Bedford Virginia Offers Homes for Every Budget
As homebuyers move to Bedford in search of a slower pace and scenic views, they’re finding a wealth of housing choices. Young professionals, families or retirees can find affordable homes to fit most any budget, from restored Colonial Revival houses near CenterTown Bedford to sprawling brick ranch houses on large lots with front-row views of the Peaks of Otter mountains. Bedford, the Bedford County seat, is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area and offers an easy commute to Lynchburg and Roanoke. The city’s central location, excellent schools and friendly, small-town feel are major attractions.
The older sections of Bedford – including Lake Drive, Ashland, Oakwood and Peaks Street – offer tranquil, tree-lined streets with homes built in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Homes on Avenel, College Street, Longwood Avenue and Bedford Avenue feature two-story Colonial Revival and Victorian homes built from the 1890s to the 1930s. Young professionals often gravitate to this well-tended area, says Judy Rush, a Realtor with Scott & Bond Inc. and a Bedford native. “People absolutely love these homes, and they’re not far from CenterTown (Bedford’s historic downtown area),” says Rush, who has 36 years of experience selling real estate in Bedford. “Most of the homes that are selling right now have been renovated within the last five years, so they’re all in good condition.” A big selling point for these established neighborhoods is the walking loop, a popular three-mile loop that runs along Longwood Avenue, Peaks Street, Whitfield Drive and Oakwood Street.
Scenic and Convenient
South of CenterTown is Bedford Hills subdivision, with homes – mostly large, ranch-style houses – in the $140,000 to $170,000 range. Many people live in Bedford and commute to Roanoke or Lynchburg, and Bedford Hills offers a convenient central location. “It’s in the city, so you have sidewalks and other city amenities, along with quick access to Route 460,” Rush says. The North Hills area of Bedford features homes in the $200,000 to $375,000 range, with breathtaking views of the Peaks of Otter. This is a popular spot for retirees, and it’s close to Bedford Memorial Hospital.
A Diverse Mix
Town and Country subdivision, along with the Pinecrest area and Western Hills, offers homes in the $100,000 to $140,000 range. These neighborhoods draw many first-time homebuyers who tend to stay. “The pricing is very affordable for a first-time homebuyer,” Rush says. “People who have bought there like to raise their children there and end up staying, so you have young people, middle-aged and retirees.” Numerous other subdivisions – old and new – are available throughout Bedford County. The Forest area in particular offers newer subdivisions with pools, parks and other family-friendly amenities.