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.

Is A Single Family Home the Right Fit?

A new home in our Providence community.

Spring and summer tend to be the busiest seasons to buy a new home and the task can be daunting for anyone. Important factors like location, amenities, price, and home features play critical roles in choosing your new home. We understand these challenges and want to make the process easier for home buyers. This should be a fun and exciting process!

Therefore, as we did a few weeks ago with townhome buying tips, we want to provide helpful resources about the benefits of owning a single family home. At HHHunt Communities, we know that there are advantages to many different types of homes, which is why our master-planned communities typically offer a variety of home styles as well as price ranges. In today’s post, we examine some of the advantages of owning a single family home, including:

  • Stylish and Customizable Options: One of the great aspects of owning a new single family home is just that – it’s new! And, you can make selections that will turn it into something that is your very own. Some new homes in our communities offer a variety of customization options, from the type of materials used and layout of the home to special features. New home design continues to evolve so there are always many fresh and exciting home styles and features from which to choose!
  • Range of Pricing: There is such a wonderful variety of single family home styles, sizes, and designs, it makes it even easier to find the home that fits your needs at the price that’s right for you. Additionally, home ownership offers many benefits, the least of which is tax advantages.
  • Homes in our Rutland community.

    Sense of Community: Similar to townhome living we discussed a few weeks ago, living in a single family home, especially in a master-planned community, means that you can also access all the community amenities, such as clubhouses, pools, walking trails, neighborhood events, etc. We hear such wonderful stories of neighbors in our communities becoming life-long friends!

  • Room for Everyone: One of the most popular reasons that families choose single family homes is because of the space they offer. Many of the new home designs emphasize openness and flexible living spaces. Whether you’re looking to accommodate a growing or expanding family, enjoy entertaining, or need room for a home office, single family homes offer a lot of space and flexibility.
  • Cost Savings: The cost savings that come from purchasing a new home are well-documented. Energy efficient building standards and appliances can help save on those monthly heating and AC bills. Modern construction techniques can extend the life of a home and reduce maintenance costs for home upkeep. Studies from the National Association of Home Builders have found that that homes built before 1960 have average maintenance costs of $564 a year, while a home built after 2008 averages $241. Similarly, operating costs average nearly 5% of the home’s value for pre-1960 structures, while they average less than 3% with new homes. Those savings definitely add up over time!

We think that single family homes are a great option for many people and believe we offer some of the best choices in the following communities:

Plan a visit today to see if a home in one of these communities is right for you! Plus, keep checking back on the blog for more resourceful tips on home ownership. In the meantime, happy house hunting and remember to start your search at http://hhhuntcommunities.com/.

Is Owning a Townhome for You?

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in life and there are so many options from which to choose. We believe that having valuable information is vital to a successful home search and we try to be a resource. At HHHunt Communities, we know that there are advantages to many different types of homes, which is why our master-planned communities typically offer a variety of home styles and types. In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the benefits of townhome living.

  • Less Maintenance –  One of the great aspects of a townhome is that it typically requires limited maintenance, especially compared to a single-family home. In most of our townhome communities, you can forget about mowing the lawn… that’s taken care of for you!  In addition to maintenance benefits, townhomes in HHHunt communities are in convenient locations and their compact nature makes them ideally suited for walkability. Some townhomes feature garages or may have reserved parking near your home, which makes getting to and from your car quick and easy.
  • Range of Pricing – Whether you’re looking for your first home, or looking to downsize, townhomes are a great option. Not only do you eliminate many maintenance hassles in a townhome neighborhood, but you can still get plenty of space and exciting design features for less cost than most single-family homes. Plus, you own your home and can take advantage of the many benefits of home ownership.
  • Sense of Community – Living in a townhome, especially in a master-planned community, means that you can also access all the community amenities, such as clubhouses, pools, walking trails, neighborhood events, etc. We hear such wonderful stories of neighbors in our communities becoming life-long friends!

We think townhomes are a great option for many people and HHHunt has new townhomes in the following communities:

Plan a visit today to see if townhome living is right for you! Plus, you can check back with us in a few weeks and we’ll share information on single-family homes. In the meantime, happy house hunting and remember to start your search at http://hhhuntcommunities.com/.

Candlelight Memorial at Rutland to Remember Enslaved African Americans

At HHHunt Communities, we’ve always been attracted to developing communities with deep historical roots. We take care to honor the legacy of the lands and grounds on which we build and Rutland was no exception.

In 2006, before Rutland became the award-winning community we know and love today, a group called Cultural Resources Inc. conducted an excavation on the site that uncovered the remains of 75 African Americans who had been enslaved on the property. From the moment of that discovery, we knew this was a legacy we needed to preserve, protect and honor. When we moved the historic Rutland House, which was owned by the Timberlake family and once served as a headquarters building for Gen. J.E.B. Stuart during the Civil War, we reinterred the uncovered remains in a special grave site nearby.

On Feb. 9, HHHunt Communities along with the Hanover Heritage Alliance, will be hosting an event at Rutland to honor the enslaved African Americans buried on the historic Timberlake property. Please join us at 5 p.m. to hear music by One Voice Ensemble, an interracial choir dedicated to tearing down racial divisions through music. You will also be given the opportunity to tour the Rutland House, hear from archaeologists, visit the cemetery and participate in a candlelight vigil and prayer led by Dr. Jerome Ross of Providence Park Baptist Church. Thank you for helping us preserve the memory of those buried at Rutland and keeping our shared history alive.