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Old 02-27-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: North West IL
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Thank you for all the very helpful feedback & advice!! I am learning tons here.

During our 'research trip' this summer, (which hopefully will be a full two weeks long), we want to make the most of our time, get a feel for the quieter towns, work places - and look at both rentals & homes. Impossible to do everything on the computer, but trying to have as much as possible figured/mapped out ahead of time as I can.
We don't know if working at CW is realistic or not yet, we would love the history, but we must also consider the higher cost of living to avoid commuting from farther away. If we decide that working at CW isn't going to work out best after our trip, we would definitely be looking West of Williamsburg, worrying less about how near we were to CW - because it would be more affordable. Our friend is in Richmond.

I think we are going to need to rent when we first get out there, so we can spend more time looking, & get ourselves in a position to buy. It's hard to give you a accurate price range, as it depends greatly on the jobs we find. Est. budget...probably less than $150k, and the closer to $100k the better.
We don't want neighbors on top of us (we prefer trees!). We dont want to be near the beach, or big shopping malls, unlike a lot of people. A home that needs a little TLC/updating is ok.

the most important thing is for it to be in a nice decent area, quiet, and near where we work. If we're not working in a history museum, we would also enjoy working at places like librairies/book stores, quaint cafes/shops, a music store (my kids play banjo & fiddle), etc. etc. We are leaving a farm in IL, so we are also big into sustainable living, 'green' and so on, I've heard there are 'green communities'. I homeschooled my kids, I've considered becoming a Waldorf teacher...There are many areas we could work in. Our number 1 priority is to LIKE the work we do!

West Point & New Kent sound great, and looking a few houses up, I see what you mean about value! There are some beauties there. I would greatly appreciate your reccomendations!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg
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Finding something to buy in those areas at $100k will be difficult. Maybe renting is the best option then..
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg
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I would simply say anything in western part of James City County or New Kent or West Point might fit the bill. Not a lot of rentals in those areas though.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Spartanburg, SC
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This may be a stretch, but have you considered Busch Gardens, at least as a temporary job until something better opens up. They have costumed people in all of the "countries" and should be hiring for the season.

Good luck -- glad you got more answers!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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This may be a stretch, but have you considered Busch Gardens, at least as a temporary job until something better opens up. They have costumed people in all of the "countries" and should be hiring for the season.

Good luck -- glad you got more answers!
Good suggestion.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:35 PM
 
Location: North West IL
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Thanks for the reccomendations! I am taking note of everything.

I love the look of West Point. My first concern though, is it looks like such a low area - does it ever have flooding?
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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There are parts of York county that may be of interest. A fixer up at 100k may be doable, but be very careful about the inspection.

I-64 in the summer can be a rough commute due to the traffic from DC going to VA Beach. Hampton is too built up. There are parts of NN that are okay, but the taxes are fairly high.

Overall the Tidewater is a lovely area, and Colonial Williamsburg is always a plus. Take the Jamestown Ferry (Its free!) and go accross the river, it is a nice little jaunt!

Good luck! If in Newport News, go to Keegans. It's a cool Irish like pub with good food priced reasonably.
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