May be relocating to Charlottesville, VA ...any info would be helpful!

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by ! Danimal !, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. ! Danimal !

    ! Danimal ! --Dan--

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    So the title pretty much says it all, I am evaluating a potential job in the University of VA Healthcare system that would be out of their main campus in Charlottesville. I have done the usual research online though the town/state/employer website about the area but I want to hear what actual people have to say about the area. Motorcycles are one of my passions in life and am curious to see what others have to say regarding the area and on/off road friendliness of the state. For the purpose of this thread the majority of my riding is dual sport and street oriented with plated bikes although I have off road exclusive bikes as well. Also how's the ADV following around there....I may have to arrange a M&G to buy you guys some beer and figure out the local riding Thanks for any insight.

    Oh yeah, any neighborhoods to stay out of? Kinda hard looking at places to rent/lease/buy in an area your not familiar with. I like my bikes and want them to stay in my possession until I decide otherwise.

    Dan
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  2. OldnoGPS

    OldnoGPS Just a sightseer

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    Lots of good riding here IMHO but I was born here. Plenty of gravel, paved backroads, Forest service roads, mountains, flatlands, Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive, etc. Not bad for the variety and scenery.
    Limited true offroad opportunities.
    Neighborhoods are generally pretty safe all around compared to some places. Traffic has become a real PITA, lots of population influx with no road improvements. You'll find Real Estate pricey in town, somewhat less so in Albemarle or the surrounding Counties but more than some folks anticipate. Taxes are cheap compared to many places up north (or Texas for that matter). PM me if you have specific questions.
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  3. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    I just moved Charlottesville! Where's the dirt? Looking for as much off-road as the area has to offer. I can find the good road rides... I think. I'm looking for the good off-road/dirt areas. I've heard the GWNF is a good place to start. Where else should I explore? I'm happy to be shown if that's easier. :ear
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  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    well, they let this Cheesehead into the Commonwealth, what's one more. take the job, escape those Wisconsin taxes. more agreeable climate too, and a longer riding season. the DS riding in the area is great, plated bike required. many inmates to show you around.

    you won't regret the move. you'll be mowing the grass in the Commonwealth when the windchill is still -50 in Altoona.
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  5. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    I'm no cheesehead. Just a Montanan looking for a good time while I'm in Charlottesville so any input appreciated. :ear
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  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    ok Montana, start watching the Catherders, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, NOVA riders threads. on any given day of the week, somebody is riding.
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  7. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    Copy that cheesehead, subscribed. Thanks.
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  8. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Get in on the richmond va thread and there is always someone headed to Nelson or Amherst counties to ride.

    Where are you in Albemarle ? I used to live in Scottsville.
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  9. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Richmond va chatter thread.

    P's I can help you with insurance if you need an agent.
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  10. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    The wife put us in "the city of". I can't complain, spent a lot of time living out of town in other towns, and it's a nice change to be able to walk to town/restaurants/bars... I'm an outside dog that belongs in the sticks... But I digress...
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  11. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Search in Google "Albemarle colonial roads vdot" that will give you a bunch of back road exploring and a primer on colonial history.

    Note 600 series roads are usually tar and chip. 700 series are often gravel.
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  12. mattgoff

    mattgoff Been here awhile

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    If you need any help past what the rest of these guys have offered, feel free to PM. I'm a transplant a few years into living in the area and am actually attempting to purchase a house myself. I lived in town my first 2 years and have now done 2 in the sticks in Ivy.
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  13. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    Good for you!
    Great area to live and play. I seriously doubt you will be disappointed. Motorcycling heaven and a great place to raise a family. Well educated community with lots going on.
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