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Blacksburg is a town located in the north-central portion of Virginia in Montgomery County. It is known for being the home of Virginia Tech and it is part of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Blacksburg real estate has often been made more popular by the fact that Blacksburg is traditionally seen as an ideal small town in which to raise a family. The town has a low population density and tends to have a healthy economy with a low unemployment rate. It was voted as the "Best College Town in the South" by readers of Southern Living in 2011.
The area where Blacksburg real estate is now located was originally settled by English colonists beginning around the year 1671. Since its founding, the town of Blacksburg has gradually grown to a population of around 44,000 people. The town was named after the Black family, who were prominent land owners in the area and owned what was to become the downtown area of Blacksburg and the campus of Virginia Tech.
The University Mall Shopping Center is a prominent shopping destination in Blacksburg. Located on University City Boulevard, the University Mall Shopping Center includes a Kroger grocery store and pharmacy. Additionally, this shopping center offers a CVS and the Volume Two Bookstore.
Another great spot for handling everyday shopping needs in Blacksburg is The Marketplace Shopping Center located where Peppers Ferry Road and North Franklin Street meet. Numerous stores are located in the general vicinity of this shopping center including a Walmart Supercenter, Lowe's Home Improvement store, Best Buy, and the Spradlin Farm Shopping Center.
The New River Valley Mall, which is located across North Franklin Street from The Marketplace Shopping Center, includes some large department stores like a JC Penny, a Kohl's, and Belk.
Those who like to shop for locally produced foods and goods should check out the Blacksburg Farmers Market. Located on Draper Road, the farmer's market takes place Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Wednesdays between 12 noon and 6 p.m.
The dining possibilities in Blacksburg are extensive and town residents can enjoy culinary traditions from all over the world without straying too far from home. For Italian foods, there's Ceritano's Ristorante on North Main Street or Zeppolli's on University City Boulevard. Creole and Cajun dishes are served up at Boudreaux's on North Main Street. Souvlaki on College Avenue serves up delicious Greek and Mediterranean meals. There is also Asian cuisine available at Sake House on South Main Street or Kabuki Japanese Steak House on Arbor Drive in nearby Christiansburg.
There are many scenic parts in and around Blacksburg at which area residents and visitors alike can enjoy the outdoors. Nellies Cave Park and Marcia's Park are located in the central area of the town. There is also Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail for those interested in walking or jogging.
Blacksburg real estate is also located not far from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest showcases the Appalachian Mountains and stretches over 1.8 million acres of land. Activities that are allowed in the national forest include hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing.
It's easy for residents of Blacksburg real estate to stay healthy and active thanks to all the recreational opportunities in town. The Blacksburg Community Center on Patrick Henry Drive is a great resource for those looking for recreational opportunities. This community resource offers participation in athletic events including soccer, basketball, volleyball, and fitness training. Area residents of all ages can take advantage of the recreational and social opportunities offered at this prominent community recreation center.
Residents of Blacksburg real estate enjoy a low cost of living. The cost of living index reading for Blacksburg is 91.2, indicating that the cost of living in Blacksburg is significantly lower than the average cost of living in all United States communities. While it's true that the cost of living is lower in Blacksburg than in the United States overall, Blacksburg does tend to be a little more expensive than other communities in the state of Virginia. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to real estate values. As of 2015, the average home value in Blacksburg was listed at $285,202 whereas it was listed as only $257,800 in Virginia overall.
Public schools in Blacksburg are run by the Montgomery County Public Schools. This schools district is in charge of Blacksburg High School on Bruin Lane, Blacksburg Middle School, and numerous public elementary schools in the town. Blacksburg high school had a student enrollment of around 1,200 as of 2012 and has a ranking of 7 out of 10 according to great schools.org.
The LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is one of the largest health care centers in Montgomery County and it is located on South Main Street. This community hospital has 146 beds and was founded in 1971. It is a level III trauma center. Other health care centers located in the town are Carilion Clinic Family Medicine and VelocityCare- Blacksburg.
Public transportation is provided in Blacksburg by Blacksburg Transit. This bus system includes 48 different buses and 11 vans. It provides services covering 12 different routes throughout the community. In addition to Blacksburg, Blacksburg Transit also offers public transportation to Christiansburg and to several other smaller communities within Montgomery County.