded marketplace, homebuyers are doing anything they can to stand apart from the crowd. And while making a smart bid is important, it's not always the highest bidder who wins. Often, it's a personal touch that wins sellers over. 

Our real estate agents have found that writing a personalized offer letter is one of the best ways to make yourself stand out. Here's why it works – and how you can write a great message that puts you at the head of the pack. 

Why Personalized Offer Letters Work

Buying a home is a financial decision, but it's also a personal one. Selling a home is the same way. There are a lot of emotions tied up in the process of selling a house, especially if the seller has lived there for a long time, made a lot of memories, or maybe even raised a family there. In many cases, the seller doesn't just want to sell the house; they want to make sure it's in good hands.

That's where writing a letter comes in. It's an opportunity to make a personal connection with the seller, to let them know that you're the right person to live in their house and that you see the house as more than a collection of rooms – that you care. The personal touch of writing a letter can also give you a leg up if you aren't the highest bidder on the property. Writing a great personalized offer letter is a perfect option if you're in one of these situations: 

  • It's a seller's market.
  • The home you're looking at is receiving a lot of offers.
  • You aren't able to offer the full listing price.
  • You're worried about losing a bidding war.

Writing a Great Letter

Writing a letter is an opportunity to convey your feelings about the house, but it's important not to get too swept up in your emotions. Plan your message carefully, and follow these tips to write an offer letter that stands out:

  • Seek common ground. Find things you have in common with the seller to help build a connection. It could be something big, like the fact that you're both raising a family, or it could be a small detail, like noticing that you both have a lot of bird feeders in the yard.
  • Stay positive. Focus on how much you like the house, and avoid anything that might make you sound desperate, like mentioning how many other houses you've made offers on. 
  • Show why you like the house. It's important to convey what you like about the house, and why. Don't gush or be overly flattering, but be clear about what it was that made you fall in love with their home. 
  • Keep it short. Include all the information you need to include, but don't go on and on. The last thing you want is for the seller to get tired of reading.
  • Don't mention remodeling. If you have it in mind to make any changes or do any remodeling on the house, it's best to leave that out. Afterall the seller might object to your plans. 
  • Proofread your letter. Make sure there are no spelling and grammar mistakes. Read the letter out loud to see how it flows.

Contact us today to learn more about making a great offer that no seller can ignore. From start to finish, our real estate agents are here to help you along on your journey toward homeownership. 

August
19

Pickleball Popularity - 5 Places to Play Pickleball Around Richmond

Richmond Places to Play Pickleball - Napier

Pickleball has been exploding in popularity across the U.S., and the Richmond area is no exception. Our REALTORS® highlight five places to play pickleball in our area.

Why Pickleball?

Pickleball is like a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The game combines elements of each, making it fun, fast-paced and easy to pick up for beginners. Some people describe it as giant ping pong, except you're standing on the table. However you look at it, it's a lot of fun!

One element making made pickleball popular is, even though it packs a lot of action into a quick game, it's not too physically demanding. It's an excellent game for all ages. This year's West End Pickleball Classic, held by the Pickleball Club of Chesterfield County, included more than 200 participants, with an age range from 10 to 83. 

Play Pickleball in Richmond

Pickleball has become increasingly popular in the Richmond area in the last few years, and public demand for more pickleball facilities have paid off. Our local Parks & Recreation Department committed to building 18 new pickleball courts last year, and Richmond now has more places to play than ever before. These are some of our favorites:

  1. Harry G. Daniel Park, 6600 Whitepine Rd, Richmond, VA 23237
    The six outdoor pickleball courts at Harry G. Daniel Park opened in 2018 to meet the growing demand for pickleball facilities. The courts are open to the public year-round, free of charge. 

  2. Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236
    When it opened up in 2014, the Scott Pickleball Center at Rockwood Park was one of the only places to play pickleball in Richmond. Today, it's not so hard to find great places to play pickleball near Richmond homes for sale, but Rockwood Park is a favorite place for locals.

  3. Pouncey Tract Park, 4747 Pouncey Tract Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Some of our best Glen Allen homes for sale are just around the corner from Pouncey Tract Park. The site where four pickleball courts were recently built and where eight more are scheduled to be completed by fall 2019. The courts are free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, and the park also offers lovely picnic areas, multipurpose fields, and hiking trails. 

  4. Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    The 12 pickleball Courts at the Hull Street Campus of Chesterfield Career and Technical Center – known as CCC Hull, for short – offer plenty of opportunities to play pickleball. Local pickleball leagues utilize these courts throughout much of the year, and there are beginner practice courts as well. CCC Hull is also just minutes from these Midlothian homes for sale

  5. Central High School Cultural and Educational Complex, 2748 Dogtown Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
    You'll find numerous Goochland homes for sale near the Goochland Central High School Cultural and Educational Complex. The complex has both outdoor and indoor facilities, including a 14,000-square-foot gymnasium with pickleball courts. The courts are open for play on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Balls and paddles are provided, and new players of all ages are always welcome. 

Contact us today to learn more about opportunities to have fun and stay active in Richmond, and be sure to talk to our team about finding your dream home in Chesterfield County.

August
5

Catch the Fun at the 106th Chesterfield County Fair

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.

Be a Part of the Fun with Chesterfield's Century-Old Tradition

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.

With Napier ERA, the Chesterfield County Fair Won't Be Your Only Reason to Stand Up and Cheer

Our real estate agents are always glad to meet someone who wants to explore real estate opportunities here in Chesterfield. At Napier ERA, our passion for Chesterfield homes shines through in our commitment to quality service. Our expertise in the local area will give you the support you need.

Contact us to learn more today.

July
22

Teeing Off Around Richmond

Richmond Area Golf Courses
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there are 400 yards of natural beauty separating you from your destination. All that's left is to pick a club and make your swing. It's golf season, and you have a wealth of excellent local courses to visit in our area.

Whether you're a new golfer looking to learn the ropes or an experienced player aiming to lower your handicap, you'll find a golf course that's perfect for your needs close to home. The rolling, natural terrain and scenic landscapes of the area provide the perfect setting for a round of golf with friends. Our REALTORS® know the Richmond-area golf scene, and we've got the inside scoop on five nearby courses for you to try.

  1. Glenwood Golf Club – 3100 Creighton Rd., Richmond, VA 23223
    Voted one of the best courses in the area and holding the distinction as the oldest public golf course in Richmond, Glenwood Golf Club is an excellent, local destination if you're shopping for Richmond homes for sale. The course was first established in 1927 and has been delivering fun times ever since. Glenwood provides a unique challenge, with small, narrow greens, but large fairways to aim for from the tee box. The layout rewards accuracy on second shots while providing a variety of ways to approach each hole from the tee.

  2. Dogwood Trace Golf Club – 3108 Homestead Dr., Petersburg, VA 23805
    Located close to Petersburg homes for sale you'll find the lovely Dogwood Trace Golf Club, voted one of the top ten courses in Virginia in 2018. Dogwood Trace measures 6391 yards from the blue tees, providing a fun, fair challenge for golfers of all experience levels. Stop by the Grille Restaurant after your round for a delicious meal, or host an event of your own at the expansive Dogwood Trace facilities.

  3. The Foundry Golf Club – 3225 Lee's Landing Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Searching for Powhatan homes for sale? Clear some time on your schedule to visit The Foundry Golf Club, a beautiful, water-lined course located on one of the area's most scenic properties. If you're looking for a naturally stunning course that also offers a steady challenge, this storied, historic site is a great place to visit. The course takes advantage of naturally rolling terrain and winding waterways to create a tactical challenge that also makes for sensational scenery.

  4. Windy Hill Golf and Sports Complex – 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you're looking for family fun close to Midlothian homes for sale, then the Windy Hill Golf and Sports Complex is the place to be. Windy Hill features the 18-hole Lake Course, along with the 9-hole Par 3 Course perfect for fitting in a quick round. The complex offers so much more, including go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, party space, and everything you need to entertain kids and adults alike.

  5. Belmont Golf Course – 1600 Hilliard Rd., Henrico, VA 23228
    Golf is never far away when you shop for Henrico homes for sale, thanks to fantastic local destinations like Belmont Golf Course. Open to the public with affordable rates, Belmont Golf Course features a fun, challenging layout with a long history. The course was host to the 1949 PGA Championship and has remained a popular spot for golfers of all ages ever since.

Loving life on the local links, and looking for a Richmond area home to call your own? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

July
15

6 Favorite Ice Cream Shops in the RVA

Richmond VA Ice Cream Shops

July 21 National Ice Cream Day

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.

  1. IC Scoops - 12106 C Boydton Plank Rd, Dinwiddie, VA 23841
    The friendly atmosphere at IC Scoops is perfect for families with Dinwiddie homes for sale and everyone else too! With 36 flavors you're sure to find something you like. Try a milkshake in your favorite flavor for a memorable summer treat! 

  2. Tj Petal - 11500 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23235
    If you're looking for something a little different check out the trendiest dessert in town at Tj Petal in Chesterfield Towne Center near Richmond homes for sale. Rolled ice cream is taking the dessert world by storm, and for good reason! There's a variety of fruit flavors, as well as more unique options like green tea and lots of mix in's and toppings.

  3. Sweet Frog -72 Southgate Square, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-3611
    Sweet Frog
    is located not far from our homes for sale in Colonial Heights. Sweet Frog's menu at its Colonial Heights location includes 16 flavors of self-serve, premium frozen yogurt made with fresh ingredients and over 60 toppings are available from its self-serve bar.  One scoop or two ... it's up to you.  At Sweet Frog's you pick the flavors and toppings to create your healthy, sweet treat.

  4. Bev's Homemade Ice Cream - 2911 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    Bev's Homemade Ice Cream
    delivers exactly what the name promises.  Homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors like Espresso Oreo, Raspberry Chip, and traditional favorites, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry. A local Richmond staple since 1998, Bev Mazursky and her crew have specialty flavors ready for customers to enjoy every day. Bev's is open Sunday-Thursday noon-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday noon-11 p.m.

  5. Bruster's Real Ice Cream - 2602 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA 23139
    Stop by Bruster's Real Ice Cream for a sweet treat after looking at Powhatan homes for sale. Their classic ice cream is made on site and you can even bring the pup by for a free treat.  Try a waffle cone with Sea Salt Caramel with almonds or indulge in one of Bruster's Peanut Butter Banana Sundaes. 

  6. Gelati Celesti, 11805 W Broad St. Henrico, VA 23233
    After a busy afternoon looking at Henrico homes for sale, go for a one-of-a-kind taste experience at Gelati Celesti. Handmade ice cream with only the best ingredients will leave you wishing for more! With 85 rotating flavors, you can have something different every time you come and try just about any flavor imaginable.

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.

July
8

5 Donation Centers in Central Viriginia

Donation Centers Around Central Virginia
July 15th is National Give Something Away Day.  People across the country observe this day by donating items to organizations to help others.

If you're like many of us, you might have a bit of clutter around the house. Why not use National Give Something Away Day to clear the excess--especially if you're getting ready to sell your home?  Our real estate agents are here with donation centers in and around our Richmond communities to visit on National Give Something Away Day.

  1. Boots to Suits, The Hamilton Professional Building, 710 N. Hamilton Street, Suite 200, Richmond VA 23221
    Just around the corner from many Richmond homes for sale, Boots to Suits is a great place to donate gently used clothes for men or women. This non-profit organization works to provide veterans, both male and female, with appropriate job interview clothing to help them look and feel their best as they seek employment during the transition from military to civilian life.

  2. Caring Clothes Closet, Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    If you're selling or buying one of our Glen Allen homes for sale, donating to Caring Clothes Closet is a great way to observe National Give Something Away Day. This all-volunteer organization provides clothing and comfort bags to families and children in need and is always looking for donations of gently used clothing for children and adults.

  3. Goochland Cares Free Clinic and Family Services, 2999 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
    Goochland Cares is a community organization that works to provide health care and basic human services doe Goochland residents. They welcome donations of clothing, food, and household items to help meet the needs of their clients.  Make sure to drop by Goochland Cares when you're touring our Goochland homes for sale.

  4. Housing Families First, 3900 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223
    As you're searching for Henrico homes for sale, one donation center to consider is Housing Families First. This organization works to provide support for families experiencing homelessness and welcomes donations of clothing, furniture, and household goods to benefit the families they serve.

  5. Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, 1211 Alverser Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113
    The Alverser Drive Goodwill Store is a good donation center to locate when you're searching for Midlothian homes for sale. You can donate a wide range of items at this location, including clothing, furniture, household items, electronics, computers and much more.

When you're ready to buy or sell your home in one of our nearby communitiescontact us at Napier ERA. We're here to help.

June
17

July 4 Celebrations Around Richmond

 

Richmond Area July 4 Celebrations
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:

  1. Chesterfield Fourth of July Celebration – 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA
    Chesterfield homes for sale will light up this summer thanks to the always fun Fourth of July Celebration in town. Live music will set the scene starting at 5 p.m. while you dine from the tastiest local food trucks. Little ones will love it thanks to the children's inflatable play area. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. The night closes at 10 p.m. with fireworks.
  2. Independence Day and Artillery Demonstration – 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA
    Not far from some of the top Petersburg homes for sale, the Independence Day and Artillery Demonstration is something you can really sink your teeth into! Beginning at 9 a.m., there'll be a detailed color guard demonstration and you'll be able to see real period artillery in action. The Haversacks and Hardtack String Band will be playing authentic Civil War ballads, too.
  3. 4th of July Fireworks Show – Southgate Square, Colonial Heights, VA
    Owners (and future owners) of Colonial Heights homes for sale get to enjoy the 4th of July Fireworks Show just a short distance from home. The show's official viewing areas will be off Interstate 95, Exits 53 and 54, in the Southgate Square area. For best viewing, bring blankets and lawn chairs. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and usually last for around an hour.
  4. Independence Day Celebration – 428 North Arthur Ash Boulevard, Richmond VA
    Sponsored by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, the Independence Day Celebration in Richmond is one of the top family-friendly events of the summer. The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. and includes live music, a scavenger hunt, and a picnic out on the lawn. Since it ends at 5 p.m., you still have the opportunity to relocate to your favorite fireworks viewing spot.
  5. Red, White, and Lights 2019 – 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA
    Situated in Dorey Park, just a short distance from Henrico homes for sale, the aptly-named Red, White, and Lights is an annual tribute to everything that makes America great. Gates open at 4 p.m. for live entertainment, popular food trucks, and the Family Fun Zone. At 8 p.m., you can enjoy a concert by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra capped off with brilliant fireworks!

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.

June
24

What First-Time Home Buyers Need to Know

First-Time Home Buyer Help

Our real estate agents know buying your first home can seem complicated – really complicated

We've designed a home-buying tool just for you! You enter a few pieces of information, and we'll return a list of homes we think are affordable for you based upon those entries. It couldn't be easier!

Still, the more you understand going into the process, the easier it is to be prepared.

Let's consider these things all first-time home buyers should know:

  1. There Are Mortgages "Just for You"
    Yes, there are plenty of mortgage programs out there just for first-time buyers. Many of them offer favorable terms and let you go forward without a down payment. However, some homes may not be eligible, or there may be other requirements (like attending "buyer education.")
  2. A Down Payment is Always a Good Idea
    You should start saving at least six months before you consider getting a mortgage. Gone are the days when you needed to have a 20% or 25% down payment just to get a loan, but it remains a sound idea to put something down. Even 10% now will save you thousands later.
  3. Lenders Aren't "One Size Fits All"
    Mortgage programs, especially for first-time buyers, tend to adhere to rigorous standards set by the state or federal government. Outside that, however, each lender sets up its own programs that can vary greatly in terms. Shop around for the lowest APR before you commit.
  4. You'll Need to Prove Income
    For most people, proving income is as simple as providing two years of taxes and a few months of pay stubs. If you're self-employed or have other unusual arrangements, however, you might need to do some extra footwork. Yes, savings can positively affect your loan decision.
  5. An Expert Real Estate Agent is Key
    Your real estate agent orchestrates the entire buying process. He or she starts by helping you determine your budget and gives you leads on properties that meet your needs. But there's more: Dozens of hours of work go into your buy behind the scenes, so be sure you trust your agent.
  6. Your Bank May Require an Appraisal ...
    When coming up with a loan package, banks try to give you just about "exactly" what you need. They might call for an expert appraiser to visit the property and ensure its market value is aligned with your loan amount. This does not tell you about the home's actual condition, however.
  7. ... and You Should Insist on an Inspection
    A home inspection is when you learn about the home's condition and any repairs that could be needed. Be especially wary of problems with the electrical and septic or sewer system. If there are repairs to do, you can negotiate for the seller to perform them, provide cash, or lower the sale price.
  8. A Land Survey Can Protect Your Investment
    If you are buying in a less-developed area where the boundaries between properties are not necessarily clear, get a land survey. A survey will give you documented proof of exactly where your land begins, preventing conflicts with your neighbors in the future.
  9. Set Some Cash Aside for Home Improvements
    A home will very rarely be perfect from the first moment you move in. Some loan packages will provide money set aside for improvements, while others rely on you to tap your savings. Either way, leave yourself some cushion to do "this and that" around your property.

By seeking and reading this article, you've taken a big step forward. Still, piecing together everything you need to know can be a hassle. Our team can put you on the right track: Just contact Napier ERA to get your home search started in our Central Virginia real estate communities.

Napier ERA Home Buying Help

June
3

Best Spots to Celebrate Father's Day Around Richmond

Richmond VA Fathers Day Events

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:

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA
    Richmond homes for sale are not far from one of the biggest and best botanical gardens in the whole United States. Lewis Ginter Father's Day weekend will run Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. Saturday will feature kid-friendly arts and crafts, while Sunday centers around live music and a cookout. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is pet-friendly and ADA-compliant.
  2. Father's Day Celebration at James River Cellars Winery – 11008 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Join us at James River Cellars Winery on Father's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "Bagels at the Bar with Dad."  James River Cellars is a short drive from Glen Allen homes for saleAny wine purchase (tasting, glass, or bottle) includes the mini bagel bar with cream cheese! Bagels will be available from 11:00 a.m. - until we run out!
  3. Father's Day at Southpark Mall – 230 Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights, VA
    Colonial Heights homes for sale have the benefit of being just down the street from some of the best shopping in the region: The Southpark Mall. For Father's Day, Southpark Mall shopping gets even better with a wide range of deals on gifts for any kind of Dad, not to mention fun discounts from many different eateries. Whether the Big Guy likes Firehouse Subs to IHOP, you'll find everything from formal dining options to the quirky and offbeat.
  4. River Street Market – 30 River Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    The River Street Market will be open for the season this June just a short hop from Petersburg homes for sale. Bring Dad out to enjoy a day out exploring this blend of arts, produce, and culture: One of the best places to get farm-fresh produce in the area. Since it's right in the heart of Old Town Petersburg, you can also explore historic sites in the area and the relaxing riverside. Artists will be on hand to display and sell unique souvenirs, too.
  5. RRRC Thanks Dad 5K –13872 Coalfield Commons Place #102, Midlothian, VA
    Midlothian homes for sale are "on track" to be part of one of the biggest local Father's Day celebrations. The Thanks Dad 5K run highlights the special bond between fathers and their kids. Participants can choose to register as part of a competitive team, non-competitive team, or as individual runners. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and is touted as a dog-friendly event.

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.

May
29

Richmond VA Summer Events

Summer Events Near Me Richmond VA

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

More info: https://www.powhatanchamber.org/events/village-vibe/

 

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

Cost: Free

More info: https://henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2019/

 

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 Masseya 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

Info: www.innsbrookafterhours.com

 

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

Cost: Tickets are currently cheaper with early bird pricing

Info: https://richmondjazzfestival.com/

 

May
27

Farmers Markets Around Richmond

Farmers Markets Around Richmond
Five Farmers Markets Picked For You

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.

  1. South of the James Market – New Kent Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
    South of the James Market is an initiative of GrowRVA, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability in partnership with local farms and the arts. It is one of the best-known farmers markets here in Virginia and is open every Saturday from 8 in the morning. With seasonal produce, beverages, spices, honey, and local crafts, there's always something new to be found.
  2. Prince George Farmers Market – 6380 Scott Memorial Park, Prince George, VA 23875
    Prince George Farmers Market is a fun feature adjacent to Prince George homes for sale that will brighten up your Saturdays. It's a producer-grower market that focuses on keeping food regional and sustainable. Strict quantity standards help ensure every piece of produce is exactly what consumers expect. Plus, it's right beside the local library. Make a morning of it!
  3. Lakeside Farmers Market – 6106 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228
    Henrico homes for sale aren't far from Lakeside Farmers Market. It's one of the original neighborhood farmers markets and is open all year long. Seasonal schedules do vary, but it's always open all day on Wednesday. In addition to scrumptious fruits, veggies, cheeses, and even meats, you'll enjoy the guarantee: You can return any unsatisfactory products within a week.
  4. Westchester Farmers Market – 15785 WC Main Street, Midlothian, VA, 23113
    Westchester Farmers Market offers the best fruits and vegetables around to the future owners of Midlothian homes for sale. Formerly known as the Powhatan Farmers Market, it is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Opening day is May 16th every year. On the first Thursday of each month, the market welcomes young entrepreneurs to sell produce and crafts at the Kids' Market.
  5. Chesterfield County Farmers Market – 6701 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Look at Chesterfield County homes for sale and you'll have access to this famous farmers market. From May through August, Chesterfield County Farmers Market will delight you with magnificent fruits, veggies, eggs, bread, and jam. Kids love the kettle corn treats! Recently, the market teamed up with local food trucks to participate in Food Truck Wednesday, too.

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.

May
20

Memorial Day Events In and Around Richmond

Richmond VA Memorial Day Events
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! 

  1. Virginia War Memorial's They Gave All (TGA) 5k - 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA 23220
    On Saturday, May 25th, join the Virginia War Memorial in honoring our fallen soldiers by participating in the They Gave All (TGA) 5k. Registration is currently open, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or sponsor a memorial flag.

    You'll love the beautiful scenic route that winds through the Hollywood Cemetery and passes the Virginia War Memorial Shrine and the James River. This popular race is in its 8th year, and all proceeds from the event support the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.

  2. Pamplin Historical Park - 6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803  
    History lovers will enjoy the events that are taking place all three days over Memorial Day weekend at the 25th Park Anniversary Commemoration Weekend at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be tours, demonstrations, exhibits, and special activities for the kids.

    Monday's celebration ceremony includes a wreath-laying and Honor Guard presentation with military firing and playing of Taps. Other demonstrations are also planned throughout the day. While you're in the area, take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Petersburg homes for sale near the park. 

  3. Glen Allen Community Center Memorial Day Cookout - 10800 Brookley Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The staff at the Glen Allen Community Center invites the community to attend their annual Memorial Day Cookout. Hotdogs, hamburgers, condiments, and sides will be provided by the GACC, please bring a dessert to share. The fun begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, May 27. Guest fees are $10 per person. Glen Allen homes for sale are just around the corner from this celebration.  Take time to schedule a showing with our team while you're in the neighborhood.
  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
    On Monday, May 27th, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering free admission and discounts at the gift shop and cafe for military personnel, first responders, and their dependents. Anyone else in the party can also enjoy half-price admission. Your family and friends will enjoy spending the day exploring the 50-acres of gorgeous gardens and kid-friendly exhibits.  

  2. America's First College 1619 & Memorial Day Celebration -  Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. Chester, VA 23836
    Experience an unforgettable recreation of early-American military times at the Henricus Historical Park's Memorial Day Celebration. On May 25th from 10 am to 5:00 pm Henricus Militia and Henricus interpreters will provide weapons demonstrations, musket firings, and several cannon salutes throughout the day. Admission is free for active and retired military members and their immediate families.

    Once you spend some time exploring the area, you'll quickly understand why so many home buyers ask us to show them Chesterfield County homes for sale as soon as they're listed. 

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. 

May
13

Why Are You Selling Your Home?

Why Are you Selling Your Home?
Achieving any big goal starts with understanding why you want it. Our real estate agents believe this is especially pertinent when selling your home. If you don't feel motivated, it may never get done.

That's not surprising since selling your home can seem like an intimidating prospect. That's true of just about anywhere, including our local Central Virginia real estate market.

But, if you feel drawn to pursue your goal, everything becomes much easier.

We advise sellers to clarify in their mind exactly why they are selling and what they hope to accomplish by doing so. This clear mental picture helps them take action – for example, moving faster when they find the right next home for them.

Naturally, all sellers have their own motivations. Let's consider some of them now:

  • Improving Your Financial Health
    Sometimes, the cost of maintaining a home simply becomes too much. You might find that the utilities are much more expensive than you thought or that major repairs are becoming a fact of life. While you might have to cut back on location or size, the sacrifice need not be dire. A real estate agent can help you find a home that matches your needs better and provides peace of mind.

  • Reaping the Benefits of the Market
    If you've been in a home for a few years, odds are good the market conditions have changed. Each real estate market has its own ebb and flow. Sometimes, the opportunity to profit from a sale is very compelling. Remember, though, that you'll have to move fast for the outcome you want. Don't hesitate before contacting a real estate agent who understands your local area.

  • Expanding Your Family
    Many established professionals find themselves moving into larger homes after changes in the family. Newly-married couples may want extra space to grow into as they plan for little ones. It's always best to get ahead of the curve and find a new home before the change is actually upon you. Getting your big move done will help you stay focused on what's important in your life.

  • Downsizing Your Home
    Elders often seek to downsize so they can have all the enjoyment of a home with less effort. An "empty nest" might be too big, or it could simply be inconvenient. Stairs and other safety issues come into play. Yes, downsizing an old family home is bittersweet. It's often worth it, however, to save money and move closer to amenities that fit your current lifestyle better.

  • Moving to a Completely New Area
    Now and then, it's simply time for a change of pace. Many younger people and mid-career pros find themselves moving to follow the job market. Others might feel the call of a different climate, a different way of life, or the support of their "found family." Whatever the case, selling a home can be the first step to a completely new lifestyle that's much more fulfilling.

  • A New Perspective on Your Needs
    Every home you buy is a snapshot of your needs at that point in time. Sometimes, you find there's just "something missing" that your existing home can't provide. You might realize that you wanted a front lawn after all. Or you might want to move to a neighborhood with a different vibe. Whatever the case, a new home can be freeing once you put in the footwork.

No matter what your reason for selling is, start by contacting a trusted local real estate agent devoted to getting you the best price in the least amount of time. Contact us for advice on selling your home in and around Richmond.

May
3

6 Years as a Top Workplace!

Jim Napier at Top Workplace Awards 2019

Napier ERA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the sixth year in a row!

This title comes from Richmond Times-Dispatch and is based on an anonymous survey that was sent out to all of Napier's employees and real estate agents. We are so happy to see another year of great reviews! 

The survey asks about numerous topics that impact the workplace – including leadership, benefits, training, diversity, community involvement, and more. Our managing brokers and owners take great pride in investing in our people, supporting one another, and overall treating each other like a business family.

Thank you to everyone in Team Napier for making this award possible, and we wish a hearty congratulations to all the local businesses honored. 

May
6

6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads for Our Kids

RVA Swimming
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.

  1. Colonial Heights Swim & Yacht Club: 1225 Duke of Gloucester St, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    The member-owned Colonial Heights Swim & Yacht Club has a large swimming pool, a smaller children's pool, and a fun, family-friendly play area. Whether you want to enjoy a competitive game of basketball or tennis or grab a tasty treat from the snack bar and lounge poolside, this club has exactly what you need. It's no wonder  Colonial Heights homes for sale are in demand.

  2. Battery Park Pool:  2719 Dupont Cir, Richmond, VA 23222
    The Department of Recreation's Battery Park outdoor pool is a popular destination for many Richmond families. In addition to open swim and designated lap swim times, residents can also strengthen their swimming skills with American Red Cross "learn to swim" classes for all skill levels. You can also take first aid and CPR training classes and lifeguard certification. 

  3. Battlefield Park Swim & Racquet Club: 3108 Homestead Dr, Petersburg, VA 23805
    After paying a visit to Battlefield Park Swim & Racquet Club, you'll quickly see why so many buyers ask about the availability of Petersburg homes for sale nearby. As one of the largest outdoor recreational parks in the state, this club boasts a giant 50-meter pool, a 25-meter pool, and a shaded baby pool. They also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons, and a swim team for kids between the ages of 5 and 17. 

  4. Anirav Swim Club: 13131 Overhill Lake Ln. Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Not far from some of the best Glen Allen homes for sale, the private Anirav Swim Club is the perfect spot for family-friendly fun. It features a 200,000-gallon pool with a diving board and lap lanes, a separate kiddie pool, showers, and changing rooms. The swim club offers swim lessons and also has a playground, basketball court, ping pong tables, and a snack bar. 

  5. Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center: 5011 Twin Hickory Road Glen Allen, VA 23059
    The splash park at Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center is a perfect way for families with younger children to get some relief from the summertime heat. The park also offers visitors several walking trails, two playgrounds, and a sheltered picnic area. Check out the center's website to learn about upcoming events and classes for both children and adults. 

  6. Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club: 14710 Village Square Place, Midlothian, VA 23112
    If you've been looking at Midlothian homes for sale, you'll definitely want to check out the Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club. This beautiful recreation center features a large outdoor pool with lap lanes and a diving board and an indoor pool with a waterslide, children's mushroom water feature, and a kiddie pool. There's also outdoor beach volleyball and a gazebo deck where families can enjoy a relaxing lunch. 

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! 

April
29

Where to Host Your Child's Birthday Party Near Richmond

 

Richmond Children's Birthday Party Venues
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!

  1. Laser Quest – 889 Research Rd., Richmond, VA 23236
    Birthday parties at Laser Quest are out of this world! For over two decades, Laser Quest has offered Richmond area families the ultimate birthday experience for children and adults of all ages. Their 15,000 square-foot facility features levels upon levels of exciting laser tag action. This hassle-free party, conveniently located near many Richmond homes for sale, will provide hours of fun for boys and girls. With additional video games to play and delicious pizza to eat, hosting a birthday party at Laser Quest will make everyone feel like a kid again!

  2. Fairy Tale Parties & Events Boutique – 10861 West Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Every parent dreams of turning their child's birthday party into an amazing memory that their kids will cherish for a lifetime. Located near great Glen Allen homes for sale, Fairy Tale Parties & Events Boutique is here to help you make that dream a reality by throwing your child a party that is straight out of a storybook. Their wonderful party package themes feature princesses, rock stars, painting parties and more. They'll even take care of the treats and goody bags so all you need to do is take pictures and enjoy a fairytale ending to your child's perfect party.

  3. G-Force Karts – 4245 Carolina Ave., Bldg. B, Richmond, VA 23222
    In a hurry to find a fun-filled place to host your child's birthday party? Then race over to G-Force Karts and let them take the wheel. G-Force Karts is the place for action, adrenaline, and awesome entertainment. Their indoor facility offers go-karting, archery tag, laser tag, Bazooka Ball and much more. Every child also receives a free arcade card preloaded with $5 for games. Choose from one of their great packages or customize your own to plan a birthday bash that doesn't burn out.

  4. Peak Experiences – 11421 Polo Circle, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Do you want to take your child's birthday party to a higher level? Then host their celebration at Peak Experiences. This indoor rock climbing center offers children of all skill levels the chance to safely scale rock walls as high as 50 feet. After the climb, the party area on the mezzanine will be set up for ice cream, cake, and presents. While the kids enjoy their treats, perhaps you'll want to ascend the rock wall yourself to see if you can grab a peek at any beautiful Midlothian homes for sale.

  5. Off The Wall Indoor Bounce & Party Place, 721 Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23836
    Celebrate your child's big day by scheduling their party at Off the Wall Indoor Bounce and Party Place located next to some of our finest homes for sale in Chesterfield County.  Off the Wall has three party packages for groups from 8 to 20 guests with Party Planners whose main goal is to make sure your child a birthday party they will remember for years to come. 

  6. Cartwheels & Coffee – 2820 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221 
    Looking for a manageable place for your preschooler to enjoy their birthday party with friends? Cartwheels & Coffee, close to quaint RVA homes for sale, is a special spot where young ones and adults can relax and socialize. Their playland can be reserved for birthday parties of up to fifteen children while parents sit and enjoy handcrafted beverages in the café. They'll even structure the party around a theme to give the kids an immersive, memorable playday.

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.

April
22

Virginia's Historic Garden Week Begins April 27

 

Virginia's Garden Week
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.

  • Petersburg
    With a rich history dating back to 1748, Petersburg was once the second-largest city in Virginia. The Petersburg tour gives guests access to beautifully restored homes from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. It also includes admission to Centre Hill Mansion, a tour of the recently-opened Exchange Building, and a stop at an urban "mini-farm."

    This tour will be held on April 30th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. While you're in the area, keep an eye out for some of the beautiful Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Goochland / Manakin Sabot
    The community of Manakin Sabot, in Goochland County, is located about 30 minutes west of Richmond. Take one look at the area's picturesque countryside, and you'll immediately know why Goochland homes for sale are at the top of so many buyers' wish lists. 

    The Goochland tour offers a look into the Sabot Hill mansion with its 100-year-old gardens and recently renovated horse stables. There will also be a tour of Ben Dover Farms and stops at Tuckahoe Plantation (Thomas Jefferson's childhood home), the Executive Mansion, and the  Kent-Valentine House. 

    The Goochland tour is scheduled for May 3rd from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

  • Richmond - Park Avenue Above the Fan
    Park Avenue is one of the prime spots for Richmond real estate and is also the location of the Park Avenue Above the Fan tour. This walking tour features five architecturally-significant private residences and tours of Congregation Beth Ahabah.  It will be held on May 1st from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • Richmond-Westhampton
    The thriving Westhampton area is home to plenty of restaurants, retail stores, great schools, a history that dates back to the 1800s. The Richmond-Westhampton tour celebrates this history with stops at several private homes, a Cary Street Road cottage, York Road townhouse, and a country estate from the early 1920s. 

    This tour is scheduled for May 2nd from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

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. 

April
15

Multigenerational Living: Buying a House For Your Entire Family

Multigenerational Home Buying
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.

Finding a Home That Your Entire Family Will Love

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:

  • Will the older adults be living with you permanently or temporarily?
  • Will any members of the home need special accommodations such as ramps or assistive equipment in bathrooms?
  • Will all family members share communal and bathroom spaces or are separate rooms needed?
  • Will extra space be needed as the children grow?

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:

  1. Prepare for tomorrow, today.
    As your parents or in-laws age, there's a chance that they may need accommodations that not all homes have. To prepare for these possibilities, we suggest purchasing a home that already meets these requirements. For example, seek out homes that have a bedroom and full bathroom on the main floor so that stairs won't be an issue.
     
  2. Prioritize privacy.
    A home can feel quite cozy at times when children and grandparents share your space. To cut down on some inconvenience and secure a little space for yourself, consider looking for homes that have a master suite or those which have bedrooms and full bathrooms on the side of the house opposite of the master bedroom.
     
  3. Get creative with customization.
    Look for homes that have spaces that you can utilize in a variety of different ways. Lofts can become a great play or lounging area. An office with windows and closets can be converted into a bedroom. You can even turn a den, garage or sunroom into a room that specifically gives certain members of the family their own relaxing space apart from the communal areas.

  4. Let all members of the family state their needs.
    Even if your heart is in the right place, you may not be aware of certain desires the rest of your family has. Make sure everyone living in the home has an equal voice in the 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.

April
8

Vote Napier Realtors ERA as "The Best!"

RTD The Best - Napier Realtors ERA

We need your help again to nominate Napier ERA, our agents and our teams for RTD's annual competition to select "The Best" Real Estate Firm, Agent and Team. For multiple years we have competed for The Best titles and would love your help to keep the streak going!

Have a favorite Napier agent or team? Had a great experience buying, selling, or relocating with Napier ERA? This is one of the best ways to show some love.

There's a limited time to vote, and you're able to vote once daily, so we encourage you to vote early, and vote often!

Thank you for supporting Napier ERA Realtors – we love being a part of the Central Virginia community. 

VOTE NOW by going to the Home and Garden section and nominate Napier ERA as The Best Real Estate Firm! 

April
8

5 Pet Adoption Centers in the Greater Richmond Area

 

Henrico County Pet Adoption Centers

National Lost Dog Awareness Day is on April 23rd, and our real estate agents want to find homes for you and the four-legged friends that need a loving family. As we show you around beautiful Richmond homes for sale, we encourage you to pay a visit to one of these local animal shelters if you're hoping to welcome a furry family member into your new home.

  1. Henrico Humane Society – 11331 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The many cats and dogs throughout Central Virginia deserve a loving home, and the caring volunteers at Henrico Humane Society are ready to help these animals find their forever home in the greater Richmond area. This rescue center has cuddly critters ready to adopt or foster. Keep in mind that this organization does not have a public housing area where you can visit the animals. Instead, you can find them every Saturday at Petco in Short Pump. If you find a particular pet on their website that you'd love to meet in person, they can bring the animal to the adoption stand near great Glen Allen homes for sale.

  2. Henrico County Police Animal Shelter – 10421 Woodman Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    No pet deserves to be abandoned. Thankfully, the Henrico County Police Animal Protection Police Unit works hard to find a loving home for every abandoned dog, puppy, cat, and kitten. Visit the Henrico County Police Animal Shelter to give one of their pets a home in Henrico with you.

  3. Richmond Animal League – 11401 International Drive, Richmond, VA 23236
    If you think the pet adoption process is complicated, think again! The Richmond Animal League can help you expand your furry family in three easy steps. RAL only wants to place their dogs with loving, responsible families which is why they interview each potential owner and require them to fill out a questionnaire. To match pets with the right owners, their adoption counselors will help you find the dog that is the right fit for your home. If you're moving into the area, let our real estate agents at Napier ERA show you Richmond homes for sale.
     
  4. SPCA of Petersburg-Colonial Heights - 301 Charles H Dimmock Pkwy, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Pick out the perfect pooch
    for you and your family at the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter.  Given the responsibility for the care and protection of animals in our Colonial Heights community, the SPCA has a long and successful history of providing housing and care to pets in need. Save a life while enriching your own when you adopt a four-legged friend and welcome them to your home in Colonial Heights.

  5. Hopewell Animal Services - 507 Station St, Hopewell, VA 23860
    Each week, the kind folks at the Hopewell Animal Services find homes for precious animals that need loving intervention. They accept pets that families are no longer able to care for. What better way to share your love and home than by adopting a dog that was sadly separated from their original owner and bringing them to your Hopewell home?

Contact Napier ERA for assistance in finding Richmond homes for sale for you and your new furry friends.

April
1

Celebrate Spring at Lewis Ginter Museum with a Million Blooms

Richmond-Lewis Ginter Million Blooms

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.

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Will Give You a True Taste of Spring

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.

There's Something to See and Do All Throughout Spring at Lewis Ginter

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!

It Could Be the "Spring" of Your Life Here in Wonderful 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.

March
25

Moving to Your Henrico Home: Purge Before You Pack

Moving to a Henrico Home Tips for Packing

No doubt preparing for a move is a big deal, whether you're moving across town or the country. Are you moving from your current home, and feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the stuff that you'll have to take with you?

One of the best ways to simplify your move is to follow a straightforward rule: Purge before you pack. By getting rid of unnecessary items in your home--and we all have them--you can lighten your load, speed up the packing process, and maybe even save a bit of money in the process. Our real estate agents know what it takes to make a seamless move, and we've got some tips to help you prepare when moving to a new home in Henrico County.

Clearing the Clutter Before You Move

Let's say you've been shopping for homes in Henrico County, have found the right match, and now all that's left is to plan so that you're ready to make your move. Just one problem... where do you start, when there's just so much? If you've lived in your current home for a long time, then there's a good chance you've accumulated plenty of clutter, and there may be items stored away that you haven't even thought about in years.

If you want to make life easier, then it's time to purge before you pack, and decide what's worth taking with you to your new home:

  • Clean Closets and Decide on Clothes – Are your closets filled with too many years worth of clothes? That makes them the perfect place to start. Go through your closet, decide which clothes you can do without, which no longer fit, and which items have their best days behind them. Donate items that are in good condition, dispose of things that are worn, and consider consignment for valuable items you no longer need.

  • Donate or Sell Unwanted Household Items – Do you have furniture or knick-knacks that won't be making the trip to your new home? There are many charitable organizations which accept used furniture, which can be great for seeing your unwanted items given new life with someone who needs them. If there are furnishings you may use in the future, renting a storage unit is always an option.

  • Get Rid of Unwanted Electronics and Appliances – Unwanted electronics and appliances may be donated, though most organizations prefer to accept newer items less than 5 or 10 years old. Of course, items that still have high value may also be sold, providing one less thing to pack and a little extra money for your move.

  • Don't Forget the Pantry – A full pantry is a great thing... except when you have to move all of those cans and containers to a new home. If your pantry is stocked with items you'd rather not bring, donating to the local food bank is a great way to support a good cause and lighten your load.

  • Dispose of Hazardous Items Safely – Do you have paint, pool chemicals, fuel, aerosols, or fire extinguishers that won't be making the move? Moving companies will not allow these items on their trucks, so you'll want to get rid of them in an environmentally friendly way. Dispose of them safely at your local hazardous waste disposal facility.

Dreaming of a move to a new home, but still searching to find the right match? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact Napier ERA to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Henrico County, VA area.

March
18

Parks and Outdoor Spaces In & Around Richmond

RVA Area Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Grab your most comfortable shoes and join our real estate agents for National Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30! The fresh air, the cool breeze and the sounds of sweet serenity — the RVA is full of fantastic green spaces that will put you in touch with nature.

With so many great parks around the Richmond area, you may be wondering where you should take a celebratory stroll on March 30. Fear not! The Napier ERA team loves any opportunity to soak up some sunshine. We've created this list of our six favorite parks around town that we know are perfect for a relaxing Spring walk.

  1. Chimborazo Park & Playground – 3201 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
    If you're looking for a park that has it all, Chimborazo Park & Playground has something for families and furry friends alike. The park itself is an impressive 30-acres in size which present an amazing view of Richmond. Their newly renovated children's playground one block away has plenty of fun for young children. If your four-legged friend is joining you, the Church Hill Dog Park is on the eastern end of the park and features two sectioned off areas for dogs of all sizes. History buffs will enjoy a stop at the National Battlefield Park headquarters while photo-fiends should definitely snap a shot of the miniature Statue of Liberty.

  2. Hidden Rock Park – 1920 Hidden Rock Lane, Maidens, VA 23102
    Although Hidden Rock Park isn't exactly a secret — it's actually within a quick drive of great Goochland homes for sale — its 60-acre facility leaves plenty to be discovered. There are tons of adult athletic leagues to join throughout the year, but for National Take a Walk in the Park Day, we suggest heading straight for their beautiful nature trails.

  3. Fighting Creek Park – 2505 Mann Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    If you've been browsing Powhatan homes for sale and were hoping to find a great place to picnic close by, consider your wish granted! As one of the earliest trails mentioned in Powhatan history, Fighting Creek Park has eight walking trails that will surely work up an appetite. Take a walk in this park then enjoy a nice relaxing picnic as you close out March.

  4. Rockwood Park – 3401 Courthouse Rd., North Chesterfield, VA 23236
    The oldest park in the county, situated near quaint Chesterfield County homes for sale, has over five miles of tree-lined walking trails. After a leisurely walk, be sure to stop by Rockwood Park's nature center to learn more about the wonderful wildlife that calls this popular park home.
     
  5. City Park – 205 Appomattox St., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Take a walk along the riverfront at Hopewell's City Park. A generous grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation has provided the park with a nature-inspired play area. Walk along the river education trail with your kids and learn a little about the area surrounding beautiful Hopewell homes for sale.
     
  6. Roslyn Landing Park – 265 Charles H Dimmock Pkwy, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    This historic trail along the Appomattox River offers gorgeous views that will instantly convince you to start looking for Colonial Heights homes for sale. Quiet and peaceful, Roslyn Landing Park is right beside an animal shelter where you can even take one of their dogs for a walk with you. We can't think of a better way to spend National Take a Walk in the Park Day than by making a new furry friend!

Interested in learning more about RVA green spaces? Contact us today and we'll gladly lead you to any park or home you desire.

March
11

Napier ERA is a Top Workplace in Richmond!

Top Workplace 2019

 

For the 6th year in a row, Napier ERA has been named one of Richmond's top workplaces! In 2019, 65 companies from the Richmond region are being honored with this title and we are so happy to be included yet again. This title comes from Richmond Times-Dispatch and is based on an anonymous survey was sent out to all of Napier's employees and real estate agents and we are so happy to see another year of great reviews! The survey asks about numerous topics that impact the workplace – including leadership, benefits, training, diversity, community involvement, and more. 

 

Working at Napier ERA is all about integrity, support, professionalism, and family values. To see the full list of Top Workplaces, visit the RTD online. To learn more about the reasons why Napier ERA is one of the best places to work in the Richmond Region, visit our recruiting page and learn more about working with Richmond's best! 

March
11

Peter Chang Restaurants in Richmond and Glen Allen

Richmond Glen Allen Peter Chang

There are plenty of excellent places to dine out in Richmond, but if you haven't been to Peter Chang yet, you're definitely missing out. This unique Szechuan-style restaurant is a go-to destination for locals and visitors alike.

While our real estate agents prefer not to pick favorites, they can't help but rave about the outstanding dining experience at Peter Chang. Here are just a few reasons to put this restaurant on your list of Richmond's must-visit locations.

Peter Chang - An Award-Winning Chef

Since beginning his career at posh hotels in the Chinese province of Hubei, award-winning master chef Peter Chang has lived an exciting life. He has served as head chef on a popular cruise line, cooked for the Chinese embassy, and made a name for himself while cooking at the China Star restaurant in Arlington.

After receiving a few positive reviews from food critics, he virtually disappeared. For a period of time, he jumped from restaurant to restaurant across the country. With each new appearance, he gathered more loyal fans and obtained an almost mythical status. As the buzz continued to grow, so did the question, "Where will Chang show up next?"

By the time he finally settled down and opened Peter Chang in Richmond, he had earned himself a continually-growing legion of devoted followers. He now prides himself on creating the delicious and spicy Szechuan dishes that have made his restaurants so famous.

Exciting Menu Items

The menu selections at Peter Chang are sure to please your palate and leave you wanting more. Some of the most popular signature dishes include crispy pork belly, Szechuan beef, lamb chops stir-fried in chili and cumin, and duck stewed in "Ma La" sauce. The menu also includes dumplings and dim sum, hot and cold appetizers, traditional Szechuan meals, lo mein, fried rice, and popular lunch specials.

Two Great Locations in Our Community

While you're in the Richmond area, you have two great locations to choose from.

  • The original Peter Change flagship restaurant in nearby Glen Allen is located at 11424 W. Broad Street. Here you'll find a full range of menu options and a selection of beer and wine.
  • Peter Chang Scott's Addition is located at 2816 W. Broad St. in Richmond, close to the city's center. This trendy and somewhat industrial location has a slightly scaled-down food menu but is also the only Peter Chang restaurant to feature a full menu of exotic liquor drinks.

Whichever location you choose, you're sure to have a dining experience you won't soon forget.

A wide selection of restaurants is just one of the many things that make the city of Richmond such an excellent place to live and work. If you're considering making a move to the Richmond area, we would love the opportunity to show you around. Contact Napier ERA today to discuss your home-buying goals and schedule an appointment.

March
4

Arts in Our Area: Dominion Energy Center

Richmond Arts & Culture
At Napier ERA, our real estate agents strive to put our clients not only in the right home but in the right community. Having the right amenities and "local feel" around you is a big part of enjoying your area. Many Richmond homeowners are especially eager to soak in some great culture.

One of the epicenters of culture in Richmond is the world-famous Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This performing arts complex in the heart of downtown features an assortment of three performance venues, an art gallery, and an educational facility.

If you want to see breathtaking and unforgettable performances, it's the place to get started.

The Center for the Performing Arts is the Cultural Cornerstone of Richmond

When you visit our Center for the Performing Arts, you'll be seeing a piece of Richmond history up close. The Center has hosted musicians, artists, and performers from all around the world. Events take place every week: Everything from the Beatles to the Batsheva Dance Company.

And it is, of course, home of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. One of the most celebrated of America's orchestra companies, it fields more than 80 musicians in most seasons. They give more than 200 performances and are seen by more than 200,000 people.

The touchstone of the Center experience is the Carpenter Theater. This historic venue has been fully preserved, maintaining an Old World feel alongside fantastic modern amenities. It is renowned for some of the best acoustics of any large venue in the country.

When you visit the lobby, you'll have the chance to refresh yourself at four fully stocked bars. Don't forget to chat with the theater's oldest resident, the handmade parrot, which dates from the 1928 opening and in whose honor the room's murals were designed. The theater, too, retains striking elements from the original design, including its midnight sky ceiling with new fiber-optic stars.

The Center for the Performing Arts is safeguarded by the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports diverse local arts and education initiatives. It's partly thanks to them that the Center offers a wide range of kid-friendly events, both for education and entertainment, as well as a place where budding thespians and musicians can get their start.

Breathtaking Arts and Culture Experiences Await You in Wondrous Richmond

With its unique local flair and world-class amenities, Richmond offers you experiences like few other places in America. Every night can be a memorable one when you have access to the sophistication, beauty, and history of downtown Richmond.

Napier ERA will get you on track to find your Richmond dream home. Our experienced real estate agents work with you to understand your needs. We'll use our deep insight into the local market to find a property that matches your expectations in features, location, and budget.

Contact us today to learn more about Richmond real estate. Our team is waiting for you.

February
25

7 Tips to Get Your Tri-Cities Home Ready to Sell This Spring

Tips to Sell Your Tri-Cities Home
It might feel like winter is never going to end, but spring will be here before you know it.

If you're planning to list your Tri-Cities home for sale on the spring real estate market, now is the time to prepare. Getting your home ready now will minimize your stress later and allow you to get a jump on your listing before other spring home sales come on the market.

Not sure where to start? No problem! Our REALTORS® are here to share their list of the top seven things you can do now to help make your house stand out this spring.

  1. Create a "To Do" List
    Take a careful look at each room in your home and create a list of small improvements you can do yourself. Keep an eye out for things like missing trim, chipped paint, broken light fixtures, smudges on the floor, and carpet stains.

    Once you've completed your list, get started! Taking on small projects in your free time is far better than trying to tackle them all at once right before your listing. 
  1. Declutter Your Home
    If your house is a mess when prospective buyers some to check it out, it might cause you to miss out on a sale. While you're cooped up inside, use it as an opportunity to thin out your belongings.

    It's important that prospective buyers can visualize themselves living in the home, so go ahead and pack up things like framed photos and personal items, and put excess furniture in storage.
  1. Brighten Up the Interior
    Assess your home honestly to determine if you can make some changes to brighten it up. Is the paint too dark? Does the wallpaper need to be replaced? Are the drapes heavy and outdated?

    Consider adding fresh coats of light, neutral-colored paint, replacing dirty carpets, polishing wood floors, and swapping out your furniture for lighter, more modern pieces.
  1. Do Your Basic Maintenance
    Now is a great time to take care of any maintenance projects you may have been putting off. This includes tasks like changing out your air filters, maintaining your septic tank, fixing leaky faucets, flushing out your water heater, and oiling your garage door hinges.  
  1. Assess Your Kitchen
    The kitchen is one of the most important considerations for potential home buyers, and upgrades typically take time. This means that right now is the best time to do an assessment and decide if you need to make any changes.

    Painting cabinet doors and replacing countertops are some minor upgrades that can make a big difference. If you're not sure whether an upgrade is worth the investment, consult with a realtor who can give you honest feedback. 
  1. Plan Your Spring Landscaping Projects
    As soon as the snow melts, you'll want to jump on your outdoor projects. Start by raking up fallen leaves and branches, then trim and prune your trees and bushes.

    Aerate your lawn, so it grows in full and lush.  Add seed to any bare spots. Buy some plants and fertilize them, so they look full and healthy when prospective buyers arrive.
  1. Find a Great Real Estate Agent
    If you wait until the springtime to start looking for a real estate agent, both you and your agent will feel rushed to make important decisions. Starting now will give you a chance to conduct interviews and make sure you find an agent with whom you're comfortable working.

Many buyers planning to move in the spring start viewing homes early in the spring. Our REALTORS® can help you put your home at the forefront of Central Virginia's real estate market. Contact our Tri-Cities office to make it happen.

February
4

Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2018!

CARTUS Broker Network

 

The only real estate company in Central Virginia to reach Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2018... Napier ERA! 

Cartus is the industry leader in corporate relocation services. We have been working with the Cartus Broker Network for many years and are proud to announce that Napier ERA is the only real estate company in Central Virginia to reach Platinum Status for 2018! We congratulate and thank the Napier Relocation Team and our agents for their outstanding service to our Cartus clients!

Celebrating Platinum Status

Fran Hessler and Jim Napier celebrating Napier ERA

Napier ERA Midlothian team celebrations

Thank you to the whole Napier ERA team for making us a company of diligent real estate professionals. Let's keep it going in 2019! 

 

January
21

Richmond Sports Fans Score Big on Game Day

5 RVA Area Sports Bars to Watch Your Favorite Team

Richmond Area Sports Bars

Our real estate agents at Napier ERA don't like to play favorites, but we are looking forward to watching "the Big Game" on Sunday, February 3.  And when it comes to the biggest game of the year, where you see it is just as important as when.

Nobody wants to miss out on watching the action as it unfolds live. It's even better if you have the chance to do it with friends in an atmosphere that offers fun, excitement – and lots of tasty food.

When it comes to an unforgettable game-day experience, Richmond's got you covered. Let's check out five of the best places in and around Richmond to watch your favorite team.

  1. Home Team Grill - 1630 W. Main St., Richmond
    At Home Team Grill you'll experience one more fantastic reason why homes for sale in Richmond are so enticing. This neighborhood watering hole has been named one of the 101 best sports bars in the United States by CNN. It's known for its 360-degree visibility of big HD TVs and its enjoyable outdoor seating for warm weather.

  2. Legends Grille - 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 840, Richmond
    Want to enjoy a fun and relaxing time that's welcoming for the whole family? Legends Grille is the place to be. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. most days, it provides $2 Taco Tuesdays and a mouth-watering weekend brunch. The famous spicy wings, Angus burgers, and classic steaks round out a menu that has something for every sports fan.

  3. Pop's Bar and Grill - 210 Giant Drive, Richmond
    Pop's Bar and Grill is a "pop"-ular local gathering spot, and not just because of the delectable menu. It also shows off a number of hot pay per view events every month. It's also renowned as a venue for live music and private parties. Nachos, zesty chicken rolls, crunchy shrimp, and more give its cuisine a versatile flair.

  4. Wood and Iron Game Day - 11400 W. Huguenot Road, Suite 109, Midlothian
    When it's time for that long-awaited coin toss, Wood and Iron Game Day won't disappoint. Midlothian homes for sale are a short drive from this local institution, which features a full menu of burgers, tacos, sandwiches, flatbreads and more – plus a slew of beers, wines, and cocktails. All kinds of specials go on practically every day, hence the motto: "Pre-Game, Post-Game, Every Game!

  5. Hurley's Tavern - 4028 Cox Road, Suite J, Glen Allen
    Glen Allen homes are right within reach of the classic Hurley's Tavern. Prized for its fast and cheerful service, Hurley's has been compared to Cheers: The kind of bar where "everybody knows your name." Every seat in the house is intended to have a clear view of at least one high-def TV. Sports clubs often visit to take advantage of the big private room available for parties.

Score a Touchdown with Richmond Homes from Napier ERA

There's no question about it: Richmond gets excited for game day. But, locals know there's plenty of reasons to be excited about Richmond all year around. Excellent shopping and dining combined with a welcoming community make this a terrific place to put down roots.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more. We look forward to helping you.

January
28

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Like a Local

Richmond Area Valentines Day Suggestions
Finding just the right way to celebrate the love between you and your Valentine can be a challenge if you're spending the holiday in an unfamiliar place. The good news is that Richmond is an awesome place to be for Valentine's Day, and our real estate agents are here to help you out with the inside information you need to make the most of it. If you'll be in the area shopping our lovely selection of homes for sale in Richmond this February, here are six ways to celebrate Valentine's Day like a local:

  1. See the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond
    A tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful way to start off a romantic day with your Valentine. This top U.S. art museum hosts a collection made up of artistic works spanning 5,000 years of art history and hailing from all around the world. Once you've toured the galleries, be sure to stroll through the museum's Sculpture Garden, then stop in for a glass of wine or a nice cup of premium coffee at the café.

  2. Dine on a decadent dessert at Shyndigz, 1903 W Cary St, Richmond
    Instead of going with the standard box of chocolates for your Valentine, take your celebration to the next level by stopping by Shyndigz for a decadent dessert. You can dine on any of a vast selection of decadent treats at the Shyndigz café or get your sweet treats to go next door at the Shyndigz market.

  3. Stroll the downtown pedestrian bridge
    The perfect place for a romantic Valentine's Day stroll, the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge offers spectacular views of the Richmond skyline, the river and lots of local landmarks. You'll also get to explore a bit of local history, with historical quotes embedded in the planks along the way.

  4. Time Travel at Maymont Estates, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond
    Take your Valentine's celebration back to one of the most romantic eras in history – the Victorian era – with a tour of the Maymont Estates. The Maymont Mansion is a remarkably complete snapshot of the era, with its romantic 19th-century décor and features elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen to display and explain the romantic courting customs and love stories of the era in which the mansion was built. You can even arrange to top off your tour with a private horse-drawn carriage ride.

  5. Sample your favorite wine at the James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen
    What spells Valentine's Day better than a pairing of local fine wine and sweet treats? This is just what you'll find at the James River Winery during their Wine and Cupcakes event, which runs from February 10th through the 14th.

  6. Get your motors running at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, 1365 Carmia Way, Richmond
    Rev things up a bit this Valentine's Day with a visit to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. You and your Valentine can cater to your need for speed, fun and friendly competition at this great local indoor go-kart racing center.

If you need more advice on ways to celebrate Valentine's Day like a local in Richmond or have any other questions about the area, please feel free to contact Napier ERA. We're always happy to help new residents, visitors or people who are thinking of moving to the area discover the many reasons why Richmond is such a special place to call home.

January
14

Community Spotlight: Moving to Chesterfield

Chesterfield County Community Spotlight

For those searching for a home in the heart of Virginia,  homes for sale in Chesterfield County could be the perfect place to start your house hunt.

The name "Chesterfield" refers to both the town of Chesterfield, home to about 3,500 residents, and the county of which it is the seat. Chesterfield is renowned for its courthouse – in fact, on many documents the area itself is referred to by that name – due to its great historic significance.

Chesterfield has been the site of several major events throughout early U.S. history. Famed figures who were critical to the fate of the young nation stopped here for a variety of purposes. In the many years since that time Chesterfield County has grown into a thriving community.

Let's find out more about Chesterfield.

Who Lives in Chesterfield County?

More than 300,000 people live in the greater Chesterfield area. It also attracts thousands of guests from all over the United States every year. Nature-lovers and history buffs alike enjoy Chesterfield County for its combination of natural beauty and historic sites.

Where is Chesterfield County Located?

Chesterfield County has an ideal location. It's situated between the beautiful James and Potomac Rivers and sits less than 20 miles from the state capital. Residents get to enjoy the robust local economy of Richmond without the hustle and bustle of living right in the city.

What Attractions Are Popular in Chesterfield County?

You'll find plenty to see and do when you decide to make Chesterfield your home:

  • Outdoor Adventures
    A variety of large and small public parks make it easy for you to enjoy the great outdoors. You'll be able to participate in hiking, camping, and water sports to suit any interest. Pocahontas State Park is famous for its mountain biking and also hosts the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.
  • Outstanding History
    You'll rub shoulders with history scholars here in Chesterfield, as there are many organizations dedicated to local preservation. In addition to the restored structures in Chesterfield proper, you can see the Chesterfield Museum and the Magnolia Grange Plantation House.
  • Shopping and Dining
    A fast-moving economy is the dynamic engine of modern Chesterfield. Chesterfield Towne Center offers amenities worthy of a major city without the rush. Dozens of shops run the gamut from treasured local finds to national chains. Holiday and community events happen regularly.

What's the Housing Market Look Like in Chesterfield?

Chesterfield contains a wide range of housing options from which you can choose. You'll find it all from historic houses to new suburban developments. Ranch, colonial, and split-level designs are some of the most popular. No matter the size of your family, there's something for you.

What Should I Know About Neighboring Richmond, VA?

As a Chesterfield resident, a quick trip to Richmond is a great way to enjoy local excitement on your terms. Richmond is a magnet for the top employers in the state. Proximity to the city is enticing for growing families, too: Richmond has some of the country's leading public schools.

Richmond is also shaped by the presence of Virginia Commonwealth University. With more than 40,000 total students – including graduate and medical students – it presents unique opportunities for homeowners in the local area to expand their skills through continuing education.

What's the First Step in Buying a Chesterfield, VA Home?

If you want to buy a home in Chesterfield, Virginia, you need an expert real estate agent.

Napier ERA is here to make the process simpler from start to finish. Our experienced team supports you with attentive customer service and insightful advice.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more.

January
7

Richmond Foodie Favorite: ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

Richmond ZZQ Restaurant
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.

Richmond ZZQ Owners
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.  

A Menu that Melts in Your Mouth

Richmond ZZQ Food

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. 

Sides to Boot

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.

Catering Your Richmond Celebrations

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.

December
24

Powhatan Today Picks Napier ERA Agents!

Powhatan Napier ERA Real Estate Agents

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.

December
18

Richmond Association of Realtors 2018 Awards - 4 Big Honors!

With thousands of real estate agents in the Central Virginia area, it's tough for any one agent to win an award from the Richmond Association of Realtors. That's why we're absolutely delighted to announce that Napier agents were honored four times at the recent Richmond Association of Realtors at the 2018 RAR Awards and Officer Installation.

David Hamil

Our first congratulations goes to David Hamil, winner of the 2018 LaVerne A. Boschen, Jr. Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for his commitment to education for the Richmond Association of Realtors. David works through the association to train and certify that all agents are up to speed on new regulations, legal requirements and a host of other requirements that any agent licensed in Virginia must adhere to. David has been a member of the Napier team for almost 18 years, having managed two of our offices (Mechanicsville and West End) and is now an associate broker at our West End office now. Thank you, David, for your years of service and dedication to teaching Realtors in our area.

Named for her outstanding commitment to community service is the managing broker of the Napier ERA Tri-Cities office, Libby Gatewood. Libby has been a licensed real estate sales associate in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1979 and obtained her broker license in 1982. She is a licensed certified residential appraiser and a licensed real estate instructor. In addition to serving Napier agents and clients in the Colonial Heights, Petersburg and many other tri-cities communities, Libby is very active in serving her community through the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and other charitable organizations. Libby received the C. Porter Vaughan, Jr. Outstanding Service Award for her faithfulness to the principles of organized real estate and community involvement. Libby was also inducted as the Vice President of the Board of RAR for 2019. We offer our congratulations and thanks to Libby for all that she does for breast cancer awareness and research as well as the commitment you have to upholding and enhancing the values of Realtors.

Last but certainly not least, a hearty congratulations to Dianne Long, winner of the coveted Realtor of the Year award! Winners are chosen based on their faithfulness to principles and laws of organized real estate, efforts to encourage good real estate practice among other real estate brokers, time spent with press and general public explaining the real estate profession, as well as their work with the Richmond Association of Realtors, the Virginia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Winners are also chosen on the basis of involvement in community affairs and their business accomplishments. Dianne has served on several committees and is a past recipient of the RAR Lifetime Membership award and Outstanding Sales Associate of the Year award. A Napier agent for more than 30 years, Dianne is known for serving with class, commitment, and a smile on her face. Congratulations, Dianne, for this prestigious award and thank you for contributing to Central Virginia's real estate market for many years. We are blessed to have you on the Napier ERA team.

Mark Joyner, David Hamil, Libby Gatewood, Dianne Long, and Jim Napier

One more note for this special night is for Cory Metts, who was accepted into RAR's distinguished Leadership Academy. The Leadership Development Academy is a six-month program designed to develop visionary, service-oriented Realtor members for professional, civic and community leadership roles, and those selected represent the cream of the crop of young Realtors. Cory is an alumnus of Longwood University and stays very active throughout the Central Virginia area in his work with the Young Leaders Board of World Pediatric Project, the YMCA board, and CAPITAL& Career Accelerator. We look forward to having Cory on our team for a very long time!

The 2018 RAR meeting and celebration was held at the beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. If you haven't gone to see their lights yet, make it a priority to go this holiday season. From Bob Ross to unicorns to a peacock, there are many beautiful light displays that will de-"light" you, your family, and friends. Check out the holiday-themed GardenFest here!

Thank you to RAR for recognizing real estate agents' hard work and commitment and hosting such a great evening celebrating the future of real estate. Congratulations to all honorees and officers. It is a distinguished privilege to work in a community of Realtors committed to advancing our communities and elevating the profession.

Don't forget to send your words of congratulations to our team on Facebook and Instagram. If you're interested in joining the award-winning Napier ERA team, please visit our recruiting website at joinnapierera.com!

December
24

5 Local Richmond Photographers for the Perfect Family Portrait

Richmond Area Professional Photographers
The holiday season always allows us to be grateful for our family.  Your family is constantly changing whether it's with a brand new baby or a rescue dog. Now is the ideal time to document every member of your expanding family. Whether you're looking for newborn photos or lifestyle sessions with the family dog, our real estate agents can recommend their favorite family photographers in the Richmond area.

  1. Rebecca D'Angelo Photography - Serving the Richmond area
    Rebecca D' Angelo Photography specializes in photographing animals and their families. She loves capturing the loving relationship each person has with their pet, and how pets are part of the family too.  She also does family and wedding photography but her passion lies with including the animals throughout. While you're in the area, take the time to tour some Richmond homes for sale.

  2. Jacki G. Photography
    Serving the Henrico area Jacki G. Photography covers all the important milestones in your family's life. She offers everything from maternity photos to Fresh 48 sessions, detailing your baby's first two days. She also features newborn photos, first birthday photos with candid's of the cake smashing, and family portrait sessions.  With your expanding family, check out some Henrico homes for sale.

  3. Laura Matthews Photography - Serving the Glen Allen area
    Laura Matthews Photography
    specializes in senior pictures and family lifestyle sessions. Her one-hour lifestyle sessions occur either in your own home or a preferred location, capturing the candid, everyday moments of your life. However, she uses a minimalist technique with newborns and prefers to photograph them in your home. While you're in the area, check out some Glen Allen homes for sale.

  4. Photography by Nicole Johnson - Serving the Richmond area
    Photography by Nicole Johnson specializes in wedding and baby photography. Since Nicole is usually busy shooting weddings on weekends, she usually schedules her baby and family sessions during the week. She covers everything from maternity photos to newborn photos to first birthday sessions. She works out of her studio but parents are welcome to bring any props or snacks needed to make their baby feel comfortable.

  5. Meghan McSweeney Photography - Serving the Richmond area
    Megan McSweeney Photography specializes in wedding and family lifestyle portrait photography. Some of her clients she's had since their wedding through their evolving families. She photographs babies through senior pictures, along with entire families, aiming to get the little moments of laughter as children grow.

Capturing family milestones on camera means you'll always have these family memories to cherish. Richmond and its surrounding communities include any number of talented photographers and scenic locations for your photos. Contact Napier ERA to learn more about the area and to discuss Richmond real estate opportunities.

December
17

6 Henrico Gyms to Jump Start Your Resolution

Henrico Area Gyms

Resolutions: We all make them. Unfortunately, according to U.S. News & World Report, we let roughly 80 percent of New Year's resolutions fail. They can be noble ("I'll get more exercise"), or they can be nagging ("I'll go to the gym tomorrow"). If you have the determination to keep a New Year's resolution to get in shape, here are six fitness centers in and near Henrico, Virginia that can help. 

  1. Crunch - 5420 Glenside Drive, Henrico
    This Glenside location in Henrico is smack in the middle of some great Henrico homes for sale that reflects the upbeat mix of Henrico residents. Crunch gives out endless encouragement with every class. From cozy homes that may not have enough room for a complete home fitness center to historic farmhouses big enough for your own running track, you can find a great home close enough to Crunch to keep your resolution and your good health.
     
  2. Total Training - 7900 Shrader Road, Suite 100, Henrico
    Located on Patterson Avenue, Total Training specializes in individualized strength training for athletes. It also offers a non-athlete or adult program designed for either three or four days a week, for anyone who spends a little too much time behind a desk.

  3. Balance Pilates Training Center - 2123 Staples Mill Road, Richmond
    Balance Pilates Training Center is surrounded by attractive Richmond homes for sale and is here to help you keep your resolutions and your flexibility through year-round Pilates training. Feeling tired and grumpy? Get to the core of your problem with core training and feel better, fast! If you're new to Pilates, consider the introductory series, or simply try a single session.

  4. Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training - 7503 Ranco Road, Henrico
    "Mayhem" may be an odd name, but the attention at Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training is personal, intense, and extremely helpful, starting with a free transformation session.
     
  5. Phyzique Fitness & Wellness Club - 3693 Deep Rock Road, Richmond
    Phyzique Fitness & Wellness Club offers helpful, personal training, yoga, and other touches like nutritional guidance and massage therapy.
     
  6. Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts - 3957 Deep Rock Road, Henrico
    You can let your New Year's resolution rise again at Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts, since you can get the personal training you need and branch out into new ways to feel better about yourself, like Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, and boxing. If you feel a little uncomfortable with individual training, consider starting out in a group training session. These are typically three, 45-minute sessions a week. 

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a great home in the Henrico, Virginia area, contact Napier Realtors ERA! We serve the Henrico, Napier and Richmond area with helpful, personal attention to your needs. Whether you want a place convenient to a fitness center, or prefer a house that will hold a lot of couches, we can get you into a lovely home just right for you. 

December
10

5 Places for Winter Family Fun Near Richmond

Winter Family Fun Near Richmond
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.

  1. Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Science Museum of Virginia is one of the most celebrated STEM-focused museums in the United States. It's a self-described "catalyst for innovation" that focuses on highly interactive exhibits and dynamic programs to capture the imaginations of visitors. You're sure to learn something new – and the museum is conveniently open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

  2. The Byrd Theatre - 2908 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Make movie night at Richmond's Byrd Theatre a regular event. The Byrd is open 365 days a year, making it the perfect night out for your family. Their schedule varies depending upon the day of the week, so be sure to check the day you plan to attend. Celebrating its 90th birthday, the Byrd is both a State and National Historic Landmark. The cost of admission at the Byrd is $4/ticket which means the entire family can spend the evening together without breaking the budget.

  3. Off the Wall - 721 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23836
    Off the Wall is known as the "indoor bounce and party place" and will have any youngster literally bouncing off the walls! With All-Day Play, kids 17 and under visit for just $8 and adults are free. Leaving and returning is okay: You get full access to the bounce houses and ball pits all day long. You can also explore exciting birthday packages and after-hours private event hosting.

  4. Three Lakes Park & Nature Center - 400 Sausiluta Drive, Henrico, VA 23227
    One of the best parks in the Richmond area is Three Lakes Park & Nature Center is a great place for kids to learn more about the natural world. A visit to the 6,500-square-foot center will open young eyes with interactive exhibits. From there, you can take in the sights at the 50,000-gallon aquarium from noon to 4:30 on weekends. The park itself is open dawn until dusk.

  5. Sledding at Libby Hill Park - 2801 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    Libby Hill Park is an annual destination for winter sledding thanks to terrain that's ideal for a fun, yet safe experience. Open from sunrise to sunset; it overlooks the James River to offer one of the best views of the Richmond cityscape anywhere in sight. One of the city's three original parks, it comes complete with walking paths and benches to relax on.

Napier ERA - Your Richmond Real Estate Area Professionals

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.

November
28

5 Spots for Santa Meet & Greets in Central Virginia

Central Virginia Meet Santa
Here at Napier ERA, our real estate agents love all the excitement of the holiday season. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are worth it to see the looks of joy on children's faces. It's the season to dream big, and that means none other than Santa Claus makes an appearance!

No matter whether you're visiting Richmond to look at homes or you've already set down roots here, you're sure to find some real Christmas excitement in Virginia. Towns, museums, and malls will have cheerful holiday displays headlined by "the big guy" himself.

Let's look at five local favorites:

  1. Sensitive Santa Sensory-Friendly Visit - Children's Museum of Richmond - 626 W Broad St., Richmond
    The Richmond Children's Museum is offering a visit with Old St. Nick through its Sensitive Santa program. It's a calm, quiet experience for kids who sometimes find things overwhelming. Visitors will have access to Children's Museum Downtown exhibits and the Genworth Holiday Village, too – hey, who knew that the North Pole was so close to Richmond homes for sale?

  2. Storytime with Santa - Southpark Mall - Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights
    Storytime with Santa is a real treat for kids that you can enjoy not far from the best Colonial Heights homes for sale. The fun starts at 9 am at the nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant for a brief breakfast. Then, kids will head to the magnificent Santa set over at the Southpark Mall for a Christmas story they'll never forget. Maybe afterward, it'll be time to pick out some gifts, too!

  3. Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting - Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad St., Richmond
    Santa is coming! Why not get a seat close to the action for Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting, the cornerstone of Christmas celebrations here in Richmond? There are two stars of this annual event: Santa, of course, and the 60-foot, walk-through tree. It even features a 22-foot reindeer!

  4. Brunch with Santa - Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro, 11720 W. Broad St., Richmond
    Enjoy favorite dishes from Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro when you take your family to Brunch with Santa December 15. Kids will love the cookie decorating station, hot chocolate bar, and holiday crafts, as well as a visit with Santa. A photographer will be on hand to help you remember the occasion. On your way home, be sure to check out Glen Allen homes for sale.

  5. Santa's North Pole Annex Train Station - Westchester Commons, 317 Perimeter Drive, Midlothian
    Midlothian homes for sale have a special surprise: They're right along the route of the famous North Pole Express! Westchester Commons has hosted the popular Santa's North Pole Annex Train Station event for years. Smiles will be on every face as families have professional photos taken with Santa and his 19-foot train engine. There will be fun holiday decorations and plenty of other surprises for good girls and boys!

If a new home tops your Christmas list this year, contact Napier ERA for help today.

November
21

Holidays Happenings in Hopewell: Light Up the Night Parade & Tree Lighting

Hopewell Holiday Events
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year with all kinds of opportunities for enjoyment. Anyone looking for homes for sale in Hopewell knows that the area is among the very best when it comes to holiday happenings. There's always something to do when you spend holidays in Hopewell!

Hopewell, Virginia has attracted plenty of new faces over the last several years. The city of about 22,000 is beloved for its riverfront views, broad industrial employment market, and long history – it is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement established by the English as City Point in 1613.

It also really knows how to throw a party! Our real estate agents share what you can expect from the holiday events calendar:

  1. Holiday Boat Parade - December 1
    Hopewell City Marina - 1051 Riverside Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860
    Hopewell City Marina does the Holiday Boat Parade in style. Each year, the Appomattox River lights up in a spectacle that's truly unforgettable. This year, it's launching at Jordan Point Yacht Haven promptly at 5:30 p.m. before continuing toward the Anchor Point Marina. Hopewell City Marina provides viewing opportunities along with food trucks, holiday music, and a warm fire.

  2. Hopewell Parade and Tree Lighting - December 2
    Ashford Civic Plaza, 302 N. Main St, Hopewell, VA 23860
    In a place with a name like Hopewell, you'd certainly expect a beautiful Christmas Parade. It's all happening between 4 pm and 8 pm on December 2 as part of Light Up the Night, the cornerstone downtown event of the holiday season.

    Light Up the Night starts with a parade beginning at Cavalier Square Shopping Center, though you'll be able to enjoy the scene from various viewing locations all the way up and down 15th Avenue until the procession ends at Ashford Civic Plaza.

    After the parade comes the Grand Illumination of Ashford Civic Plaza. The ceremony happens on the front steps of City Hall. Once it concludes, elementary school students will put on a choral performance for the crowd.

    From there, the free holiday concert at Beacon Auditorium kicks off. You also won't want to miss the holiday carriage rides, which will be available on Cawson street all that evening. It's a great way to see downtown Hopewell all lit up for the holidays.

  3. Beacon Theatre Concert – Begins December 2 
    401 N. Main St, Hopewell, VA 23860
    Right after the Grand Illumination on December 2, you'll be able to walk on over to the historic Beacon Theatre for the annual holiday concert. Not only will you be able to enjoy some of the top songs of the season, but a special guest of honor will be in attendance: Santa Claus himself.

    The Beacon Theatre, one of Hopewell's top cultural institutions, is home to some of the most celebrated annual shows in Virginia. Throughout November and December, The Beacon Theatre hosts a wide range of shows for the whole family. The schedule for the rest of 2018 includes Doug Church, B.J. Thomas, Bill Anderson, and Pat Russell.

This Year, Why Not Come Home to Hopewell, VA for the Holidays?

Hopewell has a lot to offer its residents year-round, including the holiday season. When you want to explore Hopewell, look to Napier ERA. Our team knows the local market inside and out. We'll advise you every step of the way to help you find your dream home. Then, we'll get you to closing day faster than you ever thought possible.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more about Hopewell real estate opportunities.

November
13

7 Tips for Buying a Home in Henrico During the Holidays

Henrico Buy a Home for the Holidays
Fall is in the air and the holiday season is gearing up. As you prepare to do your holiday shopping, our real estate agents want you to know that there is no better gift to your family than a new home. As you consider homes for sale in Henrico, the following are seven tips that can turn your homeownership dreams into a reality this holiday season. 

  1. Golden Geese Lay Great Deals
    Holidays are not prime season for home sales which means that when you find a good deal, it is often a bargain. Sellers who list their home between November to January are typically highly motivated to make a deal. If you are willing to be patient and work with buyers on move-in dates, etc., you will find plenty of opportunities to pad your nest egg with plenty of gold.  

  2. Watch Interest Rates Closely
    Many factors can influence interest rates, and you should pay close attention to news reports about potential rate changes. This will help you determine the best time to purchase and whether you want to lock in a 30-year fixed mortgage or another mortgage product.

  3. Get Pre-Approved
    Sellers are eager to wrap things up quickly during the holiday season. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you leverage at the negotiating table. For sellers, it shows that you are serious about making the purchase and that you have the ability to seal the deal. On your end, it also helps simplify your search and help you plan for the monthly payments. 
          
  4. Shop Early
    While everyone else is getting ready for Black Friday sales, spend your time searching out the perfect property for your family. The thousands you can save in property prices far outweigh the deals and discounts offered by retailers. Our real estate agents can help you find a home in Henrico that fulfills your vision as the perfect setting to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The sooner you start, the sooner you can move into your new home.

  5. Talk to Your Accountant
    Homeownership offers some significant tax advantages. These include deducting mortgage interest. Of course, it is a two-sided coin and you will also be liable for property taxes. Purchasing a home will have a considerable impact on your tax liability. You will want to discuss this beforehand with your accountant so that you know exactly what to expect when the ink dries on the contract.

  6. Bring Your Imagination
    It is easy to see the beauty of a home in the spring and summer. It's not so easy during the fall and winter. When searching for properties during the holiday season in Henrico, you will need to imagine and envision what the home and landscape look like when the flowers are in bloom and the trees are lush and green.  

  7. Use Your Vacation Time
    Do you have a week or two of vacation time saved up? As things slow down at the office, now is the time to make the most of them. You can use your vacation days to scout neighborhoods, view properties, and seal the deal with the lawyers and bankers.

When visions of new homes replace the sugarplums and fairies in your dreams, Napier ERA Real Estate can help you make your home ownership dreams a reality. Contact us to start searching for homes for sale in Henrico this holiday season and to learn more about our services.  

November
7

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots for Central Virginia Families

Central Virginia Turkey Trots Family Fun
The Thanksgiving "turkey trot" is an annual tradition our real estate agents love – and we're not the only ones. Plenty of area families sign up for a turkey trot each year. It's a great way to earn that extra slice of pumpkin pie! Luckily, there are plenty of options across the Richmond area.

The turkey trot is the most popular racing trend in America. In 2015, Thanksgiving became the single busiest day of the whole year to run a race, finally unseating the Fourth of July. Believe it or not, the turkey trot tradition goes all the way back to 1896.

That's right – 1896!

The first turkey trot ever took place in Buffalo, New York and was hosted by the local YMCA. While there were only six participants in that original race, today's turkey trots attract hundreds!

  • Colonial Heights Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2018 Turkey Trot  3600 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    The Colonial Heights Turkey Trot will take you past some of the best Colonial Heights homes for sale as you get started in a brilliant new tradition. That's right: This is only the 2nd annual event, but the first had an astounding 1,100 participants. Each racer's registration will provide $5 to help local schools be the best they can be.

  • Turkey Trot 13.1 M/10k/5k/1k Richmond Remote
    Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a remote run.  A remote run is not a traditional turkey trot, but physical activity is involved. It's a race without competition jitters, other runners, and a racing route that doesn't make sense.  You choose the distance--Half Marathon/10k/5k/1k/your own distance, and location--it doesn't have to be near one of our homes for sale in Richmond. I can be a local park, beach, stadium, gym, favorite place, treadmill--it's up to you. 

  • SPC Turkey Waddle 5K Run & Walk – Salisbury Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, VA 23113
    An annual tradition, the SPC Turkey Waddle 5K Run & Walk is right in the neighborhood of top Midlothian homes for sale. Organized by the Salisbury Presbyterian Church, this run in the heart of Richmond takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. It's fun for the whole family. Participants of all skill levels are invited to this truly enjoyable family get-together.

  • Wegmans Turkey Trot 10K – University of Richmond - Tyler Haynes Commons, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173
    The Wegmans Turkey Trot is one of the biggest events of its kind here in Virginia. Sponsored by one of the area's most beloved grocery stores, it has been running for 41 years now. It boasts a limit of 1,600 participants, which typically sells out every single year. In addition to the 10K road race, there's also a children's fun run – all within the lovely University of Richmond campus.

  • West End Orthodontics Turkey Trot – Glen Allen Community Center, 10800 Brookley Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    If you're looking for a way to help others in your community while having a unique racing experience, the West End Orthodontics Turkey Trot is for you. It benefits We Heart Harlie and Friends, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families of children with extensive medical needs meet their financial obligations and maintain treatment. The event takes the form of a 4-mile Turkey Trot through the West End, the first local trot of its kind to be chip-timed. Participants will engage in two loops of the 2-mile course before completion. After the race, refreshments will be available including light snacks and beer. Don't forget to slow down and check out Glen Allen homes for sale, too!

Contact Napier ERA today to find out more about real estate options here in Richmond.

October
31

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Chesterfield at the Half Way House

Chesterfield VA Thanksgiving
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.

History of the Half Way House

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.

Daily Dining in Chesterfield

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.

Making Thanksgiving Reservations for You and Your Family

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.

Your Chesterfield Real Estate Professionals

If you're finding yourself with Chesterfield homes for sale on your mind, contact us at Napier ERA Real Estate to find out more about starting your search for homes in the Richmond real estate area.

October
26

THE BEST Real Estate in RVA!

Jim Napier, Lummie Jones, Dianne Long

Thank you, Richmond friends and family!

Another year of being voted as one of THE BEST Real Estate Firms in the Central Virginia area from Richmond Times-Dispatch. This is our fourth year as a finalist!

We are so grateful to work in communities we love with amazing people that made these awards possible. A hearty congratulations to agent Dianne Long for being voted #1 Best Real Estate Agent for the second year in a row.

Today, we are very proud of our whole team and our community! We loved working with you in 2018 and strive to give our best service in 2019. 

 

October
25

Scott's Addition: Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard

Richmond Scott's Addition Tang & Biscuit

Richmond homes for sale are some of the best in the nation, and it's no wonder! Considered one of America's best places to live, Richmond offers a fantastic quality of life and more amenities than you're likely to find anywhere else. Add in Richmond's beautiful scenery and the gorgeous architecture prevalent in its thriving neighborhoods, and you've got the recipe for the perfect place to live.

Scott's Addition - Trending in Richmond

If you're a resident or potential future resident of Richmond, Virginia, then becoming familiar with the various neighborhoods and where to go for entertainment is paramount to enjoying life. Thankfully, our real estate agents are always on the hunt for new locales in the area.  Scott's Addition is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Richmond, gaining popularity for its shops, bars, breweries, restaurants, and numerous options for entertainment.

Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Opens in Scott's Addition

Newly-opened and already picking up interest from locals, Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Social Club (quite a mouthful, we know!) represent an ambition to bring people together again. Tang & Biscuit opened at the end of August 2018 and proudly advertises itself as RVA's first shuffleboard social venue. The venue offers delicious food, ten full-size shuffleboard courts rented for an hour at a time, a 50-foot bar complete with Tang-inspired cocktails alongside the usual bar fare, live music, and a menagerie of other games to fill the time while visitors wait for a court to open.

If you are unfamiliar with shuffleboard, you may be confused at the business's name. In shuffleboard, the 'tang' is another term for the tool players uses to push a puck--or 'biscuit'--into a goal area to score points. Keeping with this theme, Tang and Biscuit's menu has plenty of Tang (yes, the tangy orange powdered drink) and biscuit-themed options. Don't worry, though! If that's not your style, Tang and Biscuit offer a variety of delicious tots, salads, beers, drafts, and wine alongside their trademark 'Tangtails' and 'Biscuit' menu items.

Tang & Biscuit - A Bright Future in Richmond

Tang & Biscuit COO Gary Chadwick has a clear goal in mind for the venue, and that is to create a place that is community-minded and as inclusive as possible. There's something for everyone at Tang & Biscuit, and so far the business seems to be living up to its hype.

Whether you're 5 or 95, nothing is stopping you from having a good time and making new friends along the way. So bring your kids, friends, parents, or grandparents, and have some fun! Tang & Biscuit workers are welcoming and would be more than happy to show some shuffleboard first-timers the ropes. Not a rookie to the game? Gather up a team of some shuffleboard-veterans and get involved in some league matches!

Join the Richmond Community with Napier ERA!

Tang & Biscuit Social Club and the other exciting venues of Scott's Addition are only a small slice of what Richmond, Virginia has to offer. Whether you're a prospective home buyer or a current Richmond homeowner looking for the best in the business to get your house sold to someone who wants it, our realtors at Napier ERA are here for you. Contact Napier ERA today, and find out how we can help you meet your real estate goals.

October
2

Richmond Folk Festival Begins October 12

Richmond Folk Festival
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.

What to Expect at the Richmond Folk Festival

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.

Entertainment

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.

Shopping

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.  

Food

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. 

Important Event Details

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. 

Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

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.

September
18

Made in Richmond: Don't Miss the 2018 RVA MakerFest

Richmond VA MakerFest 2018

Our real estate agents are always looking for local attractions to recommend to clients buying homes for sale in Richmond.

Local Fall events like the RVA MakerFest jumps to the top of our lists to talk about with newcomers to our community.  What is the MakerFest?  Read on to get the details on what makes this local event so unique.

About the RVA MakerFest

The RVA MakerFest
Location:  Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018

What is the RVA MakerFest

The Richmond Virginia MakerFest is an impressive event that redefines the term "maker" to include of all forms of creativity. It brings together artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, scientists, tinkerers, and inventors to show you what they can do. They hope to demonstrate their skills, share their ideas and inspire even the non-creatives in the crowd. 

RVA MakerFest is the product of a non-profit initiative. Volunteers come together to promote lofty ideas. They want to tear down the barriers between creative groups and foster DIY collaboration. They want to promote learning and innovation, and they see their efforts as a way to encourage child makers and encourage STEM disciplines. 

The Makers

Richmond VA MakerFest Sign
The makers are the key to the event. They come from all walks of life, hoping to inspire creativity with an exciting mix of materials, methods, and skills. Glass-blowers, laser-cutters, musicians, and more will entertain and motivate you.

The Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild will demonstrate how they forge metal wares with traditional blacksmith tools and techniques. A Lego artist will create works of art with those colorful chunky little blocks. You'll see robotics, soap-making, baking, pottery and more. For a complete list of makers visit the RVA MakerFest Blog.

The Science Museum of Virginia

The MakerFest is held on the grounds of the Science Museum of Virginia. It's an exciting and educational venue with three floors of permanent exhibits, interactive displays, artifacts, and experimental presentations. The staff provides STEM and laboratory learning opportunities, and educator resources that promote the Maker idea. 

The museum also presents special events and programs for children and adults. September 11 - 14 homeschool students can attend a program that focuses on "Creative Thinking." Adults can pack a lunch and attend Lunch Break Science events scheduled throughout September.

Rain or Shine

If it rains, the event will still take place. Most of the event displays will relocate to the inside of the museum. 

Refreshments

RVA Makerfest food truck
Food truck vendors, Airborne Kettle Corn, Sammich, Ninja Kombucha, Happy Empanada, and others will be on site selling your favorite snacks and entrees. Refreshment vendors will sell beer and soft drinks. 

Public Parking

There are eight lots designated as event parking areas. Check the parking diagram on the MakerFest event map page to locate the most convenient spot for you. 

Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

Contact Napier ERA when you're buying or selling homes in the Richmond area. We'd love to do a little bragging about why Richmond is such a great place to make your home.

September
4

Stone's Throw Down Happens September 8

Richmond-Stone's Throw Down

Richmond homes for sale stand at the crossroads of one of America's most vibrant craft brewing scenes. And it's not just about the drinks: Many of those breweries are local institutions that have real connections with the community. That makes things a lot more fun, after all.

Our real estate agents know you're looking for many things in a community to call your own, and it doesn't hurt if there's plenty of exciting events on the social calendar. With Richmond, you'll always have something to look forward to – in the taproom or out on the town.

Stone Brewing is one of the big local names, and it always has a surprise in store.

One milestone that locals remember every year is the annual Stone's Throw Down, always sponsored by Stone Brewing. It's the top local music and craft beer festival, and it's taking place on Brown's Island this coming Saturday, September 8.

Stone's Throw Down in RVA is the Complete Music Festival Experience Right in Richmond

Music and craft brews go hand in hand, and that's obvious at the Stone's Throw Down.

In an industry that moves fast and is known for its compelling stories, Stone's Throw Brewery still stands apart: It's been around since 1996, riding one of the earliest waves of the next-gen brewing craze. And it's been running Stone's Throw, the biggest local party, for many years.

Tickets are just $15 to $20 depending on when you lock in. Everything goes to benefit deserving charities that contribute to a thriving Richmond: The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, Venture Richmond, James River Association, and Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton.

Smooth craft brews are a big draw, and you'll get to enjoy all of the biggest hits produced by the legendary Stone Brewery. Of course, the musical acts are the real highlight here.

The roster of top local and national talent will include:

  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Antibalas
  • No BS! Brass Band
  • Futurebirds
  • Spooky Cool
  • Kenneka Cook

Brown's Island is the remarkable venue for this spectacular music extravaganza. Right on the James River, the island is the hot spot for touring musical acts from around the country. It also hosts the Friday Cheers Concert Series and is a popular waypoint during charity marathons.

Keep your eyes peeled for the historical exhibits and public art that enliven Brown's Island as you mingle with other music fans. A full range of amenities will be available, and you'll also be able to bring your folding chairs to the show if you wish.

With Stone's Throw and its other events, Stone Brewing has contributed more than $3 million to nonprofits in its two decades of operations. When you choose to attend the festival, you'll become part of the story that has helped so many in Richmond.

Napier ERA Will Introduce You to the Real Richmond

At Napier ERA, we love Richmond – and we think you will, too.

It's easy to get excited about all Richmond has to offer when you've got the benefit of the best experience on your side. Our team is dedicated to making things easier for you: From the house hunt until closing day (and even beyond!) we'll be there.

Contact Napier ERA to hear more. We look forward to helping you.

August
28

What Locals Love: Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Richmond

Richmond Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

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. 

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

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.

Fun Competition

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. 

Safe Entertainment & Eco-Friendly

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.

Friendly Staff

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.

August
8

Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg

Petersburg VA Pamplin Historical Park

Take a Journey in Time at Pamplin Historical Park

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.

Preserving the Past

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.

Discover History With the Whole Family

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.

Plan Your Visit

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.

Your Petersburg Real Estate Professionals

Our real estate agents are sure that you are going to love living in the Petersburg area, and we want to make your home buying experience simple and stress-free. For more information or advice as you begin your house hunt, contact Napier ERA today!

July
30

Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival Takes Place August 11

Richmond Dragon Boat Races
With their years of experience selling Richmond homes for sale, you can count on our real estate agents to give you the expert advice and solid insights to make the right decisions. But not all questions about whether and where to move are exactly cut-and-dried.

In addition to things like employment, educational opportunities, shopping, and restaurants, you also have to ask yourself: "Is this community really the right one for me?"

Our team understands what clients like you are interested in when they ask that question: The feel of a community and what it's really like to live there. That's why we take a keen interest in every major event on the calendar in the communities where we work.

When it comes to truly special outings in Richmond, you won't want to miss dragon boating!

The Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival is the Only Event of Its Kind on Water

Thanks to its position on the James River, Richmond is known for a wide range of amazing water sports. Teams come from all over the United States to practice in many different forms of rowing and racing – but nothing is quite like the International Dragon Boat Festival.

In this outstanding competition, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers will race 500 meters in splendid 40-foot canoes. Each team is aided by a drummer, who keeps the rhythm they need to work together, and a steersperson who will help coordinate and lead the team to victory.

That alone would be enough pulse-pounding action for any fan of water sports – but it gets better.

You see, each of these boats is a spectacle in itself. The canoes have been carefully crafted to reflect Chinese styling, with dragon heads and tails straight out of mythology. Social groups, businesses, and even groups of professional athletes have all participated in the past.

In fact, the International Dragon Boat Festival has long been regarded as a great way for various organizations – from clubs to families – to build new ties within the community. And, of course, it's a family-friendly outing that anyone can enjoy.

The International Dragon Boat Festival takes place in August every year: This year, it'll all be on Saturday, August 11th beginning at 6:30 am with the team captain check-in; the first race launches at 8:30 am, and an unforgettable cultural performance happens at 11:30 am.

Each participating team is guaranteed three races, one team practice session in the week just prior to the event, a team tent, all equipment – boat, life vests, and paddles – and a highly trained steersperson.

No matter whether you want to participate or spectate, Richmond is the one and only place where you can enjoy the excitement of the International Dragon Boat Festival. Get in on all the action by taking advantage of the great real estate opportunities offered by beautiful Richmond.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more today.

July
26

Catch a Flying Squirrels Baseball Game in Richmond

Richmond Squirrels Game
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 Richmond Flying Squirrels Soar at The Diamond

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?

Flying Squirrels Nutsy

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.

Fly On Over to Napier ERA for a Richmond Home Right in Squirrels Territory

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.

Our experienced real estate agents will provide you with the expert advice you need to make sound decisions every step of the way – and our team's customer service is always top notch.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more today.

July
16

Virginia Capital Trail: A Bike Ride Through American History

Richmond Virginia Trail
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.

See History Unfold from the Seat of Your Bike

Richmond Virginia Trail

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 Trail is Long and Flat
    Since there are no hills, you won't have to worry about pumping hard uphill or looking out for unseen traffic going downhill. The path is paved from end to end and follows along Route 5. Its gentle, meandering course will keep you moving forward without getting bored.
  • Most Journeys Start from Richmond
    From your new Richmond home, you'll have the perfect launching point for your Virginia journey. The trail on the Richmond side starts along the James River, right at Shockoe Bottom. You can park on Dock Street – at Great Shiplock Park – to begin your adventure.
  • There Are Break Points!
    There are several areas along the trail that offer time to stop, rest, reflect ... and use the restroom. Refreshments are even available at some stops. The midway point is located at the Charles City Courthouse, where you can stop in at Cul's Courthouse Grill for a bite to eat.
  • Some Sights Are Off the Trail
    The trail is designed to wend its way through all the major landmarks of the area – but there are a few notable exceptions you may want to be aware of. For example, the Berkeley Plantation (also in Charles City) was the birthplace of President William Henry Harrison.
  • The Trail Ends in Jamestown
    From the Richmond side, you can save the best for last by ending your excursion at the thrilling re-creation of the Jamestown settlement. The site includes a number of re-created buildings, exhibits, and even a model "Powhatan village" where you can see how indigenous people lived.

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.

July
9

Visit Richmond's North Bank Park Before Summer is Over

North Bank Park
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 Gives You Access to Nature Right in Your Own Back Yard

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:

  • Hiking
    The area's rustic trails are perfect for hiking, though those with less experience usually seek the more manicured trails throughout Richmond. Visitors should come prepared to remove their own trash, but ample parking makes it easy to get in and out with no fuss.
  • Bicycling
    Bicyclists will have a number of wonderful opportunities to enjoy views of the river and the many historic sites around it. For example, cycling the bike route is the best way to visit the old Foushee-Ritchie Mill, which dates all the way back to 1819.
  • Snorkeling
    The Main Section of the beach, as it's known, is found across the river on the South Bank.

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.

Tips for Young Explorers

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.

Explore Richmond Real Estate Opportunities with Napier ERA

At Napier ERA, our real estate agents tirelessly blaze a trail to the home of your dreams.

Whether you're trading up, moving for work, or seeking your first home, Napier ERA will support you at every step on the path. Our expert advice is personalized to your specific needs. We'll help you find the right home, accelerate the process, and make closing easier than you ever imagined.

Contact Napier ERA today to get your home search started.

July
2

Hanover County's Tomato Festival July 14

Hanover County Tomato Festival

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.

Tomatoes Help Shape the Culture of Eastern Virginia and Hanover County

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!

The Hanover County Tomato Festival is Coming Your Way on July 14

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.

Tomatoes Aren't the Only Tasty Treat in Hanover – Your Dream Home Awaits

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.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more about finding your home in Hanover.

June
26

Historic Homes in Richmond: St. John's Church

Richmond-St. John's Church
If you've got Richmond homes for sale on the mind, our real estate agents are certain to become your best friends.

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.

Firebrand Politician Patrick Henry Left an Enduring Mark on Virginia

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.

History Comes Alive in St. John's Church: In the Footsteps of Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry St. John's Church

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.

Start Your Own Revolution With a Richmond, Virginia Dream Home

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.

To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today.

June
18

Kings Dominion Star Spangled Celebration

Kings Dominion CelebrationAmerica'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!

Celebrate Independence at Kings Dominion June 30 - July 4

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:

  • Fantastic musical performances from local military bands
  • Dazzling firework shows
  • A huge variety of water park and theme park rides
  • Opportunities to get your picture taken with Uncle Sam

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.

Fun All Summer Long

Kings Dominion
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.

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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!

Your Richmond Real Estate Source for Everything from Homes for Sale to Local Fun

Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From Glen Allen to Powhatan and everywhere in-between, we offer the best Richmond homes for sale, and our team is committed to getting you the best deal on your dream home.

 

May
29

Richmond Museums: Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Richmond Kids
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.

Find Educational Fun for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

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 

Science Museum of Virginia

Experience the Most Advanced Domed Theater on the Planet

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.

Exciting Exhibits for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

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.

  • The LightPlace – Designed for children from infants to five-year-olds, the LightPlace is an area of exploration, play, and science. The friendly, helpful staff is always available to help your kids make the most of their time in the LightPlace.
  • Speed – Centered around a retired SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, the Speed exhibit brings the fundamental forces of the universe to life with interactive exhibits, educational experiences, and fun physical activities.
  • Green Science – Explore the future of green science, and learn more about your local Virginia ecosystems. The Green Science area of the museum is a great place to learn about conservation, discover green technology, and even get a peek at the world's first aluminum submarine, which is part of the exhibit.
  • The Idea Factory – Learn, discover, and share ideas at the Idea Factory. Kids will love creating art with light, building structures in the imagination playground, and tackling scientific challenges. Teens will enjoy spending time at The MiX, where they can build robots, and explore technology.
  • Live Science Demonstrations – Throughout the Science Museum of Virginia, you'll find exciting live science demonstrations conducted by Gallery Educators. Demonstrations cover a wide range of topics, from chemistry experiments to climate science. If you're feeling inspired after a demonstration, simply head to one of the Live Science Labs to get hands-on with your favorite topics.

Ready to start shopping for Richmond homes for sale, and have easy access to all of the exciting attractions that the city has to offer? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
1

Your Kids Will Love the Children's Museum of Richmond

Children's Museum of Richmond

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.

The Children's Museum of Richmond: 35 Years of Learning and Play

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:

  • Sun Tubes
    Kids love to watch all kinds of objects go flying through these fun, twisty, turn-y tubes. Scarves, pom-poms and other small, soft objects can be inserted in the tubes and come flying out the other end. It's a wondrous way for young kids to develop hand-eye coordination.
  • Water Play!
    Water play helps younger children to lay the foundation for creative thinking and problem-solving. Kids love to see the miniature whirlpool in action and discover how it works. They can also send tiny boats splish-splashing down the water slide.
  • Silver Diner
    It's never too early to start learning about healthy eating, and that's the idea at Silver Diner. In this neat 1950's environment, kids can co-play while they learn more about organizing tasks and putting things in order. There's even a working jukebox!
  • The Dig Pit
    The Dig Pit is like the old-fashioned sandbox with a scientific and educational twist. Future archaeologists have the chance to discover what's underneath the layers of sand by sorting and sifting. Kids can spark a love of exploration and foster useful skills.
  • The Children's Garden
    A real treat for kids and adults alike! The young ones get to find out the basics of gardening, including just what it takes to nurture and grow an organic garden. Tykes will absorb lessons on plant anatomy and have the chance to identify what's growing in the garden.

The Children's Museum of Richmond Could Be Right in Your Backyard

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!

Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started today.

May
3

Village Vibe event benefitting Back Packs of Love

Napier REALTORS® ERA is excited to join with Movement Mortgage in sponsoring one of the Village Vibe events for 2018. Our event takes place on Friday, June 15th from 7-10pm… which also happens to be the 'LAST DAY OF SCHOOL' thus a great reason to come out and celebrate!!! The event is located at 3920 Marion Harland Lane in Powhatan and takes place rain or shine, so be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather looks questionable, and a chair for comfort.

 

"The Taters" will be our band for the evening and if you haven't heard them yet, please check out their website http://thetaters.com/music/. There will also be a Raffle Drawing at 8:15pm offering up several great 'MUST HAVE' prizes. Or if it's a cash prize you desire, then you'll want to stay for the 9:30pm 50/50 Raffle Drawing. All proceeds to benefit Back Packs Of Love [BPOL]… a nonprofit committed to "eliminating hunger in school-age children by providing nourishing food for their weekends". BPOL currently provides food to Powhatan, Cumberland, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Amelia, Henrico and Goochland with goals for expansion into other Central Virginia counties.

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May
14

Historic Homes in Chesterfield: Castlewood Plantation

Castlewood Plantation - Chesterfield

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.

May
7

Don't Miss Dominion Energy Riverrock in Richmond

The Nation's Premier Outdoor Sports and Music Festival

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock
Our real estate agents
 have been truly excited about the many great Richmond homes for sale that have entered the market over the last few weeks.

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.

Riverrock is an Experience Like None Other for Live Music Fans

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.

Throughout the three days of the festival, amazing acts like the Cris Jacobs Band, The Wood Brothers, and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will take the stage.

RVA Offers Wild and Crazy Challenges for Athletes During Riverrock

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

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.

Richmond Riverrock Mud Race

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.

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

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.

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

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!

The Full Festival Experience Like You've Never Seen it Before

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!

To learn more or get started, contact Napier ERA.

April
25

Henricus Historical Park in Chester VA

Chester Henricus Park

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!

Henricus Historical Park is Ranked #1 in Things to Do in Chester

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.

How Henricus Historical Park Recreates History

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.

Chester Henricus Park History
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.

There's Always Something to Discover at Henricus Historical Park

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.

Chester Henricus Park Kids Tours

There's something for everyone, from Musket, Sword & Pike to kid-friendly Camp Pocahontas.

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.

April
19

The Riverfront Canal Walk For An Upclose View of Our City

Riverfront Canal Walk
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 MidlothianColonial HeightsPowhatanGlen 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.

Segway Tours

The Riverfront Canal Walk

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.

Riverfront Canal Cruises

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.

Canal Walk Lincoln Statute

Monuments and Statues

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.

Fun on the Canal

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.

April
11

Tour Richmond on Two Wheels - Richmond Rides Tours

Richmond Rides Tour
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. 

Richmond Rides

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.

Church Hill Signature Tour

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.

Richmond Rides Tours

Foodie Tour

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

Richmond Highlights Tour

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.

Along the River Tour

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

Monument Avenue Tour

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

Custom Tours

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.

Your Real Estate Professionals in Richmond

If you're thinking about relocating to Richmond, we can help you make the transition. Contact Napier ERA to buy a home in one of our local Henrico County communities.

 

 

April
3

Historic Homes in Glen Allen: Meadow Farm Museum

Glen Allen Homes Meadow Farm
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.

Meadow Farm Museum Gives Visitors a Rare Window into History

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.

Crump Park is a Terrific Place for a Picnic

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.

Choose a Glen Allen Home in Virginia

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.

March
15

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro

Hire a Realtor Napier ERA
Every once in a while, you'll pass by a home that's for sale by owner (FSBO). If you're selling a home you may wonder if that homeowner knows something you don't know. The truth is that FSBO comes with many risks because listing (and selling) a house effectively requires time, experience, and specialized skills. Working with a REALTOR® makes life easier when selling a home, and our real estate agents are excited to tell you more about how we can help.

  1. Why Working with a REALTOR® Is Always Best
    Whether this is your first time selling a home or you have done the dance before, there is so much that your REALTOR® can do to simplify the process. From generating interest in your property to negotiating and closing the deal, your REALTOR® will be with you every step of the way.

  2. The Right Price for the Right Place
    Setting a price is one of the biggest challenges of going the FSBO route because there are a ton of variables that factor into the equation. The home itself is of course very important, but so are neighborhoods, school districts, entertainment destinations, and employment options. An experienced REALTOR® will also be a neighborhood expert and can provide a comparative market analysis to help set a price that maximizes your return. When it comes to pricing, having a trusted, experienced expert on your side is very valuable.

  3. Effective Marketing to Generate Interest in Your Home
    Let's say you are looking for a real estate agent who sells homes in Midlothian, and you want to make sure that your home moves as quickly as possible. Your REALTOR® understands how to market to your target audience, and how to showcase the community where your home is located. Staging an open house is hard work, and that's just one piece of the marketing pie. Your REALTOR® can also help generate interest in your home through online listings, showcasing your property on social media, and turning interested prospects into active bidders.

  4. Negotiating the Sale and Closing the Deal
    It takes real effort to make it to the stage of serious negotiations, but the work isn't over just yet. There is often a difference between the list price and the ultimate sale price of a home with plenty of smaller terms to negotiate in order to find a deal that works for both sides. Your REALTOR® will be a huge help with the negotiation process and has experience with all of the fine-print details required to complete a transaction.

    When you work with a REALTOR®, you also make negotiations easier on the buyer--assuming they're working with a REALTOR® of their own. Many REALTORS® don't like to negotiate with FSBO sellers because there are often unexpected snags that don't come up when negotiating with another real estate professional. Your REALTOR® is also your advocate, working on your behalf to get the best possible deal.

  5. Real Estate Is a Passion
    Ask ten different real estate agents why they became a real estate agent, and you might get ten different answers. The one thing that remains the same? Real estate is a passion, because it's a challenging, rewarding, exciting profession. The best REALTORS® are passionate about what they do for a living, and that passion translates to plenty of hard work on behalf of clients.  Hire a real estate pro who is passionate about what they do and the communities they serve.

Looking for the right REALTOR® to help with your next real estate transaction? Contact Napier ERAOur REALTORS® are experts in the Central Virginia real estate area including Richmond, Powhatan, Colonial Heights, and Glen Allen.

March
6

Kings Dominion Virginia's Ultimate Family Fun Adventure

Kings Dominion Richmond Family Fun
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.

Kings Dominion Richmond Rides
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.

Kings Dominion Richmond

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.

 

February
26

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Richmond - L'opposum

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

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

    Richmond - Metzger Bar & Butchery

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

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

    Richmond Subrosa

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

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

    Richmond - The Roosevelt

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

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

    Richmond - Proper Pie Co.

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

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

    Richmond (c) River City Tours

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

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

 

February
13

Richmond Is No. 1 Beer Destination in the World

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

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

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

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

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

Richmond Beats Out Global Destinations to Reign as King of Beers

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

Richmond Beer Reigns No. 1 Strangeways Brewing

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

Richmond Beer Trail Tour Triple Crossing Brewery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Breweries to Bakeries, Richmond Has Lots to Offer

Ardent Craft Ales Richmond

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

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

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

February
7

Moving to Richmond? Tips for Finding the Perfect School

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

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

6 Tips for Finding the Perfect School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January
25

Millennials are on the Move: Richmond Housing Market

Millennials Richmond Housing Market
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:

  • Fan District: 2.2 months of inventory
  • Museum District: 2.2 months of inventory
  • Wyndham: 3 months of inventory
  • Northern Chesterfield: 3 months of inventory
  • Henrico: 3 months of inventory

Millennials Driving Home Market Success in Richmond and Beyond

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.

How to Succeed as a Millennial Buyer in Richmond's Seller's Market

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:

  • Start with VHDA
    The Virginia Housing Development Authority has recently strengthened its offerings for first-time home buyers, making it a much more attractive resource. VHDA mainly serves current state residents, offering a range of 30-year fixed mortgage programs. These include special mortgage packages for veterans as well as rural development loans in designated areas.
  • Use First Time Home Buyer Savings Plans (FHSP)
    FHSP was enacted by Virginia in 2014 to make it easier for aspiring home buyers to save money for their goals. Any state resident can establish an FHSP account, which is protected from state taxation. In such an account, Virginians can accrue up to $50,000 toward the cost of a down payment. Parents and relatives may choose to contribute to an accountholder's savings.
  • Start With a Budget
    Buying a home is making sense for more and more Millennials, particularly those in the Richmond area. Rent has continued to increase over the last several years, while attractive home bargains continue to appear despite the strong market bent toward sellers. Developing a budget and comparing prospective housing options will help you make the right move.

Hire a Real Estate Agent You Can Trust

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.

 

January
16

The Secret is Out - Midlothian is a Great Place to Live

Midlothian is a Great Place to Live
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.

The Secret's Out: Midlothian Is 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.

A Historic Community

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.

Fun and Entertainment Close to Home

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.

Affordable Cost of Living and Attractive Real Estate

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.

A Healthy Economy

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.

January
3

5 Things First-time RVA Home Buyers Need to Know

First-time Home Buyers RVA

2018 will be a promising year for anyone who wants to buy one of the homes for sale in Richmond. Richmond is a desirable real estate market for both growing families and upwardly-mobile professionals, and there are plenty of opportunities to find amazing homes in our community. 

While Richmond is still the same great area for home buying it has been for years, some aspects of the housing market are shifting. The more you know, the easier it'll be to navigate your options, make the best choices for you, and find the Richmond home you've been searching for.

Let's review some of the most important trends influencing area home buyers today:

  1. Qualifying for a Mortgage Loan is Getting Easier
    Mortgage lenders have been making it easier for buyers – especially first-time home buyers – to qualify for a loan. Down payment expectations are dropping and buyers with a heavier debt load are being considered. Even the paperwork involved is more streamlined than ever.

  2. Debt Limits Are Going Up, Not Down
    Debt-to-income ratio has long been one of the most crucial factors in getting a favorable loan. Strict debt limits are being eased in Richmond and many other places: Potential buyers may now qualify for favorable mortgage terms even if their debts would consume up to 50 percent of their monthly income.

  3. Home Prices are On a Slow Ascent
    From coast to coast, the second half of 2017 saw fast-paced action in the home market. All the activity might usually accelerate home price growth, but prices have remained on a steady crawl. That means 2018 offers plenty of leeway for buyers – but, the sooner you get started, the better!

  4. Mortgage Rates May Tick Upward
    A tiny fraction of a percentage point can save (or lose) you thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage loan. Conditions are right for rates to jump sometime in 2018, and it can happen with little warning – another good reason to make your move as soon as you can.

  5. Down Payments Are Shrinking
    It wasn't that long ago when a down payment of 20 percent was considered standard – and as much as 30 percent was advisable. These days, buyers have much more freedom to take action even if they haven't spent years saving up … but even a smaller down payment still makes a difference.

If you are a first-time home buyer with your eye on real estate for sale in the Richmond area, Napier ERA is the expert team that can help make your homeownership dreams come true. Contact Napier ERA today – our real estate agents are looking forward to helping you.

December
27

Best Things to Do in Richmond This New Year's Eve

Richmond New Years Eve Things to Do
Richmond's New Year's Eve Going-Out Guide

New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year no matter where you are – but if you're lucky enough to spend it in Richmond, fun is elevated to a whole new level!

Richmond homes are at the center of the action when it comes to ringing in the new year right. Whether you're a resident or visitor, you're sure to find events to suit any taste.

Let's look at five big bashes scheduled for New Year's Eve this December:

  1. New Year's Eve at 7 Hills
    7 Hills Brewing Company is famous for its Sunday brunch buffet. It has one of the top selections of domestic and imported beers in Richmond and plenty of fine seafood to pair it with. Not surprisingly, it's poised to be one of the top spots for "beats and eats" on New Year's Eve. Doors open at 10 p.m. and dancing will go on well into the night!

  2. NYE 2018 Moonlight Masquerade
    Richmond's #1 New Year's Eve party is Moonlight Masquerade. Situated at posh DoubleTree Hotel Southside, it will feature multiple DJs playing hot hits. Semi-formal dress is expected, but that won't detract from a fun and friendly atmosphere you'll never forget! This 5-hour party with complimentary buffet and premium cash bar is selling out fast, so get your ticket soon!

  3. New Year's Eve 2018 Fiesta @ Havana59
    Havana59 is known for its smokin' Latin flair, and it's going all out on New Year's Eve! Running from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., this is the place to be if you want to enjoy salsa and Latin mix from the incomparable DJ Renzo. A live viewing of the Times Square ball drop will be seen on a 60-inch TV along with a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are just $20!

  4. Casino Night New Year's Event
    How about a pulse-pounding NYE get together like nothing else? It's all happening at Good Tymes Restaurant and Wine Bar. This classy restaurant and lounge combine service and sophistication in a chic atmosphere. Party-goers have the chance to try their luck at games including craps and blackjack. Get a ticket now for your shot at door prizes, a buffet, and more.

  5. Year's Eve Murder Mystery at Maggiano's
    Maggiano's Little Italy is a beloved family restaurant serving hearty Italian cuisine. You can find it coast to coast throughout the United States, but it's especially popular in Richmond! The New Year's Eve Murder Mystery is an interactive all-night event that welcomes younger guests. For $65 per ticket, you'll get a three-course family-style dinner and all sorts of other fun perks!

It looks like another big year for New Year's celebrations in Richmond! Why not kick off 2018 by taking your first steps toward your ideal Richmond home?

At Napier ERA, our team can help you find a home you'll love and get the deal you want. Our real estate agents live and work right here in the area. Contact Napier ERA to start your Richmond home search.

Consult our Richmond City Guide for more information about living in Richmond. 

December
20

Things to Do in Chesterfield: Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Chesterfield's Swift Creek Mill Theatre

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.

About the Swift Creek Mill Theatre

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.

A Historic Site

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.

Chesterfield Swift Theatre Andrews Brothers

Currently Playing ... "The Andrews Brothers"

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.

Chesterfield Swift Creek Mill Andrews Brothers

Get to Know Chesterfield

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.

December
11

Buying Your New Home in Richmond

Richmond New Homes & ConstructionAre 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 .

Learn More about the Benefits of Buying a New Home in Our Local Communities

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:

  • Dumont Homes in Hallsley
    If you've already begun to scout out new homes in the Richmond, VA area, there's a good chance you've visited a beautiful home constructed by Dumont Homes LLC. Dumont has been creating spectacular Richmond homes for decades, and Hallsley has been named one of America's best communities to call home. In addition to a wide selection of beautiful homes, Hallsley offers extensive amenities, community events, and tons of outdoor fun close to home. Homes here offer the latest in efficiency, and are located in a community that covers all of your key needs.

  • Cottage Lane Homes in Bayhill Pointe
    Are you searching for a new home that offers all of the latest features, but also has an appealing, classic design? Cottage Lane Homes blend the best of old and new, with new homes that fit the historic character of Richmond and modern spins on classic designs. Cottage Lane Homes in Bayhill Pointe are perfect for buyers who love the classic designs of historic Richmond homes, but also want the latest and greatest amenities.

  • Sabot Creek Homes
    Looking for a new home in a community loaded with outdoor fun? Sabot Creek Homes are located in the heart of horse country, with equestrian centers, golf courses, and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore close to home. Nature trails wind throughout the community, and two-acre lots give you plenty of room to have fun right outside of your front door. You'll find a wide selection of lots available, with custom homes to suit every taste.

  • Westlake at Mill Mount
    Continuing our theme of new homes in beautiful, natural areas, we have homes in Westlake at Mill Mount. Enjoy waterfront fun and outdoor adventures around the large, scenic lake, or settle in on your patio for a sunset with your favorite glass of wine. The community is located close to all of the services you need, and offers a quiet, natural retreat from city life. New homes are available to suit every buyer, with lots ranging from two to 15 acres. If you are searching for a custom new home, where you work with the builder to plan every important detail, then Westlake is a great place to find it.

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.

December
4

Our Favorite Christmas Towns in Virginia

It's a Wonderful Life in These Six Loc