Peacock Hill History and Area

Peacock Hill is a 350 acre tract of land situated less than 12 minutes from the city of Charlottesville, Virginia in the Ivy Valley. Gilliams Mountain, with a peak of 1,087 feet, forms the northern boundary of the development. Peacock Hill was originally an apple and peach orchard owned by Mr. Lindsey during the 1940’s. Wild peacocks and turkeys roamed freely on the land at one time, from which the name of the neighborhood was derived. One of the original homes, which was owned by the farm manager, still remains. Developer Frank Smith purchased the land and developed a planned community. Construction began during the 1970’s with a group of cluster homes. Presently there are a total of 177 home sites, of which 165 are now developed.

The surrounding area is rural in character, with large farms and heavily wooded slopes. Views of both Ragged Mountain and the more distant Blue Ridge mountains are superb.  The ruggedly interesting topography creates an ideal setting for a planned residential community. Peacock Hill offers two tennis courts, a children’s playground, walking trails, and a 5 acre lake that invites canoeing, fishing and picnics. There are approximately 100 acres of common ground that consist of mountainsides, meadows, streams, and valleys, where wildlife abounds.

Peacock Hill is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of elected Association members. The main purpose of the Association Board is to manage common grounds, resources and to enforce the rules and regulations of the Association. Additionally, to ensure the beauty of Peacock Hill, all development and construction is controlled by a master plan and legal covenants. The Peacock Hill Environmental Preservation Board (EPB) provides additional protection by reviewing and approving all construction plans and exterior materials changes to be used in new and renovated home construction , as well as landscaping.

Peacock Hill is an alternative to the traditional subdivision in Albemarle County, offering quiet country living less than a 12 minute drive to the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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