Construction of apartments is said to be at its highest in nearly two decades. And while that trend of rapid construction is expected to continue over the coming years, there is one apartment complex that has stood the test of time — The River Lofts at Tobacco Row [2 South 25th St.]. The complex, with buildings ranging from 150 to 200 years old, is “luxury loft living at its finest” and has proven itself to be much more than a pop-up apartment complex.
The River Lofts at Tobacco Row consists of seven commercial and residential buildings that sit stately along the Kanawha Canal, snugged tightly between East Main and East Cary streets and stretching widely across 22nd and 25th streets. Surrounded by beautifully mature North American Red Oak and Japanese Zelkova trees, The River Lofts are protected from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding Shockoe area. Such a presentation would make any visitor think that they have entered into a new zip code rather than an apartment complex.
The River Lofts are home to some of the areas most bustling businesses, including the famed Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse and powerhouse consulting firm, Ernest & Young. However, what really stands out are the residential units. Each floor plan is unique in its layout and design, with some homes boasting 13-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces and deep-soaking Jacuzzi tubs. Other units have a priceless view of both the James River and the canal right outside of their window. Yet, no matter which unit you live in, all are invited to take advantage of the private movie theater, sand beach volleyball area, billiards room, fitness centers, swimming pools and other amenities. The complex even offers professional dry-cleaning delivery services. To describe the units as “luxury living” is an understatement.
“The reason I love this place so much is the sense of community that we have here,” says Jackie Cave, the general manager of The River Lofts at Tobacco Row. “Because our property is so large, it feels like we are our own little town. And just being on the river and being on the Liberty Trail and being a part of such a rich history, it just feels like home.”
The location of the complex is prime, to say the least. While the apartments themselves offer enough amenities to make anyone want to stay home, if someone should have a reason leave, their trip wouldn’t be very far. The complex is just steps away from Shockoe’s best cafes, bars and restaurants. Farm Fresh is only blocks away from the community’s gorgeously tree-lined streets. And the Richmond City Garden Trail is closer than a petal to the stem of a rose.
“I love the location,’’ says Henry Marsh, former mayor of Richmond and The River Lofts resident. “It’s convenient for me because I don’t have to catch an Uber anywhere.”
Marsh has lived in the community for 20 years, since the time he was serving as a state senator. “They have a lot of perks in the building,’’ he adds. “But if the weather is nice, I can walk almost everywhere.”
It’s no surprise that Marsh has lived in the complex for so long. Everything he needs is just steps away from his front door.
Amazingly, with all of its luxury benefits, The River Lofts at Tobacco Row is still relatively affordable. Units range from just under $1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to about $2,300 for a townhouse. The complex has something for everyone. And as the largest community along the Canal, it is a wonderful place to live.