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Edgewood: A piece of history with a bright future….

5436 Hopkins Rd Front Facade

You may have noticed one of our newest listings, Edgewood, located at 5436 Hopkins Road

It’s a beautiful, historic property that has been thoughtfully expanded and updated in recent years to accommodate more modern tastes while respecting the character of the original architecture. 

Speaking of the original architecture, I thought it might be nice to share a bit of its history with you. 

The following excerpt is from a book published by the Chesterfield County Planning Department entitled Chesterfield County: Early Architecture and Historic Sites by Jeffrey M. O’Dell.

Edgewood, located off Hopkins Road in northeastern Chesterfield, is named for its original setting at the edge of a wooded tract bordering the open fields of adjoining Meadowbrook Farm. Erected in 1908 by Judith F. Winfree, wife of Rupert W. Winfree, it remained in the hands of the Winfree family until being sold to the present owners in the 1940s.

A two-story frame Colonial Revival house, Edgewood is distinguished from neighboring houses of its size and period by its ostentatious main facade. Viewed directly from the front, the house appears larger than it actually is; a view slightly to one side reveals the house to be of unextraordinary form and size. The facade of Edgewood functions as something of a stage set, behind the Roman Doric portico, the decorative balcony, and the oversize front windows surmounted by elliptical fanlights is a dwelling built on approximately the same dimensions as a number of simpler contemporary double-pile I-houses in the county, While it is an exceptional house for its period in Chesterfield, Edgewood’s scale and detailing is modest in comparison with suburban dwellings in many pre-World War I neighborhoods in Richmond.

Edgewood is said to have been built with unusually substantial brick chimneys because of Judith Winfree’s fear of fire; she had seen both her childhood home and the previous Winfree house at Meadowbrook go up in flames. An unusual interior feature of the house are the transoms over the interior doors opening from the central stair hall into the two principal rooms on the main floor. Because of the placement of these transoms, the fireplaces in either downstairs room are visible from the upstairs hall landing. While it has been said this was a deliberate safety device suggested by Mrs. Winfree, the transoms may simply have been a decorative feature.

Full photo gallery can be found on the listing page

If you are an architectural history aficionado looking for a new home or just someone looking for a unique property that may hold additional creative opportunities, I’d encourage you to reach out to us and schedule a visit.

Sellers’ Guide

No one wakes up in the morning and decides to sell their home.

It’s a big step and one that’s worth putting a lot of thought into.

In order to make that decision, chances are you’ll need to know exactly how much your home is worth, as well as which improvements or touch ups to make ahead of listing. From those initial considerations, through moving day—I can make things easy for you, while balancing a quick sale with the best possible return on your investment.

Whether you list your home with me or another Realtor, I encourage you to read this Sellers’ Guide for a complete overview of everything you’ll need to know in order to get your home sold, as well as some key factors you should consider.

If this is your first time selling, you may want to read the full guide. Otherwise, use the links below to navigate to topics of interest.


Selecting the right time to sell
The pitfalls involved in selling your own home
Determining value
Why using an agent will get you the best results
The number one mistake you can make when hiring a Realtor
Listing your property
Preparing your home for sale
Getting your home sold
Negotiating offers
Contract through closing: Everything you should know
Closing procedures and Moving day
A few final words of advice

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, something needs additional explanation, or just want to talk it through, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

Richmond VA Origins – The City of Resilience

Richmond VA Origin Historic PlaqueFrom its humble beginnings in 1607 when a determined group of 120 men led by John Smith made the 10-day trek from Jamestown, VA to the highest navigable point of the James River, Richmond has long found itself as the center of attention in the mid-Atlantic region.

With universally known and historically significant residents such as Pocahontas, Patrick Henry, George Wythe, James Monroe, Robert E Lee, Edgar Allen Poe, Maggie Walker, Arthur Ashe, and numerous others, the people of RVA have helped shape regional, national, and even international culture.

As a city that has been burned to the ground twice during conflict, during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Richmond seems to have an incredible resilience woven into its core fabric that has helped it to not only weather storms, but also flourish despite adversity.

Having been named in 1737 by William Byrd II because of the striking resemblance the view of the James River had to the River Thames from Richmond Hill in England, Richmond today has matured into a bustling Metropolis with an incredible variety of people, culture, food, entertainment, architecture, green space, and community. But how did Richmond and it’s vast array of micro-neighborhoods such as The Fan, Jackson Ward, Church Hill, Bellevue, Westover Hills, and others come to be?

In our upcoming blog series, “ Richmond VA Neighborhoods – Real Estate History” we will examine the history and current trends affecting our city’s collection of neighborhoods.

Stay Tuned!

Paddleboat Dinner Cruise on the James River - Richmond
Paddleboat cruise on the stretch of the James River that named Richmond

2601 Kensington Avenue | RVA 23220 | Fan District-Huntt’s Row SOLD!

Fan District Living in a Modern Designed New-Construction Home

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Looking for all the perks of life within Richmond’s prized and historic Fan District while also enjoying the peace of mind that only comes with a home built to modern green home standards? Look no further than this better-than-new row house designed to elegantly complement the surrounding neighborhood architecture while offering incredible open living spaces. This original model home has numerous upgrades including a wine bar with double professional kitchenaid wine coolers, built-in bookcases, window shutters throughout and a custom master closet. The flowing first floor captures the essence of classic Fan housing proportions while creating a perfect environment for entertaining and interacting with family or friends. A massive master suite with oversized bath and walk-in closet create your private oasis and retreat after a long day. Other notable features such as a tankless hot water heater, 10 foot ceilings, LED recessed lighting, sand-in-place wood floors, quartz countertops, direct vent gas fireplace, 2 off street parking spaces and a privacy fenced rear yard make this the home you’ve been waiting for!

Sold Price $649,950
Bedrooms 3
Total Baths 2.5
Finished Square Footage 2,415
Acres 0.08
Year Built 2016
MLS# 1710360

Property Type Single Family


Call us at 804.397.5078 for more information.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Our RVA Family Summer Bucket List

Moms, dads, responsible parties: its that time of the year again!

The time where the end of the school year sneaks up on us like a Prius. Maybe some of you have your entire summer planned out on a color coded calendar or maybe some of you are like me on the last day of school, staring at your kids as they look back at you like you’re a recreational director, waiting for their next event.

Every year since kindergarten, my kids and I have conducted a summer planning session on the very last day of school. We do this every year at one of our favorite local restaurants, Can Can, on their long, clean, white paper napkins and whatever pen I have in my purse that day. No idea is a bad idea as our napkin becomes full of ‘fun goals’ and bucket list items for the summer.

So I thought I’d share some of those ideas with you, in no particular ‘fun scale’ order, collected from the napkin we scribbled on at a window table at Can Can.