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This is Why Blacksburg, VA, Is a Best Place to Live

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAAuthor and Blacksburg local Melody Warnick gets to the heart of what makes this tight-knit town so special.

On a spring Saturday night, downtown Main Street in Blacksburg, Virginia, is thronged with people. Brightly lit restaurants buzz with patrons noshing on vegetarian at Gillie’s or upscale farm-to-table fare at The Black Hen. Bars get raucous with live music. The Lyric, a 1929 movie theater restored to its former glory, wafts the scent of popcorn onto College Avenue. It’s a lower-wattage version of the crazy energy that Blacksburg generates on fall football weekends, when 66,000 rabid fans pour into Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium.

With all that, you’d be forgiven for struggling to believe that Blacksburg is actually a small town, with a population of 43,000 —more than half of whom are students at Virginia Tech. But the pace of the town always turns peaceful again on weekdays, when deer (and sometimes black bears) wander through local yards.

Blacksburg’s two identities — the Southern country town 40 minutes from the nearest mid-size city, Roanoke, and the educated, sophisticated would-be city that’s centered on Virginia Tech’s campus — have a Clark Kent/Superman thing going on. But the alter egos work out well for residents who want easy livability and serious leisure, as evidenced by Blacksburg's appearance on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list.

For instance, the town boasts well-ranked schools, including a brand-new, multi-million-dollar high school, that you can get to with only a smidgen of city-style traffic. And you don’t have to leave behind the serene mountain views or the access to hiking, biking, and horse trails to get yourself a ticket to catch a world-class musician like Yo-Yo Ma performing at the recently built Moss Arts Center on the Virginia Tech campus.

According to Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith, there’s “an ’enoughness’ that permeates town culture. We are a product of our geography as much as our history. We occupy our small patch of Appalachia with gratitude for what we have and not much concern for what we don’t have. This is what makes me proud — in an age when people are hungry for authenticity, Blacksburg has enough to share.“

That authenticity is both cultivated and guarded. A decade ago, residents successfully defeated a proposal to build a Walmart in town, fearful of how a big-box store would affect small, independent businesses. Locals tend to be civically engaged and vocal about the kind of place they want to see.

A recent meeting at the recreation center to launch a downtown master planning project was standing room only. As Hager-Smith explains, “Blacksburg citizens are highly engaged. Citizens staff our town committees, they participate in writing our Comprehensive Plan, they are vocal about bikeways, dark skies, sidewalks, and open spaces. Our Community Relations office is award-winning for the many ways it reaches out to citizens — and the citizens would not have it any other way."

Growth here is inevitable: Virginia Tech has announced plans to expand its student body, and businesses in its Corporate Research Center, including a wealth of technology firms, are expanding. But the growth is carefully shepherded, so new housing, like the urban-style downtown apartment building The Brownstone, blend into their surroundings and offer needed amenities. And no matter what, there’s always Blacksburg’s down-to-earth outdoorsiness to fall back on. The Appalachian Trail passes just a few miles beyond the town borders, and the nearby New River offers a summer’s worth of kayaking, canoeing and tubing.

In other words, Clark Kent serenity and Superman sophistication, right here in Blacksburg.

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Virginia is 9 on the List of Top 10 Best States

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAMost Americans do not choose where they grow up and often end up living in the same place as adults, either for financial reasons or because of social and familial connections. Still, many Americans choose to pack up and move to a new state — usually in search of better life.

People who contemplate such a move would certainly consider a state’s overall quality of life. While every person is different and may weigh certain factors more than others, quality of life generally consists of a multitude of factors, including an area’s economy, jobs market, income levels, poverty, crime, education levels, health care, transportation, and whether the area is generally desirable.

Based on these factors and others, 24/7 Wall St. ranked all 50 states for overall quality of life.

9. Virginia

  • 10-yr. population change: +10.1% (21st largest increase)
  • Annual unemployment: 4.0% (tied — 14th lowest)
  • Poverty rate: 11.0% (tied — 12th lowest)
  • Life expectancy at birth: 79.1 years (25th shortest)

Problems with crime tend to be local rather than statewide, but across Virginia crime tends to be low and the state is relatively crime free compared to most of the country. There were just 217 violent crimes reported in the state for every 100,000 residents, nearly half the national figure of 397 incidents per 100,000 people.

Virginians are also among the most likely to have a college degree, which often results in higher incomes and better quality of life across a population. Just over 38% of Virginia adults have a bachelor’s degree, compared to 31.3% of adults nationwide. This high educational attainment rate may help explain Virginia’s relatively low unemployment rate. Last year, average unemployment was 4.0%, well below the national average rate of 4.9%.

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Spacious Apartments in Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VALocated minutes from Virginia Tech, Hethwood apartments offer spacious rooms, resident services, and a prime location. These apartments in Blacksburg, VA offer clubhouses, swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, and spacious layouts. We think you'll find Hethwood compares favorably to the other apartment community in the area. In fact, we have been voted the #1 Apartment Community in Blacksburg. We have various size floorplans with many options, each with its own character.

Why You'll Love Us

At Hethwood Communities you will find amenities to suit every lifestyle. Enjoy swimming pools, walking trails, a fitness center, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, and much more! You won't find another community that compares to the value and luxury of Hethwood. Contact us for more information.


Why You'll Love These Apartments in Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAAt Hethwood Communities you will find amenities to suit every lifestyle. Enjoy swimming pools, walking trails, a fitness center, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, and much more! You won't find another community that compares to the value and luxury of Hethwood Communities.

Our community of apartments in Blacksburg, VA was built in 1973 and has 3 stories with 1728 units and loads of things to see and do. We are conveniently located just minutes from Virginia Tech and offer spacious rooms and incredible amenities. Some of our on-site amenities are listed below.

  • Pool/Clubhouse Wi-Fi
  • On-Site Maintenance
  • On-Site Property Manager
  • Social Events
  • Car Care Center
  • Business Center
  • Clubhouse
  • Extra Storage
  • Sundeck
  • Picnic Area
  • Pond
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool
  • Playground
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Basketball Court
  • Tennis Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Athletic Court
  • Multi-Use Trails

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Reasons Why You Should Not Buy a Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAThe Fairy Tale

We are constantly told throughout our youth that we are to follow a certain path. Grow up, go to college, graduate, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, live happily ever after. But we all know this isn’t a linear path and life has a funny way of throwing you curve balls when you least expect it.

Buying a home can be a good thing, but it can also be another shackle that holds you back from pursuing your dreams. Here are three reasons why you should hold off on the largest purchase of your life.

Lack of Mobility

You’re in your 20’s. Not only is this a time for excitement, it’s a time for decision-making. Do you stay in your college city? Do you move back home? Do you follow your dream of chasing the endless summer? Buying a house at this point in your life certainly does one thing - it plants your butt firmly in one location and gives you a heck of a lot of responsibility.

You may think, “But I can sell the house at any time if I choose to move.”

Well, yes. But then you have to deal with closing costs, paying a broker, etc. If you move shortly after buying your home you’ll take it on the chin with fees and expenses.

You also have to deal with maintenance, property taxes, insurance, your roof developing a leak and the kid down the street that keeps egging your house. Do yourself a favor. Keep yourself mobile and your options open.

Increased Debt Burden

You will be taking on one of the largest purchases of your life and a mountain of debt.

Debt is a shackle that will hold you back from taking flight and can impair your ability to make decisions. When you have 30 years of debt payments (i.e., a mortgage), you can’t pack up and leave for that trip-of-a-lifetime. There is also your debt-to-income ratio that is important to consider. When this ratio gets too far out of whack, it will get more difficult to obtain loans for things like a car, credit cards, etc.

The Buy Versus Rent Debate

Whether you knew it or not, there has been a long-standing debate on the financial benefits of buying a home versus renting. The recession in 2008 that sent the real estate market swooning was painful for those that owned property. But even over the long term, the benefits of owning property can be argued against.

Just to be clear, owning real estate is not a bad thing. But, the numbers don’t lie. Buying a single-family home is not as great an investment as some would have you believe.

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Reasons to Rent

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 23, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VARenting has a lot going for it. It gives you a level of freedom that you don’t have when you own a home. You can move when you want; so if you have an opportunity to take a better job in a different state, you can. When you have time off, you can have time off! No housework, no yard care, no worries about maintenance. Take a weekend trip rather than yardwork.

In many parts of Virginia, while house prices are rising, they are not at the place where they were before the bust. Therefore, you are not really missing out. The longer you can save, the more you can put down for a deposit if you decide to buy at some point. This will reduce mortgage costs.

When renting you avoid all of those additional fees. Money needed for deposits, PMI, closing costs, home inspections, and attorney fees. All of these additional costs can add up to be thousands of dollars. Not to mention the eventual repair and maintenance costs when you own a home. As a renter you can pick up the phone and call the management company.

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Virginia: One of the Best States To Live for 2018

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 12, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAWe used science and data to determine which U.S. states have it made.

Do you live in one of the best states in America?

You might think people across the nation like to think they live in the best place in the country. After all, you wouldn’t spend your lives somewhere that you truly didn’t love. Right? Not always. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center study not too long ago determined that almost half of Americans would rather live somewhere else than they do now.

Well, if you’re in one of the states we’re about to highlight, odds are you don’t want to go anywhere.

The purpose of this study is to use science to determine which of our great American states are the absolute best. While unbiased, this research does take into account factors that almost all Americans would agree are desirable. Therefore, while you may have strong opinions either way, you can’t argue against the methodology.

After analyzing all 50 U.S. states, we came up with this list as the 10 best states in our nation for 2018:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. New Jersey
  5. Virginia
  6. Vermont
  7. Hawaii
  8. Minnesota
  9. Maryland
  10. Rhode Island

How we crunched the numbers for the best states of 2018

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the most recent ACS 2012-2016, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The higher the better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • High Median Income
  • High Home Values
  • Levels of College Education
  • A lot of insured people
  • Low Crime
  • No poverty

We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the criteria with a #1 ranking being the best for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Best Place To Live Index”.

Finally, we ranked every state on the “Best Place To Live Index” with the lowest index being the Best State To Live in America for 2018.

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Blacksburg is a Best Place to Live in 2018

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 05, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAWith gorgeous scenery, the Blacksburg area features 60 mountain peaks and a myriad of trails that are ideal for hiking and biking. Home to Virginia Tech, the college town atmosphere in Blacksburg has helped foster affordable housing options along with a robust downtown district, fantastic restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues.

The Blacksburg Historic District draws admirers of Greek revival, Gothic and Colonial American architecture, and the local economy is bolstered by innovative technology hubs like Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Automation Park, a sprawling testing ground for drones and self-driving cars.

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Owning a Home Can Often be a Challenge

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VAIn their pursuit to find the perfect house, many renters have been surprised by how many homeowners have tried to deter them from taking the real estate plunge.

It’s no secret that owning property can be a great investment but, apparently, it can also be a challenge.

Here are 5 of the top reasons to remain a renter:

1) Hidden costs: Forking over cash for everything from property taxes, to a new boiler, to a lawn care can really add up. As a renter, you know exactly what that roof over your head will set you back each month, and no broken pipes are going to eat into your entertainment budget.

2) Tax letdown: Those alleged tax advantages don't quite exist anymore. Fluctuating property taxes and the fact that you cannot deduct a loss on the sale of your home give some serious pause.

3) Stunted social life: The average homeowner tends to spend less time on active leisure or with friends, experiences more negative feelings during time spent with friends, derives less joy from love and relationships and is also less likely to enjoy being with people.

4) All tied down: Although you may have lived in the same apartment for more than a decade, it is nice to know you can move your family to Paris with little hassle, should the opportunity arise.

5) The big debt: This ties in with #4 above. Although it has a marginally nicer name, having a mortgage is having a debt. Unless you have a lot of cash to burn, investing in a home puts you in the hole.

There are many good reasons to buy property. Topping the list is the desire to leave something substantial to children. However, being mindful of the disadvantages can help prevent you from rushing into an imperfect place.

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Blacksburg is One of Best Places to Live in Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, VABlacksburg is among the top choices of the Best Places to Live in Virginia.

Beautiful nature landscapes and a growing economy are two of the many livability advantages in Virginia, and here is more about this fine city that made the list in The Old Dominion State:


Home to Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg is a city where more than 85 percent of residents have a college degree. Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center houses many high-profile company tenants like Honeywell and the National Weather Service, and Blacksburg citizens receive top healthcare thanks to Montgomery Regional Hospital.

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