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January
25

Bird Watching Trails in Pocahontas State Park

Richmond Bird Watching

Need a break from the fast pace and digital overload of daily living? Our real estate agents recommend bird watching as a perfect way to connect with nature and restore a peaceful state of mind.

Whether you go alone or with family and friends, check out these great bird watching trails in Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale.

  • Beaver Lake Trail
    Bodies of water always attract great numbers of birds. As a bonus, they provide a beautiful background for bird-watching scenes. Stunning scenery is one of the reasons that make Beaver Lake Trail one of the more popular destinations in Pocahontas State Park. The dog-friendly 2.3-mile trail offers a moderate challenge suitable for families. Please note that, unlike several other trails in the park, biking is not permitted. 

  • Forest Exploration Trail
    When you really want to get away from it all, head to Forest Exploration Trail. The densely wooded grounds create a peaceful serenity that lets you focus on spotting birds. Leashed dogs are welcome on the 2.2-mile trail, which is also a good spot for mountain biking year-round.

  • Bright Hope Trail and Otter Lick Loop
    Want to combine bird-watching with an invigorating workout? Bright Hope Trail and Otter Lick Loop may have a tongue-twister of a name, and at 6.8 miles, it's one of the longer trails in Pocahontas State Park. On any given day, you may share the trail with hikers, mountain bikers, runners, and horseback riders. Bring your leashed dog along when you visit the trail, which is accessible all year long. 

  • Parallel Trail
    Enjoy an outing with the kids and get them hooked on bird watching with a hike along Parallel Trail. Measuring just over one mile in length with minimal elevation, the trail accommodates both newbies and experienced hikers. The forest setting allows for easy conversation along with opportunities to view different trees and plants. The kids will be happy that they can bring Fido along as well. 

  • Pocahontas State Park Red Trail MTB
    Mountain bikers, rejoice! Pocahontas State Park Red Trail MTB is reserved exclusively for bikers. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of birds and wildlife as you cycle around the 3.2-mile looped route. February through November are the best months to visit this trail.

Bird Watching Tips

  • Avoid dressing in bright colors. Birds have poor color vision, but the greater the contrast, the more you'll stand out from the natural background. Stick with dark colors and earth tones in order to blend in with the surroundings.

  • Be patient. Birds are not on a schedule. They will eventually reveal themselves on their own timetable. Also, avoid sudden movements and loud noises that are likely to frighten birds away.

  • Keep the sun behind you. When you're facing the sun, resulting shadows make it harder to distinguish actual bird sightings.

  • Bring a bird identification guide along. National Geographic and Peterson are considered the gold standards by most bird watchers. Today, many guides are even available for download on a smartphone. Take a picture with your cell phone camera to make identification easier.

  • Binoculars are a must-have for even casual bird watchers. Without a decent pair of binoculars, you'll miss out on many details of a bird's appearance and behavior. 

Where will you be feathering your nest this year? Find out why Chesterfield is a wonderful place to call home. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

January
19

Healthy Dining Options You Can Find in Richmond

Richmond Dining

If you're trying to eat healthier this year, there's no need to eat less-than-tasty food. Richmond has plenty of healthy dining options at many of its restaurants so you can follow a nutritious eating plan while still loving what you eat.

Our real estate agents suggest stopping in to enjoy a healthy meal, snack, or beverage at any of the following Richmond restaurants:

  1. Goatocado – 1823 West Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Known for its delicious dishes, Goatocado is located near Richmond homes for sale. Its ingredients vary from season to season to serve the freshest food possible. Wraps and bowls, as well as ramen, dominate the menu, and you'll be able to choose from several different varieties of each and customize it by selecting your base and toppings. Japanese and Mediterranean wraps and bowls are popular, and each is topped with fresh avocado. Thai and Mexican ramen are also available, and you can choose add-ons such as a fried egg. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

  2. Palani Drive – 401 Libbie Ave. #1, Richmond, VA 23226  
    Palani Drive serves up fresh food that's familiar yet also has unique flavors. Its name is inspired by the place where the Ironman triathlon finishes in Hawaii, so the restaurant is committed to providing "well-built food that keeps you going." Stop by on the weekend to enjoy breakfast burritos or other options for brunch, or try lunch or dinner dishes that include salads, wraps (vegetarian options as well as those with meat), quesadillas, and burritos. If you're in the mood for a sweet but healthy treat, Palani Drive serves many smoothie options, such as the Ironman, which has strawberry, banana, blackberry, orange juice, and multivitamins. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Ipanema Café – 917 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23220  
    A full-service restaurant and bar, Ipanema Cafe is well known for its vegan and vegetarian menu, delicious desserts, and an extensive selection of beer and wine. Popular entrees include butternut squash risotto and beer-braised "beyond sausage." When the weather's nice, head out to the patio to eat as you people-watch on Grace Street, and or you can also choose to eat inside the restaurant, grab a take-out order, or have your food delivered if you're in the area. Hours are 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

  4. Organic Krush – 3406 Pump Rd., Unit 4, Henrico, VA 23233
    Organic Krush, located just around the corner from Henrico homes for sale, creates delicious, organic dishes in a menu that offers something for every member of the family. Their food is free of pesticides, GMOs, hormones, and "fake" ingredients, and favorites include eggplant lasagna and cauliflower pizza, as well as bone-broth bowls and cold-pressed juices. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  5. Bell Greek Authentic Grill – 11307 Polo Place, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Visit Bell Greek Authentic Grill, located near Midlothian homes for salefor reasonably priced authentic Greek food and pastry dishes prepared with the best and freshest produce and meats. Try one of the restaurant's gyros, its Greek baked spaghetti, or stuffed cabbage for delicious options that are true to their Greek roots. If you have dietary restrictions, you'll also find gluten-free as well as vegetarian options on the menu. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday at both locations.

Contact us to learn more about Richmond's vibrant restaurant scene. Our community is thriving, and it's a wonderful place to call home!   

January
11

How to Find the Right Style of Decor For Your Home

Decor for Richmond Home

When it comes to your home decorating style, do you struggle to pick out pieces because you don't know what to focus on? Do you feel pulled around by trends? Or do you feel like you can't put your finger on it because everything is mismatched and pieced together? Identifying your home decorating style can be a minefield of indecision and procrastination.

Our real estate agents believe that our homes should be a reflection of our personalities. It has to do with trusting your intuition instead of following the crowd. The following tips for finding the right style of décor for your home will help you create spaces that look beautiful, feel authentic, and make you happy.

  • Look in Your Closet
    Take a good, hard look at what's in your closet. Pay attention to the colors, textures, patterns, and fabrics you turn to again and again. Are they mostly neutral?  Or are your favorite clothes made with bold patterns and lots of colors? Let the colors guide you when choosing textiles and décor items for your home.


  • Design a Style Vignette
    A style vignette is an arrangement of objects displayed together in a pleasing, balanced way. The grouping is typically made up of homeware pieces but can also feature craft objects, art, natural elements, flowers, and other mementos. Walk around your home and gather anything that tickles your fantasy and captures the look you're going for. Arrange them and live with them for a few days to help you define the decorating style that appeals to you. If you end up liking the overall vibe, tone, and color scheme, you can spread that style across your entire home.


  • Get Inspired
    You can also use outside inspiration to find your design style. You might want to create a Pinterest board with places and rooms you love or scroll through home décor hashtags on Instagram. See if you can spot a color scheme, trend, or theme that you're most drawn to. Sometimes, however, Instagram and Pinterest can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many beautiful images at one time. Instead, you can just flip through a magazine to find out what you love. Next, look through your magazine and Pinterest boards to decipher commonalities among the photos.


  • Take an Online Decorating Quiz
    There are tons of online decorating quizzes that can help you discover and pinpoint your tastes and preferences, so you can start designing your dream home. Some quizzes will also reveal the paint colors, types of furniture, and accent pieces that you should have in your space. Consider taking multiple design style quizzes at your leisure. You know you've found your style and are ready to start designing if the quizzes end in similar results.


  • Think About Your Current Décor
    It's not common to start decorating from scratch. Walk through your house and make a list of all pieces of furniture, accessories, or art that have to stay. Separate what you love from what you wish you could replace. Next, review the list of things you love to see the common traits and write those down. This will serve as a guide to keep you true to your style.

Need some additional advice about decorating your home as you think about buying one of the Richmond homes for sale? We can help you. Contact us today to schedule tours of beautiful homes in the RVA.

January
4

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances?

Kitchen Appliances Upgrade

When is the last time you thought about your kitchen from the eyes of a stranger? When you look at something every day, it's easy to stop seeing the things other people would notice, such as dated appliances. Here are a few guidelines our real estate agents give for when you should upgrade your kitchen appliances, based on the homes they see regularly.

  1. They're getting old.
    Take a moment and think about how old your appliances are. If they are older than 10 or (gulp) 20 years old, it's probably time to replace them. Even though they might still work fine, upgrading means taking advantage of exciting new features. Not to mention, if an old appliance goes out unexpectedly, it could leave you on the hook until you can get it replaced. Not sure how old your appliances are? If you don't know, that probably means they are long past due for replacement.

  2. Your appliances are mismatched.
    Houses all start out with matching appliances for that new house look, but as they stop working, they often get replaced one at a time. Most likely, this also means they're all older, and probably basic models as well.

  3. They're not meeting your needs.
    Of course, the biggest sign that you need new appliances is that they no longer meet your needs. If your refrigerator doesn't offer intuitive storage or enough space for your family, if you really need a double oven for all the cooking you do, or if your dishwasher no longer cleans your dishes, it's probably time to think about springing for an overhaul of all your kitchen appliances.

  4. Your kitchen needs updating.
    Maybe it's not just your appliances that need to be updated. Vintage can be quaint or even trendy in other areas of the house, but in the kitchen, it's just old. If you're tired of your kitchen looking like it came out of a home magazine from 30 years ago, a new counter and backsplash, refaced cupboards, and a new set of matching appliances can go a long way toward refreshing your kitchen.

  5. Your old appliances are energy hogs.
    Maybe it's not about cooking, or even how your kitchen looks. Old appliances tend to use a lot more energy than newer models, especially when compared with new energy-efficient appliances. Save some money on your energy bill, and maybe the planet, too, while you're at it by installing new appliances.

  6. You're excited about the cool new features.
    We're seeing a lot of exciting new appliances these days in Richmond homes for sale! Check out today's top models to find the latest and the greatest. Smart fridges can keep track of what's inside and alert you when you're getting low on something. Smart ovens allow you to start your oven remotely so that it's already preheated by the time you get home. And with hygiene being a top concern these days, some fridges now come equipped with UV sterilizing lights and disinfecting drawers.

Remodeling your kitchen may seem like a big hassle, but something as simple as replacing all the appliances with a stylish matching set can do wonders for how it looks. Are you going to be listing your home for sale and need a few pointers to make it more appealing to buyers? Contact us today, and we'll help you figure out how your home stacks up to the current market. 

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