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Old 03-06-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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Hi there,
I'm a traveler in the health care industry. I'm looking at taking a 3 month position in either Richmond, VB, or Hampton. I'm traveling with my fiance and dog. My fiance would be without a car during the day (works from home) so a location with cafe's or places to eat would be ideal. We are in our early 30's, very active and enjoy the outdoors. All the posts Ive seen are about families looking for areas with good schools. We just want to be in an area that will be fun to live in for 3 month. I'm really torn between VB and Richmond. Being by the beach would be great, but the size of the city is a little big for me. Any advice?
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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try va beach, lots of outdoor activities plus the beaches. dont look at the population per say, VA beach is more of an urbanized county like fairfax county or orange county, not a city
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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I would suggest visiting both if you can to get a feel for the different areas. Good luck!
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Virginia Livin', Maryland Dreamin'.
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Va Beach population can fool you into thinkin its some big fast paced city, when its really just a HUGE suburb..Va Beach would definitely be much better for you, because Richmond schools are no good and Richmond is depressing. Its like Baltimore with out that added excitement and entertainment/night life.
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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I like both cities. Both are good for different reason, but if you're fiance is looking to be able to get around without a car, Richmond would be better for that than VB. But outdoorsy stuff would be better in VB. Got see both and decide for yourself!
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Va Beach population can fool you into thinkin its some big fast paced city, when its really just a HUGE suburb..Va Beach would definitely be much better for you, because Richmond schools are no good and Richmond is depressing. Its like Baltimore with out that added excitement and entertainment/night life.
Did you even read what they are looking for? Schools don't matter to them.

In Richmond, walking distance to Carytown, Shockoe Slip, areas like that would be fun. There's some great public spaces in Richmond, particularly the James River Park System.

Both would offer very different opportunities, but are great in their own ways.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I personally think Richmond would be a good choice. The Richmond area is smaller than the Hampton Roads area, is easier to navigate, and has less congestion. You should probably check out the Fan, Museum District/Carytown, or maybe Shockoe Bottom.

Richmond is extremely walkable. I live in the Fan (east of the Boulevard) and walk all over; to Carytown, downtown, the parks/river/rapids, grocery stores, restaurants, shops. Due to the distance, it may take me 20-30mins to walk to some of these places from my apartment (downtown/river), but it is all very easy and connected with plenty of sidewalks and alleyways. Even better the streets throughout the Fan are not too busy with traffic. There should always be some restaurant and shop within a 5min walk though.

You can also enjoy the outdoors in Richmond with the James River and its class IV rapids. There is plenty of beautiful countryside just outside the city.

However, Hampton Roads is a great area as well. If you do want to consider Hampton Roads, maybe you should check out the Ghent area of Norfolk. It's a nice area with plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance to homes and apartments, and has walking access to downtown Norfolk. From downtown you can take the ferry over to Olde Town Portsmouth for more exploring.

You really need to visit both before deciding. Norfolk is only a 1.5 hour drive from Richmond, so you could see both in the same day or weekend. I still really enjoy visiting Norfolk and will occasionally take a short trip down there just to have dinner every once and awhile.

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Old 03-15-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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I personally think Richmond would be a good choice. The Richmond area is smaller than the Hampton Roads area, is easier to navigate, and has less congestion. You should probably check out the Fan, Museum District/Carytown, or maybe Shockoe Bottom.

Richmond is extremely walkable. I live in the Fan (east of the Boulevard) and walk all over; to Carytown, downtown, the parks/river/rapids, grocery stores, restaurants, shops. Due to the distance, it may take me 20-30mins to walk to some of these places from my apartment (downtown/river), but it is all very easy and connected with plenty of sidewalks and alleyways. Even better the streets throughout the Fan are not too busy with traffic. There should always be some restaurant and shop within a 5min walk though.

You can also enjoy the outdoors in Richmond with the James River and its class IV rapids. There is plenty of beautiful countryside just outside the city.

However, Hampton Roads is a great area as well. If you do want to consider Hampton Roads, maybe you should check out the Ghent area of Norfolk. It's a nice area with plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance to homes and apartments, and has walking access to downtown Norfolk. From downtown you can take the ferry over to Olde Town Portsmouth for more exploring.

You really need to visit both before deciding. Norfolk is only a 1.5 hour drive from Richmond, so you could see both in the same day or weekend. I still really enjoy visiting Norfolk and will occasionally take a short trip down there just to have dinner every once and awhile.
I agree with most of this. Richmond, as a whole, is probably more laid back than Virginia Beach, but the Beach has plenty of pockets/neighborhoods that are incredibly laid back - Chicks Beach and the North End of the Oceanfront come to mind first. Just thought I'd add that to your, otherwise 100% correct, post.
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