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New is Very Nice! Explore Why a New Home is Better Than Resale (A Used Home)

Categories: Blog, New is Nice, Uncategorized | Posted: January 15, 2019

New is Nice Cornerstone Homes

At Cornerstone Homes, you move into more than just a home — you move into a wonderful world of shiny and new. A NEW home has all the latest and greatest, is more comfortable and healthier, and is built just the way you want and need for years to come. A brand new Cornerstone home in Virginia has all this and more to make your new and exciting milestone as remarkable as can be!

There are so many reasons why new is nice, from the ultimate comfort and safety to unlimited luxury and leisure. Let’s explore the reasons why a NEW Cornerstone home will change your life.

New is YOU

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With a wide selection of options, from distinctive design features to customized flex spaces, you can customize your home from top to bottom to suit your lifestyle. A variety of floor plans provide flexibility, such as room location and size, but each one offers the comfort and convenience of brand new features and construction.

Enjoy today’s modern conveniences and designs, like the casual open living concept where your great room is open to the kitchen and dining room, abundant natural light,  a romantic gas fireplace,  sleek stainless steel appliances, vaulted, tray and 9-foot ceilings, new hardwood flooring, walk-up stairs to the attic for easy storage, and so much more. A new home is a home that’s all about you. And the best part, no one else has ever lived there!


Washington Model Barley Woods Award Winning floorplan master bedroomEnergy efficiency in homes once seemed like a fad, but today, it’s exactly what homeowners want and need. Because your well-being is our number one priority, we utilize only the best up-to-date construction methods to build our homes, which promote a high-quality lifestyle along with high efficiency. 

Thoughtfully designed and built, our health-conscious living spaces keep you comfortable during every season with better air filtration and airflow, insulation, and more, all while saving you significant money on your energy bills. A more efficient living space makes for an easier and more exciting lifestyle, so you can truly enjoy every moment knowing your home has your back.

Living in a brand new home, you can rest assured that every high-quality feature is in its peak state and provides the absolute best service. In addition, if a problem does arise, Cornerstone Homes’ warranty has you covered — click here for more information on what our new home warranty entails.  It’s your time to sit back, relax, and enjoy doing what you love the most! 


New is PEACE OF MINDSingle Level Living TImely and Lasting Features Cornerstone Homes

Every Cornerstone Home is designed for the future. Built specifically for you to age gracefully while enjoying the present moment, our homes provide invaluable peace of mind. With single-level living, abundant natural lighting, wide hallways and doorways, a zero threshold owner’s entry, easy-open lever door handles, electrical socket night light, grab bars in the bathrooms, and comfort height toilets, your home is already prepared for what’s ahead, so you’ll never have to worry about having to make adjustments as you age. Experience a feeling of serenity and fulfillment like no other in the home of your dreams. 


This is your time to be FREE! In your new Cornerstone home, it’s never been easier to lead a healthy and carefree lifestyle. From relaxing in your private courtyard or patio, to staying physically fit and active, to fostering friendships and finding personal fulfillment, your home and community are here for you in every way. Our low-maintenance promise ensures that your home is always kept in excellent shape, so you can spend your time doing the things that make you happiest.

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Venture outside and meet your neighbors for a leisurely walk along the community sidewalks and wooded trails, explore a new passion by joining a club, get some exercise in our well-equipped fitness center, and share meals (and laughter) with friends old and new at the clubhouse. Best of all, you can “lock and leave” your home without a single worry, (we take care of the outside work!!) so that the vacation you’ve always wanted to take will be sweeter than ever. Finally, it’s your time to get out and see the world.

We only have one rule for living in a Cornerstone home and community: Be happy and live the way you want. Our new and shiny homes give you every opportunity — and all of the time you need — to do the things you love the most.  Say goodbye to stress and worry and hello to a carefree, fun-filled life!

Newly Yours,

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Roger Glover, Founder & President of Cornerstone Homes, Shares His Vision and Passion

Categories: Blog, General Announcements, Uncategorized | Posted: January 2, 2019

Behind every healthier and happier 55+ Cornerstone community is a vision, brought to life by our founder and president, Roger Glover.  We sat down with Roger recently to learn all about his background, passions, and experiences that shaped his vision of Cornerstone Homes.  We are delighted to introduce Roger Glover, Founder and President of Cornerstone Homes.


roger glover, president and founder of Cornerstone Homes

Tell us about how you founded Cornerstone Homes, and why you started the company.

After being in commercial real estate for several years, I  decided I wanted to start my own company. Residential real estate was very appealing to me, and after researching the future of this market and where it was heading, I knew the direction I wanted to go. I discovered that by far the largest demographic group projected to buy homes in the next 30 plus years was the 55+ crowd. I studied the best builders, focused on active adult buyers, and partnered with Epcon Communities, builders/developers out of Columbus, Ohio. Epcon not only developed 55+ targeted communities and homes but offered a special and unique franchise program to show other builders how to develop/build 55+ communities in different markets. I really like Epcon’s focus on building smaller, more intimate communities as opposed to the BIG Del Webb mega-communities of the southern and west coast sand states! Also, Epcon focused on folks that wanted to stay in their hometown but were ready for a new, well-deserved lifestyle which included having the time to enjoy community amenities and living among their peers, while living in their shiny new, one-story maintenance-free home.  


What drew you to the active adult demographic/community?  

I wanted to do moreBarley Woods Clubhouse than JUST build new homes. I wanted to design, develop and provide a lifestyle-focused community with all the cool amenities and low-maintenance infrastructure that promotes healthy living, fosters new friendships, and provides more free time and places to enjoy new pursuits, activities, and freedom.


What’s the biggest challenge of working with this demographic? What do you love most about it?

A colleague who was building for the 55+ homebuyer cautioned me about 20 years ago that the 55+ buyer is a black-belt buyer of new homes. Many had built their own home and they are easily the most experienced and intelligent new home buyers as a group. I agreed, and for that reason, it is a great challenge. But a challenge that I like because it drives us to be smarter, work harder and be more appreciative of our buyers. Most of our buyers are entering into a new, wonderful phase in their lives. Their children have left the nest and now they are refocused on their own activities, travels, and health. They have worked hard to have a little extra money in the bank. With more free time on their hands, they are seeking new friends, new adventures and fun, and looking for new challenges, opportunities, and pursuits. I love the fact that everyone at Cornerstone Homes is committed and constantly striving to make sure that our homes and communities are designed, developed, built, and maintained to provide our homeowners the chance to pursue their new dreams and start a new set of chapters in their lives.


Your communities are all about lifestyle. What drove your focus to health and wellness and neighborhood connectivity?

Throughout my life, I have participated in team sports and have tried to stay physically active nearly every day. I always found that being part of a team or group is both enjoyable and motivating. So the idea of neighbors coming together to enjoy activities and events that promote and inspire wellness, fitness, and health came naturally and simply felt right to me. So I began visiting communities and researching those concepts that were focused on health, wellness, and mindfulness. I then began incorporating and improving on our community amenities, facilities, events, and programs that I considered as the best. With the introduction of our community gardens and a 10-acre professionally managed “local” farm and event center at Chickahominy Falls, we are going to provide incredible health and wellness opportunities that few homeowners in the United States will be able to enjoy just steps from their front doors.


Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!  

cattle farm southwest VAI grew up on a 500+ head cattle farm in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia. My older sister was a show jumper; my younger brother was a bull rider; my mom was my sports coach, and my dad was a community doctor who delivered over 10,000 babies in Southwestern Virginia. After graduating from Abingdon High, I attended Hampden Sydney College where I played football, then went onto the University of Richmond where I completed law school and graduate business school. And, most importantly, met my wife.

We have four children and are almost empty nesters like most of my home buyers. Our oldest son recently graduated from the University of Vermont and is now managing a farm-to-farm biking tour and event company. Our second son is a month away from graduating with an Environmental Economics major from the University of Georgia. (He will be looking for a job – anyone have an opening?) Our third son is just starting at Montana State and wants to pursue Engineering. The youngest, our daughter, is a 10th grader that, by the way, is a gifted soccer player who can run circles around all her older brothers.


What do you wish other people knew about Cornerstone Homes?

I think that we are pretty open and transparent to all about who we are, what our goals are, and why we love doing what we do. I guess I would like people to know how hard people work here, and are totally committed to making our buyers happy. It is a very difficult business with a 1000 unpredictable moving parts. We are also a really close group, or family if you will. We have mother/ daughter team working here; we have a mother/ daughter/son team here; we have brothers working together. And a husband and wife team, my wife, Kristin, and I.


So, outside of Cornerstone, how do you spend your free time? What do you do to relax?   

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A quick game of darts between meetings!

I actually spend a lot of my free time following and looking at what other builders and developers do. No one has all the answers, but it seems there is nearly always something to learn from the best in the business. Currently, I spend a lot of my free time watching my daughter in her sporting events and enjoy watching all sports in general. I enjoy upland bird hunting, working out, and biking – both road and mountain biking.  (When I do not fall on rocks and run into trees!) Relax – what is that?


What’s your favorite snack?

Peanut M&M’s or Raisinettes.


What is your favorite place of all the places you’ve traveled?  

Any mountains.


What’s your favorite book and why?

I admit I don’t have the opportunity to read much outside of work-related items. Outside of industry related articles, books, and magazines, I enjoy spy and adventure books that are easy and quick reads. I will identify one book that made a lasting impression on me, and which I often discussed with a couple of my kids, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.


And finally, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?



Cornerstone Homes has certainly created remarkable homes and healthier and happier communities for those of us 55+.  We look forward to the new and exciting lifestyle trends you have up your sleeve for 2019.  Stay tuned everybody!!!


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Villas of Wake Forest, A Completed Cornerstone Homes Community, wins the “Best North Carolina Community.” 

Categories: Blog, News & Events, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: December 20, 2018

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Cornerstone Homes communities thrive long after their completion! The Villas of Wake Forest, an Active Adult community developed and built by Cornerstone Homes, was recently named the best condominium community in North Carolina by the Community Associations Institute based on the finances, activities, leadership, professionalism, communications, teamwork, volunteer engagement, and commitment.   

Mayor Vivian Jones presented the award to the community at its annual meeting on  November 4th.  The Villas of Wake Forest consists of 144 condominium homes with 232 homeowners on the west side of Wake Forest. 

Here is a glimpse of why the Villas of Wake Forest  community is the best and what makes it such a special place to live:   

The Clubhouse

The vibrancy of the clubhouse comes from the multitude of homeowners who take part in clubs and activities. Seventy-five (75%) percent of the residents participate and enjoy club meetings, clubhouse activities, or special presentations every month. Some examples are

  • Clubs – Astrology Club, Bible Club, Craft/Quilting, Garden, Genealogy, and Charitable Clubs are just a few of the 23 clubs.
  • Clubhouse Activities – Super Bowl party, Friday’s at Five, Men’s Night Out, weekly coffee meetings, and potluck dinners
  • Swimming Pool Parties – The Last Splash, water aerobics, pizza at the pool, ice cream socials


Total transparency & professionalism. Quarterly town meetings for all homeowners, financial data on the community website, suggestion boxes, enforcement of Covenants and sound financial oversight.


The monthly social calendar of events, quarterly newsletters, community bulletin board, community-wide emails, and best of all, community volunteers who go door to door to help their neighbors during severe weather.  These are all a part of the personal communication network created by the homeowners.

Community Website

A sampling of headings are: Calendar, Document, Business, Social, Helping Neighbors and What’s New

This award is the icing on the cake for Roger Glover, Founder, and Owner of Cornerstone Homes.  “ We don’t just build homes, we build communities. Our goal is to build a solid foundation of community spirit and committees for Villas of Wake Forrest Award cornerstone homesthe homeowners when we transition from developer to homeowner-run HOA.  From day one we make sure the homeowners connect with each other through amenities with fun social and volunteer activities and  work with them to establish strong committees to maintain the community.” Cornerstone Homes completed The Villas of Wake Forest in 2017.

Wake Forest is a special place to Roger. He started this community right before the downturn in the economy. Even though there were years with very lean sales, Roger hung in there.  Seeing it now completed and winning this award is a testament to his dedication and the dedication and teamwork of the staff of Cornerstone Homes. 

This dedication is also made evident by his commitment to the community long after its completion. Recently, Roger, in the spirit of good will, graciously agreed to fix several drainage and street issues at substantial cost savings to the community. 

This is what a Cornerstone Homes Lifestyle community is all about.   Connecting with neighbors and enhancing your life and those around you.  

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Featured Cornerstone Employee: Meet Victoria!

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: December 18, 2018

Featured Employee Victoria Cornerstone HomesAs partners on your right-sizing journey, the Cornerstone Homes team works hard to make that journey smooth and easy. Our maintenance-free homes are designed to bring you unlimited comfort, luxury, and time to do what you love, and we can’t wait for you to experience this kind of lifestyle each and every day.

We’re excited to introduce you to one of our most dedicated and caring employees, our Corporate Construction, Closing and Warranty Coordinator, Victoria!  Victoria has the “get it done attitude” and that comes in handy as she is the one coordinating your home from start to finish!   With Victoria on your side, you’ll always know that you’re getting the absolute greatest service, along with a trusted friend.

For 6 years, Victoria has loved being involved throughout the entire home building process with Cornerstone Homes. From getting the permits ready and issued to getting the buyers to the closing table, Victoria is there every step of the way. “It’s very fulfilling to be a part of someone’s dream home being completed!” Not to mention, the wonderful people she works with — coworkers and homeowners alike — make every day a new adventure.

Born on the outskirts of Chicago in the city of Oak Park, Victoria’s family moved to Richmond when she was a little girl, where she quickly felt right at home despite her Midwestern accent. She always shared a special bond with her 2 sisters and loves spending time with family. Best of all, Victoria just witnessed her youngest daughter’s marriage to the love of her life, and she feels truly blessed!

When it comes to her choice to work with active adults, Victoria says that she feels most inspired by those who maintain a positive attitude and keep looking to all of the good ahead. That’s not hard when what’s ahead is a Cornerstone home! When you live in a Cornerstone home, new and exciting opportunities surround you at all times, and no one understands the beauty and freedom of this lifestyle quite like Victoria.

Outside of work, Victoria loves a variety of hobbies, including gardening, playing darts, dancing, and singing at church. When she’s not traveling (Myrtle Beach is her favorite!) or finding something new in the Bible, she’s munching on popcorn, her favorite snack, and singing along to theme song of her life, “Life in the Fast Lane”!

As knowledgeable and hard-working as she is kind and attentive, Victoria is such a pleasure to have on the Cornerstone Homes team.  And as any of her co-workers would say, “Victoria is the first one in the office and the last one to leave.”   Believe us, Victoria has your back!!!  Thank you for all of your hard work, Victoria!

Cheers to the Holidays! Holiday Cocktail Recipes for your Cornerstone home

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2018

cranberriesCranberry garnishes, white chocolate liqueur, and cinnamon sticks… sounds like a cozy holiday cocktail in the making!   Holiday parties are in full swing in our Cornerstone Homes communities!  The Clubhouses are decked out and the social calendar is booked!  Smaller gatherings of holiday cheer are happening in neighborhood homes.   And our spacious and inviting Cornerstone homes are perfect for entertaining.

Whether you’re hosting a big dinner party or a casual get-together with your favorite hors-d’oeuvres, holiday-themed cocktails are a great way to get everyone feeling as merry and bright as can be.   And you can always enjoy a holiday cocktail while sitting by the fireplace and doing your  Christmas shopping online!   Why not?   From holiday margaritas to photo-worthy martinis, here are some of our favorite tastiest treats of the season:

White Christmas Margaritas 

Who says margaritas can only be enjoyed on a beach in the summer? This season, ditch the salt and switch up a few ingredients for a holiday gift like no other!


  • 14-oz. can coconut milk,
  • 12 oz. silver tequila,
  • 8 oz. triple sec,
  • 1/2 c. lime juice,
  • 2 c. ice,
  • 1/2 c. mint, for garnish,
  • lime sliced into rounds for garnish,
  • lime wedge for rim,
  • sanding sugar for rim,
  • cranberries for garnish


In a blender, combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice, and blend the mixture until it’s smooth. Rim each glass with a lime wedge before dipping into sanding sugar. Pour the drink into your glasses and finish off with your lime and cranberry garnishes.

Snowflake Martini  

It’s almost too beautiful to drink, but that just makes it even more delicious… This snowy and sweet drink will be a holiday hit for years to come.


  • 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur,
  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka,
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream,
  • 1/2 c. ice,
  • 1 lemon wedge for rim,
  • 1/3 c. white sanding sugar for rim


Wet the rim of each martini glass with a lemon wedge and dip into sanding sugar (the rim should sparkle like a snowflake!) Next, pour chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and heavy cream into a cocktail shaker, and top with ice until full. Shake well, strain the mixture, and pour into each glass.






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Moscow Reindeer Cocktail

What’s more comforting around the holidays than a mint-flavored treat? A Christmas twist on a classic drink makes it all the more fun and delicious.


  • A handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint),
  • 2 oz. vodka,
  • juice of 1/2 a lime,
  • 6 oz. ginger beer,
  • a crushed candy cane for garnish,
  • whole candy cane for garnish,
  • crushed ice


Muddle crushed ice and a handful of mint in a copper mule mug, then stir in vodka and lime juice and top with ginger beer. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane as desired and finish with a whole one!


Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer 

If you’re feeling especially celebratory during the holidays, this sparkling drink is for you! Fun to look at and even more fun to drink, everyone will smile over this refreshing cocktail.


  • 1 bottle prosecco,
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps,
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice,
  • 4 ounces pom juice,
  • 1 small bottle mango flavored soda water,
  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary,
  • 1 fresh pomegranate,
  • .5 cup sugar, 1 cup water


In a small pan, bring 1 cup of water and 2-3 sprigs of rosemary to a boil. Add sugar to boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from heat, strain the rosemary leaves, and set them aside to cool. After cleaning and de-seeding the pomegranate set the seeds aside. Pour prosecco into 4 cocktail glasses and add .5 oz. of peach schnapps, .5 oz. of rosemary simple syrup, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, 1 oz. of pomegranate juice, and a splash of mango soda water, and stir! Finally, add 1 tbsp. of pomegranate seeds to each glass, allowing them time to float to the top of the glass. Finish with a sprig of rosemary.

No matter what you decide to sip on this holiday season, whether sweet and creamy or sparkling and fruity,
be sure to stop by a Cornerstone Clubhouse and feel the Holiday spirit in our close-knit communities.  It’s a magical place to live and you can feel the community spirit all year long.   Stay a while and you will want to join them I’m sure!!!    

Let us know what’s your favorite Holiday drink on our community Facebook pages.  Follow us on any and all our Facebook pages to keep in the know of what your life could be in a Cornerstone Home Community!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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Tech Tips 101 | How to Use Tech to Your Advantage

Categories: Blog, Tech Tips 101, Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2018

There is no doubt that today’s technology has redefined how we live our daily lives. It’s never been easier to get around, connect with friends and family, and do our routine tasks in record time. The possibilities for convenience in a Cornerstone Homes community are endless, and they’re just getting started! 


See your grandchildren from a hundred miles away on FaceTime, order a new piece of furniture with the click of a button, ask Alexa to turn off your lights, and the list goes on… Take a look at our favorite apps, tips, and products to take advantage of the beauty and ease of modern tech:


Tech Tip #1: Kindlekindle tech tips

 If you live and breathe books, the Kindle will change your life! No matter where you are, whether traveling on a plane or lying in bed, the Kindle lets you download an unlimited amount of novels, so you’ll never miss a page of something extraordinary. Extra light lets you read in the dark, and you can even increase the font size! Gone are the days of carrying heavy books around.


Tech Tip #2: Yelpyelp tech tips

 Every Cornerstone Homes community is surrounded by a town with delicious restaurant options, but any opinion makes the choice for dinner so much easier. The closest thing to word-of-mouth, Yelp is a website filled with real reviews from patrons, along with photos, ratings, hours and info, and much more.


Tech Tip #3: Map My Walk walking couple chickahominy farms cornerstone homes

A leisurely walk along one of our scenic trails is one of the most enjoyable ways to relax and get some exercise in. When it comes to health data, clear your mind and don’t think about your steps — this app will do all the work! Map My Walk tracks your time, distance, speed, and calories burned.


Tech Tip #4: WhatsApp

Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends… WhatsApp understands that you want to stay connected to everyone. This intuitive messaging system lets you make group chats with up to 25 people! Best of all, it can be used internationally wherever there’s WiFi, so you can stay in touch while traveling.


Tech Tip #5: Facebook 

Once used solely by college kids, Facebook is now the world’s largest circle of friends. Once you’ve created an account, add your high school, college, previous workplaces, etc. to connect with people from your past, as well as watch all of your grandkids’ adventures. You can send messages to others, view photos, and write updates about your life.


Tech Tip #6: Uber and Lyft uber tech tips

Today, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, with a few simple taps on your phone. Uber and Lyft are apps that pair you with skilled drivers to take you to your destination. Keep these apps handy for when you’re not able to drive (or hey, when you just don’t feel like it!)


Tech Tip #7: Pill Reminder by Medisafe

Remembering to take your medication never has to be stressful again. This phone app will remind you to take your meds, and setting everything up couldn’t be easier. You can also check medication interactions, browse your daily med overview, and much more.


Pro Tip — Emergency Call on iPhone

In certain situations, you want help fast. Fortunately, your iPhone is designed to make emergency calls as quickly and easily as can be. When your phone is locked, simply press the home button once and tap “Emergency” at the bottom left corner.


Pro Tip — Notes App tech tips

From social apps to email, it can be hard to keep track of all of your passwords — but writing them down ensures that you’ll never get locked out of an account. Along with a physical entry on paper, keep your passwords stored in the “Notes” section on your iPhone for easy access.


When you live in a Cornerstone Homes community, life is all about luxury, leisure, and enjoying the little things. Modern technology, whether an app on your iPhone or a convenient product, makes every task even easier, so all your time and energy is spent doing what you love. And what do our homeowners love?  Meeting neighbors at the clubhouse, going to social events, playing cards, having pot lucks, sitting by the pool, exercising in the fitness center, walking the trails, walking the neighborhood sidewalks and stopping to chat, picking fresh veggies out to the community garden, and the list goes on!!


Embracing today’s tech means freeing up your days to truly enjoy your hard-earned retirement. Who would want to miss a moment of the fun that awaits here? We can’t wait to see what adventures you get into in a Cornerstone Homes community!


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Congratulations to Our Developer, Mitchell Bode! Guy B. Hazelgrove, Jr. Membership Development Award Winner

Categories: Blog, Local Articles, News & Events, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: December 11, 2018

Mitchell Bode Crescent Group Cornerstone Homes On December 6th, the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) held its annual President’s Dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, where one of our very own was honored for his incredible work. With 350 homebuilders, developers, trade partners, and real estate professionals in attendance, we were proud to watch as Mitchell Bode, Vice President of The Crescent Group , the preferred Developer for Cornerstone Homes, was awarded the Guy B. Hazelgrove, Jr. Membership Development Award for his contributions to the industry.

Established in 1994 to honor Guy Hazelgrove, who earned 530 spike credits over 43 years of membership with HBAR, this prestigious award is given to those who demonstrate an exceptional contribution to membership recruitment and retention, as well as to the strength of the association overall. Dedicated, thoughtful, and passionate about his work, it’s no wonder that Mitchell received this year’s honor.

Because of the countless hours that Mitchell has put into HBAR’s legislative advancement, along with his top-of-the-line recruitment efforts, HBAR’s political action committee is now the largest HBA PAC in the state of Virginia. Through the positive results of his hard work, Mitchell sets a strong example for his fellow members and inspires others to continuously reach higher.

On top of the work that he does for the association, Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors, is a member of the Executive Committee as Vice President of HBAR, and holds the position of Legislative Committee Chairman. It’s no surprise that he also represents HBAR at the state association — because of Mitchell’s unique and invaluable contributions, HBAR will continue to see steady growth and advancement in the future.

Sitting (L-R) Frank Lackman, President; Roger Glover, Owner; Kristin Glover, Director of Amenities; John Gasque, City Manager; Stephen Bello, Purchasing Manager; Cami Hahn, Director of Sales. Standing (L-R) Michelle Newcomb, Property Manager; Mitchell Bode, President, The Crescent Group; Kirsten Nease, Director of Marketing; Joshua McMahon, Production Manager; Victoria Mallory, Corporate Closing & Warranty Coordinator

The Crescent Group is the preferred developer for Cornerstone Homes. As Vice President of The Crescent Group, Mitchell Bode oversees the land development of Cornerstone’s current projects, which include The Cove and The Villas at Magnolia Lakes and Villas at Ashlake in Richmond area, Chickahominy Falls in Hanover County, and Barley Woods in Fredericksburg. He provides leadership for the development of Cornerstone’s long-term vision and expansion goals.

Congratulations, Mitchell! Your forward-thinking attitude and work ethic are a big part of what makes the new home construction community in Richmond so remarkable. From all of us at Cornerstone Homes, thank you for what you do! 


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Celebrating Christmas in Richmond, Ashland, and Fredericksburg, VA

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Uncategorized | Posted: December 7, 2018

The fire’s crackling, the lights are twinkling, and Sinatra’s playing throughout your home — there’s no better place to be during the holidays than beautiful Virginia! At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in the spirit of the season, and you don’t have to travel far to find the magic of wintertime.

This holiday venture outside for family-friendly events and activities that’ll make this year the most memorable of all. From spectacular tree lightings to Santa visits with your grandchildren, there’s never a shortage of holiday happiness here. Check out our top picks for things to do before you head into 2019:


December 9: Santa Brunch at the Henry Clay Inn santa celebrating Christmas in Ashland

Take your grandchildren to the wonderfully charming Henry Clay Inn for a delicious brunch with Santa
in this beautiful historic building. Indulge in breakfast favorites and take photos with everyone’s favorite holiday saint.


December 12: Make Your Own Board Game

Your grandchildren will absolutely love designing and creating their very own board game! Tasty refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library at this one-of-a-kind event at the Ashland Library.

December 15: Holiday Concert

From 4-5:30pm, festive carolers will grace Main Street with their melodic voices! Take part in the merriment and soak up the spirit of the holidays. This event is completely free and open to everyone.

December 16: Central VA Masterworks Chorale Winter Concert

Experience the magnificence! The 70-member Central VA Masterworks Chorale will perform Bach’s Magnificat and Whitbourn’s Missa Carolae from 3-4:30 pm at their annual winter concert.

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December 31: Hanover Arts & Activities Center NYE Gala

Head into 2019 by supporting the arts! This fun and festive NYE party will feature hors-d’oeuvres, light desserts, a silent auction, and a champagne toast at midnight. All proceeds go to the center.




December 16: Elf Holiday Screening

Your grandkids may have missed this beloved holiday classic the first time around, but now they have the opportunity to see it on the big screen! The hilarious and heartwarming Elf will play at The Byrd Theatre.

December 19: Illuminate Night Show

Experience the magic of central VA’s largest drive-through light show! In Caroline County, you’ll drive through a spectacular park filled with a million LED lights with music to match… it’s a stunner!

Recurring: Tacky Lights Tour

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When it comes to Christmas decorations, we think “over-the-top” really just means “top-of-the-line.” Take a tour through the tackiest houses of the neighborhood! Homes must have at least 40,000 lights.

 celebrate christmas ballerina nut crackerRecurring: Richmond Ballet’s Nutcracker

If you’ve never seen this Christmas classic, this is your year! Perfect for the whole family, a night out at the theater is always one to remember. This show will run until December 23.

Recurring: Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights

This is truly a festival like no other… A beloved town tradition, this event features one million lights, botanical decorations, model trains, delicious dinners, a firepit to roast s’mores, and so much more.



December 14: Crafts and Drafts Winter Marketcelebrate christmas richmond va present market

From 5-8pm, stroll through this festive market filled with local artisans and handmade gifts, live music, and of course, delicious beer. Find a special piece of decor for your Cornerstone home!

December 15: Frosty 5K and Reindeer Run

If you love to exercise (even in the cold!) this event is for you. Great for all ages, everyone finishes this fun 5K with a medal and a long-sleeve t-shirt. Afterward, enjoy the Stafford Christmas Parade!

The fun and festivities are just outside of our communities, but even more right in the neighborhood!  Our homeowners are busy preparing Holiday parties at each of our communities.  The clubhouses will be buzzing with activities, festive food and drinks, holiday music by the fire, and an abundance of holiday spirit will be flowing among neighbors and friends.   Stop by and check out the decorations and catch the spirit of living in a Cornerstone Home community.   There’s nothing like it anywhere else!!! 

From our family to yours, we hope you have the most wonderful holiday of all!

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How to Find the Best Christmas Gifts Online for Stress-Free Holiday Shopping

Categories: Blog, Tech Tips 101, Uncategorized | Posted: December 7, 2018

‘Tis the season to shop! While there are many stores near your Cornerstone community, internet shopping is a quick and easy way to find the perfect holiday gifts. If you’re stuck on what to buy or where to look, don’t worry — we’ve compiled a list to make navigating the internet easier than ever this Christmas!

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Whether for grandchildren, siblings, friends, or neighbors, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for without the lines and stress of brick and mortar stores. This year, enjoy the fun of shopping from the comfiest spot on your sofa (while only getting up to eat more Christmas cookies, of course):


AmazonChristmas gift ideas

 You’ve certainly heard of Amazon, but have you utilized its 2-day shipping option? If you’re pressed for time or think of the perfect present at the last minute, Amazon is your go-to. Plus, searching has never been easier (everything is categorized), and each product comes with reliable user reviews.

*Gift Idea: Apple Airpods (wireless earphones), Google Home



christmas gift ideas head gardenerEtsy

There’s nothing as sweet as a customized gift. Etsy is an online marketplace where artists/crafters list and sell their handmade goods, many of which can be personalized! A custom name puzzle for your grandchild or a personalized wall key rack are a few ideas to inspire a big-hearted statement.

*Gift idea: Matching coffee mugs (with your special touch)



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Who doesn’t love a nice gift for the home? With everything from coffee makers and luggage to TVs and vacuum cleaners, this website tests and reviews a wide range of products so you don’t have to! Purchase the best of the best of what you’re looking for, so “mediocre” is never a worry.

*Gift idea: New luggage for the vacation your daughter is planning this year


lego set Christmas Gift ideasWalmart

Shop by category and price, and save big on brand name items! If you don’t want to wait for your gifts to ship, see what’s available at your neighborhood store and pick them up yourself. All you have to do is click on the “Stores” icon at the top right of the screen, type in your zip code, and voila!

*Gift Idea: Lego set for your grandchildren


Uncommon Goodsbaseball christmas gift ideas

This is your new one-stop shop for thoughtfully unique gifts.  Uncommon Goods features lists of gift ideas, categorized by price, recipient, and interest. You’ll be sure to find something extraordinary for everyone on your list, even that family member who seems to have it all!

*Gift Idea: Baseball stadium blueprints for the fan in your family who never misses a game



Think of this website as a giant online coupon… Search for gifts from the category, price, rating, and more, and you’ll automatically find the best deals from all over the internet. It’s never been easier to save, so why not save on some of your biggest purchases of the year? Your wallet will love you!

*Gift Idea: Robotic vacuum


Grouponspa session Christmas Gift ideas

While Groupon offers deals on an abundance of products, they also offer discounts on “things to do.” If you’re shopping for someone who values an experience over a tangible gift, this website is for you. From concerts to events to theme parks, find deals on getaways that’ll create lifelong memories.

*Gift Idea: A local cooking class, a spa session


Last but not least, it’s important to always browse the internet safely. This means shopping only with online retailers that you know and trust, and never giving out your private information to any site that feels like a scam. Now that you’re ready to shop ‘til you drop, grab a warm drink and your coziest slippers, and open up the internet… the whole world is right at your fingertips — literally! From all of us at Cornerstone Homes, have a wonderfully happy holiday.



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Our Thoughtfully Designed Kitchens are BIG Winners!

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: November 30, 2018

The kitchen is generally the most used room in a home, so it should be a space you enjoy spending time. The place where you enjoy meals, share laughs, and entertain your family and friends, your kitchen is truly the heart of the home. In an award-winning Cornerstone Homes kitchen, you’ll be swooning over the functional yet stylish designs.  

Award Winning!!!

award winning model home

We are proud to share that the stunning kitchen in our Washington floor plan in Barley Woods was recognized at the 2018 Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Parade of Homes! Scored on functional design, size, storage space (i.e. cabinets, drawers, pantry, etc.), a mix of natural and artificial lighting, and craftsmanship/attention to details, The Washington received the Best Active Adult Kitchen Award.


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Island Hopping! From curved granite kitchen islands to storage-heavy workhorse islands, we’ve got it all. The island is the centerpiece of the kitchen and home. It creates a comfortable space that works well with the open floor plan concept where multiple spaces are blended together… the kitchen, dining room and great room.  Perfect for entertaining and being around friends and family, you’ll never be alone in the kitchen again!


Convenience & Space 

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Carrying in groceries is easier than ever.  The zero threshold entry from your large two-car garage, one of our timely and lasting features, is just a few steps to the kitchen and your pantry.  With ample storage in your pantry and plenty of cabinets, you can stock up for the winter or an upcoming party. An abundance of natural light and recessed LED lighting will make your meals shine.   







Design Choices!kitchen caroline model cornerstone homes

To add more personality to your kitchen, you can choose different cabinet colors on your island to provide contrast and emphasize your own style! Have you been dreaming of that perfect backsplash color forever?  Now’s the time to bring your vision to life. At the Cornerstone Design Center,  you can choose from an array of cabinet colors and designs, faucets and lighting, and appliances and countertops. From casual to traditional and everything in between, we’ve got all the kitchen inspiration you could ever need.


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Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa knows you deserve a new, shiny bright kitchen!  Just be sure to bake a few cookies for him! This holiday season, see how a classic Cornerstone Homes kitchen makes every moment merry and bright! For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website. We can’t wait to help you find your dream kitchen!



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