A community rich in United States history, Chester, Virginia, has a large inventory of single-family homes in a variety of styles, sizes and ages - from 130-year-old farmhouses to colonial-style homes built in the 21st century - providing plenty of options for homebuyers. Condos and townhouses also are available. And the median price of homes in the community is well below that of the state overall increasing the area's attractiveness to prospective residents.
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Located less than 20 miles from Richmond, Chester's 21,000 residents have easy access to the state's capital. And, with Washington D.C. just three hours away, a weekend trip to the nation's capital is well within the realm of possibility. But you needn't travel that far to get a big dose of the region's significance in the history of the U.S. Henricus Historical Park, for instance, is a living history museum in Chester that gives visitors a look into what life was like in a 17th century English settlement. Many more historical points of interest relating to pre-colonization, the colonial period, Civil War and beyond can throughout surrounding Chesterfield County. Back in Chester, the 176-acre Dodd Park at Point of Rocks features sports facilities and a natural area ripe for exploration.
Chesterfield County Public Schools serves students in Chesterfield, which is home to a handful of highly rated schools. There also are several private school options in the community. For higher education, there are more than 30 colleges and universities within 50 miles of Chester. These include John Tyler Community College, located in Chester, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Chesterfield County, of which Chester is a part, has been named among the top 20 best places to live in America and one of the 100 best communities for young people for having the lowest crime rate in the Richmond metro area, among other achievements. With its small-town feel and close proximity Richmond, Chester offers the best of both worlds. And it's an even more attractive location if you're a U.S. history buff. If you're looking for a house in the Richmond metro area, be sure to add Chester to your short list. Check out our listings of homes in Chester and find the perfect property for you.