Live near the water in Richmond

You may think that because Richmond is near the center of the state, there's no way you'll be able to enjoy the cool breeze coming off a body of water or fishing in your own backyard. However, this area is often referred to as the River City as it is situated on one of the widest sections of the James River, providing an abundance of aquatic recreational activities and stunning views. Anyone searching homes for sale in Richmond who likes the idea of having easy access to the James or even their own fishing pier is certainly in luck when living in one of these neighborhoods.

Historic Shockoe Slip is a picturesque downtown Richmond neighborhood along the James River. This is the premier place for singles, families and just about anyone to live who appreciates the allure of cobblestone streets and shops lining alleyways. Considered part of Richmond's River District, residents enjoy the water by strolling along Canal Walk, a canal system completed in 1999 that stretches 1.25 miles along the James and the Kanawha and Haxall Canals. The Canal Walk can be accessed from almost every block between 5th and 17th Streets.

While living here, you will also be within walking distance of Brown's Island, a perfect spot for swimming and outdoor picnics along the river. There is a wide variety of homes available in this area from single-family classics to modern condominiums. Some of the older houses date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and might sell for between $250,000 and $300,000.

Homebuyers hoping to live near the water but outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown should consider homes for sale on River Road. Arguably the most well-known area in the city, having a River Road address boasts unmatched prestige. This beautiful road winds through large maples and oaks, quaint white churches and exquisitely manicured residential properties. The large homes are some of the most architecturally stunning and offer gorgeous views of the James River. Popular neighborhoods in this area include Sleepy Hollow and Windsor on the James. Home sale prices range between $700,000 and $1.8 million.