Richmond’s Northside is expansive as it is charming, full of a large stock of historic housing, some of which is Sears kit housing–that’s right, ordered right out of the catalog–characterized by their foursquare and arts and crafts style with large, wrap-around porches. The once suburban outpost sprung up in the early part of the twentieth century due to the extension of Richmond’s streetcar lines, and the rows of tree-lined streets are peppered with local shops and restaurants, a concentration of which can be found in the Bellevue neighborhood.
The Northside area is heating up, with many newly-remodeled properties coming on the market in the past few years, but also a great value for the money.
Northside neighborhoods include Barton Heights, Bellevue, Ginter Park, Washington Park, Hermitage Road, Highland Park, Sherwood Park, and others.
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Check out Dot’s Back Inn, the comfortable, neighborhood diner once featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” There’s something for everyone at this Bellevue spot. There’s a huge selection of daily specials on the restaurant’s whiteboard, and you can’t ever go wrong with any selection.
Northside’s incredible stock of arts and crafts houses large, wrap-around porches, and tree-lined streets (like Pope and Seminary Avenues) are a big reason for the neighborhood’s magic and appeal.
Explore the expansive, beautiful gardens at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, featuring acres of meticulously manicured grounds and a whole host of seasonal events including Butterflies Live and Dominion GardenFest of Lights.
Richmond’s Northside is an eclectic suburb that’s centrally-located and has a stock of well-built, historic housing that’s still relatively affordable and provides great value for the size of the homes. It’s a great time to buy in any Northside neighborhood, where prices are expected to rise over time as more homes are flipped and the population continues to grow–this is a great spot to get in on an investment purchase!