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Old 01-23-2011, 05:26 PM
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We are a family of 4 (two young children) looking for a new home. We'll be moving from Ithaca and are mostly considering the Charlottesville, VA or Asheville, NC but are open to other areas. Here are things that are important to us:

- homeschooling, unschooling, and schooling options
- alternative/holistic health
- spiritual (though not religious) options
- rural living (2+ acres) near (~30 min drive) alternative city with art, airport, health food
- walking from home to small town center with (health food!) store, library, playground, farmers market (<1 mile)
- walking from home into nature - hiking etc.
- sunshine!
- flat water kayaking
- walking to visit play with other homeschoolers
- like-minded neighbors
- art

Any info on communities around Asheville, Charlottesville, or other areas we might not have thought about would be much appreciated. (BTW, we are both self-employed and not location dependent, so this is not an issue.)

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:52 PM
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Asheville, coming from Ithaca moving to Charlotteville might be too much of a shock.

Just kidding.

Former Ithacan.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:57 PM
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I'd say definitely Charlottesville..since it is also a college town and very, very liberal like Ithaca. Virginia is one of my favorite places...
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:09 AM
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I assume you mean Ithaca, NY?
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:53 AM
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Hey, ovcatto - where do you live now? And how would C'ville be a shock?

Yes, Crew Chief - Ithaca, NY.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:04 AM
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I was also curious about comparing these 2 town/cites. Any more info? Who's lived in both?
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:25 PM
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I would also like to hear more about Charlottesville vs Ithaca. I have lived in Ithaca and now in South Florida. We're looking to move half way between to be closer to NY family. Would like to avoid extreme heat and long gloomy winters. Thought C'ville might be as liberal as Ithaca. Come on Ovcatto, don't hold out on us. :>
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:53 PM
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Once a quaint agricultural community surrounded by large horse farms, Charlottesville is quickly becoming a 'bedroom' community of Washington, DC. While it's still a wonderful place to live, the cost of living there has skyrocketed compared to what it used to be. So has the crime and drug use.

Asheville is a luxurious mountain town. It was built with old northern money and used to be surrounded by southern charm. Lately, however, the population in the western part of the state reflects the global and economic transitions inherent in the new world economy. The cost of living has become so expensive that during the last decade many seniors who planned to settle down there on their fixed retirement plans started looking elsewhere.

One place that captures the essence of both committees is Blacksburg, Virginia. It's still a small college town that's nestled along the Appalachians in the panhandle of Virginia just a few miles south of West Virginia. Despite it's size, Blacksburg in one of the most digitally connected communities in the U.S. The seniors could teach you kids a thing or two about their electronic toys. The educational system and business start-up resources being managed there are both above average
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:58 AM
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How is the snow situation in Blacksburg, can all those seniors hire some reliable local to shovel for them? Also how is the public transportation, library, farmers market, health food stores? Are there in-town apartment rentals where people can walk to regular stores (not tourist boutiques or art galleries)? Any opinions pro or con are most welcome!

By the way, which is more expensive to live in as a senior renter - Charlottesville or Asheville? How are jobs? Hospitals? Any info is appreciated!
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