Below are several Richmond communities with amazing and unique historic character. Contact me for a tour of these or other areas in Richmond.
Life on the river east of the city is pretty amazing. Condos and restaurants in Rockett’s Landing have beautiful river and sunset views. Hop on your bike and hit the Capital Trail or slide a boat in the river from the marina. You don’t even need a car with access on the city’s Pulse transit system at your door. The Boat House is known for its great cocktails and its tremendous evening views of the city.
Church Hill and Church Hill North
Two of the oldest neighborhoods in Richmond, Church Hill and Church Hill North are divided by East Broad Street and have distinctively different vibes. North Church Hill has house styles from colonial revival to deco and has many pockets of lively commercial areas among the row houses and detached homes. The oldest known existing commercial building stands at the corner of 27th and Marshall Street. And here you’ll find some of the city’s exciting new food venues such as The Roosevelt, Dutch and Company and Sub Rosa bakery.
Church Hill, south of East Broad Street, is the city’s oldest residential neighborhood. It is named for St. John’s Chuch, built in 1741 on land given to the city by William Byrd. Church Hill contains the largest group of antebellum houses built in Richmond. Houses date from the early to the late 1800’s and the hilly streets are lined with hundred-plus year-old trees. Stand in Libbie Park and see the bend in the river that gave Richmond it’s name as it remind Byrd of the Thames where it ran through Richmond, England.
Named for the creek that ran through it, Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom were mostly commercial in the past years. Several warehouses have been remodeled as apartments or condos and in the early 2000’s the city’s first downtown high-rise condo buildings were erected here and still enjoy some of the best views of the river and the city lights. The nightlife is centered on Shockoe Bottom’s farmer’s Market area. The Slip is home to the advertising giant the Martin Agency and La Difference contemporary furniture store along with many shops, restaurants and offices.
Cross the river at 14th Street and you are in Manchester, where a swift boom is taking place. New condos are rising and old warehouses are being renovated to house the Richmonders who want to be close to the city but not right in it. The views are spectacular from the right address and the restaurants and breweries are following the crowds here. Visit Legend Brewery, the one watering hole that beat the crowds, opening in 1994 and still going strong.
An historically working class neighborhood has become a hot spot due to its great location, pleasant street grid, and views. Houses here were built during Reconstruction following the Civil War. The neighborhood got its name because people who moved that far west out of the city were said to “might as well be moving to Oregon”! Some newer houses have been built as infill to take advantage of all Oregon Hill has to offer. And The Overlook Townhouse complex takes advantage of river views. Iconic restaurant Mama Zu’s still serves up classic Italian fare and newer spots like L’ppossum have people from all over the city visiting this small historic neighborhood regularly.
“Northside” is actually several neighborhoods bound by 64 to the east and 95 to the west and south. The neighborhoods are considered “street car suburbs” as they sprang up following the development of the street cars and land development by several large land owners including Lewis Ginter. The suburbs include Ginter Park, Bellvue, Barton Heights, Highland Park and Sherwood Park. Houses are many styles, but the American four square is well represented. Several shopping districts include favorite dining spots such as Enoteco Sogno and Dot’s Back Inn. Joseph Bryan Park is a wonderful amenity for people who choose Northside as their home and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens draws tourists from afar for its annual holiday light extravaganza.
Central Business District and Monroe Ward
If you want to live close to work and play, the CBD is the place for you. Bordered by the river to the south, Shockoe Valley to the east and Belvidere Street to the west, this area still has more commercial than residential, but that is changing. Several condo buildings have been worked into the city, but apartment living is the most popular situation. Theaters and restaurants are walking distance and the Pulse transit makes life here easy. Many of Richmond’s original mansions lined the streets leading out of the CBD into Monroe Ward near the spectacular Jefferson Hotel built in 1898. These houses now are being reclaimed as the single-family residences they once were.
Jackson Ward and Carver
Laying to the east and west of Belvidere north of Broad Street respectively, Jackson Ward and Carver are seeing a renaissance due to a thriving Arts District, music festivals, restaurants and a booming hotel and shopping district along Broad Street. Jackson Ward was built in the early 1800 by immigrants and became known as the harlem of the south during a post civil war boom of African American entrepreneurship. Today the beautifully built brick town houses with impressive iron-work remain the backbone of the neighborhoods. Carver has smaller-sized mostly clapboard detached and brick row-houses and has been infused with thoughtful infill to make affordable options. Theaters, galleries and the Black History Museum in the historic armory ground these neighborhood as they prepare to be reconnected with the downtown redevelopment to the east. For a fantastic meal, try Adarra or Saison in Jackson Ward.
The Fan is among the largest contiguous neighborhoods of turn-of-the-last century townhomes in the United States. Houses are mostly row houses, although Monument Avenue is a showcase of revival mansions from Colonial, Tudor, and Spanish Revivals to early Arts and Crafts and Italianate villas. It remains a popular neighborhood today for a diverse population due to its wide range of house sizes and its urban lifestyle. The city revitalization happened early in the Fan and many houses are restored and made convenient for modern living – although there are renovation projects to be had. Tucked among the Fan streets are several 19th century farmhouses which pre-date the neighborhood development and add to the wonderful architectural fabric of the Fan. You can walk to the finest museums in Richmond including the Science Museum, Children’s Museum, Museum of History and Culture, and the world-class VMFA. Local restaurant favorites include 8 ½ Pizza and Scoop Ice Cream on Strawberry Street, The Heritage on Main, and Kuba Kuba at Park and Lombardy Avenues.
The Museum District and Scott’s Addition
The Museum District has received a shot in the arm from the development of Scott’s Addition north of W. Broad Street from Hermitage to Hamilton. Houses in the Museum district benefit from the active dining and craft beer scene in the walkable industrial area-turned play-area to its north and the funky Carytown shopping and lifestyle strip to the south- not to mention the museums along Arthur Ashe Boulevard for which the neighborhood is names. Scott’s Addition has a few condos but is better known for apartments, breweries like Vasen and lauded new restaurants such as Longoven and Aloi. Houses in the Museum District were built from around 1900 to 1940. They are typically smaller in size than the fan townhouses, but make up for it in affordability and convenience. Many pocket commercial areas of restaurants, bars, markets and other amenities make this neighborhood a desirable area.