There's no better way to discover all that Richmond has to offer than by taking a walking tour, and there are fascinating local tours available for every interest. Whether you want to tour historic neighborhoods, discover the city's vibrant arts scene, enjoy a self-guided tour, or try a spooky ghost tour, there are so many fun ways to build a deeper connection with Richmond. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best ways to take a walking tour of Richmond this summer.
Discover a neighborhood you'd love to call home during a walking tour? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your Richmond real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.
Reading is fun for all ages, and our real estate agents know the right environment makes it even more satisfying. As you visit Richmond homes for sale, you are sure to find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and other spots where you can take your latest summer read or books to study.
With its strong culture of learning and vibrant educational institutions, Central Virginia will entice you with places where you can sit and sip your favorite coffee or tea as your stories unfold.
Let's take a closer look:
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For many of us pet owners and dog lovers, quick access to pet-friendly amenities is essential. Things like boarding and pet stores are important, but sometimes your pup needs a little bit of luxury too. Central Virginia has it all -- from options for pet-friendly outdoor activities, doggie spas, and even upscale overnight accommodations. Our real estate agents love pets, so it only made sense that we'd create a quick list of our favorite places around Central Virginia to treat our pups.
Access to amenities and resources for your pet is important when selecting a new place to live. Contact us for more information on all the great things Central Virginia has to offer.
Looking for a new hobby to try in the Central Virginia area? Practicing yoga has so many benefits for both mind and body while fostering a sense of community that makes everyone feel welcome. Whether you're interested in trying yoga for the first time, looking for an advanced class where you can learn new things, or even becoming a yoga teacher yourself, there's a local yoga class with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 of the best places to practice yoga in Central Virginia.
Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing health and wellness amenities around Central Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us today.
The Richmond Folk Festival is back and better than ever! After holding a virtual event in 2020, the festival returns to its place on the riverfront for an in-person event in October 2021. As always, you will be treated to live performances from a diverse, international collection of bands in a fun festival atmosphere with activities for all ages to enjoy. There's no admission fee for this outstanding event, and its convenient location near Richmond homes for sale attracts visitors from throughout Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the details on what you can expect at the Richmond Folk Festival this year.
Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival
The Event: Richmond Folk Festival
When: October 8 – 10, 2021
Where: Downtown Richmond Riverfront
Enjoy a Free, Culturally Diverse Live Music Festival
The highlight of the Richmond Folk Festival, as always, is the amazing lineup of artists set to perform. There will be six performance stages located throughout the riverfront area, with performances happening all day throughout each of the event's three days. The first group of artists announced for the festival includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Nava Persian Trio, Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies, Plena Es, Rare Essence, and Sean Jones. In addition to the live music, there will also be dance performances that highlight cultures from around the world.
Fantastic Food and So Much More at the Marketplace
It's not just great music that makes the Richmond Folk Festival such a must-visit event. The Marketplace is where you'll find food from some of the best food vendors from Richmond and beyond, all in one place. Sample a unique selection of multi-cultural cuisine, and be sure to save room for dessert! In the Marketplace, you will also be able to shop from a selection of artisans offering unique gift items, clothing, home décor, and crafts of all kinds. Stay tuned to the Richmond Folk Festival website to learn more about which artisans and vendors will be setting up shop in the Marketplace this year as they're announced closer to the start of the festival.
An Epic Scavenger Hunt and Fun Family Activities
The Richmond Folk Festival is geared toward families and visitors of all ages, with a wide variety of fun activities available in the play area for kids. And you don't have to wait for the festival to start having a great time. There are also two scavenger hunts that you can participate in to learn more about the festival, discover new artists, and get excited about the big event.
A History of Excellence in Richmond
The Richmond Folk Festival has been one of the city's favorite annual events ever since it was first established in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest festivals in Virginia. It all started with the goal of celebrating the many unique cultures that combine to make Richmond such a special place to live, and festival organizers find new ways to add to that celebration every year.
There's always another exciting event coming up on the calendar in Richmond, and our team would love to help you find your next home close to all of the action. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.
Want the inside scoop on the top activities and destinations around Richmond's lively social scene? Thousands of Richmond Magazine's readers sent in their votes for the 34th annual Best & Worst survey, highlighting some of the area's top options. Our real estate agents know there's a lot to love about living in Central Virginia, too. Below are some of the favorites mentioned in the survey by Richmond Magazine.
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Central Virginia is always in full bloom when late summer rolls around. It's a season our real estate agents look forward to all year! Our local farms and gardens are bursting with life this season, and we're thrilled to share these great places to see the colors and taste the flavors of the season.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas.
If you're into volleyball or would like to start playing this popular sport, summer is the perfect time for it. From indoor courts to ones that are situated on sand, Central Virginia has plenty of places to play.
Our real estate agents suggest trying out the following places to play volleyball in Central Virginia this summer:
Contact us to learn more about the abundant recreational opportunities and other amenities that make Central Virginia a great place to live. Our agents are ready to help you find your dream home!
It's hard to imagine a better way to explore Central Virginia than on horseback.
Fortunately, our real estate agents have found a lot of outstanding riding destinations in Central Virginia. If you're looking for places to ride—or learn more about horseback riding—we have some great recommendations we're excited to share!
Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. It's a beautiful place for anyone who loves spending time in the outdoors, and our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Richmond or the surrounding areas.
Participating in a 5K or marathon is a great way to get some exercise as you train for and then run or walk in the event. You'll also be able to meet other people as you race and socialize afterward and get to see some beautiful local scenery. Our real estate agents suggest checking out these upcoming fun runs scheduled in Central Virginia this summer and fall:
Our agents know the Central Virginia area. Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area.
Warm weather has returned to Central Virginia, and while it might not quite be summer yet, our real estate agents are already dreaming of summer fun in the sun. And is there any more enjoyable way to spend a sunny day than at your local miniature golf course?
Many of us have fond memories of playing putt-putt golf as youngsters. So whether you're looking for a place to take your kids now that you're grown-up—or maybe you want to relive some childhood nostalgia of your own—these are the best mini golf courses in Central Virginia!
Central Virginia is a fun place to be in the summertime, with endless opportunities to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Contact us to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and talk to our team of dedicated real estate agents about finding your dream home today!
Disc golf is a great way to spend some time outdoors with friends, immerse yourself in natural scenery, and enjoy some fun, healthy exercise in some of your favorite local parks. You don't need much equipment to get started, yet disc golf still offers many of the same enjoyable challenges of a traditional round of golf. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the best disc golf courses that you can enjoy around Central Virginia.
Ready to find your next home near fun outdoor attractions and excellent disc golf courses? Let our team help. Contact us today.
With landscaping season finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about how you can boost your home's curb appeal. Your yard and landscaping are the first things guests, and potential buyers see when visiting your home. As a result, good landscaping not only makes your home look nice but can help to boost your home's value.
Consider incorporating these fun features into your landscaping this spring before listing your home among Central Virginia homes for sale.
Beautiful landscaping is the best way to make a great first impression when visitors stop by your home. For more tips on how to make the most of your yard, contact us today.
Tracing constellations, watching for shooting stars, picking out planets and distant galaxies—there are endless discoveries waiting right over our heads.
With warmer nights on the horizon, spring is a great time to go stargazing around Richmond, and we have some great local parks where you can enjoy an incredible view. Join our real estate agents and other amateur astronomers at some of these great stargazing spots in the Richmond, VA area.
The key to enjoying the best view of the night sky is getting as far away from man-made light sources as possible. These local parks are great places to start. Be sure to check out the latest information from the Richmond Astronomical Society to find out which stars, planets, and constellations are visible in the sky at any given time.
There's nothing quite like gazing up at the clear night sky on a warm spring night. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond and Chesterfield areas, and talk to our team about finding your Virginia dream home.
The Richmond area offers some of Virginia's best mountain biking trails, and spring is a mighty fine time to go for a ride. From technical skills parks to tranquil woodland paths, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite mountain biking trails in RVA.
Richmond is not only a hub for arts and culture, but it's also a stone's throw from some of Virginia's most spectacular outdoor adventures. Contact us to learn more about life in Richmond, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today.
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!
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.
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.
While many people aren't quite ready to travel to far-away places this summer, this doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home! Spending some time in the great outdoors can be the ultimate socially-distant vacation for the whole family.
Our REALTORS® have created a list of their favorite area campgrounds. Check it out, then pack up your tent or RV (or reserve a cushy cabin!) and start planning your next trip!
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.
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.
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.
Would you like to live in a home surrounded by these beautiful green spaces? Contact us today to start your search!
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.
Looking for a new home in Richmond with plenty of outdoor space? Contact us today to start your search!
Spring is the perfect time to get out and about in Richmond, as the weather warms and gardens bloom. You'll find plenty of places to have fun as you celebrate the spring weather.
Richmond is a wonderful place to call home all year long, but there are certain activities that are just more fun in the spring! Our real estate agents suggest the following locations to add to your checklist of places to visit in Richmond this spring!
Contact us to learn more about what to see and do in Richmond. Our agents are well versed in what Richmond has to offer and are the experts when it comes to buying or selling your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July is National Picnic Month. What better time to pack a picnic basket and head out to your favorite park with family and friends.
Part of the Richmond area's draw is our wealth of green spaces. It's not hard to find a soft patch of grass to spread out a blanket for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. With so many options available, we thought we would help you narrow down your choices.
Our REALTORS® take a look at five favorite parks and picnic spots in and around Richmond.
Often the process of buying a house seems like "no picnic." With help from Napier ERA, it can be easier than you ever imagined. Napier ERA combines local real estate insight with reliable customer service.
Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond real estate area.
There are always lots of things to do in the river city, especially during the summer festival season. We've picked our top events for each summer month for you to check out throughout the metro Richmond area – enjoy the many events and get out and about this summer!
May Highlight: Greek Food Festival
Greek Food Festival – the best way to start summer with a bit of "Opa!" enthusiasm. Recently voted as Richmond's Best Food Festival in Style Weekly, the Greek Food Festival celebrates classic Greek cuisine and culture with all sorts of folks right in the Carytown neighborhood.
Where: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.
When: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Cost: free entry; pay as you go
More info: www.greekfestival.com
June Highlights: Broad Apetit, Village Vibe, Powhatan Music Festival
Broad Apetit – also known as the foodie's must-attend event, this food festival returns for its 12th year with some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, food trucks and vendors dishing up $3 sample plates.
Where: West Broad Street between Henry and Adams
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Cost: free entry; pay as you go
More info: www.broadappetit.com
Village Vibe with The Flashback Band – this annual concert event is sure to delight Powhatan people and beyond. With concerts going on all summer long in the Village Meadow, the community of Powhatan is rocking out monthly, especially in June with the Flashback Band. Go join our friends for music, brews, food, and raffles that benefit the community and local organizations.
Where: Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA
When: 7-10 PM, Friday, June 7
Cost: Free, donations and raffle purchases appreciated
Powhatan Music Festival – one day of awesome musical talent centered around a family friendly festival environment. All types of music will be played – rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and more. Napier ERA is a proud sponsor of this event because we're honored to be part of an effort that recognizes extraordinary local music.
Where: Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA
When: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturday, June 22
Cost: Free for children under 10, $20 tickets at the gate for adults, or for sale for $15 on Eventbrite
More info: https://powhatanmusicfestival.com/
July Highlights: Henrico County's July 4th Celebration, Music For Massey, International Disc Sport Championships
Henrico County's July 4th Celebration – Red, White, and Lights in Dorey Park! Parks in Henrico County are great, and Dorey Park is an excellent example. The largest park in all of Henrico is Dorey Park, making it perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Join Richmond Symphony's Big Tent for an evening of community fun on July 4.
Where: Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231
When: 4 PM - 11 PM, Thursday, July 4
International Disc Sport Championships – if you love alternative sports, trying new things, or throwing around a frisbee, this is for you! You may have seen a casual game of frisbee before, but nothing like this. Check out international champs of disc sports throwing and showing their stuff at local parks all around Richmond on the week of July 8 - 13.
Where: Bryan Park, Dorey Park, Forest Hill Park, and more. See the full schedule for details.
When: July 8 - 13, Times vary each day.
Cost: You must register to get in on the championships, but watching and throwing for fun is free!
More info: https://www.rvadisc2019.com/
Music For Massey – a fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center, taking place at Maymont! For the past 13 years, Napier Realtors ERA has raised over $222,000 for pediatric cancer research thanks to community involvement with this fun, Americana-focused concert series. Join us this year for performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee. There are still sponsorship spots available for other local businesses interested in supporting pediatric cancer research.
Where: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
When: Gates open at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20
Cost: Tickets start at $41, and children under 10 can attend for free
More info: On Napier ERA's website
August Highlights: Richmond Jazz Fest, Innsbrook Afterhours
Innsbrook Afterhours – if you're looking at homes in Henrico, you need to know about Innsbrook Afterhours! This outdoor concert series is a classic Richmond event, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our suburbs for 34 years. In August, catch artists like Chris Young, Boyz II Men, and Brett Young in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Where: Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Henrico
When: All summer long!
Cost: $16 early bird and up
Richmond Jazz Fest – For the 10th year in a row, there are four days of jazz and its direct descendants—blues, R&B, funk, soul, hip-hop, and fusion—at one of the most beautiful venues in Richmond, Maymont Park.
Where: Maymont Park
When: August 8th - 11th
Spring is here, and our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help you get a fresh start with the top Richmond homes for sale. If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Richmond in spring, you're in for a treat this season.
There are plenty of gorgeous green spaces distributed all along the Richmond area. Nature and the striking architectural achievements of Richmond work together to create a place where you can feel at home: Everything you want from a city provided to human scale.
Not surprisingly, the Richmond region is also home to top nature preserves of various kinds. In addition to parks and zoos that draw visitors from miles around, you'll also find some of the leading botanical gardens anywhere in Virginia.
One of the stand-out examples of these is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Found at 1800 Lakeside Avenue right in Richmond, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a wide range of awards. In recent years, it has received write-ups from USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor, and the Canadian Garden Tourism Council.
In 2011, it earned the highest honor in the United States for museum and library service: The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. It has since lived up to that great moment by expanding its programs and reaching out to share nature with all Richmond.
"A Million Blooms" is one of the linchpin events of the year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Taking place between April 1 and June 1, A Million Blooms is the best way to see all that the garden has to offer as a new season of glorious growth settles in. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to see a parade of blooms unfurl up close.
A whole spectrum of events will also be going on throughout the season. Lewis Ginter is known for some of the best children's programming focusing around the natural world. There is even a special Children's Garden set aside from young people to appreciate.
Butterfly fans will have good reason to rejoice, too. Between mid-April and mid-October, kids and parents alike can enjoy the vibrancy of tropical butterflies. These butterflies live in the North Wing of the Conservatory and include hundreds of specimens.
Thanks to the nature of these fascinating creatures, the experience is always changing. No matter when you come, however, you'll be treated to several fun options for family-friendly activities. It's a thrill to see butterflies take flight right here in Richmond!
Are you wondering if Richmond is the right place for you?
Napier ERA will make it easy for you to explore your real estate opportunities here. Our team consists of the area's leading experts in choosing and buying the right home for you.
Not only do we understand the local market inside and out, but we also pride ourselves on outstanding service. You'll feel the confidence that comes from complete support every step of the way.
Don't settle for a real estate agent who'll leave you feeling like you are "on your own." We'll equip you with the insights to make informed decisions. Soon, you will become a Richmond local.
To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today. We are always here to help you reach your goals.