20 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals
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.
7th Most Aspirational City
– The Daily Beast
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:
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, theatres and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richmond, Virginia: 50 Best Places to Live in America
– Men's Journal