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June
27

Take a Walking Tour of Richmond This Summer

Richmond Walking Tour

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.

  • GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours – Mobile App
    While there are many expert-guided tours available near Richmond homes for sale, you don't necessarily need a guide to enjoy a great tour. With the GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours mobile app, you can take a self-guided tour at your own speed. Popular tours on the app include the Richmond Introduction Walking Tour, Historical Homes Walking Tours (I & II), Maymont and Carytown Walking Tour, and Richmond Civil War History Walking Tour.

  • Richmond Tour Guys – 405 N. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a variety of weekly tours that can take you to nearly every corner of Richmond, the Richmond Tour Guys have the city covered like few other tour services. The Richmond Tour Guys offer six distinctive experiences, including Public/Private Signature Tours, Group Tours, Specialty/Seasonal Tours, Experience Richmond Tours, and Step-On Tours. Signature Tours are available for Downtown Richmond, Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, and the Virginia Capitol building.

  • Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours – 5 S. 20th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The team at Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours has been helping people tour the spooky side of Richmond history for nearly 20 years, with 90-minute ghost tours through some of the city's most historic neighborhoods. In addition to haunted walking tours for kids and adults, Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours also offers a series of private haunted dinners and pub crawls perfect for a fun social gathering.

  • RVA First Fridays Art Walks – Richmond Arts District, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you want to get in touch with Richmond's artistic side, then RVA First Fridays Art Walks are the perfect place to start. On the first Friday of every month, many of the art galleries, dining destinations, and small businesses in the Richmond Arts District stay open late with fun special events to explore. RVA First Fridays present the perfect opportunity for a self-guided walking tour of the Arts District.

  • Walking the Ward – Jackson Ward, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Walking the Ward tour series from expert guide Gary Flowers highlights the many sites found throughout Jackson Ward. Each tour covers 20 stops throughout Jackson Ward, including the Black History Museum and the Maggie Walker Historic Site. The basic tour lasts for 75 minutes, while the enhanced tour is a 2-hour journey which includes historic videos at the Black History Museum.

  • Petersburg National Battlefield – 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many fascinating places to visit around Petersburg homes for sale as well, including the historic Petersburg National Battlefield. Start your journey at the Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the historic site you're about to experience. Then tour the historic battlefield where the nine-and-a-half-month Siege of Petersburg took place.

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.

June
20

Kitchen Gadgets that Come in Handy

Kitchen Tools

Cooking is so much more enjoyable when you have the right tools for the job. And yet, selecting kitchen gadgets is not always as simple as it may seem. You don't want to purchase tools only for them to sit there unused. Unused kitchen tools can make your kitchen feel cluttered, especially to potential buyers!

Here are some key kitchen gadgets that our real estate agents recommend adding to your collection. Each of these tools simplifies your life and cooking routine in its own unique way.

  • A Pressure Cooker
    If there's one countertop appliance worth buying, it's a pressure cooker. These devices can cook meals like stews and braises in 30 minutes, versus the 4 or 5 hours they would take on the stove. You can also use your pressure cooker to make perfect rice, steam veggies, and craft perfect risotto.

  • An Electric Can Opener
    Opening cans with a handheld can opener can be pretty frustrating. If you have money in your budget for an electric model, definitely spring for one. You won't have to suffer through wrist fatigue to make tuna casserole ever again.

  • A Salad Spinner
    Buying whole heads of lettuce is often cheaper than buying pre-bagged lettuce, but then you have to clean it. Luckily, cleaning heads of lettuce is easy if you have a salad spinner. You just spray them down, then pile the leaves into the spinner. Press the button a few times, and the spinner will dry the lettuce, preventing it from wilting in your fridge. You can even store your lettuce inside the spinner.

  • A Spray Bottle for Oil
    Are you tired of trying to lubricate your pans without flooding them with oil? There are spray bottles made specifically for cooking oil. Fill one up, and spritz your pans with ease. This is also a more eco-friendly option than using aerosol non-stick sprays.

  • A High-Powered Blender
    If you like making smoothies, dressings, and sauces, then it's worth investing in a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix. They do a much better job than low-end blenders, and their motors last longer, too.

  • A Vacuum Sealer
    Are you tired of throwing away food that spoiled too soon? Maybe you like to pre-portion food into bags, but they often leak. A vacuum sealer will solve both of these problems. Vacuum-sealed food stays fresh for a lot longer since it is not exposed to air. Plus, vacuum-sealed bags are far less likely to break open and leave a mess in your fridge or freezer.

  • A Knife Sharpener
    When your knives get dull, you don't have to throw them away and replace them. Instead, invest in a good knife sharpener, and use it to keep your blades in tip-top shape. If you get into the habit of sharpening them every week or two, you'll never find yourself fighting with a dull blade again.

  • A Digital Thermometer
    If you're looking at Richmond homes for sale and you see a digital thermometer in the kitchen, you know the owner is a serious cook. A thermometer lets you cook meats and other foods more precisely. Digital versions are easy to read and give quick results.

If you fill your kitchen with these gadgets, you'll have a lovely time making your favorite meals and snacks. Contact us if you're still looking for the perfect place to call home. We'll help you find a kitchen to decorate and fill. 

June
13

International Sushi Day: 5 Places to Order Sushi in Central Virginia

Richmond Sushi

Have you been itching to visit your favorite sushi restaurant? International Sushi Day, which takes place every year on June 18, provides the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite Japanese delicacies. Whether you're already a pro with chopsticks or you're interested in trying something new, you can find fresh, delicious sushi close to home in Central Virginia. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 Central Virginia sushi spots for International Sushi Day this year.

  1. Wabi-Sabi – 29 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    For a full night of fun and fantastic food close to Petersburg homes for sale, it's tough to top the experience at the Wabi-Sabi sushi restaurant. Start your evening in the dining room, where you can sample some of the best sushi that Central Virginia has to offer in an elegant setting with antique hardwood floors and high ceilings. Then try a visit to the Martini Bar, where expert bartenders whip up creative spins on your favorite cocktails, or head downstairs to the Tavern to grab a seat at the bar while you take in the evening's live entertainment.

  2. Kanpai Steak & Sushi – 5303 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Open every day near Hopewell homes for sale for lunch and dinner, Kanpai Steak & Sushi has been family-owned for more than 28 years. The family-friendly atmosphere is apparent as soon as you walk through the door, with friendly, personal service and a menu that features something for everyone. The restaurant also features a full-service bar, hibachi tables where you're sure to be entertained while you dine, and event spaces to accommodate groups of any size for International Sushi Day.

  3. Hiro Sushi – 9958 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    With great daily lunch specials, convenient online ordering, and delicious dinners, there's never a bad time to visit Hiro Sushi for a meal. The rotating chef's specials ensure that you'll always have something new to try, and every meal is carefully prepared down to the beautiful presentation of each dish. If you visit for dinner, be sure to leave room to enjoy the extensive dessert menu that features some unique treats that you won't find at other restaurants.

  4. Yoshi Sushi Restaurant – 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., Ste. 800, Richmond, VA 23230
    Known for serving some of the best sushi near Richmond homes for sale in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, Yoshi Sushi Restaurant has earned its place as a local favorite. All of the sushi here is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and everything is served with a smile. As a casual restaurant, Hiro Sushi is an ideal choice for a quick lunch during work or an evening out with friends. The reviews for Yoshi Sushi Restaurant consistently highlight the high quality of the service and the friendliness of the staff.

  5. Carytown Sushi – 2925 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23222
    An affordable menu packed with unique, creative chef specials highlights the experience that you can expect when you visit Carytown Sushi. Lunch is available on the weekend, while dinner is served every evening from Tuesday through Sunday. In addition to dozens of sushi rolls, the menu features soups, salads, teriyaki, hibachi, and vegetarian options. Visiting with a group? Try the Sushi Heaven platter, which is sure to satisfy any appetite.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to the great dining destinations of Central Virginia? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central Virginia communities.

June
6

Summer Reading: Take Your Books to These Central Virginia Spots

Richmond Reading

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:

  • Ellwood Thompson's Local Market – 4 North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Ellwood Thompson's Local Market is a small, independent organic market known as a hub for plenty of interesting events throughout the year. You can dine right on-site with its hot bar, juice bar, or salad bar, or just pick something up from one of the many local suppliers. Events have recently returned to the sit-down cafe at The Beet – classes, breakfasts, screenings, seminars, and tastings are held.

  • Pomona – 2025 Venable Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    Pomona is a retail and cafe space right in the heart of the desirable Union Hill area. You can find just about anything local to RVA here, including houseplants, coffee, and handmade gifts. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 o'clock, readers love the casual atmosphere. Light and fresh food comes from the local Sub Rosa Bakery, while the coffee is from Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

  • Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
    Looking for an outdoor space where you can get away from the crowds? As one of Richmond's many beautiful green spaces, Bryan Park may be exactly what you need. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it now attracts birdwatchers from all around the state on the first Saturday of every month. A farmer's market also calls the park home from May through November.

  • Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse – 1211 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse will delight you with its "from scratch" home cooking paired with some of the best coffee in the RVA. Breakfast and lunch are both served all day, with mainstays like a smoked salmon bagel or the breakfast sandwich with egg. Lunchtime fare has many vegetarian and vegan options and thrives on unique sandwich combinations leveraging fresh ingredients.

  • Restored Cup Coffee Shop – 105 West Bank Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Formerly known as the Sweet Blis Cafe, Restored Cup Coffee Shop is a local cafe where you can sit, relax and unwind with your latest read. Located in historic Old Towne Petersburg just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it has coffee, pastries, juices, smoothies, and much more to choose from.

  • Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place – 4810 Market Square Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place is a fun and exciting place to visit not too far from Midlothian homes for sale. Here, you can enjoy the full-service coffee shop or visit the open studio to choose a project to make. There's even a play area for kids five and under.

Ready to start your story in the Richmond area? Contact us to find out more about Central Virginia.

May
31

Minor League Baseball in Richmond

Minor League Baseball

Summer is coming, and there's no better time to catch a baseball game here in Richmond! There's just something about the sizzling summer air that makes a cold beer taste better, and a night at the baseball diamond even better. 

Our real estate agents are always excited to watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels play on their home turf, and with the 2022 season well underway, it's definitely time to play ball. Here's what you need to know about our local team!

Meet the Flying Squirrels

RVA's own minor league baseball team is the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Part of the Eastern League, the Squirrels are the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and they've made their home at Richmond's Diamond stadium since 2010. 

The Flying Squirrels have plenty of home games coming up. In June they'll be facing off here in Richmond for a six-game series against the Erie SeaWolves from June 7-12, before taking on the Portland Sea Dogs for six more games from June 21-26. 

And the season is far from over! The team usually plays 71 home games at the Diamond every year, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the Squirrels play well into fall. Check out their full schedule here

About the Diamond

Built in 1985, The Diamond has been the home of the Flying Squirrels since they started their tenure in Richmond.

The Diamond seats up to 12,134 people (seating for Flying Squirrels games is 9,560) and is located within minutes of many Richmond homes for sale. It's not uncommon to find it close to full capacity during home games, so be sure to get your tickets in advance. 

Fans have a lot of fun seating options in The Diamond as well as several spots to grab some food and drinks, including Rosie's Bistro at the Bullpen and Brewski's 804 Corner Cantina. The Cross Timbers Party Pavilion offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a great view of the action from just outside right field. 

Other Things to do Nearby

The Diamond is located in an area known as the Diamond District, which is an area of Richmond poised for redevelopment and revitalization. Nearby neighborhoods have seen a ton of urban renewal over the last decade, and the neighboring Scott's Addition Historic District is one of Richmond's most vibrant neighborhoods. 

Lots of industrial spaces near the stadium have been repurposed in recent years. Craft brewing, in particular, has exploded. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Castleburg Brewery, and Main Line Brewery are all minutes away from the stadium and are popular game-day hangouts.

The Diamond also hosts other events throughout the year. The weekly PopUp RVA Market at the Diamond takes place every Saturday from April through October, and The Diamond Flea Market is a monthly event, usually happening on the third Sunday of the month.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond. Our city really comes to life in the summer, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

May
23

Plan a Staycation in the Richmond Area

Richmond Staycation

Why spend money and deal with the hassle of traveling when amazing vacation adventures can be found just minutes away from Richmond homes for sale? Whether you're new to the area or have lived in Central Virginia your entire life, there's always something to explore. Plan an entertaining and memorable staycation around these exciting local activities.

  • Virginia Repertory Theatre - 114 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    With four venues offering a variety of productions, Virginia Repertory Theatre is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia. In addition to staging many of Broadway's most popular shows, the theater develops and produces original plays which go on to performances by other companies. When summer rolls around, Virginia Rep's summer camps are a great opportunity for kids to explore their own creativity. Visit the website for event calendar and ticket pricing.

  • Maymont Park - 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Even a full day isn't enough to explore all the incredible sights and sounds of Maymont Park. The centerpiece of the 100-acre park is Maymont Mansion, a stunning Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival building that served as the home of the Dooley family. View nature's glory in the arboretum and numerous specialty gardens, including the oldest public Japanese garden on the East Coast. Kids love getting up close with the farm animals, and Robins Nature Center includes interactive exhibits spotlighting the ecology of the James River. Park grounds and gardens are open daily from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. with a suggested admission price of $5. Visit the website for hours and admission for the various attractions.

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 14th and Dock Streets, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond's glorious scenery and rich history meet in a stroll along the Riverfront Canal Walk. The story of four centuries is depicted in medallions, statues, and exhibits along the 1.25-mile path, which is open to pedestrians and bicyclists. After you've worked up an appetite, relax over a leisurely lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants nearby. For a different perspective, take one of the 40-minute narrated Riverfront Canal Cruises. The Canal Walk is accessible 24/7 and there is no charge.

  • Pony Pasture Rapids- 7310 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225
    While you'll no longer see any of the namesake animals, there's still plenty of fun to be had at Pony Pasture Rapids. Located two miles downriver from the Huguenot Bridge, Pony Pasture's signature attraction is the rapids, which are popular for swimming, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, or just sunbathing. Pony Pasture is also known as a prime spot for bird-watching, with trails that pass through wooded areas and inland meadows. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • Children's Museum of Richmond - 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Yes, learning and fun can co-exist, and both go hand-in-hand at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Skills such as problem-solving, language and communication, reading, and motor development are improved more readily through the museum's interactive exhibits. During the summer months, water jets in the Front Yard offer a break from the heat before lunch in the picnic area. Watch the calendar for special events such as "Seymour's Living Lab." Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $9, with no charge for children under 1.

  • Old Towne Petersburg - 216 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1815, Old Towne Petersburg became a thriving crossroads for commercial ships and railroads. Today, those beautiful brick buildings are home to an eclectic assortment of antiques, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale.

Whether you're buying or selling a home, our real estate agents are your #1 resource for experienced help and up-to-date information. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

May
16

How to Pick the Right Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Furniture

With warmer temperatures and flowers in bloom, it's the perfect season to start spending more time outside. If you just bought one of the Richmond homes for sale with a backyard or patio, you're probably looking forward to how you'll use it this season! You could lounge outdoors while reading a book or grill some food to share with friends. Of course, this is most enjoyable when you have outdoor furniture that suits your needs. Make the most of your outdoor spaces by selecting the right furniture. Here are some tips for selecting furnishings for your own patio or yard.

  • Measure Your Space
    Outdoor spaces often look larger than they actually are. You don't want to arrive home with a new patio set and find out it doesn't fit your space. Make sure to measure the area you're planning to furnish and bring those measurements with you as you shop.

  • Map it Out
    As you look at various furniture sets, use a piece of graph paper to sketch the way you'll arrange the furniture. Use the measurements you took of your space, along with the measurements of the furniture, to guide you. Experiment with different layouts to see which option you like best.

  • Sit on Chairs Before Buying Them
    People often focus on the appearance of outdoor furniture, overlooking the fact that furniture should be comfortable, too. This is why it's a good idea to shop for furniture in person. Sit in the chairs before you buy them and make sure you choose ones that are comfortable. Does the back offer enough support? Are you at a reasonable height when you scoot up to the table?

    Some people prefer patio chairs with cushions, but there are some really comfortable, non-cushioned chairs out there, too. Sit in a few and see how you like them. It really is a matter of personal preferences.

  • Choose a Low-Maintenance Material
    Maintaining outdoor furniture is not as fun as relaxing in it. So, make sure you choose furniture made from easily cleanable materials. Vinyl and aluminum are both good choices. If you like a more natural look, teak and cedar tend to be the best wood options. These woods resist rot, so you can hose them off to clean them.

  • Look for Easy Storage
    Most people like to store their patio furniture in a garage or shed during the winter months. So, when looking at various furniture choices, consider how easy it is to store. Chairs and tables that fold up will take up less space in storage. If you prefer rigid chairs, look for ones that stack. Also, try picking up the furnishings. Be sure to choose furnishings you can lift and carry safely. Vinyl is a good, lightweight material for those with less strength. Wood, while beautiful, can be heavy. So if you go with wooden furniture, make sure you have help moving it.

  • Coordinate Colors With Your Landscaping
    Neutral colors like white, black, and natural wood should look good with most any landscape. But if you want brighter-colored furniture, make sure the color you choose coordinates with your landscape and home exterior.

    It often works well to choose a color that is seen in small amounts elsewhere in your yard or garden. For instance, if you have purple flowers, purple furniture may look nice. If you have forest green trim, then outdoor furniture with some green is an option.

With these tips, you're sure to find the perfect outdoor furniture for your yard or patio. If you're still looking for the perfect house and yard to furnish, contact us. Our real estate agents will gladly walk you through the buying process.

May
9

Free Activities for the Whole Family in Central Virginia

Family Activities

If the best things in life are free, it doesn't get any better than Richmond. You don't have to spend a lot on a fun day out with the whole family! The price is right at these great family-friendly attractions near Richmond homes for sale

  • Falling Creek Ironworks Park - 6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Chesterfield, VA 23234
    Nature and history meet at Falling Creek Ironworks Park, right down the street from Chesterfield homes for sale. In the past, the grounds were the site of the eponymous ironworks, including a blast furnace and iron forge, as well as a grist mill that dates back to the 17th century. The park also includes a fully refurbished brick cottage that was relocated from nearby Moore's Lake, which was a popular vacation area during the mid-20th century. Get a panoramic view of the entire site from the promontory to the north of old Marina Drive's end. Park hours are dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

  • Echo Lake Park - 5701 Springfield Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    With its beautiful pond centerpiece, Echo Lake Park is as peaceful and serene as its name implies. Try your hand at fishing or just enjoy the scenery from the pier, watching the ducks swim by. Get your steps in along the half-mile hiking trail or boost your heart rate on the exercise course. There's a play area for little ones and picnic tables to enjoy a leisurely lunch, so you can take a pleasant break while viewing Glen Allen homes for sale. Echo Lake Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 139 Virginia St., Richmond, VA 23219
    There's so much to see and learn at the Riverfront Canal Walk that it's always worth a repeat visit. The pet-friendly path spans only 1.25 miles, but it's packed with exhibits highlighting points of interest throughout centuries of Richmond's history. Don't miss the gallery of street art murals decorating the old hydroelectric plant. When you get hungry or want to explore a little further, check out the 100+ restaurants and attractions within walking distance. 

  • Historic Farmers Bank - 19 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Historic Farmers Bank has a fascinating legacy that goes beyond its beautiful Federal-style architecture. In 1812, as fears of war with England were growing, the state's General Assembly authorized the Farmers Bank of Virginia to lend money to the United States. When the original building was destroyed in the disastrous 1815 fire, a new building was constructed at the current location, just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale. Today, the building is maintained as a way to educate the public about local life and business during the early part of the 19th century. Free tours are conducted Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    You don't need a green thumb to visit Lavender Fields Herb Farm, considered a "hidden Richmond gem" by local residents. The 37-acre farm has remained in the same family through six generations, producing herbs and gourmet vegetables. Their charming store features a unique mix of items, including raw honey, herbal salt and pepper, flavored sugars, and a number of lavender-themed products. Relax on the deck overlooking the Chickahominy River with some lavender lemonade or ice cream. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Richmond, our real estate agents will help you reach your goal. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

May
2

Top Brunch Spots in Central Virginia

Brunch Central VirginiaWhat could be better than a weekend brunch at one of your favorite Central Virginia restaurants? There are so many great options to choose from, whether you want to enjoy an outdoor brunch on a patio, a meal with some live music in the background, or a family-friendly restaurant with extensive dining options for kids.

Plus, with Mother's Day right around the corner, you might want to consider taking mom out to brunch to celebrate all she does! 

Our real estate agents have the delightful details on 5 of the top brunch spots around Central Virginia.

  • The Savory Grain – 2043 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    You might already know The Savory Grain for its outstanding New American cuisine and one of the best local craft beer selections near Richmond homes for sale. But did you know that they also offer a fun Sunday brunch? Starting in May, The Savory Grain offers its weekly Jazz Sunday Brunch, with great music and even better food. The brunch menu here features favorites like chicken & waffles, biscuits & sausage gravy, shrimp & grits, a breakfast burger, and even a station where you can build your own breakfast sandwich from fresh, local ingredients.

  • Parterre Restaurant – 100 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219
    When you're in the mood for outdoor dining – even on a chilly day – Parterre Restaurant has you covered. The outdoor garden patio provides the perfect atmosphere for brunch, and it's heated, so you can enjoy an outdoor meal during any season. The service here is highly rated in all of the reviews, and the atmosphere makes it an ideal choice for a brunch date. Of course, the menu is also excellent, filled with traditional Southern favorites and a distinctive lineup of craft cocktails.

  • Hondos Steak House – 4120 B Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Known as one of the best places for steak near Glen Allen homes for sale with an elegant atmosphere and menu to match, Hondos Steak House is also a great place to enjoy brunch every Sunday. Brunch here is served buffet-style, with some unique options that you won't find on every brunch menu. In addition to classics like hickory bacon, maple sausage, gravy & biscuits, and an omelet station, brunch here includes some steakhouse staples. Who could say no to some barbecue ribs, prime rib, or a fresh salad station that includes smoked salmon?

  • West Coast Provisions – 301A Maltby Blvd., Henrico, VA 23233
    In the mood for seafood instead of steak? Then head over to West Coast Provisions, which is located around the corner from Henrico homes for sale. The brunch menu here is heavy on seafood options, from a crab omelet to crab cake benedict, grilled oysters, lobster rolls, and fish tacos. There are also tons of great sandwiches, soups, salads, and tasty desserts like the delicious house donuts.

  • Huddle House – 11807 South Crater Rd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    When you're planning a brunch with the whole family, it's hard to top the experience at Huddle House. And technically, you don't even need to visit during normal brunch hours. Huddle House offers breakfast and lunch all day long, with a convenient location near Petersburg homes for sale. The menu here includes plenty of great options for kids, as well as platters that are sure to satisfy any appetite. You can even order to-go and enjoy a great brunch at home.

Your next great meal is never far from your front door when you live in Central Virginia, and our team is here to help you find the perfect home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Central Virginia communities.

April
18

Homemade Ice Cream in Central Virginia

Homemade Ice Cream

Are you ready to enjoy some homemade ice cream in Central Virginia and throughout the RVA? Spring is here, and one of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is with locally made ice cream! Our real estate agents are here to help you find your favorite flavor and ice cream shop in the area.

With a thriving culinary scene that includes plenty of unique local brands, there's something here to indulge anyone's sweet tooth – and many options are within minutes of Richmond homes for sale.

Here are some of the places where you can scoop up your favorite flavors:

  • Ruby Scoops – 120 Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23222
    Ruby Scoops burst onto the scene in Richmond as the result of a successful crowdfunding campaign. Now nearing its 10th anniversary, it is the vision of owner Rabia Kamara, who had a dream to increase the quality of local deserts in the RVA. Ingredients come from local farms and showcase splendid flavors like black sesame, butter pecan, and Ruby's own in-house take on cookies and cream.

  • Boppers Malt Shop – 414 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Boppers Malt Shop is the place to go for a good old-fashioned diner experience that also includes plenty of fresh, homemade ice cream. In addition to the milkshakes, malts, and scoops (coming in a dozen lively flavors), you can also enjoy burgers and hotdogs with all the fixings. With the "Straight Eight Meal Deal," you'll get your choice of cone, a soft drink, and a hotdog for $8.88. It's sure to become a favorite stop near Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Scoop RVA – 403 Strawberry Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Are you looking for small-batch ice cream made right on-site with the freshest local ingredients around? With takeout, curbside, and delivery options, Scoop RVA has you covered. Its delectable ice cream cakes come in sizes of 6" or 10" with six creative flavors. Can't quite get enough? Join the Pint Club for three pints every month – one signature flavor, one seasonal, and one special for members only.

  • Bev's Homemade Ice Cream – 2911 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Bev's Homemade Ice Cream is a Richmond mainstay that's been around since 1998. A friendly, woman-owned local business, it is beloved for its rotating list of seasonal flavors. Bev's has also made a name for itself as a baker of choice for special occasion cakes, whether it's a birthday, wedding, or anniversary. An attached cafe offers all your favorite coffee drinks as well as milkshakes, sundaes, and more.

  • Gelati Celesti – 11805 West Broad Street, Henrico, VA 23233
    Located in The Corner at Short Pump Shopping Center, Gelati Celesti is one of the area's most beloved ice cream chains. Promising "heavenly handmade ice cream" from a variety of locations, including one near Henrico homes for sale, it highlights a rotating assortment of two dozen house flavors you can enjoy as pints, quarts, and ice cream cakes, or even alongside your favorite pie.

Ice cream isn't the only sweet find in the RVA! Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities in Central Virginia.

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.

April
4

National Deep Dish Pizza Day: Pizza Shops Richmond

Deep Dish Pizza

Deep dish pizza may have originated in Chicago, but our real estate agents agree that some of the tastiest versions can be found near Richmond homes for sale. On Tuesday, April 5, celebrate National Deep Dish Pizza Day with a delicious pie from one of these local restaurants.

  • Mary Angela's Pizzeria - 3345 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Ever ordered a pizza and wondered if they forgot the toppings? You won't have that problem at Mary Angela's Pizzeria, where customers appreciate how the toppings are applied with a generous hand. Customize your Sicilian pan pizza with different ingredients on each half so everyone gets what they want. Choose from 30 toppings ranging from pepperoni and mushrooms to eggplant and artichokes. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when closing time is 11 p.m.

  • Bottoms Up Pizza - 1700 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Located in the historic Shockoe Bottom district, Bottoms Up Pizza is in a brick building that evokes the city's past. Inside, the menu has modern touches, including gluten-free, low-carb, and vegan options. The sourdough crust makes a pleasantly chewy base for signature pies such as the Chesapeake, with Old Bay-seasoned crabmeat and sweet onions, and the State Fair, topped with spicy brown mustard, sausage, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers. Bottoms Up is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Picciotti's Pizza - 9039 W. Broad St. #3, Henrico, VA 23294
    With New York-style, Chicago-style, and Sicilian-style, Picciotti's Pizza has all the bases covered. Purists love Grandma's Pizza, with mozzarella, ricotta, basil, garlic oil, and red sauce on top. Adventurous types go for the Lasagna Pizza, which doubles down on the Italian technique with lasagna noodles, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and ground beef. Stop by on Thursday after viewing Henrico homes for sale to pick up a large cheese pizza for only $10.99. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Simona's Pizzeria - 30 Medical Park Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    For nearly 20 years, the Ingargiola family has been serving authentic Sicilian-style Italian cuisine at Simona's Pizzeria, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. In addition to traditional pies, Simona's menu includes stromboli and calzones, also known as half-moon pizzas, that are eaten sandwich-style. If you're cutting carbs or have food sensitivities, go with gluten-free or cauliflower crust. Order online for quick pickup from the convenient drive-thru window. Simona's is open from 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Chicago's Pizza with a Twist - 3641 Cox Rd., Suite F, Richmond, VA 23233
    While it's been open for only three years, Chicago's Pizza with a Twist has already developed a loyal following. So, what's the "twist?" Indian flavors are used to create inventive specialty pies such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, and Tandoori Veggie. Halal meat is available, along with cauliflower and gluten-free crusts. Margherita, Hawaiian, and other traditional pies are also on the menu for a full range of choices. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when doors are open until 11 p.m.

The best pizza is the one enjoyed while relaxing in your own Richmond home. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.

March
21

Coffee Roasters in Central Virginia

Coffee Roasters

Much like the craft beer explosion, coffee has grown from a handful of basic brands to a wide spectrum of flavors, blends, and roasts. Thanks to bulk sales and online ordering, you can even enjoy gourmet coffee at home. Our real estate agents get their java fix from these amazing coffee roasters only minutes away from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Demolition Coffee - 215 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Start your day with a charge when you pick up one of the delicious beverages at Demolition Coffee. Choose from coffee or tea, handcrafted in Richmond, and sit back in their cozy shop in a historic building near Petersburg homes for sale. Demo Coffee is open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekends.
  • Ironclad Coffee Roasters - 1805 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23223 
    Ironclad Coffee Roasters
    has its promise to customers built right into their name. After living in Europe for nearly five years, founder Ryan O'Roarke knew he wanted to provide a first-class product along with an "ironclad" commitment to a level of customer service he found lacking in many other businesses. Get a free bag of coffee with an order of Mexican Cocoa, Earl Grey & Lavender, or one of their other whole layer cakes. Cafe hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends.

  • Roastology Coffee - 2701 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Dan Allen, the owner of Roastology Coffee, believes he has a greater purpose than creating a superior brand of coffee. In order to build a strong community connection, Dan shares his knowledge with the public to enrich their own experience. Dan's approach is working as Roastology moved into a new 4,500-square-foot facility to accommodate their booming business. Roastology is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Riverbend Roastery - 2623 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
    After traveling the country in an RV in search of a "real job," Alexa and Brittany Schuett realized their calling was back in their hometown of Richmond. In a stroke of serendipity, they took the opportunity to purchase Riverbend Roastery. In late 2021, Riverbend brought back the popular Church Hill Blend, a delicious mix of hazelnut and cinnamon. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends.

  • Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. - 3121 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Coffee from a vending machine? No, not the white paper cups of generic brew you used to find in hospitals and laundromats. Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. operates vending machines around town where you can purchase bags of their quality gourmet coffee. Be sure to check out Handshake Quarterly, Blanchard's digital newsletter, with fascinating insights into their business and the coffee industry overall. Weekday hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and weekend hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Legacy Roasting - Guncotton Coffee, 238 E. Broadway, Hopewell, VA 23860
    The Legacy Roasting operation began in a garage with a grill purchased off Craiglist and supplemented with a Chevy windshield wiper motor and rotisserie drum. Today, the process takes place in a historic 1920s brick building, just down the street from Hopewell homes for sale. In addition to shipping online orders, Legacy has partnered with Guncotton Coffee to provide a convenient retail outlet. Hours are 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

When you wake up in your own Richmond home, it's always a great day. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for help with all your real estate questions. 

March
14

Richmond Art Gallery Guide for 2022

Richmond Art Gallery

Exploring a local art gallery is a great way to spend a free afternoon, and Richmond has plenty to choose from.  

Many of our real estate agents are art lovers themselves, and over the years, they've spent a lot of time in the galleries around our Richmond homes for sale. Before your next outing, take a look at our guide below and discover some of the art galleries that you should visit this year. 

  • Artspace - 2833-A Hathaway Rd, Richmond, VA 23225 
    Artspace is a non-profit member-operated gallery that has been a vital part of Richmond's art scene for over 33 years. They are currently located inside the Stratford Hills Shopping Center and feature a number of individual and group exhibitions by talented members of the community, including a collection of pieces by local middle schoolers. Plus, they host Artist Talks where you can learn from their featured artists. 
      
  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen - 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is home to four different galleries that art lovers are sure to appreciate. The artwork on display are pieces from regional and international artists, plus this arts center is conveniently close to Glen Allen homes for sale. Their four galleries are Gumenick Family Gallery, Slantwall Gallery, Midway Gallery, and Glass Door Gallery. Be sure to keep an eye on their website for the latest on featured local artists.
     
  • The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design - 2501 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220 
    The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is one of the more unique gallery experiences in Richmond. Devoted to exploring how and why things are designed the way they are, the museum explores its subject matter from all angles and includes some very unique pieces as a result. Cityscape paintings, audio exhibits, and even furniture have all been integral parts of recent showcases. If you're open to thinking about art a little differently, this place is well worth a visit.  

  • Artemis Gallery - 1601 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220 
    The Artemis Gallery is a small, locally-owned art gallery with works by more than 175 local and international artists in its collection. The pieces span a range of mediums, from photography and ceramics to wood and metal works. You'll always find something new and innovative to admire here - and if you fall in love with a piece, you may be able to take it home with you. Many of the works on display are available for purchase. 
  • Walton Gallery -  17 N Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many art galleries in downtown Richmond, but thanks to Walton Gallery, you can check out contemporary fine art in Petersburg's Old Towne District. This family-owned gallery first opened back in 2011 and has been a delightful addition to the local art scene ever since. Consider stopping by after viewing some Petersburg homes for sale.

Richmond's art scene is rich, diverse, and always changing, so why not live closer to the action? Contact us today for more information on any of our Richmond homes for sale or to book a viewing for one that's caught your eye.  

March
7

Richmond St. Patrick's Day Events

Richmond Events

Our real estate agents are always happy to welcome St. Patrick's Day back to the Richmond area! After being forced to cancel a lot of events in 2020 and 2021, we're excited to announce these great St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Richmond for 2022.

St. Patrick's Day falls on Thursday, March 17th. That means you can expect to see a lot of fun and excitement not only the weekend before St. Patrick's Day, but also the weekend after!

  • Shamrock the Block - N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of the biggest parties of the year returns to Richmond on Saturday, March 12. Shamrock the Block is not only a celebration of St. Patrick's Day but also marks the beginning of the outdoor festival season. The festivities take place along Arthur Ashe Boulevard, not far from these Richmond homes for sale. Now in its 17th year, Shamrock the Block draws upwards of 20,000 people and offers a fun-filled day of food, beer, and live music. Festivities take place from noon until 6 pm. 

  • Richmond's Official St. Patrick's Bar Crawl - Richmond, VA 23220
    There's more to St. Patrick's Day than drinking green beer, but it also wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without stopping at least a bar or two. Richmond's Official St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl offers an opportunity to do just that, including stops at several beloved local watering holes where there will be some tempting drink specials and deals to suit the occasion. The crawl takes place the evening of Saturday, March 12, but the starting point and specials are usually announced in advance, so keep an eye on the Bar Crawl's official Facebook page

  • Shamrock RunRVA 5k - 2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
    You might want to take it a little easy at the bar crawl because the Shamrock RunRVA 5k takes place the next morning! Luckily, runners don't have to get underway until 10:30 am on Sunday, March 13, and many participants will surely be grateful for the relatively late start. The 5k run/walk follows a picturesque course through Richmond, starting and ending at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. There will be a post-race after-party at the brewery, where prizes will be given out to top finishers. All participants will receive a shamrock pint glass, and a free pint to go with it. 

  • Richmond Shamrock Stroll - 101-107 N 18th St, Richmond, VA 23223
    If by the weekend after St. Patrick's Day you're ready for yet another bar crawl, then the Richmond Shamrock Stroll is ready to deliver. Beginning at 1 pm on Saturday, March 19, the Shamrock Stroll includes amazing drink specials at some of the best bars in town. It all begins at Margarita's Cantina, home of Richmond's longest happy hour, and your wrist band will also grant quick entry and cheap drinks at some of the city's favorite pubs.

  • Church Hill Irish Festival - E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223
    Now in its 35th year, the annual Church Hill Irish Festival returns to Richmond on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, 2022. Although it's more than a week after St. Patrick's Day, this traditional festival keeps the Irish spirit going. The festivities take place from 10 am to 6 pm both days, and include traditional Irish music, dancing, crafts, food, and drink at Patrick Henry Park.

  • Explore Local Breweries - Multiple Locations
    Not able to make it during the official bar crawls? Part of living in the Central Virginia area means you're never far from a great local brewery. If you'll be further south in the Petersburg area looking at Petersburg homes for sale, consider stopping by Trapezium Brewing Co for a great selection of rotating drafts. Or if you'll be up north looking at Glen Allen homes for sale, consider grabbing a bite and a brew to enjoy at Intermission Beer Company.

Contact us today to learn more about fun upcoming events in the Richmond area! No matter the season, there's always something exciting to look forward to, which is just one of the reasons Richmond is such a special place to call home. 

February
28

Showing Later Today? 5 Richmond Places Your Kids Will Love

Family Fun in Richmond

Keeping the family busy with fun things to do isn't hard when you call the Richmond area home. Our real estate agents know it's important to be out of the home for showings or an open house. But where should you go during that time? If your home is listed among the Richmond homes for sale, consider stopping by these family-friendly locations for some fun while your showing is going on. 

  1. IC Scoops - 2447-A County Dr., Petersburg, VA 23801
    Parents may pretend they're treating the kids with a trip to IC Scoops, just down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. But really, who can resist all those luscious ice cream and milkshake flavors? There are also cookies and brownies to enjoy solo or a la mode. If you want to eat an actual meal first, IC Scoops serves burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, and a soup of the day. Follow them on Facebook for information about daily specials. Hours are 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  2. Agecroft Hall & Gardens - 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond, VA 23221
    See how much fun history can be at Agecroft Hall & Gardens. The stunning Tudor-style manor was home to landed gentry in Lancashire, England, dating back to the 16th century. Transplanted to Richmond in the mid-1920s, Agecraft Hall and its lush gardens offer a fascinating look into the Elizabethan Era. Quill Theatre, on the grounds of Agecraft Hall, hosts the annual Shakespeare Festival. Tickets for the museum are $10 for adults and $6 for students, with no charge to tour the gardens. Agecraft Hall is open Thursday through Sunday from noon - 5 p.m.

  3. Richmond Railroad Museum - 102 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    The Richmond Railroad Museum keeps this important part of Americana alive for current and future generations. Artifacts, photos, and documents tell the story of railroading in Virginia and the vital role it played in the state's growth. Richmond's largest HO scale model railroad includes a model of a former Governor's Mansion, based on a picture from a 1930s-era postcard. Go inside an actual steam locomotive from 1924 and take a walking tour of a flood wall along the James River. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-13. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  4. The Circuit Arcade Bar - 3121 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Pinball and arcade games paved the way for today's high-tech video games. Challenge your kids to some old-school competition at The Circuit Arcade Bar. Choose from more than 80 classic and modern titles such as Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Keep your energy up with tacos, chicken wings, and other traditional snacks. Games operate on 1-3 tokens, which are sold 4 for $1. A $20 annual gold membership includes perks such as priority check-in with no waiting in line. Family-friendly hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends. 

  5. Mad Science - 11551 Nuckols Rd., Suite J, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Inspire a love of science when you book a workshop or enrichment program at Mad Science. Their lab, not far from Glen Allen homes for sale, is a great way to teach your kids a variety of fun science experiments. The team at Mad Science is committed to teaching kids how interesting science can be! Be sure to check out their website for their latest schedule and workshops.

Share the vibrant cultural, entertainment, and educational opportunities of Richmond with your whole family. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

February
21

Hard Seltzer Made in Richmond

Richmond Seltzer

In just over five years, since the debut of White Claw, hard seltzer is now challenging craft beer as the country's adult beverage of choice. Boasting a legendary brewing scene, it was only a matter of time until Richmond started crafting hard seltzers and perfecting that as well! 

Our real estate agents look forward to raising a glass to this taste sensation with these great hard seltzer brands around Richmond homes for sale

  • River City Seltzer - 2114 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Hitting the market in August 2020, River City Seltzer already had a hometown advantage. The new brand is a spin-off from Bryant's Cider in Nelson County, which has a popular taproom in the trendy Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond. Jerry Thornton, owner of Bryant's, was inspired to start his new venture when he realized he didn't care for any of the national brands. River City Seltzers are naturally carbonated, with no processed sugar or flavors. Coming in at only 100 calories, seltzers such as Peach and Unicorn Fuel are light and refreshing. Taproom hours are noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Richmond Seltzer Co. - Stoplight Gelato Cafe, 405 Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Vanessa Gleiser developed an interest in craft spirits while working at Bryant's Cider. When Vanessa and her childhood friend-turned-partner Iain Gordon decided the city needed a hard seltzer taproom, Richmond Seltzer Co. was born. Plans are in the works to share space with Stoplight Gelato Cafe in Jackson Ward. In the meantime, Vanessa and Iain are turning out blackberry sour, peach hibiscus, and passion fruit/guava/orange hard seltzers from their apartment kitchen.

  • Benchtop Brewing - 434 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    Norfolk's Benchtop Brewing is bringing its award-winning beverages and innovative spirit to Richmond in early 2022. Owner Eric Tennant seized the opportunity to open a satellite location in the Manchester neighborhood, forming a beer-centric area with fellow breweries Legend and Basic City. Eric uses his unique background as a food scientist to continuously improve his lineup of tasty, high-quality brews. "Benchtop" is a term used to refer to the first iteration of a new prototype, honoring Eric's goal to keep the brewery's product new and exciting. Last May, Eric tried his hand at hard seltzer when he produced the "world's first snobby seltzer." Dubbed the Bubbler, the drink is made with raspberries and phantasm, a high-tech ingredient created by freezing the skins of sauvignon blanc grapes. Watch the website and follow Benchtop on Facebook for information about the Richmond opening.

  • Buskey Cider - 2910 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
    While other students at Hampden-Sydney College were cramming for exams, Will Correll was working toward his future by learning to make cider in his dorm room. Will's efforts paid off in 2015 when he and his wife Elle opened Buskey Cider in a 7,000-square-foot historic building in Scott's Addition, one of the country's most notable beverage districts. Buskey Cider is made with 100 percent fresh-pressed Virginia apples with no added sugar, dilution, or acid adjustments. The result is a flavorful drink that's at a level above most cider brands. Incorporating the new trend, Buskey has begun producing a "light" cider that's similar to hard seltzer. Buskey Cider is open 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Traditional and contemporary find their perfect meeting place in Richmond. If you're buying or selling real estate, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA. 

February
14

Local Favorites: Award-Winning Richmond Restaurants

Richmond Restaurants

Richmond has gained a reputation as one of America's next great food cities. Forbes recently described it as a "hidden culinary gem," and it's a place where you'll find eateries serving fresh seafood and tasty Southern fare alongside amazing flavors from all around the globe.

Our real estate agents have long sung the praises of Richmond's unique and varied cuisine. For a taste of what our city has to offer, look no further than these award-winning restaurants in Richmond. 

  • Mama J's Kitchen - 415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond's premier Soul Food restaurant, Mama J's Kitchen, is a labor of love for Velma "Mama J" Johnson and her family. Among its many accolades, Thrillist called Mama J's one of the "50 Restaurants to Try Before You Die," and the restaurant has been featured on ESPN, National Geographic, and Southern Living. Of course, none of that is as important as Mama J's friendly atmosphere and amazing menu. It's also just minutes from many Richmond homes for sale

  • Alewife - 3120 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23223
    Nestled in Richmond's historic Church Hill neighborhood, Alewife has its roots in the traditional seafood dishes and cocktails of the Mid-Atlantic region. But its unique, sophisticated dishes are always full of surprises. In 2019, Alewife was ranked among the best new restaurants in America by both Esquire and GQ magazine and chef. Owner Lee Gregory is a three-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist.

  • Rappahannock Oyster Co. - 320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Named a "2014 Best New Restaurant" by Esquire, Rappahannock Oyster Co. highlights the unique shellfish of the Chesapeake Bay region. With its industrial-chic ambiance and world-class raw bar, the Rappahannock Oyster Co. is also a farm-to-table restaurant that sources its ingredients locally and also serves up a great selection of craft beers and cocktails. 

  • Alexander's - 101 West Bank St, Petersburg, VA 23803 
    Opened in 1977, Alexander's serves up flavorful dishes inspired by Greece, Italy, and American comfort food that locals rave about. Their Mediterranean dishes have been voted as some of the area's best. Plus, they are only a short drive away from Petersburg homes for sale. Both lunch and dinner menus are available and are sure to impress!

  • Lehja Restaurant - 11800 W Broad St, Suite 910, Richmond, VA 23233
    For Indian food in the Richmond area, Lehja Restaurant is a local favorite. Chef Sandeep "Sunny" Baweja is a 2019 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist, and Lehja was included in Washingtonian Magazine's top 15 must-visit RVA destinations. Serving traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary flair, Lahja Restaurant's sauces and seasonings often take 10-plus hours to prepare. It's also known for its stylish decor and comfy outdoor dining area and a convenient location in Richmond's Short Pump neighborhood. 

  • Peter Chang Cafe - 11424 W Broad St, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    A talented chef known for his dazzling cuisine, Peter Chang was a finalist for best chef in Mid-Atlantic in the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2016. His namesake restaurant in Glen Allen—one of several restaurants on the East Coast that bears his name—serves up artful Szechuan specialties family-style in a warm, welcoming setting. Peter Chang Cafe made the Washingtonian's "100 Very Best Restaurants" list in its inaugural year and is convenient to numerous Glen Allen homes for sale

  • The Boathouse at Sunday Park - 4602 Millridge Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112
    The Boathouse at Sunday Park is a fixture of "best date night spot" lists in the Richmond area and was also been bestowed with a Couples' Choice Award from WeddingWire. It's a charming waterfront spot located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale, with a full bar and beautiful indoor and outdoor dining areas. Locally-sourced is the star of their menu, but they also serve up some next-level burgers. 

Contact us today to learn more about Richmond's amazing dining options. If you're looking for your dream home in Central Virginia, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

February
7

6 Dog-Friendly Places in Central Virginia

Dog Friendly Richmond

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.

  1. Dog Krazy - 3310 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for some of the highest quality pet products around, a stop by Dog Krazy is in order. This specialty pet store offers a wide selection of quality dog food as well as essentials, toys, and treats. You'll also enjoy checking out their assortment of doggie baked goods. 

  2. Ruff Canine Club - 1924 Ellen Rd, Richmond, VA 23230
    This members-only dog club offers a recreational haven for your pup. Dogs have plenty of room to run around and play at Ruff Canine Club, while owners can enjoy a drink at the dog bar. Memberships are available on a monthly or annual basis, but you can also buy a guest pass for the day if you want to check it out.

  3. Dogtopia - 13615 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Looking for some great boarding options? Dogtopia is a premier destination for daycare, boarding, and spa services. However, this is more than just a place to drop off your dog -- the staff at Dogtopia offer training to help pets learn valuable social skills during their stay. The daycare is an off-leash setting, so your dog will have complete freedom to explore. Dogtopia is a great option for pet boarding, especially if you're considering one of these great Midlothian homes for sale nearby.

  4. Swift Creek Animal Hospital & Pet Resort - 2331 Colony Crossing Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Easy access to high-quality medical care can be found at Swift Creek Animal Hospital. This vet clinic offers comprehensive services to help keep your dog feeling healthy. Emergency services, basic health care, dental care, and even laser treatments, you'll find everything you need and more. They also have an onsite pet resort for daycare, boarding, and spa services.

  5. Scott Memorial Park - 6680 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    If your pet is in need of some fresh air, a nice walk Scott Memorial Park could do you both some good. This beautiful park consists of ballfields, playgrounds, walking trails, and obstacle courses, spread across 10 acres of land. It's the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. If you love this park, you might enjoy checking out some great Prince George homes for sale just down the road.

  6. Dorey Park and Recreation Center - 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231
    Head on over to Henrico and check out one of the best dog parks in Central Virginia. Dorey Park has an excellent outdoor, off-leash dog park. It's about 1 acre and is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. The park has its own section for small pups and another one for large dogs. There is also a trailhead for the Virginia Capital Trail right next to the park, so you can head on a nice walk in the woods. There are also plenty of gorgeous Henrico homes for sale not too far away.

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.

January
31

Date Night Idea: Richmond Cooking Classes

RVA Cooking Classes

Looking for a fun way to spend your next date night with someone special? A cooking class is a great way to spend some quality time, learn something new, and enjoy some fantastic food in the process. No matter your experience level with cooking or what types of food you enjoy, there's sure to be a local cooking class that you'll love for your next date night. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 of the best places for cooking classes in the Richmond area.

  • Mise En Place – 104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
    With a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a wide variety of classes available, Mise En Place is one of Richmond's most popular places for cooking classes. There are multiple fun, educational cooking classes here every month, with diverse subject matter that allows you to learn about and enjoy cuisine from all around the world. There are even special Couple in the Kitchen classes, perfect for a date night. Be sure to check the schedule online and reserve your place ahead of time, as spaces in these classes tend to fill up fast.

  • Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place – 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    When you book a cooking class with Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place, you can conveniently shop for groceries right after to try out your new culinary skills. Plus, the location is convenient to many Glen Allen homes for sale. Be sure to check out their online calendar for full details on their Wine and Dine demonstrations or cooking class evenings.

  • Midlothian Chef's Kitchen – 11501 Busy St., North Chesterfield, VA 23236
    Operated by the husband-and-wife team of award-winning chef David Dunlap and his wife Brittany, the Midlothian Chef's Kitchen is one of the more popular dining destinations near Chesterfield County homes for sale. You can stop by anytime for an excellent meal, visit a special event to learn more about how to create your own culinary masterpieces, or even book a private party for you, your special someone, and a group of friends. The menu here focuses on New American cuisine, prepared with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

  • Pitmastery – 164 Edgefield St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Is barbecue more your speed? Pitmastery has classes that will teach you to become a true expert at barbecuing and smoking on any grilling device. If you're serious about grilling, then you're sure to love the classes offered by Pitmastery. They'll teach you everything from the basics to the most advanced techniques and even offer a certification that qualifies you as a pitmaster. There are educational classes, masterclasses, and private events available, making it easy to plan your next date night.

  • From Scratch Cooking School – Richmond, VA
    Owned and operated by local chef Elizabeth Oliver, From Scratch Cooking School is all about teaching you how to create fun, flavorful, healthy meals for your family. Chef Oliver offers a variety of hands-on classes, cooking demonstrations, and workshops that are ideal for a date night. Have a fun night out, and learn some great tips to help you enjoy every meal with your family at home.

Interested in buying or selling a home close to all of the amazing attractions and fun activities around Richmond? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA, area.

January
24

Opening in Richmond Early 2022: Hatch Local Food Hall

Richmond Food Hall

Richmond has a vibrant culinary scene, and that means we always have new restaurants to try! Food halls are growing in popularity across the country, and there's one expected to open in the downtown area very soon.

Our real estate agents have passed by the building many times on their way to and from our Richmond homes for sale. With its grand opening so close on the horizon, let's take a closer look at this promising new dining destination.

The Location 

The Hatch Local Food Hall is currently being set up at 400 Hull Street in Richmond, VA. When it's complete, it will feature a coffee bar, a full-service bar, and a lively local market. There are also plans for a space for outdoor dining and events. Patrons will be able to reserve the space ahead of time for occasions like birthday parties or corporate gatherings.  

The Vendors 

The hall is set to host seven local food establishments at first, including: 

  • Buttermilk + Honey by Mike Lindsey and Kimberley Love-Lindsey. This shop sells delectable fried chicken and southern sides. Their chicken sandwich is reported to be excellent, and they even offer gluten-free and vegan fried chicken options so everyone can enjoy their dishes.
     
  • Oro by Laine Myers. This establishment is run by an award-winning chef and serves multi-regional Italian foods with a local twist. Their dishes incorporate fresh noodles and seasonal vegetables to create a bright and enticing array of pasta dishes.  

  • Sincero by Adam Bobadilla and Karen Negvesky. If you're hungry for some authentic Mexican cuisine, this restaurant is the place to go. Deliciously seasoned tacos, burritos, tostadas, and more are all on the menu here. 

  • Royal Pig by Vanna Hem and Adam Stull. This restaurant highlights the rich aromatic flavors of Cambodian comfort food, serving market-friendly favorites like coconut curries and beef skewers.
     
  • Fat Kid Sandwiches by Jon Martin and Liz Clifford. Run by a couple with a passion for simple yet delicious dishes, this sandwich shop blends bar food staples with Italian and Southern influences to create an irresistible lunch menu.
     
  • Odyssey Fish by Lee Gregory. This small shop adds something new to the lineup with casual yet sustainable seafood dishes you're sure to love. The menu was prepared by the same team who created the food at Alewife, a top local restaurant recently named Southern-Living's "Best Restaurant of the South" in 2020. 

  • The Beet Box by Ashley Lewis and Antione Meredith. A great stop for the health-conscious, this hip juice bar serves natural high-nutrition options like smoothie bowls, fresh-pressed juice, and gourmet toast. 

Coming Soon 

Hatch Local Food Hall is currently set to open in early 2022. When it does, it will operate every week between Wednesday and Sunday from 8 AM to 10 PM. For now, you can observe their progress and check out some of the delicious dishes that will be available on the hall's Instagram page. You can also purchase an e-gift card for anyone you know who might be interested in visiting once the hall is up and running.  

Discover More of the Richmond Region

Contact us today to learn more about what you can expect when you call the Richmond area home. 

January
17

RVA Neighborhood Guide for 2022

RVA Neighborhoods

Our real estate agents know buying a home isn't just about a home. It's about choosing a neighborhood. Picking the right one means entering the living history of a place you'll be proud to call home. When it comes to Richmond homes for sale, there truly are no wrong answers. Each of the six major communities throughout the Richmond Virginia Area ("RVA") has its own character and storied history.

Getting ready to move to the RVA in 2022? It can be tough to wrap your head around the options, so get started with our 2022 RVA Neighborhood Guide. Here, you'll get the facts you need to start exploring your favorite part of the RVA in earnest.

The RVA's unique neighborhoods include:

  • Hanover
    Hanover is best known for its open spaces and brilliantly preserved history of America's colonial past all within close proximity to Hanover homes for sale. Move here and you'll be within minutes of some of Virginia's top parks and rivers. Hanover is home to some of Richmond's best local restaurants. It's also a terrific place to raise a family, thanks in no small part to the many theme parks and the social calendar stuffed with family-friendly fun.

  • Ashland
    Located 15 miles north of Richmond, Ashland is undeniably a big part of the area's flavor. This small town sits at the crossroads of Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Norfolk, making Ashland homes for sale a popular choice for the career-minded. Historic main street will delight you with its shops, restaurants, and breweries – and don't forget the historic campus of Randolph-Macon College.

  • New Kent
    New Kent attracts visitors from all over the United States for its world-class accommodations and amenities. Here, you'll find some of the region's finest golf courses, vineyards, and historic venues for weddings. At the confluence of three grand rivers, it is a breathtaking base from which to experience Virginia's great outdoors. Golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, and boating are all popular activities near New Kent homes for sale.

  • Henrico
    Replete with Richmond's densest collection of unique small restaurants, dotted with historic sites that have no parallel elsewhere in the U.S. These days, it is known as a quiet suburban area, with fantastic Henrico homes for sale, that combines easy access to the best of city living with a relaxed, rural flair owing to the local farmlands, vineyards, and bed and breakfasts.

  • City
    The rich and diverse center of the RVA area is Richmond itself. It is packed with some of the leading art, music, and performance venues anywhere in the country along with the campus of the University of Virginia. Richmond is also a centerpiece of the craft brewery craze and has been home to dozens of America's greatest restaurants, many of which can still be found only here – where it all started.

  • Chesterfield
    Chesterfield is framed by the James and Appomattox Rivers. Its southern border is defined by 3,000-acre Lake Chesdin. With a collection of more than 20 public parks and bursting with history everywhere you look, it is the kind of place where you feel like you can get away from it all – while still being a part of everything. Many choose Chesterfield homes for sale for that reason! 

  • Tri-Cities
    Just 20 miles south of central Richmond, the area around Colonial Heights homes for sale dates all the way back to colonial times. Besides the many historical destinations you can visit, the area is also home to the Southpark Mall, a modern shopping destination that gets visitors from across the Tri-Cities area. Further south you'll find Hopewell homes for sale and Petersburg homes for sale.

Our team is here to help you find the right place for you to call home! Ready to learn more? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to discover it all for yourself.

January
3

Say 'I Do' At These Central Virginia Wedding Venues

Central Virginia Wedding

It's hard to imagine a more romantic place to get married than right here in Richmond. With its amazing restaurants, beautiful gardens, and historic cobblestone streets, Richmond is a very romantic city to tie the knot. 

But you still need to book the perfect venue, and luckily, you have a lot of options. Plan your big day at these wedding venues in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

  • Tiny Chapel Weddings - Richmond, VA 23261
    One of the best venues for a small wedding in Richmond is the Tiny Chapel, a mini-church that takes a few cues from the 'tiny house' movement. This 100 square-foot chapel is modeled after a traditional country church, and best of all, it's mobile. The Tiny Chapel can come to you, so wherever you want to get married in the Richmond area—even your own backyard—the Tiny Chapel is an option. 

  • Altria Theater - 6 N Laurel St, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you're planning an epic wedding and need an equally epic venue, consider the Altria Theater. Located at the southwest corner of Monroe Park in the heart of downtown Richmond, this theater can host parties up to 800 seated and 1,400 standing in its majestic Grand Ballroom. It's one of the city's most elegant, stylish wedding venues, and it's just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale.

  • The Boathouse at Sunday Park - 4602 Millridge Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112
    The Boathouse at Sunday Park is a charming indoor/outdoor event venue overlooking a beautiful 1,700-acre lake. It's elegant yet relaxed and a perfect venue for a spring, summer, or fall wedding. The lake makes a spectacular natural backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Located a stone's throw from many Midlothian homes for sale, the Boathouse at Sunday Park offers several different wedding packages, with a potential capacity up to 225. 

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    First opened in 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is open 365 days a year and has earned a reputation as one of the finest museums in Richmond. It also has several spaces that can be rented out for private events, including weddings. The VMFA offers an opportunity to get hitched beneath the Atrium's towering skylights surrounded by 35,000 works of art. 

  • The Ward Center - 132 N Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Petersburg's Ward Center for Contemporary Art is a spacious gallery, studio space, and event venue. Newly renovated in 2014, the Ward Center offers a unique blend of historic charm and state-of-the-art modern amenities. The event venue side of the center can accommodate up to 500 guests, with a VIP loft area and a fully equipped commercial kitchen. It's just 25 miles from Richmond and minutes away from these Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Common House - 303 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    An in-demand space for rehearsal dinners, weddings, and receptions, the Common House offers several unique spaces in a renovated historic building. Located in the heart of Richmond's Arts District, it's a rustic-chic space with indoor and outdoor venues that can host up to 160 guests. Common house also offers in-house catering, along with a vast wine cellar and a staff sommelier who can help choose the perfect wine for your reception. 

Getting married is just the first step. When it comes time to find a perfect home where you can spend the rest of your lives together, our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home in the Richmond area!

December
27

How to Find a Coworking Space in Richmond

Richmond Coworking

The last few years have made people rethink where and how they work. It comes as no surprise that the number of coworking spaces and people who use them has skyrocketed in 2021. 

In all fairness, coworking was already a major trend before the pandemic changed everything—the number of flexible workspaces in the U.S. grew by more than 200% between 2014 and 2018—but being forced to work from home has shifted everyone's perspectives. After all, wouldn't it be great if you could work from home... but not from home? 

What is Coworking?

If you've ever used a local coffee shop as a place to get work done, then you have an idea of what coworking is all about. But a dedicated coworking space is different because it's actually designed with the needs of remote workers in mind. 

At a typical coworking space, you'll see individuals and groups all working independently on their own projects in a space that's made for working. Coworking spaces have all the amenities remote workers need, like Wi-Fi, printers, various workspaces, and conference areas. 

Unlike a coffee shop, you won't feel like you're on display. And unlike a coffee shop, you don't have to keep buying a steady stream of coffee and scones to avoid feeling like a freeloader (but don't worry; many coworking spaces have coffee and snacks). 

Coworking Spaces in Richmond

The number of spaces dedicated to coworking in the Richmond area has gone through the roof in recent years. Check out some of these amazing places convenient to Richmond homes for sale

  • Venture X - 1806 Summit Ave Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23230
    Spanning 18,000 square feet, Venture X is one of the largest coworking spaces in the city. Venture X is designed with various workers' needs in mind, and you can choose different membership plans depending on what works best for you. Options range from a shared or individual desk to a conference room or communal office. Plus, there's free coffee at the onsite cafe. 

  • Expansive - 11 S 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Richmond location of Expansive (a growing nationwide group of coworking spaces) is conveniently located where the historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood meets Richmond's financial district. Nestled in a red brick building dating back to 1905, Expansive offers a modern, vibrant and flexible workspace with dedicated desks, conference rooms, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, private offices, and even a working mothers' room. 

  • Common House - 303 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    A unique multi-function space in the heart of Richmond's arts district, Common House offers a little bit of everything. It's equal parts common space and social club, with open coworking and meeting spaces as well as food and drink, community lounges, and an event venue space. They even have an outdoor pool and a wine club. It's a whole new way to look at working remotely.

  • Gather - 313 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Gather provides one of Richmond's premier coworking spaces, with beautifully renovated offices, meeting spaces, and communal work areas. It's a perfect environment in which freelancers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs can grow and thrive. In addition to the Gather location in the Downtown arts district, Gather also operates coworking spaces in Midlothian, Short Pump, and Scott's Addition. Membership to one grants you access to all of them. 

Contact us today to learn more about living and working in Richmond, VA. Whether you work from home, from a coworking space, or at a traditional workplace, Richmond offers a host of amazing opportunities. 

December
13

7 Things to do in Richmond This Winter

Richmond Winter

Winter is a wonderful time in Richmond, with a great mix of holiday and traditional attractions to explore with the whole family. It's the perfect time to check out some of the city's most popular cultural attractions, enjoy events that will get you in the holiday spirit, or see some of your favorite outdoor attractions transformed for the winter. Our real estate agents have 7 fun Richmond activities to keep you busy this winter.

  • Holiday Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    An annual holiday classic close to Richmond homes for sale, the GardenFest of Lights sees the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden transformed for the holiday season. This lovely event is open every night from November 22 through January 9, featuring holiday lights, great food, delightful decorations, and so much more. Tickets are only available online, so be sure to purchase them before your visit.

  • Festive Beers at Trapezium Brewing Co.​​​​​​​ – 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Richmond's brewing scene is well known among craft beer fans! Head south of Richmond to the Petersburg area and check out what seasonal beers Trapezium Brewing Co. has on tap. Make a day of it and check out Petersburg homes for sale while you're in the area.
     
  • Family Fun at the CMoR – 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Looking for a way to keep the little ones entertained? Kids of all ages will have a great time at the Children's Museum of Richmond, where educational family fun is always on the schedule. The museum is open every week from Wednesday through Sunday, with online tickets that make it easy to plan your visit.

  • Shopping at Short Pump Town Center – 11800 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23233
    An open-air mall with over 100 stores and more than 20 restaurants, Short Pump Town Center is a great place to have some fun while you check items off of your holiday shopping list. While you're there, enjoy some holiday decorations, pictures with Santa, pet nights with Santa, and other fun events throughout the holiday season.

  • Discover the Story of Virginia at VMHC – 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Operated by the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is an excellent destination for learning more about the stories that have shaped the wonderful state that we call home. Check out great exhibits like The Story of Virginia, Landscapes of Virginia, and Partners of History, along with a busy schedule of special events.

  • See a Show at Altria Theater – 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Settle in for a show that the whole family will love at Altria Theater. Plus you can catch some of the biggest live music acts to visit Richmond all winter long. Or give the gift of theater and buy tickets for those still on your holiday shopping list.

  • Skating at Richmond Ice Zone – 636 Johnston Willis Dr., Richmond, VA 23236
    Why wait for the winter weather when you can enjoy some frozen fun anytime at Richmond Ice Zone? One of two ice skating rinks in the city that is open all winter long, the Ice Zone offers public skating most days of the week, lessons, and all of the equipment that you need to enjoy your time on the ice.

Is shopping for a home at the top of your to-do list this winter? Let our team make your life easier. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

December
6

National Lager Day: Richmond Brewery Spotlight

Richmond Lager

Our real estate agents know many local homebuyers are passionate about craft brewing.

When you explore Richmond homes for sale, you'll be minutes from the hub of the craft brewing craze in the historic neighborhood of Scott's Addition. And with National Lager Day coming up fast on December 10, it's never been a better time to go on an exciting Richmond brewery tour of your own.

Lager is beer brewed and conditioned at low temperatures, and it comes in pale, amber, and dark varieties. Most popular retail beers are American-style lagers. 

Let's check out some top places to celebrate National Lager Day:

  • Hardywood Richmond – 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond, VA, 23238
    Hardywood Richmond is known for its Richmond lager, which is fully unfiltered and comes from top-quality ingredients. Virginia-grown Cascade Hops make the Richmond lager a true taste of home that simply can't be duplicated anywhere else.
     
  • Väsen Brewing Company – 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    Väsen Brewing Company stands out for its creative flavors, including the smooth Velvet Walrus milk stout aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on hazelnut coffee. Regulars love the company's commitment to the environment and its passion for the great outdoors.

  • The Veil Brewing Co. – 1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond, VA 23230 
    With three locations in Richmond and one in Norfolk, The Veil Brewing Co. is never far from where you want to be. The original Scott's Addition location opened its doors in 2014 and is still the hippest and happening in The Veil portfolio. In addition to more than two dozen options on draft, you can always find cans or bottles of your favorite craft brew concoctions available for pick up or to go.

  • Bingo Beer Co. – 2900 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    For food, fun, and games along with some of the best lager in town, Bingo Beer Co. is the place to be. In addition to nearly a dozen lagers including the house favorite Free Space and the sugar-free Potter's Cider, you'll also find a full selection of cocktails, wine, and liquor. The menu is full of surprises, from the cheesesteak eggs rolls to the "Viet Po'Boy" and the bacon jam burger.

  • The Taphouse at River's Bend – 13131 Rivers Bend Boulevard, Chester, VA 23836
    Conveniently located inside a popular local Food Lion, The Taphouse at River's Bend turns heads with its array of 20 taps and its classic menu. Foods run the gamut from pub fare like wings and shrimp to the more complex charcuterie plates, Caprese salad, and hot-pressed paninis. Every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can drop in to see live acoustic musicians from the local area. It's one more terrific reason to choose Chester homes for sale.

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. – 423 3rd Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Trapezium Brewing Co. sits right at the heart of Old Towne Petersburg, just a short distance from some of the most sought-after Petersburg homes for sale. In fact, the original is so beloved that it has just recently opened a new location in Amherst. Come to the Petersburg taproom, open since 2016, for the original experience complete with fresh-baked Neapolitan-style pizzas, appetizers, and desserts.

Ready to learn more about the Richmond area? Contact us for more on Richmond real estate.

November
22

Shop Local This Holiday Season in Central Virginia

Central Virginia Shopping

The holiday season is around the corner, and the small businesses of Central Virginia are gearing up to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Shopping small is a great way to support the community, help strengthen your favorite local businesses, and grab unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. Our real estate agents have all of the key details on 6 great places to shop small in Central Virginia for the holiday season.

  • Lazy Daisy Gift Shop – 4841 Commonwealth Centre Pkwy., Midlothian, VA 23112
    With multiple locations in Central Virginia, including one around the corner from Midlothian homes for sale, the Lazy Daisy Gift Shop is an excellent place to pick up gifts, holiday decorations, and so much more. What started as a small country gift shop has since grown into a hub for local vendors and artisans, where you can find that special gift for anyone on your shopping list.

  • Cocoanut Jewelry – 405 N. Ridge Rd., Henrico, VA 23229
    A local favorite in the Richmond area for more than 45 years, Cocoanut Jewelry has recently moved to a new location near Henrico homes for sale. This new permanent location features all of your old favorites, including beautiful, handcrafted jewelry, clocks, the perfect frame for any picture, and plenty more. Whether you're looking for an elegant piece of jewelry for that special someone or a truly unique piece of home décor, you can find it at Cocoanut Jewelry.

  • Adiva Naturals – 1802 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23223
    All-natural skin and hair care products are the name of the game at Adiva Naturals, which has been operating in the same location close to Richmond homes for sale for nearly 20 years. With soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and luxurious bath bombs, Adiva Naturals has something for everyone.

  • Second Hand Rose – 11 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    You won't have to travel far from Petersburg homes for sale to find some truly distinctive vintage clothing this holiday season, thanks to fantastic local shops like Second Hand Rose. With a focus on clothing produced between the 1920s and 1980s, Second Hand Rose offers items for women, men, and children of all ages. In addition to clothing, you can find jewelry, purses, shoes, and hats that are sure to impress.

  • The Boho Basement – 4924 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230
    With more than 40 local vendors, artists, creators, and vintage curators selling a vast variety of items, The Boho Basement is the ideal place to find something for those "hard to shop for" people on your list. This shop also hosts the fun Merry & Bright Holiday Shop Crawl starting on Black Friday, making it easier than ever to shop local.

  • The Shops at 5807 – 5807 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Looking for a place where you can find something for nearly everyone on your list in one convenient location? The Shops at 5807 have you covered, with more than 30 outstanding local vendors under one roof. The many vendors here offer jewelry, clothing, toys for kids, home décor, boutique fashion, art, and even items for your pets.

There's no place like home for the holidays, and our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect place to settle down. Contact us to buy and sell homes in your favorite Central Virginia communities.

November
8

National Espresso Day: Central Virginia Cafe Guide

Cafes in Richmond

If espresso is your favorite "pick me up," our real estate agents have some great news for you!

National Espresso Day 2021 is coming up on Tuesday the 23rd. No matter where you are in Central Virginia, you'll find plenty of places where you can perk up with a cup of this powerful beverage. Whether you prefer your espresso hot, iced, on its own, or combined with milk, you'll find plenty of options in Richmond area cafes.

Let's look at some options for celebrating National Espresso Day in style:

  • Grit Coffee Roasting Co. – 409 Libbie Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
    You can order online for convenient pickup at Grit Coffee Roasting Co., an area staple not far from Richmond homes for sale. It's come a long way since opening its very first location in 2008 just off the University of Virginia campus. Known for globally sourced roasts like "Side Hustle" and "Night Shift," it's also a friendly and happening place to raise a cup for National Espresso Day.

  • The Village Cafe – 1001 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Open daily from 9 a.m., with extended hours all the way to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, The Village Cafe is a family business that has been owned by the Ruegers since 2004. In addition to the espresso, you can find a wide range of treats on a menu bursting with flavor: Starters, salads, loaded potatoes, baked subs, sandwiches, croissants, burritos, pizza, pasta, and signature dishes are all available.

  • Demolition Coffee – 215 East Bank Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    A treat nestled just a short drive from Petersburg homes for sale, you can visit Demolition Coffee for your morning or afternoon pick me up. Menu options featuring their fantastic espresso include their mocha, cappuccino, and dirty chai. Or add an extra shot of espresso to your beverage for only $1.50. Don't forget to check out their pastry case while you're there!

  • Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe – 13872 Coalfield Commons Place, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Conveniently located right next to the Midlothian Library, Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe is a place you might just love to visit if you choose Midlothian homes for sale. Dedicated to "bringing the farm to the city," it's where to look first for locally sourced, wholesome meals based on fresh produce, dairy, and humanely raised meat. And you won't want to forget the espresso, either!

  • Coal Mine Coffee – 117 Browns Way Road, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Coal Mine Coffee has a menu of different coffee styles to choose from, including favorites like espresso and new takes on the classics, not to mention cake pops. It also delivers a full list of events such as book signings and tastings inside the coffeehouse and beyond. 

Now that you've ordered your espresso are you ready to explore real estate opportunities throughout Central Virginia? Contact us for experienced assistance buying or selling properties throughout the area.

November
1

Go For A Ride Day: Virginia Scenic Drives

Scenic Drives Richmond

The leaves are changing colors and Central Virginia's finest fall foliage is on display. What a perfect time to go on a scenic drive to take it all in! On Monday, November 22, Go for a Ride Day honors our nation's long love affair with the open road. Our real estate agents urge you to take a spin along one of these scenic routes near Richmond.

  • Heart of Virginia Wine Trail - James River Cellars, 11008 Washington Hwy., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Is there a better excuse for a road trip than wine tasting? Follow the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail and sample the wares of five top Richmond-area wineries. Start your travels at James River Cellars Winery, just minutes from Glen Allen homes for sale. Purchase a $25 passport for a souvenir wine glass and a basic wine flight at each stop. Complete the passport in a day, a month, or a year to be eligible for a quarterly prize drawing.

  • Virginia State Route 6
    As part of a Virginia Scenic Byway, Virginia State Route 6 offers a pleasant drive through some of the area's loveliest scenery. Start in the Mission District, right down the street from Richmond homes for sale, and take time to stop at some of the vineyards and wineries along the way. The entire road stretches just over 100 miles, ending in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Afton. 

  • Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Hwy. 211 E., Luray, VA 22835
    Two hours north of Richmond, at 105 miles, Skyline Drive takes only about three hours to travel from start to finish. The good news is that this allows plenty of time to explore the many delights of majestic Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Drive is the only public road running through the park, so you may find yourself sharing it with deer, turkeys, and other wildlife that live on the grounds. With nearly 70 overlooks, there are numerous opportunities for sweeping, panoramic views of the Valley. Skyline Drive is open daily around the clock, weather allowing, and there is no admission fee charged.

  • Colonial Parkway - Colonial National Historical Park, 1000 Colonial Pkwy., Yorktown, VA 23690
    Colonial Parkway is a relatively short 23 miles long, but the distance it takes you back in time is incredible. Construction of the parkway presented a unique challenge of unifying several sites while maintaining the integrity of both the structures and the land surrounding them, Today, millions of residents and tourists travel the parkway each year to view Virginia's historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Roughly one hour southeast of Richmond, you'll experience 400 years of colonial history against a backdrop of rivers, forests, and open vistas.

  • Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Of course, you don't have to travel far to see stunning fall colors! In fact, near Chesterfield homes for sale, Pocahontas State Park is a great option to see some stunning Virginia scenery. Not only is this drive close by, but it's also a great way to enjoy a scenic drive into the park followed by stretching your legs on one of the many hiking trails. 

When you live in Central Virginia, shopping, entertainment, and cultural activities are all just minutes or a short drive away. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for more information.  

October
25

Where to Find Southern Food Near Richmond

Southern Food Richmond
There's a chill in the air as the seasons change. And the drop in temperature is the perfect reason to order classic comfort food. Plus, in Central Virginia, there are plenty of restaurants serving up comforting Southern-style dishes. When our real estate agents are craving some genuine Southern-style cooking, they head to these amazing restaurants around Richmond.

  • Nanny's Southern Style Restaurant – 11900 S. Crater Rd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    Stewart family recipes passed down for generations are just one reason why Nanny's Southern Style Restaurant has been a fixture near Petersburg homes for sale since 1986. Customers also come back for the warm, down-home hospitality from the friendly staff. Nanny's mouthwatering fried chicken, beef brisket, and pork BBQ are available for dine-in and curbside pickup. Be sure to check out the Friday and Saturday specials. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, and 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday.


  • Mama J's – 415 N. 1st St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With Mama J's, Richmond native Velma Jackson wanted to recreate the experience of Sunday dinner at her grandmother's house. By all accounts she's succeeded, with Thrillist naming Mama J's on their list of "50 Restaurants to Try Before You Die." People travel from far beyond Richmond homes for sale to enjoy Velma's fried chicken, mac & cheese, and catfish nuggets. Visit the website or call to order. Hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 9 p.m.


  • Alewife – 3120 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Southern food may go back for generations, but it's versatile enough to adapt to other styles and trends. The creative, farm-to-table approach at Alewife earned "Best New Restaurant" recognition from national publications such as Esquire and GQ. Alewife's menu showcases mid-Atlantic seafood prepared with a global influence and sustainable ingredients, such as the Buffalo shrimp katsu sandwich with Old Bay slaw, dill pickles, and tater tots. Reservations are strongly recommended, and carryout is always available. Alewife is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., while brunch is served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • The Roosevelt – 623 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The heart and soul of Richmond infuses every part of The Roosevelt, a local institution housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century building in Church Hill. Called an "untraditional celebration of the food of the South," the award-winning menu of elevated comfort food classics includes Hoppin' John salad, pimento cheese grits, rabbit pot pie, and braised pork shoulder. Reservations are highly recommended, or you can order online for convenient carryout. The Roosevelt is open 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Wednesday through Saturday and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Southern Taste Diner – 9951 Hull Street Rd., North Chesterfield, Va 23236
    Since Southern Taste Diner opened in 2019, they have been serving up fantastic home-cooked dishes near Chesterfield homes for sale. Whether you're stopping in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you're in for a great homestyle meal packed with flavor. Menu options include comforting meals like pot roast, country-fried steak, and meatloaf. Stop by between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Plus, they're open for breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday, closing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Find out why Richmond is a unique blend of modern amenities and traditional charm. Contact us at Napier ERA to learn more from our helpful and knowledgeable real estate agents.

October
18

5 Must-Do's in the Richmond Arts District

Arts District

Richmond is comprised of several neighborhoods with their own distinct personalities. Appropriately, Richmond's vibrant Arts District is rich in culture, and it's an eclectic neighborhood that's a great place to live or visit. Our real estate agents recommend their favorite spots to enjoy local art in this one-of-a-kind district. 

  • Sandman Comedy Club - 401 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219 
    Studies show that laughter relieves stress, boosts the immune system, and strengthens your heart. That means a visit to Sandman Comedy Club is as beneficial as a trip to the gym. Owners Michael and Carrie Sands made a lifelong dream a reality when they opened the club, which includes an extensive dinner menu and full bar. In addition to shows featuring top comedians every week from Thursday through Saturday, Sandman holds open mic and karaoke night every Sunday. Visit the website for the full calendar and ticket prices.

  • The National - 708 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Whether you're a fan of rock, jazz, or country, you'll find it at The National. Built in 1923, The National is the last remaining auditorium of Richmond's Theatre Row. In 2003, the theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Upcoming shows include popular jam band Umphrey's McGee, iconic guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, and comedian and podcaster Nikki Glaser. The National has seven full bars throughout both floors of the theater and serves pizza by the slice for your convenience. Visit the website for full calendar and ticket prices.

  • Someday - 22 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Like many people, Audie McDougall dreamed of having her own business "someday." When that dream became a reality, Audie cleverly chose Someday as the name of her shop. Someday specializes in home accessories and decor with an aesthetic Audie describes as "cozy modern." Customers are encouraged to browse at their leisure or simply relax for a while and enjoy the ambiance. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Virginia State Capitol - 1000 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23218
    A visit to the Arts District isn't complete without viewing the Virginia State Capital, an impressive building with cultural and historical significance to the city, state, and country. Designed by Thomas Jefferson in the style of a classical Roman temple, the Capitol is a National Historic Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to its stately appearance, the building has served as a stand-in for the White House and the United States Capitol in films such as Lincoln and The Candidate. The Capitol is open to the public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

  • Candela Books + Gallery - 214 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Candela Books + Gallery uses a two-pronged approach in its mission to support and promote photography as an art form. The gallery stages 10 to 12 exhibitions per year, while the book side publishes one to two titles annually that coordinate with specific exhibitions. When you make a purchase, the knowledgeable staff is ready to assist with any framing, delivery, and installation needs. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Ready to call this area home? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for the most up-to-date information on Richmond homes for sale

October
11

How to Add Personality to Your Home

Home Tips

The hustle and bustle of daily life can be a drain on your energy and health. To promote a healthy lifestyle, experts recommend making your home a place of comfort and relaxation where you can unwind from a stressful day. Our real estate agents know homebuyers are drawn to welcoming spaces that reflect all the comforts of home.

Once you purchase a home, you can add special touches that reflect your design style and personality and welcome you home. Start incorporating your personal style into your new space by following these tips. 

  • Decorate with One-of-a-Kind Pieces
    If you inherited a few family heirlooms or purchased some great vintage pieces, adding them to your home will create a unique style. One-of-a-kind pieces that can't be replicated instill character and personal charm in a home. Antiques and family heirlooms introduce pieces of history that enhance special memories, while vintage items bring out creative and sometimes quirky personality traits.
     
  • Hang Art Reflecting Your Style
    Whether you're an educated art connoisseur or a novice, art plays an important role in design style. If you don't have the budget to invest in original art pieces, look for art that reflects your personality. If you're a whimsical free spirit, look for abstract art with bold patterns and colors. If you're a bit more reserved, landscapes and historical scenes may be more your style. Hanging art that reflects your personality is a great way to welcome yourself home after a long, stressful day.

  • Display Your Hobbies
    Most of us have hobbies we enjoy, even if we are not masters of them. Displaying your hobbies in your home is an easy way to add personal touches to interior spaces. If you play the guitar, hang it on a family room wall or display it in a bookcase. If you love throwing pottery, choose your favorite pieces and display them on shelves and tables. If you enjoy photography, display some of your favorite photos throughout the house in frames that compliment your interior design style.

  • Showcase Your Collection of Books
    If you're an avid reader, you likely have a large collection of books that range from paperbacks to beautifully bound novels. Books make wonderful design accessories when they're displayed in bookshelves, hutches, and cabinets. Gather a collection of your favorite books with embossed leather and colorful jackets and put them on display. They will not only reflect your personality, but they will also start many memorable conversations with guests around a warm, cozy fireplace.

  • Relax and Unwind with Nature
    Plants and flowers have health benefits because they increase oxygen and decrease carbon dioxide in the air. It's a good idea to bring green plants and flowers into your home. You can add personality with clay or painted pots, decorative containers or baskets, or colorful glass vases that reflect your style. If you have a backyard or a deck, create a peaceful garden oasis where you can relax with nature while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee or your favorite glass of wine after dinner.

Creating a comfortable, welcoming home that reflects who you are and the things you love is what home is all about. If we can help you find that perfect home among the Richmond homes for sale, contact us today.

October
4

Where to Practice Yoga in Central Virginia

Richmond Yoga

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.

  • BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness – 13 S. 13th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a great community of students, BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness offers a ton of options for pursuing your yoga passion. If you have a busy schedule, BareSOUL Yoga has you covered with both morning and evening classes nearly every day of the week. Practice yoga with an in-person class at the studio, or try one of the many virtual classes available to enjoy a class from the comfort of your own home.

  • Richmond City Yoga – 212 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Are you a beginner looking to practice yoga for the first time and learn the basics from friendly, experienced instructors? Richmond City Yoga offers an excellent selection of Mysore yoga classes designed to be accessible for beginners while still providing more advanced instruction for experienced practitioners. There are morning and evening classes available on weekdays, along with a special Saturday morning class that's perfect for adding some wellness to your weekend.

  • Project Yoga Richmond – 112 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    The team at Project Yoga Richmond works hard to provide accessible yoga classes for all community members, with a "pay what you can" program that allows yoga to fit within any budget. This is possible thanks to the support of other local yoga studios and to the donations of many people who attend classes at Project Yoga Richmond. Stop by for evening yoga classes every night at the studio, or visit the Saturday Salutations program for outdoor, public, family-friendly yoga classes every Saturday throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 N. Sycamore St., Second Floor, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Searching for a great yoga class close to Petersburg homes for sale? Ever since it opened its doors in 2007, Yoga One Studio has been providing amazing wellness experiences to the local community. Stop by for one of the many regularly scheduled classes, schedule your own class at the studio for up to four students, or bring Yoga One to you with a special private session at your home. Classes are designed to be affordable for all, with special discounts for military members, college students, and anyone who wants to pay for multiple classes in advance.

  • Guiding Tree Yoga – 12097 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
    You won't have to travel far from Henrico homes for sale to enjoy some outstanding community yoga classes, thanks to local studios like Guiding Tree Yoga. Classes here are a mix of community yoga, private yoga, and virtual yoga, with something to fit every schedule. Everything is lead by experienced yoga instructor Caleigh, who founded the studio as a way to provide accessible yoga for people from all backgrounds.

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.

September
27

Home Security Tech Upgrades

Richmond Home Security

Home security is a big deal for Virginia homebuyers. Whether showing historic homes with older features or new homes with all the bells and whistles, our real estate agents are always asked about home security.

While some Richmond homes for sale have state-of-the-art security systems, others may need security improvements. If you're a techie, you may know about laser security systems, safe-room doors, and biometric locks, but those aren't the only ways to keep your home safe. Take a look at 7 tech-centered ways to increase home security:

  1. Smart Home Alarm Systems
    Smart home alarm systems like Google Nest and SimpliSafe are easy to install and affordable for DIY homeowners. Both systems link to smartphones and come with sensors that attach to windows and doors. Google Nest also syncs with your Nest camera and Google Assistant. These systems will help give you peace of mind whether you're home or away on a trip.

  2. Biometric Digital Door Locks
    Sure, a conventional key works for locking your doors. But are you looking to secure your doors even more without making a trip to the locksmith? Check out the Samsung SHS-P718-LMK Push Pull Biometric Touchscreen Digital Door Lock that requires dual activation by a fingerprint and a password for entry. An IR sensor sounds an alarm if suspicious movements are detected or if doors open while you're away.

  3. Ring Video Doorbells
    Ring video doorbells have been around a while, but they're upgraded each year. The Ring Video Doorbell Elite works during the day and at night with its infrared night vision. By linking to your smartphone, it immediately sends an alert when someone approaches your door.

  4. Shatterproof Windows
    Windows are common entries for home intruders, but not anymore with shatterproof, bullet-resistant, high-security windows. For added protection, these windows can be fitted with electronic keypad readers and electro-mechanical locks. 

  5. Perimeter Fencing
    Perimeter fencing may not be a high-tech home security feature, but it does protect your home against unwanted 2 -legged and 4-legged intruders. Seco-Larm E-9644- IR Curtain Sensors added to your fence top will trigger when a single beam or two adjacent beams are disrupted.

  6. Landscape Lighting
    If your front or backyard is unlit after dark, you're welcoming intruders to your home. Protect your home with security lights, up-lights and down-lights in trees, spotlights on walls, and pathway lights along driveways and walkways. An upgrade like this will help deter potential intruders. 

  7. Locking Mailboxes
    Mail theft is big business these days for burglars and thieves who want to steal your identity. A locking mailbox will deter mail thieves, porch pirates, and hackers who can make your life a nightmare. Check your local hardware store for a variety of locking mailboxes to protect your home.

Still searching for a home that you'll want to add all the latest smart home technology to? Contact us today to learn more about homes in Central Virginia. We can help you find your dream home!

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.

September
7

Where To Stop For Breakfast Around Central Virginia

Richmond Breakfast Spots

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here in Richmond, our real estate agents are lucky to live in a place where a great breakfast is never hard to find. 

September is officially Better Breakfast Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're excited to share some of our favorite breakfast spots in Central Virginia! Whether you're looking for a classic diner breakfast or perhaps some healthier fare, you have a lot of great options to choose from.

  • Moore Street Cafe - 2904 W Moore St, Richmond, VA 23230
    A classic diner in Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood, Moore Street Cafe has served up top-notch breakfast fare in a building that has housed restaurants since the 1940s. They're known for the best pancakes in town, and their whole vibe, from the brick-clad exterior to the retro-styled dining area, makes you feel like you've stepped into a diner from yesteryear. Located just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale, Moore Street Cafe serves breakfast all day, and it's never a bad time to stop in. 

  • 521 Biscuits & Waffles - 521 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Biscuits and waffles are breakfast staples in Virginia, but few places make them quite like 521 Biscuits & Waffles. Not only is everything on their menu delicious, but it's also 100% gluten-free. From their bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit to a lemon poppyseed waffle topped with blackberries, you simply cannot go wrong. The folks at 521 Biscuits & Waffles even squeeze their own orange juice fresh in-house. 

  • Millie's Diner - 2603 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
    For more than 30 years, Millie's Diner has been offering stellar breakfast and lunch fare. They've been voted Richmond's best brunch almost every year since they opened their doors and have built a reputation based on bold flavors and fresh ingredients. The frittatas and omelets are out of this world, and the menu abounds with specialties (lump crab and scrambled egg enchiladas, anyone?) that simply beg to be tried. Also try their famous potatoes, prepared with peppers, onions, and Indian spices, which are served as a side with just about everything. 

  • Demolition Coffee - 215 E Bank St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Some mornings, a great cup of coffee is your first priority, and you can build your breakfast from there. On those mornings, Demolition Coffee is the place to be. Not only do they serve some of the best coffee and espresso drinks in Central Virginia, but they have a fun menu filled with tasty breakfast treats, including egg and cheese sandwiches and homemade waffles. All their baked goods are great too, and with a location convenient to many Petersburg homes for sale, Demolition Coffee is an easy place to make part of your daily morning routine. 

  • Shore Dog Cafe - 435-B N Ridge Rd, Henrico, VA 23229
    Shore Dog Cafe is one of the most reliable breakfast spots in the RVA area. Their breakfast burritos and lox & bagels are next-level. They also offer a tasty breakfast bowl—quinoa, egg, kale, tomatoes, and parmesan—for anyone looking for a healthy option. Shore Dog also serves locally roasted coffee from Lamplighter Coffee Roasters. The cafe is located within walking distance of many Henrico homes for sale, and they also happen to make some of the best crab cakes around, so you might want to stop back in for lunch. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond and the surrounding areas. Or real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in Central Virginia!

August
30

What to Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a Home

Credit Score Tips

Credit scores have long been a mystery to homebuyers, in both how they are determined and how they matter in the long run. Most people think that if you pay your bills on time, you'll have a good score, but our real estate agents can tell you that there is far more to it than that. But while the exact formula used to determine your score is not public knowledge, you still have a great deal of control over it. Here's how you can optimize your credit score and qualify for a mortgage with a good rate.

  • Monitor Your Credit Activity
    Federal law requires that you be able to access your credit reports once each year, free of charge. Ignore all the ads you see for quick credit repair and go to the federally mandated site: annualcreditreport.com. Run one report from TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian. Each will have the same information and will vary by only a few points. Check for any item that is not accurate. Such items could be fraudulent use of your name and Social Security number, debts that were paid but still show open, or items older than seven to ten years. A single negative item can drop your credit score by a hundred points or more!
  • Pay Down Your Debts
    You may think that paying the minimum balance on time each month will mean you have great credit, but it's important that you don't use close to your limit. You never want your debt to exceed 30 percent of your total credit available. Carrying a monthly balance on a card does not increase your credit score. Paying it off each month does. Many people with high credit scores use one card each month for convenience in tracking expenses, then pay off the entire balance each month. Not only does this practice support a healthy score, but it also eliminates interest payments.
  • Don't Chase Credit
    Retailers often lure buyers with special deals if they apply for a store credit card. Credit companies consider the length of time the card has been open, lowering scores for new cards. Be particularly careful when purchasing a car, as multiple credit checks can also indicate poor financial health. Apply for additional credit with as much consideration as you use when considering a major purchase. This is an example of a hidden cost.
  • Maintain a Healthy Credit Mix
    Maintaining a few credit cards and paying them off each month will help your overall score, but the scoring model also looks at car loans, cash loans, and mortgages. Making your payments late on any of these, even by just a few days, can really damage your credit score. Just because you make your payment before a late fee is applied, that doesn't mean "on time." Use auto-draft options if you have trouble tracking payments to avoid being late. 
  • Understand How Your Score Affects Your Rate
    Mortgage companies offer different interest rates for different credit scores. While you may be able to qualify for a $300,000 home with a credit score of 620, that could mean an APR of about 3.962%. The same loan to a buyer with a credit score of 800 may have an APR of about 2.373%. The difference over 30 years is $93,611!

If you're considering Richmond homes for sale, be sure to contact us for help navigating the mortgage process. 

August
23

Scenic Dining Options in Central Virginia

Richmond Scenic Dining

It's no secret that Richmond and the surrounding areas feature stunning scenery. From the city skyline to the James River, there's a lot to see, even while you're dining. Our real estate agents love to feast on the views found at these great restaurants around Central Virginia. 

  • The Boathouse - 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
    How many cities have a downtown with spectacular waterfront views? The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing overlooks the James River, offering a view framed by lush greenery. While The Boathouse is known for their iconic crab cakes, the rest of their menu is equally impressive. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Conch Republic - 11 Orleans St., Richmond, VA 23231
    Enjoy the flavors and ambiance of Key West just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at Conch Republic. Take in a beautiful sunset as you dine on island-inspired dishes such as conch chowder, Islamorada fish tacos, and Cuban sandwiches. Don't be surprised if a bald eagle or heron flies by to complete the picture. Conch Republic is open 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

  • Byrd House - 301 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Fly high at the aptly named Byrd House, not far from the VCU campus. You'll literally have the city at your feet as you relax on the rooftop bar that provides stunning 360-degree panoramic views. The menu includes veggie egg rolls, shrimp tacos, and other shareable small plates, but you'll want one of the signature Graduate Smash Burgers all for yourself. Byrd House is open through November, with hours from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 5 p.m. - midnight Thursday through Saturday.

  • Amuse Restaurant - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    After viewing incredible works of art, gaze at a masterpiece from Mother Nature while dining at Amuse Restaurant. Locals refer to Amuse, located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as one of the city's hidden gems. Many tables look out over the Sculpture Garden behind the museum, while others have a view of the stunning atrium. The menu changes based on the freshest seasonal ingredients, but there are always vegetarian and gluten-free options. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

  • Maria's Old Town 21 - 21 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Owners Vincenza and Giovanni Crapa bring the sights, aromas, and flavors of their native Sicily to the area near Peterburg homes for sale with Maria's Old Town 21. The rustic decor and charming patio are reminiscent of a countryside trattoria, while the menu includes classic dishes such as antipasto, penne alfredo, and pollo marsala. Maria's is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Capital Ale House - 13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian, VA 23114
    Cap off a day of viewing Midlothian homes for sale with dinner and drinks on the patio at Capital Ale House. The menu is an upscale take on a German beer garden, with favorites such as pierogies, jägerschnitzel, and a sausage platter. The impressive beer list includes dozens of domestic and imported draft, bottled, and canned brands. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - midnight Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday.

There's always something special to see in Central Virginia, including the amazing homes. Have questions about real estate? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA.

August
16

Antique Stores Around Central Virginia

Richmond Antique Stores

Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to the incredible variety of vintage furniture, artwork, home accessories, and jewelry found in local antique stores. Our real estate agents love to spend weekends antiquing at these great shops around Central Virginia.

  • West End Antiques Mall - 2004 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Why do people consistently name West End Antiques Mall as the best antique mall near Richmond homes for sale? With more than 250 booths across 53,000 square feet, you're sure to find something that catches your eye. The comprehensive assortment of antiques and collectibles spans a full spectrum of periods and styles. Just 25 percent down holds any purchase of $100 or more for 45 days. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Sheppard Street Antiques - N. 1126 Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Virginia native Sara Garza blended her passion for antiques and dreams of entrepreneurship when she opened Sheppard Street Antiques. Originally, the shop specialized in vintage garden-related items, reflecting another of Sara's interests. As Sheppard Street Antiques became more successful, Sara expanded the scope to include an eclectic offering of antiques and collectibles. In support of her native state, Sara also carries a number of handmade jewelry and gift items by local artists. Sheppard Street Antiques is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Sixty West Vintage - 8004 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    When you visit Sixty West Vintage, you may feel like you're in someone's home rather than a store. Sixty West Vintage is well-known for featuring high-quality wood furniture from top brands such as Pennsylvania House and Thomasville. Be sure to stop in the gallery of Carole Stewart and take home one of her original oil paintings to grace the walls of your home. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Penniston's Alley Antiques & Collectibles - 102 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Historic Old Town is an appropriate location for Penniston's Alley Antiques & Collectibles, just down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Two Federal townhouses dating back to the early 1800s form the setting for the shop, creating a gracious and comfortable ambiance. Owners Sid Scott and Chris Brown took advantage of their jobs as flight attendants to bring back stunning furniture and accessories from around the world. Sid, Chris, and their staff love to share information about antiques as well as historic tales of Petersburg. Penniston's Alley is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Tye's Antiques - 4200 Steger Creek Dr., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Like many of the best entrepreneurial ideas, Tye's Antiques started out as a personal hobby for owners Tom and Robyn. The pair soon filled their home with furniture and family heirlooms Tom restored in their garage-turned-workroom. In addition to selling antiques, Tom puts his refinishing skills to work on customer-owned pieces ranging from a drop-leaf table to a pair of old church pews, many of which are now proudly displayed in Powhatan homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Central Virginia's historic past and lively present make it the perfect place for your future. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for expert help buying or selling a home. 

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.

July
26

National Chicken Wing Day: Where to Order in Central Virginia

Richmond Chicken Wings

July 29th, 2021 is National Chicken Wing Day, and our real estate agents are the first to admit that we don't need any excuse to celebrate this particular occasion. If you happen to be in Central Virginia in time for the holiday, we recommend these top spots for wings in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

  • The Cocky Rooster - 2523 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
    The folks at The Cocky Rooster know a thing or two about chicken. You can order your wings fried, smoked or boneless, and drenched in finger-licking sauces like spicy honey butter, garlic parmesan, and of course classic mild, medium, or hot. The Cocky Rooster is just a short drive from these Richmond homes for sale, and they even have vegan wings for plant-based diners!

  • Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen - 6525 Centralia Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    A cozy gastropub with tasty bar food and 30 rotating beers on tap, Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen is a perfect spot to sip a cold one and tear into some wings. Their super-crispy chicken wings come doused in buffalo bourbon or sweet Thai chili sauce, with a side of bleu cheese for dunking. They also make some of the best beer-battered onion rings in town and are located mere minutes from these Chesterfield homes for sale.

  • Flyin' Pig - 13560 Waterford Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    With a laid-back bar and grill vibe, Flyin' Pig is a great spot to relax and mow down a dozen savory, perfectly crispy wings. Located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale, Flyin' Pig hickory smokes their wings and serves them up with any of their 10 signature sauces. Choose classic buffalo sauce, honey BBQ, pineapple teriyaki, or 'waiver wings' so hot you have to sign a waiver before eating them.

  • Legend Brewing Co. - 321 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224
    No one can deny that Legend Brewing Co. makes some of the finest craft beers, ales, and lagers in town. But their wings are also next-level. They're grilled and dry-rubbed to perfection, and they taste great dunked in Porter BBQ sauce and washed down with a Legend IPA. Legend Brewing Co. also has a spacious deck and beer garden that will make you want to stay for another round. 

  • Hurley's Tavern - 4028 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    A beloved local watering hole with some of the best-elevated pub grub in town, Hurley's Tavern makes some seriously tasty wings. They're perfectly crunchy and crispy, and you can order yours any of 10 sauces or six dry rub seasonings (maple-bacon and Memphis BBQ are perennial favorites). Make it a 'Wings and Rings' combo with the addition of onion rings! Hurley's is just minutes from these Glen Allen homes for sale.

  • HogsHead Cafe - 8902 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294
    Although HogsHead Cafe is known for barbecue first and foremost, they also happen to serve some of the best wings in Richmond. Their jumbo spice-rubbed wings are cooked to juicy-yet-crispy perfection before being slathered in sauce and served with bleu cheese and celery. Sauce options include classic buffalo and BBQ, along with their signature Fiery Hog Sauce. Go ahead and order some loaded tater tots on the side. You won't regret it. 

  • Brother's Pizza - 25809 Cox Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803
    With a name like Brother's Pizza, you expect a menu full of great pizza and Italian favorites. But they are on this list for a reason, and that's because of their wing zings. Available in orders of 6, 10, or 20, these crispy fried wings make the perfect appetizer for your Italian meal. Or get their appetizer sampler to try other appetizers along with the wing zings. Either way, you're in for a treat! Plus, their location is close to many Petersburg homes for sale.   

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. From rich history to a great food scene, it's a truly special place to call home, and our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Richmond, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

July
19

Broadway in Richmond is Back

Broadway in Richmond

The delights of the Broadway stage can be found just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at the historic Altria Theater, located on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate these upcoming productions that include dramas, comedies, and musicals.

  • Anastasia 
    Anastasia sweeps viewers away to the exotic locales of the one-time Russian Empire and Paris of the 1920s. A young woman known as Anya races to escape the clutches of a Soviet officer while on a quest to uncover her mysterious past. Along the way, she joins forces with a whip-smart conman and a charming former aristocrat. Written by Terrence McNally, award-winning playwright of Master Class and Ragtime, Anastasia runs October 26-31, 2021. 

  • Come from Away 
    Out of the tragic events of 9/11 came this triumphant story that forms the basis of Come from Away. When 7,000 airline passengers found themselves stranded in a small town in Newfoundland, residents opened their homes and hearts to the total strangers. This unlikely scenario ultimately forged strong friendships that continue to this day. Come from Away runs February 1-6, 2022.

  • The Lion King 
    The cinematic phenomenon gains a new dimension on the stage in The Lion King. As an animated feature, the story of lion prince Simba and his journey to fulfill his destiny captured the imaginations of kids and adults around the world. The stage production features the same blend of drama and whimsy, as live actors perform the iconic songs composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. The Lion King runs March 9-20, 2022.

  • My Fair Lady 
    George Bernard Shaw's classic play Pygmalion inspired My Fair Lady, a much-beloved show that's been called "the most perfect musical of all time." Across the decades, audiences have been caught up in the endearing odd-couple relationship of plucky Eliza Doolittle and pompous Henry Higgins. As you leave the theater, you'll find yourself humming timeless tunes such as "The Rain in Spain" and "Get Me to the Church on Time." My Fair Lady runs May 31-June 5, 2022.

  • Mean Girls 
    Tina Fey focuses her razor-sharp wit on the relatable topic of high school cliques in Mean Girls. Returning to the United States after a childhood spent in Africa, Cady Heron must learn to navigate a different kind of wildlife found in a Midwestern high school. Can Cady bring down the ironically-named Plastics without falling prey to their vicious tactics? Mean Girls runs September 20-25, 2022.

About the Altria Theater

Located just west of downtown Richmond, right across from historic Monroe Park, the Altria Theater is the crown jewel in the city's performing arts complex. The 3,565-seat venue opened in 1927 as an "entertainment palace" and meeting place for the Shriners fraternal organization.

Originally known as the Mosque, the theater was designed in Moorish Revival style, featuring dramatic minarets and desert murals. The City of Richmond purchased the Mosque in 1940, conducting a complete renovation in the mid-1990s. 

In addition to Broadway productions, the Altria hosts a wide range of popular events, from concerts and comedy shows to lectures and school commencement ceremonies. Celebrities who have performed at the renowned venue include Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Bruce Springsteen.

Whether it's live theater, movies, or museums, Richmond's cultural scene offers something for everyone. Contact us at Napier ERA to learn more about the attractions and amenities found around Richmond. 

July
12

Learn How to Keep Your Pets Safe on National Pet Fire Safety Day

Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, making it a perfect reminder to revamp your family's fire safety plan to ensure your four-legged family members stay safe. Our real estate agents know that a little preparation makes a big difference in your family's safety. Check out these tips to keep your pet safe from a house fire. 

  1. Install Monitored Smoke Detectors
    Monitored smoke detectors are usually installed in a home as part of a security system. With a monitored smoke detector, emergency services are notified about the fire, even if you aren't home. If you're concerned about a fire breaking out while your home is unattended, a monitored smoke detector can help protect your pets by shortening the response time of first responders.
  1. See That Your Pet is Used to a Crate or Leash
    During a fire, you'll need to quickly evacuate your pet. The easiest way to do so is by putting them on a leash or in a portable crate. However, if your pet has never been exposed to a leash or crate, they'll likely freak out if they're expected to tolerate these items, especially during the stress of a fire. Check that you have a secure way to transport your pet and that your pet is comfortable with that method. Make sure that you always know the location of your pet's leash or crate.
  1. Put Decals on Your Home to Alert First Responders
    If a fire breaks out when you're away, first responders won't know that your pets are inside. Prevent this problem by placing a rescue alert stick on your front door. This sticker first responders know that pets are inside of the home and tells them what pets they're looking for. 
  1. Create a Fire Evacuation Plan
    Your family needs a fire evacuation plan to ensure everyone gets out safely. Assign each pet to a specific family member. Ideally, assign the pet to a person with who they're likely to be in close proximity and that they're comfortable with. Make sure that each family member knows their assigned pet's favorite hiding spots so they can quickly locate them. 
  1. Take Steps to Prevent a Housefire
    Keep your pets safe by making a few changes that prevent the likelihood of a fire. Richmond homes for sale that have certain safety features are also likely to attract potential homebuyers. Check that all the electrical cords in your home are secured; unsecured cords often look like toys to curious pets. You can even conceal them with a box or fixture designed to contain and hold cords. See that your pets can't reach or access the knobs to your stove, and avoid leaving candles unattended around your pets. Or, swap your candles for flameless alternatives. 
  1. Have Your Pets Microchipped
    In the chaos of a housefire, a frightened pet may get loose or hide outside. Have your pets microchipped and regularly check that the information is up-to-date. If someone finds your pet, they'll be able to quickly get them back to you. 

Find a home both you and your pets will love in the Central Virginia area. Contact us today to start your search!

July
5

Summer Cookout Near Richmond: Local Butcher Shops for Summer Grilling

Summer Cookout Richmond

What could be better than a warm, pleasant Richmond summer evening spent around the grill, creating and enjoying a fresh, delicious meal with your whole family? Whether you're already a grill master or you're just getting started, the outstanding butcher shops of the Richmond area have both the fresh ingredients and expertise to help you make the most of your time in front of the grill. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 5 great butcher shops where you can find fresh ingredients and so much more around the Central Virginia area.

  • Belmont Butchery – 15 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for a butcher that offers more than great meat and has a convenient location close to Richmond homes for sale, it's hard to top the experience at Belmont Butchery. The husband and wife ownership team of Tanya Cauthen and Henry Reidy are there to help you make the most of their high-quality ingredients. Tanya is the butcher and expert on all things meat, while Henry can help you pick the perfect wine pairing for your next summer grilling session.

  • Libbie Market – 400 Libbie Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Stock up on everything you need for an evening of grilling at Libbie Market, a locally owned and operated market with a reputation for stocking the highest quality ingredients. Libbie Market is best known for its Certified Angus butcher shop, where you can pick out your fresh ingredients with the help of an experienced butcher. It's also a full-service grocery store with a bakery, fresh produce, and a selection of artisanal ingredients that you won't find anywhere else.

  • Tom's Meats & Produce – 2410 Magnolia Court, Richmond, VA 23223
    A wholesale supplier that is happy to accommodate orders both small and large, Tom's Meat & Produce is a great place to shop when you're looking to stock up your freezer for the whole summer. Tom's Meat & Produce offers nearly every cut of pork, chicken, and beef you can imagine, along with a selection of fresh, local seafood that's ready to grill. This market has been locally owned and operated since it first opened its doors in 1975.

  • Randolph Market – 300 N. 6th Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860
    With fresh ingredients, a wide selection of meat, and tons of weekly specials, Randolph Market is your one-stop shop for grilling needs near Hopewell homes for sale. If you're looking for great deals, you can find them here. Be sure to check the weekly advertisement for the latest deals from the butcher at Randolph Market. This market also offers a great selection of customized fruit baskets and deli trays perfect for when you're entertaining guests around the grill.

  • Tom Leonard's – 4150 Tom Leonard Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    An award-winning, local farmers market close to Glen Allen homes for sale that has been recognized for offering the best fresh produce in the region, Tom Leonard's also features a full-service butcher shop with an experienced butcher to help you get the perfect cut of meat for your next masterpiece on the grill. Nearly every cut of meat at Tom Leonard's is sourced from local Virginia farms, providing quality that you can count on. 

Searching for a home with the perfect yard for grilling and entertaining? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the area.

June
28

Play Volleyball in Central Virginia This Summer

Volleyball RichmondIf 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:

  1. Glover Park – 11217 Greenwood Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059  
    Glover Park, an 88-acre athletic complex in Henrico County, has 8 premium sand volleyball courts. The sand is washed, screened, and well rounded, and you can play doubles or fours or sixes on the courts. And if you'd like to watch some serious players in a tournament, the Richmond Volleyball Club hosting tournament play in July and August, as well as a tentative date in September. You'll also find plenty of free parking and a restroom building at the park, which is located near Glen Allen homes for sale.

  2. Huguenot Park – 10901 Robious Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
    Located just around the corner from Chesterfield homes for sale, Huguenot Park has 2 volleyball nets located near the picnic shelters. One is 80 feet from Shelter 1, and the other is 50 feet away from Shelter 2. And while you're at the park to play volleyball, take time to see the azalea garden and walk the fitness trail in this flat, heavily wooded park that attracts birds and small animals you'll enjoy seeing.

  3. Central High Cultural and Educational Complex – 2748 Dogtown Rd., Goochland, VA 23063
    The Central High Cultural and Educational Complex is a versatile space with indoor and outdoor public recreational amenities, including an auditorium, a museum with historical exhibits, and more. The Center, located near Goochland homes for sale, also has a quarter-mile walking track, soccer field, and volleyball courts.

  4. Deep Run Park & Recreation Center – 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233  
    You'll find plenty to do at Deep Run Park & Recreation Center, located within a beautiful park near Henrico homes for sale that's complete with ponds, walkways, and playgrounds. Open Gym activities include badminton, pickleball, and volleyball, and you can play any of them for free by picking up an access pass at the recreation center. Volleyball for ages 35 and up is also scheduled for on Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. throughout the summer. And if you're into bicycling, check out the Center's deep run pump track, where you can shift your body weight to maneuver your way around the track.

  5. Humphrey Calder Community Center – 414 North Thompson St., Richmond, VA 23221  
    Play volleyball at the Humphrey Calder Community Center sand volleyball court, and bring the kids along to burn off their energy on the playground. And if you're into other sports, the Center, located near Richmond homes for sale, has basketball courts, soccer fields, and more recreational opportunities. You can also participate in some of the many programs and classes offered, including crafts, computers, games, and self-improvement.

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! 

June
14

How to Get Started With Upcycling Furniture

Upcycle Furniture

Where mere recycling does keep junk from hitting the landfills, upcycling breathes new life into old items and increases their value. The result is one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that make a statement in your home. As our real estate agents show you some of our beautiful Central Virginia homes for sale, look for ways some homeowners have used upcycling to their advantage. Then let your own imagination soar.

  • A Solid Foundation
    As you browse thrift shops, you'll notice a vast difference in the quality of the materials used. Close your eyes to the water ring on the top of the bureau; it can be sanded away. Pay more attention to the sturdiness of the structure. While loose table legs can be secured, deep gouges in the wood or peeling veneer can be difficult to repair without leaving unsightly scars. 

  • Get Creative
    Some items can be difficult to imagine fulfilling a different purpose. For example, an outdated television cabinet, try to envision it with the doors removed and a new finish. Would it serve as shelving in the craft room? Or would it look better holding that eclectic collection of memorabilia from your travels? And don't get hung up on the boring maple stain from the '70s. You can change it to whatever finish you want to match the rest of your furniture.

  • Be Bold
    The real beauty of a home decorated with upcycled furniture is its totally unique character. You won't find a duplicate in a magazine or on Pinterest. This is your opportunity to inject your own personality in the house beyond just hanging family photos. So if you want to repurpose a thrift store treasure completely, go for it! An old cabinet door can become a beautiful end table, while dresser drawers can make stunning shelves. The only voice that will tell you that you can't do that is the one in your head.

  • Research Finish Options
    If your distressed chest of drawers makes your eyes hurt, don't feel alone. That weathered look is great if that's what you want, but what if your goal is an ultra-modern house? The good news is that the home improvement stores are loaded with millions of options. Think about the overall color scheme of the house and what will look best with it. Consider the style. A tabletop could be a piece of polished metal or a mirror. Remember, it's all about you.
     
  • Outsource if Needed
    Let's face it. We don't all have unlimited skills. But you don't have to limit your goals. When you find that great overstuffed chair for your home library, but the Naugahyde is split, there's no reason why you can't pay to have it reupholstered in the luxury fabric of your choice. Or perhaps you don't have the time or inclination to do a job yourself. A handyman would be happy to hang the shelves or paint a chest of drawers. An art student from your local junior college would likely be thrilled to get paid to add a mosaic top to an end table. 

Richmond has many beautiful houses just waiting for someone to make them their own. Contact us for assistance in finding yours. 

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. 

June
1

Upcoming 5Ks and Marathons in Central Virginia

Richmond 5k

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:

  1. Give a Dog a Job 5K – Sept. 18, 2021 – Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Give a Dog a Job 5K, held near Richmond homes for sale, offers a virtual and in-person option for the 5K. If you participate in person, you'll also be able to enjoy music, prizes, and vendors. Bring your pup along to get some exercise with you as you run, walk, or roll since 100% of race proceeds go to Canine Companions for Independence. This organization trains feeds, and provides veterinary care for highly trained assistance dogs who will be given free to adults, children, and wounded veterans who need them.

  2. Virginia Brewery Running Series – Sept. 18, 2021 – Steambell Beerworks, 1717 Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23112  
    The Virginia Brewery Running Series consists of courses – all around 5K – that start and end at local breweries. In Midlothian, the race is set at Steambell Beerworks, a popular brewery located near Midlothian homes for sale. As a reward for racing, you'll get a free craft brew and a collector's pint glass or seasonal swag item. At least 10% of the proceeds from this race will go to REACHcycles, a local non-profit that provides adapted cycles to children and veterans who need them.

  3. Colonial Relay/70 – Sept. 25, 2021 – Courthouse Park, 7232 Courtland Farm Rd., Hanover, VA 23069
    The Colonial Relay/70 is a one-day relay race designed for teams of 2 to 6 people who split the race's 12 legs. Teams provide support vans for runners to use at drop-off and pick-up points along the way. The race is meant for everyone from serious runners to casual joggers, and the course is run over 70-plus miles through the heart of Virginia, starting near Hanover homes for sale and ending in historic Williamsburg.

  4. Pocahontas Trail Festival – Oct. 23, 2021 – Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield VA 23832  
    Runners have their choice of several distances – marathon (as a single runner or as a relay), half-marathon, and 10K – at the Pocahontas Trail Festival. This race loops through Pocahontas State Park, a picturesque location near Chesterfield homes for sale. Good footing is available most of the way since some new trails have been built.

  5. Healthy Kids Running Series – May 23-June 20, 2021 – Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23238  
    A fun event specifically for kids! The Healthy Kids Running Series is a 5-week program designed to help kids pre-K through the 8th grade develop healthy exercise habits. The five runs are conducted in Richmond, close to Glen Allen homes for sale. Events include the 50-yard dash, 75-yard dash, quarter-mile, half-mile, and 1-mile run. Kids earn points throughout the races, and those with the most points at their distances will win trophies.

Our agents know the Central Virginia area. Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area. 

May
25

Mini Golf Courses in Central Virginia for Summer Fun

Mini Golf Richmond

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!

  1. Putt-Putt Fun Center - 7901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    You're always in for a good time at the Putt-Putt Fun Center. With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, they have more than enough entertainment to keep the whole family happy for hours and hours. The courses even offer great practice for experienced golfers looking to improve their putting skills. The Putt-Putt Fun Center also offers arcade games, go-karts, and bumper boats, and it's a great place for birthdays and other parties near these Richmond homes for sale

  2. Ironbridge Sports Park - 11400 Iron Bridge Rd, Chester, VA 23831
    Specializing in non-stop family fun, Ironbridge Sports Park offers an endless array of outdoor activities. They have a great miniature golf course, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also enjoy a covered driving range, outdoor laser tag arena, nine batting cages, and a go-kart track. Plus, their on-site cafe serves all kinds of tasty goodies. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Ironbridge Sports Park is open year-round. 

  3. Windy Hill Golf Course - 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Windy Hill Golf Course is a great destination for fans of mini-golf and golf. In addition to two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Windy Hill also offers beautiful 9- and 18-hole regulation golf courses, along with a fully-stocked pro shop. There's really something here for golfers of every age and skill level, along with other attractions like batting cages and a go-kart track. Windy Hill Golf Course is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale.

  4. Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd, Prince George, VA 23875
    You'll find two professionally designed miniature golf courses at Swader's Sports Park, each complete with waterfalls, fountains, and streams. Mini golf here is always equal parts relaxing and challenging, and you can also try out a wide range of other outdoor family fun, from batting cages and bowling to a driving range and laser tag. Swaders Sports Park also hosts all kinds of events,  and they're located just up the road from many beautiful Prince George homes for sale

  5. Hanover Sports Park - 11000 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 2305
    Open year-round and lit up well after dark, the mini-golf course at Hanover Sports Park is one of the most popular in the area. It's always a challenge to avoid the hazards and beat the par of 42 on this 18-hole course. Hanover Sports Park also offers a fully covered driving range with 28 teeing areas and seven batting cages that throw both baseballs and softballs. With numerous Glen Allen homes for sale nearby, you never have to go far for outdoor family fun. 

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!

May
17

Why You Shouldn't Skip These Home Maintenance Tasks

Richmond Home MaintenanceOwning a home is a great investment, but it's not all fun and games. Any property requires regular maintenance to keep it in good repair, and as the owner, it falls to you. You'll find that there is typically a hierarchy of maintenance: things you can hold off on for a little while versus things that need to be done on time or immediately lest bigger problems develop. Here are five home maintenance tasks our real estate agents say you shouldn't skip and why you should prioritize them.

  1. HVAC Tune-ups
    A professional should set eyes on your HVAC system at least once a year, preferably twice if you have central AC. The general rule of thumb is to have your furnace tuned up in the fall and your AC tuned up in the spring. This not only keeps everything running smoothly and extends the life of the system and its components but also enables your technician to keep an eye out for developing problems before they become large (and expensive) problems. Having a well-maintained HVAC system can also help when it comes time to sell, as the furnace is one of the things buyers look at when they browse Central Virginia homes for sale.

  2. Water Heater Maintenance
    Many people install a water heater and forget about it until, of course, it stops working or starts leaking. Annual maintenance can actually make a huge difference in the life of your water heater, however, and possibly even catch problems before they lead to significant water damage. A tech will inspect your water heater for signs of problems and then drain and flush it to get rid of sediment buildup that collects on the bottom of the water heater, leading to corrosion and heating element failure.

  3. Gutter Cleaning
    Cleaning your gutters is another thing that needs to happen on a seasonal basis. Most experts recommend having your gutters cleaned in the spring and fall, but if you live in an area with many big trees, you may need to clean them more frequently. Gutters that aren't cleaned regularly may get clogged with debris from nearby trees, causing them to back up. The resulting overflow of water could cause expensive water damage to your home if not caught in time.

  4. Sump Pump Testing
    A sump pump isn't a "set it and forget it" kind of feature. It's easy to forget that it's down there in the basement, but if you don't do some periodic maintenance, you could end up without it when it's finally needed. You can test your sump pump by simply pouring some water in just to make sure it'll still kick on when needed. If it doesn't, you should get a technician out to have a look as soon as possible.

  5. Dryer Vent Cleaning
    Many people forget or don't realize that their dryer vents need to be cleaned out periodically. The lint trap collects most of the lint from your laundry, but some still gets by and will build up in the dryer vent over time. In addition to making your clothes dry more slowly, if that lint buildup gets bad enough, it can actually start a fire!

A well-cared-for house requires less emergency maintenance and will show better when it's time to sell. If you're thinking about selling your home, take the time to get caught up on all of your deferred maintenance, and then contact us to get the listing process started.

May
10

BBQ Spots in Central Virginia for National BBQ Day

Richmond BBQ

There's never a bad day to fire up the grill, and National BBQ Day is right around the corner. That's right, May 16th is an entire day dedicated to celebrating this American favorite! 

Plus, if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking, you're in luck. There are a ton of great BBQ restaurants in the Central Virginia area. Stop by these BBQ spots for flavorful dishes that will have you celebrating National BBQ Day all year long. 

  1. Deep Run Roadhouse: 12379 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
    If you're looking for delicious Tex-Mex, regional BBQ, and comfort food, look no further than Deep Run Roadhouse. They make everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. On the menu, you'll find items like their signature sliced brisket, rope sausage, fried catfish, smoked fried wings, and more. After you enjoy your meal, we suggest taking a drive around the area. It's home to some of the best Henrico homes for sale.

  2. Alamo BBQ: 2202 Jefferson Ave., Richmond, VA 23223
    For a taste of Texas right in Richmond, you can't go wrong with Alamo BBQ. From the award-winning beef brisket to southwest-influenced items like grilled burritos and fish tacos, their menu is sure to please even the most discerning of diners. Alamo BBQ is located in historic Church Hill, just minutes from downtown. When you're in the area looking at Richmond homes for sale, you'll definitely want to stop by or order take-out to enjoy when you get home.  

  3. Pig & Brew Barbecue Bar: 1313 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    When you visit Pig & Brew Barbecue Bar, you may come for the food, but you'll stay for the fun! This kid-friendly neighborhood restaurant/bar is the area's best place for authentic North Carolina-style barbecue. We love the smoked wings and the Hillbilly Fries topped with cheese, bacon, and NC-style pork BBQ.

  4. Saucy's Sit-Down Bar.B.Q: 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    If you've been exploring Petersburg homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know Saucy's Sit-Down Bar.B.Q. They were voted "The South's Best Butt" by Southern Living Magazine not once but twice! The menu features all the classics and some interesting items like fried mac & cheese balls. 

  5. The Original Ronnie's BBQ: 2097 New Market Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    The Original Ronnie's BBQ is definitely worth the stop! This family-owned-and-operated roadside BBQ joint serves up boxed specials like ribs, chicken wings, or beef brisket with your choice of two sides. If it's your first time, we recommend splurging on the Sampler Box. It comes with brisket, a chicken leg, smoked ribs, and a mound of Carolina BBQ. 
     
  6. Sibley's BarBQue: 12000 Winfree St., Chester, VA 23831
    Whenever we're in the area showing Chester homes for sale, we love to stop by Sibley's BarBQue. This excellent BBQ restaurant has been an area favorite for over 20 years. We recommend the hickory-smoked BBQ ribs, pork chops, and hand-breaded catfish. Make sure you save room for some of their almost-famous homemade pies - you'll be glad you did. 

Ready to learn more about the Central Virginia area? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled real estate agents. 

            May
            3

            Central Virginia Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

            Richmond Restaurants

            Mother's Day is the biggest holiday of the year for restaurants, surpassing even Valentine's Day. If you're taking mom out for brunch or dinner, head to one of these great restaurants in Richmond recommended by our real estate agents

            1. Independence Golf Club - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
              Treat mom to stunning sunset views near Midlothian homes for sale at Tavern 19, the onsite restaurant at Independence Golf Club. Relax on the patio or at the Lexus View as you dine on inventive small plates such as coconut lime cauliflower, short rib egg rolls, or seared sesame seed tuna. You can't go wrong with Tavern 19's hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas, available in both traditional and gourmet options. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

            2. Laura Lee's - 3410 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
              Laura Lee's is named after owner Kendra Feather's mom, making it a particularly appropriate choice for a Mother's Day outing not far from Richmond homes for sale. With vibrant artwork on exposed brick walls and beautiful splashes of greenery, Laura Lee's is a 21st-century update of the iconic fern bar. The menu includes seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes, so there's something to satisfy any taste. Dine alfresco on the charming and secluded garden patio. Laura Lee's is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

            3. Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern - 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831
              After a day of viewing Chesterfield County homes for sale, join mom for a special dinner at family-owned Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern. Customers keep coming back for Howlett's famous prime rib, offered in 12-ounce and 16-ounce portions, as well as their crab cakes, prepared with their own special recipe. Make sure mom saves room for one of co-owner Brooke Helbling's homemade desserts, such as the signature peanut butter pie. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

            4. The Boathouse - 701 W. Randolph Rd., Hopewell, VA 23860
              While the name has changed since the restaurant's debut in 1988, The Boathouse has always focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located just minutes from Hopewell homes for sale, the restaurant overlooks the Appomattox and James Rivers. Not surprisingly, seafood takes center stage, from the popular crab cakes to the Southern classic shrimp and grits. If you prefer an earlier celebration, The Boathouse serves Sunday brunch with a mix of breakfast favorites, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, with brunch until 2:45 p.m. Reservations are required.

            5. Kitchenette - 1405 Prince Arthur Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
              Treat mom to a home-cooked meal where she doesn't have to do the work. Kitchenette is a take-out eatery that offers full meals and a la carte main dishes, salads, and sides. Daily specials include mouthwatering items such as Parmesan-breaded chicken tenders, garlic-citrus pork tenderloin, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Mix-and-match your own dinner with choices like salmon filets, pasta, grilled asparagus, and roasted butternut squash. Hours are 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

            Richmond's history, culture, and natural surroundings make it a perfect place to raise a family. Contact us for friendly and knowledgeable help with all your real estate needs.

            April
            26

            International Jazz Day: History of Jazz in Richmond

            Richmond Music

            When you think of the Richmond music scene, is jazz the first genre that springs to mind? With International Jazz Day coming up on April 30th, now is the perfect time to take a closer look at the important role that Richmond has played in the development of jazz music. Some of the best jazz musicians in history have called Virginia home at various points in their careers, and many more have put on legendary shows at some of Richmond's historic music venues. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on how Central Virginia has helped shape jazz music, and where you can learn more about the history of jazz in the area.

            International Jazz Day: The History of Jazz in Richmond

            • The Richmond Jazz Society and the Preservation of Music History
              If you want to learn more about the history of jazz near Richmond homes for sale, then the Richmond Jazz Society is the perfect place to start. Founded in 1979, the Richmond Jazz Society has been working ever since to shine a light on the hidden history of jazz in the city, and share those unique stories with the world. You can find their exhibits at local museums, music venues, and points beyond. It would be impossible to tell the story of jazz in Richmond without the contributions of this unique local organization.

            • Making Music and Making History
              In addition to sharing stories, the Richmond Jazz Society has made some musical history of its own. The organization started less as a place to preserve jazz history and more as a destination for local jazz musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to jam together. The first sessions were held at a local fish market, with talented Richmond musicians gathering to celebrate their love of jazz by playing music together. Of course, these musicians had a deep knowledge of local jazz history and loved sharing unique stories of the Richmond jazz scene. Over time, the organization evolved to focus more on the preservation of jazz history through educational exhibits, live shows, and a strong devotion to uncovering the hidden stories of the local music scene.

            • Virginia Jazz: The Early Years at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia – 122 W Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23220
              In the past, it would have been hard to discover the early history of jazz in Richmond without talking directly to the people who lived it. The Richmond Jazz Society has decided to change that, by creating an exciting exhibition called "Virginia Jazz: The Early Years" which can be found at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. This exhibition weaves together more than a century of local jazz history through multimedia exhibits that bring that history to life. After its run at the Black History Museum, the exhibition will be hitting the road to share jazz history with new audiences.

            • The RJS "Make Music With Me" Band Brings Jazz to a New Generation
              Of course, one of the best ways to experience local jazz history is to experience the music first-hand, and the Richmond Jazz Society has created a unique way to bring the joy of jazz to young audiences. The Make Music With Me band brings jazz to young audiences through interactive performances that allow children to come on stage, join the show, and help make the music happen in a lively, encouraging atmosphere.

            Ready to find your next home near the bustling music scene of the Richmond area? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Virginia area.

            April
            19

            Disc Golf Courses Around Central Virginia

            Central Virginia Disc Golf

            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.

            1. Gillies Creek Park – 4425 Williamsburg Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
              Start your tour of disc golf courses near Richmond homes for sale at Gillies Creek Park, which has been a popular destination for disc golf for more than 25 years. This is a perfect course to play if you're looking to enjoy a quick round, with relatively short holes surrounded by beautiful, wooded terrain. There are multiple tees for each hole to accommodate players of all experience levels, and the course is conveniently located close to some of Richmond's most popular neighborhoods.

            2. Dunncroft/Castle Point Park – 4901 Francistown Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
              With two names and one great disc golf course, Dunncroft/Castle Point Park is a fun place to enjoy a round of disc golf near Glen Allen homes for sale. This course offers a wide variety of terrain, which adds to both the challenge and beauty of playing here. You will find thick forests, meandering creeks, and hilly terrain at Castle Point Park. This course is 9 holes long, so it's perfect for playing a quick round.

            3. Dorey Park and Recreation Center – 2999 Darbytown Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
              Dorey Park and Recreation Center 
              is a beloved local destination for outdoor fun of all types close to Henrico homes for sale, and it features one of the best disc golf courses in the area. This is an ideal place to play if you're in the mood for a longer, more challenging round of disc golf. The course plays over 6,200 feet from the back tees, with various elevation changes and tree-lined holes that add to the fun challenge of playing a round here.

            4. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
              If you're searching for a challenging disc golf course with long holes and beautiful scenery, then be sure to plan a visit to Bryan Park in Richmond. The course at Bryan Park is one of the most popular in the Richmond area, with hilly, wide-open holes and fewer trees than some of the other courses on our list. The terrain makes this a perfect place to play on a warm, sunny day, and the length of the holes adds plenty of challenge to this fun course.

            5. White Bank Park – 400 White Bank Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23842
              Searching for a fun, scenic place to enjoy a round of disc golf near Colonial Heights homes for sale? Then it's time to plan a trip to White Bank Park, where you'll find a fun disc golf course and a wide variety of outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. This course makes outstanding use of the surrounding terrain to create unique holes, with layouts that reward players with great technique.

            Ready to find your next home near fun outdoor attractions and excellent disc golf courses? Let our team help. Contact us today.

              April
              12

              Fun Features to Add to Your Landscaping

              Landscaping Ideas

              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.

              1. Add Outdoor Furniture
                With a record-breaking number of people spending more time outside of the house last year, stylish outdoor furniture has definitely become a major trend. Creating an outdoor oasis with a comfortable sitting area near the patio, pool, or garden can create the best outdoor feeling. Just make sure to pick styles, sizes, and designs that fit the surrounding area.

              2. Optimize Your Lighting
                Outdoor landscaping lights are generally inexpensive and a great way to add a romantic vibe to your lawn this summer. String lights over the patio, LED lights along your flowerbed, or lantern lights along your walkway -- these are all great ways to shine a little extra light on your landscaping this spring. 

              3. Add a Fire Pit
                What better way to spend time with friends and family than to gather around the fire pit on a cool spring evening. Not only does a fire pit provide a source of heat, but it can also serve as the focal point of an outdoor gathering space. Consider a stylish fire pit made of brick, stone, or concrete.

              4. Create a Grand Entrance
                Our real estate agents love using spruces or shrubs to create a grand entrance. By planting two trees or shrubs on either side of your driveway, front door, or garden, you can really define your entrances and impress your visitors. 

              5. Incorporate Levels
                Adding terraced levels to your yard or garden is not only visually appealing, but it can actually make your yard look larger. If your yard slopes, consider creating defined spaces or sections. Terracing your yard can allow you to define specific spaces for dining, fire pits, or gardens.

              6. Add Some Native Plants
                It's easy to see why native plants are popular these days. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they're also easy to take care of since they thrive locally. Not only do they look nice, but they also are important for supporting natural wildlife. 

              7. Try a Vertical Garden
                Vertical gardens are really becoming popular these days, and they're incredibly easy to create. Just choose a location and grab a vertical frame, a plastic sheet, and some fabric. You can then plant whatever you'd like - flowers, edibles, or succulents. For a more traditional look, you can even try adding some vines or ivy.

              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.

              April
              5

              National Library Week: Local Libraries Near Central Virginia

              Central Virginia LibrariesLibraries are some of a community's most important assets. They provide an enormous amount of knowledge and a place to meet and get to know your neighbors – and they do it all with no entry fees or subscriptions. Even in today's world of instant access e-books, our real estate agents love to get lost in a good library. And our area has some of the best around!

              Combining peaceful surroundings with expansive collections and great learning technology, they set a high standard for what a library can be.

              Navigating the challenges of the last year, many local libraries have shifted to a full calendar of virtual events so locals can continue to enjoy the resources of their library without interruption. Since April 4th-10th is National Library Week, let's take a look at some of the top libraries in the Central Virginia area:

              1. Chesterfield County Public Library – Ten Locations in Chesterfield County, See Website for Details
                With a convenient location from wherever you are, Chesterfield County Public Library is a modern, exciting "24/7 library." You can access digital learning materials any time of day or night. In addition to robust streaming and downloading, library patrons will find plenty of educational events. Programming is held regularly for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. There are plenty of active book discussion groups, too. Plus, Chesterfield homes for sale are just nearby.

              2. The Henrico County Public Library at Glen Allen10501 Staples Mill, Glen Allen, VA 23060
                With nine locations and a Mobile Library Service – lovingly known as the Bookmobile – Henrico County Public Libraries are where to find everything you've been looking for. On top of a full range of virtual events, the Glen Allen location is known for computer classes that will get anyone up to speed, from children to elders. Plus, a digital media lab helps locals preserve their important old photos steps from Glen Allen homes for sale.

              3. The Henrico County Public Library at Tuckahoe – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, VA 23229
                Henrico homes for sale benefit from the spacious and newly renovated Tuckahoe Area Library and its many high-quality collections. At 53,000 square feet, it includes specialized reading and gathering areas for both kids and teens. It is also the home of the Joseph P. Rapisarda, Jr., Law Collection, which attracts scholars from all around Virginia. More than 100 public computers are located throughout the library, and Wi-Fi is available for free.

              4. Richmond Public Library – 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
                Considering Richmond homes for sale? You are in luck if you are a lover of books. Richmond Public Library is one of the finest in the nation, incorporating all the features you expect and many you won't. For example, you'll find the Master Gardener Virtual Help Desk to help you answer all your tough gardening questions. 

              Central Virginia Libraries Are Just the Beginning for Culture, Education, and Much More

              Richmond is a cultural center that attracts visitors – and new homeowners – from all over the United States. Not far from your local library, you'll find world-class attractions like the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Virginia Museum of the Arts, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

              No matter what interests you most, you can find out more at your library!

              Napier ERA is here to help, too. Contact us to learn about Central Virginia real estate.

              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
              22

              Know These Things Before Starting a DIY Project

              DIY Project Tips

              Whether your home needs a few upgrades or you want to complete some overdue repairs to get it ready to put on the market, opting for a DIY project can help you save money and let you complete the project on your terms. Our real estate agents know that an updated, well-maintained property is attractive to potential buyers. Here are some best practices to follow before starting a DIY project. 

              1. Know What Tools You'll Need
                Having the skills and ability to complete a DIY project is part of the process; you also need to confirm that you have the tools to do the job (or can access them). It's surprising how many tools a seemingly simple project requires. You don't want to put your project on hold because you have to scramble to find a special wrench or drill bit to complete the work. If you don't have the tools in your toolbox, see if you can borrow the items from a friend or even rent the piece. Many hardware stores have rental programs for tools commonly used in DIY projects. 
              1. Consider the Time Required for the Project
                Another component to research is how long the project will take. Remember, you'll need to prepare the space for the project and gather supplies for the project. Once the project is complete, you'll need to clean the space and return it to its former appearance. All of these tasks can add hours to a seemingly quick project. If something goes awry during the project, this will add even more time.

                For example, let's say you want to paint your living room. After all, a fresh coat of paint often helps Richmond homes for sale look their best. Before starting, you'll need to research your options for paint and paint tools, compare prices, and purchase your supplies. Moving and protecting your furniture and photos will take some time. You'll also need to clean the walls and fill any holes or cracks; this adds another hour to the project. You anticipate spending two hours painting the walls. However, this is for one coat of paint. If the paint requires two coats of paint, you'll need to double your estimate. Once all your painting is complete, factor in an hour to clean up, uncover the furniture, and move things back into place. A job that you thought might only take 2-4 hours can actually take double that amount of time. 
              1. Go Through the Project Before You Get Started
                Before you start the project, read through the instructions from start to finish. This ensures you understand the time, resources, and skillset required to complete the project. Make sure to keep your limitations in mind. Some projects seem simple but call for advanced skills that novice DIYers may not have. 
              1. Know How to Handle Mistakes
                Mistakes are a part of any DIY project. Try to prevent mistakes by using the correct materials and tools. Slow down, and make sure to double-check your measurements. When a mistake occurs, have additional materials on-hand to remedy your errors.

              After you complete your latest DIY project are you ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!

              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
              9

              Mountain Biking Trails to Explore This Spring

              Richmond Mountain Biking

              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.

              1. James River Park System - 1 Belle Isle, Richmond, VA 23225
                The network of trails collectively known as the James River Park System offers an incredible resource for mountain bikers in the Richmond area. In total, the system spans a loop of nearly 18 miles, including sections of several Richmond city parks and trails on either side of the James River. The trails are easily accessible from several trailheads and parking areas near Richmond homes for sale. One of the most popular spots is Belle Isle, an island on the James River with a skills park and several miles of trails connected to the mainland via a pedestrian bridge.

              2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
                Pocahontas State Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of wooded hills. The park is one of Virginia's greatest destinations for mountain biking, with three distinct trail systems for riders of all skill levels, offering features ranging from tight turns and steep grades to creek crossings and rock gardens. The longest loop, known as the Lakeview Trails, provides up to 12 miles of continuous riding. Pocahontas State Park is located less than 20 miles from Richmond and just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale

              3. Powhite Park - 7200 Jahnke Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
                A splendid urban oasis not far from the heart of Richmond, Powhite Park offers more than 100 acres of shady hardwood forests, rolling hills, and rich bottomlands. It's all ripe for exploration, and with an extensive trail system, this park is popular among hikers, trail runners, and cyclists alike. For mountain bikers, the 2-mile singletrack route known simply as the Powhite Park Loop is the most popular, offering an exciting ride with an abundance of steep climbs and fast descents. Keep an eye out for wildlife like deer and beaver along the way. 

              4. Washington Lacy Park - 13400 Woodside Ln, Ashland, VA 23005
                Located about 20 minutes north of Richmond in the small city of Ashland, Washington Lacy Park is a picturesque destination to immerse yourself in the outdoors. Offering picnic areas and a meandering network of trails, the park is shady, secluded, and peaceful. While advanced mountain bikers won't find the kinds of challenges offered by some other parks in the area, the trails here are smooth and gently-rolling, offering opportunities for a relaxing hike or bike ride. Washington Lacy Park is also open to horseback riding. 

              5. Deep Run Park - 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233
                A popular Richmond destination for outdoor recreation of all kinds, Deep Run Park offers picnic pavilions, fishing access, ball fields, playgrounds, and nature trails. The 164-acre park also has a great system of mountain bike trails. Cyclists will enjoy the winding 2.4-mile singletrack route that loops through the park—there's are also 3.4 miles of paved trails. The trails are largely created and maintained by local volunteers and are frequently being improved and added to. 

              6. Encampment Loop Trail - 5001 Siege Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
                Located near Prince George homes for sale, Encampment Loop Trail offers a moderate ride on a 3.4-mile loop through the forest. This historic site offers plenty of other outdoor activities, including hiking, birdwatching, and even horseback riding. Or bring your dog along to help you explore this trail! 

              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. 

              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.  

              February
              22

              DIY Tips for Your Home Library

              Richmond Home Library

              A home library is a great way to add a touch of elegance to your home while showing off your books. Plus with so many wonderful bookstores around Richmond, it's no surprise if you've accumulated quite the collection! 

              Whether you're looking to convert an entire room into a library or just simply looking to set up a reading nook, our real estate agents pulled together a list of tips to help you create your own DIY library.

              1. Choose The Right Location
                The best location for your library is largely dependent on how much space you have available. It's also somewhat contingent on the size of your book collection. Those with a lot of space to spare and a lot of books may want to convert an entire room into a library. If you're looking to display a small number of books, consider placing them under a staircase or on a living room shelf. With a couple of bookshelves and a comfy chair, you can also convert any bedroom or living room corner into a cozy reading nook.

              2. Arrange Books By Color
                Organizing books alphabetically can create a stuffy look. Instead, why not arrange your books in a more creative way? Grouping books by colors can really create a vibrant look, especially if you have a lot of bright covers. You can also consider arranging them by size, or by separating horizontal rows with vertical stacks.

              3. Comfortable Seating is a Must
                Figuring out how to display your books is only one component of creating your own library. You also need a comfortable place to sit. Whether it's a big couch or your favorite recliner, be sure to add a comfortable surface, so you can curl up with your favorite read.

              4. Make Sure There Is A Table Nearby
                A good table is a key part of any library. If you've transformed an entire room into a library, try to add a long center table to the middle of the room. If your library is more of a reading nook, a smaller end table can add a nice touch.

              5. Add A Ladder
                Nothing creates a library vibe quite like a ladder attached to floor-to-ceiling shelving. If your library is big enough, definitely consider adding a rolling ladder into your library design, so you and your visitors can reach that top shelf book.

              6. Optimize Your Lighting
                Your home library shouldn't be in a dark area of the home. If your bookshelves aren't getting enough natural light, consider adding additional lighting fixtures at the top of each shelf so you can easily read the titles. You'll also want to make sure there is adequate lighting for reading so you don't have to strain your eyes.

              Looking for the perfect home among the Richmond homes for sale to display your book collection? We're here to help!

              For more tips on interior design or help finding your dream home, contact us today!

              February
              15

              Margarita Day in Richmond: Where you Can Celebrate

              Richmond Margaritas

              Pass the salt! National Margarita Day is on Monday, February 22nd, and our real estate agents are ready to celebrate. While the Richmond area is known for the local breweries and cideries, the margarita selection certainly won't disappoint. Whether frozen or on the rocks, order a margarita at these local spots around Richmond. 

              1. Plaza Azteca — 12020 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23223
                Plaza Azteca is your shortcut to Mexico and a great place to celebrate National Margarita Day. A plate of OMG Nachos and a fresh margarita will give you plenty of time to peruse their menu full of delicious quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos. If you're in the area checking out Henrico homes for sale, Plaza Azteca is now offering margaritas to go so you can order takeout and enjoy National Margarita Day at home.
                 
              2. Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill — 2617 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
                If there's one place you need to visit on National Margarita Day, it's Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill. They have not one, not two, but twenty different margaritas to choose from. The Jalapeno will spice up your night while the Swirl mixed with Red Sangria combines the best of both worlds. Perhaps it's best to order a three-flavored Caribbean margarita and pretend you're celebrating National Margarita Day on a Baja beach.

              3. Tio Pablo — 1703 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23223
                Trust us, Tio Pablo won't let you down on National Margarita Day. Though they're still closed for in-person dining, their Tio To Go menu includes the Tio Pablo Margarita and their flavor-of-the-day margarita. Pair either with house specials like pupusas, camarones rancheros, and chille relleno. Add a cheesecake habanero, flan, or tres leches cake and end the night with a full stomach.

              4. Little Mexico — 1328 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
                If you can't make it south of the border on National Margarita Day, Little Mexico is the next best destination. Authentic cuisine awaits including pollo Yucatan, enchiladas verdes, and Texanas fajitas. Wash everything down with a frozen margarita mixed with sangria or upgrade to a premium margarita like a Mezcal Mule.

              5. Maya — 525 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
                Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila culture make Maya a wonderful RVA stop for National Margarita Day for one magnificent reason: five-dollar margaritas during their happy hour. Charred octopus, lamb sliders, ceviche, and flautas will fill your table with authentic flavors.

              6. Andrade's International — 7 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
                The finest cuisines from Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Peru, and Bolivia come together at Andrade's International Restaurant. From modern recipes to your favorite traditional foods, Andrade's International near many great Petersburg homes for sale delivers exceptional taste with dishes perfect for pairing a margarita with. Though they are closed on Mondays, why not celebrate National Margarita Day a little early with their Sunday brunch?

              Searching for a home within a safe walking distance or short rideshare away from the best restaurants and pubs in the RVA? Let us help you. Contact us today to tour our Richmond homes for sale.   

              February
              8

              Date Night in Richmond: Restaurants Perfect for Takeout

              Romantic Restaurants in Richmond

              Richmond is home to many fantastic restaurants perfect for a romantic dinner! Skip cooking this Valentine's Day and leave the cooking to the talented chefs in the Richmond area. It's easy to create a charming, intimate atmosphere at home! Set the table, light some candles, and order a delicious meal from one of the area's best restaurants. Here are a few local hot spots that our real estate agents recommend. 

              1. Kirin Cafe: 302 N. Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220
                If you and your significant other love sushi, you can't go wrong with an order from Kirin Cafe. They offer a huge selection of sushi rolls, entrees, and lunch specials. For a romantic touch, consider ordering the Sweetheart Roll, a heart-shaped presentation made from a spicy tuna roll wrapped with fresh tuna. Kirin Cafe offers both pick-up and delivery options with convenient online ordering. This makes it the perfect choice for planning a date night after a busy day of exploring Richmond homes for sale

              2. 821 Cafe: 825 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
                Dates don't have to be fancy, and they don't have to involve dinner. 821 Cafe has a great breakfast menu, including decadent items like a Bacon and Brie Omelet or Nutella Stuffed French Toast topped with bananas. A great option for starting out your Valentine's Day morning! They also serve a full lunch and dinner menu with items like sub sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and more. 

              3. Lunch.Supper!: 1213 - 1215 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
                Lunch. Supper! has been pleasing guests in the Richmond area since 2012. This classic southern smokehouse offers various meats that have been cured, brined, and smoked in-house. Consider trying the Pork Rind Nachos, Shrimp & Grits, or Boneless Braised Short Ribs.
                 
              4. Tavern 19 Kitchen & Taphouse: 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
                Located at the Independence Golf Club, Tavern 19 Kitchen & Taphouse serves classic American food, including burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza, tacos, and dinner entrees. Whether you want something simple, like a Tavern Burger or Chili Dog, or a more upscale meal, like their Bacon Shallot Ribeye, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here. If you've been looking at Midlothian homes for sale, this restaurant is sure to become one of your favorites. Make sure you check out their daily specials and sign up for their new loyalty program so you can get rewarded every time you dine in or order takeout. 

              5. Alexander's Fine Food: 101 West Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
                An area favorite since 1977, you can always expect a stellar meal from Alexander's Fine Food. The menu features various Italian, Greek, and American cuisine, including classics like Spanakopita, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, and Souvlaki Sandwiches. It's also located nearby some of the most beautiful Petersburg homes for sale. We recommend taking the scenic route home so you can get to know some of the great nearby neighborhoods. 

              Love is in the air, and there's no better time to find your dream home. Our real estate agents are here to help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

              January
              25

              Try Out a New Hobby in Richmond

              Hobbies in Richmond

              With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it's time for a fresh start. Make 2021 the year you have fun and expand your horizons with a fascinating new hobby. Our real estate agents will be exploring some entertaining options at these great places around Richmond homes for sale.

              1. Olde Towne Studio 7 - 20 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
                New year, new venue for Olde Towne Studio, a delightfully creative spot not far from Petersburg homes for sale. Their new space is perfect for exploring your artistic side through painting, pottery, beadwork, and other crafts. No experience necessary: the studio provides an instructor and all supplies while you bring enthusiasm and refreshments. Sessions are offered for adults, kids, and families. Registration is required. Visit the website for schedule and pricing information.

              2. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen - 2880 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
                Experts agree that creating art relieves stress, improves cognitive skills, and boosts self-esteem. Along with all those benefits, it's just plain fun to take classes at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. With options ranging from painting and pottery to photography and creative writing, you'll find something for all ages around Glen Allen homes for sale. Get inspiration from exhibits in the four galleries displaying collections from regional and international artists. The Center is open seven days a week. Visit the website for class schedules. 

              3. Artisans Wine & Homebrew - 13829 Village Place Dr., Midlothian, VA 23114
                Take the craft beer explosion to a new level by creating your own brew at home. Artisans Wine & Homebrew has all the equipment you need, from brewing supplies to bottles and kegs. If you prefer wine, Artisans has that covered also. You can even pair your beverage of choice with the cheese you make yourself. Order ahead for curbside pickup after viewing Midlothian homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

              4. Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe - 3016 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
                Did you find yourself spending more time in the kitchen last year? Keep building your culinary talents with gadgets, cookbooks, and more from Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe. Channel your inner Martha Stewart by using a selection of upscale tabletop and serving items. Have a friend or relative who's a home chef? Find the ideal gift at Ladles & Linens. Private shopping and curbside pickup are available. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

              5. Quilting Adventures - 6943 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, VA 23227
                Quilting is more than just a relaxing way to pass the time. It offers a means to create a personal keepsake that can be handed down through other generations. Express your individual style with the extensive selection of fabrics and accessories from Quilting Adventures, just minutes from Henrico homes for sale. If you're a newbie, check out their free monthly Sit N Sew class on the basics. Quilting Adventures is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

              Is 2021 the year you make a move to Richmond? Contact us at Napier ERA for experienced help buying and selling homes. 

              January
              18

              National Cheese Lover's Day: Cheese Shops and Delis in Richmond

              Richmond Cheese Shops

              It's almost time to celebrate a very delicious holiday, with National Lover's Cheese Day right around the corner. Fortunately, the delis, markets, cheese shops, and wine bars of the Richmond area are ready to supply everything you need for this special day, including some of the best cheese that you'll find anywhere. These shops offer a mix of fresh, locally created cheese, and delectable imports from all around the world. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 local shops where you can find special treats for National Lover's Cheese Day this year.

              1. Truckle Cheesemongers – 1320 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230

                If you're searching for the best cheese close to Richmond homes for sale, then Truckle Cheesemongers is the perfect place to start. Every cheese here is cut to order, the selection is outstanding, and contactless delivery is available by appointment. You can also stop by the shop to see the selection in person, check out the great options for cheese boards, grab a gift basket, and get personalized advice from Richmond's cheese experts.

              2. Secco Wine Bar – 325 N Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220

                Would it truly be a cheese celebration without a nice glass of wine to pair with your favorite cheese? Pick up everything you need in one place at Secco Wine Bar, which offers delicious cheese, fantastic wine, and so much more. Grab a fantastic cheese board with selections from Chef Julie Heins, or shop from a great selection of gourmet cheese, meat, and wine. You can pick up your cheese in-store, or schedule a local delivery anytime.

              3. Belmont Butchery – 15 N Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221

                If you're aiming to put together a charcuterie board to pair your cheese with delicious meats, nuts, and dried fruits, then Belmont Butchery is more than worth a visit. This Richmond butcher shop offers a wide variety of specialty items, including special smoked cheeses and a huge selection of artisanal meats that are hard to find at other butcher shops. The knowledgeable team here will be happy to help you pick the perfect pairings, and put together a charcuterie board that your guests are sure to love.

              4. Murray's Cheese – 14101 Midlothian Tpke., Midlothian, VA 23113

                For the best cheese close to Midlothian homes for sale, try a quick visit to Murray's Cheese. If you want the widest selection of cheese and meat from around the world, this is the perfect place to shop. The list of cheeses available at Murray's Cheese is a mile long and includes varieties that you may not find at other shops. Don't want to restrict your celebration to National Lover's Cheese Day? Sign up for a monthly cheese club, and enjoy something new in your mailbox every month.

              5. Route 1 Country Store – 13723 Boydton Plank Rd., Dinwiddie, VA 23841

                Great cheese is never far from your front door around Dinwiddie homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like the Route 1 Country Store. This family-owned and operated shop has a little bit of everything, with a full-service deli that offers cheese, fresh cold cuts, and delicious sides. Planning a full meal for National Cheese Lover's Day? Be sure to check out all of the fresh bread, delightful desserts, and specialty drinks available at Route 1 Country Store.

              When you want access to food that's as fresh as it gets all year long, the Richmond area is the perfect place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

              January
              11

              Find Your New Favorite Richmond Brewery this Year

              Richmond Brewery

              A new year presents the perfect opportunity to discover some new favorite businesses around Richmond, and the dynamic local craft brewing scene is the perfect place to start. Way back in 2012 there was only one craft brewery in the area, but today there are dozens of excellent options to choose from! In addition to unique craft brews that you won't find anywhere else, many local breweries also offer world-class dining. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best craft breweries in the Richmond area for you to enjoy this year.

              1. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – 2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
                Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
                was the second brewery to open near Richmond homes for sale, and it's still going strong today. Their Richmond taproom is open every day for lunch and dinner, with takeout available. You can set up your order online with a diverse selection of packaged and draft beers available, then enjoy contactless pick up at the Richmond taproom.

              2. Strangeways Brewing – 2277A Dabney Rd., Richmond, VA 23230
                When you're in the mood for something unusual and off the beaten path with your next brew, a trip to Strangeways Brewing is sure to satisfy your craving. Strangeways has carved out a niche as a brewery that caters to peculiar tastes, and its award-winning lineup of truly unusual craft brews is sure to include something you haven't tried before.

              3. Capital Ale House – 13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian, VA 23114
                If you're searching for a truly diverse, worldwide selection of craft beers near Midlothian homes for sale, then you'll definitely want to make a trip to the Capital Ale House. The menu here is a mile long, with craft beers from across the United States and beyond available for takeout with easy online ordering. If you have a hankering for the latest brews from Germany, Scotland, or Mexico, this is where you'll find them.

              4. Sedona Taphouse – 15732 WC Main St. Westchester Commons, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Looking for a brewery where the food on the menu is just as unique as the craft brews? Head over to Sedona Taphouse, and get ready to enjoy something special. From fish tacos and juicy burgers to fresh takes on all of your favorite appetizers, Sedona Taphouse has you covered with delicious dining and even better beer. Simply place your order online to shop from a huge selection of bottled beers, wine, craft cocktails, and food, choose your pick up time, and enjoy something special.

              5. Trapezium Brewing Company – 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
                There are plenty of great breweries to choose from around Petersburg homes for sale, including the popular Trapezium Brewing Company. The Trapezium Brewing Company taphouse is open every day for in-person visits, while also offering curbside pickup with all of the food and beer on the menu available to go. If you're looking for a brewing company that will happily fill your growler, growler, or keg, Trapezium is a great option.

              6. Veil Brewing Co. – 1301 Roseneath Rd., Richmond, VA 23230
                With a reputation as one of the most creative, unique craft breweries in the entire country, Veil Brewing Co. is sure to have something fresh for you to try this year. There are three Veil Brewing Co. taprooms located in the Richmond area, each with its own lineup of craft beers available for convenient curbside pickup.

              Ready to explore all that the Richmond brewing and dining scene has to offer? Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

              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
              21

              Your Guide to Last Minute Holiday Shopping in Richmond

              Richmond Shopping Guide

              If you're like our real estate agents, then there are a few people still on your gift-giving list. This year, it's more important than ever to think, shop, and buy local. By purchasing from locally-owned stores, your money goes back into the community and supports your family, friends, and neighbors.

              Think. Shop. Buy. Local.

              No matter how long you've lived in a place, there are surely a few hidden gems you've yet to stumble upon. Think. Shop. Buy. Local helps you discover the wonderful mom and pop shops around Richmond. If you prefer in-store browsing, you'll be happy to know that these shops all have made adjustments to provide safe, socially distant shopping experiences. However, these shops will also offer curbside pickup for those who order online. For a completely zero-contact experience, you can order from these businesses and have your products shipped directly to your front door. Some of our favorite shops highlighted by Think. Shop. Buy. Local include:

              • AR Hot Southern Honey, selling tasty Virginia honey products.

              • Disco Sports, a staple of the Richmond sports scene for over half of a century who knows how to get you game-ready.

              • Little Nomad, housing a collection of clothes, toys, and other products for young children.

              • Re-Funk-It, a funky art shop with works created by artists from in and out of Virginia.

              • The Boho Basement, perfect for gifts for the upcycler in your life.

              • Thistles, a Richmond tradition for delivering distinctive gifts to those you care about most.

              Local Shops Around the RVA

              It's no secret that there are plenty of other great locally owned shops around the city. If you've explored everything you could in downtown Richmond, there are a few other towns to check out. If you're still searching for that special gift, may we suggest visiting one of the many shopping areas near Midlothian homes for sale, or venturing further south to downtown Petersburg:

              • Cottage Lane — 1353 Sycamore Square, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Though Cottage Lane is not offering in-store shopping right now, you're welcome to buy online and retrieve your purchase at the curb. Gifts and home décor are available from a number of wonderful shops. 3 Marthas stocks quality products for infants while Catstudio produces geographic towels, glasses, and pillows. Jelly Cat has plush animals for children or the young at heart, and you will never go wrong when gifting a box of Byrd's Famous Cookies.


              • Old Towne Petersburg — 216 N. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
                Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the once burned down Old Towne of Petersburg has found new life as a district boasting unique shops and renovated homes. The antique lover will find great pieces at Sycamore Antiques and Architectural Art or at The Oak Antique Mall. Second Hand Rose, Mad Biddy's, and Camera & Palette also have interesting items for sale that make for one-of-a-kind gifts for the antique collector on your list. Be sure to stop by after browsing Petersburg homes for sale in the area. 

              Is a new home in the RVA on your shopping list as well? Let us help you cross it off your list. Contact us today to tour our many Richmond homes for sale.

              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
              7

              Find the Perfect Christmas Tree at These Richmond Tree Farms

              Richmond Tree Farm

              November has certainly flown by, and now it's time to find the perfect Christmas tree. Our real estate agents love the look, smell, and feel of a real Christmas tree. The good news is there are plenty of places where you can pick up a locally grown tree! When the snowflakes fall, there's no better way to spend the evening than gathering around the tree to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. If you're searching for a tree that will create a sense of wonder and magic in your home, pay a visit to these tree farms around the RVA.

              1. Sneed's Nursery — 8756 W. Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
                Open since 1976, Sneed's Nursery has been a local source for year-round garden needs and of course Christmas trees. A perfect option for those on the go, they have trees packaged and will load them in your car for you. Also, be sure to check out their wreaths and bouquets while you are there for an extra holiday touch for your home. 

              2. The Great Big Greenhouse & Nursery — 2051 Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
                For nearly half of a century, the green thumbs of Richmond have trusted The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nursery with their lawn and garden needs. During the holidays, they have the area's best inventory of live and cut Christmas trees, as well as poinsettias, mistletoe, and other seasonal plants. As you're searching for the perfect tree, stop by for a look and let them treat you to a free cup of hot chocolate or coffee.


              3. Boulevard Flower Gardens — 2120 Ruffin Mill Rd., South Chesterfield, VA 23834
                Not sure if you have the time to find and cut down a Christmas tree this year? If you live near South Chesterfield homes for sale, you're in luck! Let Boulevard Flower Gardens lend a helping hand. They're offering curbside pickup and local delivery of their evergreens with no minimum purchase. 


              4. Azalea Garden Center — 1320 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
                If you haven't taken a stroll around Azalea Garden Center, now is the perfect time to discover their selection while shopping for a Christmas tree. This locally-owned business has helped Richmond homeowners on the Northside keep their gardens growing strong since 1994. Stop by to see their selection of fresh-cut Balsam Fir and Fraser Christmas trees.

              5. Willey's Christmas Trees — 6305 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
                Is there anything better than a relaxing walk through a Christmas tree farm? Embrace the magic of the season at Willey's Christmas Trees, just a few blocks away from our Mechanicsville homes for sale. Pre-cut trees, garland, and holiday wreaths are all for sale. Be sure to stop by to find the best Christmas trees while they last.

              Now that you have a tree, you need a space to set it up. Contact us today to tour our Richmond homes for sale with expansive living spaces where your family can celebrate the holidays around the tree. 

              November
              30

              Try These 5 Painting Tips From the Pros

              Richmond Painting Tips

              Nothing livens up a room quite like a fresh coat of paint. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, or just simply improving your living space this winter, painting a room can have some major benefits. In addition to improving aesthetics, paint also prevents dust build-up and keeps out moisture. While painting a room is a relatively simple home improvement project, there is a good bit of skill required. If you're getting ready to paint a room in your home, consider these 5 tips from our real estate agents.

              1. Properly Prepare Your Surfaces
                Painting before properly preparing and inspecting your walls is a common mistake. If you want a perfect coat of paint, your walls should be as smooth as possible. Take the time to sand rough spots, fill cracks and holes with putty, and thoroughly clean your walls prior to painting. Wash any greasy spots with soap and water. Remember, painting over a dirty surface can result in premature peeling. 
              2. Maintain a Wet Edge
                Applying wet paint over partially dry paint can result in lap marks or uneven layers. The trick to avoiding lap marks is maintaining a wet edge. In other words, always be sure your roller overlaps with the previous stroke before it has a chance to dry. You'll want to make sure you're always painting an entire wall at once. Simply move the roller up and down the height of the wall, while slightly moving over with each stroke. Also, reload your roller frequently so it doesn't become dry.
              3. Protect Your Baseboards From Drips 
                Masking tape can go a long way towards helping to keep your trim safe from dripping paint. Be sure to clean any dust or dirt from your trim or baseboards before applying the tape. Then, simply apply the tape over the edge of your baseboard and press it against the wood with a putty knife. We recommend using tape that is at least twice as long as the trim.
              4. Buy Quality Supplies
                The quality of your paint, brush, and roller can have a major impact on the quality of your finished product. Cheap materials might be appealing, but using them may result in you having to repaint sooner than you expected. Good paint is easier to apply and it lasts longer. Also, good paint often requires fewer coats to get the job done, which can ultimately save you money.
              5. Wash and Wrap Your Rollers
                Always wash your roller before using it. Excess fluff or fibers can stick to your wall while you're painting, so it's best to rinse your roller off before you begin. Simply place the roller under running water and move your hand up and down to remove any extra fluff. Once you're done for the day, use a plastic bag to securely wrap your roller and brushes, especially if you're planning to paint more the next day. This will help ensure your materials don't dry out overnight. 

              It takes practice to become a seasoned painter, but by following these tips you can be well on your way. Plus, a new coat of paint is a great way to impress potential buyers! Contact us today for more tips for getting your home ready to list among the many great Richmond homes for sale

              November
              16

              5 Richmond Florists for Your Holiday Poinsettias

              Richmond Poinsettias

              Did you know that the first poinsettias came to the United States from Mexico in 1828? This popular holiday flower gets its name from Dr. Poinsett, the ambassador to Mexico at the time who brought the first poinsettias to the US. Nearly a century later, poinsettias remain the most popular holiday flower, and Richmond's florists feature a beautiful variety of poinsettias whether you're looking for the ideal gift or the perfect finishing touch for your holiday decorating at home. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 local florists where you can order beautiful poinsettias this year.

              1. Strange's Florists – 3313 Mechanicsville Pike, Richmond, VA 23223

                With more than 30 varieties of poinsettias, two locations near Richmond homes for sale, and delivery available throughout Central Virginia, Strange's Florists is an excellent place to shop for your favorite flowers this holiday season. The team at Strange's Florists develops their own poinsettia varieties every year, with a selection of colors and styles that you won't find anywhere else. Order a traditional red poinsettia, or try unique varieties like the Jingle Bell, Marble, Monet, or pink poinsettia. Every poinsettia you can order has been hand-picked, wrapped, and finished with a beautiful bow.

              2. Coleman Brothers Flowers – 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
                Coleman Brothers Flowers has been serving the Richmond area for more than 45 years, offers same-day delivery in the Richmond area, and has an excellent variety available whether you order online or visit the store. In the fall, Coleman Brothers Flowers stocks a diverse selection of red, white, and pink poinsettias for you to choose from, all beautifully packaged for gift giving or decorating your home. You'll find a special selection of flowers at Coleman Brothers for nearly every holiday, so be sure to check back often.

              3. Flowers Make Scents – 1272 Alverser Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Flower Make Scents is a family-owned and operated florist with a convenient location close to Midlothian homes for sale. In addition to a lovely selection of poinsettias, Flower Make Scents specializes in creating bouquets for any occasion. This shop offers same-day delivery in the Midlothian area, perfect for surprising someone special with a gift of poinsettias.

              4. Rivers Bend Florist – 220 Johnson Creek Dr., Chester, VA 23836

                It's easy to find beautiful poinsettias near Chester homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like Rivers Bend Florist. You can order online or shop in the store – either way, you'll love the gorgeous red poinsettias from Rivers Bend Florist. Searching for a little something extra to decorate your home? Rivers Bend Florist also offers a beautiful selection of holiday centerpieces and decorative bouquets for your home.

              5. The Great Big Greenhouse – 2051 Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235

                Whether you're shopping for poinsettias, a gift bouquet, or flowers for your garden, it's hard to match the selection available at The Great Big Greenhouse. This popular local garden center, which merged with Meadows Farms Nursery, brings nearly a century of combined gardening experience to help you pick the perfect plants. The Great Big Greenhouse offers an excellent selection of poinsettias for the holidays, which you can order online or shop for in the large Richmond store location. 

              Still searching for the perfect Richmond home where you can display your holiday decorations this year? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

              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
              26

              Give Your Fall Landscaping a Boost with These Tips

              Fall Landscaping

              The temperature is starting to drop, and the sun is setting earlier in the day. Fall might be here, but that doesn't mean it's time to skimp on your lawn maintenance. While raking leaves is most often associated with autumn lawn maintenance, there are actually several things you should do to improve your yard's appearance and ensure it's in great condition when spring arrives. To help, our REALTORS® compiled a shortlist of ways to improve your landscaping this fall:

              1. Clean Up Around the Yard 
                Once fall arrives, it's time to clean up around the yard. In addition to raking leaves, make sure you pull weeds, remove dead annuals, and pick-up any fallen fruit or dead branches. Eliminating debris in the fall is essential for maintaining lawn health throughout the winter or if you are wanting to boost your curb appeal when listing your home among other Richmond homes for sale.

              2. Fertilize Your Lawn
                Fall is the most important time to fertilize your lawn because it helps strengthen grass before winter sets in. Strong roots in the fall mean a healthy, green lawn in the spring. Also, don't forget to reseed any bare spots! The actions you take now will make for a vibrant yard when the weather gets warmer.

              3. Mow Your Lawn As Needed
                Be sure to keep mowing until the grass stops growing. It's generally recommended you keep your grass between 2 and 2.5 inches tall in the fall. If your grass is too long, it could grow mold from snow or heavy rainfall and cold temperatures.

              4. Add Some New Plants
                There are some flowers, such as pansies and mums, that are great to add to your garden in the fall as they thrive in cool weather. Autumn is also the time to plant some bulbs, like daffodils, tulips, and crocus in your garden, so they're ready for springtime. Be sure to plant before the ground freezes. Talk to your local nursery about options for fall planting. 

              5. Aerating Is Key
                Over the summer, your soil tends to compact, restricting air, water, and nutrients from reaching roots. Aerating your lawn is the process of penetrating holes in the soil so these vital elements can make their way into the ground. There are several aerating tools you can use, such as spikes, slicers, or plugs, or you can hire a professional.

              6. Eliminate Excess Thatch
                Thatch is a layer of organic matter that develops between soil and grass. When thatch builds-up, it can also prevent water from reaching the soil and can also create a breeding ground for lawn disease. If thatch is more than 1/2 inch thick, you'll want to invest in some dethatching tools to pull it up.

              A beautiful spring lawn starts in the fall. Don't wait until spring to work on your curb appeal when you can get started now! For more tips on fall lawn maintenance, contact us today.

              October
              19

              Historic Places to Dine at in Richmond

              Richmond Restaurants

              Richmond, Virginia was founded in 1737, and few cities in America have been such an integral part of our nation's history. Our real estate agents have gotten to know Richmond's most historic corners very well, and we're always happy to point you in the direction of a unique experience. And some of those places just happen to be historic restaurants! Be sure to dine at one of these unique historical eateries in the Richmond area.

              1. Hanover Tavern - 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd #1511, Hanover, VA 23069
                With a history spanning nearly 300 years, Hanover Tavern is an 18th-century landmark and one of the oldest taverns in America. Located just minutes from these Hanover homes for sale and adjacent to the oldest operating courthouse in the U.S., the tavern was first opened in 1733. These days, visiting the tavern is a great culinary experience as well as a historical one. Hanover Tavern serves an ever-changing seasonal menu of creative, homemade food served in an elegant dining room. 

              2. Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse - 2306 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223
                Originally founded by the Bookbinder family in Philadelphia just after the Civil War and then relocated to Richmond during the Depression-era, Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse has seen a lot of history. Throughout the 20th century, celebrities and presidents have dined here, and the restaurant, now located inside a former tobacco warehouse built in 1901, maintains a reputation for serving the best Chesapeake seafood in Virginia. A stone's throw from these Richmond homes for sale, the restaurant is also known for its beautiful outdoor dining area. 

              3. Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille - 2300 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223
                "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Patrick Henry's famous speech—one of the events that sparked the Revolutionary War—was delivered at St. John's Church, just a block from Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille's present-day location. Today, the pub offers a warm, homey atmosphere and fantastic pub grub, along with a selection of beers, ales, ciders, and spirits that would make the Founding Fathers proud.

              4. Lemaire - 101 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220
                Serving elevated New American Fare, Lemaire is a can't-miss destination for great food in a distinctive space. The restaurant is located inside the Jefferson Hotel, built in 1895 and designed in the spectacular beaux-arts style. Even in a city known for its incredible architecture, this grand hotel really stands out. The menu is unique and innovative, merging new and old with a modern take on American cuisine in a historic space. 

              5. The Brickhouse Run - 407-409 Cockade Alley, Petersburg, VA 23803
                The Brickhouse Run is an authentic English-style two-room tavern in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg. The building dates back to circa 1816, and drinking and dining in its historic space feels like visiting another era altogether. With a menu packed with specialties, both English and American, the tavern also offers an excellent wine list, a wide-ranging selection of craft beers on tap, and even a local cask-conditioned ale that's poured the old-fashioned way: by a hand pump. The Brickhouse Run is located just a few blocks from the Appomattox River and minutes from these Petersburg homes for sale.

              Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond, Virginia. It's a city with a rich history and a vibrant future, and a place we feel lucky to call home. 

              October
              12

              How to Get a Timeless Look in Your Kitchen

              Timeless Kitchen RichmondThe kitchen is one of if not the most important room in the home, so if you're redecorating it, you might be tempted to look for the latest stylish trends. However, it's better to consider timeless looks that are functional, pleasing to the eye, and draw in prospective buyers when you're ready to sell your home. The latest and greatest kitchen design elements may become passe in another few years, so it's better to stick with looks that have stood the test of time.
                
              Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to get a timeless look in your kitchen:

              1. Neutral Tones
                Using a white, off-white, or neutral palette in your kitchen creates a sophisticated look. It's easy to brighten up with pops of color that can easily be switched out as your preferences change. And when it's time to sell your home, a neutral kitchen palette appeals to most prospective buyers, who can determine what color of accents they'd like to use.
                  
              2. Subway Tiles
                A subway tile backsplash creates a clean appearance and is easy to install. You'll find that it brightens your kitchen and works well with many different styles of décor.
                  
              3. Stone Countertops
                Stone countertops are durable and work well in kitchens that are anywhere from rustic to modern. If your budget is slightly higher, you may want to consider stones such as marble or quartz, but if you're trying to lower your budget, granite or limestone are good choices.
                  
              4. Deep, Wide Sinks
                A deep, wide sink is highly functional, enabling you to take care of kitchen tasks such as peeling fruits and vegetables and peeling pots and pans more easily. Add a sink top chopping board that's the sink's size, and you'll have a timeless, efficient setup.
                  
              5. Kitchen Islands   
                Islands can increase your storage space, seating, and workspace and serve as a focal point to your kitchen, but they're about style in addition to function. Choose one that's impressively styled with contrasting counters, intricate woodwork, and cabinet colors like navy.
                  
              6. Ample Storage  
                Ample storage is crucial in a kitchen and will never go out of style. To make sure your kitchen has enough storage, consider getting built-in drawer organizers and pull-out cabinets for pots, pans, and canned goods. Toe-kick drawers are also popular options.
                  
              7. Ceiling Treatments
                You probably don't give much thought to your kitchen ceiling, but it has the potential to add to the room's timeless style. If you have a small space, shallow coffers are ideal, and if you have a larger kitchen, try adding molding that complements the shape of your kitchen island.
                  
              8. Fold-Down Tables  
                Fold-down tables let you save space since they can be folded up and stored anywhere. They can also be moved to another room or even outside if that's where you need them. They're also attractive, whether you're using them to eat dinner on or as a study table on a given day.
                  
              9. Shaker Cabinets
                Shaker-style cabinets are one of the best examples of timeless design since they've been in style for more than a century. They're known for their recessed panel doors and minimalist design that goes well in any kitchen style, from traditional to modern.

              Contact us today at Napier ERA to find out how to make your kitchen stylish and functional while also appealing to prospective buyers looking for Richmond homes for sale

              October
              5

              National Cookie Month: Bakeries Around Richmond

              Bakeries in Richmond

              How much do we love cookies? Sesame Street has an iconic character who personifies our endless craving for these delicious baked treats. October is National Cookie Month, so it's a perfect time to indulge at these great bakeries around Richmond suggested by our real estate agents.

              1. La Sabrosita Bakery - 7730 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
                When Argentina Ortega opened La Sabrosita Bakery in 2005, she was essentially a one-person operation in a 600-square-foot storefront. Her baked goods were such a hit that today Argentina works from an 8,000-square-foot facility that serves as a community gathering place near North Chesterfield homes for sale. The wide range of products includes Latin American specialties such as gingerbread Marranos, a traditional pig-shaped cookie, and almond-flavored polvorones, also known as Mexican wedding cookies. La Sabrosita is open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 7 p.m.

              2. Sweet Creations Bakery - 12012 Southshore Pointe Rd., Midlothian, VA 23112
                Sana Aniz, the founder of Sweet Creations Bakery, recognized her passion at the age of 5 using her second-hand Easy-Bake Oven. After honing her craft through extensive training and competition, Sana opened her custom bakery not far from Midlothian homes for sale. The cookie menu includes classic flavors such as oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, and coconut macaroons, but Sana is happy to accommodate any other requests you may have for flavors or special diets. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

              3. Sugar & Twine 2928 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
                To dunk or not to dunk? Sugar & Twine is dedicated to the delicious pairing of coffee and pastries and serving them up near Richmond homes for sale. Sip on a coffee or espresso drink, brewed with beans from local roasters, as you savor the sweetness of a chocolate chip sea salt or peanut butter cookie. Dairy- and gluten-free options are also available. Sugar & Twine's convenient walk-up window is open 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. seven days a week.

              4. WPA Bakery - 3414 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
                How community-minded is WPA Bakery? Owner David Rohrer lives only a block away from the shop's Southside location. WPA stands for "Well-Made Pastry Alliance," and the bakery's slogan is, "A Bakery for the Rest of Us." Their cookies and other baked goods are just like grandma used to make, but with a modern addition of vegan and gluten-free options. WPA Bakery is open for takeout and delivery from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

              5. Puerto Rican Bakery & Café - 1410 Blvd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834
                When Marvin Torres and Damaris Pérez moved their family from Puerto Rico to Virginia in 2001, opening a restaurant was not on the agenda. Fast-forward to 2017, when the couple's love of cooking and baking led to the opening of Puerto Rican Bakery & Café. Marvin and Damaris enjoy bringing the flavors of their homeland to fellow transplants and others around Colonial Heights homes for sale. While their cookies are delicious, why stop at sweets? Pick up some mofongo, sandwiches, or one of the daily specials to go with your treats for a full and satisfying meal. Stop by for takeout starting at noon Tuesday through Sunday.

              Life doesn't get any sweeter than a home in Richmond. For experienced help buying or selling a local home, contact us at Napier ERA.

              September
              28

              Visit These Richmond Cideries This Fall

              Richmond Cideries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              September
              21

              Richmond: Where to Play Tourist for a Day

              Richmond Tourism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              September
              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
              31

              6 Things to Know Before You Buy Your First Home

              Buy First HomeBuying a new home can be exciting, complicated, and overwhelming all at the same time. After all, it's also commonly considered one of the largest financial decisions many people will make in a lifetime. With so much on the line, it can be easy to make mistakes, especially if you're buying your first home. Being prepared is the best way to avoid costly pitfalls. If you're considering these Richmond homes for sale, below are six things to know before you buy.

              1. Always Use a REALTOR®
                Working with a REALTOR® is the best way to avoid costly mistakes. Not only are they trained negotiators, real estate agents can guide you through the entire home-buying process from start to finish. They can help you narrow down your choices, save you a lot of time, and provide information about a particular neighborhood. 

              2. Always Put Down 20%...Unless You Can't Afford It
                You should make every effort to make a 20% down payment. Otherwise, you might be stuck paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). This covers the lender in the event you default on your mortgage, and it can cost you thousands in unnecessary expenses. However, if making a 20% down payment leaves you with little to no savings, you may be better off paying PMI in the short term, as owning a home can come with many unexpected costs.

              3. You Should Get Prequalified Before Looking at Homes
                If you've decided you're ready to purchase your first home, it might be tempting to start booking appointments and viewing houses. However, the best first step is to get prequalified for a mortgage. This not only helps you understand what you can afford, but it signals to potential buyers that you are seriously in the market. The last thing you want to do is miss out on the home of your dreams because you're not prequalified.

              4. Home Inspections Often Uncover Issues
                It's not uncommon for a home inspector to discover a wide range of issues before the closing, so it's important to be prepared and temper your expectations. Keep in mind the negotiation process can continue after the home inspection, so you can use the results to your advantage to have the seller fix an issue or reduce the cost of the home.

              5. The Closing Process Can Take Awhile
                Many first-time homebuyers are surprised by how long it takes to actually close on a home. Unlike other major purchases, the process is lengthy and can take anywhere from 30-60 days on average to close after a seller accepts your offer.

              6. Don't Forget About the Closing Costs
                In addition to your down payment, you also need to account for closing costs, which are fees that cover inspections, title services, taxes, appraisals, and many other expenses involved with the transaction. Closing costs can range anywhere from 2-7% of your sale price, and they must be paid upfront.

              If you're in the market for your first home, our real estate agents can help guide you along the way. Contact us today!

              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. 

              June
              29

              Cool Down with an Iced Coffee at these Richmond Cafes

              Richmond Cafes

              Summer has hit the RVA and we sure wish The Fan was able to pump out enough air to cool the city. Since we may be stuck under the summer heat for a few months, our real estate agents are taking every opportunity to grab a refreshing iced coffee. If you're looking for a way to beat the heat this season, cool down with a delicious iced coffee at these Richmond cafes.

              1. Ironclad Coffee Roasters – 1805 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23223
                The minute you walk into Ironclad Coffee Roasters, you'll notice that they are unlike any other café in the RVA. Taking the café culture of Europe into consideration, Ironclad Coffee Roasters aims to offer the best customer service and finest Specialty Grade coffee in the city. You can order an iced coffee from their café, order beans online to make your own iced coffee at home, or find their mobile café driving around town.

              2. Saison Market – 323 N. Adams St., Richmond, VA 23220
                Saison Market
                is a coffee shop, café, and bottle shop serving all meals and offering a grab-and-go market. Their full espresso bar is loaded with the caffeine-fuel you need to make it through a long workday. Although their food and beverage menus are constantly changing to reflect seasonal ingredients, you can count on them to have a fresh cup of iced coffee every day of the year!

              3. Riverbend Coffee Company – 2623 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
                Chill out in Church Hill at Riverbend Coffee Company. All of their coffee beans are roasted in house and ready to take with you on the go. Best of all, their ice cubes don't water down your coffee as they melt, keeping the delicious taste consistent through every drop. Riverbend Coffee Company opened at the tail end of last summer so be sure to stop by and help them prepare to celebrate their one-year anniversary!

              4. Demolition Coffee – 215 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
                Located in the heart of historic Petersburg, Demolition Coffee has been delighting locals since 2009. Their menu features plenty of iced coffee and teas to keep you cool and refreshed all summer long. Plus, their pastry case is always stocked with fresh baked goods and is the perfect addition to any coffee order. The cafe plans to reopen in July after pausing services during COVID-19. Show your support for this local establishment and stop by when they reopen after browsing these nearby Petersburg homes for sale.

              5. Lamplighter Coffee Roasters – 116 S. Addison St., Richmond, VA 23220
                Cool down just outside The Fan at Lamplighter Coffee Roasters. This café is your one-stop-shop for coffee, breakfast, and even groceries like eggs, salsa, tofu, and almond milk. Most of their coffees can be served over ice and their cold brew is delicious, but if you're searching for a powerful pick-me-up, you've got to order the Turbo Coke. They take a Coca-Cola made with real cane sugar, drop in a double shot of Swiftwalker espresso and serve it over ice. Trust us, even a sweltering summer day is no match for a Turbo Coke!

              6. Black Hand Coffee Co. – 3101 Patterson Ave., Richmond VA, 23221
                Skip the line at the chain café and head over to Black Hand Coffee Co. This locally owned and operated café imports green coffee beans from around the world then roasted right in Richmond. Their location in the Museum District, and as well as their second location named Café Nostra, is ready to serve you up a delicious roast. Grab a cold brew from Brazil or an iced coffee from Costa Rica, pair it with a tasty sausage, egg, and cheese bagel, and you'll be fueled to take on whatever the day brings!

              7. Legacy Roasting – 325 Library St., Hopewell, VA 23860
                After years of selling locally roasted coffee beans at farmers markets, Legacy Roasting moved into their Hopewell storefront in 2018. While their location has changed, their commitment to serving high-quality coffee in Virginia remains the same. Stop by to pick up coffee beans near Hopewell homes for sale and browse their wide selection of unique flavors for you to make your own iced coffee. Other options include online ordering, or you can sign up for their monthly subscription plan!

              Would you like to live within walking distance to one of these local cafes? We can help with your search. Contact us today to browse Richmond homes for sale.

              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
              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
              27

              Local Food Drives: Where to Donate in Richmond

              Richmond Food Drives

              The Richmond community is coming together in a spirit of solidarity. It's never been more important for everyone to work together: Locals, nonprofits, and our real estate agents are heeding the call. Plenty of charities and nonprofits are staying active around Richmond in this testing time.

              Social distancing makes everything a little more complicated, but brave volunteer workers throughout the Richmond area are still finding ways to help out their community. One big way to do your part is to participate in one of the many Richmond food drives.

              Even if you don't have the time to volunteer, it only takes a few minutes to drop off a donation – and it can help, especially for families with young kids!

              Looking for a chance to make a difference? You're in luck. There's another Richmond food drive coming up on May 1 that will offer you the perfect opportunity!

              Richmond Food Drives Are Crucial to Meeting the Needs of Local Families

              During the food drive on April 1, people from all walks of life came together to donate a combined total of more than 5,000 pounds of canned food – that's over two tons! The impressive haul made it one of the most successful charity events in the Richmond area for 2020.

              More than 30 volunteers were involved in the drive-through process, which maintained safe social distancing while serving hundreds of donors.

              Three organizations received the donations for distribution to those in need.

              The sponsors include medical care charity GoochlandCares, UP RVA, which focuses on the needs of local students, and Henrico County Family and Community Engagement. All of them are well known and have a proven history of working for the betterment of Richmond.

              Terrific turnout for the previous food drive has led to plenty of enthusiasm for the repeat performance that will be held soon! 

              Visit Tuckahoe Village Shopping Center on May 1 to Give Your Donation

              To keep the momentum going, there will be a second drive for canned food and other necessities held on Friday, May 1. Donations will be accepted from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon in the same location: The Tuckahoe Village Shopping Center in front of Holland Family Chiropractic in Richmond.

              Canned and unopened jars of food will be accepted.

              In particular, organizations hope that donors will bring plenty of canned meats such as chicken, tuna, beef, and pork, canned stews and soups, and canned fruits or vegetables.

              Jars of peanut butter and jelly will also be happily accepted. These are great because they can safely last for months on the shelf and do not need any complex preparation.

              The volunteers will make sure they get where they are most needed!

              Napier ERA is Working With Our Neighbors to Help Richmond

              At Napier ERA, we are dedicated to helping our community in this challenging time. Our agents are practicing responsible social distancing while showing Richmond homes for sale and taking other steps to protect your health and ours. For information on Richmond real estate, just contact us.

              April
              13

              How to Prepare for a Virtual Home Tour with Kids

              Preparing for a Virtual Home Tour

              With kids home from school for the foreseeable future, parents in Richmond are wearing many hats these days! In particular, parents getting ready to list a home have extra obstacles to face.

              Potential buyers are utilizing virtual tours to view properties in the Richmond area to help narrow down their home search. While they might not be seeing your home in person, staging your home is still a must. 

              The following tips from our real estate agents can help you stage your home for virtual tours without causing too much disruption.

              1. Box Up the Extra Toys
                Children regularly play with less than half of their toys. Have your children choose which of their toys they want to keep out, and which toys they want to pack up for the move. Ideally, you will want to clear the rooms of more massive toys such as dollhouses, playsets, and other items that dominate their bedroom or playroom.
              2. Invest in Storage Containers
                Keeping your children's toys in storage containers will help keep their bedrooms, and your home, neat and tidy. This will make it so you can show off storage space in a neat and organized way. These storage containers can be repurposed at your new home to keep that space orderly.
              3. Repaint the Rooms
                If your children's rooms are brightly colored, it is advisable to repaint the room in a neutral color. Neutral colors make it easier for prospective buyers to visualize their personal uses for the room.
              4. Tackle the Cleaning
                It's always a challenge to keep a home clean when you have children. It's even harder with everyone being cooped up. Staying on top of the cleaning and clutter will make this less daunting. Take one day to tackle your spring cleaning and then do touch up cleaning throughout the week to keep your home looking spotless and camera ready.
              5. Fun Incentives
                If your kids are old enough to understand that you're getting ready to sell the home, enlist your children's help in keeping the house clean. Let them know when virtual showings will be happening. Make it a game or offer them rewards for doing chores like wiping down countertops, sweeping floors, putting their laundry in the basket, etc. Possible incentives you can use to help get them involved in the action include video game time, takeout from a favorite restaurant, or a small allowance. 
              6. Get Rid of Your Clutter
                One of the best ways to get kids to declutter their rooms is to lead by example. Have your children help you sort through the cabinets, pick through your closets, empty the garage, etc. Seeing you do what you are asking them to do will make them enthusiastic helpers.
              7. Limit Activity Areas
                You might be trying to find new ways to keep your kids entertained at home, and some of these things might get a little messy! Whether it's a science experiment or an art project, some of these entertaining activities might come with a bit of extra clean up. Limit these messier projects for a designated area, like a certain table or play area. This will limit the clean up to one specific area before your virtual showing. 

              Contact us for more staging tips that can help your home stand out among the Richmond homes for sale this season. 

              March
              30

              Keep Calm and Nom Nom: Support Richmond Local Restaurants

              Richmond Restaurants

              One of the great things about living in Richmond is the way that the community comes together to support one another in challenging times. Local restaurants add so much life to Richmond neighborhoods, and are also among the businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis due to restrictions on public gatherings. The good news is that there's still plenty you can do to support your favorite local businesses – from buying t-shirts to ordering takeout – and our real estate agents have all the details on how to Keep Calm and Nom Nom. The Keep Calm website was created by a Richmond ad agency, Familiar Creatures, to help area businesses during this time. We highlight some of our favorite Richmond dining staples and how you can support them below! 

              • The Fan
                Can't get enough of Richmond's historic architecture? The Fan neighborhood is loaded with historic homes, museums, and beautiful boulevards, conveniently located near Richmond homes for sale. There are restaurants here for every taste, from basement bars where you can dance the night away to quiet coffee shops perfect for escaping from a busy day. Right now, you can still pick up pizza and craft beer from The Hop, order something sweet from Red Eye Cookie Co., or grab one of the legendary sandwiches from Garnett's Cafe.

              • Downtown
                Not quite sure what you're in the mood for? Downtown Richmond has you covered. This is the urban heart of Richmond, with vibrant culture, busy boutiques, top-rated art galleries, public art, and history at every turn. It's also home to the Grace Street corridor of restaurants, which includes some of the biggest names in the Richmond culinary scene. Order inspired Indian food from Nama, have some fresh, delicious oysters delivered from Rappahannock Oyster Co., or dig into one of the unique pizza creations from Bottoms Up.

              • Scott's Addition
                The craft brewing scene in Richmond is legendary, and Scott's Addition is the brewing capital of the city. This formerly industrial neighborhood has been re-imagined, as former factories are turned into popular breweries, restaurants, and shops. Support Scott's Addition by ordering a takeout brew from Strangeways Brewing, grabbing some authentic Richmond BBQ from Buz and Ned's, or stocking up on all of the best local beers from Growlers to Go.

              • Carytown
                Love shopping and style? Then Carytown is the place to be. This Richmond neighborhood is home to many of the city's famous boutique shopping spots, offering clothing, books, records, antiques, and so much more. It's also home to many quaint cafes and bustling bistros, with flavors for every taste. Many Carytown restaurants are still offering takeout, delivery, and gift cards. Grab an amazing slice of pizza from the Mellow Mushroom, pick up a delicious drink from Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery, or sample Vietnamese food made with fresh, local ingredients from Sen Organic.

              • Church Hill
                Richmond is an amazing place to call home for anyone who loves history, and the Church Hill neighborhood is likely the most historic corner of the city. Libby Hill Park is one of the oldest city parks in the United States, having first opened to the public in 1851, while historic St. John's Church is the oldest church in the city. This neighborhood also happens to feature some of Richmond's best-known restaurants, with delicious pub grub at Patrick Henry Pub & Grille, fantastic seafood at Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse, and so much more.

              Are you ready to live in a city that knows how to come together in challenging times, and celebrate together during happy days? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.

              March
              16

              Your Spring Checklist for Richmond

              Spring in Richmond

              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! 

              1. River Front Canal Walk, access points are at nearly every block between 5th and 17th streets, Richmond, VA 23219
                The River Front Canal Walk is a popular destination and activity in Richmond, offering plenty to do as well as beautiful scenery. You can buy fresh produce at one of the country's oldest public markets or visit the Poe Museum, which commemorates the famous author's time spent living in Richmond. The walk covers 1.5 miles and travels along the James River and Kanawha Canal, making it the perfect stop while you're touring Richmond homes for sale.

              2. James River Park System, 4001 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23219
                Richmond's natural beauty is on full display at the James River Park System, which includes more than 550 acres of shoreline and islands. This oasis in the city offers many activities, including hiking, navigating a climbing wall, braving the Pony Pasture Rapids, and exploring Williams Island, which is open to the public and is accessible only by water.

              3. Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond, VA 23221 
                Agecroft Hall - a 16th-century manor - is a unique sight, with a Great Hall, leaded glass windows, intricately carved staircases, and more. Stop for a visit, which includes a one-hour guided tour, after which you can take your time strolling through the property and its beautiful gardens that are truly beautiful during the spring!

              4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
                The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is worth a stop year-round, but especially in the spring. The historic property has more than 50 acres of gardens in addition to dining and shopping. You'll find more than a dozen themed gardens, including Cherry Tree Walk and a Children's Garden, and if your interest in gardening is piqued, the Botanical Garden offers many classes.

              5. Spring festivals, various locations in Richmond
                When the weather gets warm, Richmond hosts some festivals that offer the perfect excuse to get out of the house have fun in the city. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Shamrock the Block, which draws a big crowd each year. Or head out to Monument Avenue on Easter Sunday to see a unique type of parade. The attractions remain in place, and it's the spectators that parade around to get a good look at everyone and everything! To check out a list of Richmond's spring festivals, visit River City Food Tours online.

              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. 

              March
              9

              5 Richmond Sports Bars for Filling Out Your Bracket

              Richmond Sports Bars

              Does spring make you think of blooming flowers, sunny skies, and warmer temperatures? For college basketball fans, March brings an extra level of excitement. Join in the fun and fill out your brackets at these lively sports bars around Richmond suggested by our real estate agents.

              1. Kickback Jack's - 9318 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23294
                Watch the game from home while eating frozen pizza and fast-food wings or head to Kickback Jack's for fresh, made-from-scratch appetizers and entrées? The choice is a no-brainer for anyone living near Richmond homes for sale. With more than 50 HD TVs on-site, there's not a bad seat in the house. Cheeseburgers and fries are only $5.99 all day Tuesday. Kickback Jack's is open daily from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. 

              2. Sportspage Bar & Grille - 14245 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Rob Jones and his wife Karee blended his sports background with her family's restaurant experience to create Sportspage Bar & Grille, just minutes from Midlothian homes for sale. In addition to the 40 flat-screen TVs surrounding the restaurant, there are five booths with individual TVs so you can control the remote. Stop by during the week for their generous "Happy Hour" that runs from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sportspage is open 11 a.m. - 1:15 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 1:15 a.m. weekends.

              3. Daddio's Grille - 12385 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
                Watching the game is only part of the story at Daddio's Grille, a comfy and casual sports bar not far from Henrico homes for sale. Something special is happening every day, whether it's karaoke, open mic night, free poker tournaments, trivia contests, or live music. And why wait for Taco Tuesday? Daddio's Monday taco buffet is free with the purchase of a drink. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - midnight seven days a week.

              4. On the Rox - 119 N. 18th St., Richmond, VA 23223
                On the Rox has been making a name for itself since the beginning, when Richmond Magazine named them as one of the city's Best New Restaurants in 2012. The creative menu revolves around elevated comfort food such as French fries cooked in duck fat or tossed in truffle oil and pb&j grilled between two slices of Texas toast. Get an early start on weekend game days with On the Rox's brunch. Irresistible options include strawberry cheesecake French toast and the unique Failure Pile, a mash-up of whatever the chef feels like putting together that day. On the Rox is open 4 p.m. - midnight Monday and Tuesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday.

              5. J.R. Crickets - 1509 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, VA 23222
                Wings are the thing at J.R. Crickets, a beloved Atlanta institution that made its way to Richmond in 2017. Their signature Buffalo-style wings come in sizes from 10-piece to 150-piece and your choice of eight specialty flavors. Add variety by pairing your wings with shrimp, ribs, or fish. Beef lovers aren't forgotten with the best-selling steak and cheese sandwich. Hours at J.R. Crickets are 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. weekdays and noon - 2 a.m. weekdays.

              When it comes to helping you buy or sell your Richmond home, we hit nothing but net. Take your best shot and contact us for more information.

              March
              2

              Read Across America Day: 5 Local Bookstores in Richmond

              Richmond Bookstores

              Read Across America is held each year on March 2 - on Dr. Seuss's birthday - to encourage children as well as parents and teachers to read and share the joy of reading. What better day to visit some of Richmond's local independent bookstores?

              Our real agent agents love shopping local in the Richmond area and recommend these local bookstores:

              1. bbgb - 3003 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
                Although bbgb specializes in kids' books, you'll also find some choices for adults as well. The shop offers unique activities as well as staff recommendations, author events, and more, so it's well worth a stop as you're looking for Richmond homes for sale. It's also the perfect place to pick out a gift that keeps on giving, with A Year of Tales in 6- or 12-month subscriptions. The shop's book experts choose titles according to the recipient's age, gender, and interests. You can also sign up to receive 1 kids' book each month, with 10 donated to the community at the same time.

              2. Fountain Bookstore - 1312 East Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219
                Fountain Bookstore has sold books to Virginians for more than 40 years with the help of knowledgeable staff members who are happy to answer questions and share book recommendations. When you're browsing in the store, you can also check out some quirky cards and gifts. Fountain Bookstore also hosts many events - including discussions with authors, book club meetings, and new book launches - that are popular with customers.

              3. The Little Bookshop - 1318 Sycamore Square, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Priding itself on personalized service and a carefully chosen selection of books, The Little Bookshop is worth a stop. Visit and browse through books, greeting cards, stuffed animals, journals, and more as you're looking for Midlothian homes for sale. You can also drop by for one of the shop's events, such as story and craft time for kids, book signings, author readings, and new book launches.

              4. Book People - 536 Granite Ave # A, Richmond, VA 23226
                You'll find new as well as used fiction and non-fiction books at Book People, which also boasts an extensive foreign language section. The shop has served Richmond readers since 1980 and hosts interesting events such as poetry readings by the authors and Scrabble nights in English, French, and German.

              5. Chop Suey Books - 2913 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
                The unusual name of Chop Suey Books was adopted when the original store moved into the former home of George's Chop Suey restaurant. A rusted sign remained, so the bookshop adopted the Chop Suey name and found it suitable for a shop selling a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Chop Suey houses over 45,000 books, and your money will go far since most are used, and you can trade-in your books for cash or store credit. You'll find plenty of literature, art photography, architecture, design, poetry titles, as well as books in other categories.

              Contact us to find out more about the Richmond real estate market. Our agents are experts in buying and selling homes in the local market as well as in its shops, attractions, and other popular destinations. 

              February
              17

              Love Your Dog Day: Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Richmond

              Dog Friendly Richmond

              Why leave your pets at home when you can take them out for a night on the town? National Love Your Pet Day is coming up on February 20th and is the perfect opportunity to bring your pooch along for a nice meal in the Richmond area. The next time you are heading out for a little relaxation with your family, bring Fido or Fifi with you to these fantastic area restaurants that are dog-friendly.  

              1. Tap House - 100 S 14th St, Richmond, VA 23219
                Nothing beats relaxing with a flavorful, juicy burger and a cold beer on tap. At The Tap House, you can enjoy your favorite burger with a wide selection of specialty beers. Always warm and welcoming, you and your pet can sit back, relax, and enjoy spending time outside of the house together. 
              2. Acacia Mid-Town - 2601 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220
                Located just a few blocks away from Boat Lake, Acacia Mid-Town is a popular place to sit down and have a bite to eat. Their burgers are crafted from the freshest ingredients America has to offer. With over a decade of experience operating in Richmond, the chefs are some of the best in the area. You'll appreciate their skill and attention to detail in every bite!
              3. Sine Irish Pub - 1327 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
                If you are craving a taste from the old world, head into Sine Irish Pub and ask them to fill your plate and glass with plenty of Irish treats. From a pint of Guinness to an Angus burger so thick and juicy, you will need two hands to lift it off the plate. It's a beautiful place to enjoy a night out with friends or stop in with Fido on your way home from a walk in the park.
              4. The Burger Bach - 101 Heaths Way Rd, Midlothian, VA 23114
                Every bite at Burger Bach is a symphony, a flavor in your mouth. Inspired by New Zealand, this gastropub is sure to please with its 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised beef. Each burger is cooked to perfection and served up with a friendly smile and a side of great conversation about everything from the weather to the best of the best Midlothian homes for sale
              5. Carytown Burgers & Fries - 3449 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
                Everybody in the family loves burgers and fries, and at Carytown Burgers & Fries, everyone can satisfy their cravings. Their burgers are some of the juiciest and best-prepared burgers in the country. Their menu is packed with a myriad of specialty burgers, and you are going to want to make more than one trip to try them all. The ambiance is warm and inviting, which makes it the perfect place to talk with your family about which Richmond homes for sale would be the best place for you to live. 

              Contact us for more information about the many pet-friendly activities and locations in the area. Our real estate agents are always ready to help you find the perfect fit for your family and your furry friends. 

              February
              10

              Richmond Florists for Your Valentine's Day

              Richmond Florists

              Valentine's Day is coming, which means love is in the air around Richmond homes for sale. Brighten your sweetheart's day and "say it with flowers" from one of these great shops in the Richmond area. 

              1. Christopher Flowers - 3120 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221
                The owner and head designer of Christopher Flowers has spent his life in the business studying under his mother, an acclaimed Richmond florist known as the "Flower Lady." Christoper also has a younger designer on staff to ensure that they can accommodate a full range of styles and trends. Christopher Flowers is open 8:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.

              2. Pat's Florist - 1721 W. Main St., Richmond 23220
                For more than 40 years, family-owned Pat's Florist has been providing residents of the Richmond area with stunning flower arrangements for all occasions. Add a unique touch with "flowers in a gift," featuring an assortment of creative reusable vases in colorful and whimsical styles. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. - noon Saturday.

              3. Vogue Flower Market - 1114 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond 23230
                Farm-to-table restaurants obtain products directly from the source for maximum freshness. Vogue Flower Market follows the same philosophy by using flowers from their family-owned farm. Develop your creativity with Vogue's seminars and services for customers who want to try their hand at DIY flower arranging. Flora Vino classes that combine wine sipping with floral designing double as a fun night out with friends. Vogue is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

              4. Tommy's Garden - 3325 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221
                How can you go wrong with a flower shop named Tommy's Garden? The family-owned florist combines the freshest flowers and plants with customer service that goes the extra mile for results that exceed expectations. Choose from lavish multi-flower arrangements or traditional and elegant rose bouquets. Hours at Tommy's Garden are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday. 

              5. Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds - 432 Strawberry St., Richmond 23220
                Members of the talented design team at Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds individually curate an impressive variety of seasonal arrangements, or you can opt for an arrangement created using your personal choices. As a proud member of the Historic Fan District in Richmond, Strawberry Fields promotes a sense of community by partnering with local artisans to sell their jewelry, cards and stationery, artwork, and other handmade gift items. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

              6. Coleman Brothers Flowers - 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond 23228
                Since 1971, Coleman Brothers Flowers has grown from a tiny shop with fewer than five employees to a thriving florist with a staff of more than 50 people on the strength of superior product and service. Their dedicated team can help you find the perfect bouquet for your sweetheart. Coleman Brothers are open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

              Richmond is a vibrant city in bloom and a perfect place to put down roots. Contact us at Napier ERA and let our real estate agents go to work for you.

              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! 

              January
              20

              National Chocolate Cake Day: Best Bakeries in Richmond

              Richmond Bakeries

              It's almost time for one of the sweetest holidays of the year, and chocolate lovers will rejoice with all of the great options for celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day in the Richmond area. This delightful holiday takes place every year on January 27, and local bakeries will undoubtedly be preparing for the big day with their best chocolate cakes. Our REALTORS® are ready to enjoy a slice for National Chocolate Cake Day, and we've got the details on some of the best bakeries to celebrate this special day around Richmond.

              • Shyndigz – 1831 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
                Richmond homes for sale
                make it easy to visit many of the destinations on our list, including the excellent Shyndigz restaurant, bakery, and market. The team at Shyndigz tempers all of its chocolate in the store, creating a huge array of chocolate treats to enjoy. You can grab a slice of chocolate cake, or pick up a Take & Bake kit to create your own delicious desserts.

              • Wicked Whisk Bakery – 2731 Cassaway Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113
                Searching for a cupcake to satisfy your chocolate craving? Then you'll want to pay a visit to Wicked Whisk Bakery. Known for their cupcakes and full-size chocolate cakes, Wicked Whisk is a custom, made-from-scratch bakery, specializing in house-made cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats. Everything is made to order, so you'll want to call ahead for your desserts.

              • Coco and Hazel – 411 North Ridge Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
                What could be better than a big slice of chocolate cake? A chocolate milkshake topped with your favorite cake! At Coco and Hazel, you can satisfy your sweet tooth in a truly unique way, with a massive milkshake topped with a delicious, house-made slice of cake. In addition to those unique milkshakes, this bakery offers cookies, brownies, ice cream, coffee, espresso, donuts, and a delicious breakfast menu.

              • Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery – 11516 Busy St., North Chesterfield, VA 23236
                Cupcakes plus ice cream equals delicious. That's the philosophy at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, where you can celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day with the Richmond area's most diverse selection of fresh cupcakes. Smallcakes is a fast-growing chain with an excellent reputation for creating some of the best cupcakes you'll find near Chesterfield homes for sale

              • Pink Belle Cake House – 13211 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Looking for a gourmet bakery close to Midlothian homes for sale that features fantastic chocolate cakes, including great vegan and gluten-free options? Pink Belle Cake House has you covered, with flavorful, made-to-order gourmet cakes and cupcakes for every occasion. Stop by the store anytime to find some amazing cupcakes and small cakes available, including the ever-popular gluten-free and vegan cupcake.

              • Katherine's Confections – 11356 Ironbridge Rd., Chester, VA 23831
                It's easy to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day around Chester homes for sale, thanks to great local bakeries like Katherine's Confections. You may already know Katherine's Confections for creating some of the best wedding cakes in the area, but did you know you can also sample a different variety of mini-cakes every week? Mini-cakes are available every week from Thursday through Saturday, with plenty of delicious chocolate varieties.

              When you call Richmond home, fantastic food is simply part of the package. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Richmond.

              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
              23

              New Year's Eve in Richmond: Where to Celebrate

              Richmond New Year

              There is plenty to celebrate as the year comes to a close, especially in the Richmond area!  As the year winds down and 2020 is set to begin, the following venues are the perfect place to say farewell and adieu to the past and welcome in the new year.

              1. New Year's Eve Moonlight Masquerade - DoubleTree Hilton, 1021 Kroger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA 23235
                If you are looking for a fancy yet affordable way to ring in 2020, this event is for you! The DoubleTree Hilton knows how to do New Year's right. Their Moonlight Masquerade starts at 9 pm and goes until the wee hours of the morning. Early bird tickets are just $45 per couple. Dressed in semi-formal attire, you will spend the night enjoying fabulous music, delicious appetizers, and lots of fun and frivolity. Book a room before you go, and you can save yourself a trip home and treat yourself to a fabulous night you won't forget. 
              2. New Year's Eve Family Frolic - L. Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
                From 2 pm to 5 pm on December 31st, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is hosting their annual New Year's Eve Family Frolic. This year's party will feature live music, a parade, and a chance to check out the local botanical gardens. There's plenty of fun for the whole family, and you might make it an annual tradition to roll down the hill towards the Cochrane Rose Garden with your kids and neighbors in the community.
              3. Noon Year's Eve - Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
                From 10 am to 1 pm, the Science Museum of Virginia is hosting its annual Noon Year's Eve party. It's the perfect place to catch a quirky ball drop and celebrate the end of the year with your kids who might not be able to stay awake until midnight. Entry to the party is included with your ticket to the museum. Admission is limited to only 2,500 guests, and no advance tickets are available. The event is growing in popularity, so if you want to be sure to get in, then be sure to get there early.    
              4. Glow All Out New Year's Eve 2020 - TopGolf - 2308 Westwood Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23230
                If you love getting out on the golf course, why not celebrate the New Year playing your favorite game! TopGolf's Richmond location is hosting a New Year's Eve event golfers will love. Packages include live entertainment, chef-inspired menu items, and unlimited TopGolf gameplay from 9 pm -1 am. Perfect your golf swing in 2020 when you start your year at this TopGolf event. 

              Our REALTORS® wish you a happy and exciting 2020! If one of your goals for 2020 is to start looking at Richmond homes for sale, our team is here to help! As your year takes shape, we invite you to contact us to learn more about real estate in the area and to start the process of finding the perfect Richmond home for you and your family.  

              December
              9

              5 Benefits of Suburban Living

              Richmond Suburb LivingAre you trying to decide between the gorgeous Richmond homes for sale right in the city or in one of Richmond's delightful suburbs? Although both are great, according to recent reports, many people including millennials are choosing homes in a suburban area. Our REALTORS® give five reasons why suburbs are gaining popularity and benefits you'll enjoy with suburban living.

              1. Lower Cost of Living
                This first reason plays a huge role in suburbs rise in popularity! Homes are often far less expensive in the suburbs, but that's not all. You'll also pay less for many other things like meals and entertainment. There's a good chance your property taxes will be lower too! A lower cost of living allows your budget to go further for your household and alleviates financial stress. 
              1. Less Crime
                Smaller towns often have less crime than you'll find in the big cities. If you're looking for a safe, quiet neighborhood where you'll feel comfortable taking walks in the evening or letting your kids play outside, a suburb might be right for you.
              1. Smaller Schools
                Suburbs often have smaller schools, which means smaller class sizes and more individualized attention for your children. Many of the schools located in the Richmond area are above-average and bring excellent academic opportunities to residents. 
              1. Less Traffic
                In many of the nearby Richmond suburbs, it's possible to drive clear across town in 15 minutes. While it's still a short commute to the city, when you live in the suburbs, you won't find yourself sitting in traffic for hours every day. Not only will this save you time, but you'll also spend less on gas and put less wear and tear on your vehicle. As a bonus, you'll also enjoy a slower pace, less stress, fewer crowds, and less pollution. 
              1. Close-Knit Community
                When you live in a suburb, you have more opportunities to get to know your neighbors. This allows you to build a support structure and enjoy opportunities to get involved with your local community. Small towns also often have unique festivals, events, and quirky traditions you won't find in the big city.

                Working and going to school in a small town gives you more opportunities to be a "big fish in a small pond." You'll likely find there's less competition for jobs, and it's easier to earn an upstanding reputation in your field. In some towns, this also translates into greater job security and new opportunities. 

              Your Richmond Area Real Estate Pros

              If you're ready to find your dream home in the Richmond suburbs, you're in the right place! Find a suburban home just west of Richmond when you check out our Midlothian homes for sale. Or look further north and at Glen Allen homes for sale.

              Contact us today and will tell you more about the Richmond area and its many charming suburbs! 

              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.

              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. 

              September
              23

              9 Money Saving Tips Before You Relocate to Richmond

              Money Saving for Move

              Moving to Richmond from out of state? Relocating from out of state is an exciting decision that comes with its share of unique challenges, but budgeting for your move doesn't have to be one of them. There will always be a few extra expenses when moving across state lines, but you can cut costs significantly by taking the proper steps. Our real estate agents know what it takes to relocate from out of state, and we've got 9 tips to help you save before you make your move to Richmond.

              1. Research General Moving Costs
                After you've finished shopping for Richmond homes for sale and found the perfect match, it's time to start planning your move. The first step is researching moving costs and discovering the options available. Compare costs from different movers to get an idea of how much you'll need to save.

              2. Decide What You Need to Move
                When you're making a long-distance move, every pound counts. One easy way to save is to leave behind large, bulky items you don't need, like old TVs or large pieces of furniture. Donate items you won't be taking with you, or sell them to offset moving costs.

              3. To Hire a Mover or Rent a Truck?
                Renting a truck and moving your possessions yourself can save significant money, but will also require a much steeper investment of time on your part. Consider whether you want to move yourself, or hire a moving company.

              4. Request Quotes from Moving Companies
                If you decide to go with a moving company, then the next step is comparing quotes. Each moving company will have its own rates, discounts, and added costs. Research reviews as well, to make sure you'll get your money's worth.

              5. Find the Most Affordable Times to Move
                If you're not on a rushed timetable, then you can also save by picking the right time to move. Summer tends to be the busiest season for moves, while winter is slowest. Relocating during the winter, when moving companies are less busy, can save you money.

              6. Move Your Most Valuable Items Yourself
                While moving companies can handle the big stuff, it's better to move your most valuable possessions yourself. Moving jewelry, heirlooms, collectibles, and other prized items can save you a bit of cash, and provide significant peace of mind.

              7. A Yard Sale to Lighten Your Load and Generate Cash
                Holding a yard sale before you move is a great way to save money while getting rid of items. Promote your yard sale locally, so everyone knows when to shop.

              8. Set Aside Extra Cash when Possible
                When you're planning a move, it helps to set aside extra cash. If you get a tax refund, a bonus from work, or other sudden influx of cash, consider setting it aside in a rainy day fund to help cover the costs of your move.

              9. A Little Help from Your Friends
                Prepping for your move is much more comfortable with a little help from your friends, and having your pals help with prep can also save you money. It's amazing what you can accomplish with some friends and a few pizzas.

              Ready to relocate to Richmond, but still searching for the perfect home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, 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.

              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
              3

              Celebrating National Virginia Day - Richmond Suburbs to Check Out

              Celebrating National Virginia Day

              Ask any long-time resident, and you'll hear the many perks of shopping for Richmond homes for sale. There's so much to love about living in the city, and Richmond's many great suburbs. The area has been growing at a rapid pace, including the diverse suburbs surrounding the town. National Virginia Day, takes place every September 14 and is the perfect excuse to see what Richmond's suburbs have to offer. Our real estate agents know Richmond, and we've got the details on 3 of the city's best suburbs to call home.

              Richmond Suburbs to Check Out for Your Next Home

              • Midlothian Is a Popular Place to Settle Down and Scale-Up
                Whether you're looking for luxury real estate or the perfect place for a family, Midlothian homes for sale have something for you. Midlothian is one of Richmond's most affluent suburbs, with a strong median household income and a huge selection of high-end properties. Midlothian ranks among Richmond's most popular suburbs, located in Chesterfield and a short drive west of the city.

                The scenic, tree-lined streets of Midlothian provide a peaceful backdrop for life in the community and continue to maintain their small-town charm even as the suburb expands. This historic community dates back to the 1700s. It's a great spot for lovers of history. Midlothian is also located close to key highways and interstates, so you'll have no trouble reaching any destination.

              • Why Glen Allen Is a Favorite Spot for Families
                Looking for an up-and-coming neighborhood with tons to do? Glen Allen, located in northwest Henrico County, is one of Richmond's fastest-growing suburbs. The area has been developed extensively in recent years, offering many places to shop, dine, and enjoy entertainment. Some of your favorite national chains have locations in Glen Allen, and there's sure to be more as this neighborhood grows.

                Families love Glen Allen homes for sale, because the area is safe, has strong schools, and features fun for all ages. Many of the homes in this suburb are located in new housing developments, featuring tons of amenities for residents. Glen Allen's proximity to the city makes it easy to experience all Richmond has to offer and explore the other vibrant suburbs.

              • Country Living Close to the City in Goochland
                If you want to enjoy the perks of living near the big city without giving up the joys of country living, then Goochland homes for sale might be for you. Located over 30 miles west of the city, Goochland offers all the benefits of small-town life, with large, open properties, plenty of outdoor space, and a tight-knit community. Find a home on a large acreage, or shop in one of many suburban residential developments.

                This suburb is especially popular with anyone who loves equestrian activities, with loads of horse farms and horse-friendly properties available. When you're in the mood for urban adventures make the quick trip to Richmond to explore.

              Ready to get serious about shopping for a home in Richmond's suburbs? Our team is here. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the 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.

              July
              1

              Best Spots for a Picnic Around Richmond

              Richmond Picnic AreasCelebrate National Picnic Month at One of These Area Parks

              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.

              1. Armour House at Meadowview Park – 4001 Clarendon Road, Henrico, VA 23223
                When you're in the market for one of our Henrico homes for sale, you'll soon discover why Armour House & Gardens is an ideal setting for an afternoon picnic. Enjoy the view of the Victorian-style historic home located on the grounds. Visit the scenic walking trail, manicured gardens, or the flowing fountain before or after your meal. It's all located just minutes from the local elementary school.  Many of the area's cultural and art events take place here, too.
              2. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond VA 23227
                A visit to Bryan Park is a fantastic way to get a breath of fresh air. It's especially rewarding for those who've just purchased one of the beautiful Richmond homes for sale! Found on the National Register of Historic Places, Bryan Park is known for its bird walks as well as its full calendar of festivals and events. A seasonal farmer's market takes place on Tuesday afternoons.
              3. Crump Park Playground and Meadow Farm Museum – 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
                Crump Park Playground is adjacent to the Meadow Farm Museum, an appealing historic site not far from Glen Allen homes for sale. Crump Park features one of the nicest and most expansive playgrounds, perfect for the kiddos to get their extra energy out. It's also adjacent to the Meadow Farm Museum, one of the county's last surviving 1800s-era farmsteads.
              4. Pocahontas State Park – 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 28382
                A short drive from Chesterfield homes for sale, you'll encounter the natural splendor of Pocahontas State Park. In addition to any number of places to host a picnic, you'll also discover an array of other outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and horseback riding. The 200-acre Swift Creek welcomes all kinds of boating, complete with rentals, and two beloved fishing lakes are nearby.
              5. Robious Landing Park – 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
                Looking for a walk out in the great outdoors? Robious Landing Park is for you if you're considering Midlothian homes for sale. Robious Landing is one of the most convenient ways to picnic on the picturesque shores of the James River. With more than 100 acres of land, you'll find a wide range of picnic shelters and playgrounds to appreciate. There are plenty of scenic trails, too.

              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.

              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. 

              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
              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
              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
              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

              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
              18

              Some Richmond Neighborhoods Great for Families

              Richmond Neighbrohoods

              Our real estate agents at Napier ERA are here to assist you every step of the way as you explore homes for sale in Richmond area neighborhoods. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is a wonderful place to live no matter if you're looking for fantastic jobs or the best schools in the state.

              Richmond is truly a place where a growing family can thrive. Schools are well-funded, with a rich slate of extracurriculars and a high degree of college placement. Many of the leading businesses offer internships for rising students. And, of course, there's the University of Richmond a short hop away.

              Richmond has been around since 1737, so it's no surprise it has developed several distinct and vibrant neighborhoods. On any tour through the area, the civic pride of Richmond can be witnessed everywhere in its eye-catching architecture, well-kept green spaces, and excellent infrastructure.

              Finding a neighborhood that resonates with you is one of the first steps in choosing a Richmond home. There's plenty of history and culture to enjoy everywhere you look in Richmond – but which of these cozy communities is right for you?

              Let's take a closer look at some welcoming Richmond neighborhoods for you and your family:

              1. Bellevue
                Bellevue is one of the most iconic local neighborhoods, combining eclectic charm with a dash of antique flair. It's a close-knit community where history and hipness mingle. Under the sight of its classical stone arch, Bellevue has been in the midst of a growth phase since 2004. Plenty of new restaurants, grocers, teahouses, coffee shops, and yoga studios have since moved in.

              2. Glen Allen
                Glen Allen is located just northwest of Richmond. An area of just under nine square miles, it combines excellent amenities and education in a single locale. CNN recognized it as one of its Best Places to Live. Nationwide appliance manufacturer Hamilton Beach is headquartered here, along with the specialty small business insurer Markel Insurance Company, two top employers.

              3. Midlothian
                The village of Midlothian is a short jaunt west of Richmond. Founded about three centuries ago, it supported the local coal mining village with affordable homes. These days, new residential developments are thriving, but some of the oldest churches and other landmarks in the region stand proudly right here. The housing stock includes some true "vintage" finds as well.

              4. Short Pump
                Found in Henrico County, Short Pump is an affluent suburb of about 25,000 residents. Over the last few years, its growth has made it part of Richmond's Far West End. Short Pump is the epicenter of some of the best shopping in the Richmond area. That expanded in 2003 with a brand new open-air shopping mall, Short Pump Town Center, which has since become an anchor of the economy.

              5. Stratford Hills
                Suburban Stratford Hills is home to about 4,500 residents. Found at the crossroads of some of Virginia's leading public schools, it is one of the safest neighborhoods you could hope for. The edge of Stratford Hills runs alongside the beautiful James River, invigorating it with a breathtaking river walk area. That serves as a hub for live music and festivals throughout the year.

              When it comes to your family, only the best will do. Napier ERA supports you with the best real estate expert insight to find the ideal Richmond neighborhood to put down roots. Our real estate agents are experienced professionals who live where they work. We know how to make buying a home simple, so your family will be moving into a dream home in no time. 

              Contact Napier ERA to find out more today.

              February
              4

              What's Happening at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in February

              Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden February
              Life  is a little more special thanks to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This multi-award-winning facility is packed with exhibits, events, and activities that no two visits are ever the same.