This information comes to us from our soon to be Richmond neighbor Andrew Wright. During a recent apartment hunting trip, this is what Andrew and Edward Kinsella found out about the Richmond area:
The best place we were finding apartments was on craigslist.org. There were all types of apartments/houses in all price ranges. We stayed away from larger complexes (10 apartments or more), were looking at 3 bedrooms or 2 bedrooms with an office, had a budget of $1000 to $1500, and wanted to be within the area of The Fan/Museum District. We did have certain criteria as well which made our price range a bit higher. We did not want to be around college students, had to be on a somewhat quiet street, and needed to be close to some good restaurants and bars. I seem to remember studios going for around $500, one bedrooms around $500-$700, and some two bedrooms $800-$1000 that did not fall into our criteria but were still decent in most respects.
There are two people and companies that I have been dealing with whom are great.
The first is John at River City Real Estate. He has a lot of properties for very reasonable prices. Plus he is a really nice guy. His number is: 804.358.7801 and the website is: http://www.rivercityrealestate.net/propertyprofiles.htm
The second is Mark at Snipes Properties. Another great guy. I am not sure of all the properties but this is who we will hopefully be renting from. I do know that many of the properties they have are not listed on their website. His number is 804.347.3127.
Finally, one place I recommend to STAY AWAY from. Fan Apartments. We were shown a place that should have been condemned. I am not exaggerating here. It was absolutely disgusting. I got the feeling, just from the way she was showing us the place, that many of the other properties would be the same way. SAY NO TO FAN APARTMENTS!"