A snapshot of Charlottesville real estate transactions in March 2021

Much of what I write about is planning. But to really understand what’s happening in Charlottesville, it’s important to look through transactions. I share this with you to give an anecdotal view of the market. No analysis is intended with this list, but I do think reading through it is a valuable exercise for anyone interested in land use in Charlottesville. 

This time around, a lot of bank buildings were purchased. Lots of units in the Ridgecrest townhouse complex sold. Prices continued to increase for lots finished and ready for development.

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March 1, 2021

  • The owner of a single family home on 14th Street NW that was built in 1921 was transferred by the owner to an LLC that is the same as the structure’s address. 
  • A new single-family home in Charlottesville’s side of the Lochlyn Hill neighborhood on Lochlyn Hill Drive sold for $415,000. The lot was appraised in 2021 at $91,000. 
  • A company called 418 Investors LLC purchased two office spaces inside of the King Building on East Water Street. Suite 800 sold for $990,000 and Suite 900 sold for $290,000. Suite 800 has a 2021 assessment of $1,448,700 making the sale 31.6 percent below that value. The sale of Suite 900 was eleven percent below the assessed value of $325,800. 
  • A single family house on Oakleaf Lane right next to Walker Upper Elementary School sold for $334,700, or 1.58 percent over the assessment.
King Building (Source: Charlottesville GIS)

March 2, 2021

  • A unit in the Ridgecrest townhouse community sold for $200,000, or 8.46 percent over the assessed value. Ridgecrest is just to the northwest of Rives Park. 
  • A single family home built in 2011 as part of the Belmont Cottages neighborhood sold for $495,000, or 24.87 percent over the 2021 assessment of $396,400. 
  • A single family home built in 1925 in the 1100 block of Avon Street in Belmont sold for $307,000. That’s 89.16 percent over the 2021 assessment of $162,300. 
  • A house in the 400 block of Park Street that is used as an office building sold for $750,000. That’s 26.31 percent under the 2021 assessment, and 45 percent under the 2021 assessment. 
  • A house in the 600 block of East High Street that most recently contained three one-bedroom apartments sold for $600,000, or 29.45 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single-family home on Mowbray Street near Burnley-Moran Elementary School sold for $315,000, or 3.26 below the 2021 assessment

March 4, 2021

  • A 0.127 acre lot in the Lochlyn Hill neighborhood sold for $150,150. That’s 7.25 percent over the 2021 assessment of $140,000. 
  • A unit in the Randolph building on 10th Street NE sold for $825,000. That’s three percent over the 2021 assessment and 16.76 percent over the 2020 assessment of $706,600. 
  • A residential unit in the new mixed-unit development complex at 1100 East High Street sold for $533,348. 
  • A single family home in the 1100 block of Montrose Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood sold for $340,000, or 11 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A unit in the Ridgecrest Development sold for $243,100, or 2.25 percent below assessment. 
  • A building at 2149 Barracks Road that has been used as a bank sold for $1.7 million to WGM Acquisitions, LLC. The 2021 assessment for the building and its 0.574 lot were assessed for $1.4 million, making the transaction 21.2 percent over assessment. 
  • A unit in the Walker Square complex sold for $243,000, or 5.1 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single family home in the 1800 block of Yorktown Drive sold for $700,000, or 5.17 percent over assessment. The structure was built in 1962. 
  • A single family home in the Fifeville/Forest Hills neighborhood on David Terrace sold for $275,000, or 13.87 percent of the 2021 assessment. This transaction is 19.57 percent over the 2020 assessment. 
  • A single family home in the 1400 block of Forest Ridge Road sold for $319,000, or 16.89 percent of the 2021 assessment. 
2149 Barracks Road (Source: Charlottesville GIS)

March 5, 2021

  • A single family home in the 900 block of Old Farm Road in the Rugby neighborhood sold for $1,149,000. That’s 11.96 percent over the 2021 assessment of $1,026,300. 
  • WGM Acquisitions LLC purchased another bank building at 402 Park Street. The purchase price was $1.2 million. That’s 62.77 percent below the 2021 purchase assessment of $3.223,200. That includes around $1.8 million for the land, which had been assessed at $1 million in 2019. 
  • A single family home on Olinda Drive in the Forest Hills neighborhood sold for $390,000, or 20.74 percent over the 2021 assessment. Source: Charlottesville GIS

March 8, 2021

  • A single family home on Rugby Place in the Rugby neighborhood sold for $560,000, or 3.5 percent below the 2021 assessment.
  • A single family home on Center Avenue in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood that was built in 1965 sold for $370,000. That is 26.45 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single family home on the Albemarle border in the Willoughby neighborhood sold for $375,000, or 7.51 percent over the 2021 assessment. 

March 9, 2021

  • A single family home in the 2200 block of Brandywine Drive sold for $485,000, or 24.74 percent over the 2021 assessment. 

March 10, 2021

  • A unit in the Ridgecrest community on Danbury Court sold for $252,000, or 23.35 percent over the assessment. 

March 11, 2021

  • Stanley Martin Homes took possession of 17 lots in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood for a development planned for between Monte Vista Avenue and the future Belleview Street. 
  • A single family home in the Venable neighborhood on Rosser Lane sold for $775,000, almost right at the 2021 assessment. The 2020 assessment had been $954,300 but the amount was reduced this year. 

March 12, 2021

  • A single family home on 18th Street NE in the Woolen Mills neighborhood sold for $576,000. That’s 18.84 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single family home in the 500 block of Cleveland Avenue sold for $285,000, or 3.62 percent under the 2021 assessment. 

March 15, 2021

  • Two units in the Walker Square complex sold today. One in the 700 block sold for $235,000 (1.64 percent over assessment) and one in the 755 block sold for $327,000 (3.97 percent over assessment). 

March 16, 2021

  • A unit in the Ridgecrest neighborhood sold for $202,500, which is 8.64 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • Jefferson National Bank sold a bank building at 410 10th Street NE for $775,000 to McTweed LLC. That’s 36.2 percent below the 2021 assessment. The property is within the High Street zoning corridor which has a maximum building height of 35 feet. 
  • A unit in an apartment complex on Wertland Street sold for $185,000, or 16.57 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A unit in the apartment complex at 1800 Jefferson Park Avenue sold for $215,000, or 15.41 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
410 10tth Street NE (Source; Charlottesville GIS)

March 17, 2021

  • A house on Peartree Lane in the Locust Grove neighborhood sold for $310,000, or 2.82 percent under the 2021 assessment. 

March 18, 2021

  • A new home on Stonehenge Avenue Extended sold for $596,437. That 0.142 acre lot was assessed for $125,000 in 2021. 
  • A renovated home in the 900 block of Monticello Avenue sold for $580,000. The entire property had a 2021 assessment of $149,500, which is 287 percent over assessment. However, a search of building permit records pulls up substantial upgrades to the structure. 
  • One side of a duplex in the 400 block of Riverside Avenue sold for $247,000. That’s 15.58 percent over the 2021 assessment of $213,700. 
  • A unit in the McGuffey Hill condominium complex sold for $275,000, or 15.38 percent under the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single family home on Edgewood Lane in the Venable neighborhood sold for $985,000, or 6.84 percent over the 2021 assessment. 

March 19, 2021

  • A lot in the Lochlyn Hill neighborhood sold for $164,450. The 2021 assessment was $140,000.
  • A single family home on Altavista Avenue in Belmont sold for $220,000, or 1.52 percent over the 2021 assessment. 

March 22, 2021

  • A single family home on Martin Street in the Locust Grove neighborhood sold for $355,000. That’s 20.91 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single family home in the 1400 block of Hazel Street in the Martha Jefferson neighborhood sold for $445,000. That’s 9.18 percent over the 2021 assessment. 

March 23, 2021

  • A commercial unit in the new mixed-use development at 1100 East High Street sold for $500,000. That’s 17.37 percent above the 2020 assessment of $426,00, but 13.69 percent below the 2021 assessment of $579,300. 
  • A lot in the Lochlyn Hill development sold for $197,400. That’s 41 percent over the 2021 assessment of $140,000. 
  • A unit in the Waterhouse complex on Water Street sold for $1.585 million. That’s 2.63 percent over the 2021 assessment but 1.87 percent under the 2020 assessment. 

March 24, 2021

  • Two units on the ground floor of the Lewis and Clark Building at 250 West Main Street sold for $380,000. The combined 2021 assessment for the two units is $403,000. 
  • A unit in the condominium building at 1800 Jefferson Park Avenue sold for $250,000, or 1.87 percent over the 2021 assessment of $245,400. 
Lewis and Clark Building (Source: Charlottesville GIS)

March 26, 2021

  • Two lots on Palatine Avenue in Belmont were combined into one and purchased for $300,000. The one lot still visible in GIS had a 2021 assessment of $356,100. The new owner is an LLC. 
  • Another single family home on David Terrace was sold. This home from 1959 was purchased for $300,000, or 20.29 percent over the 2021 assessment of $249,400. 

March 29, 2021

  • A single family home on Lyons Avenue in the North Downtown neighborhood sold for $600,000. That’s 6.53 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A unit in the 770 block of Walker Square sold for $255,000, or two percent below the assessment of $260,200. The 2020 assessment was $243,400. 
  • A unit in the Ridgecrest community on Greenwich Court sold for $269,000. That’s 7.17 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A townhome in the southern side of Burnet Commons sold for $435,000, or 14.26 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A multifamily unit on Westerly Avenue at its intersection with Fontaine Avenue sold for $399,000. The 2021 assessment is $376,700, which puts this transaction at 5.92 percent over. 
  • A single family home on Preston Place built in 1946 sold for $605,000. That’s 12.28 percent below the 2021 assessment of $689,700. 
  • A home originally built in 1920 on Jefferson Park Avenue sold for $686,500, which is 44.71 percent over the 2021 assessment. The previous owner, Martin Homes LLC, renovated the interior in 2016. 
  • An apartment unit on Carlton Avenue in the Sunrise Court development sold for $160,000. The 2021 assessment is $107,200 making the sales price 49.25 percent over the current value. The structure was built in 2012 as part of a project led by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. 
  • A single family home in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood on Hilton Drive sold for $350,000, or 8.76 percent over the 2021 assessment. The structure was built in 1966. In 2020, the assessment was $278,200. 

March 31, 2021

  • A single family home in the 1600 block of King Mountain Road in the Greenbrier neighborhood sold for $765,000. That’s 44 percent over the 2021 assessment of $531,200. 
  • A single family home in the 500 block of Rockland Avenue in the Ridge Street neighborhood sold for $362,000, which is 15.21 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A new three bedroom home on Paynes Mill Road sold for $495,175. The lot had been assessed for $85,000 in 2020 and $115,000 in 2021. 
  • A house built in 2016 as part of the Burnet Commons neighborhood sold for $425,00, which is 7.27 percent over the 2021 assessment. 
  • A single family home on Field Road in the Venable neighborhood sold for $1.1 million. However, the 2021 assessment is $1.456 million, making the transaction 24.45 percent lower than the assessment. 
  • A single family home in the 900 block of Avon Street sold for $276,000. That’s 3.56 percent over the 2021 assessment. 

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