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"20 years of living around Fredericksburg "


20 years of living around Fredericksburg - 5/19/2008
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Bp
Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg is a lovely city bordering the Rappahannock River and comprised of historic colonial homes owned primarily by the well-to-do. Ideal for tourists who enjoy Civil War history and antique shopping. The city is relatively unspoiled thanks to preservation efforts, however, the surrounding counties have seen booming growth over the last 25 years resulting in sprawling bedroom communities. Unfortunately, the first thing a tourist sees upon exiting I-95 is traffic congestion from shopping centers and/or strip malls.
Pros: Close proximity to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA -- 50 miles either way. Virginia Rail Express (VRE) train service serves commuters to DC. Loads of historic sites & events. People are generally friendly. Within 1 hr. drive of beautiful Shenandoah Mountains. Gas prices are lower than in other regions of the country. Rappahannock River, Potomac Creek, Aquia Creek, and Potomac River offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, bird-watching, & swimming. Local Farmer's Market provides fresh produce and flowers from many farms still in operation in area.
Cons: Expensive housing. Increased road congestion in the surrounding counties, especially on the weekends and rush hour. No local mass transit, except for a fairly new bus system. Some of the locals do not warm up to outsiders very well and are ultra conservative. Road system is NOT pedestrian or bicycle friendly.

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Kory

re: 20 years of living around Fredericksburg - 5/ - 4/5/2010
Is it not a nice place to live? What would you give it on a 1 to 10 scale? 10 meaning a wonderful place to live.


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mary

re: 20 years of living around Fredericksburg - 5/ - 10/22/2010
I loved visiting your city but am concerned about the traffic congestion and the long commute to Washington DC. Is there any city closer to Washington, DC that has similar charm as yours?


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Robert
Fredericksburg, VA

Reasonable Compromise - 7/30/2014

Fredericksburg is a reasonable compromise among a number of factors that make for quality of life. It is safe, for the most part, has a mild climate, lies on a major highway, I-95, has quick train access into Washington, D.C. and has a moderate cost of living. It has a excellent liberal arts college in Mary Washington University. For history buffs, George Washington grew up here and his mother's and his sister's houses are still standing. In addition a number of major civil war battlefields are either in the city or just outside it.

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bubba
Fredericksburg, VA

Traffic - 5/8/2014

I like Fredericksburg, as a whole. My main issue with it at the moment (I've lived here for five years) is that the traffic is terrible...and it seems to get worse as time goes on. Depending on the time of day that you set out to go somewhere...you can count on a x < 10 mile drive taking well over 30 minutes. That's not counting the morning or afternoon rush hour...if you time that right...the same x < 10 mile drive will set you back well over an hour. I suppose if you're from Fairfax, VA or Los Angeles,CA...that would be an improvement.

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eisa
Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg VA region - 11/27/2012

If you can avoid it do not move to this area (other parts of VA are fine). I know there are many who love Spotsylvania county and Fredericksburg, however, those are people who have never lived anywhere else and know no better. This is a hell hole for those of us who desire more than Food Lion grocery stores, Big Box and discount retailers, and would like employment that pays enough to live & work without communting 2-4 hours a day. Housing is over priced for salaries (o.k if you work for local or federal gov't or commute north; there is no culture, unless you count corvette shows and Lynrd Skynrd concerts as culture; sales staff and other "customer" service is either lazy, stupid or both; locals love to suck off the government teat but do not want to pay taxes (every other person seems to be on some kind of disability); a classic example of highway planning "it's been on the 6 year plan for the last 18 years" [direct quote from a co. supervisor] Yes there is a train, but you need a car to get there and it cost more to commute by VRE than to drive.They finally figured out around 2009 or so that they should bring a bus to the VRE station BEFORE the last train leaves. Local elections are more about popularity than progress - basically it is an area where the faded prom queen and "has been" quarterback breed and talk about the good ol' days while drinking Bud and smoking Marlboro's, complaining about them uppity "come he-ya's" and all them taxes they seem to want(yeah but we are the ones paying their kids/grandkids welfare bill). My husband and I are counting the days to his retirement (roughly 900 left) so we can leave.

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roxanne
Fredericksburg, VA

transferring a section 8 voucher to richmond virgi - 6/20/2010

hello all how r u? i have a very important question and i am asking 4 some answers please I have a section 8 hud voucher and i plan to move it from fredericksburg , va to richmond , va this fall. I make 10,000 a year in fredericksburg, can I quailfy to move my voucher but not my job with this amount of income into a home that rents for 1200 a month in the city of richmond , va 22333? god bless 54 year old

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Scott
Falls Church, VA

Job search - 5/18/2010

so far, your site sucks with all of the pop ups. VERY unfriendly

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Brittany
Fredericksburg, VA

nothing - 4/12/2009

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Ashley
Sellersville, PA

My Whole Life - 3/24/2009

I have lived in Fredericksburg, VA all of my life. I went to school at Lee Hill Elementary Thornburg Middle and Massaponax High School! I just recently moved out of the state 2 1/2 years ago and i miss the place i call home!

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Hello
Fredericksburg, VA

Good Luck!!! - 3/22/2009

You want to go anywhere around here plan on alot of extra travel time. I have been here now for 5 yrs and it just keeps getting worse with no relief in sight. 95 is the corridor here and it is a parking lot most of the time during normal rush hour and than at any given time of day or night. Simply put for this area that traffic and travel times are horrible.

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Bp
Fredericksburg, VA

20 years of living around Fredericksburg - 5/19/2008

Fredericksburg is a lovely city bordering the Rappahannock River and comprised of historic colonial homes owned primarily by the well-to-do. Ideal for tourists who enjoy Civil War history and antique shopping. The city is relatively unspoiled thanks to preservation efforts, however, the surrounding counties have seen booming growth over the last 25 years resulting in sprawling bedroom communities. Unfortunately, the first thing a tourist sees upon exiting I-95 is traffic congestion from shopping centers and/or strip malls. Pros: Close proximity to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA -- 50 miles either way. Virginia Rail Express (VRE) train service serves commuters to DC. Loads of historic sites & events. People are generally friendly. Within 1 hr. drive of beautiful Shenandoah Mountains. Gas prices are lower than in other regions of the country. Rappahannock River, Potomac Creek, Aquia Creek, and Potomac River offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, bird-watching, & swimming. Local Farmer's Market provides fresh produce and flowers from many farms still in operation in area. Cons: Expensive housing. Increased road congestion in the surrounding counties, especially on the weekends and rush hour. No local mass transit, except for a fairly new bus system. Some of the locals do not warm up to outsiders very well and are ultra conservative. Road system is NOT pedestrian or bicycle friendly.

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james
Fredericksburg, VA

if you are making more than 200,000 thousand a yea - 3/16/2008

lived in fred. for 16 years need to move due to cost of living. it is a nice city that is growing to fast and it is trying to big like northern va cities. pay rates are way to low for this area. you need to work in d.c. to able to afford to live here.it is ashame to see this city now from what it was 4 years ago

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SR
Fredericksburg, VA

the burg - 2/26/2008

I'd have to say Fredericksburg isn't that great of a place to live anymore, with all the uncontrolled growth. Crime isn't a daily worry around here, the majority of the time most people don't lock their doors. Unfortunately the area is growing way too fast. Stafford County is the second or third fastest growing county in VA. There's construction everywhere, sub-divisions being built, new shopping centers and stores, and schools being built to compensate. The schools are decent, with a mixture of good and bad teachers. Most who's only concern is their kids pass the SOL's, which you may want to look up if you haven't heard of them and have school-aged children. The housing costs still haven't gone down, though they've built so many new homes that aren't selling that they're slowly decreasing. Traffic is a nightmare around here in the mornings and in the evenings, and there's really no way out. Also, for those with teenagers, there's nothing to do around here aside from shopping, an occasional movie at a packed dirty theatre, or bowling. Sorry this is so long but hopefully there's some helpful info. BTW if you're hoping to move here to get away from the city, so you can commute. Join the club, this isn't secluded anymore. Way too many people for what this area was and ever will be ready for. The county isn't too great at planning.

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Abhd
Phoenix, AZ

Fred is a wonderful small town - 7/6/2007

I graduated Mary Washington in 2000, and I loved living there for four years. Old Town is very cute, and there are many nice little restaurants and shops available. They had just gotten public transportation when I left, and I assume that it's still there. Fredericksburg is a beautiful, historic town that has many interesting things to do or see for a small town. It is also directly between Richmond and DC, with a commuter train stop in town. When I lived there, a fair few of the residents commuted in to one or the other, especially DC, and I assume that that's still true. I don't think it would be a great place to live if you're single and not in college, but I can't think of many better places to live if you have a family and want a small town. I have no personal knowledge of the schools there, but I knew people who had graduated from them, and they seemed to be quite bright.

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Bethany
Fredericksburg, VA

TOO EXPENSIVE - 5/22/2007

As a transplant from the Midwest, I was shocked with the cost of housing and day to day living. Fredericksburg has benefited with its location to the Quantico Marine base and Washington, DC. But with those benefits have come drawn backs, such as, road congestion, finding affordable housing and the raising prices homeowners are paying on their property.

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george
Shingle Springs, CA

Old town - 10/13/2005

Old town Fredericksburg is a wonderful place to visit if you love anything associated with the civil war. The Rappahannock River runs near by and you can smell the history everywhere. The tourist office will give you a free pass to park almost anywhere, you don't have to worrry about the parking meters. Plenty of places to eat, go in the early fall, say just after Labor Day when the crowds are down and the temp. is just right. Pray for a thunderstorm, the air smells wonderful afterwards.

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