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10 Places To Travel After Retirement

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 26, 2016

One of the best things about living in a low-maintenance Cornerstone Home is the ability to “lock and leave.” Go. Travel. See the the world and while you do, take comfort in knowing that your home is fully cared for. Your HOA handles home and lawn maintenance and your friendly neighbors are always willing to help watch pets or check-in on the home.

But where to go? We’ve put together 10 suggestions for fabulous destinations for the beach bum, a snow bunny or thrill seeker in you.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 1.48.09 PMBaja California, Mexico

Baja California is home to the famous Spring Break party town, Cabo San Lucas, but the peninsula has plenty to offer to those who’ve grown beyond doing body shots at Senor Frog’s.

In the winter, you can watch gray whales return to give birth in the shelter of Magdalena Bay in the southwest corner of the peninsula. Take a tour with Sea Kayak Adventures and you watch whales, sea lions, and dolphins with a marine biologist serving as your guide.

In the northeast along the Gulf of California, Mulegé is an opulent oasis in a vast desert. The town sits at the foot of a river valley and the old Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé provides breathtaking views of the lush valley below.

Faroe Islands

Anybody can go to London and everybody has been to Paris. To really impress the neighbors, check out the Faroe Islands, an island chain between Norway and Iceland in the North Atlantic. The islands, an autonomous region of Denmark, boast all the dramatic cliffs and astonish views one expects from Scandinavia, but what really sets the Faroe Islands apart is the food. The New York Times says islands are at the bleeding edge of avant-garde cuisine, led by Restaurant KOKS, winner the 2015 Nordic Prize as the best restaurant in the Nordic countries. Let ‘em show off their pictures of Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower, then break out the selfies you took at the ruins of Skansin a small fort built in 1580 to protect the town of Tórshavn, and watch your friends to green with envy.

India

Visit the subcontinent’s greatest cultural centers in luxury with a train journey on a The Deccan Odyssey. With six different itineraries crossing the India’s 1.2 million square miles, you’ll explore ancient temples and grand palaces, visit the Taj Mahal, take a boat trip on Lake Pichola, and stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Forbes’ best ski destination in North America (Pure Awesomeness Factor: 99.0) is still more popular in the summer as visitors flock to the national parks at Teton and Yellowstone, and not yet as well known as nearby Vail and Breckinridge in Colorado. That means it’s the perfect time to go. Jackson Hole boasts the finest ski lift on the continent, according to Forbes, and during your 4,139 foot journey up the mountain, the tram operators keep you entertained with a fine selection of classic rock from bands like the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

Kyoto, Japan

Dubbed “Japan’s Capital of Cool” by Forbes, Kyoto is a bit more laid-back that the hyperkinetic Tokyo, striking balance between the traditional past and the high tech present. The birthplace of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, the city was the capital of Imperial Japan for more than 1,000 years and was largely spared the ravages of war so much of its ancient character remains. That said, Kyoto, the birthplace of Nintendo, is also a city of bullet trains, and glass-walled buildings. You can find an (ultramodern) Starbucks at Kyoto Station, but visit Bento.com to get the lowdown on local eateries.

Philadelphia

In 2015, the New York Times named the City of Brotherly Love its top U.S. travel destination and its #3 destination in the world, just behind Milan and Cuba. Philadelphia boasts Ultimo, the nation’s best coffeeshop as determined by TheDailyMeal.com, the nation’s best hotels according to TravelMag.com and some of the best shopping in the world according to Condé Nast Traveler. Wander along the city’s riverfront walking paths, step into the shoes of the Founding Fathers at Independence Hall, or take in one of the country’s largest art collections at the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Placencia, Belize

Belize has become one of the hottest travel destinations in the world thanks to attractions like the Great Barrier Reef, white sand beaches, pristine rainforests and jungles, and abundant wildlife. Placencia, a sandy peninsula along the Caribbean coastline, offers a laid-back vibe and the best restaurants in Southern Belize, along with scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fly-fishing. Visitors arriving in May or June can take a whale shark expedition at the Gladden Spit Reserve where the giant beasts spawn by the light of the full moon.

The West Coast, New Zealand

This West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is one of the most remote and sparsely populated parts of an already remote and sparsely country. Travelers can visit just about every kind of terrain imaginable in the area’s eight distinct regions from rugged mountains and steamy rainforests to unspoiled wetlands and craggy glaciers. After a day spent biking along the incredible Great Coast Road or challenging yourself at the West Coast Treetop Walk in Jade Country, you can rest in luxury at hotels like the romantic Te Waonui Forest Retreat or the majestic Franz Josef Oasis, even if you decide to skip the roughing it and go straight to relaxing.

Vancouver, British Columbia

TripAdvisor’s top Canadian destination for 2014, Vancouver is the ideal location for travelers who want to enjoy the great outdoors while staying in a place consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the city can boast that it is one of the few places in the world where visitors can ski in the morning and go sailing in the afternoon. For tipplers, there are more than 270 wineries in British Columbia and the city hosts the Vancouver International Wine Festival every February. Stanley Park is the city’s most popular attraction, with more than 8 million people visiting the giant rainforest in Downtown Vancouver every year.

Zimbabwe

It’s easy to believe that Africa consists solely of violence and chaos, but Zimbabwe, the New York Times’ 14th-ranked destination in 2015, is here to change your mind. From the spectacular Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, to the rough beauty of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe has become a must-see destination. Few places in the world can top the diversity of Zimbabwe’s animal life and you can spot elephants, hippos, lions and more from the comfort of a water safari on the luxury cruiser Matusadona. Explore humanity’s beginnings at Matobo Hills Humans have taken refuge at the Unesco World Heritage site since the Stone age.

10 Things to Do in Fredericksburg

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 18, 2016

With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore Fredericksburg. Here’s a great list of things to do in Fredericksburg that everyone can enjoy, whether your looking for a relaxing day to yourself or a day of adventure when the family comes to visit!

 

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 4.38.54 PMGolfing at the Gauntlet – Grab your clubs and go for a round at the Gauntlet’s P.B. Dye 18-hole course, which has been called “one of the best courses in the Middle Atlantic”! The club also offers clinics, practice facilities, and is open year-round.
  2. Riverside Dinner Theater – Who doesn’t love dinner and a show? The Riverside Dinner Theater brings a three-course gourmet dinner right to your table as you enjoy the performance every Thursday through Saturday. If you want to bring the grandkids with you, the Children’s theater matinees are every Saturday and provide a kid-friendly bag lunch for a reasonable price.
  3. Grapes and Grains Trail – Take a tour of six local vineyards and distilleries on the Grapes and Grains Trail through Fredericksburg! For just $12, you will tour wineries like Potomac Point and Wilderness Run Vineyards and breweries like the Blue and Gray Brewery, tasting samples in your collectible stem-less wine glass.
  4. Fredericksburg Tasting Tour – If wine and beer isn’t your thing, you can hop on the Fredericksburg Tasting Tour for lunch! The tour offers sample-sized portions of meals such as cream of crab soup, house-made ravioli, and seasonal dishes from the area’s hottest restaurants. Have a taste of the Fredericksburg culinary culture scene!
  5. Lake Anna State Park – When the weather gets warmer, pack a lunch and head out to Lake Anna State Park! With 2,304 acres full of picnic areas, boating, and 13 miles of hiking trails, Lake Anna State park has activities for everyone.
  6. Shopping in Downtown Fred – Spend a day out at the shops in Downtown Fredericksburg. Explore shops like the Pa Dutch Tea and Spice Co., or head to Old Town Fredericksburg for a variety of boutiques, antique shops, and so much more!
  7. Dragonfly Yoga Studio – Breathe in… and exhale. Whether you’re looking to find your Zen or work up a sweat, Dragonfly Yoga Studio offers classes for all levels right in the heart of Fredericksburg, including hot yoga!
  8. Amy’s Café…Down by the River – This popular eatery brings casual home-style cooking to a family-friendly atmosphere. Amy’s Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at reasonable prices and even has a full-service bar. Eat your meal inside or enjoy outdoor seating in the screened-in porch.
  9. Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market – Every Saturday from April through December, the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market brings over 60 vendors to the region’s largest farmer’s market! The market offers everything from locally grown produce and plants to meats, homemade cheeses, and breads. Take some time to see what the market has to offer you.
  10. Brush Strokes Gallery – The Brush Strokes Gallery offers pastels, watercolors, mixed media and more “to compliment every décor”. Every piece is available for purchase and there are new exhibits every month. Whether you’re looking to buy or just looking, the gallery is the perfect place to see art of all kinds!

 

Whether your looking to unwind or looking for an adventure you’ll find it in Fredericksburg. Stay up to date on our newest community coming soon to Fredericksburg, VA, The Villas at Barley Woods!

 

Keep or Give Away?

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 1, 2016

For active adults looking to right-size their home, a move is the ideal time to reduce clutter and prioritize the things that are really important to you. Getting rid of unnecessary stuff the can be therapeutic, but planning out your decision-making can make the process a little easier. Here are five tips that can help you decide what to keep, give away or toss out:

 

Make a list of the things can’t live without

This will help you let go of the things that don’t make the list.

 

Make sure everything has a purpose.

Clothes you haven’t worn in more than six months can go, along with books you haven’t read in years or furniture that won’t fit in your new home. Remember, if you haven’t seen it in more than a year, you probably don’t need it.

 

Make it digital

CDs, DVDs, cassettes, videos, pictures, and important documents can all be digitized and saved to a hard drive or the cloud. You’ll be amazed how much space all that old media can take up.

 

Make presents of family heirlooms and sentimental items

While you may not have space for everything, your friends and family might like to have some of those keepsakes. You get to watch your loved ones enjoy items that are important to you and you reduce the chances of squabbling over those items later.

 

Make a plan for the discards

Separate the things you must have from the things you want to have and the things you don’t need. Then decide what can be donated, what can be given away and what should be thrown out.

 

 

 

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Location Is Everything! Top 10 Reasons To Love Living In Chester, Virginia

Categories: Blog | Posted: February 12, 2016

  1. The United States has its roots in Chesterfield County – including Pocahontas, the first tobacco crops, the first established college, the first American hospital, the first railroad in Virginia, and of course, the Civil War!
  2. Diverse attractions. From prominent Civil War battle sites to a variety of family-friendly events and activities, there’s always something to do here.
  3. Framed by the James and Appomattox Rivers, Chesterfield County is surrounded by the gifts of Mother Nature. Within its 446 square miles, there are 20 public parks – including Pocahontas State Park, a true haven for nature lovers.
  4. Golf, golf and more golf. Central Virginia has more public and private golf courses than you could imagine!
  5. The Chesterfield County Museum. It features Native American artifacts and covers 400 years of county history.
  6. The Dutch Gap Conservation Area. 810 acres of diverse woods, wetlands and wildlife. The area includes a blue heron rookery, the 4.5 mile Dutch Gap Trail, and the 2.5 mile Lagoon Water Trail.
  7. Iron Bridge Plaza Shopping Center. It’s minutes away and has everything you need, from the supermarket to the bank to the hair salon.
  8. The Metro Richmond Zoo. Home to over 2,000 animals and open year round.
  9. Proximity to Richmond. The capital is only 13 miles away. (Washington DC is just 2 hours away.)
  10. World class medical care. Numerous university medical centers to help keep you healthy.

 

Location Is Everything! Top 10 Reasons To Love Living in Wake Forest!

Categories: Blog | Posted: February 12, 2016

  1. Southern warmth & charm. This small turn-of-the century town is a progressive community with a vibrant downtown and plenty of old-fashioned appeal.
  2. The Farmers’ Market. A weekly event offering fresh-off-the-farm produce; pasture-raised beef, poultry, and pork; free-range eggs; fresh and dried herbs; honey, jams, and preserves; fresh-cut flowers; and delicious baked goods.
  3. Downtown Wake Forest. A walkable, urban community bustling with contemporary businesses, shops, restaurants, entertainment and arts.
  4. The Historic Districts. Wake Forest boasts four historic districts, three which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places – the Glen Royal Mill Village Historic District, the Downtown Wake Forest Historic Districtand the Wake Forest Historic District. 
  5. The cost of living and home prices in the Raleigh region are relatively stable and reasonable.
  6. Cultural and ethnic diversity. From symphonies to Broadway-style performances, museums of art, history and natural sciences, to all kinds of sporting events, Wake Forest has it all.
  7. Easy access to downtown Raleigh. So many choices and real convenience are just a half hour away, including the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
  8. Four distinct seasons. Mild temperatures year round and sunshine for about 210 days a year!
  9. Plenty of recreation spots. With 561 acres of parks, open space, natural land and trails, Wake Forest is the ultimate outdoor playground. Plus there are dozens of golf courses and tennis courts.
  10. World class medical care. Numerous university medical centers to help keep you healthy.

 

Enjoy outdoor living – even when the weather is bad!

Categories: Blog | 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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Experience the freedom of our low-maintenance lifestyle!

Categories: Blog | Posted: November 17, 2015

 

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At Cornerstone Homes, one of our basic tenets is “We do the work, you do the living.” That means you have more time for you… whether it’s traveling, exploring new hobbies and interests, or simply enjoying not worrying about your homes.

This is a truly low-maintenance life! Every community has professionally maintained landscaping, and all exterior maintenance that is taken care of. Mowing, raking, and snow removal, maintenance and repairs, landscaping, sidewalks or driveways is dealt with, so you can enjoy total peace of mind.

You also have the ability to “lock and leave” at anytime and enjoy weeks (or even months) away without worry, while we take care of your home! This carefree lifestyle means more time spent traveling, socializing, volunteering, working or relaxing. So go ahead and visit the kids during the holiday. Take that long cruise in Europe. Everything will be safe and secure here at home.

 

 

Fall Foliage Drives through Virginia

Categories: Blog | 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 | Posted: October 9, 2015

Richmond Community - Magnolia Lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Today’s Baby Boomers Want a Lock and Leave Lifestyle!

Categories: Blog | Posted: September 29, 2015

Many of today’s Baby Boomers have arrived at a place in their lives where they should and can have it all. They’ve worked hard, raised a family, maybe put a few kids through college and hosted a few weddings, too. Now they are empty-nesters who want to enjoy life. And possibly go traveling at the drop of a hat!  That means having a secure and easy-to-lock-up home is a top priority.

IMG_1329Loren and Mary King moved to the Villas of Wake Forest last year for just these reasons! In addition to moving closer to their daughter, they wanted a single-story, no-maintenance home, as well as the peace of mind knowing their home was secure if they leave. Now, they are traveling all over the world with the new friends they’ve met at the Villas!  Loren and Mary recently returned from a riverboat cruise in Russia with some of their new neighbors, and they have another trip lined up to Amsterdam and Budapest with another neighbor.  

IMG_1332Meeting and making new friends here has far exceeded The Kings expectations! “The Villas fit our lifestyle. With all of the exterior maintenance taken care of for you, and wonderful neighbors who will look after your pets or water your flowers, you definitely have peace of mind when you leave. And it’s also a great place to come home to,” said Loren and Mary. 

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