Whether indoors or outside, Charlottesville is the perfect place to have fun.

Located just 2.5 miles from downtown Charlottesville, Belvedere’s convenient proximity allows residents to enjoy all the excitement this vibrant, growing city has to offer. Looking for someplace special to dine or shop? Head to the Historic Downtown Mall, a unique, pedestrian-only, tree-lined and brick-paved outdoor hot spot, home to more than 120 shops, 30 diverse and delicious restaurants, several art galleries, three theaters, various music venues, a farmer’s market and an ice rink. Some of the city’s most popular events include First Night Virginia, Virginia Festival of the Book and the Virginia Film Festival. Charlottesville is also home to the University of Virginia, a top national university that has community offerings that include athletic, artistic and educational events.

Here’s what other people are saying:

  • Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (#4) – Entrepreneur Magazine & Livability.com
  • 8 Southern Cities for Your Bucket List – Visit South 2015

  • 12 Cutest Small Towns in America – Huffington Post 2015
  • Most Exciting Place in Virginia (#1) – Movoto Real Estate
  • Top 5 New American Foodie Cities – Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2014
  • America’s Favorite Mountain Towns (#9) – Travel + Leisure Magazine 2014
  • Top 5 Destinations Every American Should Visit – Orbitz Worldwide 2014

Find ultimate life work balance—from your downtown home in Belvedere.

From shopping the boutiques on the Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall, to the malls lining Route 29—Barrack’s Road Shopping Center, The Shops at Stonefield, Fashion Square Mall, Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as numerous other national chains—you won’t need to travel far to shop or dine as these are all within a five mile radius of your backdoor.

And when it’s time to get up and go to work, you can leave stress behind as you are also within five miles to:   

  • The University of Virginia and its renowned Medical Center
  • Sentara’s Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC); within 10 miles
  • Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) outpost at Rivanna Station; within 10 miles
  • City and county government offices & many public and private schools
  • Countless privately run businesses

Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and leaves you with more time for play.

You’ll find it all here, and all within steps of your energy efficient home at Belvedere.

Central Virginia residents love to go outside. With Belvedere’s convenient location on the Rivanna River, on weekends, you can head to the river’s banks to enjoy kayaking, canoeing, rafting, paddle boarding, fishing and more. Or hit the trail with walking, running or biking on the connected John Warner Parkway, nearby Saunders-Monticello trail on Monticello grounds, or the Appalachian trail running through the Shenandoah National Park, a short drive away. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to get fresh air and plenty of scenic views.

Another popular destination is nearby McIntire Park, which features magnificent views of the mountains, winding streams and lush woodlands. Park facilities include: lighted sports fields, a nine-hole sand green golf course, a playground, nature trails and picnic shelters. Currently under construction is The Brooks Family YMCA in McIntire Park that will offer aquatics, fitness and a wide range of programs in the new family recreation center.

Other noteworthy area activities include vineyard tours, steeplechase racing, orchard outings and visits to historic sites. In fact, three of our country’s Founding Fathers have nearby estates offering tours and a peek into our nation’s early years. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland plantations are outside Charlottesville in Albemarle County, and James Madison’s Montpelier is just 30 miles away.

Walking Trails

As a proponent of the urban by nature ideals, Belvedere is a community dedicated to getting outside and walking. Within the neighborhood, everything is walkable. And our location is ideal for residents who want to travel a bit farther, as our community links up to all kinds of walking trails, including the Rivanna Trail, the John Warner Parkway’s 2.5 mile trail to downtown, and is a short drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains with its seemingly endless trails and hikes.

Albemarle County public Schools

The neighborhood of Belvedere is served by the award-winning public schools of Albemarle County, including Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, Burley Middle School and Albemarle High School. Belvedere residents’ children receive bus service to these schools.


Charlottesville is lucky to have some of the finest healthcare resources in the country located right here, in our city, including The University of Virginia Health System, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and the Monticello Community Surgery Center.