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Living in Shockoe Bottom, Virginia

Just to the east of the bustling downtown area of Richmond, you will find the quaint Shockoe Bottom, Virginia, neighborhood. Considered to be one of the most eclectic and historical neighborhoods in the area, the community is undergoing quite a revival thanks to the influx of new small businesses in the area. The downtown area near the water is lined with specialty shops and countless eating locations, many of which have been in place for over five decades.

Woman standing in front of Main St Station in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA

Things to Do

Thanks to the nearby water, there are a number of natural attractions to visit while in Shockoe Bottom, Virginia. In fact, the Shockoe Bottom's Canal Walk which overlooks the James River, provides a breathtaking view of the waterway with the downtown area in the background. The park is free to visit and even welcomes pets. There are also stores and shops littered throughout the neighborhood blocks.

There are an abundance of bars and restaurants in the Shockoe Bottom community too, which makes it the ideal destination for entertainment. However, for a more lively and urban scene, travel to the nearby Virginia Commonwealth University, where college students tend to gather on the weekends.

Downtown street in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA

Housing in Shockoe Bottom

Sitting on the shores of the James River, Shockoe Bottom real estate consists of a mix of classic looking architecture with modern conveniences. The downtown area is home to a number of stately brownstones. There are also a number of old warehouses that have been converted into upscale, modern apartments, especially around Tobacco Row. While there are some private homes and smaller apartment houses, these are not overly abundant.

17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA

Location of Shockoe Bottom

Living in Shockoe Bottom, Virginia, means that you will literally be living "at the bottom." This is because the area is very low-lying and adjacent to the historic James River. Access to Richmond is nearby with the Amtrack running right through the downtown hub. There are many new people who are flocking to the community thanks to the small business opportunity and growth that is going on, and this offers new opportunities that allow for continued development in the area, as well as entrepreneurial growth.


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  • The James River is a beautiful backdrop along Shockoe Bottom’s Canal Walk. Fitness and nature enthusiasts will admire the beautiful park that also showcases downtown Richmond.
  • A night out is easy to plan, thanks to the variety of restaurants, bars and clubs available in town. College kids head over to the Virginia Commonwealth University where they find a lively night scene and plenty of small businesses to check out and support.


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