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Old 08-14-2006, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Newport News, VA
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Hello,

Does anyone have any advice on living in Petersburg? We are moving there and are totally unsure of where to stay in the city. Can anyone help?

Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2006, 03:52 AM
 
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i wouldnt live in petersburg period! try colonial heights or hopewell...trust me on this one!!!
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Old 08-15-2006, 06:16 AM
 
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Petersburg is fine if you are a drug dealer, gangbanger, or somewhere in the pimp/ho relationship. htlong speaks truth.
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:45 AM
 
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Default Military?

If you're in the military or know someone who is, get in touch with someone who has been stationed at Ft. Lee. They will know the good areas.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Newport News, VA
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i wouldnt live in petersburg period! try colonial heights or hopewell...trust me on this one!!!
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Petersburg is fine if you are a drug dealer, gangbanger, or somewhere in the pimp/ho relationship. htlong speaks truth.
Woah, what an almost unanimous reaction here! But the horrendous thing is, I've got employment there!! May i know what is the crime rate in Petersburg? And would you work there?
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Petersburg, VA
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Default I live in Petersburg, I love it!

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Hello,

Does anyone have any advice on living in Petersburg? We are moving there and are totally unsure of where to stay in the city. Can anyone help?

Thanks!
I just joined this forum because I saw your post and all the negative responses. We moved to Petersburg 3 yrs ago from Richmond, got a great house for way less money than Richmond. Walnut Hill is a nice residential area with sidewalks, library in walking distance. The area is really showing a lot of growth just in the last 3 yrs. There is a big arts community and lots of beautiful historic homes and historic districts.

What is not so great about it is that property tax rates are higher, but generally assessed values are lower.

Worst of all is the public schools which are quite bad. We have two children, one just finished kindergarten. We send him to a private school that we love. The tuition is not all that much- about 3200 per year. He wears uniforms, has amazingly small class size, it feels like a real community that I know we would never get in any public school no matter how good it is. There are quite a few private schools in the area.

Petersburg is a poor town, there are many very poor, uneducated people. But there are also lots of people there who see the beauty and potential of it, mostly artistic types who love old buildings. From April thru Oct on Sat mornings there is a farmers market in Old Town, great produce, cheap. A few farmer types playing awesome bluegrass music. There is a lot of renovating going on, people buying up houses that have been neglected and selling them.

Anyway, I think the areas to live in depend on what you are looking for, but Walnut Hill is nice and residential.

I would not move to Colonial Heights unless I was into NASCAR, it's kind of necky. I don't think Hopewell has enough of anything that's interesting.

Please let me know if I can help you with any other information. I'd be glad to help.
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:29 AM
 
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the richmon/petersburg crime statistics rates it at a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst.
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:55 PM
 
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Cool Walnut Hill is considered the best part of Petersburg

I agree with previous post about Walnut Hill being a decent area. I too was advised to move to Petersburg over Richmond, which just ranked #5 ? on the list of cities with the most murders in the U.S.!! I am in the process of leaving Petersburg because of the poor school system and lack of support for new businesses. I just relocated my real estate agency there but it's hard to attract realtors in Petersburg because of the overall crime rate outside of Walnut Hill. Petersburg is a great starter, but do your research. It is better to rent in Petersburg, the tax rate for homeowners is ridiculously high for such a low-income area. Hopewell has a large majority of rental properties and Colonial Heights is very pricey. May I also suggest Dinwiddie, Matoaca and Prince George, 3 areas just outside of Petersburg.

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Old 02-11-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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Default Love Petersburg

Hi -

We live and operate a store in Old Towne. We love it here and enjoy the many excellent restaurants, Sycamore Rouge theater, etc. There are some nice unique stores and lots of antiques shops. Most every weekend you can find live music down here somewhere.

We do not have school-age kids. If we did, we would not live here. The school system is struggling, as you have read.

Regarding SAFETY - we feel very safe here. We have excellent police patrol coverage in Old Towne and as long as you take normal safety precautions, you will be fine.

This is an exciting town with property undervalued compared to Richmond. Walnut Hill is nice, High Street is a renovated area with great homes, South Street Lofts are apartment/condo homes in a renovated building and High Street Lofts are condos/townhouses in part of the old Seward Luggage Factory, which is being renovated.

I guess you are settled in the area by now. Where did you end up?
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Newport News, VA
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Hi -

I guess you are settled in the area by now. Where did you end up?
Right! I am settled in Petersburg by now. I ended up in the Walnut hill area. But this place is lacking recreation facilities, imo. Can't find a place to run or shoot some hoops
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