With all of the history in the Central Virginia area you would expect to find a lot of historic homes in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville is not only the home of Mr Jefferson's University but also Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello is located here as well as James Madison's home Ashlawn. With so much history and tradition in Central Virginia, there are bound to be a lot of historic homes and some of them are for sale. These older homes can run the gamut from large estate homes to small farm houses. Some may be on the historic register or in areas such as Historic Green Springs in Louisa County. Many are in the country with acreage perfect for a horse farm. However, there are also older homes located in the city of Charlottesville or in the towns of Scottsville or Gordonsville.
One thing that is common with the purchase of any historic home is that ownership of such a home is not the same as owning a new home. There may be structural issues or maintenance issues to deal with that you won't find in a newer home. You will find a wide range of improvements in these homes. Some have been totally renovated and modernized, while others will need to have HVAC systems and central air added which can present their own challenges. Many historic homes lack storage space as there were not closets when they were built. Some of these homes will have been meticulouslly restored while others will have been transformed with a more modernized interrior or additions.
It takes a particular person to own a historic home. My own home dates from 1760. I think you have to love the feeling of owning a piece of history. These homes have charm and character and are a little quirky. You almost have a feeling of stewardship of the past. If you decide to purchase a historic home you will become a part of preserving Charlottesville's historic tradition.