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.
Real Estate in Church Hill
Church Hill Real Estate falls into 4 different historic districts.
St. John’s Church Historic District
The St. John’s Church Historic District is the oldest and includes cobblestone 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.
Church Hill North
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. The park on Union Hill has a great new playground, as well as an adult obstacle course for a challenging workout, all with a stellar view of downtown Richmond.
Church Hill History
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. Yes, the Founding Fathers sat in that church. There is even a carriage house up here where Thomas Jefferson parked his carriage. 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.
Many of the homes in Church Hill still have decorative iron gates and front porches made from Tredegar Iron Works.
Both of these parks have great views of the river!
Things to Do in Church Hill
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!
Restaurants in Church Hill
There are many great restaurants in Church Hill, including:
- The Roosevelt
- Dutch & Company
- Patrick Henry Pub
- Anthony’s on the Hill
- Alamo BBQ
- Liberty Public House
- Poe’s Pub
- Hill Cafe
- Millie’s Diner
- Metzger’s Bar and Butchery
Bakeries! My favorite!
It also has some wonderful bakeries like:
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.
Church Hill Location
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.