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Old 07-01-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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-Where you are working: don't know yet. we want to find a good town first, and then find work there.
-How much you are willing to spend on housing: no more than 325k.
-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate: no more than an hour
-If you have kids: Private school or public school?: public
-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight?: small city excitement
-Community amenities important to you: a town with family things to do; like i said, small city excitement.

since we have kids (one entering 7th grade and the other entering 11th), we need a very low-crime place with good schools. we have 4 cats and a dog, so a place that is welcome to dogs is important! we need a church, pet boarding place, airport, and shopping/grocery store/hospital/etc. nearby.

thanks!
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:39 PM
 
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Maybe I'm a bit biased because I live here but it seems like Roanoke City or Roanoke County may be good for you.

Roanoke City has ~95k residents and the metro area has about ~300k.
Its a small-to-medium-sized city with a small town feel but all the amenities of a larger city (hospitals, museums, hospitals, shopping,etc).

Both the city and county have plenty of nice, family-friendly neighborhoods to choose from and you should be able to get plenty of house for 325k. Roanoke's overall cost of living is lower than the national average and the housing costs are lower by an even larger margin.
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