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Old 10-08-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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Hello!

My husband and I are in our 40's and will be empty-nesters soon! We are currently living in an affluent, safe, clean suburb of Chicago and are looking for the same when we move. We are focusing on Henrico or Chesterfield-Midlothian area. We want a single family home with a large yard, on a quiet street (Fan district is out because of this), safe, clean.


What areas to avoid in Henrico? I have read that Henrico can get sketchy with crime on the upswing. I heard Midlothian is nice but some people say that to live on that side of the James river is less desirable. Not sure what that means?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Baltimore - Richmond
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Eastern Henrico areas such as areas near the fairgrounds or directly outside of the eastern portion of the city are sometimes viewed as "less desirable" but they are just fine really. What you are looking for sounds like you would most like Western Henrico areas such as Glen Allen, Short Pump, Three Chopt, Tuckahoe, Laurel etc. Zip codes 23294, 23226, 23059, 23229, 23233. Midlothian is a very desirable area of town and will be a little less expensive than Western Henrico. It is a little further from the city than West Henrico but it is still well connected to everything. Great schools and shopping options in both areas.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Thank you for the info.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:45 AM
 
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Transplant to Richmond over 30 years ago. Most of South of the James neighborhoods are new builds, surrounded by typical strip store chain shopping. The exception is the Bon Air area. Quite desireable. More details are needed in order to provide a meaningful answer. How big, what price range, new construction, recent construction, or older with character. Garage size required? What do you expect to pay per sq ft? How big is big yard? How close do you need to be to Richmond? Soon to be empty nesters means what? You are moving AS empty nesters or last kid is in high school, so that’s important? How fast do you need to buy? There are no more bargains in Richmond, but plenty of varieties. Currently the hottest RE is the “ near West End” of Henrico/ City of Richmond, eastern 23226, 23221, where $280/sq ft is normal for 1/8 acre lot 3br, 3bth, 2200sqft with 2 car garage, in desired neighborhoods, where there are often bidding wars. Homes in Colonial Place have been going for $30k over asking prices, with cash buyers, they sell in a weekend. Many homes are older, traditional construction brick and slate roof. Far West end is larger homes and bigger yards and all new construction, in typical cul de sac style neighborhood closer to $200/sq ft. Western 23226, school districts near Deep Run, Wyndam. Definitely safer and quieter. Soccer mom types. Northern Chesterfield is less expensive and as stated typically, more home for the dollar, though the closer you get to main interchanges, the higher the prices. In general, east of the city, close in is not tradtional family value homes, until you get 30 minutes east, then it is wide open relative to what you get. Some areas are big NASCAR types. Others farmer style. Closer tonthe city is up and coming revitalization, but not considered large yard type. Generally the closer to the river, the higher the price, just like everywhere else. Any RE agent worth their salt Knows the neighborhoods and their strengths and weaknesses. Don’t sign a contract, just use them for information. If you don’t get a good vibration, move to the next one. They are everywhere, just like any other city.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Midlothian, VA
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Other than single family home with large yard. What other things are you looking for.

Forget the north of james / south of james thing … that shouldn't effect your list.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:20 PM
 
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Midlothian is a great choice - Salisbury/Powderham for large 1 acre lots. There are some larger lots in Tarrington with newer construction.
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Midlothian, VA
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All terrific locations. I think the new Halsley neighborhood has some larger lots too. Also Founders Bridge.

South of the James you get more for your money and in my opinion just as nice an area.
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