Don't know if you are still looking for info. about Charlottesville, but I would be happy to share some info. We live in the Greenbrier neighborhood, which is in the city schools and has a fabulous elementary school (Greenbrier). It is a neighborhood created in the 60's and has generally larger lots for the city, but lots of deer (not good for gardening!!). Gardeners love the Belmont area and it is definitely walkable to stuff (downtown), whereas we can't walk to anything here in Greenbrier; however, the elementary school in Belmont (Clark) doesn't have a good reputation. All public school kids in Charlottesville go to the same school for 5th/6th and 7th/8th grades and high school, so the elementary schools are the only ones that differ. You might check out the Johnson elementary area - I've heard good things about the school, and Johnson Village seems like a nice area to live in and garden. In the County schools, Hollymead has a great reputation and is a nice family neighborhood a little farther north (might be deer, though). A
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