Nelson County Real Estate
Nelson County in a Nutshell
Nelson County Virginia is located equidistant from Charlottesville to the north and Lynchburg to the south. Nelson County is predominantly an agricultural county. Over the years it has become a tourist destination thanks to Wintergreen Resort and Nelson's highly acclaimed wineries, breweries and its diversified farming operations.
Lovingston is the county seat of Nelson and can be found along Route 29 which runs between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. Lovingston is a small village and is home to the county's only stoplight! One of the first things you will notice when visiting Lovingston is how friendly the people are. This is a place where everyone still waves to each other when passing on the street, regardless of whether they know you or not.
Nelson County's Farming Community
Nelson County is especially proud of its farmers. There are several Virginia century farms in the county. These are farms that have stayed within the same family for at least 100 years.
Equally important are the new farms that have been established, many which have been created to enjoy the benefits of Nelson's large agri-tourism programs. In one day a visitor can tour wineries, breweries, a cidery, pick apples, cut lavender, sample cheeses, breads, mushrooms, purchase organic meats, vegetable and flowers.
Nelson County Land and Rivers
Just as diversified as the farming operations in Nelson, is the land. From rugged mountain land to the west along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the flat bottom land to the east along the James River, almost every type of topography can be found in the Nelson County.
Nelson County has four very nice rivers. The Piney and Tye Rivers originate in the western part of the county and are stocked trout streams. The Rockfish River has a north and south fork and runs from Afton and Nellysford through Rockfish before it meets up with the James River in Howardsville. The Piney and Tye Rivers also flow into the James River. The James River serves as the boundary between Nelson and Buckingham Counties. When looking at real estate along the James River, keep in mind that the railroad lines built their tracks a long the major rivers in Virginia, so along the James River, there are railroad tracks either on the property or on the property across the river.
Wintergreen and Stoney Creek
Wintergreen Resort was originally built as a ski resort in the mountains above Nellysford in the 1970's. While the ski resort continues to be a major attraction, the resort has become a four-season destination and community. Wintergreen has two golf courses in its mountain community and Stoney Creek, its valley counterpart, has another course which is rated as one of the top golf courses in the state. Both communities serve as primary residences for some, as well as secondary homes to others. There is also an active rental market in these two communities.
Come stay awhile
Many people visit Nelson County for a day and leave with the decision to return soon to make it their home. If you find yourself among the many people that come to this decision, we are here to help you find that perfect home, farm or land in Nelson County that will become uniquely yours!