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Situated in the northeast suburbs of Richmond, Mechanicsville, Virginia is a relatively small city offering 55+ homebuyers a peaceful residential setting with proximity to the many restaurants, museums, golf courses, and performing arts venues found in the Richmond area. Mechanicsville is surrounded by historic landmarks and sites, including many Civil War battlefields, as well as gorgeously green Virginia countryside, marked by gently rolling terrain and mature trees. Active adult homebuyers will also enjoy convenient access to the Atlantic Ocean via Chesapeake Bay, where area residents take advantage of the many available recreation opportunities on the water.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Mechanicsville, Virginia is right on par with the national average, according to Best Places. While housing costs are slightly higher than average, 55+ homebuyers moving to the area typically save money on groceries, healthcare, and transportation, depending on where in the country you are moving from.

The State of Virginia does not tax Social Security benefits, state and local sales taxes are relatively low, and there are no inheritance or estate taxes, making the state tax-friendly for active adults, according to Kiplinger. Property taxes in Virginia are below average for the nation, residents 65 and older can deduct a portion of their income, and veterans can deduct some of their military retirement income as well, ensuring that retirees looking to relocate or stay in Mechanicsville can make the most of the area’s ample amenities and attractions.

55+ communities in Mechanicsville currently offer homes ranging from the Mid $200s to the High $600s, and the median sale price in Mechanicsville, including non-age-restricted housing, is in the Mid $300s. Although this median sale price is marginally higher than the national average, active adults moving to Mechanicsville can still save money by living in a tax-friendly area where other costs are lower than their respective national averages.

Climate and Geography

Mechanicsville sits 180 feet above sea level and is surrounded by picturesque Virginia countryside, verdant green and thick with a variety of tree species, including American beech, sugar maple, dogwood, white oak, and crabapple. There are three rivers in the general area: the James, which runs through Richmond proper, the Pamunkey, which turns into the York, and the Mattaponi, all of which connect the region to Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Summer temperatures do climb into the 90s, while the lowest temperatures in a typical winter are in the 20s. Mechanicsville receives an average of 44 inches of rain per year, which is above the national average, although snowfall is well below the national average, according to Best Places. There are approximately 204 sunny days in the region per year, ensuring that active adults choosing to live in or relocate to Mechanicsville will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all this picturesque area of Virginia has to offer.

Recreation, Culture, and Entertainment

Mechanicsville has many options in the way of dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation. Here are a few lists of some popular area attractions.

Golf Courses:

  • Belmont Golf Course
  • The Crossings Golf Club
  • Stonehenge Golf & Country Club
  • Queenfield Golf Club
  • Glenwood Golf Club

Performing Arts Venues:

  • Henrico County Center for the Arts
  • Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
  • Encore Theater
  • Firehouse Theatre
  • Dominion Energy Center
  • Robinson Theater Community Arts Center

Museums & Historic Sites:

  • University of Richmond Museums
  • Dabbs House Museum
  • Cold Harbor Battlefield Park
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Parks & Beaches:

  • Three Lakes Park & Nature Center
  • Hanover Ruritan Park
  • Pocahontas State Park
  • Chickahominy Bluff
  • Sandy Point State Forest
  • Yorktown Beach
  • Haven Beach


Mechanicsville and Richmond have many conveniently located hospitals and medical centers, some of which include Chippenham Hospital, which is in Richmond, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, which is in Mechanicsville, and Parham Doctors’ Hospital, which is on Richmond’s north side. All these and more in the area help ensure that active adults have access to quality healthcare a short drive away.

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