HISTORIC CHURCH HILL
Rising from the banks of the James River, Church Hill is where Richmond began in 1733 and has the distinction of being the oldest neighborhood in the city. Home to St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry famously declared ‘give me liberty or give me death”, the community is rich in history and culture. It was recently listed as one of the top 10 up and coming neighborhoods by USA Today.
Life in Church Hill
Dotted with quaint retail, local business, coffee shops and some of Richmond’s best eateries, life on ‘The Hill” appeals to all who visit. Home to Libby Hill Park, Chimborazo Park, many green spaces and community gardens, Church Hill is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Richmond.
Residents of Church Hill love to have fun. In March, the Irish Festival held around St. Patrick’s Day benefits many worthy causes and attracts thousands. Hogtober Fest held in the fall with BBQ, live music and beer is not to be missed.
Church Hill’s quiet, wide, tree-lined streets and a friendly atmosphere provide the perfect setting for choosing a home. Turn of the century homes with front porches and a charming mixtures of unique rooflines and façades create an architectural charm that is unmatched anywhere else in Richmond. Whether looking for an historic row home, a carefully renovated single-family residence or the prefect condominium, Church Hill has it all.
HISTORIC JACKSON WARD
Located between Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia, some say that Jackson Ward is “the” true downtown neighborhood. Shaped by European immigrants and African American settlers, the area is culturally significant, both in the growth of a community and the development of a thriving economy. Considering the expansion of the Richmond Convention Center and plans to expand Biotech’s research park, Jackson Ward holds an important place in Richmond’s future.
Life in Jackson Ward
With a growing number of restaurants and galleries, Jackson Ward has become a popular destination for dining and shopping. Most notably, the neighborhood is building on its rich history of music and entertainment centered on the famed Hippodrome Theater.
Jackson Ward has one of the largest collections of Greek revival and Victorian buildings in the city with in impressive assortment of historic homes. There is more ornate cast iron work along porches and façades than any other city outside of New Orleans. Much of this work can be found in homes along Clay and East Leigh Streets and was created from Richmond foundries. Adaptive re-use of historic structures along with newly built condominiums are available in this thriving and vibrant neighborhood.
THE FAN AND MUSEUM DISTRICT
Named for the "fan" shape of streets branching from Belvidere to the Boulevard, the Fan is the most eastern of the West End neighborhoods and is home to Virginia Commonwealth’s Monroe campus.
On the western edge is the Museum District, which is the location of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Historical Society and the Science Museum of Virginia. Cutting through the heart of both neighborhoods is Monument Avenue, featuring some of the city’s most impressive architecture and the location of some of Richmond’s most notable streets.
Life in The Fan and Museum District
Well loved and energetic, these neighborhoods include a variety of eclectic retail stores and restaurants—offering some of the best food in the city—all within easy walking and biking distance. Definitely two of of the most fashionable and fun neighborhoods in Richmond.
Close by is Carytown, Richmond’s main shopping district, with a wonderful variety of locally owned shops, boutiques, restaurants and small businesses. Historic Byrd Theatre, a 1928 movie palace, shows movies for $1.99 every night of the week.
From magnificent showplace homes along Monument Avenue, to elegant, and comfortable townhouses, duplexes, carriage houses, and condominiums, these neighborhoods offer housing solutions for everyone. Edwardian and Victorian renovations that have been thoughtfully revived compliment handsome Art Deco homes of the 20th century. Urban chic, and quintessentially Richmond.
THE NORTHSIDE AND GINTER PARK
Founded in the late 19th century by famed industrialist, Lewis Ginter, Gnter Park is one of Richmond's oldest suburbs. Nearby Laburnum Park features 1920's and 1930's homes built on what was once the grounds of the Laburnum mansion, which still stands on Westwood Avenue. Other lovely “streetcar suburbs” are included in Richmond’s Northside.
Life in the Northside
Only 3 miles and 10 minutes away from Richmond’s center, The Northside mixes metropolitan life with the comfort of being a part of a community. Thanks to thoughtful preservation efforts, the neighborhood remains largely unchanged since its inception. The Bellevue area has convenient shopping, entertainment and dining along MacArthur Avenue.
Filled with classically designed homes designed by some of Richmond’s most notable architects, Ginter Park is known for its distinct architectural detailing. Charming tree lined streets include a pleasing variety of home styles including Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts Bungalow, Romanesque Revival and homes with Spanish architectural influence. From simple but elegant carpenter’s cottages, to some of Richmond’s most spectacular homes, Ginter Park and the Northside offer a wide variety of prices and choices.
Established in the late 1890’s as a suburb of the city, this northside neighborhood was made a historic district in 2003. The heart of the neighborhood is Battery Park, which includes the famed tennis courts where Arthur Ashe learned to play. This charming neighborhood has gained popularity as an ideal residential destination.
Life in Battery Park
Located at Hawthorne Avenue and Overbrook Road, Battery Park’s tennis courts include push button lighting for anytime play. The park includes basketball courts, two children's playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a community center that houses a free computer lab, and a swimming pool.
Idyllic and reminiscent of a bygone era, the streets of Battery Park will tug at your heartstrings. Beautifully restored single family homes including handsome Prairie style, elegant Queen Anne, stately Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival. The variety of designs gives the neighborhood a classic appeal, yet with the amenities for a 21st century lifestyle and only minutes from the city. Charming and unforgettable, Battery Park is worth a look.
Byrd Park was one of the first streetcar suburbs in the late 19th century and is centered around it’s namesake, a 287-acre park with three lakes near Richmond’s West End. The Dogwood Dell Amphitheater and Ha’Penny Stage are home to the city’s Festival of Arts, performing arts and many other events and celebrations. The historic World War I Carillon is one of only a few musical instruments of this type in the country, and is played on special days throughout the year.
Life in Byrd Park
Paddleboats, self-lighted tennis complex, and two soft ball field are a few of the amenities that residents of Byrd Park enjoy in this charming community. Historic Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate with formal gardens, a carriage collection and native wildlife exhibit and children’s farm, is nearby.
With a delightful assortment of early 19th century architecture, Byrd Park offers a row homes, two-story bungalows, brick Colonials, Cape Cods, tri-levels, ranchers and American Four Squares. You can also find a number of lakefront Spanish, Georgia and colonial Revival mansions in this remarkable neighborhood.
NEAR WEST END
Just west of I-195, the Near West End grew along the James River and north to Broad Street. With forested trails fronting the James, residents have a chance to get back to nature, while living only minutes from the city center. The University of Richmond sits in the city’s near West End.
Life in The Near West
The West end is host to Richmond’s popular Greek and Armenian festivals and also the Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall, a 16th century manor house transported from England. Pony Pasture Rapids offers excellent fishing and is considered to be one of Richmond’s best locations for birdwatching, kayaking, whitewater canoe runs and tubing. Shopping is plentiful at the Avenues and Willow Lawn, Richmond’s first mall, and along Grove and Libbie Avenues with upscale boutiques and restaurants. With seeping views of the James River, the prominent Country Club of Virginia is located on River Road.
A variety of early 20th century homes in some of Richmond’s most coveted neighborhoods are available in this vibrant area. Windsor Farms, Westhampton, Willow Lawn, Wilton and Malvern Gardens are a few of the notable neighborhoods in this prestigious area. The upscale and serene River Road corridor offers exceptional homes crafted over the past several decades for the most discriminating buyers.
The area, ”South of the James” is connected by many of Richmond’s iconic bridges and is home to several venerable neighborhoods. Westover Hills, named for the home of Richmond’s founder William Byrd, is one of the area’s more established neighborhoods. It is accessed by the Boulevard Bridge, known by Richmonders as the “Nickel Bridge” for the cost of the original toll. Bon Air was a late 19th century destination for city folks to “get away” form the industrial atmosphere of downtown Richmond. Forest Hill Park was once the site of an amusement park, and the area surrounding it is now know as Forest Hill Historic Districts. A few of the neighborhoods in the Southside include Manchester, Woodland Heights, Stratford Hills, Brandermill, Oxford, and Powhite.
Life in the Southside
Richmond’s South Side’s has a diverse history from industrial to resort. Today the area is a thriving community with upscale homes, amazing parks, fabulous restaurants, multiple retail opportunities and a strong arts and business community. The Southside is also a golfers paradise with many of the area’s golf courses and country clubs located in this part of Richmond.
Richmond’s Southside is full of history and diverse neighborhoods. You’ll find single family home in an amazing assortment of architecture including Colonial, Tudor Revival, Cape Cod and Spanish Revival, at prices that will suit a wide range of budgets. New townhomes with open floorplans, modern finishes and features as well as condominiums are also available.