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August
8

National Relaxation Day: 5 Ways to Relieve Stress in Richmond

Richmond Places

August 15 is National Relaxation Day, and our real estate agents have some pointers.

Our agents work hard, but we also know the value of taking some time to rest and unwind. When you're exploring beautiful Richmond homes for sale, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and "go, go, go" all day long. Take some time to stop and smell the roses – you'll feel better and make better decisions.

August 15 is dedicated to exactly that idea. No matter what your idea of relaxation is, the RVA area offers it. Commune with nature or enjoy the unique culture that makes this one of the most beloved places to settle in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here are just a few opportunities to relax:

  • True North Yoga & Wellness – 4025 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    True North Yoga & Wellness offers a wide variety of yoga classes and holistic practices that will nourish your body and spirit. Classes are available for every level, including those who have never tried yoga. A visitor can enjoy acupuncture, Tai Chi, and many more with a wide variety of on-site experts. It is right in the center of the highly desirable Belleview neighborhood.

  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – 10 North Nansemond Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides you with a huge range of opportunities to have a truly relaxing experience that meets your needs. There are nearly a dozen specialized massage options, from Swedish massage to hot stone and decompression therapy. Fifteen different facials also await, all with different spa enhancement add-ons.

  • Waterfront RVA – 415 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Getting out in nature can be the key to a relaxing experience, and Waterfront RVA is your entry point to the area's famous waterways. From noon to 6 p.m. starting in May, you can rent boards or kayaks for a small fee of $25 per person per hour. With "Flow Flow," you can enjoy sunsets over the river while you take part in gentle yoga led by trained instructors.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Looking for a calming experience near Petersburg homes for sale? You're in luck with Yoga One Studio. Since 2007, Yoga One has helped people from all over Virginia get in touch with their bodies and quiet their minds right in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg. There are seven different styles of yoga to pick from, most of which are accessible to all levels, with "Gentle" Hatha yoga ideal for absolute beginners.

  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen gives you the chance to contemplate wonderful artworks or make some of your own in a dedicated studio. One of the top cultural institutions near Glen Allen homes for sale, it welcomes all to explore five distinct galleries or contribute to the Community Gallery showcasing local talent. Low-cost art classes include 40 adult classes in 15 disciplines as well as teen and kid classes.

Contact us today to discover even more of what the RVA has to offer.

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.

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.

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. 

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
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
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
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.

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
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. 

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.  

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. 

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
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
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
24

Food Trucks Serving the Richmond Area

Richmond Food Trucks

Raise your hand if you're tired of ordering delivery? Even though our options for eating inside of a restaurant are limited these days, local food trucks are maximizing our options for ordering out in the RVA. Offering everything from barbeque and burgers to fish dinners and desserts, dozens of tasty food trucks are taking their meals on wheels throughout Richmond. Next time you want to grab a bite when your out and about, our real estate agents encourage you to hunt down a few of our favorite food trucks cruising around our Richmond homes for sale.

  1. Redemption BBQ – Farm-to-Table
    When a guy named Rev. Dr. Porkchop is running a barbeque truck, you know you're in for a real treat! Using sustainable farm-to-table ingredients and cooking processes, Redemption BBQ serves up Southern comfort food that's good for the environment. Their Small Batch Virginia Barbeque offerings include the Total Depravity sandwich, Praise the Lard fries, Good Dog hot dogs, and their special Midnight in Virginia Cuban-style pressed sandwich. This truck has been known to serve up their food throughout Richmond and Glen Allen. See where they'll be next on StreetFoodFinder

  2. Shakedown Eats – American, Comfort Food
    Whether you're a meat-eater, vegetarian, or vegan, Shakedown Eats has an order of totally awesome tots that you'll love. Top them with vegan or beef chili on a Frito Pie or add a little BBQ and pulled pork for a taste of the south. On the sweeter side, their S'mores Tots feature marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs drizzled with chocolate sauce. At Shakedown Eats, there are no wrong choices, only delicious ones! See where they'll be next in the Henrico, Richmond, and Midlothian area on StreetFoodFinder

  3. Breedlover's Seafood – Seafood
    Breedlover's Seafood truck is ready to serve you a boatload of deep-fried fish, shrimp, and scallops to pair with hush puppies, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn nuggets. Reel in a salty, savory dinner with Breedlover's and get a taste of the sea right down the street. Find them throughout Richmond and Petersburg using StreetFoodFinder

  4. Farmer's Ice Cream – Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt
    When you see Farmer's Ice Cream truck strolling through the neighborhood, you'll feel like a kid again. Their sweet Virginia ice cream is available in 44 flavors sure to please the inner child in you. From classics like Fudge Bars and Choco Tacos to Spider-Man, Sponge Bob, and Hello Kitty pops, you'll get a brain freeze just trying to decide!

  5. Tree's Tacos and Tips – Mexican
    Mixing up classic Mexican foods with the tasty barbeque favorites you love, Tree's Tacos and Tips serves up some good meats. Traditional burritos, tacos, and steak and cheese sandwiches are spiced up with Spanish rice, grilled Teriyaki, and smoked rib tips. Whether you want tacos, tips, or both, just be sure you ask for plenty of napkins! Follow them on Facebook to get updates on where they'll be next. 

  6. River City Wood Fire – Pizza
    The folks at River City Wood Fire believe that life's too short to eat bad food which is why they're ready to roll with their own personal pizza recipe. Each ten-inch personal pizza is made to order with fresh dough, tasty sauce, and tons of toppings. Order up the Church Hill Pizza with white cheddar, chicken, and smoked bacon or try the Defibrillator Pizza with five different types of meat. For our vegan friends, the Vegan Cheeseburger Pizza, Vegan Vincent Vega Pizza, and RVA Vegan Pizza are perfect for your preferences and taste buds. Like them on Facebook to see where they'll be next near Midlothian and Chesterfield. 

Are you hungry for a new home? We can satisfy your appetite. Contact us today!

August
10

7 Campgrounds Near Richmond the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Richmond Campgrounds

While many people aren't quite ready to travel to far-away places this summer, this doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home! Spending some time in the great outdoors can be the ultimate socially-distant vacation for the whole family. 

Our REALTORS® have created a list of their favorite area campgrounds. Check it out, then pack up your tent or RV (or reserve a cushy cabin!) and start planning your next trip! 

  1. Picture Lake Campground: 7818 Boydton and Petersburg Plank Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Looking for a family-friendly camping trip where you can reconnect with your loved ones? Picture Lake Campground is a great option! With a large pool, playground, volleyball, fishing, and kayak rentals, there's always plenty to do. Choose from waterfront tent camping, RV camping in pull-through sites with 30 and 50-amp service, or rent a camping cabin. Before you head home from your adventure, we suggest taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the great nearby Petersburg homes for sale. You might just decide to stay! 

  2. Cozy Acres Campground: 2177 Ridge Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    If you're looking for a bit more activity, Cozy Acres Campground is a great option! Here you'll find a swimming pool and kiddie pool, horseshoe pits, beach volleyball, a stocked fishing pond, a game room, and more! They also offer planned activities and have a trading post on site where you can shop for supplies or relax and play some board games or billiards. Campers can choose from tent camping, pull-thru 50-amp "super-sites" with a patio, 20, 30, or 50-amp full hookups and big-rig waterfront sites with patios. If you prefer a bit more comfort, rent a rustic cabin with air conditioning or a "kottage" with a kitchen, bath, and AC. If you've been considering Powhatan homes for sale, you'll love being so close to this fun family getaway. 

  3. Camptown Campground: 22802 Camptown Dr., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet? Camptown Campground is the perfect destination! Without the distraction of so many amenities, you can really relax and enjoy simple pleasures like bonfires, s'mores, hiking, and horseshoes. It's a family-friendly campground that doesn't believe in charging pet deposits. So make sure you bring Fido along as well!

  4. Pocahontas State Park 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Take the whole family with you for a camping adventure at Pocahontas State Park. Not only are there tons of hiking trails to explore, but there are also multiple overnight options for your stay! Choose between staying in a cozy yurt, a camping cabin, or bring your tent or camper to one of their campsites. All campsites are equipped with electric and water hookups. Plus, you can stop by Chesterfield homes for sale in the area if you decide you never want to leave.

  5. South 40 Campground: 2809 Courtland Rd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    At South 40 Campground, the entire family will love spending time splashing in the pool, riding paddle boats, and hiking the nature trails. When you're ready for some modern conveniences, you can make a reservation at Shaker's Restaurant, located on-site, or head over to the comfortable rec room with free WiFi. Camping options here include shaded tent sites with their own fire pits, pull-through RV sites with water, sewer, cable, and a fire pit, rustic cabins with electricity, heat, and beds, or regular cabins with a full kitchen and bath. 

  6. Americamps RV Resort 11322 Air Park Road, Ashland, VA 23005
    Enjoy full amenities at this RV resort right down the road from Ashland homes for sale. Americamps offers 198 full hook-up sites for you to park your RV and spend a memorable and relaxing time with the whole family. This campground is also a perfect one to take your dog with you. The RV resort has its own fenced canine camp so your pup can enjoy the great outdoors too! 

  7. Cedar Dam: 25119 Smith Grove Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    If "glamping" is more your style, you'll love Cedar Dam Campgrounds. This wildlife paradise features a beautiful lake where you can fish for your dinner or enjoy a relaxing paddleboard or boat ride. You'll love the peace and solitude and the creature comforts like hot showers, cozy cabins, and a screened-in kitchen where you can prepare your meals. 

If you're thinking of making a move this summer, the pros at Napier Realtors can help. Contact us today to start looking at Richmond homes for sale

July
27

National Cheesecake Day: Bakeries Around Richmond

Cheesecake in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
21

Picnic in a Parklet: Dine in the Streets Around Richmond

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

What is a Parklet?

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

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

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

Parklets in the RVA

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

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

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

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

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

July
13

5 Richmond Parks to Explore this Summer

Richmond Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
20

Where to Donate Homemade Masks in Richmond

Donate Homemade Masks in Richmond

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

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

How to Make a Mask for Coronavirus

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

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

Donating Handmade Masks

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

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

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

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

April
6

Spring Cleaning Tips: How To Clean Stainless Steel

Cleaning Stainless Steel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Three Most Common Stainless Steel Cleaning Challenges

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

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

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

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

March
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.

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.

February
3

Event Spotlight: River City Spirits Festival

River City Spirits Festival

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

Event Spotlight: River City Spirits Festival

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

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

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

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

Featured Local Distilleries

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

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

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

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

January
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.  

October
14

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

Richmond Italian Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
19

Pickleball Popularity - 5 Places to Play Pickleball Around Richmond

Richmond Places to Play Pickleball - Napier

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

Why Pickleball?

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

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

Play Pickleball in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
5

Catch the Fun at the 106th Chesterfield County Fair

Chesterfield County homes for sale are some of the top in Virginia, and there are all sorts of reasons why. With the breathtaking beauty of two historic rivers and its convenient location just south of Richmond, Chesterfield thrives as the state's fourth-most populous county.

Chesterfield County is a great place to visit any time of year, but one event that draws people from all over is the annual Chesterfield County Fair. One of the longest-running events of its kind in the United States, it'll be celebrating its 106th year this August.

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

From August 23 to 31, the Chesterfield County Fair will bring gladness to the young and the young at heart here in central Virginia. Locals go all out for the Fair, known for its combination of concerts, agricultural events, and kid-friendly rides on the midway.

Preparations are in full swing for the 2019 Fair, which promises to be the biggest yet!

There's so much to do that organizers have put together a daily Fair calendar to help visitors navigate the events. The headlining daily attraction is the 3-Ring Super Circus, including an array of award-winning acrobats, clowns, jugglers, and daredevil thrill acts.

That alone could occupy you for hours, but there's much, much more.

The Chesterfield Tractor Club is a major sponsor of the Fair and will hold fun events and competitions daily. Watch or take part in barrel train rides, rope making, mill grinding, and more. You can also visit the Club's baby animal petting zoo, suitable for your kids.

Every year, history buffs from around the Richmond area come together to create the remarkable Heritage Village. The Village will excite and educate you with oxen wagon rides, craft demonstrations, shanty music, a real steam engine, and violin-making.

There'll even be a full Civil War display courtesy of local tour company Richmond Discoveries.

The Fair incorporates plenty of family fun that's off the beaten track, too. For example, Ackmonster's Chainsaw Art, where America's top professional chainsaw sculptors show their stuff. You'll see a plain log transform into a work of art in just a few minutes. Kids love it!

Naturally, the anchor event of the Fair is the Grand Parade. It features many civic organizations and the winner of the Miss Chesterfield County Fair Pageant, which also takes place during the Fair. Past years have also honored the armed forces with a Military Appreciation Parade.

It's all happening at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds:

10300 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832

Admissions are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 60 and up, and $5 for children aged four to 12. Children three and under are admitted free. Rides on the midway require one to five tickets, which can be purchased individually for $1 or as a book of 25 for $20.

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

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

Contact us to learn more today.

July
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.

June
17

July 4 Celebrations Around Richmond

 

Richmond Area July 4 Celebrations
Just like our clients, our real estate agents are looking forward to the chance to enjoy a classic Fourth of July party in and around the Richmond area. Richmond real estate offers many wonderful opportunities to homeowners, including the chance to enjoy some of the state's best Independence Day bashes.

If you're looking for something to do to celebrate our nation's freedom, check out these events:

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

Independence Day is one of the most important – and the most fun – holidays around. Get in touch with our real estate experts, however, and you'll have a milestone of your own to cheer for. It's never been easier to find the Richmond home of your dreams than it is with us.

Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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
6

6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads for Our Kids

RVA Swimming
The weather is getting warmer, and many would-be buyers have started asking our real estate agents about their favorite local spots for summertime fun.

If your dream home doesn't include a backyard pool, don't sweat it! From free public pools and splash pads to private aquatic centers, you have plenty of options for keeping the entire family cool and entertained all summer long. Here are six of the most popular area spots for summertime fun.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer might not be here quite yet, but there are plenty of hot Richmond real estate deals available right now. We would love to help you find your dream home and get settled before the temperatures start to rise. Contact us today to get started! 

April
29

Where to Host Your Child's Birthday Party Near Richmond

 

Richmond Children's Birthday Party Venues
The only thing better than celebrating your own birthday is throwing an unforgettable birthday party for your children. Our real estate agents know that planning a child's birthday party can be an overwhelming endeavor which is why we've compiled a list of the six coolest places in Richmond that are perfect for hosting a B-day bash that all of the kids will enjoy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planning your child's birthday party doesn't have to be a stressful affair. Let our real estate agents help you find the perfect party spot around RVA. For more suggestions or to view Richmond homes for sale, contact Napier ERA today.

April
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
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.

January
28

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Like a Local

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January
7

Richmond Foodie Favorite: ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

Richmond ZZQ Restaurant
Doing it differently is what the team at ZZQ enjoys doing every day: doing it best is what makes them better than everyone else. It's the perfect place to spend a lunch or dinner for those who love Texas barbecue and want to enjoy it without having to catch a flight to Dallas. It's a favorite of our real estate agents, and it's one of the first places our clients go to celebrate after they buy one of the many homes for sale in Richmond.

Richmond ZZQ Owners
Built brick by brick by Texas native Chris Fultz and his wife Alex Graf in 2013, ZZQ has risen through the ranks to become Virginia's top BBQ restaurant. This rising star is collecting stars and accolades galore with each national competition they complete, and each award they receive. At the rate they're flying, it won't be long before they are named the best barbecue establishment in the country.  

A Menu that Melts in Your Mouth

Richmond ZZQ Food

ZZQ, located at 3201 West Moore Street in Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood, prides itself in producing some of the most tender barbecue this side of the islands where the craft originated. Their brisket falls apart on the fork. The shredded pork can be cut with a spoon. Molasses collard greens are so fresh and crisp that your mouth will crave every bite. This makes it a perfect meal for everyone in the family, including the cowboy with a soft heart and the tenderfoot with the temperate stomach.

The pitmasters are famous for their mastery of smoke and flame. These trained artists of the fire know how to craft beef brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, turkey breasts, and sausages, unlike anything you have ever sampled. Give 'em a try, and you'll see why they are the talk of the town. 

Sides to Boot

There's more to ZZQ than just the main menu. As with any barbecue, it's the sides that complete the dish. To that end, you just might fall in love with their Jalapeno Mac and Cheese, and their Buttermilk Potato Salad is so good you are going to ask for seconds. That's not even going into the fantastic flavors you'll find in every spoonful of Daisy's Butter Beans and their close cousins Mama Singh's Black-Eyed Peas.

Each of these side-dishes is hand-crafted to culinary perfection. Each is the brainchild of Russell Cook, the Culinary Director for ZZQ. His recipes are designed to build and layer flavors within the dish. This creates complexity and depth that most restaurants overlook. It's this ability to build and create a flavor that has propelled ZZQ to the number one spot in the state so quickly.

Catering Your Richmond Celebrations

What's the best way to celebrate a new home purchase in Richmond? If you ask us, there's no better way than by hosting a ZZQ-catered barbecue where your family, your old friends, and your new neighbors can get together and enjoy some delicious food as you get to know one another. 

We encourage you to contact Napier ERA for more information about homes for sale in Richmond right now. Our agents would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the listings they recommend. When you're ready to buy, we can sit down in the office or over at ZZQ to sign the papers and help you celebrate.

December
31

5 Wintertime Family Destinations In and Around Petersburg, VA

Things to Do in Petersburg, VA - Napier ERA

Winter in and around Petersburg, Virginia can be an enchanting time for your whole family. While we cannot guarantee snow and cold temperatures, we can point you toward these five, delightful family destinations to keep your gang happy and feeling warm inside. 

  1. Centre Hill Mansion Museum — 1 Centre Hill Avenue, Petersburg
    The Centre Hill Mansion Museum at 1 Centre Hill Avenue in Petersburg is part of the Petersburg Preservation Task Force's four historic buildings. Though you can find plenty of stately Petersburg homes for sale through your local, dependable real estate agent, the Centre Hill Mansion will not be among them. This 1823 mansion, long a historic treasure, has played host to three American presidents, Christmastime carolers, and thousands of visitors. Enjoy history, see genuine antiques, and consider buying a holiday ornament to mark your visit.

  2. Sunday Brunch at Swift Creek Mill Theatre — 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chesterfield
    Perhaps you worked up an appetite searching for Chesterfield homes for sale, or you want to celebrate finding the perfect house! Nothing brings families together like sitting down to a lovely brunch at Swift Creek Mill Theatre. The menu is generous, with a variety of offerings and a minimum of pretension. Consider Low Country Shrimp'n Grits, Pot Roast, or Herb Crusted Pork Loin from among the eight hot buffet offerings. This does not include the groaning board of the waffle and dessert bar ("No, really, I shouldn't ... well, maybe just one ...").

  3. Swaders Sports Park — 4725 Whitehill Boulevard, Prince George
    Swaders Sports Park is the place to take your kids for some all-out, wild and crazy fun. Batting cages, video arcade, laser tag and more all await your children needing to cut loose and move. If wintertime has meant too much time cramped in bedrooms and in front of the television, take them to Swaders. You can let them play in HoloGate (virtual reality) and then later check out the great reality of Prince George homes for sale in the surrounding area.
     
  4. Pamplin Historical Park — 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg
    Pamplin Historical Park is a weekends-only spot that can help your kids appreciate the various roles of southern citizens in the Civil War. Let them roam the walking trails, sure, but also take them to Tudor Hall, have them meet the interpreters, and help them put the whole era in perspective. 
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  5. Keystone Antique Truck & Tractor Museum — 880 West Roslyn Road in Colonial Heights 
    Keystone Antique Truck & Tractor Museum is a great spot for kids of a certain age (and some adults, too!). You have to like tractors, or antique trucks, or firetrucks, or classic cars, or ... heck, if it has wheels, you'll love this place. It has a gift shop, it has BBQ close at hand, and it is friendly to both trucks and RVs (plenty of parking). If you are not living in an RV, but are looking for Colonial Heights homes for sale, please consider stopping by Napier ERA after your truck-and-tractor museum visit. 

Our real estate agents understand the needs of families. When you contact Napier ERA, you connect with trained professionals who know the Petersburg, Virginia market. We know what families want, from winter wonderlands to serene summer backyard getaways. Our agents can help you find the perfect family home in Petersburg. 

December
24

5 Local Richmond Photographers for the Perfect Family Portrait

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
17

6 Henrico Gyms to Jump Start Your Resolution

Henrico Area Gyms

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

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

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

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

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

December
10

5 Places for Winter Family Fun Near Richmond

Winter Family Fun Near Richmond
While winter doesn't officially arrive until December 21, our latest Richmond snowfall suggests a different story.

Our real estate agents know that when you are touring homes for sale in Richmond, you want to move to a city that gives you everything you want including activities for your entire family. Richmond has it all!

Whether the thermostat sends you outside (or tells you to stay indoors), here are five of our favorite opportunities for your family to experience local fun.

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

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

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

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

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

Napier ERA - Your Richmond Real Estate Area Professionals

At Napier ERA, we strive to find your ideal home. With our expertise in all things Richmond combined with unbeatable dedication to customer service, we know how to make finding your first or next home a joy, not a chore.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more today. Before you know it, you could be moving into the Richmond home you've always wanted.

December
5

Shop Local This Holiday Season at Orange RVA

Richmond Shop Local Holidays
Local businesses bring a certain "sparkle" to their communities.  They add charm and uniqueness not found anywhere else. Across Central Virginia in areas like Midlothian, Petersburg, and Richmond, you'll discover locally-owned shops and boutiques filled with specialty items and gifts perfect for giving--especially at this time of the year.  Our real estate agents are here to tell you about one neighborhood gem, Orange RVA, found in our Scott's Addition neighborhood.

Visit Orange RVA in Scott's Addition

As Richmond's fastest-growing neighborhood, Scott's Addition has been steadily picking up popularity for being a fantastic place to go for shops, bars, breweries, restaurants, and entertainment. From bowling alleys to cinemas, shuffleboard clubs to arcade bars, Scott's is bound to have something to pique your interest.

On today's agenda, we're here to introduce you to Orange RVA, a unique boutique that works in hand-in-hand with local artisans to sell home decor, works of art, and a variety of gift items. Orange just recently made its move to Scott's Addition, and as owner Cathy Davis has stated, their new location is a perfect fit for Orange RVA: The front of a warehouse in a building full of artists. 

Orange has been in operation for more than five years and partners with more than 120 artists, with an inventory that updates weekly. Davis herself created the boutique as a means to display and sell her own artwork, and the business simply grew from there. Orange is the perfect place to visit for gifts, or if you love to browse until something clicks with you.

From candles and artwork to t-shirts and jewelry, Orange's artisans work hard to produce a broad variety of crafts, and it shows! If you're at all interested in seeing and supporting the works of Richmond's local artisans, by all means, drop in and give Orange a look. And if you're a Richmond artist yourself, Orange is always interested in picking up new talent.

Discover Richmond Real Estate with Napier ERA

Scott's Addition certainly has a lot going for it - but it's by no means the only place worth visiting in Richmond! RVA is full of thriving neighborhoods, places to go, and things to do. That's part of what makes Richmond such a great place to live.

When you're searching for Richmond homes for sale this holiday season--or any time of the year, let us take some of the stress off your shoulders and help make sure you meet your real estate goals. Contact Napier ERA today, and find out why we should be your go-to pro for Richmond real estate.

November
28

5 Spots for Santa Meet & Greets in Central Virginia

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

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

Let's look at five local favorites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

November
21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November
7

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots for Central Virginia Families

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

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

That's right – 1896!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
31

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Chesterfield at the Half Way House

Chesterfield VA Thanksgiving
When it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, if you're like many Chesterfield locals, you may opt to make reservations instead of a turkey.

If your heart sinks at the thought of missing mom's homemade mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie, don't despair. Our real estate agents have a solution that combines honoring the holiday with local history and coming together with family and friends.

Why not make your family's Thanksgiving Day reservation at the Half Way House in Chesterfield? Often referred to as "the best-kept secret in Richmond," Rick and Sue Young, Chesterfield residents and owners of the Half Way House, offer guests fine cuisine in a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

History of the Half Way House

Built in 1760, the Half Way House served as a resting point for people traveling between Richmond and Petersburg (it was approximately halfway between the two cities) from the Revolution until late in the 19th Century.

Some of its more famous visitors were the Marquis de Lafayette, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Today, Chesterfield's locals and visitors can take a step back in time and see the original Manor House and the authentic antiques that furnish it. A unique feature of the Half Way House is that the kitchen is in a separate building from the Manor House.

Daily Dining in Chesterfield

Executive Chef Raymond Allen leads the restaurant's staff preparing both lunch and dinner fare. Topping the list of favorite meals are Chesapeake Bay blue crab cakes, blackened duck breast, and hot apple pie. Reserve the Half Way House for private dining as well.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2:00 PM. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30 PM until 9:00 pm.

Making Thanksgiving Reservations for You and Your Family

Thanksgiving dinner here is like none other in the area. A local Thanksgiving Day staple in Chesterfield for generations, the "gobbling" starts at noon on Thursday, November 22 and lasts until 7:00 PM.

You'll enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu with your choice of favorites like roast turkey and baked ham. If you're in the mood for something a little different, order a petite filet, salmon, shrimp, or prime rib entrees.

Make sure to leave room for a homemade dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, hot apple crisp ala mode, and gingerbread with brandied hard sauce top off the meal.

We recommend reservations. Call 804.275.1760.  You can find The Half Way House at 10301 Jefferson Davis Highway, North Chesterfield, Virginia.

Come and visit this historic landmark in Virginia and become a part of nearly three hundred years of history.

Your Chesterfield Real Estate Professionals

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

October
25

Scott's Addition: Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard

Richmond Scott's Addition Tang & Biscuit

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

Scott's Addition - Trending in Richmond

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

Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Opens in Scott's Addition

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

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

Tang & Biscuit - A Bright Future in Richmond

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

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

Join the Richmond Community with Napier ERA!

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

October
15

Why Richmond Loves Scott's Addition

Richmond Scott's Addition
Richmond homes for sale
are becoming a hot commodity, and our real estate agents are here to make sure you find the perfect home for you – quickly and easily.

Unless you've already started your Richmond house hunt, the odds are pretty good you haven't heard about Scott's Addition yet. It's an exciting place to live and work, especially if you're among the legions of up and coming Millennial homebuyers here in Virginia.

Scott's Addition is Blazing a New Trail as a Neighborhood with Style 

Since 2015, Scott's Addition has been attracting a new generation of businesses and residents.

This hotspot became a center of Richmond culture back then as developers moved in to revitalize the area. Scott's Addition was a little-known industrial area at first, and it had only been in the headlines as the result of a minor scandal.

Scott's Addition sits on prime real estate southwest of The Diamond ballpark and bounded by Interstate 195. Investment began around 2010, but creative, eclectic small businesses started to sprout up in earnest around 2015. More and more people saw Scott's Addition as an opportunity.

Now, it shows its true colors as one of the most vibrant areas of Richmond.

Scott's Addition is Where History Meets Tomorrow for Local Residents

Scott's Addition was conceived as a historic district, and it still has a number of fascinating treasures that set it apart. Among these are 284 buildings harkening to the origin of the area as a commercial and industrial hub. Its heyday ranges back to 1900.

Some of the key historic sites in the district include:

  • Jones Motor Car Company (1926)
  • The Hofheimer Building (1928)
  • Radio WMBG Broadcasting Station (1938)
  • Boulevard Baptist Church (1916)
  • National Biscuit Factory (1923)

While maintaining its noteworthy past, Scott's Addition has also been looking toward the future.

The hard work of the Scott's Addition Boulevard Association has attracted lots of investment and plenty of interest to the area. The Association focuses on building up the charm, economy, and community of Scott's Addition – maintaining it as one of Richmond's hottest neighborhoods.

Both residents and businesses are welcome to join the Association.

Community collaboration has paid off for Scott's Addition. A recent survey showed that it is the #1 trending Millennial neighborhood in the entire state of Virginia. The reason why is a combination of cost-effective housing, quirky character, and forward-looking amenities.

The startup-friendly atmosphere in Scott's Addition attracts creative and innovative businesses to launch there. As a result, the area has some of the most fascinating cuisines in all of Richmond: You'll find robust, flavorful street food alongside Avante-Garde high cuisine.

The Big Kitchen, a drive-through gourmet food concept, is one of the most recent newcomers.

You'll also find Tang and Biscuit, Richmond's first shuffleboard club or The Circuit Arcade Bar with over 80 retro and modern arcade games, sports games, skeeball and pinball plus over 50 taps of craft, wine, and cider. These are just a few of the fascinating enterprises getting bigger and better in response to demand from enthusiastic Scott's Addition fans.

Blue Bee Cider, located in our historic Scott's Addition, is Virginia's first urban cidery.  Blue Bee's ciders are made with Virginia heirloom apples known for their tannin, acidity, and flavor.

You Could be the Latest "Addition" to Scott's Addition in Wondrous Richmond

Richmond is soaring to new heights as the centerpiece of commerce and culture for a resurgent Virginia. Here at Scott's Addition, you'll have the opportunity to see it all up close.

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

October
2

Richmond Folk Festival Begins October 12

Richmond Folk Festival
When it comes to Fall festivals, our real estate agents will tell you that the city of Richmond has plenty to offer. When you're touring Richmond homes for sale, you'll want to carve out some time to pay a visit to the Richmond Folk Festival taking place October 12 - 14. Here's everything you need to know so you can get this most out of this popular event.

What to Expect at the Richmond Folk Festival

A day spent at the Richmond Folk Festival is sure to be a memorable one. As one of the most significant events held in the state of Virginia, this free three-day festival attracts over 220,000 visitors to downtown Richmond's riverfront. While attending the festival, you can expect to see plenty of live music and dance performances, an arts and crafts marketplace, and a stellar selection of ethnic and regional foods.

Entertainment

With seven live music stages and over 30 performers, the Richmond Folk Festival offers something for everyone. Here you'll find jazz, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, salsa, polka, reggae, rockabilly, gospel, and more.

The Virginia Folklife area features costume artists, master crafters, stilt walkers, contortionists, dancers, and revelers. Families will love the CarMax Family Arena where children can learn about various cultures, do crafts, play games, and win prizes.

Shopping

Stop by the Crafts Marketplace to browse the handcrafted and traditional items made by local and national artisans. Here you'll find jewelry, pottery, artwork, handcrafted soaps, clothing items, and more. You can also commemorate your trip to the festival with merchandise like original posters, stickers, ceramic mugs, and hats.  

Food

Throughout the event, you'll find plenty of traditional festival foods like fried Oreos, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and kettle corn. Ethnic food options include Indian, Thai, German, Mexican, Greek, and more.

Those feeling a bit more adventurous may opt for menu choices like fried alligator, Ruben egg rolls, a steam shrimp boil, or gourmet mac & cheese. No matter what your tastes, be sure to bring your appetite so you can enjoy the wide selection of delicious foods. 

Important Event Details

This year's Richmond Folk Festival runs from October 12 - 14. Event hours are Friday from 6 pm until 10 pm, Saturday from noon until 9:30 pm, and Sunday from noon until 6 pm.

There is no charge for the event, although there is a suggested donation of $10 per person per day. Free parking is available.  Free shuttles will regularly run throughout each day. You can find more event information including schedules, directions, and parking information on the Richmond Folk Festival website. 

Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

Learn more about living and working in Richmond with us.  Our agents love welcoming new clients to our community. Contact Napier ERA today to learn how we can help you find your dream home in Richmond and our surrounding areas.

September
18

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

Richmond VA MakerFest 2018

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

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

About the RVA MakerFest

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

What is the RVA MakerFest

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

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

The Makers

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

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

The Science Museum of Virginia

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

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

Rain or Shine

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

Refreshments

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

Public Parking

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

Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

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

September
11

Richmond Neighborhood Highlights: Monument Avenue Historic District

Richmond Monument Avenue Historic District
From the pillars of the Virginia State Capitol to the lush greenery of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in America. Anywhere you look in Richmond something catches your eye. And if you're a history buff or a lover of beautiful architecture, you don't need to look any further than Monument Avenue.

Richmond boasts a rich history, and nowhere is that better displayed than along the beautiful Monument Avenue. It's one of the must-see sites in town. So if you're in the area touring Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside a little time to check it out. 

A Stroll Through History

Monument Avenue was conceived initially as a site for a memorial statue of General Robert E. Lee after his death in 1870. The statue was unveiled in 1890 and was joined by a host of other monuments in the years following. Only after the turn of the century did Monument Avenue begin to transform into a residential street, and quickly became one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with dozens of vast, splendid homes popping up rapidly along the asphalt block-paved street between 1900 and 1925.

Today, many of those homes exist virtually unchanged and represent an incredible link to Richmond's past. Monument Avenue is a designated National Historic Landmark District and resides on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Monument Avenue offers an opportunity to explore the architectural styles of a bygone era, including the Colonial Revival style that was popular at the time, along with a smattering of Spanish Colonial, Tudor Revival, French Renaissance and Italian Renaissance-style homes. Many buildings along Monument Avenue were designed by the greatest architects of the early 20th century, like the fetching Branch House, designed by John Russell Pope in 1917.

Exploring Monument Avenue

The monuments of Monument Avenue, many memorializing Virginian Confederate veterans of the American Civil War, sparked controversy when they were first built. These statues, however, are only a small part of what makes Monument Avenue so striking. It's a broad, tree-lined avenue flanked by magnificent mansions, and churches, and shaded by towering oaks and sugar maples. Strolling down its sidewalk is like stepping back in time. 

Overall, there are 263 residential, religious, and commercial properties on Monument Avenue and adjacent West Franklin Street that make up the National Historic Landmark District each having its own story to tell.

Richmond Area Real Estate Experts

Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in Richmond, Virginia. From its rich history, splendid architecture and endless options for entertainment, it's an incredible place to call home. Be sure to ask how our real estate agents can help make your dream home a reality in Richmond. 

September
4

Stone's Throw Down Happens September 8

Richmond-Stone's Throw Down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The roster of top local and national talent will include:

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

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

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

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

Napier ERA Will Introduce You to the Real Richmond

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

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

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

August
28

What Locals Love: Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Richmond

Richmond Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

Our real estate agents work hard to find you the best Richmond homes for sale. When you work hard, you need to play hard too.  And that's why we love to talk about Thunderbolt Indoor Karting as a top spot in Richmond for family and friends. 

You'll find Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Chesterfield County near Chesterfield Towne Center.  Families love Thunderbolt Indoor Karting because it's exciting, high-speed fun. Drivers who have a "need for speed" delight in the karts' levels of speed and control. 

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

Location: 1365 Carmia Way, Richmond, VA 23235
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am; Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is a Richmond-based indoor racing facility that focuses on providing a premium racing experience for everyone to enjoy. We'll guess you might agree that driving one of Thunderbolt's electric karts will leave all other indoor karting experiences "in the dust," but we'll let you make that decision to you.

Thunderbolt's STORM series electric karts are made by OTL Italy--the same country as the Ferrari and Lamborghini--and designed with performance and safety in mind.  Electric karts allow for better take-off and improve acceleration.

Fun Competition

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is the place for friendly competition between family and friends. Whether you prefer to challenge your friends to a high-speed race or want to relax and have fun, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is a great place for all types of entertainment. Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is also open each day of the week, which makes it an excellent opportunity for new homeowners to visit at their convenience. 

Safe Entertainment & Eco-Friendly

Each kart is electric, which is much safer than fuel-powered karts. The weight is distributed evenly, which significantly reduces the chance of flipping. Each kart comes equipped with rollbars, resistant framing, and safety belts for your added protection. Our karts come with self-ventilating disk brakes and chain drive transmission for bump-free racing. Electric karts are also much more eco-friendly, as racers do not have to deal with the loud noise or exhaust fumes that can cause headaches.

Friendly Staff

Customers are always the top priority at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, as the staff is available to answer questions at any time and ensure that you are completely comfortable on the race track. If you have any concerns, a staff member will guide you on how to safely drive a kart and ensure that you feel confident driving on the race track.

Of course, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is only one of many attractions in Richmond that our locals love. Our team at Napier ERA knows where to find all of our community's best things to do and places to live in our nearby communities.

Contact us when you're ready to find the home of your dreams in Richmond, Virginia.

August
20

Start Your Engines at the Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway
Looking out over Richmond Raceway, you can almost hear the rumble of all the countless cars that have roared to victory or defeat on this iconic track. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite places in the city, and we have a feeling it might become one of yours, too.

Though it's changed in name and configuration many times over the years, Richmond Raceway has been a fixture of Richmond, VA in some form or another since the 1940s. And with NASCAR Races set to return to the raceway this September, now is a perfect time to plan a trip to this one-of-a-kind racetrack.

Get to Know Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway is a 0.75-mile, D-shaped, asphalt race track just outside of Richmond. Sometimes referred to as "America's premier short track," Richmond Raceway hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. These, of course, are only the latest in a long line of events that Richmond Raceway has hosted, including 33 consecutive sold-out NASCAR Cup Series races.

There's nothing quite like the experience of watching a NASCAR event at Richmond Raceway, surrounded by the roar of the engines and 60,000 screaming fans. This particular raceway is also unique in that it is one of just a handful in the country that hosts all of its events at night.

Richmond Raceway hosts all kinds of events throughout the year – the Richmond Home and Garden Show, the Richmond RV Show, the Bizarre Bazaar and Southern Women's Show, just to name a few – but it is and will always be most famous for its races, which are some of the most thrilling in America.

Richmond Raceway

Experience the Excitement

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series are set to return to Richmond Raceway this September when the raceway hosts its first-ever playoff weekend. That makes right now the perfect time to get tickets and plan your visit before the Federated Auto Parts 400 (the second race of the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) hits Richmond.

Longtime fans of Richmond Raceway have something else to look forward to when September rolls around. As USA Today reports, the raceway is in the midst of major renovations, and fans who return in September will see a revamped infield with a state-of-the-art garage and walkway, brand new infield suites, and an enclosed bar and club with a covered rooftop deck that will offer a spectacular view of the racetrack.

Richmond Raceway is just 15 minutes north of Richmond, VA in Henrico County, surrounded by nearby attractions like G-Force Go-Karts, Henrico County Center for the Arts, Azalea Flea Market, and Three Lakes Park. Visit the raceway's official website to get tickets and learn more about upcoming events at Richmond Raceway.

Richmond, VA is a special place, filled with rich history and unique attractions. If you're looking for Richmond homes for sale, we're here to help. Contact Napier ERA to learn more about finding your dream home in the Richmond area.

July
30

Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival Takes Place August 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Napier ERA to find out more today.

July
26

Catch a Flying Squirrels Baseball Game in Richmond

Richmond Squirrels Game
With Richmond homes for sale, you're within an easy trip of some of the top sports venues around. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents will be glad to let you know about all of the amazing opportunities for a day out – but the real "big game" is helping you find a new home. 

But you don't have to go to the Major League for an amazing time at the ballpark. 

Minor League games bring their own type of fun, and you can catch rising talent as they build the skills they need to compete at a different level. The Minor League may not make huge headlines, but it can provide endless fun to a whole community.  And in Richmond, you have an opportunity to enjoy it whenever you wish.

Yes, Richmond is home to one of the most celebrated Minor League teams. They're the Richmond Flying Squirrels, and you'll see them in action right in our amazing town.

The Richmond Flying Squirrels Soar at The Diamond

The Flying Squirrels are the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants and were formerly known as the Connecticut Defenders. They play right in Richmond, VA at The Diamond – which offers a capacity of more than 9,500 seats when the Flying Squirrels are playing.

The Diamond broke ground in 1984 and officially opened in 1985. It was renovated as recently as 2009 with all-new seats, major remodeling, and a variety of new amenities. All this effort – at a cost of more than $1.5 million – has ensured one of the best Minor League venues anywhere.

In 2011, the park was enhanced even further. The scoreboard was made even more striking and easy to read, while beautiful new party decks were added to the upper level. That gives visitors the opportunity to have a truly memorable time while watching a great Richmond game.

As for the team itself, the name was chosen through a reader contest at the local Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper. After the contest concluded in October, 2009 the new team logo was unveiled in December. Who doesn't love flying squirrels?

Flying Squirrels Nutsy

The mascot, Nutsy, can be found soaring high overhead whenever the team is playing.

Naturally, the Flying Squirrels can be enjoyed throughout the Minor League baseball season, which opens in the first week of April every year. It runs through the whole summer and it typically has its last major game all the way in September.

Of course, training and other events continue to go on throughout the year. Some of these are even open to the public. The stadium is also known for its 4th of July fireworks show, which has been consistently sold out for nine years in a row.

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

At Napier ERA, we know that a community has many parts: Homes, people, amenities, and the important relationships between them all. We want to help you find the perfect property for you so you can enjoy everything that Richmond has to offer.

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

Contact Napier ERA to find out more today.

July
16

Virginia Capital Trail: A Bike Ride Through American History

Richmond Virginia Trail
Richmond homes for sale
put you within reach of some of the most historic areas in Virginia. Our real estate agents will be glad to show you all the real estate opportunities the area offers – but you'll definitely want to make time to explore the history on your own! 

One of the best ways to combine that look into history with some outdoor fun is to go bicycling on the Virginia Capital Trail. It's an enjoyable way to get acquainted with some of the most captivating sights. Plus, you'll benefit from one of the best-maintained trails in the region.

See History Unfold from the Seat of Your Bike

Richmond Virginia Trail

The Virginia Capital Trail runs 52 miles through the heart of the state. It was conceived in the 1990s but broke ground in 2005 at one of the most historic places in the nation: The location of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

With a start like that, you can imagine that there'll be plenty to see and lots to learn on the trail, and you'd be right. Although it only opened in October of 2015, it has already proven to be one of the most sought-after ways for history buffs to soak in the ambiance of Virginia.

You'll pass dozens of historic properties on this scenic byway. Many areas benefit from a lush canopy of trees, giving you more shade so you can relax and enjoy throughout most of the year. Unlike many other major hiking and cycling trails, it remains popular in summer.

Of course, you can take the trail at any pace you desire – but it's intended to be a good fit for cyclists of all skill levels. You'll need to know these important facts before you get started:

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

The story of Richmond, Virginia is far from over, and you can be part of it. Make your mark in Richmond when you contact Napier ERA today.

July
9

Visit Richmond's North Bank Park Before Summer is Over

North Bank Park
Our real estate agents
have many years of experience with Richmond homes for sale. Not only have we had time to learn all about the best real estate opportunities in Richmond and the surrounding communities, but we're very familiar with what makes the area special.

You'll find that the area around Richmond is dotted with beautiful parks that offer all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy year round. Although there are many to choose from, North Bank Park is one you'll definitely want to put at the top of your list when visiting Richmond.

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

North Bank Park is one of the things that makes living in Richmond great.

You'll find it right at the south end of the town's storied Texas Avenue, almost as close as your own backyard. It's known to many of the locals as Texas Beach because of the many secluded, sun-soaked beaches where you can find warm sand and sunbathing rocks.

Sitting on the north bank of the James River, the park gets the most sunshine from October to March. Longer days give you plenty of time to enjoy the "lost in nature" feeling that North Bank Park does best of all – whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, or simple nature-watching.

Here's what you can expect when you visit:

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

Since the Main Section tends to get more traffic all throughout the year, those who want to enjoy peace and solitude tend to remain around Texas Beach. This is especially true of those who want to enjoy the best water sports: The area is especially known for snorkeling.

Snorkelers will have the outstanding opportunity to explore with much more freedom than they can find at other popular snorkeling destinations like Pony Pasture or Belle Isle. Seasonal low river levels make it easier to navigate and to spot local critters like fish, turtles, and snails.

You'll even find neat river-bottom treasures like driftwood and sunken boulders.

Tips for Young Explorers

Lower water levels in the dry months also make virtually all of North Bank Park safer for young children. North Bank Park is a popular proving ground for all sorts of youth scout organizations.

Explore Richmond Real Estate Opportunities with Napier ERA

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

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

Contact Napier ERA today to get your home search started.

July
2

Hanover County's Tomato Festival July 14

Hanover County Tomato Festival

Hanover County homes for sale have attracted a lot of attention in the last few months as the summer real estate season kicks into full swing. Our real estate agents are keeping busy across Hanover and the rest of Virginia, but there's always room to welcome another client. 

Hanover County includes such notable communities as Ashland, Mechanicsville, Doswell, and Montpelier.  Hanover County's towns and cities are welcoming, safe, and tight-knit, reflecting a commitment to community that has persisted for centuries. For all the things that bind the locals together, though, there's one you might not think of at first: Tomatoes.

That's right – tomatoes are one of Virginia's most important crops.

And Hanover County is home to the top tomato festival in the United States.

Tomatoes Help Shape the Culture of Eastern Virginia and Hanover County

The 4th of July isn't the only major celebration that goes on in Hanover in July.

If you've never had a delicious farm fresh tomato before, you might be surprised just how rich and flavorful they can be. However, Virginia locals know that a good tomato is just as nuanced as any other part of your salad – whether you consider it a fruit or a vegetable.

Tomatoes are one of the main crops in Virginia, so it's no surprise local farmers have had plenty of practice creating the most succulent, colorful, and plain old delicious tomatoes around.

Each year, the state harvests more than 2,000 acres of fresh-market tomatoes. All those salads, soups, sandwiches, and much more lead to more than $34 million in sales annually.

That's a lot of tomato sauce!

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

Virginia's Eastern Shore is the biggest hub of tomato-focused agriculture, but it can be found all throughout the state. Hanover County has the distinction of being home to the most popular tomato-based event: In fact, this year will be the 40th Annual Hanover Tomato Festival.

It's taking place on Saturday, July 14 in Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville.

Every year, the event showcases the best that tomatoes have to offer. Tomato tastings are the centerpiece of the event, but attendees will also enjoy live music, vendors, contests, and much more. It's a fun, festive, family-friendly atmosphere.

There'll even be a special cooling station for pets – Bow-Wow Beach – and an area with lots of exciting activities for kids 12 and under. With that care and attention to detail, there really will be something for everyone ... even if you (gasp!) don't like tomatoes.

More than 150 artisans and businesses will be on hand with merchandise including apparel and art.

If you can't get enough of tomatoes, then stop in early on Friday, July 13 to get your foot in the door with "Tomato-Palooza." The highlight that day is tomato-first cuisine, including food trucks using locally-sourced tomatoes in iconic dishes.

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

At Napier ERA, we're passionate about everything Hanover has in store. When you have a chance to take a look at all of the amazing homes for sale, you might just feel the same way.

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

June
26

Historic Homes in Richmond: St. John's Church

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

Not only does our team have all the inside insight you need to buy in Richmond, our knowledge of each Richmond-area neighborhood is second to none.

Every neighborhood has something special, and you can find truly special things in Richmond. The area has a unique charm and a place in American history unlike anywhere else.

In fact, Richmond itself is known for one of the most famous moments of the Revolutionary War: The famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech delivered by Patrick Henry.

Firebrand Politician Patrick Henry Left an Enduring Mark on Virginia

Patrick Henry was considered one of the greatest speakers of his day and made an indelible impact on the Revolutionary era. An Anglican minister and largely self-taught lawyer, he began his rise to prominence just before the Stamp Act, which inflamed anti-Crown sentiment.

Although many amazing speeches and writings came from this period, Henry's "liberty or death" is an iconic example still widely cited and quoted today. It helped give many other influential Virginians the courage to support the burgeoning independence effort.

It's said that Henry spoke from no notes while giving his oration. George Washington was one of the witnesses; he did not mention the speech in his letter to wife Martha written the next day, because documenting what was said might lend weight to a charge of treason by the Crown.

The speech was delivered right here in Richmond, and many monuments and historic buildings still commemorate it. Following the speech, Henry went on to become one of the most successful politicians of his time – his career spanned more than thirty years.

He was elected first Virginia governor and also served four additional terms.

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

Patrick Henry St. John's Church

St. John's Church in Richmond was the site of Patrick Henry's legendary speech.

Built in 1741, it is now the oldest church in Richmond. It is a National Historic Landmark and still serves as an active place of worship. Every year, it attracts thousands of people from all over the United States and the world who want to witness Patrick Henry's legacy firsthand.

Of course, there are regular guided tours departing right from the St. John's Church gift shop.

You won't want to miss out on all the other events that take place throughout the year, especially in the summer. Free re-enactments of the "liberty or death" speech are given every Sunday throughout the summer, usually starting at 1 p.m.; optional tickets are just $6.

Visitors often take time to visit the church cemetery as well.

Although Patrick Henry himself does not rest here, a number of notables have been buried at St. John's. Some of these include signer of the Declaration of Independence George Wythe and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, the mother of Romantic-era author and literary trailblazer Edgar Allan Poe.

Start Your Own Revolution With a Richmond, Virginia Dream Home

Richmond's colonial charm is like nothing else you'll find in the United States, even in other historic cities like Baltimore or Boston. Napier ERA provides you with the personalized advice you need to make the best real estate decisions for you in this fascinating community.

We'll be glad to work with you every step of the way on your home-buying journey. It all starts by meeting you and learning your goals. Then, a personalized tour of available historic homes is yours for the asking.

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

June
18

Kings Dominion Star Spangled Celebration

Kings Dominion CelebrationAmerica's birthday is right around the corner, and as usual, we're getting ready to throw her quite a party here in Virginia. Located in Doswell, Virginia--just 25 minutes north of Richmond--Kings Dominion is Virginia's premier amusement park, and our real estate agents are planning to observe the 4th of July in style with the Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion!

Celebrate Independence at Kings Dominion June 30 - July 4

The Star Spangled Celebration will find Kings Dominion decked out in red white and blue, with lots of special events along with all the rides and games you love. The celebration stretches all the way from June 30 to July 4, and there are plenty of reasons to make a visit to Kings Dominion part of your annual Independence Day tradition:

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

Best of all, Kings Dominion is honoring service members by offering FREE admission for active and retired military during the Star Spangled Celebration. All veterans with honorable or medical discharge will also be able to get in for free, and discount tickets are available for friends and family members.

Fun All Summer Long

Kings Dominion
Whether you visit Kings Dominion during the Star Spangled Celebration or are planning a trip later in the summer, you can count on enjoying an amazing variety of rides at the greatest theme park in the state. Theme park rides range from the hair-raising Intimidator 305 – tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast – to the chill, kid-friendly (and ever-expanding) Planet Snoopy.

Kings

Of course, with it being summertime, there's a good chance you'll want to head straight for Soak City, a 20-acre water park that has everything you need to cool off and experience a few thrills on a hot day. Admission to the water park is included with all Kings Dominion tickets. Experience two massive wave pools, extreme water slides including a 65-foot tall slide tower, an interactive splash pad for kids, and much more.

Kings Dominion also hosts several other events throughout the year, like KidsFest, Taste of Virginia and Halloween Haunt. Be sure to check back for more fun upcoming events!

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

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

 

June
11

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, VA is arguably best known for being steeped in colonial and Civil War history, but it's also home to an exciting art scene that is as vibrant today as it has ever been. At its heart is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a vast collection of art and artifacts ranging from ancient Greece to contemporary America.

If you're an art lover and are currently looking at Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside an afternoon to browse through the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been ranked as one of the best and most comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (and until 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays) 365 days a year. General admission is always free. Walk-in tours take place every day, excluding holidays, and art programs are available for all age, from young kids right up to adults. Visit the museum's official website to learn more about planning your visit, including information on the latest programs and exhibits.

An Incredible Collection From Around the World

Virginia Fine Arts - Contemporary

The permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts includes more than 33,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of world history. Highlights include:

  • American Art: From the 17th to 20th centuries, the American Art collection includes 2,700 objects, with works by Edward Hopper, John Trumbull, John James Audubon, George Innes and Max Weber.
  • European Art: Check out more than 10,000 pieces in the museum's collection of European art, including works by Bacchiacca, Poussin, Gentileschi, Goya, and Bouguereau, as well as a collection of 18th and 19th century English silver and the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia.
  • Native American Art: The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection
    features objects from more than 50 different Native American cultures, from exquisite Navajo textiles to baskets made by Apache artists.
  • Ancient Art: Since 1936, the museum has amassed a tremendous collection of Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Phrygian, Etruscan, Ancient Roman, and Byzantine art and artifacts.
  • Photography: Made up of around 2,000 photographs, this collection represents the most important developments in the history of the medium, as well as essential 20th- and 21st-century photographers like André Kertész, Gordon Parks, Edward Weston, Cindy Sherman and Sally Mann.
  • African American Art: The museum's collection of African American art has been growing since 1945, and now encompasses an incredible variety of African, African American, and African Diasporic artists.
  • Contemporary Art: The Modern and Contemporary Art collection includes 20th-century European art, American art from after 1950, and 21st-century art from around the world.
  • Asian Art: The museum offers collections of both East Asian and South Asian art, including Indian and Himalayan art as well as centuries worth of paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, metalwork and textiles from China and Japan.

The museum also features a wide-ranging rotating collection, as well as special events that highlight unique cross-sections of world art. Current exhibitions for 2018 include contemporary art from Portugal, a huge collection of art from the Islamic world, and an exhibit highlighting the horse in Ancient Greek art.

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Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From rich Civil War history and a thriving arts scene to extraordinary restaurants and outdoor attractions, it's a place like no other. Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in the Richmond area.

May
29

Richmond Museums: Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Richmond Kids
Are you searching for a fun, educational experience in Richmond that the whole family will enjoy? While it's hard to stand out in a city filled with so many fantastic museums, the Science Museum of Virginia manages the feat with a combination of education, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a movie or astronomy presentation on the gigantic screen in the Dome, indulge your curiosity about all things science with truly unique exhibits, or try your hand at interactive, hands-on science activities. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details about the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA.

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

Where: The Science Museum of Virginia – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Science Museum of Virginia

Experience the Most Advanced Domed Theater on the Planet

While there are many exciting attractions at the Science Museum of Virginia, there's no doubt that the Dome stands out in the minds of many visitors. The Dome is home to one of the largest movie screens in the world, with both education and entertainment on the menu every day. Visit the Dome to catch a giant-screen movie, tour some of the world's most spectacular natural sites, and explore the cosmos in incredible, high-definition detail. Cosmic Expeditions at the Dome provide a chance to explore the stars, learn about the wonders of the universe, and discover the long, fascinating history that has lead our universe to where it is today.

Exciting Exhibits for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is all about hands-on, interactive experiences which are designed to provide the perfect mix of education and fun. One look at the museum's Curiosity Guide, and you'll realize that there's more than you can ever see in one day. But that's just the perfect excuse to schedule another visit on your calendar.

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

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

June
1

Your Kids Will Love the Children's Museum of Richmond

Children's Museum of Richmond

Our real estate agents are always thrilled at the opportunity to help anyone find the perfect Richmond homes for sale. Of course, there's also a special pleasure that comes from making sure that a family will have the amazing chance to see their kids grow up in this wonderful community.

There are so many great amenities here for young people that it's hard to narrow it down to what really matters most. Of course, there is a selection of fine public schools and a safe, welcoming atmosphere – but you'll also find plenty of venues for fun, enrichment, and extracurriculars.

When it comes to making learning fun, the Children's Museum of Richmond is a true leader.

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

With four locations throughout Virginia, the Children's Museum is known far and wide.

Its flagship campus is right in the Downtown Richmond area, though, so you'll never run out of things to do with kids of all ages. Children and adults visit for just $9 a piece and CMoR is open an astonishing seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm!

When you drop in, you'll find nearly two dozen long-term exhibits covering all kinds of topics. All exhibits are interactive and focused on the power of learning through play. Everything is housed in a state of the art 44,000-square foot facility opened in 2000 and renovated on a regular basis.

Tykes can find their way through learning experiences like these:

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

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

It's one of the top kid-friendly museums in the United States, but CMoR is only one of the many things that makes Richmond special. You'll find outstanding employers, a flourishing restaurant and craft brewery scene, and much more here – there's truly something for everyone.

At Napier ERA, our experts provide personalized advice for clients who want to buy and sell in Richmond. We're dedicated to helping clients like you find a beautiful home you'll love on the timeline and budget you want.

We've already helped thousands – and you could be our next success story!

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

May
22

Summer Camps for Kids in Richmond

Richmond Summer Camps
Believe it or not, summer is already just around the corner, and soon schools throughout the Richmond, VA area will be closing for the season. If you're looking for fun, educational options to keep the kids busy this summer, Richmond offers a wide range of summer camps geared toward every age-group and interest. There are tons of outdoor-themed camps in the Richmond area, along with educational camps and even fishing camps for kids who love spending time on the water. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find the best summer camps in Richmond, VA this year.

Where to Find the Best Camps for Kids in Richmond, VA This Summer

  • James River Park System Summer Camps
    Looking for outdoor adventures that kids of all ages will love? The James River Park System offers a ton of fun classes and camps to keep the kids busy this summer. Camps include beginner mountain biking, intro to rock climbing, kayak pool sessions, tubing, a beginner's whitewater weekend, and a meteor shower bike tour under the stars. These camps are designed to offer a great time while improving environmental literacy in the process. Many of the camps and classes offered by the JRPS are open to residents of all ages, in addition to children.

  • Passages Adventure Camp
    The team at Passages Adventure Camps proudly claims that "We Make Kids Tired," through full days packed with fun outdoor activities. Camps at Passages feature a wide range of unique activities, like rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, and cruising the water on paddleboards. There are day camps for kids from 5–7 and 8–16 years old, along with overnight camps for kids age 11 to 17. Everything is overseen by the experienced team at Passages, which knows how to keep kids safe while offering a fun, engaging environment in the process.

    Richmond Summer Camps
  • Maymont Summer Discovery Camps
    With a mix of education, outdoor fun, and exploration, Maymont's Summer Discovery Camps are among the most popular in the Richmond area every year. Younger campers will have the opportunity to learn about the environment, tour outdoor spaces, create fun arts and crafts, learn more about animal antics, and even learn how animals construct their homes. Maymont Summer Discovery Camps also offer opportunities for teens from age 15 to 18 to participate by volunteering as camp counselors and earning valuable, hands-on experience with environmental sciences for the process.

  • Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps
    Outdoor fun is on tap for kids of all ages at Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps, where climbing, adventure, and waterfront fun are always on the menu. These week-long camps allow children to experience the natural side of Richmond, with activities centered around the St. James River and Riverside's unique urban forest. Camps are divided into three age-groups: Saplings (6–9), Oaks (9–12), and Old Growth (12–16). Many campers return every summer, progressing through each age-group, and having a great time in the process.

  • Virginia Fishing Adventures
    Kids of all ages will love exploring the outdoors and dropping lines in the water at Virginia Fishing Adventures summer camps. There are camps for mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and general outdoor fun. This is a great opportunity for kids who already love fishing, as well as a place where kids who aren't familiar with fishing can learn the ropes and develop a life-long passion in the process.

Are you searching for Richmond homes for sale close to all of the camps, outdoor attractions, and summertime fun in the area? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

May
3

Village Vibe event benefitting Back Packs of Love

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

 

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

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May
14

Historic Homes in Chesterfield: Castlewood Plantation

Castlewood Plantation - Chesterfield

Chesterfield County homes for sale come in a wide range of architectural styles and often have strong historical influences. These classic homes are a reflection of the long history of Richmond and the important part Virginia has played in the epic of America.

Of course, not all of the most historic buildings are for sale!

One landmark that has stood the test of time is the fascinating Castlewood Plantation. Although it was renovated in the 1970s, it has remained true to its roots stretching all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, it is the home of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.

Thanks to the conservatorship of the Historical Society, visitors from near and far have a chance to see this truly unique piece of Americana up close. It has been included in the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 and has welcomed guests for decades.

The Story of Castlewood Plantation is the Story of Virginia

Although its foundation wasn't laid until 1817, the story of Castlewood Plantation begins far earlier with the 1779 birth of visionary Parke Poindexter.

Poindexter, whose family emigrated from the English Channel Isle of Jersey circa 1657, served as Chesterfield County's clerk of courts for more than 30 years, holding the position from 1812 to 1847.

He established this fine Federal period home to raise a family of six children.

Castlewood Plantation is an unusual architectural find, as it is a foremost example of the Federal period. This style was in vogue from 1785-1815 and incorporated a range of Roman and Greek influences that bring to mind the classical revival style that inspired the nation's capital.

Many homes were designed in this fashion in Parke Poindexter's day, but Castlewood Plantation stands as the top surviving example. Not only that, but it embraces emblematic elements of the style, such as the five-part layout, carved marble mantels, and formal room in the basement.

Interestingly, Federal architecture was most popular in Salem, MA – not Richmond at all.

After Poindexter's death in 1847, the property soon passed into other hands.

It was left unscathed by advancing Union forces during the Civil War, serving as a parsonage for traveling Methodist ministers during the period. Although many areas of Richmond sustained heavy damage as a result of the city's strategic importance, Castlewood was left without a scratch.

As the Civil War drew to a close in 1865, Castlewood Plantation was bought and sold many times. It was revitalized by members of the Gilmer family in 1976, including patriarch William, great-great-great-great grandson of Poindexter himself.

In 1977, Heritage Savings and Loan purchased the property and took renovation plans to a new level, hiring historians to carefully review every element and restore the property. Thus began its life as a public building – and it became a county-owned property in 1992.

Visitors Can Still See Castlewood Plantation in All Its Glory

In 1999, an anthropological dig at the Castlewood site uncovered evidence of some additional structures, which probably included a kitchen and slaves' quarters. Despite these losses, much of the building is fully intact and faithful to its original design and construction.

Today, guests to the property are welcome to explore every part of this historic dwelling. Plus, there is free public access to a historic archive including artifacts like rare books, genealogical files, scrapbook maps, pictures, and cemetery records – ideal for any local historian!

Our real estate agents are ready and waiting to help you become part of our Chesterfield County community.

April
30

Friday Cheers Concert Kicks Off May 4

Richmond Friday Cheers
The perks of living in Richmond, VA go beyond the beauty of Richmond homes for sale

Our real estate agents point to the strong economy and vibrant community as two of the most important reasons to give serious thought to Richmond.

Richmond's premier business-boosting and downtown improvement organization, RVA, is always finding new ways to foster togetherness and keep things interesting in the city. You'll see their handiwork everywhere you look: Including in a thriving local music scene.

In fact, one of RVA's most popular initiatives is about to rev up for the year.

It's called Friday Cheers, and it's one of the longest-running RVA-sponsored events.

Friday Cheers is Coming Back to Richmond Starting May 4th

Friday Cheers has been running consistently for 34 years now. It launches every year on the first Friday of May and continues all through June.

But exactly what is Friday Cheers? It's one of the best family-friendly music showcases around!

Attracting talent from all throughout Virginia and the United States, this is the one and only summer concert series held right along the James River. Traditionally, it has drawn anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 attendees every weekend.

It all takes place on beautiful Brown's Island, a picturesque park-like environment situated between the major Richmond landmarks of the Canal Walk and James River.

Children under 12 are admitted free; adults pay either $5 or $10 depending on the show.

Richmond Friday Cheers May 4

You Won't Want to Miss an Exciting Lineup of Talent at Friday Cheers

The complete Friday Cheers schedule is available online and it promises to be a memorable one.

Everything kicks off at 6:30 with Devon Gilfillian and the chart-topping Valerie June. Fresh from a trip to Japan, June was recently featured as a recommended artist on Oprah.com. She brings her unique, soulful vocals to the stage, mixed with funky blues-folk melodies.

RVA Music Night on May 25th will also be a great time to pop in. This spectacular evening will be completely focused on Richmond-area bands with a fresh sound. The headliners include Dharma Bombs, Butcher Brown, and Pirahna Rama.

With five whole Fridays in June, the fun gets to carry on until the big weekend before the 4th of July. On June 29th, Friday Cheers will be getting a big sendoff thanks to Charley Crockett and the Turnpike Troubadours, an Oklahoma-based country western group.

Richmond Friday Cheers

Why Not Be Front Row Center for Next Year's Friday Cheers?

We hope you'll have the opportunity to enjoy everything Friday Cheers has to offer. If you want to be smack in the middle of a welcoming and wonderful community all year around, it's time to give Richmond a closer look – and Napier ERA can help.

No matter whether you're buying or selling, our team has the expertise to make the process easier. Our personalized service and deep insight into the Richmond market has helped hundreds of clients achieve their real estate goals throughout Virginia.

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

May
7

Don't Miss Dominion Energy Riverrock in Richmond

The Nation's Premier Outdoor Sports and Music Festival

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

Buyers have some terrific opportunities here, but homes never stay on the market for too long. Part of the reason is that Richmond's many annual races, concerts, and other events attract so many visitors who ultimately decide to make the city home.

Thousands of guests will be arriving in Richmond for Dominion Energy Riverrock.

It's billed as the nation's premier outdoor sports and music festival, and it's coming May 18th.

Riverrock is an Experience Like None Other for Live Music Fans

This year's Riverrock is a joint collaboration of the nonprofits Sports Backers and Venture Richmond, the latter serving as the city's business association for a vibrant Downtown.

Riverrock is one of the most exciting events on the calendar every year, drawing bands and solo performers from all over the United States in a huge variety of styles.

The whole thing happens right along the riverfront in and around Historic Tredegar Iron Works, a unique venue that was one of America's biggest and best iron works in its 1860 heyday. Today, it's operated by the American Civil War Museum, but it hosts portions of Riverrock each year.

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

RVA Offers Wild and Crazy Challenges for Athletes During Riverrock

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

RVA is the official booster organization for all things Richmond, VA. It'll be offering a wide range of fun and exciting events for festival-goers to participate in as part of its Go RVing Interactive Village: An opportunity to try creative competitions and cool equipment hands-on.

Richmond Riverrock Mud Race

Some of the amazing contests in store include the Filthy 5K Mud Run and Sierra Nevada Kayak Boatercross. All necessary equipment will be provided for many events, like the Slack Line Demo and Competition, but racers must sign up at the Go RVing registration tent.

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

The Adventure Race offers the toughest challenge, with a four-hour, multi-sport event featuring team and individual components. Racers will need to navigate with map and compass as they ride, run, and paddle from a mystery start location, ending right in the middle of the action!

The River Rumble is a triathlon featuring the James River Scramble, Sierra Nevada Down River Paddle, and – perhaps toughest of them all – the 20-mile Urban Assault course. Only one male and one female racer will win it all and take home the title of River Rumble champ!

Many of the most intense events will start in Historic Tredegar and end all the way down the James River on Brown's Island. Beer trucks, food vendors, and souvenir tents will be distributed all through the festival, so you'll never be far from anything you need.

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

Note that while many of the demos are kid-friendly and most are free, some of them require a separate participation fee. Most of these are $20-$30, but the Trail Trio running event combo will set you back as much as $190 per day. It might just be worth it for the bragging rights!

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

What else can you expect from Riverrock? Too much for one little blog post to hold!

If you ask us, the only thing better than visiting Richmond for Riverrock is staying for keeps!

To learn more or get started, contact Napier ERA.

April
25

Henricus Historical Park in Chester VA

Chester Henricus Park

Chester homes are some of the best in Virginia, and our real estate agents work to make buying and selling easier than ever. However, even the hardest working team needs to relax and recharge now and then – when we do, it's time to visit Henricus Historical Park!

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

There are plenty of fun, interesting, and educational attractions in Chester. So, it stands out that Henricus Historical Park is consistently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.

In fact, well over 60% of visitors give it a 5-star rating.

Henricus Historical Park is, as the name suggests, historical – but it goes well beyond the norm. Established in 1611 by the Englishman Sir Thomas Dale, it's one of the best mementos of a time even before the colonial age had gone into full swing.

European powers were still vying for a place on the continent, and the noble experiment we now know as America was decades away from taking a recognizable shape.

Even the most devoted history buffs have limited opportunities to learn more about this era from firsthand artifacts – but Henricus Historical Park opens a window on the fascinating time period.

Henricus marks the site of many key events in the early colonial, colonial, and Revolutionary periods. It was only the second English community to achieve success in the New World. Settlers on the James River encountered the Powhatans and related tribes: The people of Pocahontas.

How Henricus Historical Park Recreates History

Today, the 1611 city has been painstakingly brought back to life through the recreation of twelve colonial structures. Each is staffed by experienced history interpreters in period costume.

Chester Henricus Park History
Sites such as the soldier's house, blacksmith's forge, church meeting hall, and tobacco barn have been built with era-appropriate materials, tools, and techniques in mind. The largest of these is "Mount Malady," the first European-style hospital (or "guest-house") in North America.

Arriving colonists often needed to recover from their long voyage, which lasted more than two months from beginning to end. Mount Malady was designed to accommodate 80 people and was an important part of the struggle against illness that colonists faced throughout their lives.

Visitors also have the opportunity to witness the "Indian Village." Here, you can participate in the craft of canoe-making and learn about the principles of harvesting tobacco and corn.

The reproduction Powhatan Village is complete with several longhouses (also called yehakins) with all of the amenities they would have had, including pole beds and fur blankets.

All types of artifacts are on display, and everything is intended to be interactive.

There's Always Something to Discover at Henricus Historical Park

On top of all this, Henricus features a calendar of events, including seasonal celebrations and dramatic re-enactments. During spring and summer, hundreds of participants get together to demonstrate military drills, artillery, and even entire battles.

Chester Henricus Park Kids Tours

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

The park is open throughout the year with operating hours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Adults pay $9, children aged 3-12 $7, and children under age two visit for free. A military discount is also available.

Henricus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, welcoming both volunteers and donations.

As a resident of Chester, you'll have the chance to see history come alive any time you wish. Of course, Henricus Historical Park is just one of the many amazing amenities you'll enjoy nearby.

Contact Napier ERA to get started on our Chester home-buying journey.

April
19

The Riverfront Canal Walk For An Upclose View of Our City

Riverfront Canal Walk
Richmond is a modern city with new job growth and a healthy economy. That's a big reason why people of all ages are moving here. At Napier ERA, we are thrilled when new residents contact our office. We not only love to show them Richmond homes for sale, but we also like to tell them about Richmond and our surrounding communities of MidlothianColonial HeightsPowhatanGlen Allen--just to name a few.

Our real estate agents live and work in this community.  While we could talk endlessly about our favorite things to do in Richmond, one thing we all agree upon is the Riverfront Canal Walk is a don't miss experience.  Here's why.

Segway Tours

The Riverfront Canal Walk

The Riverfront Canal Walk is a 1.25-mile path located between 5th and 17th Streets along the James River. It is wide enough for bicycles, pedestrians, and even Segways!  Along this walk, you can experience Richmond in a way that is unique to our city.

Whether you are looking for historic monuments, museums, nature, or even pizza, you can find it on the Riverfront Canal Walk.

You can also swim or float the river, either in a tube or in an actual river raft. There are even some rapids roaring through the downtown area, so you can have an adventure right in the middle of the city. Not too many cities can claim that! There are river rafting outfitters right downtown, so your adventure awaits.

Riverfront Canal Cruises

The canal system in Richmond dates back to the days when George Washington roamed our streets. It is said he was the brainchild behind the canal system, with his visionary goal of connecting the harbors on the east with the trade opportunities on the west. Today there are canal cruises and even private charters available on both the James River and Kanawha Canal. The cruises are seasonal (from April to November), but it's an activity everyone who comes to Richmond should absolutely do.

Canal Walk Lincoln Statute

Monuments and Statues

If you're considering relocating to Richmond, you'll want to spend some time getting to know more about our city's famous history. Monument Avenue in Richmond is just off the Canal Walk, and the entire street is a historic landmark.

There are lots of beautiful statues in this area (and throughout the rest of Richmond), and one of our favorites is the touching statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, which sits on the hill behind the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. The story goes that the President and his son visited Richmond in 1865, shortly after the Capital of the Confederacy had been burned. You can almost hear President Lincoln explaining about the perils of war as you look at this beautiful bronze statue.

Fun on the Canal

Back on the Riverfront, you're bound to find a festival, concert or other activity going on, and the old buildings and warehouses around this part of the city are becoming extremely popular places to live and work. There are lofts and coffee shops, galleries, shopping and more than 160 restaurants to choose from. And because Richmond is a walkable city, you'll want to get out and explore as much as you can. The weather will likely cooperate, with moderate temperatures nearly all year long, and far more days of sunshine than rain.


Richmond is a vibrant and fun city -- one that honors its past but isn't stuck in it. If you are considering moving to Richmond, we hope you'll let us share our enthusiasm for our city and provide our expertise in helping you find a new home. Contact Napier ERA to make an appointment to see both beautiful homes and tour our wonderful city with us.

April
11

Tour Richmond on Two Wheels - Richmond Rides Tours

Richmond Rides Tour
The weather is warming up and Richmond residents are heading outdoors. With an abundance of art, culture, and historic sites, the city is ready to deliver a season of outdoor fun and entertainment. If you plan to search for Richmond homes for sale, you can experience our local fun and get to know the city better. A bike tour is a perfect way to do it. Richmond Rides, a local business in our community, will introduce you to the "real" Richmond on two wheels.

Our real estate agents know you'll enjoy biking with Richmond Rides. Their themed tours are a great way to get an up-close view of our historic homes, delicious dining, and hottest neighborhoods.  Here's more information to help you plan your move to Richmond. 

Richmond Rides

Three years ago, Catherine and Matt Lillian decided that biking was the perfect way to see Richmond. They invested in 20 bicycles and began Richmond Rides, located at 414 N. 29th Street in Richmond. Their initial offering was a guided tour through Richmond's historic Church Hill neighborhood. Since then, their bike tour business has grown in popularity and expanded to include other tour options.

Richmond Rides has consistently earned five stars from travel rating sites. Trip Advisor named them the #1 out of a list of 20 outdoor activities in Richmond. You can select the themed tour of your choice.

Church Hill Signature Tour

The original Richmond Rides tour rolls along at an easy pace through Richmond's most historic neighborhood. The Church Hill Signature Tour brings you intimately close to beautiful views and historic architecture. As your guide shares fascinating local facts, you'll learn about the neighborhood's culture and diversity.

Price: $49, 2-hour Easy tour includes a snack.

Richmond Rides Tours

Foodie Tour

The Foodie Tour lets you see Church Hill through a foodie's eyes. You'll view neighborhood architecture and culture and learn interesting facts. In keeping with the tour emphasis on food, you'll dine at bakeries and restaurants and see first-hand how Church Hill earned its foodie reputation.

Price: $54, 3-hour Easy tour includes food

Richmond Highlights Tour

On the Richmond Highlights Tour, you'll see city sights. The tour pedals through Jackson Ward, Capitol Square, The Museum District, and other downtown Richmond neighborhoods.

Price: $49, 2-hour Intermediate tour includes a snack.

Along the River Tour

When you take the Along The River Tour, you'll travel the bike paths along the James River and the Capital Trail. As roll along the river, you'll view the historic canal, the river, riverboats, and colorful murals.

Price: $49, 2-hour Intermediate tour includes a snack

Monument Avenue Tour

The Monument Avenue Tour is a "dialogue and tour" developed by the owner, Catherine Lillian and Nikki Fernandes, a VCU Focused Inquiry instructor. They encourage participants to view the monuments along the street and also to share and learn. Participants will eat together and participate in a facilitated discussion about Richmond's history and future.

Price: $75, 3-hour Beginner tour includes a snack

Custom Tours

Richmond Rides can create a custom guided tour for your corporate, family, or student groups. You can schedule a Brewery Tour, Architecture Tour, Team Building Tour or request a customized outing for up to 30 people.

Your Real Estate Professionals in Richmond

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

 

 

April
3

Historic Homes in Glen Allen: Meadow Farm Museum

Glen Allen Homes Meadow Farm
When you're searching for a Glen Allen home, make sure to check out one of our town's more unique locations: the Meadow Farm Museum. 

Situated in beautiful Crump Park, Meadow Farm Museum is a taste of history that is truly unique to the area. Dating back to the 1860s, it is one of the best places in the entire nation to witness the living history of what life was like in the rural South of the nineteenth century.

Meadow Farm Museum Gives Visitors a Rare Window into History

The Meadow Farm Museum located at 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen is the restored home of John Mosby Sheppard, a recognized national historic site. Tour guides in period clothing will help you explore the manor and farm that bear witness to some of the most pivotal moments in American history.

Historic facilities and sites have been painstakingly preserved, including details like outbuildings. Guides are trained on a number of significant happenings tying the farm to the antebellum and Civil War eras, including the warning that saved the farm from Gabriel's Rebellion.

In addition to the farmhouse and barn, you can expect to see the doctor's office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. The land at Crump Park passed through seven generations beginning all the way back in the 1700s before being donated in 1975.

Interactive exhibits and activities make this an ideal learning experience for all ages.

Crump Park is a Terrific Place for a Picnic

You won't want to miss out on exploring Crump Park before or after your visit.

The Crump Park grounds are open every day from dawn until dusk, serving as a full-featured park in the finest of Virginia traditions. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, and numerous picnic areas, including a sheltered area that is available for reservations.

An open play area and children's playground round out the site.

When in season, volunteers and visitors can enjoy the handiwork of several period-appropriate "guilds." These volunteer organizations produce such things as textiles, baskets, and vegetables to support the mission of the Meadow Farm Museum.

Many of the guilds require no prior experience, and some are even open to children aged 16 and under with adult supervision. It's an outstanding way to learn while becoming part of history!

Experts in woodworking, blacksmithing, and other areas are always being sought and often perform live demonstrations. These more advanced participants also benefit from on the job training to complement their existing skills.

Choose a Glen Allen Home in Virginia

Historic Glen Allen appeals to many different types of homeowners. No matter what your vision for the ideal Virginia home is, our real estate agents will be glad to help you.

Our years of experience mean we are second to none when it comes to finding your first or second home in Glen Allen or trading up from an existing home. You'll always get personalized advice from leading local experts who truly understand Glen Allen's housing market.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started.

March
29

Have You Tried Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond?

Carytown Cupcakes Richmond

Richmond's Carytown Cupcakes Delivers Sweet Perfection

Whether you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, a hankering for a quality craft beer or wine, or just want to connect with other locals in a cheerful atmosphere, check out Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond. Located at 3111 West Cary Street, this gourmet bakery is known for their creative cupcake crafting skills, as well as what is now known as the "Carytown Cupcakes law," allowing them to serve craft beer and wine alongside their famous desserts.

Stop in today for a taste of the sweet perfection Carytown Cupcakes is known for. 

  • Cupcakes
    One bite of a Carytown Cupcake and your entire definition of what a cupcake is will change. Instead of those boring grocery store cupcakes, these delicious little morsels are crafted around rotating themes. Around the holidays they were known for holiday flavors such as eggnog, but in April you'll find more spring-themed cupcakes in the case, such as strawberry shortcake. They always have a couple gluten-free and vegan flavors to choose from--not the same old boring ones every time but inspired flavors such as gluten-free key lime pie and vegan strawberry lemonade in April. If you're a vanilla type of person, there are also always a selection of favorites to satisfy your need for comfort food, such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, lemon, and carrot cake.

Carytown Cupcakes Menu

  • Craft Beer and Wine
    Carytown Cupcakes isn't just for kids, and the fact that they serve craft beer and wine to pair with your cupcakes proves that their treats are engineered to appeal to more mature tastes. They worked hard to be able to serve beer and wine with your dessert, lobbying to expand Virginia's original law that limited bakeries to just serving cordials and dessert wines. Their dedication to the quality of your cupcake experience is why you can now pair a craft beer with your fancy cupcake in Richmond.

  • Puppy Treats
    Don't forget your four-legged best friend! While you're enjoying a sweet treat at Carytown Cupcakes, you can also have a treat for your favorite canine wrapped up in a real "doggy bag." Created by dog lovers for dog lovers, these delicious doggy treats are sure to please your pup.

Carytown Cupcakes is just one of many local businesses in which you can see how communities thrive here in Richmond. Interested being a part of something this exciting and welcoming? Contact Napier ERA today and browse Richmond homes for sale. Your dream home is waiting for you here, and one of our real estate agents will help you find it!

March
20

Springtime in Richmond at Agecroft Hall

Richmond, Agecroft Hall

Springtime is the perfect time to visit Richmond, VA. Warming temperatures are quickly arriving. Lush greenery and colorful blossoms are sprouting to life across the city. If you're searching for Richmond homes for sale, you'll see landscapes sprinkled with spring colors all around. And if you'd like to spend time in some of the most beautiful gardens in Richmond, don't leave town without visiting Agecroft Hall.

Our real estate agents know you'll enjoy Agecroft Hall with its beautifully landscaped grounds and elegantly cultivated gardens, They're a must-see feature of springtime in Richmond.

Agecroft Hall & Gardens

You don't have to travel to Great Britain to stroll through authentic English gardens. This spring you can have an English garden rendezvous at Agecroft Hall.

The home, located at 4305 Sulgrave Road in Richmond, is situated on 23 breathtaking acres overlooking the James River in the Windsor Farms neighborhood.  

When you enter the grounds, you'll feel as though you've been transported across the pond and dropped into Elizabethan England.

A Brief Agecroft History

In 1925, wealthy American families were building huge country estates. Thomas C. Williams, Jr. bought Agecroft Hall, dismantled it, and shipped it across the ocean to Richmond. Architect, Henry G. Morse, oversaw the dismantling process and piece-by-piece delivery to the Windsor Farms site overlooking the James River where it has stood since 1926-27. He also supervised the reconstruction, updating the mansion with modern conveniences.

The owner died in 1929, not long after the construction was completed. He bequeathed Agecroft Hall for use as a museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmark Register in 1978.

Tour the Museum and Gardens

Spring is the ideal time to visit the Agecroft Hall & Gardens. During operating hours, the museum provides guided one-hour tours. Guides will walk you through the museum and you can wander the grounds at will.

Landscape Architect, Charles Gilette designed the grounds during the original reconstruction. It's an opulent display of trees, greenery, and breathtaking gardens: Sunken Garden, Elizabeth Knot Garden, Crape Myrtle Walk, and Spring Sunken Garden.

You can visit the website to learn what's new in the gardens or listen to the "Sprouting Report" Thursday and Friday mornings on Mix 98.1.

Special Events

The Agecroft is the perfect venue for special events.

  • Shakespeare Festival: Agecroft Hall presents Virginia's only Shakespeare Festival. This year's productions are "Titus Andronicus" and "As You Like It."
  • School Programs: School tours are tailored to children based on their grade level.
  • Group Tours: Ten or more people visiting together can arrange a Group Tour with "behind the scenes" information, a guided museum tour, and a guided or self-guided tour of the grounds and gardens.
  • Event Rentals: The museum and gardens are a perfect backdrop for a wedding or other special event.

Hours & Admission

The Agecroft is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

  • General admission: adults $8, Seniors ages 65+ $7, full-time students $5.
  • Garden admission only: adults $4, Seniors ages 65+ $3.50 full time students $2.50.
  • Annual pass: $20.
  • Admission is free for children 6 and under and active military with valid ID.

If you're thinking about relocating to Richmond, we want to help. Contact Napier ERA if you plan to buy or sell a home or if you simply want to know more about the communities we serve.

March
6

Kings Dominion Virginia's Ultimate Family Fun Adventure

Kings Dominion Richmond Family Fun
Looking for a fun and exciting time to spend with the family just outside Richmond, VA? Don't miss Kings Dominion, the best amusement park in the whole state!  

Kings Dominion is the spring iteration of a special seasonal park that showcases four different themes throughout the year. In the summer it transforms into the wet and wild Soak City water park with 20 acres of slides, pools, and much more.

Fall brings the Halloween Haunt, while winter is known for WinterFest – the best time of the year to meet Santa Claus himself.

So, what does Kings Dominion have to offer in the spring? Glad you asked!


The All-New Twisted Timbers Roller Coaster Headlines Kings Dominion

In spring, Kings Dominion bursts with more than 60 breathtaking rides, spectacular shows, and amazing attractions.

Each year brings something new, but one consistent draw is the East Coast's biggest collection of roller coasters. People come from all around to enjoy these thrilling rides! This year, Twisted Timbers puts the king in Kings Dominion with a debut that's sure to be unforgettable.

An evolution of the world famous Hurler roller coaster that was retired back in 2015, Twisted Timbers runs to a total height of 111 feet with a drop of 109 feet. The total length is more than 3,300 feet, which riders will traverse at a speedy 54 miles per hour.

These amazing features and more are made possible by the coaster's unique design. It combines wooden supports with a steel track to give the most thrilling ride imaginable on 20 airtime hills! Kings Dominion has been making regular updates on their progress with it, including a peek at the first train.

Twisted Timbers will launch for the first time when the park opens for the season on March 24.

Kings Dominion Richmond Rides
Family-Friendly Rides and Events Abound at Kings Dominion

Although Twisted Timbers is the best for experienced roller coaster riders, there's plenty of fun for everyone at Kings Dominion. Youngsters can enjoy Planet Snoopy, where they'll get to meet their favorite Peanuts characters in person.

Rides and games for the younger kids include Joe Cool's Driving School and its kid-friendly go-karts, Flying Ace with Snoopy, the Great Pumpkin Coaster, and the Linus Launcher. The live entertainment features plenty of character meet and greets, too.

Kings Dominion is well known for an assortment of venues featuring music, dancing, athletics, and acrobatics. Want to add to the experience? Kings Dominion is surrounded by great hotels, of course, but it also has something truly unique so you can take it to the next level.

The Kings Dominion KOA (also known as Richmond North KOA) is the premier family camping experience. You can choose from RV camping, tent camping, or cabin camping in an environment perfect for younger campers.

There's also a pool, wireless internet, cable TV, and a dog park. Current reviews put the campground at a solid 4.5 out of 5, and you even get discounts at Kings Dominion when you choose to stay at KOA.

Kings Dominion Richmond

Family Fun Doesn't Have to End When You Find the Perfect Richmond Home

If you want to see the most desirable Richmond homes, it all starts by consulting an expert in the local real estate scene. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents have the insight and experience to make your house hunt that much easier – and then it can be an adventure all year long for you and the whole family. Contact Napier ERA.

 

February
26

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

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

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

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

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

  1. L'opossum, 626 China St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond - L'opposum

    When you think of delicious food, an opossum might be the last thing on your mind. The unusual name conceals one of Richmond's premium dining experiences, consisting of a creative, quality menu at affordable prices. Prepare to enjoy one of the city's best wine, beer, and cocktail menus alongside entrees like jumbo lump crab cakes and exquisite desserts.

  2. Metzger Bar and Butchery, 801 N 23rd St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond - Metzger Bar & Butchery

    Metzer brings a touch of German culinary tradition to the Richmond area with rustic food, wine, and cocktails centered around the season's finest ingredients. Led by Richmond-born, New York-trained chef Brittanny Anderson, it is open for dinner and brunch with both small and large plates. Chicken schnitzel, beef cheeks, and steelhead trout are just some of the selections.

  3. Sub Rosa Bakery, 620 N 25th St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond Subrosa

    Sub Rosa is a traditional wood-fired bakery that prides itself on the craft of delicious fresh bread and pastries. It uses organic heirloom and regional grains in confections ranging from sesame rye to stone ground shortbread cookies. You can enjoy a light breakfast, tea, or coffee at the espresso bar. Plus, virtually anything on the menu is available to special order for your event.

  4. The Roosevelt, 623 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond - The Roosevelt

    The Roosevelt is a celebration of Southern food with a number of charming, unconventional twists. After opening in 2011, it was named 2012 Restaurant of the Year by Style Magazine and has been going strong ever since. In addition to scrumptious seafood including roasted rockfish, mahi mahi, and seared scallops, its bistro steak and slow-cooked pork shoulder are celebrated.

  5. Proper Pie Company, 2505 E. Broad Street #100, Richmond, VA

    Richmond - Proper Pie Co.

    Described by one reviewer as a "wonderful, magical place," Proper Pie Company is a cozy local storefront with a wide range of sweet and savory pies. Delectable sensations like the lamb and vegetable pie have won kudos from as far away as New Zealand. The menu includes plenty of vegan options, too – the vegetarian "steak and cheese" is a particular delight.

  6. River City Food Tours, 3199 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA

    Richmond (c) River City Tours

    If you want to enjoy all of the mouth-watering delights that Richmond has to offer, one of the best ways is with an established food tour. River City Food Tours is one of the favorites, thanks in part to its two exciting options. You can choose from the Carytown Food Tour or Arts District Food Tour. Each takes in five or six sights in one easy mile – a great way to spend about three hours.

Once you get a taste of all Richmond has to offer, you might just find you're not so eager to leave. Contact Napier ERA and we'll help you find the right new home for you in the heart of Richmond or any of our welcoming local communities.

 

February
13

Richmond Is No. 1 Beer Destination in the World

Richmond Beer Destination - Hardywood Craft Brewery
When you think of beer, you might think first about Milwaukee or even about Oktoberfest in Berlin, Germany. If you've followed the recent trends in craft beer, however, you might have heard there's at least one more place that deserves to be mentioned alongside those world capitals of beer.

That's Richmond, VA.   And it's actually the #1 beer destination in the world.

How the heck could that be possible? Just ask Vinepair.com, a leading beer review and travel site, which named Richmond the world's top beer destination for 2018.

Central to the story: The huge proliferation of top-quality local breweries. From a humble start with just a small handful of them, Richmond now boasts at least 32 active breweries – with even more slated to open in the coming years.  That gives it one of the most active brewing cultures (pun not intended) in the world.

Adding to the excitement, WalletHub called Richmond one of the best cities for foodies, noting that it rates as sixth in both restaurants per capita and ice cream shops per capita. When it comes to a variety of foods, Richmond delivers as #3 in grocery stores per capita, too.

Richmond Beats Out Global Destinations to Reign as King of Beers

In ranking the leading beer destinations, Richmond was scored against global cities including New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and many others. Although it might seem surprising at first, taking a closer look at Richmond makes it clear just how it earned the gold.

Richmond Beer Reigns No. 1 Strangeways Brewing

A vibrant, creative world of craft brewing is truly part of this city's beating heart.

Richmond Beer Trail Tour Triple Crossing Brewery

Each year, thousands of tourists are drawn to the area to explore the Richmond Beer Trail. There are even local tour operators who'll help visitors see all the different breweries and other beer landmarks – from the City of Richmond through the whole Richmond region.

(This Richmond Beer Trail map serves as a start for the curious.)

Although Richmond has never been quite as popular as it is right now, it has a historical connection to American brewing going back more than a century.

In fact, Richmond was the first place in the United States where beer could be purchased in a can. The same spirit of entrepreneurship persists to today when many craft beer executives focus on giving back to the community and supporting a vibrant downtown for Richmond.

The first wave of craft breweries arrived in the 1990s, with a handful claiming an even longer lineage. In 2012, Virginia's then-governor Bob McDonnell signed a pair of laws that expanded breweries' ability to do business in Richmond.

Not only did this give breweries the ability to run their taprooms without having a full-service dining facility, but it created the conditions for many smaller breweries to get their start: By leasing space within larger, more established brewing businesses.

That, in turn, has helped to sustain a spirit of cooperation truly unique to Richmond.

From Breweries to Bakeries, Richmond Has Lots to Offer

Ardent Craft Ales Richmond

Today, Richmond is #1 per capita in breweries and serves as home to top brands like Ardent Craft Ales, Intermission Beer Company, and Legend Brewing Company. This cast of colorful characters is sure to expand as locals welcome more "brewtrepreneurs."

No matter what you're looking for in Richmond, Napier ERA can help you find it. Our real estate agents are experts in all the great amenities and neighborhoods of Richmond. It's never been easier to find Richmond homes for sale that suit your lifestyle, needs, and budget.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more about living in Richmond and all that our community has to offer.

February
7

Moving to Richmond? Tips for Finding the Perfect School

Finding the Perfect Richmond Area School
Moving can be stressful. We all know it. As excited as you surely are to be finding your new home in Richmond, there are a lot of important decisions to be made, and many of them aren't easy.

If you're a parent, there may be no more important decision than where your children go to school. That means you need to find not only the perfect home in the area, but also the perfect school. We understand the challenges, which is why our real estate agents are eager to share these tips for finding the right school.

6 Tips for Finding the Perfect School

There are two basic strategies for finding a great school in a new city. Either you can find your dream home and then look for great schools nearby, or you can find your dream school and then look for great homes nearby. Either option can work for you, but it's good to start out with a solid plan of attack.

  1. Do Your Homework
    It would be great if you could actually see each school ahead of time in person if you can, by all means do – but that can be difficult if you're moving from across the state, or even across the country. Luckily, there are a lot of online resources that can help you learn more about schools, and find the one that's just right for your kids. Greatschools.org is an excellent resource for finding the highest-ranked schools in any given city, while NeighborhoodScout.com breaks cities down into neighborhoods and provides detailed information on each neighborhood, from school rankings to crime statistics.

  2. Look Beyond Test Scores
    It's easy to browse through online information about schools and make snap decisions based on how well each school ranks in terms of standardized test scores. But don't be too hasty. Just because one school is a few points lower test-wise doesn't mean that school doesn't have great teachers, wouldn't be a good fit socially, or isn't located in a great neighborhood. Don't ignore test scores completely, but remember that they aren't the only factor.

  3. List Your Needs and Wants
    Every child has different needs and every parent has different ideas of what their child's needs are. So take the time to really think out what you're looking for in a new school – a great arts program, lots of extra-curricular activities, top-ranked athletic teams, small classroom sizes? Make a list of "must-haves" and "like-to-haves" that you can use to objectively evaluate each school.

  4. Contact the Schools
    Calling up a school and asking questions is a great way to get a feel for what a school really offers. Talk to a principal or school administrator, and have all the questions you want to ask written down so you don't forget any. Remember to ask about things beyond academics. Does the school have a lot of after-school activities? How do they handle bullying?

  5. Have Reasonable Financial Expectations
    If money is no object, that's great; but if you live in the real world, you know that there's a limit to what you can pay for your new home. You probably also know that the best schools aren't always located in the areas with the cheapest housing. You shouldn't have to settle for a home or a school that you're not entirely satisfied with, but the process will be easier if you know what you can afford, and keep that information in mind moving forward.

  6. Talk to Your Real Estate Agent
    An experienced real estate agent is arguably the best resource you have for learning all there is to know about your new city, neighborhood, and home. The agents at Napier ERA have a wealth of knowledge that will make it easier to find the ideal school for your kids, and we're always happy to help!

Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about the process of relocating to Richmond, VA. Our team is here to help you every step of the way, from locating your dream home to living your new life to its fullest!

January
16

The Secret is Out - Midlothian is a Great Place to Live

Midlothian is a Great Place to Live
Do you love the Richmond area and want a scenic, suburban community where you can enjoy all that the region has to offer? Then we've got a secret to share with you! Midlothian, VA has long been a beloved location for anyone who calls the community home with more new residents learning the secret of how great life can here. This historic, growing community is just waiting to be explored with outdoor activities, local businesses, and historic destinations around every corner. Our real estate agents are ready to spill the beans on just why Midlothian is such a great place to call home.

The Secret's Out: Midlothian Is a Great Place to Call Home

Located just outside of Richmond, the village of Midlothian is a large, growing suburb with a fascinating history that dates back centuries. With an affordable cost of living and ample entertainment options, Midlothian homes for sale are popular with shoppers from every generation.

A Historic Community

When we say the history of Midlothian stretches back centuries, we're not kidding. For many years, Midlothian was a mining community, and you can find remnants of that period throughout the community today. It was the site of some of the first coal mines in the country along with the first railroad in Virginia. Today, Midlothian has become more of a residential community with a mix of luxurious homes and attractive, affordable options for shoppers looking to make the most of their budget.

Fun and Entertainment Close to Home

In addition to exploring local history, there's a ton to do in our area. The community's many parks offer a great way to spend the day outdoors, and the local YMCA is a popular gathering place for all of your favorite athletic activities. There are a great antique shops to explore in the area along with local small businesses of every type offering unique products and services. The community's close proximity to downtown Richmond makes also it easy to enjoy a day in the city whenever you please.

Affordable Cost of Living and Attractive Real Estate

Midlothian offers an affordable cost of living about five percent below the national average, which leaves plenty of room in the budget to enjoy all that the community has to offer. The luxury real estate market in the community has grown significantly in recent years, with both new and historic homes available to suit every shopper. If you love outdoor beauty close to home, be sure to check out the waterfront homes available in the Swift Creek Reservoir area. If you're not shopping the luxury market, don't worry – there are appealing homes in Midlothian to suit every budget.

A Healthy Economy

Are you searching for a community on the rise with an exciting present and an even brighter future? Midlothian has grown significantly by any measure in recent decades, and there's plenty more to come. Today, Midlothian is home to a population of more than 68,000 residents with a median household income of $77,158, which was enough to earn a spot on Money Magazine's prestigious list of best places to live in 2017. Expect to see continued growth on both fronts, as more new residents learn the secret of why Midlothian, VA is such an excellent place to call home.

Ready to find a home of your own in Midlothian, and learn first-hand why so many love calling the community home? Contact us to buy and sell homes in Midlothian, VA.

January
11

Hot Art, Cold Beer at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Mural
You may have noticed in recent years that murals have had a renaissance in Richmond, VA, which was sparked in part by the persistent work of muralist Ed Trask. His work appears throughout the city, including many works of art at beloved local businesses. You may have also noticed that our city has become a hot-spot for fantastic craft beers, especially in the historic German Brewing District of the city. Why not combine attractive art with delicious beer, and visit the Ed Trask mural at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery? Our real estate agents have all of the details about this exciting, local business. 

Ed Trask with Mural Hardywood

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the Ed Trask Mural 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a business started by two friends, who traveled the world to learn the secrets of creating unique, delicious craft beer. Located in the German Brewing District, Hardywood Park offers an outdoor beer garden, a busy schedule of special events for all ages, amazing beer, and a beautiful mural by Ed Trask. It's a great place to visit, and a perfect example of how unique, local businesses make life in the city special.

  • Outdoor Beer Garden – Spend an afternoon in the sun, sipping on delicious craft beers while you share stories with friends both new and old. The Hardywood Park outdoor beer garden is a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy everything Richmond has to offer. There's live music on the weekends, with free shows for all ages, along with spaces dedicated to bocce ball and corn hole. The outdoor beer garden is open every Tuesday through Sunday, so be sure to stop by.

  • Special Events – Looking to spice up your schedule with a unique special event in Richmond? There are tons of events to enjoy at Hardywood Park, from release parties for new IPAs to ugly sweater parties for the holidays. Hardywood Park also sponsors off-site events in the city, often raising money for good causes. You'll also find local events at Hardywood's various taprooms, which are often free and open to all ages.

  • Craft Beer – If you love soaking in every detail of your favorite craft beers, you'll fit right in with the crew at Hardywood Park. The list of Hardywood Park beers is a mile long, with unique spins on classic flavors, along with totally new creations. Enjoy lagers, stouts, IPAs, barrel-aged beers, and even one-off pilot projects.

  • Ed Trask Mural – It seems fitting that one of Richmond's most unique businesses is home to a mural by local artist Ed Trask. The Trask Mural at Hardywood Brewery is a spectacular ode to the city of Richmond, and the world of craft beer. Ranked as one of the "10 coolest murals you'll find a breweries," the Ed Trask mural provides the perfect backdrop for an evening at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

  • Giving Back to Richmond – In addition to all of the free events on the schedule, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery gives back to the community by donating $2 for every barrel of beer produced to local non-profit organizations. The crew at Hardywood is happy to support a diverse group of causes, including environmental, humanitarian, and educational organizations located in the communities where Hardywood sells its many craft beers.

Hardywood Home
Are you in the searching for your next home and looking for an experienced, local real estate team to help you accomplish your goals? Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

December
27

Best Things to Do in Richmond This New Year's Eve

Richmond New Years Eve Things to Do
Richmond's New Year's Eve Going-Out Guide

New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year no matter where you are – but if you're lucky enough to spend it in Richmond, fun is elevated to a whole new level!

Richmond homes are at the center of the action when it comes to ringing in the new year right. Whether you're a resident or visitor, you're sure to find events to suit any taste.

Let's look at five big bashes scheduled for New Year's Eve this December:

  1. New Year's Eve at 7 Hills
    7 Hills Brewing Company is famous for its Sunday brunch buffet. It has one of the top selections of domestic and imported beers in Richmond and plenty of fine seafood to pair it with. Not surprisingly, it's poised to be one of the top spots for "beats and eats" on New Year's Eve. Doors open at 10 p.m. and dancing will go on well into the night!

  2. NYE 2018 Moonlight Masquerade
    Richmond's #1 New Year's Eve party is Moonlight Masquerade. Situated at posh DoubleTree Hotel Southside, it will feature multiple DJs playing hot hits. Semi-formal dress is expected, but that won't detract from a fun and friendly atmosphere you'll never forget! This 5-hour party with complimentary buffet and premium cash bar is selling out fast, so get your ticket soon!

  3. New Year's Eve 2018 Fiesta @ Havana59
    Havana59 is known for its smokin' Latin flair, and it's going all out on New Year's Eve! Running from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., this is the place to be if you want to enjoy salsa and Latin mix from the incomparable DJ Renzo. A live viewing of the Times Square ball drop will be seen on a 60-inch TV along with a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are just $20!

  4. Casino Night New Year's Event
    How about a pulse-pounding NYE get together like nothing else? It's all happening at Good Tymes Restaurant and Wine Bar. This classy restaurant and lounge combine service and sophistication in a chic atmosphere. Party-goers have the chance to try their luck at games including craps and blackjack. Get a ticket now for your shot at door prizes, a buffet, and more.

  5. Year's Eve Murder Mystery at Maggiano's
    Maggiano's Little Italy is a beloved family restaurant serving hearty Italian cuisine. You can find it coast to coast throughout the United States, but it's especially popular in Richmond! The New Year's Eve Murder Mystery is an interactive all-night event that welcomes younger guests. For $65 per ticket, you'll get a three-course family-style dinner and all sorts of other fun perks!

It looks like another big year for New Year's celebrations in Richmond! Why not kick off 2018 by taking your first steps toward your ideal Richmond home?

At Napier ERA, our team can help you find a home you'll love and get the deal you want. Our real estate agents live and work right here in the area. Contact Napier ERA to start your Richmond home search.

Consult our Richmond City Guide for more information about living in Richmond. 

December
20

Things to Do in Chesterfield: Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Chesterfield's Swift Creek Mill Theatre

If you're considering a relocation to the Richmond area, Chesterfield County is a great place to begin your home search.  Chesterfield is a small, family-friendly community with historic roots and architecturally diverse homes for sale. When you are searching for a home during the holidays, you'll have the opportunity to participate in local Christmas events in Chesterfield and throughout its nearby communities.

Topping our "locals' list" of favorite things to do in Chesterfield is the Swift Creek Mill Theatre located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Chesterfield County.  Our real estate agents recommend Swift Creek Mill Theatre because it's perfect for family events, date-nights, and special occasions. The venue combines history, delicious dining, and professionally produced plays for an experience you'll always remember.

About the Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Locals call it "The People's Playhouse" and it's a wonderful place for you to experience the best of Chesterfield. The theatre is a non-profit organization committed to professional productions, youth education, and reasonable ticket prices. They accomplish these goals by presenting a Mainstage season and a Youth Theatre series offering group adult rates and discounted youth rates. Children learn theatre arts at a youth theatre summer camp. The organization also promotes the local economy by hiring a local production staff.

The theatre features two areas for on-site dining. You may choose to dine only, see a play only or you may reserve dinner and dine downstairs before seeing the play upstairs in the theatre. Past visitors have praised the theatre and restaurant for the food, attentive service, professional productions, and historic ambiance. The Swift Creek Mill Theatre receives consistently high ratings on national travel sites, such as Tripadvisor.com and Yelp.com.

A Historic Site

When you visit the Saw Creek Mill Theatre, you can connect with Chesterfield history. The theatre building is a local treasure listed on historic registers. It was built over 350 years ago and was originally constructed as a grain mill. The theatre helps maintain the building's historic standing by adhering to registry guidelines.

Chesterfield Swift Theatre Andrews Brothers

Currently Playing ... "The Andrews Brothers"

From now through December 31, 2017, you can see the play, "The Andrews Brothers." When the Andrews Sisters fail to arrive for their scheduled USO show, three stagehands step in to take their place. If you're interested in future plays, check the Mainstage Season schedule For a listing of plays through August 2018.

Chesterfield Swift Creek Mill Andrews Brothers

Get to Know Chesterfield

In an area so rich in American history, naturally, you'll encounter beautiful historic homes. You'll also find modern, planned communities and quiet neighborhoods with a small-two feel. Residents and visitors have a range of dining, wine tasting, and craft beer choices.

When you come to Chesterfield County, you'll see it's a warm and wonderful community. Contact Napier ERA to know more about buying a home in Chesterfield, Richmond, or the surrounding communities.

December
4

Our Favorite Christmas Towns in Virginia

It's a Wonderful Life in These Six Local Communities 

Six Local Christmas Towns

There's no shortage of Christmas cheer here in Virginia, but six towns truly capture the spirit of the holiday season. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents love helping families create new traditions in their homes and these towns are great places to do just that.

  1. Richmond, VA
    Our state capital, Richmond, is a big city with a small-town feel, especially when it's time to celebrate Christmas. While you're looking at Richmond homes this holiday season, make sure you check out all the family-friendly events (and adult-friendly night life) that comes to Richmond this month too. On December 15, visit the historic and beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation for their annual Christmas Open House.Then ring in 2018 at the Moonlight Masquerade, a New Year's Eve tradition at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.

  2. Glen Allen, VA
    Did you know the North Pole has a branch right here in Virginia? Every December The Virginia Cliffe Inn, one of the most historic old homes in Glen Allen, transforms into the Glen Allen Christmas Cottage, complete with children's workshops for creating holiday crafts and toys. Visit Santa in his cottage and tinker in four different holiday children's workshops this December 9 at the beautiful inn, just 15 minutes away from downtown Richmond. Next year, get tickets ahead of time to enjoy breakfast with Santa the morning of the workshops.

  3. Petersburg, VA
    From a festive holiday parade to a town-wide holiday party, picturesque Petersburg knows how to celebrate the season. If you or someone you love went to Petersburg High School, don't miss the 11th Annual PHS Alumni & Friends Holiday Party at the Civic Center on December 23. People who grew up in Petersburg (or currently have homes in Petersburg) look forward to this party all year long, and it's right before Christmas to make sure the reunion is as big as possible.

  4. Midlothian, VA
    Midlothian is a Richmond suburb with a personality of its own, and holiday activities are as abundant here as its creeks. For families with homes in Midlothian, holiday cards are a cinch too. Kids can take photos with Santa at the Art Factory (this year's photo-op happens on December 7). A few days later, take the whole family to have brunch with Santa at Independence Golf Club, which is hosting the special holiday event on December 10. On December 11 and 16, Clover Hill Church hosts Christmas Mansions & Festival, a ticketed tradition that now includes an outdoor festival with food trucks, a hayride, and more.

  5. Powhatan, VA
    Known for its horse pastures and rolling hills, Powhatan is a lovely place to celebrate the holidays, but make sure you visit one place in particular. At first glance, Mabel's Espresso Bakery Café looks like one of many adorable Powhatan homes. But inside, it's a charming and timeless little restaurant where you can grab a bite with friends or neighbors – or even Santa Claus himself. Don't forget to get tickets for their Santa Brunch on December 16 and their Christmas Cookie Decorating Class on December 19.

  6. Henrico, VA
    Families who want a quick commute to Richmond have plenty of homes in Henrico County to choose from. Once they move in, they have plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy too! Our favorite is the Jingle Jam 2017, a huge holiday party at HOPE Church's West Creek campus on December 9. This interactive Christmas event includes farm animals, Christmas characters, a photo booth, and a show that tells the Christmas story in unique and hilarious ways.

Need a new home for the holidays near Richmond, VA? Contact Napier ERA for advice and help with your search.

November
27

Henrico County Historic Homes - The Walkerton Tavern

Celebrate Virginia's History at the Walkerton Tavern in Henrico County 

Henrico County Walkerton Tavern

Our real estate agents continue to be impressed by the abundance of historic buildings and homes in Henrico County, Virginia--and few are more impressive than the Walkerton Tavern. An iconic fixture of the Henrico County landscape for nearly 200 years, the Walkerton Tavern hosts events throughout the year that are open to the public, including some that you won't want to miss this holiday season.

A Historic Local Landmark

Built by John Walker, a Massachusetts native, between 1824 and 1825, the Walkerton Tavern is located in the community of Glen Allen, along the historic Mountain Road corridor. The stately brick building was built directly across the road from Walker's residence, and served as a tavern for many years, equipped with three ice houses, a wine cellar and a horse stable to accommodate its guests.

Throughout the years, the building changed hands numerous times, and served many purposes, including many years as a private residence. The Walkerton Tavern has also functioned as a store, post office, and voting precinct, and was even used during the Civil War as a field hospital for wounded Union Cavalrymen. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Holiday Happenings at the Walkerton Tavern

The Walkerton Tavern is now owned by Henrico County, who purchased it in 1995. It is used as a community center and hosts a wide variety of public events throughout the year. Be sure to stop by to check out one of our favorite local holiday events at the Walkerton Tavern, the Annual Tree Lighting

Taking place on Friday, December 2 from 4 to 7 pm, the 14th Annual Tree Lighting is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit with friends, family, and neighbors. This free event has become a local favorite and includes festive music, hot chocolate and cookies, a toasty bonfire, and a visit from Santa himself to help light up the 60-foot tree outside the tavern.

Planning Your Visit to the Tavern

If you aren't able to catch the Tree Lighting, but still want to check out the historic Walkerton Tavern, the building is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and on weekends for special events and programs. The tavern can also be rented out for private events. It is located at 2892 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA.

Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about life in Henrico County, VA. Our team has been calling this region home for many years, and we've helped countless clients find historic Henrico County homes to call their own.

November
21

Richmond's 33rd Annual Grand Illumination of James Center

Bring Your Family to Richmond's Premier Holiday Celebration

James Center Grand Illumination
Are you ready to get celebrate the holidays with your family in Richmond, VA? At Napier ERA, our REALTORS® love welcoming new families to Richmond, and December is one of our favorite months to do it. This year, our town's holiday celebrations kick off on December 1 with one of our favorite annual traditions, the Grand Illumination of James Center. If you like lights, trees, and holiday music, you'll love this free family event, which starts just before 6 PM at James Center downtown. 

Here are a few festive things you and your family can do at the The 33rd Annual Celebration of the Holiday Season at James Center this year:

  1. Meet Santa, the Snow Queen, & Jack Frost
    See Santa will be downtown to turn on the lights for the Great Tree, Reindeer, and James Center office building. He's not illuminating Richmond VA alone, though. Also on hand will be the Snow Queen (AKA local radio talent Melissa Chase), Jack Frost (another local deejay), and some of their radio colleagues. Your hosts will lead the countdown, and then flip the magical switches that bring thousands of twinkling lights to life.

  2. Enjoy Two Blocks of Holiday Entertainment
    Downtown Richmond comes together for the Grand Illumination, so two whole downtown blocks will be closed for multiple stages and performances. Local musicians, ballet dancers, historical re-enactors, performing arts students, and other Richmond entertainers and artists will treat the town to their talents from 6 to 7 PM.   

    Enjoy these entertainment acts and more during our downtown festival:

    • Good Shot Judy (featured performer)
    • Silly Bus (on the Kids Stage)
    • The James River Brass
    • Nutcracker Cast
    • School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC)
    • The American Youth Harp Ensemble
    • Virginia Piedmont & Central HO Model Railroaders
    • The VCU Trombone Choir & Friends
    • Flute Forte

  3. Donate Toys at the Collection Sleigh for SCAN
    Do you want to make Christmas a little merrier for 200 Richmond kids? James Center is collecting toys for local children as part of their partnership with Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). Bring unwrapped toys for ages 0 through 17 to the Collection Sleigh in the lobby. Later in the month, kids and their families will get to shop for gifts at James Center thanks to your family's help.

James Center Holiday Events
Whether you're looking for Richmond homes for sale or settling into your new neighborhood, we hope you'll pick December 1st to go downtown and learn what our city has to offer. Richmond, VA is full of promising opportunities for families, from our annual holiday lighting ceremony to our summertime concerts and springtime scenery. Contact Napier ERA to get in touch with our talented team and get help turning Richmond into your next home for the holidays.

November
13

Richmond Celebrates the Holidays at The Jefferson Hotel

Richmond The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting
The Jefferson Hotel is one of Richmond's true historic gems with spectacular interior design, loads of luxury and fascinating stories around every corner. The Jefferson is also an excellent place to spread some holiday cheer! Every year, starting just after Thanksgiving, The Jefferson Hotel hosts a series of holiday events at its five-star facilities that always rank among the most popular in Richmond, VA. The fun begins on Monday, November 27 with the 31st Annual Tree Lighting.

Richmond Holiday Fun: 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel

Our REALTORS® have spoken, and the tree lighting ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel definitely ranks among our favorite events of the season. The luxurious Jefferson Hotel is a living example of Richmond history and a spectacular setting to spend some quality time with your favorite people during the holidays.

  • A Scenic Setting
    Richmond homes for sale 
    are located in one of the country's most historic cities and locations like The Jefferson Hotel are a big reason why that's the case. Visit The Jefferson throughout the holiday season for live music, delightful decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The holiday season begins with the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 27.  

  • The Ceremony
    The tree lighting ceremony has long been a local tradition and is entering its 31st year. Everything kicks off at 5:00 PM on November 27 with live holiday music before the big show begins. The ceremony takes place in the regal Palm Court Lobby with the tree lighting getting into full swing at 5:45 PM. Of course, it wouldn't be a true holiday celebration without a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

  • Free Fun for the Whole Family
    The Jefferson Hotel is a very luxurious facility, but it also has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. The tree lighting ceremony is a free event and a great opportunity to have some fun with the kids during the holiday season. All of the kids (and adults!) in the crowd love seeing the moment when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to start the tree lighting celebration.

  • Holiday Cheer throughout the Season
    Can't make the tree lighting ceremony or simply looking to spend some more holiday time at one of Richmond's most unique destinations? The Jefferson has plenty of holiday events scheduled throughout the season running straight through New Year's Eve. Stop by during the afternoon for a rotating schedule of live musical performances or visit anytime to see all of the gorgeous decoration throughout the property. The Jefferson Hotel is also a great place to enjoy a holiday meal or plan a luxurious getaway of your own.

  • Plan Your Own Party
    If you're looking for the ideal place to plan a holiday event of your own, The Jefferson has you covered. Whether you're looking to plan an event with the whole family or treat your employees to some holiday cheer, staging your event at The Jefferson Hotel is sure to lead to great memories for everyone who attends.

Are you searching for the right home in Richmond and the real estate team who will help your holiday dreams come true? Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs throughout the Richmond, VA area.

November
8

Henrico County Welcomes Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Holiday Fun at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


There's no doubt about it, the holidays are a special time of year. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the season is more than just sharing food and gifts—it's an opportunity to experience the best holiday events in Henrico County has to offer. November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018 (closed Dec. 24/25), Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers shimmering holiday fun for the whole family. Henrico County's ultimate holiday tradition features more than 500,000 twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, family activities, model trains and more.

Who doesn't love a good story? This year, the theme at GardenFest of Lights is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. From fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, these holiday events highlight stories, legends and rhymes that encompass many different eras and cultures through indoor and outdoor displays of light.

Holiday Events and Activities

Celebrate the seasons and nature with engaging events and activities that explore natural phenomena, teach life valuable lessons and connect people through the wonder of plants.

  • Merry Mondays
    The Garden Keeper hosts a fireside story time featuring Aesop's Fables at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM on Mondays in the Library Reading Room. "Santa sightings" in the Conservatory Mondays, 6 - 8 PM through December 18

  • Enjoy the Library
    Explore the timeless children's tale, Miss Rumphius, The library will be transformed into mini-galleries that highlight the works and stories the stories of area artisans and their hand-crafted wares.

  • Caroling Tuesdays
    Holiday caroling throughout the Garden 6:30 - 8 PM. Tuesdays.

  • Crafty Wednesdays
    Crafting based on this year's GardenFest theme with the help of staff and volunteers. 5 - 8 PM in the Kelly Education Center.

  • Musical Thursdays
    Acoustic musicians provide festive live holiday entertainment. 6-7 PM & 7:30-8:30 PM in the Lora Robins Library.

  • GardenFest for Fidos
    Bring your leashed dog to enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

  • The Garden Shop & The Bling Shop
    The Garden Shop offers all kinds of handmade gifts that are perfect for holiday shopping. Open Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sunday: noon - 10 PM The Bling House retail shop is open on select nights.

  • Tea House Dining at GardenFest
    Open Nightly; 5 – 9 PM Exceptional fare with fine wines and stunning Asian Valley views.

  • Santa Brunch & Santa Dinners
    Meals with Santa can't be beat! Reservations highly recommended. If you have a group of 15 or more, consider GardenFest Dinners.

  • New Year's Eve Family Frolic
    Rock and roll with the "Ululating Mummies," take photos with the GardenKeeper, make a party hat and "roll in the New year" with the annual hillside tumble.

  • Instagram Contest
    Share your best photos and tag #GardenFest

If you're ready to celebrate the holidays with a new home, our real estate agents can help you find homes in Henrico County you'll love. To learn more about fun, festive living in Henrico County, contact Napier ERA today!

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October
30

Maymont Estate - A Gift to Richmond Residents

Richmond Home - Maymont Estate
Ever wonder what it would be liked to be transported to a different place and time, where history, natural beauty, and learning meet? James and Salley Dooley, who lived in Richmond, VA more than a century ago, had the same vision, which is why they gifted their luxurious estate to the community for all to enjoy. The estate is called Maymont, and today it has become a place where you can learn, experience history first-hand, relax, and explore all of the outdoor fun that Richmond has to offer. Our real estate agents are here to tell you more about this truly unique Richmond home. 

The Maymont Estate Is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Maymont Estate is a gorgeous, Victorian-era property, with a spectacular interior and more than 100 acres of outdoor space. Like many homes in Richmond, every room in the Maymont Estate has a story a story to tell. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, the Maymont Estate has so much to offer Richmond residents.

Richmond Residents at Maymont

  • A Victorian Estate – Travel back in time to enjoy the classic luxury of a perfectly preserved Victorian estate, filled with history, antiques, and gorgeous art. The Maymont Estate has been lovingly maintained for more than 100 years, so that all visitors can enjoy the same gorgeous property as the original owners. What started as a gift has become a Richmond institution, where visitors from near and far can see what it was like to live in the Gilded Age.

Richmond Maymont Gardens

  • Outdoor Fun and Attractions – James and Salley Dooley loved the outdoor scenery of their Richmond estate, and it's easy to see why when you visit. Today, you can enjoy a collection of gorgeous gardens, with plants from around the world. The Maymont Estate is also a great place to have a picnic, scope out some local wildlife, and explore the natural beauty of the Richmond area. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll be treated to beautiful sights.

Richmond Maymont Animals

  • Furry Friends – The Maymont Estate aims to provide fun for the whole family, and the many animals around the estate are sure to please visitors of all ages. Visit the nature center, take in wildlife exhibits, see what's happening down on the farm, and enjoy unique animal encounters that the kids will surely love. It's all waiting for you outdoors at the Maymont Estate.

Richmond Maymont Tours

  • Guided Tours – With a mansion, formal gardens, and more than 100 acres to explore, the Maymont Estate certainly provides plenty to see. Taking a guided tour at the estate is a fantastic way to learn more about what life was like in the Victorian era, from the same experts who have worked so hard to preserve the Maymont Estate to this day. Tour the interior of the mansion, or hop in a golf cart for an easy way to explore the whole property.

  • Special Events – There's plenty to see and do no matter what time of year you visit the Maymont Estate, including a busy schedule of special events for every season. Enjoy events for the kids, beer and wine tastings for the adults, and holiday events that everyone can enjoy. The Maymont Estate also offers facility rentals for your own special events, perfect for weddings, large gatherings, and corporate events.

Whether you're searching for a private estate or an affordable, appealing family home, our real estate team is here to help. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

October
24

Celebrating the Best of Glen Allen at The Cultural Arts Center

Supporting the Visual and Performing Arts in Glen Allen

Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
When you're touring homes for sale in Glen Allen, take time to visit The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen offers local residents in the Richmond area an opportunity to discover the arts, develop a talent, and experience  all our community has to offer.

Young and old gather at the Center to share artistic experiences and develop creative skills. Four galleries showcase work from local and regional artists. Performance stages come alive with music, dance, and theater presentations. Regional artists and artisans market their work in a warm and friendly setting. The Center also rents four beautiful spaces for special occasions.

Our real estate agents live and work in the area. We know The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is a valuable community asset and celebrate the Center's best by sharing these upcoming programs and special events with you. 

Glen Allen Community Events   

  • Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos
    The Center celebrates Halloween with a cultural twist. The family-friendly event celebrates Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Visitors will enjoy music, dancing, treats, food, and creative activities. The Richmond Ballet Mind and Motion Ambassadors from will perform. Mercado Muertos will sell themed merchandise. October 29, 2017, 1-5PM; Free

  • Virginia Cultural Marketplace
    Regional artists and artisans will sell jewelry, bath & beauty products, wreaths, pottery, and more just in time for you to purchase gifts for the holidays. The Center's Atack Family Gift Shop will sell creations by local and national artists and artisans. The galleries will be open as well, showcasing a collection of art by local and regional artists. Friday, November 10, 2017, Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10AM-8 PM; Free
  • 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    The Center will collaborate with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks to present the annual lighting of the Center's 60-foot Christmas tree. Guests will enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies, a musical presentation and a visit from Santa. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:30PM; Free
  • Illumination: A Festival of Trees
    After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Cultural Arts Center hosts "Illumination," a festival that celebrates Christmas trees. The event features an exhibit of specially themed trees. Santa will be there with his elves and young visitors can participate in a holiday scavenger hunt. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5-7PM; Free

Live Presentations at The Cultural Center

The Cultural Arts Center celebrates the season with live concerts and theater performances. These upcoming events will start your holiday season out on a joyful note.

  • A Tribute to the Carpenters: Susan Greenbaum Band
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7PM; Tickets: $30.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Friday, December 8, 2017, 7PM; Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11AM and 1PM; Tickets: $12.

  • The Richmond Divas: Holiday Divas
    Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch, and Desiree Roots perform holiday favorites. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7PM; Tickets $30.

  • Twas The Night Before Christmas
    The VA Rep Tour presents a fun musical inspired by Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11AM and 1PM; Tickets: $12.

When you need information about Glen Allen real estate, we're available to answer all of your questions. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in Glen Allen, Virginia.

October
17

Get Ready to Run! Petersburg, VA Halloween Half Marathon and 5K

Who Has the Fastest Feet in Petersburg? Find out Saturday. 

Petersburg Halloween Half Marathon

The marriage of Halloween and a running event may seem like a match made in well … Transylvania, but according to Running USA, Halloween is the second most popular running holiday, trailing behind Thanksgiving.

Maybe it's the need to burn off calories from gobbling a few too many milk chocolate bites, the irresistible call of dressing like a super hero or zombie to compete in a race, or the desire to take part in local community fun, but this Saturday's Petersburg Half Marathon and 5K Run is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

The race courses begin and end in Petersburg at Union Station, 103 River Street.  The Half Marathon course features a scenic tour of Petersburg winding through the Old Towne historic section complete with buildings and architecture dating back to the Civil War era.  The 5K course features a loop in our Downtown area with a one-hour time limit. 

Admittedly, Petersburg's historic downtown is a hands-down hit as a backdrop for this local event, but the best scenery may be the participants—many of whom don super hero, villain, funny,  and scary costumes.  Costumes are optional, but having a good time is required.

Runners and walkers of all fitness levels are encouraged to participate.  All finishers from both the Half Marathon & 5K Race will receive a signature Halloween-themed medal and t-shirt to commemorate the event.

Each year race coordinators go to great lengths to design a Halloween-themed medal and t-shirt using a different Halloween character each year—bats, vampires, skeletons, zombies, and werewolves.  Frankenstein may make an appearance this year.  What started as memorabilia for some participants has become a collectible for runners luring them back to Petersburg every October.

Ghosts and Goblins Are Scary, But Buying a House Doesn't Have to Be

If you're one of the past race participants who have decided to make Petersburg your permanent home, contact Napier ERA to view homes for sale in Petersburg.

Our REALTORS® will be by your side every step of the way to ward off any home buying fears that might turn your dreams of owning a home into a ... Nightmare on Elm Street. 

October
9

Richmond VA Haunted Historic Hollywood Cemetery

Tour Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery ... If You Dare

Richmond Hollywood Cemetery

October's changing weather and earlier sunsets bring thoughts of Halloween. If your inner child feels the ghostly pull of haunted places, perhaps it's time for a visit to our Historic Hollywood Cemetery. It's located in Richmond's Oregon Hill neighborhood at 412 South Cherry Street. If the possibility of a ghostly encounter doesn't scare you, you can walk (or run) through the grounds or even sign up for a tour. 

While our real estate agents value Hollywood Cemetery for its national historical significance, we also recognize it as the perfect place to generate Halloween inspiration.

A Brief History

Richmond Hollywood Cemetery City
Cemetery founders, William Haxall and Joshua Fry, commissioned Architect, John Notman, to design a cemetery at a vast property called Harvie's Woods. As the work began, Notman recommended the name "Hollywood" for the proliferation of Hollywood trees on the site.

Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place of a long list of notable Americans. In 1969 the site was added to the National Record of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. It's also listed as a United States Historic District.

Vampires and More

Hollywood Cemetery is known nationally as a historic venue. But over the years, it developed a higher profile as the home of hauntings and unusual events.

  • Richmond Vampire sightings
  • Whispering dead at Dimmock's Pyramid
  • Unexplained blasts of icy air

No one knows if these eerie cemetery tales are true, but they could be. Hollywood is 130 acres of aging monuments memorializing centuries of buried dead. Its history includes horrible deaths in a collapsed underground tunnel, thousands of dead Confederate soldiers and an iron dog watching over a toddler's grave. Given the colorful history, it's the perfect environment for ghostly happenings.

Burial Place of the Known and the Unknown

If you're more interested in Hollywood's history than scary experiences, you can track down graves or tombs for President, James Monroe, President, John Tyler, a Supreme Court Justice, and six Virginia governors.

A monument of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, stands over his grave.

Richmond Hollywood Cemetery Pyramid
There's a 90-foot stone pyramid marking the spot where 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried. The identities of 11,000 of these soldiers remain unknown.

Richmond Hollywood Cemetery Iron Dog
One of the best-loved monuments in the cemetery is the cast-iron Newfoundland dog standing guard over a grave of a two-year old Richmond girl.  There are a number of versions of how the Iron Dog came to rest by the little girl's grave.

  1. One tells the story of how a local shopkeeper remembered how much the child loved the dog perched in front of his Main Street store and gave the statue to her family to guard her grave. 
  2. The second story says the child's father placed the dog's statue at his daughter's grave to prevent it from being melted down for bullets during the Civil War. 

Take a Tour

Richmond Hollywood Cemetery Segway
If you're interested in getting up close and personal with Hollywood Cemetery history and scary legends, you have several tour options:

  • Historical Walking Tour
    Check the tour schedule. Choose a Daily, Evening, or Saturday Specialty Tour. Meet your tour guide at the entrance located at Cherry and Albermarle Streets and prepare yourself for a two-hour cemetery adventure.
  • Segway Tour
    If you prefer gliding through the cemetery instead of walking, contact Segway of Richmond to schedule a Segway tour.
  • Trolley Tour
    Each Saturday from April to November, you can take a trolley tour. Visit the RVA Trolley website to book your tour.
  • Gem Car
    If you prefer an eco-friendly ride, you can schedule a 2 to 10 person private tour in an electric car. Visit the rvagemcartours.com to schedule your group.
  • Self-Guided Car Tour
    You don't have to leave your car when you opt for a self-guided tour. You can view or download a map online or pick one up at the cemetery office.

Your Real Estate Professionals in Richmond, VA

It's not uncommon for people who own homes in Richmond to add the Hollywood Cemetery at the top of their list to show guests and visitors.  If you're interested in relocating to this area, our professionals can help. Contact Napier ERA if you're thinking about buying or selling your home in Richmond, Virginia.

October
3

15th Annual Festival of the Grape Returns to Powhatan, VA

Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, October 7 for Powhatan's Festival of the Grape

Powhatan Festival of the Grape
Powhatan has many claims to fame; its biggest may be its renowned Powhatan Festival of the Grape, a high-energy celebration of the vintner's art.

Powhatan Festival of the Grape

Festival of the Grape is a Tradition You Don't Want to Miss 

While many communities throughout the country get ready for Halloween in October, the residents of Powhatan and the surrounding area have their own tradition. The Festival of the Grape will be celebrating its 15th year on October 7.

The Festival of the Grape is held in Historic Courthouse Village, the part of town that celebrates the Revolution-era courthouse that was the community's original reason for being. This annual event connects wine connoisseurs with top wineries throughout Virginia. A full selection of reds, whites, roses, and bubblies will be available to attendees.

Powhatan Festival of the Grape
What to Expect from Powhatan's Festival of the Grape

Nearly two dozen wineries, the majority of which are from Virginia, will be exhibiting at the Festival of the Grape. Naturally, wine aficionados will have the chance to try their tastiest wares and access special pricing available only during the event.

But that's not all – dozens of craftsmen and artisans will be on hand with lots of breathtaking souvenirs. You'll find photography, jewelry, pottery, knitted goods, glasses, and more. InsideOut and Route 64 will be the headlining bands playing live.

If you're looking for a snack or even a full meal to go with your wine, you won't be disappointed. A dozen different restaurants and food trucks are expected to be on hand. You'll have a choice of everything from fine chocolates or barbecue to pizza or seafood.

Powhatan is no slouch when it comes to wines, even when the Festival isn't in town. In fact, the community is home to two of its own local wineries:

  • Skippers Creek Vineyard
    Skippers Creek boasts five acres of viniferous vines, part of property that has been in the co-owner's family for more than 75 years. The vineyard features a variety of barrel-fermented Chardonnays, fruity Viognier varieties, and blends.

  • Bodie Vineyards
    Bodie Vineyards bills itself as the first farm winery in Powhatan, and was founded in 2008. It is known for semi-dry white and red wines from fine local grapes. Group tastings and tours are available on the winery grounds, which can also host weddings. Bodie won't be attending the Festival of the Grape this year, but that doesn't mean you can't visit when you're in Powhatan!

Powhatan Festival of the GrapeFall in Love with Powhatan, VA

If you are interested in attending this year's Festival, the best time to purchase a ticket is now! Online ticket sales will close on October 7 – the day of the event. Tickets are reasonably priced and a great value for a full day of fun! Children aged 12 and under are free, and guests between the ages of 13 and 20 enjoy a discounted price. To order your tickets, visit the Festival of the Grape website.

Do you want to do more than visit?

Contact Napier ERA and we'll show you homes in Powhatan that are perfectly suited to your needs. Our real estate agents are experts in the local market who have helped buyers from around Virginia and the country find an ideal home.

September
26

Best Places for Dinner (& Drinks) in Colonial Heights

Savor the Flavor: Colonial Heights, VA Dining Guide

Colonial Heights Restaurants

Have you been considering a move to the Colonial Heights area?  We have some advice.  Get acquainted with our nearby communities and neighborhoods to find the best fit for you.  

Whether you are relocating to Colonial Heights or one of the other communities in the Tri-Cities (PetersburgRichmond, and Colonial Heights), why not start your search by asking for advice from a local for the best places to eat?  

Colonial Heights is an independent city of about 17,000 people that epitomizes Central Virginia's unique charm. Our real estate agents live and work in our community and have you covered with a list of our favorite eateries in Colonial Heights.

Here is a guide to our favorite restaurants in Colonial Heights whether you're looking for an early lunch, an afternoon drink, or a fine dining experience.

A Snapshot of Restaurants in Colonial Heights

  • Wagstaff's Steak House
    Wagstaff's is known as a comfortable and quiet place to eat with some of the most delicious steaks in Colonial Heights. Steak entrees are cooked on an open-flame charcoal grill. They feature classics like fillet with stuffed shrimp and the lobster and steak combo. Fish lovers can try the grilled swordfish or grilled Ahi tuna steak.

  • Vincenzo's
    Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is a favorite for handcrafted pizza specials plus soups, salads, and more. A reliable, well-reviewed selection great for family time or a couple's night out, it has been hailed as the best pizza in the Tri-Cities. You'll also find a full selection of filling pastas and some classic Italian desserts.

  • Colonial Italian
    Colonial Italian Restaurant & Pizza has been around 15 years and is loved for its family-friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of lunch and dinner specials, and they come with attractive military discounts. You can dine in, carryout, or even have your event catered. Colonial Italian prides itself on some of the best service around.

  • Pino's
    Pino's Italian Bistro offers pizzas, pastas, and subs kids will love. There are also chicken, veal, and seafood entrees if you are in the mood for something sophisticated. The specialty of the house includes Italian combo entrees like lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and fettucine Alfredo.

  • Don Jose
    Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant is a leading family-owned Mexican restaurant with enticing lunch and dinner options. In addition to tacos, burritos, and everything you love, it has a lovely menu of mixed drinks, margaritas, and wines. You won't want to miss out on a classic Mexican dessert like flan or sopapillas!

When you're ready to find the right Central Virginia neighborhood and home for your needs, our team is here to help. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in the Colonial Heights real estate area.

September
18

Trapezium Brewing Co in Petersburg

Trapezium Brewing Co. Petersburg VABringing Great Times and the Best Brews to Petersburg, VA

Before the Trapezium Brewing Company first opened its doors in 2016, Petersburg didn't have a brewery to call its own. My how times have changed! Since opening its doors, Trapezium Brewing Company has become a staple of the community, and one of the hottest spots in the Tri-Cities area. Today, you can spend some quality time in the taproom, enjoy a wide selection of unique, local beers, and even go behind the scenes to see how the Trapezium team produces such fantastic flavors. Our real estate agents are here to introduce you to one of Petersburg's favorite destinations for great meals, cold beer, and fun special events.

Crafting its Own Way in the Tri-Cities

One thing's for sure when you shop for homes in Petersburg, VA – you'll never be far from a cold drink or a hot meal. Trapezium Brewing Company serves the Petersburg area, but residents of Colonial Heights and Hopewell also love making the short trip to the brewery. Once you visit, you'll soon see exactly why Trapezium has quickly become such a local favorite.

  • Unique, Local Beers – The team at the brewery loves to concoct creative flavors, and spares no expense in delivering the best beer to your pint glass. The menu includes Trapezium's four "core beers," including Lucky 47 White Ale, Lucky 39 IPA, Lucky 27 Session IPA, and the unique Lucky 75 Honey Lemon Ginger Ale. You'll also be able to enjoy plenty of other unique Trapezium beers, depending on the season.

  • Excellent Atmosphere – Some breweries take themselves very seriously, but the team at Trapezium believes that making great beer should be fun! Whether you're visiting to see the brewery or spending an evening in the taproom, rest assured that the staff is having just as much fun as you are. The company gets its name from the nearby Trapezium House, a quirky, historic building that perfectly reflects the team's fun, positive attitude.

  • Enjoying the Taproom – The taproom is at the heart of the Trapezium experience, and it's easy to see why when you visit. In addition to the long list of craft beers available on tap, you'll find a menu filled with brick oven pizzas that will make your mouth water. Just as with the beer menu, you can expect some creative offerings when it comes to the tasty meal that you'll enjoy with your favorite drink.

  • Behind the Scenes – Ever wonder what goes into creating all of the unique flavors at the Trapezium Brewing Company? Visit their website for a behind-the-scenes look at this fascinating facility. The impressive, modern facilities at Trapezium provide the team with all of the tools they need to keep producing great, unique beers season after season.

  • Special Events for the Petersburg Community – The team at Trapezium believes in supporting the community, and shows its love with a regular schedule of special events. Come out for Boot Camp and Brews to learn first-hand why a workout is always more fun when you have a cold glass of one of Trapezium's beers waiting at the end. There are also big events for the introduction of each season's beers, and a busy schedule of events year-round at locations across Virginia. Of course, you'll often find plenty of great live music when you visit the taproom, too.

When you're ready to find the right Central Virginia home for your needs, our team is here to assist. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in the Petersburg, VA area.

September
5

Come to the Richmond International Raceway on September 9

Don't Miss the Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond 

Federated Auto Parts  400

Have you been searching for the perfect way to cap off another exciting summer in Richmond, VA? Whether you're a lifelong racing fan or you're enjoying the action for the first time, the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway is sure to be one of the most exciting events of the summer. In addition to all of the action on the track, families and fans alike will find fun activities, interesting exhibits, and fantastic food all throughout the event. Our real estate agents love taking in the action at Richmond Raceway, and we're here to give you the details on one of this summer's most exciting local events.

Enjoy World-Class Racing Action Close to Home

The Event: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: Race starts at 7:30 PM, with fun at the track all day

Richmond International Raceway

What to Expect from the Federated Auto Parts 400

Maybe you're a hardcore NASCAR fan, or maybe you're just looking for an awesome way to spend a summer evening in Richmond, VA. Either way, the Richmond Raceway is an inviting place, which caters to fans and casual observers alike. There are family-friendly events throughout race-day, and you can feel the excitement in the air when the green flag starts waving.

  • Richmond Raceway is a truly impressive venue, and the crowd is a big part of what makes every event here special. So it's a good thing the stands hold more than 100,000 people.
  • Racing fans will tell you the Richmond Raceway has a unique, challenging layout, thanks to its D-shaped track. The track checks in at .75 miles, which makes for some truly intense, side-by-side action.
  • Richmond residents are looking for a day of family fun at the track, while others may be looking to enjoy one more big party before summer turns to fall. Richmond Raceway caters to both.
  • Families will enjoy the low-cost tickets for children, and the family section of the stands where alcohol is prohibited. For adults who want to enjoy the race with hot food in one hand and a cold drink in the other, Richmond Raceway has you more than covered, too.
  • While the race is the main attraction, there is plenty to do around the track at the Federated Auto Parts 400. Arrive early to explore the Raceway, take in the fascinating exhibits located throughout the grounds, and learn more about the legendary races that have taken place here over the years.

Richmond Raceway

History and Bright Future of Richmond Raceway

Located just outside Richmond, VA in Henrico County, Richmond Raceway has been delighting locals and visitors alike for nearly 75 years. Richmond Raceway is known as one of the country's premier short-tracks, hosting races from NASCAR, IndyCar, USAC, and the Camping World Truck Series. There are two big NASCAR weekends at the Raceway each year, which each feature events from both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Most racing here takes place under the lights, which only adds to the atmosphere.

Residents of Richmond, Henrico County, and beyond will also find a busy schedule of non-racing events throughout the year at Richmond Raceway. There are big trade shows, outdoor events, conventions, and even opportunities to rent space for a corporate event of your own.

Searching for homes in Richmond, and looking for an experienced, local real estate team to make life easier? Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

August
28

Family Fun at the Goochland Drive-in Theater

Summer's Not Over Yet - Plenty of Fun Left in Goochland

Goochland Drive-in Theater

No matter what, there are certain places that take you back to your youth and a time you'll never forget. For many living in the Richmond area, it's a summer evening at the Goochland Drive-in Theater. The Goochland Drive-In Theater is a community-oriented, family establishment that offers new/current release movies and plenty of fun for the entire family.

The Goochland Drive-In Theater

A much-loved staple of the community in Goochland, the drive-in's focus is on family entertainment, and provides a safe, wholesome atmosphere for people of all ages. No alcohol is permitted. It features a playground for kids under 12, and you can bring games, Frisbees, or footballs for pre-show fun (arrive early to get a good spot). Quiet, well-behaved pets are also welcome. No outside food or drink is allowed, but the Goochland Drive-In offers affordable, classic-American food and concessions, a gluten-free menu, and admission is just $4 for kids and $8.50 for adults.

In the late 1950s to early 1960s, more than 4,000 drive-ins captivated American moviegoers. While drive-ins have slowly disappeared around the US, they have seen a revival in recent years. The beloved Goochland Drive-In Theater has been bringing movie lovers and people of all ages together since 2009, creating and nurturing a sense of community and human connection. Just a 30-minute drive from Richmond and Charlottesville, the Goochland Drive-In attracts people from miles around.

Reminiscent of the classic drive-ins of yesteryear, the Goochland Drive-In is an ideal night out for families. A fun and unique way to catch a movie and connect with members of the community, come and enjoy some nostalgia laugh and hang out with friends and neighbors.

Can't get a babysitter for date night? Bring the kids and let them enjoy the playground while you chat with new friends or neighbors; then hunker down and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car (you can bring chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars, too!). The Goochland Drive-In also provides a safe and wholesome environment for teens, so you can rest easy knowing that your teenagers have a positive and entertaining place to go on dates or out with friends.

Call Goochland Home

If you are interested in buying a home in Goochland, our real estate agents can help you find a home you'll love. From new construction to classic historical houses, we have a variety of available homes for sale Contact Napier ERA to get started.

August
24

Salesperson Licensing Course September 11-15

Salesperson Licensing Course

Sept. 11-15 9am-5pm

Napier ERA now offers a 5-day, 60-hour course that will fully satisfy your Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License Education requirement.  

Classes will run from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you'll leave fully prepared to begin a rewarding career in real estate!

Click here to complete the registration form, and you will be contacted promptly so that we can get you into the next class!

 

August
21

Historic Homes in Hanover County - Hanover Tavern

Take a Step Back in Time at the Hanover Tavern

Hanover Tavern Hanover County

Large or small, Virginia's communities have so much to offer that it's hard to choose one to settle in. One of the most attractive things about the state is how history seems to come alive in so many ways. Every chapter in the nation's history has played out in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

There's perhaps no better example of this than Hanover Tavern in Hanover County, VA.

Hanover Tavern is a Unique Glimpse Into Colonial America

Located right in Hanover Courthouse, Hanover Tavern is the direct descendant of the original tavern that was licensed to stand on the spot all the way back in 1733 – more than 40 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As taverns go, it's one of the oldest in the United States.

It's not surprising, then, that Hanover County locals throughout the centuries have worked hard to maintain and protect it. Not only has so much of its history been preserved, but it has actually continued to function as a tavern for much of the time it has stood.

The story of Hanover Tavern started through necessity.

One of the Epicenters of Virginia Community Since the Start

In the country's early history, the vast majority of people lived in rural areas. The population was so sparse that it was only necessary to hold court once a month in most places.

The judge and those with legal complaints would typically travel from very far away. With that in mind, a tavern was a crucial part of giving them all good food and a warm bed. Stables and other amenities were needed for the large stagecoach teams.

The Hanover Tavern was the solution and has been a fixture of the community ever since.

Since opening its doors 284 years ago, this unique landmark has had many famous guests.

During the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette and several of his comrades stayed at the Hanover Tavern. Likewise, George Washington wrote diary entries about it. We know that he stayed at the Hanover Courthouse complex at least twice. Patrick Henry once lived there, and the Patrick Henry Tour – known as Road to Revolution – is a popular attraction even today.

Throughout the Civil War, the Hanover Tavern gained even more importance. It entered the National Registry of Historic Places and became one of the keystone sights on the various Civil War tours and trails. As time went on, more and more notable people passed through.

Some of these include literary giants Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens.

The Hanover Tavern Today: A "Must See" For History Lovers

Today, Hanover Tavern – and Hanover County in general – is still welcoming guests.

The Tavern offers seasonal menus showcasing local favorites like the lunch brisket sandwich, duroc pork, and shrimp and grits. All year around, you can get tavern fare with a distinctive local flourish that's helped the Tavern command rave reviews online.

No matter when you visit, you'll also find a full calendar of events at the Tavern. Businesses and community groups alike use it. Adult education in things like painting and handicrafts are held frequently.

Want more? The Tavern can be rented for other special occasions, or you can simply visit as part of your grand evening at the Virginia Repertory Theater. The Theater is just steps from the Tavern and is the oldest continually-operating dinner theater in America.

There's never been a better time to explore great Hanover homes. Contact Napier ERA to find out more. Our real estate agents are glad to assist you with expert help and advice.

 

August
15

Finding Your Home in Midlothian VA

Big City Versus Suburban Living

Suburban Home Midlothian
Lately, there has been a great deal of attention placed on living in downtown areas.  Some love the idea of living in a large metro area with all the lights, sounds, and smells that come with it. 

Still, many prefer the quiet, slower pace of living in the suburbs.  If you've been searching for a home in Richmond but living in an urban setting seems too overwhelming, then why not consider one of our stand-out, suburban areas:  Midlothian, VA.

Only a quick 25-minute commute from Richmond, Midlothian was voted by CNBC.com as one of Top 10 Perfect Suburbs in the U.S. and Money Magazine among their Best Places to Live rankings.  If you're looking to relocate to a community with good schools, low crime, quality living, and affordable housing, Midlothian is the right Chesterfield County community for you.

Buying in the 'Burbs

Typically, suburban home buyers get more square footage for their money than their counterparts buying a home in the city.  Midlothian has been described as Richmond's best suburb when you're ready to scale up with the highest median household income of $123,124 and median home value of $269,752.

In neighborhoods like Centre Point Crossing, Hallsey, Tarrington, and Queenspark, you'll find large estate homes starting at approximately $400,000.  

Entertainment and Recreation

While living in a smaller community may not have the "bright lights, big city" appeal of living in a downtown area, buying a home in the suburbs does offer its own array of entertainment and attractions. Being recognized nationally as a great place to live, Midlothian home buyers can attest to how much they love the convenience of outdoor and sporting attractions like Robius Landing Park, Mid-Lothian Mines Park, and Windy Hill Sports Complex located only minutes from home.

Nearby shopping and dining is plentiful in Midlothian.  Chesterfield Towne Center, Ivymont Square Shopping Center, and Westchester Commons draw Midlothian shoppers to their stores with national retail chains and locally owned stores that you can visit.  For local dining and eateries, try Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Capital Ale House, Bell Greek Cuisine or Isabella's Bistro & Salumeria.

Top-Rated Schools

It's important to buy a home in a neighborhood with top-rated schools to increase the resale value of your home and its marketability as well as to ensure your child's education.  Midlothian's school-age children--from elementary to middle and high schools—attend the award-winning Chesterfield County School system. 

Napier ERA Can Help

For some choosing between living in an urban environment versus a suburban community is a hard decision to make.  When you're relocating to the Richmond area and can't decide between "city life" and a home in the suburbs, contact our team of REALTORS®.  Living and working in the local community gives us the ability to help you make the right choice for you and your family.  Contact Napier ERA today.

August
7

Discover the Richmond Jazz Fest - August 10 - 13

The Richmond Jazz Festival is a World-Class Musical Destination.

8TH ANNUAL RICHMOND JAZZ FEST
Do you enjoy good wine, great jazz, and historic Richmond sites? The Richmond Jazz Festival, the East Coast's premier musical event, is definitely the event for you. The eighth annual installment of this multi-day jazz festival will take over the Richmond area from August 10 to 13 with performances throughout Carytown and the main acts taking the stage at Maymont. Whether you're new to Richmond or looking for new things to love about your hometown, this festival is quickly becoming a town tradition, and we encourage you to participate too.

So, what happens during the Jazz Festival? Here are some of the fun things you can do during our annual jazz celebration:

Richmond VA Jazz Fest Performer

Catch Erykah Badu, Common, and Other Major Talents

Who needs Bonnaroo when you have Erykah Badu right here in Richmond? A festival that emphasizes "elevation music" over "elevator music", the Richmond Jazz Festival attracts world-famous talent and local legends alike. This year, the R&B queen Badu headlines an all-star lineup that also includes recent Oscar winner Common (performing alongside our very own Richmond Symphony), the Isley Brothers, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, David Benoit, The Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Peabo Bryson, and many more.

Enjoy Free Jazz Performances

While the Jazz Festival is well worth the price of admission, you don't have to buy a pass to enjoy jazz this August in Richmond. Before the festival, CaRue takes over Carytown for six days of free, pre-festival jazz shows. Catch performances at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the pop-up Jazz Café at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, all completely free, along with performances by local artists at smaller venues throughout the town. And the night before the festival, "Homegrown at the Hipp" takes over the Hippodrome Theater for a collaborative jazz show that features Nathan East and only costs $30.

Explore the Maymont Grounds

The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is designed to be an immersive sensory experience, not just a place to hear good music. Maybe that's why the venue is one of Richmond's most beautiful and historic places to spend the day. Maymont is a 100-acre estate that includes one of the most historic homes in Richmond, Maymont Mansion. This Victorian home will be open during the festival to make sure you get the full Maymont experience. The estate also houses hundreds of native animals, including river otters, a bobcat, black bears, goats, and bald eagles. Conservation and education are important to the staff at Maymont, and if you make the festival a family affair, your kids will get to see some of Virginia's most awe-inspiring and threatened species.

Richmond VA Jazz Fest Audience

Try Some of Virginia's Finest Wine, Food & Art

Of course, no festival can engage all the senses without gorgeous artwork to browse and delicious foods to taste (and wine to sip). During the Richmond Jazz Festival, some of the region's best chefs and artists will be putting their work on display. Catch chef demonstrations, shop for jewelry, art, and more from local merchandise vendors, and sample amazing local cuisine in between jazz performances. And don't miss the complimentary wine tasting from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, whose products pair perfectly with jazz music whether you're in the bathtub or the middle of Maymont.

Looking for your next home in Richmond? Contact Napier ERA to find the perfect property. Our real estate agents are an all-star lineup of local pros, and they're always eager to help new families navigate our market and find their next homes.

 

July
31

5 Good Reasons to Love the Powhatan Farmers Market

Powhatan Farmers Market
Every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Powhatan's favorite farmers and artisans come together at Westchester Commons to provide their wares for sale. Whether you are in the market for fresh produce for your dinner table or unique jewelry for your wardrobe, you will find it at the Powhatan Farmers Market from the beginning of May to the end of October.

Powhatan Farmers Market

The farmers market offers Powhatan residents the opportunity to enjoy locally-grown, low-pesticide produce and meats. They also give a venue for local artisans to showcase their good, so you can buy unique gift and home decor options. Items are fresher, more unique and often less expensive when you shop at the farmers market, and the Powhatan Farmers Market is packed with vendors. In fact, our Powhatan real estate agents believe the farmer's market is one of our area's best features, and here are five reasons, in particular, why we think you will love them too!

  1. Casselmonte Farm LLC
    Casselmonte Farm makes it easy for people with homes in Powhatan to enjoy the best heirloom veggies and berries around. Located on the banks of the Appomattox in Powhatan County, Casselmonte Farm primarily focuses on nine different products...bringing the best produce to your dining table. Each season you will enjoy asparagus and forest-grown shiitake mushrooms, followed by heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and blueberries. As summer moves on you will find blackberries, Bradford watermelons, honey. and baby ginger.

  2. Pleasant Fields Farm
    Folks with homes in Hanover know Pleasant Fields Farm as a small family farm located on a 73-acre plot of land. In addition to vegetables of all types, the farm offers cut flowers, hanging baskets and small fruits. If you can't catch Pleasant Fields Farm at the farmers market, head to Hanover to get your own produce in the U-Pick fields.

  3. Grassbelly Farm
    This family-owned farm is located in Powhatan. As its name implies, Grassbelly Farm offers grass-fed and free-range meat products including woodland/pastured pork, chicken eggs and chicken with the addition of beef coming soon. The farm is committed to providing a natural lifestyle for animals, and all pastures are free from pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers giving consumers a better quality meat product. Animals are supplemented with non-GMO feeds when needed.

  4. Arcangels Creations
    If you're looking for something spicy, Arcangels Creations delivers with fresh-made salsa, guacamole and gazpazcho. Arcangels Creations' products are all-natural, with no sugar or salt added, and they are completely gluten free. You can purchase a quart or a pint of your favorite flavor.

  5. Alpaca Woods Farm
    Nothing is quite as soft as alpaca wool, and Alpaca Woods Farm allows you to purchase items made from this soft material. If you own a home in Midlothian, you may know Alpaca Woods Farm as the place to see the community colorful herd of alpacas. When you stop by their booth at the Powhatan Farmers Market, you'll be able to find rugs, yarn, wall hangings, planters, and scarves made from this beautiful fiber.

Calling Powhatan Home
If you're shopping for homes in Powhatan, Hanover or Midlothian, you will be able to enjoy the Powhatan Farmers Market regularly. Contact Napier ERA to get your Powhatan house hunt started.

July
24

9 Places to Eat When You're Moving to Midlothian

Considering a move to Midlothian?

Napier ERA Favorite Midlothian Restaurants

Whether you're planning a visit or considering a permanent move to Midlothian, finding out what it is like to live in our community might be a challenge if you don't know where to turn. Granted, Yelp and Tripadvisor can introduce you to the most talked about restaurants in a city; however, these may not be the places where locals eat.  There's no substitute for the advice from someone who lives in a city.

So while you're searching for homes in Midlothian, take a moment to check out our real estate agents' recommendations for their favorite local restaurants.  Our list is peppered with places you'll soon call your hometown favorites too.

Craving a flavor from around the world?  How about a juicy burger or maybe some sushi?  Midlothian eateries specialize in the tastes you hunger after. They offer local and international menu items, extensive beer and ale selections, and a perfect atmosphere for your dining experience.

  1. Pescados - 13126 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    At Pescados you can dine on a lunch or dinner menu of Caribbean inspired food. Dishes feature crab, calamari, conch, and of course, pescados (fish).

  2. Burger Bach, 101 Heaths Way Road, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Burger Bach calls itself a New Zealand inspired gastro pub. They create thick burgers with grass-fed Black Angus beef, grass-fed lamb, and free range chicken. They serve vegetarian burgers if you prefer, and also craft beers, small plates, salads, and sides.

  3. Latitude Seafood, Westchester Commons, 15532 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
    The Latitude menu includes fresh fish delivered daily, and crab, lobster, and shrimp. They also serve delicious grilled chicken, steaks, and bone-in pork chops.

  4. Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria, 15717 City View Drive,  Midlothian, VA 23113
    Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria 
    brings a taste of old Sicily to Midlothian families.  Their menu includes a selection of soups, salads, pastas, seafood and traditional Italian pizza pies.

  5. Orexi Greek & Mediterranean Restaurant, 13979 Raised Antler Circle, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Orexi satisfies your craving for genuine falafel, hummus, and other Mediterranean dishes. They also serve vegetarian entrees.

  6. Bell Greek Authentic Grill, 11307 Polo Place, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Bell Greek serves moussakas, pasticcio, 5 different types of gyros, and they even have a 12-and-under children's menu.

  7. Capital Ale House, 13831 Village Place Drive, Midlothian, VA 23114
    As the name implies, the Capital Ale House offers a lengthy list of ales. The non-ale menu includes seafood, pork and crab entrees, a variety of small plates and 3 varieties of mac 'n cheese.

  8. Katana Sushi, 13825 Village Place Dr, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Katana Sushi attracts the region's sushi lovers. Diners love their fresh fish, large portions, and bento boxes.

  9. Sedona Taphouse, 15732 WC Main Street, Westchester Commons, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Sedona Taphouse showcases hundreds of craft beers but their food menu is also worth a taste. The chef creates a variety of beef, seafood, and chicken dishes including tasty wood-grilled entrees.

We Know Your New Hometown

Our real estate agents live and work in the Midlothian and Richmond areas. When you contact Napier ERA, we'll be happy to share indispensable home-buying information like how to find the right Midlothian neighborhoods, school districts, and, of course, restaurants.

 

July
17

Boathouse Restaurant Opens Hopewell Location

Boathouse Opens Hopewell

Our real estate agents are excited to see The Boathouse at City Point become a part of Hopewell's commercial revitalization. The restaurant's contemporary style, good service, and great food fit neatly into the city's entertainment traditions. 

Boathouse Waterfront View

The Boathouse is located on a scenic waterfront site that presents diners with a dramatic view of the James and Appomattox Rivers. It offers locals a new upscale dining option for family celebrations or a special date night. Residents with homes in Hopewell need only drive a short distance to enjoy the newest restaurant in the area.

Contemporary Building
Boathouse owner, Kevin Healy, transformed an existing commercial building into a contemporary showplace. Exterior dining areas now offer a stylish yacht club atmosphere and an impressive view of both rivers.

Interior dining spaces, bar, and private event areas have an open, modern look. Each section is accessorized with trendy seating, modern light fixtures, and artisan-inspired metal, glass, and fabric decor.

Boathouse Great Food

Great Food
The Boathouse at City Point serves a menu similar to the three other Boathouse restaurants. You can begin your meal with calamari, clam chowder, raw bar options, and a variety of additional delicious appetizer choices.

Entrees include fresh seafood, steak, and chicken dishes, and the restaurant's legendary Boathouse Crab cakes. Many menu items are prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

The restaurant operates a full meal schedule each day.

  • Lunch: Daily beginning at 11:30, except for Sundays
  • Dinner: Daily beginning at 3:00, 4:00 on Sundays.
  • Happy Hour: Food and drink specials from 3:00 to 7:00, Fridays 3:00 to 6:00
  • Sunday Brunch: 10:00 to 3:00, Sunday dinner served at 4:00, No happy hour on Sundays

Boathouse Events

Private Events
The Boathouse event staff will tailor a special event that exceeds your expectations. The staff can plan the menu package of your choice: breakfast, lunch, dinner, hors d'oeuvres, and more. They keep your planning options open with venues sized to accommodate weddings, office parties, and other private events.

  • The Navigator's Den holds up to 40 people.
  • The Tent Pavilion accommodates larger groups such as wedding receptions.

Boathouse Holiday Events
On July 1st, diners were the first to enjoy a Holiday meal at the new Boathouse at City Point. The chef creates a special menu for these occasions. Be sure to check the Holiday Menu page for upcoming events.

Let us Help You Find a Home in Hopewell

We believe that getting to know your community is an important part of settling into your home. Contact Napier ERA if you have questions about buying or selling a home in Hopewell. We're here to help.

July
3

Family Fun at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield

Pocahontas State Park

With a downtown as vibrant and entertaining as Richmond, it's sometimes easy to forget there is serenity only twenty miles away. Nearby Chesterfield's Pocahontas State Park (PSP) boasts over 8,000 acres of natural beauty and is the perfect place for locals and visitors to unwind.

Our real estate agents at Napier ERA Real Estate love sharing their favorite local area destinations, so we've put together some information to help you enjoy a memorable day with family and friends at Pocahontas State Park.

  • Trails
    60 plus miles of trails will give you lots to look at when you bike, hike, horseback ride or run in PSP. There are so many trails to choose from. The park is pet friendly, so pick a short trail and bring the pup. For runners, Fenley Station is a great trail. It's approximately 14 miles and is very well maintained, as are all the trails. The whole park is marked with excellent signage and has trail maps posted throughout for those wanting to explore different routes.

  • Camping
    Bring your tent, RV or even rent a Yurt and spend a night or two, or more at one of the campsites located in PSP. All sites have electricity and water hook-ups, a laundry facility, vending machines, centrally located restrooms and very clean showers with hot water! Overnight guests swim free and get free use of the boat launch so reserve a spot, and don't forget your canoe.

  • Aquatic Center
    A water park in the woods, how cool is that? There are several different pools for all kinds of people at every swimming level. There are even two water slides. If you don't like the pool and just want to get cool, stand in front of a sprayer, or wait under the giant bucket of water until it tips over and saturates you. Certified lifeguards are always on high alert so parents can enjoy themselves as much as their kids. Pizza, hot dogs and other snacks are available at the concession. It costs to enter but the fee is minimal and children under 3 are free.

  • Heritage Amphitheater
    This 2000-seat amphitheater is an absolute hidden gem. "Pocahontas Premieres" hosts concerts, plays and other events throughout the season. Bring the kids, pack a picnic dinner and head over to free movie night for family films like ET and Yogi Bear. Or check out a concert with scheduled performers ranging from jazz, to bluegrass to classical. Concert tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and gates open at 6 PM. Food and drinks are always available and adult beverages can be purchased during specific events. Culture under the stars. What a wonderful way to spend an evening.

A Home in Chesterfield

One of the most wonderful things about Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield and the surrounding areas, is the wide variety of activities they have to offer. If you're thinking about buying one of our homes for sale in Chesterfield, contact Napier ERA Real Estate for help and advice with your next real estate transaction.

July
10

The Seven Hills of Richmond - Church Hill

Church Hill Richmond
When you're searching for a home in Richmond, you are sure to hear about our Seven Hills. Although never receiving an official designation, according to a 1937 ordinance by the City of Richmond, the seven hills of RVA are: Union Hill, Council Chamber Hill, French Garden Hill, Navy Hill, Gambles Hill, Shockoe Hill and Church Hill. These neighborhoods have shaped RVA's history and are part of what makes it such a special place to live today.

Church Hill - Richmond's First Neighborhood

Church Hill Home

Church Hill holds the distinction of being the first official neighborhood in Richmond. It's home to the original 32 blocks of the city and as such has a rich history and many historic buildings. The old architectural styles are still enjoyed and protected in Church Hill, and gas street lamps still line the red brick cobblestone sidewalks. This is a distinctive community that is full of character and charm.

Church Hill is found on the eastern end of Broad Street. It sits within walking distance of Richmond's downtown, but has its own collection of shops, restaurants and businesses. Church Hill also has a beautiful collection of residential properties that embrace the historic ambiance of this neighborhood. Here you can find homes that show the Greek Revival, Federal, Queen Anne and Italianate architectural styles and these properties have been carefully and lovingly maintained throughout the neighborhood's history. Today, the Church Hill North Historic District is part of the National Register of Historic Places.  Homeowners and business owners alike are dedicated to preserving the history and architecture of the community for future generations.

Unique Blend of Past and Present

Today, Church Hill provides Richmond homeowners with the perfect blend of historic with modern. The homes and their classic architectural styles, along with the beautiful streetlamps and cobblestone sidewalks, are the historic side of Church Hill. It's also home to Chimborazo Park and the Richmond National Battlefield, which is home to a museum that houses artifacts from Civil War history. Patrick Henry Park is also in Church Hill near the site where he uttered his famous quote, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Libby Hill Park, one of the first parks established in the city, is another historic community site. Everywhere you look in Church Hill, history awaits discovery.

Church Hill - The Roosevelt

Church Hill is modern at the same time. The community is located within walking distance of the city's vibrant and modern downtown. Within Church Hill, you will find local eateries, photography studios and locally owned shops. This blend of modern and historic is part of the reason Church Hill has continued to be a popular Richmond residential community.

Find Your Church Hill Home Today

If the history and ambiance of Church Hill appeals to you, our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help. Contact us to start the search for your own historic property in Richmond's charming Church Hill neighborhood.

June
26

Richmond VA July 4 Celebration Guide

Best Places to Spend a Star-Spangled July 4 in Richmond

Richmond VA July 4

Where better to bring in the Fourth of July than a city rich in early American history? Whether you're a local or just visiting, Richmond is a great summer destination. Here are just a few ideas we've come up with so you, your family and friends can enjoy a memorable July Fourth holiday in Richmond.

  • Innsbrook Taste of Virginia
    Start celebrating America's birthday a few days early at this amazing, family friendly event. On Saturday, July 1st, The Second Annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, will feature live music, artisans, a kid's zone, and of course plenty of craft beer, wine and delicious cuisine from local restaurants competing for the "Taste of Virginia" title! The fun begins at 3:30 and ends after dark with a dazzling fireworks display. All proceeds to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

  • James River Park
    There is something for everyone in this vast 600 plus acre park, situated along the James River. With so much to do, it's the perfect place to spend the day.

    Pack your blankets, chairs, and picnic and head to park areas like Belle Isle and Texas Beach where you can swim, fish, hike and bike. If you just want to take it easy, grab your binoculars to do some bird watching, sunbathe on the flat rocks, and don't forget your camera so you can capture some beautiful nature photographs. Some park areas can only be reached by bike or boat, but located off Riverside Drive, Pony Pasture has easy access, the most parking available and has water areas calm and shallow enough for small children.

  • Dogwood Dell July 4th Concert and Fireworks
    Located in beautifully landscaped Byrd Park, the Dogwood Dell Ampitheatre will host a free night of live music starting with jazz band, Simply Kevin at 5:30, followed by Carillon bells and at 7:30, the Richmond Concert Band. Come early to ensure a seat, or bring your own blankets and chairs. Pack a picnic dinner, enjoy the music and stay for the fireworks.

  • Liberty or Death Re-enactment
    On Saturday, July 4th, the St. John's Church Foundation will present a historical reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of 1775, an event they've hosted since 1976. Doors of the Historic St. John's Church open at 1 PM and although the event is free, it is strongly suggested you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat.

  • Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens
    To help celebrate Independence Day, Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens is offering free admission all day, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Decorate your wagons, strollers and yourselves for the parade at 2 PM in the Children's Garden, enjoy live music and visit their incredible butterfly display, "Butterflies Live"!

  • Hit the Richmond Beer Trail
    For adults looking to bring in the 4th of July with a bang, see for yourself why Richmond is quickly becoming a popular craft beer destination. Grab a Beer Trail Map at your first stop, and have it stamped in each place you visit to earn trail gear! You will surely eat, drink and be merry with over 20 breweries to choose from.

Live the Richmond Lifestyle

Richmond is a vibrant area full of scenic parks, restaurants, culture, beautiful neighborhoods and opportunities. If you're thinking of buying a home in our area, our local real estate experts at Napier ERA Real Estate will be more than happy to assist you.

June
20

At Home in Henrico County's Short Pump Town Center

Discover 140+ Shops, Restaurants & Entertainment Venues

Short Pump Town Center
Imagine living in an area where you have top of the line retail shops, luxurious amenities and fine dining area just outside your front door. Sounds great! If you dream of such a life, you could have it all right here at Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County. This center is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex with over 140 stores and has been popular with shoppers since it opened its doors in 2003. You can enjoy the best of luxury living in homes available near the Short Pump Town Center.

Living in this spectacular community will give you access to luxurious amenities, shopping, entertainment, and world-class dining. The best thing yet, you only take a short walk from your home. All the things that you need close to your home are right here at the Short Pump. The Center is a convenient location that offers easy access to notable areas including Barnes & Noble, Red Robin and Chipotle.

Luxurious amenities

Short Pump is a planned community that will give you the luxury of walking along beautifully landscaped walkways with serene water features and hanging lanterns. During the chilly months, you can still enjoy the atmosphere since there are heated pavilions and outdoor fireplaces. Shopping and dining has never been this amazing in winter. Enjoy the luxurious amenities in this community including Red Door spa, full-service fitness center, and beautiful outdoor spaces. 

Short Pump Restaurants

Dining

The Short Pump Town Center offers an excellent selection of dining options. This is an awesome place to share a meal with family and friends. Whether you want to have a cup of coffee or a gourmet entrée, you will have no trouble finding a place to grab something at the Short Pump Town Center. Dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Lehja, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Boathouse and Rock Bottom Restaurant. Cold Stone Creamery is also available to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Short Pump Retailers

Shopping

You can enjoy a versatility of shopping in over 140 unique shops including Macys, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, TUMI, Madewell, Sephora, Free People, Athleta and Pottery Barn. There are popular clothing stores, high-end retailers and even stores that are sure to become your favorites. The Short Pump aims to be an awesome place for people who love everything about shopping.

Short Pump Park

When it comes to picnics, walks, kids' fun and pets, this is the best place to live. The park has a water play area with an enclosed dog park and fountain sprays. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk. The park also has play equipment, shelter building, restroom, and additional trails. The Short Pump is a wonderful place that will make your stay in Henrico County an exciting experience.

Excellent Entertainment

Do you want to enjoy a movie but don't feel like driving to the closest theater? No worries! All you have to do is to take a short walk to the Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX. And when you are in the mood for a laugh, just head over to the Funny Bone Comedy Club.

Short Pump, has more to offer than just great places for entertainment and dining. It's a place with amazing people and a great history. If you are looking for homes in Henrico County, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect place to settle down at the Short Pump Town Center. At Napier Realtors, we have the experience to help us find your dream home. Contact us today for more information about homes in Richmond and finding a great place to live in the Short Pump Town Center.

June
15

What Virginia Loves about The Fan District

The Fan District Association
When you're searching for a home in Richmond, finding the perfect neighborhood definitely matters. A favorite location loved by Richmond locals is the Fan District. Located between Broad Street and Main Street, this culture-filled neighborhood lies at the eastern part of the West End area

So what is so appealing about the Fan District? Find out why Richmond locals love this historical and picturesque neighborhood.  

Fan District History

Architecture and History

Considered the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States, over 2,000 historic homes line the streets of the Fan District. Largely developed between 1890 - 1930, this area marks a period of economic prosperity for the City of Richmond. In addition to Victorian homes, it also features architecture in assorted well-known styles including Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco.

Monument Avenue

The rich history of Richmond is visible in more than just houses, most prominently featured on Monument Avenue. This street features a grassed divider lined with statues of prominent figures in Richmond history. The majority of these figures represent Confederate Generals such as Robert E. Lee but also include tennis star Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native.

In addition to the year-round display, Monument Avenue is home to many events including those held by Civil War reenactors and a well-known Easter parade. The street is part of the larger Monument Avenue Historic District.

Fan District- Community

Strong Sense of Community

The Fan District is also known for a strong sense of community. This highly walkable area features many restaurants and shops that are easily accessible. Streets feature lower speed limits to ensure pedestrian safety too.

Area residents take pride in their community appearance too, with frequent efforts to maintain yards, clean up after animals, and remove graffiti as detailed by the Fan District Association. But these Richmond residents don't just care about the buildings; they care about the people too.

Fan Village volunteers work to assist older residents, helping them age in place, instead of allowing them to get left behind by new construction and rising costs. Free services offered include simple tasks like taking out the recycling bins or grocery shopping and include kindness such as daily phone calls and well-being checks.

Calling the Fan District Home

Homes in Richmond are already hot, and homes in the Fan District are even hotter. Home value growth in this neighborhood is currently at 4.8 percent, based on a strong job market, attractive living environment, and reliable home equity.

It's clear that the Fan District provides beauty with picturesque homes, historic artwork, and caring people. Our real estate agents at Napier ERA understand why people fall in love with Richmond community and can help you find a home of your own.

 

June
9

Where to Find Great Homes in Richmond, VA

Getting to Know Richmond Real Estate

Richmond Real Estate

The historic city of Richmond, VA lies in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region with the sprawling Chesapeake Bay to the east and the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the west. The Richmond area is filled with big-city attractions along with a healthy dose of small-town charm. When you're shopping for Richmond real estate, it's a great idea to take a look at all of the communities that make up the historic Richmond area in order to find the right fit. Today, we'll be taking a closer look at Richmond City along with Henrico County, Chesterfield County and Hanover County.

  1. Richmond City

    You may know Richmond as a city steeped in history, tradition and outdoor entertainment--and that's all true. But did you know that the city is also a huge destination for fashion, fantastic food and public art? The city is even home to a thriving craft beer scene with more than 20 micro-breweries serving unique, creative flavors that you won't find anywhere else. No matter your interests or who will be moving with you, every member of the household will quickly find something to love about life in Richmond, VA.

    By the way, the households are pretty impressive, too! Homes in Richmond feature a mix of the historic and the modern with properties priced to fit every budget. This is the place to be if you're after the best of urban living in VA and it's the sort of city that will never stop surprising you.

  2. Henrico County

    Meandering its way north of the city of Richmond, Henrico County is filled with family-friendly communities and fun outdoor activities. The Recreation Department in Henrico County maintains a vast collection of public parks along with a golf course, sports leagues for all ages (seniors included!) and summer camps to keep the kids busy while school is out. The community is also big on history with a fascinating Civil War Trail and plaques posted throughout the area detailing important local historical events. Homes in Henrico County will be especially appealing for families with kids, but this is a great place to be for anyone seeking suburban living near Richmond, VA.

  3. Chesterfield County

    Located just south of Richmond, Chesterfield County has a history that dates back to the county's foundation way back in 1749 and beyond. Today, Chesterfield County has grown into a hot-spot for large, corporate employers with companies like DuPont, UPS, Walmart, Amazon and Capital One operating large facilities within county borders. Even with all of that economic action, the communities of Chesterfield County more than maintain their small-town charm. There is also natural beauty to be found in every direction in Chesterfield County so it's easy to find homes in Chesterfield County that feature great views.

  4. Hanover County

    Last but definitely not least, Hanover County is located north of Richmond and it's a lovely place to call home. Hanover County is the smallest on our list by population size and that translates to a collection of small, welcoming towns that still provide easy access to the big city. Homes in Hanover County really do offer the best of both worlds. There's also plenty to do around Hanover County including adult sports leagues, a huge collection of parks and a unique commitment to preserving local history.


Ready to find your next home in one of Richmond's communities? Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs in the Richmond, VA area