As a native Richmonder, some of the city’s streets and neighborhoods just hold a special place.
Many of my favorite spots were discovered years ago as a kid on bicycle. A bike could often take you places you couldn’t get to if you didn’t have a reason to be there.
The short stretch of Rugby Road and Sunset Avenue overlooking the Carillon is pretty impressive. The homes are refined, some very grand, but just being in that location with its natural beauty and the man-made towering memorial is a site to behold. A hidden treasure is the stone and frame cottage at the end of Sunset Lane. Its position at the river’s edge, with its commanding views coupled with its understated size and style make this property one of the city’s best kept secrets.
Nearby Westover Road on the other side of the Carillon is another special spot. There are only 16 homes in the 4 blocks that line 2 of Byrd Park’s lakes. Most are grand, stylish, and just so much fun for the odd mix of architecture. Again, it’s a killer location, walking distance to the lakes, the park, nature trails, and the grandaddy of all urban estates, Maymont.
Rothesay Circle is a knock-out. A number of the lovely homes there have river views. It’s a quiet neighborhood that makes you sit up straight when riding through. There are palatial white stucco mansions with tile roofs, sitting near Tudor manor homes, picture-perfect Southern Colonials with a few quaint cottages peppered in. You are struck by the sweeping, manicured landscapes. It’s not a very big circle, but it makes a very big impression.
About the Writer // Jeanne Bridgforth is a Realtor with the One South Realty Group who specializes in Historic Properties throughout the City. She brings decades of experience to the table in many of Richmond’s most spectacular neighborhoods.