We looked all over Virginia for the ideal places to retire. Winchester came very high on the list for several reasons. The crime rate is significantly less than the U.S. average and the home values are comparatively low. It’s a very quiet place to live and it’s only 60 miles to Washington, D.C., to the south east.
Those who retire in Winchester, Virginia will enjoy being outside the nation’s capital but close enough to enjoy the many historical sites, museums, cultural activities and events associated with that area. The area has about 30,000 people in the area and 14% are over the age of 65. We easily found homes under $200,000. Rentals run in the $900-1200 range.
Historic downtown Winchester is just a great place to visit and shop. The core area is closed to traffic and the quaint buildings and shops a great place to explore and meet the neighbors. During the summer there are been festivals, movies on the walking mall, concerts and a water area for the kids. See artists, have a great cup of coffee, and stroll though one of the events. We loved the wine festival! They have a wonderful library too. There is a very strong sense of community – everyone is so friendly! Most of the shops are locally owned and managed. The town is clean and well cared for and there is a real sense of pride.
The Revolutionary War and Civil War had a big impact on this area and there are many historic sites to visit.
Who wouldn’t want to retire in Winchester!
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