Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is among America’s oldest major cities. More than 7 million tourists visit the Greater Richmond region each year to explore its rich American history. Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech in Richmond’s St. John’s Church in 1775, leading to the Revolutionary War and, as the former capital of the Confederacy, the metro area was at the epicenter of the Civil War.
Richmond has garnered a lot of attention in recent years as a hip and artsy city. Modern-day interests can easily be found in the region, including world-class museums, a vibrant food scene that has recently attracted regional and national attention and a wide array of entertainment options from concerts and theater performances to family-friendly festivals. The only region in America with whitewater rapids running through its downtown district, Richmond is a major financial center with banks like Capital One Financial and SunTrust Banks calling it home. Richmond is also the seat of Virginia’s state government. With a wide range of housing options and a below-average cost of living, the Richmond metro area appeals to a varied and diverse demographic. The healthy economy has helped boost the Richmond real estate market.
Descriptions of Richmond often describe the large area as falling into one of the four primarily geographic references which somewhat mirror the points of a compass: North Side, Southside, East End and West End. Each of Richmond’s neighborhoods exudes a unique personality, from the historic 19th-century homes in Church Hill to rustic farms in Goochland and family-friendly suburban communities in the outlying counties. All have plenty to offer younger part-time college residents, families and older residents as well. Urban professionals are attracted to the industrial lofts and historic row houses in the downtown area, as well as the upscale communities in the West End, young families prefer the single-family homes in the suburbs. In each of these areas, home values are growing steadily.
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