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So there is a chance I may be looking to move my family and I to Richmond in 2013. I know that a lot of you live in that area and would like to get opinions on neighborhoods, schools, etc.
I have been told the West side of Richmond is definitely the spot to look. Someone told me Midlothian to Glen Allen is the area I should limit my search to, sound correct? What about schools?
A colleague of mine used to live in a neighborhood called Woodlake, which looks like its built around Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian. He said it was a great neighborhood to raise his family in and also alot of golf courses close by.
This post was edited by PrimeTimeCav 14 months ago
Generally speaking, the schools in the areas that you have mentioned are top notch. There are some schools that are not as highly thought of, but all are solid and some are excellent. Pricing is better in Midlo vs Glen Allen and with the creation of 288 more people are opting for Midlothian, although pricing in Midlo can be just as expensive / more expensive in pockets. One thing is for sure, price points are on the move (in the correct direction) in both Midlo and Glen Allen/Short Pump. Existing home inventory in Short Pump is so low...you are seeing bidding wars again.
Woodlake is a solid place to live. I live in this corridor (close to Woodlake) and Cosby High is about the best you will find for the price. Woodlake is a bit dated, but you can build in this area starting in the lower 300's easy. Tons of construction up and down Hull Street Rd, commercial and residential.
An overall generalization of both:
If there is a NoVA vibe in RIC, it is Short Pump/Glen Allen.
Midlo still has more of a farmy type feel which is evident right when you cross the James, but the suburban sprawl is on.
I must break you!
My NOVA comparison:
Short Pump = Tyson's Corner Area
Woodlake/Hull Street = Herdon
Midlothian = Fair Lakes
It really depends on what you are looking for and where you work. All three areas above are cookie cutter suburbia. If you really want uniqueness, you probably are looking at River Road area near Freeman HS. Guess you can look further towards the city for character, but you are looking at private school then for middle and HS.
For high schools, you need to be these districts pretty much:
Short Pump/Near West End:
- Deep Run
- Don't know about the new hs
- James River
BTW, not including the Hanover area. I hear different view points about them, so I will leave them out.
Midlo still has more of a farmy type feel which is evident right when you cross the James
(Unless you are driving anywhere on 60 or 360 in Chesterfield)
If you like older established neighborhoods that are closer to the city -- I would look in the Freeman High School zone.
If you want newer suburbia I would look in Glen Allen High School zone.
I grew up in Short Pump (Godwin High School) when it was rural and can't stand the artificial, commercial feel of the new Short Pump/Wyndham area, but there are lots of my friends who love the "convenience" of being near shopping and lots of mediocre chain restaurants.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jhoose 14 months ago
HA...that's classic...."but there are lots of my friends who love the "convenience" of being near shopping and lots of mediocre chain restaurants".
Agree with yours and other suggestions. It's a shame that there are no options suggested in the city of Richmond, unless you are willing to send your kids to private schools.
If you can find good public schools or a private school for the kids, live near the city. Richmond is a great place but the suburbs are becoming very boring places with nothing but strip malls and neighborhoods where EVERY house is the same.
The Near West End will put you near the city but not in the ultra-douchey, ultra-awful, ultra-stuck-up West End.
The Museum District is a great neighborhood within the city itself. That's where I live. Great bars, great restaurants, a lot of stuff to do.
I would have loved to live near the city in the Fan, but you can only live there till the kids are in elementary school and there are only a few that I would send my kids to. After that, it is private school. Pretty high costs for that on top of paying a premium for square footage and the extra city taxes.
I remember talking to my wife years ago when we were looking at our first house:
- can I get a garage (no)
- can I get a yard for the dog (maybe)
- I don't want an old house
That pretty much ended the conversation.
Ill probably be working from home for all my desk work. Any traveling around the city will be to meet with customers and Acct. Execs. so its going to be pretty spread out I would imagine.
While I enjoy convenience of having alot of options close by, I dont want to be in the middle of that madness. So suburbia sounds right up my alley. Guess the older more dated neighborhoods may be good. My big things im looking at are:
1. My little girl (and future kid(s)) are in a good neighborhood with other kids to play with.
2. As she gets older she gets a good education in a good enviorment.
3. When I have to leave town, my wife and kid(s) are going to feel safe at home.
4. We have a yard to play in.
A lot of it depends on what you can afford house wise. I said I would never move to short pump, we bought a house off lauderdale 4 years ago and live it. If I could afford it (600k and up) I would move to Mooreland Farms in a second. I don't recommend the city. The fan is awesome when you are single but not great for a family
Yea 600k is out of the question....haha
So far from what I have seen on the market the Woodlake neighborhood my buddy mentioned seems to be in our price range that we can afford and still live comfortably.
Look into the Near West End. Around Monument Ave. & Libbie. There you'll find good, safe neighborhoods with plenty of kids, but it's also only a 15 minute drive into the city itself. It's central so it will be equal distances to all the surrounding counties and areas. Houses aren't too expensive. I have a friend, who is currently single and makes about $35,000, that just bought a 3 bedroom house there. So it seems affordable. I'm not sure what the high school would be in that area, though.
Get your kids to apply to Maggie Walker Governor's School when they come of age. It'll set them up well for college and getting into UVa. I know from experience.
I grew up in Ginter Park and then Short Pump, and now I live in Hanover, in the Atlee area. I've got a family of 5, and so having access to good public schools is a must. In the city, you are paying way higher taxes, way higher $$ per square foot, and generally speaking you need to send your kids to private schools ($20k per year per kid adds up fast).
So I live in an area with Strip malls and lots of boring stuff as Zombie said, but i have 3 kids under that age of 5, so I'm not really too worried about it. I can get pretty much anywhere in the city in 20 minutes, and I have a beautiful house with a very affordable mortgage.
Midlothian has some great neighborhoods and solid schools. Short Pump has turned into a zoo, so I dont see myself ever heading back that way. If you extend the search past Short Pump and over towards Patterson Avenue though (23238 I think) you find some gorgeous neighborhoods.
Goochland has some great homes and golf, but schools are iffy. Glen Allen just feels like the burbs to me, but I do really like Wyndham. You can join the Dominion club for pretty cheap, or you have access to Hunting Hawk and some other clubs within a few minutes drive.
send TheHoo a private message, he has some great properties in that area, and he can beat people up for you if you need that too
midlothian is nice we stay there with my sister in law when i go to richmond and we go drinking in short pump
LoL. Cush understands my method!!
I live in Midlothian currently and I just moved down from Short Pump both are very good areas, let me know if you have any questions!
Let me know if you need a good Loan Officer!
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