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.
Whether the Seahawks or Broncos win this Super Bowl Sunday, you can score a touchdown when you host a game day party for friends and family in your Richmond new home. From appetizers to dessert, our gourmet kitchens are the perfect place to whip up your party treats.
Here are a few of our favorite game day dishes:
Would you like to put away the snow shovel and the lawn mower for good? If your answer is yes, then we have the perfect home for you. Located at Bellingham in Twin Hickory, we currently have a beautiful maintenance free home featuring the Ashmont floor plan available for immediate move-in on home site 29. Priced at $520,716, this three bedroom/two-and-half bathroom home is your opportunity to start enjoying a maintenance free lifestyle.
This beautiful home showcases a brick exterior with two-car garage and covered front porch. Upon entering the home, the elegant entry foyer leads to the grand columned entrance dining room with trey ceilings and the large family room
2013 was a fantastic year for Boone Homes as we opened new communities, saw an increase in sales at existing communities and expanded our reach online. As we move forward in 2014, we want to take a moment and celebrate the successes of 2013.
Ellington at Wyndham
In January, we kicked off the year by announcing our newest community Ellington at Wyndham. After a rainy summer, we celebrated the grand opening of our two model homes in October and welcomed our first homeowners in November. Since first announcing Ellington at Wyndham, we have sold 12 homes.
If you are searching for a traditional-style home in Richmond that “wows” from the minute you open the front door, then the Highwick home at Ellington at Wyndham is perfect for your family. Priced at $605,850, this stunning home showcases 3,200 square feet of well-designed living space and is available for immediate move-in.
Upon entering the Highwick home, the living room off the foyer leads directly to the formal dining room with coffered ceiling. From there, buyers enter the heart of the home featuring a spacious family room with gas fireplace that opens up to a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, island and a breakfast nook. Additional highlights of the Highwick home include a mudroom with cubbies for storage, rear patio off of the breakfast nook, optional bedroom and bathroom on the third level and a luxurious owner’s suite with two walk-in closets, dressing area and ceramic tile shower.
From interstates to state highways, Richmond’s infrastructure provides well-designed routes that offer convenient access to local points of interest. Whether needing to catch a flight out of town or wanting to take a stroll down Monument Avenue, residents of our Richmond new home communities in Henrico, Chesterfield and Goochland counties are just a short drive away.
For many active adults and retirees, purchasing a new home means downsizing (while having room for visitors) and finding a home that you will be able to enjoy no matter what the coming years throw at you. From one-level living to included exterior maintenance, our Richmond maintenance free homes offer plenty of opportunities for buyers to “age in place.”
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there is a checklist of design features that are ideal for “aging in place” home buyers. Several items, such as low-maintenance exteriors and main living on a single story with no steps between rooms/areas on the same level, are included in our maintenance free homes. Additional features of our homes include spacious master bathrooms with separate showers and large soaking tubs, as well as easy access to the home from an enclosed garage.
Following in the popularity of Ellington at Wyndham, Ellington Woods has gotten off to a successful start with the first two Richmond new homes sold. As we prepare to break ground on the Richmond community, we are excited to see the early interest in our latest venture.
Home buyers of the first two homes at Ellington Woods will enjoy an expanded Toddbury floor plan and a customized Bancroft home design.
Have you ever found a great floor plan, but it lacks that extra something that takes your new home from ordinary to extraordinary? At Boone Homes, we not only design spacious floor plans, but we give you the option to customize your Richmond new home with an abundance of design options available. Want built-in cubbies in your mudroom? We can handle that. Want a sunroom? We can add that. Basically, if you can dream it, we can help make it a reality.
Time is quickly ticking away as 2014 approaches bringing new resolutions, new goals and for some, a new home in Richmond, Va. If you are looking to kick-off the New Year with a new home, then we have the perfect home for your family. Located in Villas at Grey Oaks, this beautiful Croftmore home will not only represent a new beginning, but also the end of lawn maintenance.
Located on home site 71, this Richmond maintenance free home showcases an open layout with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. highlights of the first floor include a designer kitchen with granite countertops and a raised deluxe island, an open family room with custom built bookcases and natural gas fireplace, three-inch wide hardwood floors, formal dining room with coffered ceiling, crown molding and much more. Homeowners will enjoy unwinding after a long day in a first floor owner’s suite that features a bay window, dressing area, two walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with upgraded travertine tile shower and jetted tub. The upstairs provides the perfect retreat for overnight guests with two bedrooms and a bathroom.
With parties, shopping and events filling you holiday calendar, who has time to shovel snow? When you purchase a Richmond maintenance free home from Boone Homes, you are not only receiving a new home, but also the gift of time. From wrapping presents to decorating the tree, when you live in a maintenance free community there is plenty of time to make new memories while celebrating your favorite holiday traditions.
So, how is this fantastic maintenance free lifestyle available? The answer is through monthly Homeowners’ Association dues that include lawn maintenance and more. Here is some specific information on our maintenance free communities:
Bellingham in Twin Hickory
If you have read the news lately, then you have seen that many housing markets across the U.S. are showing improvement and Central Virginia is no different. After the housing bubble burst in late 2007, many home buyers and home builders have struggled to regain confidence in the housing market. With Richmond new home sales and prices rising in 2013, it is safe to say that confidence among buyers and builders is growing.
The third quarter of 2013 was a successful one for Central Virginia as a healthy and growing job market led to an increase in home sales year-over-year. Specifically, the Richmond metro area had 3,490 sales in the third quarter which was a 17 percent gain from the third quarter of 2012. This increase represents the strongest quarter-over-quarter gain in more than a year.