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About Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville is a thriving city located at the center of Albemarle County in the Virginia Piedmont, about an hour northeast of Richmond along I-64. This small town has consistently made the list of best places to live for over a decade.

Watch the Video Tour of Charlottesville, "America's #1 Community"

Learn about this vibrant town from residents who call Charlottesville home. Learn about the local culture, noteworthy residents, types of homes, and more on the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR)'s video tour of Charlottesville below.

What is it about Charlottesville that has everyone so excited? It’s a combination of our thriving economy, spectacular scenery, and exciting things to do. If you're relocating to Charlottesville, you've chosen a great place to live. Here are a few highlights of living in Charlottesville.

Experience Charlottesville's Quality Way of Life

We have a spectacular four-season climate, superb arts and recreational activities, and beautiful places to live. Plus, the area has received a number of great awards and recognitions in the past few years. 

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Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

There is so much to do in Charlottesville. With the University of Virginia at the heart of the local culture, watching exciting games of college football and basketball is a popular activity, but that is certainly not the end to the fun.

The Downtown Mall, a pedestrian-friendly shopping district in the heart of Charlottesville, is lined with trees, boutiques, and restaurants. Performing arts venues are also located in Downtown Charlottesville, including the Sprint Pavilion (formerly the nTelos Wireless Pavilion), which hosts a Fridays After Five free concert series during the summer.

the beautiful blue ridge mountains

History and Outdoor Adventuring

While Charlottesville is a modern city, it is also steeped in history and rural charm. History buffs can choose from numerous attractions including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Madison’s Montpelier. And just outside the community in Albemarle County, the landscape swiftly changes from brick buildings to rolling hills and woodlands, with local vineyards and farms dotting the rural area. 

Charlottesville is also convenient to the Blue Ridge Mountains; Wintergreen Resort is an hour away and Shenandoah National Park is just 30 minutes away. You can also hike the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, raft the Rivanna River, and enjoy world-class golf courses nearby.

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Top-Notch Public Schools

The Charlottesville City Schools system is known for its stellar student achievement and high national test scores, and the local University of Virginia adds vibrancy to the town culture with campus life and academics.

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Thriving Business Climate

Entrepreneurs have discovered Charlottesville’s hospitable climate for careers and start-up businesses. The city is home to highly regarded institutions within the healthcare industry, including the UVA School of Medicine and the UVA Health System.

The Top of the Charts: Charlottesville Accolades

From being named as one of Money Magazine's "Top 100 Cities" to being Frommer's "The Best Place to Live in America," Charlottesville consistently ranks in the top of the charts for its hometown atmosphere and residential life. 

Here are just a few of the recognitions Charlottesville has received:

  • #5 Best Place to Live in America — Livability, 2017
  • #4 Best City for Entrepreneurs — Livability, 2016
  • #1 Most Beautiful College Campus in America (UVA) — Best College Reviews, 2015
  • #4 Fastest-Growing City in Virginia — NerdWallet, 2014
  • 5 Great Cities for Retirees — Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2010
  • #18 Best Place to Live and Launch — CNN Money, 2008
  • One of Seven Dream Towns That Has it All — Outside Magazine
  • #2 Healthiest Place to Live in America — Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • #3 Healthiest Small City to Live in America — Men's Journal
  • Top 10 Places in the Country to Raise a Family — Reader's Digest
  • Top 10 Healthiest Cities for Women — American Health
  • Best Retirement City for Golfers — Golf Digest
  • Best Tennis Town — Tennis Magazine
  • One of the Best Places to Live in America — A&E Television
  • Most Alive Places to Live — Modern Maturity
  • Best Place to Live in the US — USA Today, 2001
  • Best Small Places for Business and Career — Forbes/Milken Institute, 2001
  • Top Ten Great Places to Retire — Travel 50 & Beyond, 1999

A City That Appeals to All Ages

This very small city appeals to people in all stages of life, too. The residents range from singles to young families to retirees. The lifestyle choices Charlottesville offers for its residents has earned it a national reputation with consistently high rankings in quality of life rankings. 

Make Your Move to Charlottesville

You can find just about any kind of home in Charlottesville, including quiet and stately country homes, historic farms and estates, city-center condos, and everything in between. You can easily discover the perfect home that fits your lifestyle. 

Search through the Charlottesville listings for your ideal home today. If you have any questions about the greater Charlottesville, Virginia area or want to see a home you love, contact us today at (877) 296-9860 or

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