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Old 10-20-2011, 06:20 AM
 
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Default New Job in Fredericksburg

Hello all and Greetings. I'm (yet another) relocating from South Florida to the Fredericksburg area. I'll be working at the Mary Washington Hospital and I'm looking forward to living in the north and experiencing 4 seasons, and all that NoVa has to offer (I'm one of the few Miami natives (born and raised) so the perennial green and 90-100 degree swamp weather is old to me to say the least. Looking to rent a 3 or 4 bedroom home/townhome near the area for a reasonable amount of $ in a safe area. I have 2 kids 14 and 11 so looking for Good schools (High shool and Middle) (coming from South Florida anything should be an improvement). I don't mind a bit of a commute (fact of life here in SoFl) and Ill be working evenings (12-9) so early am traffic shouldn't be a problem for me. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated! (Will be in the area next week looking around, very excited! )
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: the hometown of the 21st century
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Well how much is a reasonable amount of money?

Given your shift, you could live in
Stafford County (best schools, best for a generic commute if you ever needed a new job)
Fredericksburg itself
Spotsylvania County
Caroline County (more rural, schools aren't as good but not failing by any stretch)
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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Well how much is a reasonable amount of money?
max to 1600 monthly..
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Spotsy
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I live about 7 miles from MWH in Spotsylvania. I wasn't crazy about the middle school here but the high schools are good and there are tons of townhouses in the area.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: The Mountains of AlaBAMA!
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The Stafford County schools are relatively good; if you're commuting to Fredericksburg, you'll be going opposite traffic. Stafford itself is getting very crowded and there tends to be a lot of traffic within major roads in the country during rush hour, especially in North Stafford. Stafford County as a whole is also more expensive than the neighboring counties.

I don't think there's anything impressive about Fredericksburg schools, but you'll be closest to your job.

I don't know much about Spotsylvania and Caroline schools; Spotsylvania is becoming more urbanized, especially along route 1 in the Southpoint/Cosner's Corner area. You'd have to go northbound and may hit traffic. Caroline homes are definitely the cheapest way to go out of the four locations.

Good luck!
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Hello all and Greetings. I'm (yet another) relocating from South Florida to the Fredericksburg area. I'll be working at the Mary Washington Hospital and I'm looking forward to living in the north and experiencing 4 seasons, and all that NoVa has to offer (I'm one of the few Miami natives (born and raised) so the perennial green and 90-100 degree swamp weather is old to me to say the least. Looking to rent a 3 or 4 bedroom home/townhome near the area for a reasonable amount of $ in a safe area. I have 2 kids 14 and 11 so looking for Good schools (High shool and Middle) (coming from South Florida anything should be an improvement). I don't mind a bit of a commute (fact of life here in SoFl) and Ill be working evenings (12-9) so early am traffic shouldn't be a problem for me. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated! (Will be in the area next week looking around, very excited! )
Greetings, I am from South Florida too....been here 6 years. If I were you I would overanalyze where I moved. One poster mentioned Cosner's being urbanized which is true, but even more so is the Route 3 corridor. I don't think that you will have much of an issue with traffic but I know that there is plenty of blue collar traffic in that area during the day. Another thing that takes some getting used to is that most people keep to themselves here. It is like jail, you have to be standoffish here right back to "earn your keep". It is not like South Florida where people walk up to you in the street and immediately get in your business or ask you where you are from (this can be a good thing in retrospect). People can be a bit standoffish at first here. Also, the summers here are FAR hotter than South Florida's with lower humidity though. Everyone complains about the humidity but in the winter RH is as low as 7%. All in all the summers are hotter IMHO than in SFLA here. Make sure that your vehicle is equipped for winter driving too. It is not as simple as going out and getting a 4WD vehicle, you are going to need the correct tires. Another thing concerning location, I guess that not many people in the medical field have to worry about commuting to DC or Richmond, but verify that there are other opportunities for what you are doing locally should you lose your job. A rather large number of us have to commute to either of these cities. The Fredericksburg area is ideally situated between both DC and Richmond but commutes can be hell going into DC (even worse than Miami because 95 is only 3-4 lanes wide). You mention others moving from South Florida to here...maybe that is why I can't stand this place some days.




PM me if you'd like to chat further.

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