Retiring in Charlottesville

Are you wondering where to retire, looking to enjoy the best years of your life somewhere special? Well, I have the place for you; Charlottesville, Virginia and I’m going to tell you why in this video. Are you ready? Lights, camera, action. Hello everyone, thanks for checking out this video about retiring in Charlottesville, Virginia. My name is Ashley Journey and I’m a realtor with Town Realty in Charlottesville, Virginia and we want to help you move smarter. You can learn more about us by visiting our website,

What is it like to retire in Charlottesville? Charlottesville, Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello has been ranked as the number one city by Cities Ranked and Rated as well as one of the best 100 places to retire. It is also home to the University of Virginia, founded by President Jefferson. Our college town offers plenty of charm, combined with its location at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains, makes it easy to see why so many 55 and up retirees are planning on moving to Charlottesville. Our pleasant city of about 46,000 is also near the Shenandoah National Park. There are plenty of recreational and cultural activities and historical activities such as; the homes of presidents Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.

Where to retire in Charlottesville and home prices

A number of planned active adult communities for baby-boomers over 55 have been built or planned for the Charlottesville area, which actually increases the real estate options for people of all ages. Some of the planned communities in the area include; The Villages at Nahor, a new Southern development community, Village Oaks, Rivanna village, Old Trail, Forest Lakes, Farmington Country Club, Glenmore, Fontana, Ednam Forest, Lake Monticello, Branchlands, Brookmill and Spring Creek.

What is special about Charlottesville?

The University of Virginia considered one of America’s top public universities, homes of three presidents, Blue Ridge mountains, wine country, culture and entertainment, all four seasons. The downtown mall, which is one of the largest pedestrian malls with over 150 restaurants and stores. I made a video about the pros and cons of Charlottesville you can check out here:

Who will like retirement in Charlottesville?

People live in Charlottesville because they like living in a college town, steeped in history with a lot to do. The local economy is driven by education, medical, tourism, agriculture and construction.

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 DC and Richmond is 70 miles to the south-east. The average July high is 86 degrees and the average January low is 24, July is the wettest month.

Restaurants and 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 of restaurants that are good. I made some videos about our amazing restaurants and you can learn more about them by clicking here:

College sports are excellent. Last year, UVA won the NCAA National Championship. Virginia Festival of the Book and Virginia Film Festival are important as well as the Tom Tom Festival. The Paramount Theater has many productions, while the Charlottesville pavilion is a busy outdoor amphitheater. Live Arts is the community theater 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 also has programs.

Medical facilities There are two medical facilities in Charlottesville. The University of Virginia Medical Center is one of the top rated facilities in the country. Martha Jefferson is also a well known private hospital.

Transportation There is Amtrak service. The airport is Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, the bus system, Charlottesville Area Transit as well as John and the Charlottesville trolley.

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