Moving to Charlottesville

This page aggregates many of the steps involved for people who are contemplating, or have already decided to, move to or within the Charlottesville area.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime. My cell phone is 434-2427140 (if you’re a spammer, please don’t).

First things first – “Charlottesville” generally means “the Charlottesville area” – ranging from “Charlottesville/Albemarle” to “Charlottesville, Albemarle and the surrounding counties – Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson Counties.

Here’s a start

A relocation map of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Update 27 May 2014this is an updated google map of Charlottesville/Albemarle areas.

What do buyers moving to (or within) the Charlottesville area read to learn about the area?

– If you’re looking for rentals in the Charlottesville area, start here. Be aware of craigslist scams.

– “Connecting” in Charlottesville – many of my clients have told me that they have found “connecting” to Charlottesville to be a bit challenging. Rest assured, there are clubs/networks/sports/things to do everywhere. This is a decent starting point.

Cost of Living comparison tool – It’s not 100% accurate, but is liable to provide a reasonable guide.

What questions do you have?

Have you spoken yet to a lender? (these are two in Charlottesville I highly recommend)

What is important to you in a house? Location? Hardwood floors? Kitchen? Size? — This is a comprehensive buyer survey I use to learn more about my clients.

Do you have questions about the process? Areas? What, if anything, do you need/want to be “close” to? Importantly: What is “close” to you? (For me, close is 10-15 minutes; for those from other areas, close may be 30-40 minutes or longer)

Start here

1 – These are some important and useful questions for buyers to ask before they start the process for buying a home in the Charlottesville area. And the most frequently-cited stories when I work with new buyer clients.

2 – Prepping to buy a house in Charlottesville

The best way to search for homes in Charlottesville

Search Charlottesville MLS In December 2015, I got rid of this search for homes tool.

Nest Realty’s site – truly a great resource for breaking down and learning about the areas in Charlottesville and Albemarle

This was written by a buyer client of mine, and I think it’s a wonderful resource.


This is me.

This was actually written by a client, and I think it’s a wonderful resource – How to Search for a Home Without a Realtor.

Schools: (obviously still a list-work-in-progress)

Charlottesville public schools

Charlottesville private schools

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