On the hunt for a historic property and homes with some land and charm? Browse through these amazing properties that were built prior to 1925 and are situated on a few acres or more. Curator: Deborah Rutter
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 Ridge 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 homes like Montebello, Aerie and Annandale. The Barboursville area has also attracted a wealth of professional horse trainers and breeders of Olympic caliber.
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 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.
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 makes 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.