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July
5

2022 Music in the Park Concert Series

Music in the Park

There's nothing like warm weather and live music to bring people together. That's the ethos behind Richmond's annual Music in the Park concert series. Our real estate agents have attended several of these concerts, and we couldn't be more excited about this year's series! Keep reading to learn more about this exciting event and when you can stop by Forest Hill Park for a free live show. 

About the Concert Series

Music in the Park is an annual concert series hosted at Forest Hill Park. Its goal is to foster community togetherness and bring more attention to the area's local talent. 

On a Sunday evening each month from May to October, local musicians perform in a free two-hour concert in the park. Summer shows take place from 6 PM to 8 PM. Fall shows are held slightly earlier (4 PM to 6 PM) to ensure that they finish before the sun goes down. You can access the park from either of its two major entrances at New Kent Avenue at 42nd Street and Forest Hill Avenue at West 41st Street. Be sure to catch a show if you're in the area!

The 2022 Lineup

Each month of the Music in the Park series features a different local group. Here is the current schedule for 2022.

  • The Boulevardiers – July 17th, 6 PM to 8 PM
    Love old Elvis tunes? You'll love The Boulevardiers. This group's fusion of rock n' roll and blues is very similar to the deep, sincere sounds that made The King so famous. At this event, they are scheduled to play a set of covers of some of the most soulful songs from the 60s and 70s. 

  • Unity Sound Reggae Band – August 7, 6 PM to 8 PM
    Enjoy an evening of carefree Caribbean vibes with Unity Sound Reggae Band, Richmond's leading reggae group. With more than 15 years of shows under their belt, this batch of talented musicians has brought joy and peace to countless Virginia residents. Their August performance is sure to leave you and your neighbors in high spirits.

  • Lighthouse Rodeo – September 11, 4 PM to 6 PM 
    Enjoy nearly all-original music from this RVA band. Known for music that incorporates country and singer/songwriter sounds, expect a fun evening when they take the stage in September.

  • Afro-Zen – October 2, 4 PM to 6 PM
    Eclectic, soothing, and always unforgettable, Afro-Zen is unique among Richmond's musical acts. The group blends genres like world beat, jazz, and African sounds to create something entirely new. Stop by their October show to experience a distinctive style of music you won't hear anywhere else.

If any of these groups sound interesting to you, mark your calendar. Visitors are welcome to bring some blankets and folding chairs and set up next to your fellow Richmond residents. Take a cooler of cold drinks with you and spend an evening getting to know the people around you. You may just discover your new favorite band!

This concert series is just one of the many ways the city's residents make time to come together. Contact us today for more information on our available Richmond homes and put down roots in this close-knit community. 

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.

August
16

DIY Projects Perfect for a Rainy Day

Rainy Day Projects

Rain, rain go away! Summer showers are bound to happen and even people who love the rain can get cranky when they are cooped up inside all day. You can stave off that boredom by jumping into a DIY project to stay active. Our real estate agents have a few ideas for projects for kids and grownups alike. Some are just for fun, while others are designed to spruce up Richmond homes for sale. Take a look at some of these great options:

  • Update Cabinet Hardware
    Your kitchen will take on a brand new look by simply switching out hinges and handles. New drawer pulls are a great way to add a bright new look to old cabinetry. This is an excellent job for young people just learning how to use tools. If you don't want to replace brass, polish it up to a high shine, and it will look like new. 
  • Change Light Fixtures
    This can have a big impact on any room, but perhaps the greatest is in the bathroom. New lights over the sink are simple to install and will make the room more modern and efficient. Don't forget to change out all of the light bulbs. Upgrading the mirror will also make the room much more attractive to potential buyers. With a minimal purchase and a little time, you can transform the room from tired and dingy to bright and beautiful. While you're at it, installing a new ceiling fan is a similar process, adding both comfort and style to any room. 
  • Deep Clean Appliances
    You'll marvel at the difference a sparkling stove, spotless microwave, glistening refrigerator, and clean dishwasher will make to the appearance of any kitchen. Pay particular attention to fingerprints on brushed aluminum or chrome. Simply running the dishwasher through a cycle with nothing but a cup of white vinegar will remove the detergent build-up, mineral deposits, and small food particles, leaving it smelling fresh and clean. Add a fresh box of baking soda to the refrigerator to neutralize food odors. 
  • Vacuum the Dryer Vent
    Damp lint debris caught in the vent will cause a significant increase in the time required to dry your clothes as well as causing a nasty, musty odor. When that lint dries, it becomes a serious fire hazard. Pull the dryer from the wall and unplug it. Disconnect the dryer hose from the back of the unit and the wall. Vacuum out the lint, or if the hose is damp or shows any signs of damage, consider replacing it. They are only a few dollars at a home improvement store. Clean the wall vent from the inside and the outside of the house to ensure that all debris is removed. Reverse your steps to put everything back in place. 
  • Work with the Kids
    Choose a project appropriate for their ages. Young teens and preteens might be capable of helping with the projects listed for adults. You can teach them valuable tool skills and help them understand home maintenance. You will be amazed at the sense of pride they have after assisting with a home improvement project. Smaller children can make simple crafts such as cardboard birdhouses or creating an indoor herb garden. When lunchtime rolls around, you can give kids of any age cooking lessons.

If you're getting your home ready to sell or looking for a new place, don't hesitate to contact us. Our real estate professionals are always ready to assist you at any point in the buying or selling process. 

August
9

Visit the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail This Summer

Wine Trail Virginia

The rich soil between the Blue Ridge and the Atlantic Coast is perfect for growing grapes and has given rise to some truly outstanding local wineries. 

Our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite wineries in the region. These five local wineries are collectively known as the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, and each one has something unique to offer!

  • Grayhaven Winery - 4675 E Gray Fox Cir, Gum Spring, VA 23065
    Although Virginia is now home to over 400 wineries, Grayhaven Winery was one of the first. Established in 1978, Grayhaven is known for its outstanding handcrafted estate wines, including signature wines like Pinotage, Marechal Foch, and Petit Verdot. The winery provides tastings and some excellent cheese and Charcuterie boards in their cozy tasting room and offers a beautiful outdoor space with nature trails and outdoor seating. Grayhaven Winery is nestled in the community of Gum Spring, less than an hour from these Richmond homes for sale

  • James River Cellars Winery - 11008 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Offering a superb selection of red and white wines, James River Cellars opened its doors in 2001 and quickly established itself as one of the best wineries in the Richmond area. Wine flights are available in the tasting room, and you can also order wine by the glass, bottle, or even cans. Be sure to check out these Glen Allen homes for sale just minutes from James River Cellars Winery. 

  • Lake Anna Winery - 5621 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551
    The folks at Lake Anna Winery have been growing grapes on their picturesque 75-acre vineyard since 1989. They offer several varieties of rich red wines, aged in the traditional French style in oak barrels, as well as some truly exceptional dry white wines. Lake Anna Winery also hosts several events and festivals throughout the warmer months with food, live music, and ample opportunities to sample from their excellent wine selection. Lake Anna Winery will also ship wine just about anywhere in the United States. They offer free shipping on six or more bottles and are still offering curbside pickup as well.

  • Mattaponi Winery -7530 Morris Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551
    A family-owned winery with a diverse selection of offerings, Mattaponi Winery, brings together years of expert wine-making experience with a keen appreciation for Virginia's Native American traditions. Their beautiful, rustic tasting room can accommodate groups of any size, and their outstanding white Wabamin (Niagara grape) and red Miskwamin (blue Concord grape) wines are local favorites. Mattaponi Winery also offers several excellent sweet dessert wines, including award-winning blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry wines. 

  • Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyards - 13372 Shannon Hill Rd, Louisa, VA 23093
    Formerly known as Cooper Vineyards, Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyards offers handcrafted wines to suit any taste. It's a great place to sit and sip a glass of wine in their warm, welcoming tasting room or on their spacious deck overlooking acres of rolling farmland. In addition to several outstanding red and white wines, Fifty-Third Winery also makes some of Virginia's best rosé. The winery is located a short drive from Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg and offers daily wine tastings year-round. 

From award-winning wineries and spectacular scenery to unique culture and outdoor adventure, the Richmond area has it all. Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities that await in Central Virginia! 

August
2

Summer Events Throughout Richmond

Summer Events RVA

Is there anything more glorious than summer in Virginia? Make the most of this wonderful season at these entertaining events around Richmond, as suggested by our real estate agents

  • Farmers Market at Midlothian Urban Farmhouse - 13849 Coalfield Commons Pl., Midlothian, VA 23114
    Midlothian homes for sale offer great access to the benefits of urban and rural areas. One of the best examples is Farmers Market at Midlothian Urban Farmhouse. Eat healthily and support local farmers by purchasing produce, eggs, and meat from market vendors. Community artisans are on hand selling baked goods, candles, soaps, flowers, and other items that make wonderful gifts. Bring Fido along to enjoy a doggie treat while you relax over dinner and live music. Market hours are 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday through September 29.

  • Restore: The Healing Power of Nature - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, VA 23228
    Get a refreshing respite from the stress of everyday life at Restore: The Healing Power of Nature. Breathe deeply and feel your spirit revive as you explore the 50 acres of spectacular gardens and woodlands of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, just minutes from Henrico homes for sale. Special events such as "The Secret Life of Bugs" and "River City Poets - Poetry in the Garden" reinforce the main theme of the program, which runs daily through Sunday, October 31. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. seven days a week, with extended summer hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Admission is $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 3-12. 

  • 2021 Richmond Shakespeare Festival - Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond, VA 23221
    Experience timeless theater under the stars at the 2021 Richmond Shakespeare Festival. This year's productions include Twelfth Night, the Bard's classic comedy of unrequited love and mistaken identity, and The Bottom Show, an original presentation based on one of Shakespeare's most endearing characters. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Sunday until August 15. Tickets are $33 for adults and $20 for students and must be purchased online.

  • Would I Lie to You? - Various locations
    Inspired by a moment of levity during a downtown hike near Richmond homes for sale, George Tisdale created this unique look at the city's cultural history. Would I Lie to You? is a series of four walks featuring more than 25 murals around the downtown area. After the guide regales attendees with a fascinating story behind each mural, each person must decide whether or not the story is true. Walks are scheduled every weekend from Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids aged 6-13. Participation is limited, so purchase tickets in advance on the website.

  • Beef Up Your Health 10K - Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222
    No matter what fitness level you are, there's a spot for you at Beef Up Your Health 10K. If you're not quite up to a 10K yet, boost your endurance with a 5K. There's a one-mile race for kids, while walkers and strollers are also welcome. Runners who participate in the Bishops Events series can earn points for 10K, 5K, and Back of the Pack. Early registration fees are $15 for kids, $25 for 5K, and $40 for 10K, with prices going up to $5 after August 15. Race day is Saturday, August 28 at 8 a.m.

Summer is also a perfect time to buy or sell a home in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to get started.

July
26

Where to go Kayaking in Richmond

RVA Kayaking

Ready to hit the water? Central Virginia offers some truly amazing paddling opportunities, and our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite summer kayak spots. 

Nestled along the mighty James River, Richmond, in particular, is a great place to explore by kayak (there's a reason they call it the River City). Here's where to launch your kayak, join a guided trip, or gear up for your next kayak adventure in Richmond, VA!

  • RVA Paddlesports - 1320 School St, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of the top destinations for rafting and paddling on the James River in Richmond, RVA Paddlesports provides outdoor adventure for all ages and experience levels. That includes guided whitewater kayaking and flatwater kayaking trips on the James River, as well as an intro to kayaking classes with expert teachers and guides. You can learn the ropes if you've never set foot in a kayak or challenge yourself if you're more experienced. Located just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale, RVA Paddlesports also offers boat and gear rentals and repairs. 

  • Richmond Waterfront - 415 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
    The revitalized Richmond Waterfront offers a lovely stretch of green space along the James River shoreline, with a spectacular view of the city skyline. It's a popular place to launch kayaks, do a little fishing, or simply relax along the riverside. The waterfront overlooks a section of river that is typically calm and easy to navigate by kayak, especially during the summer months, though there are some more challenging waters not too far downstream. Hourly kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available onsite. 

  • Riverside Outfitters -6836 Old Westham Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
    No matter what type of adventure you have in mind—kayaking, rafting, tubing, cycling, rock climbing—the folks at Riverside Outfitters have you covered. They provide several different guided kayaking trips for large and small groups, including a whitewater trip from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek (ages 12 and up) and a flatwater kayak trip in the Huguenot Flatwater (ages 10 and up). Of course, you can always go off on your own adventure, too, with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, flatwater canoes, and tandem kayaks available for rent. 

  • James River Park - 1200 Brander St, Richmond, VA 23224
    James River Park consists of numerous launch areas throughout the Richmond metro area, all of which provide some of the city's best opportunities for paddling, fishing, hiking, and biking. For kayakers, the Ancarrow's Landing site is one of the best places to launch, with a newly-renovated stretch of riverbank and a brand new, well-lit parking area. Other James River Park units, including Pony Pasture Rapids and Huguenot Flatwater, are also great places to start a paddling trip. With several sites up and down the river, James River Parks provide numerous options for put-in and take-out. 

  • Tandem Adventures - Pump House Dr, Richmond, VA 23221
    Specializing in calm, flatwater kayak trips on the James River's tranquil canals and backwaters, Tandem Adventures is the perfect option if you're new to kayaking. And since tandem kayaks are their thing, it's also an excellent choice for couples looking for a relaxing, romantic paddling excursion. Whether you choose to paddle through the historic Kanawha Canal or meander along the James River shoreline beneath the Richmond skyline, a memorable experience is all but guaranteed.

Contact us today to learn more about all the adventures that await in Richmond and the surrounding areas! Our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

June
28

Cool Down at These Richmond Pools and Splash Pads

Richmond Pools

As the weather grows warmer, you may find yourself looking for a way to cool off. Stopping by a local pool or splash pad is a great option. Most of these places are kid-friendly and welcoming to families, so people of all ages can splash around and enjoy a break from the heat. 

  • Bellemeade Indoor Pool: 1800 Lynhaven Ave., Richmond, VA 23224
    This indoor pool is located inside the Bellemeade Community Center near Richmond homes for sale. It's open daily in the afternoon for independent swimming. There are also swimming lessons and lifeguard certification courses offered through the American Red Cross.

    There's no fee to swim at the Bellemeade Indoor Pool. There is plenty of seating around the pool, so you can easily sit and watch your kids swim if you don't want to get in the water yourself.

  • SwimRVA: 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond, VA 23234
    SwimRVA is a 54,000 square foot aquatics center with several pools open to the public. They have a 25-yard instructional pool where you can take swimming lessons, participate in aquatic Zumba classes, or even take a beginner scuba course. There's also a therapy pool, which features sideboards, water treadmills, and other features ideal for rehabilitation.

    SwimRVA does charge for the use of their facilities, but day passes are just $10 for adults and $8 for kids. You can buy 10-visit passes or monthly passes at a discounted rate.

  • Anirav Swim Club: 1500 Midview Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    Visit Anirav Swim Club for some fun in the water. This park has a huge pool with diving boards, along with a separate kiddie pool for the little ones.

    Alongside the pool, you'll find a snack bar, ping pong tables, and shade umbrellas — everything you need for a fun afternoon. If you buy an individual or family membership, you can visit repeatedly throughout the summer, all for one price.

  • Battery Park Pool: 2719 Dupont Circle, Richmond, VA 23222
    Battery Park Pool
    is a large outdoor pool with a shallow end and a deep end. There is also a sprinkler and splash pad area that's ideal for little ones. A water umbrella sends tumbling sheets of water down onto your heads — this makes for quite a wet experience!

    Battery Park Pool is well overseen by lifeguards. It's very clean and well-maintained. After you swim, you can spend some time in the surrounding park, enjoying a picnic with your family or playing horseshoes at the horseshoe pit.

  • Short Pump Park: 3329 Pump Rd., Henrico, VA 23233
    Short Pump Park 
    boasts one of the most-visited splash parks near Henrico homes for sale. The spray pads are kept clean, and they're very kid-friendly. After you splash around in the spray park, you can spend time kicking a ball around in the soccer fields or letting the kids play on the playground. Short Pump Park also has its own dog park, although dogs are not allowed in the splash pad area. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

Summers in the Richmond area can be hot, and our real estate agents highly recommend staying cool by visiting one of these top-notch pools or splash pads. When you're done splashing around, make sure you spend some time looking at homes for sale. Contact us if you're looking for an agent to represent you.

June
21

Install a Sprinkler System This Summer With These Tips

Sprinkler System

If you're tired of your yard turning brown during the stifling dog days of summer or want to cut down on the time you spend watering your garden, it's time to install a sprinkler system. Not only will a sprinkler system make it easier for you to care for your landscaping, but our real estate agents know that it appeals to potential homebuyers when it's time to sell your home. Here are a few tips to follow when installing a sprinkler system. 

  1. Decide If You Should Hire a Pro
    A DIY project is an excellent way to save money when you're on a tight budget. Opting to purchase and install your sprinkler components yourself can cut the cost of the project in half. However, you have to spend time installing the system, and adding a sprinkler system can be a fairly labor-intensive project. You may also have to rent or purchase tools to complete the job. It can also be tricky to properly place the sprinklers so that every area of your landscaping receives ample moisture. While it costs more to hire a pro to install your new sprinkler system, you'll maximize the amount of time in your schedule by letting someone else handle the job. Most professionally installed sprinkler systems also come with a warranty on the parts and labor, giving you a little peace of mind in your investment.
  1. Have Underground Lines and Cables Marked
    Regardless of which installation method you choose, you'll need to have your local utility companies come and mark any underground lines that are located on your property. When installing a sprinkler system, you'll need to avoid these lines. Otherwise, you risk cutting power, cable, or TV to your home. You'll also have to pay for any damage caused to these lines or cables. 
  1. Determine What Features You Want
    Your sprinkler system should incorporate elements that make it a good fit for your home. After considering what the sprinkler will water (such as grass, vegetables, flowers, or trees), you can decide what kind of water pressure the system should have and how quickly the water needs to flow. These features will also factor into what kind of service lines you purchase for the system. When you add your home to the inventory of Richmond homes for sale, buyers will appreciate a sprinkler system that's adapted to the property's unique vegetation. 
  1. Select Your Sprinkler Heads
    The sprinkler heads are one of the most important components of your sprinkler system. Different heads will add moisture to your landscaping in distinct ways. For example, fixed spray heads produce a consistent span of water that travels 5 to 15 feet, while bubbler sprinkler heads add moisture at the base of vegetation. Bubbler sprinkler heads are ideal for plants that easily mold due to excessive moisture, like hydrangeas. Pop-up sprinkler heads are popular with families who enjoy using their yard for exercise and recreation; when they aren't in use, these sprinkler heads disappear into the ground. You can mix and match sprinkler heads to have the best alternative for each section of your yard. 

Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!

June
14

Nature Photography Day: Picturesque Parks Around Richmond

RVA Parks

Each year, June 15 is designated National Nature Photography Day by the North American Nature Photography Association. It's a great opportunity to grab your camera and head into the great outdoors. 

We don't need any excuse to gush about our favorite parks and green spaces in the Richmond area. Even so, National Nature Photography Day offers a unique opportunity for our real estate agents to highlight these great wild places in and around Richmond.

  1. Belle Isle Park - James R. at US 1/301, Richmond, Virginia
    One of the numerous sites around the city that are managed as part of the James River Park System, Belle Isle is one of Richmond's most uniquely beautiful spots. The park encompasses a 54-acre island in the middle of the James River and offers splendid views of the river, several miles of wooded trails, and great opportunities for photography as well as kayaking and mountain biking. It's just across the bridge from many Richmond homes for sale.

  2. James Bryan Park - 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
    A great off-the-beaten-path park in Richmond's Northside, James Bryan Park offers 262 acres of rolling hills, wooded areas, open meadows, streams, and ponds. Photographers have a lot of great scenery to capture here. But the greatest attraction is Bryan Park's azalea garden. The garden contains more than 450,000 azalea plants, which bloom most years in mid-April. 

  3. Libby Hill Park - 2801 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23223
    Perched atop a hill offering an expansive view of the Richmond Skyline, Libby Hill Park is a relatively small green space at just 7 acres, but it packs in a lot of great scenery. This hilltop park includes meandering cobblestone paths, towering mature trees, and grassy lawns. It's also one of Richmond's oldest parks, dating all the way back to 1851.

  4. The Wetlands - 3395 Landria Dr, Richmond, VA 23225
    Part of the James River Park System, The Wetlands are a haven for wildlife photographers and anyone looking for an opportunity to reconnect with nature. It's a wooded, swampy parcel of land with elevated hiking trails (one follows the berm of an old railroad line) that traverse one of the city's wildest habitats. Wildlife watching blinds are located along some of the trails, and white-tailed deer are a common sight.

  5. Maymont - 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
    A historic 100-acre estate turned public park, Maymont is one of the most beautiful and unique parks in Richmond. In addition to the stunning Maymont Mansion—sure to delight any photographer with an eye for architecture—the park includes an arboretum, formal gardens, and a nature center with native wildlife exhibits. There's a good reason why Maymont Park is one of the most popular spots in Richmond for bird watching and nature photography. 

Contact us today. If you have a love for the outdoors, it's a great place to call home, and our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Richmond!

June
7

5 Places to Order Bubble Tea in Richmond

RVA Bubble Tea

Bubble tea, also known as boba, is a delicious indulgence any time of year, but especially in the spring and summer months. Between the sweet, milky tea and the chewy tapioca pearls, you're in for a treat. Whether you're already a fan of this trendy beverage or you want to try it for the first time, you're in luck! Richmond has some awesome bubble tea cafes. Here are a few that our real estate agents recommend. 

  1. TT Lounge: 705 W. Cary St. Richmond VA, 23220
    If you're in the area looking at Richmond homes for sale, then definitely stop by TT Lounge for a refreshing bubble tea. This colorful little cafe has comfortable couches you can relax on, plus a few small tables.

    One of the favorites at TT Lounge is the taro milk tea. The Thai milk tea is also a good choice if you like your drinks a little sweeter. And if you're in the mood for a fruity drink, you can't go wrong with the kiwi slush. They'll make most of their tea drinks into slushes upon request. 

  2. Chum Chum Onigiri: 2820 W Cary St. Ste. C, Richmond VA, 23221
    Chum Chum Onigiri is the perfect place to stop if you want some snacks or a fresh meal alongside your bubble tea. They offer a full menu of onigiri options, chicken katsu, miso soup, and bento boxes. 

    The brown sugar boba is a top choice at Chum Chum. The tapioca bubbles are soaked in a rich brown sugar syrup. Another great option is the mango crystal pearls, which are delightfully sweet with a natural mango flavor. Chum Chum is a small shop with adorable decor that will make you smile.

  3. GiGi Tea Time: 1355 W. Broad Street, Richmond VA, 23220
    GiGi Tea Time 
    serves Taiwanese-style bubble tea, and they source their tea leaves directly from Taiwan. They offer a great selection of more traditional tea beverages, including matcha milk tea, Ceylon black milk tea, and honey oolong milk tea. 

    Make sure you order some sweets to pair with your tea. GiGi has delicious French crepes stuffed with bananas and strawberries. The macaroons are lovely, too. 

  4. Zen Cafe: 6312 Rigsby Rd. Richmond VA, 23226
    Zen Cafe 
    is a popular lunch spot in Richmond, but they also serve wonderful bubble tea. Visitors especially love the lychee green tea and the rose milk tea. You can have various jellies and pearls added to your tea upon request. In addition to bubble tea, Zen Cafe offers shaved snow, which is incredible on a hot day. 

    If you are in the mood for some food alongside your boba, try Zen Cafe's Bahn mi with garlic pork or seasoned chicken. You can dine at the little bar table by the window or in one of the comfortable, padded chairs.

  5. Catina Bakery: 6215 Broad St. Richmond VA, 23230
    This popular Vietnamese sandwich shop is the perfect place to grab lunch and boba on a busy day in Richmond. Catina Bakery only accepts cash, but the prices are very reasonable. The pork Bahn mi practically has its own fan club.

    Of course, the star of the show is the bubble tea.  The mango boba has a lovely, tropical appeal, and the pineapple boba will make you feel like you're in Hawaii.

Bubble tea is delicious at any time of day and with almost any meal. Check out any of these shops the next time you're in the Richmond area, and don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide you in your house search.

May
25

Get Started With Composting This Summer

Compost RVA

Composting may not be the most exciting topic for a new homeowner, but it's important to remember its impact. The lush green lawns surrounding the most impressive Richmond homes for sale are fed by the nutrients found in compost. If this is your first venture into home gardening, or you want to enhance your efforts, adding composting is an effective option. Get started with these tips. 

  1. Select a Location
    The ideal spot for a compost heap or bin is a level space with good drainage and partial shade. The object is to keep the pile moist, not wet or dry. You must also ensure that it is not accessible to dogs and cats. Allow for about three to five feet in both width and depth. Avoid concrete and asphalt as a base as they hinder microbial growth.

  2. Accumulate Compost Ingredients
    These include fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, tea, leaves, wood, shredded paper, and cardboard. Avoid animal byproducts such as bones and dairy items, fatty or oily foods, fecal material, and any garden waste that was treated with pesticides or weed killer. If you have had sick plants, do not include that material, either. 

  3. Add Organic Materials and a Nitrogen Source
    A successful compost heap is built on nitrogen and carbon compounds. The nitrogen is derived from green materials, such as grass clippings, while carbon comes from brown sources such as twigs and straw. Since they take longer to break down than green materials, start with a layer of brown debris. Build it up to about six inches. Your next layer should be green materials, including kitchen waste. Again, make this layer about six inches high. Continue building this organic "parfait" until you run out of materials or reach the desired height. Lightly water each layer as you go. Tamp them down, but don't pack tightly.
    While not a hard and fast rule, many gardeners find that adding nitrogen fertilizer helps initiate the breaking down of the organic materials. 

  4. Water and Turn Materials
    Hopefully, nature will provide most of the moisture you need in the form of rain. But sometimes, the weather may need a little help, and you'll have to water the pile yourself. The goal is to keep the pile moist but not wet, like a damp sponge. A handful should feel moist, but not leave your hand wet when you dump it out. Decomposition creates heat in the middle and bottom of the pile, but aeration releases oxygen to the rest of the pile and encourages the growth of microorganisms. As a general rule, you should turn the pile every three to seven days, depending upon weather and rate of decomposition.

Following these steps will help you create the initial pile, but you may need to troubleshoot the process as you go. If there is a foul odor, your pile is not getting enough air and should be turned. If it is soggy, there is too much water, and you will need to add dry materials as you turn it. If the compost is damp but not warming up throughout the pile, your ratio of "brown to green" is too high. Add nitrogen ingredients such as grass clippings, manure, or a commercial nitrogen fertilizer. 

If you're still looking for that perfect garden space, our real estate agents would be happy to help you find it. Contact us to arrange a tour of the finest homes in the Richmond area.

July
6

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bugs This Summer

Ways to Get Rid of Summer Bugs

Most of us would prefer to forego harsh chemicals to repel summertime bugs. But we also don't want our homes and gardens to be overwhelmed by pests. You know the kind: they bite, sting, make us sick, and destroy our flowers and vegetables. Some of them work their way inside and wreak havoc in insidious ways in our closets, in the kitchen pantry, or while we're trying to cook dinner. 

You've probably heard of some natural remedies for a lot of these pests and have wondered how effective they are.

Need some additional advice about controlling pests and other issues as you think about listing your home among Richmond homes for sale? Follow these tips below. 

  1. Garlic 
    Garlic doesn't just keep the vampires away. It's a natural bug repellent inside or outside the home. Grow the plants to repel fruit tree borers, weevils, Japanese beetles, and spider mites. Eating lots of garlic can keep mosquitoes away because you exude garlic breath and sulfur compounds from the skin. Also, you can exploit garlic's natural sulfur content by mixing it, either raw or in powder form, with water and spraying it on plants and on yourself to repel mosquitoes.

  2. Peppermint
    The insect-repelling properties of peppermint and other mints have been known for ages. Add peppermint oil to water and spray it around the house to repel flies, ants, and pantry moths. Grow peppermint outdoors or place pots with the plants around your patio to repel mosquitoes. Rub the leaves on your skin to ward off mosquitoes. Plant peppermint around your home's exterior to deter wasps, ants, and cockroaches.

  3. Pennyroyal
    Exercise care with this member of the mint family and never ingest it. Stick some crushed stems under your hat or put them in your pockets to keep away mosquitoes and gnats. Wrap some of the crushed plant in your doggie's bandana before you go walking to drive off fleas, but get rid of it when you get back home. Never use it as an essential oil. 

  4. Diatomaceous Earth
    Diatomaceous earth is made of fossilized algae called diatoms. High in silica, this substance is found worldwide. Diatomaceous earth has many uses, but one of the major ones is as an insecticide. It's non-toxic but kills insects by drying them out. Gardeners sprinkle it in flower beds to control snails, pillbugs, and other insects. Homeowners sometimes use it inside the home to control roaches and fleas. 

  5. Boric Acid
    This white powder contains boron, which is sprinkled around baseboards or on carpets. Insects such as cockroaches, fleas, termites, and silverfish walk through the dust and lick it off their legs. It causes them to become dehydrated within about ten days. Keep pets and children away from boric acid.  

The key to attaining success with the remedies listed above is to use them liberally, inside, and outside the home. Nevertheless, do keep kids and pets away from them, as you don't want them ingesting these substances. 

Turn to our real estate agents for more advice on getting your home in shape to list. Contact us today. 

June
8

National Weed Your Garden Day: Maintenance Tips for Your Richmond Garden

Weed Your Garden Day

National Weed Your Garden Day is set for June 13, and as far as we're concerned, it's a great opportunity to focus on the topic of controlling weeds. If you're looking around at Richmond homes for sale and imagining your new garden, you'll need to know about weeds and how to keep them away from your plants.

What's a Weed?

One person's weed can be another person's wildflower, but in general, we look at weeds as invasive plants that muscle in and threaten to take over from cultivated species. So a weed can be anything from crabgrass to a humble dandelion (much beloved by honeybees, but a horror in lawns). Other objectionable plants in our region are chickweed (another lawn invader), ailanthus (the so-called "tree of heaven" is anything but!), and the dreaded Chinese privet and multiflora rose, two invasive shrubs. There are hundreds more, but why not start with the 10 or 20 Most Wanted in our region and have at them? Your local horticultural extension service can advise you. 

For ridding your garden of these unwanted visitors, follow these tips.

  1. Spray Them
    Many gardeners swear by chemical herbicides such as glyphosates and pre-emergents sprayed to control weeds. But sometimes, these miracle chemicals don't seem to work. It can be these chemicals are applied at the wrong time to prevent seed germination or to inhibit the enzyme in the weed that keeps it growing. Follow directions on the bottle for the best results. However, many gardeners these days have weaned themselves from chemical spraying and prefer other methods, as the chemicals may cause health problems and persist in soil. 

  2. Dig Them
    For best results, wait till you've had a drenching rain; weeds come up easier than when you dig or pull them. Stage a big weed-pulling session, making certain to get the roots. You'll find a multitude of recommendations in garden lore for the right kind of tool, ranging from a steak knife or a kitchen fork to a spade, digging fork, or a stand-up weed grabber. 

  3. Block Them
    One of the best ways to control weeds is to block them so they can't get sunlight. Cover control areas with newspaper and then at least 2 inches of mulch. Keep replenishing it as the season wears on. You can also use plastic sheeting, but this can collect dirt and start sprouting weeds. 

  4. Top Them
    This is simply the practice of cutting off weed flowers before they produce seeds.

  5. Crowd Them Out.
    Known in some gardening circles as intensive gardening, planting cultivated plants close together can block the sun and starve weeds out.

Looking for more home maintenance tips? Our real estate agents can help. Contact us today.

July
8

This week in RVA: Sporting Events!

This week in RVA there are a few special sporting events for your calendars!

The 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week is in town and has many events scheduled over the next couple of days. Check out the schedule to get involved, GO SQUIRRELS!

Second in town, we have the 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships! Today the disc-related events are out in West Creek but will be moving closer to town starting tomorrow.  Check out their schedule for a list of all the events!

On Saturday, July 13th at 7PM the Richmond Kickers will have a home game at the City Stadium. They will be battling North Texas SC and the game will be shown on WTVR CBS 6.3, ESPN+. Click here for tickets.  

Last but not least, we have the IQA Pan-American Games for 2019! The IQA Pan-American Games 2019 is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association, Richmond Region Tourism, and US Quidditch (USQ). It is being held July 13-14, 2019 in Glover Park in Richmond, Virginia. The event is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association and US Quidditch, in conjunction with Richmond Region Tourism. 

Admission is free and spectators can RSVP on Eventbrite to receive event updates and information. All games will be livestreamed.

 

May
24

5 great ways to get your home ready for summer

With Memorial Day almost here– giving way to the fast approaching summer - homeowners are encouraged to make preparations were necessary to ensure their homes are ready for the hot weather.

Here are five (5) tips to make sure your home and family will be in the best shape possible:

1) A/C Check and Maintenance

Whether your home has a central air conditioning system or window units you'll install when the weather gets a little hotter, you have to make sure they're in good shape, according to Insurance Hub. After all, if they're going to get dozens of hours of use every week for the next several months, having them in good working condition is a must not just so they work properly, but also so they're safe.

You'll also need to check and potentially replace the air filters on all units.

2) Clean your fans thoroughly

Along similar lines, if your home has ceiling or box fans you plan to use, you'll need to clean the blades carefully. That's because lots of dust builds up on them if they're not used throughout the fall and winter, and it can make them run less efficiently and propel dust around a home. That's not just a pain to clean, but lots of dust particles can also be a health risk if there's enough of it lying around.

3) Check the attic and basement

Spring is a time when a lot of moisture can build up in a short period, thanks to rain, condensation and so on. That can really do a number on your roof, foundation or both, so you'll need to carefully inspect these spaces for any sign of dampness. This may point to a bigger issue you'll need to fix, but that kind of check is vital to make sure problems don't get worse over the course of the summer.

Ready for summer4) Maintain your yard and the tools it needs

A big part of summer is tending to your lawn, garden, trees and so on, and you'll need to make sure you know how to properly care for all of them, according to Liberty Mutual. Of course, in addition to the know-how, you also have to have the right equipment, whether that's a freshly tuned-up lawnmower or gardening tools. If, after a long winter, they need to be cleaned, sharpened or otherwise better maintained, now is the time to do it.

5) Keep gutters clear

While April showers have already given way to May flowers, you're certainly not out of the woods yet when it comes to heavy spring and summer rains. While you likely cleared out the gutters already, once winter came to an end, giving them another check well after spring has sprung is always a good idea. This can help you identify potential issues, including leaks in the gutters or downspouts, that make the systems less effective than they otherwise should be.

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