As they say, Virginia is for Lovers. We think you’ll love all that our community of Castleton offers its homeowners, from wish-list upgrades and modern, open floorplans, to the amenities of the surrounding area that give residents the escape of the great outdoors, and the convenience of being in a travel hub. Let’s peek inside what it’s like to be At Home in Castleton!
If you ask the post office, Castleton is located in Henrico, Virginia, but locals refer to the area as Varina. Regardless of the name, the area boasts lower than the national average cost of living and averages only eight snow days a year! If you are relocating to the area, you may be puzzled by the horseshoe shape of Henrico, which curves around the north of the city of Richmond. There’s a simple explanation: Henrico is the name used by the U.S. Postal Service for the unincorporated areas of the Henrico County.
If you are a history buff, you’ll be in your prime here. Henrico County is one of the oldest counties in the United States. Dating back to 1634, Henrico County was named after Citie of Henricus and was one of the eight original Shires of Virginia. Varina was actually the county seat back then.
Henrico County was the scene of several American Civil War battle sites, and is the home to Curles Neck Farm, a 5,600-acre property that is included on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is a working, private farm that sits on the north side of the James River. This historic gem is included among the James River Plantations and has remained in operation for almost 400 years!
For the travelers among us, Henrico County boasts both the Richmond International Airport and an Amtrak passenger station. Even closer than the Henrico County Amtrak station is the Main Street Train Station in Richmond, which also offers Amtrak service. Motorists have the advantage of the interstate system which weaves through the county including interstates 54, 95, 195 and 295. Our homeowners especially have quick and easy access to the airport and Interstate 295 and Highway 895, which provides a quick connection to Interstate 95.
For the trivia buffs, Henrico County is one of two counties in the state that maintains its own roads. And, of course, for the motorsports lovers out there, the county is also the location of the Richmond International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races each year!
And it doesn’t stop there- there’s so much more to love about our conveniently located Castleton. Outdoor enthusiasts will escape to the nearby Dorey Park and Recreation Center and Four Mile Creek Park. Dorey Park is home to a popular one-acre off-leash dog park, 18-hole disc golf course, horseback ring and trails, pond (which is stocked annually with channel catfish), playground, picnic and pavilion area, and walking trails.
Speaking of trails, both Dorey Park and Four Mile Creek are connected to the Virginia Capital Trail! If you are not familiar with this paved pedestrian and bicycle trail, it spans 52 miles and brings hikers closer to nature and 400 years of history!
Boaters are not far from Deep Bottom Park, which offers two boat ramps into James River. There is also a nearby canoe launch onto Four Mile Creek.
We know that there are barbeque lovers among us! For those of you who love this southern smoked delicacy like us, there’s Ronnie’s BBQ less than two miles from Castleton. This place is a family built business that is a favorite of locals. But the news is spreading. Ronnie’s has been featured on Food Network, The View and Style Weekly! This is a must-visit for all barbeque fans!
For families and book lovers, and for those eight snowy days a year on average, there’s also the new Varina Area Library. This impressive $28 million, 43,885-square-foot facility offers many amenities like a digital media lab, demonstration kitchen, study rooms, and classes that are sure to draw in folks of all interests! It will even offer a walking trail that connects to the Virginia Capital Trail!
There’s no doubt that life outside Castleton can be full of adventure. Life inside our neighborhood is just as appealing! Eastwood Homes offers a variety of award-winning floor plans that fit the lifestyles of many different homebuyers. In fact, our Drexel model at Castleton has been awarded the Gold Award for Best Overall Home by the Homebuilders Association of Richmond!
We currently offer seven different floorplans that include single level plans, first floor master suite options, and two-and-three story designs with sunrooms, open lofts, bonus rooms, and many more customizable options. Our new homes include granite countertops, maple cabinets, desirable hardwood floors, and much more! We also offer trendy design elements like pendant lights and farmhouse sinks that allow our homeowners to customize their home to fit their specific style. And when you’re feeling neighborly, or just need to stretch your legs, our community features sidewalks lined with streetlights giving homeowners an easy way to enjoy the gorgeous weather that Henrico offers.
At Home is a feature in our blog series that we will use to paint a picture of what it’s like to call one of our Eastwood Homes communities “home.” We hope you will enjoy these virtual peeks inside our neighborhoods and their surrounding areas. Please let us know if we can give you a tour in real life!