Blog Category - Richmond, VA

5 Reasons You’ll LOVE Single Level Living!

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden, Richmond, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: March 13, 2017

At Cornerstone Homes, we’ve cornered the market on attractive, well-designed single level homes. All of our homes have the primary living space on one level, with some models having an option second floor bonus room. They offer 2 or 3 bedrooms, plenty of open space, and a level of comfort you won’t believe. Take a look at some of the benefits of single-level living:

  • Easier to navigate. The best thing about single level living: everything you need is on one floor! No more endless trips up and down the stairs, and no more forgetting that thing you needed from the master bedroom because it took so long to get there. Ah, sweet convenience!
  • Have you, a family member, or your sweet Maltese Max ever tripped up on the staircase? Single level living means no worries about you or your loved ones missing a step. And no need to haul laundry or luggage up and down the stairs!
  • Open space. Our one-story homes include lots of open living space. Rooms have high ceilings, lots of windows, and flow easily into one another – without an unsightly staircase to ruin the view.
  • Easy to clean. If you could pick your least favorite chore, what would it be? Would it include cleaning the awkward crevices of your staircase? Or lugging your heavy vacuum and clunky cleaning supplies from floor to floor? Not anymore!
  • Everyday life. Taking a shower and your spouse decides to run the dishwasher? Don’t yell at them from the upstairs bathroom. Yell from the same floor so they hear you better!

With all these benefits, you’ll wish you’d switched to single level living years ago!

Enjoy outdoor living – even when the weather is bad!

Categories: Blog, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Richmond, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: January 15, 2016

Nothing beats the feeling of sun on your face, or the contentment of looking up through the trees. That’s why we all head outdoors in the warmer months. But what about during less temperate months?

At Cornerstone Homes, our unique floorplans include a variety of indoor/outdoor living spaces. We offer courtyards, patios, verandas and sunrooms. Functioning as extensions of indoor spaces, outdoor “rooms” are attractive yet useful. Indoors, our sunrooms are just what you need for your sunshine fix on a winter day.

So whether you want a spot to enjoy a cocktail or a serene corner for reading, we have indoor and outdoor living spaces that are practical, private and peaceful.

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NEW Kroger Market Near The Villas At Magnolia Lakes!

Categories: Events, Local Articles, News & Events, Richmond, VA | Posted: November 17, 2015

A brand new Kroger Marketplace opened in Chesterfield last Wednesday morning! The Kroger Marketplace in Chesterfield features one of the largest organic food sections, and the biggest wine selection of any grocery store in metro Richmond. We’re just a short drive away!

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Hard Hat Tour This Weekend!

Categories: News & Events, Richmond, VA, Upcoming Events Lists, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: November 10, 2015

Start planning your weekend early!

Grab a hard hat and take a tour of our NEW floorplans at The Villas at Magnolia Lakes! Enjoy refreshments and meet your future neighbors!

 On Saturday November 14th & Sunday 15th, tours will be going on at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Hard Hat Tour The Villas at Magnolia Lakes

Fredericksburg & Richmond named must-visit cities!

Categories: Blog, Events for Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA, Richmond, VA | Posted: October 26, 2015

Fredericksburg & Richmond were both listed as one of the “Nine Virginia Cities You Need To Visit This Fall” by!

There is an abundance of things to do, see and eat in Fredericksburg and Richmond, and with a maintenance-free Cornerstone Home in these areas, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the fun.


The 40-block historic district of Fredericksburg comes alive under the canopy of beautiful orange and gold foliage. It’s the perfect time to take a casual stroll, window shop, and explore an old canal towpath.

The Belmont Ferry Farm Trail is bustling with wildlife, just across the Rappahannock River from the historic district. Enjoy a two-mile scenic hike through Souther Strafford County.



If you enjoy spirits this time of year, the Grapes & Grains Trail leads to four wineries, three breweries, and a distillery! Make sure to designate a driver and enjoy these haunts responsibly.

Speaking of haunts, “America’s Most Historic City” is also considered to be one of its most haunted cities. Ride along on an Olde Towne Carriage Ghost Tour for a fair share of folklore, or take a 90-minute candlelight walking tour with Ghosts of Fredericksburg, which combines the area’s Civil War history with mysterious tales of the lurking dead.

If your family is visiting and your grand kids are tagging along, take them to the Belvedere Plantation Harvest Festival or the Breahead Farm Fall Harvest Festival. They are both great weekend options  to go pumpkin picking, mingle with animals, meander through corn mazes, enjoy hay rides, and much more.


Food festivals are still happening and there’s plenty of seasonal craft beer flowing from Richmond’s dozen-or-more breweries. A real treat is Fire, Flour & Fork, a four-and-a-half day event that highlights the best that the Richmond area has to offer. It’s happening October 28 through November 1.

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Read the full article about the nine must-visit Virginia cities on!

Find out more about our Richmond and Fredericksburg communities here.

Fall Foliage Drives through Virginia

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA | Posted: October 23, 2015

Virginia is home to plenty of fun activities for tourists and day-trippers but living here allows for even more time to experience the natural beauty oScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 4.23.32 PMf our great state. Every autumn, the fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia especially make our make the region of the country one of the most beautiful places to be. And the next few weeks will be prime time to experience the majestic beauty of Virginia’s fall foliage. According to the Foliage Network.

Spend some time taking a drive through the mountains, and find the route that’s perfect for you – we’ve found a list of scenic fall drives close to home!

Cornerstone Homes feature in the Chesterfield Observer!

Categories: Blog, Housing Industry News, Richmond, VA | Posted: October 9, 2015

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The county’s housing market remains on track to post its best year since 2007, and one previously moribund development in Chester is making a solid comeback on the strength of this year’s buyer demand.

The activity this year has been widespread, with sales in more than 700 of the more than 1,300 developments officially listed by the county government, along with more than 200 properties transferred that are not in any development. The figures include both new and existing homes.

One subdivision that didn’t add much to the countywide total the past few years saw its sales take off this summer after its new owner launched a rejuvenated sales effort.

“It’s been incredible,” said Dotti Houlihan, sales and marketing manager for Cornerstone Homes, the Richmond-based developer of the Villas at Magnolia Lakes. “We can’t build them fast enough.”

Read the FULL article in the Chesterfield Observer!


Outdoor Living is Hot at Cornerstone Homes!

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Home & Garden, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: June 1, 2015


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The days of a vast expanse of grass and a couple of lawn chairs are long gone.
Increasingly sophisticated homeowners want indoor spaces that flow to the outdoors, in effect creating outdoor “rooms” for living, entertaining and recreation.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 3.48.41 PMAt Cornerstone Homes, our unique approach to active adult living includes a variety of outdoor living spaces. We offer courtyards, patios and sunrooms, so whether you’re enjoying a cocktail or a moment of serenity, your outdoor living spaces are private and peaceful.

Stylish yet low maintenance, outdoor living rooms give you a multi-purpose space with room to play, cook and dine. Functioning as extensions of indoor spaces, outdoor “rooms” are attractive yet useful.

outdoor livingAnd for those of you who don’t want to quite venture outdoors, a four-season sunroom will bring the outdoors in year-round. Perfect for quiet reading, a TV room, or craft room, the possibilities are endless. The space is yours to personalize whether you want to step outdoors or simply into a room that makes you feel like you are!


5 Tips for Outdoor Living

  1. Make your outdoor spaces into true living spaces with comfortable furniture, rugs, cushions, pillows, and built-in planters or benches.
  1. Turn a corner of your patio into a full-functioning outdoor kitchen, complete with outdoor grill, appliances, prep counter, cabinets and bar.
  1. Carry the colors/materials from inside the house into your outdoor rooms. Choose bolder versions of your color palette and textiles so they stand up to the vast expanse of nature.
  1. Nothing beats the soothing sounds of a fountain, pond or waterfall. Add water plants and fish and you’ve got the perfect retreat.
  1. Surround your space with pots or planting beds, so you can enjoy being close to the flowers, veggies, fruits and herbs.


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We’re Revealing New Home Designs for Active Adults!

Categories: Blog, News & Events, Richmond, VA | Posted: May 5, 2015

The Villas at Magnolia Lakes To Host Its Model Home Grand Opening.

The Villas at Magnolia Lakes in Chester will celebrate its Model Home Grand Reveal the weekend of May 9th & 10th, from 1 to 5 pm. Visitors are invited to tour three new decorated models, meet the builder and other Cornerstone Homes team members, and enjoy refreshments plus a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

The Villas at Magnolia Lakes are single-story, maintenance-free homes with elegant exteriors and distinctive architecture. Among the unique features in these homes are private, outdoor living areas like patios, courtyards and sunrooms. Homebuyers love them! Private outdoor living is just one of the many reasons The Villas are selling so quickly.

Not only do homeowners enjoy beautiful features in their new home, they get incredible resort-style amenities. Whether cooling off poolside or watching a sports game on TV out on the lanai, the community clubhouse – complete with a kitchen, fitness center and fireplace – is the perfect place to meet up with neighbors. And The Villas at Magnolia Lakes is conveniently located in Chester, just minutes from Richmond.

The Model Home Grand Opening is a huge milestone in this highly anticipated project’s history. Originally begun in 2007, progress on Magnolia Lakes stalled during the recession. Only 28 homes, the clubhouse and pool were completed when development ceased in 2011.

“I had been searching for the perfect opportunity to build in a retirement-style community in my hometown, and I realized that Magnolia Lakes was always that community. It just got interrupted by the great recession,” says Cornerstone Homes owner, Roger Glover III.

In December 2013, Mr. Glover worked closely with the existing Magnolia Lakes residents, Chesterfield County officials, and the previous developer to revive the 30 acre active adult community, which included 28 completed homes, 106 ready-to-build lots, the clubhouse, pool, lakes and an additional undeveloped 15 acres designed for 50 more detached “cottage-style” homes.

“Three years ago, we were wondering if we would ever get to live in the community we had dreamed about, or see the value of our homes come back,” notes Ed Newman, one of the originally homeowners. “Now, with Cornerstone Homes’ leadership, there are about 50 new neighbors waiting to move in, and the interest and excitement in our community is unbelievable!”

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Cornerstone Homes, a family-owned builder, is known for giving homebuyers a personalized level of service from start to finish. Part of this experience includes the Buyer Concierge Program, which seeks to welcome homebuyers to their new homes and lifestyle sooner and more easily.

The Villas at Magnolia Lakes is located at 5800 Magnolia Cove Circle, Chester Virginia 23831. For more information about the Grand Reveal at Villas at Magnolia Lakes, contact Sales Consultant Ginny Prudhoe at 804-726-4310.

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Active Lifestyle Community Hardhat Tour

Categories: Blog, Local Articles, News & Events, Richmond, VA | Posted: January 6, 2015

Get a sneak peek at homes in Richmond’s newest active lifestyle community!


Cornerstone Homes is hosting a hardhat tour of their newly constructed model homes. The Villas at Magnolia Lakes is an active lifestyle community, and this three-day event will give homebuyers the opportunity to tour three home designs, meet the construction team, and select their own lots. They’ll discover how their homes will be built, be given the opportunity to ask questions about the process, materials, and more. Refreshments will be served in the Magnolia Clubhouse, a gathering place where homeowners will enjoy events year round at the Villas at Magnolia Lakes.


Tours begin at The Magnolia Club community clubhouse,
5800 Magnolia Cove Circle, Chester, Virginia 23831


Friday, January 16th, 1-4 pm
Saturday, January 17th, 1-4pm
Sunday, January 18th, 1-4pm

Come See For Yourself!

We’re opening our doors – and walls – to potential buyers so they can experience for themselves the new home and lifestyle that awaits them here. The Villas at Magnolia Lakes by Cornerstone Homes, an exclusive builder of Active Adult communities, is excited for potential homebuyers to see the quality of construction behind the walls and get a feel for the community itself. In addition to having incredible luxury features not offered by other builders, these homes also include Universal Design features that are ideal for residents who desire to continue living at Magnolia Lakes as they get older. Cornerstone Homes gives our homeowners more freedom to do what they love, travel and stay active with well-constructed, maintenance-free homes in convenient locations. Living at the Villas at Magnolia Lakes means loving life at home and away. Friendly neighbors foster a sense of community and friendship, and the HOA gives owners comfort in knowing that their home will be well maintained as they vacation and travel throughout retirement years.