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What is it like to live here? - 6/24/2006
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Rebecca
Longwood, FL

Looking to relocate to the area. Pros, cons. Good for kids, things to do, jobs, traffic, type of people, stores?

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Gail
Williamsburg, VA

Crime rate in Williamsburg - 6/21/2014

It is much higher than reported. Police cover up for the wealthy or well connected. Rapists are released from jail by the judges right after conviction. Police are corrupt.

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kares
Williamsburg, VA

Really think twice about living here. - 5/3/2014

As a Northerner and a person of color, I found this area to be the worst place I've lived (I have lived up and down the East Coast). This town is not diverse and in general, very segregated. Williamsburg is a pretty town to visit for 2 hours, but I would never recommend this place to live in unless you're 65 or have a family and just want to settle. If you're someone that enjoys any sort of real culture, I would also say to absolutely stay away... Winters are very bleak and in general, Williamsburg is very, very limited. I have found the Hampton Roads area to just be depressing with its military/industrial hold...the people in general seem to be unhappy, traffic is awful, and despite the fact that no one knows Hampton Roads aside from the people living there, the cost of living is almost to that of Richmond...very pricey for living in a no-name, depressed area. Also, if you like to travel or fly much, trying to get out is painful--Norfolk airport is extremely expensive, or you're forced to schlep it to Richmond Airport--which is also ridiculously expensive. Seriously consider where you are in life, who you are and what you enjoy before contemplating about living in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area.

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Laurie
Williamsburg, VA

Activities - 3/16/2014

There are a variety of activities in the Williamsburg area. Tourist attractions include Busch Gardens, a water park, and multiple historical museums: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown Battlefields. The College of William & Mary creates a vibrant atmosphere. The arts community offers 2 large art shows annually. Local and national musicians and dancers offer performances of all kinds. The weather is beautiful. Sport opportunities are endless: golf, boating, kayaking, hiking, rec. centers, clubs, etc.

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Tom
Williamsburg, VA

History buffs - 9/24/2011

Very nice area for history buffs. Colonial Williamsburg is terrific, while nearby is Jamestown, Yorktown and numerous Civil War sites

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Kevin
Williamsburg, VA

Quality of Life - 3/13/2011

Williamsburg, the former Colonial capital of Virginia, inspires many retirees who choose to settle in an area with moderate climate, cultural amenities, stable economy, and a college town that offers adult classes on everything from history to Tai Chi. A new bicycle trail, the Capitol to Capitol Trail, has been funded and partially built, and will cover 60 miles from the old capitol (Williamsburg) to the current one (Richmond). Our winters are moderate, with most snow gone in a few days. Spring and Fall bring visitors to the colonial area where visitors are treated to costumed narrators who spin tales of the early colonies, including slavery. The main street in Colonial Williamsburg, Duke of Gloucester Street, is a former Indian trail and the water sheds for the James and York Rivers are on opposite sides of the street. Restaurants abound and various cuisines tantalize the taste buds. Championship golf courses dot the landscape with Kingsmill a perennial favorite for larger tournaments. Nothing beats Christmas in this city..from carolers to horse-drawn carriages in the colonial city and homes decorated for the festivities, it's a majical time for everyone. In the summer, Busch Gardens and Water Country are destinations for the young and young at heart. Come for a visit. Stay for a lifetime.

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Howard
Williamsburg, VA

Excellent opportunities - 7/5/2010

The College of William & Mary has all kinds of cultural offerings, particularly in dramatic and fine arts. If you like golf, Williamsburg has a wealth of very high quality, nationally ranked courses. The municipalities offer excellent recreations of all kinds for many age groups.

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Rob
Toano, VA

Wonderful, warm Williamsburg - 9/4/2008

Few places combine the cultural and historical aspects of Williamsburg, Virginia. The past meets the present in a place where America travelled from the frontier days of Jamestown in 1607, through the American Revolution and on to the Civil War. Restored Colonial Williamsburg recreates town life and, together with nearby Yorktown and Jamestown, help vistors and residents revisit and remember our national roots. The presence of one of the top small colleges in the country in William and Mary brings the vibrancy of young ideas and contemporary cultural life to blend with the old. Families flourish in the mild Virginia climate and enjoy the proximity to Virginia and North Carolina beaches, Blue Ridge mountains and urban attractions of Norfolk, Richmond and Washington, D.C. all within 1-3 hours driving time.

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Lucy
Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg - 4/1/2008

Williamsburg is a nice college and tourist town. It is more liberal than many other cities in Virginia and the cost of living is relatively cheap; however, the nightlife is limited and the arts culture is severely limited.

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A. L.
Williamsburg, VA

Small Town Feel - 4/5/2007

Pretty much all of the comments that have been posted already are valid. I started out here as a student at the College of William and Mary and stayed after I graduated. In the 4 years I've lived as a "townie", I think I have some perspective on Williamsburg. Every year we see thousands and thousands of tourists and if you travel along Rt 60 down and into the Colonial Area you may feel overwhelmed. But this is not Williamsburg. The actual local residents have formed a nice small community. This is both good and bad. It means that gossip travels fast, but also that you will always run into folks you know at the grocery store. William and Mary has the feeling of an insulated campus, eventhough the students are fairly active in the community. One of the shining lights of Williamsburg is its public library: The Williamsburg Regional Library. It is one of the best in the country and spends more per capita in Williamsburg and James City County than most as well. However, the housing market is inflated and only getting worse. It is very difficult to find housing "in-town" that isn't very expensive. Williamsburg is a great place to retire, (good hospital and several well-maintained and well-appointed retirement communities) which means if you don't have a lifetime of savings to spend, you'll have a hard time finding affordable housing. The majority of employees who work for James City County (which surrounds Williamsburg) live in Newport News, for example. It is not an easy town to get around in if you don't have a car. The bus transit system is designed mostly to be convenient for tourists and it can be frustrating to try and navigate it on a daily basis. And although some people bike, it is not a town that is laid out for biking- too much volume of traffic, even if it moves very slowly in the "downtown area"(though there isn't really a city center). It is also very hard to be a young adult in Williamsburg. Kids and teens from about 12-18 have very little to do in town. Because it is an aging community and a tourist economy, young people tend to get left out. But, if you're interested in a small southern town that's not too southern (not every place has sweet tea), it might be a good fit for you. If you're willing to become involved in town life you can meet some great friends.

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john
Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg Va - 1/12/2007

A great place to raise a family ! John Womeldor John@MrWilliamsburg.com www.MrWilliamsburg.com

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Mark
Williamsburg, VA

Nice place to visit and live - 7/3/2006

Williamsburg is a growing community. It has a mild winter, lovely fall, gorgeous spring and hot/humid summer. People feel safe here although some crime does exist. The schools are good and there is a lot to do. There are many pretty places to walk or drive and there are lots of wholesome community activities particularly at the holidays. The cost of housing is high compared to the relatively low wages.

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Rebecca
Longwood, FL

What is it like to live here? - 6/24/2006

Looking to relocate to the area. Pros, cons. Good for kids, things to do, jobs, traffic, type of people, stores?

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Shannon
Williamsburg, VA

It's Fantastic! - 6/7/2006

I'm sorry the last person to write here did so because I think he missed the entire point of Williamsburg. Where else can you find tree lined streets, lovely homes, and neighborhood pride in this day and age? There are so many choices of entertainment to take advantage of and my weekly calendar can easily be filled. Concerts and plays at the Kimbell, movies at New Town, and if he really lived here for 8 years he would tell you that locals rarely eat on Rt60 during the summer. That's for tourists. While we welcome you, we try not to get into that mix too much ourselves and prefer to patronize our local (not chain) restaurants scatterred throughout Williamsburg/James City and York county. Having family and friends visit is the best! Where else can you live and have 3 major amusement/water parks, shopping, and also all the historic sites within minutes of your home? If it's congestion and stop lights you miss, head to Norfolk or Richmond they are both only about 45 minutes away, sans traffic of course.

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Havelina
Williamsburg, VA

Not a fun place - 12/1/2005

Nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there. Although I have for nearly 8 years. Dining here is horrible, the local restaurants don't have a good service attitude, nor a good food attitude. Mediocre is the best you get. Even the chains are not that good. The weather here is unbearably humid from May to October. There may be a few weeks in there that dry out, but overall very, very sticky. Too many cloudy days, in a row. Average says 212 sunny days, feels like 20. Housing is atrocious. Look at the average house price and you will faint. Retirees love it here, two people in an oversized energy sucking monstrosity. No affordable housing for the working folks who actually work here. Sure, great place for kids until they're teenagers, but then nothing to do, bus system slow, unpredictable, no covered bus stops. Too many have's and have not's, no real middle class. Colonial Williamsburg is dying; overpriced, fewer services, recreated history. Colonial not at all interested in expanding, just trying to stay above water. Colonial or die seems to be the attitude. The area is expanding at an exponential rate, but not planned well at all. The solution to traffic problems is another stoplight. In one stretch of 1.8 miles there are 7 stoplights. My advice. Look elsewhere to live.

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jo
Williamsburg, VA

Life here - 6/26/2005

Williamsburg is a small, conservative town with a high upper-class population. It is a good place to raise children, yes, but once they get into high school, they get bored of the small town vibe with nothing to do and thus, some of them DO turn to drugs. A surprising number of kids have overdosed. Parents have to realize that here, without anywhere to go but a 24/7 WalMart, kids are going to get restless. It is a pretty area and pleasant to visit. However, for those of us living here, the changes and accomodations made for tourists are quite staggering; shopping malls keep sprouting per year with even more housing developments following. Pretty soon, there won't be any room left for the townies or for the new people moving in. Lots of deer accidents, too.

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