Our local real estate market has been up and down over the last few months. The government shutdown may have been responsible for our dip after having an upturn in 2013 from the previous year. Richmond is a great place to live as it is centrally located with access to the beach, mountains, or D.C. in a matter of a couple of hours. Large lakes are just an hour away for boating in addition to the James River which is right in town. Medical facilities are abundant with a new emergency center located at West Creek in eastern Goochland just off of 288 between Patterson and Broad Streets. There are many good restaurants to choose from including a couple of old favorites of mine: Mamma Zu’s on Pine Street in the city and Patina Grill in the suburb of Short Pump. The Science Museum is a hit for children and adults as well. The historic Landmark and Carpenter Theatres feature Broadway shows plus the Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony and Virginia Opera, perform annually in the Region. With so much to offer Richmond is truly a great place to call home!