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January
28

Richmond Area Valentines Day Suggestions
Finding just the right way to celebrate the love between you and your Valentine can be a challenge if you're spending the holiday in an unfamiliar place. The good news is that Richmond is an awesome place to be for Valentine's Day, and our real estate agents are here to help you out with the inside information you need to make the most of it. If you'll be in the area shopping our lovely selection of homes for sale in Richmond this February, here are six ways to celebrate Valentine's Day like a local:

  1. See the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond
    A tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful way to start off a romantic day with your Valentine. This top U.S. art museum hosts a collection made up of artistic works spanning 5,000 years of art history and hailing from all around the world. Once you've toured the galleries, be sure to stroll through the museum's Sculpture Garden, then stop in for a glass of wine or a nice cup of premium coffee at the café.

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January
21

5 RVA Area Sports Bars to Watch Your Favorite Team

Richmond Area Sports Bars

Our real estate agents at Napier ERA don't like to play favorites, but we are looking forward to watching "the Big Game" on Sunday, February 3.  And when it comes to the biggest game of the year, where you see it is just as important as when.

Nobody wants to miss out on watching the action as it unfolds live. It's even better if you have the chance to do it with friends in an atmosphere that offers fun, excitement – and lots of tasty food.

When it comes to an unforgettable game-day experience, Richmond's got you covered. Let's check out five of the best places in and around Richmond to watch your favorite team.

  1. Home Team Grill - 1630 W. Main St., Richmond
    At Home Team Grill you'll experience one more fantastic reason why homes for sale in Richmond are so enticing. This neighborhood watering hole has been named one of the 101 best sports bars in the United States by CNN. It's known for its 360-degree visibility of big HD TVs and its enjoyable outdoor seating for warm weather.

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January
16

2019 is here and the annual Consumer Electronics Show is over, unveiling new technology that allows us to be more automated and updated on what's happening in and around our homes.

Automation is still new and it may be hard to tell which devices may actually improve your life and your new home, so we have put together a list of the top items that will allow you to start making your home "smart" in 2019 and make your life easier.

 

Nest Smart Thermostat

Regulate Inside Temperatures and Save Money: Nest Learning Thermostat

With proven energy settings and the ability to change the temperature of your home remotely, the Nest Thermostat solution allows you to have more control over the temperature of your home than ever before. You can control the temperatures of different rooms all from their app and with their sensor feature, you can make sure the coldest room of your house is still feeling the love from the heat. Nest also learns your schedule and will turn down the HVAC when you're not home automatically, meaning no more wasted energy or money. This product isn't new, but it is always improving and could help you improve your energy bill, too.

Smart Lightbulbs

Set the Mood, Save Money, Even Turn on Alerts: Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs

You can put these light bulbs throughout your home and have full control of your lighting. From the intensity of the lights to the colors, these smart light bulbs are so popular probably because of the effect they can have on mood. Wake up to the color of the sunrise or turn your daughter's room fully pink for princess playtime with the smartphone app. You can also sync the lighting to the sound of your music or have your lights blink a different color when you receive a text message or phone call. These bulbs aren't new but are always getting updates to sync with other smart devices.

Baby Monitor

 

Monitor your baby, smartly: Motorola's Halo baby monitor

Baby monitors are hardly new technology, but Motorola has made the baby monitor smart in 2019. The Halo baby monitor attaches to a cot or crib for an overhead view of the baby. The 1080p camera includes night vision and two-way audio that you can use on your smartphone. Above the camera, a ring of soft light glows and changes colors, while a virtual mobile projects scenes onto the ceiling. There's also the option to play lullabies or your own voice recordings through the Halo's speakers.

Smart Vacuum

Clean Up With Little to No Effort: Ecovacs Deebot N79S Vacuum

Most of us know that vacuums can be wildly expensive in price, plus the effort that you take to vacuum your home often can eat into your family time. You can now get the job done quickly with a smart vacuum that's remote controlled and can be automated to run when you're not even home. This vacuum is truly smart -- it can steer itself around your house, picking up grime from all types of surfaces and then drive itself back to its homebase to charge for the next clean sweep.

Ring Doorbell

Caller ID at the Front Door Keeps You Safer: Ring Doorbell and Camera

Ring's approach to the doorbell allows you to view exactly who is at your front door in high resolution. With instant mobile alerts and two-way talk features, Ring can help you recieve mail deliveries, avoid stranger danger, and reduce crime in your neighborhood. Ring's newest feature boasts improving community safety by helping neighbors identify potential delivery thieves among other crime.

Smart Laundry

Get Smarter at Doing Laundry: Samsung's Bixby-enabled smart washer

Unveiled at CES 2019, Samsung is bringing their voice assistant, Bixby, to your laundry room. Use your Samsung phone to get suggestions on the best laundry cycles for different types of garments, check-in on a cycle, or schedule a wash for later. It also has a SuperSpeed setting that's supposed to wash a regular load of laundry in just 30 minutes.  

Amazon Echo

Best Speaker and Connector: Amazon Echo

Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices top all the lists of the most useful smart home devices. The device itself looks like a speaker but it can do so much more than turn on the music. It can also take voice commands from users by talking to "Alexa." This device easily connects to many other smart home devices and makes it easy to have all your smart devices work together. On its own, it can give you daily news stories, set alarms and reminders, make calls, help you with your grocery list and so much more.

Take Them With You When You Move

Investing in smart devices is worth it, even if you are planning to move soon. Many devices are easily portable and will fit just as well into your new home! 

January
14

Chesterfield County Community Spotlight

For those searching for a home in the heart of Virginia,  homes for sale in Chesterfield County could be the perfect place to start your house hunt.

The name "Chesterfield" refers to both the town of Chesterfield, home to about 3,500 residents, and the county of which it is the seat. Chesterfield is renowned for its courthouse – in fact, on many documents the area itself is referred to by that name – due to its great historic significance.

Chesterfield has been the site of several major events throughout early U.S. history. Famed figures who were critical to the fate of the young nation stopped here for a variety of purposes. In the many years since that time Chesterfield County has grown into a thriving community.

Let's find out more about Chesterfield.

Who Lives in Chesterfield County?

More than 300,000 people live in the greater Chesterfield area. It also attracts thousands of guests from all over the United States every year. Nature-lovers and history buffs alike enjoy Chesterfield County for its combination of natural beauty and historic sites.

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January
7

Richmond ZZQ Restaurant
Doing it differently is what the team at ZZQ enjoys doing every day: doing it best is what makes them better than everyone else. It's the perfect place to spend a lunch or dinner for those who love Texas barbecue and want to enjoy it without having to catch a flight to Dallas. It's a favorite of our real estate agents, and it's one of the first places our clients go to celebrate after they buy one of the many homes for sale in Richmond.

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