Charlottesville, VA Neighborhood Guide

Charlottesville's ideal location and abundance of family-friendly neighborhoods make it a great place to call home.

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Ian Curcio

Charlottesville's ideal location and abundance of family-friendly neighborhoods make it a great place to call home. The average listing price trends high at $471,619, but its mix of housing options, from well-preserved historic districts to student-rented homes ensure something for everyone.


The Barracks Road, Rugby, Greenleaf and Kellytown neighborhoods form a small section of the northern portion of the city. Housing options vary, with many upper-income homes dotting Barracks Road, smaller bungalow houses in the Greenleaf area, and mainly single-family units throughout. Also in the northern portion is Greenbrier, an extremely popular area for families and those with younger children. It features single-family homes on large lots as well as several schools including Greenbriar Elementary School, Charlottesville High School and the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. Homes in Greenbriar average a listing price of $326,693.


The Southeast corner is largely taken up by the Belmont neighborhood. The family-friendly neighborhood is split into two 1890's-style subdivisions, Belmont and Carlton, with a mix of housing and scattered convenience stores. Homes in this area have an average listing price of $222,965. Fry's Spring neighborhood was originally a tourist attraction, named for its two natural springs, until it was divided into lots in the early 1900's. Due to its close proximity to the University of Virginia, some homes have become rental properties for students, though the neighborhood hosts several families as well.


Johnson Village is a popular spot in Charlottesville, due to its suburban character and well-manicured lawns. With easy access to both the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville, Johnson Village is desirable for residents of all ages. Nearby Fifeville consists of mostly large, 20th century-style homes.


Woolen Mills, located on the eastern edge, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Developed in the late 19th century, the neighborhood features a mix of housing options, as well as several parks and locally-owned markets. The Martha Jefferson area also features an abundance of historic homes including “the Farm,” which dates back to 1825 and Locust Grove, a historic structure.



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