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Living in Richmond, VA

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 Richmond developers converting old places into new spaces has grown more innovative and exciting in the past few years. There is a “wow” factor in downtown residential buildings 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 pools 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.

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Areas to Live in Downtown Richmond

Downtown Richmond is made up of eight neighborhoods, each with its own identity, history and character. Explore all of downtown RVA's neighborhoods and find out which one is for you:

Arts District

The Arts District is the heart and home to RVA’s arts and culture bringing together the best elements of Richmond creativity and cultural institutions like art galleries, co-working spaces and social clubs, theaters and more.

Court End

The historic Court End neighborhood is known for being home to VCU's impressive Health System and MCV Campus, The Valentine – Richmond's living history museum – and the innovation of VA Bio+Tech Park.

Financial District

Hub to RVA's workforce, Fortune 500 companies, hotels for business travelers and to our city and state government, downtown's Financial District is the economic epicenter of Richmond and Virginia.

Jackson Ward

Known as the birthplace of Black entrepreneurship and the "Harlem of the South," Jackson Ward is rich in history, culture and community forging a new wave of creative enterprises and the next generation's creative class.


RVA's fastest growing residential neighborhood and leader in development throughout the Richmond region, Manchester is the newest downtown neighborhood to explore.

Monroe Ward

The historic and scenic Monroe Ward is a perfect fit for local living and out-of-town visitors looking for a relaxing neighborhood with all the amenities of downtown living.

Shockoe Bottom

From historic warehouses turned apartments and the 17th Street Market to the Richmond African Burial Ground and Main Street Station, there's something for everyone to explore in Shockoe Bottom.

Shockoe Slip

Cobblestone streets, specialty shops and the Riverfront Canal Walk make up the picturesque neighborhood of Shockoe Slip and is home to attractions like The First Freedom Center, Riverfront Canal Cruises and more.

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Where to Live in Downtown Richmond, VA

Places to Live in the Arts District, Richmond, VA:

  • 121 Apartments
  • 326 East
  • Artisan Alley Apartments
  • The Atrium on Broad
  • Broadway Apartments
  • DECO at CNB
  • Hutzler on Broad
  • The Jackson on Broad
  • Metro Sound Apartments
  • Morton Apartments
  • President Walk Apartments
  • Stationhouse Apartments
  • The Simon Cycle Building
  • Theater Row Apartments

Places to Live in the Financial District, Richmond, VA:

  • 8th & Main Apartments
  • American Heritage Apartments
  • Centennial Apartments
  • The Edison Apartments
  • First National Apartments
  • Miller & Rhoads Apartments
  • Stumpf Flats on Main

Places to Live in Jackson Ward, Richmond, VA:

  • CT Russell Lofts
  • District Square Apartments
  • EcoFlats
  • Jackson Street Lofts
  • Landmark at Marshall Broad
  • Marshall Adams Apartments
  • One West Jackson
  • The Penny at Jackson Ward
  • The Richmond Dairy Apartments
  • The Rosa Apartments
  • Van de Vyver Apartment Homes
  • Washington Plaza

Places to Live in Manchester, Richmond, VA:

  • 1200 Semmes Apartments
  • City View Lofts
  • City View Row
  • The Commons at Plant Zero
  • Hopper Lofts
  • Jamestown Apartment Flats
  • Link Apartments Manchester
  • Manchester Grand
  • The Mill at Manchester Lofts
  • The Mirage Manchester
  • Motorworks at City View
  • New Manchester Flats
  • Plant Zero Apartments
  • River’s Edge
  • Terraces at Manchester

Places to Live in Monroe Ward, Richmond, VA:

  • 4N4 Midtown
  • 8 ½ Canal
  • Adams Jefferson Apartments
  • The Berkshire Apartments
  • The Edgar at Linden Row
  • Grace & Monroe Apartments
  • Monroe Park Towers
  • Park Plaza at Belvidere
  • Phoenix on Foushee
  • Sydnor Flats
  • The Towers on Franklin Apartments

Places to Live in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA:

  • 2001 East Apartments
  • American Tobacco Center
  • Dill Building
  • The Flats at Walnut Alley
  • Fording Flats
  • Lofts & Upper Lofts at Canal Walk
  • The Lofts at Shiplock Watch
  • Main2525
  • Market Slip Apartments
  • Market Villas
  • The Masonry Apartments
  • Overview Apartments
  • Pohlig Box Factory Apartments
  • The Poythress Apartments
  • Raven Place
  • The River Lofts at Tobacco Row
  • Shockoe Center Apartments

Places to Live in Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA:

  • Bowers Building
  • The Buggy Factory
  • Canal Crossing
  • The Corner Lofts
  • Eclipse Apartments
  • Exchange Alley Lofts
  • Exchange Place Apartments
  • Jackson Pine Alley Apartments
  • The Lofts at Shockoe Slip
  • The Overview Apartments
  • Riverside on the James
  • The Shockoe Cary Building
  • Shockoe Commons Apartments
  • Shockoe Creek Apartments
  • Smokehouse Lofts
  • Vistas on the James
  • The William Hill Building