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Old 02-23-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Hi. My husband got a new job in Newport News. We were looking for a home to rent in a small quaint clean town where you can walk the shops, the lowest crime and the best schools for our 2 young children. The water side is a big plus! The only problem im having is the prices. A decent size house for our family is around $1500 /month.... Is there something i'm missing? Are there cheaper homes there or similar towns that may be cheaper? Schools are #1 to us followed by low crime. Thank you so much for any advice!
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm in the same boat as you..the cost of living over there is outrageous. IF I could, I would stay right in Raleigh area. I have been visiting the Hampton roads area for a year on and off and the more I see, the less I am impressed. Just kind of disappointed..but have to move there this summer and I see its going to be about 1500 to 1800 a month to rent anything decent.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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This isn't the cheapest area, but housing prices (for sale) are still slowly dropping. Military housing allowances, which are pretty generous for families, are one of the main factors keeping rents high. If the Navy moves more ships to other ports, prices could drop further.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Southeast
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York County is safe, but not cheap for the area. Gloucester is cheaper, but the schools not so hot. Isle of Wight is moderate, and the elementary schools good in Carrollton. The middle and high schools might have a slightly rougher crowd, but not so much as Newport News.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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I know Newport News schools get a bad rap, but I have plenty of friends who send their kids to the NN public schools and love them. (For the record, I also know people who send their kids to the more highly regarded York County schools who are less than thrilled.) For NN elementary schools, I personally know people whose kids attend Yates Elementary, Hidenwood Elementary, and Hilton Elementary, and they are all very pleased. For middle schools, Gildersleeve Elementary is highly recommended by several friends. I don't know anyone with kids in high school, but I've heard good things about Menchville H.S. from "friends" in an on-line mothers forum.

Don't let people undersell Newport News. There were people on here who had us scared to death to live in Newport News before we moved here, but (luckily) we listened to our real estate agent instead, bought a house here, and love it. There are many safe, affordable neighborhoods with good schools. I'd be happy to steer you toward a few of the more desirable neighborhoods if you're interested.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:46 AM
 
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Default Menchville

I have heard of that area before (Mencheville). I wasn't sure where it was. I have two kids in high school so safety is a high priority. Right now my kids are in one of the best schools in our area, and one of the safest. I have been living here for 5 years and did not not know about this area until about 3 years ago. If I knew any military moving here I would tell them to try to move out here (Rosewood by Goldsboro, NC). Can you tell me more about Menchville? Is it still safe, particularly High Schools? Is it cheaper than Yorktown? I looked at Smithfield and it seemed really nice, and very safe as well (although I know nothing about the high school) and I am concerned about commuting. I am a nurse so I don't have a job yet but my boyfriend will have to drive to the Air Force base. Thanks.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:48 AM
 
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Can anyone tell me why everyone says York County schools are so great? I drove to Tabb High School and the other one that has the combined middle and high school together. The neighborhoods around that one seemed much nicer but the school looked like a prison and had cameras outside of it. That was bizarre.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Can anyone tell me why everyone says York County schools are so great? I drove to Tabb High School and the other one that has the combined middle and high school together. The neighborhoods around that one seemed much nicer but the school looked like a prison and had cameras outside of it. That was bizarre.
I actually went to Tabb from 02-04 so I can only speak from my experience at that time. The cameras were probably a response all the school shootings in the news at that time. I went there while they were operating. They weren't that much a biggie and the school was pretty safe.

York County schools have the positive reputation they have in part because of the surrounding systems of Hampton and Newport News having more so-so or mediocre schools, so that does play a part.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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We spend a lot of time in the Menchville area because of Riverview Farm Park (which is awesome and right across from Menchville HS). The Menchville area is perfectly safe. (Believe me, I'm UBER overprotective--if I'm taking my kids there, it's safe.)

Judging from friends who send their kids to NN schools in the midtown (off Warwick between Boxley Blvd. and Avenue of the Arts) and Menchville areas, a good student can get a fine education and be safe there. We homeschool (as we did when we lived in Yorktown), but I, personally, would feel comfortable sending my kids to the NN public schools in any of the midtown or Menchville neighborhoods. I've known friends who have moved from these areas of NN to YC specifically because of the reputation of the YC schools and been disappointed (not because the YC schools were worse, just because they weren't any better). There are definitely parts of NN I wouldn't feel comfortable sending my kids to school in (most areas south of Jefferson--except for Hilton elementary or possibly Warwick HS, or in many parts of Denbeigh), but the Menchville area isn't one of them.

Hope that helps.

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