There comes a time in every home search process (and often the home selling process) where one says "this is good enough." Arriving the point of whatever you want to call it - concession, compromise, acquiescence, acceptance, or, to use a positively-connoted descriptor - satisfied - is hard. The home search process can be hard, even if you're looking at new construction in the Charlottesville area market, as you're seeking a home where you and your family will live for, usually, at least seven to ten years. Coming to the conclusion of, … [Read more...] about Buying a House that’s “Good Enough”
Jim's preface: Affordable housing in Charlottesville + Albemarle (and America) is at, or nearing, crisis stage. I love this post because I learned a lot from it. I hope you do, too. The housing crisis isn’t just about affordability—it’s about economic mobility, too Community land trusts take aim at rising rents Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust Affordable Housing At Critical Stage The Global Housing Crisis What we are doing locally to address affordable housing is not working. I'm grateful for a community of very … [Read more...] about Charlottesville Land Use – A Brief History
tl;dr - we're going to try to learn about local government. If anyone wants to help plan and organize, please contact me. 434-242-7140 How exactly does local government work? (few people know) A few weeks ago, I wrote a story on RealCrozetVA I saw this post recently – An Adult Civics Hour and think we can do the same thing Crozet. And Albemarle. Based on the Facebook responses, we’re interested.* I’m thinking of doing this at Crozet Mudhouse to start. Maybe an initial meeting to set the stage. Topics? Maybe set a monthly … [Read more...] about How Exactly Does Local Government Work?
These are a few Charlottesville development stories on my radar that I will be referencing for the next few days and weeks in conversations with clients: Talks resume in downtown garage dispute "Neither side appears willing to relent its hold in the public-private ownership of the Water Street Parking Garage, but new high-scale developments — such as the Charlottesville Technology Center, West2nd and the Dewberry Charlottesville hotel — are likely to affect property values and parking supply downtown." Planned construction … [Read more...] about Charlottesville Garage, Construction, West Main, Streetscape
A friend is trying to convince a friend to move to the Crozet or Charlottesville area; he shared with me his argument to his friend, advocating for a move to Charlottesville. For all of our area's faults (all areas have them), Charlottesville is a fantastic place to live. Crozet and Charlottesville I can't win with price. So I won't try too hard. But heres why Crozet and Charlottesville are great - and some of these are going too be really silly reasons. Access to mountains and hiking are absolutely endless. Big huge … [Read more...] about Describing Life in Charlottesville & Crozet to a Friend – Part 1
Who are the major employers in Charlottesville? Asked another way, as was by a client, how do people afford buying houses in Charlottesville? I asked the Nest Charlottesville minds to help add to my list. UVA ecosystem - School, Medical School, Maintenance, etc Martha Jefferson Hospital NGIC/DIA CFA Institute Worldstrides WillowTree Apex Clean Energy State Farm Construction industry - residential & commercial S & P Global (neé SNL) GE Local government Educators in Charlottesville … [Read more...] about Who Are the Major Employers in Charlottesville?
Surely, we can do better. Why do we design streets almost exclusively for massive vehicles, rather than for vehicles and people to interact safely? Another question - how long would it take to redesign Charlottesville and Albemarle planning to accommodate more reasonable streetscapes designed for humans first? Rick Randolph in 2016 told #Albemarle Fire Chief the larger and larger fire engines are the dinosaurs and need to shrink https://twitter.com/NeilSWilliamson/status/785948138209054720 How Fire Chiefs and Traffic … [Read more...] about Fire Trucks and Street Design