Perhaps best known for its Historic Richmond Town village, a living history museum reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg, this Staten Island neighborhood is among the most desirable in the borough’s real estate market.
Once the seat of Richmond County Government, the neighborhood of Richmond Town, located in central Staten Island, has evolved over the years from a civic and commercial center to a residential area with tourist appeal.
Founded in 1958, Historic Richmond Town offers a taste of Colonial life to both locals and tourists alike. Architecturally, the buildings within the village range from Dutch Colonial houses, to Gothic, Italianate and Queen Anne style constructions. A tour of the historic village includes stops at restored buildings with formal exhibitions, historical reenactments of life in early Staten Island, and more.
Richmond Town can be reached by public transportation via the S54 and S74 buses, which can be picked up at the Great Kills stop off the Staten Island Railway.
Architecturally, Richmond Town homes vary from quaint townhomes on quiet cul de sacs to luxurious, modern mansions. Although the area still features a fair number of older homes (some dating a few centuries back), Richmond Town has seen a steady growth of new residential developments in the past several decades. Real estate development and home construction in Richmond Town occurred in three phases: the 1950's, the 1980’s and the last notable phase in the late 1990’s and 2000’s. In chronological order, construction in this neighborhood shifted from high Ranch homes and traditional one-story ranch homes in the 1950’s, to larger and more luxurious houses as the neighborhood transformed itself into a luxury residential community in the 1980’s, and finally a considerable amount of new construction in the 1990s’ and 2000’s, with architecture styles akin to many modern upscale neighborhoods on Staten Island. Many of these newer homes, fetching over a million dollars each, are the primary reason Richmond Town is now considered one of the premiere luxury home communities on Staten Island.
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