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!


Award-Winning Floor Plan: The Washington | Cornerstone Homes

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

Just Announced:  On October 5th at the Fredericksburg Area Builder’s Association Awards Dinner, our Washington Model waswashington model parade of homes winner the 2018 Fredericksburg Parade of Homes winner in the following categories:

Best Active Adult Kitchen which was voted on by the general public

Best Active Adult Home by the Realtors

Best Active Adult Home by the judges for the Parade of Homes

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At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in carefree, leisurely living. All of our single-family floor plans are designed with your lifestyle in mind, allowing you to feel both comfort and luxury all at once. Our Washington floor plan is no exception — this gorgeous plan is the pinnacle of a dream home!

Washington Floorplan Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods Magnolia Lakes

With 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2,182 square feet of stunning space, the Washington is the ideal living space for families of all sizes. A gorgeous living room, dining room, and spacious kitchen will ensure that all family members and guests are comfortable at all times.

Washington Floorplan Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods Magnolia Lakes

You’ll also find a spacious first-floor owner’s suite with a huge walk-in closet, along with an option for a soaking tub with split vanities.

Washington Floorplan Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods Magnolia Lakes  Washington Floorplan Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods Magnolia Lakes



When you live here, luxury and comfort are the realities of your everyday life. Not to mention, a covered outdoor patio and options for a sunroom, sitting room, or den will let you soak up every last ray of spring and summer sun.


When you choose to build the Washington plan, offered in Barley Woods The Cove at Magnolia Lakes, and Chickahominy Fallsyou’re not only getting the home of your dreams, you’re also getting the community of your dreams. These communities come equipped with a clubhouse, pool, winter fireplace, summer fire pits, fitness center, grilling areas, pocket gardens, and most importantly, the kindest and most friendly neighbors around.


Easy living starts with the rightWashington Floorplan Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods Magnolia Lakes home — and Cornerstone Homes knows exactly what that means. Single-level living, maintenance-free exteriors, and wide hallways and doors are just a few of the features that the Washington home offers, ensuring your comfort, happiness, and health every single day.




Make a Splash in Your Cornerstone Homes Pool

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: August 22, 2018

Barley Woods Pool

Cornerstone Homes  believes that the community surrounding your home is as important as your new home itself.  So why do our communities stand out? Because our mantra, “It’s all about lifestyle,” extends to our amenities, which seek to foster a sense of community, health and wellness, fitness, and F.U.N! The days and nights around your community pool with your friends and neighbors are fun filled… and with good reason. We want to make sure you have fun and get to know your neighbors starting on day ONE.

Everybody jump in!

During summer days, there’s nothing sweeter than stepping into a refreshing, clear blue pool to cool off, enjoy the sunshine, and relax. With activity and fun everywhere you look, from social events in the clubhouse to cocktails outside, our pool is going to make your days here even better and cool your summer!


It’s Pool Party Season

Barley Woods Community Pool

At Cornerstone Homes, we believe that this chapter of your life is one giant vacation… So, have a blast at your very own pool party whenever you want!  Now you can walk out your front door, stroll down the sidewalk to the Clubhouse and Pool, and make a splash! Grab your wireless speakers and rock out to music with your friends, cheers with your favorite cocktail in hand, and lounge by the edge or float in the water. It’s time for the fun to begin, so jump right in!

Homeowners in all our Cornerstone communities love hosting events around the pool. From Hawaiian Luau parties and sipping sweet drinks from coconut cups, to casual get-togethers where all you need is some sunscreen and a six-pack, to relaxing days with your favorite book and a lounge chair, homeowners take advantage of any reason to gather at this cool relaxing community space.

The Grill

Barley Woods Grilling Area 

After a sunny afternoon at the pool, what sounds better for dinner than a juicy burger or grilled dish? At our Cornerstone Homes communities,  you will find the  poolside outdoor grill and bar is a popular gathering spot – perfect for cooking up your best BBQ meals.

On weekends and weekdays, you will always find homeowners meeting up for cookouts and a chat! They bring their favorite side dish, like creamy coleslaw or potato salad, as the perfect companion for a grilled hamburger or hotdog. The best part –  the fresh vegetables from the Corner Patch Gardens that taste great on the grill. Charred zucchini, roasted corn on the cob, roasted onions, or peppers with sausage are sure to please any crowd.

 Villas at Magnolia Lakes Pool   grilled veggies corner patch gardens


Health and Wellness



The pool is not only the perfect spot to relax, it’s great for several exercises that keep you happy and healthy. Swimming is a low impact activity which is great for building strength and burning calories without putting pressure on your joints. Before you test the waters, take a look at a few of our favorite ways to stay fit this summer in the pool:

Barley Woods Pool

Aerobic Classes

Getting your blood pumping in an aerobics class not only improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, and boosts brain function, it also puts you in a good mood and helps you get a better night’s sleep. Aerobics classes are a fun way to hang out with your friends, meet new neighbors, and feel great about yourself. After a nice workout, you’re already in the pool and ready to relax!

Swimming Laps

Swimming laps is an effective way to put your body and mind to the test as you strive for a certain number to complete. Whether by yourself or with a friend, this activity keeps you pushing yourself to the best of your ability — while still having a great time! Swimming laps works your whole body without any of the stress you get from out-of-water workouts, so it’s ideal for those with certain injuries and disabilities.

Arm Workout

drink by the pool beer arm workout cornerstone homesOf course, there’s nothing like a good arm workout. If you’ve always wanted toned muscles, the pool is the place for you! While you’re lounging in the shallow end with all of your friends, try out this incredible, three-step workout: bring your ice cold bottle of beer to your mouth, take a sip, and repeat! We have to say, the “beer exercise” is probably our favorite!

There’s no better time than right now to make a splash. So, head on down to the  pool and discover more luxury and leisure in your life! We can’t wait to see you there. 


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Family-Friendly Fun: What to Do With Your Grandkids as Summer Ends!

Categories: Blog | Posted: August 20, 2018

One of the best parts about a Cornerstone home is that the maintenance-free lifestyle gives you as much time as you want to spend with your grandkids! Without having to worry about maintenance, repairs, and safety, you can head out for the day or Lock and Leave your home as you please and take your grandkids somewhere special.

Our communities are located in a few of the greatest areas of gorgeous Virginia, and are filled with vibrant things to do! As the summer dwindles down, spend time doing what you all love and make memories that’ll last. Here are our top ideas for activities with your grandkids before they head back to school:

Central Park Funland

Central Park Funland Cornerstone Homes

Take your grandkids to this out-of-this-world indoor and outdoor amusement park and watch their eyes beam! With a wide selection of activities from mini golf, to a massive slide, to rock climbing, to go-karts, kids of all ages can find something that they love at this family fun center.

Location: Fredericksburg

Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park Cornerstone Homes

There’s nothing like time spent outdoors with your loved ones. Get your grandkids to fall in love with nature at Pocahontas State Park, complete with three scenic lakes, where you have the option to boat, have a picnic, go camping, fish, hike, and participate in nature programs. The Aquatic Center has a toddler pool, three-foot leisure pool, and other water-based activities!

Location: Chesterfield

 Children’s Museum of Richmond

Childrens Museum of Richmond

Particularly great for the younger kiddos, this incredible museum offers children the unique chance to play and learn in an interactive, hands-on, and super fun environment. Kids are encouraged to explore and have a great time while learning and using their creativity.

Location: Fredericksburg, Chesterfield, Downtown Richmond, and Short Pump

Cobblestones Park

Cobblestone Park VA Cornerstone Homes Virginia

Another great place to cool off, this park features an expansive, private beach, large pool, splash zone, kids’ floats, waterfalls, and even sports facilities. The kids can splash around with lifeguards on duty at all times. Get your sunglasses ready and have some fun in the sun!

Location: Hanover County

Swaders Sports Park

If your grandkids love a friendly thrill, this sports park is the place for them! With go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, driving range, arcade, bowling, and so much more, your sports-loving grandkids will truly have a blast and make lasting summer memories.

Location: Chester

A Homemade Meal in the Kitchen

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Of course, no summer would be complete without a little homemade cooking! Teach your grandkids how to make your favorite recipes and enjoy the deliciousness together on your front porch or in your Cornerstone kitchen. They’ll never forget spending time with you and tasting the food you love the most.

Location: Your Cornerstone Home!

 Pool Day

Pool Cornerstone Homes

Make a splash on those hot days! With clear blue pools in all of our Cornerstone Homes communities, a refreshing dip is never more than a moment away. Dab on some sunscreen and break out the fun pool floats! Your grandkids will love splashing around with you in the pool. Marco?…Polo!

Location: Cornerstone Homes communities

In a Cornerstone home and community, life is lived on your terms. You deserve the most out of your retirement, and now your calendar is finally free to spend special time with your grandkids!

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When the Time to Move Becomes the Time of Your Life

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

Clock Desk Home Office Time to Rightsize

You wake up in the morning to a quiet home. You slowly make your way down the stairs, fix a cup of coffee, and enjoy the morning paper. You take a deep breath…ahhhh. 

When you’re recently retired and your children have moved out, either to college or to start a family of their Private Courtyard Covered Patio Outdoor Spaceown, you can take the time to enjoy a morning routine – and you deserve it! While these peaceful daily moments are some you truly enjoy, you can’t help but wonder if there are some moments in the routine that could be eliminated (cleaning empty bedrooms, keeping up with landscaping – those mundane chores that come with owning a family home.) If any of this sounds familiar, you may find yourself revisiting one all-encompassing thought: it’s time for the next chapter in your life!



If you think you may be in the position to downsize your home, Cornerstone Homes wants to introduce you to “right-sizing.”


right·size verb gerund or present participle: right-sizing

the process of moving into a home that’s absolutely perfect for your lifestyle and your future.

Used in a sentence: Moving to a home with less square footage isn’t about giving anything up, but enhancing your life and gaining everything in the process of right-sizing.


Like you, many of our homeowners decided it was time to get rid of their big house and yard, and move into a one-story home that provides better living for the present and the future. No maintenance means more freedom to do what you want to do! Finally, you can embark on an exciting new adventure called rightsizing your life, where it’s all about you.


Did you know that about 42% of pre-retirees are in the midst of right-sizing? Today, many factors drive adults to realize that this big move is undeniably the right one. If you’re unsure if you’re ready to start this next chapter (and we don’t blame you!), take a look at our Right-Sizing Quiz to decide whether a smaller home with universal design will offer you the greatest opportunities:


Are You Ready to Right-Size?


  1. With your children off to college, do you find that you have extra space that you don’t want or use? 
  2. Are you tired of high utility bills for an old house?
  3. Do you despise carrying your heavy laundry up the stairs?
  4. Did you just become a grandparent? Do you want to spend more time with your new little loved one?
  5. Does continuing to get on a ladder to clean out the gutters make you shudder?
  6. Are there two many unchecked boxes on your bucket list?
  7. Do you find that the clutter in your home is making your life more complicated than you want it to be?
  8. Are you ready to simplify your life, and enjoy the things that you love the most?


If you said a resounding “yes” to several of these questions, you might be the perfect candidate to right-size! Congratulations — this process is a wonderful journey that will lead you to your forever home. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we cover everything you need to know about the steps of this process, and how Cornerstone Homes will help you along the way.
Right-sizing is not just about space and square footage; it’s an approach to living. Doing what’s best for you and your lifestyle will result in a happier and more fulfilling experience. We can’t wait to partner with you as you move into the RIGHT SIZE home for you!





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Ways to Utilize Your Private Outdoor Space

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

It’s time to kiss chores, home maintenance, and a boring task list goodbye. In a Cornerstone home, your life is all about freedom! Here, the only schedule you have to follow is the one you make for yourself. In your spacious private courtyard, you’ll discover the true meaning of sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!


Covered Patio Cornerstone HomesDid you know that every Cornerstone Homes floor plan comes with this wide open, gorgeous space? No matter which home you love the most, you’re guaranteed to receive an incredible outdoor oasis – whether it’s a private courtyard or covered patio- free of extra upgrade charges.


From decorating, to growing plants, to throwing courtyard parties, there are infinite ways to have a blast in your outdoor sapce. This summer, enjoy the happiest season of all and get inspired by a few of our favorite things to do in these special spots:


Decorate Until You Drop

Unleash your inner designer and beautify your space! There’s nothing more fun than putting a personal touch on your gorgeous courtyard or covered patio. When it comes to furniture, comfort is key. Whether you go for a dining or sofa set, make sure that your seating is comfy (for prime relaxation, of course). If you love patterns and colors in an open space, opt for an area rug that lets your personality shine.


Matching pillows and small pieces of decor, like a vase, will add pops of life to the space. A big patio umbrella will keep you nice and cool while you lounge during the day, and string lights will keep the good vibes going at night.


Grow Your Garden

Courtyard Gardening Garden Planting

Container gardening is all the rage, and we’re head over heels in love! Give pops of life and color to your space with your favorite bright fruit or flowers grown in trendy planters like metal and cedar. You’ll love looking at the creations that you grow yourself. The perfect decoration and size for a small space, container gardens are a fun and contemporary way to accessorize your courtyard.


If you love the Corner Patch Gardens in your Cornerstone Homes community, why not create a “mini” version in your own courtyard or patio? From size and shape, to color and pattern, there are so many varieties of containers for your plants that you can choose to make your space as pretty as can be. Make sure to ask Sean the gardener for growing tips at our “Ask the Farmer” events!


Time to Yourself

Private Courtyard Covered Patio Outdoor Space

In your comfortable courtyard, you have all the time in the world to relax and unwind. Whenever you want to slow down and take a few moments to yourself, your private space is always available. Sit outside and catch up on your favorite book, do a crossword puzzle, sip on a delicious cup of coffee, make a scrapbook, sew, or work on a new craft, write a poem, or even just sit quietly and enjoy the gorgeous Virginia weather.


The privacy of your outdoor space ensures that it is entirely yours, where you’re free to do whatever you wish. There are so many things to do in your Cornerstone Homes community, and your private courtyard or covered patio will be a great place to think, recharge, and feel incredibly grateful!


Get the Party Started

Courtyard Party Hopping

The sun’s shining, cocktails are pouring, and the music’s playing… In a Cornerstone Homes community, your life is a party! What better way to celebrate retirement with all of your friends and neighbors than with an outdoor get-together? Host a courtyard party in your own backyard, head to your neighbor’s, or go courtyard hopping!


In the last few months of summer, take advantage of the season by spending time outside. Play party games with your neighbors, enjoy tasty appetizers, discover a design tip from someone else’s home, meet a new neighbor that just moved in, and sip your favorite drink under the stars.


Rearrange Your Furniture for Yoga

Courtyard Yoga

Head out to your courtyard and move your furniture to create a wide open space to set down your yoga mat. A calming yoga session is a great way to jump-start your day and unwind in the afternoon. Aside from the many physical health benefits of this practice, yoga also keeps you feeling happy and confident.


If you like to practice yoga with a video tutorial, prop your computer up on an elevated piece of furniture, like a side table. And of course, if you enjoy yoga with friends, moving your furniture will give you enough space to host a group. Namaste 🙏


BBQ With Your Family

Courtyard Dinner meal BBQ

There’s nothing like a meal shared with family, so why not have everyone over for a classic summer BBQ in your private space? Everyone will love gathering and having a comfortable spot to eat, share memories, and laugh all night long. As the evening turns into night, turn on string lights to set the mood.


Your family will always look forward to coming to your incredible courtyard or covered patio for delicious food and great company. You can even make it a tradition! In the spring, summer, and fall, have seasonal meals that your family will cherish all year long.


In your Cornerstone home and community, time is yours to do whatever you wish! Your home’s private outdoor space is designed to enrich your days by giving you a gorgeous retreat to make your own. From designing, to spending time alone doing your favorite hobby, to hosting family and friends, your courtyard or covered patio is your safe haven for all of your dreams and pastimes.



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Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: July 29, 2018

A rainy day can be a gift! In a Cornerstone Homes community, you always have so many options to have a great time, even when you can’t be outdoors at the pool or our Corner Patch Gardens. Rest assured that your days will be packed with things to do, rain or shine!


In the Community & In the Clubhouse


Our communities are designed for you to “retreat” whenever you want. Head over to your exclusive fitness center, where you have all of the top-notch equipment you want right at your fingertips!

Cornerstone Homes Fitness Center

  • Get your blood flowing on the elliptical or treadmill while watching your favorite TV show. A little entertainment makes your workout that much more fun!
  • Take a class that you’ve always wanted to try. Have you always been fascinated by yoga, excited about zumba, or interested in learning about lifting weights? Dive into an awesome class and find a new workout that you love!
  • Did you know that our walking trails are still just as scenic during a light rain? Grab your umbrella and take a stroll! You and your grandkids will love feeding the ducks under the lake pavilion.




In your community’s spectacular clubhouse, activity awaits at all times!

Community Clubhouse Cornerstone Homes

  • What better thing to do after a workout than enjoy a delicious meal from a gourmet kitchen?
  • Sit back and relax in a luxurious lounge area, where you can finish your favorite book, watch TV, sip a cocktail, or just enjoy your neighbors’ company!
  • If you enjoy organized events and clubs, from book and movie clubs to social gatherings like game nights, you’ll love the packed calendar. Whether you want a day to yourself or an evening filled with friends and laughter, your clubhouse gives you the option for both during a rainy day.


In the Comfort of Your Own Home


Of course, there are so many fun things to do from the comfort of your Cornerstone home when the weather keeps you inside. With a little inspiration, there’s an indoor adventure waiting for you right around the corner!


  • Have a classic movie marathon with your friends! Set out a fun spreadCornerstone Homes of old-fashioned candy to turn your home into the movie theater you loved as a child (Charleston Chew, Cherry Slices, 100 Grand) and cozy up by the screen to revisit timeless movies. “Singin’ in the Rain,” anyone? What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again…
  • Cuddle up with your favorite book on your covered patio or sunroom and watch the rain fall. The cool breeze and calming sounds provide the perfect ambiance to dive into a story. 
  • Shop until you drop — on the internet! Get all of your birthday and holiday shopping done, or treat yourself to a new shoes, or even a new vacation! Spend the rainy day planning your next trip to sunny beaches and take advantage of our Lock & Leave motto!
  • Cornerstone Homes Rainy Day HomeThe golden age of TV is here and you have so much to watch! Binge-watch an entire season of your favorite show in your pajamas with a blanket and some tasty snacks. There’s no better time than a rainy day!
  • You have a luxurious master bathroom, so why not pamper yourself?Bathroom Cornerstone Homes Deep condition your hair, give yourself a pedicure or facial, and enjoy the pleasure of relaxing in your at-home spa.
  • Your grandkids may already know about iPhones and social media, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t enjoy the hobbies you loved at their age. Keep communication strong and genuine through hand-written letters! Your grandkids will never forget the feeling of finding your letter in the mail and reading your personalized, heartfelt notes.
  • Ywine tastingou never have to “wine”about a rainy day! If you’re feeling spontaneous and fun, grab your umbrella and meet at one of your neighbors’ homes for an impromptu wine tasting! Red, white, and everything in between.


It’s raining, it’s pouring, but the day doesn’t have to be boring! Along with all that can be done in and around your community, and in your Cornerstone home, you always have the option to simply pause and take a breath — and do nothing.


Take a break and remind yourself that there’s nothing better than this carefree lifestyle in your Cornerstone community, rain or shine! Now is the time to relax and enjoy each moment; you finally have the chance to experience all that the simple things in life have to offer.

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Now is the Time to Travel in Virginia!

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

If you had the chance to go anywhere… where would you go? One of the greatest parts about retirement is finally getting to travel to those special places that you’ve been thinking about for years. In a Cornerstone Homes community, we encourage every single one of our residents to live their dream life, and this includes having the freedom to lock and leave your home without worrying about your home maintenance or security. Our close-knit communities also give you the opportunity to form fantastic friendships with your neighbors, giving you the perfect travel buddies!

There’s no better place than Virginia to relax and sightsee! Check out our suggestions for the best places to visit in our beautiful state, that are just a short distance away from our communities!

Staycation Season in VA

Located on the southeastern VA coast where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is a stunning spot to spend a weekend. With gorgeous, relaxing beaches, a lively boardwalk, and great shops and restaurants, there are a wide variety of things to do here! Whether you want to relax on the beach, stroll the boardwalk, take a fishing tour or listen to your favorite band while soaking in the salty air, Virginia Beach truly has it all.

Situated on the Virginia peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean far away from clutter and noise, Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles is the ultimate leisurely getaway. Experience the peace and calm of one of the country’s most beautiful beach and golf resorts. Whether you want to relax on a private beach, play a round of golf on a world-class course, or lounge in a state-of-the-art clubhouse, Bay Creek is waiting for you!

Extending along the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is truly a sight to see. With opportunities to camp, hike, fish, bike, or simply just relax, SNP is a must for any real nature lover. Experience Virginia like you never have before with breathtaking views that will stay with you forever.

If you’re a history buff, Shirley Plantation is the place for you! Take a trip to another time and experience one of Virginia’s greatest museum attractions. With over 700 acres nestled along the James River, this plantation is America’s oldest farm! Check out the “flying staircase” and its gorgeous hand-carved structures for a wonderful day out celebrating history.

Open year-round, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond is an incredible place to explore. You’re sure to unlock a love for art here! Discover exhibitions from past centuries as well as modern art to pique your own creativity. Perfect for a local day trip with friends or by yourself, this museum will have you feeling artistic!

What better place to bask in the most beautiful season than Maymont? Located in Richmond, this scenic sanctuary is perfect for families of all sizes. Go on a private animal adventure, stroll through the grounds and gardens, or have a picnic at this gorgeous estate! This attraction is the ideal place to spend time with your friends.

See Richmond in the most beautiful view with Riverfront Historical Canal Cruises! Learn about Virginia’s rich history with a guided tour of the James River and the Kanawha Canal. Enjoy the gorgeous outdoors and all that springtime has to offer with your family and friends. The greatest views are right in your backyard…

At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in the importance of care-free living, and we want all of our residents to experience this kind of leisure. Part of this involves the ability to experience incredible things with virtually no travel! When you live in one of our communities, great attractions are right at your fingertips. Feel free to spread your wings and experience the best of the best!


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Featured Floor Plan: The Caroline

Categories: Blog, General Announcements, Uncategorized | Posted: July 16, 2018

Cornerstone Homes The Caroline Home Floor Plan Barley Woods

Why wait? Our new model home is open NOW!

Cornerstone Homes is excited to unveil our brand new Caroline model home at Barley Woods, our premier 55+ community in Fredericksburg. Our interior designer recently put their finishing touch on this gorgeous home.  We can’t wait for you to come and take a peek!

The Caroline Floor Plan Cornerstone Homes

Available to be built in Barley Woods and The Cove, the Caroline is one of three floor plans in our Paired Home Collection, inspired by the spectacular, traditional courtyards of Europe. Warm, stylish, and intimate, this design is one to fall in love with.

Living Dining room Cornerstone Homes.   Kitchen Cornerstone Homes Barley Woods



The Caroline Floor Plan Sun Room Truly unique, the Caroline possesses old world charm and romanticism. A central courtyard can be seen from the great room, kitchen, and flex room, flooding these areas with sunlight and scenery. Choose between a spacious covered patio or sunroom, and spend your afternoons enjoying a great book with your favorite refreshing drink in hand.



In the Caroline, you’ll also enjoy a fireplace in the great room, a spectacular private owner’s suite with a The Carolineluxurious bath and plenty of closet space, a cook’s kitchen with a large kitchen island, private guest space, and flexible rooms that can be personalized to fit your lifestyle. Have you always wanted a home office or a media room? We can make it happen!


With an abundance of space, luxurious rooms, and the highest-quality building materials, your family and guests will always feel as comfortable as can be. The Caroline is a must-see! 




Cornerstone Homes Corner Patch Gardens: Why Settle For Canned Amenities?

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: July 13, 2018

Corner Patch GardensIn our Cornerstone Homes communities, every day is a chance to explore the beauty of your free time. In our age-restricted, maintenance-free communities, our top priority is life on your terms, so we’re always finding fresh and fun ideas to ensure that your next chapter is the best it can be.


We’re happy to introduce our newest amenity exclusive to Cornerstone Homes: the Corner Patch Gardens! You can find these vibrant patches in The Cove, The Villas at Magnolia Lakes, and coming soon to The Villas at Ashlake and Barley Woods. There are many ways to enjoy these gorgeous gardens where tasty treats grow year-round, and we think you’ll agree!


Earth, Water, and Wow

With a little dirt and a little water, a little magic grows right before your eyes. Here’s a peak at what blooms in the Corner Patch Gardens from April to September:


tomato corner patch gardensTomatoes

An absolute classic, there’s nothing like the rich taste of a juicy, ripe tomato. Pair freshly-cut tomatoes with avocados and creamy burrata on garlic toast for a tasty and crunchy appetizer!




Pepperspepper corner patch garden pizza

Bright and beautiful, peppers add an incredible flair to many dishes. Have a homemade pizza night and top dough with red onions, goat cheese, arugula, and of course, deliciously-charred peppers.





Crunchy, light, and refreshing, cucumbers are the perfect snack or complement to a meal. Have you ever put cucumbers in your pasta? Add thinly-sliced cukes to penne with minimal ingredients like garlic salt, pepper, and parsley flakes, and feel your taste buds fly!



Squashsquash fritter corner patch gardens

Loaded with nutrients, squash is a superfood that we can’t get enough of. Try crunchy and delicious butternut squash fritters! All you’ll need is shredded squash, flour, eggs, sage, and vegetable oil.



eggplant corner patch garden



Absolutely delicious when grilled on the BBQ, eggplant is the perfect appetizer or meal side at your next summer dinner party. Add a little butter, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper to make it magical!



Nothing brings us back to childhood quite like watermelon. This juicy and refreshing fruit tastes just like sweet, sweet summertime. Tomato, watermelon, and feta skewers with mint and lime is the perfect primer to any summer meal.







Adding unbeatable flavor to just about any dish, we always love to have basil on hand! You can never go wrong with the simple summer staple of mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad.


Oreganooregano corner patch garden

Tasty to sprinkle on a variety of foods, from meat, to vegetables, to pizza, oregano is one of our favorites. Create a dressing with lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper to pour over grilled chicken for a rich and flavorful dinner that everyone will love!



Stay tuned for next season’s plantings! Another tasty lineup awaits…


There’s truly something special about cooking freshly-picked, locally-grown food into your favorite dishes. Because the gardens are professionally-managed, you can choose between enjoying fresh, delicious produce without any of the work, or you can dig in and volunteer! It’s completely up to you.

Nature and Neighbors

Farmer Sean Corner Patch GardensTake a stroll to Corner Patch Gardens to relax and watch everything grow, or share a cold beverage and catch up with a neighbor on the picnic tables under the shade of the pergola. Don’t forget to attend our monthly Garden Social Mixers, where our professional farmer picks produce from the garden, cooks sample dishes that (almost) turn anyone into a vegetarian, and learn about fantastic, healthy, seasonal recipes! It’s “sow” much fun!


There’s so much to talk about when it comes to gardening, eating healthy, incorporating herbs and wellness into your daily routine, and flower arrangements, just to name a few. The list goes on and on! Neighbors gather to form groups, clubs, recipe exchanges, and much more! The fun never stops.


Corner Patch Gardens is truly a one-of-a-kind amenity enjoyed by all. Stop by and see what all the buzz is about!


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