Great transit is darn near a necessity for a lot of people, particularly those moving to Charlottesville from cities within the US and from Europe who are accustomed to, and dependent on, trains. Living in the City…
Located at the intersection of Hydraulic Road and Route 29, Stonefield will be anchored by a 65,000 square foot Regal Cinema, with 14 screens and stadium seating, making it the largest cinema within a 60 mile radius of Charlottesville. … “From the beginning, a state-of-the-art cinema has been part of our strategic plan as we create the foundation for a signature shopping and entertainment experience,” said Jessica Bruner, Vice President of Leasing for Edens & Avant. “In addition to Regal Cinemas, we are extremely excited to introduce Trader Joe’s to Charlottesville – a specialty grocer that we feel is a perfect fit for such a progressive community .” … Along with Regal Cinema, Edens & Avant is also assembling an eclectic mix of regional retailers and restaurants that will be characteristic of theCharlottesville community.
Proximity to transit may increase property values . (From 2005 ) Walkability increases property values and livability . And now, studies have shown that real estate property values increase with proximity to bicycle paths. People enjoy living close to bike paths and are willing to pay more for an otherwise comparable house to be closer to one . (h/t BHG ) In short, proximity to functional, viable, affordable, multi-modal infrastructure increases property values.
Lamentably, the new rail service being launched by Amtrak will be targeted at tourists and leisure riders rather than those who might get more use from such a service – if it were timed appropriately….
Anne’s Belfield’s massive expansion * State rail plan includes proposal for passenger service through Charlottesville (Daily Progress’ related editorial ) – “Despite the obvious need for better mass transportation, taxpayers and legislators still are uncertain about how much public money should go to rail. … In order to mitigate the traffic impacts, the applicant had offered to provide bikes for the Innâ€™s guests, reduce rent for residents who choose not to own a car, as well as a dedicated car to be used in a sharing program.
My new bike rig While biking certainly isn’t feasible for all of my trips – showing property for example – my new bike rig (above) does allow me to cut down on a few miles almost every day – and that’s not too bad. … A lot has changed in the year since he wrote that post – gas has increased a bit – and buyers and sellers have become more cognizant and aware of what things cost. Think about it – what if we all went car-free one day a week, or rode a bike to the coffee shop or did something without driving – even once a week?