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  • Central VA posters?

    Are there still many central VA posters here? I was searching for I forget what on google- something about moving within central VA, whch we're ging to be doing- and came upon a plethora of posts on this board about this topicfrom 2004.

    In brief, my situation is this: currently in Albemarle with six horses on a paltry five acres. We can no longer afford to keep the place we are (long not sympathy worthy story) and so we are looking for something else... cheaper. But with enough land for the horses. Fenced with a horse type structure would be nice. Otherwise, we'll have to have something put up.

    Anyone actually know anything about how unwanted we'd be in the "hollers"? We've been scouting places in Madison, near Culpeper, a couple in Albemarle... waaaay out in Albemarle We'd like to stay close to the Park for my son's job, and commuting distance to C'ville. I care much more about the horse-friendliness of the property, but my family, understandably, wishes to live a minor cut above single room house with outdoor plumbing.

    Gee, maybe I could actually make some "horsey friends" here


  • #2
    Have you considered Fluvanna - from what I've seen, gorgeous horse country and still affordable (as compared to Albemarle/C'ville). I have friends there and they are only 20 minutes from C'ville / Rt 29.

    Lots of great horse country all around there - contact someone at www.vadach.org (Virginia Dressage Assoc. - Charlottesville) - lots of great people there and know the community well.
    Originally posted by SmartAlex

    Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.


    • #3
      There's actually not a lot in the way of affordable farmettes. Yup, prices are going down but there's just not a lot available. Fluvanna has better schools than Louisa, Greene, Madison, and Orange. Prices and taxes are higher though. Also, if you want to be within spitting distance of c-ville, try over the mountain in Waynesboro or even Elkton if you want to be north of town.
      Even duct tape can't fix stupid


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by LisaB View Post
        There's actually not a lot in the way of affordable farmettes. Yup, prices are going down but there's just not a lot available. Fluvanna has better schools than Louisa, Greene, Madison, and Orange. Prices and taxes are higher though. Also, if you want to be within spitting distance of c-ville, try over the mountain in Waynesboro or even Elkton if you want to be north of town.
        Glad to know some central VA people still here We are looking as far north as the Culpeper area, as far west as Elkton/Luray and as far south (now) as Buckingham and Amherst. Schools are not an issue for us, though they may well impact future value. One son, college graduate now, still at home. Son has a Parks and Rec degree; DH in music.

        We found a couple of places to look at south of C'ville- one 40 acres!!! AND affordable The barn looks a bit rustic, but maybe I could work with it. All fenced and cross fenced with four rail. I like no-climb wire, but I could add that over time. A good drive from C'ville- an hour- but that's doable. I guess we better get this house sold. We're listing it.

        BTW, anyone here know where Fox Meadow Farm is? It was an Arabian farm for a brief few years.



        • #5
          I *think* Fox Meadow is right outside of Gordonsville. I live in Orange County. It's pretty good up here. And a heck of a lot closer than Buckingham and Luray. Again, closer to c-ville, the more expensive and less land.
          Anyway, there are a few friends in Appomatox and quite a few in Scottsville. I wouldn't go further south than the James River. That's just me. I don't like the 'South shall rise agin' attitude if you get my drift. But a friend who lives in Appomatox likes it and they have a really friendly foxhunting group there.
          Even duct tape can't fix stupid


          • #6
            fox meadow farm is in gordonsville.


            • Original Poster

              There's a lot I'd do for 40 acres. I'd live with a charismatic church on either side of me and be happy about it.

              I have to admit I don't actually bother to interact much with people. Unless they are total horse or animal nuts, like me. Otherwise, I'm fairly unsociable. Yeah, it sucks to be you if you want to be my friend and don't think any good conversation is about horses (or dogs). Just the way it is.



              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by Baroquecoco View Post
                fox meadow farm is in gordonsville.
                There must be two of them. Not a huge surprise. Central VA has its share of foxes and meadows. This one is/was a neighbor of mine, in the broad sense of the word.

                PMing.- I think.



                • #9
                  I think there is also one nr Lynchburg

                  Originally posted by Baroquecoco View Post
                  fox meadow farm is in gordonsville.
                  I believe that there was /is a Fox Meadow Farm in Nelson County, off Rte 29 just north of Lynchburg. I also believe that they used to breed Arabians, but don't hold me to that.

                  Land is pretty inexpensive in Nelson County BTW, esp south of Lovingston almost to Amherst.
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                  • #10
                    I'd stay out of culpeper, the taxes are going to be increasing quite a bit. This recession has temporarily saved them from being overrun by development. There are already of lot developments approved for the county.

                    As far as schools are concerned, I interviewed in Fluvanna but turned the job down a few years ago. I didn't like the feel of the schools there.

                    Greene county and Louisa County get the overflow from Albemarle.


                    • #11

                      Website lists them as being in Barboursville but the wording also makes it sound like they have more than one location.


                      • #12
                        If you just want acreage and you're not worried about schools, neighbors, etc., you might try Buckingham. I'd hate to raise kids there, but you might still be able to get large cheap tracts of land. We haven't looked in that area in years, mainly because we were under the false impression that Albemarle County would give our kids a better education (silly me). But years ago, the land was REALLY cheaper. You do have to put up with lots of trailers and serious trash on the roads, but might be an option if you can get enough land to not have to SEE your neighbors!

                        Also, we just went to Farmville on Saturday and picked up a few real estate flyers. There were some definite deals there, I thought. One old farmhouse on 9 open acres for $119K I think? My jaw dropped. You can't get a wooded 1/2 acre lot in Albemarle for that.


                        • #13
                          I think they were in Nelson County moved to near Gordonsville. Or so says hubby who is the Arabian expert who also used to breed and sell arabians in Nelson country then Madison County. .


                          • #14
                            Yeah, but like I said, you head south of the James River, there is that mentality of 'The South Shall Rise Agin' It would make it very uncomfortable to do your grocery shopping or get to know your neighbors. I'd pass.
                            Even duct tape can't fix stupid


                            • #15
                              LisaB, I would have to agree with you, but different strokes for different folks. She indicated that she didn't particularly like people anyway, and she'd cut off her left arm for a large tract of land, so I thought Buckingham might fit very well


                              • #16
                                True Bella, but I myself hate being around people and when I went to college down there, I was awfully uncomfortable getting gas, going to Wally World, etc. And neighbors will get to know you.
                                I live waaaay back off the road. I mean we are surrounded by no one. Cow fields and timber farms. Our nearest neighbor is up on the road, 6/10th of a mile. You would think we could be selling crack or running a porn internet site back there because nobody would know our business, right? Wrong! Way wrong, we know more about our neighbors and we get more visitors than we ever did when we lived in a subdivision.
                                So, get a feel down there. Go get gas, head to the grocery store. If they look like mutants (like our town of Orange Food Lion) and you feel like this isn't/is the place for you, then you'll know. There are some gorgeous tracts of land down that way and cheap but that cheapness comes at a price.
                                But like I said I have horse friends down that way and they love it.
                                And Farmville has a kick ass fancy furniture store (actually it's half the town).
                                Even duct tape can't fix stupid


                                • #17
                                  LisaB, I didn't realize you went to Longwood! Good to have more info on the area. We went to Greenfront on Saturday (great furniture store but definitely no "bargains"...it was great exhausting fun though) and drove around the university a bit. We're trying to get our oldest daughter thinking about college a little and know some other girls attending Longwood now. I might have to PM you sometime to get more info!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Y'all know, the South has a great literary tradition. For just a tiny sample: Faulkner, Welty, Capote, Harper Lee, Styron, Reynolds Price...

                                    I'm an equal opportunity unsociable person. Equally unsociable with culturally superior peeps and rednecks. I'm not a regular churchgoer, I don't hunt, I don't eat red meat, I like Whole Foods. I'm fairly liberal, I'm a little odd, and I'm a horse nut. BUT, whoever said they were drinking wine out of a go-cup and shooting bottle rockets... make it dry wine, beer or iced tea for me, and it sounds like a good time.

                                    I wave, I do the stop and chat, everyone is welcome on my front porch, and I always have a spare cup of sugar. But that's it. Of my friendly acquaintances here, several are actual Southerners. I told my family that when we find a place, if we like it, I'm going to take the Virginia flag we have and hang it out front.

                                    The only problem I would have is if my neighbors expected me to be like them. They can be just how they are, and that's fine with me. Unless they shoot at my dogs or horses.