at a glance:
- Major Cities: Chesterfield, Glen Allen, Bon Air, Colonial Heights, Richmond
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Valentine Richmond History Center, Agecroft Hall, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, James River Park, Edgewood Plantation, Richmond National Battlefield
- Major Industry: Civil Service, Finance, Retail, Healthcare, Banking, Food Services
- Counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan
Situated on the James River and less than 100 miles from
Washington D.C., Richmond is Virginia’s capital city. While the city itself
is home to only 200,000 people, it’s part of a much larger Richmond region that
encompasses the counties of
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and New Kent. Richmond real estate is appealing
and provides residents with a comfortable lifestyle.
Richmond enjoys a prominent role in the nation’s past, boasting several centuries
of impressive history. Its oldest church, St. John’s, was the site of Patrick Henry’s
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech in 1775. In 1780, Richmond replaced Williamsburg
as Virginia’s capital city, only to be burned by British troops the following year.
Its Tredegar Iron Works was of such strategic importance during the Civil War, that
Richmond was made the Capital of the Confederacy in 1861. Today, the Richmond region
is preparing to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the
first permanent English colony in the nation.
The city’s rich heritage is visible everywhere. Richmond real estate includes charming
historic neighborhoods and many plantations that line the James River. The city
also offers a variety of contemporary attractions. These include performances by
the Symphony, Philharmonic, and Ballet; horse racing at Colonial Downs—home of the
Virginia Derby—and NASCAR racing at the Richmond International Raceway; minor league
baseball games at Diamond Ballpark; and dining at the many restaurants located in
the city’s trendy Fan District.
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There has never been a better time to purchase Richmond real estate. Outdoor activities
abound amid the city’s 40 parks, which comprise 1,500 acres of natural beauty. Snorkeling,
kayaking, and tubing are all popular along the James River. The city hosts several
significant running races, including the UKrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in the spring
and the SunTrust Richmond Marathon in the fall. Cultural celebrations, like the
Virginia State Fair and the popular Carytown Watermelon Festival, take place throughout
the year, while every Christmas brings both Grand Illumination and the Richmond
Like many other Virginia cities, Richmond places a high premium on education. Virginia
Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, and the University of Richmond
all call Richmond their home. Two of the state’s 16 Governor’s Schools for gifted
children—the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International
Studies and the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology—are
also located in Richmond.
Although Richmond is considered a mid-sized municipality, it offers all the amenities
of a much larger city. People buy Richmond real estate because they like the area’s
strong job market and mild climate. If you’re interested in finding Richmond
homes for sale or real estate, then contact any of Long & Foster’s offices