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Unread 11-18-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Question Lynchburg vs Roanoke as place to live

Hello, all. I am likely moving from NC for one of two positions with the federal government. Trying to decide between the one in Lynchburg, or the other in Salem (for which I would live in Roanoke). I am a 58-year-old divorced female, love animals and music, and want a house close to or in town that is 50+ yeas old (love hardwood floors). I would like to be part of a bustling community, not a newer subdivision. I have never been to either town but have driven through the countryside and know it is beautiful! I would love to hear some of the knowledge and wisdom out there. Thanks.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Both Roanoke and Lynchburg are rated very high as places to live. I guess it depends on what you consider a "bustling" community. To some, both cities may not be "bustling" as a Charlotte but they are not dead either.
Lynchburg has a strong Christian element due to Liberty Universitys' explosive growth while Roanokes' history
as a railroad town has a rather less pristine feel or more laid back . Roanoke has a sizable Gay community
while Lynchburg is more conservative in my view. Lynchburg is "Central Virginia" and closer to Charlottesville
and the Richmond scene while Roanoke is more "outdoorsy" with its access to outdoor sports, skiing, etc.
Both places are unique but the best part is the people in this region are very nice.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Good concise answer, I think. There is quite a discussion on this thread also...

Roanoke or Lynchburg

badger74 (I think it is) always offers helpful perspectives on Lynchburg. I know more about Roanoke than Lynchburg.

The differences in the recent election also give a little insight into the cultural differences....City of Roanoke was 59% Obama, while City of Lynchburg was 55% Romney. But both metro areas are large enough that you ought to be able to feel at home either place...but it is good to be aware of the differences!
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Unread 11-21-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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We have been exploring possible retirement destinations and Roanoke has popped up. So far the leader in the clubhouse is Roanoke because of it's proximity to all our family/friends in Maryland. But one thing concerns me, and be aware I have not been there yet but that will change in a week.

We live in the country, with lots of open space. Looked at Roanoke via GoogleEarth it appears to be a bit built up as it is all compressed into the valley. Am I on target? In that case maybe Lynchburg would offer more open space?
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Unread 11-22-2012, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Lynchburg has more level land than Roanoke and I expect more growth to fill up in the coming years. Already
there is heavy housing construction in L'burg. Liberty U. is always announcing major projects on-going.
Roanoke is built up in the urban valley area and I expect to see the downtown become more energized in the future. Why not look at fringe areas such as Botetourt, Bedford, Franklin County areas?
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Unread 11-22-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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Lynchburg has more level land than Roanoke and I expect more growth to fill up in the coming years. Already
there is heavy housing construction in L'burg. Liberty U. is always announcing major projects on-going.
Roanoke is built up in the urban valley area and I expect to see the downtown become more energized in the future. Why not look at fringe areas such as Botetourt, Bedford, Franklin County areas?
Thanks. Can you give me the names of the towns in those areas? It's a lot easier to research a specific town than a county.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Try Buchanan, Rocky Mount, Boones Mill, Christiansburg, Bedford, Troutville for a few suggestions!
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Unread 11-23-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Try Buchanan, Rocky Mount, Boones Mill, Christiansburg, Bedford, Troutville for a few suggestions!
Daleville is also good (in Botetourt County)
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Unread 11-26-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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If you spend time in DC at all, Lynchburg would probably have a leg up; faster to drive and the Northeast Regional is a great alternative. I like both; Roanoke does have an edge if you are looking for urban settings. Lynchburg is an equal in regards to outdoor activities.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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Default Lynchburg was my choice

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Hello, all. I am likely moving from NC for one of two positions with the federal government. Trying to decide between the one in Lynchburg, or the other in Salem (for which I would live in Roanoke). I am a 58-year-old divorced female, love animals and music, and want a house close to or in town that is 50+ yeas old (love hardwood floors). I would like to be part of a bustling community, not a newer subdivision. I have never been to either town but have driven through the countryside and know it is beautiful! I would love to hear some of the knowledge and wisdom out there. Thanks.
My husband and I moved to Lynchburg this past June from NH to retire and leave a lot of snow behind and also live in a ity. We bought a cozy 1950s home in the Fort Hill area.
It is easily accessible to downtown as well as other shopping and nearby towns. We had visited Roanoke a few years ago, but just felt more comfortable in Lynchburg. We wanted population, some outdoor activities (Blackwater Creek is a great asset in Lynchburg for walking / bicycling), cultural activities - theater, arts, opera, dance - which Lynchburg has plenty of. The Lynchburg Humane Society is always looking for animal lovers for their dogs/cats, by the way!
What I like about Lynchburg also is that the downtown has been undergoing changes. Old buildings turned into lofts or restaurants, stores. There is also a Newcomers club here.
So far we have been very pleased with how friendly everyone has been here.

Suzanne
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