Shockoe Bottom

Humble Beginnings
Hugging the James River, Shockoe Bottom is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Shockoe Bottom owned tobacco inspection houses back in 1730, but the land continued to develop under the ownership of William Byrd II, who eventually turned into its very own town. Many historic sites reside in Shockoe Bottom. Mason’s Hall is one of the few 18th-century buildings left in the entire city of Richmond. The Edgar Allen Poe Museum, a museum dedicated to commemorating Poe’s time living in Richmond is a highlight. Right outside of town is Chimborazo Park, a popular park for the residents of Shockoe Bottom. Many of the locals like to visit this park when the weather is nice and want to go outside for a walk.

There are many great bars to get a drink at and restaurants to grab some food in the area of Shockoe Bottom. Many of them have gotten multiple recommendations from the residents of the town. Restaurants that were recommended by many include Havana 59 Downtown, Bottoms Up Pizza, Sumo San Restaurant, Grace Noodle, Nota Bene, and La Bamba. Bars in the area to grab some drinks with friends include Wonderland, Old City Bar, Poe's Pub, Metzger Bar and Butchery, and Kabana Rooftop. Shockoe Bottom is a great place to live within the city of Richmond with plenty of spots in town to enjoy.
What Shockoe Bottom Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.5
value
7.5
amenities
7.0
social
7.0
management
7.5
Median rents in Shockoe Bottom
Studio
$
1,045
1 Bedroom
$
1,175
2 Bedroom
$
1,665

Living in
Shockoe Bottom

Close to Downtown
Bars and Restaurants
Amazing Nightlife
VCU
Historic Sites
Social Hub
Parks
Shockoe Bottom — 8.1/10 Rating (based on 7 neighborhood reviews)
Shockoe Bottom has a decent restaurant/bar scene as well as some clubs. It's close to downtown so if you're working there it's a good option. Rent is getting steeper as more investment is made in the surrounding communities so that's worth watching. There's only one (overpriced) grocery store nearby and public transportation leaves a lot to be desired but that's supposedly changing. The area has a ton of character and the flip side to more investment in the area is greater amenities.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Lofts at Shiplock Watch
Lots of young people around. bars/restaurants/parks nearby
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Dill Building
Near a lot of restaurants, bars, and green space. Good for young professionals.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cobblestone Commons
Good.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cameron Kinney Lofts
The neighborhood is close to the medical campus for VCU which is great for my roommate being a dental student. one block from a farm fresh and numerous little restaurants within walking distance. One con is the train down there is loud but I have gotten used to it and it doesnt wake me up.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
American Cigar Lofts
Parking is awful, but the cultural/social/restaurant/bar and club scene is amazing.
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10
/10
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Cobblestone Commons
there are multiple bars and restaurants in walking distance.
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9
/10
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The Overview


Getting to Know
Shockoe Bottom

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: S 12th St to Williamsburg Ave
North to South Boundaries: E Broad St to James River
dining
23rd & Main
Bottoms Up Pizza
Godfrey’s
Morton’s The Steakhouse
On The Rox
Whisk
grocery
Farm Fresh
Food Lion
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
fitness
Richmond Balance
parks
Great Shiplock Park
Libby Hill Park
Patrick Henry Park
coffee
Liquid Cafe'
Starbucks

Best Apartments
in Shockoe Bottom


1 Bed $1,000
2 Beds $1,500

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1 Bed $1,095

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1 Bed $1,099
2 Beds $1,499

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1 Bed $1,075

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1 Bed $810
2 Beds $1,000
3 Beds $1,500

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1 Bed $829

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