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Old 01-26-2013, 07:43 PM
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So tired of NH winters! My daughter and I are looking to relocate to a warmer state. We are researching WV,VA,TN and Ky. We will be moving with 6 horses so need a country area. I'm looking for a lower cost of living and affordable housing. Im currently commuting one hour to work so don't mind commuting in order to earn a higher salary. We enjoy outdoor activities but also enjoy having large shopping areas with add culture close by. We are vegetarians so a Trader Joe's or Whole foods Market in the area would be wonderful. My daughter will be attending college next year in the medical field. Low crime is also important to us. We will be visiting the areas we are interested in this spring and summer. Any suggestions for the VA area would be so helpful.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:47 PM
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:39 PM
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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What do you do? I don't live in VA but I i live in neighboring Maryland and know VA fairly well. I am also move at retirement and Winchester was next on my list to check out. Certainly houses are a lot cheaper but be aware that the City of Winchester has a city tax and there is an annual tax on the value of cars/trucks/boats etc. VA folks can fill you in on that.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:57 PM
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I work in Human Services.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:42 PM
Location: The South
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Again, a maximum price range would be very helpful. Everyone has a different idea of "affordable housing". Different parts of the state have wildly differing costs of living with Northern Virginia near DC being the highest.

Also, are you transferring with a job or will you be looking for employment? I'm afraid i don't know what "human services" is.

Is your daughter attending college in Virginia? Do you want to be close to her school? You know you must establish residency before being eligible for in-state tuition.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:29 AM
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I will suggest the Richmond, Charlottesville and Lynchburg areas. The outskirts of these areas have areas and counties with reasonable real estate, depending what you're looking for and how many acres, you can find farms/homes starting in the mid $100k, some higher some lower, it all depend how much land you want or if you want to live in a subdivision that allow horses. The weather is milder than the other states you referred to plus you still within reasonable distance to the beach and outer banks of NC. Unemployment is pretty low (approx. 6%), and if you're willing to commute at least 30 minutes from Richmond and/or Charlottesville, your salary will come a long way.

I live in Chesterfield County, which has certain areas more expensive than others; however, horse property here will start around $200+ for 2-5 acreas. I will highly recommend looking into Goochland, Luisa, Powhatan, Cumberland, Amilia and other counties along I-64 and/or west of Chesterfield County between Richmond and Charlottesville, this way you are within 30-40 minutes from Charlottesville and Richmond. Giving you the opportunity of finding employment in both cities, as well as being close to both medical colleges for you daughter.

Also, we have great medical universities. MCV which is part of Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as University of Virginia.

Wish you and your daughter the best.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:16 PM
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Goochland, from the description.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:46 AM
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RedRican hit it right on the head
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