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Old 01-11-2013, 05:17 PM
Location: Danville, VA - 3rd Capital of the Confederacy!
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Originally Posted by otter119 View Post
I am moving my family of four (two young boys 5 and 8) from Wisconsin to Virginia. I will be required to travel a bit so I want to stay within 45 minutes of the Richmond airport. I am starting a branch of my current company in this location so location for work will be in-house. I would be looking for a location with great schools, little to no racial tension, other young families, parks, etc. We don't want to be in a super busy location but don't want to be out in the country either. Close proximity to lakes that support boating, swimming, etc. is a plus.

Any thoughts... Thanks!
I am a native Virginian, and have been all over most of this Commonwealth. Since the Richmond Airport is just inside the East side of the Richmond Beltway, I checked VA locations that might be convenient to the airport, and that should also meet your needs in the other ways you stated.

Williamsburg is just about exactly 45 minutes from the airport, driving straight down I-64. Parks and historical stuff and much to do for adults and the kids, all over that area. Sits in the "middle peninsula" between the James and York Rivers.

Get on a Google map and take a look at it. In addition to Williamsburg, there are a multitude of other places you might want to consider between Williamsburg and Richmond. Most communities in that area have great schools, and Virginia was the first state in the South to have an integrated public school system (I was in the 8th grade when it happened), and there has been little to no "racial tension" in Virginia for decades, except perhaps in some of the rural backwoods towns on the western side of the State. But most of us tend to just ignore the backwoods hillbillies. Never see them East of the mountains much anyway. LOL

For boating, swimming, etc., anyplace in that area will put you near the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest inland waterway, and lakes and recreational waterways are everywhere. Just do a little research, pick an area you think you might like, and make a few phone calls. See a city or town that looks promising? Check the details on City-Data. You can also look it up in Wikipedia or "Best Places" (Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed) ... and then check the city's website, and give them a call if you like what you see and want to find out more. Virginia is a friendly place.

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Old 01-11-2013, 05:28 PM
Location: Danville, VA - 3rd Capital of the Confederacy!
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Either of the cities of Chester and Chesterfield would also be very convenient for you, and both are within 25 minutes of the Richmond Airport. Either of them might also be good for your family. Just check them out and choose what you like.

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:51 AM
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How is the housing market currently in those areas? Are home owners getting what they are asking for or is it still a buyers market?
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:59 AM
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I like Chester, Chesterfield, Glen Allen...really like going down there from Spotsylvania when I need to get stuff done that is unfortunately not available in there Fredericksburg area yet. Nice and clean, solid beautiful suburban feel.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:59 PM
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Well Richmond is a great choice, beyond being the capital of the state, I really like the place personally. You can consider the place Corporate Housing Norfolk Virginia / Extended Stay Norfolk Virginia ... Well, Richmond history that still lives in the magnificent architecture of downtown buildings to the cobblestone streets down Monument Avenue. From there, it would take you to the wonderful beaches of Norfolk and Virginia beach - which you like. Richmond isn't very crunchy, but there are a lot of alternatives as far as fresh food, csa's, etc.
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