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Old 01-04-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I'm a single mother that homeschools my two children and works from home. We currently live in NYC and would like to relocate to VA. I believe mid-northern VA would be the best fit for us as everyone keeps saying to stay away from southern VA. I believe we keep hearing this because we are not your "average" American family (whatever that means to you). We happen to be very open-minded, respectful about other people's beliefs and have been exposed to it all being here in NYC.

I'm looking forward to a more relaxed life with a bit of land so we can grow some veggies and fruits (we grow out of planters here) and have a few chickens. I'd like to make our home as self sustainable as possible (using solar power and collect/filter our own rainwater). Obviously we aren't looking to move into another big city but it would be nice if we were about an hours drive into a city/town to do some shopping, go to the movies etc.

Can anyone suggest areas they think we will fit in best or ones that we should stay away from all together? Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post and respond.

Kindest regards, Jasmine
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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You really need to provide more info. Will you need a job? If so what field? What can you afford to buy/rent? Want to be near city life or well away from it?
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:39 AM
 
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You may want to check out Southwestern Virginia, especially Floyd County. It's beautiful, rural and still affordable. Several hippy communes were situated there, back in the day. They're gone now but Floyd still has the reputation for a more free spirited lifestyle and still attracts people interested in it. It's also situated between two universities - Radford and Virginia Tech, so you will find more varied types of people than normally found in rural Virginia. You will find a number of other folks in the area interested in sustainable lifestyle and tech. Even if you don't want to live there, Floyd is worth visiting and hosts an internationally famous BlueGrass festival in August.

As Bigfoot points out, you will need money, and jobs are not so easy to come by in more rural areas. Still, there are employment opportunities in the towns nearby such as Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Radford and Roanoke. Winter commuting over mountain roads is no joke.
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: The South
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She stated she works from home; I take that to mean she already has a job.

OP: You do need to give an idea of how much land you want and what your maximum budget would be. There are a growing number of home school families in Virginia. I happened to have a conversation with one earlier today. You won't have a problem meeting and connecting with other families.

Best of luck.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:48 PM
 
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Thank you to all who replied!

After spending all night reading through posts on the board, looking at my lists of wants and comparing data I believe I have narrowed it down to Goochland or Powhatan.

Both seem to be good areas with little crime, not overcrowded, will offer us some privacy and land, and within what I consider a reasonable driving distance to ameneties/shops etc. Ive seen houses within our price range as well. I do work from home so a regular commute during "rush hours" isn't a worry.

I guess one important question would be, do you believe in those areas the children will be treated well and not discriminated because they are mixed (Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic)? We plan to continue homeschooling pretty much the same way we do here (getting together regularly for classes, trips, book clubs, playdates etc.) And that would of course be hard if they werent welcome. We have friends from around the world and the children would feel comfortable in truly any environment even if they are considered "the minority". I just don't want to cause any issues especially moving into a new community where we don't know anyone.

Please excuse my ignorance about this topic for this region. I only have personal experience of NYC living and what my friends from various parts of the country tell me.

Are there other areas similar to Goochland and Powhatan that you would recommend or areas you feel would better suit us?

Thank you again!
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I guess we're not getting answers on what she can afford to help us provide advice.
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:56 PM
 
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Sorry Bigfoot, I'd like to spend $200,000 or less. Another option is just buying the land and building a home. The area is the most important to me. I don't mind the extra work or wait time to find a good fit.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Where my bills arrive
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Your children shouldn't experience any problems with being culturally diverse in the areas you mentioned. Home schooling is also quite prevalent, this link VDOE Guidelines and Statistics on Homeschooling in Virginia | VaHomeschoolers has some good links for those choosing this route.
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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everyone keeps saying to stay away from southern VA.
With good reason, especially regarding the Danville area.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Shelton, Connecticut
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With good reason, especially regarding the Danville area.
This post was in 2015. Any upgrades for Danville since this was posted? I saw a cute bungalow in Danville for $20k. Is it the crime situation? It is supposed to be the city with the most churches.
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