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jlovel7
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Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
Looking at moving there maybe next summer or shortly thereafter. Originally from VA myself but much closer to DC. I've not really visited out there too often but it seems to be the size we are looking for. Thinking about either working remote from my current job but employment prospects locally up there don't look too bad. Seems like it has enough of the national amenities we're used to in bigger cities but still has some small town charm and good local businesses. Lots of historical museums and battlefields in the area too. Doesn't seem to be outrageously expensive and we could either live in town or have a little more space out in the surrounding county is still close enough to lots of good outdoor activities.

The city government just shifted in the last two elections from a long time conservative majority to a moderately liberal majority so that does give me great pause about actually living in the city proper. We're basically fleeing local progressive politics and crime right now in New Orleans.

If anybody has anything good or bad to say about the city and area I'd love to hear it.
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PrimetimeDaBoss
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
Liberal shithole state


jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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Liberal shithole state


That much I already know but they all will be eventually. Tennessee North Carolina and Texas will soon follow so I’d rather get home and put roots down in my home state rather than just run to a state sure to fall in a few years anyway.


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cajuntiger1010
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
maybe live across the stateline in WV?


beachdude
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
Very historic town and just off the interstate system. Several blocks of town are closed off for pedestrians only and area has cobblestone/brick streets. Nice architecture. Music, pubs, and decent food. George Washington was there pre revolutionary war doing surveying of the then West. Headquarters for a time in the Civil War for Stonewall Jackson. Both will probably be cancelled by the time you move in.


jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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maybe live across the stateline in WV?


My grandmother would disown me if I moved to West Virginia no we’ve lived in Virginia for 400 years. If the commonwealth is going down she’s taking me with her.


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VABuckeye
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
Winchester is pretty nice. It's more rural and the cost of living is pretty low. I'd hardly call it liberal but honestly who really gives a frick about that when choosing a place to live. Close to the mountains and the App Trail so if you like that kind of thing it's great.


jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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Very historic town and just off the interstate system. Several blocks of town are closed off for pedestrians only and area has cobblestone/brick streets. Nice architecture. Music, pubs, and decent food. George Washington was there pre revolutionary war doing surveying of the then West. Headquarters for a time in the Civil War for Stonewall Jackson. Both will probably be cancelled by the time you move in.



The county just this past year signed a 200 year deal with a historical society to preserve the towns civil war museum and soldiers memorial. Looks like the county has control over that and not the city. Interesting.


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jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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I'd hardly call it liberal but honestly who really gives a frick about that when choosing a place to live.


The absolutely horrendous state of liberal areas who refuse to prosecute crime is why I pay extremely close attention to the politics of where I live. I don’t want to live somewhere where the government throws its hands up and gives the city to the mob. And I certainly don’t want to live somewhere who attacks the people who try and protect themselves from said mob.


GardenDistrictTiger
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
Beautiful area. It's all I've got.


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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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The absolutely horrendous state of liberal areas who refuse to prosecute crime is why I pay extremely close attention to the politics of where I live. I don’t want to live somewhere where the government throws its hands up and gives the city to the mob. And I certainly don’t want to live somewhere who attacks the people who try and protect themselves from said mob.

whatever issues you have with NOLA and its progressive policies are not applicable to the more liberal areas in Virginia. The local govt's in VA are far more competent.

Furthermore, Winchester is in no way a progressive town. There are plenty of hillbilly cousin fricking Trump voters
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jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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whatever issues you have with NOLA and its progressive policies are not applicable to the more liberal areas in Virginia. The local govt's in VA are far more competent.


Trust me I’m from Arlington I’m well aware. But these types of things that I’m bothered by aren’t just locked into places typically rife with incompetence. Even Arlington is starting to go soft on crime and is seeing upticks.


Pilot Tiger
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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Even Arlington is starting to go soft on crime and is seeing upticks.
There are upticks in crime almost everywhere in the country the last few years so I don't know that it has anything to do with Arlington being soft on crime, whatever that even means.



jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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There are upticks in crime almost everywhere in the country the last few years so I don't know that it has anything to do with Arlington being soft on crime, whatever that even means.


The commonwealths attorney ran on a platform of ignoring lower level offenses and eliminating cash bail among other things. So that’s what I mean by soft on crime. Making it less punishing to.......commit crime.
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frankenfish
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
I got my Master's from Shenandoah University in Winchester 20+ years ago so this may now all be out-of-date. It's a crappy little liberal arts university but it's added D-III football recently so that's something.

Winchester is a nice town and there are nice towns surrounding it- Leesburg to the south get pricey. The high school in Winchester looks better than the college; it was endowed by a local and looks very nice. Not much was happening there for singles 20+ years ago but it looks like a great place to raise a family. I'd move back...


GoT1de
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
I've only driven through Winchester, and the thing I remember was most of the houses were designed in Federal House architecture, which looks like shite imo.


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jlovel7
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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got my Master's from Shenandoah University in Winchester 20+ years ago so this may now all be out-of-date. It's a crappy little liberal arts university but it's added D-III football recently so that's something.

Winchester is a nice town and there are nice towns surrounding it- Leesburg to the south get pricey. The high school in Winchester looks better than the college; it was endowed by a local and looks very nice. Not much was happening there for singles 20+ years ago but it looks like a great place to raise a family. I'd move back...




I did notice that about the surrounding towns. They all actually seem to have pretty charming main streets and local options. One has a drive in theater. Seems very charming. And the school is beautiful. Probably one of the prettiest high schools I’ve ever seen in America.

ETA and not having a ton of young people is a bonus. Good to know.
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atxfan
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
I lived further South in Roanoke but assumed that whole I-81 corridor was guns and Jesus territory. It definitely is further down. Where will you be moving from?

My take- I feel like no matter where you live, you're going to spend 90% of your time inside a certain radius from your house, call it your bubble. Our bubble was really solid, low stress, no traffic, people were friendly, beautiful country, great outdoors, hiking, mtn biking, etc... Just enough restaurants and other amenities to have everything that you need. I assume Winchester is similar.

That said, every now and then, you need to get away for a long weekend to go to some better restaurants go to a concert, or whatever. We only had a regional airport that required connecting and made travel difficult. I think the difference maker for Winchester is that it would only be an hour drive from Dulles where you can fly direct to almost anywhere. If you're looking for a city that size, proximity to a major airport is a good thing to have. Just my $.02.


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redandright
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
It has an incredible Civil War history there. Patton’s grandfather was a colonel in the Confederacy and was killed at the Third Winchester Battle.


Centinel
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re: Anybody here have anything to say about Winchester/Frederick County VA?
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We're basically fleeing local progressive politics and crime right now in New Orleans


You need to either flee further west across the WV state lines, or further south past Charlottesville.



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