Spring Arrives With the Rutland Vendor Fair

It looks and feels like spring is finally here! With Daylight Savings Time and warmer weather, we are finally escaping winter for spring. Another sign is the Rutland Spring Vendor Fair!

Rutland is a great example of our commitment to build stunning master planned communities that highlight our motto that it’s how you live that matters.  We are proud to offer fun community events for our homeowners and their families. This spring we are excited for the Rutland Vendor Fair! It is a great way to spend an afternoon with family, friends, and neighbors.

The Rutland Lifestyle Committee is hosting the Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 2nd. We invite our Rutland homeowners and neighbors to stop by to enjoy the entertainment and visit the vendors showcased at the Rutland House. It is going to be such a blast for everyone so make sure you invite all your friends!

For those wishing to be a vendor at the fair, please follow this link to SignUpGenius where you can register by March 20th.  Remember, only one vendor allowed offering the same craft, product, or service. Participation is on a first come, first registered basis. For any questions about becoming a vendor, please contact Trish Morgan at tmorgan@hhhunt.com.

We’re so excited for the Vendor Fair, just one of many fabulous lifestyle events at HHHunt communities!

HHHunt Communities 2014 in Review

Now that 2014 is coming to an end, we would like to reflect on all the wonderful things that our residents, team members, and community partners have helped us accomplish this past year.  We are incredibly thankful for the amazing people who make our communities great places of distinction and help us live our vision of improving the world.

Check out some of the top highlights from 2014:

  • Accolades and Awards – We were recognized with a number of awards this year and wanted to highlight a few of them. Two HHHunt communities won awards from Richmond Magazine in 2014.  Charter Colony was recognized as one of the best communities in Chesterfield County while Rutland was honored as the best new Hanover County neighborhood. The incredible homeowners in our communities make them so special because it’s how you live that matters. Additionally, HHHunt was honored by Sterling Workplaces and The Richmond Times-Dispatch as one of the Top 5 midsize companies to work for in the Richmond region. We appreciate all the recognition!
  • Holloway – We started construction on our newest community in Henrico County, Holloway at Wyndham Forest. With single family semi-custom homes conveniently located in the desirable West End, we are very excited to see what 2015 holds for this stunning area!
  • Charter Colony Celebrates 10 years – Charter Colony turned ten years old this year and it’s been an amazing decade! What a wonderful feeling knowing that our residents love living at this fabulous master-planned community.  Charter Colony boasts lighted tennis courts, three clubhouses, and gorgeous swimming pools, among so much more. There really is something for everyone here!
  • Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build – HHHunt partnered with Hanover Habitat for Humanity to build a home in 30 days this past spring.  The home was built in the Bailey Woods community, the first ever Habitat subdivision in Hanover County. We were extremely proud to be able to help an incredibly deserving family in this phenomenal project.  A huge THANK YOU to our wonderful team members and gracious vendors who made this project a success!
  • New Amenities – Our award winning Providence community, located in Ashland, recently unveiled a new set of amenities that truly helps the community shine. The new amenities, which focus on green spaces, includes playgrounds, a pavilion with fire pit, and a community park area overlooking a water feature with fountain!  Another one of our communities also saw some excitement around new amenity features. White Hall, located near Williamsburg, broke ground on its fantastic new amenities which will include a swimming pool, clubhouse, and tennis courts! They are all scheduled for completion next year.

Looking back on 2014, we’re reminded how all these accomplishments can be traced back to our wonderful team members and those who call our communities home.  We look forward to the excitement that will come with 2015!

Happy Holidays from HHHunt Communities!

Santa and Mrs. Claus make a holiday visit to our Rutland community.

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year, give thanks, and spend time with those who have made it so special. We pride ourselves on developing beautiful communities that people call home and creating places where family, friends, and neighbors are welcome. We are honored to work together with our homeowners and community partners to create a true and enduring sense of community because it’s how you live that matters.

We value our relationships with our amazing homeowners, neighbors, builders, Realtors, business partners, and team members. They are all friends and have helped to make 2014 a wonderful year for us.  We wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays from all of us at HHHunt Communities!

Top 5 Halloween Family Fun Ideas

Halloween is only a two weeks away and there are lots of fun and spooky activities for the entire family! There are so many options in the Richmond and Williamsburg areas that we choose our Top 5 Favorite Halloween activities to share:

  • Pick the Perfect Pumpkin: Central Virginia boasts a number of festive pumpkin patches that feature lots of great activities. From choosing your own pumpkin to building a scarecrow, there is something for everyone!
  • Roller Coasters and Scares: At night Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and Kings Dominion in Hanover County are transformed into Halloween-themed amusement parks full of adventures and frights! Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream and Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt are the perfect places to get in the Halloween spirit. A number of the rides remain open and the parks add Halloween amusements, including haunted houses and much more.
  • Haunted Hayrides and Trails: Want to get spooked after dark? There are great choices for you too! A number of haunted adventures are open in the weeks leading to Halloween and there offer varying degrees of fright. Please note that some activities, especially at night, may be too scary for young children.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour: We all are familiar with Colonial Williamsburg, but do we know the whole story? Daily ghost tours in the evening take participants along the cobblestone streets to hear about the ghosts that still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. This event is family-friendly is wheelchair and stroller-friendly.
  • Providence Open House: It’s not directly related to Halloween, but our Providence community in Ashland is having a festive Open House on Sunday from 3pm-5pm! There will be lots of fun for all, including pumpkin decorating stations and delicious treats.

We hope you get a chance to check out some of these activities. What a great way to get in the Halloween spirit and create cherished memories! The best part? All of these events are close to our centrally located communities – including Charter Colony, Ellington, Providence, Rutland, Westin Estates and White Hall – and just a quick drive for our homeowners.

Remember to have fun this Halloween season because it’s how you live that matters!

Join Us to Support Childhood Cancer Research

HHHunt Communities is proud to support the ReeseStrong Foundation and its signature event, the ReeseStrong 5K and Gold Ribbon Kids’ Run. We’re also honored that once again our Rutland community will serve as the setting for this great event. The race takes place at 8:30am at Rutland on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

If you haven’t done so yet, there’s still time to register! Just go online here to sign up: http://www.reesestrong.org/reesestrong-5k. This year marks the sixth annual event and it continues to grow!

The ReeseStrong Foundation was founded in 2009 to help families stay strong in the battle against childhood cancer.  It provides financial, emotional, and social support for families affected by cancer.  ReeseStrong also strives to raise awareness of childhood cancer by supporting research and displaying the gold ribbon (the symbol for childhood cancer awareness). Beneficiaries of this year’s race are two local children who have been recently diagnosed with leukemia.

We hope to see many people at the race and look forward to running alongside Rutland homeowners and HHHunt team members. This race and the incredible work of the ReeseStrong Foundation certainly reminds us that it’s how you live that matters.

Back to School Tips to Start the Year Right!

Photo Credit: PBS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… at least for parents! That’s right, it’s back to school time. Each August, we see all the stores decked out with folders, notebooks, pens and pencils, and all the other necessary school supplies. Parents and kids roam the aisles with lists of what’s needed.

At HHHunt Communities, we’re proud that all of our communities are located in award-winning school districts. Our homeowners and their children enjoy access to some of the best schools in the country! As you get ready for the start of a new school year, here are five sets of helpful tips:

  • Department of Education: Great advice about getting kids ready for another school year, including the importance of a good night sleep and healthy meals.
  • PBS: The network offers some useful insight to make the transition back to school easy for your kids, including meeting the new teacher and easing into the school year routine.
  • Scholastic: The children’s publisher has a ton of resources that cover a variety of topics, such as creating a kid-friendly workstation at home and how to deal with siblings attending the same school.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): School is about more than just books, and the AAP takes a closer look at health and safety tips for kids.
  • Real Simple: Not sure what your scholar will need on the first day? Here’s a helpful checklist that covers all grades and gives you a good foundation for school supplies.

Finally, don’t forget to review the schedules for your local school. Below is a list of public school districts that serve our communities:

Good luck with the back to school rush!

HHHunt Celebrates Community Spirit and National Night Out

Police dogs were a big hit at Rutland’s National Night Out event!

Among the most important characteristics of HHHunt communities are friendship, fun, and active living. That’s why we love to throw a good party! HHHunt Communities was proud once again to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th with fun-filled neighborhood events at Charter Colony in Chesterfield and Rutland in Hanover.

Homeowners at both beautiful master-planned communities, which were recently recognized as Best New Neighborhoods, enjoyed great block parties!

Charter Colony held its fifth annual National Night Out celebration and over 400 community members attended the event. The party included Joey’s Hot Dog Truck, Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck, and a Vendor Booth Fair with 20 organizations and businesses. Members and their families enjoyed live music by DJ Jason Paige, a dunk booth and hula hoop contest, corn hole, a door prize raffle with over 24 awesome prizes, and tons of giveaways! Special visitors stopped by Charter Colony, including McGruff, the Chesterfield County Fire Department and Police Department, and the Sweet Frog mascot. This awesome event was planned by the Charter Colony Neighborhood Watch Program volunteers and Charter Colony Foundation staff.  A special thank you to all volunteers who made the evening so successful!

Some of the great vendors at Charter Colony’s National Night Out celebration.

Our Rutland community also held its annual National Night Out event, which was a huge success! Over 200 community members attended the event, which made it their second largest event of the year.  Homeowners and their families spent time together, entered fantastic raffle prizes, played games on the lawn of the Rutland House, and sampled the delicious offerings from food vendors like Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O, The Dog Wagon, and King of Pops. Plus, 100 community members even got a special frozen treat when they received complimentary popsicles.  The night also included special visits from McGruff and police dogs. We also have to give a shout out to Meg and Ginny for working the Rutland event!

These events highlight the special quality of HHHunt communities and emphasize how lucky we are to have such great homeowners. Thanks to all of our wonderful homeowners for making our communities the best in the area!

Celebrating Independence with Neighbors and Friends

Pie eating contest in Rutland.

As we mentioned in a blog post earlier this week, we love the Fourth of July! It’s a great time to get together with friends, family, and neighbors. The friendly and fun lifestyle at an HHHunt community makes it an ideal place to celebrate the holiday. Our open spaces are perfect for community gatherings and the distinctive homes and beautiful landscaping throughout our communities make for an incredible backdrop to any event.

In addition to all the amenities available to homeowners in our HHHunt communities, many communities have special plans for the Fourth of July. For example, in Charter Colony, the pool will open early on July 4th and be the center of the celebration! Our favorite DJ will entertain homeowners and their guests on the pool deck with fun contests, dances, and special requests. Brock’s Bar‘B’Que will cater the annual cookout and Cool Concessions will be on hand selling ice cream treats. This is one of the most popular events at Charter Colony and homeowners should register in advance.

In Rutland, the Fourth of July celebration starts early and will be held on Saturday, June 28th on the Rutland House Lawn. Our homeowners will enjoy a concert featuring the band Crush and lots of quality time with friends and neighbors. The Independence Day celebration also will include a pie eating contest, cupcake eating contest, bounce house, food truck, ice cream truck, and beer truck. Sure to be a great time, this event is always one of our residents’ favorites.

There is so much to do and these events are just some of the many benefits when you live in an HHHunt community. We hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July!

Don’t forget to submit your favorite patriotic and Fourth of July photo or drawing for our contest.

Summer Fun at HHHunt Communities

The Rutland House and pool.

With the warmer weather here and schools out, now could be the perfect time to get those summer activities planned. If you live in an HHHunt community, you have access to lots of great amenities — such as green spaces, playgrounds, and clubhouses. In addition, one of the many reasons that our beautiful master-planned communities are so special is that many of them feature a Greater Richmond YMCA branch in the community or close by!

If you live in our Charter Colony or Rutland communities, you also have access to great pools! Charter Colony has two pools that are always popular destinations throughout the summer. Rutland also boasts a beautiful pool with water features and a slide. Homeowners in these communities love to take advantage of the pools and activities that are offered, including summer concerts, late night swims, and community events.

We like to encourage active and fun lifestyles, which is why our planned activities and these community amenities are so wonderful!

One of the pools at Charter Colony

The summer is also about exploring and one of the best benefits of an HHHunt community is its location. Whether Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, or Williamsburg, our communities are all centrally located. For example, Charter Colony, Ellington, Providence, Rutland, and Westin Estates are just a short drive to the breathtaking James River Parks system and downtown Richmond. Plus, White Hall is convenient to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.

If you’re looking for adventures this summer, check out the events organized by local Parks and Recreation Departments:

So whether you want to be poolside or venture out to a local event, HHHunt communities offer ideal amenities and locations for summer fun!

The Awards Continue To Roll In!

We often mention how much we love being a part of HHHunt. The company has amazing team members and we’re inspired daily by our vision to improve the way that people live by creating meaningful experiences and places of great distinction!

It’s great when others recognize these values as well. Recently, HHHunt was honored by Sterling Workplaces and The Richmond Times-Dispatch as one of the Top 5 midsize companies to work for in the Richmond region! This is an impressive accomplishment and a testament to HHHunt’s commitment to being an employee-centered, customer-focused company. We believe this is truly one of the greatest reasons for our success and we could not do it without our amazing team members.

This is a special award and one of many honors we’ve received in the past year. HHHunt Communities has been honored for excellence as well. Charter Colony and Rutland were named Top 10 Communities by Richmond Magazine in 2013. And, Rutland was recently named the area’s best mixed-use community by the Richmond chapter of the Urban Land Institute!

Our HHHunt Homes team also earned some much-deserved recognition by winning the Builder Partnership Achievement Award for the third year in a row. We were recognized for our innovative approach to customer service, as rated by our homebuyers, which placed us in the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry.

There were many more things that we could list here, but what’s most important is that we take a moment to thank our dedicated HHHunt team, our wonderful homeowners and our business and community partners. To our homeowners, thank you for choosing an HHHunt home or community. To our HHHunt team, thank you for your tireless efforts to improve our homeowners’ experiences and create the best homes and communities possible. To our business and community partners, thank you for sharing our vision of improving the world and how people live. Without all of you, none of the awards or accolades we receive would be possible.