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Old 01-08-2009, 08:31 AM
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We are considering retiring to VA.

We are looking for walkable cities, towns, or villages.

We are wanting to be able to walk to the downtown coffee houses, restaurants, etc.

We will be living in a townhome in the downtown area.

Do any of you know of areas like this in VA?

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Old 01-08-2009, 09:51 AM
Location: Apex, NC
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What's your budget?

Downtown Roanoke is experiencing a resurgence. Here are reference lofts I found after a quick search:

[ Graphic Dimensions Inc ] Providing realtors with the details that sell a home
Urban Living - Downtown Lofts in Roanoke VA (http://waldvogelcommercial.com/urban_204jefferson.htm - broken link)

There are more available and apparently more on the way. In the late 90's, the downtown Roanoke population was only 40! Now it's approaching or exceeding 500 and growing. Downtown Roanoke has much to offer a retired couple. There are even small grocers. An amazing YMCA just a short walk away. With Roanoke's downtown waxing rather than waning, expect even more resident-friendly amenities to appear over time. Relative to many other walkable downtowns, your money may go much further in Roanoke. But it would be neat to find out where you choose and why, so keep us posted!

I posted some Google street view links of Roanoke at:
Google's Street Level Views of Roanoke!

One of the links shows you the street view of the downtown City Market area.

Hope this is helpful!

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Old 01-08-2009, 12:51 PM
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Lexington, Virginia is considered to be one of Virginia's premeir "walkable" towns...also, look at Charlottesville (generally progressive in terms of most planning related issues), and my fovorite Virginia neighborhood: the Fan District of Richmond
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:54 AM
Location: Charleston, SC
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I vote for Abingdon, VA. The last time I was there, a few months ago, we walked for several hours - stopping to eat lunch, shop, went to the Post Office, and shopped some more. Abingdon is a wonderful walking town!
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:47 AM
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Downtown Fredericksburg is a really nice walk-able town as well.
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