New Web Site Focuses on City Living 

A new Richmond-based Web site has just launched, aiming to become a central clearinghouse for all residential real estate listings in the city proper.

The free site, Urbanitedigs.com, will list locations for sale, lease or rent everywhere from the Fan to Jackson Ward to Church Hill, says local real estate agent Lawrence Terry Jr., who designed the site.

"Playing in the sandbox, I saw that there are a lot of people moving in from New York City or D.C., where they're used to living in an energetic area," Terry says.

He says the site will include historical descriptions of neighborhoods and help newcomers comb through the sticky vocabulary specific to older communities: contemporary rehab versus adaptive reuse, for example, in addition to the nuances of the real estate tax abatement program.

So far, seven Richmond developers have committed to using the site, including local heavy-hitters Robin Miller and Mark Merhige.

Developer Sam McDonald is working on a project that will put 25 residential condos in Jackson Ward. He's hoping Urbanitedigs will help to fill the remaining vacancies by the time the project is complete in December.

"I thought it was a great idea to be a one-source for all people interested in living in downtown Richmond," McDonald says.

Even though the developers are competitors, they agree that pooling efforts will give better visibility to the neighborhoods and help them all in the end. Terry compares it to the food court at the mall, where similar businesses cluster together. "They're not competing," he says — "they're complementing." S

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