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Old 07-20-2016, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Vinton, Virginia
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Hello all ~ We will be relocating to Roanoke next year from Texas. Since we have never lived there, we have no idea which area is best for us to find a home. For this reason, we are hoping to find a short-term lease option (3 months?) that will accept two small dogs while we are house shopping. I found a possible furnished apartment but I'd like to know if there are other alternatives. Is anyone familiar with Pebble Creek Apartments and if so, are they located in a safe area and would you recommend them? Any other places to consider?

Secondly, I would very much appreciate recommendations for highly reputable dog boarding services. One where we would not have to worry about the care of our dogs if we left them for a couple of weeks.

Lastly, in looking at homes online in Roanoke, it seems most of the lots are massive. I've read that a lot of people move to Roanoke to retire and can't imagine how they manage to take care of such large lots. Are there any areas (in good neighborhoods) where we might find a smaller lot? Patio homes are not an option as we'd like to provide a small, fenced backyard for our dogs. Prefer lots under 1/4 acre and as small as 3,000 - 5,000 sq ft.

Thanks so much.

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Old 07-20-2016, 07:45 PM
 
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Southwest Roanoke city has small lots. Look in 24015/24016/24014. I live in 24015 and L.O.V.E. my walkable, postage-stamp-lot neighborhood! Pebble Creek is in a fine area of Roanoke County. Our vet, Brandon Animal Hospital, also boards dogs. We boarded this sweet pup there now and again until she died.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Vinton, Virginia
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Thank you, thank you headnsouth!! You are always so helpful! I'm sure you miss your beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing the photo.

I will contain my search to those zip codes. I've already found homes with smaller lots. The challenge will be to find a ranch with a small lot and a 2-car garage but I understand there will be some give and take. Finding a good neighborhood is the most important thing.

I've already saved a link to Brandon Animal Hospital and will give them a call. I should have mentioned that we're looking for larger cages for two smallish dogs and also a business that has a daycare / playtime type of service where the dogs are not caged all day.

24015 seems to be the most popular area and the homes, although most appear to be two-story, are absolutely charming! I'm guessing since 24015 is much loved that it is also a SAFE area. Is one part of 24015 better than another or is it all good? Also, it looks like part of 24015 borders the river so I'm hoping flooding would not be an issue.

We're also thinking about updating an older home if anyone has recommendations for a general contractor. We'd like to update plumbing, electric and make open concept.

Hope y'all are staying cool. Looks like 97 (feels like 103) there in Roanoke. It's 98 (feels like 110) here in Houston so I feel your pain. I guess you could say we're more used to it although I don't think you EVER really get used to it.
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:28 AM
 
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I missed the part about the 2-car garage. 24015 doesn't have a whole lot of that. For ranches with more garage space on smaller lots I'd look in 24012. The east side of Williamson Road has some nice older neighborhoods with solid brick houses, lots of one-level options. 24019 is newer development, too suburban for me but a lot of people like it, larger lots & 2-car garages. I'd suggest talking to a realtor at this point, since you know what you want. I haven't worked with this guy but I have two friends who loved working with him and one is using him again. Good luck.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Vinton, Virginia
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Thanks again headnsouth. We will keep an open mind and see what's available to us when we get there. I am surprised so many homes have one-car garages but we could always build a larger garage. And that would take up more of the yard, therefore making it smaller.

I'm not one for the burbs either and would much prefer to stay in the city close to things. I like the size of the lots and locations in the first zip codes you mentioned and will continue looking there. I also heard that Cave Spring is nice but not sure how far out that is.

Thanks for the realtor recommendation and all the other great information, headnsouth!
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