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The Best Time Of Year To Sell Your Home in Atlanta

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What’s the Best Time of Year to Sell Your Home in Atlanta?

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The short answer is…there is no short answer. There are typically two schools of thought – list your property when sales are usually higher; or, list your property when there are fewer properties for sale so your house can stand out and have less competition. Taking this into consideration, selling when monthly sales are historically at their peak high takes place in June and July; whereas, selling when there are fewer listings is during November and December.

 

Why Sell Your Atlanta Home in the Summer?

Summer seems the most logical when figuring out the best time of the year to sell your home in Atlanta.   Yes, the weather is very warm, but the flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining. On top of this, statistics show that June and July have the highest home sales during the year. According to the Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GMLS), the number of “residential units sold” peaks in June and July each year. Statistics going back to 2015 indicate that the monthly sales have been as much as double in June and July compared to other months. 

Additionally, families moving to or within communities in Atlanta want to get their homes settled before school starts. In areas where a school is a draw for parents, they usually move during the summer after school is out and before it re-starts to ensure they are in their desired school district. 

 

Fall/Winter Sales Mean Less Competition

Ideally, the thought process is to sell when most sales occur; however, there are other schools of thought. The late fall/early winter months can be an excellent time of the year to sell your home in Atlanta. Most sellers simply think selling during the late fall/winter time is a bad time because people are thinking of the holidays. The truth is that when you have a fewer number of homes for sale, there is less competition which can increase demand. Buyers are, in fact, out there during the winter months and ready to buy. 

 

Deciding When to List

Deciding when to list is one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make. It depends on several variables including the need to sell versus the desire to sell. For homeowners simply wanting to see if there is a market for their home, or what they can get for it, it may be a better idea to sell when sales increase during the summer months. It’s a time when history proves there are buyers. 

 

The Need to Sell a Home Fast

For those who need to sell for financial or other reasons, “when” may not even be an influence. Getting a home listed and sold is the focus. When this occurs, it is comforting to know that sellers can sell their homes fast for cash no matter the condition. 

Knowing when to sell your home in Atlanta is a good starting point; however, the adage, “There’s no time like the present,” is a good mantra to have. You never know who might be around the corner ready to buy. For those wanting to buy homes for cash are usually ready and close quickly no matter the condition of your home. 

 

Thinking of selling your home in Atlanta? 

Contact New Again Houses Atlanta to get a fair cash offer for your home. We can close quickly and help you sell your home fast! 

 

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2019 Summer Weekend Activities In Knoxville, TN

Knoxville | 0 comments | by newman

Top Summer 2019 Weekend Activities – Knoxville, TN

by New Again Houses Knoxville

 

Are you looking for fun things to do on the weekends this summer? I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – There is so much to do in Knoxville, TN! Consider checking out Knoxville if you’re looking for some fun activities to do this summer 2019.

The best part about living in Knoxville is it has a small city feel, with big city activities. No matter what you are interested in or what your budget is, there is a great activity for you this summer in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Here are just a few of our favorites:

 

  1. Ijams Nature Center

http://ijams.org/

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If you are an outdoor lover head no further than South Knoxville to 300+ acres of Knoxville’s protected natural habitat. Ijams has something to offer all ages! There are 10 miles of trails to hike and bike. If it’s mid-summer and you need to cool down, take a swim or rent a kayak at Mead’s Quarry Lake. If you have kids, check out the different camps and programs Ijams has to offer.

If you are feeling extra adventurous, head to Navitat by Ijams, a tree-based adventure and climbing park. For a special date night, check out Navitat at Night and climb around in the canopy under the stars. Ijams is open every day from 8 am – dusk and has free parking. It’s the perfect outdoor adventure without the long drive to the Smokies!

 

  1. Market Square Farmer’s Market

https://www.nourishknoxville.org/market-square-farmers-market/

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Running from May through November, check out the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm. You can purchase delicious, fresh food from one of the many food trucks, buy fresh produce, local crafts, furniture, or soaps. Ladies, try to leave without buying a beautiful handmade fresh flower bouquet (it’s impossible for me).

There are also several live musicians that play around the square, and the upbeat melodies carry through the streets of downtown Knoxville. It’s the perfect excuse to explore downtown Knoxville. If it’s a hot day, stop for some ice cream at Cruz Farms on Gay Street or grab a cocktail on Hyatt’s luxurious rooftop bar.

Bonus: Downtown Knoxville has FREE PARKING on nights and weekends at meters and several different parking garages. Find parking here – https://www.downtownknoxville.org/explore/free-parking-nightsweekends/?t[]=96)

 

  1. Zoo Knoxville

https://www.zooknoxville.org/

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Animal lovers and parents alike– Zoo Knoxville is a must do! This is one of the best zoos I have been to hands down. You’ll be enchanted by the elephants, taken aback by the Tigers, and mesmerized by the monkey exhibits. You can even ride a camel or feed a giraffe. Bring your walking shoes though, this zoo is no joke. Covering 53-acres, you will be sure to get in some exercise. There is also an annual pass option available. If you go to the zoo at least twice this summer, it will pay for itself. If you are looking for a unique present for the special kid in your life, check out the zoo’s adopt an animal program!

 

  1. Knoxville Ale Trail

https://knoxvillebrewers.com/ale-trail/

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For all the craft beer lovers, the Knoxville Ale Trail should be top of the list. The Ale Trail consists of 18 different craft brewers in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Most of the breweries are nearby, so if you are feeling determined, you could complete this in a weekend. You will find many unique beers and ciders along the trail, and you’ll even get to meet some of the local brewers. Once you complete the trail, redeem your Knoxville Ale Trail ‘passport’ for a free t-shirt!

[Driving while under the influence is NEVER ok. Uber and Lyft options are cheap and readily available in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Another great way to achieve stamp status is to check out the Knox Brew Tours Bus. It will shuttle you to several of the breweries located around downtown Knoxville.]

 

  1. Summer Festivals

 

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‘Tis the season – the festival season! Knoxville has some amazing festivals happening during the summer time. You can find a list of all of the festivals here, but these are a few to be sure to check out:

 

May 17-19 Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms Music Festival

Come out to see a variety of bands and artists, both national and local, throughout venues in downtown Knoxville. Day and weekend passes are available. Festival passes can be expensive, so volunteer some time working at the festival in exchange for a pass!

 

May 18 Children’s Festival of Reading

Take your kid to meet their favorite storybook character or enjoy some arts and crafts. There’s a ton of great kids activities at this festival, so bring the whole family. This free event will definitely wear your kids out and help them sleep well at night.

 

June 1 Bike, Boat, Brew & Bark

Outdoor Adventures – Check.

Beer – Check.

Dogs – Check.

Come watch the powerboat Knoxville Grand Prix, dogs dock diving, take a guided urban bike ride, walk the river with a local historian, or paddle the Tennessee River with the beautiful Knoxville skyline in the background at night! This festival truly has it all!

 

June 22 Pridefest

Come out to support equality and the inclusion of all people with Knoxville’s Pridefest. Be sure to hang around for the parade where you will feel the love!

 

June 28 Kumba Festival

This is a great alternative to Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (without the ticket prices)! The African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA) organization showcases rich culture and art through education to the Knoxville community.

 

July 1-31 Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt

Bring your kids, or make it a date night! You can pick up your Waldo Passport at Union Avenue Books. Waldo is hiding in 3 dozen places across downtown Knoxville. Happy hunting!

 

July 4 Festival on the Fourth

This patriotic festival delivers fun and entertainment for the whole family. Free music, games, food, and fireworks, what better way to spend the fourth!

 

July 27 Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

If the special guy in your life has a summer birthday, get him tickets to this event! It’s a great way to spend a summer day under the beautiful Sunsphere in World’s Fair Park!

 

August 17 East Tennessee History Fair

If you haven’t actually read up on our local history, or if reading isn’t your thing, this is the festival to learn about the local heritage. This free festival will be sure to make history fun for all ages!

 

August 25 Asian Festival

Have you ever just craved Asian food? This festival will be sure to scratch that itch and some! Another great alternative to Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, this festival is a great way to learn about Asian culture while enjoying some amazing food!

 

September 6 -15 Tennessee Valley Fair

Be sure to finish out your summer with the TN Valley Fair. You can find famous faces performing at night, win a stuffed animal, fly high on rides, or enjoy great fair food! It will finish out your summer with a bang!

 

September 28-29 HoLa Festival

While this one is technically in the fall, it cannot go unmentioned! Come out to celebrate the rich Hispanic culture with fun activities, performances on the Market Square stage, and fresh tamales! Muy Divertido!

 

Written by Jessica Winspear of New Again Houses® Knoxville

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Your Guide to the Tri-Cities TN Region

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The Bristol Hotel | Tri-Cities TN

Tri-Cities, TN

You’ve heard it said many times before: “Bristol is a good place to live.” And it’s true! It’s so true that it hangs over the train tracks, serving as a gentle reminder to every Bristolian as they travel home from work that the place they live truly is good. Throw in Kingsport and Johnson City and together the Tri-Cities are a great place to be.

Travel lovers love living in the Tri-Cities! Popular daytrip locations such as Asheville, NC, Knoxville, TN, and Blowing Rock, NC are all less than two hours away. The opportunities for adventuring outdoors seem endless, with the surrounding lakes and rivers and the Appalachian Trail close by. Hiking options such as Grayson Highlands, Bays Mountain, Roan Mountain, and Buffalo Mountain can be found in and close by each city. For longer trips, the Tri-Cities Regional Airport sits almost directly in the center of the Tri-Cities.

Kingsport, TN

The first point in the triangle of cities, Kingsport, home to Eastman Chemical Company and Funfest, is a good place to buy a home. Kingsport is made up of many smaller communities, such as Indian Springs, Colonial Heights, and Lynn Garden to name a few. The Kingsport City school system feeds into Dobyns Bennett High School and is a selling point for families in and moving to the Tri-Cities. Home values in Kingsport vary from street to street, and neighborhood to neighborhood. Kingsport is a great place for all demographics, from young single professionals, to empty-nesters.

Big manufacturing companies such as Eastman and Domtar help to give Kingsport its value. While it has no actual college of its own, Kingsport houses The Academic Village, where many satellite campuses such as King University, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee provide classes to Kingsport residents. Kingsport is home to many popular chain restaurants and retail stores, but if you’re looking for that “shop local” feel, we would suggest the Mercantile on Broad in downtown Kingsport, and for dinner, Pratt’s Barbeque or the Purple Cow.

Johnson City, TN

Johnson City, the second city in the Tri-Cities, is home to East Tennessee State University, a popular college choice for young adults all over the East Tennessee region. Johnson City was also named one of the best places to retire in Tennessee, shortly followed by Bristol and Kingsport. Johnson City brings that perfect college town feel with popular college hot spots such as a few Starbucks locations, a First Watch Daytime Café, and a massive Forever 21, which is located in the Johnson City Mall. Johnson City has a huge shop local feel, and plenty of locally-owned restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops.

Housing in Johnson City is a slightly different feel with the college in town so it is mostly populated with apartment complexes, and bigger old homes in the neighborhoods surrounding ETSUr are also mostly converted into apartments and duplexes. However, some bigger residential neighborhoods are scattered throughout the city, a well-known one being the “Tree Streets” neighborhood. This neighborhood is one for families who want to invest in good property value and be close to everything in Johnson City.

Bristol, TN/VA

Last but not least, Bristol, home to the Rhythm and Roots festival every year in September, is packed full of the southern small-town character and charm. Shopping with small businesses and supporting local restaurants is important to all Bristolians. Downtown Bristol is flourishing with small boutiques, local breweries, and live music. Bristol is also home to the world’s fastest half-mile (Can we get a “Dale Yeah”?)! For two weeks in the year, one in the spring and one in fall, Bristol hosts Nascar fans from all over with exceptional Bristol-style southern hospitality.

The Fairmount neighborhood streets, just off of downtown, is lined with historic homes of all shapes and sizes, all surrounding King University. Some of these homes have been transformed into apartments and duplexes housing college students and young families, while other houses make great family homes. This neighborhood sits in the Bristol City school zone, which is a big appeal to most Bristol residents with children. We love the character of these old homes, and whenever we get a chance, we love to move into the neighborhood! We bring our modern touches to the homes while keeping the architectural elements true to the home – all these old homes need is a little TLC to be made New Again! (And maybe an updated heat pump.)

For anyone wanting to experience the perfect small town weekend getaway, we would recommend stopping in for an iced latte at Bloom Café and Listening Room, browsing the local shops such as Virginia Vintage Interiors, and Studio 6 Apparel, and painting your own pottery piece at Kiln’ Time. For dinner, be sure to visit 620 State Restaurant for some amazing Asian or classic American dishes, or Quaker Steak and Lube just across the street to try wings of all temperatures. Wind down at one of Bristol’s many local breweries on either side of the state line or visit Bristol Virginia’s famous Blackbird Bakery for a donut or a slice of cake and some live music by local performers, and then gaze at the stars from the Lumac Rooftop Bar at the Bristol Hotel and spend the night in one of the 65 boutique rooms. Enjoy breakfast in bed the next morning made by Vivian’s Table, and then stroll next door to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for some souvenirs to take home.

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Your Travel Guide to Fredericksburg VA

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Fredericksburg, VA

Located in Northern Virginia, just west of the Potomac, sits a town packed with Colonial and Civil War History by the name of Fredericksburg. This Virginia town is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a quiet weekend getaway, and it is also a lovely place to settle down.

Fredericksburg is home to quite a few major retail centers, including Central Park, one of the largest malls on the East Coast. It is also home to the major employers University of Mary Washington, Mary Washington Healthcare, and GEICO. Tourism plays a huge part in the economy of Fredericksburg. Many residents commute by car, bus, or train to Richmond, Virginia or Washington DC for work. Fredericksburg experiences all four seasons to the fullest, with warm, humid summers and cold winters.

Discover

We think that Fredericksburg makes the perfect spot for a quick weekend trip! For history buffs, you can visit the Boyhood Home of George Washington, and spend an afternoon touring historic battlefields in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County. You can also spend nearly an entire day touring the Fredericksburg Battlefield and the Chancellor Battlefield, the site of the wounding of Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Spend the night relaxing at the historic Kenmore Inn and then enjoy breakfast from the Inn’s highly rated restaurant just downstairs! Take a morning tour at George Washington’s Ferry Farm, the reconstructed home of our first president. On your way back into town, be sure to stop at Chatham Manor and marvel at the history and beauty it holds. Spend the afternoon aboard the Trolly in Downtown Fredericksburg and discover the history that the town has to offer.

Shop

If you’re not so much of a history buff, Fredericksburg has plenty of other reasons for you to visit! While Downtown Fredericksburg may be most known for its history, it also has plenty of great local boutiques and specialty shops for you to explore! Enjoy your morning coffee at Hyperion Espresso, a popular local coffee shop, to make sure you have the energy you need to make it through the day. Stop by the Virginia Outdoor Center, also located downtown, and set up your afternoon on the river by canoe, kayak, tube, or stand up paddle board. (Reservations are highly recommended, due to high demand, water levels, and weather conditions.) You can also escape out into the nearby Shenandoah National Park for lots of hiking with waterfalle or mountain views or for a picnic in the quiet woods. If the weather is rainy, spend your afternoon shopping at Central Park, a mall with seemingly endless shops.

Eat

You may have noticed that we almost completely skipped over something very important – food! (That’s the best part!) Stop in for breakfast at Eileen’s Bakery and Café for a delicious baked pastry and specialty coffee, or try a different take on breakfast at Mercantile. For lunch, we would suggest a burger! You can find plenty of delicious ones around the area. A few noteable places include Vivify Burger Lounge or the Sunken Well Tavern. Fredericksburg has become well known as a place to visit for craft beer lovers. Our favorites include Capital Ale House, Spencer Devon Brewing, Highmark Brewery, and Red Dragon Brewery, though there are many more options for you to choose from. If you are not into beer, and prefer wine, stop in at Wilderness Run Vineyard for a tasting of local Virginia wines, or Potomac Point Winery for a more Tuscan feel with a cheese and meat platter paired with your wine of choice. For a casual dinner, enjoy a meal at Brock’s Riverside Grill, which features live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night during the summer. For a more upscale meal, enjoy dinner from one of Fredericksburg’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants, Kybecca. Each of their dishes are made in-house from local and seasonal ingredients, including delicious fresh Virginia oysters from local waterways.

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Your Travel Guide to Chattanooga

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Chattanooga, TN

The New York Times has named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to go” in the world. And we believe that it is so true! Chattanooga, internationally known for the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glen Miller and his orchestra, is a perfect mix of outdoors, artsy, and college-town feel. There are plenty of local attractions and restaurants that could easily make up a weekend trip.

Discover

The City of Chattanooga is full of wonder-filled and awe-inspiring attractions, living up to its nickname “Scenic City.” See Rock City atop Lookout Mountain. View all seven states and don’t forget your birdhouse while you’re there! Visit Ruby Falls and marvel at the massive underground wonder. Ride the Incline Railway and experience the thrill of riding “America’s Most Amazing Mile.” You can also hike through many trails, such as Sunset Rock, on Lookout Mountain and explore historic Point Park. Take an early morning hike up to Signal Point on Signal Mountain and experience the beauty of Tennessee (and maybe even some fog!).

Explore

Head on down to downtown ‘Nooga where there are just as many outdoor attractions and activities as indoor, making it a perfect spot to visit in any type of weather. On a nice sunny day, take a nice stroll over Walnut Street Bridge and treat your inner child to a ride on the Coolidge Park Antique Carousel. Walk the paths along the Tennessee River and explore the neighborhoods as well as the small shop atmosphere. On a rainy day, visit the Tennessee Aquarium and marvel at some jellyfish. Take your little ones to the Creative Discovery Museum for a day full of indoor exploration.

Cheer

Chattanooga is also home to many sports teams, including the Pro Soccer Team, the Chattanooga Redwolves, and the Minor League baseball team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. The University of Tennessee Chattanooga also adds the Mocs to the mixture. Any of these games are sure to be an exciting time!

Eat

While Chatt is full of adventures, it is also filled with amazing restaurants. Some must-visits from us would include Champy’s Chicken, which can only be found in a handful of locations across the Southeast, Tremont Tavern for burgers and beers, Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria for some of the best Italian cuisine around, and of course, the college favorite: The Yellow Deli. Coffee lovers, make a stop at Rembrandt’s Coffee House for a cup of joe and a sweet treat, and then take a quick stroll through the surrounding shops. And last but not least, be sure to save some room for The Ice Cream Show for dessert!

Why Should You Move to Chattanooga?

Not only is Chattanooga a popular spot for a weekend trip, but it is also a great city to call home. The median home value in the city is $152,000, making it an affordable place to live. In 2009, Chattanooga was ranked 8th out of America’s 100 largest metro areas for the best “Bang For Your Buck” city, according to Forbes magazine. Notable employers include Volkswagen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and TVA, all which bring significant worth to the economy. Tourism and hospitality also play a huge part in the growth of the economy of the city.

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Knoxville TN Travel Guide

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Knoxville, TN

There is something for everyone in Knox County! Whether you are into sports, outdoor activities, arts, music or food, Knoxville has you covered. It is home to the University of Tennessee and there is a reason they are the Volunteers. The people of Knoxville are very giving and there is always a way to get active in the community. The Marble City is home to great school districts with the number one school district in the state being in its backyard. There are several large headquarters located in Knoxville, but also a lot of locally owned businesses. It has a big city feel mixed with a small-town vibe. The median home value in Knox County is $176,500, making the city affordable, with a population of 461,860.

South Knoxville

Knoxville is divided up into four districts, the first being South Knoxville, which is affectionately nicknamed SoKno. South Knoxville hosts the Big Ears Music Festival in March (you can catch it March 21-24thin 2019). Several neighborhoods make up SoKno, including Island Home Park and Colonial Village, which has a lot of unique and charming homes. It is an area that draws in a lot of first time home buyers, young families and business professionals. Construction is still in place for new development along the South Knoxville waterfront which will hold flats, apartment buildings, riverwalks, parks, and more. South Knoxville employers include the University of Tennessee, Regal Entertainment Group, and the UT Medical Center. SoKno is home to Downtown Knoxville, which makes it the perfect spot for a day trip. Wander through Ijams Nature Center and the Historic Ramsey House, and then stop in for lunch at SoKno Taco Cantina. Spend the afternoon shopping in Downtown Knoxville and stop in for a coffee break at Honeybee Coffee Co. For dinner, we recommend Ye Olde Steak House or Sweet P’s Barbeque for something a little more casual.

North Knoxville

North Knoxville is positioned directly above downtown Knoxville and is home to many neighborhoods such as Fourth & Gill, Old North Knox, North Hills, Whittle Springs which houses the beautiful Whittle Springs Golf Course, and Fountain City, home of the popular Fountain City Duck Pond. There are several historic neighborhoods in this area. There are a lot of craft breweries and coffee shops popping up in the area. It has a relaxed vibe, is convenient to downtown, and is close to the Zoo, making it a great area for all ages. Knoxville is all about shopping local, and you can find some great local spots such as the Hot Southern Mess Boutique, Chandler’s Deli, and Litton’s. One of the things we find to be particularly cool about this area is the Open Streets Events. These events are held twice each year and give residents a chance to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe and fun way that caters to the whole family.

West Knoxville

West Knoxville is situated west of downtown and is particularly large due to the way the city is laid out. This area houses bigger shops, restaurants, and venues for all ages. Among these venues include Main Event, Carl Cowan Park, and Gettysvue Polo, Golf & Country Club. You can easily spend a weekend shopping at both the West Town Mall and Turkey Creek, stopping for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory or Altruda’s Italian. While this area of Knoxville caters to more chain stores and restaurants, it also has plenty of local places! Stop in at the Farmacy for brunch, catch a movie at the Cinnebarre, grab dinner at Cazzy’s Corner Grill, and spend the evening with craft beer and pinball at Token Game Tavern. West Knoxville houses Bearden, Rocky Hill, Hardin Valley, and Farragut, making this portion of Knoxville a very family-oriented area due to the classic neighborhoods and great schools. The dining and shopping is fantastic!

Northwest Knoxville

The last district, Northwest Knoxville, is made up of neighborhoods such as Karns, Brentwood, Pleasant Ridge, and Amherst, and is located in the Knox County Public Schools District. It is home to the Dogwood Arts Festival, and plenty of outdoor places including Victor Ashe Park and Knoxville Municipal Golf Course. You can find plenty of small-town restaurants in this district. Enjoy The Front Porch for lunch, Lulu’s Tea Room for a girls’ afternoon, and Ichiban Japanese Grill for dinner. This is a more laid-back area with lots of Southern Charm. It is great for families both old and new, as well as retirees.

Maryville

Last but not least, Knoxville also encompasses Maryville and Alcoa. This area has a median home value of $179,500. Notable employers here include Denso Manufacturing, Clayton Homes, Blount Memorial Hospital, and McGhee Tyson Airport. This is a very scenic area home to Maryville College. A day trip to Maryville might look like an escape from the bustle of Knoxville, and there are plenty of places to relax! Wander through the Cade’s Cove Museum, with a stop at Full-Service BBQ for lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Blue Goose Vineyard or shopping at the Foothills Mall. Enjoy dinner at The Walnut Kitchen, and wrap-up your day (in the summer!) with a movie at Parkway Drive-In. The Maryville/Alcoa area is a great area because there are charming homes close to the small city, or you can live in a more rural area surrounded by nature! Neighborhoods here include College Hill, West Maryville, Westfields, Asbury Estates, and West Springbrook. It is a great area for all ages young and old. There are great schools in Maryville and it is close to Downtown Knoxville or the Smoky Mountains National Park!

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Charlottesville VA Travel Guide

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All About Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, a city of almost fifty thousand people, lies where the Virginia Piedmont begins to rise into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 1762, Charlottesville was the home of two US presidents and has many present-day reminders of its foundation in history. The city provides many landmarks and places to visit whether you are there for a weekend visit or plan to make it your home.

 

The University of Virginia, founded by former US President Thomas Jefferson, is at the heart of the city with over twenty thousand students and a health care system that serves many of the surrounding counties. There are many restaurants to explore starting at the edge of the University with “The Corner” and stretching down West Main street to the downtown walking mall. Food for almost any craving can be found here. If you’re looking for a light breakfast or lunch option, try Bodo’s Bagels. If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner option that gives you a chance to eat locally sourced ingredients, Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria can be a great place to try near the walking mall. If you’re on the mall and want some good burgers and local brews, Citizen Burger Bar is a place you’ll want to put on the list.

 

Charlottesville is a great place to be for great music venues that provide quality shows on a weekly basis. Many of the breweries and vineyards surrounding the city will have local and regional bands, but downtown The Jefferson Theater will have great nationally touring acts no matter what style of music you’re looking for. The Southern Cafe and Music Hall provides a bit more laid back environment to listen while you enjoy some of the cafe’s food and drink.

 

There is no shortage of entertainment in town with places like the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema where you can find newly released movies and have great food and drink ordered to your seat. The University of Virginia provides the Fralin Museum of Art for a more cultured display of the visual arts. You can find more information on their website about the rotating exhibitions and schedule of faculty lectures.

 

The city of Charlottesville can be divided up into several prominent historic neighborhoods. Each area has its own unique character and can provide any type of living for those looking to buy a home or rent in the city. The downtown area contains much of the dining and retail space in the city, but also has new developments that are adding residential options to what was previously commercial space. Norcross Station is one of the developments that has taken old commercial space and redeveloped it into 1-2 bedroom apts within a five-minute walk to downtown. Fifeville is another neighborhood that has experienced significant revitalization in the past several years. The Fifeville Neighborhood Association is actively involved in creating a plan that will ensure sustainable development for the area. In the southeast corner of the city where Route 20 leaves the city, the historic Belmont neighborhood provides one of the most charming places to live in the city. At over 400 acres of quiet streets and Belmont park at it’s center, the neighborhood is family friendly and enjoyable. Belmont not only has residential streets though, at its western side is the IX Art Park where Three Notch’d Brewery and many other eating options can be found.

 

The Economy of Charlottesville is centered around the University and Health Care System which are the number one and two employers in the city. There are also numerous start-up companies primarily in the IT services industry. The median household income was $50,727 in 2016, and the total population of the city was 48,019 in 2017 (US Census). Both the population and economy has grown significantly in the past 10 years, with over a 10% growth from 2010-2017. One just has to walk through the downtown area to witness the millions of dollars being poured into the redevelopment of old commercial spaces and construction of new apartment buildings.

 

Albemarle County

 

Albemarle County surrounds the city of Charlottesville and has a population of 107,702 as of 2017. It was formed in 1744 and like many of the surrounding counties has many landmarks and dwellings of great historical significance. Most of the county is part of the Piedmont rolling hills and provides some of the most sought after living in all of Central Virginia.

 

Just outside of Charlottesville is the most famous landmark in the county, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. It sits atop the 1200 ft high Montalto only 3 miles from the City. It can be toured regularly and the grounds and dwelling offer some of the most impressive views of the surrounding country. It is the only private home in the United States to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; needless to say it is well worth the visit. More information about scheduling a tour and buying tickets can be found on their website. If a more informal activity is needed, Carter Mountain Orchard is a great place to take the family to enjoy great food, music, and pick your own fruit. It is only over the hill from Monticello, and provides even more stunning views of the City of Charlottesville and the surrounding mountains. Any time of the year can be a great time to visit, but fall with the brightly covered mountains and apples ready to be picked is certainly a memorable time to visit.

 

With over 25 wineries and breweries scattered throughout the county, there are many options to visit the rural parts of Albemarle County. And while you’re there, why not make a day of it and visit three or four tasting rooms? With places like Keswick Vineyards and Castle Hill Cider in the Keswick area of the county, it is easy to explore all of what Albemarle county has to offer.

 

There are other historical places to visit in Albemarle County, including the home of the fifth President of the US, James Monroe. The Highland Estate, located just a few miles outside of Charlottesville and adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, provides a window into the time of the early 1800’s when it was James Monroe’s home.

 

Most of the housing development in the county has grown out of the City of Charlottesville. The neighborhoods to the south of town are built for those wanting an easy commute into town. Likewise, much of the development and growth in the county has occurred in the 29 corridors north of Charlottesville. Here construction is underway in the 800-1500 unit Brookhill development that is planned to be a pedestrian-oriented mixed-use area. Crozet is one of the most popular communities to live in Albemarle County, thanks to its small-town feel and proximity to Charlottesville. It is a vibrant place with an active group of community activists and planners. Much of the county’s new construction and real estate development has occurred here and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down

 

Albemarle County has encouraged high-density growth in designated areas instead of developing rural parts of the county. The result? Much of the rural areas instead have seen significant investment in redeveloping and remodeling instead of new construction. The investment in real estate is evidenced by the growth the county has experienced in the past decade. The recent 8.8% growth in population from 2010 – 2017 has certainly been boosted by the growth in Charlottesville. There are 45,356 housing units with a median value of $317,000, much higher than surrounding counties. This, and the median household income of $70, 342 (US Census) is evidence of the over 50% of the workforce who commute into Charlottesville.

 

Fluvanna County

 

Fluvanna County lies to the east of Albemarle and is bordered primarily buy Louisa and Buckingham counties. The county seat is Palmyra, a town on Route 15, the main thoroughfare for the county. It is primarily a rural county, with only 25,000 residents (US Census).

 

Over a third of the counties, residents live in the gated community of Lake Monticello. It is popular as a retirement community, or for those who want the lake living while also being close enough to Charlottesville to commute to work. Many families also enjoy the lake as a weekend getaway, with many families from Northern Virginia and other parts of Central Virginia owning second homes in the community. The rest of the population of Fluvanna County is scattered throughout the rest of the 209 square miles with small concentrations in both Palmyra and Fork Union.

 

Although there is not that much development in Fluvanna County, there are still things that can be found for entertainment. The Rivanna River Company hosts float trips that start in Charlottesville but follow the Rivanna River to the take out in Palmyra. There are also some smaller wineries scattered throughout the county, including the Cunningham Creek Winery that hosts wine tastings and live music on most weekends in the summer.

 

Fluvanna County still enjoys its proximity to Charlottesville with most residents commuting to Charlottesville for work. The median income is $66,425 amongst the 9,829 households. There is moderate growth in the county shown by the 127 building permits applied for in 2017.

 

Orange County

 

Orange County begins to the Northeast of Charlottesville and provides some great options for rural living and exploring. It is a county with 36,073 residents and is most densely inhabited in the eastern end of the county in Lake of the Woods and the surrounding development. The town of Orange provides some quieter neighborhoods and the county’s only high school.

 

In the western side of the county that borders Greene and Albemarle County, Gordonsville and Barboursville both have small and quiet downtown areas. In Gordonsville, The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum contains exhibits and artifacts from the time that this elegant hotel was transformed into a wartime hospital. Just outside the town of Orange is the home of the Fourth president of the US, James Madison. Montpelier is the third president’s estate to be established in Central Virginia and only lies about thirty minutes North of the homes of Jefferson and Monroe. You can enter the extensive trails and grounds without paying but will need to purchase a ticket to tour the mansion.

 

The town of Orange boasts several restaurants that are well worth the drive from Charlottesville. As you come into town from the south, the first option is La Finca Grill with Peruvian style latin cuisine.

On E Main street The Light Well offers live music, local beers, and great casual dining.

 

The economy in Orange County relies primarily on food and beverage establishments. For employment, most residents commute to either Charlottesville or Fredericksburg. The median household income is $66,900 and the median home price is $236,100.

 

Waynesboro

 

Waynesboro, an independent city in Augusta County, sits just below the Blue Ridge on the west side of Afton Mountain. It’s a city of about 22,000 and provides easy access along the I-64 corridor to both Charlottesville and Staunton.

 

For a small city, Waynesboro provides plenty of good options for entertainment and dining. In downtown at the Basic City Beer Co. you can find a substantial collection of handcrafted beers brewed on site. Several nights a week there are local food trucks making it a great one stop for an evening. Just a few miles up the road in Afton, Veritas Vineyard and Winery will satisfy any cravings for a nice relaxed wine tasting. With views of the Shenandoah Valley, you can’t go wrong stopping here for an afternoon.

 

Shenandoah Valley Art Center is a great place to check out regional artist’s work in the rotating monthly exhibits. Anything from pottery to fine art paintings and photography can be found on display here and provides a great taste of what the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Although it is about a 20-minute drive away in Staunton, the American Shakespeare Center is well worth the short trip. As the only true replica of The Blackfriars Playhouse, it is truly how Shakespeare’s work was meant to be enjoyed. Find out what shows are scheduled here.

 

Waynesboro has many types of neighborhoods to choose from if looking for a house to buy or rent. In Charleston Park, newer construction of colonial style houses can be found. Two of the larger neighborhoods are closer to downtown though, including The Tree Streets and BCMM and LC. Houses in The Tree Streets are sought after for their quiet streets and historic homes, while houses in BCMM & LC are usually a little bit more affordable.

As an average, Waynesboro is a more affordable place to live than Charlottesville to the East. The median home value is only $158,000 and the median household income is $45,097 (US Census). Employment near Waynesboro is primarily government services, but in nearby Stuarts Draft, Mckee Foods employs nearly one thousand people at their bakery plant. Stuarts Draft also has other significant manufacturing and distribution facilities with a large Hershey Chocolate Factory and Target Distribution Center. Waynesboro can provide a great place to live that has reasonable commutes to numerous job centers.

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