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Old 08-28-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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We are thinking of moving to Virginia, and though I know I like the looks of Cape Charles area, it doesn't mean I know anything more about it than a few pictures online. I've been to the Staunton area and hung around Williamsburg, and each place has it's own beauty, but if we had to pick a place based on what area has the better school and better job opportunities for my husband, I don't know. Any advice or opinions on these areas is most appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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What does your husband do? That likely will affect where you move.

Read the threads on the Hampton Roads forum. A common thought expressed there is that the wages are low in this area.

Re schools, I'm sure you are looking at public schools. You can check out SOL scores on the Va. Dept. of Education website. The greatschools.org website has reviews of various schools. The one caveat there based on my experience is that often the reviews are old. What was going on with a school five years ago may not have much bearing on today's situation at that school.

I would vote for Staunton, but that's because I like the mountains!

Good luck.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Argo97, if you want more information on Cape Charles post a thread in the Hampton Roads sub-forum. If you search there, you'll find some existing threads on Cape Charles.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Thornrose
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All three areas are vastly different. One thing to keep in mind with Cape Charles is, even though it's close mileage wise from Norfolk/Va Beach, you will have to pay $12 one way just to cross the Hampton Roads Bridge/Tunnel to do shopping or whatever. I get the impression, though I've never actually been to it, that the eastern shore is very isolated and sparsely populated. Or feels like it.

If you want to live right in Hampton Roads, that's a whole other ball game. It's a metro of 1.6 million, so you will have traffic and crime issues depending on where you live.

Waynesboro is in my neck of the woods. I'm from Staunton and now live in the Charlottesville area. The Staunton/Waynesboro area serves a little over 100,000 people while maintaining a small town/city atmosphere. Waynesboro is getting more big box retailers, and whatever you can't find there you can find in Charlottesville a half hour east.

My recommendation would be to set your priorities and pick the location that best suits you. Good luck!
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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Re schools, I'm sure you are looking at public schools. You can check out SOL scores on the Va. Dept. of Education website. The greatschools.org website has reviews of various schools. The one caveat there based on my experience is that often the reviews are old. What was going on with a school five years ago may not have much bearing on today's situation at that school.

Good luck.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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Talking location, location, location

I am new to the Cape Charles area so I have the perspective of what they call here a "come here". I would NOT suggest living in Northampton county if you have children. Schools are sub-par (just look it up as previously suggested). The real estate is expensive for what you get (look at realtor.com) and you are somewhat isolated (as was mentioned in previous post). The people living here make a distinction between those "born here" and those that "come here" so you have to deal with an undertone of discrimination. I'm not saying I don't enjoy the peace and quiet but I knew what I was getting into before I moved here and have found many nice people to associate with. I would never suggest moving to Hampton Roads. Crime, bad schools and the worst traffic in Virginia. I agree with others who have posted and would highly recommend the Waynesboro area. Low crime, moderate housing cost and talk about beauty! I don't know anything about the school system but I would recommend looking into availability of a private school. Have you considered Lynchburg, VA? Good luck!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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I am living in Newport News, but have lived in Louisa, the Harrisonburg area & Monterey (VA). Traffic is an issue in the Hampton Roads area, but more so if you have to cross through a tunnel or over a bridge on a daily basis during the work-day rush hours. I check online for traffic reports and listen to the radio & tv. If there is a backup due to an accident on my normal route, there are multiple alternate routes for me since I don't cross water. Thus far, I have not found traffic to be a horrible issue, but I don't use the tunnels on a daily basis.

I think northern Va. has the worst traffic. But again, I'm not contending with daily backups trying to get through a tunnel. If you live and work on the same side of the water, traffic is not that big of a deal - at least in Newport News.

The Hampton Roads area has many private schools. Newport News has a magnet school system so it is possible for a student to attend a high school out of zone.

The waterfront in Hampton Roads is just as beautiful as the mountains. It's a matter of personal preference. I'll take the mountains over the water, but I appreciate the beauty here too.

As far as crime, there are many safe areas and there are unsafe areas. Staunton has its bad areas too. They may not be as big, but they exist.

Good luck to the OP.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the info, and by the way, I really like the mountains too,but it's humidity that I'd like to have. :-)
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