If it is quality construction in an established neighborhood you seek, look no further than Manakin Farms subdivision in Manakin Sabot, Virginia. This neighborhood is located in the eastern portion of Goochland County, just off of River Road West. Residents of this neighborhood enjoy a convenient location that is approximately 15 minutes from Short Pump Town Center and less than 30 minutes from Richmond. Additionally, the conveniences of Midlothian are also just a short drive away. All of this and more is possible thanks to the close proximity of Route 288 and Interstate 64.
Understated brick monument signage flanks the entrance to Manakin Farms along Willway Drive, and this makes the subdivision easy to locate from River Road. Entering into the neighborhood, the comfortable seclusion Manakin Farms offers is apparent immediately. A mixture of lush greenery and native hardwood trees can be found all throughout the subdivision, including in the entrance itself. The main entry road winds back into the subdivision and splits off into three separate paths before the homes begin. This thoughtful design allows the homeowners in Manakin Farms to have the one thing that so many desire: privacy.
Long, meandering roads lead through the community and while there are no sidewalks to walk along, the slow pace of this Manakin Farms makes the narrow streets suitable for both pedestrians and bikers. During the development of Manakin Farms, the natural topography of the land was not overly altered. As such, hills and undulations give an interesting look to the land. Homeowners have taken great care to maintain their lots and to design their landscaping in a visually appealing fashion that keeps with the natural feel this area of Virginia is known for.
Manakin Farms is one of the most established neighborhoods in all of Goochland County, and the homes were built over the span of many decades. While the vast majority were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, shortly after platting, there are homes as recent as the 1990s and early 2000s. All of the houses throughout Manakin Farms feature unique styles, and very few have similar looks or feels. Ranchers, tudors, colonials and split-level homes join other architectural styles to give the neighborhood an eclectic feel. There is a great mixture of one- and two-story homes to choose from, as well as a range of lot sizes, which start at well-under an acre in size. Fortunately, with this mixture of elements, buyers of all walks of life can – and do – find refuge in Manakin Farms. And while many residents choose the neighborhood for these reasons alone, it is the close proximity to the region’s amenities that draw others.
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Running along the southern border of Goochland County is the beautiful James River. This waterway is not only an important boundary for the area, it also serves as a major recreation area for the residents of Goochland, Powhatan and beyond. Whether it is views or fun visitors seek, the James River is accessible from several points, all of which are within a short drive of Manakin Farms subdivision. In fact, those that choose to access the river from Maidens look forward to less than a 15-minute drive.
Once at the James River, there are bountiful land and water activities to enjoy. Anglers have access to the river’s large supply of small mouth bass, while kayakers have plenty of calm waters to paddle through. Swimming is also a great possibility, and there are plenty of areas in the river that are suitable for children and beginning swimmers. Whitewater rafting, salamander spotting, boating and tubing are just a sampling of the other exciting things visitors do on the water each day. On the shores of the James River, picnicking is ever popular. Further, there are trails to explore, cliffs to be climbed and bike paths to travel upon. At the James River, it is easy to get lost in the beauty of nature and to spend the whole day soaking in the fresh air and fun the water has to offer.
One of the most popular draws of Manakin Farms is its close proximity to Short Pump. It is here that residents find shopping and entertainment options galore. Some of the more popular stores within Short Pump Towne Center include American Eagle, Crate and Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Free People and Gap. The shops vary from high end to mid range and have a great variety of merchandise for shoppers.
After a day of shopping, the restaurant selection in Short Pump simply cannot be beat. Whether it is fast food or a sit-down dinner experience shoppers seek, there is a restaurant to fit their needs. The Cheesecake Factory, The Boathouse and Cooper’s Hawk are a few of the featured restaurants within Towne Center, though there are numerous establishments to choose from. Those with a sweet tooth enjoy the dessert offerings throughout the shopping center, and there are snack food stands and coffee shops for patrons to check out, as well.
In addition to being a retail mecca, Short Pump hosts regular events for visitors of all ages. Some are centered around holidays, such as pictures with the Easter bunny, while others are just for the general enjoyment of the public. Trunk shows, themed meals and special features for children make this shopping area a place that the whole family can enjoy.