Church Hill may be Richmond’s oldest neighborhood, but it’s also one of the city’s most vibrant places to live. With some of the best restaurants in Richmond, active and diverse residents, and ongoing revitalization efforts bringing new life to neglected homes, Church Hill gives off a distinctly youthful vibe despite its centuries of history.
Where is Church Hill in Richmond?
As its name suggests, Church Hill is located on a hill overlooking the city of Richmond. In fact, it’s where you’ll find one of the best views in town — from Libby Hill Park. Legend has it that the view of the James River from that very spot reminded Richmond’s founder, William Byrd II, of Richmond upon Thames in England — thus the city’s name was born.
As for the “Church” part of the neighborhood’s name? That comes from the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, built in 1742. Located in the East End of the city, Church Hill encompasses the St. John’s historic district and sits adjacent to Chimborazo, Fairmount, Union Hill, Woodville, and Peter Paul.
Buying a home in Church Hill
Unsurprisingly for a neighborhood dating back centuries, Church Hill is known for its historic charm, from its tree-lined cobblestone streets to its pre-Civil War homes. There are many row-houses, especially close to the park, and architectural styles including Colonial, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne. Most of the development in the neighborhood was completed by the 1900s. Today, Church Hill and Church Hill North are popular areas for developers and historic home rehabbers.
The average sales price in Church Hill is $330,000, breaking down to $173 per square foot. Most houses in Church Hill come in at just under 2000 square feet, with an average of three bedrooms and two and a half baths. You can browse current Church Hill homes for sale as well as our Church Hill video and photos right over here.
Life in Church Hill
Because of its close-knit community, Church Hill has been described as having the feel of a village within the city. Neighbors tend to be close in more ways than one, with many residents staying actively engaged in community matters. (Check out Church Hill People’s News for a peek at local goings-on.) Parks in and around the neighborhood, including a dog park, make up for the typically tiny backyards, and serve as a gathering place for residents. Another spot where you’re likely to run into neighbors: Church Hill’s plentiful eateries, from the quick and casual (Sub Rosa Bakery, Proper Pie Co., 8 ½ Pizza, Alamo BBQ) to the chef-driven food critics’ darlings (Alewife, Grisette, Roosevelt, Dutch & Co.).
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