Richmond's Southside offers its residents a wealth of natural beauty, including river views, quiet tree lined streets and thriving woods & creeks. Much of the area was originally forests and farmland, so here you will find homes with sizeable yards and plenty of shade trees. Here you will find every type of housing you could want - from converted warehouse and renovated storefronts in Manchester, to sloping lots an gorgeous views of the James River, to brand new homes in areas like Broad Rock and Fawnbrook. The areas also contains the crown jewel of Richmond's park system, the James River Park, which stretches from the western city limits to Belle Isle, as well as more local parks, such as Forest Hill Park and Falling Creek Reservoir.
Here are some of the Southside's neighborhoods -
Woodland Heights - this neighborhood has about 800 homes in an 80 blok area, and began as one of Richmond's trolleycar neighborhoods. This neighborhood was built mostly from 1914 to around the 1930s. Here you will find pedestrian and foot traffic along Semmes Ave., yet be only blocks from the peaceful parks along the banks of the James River. Here you will find many home styles, including a large collection of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, American Foursquare and Bungalows.
Westover Hills - this is one of Richmond's most established neighborhoods. It is set upon the hills and slopes of the James River, directly across the James River from Byrd Park and Maymont. Homes here range from Cape Cods to Colonials and Tudors. Most are brick with slate roofs.
Broad Rock - this area is composed of several different subdivisions, each sitd on rolling hills & gentle slopes north of the Falling Creek Reservoir. Here you will find mostly ranch styled brick homes built from the 1950s and 1960s.
Stratford Hills - this is one of the neighborhoods found in the southwest end of the city of Richmond. Here you will find a dual personality,with elements of country living as well as secluded riverfront properties. Yet the area will also contain the city's newest office, retail and residential development, Stony Point. In Stratford Hills you will find houses from contemporary ranchers to Cape Cods, Colonials and tri-levels, mostly built int he 1950s and 1960s. It is in close proximity to the Pony Pasture and Huguenot Woods sections of the James River Parks system.
Want to find out a little more about each of the different areas? Why not visit some of these sites -
Friends of Forest Hill Park
James River Parks
Old Manchester Area
Oxford & Southhampton Areas