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September
26

How to Give Your Garage More Storage Space

Garage Storage Space

Does your new garage have plenty of space for storage? It's so convenient to have a place to store your sporting goods, holiday decorations, outdoor equipment, and other essentials, especially as the weather starts to cool down.

Instead of just storing items haphazardly in your garage, why not find a way to showcase your storage space? We've seen some Richmond homes for sale with truly attractive garage storage spaces. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

  • Tall Shelving Units
    Consider having a custom shelving unit built against one of the garage walls. Or, look for a pre-made shelving unit that fits into the space. Such a shelving unit allows you to make better use of the vertical space. You can put items you rarely use on the top shelves and those you use more often closer to the floor.

  • Wall Hooks and Hangers
    There are some items frequently stored in garages that have an awkward shape and don't fit well in cabinets. Bikes, scooters, weed whackers, and rakes all fit into this category. If you place several hooks and hangers on the garage wall, you can hang up these items and display them in a tidy way. 

  • Tool Kits on a Cart
    There are several brands that make spacious, stackable tool kits. These are really meant for storing tools, but you can use them for other items, too. Put your fishing equipment in one, your picture hanging tools in another, and your art supplies in another. You can stack them on a cart, park it in the corner of your garage, and then wheel it out of the way when you need space for projects.

  • Opaque, Open-Top Bins
    Another attractive storage option is to place opaque bins on a large shelving unit. Leave the lids off, and label the bins. You can use one for balls, another for shoes, and still another one for garden supplies. With the lids off, you can toss items in quickly. Yet, the opaque color of the containers hides the mess inside.

  • Hang Bikes From the Ceiling
    Do you feel like your bikes are always getting in the way, falling over, and being shuffled to the side? Consider mounting a few hooks to the garage ceiling. When you're not using your bike regularly, you can put it up on the hooks, out of the way. If you have lightweight road bikes, it may be easy enough to lift them and store them on the hooks all the time.

  • Drop Bin for Sporting Goods
    If someone in your family plays sports or participates in a lot of outdoor activities, they may come home with dirty shoes, wet gloves, and other items that need to be cleaned and cared for before being put away. You can keep these items tidy by designating a drop bin for them in the garage. Put the bin just inside the door so people can put items inside of it as they enter.

Whether you employ one or several of these strategies, they can make your garage a more suitable storage area. If you're still looking for the right home with the perfect garage to store everything you need it to, contact us soon. Our real estate agents can guide you through the home-buying process.

September
19

Recreation Centers in Henrico County

Henrico County

The seasons are changing, and local parks and recreation centers offer a front-row seat to everything the fall season has to offer.

Our real estate agents work fitness and fun into their busy schedules at these wonderful Henrico County recreation centers near Richmond homes for sale

  • Belmont Recreation Center - 1600 Hilliard Rd., Henrico, VA 23228
    In earlier times, Belmont Recreation Center was a private home that later became Hermitage Country Club. As a result, the beautiful building and grounds are a great site for parties, meetings, and other large events. In addition to a golf course and tennis courts, the center has a community game room and drop-in programs for bridge, pinochle, and Colonial dance. Belmont Recreation Center is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on weekdays.

  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center - 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, VA 23223
    Who needs a pricey gym membership? Eastern Henrico Recreation Center has a fully-equipped fitness center with free weights, machines, an exercise studio, a locker room, and showers. Outdoor park hours are dawn to dusk daily. Visit the website for fitness center/gym hours and application for an access pass.

  • Hidden Creek Park & Recreation Center - 2417 Brockway Ln., Henrico, VA 23223
    History meets nature at Hidden Creek Park & Recreation Center. The centerpiece of the park is a lovely garden dedicated to the memory of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle crew. Amenities include a playground, walking trails, tennis courts, and picnic facilities. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • Laurel Recreation Area & Skate Park - 10301 Hungary Spring Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Catch some air at Laurel Recreation Area & Skate Park. Use the facility to build skills with skateboards, BMX with Gyro, non-motorized scooters, in-line skates, and Heely-wheeled athletic shoes. The center also features baseball/softball and football/soccer fields. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • The Springs Recreation Center - 302 Lee Ave., Henrico, VA 23075
    During the early 20th century, the Richmond and Rappahannock Railroad ran through the property that is now The Springs Recreation Center. Today, wonderful Henrico homes for sale are just down the street. The building retains stunning features such as wooden beams and a parquet floor. Enjoy the old-school charm of croquet, learn the popular new game of pickleball, or nurture your creativity in the self-guided art studio. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk, while the center is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

  • Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center - 5011 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    On hot days, let your kids make a big splash at Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center, not far from Glen Allen homes for sale. Children 12 and under love to frolic in the center's refreshing spray park. There are also two separate playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 6-12. The whole family can enjoy a walk along the nature trails. Park hours are dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

  • Virginia Randolph Recreation Area - 2175 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Team sports provide kids with a way to stay physically active while developing valuable social skills. With baseball/softball fields, football/soccer fields, basketball courts, and play equipment, Virginia Randolph Recreation Area accommodates the most popular sports. If you prefer one-on-one or doubles, the center also has tennis courts. Virginia Randolph is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

Life in Henrico County offers something for everyone. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

September
12

Upscale Dining Options Throughout Central Virginia

Upscale Dining

For those special occasions, there's nothing like the experience of dining at an upscale restaurant. When our real estate agents have something to celebrate, they head to these top fine dining restaurants near Richmond homes for sale

  • Amuse Restaurant - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Upscale cuisine has a strong visual appeal, so it's only fitting that Amuse Restaurant is located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Customers love the creative dishes such as curry fried oysters and leek & Northern bean bastilla, which is Moroccan-style vegetables prepared in phyllo dough. The dining room looks out on the Sculpture Garden and the Atrium, so the ambiance is as striking as the food and the art. Admission to the VMFA is free, so you can visit the restaurant anytime. Amuse is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with extended hours until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. 

  • Maria's Old Town 21 - 21 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    You don't need to book a flight to Italy to experience authentic Italian recipes in a delightful setting. All you need to do is head over to Maria's Old Town 21 in downtown Petersburg. Conveniently located in Old Towne Petersburg and near many of our Petersburg homes for sale, the restaurant offers a perfect spot for family meals, date nights, or to host your next event in their banquet room. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

  • Lemaire - Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lemaire, located in the historic Jefferson Hotel, also pays tribute to Richmond's storied past with their name. Etienne Lemaire served as President Thomas Jefferson's maitre d'. During his tenure, Lemaire is considered to have introduced the art of cooking with wine to the United States. Appropriately, Lemaire's carefully curated wine list includes more than 200 selections. The dinner menu includes a good representation of Atlantic seafood, and even the burgers are topped with foie gras for a touch of elegance. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • The Boathouse - Rocketts Landing, 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
    Waterfront dining never gets old, especially when the food is as exquisite as the dishes served at The Boathouse. Enjoy scenic views of the James River along with raw oysters, shrimp & grits, and other seafood favorites. The Boathouse's signature crab cakes, which date back to the restaurant's founding in 1988, are served with a tangy mustard dipping sauce. There is a second Richmond location at the Short Pump Town Center. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Julep's New Southern Cuisine - 420 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    In a city like Richmond, referred to as a "hidden culinary gem," the list of accolades awarded to Julep's New Southern Cuisine is truly remarkable. In addition to landing on several "Best of" lists, Julep's fried green tomatoes were recognized as one of the "20 Most Iconic Tomato Dishes in America" by Food Republic. Other popular dishes include duck breast with roasted corn and jalapeño spoonbread and Julep's signature shrimp & grits, which gets some zip from andouille sausage and a spicy broth. Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Any of these restaurants are a great choice to celebrate your purchase or sale of a home in Richmond. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

September
6

Historic Hotels to Stay at in Richmond

Historic Hotels Richmond

Richmond is steeped in history dating back to the earliest colonial days. As you visit beautiful Richmond homes for sale, you'll also discover plenty of historic sites from across the centuries. The same is just as true for the most desirable Petersburg homes for sale.

Our real estate agents are always glad to welcome you to the area, no matter whether you're coming in from out of town, out of state, or the other side of the world. To make your trip memorable, you should consider staying at one of Richmond's distinguished historic hotels.

Let's visit some of Richmond's truly remarkable hospitality properties:

  • Berkeley Hotel – 1200 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Berkeley Hotel is situated in one of Richmond's best locations and prides itself on impeccable service. Perched on the western edge of the cobblestone-paved Shockoe Slip, it's the place to be when you want to tour the city's other historic structures. The popular and equally pedigreed Sam Miller's Restaurant sits just next door, giving you an authentic taste of Richmond's iconic oysters and other fresh seafood.

  • Jefferson Hotel – 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Jefferson Hotel stands out for its "masterfully crafted" dining, including the afternoon tea and Sunday champagne brunch. The tea is framed in Southern style with assorted finger sandwiches and warm baked scones along with pastries and a choice of tea. Don't overlook the hotel's Lemaire restaurant, with a dinner menu featuring Ancho chili-rubbed salmon, roasted red snapper, and caramelized sea scallops.

  • Boulevard Inn – 1 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Boulevard Inn is a bit different from many of the selections on this list, as it offers a complete bed and breakfast experience to its guests. You'll be enthusiastically welcomed to the 1914 colonial revival farmhouse, which has been lovingly maintained to provide an immersive cultural and historic setting. Right in the heart of Richmond's dining scene, you'll be only steps away from other top attractions.

  • The Commonwealth – 901 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Commonwealth has a gripping history that reaches all the way back to its original founder Louis Rueger in 1842. After being seized for use by the Commodore of the Confederate Navy, the inn was decimated, only to be rebuilt anew by Rueger. Now, you can enjoy spacious suites, luxurious surroundings, and a lavish all-day menu that fuses local Richmond cuisine with global influences.

  • Linden Row Inn – 100 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Billing itself as "a great American inn," Linden Row Inn is a 70-room boutique hotel where you can feel "away from it all" while remaining in the midst of all Richmond has in store for you. With an Old World European approach to luxury and customer care, Linden Row stretches across the manicured grounds of seven row houses from the 1800s, all entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast – 15126 Providence Road, South Prince George, VA 23805
    You aren't far from Prince George homes for sale when you book a stay at Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast. Choose between staying in a cabin or in one of their guest rooms. Either way, a delicious breakfast will be included in your stay. While Scents of Cedar was constructed in 1997, the grounds have a storied history. Besides being a bed and breakfast, they can also host special events. 

Want to learn more about Richmond? Contact us to get started today.

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