Moving from SF to Richmond, VA — Please help!

posted 3 years ago in Richmond
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsBPhD:  Where will you be at school? I like Carytown area a lot. I was also driving through Oregon Hill last weekend and it’s really cute. If you want more suburban, the West End/Short Pump area is where I’d want to be. Richmond is pretty cool but has rough areas from block to block so if you can check out the neighborhood before a final decision, that would be to your advantage!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@MrsBPhD:  Agreed with antisocialite. Richmond is pretty awesome, but some areas can get kinda sketchy. Short pump is a great area, as well as The Fan. But, The Fan and Carytown are very much so filled with artsy and college students, so if you are looking to buy a home and start a family, that might not be ideal. Also, places like Hanover and Eastern Henrico counties are beautiful. You can have lots of land (or live in a nice neighborhood) and still be only 20 minutes from the city. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LeonardLady:  Agreed! We have friends in Mechanicsville and Glen Allen that both like it, and it’s still very close to the city, but much quieter!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@antisocialite:  Yep! I grew up in Mechanicsville and my sister lives in Glen Allen now 🙂 I’m in the Sandston/New Kent area.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Not a house but…

I live in Richmond now and I am working on my doctorate at MCV. I live in a four building complex called The Locks and I love it! It’s close enough that I can easily walk to school + there are several businesses close by. The apartments have a pool, 24 hour gym and a built in restaurant. It sounds super fancy but I am actually paying less for this apartment than i did for the place that I lived intiially (it was twice the size, in a closer location to MCV but there were hardly any businesses nearby and the area itself was a little dangerous). The apartments are dog friendly and include everything (even a flat screen tv) except the electricity bill. I also feel extremely safe living in this area. 

They are in the process of building a fifth building and are currently looking for people to put on the waitlist but you could definitely get into any of the current buildings. The website is http://www.lifeatthelocks.com

Feel free to message me if you want to know anymore about Richmond!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsBPhD:  I just looked it up and it seems like West End would be a good place to start looking! It’s about 15 minutes from HHM and in my experience a bit quieter.

Richmond does have a lot of college kids, with two universities there, but there is a lot to do. Lots of music venues, bars, restaurants. As for meeting people, I find the older I get the harder that is anywhere – but I’m sure there are meetup groups and I believe there are things like kickball or bocce leagues like there up here near DC!

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