Rich with history and infused with energy, it's no wonder Charlottesville has been named the best place to live!*
In the heart of Charlottesville lies the University of Virginia, brainchild of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. A public liberal arts college, UVa has been consistently ranked No. 1 or 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of Undergraduate and Graduate Schools for the past 12 years. UVa's enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students hovers around 20,000. Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), a nonresidential 2 year institution offers associate degrees and adult learning opportunities.
A city laid-back enough to offer the feel of a small town, the Charlottesville resident is never at a loss for something to do. Sports fans can experience the thrill of ACC football at Scott Stadium, home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Music lovers flock to Fridays After Five at the Charlottesville Pavilion, an al fresco venue on the Downtown Mall. The newly opened John Paul Jones Arena pleases arts and sports fans alike; hosting national musical acts, Broadway shows and UVa Basketball. Other local favorites include The Paramount, a restored 1930's theater; and LiveArts, a venue where theatre and community come together. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Central Virginia to take in the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby Shenandoah Valley where all things hiking, biking and running prevail. For the golfer, there are many opportunities to swing for the hills including an Arnold Palmer signature course at Keswick Estate Club. Walk in the footsteps of presidents at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, or Ash-Lawn Highland, residence of James Monroe. Shoppers delight in Charlottesville with many locations offering big brand name retailers and local boutiques alike including Barracks Road Shopping Center, Fashion Square Mall, the Downtown Mall, and the Corner district. Unique recreational activities include hot air ballooning and wine tasting at one of more than 20 wineries in Charlottesville and neighboring counties.
From home cooking to fine dining and various cuisines, Charlottesville is home to over 400 restaurants. Tickle your taste buds by reading what the Washington Post, CNN.com and the New York Times have to say about some of their picks in our area.
A melting pot of business, education, arts, and leisure pursuits, Charlottesville is truly a great place to call home!
*2004 Cities Ranked & Rated