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November
28

7 Tips For a More Organized Kitchen Pantry

Kitchen Pantry

If you feel like you're always running out of pantry space, you're not alone. Pantry space is often at a premium in homes, leaving us to scramble to find space for all our food, kitchen gadgets, and supplies. Would you like to keep your pantry more organized for the holiday season and beyond? Here are a few recommendations from our real estate agents for making the best possible use of that space.

  1. Make Hard-To-Reach Areas More Accessible With Baskets
    Making the best use of your pantry means not letting any space go to waste. Baskets can help you utilize even hard-to-access spaces, such as corners, deep shelves and cabinets, and the topmost and bottommost shelves. Simply pull the basket out like a drawer to access what's in it.

  2. Label Your Baskets and Bins
    Grouping items by type and labeling baskets accordingly will also help you make use of those spaces and find what you need quickly. Don't bother with pulling out each basket to see what's in it. There are a wide variety of types of labels available: peel-off, reusable, chalkboard, and clip-on labels for fabric and natural baskets, or invest in an inexpensive label maker.

  3. Install Pull-Out Drawers
    In addition to baskets, pull-out wire drawers can be great for organizing the pantry, especially when it comes to heavier items such as cans. They're easy to install and common additions to pantries, so you'll see a lot of them in staged pictures online and in Richmond homes for sale.

  4. Use Can Organizers
    Cans and jars can be difficult to organize because if they're on a shelf or in a basket, from the top, they all look the same. Make cans easier to find by sorting by food type and storing them in baskets or drawers, using can organizers or using tiered shelves to elevate back rows and make labels more visible.

  5. Make Use of Vertical Space
    Much of the wasted space in a pantry is poorly used vertical space. Find ways to make use of vertical space, such as baskets, shelf risers, tiered shelves, can organizers, lazy Susans, and vertical dividers for storing things like cookie sheets and cutting boards. Even tall, narrow containers for dry goods such as cereal can be a good way to use your pantry's vertical space between shelves.

  6. Utilize Wall and Door Space
    Even wall space and the back of the pantry door can be used for storage. Consider mounting organizers such as spice racks, bag organizers, and hanging baskets for snacks. An over-the-door shoe organizer can be used to corral water bottles. Seemingly unusable wall space is also a good place to mount hooks for hanging things like aprons and brooms.

  7. Store Seldom-Used Appliances and Kitchen Gadgets
    The pantry can also help keep your countertops clear and save your kitchen cupboard space by providing a place to store those appliances and kitchen gadgets you only use for the holidays and special occasions. If you lack cupboard space in your kitchen or want to clear your counters, carve out some storage space for those items in the pantry and just pull them out when they're needed.

Organizing your pantry will not only make your life easier, but it could also add to the value of your home. When it comes time to list, a well-organized pantry with custom shelving and drawers can be a selling point. Contact us for more tips.

November
7

Sign Up for These Turkey Trots in the Richmond Area

Richmond Turkey Trots

Thanksgiving is a great holiday to enjoy all your favorite foods. A busy social calendar around the Richmond area means you can fit in a run, even during the holiday season!  Enjoy your turkey dinner and all the trimmings, and start the day at one of these exciting turkey trots near Richmond homes for sale

  • RRRC Turkey Trot 10K - Bryan Park and Nature Center, 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
    With more than 2,500 members, the Richmond Road Runners Club is among the largest running groups in the country. Their annual RRRC Turkey Trot 10K is one of approximately 20 races sponsored by the club each year. The course runs through beautiful Bryan Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Registration fees start at $30 for the in-person or virtual event, with no charge for the kids' run. Race time is 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 24.

  • SPC Turkey Waddle 5K Run & Walk- Salisbury Presbyterian Church, 13621 Salisbury Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Share the true spirit of Thanksgiving by helping to put food on someone else's table. 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of the SPC Turkey Waddle 5K Run & Walk, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Feed More, a food bank in Central Virginia. The family- and dog-friendly course circles scenic Salisbury Lake, just minutes from Midlothian homes for sale. The registration fee is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 13 and under. Enroll multiple entrants at once to save on the sign-up fee. The race starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 24.

  • 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk - Colonial Heights High School - Technical Center, 3451 Conduit Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Can the 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk top last year's event, when more than 1,200 energetic people participated? This popular race is designed to encourage healthy living and promote a strong sense of community around Colonial Heights homes for sale. if you want a lighter workout, sign up for the one-mile fun run/walk. Registration fees range from $12-$75, with $5 for every participant donated to the school of the entrant's choice. Race time is 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 24.

  • West End Orthodontics 5K Turkey Trot - Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    You might think the dental industry is more involved with Halloween, but their charitable spirit extends to Thanksgiving. The West End Orthodontics 5K Turkey Trot is held to support We Heart Harlie & Friends, an organization that provides financial assistance for medically fragile children. All participants receive a medal and pair of socks, along with post-race treats of hot chocolate, bagels, bananas, and Krispy Kreme donuts. Entrance fees start at $25 for walkers and $30 for runners. Head to Crump Park, right down the street from Glen Allen homes for sale, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 24.

Want to get in some training? Hit the running trail at these great spots that offer plenty of room and some nice scenery along the way.

  • James River Park, conveniently located in the heart of Richmond, features more than 22 miles of trails ranging from easy to challenging.
  • The one-mile course at Byrd Park allows you to get a quick workout during your lunch hour. Sneak in some strength training with pull-up bars and other stationary equipment nearby.
  • With a span of more than 50 miles, the Virginia Capital Trail can accommodate any length of run.

Are you buying or selling a home in Richmond? Our real estate agents will lace up their running shoes and do all the hard work for you. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

October
24

Explore Pocahontas State Park This Fall

State Park

Fall in Central Virginia has always been one of our real estate agents' favorite seasons. As the weather cools off and the trees light up with brilliant colors, there's simply no better time to get out and explore the great outdoors. 

And there may be no better place to do so than Pocahontas State Park. Just 30 minutes from Richmond, this spectacular state park offers some of the most amazing fall foliage in the region, along with a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

Pocahontas State Park Fall Foliage

Spanning nearly 8,000 acres, Pocahontas State Park is Virginia's largest state park. It was first opened in 1946 and was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the hills and valleys surrounding Swift Creek.

Many of the original CCC structures are still in use within the park, which encompasses a diverse landscape with various forest habitats. Different tree species are abundant here, from white oak and beech to tuliptree and poplar. 

That diversity makes this a spectacular place to watch the leaves change in fall. As you travel from one part of the park to another, you can traverse landscapes ranging from rugged upland hardwood forests to boggy bottomlands, and the colors vary accordingly.

Explore the Trails

Pocahontas State Park offers 90 miles of trails, with options for hikers of all skill and fitness levels. About 10 miles of trails are restricted exclusively to hiking, while the rest are also open to mountain biking. About 13 miles of bridle trails are also available. 

Almost any trail in the park can be perfect for a fall foliage hike. The 2.3-mile Forest Exploration Trail is a great place to start. This loop trail follows a path through fairly easy terrain and offers a lot of great woodland scenery on a hike that usually takes about 45 minutes to complete. 

The Forest Exploration Trail also connects with many other trails in Pocahontas State Park, offering plenty of options for a longer hike. Dogs are permitted but must be leashed at all times. 

Fishing and Boating

At the heart of Pocahontas State Park is Swift Creek Lake, which was created with the construction of a dam on its namesake stream. The lake spans 156 acres and offers excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. 

Boating is allowed on the lake but is restricted to electric motors and non-powered craft. That makes Swift Creek Lake a great spot for a peaceful fall canoe or kayak adventure. Paddling the lake offers a great viewpoint from which to experience the brilliant autumn foliage. 

Stay the Night

Pocahontas State Park is such a vast landscape that it's impossible to explore it all in a single day. Luckily, plenty of options are available for overnight accommodations in the park. 

A shady, secluded campground is open year-round, offering more than 100 campsites for tents and RVs. The campground includes water and electric hookups as well as modern shower and restroom facilities and is walkable to many hiking trails in the park. 

More modern accommodations are also available, including cabin rentals, yurts, and a six-bedroom lodge. All accommodations are available by reservation. 

Getting There

Pocahontas State Park is located in Chesterfield County, less than 20 miles from Richmond. The main entrance to the park is on Beach Road, about a 30-minute drive from the city and within a short drive of many Richmond homes for sale.

Virginia is a special place to call home in any season. Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in the Richmond area. 

October
17

History of the Riverfront Canal Walk

Riverfront Canal Walk

History, culture, and nature meet at the Riverfront Canal Walk, one of Richmond's more popular attractions for both locals and tourists. Our real estate agents share what makes this fascinating spot a must-see for everyone. 

Founding and Early Days of the Canal

While the seven-mile falls of the James River offer wonderful recreational and sightseeing opportunities near Richmond homes for sale, they were a serious problem during the Colonial era. The falls served as an obstacle for ships carrying passengers and goods into the western region.

George Washington was the driving force behind the creation of the canal. In 1784, Washington appeared before the Virginia General Assembly to support proposed legislation creating a waterway designed to circumvent the falls.

When the state incorporated the James River Company the following year, Washington was installed as honorary president in recognition of his efforts. The canal was built in sections, with the 197-mile system reaching its final destination of Buchanan in 1851.

During the canal's prime years during the mid-19th century, nearly 200 boats regularly traveled its waters. Unfortunately, the triple threats of flooding, Civil War damage, and growing use of railroads prevented construction from fulfilling Washington's vision of reaching the Kanawha River.

In the late 20th century, the canal gained new life as part of a sweeping development of Richmond's waterfront. After nearly 10 years of design and construction, the Riverfront Canal Walk had its grand opening ceremony on June 4, 1999.

History Medallions

Visitors of all ages love spotting the 22 bronze medallions embedded in the River Walk's path. Each one denotes a specific location or event with historical significance. Some of these include:

  • Electric Trolley, memorializing the world's first commercially successful electric streetcar system right here in Richmond

  • Tidewater Connection Locks, only one of which remains and is visible from two spots along the Canal Walk

  • James River and Kanawha Canal, the iconic structure that ultimately provided the genesis of the Canal Walk

Public Art and Statues

  • While the Tidewater Connection Locks are no longer operational, a large-scale model exhibit sits nearby, just at the end of S. 12th St.

  • As a one-time surveyor and landowner of property west of the Allegheny Mountains, George Washington had a deep understanding of the value in creating easily accessible routes to that region. His foresight ultimately led to the development of the canal system and the rise of Richmond as a commercial center. An exhibit at 139 Virginia St. is dedicated to this story.

About the Riverfront Canal Walk

  • The Canal Walk spans 1.25 miles along the riverfront, with access points at nearly every block from 5th to 17th Streets.

  • Leashed dogs are welcome at the Canal Walk, which is open year-round, 24/7.

  • Once you've explored on foot, get a different view from one of the Riverfront Canal Cruises.

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Richmond, we can provide knowledgeable assistance from start to finish. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

October
3

Wine Tastings Near Richmond

Richmond Wine

Richmond is well known for its craft beer scene, but the local wine culture in Central Virginia doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Some of the best wine country in the eastern United States is a stone's throw from Richmond, and today, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite Richmond-area wineries and vineyards. Stop by these local spots for a wine tasting and to savor wines from the Richmond area.

  • Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery - 3445 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    Beer, wine, cider, and mead are all on the table at Garden Grove Brewery & Urban Winery. Located just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale, Garden Grove manages its own vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains, ensuring that every grape used to make their wine is of the utmost quality. Their warm, welcoming taproom on Cary Street offers beer flights as well as wine tastings, and they also provide a menu of tasty snacks that pair well with each beverage. 

  • Brambly Park - 1708 Belleville St, Richmond, VA 23230
    Brambly Park is a winery, but it's also much more than that. It's an urban oasis in the historic Scott's Addition neighborhood, one that includes indoor and outdoor dining areas, a live music and events venue, and a park-like landscape spanning 2 acres. Whether you want to sip a glass or two of their Virginia Chardonnay while you watch a live band or dine in your own private yurt, this unique destination has you covered. 

  • C'est le Vin - 15 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Food, wine, and art all come together at C'est le Vin, an upscale art gallery and eatery in the heart of the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. Serving tapas and a fantastic wine selection, this stylish spot offers a carefully curated selection of wines from all over the world, as well as tasty offerings like patatas bravas, marinated olives, and baked brie en crote. 

  • Spring Run Vineyards - 10700 Spring Run Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Just south of Richmond in Chesterfield County lies Spring Run Vineyards, an endearing family-owned nano farm, and winery that makes small batches of hand-crafted wines. They only produce 250 to 300 cases every year, which makes each bottle all the more special. The winery is located near many Chesterfield homes for sale, and is open every Saturday throughout the wine season, as well as on select "Wine Down Wednesdays."

  • Once Upon a Vine - 4009 MacArthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227
    You'll find Richmond's best selections of wines from around the world at Once Upon a Vine. This locally-owned establishment has been recognized as one of the best wine and beer stores in Virginia by publications including Style Magazine and Virginia Living. They also host regular wine and beer tastings in the store. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. If you're on the search for your dream home, our real estate agents are here to help you find it in the Richmond area. 

September
19

Plan Ahead for the 2022 Richmond Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

It's never too early to start planning for the Richmond Oktoberfest, with this year's event expected to be bigger and better than ever. The 2022 edition is the 52nd annual Richmond Oktoberfest and will be taking place at the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway. This two-day event features all of the charms of a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration, with a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a packed schedule of events. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details on what to expect.

Where: Richmond Raceway Old Dominion Building – 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222

Dates and Times: October 7, 2022 – 6:00 PM-11:00 PM, October 8, 2022 – 3:00 PM-11:00 PM

Two Days Packed with Food, Drink, Dancing, and Entertainment

The 52nd Annual Richmond Oktoberfest is organized by the Richmond Oktoberfest non-profit organization and has been a staple on the annual calendar since the first event in 1969. The Richmond Oktoberfest is designed to be just like the Oktoberfest celebrations that you'll find in smaller cities and towns all around Germany. That means you can expect plenty of dancing, food, music, live entertainment, and German beers throughout the two-day celebration.

  • Live Entertainment
    Get in a celebratory mood with live music from local bands with a German twist. The headline performers include the ACCA Sauerkraut Band and Die Lustigen Almdudler, with live performances happening on both days of the event. Learn a few steps from the Hirschjager Bavarian Dancers, and dance the night away in the authentic German Biergarten. The live music starts at the beginning of the festival each day and continues throughout the whole evening. 

  • Enjoy the Annual Parade
    The first night of the event is highlighted by the annual parade, where the queen of Oktoberfest will be crowned. The Grand March starts with remarks from the president of the Richmond Oktoberfest non-profit organization and a speech from a representative of the German Embassy. After the parade, stick around for more live music and the annual Beer Stein Hoisting Contest to cap off the evening.

  • Fantastic Food and Drink
    Of course, it wouldn't be a proper Oktoberfest celebration without some authentic German cuisine and outstanding beer. You can enjoy food from the buffet stand, where you'll find favorites like the sausage plate, roast pork plate, and sausage sampler. For a quick bite, stop by the snack stand to sample tasty treats like potato pancakes with applesauce and jalapeno-filled pretzels. The beer and wine stands offer a diverse selection of German beverages, while the soft drink stand features drinks for younger attendees. For dessert, stop by the bakery stand to sample cakes, pastries, and more.

Know Before You Go

Already planning ahead for this year's Richmond Oktoberfest? You can purchase your tickets in advance online or at the door. The cost per ticket is $15. There's a discount on tickets available for seniors and military members. Children 15 and under can attend the event free of charge.

When you live in Richmond, the next exciting event is never far away on the calendar. Our team is here to help you find the perfect home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA, area.

September
12

Your Guide to Spotless Windows

Spotless Windows

It often gets overlooked, but sparkling clean windows can make a big difference in how your house looks, both inside and out. Whether you're selling your home or just want it to look its best, here are a few tips from our real estate agents on making your windows dirt-free and crystal clear.

  • Choose the Right Weather
    It may seem counterintuitive, but you actually don't want to wash your windows on a beautiful sunny day, as the heat and direct sunlight will dry the cleaning solution before you can remove the streaks. Instead, choose an overcast day with no chance of precipitation to wreck your hard work.

  • Lose the Paper Towels
    The first tip the pros will give you is to stop using paper towels. Paper towels tend to disintegrate while you wipe, causing fibers to get stuck to the window. Plus, a lot of paper products are made with softening agents, which will leave a haze on your windows. Instead, use a clean microfiber towel.

  • Clean From Top to Bottom
    Always start at the top of the window and work your way down. Working side to side will also help to prevent you from having to redo any sections. Wipe all the way across before continuing on down to the next section.

  • Avoid Wiping in Circles
    It's tempting to wipe in a circular motion, but while this is usually a good way to clean, for windows, it's best to wipe side to side. That circular motion may be good for scrubbing, but it also generates static electricity, which will attract dust to your freshly cleaned window. Another option is to use an up and down motion, but since you're cleaning top to bottom and side to side, wiping back and forth makes more sense.

  • Wash the Outsides
    It's easy to forget that windows have two sides. You may get all the insides of the windows clean and think you're done, but for the windows to look truly clear, it's important to do both sides. 

  • Don't Forget the Screens
    While you're washing the outsides of your windows, be sure to get the screens as well. Dirty screens can detract from a view just as easily as dirty glass. Remove the screen so you can wash the window behind it, then wash the screen with the same cleaning solution as you're using on the outsides of the windows. Once the screen is dry, you can put it back in place.

  • Clean Your Windows Often
    The more often you clean them, the faster and easier the job will be. This is especially true of the outsides, which ironically are more often to be forgotten about and seldom cleaned. The outsides of the windows can get dirty quite quickly, though, so you'll notice that when it matters, frequent cleanings are best. For instance, Richmond homes for sale often have the windows cleaned regularly to keep them showing ready. Fortunately, if you clean the outsides more often, there will be less dirt accumulated each time you clean.

As the seasons start to change, it's more important than ever to get natural light into your home, especially if you're getting it ready for the market! For more tips on cleaning your home to get it ready to sell, contact us today.

August
15

New to Richmond? 5 Things to Know About the Area

RVA New

So you're new to Richmond and anxious to get your footing, but you don't know where to begin. Our real estate agents are here to help with their top five tips on learning the essentials about Richmond and why it's such a wonderful place to call home.

  1. Richmond's Job Market Is Healthy
    If you're searching for a job or looking for ways to advance, you're in the right place. In a 2021 study, financial website WalletHub ranked Richmond #20 on their list of best cities for professional opportunities. Richmond also comes in at #3 for availability of entry-level jobs, making it a great place for college graduates and others who are starting their career.

    In another sign of Richmond's solid economic climate, the city is home to seven companies that routinely appear in the Fortune 500, including CarMax, Dominion Energy, and Markel Insurance. Richmond has also proven to be a fertile area for tech startups, thanks in part to Startup Virginia, a nonprofit organization that fosters fledgling companies.

  2. Richmond Is Budget-Friendly
    Your hard-earned dollar goes further in Richmond. According to Best Places, which has been compiling and publishing data about U.S. cities for more than 30 years, Richmond's cost of living index is 95.1, placing it below the national index of 100. Cost of living is also lower than the rest of Virginia, which sits at 103.7, well above national.

    One of the biggest savings is in housing. Thanks to affordable home prices and rental properties, Richmond's index is 92.7. Transportation, which evaluates the cost of owning and operating a car along with mass transit fares, comes in at a low 83.5.

  3. Richmond Is Both Historic and Hip
    As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond's historical significance predates the country's founding. Richmond features more than 300 historical landmarks, including the Old Senate Chambers at the Virginia State Capitol, which is the country's oldest legislative body.

    But the city also has a delightful hipster vibe that's right in step with the times. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Carytown, a nine-block district with fun and funky shops, restaurants, and theaters.

  4. Richmond Brings the Great Outdoors to the City
    Did you know that Richmond is the only place in the country where you can raft Class III and IV rapids right in the heart of the city? The James River Park System, which spans upwards of 550 acres along the downtown waterfront, offers boating, hiking, climbing, and numerous other outdoor activities just minutes from Richmond homes for sale

  5. Richmond Is a Food Lover's Paradise
    Bon Appetit named the area "America's next great restaurant-obsessed town." Of course, Southern cooking is an art form here, but the increasingly eclectic restaurant scene includes tasty treats such as Proper Pie Co., serving up New Zealand-style sweet and savory pies, and Brenner Pass, headed up by Top Chef contestant Brittanny Anderson, which features a modern twist on Alpine-inspired dishes. 

Whether you're new to Richmond or you've been a lifelong resident, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for all your real estate needs. 

August
8

National Thrift Shop Day: Go Thrift Shopping in Richmond

Richmond Thrift Shop

August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day, and thrifters in the Richmond area have plenty of options when it comes to finding vintage goods at a bargain! 

Whether you're on the hunt for vintage clothes, antique furniture, or artwork, you never know what treasures await at your local thrift shop. That's why our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite thrift stores in Richmond.

  • Buffalo Exchange - 3140 W Cary St B, Richmond, VA 23221
    Located in Richmond's vibrant Carytown neighborhood, Buffalo Exchange is a hip vintage establishment that focuses on trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women. Buffalo Exchange is just minutes from countless Richmond homes for sale, and you're sure to find something that suits your style in their ever-changing collection. It's also a great place to sell and trade your own vintage wares, so bring in your gently used clothes in exchange for cash or store credit. 

  • West End Thrift - 7219 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294
    West End Thrift is a classic you-never-know-what-you'll find thrift shop. There's always a great selection of used clothes and furniture, but you could just as easily snag a few vinyl records for your collection, a funky lamp for your eclectic living room, or a painting that is truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Nifty Thrifty Store - 2821 Hathaway Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
    You can find all kinds of fun (and sometimes strange) items at Nifty Thrifty Store, a cozy little thrift shop in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. On a typical day, Nifty Thrifty is well-stocked with kitchen wares like mugs, dinnerware sets, and cookware, along with books, records, and CDs. Best of all, Nifty Thrifty Store donates a portion of its profits to helping fight homelessness in Virginia, so it's great to know that you're supporting a good cause when you shop in the store or donate your own items. 

  • Indigo Avenue Clothes - 448 N Ridge Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
    Arguably the leading vintage store in Richmond for women's fashion, Indigo Avenue Clothes is a great place to get like-new and gently used designer brand clothes at a fraction of the price. From dresses and blouses to shoes and handbags, this place always has a unique selection of great clothes. There's also a steady stream of new arrivals, and you're welcome to bring in your own vintage clothing to sell on consignment. 

  • Class and Trash - 1720 Altamont Ave, Richmond, VA 23230
    You'll find Class and Trash tucked away in the rapidly-revitalizing Scott's Addition neighborhood, where they sell all kinds of antiques, vintage goods, and old-fashioned oddities. With a focus on furniture, fixtures, décor, and collectibles, they offer some truly surprising and one-of-a-kind stuff. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia! And if you're looking for the perfect Richmond home for you and your family, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

July
25

Moving Tips That Help the Whole Family Adjust

Moving Tips

A move is challenging enough when it's just you, but moving with kids or pets makes the experience even more daunting. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips to make moving as easy as possible for the whole family. 

  • Help Them Understand What to Expect
    Children may have a lot of concerns when they learn that they're moving; explaining to them what they can expect during the move can alleviate their worries. Give them ample notice about the move. Ideally, you should discuss moving with them when you start looking at Richmond homes for sale or when moving becomes a likely possibility for your family. Explain to your kids what will happen during the move and how their stuff will be safely transported to their new home. 
  • Gather Moving Day Essentials
    Have your kids set aside any items that they want to keep with them during the move, like special toys or favorite stuffed animals, along with clothing and personal care items. They should also pick out a few activities to keep themselves entertained, like art supplies, a game, or a book. If you're moving with pets, assemble a moving kit for each pet that includes a leash or crate, food, a water and food bowl, toys, bedding, and anything else you might need to keep them comfortable.
  • Include Your Kids in the Move
    Children like to feel included, and moving is no exception. See that your kids feel included in the move by showing them pictures of their new rooms or even taking them to see their new home in person. Invite your children to brainstorm how they want to set up or decorate their new spaces. Encourage them to learn about their new neighborhood or city and find activities that they want to participate in or places they want to visit. 
  • Have Children Go Through Their Stuff Before Packing
    Suggest to your kids that they go through their stuff and get rid of items that they no longer use or want. This will reduce the amount of stuff that they have to pack and ensure that unnecessary clutter isn't transported to your new house. 
  • Host a See You Later Party
    A See You Later party is an opportunity for kids to say "see you later" to their friends and exchange contact info (like phone numbers, email addresses, or whatever you're comfortable with them using). You can also take a few photos of your children and their friends so that they'll have recent photographs to put up in their room. 
  • Recruit Help for the Move
    Whether you're handling the move yourself or outsourcing the job, there's a lot that needs to be done on moving day. Consider arranging an outing with a friend, recruiting a family member, or hiring a babysitter to get your kids out of the house and keep them entertained. This also applies to pets; with so many people entering and exiting your home, this can make moving a stressful experience. You might see if your pets can stay with a friend for a day or two or even utilize a pet daycare service. 

With a little planning and preparation, it's possible to minimize moving-related stress for the whole family. Ready to start searching for your next home? Contact us today!

July
18

Farm-to-Table Dining in Richmond

Dining in Richmond

There's no doubt that farm-to-table dining is a trendy option, and for good reason. The benefits to local farmers are significant, and the difference that comes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients can be tasted in every bite of your meal. Richmond is in the perfect position to offer farm-to-table dining, with so many fantastic local farms located throughout Central Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on 5 of the best farm-to-table dining experiences located in Richmond.

  • ShoreDog Cafe – 435-B N. Ridge Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
    Located near Richmond homes for sale and named in honor of a beloved family pet, ShoreDog Cafe is a relaxed, casual dining destination offering farm-to-table favorites and an espresso bar serving up premium coffee. ShoreDog Cafe recently added a cocktail hour menu, which includes charcuterie boards made with fresh, local ingredients and a variety of other special appetizers. They also offer a diverse selection of locally sourced craft beers, along with wine from around the world available by the bottle.

  • Shagbark – 4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd., Ste. 175, Richmond, VA 23230
    Open every evening for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, Shagbark is a foodie's dream that bases its entire menu on the seasonal ingredients offered by local farms, fishermen, and artisans. The restaurant has been recognized by USA Today, Wine Spectator, and more well-known publications for its mix of elegant atmosphere, friendly service, and fresh, farm-to-table entrees that rotate with the seasons. The menu is updated with new options every week, and there are special menus available during big holidays throughout the year.

  • The Broken Tulip – 3129 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Owned and operated by a husband and wife team who have traveled the world in search of the best international cuisine, The Broken Tulip infuses that unique, global feel into every aspect of its menu. The owners delight in uncovering lost recipes, discovering unique culinary creations, and sharing it all with you using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The Broken Tulip also offers a fun selection of group trips and tours that will take you on culinary adventures to different corners of the world.

  • Heritage – 1627 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Chef Joe Sparatta and wine director Emilia Sparatta began their culinary journey at one of New Jersey's top-rated restaurants, which included a 4-acre organic farm where many of the ingredients were sourced. They relied on that experience when opening Heritage, with a focus on warm, friendly service, farm-to-table meals, and a wine selection that consistently ranks among Virginia's best. Every dinner here includes 3 courses, and the menu is updated with new options every week so that there will be something new to try every time that you visit.

  • The Daily Kitchen & Bar – 2934 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    With patio dining, a sleek, modern dining room, and an in-house bar, The Daily Kitchen & Bar offers a setting to suit every mood with a menu to match. The ingredients for everything on the menu are sourced fresh from local farms, and this is also the only farm-to-table restaurant on our list that offers brunch every weekend. The menu includes a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options as well.

Your next amazing meal is never far from your front door when you live in Richmond, and our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.

July
11

Rearrange Your Furniture Like a Pro

Furniture Tips

Furniture really makes a room. Arrange the furniture one way, and you have a sleek and sophisticated look. Arrange it another way, and the same room looks cozy and inviting. Whether you're already in a home or still looking at Richmond homes for sale, the following furniture rearranging tips are sure to come in handy.

  • Decide on a Focal Point
    Before you move anything, decide on a focal point for the room. The focal point is the place that you want the eyes to be drawn to. All of your other furnishings will be oriented towards the focal point. In a living room, common focal points are the television and a picture window. In a dining room, the focal point may be a china cabinet or a piece of art.

  • Create Symmetry
    One way to make a room look balanced is to arrange your furniture symmetrically. In other words, you want there to be a clear dividing line between the room, and for furnishings on either side of that dividing line to match. For instance, you could put matching end tables on either side of the sofa and matching ottomans in front of the sofa on either side.

  • Consider a Floating Furniture Arrangement
    People often put furnishings along the walls by default. However, you can give your space a whole new look by opting for a floating furniture arrangement instead. Move chairs and sofas off the wall, orienting them around an area rug or coffee table. Create little "islands" of furniture throughout the room — maybe a TV area in one corner and a reading nook in another.

  • Measure First
    Regardless of how you arrange your furniture, make sure you measure it first. This will keep you from having to move heavy furniture more than once. With measurements in hand, you can measure your walls and spaces to ensure the furniture will fit in the area where you intend to place it.

  • Use Graph Paper
    If you're struggling to decide on a layout, grab some graph paper. Measure your room and draw its outline on the graph paper, allowing each square to account for one foot. Then, start drawing in your furniture. Create a few different layouts. Then, compare and contrast them to decide which one you like best.

  • Move the Big Items First
    You don't have to design the whole room at once if this feels overwhelming to you. Instead, start by putting your largest furnishings into place. In a living room, for example, this would typically be your sofa, entertainment center, and coffee table. Smaller items, like ottomans and end tables, are easier to move. So, you can experiment with a few different locations for these pieces until you find the one that feels right.

  • Leave Room for Traffic
    No matter how you arrange your furniture, always consider how people will travel through the room. Make sure there is a clear footpath with enough room for people to fit through without bumping into anything.

  • Use Light as an Accent
    Remember, lamps and portable lights are furniture, and they can also be used to accentuate other furniture. If you want to draw more attention to a certain table, put a small lamp on it. If a corner of the room looks dark, add a floor lamp. The right lights can transform a space.

At the end of the day, rearranging your furniture is about finding what works for you and your family. If you're still looking for the perfect home to refurnish, contact us soon. Our real estate agents are happy to help.

June
20

Shop at Local Richmond Markets This Summer

shop local

If you enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, handmade crafts, and mingling with neighbors, Richmond has quite a few local markets that take place all summer long. Shopping at small businesses helps to support the community, local economy, and independent artists and farmers. Since food doesn't travel far to get to the local market, you're sure to find some of the freshest fruits and vegetables around. 

You just might run into one of our real estate agents shopping at one of these local markets this summer:

  • Richmond Night Market - 100 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Food, live music, and tons of local artists can all be found at the Richmond Night Market, which has become a fun, popular weekend activity over the years. You never know what you'll find, and it's a great chance to become acquainted with some of Richmond's best local businesses. The event takes place at the 17th Street market every second Saturday of the month between 5 pm and 9 pm from April through December. The market is just a short drive away from these Richmond homes for sale.
     
  • Pop Up RVA - 3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    Explore dozens of local artists, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, and more at this fun community market that takes place every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Diamond (home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels) Red Lot. You can check Pop Up RVA's website for a list of vendors and a live music schedule. 

  • Carytown Farmer's Market - At City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave, Richmond, VA 23221
    Food travels an average distance of 31 short miles from the farm to Richmond's premier farmer's market, which sources food from 156 acres of local farmland and supports 28 local businesses in total. Shop local specialty foods and crafts from a wide selection of vendors every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. The Carytown Farmer's Market runs weekly from May through October.  

  • On The Square VA Farmer's Market - 109 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Break up the workday and stop by this lunchtime downtown market for some of the freshest local fruit, vegetables, baked goods, condiments, gifts, and more. You'll find high-quality products and reasonable prices at On the Square VA Farmer's Market, which takes place every Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm from May through September. The market is located in the plaza adjacent to the Madison Building. 

  • Lakeside Farmer's Market - 6106 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
    Enjoy some of the great local produce at the Lakeside Farmer's Market, which operates Wednesdays and Saturdays all year long. One trip to this wonderful local market is all you need to make some of the tastiest farm-to-table dishes at home. You'll also find tons of handmade goods, so it's a great place to grab a gift. If you're interested in living nearby, there are some beautiful Henrico homes for sale just a short drive away.

Richmond has a strong local food economy, and visiting our great local markets is a great way to support it. Considering a move to our area? Contact us today to check out some listings.

June
6

Summer Programs for Your Kids Near Richmond

Richmond Kids

So summer is almost here and you're already dreading the cries of, "There's nothing to do!" Our real estate agents have been there, and they recommend these wonderful summer programs near Richmond homes for sale to keep your kids engaged in productive and entertaining activities. 

  • Steward School Summer Experience - The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd., Richmond, VA 23238
    With more than 80 programs for K-12 students, the Steward School Summer Experience offers something for everyone. Camp categories include Academics, Arts, Innovation, Sports, and Traditional. Choose from full-day, half-day, or single-session options, along with early drop-off and extended daycare for maximum flexibility. Share quality time with parents and kids workshops in activities such as painting, cooking, and yoga. Visit the website for full catalog, including schedule and pricing. 

  • Twist Gymnastics - 2130 John Rolfe Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23233
    Whether your child dreams of the Olympics or just enjoys challenging themselves, Twist Gymnastics will help them accomplish their goals. Summer camps are available in half-day and full-day options, by the week or day. Full-day camps include afternoon sessions in Young Chef's Academy, with hands-on lessons in preparing healthy and delicious meals. Camps begin the week of June 20 - June 24, and discounted pricing is given for additional siblings. Learn more at the Twist Gymnastics website.

  • SPARC - 2106 N. Hamilton St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Kids can develop their creative and performing chops at summer camps offered by SPARC. K-Grade 4 students have fun with themed sessions like, "Super Pets and Super Friends," while Grades 5-12 take part in film and performing arts classes, including the chance to stage a production of Spamalot, SPARC's summer musical for 2022. Camps run for one to two weeks. Visit the website for more information.

  • RoboKai - Village Marketplace Shopping Center, 13114 Midlothian Tpke., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Robots have gone from a fixture of sci-fi films to real-life applications in healthcare, manufacturing, and industry. Half-day summer camps at RoboKai, not far from Midlothian homes for sale, let kids explore this fascinating field through games and teamwork. Many activities are live-streamed for parents to follow, and each camp concludes with a lively tournament. Classes are open to kids from ages 7-12 with any level of experience. Monday through Friday sessions from 8 a.m. - noon or 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. begin the week of July 11 - July 15. Price is $289 per week. 

  • Hanover County Summer Youth Programs - Various Locations
    Offering a variety of summer camps for kids of all ages and interests, Hanover County Summer Youth Programs are put on by the Parks and Recreation Department. The huge selection of camps allows you to pick the right one for your family's summer schedule. With EPIC Summer Camps and Theme-based camps, your kid will learn and have fun while doing so. Plus, these camps aren't far from Hanover homes for sale. 

Richmond offers family fun all year long. Are you buying or selling a home in the area? Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for experienced real estate help. 

May
23

Order Summer IPAs at These Richmond Breweries

Richmond IPA

Summer will be here in no time. Our real estate agents know that means summer IPAs.

The RVA is one of America's most vibrant craft brewing scenes. It encompasses some of the smallest micro-breweries and has also given rise to big brands. Whenever you're checking out Richmond homes for sale, you can rest assured local "beer wizards" are at work!

With more than a dozen breweries within Richmond alone, it can be a challenge to know where to start. In fact, the RVA is rich with brewery tours that will take you all around the area. But if you are ready and raring to jump in, we can recommend a few places that hit the spot with many of our clients.

Let's check in on a few of the Richmond area's top spots for a refreshing summer IPA:

  • Legend Brewing – 321 West 7th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
    Legend Brewing is known for creative and innovative flavors such as the "Berliner Passion Fruit" ale, an "easy sip" that balances sweet and tart notes. Legend is a full-service restaurant and brewpub that goes above and beyond with a full menu. It bills itself as having the finest burgers in Richmond and boasts a scrumptious selection of sandwiches, salads, dinner entrees, and a dedicated kids' menu.

  • Basic City Beer – 212 W 6th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
    With curbside ordering, Basic City Beer wants to make it easy to enjoy some of the most daring beers in Virginia. Drawing inspiration from the "lost town" of Basic City, Virginia in 1899, Basic City is an homage to the American spirit with an expansive beer menu. One notable small-batch craft beer is "Snoopel Bock," with distinctive smoky flavors. 

  • Strange Ways Brewing – 2277A Dabney Road, Richmond, VA 23230
    Calling on visitors to "Think Strange, Drink Strange," Strange Ways Brewing is known for its hip and happening RVA tasting room. The selection starts with a "nucleus" of four beers available all year: "Helles Frozen Over," "Albino Monkey," "Woodbooger," and "Uberlin." From there, the rest is an eclectic mix in frequent rotation, showcasing three dozen seasonal and experimental offerings.

  • The Veil Brewing Co. – 1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond, VA 23230
    The Veil Brewing Co. has three locations throughout Richmond, but the Scott's Addition taproom on Roseneath Road has a strong claim to be the most popular. With dozens of bottles and cans of bold, compelling flavors, plus plenty on draft, you will want to come back again and again. There's an ever-changing assortment of food trucks out front, too – pizza, barbecue, and tacos are usually available.

  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – 2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
    With its impressively vast 12,000 square foot warehouse space, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a place – and a team – that clearly means business. Beloved by locals and visitors alike for its packed calendar of music and other live events, its nearly 100 craft brews run the gamut from "Gingerbread Stout" (an Imperial Milk Stout) to "Bourbon Baltic Sunrise" (a Baltic Porter) and beyond.

  • Ardent Craft Ales – 3200 West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    Lauded for its warm and welcoming atmosphere (and the occasional availability of locally produced ice cream), Ardent Craft Ales is a place where ale lovers are sure to feel at home. The beer garden and the taproom are both family-friendly, with kids meals and juice on the menu and outside food allowed.

Contact us to find out more about what Richmond, VA has to offer.

May
16

Restaurants Your Kids Will Love in the RVA

Richmond Restaurants

When you compare Richmond homes for sale, you're not just picking a building – you're choosing a community. Our real estate agents know the right neighborhood makes the winning difference. That's especially true when you have kids!

Moving to the RVA, you'll have your pick of family-friendly restaurants. Richmond cuisine runs the gamut from good old-fashioned burgers, pasta, and pizza to fusion cuisine that will expand young palates. There's always something new to try.

Let's take a look at some of the best kid-friendly options:

  • Apollo's Flame-Baked Pizza and Grill – 9410 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294
    Apollo's Flame-Baked Pizza and Grill is a superb selection for family pizza night. Some of the best pizza in town is served up in a quick and friendly atmosphere that won't keep you waiting. Chicken, seafood, stromboli, and more round out the menu anchored by the flame-baked or stuffed pizzas.

  • Arianna's Italian Grill & Pizzeria Sheppard – 700 North Sheppard Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Arianna's Italian Grill & Pizzeria Sheppard is the RVA location of the popular local Italian chain sprinkled throughout the area. Its pizza, pasta, and sandwiches tempt eaters of all ages. You'll find subs on and off the grill as well as beloved finger food options like the mozzarella sticks.

  • Bev's Homemade Ice Cream – 2911 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Bev's Homemade Ice Cream is a terrific way to top off any meal in Richmond. Serving ice cream, coffee, and baked sweets since 1998, it has flavors that will delight any kid. All of the staples are available year-round, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and nearly a dozen more. Scene-stealing special flavors rotate weekly and have a seasonal flair, so you'll always have a reason to come back.

  • Bombolini Pasta – 1606 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Bombolini Pasta prides itself on having "Pasta for Everybody," and if you have a picky eater in the family, it just might be one of your best bets in the RVA. Every meal comes with your choice of pasta and sauces, so you can stick with classic marinara or mac n' cheese for the little ones or go big with your own smoked salmon, carbonara, or classic Alfredo pasta. There are also plenty of pressed sandwiches.

  • Buddy's Place – 600 North Sheppard Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Buddy's Place is a neighborhood grill featuring a family-friendly weekend brunch that takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 in the afternoon. Kids love Wednesday Burger Night, while adults won't mind the half-off prices. With a history dating back to 1976, it's a true piece of Richmond history that has grown with the neighborhood. 

  • Carytown Burger & Fries – 3500 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Carytown Burger & Fries has been voted Best Burger in Richmond consistently for more than a decade. The menu is the result of six years of careful work by the team, but kids will love the legendary burgers, including more than a dozen flavorful options. There's also the kid-approved chicken tenders basket, hot dog basket, corndogs, BLT, and barbecue sandwich.

Your whole family will love calling the Richmond area home! Contact us to find out more about the RVA.

April
25

5Ks in Richmond to Start Training for

Richmond Running

What could be better than spending some time outdoors, enjoying a healthy, fun activity, and supporting great causes in the process? Spring and summer are the busiest times of year for 5K events around Richmond, with plenty of races to train for in the upcoming months. Our real estate agents have the details on six 5Ks that you can start training for in the Richmond area.

  • ASK 5K – April 30, 2022 – 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Kick off the 5K season with the ASK 5K, which is held every year at the Diamond near Richmond homes for sale. The 17th annual ASK 5K Run & Fun Walk is held to benefit children with childhood cancer and their families, with flexible fundraising goals to help you raise money for a good cause while you run.

  • Holton Hustle 5K – May 14, 2022 – 1600 W. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
    A community event held to promote health, wellness, and physical activity, the Holton Hustle 5K will take you on a scenic trip through Richmond's historic Bellevue neighborhood. The event regularly attracts more than 500 participants and benefits the students at Holton Elementary School.

  • Belle Isle Blitz – May 20, 2022 – 4021 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Looking for something a little different from your next 5K? The Belle Isle Blitz is a 5K trail run which some challenging climbs and fun downhill sections to keep you on your toes. Enjoy a run through Forest Hill Park, and consider bringing your four-legged friend for the Dog Wave of the race. Participants will receive a specially designed t-shirt and a chip-timed bib so that you can easily track your time.

  • Summer Solstice 5K – June 21, 2022 – 4021 Forest Hills Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Celebrate the start of summer with a 5K run or walk on the longest day of the year. Held every year as spring turns to summer, the Summer Solstice 5K also takes place at Forest Hill Park. However, there's no trail running element, and this is a more traditional 5K run on flat, paved trails. A week after the main 5K, there will be another 5K race at the same location for youth participants under 18 years of age.

  • Speak Up 5K – September 10, 2022 – 1001 Blanton Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're training for a 5K a bit further in the future, consider circling the Speak Up 5K on your calendar. This event was started by the CKG Foundation to raise awareness of teen mental illness in a positive, empowering way. In addition to the usual 5K festivities, this race features unique "fun zones" where you might run past a dance party or get squirted with a water gun along the way.

  • Give a Dog a Job 5K – October 1, 2022 – 1603 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The 4th annual Give a Dog a Job 5K is the continuation of a popular event held every year by the Canine Companions organization. It raises money that goes toward raising highly trained service dogs for adults, children, and veterans who need them. Of course, you're encouraged to bring your own pup along to add some extra fun to your run!

Ready to buy or sell your next home in Richmond? Let our local real estate team help you accomplish your goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA, area.

April
18

Stop by These Little Free Libraries in Richmond

Richmond Libraries

Chances are, you've seen a Little Free Library while you were out running errands, going for a jog, or taking your dog for a walk. Since the first Little Free Library was put up in 2009, thousands of them have sprung up across the country and around the world. 

That includes dozens of Little Free Libraries right here in Richmond. With their goal of making books accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, Little Free Libraries have become a staple of the local community, and our real estate agents are proud to highlight Richmond's Little Free Libraries. 

What Are Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are public book-sharing boxes where anyone, at any time, may take a book or leave a book. They work on the honor system and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Originally founded in Wisconsin, Little Free Library operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has grown to include more than 90,000 libraries in over 90 countries. The mission of the organization is to build community, inspire readers, and expand book access for all. 

Most Little Free Libraries have a primary caretaker—typically the person who puts up the library—known as a steward, who is responsible for maintaining it. Best of all, anyone can decide to put up their own Little Free Library and become its steward.

Find Little Free Libraries in Richmond

Dozens of Little Free Libraries are located in neighborhoods all over the city of Richmond. Many are associated with local businesses, while others are on residential properties. Each one is within walking distance of Richmond homes for sale. Some of our favorite Little Free Libraries in Richmond include: 

  • Brandylane Publishers - 5 S 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
    This Little Free Library is just a block off Main Street, is a great resource in the Monroe Ward Neighborhood, a historic district in downtown Richmond. Look for the turquoise-painted two-story cabinet packed with books just outside Brandylane Publishers, a Richmond-based independent book publisher since 1985.

  • Friends of Forest Hill Park - 4021 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
    Keep an eye out for this Little Free Library as you hike, bike, or jog your way through 105-acre Forest Hill Park, south of the James River. 

  • Blue Bee Cider - 1320 Summit Ave, Richmond, VA 23230
    The Little Free Library outside Blue Bee Cider is within walking distance of all the vibrant shops, bars, and eateries in Scott's Addition, a revitalized district that was once an industrial area but has become Richmond's fastest-growing neighborhood. Be sure to stop in for a local craft cider while you read your new book!

  • Remember Fulton - 1812 National St, Richmond, VA 23231
    The colorfully-painted "Remember Fulton" Little Free Library is nestled on National Street in the historic Fulton Hill neighborhood, just a few blocks away from Richmond National Cemetery.  

  • Kiwanis Club of Richmond - 119 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23220
    This Little Free Library (one of two neighboring libraries sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Richmond) is located outside Richmond Alternative School.

Keep in mind that these are just a few of the Little Free Libraries you can find in the Richmond area. The best way to discover more Little Free Libraries near you is to use the search function on the official Little Free Library World Map

Richmond has always been a community-minded city, and Little Free Libraries are just one of many things that make it special. Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Central Virginia. 

April
4

National Garden Month: Start Planting Your Richmond Garden

Garden Tips

With spring just around the corner, trees and plants are showing signs of new growth, green leaves, and early blooms. Our real estate agents think it's the perfect time to get outside and plant your Richmond garden so that you can enjoy all the benefits of National Garden Month in April.

On a beautiful spring day, there's nothing quite like planting new seeds and watching them grow. If you're ready to give it a try, it's time to roll up your sleeves and turn your Richmond garden into something spectacular.

Planting Annuals and Perennials

April is a great month to plant annuals and perennials in your garden, but first, you should know the difference. Annuals have a lifespan of one year, so they must be replanted the following season. Perennials grow back every spring, so you only need to plant them once.

Annuals

Planting annuals in garden beds or pots marks the beginning of a season-long show of eye-catching flowers. Annuals are usually planted during the spring and summer months, unfurling flowers and colorful foliage until frost arrives. Some annuals thrive in the sun, and others prefer shade and cooler temperatures, Before planting annuals, it's best to check planting, growth, and care requirements with a local garden center.

Perennials

Perennials can be planted any time during the growing season until the ground freezes, but for best results, they should be planted during spring or fall. Since perennials come back each year, many are bulbs rather than small plants. Whether you plant spring or fall perennials, they need plenty of room to grow and spread in your garden. Even without visible foliage, perennials will still send out roots underground until they go dormant when the ground freezes.

Planting Vegetable Gardens

If you enjoy cooking, you may want to plant a vegetable garden that fills your yard with color and provide herbs and veggies for the kitchen. Just like flower gardens, vegetable gardens can be planted in the spring and the fall.

Spring Planting

Eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes can be started indoors then transplanted into the garden in late April.

If you like the idea of growing yummy summer vegetables, you should start planting your garden in mid-April. Imagine your endless cooking possibilities with a vegetable garden filled with asparagus, beans, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, cucumbers, okra, and squash.

Garden Maintenance

Proper maintenance is essential to keep your flower and vegetable gardens blooming and healthy. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Mulch garden beds early in the spring

  • Apply a light application of 10-10-10 fertilizer over perennial beds

  • Deadhead perennials after flowering to extend bloom times

  • Cut back and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after flowering

  • Weed your garden beds every week during the growing seasons

  • Keep your gardening tools, hoses, and sprinklers in good condition

All flower and vegetable gardens are subjected to a variety of harmful pests that can destroy plants. You can protect your gardens with organic pest control products and barriers made from fabrics, fencing, or mesh around the planting area. Diatomaceous earth, a non-toxic natural product, hinders the movement of pests in and around fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

For information on Richmond homes for sale, contact us to discuss your lifestyle needs and see available properties.

March
28

Finished Spring Cleaning? Richmond Donation Centers

Richmond Donations

As you do your spring cleaning this year, you may discover some things that you no longer need that would be useful to someone else. Donating unneeded home goods, furnishings, and other items to a donation center near Richmond homes for sale is a great way to make a positive contribution to the community in the process and lighten your own load in the process. Not only is decluttering an important part of spring cleaning, but if you're getting your home ready to list, it'll help make the space appear more inviting.

Declutter and do something good for the community when you have a "donate" pile while working on your spring cleaning. Our real estate agents have the key details on some of the donation centers around Richmond, where you can finish your spring cleaning by helping community members in need.

  • ChildSavers – 220 N. 22nd St., Richmond, VA 23223
    With a mission to help the youngest, most vulnerable members of the community, ChildSavers has been assisting children who have experienced trauma for nearly 100 years. This is a great place to donate items that your own children no longer need and help another child in the process. Accepted donations include toys, books, art supplies, and costumes, which all have therapeutic value in the programs offered by ChildSavers.

  • The Clothes Rack – 2618 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Part of the Junior League of Richmond, which has been leading charitable causes in the city for more than 70 years, The Clothes Rack is dedicated to providing quality, affordable clothing, and home goods to the community. Proceeds from their stores go toward community programs, outreach, and advocacy. Clothing, jewelry, home goods, home décor, and small furnishings are all accepted by The Clothes Rack as donations.

  • Housing Families First – 3900 Nine Mile Rd., Richmond, VA 23223
    An organization dedicated to helping families who are experiencing homelessness to find stable housing, Housing Families First accepts donations of a wide variety of home goods. Accepted donations include furnishings of all types and even the simplest of home goods. Basically, anything that can help a family start a life in a new home can be donated to Housing Families First and will go toward helping families in need in the Richmond area.

  • Caritas – 2220 Stockton St., Richmond, VA 23224
    Dedicated to helping community members experiencing homelessness or recovering from addiction find stable housing, Caritas operates a furniture bank that helps community members in need furnish their new homes. If you have lightly used furnishings of nearly any type to donate, this is a great place to make a contribution. For larger items like couches, mattresses, and dressers, Caritas even has a pickup team that will come to your home to accept your donation.

Moving to a new home presents another great opportunity to declutter, and our team is here to help you find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA, area.

March
14

Local Shops in Downtown Richmond

Richmond Shopping

When you're in the mood for a day of fantastic shopping, you certainly won't have to travel far from Richmond homes for sale. Downtown Richmond is filled with unique, local boutique shops offering fashion, art, antiques, home goods, culinary delights, and so much more. Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or treating yourself, Richmond has you covered. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the many great shops that you'll find throughout downtown Richmond.

  • Addison Handmade & Vintage – 103 S. Addison St., Richmond, VA 23220
    A boutique shop with a curated collection of handmade items, including home goods, gifts, and fashion, Addison Handmade & Vintage offers a little bit of everything on a street that features a variety of other great shops. Along with the handmade items, you'll find an extensive collection of vintage clothing for men and women that features tons of unique, hard-to-find fashion items.

  • Fountain Bookstore – 1312 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219
    A small, independent bookstore that has been going strong ever since it first opened its doors in 1978, Fountain Bookstore is a little slice of paradise for all of the bookworms in the Richmond area. Along with the extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction books that are always available, Fountain Bookstore features a busy schedule of events that includes book clubs and author meetups.

  • Chadwick & Son Orchids – 203 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers on the planet, and Chadwick & Son Orchids is Richmond's premier source for these amazing plants. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or want a starter kit for growing your own orchids at home, the knowledgeable team at this local shop offers everything that you need.

  • Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe – 3016 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    For all of your kitchen needs, along with great gift ideas for anyone who loves cooking, it's hard to top the experience at the Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe. Pick up plenty of great items for cooking and entertaining, or shop from an extensive selection of prepared foods to find the perfect complement for your next culinary creation.

  • Reynolds Gallery – 1514 W. Main St., Richmond, VA
    For more than 40 years, Reynolds Gallery has been committed to showcasing contemporary art from regional artists, with rotating exhibitions of paintings, glass art, sculptures, and more. Whether you're there to experience the art or to shop for something unique to decorate your own home, you're sure to love this local art gallery. Keep an eye out for special events like receptions for new exhibitions and chances to meet the artists.

  • Second Bottle – 324 N. 27th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Downtown Richmond has plenty to offer for wine connoisseurs, thanks to local wine shops like Second Bottle. With an extensive selection of wines to suit every budget and tons of great snacks that will pair perfectly with your bottle, this shop has everything you need for your next dinner party.

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