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Old 10-19-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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My husband and I are thinking about retiring to Forest VA from California. We have visited the area and love it. Pros and Cons of the area? and property up keep due to the weather? Vinyl siding versus Brick homes?
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Lynchburg, VA
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I would say the pros of the area are its affordability, the beauty of the surroundings (and four seasons), and the general economic stability we enjoy. Also, we're within an hour of Roanoke & Charlottesville; 2 hours from Richmond and Raleigh/Durham; and just about 3 hours to Washington DC and Charlotte, NC.

As for cons... hard to say, we love so much about this area and what it has to offer. Depending on where you are moving from, you may be more accustomed to events (theatre, music, sports) that draw bigger names and larger crowds. We have great local theatre, music and sporting events, but nothing like a major metro area could offer. We are roughly 4 hours from the closest beach, which is much closer than much of the US, but still farther than some folks like to be.

As for property upkeep... I'd say the weather here is very kind to our homes. We don't get tons of snow - although there are exceptions - and are often shielded from the worst of the winter storms. Also, we aren't usually in the direct path of most hurricanes, so while we'll get wind & rain, we aren't subjected to the brunt of those storms either.

Exterior styles of our local homes- particularly in the Forest area - have grown and changed a lot in recent years, to allow for more stylized exteriors with combinations of brick, stacked stone, hardiplank and vinyl shakes. We have quite a variety (in my opinion) and the Forest area is somewhat on the front lines of new building in our area.

Hope this helps... sorry it took me until now to respond, I just signed up for the forums today and saw your questions. If I can help any further, please let me know!
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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Forest is an a part of Lynchburg. I have lived in various parts of the US (and abroad) and Lynchburg really wasn't my cup of tea. It could be yours though.

I could list a lot of cons. The main one would be the "redneck", extreme right wing and hardcore bible belt mentality was really hard for me to deal with. Houses are affordable, but jobs do not pay well, and unless you are a doctor or engineer it is hard to have a career (but you are retired, so I guess this does not really matter).....the list goes on...

In regards to arts & entertainment the area is VERY underdeveloped, but most people does not care. They go to church and watch Fox News and are happy, and I guess being happy is very important, right?

So, do a search for Lynchburg on this forum and sample what people have to say.

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Old 11-18-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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Forest is an a part of Lynchburg. It could be yours though.The main one would be the "redneck", extreme right wing and hardcore bible belt mentality was really hard for me to deal with. In regards to arts & entertainment the area is VERY underdeveloped, but most people does not care. They go to church and watch Fox News and are happy....
We do value our grammar, though.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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We do value our grammar, though.
Well, maybe you are just better at typing on a phone?

...or it could also be due to the fact that people in Lynchburg are morally superior and all around better human beings then the rest of us.

The original poster asked for pros and cons. Some dude posted some pros and I added some cons. What is the big deal?
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:28 AM
 
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Jerry, you are not allowed to mentioned that there MIGHT be negative things about Lynchburg (Forest). The rule is EVERYONE loves to live here. If you don't, you get put in the Training Center.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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Well, maybe you are just better at typing on a phone?

...or it could also be due to the fact that people in Lynchburg are morally superior and all around better human beings then the rest of us.

The original poster asked for pros and cons. Some dude posted some pros and I added some cons. What is the big deal?
If the shoe fits, my friend; I don't question your morals, as they are of no consequence to me, but I do question the validity of most of your comments. Actually, since gross exaggeration relates directly to one's moral character...
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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When I lived in Lynchburg I was told that people in Lynchburg/Forest/Amherst were "morally superior" by locals. I found that a very strange thing to say. I should not have brought that up as that puts men the same level as those who said so.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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I totally disagree with Jerry Williams statement. I do not live in Forest, but grew up close by in Bedford and live in Blacksburg, VA now. I have friends and family in Forest, and they are not all "rednecks" by any stretch. In fact, I could probably only classify 1 of my family members as such, while the rest of the folks I know (~ 15-20 people) range from extremely liberal to conservative. What I like about Forest is that the pace of life is a bit slower and the scenery is beautiful. Great place to retire with nearby Smith Mtn Lake and lots of golf courses to play on.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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I have to say Forest, which is in Bedford County and not part of Lynchburg at all, is very different than the city of Lynchburg. Landscape, demographics, taxes, development, size of homes, schools, atmosphere all very different from city to suburb. Yes, I've lived in both for many years.
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