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Old 03-26-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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Hi all, I've previously posted about nice neighborhoods in Richmond and the consensus is go west and/or north. I am wondering what is the state like further out east and south. When does the east and south "less desirable" parts end? As you get closer to Williamsburg, how does it change? Are there any nice suburbs/small towns been Williamsburg and Richmond that are nice? What about South of Richmond? Are there any nice places you hit before moving into north Carolina? Just trying to develop a picture in my mind of what it's like on a bigger scale in that section of Virginia. Thanks all!
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:16 PM
 
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There really isnít much development in the eastern metro area. It wasnít developed historically because it was down wind and down river from the industrial sites in Richmond. The area is pretty (heavily wooded, undeveloped) with a few historic homes and 3 vineyards. That part of the metro is on the coastal plain so the land isnít as pretty as the western side (which is in the Piedmont with rolling hills and pastoral vistas)though. Thereís a lot of seamp land with Virginia creeper and cudzoo overtaking the trees. Itís pretty but just isnít as hospitable as other parts of the metro. Large suburban neighborhoods are popping up and a lot of amenities have been added over the past ten years (shopping centers, new libraries, schools and parks). The Capital Trail bike path linking Williamsburg and Richmond runs through it.

Williamsburg is the closest town of any significant size. West Point is closer but it is very small (situated at the confluence of two tidal rivers so it us pretty). Coastal Virginia is very pretty with lots of small towns and cities. There is water everywhere and the land (north of the James River) is forested with hardwoods and well drained.

South of Richmond has more development but it is decidedly blue collar. Not the unionized, hometown pride kind of blue collar though. It isnít totally lacking in charm but it isnít very pretty. Small houses with junky yards prevail. There are pretty fields and lots of pine trees, itís a bit swampy. Colonial Heights is a proper town with some quaint housing (and a cool heritage tree!). Petersburg has great bones, but they have been picked clean (pretty historic homes, a few good breweries, coffee shops). Hopewell is a small factory town that was once bustling but isnít anymore. Optimism is running high there lately as their main street comes back to life with new restaurants and housing filling in the vacant spaces.

The SW, W, N and NE parts of the metro get all the love because geographically they are more loveable. That doesnít mean the S,E and SE parts are dreary. In Central Virginia there isnít a lot of population outside of the urbanized areas. It becomes very rural, very fast just a few miles east of the city limits. Like 8 miles out. Williamsburg is another 40 miles and you wonít find any significant developments until then.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:34 AM
 
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Great information! Thank you very much, that paints a pretty clear picture in my head. In hoping to get out there in May to look around and check things out. We are planning for a move sometime around or slightly before early spring, maybe February or March. I'm so nervous but also very excited! We are wanting to buy our forever home out there so I really want to get it right as far as the location goes. Thanks again for all the info!
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:31 AM
 
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I know someone who is moving SW of Richmond to an area called Midlothian. Good schools. , nice developments etc. etc.
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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I've heard of it but I can never tell because some people say there's more crime and then some people say it's not bad at all. Hard to tell
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:18 PM
 
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I've heard of it but I can never tell because some people say there's more crime and then some people say it's not bad at all. Hard to tell
That's because there are at least 3 official (along with more unofficial) definitions of "Midlothian":

1) The original "village of Midlothian" in the immediate vicinity of Midlothian Middle School
2) The aggregation of zip codes 23112, 23113, and 23114 ("Midlothian, VA" addresses)
3) The Midlothian Magesterial District of Chesterfield County (which leaves out some of 23112 and 23114, but includes all of the County's part of 23225 -- "North Chesterfield" (or historically "Richmond") addresses)

The areas with Midlothian addresses are generally good. Things are a little more mixed if you're on Midlothian Turnpike near the city line (Chippenham Parkway), but that's not the "Midlothian" meant by most people here. (Note that there's also a "Midlothian" neighborhood along Midlothian Turnpike on the east side of Chippenham. That's in the City of Richmond and miles away (literally and figuratively) from the Midlothian that is praised here.)
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:54 PM
 
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Aaahhh.... Thank you so much for clearing that up, that makes a lot more sense!
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:38 AM
 
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So is there something like that going on with "Henrico" as well? Because it seems to pop up in multiple locations too. I'm confused as to which one or where is the area that people say it's very sought after?
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:29 AM
 
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So is there something like that going on with "Henrico" as well? Because it seems to pop up in multiple locations too. I'm confused as to which one or where is the area that people say it's very sought after?
Henrico is an entire county with towns and neighborhoods inside of it. The most sought after parts of Henrico are usually in the western part of the county and include Glen Allen, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, Far west end, Three Chopt, Laurel, etc. The eastern part of Henrico is less sought after but really isn't a bad place, just not as rich in amenities and less desirable schools. Eastern Henrico includes areas such as Highland Springs, Sandston, and Varina. Henrico makes an entire U around the Northern half of Richmond.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/He...!4d-77.3324425

Western Henrico Neighborhoods/Towns
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gl...!4d-77.5063739

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sh...!4d-77.6278377

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tu...!4d-77.5563761

https://www.google.com/maps/place/La...!4d-77.5088741

Eastern Henrico Neighborhoods/Towns:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sa...!4d-77.3158452

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Va...!4d-77.3449797

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hi...!4d-77.3277568
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:45 AM
 
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I see, so I guess it's not unusual to call an address that is more rural by the county name? I see lots of houses in what looks like Tuckahoe but the address given is Henrico, VA. Or is there also an actual town named Henrico as well? Thanks!
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