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Neighborhood Profiles

Neighborhood Profiles

Richmond: Virginia's Vibrant Capital

It’s Richmond’s unique, authentic, historical neighborhoods that make the city so special. Whether you are looking for a cozy cottage in a quiet neighborhood or a modern condo in the heart of the city, Richmond has a neighborhood and a home that meets your desires. 

Battery Park

Established in the late 1890's as a suburb of the city, this northside neighborhood was named after a Confederate Battery. Established as a historic district in 2003, the home styles include Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne and Prairie Style. In the heart of the neighborhood is Battery Park, which includes tennis courts where Arthur Ashe learned to play, basketball courts, a community center, swimming pools, and two playgrounds. Learn more. See more.

Carver

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, between 1840 and 1920 the neighborhood developed into a community of primarily working class residents and by 1930 had become a strong African American community. The architectural styles represented are from the nineteenth century, most frequently Italianate and Greek Revival. Learn more. See more.

Chimborazo-Oakwood

This community encompasses three neighborhoods - Chimorazo, Oakwood, and Glenwood Park, in the east end of the city. The community has a rich Civil War history, and was developed as a primarily residential neighborhood with brick and frame dwellings from the late 10th to early to mid 20th century in an eclectic mixture of Late Victorian, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival styles. Learn more. See more.

Church Hill

Overlooking Shockoe and downtown, Church Hill is Richmond's first historic district and includes in its boundaries most of the original 32 blocks of the town laid out by Captain William Mayo in 1737. The neighborhood is home to St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry gave his passionate, "Give me liberty, or give me death" speech. Learn more. See more.

Fairmount

Originally a town and annexed by the City of Richmond in 1906, this late 19th century " trolley car suburb" neighborhood consists primarily of Italianate, Queen Anne, and Bungalow/Craftsman-style homes in the eastern end of the city. The Fairmount Historic District was officially listed on the National Historic Register in 2008. Learn more. See more.

The Fan

Just west of downtown, The Fan offers the largest concentration of intact Victorian architecture in the country, spanning 85 blocks laid out in a fan shape. Learn more. See more.

Jackson Ward

Located in downtown, this historically African-American neighborhood features the greatest collection of cast-iron porches. This neighborhood was recently named one of the best neighborhoods in the country by Southern Living Magazine. Learn more. See more.

Manchester

Originally settled by English in 1609, the original city of Manchester became a major port and commercial seabord in the 1800's. Annexed by the City of Richmond, this revitalizing area is a mixture of industrial, creative and residential. Learn more. See more.

Northern Barton Heights

This neighborhood comprises of several late 19th and early 20th century subdivisions laid out in an early suburban grid. When the streetcar line extended into the neighborhoods in the 1920's and 1930's, commercial development sprang up along North Avenue and Brookland Park Boulevard. The majority of the residential dwellings are two-story, frame, Bungalows and American Foursquare in the Colonial Revival style. See more.

Oregon Hill

The Oregon Hill neighborhood rests on a plateau with views of the James River, Shockoe Slip, and downtown Richmond. The majority of the original homes are two-story, side-hall cottages with full entrance Greek Revival porches. The residents have transitioned from early workers of the James River and Kanawha Canal to students of nearby VCU and young families. Learn more. See more.

Scott's Addition

Developed in two phases between the 1900's and the 1950's, the neighborhood is an eclectic mix of industrial and commercial users, as well as some residential. The neighborhood contains one of the most varied collections of architectural styles in the city, including Moderne, Art Deco, Post Modern, Mission, and others. Learn more. See more

Southern Barton Heights

This neighorhood was historically known as the Town of Barton Heights, one of the earliest streetcar suburbs in north Richmond. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Laid out in the early 1800's, the neighborhood's homes feature the Queen Anne style as the most prominent architectural type. Learn more. See more.

Union Hill

Situated on a high western bluff above Shockoe Valley, just east of downtown Richmond, the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a City Old and Historic District. The neighborhood's diverse architecture includes Antebellum, Victorian, Classical Revival, and modern. Learn more. See more.

Woodland Heights

First advertised as a luxury riverside retreat in 1891 due to its close proximity to downtown Richmond and Forest Hill Park, the neighborhood began as a trolley car suburb in the early 1900's. the 80-block area features a collection of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, American Four Squares and Bungalows, most of which were constructed between 1914 and 1933. Learn more. See more.

Windsor Farms

This is one of Richmond's first planned neighborhoods, designed in 1926 to resemble an English village. The large Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, and Georgian Revival Mansions sit on lots varying from half to 23 acres. Learn more. 

Malvern Gardens

Located in the near West End and close to Carytown and Interstate 195, Malvern Gardens is a well-established neighborhood of mostly Colonial Revival and Tudor homes, along tree-lined wide streets. See more.

 

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