We continue our exploration of the neighborhoods of Charlottesville this week by delving into JPA and Fry’s Spring. In my time as a student, working in collegiate housing, and now as a residential real estate agent I have come to know this area well. Since these two neighborhoods share many of the same qualities it seems best to discuss them together.
Location: JPA consists of the area directly surrounding Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA) while Fry’s spring is further reaching. Once you turn onto JPA extended from JPA you have entered Fry’s Spring which stretches from Valley Road to the east and the end of Stribling Ave to the west. To the south Fry’s Spring is bound by 5th Street extended and I-64.
Elementary School Districts: Venable, Johnson, and Jackson-Via
History: JPA was developed in part by professors due to the proximity to the University but there are now many rentals. Fry’s Spring get its name from two natural springs that once served as tourist attractions and its founder James Francis Fry. His estate was divided to become the neighborhood you see today. To learn more you can read the city’s account here.
Landmarks: Proximity to the University and UVA Hospital is a huge draw for JPA and Fry’s Spring. Additionally Fry’s Spring Beach Club is a popular “swim and social club” that offers membership to its pool and serves as a venue for music and community events. Around the intersection of JPA and JPA Extended there is a cluster of restaurants and shops anchored by old favorites like Wayside Chicken and improved by newer additions such as Fry’s Spring Station. On the other end of Fry’s Spring everyone is anticipating the development of a new shopping center including a Wegman’s off of 5th Street Extended.
Parks: Azalea Park has 23 acres comprised of basketball courts, a baseball diamond, playground, fenced, off leash area for dogs as well as walking trails.
Who lives here: Close proximity to UVA grounds including the football stadium and hospital will always be a driving force in who is attracted to JPA and Fry’s Spring. I have observed undergraduate students (typically studying nursing or engineering) like to cluster in the apartments nearest UVA, with families and young professionals favoring Fry’s Spring, and graduate students blending between the two. You don’t have to be a wahoo to love JPA and Fry’s Spring, however. With new developments, great rental options, and reasonable home prices we will likely see growth in this area in the coming years.
By Sydney Tenhundfeld, REALTOR ®