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Old 12-17-2009, 08:56 PM
 
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Default Where is the best place to live in Virginia? PLEASE ANSWER!!!

My wife and I will be moving to VA in the Spring of 2010. We are looking for a place that has all four seasons, as well as people who are friendly and down-to-earth. We'd like to live in an area that has trendy shops and restaurants, but also some local country flavor. We'll begin having kids in the near future, so we need an area with a good school system. If we had our choice, we'd rather live closer to the mountains than the coast, and we'd like to avoid the traffic from the D.C. area. Please give us your thoughts if you live in VA or have spent a good amount of time there. THANKS SO MUCH!!!
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Staunton, Harrisonburg.

Roanoke.

Cville ( a bit bigger and more metro)
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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C'ville and Staunton would certainly be good options. Harrisonburg has turned a bit too suburban for my tastes but you'd have access to Menonite produce and goods.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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My wife and I will be moving to VA in the Spring of 2010. We are looking for a place that has all four seasons, as well as people who are friendly and down-to-earth. We'd like to live in an area that has trendy shops and restaurants, but also some local country flavor. We'll begin having kids in the near future, so we need an area with a good school system. If we had our choice, we'd rather live closer to the mountains than the coast, and we'd like to avoid the traffic from the D.C. area. Please give us your thoughts if you live in VA or have spent a good amount of time there. THANKS SO MUCH!!!
All of VA has four seasons. It's not THAT big. If you don't want to be near DC but want trendy your only real choices would be Charlottesville or Richmond. I'd suggest the former since it's closer to the mountains and not quite as trafficky (although there's still a fair amount there at certain times of day on certain roads). Plus it's a college town. Someone mentioned Harrisonburg - not trendy.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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Another vote for Charlottesville.

I agree, Harrisonburg doesn't really sound like it would fit your criteria of trendy shops & restaurants.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Charlottesville would be my recommendation as well. You are over two hours from Washington, DC, so you are just far enough away to avoid the commuter sprawl madness that has now encroached out as far as Fauquier County (Warrenton Area). People are now even commuting to the DC Metro Area from places like Winchester and Fredericksburg as well.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:50 PM
 
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Ditto on everything said. One place not mentioned was Lexington. It's very small but has VMI and W&L. It's basically a compact Charlottesville with none of the traffic. It's 40 miles to Roanoke for shopping and etc. or 30 miles to Staunton. The downtown is full of locally run shops, some chains on the outskirts. The place is very historic and some might even consider it a little snobby. And it is in the Shen. Valley, so surrounded by mountains. But honestly while reading your post I was thinking Charlottesville all the way. Good luck with your search and welcome to VA(eventually).
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We're in the same situation as these folks, but we're hoping to move in Nov 2010. We already have two young children, so our concerns are the same as far as schools are concerned. How about Roanoke? Any thoughts?
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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We're in the same situation as these folks, but we're hoping to move in Nov 2010. We already have two young children, so our concerns are the same as far as schools are concerned. How about Roanoke? Any thoughts?
I've never been to Roanoke, but I have done a lot of research into the city and received a lot of help from this forum. Living here in the endless sprawl that is Northern Viriginia I really do miss some of the creature comforts of my former home in a place not unlike Roanoke---walkable neighborhoods, friendly people, historic architecture, a rebounding downtown, independent mom-and-pop stores and restaurants (as well as outlying big-box stores and chains), etc. I really do want to visit for a long weekend sometime next Spring or Summer myself to snap some photos, chat it up with the locals, skulk around the neighborhoods (I'm especially fond of the "Old Southwest" neighborhood), and just breathe in all that Roanoke has to offer.

For my personality the I-81 corridor cities (Roanoke, Lexington, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Winchester) are really more my style---far enough away from the bustle so that you don't have to pay $1,200/month in rent for an average 1-BR apartment and sit for hours each week in traffic jams---but still "urban" enough to have First Friday events, First Night celebrations, farmers' markets, book signings at book stores, coffeehouses, and adequate retail/dining options.

I'm sorry I can't be of much more help other than just relaying my own "hearsay" to you, but I wish you the best!
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I've never been to Roanoke, but I have done a lot of research into the city and received a lot of help from this forum. Living here in the endless sprawl that is Northern Viriginia I really do miss some of the creature comforts of my former home in a place not unlike Roanoke---walkable neighborhoods, friendly people, historic architecture, a rebounding downtown, independent mom-and-pop stores and restaurants (as well as outlying big-box stores and chains), etc. I really do want to visit for a long weekend sometime next Spring or Summer myself to snap some photos, chat it up with the locals, skulk around the neighborhoods (I'm especially fond of the "Old Southwest" neighborhood), and just breathe in all that Roanoke has to offer.

For my personality the I-81 corridor cities (Roanoke, Lexington, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Winchester) are really more my style---far enough away from the bustle so that you don't have to pay $1,200/month in rent for an average 1-BR apartment and sit for hours each week in traffic jams---but still "urban" enough to have First Friday events, First Night celebrations, farmers' markets, book signings at book stores, coffeehouses, and adequate retail/dining options.



















I'm sorry I can't be of much more help other than just relaying my own "hearsay" to you, but I wish you the best!
Sounds good to me. We're looking for an area that's not out of touch with civilization, but not bogged down by it, either. Thanks!
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