A true patchwork of a city, RVA is comprised of dozens of diverse, distinctive neighborhoods, each with its own culture, character and history. Whether you’re looking for a new place to live or a new place to explore, Richmond’s moderate size means the sights of another neighborhood are never more than a short drive away.
With its proximity to both of VCU’s campuses and the Arts District, this region of RVA is both convenient and cultural. Local attractions include the Institute for Contemporary Art, connections to the James River Park System and several local art galleries, plus loft-style living in newly renovated downtown warehouses.
Known for being “close, but not too close” to downtown, the western part of Richmond features the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, outdoor destinations like Maymont, the charming boutiques of Carytown, the hoppin’ breweries and restaurants of Scott’s Addition and the bustling Shops at Willow Lawn.
Encompassing much of the city’s rich and complex history, RVA’s East End is home to the church where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech and the VCU Health Hub at 25th, which provides health services to underrepresented, under-resourced communities. Popular attractions include Southern Living’s best new restaurant of 2020 and access to the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail.
In the suburban-style neighborhoods of Richmond’s Northside you’ll find beautiful green spaces like the 50-acre Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Joseph Bryan Park, which hosts a weekly farmers market. The area also has become a restaurant and brewery hotspot, and NASCAR hosts several series at the nearby Richmond Raceway.
There’s a reason Outside Magazine named Richmond the best river town in America, and living in the city’s southern region offers unbeatable access to the James River. Stroll across the iconic T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, launch a kayak from Reedy Creek or take to the extensive James River Park trails system on foot or on a mountain bike.
The River City is nestled between several larger, sprawling counties that offer suburban and rural living across a broad, diverse spectrum of neighborhoods. Family-friendly attractions like the Metro Richmond Zoo, Kings Dominion amusement park and Short Pump Town Center are all a short drive from the city.