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Old 03-25-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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Hi guys!

I am look at places to relocate this fall. Virginia Beach area sounds very appealing, but I have to admit, I don't know much about the area. Is it a family friendly area? My #1 priority is safety!! On the city data crime stats, it looks safe, but I have heard bad things about the crime, what's the real deal?

My rental budget is only around $700. Is this doable here, to live in a really good area?

Thank you so much!
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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Hi guys!

I am look at places to relocate this fall. Virginia Beach area sounds very appealing, but I have to admit, I don't know much about the area. Is it a family friendly area? My #1 priority is safety!! On the city data crime stats, it looks safe, but I have heard bad things about the crime, what's the real deal?

My rental budget is only around $700. Is this doable here, to live in a really good area?

Thank you so much!
It is safe and family friendly but a $700 budget is not going to cut it around here for a multi-room unit in a decent area.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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$700 will not go very far here. I think most one bedroom apartments cost more than that and I'm assuming you have a family since you ask that if it is a family friendly area.

It's a great area to raise a family, but the cost of living isn't cheap.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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I meant to say, I only need a one bedroom. Do you guys ow the average price of a one bedroom in a safe area of town? It's so hard to tell on sites like Craigslist when you don't know the area! It is possible I can stretch my rental budget to $800 but it would be tough!
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:54 PM
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I meant to say, I only need a one bedroom. Do you guys ow the average price of a one bedroom in a safe area of town? It's so hard to tell on sites like Craigslist when you don't know the area! It is possible I can stretch my rental budget to $800 but it would be tough!
Get,
hi..
Yeah, most of VB is very family friendly.. Probably won't find a real nice place for 7-800 dollars tho.. I think you can find apartments that are in good surrounding areas, but themselves will be older or a little grimy..

You'll get a safe neighborhood, with good schools, but apt might be a little worn-out. Take the good with the bad y'know.. An area that I can speak to, fitting this description would be apt complexes off Pleasure House Road in VB 23455 (in between Lookout & Shore Drive) ..
U might wanna check out some of those, see what u think.. (?) They also would put u close to a beach.. if that matters.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:21 PM
 
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I meant to say, I only need a one bedroom. Do you guys ow the average price of a one bedroom in a safe area of town? It's so hard to tell on sites like Craigslist when you don't know the area! It is possible I can stretch my rental budget to $800 but it would be tough!
700-800 is possible for a cheaper one bedroom. Avoid the Lake Edward area (around Newtown/Baker), though, which is where you will find a lot of the cheaper rents.

Look into Chatham Square as it is generally one of the cheaper deals for a 1 bedroom apartment in VB in a decent area. No utilities are included so expect to be paying an extra $50-70 for water/sewage.

HOLD THE VISION & TRUST THE PROCESS! LIVE @ CHATHAM SQ.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:17 PM
 
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Yes. It is safe and fairly family friendly here. In fact, not long ago the FBI rated VB as one of the top safest places to raise a family in a somewhat middle-large city. Budget friendly...nope on that one. You might be able to find a 1 bedroom in your range, but it won't be fancy. Visit and look around before you decide.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Hi guys!

I am look at places to relocate this fall. Virginia Beach area sounds very appealing, but I have to admit, I don't know much about the area. Is it a family friendly area? My #1 priority is safety!! On the city data crime stats, it looks safe, but I have heard bad things about the crime, what's the real deal?

My rental budget is only around $700. Is this doable here, to live in a really good area?

Thank you so much!
South east VB is safe, but 700$ will only get you in the ghettos around newtown and witchduck.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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Virginia Beach is a good city if you want to raise children at the rec centers everyday and you will have no problem finding a apartment since Virginia Beach has millions of apartments and townhomes to rent!
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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Virginia Beach is a good city if you want to raise children at the rec centers everyday and you will have no problem finding a apartment since Virginia Beach has millions of apartments and townhomes to rent!
I can't wait until you move out of Hampton Roads. Your close-minded attitude is probably hurting your ability to make friends here and enjoy anything that the area has to offer. It's not for everyone, but I have been able to find something good about everywhere I've lived: large city to small village.

I have no idea why you think people here "raise children at the rec centers everyday." You may feel that way; however, one of the nice things about this area is that for a decently sized city, there is still a fair amount of outdoors-y activities that one can do. I often see people who aren't raising their kids at the rec center taking their kids to the beach for some fishing, taking them to the river for some kayaking, going to Mount Trashmore for some kite-flying, searching for some wild ponies at Sanbridge, surfing, traveling out to Suffolk for some small hikes, getting in some golf, going to Tides/Admirals games.

Overall, it's a great city to raise a kid, period.
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