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One of Albemarle County’s premier estate areas known for
its well-kept horse farms and period homes. Home of the Keswick Hunt
and the esteemed Keswick Country Club.
Western Albemarle’s famed horse country, home of the
Farmington Hunt and known for breathtaking Blue Ridgae Mountain
views and some of the area’s best wineries.
Near the western most edge of Albemarle County, known
for dramatic mountain views and proximity to the Shenandoah National
Park. White Hall is home to several vineyards and the beautiful
Moormans River which flows out of Sugar Hollow reservoir.
Greenwood is about 15 miles west of Charlottesville and
home to some extraordinary Virginia estates like Mirador, Ramsay and
Blue Ridge Farm. The rolling terrain is ideal for grazing animals and
well-kept horse and cattle farms are prevalent. One has easy access
back to Charlottesville via Route 250 or I-64.
Personality plus as the minstrels and poets come out of
the woodwork and down their long winding driveways to meet at the
Batesville Post Office and Country Store. Lots of charming, tucked
away homes and a healthy mix of good old country folk and those who
simply love the country. The Batesville Parade might be small, but its a
charming yearly event!
Driving through the back roads of North Garden which
is about 12 miles south of Charlottesville via route 29 it’s easy to slip
back in time and imagine the buckboards and work horse plowing
fields. Route 712, “Plank Road” is one of our favorites when
introducing people to this area. Many fine period homes are tucked
away down long driveways.
Scottsville is a bona fide town at the southern tip of
Albemarle County on the James River. It was nearly named the county
seat in the 19th century when it was an important port for barges
coming down the James. Southern Albemarle has some of the best
soils in the state and is home to some of the largest farms in the
Piedmont, some dating to the 18th century. Estate areas like Keene,
Glendower, Hatton Ferry and Warren Ferry all exist due to the early
prominence of Scottsville.
The Green Springs Historic District lies about 20 miles
east of Charlottesville and is mostly in Louisa County. It is home to
dozens of period homes many protected by the one of the oldest
conservation easements in the state. Here the land is gentler as we
move to the east and is often planted in corn or soybeans. Tall silos dot
the landscape reminding one these are working farms and tractors
have the right of way.
Gordonsville is located about 20 miles northeast of
Charlottesville in Orange County. Orange County has some of the most
beautiful, historic estates in Virginia. The estate areas of Barboursville,
Gordonsville, Somerset and Rapidan, blessed with exceptional soils
were the first choice among the benefactors of early land grants and
are home to many notable Jeffersonian influenced homes like
Barboursville, Frascati and Montpelier.
Not much more than a windy road through the
countryside, Stony Point has the distinction of lying on the western
face of the Southwest Mountains. As one rises in elevation on this
slope the views of the Blue Ridge to the south and west are truly
astounding. Close proximity to Charlottesville via route 20 north has
made Stony Point an ideal address for building a home with that
perfect sunset view.
Probably best known for one of the oldest and largest
wineries in Virginia, Barboursville is also known for its lovely horse
farms and period home like Montebello, Aerie and Annandale. The
Barboursville area has also attracted a wealth of professional horse
trainers and breeders of Olympic caliber.
Bonnesville, Nortonsville and Dyke
These three hamlets all share a
location along route 810, an especially scenic route at the base of the
Blue Ridge. Wild and wonderful would be an apt description as trout
streams tumble out of the mountains and gravel roads dead end into
the hollows and coves. Here you can find those perfect weekend
hideaways or a building site overlooking spectacular mountain views.
South River Valley
South River Valley is located in Greene County
just minutes from historic Stanardsville and Green Hills Country Club.
This rare valley is comprised of about a dozen fabulous farms most of
which have volunteered Preservation Easements to insure this
magnificent area will endure unchanged.
Syria and Etlan
Located about 30 miles north of Charlottesville in
Madison County, this long established area of farms and estates
enjoys a spectacular setting and is known particularly for its access to
the National Parks and hiking trails. Syria and Etlan’s location north of
Charlottesville makes Washington DC convenient as well.
The town with a view! Main Street in the old town of Madison
make one feel like Pollyanna should break out in America the Beautiful
on the 4th of July. With glorious views of the Blue Ridge from Main
Street and historic buildings lining both sides, Madison sets the perfect
tone for this decidedly rural and fairly conservative county. Slow to
change is a good thing in Madison County.