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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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Lock and Leaf Peep in Virginia

Categories: Blog, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: November 12, 2018

Every year, Virginia is #1  for showing its vibrant colors for the fall foliage fanatics!  For those who live in a Cornerstone Homes community, you can sit in your sunroom, courtyard or patio and take in the view or stroll the neighborhood sidewalks or walk the trails in the woods or by the lake,  and enjoy the scenery.  But because of our perfect locations, you can also hop in the car and in a jiffy be at another spectacular spot to peep the leaves. Lock and Leaf Peep Richmond VA

In beautiful Richmond and beyond, the seasonal burst of colors is always a sight to see. If you’re a “leaf peeper” who can’t get enough of this time of year, Cornerstone Homes is the perfect place to be! While you’re out exploring, you can enjoy every minute knowing you don’t have to worry about raking your leaves! 

So now that you don’t have to worry about all that fall yard work since you live in a  55+ community,   pack a picnic and check out of a few of our very favorite spots in and close to Richmond to peep the leaves:

Richmond Area Leaf Colors

Lock and Leaf Peep Monument AvenueMonument Avenue


One of the most beautiful Avenues in the United States, it is even more breathtaking this time of the year. Cobblestone streets, turn of the century homes, and monuments add to this spectacular tree-lined street.

James River Park

Hike the trails along the James River and cross the James to Bell Island.  Views of the City and the River are awe-inspiring.

Forest Hill Park

With creeks, a pond, and a lake, Forest Hill Park is a relaxing place to unwind and soak up the beauty by the water. You can even take a leisurely hike for some incredible views!

Bryan Park

Sprawling fields, a stunning pond, and lush trees make up this friendly park, which celebrates the simple joy of being outdoors. Have a picnic on the grass as you photograph your favorite fall view.

Libby Hill Park 

Look out onto the scenic and historic James River from this hilltop, where you’ll love to sit, reflect, and recharge among the gorgeous foliage all around you. This view seems to go for days!

Great Shiplock Park

There’s something about the reflection of fall in the water that makes the heart swell. This lock that connects the James River with the Richmond Dock was built in the 1950s and continues to be a beautiful outdoor staple of Richmond to this day.

Leaf Peeping Outside of Richmond

Blue Ridge Mountains

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There’s a reason why people sing about the Blue Ridge Mountains. This natural wonder provides some of the most breathtaking fall views you’ll ever experience. Get out and explore!

Chris Green Lake Leaf PeepingChris Greene Lake


There’s no better place to peep the leaves than this picturesque park in Charlottesville. Filled with peace and calm, it’s a perfect area to roam around and feel the fall spirit.

Pipin Hill Winery

This gem of a winery has a view of the mountains near Charlottesville and a perfect spot for a picnic or a gourmet lunch in their restaurant.

Wintergreen Ski Resort

Ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway or hike Hump Back Rocks – all close to Wintergreen resort.

Shenandoah County ParkLeaf Peeping Richmond Va


Nestled between Maurertown and Toms Brook, this family-friendly park is great for the grandkids! With a playground, birding trails, and more, there’s so much for everyone to do.


Oh, the joys and freedom of maintenance-free living.  There’s no better time than this fall to lock and leave your home, and peep!  Join the Cornerstone club and feel the freedom! 


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The Best Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Virginia

Categories: Blog, Local Articles, Uncategorized | Posted: June 29, 2018

Fireworks, BBQ’s, hot dogs, parades… These have been constant since America’s founding in 1776! Of course, it took until 1941 for congress to declare the date a national holiday, but we sure know how to celebrate! 


If you look forward to wearing red, white, and blue all year, there’s no better place than patriotic Virginia to celebrate our wonderful country on July 4th! At home or close by, there are many ways to celebrate!


First, you can’t beat a good old fashioned poolside party with friends and neighbors, or a cookout with family in your courtyard! Our homeowners know how to throw a 4th of July party, that’s for sure!  More food than you can imagine, music, decorations, and who knows, maybe some fireworks in the sky! All just steps away from your home.


If you are ready to venture out and be adventuresome, there is a multitude of events that you can attend that are close by or a short drive. You have options!


This summer, get ready for the best festivals, carnivals, concerts, and fireworks around. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the Nation’s capital! Grab the grandkids and take off!


Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular

On June 30th, head to the Spotsylvania Courthouse to enjoy live music, delicious food, and fireworks with the whole family! With four concert stages, incredible food and business vendors, historic building tours, children’s rides, and so much more, you and your family will be entertained all day long.


Heritage Festival

Scenic and charming Fredericksburg is hosting an all-day event on the 4th! A five-mile run kicks off the Heritage Festival, followed by an incredible parade. Your grandkids will enjoy activities just for them, including face painting, a moon bound, a photo booth, and more. Live music, historic tours, and fireworks complete this fun festival!


Chesterfield County Fairgrounds

On the 4th from 5 to 9 PM, revel in the magic of a spectacular fireworks display at dark! At the scenic Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, you and your family will enjoy children’s activities, food vendors, and unique entertainment. Make sure to bring comfortable lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the coolest fireworks you’ve ever seen!


Music and Fireworks at Dogwood Dell

If you love live music, there’s no greater place for the 4th than Dogwood Dell! Hear incredible music by the Richmond Concert Band with Carillon bells, followed by beautiful fireworks. This family-friendly event is completely free! The concert will begin at 7:30 PM, and the fireworks will begin at dusk.


A Game at The Diamond

The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, hosts one of the biggest and longest fireworks displays in town. If you and your grandkids love America’s pastime, head down to the ballpark on July 4th and enjoy a baseball game in the warm air. The tastiest snacks and most exciting entertainment will be in abundance. At the end of the game, enjoy incredible fireworks!


Star Spangled Celebration

From June 30th to July 4th, bring your grandkids to the Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion! This incredible theme park will be completely filled with red, white, and blue all weekend to get you into the spirit! Enjoy amazing performances from local military bands, magical fireworks, and of course, your favorite rides. Active and retired military, as well as veterans with honorable or medical discharge are admitted for free!


Ashland Celebration

Ashland Parade Cornerstone Homes

Over 100 years old, this incredible celebration speaks to why Ashland is a “great small town to live in.” Around 20,000 visitors will enjoy old-fashioned fun with a walking parade, live music, delicious food, lawn games, a patriotic pet contest, and of course, an apple pie contest (as American as it gets!)


Celebrations in D.C.

Both Fredericksburg and Richmond offer a close proximity to our nation’s cornerstone homes 4th of julycapital, where the celebrations always reach new heights! From the annual National Independence Day Parade, to stunning fireworks along the D.C. skyline and memorials, to a Potomac River Cruise, you can take your pick of memorable, one-of-a-kind activities in our country’s capital.


No matter what your plans are, enjoy your family and friends and a relaxing day! Happy Birthday America!!!



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