A quick drive over the James River from downtown Richmond, the Forest Hill neighborhood is a leafy enclave with a colorful history. Back at the turn of the century, it was marketed to Richmond families as a rural retreat from city life. Today, this highly sought-after ‘hood is known for its diverse architecture, tight-knit community, and proximity to some of the river’s most scenic access points.
Where is Forest Hill in Richmond?
You’ll find Forest Hill on Richmond’s Southside nestled between the James River to the north and Forest Hill Park to the east, with Semmes and Forest Hill avenues creating a southern boundary and Westover Hills Boulevard to the west. Woodland Heights, Forest Hill Terrace, and Westover Hills are some of the closest neighborhoods, and Maymont is located directly across the river.
Buying a Home in Forest Hill
Forest Hill contains about 700 homes built between 1890 and 1960. Homebuyers are drawn to the neighborhood’s wide range of architectural styles, from Federalist houses dating back centuries to two houses designed by nationally recognized modernist architects. There are also plenty of Colonials, Cape Cods, American foursquares, bungalows, and Victorians — all scattered along quiet, tree-lined streets. Inventory of homes for sale in Forest Hill is notoriously low. Check out our newest listing in Forest Hill right here! 3112 Forest Hill Avenue is a meticulously maintained home that clearly shows what makes this neighborhood so special.
Life in Forest Hill
Forest Hill’s unmistakable pastoral vibe makes sense when you consider its history. Centuries ago, it was just a small part of the vast landholdings of the William Byrd family. After it was sold in the 1700s, it was divided into smaller plantations connected to the city and the village of Manchester by a long road now known as Forest Hill Avenue. Development happened quickly once electric streetcars came to the area at the turn of the century. The streetcar company also built an amusement park on the land that’s now Forest Hill Park to boost usage of the streetcar line. The City bought the land in 1933 and converted it into what we now know as Forest Hill Park.
Today, the sprawling park is a hub for local residents drawn to its vibrant farmer’s market, summer concerts, and peaceful woodland trails. Local hangouts pepper Forest Hill Avenue, including Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream (coffee shop and cafe with live music), Little Nickel (tiki drinks and “vacation fare”), and O’Toole’s (Irish pub and local institution).
Ready to find your own little escape from the city in Forest Hill? The right house is out there waiting for you, and our team can help you find it. Get in touch with an agent at Brad Ruckart Real Estate today to start your Southside search.
Sources: Richmond Neighborhoods, Forest Hill. Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
I Love Forest Hill, Richmond Magazine