Whether you’re new to Richmond or a native, finding the best neighborhood to live in can be a difficult decision. NCJ specializes in neighborhoods throughout the city, and you can visit a full guide of the Richmond communities here.
The main neighborhoods in Richmond are Carytown, Church Hill, Downtown, The Fan, Museum District, Jackson Ward, Forest/Westover Hills, and Shockoe. Let’s dive into what each area has to offer!
Carytown is a unique blend of local shops and residences in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. This district has an eclectic style and is home to over 230 shops, restaurants, and offices. The Cary Street Park and Shop Center was built in the 1930s and opened for business in 1938. As more shops developed on the surrounding property, the entire area became bustling with customers and tourists. Nowadays, you can come to Carytown and expect to find one-of-a-kind stores owned by local vendors, world-class dining options, a historic movie theater, vegan bakeries and cafes, and plenty of places to settle down and call home.
Church Hill overlooks the city from the hills in East End. The district draws its name from St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is where Henry gave his infamous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech. This area has its own personality, and is home to some of the best restaurants in Richmond. It’s a great place to live if you want to be convenient to the city, but stay away from all the noise.
Downtown Richmond is a vibrant mix of unique restaurants, trendy hotels, renowned art galleries, and delightful boutiques. If you love city life and apartment living, then this is the place for you!
The Fan is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Richmond, VA. Most of the houses here were built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. With a variety of restaurants, bars, and stores within walking distance, it is the perfect neighborhood for someone looking for an exciting, bustling community.
Nestled between The Fan and Richmond’s West End, the Museum District is one of Richmond’s most significant collections of early 20th-century architecture. The district features museums, brick-row houses, detached townhomes, apartment buildings, small commercial structures, churches, a synagogue, and plenty of schools. With calm streets and city life without the commotion, this is a fantastic place to raise a family.
Jackson Ward sits to the west of Court End and north of Broad Street. In this historic landmark district, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The name “Jackson Ward” came from the original title of this area’s political district between 1871 to 1905, and it has been stuck ever since. Most residents are young professionals who rent their homes. If that sounds like you, it could be the right fit!
The Forest/Westover Hills neighborhood is a microcosm of Richmond history. It is home to a wide range of architectural styles in Forest Hill, from Federalist houses dating back to the early days of the nation, to mid-20th century homes designed by nationally recognized modernist architects. From rooftop breweries to family-owned restaurants, Westover Hills itself is filled with magical places to escape to. It’s a short walk or drive to many trails and spots on the James River.
Shockoe Slip and Bottom are located east of downtown Richmond along the edge of the James River. This area contains much of the land included in Colonel William Mayo’s 1737 plan of Richmond, making it one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The vibrant late-night scene full of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs balanced by upscale dining, walking trails, and iconic cobbled streets make Shockoe one of Richmond’s most lively neighborhoods. If you are a young professional and looking to rent your home, this may be the place for you.