Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"The Lodge" Is Listed For Sale - 1536 Rugby Road - $1,395,000.00

Back in August 2008 there was talk of the UVA fraternity house, home to and owned by Chi Psi, being put on the block.  Now it is publicly listed for 30+% less than 2008's "north of $2 million."  The tax assessment is $975,000.  The property has recently served as a rentable venue, and also is apparently occupied, according to Realtor Jim McVay's listing on the local MLS.

The listing description refers to the 3.66 acre property only as "Trails End" and makes no mention that Chi Psi bought it in 1950, though it does mention the club era:
"Exceptional property and opportunity only minutes from the Rotunda and on 3.66 acres!  Restore Trails End to its glory and maybe add a carriage house or two or develop the land using the 5 division rights.  Dramatic stone work on the outside and in.  Large entertaining rooms, covered porch, open deck and patio--this was built as a county [sic] club!  Winter peek of the Blue Ridge Mts.  More pictures to be added soon.  Occupied, so please do not drive in the driveway without an appointment."
There are currently no interior pictures for MLS #486402, 7,800 sq ft, ca. 1930.

The listing, however, has some awesome vintage photos.  One has a beautiful pastoral view that looks out to what is now the 250 Bypass and urban sprawl, including K-Mart and the future home of Whole Foods, which is now one of the worst intersections in the City--Rt. 29 and Hydraulic Road.

Chi Psi seal copyright Chi Psi.

1 comment:

Montpellier said...

I love the photos...particularly of the old Charlottesville Fairgrounds (now the city garden plots behind the English Inn).

A childhood friend lived across the street from The Lodge and we snuck over to check out the neat pool. I love those pictures - but they are waay vintage...I wonder if the "circa 1930s" is really accurate or if that is older. I don't even see 29N (though I don't believe it existed until 1932) - I believe the Earlysville Rd. is the old major north/south road. It seems like those pictures have to be even earlier.

Neat place, but what a white elephant. Haven't been inside since a Chi Psi party in like 1986.