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Old 05-08-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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We are looking to find a home in the general Charlottesville area with room for 5 plus horses and dogs (10-20 acres). The Fluvanna Co area looks affordable ($2-300,000), and the real estate there looks promising. In the catagory of "too good to be true", why are there so many many homes available there and at such reasonable prices? Is there something people should know about that area that is making so many people sell their homes? Are the schools undesirable? Are the laws and ordinances too confining (like western NY)? Drug dealers taking over? Some secret that a family should be privy to before investing in that area? We have 1 middle-schooler to think of and want to be near to city amenities as well as have the privacy of the country. Of course, mountain views would be more than welcome if we could find all the other and afford to live in such a place. Answers and suggestions please?
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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I don't think that there is a mass exodus from Fluvanna County.
I live in Louisa County which adjoins Fluvanna. I cannot speak about the schools, but suspect that they are on par with Louisa County. I have a child in middle school and overall have been satisfied with the school system here.

Perhaps with the real estate market beginning to stablize, more sellers may be encouraged to put their places on the market.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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Property prices drop as soon as you cross the Albemarle/Fluvanna County line. Schools in Albemarle are generally considered better, and many people will pay more to live there. While I don't know about Palmyra specifically, Fluvanna County in general is fine.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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It's probably cheap because it's also in the middle of nowhere with no shopping except for Wal Mart. Fluvanna is part of the Charlottesville area, but is mainly a rural county. Palmyra is a small town/village. There is a larger development called Lake Monticello that is usually where most of the wealthier people live, I have the impression that it's mainly retirees. Zion Crossroads is a strip on I-64 and not much else. Everyone who lives there has to go to Charlottesville to work or shop. As far as the mass exodus thing, I was under the impression that Fluvanna was growing, not shrinking. As Cville/Albemarle is so expensive, many just move a little further out where it's cheap and commute.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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It's probably cheap because it's also in the middle of nowhere with no shopping except for Wal Mart. Fluvanna is part of the Charlottesville area, but is mainly a rural county. Palmyra is a small town/village. There is a larger development called Lake Monticello that is usually where most of the wealthier people live, I have the impression that it's mainly retirees. Zion Crossroads is a strip on I-64 and not much else. Everyone who lives there has to go to Charlottesville to work or shop. As far as the mass exodus thing, I was under the impression that Fluvanna was growing, not shrinking. As Cville/Albemarle is so expensive, many just move a little further out where it's cheap and commute.
The only thing I can add is that numerous public employees (teachers, police officers, etc.) also live at Lake Monticello .....
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:11 PM
 
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Default Fluvanna County Va Public Schools

I'm thinking about moving to Fluvanna County, how are the public schools?
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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Smile I live at Lake Monticello

I moved to Lake Monticello from Northern Virginia in 2003. My family has owned property here since the '70s. During the real estate boom it was the 2nd fastest growing county in the state behind Loudon County in NOVA. Fluvanna schools are acutally rated the highest in the entire Charlottesville area. They are highest for SAT scores, on time graduation and more. I received the stats from the Superintendent of Fluvanna County. Lake Monticello used to be mostly retirees but that has really changed over the past 10-15 years. While there is a large group of retirees, there is probably the same amount if not more families, and a growing group of young professionals. It's mostly a bedroom community to Charlottesville BUT it does have doctors offices, dentists, lawyers, restaurants, grocery store (but who wants Food Lion) plenty of outdoor activies at Lake Monticello and in Fluvanna County. It's more of a small tight knit town than a subdivision. There are 10,000 people that live in the lake. It definitely has a special community. The only downsides are the water and sewer rates. Although they are supposed to decrease very soon. Lake Monticello is a great option if you need affordable housing and nice people. By the way there isn't a lot of real estate available compared to how many homes that are for sale here. People often forget that there are roughly 4200 homes at the lake and right now there are only about 147 homes for sale. That is definitely lower than the national average and I wouldn't be surprised if it was lower than the surrounding communities. ALSO Fluvanna County is considered a non-declining real estate market. Watch out for the Zion Crossroads area there is going to be major development over there in the next few years. Many things are already in works for commercial development.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Default 1 more thing about the new high school

The new Fluvanna County high school will be built by 2012 (I believe). Apparently it's going to be one of the most high tech high schools in country. Although Central is one of the largest elementary schools in the state, the problem should be fixed by 2012. Good luck to you!
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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Thank you for the info.
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