I moved to Westover Hills by accident. Kristen and I had been living in Indonesia, and we were moving back to the States. We were weary world travelers and we had an 8 month old in tow and another one in the oven (if you ask me what the heck we were thinking, all I can tell you is that I wasn’t thinking with my head ). We had a couple of cities that we were thinking of moving to- Richmond was one. One long weekend we took a whirlwind tour, found a house (it happened to be in Westover Hills) and decided to lay down some roots. We didn’t know a thing about the neighborhood- we just liked the house. A couple years later, it turns out there’s no other neighborhood I love more. I think that’s the definition of serendipity.
Here are some of the sights of Westover Hills:
There are all different kinds of houses with a huge range of prices in the neighborhood. There are tons of great capes to find, little ranches, Dutch colonials, bungalows, colonials, and some modern designs too.
You can buy a house in Westover Hills for around $200k all the way up to over a million, and everything in between. As of this morning, there are 14 houses for sale in the neighborhood and of those, the average list price is $293k.
If you are a lover of fresh, local foods and veggies, Westover Hills is a dream. Our new Saturday family tradition is to head to the South of the James Farmers Market. It is insane in the best way. Every Saturday from 8am til noon, Victory Farms, Ault’s Family Farm, Amy’s Garden, Blanchard’s Coffee, Nate’s Taco truck, live music, and nearly 100 other great vendors fill up the Forest Hill Park with sights, sounds, and smells that my family loves.
Then on Wednesdays from 3 to 7:30, the South(er) of the James Market meets on Forest Hill Ave in a lot next to the Westover Hills Elementary School. It is smaller than the Saturday market, but you can still find fruits and veggies from local farms, tasty food trucks, and a fun atmosphere.
Finally, there’s taZa Coffee ‘n Cream. I remember in college thinking that if I could find some great, back door sort of coffee shop to become a regular at, it would bring me a huge step closer to being the cool, artsy, beatnik that I was hoping to be. I’ve found that shop in taZa. The survey is still out on whether or not it has made me a cooler, artsier, beatnik type of person… I just asked my magic 8 ball and it said all indicators point to no.
Here’s the thing about taZa- they only have the best stuff. Blanchard’s Coffee roasts beans on location… really- if you come at the right time, you can see them using the big red roaster in the picture above. It does not get more fresh than that.
Chocolates By Kelly is downstairs as well, and then served by taZa. Some of Kelly’s amazing creations: cherry pomegranate truffles, chocolate covered caramel topped with sea salt, peanut butter cups, vodka cranberry cordials, and and white chocolate covered pretzels. The first time I had one of her chocolate covered s’mores made with homemade marshmallows, I knew Kelly was serious about dessert.
-1 person will win a $15 gift card to taZa Coffee ‘n Cream. 1 person will win a $15 gift card to Chocolates by Kelly.
-To enter, leave a comment (only one!) answering What is your favorite thing about your neighborhood?
-Due to the local nature of the giveaway, contestants should have a Richmond mailing address (we will contact you via email if you win, so make sure it’s valid!).
-Contest ends Sunday, July 17 at midnight.