Plug-In Charlottesville

Plug-In Charlottesville So you bought an electric car, now where do you plug it in? It’s comforting to know that at least in the city of Charlottesville there are several locations where you can pull up and plug in your electric car.  If you are interested in finding places to fill up outside city limits - and even around the state and country - please click on the link to the PlugShare … [Read more...]

Livability – 5 best places to live in Charlottesville 

With a population now hovering around 44,500 and often the subject of Top Ten lists nation and world, the city of Charlottesville has a lot to offer locals and transplants alike. Greenbrier takes Number 1 spot According to a recent look at the five best places to live in Charlottesville, ranked by their livability scores, the Greenbrier neighborhood takes the top spot at 84 out of 100, and also … [Read more...]

All About Albemarle Barracks

All About Albemarle Barracks When anyone mentions “Barracks Road” today, everyone immediately thinks about the shopping center located a few minutes away from UVA and within minutes of Downtown and points north and south.  Barnes & Noble also comes to mind, as does Ben & Jerry’s for a quick ice cream fix, or any of the restaurants, like Zin Burger, Hotcakes or Tara Thai (best won-ton … [Read more...]

How to Stay Cool in Charlottesville

How to Stay Cool in Charlottesville During the Summer The recent run of humid and hot summer days here in Charlottesville have made it necessary for everyone to think outside the box when it comes to ways to stay cool. Movie anyone? For some, it can mean a trip to the movies - with Paramount showing some classics - next Saturday, Aug. 20 it will be Strictly Ballroom at 7:30 pm - and Regal … [Read more...]

Summer in Charlottesville

Summer in Charlottesville With Memorial Day weekend behind us, the unofficial start to summer has begun in the Charlottesville area. With the students now gone for the summer - this is how many locals tell the time of year here based on when UVA is in session or not - it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the lull in foot and car traffic by heading to the Corner for a bite to eat … [Read more...]

The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville

The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is fortunate to have two renovated theaters that offer residents and visitors alike a plethora of entertainment options in the way of music, plays, private event space and movies. The older of the two (the Paramount Theater opened 19 years later), the Jefferson Theater has been a staple on the Mall since 1912 - it was … [Read more...]

Downsizing in Charlottesville

Downsizing in Charlottesville Whether you're an empty nester moving from a house into a condo, or a renter trading in a two-bedroom for a studio, downsizing is hard— a smaller place means you don’t have room for all of your current belongings. But downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start anew. If you get rid of the clutter, you can fill your new place with the things you really … [Read more...]

Is “walkability” realistic in Charlottesville?

Is "walkability" realistic in Charlottesville? We often get asked how easy it is to get around Charlottesville. The city has spent a great deal of time putting in walking/biking trails and paths and you can see many residents taking advantage of these trails on any given day. In particular, the Downtown Mall and UVA grounds, including the surrounding neighborhoods, give many residents … [Read more...]

It’s Summertime – cue up Fridays After Five!

Longtime residents and visitors alike know that when the weather gets warmer in Charlottesville it’s time for Fridays After Five at the Downtown Pavilion! A longtime free music tradition - now in its 28th year - it’s traditionally showcased local talent as well as some more nationally known artists that span the music genres from soft rock, country, bluegrass, world beat, jazz and blues to … [Read more...]

What Makes Barracks Road Shopping Center So Special?

For residents of Charlottesville, Barracks Road Shopping Center has been a fixture as a shopping destination since it opened in 1959. Easily accessed by foot from the University of Virginia, and neighborhoods just off Rugby & Alderman Roads, by bus from all over the city and, of course, by car, Barracks Road has made a place for itself in the hearts and minds of residents and visitors … [Read more...]

Top Coffee Shops around Charlottesville

Top Coffee Shops around Charlottesville It seems that coffee shops are on every corner here in Charlottesville. With the warmer weather and spring starting in earnest, the outdoor patios are beginning to be set up and many people are setting up their computers or meeting with friends all over town - truly the best time of year! Below are a few of our favorite stops around … [Read more...]

Can you live in Charlottesville without a car?

Can you live in Charlottesville without a car? Charlottesville has long been on many a Top Ten list for visitors and residents alike as one of the best places to live. One question that has come up, however, is whether it’s possible to live in town without a car. As many of you know, the University of Virginia doesn’t allow first years to live on campus and have a car so many students … [Read more...]

Happy New Year 2015 Charlottesville – Things To Do

Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays with family and friends last week. We at Solutions are looking forward to 2015 and, like you, are wondering what fun things there are to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We’ve compiled a list of events that we hope will help you ring in the new year! First Night Virginia (FNV) is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville … [Read more...]

A Visit to Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall

A Visit to Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall has become THE destination for visitors to our area - right up there with Monticello and the University of Virginia. Many travelers mention similar pedestrian malls in Burlington, VT - the Church Street Marketplace - and Boulder, CO - the Pearl Street Mall - but the Downtown Mall holds a special place in the … [Read more...]

Getting to know the Belmont Neighborhood

Here at Solutions we get asked a lot of questions about the different neighborhoods in Charlottesville. The area known as “Belmont” comes up a great many times in conversation as it’s near the Downtown Mall, has lots of charm, boasts wonderful examples of architecture from the late 1800s to modern day, is the perfect neighborhood to walk around and explore, and is home to many of our best … [Read more...]

12 Reasons to “Fall” in Love in Charlottesville

The Charlottesville area is blessed with true four-season weather - from  snow showers around January and February to the first buds of spring in mid to late March and April, through the typically humid summer months, we then arrive at fall in September/October. Many people agree that they love the warm days and cooler nights. Peak leaf season is mid to late October and a drive in the … [Read more...]

UVA at a glance

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, UVa, or Virginia) was conceived and designed by President Thomas Jefferson and established on Jan. 25, 1819. The first classes met in March 1825. UVA’s first Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, who owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland. His … [Read more...]

Visit Historic Charlottesville!

As the home to Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia offers a unique blend of history and a modern and vibrant college town. Visitors come to Charlottesville to relax and explore this city’s Downtown Mall, wineries, and surrounding mountains. Check out the following tips to help plan your next visit to Charlottesville. Things to Visit • Thomas Jefferson’s … [Read more...]

North Downtown Charlottesville under 289K

108 Locust Lane Court  - MLS#509791 UNBEATABLE NORTH DOWNTOWN LOCATION overlooking Rivanna Trail & Meadow Creek, city bus line nearby and just 5 min. to the Downtown Mall! City living, country feel in this move-in ready attached townhouse offering the best of all worlds - an income-producing terrace level apartment to help reduce your mortgage (owner must live upstairs), great storage, … [Read more...]

Fine Charlottesville City Living on Park Street

Don't miss the chance to see this 1900's grand dame on Charlottesville's historic Park Street - known as the Keller House - before the owners take it off the market for the holiday season. The best of the old has been so tastefully restored - classic built-ins, original pocket doors and leaded glass windows (including the front door transom & original 3rd flr windows), gorgeous refinished … [Read more...]

Retire to Charlottesville

When we first moved to Charlottesville, it was because we were looking for a better quality of life. We wanted four seasons, low crime, smaller town feel, excellent schools, exceptional health care and fine dining. We also wanted a healthy place to raise our children and certainly found this in Charlottesville. What is interesting is that many of these same parameters are the requirements of … [Read more...]

1604 Bruce Ave – a Charlottesville Home to see today!

Days on Market: 3 | Original Price: $339,000 Bed: 4 | Bath: 3.0 | Built: 1955 | Acres: 0.34 MLS: 493863 Finished Sqft: 1,958 | Unfinished Sqft: 166 PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 1:30-4 PM - VENABLE ELEM. Freshly painted & updated, 1950s one level 4 BR/2.5 BA ranch w/ partially finished w/o bsmt. Handsome 1/3 acre corner lot in popular city neighborhood - walking distance of … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Pumpkins

With the cool Fall weather in Virginia it is time to take a break from showing Charlottesville Real Estate and have some Family Fun. We love to carve pumpkins and this photo is just a sample. Now we are not experts at carving but we have gotten better over the years. Note: I  do most of the big knife carving and still have my 10 fingers. Enjoy the season and most of all enjoy your family time … [Read more...]

Why is Charlottesville Real Estate so popular?

Charlottesville has always been popular but with the economy the way it is and the uncertainty over our national debt, the Charlottesville Real Estate market has become even more popular. People from other areas are looking for value and the quality of life that living in Charlottesville offers. I have recent clients, interviewing at UVA and the Medical Center who are seeing that this area not … [Read more...]

Charlottesville City Real Estate

Charlottesville City Real Estate The City of Charlottesville has the University of Virginia, the Downtown brick-lined walking mall with a grand Pavilion and Court Square. The history is everywhere, from Thomas Jefferson , James Madison to Lewis and Clark. We have historic homes and several quite neighborhoods. There are classic brick homes to cape cods. We have a few new neighborhoods and of … [Read more...]

Downtown Charlottesville

  I do a lot of traveling when looking at Charlottesville Homes. Mostly in the county but often in the city too. Sometimes I can get a little sight-seeing in while I am working! Recently I was downtown at the court house (part of the job sometimes) and I snapped this photo with my Droid while walking around. Do you know who this statue is of? For you locals, do you know where it … [Read more...]

Positive, Focused, Above the Crowd!

Thomas Jefferson and Charlottesville Homes They say that Real Estate is local and with the current environment that is certainly true. I recently read a blog from Spokane Washington Real Estate Expert, BethAnn Long about their local market. My response to her was “Stay positive and stay focused you are above the crowd just by being actively working on your business!” Then it crossed my … [Read more...]

Charlottesville is a little cutie!

How cute are your local Buses? San Francisco has the cable cars and large cities have their trolley and street cars but I think for a small town, Charlottesville is doing just fine! Take a look at our Charlottesville City Buses" Now that has Style! One way trips are only 75 cents!           Kids under 5 are free University of Virginia students, staff, and faculty may ride on any CTS bus … [Read more...]

Affordable Housing Groups Get Boost

Plans are in the works to bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to community groups in Charlottesville committed to affordable housing. The $800,000 pot is part of Charlottesville's Housing Fund and is slated for a handful of affordable housing developers. A community task force is making a number of recommendations for the money. Habitat for Humanity would receive $300,000. That money would be … [Read more...]

Solutions talking about Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a time to remember friends, family and other that are less fortunate than we are. I recently was at the Good Will store in Charlottesville and was pleasantly surprised to see a line of cars waiting to drop off items. This is a great time to give to others and remember the local charities too. … [Read more...]

Bodo’s Bagels of Charlottesville

Bodo’s Bagels The number one thing people miss when they move away from Charlottesville is Bodo’s Bagels. Eating at Bodo’s is an experience. At peak times, there is always a line that moves amazingly quickly. Breakfast and lunch are both very popular and the price is also a hit with students and townsfolk. I hope you enjoy it, Charles … [Read more...]

Where is a great city to retire? (just ask Kiplinger)

Charlottesville Virginia is the number one place to retire according to Kiplinger! Striking a balance between a high quality of life and low cost of living can be a difficult challenge for retirees. With that in mind, we offer five destinations that seniors might find attractive places to live in the second half of their lives. Read more Charlottesville, Va. City Population: 41,225 Metro … [Read more...]

More from Charlottesville downtown mall

We are at the Downtown Mall and I just wanted to share this photo on my Charlottesville Blog. … [Read more...]

The Charlottesville pavilion at the downtown mall

Here is a photo of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville Virginia … [Read more...]

McIntire Park Fireworks are on!

McIntire Park Fireworks are on! There is always discussion of not having fireworks because of budgets. This to me is like not saying the"Pledge of Allegiance" because there is not enough time in a school day. It just does not make sense. We are a proud nation and this is our day to celebrate. We will be celebrating our this National Holiday and making a day (and … [Read more...]

Bud Light Presents Fridays After Five – Charlottesville Virginia

Fridays After Five Fridays After Five will rock the Pavilion each week until September 10 this year. The music starts at 5:30PM each week and runs until about 8:30PM. The shows are always free and feature some of Charlottesville's best local artists. Come on down and meet your friends,start your weekend off right at Fridays After Five. [mappress] and here are a few homes to consider … [Read more...]

Love the DMV in Charlottesville

Lines are short and plenty of seats available. Gotta love living in a small town … [Read more...]

Charlottesville and Albemarle commuter bike trail? to NGIC and DIA

According to the Daily Progress - read entire article here Area planners are developing a commuter bike trail to connect the heart of Charlottesville with northern Albemarle County, and elements of the proposed route are already under construction. “The goal is to provide a connection for both bicyclists and pedestrians that would extend all the way from downtown out to the area where the … [Read more...]

How Cute is Charlottesville? (Not just Charlottesville Real Estate)

How cute are your local Buses? San Francisco has the cable cars and large cities have their trolley and street cars but I think for a small town, Charlottesville is doing just fine! Take a look at our Charlottesville City Buses" Now that has Style! One way trips are only 75 cents!           Kids under 5 are free University of Virginia students, staff, and faculty may ride on any CTS bus … [Read more...]

you little cutie!

How cute are your local Buses? San Francisco has the cable cars and large cities have their trolley and street cars but I think for a small town, Charlottesville is doing just fine! Take a look at our Charlottesville City Buses" Now that has Style! One way trips are only 75 cents!           Kids under 5 are free University of Virginia students, staff, and faculty may ride on any CTS bus … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Ice Park takes a fall… now on the block

  Charlottesville Ice Park goes on the market for $4.1 million by Brendan Fitzgerald, March 1st 09:07am This weekend, Charlottesville Ice Park owners Bruce and Roberta Williamson sent a letter to staff members, longtime skaters and local media announcing the sale of the local skating rink, which they bought for $3.1 million in 2003. After two years of improvements—from a new Zamboni and … [Read more...]

Downtown Charlottesville – This Church is a work of art (part 2)

Charlottesville Christ Episcopal Church Today I am adding part 2 of 2 of the wonderful photos I took in Charlottesville. This first photo is hard to see the detail as it was truely amazing: In fact, I had to crop the photo because the color level made the photo to dense to post. This second Stained Glass is one of the side windows in the Church. These are all … [Read more...]

15 things to do in Charlottesville Virginia

  #1 4th of July Fireworks in McIntire Park   There are two places in the country that must always celebrate the 4th of July - Philadelphia and Charlottesville. In the shadow of Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville hosts a fantastic 4th of July Festival at McIntire Park. The show is put on by the all-volunteer Save the Fireworks Foundation and up to 25,000 people enjoy the … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Virginia – still a secret in Virginia?

This is one of the best kept secrets in Virginia. If you went to the University of Virginia or just passed though our city, you felt the impact. Charlottesville Virginia is located just east of the Blue Ridge mountains in central Virginia. With incredible mountain views, about 45 minutes to skiing and just a few hours to the eastern seaboard. We are located where Thomas Jefferson decided to … [Read more...]

Charge for ambulance?

From: Charlottesville Tomorrow: The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors have taken the first step towards charging for ambulance service. At their meeting on September 9, 2009, the Board voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that gives the County and volunteer rescue squads the ability to charge fees to those who require an ambulance. … [Read more...]

Rent vs Buy – the perfect answer…

Today I was talking with a woman who is relocating to Charlottesville and is looking for a Rental. I asked the question: why are you looking to rent vs buy? She had the Perfect answer: I will only be living in Charlottesville for about 2 years Bravo!!! Imagine if more people had this answer 3 years ago.... our country may not be in the current mess. About The Author Copyright © … [Read more...]

generations 102.3 – Charlottesville Virginia

This is the station I listen to in Charlottesville. Maybe not while I am showing Real Estate, but certainly when I get the time! http://www.generations1023.com … [Read more...]

you little cutie!

How cute are your local Buses? San Francisco has the cable cars and large cities have their trolley and street cars but I think for a small town, Charlottesville is do just fine! Take a look at our Charlottesville City Buses" Now that has Style! On Sundays everyone rides the buses for free!!! University of Virginia students, staff, and faculty may ride on any CTS bus on any fixed-route, … [Read more...]

Winter in August

  My daughter just did skate camp at the Charlottesville Ice Park. She did so well and it was really fun to go and watch. You know the last time I was on the Ice is the Last time I will be on the Ice. My backside hurts just thinking about it :) It is great that on a day that hits 90 degrees, we can go into a place that is actually cold. Oh yes, the kids had a great time … [Read more...]

Rivanna Master Plan; Save this date

Village of Rivanna Master Plan Planning Commission Worksession Watermelon movie download Home of the Brave psp July 14, 2009 The Planning Commission will hold its first worksession on the draft Village of Rivanna Master Plan on Tuesday, July 14. The draft document is almost complete and will be available for review the week before the worksession, when we'll be posting it to … [Read more...]

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