Relocating to a Nice "Walking Town"

I'm thinking of relocating to one of the following: Richmond VA, Edenton NC, Savannah GA, or New Orleans LA. I can't drive because of an uncorrectable vision problem so transportation is my major concern. I've had phone conversations with real estate agents in all of these places and they all assured me their city is a great walking town and all immediate needs are within walking distance. But I'm skeptical. I've been lied to by agents before, even cheated out of $11,000.00 once. In other words, I don't trust them.

Are there any ThriftyFunners with personal knowledge of these places? Or do you know of a nice "walking town", preferably in the South, or even a neighborhood within a large city? I'd so appreciate some input. Life has been so chaotic, I just want a nice, cozy place to rest.

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Curious Cat from South Norfolk, VA

November 13, 20070 found this helpful

Why not email some of the places you mentioned to those places chamber of commerce and ask them the same exact question. they would have nothing to gain like the real estates would by telling you yes. the majority of the time any chamber of commerce can give you lots of helpful information needed in many area of help issues. it couldn't hurt to try. just do a google search for any of those places and adding the key words chamber of commerce.

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November 13, 20070 found this helpful

Somewhere on the net there is an index of walkability - My neighborhood came up great - so why don't you hunt for that - But I really think one whould always VISIT however briefly the place they intend to re-locate to, to assure a good fit....

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November 14, 20070 found this helpful

I live in Louisville, KY and we have a new development--Norton Commons that is built like an old fashioned neighborhood with things you need (shopping, restaurants, etc.) within walking distance

It is a new subdivision (houses are too close together for me...but might be just the kind of thing you are looking for) Check out in your hometown to see if there is a development like this planned!

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November 14, 20070 found this helpful

Waxhaw NC is a nice historic town, with supermarket, CVS, Post office, banks, family dollar, several restaurants, doctors offices, etc. within a 1 mile radius. We live about ten miles outside of town. My mom was not able to drive, and if she were alive, I would recommend Waxhaw to her.

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November 14, 20070 found this helpful

You could google the towns you are interested in. Most towns have a web site telling a lot about their town. Also perhaps you could check mapquest about the town, they have maps. Some towns have bike trails. Ours does. I use my 3 wheel bike to travel on it and also, you are smart if you don't trust what a RE agent says.

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November 14, 20070 found this helpful

I live in south Georgia and am very familiar with Savannah, GA. It would be a lovely town for your needs, as it has a lot of shaded tree-lined streets and a lot of parks. God bless you in your move.

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November 14, 20070 found this helpful

You should check out Seaside, FL It's the town where Jim Carey's movie "Truman", (I think that's the name) was filmed. It is practically designed for this purpose, and doesn't have anything at all like the crime rate of some of the cities you've listed.

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November 15, 20070 found this helpful

Have you thought about a college town? Lots of students need to walk places. imho they are usually safe towns as well.

I once investigated moving in retirement. College towns won all around.

Best wishes for a great move.

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November 18, 20070 found this helpful

Richmond, VA is a college town. Virginia Commonwealth University is located right in the middle of town. I attended the school many years ago and found everything easy to access. My son now attends school there and drives his car very infrequently. He rents an apartment and so lives there full time. In addition, the VCU - Medical College of Virginia is an excellent teaching hospital. So Medical facilities are also close by.

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November 24, 20070 found this helpful

Before I moved, I looked up the town online. it will tell you anything you want to know about the town. iIwould also plan a visit to the place, just to check it out before moving. If you can't visit, call the local chamber of commerce, and ask them to send you brochures. Ask them any questions you may have and good luck.

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