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Old 06-10-2015, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Washington
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My husband is looking into getting a promotion with his current job and this promotion can take us to several different places. Richmond, VA is one of them, more specifically he would be in Henrico but I'm not finding a lot of good info on the sites that show statistical data. So I would love to hear input from anyone that may have lived there for a while and can give some input based on maybe some experience.

We are a family of 4 with 2 kids. One in middle school and one in elementary. The kiddo in middle school is highly capable and the kiddo in elementary is on the Autism spectrum and requires an IEP. With that being said education is probably my number one priority.

Second I want to be somewhere safe. We are coming from Washington State and we really haven't lived in any areas where it's an issue but the data I have seen has said that Richmond might have a higher crime rate than what makes me comfortable. So are there other area's around there that are safer and a good place to raise a family?

We also have dogs so we would love to be in an area that may offer dog parks. And finally we would like to keep my husbands commute to no more than 45 minutes each way. Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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Do you have a budget? And do you know where in Henrico the job is?

The best schools around are in Short Pump (Far West End of Henrico), Midlothian (Chesterfield), and Mechanicsville (Hanover). Both Henrico and Chesterfield Counties have application based high schools (Henrico also has IB Middle Schools and I think Chesterfield has some middle school options). All three of these areas are extremely safe and family friendly. Short Pump is the most expensive of these three areas. It's extremely convenient for shopping (has the nicest mall in the area, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, all of the big box stores, etc.). Commute shouldn't be bad. I commute from Short Pump to downtown Richmond and it takes 30-40 minutes (20 miles).

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Old 06-11-2015, 03:34 PM
 
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Agree, any of those will be great - just depends on what you are looking for and what you have to spend. The city proper has more crime (like any decent sized city will) but the Western suburbs of Chesterfield and Henrico and Mechanicsville are all very safe and family oriented.

The commute should not be an issue.

Schools in all these areas are great. I think you'd want to talk to individual school departments about your ES child to get a feel for their Autism programs. DD has a young man with autism in her ES class and the school has done wonderful things for him.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Washington
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Budget wise we are currently used to paying about $1400 a month for a home. Our budget will go up with this move but I'm not sure by how much.
The address for the location is: 6601 S Laburnum Ave, Henrico, VA 23231
This might sound weird but I don't know what an application based high school is. We don't have anything like that here. But that question also brought something to mind. Do they have a program where high school juniors and seniors can test into a community college so they graduate high school with their associates degree? We have that here and it's always been our plan to have our son test into that program. It would be great if we could still manage that option in another state.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:29 PM
 
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Is that the work address/as in Airport area? That price gets tricky - Some things West end Henrico?

Our High Schools all (many) host specialty centers - IB, Arts, Math/Sci, Leadership etc - you can apply to get into one of them instead of your home school. They are all highly selective.

I think there is a school in Henrico that offers the associates degree (Henrico HS?) but most offer dual enrollment and AP classes so you can start college with a few classes in place.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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His work would be 10 miles from Mechanicsville. School assignments there are great and it's less expensive than Short Pump. Still convenient for big box shopping though.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:44 AM
 
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I agree about Mechanicsville. In case you need to talk to a relocation specialist, Meredith is from Mechanicsvile.
Keller Williams Realtor Richmond VA | Real Estate Charlottesville, Mechanicsville
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