20 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals

Forbes.com

Find Your Place

Downtown Richmond is growing into a mecca for creative, unique homes. Whether you are buying or leasing, options are abundant — from the restoration of historic buildings to the new construction of sleek high-rises and modern townhomes.

The imagination of developers converting old places into new spaces has grown more innovative and exciting in the past few years. There is a “wow” factor that you can’t find anywhere else. Imagine living in a former car dealership, a paper plant, a tobacco warehouse, an insurance headquarters, an armory, a bakery, a school or even in the Fountain of Deliverance.

Urban living has all the modern comforts of home that you’d expect to find anywhere — granite, stainless steel, jacuzzis, fireplaces, garages — yet so much more, like rooftop decks and one minute commutes. There are tons of restaurants within walking distance, and many are locally owned. The views from downtown are unbelievable, from water towers to white-water rapids, skylines to pristine landscapes, spaghetti works to railroad tracks, sunbathers to joggers, from vast fields of trees to blue herons and eagles — and in some lofts you can see it all.

7th Most Aspirational City

The Daily Beast

The Downtown Feeling

“Energy,” “authenticity,” “sense of community,” “spirit of creativity” and “innovation” are all terms that downtown residents use to describe their 21st century lifestyle. They exude a passion for downtown. Individuality and attitude abound. You can be anonymous or be a regular with the “Cheers” factor, where everyone knows your name at the locally owned restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and bars. The choice is yours.

So, come explore the downtown lifestyle and check out some of the developments as well as the resale listings. You’ll truly be “wowed” by what you see.

Check out some of the latest development projects featured in the most recent Downtown Development Guide — over 2,000 lofts have recently been completed or are underway.

Richmond, Virginia: 50 Best Places to Live in America

Men's Journal