Mechanicsville, part of the metro Richmond, Virginia, area, is located just seven miles from the state capital. The population is listed at 30,464 and the average age of residents is 36. People who live here enjoy a quieter life away from the big city, but they also like being close enough to take advantage of Richmond's amenities and, if applicable, a short daily commute.
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Known for its connection with the Civil War, Mechanicsville was the scene of several major battles and a number of skirmishes. A portion of the battlefield that existed during the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek in June of 1862 has been preserved by the National Park Service and made a part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Residents are drawn to the area for more than its history, however. There are some excellent finds in homes here, including country homes with acreage, newly constructed homes and single-family residences in neighborhoods with good schools.
Residents are also close to a number of the Commonwealth's fine institutions of higher learning, such as the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. The easy drive into the city also provides access to a variety of shopping and dining options, enjoyment of the arts and top-notch attractions such as the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Mechanicsville offers a wide variety of homes and pricing options. In East Highland Park, for example, the average sold price of a home is $160,000. In Eastview, the average sold price is $42,000. In the Villages at Cool Spring, a new 3-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath, 2,539-square-foot home is offered for $335,000. You can go a little further out and find a 4-bedroom, 2,058-square-foot, ranch-style home for $245,500. You might also be interested in a 4-bedroom, 3-1/2 bath 3,238-square-foot brick colonial on 1.11 acres of land for $475,000. In addition to the mark it has made on American history and its proximity to the state capital, Mechanicsville, Virginia has earned a growing reputation as a good community in which to live.