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27-01-2016, 10:24 AM
Anyone from Virginia?
My wife and I have been talking greatly about moving. California has gotten just to expensive for us, the education systems suck, and we miss my famliy. So with us wanting to start a famliy we don't want to get tied down out here.

My parents are going to help us with a down payment on a house. (early access to my inharentence) But it's a one time thing. So what ever place we spend it on will most likey be a permanent residence.

I've been looking at other (east coast) states but I keep coming back to Virginia. There may be a job opportunity out near DC for me. That pays double what i'm making now. The cost of living is much lower, it has beautiful country sides, city's with a small town feel, and a full range of season. Thou I do love the predicatblity of SoCals weather. a tiny bit of me misses the snow.(not the clean up)

I have many friends and famliy all across the east coast. Virginia would put is smake dab in the middle of all of them. Being far away from them has been very hard on me. I moved out to California about 10 years ago and most of my close friends have moved away. (back to the east coast) So that leaves my wife and I. (And my clingy mother in-law.)

So here are some questions.

What are good places to live?
What are good places to avoid?
I know theres a major diffrence between West Virginia and north Virginia. But is it better to live in West and work in North?
What are things I can expect should(when) we move there?

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27-01-2016, 10:37 AM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
(27-01-2016 10:24 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  My wife and I have been talking greatly about moving. California has gotten just to expensive for us, the education systems suck, and we miss my famliy. So with us wanting to start a famliy we don't want to get tied down out here.

My parents are going to help us with a down payment on a house. (early access to my inharentence) But it's a one time thing. So what ever place we spend it on will most likey be a permanent residence.

I've been looking at other (east coast) states but I keep coming back to Virginia. There may be a job opportunity out near DC for me. That pays double what i'm making now. The cost of living is much lower, it has beautiful country sides, city's with a small town feel, and a full range of season. Thou I do love the predicatblity of SoCals weather. a tiny bit of me misses the snow.(not the clean up)

I have many friends and famliy all across the east coast. Virginia would put is smake dab in the middle of all of them. Being far away from them has been very hard on me. I moved out to California about 10 years ago and most of my close friends have moved away. (back to the east coast) So that leaves my wife and I. (And my clingy mother in-law.)

So here are some questions.

What are good places to live?
What are good places to avoid?
I know theres a major diffrence between West Virginia and north Virginia. But is it better to live in West and work in North?
What are things I can expect should(when) we move there?

In general, the closer you get to D.C., the more expensive it is. The tonier suburbs will certainly rival CA cost of living.

My brother lives in Falls Church, VA and keeps talking about moving to West Virginia or to a more rural part of VA.

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27-01-2016, 10:55 AM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
(27-01-2016 10:37 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(27-01-2016 10:24 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  My wife and I have been talking greatly about moving. California has gotten just to expensive for us, the education systems suck, and we miss my famliy. So with us wanting to start a famliy we don't want to get tied down out here.

My parents are going to help us with a down payment on a house. (early access to my inharentence) But it's a one time thing. So what ever place we spend it on will most likey be a permanent residence.

I've been looking at other (east coast) states but I keep coming back to Virginia. There may be a job opportunity out near DC for me. That pays double what i'm making now. The cost of living is much lower, it has beautiful country sides, city's with a small town feel, and a full range of season. Thou I do love the predicatblity of SoCals weather. a tiny bit of me misses the snow.(not the clean up)

I have many friends and famliy all across the east coast. Virginia would put is smake dab in the middle of all of them. Being far away from them has been very hard on me. I moved out to California about 10 years ago and most of my close friends have moved away. (back to the east coast) So that leaves my wife and I. (And my clingy mother in-law.)

So here are some questions.

What are good places to live?
What are good places to avoid?
I know theres a major diffrence between West Virginia and north Virginia. But is it better to live in West and work in North?
What are things I can expect should(when) we move there?

In general, the closer you get to D.C., the more expensive it is. The tonier suburbs will certainly rival CA cost of living.

My brother lives in Falls Church, VA and keeps talking about moving to West Virginia or to a more rural part of VA.

I'm living an a small two bedroom apartment right now. Paying $1400. This is on the cheap end of town. Others start around $1600 for one bedrooms. There is a cheaper one that is $600 a month. But it's basically a box with a door. Gas is around $3.00 in my area. And I put in about $40 every other week to get back and forth from work.

I'd rather be puting that kind of money into a house. Instead of just throwing at the wall.

We've been looking at the more rual areas. I just don't want to be driving over an hour to work everyday.

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27-01-2016, 10:57 AM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
I live in a small, small town in rural southwest Virginia. To give you a more specific idea of the geography, I'm about an hour or so away from the Bristol Motor Speedway. I can't claim that my particular area is worth moving to as job opportunities are severely limited, though, but that is irrelevant if you are thinking of getting a job near DC (which is, of course, far... far away). I can't speak on northern Virginia. The difference between here and there is night and day.
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27-01-2016, 11:16 AM
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The best places to live in Virginia are the expensive bits near DC, like Alexandria and Arlington. There are lots of interesting and relatively cheap things to see and do around DC.

There's a lot of very religious Falwell types in central Virginia as well as a bunch of people still butt-hurt over losing the Civil War around Richmond; those are areas I, personally, would avoid.

I lived in Virginia, various places, from age 6-17. Have only been back a handful of times and didn't really enjoy it. I have very few good memories of the state, but that's not necessarily Virginia's fault, I may just associate the place with awful times in my life. Overall it's a bit too slow and too aggressively Christian for me.

You're right, the countryside is pretty. The summers are hot and humid.
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27-01-2016, 02:42 PM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
I totally agree with you re: CA cost of living. When I first moved here, I had a shoebox one bedroom that was $1300 a month and that was pretty far out from San Francisco. When I moved to the city, I lived in a loft that was $2900 a month. Fucking insane. I finally bought a nice size house, but it's out in the sticks and came with numerous problems because the person who owned it before us thought he was Bob Vila. Hobo A *small* house in San Francisco would have been the same amount--I'm talking 1100 sq feet, 2 BR, little to no yard.

My sister lived in Alexandria and loved it. I also like Williamsburg. I did quite a bit of hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spent some time in Luray. I loved Luray, but it's fairly rural.
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27-01-2016, 03:15 PM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
If I got the job it would be in Arlington.
Having lived in Jersey I've taken a few trips to DC. I would never want to live there. I've lived in Philly and the city life is not my speed.

That makes me a little concerned about the religious portion. But that could really be said about most of the states. I've contemplated moving back to Jersey. But housing taxes are so high. And 75% of my atomic family lives in the lower states. I wouldn't like to add extra days to visit them.

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27-01-2016, 03:31 PM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
(27-01-2016 10:24 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  My wife and I have been talking greatly about moving. California has gotten just to expensive for us, the education systems suck, and we miss my famliy. So with us wanting to start a famliy we don't want to get tied down out here.

My parents are going to help us with a down payment on a house. (early access to my inharentence) But it's a one time thing. So what ever place we spend it on will most likey be a permanent residence.

I've been looking at other (east coast) states but I keep coming back to Virginia. There may be a job opportunity out near DC for me. That pays double what i'm making now. The cost of living is much lower, it has beautiful country sides, city's with a small town feel, and a full range of season. Thou I do love the predicatblity of SoCals weather. a tiny bit of me misses the snow.(not the clean up)

I have many friends and famliy all across the east coast. Virginia would put is smake dab in the middle of all of them. Being far away from them has been very hard on me. I moved out to California about 10 years ago and most of my close friends have moved away. (back to the east coast) So that leaves my wife and I. (And my clingy mother in-law.)

So here are some questions.

What are good places to live?
What are good places to avoid?
I know theres a major diffrence between West Virginia and north Virginia. But is it better to live in West and work in North?
What are things I can expect should(when) we move there?

My sister lives there. She loves it.

Have you explored CA up in the "triangle" north of San Francisco. Looks awfully idylic up there. I need to check it out ....but .... what a joke. I'm so stuck on San Diego I could never leave ... but it looks pretty nice up there. Or how about up by Stark in Vancouver ?

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27-01-2016, 04:17 PM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
I have been to San Francisco Even more expensive the SoCal. I fact I almost had an opportunity to move up there. A close friend of mine almost got a job with Pixar. They give their employees homes (well let them rent) homes while their working for them. My friend brought up that she had roommates and wonder if it would be possible for them to move in. They said yes.

If it wasn't for her self defeating nature I might have had an opportunity to meet people that work in the industry. And I wouldn't be working at an Indian casino.

Recently she's sold all her worldly possessions, to join the Liquid Church. But that's a whole other story.

Me wanting to be closer to my family is the main reason. Money is a close second. My parents (I don't know how many good years I have left with them), My grandparents (both pushing 90, who i haven't seen for over 5 years) two brothers, a nephew and a niece on the way. Plus a good handful of close close friends that I consider family. All live on the east coast.

If it wasn't for that I'd probably stay. I'm comfortable at my job. And I'm safe as far as far as not loosing my job. Lot's of positive benefits from me working here. But I've missed out on so many famliy events. The birth of my nephew, birthdays, gatherings, family vacations etc. etc.

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28-01-2016, 09:07 AM
RE: Anyone from Virginia?
I am partial to medium-sized college towns. As such, Charlottesville is pretty nice with the university adding quite a bit of dynamic activity to the town. It is a little bit over an hour from Richmond and a couple of hours away from DC and it is nowhere near as expensive (or overpopulated) as NoVa. The other towns that would fall into that category would be Blacksburg and Harrisonburg neither of which I find as interesting as Charlottesville unless you are into menonite women with their sin sifters on their heads (that would be in Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley). I won't even touch Lynchburg with Liberty U...
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