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Old 11-24-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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Hi, Tony. I'm glad you liked Cape Charles. The town keeps improving and summers are really fun with lots of tourists. I moved to Richmond last year because my landlord sold my apartment, which I loved. My sister lives in Baycreek and has lived there for over 5 years since moving from Arlington, VA. But guess what, I'm moving back to Cape Charles sometime next year. My two sisters and I have decided to build a house in town and share the house, an aging-in-place residence. We hope to begin construction in early Spring.

I'm sure you'll find a home in town that's reasonably priced, but don't wait too long. I don't know about property taxes, since I've never owned a home and have always been a renter, but I'm sure you can find that out by calling the Town Council -- Town Manager - Cape Charles, VA. Don't rely on hearsay. As for water, yes there's a minimum charge per month -- last I paid was $108 thereabouts, whether I consumed it or not. My sister, who lives with her husband and 2 cats and has a large garden pays the same amount -- not fair, huh? That's because the Town had upgraded the sewer system and the money had to come from somewhere. That's my only beef about the town. Electric and cable/internet cost is probably the same as you would pay elsewhere.

I don't know what your politics are, but Cape Charles Wave (which is now defunct and replaced with something similar) is like listening to Fox News. For heaven's sake, don't believe everything you read there. Read and be amused. They're good for gossip and innuendos.

It is easy to make friends here once you are settled in. Just be open about joining events and town activities. The art community is active here. How much does it really cost? As far as I'm concerned when I lived there, I could afford everything and I'm retired and live on my pension. Cost is relative and it's all up to you. But as far as beach town goes, this is the most affordable beach town you'll ever find in the U.S. It's charming, pleasant, civilized, and safe, and fast becoming an artist haven. For a small town, I can say that their restaurants are comparable to what you'd find in any big city and, yes, they are affordable. Virginia Beach is not far away; so is Washington, DC or Richmond.
Hazfora,
Anyone tell you you are wonderful today !!!
Thanks again, will keep you posted.
Tony.
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:29 PM
 
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So the saga does continue...

Thanks in advance for reading and I would appreciate your comments.

We really did like Cape Charles, HOWEVER................
Although we are in excellent health, we are getting older and hospital is moving north, so we are reconsidering.

Back to the "Mainland"
Even with property values declining I don't think we could afford the Chick's Beach area.

I don't think a condo would work so we are looking at ranch style homes.

We started to think about Norfolk (Ocean View / Willoughby Spit area.) A concern in any city would be safety. We came across a Norfolk Safety Map and tried to figure out what safe area would be by the beach. We heard there is a new development called East Beach that is safe but expensive. We see the map gives great information but have no idea how recent that info is.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...&oe=UTF8&msa=0

Does anyone have experience as to the safety of those area?
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:28 AM
 
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So the saga does continue...

Thanks in advance for reading and I would appreciate your comments.

We really did like Cape Charles, HOWEVER................
Although we are in excellent health, we are getting older and hospital is moving north, so we are reconsidering.

Back to the "Mainland"
Even with property values declining I don't think we could afford the Chick's Beach area.

I don't think a condo would work so we are looking at ranch style homes.

We started to think about Norfolk (Ocean View / Willoughby Spit area.) A concern in any city would be safety. We came across a Norfolk Safety Map and tried to figure out what safe area would be by the beach. We heard there is a new development called East Beach that is safe but expensive. We see the map gives great information but have no idea how recent that info is.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...&oe=UTF8&msa=0

Does anyone have experience as to the safety of those area?
While I think Norfolk has made a good effort to clean up Oceanview, there still exists some rough areas. I have some clients/friends that are very happy in Willoughby Spit area and you are correct that East Beach is an expensive area compared to other areas. I like to recommend to clients that they contact both the police and EMS folks who are responsible for the areas you might be interested in. If you are in the area now, I also suggest knocking on some doors and asking the residents. Most people are very happy to tell you what they think of their neighborhoods.
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Old 04-16-2016, 05:19 PM
 
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Thanks fmac,

Knocking on doors sounds like a good idea.

Will keep you posted.

Tony
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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Epilogue,
Nice area, nice people,horrible real estate agent, bought somewhere else.
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