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Old 07-17-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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my family (my husband, our 3 year old, our 10 month old, and myself) are relocating to charlottesville the 1st of september. my husband will be working at the UVA hospital and i am hoping to find an inexpensive (under $1000/month) house nearby as well as a good preschool for our 3 year old. i really need to find a nice, SAFE, neighborhood and would love it if there were other young families nearby. we are willing to live within about 20 minutes of the hospital if we have to go a little further away.

we have visited charlottesville many times but the reality of actually moving there just came up so we have only viewed the area with more touristy eyes. we did visit mountaintop montessori and loved it but it is way too expensive for our budget.
any ideas or tips would be GREATLY appreciated!

also i have been unable to locate any information about utility service, (cable, electric, etc...) anyone have any info on relocating?

thank you!!
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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my family (my husband, our 3 year old, our 10 month old, and myself) are relocating to charlottesville the 1st of september. my husband will be working at the UVA hospital and i am hoping to find an inexpensive (under $1000/month) house nearby as well as a good preschool for our 3 year old. i really need to find a nice, SAFE, neighborhood and would love it if there were other young families nearby. we are willing to live within about 20 minutes of the hospital if we have to go a little further away.

we have visited charlottesville many times but the reality of actually moving there just came up so we have only viewed the area with more touristy eyes. we did visit mountaintop montessori and loved it but it is way too expensive for our budget.
any ideas or tips would be GREATLY appreciated!

also i have been unable to locate any information about utility service, (cable, electric, etc...) anyone have any info on relocating?

thank you!!
Most neighborhoods in the city are ok. I would be very careful about the neighborhoods on either side of Main St around the train station. The nicest seem to be along the US250 bypass on streets like Park St, and Locust Street and the ones around Charlottesville Highschool. Most apartments have a mix of students and townies. I'm a townie. But some are straight up ghetto. And some of those might look nice from the street, but don't be fooled. There's tons of subdivisions and most are ok.

I can't say anything about schools as I don't have kids and didn't attend school here. Sorry.

For utilities, Cable is Comcrap(woops, Comcast), electricity is Dominion VA Power and water should be through the city. I've never had to pay a water bill here. If you have any other questions just let us know.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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thanks very much for the information. the last time we were in c-ville we did notice some not very desirable areas, maybe off of ridge???
so you are saying there are some bad apartment complexes that appear nice but are not at all? we really don't want an apartment but may have to go that route initially just to get settled and then when we are more familiar with the area we can move.
thank you for the utility company names as well.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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You can take look at the SpotCrime map for Charlottesville, to get an idea of the higher-crime areas, which might correlate with the less-desirable areas mentioned. It also allows you to type in an address to find the statistics for that immediate area.

Best of luck with your move!
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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Tons of great spots just outside of the city as well for a growing family. Pantops and Forest Lakes area both offer good schools and shopping with affordable housing options.
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