Moving to Charlottesville for NGIC or DIA?

Find a place to live first. Please. As in, before you come to Charlottesville, please try to find a place to live.

Housing options – particularly rentals – are difficult to find on short notice. We don’t have military or base housing. The rental market is difficult.

I’ve written before about finding rentals in the Charlottesville area … to give you a taste of what the rental market is like, keeping in mind that the Charlottesville MLS tends not to have the majority of rentals as it does homes for sale …

For homes with three bedrooms and two baths –

In Albemarle County, there are 67 rentals.

In the City of Charlottesville, there are 37 rentals.

In Greene County, (where many NGIC/DIA/Research Park people choose to live) there are 12 rentals.

Of these 116 rentals that meet the above criteria, 31 are vacant – meaning, most likely, less than a third of the available rental inventory is available for immediate occupancy. So, if you’re staying in a hotel looking for a place to live, you are going to face a challenge.

Further, of those 31, one indicates they will do either a short-term or month-to-month lease. 12 of the 116 indicate they will accept such terms.

Adding another wrinkle – of the 116, 24 indicate that they will accept pets.

If you have questions, please ask me.


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8 Comments

  1. Peter September 9, 2010 at 09:20

    Have you found that more people are interested in renting in Greene than buying in Greene? I’d like to stress to those looking to relocate that the commute to NGIC/DIA from Greene is a very attractive one. My husband commutes 15 minutes to NGIC from a remote location in Greene. His commute includes only two stoplights (including the turn into NGIC from 29) and absolutely no traffic. We are a family of five and moved to the area two years ago. We chose Greene because we have vision and refuse to settle for a longer commute just because Albemarle Schools are favored in our area. In our oppinion the Greene County Schools will only get better as more and more NGIC/DIA folks move into the area. Albemarle County hands down has the best schools in the area at this time but competition is fierce. For example, it is my understanding that to get into an AP course in Albemarle you have to apply and be selected so even if your student desires to do AP classes he or she may not get in. Further, a rural school doesn’t have to mean a lesser education. My husband graduated from a rural school and graduated from a prestigous university with honors. I think a student’s success says more about an individual student’s attitude and parental involvement than it does the school.

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    1. Carol April 7, 2011 at 17:35

      We are really trying to make a hard decision. We have found two properties in Greene we really would like to consider purchasing but they will be a big commitment from us and hard to resale. Just worried about the schools. We have one going into fifth grade in a gifted Magnet school and one going into kindergarten. But with the house commitment would like to stay through High School. My husband and I went to rural schools. Just want to keep my son positive and motivated which seems to require a delicate balance, he is not really an easy going, happy go lucky kind of student.

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  2. Jim Duncan September 13, 2010 at 05:46

    Peter –

    I’m finding that more NGIC/DIA folks are considering the area around the base more than people who already live in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area may.

    And you’re absolutely right about the schools – Albemarle needs to recognize (I assume/hope they do) that they are competing with the surrounding school systems.

    That said, going from a 90 minute commute to a 30 minute commute is a significant upgrade in the “quality of life” category.

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  3. frank September 14, 2010 at 16:40

    We moved to Greene a few years ago also thinking that the schools would only improve. We were wrong and we’ve seen a number of other people who did this eventually move to Albermarle for a better school system.

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    1. Carol April 7, 2011 at 17:27

      What were the specific problems at the Greene County Schools?

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  4. Pam October 18, 2010 at 07:13

    What the NGIC/DIA folks also need to consider is coming 10 minutes north to Madison County. Our schools have a 5 star accredation and the area is VERY safe and secure without the over development issue. If you want a small farm to keep a pony for the kids or a nice vegetable garden, going north may be the answer. The commute will still be shorter time wise than doing the Albemarle thing.

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    1. Carol April 7, 2011 at 17:25

      I’m getting pretty sold on the Madison County High School and community but do you know anything about the Middle School and Elementary School? Especially concerned about the Middle School. I have have a child preparing to go into each.

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