About Our Neighborhood
Located in the southwestern part of the city, the Jefferson Park Avenue neighborhood once had a steam rail and later an electric trolley that transported local and out-of-town visitors to the Fry’s Spring Resort.
The neighborhood was developed in part by professors, because its convenient proximity to the University of Virginia. This same area now has a high percentage of student rental properties (94%) because of this adjacency and also because of revisions to the city’s zoning ordinance in 1976 which allowed R-3 (multi-family) throughout much of the neighborhood.
Many of the neighborhood properties continue to be redeveloped, and the primary trend is student apartment buildings. The University also has many projects planned for this area including new Medical buildings and the South Lawn Project.
The Oakhurst Circle/ Gildersleeve Wood area recently became a local historic district. This designation will help maintain the historic character and unique features of this low-density residential pocket.
A commercial district is located at the intersection of JPA, Maury and Fontaine Avenues that contains several service stations and popular local restaurants. The University of Virginia has a research park further west on Fontaine, just outside the City limits.