Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Richmond
Richmond proper is one of the best regions in the area for walkable neighborhoods. Streets lined with historic row homes and local businesses on every corner. If you are looking to feel connected to the community and immerse yourself in the local charm, check out the neighborhoods below. You can also check out our more suburban neighborhood guide if you are looking to move farther away from the city.
The most walkable area in Richmond with a Walk Score of 95 according to Redfin is VCU. Due to its proximity to the University, you do not need a car for most errands or to visit the majority of restaurants and coffee shops. Thus, making it the perfect place for someone looking for an active and convenient community.
Monroe/ Jackson Ward
Monroe and Jackson Ward are closely nestled right next to VCU with a more historic downtown neighborhood feel. They both offer quite a few restaurants and shops within walking distance. These communities are continuously growing with quaint hotels and businesses being added yearly.
According to Redfin, the Carytown community in Richmond has a Walk Score of 92 making it the fourth most walkable part of the city. This neighborhood includes about 5 blocks of bustling local businesses strewed about Cary Street. You can walk to quite a few places in this neighborhood, including the Byrd Theatre, bakeries, restaurants, and a variety of shops.
The Fan District is another closely located neighborhood to the VCU community offering historic charm and a variety of housing options. This includes converted apartments and single-family homes. There are a variety of schools, parks, restaurants, and local cafes to walk to. Check out our school guide to learn more!
With a Walk Score of 89 (Redfin), the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond is easy to get around on foot. You can walk to a variety of restaurants, bars, museums, and cultural events from most places in this community. You also have easy access to the riverfront canal trail and the Amtrak located at Main Street Station.
Finally, the Museum District is a perfectly walkable neighborhood closely located between Carytown, Scotts Addison, and the Fan offering optimal access to many local businesses. After all, the prime feature of the neighborhood is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, known for hosting events and its luscious greenery.
Written by: Schuyler Corrigan