Whether you enjoy the city, the country, the mountains or a home on the water, Virginia retirement communities offer retirees a wide range of choices.
US News & World Report recently named Reston, Virginia as one of the Best Healthy Places To Retire. Located in Fairfax County about 20 miles outside of Washington DC, Reston is a planned community established in the 1960's. The entire town is pedestrian-accessible with over 50 miles of paved walking tracks that wind behind homes, through the woods and under roads. The community offers European style plazas with farmers markets, outdoor concerts and sporting facilities.
Several sources have listed Charlottesville, with a population of approximately 45,000 as one of the more affordable places to live in the country. Home to The University of Virginia, this culturally rich community offers retirees a high quality of life and national renowned healthcare facilities.
Rich in history and tradition, Williamsburg and the surrounding area is quickly becoming more and more popular as a retirement destination. The cities proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and its mild year round climate have lead to several new master planned golf and active adult communities being built in recent years.
Blacksburg, located in the Shenandoah Valley, is home to the states largest university in Virginia Tech. Students comprise the majority of the town's 40,000 residents but the population of retirees is on the increase. The proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the New River offer retirees plenty of outdoor recreation and several Virginia Retirement communities have sprung up in recent years.
Located along the Atlantic coast is Virginia Beach which was rated by CNN Money in 2006 as on of the 25 Best Places To Retire. The 35 miles of shoreline and free beach access are big draws to this quiet city. Nature lovers can enjoy 9,000 acres of dunes, woodlands and marshlands along with a range of scenic trails in the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. First Landing State Park covers about 3,000 acres and offers boating, swimming and hiking on 19 miles of trails. The city also boasts 11 Golf courses and a performing arts center.
Depending upon the area of the state you are considering, the cost of housing varies. If you are considering one of the Virginia retirement communities in one of the suburbs in northern Virginia around Washington DC, the median home price is around $350,000. Homes in the Richmond area in southeastern Virginia, the median home price is less than half of the DC area at around $155,000.
The Tax Foundation has ranked Virginia 18th in overall tax burden placing it a little higher than the national average.
If Virginia is on your list of "Best Places To Retire," you may want to consider one of the many Virginia Retirement Communities. Just be sure to visit the area you are considering at least twice, once in the summer and once in the winter before making your decision.
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