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Old 08-09-2010, 02:11 PM
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We live in Warrenton/Gainesville area of NoVA. We would like to find a "beach" condo or townhouse within a couple hours of home. I put "beach" in quotes, because our desired distance does not allow for ocean beaches.

I have been looking at Colonial Beach as it is very affordable, I like the idea of dumping the car and getting around on golf carts, and the community we are looking at has what we would want: eventual pool, eventual restaurant, water access, "lock and leave", about a 2 hour drive. HOwever, I have read that Colonial Beach has high-crime and not such a nice "beach".

Where else could we be looking? I dont mind the Potomac especially as it gets closer to the Chesapeake....towns, housing communities, etc

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Old 08-09-2010, 02:26 PM
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You might have better luck posting this on the general VA forum. FWIW I've heard some nice things about a little town called Tappahannock, but I'm not sure if it has a beach.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:00 PM
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I don't know anything about the area but I will caution not to put too much faith into "eventual" anything because with the economy in such a mess it may not happen any time soon.
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:04 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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This isn't a beach, but have you considered a lake resort such as Deep Creek Lake in Maryland? Or there are places in West Virginia that might be convenient (and probably less traffic-prone!) and on rivers. There is a place called "The Woods" in West Virginia that is partially geared to second homeowners.

Another choice would be Chesapeake Beach / North Beach area in Maryland but in the summer you'd be driving with all of the traffic. Look on the Maryland forum about Chesapeake Beach, though, there is a good amount of information about it on there.

The only other place I can think of off the top of my head is Lake Anna which wouldn't be too far for you.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:30 PM
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If you are willing to settle for a small beach, consider Wintergreen. There is a lake with beach (Lake Monocan) in the Stoney Creek section. Stoney Creek does not have nearly as many condos as the Mountain Village part of Wintergreen, but who knows, you might find something. If not you could live on the mountain and travel down to the beach (about 10 miles I think).

From Warrenton, it's maybe two hours to Wintergreen. http://wintergreenresort.com/

Use www.mycaar.com and search for homes in Nellysford, zip 22958.

Your other option would be Lake Monticello (zip code 22963). Prices have really come down there. We struck it from our list because of the water situation (private water company that keeps raising the rates, currently about 3-4 times what we pay in Fairfax, and complaints about the service).
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:41 PM
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I was also thinking Lake Anna, but then I'm biased as we've already done that. The pros are it is close, very easy to get to and a world totally apart of the craziness of NOVA. However that world is right now in the middle of no where so there is not much there at all for shopping, restaurants, etc. but wonderful if your desire is peace and quiet. There's plenty of that. What's not there is what is keeping us from thinking of actually retiring there at this point though. I love it now as an escape, but when I don't have to escape, I may not like having to go so far for things. Something to keep in mind.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:41 AM
Location: Ashburn, VA
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If you were willing to consider the lake areas, Bryce resort in Shenandoah Valley has a lake, a ski resort, zip lines, snow tubing, golf, etc, and caters to retirees and vacation home buyers. You can pick up a great home for under $200,000 and a condo for under $100,000. And since it's in the Shenandoah Valley area, you can completely avoid the I-95 corridor. I-81 rarely has traffic.
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