Once rural farmland, the neighborhood is now a diverse mix of apartment buildings, duplexes and single-family homes.
It was also yet another area of Charlottesville that used racial covenants to legally prohibit the sale of property to Black people.
The Meadowcreek Golf Course takes up nearly half of the Locust Grove neighborhood’s acreage.
Belmont was also the first neighborhood to see houses flipped and resold at much higher prices, in the early 2000s.
It has expanded with townhouses and apartments since its first single family homes were built in the 1960s.
Rezoning efforts here could help create more housing for students, and alleviate housing pressure on other parts of town.
The neighborhood was named for wealthy and educated Black families, “the Stars.” Here’s how it has changed.
This year, we’re telling 19 stories about 19 neighborhoods using data, history and voices of the community.