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Old 05-03-2011, 05:23 AM
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Hello everyone,

My husband and our 2 little ones are moving this June to Richmond. We are moving because my DH got a job at the VA on Broad Rock. My girls are 4 and 6 and I homeschool them both.

We have been up about 4 times now to look at areas. He fell in love with Twin Hickory, Charter Colony and I fell in love with Forest Hills, U of R area, and Ginter Park. You can clearly see the dilemma! We were so-so on Midlothian (Salisbury, Roxshire). We nixed Ginter Park because of the proximity to Chamberlayne (though it makes me cry bc the house we saw was beautiful!)

We wanted to rent for a year or so to get an idea of where we want to be, but we really haven't been able to find a house that we feel comfortable in.

Is there an area that we can both feel comfortable in? or will one of us have to give in?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:33 AM
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Oh, our budget for a rental is up to $2000 and would love a 4 bed with a yard of some sort. We have a little dog.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:01 AM
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I highly recommend renting for a year to get to know the area. We lived in Short Pump, moved away and when we moved back we rented for 18 months to make sure we were picking the right neighborhood. I hated the house we rented, but it worked out okay and we had the flexibility to find our home in Wyndham. Also, we had two dogs so I wanted a yard but it obviously makes renting a house a bit trickier since some owners will not rent to people with pets. Twin Hickory is great--especially with being so close to everything. Also, it will be easy to meet people--especially with the neighborhood pool. You are paying a premium for top-rated schools which you aren't using. I think you can be comfortable in any of the areas you identified. I don't know much about the homeschool community here so I'm not sure if one area might have more homeschool families than another. I don't think it's very big in Twin Hickory. Did you take a look in Wyndham? Also, have you checked Craigslist? The rental market for houses in Short Pump is pretty thin IMO, but they do exist.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:35 AM
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Our friends live in Wyndham and they seemed to love it there. I personally haven't driven through the neighborhood. I would love to rent and have the time to figure out exactly where we would like to buy. I have asked into a rental in Westover Hills which might be good for at least a year.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:29 AM
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Have you considered the Near West End? This would be the areas west of the city that are still in the city limits and then just into Henrico county. Kind of near Carytown and extending up near St. Marys. I love that area because you are kind of in the middle of everything.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:02 AM
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Yes we are considering West End. I think we are hoping that we can find a large enough rental to live in. . . we are coming from a 3600 sq ft house . . . would need to downsize in order to fit into some of the rentals that we have come across thus far.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:44 PM
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I grew up in a house that is pretty much right at the intersection of Willow Lawn Road and Patterson Avenue. Boy, do I miss that house! That area is a great place to live because you're in such close proximity to everything. Also there's a lot of cute little houses that i've seen for sale. Only reason I've looked is because I am married now and considering moving back to Richmond.
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