McGuffey Hill – Charlottesville Downtown Condos


McGuffey Hill Charlottesville is comprised of 38 luxury condos tucked away on a dead-end street with beautiful landscaping, privacy, and 1 block from the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall. The condos offer a wonderful, inviting floor plan with an open kitchen, hardwood floors, a wall of built-in bookcases, loads of natural light, a floored attic for more storage, a great room, two private decks, and a shared patio. There is a wood-burning fireplace in each condo which adds additional heat and coziness during winter months.

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Note – A few condos have been joined together however, they are still counted as separate units for purposes of dues and HOA voting.

Size: 1-3 bedrooms and 1-2.5 baths.

Square Footage: 1,020 to 2,670 sq. ft.

Years Built: 1981-1983

Developer: Renowned Charlottesville architect, Frank Folsom Smith.

Recent Sales: 2 McGuffey Hill condos have sold in 2023. Both 2 beds/2 baths.

Median Price: In 2023, $422,500.

Note – A 2 bedroom/2 bath condo sold for $670,000 in Nov 2022

Parking: Condo owners receive 2 reserved parking spots (one space is in the covered parking).

Architectural style: contemporary and wood.

HOA Fees: $1,675 paid quarterly and an $50 Association Setup/Transfer fee.

HOA fees Cover: exterior maintenance, parking, water, sewer, trash & snow removal, and garden maintenance.

Note – The HOA is professionally managed by Cathcart Group.

Investors: No rentals are allowed at the present time as the HOA restricts the number of rentals.

History: The McGuffey Arts Center was originally the McGuffey Elementary School and named for William Holmes McGuffey, an educator at UVA and the author of the McGuffey Reader Series, whose books sold 122 million copies (almost as many books as the Bible and Webster’s Dictionary).

Location: Adjacent to McGuffey Park and McGuffey Art Center. 1.5 blocks from the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall. 2 blocks to the Jefferson Madison Public Library.

Directions: Park Street toward Downtown, Right on East High Street, Left onto 2ND St NW (one way) by McGuffey Park, Right at the Stop sign into the parking lot.

My Thoughts – This is a great opportunity to own a convenient, spacious Charlottesville Downtown condo in a super neighborhood. The McGuffey Hill neighborhood is tight and everyone knows everyone. The HOA is well-managed and the property is always clean. If it’s all about being in the right location then this downtown Charlottesville condo is for you. I want one! I give McGuffey Hill a 9 out of 10. Why not a 10? There’s no amenities.


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