The blog says, "The house is on West Street, directly behind the Vespa store, in a great diverse city neighborhood."
This is the 10th & Page Neighborhood, which today is primarily African American, according to Charlottesville Community Design Center. And we've heard 10th & Page referred to as a lot of things, but never as a "great...neighborhood." Perhaps it became "great" after those candy-colored cottages went up on 10th?
West Street runs parallel to Preston Avenue, which means the house is also behind the Region 10 Community Services Building and near the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, as well as near some auto repair shops.
One of the"improvements" to 850 West Street is a fence that is at least eight feet tall, which runs around the entire property. Which of course makes one wonder, if the neighborhood is so "great," why is this place a walled fortress? Just for fun?
And by "diverse" do the owners mean that the area has recently had a drive-by shooting? Well, o.k., that's an interesting, and new, definition of "diverse." The good news is that C'ville's Finest don't think the shooting is gang-related; the bad news is that it happened approximately 600 feet away from 850 West Street, on 9th Street.
Or perhaps "diverse" indicates socioeconomic status: some properties in the neighborhood have been bought by investors who don't live there and/or have been gentrified, and others haven't.
BTW? We're big proponents of "diversity" in neighborhoods, meaning mixed racially, ethnically, economically, religiously, aesthetically, and in terms of "life-style" choices (talk about a euphemism!)--but not at the expense of displacing families that have lived in the same area for generations, and disrupting a sense of community, due to ridiculously inflated prices.
Whatever the adjectives and their meanings, 850 West Street is unsold and unrented. Hmmm. Pricing, perhaps?
$1,595 x 12 = $19,140 in Rent Per Year.
Sounds like what the mortgage payments would be for the current owners' purchase price of $287,500.00 in June, 2005.
View the Craigslist ad for the rental here.
View the Craigslist ad for the sale here.