Retire in Lexington, Virginia!

Retire in Lexington, Virginia!

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Another great town we’ve found for you is Lexington, Virginia. The Virginia Living magazine gave multiple awards to Lexington in its annual “Best of Virginia” poll in 2014. Ranked high for shopping, arts and entertainment, living and recreation, food and drink – Lexington beat out dozens of cities across the state. Voted 3rd friendliest town, best burger joint #2, best farmers market #3, best historic site #3 (Lee Chapel and Museum), best local microbrewery #2 (Blue Lab Beer), and – get this – #1 Best Retirement Community – Kendal at Lexington!

The census bureau tells us that Lexington is a city of artists, with more arts and designers working in media than 90% of the communities in America. It is also interesting that nearly 10% (of those employed) work from home, meaning that they could live anywhere but picked Lexington as home. And Lexington is a college town (always a bonus) with Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University.

This great little town of about 7,000 is nestled right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley about 40 miles north west of Roanoak. If you retire in Lexington, Virginia you will find a lovely historic downtown with restaurants, shops and galleries. Home of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, you can just get lost in American history in Lexington. The first week in May is the Muster on the Maury – a Civil War reinactment. Or join the Biennial Stonewall Jackson Symposium to examine the amazing career and personality of this famous General through lectures by leading historians and biographers. Ride a horse drawn carraige through town and learn about Lexington’s unique history and lore.

About 15% of the population is over 65 years of age – higher than the rest of Virginia. We thought it interesting that 46% of the residents over 25 have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median value of owner-occupied homes is $271,000 – which is high for Virginia but about average for the rest of the country. We easily found homes in the $200-225,000 range. If you would like to find a rental apartment, condo, home, be aware that you are in competition with the college students who are also looking for housing. Rentals run in the $600-800 per month range.

The weather ranges from a high of 46 in the winter (with a little snow now and again) to mid 80’s in June July and August. They get about 50″ of rain pretty evenly spread all yer. In the winter, the Wintergreen Resort has 26 slopes and is just an hour drive from town.

The crime rate is so low it almost doesn’t appear on the graph!

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Photo By Barbara Ann Spengler via

The countryside is amazing. Rolling hills, horse stables, a much cooler climate than eastern Virginia. There is Vista Links, a par 72 championship golf course, fishing for brook trout in the many streams and rivers. The Shenandoah Valley has a number of geocaching sites. The nearby natural bridge of Virginia and the Caverns at Natural Bridge is really something to see. A national historic landmark, sometimes considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the huge stone bridge was formed when a cavern collapsed and left the span which is still up there. Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, it remains privately owned and welcomes visitors from all over the world. The Caverns are open March through November and descend more than 34 stories down. The main cavern is an enoumous dome shaped natural feature – created thousands of years ago. Take a tour! One of those things you never forget, believe me!

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Zoom in and out on the map below to see roads and local attractions!


Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.