Ginter Park // City of Richmond
Ginter Park, located in Richmond's Northside, was developed in the late 1800's by a wealthy Richmond industrialist, Lewis Ginter. In designing this neighborhood, Ginter drew upon the concept he observed while traveling abroad whereby gentlemen were able to retreat a short distance to the country at the end of the business day downtown.
The "country retreat" feel was created by richly landscaped lots with towering tree and hedges. The larger lot sizes were unique at the time to the city and provided large buildable areas to handle the increased footprints of the new homes. In its early days, many double lots were sold to allow for the inclusion of stables.
Ginter Park today draws residents in search of the same thing; the feel of being in retreat from the City's hubbub while, in fact, being only a short distance away. These tree-lined streets and a rich diversity of architecture invite long walks and bike rides. The combination of sizeable yards containing classic but unique homes so close to the Fan District, Downtown and easy access to the rest of the metropolitan area by interstate make Ginter Park a very desirable community.
Ginter Park has a charming blend of architecture ranging from whimsical workmen's cottages to Colonial Revival mansions, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial and a wealth of Arts & Crafts and Queen Anne-style homes.
Ginter Park is a very cohesive community that enjoys its unique appeal to residents. Seminary Avenue is considered the signature street with impressive blocks of stand-out mansions.