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Old 07-08-2007, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I posted on the Virginia forum and several people suggested I check out the Hampton Roads area because of the things I said were important to me. However, they've made suggestions such as "check out Williamsburg and Yorktown" and I can't really find any information on these via the web. I checked out the apartment listings and they both seem reasonable compared to what I pay here so I just wanted some info on those areas in general. These were my criteria for a place to live if this helps:

Good public schools - I'll be teaching and my son will eventually attend one.
Affordable rental - $850 is the maximum
Within reasonable distance of Wal-Mart, shopping malls, movie theater and restaurants.
Friendly neighborhood with nearby parks and places where my family can walk, bike, play outside.
Lots of community involvement and activities.
Reliable Public transportation.


Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated; even if you can just direct me to a website. Thanks so much!
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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what district are you going to be teaching in? i am in the same boat as you! just got a teaching job out there and have a young child, and confused about where to live....keep checking on here, i'm getting some pretty good advice!
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You may want to check out apts along rt 134 in York County, even the Hampton side of 134 aint bad. in 02 i lived in dominion yorkshire downs and lived in a 2 bed/ 2 bath apt for around $850 it may be a little more expensive now. the schools; York County is probably the best all around school system in HR, Hampton isn't the best school system but the schools you're zoned in along rt 134 arent bad at all, espically when compared with Orlando, Fl (i saw your other posts). You'll have everything you'll need in South York County or North Hampton, close to a big shopping center with a wal-mart, parks, and movies in NN's Kiln Creek Neighborhood (also not a bad place to live). Forget about public transportation though. There is none to speak about unless you want to talk about HRT buses when compared to the Transit of my location (outside DC). Do yourself a favor and buy any car b4 you get here. All in all i think you will enjoy HR.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Thanks for the suggestions...

to answer your question mastersm9 I haven't even applied to teach anywhere yet, but I'm assuming once I'm there that is what I'll be doing since it was what I went to school for. I think Hampton High would be a great place to teach. I just was browsing online because even though we don't plan to move until May of next year I realized that moving to a state you know nothing about is going to take months of preparation. We're planning a look-see trip in October so Hampton Roads will be an area I check out.

Thanks for your replies.

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Old 07-09-2007, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Natalay, Hampton Roads is the name for the area, it encompasses are huge area including Hampton, Newport News (on one side of the river), and virginia beach, norfolk, chesapeake, suffolk on the other side. You may want to check into these distinct cities and see if one starts to feel more like you.

Shelly
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:24 PM
 
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Default Hi Natalay

I tell all my clients to check out GreatSchools.net for the most accurate and detailed information on schools. You can go to the Official City Websites
Official Government Site for the City of Williamsburg, Virginia and VisitWilliamsburg.com :: Welcome for Williamsburg and Welcome to Historic Yorktown, Virginia and Official City of Yorktown VA Virginia, Chamber, Main Street - City Guide
You can also check out Craigs List for Apartment Rentals.

I hope this helps Natalay. Take care, Rebecca


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I posted on the Virginia forum and several people suggested I check out the Hampton Roads area because of the things I said were important to me. However, they've made suggestions such as "check out Williamsburg and Yorktown" and I can't really find any information on these via the web. I checked out the apartment listings and they both seem reasonable compared to what I pay here so I just wanted some info on those areas in general. These were my criteria for a place to live if this helps:

Good public schools - I'll be teaching and my son will eventually attend one.
Affordable rental - $850 is the maximum
Within reasonable distance of Wal-Mart, shopping malls, movie theater and restaurants.
Friendly neighborhood with nearby parks and places where my family can walk, bike, play outside.
Lots of community involvement and activities.
Reliable Public transportation.


Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated; even if you can just direct me to a website. Thanks so much!
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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As a former York County teacher, I highly recommend looking into teaching in York County.
Welcome to the York County School Division

They have relatively few discipline problems in my opinion, and the district is somewhat diverse.

As far as apartments...look into Criston Apartments in Newport News. It's really off the beaten path and has a family atmosphere to it. It's also in your price range. The only downside is they have a long waiting list, so you may want to call them and inquire about it.
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