The holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy all the exciting events and activities in Richmond. We’ve made a list, checked it twice and now we are giving you the best things to do this holiday season that are sure to make you and the entire family merry and bright as you head into the New Year.
Holidays in Carytown
This weekend, bring a new or gently used book to benefit the Children’s Home Society and get a free picture taken with Santa at Hirsch Oriental Rugs. While you’re there, enjoy jazz-style holiday favorites from Carol Covell. There will also be free carriage rides running throughout Carytown from Bill’s Cleaners & Wells Fargo.
When: Saturday, Dec. 19 from noon until 3 p.m.
Located near the shores of the Kinloch Lake is a community of luxury coach homes that are move-in ready and highly sought after. Homes at Kinloch Coach Homes have been selling so fast that Boone Homes recently opened yet another section in the master-planned community with spectacular views and privacy so buyers can continue to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and all that the Richmond area has to offer.
The Kinloch community presents floor plans that include many desirable features such as first-floor studies or guest suites, expansive windows that add tons of natural light to the family room and balconies that overlook the formal dining and living rooms with coffered ceilings. Buyers also have the opportunity to personalize their new Richmond homes to suit their lifestyles and create their own custom homes.
Find out what low-maintenance luxury is all about at Bellingham, a neighborhood of move-in ready homes within the master-planned community of Twin Hickory. Here, residents love having time to enjoy all of the perks of living in the community and all that the area of Glen Allen has to offer thanks to the homeowner’s association. And with two homes ready for immediate move in and three available custom lots, you can enjoy the Bellingham life too just in time for the holidays.
When the weather is warm you’ll love being a member at the community pool, where you can relax and soak up the sun with the whole family. Or, play a friendly match of tennis or two with neighbors at the community courts. Membership to both the pool and tennis courts is provided by the homeowner’s association, so it’s a breeze to spend time with friends and family outside of the home without ever having to leave the community. When it’s not exactly ideal pool weather, you can enjoy watching the leaves change colors and fall to the ground as you take a casual stroll along the community’s common areas and six miles of walking trails.
With the holidays drawing near, now is the time to start decorating your home to bring some holiday cheer. Everyone has their own decorating technique, but the following tips will help you ring in the holiday season with undeniable style.
1. Start with scents
Set the holiday mood by putting holiday fragrances around your home. Scents like pumpkin spice, warm apple pie, peppermint and Frasier fir are sure to get you and your guests in the mood for the holidays. And, you don’t have to be constantly baking to keep your home smelling holiday fresh; you can easily incorporate those familiar scents into your home with candles, air fresheners or plug-ins.
This fall, Cirque du Soleil will be performing in Richmond the weekend of Nov. 27 through 29. This Canadian-based performance company will be stopping in Richmond as part of an international tour of their new show, TORUK – The First Flight.
Toruk is a vibrant experience based around James Cameron’s Avatar. Set thousands of years before the events in Avatar, Toruk tells the story of two young Omaticaya boys who set out on an epic quest to save the Tree of Souls. It explores the theme of interconnectedness with nature and all living things through a Na’vi narrator and an exciting journey of friendship, courage and danger.
Are you looking for a new luxury home in Richmond? Well, look no further than Tarrington on the James, which features move-in ready homes from Boone Homes in the Courtyard and Estate sections. With our beautifully designed brick exteriors and spacious layouts, these homes priced from the $540,000s are perfect for any family.
Interior features of homes in the Courtyard section include hardwood floors throughout the main level, a formal dining room, open living space, a powder room and family room. Our beautifully designed kitchens have a deluxe island with raised bar, granite countertops and much more. In addition, the master suite includes a spa-like master bathroom with ceramic tile and a separate jetted tub. The no-maintenance factor of these homes is another feature that makes this community so popular. With no grass to cut or snow to shovel, you will be able to relax just a little more at this river-front property.
Whether it is a relaxing oasis that offers some much-needed respite after a long day at work, a space to raise a growing family, a venue to host dinner parties or simply a place to call home, look no further than Boone Homes, one of Richmond’s most sought-after and talked about builders.
With Boone Homes, the possibilities are endless. The award-winning builder, known for its luxury designs, constructs new homes in a variety of desirable communities including Ellington Woods and Ellington. Both of these highly sought-after enclaves are located within the master-planned Wyndham community and feature luxury living at its best.
Halloween is fast approaching and there’s plenty of fun for the whole family in the Richmond area this weekend. From haunted houses to all-day fright fests, and from spooky history tours to kid-friendly events, we’ve got you covered on all things Halloween. So, put on your favorite costume and get ready for a weekend full of chills and thrills.
Everyone knows that Halloween is all about scary movies, trick-or-treating, spooky decorations and costumes. But, many may not know about the holiday’s origins as a Celtic holiday and colonial celebration. For just $15 per person ($5 for Valentine members and children under the age of 12), you can learn about the history of this hallowed holiday from a trained master guide from the Valentine history museum on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.richmondhistorytours.com.
Calling all pumpkin enthusiasts! Glen Allen’s Great Pumpkin Palooza is happening on Saturday, Oct. 24. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a 5K run/walk, and the festival lasts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly fair is home to Richmond’s largest pumpkin-launching contest, as well as a variety of other pumpkin and fall-themed activities.
The Great Pumpkin Palooza, which benefits the American Cancer Society and other participating charities, offers local food and arts and crafts vendors, as well as live music throughout the day. Enjoy delicious food and beverages while shopping and listening to the battle of the bands.
There’s autumn fun for all ages with costume contests and parades happening throughout the event, so be sure to wear your best costume. Bring the whole family and enjoy all the fun fall festival activities like pumpkin painting, face painting, pony rides and the petting zoo.
Celebrate the grand opening of our newest professionally decorated model home this weekend! On Oct. 10 and 11 from noon until 5 p.m., Richmond Realtors, residents and prospective home buyers can tour the beautiful Heatherglen floor plan at Dominion Park at Wyndham.
Featuring 2,800-plus square feet of living space, this three to five bedroom floor plan is brand new and designed specifically for Dominion Park. Just a sampling of the many excellent features found in this home include an elegant owner’s suite with two large walk-in closets, owner’s bath with ceramic tile shower and soaking tub, first-floor private living room or optional study with optional built-in bookcases, a designer kitchen with granite countertops, an expansive family room with optional built-in bookcases and so much more.
From pumpkin spice lattes to visiting the pumpkin patch, fall is officially here! What better way to enjoy the season than to add fall touches to your home? Here are 10 design tips to transform your house into an autumn wonderland:
1. White Pumpkins: Bright, white pumpkins are a unique and classy addition to the traditional red, yellow and orange fall colors. Add them to your fall wreaths or line them down your porch steps to give a crisp, clean look to your fall decorations.
2. Painted Pumpkins: Tired of dealing with messy pumpkin carving methods? Try painting instead! Use metallic paints to give your pumpkins elegance, and paint polka dots, geometric shapes or the traditional Jack-o-lantern grin. Bonus: un-carved pumpkins last longer.
Boone Homes is pleased to welcome Debi Colgate as its newest community manager. In her new position, Debi is responsible for helping buyers find the perfect new home by sharing her extensive knowledge of the Midlothian area and her passion for real estate.
”I am excited to have Debi join our team and share her expertise of the area with not only myself, but also our potential buyers,” said Tim Parent, executive vice president of Boone Homes. “Debi has jumped right in with us and is doing a fantastic job already. She is going to be a great member of our team and has already proven she is ready to work hard.”
The UCI Road World Championships are here! This annual event is sponsored by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and hosted annually in cities around the world. For the first time since 1986, the championships will be held in the United States. Events began Friday, Sept. 18 and will last through this Sunday, Sept. 27.
Come experience the excitement of watching 1,000 elite athletes compete in 12 races over the course of the nine day championships. This week, race attendees can enjoy the Men’s Elite Time Trials, Road Circuit Training and Road Circuit races, and the Brompton World Championship USA and the Dominion Conquer the Cobbles Ride on Thursday night. Finally, Saturday and Sunday will showcase the Women’s and Men’s Elite Road Circuit races.
Just one home remains in the Glen Allen community of Westcott at Grey Oaks. The final home is built in the Toddbury home design, a four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom floor plan that provides 4,470 square feet of well-designed living space.
The first floor of the home includes a welcoming two-story foyer with overlooking second floor balcony, a formal living and dining room, designer kitchen with large gourmet island, an open breakfast area leading to the rear patio, a flex space/mudroom, powder room, private study, rear covered porch and a three-car garage. An expansive master bedroom suite with dressing area, walk-in closets and separate sitting room is located on the second level, along with the additional bedrooms, bathrooms, large loft and walk-up attic.
With the end of summer comes the end of opportunities for buyers at the Founders Bridge Club Villas. There are only two new, energy-efficient homes remaining at the Founders Bridge Club Villas offering golf course views and luxury living.
These two homes are move-in ready, so buyers can move into their homes immediately upon closing and enjoy the swimming pool and tennis courts while the warm weather is still around.
The Club Villas at Founders Bridge is an intimate, maintenance-free community of all-brick, single-family, luxury Richmond custom homes located on the 13th and 16th fairways of Independence Golf Club.
Tim Parent, executive vice president of Boone Homes, has been involved in real estate and homebuilding for almost 20 years. Aside from homebuilding, he has always been drawn to anything that goes fast, which is where his passion for Hydroplane boat racing developed. Tim joined the Peters and May U-11 Hydroplane Racing team in 2012 as a one-race volunteer in Detroit. He was instantly hooked and has been a part of the team ever since.
Richmond-area home buyers searching for a low maintenance, amenity-rich lifestyle can make their dream a reality today at Dominion Park at Wyndham by signing up for the VIP list. Built by Boone Homes, Dominion Park is in a great location, and offers all of the amazing amenities that come with living at Wyndham.
Dominion Park is a community nestled right across from the very successful Ellington at Wyndham community and down the street from Ellington Woods at Wyndham. Single-family homes starting in the $400,000s and ranging in size from 2,800 square feet make this community one that will be in high demand.
On Aug. 1, “America on Tap,” the foremost producer of premium beer festivals in the country, is coming to Richmond! This three-hour event will showcase more than 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries.
Attendees will have the chance to sample all of the beers, which is included in the ticket price, and delicious food will be available for purchase. An atmosphere filled with great live music, unique vendors and craft beer with close friends – this is a “can’t-miss” event for Richmond locals!
America on Tap is the first and only nationally integrated entertainment series dedicated to showcasing specialty and craft breweries from around the globe. With more than 70 planned beer festivals in 2015, each features sought-after specialty and craft breweries and their highly anticipated releases. If anyone knows how to host an authentic beer festival, it’s America on Tap!
Ellington Woods at Wyndham is an intimate enclave of 29 single-family homes tucked inside the master-planned Wyndham community in Glen Allen, Virginia. The stunning homes in this community feature everything you would expect and more when you think of a Richmond luxury custom home. All of the homes are built with energy-efficient standards and the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.
At Ellington Woods, the breathtaking wooded home sites allow homeowners to relax in seclusion and enjoy their large private yard and patio that overlooks a protected, wooded area. These homes showcase designer kitchens with upgraded features, luxurious owner’s suites and formal living and dining rooms with the finest finishes. Every detail has been thought of, adding to the high-end atmosphere in these homes from the columned entrance, crown molding, tray ceilings and raised coffered ceiling to the wainscot molding detail, oak stairs and hardwood flooring on the first and second floors.
Bellingham, a maintenance-free neighborhood within the master-planned Twin Hickory community, has just 59 ranch and two-story homes. Currently, there are two specs move-in ready and only three custom lots available in this community! The low-maintenance lifestyle offered at Bellingham allows our residents to live a less stressful life and have more time on their hands to enjoy all of the community amenities, as well as the local attractions around Glen Allen.
Homeowners at Bellingham benefit from a leisurely life all thanks to the homeowner’s association. The community HOA takes care of all yard maintenance including grass cutting, any seasonal treatments that are needed, lawn irrigation, annual gutter cleaning, exterior painting and roof maintenance and replacement. Maintenance-free living at Bellingham at Twin Hickory also means that homeowners will never have to worry about taking the trash to the garage dump, as weekly trash pick-up is included in with the HOA benefits.