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Owning land and farms in Charlottesville grants access to one of the most historically significant independent cities in Virginia. Charlottesville, or “C’ville” sits at the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, and Nelson counties. The former home of two US presidents and former governors of Virginia, Charlottesville combines storied American history with modern innovation and industry. The independent city was founded in 1762 and became the home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, whose estates Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland still sit just a few miles from downtown. UNESCO naming Monticello and the University of Virginia as World Heritage Sites cement Charlottesville as a city with a storied history. At the same time, medicine and scientific research form some of the biggest industries in the city, with major employers including the University of Virginia Medical Center, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory headquarters, the Leander McCormick Observatory and the CFA Institute.
Charlottesville land and farms range from trendy, urban townhouses, to elegant suburban estates, to quiet forested farms, with everything in between at any price range. The city’s downtown is a center for business for Albemarle County and home to the Downtown Mall, one of the largest outdoor pedestrian malls in the nation. Performing arts can be found at the Paramount Theater, Live Arts community theatre, the New Lyric Theatre, and the Heritage Repertory Theater. Downtown also hosts the Virginia Discovery Museum and the 3,500-seat outdoor theater and entertainment venue the Sprint Pavilion. If you want a break from city life, Charlottesville land and farms’ proximity to Shenandoah National Park offers outdoor recreation of all kinds, while scenic drives Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway connect Charlottesville to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
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