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Union Hill’s Princess Anne Avenue

The RTD has a neat look at Princess Anne Avenue:

So how did the stately houses end up on the edge of a former working-class village?

The explanation is simple. By the time the houses on Princess Anne Avenue were built in the late 1890s and early 1900s, Union Hill’s streets were graded and its most precarious ravines filled in. And the prospect of enjoying breathtaking views of the city – with an easy streetcar commute, no less – were too great for wealthy homebuyers to turn down.

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UnionHillian 07/07/2014 at 10:37 AM


When was this photo taken?


john_m 07/07/2014 at 11:06 AM

2005 🙂

Wondered if anyone would catch that

ann 07/07/2014 at 11:16 AM

Ah, lovely no matter when taken. Nice story about some of Union Hill’s gems…hopefully more stories to come.

UnionHillian 07/07/2014 at 1:14 PM

+10 points (or I’ll take Gift Certificate to The Roosevelt; good for one beverage)

Elaine Odell 07/08/2014 at 8:57 AM

@ 2 & 1, the street pictured above is actually the 2100 block of E Clay Street as it meets N. 21st both streets with commanding views of the city skyline and Jefferson Park. But, personally, I wish Princess Anne Ave was named E. Leigh Street instead of it’s current over-the-top anglophile moniker for 2 short residential blocks. It’s confuses the hell out of airport cab drivers and party guests from other parts of RVA. And lots of UPS packages have mistakenly gone to Princess Anne Ave in Virginia Beach before making it to Union Hill.


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