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May
23

Plan a Staycation in the Richmond Area

Richmond Staycation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
16

How to Pick the Right Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
11

Hop on a Richmond Trolley Tour

Richmond Trolley

What's the best way to see the beautiful city of Richmond? Every year, thousands of potential residents explore Richmond homes for sale by driving or walking through the area. If you prefer something a little more adventurous, our real estate agents may have a suggestion or two!

You don't need to go to San Francisco or New York City to get a unique view in a classic way – as a passenger on a trolley.

A trolley tour gives you the opportunity to bring your group or meet new people as you discover everything Richmond has to offer. The tours are led by experienced guides who are glad to answer questions along the way. They'll also give you plenty of chances to snap great pictures.

Why Choose a Trolley Tour?

A trolley tour is a truly unique way to get around. You can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of a fully restored historic or replica trolley complete with plush seats and intricate interiors. Plus, you have a chance to make new friends and connect in a warm and inviting atmosphere with social seating.

RVA is known for its beautiful weather and its lovely surroundings. The city has a true soft spot for trolleys, as it was the site of the very first trolley system – beginning operations back in 1888. At the time, it was lauded as the most advanced public transportation system in the world.

These days, trolleys are still seen on the streets of Richmond, but most of them operate under private tour guides. They're a fun and exciting way to get a tantalizing taste of the authentic Richmond.

What Kind of Trolley Tours Can You Do in Richmond?

If you decide to go with the classic trolley tours from RVA on Wheels, you have three options:

  • RVA Historic Trolley Tour
    Richmond was a key part of the Revolutionary War era and is full of all kinds of historical sites from the colonial period and beyond. With the RVA Historic Trolley Tour, you'll be introduced to four centuries of history in one of America's oldest and most diverse cities. The tour runs for two hours and will take you on a whirlwind excursion to some of the top historical highlights across the ages.

  • Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour
    Taking place on the third Friday of each month and running through the evening, the "Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour" lets you get on and off whenever you wish. You'll stop by some of the city's top craft breweries in the company of three local comedians. Get their unique observations and insights on the RVA while you discover the ins and outs of the city's unique dining culture.

  • Hollywood Cemetery Tour
    It's the "haunted" Richmond tour you can enjoy any time of the year, not just Halloween! Hear some of the local legends of the RVA, including duels for honor that lasted well into the 1880s, Virginia Governor "Extra Billy" Smith, and much more. The Hollywood Cemetery helped to ignite interest in creating the national holiday of Memorial Day, and now you'll learn all about it on your trolley tour!

Ready to learn more about what the Richmond area has to offer? Contact us to find out more about Richmond today.

April
12

Fun Features to Add to Your Landscaping

Landscaping Ideas

With landscaping season finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about how you can boost your home's curb appeal. Your yard and landscaping are the first things guests, and potential buyers see when visiting your home. As a result, good landscaping not only makes your home look nice but can help to boost your home's value. 

Consider incorporating these fun features into your landscaping this spring before listing your home among Central Virginia homes for sale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful landscaping is the best way to make a great first impression when visitors stop by your home. For more tips on how to make the most of your yard, contact us today.

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