Roanoke’s Local Flavor

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When you move to a new area, it can take months, even years really to feel “settled”, and to know where the best shopping is, where the best parks are, who the best doctors are, and where the best places to eat are located. It can be frustrating starting all over again. I have lived in Roanoke for three years now, and have been excited to find out that Roanoke has such wonderful local flavor. What I mean is that Roanoke has such a unique atmosphere of down home charm despite being a rather sizeable metropolitan area. When I first moved here, I dreaded starting over again. However, I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it was for Roanoke to feel like “home”. Living in Roanoke is like slipping on your favorite sweater, it just fits, and it feels warm and inviting. There are two great malls for shopping, and many unique little shops. There are wonderful parks, local attractions like the Mill Mountain Zoo, and many locally owned family restaurants that have some of the best food I have ever eaten.

Location, Location, Location …

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Thinking of moving to a new home? Wondering where you should start looking? Well, you should ask yourself some questions first to narrow down your search. After all, the first decision you need to make is Location, Location, Location. Isn’t that the key in real estate? Hopefully, by now you have it narrowed down to what state, and city you want your new home to be in. But that can still leave a huge area for you to search. So to narrow your search, think about these things, and organize them in order of their importance to you.

Richmond Style at its best: Bellingham at Twin Hickory

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Bellingham – the name itself exudes southern charm, elegance, and personality. What else would you expect from a community in Richmond, Virginia? We simply offer the best place to live… in comfort, style, convenience, and luxury. Bellingham at Twin Hickory is a No Maintenance neighborhood of all brick single family detached homes (2-3 bedrooms and 2- 2 ½ baths, and some with study) with luxury one floor living. Easy one floor living means that everything you need is never more than a few steps away. On the first floor of your home you will find a beautiful master suite nestled in the back, an elegant living room at your entrance, and a gourmet kitchen with an open floor plan extending to a breakfast area and a family room, everything you need on the first floor –even the laundry room. You may never even need to go upstairs in your home, but the comfortable guest rooms are always ready when those special visitors arrive; and the two car garage means that parking will never be a problem.

Castle of Your Dreams?

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Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait for summer so you could go to the beach and build that huge elaborate sand castle? Yours always had to be bigger and better than everyone else’s – after all it was the Castle of your dreams — the place where you would live when you grew up. Well, it is summer time again, and maybe instead of making sand castles on the beach, you are shopping for your new home — the grown up version of that castle of your dreams. Have you been having trouble finding the place that meets your expectations and seems like it is worthy of you hard earned money? Well, look no further than Boone Homes. We build every home as if it were our own. We know that your money doesn’t come easy, and that you want the best for every dollar you spend.

Richmond’s 1st Jazz Festival

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Feel the Music! This weekend, August 14-15, Maymont Park is the place to be to enjoy the soulful sounds of Richmond’s first jazz festival. More than 25 artists will appear, including Chaka Khan, Chuck Mangione, and Pancho Sanchez. Festival artists will perform on 2 stages, over 2 days – showcasing primarily jazz with various genres to liven up the mix performed by local, national and international bands and artists.

The Home Builder’s Golden Rule

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Would you want someone building a house for you that they wouldn’t live in themselves? If they are building a home for your family, shouldn’t it be good enough for them as well? — of course it should. There is something to be said for the ” Golden rule” — treat others the way you would want to be treated. Did you know that the Golden rule can be applied in the home building industry as well? That is why the Boone Home’s guiding principal is ” To build each home as if it were our own.” At Boone Homes we would never build a home for anyone that we would not live in ourselves. As a matter of fact, the President of our Richmond office, and the President of our Roanoke office both live in … you guessed it, Boone Homes communities, in homes that were built by the same people that will build your new home for you. Many of our employees also live in Boone Homes communities. We know quality when we see it.

Back to school time – Tax Free School Supplies!

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It’s back to school time ! This weekend is the time to stock up on all your back to school items. Starting Friday, August 6 through Sunday August 8, you can purchase all back to school items tax free. What a great opportunity to save money! Tax free items include all school supplies, clothing, shoes and many other items. For a full list go to Virginia Tax Free. Ladies, the tax free clothing doesn’t just have to be for the kids, it applies to all adult clothing as well — as long as each item is priced under $100.00. There are some deals to be had this weekend – so why not Shop til you Drop.

Let’s Talk Low Maintenance

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What does the term low maintenance or maintenance free living mean to you? We see it in home builder ads all the time, but what exactly does it cover? Well, we can’t speak to what other builders mean when they say no maintenance living or low maintenance homes, but we can tell you what it means for all of our happy Boone Homes home buyers! The keyword to focus on is freedom, after all that is what we all cherish! Here is the complete list of what our maintenance free homes include.

You better shop around!

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You know when you go to the mall and you are looking for one particular item, say a black skirt. You go to every store and you try on the ones you like, look at the prices, then at the end of the day you get the one you liked the best (and your husband rolls his eyes and says that is the first one you tried on). Well, why is homebuying any different than shopping for that skirt? You should shop around. You should visit a lot of different builders and communities and see what each one has to offer. Write down all of the things you like the best about each one.

The Education of Living in Virginia

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You may have read in one of our other blogs about the great school systems in Virginia, but did you know that living in Virginia is an education in itself. Where else are you going to see so much living history, and so many places of the past preserved. Just a short drive from Richmond will take you to Colonial Williamsburg where the past comes alive every day with recreations from the revolutionary war period, street theater, and stories of the everyday life of the residents of 18th century Williamsburg.

Making your life a little easier …

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Which is worse cooking or washing dishes? I am sure we will get a variety of answers on that one. I don’t really care for either one myself, but let’s face it, whether we like it or not, they are both things that have to be done. So why not make it as easy on yourself as possible ? With the advanced technology and spaciousness of your new kitchen in your Boone Home, both of those chores will be done more easily and quickly than ever before. Boone Homes’ kitchens offer options like Speed Cook Technology, that can cut cooking times by nearly 50%. If you aren’t interested in cooking faster, but you want to be able to cook more at once, we offer oven towers with one or two ovens in the size that you choose. With an oven tower there is no crouching or bending over to check on your baking — instead everything is at eye level, and easy to transfer from the oven to the counter.

I want Oprah’s Closet!

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I will never forget the episode of the Oprah Winfrey show that I watched when she gave everyone a “tour” of her closet. WOW! That was all I could say. I sat there and watched in awe. It was amazing. She had a shelf or drawer for every color or fabric choice. Since that episode I have dreamed of Oprah’s closet and admittedly with envy have thought how much I want Oprah’s closet !

Open House – You have to see it to believe it.

This Sunday, July 25th from 2-4 p.m. Boone Homes will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE at our Devoncroft Dream Home – Deal of a Lifetime. This home is located at 1107 Belcroft Court, Roanoke, VA 24018 in our beautiful Devoncroft community. This is a spacious four bedroom, three and half bath Colonial with a beautiful Front Porch, and Dramatic 2-Story Foyer. This home is part of our Summer Clearance Sale and has just been reduced from $536, 950 to a new List Price of $479, 950 — that is a savings of $57,000. Does that sound to good to be true? Then come see it for yourself this Sunday. You will not be disappointed. It has so many features you will fall in love with– like columns at the entrance to your formal living that has beautiful nine foot ceilings, and a large family room and study that share a see through fireplace. All of this plus an award winning kitchen, recipient of the Roanoke Parade of Homes Best Kitchen award, with its beautiful granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.

Sounds Of Summer

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The sounds of summer! How I love thee, let me count the ways: I love thee when I rise in the morning to sound of the mower circulating the yard in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the core aerating and fertilizer we spread in the spring. I love thee in the evening with the tender sound of the irrigation system perpetuating the growth cycle of the grass. I love careful and affectionate squeaky wheel barrow, rake and blunt shovel as they captivate and restrain the rebellious mulch escaping the planting bed’s meet and bounds. I love the sound of the gentle lob shears pruning the rose, lilac and crepe myrtle. I love the warm sloshing of the paint brush as it gathers and disperses the paint of Love on the object needing extensive care.

Lemaire & Rappahannock River Oysters

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The Jefferson Hotel has been a Richmond institution since 1895. It is known for being the grandest hotel in Richmond and it certainly lives up to that expectation. Located within this hotel is the equally grand restaurant, Lemaire. If you live in the Boone Homes Wescott at Grey Oaks neighborhood, you can be dining at this special restaurant in 25 minutes. Lemaire has always been known for its wonderful gourmet food but for some it may have been a little too formal. The restaurant has recently reinvented itself and while maintaining its high quality food it has made some changes to its menu and dining area that make it more accessible to all. No longer is it necessary to make a reservation. You can simply slip in whenever convenient and sit at their much expanded bar and lounge area and enjoy one of their unique cocktails and order one (or many) of their delicious small plate offerings.

Artisan Home Ready For You!

One of the newest and most exclusive neighborhoods in Midlothian, Tarrington on the James, is now offering an Artisan Architecture home at 13201 Edmonton Drive as a showcase inventory home. This home is completely finished and will not last long! This new home in Midlothian features a splendid and functional floor plan melded with luxury and practicality. The first floor study can provide a private business oasis without sacrificing proximity to the family or can double as another bedroom for the occasional holiday guest. The placid master suite bath will provide relaxation for even the most stressful of days. Retreat to the jetted tub can drown away difficulties and events while renewing the spirit. Or escape to the master sitting room to read a book.

There’s No Place Like Home

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When Dorothy clicked her red heels together three times and said “There’s no place like home,” we all melted a little bit inside and released an audible sigh thinking of how thankful we were for our homes and families. At Boone Homes we know how much your home means to you and your family. That is why we do everything we can to help you make your home exactly how you want it. We want you to have personal touches that are uniquely yours. There are a lot of houses on the market, but we strive to individualize our houses and make them homes for our customers.

Richmond’s Newest Treasures at The VMFA

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has expanded and nearly doubled in size! Museum director, Alex Nyerges says “Everything about it is bigger, brighter and — with free admission– more welcoming. ” The expanded museum has double the space for traveling exhibitions, and the new renovations have expanses of glass that allow more natural light into the museum.

Devoncroft Dream House – Deal of a lifetime

It is no secret that now is the time to get the deal of a lifetime on the new home of your dreams. At Boone Homes, we have the perfect Roanoke new home in our Devoncroft community that is just waiting to make someone’s Dream Come True. Just reduced from $536,950 to $479,950 your dream home is waiting for you at 1107 Belcroft Drive. This is a spacious four bedroom, three and half bath Colonial with a beautiful Front Porch, and Dramatic 2-Story Foyer. It is beauty, elegance, and grace personified. One look at the clean lines, and spaciousness of this home and you will fall in love.