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Charlottesville is a “Top Vacation City” for Beer

Yes, it’s true. The Charlottesville area has a lot of great breweries. Now Main Street has noticed; naming Charlottesville one of the “top 10 vacation cities for beer lovers“.

Notice though – only one of the five breweries on the Brew Ridge Trail is actually in “Charlottesville.

South Street Brewery is in the City of Charlottesville.

Starr Hill Brewery is in Crozet (Albemarle County)

Blue Mountain, Devil’s Backbone and Wild Wolf are all in Nelson County.

One of the questions I ask new buyer clients contemplating relocating to Charlottesville is, “What does ‘Charlottesville’ mean to you?”. For some, it’s the City of Charlottesville. For some it’s the urban ring of Charlottesville, for others it’s “within 30 minutes of downtown Charlottesville …”

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Primer for 1st Half 2012 Real Estate Market Update

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I’m going to be running numbers next week – give some time for realtors to enter the closings in the Charlottesville MLS and for the delayed (there are so many*) closings to finally close.

This is just a primer for what is likely to be a long and comprehensive post next week.

Contracts written 5/1/11 – 6/28/11:

Single Family Homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle : 213

Attached homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 70

Condos in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 51

Contracts written 5/1/12 – 6/28/12:

Single Family Homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle : 255 (up 16%)

Attached homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 70

Condos in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 32 (down 37%)

Looking at the above data, a quick conclusion could be reached that more buyers are shifting towards purchasing single family homes as home prices have dropped. Next week, I’ll separate the City from the County, product mixes, and the rest of the Charlottesville MSA.


These numbers are likely representative, but not an entirely accurate picture of the Charlottesville real estate market because most closings tend to happen at the end of the month … come back next week.

Closed sales 5/1/11 – 6/28/11:

Single Family Homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle : 230

Attached homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 74

Condos in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 41

Closed sales 5/1/12 – 6/28/12:

Single Family Homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle : 229

Attached homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 60

Condos in Charlottesville and Albemarle: 36


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