Richmond has one of America’s best botanical gardens in its own backyard, as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was just recognized by the Travel Channel. Right now, Richmond homeowners and visitors alike can enjoy the Garden’s unique Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, which allows you to experience the world of butterflies up close and personal.
These whimsical creatures have transformed the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderful world of vibrant colors that you have to see to believe! When you visit the exhibit, you can watch the butterflies feed, flutter and fly all around you, explore their preferred origins, habitats and lifecycles and peek inside a butterfly nursery, where native species emerge from their chrysalides. Younger visitors can even take part in a special Butterfly Quest, which allows them to solve the quests’ six clues as they wonder around the exhibit.
The Wyndham master-planned community in Glen Allen features gorgeous homes, one-of-a-kind amenities and a sought-after location, making it a desirable place to call home. Currently, home buyers can choose from a variety of new homes we are building in Ellington at Wyndham, providing them with a beautiful, energy efficient home and access to the community’s great lifestyle.
The 56 luxury homes we are building in Ellington at Wyndham are priced from the $500,000s and offer 2,800 to more than 5,000 square feet of luxury living space. Buyers will have nine distinct home plans to choose from that feature a variety of upscale finishes, as well as a variety of options that are available including second floor plans with additional bathrooms, basements and finished third floors that are perfect for a bedroom, game room or study. Additional, every home built in Ellington at Wyndham includes an energy efficient package that helps to reduce heating and cooling bills by 30 percent.
Are you searching for a move-in ready home in Richmond? Does the thought of an amenity-rich, maintenance-free lifestyle appeal to you? Then be sure to visit the Courtyard Homes at Tarrington on the James! Built by Boone Homes, there is currently one move-in ready home available that will allow you to start enjoying the no-maintenance life now.
The stunning Hampworth plan is priced at $613,216 and includes an all-brick exterior, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage. Featuring more than 3,200 square feet of living space, this home has the spacious owner’s suite on the first floor, which includes a bay window, dressing area, two walk-in closets and a large bathroom with double vanities, a jetted spa tub and a frameless shower.
Home buyers looking for the ultimate opportunity for no-maintenance living will find the home of their dreams in the master-planned Twin Hickory community. Bellingham, a neighborhood of just 59 ranch and two-story patio homes, offers an unmatched maintenance-free lifestyle that allows residents to enjoy all of the community amenities and local attractions.
The spacious homes at Bellingham range in size from 1,800 to more than 3,500 square feet and offer two to five bedroom options with up to four-and-a-half bathrooms. Priced from the $400,000s, many of the plans we offer at Bellingham boast breakfast rooms surrounded by windows, an optional sunroom or an optional bay window in the master suite. The homes also have formal dining rooms, spacious living areas and attached two-car garages. At Boone Homes, we believe that every homeowner’s needs are different, and that is why we allow you to personalize your home with the options and finishes that will truly fit your lifestyle.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and the city of Richmond is hosting a wide variety of events that are perfect for every Dad. From hikes to historical tours and concerts to golf tournaments, Richmond is sure to be home to an activity that will match the personality and interests of your Dad. Sunday will be here soon, so make sure to schedule your plans with Dad now!
Father’s Day Survival Hike: Held next Saturday, June 21 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., this hike is appropriate for all skill levels. Participants will learn the skills needed to survive in the wild, such as how to tie basic knots, how to build a fire and more. The hike will take place at the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, which is a two hour drive from the city, so pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your day in the wilderness with Dad.
Home buyers searching for a new home in the greater Richmond area have just a few opportunities remaining to call Westcott at Grey Oaks home. As this community approaches close-out status, buyers can enjoy several benefits that come from purchasing one of the final remaining homes in a new community.
When you purchase one of the last homes in a new community, you have all of the benefits of purchasing a new construction home without living in the middle of a construction zone for months on end. The workers are gone, hammers are put away and you can enjoy living in a community that is peaceful and settled.
As the school year winds down, the weather warms up and summer quickly approaches, everyone’s schedule can seem to get a bit hectic. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend provides the perfect opportunity for residents of Boone Homes’ communities to unwind and take an extra day to enjoy Richmond’s many events and festivities.
Friday Cheers 2014: Head to Brown’s Island on May 23 for RVA Music Night to enjoy live music from Avers, Todd Herrington’s Things and The Green Boys. The event lasts from 6 until 9:30 p.m. and costs $5 to $10 per person. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, click here.
We are excited to announce that we will be constructing a new phase of homes at Kinloch, a luxury home development near West Creek. The new phase of 76 homes will back up to the 72-acre Broad Branch Lake, which makes up the heart of the Kinloch community.
The new homes in phase 8 at Kinloch will be reminiscent of the coach-style homes that are currently being offered in phase 6. We are working on new designs for this phase that will include both brick colonial and Tudor-style exteriors ranging from 3,500 to nearly 5,000 square feet. These age-targeted homes will be ideal for empty-nesters, as they will have first floor master suites and all exterior home maintenance and landscaping is taken care of. These new homes will range in price from $600,000 to $1 million.
Are you searching for a new luxury home in Richmond that offers an unparalleled community atmosphere and lifestyle? Then look no further than Ellington at Wyndham, which is part of the outstanding Wyndham master-planned community.
We currently have a stunning new home under construction at Ellington at Wyndham. Located at 6517 Gadsby Trace Court, the popular Brookstone plan features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms with the option to complete a fifth bedroom and fourth bathroom on the third level. Priced at $590,335, this stunning home includes an office or study space, a mud room with cubby storage, a large family room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves and a spacious kitchen complete with granite countertops, an island and a breakfast nook. In addition, the home has a luxurious owner’s suite with two walk-in closets and double vanities in the spa-like bathroom.
Presented by the Home Building Association of Richmond, the annual Richmond Homearama is being held May 1 through 18 this year. This popular home tour features seven new idea homes that showcase the very latest in home construction, design and technological innovations. Hosted at Magnolia Green in Chesterfield County, each home in the Homearama has been furnished by regional interior design teams, including the couple behind the popular Young House Love blog.
The homes will be available for touring each Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Attendees can also view more than 30 unique products that will be on display in the Home Idea Center. In addition, fun events will be held at the Homearama every Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.
At Boone Homes, we celebrate Earth Day not just today, but every day. We are committed to offering our customers a quality-built home that will stand the test of time while also providing many benefits. Some of the benefits that can be found in a Boone home are the many energy efficient features that we include, such as the LP® TechShield® original radiant barrier sheathing.
LP® TechShield® is the No. 1 selling brand of radiant barrier sheathing, which is an innovative product that helps block radiant heat in the roof from entering the attic. Having been on the market for more than a decade, LP® TechShield® has been installed in more than 1 million homes.
Spring is blooming around Richmond, and for garden lovers, the city is turning into paradise. From the million tulip blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to the annual Historic Garden Week, Richmond offers its residents the opportunity to tour beautiful homes and their gardens.
John Marshall House: Located in the heart of Richmond’s fashionable 19th century “Court End” district, the John Marshall House is listed on both the National and Virginia Historic Registers. Home to John Marshall, known as the “Great Chief Justice” for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court, and his family from 1790 until his death in 1835, the house has undergone very few changes since his lifetime. Now operated as a museum by Preservation Virginia, visitors can view the home’s colorful gardens during tours. Located at 818 E. Marshall St., the house is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Prices range from $4 to $10 per person to tour the home.
Let’s face it, not many people get excited for spring cleaning. Who can blame them? Tackling the whole house can be quite the project for most people, especially when the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy the outdoors.
Here are some tips for a thorough, yet simple spring cleaning of your Richmond new home:
Save time, prepare. Before you start cleaning, it is important to make sure you have the products needed to have a successful spring cleaning. Make a list of items you want to clean (rugs, windows, etc.) and then make another list of your preferred cleaning products for each project. No one wants to start cleaning and then stop because they don’t have something.
Spread it out. While many people like to set aside one day to take care of all of the spring cleaning, it is not necessary. Make a list of each room and spread them out over a week. That way you can spend around an hour a day cleaning and still have time to enjoy the spring weather.
De-clutter and donate! As you transition your fall and winter wardrobe to spring and summer, take the time to sort through your items. If you haven’t worn something in over a year, then it is a good time to toss it from your closet. If it is gently-used and in good condition, donate it to a local organization.
Brighten it up. Make sure to clean your windows both inside and out, so that natural light can shine through and brighten up your home. To add to the brightness, you can also update windows, comforters and other linens to exude a more spring-like feel inside your home.
When it comes to building your new home, Boone Homes chooses only the best products in order to build a home that is not only beautiful, but also high-quality enough to stand the test of time. When it comes down to deciding between fiber cement and LP® SmartSide® trim and siding, our choice is the latter.
Here are some reasons why LP® SmartSide® is our choice for building your dream home:
Impact Doesn’t Equal Damage – Throughout life, it is likely that your home will be hit by hail, golf balls, baseballs or rocks at some point. LP® SmartSide® is more resistant to these everyday hazards than fiber cement. Need proof? Watch the video above.
Realistic Wood Texture – If you like the look of wood, then LP® SmartSide® is perfect because of its more realistic wood texture.
Time Tested – When you purchase a new home, you expect it to last for years to come. LP® SmartSide® have been time tested and since 1997, more than 7 billion square feet of products have been manufactured and installed in more than 4 million homes.
Lighter Weight – With a lighter weight per foot, LP® SmartSide® is easier to carry and install. It is also stronger and doesn’t require special tools to install.
Color – LP® SmartSide® is less likely to lose its color than fiber cement which contains natural salts and minerals.
Less Seams – LP® SmartSide® is slightly longer than fiber cement leading to fewer seams or joints.
Warranty – LP® SmartSide® generally offers a longer limited warranty that most fiber cement warranties.
Are you ready to move into your new home now? If so, we have a beautiful new home available at our Westcott at Grey Oaks community located in the heart of Short Pump.
Featuring the spacious Oxbridge home design, this beautiful home is priced at $769,950. Well-design interiors showcase an open layout with 4,412 square feet of living space, five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. At the heart of the home is a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, raised deluxe island, stainless steel appliances and a ceramic tile backsplash. Additional highlights of the home include an open family room with custom built bookcases and a natural gas fireplace with black granite surround, deluxe mudroom with built-in cubbies, laundry room with ceramic tile floor, three-inch hardwood floors throughout the first floor, owner’s suite with two walk-in closets and a separate retreat with cozy window seat, owner’s bathroom with upgraded travertine tile shower and granite countertops, classic crown molding and a dynamic aggregate patio for outdoor living.
After an extremely cold winter, we are all hoping that spring is just around the corner. As temperatures start to rise (hopefully!) in Richmond, Boone Homes invites you to start living a maintenance free lifestyle when you purchase a new home at Tarrington on the James.
Available for a June move-in date, the Hampworth home is currently under construction on home site 37 and features an open layout with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Interiors of the home are designed for one level living with a luxurious master suite located on the main level. Additional highlights of the home include a gourmet kitchen with large pantry and granite countertops, hardwood floors, ceramic tile in the laundry room and bathrooms, formal dining room with elegant coffered ceiling and family room with custom built-in bookcases and natural gas fireplace.
While mortgage rates and new mortgage rules have real estate markets across the country concerned that the housing market will start to slow, economist David Crowe has confidence that the Richmond real estate market will continue to grow.
Crowe, the chief economist and senior vice president of the National Association of Home Builders, states that “housing growth depends on population growth” and in Richmond, the population is growing at nearly 5 percent per decade (according to the Greater Richmond Partnership). While some of this population growth can be attributed to growing families, it is also a result of new residents moving to Richmond. For example, 785 individuals moved from Charlottesville to Richmond in 2010, while only 610 moved from Richmond to Charlottesville.
Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away which means time is running out to make reservations for a romantic dinner with your loved one. If you are looking to stay close to home, here are a few Richmond restaurantsthat offer the perfect menu for date night:
The Daily Kitchen and Bar: Enjoy a romantic dinner for two at The Daily Kitchen and Bar while dining on a menu that features organic, all natural, local and sustainable ingredients. Special for Valentine’s Day is a menu that includes starters, soups and salads and entrees. Highlights include seared rare tuna, kale salad, lobster risotto and much more. The Daily Kitchen and Bar is located 2934 W. Cary Street. For more information on the special Valentine’s Day menu, call 804-342-8990.
Each year, on the third Monday of February, individuals across the United States celebrate Presidents’ Day. Originally started to honor George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, the holiday is legally recognized as George Washington Day in the State of Virginia.
For residents of Virginia, the day serves as not only a day to recognize the first President of the United States, but is also an opportunity to remember the other seven Presidents born in Virginia: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. This Monday, celebrate the Presidents who have served by visiting the Presidential Trail of Virginia.
As 2013 came to a close, Richmond home builders have celebrated a successful year and are looking forward to an even better 2014. Richmond specifically is projected to have a phenomenal year and has been named one of the hottest housing markets in the nation according to CNN Money.
The list of the top 10 hottest housing markets was compiled based on CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s latest home price forecast and showcase the major metro areas that are expected to see the biggest increase in home prices.