This is not a post about Zillow vs the MLS. This is a post asking one question: Why is VDOT not marketing the homes they have for sale through the MLS? They are listed “for sale by owner” on Zillow.
That’s it. That’s the question.
If this map and data are anywhere close to accurate (thanks CityLab for pointing it out), there are going to be a lot more people living in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region in 20 years. What are the localities…
Just a few years ago, West Main Street was the way you got from UVA to Downtown Charlottesville. Now, it’s Mid-Town. And it’s booming.
Sean Tubbs reports that yet another project – this time a high-end hotel – is being proposed for West Main Street. The prospective developers, Carr Hospitality, have in their portfolio Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn & Suites and the Willard Intercontinental in DC.
Keeping up with West Main is nearly a full-time job (thanks, Charlottesville Tomorrow!)
So what? West Main is becoming more of an economic force in Charlottesville, adding stuff – new restaurants, new hotels, new apartments … new traffic. I suspect that this density and coming congestion will have at least two effects on the Charlottesville real estate market – 1) more will want to live close to this stuff, and I’d wager many of these will be renters of apartments rather than homeowners and 2) more will want to live away from this density and congestion.
Turns out, I’ve done a couple videos of West Main, and I thought it would be interesting to look back at a few of them:
A bit more fun with Hyperlapse. I’m sure I’ll tire of these very soon, but for now, I think this is a neat way to show how one of the City of Charlottesville’s main corridors has recently changed.
The City of Charlottesville has been making some nice improvements of late. This one on South Street (just off the Downtown Mall) is mighty nice.
Now … for cyclists and drivers to each respect the laws …
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The Charlottesville City Council has agreed to consider a request from the Fryâ€™s Spring Neighborhood Association to study rezoning of three streets.
â€œEssentially, they are asking for the properties on Stribling, Crestmont and Shamrock to be downzoned,â€ said Jim Tolbert, director of the cityâ€™s Neighborhood Development Services.
Specifically, the neighborhood association has been asking for the city to change the zoning on all properties classified as R-2 to R-1S. Properties in R-2 can have up to two families, whereas R-1S allows only one. Accessory apartments could still exist, but only if the property owner lives on site.
In all, there are 213 properties in the Fryâ€™s Spring neighborhood with R-2 zoning.
This is an interesting development, so to speak. On one hand, what’s the harm in having the conversation about downzoning (besides staff time and resources)? The harm is that by contemplating downzoning, the City is discussing changing the property rights of owners.
R-2 and R-1S zoning presumably provide affordable housing options, and by eliminating this zoning the City would presumably be eliminating some affordable housing options … but with all the apartments coming to West Main Street, maybe the City is ok with this.
Curious – do off-site owners have lesser rights than owner-occupants?
“Councilor Dede Smith, a Fryâ€™s Spring resident, said that half of those owners do not live in Charlottesville.”