Current MLS Listings for Hallsley
Chesterfield County (Zone 62)
Hallsley is important.
For much of the 1990’s and into the 2000’s, before the bubble burst in 2007/8, the homebuilders in Richmond built almost entirely in one of two styles…colonial or ‘transitional.’ The stock Richmond colonial was effectively a standard rectangle with a 2 car garage off one side, with a great deal of interior space dedicated to formal areas. The ‘Transitional’ home, characterized by a more informal interior, less structured floor plans and a multi-gabled exterior elevations, leaned more towards ‘contemporary’ design, somewhat prevalent in Richmond in the 1980’s.
Hallsely largely took its cue from the success of the Oak Park neighborhood, located off Huguenot Road. Oak Park, and subsequently, Hallsley, departed sharply from the colonial/transitional design aesthetic, and drew much of its inspiration from the 1930’s-1950’s era of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style of residential architecture (also sometimes called Craftsman, 4 Square or Bunglalow.) Hallsely allows an extremely high degree of variance, giving the neighborhood more of Ginter Park feel than Founders Bridge or Salisbury.
The topography in Hallsely offers elevation changes, giving the home sites variance as well.
Overall, Hallsely’s importance stems from the fact that the neighborhood moves away from the overly planned communities so common from 1990-2006. Hopefully, the success of Hallsely will demonstrate that some freedom of choice is a good thing. Allowing architectural freedom, in lieu of strictly mandated materials and styles, can be far more attractive in the long run, as is evidenced by many of the early Richmond neighborhoods.
Hallsley is located off Coalfield Road in western Chesterfield near 288. It offers, along with a varied home style, the Hallsey Resident’s Club, a clubhouse/pool complex well beyond the typical pool and tennis facility found in most communities. Many other activities are a part of the Resident’s Club, making it very family-centric.