My husband is being relocated to VA -from Chicago!. We have been told that Richmond has excellent schools, but where in Richmond? Safety is important

Asked by Cj, 60005 Mon Mar 14, 2011

We am wondering where the safest areas are to raise a family, where there are excellent schools AND opportunities for the kids to be involved. It is important to us that we are in a safe, low crime area, but not necessarily the most expensive community. Help is appreciated!

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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Thu Mar 17, 2011
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Ryan Sanford, Agent, Midlothian, VA
Wed Sep 12, 2012
Hi Cj,

As REALTORS we can not advise on what is a "safe' area or what is or is not a good school. I would recommend going to the specific County/City sites and check the SOL scores to determine what it is you are looking for. Also, when you come to the area, I would pick an Agent, explain what it is your needs are, from there we could guide you more, then and take a day or two to drive around with your agent and try to find what it is you are looking for.

Best of Luck and Happy House Hunting!

Ryan C. Sanford
Associate Broker, CDPE
RE/MAX Commonwealth
The Ryan Sanford Team
9401 Courthouse Road, Suite 200
Chesterfield, VA 23832
804-218-3409 mobile
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Sean Craft, Agent, Richmond, VA
Mon Aug 12, 2013
Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield Counties are your best bets. CIty schools are not the greatest save for Fox, Mary Mumford, and Holton are the best elementary schools within the city but the middle and high schools are more of a challenge. Most send to private schools or move to the burbs. Here is more info on City Schools for you......
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Ron A Wisnie…, , Richmond, VA
Fri May 10, 2013
Overall Richmond public schools are not anywhere near excelleny
There are some good schools in the city , but most are underpreforming
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Bridget Hodg…, Agent, Richmond, VA
Mon Apr 15, 2013
Hi CJ -
Richmond is a wonderful city, and the surrounding suburbs have so much to offer. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to visit before you have to make any real decisions. There are great schools, and family friendly environments in almost every direction. I've been here since 1990, and have lived in many of the different areas of town. It is an ever evolving city. I would encourage you to look online for current school stats - there are some true community gems that have risen to the top in recent years, offering wonderful academic and enrichment opportunities. Good luck with the move - I hope that you will love Richmond as much as I do. Please feel free to call if I can assist, or if you just have some questions. Take care.
Bridget Hodgson
Long & Foster
5702 Grove Ave
Richmond 23226
By the way...I hope that you can come soon - Richmond is absolutely beautiful in the Spring!
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Philip Cabral, Agent, San Jose, CA
Mon Nov 26, 2012
There are two way to approach your situation.

1. You can ask where the good schools are and then hope to be able to afford in that area, or

2. Contact a real estate agent. Inform him/her your budget, size of home (bed, bath, etc.) and see what is available for sale in your search area. Of those available homes, determine whether the school(s) tied to that home meet your level of education and the crime is at a level you feel are safe. The realtor has those reports available to them which they can forward to you.

Good luck!
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reshawwnah, , Richmond, VA
Mon Nov 26, 2012
that is a good website.thx for telling use thx so much
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Jovan Hackley, Other Pro, San Francisco, CA
Wed Sep 12, 2012
Hi CJ, Richmond has a great mix of properties in every price range. The East Henrico and South Richmond areas are known for having more affordable properties, but make sure you factor in commute to the places that are important (like schools and work).

Every listing on Trulia has school ratings and reviews under the "Schools" tab. That data is fed in from
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Ryan Sanford, Agent, Midlothian, VA
Mon Mar 21, 2011

Feel free to email me your home address and I will be happy to send you a Relocation package out that will give you plenty of information on the area. You will love Richmond, BTW!

Ryan C. Sanford
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Commonwealth
9401 Courthouse Road, Suite 200
Chesterfield, VA. 23832
804-218-3409 mobile
804-423-2392 e fax
804-777-9001 office
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Richard, , Richmond, VA
Fri Mar 18, 2011
Once you decide on the area you wish to live in, you can preview the full array of homes available from my website, non-foreclosures as well as foreclosure homes, for the entire Richmond location or anywhere USA. If I can be of any further assistance to you in your relocation requirements, just let me know.
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Brenda Feria, Agent, Richmond, VA
Thu Mar 17, 2011
Cj, I have helped to move a lot of people relocating to Richmond, so I am very aware of the stress involved in moving to a new place. My clients have included people coming to Richmond with Westvaco, Target, Capita One and several others. I also have references for you to check. I have lived in Richmond most of my life and have raised my 3 children here. I would love to help you and your family find a home with excellent schools and opportunities for the kids to be involved in. If you would like to contact me on my private email listed on my profile. I would like to get a little more information about exactly what you are looking for. I would be delighted to send you a welcome package to Richmond so that you can see all of the great activities that we have here for children. I love Richmond and I think you will too. Moving is stressful. I see my job as making it less stressful for my clients.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Mon Mar 14, 2011
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.
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