The West End // City of Richmond
The term ‘West End’ in Richmond can differ in meaning depending upon who is using the term. The West End of Henrico generally refers to areas in Henrico County west of the City border extending out River Road, Patterson Ave and Broad Street. For those who are purists, the area considered to be ‘The West End’ refers to the areas within the City Limits west of Powhite Parkway along Cary Street Road, Grove Avenue and Patterson Avenue. The name ‘West End’ dates back to the early 20th Century as development occurred in points west of the Fan District where larger lot plats were recorded and density decreased.
Along the Grove Avenue Corridor, the two most renown neighborhoods are either GlenBurnie or what is considered Westhampton. GlenBurnie is generally considered the area west of Westmoreland Avenue to Libbie Avenue and north to Patterson Avenue and south to Cary Street Road. GlenBurnie, with quiet, handsome side streets on either side of Grove Avenue, is highly desired for its proximity to prestigious private and parochial schools. The area saw its development primarily in the 1920s through the 1960s with predominant architecture of Colonial, Cape Cod and Georgian.
Westhampton sits on the periphery of GlenBurnie and spreads from Libbie Avenue to Three Chopt Road west, Cary Street Road south and Patterson Avenue to the north. Parts of Westhampton enjoy views of the rolling grounds of the Country Club of Virginia, the mansions lining Three Chopt Road and the picturesque campus of the University of Richmond. Westhampton has an eclectic mix of housing that ranges from modest bungalows to gracious estates set on richly appointed lawns.
Three Chopt Road begins at an intersection with Cary Street Road and ends in the far West End portion of Henrico Country called Short Pump. The City's Three Chopt Road Corridor adjoining Westhampton is lined with some of the most impressive homes in the City. There are irregular pockets of prominent estate homes in between, most situated on wide lots with park-like settings and the architecture is distinctly Southern.
What is considered "South of Cary Street" can be characterized as refined and upscale yet understated in its elegance. It is a sought-after neighborhood for a number of reasons. Foremost is its location in the convenient near West End, the proximity to fine schools, smaller shopping venues, and top-notch amenities. Adding to those assets are the small narrow, winding roads descending towards the river that offer the privacy you won't find in areas north of Cary.
"Libbie & Grove" is the commercial corner that joins Westhampton and GlenBurnie and serves as the retail support for the overall area. "Libbie & Grove" is a picturesque couple of blocks featuring upscale boutiques, a gourmet grocery store, a vintage movie theatre and a number of fine restaurants, eateries and wine bars.