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Old 11-10-2014, 04:24 PM
 
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Still haven't a good explanation as too why Cville is so expensive!
Lived there for a few years...there isn't one. Nearly NoVa pricing without the amenities. Sure, there are some historical things there, but you can only go to Monticello so many times. The vineyards there are nice and I did enjoy jogging the various trails. Personally, I would rather live in NoVa or Richmond and drive to the wineries, mountains, etc. when I wanted to do that as opposed to living there. Job opportunities are extremely limited unless you are in the medical field or can get a job at UVA. When I lived there, there were no nice movie theaters - one was built "over the mountain" in Waynesboro just before I left the area. I think there is a newer movie theater now on 29. Increased my salary exponentially by moving to Richmond. To each his own - I was terribly bored there.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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Lived there for a few years...there isn't one. Nearly NoVa pricing without the amenities. Sure, there are some historical things there, but you can only go to Monticello so many times. The vineyards there are nice and I did enjoy jogging the various trails. Personally, I would rather live in NoVa or Richmond and drive to the wineries, mountains, etc. when I wanted to do that as opposed to living there. Job opportunities are extremely limited unless you are in the medical field or can get a job at UVA. When I lived there, there were no nice movie theaters - one was built "over the mountain" in Waynesboro just before I left the area. I think there is a newer movie theater now on 29. Increased my salary exponentially by moving to Richmond. To each his own - I was terribly bored there.
I agree with all of this. But will offer an explanation of why things are so expensive here. Basically, there is no internal economy. Most high paying jobs come from either the university (tuition) or the government (JAG). I've learned to never open the yellow pages. You ask who knows who and eventually you find someone willing to not hose you on the price. It is nice scenery, but boring.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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apart from the historic/outdoor/university attractions, which would drive up real costs anywhere, also factor in this: there is A LOT of money in/around Charlottesville. Albemarle county is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. And those folks spend their money. A few years ago I could go to the city (aka "farmers'") market and get reasonably priced baked goods. Not anymore. If a vendor can get away with charging $3 for a single muffin (because there are so many rich folks and rich students who don't even think twice about paying that), why wouldn't they?
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:08 PM
 
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100% right. In the last five years, the amount of millionaires moving into Albemarle/Charlottesville is astounding. Go look at Crozet right now. A very high end grocery/market is going up....in tiny Crozet. Something that you might expect in the west end of Richmond more than an unincorporated place in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the real estate sales I've seen in Western Albemarle in the past 2 years have been eye-popping. There is a lot of money pouring into that area.
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Herndon VA
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Man I hope that they don't try and change Crozet's famous pizza.
It is funny because I use UVA's library on occasion - completely free to VA residents - so I go to some of the stores there and noticed the cost as well. I live-in Nova and was shocked to find that some of the "discount" retailers like Steinmart had prices higher than up here! Also their restaurant prices are higher than I expected to see. They were high even right near campus. I see plenty of pockets which seem to be doing very well-on or around campus, but what I see North up 29 from campus don't seem as affluent. IMHO
I pretty much stick to Hess for cheap gas and maybe Play it Again Sports to see what they have and use the school library when I pass through and that is about it. (unless there is a concert or sporting event) as it is not worth the stop for any discounts.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:03 PM
 
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We, my husband who is retired and myself who is a RN will be moving to Charlottesville from Cetral California with our 11 yr-old dog. I will be working at UVA. We've decided to rent the first year and then buy after we decide which part is right for us. We would like to rent a house within 15" of UVA with stores and restaurants close by. Downtown is not appealing as the homes are very old and it has alot of college kids, I love them both, just not to live with, sounds predudice but, I'm not at all. We would like something low-middle of the road. Any help would be greatly appretiated.
Thanks,
Mary
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:50 PM
 
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Try Johnson Village area near Fry's Spring - close to hospital, houses from the 70s - 90s
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