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Relocating to Richmond, Virginia

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I’ve relocated to a different city before, and I remember the frustration of trying to find a place to live while having no real sense of the neighborhoods.  So, I’m putting myself in your shoes.  If you’re relocating to Richmond, VA how are you going to navigate the different counties and neighborhoods?

Overview of Metro Richmond 
I’m a visual person, so I like to start with a map.  I found a great one on One South Realty’s website that is color coded.  If you visit their site, there are great overviews of each area.one south realty

Schools
If you have children, you’ll use the schools to begin narrowing your search.  If you start asking your realtor, you’ll most likely reach a dead end as the Fair Housing Act prevents them from speaking to the quality of the area schools and other aspects of the neighborhood.  You can read more about that here.  I did find a great online guide at Virginia Properties-A Long and Foster Company’s website which includes links to all local public and private schools.  Great Schools is a also good online resource; however, as a former educator, I would not rely solely on online reviews–it’s always best to talk to the locals.

Neighborhoods
Once you’ve narrowed your search to a specific area, you can start shopping neighborhoods.  A great way to get the feel of a neighborhood is to check out its website.  Below is a list I put together for neighborhoods located in the city.

Richmond Neighborhood Association Websites
The Fan
Museum District
Downtown
Westhampton (includes Stonewall Court, Tuckahoe Terrace, Glenburnie, Willway Gardens, etc.)
Windsor Farms
Jackson Ward
Church Hill
Ginter Park
Bellevue
Westover Hills
Forest Hill

A quick Google search and you can locate a neighborhood association outside of the city.  Also, Shannon Milligan with Keller Williams Richmond West has a great community guide on her website.  Simply hover over the “Communities” tab at the top to reveal neighborhoods in Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, and Richmond.

If you are considering purchasing or refinancing in Richmond, VA please feel free to contact me for a mortgage consultation. Also, if you haven’t yet found a realtor, I am happy to refer you to one.   

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