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Moving to Chesterfield, VA: A Guide to RVA Living

Living in Chesterfield, VA

December 14, 2022

From Bon Air VA to Moseley VA, Chesterfield neighborhoods are among the best neighborhoods in Richmond VA. Of course, each of these has their own signature flare, whether it’s the convenience of Midlothian VA or the history of Chester VA.

So, whether you’re a lifelong resident of Chesterfield neighborhoods, or you’re finding the ideal landing spot for a big move, Chesterfield County has a number of in-demand communities to choose from. But before we dig into its individual neighborhoods, let’s step back and take a look at all Chesterfield has to offer

About Chesterfield County, VA:

Chesterfield claims some of the best neighborhoods in Richmond VA — and it all begins with location. With such close proximity to the major interstates serving Central Virginia — including I-95, I-85, and I-64 — it’s easy to get in and out of Chesterfield. The James River serves as another key thoroughfare that forms natural boundaries with neighbors including Henrico County and the City of Richmond. It also serves another important purpose: recreation. Robious Landing Park, which is located in Midlothian VA near Bon Air VA, offers a public boat ramp as well as many trails flanking the picturesque river. Then there’s Pocahontas State Park, known for its spectacular amphitheater and campsites ranked among the Top 10 in the country. Another big draw for those looking to make their home in Chesterfield is the school system. The largest school system in the Commonwealth, many of the county’s schools are among the top rated, too, including Cosby High School and Midlothian High School, both of which are in Midlothian VA.

Now let’s take a closer look at all of the top Chesterfield neighborhoods comprising this in-demand destination just south of Richmond — and how each uniquely shines:

About Moseley VA

This may just be the best kept secret in Chesterfield. Moseley VA packs the around-the-corner convenience of some of the county’s more built-up areas while also offering that small-town feel and tranquility. Located off Route 360, the unincorporated area offers attractions including the Metro Richmond Zoo and Chesterfield Berry Farm, a favorite for pumpkin pickers and those looking for a good scare come Halloween. Meanwhile, Moseley VA residents can take the short drive to attempt a long drive at Lake Chesdin Golf Club. In terms of community options that Live Up in Moseley VA, StyleCraft’s
The Overlook at Hancock Village, Greenwich Walk Townhomes (55+), and Woolridge Landing (55+) — arriving in early 2023 — should all be on your short list.

About Chester VA

You can’t have Chesterfield without Chester VA. And it’s not just the present that makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Richmond VA. It’s the past, too. Not only did Chester VA see its share of action in the Civil War, but it was also a popular stop on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. A well-established community about 20 miles from the hustle and bustle of Richmond, it even offers locals and visitors alike a time machine to see what was like way back when. Henricus Historical Park brings 17th century Virginia together with education and re-enactors. If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, one of our favorite spots in Chester VA is R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks, which spills out over 180 acres and includes 3 miles of hiking trails, a picturesque meadow, and a unique floating boardwalk. When you’re trying Chester VA on for size, be sure to stop by the Townes at Iron Mill and the Villas at Iron Mill (55+), both of which are located in an established community in the heart of Chester.

About Bon Air VA

Bon Air VA has transformed from a resort destination for those looking to escape the city to an idyllic community that’s always near the top of the best neighborhoods in Richmond VA. Located just south of the James River, Bon Air VA boasts popular mom and pop shops, restaurants where they know your name, and a thriving recreation scene thanks in part to its proximity to the river. After a day swimming and sunning by the James, it’s easy to work up an appetite. Joe’s Inn offers heaping portions of pastas and a Greek Pizza that’s definitely worth driving across the river for (Joe’s Out is the neighboring pick-up spot for to-go food). For more elevated cuisine, Southbound always delivers. With an eclectic cocktail menus and southern fare made with flare, it’s always wise to get a reservation for this Stony Point Shopping Center favorite. Bon Air VA is a community that always feels like home — even if you’re visiting for the first time.

About Midlothian VA

You’re never more than a quick drive away from what you’re looking for in Midlothian VA. Whether it’s a specialty grocery store, such as Fresh Market, or a place to take the kids on a rainy day, like Sky Zone trampoline park, it’s almost always right in front of you. Simply take a drive down Midlothian Turnpike, and odds are you’ll find every store or eatery you could desire. Yes, in Midlothian VA, it’s easy to shop until you drop. So, take a break, grab your clubs, and head to Stonehenge Gold and Country Club for a quick round. Or take the family to Midlothian Mines Park, a great place to walk your dog or push a stroller. The park is the former site of the first commercial mine in the United States — and the remnants are on display throughout the park. Midlothian VA’s welcoming neighborhoods, accessible shopping and dining scene, and top schools make it one of the most sought-after options for homebuyers.

Chesterfield neighborhoods come in all shape and sizes. And as you can see from our profiles, there is something to love about each of them. That’s why, in order to see some of the best neighborhoods in Richmond VA, you don’t need to stroll to far outside Chesterfield County.