Benefits of Low Maintenance Living

Raking Leaves a Thing of the Past!

If you’ve ever witnessed the beauty of fall in Virginia, then you know the greatest gift of all is time to experience every last bit.   And when you see all those leaves changing colors and start falling, you know what that means. That’s why at Cornerstone Homes, we do the work and you do the living.  With our low-maintenance lifestyle, you will enjoy the beautiful colors of all the leaves without picking up a rake!

Along with professionally maintained landscaping, we provide exterior maintenance, which includes raking those leaves, cleaning the gutters and fertilizing and feeding the lawn.  Put the rake down and put your feet up — there are so many incredible things to do with your time now that you don’t have to worry about exterior maintenance this fall.

With your new “free” time you can spend more time visiting with friends and family, starting a new hobby or picking up an old one, reading a good book, trying new recipes in your new gourmet kitchen, or just enjoying your new home and your new neighbors.   Now that you have more free time, get out and enjoy all the outdoor recreation spots in a Cornerstone Home community…. Trails, lakes, fire pits, gardens, lighted sidewalks or any of the other thoughtfully designed gathering spots that are waiting for you.

Of course every year, Virginia is #1 for showing its vibrant colors for the fall foliage fanatics!  For those who live in a Cornerstone Homes community, you can hop in the car and in a jiffy be at another spectacular spot to “peep” at the leaves.  

In beautiful Richmond, Fredericksburg and beyond, the seasonal burst of color is always a sight to see. If you’re a “leaf peeper” who can’t get enough of this time of year, Cornerstone Homes is the perfect place to be!  While you’re out exploring, you can enjoy every minute knowing you don’t have to worry about raking your leaves!  Here a just a few of the many places to explore:

Richmond Area Leaf Colors

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James River Park – Hike the trails along the James River and cross the James to Bell Island.  Views of the City and the River are awe inspiring. 

Maymont Park One of Richmond’s treasures.  Something for everyone-gardens, Japanese bamboo forest and waterfalls, nature center, Dooley Mansion, Children’s Barn and great walking trails.

University of Richmond: Architectural and horticultural beauty is even more stunning when fall washes over the campus.  Stroll the walkways, paths and lakes.

Three Lakes Park & Nature Center: Trails, lush vegetation, dense forestry, beautiful wetlands and the lakes. This is an ideal stage for fall color. 

Forest Hill Park: With creeks, a pond, and a lake, Forest Hill Park is a relaxing place to unwind and soak up the beauty by the water. You can even take a leisurely hike for some incredible views! 

Libby Hill ParkLook out onto the scenic and historic James River from this hilltop, where you’ll love to sit, reflect, and recharge among the gorgeous foliage all around you. This view seems to go for days!

Pocahontas Park Most popular state park.  Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park.  Great hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Leaf Peeping Outside of Richmond

Blue Ridge Mountains: There’s a reason why people sing about the Blue Ridge Mountains… This natural wonder provides some of the most breathtaking fall views you’ll ever experience. Get out and explore! 

Chris Greene Lake: There’s no better place to peep the leaves than this picturesque park in Charlottesville. Filled with peace and calm, it’s a perfect area to roam around and feel the fall spirit.

Pippin Hill Winery – this gem of a winery  has view of the mountains near Charlottesville and a perfect spot for a picnic or a gourmet lunch in their restaurant.

Wintergreen Ski Resort Ride along the Blue Ridge Park way or hike Hump Back Rocks – all close to Wintergreen resort. 

Shenandoah County Park: Nestled between Maurertown and Toms Brook, this family-friendly park is great for the grandkids! With a playground, birding trails, and more, there’s so much for everyone to do.
Fern Park: When you’re surrounded by this hidden gem in the hills, you’ll never feel more one with nature. Perfect for a relaxing hike, Fern Park in Roanoke is a place that you’ll long to return to each year. 

Leaf Peeping Around Fredericksburg:


Chatham Manor: Vista of downtown Fredericksburg is amazing. The historic manor and grounds are breathtaking.

Battlefield Drive:  Run, walk or drive this historic drive.

Motts Run Reservoir:  Grab a canoe and explore.  Great fishing too!

Rappahannock River Trail:  The Rappahannock River views from the trail are showstoppers year round, but the best in the fall.

Oh the joys and freedom of “maintenance free” living.  So now that you don’t have to worry about all that fall yard work since you live in a 55+ community, pack a picnic and check out of a few of our very favorite spots in and close to Richmond and Fredericksburg to peep the leaves. There’s no better time than this fall to lock and leave your home, and peep!  Or stay home and enjoy your home and the best neighbors in the world!   Join the Cornerstone club and feel the freedom!   

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