We wrote this post to help those inbound to Richmond. It covers quite a bit and can give you the lay of the land extremely quickly. I know this question is old but in case you have not come to Richmond yet...
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
As a long time Richmond resident, I wouldn't feel unsafe living there but it's still an up and coming area. I'd guess around 30-40% of the row homes have been renovated as opposed to the Fan and Museum District where it's close to 80-90%. 300 W Marshall Street is a just a few blocks from Broad & Grace Streets where there are coffee shops, art galleries, top notch restaurants, music venues, and theaters. If you are new to city life and not buying, I'd try to find a place in the Fan or Museum District because it's very close to all of the restaurants and attractions, but you'll be a little safer at night. That said, you still have to be smart and nowhere in the city is 100% safe.... more
Well, 2 VCU students were shot in Jackson Ward this weekend, during a holdup. Sadly, this (the hold up) is not an unheard of act in that area. Wherever you decide to live near VCU, educate yourself on how to be safe. When I was a VCU student, the campus cops sometimes held seminars about crime prevention and how to be street smart. Look into things like that because, sadly, crime does not stay within any one neighborhood's limits downtown. Folks who look for victims look around college campuses because they perceive students to be "rich," to have expensive electronics and such, and to be off-guard because they are partying or just naive. Teach yourself how not to be a victim and good luck!... more