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Richmond VA Real Estate Ginter Park

 

I just sold a home in Ginter Park to a couple I know who moved from Williamsburg, VA. It gave me a great appreciation for the area and the home values there. What follows is a brief history of the area. Most of the information was gathered from the Ginter Park website whose link you can find at the bottom of this post.

1ginterparkhome_edited I tried to post  a few pictures of various homes throughout the Ginter Park Area. Hopefully this will give you a good feel for the neighborhood !

History of Ginter Park in Richmond, VA:  
Major Lewis W. Ginter, wealthy Richmond industrialist and entrepreneur, conceived and planned Ginter Park in the late 19th century.  Ginter, the founder of the American Tobacco Company, visited Melbourne, Australia where he was impressed by the business men’s retreating home to the country at the end of each work day.   Thus was born Ginter’s dream for a Rich1200000000000mond suburb where according to legend, a gentleman could ride to and from work without the sun’s glare in his face.

Ginter began implementation of his state-of-the-art community plan by  purchasing several hundred acres of farm land in northern Henrico county. 

BELLEVUEREALESTATE_edited He designed residential subdivisions organized in an extended grid pattern with varied fine single-family dwellings.  He improved the existing road surfaces on Laburnum and Melrose Avenues with crushed stone from quarries on Hermitage Road.  Then Ginter turned his attention to constructing new roads according to the plan with tile sewer lines laid in the roadbeds.

Ginter enticed Union Theological Seminary to move from Hampden-Sydney in ginter_edited Farmville to the heart of the new community with a gift of land. 

Ginter enhanced the beauty of the new community landscaping with  thousands of deciduous shade trees and miles of hedges.  Newly drilled artesian wells provided fresh drinking water for the community.

GINTERPARKHOME As if these enticements to new residents were not enough, Ginter negotiated the extension of the first electric trolley system, established in Richmond in 1888, to Ginter Park in 1895.  For a nickel residents of Ginter Park could travel either to or from downtown Richmond in fifteen-minutes. 

Following Lewis Ginter’s death in 1897, Grace Arents, his niece and heiress, ginterparkre1_edited sponsored the establishment of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and supported the implementation of his dream.  The only completed residences at this time were the:  workmen’s cottages on Chamberlayne and Hawthorne Avenues, waterworks houses on Westwood Avenue, and faculty residences on and around the Seminary Quadrangle. 

In 1906 Thomas Jeffress, former business partner and co-executor of Ginter’s richmondvarealestate_edited estate, founded the Lewis Ginter Land and Improvement Company to promote the sale of residential lots.  Construction boomed from 1908 until the beginning of the First World War.  A second building boom occurred in the twenties and lasted until the Great Depression.

Ginter Park features a variety of late 19th and early 20th century architectural richmondvahome_edited styles ranging from the modest builders’ cottages to large Colonial Revival mansions.  Other styles include:  Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, Bungalow, American Foursquare, modified Queen Anne, and Shingle Style. 

Ginter Park was incorporated as a town from 1912 to 1914 when it was annexed by the City of Richmond.  Its mayor was John Garland Pollard who went on to become Governor of Virginia.

ginterparkrealestate_edited With the increase of automobile traffic, the effects of the Depression, and the need for commercial viability, residents of Ginter Park welcomed the designation of Chamberlayne Avenue as U.S. Route 1.  This designation, however, was a mixed blessing that brought about unanticipated changes to the community.

By the 1950’s there were thirteen tourist homes within the area and many of the ginterparkrichmond_edited large houses had been converted into nursing homes.  U.S. route 1 became the preferred route for heavy traffic including large trucks. Eventually multi-family apartment complexes replaced some of the grandest historic structures ever built in Ginter Park.

Fortunately, most of this development and re-zoning was limited to Chamberlayne  Avenue, thereby, leaving the rest of the historic neighborhood largely untouched.

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   Today the Ginter Park Residents’ Association, founded in 1909,  actively promotes the neighborhood with the common mission of defining, articulating,  representing, and advancing the interests of the community with respect to public safety, education, social activities and historical preservation.

These are just a few of the many accomplishments the association has achievedgintpkhome   since 1977: 

-Continuing programs to:  save and replace City trees in the neighborhood; and maintain neighborhood watch and car patrols;

-Worked with the school board on the design, etc. of Holton School; and with Richmond Memorial Hospital on proposed uses of the property;richmondva_edited

-Obtained Ginter Park Historic designation in June 1986; and

-Conducted house and garden tours, annual Holiday parties, spring clean-up and “Seen From The   Street” garden contests.

Historic Ginter Park Richmond Va Website

Nearby Parks include :

1. Battery Park – Located at Hawthorne Avenue and Overbrook Road. Some of  the park features include the following: tennis courts, a playground, community center, and swimming pool. The park earned its name because it was the site where gun batteries were located during the Civil War.
2. Highland Park Plaza – Also known as Anne Hardy Plaza – Located at Carolina Avenue and Pollock Street. This park features a community center, tennis courts and a tot lot.
3. Joseph Bryan Park – The main entrance is located near the I-95 interchange in the 4300 block of Hermitage Rd. Enjoy three picnic shelters, world famous Azalea Gardens, tennis courts, tot lot, soccer fields, wooded areas, lake for fishing and open space.
4. Little John Park – Located at Little John Street and Chatham Road. This park is undeveloped open space.
5. Pollard Park – Located at Chamberlayne Avenue and Brookland Park Blvd. This park has benches and shrub beds.
6. Pine Camp Park – Located at 4901 Old Brook Road.

Read a Ginter Park Newletter

Click here to drive around Ginter Park Richmond VA in Google Street View

as of 1/25/2009 There are currently 23 homes for sale in Ginter Park with prices ranging from $162,000 to $699,500.
Average ( List Price / SqFt ) : $ 131.57

Home sale prices for Ginter Park in the last 12 months ranged from $129,000 to $698,000. Average ( Sale Price / SqFt ) : $ 127.78

Data is from the RAR CVRMLS.

Famous Ginter Park Homeowners :

VA Governor Tim Kaine

Northside Richmond is a wonderful area to live in with a wide array of home from the charming bungalows ,capes and foursquares of Bellevue, to the grand mansions along Seminary Avenue.  For some reason this area is overlooked.  Will it continue to be?  Not sure, the Fan or Downtown definitely get more press. I think if you compare values you will be amazed at what you can buy in Northside, Bellevue or Ginter Park when compared against other areas of Richmond.

 

Email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for an up to date list of all currently available homes in Ginter Park or other Northside Richmond VA neighborhoods.

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