As technology and transportation grow, the small town can get left behind. But Bon Air, a community on the outskirts of Chesterfield County, still offers country charm, yet with all the conveniences of city living. Bon Air was originally developed as a resort in the Victorian Era, with the name literally meaning "good air"- it was where the wealthy went to vacation. Now, the area boasts several local shops, ranging from The Butcher at Bon Air, to Buford Road Pharmacy, to Back Room Tailor, all within walking distance. Other attractions include nearby doctors, dentists, banks, grocery stores, locally owned restaurants and coffee shops, consignment and antique stores, a full service salon, martial arts gym, and even a pet groomer. A community pool and meeting space is adjacent to St. Michael's, a private school. There is a also a farmer's market that sets up in the pharmacy parking lot, selling local tomatoes, homemade jams, and more. Almost everything one could need is located somewhere in the community, and chances are the owner is a Bon Air resident.
The style and age of the homes range from orginial Victorian beauties, lovingly restored by their new owners, to mid century modern marvels, and even some new construction. One of my favorite neighborhoods within Bon Air is Crestwood Farms. The subdivision was developed in 1948, and today is made up of over 250 homes. The neighborhood is centered around Lake Page, which can be accessed only by Crestwood Farms residents and their guests. The whole area is marked by its rolling hills, large green lots, and simple but sturdy and striking architecture. Most of the homes are expansive brick ranchers, many featuring sunrooms or large bay windows to take in all the beauty of the surrounding nature.
Well-known mid century modern architect Allan McCullough designed some of the homes, often in a similar style to Frank Lloyd Wright. While many of the homes have been updated, some retained their original charm, boasting knotty pine paneling, brightly colored bathroom tile, and even retro appliances. No matter the type of buyer or the size of the family, there is almost guaranteed to be a home here to suit any style and need.
The neighborhood is full of first and second generation residents. Many people have lived in the same house their whole life, or simply moved a few streets away. The homeowners are active in their community, wether they join the garden club, Bunco group, book club, or neighborhood watch. Crestwood Farms also puts on events such as an annual pig roast in the fall.
If you are looking for a quiet, country respite with a small town feel that is only minutes from the bustling city of Richmond, Virginia and all it has to offer, look no further than Crestwood Farms, or any of the other unique and beautiful neighborhoods in Bon Air. You are sure to fall in love with one.
Written by Haley Beck, Realtor
Treehouse Realty VA, Long & Foster Gold Team