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Old 07-16-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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Like I've said to others...get out and see the world and you'll come back appreciating what you left!

I have moved hundreds of miles away and grew up in HR and lived there most of my life.........I don't regret leaving one bit. While there are some things that I love about the area, for the most part I have never been happier after moving away! The HR area is just not for everyone. I am happy for those that have a great love and appreciation for the location but now that I have seen what other citites have to offer....I am not running back to VA anytime soon. There is good and bad about any location, I just happened to find a place that I have seen more good aspects in comparison to HR. It is all a personal viewpoint what makes a comfortable lifestyle.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I have moved hundreds of miles away and grew up in HR and lived there most of my life.........I don't regret leaving one bit. While there are some things that I love about the area, for the most part I have never been happier after moving away! The HR area is just not for everyone. I am happy for those that have a great love and appreciation for the location but now that I have seen what other citites have to offer....I am not running back to VA anytime soon. There is good and bad about any location, I just happened to find a place that I have seen more good aspects in comparison to HR. It is all a personal viewpoint what makes a comfortable lifestyle.
Okay, that is reasonable, and I accept your viewpoint (not like you need my approval), but you are like me...I would not move back to where I came from if my life depended on it and that is understandable, but I won't pick my hometown apart either. Those that stayed, stayed for a reason, whether being in a comfort zone, family responsibilities or whatnot. I just prefer to say, I won't live there. A comfortable lifestyle is what we all look for naturally.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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So is cost of living really that bad in this area? I've been thinking about moving to this area but this could be a deal breaker.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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Mrs_tlee, I think it depends on where you're coming from. For us, the cost of living here is lower than in several other places we've lived. We're a family of six and living comfortably in a nice area of Newport News on a single salary--the option to be a single-income family wouldn't be open to us in many other areas of the country.

I think, overall, the military presence in the area keeps the cost of housing a little overly inflated, but it also ensures a fairly stable housing market. We've been here for four years now and have been happy with Hampton Roads.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Newport News, VA
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Mrs_tle, if you must be employed when you move here, get your job lined up before you move. This is not the best job market unless you've got skills & training that defense contractors need.

I think that living in Newport News or Hampton is different than living in Virginia Beach or the other places on the other side of the water.

I have lived in Central Va. & the Shenandoah Valley. I prefer those areas to the Hampton Roads area. But like anywhere, there are good things and bad things about this area. My daughter plays field hockey and this area is great if you've got a daughter who wants to play this sport.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Well, I moved away from Virginia Beach in 2001 and still visit 3-4 times a year. I was born there and lived there for 28 years. I only moved to go away to school and leave a bad relationship (I wasn't yet married). I have great memories, for the most part, of Tidewater. I miss Va. Beach and the Chesapeake Bay. I would definately move back!

For the thread starter: I enjoyed reading about you living in Suffolk. I grew up in Va. Beach and live now in a similar city on the coast. I always like the suburbs/city, and could not see living for a minute in the country or a rural place. It seems it would be so boring! But, I liked some of the things you talked about in Suffolk and Franklin and it was nice reading it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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I don't care for the heat and humidity of summer in the Tidewater area or the cold damp winters. We do have some nice spring and fall weather. Most of Va. is also far to overpopulated and developed to suit me. One of the worst things is the high personal property tax, they tax you on anything they can track every year. You feel like you only rent your car, pick-up, motorcycle, boat, trailer, airplane, RV from the county. They also will stick it to you with speed traps and that 20mph reckless driving thing.
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:39 AM
 
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I lived in Virginia Beach for less than two years. I agree with previous posts about "stuck up" people in Virginia Beach. However, not all people in Va Beach have that mindset. Pungo is beautiful. It is a mixture of high end farmland, wooded areas, and city/state parks on the coast. Oceanfront is touristy. Overall, Va Beach has nice schools, restaurant/bars, plenty of parks, and the stereotypical east coast suburbia feel. The cost of living is higher than most of the southeast and midwest, but is lower than most of the northeast. There is public transportation. The aquarium is not huge, but is nice. The two malls are ok and have the typical stores of a mid-sized mall. The job outlook is slightly above average, but only in certain segments. City jobs, healthcare, government contractors, and customer service jobs are always available. The night life consists of a handful of bars and microbreweries(likely due to the military presence). Overall, it is not a bad place to live.

I currently live in Chesapeake and love every minute of it(except for taxes lol). I grew up in a rural area in Georgia. I moved to Florida in my 20's. I lived in Jacksonville before moving to Virginia. I am not an avid "beach goer." Chesapeake is appealing for families that like a slightly rural feel in a larger town. There are the typical retail outlets and food chains. A few local places. Public transportation is existent. The city parks are in good condition. The majority of people are friendly. Most of the schools are coveted. It is very peaceful with plenty of trees and decent landscape. The cost of living is is slightly lower than Va Beach, but not by much(it does not contain an oceanfront). A trip to the Outerbanks is 1-2 hours away. A drive to Norfolk, Suffolk, and Va Beach is relatively short during nonpeak travel hours. If you are looking for nightlife, I would not recommend Chesapeake.
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Old 04-23-2017, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I'm in Lafayette. I can't afford to buy here. I like Norfolk, but it costs a lot to own. I'm really not sure what I'm going to do. I should go back to school and move back to the Midwest. I do okay but I'm not really going anywhere.

Hampton Roads is okay. You have some dirty, poor, urban areas and you have some suburban places. You have rural areas inside of the city. It's a lot of everything but it isn't any one thing in particular. It reminds me of Midwestern cities a lot. It can be boring if you're a snob and you want it to be New York or California.
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