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Retirement Living in Charlottesville & Albemarle County - Virginia

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Area Description

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville & Albemarle County is an idyllic place to visit and live! Home to Thomas Jefferson, the area is steeped in history and tradition. Thomas Jefferson's influence can still be felt, even to this day! With a plethora of farm-to-table restaurants, more than 30 wineries, more than a dozen breweries and cideries, and the University of Virginia (which he also founded), Charlottesville & Albemarle County truly has something for everybody. Additionally, the region was home to two other presidents - James Monroe and James Madison both had homes nearby. The epicenter of Charlottesville is the historic pedestrian Downtown Mall, which features dozens of shops and restaurants, many of which have outdoor patios. The outdoor enthusiast will love hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, kayaking on area rivers, and fishing in local streams. With a very temperate and moderate climate, Charlottesville & Albemarle County can be enjoyed just about any time of the year!

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Charlottesville & Albemarle County are home to countless activities, both indoors and outdoors! For the shoppers, a stroll down the historic pedestrian Downtown Mall will offer up dozens of local shops, many of which feature work made by local artisans. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in ample cycling, hiking, fishing, running, canoeing, and kayaking opportunities. The gateway to the Shenandoah National Park is right in our backyard and can be accessed by just a short 30-minute drive from downtown Charlottesville. Music lovers will be thrilled by the number of music venues in the area, which are able to draw not only local favorites, but artists whose music is known around the country and around the world!

Cultural Activities

The arts scene is thriving in Charlottesville & Albemarle County. Several theaters feature plays & performances throughout the year. Charlottesville is also home to the Virginia Film Festival in November, which draws huge names in film from around the country. With the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, there are ample opportunities for live music performances and lectures. The beautifully renovated historic Paramount Theater located on the Downtown Mall also offers arts lovers a huge variety of performances from which to choose! Also located on the Downtown Mall, you will find the Sprint Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater, with both offering numerous musical performances throughout the year.

Public transportation

Charlottesville & Albemarle County is home to a regional airport with connections to six major connecting hubs. The Richmond International Airport is about an hour away and Dulles International Airport is about a two hour drive.

Medical Facilities

Charlottesville and Albemarle County is home to two major medical centers: Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and the University of Virginia Medical Center. Both facilities are nationally renowned for their professional services, emergency room care, and staff.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  25.5  34.9  44.3  3.3 "  4.3 "
 Feb  28.0  38.2  48.4  2.9 "  4.7 "
 Mar  35.4  46.4  57.4  3.9 "  1.3 "
 Apr  44.8  56.5  68.3  3.1 "  0.2 "
 May  53.6  64.6  75.5  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Jun  61.8  72.4  83.1  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Jul  65.6  76.4  87.1  5.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  64.0  74.7  85.4  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Sep  57.7  68.3  78.9  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Oct  46.2  57.3  68.4  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Nov  37.9  48.2  58.6  3.5 "  0.3 "
 Dec  29.5  38.8  48.1  3.1 "  3.5 "

The climate of Charlottesville & Albemarle County is rather temperate and mild. Summers are hot & humid with afternoon thunderstorms common. Winters are cold, but major disruptive snow events are rather rare. Spring and fall are both beautiful times of year and visitors love to come in autumn to see the dazzling display of colors on the trees in Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding countryside.

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Cost of Living for Charlottesville & Albemarle County, VA

Charlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Charlottesville & Albemarle County features a wide variety of housing options, ranging from single-family homes, apartments, condos, townhouses, duplexes, gated communities, and assisted living communities.

Senior Assistance in Charlottesville & Albemarle County, VA

Charlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia offers the following assistance for seniors:

There are plentiful services for seniors offered in Charlottesville & Albemarle County, including meals-on-wheels, a senior center, assisted living facilities, and much more.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

With a thriving non-profit scene in Charlottesville & Albemarle County, there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities, ranging from working with children, to volunteering for the numerous athletic events that take place in the community.

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