Richmond's Northside has offered city residents an ideal living environment since the turn of the last century, when an innovative electric streetcar system first made it possible for people to live on the edges of teh city while still working downtown. Here in the "Northside" you will find lots of wonderful neighborhoods with large homes sitting on large lots, tree lined streets & established communities, all within minutes of downtown Richmond. Some areas of the city are now being brought back to their former glory through creative City programs shuch as the Neighborhoods in Bloom program.
In the Northside, you will find not only Bryan Park and it's beautiful azalea gardens, but also the Union Theological Seminary, The Diamond (where the Flying Squirrels play baseball) and Virginia Union University. You will also find lots of great neighborhood restaurants in most of the Northside neighborhoods. Architectural styles will vary - ranging from modest bungalows to Victorian cottages and Georgian mansions.
Northside neighborhoods include:
Ginter Park - this was one of the first planned developments, with turn of the century residential planning qualities that established this neighborhood as "Queen of the Suburbs".
Bellevue - originally part of Henrico County, this neighborhood was annexed into the City in 1940. Cottages & bungalows abound here, with many featuring large windows, wide porches and verandas. Architectural styles range from Italianate to Spanish with tile roofs to American Foursquares.
Highland Park - the history of this area goes back to 1820, but the neighborhood's development goes back to 1890, when Highland Park became one of Richmond's original streetcar suburbs. This area features the most extensive collection of Queen Anne architecture left in the city.
Want to find out a little bit about each of the Northside neighborhoods? Visit their websites below -