Often potential buyers of Virginia real estate homes browse our site from international locations. We try to make it easy for everyone to accommodate things like language differences and currency exchange rates. After all, how would we know how far our dollar will go towards a real estate home purchase in a country where we don’t know the worth of our own currency? Hopefully this helps! On the left side the small link called “translation” will allow you to click on a particular country’s language and that will allow you to see our entire website in the language of your choice.
High-income individuals likely already know some of the benefits of purchasing luxury properties. There are so many advantages for home owners who are fortunate to be very selective about their real estate investments because a home is the most personal of investments. But let’s be clear about our terms so that we all understand that luxury real estate is not a simple monetary decision. You are buying a lifestyle.
One reason buyers seek luxury properties is the requirement that real estate must be unique. The exact home descriptions can vary from mansions to horse farms to historic properties to one-of-a-kind home locations. We see some similarities in our estate clients regardless of the type of luxury they have in mind. In Virginia, where colonial elegance tends to be characterized by quiet low key expression, you will find many estate owners who are here because they enjoy the privacy and security that our conservative area offers. Many celebrities, politicians, and famous artists live here, and they all are able to go about their personal lives while enjoying the respect and privacy that other locals afford them. Quiet money can blend in here. Recently a famous movie was made in our area and it took months for the California movie cast and crew to finish filming in various locations. When filming was finished, several actors and crew members moved to Charlottesville as a permanent home base, because they had experienced the wonderful lifestyle of Central Virginia and did not want to leave. And yes, they continue to mingle with us in restaurants and stores and athletic functions… undisturbed and quietly accepted by their neighbors.
Neighbors are actually one of the criteria that motivates buyers of luxury homes. There is comfort in having similar neighbors and also in knowing that one’s neighbors also place great value on maintaining the property values in the neighborhood, and that protects home investment values.
The Charlottesville area has some built-in advantages just due to its geographic location in Central VA. The gorgeous scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the Piedmont region are perfect for our country estates, horse farms, and vineyards. Residents have easy access to Washington D.C. as well as the beaches of southeast Virginia and the Carolinas. The desirability of the area’s real estate has buffered recent housing market issues because Charlottesville remains a strong choice of retirees and for tourists.
The University of Virginia in Charlottesville is a top-ranked educational facility that draws students from all over the world, and we welcome the fresh ideas brought to our area with each school year. There are also other wonderful centers for learning, and …. unlike in some other areas of the country … Central Virginia public schools are great places to attend. Of course there are also private school options as well as boarding school options if you prefer. The University of Virginia (known as UVa) also has a top-notch medical center which features a school of medicine and a 600-bed hospital facility (2016 bed count).
The emphasis on learning means that technology is valued in Charlottesville. Most properties are fully equipped to handle today’s cable/internet needs although you will want to verify specific properties if you’re thinking of purchasing a home in the mountains where reception might not be the same. This allows our international clients to work from home, or write novels from home to send them to publishers, conduct financial transactions in various markets, and even research how to care for the trees and flowers that may be unfamiliar to them from their previous homes. Technology also assures new residents with quality monitored home security systems if they choose.
Landscaping is a feature that helps set apart luxury real estate from other properties. Around Central Virginia you will find horse farms on hundreds of acres with beautiful fences and landscaped gardens. In the city of Charlottesville, luxury real estate likely includes manicured lawns or possibly caretakers who maintain the exterior areas of the home. There are private swimming pools and personal fitness centers. Attention to the home’s architectural details often emphasizes the colonial styling from historic Virginia, which includes the use of brick siding, brick walksways and walls, arched columns, gorgeous old fireplace mantels, quarter-sawn wood floors that remain perfect even after hundreds of years, leaded glass windows, and grand stairways.
We have seen that high net worth individuals, whether from the States or from international countries, value the investment of a luxury property because estates tend to hold their values regardless of economic waves. Luxury homes are a smart way for people to grow their investment values while enjoying the asset of the property to provide a wonderful lifestyle. Estates are always in demand and Virginia has the most wonderful estate homes for sale!
We have learned to anticipate some of the needs of our international buyers. We are responsive with our communications with you even when the time of day is different. We can meet you at the airport and help get you to your accommodations. We have maps for you and recommendations of places to eat and to stay (Charlottesville has some charming inns). We’ve explained different types of plant life, traffic patterns, and we’ve attempted to translate American slang into something more understandable to a foreign ear. It’s good to remember that international buyers often have homes in a number of locations, and it helps us when you can enumerate the features of your other properties that you intend to find in your Charlottesville home. There are things sometimes taken for granted in other places (chalets) that you’ll find few of here.
We take good care of our international buyers. There are many details to be accomplished in order for an international buyer to purchase a home in the U.S. You will benefit from the advice of an attorney who specializes in that process (we are not attorneys). And we’re sorry that we can’t explain Yankee humor and we don’t try to defend why we put ice cubes in our drinks. We trust that we’ll all come to agreement on that eventually. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to help with your transition to a luxury home or country estate property in Charlottesville.