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Old 03-13-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

My fiancee and I are currently living in north Jersey (bergen county) and we want out. It's far too expensive and crowded here. We are taking a week long trip down to VA and NC and are stopping by several cities. We wanted to see if anyone familiar with these cities can recommend any neighborhoods we should check out.

We are an engaged couple in our 20s with no kids and we would like a place that has the convenience of living in a city without living in a big city. So some kind of suburb or on the outskirts of a city where entertainment, shopping, etc would be a quick drive away. For example, we used to live in Arlington, TX and found that to be a great mix where it wasn't overly crowded or with too much traffic, but we had tons of shopping and entertainment around as well as easy access to major highways. We also had Fort Worth and Dallas 30 minutes away if we did want to go to the city for a day. My fiancee works for Walgreens and she would be transferring so it is a must that there be at least several Walgreens in vicinity. Also, very important is the cost of living. Right now, anything will be better than Bergen County, NJ... but having lived in TX with no state income tax, we got a bit spoiled, so a place with a cost of living near or below the national average would be optimal. As for me, I will likely be going back to school so most of the cities we are visiting have schools with the programs I'm interested in.

Here are the cities we will be stopping by; any advice as to which neighborhoods to check out would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

- Richmond, VA
- Charlottesville, VA
- Roanoke, VA
- Blacksburg, VA
- Greensboro, NC
- Winston Salem, NC
- Raleigh, NC
- Norfolk, VA
- VA Beach, VA
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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In Richmond, check out carytown in the city, and short pump outside of it
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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For Norfolk or Virginia Beach, I'd check out Chesapeake, VA which is close to both. I'd also suggest Old Towne Portsmouth.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Blacksburg is home to Virginia Tech which has a huge student body (31,000 full time) and I would guess that housing costs might be bit cheaper in nearby Christiansburg. I know that there is a Walgreens in C-burg.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Roanoke is WONDERFUL because it is large enough to have a lot of amenities - but surrounded by mountains - so it has less tendency to sprawl - so almost any neighborhood is extremely convenient to the city center - so a great choice between suburban style neighborhoods and more hip close-to-the-city-center neighborhoods (Old Southwest, Raleigh Court). Check it out!
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Roanoke,Virginia
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I second Roanoke because I really love it here. Take a good look at Raleigh too. I went to a few events there last summer and I thought it looked like they had a lot of stuff going on there.
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