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Carolina Rom…, Other/Just Looking in Orlando, FL

My husband and I are looking into relocating to Richmond from Orlando, FL. We are 28 and 33 years old and

Asked by Carolina Romero, Orlando, FL Wed May 21, 2008

My husband and I are lookiing into relcocating from Orlando. We want a place that combines urban lifestyle for us with safety for our 1 year old daughter. Does anyone have a sugestion?

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Just for the record, the property taxes are TWICE as high in the city of Richmond as they are in the counties. No joke. We moved here 6 years ago and are still renting, thinking the bottom out on home prices will be here by mid-2009. There are plenty of nice home rentals are available, go for a house rather than apartment much better value!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 2, 2008
I would suggest that you use a REALTOR that is part of the largest relocation company in the United States. As part of this relocation team you are required to have a background check, extensive classroom hours and many other requirements and that is before you are accepted to be on this team. There are thousands of agents all over the United States that are part of this program. As a Broker Associate with the relocation department I work directly to find you an agent in the area that you are relocating to. Let me help you! Debra Barker, Broker Associate, Century 21 Properties Plus, Inc.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2008
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...


Sarah Jarvis, Broker
One South Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 24, 2015
Richmond is such a great place to find an urban feel. It's also a wonderful place to raise little ones. There is an area of town called the Museum District which has 1920's houses with small yards. The houses are close to each other with sidewalks...lots of walkability. Many young families live there. It is also near to lots of cool places like Carytown. Let me know if I can help you find a home in Richmond. Welcome to RVA!

Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 23, 2014
Short Pump--lots of new developments, shopping, restaurants, safe, easy access to interstate. Schools are good but not something you need to concern yourself with at this point. I'm not a realtor-just someone who went to college in Richmond and then came back to start a family. I live in the West End but would live in Short Pump if my child was much younger.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 3, 2013
Hi Carolina,
It's great that you have gotten so much response for your question. That's what this site is about. I am a native of Richmond and a Real Estate Agent. I will give you a tour of Richmond without my real estate hat on. I would like for you to see the city yourself and be informed of all of the great areas you have to chose from. Also, I have a blog, that has resources that you might find useful about Richmond....including crime. I will be adding a tour of the city on my blog in the future and you will be able to view the areas in the comfort of your own home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 23, 2008
Boy, a lot of professionals on this site! My wife and I moved just like you from NC about 9 years ago. We now have 3 children 5 and under. We lived in Bellevue for the first 5 or 6 years. It's a great little neighborhood with still fairly moderately priced homes but they're usually pretty small. We decided to stay in the City and have our children go to Mary Munford which along with Fox are as good as the county schools. Don't let people scare you about the crime in Richmond. It's really no worse than any other urban area. The statistics are actually skewed because of Virginia's weird political boundaries. The City of Richmond technically only has about 200,000 people within it's boundaries so per capita it seems much higher than other cities of similar 1 Million plus metro area populations.
Renting is probably a good idea. You'll find out soon enough that you'll get more house for the money south of the river - but there's a reason for that - it's because it's better to live north of the James! hehe! Some people try to sell the Far West End around Short Pump. Unless you work in Goochland or have random cravings to browse pottery barn I would avoid it. There's little character or diversity and the commute adds to the premium cost. Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
I relocated to the Richmond area when I was 10yrs old(from Texas). So I consider myself a Richmond-er and a great resource for you and your family. I would be happy to help with any question that you may have regarding homes in the area. Many of my clients have also recently re-located from other parts of the country to our area. I would be happy to put you in touch with them as well! They would be a great resource for you. Two couples in particular come to mind, and I think they would be able to give you an un-biased opinion on what to expect with the transition. Call me or email me, and I would be happy to help!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
Don''t move to Richmond, for goodness son moved there to attend school at VCU, and has been robbed at gunpoint after being forced into an alley about a year ago, and was held at gunpoint in his apartment for several hours after a home invasion/robbery two days ago..he has left Richmond, and will not be going back. I beg of you, for your child's sake, stay away from this crime-ravaged city....there is a reason they film the show "Crime 360" in Richmond..they have a rich pool of crimes to utilize for filming.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 20, 2008
Hey Carolina, my best advice is to sign a 6 to 12 month rental lease agreement and take some time to look at what all areas have to offer. As I stated earlier, we are renting and are happy to be taking our time with it. Richmond has its problems, but there are great areas to live and some of them offer the best schools around.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2008
We moved from Orlando about 8 years back right at your same age! Funny. Anyway, there are plenty of great safe areas to live that are sae in the city limits. Richmond has a high crime rate due mainly to concentrated areas of crime. Bon Air, Stratford Hills areas are nice... depending on how much you can afford... they Westmorland, Monument Ave. Grove Ave. area is nice.... Marymunford area like someone mentioned in a previous post. Certain parts of Fan are great and lots of families... costly. $500,000 up. We used to live in Bellvue... great area... close to some crime area, but i wouldn't necessarily stay away from there. My sister lives in that neighborhood still and I still love it over there. Also consider near west end... Tuckahoe area... not as urban but older part of town, lots of families and great schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2008
Hi Home Buyer in Glen Allen,
Don't give up on the Fox or Munford areas. There is today, 22 houses with a minimum of 3 bedrooms for sale in those areas that are between $170,000 and $250,000. If you do not have a buyers agent you should get one. Of course I would be happy to help. I can email the list to you and show you those that you are interested in. I work at the Long and Foster Office on Nuckols Road so feel free to call me at 935-5936.
It is great living in this areas...where you can walk to stores and be around people that are walking, jogging, riding bikes etc. Good luck with your search
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Unfortunately, if you're planning to stay in your home by the time your baby gets to school age, your options are limited if you want a great school in Richmond. I am in the same situation; we have a 1.5 yr old and are currently renting in Twin Hickory (West End). We just moved from New York. What I've been told is that Fox is pretty much it as far as great public schools but I also heard that Mary Mumford is good. The Fan is out of our price range so we may end up permanently in Glen Allen but have about 4 months before we'll make a final decision.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
Richmond Fan District has a great combination of urban living, outstanding children's park and an excellent elementary school (William Fox). While no neighborhood offers total safety, we have raised our kids (8,7 and 4) in the Fan. When you are in Richmond, stop by the Children's park at the intersections Lombardy, Hanover and Park and talk to the parents who live in both in the neighborhood and in some of the other great neighborhoods surrounding downtown.
George Cumming
RE/MAX Commonwealth
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 25, 2008
I hope you come to Richmond. You will find that Richmond has a great urban life and many areas to choose from. I was born and raised in Richmond and live in the city, so I am very familiar with all the urban areas. Please feel free to call me for any assistance in relocating. My number is 804-935-5936. Also my blog: offers links to many useful sites for information on Richmond. I also have a relocation package I would love to send you. Do not leave you address on this site, but call me and I will send it to you. My email is on the blog, so if you have any questions you can contact me that way also.
Best of Luck, Wythe
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2008
I moved here from Atlanta GA about 13 or 14 years ago and one of the wonderful things I have found in Richmond, and one of the reasons I have grown to love Richmond, is that it is easy to live almost anywhere and get exactly what you want in not only a house, but also a neighborhood. Within the city of Richmond itself are many wonderful neighborhoods-the Fan, Church Hill, Bellevue, Ginter Park, Westover Hills, etc. And if you decide not to live in the city itself, there are also many wonderful areas that are close to the city line, such as near the University of Richmond, or in the Bon Air area in Chesterfield. And in Richmond, you can be almost anywhere in the Richmond area and be within a 20 to 30 minute drive of the downtown areas with the restaurants, clubs, etc. I work with many relocating buyers to the area and am familiar with many of the neighborhoods, both in the city and the county, as well as those that are north of the James River and south of the James River. So if you would like more information on these different areas and neighborhoods, don't hesitate to call me at 804-869-1191 or email me at Have a nice day!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2008
The Richmond city (Fan or carytown area), and west end area (henrico county) and Patterson Avenue shopping area . For additional local real estate information, to request home listings by E-Mail, or to tour the MLS Listings please visit my web sites at or
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2008
There are several areas that would provide the living experience you suggested. There is historic Churchill , The Fan, Forest Hill area, Oregon Hill, Byrd Park area, Bainbridge is a new and upcomming area where the city plans to build around the river. How close to you want to be to parks, restaurants, shops and price range will play a major role. Send your email address with your criteria and I will email homes from those areas. (804) 254-0895
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2008
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