The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - VL12
The Nelson home in Southwest Roanoke
"We have great neighborhoods that are affordable, have good schools and the
downtown is vibrant. We have created a number of neighborhood villages and
we are close to a major national research university." - Susan Lower
and helping their new people find homes here, using her
Southwest, Grandin Court, Wasena are examples of great
as a relocation director. Headhunters are
choices for many first-time home buyers,
calling and "I haven't seen that for years
BY THE NUMBERS
as are many neighborhoods in Salem
... We're seeing a great deal of transfers."
and surrounding counties."
K i t H a l e o f M K B R E A LTO RS i n
The downtown area has many ameEstablished in 1770
Roanoke says, "Home prices have
nities that include quality restaurants,
Population (2012): 33,293
pretty much stabilized market-wide
music performance centers, boutiques,
Total Area (Land): 543 sq. mi.
with some price ranges bouncing back
theater venues, and offices, and it is RoAverage Home Price: $189,950
a little quicker than others. [Though]
anoke's center for the arts.
Roanoke City has little developable
Richard Peters, assistant town
land, Salem and Roanoke County
manager of Vinton and its head of
Established in 1785
have many exciting new communities.
economic development, sees significant
Population (2012): 56,616
There is a lot of growth in Botetourt and
changes in the town of 8,000 just east
Total Area (Land): 712 sq. mi.
of Roanoke. "There's not a lot of new
specifically in the Daleville area."
(Water): 19 sq. mi.
housing," he says, "because Vinton is
Hale sees distinct trends: "Millennials
Average Home Price: $159,950
tend to want to live in walkable
built out, but resale is high in the middle
communities with social opportunities,
market and there is a lot of appeal to
sidewalks, front porches [and to] live near work...Old
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