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Historic Downtown Home, Near VCU, UofR, VUU, Browns Island and James River

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

3 bedrooom, 3 full bath, 2.300 sqft home minutes from VCU, the river and parks

Located in Woodland Heights, our 3 bedroom, 3 full bath historic home is the perfect getaway. If you want to unplug an connect with nature right in the city this is your place. We do not have T.V. but do have wifi and 3 porches and one patio for outdoor time.

Bedroom 1: Queen

Bedroom 2: Queen

Beroom 3: Bunk with additional twin

There are two full bathrooms upstairs and 1 full down.

Enjoy sitting on our front porch, layzing away in the hammock or relaxing on our large brick patio. Within waking distance of Laura Lee's restaurant, coffee shop, WPA Bakery and amazing forest hill park the home is ideally situated. Minutes to VCU, the bottom, many historical sights and the James River, you could not ask for a more convenient location.

More Details

Vanessa McCauley
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 January, 2017

About Vanessa McCauley

We have lived here since 2000. We love our home and our neighborhood. Both Joel and I own our own businesses. We love to cook, go out, garden and drink a good beer with friends. We have two amazing children 11 and 9 and you will undoubtedly find evidence of them around the house.

Vanessa McCauley purchased this house in 2000

Why Vanessa McCauley chose Richmond

We were unmarried and in our late 20's when we bought this house. We wanted a house where we could raise our children. It has a huge yard, for the city, which we loved and 3 full baths that we knew would come in handy with kids. My parents had moved to Woodland Heights when I was a senior in high school and I immediately fell in love with the area. When I met the chap that would be my husband we were lucky enough to find the right house for us here too. I love to see how much the neighborhood has changed in the 25 years I have been here. I really could not, would not want, to imagine living anywhere else.

What makes this house unique

We love that our house is close to everything fun. We are within walking distance of the James River, an amazing farmers market (rated one of the best in the country by outdoor living), Browns Island, several restaurants, a coffee shop, Forest Hill Park and so much more. And don't forget all of Richmond's amazing festivals. I could not begin to name them all, but some to check out are:

The Richmond Folk Festival:

Broad Appetit

Watermelon Festival

Strawberry Festival

French Film Festival

The French Food Festival

2nd St. Festival

Richmond Jazz Fest


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Historic Downtown Home, Near VCU, UofR, VUU, Browns Island and James River
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
kaneville, illinois

Good size well kept home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Big house. Four Adults two children. Plenty of room for everyone. Two living rooms. Full kitchen. Very nice shower upstairs. Comfy beds. Close to town. Walked to a small locals bakery 2 1/2 blk away for a coffee and muffin each day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our home for a special weekend.

  • 5 of 5

We comfortably stayed in this beautiful home for the all important VCU graduation weekend. We were extremely happy with the property both inside and outside and the listing was true to it's description. The house appears small from the street, yet is surprisingly large in the inside. There was no need to visit crowded restaurants or bars when we were able to relax in a clean, uniquely old house with most all ordinarily modern amenities. As a horticulturalist, I enjoyed the gardens front and back. The location and ease of getting downtown made it a great choice. We all were extremely happy with the memories that were made at this property in the Woodland Park area, just south of the James river. We surely would recommend that others stay at this house. - Brett L.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, fully equipped, nicely decorated and comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

We were in Richmond for our daughter's graduation from law school and loved our stay at this property.

The listing description was accurate regarding the location, layout, and amenities.

The location is wonderful, on a quiet street but within walking distance of the James River with its' parks and trails and also very close to downtown.

The house was clean, well-maintained, and comfortable for our family of 5 adults.

The owner was very accommodating, providing excellent customer service.

We enjoyed renting bikes at Riverside Outfitters and experienced a delicious dinner at Acacia.

I would highly recommend this property and a trip to Richmond.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely historic vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had travelled several times in the area, and I always dreamed of visiting , or better, staying , in one of those historic houses that make the area so interesting. Well, this is my dream come true : this house is lovely, beautifully decorated with ancient and interesting furniture, while being perfectly comfortable at the same time.

The house is very conveniently located at close driving distance from the center of Richmond, in a quiet residential area. The house is spatious, more than enough for the six of us. Everything was spotless on arrival. The kitchen is well equipped, the bedding very comfortable; there is a charming yard all around.

We had a little problem with the heating system , and Vanessa and Joel took care of it immediately. Moreover, they were particularly helping before we arrived, for we had some travel problems due to tragic events in Belgium at that time, and we very much appreciated it.

We had a lovely one week stay in this house , would recommend it to anyone and would go back if in the area again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, Thank you so much! We hope if you come back in the future you can stay here and we can meet!
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Charming home with lots of character.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved stepping back in time with the historic home and yet it had all the amenities that we needed. Well appointed kitchen and lovely back patio. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the front porch each morning. It was only a short walk to the local coffee house (Crossroads) which served awesome sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and beer and wine. The host, Vanessa, was fantastic. She answered all my questions and even did a little research for me on local nail salons. She creates her own organic soaps, lotions, etc so the house smelled wonderful. She also provided all linens and towels which was an added bonus. She refunded our security deposit very quickly and offered to mail back a charger we left behind. I definitely recommend this house to anyone looking for a quiet get away. Thanks for everything Vanessa.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection. Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

From my first interaction with the lovely homeowner I was blown away by our hostesses kindness, attention to detail, responsiveness, and communication style. Speaking as a host for another similar site, these hosts exemplifies the best of the "sharing economy".

And that's all before arrival! The house itself and the neighborhood were perfection for our family of adults in for a family reunion. The space was a perfect retreat from a day of activities, a beautifully appointed home with every possible amenity. The welcome book was precise and warm and made us feel right at home.

Getting in and out was a breeze, we had everything we needed and our hosts were a text away if we had any questions. Even leaving, our hostess was kind enough to send items that we'd left!

I can't recommend this place enough!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ticora, It was so lovely having you and your family stay here! One of the best parts about this, for us, is getting to be a part of so many happy times in peoples lives. Thanks for taking such amazing care of the house.
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
"One of the best fine art museums on the east coast. "
Mamma Zu's
"This restaurant with its cult like following is easy to understand. Try the white bean sala..."
"If you love craft cocktails and amazing food this is the place for you. I love that they ha..."
Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
"Great place to grab a coffee in the morning or a brew and listen to music. casual and relaxed. "
"Lots of localy owned shops and restaurants full of character. Stopping by Orange is a must...."
South of the James Market
"An amazing farmers market with over 100 vendors nestled in a beautiful park. Do not miss yo..."
Legend Brewing Company
"Legends was the first local brewer to RVA. Now they have a huge deck overlooking the city wh..."
Maymont Park
"Beautiful gardnes and petting zoo. "
WPA Bakery
Food Lion Store
"Budget friendly grocery store. If you are looking for organic they have a very limited sel..."
Brown's Island
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Richmond International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Laura Lee's


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £280
Cleaning £40
Tax Rate 5.3%

Please message me for availability. I update the calendar often but it is listed on multiple sites.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Woodland Heights in Central Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • tennis

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