(part one of two)
The Best, Most Popular Neighborhood in Charlottesville is …
All of the above. None of the above.
The real answer to, “what is the best neighborhood in Charlottesville” – depends on you.
What does “best” mean to you?
Most popular? I could answer that by looking at the search data to determine what are the “most searched” neighborhoods.
How do you define “best” neighborhood ?
There are a lot of factors that go into the equation of “is this the ‘best’ neighborhood for me? These are some -
- What are you looking for? Most appreciation in the past five years? Ten? Twenty?
- Most walkable? (what is walkable to you?)
- Proximity to grocery stores? Which one? Whole Foods? Trader Joe’s? Fresh Market? Kroger? Harris Teeter? Foods of All Nations?
- Most stable? – (surrounding areas are already built up, with no adjacent/nearby fields threatening to be developed)
- Most families with kids? – (I can’t help with that)
- Most people “like you”? (A common request – most often the context is politics, education, etc, but I stay out of this conversation as well)
- Best schools? – (what is “best”? High SOL scores? Lowest number of fights? Most walkable/neighborhood-centric? MESA program? STEM? Partnerships with colleges? Sports?)
- Closest to your work? (What is “close”? Our region has relatively low commute times – ranging from less than five minutes to an hour, with the median being ~30 minutes)
- Closest to day care? – (a big factor for a lot of families)
- Newest homes? – (see the following)
- Biggest variety of homes? – (Some have deep aversions to cookie cutter neighborhoods, while others are indifferent)
- More democrats than republicans? – (Will you fit it politically? Why do you care?)
- Public transit availability? – (Learn about the Charlottesville Area Transit system, and read one account depicting all of the Charlottesville bus routes)
- Safest? – (The definition of “safe” is very dependent on the buyers’ threshold – some from big cities have different interpretations of “safe” than those from less populated areas.)
- High percentage of owner-occupied homes?
So far, there’s no algorithm that can advise a buyer which neighborhood is “best” better than fantastic human intelligence – in the form of a great real estate agent who:
- Knows the area
- Advises appropriately
- Everything is google-able. Not everything is findable. Or discernible.