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Richmond Apartments For Rent
If Virginia is for Lovers, then Richmond is for lovers of art, lovers of history, and lovers of outdoor adventures. The sweeping mountain peaks kissing the clouds, the rolling green hills sprinkled with wildflowers, the riotous James River, and the stunning skyline of a city filled with historic sites, impressive museums, public art, and charming shops and restaurants lining the downtown streets combine to create a location that is simply irresistible. There’s a lot to love about Virginia’s state capital, and you’ll discover it all when you choose an apartment to rent in Richmond.
Things to Do in Richmond:
Richmond was first settled by English colonists in 1609. Richmond played a huge role in the Revolutionary War – it was here that Patrick Henry demanded liberty or death in 1775. You can still visit the church where that famous ultimatum was given – St. John’s Episcopal Church, built in 1741, is a National Historic Landmark. Patrick Henry’s famous quote isn’t the only thing this church is known for – it is also where General Benedict Arnold, a traitor, quartered his troops in January 1781 and then promptly helped the British burn the city of Richmond.
The Virginia State Capitol building, also a National Historic Landmark, was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clerisseau. It was completed in 1785. Another great location, designed by George Washington, is the James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. The project began in 1785 but was never completed. The buildings and structures included in the Historic District can be toured via boat rides. Visitors can also visit the Three Mile Lock in William Byrd Park. The park contains the 18th century locks, the gatekeeper’s house, and the water pumping station.
Fort Harrison National Battlefield Park will take you on a journey back to the Civil War, when Fort Harrison was the Confederate’s strongest point of defense. In 1864, Union soldiers attacked and took the fort. General Robert E. Lee attempted to retake the fort and suffered great losses. Take a walking tour of the fort, see a living history demonstration, and visit the Tredegar Iron Works, Chickahominy Bluff, Chimborazo Medical Museum, Gaines’ Mill, and the Garthright House, a house built in the 1700s that served as a hospital during the war.
Richmond’s Museum District is another terrific area. Museums here include the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Science Museum of Virginia, and the Children’s Museum of Virginia.
After touring the many historic sites and museums, be sure to relax and enjoy your new hometown! Surrounding your new apartment in Richmond, you’ll find a wide selection of shops, taverns, pubs, and restaurants. The Richmond-Petersburg area contains six malls – the Chesterfield Towne Center, Regency Square, Short Pump Town Center, Southpark Mall, Stony Point Fashion Park, and the Virginia Center Commons. Richmond has more retail square footage per person than any other city in the nation – making it the ultimate location for those who love to shop.
The wild, untamed James River will call to those who crave outdoor adventures. This is the ultimate in whitewater rafting, with the only Class III and IV rapids you’ll find in an urban setting. The river is also popular for tubing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, and wildlife-viewing. The James River Park System consists of more than 550 acres and eight miles of hiking and biking trails.
After exploring history, shopping-’til-you-drop, and braving the whitewater rapids, you may think you’ve done everything there is to do in Richmond. Not so fast! There’s so much to see and do in Richmond, you may find yourself renewing your lease on your Richmond apartment just to get to it all! Take a historical canal cruise, go on a pub crawl, stroll along the Richmond Garden Trail, take a ghost tour, visit local vineyards, try some of the legendary local restaurants, catch a play at one of Richmond’s many theaters, and get inspired at Richmond’s plethora of art galleries. Visit the historic 17th Street Famers’ Market, the oldest farmer’s market in the nation dating back to 1737. Watch a NASCAR race at the Richmond International Raceway, golf at over 20 golf courses, and spend the afternoon at the Metro Richmond Zoo.
Richmond is also a winter wonderland! Visit the Massanutten Ski Resort and the Wintergreen Ski Resort to go skiing and snowboarding. During summer, Massanutten Ski Resort features a waterpark, a spa, and a golf course so you can enjoy the resort year-round. Wintergreen Resort offers summer tubing, hiking, and 20-acre Lake Monocan – a summertime hotspot with swimming, a sand beach, a picnic area, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
And just to make sure living in Richmond is even more action-packed — the city hosts several annual events, including a First Fridays’ Art Walk, the Festival of Art at Dogwood Dell, the Richmond Folk Festival, and the James River Parade of Lights.
What to Consider When Moving to Richmond:
Richmond has a strong, diverse economy based in tourism, law, and finance. Companies located in Richmond include Genworth Financial, Capital One, and Philip Morris USA. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond also has a strong government sector. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, one of only 13 US courts of appeals, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond are also located in the city.
Universities can be found throughout Richmond, including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Union University. VCU is a top tier university and is considered a major research university. The oldest building on campus, the Egyptian Building, is a National Historic Landmark built in 1845.
Richmond’s original street grid was laid out in 1737. That historic area is located along the James River between Broad, 17th, and 25th Streets. Downtown Richmond is located just west of this area. Richmond is divided up into the East End, the West End, Southside, and North Side. Each area has very distinctive and unique neighborhoods. Court End, located in Downtown Richmond, is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Jackson Ward is a hip neighborhood influenced by African-American entertainment. Legends who often visited Jackson Ward included Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Nat King Cole, and Duke Ellington. The famous Hippodrome Theater, opened in 1914, is located in Jackson Ward.
The East End contains Church Hill, Liberty Hill, Fairmount, and Tobacco Row. When looking for your apartment in Richmond to rent, be sure to check out Tobacco Row – these former tobacco warehouses have been converted into funky loft apartments, condominiums, shops, restaurants, and offices. Union Hill, also located in the East End, is one of Richmond’s oldest and most important neighborhoods. This neighborhood is a historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The West End’s Fan District is also a US Historic District. In addition to late-19th century homes, it contains historic monuments, several parks, and VCU’s Monroe Park campus. Northside’s Three Corners District is home to several loft and apartment communities. It also features a movie theater and the Science Museum.
Why Richmond Apartments Are Hot:
Majestic mountains and a raging river? Check! Amazing epicurean delights? Check! Fantastic shopping? Check! Historic sites and museums to explore? Check and check! No matter what your passion – extreme outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, exploring history, art and culture – it’s here in Richmond! Virginia is for lovers, and you’ll “heart” Richmond! Find your new apartment in Richmond now and start falling in love with this historic gem of a city.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Virginia Union University Richmond
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
- University of Richmond
- Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
Nearby Military Bases
- US Defense General Supply Center
- Fort Lee Military Reservation Hopewell
- Fort Lee Military Reservation Bland
- Fort Lee Military Reservation Petersburg
- Fort A P Hill Military Reserve Port Royal
- The Museum District includes the Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum of Virginia, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond
- Educational opportunities at local institutions like University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University
- Home to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, as well as several Fortune 500 companies
- Shoppers marvel number of shopping options in the Richmond-Petersburg region, which includes six large malls and has the most retail square footage per person in the nation
- Richmond has one of the country’s oldest municipal park systems, and it includes over 40 parks
- Whitewater raft on the James River, or watch a NASCAR race at the Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, Virginia Cityscape and the James Riverdmvphotos/Shutterstock.com
Old City Hall was completed in 1894 and is a National Historic Landmark.Travel Bug/Shutterstock.com
The Virginia State Capitol was built in 1788 by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clerisseau.Dave Newman/Shutterstock.com
The historic Main Street Station was built in 1901.Heath Oldham/Shutterstock.com
Maymont Park contains gardens, a historic house museum, and an arboretum.Heath Oldham/Shutterstock.com
The Washington Monument was sculpted by Thomas Crawford.Carolyn M Carpenter/Shutterstock.com