Richmond, Virginia’s The Museum District – A Neighborhood Guide

Photos in this guide were provided by Brittanny DeRafelle.

RVA Neighborhood Guide – Museum District

If you’re looking to buy in Richmond, Virginia, here’s why you should consider living in the “Museum District,” according to Brittanny DeRaffele of @SunandSelene and @TheBrunchMarket.

Hey hey RVA! My husband Stephen and I have lived in the Museum District for just over 4 years now and recently moved into our new home, just 4 doors down from our first apartment together! We fell in love with the neighborhood because of how quiet and convenient it is and the charm of a historic Richmond homes. There are lots of other young professionals and families up and down these blocks and lots of fellow dog owners, so it’s a great area for nice long walks. My husband and I lucked out when we found a 20’s-era whole home for rent that we couldn’t be happier with.

I am the jeweler behind Sun & Selene, run a monthly pop-up event called The Brunch Market and my husband runs the kitchen and catering space at Lunch.SUPPER! (which is just blocks away from our home). I work from home as a jeweler with a finished basement that is perfect for a metalsmithing studio space. We live here with our 9-year-old pup, Coconut, who loves our private backyard space for sunbathing, quite a perk for a Fan/Museum District home.

Local watering holes and restaurants

We love this little pocket of the Museum District especially, because we landed here just before the Scott’s Addition “boom”. Scott’s Addition is just across the street from the Museum District across Broad Street. A few of our favorite places to go include:

  • Black Hand Coffee: This is an easy go-to for great coffee and breakfast sandwiches (my favorite thing to order is a soy latte with honey and an everything bagel with cream cheese, bacon and tomato). And right across the street is Patterson Market, which has the best beer selection in the neighborhood and Belmont Pizzeria!
  • Chiocca’s: Chiocca’s is a local favorite and RVA staple that has been around for more than 100 years.
  • Lunch.SUPPER!: While of course Lunch.SUPPER! is one of our favorites you will likely find us for dinner and cocktails, Tazza Kitchen or Fat Dragon are also our regular spots for dinner dates and cocktails.
  • Chairlift: Chairlift at Brenner Pass is great for work days when I need a change of scenery and really good canelé!
  • The Breweries: We can’t mention the benefit of living walking distance to Scott’s Addition and not mention the brewery-scene. Each one has something different and we love them all! You can usually find a food truck set up for a one stop shop for dinner and brews or spend a whole day on the weekend hopping from spot to spot. The Veil is one of our favorites for a unique style Gose and Ardent has a great patio for sittin’ and sippin’ outside.

Neighborhood events and activities:

The Brunch Market is a monthly, curated market and brunch combo in The Urban Roost Event Space at Lunch.SUPPER!. It brings a selection of local markers and small businesses to the space one Sunday a month, paired with a walk up brunch bar complete with mimosa’s andd bloody marys in the beer garden. There’s also a farmers market held at The Veil which is a great way for Museum District and Scott’s Addition residents to find local produce and market goods on this side of town.

About the Neighborhood / Unique characteristics

The best thing about the neighborhood is its close proximity to The Fan, Scott’s Addition and so much to do. We have loved living in this beautiful part of Richmond for so long and enjoy the walks along the beautiful Monument ave., to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) for a quiet day or inspiration, finding new spots for a happy hour, or just a quick coffee before a long work day. When we have family and friends visit we are never short on things to do and we couldn’t have picked a better place to settle-qin for the near future.

We’ve also been utilizing the GRTC Pulse with a stop just a couple blocks away. We can finally utilize public transit and avoid circling the block to find parking if we want to venture downtown; and so far, we LOVE the Pulse! There is also a bike share stop close by in Scott’s Addition, we have yet to use it, but we’re up to give it a try!

Neighborhood Data:

School District:

Elementary

Middle

High

William Fox Elementary School

Albert Hill Middle School

Thomas Jefferson High School

 

Walkability according to Walk Score: 88

Average Days of Home on Market: 45

Average Price of Home: $318,753

***In the DADO app you’ll be able to view neighborhood vitals like school performance as well as walk and transit scores, property tax assessment and more. Download the app to keep your home search organized.

Staying organized when you are house hunting in the museum district….

Buying a new home can be equally as exciting as it is overwhelming – that’s why DADO is here to help. Our goal is to make your home buying journey enjoyable while providing the data needed for making smarter decisions. With DADO, users can keep their home search organized and share their notes and photos with all of the people in their lives that need to be in the know. No more scrolling through your camera roll, struggling to remember the details of the four houses you visited last week. The DADO app allows you to save all of the important information you need to keep straight in one place. Invite your significant other, friends or even your mom to stay connected with you during the exciting search for your first home.

Users can also use the app to crowdsource, collaborate and compare real photos and information about homes on the market, connect and share information with friends and family and help keep information organized when it’s time to narrow down which homes you choose to buy (click here to learn more about DADO). The house itself is just a piece of the puzzle when searching for a new home, so DADO partnered with a few local influencers in Richmond, Va. (RVA) to create neighborhood guides that curate the best things to do, eat and see locally.

Happy House Hunting!

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