Fall may be one of the most beautiful times of the year, but in October festivals and Halloween activities prevail in Richmond. As one of Virginia’s oldest cities, and one of the most haunted, Richmond is full of memorable fall festivals and Halloween experiences. Some of these Halloween experiences will be fun to share with the little ones, others will be a bit too scary.
In a town full of history and adventure, here are a few things in Richmond to include on your fall and Halloween bucket list:
Richmond Oktoberfest: October 20-21
This Friday and Saturday, join thousands of people at the Richmond International Raceway as the 49th annual Oktoberfest kicks off with authentic food, beer and dancing! With four kinds of German sausages; pork loin and roast chicken; sweet, spicy red cabbage and sauerkraut; potato salad; potato pancakes; pretzels and a truck load of German pastries, you cannot and will not leave hungry. Plus, with endless kegs of beer, both imported from Germany and domestic, leaving thirsty isn’t an option either.
According a study conducted this past summer; Richmond is second only to Virginia Beach as a millennial hotspot. To keep the trend expanding to the West End communities, Bacova and Kinloch are now becoming some of the best places for a range of people to call home. From first-time homebuyers to young families and empty-nesters, the excitement of this still flourishing area is attracting a diverse amount of people.
Homebuyers are attracted to the many things that both Bacova and Kinloch have to offer. With rolling hills, wide open spaces and quiet serenity, homes from the West End seem to call buyers names. Bacova boasts traditional neighborhoods zoned for an A+ educational system. By summer 2018, this community will be packed with amenities spread across three acres, such as a clubhouse with a pool, tennis court and other recreational facilities. Situated centrally between Charlottesville and Richmond, Kinloch brings charming communities and rural roots to the region. Not to mention, some of the best golf in Virginia can be played right in your backyard when you live in our award-winning Kinloch communities.
Featuring a beautifully designed first floor owner’s suite plan, the Hampworth model home also showcases a stunning brick exterior with gorgeous, maintenance free landscaping.
This home is professionally designed and decorated to display the many custom touches available at Boone Homes. Plus, it’s located in a community that fits perfect into the unique lifestyles of residents. As part of Tarrington on the James, the Courtyard Home’s are maintenance free and offers access to award-winning amenities, including tree-lined sidewalks, a 10-acre park, fitness center and clubhouse.
This home showcases the popular first floor owner’s suite Hampworth design with a private bath featuring a gorgeous shower and relaxing tub, plus two walk-in closets with plenty of shelving for organization. The family room and kitchen are open and airy, giving new homeowners the chance to enjoy the comfort of the family room while also engaging in conversation with the family while meals are being prepared. The designer kitchen features a beautiful island with extra storage space and room for dining, plus a breakfast nook surrounded by windows. Also on the main floor of this plan is a bright dining room with large, open windows, a butler’s pantry, laundry room and optional covered raised patio with a fireplace.
If there’s one routine that families dread as the school year begins, it’s the battle of nightly homework assignments. Convincing kids to sit still and concentrate on homework after being in class all day is a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Creating a space that is comfortable, functional and dedicated entirely to them can not only make homework bearable, but it can convey the message that homework is just as important as the school day itself.
Flex spaces are common in new homes, whether they’re in the form of a spare bedroom or a home office. With Boone Homes, we invite you to customize your plan to personalize your new home to fit your lifestyle. Here are just a few ideas we’ve gathered on how to create the perfect homework area for your kids:
Many of our home plans feature a spacious loft area with plenty of natural light and quiet areas for concentration. The loft pictured here in our Kinloch Coach Homes is the perfect example of a tucked-away location far away from the hustle and bustle of the main floor. Furnished with a desk, an abundance of light and a comfortable couch, it’s the perfect space for reading long chapters in a novel for English class.
We’re excited to announce that pre-sales are now available at our brand-new Kinloch Villas community! Featuring 33 maintenance-free homes, Kinloch Villas is part of the exclusive Kinloch golf community, which offers a private, ideal escape from the city while still being convenient to the Richmond metropolitan area.
Kinloch Villas is a community that accepts residents from all walks of life at any time in their life, whether you’re a growing family or a retiree. With five luxurious new home plans, this community will feature ranch and two-story homes that range in size from 1,800 to more than 3,000 square feet. These homes include two to five bedroom options with up to four-and-a-half bathrooms.
Labor Day is a time to celebrate the unofficial end of summer with friends and family whether it’s poolside, grilling or doing activities around town. If you’re looking for fun around town, here are some events to consider:
1. If you want to “Catch The Fun” and engage in some quality family time, the 104th Chesterfield County Fair is in full swing until September 2. While most people do go for the delicious food, there are tons of other activities such as arts and crafts, rodeos, parades, and rides.
2. The roads may be cluttered on Labor Day weekend, so why not try taking the trails. Jump on the Virginia Capital Trail for a mile or 50. Riders can cruise the trails all the way to the Jamestown Settlement from Richmond.
3. Spend the weekend, or even just a day-trip, visiting free historic sites are the area. Take a walk back in time to the battlefields and churches to see and first-hand about the places our country has grown on.
As Richmond’s premier luxury home builder for 30 years, Boone Homes has obtained a solid reputation within the community and homebuilding industry. Our reputation of building homes with quality, timeless architecture and customization, as well as communities offering privacy and proximity to building near town centers such as Short Pump continues as we get ready to open our newest community. For months, our customers have heard teasers about the brand-new Hawksgate at Bacova. Now, we’re excited to announce that pre-sales have begun in this community!
Summertime shouldn’t be spent behind the lawnmower or tending to ever-demanding landscaping projects. At Boone Homes, we build in planned communities that are convenient to where you live, play, shop and work. We want you to live in the best locations, but we also want you to enjoy those locations. Our homeowners have some of the finest amenities at their fingertips; they don’t want to spend their time dealing with maintenance issues. That’s why we offer maintenance-free living in three of our Richmond-area communities: Coach Homes of Kinloch, The Courtyard Homes at Tarrington on the James and the up-and-coming Kinloch Villas.
The newest pop-culture fads are always hard to track. With music, TV shows, clothes and technology, the millennial generation moves at light speed when bouncing from trend to trend. Now, a new study by the Urban Land Institute proves that the unpredictability of millennials’ preferences carries over to their choice of where to live.
According to this study, Richmond, Virginia is second only to Virginia Beach as a millennial hotspot. Taking a look around Richmond can reveal why it’s so popular with this set. Richmond offers a lively college –town vibe with an abundance of restaurants, bars and meeting spots. The city also features a low unemployment rate and a relatively high annual salary for the millennial age group, two realities that appeal to young professionals because they indicate a reasonably affordable housing market.
The Kinloch Coach community by Boone Homes creates an idyllic woodland atmosphere surrounded by lakes, golf courses and access to some of the best activities in the Richmond area. Because the beautifully planned community of just 91 homes is maintenance-free, active adults and busy professionals can ditch the worry and enjoy their surroundings.
Our Tarrington on the James Courtyard and Estate homes provide the homeowner with an upscale living experience with plenty of privacy. These beautiful single-family homes give your family the space it needs to grow while still receiving the benefits of living in a sidewalk community. Each neighborhood offers an exceptionally unique experience.
When you think of a sidewalk community, you might not think of the great outdoors. Suburban sprawl and concrete dominate the imagination when it comes to residential areas. However, Wyndham, a planned community with smaller communities inside, is different. Wyndham offers access to the outdoors that many people think they have to relinquish by choosing to live in a traditional subdivision.
At Wyndham, outdoor trails wind through the area, providing residents opportunities to reconnect with nature. These elevated paths are pedestrian and bike friendly. The trails offer the perfect escape for some fresh air and exercise. They also connect all of the communities, which make it fun and easy for residents to walk or ride a bike to included amenities.
Location is one of the top priorities when looking for a new home. Boone Homes takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect location because we build in planned communities that are convenient to where you live, play, shop and work. Just like location, we know that personalization is also important. We start with well-designed plans with great architectural details, and if you want to change anything to personalize your home, we are pleased to do so. In fact, in our popular Ellington Woods at Wyndham community, a new exterior elevation is taking form. Interested home buyers still have time to make their custom interior selections if they act quickly!
During our experience building homes over the last 30 years, it’s a pleasure to work with talented local agents. At Boone Homes, one of our core values is to ensure that our homes within a community create “neighborhood integrity.” We love that our homes are unique, but we also appreciate that agents like Phil Mason are just as intriguing.
Phil has gained 33 years of career experience while working in information technology for Signet Bank/Bank of Virginia and Capital One, where he created and led several IT departments through a period of rapid expansion. His expertise in design and project management led him to playing a key role in creating Capital One’s first Data Center. He also worked as a vice president until his retirement in 2000.
In today’s rebounding market, when resale properties are being snapped up as soon as they are listed and new home construction is popping up on every other corner, deciding which is best for you can be a challenge. People considering previously owned homes often pursue resale because they think it is cheaper and easier. But with building practices have become streamlined, building a new home can cost as much as or even less than buying an existing home. Cost isn’t the only reason to build, though. There are other benefits of working with a builder on a brand new house.
As families grow and society changes, multi-generation house plans are becoming more and more popular. Grandparents are moving in to be closer to children and help look after grandchildren, young adults are living at home longer and aging parents need extra love and care. According to recent research, approximately 51 million Americans live in a home with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and at least one other generation.
At Boone Homes, we recognize that every buyer’s lifestyle is different and that each family requires unique living solutions. That’s why we offer a variety of multi-generational floor plans in our Dominion Park community.
At Boone Homes, we pride ourselves on our impressive collection of home plans, which is why we’re so excited to add the Ashmont to our portfolio. Exclusively at Kinloch Villas, we think homebuyers will respond to the standard features and enjoy customizing this plan to fit their needs.
The Ashmont is a two-story brick home with a covered front porch and two-car garage. With three bedrooms and two and a half baths, plus bonus space and room to expand, the Ashmont make a strong case for those who are thinking of downsizing.
The exterior of the home is just a taste of the elegance and functionality found inside. Entering the foyer at an angle, a study allows residents to work from home in privacy. The study can be converted to an additional first floor bedroom and full bathroom. Across the hall, a formal dining room makes room for family dinners or intimate meals. Toward the back of the home, a spacious and friendly kitchen with counter space and cabinet storage overlooks all the activity in the wide open family room. Tucked just at the back is a breakfast nook which leads to the patio.
House hunters know that a key factor in finding their dream home is a great school district. These communities provide excellent educations for their children, endless opportunities for friends and family fun, and good work districts or fun activities for interested home buyers without children.
Boone Homes offers such a life in the Deep Run High School district of Henrico. Recently named the eighth best high school in Virginia by the U.S. News & World Report, Deep Run High School is zoned for three of Boone Homes’ quality and convenient neighborhoods! Ellington, Dominion Park and Ellington Woods provide access to this incredible school and an affordable, quality home to their residents.
After nearly 30 years of building new homes throughout the greater Richmond area, we have had the opportunity to work with some of the city’s best real estate talent. Working with these top agents ensures that our home buyers have an exceptional experience from the time they start their new home search until they receive the keys to their move-in ready home.
At Boone Homes, we appreciate the work of the Realtors who trust us enough to bring valued buyers to our new homes. Lori Bonjo is a real estate agent who is always looking to find the best options for her clients, from quality construction and customizable features to amenity-filled communities in top school districts. These are just a few of the features that consistently have her bringing her clients to Boone Homes.
A real estate agent knows the ins-and-outs of the home buying and building industry, so when they actually purchase a home from a builder, it should be taken as a great compliment. Cathy Dyer, an agent with Joyner Fine Properties, is someone who is not only easy to know, but someone who knows the local community, and has a first-hand experience with a Boone home.
As a resident of Richmond for 31 years, Cathy took the “Goldilocks” route to her forever home. Originally from Napoleon, Ohio where she received a small town upbringing, gave her deep family roots and lasting connections. Even though Napoleon is the hometown of her youth, and the heart of her memories, she simply believes Ohio was “too cold” for her. Moving to Florida, where she met her husband on a blind date, made her realize that Florida was “too hot.” The couple settled in Richmond in 1986, and she says that’s where she found her “true home.”