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Glo

Richmond, CA

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Aug 2, 2006
 
Hi!
Our family is considering moving to Hampton, VA (from small-town, Missouri). A job at the Veteren's Admin. Hosp is the reason for the move. Could you please advise me on:
*Best neighborhoods to live in
*Best school system: Hampton, Bethel, Kecoughton or Pheobus?
*What is the weather like? Lots of hurricanes? Ice storms? Lots of cloudy days? Any tornados?(Moving from tornado alley!!)
*What is the traffic like?
*Crime rate?
Any and all input will be appreciated. I've never been to Virginia- never lived in a coastal region- so everything is pretty much new to me. Please help.
Thanks!
Glo

Richmond, CA

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Aug 4, 2006
 
Anyone??
under h2o

Hampton, VA

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Aug 4, 2006
 
Glo wrote:
Anyone??
welcome to beautiful virginia. Yes we have hurricans that are a mess when they hit. We have mild winters and once every 5 years maybe a ice storm.Tornados are rare,and the summers can be hot. Hampton is a nice place to live. I can not comment on neighborhoods, i live in Ghent which is in downtown Norfolk.
The area is wonderful from Williamsburg to Virginia beach, THe cost of housing is very high. We had a boom in realastate the past 5 years.
Are you aware of housing cost? Is your area high? You dont get alot for your money here, anymore. In other words i hope your ready to spend. Virginia Beach is also really nice and has alot to offer. Chesapeake is nice and you can get a nice home for less money. I have heard there are some areas in Hampton that have a little crime, but what area in this world dont. I hope I can be of some help.
land of a billion laws

Newport News, VA

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Aug 5, 2006
 

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Taxes, traffic, crime, heat indexes in the 100's, rude people, stupid people, hateful people, bible-thumping hypocrites,$5000 stereos in $500 cars, racists in all colors, moronic local government, greedy developers.
Phoebus, where the hospital is, is one of the most depressing areas around, unless crack-whores are your thing.
Lived in Hampton/Newport News for 40+ years - working on getting away to the mountains.
Iowa Native

Newport News, VA

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Aug 5, 2006
 

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I'm from Iowa, we actually lived in Hampton for 3 years, from there we moved to (and purchased a home) in the Menchville section of Newport News, a MUCH nicer and quieter neighborhood. Most will tell you in the area that York County is the only way to go, I found that the homes are very overpriced, older and the extra expenses required to enroll your children in PUBLIC school, not really worth it. Newport News real estate tax is a bit higher, but you don't have to come out of pocket for school expenses like in York Co. We have been very happy with the Newport News Menchville district. Just like with any other city there are pros and cons, traffic is horrible if you want to travel to the South Side (Norfolk, VA Beach), but honestly everything that you could possibly need is here on the Peninsula. As far as weather, yes Dorothy you are not in Kansas anymore! Yes! we do have hurricanes, we were here through Isabel a couple of years ago. It's not as bad as it seems, especially if you are from Tornado alley, with a tornado you have a few minutes warning, a hurricane is several days warning. We left the area and stayed gone until power was restored, employers understand. We came back, cleaned up and kept going. Hurricanes are bad, but not as bad as TV makes them out to be. The snow is nice it comes for a day or two and leaves. You will get all four seasons, just abreviated in comparison to the Midwest. Crime rate, well crime is everywhere, we are military and have lived on both coasts and everywhere in between. You have to be careful where ever you live, it is obvious here and everyother place we have lived in the last 20 years, if you are uncomfortable move, it's a free country....Your best bet is to visit the area, hopefully when school is in session, go to the schools, visit Wal-Marts (a trick I learned) if the Wal-Mart is yucky, so is the neighborhood! Anyway, good luck and I hope I don't scare you away, it truly is a nice and fun area to live, lots to do! Good advice from an old friend: To each his own, you have to make decisions based on your own needs.
Glo wrote:
Hi!
Our family is considering moving to Hampton, VA (from small-town, Missouri). A job at the Veteren's Admin. Hosp is the reason for the move. Could you please advise me on:
*Best neighborhoods to live in
*Best school system: Hampton, Bethel, Kecoughton or Pheobus?
*What is the weather like? Lots of hurricanes? Ice storms? Lots of cloudy days? Any tornados?(Moving from tornado alley!!)
*What is the traffic like?
*Crime rate?
Any and all input will be appreciated. I've never been to Virginia- never lived in a coastal region- so everything is pretty much new to me. Please help.
Thanks!
Glo

Richmond, CA

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Aug 5, 2006
 
Thanks so much for ALL your input. Thanks 'Iowa Native' for the excellent insight into the school systems- wouldn't have got it anywhere else. Yes, we'll have to learn to deal with the hurricanes like we learnt to deal with the tornados here! That Walmart idea is a great one- I know exactly what you mean...Thanks for the heads-up on the housing cost 'Under H2O'- it is good to go into this with our eyes open. All the best with your move "Land of a billion laws'.
Still open to suggestions and input- so keep it coming. Thanks!
Goose

Virginia Beach, VA

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#7
Aug 9, 2006
 
I have no idea what land of a billion is talking about, East-La, maybe.

I think you'll like it here.

One tip; move to the penninsula not the south-side, the tunnel commute would kill ya.
LIL MAMASOJUICE757

Virginia Beach, VA

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Aug 14, 2006
 
GHERL I LIVE IN HAMPTON U WILL LIKE ITZ REALY CITY DOUGH .............LOL
nathan

Hampton, VA

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Aug 20, 2006
 
does anyone see a increase in crime this year in hampton roads or is it just me ??????? and do you see it getting worse as the years go by or is that just my imaginination ????
AJ Gross

Hampton, VA

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Aug 21, 2006
 
Glo wrote:
Hi!
Our family is considering moving to Hampton, VA (from small-town, Missouri). A job at the Veteren's Admin. Hosp is the reason for the move. Could you please advise me on:
*Best neighborhoods to live in
*Best school system: Hampton, Bethel, Kecoughton or Pheobus?
*What is the weather like? Lots of hurricanes? Ice storms? Lots of cloudy days? Any tornados?(Moving from tornado alley!!)
*What is the traffic like?
*Crime rate?
Any and all input will be appreciated. I've never been to Virginia- never lived in a coastal region- so everything is pretty much new to me. Please help.
Thanks!
Glo,

You'll find Hampton to be a fairly nice city. Traffic can be a problem during rush hour, especially if you use the Hampton Roads Tunnel or Rt 664. On weekends, I-64 and I-95 can be bumper to to bumper too. I have kids in Syms Middle School, that are projected to go to Kecoughton High. Go to this web site http://www.sbo.hampton.k12.va.us/ for more info on the schools. Weather is hot/humid summer, cool, wet, little snow, some icing in winter, hurricanes are possible, but normally downgrade to tropical storms (always an exception - Isabel 2003), and not many tornados (F1 or smaller if one does come up). Crime rate not too bad in Hampton, worse in Newport News, Norfolk, and the larger populated cities.
mags

Modesto, CA

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#11
Sep 2, 2006
 
I am thinking about moving to Norfolk as well and I was looking at a few places in the Ghent area. I am coming from Atlanta, GA, so I am used to traffic...however I was wondering how difficult it will be to get to Chesapeake for work everyday? Also, I am young and single and I was wondering if downtown Norfolk is the best place for someone of my age or if I should make the commute from Virginia Beach? Any and all help is appreciated!! Also, what is the population for the "general Norfolk area?"
nats

Dayton, OH

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#12
Sep 11, 2006
 
Hi, I am also relocating to the area. Except, my job placement will be in newport news. I'm a mid-twenty-something old female and will be renting an apartment for a 3 month duration.
I would like to live close to people my own age and around things to do: restaurants, bars, etc. Safety is a factor for me, but I have survived other major metropolitan areas: DC, Chicago, Boston, etc. I hate commuting (20 minutes, tops), so can anyone recommend anything? Or more importantly tell me where to NOT live? Any input would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!!!
Former New Yorker

Norfolk, VA

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Sep 16, 2006
 

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Glo wrote:
Hi!
Our family is considering moving to Hampton, VA (from small-town, Missouri). A job at the Veteren's Admin. Hosp is the reason for the move. Could you please advise me on:
*Best neighborhoods to live in
*Best school system: Hampton, Bethel, Kecoughton or Pheobus?
*What is the weather like? Lots of hurricanes? Ice storms? Lots of cloudy days? Any tornados?(Moving
from tornado alley!!)
*What is the traffic like?
*Crime rate?
Any and all input will be appreciated. I've never been to Virginia- never lived in a coastal region- so everything is pretty much new to me. Please help.
Thanks!
Take my advice and stay away from this shithole! You will curse the day you moved to Hampton.
Gloria

Clay, NY

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#14
Sep 22, 2006
 
Hi all,

Our family is considering moving to Yorktown/Newport News area from a small collegetown in the upper state of NY. A job offer in Newport News is the reason for the the move. Would you please advise on best neighbourhood to live in and best school system? We have two grade school aged boys. Also is Yorktown a culturally diversified place? Is there a relatively large international population? How'd you describe living in Yorktown? All input are greatly appreciated!
Bill

United States

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#15
Oct 9, 2006
 
Hampton could be a very up and coming if it were not for the City Manager and the so called green space ladies. Hampton has very little middle to upper income producing people and they seem to want it to stay that way do not move to Hampton. Unless you can afford some of the nicer water front properties.
Jill

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#16
Oct 9, 2006
 
Dear Glo,
If you are considering moving to Hampton for a job at the VA Hospital, look in Yorktown, or Williamsburg. They are a much better bet as far as return on your investment, schools, quality of life, culture, restaurants, shopping etc. The decision-makers in the city of Hampton have no idea how to take advantage of the amazing diamond in the rough they have at their fingertips. The problem with Hampton is incompetence running the city. I wish you luck in your move. The Tidewater Virginia area is a wonderful place to live.
Susan

Virginia Beach, VA

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#17
Oct 10, 2006
 
Dear Glo,
Jill is right about Yorktown or Williamsburg. I've lived here since 89' and love Yorktown. There's so much to do on the Peninsula that I very seldom venture over the water unless I absolutely have to. Although, Hampton is growing fast and the crime rate is getting worse. Be careful where you move to in Hampton. In addition, the schools in Hampton aren't as good as Yorktown and Williamsburg. I live in Yorktown but work in Hampton.

By the way ever apply at the VA in Roanoke? It is a beautiful place to live and has excellent school systems. Like any place you have to be careful what part of town you move to. A good realtor will steer you clear though.

Someday I hope to retire there. Best of luck to ya.
Antttt

Roanoke, VA

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#18
Oct 23, 2006
 
Are the schools bad in hamton,norfolk, va beach,or cheasepeke are and if so which ones moving down there in two months
Ann

Norfolk, VA

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#19
Nov 3, 2006
 
I love Hampton! I have been here for a year.
Not too impressed with the school.
Private School is best and there are a few nice areas to live here in town.
Ann

Norfolk, VA

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#20
Nov 3, 2006
 
look for a private school in VA beach or norfolk

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