Small Town feel with Big City Amenities, Charlottesville, the county seat of Albemarle County, was founded in 1762 and is cradled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, amidst rolling green hills and lush foliage. The City of Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia which has a strong positive impact on the city and the surrounding area, helping to promote a vibrant local economy. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, he considered the creation of the University one his greatest achievements and today it is ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation. The city offers a variety of outstanding restaurants, independently owned shops and an enthusiastic support of the arts. Add to all this a plentiful supply of southern charm and hospitality and you have an area that offers the quality of life you deserve. With many home styles and vibrant communities to choose from, Charlottesville Real Estate offers the perfect home for everyone.
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Charlottesville Activities and Attractions
The surrounding county of Albemarle is a peaceful mixture of horse farms, vineyards and historic estates which share the countryside with golf communities and picturesque neighborhoods. Charlottesville has been repeatedly listed in Money and Fortune Magazines’ Best Places to Live and Best Places to Retire as well as receiving Best Place to Live in America in 2004 by Cities Ranked and Rated. Rich in history and home to three Presidents, Charlottesville strives to preserve its historic roots while planning for a dynamic future.
Charlottesville offers a remarkable variety of recreational and cultural activities so there is always an adventure awaiting. The new John Paul Jones Arena attracts international musical talent such as Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and Lady Gaga, as well as shows like Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. At the historic heart of Charlottesville is the brick lined downtown pedestrian mall which has over 150 unique shops and restaurants. Many of the restaurants feature outdoor dining. Located at the east end of the downtown mall is the new Charlottesville Pavillion which offers outdoor concerts and hosts “Fridays after Five”, a free concert series which features local and regional musical talent. The luxuriously remodeled Paramount Theater offers up a variety of entertainment. Charlottesville is home to numerous festivals and special events such as, The Virginia Festival of the Book, The Virginia Film Festival and many craft and art shows. Each spring and fall the Foxfield Races offers an exciting day of steeplechase racing.
If the great outdoor calls to you then you will feel right at home kayaking on the James and Rivanna rivers, hiking miles of scenic trails in and around Shenandoah National Park, biking, camping, and fishing in the many lakes and streams in the area surrounding Charlottesville.
The Monticello Wine Trail is a great way to see the year round natural beauty of the area while enjoying the wine from more than 20 local vineyards.
Charlottesville Historical Attractions
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the amazing local history that Charlottesville has to offer. Probably the most popular of these is Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. Monticello is the only historic house in the country on the United Nations’ World Heritage List. Daily, year round tours offer a look into the life and times of the former president, author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia. Just down the road a few miles from Monticello is Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, the fifth president and long time friend of Thomas Jefferson. Make it a day and have lunch at another historic landmark, Miche Tavern which is located only one half mile from Monticello. Experience 18th century tavern life as well as lunch in the rustic restaurant, The Ordinary. Just a short drive from Charlottesville takes you to Montpelier, the home of the fourth president, James Madison. Close friend of both Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe he is known as “the Father of the Constitution”.
University of Virginia Medical Center
Consider these accolades from National Publications in the last few years ” Healthiest Place to Live in America”, “Most Walkable City in Virginia”, “Top Places to Retire”, and you begin to understand that a healthy lifestyle is at the core of Charlottesville’s philosophy on how to live the good life. Thomas Jefferson said, “Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object”. At the heart of this emphasis on health and healthy lifestyle is the nationally acclaimed University of Virginia’s Healthcare System. Patients travel from all over the world to receive the latest and most advanced treatments options. A wide range of patient services helps to keep Charlottesville healthy.
Though Charlottesville experiences four distinct seasons, the weather is generally mild and pleasant with moderate precipitation fairly well distributed between all seasons. Snowfall in Charlottesville is usually moderate and often does not stay on the ground for more than a few days at a time. Located between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Charlottesville benefits from the modifying effect this creates. This helps to make our weather some of the most pleasant in the country.