For those unwilling to compromise on quality of life, the small city of Richmond offers the rare chance to live in an award-winning community that fuses a harmonious blend of quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods with trendy commercial and business districts. Twice in its history, and most recently in 2009, Richmond has received the All-American City Award from the National Civic League, the oldest community recognition program in the nation, granted to just ten areas each year. This award is a clear reflection of not only the extraordinary amenities this town has to offer but the enduring community spirit of its close-knit townsfolk.
In Richmond, which sits just west of the Ohio border in east-central Indiana, you'll find family-friendly blocks interspersed with beautiful parks and a downtown area perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee or quick bite to eat. Adding to its rich texture, four college campuses give it a palpable academic vibe. All in all, what you'll find in Richmond is a cultural haven with a proud heritage, perfect for setting down roots.
If you've set your sights on Richmond, well done. You've taken the first step along a path that may well give way to a lifetime of pleasant living. At Tucker we've long been aware of all that Richmond has to offer, and our Richmond realtors have developed a robust knowledge base and community connections. It’s our pleasure to help our clients become acquainted with this vibrant market.
One thing you can be certain of when searching for home in Richmond is that you're going to find plenty of choices. This eclectic housing market offers a number of diverse neighborhoods, many offering an alluring blend of heritage and nature. You'll also find many construction styles popular throughout the years including classic, brick-walled domiciles, and Victorian architecture. Due to its strong economy, Richmond is also no stranger to development, meaning you'll likely find many modern constructions on the market, offering bright, innovative spaces.
Several major routes intersect Richmond, which means that no matter where you live in town, you'll find yourself able to easily get in out of surrounding neighborhoods or enjoy direct access to major metropolitan areas including Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Interstate 70 skirts along north Richmond while US-40 and US-27 converge in its center, forming the major commercial thoroughfares of its downtown community.
A flourishing shopping culture is one of the principle perks of living in Richmond. It’s a commercial hub of east-central Indiana, so you'll find numerous supermarkets, national retail outlets, and department stores, many located in malls and plazas along US-40 and US-27.
An especially popular area is downtown Richmond and the neighboring Depot District, which offers a diverse shopping experience with over fifty unique shops and boutiques, many of which are locally owned. This area also offers a thriving culinary scene with a little bit of everything. You'll find cafes, pubs, family restaurants, pizzerias, and ethnic eateries in abundance, perfect for any occasion.
Richmond offers those fortunate enough to live here a rich cultural life built around its historic downtown, many parks and two university campuses: Earlham College and Indiana University East. Districts such as Millionaires Row, the Old Richmond Historic District, Railroad Depot Historic District, and the Starr Historic District are also part of the cultural tapestry.
Showgoers will love the Civic Hall Performing Arts Center along the west side of the East Fork Whitewater River, which hosts nationally known artists and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Just about as popular is the Richmond Civic Theater where you can catch drama, comedy, and musical theater performances, featuring mostly local arts. Both college campuses also put on performances throughout the year.
Both large and small museums and art galleries can also be found in Richmond. Popular favorites include the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, the Richmond Art Museum, and the Wayne County Historical Museum. Adding to the city's trendy, cultured vibe is the outdoor arts scene, which includes many murals that can be found painted throughout the city, not to mention Richmond's many historic monuments and buildings.
Of course, with its two colleges, infusing plenty of youth into the city scene, a thriving nightlife is part of the charm of Richmond. A modern cinema offers first-run movies, and numerous pubs and taverns offer live music, karaoke, and comedy.
For outdoor lovers, Richmond also encompasses the popular Forest Hills Golf Course, numerous hiking trails and athletic fields, and the Cope Environmental Center, which offers outdoor learning programs. In eastern Richmond you'll find the Wayne County Fairgrounds, hosting many of the city's popular festivals and cultural events.
This is just a snapshot of Richmond's robust cultural scene, which will keep you exploring and entertained for years to come should you choose to purchase a home in town.
Richmond offers homeowners ready access to a diverse and stable job market, which is one of the many perks of buying in town. This city uses its considerable economic advantages and position along an important transportation corridor between Indianapolis, Columbus, and Cincinnati to lure new businesses to the city and keep existing ones in it. Development and infrastructure investment are commonplace with several cutting-edge industrial and technology parks having been built in recent years. These help support a strong manufacturing industry as well as numerous small businesses and start-up ventures.
The presence of four college campuses also mean plenty of employment opportunities in education, and Reid Hospital is at the center of a strong healthcare sector. As a commercial hub, you'll also find many jobs in retail and dining services.
As a whole, Richmond offers a rich cultural backdrop along with a generally safe community—a winning combination when it comes to a young person's education. Overseeing the public school system is the Richmond Community School System. This highly regarded system features enviable facilities for a high school including housing the Richmond Art Museum, believed to be the only public art museum attached to a public high school, and the Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, which is home to the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Primary school and middle school students benefit from attending one of six elementary and three intermediate schools found throughout the city. This compartmentalization early on means smaller class sizes and more personal attention during a student's early formative years.
Richmond High School offers education for 9th–12th Grade students on its stunning and historic campus. Despite its commitment to honor of many traditional education values, these students also receive the benefit of a progressive curriculum that offers technology integration into their learning experience. The school also features some of the best arts and music programs in the state along with advanced placement courses that can be taken for college credit and some of the best test scores, graduation rates, and college placement results in the state.
For parents who would rather send their children to private school, several options also exist in Richmond. Seton Catholic High School also offers a religious junior and senior high school, part of the Richmond Catholic Community.
For post-secondary education, Richmond is also home to four colleges: Earlham College, Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue University School of Technology.