Quality of Life
Work/life balance is a key reason why our providers enjoy long and satisfying careers in Richmond. Central Virginia abounds with natural beauty, heritage, culture and recreational activities from historic battlefields, national parks, crystal-clear lakes and the Blue Ridge Mountains to nationally acclaimed resorts, restaurants, breweries, wineries, museums, theme parks and more. There’s an excellent selection of housing options in welcoming urban, suburban and rural settings. Families can also choose from a wide range of public and private school options, as well as local colleges, universities and technical schools. Living costs are low and quality of life is high.
Outside magazine recently named Richmond the Best River Town in America. Its numerous parks include Pony Pasture Rapids with great nature trails; Maymont with its gardens, historic building and nature center; Belle Isle; and the spectacular Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Richmond is truly a city of neighborhoods. Its top five according to HGTV are The Fan (authentic old urbanism), Woodland Heights (five minutes from downtown), Oregon Hill (with spectacular views), Bellevue (suburban living with urban convenience) and Westham (with mature flora and woodlands). Richmond also has more than 1,500 restaurants with many earning four- and five-star ratings. In addition, there is an abundance of world-class shopping malls, boutiques, antique and specialty stores, and farmers markets.
58 miles north of Richmond, Fredericksburg is situated on the Rappahannock River and features a 40-block district of 18th- and 19th-century buildings that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Families will enjoy Fun Land of Fredericksburg, numerous Civil War battlefields, Fredericksburg’s Museum and Cultural Center, and Kenmore Plantation and Gardens. Golf, outdoor activities, local restaurants and shopping are outstanding. Ethnically diverse with a higher overall educational level than typical U.S. communities, Fredericksburg offers a wide variety of lifestyles and beautiful neighborhoods in city, suburban and Spotsylvania and Stafford County locales, as well as an excellent selection of public, private and charter schools. Fredericksburg is also home to the University of Mary Washington—ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 20 regional universities in the south.
One of only three American communities designed in a circular pattern, South Hill is midpoint between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. A mecca for sports enthusiasts, South Hill boasts two beautiful parks—Centennial and Parker—that feature baseball, softball and soccer fields; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; walking trails; and more. Buggs Island Lake, Virginia’s largest, and nearby Lake Gaston offer a full range of water sports. South Hill is home to The Colonial Center for the Performing Arts, one of America’s last remaining vaudeville theaters, and its Farmers Market is famous for fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted items. Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional Airport is nearby, too. Good schools, charming neighborhoods, local museums and great restaurants and shopping make South Hill an ideal place to live life to the fullest.
On the edge of the Rappahannock River, where the water ebbs and flows, lies this small tidewater town with a big history that dates back to John Smith’s first visit in 1608. Here, a walk downtown will lead you through tree-lined streets featuring original buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This community offers abundant housing, quality schools, a low cost of living and lush pastural land all within an hour from Richmond and Fredericksburg. Life in Tappahannock centers around the surrounding river, which offers recreational activities such as boating, fishing and crabbing and picturesque parks where you can take in the great sunrise views. Discover the historical charm and tranquility that comes with life in Tappahannock.