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“Really unique area dating from early 1900”
Review of Fan District

Fan District
Ranked #42 of 180 things to do in Richmond
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Owner description: Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this 85-block-long Victorian historic district.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

One of the most charming areas in Richmond, our daughter lives there, the homes are between 1905 and 1929, all original and if you see a plaque on the front indicating the year built, is a designation that the home is historic and no changes can be done to the outside without permission from the historical society, most nice homes are either east of the Maury monument or west of the Boulevard, great area to park and walk several blocks.

2  Thank Pedro C
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

So the summary here is: Just like Georgetown in Washington, DC, just as cool, just as fun, but much cheaper!

We spent some time here on the weekend because one of our friends (who also has younger kids) said it was a great day trip. They were right. We walked around the neighborhood and admired all the really nice old homes. We visit the parks, where there were a ton of kids playing (the weather was nice!). People kept asking us if we lived there...apparently a lot of young families have moved into The Fan, which is nice to see, because in DC younger families usually cannot afford this type of a neighborhood.

We had a really nice brunch at a Cuban restaurant and then walked to another restaurant for dinner. There is a fairly large University nearby (Virginia Commonwealth University...I think) and that help to give the neighborhood a good vibe. There are cool local coffee shops and restaurants all over the place.

We finished the day considering whether, at some point in the future, our family should move to Richmond. We liked it a lot especially this neighborhood.

Tip: Take a walk down "Monument avenue". Those are where the biggest/nicest homes are, though the entire neighborhood is really nice.

7  Thank AlbertintheAtrium14
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Disclosure: I lived here for 35 years and I never got tired of it. We drove by our old house on Hanover Ave last week, and It was a real nostalgia trip. This neighborhood compares favorably with almost any similar neighborhood (like Georgetown for example in DC). We walked every square foot of the place over the time we lived there and we never failed to see something we hadn't noticed before. The architecture (early 20th century row houses) is just fascinating. Get out and walk or drive very slowly. Stop at some of the bars and restaurants (Joe's Inn, Strawberry Street Café). This is a wonderful place. Visit.

4  Thank Norman S
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

The Fan is amazing. Different people all around (families, students, professors, entrepreneurs) and they all make a really great place to live, work, and have fun. And really high walk-ability to lots of cool and useful stuff.

The homes are old and “historical” but very elegant (early 1900’s) and the ones that are renovated are really awesome and expensive. The sidewalks are paved in brick and the area, despite having students, is clean and well kept up. Appears to be the kind of neighborhood where people take pride in their homes and in restoring them. (Although there are a few homes where the landlords clearly don’t care.) Worth a visit to simply walk around and see some of these amazing old homes.

Also worth a visit to walk around the shops and restaurants in the area—all “local”, from coffee shops and restaurants, to wine shops and cafes. There are some very nice parks in The Fan too, one that even has a wall around it so kids don’t run into the street. There is no shortage of things to do and it is really convenient to all of Richmond’s fun stuff, like the baseball stadium, hiking trails, art museum, science museum, etc. VCU is also at one end of the Fan, and they have some new buildings that are very nice.

Recommend a visit to the neighborhood and one of its restaurants.

5  Thank EuroHoneyMoon2010
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Fan district is a place you need to see and experience. You will see huge Southern homes and as you stroll down Cary Street, you will also see loads of shops and cafes, etc. The surprise is that like all of us in the South, these shops are all painted different pastel colors. The Fan, as we call it, is a great place to spend a day, eat and relax at a cafe and walk around.

3  Thank Annabelle2045
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