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Old 12-29-2006, 10:35 PM
 
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Hello, I'm new to the forum and my husband and I are thinking of relocating to Richmond. I would be teaching at VCU (and commute from NYC for the first year, before we made a commitment to give up our three bedroom rent stablized apartment).

I fell in love with the Fan and Shockoe (?) neighborhoods and we are interested in anything similiar. I read many posts saying stay out of the city limits, but having lived in NY for 25 yrs we're sort of into city limits.

We do, however, want a safe neighborhood to raise our 12 year old son. I guess I should say, relatively, because the homes in our neighborhood in Brooklyn range in the about 1.5 mil. on up and we still hear the a few random gunshots here and there. I know my own neighborhood, but don't want to hear gunshots, etc. in Richmond.
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:15 PM
 
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i would suggest asking other faculty at VCU - they will know much better than most people here. I love visiting the fan and shockhoe bottom - would never live in the city, especially raising a teen-ager. I know not what you wanted to hear - much different than NYC. Smaller geographic area and surrounded by questionable areas.

you can have a nice in richmond, unfortunately it is not as 'cool" a city as you are used to. talk to others who will have similair needs and price range to you. The city crime is sky high, somtimes the ambulance crews won't go to a call withour police support.
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:55 AM
 
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We moved to Richmond area about a year and a half ago. We live outside Richmond in Chesterfield County. Richmond downtown stinks - the city leaders have had no vision for that area for years. It's dead at night. VCU campus area had some muggings and such last year on the news. Richmond has no personality either. It's not a "fun" place like other cities. You won't ever say "there is so much to do here". What people like is that it's close to OTHER places - the ocean, the mountains, DC, just a train ride to get to NYC, etc. and it's NOT the upper east coast (higher crime, higher cost). That doesn't really say a lot for a place - just the fact that it's closer to OTHER places. We'll live there a while and retire elsewhere. There are lots of jobs. Some native Richmonders are also very snobby and the "West End" is supposedly where you want to live. I had a decorator who wouldn't come to our home because we lived "south of the river". You'll never be "one of them" no matter how long you live there. Drivers are rude. I don't know - I miss other parts of the country - people are nicer. We can't find a decent butcher, fish market or a single restaurant on the river!
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:20 AM
 
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My sisters attended VCU and they both live and work in the Fan. My impression is it's a 4-block-wide haven from crime, but you don't want to venture into the city...
They like it there in spite of our family's apprehensions. Our apprehensions stem from stories like the one below:
About three years ago, my sister's boyfriend was driving her car to the ATM one night and a guy in a ski mask ran toward the car with a gun. The boyfriend floored it out of there and the guy shot out the driver's side window. He was not hurt thankfully.
Not smart to go the the ATM at night, but this is America, you'd think you wouldn't have to worry about pistol-packing carjackers.
Personally I'd never live there, but I think a little common sense will keep you safe. After all the burbs are no safe haven- that girl was abducted at the upscale, yuppie Short Pump Mall parking lot this past year, after all.
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Old 01-12-2007, 06:53 AM
 
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Aforementioned issues can be best addressed with a concealed carry permit. I am unafraid to walk anywhere at night.
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Old 01-12-2007, 08:16 AM
 
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Default Heck yeah!

"Aforementioned issues can be best addressed with a concealed carry permit. I am unafraid to walk anywhere at night."

Electron, you rock!
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:18 PM
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Hello, I'm new to the forum and my husband and I are thinking of relocating to Richmond. I would be teaching at VCU (and commute from NYC for the first year, before we made a commitment to give up our three bedroom rent stablized apartment).

I fell in love with the Fan and Shockoe (?) neighborhoods and we are interested in anything similiar. I read many posts saying stay out of the city limits, but having lived in NY for 25 yrs we're sort of into city limits.

We do, however, want a safe neighborhood to raise our 12 year old son. I guess I should say, relatively, because the homes in our neighborhood in Brooklyn range in the about 1.5 mil. on up and we still hear the a few random gunshots here and there. I know my own neighborhood, but don't want to hear gunshots, etc. in Richmond.
You'll find that Shockoe Bottom is more empty nesters and large parts of the fan are families. What most people find is that the city schools fall short for their childrens needs so figuring in the cost of a private school falls into the equation. With you commutting the first year that will give you a chance to learn the area. I spend 5 months commuting and learing the area before we bought.
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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Default Possible Relocation to Richmond

I just answered another post like yours, so I'll just repeat myself with a few changes.

I'm biased, but I think Richmond is a GREAT area in which to live. You don't necessarily need to live in the City. But if you like city living, you'll be happy to learn that the city has really become much more vibrant and interesting and there is a great deal of new construction, condos, office buildings, new entertainment center (a new, larger, and much improved Carpenter Center), a revitalized downtown, I could go on and on.

I'm sorry to say that the City schools still need a lot of improvement, so, for your 12 year old son, if you want to stay within city limits but have a decent school, you'd want to be in the Museum District or neighborhoods served by the Mary Mumford Elementary or Albert Hill Middle schools which are among the better city schools.

As for gunshots, you're more likely to hear those in some parts of Church Hill or Battery Park/Battery Heights, etc. Not so much as it used to be because we have seen a drop in crime over the last couple of years and we have a really terrific Chief of Police.

If you want to be in a suburb, then I'd recommend living in Chesterfield County or Henrico. They both have good school systems. Houses are more affordable in Chesterfield than Henrico depending what part of Henrico, but overall, it's great to live in either county.

I hope this helps.

Deb Orth




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Originally Posted by cojett View Post
Hello, I'm new to the forum and my husband and I are thinking of relocating to Richmond. I would be teaching at VCU (and commute from NYC for the first year, before we made a commitment to give up our three bedroom rent stablized apartment).

I fell in love with the Fan and Shockoe (?) neighborhoods and we are interested in anything similiar. I read many posts saying stay out of the city limits, but having lived in NY for 25 yrs we're sort of into city limits.

We do, however, want a safe neighborhood to raise our 12 year old son. I guess I should say, relatively, because the homes in our neighborhood in Brooklyn range in the about 1.5 mil. on up and we still hear the a few random gunshots here and there. I know my own neighborhood, but don't want to hear gunshots, etc. in Richmond.
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Old 01-16-2007, 04:45 PM
 
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Default the fan

I understand your love of the fan and shockoe bottom. the fan is lovely with many restored homes, neighborhood restaurants, and old trees. with a twelve year old, i would definitely pick the fan over shockoe as shockoe tends to attract more singles than the fan.

that being said the one issue i have with the fan is the schools. they aren't great. most people that live there with kids send them to private school. there are a few to choose from if you have the $$$$. if an education is important to you and you can't afford private then you should look at chesterfield or henrico. obviously you are going to lose some of the charm.

i wish i could give you better news but i cant.

i can tell you that from a crime standpoint you won't hear gunshots in the fan. lots of people make their home there and it is just fine.
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:42 PM
 
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I am a VCU graduate (04)... lived in the fan for about 5 years... loved it and can't wait to move back. It's full of history and character.. beautiful. I think many of the people who think Richmond city is a scary, dirty place are the ones who visit the area twice a year and don't get to know it. I absoloutely plan on raising my family there. Don't worry about the crime... I never had an incident. And since you are moving from Brooklyn (love it also, by the way), I am sure you are used to small things that do happen in urban neighborhoods... there is the occasional car break-in but past that, not much happens in the Fan. I would recommend living at least 1/2 mile from campus... closer to campus is mostly inhabited by students so you get the typical college stuff... parties, etc.
In response to "disselk" post... no, no, and no. But "yes" about the snobby west end comment. You couldn't pay me to live there.
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