What is something that you really like about living in Church Hill?
The sense of community. I actually know my neighbors and even like most of them. Big contrast to life in the burbs.
I can walk to and from work – until it gets too hot or too cold!!!
I LOVE seeing the progression of the neighborhood over the last nine years. Not only that I can walk to all the things I used to have to drive to in order to enjoy (Coffee, Groceries, Movie Rental, etc.!!) but all the people coming in and lovingly restoring homes AND the response that I get NOW when asked where I live, versus the responses I used to get!!
Hill Burger, medium, with fries.
When you walk by someone on the street, they say hello whether they know you or not.
It is a place where you can get involved and make a difference. We seem to accept the shared ownership of the entire neighborhood, not just our little piece of it.
When I posted this earlier, I was thinking about much having the 3 parks along the hill adds to the experience of being up here.
This goes along, too, with getting to see the city skyline way more often than living west of the city. I freakin’ love it.
The beautiful houses are a nice bonus. Also, I like the cozy feel of side-by-side homes. I can talk to my neighbors from my porch without having to shout.
Definitely captain buzzy’s, the cultural diversity, the beautiful houses
Hill Cafe = Cheer’s for me.
Being part of a neighborhood whose history dates back 2 plus centuries. I love living in a house that’s almost 120 years old.
30 years ago church hill was an oasis with old houses next to downtown, plenty of parking, affordable and a variety of residents.
today church hill is an oasis with old houses next to downtown, limited parking, not so affordable and the variety of residents diminishing
My neighbors. They are more like family than neighbors and that’s why they’re so great!
I LOVE the my neighbors (the people and the dogs), the parks, the old houses, the sense of community, the Irish Festival, the Church Hill Ball, the red ribbons tied to the lamp posts during the holidays, Jumpin’ J’s, Capt. Buzzy’s limeade and quiche, and being a bike ride away from other great restaurants and bars. I love my home!!!
PS – Bill, come NOB, slightly more affordable and a greater variety of residents! 🙂
Junie! Aka angry man.
Thanks for this topic. There’s too much, to be put into a few sentences. I like the ghosts who live in the old houses. This one was built, at least the front part, in 1829.
This neighborhood is like the earth: alive!!
The St. Patrick’s Irish Festival
The St. John’s Italian Festival
High on the Hog
Old houses, diverse architecture and quirky buildings.
The guy that was singing to himself while jumping and spinning in circles on Broad Street at 6:30 this morning.
Front porches!! there is nothing like a front porch, rocking chair and a cocktail…
I think that guy you are referring to dancing on Broad at 6:30am is “Dancing Pops.” Church Hill hapiness= Acapella and Jumpin J’s!
“Dancin’ Pops,” huh? (See Trail of Squares blog.) I haven’t seen him before.
But I’m familiar with the guy that sits on porches and yells lots of gibberish and asks for change. And he is always picking up cans, either out of the street or out of the recycling bins. Seems pretty harmless though. Does he have a nickname, too?
Dancing Pop also hangs in “The Bottom” at night and on the weekends. He lives up here somewhere but I’m not sure where. Harmless enough, though.
archie bunker should know that it was never St. John’s Italian Festival(there were four organizations involved) and in fact St. John’s is no longer affiliated with that event.
Poes famous “Oops, sorry about the furnature Chili”.
Dancing Pop lives on 31st. I see him a couple times a week and he always says hello.
j…I believe the man you are referring to is my friend Harry. If you strike up a conversation with him you will find he may be a bit hard to understand sometimes, but he is not speaking gibberish.
Lest we forget…the neighborhood geese???
The Tricycle Garden is a wonderful place, and is being used as a model across the City! The new stone pathway is beautiful and the rain water collection system is a great example of a green technology. Thanks for choosing our neighborhood for the first community garden!
Having a post office, bank, grocery store, drug store, vet, groomer, and Jumpin J’s all in walking distance. And having neighbors that speak!
The train whistle in the middle of the night, and then that low, reassuring rumble.
The smell of the sewage treatment plant in the morning…it smells like….victory
Having a front porch, side porch, back porch and deck with garden…A home that I love and can afford. The closeness of our place to my husband’s work. We moved from Chicago where I loved my neighborhood, but only had an apartment that looked into another apartment, with two large windows..and we spent most of our non-work time commuting.
Plus…Captain Buzzy’s and Libby Hill.
I Love the peace and quiet on 27th street
Havin Everything In Walking Distance
My neighbors they are so awesome
Captin Buzzy’s…The coffee as of late is not the same,I am drinking the folders at work and enjoying it more…this issue needs to be fixed…maybe change the morning help…
I have only lived in Church Hill since I’ve been in VA, and now that I know the area I continue to choose it above others because:
#1, it is walkable. I have a car, but I am not reliant on it.
#2, the architecture. It’s not the homogenized suburbs. I love the old brick, ivy and wrought iron. It feels cozy to me.
#3, the trees, parks and occasional groundhog or skunk family- it’s quite green for being in the middle of a city.
#4, the inhabitants- Yuppies, hippies, dogs, geese, friendly cats (shout out to Blue, Ms. Motley). For the most part everyone here is pretty cool. It’s like a small town unto itself.
#5, the history.
Church Hill has problems but it has a lot going for it, too. You just have to be a tolerant kind of person to live here. If you’re not…stay in Brandermill.
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