Historic Homes For Sale In Central Virginia In Albemarle, Augusta, Bedford, City Of Charlottesville, Fauquier, Goochland, City Of Lexington, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, & City Of Warrenton.
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If you are unfamiliar with Central Virginia then allow me to explain the area and its counties. But before I do I’ll make it easy for you to figure out where you might want to begin your search for a fabulous Central Virginia historic home.
Central Virginia historic homes in Albemarle, Fauquier, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties are the most expensive areas and hold many of the most exquisite historic homes in the United States. Each county has a wonderful city in it. Albemarle has Charlottesville. Fauquier has Warrenton. Orange has Orange. And Rappahannock has (Little) Washington.
Madison County which sits two counties north of Albemarle and below Rappahannock consists of verdant, rolling hills and backs up the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is mostly untouched by developers and looks the way it did 150 years ago. Madison County is a great place to begin your search if you don’t mind being far from any urban amenities.
Culpeper and Greene are good places to look, as many of their historic homes are still affordable. Culpeper is a sleeper but also sadly in the sites of many large developers. Greene was once the dumping ground for blue-collar workers who were priced out of Albemarle County in the 2004 building boom.
Using Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville as the center of the Central Virginia area, we have to the north: Greene, Madison, Orange, Culpeper, Rappahannock, and Fauquier Counties.
To the east of Albemarle County/Charlottesville are Fluvanna, Goochland, and Louisa Counties. All three counties have their share of fine 18th century historic houses. And are more affordable than to the north. Each county has a county seat, Fluvanna has sleepy Troy, Goochland has Goochland (which is similar to Troy), and Louisa has Louisa which is also like the other two, vacated and barren. Thank God they all have their wonderful historic courthouses!
To the west, there’s Augusta County over the Blue Ridge Mountains (they’re only 1 mile wide) in the Shenandoah Valley. Across the 10-mile Valley are the formidable Appalachian Mountains (they go for 120 miles) and it is here that Highland and Bath County are. Highland is like Madison County…untouched. Bath, while more rugged terrain, has the exquisite Homestead Resort and Garth Newel Music Center. The town is small but civilized with life mostly rotating around the Homestead.
To the south is Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, and Prince Edward. This is where you can find a very affordable historic home. Bedford not so much because of its proximity to both Roanoke and Lynchburg (Liberty University). Cumberland is mostly hunting camps and State Park, so if you can find something here you’ll be very happy. Buckingham is mostly in pine forests planted by large pulp companies such as Westvaco. The terrain is flat and boring unless you can find something in the north along the James River. Amherst and Bedford are hilly and offer spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views. Campbell, Charlotte, and Prince Edward are flat and very sleepy areas of Virginia. If you decide to live here best make sure you love being alone. There’s no arts or theater here.
So there we have it…My terrain. Let me know how I can help you find your perfect Central Virginia historic home. Best Regards, Toby
Central Virginia Historic Homes Realtor Since 2003
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