I know there are a lot of these types of threads, but I figured one more wouldn't necessarily hurt anyone. Well, I've been living in central New York for about 7 years (right out of college) and have recently become engaged, with the wedding coming up in September. The soon-to-be Mrs. and myself have pretty much had enough of the two season climate up here (snow for most of the year, rainy weekends for the rest) and we're looking to relocate to a slightly more average climate. My parents are also thinking of relocating from Long Island to the same general location as me. My dad owns an art gallery and frame shop and we we're thinking of going in together on a new shop in the new location. I would probably continue to do what I do now (engineer) for a little while once we move as well, just to make the transition a little easier monetarily. So, we were originally looking at the Maryland area but couldn't find exactly what we were looking for, then moved on to northern VA but had a heart attack when we saw the real estate prices, and since have started looking seriously at the Charlottesville/Richmond area which seems to be exactly what we are looking for. For my father's business we need a location with some expendable income (since pictures and frames aren't really a necessity) but at the same time we wanted to be able to afford a nice home and lifestyle. My parents are selling their house on LI, so I'm sure they will be fine money-wise (house they bought for $30k in '65 will probably sell for $500k or so), but coming from central New York I'll probably be looking at slightly higher real estate values. Anyway, I know the area has been voted as one of the nicer areas to live in the country but was curious if people from the area still feel this is the case? Also, has there been a real big boom lately in people relocating based on this area's apparent popularity? Is this a fairly well-to-do region that could support a quasi luxury related business? Also, I'll be heading down to the area in May and was curious if people in the know could recommend certain towns or developments near by that are somewhat affordable and yet not out of the way too much. Somewhat affordable meaning $150k to $200k for a decent 3 bedroom house. I realize I have a lot of research to do, but thought I would check with the fellow HTFers first see if you guys had any insight. Thanks for any help or info you can offer.