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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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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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Celebrate Thanksgiving In and Around Richmond and Fredericksburg, Virginia

Categories: Blog, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: November 16, 2018

Every fall, a special time comes around to celebrate and give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life, from family and exciting beginnings to and old friends and new — and of course, delicious food. As the birthplace of America’s traditional Thanksgiving feast, there’s no better state than Virginia to enjoy what this holiday means to you.


One of the best parts of living in Cornerstone Homes community is that there are so many unique opportunities right outside your door! Grab your keys and coat, and venture into town to explore the festivities and feel grateful for the beauty of the season. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make Thanksgiving incredible in and around Richmond and Fredericksburg:


Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation Thanksgiving in Richmond

Berkeley Plantation

 Experience the history of colonial America like never before at this stunning, sprawling estate, where the beauty of the 18th century is waiting for you in all of its glory. Transport yourself back in time with a guided tour of the spectacular grounds, where you can explore the former home of President William Henry Harrison that’s furnished with gorgeous antiques and artifacts. Perfect for all ages, Berkeley Plantation is the perfect fall excursion!




Just an hour away and close to all Cornerstone Homes communities, our state’s rich colonial history is preserved on gorgeous grounds that welcome visitors from all over. Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown educate visitors about America’s beginnings in Virginia, all the way up to the Revolution, with stunning exhibits, replicas, tours, and so much more. If you’re a history buff or simply love the magnificence of Virginia, pay a visit for some authentic hometown pride.


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Everything’s more fun with your best friend by your side… If you love exploring town with your furriest companion, there’s no better time than fall to dog trot! In Virginia, many scenic and dog-friendly outdoor spots like Taylor Park in Ashland, Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove, and stunning George Washington’s Mount Vernon are perfect to explore — and burn some calories to make room for stuffing! Your dog will love taking on the town with his or her favorite human.


Downtown-FredericksburgFun in Fredericksburg


A charming and welcoming town like no other, Fredericksburg is always waiting with open arms to celebrate the coziest holiday of all. Head to Fredericksburg’s historic downtown to indulge in shopping, dining, and cultural attractions with your friends and family. Enjoy wineries, distilleries, antique shops, art galleries, and many other sites to see close by! Whichever way you turn, you’re bound to discover something new.

There’s so much to see and do! Jump right into the cultural fun at Rising Sun Tavern Museum on November 24-25 for an intriguing candlelight tour celebrating the life of John Frazer and his “afterlife pranks.” You can also check out the family-friendly and fun 32nd Gingerbread House Contest & Exhibit at Ferry Farm, as well as the educational events at the James Monroe Museum.




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Of course, no Thanksgiving is complete without Black Friday shopping… This year, shop local! It’s more convenient and less stressful, and allows you to explore what makes your town so great. Right near The Cove at Magnolia Lakes is the village of Chester, near Chickahominy Falls you’ll find the historic town of Ashland, close to the Villas at Ashlake you have the chance to explore Chesterfield, and right around Barley Woods is the incredible downtown Fredericksburg. There are so many fun purchases to be made!




If you’ve experienced many memorable Thanksgiving holidays, and have lifelong memories that you’ll always cherish, you might be wondering how you can bring this magic to those less fortunate this year. Luckily, Virginia offers an abundance of volunteering opportunities! Whether you’re looking to serve hot meals in Richmond or beyond, by yourself or with family and friends, take a look at how you can get involved through various incredible charities that work to take care of those in our communities.


Before you sit down to feast on your favorite turkey and fixins, gobble up the incredible opportunities that Richmond offers during the holiday season. You’ll love giving thanks and feeling grateful for the beauty all around you — from family and friends, to exciting cultural events, to brand new beginnings waiting for you in your Cornerstone home and community.


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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.

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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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Labor Day Fun at Cornerstone Homes

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: August 30, 2018

Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day marks the end of the summer season by honoring the incredible American workforce. While Cornerstone Homes will be closed this Labor Day, we will still commemorate this seasonal holiday at our communities with food, friends, and tons of fun…




From pool parties to happy hour at the clubhouse, our Labor Day celebrations in a Cornerstone Homes community on Monday will remind you why living here is a blast. Relive the joy of summers past like never before! When you’re here, the festivities last all night long.


Pool Parties

 There’s no better time to lounge by the pool! Head on down to your community’s hot spot and relax beneath the sun with your favorite drink in hand. We guarantee that your neighbors will be there listening to music and celebrating the good vibes.

Barley Woods Pool   


Clubhouse HangoutsVillas at Magnolia Lakes Pool

The clubhouse is always a blast, but it will be especially fun this Labor Day! On this “day off,” do your best Ferris Bueller impression and live like there’s no tomorrow. Enjoy a delicious meal with your friends, play your favorite game, and watch the fireworks sparkle.


Happy Hour

There’s no need to wait until 5 o’clock to sip your favorite cocktail. Grab your friends and cheers to the end of summer this Labor Day! Whether you love spiked iced tea, a margarita, or a refreshing summer beer, now’s the time to sit back, relax, and savor the warmth (and taste) of summer.


Craft with Your Grandkids

If your grandkids are visiting this Labor Day, you can share the fun and get creative! Make patriotic snack cups, a flag banner, and more with these fun and easy DIY ideas.


Around Richmond 

There may not be a big festival or concert this year, but there are so many great things to do in the Richmond area on Labor Day. From lounging on the James River to exploring the children’s museum or park  with your grandkids, this vibrant city is buzzing with activity at the end of summer.


Labor Day Eats

Fried chicken, potato salad, and corn on the cob will always be Labor Day classics. This Monday, spice up your favorite dishes with recipes like Pina Colada Fruit Salad, Loaded Potato Salad, and Blueberry Upside Down Skillet Cake. Your tastebuds will thank you!


White Up the Night

We all know not to wear white after Labor Day, so when the holiday comes around, we’re going all out! Wear your best whites and match with your friends down by the clubhouse and pool. The photos will look amazing when everyone’s in the spirit!

Every holiday spent in a Cornerstone Homes community is one to remember, but Labor Day is especially fun! There’s nothing better than celebrating with like-minded people who love to spread good cheer. This summer, head outside and give your best send-off! Fall is just around the corner and one last hurrah is definitely in order…The Cornerstone Homes family would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!


Top Holiday Must-Do’s in the Richmond Area

Categories: Blog, Richmond, VA | Posted: November 29, 2017

The holidays are always fun and festive in the Richmond area. Thanks to the maintenance-free Cornerstone lifestyle, you have more time to spend with your grandkids during the holidays! Luckily, there’s plenty of revelry for your family to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites!

34th Annual Richmond Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017

Downtown Richmond, VA

The Annual Christmas Parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. The parade will feature a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself.


Historical Christmas

December 9, 2017

Henricus Historical Park – Chester, VA

Experience the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864).


Miracle of Christmas – Live Nativity Pageant

December 21, 22 & 23, 2017

Metro Richmond Zoo – Outdoors (dress for the weather)

Live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo. The 20-minute pageant is free; they will be collecting non-perishable foods to help families in need.


Tacky Light Tours

Black Friday –  January 1, 2017

Metro Richmond area

Featuring private homes throughout Richmond and the surrounding areas, Tacky Lights tours are available in both guided and self-guided versions. Check out the ever-growing list of homes with The Richmond Times Dispatch Tacky Lights guide.


Visit the “Legendary Santa”

November 24 – December 24, 2017

Children’s Museum of Richmond – Richmond location

Since 1936, visiting the Legendary Santa has been a holiday tradition. Today, Santa makes his holiday home at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, where he and his faithful elves and the Snow Queen are available for visits. Check out The Genworth Foundation Holiday Village while you’re here, too!


Outdoor Ice Skating

November 10 – January 15, 2017

The Rink at West Broad Village – Glen Allen, VA

If you’re looking for a place to make winter memories and enjoy some quality family time, then the Rink at West Broad Village fits the bill. This scenic outdoor rink offers skate rentals, lessons, public skating, private event options, and more! Check out their extended holiday hours.