I have long held the belief that the best real estate developments are ‘about something.’ The Citizen 6 Project is certainly ‘about something.’
A development can be about location, design, size, views, layouts, schools, neighborhood, proximity, affordability, exclusivity, history or any other number of reasons. The best ones appeal to a specific segment of the market very powerfully and the poor ones do not. Those which hold value the longest are also the ones who appeal to their market in a superlative way.
The Citizen 6 project is a group of six new homes built along Floyd Avenue in the Fan district of Richmond VA. Located along the 2600 block of Floyd, near the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Carytown, Citizen 6 offers its owners an amazing combination of attributes sure to make this powerful contributor to Richmond’s real estate landscape for decades.
The first thing you notice is the look of the homes. Professionally designed with a decidedly modern aesthetic, the homes of Citizen 6 will be recognizable by all. Richmond’s architecture, especially in our older neighborhoods, is generally traditional period architecture. One of Richmond’s most talented architects was enlisted to ensure that Citizen 6’s striking and sleek exterior envelope will both contrast and compliment the existing housing stock of such an important Richmond neighborhood.
For developers, it is hard to find opportunities to develop in neighborhoods where development is not pioneering. Most redevelopment occurs in areas where redevelopment is needed due to blight or obsolescence. For Citizen 6, this is exactly the opposite. The site was underutilized and replacing a vacant parking lot and small ‘non-period’ office building with 6 new homes was a far higher use of the property. The fact that this site is located a mere 4 blocks from both Carytown and The VMFA, as well as so many other amenities inherent in the Fan means that the new residents will be met with one of Richmond’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods on the day they move in, not years or decades later.
Lastly, the ability to own a new home, with the latest technologies and materials is many’s dream. It is rare to find new construction in a neighborhood whose average home is approximately 100 years old. Citizen 6 offers precisely that – the best in materials and techniques in and amongst the best amenities a century old neighborhood can provide.
While the reasons listed above are important, there are other reasons why Citizen 6 is important. The appeal of the modern design, the open and flowing interiors, the first and floor master suites, off street parking, the potential for Floyd Avenue to become a ‘Bicycle Boulevard’ and the responsible/green building methods are some others.
We are pretty excited to be a part of the project.