Church Hill

St Johns Historic District, Church Hill

Historic Homes on East Broad St

Welcome to friendly Church Hill!  This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in RVA.  It should be, I lived there for over 15 years!  This is such a fun place to live.  There always seems to be another fun event coming up, like Hogtober Fest , the Church Hill Irish Festival, or the Church Hill Holiday Festival.  We like to think of Church Hill as Mayberry in the City, where all the neighbors are friendly and know all about each other.  They certainly have great parties!

Not only does Church Hill have easy access to both I95 and I64, it is also steps to Shockoe Bottom, the Medical College of Virginina (MCV) and the Massey Cancer Center, the Virginia State Capitol, and the Main Street Train Station.  You can’t go wrong with it’s location.

This neighborhood is steeped in history.  It’s home to Historic St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me Liberty or give me death” speech. It also includes Libby Park, with the view that named Richmond, and Chimborazo Park, which houses the Visitor’s Center for the Richmond National Battlefield Park.  Both of these parks have great views of the river!

Renovated Kitchen in Church Hill

Renovated kitchen with high ceilings in a historic home

Church Hill Real Estate falls into 4 different historic districts.  The St. Johns Church Historic District is the oldest and includes cobble stone streets in some places, as well as real gas lights.  Because this is the oldest of the historic districts here, most of the homes in this district have been renovated, as many of them have were able to use the Rehabilitation Tax Credits and City of Richmond Tax Abatement to help offset the cost of renovations.  Next, there is Church Hill North, which is located north of Broad Street.  It was added as an Historic District more recently so many of the homes here are still in transition.  Some are renovated and some are not, so it presents a great opportunity for someone who likes to do the extra work and reap the benefits.  Another Historic District in transition in Church Hill is Oakwood-Chimborazo.  The final historic district is Union Hill which is also experiencing revitalization.

There are many great restaurants in Church Hill, including The Roosevelt, Dutch & Company ,  Patrick Henry Pub, Anthony’s on the Hill, Alamo BBQ, the Liberty Public House and of course Poe’s Pub , the Hill Cafe, and Millie’s Diner.  It also has some wonderful bakeries like Proper Pie, WPA, and Sub Rosa.  Alton Brown, from Food Network, said the Pumpkin Pie from Proper Pie was the best he has ever had.  Sub Rosa grinds their own flour for their pastries, truly delicious!  Stone Brewing is also just down the hill, as well as the great waterfront restaurants and marina of Rocketts Landing.

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