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Living in Glen Allen, VA

The Richmond metro area has its share of suburbs, but locals appreciate Glen Allen, Virginia, for its abundance of amenities and quality education. It's not often that a place offers urban conveniences, natural spaces, and a relaxed pace, and this unique combination must be why Glen Allen is considered one of the best places in Virginia to raise a family.

Statue and trees in Glen Allen, VA

What to Do in Glen Allen

Enjoying 75-degree summers is a big perk, and Glen Allen, Virginia, has parks and green areas in which the whole family can have fun. For adventurous folks, there is the Laurel Recreation & Skate Park, while those who prefer a nice stroll can opt for the nature trail at Echo Lake Park. Henrico County is also home to over 60 associations for youth sports, so there is no shortage of activities for the kids.

Classic American dining is a popular option in Glen Allen, but the area also has plenty to offer those whose palates prefer variety, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Mediterranean. Local stores and bigger businesses are available so residents have quick access to shopping. Plus, there are opportunities for museum days, spa trips, golf games, and more. Meadow Farm, built in 1860, gives visitors a portrait of rural life just before the Civil War. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen combines literary, visual, and performing arts, while offering a space to hone new talent and ideas.

Slantwall Gallery in Glen Allen, VA


Fortunately for home-buyers, the Glen Allen neighborhood is known for its stable housing market. Glen Allen real estate attracts people who want to avoid the bustle of Richmond proper, but will appreciate the 13-mile commute away from the city. There are large homes with four or more bedrooms, as well as more modest options for smaller families. Many homes for sale in Glen Allen offer large lots and space to roam. Most houses are occupied by single families who like the area's sense of tranquility and its impressive high school graduation rates.

Two women walking outside in Glen Allen, VA

Getting Around

Richmond's center is a reasonable commute away, and it has many cultural and historical sites. Less than 4 miles from Glen Allen in Henrico is the Lewis Glinter Botanical Garden, where you can visit the conservatory and tea house. Glen Allen, Virginia, itself is quite small and navigable.


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What Locals Love

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  • With outdoor facilities like the Echo Lake Park and the Laurel Recreation and Skate Park, it’s easy to keep the entire family healthy and happy.
  • Entertainment is in no short supply, thanks to a variety of options available, including shopping, spas, golf, wineries, and museums.
  • Perfect for history buffs, Meadow Farm is an 1860 history site that features programs and exhibits about the culture of the rural south.


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