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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. 

August
1

Hidden Gems in Richmond That Locals Love

RVA Hidden Gems

Nearly eight million people visit Richmond each year, but some of the more fascinating attractions remain known only to locals. Get in on the fun at these hidden gems that are particular favorites of our real estate agents.

  • Pipeline Walk - 310 S. 14th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    You'll feel like a true insider when you visit the Pipeline Walk, part of the beautiful James River Park System. Once you reach the parking lot, descend a metal ladder that leads to the catwalk on top of the pipeline. When levels are high on the namesake rapids, the churning waters offer mesmerizing views. Low levels expose massive granite boulders. See how many birds you can spot on nearby Bailey's Island and Devil's Kitchen Island. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Whilom Goods - 1 N. 2nd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Everything old is new again at Whilom Goods, a charming vintage shop. "Whilom" is an old-fashioned term referring to "something that once was," which is fitting for the carefully curated collection of finds from flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops. Items range from art and accessories to clothing and home decor. Whitney, owner, and curator of Whilom Goods, also creates handmade clay jewelry and soy candles that are sold in the store. Whilom Goods is open weekends from noon - 4 p.m.

  • Capitol Waffle Shop - 1110 E. Main St., Suite B, Richmond, VA 23219
    When it comes to sweet and savory mash-ups, chicken and waffles just scratches the surface. Capitol Waffle Shop features an incredible 18 savory waffle options, including classic chicken and waffles and chicken Philly, topped with melted queso, arugula, sundried tomatoes, and sauteed peppers and onions. Their decadent sriracha baked mac & cheese queso waffle was featured on Food Network's Cheat Day USA. Can't wait for the weekend? Waffle and mimosa brunch is served daily. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily except Monday and Tuesday when doors close at 2 p.m.

  • Institute for Contemporary Art - Virginia Commonwealth University, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    World-class art is available just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at the Institute for Contemporary Art. This incredible facility is part of VCU's School of the Arts, but it's open to the public. The ICA showcases a fascinating selection of exhibits, performances, films, and cultural programs to encourage open discussion and innovation. Current exhibits include Doing Language: Word Work, which explores the role of language in expressing life experiences. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free for all visitors.

  • Sandman Comedy Club - 401 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Aristotle declared that laughter is "a bodily exercise, precious to health." If that's the case, a visit to Sandman Comedy Club is better than an apple a day. Enjoy dinner and signature cocktails as you watch some of today's top comedians perform. If you have a joke or two of your own, stop by on Sunday for Sandman's popular open mic night. Shows are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with ticket prices starting at $15. Visit the website for a full calendar of events.

Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for all your real estate needs. 

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.

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
27

What to Know When Building a Deck

Deck Building Ideas

Relaxing on a deck is enjoyable in any season, but especially during the summer months. 

Want to expand your home's outdoor spaces and increase your home's value? Building a deck will help you accomplish both of these goals!

With so many different options regarding deck materials, styles, and designs, it's important to do your research so your deck is right for your home. Here are a few things our real estate agents suggest you know when building a deck. 

  1. A Deck is a Cost-Effective Way to Add More Space to Your Home
    Even though a deck usually isn't fully enclosed, it expands your home's usable outdoor areas for a price that's significantly less than building another room onto your home. A deck provides a large amount of open space for you to use according to your family's needs; set up a table for outside dining, or invest in a comfortable, conversational set for an evening of board games and snacks. 
  1. You Have Numerous Material Options for Constructing Your Deck
    When choosing from the multitude of deck materials, you'll want to pick a selection that fits your aesthetic, maintenance preferences, and budget. Natural wood looks beautiful and resists rotting and insects. However, it's more expensive than other options and requires re-sealing every couple of years to keep it from cracking. You'll also need to pressure wash it annually to remove grime. Pressure-treated lumber is a more affordable alternative to natural wood that's also resistant to rot and insects. Like natural wood, it needs re-sealing every couple of years and an annual pressure washing to keep it clean. Composite decking combines recycled plastic with wood fibers. Trex and TimberTech are examples of composite decking. While composite decking is resistant to insects and rotting, it can get extremely hot when exposed to direct sunlight. Shady areas are also prone to developing mold and mildew. Plastic decking is durable and easy to clean with your garden hose or a scrub brush. It's not vulnerable to moisture, insects, or rot. Like composite decking, plastic decking gets very hot in direct sunlight and has a tendency to develop mold and mildew in shady areas. 
  1. Overly Extravagant Decks Might Not Pay Off
    If you're planning to add your home to the list of Richmond homes for sale, you may wonder if a fancy deck will help you secure a higher asking price for your home. While a deck will raise your overall home value, potential buyers aren't likely to place as high of a value on customized deck features or extravagant deck designs. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't add unique deck features or opt for more expensive decking materials if they're important to you; just realize that you might not recoup your money when it's time to sell your home. Ultimately, you'll need to consider how you'd like to use this space and how long you'd like to stay in your current home.
  1. You May Need a Building Permit
    Depending on the size and height of your deck and your town's specific laws, you may need to apply for a building permit to construct your new deck. This will add at least a few hundred to the cost of your deck. Don't skip this step if you do need a permit. Otherwise, you'll have issues when you sell your home, and insurance claims associated with your deck may be denied. 

A deck is a fantastic addition to any home that will help increase its value and expand the outdoor living space. Want to upgrade to a home with space for a larger deck? Contact us today to get started!

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.

May
2

BBQ Spots in Richmond for National Barbecue Day

BBQ Richmond

National Barbecue Day is coming – and our real estate agents know just how to celebrate!

National Barbecue Day on May 16 celebrates one of the nation's time-honored culinary traditions. Although it's during the spring, May marks the start of the summer barbecue season. Why not kick things off with a bang?

There are over three dozen barbecue restaurants within a short drive of Richmond homes for sale.

No matter whether you love steak, pork, or grilled veggies, you'll have no end of selections for a National Barbecue Day to remember.

Let's take a look at some of your options throughout the RVA:

  • Alamo BBQ – 2202 Jefferson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23223
    In the heart of the historic Church Hill neighborhood, Alamo BBQ dishes out authentic Texas-style meals and has won plenty of awards for its beef brisket. The menu is crafted with Tex-Mex flair – you'll also be able to enjoy fish tacos, grilled burritos, ribs, and a whole slew of fresh-made side dishes.

  • Big Daddy's Barbecue & Ribs – 6359 Jahnke Road, Richmond, VA 23225
    Big Daddy's Barbecue & Ribs is so small you might miss it – a "mom and pop" drive-through barbecue joint. Locals laud the quick service and hot, fresh food (it's been called "bangin'") you can get in just a matter of minutes from Big Daddy's. Don't miss out on the Texas brisket and baby back ribs!

  • Hawk's BBQ – 8191 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227
    With 50 years of history behind it, Hawk's BBQ is a storied local barbecue place known for its burgers and "legendary" fried fish. The headliner on the barbecue side is the Hawk's BBQ Sandwich, with its slow-roasted pork marinated in house sweet and tangy sauce, then piled high.

  • HogsHead Cafe – 8902 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294
    HogsHead Cafe will treat you to barbecue made fresh from scratch using the finest ingredients. Visitors come from miles around to try The HogsHead Special, which consists of signature pulled pork topped with baked beans and coleslaw. You'll also find tacos, hot dogs, burgers, soups, and salads!

  • Inner City Blues – 3015 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA 23223
    Inner City Blues bills itself as "the home of Carolina barbecue" here in Richmond. You'll find a full range of barbecue and soul food recipes with dinners, including smoked pork ribs, pig feet, and pork chops. You can also walk away with brisket, barbecue chicken, pork, or ribs by the pound to savor later on.

  • Oak & Apple – 1814 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    Oak & Apple was known for its spacious patio before outdoor dining was cool. A popular spot in the spring, it is beloved for its seasonal events and involvement in the community. There's always a new deal at Oak & Apple, whether that means whole smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving, New Year's party pre-order packs, or cider specials during CiderCon. It truly is a taste of Richmond, VA culture.

See for yourself what life in Richmond has to offer! Contact us to discover more about the RVA today.

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
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.

Is your next home at the top of your shopping list this year? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.

February
28

Just in Time for Spring: Window Cleaning Tips

With spring around the corner, it's time to plan your spring cleaning. One area that many homeowners often overlook is their windows. 

Clean windows maximize the amount of natural light that enters your home; our real estate agents know that gleaming windows also help your home look its best during home showings. 

Here are a few guidelines to follow when spring cleaning your windows. 

  • Start by Vacuuming Around Your Window Sills and Window Frames
    Have you ever tried to wipe up dirt with a wet cloth? If so, you know that it turns to mud, making it more difficult for you to clean. Use the crevice attachment on your vacuum to remove dirt and debris from your window sills and frames. 
  • Choose the Right Materials
    To clean your window glass, you need cleaning materials that won't leave streaks. Usually, it's your rag that leaves streaks, not your window cleaner. Newspaper is one cheap alternative that won't leave streaks, or you can use microfiber cleaning cloths. Depending on how many windows you need to clean, you may want to invest in a squeegee specifically designed for glass cleaning. A squeegee will allow you to quickly remove the excess cleaning solution, so you have a streak-free finish. 
  • Use Soapy Water to Clean Your Window Frames
    When cleaning your window frames, you don't need anything fancy. Usually, a few drops of dish soap and warm water are an effective cleaner. After you wash the frames, make sure that you dry them, as the materials of some frames (like wood or metal) can be damaged by excess moisture. 
  • Remember to Wash Your Curtains or Blinds
    Don't forget to wash your curtains or clean your blinds. Otherwise, they'll transfer dust and grime to your clean windows. You should also wash your window coverings before adding your home to the list of Richmond homes for sale. Remove your curtains and launder according to the instructions. Some curtains can be washed in the washing machine on the gentle cycle, while others require dry cleaning or steam cleaning. To get your blinds clean, use an old sock and a mixture that's half water and half vinegar to dust them. If your blinds are extremely dirty or have a greasy residue, spray them with a degreaser (like the yellow Mr. Clean). Then, wipe them with a warm, wet rag. Make sure that you also dust your window hardware, like your curtain rod or blind brackets. 
  • Remove Your Window Screens to Clean Them
    If your windows have screens, remove them and lay them on a towel or old sheet. Vacuum both sides of your screens to remove dirt and debris. Then, mix a quarter of a cup of cleaner with a half-gallon of warm water. Wash each side of your screens using a sponge or microfiber cloth. Then, rinse them with your water hose on a low setting. Use a dry towel to remove excess moisture before reinstalling your screens. 

With a little time and a few materials, you'll quickly have your windows looking their best. Interested in buying a home with more windows or natural lighting? Contact us today to start your search!

February
14

Get to Know Richmond With These Tours

Richmond Tours

Richmond is a place where a rich history and vibrant present come together, and if you're thinking about making this area your new home, then we're here to help.

Just like any city, the best way to get to know Richmond is to put boots on the ground and explore it in person. If you want to get to know the city a little better, our real estate agents recommend these fascinating Richmond tours!

  • RVA Trolley Tour - 1301 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Offered by the RVA on Wheels tour company, RVA Trolley Tours provides a chance to experience Richmond's landmarks and historic architecture aboard a classic vintage trolley. The narration from the tour guide on this 2-hour tour is often hilarious, and always fascinating. You might spot some beautiful Richmond homes for sale along the way, and you'll certainly experience a few sides of Richmond you've never seen before. RVA on Wheels also offers electric bike and Segway tours. 

  • Discover Richmond Food Tours - Various Locations, Richmond, VA 23219
    If you want to get to know a city, the best way to do so is to get to know its food. Richmond is home ro a rich and diverse culinary scene, and there's something here to delight every palate. You'll get a broad taste of what Richmond has to offer on a Discover Richmond Food Tour. Discover Richmond leads guided food tours in several different neighborhoods—The Arts District, Carytown, Church Hill, and Scott's Addition—so you can really savor what makes each part of the city special. 

  • Basket & Bike - 1301 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond is known as an eminently bike-able city, and you can really get a feel for its streets on a Basket & Bike tour. The Basket & Bike company offers several different tour options that offer a chance to explore the Virginia Capital Trail, Downtown Richmond, and the city's unique urban art and murals. Every Basket & Bike tour comes with a free drink voucher at Urban Farmhouse and Cafe, a beloved local cafe and market with locations in Richmond and Midlothian, VA.  

  • Riverfront Canal Cruises - 139 Virginia St, Richmond, VA 23219
    You get a different view of Richmond from the water. With their fleet of authentic canal boats, Riverfront Canal Cruises offers unique tours of Richmond's waterfront along the James River and Kanawha Canal. Your boat will follow a route that parallels the historic Canal Walk, the Virginia Capital Trail, and the Low Line gardens, while your knowledgeable guide provides insights into the development of the city over the course of four centuries. Keep an eye out for wildlife including deer and great blue heron along the wilder portions of the route. 

  • Eerie Nights Ghost Tour - 100 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    No visit to Richmond is complete without an exploration to the city's spookier side. On an Eerie Nights Ghost Tour, you'll have a chance to see and learn about some of the city's most notorious haunted and historic sites. This walking and/or trolley tour departs after nightfall, and you will be accompanied by guides in period costume and ghoulish makeup. It's a fun, frightful way to spend an evening in Richmond, and you'll leave having learned some fun facts about the city's ghostly past.

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. 

February
7

Sports Leagues to Join in Richmond

Richmond Sports

Sports leagues offer a fun, social way to stay fit, enjoy all of your favorite games, and meet some new people in the process. Richmond homes for sale make it easy to join up with leagues for all of your favorite sports, at locations all around the city. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the local groups you can join when you move to the Richmond area.

Adult Soccer at the Sports Center of Richmond – 1385 Overbrook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220

If soccer is your favorite game, then you're sure to love one of the many adult soccer leagues held at the Sports Center of Richmond. Leagues here are all held in one convenient location and run all year long. There are men's, women's, and coed leagues available, with varying team sizes to accommodate your group.

Pick Your Game at River City Sports & Social Club

No matter how popular or how niche your favorite sport is, there's likely a league for it with the River City Sports & Social Club. These leagues are held at parks and athletic facilities all around the Richmond area.

  • Basketball Leagues
    Whether you're looking for an intense season or a laid-back league, basketball leagues at River City Sports & Social Club are sure to have something for you. Join up for a men's, women's, or coed league, then stick around after the game for happy hour at the club.

  • Men's and Women's Football
    Join up with a touch football league for a fun, accessible football experience that everyone can enjoy – no experience necessary. Football games are typically held at some of your favorite parks around Richmond.

  • Bowling Leagues
    Bowling is the type of sport that looks easy, right up until you attempt to master it. Bowling leagues are a great way to embrace that challenge and have plenty of good times in the process. Many of these leagues are as big on the social aspect as they are on the results of the games.

  • Everything from Axe Throwing to Wiffle Ball
    Interested in axe throwing? Or perhaps you're an expert at floorball, Wiffle ball, dodgeball, or even skeeball. There's a league for just about everything at the River City Sports & Social Club.

Sports Leagues with Hanover County Parks & Rec

The Hanover County Parks & Recreation Department also offers a wide variety of sports leagues for adults of all ages. Depending on the sport, you may be playing at a park, YMCA, school facility, or another destination near Hanover homes for sale.

  • Men's, Women's, and Coed Softball
    What could be better than spending a pleasant spring day on the diamond, playing some softball with friends? Hanover County Parks & Rec offers great softball leagues held at Pole Green Park and Poor Farm Park.

  • Pickleball and Tennis
    Pickleball is one sport that has surged in popularity in recent years, and you can play close to home in Richmond. Of course, there are also tennis leagues if you're in the mood for a different racket sport.

  • Rugby, Soccer, Basketball, and More
    Hanover County Parks & Rec offers many of the sports that we have mentioned at the two other locations on our list, along with some extras like rugby and roller hockey.

Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of Richmond's fun sports leagues? Our local team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

January
24

About Downtown Richmond's First Fridays

First Fridays

Once a month, Richmond's thriving arts community takes center stage in one of the city's most popular traditions. Our real estate agents love visiting Downtown Richmond for First Fridays from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. During these monthly events, make sure to stop by these wonderful galleries, shops, and restaurants that are right down the street from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Big Secret - 120 W. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lasers may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but Big Secret uses them as a tool to create "future artifacts." The artists use the energy and precision of laser beams to turn wood, metal, glass, and fabric into toys, jewelry, home accessories, and other works of art. Even non-traditional materials such as shoes, leaves, and film stock can be a canvas for this creative form. Big Secret's studio is open by appointment and for special events such as First Fridays.

  • Quirk Gallery - 207 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Art is meant to be shared. In addition to exhibits of innovative work from top and emerging artists, Quirk Gallery has a boutique of curated items that make wonderful gifts. The Quirk also hosts pop-up shops, one-day-only shows, and workshops that let you unlock your own creative spirit. Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe - 218 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    The creatively designed and decorated drinks at Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe are works of art in their own right. All coffee drinks, such as Mayan Mocha and Banana Bread Latte, are made with fair-trade organic beans that are roasted locally. If you're looking for a light breakfast or lunch, Lift offers a nice selection of sandwiches, paninis, and salads. Relax with friends over a beer, wine, or cocktail. Lift is open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • Blue Bones - 310 N. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lauren Healy-Flora worked for iconic designer Anna Sui, while Jeremy Flora has had a lifelong passion for vintage. Together, their fashion instincts and knowledge have turned Blue Bones into Richmond's hippest vintage and consignment shop. When you visit, chances are that Lauren herself will be helping you pick out the perfect outfit, accessories, or home decor items. Blue Bones is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 6 p.m.

  • Vagabond - 700 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Vagabond serves a menu of upscale Southern favorites in a stylishly casual ambiance. Customers give high marks to the shrimp po'boy, fried catfish, collard greens, and mac 'n' cheese. On weekends, head downstairs to the Rabbit Hole, a speakeasy-style bar with live entertainment. Vagabond is open for dinner and drinks Thursday through Sunday, as well as Sunday through Wednesday on show nights at the National.

Be a part of the creative energy in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for cheerful and dedicated help from our experienced agents. 

January
17

2022 Trending Paint Colors

Richmond paint colors

Redecorating after moving into a new home can feel like an insurmountable task. Let's say you've finally closed on one of these Richmond homes for sale and are looking to change up a few things to fit your style better. Now, where do you start?

Let's take a closer look at the trending paint colors that will inspire you in 2022. Make sure to consider the mood you want to inspire and the types of rooms you might want to use these trends for in your home.

  • Bring on the Energy with Red
    Red is energetic, lively and just happens to be the color of good luck. While many people associate the color red with exteriors, country barns, and farmhouses, red is undergoing a renaissance in interiors. Red is becoming a pretty popular color for dining rooms, living rooms, and entryways because of its ability to awaken appetites and spur conversations. When you first paint a room red, it can feel overwhelming. Here, the key is to pay attention to what colors, materials, and décor pieces you pair red with. Red, of course, makes a great accent color. You can paint one wall red or just the ceiling to give the room a nice, cozy feel without overwhelming it. 

  • Evoke Happiness with Yellow
    ​​​​​​​Yellow is the color of happiness and is considered the strongest color psychologically. It brings positive vibes and can instantly lift your mood and energy levels the minute you walk into a room. The shade citron is a muted yellow that's grounding and calming without being draining. It's a beautiful color that's abundant in nature. Plus, it pairs excellently with olive greens. Yellow can make a room feel bigger. Moreover, wooden furniture looks great with yellow walls. Yellow is a great color for living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. It can awaken a space by inducing excitement and enthusiasm.

  • Green for Calming Shades
    Green is the most prolific color in nature. Painting your walls green can bring about that same calming energy you get when walking in nature. There's a reason actors and TV show guests relax in greenrooms before appearing on talk shows. It's a calming color that brings a sense of relaxation, safety, and security into a space. For this reason, green is a great color for your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. It's also one of the easiest colors to decorate around.

  • Bring Richness with Pantone's Color of the Year
    Soft lilac is going to be everywhere in 2022. It's a shade of purple that's soothing and relaxing. In fact, all shades of purple have this effect to varying degrees. However, deeper shades like plum can make a room feel more luxurious and dignified. The elegance of purple is undeniable, and while it's not the color you expect when walking into a room, it's more versatile than you think. Pantone has released a new color, Very Peri Pantone 17-3938, a vibrant shade of periwinkle designed to pique creativity while bringing warmth and joy into a room. It's been named the Pantone color of the year for 2022, designed to merge the calming qualities of blue with the dynamic presence of a violet-red undertone, making it the perfect color for absolutely any room in your house.

2022 is your year! Our real estate agents are well-versed in Richmond real estate and can help you find a home that suits your style and needs. Contact us today so you can start searching for a home where you can utilize your favorite interior design trends.

January
10

Richmond Restaurants to Try in 2022

Richmond Restaurants 2022

Our real estate agents know there are plenty of reasons to love Richmond, Virginia!

If you've been exploring Richmond homes for sale, you're already aware of many of them. Natural beauty, a thriving arts scene, and a vibrant economy all contribute to attracting new residents each and every year. But there's something else that shouldn't be underestimated: The food!

The culinary scene in the RVA is second to none, blending ingredients and influences from around the world. Combined with the local small business scene and the area's passion for microbreweries and wineries, you've got a city with a truly unique palate. There's always something new to try!

When you move to Richmond, you are coming to a city that has something to match every taste – and it is sure to introduce you to flavors you never imagined before. The best examples come from local small restaurants that you won't find anywhere else. But where are these acclaimed "best-kept secrets?"

Looking to try a new restaurant, or new to you restaurant, among the many options in the RVA? Here are some unique restaurants to consider when you dine out in 2022:

  • Little Nickel – 4702 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
    Little Nickel is a local staple in the RVA, a neighborhood restaurant with a tropical flair. Truly unique to the area, it combines influences that could best be called "tropical diner." American classics are served with a splash of Mediterranean flair and colorful, carefully crafted cocktails that add plenty of fun to the dining experience. Popular mains include lamb shank tacos, crab spaghetti, and salmon l'orange.

  • Fighting Fish – 912 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230
    Fighting Fish stands out as one of the area's leading sushi restaurants. Available for dine in and online takeout, it boasts happy hour from 5 p.m. daily. Delicious at lunch or dinner, it is perhaps best known for its "Sushi Burritos." These giant nori-wrapped confections come with tuna, salmon, shrimp tempura, or barbecued eel along with your choice of a variety of fillers inspired by Mexico and Japan.

  • The Wooden Spoon – 5714 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
    For authentic Spanish tapas and paellas paired with a refreshing assortment of fine wines, The Wooden Spoon is the place to be. Billing itself as a "Restaurant and Craft Cocktail Bar," it prides itself on the farm-to-kitchen freshness of its ingredients. Dinner is available by reservation only, with patio or indoor seating to choose from. Fans love the organic flair of dishes like chicken parmigiana, ribeye steak, and filet mignon.

  • Sonora Cantina – 11 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Sonora Cantina has a reputation for fresh, tasty food bolstered by its unique "Bottomless Brunch," which takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30. At 14 buffet stations and four beverage stations, there is something for everyone! The rest of the week holds plenty of surprises, too, with indoor seating at the sports bar or a thrilling experience in the rooftop dining area available throughout the season.

  • The Broken Tulip Social Eatery – 3129 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    The Broken Tulip Social Eatery offers lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Advertising "Real Food, Interesting Wines," it uses its strong relationships with a variety of local farms to provide diverse seasonal cuisine. It is also known for its Wine Club and for a wide range of festive events, including the annual New Year's Eve dinner. You can even buy its produce, provisions, and tea online.

Delicious food is just the beginning of what the Richmond area has to offer! Contact us to discover more about living in the RVA.

December
27

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent in 2022

Richmond Real Estate Agent

If you're planning on buying or selling a house in the coming year, you might be wondering how to find the right real estate agent to support your transaction. After all, so much of your success depends on the experience of the real estate agent you select to support you along the way. If you're selling your home, your real estate agent is key to securing the highest possible sale price. If you're considering one of these beautiful Richmond homes for sale, your agent's expertise in the market and negotiation experience can help you land a solid deal.

However, finding a good real estate agent with the right level of experience isn't as simple as you might think. With so many agents out there, you might have to do some work to really find one who is truly a good match for you and your family. To help you, below are some tips that can help you find the best real estate agent to support your transaction in 2022.

  • Seek Referrals From Someone You Trust
    If a friend, family member, or neighbor recently purchased or sold a home, you may want to consider asking them for an agent referral. An agent's past clients are the best source of information on the agent's expertise, character, and reputation. Just be sure to ask someone you trust!

  • Do Your Research
    Before choosing an agent, you'll want to do a good bit of research. Check out their online profiles, read reviews, and conduct an interview. During the process, look for signs that they're compassionate, patient, and knowledgeable about the industry. Set expectations around communication and timeframes, and see if they're willing to accommodate. 

  • Gauge The Agent's Responsiveness
    One of the most important characteristics of a real estate agent is responsiveness. In a hot market, you need an agent that's willing to quickly turn around offers and negotiations. When evaluating agents, pay attention to the time it takes them to return texts or calls. Also, look into the brokerage firm that supports them -- do they have a team behind them that can support if they're unavailable? Both buyers and sellers need to act quickly in today's market, and you don't want to miss out on opportunities due to an agent that is too busy.

  • Consider Their Experience
    It's always worth asking an agent about their track record of success. How long have they been an agent, and how many home sales or purchases have they supported? Ideally, you want an experienced negotiator in your corner, so it's perfectly acceptable to ask for examples of big wins and past client success.

  • But Experience Isn't Everything
    While experience certainly does matter, you also want to select an agent who is easy to work with and is the right fit for you and your family. Choose someone who is likable, relatable, and patient. If you're buying or selling for the first time, you'll likely want to work with an agent who takes their time and helps educate you on the process and the market. You're trusting your agent to guide you through one of the biggest financial transactions of your life.

Selecting the right real estate agent takes a bit of research, but it's well worth the time investment. A good agent can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your home purchase or sale. Contact us for more tips or to speak with one of our real estate agents today.

December
13

Skip Cooking with These Richmond Catering Options

Richmond Catering

During the holidays, our real estate agents want you to spend less time cooking and more time socializing. Get out of the kitchen and into the family room with holiday meals from these wonderful restaurants and markets near Richmond homes for sale

  • Lemaire Restaurant - Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Enjoy a dinner of Southern-influenced holiday classics with dinner from Lemaire Restaurant. Herb-crusted prime rib comes with soup, salad, and an assortment of side dishes that includes their signature spoonbread. Top it all off with some luscious chocolate pecan pie. Dinners are offered for two, four, or six people at $100 per pair. Order by December 15 for pickup on December 23.

  • Big Herm's Kitchen - 315 N. 2nd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Remember those holidays of your childhood, when the whole family gathered at Grandma's house for dinner? Big Herm's Kitchen does, and their holiday dinner features that same great home-cooked taste. All dinners include oven-roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, stuffing, rolls, and cranberry sauce. Choose from additional sides, including green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and mac & cheese. The price is $25 per person, with a minimum order of 10. Order by December 17 for pickup or delivery on December 23 or 24.

  • Mosaic Catering + Events - 3001 Cutshaw Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
    Want to add a touch of the unexpected to your holiday meal? Mosaic Catering + Events has you covered. Their seasonal menu includes classic dishes with a modern twist. You'll have a hard time deciding between tasty choices such as everything spiced salmon, sage and goat cheese whipped potatoes, and cinnamon celebration meatballs. Vegetarians will love cheesy winter squash casserole, roasted cauliflower and root vegetable gratin, and other hearty but meat-free dishes. Vegan options are available on request. 

  • Libbie Market - 400 Libbie Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    In 2010, when Ukrop's grocery stores were sold, employees Buster Wright and David Taylor stepped up to preserve the specialty store location. Today, Libbie Market has the variety and convenience of a full-scale grocery store with the warm, personalized service of an independent shop. Their holiday menu features an extensive mix-and-match list of entrées, sides, and breads such as beef tenderloin, herb stuffing, corn pudding, and buttermilk biscuits. Place a $50 minimum order by December 17 for pickup on December 23 or 24. 

  • Nomad Deli & Catering Co. - 207 W. Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222
    Why wait for the main event? Start your holiday off right with a grazing brunch from Nomad Deli & Catering Co. Open gifts while nibbling on a spread of mini bagels, spinach and feta quiche, baked Brie bites, cinnamon roll pull-apart, and fresh fruit. Their dinner is equally spectacular, with spiral ham, roast beef, crostinis, and an assortment of spreads and cheeses. Top it all off with a dessert tray of brownie bites, apple blondies, pecan pie tarts, pumpkin dip, and cookies. 

  • Homemades by Suzanne - 101 N. 5th St., Richmond, VA 23210
    If it's not on the holiday menu at Homemades by Suzanne, you don't need it. Categories include Chicken & Turkey, Beef, Seafood, Cheese, Dips & Sauces, Quiche, and Dessert. Place your order, and they'll have everything ready for pickup, or delivery and set-up is available for an additional charge.

Use some of that extra time to find or sell a house in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to get started.

December
20

Get Local Gift Ideas from These Richmond Shops

Richmond Shopping

'Tis the season to shop local! With the holiday season approaching, there are plenty of Richmond stores where you can shop for unique gifts and support the local economy while doing so. Here are a few key places our real estate agents recommend visiting.

  • Rosewood Clothing Co: 407 Cleveland Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    If your recipient loves clothing and accessories, then Rosewood Clothing Co. is the perfect local shop to visit. The store celebrates creativity and self-expression. Their focus is on clothing that is comfortable, stylish, and sustainably made.

    Rosewood Clothing Co. also carries some vintage apparel and jewelry. Their apothecary section is a good place to pick up nail polish, soap, salves, and other small gifts for the loved ones on your list.

  • Gild and Ash: 5730 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Gild and Ash carries a fine selection of men's and women's accessories, along with home goods and decor. If you're not sure what to buy for someone on your list, their consultants can help you out. They're experts in decor and fashion.

    Some of the more unique gifts at Gild and Ash include geode coasters, scented matches, and unique tea towels. Fill a stocking with these small items, or spring for a really special gift, like some gold hoop earrings or a multi-chain necklace.

  • Little Nomad: 104 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    For the youngest on your gift list, pay a visit to Little Nomad, a local shop for babies and kids. They carry sustainably made clothing crafted from materials like Peruvian Pima cotton.

    Along with clothes, Little Nomad carries illustrated picture books, sketch pads, and wellness essentials for little ones. Their Mommy & Me Skincare Gift Set is quite popular.

  • Paper Plus: 5804 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Take a break from looking at Richmond homes for sale, and stop by Paper Plus. This local shop sells stationery, picture frames, and home accents. It's a lovely place to shop for someone who enjoys penmanship and art.

    Paper Plus has been a Richmond staple since 1978. The store has a very simple, welcoming vibe and is sure to put you in a good mood. You can even pick up an agenda for the new year while you're there.

  • Relics to Rhinestones: 5726A Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    If your recipient loves jewelry, then Relics to Rhinestones is the perfect place to shop. This store is a luxury boutique that carries everything from baby gifts to home decor, but their jewelry selection is especially vast. 

    The employees at Relics to Rhinestones are very helpful and can help you find the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

  • Sheppard Street Antiques: N. 1126 Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Sheppard Street Antiques is a locally owned antique dealer where you can find unique, vintage gifts for your loved ones. They have antique paintings, wicker baskets, wooden furniture, painted china, and so much more.

    Since the selection at Sheppard Street Antiques is always changing, it makes sense to stop by a few times during the holiday season and see what treasures you find.

Richmond has so many lovely, locally owned stores worth visiting. Those listed above are just the beginning. Have a great time shopping this holiday season, and don't hesitate to contact us if you're in need of real estate services. Our agents would be proud to help you find the perfect Richmond home.

November
22

Holiday Home Tips: Seasonal Scents for Your Home

Holiday Scents

When you enter a room, the scents inside the space impact your feelings, emotions, and immediate perception of the home. This is especially true around the holidays.

Our real estate agents know that inviting, comforting scents are what people associate with the holiday season. Here are a few ways to enjoy seasonal scents in your home. 

  • Light a Festive Candle
    A candle is a go-to way to add festive aromas to any space thanks to its simplicity and widespread availability. Make sure that you keep the wick trimmed to a quarter of an inch in length to prolong the candle's lifespan. Try a candle that mimics the aroma of your favorite holiday treat. Or, opt for a more nature-inspired scent that resembles the fresh aroma of a Christmas tree or snowy winter day. Feeling creative? Create a tablescape to combine multiple candles that have complementary scents.
     
  • Use a Scent Diffuser
    A scent diffuser combines an essential oil or scented oil with water and diffuses the scent throughout the room. Some scent diffusers also act as humidifiers due to the amount of moisture they add to a room. Scent diffusers are easy to use, don't involve an open flame, and add seasonal aromas to your home for hours at a time. They come in a variety of styles and colors, making it easy to find one that suits your decor. Grab your favorite essential or scented oil and add a few drops to your scent diffuser, combining it with the correct amount of water. Start small; you can always add more oil if the smell isn't strong enough.
     
  • Simmer a Festive Blend
    Aromas from the kitchen have a way of wafting throughout your entire home. Put some water or cider in a pot and add cinnamon, orange slices, cloves, and cranberries and simmer on low. Make sure that the water or cider covers the contents, and keep in mind you'll need to add more as it evaporates.
     
  • Bake a Batch of Cookies
    There's nothing like the delicious aroma of a fresh batch of cookies. When clients add their homes to the list of Richmond homes for sale, we often recommend that they bake cookies before open houses or showings to ensure their home smells heavenly. Not only can you change the scent with your cookie recipe, but you'll have a tasty treat to enjoy. 

  • Make Cinnamon Ornaments
    Cinnamon ornaments are an old-fashioned way to add festive scents to your home. While you can purchase cinnamon ornaments, it's much more enjoyable to make your own. Combine three-quarters of a cup of applesauce with two bottles of cinnamon until it forms a soft dough. Then, grab about a fourth of the dough and roll it out until it's a quarter of an inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutter to cut your ornament out. Make sure to add a hole to hang your ornament with the end of a drinking straw. Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 2.5 hours. 

Want a home with more space for holiday festivities? There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale! Contact us today to start your search.

November
8

Historic Buildings in Downtown Richmond

Richmond Historic Buildings

Richmond has a long, interesting story that spans centuries, and residents have always had a love of local history. Many of the city's historic buildings have been preserved to the present day, and are just waiting to be explored. Whether you're a history buff yourself or you're searching for fun, educational family activities in Richmond, a historic tour is a great way to spend a day in the city. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic buildings in downtown Richmond to explore.

  • The Valentine – 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Located near Richmond homes for sale and dedicated to exploring local history, The Valentine is the perfect place to start your historical journey in downtown Richmond. The museum is home to tons of fascinating artifacts from the 400-year history of the Richmond area, with rotating exhibits that complement the permanent collections. They also host history tours, which will take you to a variety of historic locations around Richmond.|

  • Byrd Theatre – 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Ever since it first opened its doors in 1928, the Byrd Theatre has been one of Richmond's most popular cultural destinations. The Baroque architecture and spectacular murals are more than worth a visit, while the theater also still operates as one of the most unique places to watch movies that you'll ever find. The theater shows both new and historic films, with a busy schedule that ensures you'll always have something to look forward to on the schedule.

  • Main Street Station – 1500 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Historic Main Street Station has had an interesting story since it first opened in 1901. It was one of Richmond's biggest transportation hubs for nearly 75 years before closing its doors in 1975. But it has since been reopened and revitalized, serving as a transportation hub once again while also being a destination for lovers of historic architecture.

  • Maymont Mansion & Estate – 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Once belonging to a wealthy local couple, Maymont Mansion & Estate has been transformed into a 100-acre public landmark that is enjoyed by visitors of all ages. The mansion is an elegant stone structure that would fit in nicely in historic Europe. The grounds are also home to some amazing gardens, inspired by flora from different parts of the world like Japan and Italy. It's easy to spend a full day exploring all that this historic site has to offer.

  • Old City Hall – 1001 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    An imposing, gorgeous Victorian Gothic structure built in 1904, Old City Hall is one of Richmond's most distinctive historic buildings. While most of the structure now serves as a private office space, visitors can still tour the first floor of Old City Hall and explore the building's amazing exterior.

  • Virginia Capitol & Executive Mansion – 10th and Banks Streets, Richmond, VA 23219
    The oldest legislative assembly in America, the Virginia Capitol & Executive Mansion was designed by none other than Thomas Jefferson. There are daily guided tours that will take you through the historic halls, filled with historical statues, paintings, and exhibits. You can even tour the legislative chambers, which have been recently restored. The Executive Mansion is still in use today and has been continuously inhabited since 1813.

Ready to find your own outstanding home close to all of the history and attractions of Richmond? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

November
1

Plan a Visit to the Virginia Capital Trail

Capital Trail

Officially opened in 2015, the Virginia Capital Trail unites the state's past and present. Pedestrians and bikers can travel just over 51 miles between Jamestown, Virginia's first capital, and Richmond. 

Our real estate agents enjoy visiting these exciting attractions along the trail, just minutes from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Belle Isle - 300 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219
    How many cities can boast a scenic island right in the heart of downtown? Just cross the Tredegar St. pedestrian bridge to reach Belle Isle, a natural oasis in the James River. Activities include hiking, biking, rock climbing, and fishing. Water is too rough for swimming, but the large, flat rocks found around the island are perfect for sunbathing. Belle Isle is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • The Valentine - 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Take a walk through years of Richmond history with a visit to the Valentine. For more than a century, the Valentine has served as a repository for collections and exhibits that bring Richmond's past to life for a current audience. One of the highlights is the Costume & Textiles Collection, featuring more than 30,000 pieces of clothing and accessories spanning the late 18th century to the present day. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids under age 18.

  • Canal Walk - 139 Virginia St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Stretching 1.25 miles along the James River, the Canal Walk serves as an outdoor museum. A fascinating series of medallions, statues and exhibits depict major events and themes throughout 400 years of Richmond's history. George Washington, an early supporter of canal transportation, was instrumental in the passage of legislation authorizing the Kanawha Canal. The Canal Walk is open 24/7 to walkers, bikers, and leashed pets.

  • Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek - 9525 Deep Bottom Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    The Virginia Capital Trail isn't just for landlubbers. Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek, not far from Henrico homes for sale, has two boat ramps and a canoe launch providing access to the James River. Try your luck fishing or just enjoy a leisurely day on the water. Be sure to bring Fido along, as leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Great Shiplock Park - 2803 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Located at mile marker 51.2, Great Shiplock Park is the western trailhead for the Virginia Capital Trail. The park is one of the quieter, less-visited parts of the trail, making it a nice place to get away with a good book or simply take in the scenic views of downtown Richmond and the James River. Cross the footbridge to Chapel Island and fish for shad, white perch, and smallmouth bass. Great Shiplock Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

  • National Battlefield Park - 470 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Take the whole family for a living history lesson at National Battlefield Park, which encompasses 13 war-related sites around the city. Follow the self-guided driving tour or walk the pet-friendly trails at Gaines' Mill, Totopotomoy Creek, Cold Harbor, and Malvern Hill. Battlefield areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset and there is no charge for admission.

Blaze your own real estate trail in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

October
25

Run the VCU Health Richmond Marathon

Richmond Marathon

If you're moving to Richmond, you're in luck. You're just in time for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon! Always tremendous fun, the annual event is eagerly anticipated by runners and spectators alike. And there's still time to sign up! There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale that put you just a stone's throw away from where the action will be. Here's what to expect.

Signing Up

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon will be held Saturday, November 13th, beginning at 7:45 am. Heralded as "America's Friendliest Marathon," anyone 16 years or older can sign up to run. Registration spots had initially all been filled, but due to popular demand, more spots have been added for those still wishing to run. However, be advised that anyone signing up at this point will receive their medal by mail sometime in early 2022 rather than on race day.

Registering for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon is also a great way to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Unlike Richmond, Boston has strict time requirements you must meet, based on your age and gender, if you want to run in the marathon. Richmond is one of the most popular qualifiers for running in Boston.

If you sign up for the marathon between now and November 7th, you'll pay a $130 entry fee. If you wait until the last minute and sign up in the week leading up to the race, that goes up to $140. However, anyone who makes a $50 to Kids Run RVA can get $20 knocked off their entry fee.

The Course

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon begins at Grace St. and 5th and follows a circuitous route to the Canal Walk on the scenic riverfront, at 5th and Tredegar St. Plenty of help and amenities are stationed along the route. Water and Nuun Replenisher gel are available every 2 miles until mile 20 and every 1 mile after that. Bathrooms are also available at each water stop. GU energy gel will be available at Mile 14 and Mile 21, and there are Junk Food Stops at Miles 16 and 22 and Pickle Juice at Mile 23. Medical aid will also be available along the course if needed.

There's no hurry to finish the race, but the course will only be open for 7 hours total, and provided services will be shut down sequentially as the day progresses. Therefore, to continue availing yourself of the water and other amenities, you must maintain a minimum speed of around 4 miles an hour - a brisk walk.

Other Courses

If 26.2 miles seems daunting, there are several other races being run that day. The CarMax Richmond Half Marathon starts just one block over but covers an entirely different city area. And the Allianz Partners 8K is just under 5 miles, starting at 7 am.

Even if you're not available on the 13th, you can still run. If you sign up to compete virtually, you can run anytime in November and get all the perks of competing in person - as well as all the swag. If you're ambitious, you can do the Richmond Challenge: Run one race on race day and the other two virtually throughout the month for a chance at even more glory and prestige.

There are marathons all over, but Richmond's is one of the most fun. Plus, the area has many local running trails for you to work on your marathon time. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what the area has to offer. Contact us when you're ready to make Richmond your home. Our real estate agents can help you get settled and find everything you need.

October
11

Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails Near Richmond

Hiking Trails

Moving to a new place is never easy. In addition to the chore of dragging your stuff from one house to another, you also have to readjust to a new area and find a way to incorporate all of your old routines into unfamiliar surroundings. For instance, walking and playing with your dog. There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale, where you and your family can move, but where are the dog-friendly hiking trails near those homes? We've got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite spaces in nature where you and your dog can walk, hike, and play.

  • James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail - 4190 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23225.
    This 6.9-mile loop near Richmond is rated of moderate difficulty. It's great for hiking and biking and has beautiful views of the river. It's accessible year-round, but can get fairly busy, particularly on weekends. Not only are dogs welcome on this trail, but horses are, too.

  • Texas Beach Trail - 1907 Texas Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220.
    Located near James River Park, this 4.8-mile hiking trail isn't in the Lone Star State, but right here in Virginia. A simple hike with mostly dirt trails, it will take between 1 and 3 hours, and runs over bridges and alongside train tracks. There are plenty of beautiful sites to see along the way, from muraled walls to old stone structures to flowing water, and more. It's a great place to take your dog and explore.

  • Powhite Park - 7200 Jahnke Road, Richmond, VA 23225.
    Tucked away behind a series of busy streets and a hospital complex, Powhite Park is a great place to leave behind the bustling city and commune with nature for a while. It's 100 acres of woods and wetlands, great for watching wildlife, such as deer, birds, beavers, and more. You can walk your dog or ride your bike here, among the twisting trails, in peace and serenity.

  • Dutch Gap - 341 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836.
    Richmond isn't the only area with dog-friendly hiking trails. If you go a little bit south, you'll find great Chesterfield homes for sale, and plenty of hiking for you and your dog in that area too. The Dutch Gap Conservation Area has several easy hiking trails, without much elevation, making it great for families, as well as for pets. There are 5.8 total miles of hiking trails, along with campgrounds, picnic areas, and spots for fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. You and your dog will love it here.

  • Cheswick Park - 1700 Forest Avenue, Henrico, VA 23229.
    There are any number of beautiful Henrico homes for sale as well, and hiking trails in this area surrounding Richmond for both you and your dog. Cheswick Park is open daily from dawn to dusk and features about a mile of trails where you can walk your furry friend. It also has a playground and a picnic area that takes reservations for parties and other gatherings. This beautiful, wooded area is a great place for you and your pet to get away for a few hours.

These are just a few of the amazing trails and parks in the Richmond area where you and your dog can have fun together. Our real estate agents can help you find all the best hiking spots near you. Contact us today.

October
4

Plant-Based Dining Throughout Richmond

Richmond DiningOur real estate agents know local dining is one of the big things that many new homeowners think about when deciding on a home. No matter what your tastes are, you won't be disappointed in the RVA. World-class cuisine of many different styles can be found seemingly around every corner.

The vibrant startup scene of the Richmond, Virginia area also applies to the restaurant industry. Experienced chefs and restaurateurs are constantly creating new experiences for residents and visitors to enjoy. Over the last decade, vegetarian and vegan options have expanded by leaps and bounds.

Now, the RVA is one of the best places in America for plant-based dining.

Let's take a look at some of the most enticing local options:

  • Carytown Burgers & Fries – 5404 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228
    Carytown Burgers & Fries was rated #1 for more than a decade. Billing itself as a "local legend," it has a strong claim to offering one of the best burgers in town. It was also one of the first burger joints in the RVA to expand with a full selection of soy, black bean, and vegan patties. You'll also find mock chicken dishes and plenty of salads to choose from. All this and more is not far from Henrico homes for sale.

  • Hang Space – 8002 Buford Court, Richmond, VA 23235
    Hang Space is a 100% vegan eatery where you can order online or by phone for even faster service. This is a partnership between two beloved local brands, the Go Go Vegan Go and Yummvees Catering and Meal Prep. Now open Thursday through Sunday, it's got a varied assortment of delicious salads and 100% plant-based alternative meats. It's a great pick within minutes of some top Richmond homes for sale.

  • Ipanema Cafe –  917 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    A welcoming spot on beautiful Grace Street, Ipanema Cafe is a full-service vegan and vegetarian cafe and bar. A venerable and established brand with operations since 1998, it boasts the best patio on Grace Street for outdoor dining. Karaoke, wine tasting, and other events take place here regularly. In addition to the healthy meals, it also stands out for its robust, vegan-friendly desserts.

  • Goatocado – 1823 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Goatocado will charm you with more than just a fun name. This fast-casual restaurant is heralded as a "conscious kitchen" focused on healthy, vibrant meals. It has been around for a long time, developing from a food cart into its current space. Attracting plenty of kudos for its recently expanded menu in a brand new location, it will tempt even omnivores.

  • Philly Vegan – 1126 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224
    Philly Vegan brings an unexpected taste of Philadelphia to the RVA. This family-owned and operated vegan restaurant began with a mission to bring the flavors of the authentic Philly cheesesteak to the world of plant-based dining. Once a month, the restaurant hosts a "Pay What You Can" Day to help those in need. It's also renowned for its $6 dairy-free milkshakes in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and peanut butter.

Ready to learn more about what the Richmond area has to offer? Contact us today at Joyner Fine Properties to discover more about the Richmond area.

September
13

National Comic Book Day: Comic Book Stores Near Richmond

RVA Comic Book StoresNational Comic Book Day is on September 25th and is a terrific time to explore local comic book stores or treat the comic book lover in your life. Richmond homes for sale benefit from the city's creative culture, and comic books have long been a part of the area's publishing scene. If you take a little time to plan ahead, you could end up starting your own comic book collection just by visiting all of the comic book stores near Richmond!

Here are a few that stand out:

  • Velocity Comics – 819a West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Velocity Comics has one of the biggest selections of comic books in Richmond. Its customer service is second to none, as the team will automatically pull your favorite comics for you based on the list you submit rather than wandering the shelves – not that doing so can't be fun all on its own! Open seven days a week, Velocity has a reputation for always being up to date on the latest big events from Marvel, DC, and many more.

  • Alpha Comics & Games – 1601 Willow Lawn Drive 300B, Richmond, Virginia 23230
    Alpha Comics & Games has new releases every week and is known for its collection of vintage comics – it touts "The Best Vintage Section in Central Virginia." If you've fallen behind on all the latest developments in comics, the staff will be glad to catch you up with its weekly events on Wednesdays. A family-owned and operated business with a long local history, you might remember it under the name Nostalgia Plus.

  • Richmond Book Shop – 808 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Richmond Book Shop has it all, giving you the unbeatable feeling of venturing through the eclectic collection of a beloved community bookseller. Its stunning selection of comics runs the gamut from vintage to modern, with graphic novels and manga added in for good measure. It's easy to spend a whole day browsing the shelves!

  • Richmond Comix – 14255 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Richmond Comix earns its reputation as one of the top comics stores in Midlothian by topping off an excellent selection with plenty of live events, a book club, and much more. The store has been around since 1987, and its dedication to quality shows in its curated selection, slick website, and emphasis on uplifting local creators. It's yet another stellar reason to choose Midlothian homes for sale.

  • Stories, Comics – 9040 West Broad Street, Henrico, VA 23294
    Stories, Comics may have an unassuming name, but it has an incredible collection of contemporary and classic comics with a "neighborhood comic shop" feel. It has a robust selection of action figures, comic book storage supplies, graphic novels, and even magazines, in addition to its treasure trove of comics. Top brands include Action Lab, Boom Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Image, and Vault – all minutes from Henrico homes for sale.

Our real estate agents know local shops are one of the many things you'll enjoy when living in the Richmond area. Contact us to discover more about Richmond real estate.

September
7

Visit Richmond's Beer Trail

RVA Beer Trail

Richmond is one of the best cities in the region for craft breweries, and the Richmond Beer Trail is the perfect way to discover all that local breweries have to offer. As you travel the trail, you'll have the opportunity to experience the best local breweries and the many attractions in the unique communities where each brewery is located. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 breweries that you won't want to miss along the Richmond Beer Trail.

  • Intermission Beer Company – 10089 Brook Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Founded by a husband-and-wife team of film majors with a passion for craft brewing, Intermission Beer Company makes it easy to enjoy a great brew anytime with a convenient location near Glen Allen homes for sale. If you love unique events at your favorite breweries, you'll always have something new to experience at Intermission Beer Company. Throughout the week, you will find live music, trivia nights, book clubs, meetups for car enthusiasts, open mic comedy, and even a knitting club. No matter when you visit, you're sure to love one of the many craft brews on tap.

  • Extra Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse – 1110 Alverser Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Can't decide between outstanding craft beer or a delicious barbecue dinner? Extra Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse makes it easy to enjoy both, with a location that's around the corner from Midlothian homes for sale. With multiple gold medal award-winning beers on tap and ribs that have consistently been voted among the best in the region, the team at Extra Billy's is committed to going the extra mile to provide you with the best service whenever you visit.

  • Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop – 3406 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
    With a busy schedule of special events every week and an even longer list of unique craft beers, Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop has everything you need to enjoy a night on the town near Richmond homes for sale. The large team at Starr Hill operates five excellent breweries in Richmond and beyond, with a mix of flagship brews and seasonal varieties that put fresh spins on your favorite flavors.

  • Legend Brewing Co. – 321 W. 7th St., Richmond, VA 23224
    What started as a small, popular pub more than 25 years ago has since grown into the Legend Brewing Co. that Richmond residents enjoy today. Legend Brewing Co. now has a large, 180-seat restaurant, along with an outdoor dining area that can seat up to 200 guests and a smaller, more intimate beer garden space. This local brewer is known best for its popular Brown Ale and features various seasonal brews that ensure you'll always have something new to try.

  • Molly's Bicycle Shop & Blind Dog Brewery – 4515 W. Hundred Rd., Chester, VA 23831
    It's not every day that you come across a hybrid bicycle shop/brewery, but that's exactly what you'll find when you visit Molly's Bicycle Shop & Blind Dog Brewery. The beer garden at Blind Dog Brewery is the place to be, with a location close to Chesterfield County homes for sale and a great atmosphere for enjoying a cold brew outdoors. This is also a great place to visit if you love live music, with live performances taking place nearly every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy the delicious drinks and dining around Richmond? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.

August
23

How To Brighten Up Your Home With Natural Light

RVA Light Tips

The importance of natural light in the home can't be overstated. Everyone loves bright, open rooms, and natural lighting really makes your home appear larger and more welcoming. Maximizing your home's natural lighting can also decrease your utility costs, and more importantly, it can actually improve your mood and mental health.

The best part is, increasing natural light exposure can be easy and cost-effective. While windows are your primary natural light source, there are many simple things you can do to maximize light throughout your house. Here are simple tips from our real estate agents:

  • Focus On Light Colors
    Did you know that painting your walls bright colors or using bright colored wallpaper actually helps maximize natural light exposure throughout the room? This is because light coming in from your windows reflects or bounces off light-colored walls. Dark colors do the opposite - they absorb light which lessens its impact. Try different shades of off-white for the best impact. Choosing light-colored furniture can also create the same effect. For inspiration, check out the light colors in some of these beautiful Richmond homes for sale.

  • Add Mirrors And Shiny Surfaces
    Mirrors, shiny surfaces, or anything with reflective properties are effective at helping natural light reach every nook and cranny of a room. Using mirrors and reflective surfaces is a great strategy, especially for rooms that don't see a lot of natural light, to begin with. Mirrors are especially effective at achieving this. Not only do they make for some great home decor, but they also can significantly increase lighting. The larger the mirror or reflective surface, the more light it will reflect. 

  • Choose The Right Flooring
    While we're on the subject of reflective surfaces, think about how the floors in your home reflect light. Naturally shiny surfaces like light hardwood or ceramic will make a room appear much bigger and brighter. Carpet is much less reflective, especially if it's a darker color. Combining reflecting flooring with bright walls can really create a stunning effect.

  • Pick A New Front Door With A Window
    Adding new windows frames to your home can be a fairly expensive home renovation project, but adding a front door with big open windows is much more affordable. If your living room doesn't receive much natural light, a door with a window can serve as an extra light source.

  • Add A Skylight
    The best way to increase natural lighting in a room is by adding a skylight. A skylight is a fantastic addition, especially in the bathroom or kitchen. Since skylights are positioned directly upwards, they're likely to generate more natural light than a regular door or window. While it can be a bit of an expensive investment, skylights are truly a great option.

Whether you're planning to sell your home or are simply looking for ways to spruce up your interior, maximizing natural light is easy and cost-effective. For more tips on home staging techniques, contact us today.

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
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
12

New Restaurants to Check out in Richmond

Richmond New Restaurants

Richmond's cutting-edge food scene is one of the attributes that landed the city on the New York Times' list of top places to travel. Our real estate agents can't wait to try these inventive new restaurants that recently opened near Richmond homes for sale

  • Cheddar Jackson - 522 N. 2nd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Few foods are more comforting than a crispy, melty-grilled cheese sandwich. Cheddar Jackson adds a contemporary twist to a classic favorite with their grilled cheese panini creations. Creative options include Billie's Holiday, with roasted portobello, mozzarella, and provolone, and Smoked Robinson, featuring smoked Gouda, ham, and honey dijon. Many of the sandwiches, soups, and sides are vegan-friendly. Order online for convenient carryout. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 6 p.m.

  • Lillie Pearl - 416 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    If the name of Lillie Pearl makes you think of Grandma's home cooking, that's no accident. The restaurant's namesake is chef/owner Michael Lindsey's beloved grandmother and features dishes such as obe ata braised lamb shank and braised short ribs. Complete your meal with Hoppin' John, mac and cheese, and other traditional sides. Lillie Pearl is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended.

  • Native Plate - 1203 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Global street food, one of today's hottest food trends, comes to downtown Richmond with Native Plate. With vivid colors and artistic plating, the food is almost too pretty to eat. Flavorful dishes such as bulgogi BBQ, curry laksa, and duck bao buns will take your taste buds to Asia. Looking for a light lunch? Poké bowls come with salmon, tuna, or baked tofu. Phó, the popular Vietnamese noodle soup, is served all day. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Sonora Cantina - 11 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Located in the heart of the Arts District, Sonora Cantina has an amazing rooftop terrace that's a perfect place to meet up with friends and family. Sip on a Margarita and share some delicious small plates, including ceviche, shrimp anticuchos, and volcano nachos. For heartier appetites, there's a full selection of tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Sonora Cantina is open 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • King Crab - 10456 Midlothian Tpk., Richmond, VA 23235
    Diners in Richmond just can't get enough seafood. King Crab kicks it up a notch by adding authentic flavors of the bayou. If you're new to Cajun cuisine, dishes like catfish po'boy, jambalaya, and crawfish will quickly turn you into a fan. Create your own seafood platter from a dozen choices, including green or black mussels, shrimp, and of course, king crab legs. Customers rave about the "everything" sauce, a mixture of garlic butter, lemon pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Choose your own spice level, from none to four flames. King Crab is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., with extended hours until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Whether you're at a great restaurant or sitting around the dining room table in your own home, Richmond is the place to be. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for help with all your real estate needs. 

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
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
17

About the Walkable Neighborhoods in Richmond

RVA Walkable Neighborhoods

Do you love to live in a walkable neighborhood with plenty of attractions and key services located within walking distance of your home? Walking is such a healthy activity for both body and mind, so it's no surprise that so many shoppers are increasingly looking for a walkable neighborhood to call home. Richmond is one of the most walkable cities in Virginia, with various scenic, amenity-packed neighborhoods to choose from when shopping for your next home. Our real estate agents are here to help you learn more about all of the vibrant, walkable neighborhoods that are waiting for you in Richmond.

About the Walkable Neighborhoods in Richmond

  • Shopping, Food, and Fun in Carytown
    If shopping, dining, and family-friendly attractions are must-haves for you, then you're sure to love all of the fun that's located within walking distance in Carytown. This neighborhood covers about 10 blocks and is packed with some of the most diverse dining options in the city with loads of international flair. Near all of the great dining options, you will enjoy tons of shopping, including the outstanding Ellwood Thompson's market, where you will find fresh, organic produce and so much more.

  • Entertainment and Education Meet in the Downtown Arts District
    If you've been searching for Richmond homes for sale in a neighborhood that's filled with entertainment options, the Arts District is the perfect place to start. This is where you'll find some of the city's most exciting entertainment venues, as well as the historic campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The National is an amazing music venue that attracts some of the best talents in the industry for shows, while the Virginia Repertory Theatre is a great place to catch a play or musical. In this neighborhood, you will also be able to enjoy frequent outdoor festivals all year long.

  • Art and History Meet in the Museum District
    The Museum District ranks as one of Richmond's most walkable neighborhoods, and as you might expect, it's an excellent place to live if you love to explore fascinating museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the main attraction, and it regularly ranks as one of the 10 best art museums in the country. The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is an amazing place to learn about local history, and there are also a variety of fun, smaller museums located throughout the neighborhood.

  • Walking Is a Great Workout in Church Hill
    While the Church Hill neighborhood offers plenty to see and do, the big attraction for avid walkers will be the especially good workout that walking in this neighborhood provides. The hill part of Church Hill is an accurate description because this neighborhood has a fairly steep uphill climb that's perfect for a walking workout. Near the bottom of the hill, you can enjoy a flatter, more leisurely walk along the river, with great waterfront scenery.

  • Monroe Ward Rated as Richmond's Most Walkable Neighborhood
    Walk Score 
    is a website that ranks neighborhoods for walkability in cities all around the country, and they ranked Monroe Ward as the most walkable neighborhood in all of Richmond. There are more than 100 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops located within walking distance in Monroe Ward, so it's easy to find a great place to recharge after an enjoyable walk. 

Are you ready to find your next home in one of Richmond's walkable neighborhoods? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

May
10

Are You Making These Interior Design Mistakes?

Interior Design

Designing a beautiful home is no easy task. While it may seem simple, it takes a keen, knowledgeable eye to create an interior with that special wow factor! Our real estate agents show a variety of homes that reflect beautiful design style, and we see the difference it makes when buying or selling a home.

As interior designers know, it requires vision, skill, and planning to understand the impact of scale, color, and balance in your home. Many design decisions go into a well-designed interior. In Richmond homes for sale, savvy buyers are looking for interiors that reflect current design trends, so they don't have to sink money into costly design mistakes.

Scale

Scale is so important when designing interior spaces. It's more than just taking measurements to make sure everything fits. Scale means understanding how the size of the room relates to interior furnishings like rugs, furniture, lighting, artwork, and accessories. The slightest mistake can quickly destroy the design style and ambiance in a room. Common design mistakes to avoid:

  • Over-Sized Furnishings – The scale of your furniture must work with the scale of your room. Large rooms with high ceilings are great for oversized sofas, large tables, and heavy armories, but using them in small rooms will make the space feel cramped and uncomfortable.

  • Small Area Rugs – If you fall in love with an area rug that doesn't fit your budget, don't buy a smaller rug just because it does. Area rugs should be anchored under furniture pieces, not floating between them, leaving the room feeling sparse and unfinished.

Color

Colors used in paints, wallpapers, textiles, window treatments, rugs, and accessories have a big impact on your room's comfort and light. While lighter colors reflect light and make rooms feel more spacious, darker colors absorb light, making rooms feel smaller. When choosing interior colors, avoid mistakes that may create an uncomfortable room:

  • Dark Colors – Using dark colors on low ceilings or walls in small rooms can create a gloomy, uncomfortable space that feels claustrophobic, especially when rooms have minimal natural light from windows and doors.

  • Glossy Paints – While high-gloss and semi-gloss paints are great for doors and trim, they often create too much sheen on walls and ceilings. Glossy paints should be avoided on stucco or textured walls where surfaces are uneven or flawed.

  • Large Patterns – Wallpapers and textiles with large, bold patterns and colors can create a showstopping style in a large room, but they quickly overpower everything else in a small room. Consider your room size, furnishings, and light before choosing large, bold patterns.

Balance

Creating good balance in a room means paying attention to important details like the ceiling height, interesting focal points, and symmetrical or asymmetrical features. To avoid mistakes that ruin balance:

  • Create a focal point

  • Vary heights of furnishings, accessories, and light fixtures

  • Spread colors and patterns evenly throughout the room

If your room has a built-in focal point like a beautiful stone fireplace, emphasize it with spot or track lighting. If there's no focal point in the room, you can create one with a wall of colorful paintings or black and white photos. To create a good balance, keep frame colors and finishes to a minimum and make sure that artwork complements other things in the room. In a bedroom, your bed can serve as the focal point with beautiful quilts, linens, and throw pillows that showcase the room.

If you're interested in buying or selling your home, contact us for more information and opportunities. We can help with all your real estate needs.

May
3

Where to Order Birria Tacos Around Richmond

RVA Tacos

Have you hitched a ride on the birria taco bandwagon? These meat and cheese-stuffed fried tortillas, dipped in a bath of beef consommé, are an explosion of flavors and textures. Our real estate agents share the best places around Richmond to get this new taste sensation.

  • Taqueria Panchito - 6531 Midlothian Tpke., Richmond, VA 23225
    When customers talk about their experience at Taqueria Panchito, the word that comes up time and again is "authentic." With birria tacos on the menu Friday through Sunday and $1 tacos on Wednesday, it's a week-long treat for Mexican food lovers. The al pastor tacos, featuring grilled and marinated pork, are a particular favorite. Visit the sit-down restaurant and ask about the surprise menu options, or check the Facebook page for current location of their food truck. Taqueria Panchito is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • The Veil Brewing - 4910 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Birria tacos make a perfect partner for the craft beers at The Veil Brewing, a stylish taproom just minutes from Richmond homes for sale. Y Tu Mamá is serving up beef and chicken birria tacos in orders of two and three, along with regular tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Order online for convenient carryout. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Big Chile Mexican Tacos - 9515 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23294
    Tacos are one of the original street foods, so it's only fitting they're served out of the Big Chile Mexican Tacos truck. Birria taco combos are a weekend highlight, while the rest of the menu is available all week. According to satisfied customers, two tortillas are definitely needed to handle the generous amounts of meat in Big Chile's tacos. There are picnic tables nearby if you want to enjoy your meal with a side of fresh air and sunshine. Call ahead, and your order will be ready when you arrive. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Taqueria Y Antojitos El Chido - 6715 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
    When you get those late-night taco cravings, Taqueria Y Antojitos El Chido is there to help! Birria tacos are a recent addition to an already extensive lineup, including brisket, steak, pork, beef cheeks, and chorizo. Pair your taco with a side of elote, an addictive treat of corn coated with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and chili powder. If you have a sweet tooth, don't leave without an order of churros, which are just as popular as the savory items. The taqueria is open noon - 11:30 p.m. daily.

  • Shelly's Food Comida Latina - 7304 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
    When you visit Shelly's Food Comida Latina you're in for an authentic experience with authentic flavors. In addition to birria tacos, Shelly's is known for pupusas, a stuffed cornmeal flatbread that's the national dish of El Salvador. Tacos are $1 on Tuesdays, while pupusas go for the same price on Wednesdays, so you can eat hearty without breaking the bank. Shelly's is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Find out why the New York Times called Richmond a city "on the cutting edge of the arts, food, and recreation." Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more about homeownership in RVA.

April
19

Architecture Styles You'll See Throughout Richmond

RVA Architecture

As one of the oldest major cities in the United States, Richmond features stunning examples of the various architectural styles that have been popular through the years. Get a new appreciation of the city's rich historical heritage when you view these classic buildings, only minutes from Richmond homes for sale

  1. Virginia State Capitol - 1000 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23218
    Any discussion of architecture in Richmond begins with the magnificent Virginia State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark. Founding father Thomas Jefferson designed the building in 1785 with assistance from French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau. In addition to being the second-oldest working statehouse in America, the Capitol is the first structure in the country to be designed in the style of first-century Roman temples. 

  2. Egyptian Building - 1223 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23298
    Ancient pharaohs would have been justifiably proud of Richmond's Egyptian Building, located on the campus of VCU's Medical College of Virginia. Signature features of this style include the massive pillars at the entrance and the so-called battered walls, which are thicker at the bottom than at the top to give the illusion of height. Imhotep is considered the first physician of the Western world, so it's appropriate that the Egyptian Building is used for the medical school's classrooms and offices.

  3. Wills House - 407 N. 27th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Once home to a wealthy local merchant who owned the entire block, Wills House is the oldest residence in the historic Church Hill North neighborhood. Many of the original beaded boards still remain in this Federal-style building, which dates back to 1812 and is still in use as a private home. Just two doors down is Wills Store, believed to be the oldest commercial building in Richmond. 

  4. Putney Houses - 1010-1012 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23298
    In stark contrast to the nearby Egyptian Building sit the Putney Houses, once owned by father-and-son shoe manufacturers of the same name. The Italianate style marked a loosening of the restrictions found in more rigid architectural forms, such as Greek. Distinctive features of these Italianate homes include low-pitched roofs, round-head windows, and arcaded porches. Today, the restored houses serve as offices for VCU.

  5. Markel Building - 5310 Markel Rd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Looking like something from the world of The Jetsons, the Markel Building evokes polarized reactions from most viewers. The circular structure, wrapped with unbroken pieces of textured aluminum measuring 555 feet in length, is thought to have been inspired by the sight of a foil-wrapped baked potato. However, the material is significant due to the heavy presence of Reynold's Metal in Richmond. 

  6. Altria Theater - 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Back in the early 20th century, when entertainment venues were designed as "palaces,"  the Altria Theater still stood head and shoulders above the rest. Seven years of planning, two years of construction, and $1.65 million went into the completion of the building. Since its successful restoration in the mid-1990s, the Altria Theater has hosted a wide range of events, including Broadway productions, comedy shows, musical concerts, graduations, and lectures.

Our real estate agents are experienced in matching people with their perfect home. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

April
12

7 Things to Know About the Fan District

The Fan DistrictIf you love gracious Victorian architecture in all of its styles, from Queen Anne to Colonial Revival, you need look no further than the Fan District. But you didn't need our real estate agents to tell you that, did you? If you're considering one of the lovely Richmond homes for sale, let's look at some of the things that you may not have realized the Fan has to share. 

  1. Community Events
    Close proximity to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus attracts athletes to the annual Monument Avenue 10K. Halloween on Hanover is another exciting event that takes place each fall. The houses experience a Halloween makeover as stunning as Richmond itself.
     
  2. Biking Around the Park
    With no fewer than eight parks in the district, there is plenty of green space to enjoy with or without a pet. RVA Bike Share is a community program that allows you to pick up a bike anywhere in the city and drop it off when you are finished. After enrolling online, you can select an annual membership, a monthly membership, or use the day rate if you don't wish to ride frequently. 

  3. Dining Options
    Whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even a beer and a game, there are plenty of options in the Fan. You can find Cuban cuisine at Kuba Kuba, Asian Fusion at Foo Dog, pizza and beer at 3 Monkeys, or traditional American at The Savory Grain. If you would rather cook at home, visit local market Ellwood Thompsons in Carytown, or Whole Foods and Kroger are east of Broad street.

  4. Cultural Events
    At the southwest corner of Monroe Park, you will find the striking Altria Theater. Originally built by the Shriners in 1918, the City of Richmond purchased and renovated the exquisite building, which now offers theatrical and musical performances and many magnificent affairs in the ballroom. VCU is also home to both visual and performing arts. You won't want to miss the First Friday art walks or the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in the summer. The entertainment options are boundless. 

  5. Historic Sites
    A short distance from the Fan, historians will find a treasure trove of sites, including Old Town Manassas, Tazewell, Mathews County, and the Halifax County Historical Society, to name just a few. Virginia is known as the Mother of Presidents, and you can see the homes of eight of them, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
     
  6. Museums 
    Immediately next door to the Fan, you'll find the Museum District, with six blocks of museums, including the Science Museum of Virginia, the Children's Museum of Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. More than twenty properties that grace the neighborhood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

  7. Shopping
    When you are tired of chain stores, the Fan can offer you plenty of unique shopping experiences, such as Halcyon Vintage Clothing, Rumors Boutique, and Addison Handmade and Vintage. For the musician, Fan Guitar and Ukulele sells all the replacement strings you need. Plaza Artist Materials is well-stocked with paints, canvases, and other materials to fulfill an artist's needs. 

Now that you have a taste of what life in the Fan District of Richmond has to offer, why not take a look for yourself? Contact us to arrange a tour of some of the most elegant homes in Richmond. 

April
5

Richmond's Food Truck Scene: Where to Find Local Food Trucks

Richmond Food Trucks

Over the last decade, food trucks have become a crucial part of Richmond's food scene. It's a trend that our real estate agents are definitely on board with. 

But where to find them? One of the advantages of food trucks is that they're mobile. They can go where the people are, but that can make tracking them down tricky.

The Richmond Food Truck Association website offers the ability to pinpoint many popular food trucks in the city. You can also keep tabs on these awesome food trucks by following them on social media, where current and upcoming locations are frequently posted. Be sure to look out for these food trucks throughout Richmond.

  1. Intergalactic Tacos
    Tacos are arguably the dish that jump-started the food truck craze, and you'll find some of RVA's finest at Intergalactic Tacos. Their tacos are truly out of this world, and you'll often find them set up around the Malvern Manor, Highwoods, and Stony Point areas, not far from these Richmond homes for sale.

  2. The Return of the Mac
    Gourmet mac and cheese? Yes, please. The Return of the Mac has earned a reputation as one of Richmond's most popular food trucks by crafting next-level cheesy creations. Some of the most reliable places to find them are at Dancing Kilt Brewery on Thursdays and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Fridays. The latter is a food truck staple that often hosts different tucks on different nights. 

  3. Arroz RVA
    The idea behind Arroz RVA is to bring healthy and delicious bowls, burritos, and salads to the people of Richmond. Although Southwest-inspired, their ingredients are sourced locally. The food is fresh, flavorful, and healthy. You'll find Arroz RVA parked outside Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop most Saturdays, and be sure to check their Facebook page for their updated weekly schedule. 

  4. Redemption BBQ
    Offering authentic slow-smoked Virginia-style barbecue, Redemption BBQ is a carnivore's paradise. They also offer vegan pulled jackfruit barbecue for all you plant-based eaters out there! Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is where they set up most Saturdays, and on many other days, you can find them parked at the "Hatch Food Truck Corral," an unofficial food truck gathering place in the parking lot of Hatch Kitchen, on Maury Street. 

  5. La Bête
    Offering savory, spicy, Trinidadian-inspired Caribbean Creole fare, La Bête is one of Richmond's most fun and exciting food trucks. Look for them most weekends (usually Sundays) at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Their offerings are seasonal and ever-changing but always fresh and bursting with flavor. 

  6. Zorch Pizza
    Offering New York-style pizza by the slice, Zorch Pizza is a food truck offering a taste of NYC around the RVA. Typically, that means the Veil Brewing Co., where they park most weekends. They've recently been setting up shop at the Hatch Food Truck Corral on Fridays as well. 

Contact us today to learn more about Richmond's incredible culinary culture and more reasons why we think Richmond is a unique place to call home. Our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Richmond!

March
22

Explore Carytown: Local Shops and Restaurants

Carytown Shops

After a day visiting Richmond homes for sale, you should take some time to unwind. The best place to do it is Carytown, Richmond's "Mile of Style." It has some of the best dining and shopping in Virginia! Stretching across nine blocks, Carytown is always fun to explore. Locals appreciate it as the place to eat, shop, and play. 

Our REALTORS® have been known to visit these local restaurants and shops throughout Carytown.

  1. Carytown Cupcakes – 3111 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Carytown Cupcakes is the place to enjoy a sweet treat! New flavors arrive every month, and there are plenty of gluten-free options. This spring is the perfect time to order up flavorful sensations like the churro cupcake, banana pudding cupcake, and gluten-free strawberry cupcake.

  2. Carytown Burgers and Fries – 3449 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    For a classic burger experience right in Carytown, Carytown Burgers & Fries can't be beat. It's been around since 1999, so you know they're doing something right! Local burger aficionados grill up burgers (including bean and vegan patties), chicken sandwiches, and more.

  3. Can Can Brasserie – 3120 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    The menu at Can Can Brasserie radiates class, with entrees including portobello risotto, seed-crusted salmon, boeuf bourguignon, and chicken cordon bleu. Desserts are just as impressive: The creme brulee stands out as an experience not to be missed.

  4. Sugar & Twine Bakeshop and Coffee – 2928 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Sometimes, you need coffee! Sugar & Twine is devoted to pairing great tastes, with a full selection of java brews and pastries. Hand-crafted favorites include the fontina and thyme croissant and the brown butter blackberry muffin.

  5. Beasties – 3218 West Cary Street, Richmond Virginia 23221
    Beasties is an eclectic local gift shop featuring memorable products for adults, kids, and pets. Have any gift you want assembled and wrapped with care by the friendly staff. They'll help you find the perfect souvenir of Richmond for yourself or that "hard to shop for" loved one.

  6. Merrymaker Fine Paper – 3022 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Paper goods might not be at the top of your list of fine gifts, but Merrymaker can change your mind. Since 1979, Merrymaker Fine Paper has provided a curated selection of eye-catching envelopes, stationery, and other goods. Try the luxurious 100% cotton fiber paper!

  7. GlassBoat – 3226 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    GlassBoat is the place to go for home decor marvels that run the gamut from chic to eccentric. In addition to a full range of loveseats, dining sets, and more, it features art and clothing. Since it supports local artists and producers, you can be sure of unique finds every time.

You can visit enchanting Carytown every day, and it'll always continue to surprise you. Let our team introduce you to all Richmond has to offer. Contact us now to get started.

March
15

Where to Order Breakfast in Richmond for International Waffle Day

Richmond Waffle Diners

What could be better than a warm, crispy waffle for breakfast, served by your favorite Richmond restaurant? Waffles have been served in some form since the 13th century, making them both one of the oldest and most beloved breakfast dishes in the world. Residents of the Richmond area have no shortage of great places to enjoy a delicious breakfast, and International Waffle Day provides the perfect excuse to order breakfast from a local restaurant. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 5 of the best places to order breakfast in the Richmond area.

  1. Campus Waffle – 515 N Harrison St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Located close to Richmond homes for sale just a quick trip from the VCU campus, Campus Waffle is the perfect place to order breakfast for International Waffle Day this year. Waffles are served all day, every day, with a unique selection of toppings that you definitely won't find anywhere else. Enjoy a traditional waffle topped with fruit or a Country Breakfast waffle with all the fixings in the morning, then order at night to try something savory like the Chicken Ranch BLT waffle. Campus Waffle also offers a variety of gluten-free and vegan options.

  2. LuLu's Restaurant – 21 N 17th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    When you're in the mood for a delicious gourmet breakfast, it's hard to beat the outstanding waffles served at LuLu's Restaurant in Richmond. And you don't have to wait until Sunday to enjoy a great brunch here! LuLu's is open for brunch every day, with a menu that features waffles and so much more. Order ahead online for convenient curbside pickup or local delivery in the Richmond area.

  3. Tarrant's Cafe – 1 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    With its full menu available for delivery throughout the Richmond area and contactless curbside pickup, Tarrant's Cafe makes it easy to enjoy a crispy, flavorful waffle from the comfort of home. Everything on the menu is created with fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, and you can taste the difference. Place your order online and grab your favorites from a menu that features something for everyone. The restaurant is also open with limited seating and online reservations.

  4. River City Diner – 11430 W Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Long a local favorite near Midlothian homes for sale, the lovely River City Diner serves breakfast all day long. Celebrate International Waffle Day with a home-style country breakfast from your favorite local diner, and be sure to leave room for some delicious breakfast side dishes. All of the pancakes and waffles here are made with an award-winning batter that's sure to please, with tons of toppings to customize your meal.

  5. The Daily Kitchen & Bar – 12201 W Broad St., Henrico, VA 23233
    It's easy to find a great waffle around Henrico homes for sale, thanks to beloved local dining destinations like The Daily Kitchen & Bar. You can order every Saturday and Sunday for brunch, with a menu that features gourmet twists on all of your breakfast favorites. The Daily Kitchen & Bar also offers a full menu for kids, so it's a great choice if you plan on celebrating International Waffle Day with the whole family.

Your next great meal is never far from your front door when you live in Richmond, and our team is here to help you find your next home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

March
9

Learn About Butterflies Day: Explore Butterfly Gardens in Richmond

Richmond Butterfly Gardens

For centuries, butterflies have captured human imagination, serving as inspiration for art, poetry, and song. Explore the fascinating story of these stunning insects during National Learn about Butterflies Day on Sunday, March 14. Join our real estate agents by planning a visit to one of these wonderful gardens around Richmond.

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    With more than a dozen themed gardens across 82 acres, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers plentiful opportunities to spot butterflies in their natural habitat. In 1926, Grace Arents bequeathed her beautiful farm, along with the sum of $100,000, to Richmond. She asked that her gift be used to establish a garden honoring the memory of her uncle, local businessman and philanthropist Lewis Ginter. Today, Grace's dream has landed on several lists naming the top ten botanical gardens in North America. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $14 for adults and $8 for kids up to age 12. The garden is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

  2. Maymont - 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Butterflies are just one of many reasons to visit Maymont, a picturesque estate on the banks of the James River. The one-time home of James and Sallie Dooley is now the site of an arboretum and several specialty gardens, including a wetland, grotto, and ornamental lawn. Marie's Butterfly Trail opened in 2009, features signage with helpful information about the life cycle of butterflies and why they're attracted to specific plants. While the grounds are open to the public with free admission, a $5 donation is suggested. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily between April and September. Closing time is 5 p.m. during the offseason.

  3. Bellemeade Park - 1800 Krouse St., Richmond, VA 23224
    Bellemeade Park is a labor of love for a dedicated group of volunteers working to develop and maintain the beautiful six-acre public facility. Their goal is to promote the park as a valuable environmental asset benefiting the community around Richmond homes for sale. Butterflies, turtles, hawks, and owls are just a few of the park "residents" that may be spotted during a walk along trails that pass through forests and gardens. The park is open to the public free of charge.

  4. Bryan Park - 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
    Butterflies add a colorful touch of the present to Richmond's past at Bryan Park, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Named for the founder of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the property on which the park resides was donated to the city in 1910 by Joseph Bryan's widow. See a wide variety of butterflies at the popular 17-acre Azalea Gardens and the pollinator garden in the Nature Preserve. Park hours are sunrise to dusk, seven days a week.

  5. James River Park - 4001 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225
    Enjoy a refreshing getaway without leaving the city with a visit to James River Park. This spectacular location in the heart of Richmond draws nearly two million visitors each year. Don't miss Williams Island, a densely vegetated area that is home to butterflies along with other insects, birds, and wildlife. James River Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. 

Whether you're a social butterfly or cocooning is more your thing, we can help you find a home in Richmond that suits your lifestyle. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

March
1

Plan Your Day in Richmond's Museum District

Museum District Richmond

Looking for a chance to enjoy art and culture in Richmond? Our real estate agents have an idea!

When you're visiting Richmond homes for sale, you want to take the chance to learn all about the community. One way to really enjoy the spirit of Richmond is to visit its Museum District, truly one of a kind in the state.

No less than four world-class museums are situated right in this neighborhood, also known as the Upper Fan. You'll also find row homes and detached townhouses. Many of the buildings are striking examples of historic architectural styles, set off with majestic old-growth trees.

Throughout the Museum District, you'll also see many memorable examples of public art. Breathtaking murals await to be discovered around every corner. Exploring the District is a terrific way to spend a day that will give any history buff plenty of think about. Plus, there are family-friendly attractions, too!

Let's take a closer look at everything Richmond's Museum District has to offer:

  1. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the premier cultural institution for preserving, celebrating, and promoting fine arts. Permanent collections span the globe and highlight a wide range of styles. One of the most popular exhibits is "Fabergé and the Russian Decorative Arts," a showcase of nearly 300 Fabergé objects like nothing else on display in the United States.
  2. Virginia Museum of History & Culture – 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    A beloved fixture of the Museum District, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is dedicated to telling "The Story of Virginia for All Virginians." It has quickly become well-known for its outstanding virtual and digital art programs. Among its most prized long-term exhibits is Landscapes of Virginia, a curated experience of 21 landscape paintings that exult in the diverse terrain and climate of the state's five distinctive regions. While the museum is currently closed, you can stay up to date on their virtual programs here. 
  3. Children's Museum of Richmond – 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Known for its award-winning interactive exhibits and educational programs, Children's Museum of Richmond is one of the leading museums of its kind in the United States. With two locations, including one in Richmond and another in nearby Midlothian, it will captivate and stimulate young minds with its dedication to learning through play. Every week, families can visit the Family Creation Station to make something to take home!
  4. Science Museum of Virginia – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Science Museum of Virginia is the place to go for exciting exhibitions about the most important topics in science today. Kids love journeying through the galaxy in The Dome, an immersive planetarium and 76-foot screen – Virginia's largest. Newly popular is The Forge, a dedicated "makerspace" where kids can do hands-on, STEM-based building projects with the whole family. There's always something new to see and do!
  5. Scott's Addition Historic District – North of Museum District, See Website for Details
    Scott's Addition Historic District is a great place to sample the local nightlife after a full day of learning. Adjoining the Museum District to the north, it is home to acclaimed restaurants, a boutique bowling alley, cinema, and much more. Once the industrial heart of Richmond, it underwent a renaissance starting in 2005 when the Scott's Addition Boulevard Association succeeded in winning its Historic District designation.

The Museum District is just one more way Richmond stands out from the rest. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn about real estate opportunities around Richmond.

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.

December
21

Order Holiday Cookies from These Richmond Bakeries

Richmond Bakeries

The holidays are right around the corner — have you put in your cookie order yet? Though our real estate agents love baking cookies, this is one of those years where we could all use one less to-do on our plates. Instead of baking yourself into a frenzy, order holiday cookies from these Richmond area bakeries.

  1. Red Eye Cookie Co. — 935 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Get a true taste of Virginia with the cookies at Red Eye Cookie Co. This locally owned bakery locally sources all of its ingredients so that their cookies are a true representation of the Richmond culinary scene. With cream-line milk from Burnt Chimney and whole-wheat grain flour from Ashland, you'll taste a little bit of Virginia in every bite.


  2. Buttermilk Bake Shop — 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Should you choose to purchase one of our cozy Petersburg homes for sale, you'll be pleased to know that a classic American bakeshop is right around the corner. Located in Old Town, Buttermilk Bake Shop makes all of their pastries from scratch. Call in an order of holiday cookies so you can check it off of your to-do list. When you swing by to pick them up, help yourself to a fresh sticky bun or cupcake…and don't forget to grab your dog a treat, too!


  3. Westhampton Pastry Shop — 5728 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    If you've lived in Richmond long enough, chances are high that you have fond memories of holiday cookies from Westhampton Pastry Shop. Since 1952, they've provided dazzling desserts to thousands of families over the holiday season. Ordering holiday cookies from Westhampton Pastry Shop is one Richmond tradition that you dare not break.


  4. Morsels — 4040 MacArthur Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
    Don't leave even the tiniest crumb up to chance this holiday season; order your cookies from Morsels to ensure that every bite is the best. This Bellevue bakery cooks up everything from snickerdoodles and macaroons to Italian pignoli cookies and cookie sandwiches. Prefer bars over traditional cookies? Morsels will gladly bake a tray full of one of two-dozen different bar styles like a Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar, Kitchen Sink Cookie Bar, and Bourbon Apple Pie Bar.


  5. That Much Sweeter — 1640 Featherstone Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113
    How do you make sure your holiday cookies are as sweet as can be? You let That Much Sweeter take care of the baking. They believe that cookies possess superpowers, and while you may not gain superstrength after munching on some morsels, you will be flying high after one bite. Order up a few boxes of chocolate chip cookies and make your whole family proud. Thankfully, you don't need to hope that these cookies give you x-ray vision to peer into our Midlothian homes for sale — you just need to schedule an appointment.

Are you searching for a sweet home in the RVA? Let us help you find it. Contact us today to browse our best Richmond homes for sale.

November
9

National Homemade Bread Day: Bakeries for Delicious Homemade Bread in Richmond

Bread in Richmond

Raise your hand if you've spent the last few months making homemade bread. If you're in the same boat as our real estate agents, then you can agree that it's time to leave it to the professionals. Thankfully, National Homemade Bread Day is right around the corner and we encourage you to visit one of these local RVA bakeries for a loaf of homemade bread on Tuesday, November 17th.

  1. Idle Hands Bread Company – 407 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Baking delicious bread is no easy task; baking the best sourdough in the RVA is even harder! Idle Hands Bread Company specializes in only baking sourdough bread and pastries. Located in the Fan, Idle Hands Bread Company is a perfect place for bread lovers who are also vegan and gluten-free to enjoy a tasty loaf that meets a variety of dietary restrictions.


  2. Antbear Bakery – 1 S. Allen, Richmond, VA 23220
    Chances are high that if you've dined at a few local eateries around the RVA, you've already sampled the fine baking skills from Antbear Bakery. Although their bakery is a single location, you'll find them all around the RVA. From providing their wholesale breads to local restaurants to use across their menu to offering free loaves for those who donate to organizations that better the community, Antbear Bakery breaks bread with the RVA in more ways than one.


  3. Sub Rosa – 620 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Sub Rosa Wood Fired Bakery may have had to suspend their eat-in service, but you can still order your favorite bread for pickup through their website. Check out their updated bread baking schedule to know when their Sub Rosa Classic, Miller's Wheat, Ryes, Polenta, and Pide Flatbreads are ready to grab hot and fresh from the oven.


  4. Montana Gold Bread Co. – 3543 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    For more than 25 years, Montana Gold Bread Company has started each day by milling their own wheat, kneading their own bread, and making all of their products from scratch. Their selection of over a dozen daily breads includes pumpkin bread, banana bread, Blue Ridge Mountain herb bread, Montana 9-grain bread, and honey whole wheat bread. Stop by and pick up a loaf or celebrate National Homemade Bread Day by baking up one of the recipes listed on their website.


  5. Great Harvest Bread Co. – 13541 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you're moving into one of our Midlothian homes for sale, you'll surely be stopping at the Great Harvest Bread Company. Their phenomenal bread-making process uses pure, simple ingredients to produce every item from scratch. Great Harvest doesn't rush the process, instead of making bread the way it ought to be baked using traditional methods that have stood the test of time. Trust us, you'll immediately taste the difference that Great Harvest Bread Co. brings to the table!

Are you searching for a house with a kitchen that you can fill with the smells of freshly baked bread? We can help. Contact us today to schedule private tours of our coziest Richmond homes for sale.

October
19

Pet Owners: 7 Things You Need to Do Before a Showing

Showing a Home with Pets

Are you thinking about listing your home this year? There are a lot of great Richmond homes for sale right now! If you want to get the best possible offer, you'll need to do everything you can to make sure your property stands out from the crowd.

Our real estate agents work with many sellers who consider their pets to be a part of the family. Unfortunately, not all buyers agree. While it doesn't take much extra effort for pet owners to prepare their homes, there are a few things you'll want to do. 

  1. Hide the Evidence
    Two of the most important words to remember when preparing your home to sell are "declutter" and "depersonalize." This goes for your pet's belongings as well. Before showing your home, remove all pet beds, toys, crates, scratching posts, and litter boxes. Wash your pet's food and water bowls and put them out of sight. Before you leave the house, take one final look to ensure you've removed all evidence that a pet lives there. 
  1. Deep Clean
    When you're a pet lover, you tend to stop noticing things like cat hair on throw rugs or drool slingers on baseboards. However, we can promise you that potential buyers will notice. It's a great idea to hire a professional to deep clean your entire home, including steam cleaning the carpets and scrubbing the baseboards. Also, make sure to wash any blankets, throw pillows, curtains, and comforters, as they often hold onto hair and odors. 
  1. Get Rid of Odors
    Don't make the mistake of simply trying to mask odors with perfume spray or candles. Instead, use a neutralizing enzyme cleaner or a pet-specific deodorizer. You'll also want to change your air filter and consider adding an air purifier in the most-used rooms. Lastly, it's a great idea to invite a friend over or ask your real estate agent to stop by and give the house an honest sniff. This is the best way to ensure that you've fully eliminated any pet odors. 
  1. Repair Damage
    Scratches on your door frames damaged floors, and shredded furniture are all dead giveaways that there has been a pet in the home. Fix door scratches with wood filler and paint and remove or replace any damaged furniture or fabrics. If you have badly damaged hardwood floors, consider having them sanded down and refinished. 
  1. Clean Up the Yard
    Obviously, you'll want to do a thorough job of cleaning up any areas outdoors where your dog does his business. However, the work doesn't stop there. You'll also want to fix any holes in the yard, paint over claw marks on your fence, and remove any plants that have been damaged. 
  1. Remove Pets During Showing
    As soon as you decide to list your home, start thinking about where you'll take your pet during showings. Having strangers in the home can be stressful for your pet, and buyers will have a hard time concentrating if the dog is barking or the cat is scratching on the basement door. 
  1. Don't Forget About the Neighbor's Pets
    A dog yapping relentlessly next door or growling over the fence won't do you any favors. You won't always be able to do anything about this, but if you're on good terms with your neighbors, consider letting them know you're having a showing and asking them to keep their pets indoors while the potential buyers are there.  

Selling your home is easy when you have a great real estate agent by your side! Contact us today to get started. 

July
13

National Ice Cream Day: Ice Cream Shops in Richmond

Ice Cream in Richmond

Grab your spoon! National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 19th, and you'd better believe that our real estate agents are ready to devour scoop after scoop! National Ice Cream Day is always the third Sunday in July (which also happens to be National Ice Cream Month) and celebrates one of our favorite desserts. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at one of these Richmond ice cream parlors.

  1. Scoop – 403 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Looking for the scoop on National Ice Cream Day? Then you need to head to Scoop, the small-batch ice cream shop that churns our signature and seasonal flavors that everyone will love. Located in the Fan, they produce flavors that are vegan as well as gluten-free. We suggest ordering an ice cream flight (3 mini scoops with three cookie wedges), so you can try multiple flavors. Do note that they also make ice cream cakes, including custom orders, which are perfect for birthday parties, anniversaries, and celebrating National Ice Cream Day, of course!

  2. NarWhals – 3313 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    NarWhals
    is Richmond's first hand-rolled ice cream parlor, where you can create your own mix-in flavors. One of the NarWhals crew members will help you craft the perfect mix-in flavors at their NarWhals Workshop. What do you want with your ice cream? Candy, cereal, fruit? Get as creative as you'd like and enjoy an RVA ice cream experience like no other!

  3. Charm School Social Club – 311 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Using fresh dairy from a local farm, Charm School Social Club makes their ice cream and cones by hand in house every day. They're also hard at work on vegan flavors for those who would love a dairy-free cup or cone. Along with your ice cream, you can also grab a float, cup of coffee, soda, or tea to take on the road.

  4. Gelati Celesti – 3004 Stony Point Rd., Richmond, VA 23235
    Heavenly handmade ice cream right in the RVA, Gelati Celesti, gives you a moment of pure joy every time you take a lick of their ice cream. Using the finest ingredients on the planet, they have over 100 rotating flavors that are made in small batches. Best of all, they'll happily fill a few pints for you to take home so you can celebrate National Ice Cream Day as often as you'd like!
    * Check the website for their 5 other locations and food truck.

  5. Moonrocks Gelato – 2400 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Moonrocks Gelato
    is out of this world! Their unique combination of Gelato and waffles creates a one-of-a-kind sweet shop. Their premium Gelato flavors are constantly changing, offering up new scoops throughout the month. Their warm waffles are also second to none, but what you really want to get a Moonrocks is the Moonrock Panini! A warm Brioche that's stuffed with Gelato and covered with your choice of over 50 toppings…how can we resist?

Hungry for more? Taste test every ice cream shop in the RVA when you move into one of our Richmond homes for sale. Contact us today to get your search started!  

March
2

Where to Play Basketball in Richmond

Richmond Basketball Courts

Sure, a lot of our real estate agents are glued to the TV on March weekends catching the big games. But the fun and excitement of your full-court action are never far away here in Richmond.

There are plenty of gyms and community sports centers where you can enjoy a game or get your brand of exercise. Basketball, softball, tennis, swimming, and more are popular here.

Because the weather is so mild most of the year, you'll find plenty of indoor and outdoor courts to choose from. Plus, many communities have adult leagues and weekend teams to join. Of course, kids, teens, and twenty-somethings will find plenty of opportunities.

Let's look at five favorites for basketball in and around Richmond:

  1. RockIt Sports – 3001 East Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23228
    RockIt Sports is just outside central Richmond and only a "full-court drive" away from Henrico homes for sale. Established in 2013, RockIt provides quality personalized instruction in a range of athletic pursuits. In addition to its NCAA regulation-size hardwood court, there's also an additional hardwood loft court upstairs, bullpen setups, and a 10"x10" indoor infield.
  2. Big Ben's Home Court – 2206 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
    Big Ben's Home Court is dedicated to providing the authentic basketball experience to young people. It leads a variety of basketball camps aimed at kids and teens. Not only that, but it also offers social events to have fun and build ties within the community. There's a state of the art hardwood court, men's and women's locker rooms, and bleachers. All this is just minutes from Richmond homes for sale.
  3. Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club – 5000 Woodlake Village Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Woodlake offers fitness and athletic equipment in a beautiful environment a short way outside of Richmond and close to Midlothian homes for sale. The Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club is an ideal option for an energetic adult lifestyle. Besides basketball, you can find dedicated personal trainers, one of the region's best aquatic centers, and the Kid Zone featuring age-appropriate active play outdoors.
  4. Henrico County Open Gym Programs – 6800 Staples Mill Road, Henrico, VA 23228
    Henrico County Open Gym Programs are operated by the Department of Parks & Recreation. Two different county facilities are actively offering open gym time, including Eastern Henrico Recreation Center and Deep Run Recreation Center. Both these modern, stylish facilities are fully stocked with indoor and outdoor b-ball opportunities as well as fun for the whole family.
  5. Shady Grove Family YMCA – 11255 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Shady Grove Family YMCA is one of the most beloved of the 17 YMCA campuses sprinkled throughout the Richmond area. Conveniently located near Glen Allen homes for sale, it's been helping kids and adults build healthy habits since 1995. It currently offers seasonal sports, a weight loss program, pre-school, and much more. There is something for everyone here!

This March or any time of year, you haven't seen all Virginia has to offer until you've seen Richmond. Joyner Fine Properties will introduce you to the perfect home in the heart of this captivating city. To find out more or get started, contact us today.

February
17

Tips for Selling a Home for the First Time

Selling a Home for the First Time

No matter how many homes you've sold, there are always new challenges to face. But if you're selling a home for the first time, those challenges can feel overwhelming. Our REALTORS® understand this, and we're here to help. 

Nothing makes selling your home easier than having an experienced team on your side. If you're feeling intimidated about listing your Richmond home for sale, read on to learn some tips for selling your first home!

  1. Know Where the Stress Comes From
    A big part of eliminating the nervousness that comes with getting your home ready for sale is knowing where that anxiety comes from. Many sellers consider selling their home within the desired time frame and selling their home at the desired price point as the main stressors, along with timing the sale to coincide with the purchase of a new home. These may be the sources of your worry, or it may be something different, but it's always important to identify precisely why you are nervous. 
  2. De-Clutter Your Home
    Moving usually involves getting rid of a lot of old, unwanted stuff that's been cluttering up your old house. The sooner you can do this, the better. Start de-cluttering before you even list your home for sale, so you don't have to scramble to do it later as you're getting ready to move. Once you've eliminated clutter and try to keep your house as clean as possible throughout the whole process, so you don't have to rush to deep-clean before every showing and open house. 
  3. Don't Shy Away From Reality
    It's okay to have high expectations but make sure there's a healthy dose of reality mixed in. You might have to face some hard truths as you get ready to sell, like realizing that your home may need some real investments in cleaning, staging, and repairs, or accepting that your home might be worth a little less than you hoped. The best thing to do is to accept these realities right out of the gate. 
  4. Be Flexible
    By all means, make plans and stick to them as best you can. But remember that selling a house is a moving target, and plans often need to change. A willingness to adapt will help you avoid a lot of the anxiety that comes with selling your home.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
    Selling a house takes up a lot of your mental and emotional bandwidth, so it's easy to let it completely take over your life. But it's important for your own sanity and wellbeing to continue to maintain your routine and healthy habits outside the home selling arena. Stay in shape, eat well, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and spend time with family and friends. Doing the things that make you happy and keep you healthy will go a long way toward easing the burden. 
  6. Work With an Experienced Team
    For many first-time home sellers, the hardest part is going it alone. One of the best stress-relievers of all is knowing that you have a great team working on your behalf. Your agent should be a trusted partner who has years of experience, a dedication to your specific needs, and more than a few tricks up their sleeve to sell your home. 

Looking for information on how to sell a home for the first time? Contact us to learn more!

February
10

Say it with Chocolate - Richmond Chocolate Shops for Your Valentine's Day

Richmond Chocolate Shops

Give something extra sweet this Valentine's Day with some help from local chocolatiers. Treat your special someone to luscious creations from these fine chocolate shops around Richmond recommended by our REALTORS®.

  1. Gearharts Fine Chocolates - 306 B Libbie Ave., Richmond 23226
    After serving as a cook in the Marine Corps, Tim Gearhart blazed a global trail as a pastry chef before opening Gearharts Fine Chocolates near Richmond homes for sale. The shop's signature line of chocolates includes mouthwatering flavors such as Michigan cherry, tequila lime, and brown butter caramels. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday.

  2. Chocolate Cravings - 6929 Lakeside Ave., Richmond 23228
    Encouraged by friends and family who raved about her holiday chocolates, Cathy Churcher became certified as a professional chocolatier on the way to opening Chocolate Cravings. Barks, truffles, brownies, and all other products are made by hand using premium Colombian chocolate along with the finest quality local and seasonal ingredients. Chocolate Cravings is open 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

  3. Taylor Made Chocolate - 241 E. Hundred Rd., Chester 23836
    Taylor Made Chocolates was born when a love of sweet treats met a commitment to social responsibility. Steve and Kim Taylor invested Steve's retirement savings in starting their chocolate shop, and proceeds are used to fight human trafficking both locally and abroad. The Taylors also leverage their purchasing power to support fair wages for farmers and laborers involved in growing cocoa beans. Stop by and treat yourself to some delicious artisan chocolate after a day of touring Chester homes for sale. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  4. Chocolates by Kelly - 11800 W. Broad St., Suite 2136, Henrico 23233
    Henrico homes for sale have convenient access to the delectable sweets of Chocolates by Kelly. As the fifth generation in a long line of chocolatiers, Kelly learned from the expertise of her ancestors. If you want to change things up this Valentine's Day, why not sign up you and your sweetheart for one of Kelly's chocolate classes? For only $35, you can each make two dozen truffles customized to your particular tastes. CBK is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. GODIVA Chocolatier - 11800 W. Broad St., Henrico 23233
    When it comes to world-class chocolates, GODIVA is the gold standard. Founded nearly 100 years ago in Belgium, where excellence in chocolate-making dates back centuries, the company took its name from Lady Godiva in honor of her boldness, generosity, and pioneering spirit. GODIVA's Gold Collection is the best of the best, featuring their top chocolates specially packaged in the shop's iconic gold boxes and ribbon. Experience the magic of GODIVA from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  6. Kilwins - 3115 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221
    Kilwins has been a respected name in chocolate-making since 1947. The store kitchen has a huge window where visitors can see first-hand the care that goes into their home-made confections such as fudge, caramel apples, and chocolate-dipped pretzels. Visit family-owned Kilwins from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Are you and your family looking for a long-term relationship with a Richmond home? Contact us today! 

February
3

7 Things You'll Love about Living in Richmond

Living in Richmond

There are so many things to love about calling Richmond home. While it's hard to narrow such a rich and varied city down to just a few attractions, our REALTORS® wanted to share some of our favorite things about life in Richmond. If you're in town looking at Richmond homes for sale, you'll be sure to love these things about the area!

  1. An Amazing Food Scene
    Richmond's food scene has something for everyone. From corner diners to high-end eateries, classic Southern food to global cuisine, craft brewers to small-batch coffee roasters, Richmond has a flavor for every palate. Whether you're in the mood for a great barbecue or tasty vegan treats, you'll find anything you hunger for here. 
  2. Richmond's Wild Side
    Few cities can offer a greater wealth of outdoor recreation than Richmond. More than 100 parks and trails in the metro area offer places to hike, bike and explore, while the James River cuts a path right through the heart of the city, offering everything from bass fishing to whitewater rafting. Our favorite spot of all is Oregon Hill, which offers sweeping views of the entire city. 
  3. Art for Everyone
    Richmond is home to an incredibly lively and diverse art scene, with tons of galleries, studios, art classes, and markets all over town. We're home to one of the best art museums in the country, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which is open to the public free of charge 365 days a year. The monthly First Friday Art Walk transforms Broad Street into an art lover's paradise. Plus, Richmond's expansive mural project is bringing spectacular street art to areas throughout the city. 
  4. Affordable Cost of Living
    The overall cost of living in Richmond is lower than the national average, making it highly accessible for a city its size. Housing costs, in particular, are well below most similarly-sized American cities, making Richmond a great value as well as a fun and exciting place to call home. 
  5. The Four Seasons
    Richmond is located right in that sweet spot where you get the best climate for all four seasons. You can enjoy the hot summers of the South, the snowy winters of the North, along with abundant spring wildflowers and brilliant fall foliage. No matter what kind of weather you like, chances are Richmond has it.
  6. Small Town in a Big City
    Richmond offers all the amenities and advantages of a major metropolitan area, plus the charm and hospitality of a small town. It's the kind of place where you're likely to run into someone you know while you're out running errands any given day, and where just about anyone you meet is probably already a friend-of-a-friend. 
  7. Past, Present and Future
    You'll find remnants from every chapter in American history in Richmond. But Richmond is also a city that looks to the future, with modern condos and townhouses side-by-side with colonial mansions, and new industries right across the street from businesses that have been in the same family for generations. 

Ready to learn more about Richmond? Contact us to talk to our team about all the reasons Richmond might be the place to find your dream home!

January
6

How to be an Ideal Neighbor in Your Neighborhood

How to be a Good Neighbor

Neighbors can make a big difference in determining how happy you are in your community. Good neighbors can make your neighborhood feel supportive but bad neighbors can be a constant pain point.

One of the first steps toward having a good neighbor is to set the right tone by being a good neighbor yourself. The following tips from our REALTORS® will help you be an ideal neighbor in your neighborhood.

Be friendly.

Make it easy for your neighbors to approach you by smiling and waving at them and saying hello when you get a chance. It's also a nice gesture to make cookies and take them over if you see a new family has moved in. 

As you get to know them a little better, offer to help by babysitting or providing other small favors.

Keep noise at a minimum.

Different neighborhoods have different tolerances for noise. If you're living in a community filled with retirees, they may appreciate more peace and quiet than a neighborhood with lots of young children.

A good rule of thumb in any neighborhood is to limit loud noises to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Also, if you're planning a large party, talk to your neighbors and invite them to the party. Even if they don't intend to come, make sure they know they can come to you with any concerns.

Spread the news – not the gossip.

Come up with a way to share useful news, such as a neighborhood newsletter, Facebook group, or posts on nextdoor.com. This will help build a sense of community as neighbors get to know each other.

While the friendly exchange of information is a positive thing, gossip isn't. If someone approaches you with gossip, change the subject by asking them an unrelated question, such as how the garden is doing, or how their kids like their new school.

Keep your surroundings tidy.

Your neighbors have to see the outside of your home and your yard, which can affect their home values. Keep your yard regularly mown and make sure your shrubs, trees, and other landscaping don't grow over into your neighbor's yard.

Keep your yard free of excess clutter. For example, put away your children's toys at the end of the day rather than leaving them scattered all over the yard. While you're at it, keep your outdoor décor to a tasteful minimum.

Handle problems maturely.

If you have a problem with your neighbor, try addressing it directly with him or her before involving anyone else. For example, if their dogs get out or bark too much, talk about a solution instead of calling Animal Control. It's also important to refrain from gossiping with other residents about the issue.

And if your neighbors have an issue with you, listen to their concerns calmly and respectfully and try to reach a mutually agreeable solution.

Respect rules and common areas.

If you live in a condo or neighborhood with a homeowners' association (HOA), abide by its rules regarding streets, the pool, clubhouse, or other common areas. Don't be the neighbor who parks on the street if it's against the rules, leaves a mess, or lets their kids disturb other residents by being too rambunctious.

Contact us if you're interested in seeing Richmond homes for sale and finding a neighborhood to call your own. 

December
9

National Sangria Day: Where to Raise a Glass in Richmond

National Sangria Day Richmond

Sweet, fruity sangria is refreshing on a warm summer day, but its versatility makes it a delightful beverage year-round. Raise a glass in honor of National Sangria Day on Friday, December 20, at one of these restaurants around Richmond recommended by our REALTORS®.

  1. Tazza Kitchen Scott's Addition - 1500 Roseneath Rd., Richmond 23230
    "Tazza" is an Italian word for a wide, shallow bowl on a tall stem used initially for drinking red wine. It should be no surprise a restaurant named Tazza Kitchen Scott's Addition features sangria starring applejack brandy and orange liqueur. Pair your drink with a brick oven-fired pizza or assortment of small plates after a day of viewing Richmond homes for sale

  2. Casa del Barco Restaurant & Tequilaria - 11800 W. Broad St., Suite 2516, Richmond 23233
    Every day's a fiesta at Casa del Barco Restaurant & Tequilaria, located in the upscale Short Pump Town Center. Relax on a sofa in the second-floor bar and choose between red or white sangria, available on its own, or as part of the tequila flights. The food menu includes traditional Mexican favorites such as tacos and enchiladas made with fresh, local ingredients. 

  3. The Boathouse - 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond 23231
    Sip on a red or white sangria while you take in the sweeping views at The Boathouse, Richmond's only riverfront restaurant. Local seafood, from the raw bar to dishes like Boathouse's signature crab cakes, is a staple of the dining menu. Dinner is served seven days a week, with lunch and Sunday brunch available on weekends.

  4. Havana '59 - 16 N. 17th St., Richmond 23219
    Take a trip back in time to colorful 1950s Cuba with a visit to Havana '59. During weekday Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., red and white sangria is only $5 glass. The same price gets you an order of pork morsels, Cuban nachos, or wood-grilled tacos. Finish in true Cuban tradition with one of Havana '59's selection of fine cigars. Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. -11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Havana '59 is also open for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  5. Sedona Taphouse - 5312 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen 23059
    Sedona Taphouse brings the vibrant flavors of the Southwest to the community around Glen Allen homes for sale. Share a variety of small plates such as Desert Fire Jalapeños, handcrafted guacamole, and Southwest roasted wings to accompany a glass of red or white sangria. Hours at Sedona Taphouse are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. Brunch and Bloody Mary bar served until 2 p.m on Sundays.

  6. East Coast Provisions - 3411 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221
    You're craving sushi, but your significant other insists on steak? Problem solved at East Coast Provisions. With a selection of seafood and meat dishes such as roasted salmon, rack of lamb, and vegetarian succotash with grits, you'll find something for everyone. The popular Sangria Smash gets some Asian flair with the addition of sake. East Coast Provisions is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner seven days a week. Brunch is available weekends from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Buying or selling a Richmond-area home is a cause for celebration. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for experienced help with your real estate needs.

November
11

National Hiking Day: Trails to Check Out in Richmond

National Hiking Day

Grab your favorite walking stick and lace up your most comfortable pair of walking shoes — National Take A Hike Day is November 17th! Join our REALTORS® on this beautiful Sunday afternoon for a hike along some of the best trails in the Richmond area. There's nothing like a day spent outdoors, especially when you're exploring the gorgeous greenspaces around Virginia. Here are six of our favorite trails to check out on National Take A Hike Day.

  • Pocahontas State Park — 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23823
    Pocahontas State Park has no shortage of trails for you to explore. More than 64 miles are yours to travel across in this sprawling state park. Although it may be a little too cold to swim in their pools, you can relax after your walk by fishing one of three lakes. If the skies get a little cloudy, feel free to visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum on site.

  • Forest Hill Park — 4021 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Forest Hill Park is an excellent place for National Take A Hike Day or anytime you want some fresh air. Listed in the state's Historic Register, this space was once an estate and amusement park before becoming one of Richmond's best places for outdoor relaxation. Bring a pair of binoculars while you walk through the wetlands so you can get a closer look at the diverse wildlife that call that park home.

  • Maymont Nature & Visitor Center — 2201 Shields Lake Dr., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Maymont Nature & Visitor Center offers up its 100-acre estate for families to enjoy. Although the grounds and gardens close in mid-October, you can still visit the Maymont farm and wildlife habitats on National Take A Hike Day. Keep an eye out for animals of every variety including eagles, bobcats, black bears, goats, bison, and whitetail deer. 

  • Powhatan State Park — 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Follow the historic James River, and it'll lead you to Powhatan State Park. While this natural area offers the opportunity for a fantastic day on the water, there are also plenty of multi-use trails for you to trek through. Bring the family along to enjoy a picnic at the playground. National Take a Hike Day is a great time to visit a few Powhatan homes for sale and acquaint yourself with one of the most popular area parks.

  • Historic Site Loop — 5001 Siege Rd., Prince George, VA 23875
    The Historic Site Loop in Petersburg National Battlefield was named for the events that took place in the forest. The Siege of Petersburg was the longest military event in the Civil War. Today, this half-mile trail is ideal for walkers of all ages and abilities who want to surround themselves with history and nature.

  • Buttermilk Trail — 4101 Hillcrest Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
    If you are looking to explore more of Forest Hill Park, then we recommend Buttermilk Trail. This quiet trail will make you feel like you've walked far away from the city and have stepped into the pages of a fairytale. Great for a walk with family or at a leisurely pace on your own, the Buttermilk Trail is one of the best in the Richmond area.

Ready to stroll through Richmond homes for sale? Contact us today to start your search!

October
28

9 Reasons to Move to Richmond

Reasons to Move to Richmond

At Joyner Fine, we're excited about the wonderful opportunities offered by the Richmond, VA area. Our real estate agents are always hard at work showing home buyers like you the very best Richmond homes for sale.

With a thriving economy and world-class amenities, there's never been a better time to move to Richmond. The cornerstone of the Greater Richmond Region (home to 1.2 million people), this state capital combines historic charm with a vision for the future.

Sometimes, cities offer the right combination of factors to become the new "it" location overnight. Fueled by its vibrant economy and diverse population, Richmond has been growing. There are plenty of reasons you should consider it as your next home.

Our favorite things about Richmond include:

  1. Diverse and Affordable Housing
    There is something for everyone here in Richmond. No matter if you're trading up, deciding to downsize, or buying your first home, you'll find lots of options. 
  2. A Booming Job Market
    Six Fortune 500 companies propel Richmond's job market. Plus, you'll find a wide range of government agencies and healthcare institutions frequently hiring. Popular industries include law, finance, bioscience, and technology.
  3. Brilliant Live Entertainment
    Richmond's nightlife is its best-kept secret – and some of the best in the region. You can catch live music any time you're in the mood, whether you prefer the surroundings of a club, an auditorium, or a night out under the stars.
  4. An Enthralling Sense of History
    With a history stretching back to 1737, there's always something to discover. It has some of the nation's best museums focused on colonial times and the American Revolution. Edgar Allan Poe was once a resident here, too.
  5. Truly Excellent Weather
    Mild weather is a hallmark of the Richmond experience. You can look forward to enjoying all four seasons, including beautiful fall foliage. What about winter? It's rarely far below freezing. You'll be free to go out and about any time of year.
  6. Delicious Food of All Varieties
    Chain restaurants fled Richmond thanks to its 10% meals tax – but the "void" has been filled with creative, passionate chefs who deliver an authentic "farm to table" experience. From classic diners to five-star restaurants, Richmond will tempt your taste buds.
  7. A Genuine Old-Fashioned Movie Palace
    In Richmond, you can step back in time by visiting the Byrd Theatre. You'll see the latest flicks in lavish surroundings for as little as $2. It even has a Wurlitzer organ.
  8. The Incomparable James River Park System
    If you like to explore the great outdoors, you'll be delighted with Richmond. The James River Park System covers 550 acres of breath-taking shorelines and pristine islands. When hiking, fishing, bicycling, or camping, you'll see remarkable natural beauty.
  9. A Busy and Exciting Social Calendar
    Richmond is known for its love of unique local festivals. From the Henrico Kite Festival to the Dragon Boat Festival to the world-famous Richmond Jazz Festival, you never have to be bored here.

Richmond is waiting for you, and now's the time to make your big move. The team at Joyner Fine will make it easy for you to find the perfect home in the RVA. To find out more or get started, contact us today.

October
14

Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

Selling a Vacant Home

There are many beautiful Richmond homes for sale that will certainly make you fall in love at first sight. If you're like some homeowners, you'll opt to purchase your dream home before selling your current house. It's not uncommon to list a vacant property. While your home is listed, ensure you maintain the condition of the home and present potential buyers with an attractive space they can call their own.

Our real estate agents have years of experience helping homeowners sell their empty houses and compiled this list of helpful tips.

  1. Maintain the Exterior
    With so much talk about curb appeal, it should be no surprise that the exterior is one of the most important features of your home. Hire a landscaping company to ensure the greenery looks presentable. Consider adding in attractive potted plants, flower beds, or other décor. Your focus should be kept on making it look inviting and safe. Periodically clean the gutters and make sure no branches or debris is resting on the roof too.

  2. Maintain the Interior
    The inside of your vacant home must also be attractive. You can stage the space professionally through a rental company or even use the latest technology to stage the space digitally. If you decide to keep the home empty, remember to keep it respectable. Try to keep it as clean as possible for your showings. You could hire a cleaning company to give it a light dusting, sweep and mopping to keep it looking and smelling nice.

  3. Secure the Home
    It doesn't hurt to enhance your security now that you're out of the home. Lock-bars can be installed in the pane of sliding windows, and deadbolts can be added to rear or side doors. You can also install a security system — anything from a simple alarm system to video surveillance you can monitor on your phone — for added protection.

  4. Inform Your Neighbors
    One of the best ways to keep your home safe is to tell your neighbors that the property is vacant and listed. They can keep an eye out and let you know if anyone other than a real estate agent visits. They can also grab mail that comes to the home, so it doesn't appear neglected.

  5. Watch Out for Weather
    Rain, wind, and snow can wreak havoc on elements of your home, causing problems that you might not discover. If heavy storms or temperature changes occur, ask your real estate agent or neighbor to inspect the home. You need to confirm that no roof leaks, flooding, frozen pipes, or other damages have occurred.

  6. Don't Worry Too Much
    Yes, there is always an increased potential for problems to arise when a home is vacant. Whether these issues are structural or involve trespassers, you can't lose sleep worrying about what-ifs. Trust that your neighbors and real estate agent will be diligent and keep an eye on your home. You can even inform the local police station and request periodic drive-bys. The likelihood of an unfortunate event occurring is small, and if you've followed these tips, you've decreased this possibility even lower!

For more helpful tips on selling your vacant house or buying Richmond homes for sale, contact us today!

August
27

6 Richmond Area Food Pantries

Richmond Area Food Banks - Joyner Fine Properties

America has traditionally been known as the land of plenty, but sadly, a number of men, women, and children go to bed hungry each night. Join our REALTORS® in observing National Food Bank Day on Friday, September 6 with a donation to one of these Richmond area food pantries. 

  • GoochlandCares - 2999 River Rd. W., Goochland 23063
    GoochlandCares has a goal to make basic human services available to all area residents in need. As part of this mission, the organization operates a food pantry where registered clients shop once a week. In addition to non-perishable items and household goods, GoochlandCares accepts donations of fresh garden produce and backyard eggs. The food pantry opens each weekday at 9 a.m. and you can drop off canned goods in the on-site bins during weekends as you tour Goochland homes for sale.

  • Chesterfield Food Bank - 12211 Iron Bridge Rd., Chester 23831
    Early in their marriage, Travis and Karie Whittle struggled to support themselves and their young child but didn't qualify for Social Services. The couple eventually got on their feet, launched a successful business and used some of their profits to found the Chesterfield Food Bank. Today the food bank serves upwards of half a million meals weekly to more than 2,000 people in the community around Chesterfield homes for sale. Chesterfield Food Bank is open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. each weekday with extended hours until 7 p.m. Friday. 

  • More Hope Pantry - 13400 Hanover Courthouse Rd., Hanover 23069
    Volunteers at More Hope Pantry were recently recognized with Hanover County's 2019 Spirit of Team Awards. Mo Hope, as it's affectionately known, accepts donations of canned and dry goods along with fresh produce and new and unused toiletries. Hours are 9 a.m. - noon Monday, Thursday and Saturday and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Donations may also be dropped off at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and several other businesses near Hanover homes for sale.

  • Coalition of Powhatan Churches - 2500 Batterson Rd., Powhatan 23139
    In 1996, the Coalition of Powhatan Churches was formed so members could combine their resources to assist area residents with transportation, medical care, and other necessary services. The organization's food pantry is located close to Powhatan homes for sale, making it convenient to drop off food or monetary donations. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - noon with extended hours on Thursday from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • LAMB's Basket - 8419 Oakview Ave., Henrico
    At one time, many churches around Henrico homes for sale operated their own small food pantries. As it became difficult for the pantries to keep up with demand, the churches merged facilities into a coalition called LAMB's (Lakeside Area Ministries Board) Basket. Food items are donated by local grocery stores and purchased at a discount from food banks, but LAMB's Basket needs monetary donations for operational and supply costs.

  • Feed More - 1415 Rhoadmiller St., Richmond 23220
    Feed More is not just a food pantry nearby Richmond homes for sale. For more than 50 years, the organization has been serving Central Virginia with food-related programs including Meals on Wheels, Kids Cafe and Hunger Hotline. Donations are accepted weekdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and bins are available for after-hours drop-offs of non-perishable items.

The Richmond area is a perfect blend of urban amenities and the warm, welcoming attitude of a small town. Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for professional assistance with your real estate needs.

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
6

Six Richmond Bike Trails to Explore Our Area

 

EXPLORE RICHMOND BY BIKE

May is the perfect time to be a bicyclist and Richmond is the ideal place to ride! The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month each year during May. The month also features National Bike to Work Week (and National Bike to Work Day for those who don't want to risk getting caught in a spring shower). Our REALTORS® love telling clients about all of the wonderful things to do and see in our community.  Why not start by exploring Richmond on two wheels with this list of six top bike trails.

  1. Virginia Capital Trail
    Route: From the Corner of E Cary St./Dock St. in downtown Richmond to Jamestown Beach Events Park in Williamsburg
    Distance: 52 Miles

    We're kicking off this list with the ultimate Richmond ride! The Virginia Capital Trail takes you through some of the most beautiful places along the river while weaving you in and out of towns with plenty of food and attractions. The entire trail is paved and features restrooms, shuttle stops, picnic areas and repair stations. It even takes you through campground areas and near hotels if you want to take a full weekend to enjoy the ride! You could also pick out one of the great Richmond homes for sale on the way and travel this trail any time you wish.

  2. North Bank Trail
    Route: Boulevard Bridge to Tredegar
    Distance: 3 Miles

    Let's slow down our speed and tackle a much shorter trail. The North Bank Trail is only three miles long, but it offers riders a bit of a challenge with its rocky climbs and rugged descents. It's a quick drive from Hanover homes for sale and is perfect for a fun ride that'll give you a workout.

  3. Monument Avenue Historic District
    Route: Down Monument Avenue
    Distance: 5 Miles

    Whether you're moving down into the city or you're looking at Petersburg homes for sale, all avid bikers in the RVA area need to travel this route at least once. Take a relaxing ride through Monument Avenue Historic District and marvel at the dazzling architecture and statues. This is also a perfect ride for the family to enjoy as it has plenty of areas to stop off for snacks and to rest little legs.

  4. Valentine Bicycle Tours
    Route: Varies by the tour, areas include Forest Hill and along the James River.
    Distance: Varies by the tour, lengths usually around 2 hours.

    Looking for a great way to see the Richmond Riverside without going too far from Chesterfield homes for sale? Join the Valentine for historical bike tours around some of the most scenic parts of Richmond. Tours are offered weekly between April and October which is the perfect time to enjoy the RVA's beautiful biking weather.

  5. Bryan Park/Ginter Gardens
    Route: From Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to Joseph Bryan Park.
    Distance: 3.5 Miles+

    Head over towards Henrico homes for sale to see a different side of Richmond. We suggest starting at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, heading south through Belmont Park then cutting into Joseph Bryan Park before stopping in Bellevue for a bite to eat. This route is a nice mix of street and scenic riding that will introduce you to a fantastic area of the city.

  6. Bucolic Battlefields
    Route: Through Richmond National Battlefield Park from Rocketts Landing to Fort Harrison Visitor Center.
    Distance: 7-10 Miles 

    Colonial Heights homes for sale are within a quick trip to a route filled with history. The Bucolic Battlefields Route will take you away from the downtown Richmond to Fort Harrison National Cemetery. You can take a direct 7-mile route by following the Osborne Turnpike or extend it to 10 miles each way by weaving through Fulton Hill towards the airport then booking it south to the cemetery.

Do you want many more miles of bike routes through Richmond? Contact us today and let our REALTORS® guide you through the best bike trails that pass by gorgeous Richmond homes for sale.

February
4

6 Ways to Tell If A Neighborhood is Safe

Neighborhood Safety
When you're searching for a new home, there are a lot of things you might be willing to compromise on. You can always change the paint color, add another bathroom, or remodel the kitchen. The area surrounding your new home, however, is something you can't control. That's why it's so important to thoroughly check out your potential new neighborhood before making a decision.

Luckily, there are a few easy ways to tell if your neighborhood is safe. While you're checking out Richmond homes for sale, take these extra steps before making an offer. This will give you the peace of mind you deserve and help ensure that you and your family will enjoy your new home for years to come.

  1. Do Some Online Research
    There are several great websites where you can research your potential new neighborhood for free. Some of the most popular include Area Vibes, Neighborhood Scout, and SpotCrime. These sites provide neighborhood-specific information including crime statistics, police reports, and a number of other livability factors.

    Also visit the U.S. Government's National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), which allows you to enter an address and see photos of registered sex offenders living nearby.
  1. Talk to Your REALTOR®
    One of the advantages of hiring a great real estate professional is the expert knowledge they bring to the table. While facts and statistics are great, sometimes an inside scoop is what you really need.  

    Our REALTORS® are deeply familiar with most neighborhoods in the Richmond area and can help you make sure you choose a location where you'll feel safe and comfortable. 
  1. Consider the Number of Area Homes for Sale
    If there are a lot of homes for sale in an area, it could be a sign that current residents are fed up with neighborhood crime. Even if the crime rate in your potential neighborhood isn't currently a problem, an area with a lot of empty houses can invite unsavory activity.

    While the number of homes for sale isn't always a reason for concern, it's definitely something you'll want to note.
  1. Take a Tour of the Neighborhood
    One of the best ways to get a feeling for the vibe of your new neighborhood is to get out and walk or drive around. Take a look at the state of other houses in the area. Keep an eye out for homes with unkempt yards, broken windows, or other signs of neglect. While most neighborhoods have one or two of these, if you notice a pattern, it could be a red flag.

    Make sure you visit at different times of the day and night, as a neighborhood that looks perfectly fine at noon might have a very different feeling when the sun goes down.
  1. Check Out the Local Community
    As you check out the neighborhood, look for signs of a safe community. Children playing outside and people riding bikes or walking their dogs are indications that the current residents feel comfortable there.

    A neighborhood watch program shows that the residents are concerned with keeping their neighborhood safe, and events like block parties and farmer's markets help to create a strong sense of community.
  1. Connect with Your Potential New Neighbors
    While you're exploring the area, stop and talk to any neighbors you see. Ask them what they like about living there and if there are any concerns. Not only can this help you evaluate the safety of an area, it can also help you decide if the neighborhood will fit with your lifestyle.

Whether you're looking for a big-city vibe or a family-friendly suburb, there are plenty of great neighborhoods in the Richmond area. Our REALTORS® are experts at helping their clients find the ideal location, so why not let us help you out? Contact us today to get started. 

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