What is life like in Lebanon?

What is life like in Lebanon?

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NOVA for now

Montréal, Canada

#1 Jan 23, 2006
I'm considering moving to Lebanon to work at the CGI software development center that just opened.

What is life there like?

I prefer more of a rural lifestyle (I want land to ride dirtbikes) but my wife likes more suburban, she likes her nice malls and a big house and such.

Are there malls she can shop at? How are the houses?

And more importantly for me, can I can a new house with a good 10 acres? Up here in Fairfax my 4br house on 1/5 acre is $600,000 so you know how much 10 acres would cost.
AL France

United States

#2 Jan 27, 2006
good area.six traffic lights.lots of old-style politics and government
Jess

Natural Bridge, VA

#3 Aug 16, 2006
Lebanon is about as rural as it gets. It's a small very small town, for now. Everyone says it's going to really take off in the near future. CGI is just one of the big businesses planing to move here from what I understand. You said that your wife enjoys shopping. While there isn't much shopping in town, there are malls in Bristol, Kingsport, and Richlands which are not too far away. Bristol is about a 25 to 35 minute drive. Most of the houses in the area are old, but land is abundant and not very expensive. My husband and I just purchased a very nice 3 bedroom townhouse in Lebanon for about $130,000, no yard though. However we did price a lot of land and found some very nice lots in and around town from $2,000 to 4 or 5,000 an acre. This is a nice area, but it's not for everyone. I hope this is helpful to you.

Since: Feb 07

Long Island, NY

#4 Feb 25, 2007
Well its like this…
There is “Old money” and there are the working poor.
The people running everything here come from “old Money”. They have been in charge for generations and they make no secret about it. Change comes slow here. People are afraid of change and the powers-that-be are threatened by it. The plantation mentality is still alive and strong here. How far you go in life here is directly proportional to who your family is. If you enjoy rolling a bolder uphill each and every day for the rest of your life this is the place for you. I make it here because I don’t work for anyone but myself, I find pleasure in causing the “plantation owners” to bear more of the work and expense than they want to and I have become quite adept at my own personal recipe for anarchy.
If you move here expect to make a fairly low wage, work 12 to 16 our days with strict absentee policies and in most places they have mandatory overtime. My brother works like this 7 days a week for sometimes a month before he gets a day off. He is 5 years younger and looks 10 years older than me.
If you don’t have to move I would stay were you are at.
CDZ

Natural Bridge, VA

#5 Apr 11, 2007
I have been in Lebanon for over a year now. I can honestly say this place is different in many ways. It is unique in many ways good & bad. There are many lower class people, whom are afraid to work. They want a hand out. On the other hand, there are SOME that work very hard for what they have. There is A LOT! OF DRUGS HERE. I am not used to the "PILL POPPING" that goes on here. There are good people here that work hard and really care about others, they are hiding in the mountains. If you move out here be prepared for a different world!
Whinny

United States

#6 Jul 20, 2007
I just moved here in Jan 2006 from outside of Manassas. I don't know if you've ever been into Nokesville (about 20-30 mins from Fairfax, between MAnassas and Warrenton) but Lebanon reminds me a lot of the main portion of Nokesville. Small town, friendly people, not a lot of shopping but not too far to drive - about 30-40 mins will take you into Abingdon and Bristol to the malls, and for "big" shopping you can go into Johnson City TN, about 90 mins to 2 hrs from the heart of Lebanon. When I moved here, my boyfriend and I purchased our first home and piece of land - 12 acres with a brand new double wide and it was about $80K for everything, including grading and well/septic work. If you've never come to visit, come down this way and spend a 3 or 4 day weekend and you can really get a feel for the area.
kim williams

United States

#7 Aug 1, 2007
NOVA for now wrote:
I'm considering moving to Lebanon to work at the CGI software development center that just opened.
What is life there like?
I prefer more of a rural lifestyle (I want land to ride dirtbikes) but my wife likes more suburban, she likes her nice malls and a big house and such.
Are there malls she can shop at? How are the houses?
And more importantly for me, can I can a new house with a good 10 acres? Up here in Fairfax my 4br house on 1/5 acre is $600,000 so you know how much 10 acres would cost.
I USED TO LIVE IN LEBANON FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS. THERE IS PLENTY OF PLACES TO RIDE DIRT BIKES AND YOU CAN FIND A HOME AND LAND FOR ABOUT
HALF OF WHAT YOU PAID UP THERE IF NOT LESS THAN HALF.
THEY HAVE A SUPER WALMART IN LEBANON NOW AND AS FAR AS
THE MALL YOU HAVE TO GO TO BRISTOL OR KINGSPORT TO THE
MALL. BUT TO GO TO EITHER ONE YOU ARE ONLY 45 MINUTES
TO AN HOUR AWAY. LEBANON HAS GREW UP ALOT SINCE I LIVED THERE. WHEN I GOT MARRIED I MOVED TO CASTLEWOOD,VA. THE SCHOOLS IN LEBANON ARE PRETTY GOOD. THE FUNNY THING IS, YOU ARE IN FAIRFAX, I WAS
BORN IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, AND LIVED IN MANASSAS
TIL I WAS 2 YEARS OLD. ALL MY MOM'S FAMILY STILL LIVES UP IN THAT AREA. IF YOU WANT TO EMAIL ME, MY
EMAIL ADDRESS IS [email protected] HOPE THAT
I HAVE HELPED YOU.
kim williams

United States

#8 Aug 1, 2007
I USED TO LIVE IN LEBANON FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES TO RIDE YOUR DIRT
BIKE.AND AS FAR AS HOMES AND LAND GO YOU CAN
FIND THAT FOR ABOUT HALF THE PRICE YOU PAID UP
THERE IF NOT LESS THAN HALF.THEY HAVE A SUPER
WALMART IN LEBANON NOW AND AS FAR AS THE MALL,
YOU HAVE TO GO TO BRISTOL OR KINGSPORT TO GO TO
THE MALL. BUT EITHER ONE YOU GO TO IS ONLY ABOUT 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR AWAY.LEBANON HAS
GREW UP ALOT SINCE I MOVED FROM THERE.WHEN I GOT MARRIED I MOVED TO CASTLEWOOD,VA.THE SCHOOLS IN LEBANON ARE PRETTY GOOD.THE FUNNY
THING IS,YOU ARE IN FAIRFAX AND I WAS BORN IN
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY AND LIVED IN MANASSAS TIL
I WAS 2 YEARS OLD. ALL MY MOMS FAMILY STILL LIVES UP THERE IN THAT AREA. IF YOU WANT TO EMAIL ME MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS [email protected] HOPE THAT I HELPED YOU.
bubblegirl64

Albany, NY

#9 Apr 22, 2009
What is it like growing up in Beruit Lebanon? How are boys treated vs girls? What are the schools like? Is there a emphasis on being respectful to teachers and others in authority and listening to instructions? How is anger managed among 11-12 year olds?
nicole

Blacksburg, VA

#10 May 9, 2009
lebanon va freakin sucks we only have walmart to shop
the speed limit is slow
the people are snobby
theres nothin to do but go to walmart an hang out in parking lots

Since: Apr 09

Charleston, WV

#11 May 10, 2009
My Fiance had a interview at CGI Friday* and should be getting a call back* We dont live in Lebanon right now but we know the area very well.. I love shopping and Lebanon has none of that.. there are a few malls about 30 min from it but not very nice ones.. not very many stores in them* It is very Rural.. I'm sure you should have no problem at all finding land..Me and my Fiance looked at a few houses friday after his interview.. Most of the houses in that area are VERY old.. The nicest one we looked at was built in 1955 and it needed repairs and had about a acre and it was 165,000 it was a really big house but not much land. One house we looked at was had no land and it we wanted 4 acres with it it was going to cost 17,000 per acre (That was crazy and maybe it was just that selling wanting more than it was worth.) I'm sure you will have no problem at all finding the land you might just have to look around to find a nice house on that much land* I would get a realtor(they are free most of the time) and ask them.. My realtor is awesome and very nice. Her name is Joyce Cornett and she is with Century21 she can show you any house even its not with that company.
Good luck with CGI..
bonzo

Lebanon, VA

#12 May 11, 2009
this is a great place to live. not so if you are looking for adventure and a riproaring night life. I have been everywhere in usa and still like here best. shopping is limited ,but with limited funds,you dont need much. jobs and decent pay are scarce here. best for you if you are retired. peaceful place. I love it.

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#13 May 15, 2009
If you are not going to work for dominion or the power plant I have a 4 bedroom 3 bath split-level ranch on 8 lots in Clairmont estates.(about 4 acres)

Since: Apr 09

Charleston, WV

#14 May 15, 2009
Travelin Matt wrote:
If you are not going to work for dominion or the power plant I have a 4 bedroom 3 bath split-level ranch on 8 lots in Clairmont estates.(about 4 acres)
What is up with you and the power plant??

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#15 May 15, 2009
My family has lived here sense before there was a "USA". I don't like the way my people have been exploited and our homeland has been treated by people who don't care for my heritage.

Since: Apr 09

Abilene, TX

#16 May 15, 2009
Travelin Matt wrote:
My family has lived here sense before there was a "USA". I don't like the way my people have been exploited and our homeland has been treated by people who don't care for my heritage.
Alrighty*.. I come from a very small town not to far from there*
THE PLANT

New Hope, VA

#17 May 18, 2009
Travelin Matt wrote:
My family has lived here sense before there was a "USA". I don't like the way my people have been exploited and our homeland has been treated by people who don't care for my heritage.
Boo hoo.... Grow some balls and do something...
ps. i love power plant

Since: May 09

Louisa, KY

#18 May 21, 2009
whats going on with all the firing at the power plant
carolyn honaker

United States

#19 May 24, 2009
Abingdon,va. Is a much better place to live. Very nice just close enough to everything but still very country. I think you would like it better than lebanon,va.
bonzo

Lebanon, VA

#20 May 24, 2009
a town of lawyers. no thanks!

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