Relocating to the Charlottesville Region

The greater Charlottesville region has everything most seniors want in a community they choose for their ‘retirement’ years.

Click here for Housing options listed below.

Click here for Realtor options listed below.

  • Black Enterprise Magazine has rated Charlottesville as the 2nd Best Place to Retire. The ranking is based on healthcare, housing prices, public schools, crime levels, traffic congestion and commercial air access. Many of the 20 locations recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine are in the South due to the mild climate, but only Charlottesville and Virginia Beach, which was ranked #9, were chosen from Virginia. The Charlottesville area also has been ranked 13th in the Nation for Raising a Family by Forbes Magazine. One of the factors cited by Forbes is the area's high average SAT score of 1098, which is among the best in the nation.
  • Money Says Charlottesville is the #2 Best Place to Retire Young
  • National Geographic Adventure magazine selected Charlottesville as one of the 50   next great adventure towns in which to live and visit. September, 2008.
  • AARP says Charlottesville is the 7th healthiest city to live and retire.
  • Charlottesville is the #9 in Forbes "best smaller place for business."
  • Cities Ranked and Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander ranks Charlottesville as the "best place to live in the USA".  Today Show interview with the authors, March 30, 2004
  • Outside Magazine
  • , September 2003 issue: #8 best college town:  coolest place to work, play, study, and live.
  • Expansion Management magazine: "One of Ten Healthiest Cities"
  • The Netscape Network's Home & Real Estate site lists Charlottesville as one of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest "health quotients," combining "the best quality of health care ... with the most affordable health care costs."
  • Washingtonian Magazine, March 2003: Among nine "Great Places to Live"
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November, 2002: Top 3 'Smart Places to Retire'
  • Business Week October 14, 2002: Noted as One of "America's Pockets of Prosperity"
  • Outside: ‘one of seven dream towns that have it all.’
  • American Health: Top ten healthiest cities for women.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: #2 healthiest place to live in America.
  • #1 small city in America.
  • Golf Digest: #1 best retirement city for golfers.
  • Tennis: #1 best tennis town.
  • Forbes: Top thirty small communities for business and careers.
  • Readers Digest: Top ten communities to raise children
  • Where to Retire: Top ten college towns to retire, 2002
  • Where to Retire: Top 100 retirement communities, 2001
  • Where to Retire: Feature story, fall 2002

Our climate is more moderate than Arizona, Florida or other Sun Belt areas.

We have world class health care thanks to the University of Virginia Health System and Martha Jefferson Hospital.

We are centrally located in the eastern seaboard with excellent transportation options for a smaller community.

Active Living in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Virginia

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Age Wave Planning --  Older Dominion Partnership 

Building Communities for All Ages

Virginia’s first annual forum on "Age Wave Planning" will gather in Charlottesville in May 2009 to share insights, data and best practices. Click on the "Older Dominion Partnership" link above for more details.

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Housing Options

There are a wide variety of housing options designed specifically for seniors and a diversity of housing opportunities in the city and the surrounding counties that have a people of all ages enjoy. A sampling of options is listed here:

Senior Living Options

Bailey House at Avemore
350 Portico Way
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 979-5000

Branchlands Village
1300 Branchlands Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 973-9044

The Colonnades Senior Living Community
2600 Barracks Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 963-4129

Four Seasons Charlottesville
35 Stodghill Drive
Ruckersville, Greene County, Virginia

Jefferson Heights at Pantops Mountain
1550 Pantops Mountain Place
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 977-4094

Morningside Assisted Living
491 Crestwood Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 971-8889

Martha Jefferson House
1600 Gordon Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 293-6136

Park View at South Pantops
210 S. Pantops Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 923-0200

Our Lady of Peace
751 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 973-1155

NEW RoseWood Village Assisted Living Community @ Hollymead Town Center
2029 Lockwood Blvd – behind Target
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Information Center now at the Senior Center
(434) 963-7673 – (434) 963-ROSE

RoseWood Village Assisted Living Community @ Greenbrier
500 Greenbrier Drive -  Across from the Senior Center
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 975-5079

RoseWood Village 55+ Active Adult Resort - Golf Course Living @ Wintergreen
Spectacular Views. Maintenance-Free Lifestyle
Phone Model Home: 434-361-0089

The Village at Gordon House
501 North Main Street
Gordonsville, VA 22942
(540) 832-2286

The Villages at Nahor
See WEB site for directions
Fluvanna County, VA
(434) 589-0758

Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge
250 Pantops Mountain Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 972-3100

Woods Edge Apartments
829 Mallside Forest Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 975-9090

University Village
500 Crestwood Drive
Charlottesville VA 22903
(434) 977-1800

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Realtor Options

There are a wide variety of housing options through various real estate firms. A sampling of options is listed here:

Sloan Milby Real Estate Partners
415 Fourth Street, NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 220-5656

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Senior Center, Inc. / 1180 Pepsi Place / Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Phone: (434) 974-7756 / FAX: (434) 974-7510
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