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Fan District

Address: West Main St and North Boulevard, Richmond, VA
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Ranked #21 of 82 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this 85-block-long Victorian historic district.

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Richmond, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

According to the Fan District Association (FDA), the Fan District is an area that extends from Belvidere Street (US 1/301) west to the Boulevard and north-south from the southern side of West Broad Street (US 33) to the southern side of West Main Street. This area is roughly 21 blocks "wide" (east to west) and 8-10 blocks "long" (north to... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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352 reviews 352 reviews
99 attraction reviews
311 helpful votes 311 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You can literally spend quite a few hours walking around just looking at some of the homes in The fan District, many have been renovated and are quite unique even seeing them just from the outside. Also mingled in there are many great Restaurants and shops. All Very diverse from boutiques to thrift shops and café's/ deli's to some great... More 

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Boca Raton
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

After spending 4 hours in the Fan, I understand why most people in Richmond think its a great place.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

One of the most charming areas in Richmond, our daughter lives there, the homes are between 1905 and 1929, all original and if you see a plaque on the front indicating the year built, is a designation that the home is historic and no changes can be done to the outside without permission from the historical society, most nice homes... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

So the summary here is: Just like Georgetown in Washington, DC, just as cool, just as fun, but much cheaper! We spent some time here on the weekend because one of our friends (who also has younger kids) said it was a great day trip. They were right. We walked around the neighborhood and admired all the really nice old... More 

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Irvington, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Disclosure: I lived here for 35 years and I never got tired of it. We drove by our old house on Hanover Ave last week, and It was a real nostalgia trip. This neighborhood compares favorably with almost any similar neighborhood (like Georgetown for example in DC). We walked every square foot of the place over the time we lived... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
8 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Fan is amazing. Different people all around (families, students, professors, entrepreneurs) and they all make a really great place to live, work, and have fun. And really high walk-ability to lots of cool and useful stuff. The homes are old and “historical” but very elegant (early 1900’s) and the ones that are renovated are really awesome and expensive. The... More 

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Richmond, Indiana
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128 reviews 128 reviews
42 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Fan district is a place you need to see and experience. You will see huge Southern homes and as you stroll down Cary Street, you will also see loads of shops and cafes, etc. The surprise is that like all of us in the South, these shops are all painted different pastel colors. The Fan, as we call it, is... More 

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USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Fan is so named because if you look at the layout on a map, the streets are "fanned" out. This is the trendy part of Richmond. Lots of nice, older homes. The bars are restaruants are low key, but fun.

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Richmond, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

If you are visiting Richmond, a drive or stroll through the Fan is a must. It is comprised of beautiful old homes, parks, and tree-lined streets that are home to a vibrant community of students, young professionals, and families. Hidden down side streets, you will find locally owned cafes and shops. When many people think of Richmond, the Fan is... More 

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