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    I'll be moving back in w/a family member who is a below the knee amputee ---- can anyone recommend the best way to find a single family home w/preferrably an in law syle living arrangement OR a 3-4 bedroom home that is conducive to their handicap? ---- looking between the Staunton, Waynesboro, & Charlottesville areas, as the fam. member wants to commute to work in Staunton. I'm weary of the places I've seen advertised -- borderline ghetto -- & I'm hoping crime isn't a big factor in these locations.

    (I have been using craigslist, google, & a realtor website but would like to know & get insight from another source as well - hence this posting)

    Thanks for any & all help!

    **sorry if posting in the wrong spot = but it seemed to make sense**
    Last edited by CoffeeRoll; 09-06-2008, 01:16 PM.

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    Originally posted by CoffeeRoll View Post
    I'll be moving back in w/a family member who is a below the knee amputee ---- can anyone recommend the best way to find a single family home w/preferrably an in law syle living arrangement OR a 3-4 bedroom home that is conducive to their handicap? ---- looking between the Staunton, Waynesboro, & Charlottesville areas, as the fam. member wants to commute to work in Staunton. I'm weary of the places I've seen advertised -- borderline ghetto -- & I'm hoping crime isn't a big factor in these locations.

    (I have been using craigslist, google, & a realtor website but would like to know & get insight from another source as well - hence this posting)

    Thanks for any & all help!

    **sorry if posting in the wrong spot = but it seemed to make sense**
    You want the Shenandoah Valley area. To commute from Charlottesville west to Staunton is a ride over Afton Mtn and some of the most trecherous fog you'll experience (sight of many multi car/truck crashes over the years, been trapped in it when you are afraid to drive too slow, but can't drive over 25, and you wished you were almost anywhjere else, once passed the scene of a 50+ pile up just across the median strip and couldn't see it from the other lane fog was so bad, heard about pileup on radio later) when weather is bad, not to mention very high cost of living over at Charlottesville among the well heeled socialist elite of Virginia, the students, the hospital staff, etc.

    You can live cheaper and commute shorter and not have Afton Mtn to drive in fall & winter and find housing in the Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Highland, Bath county corridor and be as close to Staunton as Charlottesville.

    There are several colleges up through there that tend to help keep values up, but good places to live can be found in places like Augusta Springs, Churchville, Deerfield, Elkton, Grottoes, Verona, Dayton, Weyers Cave, Port Republic, Dooms, Lyndhurst, Stuart's Draft, Greenville, and etc ,... and still be closer and faster to work than Charlottesville. Consider staying out of town for better deals I think.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by t150vsuptpr; 09-06-2008, 04:39 PM.
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      Thanks! I'm actually looking at working either @ AMC or UVa. Been told RMH isn't a great place due to lack of people skills in most employees there. I definitely want to live where my family member has the easiest commute to & from. For me, it's not such a big deal - although the Afton Mtn. issue does have me thinking twice. Haven't looked up all the places you've mentioned yet but I hope they're not too far off from civilization but enough so that we aren't looking out our window to see one our neighbors butt cracks when they're in their living room....That's kinda how it is where I'm @ right now in NOVA.

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        There is also a hospital at Woodstock, Winchester, and Lexington. AMC is a new hospital relatively speaking, it is a major trauma center as I recall. UVA is a great place to be taken for specialized or trauma care as well.

        Don't underestimate Afton Mountain, it can be a beautiful drive up and over most days of the year, but if commuting .... you won't be so able to not go when it's bad. I know some who commute and who will not go home some days because of it. When it's bad, it's "bad".

        All the places I mentioned are within easy travel using good roads through some of the prettiest vally farm country you'll find.
        "That's right man, we've got mills here that'll blow that heap of your's right off the road."

        "Beautiful Daughter of the Stars."(it's my home now)

        >>>>> A Time for Choosing <<<<<

        Retired @ 31yr 2mo as of 0000 hrs. 01-01-10. Yeah, all in all, it was good.

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        • #5
          Good to know! I'm applying for ER/Trauma/ICU so it's great to know their thought highly of (outside of what the hospital says). Winchester's a bit farther than I want to travel, and Lexington don't think I'll be able to get as much experience as I would from AMC or UVa - and Woodstock???? They have a hospital???? I guess I never thought to look there, never came up....til now that is, but I don't think I'd get as much experience there either....not like I haven't been wrong before though.

          Wasn't the valley known as "the breadbasket of the confederacy" ???? .... I'm thinking once I'm situated w/living & working & everything - I'm gonna re-learn history - this is just pathetic how little I remember/know!!

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          • #6
            Thanks! I'll have to look into that, but wouldn't Afton Mtn. still be a problem when commuting to Staunton? (as would be the case with my fam. member) Or from that location is there a way around the mountain? (I have not looked at anything geology/geography-wise).....

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            • #7
              My son has many races in SW Va. Every time we drive down there from NoVa I count down the years until retirement. Beautiful area down there.

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