Charlottesville, Virginia 

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Did not want to leave! - 3/18/2018
I went to UVa in the late 70's and spent nearly 6 years there as an undergrad and afterward as a townie. Probably the best years of my life. I only left to pursue opportunities in the DC area. I loved the small-town atmosphere and the plethora of things to do. C'ville is a small town with limited things to do for a young person beyond the university. It is close to DC to the north and Richmond and Atlanta to the south so I never felt at t loss for things to do or places to see.I have not been back since the early 90's but my memories are fond of this little city. I am thinking of going back to retire after decades in LA- a welcome Read More

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loved it here and sick missing it. - 3/7/2017
Want to start by saying we have lived in Boise, San Francisco, Seattle, Corvallis-Oregon, Yakima-Washington, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Manhattan-Kansas, Enterprise-Alabama, Charlottesville, Eugene-Oregon, and now Ann Arbor, Michigan. The college towns of Corvallis, Manhattan, Eugene, and Ann Arbor all had much in common with Charlottesville. But Charlottesville has a southern charm/uniqueness not found anywhere.
The weather is occasionally brutally hot or cold or wet but mostly wonderful.
There are so many restaurants, parks, hiking trails, cultural and sporting events, festivals, art galleries and museums, concerts and just a huge variety of things to do in this town. You have to pick and choose because you cannot do it all--too much going on at all times. Other places we have lived didn't seem to have half as much happening... Even if much bigger.
It is ethnically diverse, has a huge amount of country folk commuting into it everyday giving it somewhat of Read More

Not for seniors - 1/6/2016
Nice downtown mall but parking is expensive. If you plan on doing activities at U of Virginia parking is awful and expensive and expect lots of walking and stairs due to hilly campus and poor location of parking. Basketball tickets for UVA are more expensive than the NBA team I left. No pro or semi pro sports. Due to poor road planing, traffic is much worse than it should be for a city this size. Eating out is already expensive and the city is adding taxes on restaurants meals. Golds Gym and ACAC have a shared monopoly on the gym market so you have to pay $40 to $50 a month to join a gym. No Planet Fitness here. Probably due to all the transplants, city has absolutely no southern charm. Living here for two years and very disappointed. The area is pretty Read More

Life Quality - 9/22/2015
C'ville is one of the best areas I've lived in. As a father and business owner, the quality of life is far superior to Upstate NY, Chicago, NYC and anywhere in NJ I've lived. The University of Virginia, two hospitals, and nice weather was a reason for us to move. The weather is moderate and taxes are low. We are 2-3 hours from the Chesapeake Bay and less than an hour from the Blue Ridge.  Read More

Affordable Housing - 12/31/2014
Charlottesville is a great place to retire but there is a lck of affordable housing.Check out this site to see where you can build a custom home from the 200K range.Lots of amenities for the retired to live and play.There is also 24 hr security and medical facilities 15 minutes away at the VCU medical Read More

Great Area But Cost of Living is Expensive - 8/27/2014
I came to Charlottesville for a new job opportunity working at NGIC as a Software Engineer. I stayed there for about a year till my job ended. While I was up there, I noticed there is a huge cap with income inequality. Most of the middle class people lived outside of Albemarle County due to the high cost of real estate and taxes. Most of the jobs do not pay enough to justify for the high cost of living. Unless, you get a job at the hospital, UVA, or NGIC (like me) that pays well, you will be struggling living in Charlottesville. Now Charlottesville does have a lot of history here; however, I do not think most people are willing to pay for the high cost just to live in. Yes the sales tax on merchandise and stuff is 5.30%; however, if you dine out at restaurants a lot like me the sales tax is 9.3%. All groceries you purchase at the supermarkets there is a 2.5% sales tax, even on water and milk which I think is crazy. Also, if you are new to Virginia like me to register your car Read More

Real Estate is Expensive When Comparing to Income - 8/14/2014
I came to Charlottesville for a new job opportunity working at NGIC as a Software Engineer. I stayed there for about a year till my job ended. While I was up there, I noticed there is a huge cap with income inequality. Most of the middle class people lived outside of Albemarle County due to the high cost of real estate and taxes. Most of the jobs do not pay enough to justify for the high cost of living. Unless, you get a job at the hospital, UVA, or NGIC (like me) that pays well, you will be struggling living in Charlottesville. Now Charlottesville does have a lot of history here; however, I do not think most people are willing to pay for the high cost just to live in. Also, another thing this site does not mention is yes the sales tax on merchandise and stuff is 5.30%; however, if you dine out at restaurants a lot like me the sales tax is 9.3%. All groceries you purchase at the supermarkets there is a 2.5% sales tax, even on water and milk which I think is crazy. Also, if Read More

Real Estate is very expensive - 3/17/2014
Charlottesville, Va is a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family. However it is also very Read More

Too expensive too snooty - 12/26/2013
I came to Charlottesville five years ago, and cannot wait to leave. Unless one has family here, or is affiliated with UVA, it can be a lonely experience. Very hard for one to find one's niche; I am a friendly person, and have lived all over the country,but I have found this town to be too rude, and "full of itself." I do not understand why it made"best place" lists, unless someone paid for that. It's way too expensive for basic necessities(especially housing) in proportion to salaries. The traffic is a nightmare; the infrastructure is too small for the growth; the weather is extreme, because of the Blue Ridge Mountains.(ice storms, high wind turbulence, hot humid summers)The town has a lot of trees, so when there are storms, many times the power is out sometimes for quite a while, because the power lines are above ground. The crime rate for a town of this size is high. Last year I heard on the local news there are 150 distinct gangs here. I have spoken with people who have lived here Read More

Too expensive too snooty - 12/26/2013
I came to Charlottesville five years ago, and cannot wait to leave. Unless one has family here, or is affiliated with UVA, it can be a lonely experience. Very hard for one to find one's niche; I am a friendly person, and have lived all over the country,but I have found this town to be too rude, and "full of itself." I do not understand why it made"best place" lists, unless someone paid for that. It's way too expensive for basic necessities(especially housing) in proportion to salaries. The traffic is a nightmare; the infrastructure is too small for the growth; the weather is extreme, because of the Blue Ridge Mountains.(ice storms, high wind turbulences, hot humid summers) The crime rate for a town of this size is high. Last year I heard on the local news there are 150 distinct gangs here. I have spoken with people who have lived here a long time, and the consensus is that it use to be a nice friendly Southern town. No Read More


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