Belvedere townhomes offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with manicured grounds in a park-like setting of 5 miles of quiet walking and biking trails.

While the Belvedere Charlottesville development might seem complicated it is not. It’s just a large subdivision that offers rentals, townhomes, and single-family homes.

Villas at Belvedere – 25 first-floor master suite ‘attached’ villas (townhomes).

In 2023, 21 townhomes were sold.

The median price was $499,000.

Recently Sold Villas at Belvedere: Since Jan 2023, 3 Villas at Belvedere Charlottesville were sold. The median price was $665,000.

Villas at Belvedere: The Villas at Belvedere offer first-floor master suites with two additional upstairs bedrooms, an attached 2-car garage, and a full, unfinished, walkout basement.

Villa Sizes: Villas at Belvedere range in size from 3 beds/2.5 full baths to 5 beds/4.5 baths and in size from 2,621 to 4,212 finished sq ft.

There are 2-3 villas in each block and each block sits on .17 of an acre.

Belvedere Villa Builders: Stanley Martin Homes in 2017.

Belvedere Townhomes: In 2023, 16 townhomes and villas were sold. The median price was $519,000.

Belvedere Townhomes Sizes: 2 beds/3 full baths to 4 beds/3.5 baths and in size from 1,948 to 2,784 finished sq ft.

Belvedere Townhomes Builders: Piedmont Realty & Construction, Southern Development Homes, and Stanley Martin Homes.

Townhomes in Belvedere today are the Bainbridge model (2,203–2,306 sq ft) and are being built by Southern Development Homes.

The Bainbridge model offers 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a flex room/office, attached garage, and is an open floorplan that includes a spacious great room, dining room & well-appointed kitchen with an oversized 9′ island, gas stove, chimney hood, granite counters, painted maple cabinetry, and an  8’x20’ TREX deck. All homes are 3rd party tested for energy efficiency & come with PEARL GOLD certification.

Architectural styles include Arts & Crafts, colonial, and traditional.

Belvedere amenities include protected green spaces, a 25-acre, community organic garden, athletic fields, a fabulous indoor SOCA soccer arena/fieldhouse, the Village Green, a playground, small parks throughout the property, the Dabney Dog Park (an off-leash dog playground and play area), SOCA athletic fields, a community firepit, a farmer’s market, Arts in Place, Thursdays Around 5,  Saturdays After Seven, social mixers, and the nearby Fairview Swim and Tennis Club (membership required).

Note – The 20-mile, Rivanna Trail goes by Belvedere so hikers can get on the trail that encircles the city of Charlottesville and connects to six city parks.

The 3-acre Belvedere Station, located in the center of Belvedere, was built as a mixed-use development that offers retail, commercial, and townhomes. It is temporarily closed according to the site. I think there is a coffee shop and dentist here now.

Villas at Belvedere HOA fees are $222/month and a $100 Association Setup/Transfer fee

Belvedere Townhomes HOA fees are $230/month and a $750 Association Setup/Transfer fee. Lawn maintenance & TING Fiber internet is included in the HOA.

Albemarle County property taxes for Belvedere luxury townhomes in 2022 average $3,500 a year.

HOA fees cover area maintenance, a master insurance policy, the play areas, professional management, and a reserve fund.

Villas at Belvedere Builders: Stanley Martin Homes, and Stonehaus (the original developer in 2007).

As of 2019, the new developer is New Belvedere Inc.

Belvedere History – Belvedere Charlottesville sits on the site of a 200-acre, 18th-century, black community known as Free State. Free State had a population of 450 in 1833.

When the developers realized what Belvedere was sitting on they named streets in the development after inhabitants of the old Free State community including Critta, Sally Hemings’ sister. A cemetery has been set aside as parkland.

Albemarle County Public Schools serve Belvedere with Agnor-Hurt Elementary, Burley Middle, and Albemarle High School.

Location: 2.5 miles from downtown Charlottesville.

Directions: Take 29N to Rio Rd. Turn right onto Rio. Turn left after Covenant Church onto Belvedere Blvd. Turn right onto Free State Road. Turn right onto Free State Drive.  While Belvedere offers Charlottesville new construction and luxury townhomes, it is known as New Urbanism. If New Urbanism appeals to you then Belvedere Charlottesville is for you.

My thoughts: 99% of the homes for sale in Belvedere Charlottesville VA sit on .15-.25 of an acre, and that is tight. I quote from Charlottesville Tomorrow, “The homes are built right by the sidewalk and you can talk to the neighbors when they walk by…” So if you want privacy forget it!

Meanwhile, builders continue to build Charlottesville new construction homes which can also be a nuisance. I do like the idea of hiding driveways and garages behind homes that are only accessible by separate alleyways.

While the Belvedere community in Charlottesville VA is similar to Old Trail Crozet, I’d take Old Trail Crozet any day. Old Trail is open and has magnificent Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Others have said Belvedere is hip like the Belmont Charlottesville neighborhood. Belvedere is not at all like the Belmont neighborhood. Belmont is old & hip. Belvedere is cool to the developers.

Although I rank it as one of the top suburban, Charlottesville’s neighborhoods, I give it a 7 out of 10. Why not a 10? It’s just too big. Plus there’s no interest in the commercial mixed-use real estate as no one wants to rent a store here.

Note – Don’t make the mistake of buying from a builder. Using a Charlottesville luxury realtor will ALWAYS get you more upgrades. We know what the builders are offering.

Note – I have added links to both The Reserve & The Center at Belvedere to learn more.

The Reserve at Belvedere – a 294-luxury apartment rental complex. Rents range from $1765-2500/month.

The Center at Belvedere is a new senior center (the Center offers no senior housing) and offers wonderful programs for everyone.