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Fan District

West Main St and North Boulevard, Richmond, VA
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Ranked #30 of 104 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Description: Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this 85-block-long Victorian historic district.
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
8 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
40 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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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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richmond virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Fan District is one of the best places to visit on your trip to Richmond. I was fortunate to live in one of these historic houses..built in 1913 for 12 years. If you are luck y to be in the area in December check out the historic house tour.

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Fan District in Richmond is so eclectic! It has great architecture, great restaurants, great shops, funky things to buy, as well as really run down areas as well. You are definitely in the city of Richmond, but the streets are fun, alot of fabulous places to check out, to walk up and down the streets, the VCU School is... More

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Very interesting houses and parks; looks like it would be a neat place to live.

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