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Old 06-12-06, 06:45 PM   #1
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movin to Richmond...

it turns out my co. is relocating me to RVA by the end of AUG. i dont know anything about the town. i just found out today, so i havent really done that much investigating the real estate there.

any good place to live that are somewhat affordable? its seems like the bike scence is pretty good down there, so i wont bother asking about that. my GF and i probably want to live by VCU. i guess i am looking for a live/work warehouse space so i can work at home and still have enough room for my girlfriend and i to live with our dog and two cats.

sorry for the broadness/vagueness, but anything will help, honestly.
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Old 06-12-06, 06:58 PM   #2
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i'll add that id like to be within walking/riding distancew to bars and food. grocery stores are nice too.
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i'll add that id like to be within walking/riding distancew to bars and food. grocery stores are nice too.
well then moving by vcu is a good choice! richmond has some amazing restaurants and a bunch of bars, all within walking/biking distance. everything you need really is located in the fan, the area surrounding monroe park/vcu.
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crap, what's the crappy rundown part of town where all my friends live called. i'm drawing a blank
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crap, what's the crappy rundown part of town where all my friends live called. i'm drawing a blank
oregon hill?
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haha yeah! move to oregon hill and hang about with Hey Buddy aka Tobbacula. it's close to everything and cheaper than the fan.

i also love what is considered "far" in richmond. everytime i'm in town my friends are like "yeah, we don't see so and so that much. he lives so far away." then i go to his house and it's like 2 miles.
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i also love what is considered "far" in richmond. everytime i'm in town my friends are like "yeah, we don't see so and so that much. he lives so far away." then i go to his house and it's like 2 miles.
My friend forced me to drive with him to this bar once, a 1.6 mile, flat-as-a-pancake ride. He has a hybrid if that makes it any better.
At the OP, you'll find Richmond to be pretty reasonable, I would imagine it's cheaper than the Baltimore area. Carver/Jackson Ward (between the interstate and downtown, northeast of VCU) and Oregon Hill (southwest of VCU) and Byrd Park (west of Oregon Hill) areas are probably the cheapest bets. The Fan, which starts around VCU and goes for about two miles, is a bit pricier/nicer. Any of these are close to stores, bars etc.
BTW, DON'T rent from Waybright Investments, they are horrible.
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Basically anywhere in the fan or surrounding areas you'll be close to all that stuff.

And like that last guy said, dont rent from waybright, pollard & bagby, or mason brothers. They suck.
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it really does feel far away when you have to go to the west end... which is about five miles. i don't get as long rides as i'd like because the majority of the 'richmond city' area is probably contained within a 3 mile space. if you live anywhere in the fan (including o-hill), you will be within a 15 minute walk, 5 minute ride from anywhere you want to be. god i love it here

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Richmond:
Sprint Club
Recycles(awesome community oriented bike shop)
Movie night in said bike shop owner's backyard(in oregon hill)
$2 burger night at Empire
Wednesday night ride that ends in a sprint to $2 drafts at Mojos
Lots of bike polo
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...plus much more. I kinda like it.
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**** yeah. thanks alot everyone. all this sh1t helps alot
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Once you get settled in defiently go by recycles on Cary St. and introduce yourself. It's a couple of the cutthroats that own it( Evan and his gf Aaron) and all cool kids that work there. Aggees in Carytown isn't bad but not great either. Aggees on Broad St. is aweful. Rowletts is good for FG/SS stuff and Braden can be an ass but once you get to know him he's a good guy and fairly knowledgeable. Wednesday night at 8 there is a ride that leaves from the compass point at shafer court(VCU dining hall). Every other Sunday at 2 or 3 there is a sprint club race(google RVA Sprint Club) that leaves from Holly St. Park. The guys who ride bikes(bike scene if you will) are all pretty good guys and all tend to know each other. And the Cutthroats throw awesome parties.
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Weird. I didn't know Evan and Erin were a couple. Maybe I did but forgot. but yeah, Erin and her twin sister Shelley along with Evan started Recycles after organizing Spokes (a benefit ride from Richmond to NYC) and are ****ing rad as hell. If you want to know about anything fun and awesome happening in Richmond get to know Shelley.

I'm gonna do my best to make it down for Best Friends Day this year. I've been meaning to make it siince it was just a small group of my friends hangin out but every year there's been some conflict for me. from what i heard the last couple of years it was insanely huge.
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best friends day is the ****
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Erin(not Aaron)...my fault
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haha when i first saw Aaron it confused me and i was like "wait, that's not who runs Recycles!"
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In addition to the other bike shops mentioned we also just got a performance bike store up west Broad. Much less irritating than the Agees up there. Recycles is your best friend though!

Yeah, people around here have a strange idea of "far". Watch them swoon at tales of commutes over 5 miles. Crazy...

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Northside is also pretty nice, a bit more laid back than the fan or Oregon hill. The lower fan is pretty much the VCU student ghetto... Bellevue (northside) is very calm, and has the little MacArthur strip, just a neat little urban oasis. Fan is just a quick shot down Hermitage, ballpark is close (you can see the O's farm team when they happen by), heck, it's RVA, as others have noted, everything is close. Except movie theatres, they're all out in the boonies with the thankful exception of the Westhampton, easy riding distance. After 20 years or more here, I can tell you horror tales about every shop in town (They're all bad), with the exception of Re-cycles. Jury's still out on them in my mind (too cynical after years of RVA shop garbage and abuse), but they're trying and are definitely headed in the right direction. Nice batch of people. Performance is too new to have much of a track record, but their manager gave me spectacularly bad and unasked for advice the other day, loudly proclaiming he was a "pro" mechanic, so I wonder. Though I do like their prices.

Most of the warehouse space is gone, converted to tres expensive condos. Years ago, I rented the entire top floor of the old Richbrau brewery building for a grand total of 150$ a month. Had a basketball court set up indoors, used to play beer bottle golf out the roll-up door... It's been converted to lofts now, and suspect that the 150$ I paid might rent me part of a bathroom or closet now... the golden age of RVA warehouses is, alas, over. Milk bottle was the first to go. You might find some reasonable stuff across the Manchester bridge or something... parts of southside haven't yet undergone urban reclaimation.

Whatever, RVA is a great town. Takes a bit of figuring out and finding stuff, it doesn't come to you, but it's far better than its' reputation. And no one has mentioned the river yet. No other city I know of has one quite like it...
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And no one has mentioned the river yet. No other city I know of has one quite like it...
there is a special place in my heart for the river. i probably wouldn't live here if it weren't there.
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Wow, it's nice to see a nice rva representation on the boards..I relocated to Cincinnati after attending school at VCU for two years and then moving to Louisiana for a year (I got mixed up in bicycles somewhere in between). I'm coming back for parts of July..it'd be nice to meet some of you guys. Who knows maybe I know you and don't know it or something. If there is a ride on wednesday the 5th I'll sure be there, bike in hand.

That being said, Oregon Hill is tits (there's even a cowboy Junkies song by the same name). Close to the river and the cemetary, has a sort of white-ghetto-chic thing happening. very close nit neighborhood with an active association...I mean some of the families have lived there since the civil war.

I used to think richmond was hilly until I moved to Cinci..you can't get anywhere without sweating up here.

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