Virginia Gardner, Realtor Earlysville

Earlysville is a wonderful place to call home…

EARLYSVILLE AUTUMNEarlysville, Virginia is a small village located just northwest of Charlottesville, close to the Charlottesville Regional Airport (CHO) It features pretty rural neighborhoods and lovely farms and estates. Schools are located in the village or close by, and wonderful shopping and restaurants are just moments away. All of the area’s major employers are located within a 10 – 30 minutes drive of Earlysville (see below for details), including the University of Virginia,  Downtown businesses, the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), General Electric, and companies based at the University of Virginia Research Park.
Virginia Gardner, Realtor EarlysvilleEarlysville offers neighborhood environments, with lot sizes ranging from 1-3 acres on streets which end in cul de sacs.  There are also more rural neighborhoods, areas that are not contained; they are, instead, individual 2+ acre homesites that border state roads or are located at the end of long driveways.  It’s a very interesting, very beautiful area, with pastoral, wooded, or mountain views at every turn.  These are neighborhood communities, where people know and care about one another.  There is, however, a certain peace and quiet, and an expectation of privacy,  that comes with living in a rural environment, no matter how convenient it may be to shopping, school, and employment.
Those of us who have chosen Earlysville as our home know that we enjoy the best of all worlds.

Some of the many employers located within 5 miles of Earlysville…
  • The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC): NGIC’s mission is to produce all-source integrated intelligence on foreign ground forces and support combat technologies to ensure that U.S. forces and other decision makers will always have a decisive edge on any battlefield.
  • Charlottesville is benefiting in a big way from the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) progress, as many Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) organizations are moving/have relocated to this area at NGIC.
  • MicroAire Surgical Instruments, with 130 employees; R&D and headquarters facility for surgical instruments manufacturer, located along Airport Road.
At the UVA Research Park, just some of the Park’s employers include…
  • CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc., with 112 local employees;  A global consulting firm, providing IT and network solutions to the federal government.
  • NIITEK, with 130 local employees; A leading developer of robot and vehicle-mounted mine detection systems using advanced ground penetrating radar and metal detection technologies.
  • Northrop Grumman, with 80 local employees; A global aerospace and defense company and the world’s largest shipbuilder.
  • PRA International, with 360 local employees; Regional headquarters for full-service contract clinical research organization.
The area’s largest employer, the University of Virginia, is located just 10 miles from Earlysville, as is Downtown Charlottesville.
All of the area’s major shopping areas are easily available to Earlysville:
  • Hollymead Town Center, with Harris Teeter Grocery, Target, Kohl’s (opening Fall 2011), and all sorts of national and local retailers and restaurants (5-10 minutes)
  • Stonefield, with Trader Joe’s, Pottery Barn, Regal IMAX Theaters, and many restaurants
  • Rio Hill Shopping and immediate area, with Kroger Grocery, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s, WalMart, and Sam’s Club (15 minutes)
  • Albemarle Square, with a branch of the JMRL public library (15-20 minutes)
  • Fashion Square Mall, the area’s only enclosed shopping center, with Sears, Belk, and JC Penney (15-20 minutes)
  • Barracks Road Shopping Center, the area’s higher-end shopping, includes locally-owned boutique shops and gourmet-to-go, along with some of the national restaurant chains, Kroger and Harris Teeter grocery stores, an Old Navy, Michael’s, Barnes & Noble’s, and more (15-20 minutes)
  • Charlottesville Downtown Pedestrian Mall, the best selection of restaurants in the area, art and craft galleries, unique and interesting retailers, and the best place to find entertainment in the area (20-25 minutes)
Earlysville home for sale

All-brick Ranch at Earlysville Heights $250,000 with Detached Garage!

1-600 Ridgemont Rd600 Ridgemont Road, Earlysville Heights
MLS 515781

All-brick ranch at Earlysville Heights $250,000 with detached garage…

This new listing in Earlysville is such wonderful opportunity.  3 bedrooms and 2 updated full baths, beautiful living room with hardwood floors and the 15′ x 15′ family room features a masonry fireplace with (removable) woodstove insert.   The updated kitchen adjoins a pretty, formal dining room.

6- backyardPerhaps the most exciting part of this story is the glorious, flat back yard… really amazing space for recreation or plan your garden — great light!!!

There is a very special, bonus 24′ x 18′ detached garage, which could be anyone’s dream garage, potting shed and storage, workshop, studio, whatever strikes their fancy.

For details or to preview, call me!  Virginia Gardner, 434-981-0871, or email

Earlysville Spring

Yes, indeed, it’s Spring in Charlottesville!

We had a relatively drag-y sort of winter… you know, the type that seems to not want to end.  We had just a couple of heavy snows, and the rest of the winter was dry and cold.  A week ago, I was beginning to prepare the beds for upcoming vegetable planting, and I wondered if my Lilacs were dead.  Two days later, after a bit of warmth and rain, and WOW… everything is popping out all over.

Earlysville SpringWe live along a wonderful Earlysville road, Bleak House Road.  Spring along Bleak House is particularly breathtaking…

Bleak House Rd Earlysville

Virginia Gardner, real estate agent for Earlysville Virginia homes for sale

Two Beautiful Earlysville Homes Open Sunday Nov 18th

Virginia Gardner, real estate agent for Earlysville Virginia homes for saleOPEN SUNDAY NOV 18, 1-4 pm
4230 Redwood Lane, Walnut Hills, $668,000
3474 Bleak House Road, $685,000

I’m often asked why we love Earlysville.  We’ve lived in the Earlysville area for over twenty years, and we fully intend to stay here until we can no longer physically take care of our property.  So… why?  For us, and for many neighbors with whom I speak, it’s because Earlysville offers that rare combination of rural ambiance and the convenience to all levels of shopping and dining that one might expect in a more metropolitan area.  Families can find neighborhoods in all price ranges (search all available homes in the Earlysville area), in a great variety of home styles, and all on larger lot sizes, from 1 acre to as many as you might like. Read More

balloons reduced

The Peace of a Drifting Balloon

Aside from showing real estate on Saturday morning, most of our Memorial Day weekend was spent working in our gardens.  On Saturday, following installation of a deer fence, we enjoyed a cold beverage while we looked over the fruit of our labors.  Our afternoon was made complete by the visit of three balloons, one of which we videotaped.

There’s nothing quite like the peace of a drifting balloon; yet another joy of living in the Charlottesville area.

Earlysville Realtor, Virginia Gardner

The Beauty of Bleak House Road in Earlysville, VA

The Beauty of Bleak House Road in Earlysville, VA

There are many beautiful spots throughout Albemarle County, and the Bleak House Road area of Earlysville is one of them.  We enjoy long walks down a lovely rural road, one with beauty, peace and neighborliness.

Virginia Gardner, Earlysville RealtorWhen we walk in the morning, this is our view at the 1.5 mile mark where we turn around and head for home.

Earlysville Realtor, Virginia Gardner

charlottesville va realtor virginia gardner

Living Charlottesville: Woodhayven, an affordable Downtown neighborhood

Charlottesville va communities and neighborhoods, Charlottesville Realtor Virginia GardnerLiving Charlottesville: Woodhayven, an affordable neighborhood in Downtown Charlottesville that will surprise you

Do you know the Woodhayven neighborhood in downtown Charlottesville? 

It’s located in North Downtown, accessed from two points along Park and Rio; Woodhayven is just 2 miles from the historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  The neighborhood is a very nice, charlottesville va realtor virginia gardner www.charlottesvillehome.comaffordable neighborhood in the downtown Charlottesville area, with homeowners who are happy to own large lots, enjoy green spaces and wide streets that are not heavily traveled, and they know and enjoy their neighbors.   In fact, while reviewing past sales in the neighborhood, I came across the following comment in the remarks section of a home which sold recently on Elizabeth Avenue…

“This neighborhood is as good as it gets — friendly neighbors who all look out for each other, like how it used to be.” Read More