Welcome to Richmond! The city is full of old and historic neighborhoods, such as the two you mention, that are conveniently located, have a strong sense of community, and offer affordable housing.. I specialize in old houses/neighborhoods and would enjoy taking you on a tour. That is the best way to determine where you will be most satisfied and where you will find the amenities/services important to you. Church Hill, Carver, Manchester, and Barton Heights are other areas you may want to add to your list. They are close to downtown with easy interstate access to other parts of the city and surrorunding counties. Public transportation is also available. There is a large stock of older houses in the central city, built with better materials/craftsmanship than available in so many new houses, which makes them a good value. You may want to check with nonprofits such as Better Housing Coalition, HOME of VA, Inc., Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority, & NeighborWorksÂ® Resource Group. These organizations present opportunities for low- and moderate-income families to purchase affordable homes. Contact me--Jennie Dotts --(804) 648-1616 if I can help.