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Old 06-25-2008, 07:50 AM
 
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Default What does income restricted apt. community mean?

I just got on long-term disability and my wife has been a stay-at-home mom. We were looking to move to VA and we came across a property in Mechanicsville called Chickahominy that is income restricted. I understand what it means as far as how much the max is on your income to live there...but..what does it mean as far as a community? Is it people like us who have hit a rough spot, but are working on different ways to get better or is it a place where there is high crime and people working the system? It seems like Mechanicsville is a good area for us, but I wasn't sure about this. This whole disability income slash thing is a new world for us and we need to adjust accordingly.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I used to live in "Chickahominey Bluffs" off of Diane Lane way back in 1973 when it was a new community. Back then, a new SFH was about $49,000.

What happens a lot of the time with "restricted" apts is a single mother with little income will rent the place and her "boyfriend" who cannot qualify to live their moves in off the lease. The restriction is intended to allow low-income people an affordable but nice place to live.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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I think a lot of the time it depends on the development. I would suggest driving through after dark (if you are in the area) and then again during a nice weekend day to see what is going on in the community. Are kids out playing at the playground or in their backyard and supervised by adults, or are they running around scott-free? Are families out enjoying a walk and some fresh air? And key, would YOU be scared to walk around by yourself after dark?
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