Whit - This is a question that many have a hard time defining and fewer really understand. The easiest and most pedestrian way to take this is to explain it thusly:
Italian Renaissance is often referred to as being more feminine than Spanish Mediterranean. Structures tend to be more symmetrical and evoke European influences. There's a use of Classical order columns instead of Tuscan. There's more delicate detail and ornamentation on the exterior trim such as balustrades, windows, and doors. It's also common to see brackets supporting the overhang. Occasionally you'll also see brick facades. Spanish Mediterranean is less ornamental. It's crisper and more masculine. This style, also known as the Mizner style, was very popular in the 1920s when less ornamentation was in vogue. There's a lower pitch to the roofs and a heavier massing than Italian Renaissance. The Italian Renaissance has a more deliberately shaped massing, often into symmetrical expressions. The Spanish Mediterranean's massing is likely to be more haphazard and freeform.
Renaissance styles in America were most popular in the 1920s, so it is most likely not this style if it was not built during this period.... more
Richmond, Va. is a great place to raise a family . . . my suggestion is that you visit Richmond under the guidance of an experienced realtor. Each area has a unique lifestyle and each area has families with children. I live in the near west end and find it very convenient to shopping and major roadways. The downtown area is accessible by the downtown expressway and takes about 10 minutes from the near west end. There are also a lot of young families with children.
The far west end has newer neighborhoods and some older more established neighborhoods. It really just depends on what lifestyle you are looking for. It may take a little longer to get downtown however Richmond is very easy to get around in and a good highway system makes getting just anywhere in a very short time.
Please visit my website at www.susancottrell.com or call me at 804-840-7186. I will introduce you to the historical older neighborhoods to the newest subdivisions. I am a native of Richmond and know all the areas very well. I look forward to hearing from you.... more
Church Hill is becoming a favorite for professionals who want to be outside of city but need intestate access. The historic character of this area, eclectic, locally-owned restaurants, local events and community-oriented environment are making Church Hill a fun and neighborhood to live in.... more
The west side is very nice and as safe as most anyplace else. The fan area is downtown and is nice if you like that style there. The north side is also very nice. I have agent friends there if you need a name.... more
That is a very good area of the city as far as real estate goes. Sauers Garden, if I have the right location, is a very small subdivivision around the 4000 block of Fitzhugh Ave. This zone has done very well during the slowdown that we have experienced and has one of the fastest turnover times in Richmond. These are city schools and you should check those out to your satisfaction. If you would like further information, feel free to contact me.... more
I'd be glad to give you information on the sales activity in Bexley. According to MLS, there have been 4 sales in Bexley with an average sales price of $342,025. Currently, there are 5 Active listings with an average list price of $276,770. One of the listings is a Fannie Mae foreclosure. As far as the crime rate, and population information goes, there are websites to go to that will give you all of the information that is available.... more
As of November 2009 the City of Richmond has not adopted "rent control" regulations.
Some areas in the City of Richmond are within the 94806 ZIP Code, which the Postal Service lists as "San Pablo".
Postal Service delivery areas and ZIP codes are set up for mail delivery and do not necessarily follow actual municipal boundaries, so the city listed on a mailing address is not always the city in which the address is actually located. If you consider that city boundaries change over time, can contain a handful or millions of addresses, and that many addresses are not even located in incorporated cities, you get a sense of why the Postal Service wouldn't bother trying to follow those same boundaries.
Rest assured a house in Richmond is in Richmond even if its correct mailing address says "San Pablo". A house with a San Pablo mailing address may be in San Pablo, Richmond, or in an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County like Tara Hills. The Postal Service considers "Hilltop Mall" and "Richmond" as acceptable city names for 94806 (http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/), but finds "Tara Hills" unacceptable.... more
Although I am not a commercial Realtor, perhaps a commercial Realtor would be able to run a search of recent sold properties and email that to you. That would be assuming that the property was listed in MLS. Otherwise you could contact a commercial Realtor, who may have another source of recent solds in the Richmond area.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any other questions.
Barbara A. Reagan
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Okay! There is a lot of inventory in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. What is your price range? With so many REO/ Bank Owned properties on the market, your best investment maybe outside of a new developement. The Richmond Marina Area is a good place, and the oil refineries do not pose a risk, but you may find a better deal elsewhere. A five year deal is short term.
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I do not know if any area in Richmond can become the next Short Pump. However, Rockett's Landing is going to be an amazing development in the next few years(what is there is pretty nice). It is right on the Richmond/Varina line. That project will be something that Richmond has not seen, and I think it will be great for our city. But, they are not trying to mimic Short Pump. What they have is unique. I say I'd have to agree with you on the comparison. :)... more
If you are asking for a rental house or apartment that is handicapped accessible with a low lmonthly rent, they can be found by any realtor or rental company. Please email me with exactly what, where, and for how much and I will try to email you some choices and websites that may be helpful. My email is email@example.com.