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Old 05-11-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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So, I know there are many question and answers on here regarding folks moving to the area, but I'd appreciate the feedback.

Me, my wife, and 2 kids (2.5 & .5 years) are moving into the area. I will be working at Little Creek, but I don't mind a drive. We're looking for a good, quiet family area. We'd prefer to have amenities like a YMCA and basic shopping (groceries, drugstore, etc.) nearby. Proximity to the beach isn't a big deal.

We'd like to find a part-day preschool for the 2.5 year old. The schools aren't a big deal, but if there are a few areas that meet the above criteria AND have good schools, that would be great information.

Also, how are the public transit options in the area?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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All depends on what you are willing to spend for a home before anyone can offer any neighborhood suggestions......

Public transportation is not very good in the area so if you are dependant on it you will have many untold issues trying to get somewhere
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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Default Budget for housing

I'm probably looking at a top end of $1500/month for rent.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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I would look into the Pembroke area. It's clean and safe, just outside of Norfolk in Va Beach. Also somewhat more affordable than anything close to the oceanfront section of the beach. Anywhere you are in Hampton Roads, you won't have a problem with grocery stores, pharmacies etc.. they are everywhere. Then comes this issue of public schools in Hampton Roads. They are definitely not the best. A big reason i was happy to go before my kids reached school age. Locals will tell you horror stories but don't let them sway you. Just be prepared to keep a close watch on your children's education and assure they are being well-educated so you can step in and pick up any slack. Some others on the board may be able to assist you better with schools. They have built some newer ones over the past couple years due to over-crowding. But schools around there seem to be switched out every 15 years anyway. I'm not sure where you have lived before. I will tell you a big issue in the Hampton Roads school district lately has been homosexuality. It is being introduced in many schools as early as Kindergarten. Just so you know. While I don't face the issue, nor do I really support or refute it, I know many people that aren't too pleased about it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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I would look into the Pembroke area. It's clean and safe, just outside of Norfolk in Va Beach. Also somewhat more affordable than anything close to the oceanfront section of the beach. Anywhere you are in Hampton Roads, you won't have a problem with grocery stores, pharmacies etc.. they are everywhere. Then comes this issue of public schools in Hampton Roads. They are definitely not the best. A big reason i was happy to go before my kids reached school age. Locals will tell you horror stories but don't let them sway you. Just be prepared to keep a close watch on your children's education and assure they are being well-educated so you can step in and pick up any slack. Some others on the board may be able to assist you better with schools. They have built some newer ones over the past couple years due to over-crowding. But schools around there seem to be switched out every 15 years anyway. I'm not sure where you have lived before. I will tell you a big issue in the Hampton Roads school district lately has been homosexuality. It is being introduced in many schools as early as Kindergarten. Just so you know. While I don't face the issue, nor do I really support or refute it, I know many people that aren't too pleased about it.
Them damn homos! Sheesh, not everyone lives in a box, for goodness sakes! Life has many barriers and those that choose their partners has nothing to do with what Hamptons Roads is doing unless you are a bible thumper who's church is suffering a financial loss.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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Agreed. Like I said, it has no effect on me either way and it's something my children are already aware of. However, it is a larger issue for some who are against it. Not knowing UCFHF personally, I don't know if that is something they care about or not. Just providing the info either way so if it was something of a concern, they'd be prepared. It's not a problem I have personally, but I do know a lot of people down there who aren't happy with the change. A couple have gone as far as to put their kids in private school. To each their own I suppose. Personally, even if one had a problem with homosexuality, I don't think it would be such a huge fact within the school system to pay the outrageous private school fees in Hampton Roads solely for that reason. They cost a fortune!
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:48 PM
 
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the pembroke area is wonderful and there are several preschools in the area as well!
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