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Old 10-22-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I will be moving to Richmond in the next month or two for work. Since I will be brand new to Richmond (have only been to the state of Virginia once before), I am planning on renting an apartment in the heart of the city for a year so I can see the entire metro area before purchasing a home.

I will be working downtown so I think an area in The Fan or just a nice part of downtown would be a great fit, but honestly I don't know much about those areas other than what I've read on here. I am in my early 30's, would like to live near dining and entertainment options (Cary Street?), and my budget is approximately $1000-1500 for a 2 bedroom.

I realize VCU and Richmond are both roughly in the same area, and I would prefer a bit of an upscale feel rather than a crazy dorm-style atmosphere. A nice kitchen and garage/underground parking are must haves.

I found one building that seemed interesting called the American Tobacco Apartments. Would this be a good fit for what I am looking for? Any other recommendations for me to check out? Thanks!
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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vcu is pretty big in the fan, so i'd be wary. i don't think you want to be around tons of college kids at age 30+. i am only 25 and they annoy me lol. american tobacco center is not in the fan. i dont know anything about that particular apartment complex but i live nearby and the area is okay. there are a lot of young professionals and mcv/medical school students...mostly aged 23-30 from my experience. there are also a lot of local restaurants, museums, and the river nearby. if you go too far to the northeast/east of that area it gets pretty shady.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Thanks brocco. I knew I shouldn't have said I am looking specifically at The Fan because frankly I have no real clue what that area even is, haha! I am basically just looking to live in a cool, hip, safe area in downtownish area of Richmond that would give me a short commute to work and also very easy access to cool shops, restaurants, and bars. Also when I mean "hip", I mean late 20's-mid 30's version of hip, not college hip with quarter beer nights and clubs bumping music until 3am.

I am totally not looking at one specific area, and am really just looking for any suggestions on buildings or even neighborhoods that might fit the bill.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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The fan is generally not college-y. It used to be 20 years ago, but not the case except for right up againSt vcu. Too expensive for college students these days.

Very few complexes- generally searching on Craigslist is the way to go
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Fan or shockoe bottom from that description. Fan skews a bit older, shockoe a bit more clubby
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks Charlesaf3. Will rental options in The Fan generally be actual houses, rather than condos/lofts? Are most houses in The Fan updated and in good shape?

When looking at housing options, what areas in the general metro downtown area should I avoid?
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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If you want a nice clean apartment I recommend going with some of the newer complexes built near the financial and monroe ward districts. Some of the houses for rent in the Fan and surrounding areas can be kind of dumpy.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Some can be very nice as well. We had a great apartment/landlord in the Fan that updated both the kitchen and bathroom before we moved in. Great block on Hanover.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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any place in downtown richmond gets kinda sketchy after the sun goes down. hip and safe are two words that do not go together in this town.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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any place in downtown richmond gets kinda sketchy after the sun goes down. hip and safe are two words that do not go together in this town.
Really? I heard Shockhoe Bottom was a relatively safe area. Why would anyone pay $1500/month rent to live in a rough part of town?
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