Being from the D.C. Metro area, I had never spent much time in Richmond before moving here. I actually knew very little about it apart from what I was taught in history classes. Maybe it’s just me, but when you’re being lectured for an exam on 8 detailed years of the Revolutionary War, the thought, “hey, I wonder if Richmond is a cool place to live in 2018…” never really gets a chance to cross your mind.
…I guess the joke is on me.
What’s so great about this place?
I wondered the exact same thing. And within less than a year of living here I can proudly say I can think of at least 20 different reasons off the top of my head why RVA is the best place to live, bar none. For now, here are just a few:
You can SEE the history
First of all, this city is over 300 years old. Everywhere you turn it’s unmistakably clear that this city has an incredible past and will have a remarkable future. You can’t even walk down the street without imagining what this place was like in its prime. Old warehouses converted into stylish apartments. Former office buildings turned to unique restaurants. Even retired factories offer a picturesque hint into Richmond’s previous life.
Contemporary with an old fashioned spin
There are buildings here from the 17th century, some still standing. And they are beautiful to look at, no doubt; but what about to live in? In this day and age we tend to prefer things to be chic rather than worn, and refined over dull. Every house I walk into, whether it’s to list, to show, or to support my team members, I’m always amazed at how modern they are. From the street you could see a gorgeous house built in the early 1900s, yet walking into it you have current 2018 style with the elegance of the original era still shining through. That’s why I feel so fortunate that I’m able to be a part of preserving, renovating, and developing this city. Being able to maintain the authentic beauty of a home while also putting a 21st century spin on it is an indescribable feeling.
According to the U.S. Census there are over 220,000 people just in the city of Richmond. RVA can officially no longer be considered a small city or even a big town. Say hello to the big city… where we’ve got everything. Museums? Absolutely. Parks? Take your pick. Restaurants? We’ve got over 600 of ‘em (not to mention some killer food trucks!). Historic sites? Look around, you’re probably standing on one. Breweries? The best of the best. I mean, I could go on forever. You really do get the taste of the big city, but what makes us unique is the “small town” southern hospitality.
Welcome to RVA. Visit for the history, live for the lifestyle. What brought you here?