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Old 02-22-2019, 12:43 AM
 
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Most cities have a stone, Fredericksburg has the (auction) block. As others stated, you should be more concerned about the hellish commute. You got Pentagon folks getting up at 3:30 out there, which is fine if you can come in at 6. Thirty or forty years ago, commuters would live out there for significant amounts of land, but now it is more to find something marginally affordable.
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:39 AM
 
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Um, that’s still a pretty awful commute.
what are you talking about? Just take the damn train. It is a pleasant reading hour. You arlington fools living in small duplexes without land are the ones sitting in traffic.
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Old 02-23-2019, 09:08 AM
 
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what are you talking about? Just take the damn train. It is a pleasant reading hour. You arlington fools living in small duplexes without land are the ones sitting in traffic.
VRE or not, it just seems super far.

But there are clearly people that make it work so I'm not disparaging it. My only point being it's not an easy commute and at some point it can become a quality of life issue. But also I get it, not everyone wants to live in Arlington, some people prefer having land and their own space so it's about finding what works for you.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:23 AM
 
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VRE or not, it just seems super far.

But there are clearly people that make it work so I'm not disparaging it. My only point being it's not an easy commute and at some point it can become a quality of life issue. But also I get it, not everyone wants to live in Arlington, some people prefer having land and their own space so it's about finding what works for you.
Fredericksburg needs to be approached differently than northern virginia locals -- it is not a direct suburb of DC even though a large segment of the population works in the metro area. With more jobs allowing flextime and remote work options, areas like Fredericksburg and even further out (King George, Spotsylvania, Orange, Caroline, Richmond) give people an opportunity that they wouldn't otherwise have in the highly prohibitive NOVA housing market -- assuming land/space is something valued. I personally would rather take the long commute if it means giving my kids access to a large yard, trees, creeks, rivers -- otherwise what's the point of earning high metro area salaries if you're still scrapping by? With Richmond-area booming, access to an entirely different job market is another boon for the area.

It is basically the only region left in the northern part of the state where you can buy a 3-4 bdrm detached home for under $350k. Can't do that in Loudoun or Prince William anymore without a struggle.
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:22 PM
 
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Fredericksburg is a racially diverse area and pretty much a very welcoming city. Sure, it still has a certain "old South" air, but it doesn't affect race relations in any way. There's a pretty good hip vibe for the younger folks and a thriving arts community too. I've loved it since I moved here last fall.
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Old 05-14-2019, 03:45 PM
 
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Fredericksburg is a racially diverse area and pretty much a very welcoming city. Sure, it still has a certain "old South" air, but it doesn't affect race relations in any way. There's a pretty good hip vibe for the younger folks and a thriving arts community too. I've loved it since I moved here last fall.

Good to know, a friend is moving there next month and is trying to get me to move there too. My biggest gripe is moving even closer to wear the temps will be colder during the fall till summer than where I am now. We only get snow about once a year here. Plus I left NY to FL and am just half-back already. Much of the research I've done, so far, on the Fredricksburg, area makes me think the good outweighs the feelings I have about the tempetures, it seems pretty close to the perfect place for my retirement years.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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Good to know, a friend is moving there next month and is trying to get me to move there too. My biggest gripe is moving even closer to wear the temps will be colder during the fall till summer than where I am now. We only get snow about once a year here. Plus I left NY to FL and am just half-back already. Much of the research I've done, so far, on the Fredricksburg, area makes me think the good outweighs the feelings I have about the tempetures, it seems pretty close to the perfect place for my retirement years.

Fredericksburg is a great place and there are plenty of retired folks who live there but be warned, there is a disproportionate amount of traffic for a town of it's size -- particularly on I-95 and US-1 but also US-17 as well. A lot more working people commuting up to NoVA from the area. Perhaps deeper in Spotsylvania/Caroline county may work for you.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:31 AM
 
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Fredericksburg is a great place and there are plenty of retired folks who live there but be warned, there is a disproportionate amount of traffic for a town of it's size -- particularly on I-95 and US-1 but also US-17 as well. A lot more working people commuting up to NoVA from the area. Perhaps deeper in Spotsylvania/Caroline county may work for you.
Well, I think I'll be ok, I'd prefer to be nearer my friend if I so chose to move out that way. I did know it was near I-95, but the fact that I don't drive it shouldn't affect me too much except when I need use Uber and other sources of transit to get around on occasion. Once my friend is settled, I will visit prior to making any decisions, I may end up going back to further south in the long run, though I have the soul of a northerner, but, nothings concrete for me at the moment, I'm just in the feeling things out way in advance for now. Really I'd like to avoid any place where they shove bibles in your face.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:58 AM
 
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Well, I think I'll be ok, I'd prefer to be nearer my friend if I so chose to move out that way. I did know it was near I-95, but the fact that I don't drive it shouldn't affect me too much except when I need use Uber and other sources of transit to get around on occasion. Once my friend is settled, I will visit prior to making any decisions, I may end up going back to further south in the long run, though I have the soul of a northerner, but, nothings concrete for me at the moment, I'm just in the feeling things out way in advance for now. Really I'd like to avoid any place where they shove bibles in your face.
What's funny is, I used to get the Mormons and the Seventh Day Adventists all the time when I lived in neighboring King George county, but I haven't seen them at all since I moved into Fredericksburg itself. BTW, staying off I-95 is really pretty easy. I drive Rte. 1 and 2 all the time to avoid the interstate. Rte. 2 southbound to Richmond is especially great; you can get all the way to Mechanicsville with a real minimum of traffic lights (just a couple outside Bowling Green), and the rural scenery is really nice. I also love the convenience of having Uber in the city; I even Ubered to the hospital to get my latest heart stent, which was a real boon for me.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:23 AM
 
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I have family who live in Fredericksburg (they're black) and they are fine. I think white people down there are more friendlier than the super liberal ones in NoVA, honestly. People seem to talk to you and say hi more than they do up towards Arlington/Alexandria.
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