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Spacious Home Close To Downtown, VCU, MCV, The Fan

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 7 - 1 King, 2 Queen & 1 Office w/Optional Crib

This beautiful four bedroom home is the perfect place to use as home base for your Richmond getaway. This 1920 home has a lovely blend of Craftsman style furnishings and interior touches. The family room features a large sectional sofa, a 46 inch HDTV flatscreen TV with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, as well as lots of windows and gorgeous light. The living room is the perfect place to sit down and recount the day's adventures by the fireplace or over a meal prepared in the gas kitchen, cooked on the backyard grill, or delivered from any of the fine restaurants nearby. The ample bedrooms are each furnished with 32 inch flat screen HDTV televisions, as well as iPod docking clock radios. The house also features a local Richmond art & good books on area history.

The Home: Your home away from home in one of the most historic cities in the world includes a formal living room with a dining area with seating for 6, family room with a large sofa and TV, all gas kitchen, three large bedrooms (One King, Two Queen) , and a smaller fourth bedroom outfitted as an office (but which can be furnished with a Pack and Play), one full bathroom with bathtub, and one half bath . The approx. 1900 sq. ft. four square layout is very traditional to this area, and features hardwood flooring, original craftsman design details like french doors and mullioned windows, and both vintage & modern furnishings. The bedrooms are located on the second floor along with the full bath and a sun porch. There is a large fenced backyard as well as a park at the end of the block for the little ones to play. There is also off street parking for one car and freely available on street parking in front of the house for others.

Close to everything: The home has a spectacular location which is central to most of Richmond's attractions. You can walk to historic Belle Isle and a lot of the James River Park system less than a mile away. The Fan, Hollywood Cemetery, The Poe Museum, Tredagar Iron Works, Monument Avenue, Church Hill, and VCU are all less than 10 minutes by car. Downtown, MCV, Hollywood Cemetery, the State Capital, the Confederate White House, Shokoe Bottom, and Interstate 95 are more like 5 minutes. Further afield, there is a lot of Civil War history nearby and a day trip to Charlottesville, the Smithsonian or Colonial Williamsburg are worth considering.

The Neighborhood: Woodland Heights is a tree-lined neighborhood of primarily single family homes with a small number of multi family homes. It sits between Historic Manchester (home to late 1800s industrial warehouses which are no loft spaces and retail) and Forest Hill (which features a number of restaurants, shops, and taverns). Each neighborhood is about 1 mile long, so the walk from my house to the Manchester Arts district or Forest Hill Shopping district is 10-15 minutes, and the drive is less than 5.

More Details

Christopher Menke
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Christopher Menke

I purchased this property when living in Richmond in 2006. I had just left an apartment and Richmond looked like a long term locale for me so I took the plunge and bought.

Lo and behold, everything started changing and I wound up leaving Richmond, spending a year traveling before moving back to San Francisco where I'd been living until 2002.

For a few years I had long term tenants, but I wanted to share the house and the location with vacationers, as well as use it myself a few weeks each year so it has been re purposed as a turn-key spot to spend your Richmond vacation.

Christopher Menke purchased this house in 2006

Why Christopher Menke chose Woodland Heights

I looked at a lot of homes...a lot. I saw my share of Richmond's offerings from cramped old fixer uppers to soul-less new McMansions. I didn't want either.

I wanted a house which had some character, and told some stories. I wanted a house which had modern amenities (Richmond homes really benefit from central air conditioning) and an open feel, without being freshly built and adjacent to a strip mall.

I wound up falling in love with this home because it offers a compelling blend of the old and the new. This home has large airy well lit rooms and an openness which many older homes lack, but it retains the mullioned windows and French doors and thick hardwood floors. The period details are complimented by subtle updates like the dual zone AC, and an updated kitchen.


Woodland Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Corner Queen - 1 queen
    Center Queen - 1 queen
    Office - 1 baby crib , Adjacent to the master, the office has space for a crib.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf


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(30 traveler reviews)

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Spacious Home Close To Downtown, VCU, MCV, The Fan
average rating of 4.5 based on 30 reviews

Loved the Character This Woodland Heights Home

  • 5 of 5

This home is comfortable, clean, spacious, very convenient to all the sights in Richmond and full of character and detail from the period it was built, including glass door handles, heavy beveled glass in the front door, large windows letting in lots of natural light and a beautiful arched inside doorway. It was so well stocked and had all we needed to make our month long visit a delight. Being cold in December, we really enjoyed the great movie channel options. The beds were comfortable and we loved all of the chest of drawers and large closets for clothes storage. Upon arrival we had a small problem that Chris was prompt to respond to and handled perfectly. When we are back in Richmond, we will absolutely want to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location to visit Richmond

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit in Richmond, and enjoyed everything from breakfast to dinner, and everything in between. The house is situated in a quiet tree-lined street just across the river southwest from downtown, making it a quick and easy 2+ mile drive. The house and back yard are big enough to easily accommodate a large family – with 3 large bedrooms and a full bath upstairs; while downstairs, a half bath, the kitchen, dining room with a large table for meals, and ample space on the living room sofa for the whole family to watch their favorite movies. The open kitchen and upstairs bathroom were fully stocked with all the essentials, and -- as a necessity for summer -- the air conditioning kept us cool and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home

  • 5 of 5

This home is located in a quiet neighborhood and convenient to many areas of Richmond. This was our base for visiting family during Christmas. The home has everything you need for a stay and we even found frosty beer mugs in the freezer! We travel with a westie who loved the fenced backyard as well as the park 2 blocks from the house. We did use the kitchen and found enough pots and pans for our use. Home was clean and comfortable so really can't ask for more! Thanks to Chris for sharing this house.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable space and convenient location to some of Richmond's tourist stops. Chris was easily reachable when we couldn't find the keys, and everything else was perfect. It would have been good to know that there are only three beds, but it wasn't an issue for our group. I'd definitely stay there again, and recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house, great yard for kids

  • 4 of 5

Six of us (4 adults and 2 kids) had a great time staying at this house while we were in town for a family event. In particular, the large yard was great for an active 5 year old to run around and play soccer in. The only downsides were that the house is older with doors and walls that definitely let the noise travel, which is tough when only one couple has small kids, and the tub was tough for giving little kids a bath. I would definitely recommend it, though, and if all of the people staying are on more or less the same schedule it is ideal.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for our girls' weekend. Comfortable, clean, well maintained, great location. Would be excellent for a family, or friends. Highly recommend. Thank you for your flexibility when we had to change dates as well!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Legend Brewing Company
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Parkside Cafe
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $115
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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