Richmond is ripe for retirement, with several new 55+ communities being built in the area. Photo by Will Fisher / CC BY-SA

Many active adults are eschewing the humid summers of Florida for northerly coastal cities with milder (but still warm) weather. Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, and Asheville have seen an increase in 55+ communities recently. Another city seeing this kind of popularity is Richmond, Virginia.

This state capital is home to mild winters, warm summers, many social options, and a rich history. People living in the area also have several great shopping, dining, and entertainment options available year-round.

Historical hot spots worth visiting include Maymont, a 19th-century mansion, the Virginia State Capitol, several Civil War battlefields and museums, and St. John’s Church. Local museums include the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and The Valentine.

The region is also rich in outdoor and recreation spots. These include the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Pocahontas State Park, Bryan Park, and Richmond Raceway. The James River is a great option for boating, swimming, and waterside parks. Residents are also just an hour's drive from several beaches and port cities like Newport News and Norfolk.

The Richmond area is currently home to 18 age-restricted communities as well as six active lifestyle communities. Thanks to local builder StyleCraft Homes, Richmond will be seeing several more active adult communities in the next few years. Let’s take a look at the two communities they’ve already built and two that are currently under construction.

Greenwich Walk

Greenwich Walk in Moseley was StyleCraft’s first 55+ community in the Richmond area. It opened in 2017 and hosts 360 single-family and attached homes. Developer HHHunt also contributed home models to the community. Homes range from 1,721 to 2,212 square feet and include two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Homes are priced from the mid $200s to the mid $300s. Amenities include a clubhouse with a fitness center and sauna, a pavilion, parks, and walking trails. The community is part of the FoxCreek community so homeowners also have access to the Terrace Swim and Racquet Club. It features a fitness center, indoor lap pool, and three tennis courts.

Chickahominy Falls

Chickahominy Falls in Glen Allen was built by StyleCraft and Cornerstone Homes with construction beginning in 2017. Floor plans and pricing have yet to be announced, but 300 single-family homes are expected to be built upon completion. The community will be unique in that it will be Richmond’s first active adult “agrihood.” This means the community will include a working farm, orchards, and community gardens. Neighbors will work together to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle while growing a connection to the land. To celebrate the community’s harvests there will be regular feasts and dinner events. Amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, fire pit, pavilion, catering kitchen, and scenic walking trails.

Townes at Notting Hill & Villas at Ashford Hill

The upcoming 55+ community closest to grand opening is Townes at Notting Hill in Chesterfield. It will include 128 townhomes near the intersection of Elhardt Road and Pocoshock Boulevard. Homeowners will be able to enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle in homes with first-floor master suites. Villas at Ashford Hill will include 62 single-family homes allowing for a low-maintenance lifestyle along Courthouse Road just south of Midlothian Turnpike. Both communities will include similar, outdoors focused amenities. They’ll include individual garden plots, a garden pavilion, natural space, and walking trails.

Hartford Hill

Hartford Hill in Midlothian is expected to be open for residents by the end of 2018. It will include 50 townhomes in a low-maintenance setting adjacent to the Midlothian Sam’s Club. The unnamed community will feature 147 units that will be a mix of townhomes and condominiums. It will be located along Ashbrook Parkway near Hull Street Road. Amenities and prices for these communities have not been announced yet. will provide more info on these upcoming communities as they become available.