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Old 11-22-2007, 09:20 AM
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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In my opinion you should consider Abingdon, Marion, Wytheville, Galax, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro. There are other nice towns in Virginia, but I'm most familiar with these.
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Old 11-22-2007, 07:14 PM
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What about Charlottesville? I've seen it online and it says the crime is much higher than national average, is this accurate? I too am looking for a smaller town feel. With neighbors that are pleasant and places with sidewalks, for sure. I want to have a bit of land but also be close to a downtown that's not just for older people (hope that doesn't offend). My husband and I are in our mid 20s and have 2 small children, so we want something that all of us could enjoy. I've seen Lexington in my results for ****.com and it looks great but I'm worried about taxes. Are taxes high in Va?
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:31 PM
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Bedford City has the town square, 100 yr old homes line the streets, and always something going on that is family oriented. An old railway depot is now a restaurant where you can watch the trains go by. We are at the foothills of The Peaks Of Otter --the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains. The mountains are a big part of Bedford Life. To the south, we have Smith Mt. Lake which is a growing area with lots of tourists. But, here in town, we aren't affected much by tourists. Even those who come to see the D Day Memorial do not effect us. I live right in town in an old house and we love where we are.
Just keep in mind the limited possiblities here. You may be used to driving 45 minutes to do things, so it might not bother you. I dont like that there are limited classes in school for your child. We have considered moving back to a larger county that has more choices. But, for now, we will stay here. I want my child to have a sense of where she came from when she is grown. You can go to other areas to access things, but its hard to keep crime away if you life in a crime-ridden area.

BTW, gangs are trying to get footholds in many medium sized cities now--or they are wannabes who are practicing for that life.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by chrislee1973 View Post
I am looking to move to a 'Bedford Falls' from It's a Wonderful Life type of town. Good people, Main Street w/ possible Town Square. A place where people actually do 'Neighborly Things' and where kids can grow up without the ghettoness of Chicago.

Do such places still exist? I've been told of Seneca Falls, New York. I'm also looking for towns in other states.
Hi there,

Roanoke has much of what you are looking for, especially if you are white. I'd suggest living in the county, if you have kids especially, the schools are better there. SW Co most particularly.

The architecture in the city's residential housing is better but the school's aren't.

People are very friendly in Roanoke and we have a charming downtown area with small restauarants and shops and a market area with fresh produce daily.

Hope this helps!

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