Named for an eighteen century British queen and the home of two of the United States' more memorable early presidents, Charlottesville certainly has a distinguished pedigree. President Jefferson's home Monticello is nearby, and it and Shenandoah National Park draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The University of Virginia's campus borders one side of town, so Charlottesville residents can expect their share of sports and cultural excitement through the year. Charlottesville's permanent population is at just under 50,000 and features eighteen distinctive communities within it. Read on to learn more about three of its most livable ones.
One of Charlottesville' s most affluent neighborhoods, the Greenbriar neighborhood is located in a nexus of major roadways, like U.S. 250 and 29, and is close to public transportation and has a multitude of restaurants and coffee shops. This neighborhood is quite close to major shopping opportunities, including the Seminole Square Shopping Center. The neighborhood has a low crime rate, well-educated residents, and four private and public elementary schools, making Greenbriar an especially nice community for young professionals with families. Charlottesville High School is located in this community as well. Attractions in close proximity include the Barracks rugby athletic area, and Mount Jefferson. Apartments in Greenbriar range in price from $950-$2,400 depending upon size and amenities. This neighborhood has a number of private developed rental communities. Homes here average $315,000.
If you're looking for a neighborhood that's a great blend of homes, businesses, and government offices both municipal and regional, then Charlottesville's North Downtown neighborhood may well be for you. This community also hosts a library, post office, and an arts center, featuring both exhibits and live performances. A number of houses of worship of various denominations are conveniently located here, and the North Downtown Mall offers residents many shopping opportunities.Part of the city's original commercial district, this nine block area has been closed off to vehicle traffic, and also offers many dining and entertainment opportunities. North Downtown apartments range in price from $1,000-$4,000, and homes here average $460,000.
Located at the nexus of roadways U.S. 29 and 250, this mixed neighborhood is easily accessible by vehicle. Located near two major shopping centers in the area, it certainly doesn't lack for retail opportunities, and there is a wide selection of great restaurants here as well. The Blue Ridge-Rugby Ave. neighborhood is conveniently located near public transportation, and the area offers close proximity to the many wineries in the Charlottesville area. There are a number of both public and private museums nearby, and this neighborhood abuts a large park which offers both sports and nature study opportunities. The neighborhood has one elementary school, with easy access to other public schools nearby. The area is welcoming to students, families, and senior citizens looking for a more affordable part of Charlottesville. Apartments here range between $600-$2,400 depending on size and amenities. Homes here average $400,000.