Charlottesville : Virginia

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What Charlottesville is like for active adults
Charlottesville, Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), has been ranked as the #1 city (Cities Ranked and Rated) as well as one of the best 100 places to retire. It is also home to the stately and picturesque University of Virginia, founded by President Jefferson. This college town offers a tree-lined dignity and charm that, combined with its location at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, makes it easy to see why so many active adults are planning to retire in Charlottesville.

This pleasant city of 46,000 is also near the Shenandoah National Park. There are plenty of recreational and cultural opportunities, the latter coming from the stimulating presence of the University of Virgina. The homes of Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe are nearby.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

A number of planned active adult communities for baby boomers over 55 have been built or planned for the Charlottesville area, which increases the real estate options for people of all ages. Some of the planned communities in the area include: Forest Lakes, Farmington Country Club (golf), Glenmore (golf), Fontana, Ednam Forest, Lake Monticello, Branchlands, and Brookmill (see link to Charlottesville Active Communities on top right).
Median home price have been remarkably stable through the recession - the median selling price was reported by City-Data.com to be just above $275,000 in late 2012, while Zillow.com reported slightly less than that.

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What is special about this retirement community
A very old and very well preserved community - University of Virginia, a classic campus and considered one of America's top public universities- Homes of 3 presidents - Blue Ridge Mountains - Wine country - Culture and entertainment - 4 seasons - Downtown Mall is one of the largest pedestrian malls with over 150 restaurants and stores - Home to 3 Presidents - Meadowbrook Golf Course is an 18 hole course operated by the City of Charlottesville
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What is not special about this retirement community
High housing prices - Increasing traffic
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People live in Charlottesville because they like living in a college town steeped in history with a lot to do
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Local economy is driven by
Education, medical, tourism, agriculture, construction
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Climate and Physical Environment
Charlottesville is in the Piedmont region of Virginia and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is just over 100 miles to Washington D.C. and Richmond is 70 miles to the southeast. The average July high is 86 degrees and the average January low is 24. July is the wettest month. To find Google maps for Charlottesville, or click the map above.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
As you might expect in a town with a large university, there is always something going on culturally. There are also a number or restaurants that are good. College sports are excellent, particularly lacrosse.  Virginia Festival of the Book and Virginia Film Festival are important. Paramount Theater has many productions, while the Charlottesville Pavilion is a busy outdoor amphitheater. Live Arts is the community theatre and there are others in the area as well. The University of Virginia Art Museum hosts frequent exhibitions, as does the Second Street Gallery. The Senior Center has programs.
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Crime
The crime rate is just about at the national average in Charlottesville.
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Medical facilities
The University of Virginia Medical Center is one of the top rated facilities in the country.
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Transportation
There is Amtrak service. The airport is Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
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Valuable Links

The Wikipedia for Washington
For Charlottesville Craigslist
More information about how to retire in Virginia

Charlottesville Chamber of Comm
College Town Retirement communities

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What people are saying about Charlottesville

Charlottesville visit
We visited Charlottesville during the 2008 builders Parade of Homes, in our ongoing quest for the a place to retire in the next five or ten years. It's a picturesque city, lot's of mountain views and wooded areas/neighborhoods. Also a plus to us is that it is very much a college town and has a nice active downtown area. Those two pluses on the Saturday evening that we were there combined to overload us a little though, the downtown pretty much had the strong feel of a college town, a little too much so for us. U Va would be a great university to be located near though, good competitive sports teams, but not ridiculously hard to get tickets (I don't think). The other thing that surprised us about C-Ville was how quickly while driving, that you transition from the city to "really rural".
Posted by disleib on November 29, 2008

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Facts about CHARLOTTESVILLE
  • State: VA
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jfb48

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