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September
19

Recreation Centers in Henrico County

Henrico County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
18

Moving to a New City: Long-Distance House Hunting Tips

house hunting

Moving to a new city is exciting, but it also has challenges. If your new city is more than a couple of hours from your current home, then house hunting might be one of those challenges. How do you go about finding a home from a distance? We've helped plenty of out-of-town buyers find lovely Richmond homes for sale. Along the way, we've compiled a few tips.

  • Make Sure You're Ready
    When shopping for a home from a distance, you often need to make quick decisions. You may need to say "yes" or "no" to a home without waiting for that weekend's open house. You may need to decide, within a day or two, whether you're interested in a home outside of the first neighborhood you were looking in.

    These decisions will be easier if you sit down and make sure you are completely ready to buy a home before you start looking. Apply for mortgage pre-approval, decide what month you want to move, clarify terms with your employer, and so forth.

  • Find the Right Real Estate Agent
    You'll be relying on your real estate agent to be your eyes and ears on the ground. So, you want to hire a real estate agent who is used to working with remote clients. When interviewing various agents, ask how comfortable they are with video conferencing technology. Make sure they are comfortable navigating remote document signing software, too.

    You also want an agent who knows the area well. Since you're not there and may not be overly familiar with the area, you will be relying on your agent to know which neighborhoods suit your needs, what the market is like in certain towns, and so forth. Search through our real estate agents and see how they'll be able to help with your house hunt.

  • Research the Area
    Read up on the cost of living in the city you're moving to. Research various neighborhoods and what they have to offer. As you learn more about the area, you can start to create a short list of neighborhoods where you would prefer to buy a home. Provide this list to your agent, and ask them for more information on your desired areas.

  • Use Cost of Living to Inform Your Budget
    Setting a budget when house shopping in a new city can take some work. First, you want to see what various homes are selling for in certain neighborhoods. However, you also need to consider the cost of living in the new city. You can do this by creating a mock budget.

    Based on the cost of living, write down how much you expect to spend on groceries, utilities, fuel, and other needs. Subtract these costs from your monthly income. How much of what is left can you afford to spend on housing? From this number, you can work backward and determine how much house you can afford.

  • Be Flexible
    It's always good to be flexible when buying a home, but even more so when you're shopping remotely. You may not find a home that checks every one of your boxes, but you may find one that checks 9 out of 10. You may not find a home in your top-choice neighborhood, but your agent may recommend one that you like even more. Make plans and lists, but be willing to change them as needed if your information and goals change.

Follow the tips above to successfully find a home in a different city. If you're looking for a home in the Richmond area, please contact us soon. Our real estate agents have experience working with out-of-town buyers and can simplify the process for you.

May
16

How to Pick the Right Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
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
4

National Deep Dish Pizza Day: Pizza Shops Richmond

Deep Dish Pizza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
21

Coffee Roasters in Central Virginia

Coffee Roasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
14

Richmond Art Gallery Guide for 2022

Richmond Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

February
28

Showing Later Today? 5 Richmond Places Your Kids Will Love

Family Fun in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
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
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.

November
22

Shop Local This Holiday Season in Central Virginia

Central Virginia Shopping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
25

Where to Find Southern Food Near Richmond

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

October
11

How to Add Personality to Your Home

Home Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
4

Where to Practice Yoga in Central Virginia

Richmond Yoga

Looking for a new hobby to try in the Central Virginia area? Practicing yoga has so many benefits for both mind and body while fostering a sense of community that makes everyone feel welcome. Whether you're interested in trying yoga for the first time, looking for an advanced class where you can learn new things, or even becoming a yoga teacher yourself, there's a local yoga class with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 of the best places to practice yoga in Central Virginia.

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

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

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

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

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

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing health and wellness amenities around Central Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us today.

September
13

Richmond Favorites: Winners From Richmond Magazine's 2021 Survey

Richmond Favorites

Want the inside scoop on the top activities and destinations around Richmond's lively social scene? Thousands of Richmond Magazine's readers sent in their votes for the 34th annual Best & Worst survey, highlighting some of the area's top options. Our real estate agents know there's a lot to love about living in Central Virginia, too. Below are some of the favorites mentioned in the survey by Richmond Magazine.

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is such an iconic part of Richmond that it ranked at or near the top in several categories. People voted VMFA as "Best place for a first date" and "Best nonprofit art gallery or museum" as well as #3 in "Best place to take a first-time visitor," "Best place to picnic," and "Best place to people-watch." Admission is free for all guests, making it accessible to everyone. Hours are 10 a..m - 5 p.m. daily except Wednesday through Saturday, when doors are open until 9 p.m.

  • Deep Run Park - 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., Henrico, VA 23233
    A wide-ranging assortment of passive and active recreation opportunities earned Deep Run Park the top spot of  "Best county park." Cycling enthusiasts near Henrico homes for sale are "pumped" about the latest addition to Deep Run Park's attractions. The new pump track features a never-ending loop of rollers and berms that let cyclists propel themselves by shifting their weight instead of pedaling. Enjoy basketball, pickleball, and other team and partner sports at the onsite recreation center. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week. 

  • Lillie Pearl - 416 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    When a restaurant opens in the midst of a pandemic, it faces an uphill climb. Lillie Pearl, which debuted in November 2020, rapidly gained a following thanks to its fusion of Southern classics and African flavors. The signature dish at this year's "Best new restaurant" is Obe Ata Braised Lamb Shank, topped with West African tomato and bell pepper sauce and served with jollof rice and pickled collard stems. Owners Michael Lindsey and Kimberly Love-Lindsey plan to spin off their popular fried chicken into a spot at Hatch Food Hall. Lillie Pearl is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • River City Roll - 939 Myers St., Richmond, VA 23230
    River City Roll may have been voted "Best bowling alley," but it's much more than that. "Richmond's social spot" is one of only eight facilities in the world to offer HyperBowling, in which lighted targets on the bumpers add multipliers to your score. The live music schedule includes weekly "Brunch Unplugged" on Sunday. Relax on the pet-friendly patio as you dine on upscale fare such as truffle fries and spicy lamb meatballs. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday. River City Roll is 21 and up after 7 p.m.

  • The Fan District - 208 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Named for the unusual layout of its streets, the Fan District was recognized as the "Best neighborhood in the city of Richmond." Spend an afternoon strolling the streets and view the collection of spectacular homes built in a variety of architectural styles. Houses for the Holiday Tour, scheduled for December 11 and 12, is one of the most popular local fundraising events. 

Looking for the scoop on Richmond homes for sale? Contact us to learn more.

September
7

Where To Stop For Breakfast Around Central Virginia

Richmond Breakfast Spots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
9

Pay Attention to These Things When Your Neighbor Lists

Neighbor Selling

Has your neighbor recently listed their home? After you spot that for sale sign, this is an opportunity to find out more information about your neighborhood, your competition, and even your own house. Here are five things our real estate agents recommend you check out, especially if you plan on listing your home in the near future.

  1. Who is listing the house? 
    Is it someone who specializes in your neighborhood, for instance? It might not be a bad idea to have a conversation with your neighbor's real estate agent. See how well they know the area and if they have any recommendations.

  2. How similar is their home to yours?
    If you've never been inside your neighbor's house, go to the open house or ask if you can schedule an appointment. Another option is to view the listing photos online. If you do attend the open house, while you're there, consider features such as square footage, floor plan, number of rooms and bathrooms, and how updated their home is compared to yours. Taking a look around can tell you whether your home is comparable to theirs, so you know whether you can use their final sale price as an indicator for what your home might be worth.

  3. What does your home look like from a neighbor's point of view?
    Before you go into your neighbor's house, stand on the walk and look over at your house. Try to view it as a prospective buyer or a neighbor would. Take a look at your house from the neighbor's windows and backyard, too. What would you think about your house if you were a homebuyer visiting your neighbor's home? 

  4. How does the sale go?
    Continue tracking the listing, and note important details such as how long it takes to sell and what the final sale price is. If it sells within days, for instance, now might be an excellent time to list your home, too. If it takes weeks or months to sell, on the other hand, it might benefit you to wait out the slow market and list once home sales in your area pick up more.

  5. Is this an opportunity to work together?
    If you were about to list your own home, consider whether your neighbor's listing is an opportunity to work together. Rather than viewing your neighbor as competition, for instance, consider the ways in which your homes are different. You and your neighbor could use the same agent or encourage your agents to work together. Not all Richmond homes for sale are the same, and your two homes may have important differences that set them apart and make one or the other more appealing to specific buyers.

Whether you're thinking of selling soon or just biding your time, your neighbor's home sale can provide a wealth of information to help with your decision. If you're interested to learn about selling in your Central Virginia neighborhood, contact us today, and one of our experienced agents will talk to you about what you can expect when listing your home for sale.

August
2

Late Summer Blooms: Gardens Around Central Virginia

Gardens in Richmond

Central Virginia is always in full bloom when late summer rolls around. It's a season our real estate agents look forward to all year! Our local farms and gardens are bursting with life this season, and we're thrilled to share these great places to see the colors and taste the flavors of the season.

  • Agecroft Hall & Gardens - 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
    A splendid Tudor manor house and estate overlooking the James River, Agecroft Hall & Gardens offers splendid scenery in the heart of Richmond. It has several unique gardens, and the Shakespeare Garden is especially not to be missed, with its historic 1920s fountain tucked away among the boxwood trees. Agecroft Hall's beautifully manicured gardens have earned it a place on the Richmond Garden Trail, which includes some of the most picturesque sites in the city near these Richmond homes for sale

  • Fresh Branch Farm - 13801 N Ivey Mill Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
    There's always something new growing and something fun to explore at Fresh Branch Farm. You-pick sunflowers are always a highlight of their summer season, and visitors can pick their own blooms from vast fields of towering sunflowers. They're usually in full bloom by August. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Fresh Branch Farm also offers grass-fed Piedmontese beef shares and fresh eggs from their large flock of free-range chickens.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    If you're in Virginia in June, be sure to stop at Lavender Fields Herb Farm to see their 200 lavender plants in full bloom. But if you're planning a visit later in the summer, rest assured that there's still plenty to see at this lovely farm just outside Richmond. They offer dozens of herb, vegetable, and fruit crops that are seasonally available, and many of their specialties, like lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade, are available throughout the warmer months. You'll find them just a short drive from these Glen Allen homes for sale, among the rolling hills of Henrico County. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
    Spanning more than 50 acres, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a prime destination to immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. With more than a dozen themed gardens, including the Rose Garden and Cherry Tree Walk, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens offers something special in every season. Late summer visitors can delight in finding the roses, daylilies, hibiscus, gardenias, and sacred lotus in full bloom. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located a stone's throw from these Henrico homes for sale, just outside Richmond. 

  • Going for Green Farm - Merchants Hope Rd. Prince George, VA 23875
    Bring home locally grown flowers when you stop by Going for Green Farm. Sarah is the owner and "chief flower grower" who started her business near Prince George homes for sale. Be sure to check out their schedule for farmers markets they'll be attending with their locally grown sunflowers and other late summer blooms. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

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! 

May
10

BBQ Spots in Central Virginia for National BBQ Day

Richmond BBQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            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.

              February
              15

              Margarita Day in Richmond: Where you Can Celebrate

              Richmond Margaritas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              February
              1

              Renovating? 5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

              Richmond Pet Tips

              Home renovations can be stressful for the whole family, as you shift furniture out of the way or temporarily lose access to important parts of the home. It can be especially hard on the furry members of your household, who struggle to understand why their favorite spot by the window is suddenly off-limits. But with some careful planning and reassurance, you and your pets can get through the renovation process comfortably. Follow these tips to make the process less stressful for your pets. 

              1. Communicate With Your Contractors
                Ask the contractor what areas of the home the workers will need access to for the renovation and for approximately how many hours of the day. Note that this may change slightly, as projects can take unpredictable turns. But you'll be able to know which areas of the house to keep your pet out of most of the time. Let them know how many pets you have and where they will be while they are working. Clear communication will help ensure your pet isn't let out of the house accidentally while the renovation is in progress. 

              2. Give Them a Spot 
                Choose an area well away from the noise and mess for your pet to seek refuge. This area should have their food, water, favorite toys, and a bed or blanket. Your bedroom may be the best room for this, but if yours is one of the Richmond homes for sale getting a new master bath downstairs would be better suited for your pet's space. 
                 
              3. Take Them Away from the Noise
                Getting out might be the best strategy for large or noisy projects. Visiting a pet-friendly store is a great chance to get a new treat or toy as a reward for putting up with all the mess. Stop by a dog park, or if your backyard isn't full of lumber and tools, a day closer to home might work well. If your renovation project is extensive or your pet is especially nervous around strangers, you may want to consider boarding your pet for a portion of the project's duration. 

              4. Don't Forget Their Routine
                Change is always stressful, and the antidote to stress is routine. As much as possible, keep feeding times and other important rituals as closely as possible. Remember to take them on their daily walk or other activities they enjoy.

              5. Examine the Space
                When the work is completed, do a thorough inspection of the area. Look for small tools or bits left behind that could harm your pet. Make sure there are no chemicals left behind, and any paint or lacquer is at least dry to the touch. The "after" of a home renovation looks amazing, but for a pet, it's a maze of unfamiliar sights and smells. Ensure that these aren't overwhelming as you and your pet get used to the new look. 

              Our real estate agents love seeing all family members enjoy their home, four-legged family members being no exception. If you have any questions about keeping your pets happy through home renovations and projects to complete before listing your home for sale, contact us today. 

              January
              25

              Try Out a New Hobby in Richmond

              Hobbies in Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              January
              11

              Find Your New Favorite Richmond Brewery this Year

              Richmond Brewery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              December
              28

              Fireplace Safety Guide to Follow This Winter

              Fireplace Tips

              One of the best ways to warm up this winter is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. A fireplace adds a cozy touch to your home in colder weather, but if it's not maintained and used properly, it can pose a fire hazard.

              Our real estate agents suggest the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips you need to know this winter:

              1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually
                Creosote and soot – byproducts of fires that aren't burning efficiently – can build up and coat the inside of your chimney. Once this happens, these substances can catch fire. To prevent this from happening, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney before using it this season.

              2. Take care of ashes properly
                After using your fireplace, take care of the ashes properly, so a smoldering one doesn't start a fire. Don't vacuum them up because live coals can still remain and could cause a fire in your vacuum cleaner bag. Instead, remove them from the firebox by using the ash dump or scooping them out from the firebox once the ashes are cold. 

              3. Use a non-flammable rug
                Buy a non-flammable rug – which you should be able to find at a fireplace supply store – to put in front of your fireplace. That way, if sparks fly out, they won't damage your carpet.

              4. Protect your kids
                Never leave a fire unattended if you have children in the house. Now's the time for them to learn to stay away from the fireplace as well as the tools you use for it.

              5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
                Make sure you have enough working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This will help your family stay safe in case of a fire or if there's a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless, clear, and tasteless toxic gas. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly, and their batteries should be replaced annually.

              6. Your fireplace should have a door
                Make sure your door has a tight-fitting door rather than a screen. A door will keep sparks inside the fireplace, while a screen may let some escape.

              7. Check the flue or damper
                Before starting a fire, check your damper or flue to make sure it's open by looking up into your chimney with a flashlight or mirror. It should remain open to let smoke out of your house, so keep it that way until all the embers have stopped burning.

              8. Use wood that's dry and well-aged
                Avoid using wet or green wood in your fireplace. These woods cause more smoke and make more soot build up in your chimney.

              9. Keep the area around your fireplace clear
                Keep all flammable items – including draperies, newspapers, and furniture – away from your fireplace. If they get too close, they could catch fire from a sparking ember.

              10. Never leave a fire unattended
                Never fall asleep or leave your home with a fire burning, even if it's just for a brief moment.

              11. Keep a window cracked
                If you can, leave a window slightly cracked when you have a fire going. That way, you'll be keeping the room ventilated and give any smoke or gasses a chance to escape.

              Contact us today at Napier ERA if you're interested in Richmond homes for sale. If a fireplace is on your list of must-have items for your new home, we can show you houses where one or more fireplaces creates a beautiful focal point.

              November
              30

              Try These 5 Painting Tips From the Pros

              Richmond Painting Tips

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

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

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

              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.

              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. 

              July
              15

              6 Favorite Ice Cream Shops in the RVA

              Richmond VA Ice Cream Shops

              July 21 National Ice Cream Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              July
              8

              5 Donation Centers in Central Viriginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              July
              1

              Best Spots for a Picnic Around Richmond

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

              July is National Picnic Month.  What better time to pack a picnic basket and head out to your favorite park with family and friends.

              Part of the Richmond area's draw is our wealth of green spaces.  It's not hard to find a soft patch of grass to spread out a blanket for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. With so many options available, we thought we would help you narrow down your choices.  

              Our REALTORS® take a look at five favorite parks and picnic spots in and around Richmond.

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

              Often the process of buying a house seems like "no picnic." With help from Napier ERA, it can be easier than you ever imagined. Napier ERA combines local real estate insight with reliable customer service. 

              Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond real estate area.

              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.

              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.

              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. 

              November
              13

              7 Tips for Buying a Home in Henrico During the Holidays

              Henrico Buy a Home for the Holidays
              Fall is in the air and the holiday season is gearing up. As you prepare to do your holiday shopping, our real estate agents want you to know that there is no better gift to your family than a new home. As you consider homes for sale in Henrico, the following are seven tips that can turn your homeownership dreams into a reality this holiday season. 

              1. Golden Geese Lay Great Deals
                Holidays are not prime season for home sales which means that when you find a good deal, it is often a bargain. Sellers who list their home between November to January are typically highly motivated to make a deal. If you are willing to be patient and work with buyers on move-in dates, etc., you will find plenty of opportunities to pad your nest egg with plenty of gold.  

              2. Watch Interest Rates Closely
                Many factors can influence interest rates, and you should pay close attention to news reports about potential rate changes. This will help you determine the best time to purchase and whether you want to lock in a 30-year fixed mortgage or another mortgage product.

              3. Get Pre-Approved
                Sellers are eager to wrap things up quickly during the holiday season. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you leverage at the negotiating table. For sellers, it shows that you are serious about making the purchase and that you have the ability to seal the deal. On your end, it also helps simplify your search and help you plan for the monthly payments. 
                      
              4. Shop Early
                While everyone else is getting ready for Black Friday sales, spend your time searching out the perfect property for your family. The thousands you can save in property prices far outweigh the deals and discounts offered by retailers. Our real estate agents can help you find a home in Henrico that fulfills your vision as the perfect setting to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The sooner you start, the sooner you can move into your new home.

              5. Talk to Your Accountant
                Homeownership offers some significant tax advantages. These include deducting mortgage interest. Of course, it is a two-sided coin and you will also be liable for property taxes. Purchasing a home will have a considerable impact on your tax liability. You will want to discuss this beforehand with your accountant so that you know exactly what to expect when the ink dries on the contract.

              6. Bring Your Imagination
                It is easy to see the beauty of a home in the spring and summer. It's not so easy during the fall and winter. When searching for properties during the holiday season in Henrico, you will need to imagine and envision what the home and landscape look like when the flowers are in bloom and the trees are lush and green.  

              7. Use Your Vacation Time
                Do you have a week or two of vacation time saved up? As things slow down at the office, now is the time to make the most of them. You can use your vacation days to scout neighborhoods, view properties, and seal the deal with the lawyers and bankers.

              When visions of new homes replace the sugarplums and fairies in your dreams, Napier ERA Real Estate can help you make your home ownership dreams a reality. Contact us to start searching for homes for sale in Henrico this holiday season and to learn more about our services.  

              August
              20

              Start Your Engines at the Richmond Raceway

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

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

              Get to Know Richmond Raceway

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

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

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

              Richmond Raceway

              Experience the Excitement

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

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

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

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

              December
              4

              Our Favorite Christmas Towns in Virginia

              It's a Wonderful Life in These Six Local Communities 

              Six Local Christmas Towns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              November
              27

              Henrico County Historic Homes - The Walkerton Tavern

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

              Henrico County Walkerton Tavern

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

              A Historic Local Landmark

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

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

              Holiday Happenings at the Walkerton Tavern

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

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

              Planning Your Visit to the Tavern

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

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

              November
              8

              Henrico County Welcomes Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

              Holiday Fun at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


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

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

              Holiday Events and Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              • Instagram Contest
                Share your best photos and tag #GardenFest

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

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              August
              24

              Salesperson Licensing Course September 11-15

              Salesperson Licensing Course

              Sept. 11-15 9am-5pm

              Napier ERA now offers a 5-day, 60-hour course that will fully satisfy your Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License Education requirement.  

              Classes will run from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you'll leave fully prepared to begin a rewarding career in real estate!

              Click here to complete the registration form, and you will be contacted promptly so that we can get you into the next class!

               

              June
              20

              At Home in Henrico County's Short Pump Town Center

              Discover 140+ Shops, Restaurants & Entertainment Venues

              Short Pump Town Center
              Imagine living in an area where you have top of the line retail shops, luxurious amenities and fine dining area just outside your front door. Sounds great! If you dream of such a life, you could have it all right here at Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County. This center is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex with over 140 stores and has been popular with shoppers since it opened its doors in 2003. You can enjoy the best of luxury living in homes available near the Short Pump Town Center.

              Living in this spectacular community will give you access to luxurious amenities, shopping, entertainment, and world-class dining. The best thing yet, you only take a short walk from your home. All the things that you need close to your home are right here at the Short Pump. The Center is a convenient location that offers easy access to notable areas including Barnes & Noble, Red Robin and Chipotle.

              Luxurious amenities

              Short Pump is a planned community that will give you the luxury of walking along beautifully landscaped walkways with serene water features and hanging lanterns. During the chilly months, you can still enjoy the atmosphere since there are heated pavilions and outdoor fireplaces. Shopping and dining has never been this amazing in winter. Enjoy the luxurious amenities in this community including Red Door spa, full-service fitness center, and beautiful outdoor spaces. 

              Short Pump Restaurants

              Dining

              The Short Pump Town Center offers an excellent selection of dining options. This is an awesome place to share a meal with family and friends. Whether you want to have a cup of coffee or a gourmet entrée, you will have no trouble finding a place to grab something at the Short Pump Town Center. Dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Lehja, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Boathouse and Rock Bottom Restaurant. Cold Stone Creamery is also available to satisfy your sweet tooth.

              Short Pump Retailers

              Shopping

              You can enjoy a versatility of shopping in over 140 unique shops including Macys, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, TUMI, Madewell, Sephora, Free People, Athleta and Pottery Barn. There are popular clothing stores, high-end retailers and even stores that are sure to become your favorites. The Short Pump aims to be an awesome place for people who love everything about shopping.

              Short Pump Park

              When it comes to picnics, walks, kids' fun and pets, this is the best place to live. The park has a water play area with an enclosed dog park and fountain sprays. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk. The park also has play equipment, shelter building, restroom, and additional trails. The Short Pump is a wonderful place that will make your stay in Henrico County an exciting experience.

              Excellent Entertainment

              Do you want to enjoy a movie but don't feel like driving to the closest theater? No worries! All you have to do is to take a short walk to the Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX. And when you are in the mood for a laugh, just head over to the Funny Bone Comedy Club.

              Short Pump, has more to offer than just great places for entertainment and dining. It's a place with amazing people and a great history. If you are looking for homes in Henrico County, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect place to settle down at the Short Pump Town Center. At Napier Realtors, we have the experience to help us find your dream home. Contact us today for more information about homes in Richmond and finding a great place to live in the Short Pump Town Center.

              June
              9

              Where to Find Great Homes in Richmond, VA

              Getting to Know Richmond Real Estate

              Richmond Real Estate

              The historic city of Richmond, VA lies in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region with the sprawling Chesapeake Bay to the east and the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the west. The Richmond area is filled with big-city attractions along with a healthy dose of small-town charm. When you're shopping for Richmond real estate, it's a great idea to take a look at all of the communities that make up the historic Richmond area in order to find the right fit. Today, we'll be taking a closer look at Richmond City along with Henrico County, Chesterfield County and Hanover County.

              1. Richmond City

                You may know Richmond as a city steeped in history, tradition and outdoor entertainment--and that's all true. But did you know that the city is also a huge destination for fashion, fantastic food and public art? The city is even home to a thriving craft beer scene with more than 20 micro-breweries serving unique, creative flavors that you won't find anywhere else. No matter your interests or who will be moving with you, every member of the household will quickly find something to love about life in Richmond, VA.

                By the way, the households are pretty impressive, too! Homes in Richmond feature a mix of the historic and the modern with properties priced to fit every budget. This is the place to be if you're after the best of urban living in VA and it's the sort of city that will never stop surprising you.

              2. Henrico County

                Meandering its way north of the city of Richmond, Henrico County is filled with family-friendly communities and fun outdoor activities. The Recreation Department in Henrico County maintains a vast collection of public parks along with a golf course, sports leagues for all ages (seniors included!) and summer camps to keep the kids busy while school is out. The community is also big on history with a fascinating Civil War Trail and plaques posted throughout the area detailing important local historical events. Homes in Henrico County will be especially appealing for families with kids, but this is a great place to be for anyone seeking suburban living near Richmond, VA.

              3. Chesterfield County

                Located just south of Richmond, Chesterfield County has a history that dates back to the county's foundation way back in 1749 and beyond. Today, Chesterfield County has grown into a hot-spot for large, corporate employers with companies like DuPont, UPS, Walmart, Amazon and Capital One operating large facilities within county borders. Even with all of that economic action, the communities of Chesterfield County more than maintain their small-town charm. There is also natural beauty to be found in every direction in Chesterfield County so it's easy to find homes in Chesterfield County that feature great views.

              4. Hanover County

                Last but definitely not least, Hanover County is located north of Richmond and it's a lovely place to call home. Hanover County is the smallest on our list by population size and that translates to a collection of small, welcoming towns that still provide easy access to the big city. Homes in Hanover County really do offer the best of both worlds. There's also plenty to do around Hanover County including adult sports leagues, a huge collection of parks and a unique commitment to preserving local history.


              Ready to find your next home in one of Richmond's communities? Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs in the Richmond, VA area

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