The Fan

Vibrant Student Hub
Home to Virginia Commonwealth University, the Fan District is named from its fan shape size of all the streets. Here at The Fan, there are many locally-owned cafes, shops, and restaurants. There is also the historic Monument Avenue. At Monument Avenue, several annual events are held, one of them being a 10k race. It is also the site of the town’s “Easter on Parade”. Altria Theater also resides within The Fan, hosting concerts and plays for the townies to enjoy. The Fan is a great place to live for any college student attending Virginia Commonwealth University. The short commute to classes is a huge perk of living in the area.

There are plenty of recommended places to eat and drink at The Fan. Big spots for the college crowd include Joe's Inn, Bamboo Cafe, El Pope, and Piccola Italy Pizza and Subs. Bars to grab a drink and socialize with some friends include GWARbar, Penny Lane Pub, and Kabana Rooftop. The Fan is a great college neighborhood and offers exciting activities.
What The Fan Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.5
value
7.3
amenities
7.0
social
7.8
management
5.5
Median rents in The Fan
Studio
$
835
1 Bedroom
$
920
2 Bedroom
$
1,120

Living in
The Fan

Very Safe
Great Restaurants
Nearby Cafes and Shops
Walkable
Museums
Altria Theater
VCU
The Fan — 8.9/10 Rating (based on 25 neighborhood reviews)
The Fan is a historic neighborhood in Richmond. 603 N Davis Ave is in the heart of The Fan. There are many restaurants and museums within a 20 minute walk of the apartment. Additionally, the DMV is only a 5 minute walk away, which is very convenient when you're first getting moved in. There is no (convenient) public transportation close by, although public transport isn't very prevalent in Richmond to begin with.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
603 N Davis Ave
Perfect area with restaurants and shops in walking distance. The art museum is also in walking distance and you can walk to Byrd park. At night the area isn’t super loud, but there are bars within walking distance. Easy access to 195 as well. The neighborhood is also very safe, although there have been more homeless people in the area over the last six months.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cary Street Station
Good food and coffee shops, easy to drive to other parts of the city
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
West Grace Street
You should live in the fan! If you are thinking about Short Pump right after you get out of college I encourage you to think again! You will save money in Short Pump, but you're only young once, so save the 20 minute uber rides into the city and just live there. This is coming from someone who is not a city person.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2329 Hanover Ave
Everything you need is in the fan. There's great restaraunts, bars, and shops. It's close to nearly everything in Richmond.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cary Street Station
Tons to do, lots of great restaurants and bars, as well as fun events going on
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10
/10
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Cary Street Station
Everyone is friendly and it is fun to walk around. I am not totally dependent on my car now, and the homes are beautiful to walk by. A lot of things are close by so you're never far off. Travel time to work is lengthy but enjoyable. More of a feel for a real home rather than a college apartment
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
N/a
Pros:
-Lots of bars and restaurants very close
-In my area (farther from VCU), street parking is plentiful

Cons:
-Traffic out to the office can be difficult at times (for Richmond)
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2707 W Grace St Apt 2
Love the Fan. Very walkable/runnable area with plenty to do. Lots of my friends live in the area so I rarely have to drive anywhere on the weekends.
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9
/10
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1650 W Grace St
I described the neighborhood in the previous section- it is amazing!
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10
/10
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223 N boulevard, unit 2
Great can walk to the bar
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cary Street Station
Plenty to do. Uber or walk everywhere.
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9
/10
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10 S Randolph St
A lot of young people living in cool old houses.
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10
/10
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2005 Monument Ave
Right on the border of the museum district and the fan, living on the Boulevard is a steal. Wide street so feels very safe. Across from the museum for lots of cool events. Plenty of fun places for dinner and drinks in the area, including Main St. and Carytown. Excellent area for running. Not too far from the highway for an easy commute to work or further into the city.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Bernie Apartments
Love the fan! Awesome bars and restaurants nearby, young crowd, and very safe!
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9
/10
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1411 grove avenue
The Fan is the best place for young professionals to live. Its walkability is out of this world and it is even better because I have always felt safe. Restaurants and bars are always only steps away. It has a real neighborhood feel!
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10
/10
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307 N Boulevard
It's a little overhyped from what people tell you to try and sell you on Richmond, but if you do have to live in Richmond, then you might as well live here.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cary Street Station
It has been good. Don't have to worry about parking even though it is all street parking. Not a bad place to live at all.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
801 N Davis Ave
I love the fan, lots of things within walking distance.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cary Street Station
Tons of restaurants, bars, things to do. Great neighborhood to walk around. Limited off-street parking. Lots of students and young professionals. Can be noisy and sometimes feels like you're living on top of others. Sharing walls with strangers is not always the best situation.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
n/a
I love living in the Fan. I live super close to campus, yet it is still quiet. The people are a friendly mix of students and working adults, and there are many good restaurants nearby.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Ritz Building
Love the neighborhood, mix of college students as well as families with children.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1726 Grove Avenue
Great experience! Within walking distance of practically everything.
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8
/10
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Collection Midtown
Walkable, all kinds of amenities, scenic.
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10
/10
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1930 Floyd Avenue
fun, busy, lots of students, social
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10
/10
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Grove Castle


Getting to Know
The Fan

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: S Arthur Ashe Blvd to Colorado Ave
North to South Boundaries: W Broad St to VA-195
dining
Acacia Mid-Town
Christian’s Pizza
Helen’s
Hibachi Box
The Naked Onion
Unleashed Gourmet Hot Dogs
grocery
Kroger
convenience
Walmart
fitness
Cary Street Gym
Gold’s Gym
parks
Byrd Park
Randolph Park
coffee
Garnett’s Café
Harrison Street Café
The Cask Cafe

Best Apartments
in The Fan


1 Bed $800
2 Beds $1,000

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3 Beds $1,900

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2 Beds $694

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4 Beds $699

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Studio $850
2 Beds $1,200
3 Beds $1,600

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