The historical Fan, deriving its name from the way its
streets fan out from Belvidere Street to Boulevard, is home to many
apartments, homes, duplexes and townhouses. The charm of the Fan
comes from several different areas — whether it’s Monument
Avenue, the only street in the nation designated a National Landmark;
the beautiful parks and tree-lined streets; the museums and local
restaurants that are just around the corner; or the brick sidewalks
and cobblestone alleyways that remain as remnants from another time.
Perched atop one of Richmond’s hills, Church Hill
looks over the downtown area. Famously known for its St. John’s
Church, where Patrick Henry gave his “give me liberty or give
me death” speech, the “Hill” is the oldest intact
residential area in the city. For more than 100 years, this area
was the main location for the middle and upper class citizens of
Richmond. As the train and trolley stations began to move west,
so did the Church Hill residents. Now containing several parks and
beautiful town homes displaying a variety of architectural styles,
the area has become a destination for people interested in renovating
homes in this area.
Home to Hollywood Cemetery and the James River Park, this
quaint area contains town homes and a variety of people from different
backgrounds. Many of the homes have been renovated, but the areas
still provides opportunities for renovation and restoration.
In the center of downtown lies Jackson Ward. This historic
neighborhood is home to 19th- and 20th-century urban row houses,
the Maggie Walker House and the Bojangles Statue. Jackson Ward not
only contains history, but is only a few minutes from the Richmond
Coliseum and the hotspots of downtown.
Consisting of the area north of Broad Street, Northside
includes historical neighborhoods and beautiful turn-of-the-century
mansions. Amazing architecture can be found in such neighborhoods
as Ginter Park, Bellevue and Highland Park. Northside also is home
to the Arthur Ashe Center, The Diamond, the State Fairgrounds and
Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom
Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, known simply as the Slip
and the Bottom, are located in historic downtown. The Slip was once
the main commercial center for the city and still has 19th-century
brick warehouses, which continue to be renovated into luxury apartments.
While heading toward one of the latest restaurants or shops, you
can feel the history as you walk on the brick sidewalks and cobblestone
streets. The Bottom, only down the hill from the Slip contains many
of the same features, but also offers the historic 17th Street Farmers'
Market and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Along with its history, the
Bottom also boasts modern day pleasures, such as renovated buildings
featuring luxury apartments, art studios and galleries, shops and
restaurants, and a lively nightclub scene.
With a wide variety of architectural styles ranging from
the 1840s to the 1930s, Tobacco Row has been undergoing renovation
and revitalization projects. The area now contains newly refurbished
office complexes and apartments in what were once warehouses.
The counties surrounding Richmond are filled with beautiful
scenery and abundant history. Just click on the county names to
learn more about each county.
Home to many historic sites, such as 1611 Citie of Henricus, which
was the second English settlement in the New World, Chesterfield
County has 25 communities and over 1,000 neighborhoods.
The birthplace to several historic figures, such as Patrick Henry
and Henry Clay, Hanover has a grand tradition of history.
Established in 1634, Henrico County was named after Henry, Prince
of Wales, eldest son of King James I of England.
Founded in 1654, New Kent County has hosted such historic figures
as Martha Washington, and was even the site of her marriage to George
Washington in St. Peter’s Church.