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Neighborhoods within and without Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville Neighborhoods – Woolen Mills

Located East of the Downtown Mall and flanked by largely by 250 East and 20 South and more specifically is “bounded on the north by East High Street….  Biking distance to the Downtown Mall and Pantops for shopping (although driving to Pantops would be a better route if you’re concerned with self-preservation) and a very active homeowners’ organization (not Association) Albemarle Historical Society:“The Woolen Mills neighborhood is one of the earliest textile mill villages in the South, and though the neighborhood is threatened by development pressures, it remains largely intact,” says Historical Society executive director Dr. Douglas Day.  “This exhibit is a labor of love, by a neighborhood with a mission, it is the kind of project we’d like to encourage from each of the area’s historic neighborhoods.”Topography: Gently rolling hillsHousing Prices: Unfortunately, there is no good way to search for homes for sale in the Woolen Mills area, other than looking at the results and knowing which streets are within the Woolen Mills ‘hood….  Meade Park is quite closeBroadband Internet Coverage: 100%- A recent podcast- A little bit of political controversy.- They have their own website.- Charlottesville Community Design Center- The Neighborhood Plan laid out by the City (PDF)Don’t miss one of the coolest displays of housing data there is, showing growth over the past 100 years.For those residents of Woolen Mills – what do you love about your neighborhood?

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Charlottesville Neighborhoods – Barracks Road

I am partial to this part of Charlottesville for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being that I grew in this general vicinity.The hub of this part of Charlottesville is the Barracks Road Shopping Center, home the only two stores I personally need – Greenberry’s coffee shop and a Barnes and Noble.The Charlottesville Community Design Center defines the area thusly: (again, check out their great maps!)The Barracks Road, Rugby, Greenleaf, Kellytown area is a combination of many neighborhoods located in the north central portion of the city.  This 386.44 acre area of the city is bordered by Barracks Road Commercial Corridor to the south and the 250 bypass to the north.  This area was annexed into the city during the 1916, 1938 and 1963 annexations.  The majority of the neighborhood is owner occupied single family dwellings.My description of the area expands a little bit to the West, just beyond City limits.

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Charlottesville Neighborhoods – Martha Jefferson

The Martha Jefferson neighborhood, bordered by North Downtown, Woolen Mills and Belmont, is facing a significant transition – Martha Jefferson is leaving the neighborhood.  This neighborhood is a prime example of how quickly a neighborhood can change, and also why it is important for a buyer to do his or her own due diligence when shopping for a home.From the C’Ville Design Center’s excellent site:The Martha Jefferson Hospital is the major center of activity and employment in the plan area, which generates some related uses in the neighborhood, including a number of doctor’s offices….  Fairfax Taylor and his family lived in the neighborhood during the mid 19th Century.Homes’ ages range from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s with the odd new, in-fill home here and there.Garages/Basements: Finding a garage would be rare.  Finding a functional (clean, dry) basement – not so difficult, but your definition of functional may change from “livable” to “I could do laundry here.”Home prices and Architecture: the gamut.

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Charlottesville Neighborhoods – Fry’s Springs

The City’s “In our Backyard – Newsletter for our Neighborhoods” (PDF) has just been released, and it features Fry’s Spring, located very close to the University of Virginia, in the South/South West part of the City of Charlottesville….  From its springs to its streetcars, the neighborhood has contributed greatly to the character and integrity of our city….  While most properties contain single-family units, some homes have been converted to rental properties for students, due to the neighborhood’s proximity to the University.Centered around the Fry’s Spring Beach Club, the neighborhood is mature with something that is all-too rare in this day and age – trees.  Much of the Fry’s Spring area is in the Jackson Via elementary school district, which can be highlighted at the City’s decent school district map.Follow the Fry’s Spring neighborhood google group here.Read about some of the Fry’s Spring news at Charlottesville Tomorrow.You can read about all of the neighborhoods in the Neighborhood Series here.

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Charlottesville Neighborhoods – Starr Hill

I sold a couple houses (two of them) in this neighborhood several years ago – one of them twice – and met many of the neighbors along 6th Street NW – all of whom were good folks….  This is one of those areas that thrives on neighborhood.When marketing the houses along this street, which range from colorful stuccos to brick to aluminum siding, my marketing tag-line was “Sell the car!”…  A primer from the Charlottesville Community Design Center – (excellent maps here)The City Yard occupies most of the property between residential Brown Street and Preston Avenue….  During the first half of the 20th Century the Union Station property on West Main Street was the transportation hub of the Charlottesville community.One minor irritation – it has taken me this long in the Neighborhood Series to discover the comprehensive maps offered by the Design Center!?Read about all the neighborhoods I have covered here.

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Charlottesville Neighborhoods – Willoughby

Willoughby – located in the southern part of the City is the only development that I am immediately aware of that straddles the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle.  This unique aspect necessitates a decidedly more deliberate verification of school districts, as many families are want for their children to be located in either City or County schools….  Individually, each is a fine product, but combined they are far better and more marketable.Architecture – traditional that one would expect of homes built in the mid-1980s and 1990s, all well-kept three- to four- bedrooms with average to large yards.Garages/Basements – about 20% of the homes here have garages, and/or basements.  More have basements than garages.Home prices – generally range from ~$250k-$350k for single-family and $190-$230k for attached homesTopography – gently rolling hills with more trees than one will find in a new development that has been clear-cut and the landscape leveled.Location – for those who are seeking proximity to the Downtown Mall area (~1 mile) or any of the University of Virginia schools – UVA Medical Center, UVA Grounds, etc – (on average ~1-2 miles) this neighborhood offers an exceptional location for those who don’t mind a relatively short bike ride, with very few hills!From a current resident (not Resident as far as I am aware):In the 3-1/2 years we’ve been there, I’ve personally known at least two UVA-affiliated doctors who’ve bought and moved in. We’ve also had our law student move in this past summer.

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