Waterfront Living at The Cove at Magnolia Lakes | Cornerstone Homes

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: October 9, 2018

Head down to the shoreline and breathe in the fresh scent of the lake… waterfront living at The Cove at Magnolia Lakes will help you stay connected to nature and make for a better and healthier lifestyle! The 2nd phase of our Chester, Virginia community, The Villas at Magnolia Lakes, The Cove is a happy haven where each day of your retirement is just as bright as the sun glistening on the water.

The Cove at Magnolia Lakes

The Cove will consist of 67 carriage homes, both single-family detached and paired homes, nestled around a large lake. The Cove has the perfect space for you, no matter what you’re looking for. Here, low-maintenance living lets you say goodbye to landscaping, exterior care, and wasted time, and hello to a laidback, leisurely, and luxurious life along the lake!

The cove at magnolia lakes boardwalk The cove at magnolia lakes boardwalk

Miles of trails around the lake connect to the boardwalk and lake pavilion. A stroll along the trails will lead to the lakeside “Pointe,” a gathering spot with a covered picnic area and a large event lawn. The Pointe will surely become the place to be!

the pointe the cove at magnolia lakes

The best part? The lake is easily accessible from any home in the community, with multiple prime homesites overlooking the beautiful water. In The Cove at Magnolia Lakes, every morning begins with a sense of calm and relaxation. In fact, research shows that we’re naturally drawn to water, and we feel more at peace when we’re around it. The “Blue Mind” effect is one of the many health benefits of life near H2O, along with stress relief and boosted immune function.

From social events to personal excursions, waterfront living allows you to feel present and enjoy the beauty of each moment. Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to love the lake:

Relax Lakefront During the Day

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Take a walk along the shoreline, set up a chair or blanket, and take in the serenity that surrounds you. Whether with friends or by yourself, taking some time to relax, read a book, and enjoy your favorite snacks by the water is a great way to make your day even sweeter. 

Take Your Grandkids Fishing 

Grandpa grandson fishing


There’s nothing like time spent with your grandkids, especially when it’s free of technology. On the lake, time stands as still as the peaceful water, so every moment can be enjoyed to its fullest. Teach them one of your favorite past-times and make so-fish-ticated memories! They’ll be hooked in no time…

Explore by Canoe

Canoe the Cove at Magnolia Lakes


The only sight prettier than The Cove? Seeing The Cove by canoe! When the weather’s warm, walk along the boardwalk and take off by boat. Once you’re on the water, you’ll never want to come back in… Take a moment to stop and breathe in the lake, whether you stretch, meditate, or simply sit!

Evening Stroll at the Lake

Cheerful mature couple taking a walk in park

Stunning scenery and a certain spirit in the air make fall a season to love. When you want to clear your mind, meet a friend, or spend some time with a special someone, an evening stroll along the lake is as satisfying as can be. Grab your coziest sweater and get ready for a refreshing chill in the air.

Party at the Pavilion

Magnolia Lakes Pavilion

Our boardwalk pavilion is the perfect venue for social club meetings and events. Whether you’re a dedicated member of the game clubs, book clubs, or dinner and drinking clubs, celebrating your favorite hobby with your friends down at the pavilion will make for unforgettable nights.

Lakeside Exercise

Couple Bike Ride Lake Trail

Staying active is easy with miles of trails and waterfront activities. Get your heart pumping and your day started with a walk or run along the water, or go for a bike ride around the community and lake. Daily exercise is a wonderful way to work your body and open your mind, and a lakeside setting provides all the motivation you need to lace up your sneakers and make it happen.

Meditate Along the Lake

meditate on the lake


magnolia lakes waterfront livingMeditation offers a wide variety of physical and mental health benefits, so why not try out this incredible practice by the lake? The perfect backdrop to transport you to tranquility, you’ll find that it’s easy (and so much fun) to center yourself and feel at peace.

Waterfront living enhances your life and keeps you connected to nature. The lake at The Cove will be your special spot to relax, play, and find endless happiness.

And the icing on the cake, exciting new floor plans being offered for the first time in Richmond, are the perfect compliment to this special piece of property by the water. Now accepting contracts for new homes at The Cove, Cornerstone Homes is waiting to show you how life can be. 


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Ashlake Design Center | Tips for Choosing Selections and Upgrades

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: October 8, 2018

Now that you have purchased a home in a  Cornerstone Homes community, it is time to make it your own.  This is, of course, one of the advantages of buying a new home. You have the opportunity to select features and finishes in our Design Center that reflect your own personality and lifestyle! Lori Melton, Sales Manager at the Villas at Ashlake, says, “It is our job to make your home everything you want it to be.  This is what we do every day!”   

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Our Sales team is here to guide you and offer expert advice on not only design choice, but also how to best apply your budget.  Our primary focus is your satisfaction and happiness. That’s why we get to know every one of our homeowners, and work hard to keep the home buying experience (especially the design process) completely personal, rewarding, and as fun as can be.

Our Design Center at the Villas at Ashlake is located in one of our Model Homes.  There is a wide variety of sample selections available for you to touch, see, and experience, including carpet and hardwood samples, kitchen and bath tile, lighting choices, granite and quartz countertops, kitchen and bath cabinets, and more. Our model homes, which are professionally decorated by nationally known interior designers, will give you many ideas on decorating, furniture placement, and colors.

Washington Floorplan Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods Magnolia Lakes

Here are some helpful tips on personalizing your new home, and choosing selections and upgrades during this exciting phase of your build process:

Do Your Homework

Start making a folder or Pinterest board with your favorite ideas and styles.  All those episodes of HGTV are going to come in handy!  This will help guide you through your choices. 

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Dream Home Must-Haves

What’s on your wish list? Light or Dark cabinets?  Granite or Quartz countertops? Brushed Nickel or Oil Rubbed Bronze?  Light or dark hardwood floors? Gray or beige tile?  Now is the time to include everything that is important to you and we will work with you to get the most value for your budget.

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Builder Time Line

Keep in mind that there are lots of moving pieces and parts to get your home completed and a very complex schedule involving many trade partners.  It is very important to adhere to the schedule and make your decisions in a timely manner.



Know your budget for upgrades and determine areas of flexibility.

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Preview Visit

Spend time in the Design Center prior to your scheduled appointment.   This is the time to become familiar with our offerings and get a good idea of what you want in the big-ticket items such as cabinets and flooring. Once you have those nailed down, the rest will fall into place. Tour the Models again!

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The Design Appointment

Dress comfortably. Bring your checkbook. And most importantly….. HAVE FUN! 🙂

Design Center Cornerstone Homes Client Meeting

Your Sales Manager will take you through the entire design process, so you can always trust that you’re in the hands of someone who knows you and your preferences well.   Coming prepared will help make the process more enjoyable and smooth. Your retirement will be all about leisure and relaxation, so we ensure the design process will be too!

For more information on  Cornerstone Homes Timely and Lasting Features and our upgrades, please contact us! We look forward to meeting you and discussing the next greatest chapter of your life.


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Quick Move-In Homes | The Canterbury

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: October 2, 2018

It’s no surprise that our sensational, spacious, single-story Canterbury home by Cornerstone Homes is one of our best sellers… With 1,905 square feet of open, light-filled space, your home has all of your must-haves and is completely yours to enjoy!

Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at Ashlake

The Canterbury

In the Villas at Ashlake in Chesterfield, VA, there are 6 Canterbury quick move-in homes you can move into by the end of the year:

  • 7526 Ashlake Commons Chesterfield, VA 23831: $323,665
  • 7528 Ashlake Commons Chesterfield, VA 23831: $323,665
  • 7536 Ashlake Commons Chesterfield, VA  23831: $350,260
  • 7537 Ashlake Commons Chesterfield, VA  23831: $323,840
  • 7544 Ashlake Commons Chesterfield, VA 23831: $337,203


Single-story living ensures that all of your daily needs are conveniently located on one floor. It all starts with a covered front porch that leads into an inviting foyer with a vaulted ceiling, and a great room that encompasses the dining room and kitchen. Natural light streams into this home through large windows and glass doors overlooking your private courtyard!

Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at Ashlake Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at Ashlake

Head inside and enjoy your chef’s kitchen, complete with an oversized island and curved granite bar, perfect for entertaining groups of all sizes. Whether you have your family over for a delicious dinner, or a bunch of friends for a wine and cheese tasting, your kitchen accommodates all of your needs.

Off the main living area are several flex rooms which can be tailored to your needs and lifestyle.  The four-season veranda with walls of windows and a vaulted ceiling can be a TV room, reading room, or space to have your breakfast and coffee and soak up the special things about each season. In addition, you have a private office with french glass doors which can also be a den or library.   

 Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at Ashlake

With a spa-like bathroom and walk-in closet, your luxurious owner’s suite is your private retreat. The guest suite is conveniently separated from the main flow of the home, providing additional privacy for family and guests.

Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at Ashlake

The Owner’s entry from your 2 car garage is just steps from the kitchen. This is very convenient when you have an armful of groceries. Plenty of storage and closets are hallmarks of Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at Ashlakethis home. Just in case you need a bit of extra room, you have the option of a large upstairs bonus suite with full bath and walk-in closet. Think hobby room, man cave, grandkids space or an extra owner’s suit.  Several other features to love in this home include a cozy fireplace, outdoor courtyard, high vaulted ceilings, and a quaint and charming powder room. 

In this maintenance-free home in the Villas at Ashlake, you’ll never spend a minute of your time dealing with the headache of repairs. Gone are the days of wasting money and precious moments — we take care of things like roof and gutter repairs, grass mowing, and weed control for you, so you can sit back and relax…

Canterbury Model Cornerstone Homes Villas at AshlakeIn The Villas at Ashlake, where there’s always something new to explore and every day is more exciting than the last, you’ll enjoy a beautiful pool, endless social clubs, a vibrant clubhouse, a fitness center, community gardens providing you fresh veggies, and scenic walking trails. All of the fun things you want to do are now right at your fingertips… and the best part? With these quick move-in homes, you can be settled into your dream Canterbury before the holidays!

Please contact Lori at or 804-409-9074 to move into your new home today!

Lock and Leave Your Cornerstone Home

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: September 24, 2018

Lock and Leave. Sounds attractive, doesn’t it? Imagine jetting off for a month and knowing that your home is maintained, safe, and secure while you’re gone. Experiencing the beauty of the outside world is that much better when you can leave your home without a worry. At Cornerstone Homes in Virginia, we believe that if you want to pack up and explore a vibrant city, a foreign land, or even your own town, nothing at all should stand in your way of living luxuriously, both inside and outside of your home…

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No more ladders!

Keeping up with exterior maintenance of a home can be exhausting and risky. No-maintenance living means no grass to cut, no weeds to pull, no gutters to clean and more. Let’s face it, at this stage of life, we don’t need to be up on a ladder. While you are at home and when you are gone, we take care of it all. The days of coming back to an overgrown yard are long gone.

So sit back, relax, and plan a trip. Whether you travel far and wide, or explore our great state of Virginia (have you read our blog about the best places to visit in VA?), your home will be in tip-top shape when you return.



Smaller and Safer

Cornerstone Homes The villas at Ashlake Safe Community Lock and Leave

Our communities are small, friendly, boutique places where neighbors look after each other and each others’ homes. This camaraderie and care ensure that our well-lit neighborhoods are always kept as safe and secure as can be. How sweet it is to know that your neighbors have your back!


Say Hello to Freedom!

Cornerstone Homes Lock and Leave   

Now that your schedule is an open book, you have the freedom to do whatever you wish. Whether you want to travel to a dream destination, enjoy leisure time with long-distance family or friends, or focus on volunteer work with a local charity or church, you can venture out and explore the world you’ve always wanted to see. Infinite, incredible, one-of-a-kind possibilities await…

You can enjoy peace of mind because your Cornerstone home will be kept safe and sound. With the ability to Lock and Leave, you have nothing inhibiting you from living your best life, all on your own time. We can’t wait to hear about the places you go!


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Timely and Lasting Features in Your Cornerstone Home

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: September 21, 2018

Better living today and in the future.  Why our homes are a big hit with the 55+ active adult:

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At Cornerstone  Homes, we believe that life is full of surprises.  As you venture into this next wonderful phase of life in your new home rest assured that Cornerstone homes are created to work for all people, no matter what life throws at you. We understand that you want a home that simplifies everyday living, accommodates life changes, and frees you to spend more time doing what you love. 

We create spaces that accommodate all of the life cycle changes people experience.  That includes more than just aging.   For example, a person who breaks a leg skiing might find it impossible to use his/her bathroom. We like to think of it as a “Grand Design.” Unlike traditional homes, a Cornerstone home is friendly and convenient for everyone – from grandchildren to grandparents. Let’s talk about some of our surprising comfort features that are user-friendly.

Single Level Living

All your everyday needs on one floor.  Higher ceilings and open floor plans for easier living, easier to heat and cool, easy transition to outdoor living areas and best of all,  no more running up and down stairs!  And let’s face it, single level homes are easier to clean!

Single Level Living TImely and Lasting Features Cornerstone Homes

Natural & Supplemental Lighting

Large windows for natural lighting and included lighting is a boon for your eyes.  It will also make the colors in your new granite countertops really pop!  We’ve even added extra socket night lights in the kitchen and owners bath for your nighttime visibility and safety.

Single Level Living TImely and Lasting Features Cornerstone Homes



Accessible & WideWide Design Single Level Living TImely and Lasting Features Cornerstone Homes

Convenient wider hallways and doorways make it easier to carry luggage to the bedroom and getting in and out is always a breeze.

Zero Threshold Owner’s Entry

Everyone wins with a zero clearance entry, even with an armful of groceries.  No step barriers from your garage to your home. 

Lever Door Handles

Simply easier to open and close.  And much more stylish!   No worries about having to grip the knob. 

Structural Support for Grab Bars


We all need a little support from time to time.  Grab bar support provides a secure hold to steady oneself in the shower or prevent a fall.

Comfort Height Convenience

Taller bath countertops prevent you from having to hunch over as you are washing up.   

Comfort Height Toilets

Taller seats make sitting and standing much easier.   Also reduces strain on your back and knees.

Single Level Living TImely and Lasting Features Cornerstone Homes

Our impressive homes are full of features to make living better today and in the future.  No other builder in Greater Richmond spends more time, energy, and resources envisioning new ways to help 55+ homeowners live better, healthier and more engaged lives. For over 25 years Cornerstone has focused exclusively on Active Adults.   So now it’s your time to focus on living life to its fullest, in a new comfortable, convenient and safe home.   


End-of-Season Recipes from the Corner Patch Garden

Categories: Blog, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: September 20, 2018

Fall may be approaching fast, but summer’s not over just yet… At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in soaking up every last drop of the season, and there’s no better way to do this than by enjoying the delicious summer and fall foods that grow in our Corner Patch Gardens!

Corner Patch Garden Event

Our homeowners have had so much fun at the monthly garden social mixers this summer. They have experienced and learned how to harvest fresh veggies and tasted some healthy and unique dishes straight from the garden. We want to share a few of our favorite recipes with you.

Watermelon Salad

Corner Patch Garden Watermelon Salad


  • 1/2 medium-sized watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of arugula 2 oz of mint or basil
  • 8 oz of feta cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar Olive oil


Cube watermelon by slicing in half and then slicing wedges out of the flesh. Crumble feta and spread over the bowl of cubed watermelon. Add fresh arugula leaves, mint and/or basil. Mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. Shake vigorously and pour over salad.


Sweet Pea Mayo Dip

Cornerstone Cooks Recipe Sweet pea Garden Summer


  • 1 cup of fresh sugar snap peas (frozen peas work as well!)
  • 6 oz of organic mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper Soy sauce


Puree sugar snap peas in food processor or mottle them by hand. Add mayonnaise, soy sauce, and salt and pepper. Vigorously mix all ingredients together until uniformly blended. Serve with fresh veggies, chips, or anything dippable.

Fresh Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Vegetable Cornerstone Homes Recipe


  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 head of cauliflower
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano
  • Pepper flakes


Using a food processor or spiralizer, slice zucchini and cucumber into super thin slices or spirals. Cube tomato Rice cauliflower (by hand or with a food processor.) Mix all ingredients together until cauliflower covers all ingredients. Make the dressing with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and seasoning Serve cold or stir-fry the entire mix.

We hope you enjoy these refreshing and flavorful summer dishes! Crafted with love from our Cornerstone family to yours, they remind us what’s so special about our Corner Patch Gardens. Make sure to keep your eyes open for our final CPG event in October and more recipes.


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20 Ways to Love Your Walk-Out Lower Level

Categories: Blog, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: September 13, 2018

Welcome to your walk-out world of possibilities. Your light-filled second master suite. Your bright and airy art studio. Your wine lovers tasting room. Your big screen theater room. Your college kid summer retreat. Your whatever you want it to be for living, entertaining, creating, and enjoying life to the fullest.

cornerstone homes lower level living

We’re always told to “look beneath the surface,” and at Cornerstone Homes, we take this literally. A Cornerstone lower level is more than just an extra room — these spaces are beautifully-designed to enhance your lifestyle. Whether you want a movie room, home office, guest suite, or more, your lower level provides a world of possibility.

In several floor plans in Barley WoodsChickahominy Falls and The Cove at Magnolia Lakes, you now have the option to add an incredible lower level to your brand new home — a wise investment for its size and quality! Take a look at our favorite 20 ways to enjoy a lower level, and how one of these Cornerstone spaces will make your life brighter every day:


1. Access to the Outside

Barley Woods Covered Patio

Along with large windows that bring in natural light, every lower level has sliding doors that lead to your covered porch. Gone are the days of feeling stuffy and restricted; now you can come and go as you please and enjoy the best of both indoor and outdoor living, with access to your fire pit.

2. Movie Room

Movie marathons, homemade popcorn, and comfortable seating? Say no more! Watch your favorite films in style in your very own movie room, where you’re always the director.

3. Wine Storage

If you’re a true wino at heart, keep your collection stored safely in your luxurious lower level. Host wine nights with your friends and pair each bottle with a different hors d’oeuvre.

4. Lower Price Per Square Foot

Our large lower levels are exceptionally-priced, so they lower the average price per square foot of the home. Essentially, you’re getting the most bang for your buck while making your home more valuable.

5. Game Room

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If you’ve always dreamed of a game room, complete with things like billiards, pinball, board games and cards, now’s your chance. Have a blast in this space (your kids and grandkids certainly will, too!)


6. Boomerang Kid   

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Your kids will come and go, and sometimes when they come back, they’ll stay. If your child decides to move back into your home for some time, a fully-furnished lower level is the perfect space for them to live comfortably.




 7. Guest Suite

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You love having family and friends stay over for a visit, so a designated guest suite is a great way to show your hospitality. Let your guests enjoy a beautiful space that’s decorated and ready just for them.








8. Music Studiocornerstone homes lower level living music studio



Music-makers, now’s your chance to rock! Keep all of your musical equipment and instruments safely in one space, where you can practice your craft with all of the room that you need.



9. Grandkids’ Playroom

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There’s nothing like having your grandkids over for a visit, so why not have a fun and spacious play area waiting for them? Have a great time playing with their favorite toys and games together.


10. Repairs are Easier/Utilities are Cheaper

A lower level allows for easier access to pipes, wires, water heaters, and more, which means that repairs are cheaper to complete. Not to mention, since this room is underground, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling utilities due to better insulation.


11. Dance Room

There’s no better place than a spacious lower level to have your very own dance parties! Install speakers (or even an old-fashioned jukebox or record player), invite your friends over, and have fun.


12. Personal Office

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A private and quiet place to get work done is a great addition to your home. Keep your computer, papers, and a desk and chair in your home office and decorate however makes you most productive.


spring cleaning13. Home Library


So many books, so little time! If you’re a bookworm and have an abundance of books in your home, keep them nice and organized in a personal home library. You’ll love wandering downstairs and diving into an incredible book on a comfortable sofa, or hosting book clubs in your private library.


14. Art/Sewing Studio

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Practicing your favorite craft always brightens your day. No matter what kind of art you love the most, from painting to sewing to pottery, your lower level can be your personal studio to hold all of your equipment and finished products.


15. Workshop/Tool Room

Are you a sucker for completing home repairs or remodeling projects yourself? Turn your lower level into a workshop/tool room! Keep all of your equipment organized and clean for optimal usage.


16. Exercise Room

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Who needs to go to the gym when you could simply walk down the stairs? Whether or not you invest in larger exercise equipment like a treadmill, your lower level is a great space for stretching, lifting weights, and floor exercises. While you’ll find fun classes at the fitness center in our clubhouse, you can get fit and have fun right in your own home.


17. Garden Utility Room

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If you’re an avid gardener (and you love our Corner Patch Gardens!) a garden utility room is a great place to hold all of your own tools. Get ready for the upcoming season with your personalized space.




18. Forever Home


When you have a caretaker or are planning to have one, turning your lower level into a living space is a great way to ensure that they’re easily accessible to you and comfortable at all times.

19. Collection/Storage Area

Just not ready to let go of all that stuff? If you collect memorabilia and mementos, or simply love to save memorable items from your past, your lower level can keep everything safe and sound. Have your friends over to showcase all of your wonderful items or keep them private for you and your family.

20. Yoga/Meditation Space

Courtyard Yoga

Whether you’re a dedicated yogi or are just starting out, a yoga/meditation room — complete with all of the calming and happy decor that you love — will be your new favorite spot to relax and unwind.





There’s nothing like a wide open space to completely customize to your liking. Enhance your daily life and pursue exactly what you love in your very own lower level! Take a look at the floor plans in Barley WoodsChickahominy Falls and The Cove at Magnolia Lakes that let you add this incredible room to your brand new home.


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Right-Sizing Part II: Declutter Your Home the Right Way

Categories: Blog, Right-Sizing, Uncategorized | Posted: September 13, 2018

You’ve decided it’s the right time to right-size your life — congratulations! Your children are gone, you don’t need that big house or want to do all that yard work, and you’re certainly ready for some “me-time.” You’re about to begin one of your greatest adventures yet!


cornerstone homes drop zone caroline downsizing rightsizingThe smart choice of moving into a maintenance-free Cornerstone home gives you every opportunity to explore your passions, live leisurely, and meet some of your new best friends. In this second blog of our “Right-Sizing Your Life” series, we’re going to talk about simplifying your life. In other words, downsizing your belongings.

Remember, stuff is just stuff, and objects don’t define us. In fact, letting go of items can be liberating.  Right-sizing is a lot like getting into shape — it takes time and work, but you feel incredible when you’re done. Most importantly, it will free up your mind to focus on what’s truly important to you.  





Tips for Decluttering


It’s never too early to start decluttering. Less stuff means less work and more room for new memories and experiences! We’ve put together some tips to get you started:

1. Remember: one room at a time. Start small and keep your focus on a single task, such as setting aside a few hours to clean out a closet or a set of drawers. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll make progress, which makes the rest of the process that much smoother.

Cornerstone Homes Rightsizing Declutter Closet


cornerstone homes drop zone caroline downsizing rightsizing2. When it comes to clothes, ask yourself: do I really want it? Do I absolutely need it? This will help you make definitive decisions about what goes and what stays. Your “keep” and “toss” piles will be easy to sort, but the “maybe” pile can be slightly more challenging. The “maybe” pile contains useful articles of clothing that may be duplicates, items that are out of style, and clothes that you wear but not often. Once you have this pile, look at your closet without these items — if you think that keeping them would only create more work, go ahead and donate or sell them! 



3. If you’re having a hard time giving things up, remember what William Morris said about the essence of decluttering: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
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4. Emotional ties to items are normal. This is simply a part of the process, but remember that you don’t have to get rid of everything. Hand down precious items to your children and grandchildren, donate or sell what you don’t need, and keep what you love the most.


cornerstone homes drop zone caroline downsizing rightsizing5. It’s 2018 — go digital! Photos, cards, scrapbooks, letters, and more can be scanned onto a computer or an external hard drive. This frees up a vast amount of space while keeping your things safe. Who knows, you may even impress your grandkids with your new computer skills!





In no time, right-sizing your belongings leads to living in an expertly-crafted home in an exceptional neighborhood, surrounded by great friends, and doing the things you love (without wasting a moment on home repairs.) Best of all, Cornerstone Homes is here to help you throughout the entire process, to make it easy and virtually painless.

At Cornerstone Homes, we’ve thought of everything that makes this process easy and stress-free.  We call it our Cornerstone Concierge ProgramThrough this program, we help you sell your home, downsize, move, and secure financing. We partner with Smooth Transitions of Fredericksburg and  Home Matters of Virginia, who provide exceptional personal service and value. Alyson Pedlow, Moving Specialist and Founder of Home Matters of Virginia, and Kim Mould, owner of Smooth Transitions Fredericksburg, offer their services to assist you in every aspect of your move: sort, declutter, remove or sell items, pack, coordinate move, unpack, and even make your bed so you can step right into your new home, ready to go.



The life you deserve is right at your fingertips. Don’t wait, your someday is now!



Meet Our Happy Homeowners!

Categories: Blog, Testimonials, Uncategorized | Posted: September 6, 2018

At Cornerstone Homes, there’s nothing that makes us happier than hearing how much our homeowners love their new homes! Our goal is to provide a maintenance-free, all-fun lifestyle, and we can’t help but smile when we accomplish our mission.


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Bobbie & Steve Sardelis

Happy Homeowners Cornerstone Homes

George & Pat Sproveri

Two Cornerstone couples, Bobbie and Steve Sardelis, and Pat and George Sproveri, have recently moved into the Villas at Ashlake, and shared with us how this decision has enhanced their lives.


We wanted to share their stories so you can see how sweet life is in a Cornerstone community!




Originally from Richmond, Bobbie and Steve Sardelis lived in Florida for a long time before deciding to move closer to their kids and grandkids. They chose to build a new Cornerstone home in the Villas at Ashlake because they’ve always wanted to have the option to customize their home. In their gorgeous Canterbury floor plan, they customized their fireplace, cabinets, and more, to ensure that their home reflected their style!

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Both Bobbie and Steve absolutely love being close to their family and having the opportunity to see their grandkids grow up. Not only that, they enjoy peace of mind being close to medical centers — Steve is a “stickler for being close to medical centers” — and having shopping, entertainment, and recreation options right at their fingertips. “We are so convenient to everything!” Bobbie says.

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Bobbie Sardeli



Between the many activities and clubs at Ashlake, and their new close-knit community, the happy couple is on cloud nine in their new Cornerstone home. Bobbie, who Steve calls “Martha Stewart Junior” for her awesome cooking skills, is enjoying her new gourmet kitchen. She also started the Mahjong group in Ashlake and loves the friendships it has brought her. “There are great turn out at events,” Bobbie says, “and we are a small community so it’s easy to meet everyone.”


Like Bobbie and Steve, Pat and George Sproveri are loving the maintenance-free lifestyle in their Ducal home. After looking at many 55+ communities, they came to the conclusion that “there is a big difference between NO maintenance and LOW maintenance!” That’s why they decided on a Cornerstone community for their new home — they can do everything they love, and leave all outside maintenance to someone else.


The Sproveri couple stand outside their new home, the Ducal

The Sproveri couple stand outside their new home, the Ducal

In their single-story home, Pat and George appreciate the generous amount of space and storage they have while also feeling cozy, comfortable, and right at home. The couple is very active in the Villas at Ashlake, and enjoy every opportunity to join in on the fun. George is on the landscape committee, and both love gardening (of course, they’re crazy about the Corner Patch Gardens!)


They’re looking forward to jumping into more clubs, including weekly happy hours, coffee socials, the Corner Patch Gardens, and so much more. When it comes to their favorite part, Pat and George say the ability to lock and leave is an absolute blessing — they took their first vacation since moving in and loved how easy it was to pick up and leave. They’re “happy as clams” here!



Thank you to our happy homeowners for making our jobs so rewarding. We love that you’re enjoying your time in your Cornerstone home. The best is yet to come!


Join the Club! Get Social at a Cornerstone Homes Community

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

join the club

Do you love getting together with friends to enjoy your favorite hobby or game? Or to socialize around good food? Join the club! In our Cornerstone Homes communities, it’s not just about building homes, it’s about building communities for people to connect, engage, and enjoy life. With your new maintenance-free lifestyle, you’ll have plenty of time to jump right in and have fun.

At a Cornerstone Homes Community, you will love where you live and feel like you belong.

From day 1,  we make sure it’s easy to make connections.   Morning coffees, cooking demonstrations and tastings, happy hours, and more, we make sure you feel welcomed.  But the fun doesn’t stop there… we have a wide range of  clubs and fun social events that speak to your interests and allow you to be as social as you want. Your schedule is set by you, and can be as packed as you desire! Here are a few of our active and fun clubs and events that will keep you engaged and enhance your life:

Happy Hours

Raise your glass and cheers! Our weekly happy hours, complete with a variety of tasty drinks and cocktails, is a fun and relaxing way to celebrate good times and get to know your new neighbors and catch up with the old ones! 

Luau Happy Hour Cornerstone Homes

Coffee Socials

Nothing makes a morning sweeter than a fresh, hot cup of aromatic coffee with your neighbors. No matter how you like your favorite brew, our homeowners look forward to gathering at the monthly coffee socials to have a cup of Joe along with some sweet treats and  great conversation.

Join the Club Friends in the community neighbors

Garden Social Mixers

Don’t you just love the look of Corner Patch Garden Cornerstone Homesfresh flowers on your table and cooking with fresh produce?  Attending  the monthly social mixers where you will watch cooking demonstrations with veggies just picked from your Corner Patch Garden will change your life.   Eating healthy is the gateway to happiness, right?   Our chef will cook right from the garden and we guarantee  a gastronomical delight!   Jump in and harvest veggies to take home and mingle with your neighbors.  The Garden Club digs deeper to learn more indepth growing techniques, crafts from the garden, healthy eating and more.  This is a neighborhood favorite.

Garden Events Corner Patch Garden

Sunshine Club

Our intimate and close-knit communities are just like small-town Americana.  Where neighbors look after each other.   Created  to help their neighbors, the Sunshine Club brings joy to those who are ill or in need, or just need a helping hand.  Ways to help can be hanging a picture or changing a light bulb,  delivering a meal or offering to give a ride.  It’s just what we do.  

give a ride sunshine club cornerstone homes helping neighbors in need

Cards & Game Clubsgames at The Villas at Ashlake

If you love a little competition, these clubs are for you!  If  you don’t see your favorite, start one… With everything from traditional card games to Mahjong and even dominoes, you can put your skills to the test with a friendly group.  






Knitting Crochet ClubQuilting/Knitting Club 

Relaxing and exciting all at the same time, quilting and knitting are two of our all-time favorite activities. Dive into your latest project among a group of people who can give you tips, new ideas, or just provide a friendly face while you practice your craft.



Bible Study Groups

Study and explore the bible and share your personal journey.   Fellowship with your peers.

Cooking Club 

Our clubhouse kitchens  are perfect to gather your friends for a cooking party.  Sit back, relax and savor a glass of wine while a local chef takes the reins on your culinary journey.  Or it may be one of our own sharing a favorite meal.  Learn new recipes or new cooking techniques.    Bottom line… food is a universal language that brings people together. Bon appetit!

Cooking Demo Cornerstone Homes


Trivia Night

Are you basically a Jeopardy champion in disguise? Come have fun at one of our Trivia Night events, where you can show off your knowledge for random facts!



Nothing’s more fun than sharing your favorite food with others.  Bring one dish and  end up with a feast.   Sometimes we do theme nights, other nights just a good old fashion pot luck.  It’s so much fun to see what everyone brings!  


book club cornerstone homesBook Club

What are you reading lately? Get together with other book lovers to share thoughts and opinions on the latest and favorite books.  “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Suess


Fitness Club

Whether you’re looking for a steady gym partner or a friend for a  class in our Fitness Centers, everyone in the Fitness Club has the same goal as you: to live a fit and healthy life! From improved memory and brain health, to better sleep quality and overall happiness, the benefits of regular exercise are endless!

Cornerstone Homes Fitness Center

Walking Club

Let’s go for a stroll! If you love going for long walks with a friend or two, our communities are surrounded by beautiful walking trails and paved sidewalks.  Be sure to stop along the way and chat with your neighbors.   Walking is a great way to get your blood flowing and boost your mood!

Lake Pavilion Cornerstone Homes   fitness gadgets

Nights on the Town Club

We love to explore the local area with our neighbors.   Our communities are situated close to a variety of exciting restaurants, theaters, art museums, live  music & dancing, and historical venues to name a few.  Monthly outings are popular for those that don’t want any grass growing under their feet.



Craft Club

If you love finding crafty ideas on Pinterest, this is the club for you! From wreath making to pottery, you’ll leave every meeting with a little more skill, a handmade keepsake, and the pride that comes with creating something beautiful! Cornerstone Inside Scoop: If you are an expert in any craft, feel free to share your talents with the club!


Travel ClubTravel Club Cornerstone Homes

Indulge your wanderlust as you listen to tales from your neighbors’ travels, and share your own unique stories of your favorite trips. Caught the travel bug? Get a few neighbors together and head out on group vacation. You’ll return with a few close friends and a lot of wonderful memories.



Socializing is fun, but did you know that social interaction can actually help you live longer? Believe it or not, being social can lower blood pressure, decrease risks of mental health issues, and ward off loneliness.

So, as you will see, our Clubhouses are  always buzzing with activity, so come on in and join the excitement!   Ask when our  next morning coffee is and come hear first hand from the homeowners what a fun place this is to live.   We can’t wait to share the excitement with  you!


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