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November
14

Small Business Saturday: Where to Shop in Richmond on Nov. 26

Richmond Shopping

If you're looking for places to shop locally, you don't have to look very far in the Richmond area. Our city is home to an amazing variety of locally-owned shops and boutiques, and our real estate agents are eager to highlight some of their favorites just in time for Small Business Saturday!

  • Maven Made - 1321 1/2 E Main St Ste 113, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond-based Maven Made has been offering handcrafted, plant-based wellness products since 2014. From skincare and body care to fragrances and aromatherapy, their products are simple and unpretentious and made using botanical ingredients that are organic, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. Find them on East Main Street, just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale.

  • Little Nomad - 104 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of Richmond's most unique children's stores, Little Nomad offers a thoughtfully curated selection of toys, books, and sustainable clothing for kids, babies, and toddlers (and some pretty cool items for grown-ups too). Their broad selection of games, puzzles, wooden toys, arts and crafts, stickers, and stationery make Little Nomad a truly enjoyable place to shop. 

  • 43rd Street Gallery - 1412 W 43rd St, Richmond, VA 23225
    You can always count on finding something special at 43rd Street Gallery, a beautiful art space and shop that highlights work by local artists. From paintings and prints to pottery and jewelry, their offerings are ever-changing and always unique. The gallery will be open for extended hours during the annual 43rd Street Gallery Holiday Open House from November 25 through December 24. 

  • The S.E.E. Boutique - 1244 Sycamore Square Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113
    An amazing selection of women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories is on display at S.E.E. Boutique, which was voted the Best Local Fashion Boutique by Style Weekly. Founded by the mother-and-daughter duo of Cathy and Sarah Estes, the boutique offers a broad range of high-quality goods to match anyone's style and taste. The shop is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center. 

  • The Flower Mart - 312 E Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Flowers make a great gift for almost any occasion, and you'll find an incredible variety at The Flower Mart, a beloved local florist shop in Petersburg. As the seasons change, you can count on seeing some great holiday floral arrangements here. The Flower Mart offers delivery as well as in-store pick-up at their brick-and-mortar location, which is just a short drive from these Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Twig - 6112 B Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
    A local, woman-owned small business in the Lakeside area of Richmond, Twig is an eclectic boutique that offers a tasteful selection of local handcrafted and curated gifts. The goods here are all hand-picked and sourced from local artisans, vendors, estate sales, and auctions. From clothing and jewelry to décor and baby items, there's a wealth of fun and colorful gifts here to be discovered.

Contact us today to learn more about all the amazing opportunities Richmond offers. And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how they can help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

October
17

Classic Diners in Central Virginia

Richmond Diners

There's nothing else quite like the classic diner experience. Our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to a few tasty options.

The iconic American diner reached its apex in the 1950s. It was known for such classics as burgers, fries, fountain soda, and milkshakes. It's no secret that the Richmond area offers fantastic culinary experiences, with some places serving up a side of nostalgia with their meals! Let's take a look at some real "blast from the past" diners right here in Central Virginia:

  • Galaxy Diner – 3109 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Galaxy Diner prides itself on delicious diner fare not too far from some of the best Richmond homes for sale. Hearty burgers anchor the menu, along with platters piled high with your favorite fries, mozzarella sticks, quesadillas, tater tots, hot dogs, and more. There are also lighter options and salads, giving you something for everyone in the whole family. Its regulars come back again and again, and you can too!

  • City Diner – 2237 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Billing itself as "Richmond's favorite diner," City Diner offers robust comfort food. Everyone from students to construction workers to the mayor has been seen partaking in its offerings. Aspiring to be "the Cheers bar of breakfast spots," the staff always goes the extra mile to help you feel welcome. Drop in at any time for a delectable breakfast or lunch at an affordable price.

  • Glen Allen Bistro – 10209 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Glen Allen Bistro is one of the places you just shouldn't miss when you're in town to visit Glen Allen homes for sale. It combines quality local ingredients with family recipes, some of which have been passed down for generations. Not quite limited to the usual image of what you think of in a diner, there are Philly cheesesteaks, rib-eye steak sandwiches, and a variety of beloved Italian mainstays.

  • Boppers Malt Shop – 414 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Boppers Malt Shop does its best to create the perfect picture of a 1950s diner – the only thing missing is the waitstaff on roller skates. Just a few minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it's a fun place for an "all ages" family outing. Lunch starts promptly at noon, and you'll have a chance to try out the famous Bopper Burger. It's a veteran-owned business smack dab in the midst of historic Olde Towne Petersburg.

  • Dot's Back Inn – 4030 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    Dot's Back Inn is dedicated to the memory of the original Dot, who started working at the diner back in the 40s and racked up an impressive tenure of nearly 50 years. Now owned and operated by head chef Jimmy Tsamouras, it is open for indoor dining, and it also boasts recently expanded patio seating. Right in the desirable Bellevue neighborhood, it will give you an unforgettable time.

Contact us to discover more of what Central Virginia has in store for you.

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.

August
29

Family Fun in Richmond: Plan a Weekend the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Richmond Family Fun

With the incredible assortment of activities around Richmond homes for sale, every weekend is a vacation. Our real estate agents and their families love spending quality time together at these exciting Richmond locations.

  • Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd., Prince George, VA 23875 
    Swaders Sports Park, located just minutes from Prince George homes for sale, offers so many activities that you won't even know where to start. Do you hit the go-kart course? Maybe you have a lively game of laser tag or a mini-golf match. Challenge your baseball skills in the batting cages. When you're ready for a break, head to the arcade or the Hologate virtual reality arena. Hours through Labor Day are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Visit the website for pricing information.

  • Byrd Park - 1209 Admiral St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Richmond is full of beautiful green spaces, and Byrd Park is the most popular spot for people to enjoy the great outdoors. The centerpiece of this sprawling 287-acre park is Fountain Lake, with activities including fishing and pedal boat rides. Get physical on the Vitacourse, a year-round exercise trail, or take part in a leisurely Frisbee toss. Leashed pets are welcome, so don't forget to pack some doggy treats in the picnic basket. Byrd Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Escape Old Towne - 104 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Have you been bitten by the escape room bug yet? You'll be hooked after a visit to Escape Old Towne, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Like a video game come to life, escape rooms challenge your problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and time management. Teamwork is essential as you work together to solve the puzzles before time runs out. Four themed rooms present different levels of difficulty to accommodate all players. Admission is $25 per person, with a fee of $22 for college students. Escape Old Towne is open 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Rain or shine, a day at the Science Museum of Virginia is always entertaining. The 223,000-square-foot building is full of enthralling interactive exhibits that make STEM learning fun. Continue the "lessons" outdoors on the 22-acre grounds, which include displays ranging from a pollinator garden to an 80-ton aluminum submarine. Don't miss The Dome, a 76-foot theater screen that's the largest in Richmond, putting you right in the center of the action. Admission is $16 for adults, $13.50 for ages 6-12, and $10 for ages 3-5. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228  
    Find out why national sources such as USA Today and the Travel Channel have recognized Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as one of the top gardens in the country. Each year, nearly half a million people visit Lewis Ginter to marvel at more than a dozen themed gardens across 82 acres. Kids love to dig in the dirt or climb the Klaus Family Tree House in the Children's Garden. Admission is $17 for adults and $8 for ages 3-12. Lewis Ginter is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday through September.

Looking for a new home in Richmond for your growing family? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

August
22

Hiking Trails to Explore in Central Virginia

Richmond Hikes

Who needs an expensive fitness club? Our real estate agents stay fit while enjoying the beautiful sights at these great hiking trails, not far from Richmond homes for sale

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 14th and Dock Sts., Richmond, VA 23219 
    Whether you're looking for a lunch hour break or a family-friendly outing, Riverfront Canal Walk fits the bill. The dog-friendly 1.25-mile path features a fascinating variety of artworks and exhibits that highlight Richmond's vibrant history. With multiple access points along the way, it's easy to make a side trip to one of Richmond's wonderful downtown restaurants.

  • Pony Pasture - 7200 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Pony Pasture got its name from the charming animals owned by local families who once frolicked on the grounds. Now hikers and their dogs are equally entertained exploring the wooded trails and inland meadows. Hop across the rocks to Williams Island, a 100-acre place that's city-owned and open to the public. After your hike, cool off with a dip in the refreshing rapids or just soak up the sun. Pony Pasture is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

  • Buttermilk Trail - 4140 Hillcrest Rd., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Described as "fairytale-like," Buttermilk Trail is one of the more visually stunning paths around Richmond. Once named "Best Urban Trail" by Blue Ridge Outdoors, Buttermilk provides a welcome challenge with rocky sections, wooden bridges, and a moderate elevation gain. A profusion of wildflowers makes the trail particularly attractive during summer and fall. At the top, you can catch sight of the Virginia World War Memorial Carillon in William Byrd Park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Forest Hill Park - 4021 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Like many other spaces in Richmond, Forest Hill Park has a long and colorful history. At various times throughout the years, the grounds have held a quarry, a residential estate, and an amusement park. Now it includes a dog-friendly 2.7-mile loop trail with waterfalls, forests, lakes, and boardwalks. Plan a weekend hike and combine it with a visit to the South of the James Market. Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., area farmers and artisans gather at Forest Hill Park to sell locally-grown produce and handmade items. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

  • Beaver Lake Trail - Pocahontas State Park, 1301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    At 2.6 miles along a heavily wooded path, Beaver Lake Trail is a perfect outing for all members of the family, including Fido. The lily pad-covered lake and scenic spillway add to the aura of serenity. Add some length to the hike by connecting to the Ground Pine Trail. Parking fees are $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Hours at Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale, are 7:30 a.m. - dusk daily.

  • Fort Stedman Trail - Petersburg National Battlefield
    Petersburg National Battlefield isn't far from Petersburg homes for sale and has many trails to choose from, including Fort Stedman Trail. This trail is an easier hike, so it's a good option for kids or dogs to tag along. This 1-mile loop takes you by the remains of Fort Stedman and has several info panels posted along the trail. 

The best part of hiking? Going back to relax in your Richmond home. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.

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.

July
11

Events at Richmond Breweries this Summer

Richmond Breweries

Richmond's vibrant craft brewing scene isn't just nationally recognized for all of the unique, delicious craft beers available in the city. Local breweries also play host to some amazing special events, and summer is an especially busy time for events at Richmond breweries. Our real estate agents have the latest details on 5 fun events at local breweries around Richmond this summer.

  • BINGO Night – 3331 West Moore St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Held at Vasen Brewing on July 19 from 7:00-9:00 PM, BINGO Night is sure to be a fun evening for all. There will be prizes awarded to the winners after every round of bingo, as well as delicious food from Stella's Grocery. If you love this event, stop by again on August 16. Vasen Brewing is one of the most creative breweries in the area, blending flavors made famous in the American brewing scene with the best of classic Belgian beers.

  • Welcome-ish Sunflower Wreath Workshop – 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Make a fun craft for your home at Trapezium Brewing Company's flagship location near Petersburg homes for sale. Dragonfly Door Decor will be there on July 24 to walk guests through how to make a sunflower-themed wreath that you can work on while enjoying great beer. Buy tickets in advance to reserve your spot for this crafty event. 

  • Books & Brews – 10089 Brook Rd., Unit A, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    The team at Intermission Beer Company loves great books and even better beer, so they've started quite a unique book club located around the corner from Glen Allen homes for sale. On the first and third Sunday of every month at 4:00 PM, the Books & Brews club meets to discuss books and enjoy a few outstanding craft brews. The event is open to all, and there's no assigned reading involved. Instead, participants show up to discuss the latest books that they're reading with the group.

  • Tropic Like It's Hot Cookie Workshop – 2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Tropic Like It's Hot Cookie Workshop on July 19 is a chance to learn some new baking techniques in a fun, inviting setting at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery location near Richmond homes for sale. Baker Morgan Huynh will take you through the step-by-step process of creating your own royal icing cookies with colorful tropical designs and delicious flavors. You'll leave the event with 5 royal icing cookies to try, along with plenty of tips for creating your own batches of tropical cookies at home.

  • Brewtown, USA Brewfest '22 – 2000 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Many of your favorite craft breweries from the Richmond area will be coming together once again this summer for the Brewtown, USA Brewfest '22 on July 16. The event will be held on the Richbrau Brewing Brewfest lot, with live entertainment, craft beer, and fantastic food available all day long. There will be 3 live bands performing throughout the event, as well as 1 live DJ. The Kids Corner area will feature plenty of exciting attractions for younger visitors, making this an event that the whole family can enjoy.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the attractions and events in the Richmond area? Let our team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

July
5

Why Richmond is a Culinary Gem

Richmond Culinary Scene

Fertile farmlands, award-winning chefs, and appreciative foodies like our real estate agents all combine to make Richmond one of the country's latest culinary hotspots. Visit these remarkable restaurants and see why Forbes Magazine calls Richmond a "hidden culinary gem." 

  • Longoven - 2939 W. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Tasting menus provide a great way for diners to sample a range of different dishes. Just three years ago, Longoven landed on Bon Appetit's list of America's Best New Restaurants. Their 10-course tasting menu, which changes to accommodate seasonal ingredients, earns high marks for offering sophisticated food in an unpretentious way. Dine indoors or out on their covered garden patio. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Brenner Pass - 3200 Rockbridge St., Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23230
    Richmond's culinary scene received some high-profile validation on Top Chef. Brittanny Anderson, executive chef at Brenner Pass, was a recent contestant on Bravo's iconic cooking competition show. Brittanny's love of European influences is highlighted in dishes such as grilled quail, braised lamb, and nettle agnolotti. Customers love the Brenner Pass Burger, a blend of ground brisket and short rib with a dollop of luscious fondue. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Cobra Cabana - 901 W. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Take a walk on the wild side at Cobra Cabana, which has been described as a "spot for vegan punks." Creative sandwiches come with irreverent names such as the Bahn Mi So Hungry and the Edgar & Allen Frog Brothers Poe Boy. Don't eat vegan? There are some meat-friendly items on the menu as well, although their vegan version of the McRib sandwich might make you a convert. Stop by for lunch while viewing Richmond homes for sale. Cobra Cabana is open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

  • Africanne on Main - 1102 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    As the colorful mural at Africanne on Main proclaims, "It's OK to lick your fingers here." Chef Ida MaMusu, a native of Liberia, brings the exotic flavors of West Africa to Richmond with chicken yassa, jollof rice, and other traditional favorites. Enjoy a variety of dishes with the daily buffet for $7.99 per pound. During the past year, Chef Ida has expanded the menu to incorporate more vegetarian and vegan options. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday.

  • Proper Pie Co. - 2505 E. Broad St. #100, Richmond, VA 23223
    With flaky crusts that adapt to a multitude of fillings, pies are just too good to be limited to desserts. Proper Pie Co. specializes in New Zealand-style pies that are hand-held for easy portability. Savory choices included the popular smoked salmon, leek, and potato, as well as pork chile Verde and chorizo. Of course, they also sell wedges of dessert pies such as coconut cream, chocolate pecan, and sour cream & wild blueberry streusel. The taste and convenience of the pies makes them a natural choice to fill a picnic basket. Order online for pickup at the "piehole." Proper Pie is open Thursday through Sunday from noon - 6 p.m. 

  • Croaker's Spot - 9 E. Old St. Petersburg, VA 23803
    Perhaps one of the best things about Richmond's culinary scene is that great local restaurants are all throughout the Central Virginia area. For example, Croaker's Spot is a fantastic Soul food restaurant serving up comforting dishes in both Richmond and near Petersburg homes for sale. When you live near the RVA, great restaurants like this are never far away! Stop by their Petersburg location between 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on weekdays, or 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are noon - 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon - 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Want more information about Richmond's lively dining and entertainment scene? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for other insider tips.

June
27

Take a Walking Tour of Richmond This Summer

Richmond Walking Tour

There's no better way to discover all that Richmond has to offer than by taking a walking tour, and there are fascinating local tours available for every interest. Whether you want to tour historic neighborhoods, discover the city's vibrant arts scene, enjoy a self-guided tour, or try a spooky ghost tour, there are so many fun ways to build a deeper connection with Richmond. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best ways to take a walking tour of Richmond this summer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover a neighborhood you'd love to call home during a walking tour? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your Richmond real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
13

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

Richmond Sushi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
6

Summer Reading: Take Your Books to These Central Virginia Spots

Richmond Reading

Reading is fun for all ages, and our real estate agents know the right environment makes it even more satisfying. As you visit Richmond homes for sale, you are sure to find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and other spots where you can take your latest summer read or books to study.

With its strong culture of learning and vibrant educational institutions, Central Virginia will entice you with places where you can sit and sip your favorite coffee or tea as your stories unfold. 

Let's take a closer look:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
31

Minor League Baseball in Richmond

Minor League Baseball

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

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

Meet the Flying Squirrels

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

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

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

About the Diamond

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

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

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

Other Things to do Nearby

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

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

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

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

May
23

Plan a Staycation in the Richmond Area

Richmond Staycation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
2

Top Brunch Spots in Central Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
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.

March
7

Richmond St. Patrick's Day Events

Richmond Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
21

Hard Seltzer Made in Richmond

Richmond Seltzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
14

Local Favorites: Award-Winning Richmond Restaurants

Richmond Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
7

6 Dog-Friendly Places in Central Virginia

Dog Friendly Richmond

For many of us pet owners and dog lovers, quick access to pet-friendly amenities is essential. Things like boarding and pet stores are important, but sometimes your pup needs a little bit of luxury too. Central Virginia has it all -- from options for pet-friendly outdoor activities, doggie spas, and even upscale overnight accommodations. Our real estate agents love pets, so it only made sense that we'd create a quick list of our favorite places around Central Virginia to treat our pups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Access to amenities and resources for your pet is important when selecting a new place to live. Contact us for more information on all the great things Central Virginia has to offer.

January
24

Opening in Richmond Early 2022: Hatch Local Food Hall

Richmond Food Hall

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

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

The Location 

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

The Vendors 

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Soon 

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

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

January
17

RVA Neighborhood Guide for 2022

RVA Neighborhoods

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

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

The RVA's unique neighborhoods include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January
10

Get Your Home More Organized in 2022

Home Organization

The year has just started but there's still time to make a New Year's resolution for your household. Perhaps you could resolve to keep your home more organized! A good organizational scheme makes it easier to find what you need and tidy up when you're done for the day. Or if you're getting ready to list your home for sale, a well-organized home will show better, and be easier to get ready for prospective buyers.

So, how do you go about keeping things more organized in 2022? Our real estate agents have a few helpful tips.

  • Divide Your Fridge By Food Group
    When your fridge is disorganized, you're more likely to misplace things until they spoil. An easy way to organize your fridge is to divide it into zones based on food groups. Keep fruits and veggies in the bottom drawers. Put your dairy on one shelf and your meats on another shelf. Drinks deserve their own spot, and you can put condiments on the door. Label your shelves if you think you need a reminder to put things back where they belong.

  • Buy Some Over-the-Door Organizers
    Those plastic shoe organizers that hang over doors are good for more than just shoes. Put one over your child's bedroom door, and use it to store their small toys. Or, put one over your own bedroom door, and use it for belts and other accessories.

  • Gather Your Cleaning Supplies in One Spot
    Do you have cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink, others in the kitchen, and still others in the basement? Get organized by consolidating them all into one cleaning supply storage area. This could be an extra cabinet in your laundry room or a shelf in your hall closet. Put the cleaning supplies you use most often in one bucket so you can grab the whole bucket and go.

  • Designate a Clutter Basket
    Buy a large basket, and set it in one corner of your living room or hallway. When you find an item someone left out, put it in the clutter basket. Once a day, empty the clutter basket, putting these stray items back where they belong. This will help keep your home from getting too disorganized when life gets busy.

  • Put an Outbox by the Door
    Put a box or a basket in your entryway, and use it to hold onto items that you need to take outside or to your vehicle. This will help prevent items from building up in the entryway and being forgotten again and again. It will also keep your entryway looking tidier for those last-minute visitors.

  • Swap Out Your Seasonal Clothing and Items
    Gather up all of your warm-weather clothing and decor, and put it in tote boxes. Store it out of the way until spring comes again. This will help eliminate clutter, making more space for your winter items. Don't forget to declutter while going through your seasonal items as well! 

Once you get your home more organized, you'll feel so refreshed and at ease. Contact us if you're still looking for Richmond homes for sale. We can guide you through the process and ensure you end up in a home you love. 

December
27

How to Find a Coworking Space in Richmond

Richmond Coworking

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

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

What is Coworking?

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

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

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

Coworking Spaces in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
20

Spend a Day in Old Towne Petersburg

Petersburg Old Towne

Offering a mix of charming restaurants and shops, Old Towne Petersburg has something for everyone to enjoy in a beautiful historic setting. 

This district remains the heart and soul of the city, as evidenced by these wonderful spots our real estate agents love to visit.

  • River Street Market - 30 River St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Enjoy the fruits of the community, both literally and figuratively, at the River Street Market. Shop for the freshest regional produce, often picked that same morning, along with specialty foods, baked goods, jewelry, and other products from local artisans. Live music adds to the festive atmosphere. Pressed for time? Pre-order online between 2 p.m. on Sunday and noon on Thursday for convenient pickup at the market, which is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon.

  • Croaker's Spot - 9 E. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    For more than 20 years, Croaker's Spot has been "The Soul of Seafood" near Petersburg homes for sale. Their status was further cemented a year ago when they moved into the iconic Farmers Market building, which dates back to 1879. Croaker's Spot is a loving homage to a Harlem restaurant of the same name that was founded by a jazz musician from Richmond. Satisfied diners keep coming back for the catfish, crab cakes, oysters, and specialties such as hot buttered soul wedges, their delicious cornbread drizzled with "soul sauce." Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Oak Antique Mall - 400 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    The Oak Antique Mall has such an incredible selection of vintage items that it takes two floors to hold them. With 50 stalls showcasing an eclectic assortment ranging from furniture and clothing to housewares and collectibles, you'll find something new and interesting on every visit. Customers frequently cite the gracious and helpful customer service as one of the mall's top features. The Oak Antique Mall is open noon - 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. - 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Craft beer may be all the rage across the country, but Trapezium Brewing Co. takes it to new levels of creativity. Cinnamon roll, Almond Joy, and peach pie are just a few of the unexpected flavor profiles of Trapezium's brews. Pair your drink of choice with an appetizer or Neapolitan-style oven-fired pizza. When the weather's nice, enjoy outdoor seating on their dog-friendly patio. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Petersburg Area Art League - 7 E. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Founded in 1932 by Anna Mercer Dunlop, known as the "Dean of Petersburg Artists," the Petersburg Area Art League has fostered and promoted downtown's rich creative legacy. PAAL maintains three gallery spaces along with an Art Education Center offering classes, workshops, and kids' camps. For more than 40 years, PAAL's annual "Trees of Christmas" has been one of the most anticipated holiday events, while "Friday for the Arts," on the second Friday of each month, is another favorite tradition. Visit the website or follow them on Facebook for information about current exhibits and events.

What else makes Petersburg such a perfect blend of old and new? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more about homes and real estate in Petersburg.

December
13

7 Things to do in Richmond This Winter

Richmond Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
6

National Lager Day: Richmond Brewery Spotlight

Richmond Lager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November
29

2021 Central Virginia Holiday Event Guide

Richmond Holiday Events

The holidays are a time to gather and celebrate in an air of cheer and goodwill. And throughout the Richmond area, there are plenty of local events to keep your calendar full of festive fun. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate these upcoming events around Central Virginia. 

  • Holiday Brunch - Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place, 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Want to wow family and friends at this year's gatherings? Pick up some tasty recipes at the Holiday Brunch class conducted by Publix Aprons Cooking School, down the street from Glen Allen homes for sale. Learn how to prepare elegant eggnog crepes, pear and cranberry Bellinis, lobster eggs Benedict, and other brunch items. Finish with cream-cheese frosted gingerbread scones for a sweet treat. Wine will be served for anyone over the age of 21. The class starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20. Tickets to the age-18-and-up event are $55.

  • 2021 Holidays at the Branch - Branch House, 2501 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23220
    In its third year, Holidays at the Branch is well on its way to becoming a favorite tradition near Richmond homes for sale. Stunning Branch House, which dates back to 1916, was once the private residence of financier John Kerr Branch and his family. Today, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125.

  • Christmas with the Celts - The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 
    Enjoy an evening of traditional holiday songs performed in unique style at Christmas with the Celts. This live edition of the popular PBS pledge show adds some Celtic flavor to "Little Drummer Boy," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and other classics, with Irish dancers completing the picture. Christmas with the Celts takes place at the Tin Pan on Thursday, December 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $41.50 at the door, with dinner reservations available.

  • Christmas Cookie Decorating - Steam Bell Beer Works, 1717 E. Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23112
    What are the holidays without the delightful smell of cookies baking throughout Midlothian homes for sale? The whole family will have fun picking up tips at Christmas Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Steam Bell Beer Works. Mom and Dad can sip on a craft farmhouse ale while the kids express their creativity decorating tasty cookies. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, from noon - 2 p.m., and free admission.

  • Christmas on High Street - High St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Experience an old-fashioned holiday while supporting a good cause at Christmas on High Street. A candlelight tour takes you through eight beautiful homes as you get hot chocolate and wreaths along the way. Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Brickhouse Run, a delightful tavern located in a historic building just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale. Proceeds benefit Young Ladies Boarding House, a local homeless shelter. Festivities run from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.

There's still no place like home for the holidays. Whether you're buying or selling a home in Central Virginia, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance. 

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.

August
16

Antique Stores Around Central Virginia

Richmond Antique Stores

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
19

Broadway in Richmond is Back

Broadway in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Altria Theater

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

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

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

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

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. 

April
26

International Jazz Day: History of Jazz in Richmond

Richmond Music

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

International Jazz Day: The History of Jazz in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

April
19

Disc Golf Courses Around Central Virginia

Central Virginia Disc Golf

Disc golf is a great way to spend some time outdoors with friends, immerse yourself in natural scenery, and enjoy some fun, healthy exercise in some of your favorite local parks. You don't need much equipment to get started, yet disc golf still offers many of the same enjoyable challenges of a traditional round of golf. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the best disc golf courses that you can enjoy around Central Virginia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April
    5

    National Library Week: Local Libraries Near Central Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    29

    Where to Stargaze Near Richmond

    Stargazing Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    15

    Why Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

    Oyster Capital Virginia

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

    Why Virginia Is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    1

    National Day of Unplugging: How to Unplug in Richmond

    Richmond Nature Retreats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    8

    Date Night in Richmond: Restaurants Perfect for Takeout

    Romantic Restaurants in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January
    15

    2020's Final Market Update

    Final 2020 Market Update

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

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

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

    December
    14

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

    Richmond Holiday Decorating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    9

    Going On Now: Massey Street of Hope

    Massey Street of Hope Luxury Home Show

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


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

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

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

    Learn more about home builders, get directions to Meadowville Landing, and support Massey Cancer Center at VCU on the official website.
    November
    19

    Toys for Tots 2020

    Hey Central Virginia – join us in our goal of gathering hundreds of toys for local kids this holiday season!

    All Napier ERA offices are gathering new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Marines Corps Toys for Tots foundation.

    Drop off toys during business hours (or have them delivered in the mail – Santa style!) at any of our locations in Central Virginia:

    Midlothian/Corporate 14361 Sommerville Court

    Midlothian, VA 23113

    Powhatan 2600 Rocky Oak Road

    Powhatan, VA 23139

    Tri-Cities 20 Dunlop Village Circle

    Colonial Heights, VA 23834

    West End 10148 W. Broad St, Suite 200

    Glen Allen, VA 23060

    November
    23

    Gift a New Board Game From These Richmond Shops

    Richmond Board Games

    Who's ready to play a game? As the temperatures in the RVA drop, there's nothing better to do than warm up around the tabletop with a few board games. Plus, with the holidays coming up, board games make excellent gifts to help keep your friends and family entertained. Start a new holiday tradition of trying out a new board game with the family. From Monopoly and Clue to Scrabble and Sorry, our real estate agents encourage you to find old classics and new favorites that your family will love at these local RVA game stores.

    1. One-Eyed Jacques — 3104 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
      One-Eyed Jacques, or OEJ, has so much to offer that you'll wonder how they can fit so many new items in each week. From board games and card games to jigsaw puzzles, brainteasers, toys, gaming accessories, and more, OEJ will certainly have whatever fun you're looking for. We suggest viewing their selection of discounted, used, and dented items to take home a gently-used game for a price that's also gentle on your wallet.


    2. Modern Table Top Gaming — 4616 Chester Square Rd., Chester, VA 23831
      If you can't get enough gaming, then Modern Table Top Gaming will quickly become your home away from home. With tournaments held daily, weekly, and monthly, there's always a game going on for you to join. Of course, you can postpone your play and simply purchase a board game or card game to take home for later. If you plan on stopping by MTTG when searching for Chester homes for sale, we recommend leaving yourself plenty of time to browse their memorabilia and collectibles.


    3. Toys That Teach — 3038 Stony Point Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
      Although board games are fun, Toys That Teach believes that they're also educational. The #1 rated toy store in Richmond, Toys That Teach has games and puzzles for all ages. After picking up a board game, be sure to look at all of the other mentally and physically engaging games for children like STEM and science toys, DIY kits, arts and crafts, and early learning toys. With baby toys and games for tweens and teens, Toys That Teach offers hours of fun that's great for developing brains.


    4. Bits and Pixels — 2930 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
      Bits and Pixels may be your go-to for retro and used video games and consoles, but did you know that they also carry the occasional board game and other collectibles? If you don't happen to find a board game in their shop, might we suggest dusting off your old school PlayStation, Nintendo, or Sega and purchasing one of their video games based on board games. Favorites like Risk, Monopoly, and Battleship all have video game alternatives that you can play at home.


    5. Battlegrounds — 13172 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
      Just around the corner from our Midlothian homes for sale, Battlegrounds invites you to escape from everyday life and join other gamers for some fun. You're welcome to come in and shop their selection of board games, tabletop games, roleplaying games, and trading card games. However, their growing community of gamers might convince you to stay for a few hours and play a few games together.

    Now that you have a few new board games, why not find a cozy space to play them? Contact us today to tour the latest Richmond homes for sale with space for your own dedicated game room.

    November
    16

    5 Richmond Florists for Your Holiday Poinsettias

    Richmond Poinsettias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    November
    2

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

    Richmond Galleries

    There's nothing like art to liven up a space! Our real estate agents know that a thriving art scene is an attractive reason to pick Richmond homes for sale or explore one of our fine neighboring communities!

    It's no surprise that the Richmond area is steeped in history, and where you find history, you're sure to find art. National Go to An Art Museum Day is Monday, November 9th, and you'll have lots of places to choose from in and around Richmond.

    From large city museums to eclectic private galleries, Richmond is bursting with color, culture, and life. Let's peek in on some of the area's most intriguing spaces and see what the art world has to offer:

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

    For a flourishing culture of art, music, drama, and dance, Richmond is the place to be. To find out more, contact us at Napier ERA.

    October
    26

    Give Your Fall Landscaping a Boost with These Tips

    Fall Landscaping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    19

    Historic Places to Dine at in Richmond

    Richmond Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    12

    Tri Cities Market Update

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

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

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

    October
    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

    August 2020 Market Update

     

    Central Virginia is still buying and selling in Summer 2020!

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

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

    September
    8

    National Waffle Week: Where to Get Brunch in Richmond

    Waffles in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August
    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

    July/August 2020 Market Update

    July and August are going strong for home sales!

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

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

    Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

    August
    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
    13

    Summer Market Update

    Summer Market Update

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

     

    Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs. 

    June
    15

    Summer 2020 Market Update

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

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

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

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

    Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

     

    June
    15

    5 Fishing Spots in Richmond for National Go Fishing Day

    Fishing Spots in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    1

    Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these Richmond Bakeries

    Richmond Bakeries

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

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

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

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

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

    Some of our favorite bakeries in the Richmond area include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May
    18

    Spring Market Update

    Central Virginia is still buying and selling in Spring 2020! April brought us over 4000 transactions – and May is going strong! 

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    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.

    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
    9

    5 Richmond Sports Bars for Filling Out Your Bracket

    Richmond Sports Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    2

    Read Across America Day: 5 Local Bookstores in Richmond

    Richmond Bookstores

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    17

    Love Your Dog Day: Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Richmond

    Dog Friendly Richmond

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

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

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

    January
    30

    Platinum Status: Achieved!

    Cartus Platinum Broker

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

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

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

    February
    3

    Event Spotlight: River City Spirits Festival

    River City Spirits Festival

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

    Event Spotlight: River City Spirits Festival

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

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

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

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

    Featured Local Distilleries

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

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

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

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

    January
    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
    13

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

    Richmond Art Classes

    The Richmond art scene doesn't end with going to the museum. Many of our REALTORS® love to get in touch with their creative side with hands-on classes offered all over the area. Many arts organizations have a full range of classes for kids and adults.

    Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is coming later this month on Friday, January 31. Let's look at some of the best ways you can have fun and unleash your vision with local art classes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January
    6

    5 Crossfit Gyms in Richmond for Your 2020 Fitness Goals

    Richmond Crossfit Gyms

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    23

    New Year's Eve in Richmond: Where to Celebrate

    Richmond New Year

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

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

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

    December
    9

    5 Benefits of Suburban Living

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

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

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

    Your Richmond Area Real Estate Pros

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

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

    November
    11

    Small Business Saturday: Richmond Businesses for Holiday Shopping

    Small Business Saturday Richmond

    Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to find deals on holiday gifts at Richmond small businesses, and the big day is right around the corner. The event is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year Small Business Saturday will be on November 30th. Whether you're shopping for fashion, art, books, a personalized gift basket, or nearly anything else under the sun, you'll find it in Richmond. Our REALTORS® are ready to shop, and we've got the local scoop on where to go in Richmond for your local holiday shopping.

    1. Mod & Soul – 323 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
      Richmond homes for sale
      make it easy to visit so many amazing, local small businesses, and Mod & Soul is a great place to start for fashion lovers. Mod & Soul specializes in dresses, skirts, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and so much more. Visit anytime to take a look at the latest styles, and pick out something new for your wardrobe. Small Business Saturday is also a great chance to grab unique gifts from Mod & Soul.

    2. Nellie George – 5714 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
      Whether you're adding to your wardrobe or searching for the perfect gift for a stylish friend, Nellie George has just what you need. Nellie George stocks a wide selection of women's, children's, and baby clothing, along with gift items. If you're shopping for a new mom, be sure to visit this popular spot.

    3. Art Works Inc. – 320 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
      Looking to decorate your own home, or find the perfect gift for someone who has everything? Art Works Inc. is one of Richmond's best destinations for purchasing art of all types, from both local and international artists. This facility is part exhibition center, part art gallery. Stop by to see the work of talented artists from around the world, then choose the right holiday gift or piece of art for your home.

    4. Chop Suey Books – 2913 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
      If you love to read or know someone who does, then Chop Suey Books is a little slice of heaven. This local bookshop has an incredible selection, with books both well-known and obscure. The friendly staff at Chop Suey Books is happy to help you comb the stacks until you find the perfect gift.

    5. Taylor Made for You – 464 Southlake Blvd., Richmond, VA 23236
      Doing some holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday? Taylor Made for You offers customizable gift baskets for every occasion, and everyone on your list – pets included! Choose one of many pre-made gift baskets suited to every recipient, or pick and choose the ideal items for a custom gift basket.

    6. Beasties – 3218 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
      Shopping for a friend with a young child, or someone who has a baby on the way? Beasties is sure to have a holiday gift they'll love. Work with the talented team to put together a truly unique gift basket, or shop for individual items. 

    Living in Richmond means that you won't need a special occasion to enjoy a vibrant collection of local small businesses, no matter the season. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.

    November
    4

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

    Coffee Shops in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    23

    9 Money Saving Tips Before You Relocate to Richmond

    Money Saving for Move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    21

    Top 5 Date Night Spots in Richmond

    Date Night Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    14

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

    Richmond Italian Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    7

    Festivals in Richmond this October

    Festivals in Richmond

    The end of summer doesn't mean the end of fun around Richmond. October is jam-packed with festivals promising fun and excitement for all ages. Our real estate agents provide the inside scoop on the best events in the area, so you can start making plans.

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

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

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

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

    There's something happening around Richmond every time of the year. Contact us at Napier ERA for experienced help buying or selling your Richmond area home from our friendly and professional real estate agents. 

    September
    30

    Richmond Area Halloween Hauntings Guide

    Richmond Halloween Hauntings - Napier ERA

    Ghouls, and ghosts, and goblins galore are descending on cities this Halloween. As you gear up for the spooky season, our real estate agents recommend these frightening festivals happening in our communities in the weeks leading up to Halloween night. 

    Ghoulish Frights Near Glen Allen

    Blood Lake Haunted Trail - 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113

    For frights near Glen Allen, it is tough to beat a stroll down the Blood Lake Haunted Trail. Every branch that rustles and every leaf that falls in the forest may be the last sound you hear. You have been warned this is no walk in the park, so be careful out there. There are plenty of things waiting for you.

    Creepy Hollow Scream Park - 14437 Stone Horse Creek Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059

    Tired of wondering what you would do if you came across Jason, or Freddie, or Leatherface? All you have to do is take a trip through the Creepy Hollow Scream Park. Organizers have shipped in more than 50 live-action monsters from Timbuktu to the forests of Transylvania. There are plenty of thrilling decorations and the park features acre upon acre of pure terror. Ranked as one of Richmond's top haunts, you won't want to miss a chance to discover the villainous creativity and despicable ingenuity of your neighbors who live next door to the Glen Allen homes for sale.   

    Ghostly Sightings Near Ashland

    Red Vein Haunted House - Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland, VA 23005

    For those who are serious about haunted attractions, the Red Vein Haunted House has plenty of surprises in store. These masters of horror could give Wes Craven nightmares with their immersive storylines and realistic sets designed to prick every hair on your neck. Don't worry, though. We promise that not all Ashland homes for sale come with ghosts and goblins.  

    Terror on the Farm - 12607 Old Ridge Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015 

    Spring and summer are pleasant on the Ashland Berry Farm. It is a great place to stop off with your family and enjoy some fresh fruit as you peruse listings for Ashland homes for sale. Of course, things take a turn once the leaves fall and Terror on the Farm starts. When the pumpkins start to sprout up, and the stalks of corn turn yellow, you will know that the red in the soil isn't from the berries.

    You are always welcome to contact us to discover more about the fabulous fun and fantastic attractions you can find in the area. There is something for everyone to discover, and it is our pleasure to help you find the perfect place to launch your next adventure into the unknown. Whether that is from one of our Richmond homes for sale or one of the many beautiful Colonial Heights homes for sale, we promise to do our part to take the fear out of the process of buying a new home in Virginia.  

    September
    19

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

    Tuckahoe Plantation - Napier ERA

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

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

    Formative Years

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

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

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

    Stepping Back in Time

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

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

    Visiting Tuckahoe

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

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

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

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

    September
    9

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

    Scott's Addition Breweries - Napier ERA

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

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

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

    September
    3

    Celebrating National Virginia Day - Richmond Suburbs to Check Out

    Celebrating National Virginia Day

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

    Richmond Suburbs to Check Out for Your Next Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August
    19

    Pickleball Popularity - 5 Places to Play Pickleball Around Richmond

    Richmond Places to Play Pickleball - Napier

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

    Why Pickleball?

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

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

    Play Pickleball in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August
    5

    Catch the Fun at the 106th Chesterfield County Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    It's all happening at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds:

    10300 Courthouse Road
    Chesterfield, Virginia 23832

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

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

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

    Contact us to learn more today.

    July
    22

    Teeing Off Around Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    July
    15

    6 Favorite Ice Cream Shops in the RVA

    Richmond VA Ice Cream Shops

    July 21 National Ice Cream Day

    When Weather.com forecasts Richmond-area temperatures to soar above 90 degrees, you need to find a way to beat the heat.  Why not cool off with a scoop or two of your favorite frozen treat?  National Ice Cream Day is July 21.  While consuming copious amounts of this cool confection is a great way to celebrate this holiday, our REALTORS® know ice cream isn't just for summer anymore.  

    So, if you're new to our area and can't go another day without two scoops of mint chocolate chip, we've got our list of six local ice cream shops waiting for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Our REALTORS® know about all the things that make the Richmond area a great place to live, and we're sure you'll love it too! Napier ERA can help you find the home that's right for you. Contact us today to get started.

    July
    8

    5 Donation Centers in Central Viriginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    17

    July 4 Celebrations Around Richmond

     

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    3

    Best Spots to Celebrate Father's Day Around Richmond

    Richmond VA Fathers Day Events

    Richmond real estate isn't just about beautiful homes, but the communities you live in.

    Our real estate agents work overtime to let clients know about the amenities, sights, and activities they can enjoy in our area. There's something to do for everyone, and that definitely includes Dad.

    Wondering about the best ways to celebrate Father's Day in the RVA?  We've got you covered with these suggestions:

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

    Whatever day it is, there is always something to celebrate when you live here in the Richmond area. Our team will make it easy for you to find the home of your dreams and close without a hitch. Contact us to find out more. We look forward to advising you.

    May
    29

    Richmond VA Summer Events

    Summer Events Near Me Richmond VA

    There are always lots of things to do in the river city, especially during the summer festival season. We've picked our top events for each summer month for you to check out throughout the metro Richmond area – enjoy the many events and get out and about this summer!

    May Highlight: Greek Food Festival

    Greek Food Festival – the best way to start summer with a bit of "Opa!" enthusiasm. Recently voted as Richmond's Best Food Festival in Style Weekly, the Greek Food Festival celebrates classic Greek cuisine and culture with all sorts of folks right in the Carytown neighborhood. 

    Where: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.

    When: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2

    Cost: free entry; pay as you go

    More info: www.greekfestival.com

     

    June Highlights: Broad Apetit, Village Vibe, Powhatan Music Festival

    Broad Apetit – also known as the foodie's must-attend event, this food festival returns for its 12th year with some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, food trucks and vendors dishing up $3 sample plates.

    Where: West Broad Street between Henry and Adams

    When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2

    Cost: free entry; pay as you go

    More info: www.broadappetit.com

     

    Village Vibe with The Flashback Band – this annual concert event is sure to delight Powhatan people and beyond. With concerts going on all summer long in the Village Meadow, the community of Powhatan is rocking out monthly, especially in June with the Flashback Band. Go join our friends for music, brews, food, and raffles that benefit the community and local organizations.

    Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

    When: 7-10 PM, Friday, June 7

    Cost: Free, donations and raffle purchases appreciated

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

     

    Powhatan Music Festival – one day of awesome musical talent centered around a family friendly festival environment. All types of music will be played – rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and more. Napier ERA is a proud sponsor of this event because we're honored to be part of an effort that recognizes extraordinary local music.

    Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

    When: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturday, June 22

    Cost: Free for children under 10, $20 tickets at the gate for adults, or for sale for $15 on Eventbrite

    More info: https://powhatanmusicfestival.com/

     

    July Highlights: Henrico County's July 4th Celebration, Music For Massey, International Disc Sport Championships

     

    Henrico County's July 4th Celebration – Red, White, and Lights in Dorey Park! Parks in Henrico County are great, and Dorey Park is an excellent example. The largest park in all of Henrico is Dorey Park, making it perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Join Richmond Symphony's Big Tent for an evening of community fun on July 4.

    Where:  Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231

    When: 4 PM - 11 PM, Thursday, July 4

    Cost: Free

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

     

    International Disc Sport Championships – if you love alternative sports, trying new things, or throwing around a frisbee, this is for you! You may have seen a casual game of frisbee before, but nothing like this. Check out international champs of disc sports throwing and showing their stuff at local parks all around Richmond on the week of July 8 - 13.

    Where: Bryan Park, Dorey Park, Forest Hill Park, and more. See the full schedule for details.

    When: July 8 - 13, Times vary each day.

    Cost: You must register to get in on the championships, but watching and throwing for fun is free!

    More info: https://www.rvadisc2019.com/

     

    Music For Masseya fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center, taking place at Maymont!  For the past 13 years, Napier Realtors ERA has raised over $222,000 for pediatric cancer research thanks to community involvement with this fun, Americana-focused concert series. Join us this year for performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee. There are still sponsorship spots available for other local businesses interested in supporting pediatric cancer research.

    Where: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

    When: Gates open at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20

    Cost: Tickets start at $41, and children under 10 can attend for free

    More info: On Napier ERA's website



    August Highlights: Richmond Jazz Fest, Innsbrook Afterhours

    Innsbrook Afterhours – if you're looking at homes in Henrico, you need to know about Innsbrook Afterhours! This outdoor concert series is a classic Richmond event, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our suburbs for 34 years. In August, catch artists like Chris Young, Boyz II Men, and Brett Young in Glen Allen, Virginia.

    Where: Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Henrico

    When: All summer long!

    Cost: $16 early bird and up

    Info: www.innsbrookafterhours.com

     

    Richmond Jazz Fest – For the 10th year in a row, there are four days of jazz and its direct descendants—blues, R&B, funk, soul, hip-hop, and fusion—at one of the most beautiful venues in Richmond, Maymont Park.

    Where: Maymont Park

    When: August 8th - 11th

    Cost: Tickets are currently cheaper with early bird pricing

    Info: https://richmondjazzfestival.com/

     

    May
    27

    Farmers Markets Around Richmond

    Farmers Markets Around Richmond
    Five Farmers Markets Picked For You

    Our real estate agents know the value of a balanced breakfast, and you can't quite get it right without plenty of fresh produce. But farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are often hard to come by.  That is unless you live in an area with plenty of thriving farmers markets like the RVA.

    A farmers market serves as both a market for fresh produce and a community gathering place where locals can deepen their connection to the Earth and the way their food is produced. These open-air retail areas give consumers a chance to buy directly from farmers.

    This has a number of wonderful effects on the community and economy.

    Farmers markets cut costs on both sides of the equation. Produce doesn't have to be trucked from far away to reach consumers, and farmers don't have to make agreements with distributors who add costly overhead fees. Produce is fresher, and there's less environmental impact.

    There are several different farmers markets throughout the RVA. While many of them are found near Richmond homes for sale, they are also distributed all across the region. When you live in Virginia, you'll never have to fret over "food deserts" where good produce isn't available.

    Here's a quick look at some of the farmers market in our local communities.

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

    Amazing farmers markets are just the beginning of what you can discover around RVA. Our expert real estate team will help you find a Virginia dream home. Whatever your goals, we give you the inside track.

    Contact us today. We look forward to helping you soon.

    May
    20

    Memorial Day Events In and Around Richmond

    Richmond VA Memorial Day Events
    Memorial Day is a time to pause our usual activities and take a moment to offer gratitude and respect for those who gave all to protect our freedom. Our real estate agents suggest taking a short break from exploring Richmond real estate opportunities so you can enjoy some of the most memorable Memorial Day events happening around the area.

    Not only will taking a break give you time to relax and recharge but spending some time out in the community will also help you get a feel for what living here is really like. Not sure what to do over Memorial Day weekend? Here are a few of the most popular events you'll want to check out! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When you're ready to find the home of your dreams, we're here to help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and schedule an appointment. 

    May
    3

    6 Years as a Top Workplace!

    Jim Napier at Top Workplace Awards 2019

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

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

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

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

    May
    6

    6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads for Our Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April
    29

    Where to Host Your Child's Birthday Party Near Richmond

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April
    22

    Virginia's Historic Garden Week Begins April 27

     

    Virginia's Garden Week
    Spring is here, and soon all of Virginia will be in bloom! Every year, at the end of April, the Garden Club of Virginia hosts Historic Garden Week, also known as "America's Largest Open House." During this event, visitors are welcome to tour over 250 of the state's most gorgeous gardens and historical homes while they're at the peak of springtime color.

    Whether you're a local or a visitor, our real estate agents recommend taking some time out of your day to experience this event. Here are a few of the tours you won't want to miss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Find Your Dream Home in Virginia

    Once you've experienced the splendor of Virginia in springtime, you'll understand why so many people love calling this area home. When you're ready to start looking for a home of your own, we can help! Contact us today to get started. 

    April
    8

    5 Pet Adoption Centers in the Greater Richmond Area

     

    Henrico County Pet Adoption Centers

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April
    1

    Celebrate Spring at Lewis Ginter Museum with a Million Blooms

    Richmond-Lewis Ginter Million Blooms

    Spring is here, and our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help you get a fresh start with the top Richmond homes for sale. If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Richmond in spring, you're in for a treat this season.

    There are plenty of gorgeous green spaces distributed all along the Richmond area. Nature and the striking architectural achievements of Richmond work together to create a place where you can feel at home: Everything you want from a city provided to human scale.

    Not surprisingly, the Richmond region is also home to top nature preserves of various kinds. In addition to parks and zoos that draw visitors from miles around, you'll also find some of the leading botanical gardens anywhere in Virginia.

    One of the stand-out examples of these is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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

    Found at 1800 Lakeside Avenue right in Richmond, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a wide range of awards. In recent years, it has received write-ups from USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor, and the Canadian Garden Tourism Council.

    In 2011, it earned the highest honor in the United States for museum and library service: The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. It has since lived up to that great moment by expanding its programs and reaching out to share nature with all Richmond.

    "A Million Blooms" is one of the linchpin events of the year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

    Taking place between April 1 and June 1, A Million Blooms is the best way to see all that the garden has to offer as a new season of glorious growth settles in. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to see a parade of blooms unfurl up close.

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

    A whole spectrum of events will also be going on throughout the season. Lewis Ginter is known for some of the best children's programming focusing around the natural world. There is even a special Children's Garden set aside from young people to appreciate.

    Butterfly fans will have good reason to rejoice, too. Between mid-April and mid-October, kids and parents alike can enjoy the vibrancy of tropical butterflies. These butterflies live in the North Wing of the Conservatory and include hundreds of specimens.

    Thanks to the nature of these fascinating creatures, the experience is always changing. No matter when you come, however, you'll be treated to several fun options for family-friendly activities. It's a thrill to see butterflies take flight right here in Richmond!

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

    Are you wondering if Richmond is the right place for you?

    Napier ERA will make it easy for you to explore your real estate opportunities here. Our team consists of the area's leading experts in choosing and buying the right home for you.

    Not only do we understand the local market inside and out, but we also pride ourselves on outstanding service. You'll feel the confidence that comes from complete support every step of the way.

    Don't settle for a real estate agent who'll leave you feeling like you are "on your own." We'll equip you with the insights to make informed decisions. Soon, you will become a Richmond local.

    To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today. We are always here to help you reach your goals.

    March
    18

    Parks and Outdoor Spaces In & Around Richmond

    RVA Area Parks and Outdoor Spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    11

    Napier ERA is a Top Workplace in Richmond!

    Top Workplace 2019

     

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

     

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

    March
    11

    Peter Chang Restaurants in Richmond and Glen Allen

    Richmond Glen Allen Peter Chang

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

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

    Peter Chang - An Award-Winning Chef

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

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

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

    Exciting Menu Items

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

    Two Great Locations in Our Community

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

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

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

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

    March
    4

    Arts in Our Area: Dominion Energy Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Breathtaking Arts and Culture Experiences Await You in Wondrous Richmond

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

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

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

    January
    21

    Richmond Sports Fans Score Big on Game Day

    5 RVA Area Sports Bars to Watch Your Favorite Team

    Richmond Area Sports Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Score a Touchdown with Richmond Homes from Napier ERA

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

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

    January
    28

    6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Like a Local

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January
    14

    Community Spotlight: Moving to Chesterfield

    Chesterfield County Community Spotlight

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

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

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

    Let's find out more about Chesterfield.

    Who Lives in Chesterfield County?

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

    Where is Chesterfield County Located?

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

    What Attractions Are Popular in Chesterfield County?

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

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

    What's the Housing Market Look Like in Chesterfield?

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

    What Should I Know About Neighboring Richmond, VA?

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

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

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

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

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

    Contact Napier ERA to find out more.

    January
    7

    Richmond Foodie Favorite: ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

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

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

    A Menu that Melts in Your Mouth

    Richmond ZZQ Food

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

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

    Sides to Boot

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

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

    Catering Your Richmond Celebrations

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

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

    December
    24

    Powhatan Today Picks Napier ERA Agents!

    Powhatan Napier ERA Real Estate Agents

    The community newspaper of Powhatan, Powhatan Today, holds an annual contest for readers to put their favorite local businesses in the spotlight, and Napier ERA is honored to have our agent Mike Williford voted the #1 Realtor in Powhatan!

    Mike Williford was born and raised in Midlothian and Powhatan and is a local expert on all things real estate. From his great work for buyers and sellers to his connections with investors, builders, and people from all walks of life, Mike thrives on making lasting connections in the community. Mike has an infectious laugh and never fails to make folks smile. We are incredibly proud of Mr. Williford and love having him on the Napier ERA team. Congratulations on being voted first place in Powhatan, Mike!

    Powhatan, Virginia is a very special place for Napier ERA Realtors. The community feel, the developing neighborhoods, and the many local business make it a perfect place to call home. Perhaps that's part of the reason why Napier ERA is the top selling real estate agency in the area! From January til November 2018, we listed and sold 189 units in the Powhatan area. Powhatan Today readers voted Napier ERA as an honorable mention in the Powhatan Picks contest and we are so grateful to our friends and family in the area for the privilege of doing work together.

    An honorable mention was given to the real estate team of Terry Adcock and Lindsey Eck. They were also honored in the contest in 2017 and consider themselves very grateful for years of support from the Powhatan area! Terry and Lindsey are known for their professionalism and expertise in buying and selling rural land, particularly historic homes and horse farms.

    Congratulations to our team and a big thank you to Powhatan Today readers for voting for Napier ERA! We look forward to further serving this wonderful area in 2019.

    December
    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
    18

    Richmond Association of Realtors 2018 Awards - 4 Big Honors!

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

    David Hamil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    24

    5 Local Richmond Photographers for the Perfect Family Portrait

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    17

    6 Henrico Gyms to Jump Start Your Resolution

    Henrico Area Gyms

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    10

    5 Places for Winter Family Fun Near Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Napier ERA - Your Richmond Real Estate Area Professionals

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

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

    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
    25

    Getting to Know Jefferson Park in Richmond

    Richmond Jefferson Park
    Finding yourself with Richmond homes for sale on the mind?  Our real estate agents have had the pleasure of showing new clients all around our city.  Everyone asks us: "What's the best neighborhood in Richmond?"

    Of course, Richmond has so much to offer that there's no one best neighborhood. It all depends on what you're looking for in your new Virginia home.  No matter which neighborhood you choose, though, you'll love the way Richmond has incorporated beautiful trees, parks, and public areas into its city planning. 

    One of the most beautiful of these is Jefferson Park.

    See Richmond's Iconic Skyline at Jefferson Park

    Although there are many green spaces to enjoy throughout Richmond, you won't want to miss out on Jefferson Park. Located on North 21st Street and East Marshall in the heart of the city, it is known for its breathtaking view of a spectacular skyline.

    With plenty of open space, trees, and grass, Jefferson Park is a great place for a friendly game of catch or Frisbee. Many people come to visit on a regular basis, particularly on the weekends, when barbecues on the public grill are common.

    The central fountain in Jefferson Park is named in honor of the "Ambassador of Compassion" Alicia Rasin, a longtime friend of the park and community supporter. In the area, you'll find a bandstand, tot lot, and areas to rest and relax.

    The park also plays host to a complete exercise trail, a ball field, and two tennis courts. Hikers like to use Jefferson Park as the start and endpoint for their journeys on the hiking trails that run throughout the Blackwater Creek Natural Area, accessible from the park.

    These days, Jefferson Park is known as one of the most peaceful places in Richmond. However, it does have a colorful history. Far below the park is the Church Hill train tunnel, which gained notoriety for a series of strange occurrences that caused it to be abandoned back in the 1920s.

    Although Jefferson Park is a serene and welcoming urban oasis all year round, its position on a high bluff overlooking the Union Hill neighborhood makes it particularly popular in July. It is often the site of Independence Day fireworks and other fun festivities.

    Jefferson Park Waits to Welcome You to Richmond

    Richmond is famous for its amazing historical sites, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Monument Avenue 10K – which attracts about 40,000 participants every year.

    But, sometimes, it's the smaller things in life that make a difference. Having gorgeous Jefferson Park right within reach will help when you want to slow down and appreciate nature.

    The sooner you get started with your house-hunt here in Richmond, the sooner you could find yourself surrounded by the splendor of one of America's finest parks.

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

    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. 

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