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Old 08-28-2015, 09:01 PM
Location: Michigan
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Hi all! I was just visiting WS for a couple days for a potential job. My office would be near Sherwood Forrest area, assuming my spouse would be working downtown WS. I would like to be within 20 minutes of my office. I am in need of some ideas of areas that have a "walkable downtown" (not downtown WS). This can be 1+ "blocks" of storefronts, local restaurants etc as long as there is a sidewalk & I understand that you can "walk" a strip mall but I really love little walkable downtowns. I know it may sound silly but we (I) love being able to window shop with the kiddos, maybe grab an ice cream etc. It's fine if this area is a 5ish minute drive as we would prefer to have a home (rental initially) that isn't in a subdivision per se since we will be looking for 1/2 acre + sized lot. I know that Clemmons does not have this, Lewisville has about a block of this... just looking for other ideas, TIA!!!

*Other important things... schools, safety, grocery store within 10 minutes
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:16 PM
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Kernersville has a couple blocks of walkable shops in its downtown. It's a 20-minute drive to Downtown W-S from Kernersville; 25 minutes to Sherwood Forest. Another advantage Kernersville has is that it's in-between W-S and Greensboro, if you ever need to go to Greensboro.
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Old 08-29-2015, 04:22 AM
Location: Southport
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One issue to be aware of is the closing of a section of Business 40 for 2 years, starting next year. That will make a commute from Kernersville to downtown, and the west side of W-S, very "interesting".

I think Lewisville is your best option for the situation you are describing.
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Old 08-29-2015, 06:41 AM
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The greater Sherwood Forest area might also be a good possibility for you. The commercial area at Robinhood/PeaceHaven/Polo Rds may be somewhat what you are describing of a "downtown" that's not a downtown. That location also prevents spouse from getting on Bus 40 to reach downtown. Rentals would be limited but could work when you are ready to buy.
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:03 PM
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Another option could be the West End or maybe parts of Buena Vista. There's a little stretch of shops, etc., right where West End Blvd meets Reynolda, a few shops up Reynolda, and then Reynolda Village up near WFU.
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Old 08-29-2015, 03:41 PM
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Check out Mocksville...it's in Davie County and about 30 minutes away, but it has that small town feel and a cute downtown. Other than Kernersville and Lewisville I don't know of anything else in Forsyth County outside of Winston-Salem. In the city you could look at West End - there is a nice area of shops there. There is also the Old Salem area.
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