10 Reasons to Move to Rural Central Virginia
Offering something for everyone, rural Central Virginia is a great place to call home. Check out the list below for ten great reasons to move to rural Central Virginia.
Buying a home in rural Central Virginia means you get more bang for your buck. Consider that the median price per square foot for a home listed in: Washington, DC is $528; New York, NY is $554; Hanover County, VA is $152; Louisa County, VA is $160; Powhatan County, VA is $164; and Goochland County, VA is $179. Wow! When buying your new home, a USDA loan (reason nine) could save you even more! Check out reason six, too. Though it won’t be instant gratification, you can save money by growing some of your own food.
From breweries to wineries and farmers’ markets to tree farms, rural Central Virginia’s agritourism businesses are booming! Rural Central Virginia is also home to the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail! This trail comprises five wineries with award-winning wines from Goochland to Spotsylvania. Whether you want to pick your own berries, learn how to forage for mushrooms, enjoy live music while sipping on local cider, or visit an alpaca farm, there truly is something for everyone.
3. Close (but not too close) to the City
Less than an hour’s drive from the country, the City of Richmond boasts a variety of restaurants to suit any appetite—from Ethiopian to Thai cuisine. Head to Carytown to shop ‘til you drop or check out a show at the historic Byrd Theatre. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Virginia Museum of History & Culture to check out the exhibits and events. Enjoy a historically-narrated leisurely cruise down the James River and Kanawha Canal. (Don’t forget to take a relaxing stroll alongside the Canal after your cruise!)
4. Equestrian Farms
Birthplace of Secretariat, rural Central Virginia is meant for horses! Whether you need to learn to ride or board a horse, there are plenty of options to suit your needs. Check out reason seven for some beautiful parks with bridle trails! If you are looking to live with your horses, there are plenty of homes with acreage to support a barn, riding arena, and paddocks, as well as homes that are already set up as equestrian farms. If you’re looking for the perfect home for you and your horses, get in touch with us!
5. Goochland Drive-In Theater
There are only about 325 Drive-in Theaters in America, six are in Virginia, and one happens to be here in Hadensville! Affordable and enjoyable, the Goochland Drive-In Theater offers a unique experience to enjoy a movie under the stars. Dinner and a movie has never been easier… the Snack Bar offers all of your favorites, including gluten-free options, and don’t forget about dessert at the Ice Cream Trailer! Even better than movie previews, the GDIT plays retro commercials before showtime. So be sure to watch the screen before the movie starts for a dose of nostalgia!
6. Grow a Garden
A rural plot is a prime spot for a garden! Not only is a garden great so that you know exactly where your food has come from, but you can also share the fruits of your labor with your family and friends. While you’re out pulling weeds and tilling soil, you can breathe easy knowing that the trees not only provide nice shade but also remove air pollution.
7. Parks are Plentiful
No matter where you are in rural Central Virginia, you’re never too far from a park! Powhatan State Park is a 1,565-acre state park with twelve miles of trails, two-and-a-half miles of James River waterfront, a campground, and bridle trails. Lake Anna State Park offers fifteen miles of trails, swimming, boating, cabins and lodges, and bridle trails. Leakes Mill Park, in Goochland, features athletic fields, picnic shelters, and nine miles of beautiful trails. Check out Hanover Wayside Park for beautiful trails and the Hanover Veterans Memorial, a tribute to Hanover County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice.
8. Peace and Quiet
Without the hustle and bustle of city life, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the country. You won’t hear as much traffic. You won’t hear your neighbor’s loud music. You will hear birds singing and crickets chirping. You just might see deer running and bunnies frolicking, too.
9. Qualify for a USDA Loan
If you are looking for a home in a rural area as your primary residence, you may qualify for a USDA Loan. With this loan, provided certain requirements are met, borrowers may be eligible for interest rates that are lower than those of a conventional loan and/or low or no down payment. Only certain lenders are approved to issue USDA loans, so be sure to ask your lender if a USDA loan might be an option for you.
With less light pollution blocking your view, you’ll get to see (and enjoy) more stars in the night sky. Combine the peace and quiet of the country with an unobstructed view of the night sky and you’re ready to enjoy a relaxing evening. S’mores by a fire are always a nice touch, too!
Still not sure if rural Central Virginia is right for you? Give us a call and let’s talk! Many of us at Keeton & Co have lived in the area our entire lives and we love to call it home. We think you will too.