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RVA French Food Festival 2017

The RVA French Food Festival began in 2009, as a fundraiser for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a local non-profit serving Virginia’s elderly poor. The idea for the festival was sparked during a conversation between dedicated volunteers and donors Michael Siewers and Stokes McCune, Development Director Christy Heinen, and Sister Josephine at a Christmas party. It was noted that Richmond was quickly establishing itself as a ‘foodie’ town, with a vibrant restaurant scene and numerous food festivals as well.

The Little Sisters of the Poor has its roots in France, and the group remarked on the absence of French cuisine on the Richmond Festival scene. As fate would have it, longtime friend of the home and classically trained Master Chef Paul Elbling had recently retired from running his restaurant La Petite France, and generously agreed to headline the festival with some of his very own dishes.

And so the RVA French Food Festival has grown, highlighting the French culture, food, music, and wine, all for a wonderful cause. From a Parisian marketplace featuring local vendors, to entertainment from fantastic musicians and even local favorite Jonathan the Juggler, to a dish of Chef Paul’s Boeuf Bourguignon or Chef Sean’s Gumbo Ya Ya, it is a festival you DON’T want to miss. In 2015, the festival added 6 fantastic new local chefs to the line-up, and after the success of a Friday night preview event in 2016 we’ve added it to the permanent lineup this year!

Friday, April 28th, 2017
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Will it be a Buyer’s or a Seller’s Market in 2015?

 Dice buy sell


    A serious look into an ever-changing Real Estate Market, like the one projected for 2015, indicates we should be up for anything. Ann and I are reading trends and forecasts which suggest market conditions slightly favoring sellers in the coming months. Low inventory with an increase in consumer activity (once the weather clears) will support modest price increases and the likelihood of more competitive bid situations.


The housing marketplace is a non-linear force that is not subject to the laws of gravity. Described as less volatile and easier to understand than the stock market, housing is equally as unpredictable and more subject to the emotional whims of a consumer. The buyer vs. seller advantage may not be as it appears from one month to the next; real estate is locally driven, so it is area specific, and will also cycle according to price points.


For instance, conditions changed several times during the course of 2014; as the market improved buyers and sellers were anticipating home sales to favor sellers. There were subtle changes in the fall market that evolved to favor purchasers late in the year. This seems to have happened in spite of generally low inventory in the resale market. Conservative purchasers were taking their time when considering what to buy, without any perceived pressure to purchase quickly, and did not turned out in as high numbers as hope in order to favor sellers.


Although modest in terms of value increases, the total volume of projected home sales is very positive for 2015.  While it is still early in the year, a noticeable uptick in activity is present in the marketplace. So hang on, things could start moving at a rapid pace very soon – we are on the cusp of the spring market, when not only the temperatures heat up – improved consumer confidence, pent-up demand, low mortgage interest rates, and new homes coming on the market are a good recipe for activity.


Contact your trusted real estate advisor for the most accurate evaluation of Real Estate and housing trends available in the marketplace today. We are happy to assist you too!


Ann & John VanderSyde
Ann & John VanderSyde

This Blog will be featured in RTD “Ask the Expert” Article on Sunday 3/1/2015


News Paper - RealEstateResearch released from the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) showed 95 percent of consumers who bought a home started their search for the property on-line (Statistics from the NAR are slightly higher) . Catching those buyers attention requires your listing have the right price, the right selling tools, and a plan for getting the product to market.

The best information and results comes from those Realtors who are experienced, knowledgeable and reliable. Ann & John VanderSyde have what consumers need to buy and sell the best homes throughout the Richmond Metropolitan Areas.

Please Review information at www.InSydeHomes.com and contact Ann or John to find out what is happening in your area now.


Ann & John are the top producing Team at Virginia Properties/Long & Foster since 2009, and are both Associate Brokers – 18 combined years of Team experience!

Seventy Five years of Richmond’s Historic Preservation

This year is the seventy fifth year that officially marks the foundation of historic preservation in Richmond, Virginia in 1935. Laying the ground work for preservation in the 1920’s and 30’s, “Mary Wingfield Scott, Elisabeth Scott Bocock, Louise Catterall and Mary Reed contributed significantly to the increased appreciation for Richmond’s built environment through research, publication, postcards and walking tours”. It wasn’t until 1935 when an important historic structure, the Adam Craig House, was threatened with demolition that the idea of preservation as a practice was established.

It was Mary Wingfield Scott who formed a committee in order to purchase and preserve the Craig House. Located at 1812 East Grace Street, it was “the childhood home of Jane Craig Stanard, the subject of Edgar Allan Poe’s “To Helen,” the Adam Craig House was one of the few remaining 18th century structures in Richmond”. The then 145 year old home was saved from destruction and is touted as perhaps the oldest continuously occupied residences in Richmond today.

The Adam Craig House is listed again for sale by Virginia Properties, a Long & Foster Company; in August of 2010 this historic landmark is once again available for purchase in time to celebrate one of the most remarkable foundations in Richmond. Qualified purchasers can call for an appointment and the opportunity to own a significant piece of historic Richmond History.

Researched through the Historic Richmond Foundation, 4 E. Main Street, Suite 1-C, Richmond, VA 23219, www.historicrichmond.com

The Virginia Center for Architecture

Located on Monument Avenue

The Virginia Center for Architecture – Now on Permanent Exhibit:

The House That Pope Built

The Virginia Center for Architecture celebrates two years of bringing architecture to life with the opening of a permanent exhibit on its headquarters building, built in 1919 by architect John Russell Pope, FAIA.

The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.

What else is going on at the Center? Take a look at our upcoming tours and other special programs

Check out the latest offerings from the VCA Museum Shop

On the Washington Post’s list of 5 More Reasons to Visit Richmond Now: The Virginia Center for Architecture!

See where Virginia’s buildings rank in the AIA’s poll of America’s favorite architecture