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Old 04-09-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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I am 90% sure that I will be moving to Williamsburg this summer to take a one year position at the college. My wife and I would like to rent a home within 20 minutes of the college, but we have two cats and a dog and not all landlords are fond of pets. Are there any suggestions for local realtors or property managers to contact or websites to browse. I've checked out craigslist and zillow, but haven't had much luck there. We'd hope to move in mid-July to the beginning of August. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Do a Google search using the terms "property management Williamsburg VA." You'll get hits for property management firms. I pulled this one randomly from the hits I got:

WILLIAMSBURG PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC.

Click on current house listings & current townhouse/condo listings. I'm sure other firms will have similar webpages.
Good luck in your search.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:27 AM
 
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Thanks, I've looked at many of the places I can find online via google and through the search function on this site. Seems like we'll have to stay in North Newport News to fit our budget, but maybe something will open up in Williamsburg in the next few months that fits us. How is the North Newport News area in general? Would the commute to W&M be bad. Google says 25ish minutes but I assume that's with no traffic.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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The commute from northern Newport News to Williamsburg shouldn't be bad at all. I would recommend staying off 64 and taking Warwick Blvd. (Rte 60) as far up as you can. The traffic shouldn't be bad and you'll avoid a stand-still in the event of an accident (which happens often) on 64.

As far as northern Newport News: I would recommend Lee Hall over Denbigh (Lee Hall is closer to W'burg and is, I think, preferable to Denbigh in many ways). I've known people who've lived in Lee Hall and liked it very much. It's quiet and parts of it are almost rural.

Best of luck with the job and move.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville-DC
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What is your budget? There are quite a lot of condos in the Williamsburg area as well as single family homes that are reasonable due to the student population. I would encourage you to keep looking in the Williamsburg area, it's a great little town and there is a good social community among people who are associated with the college.

Newport News is distinctly its own city and I personally would not want to commute in and out of Williamsburg in the summer traffic on 64. It can come to a complete and total standstill sometimes although within Williamsburg itself there is little traffic. You could take backroads but I think you'd have to be on 64 at least some of the time.

We lived in Williamsburg when I was a grad student and found a reasonable rental; the market right now for real estate there is depressed compared to previous years as in many parts of the country, although it seems to be improving some. Also, if they find out you are a visiting professor or other similar college employee they might work with you pet wise with an acceptable deposit.

Try posting a message or viewing the messages here:
http://www.wmoffcampus.com/message-b...ts/boardid/612

There are lots of rentals available through property management companies, I would echo what others have said, google for a list of them. Then maybe call some of them and let them know what your price range is, and have them do the work for you.

Good luck!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News is distinctly its own city and I personally would not want to commute in and out of Williamsburg in the summer traffic on 64. It can come to a complete and total standstill sometimes although within Williamsburg itself there is little traffic. You could take backroads but I think you'd have to be on 64 at least some of the time.
Beane, I always recommend living in the city where you'll be working, but if you choose to live in northern Newport News, as I said in my earlier post, you can take Rte. 60--it'll take you most of the way to William and Mary without ever having to get on 64. It would be an easy commute.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Newp...m1!1b1!3e0!5i1

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Old 04-15-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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Beane, I always recommend living in the city where you'll be working, but if you choose to live in northern Newport News, as I said in my earlier post, you can take Rte. 60--it'll take you most of the way to William and Mary without ever having to get on 64. It would be an easy commute.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Newp...m1!1b1!3e0!5i1

Yeah, ideally I would love to live in Williamsburg. The difference in rent for similar places seems to be in the $200-$500 range per month between Williamsburg and Newport News. I'll have to talk over with my wife about how much we think we can afford. I've been told that I can potentially find places via the faculty that are on sabbatical for a year and rent out their houses.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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I've been told that I can potentially find places via the faculty that are on sabbatical for a year and rent out their houses.
Oh, that would be awesome--I hope it works out for you!
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