After I got married, I moved to Forest, V.A. to start my family. I love Forest because it has a low crime rate and the schools are great. The housing can be a bit high, but by being located in Bedford County, the property taxes are low. Forest is a suburb of Lynchburg, V.A. so finding employment has not been a problem. The commute is easy to most parts of the area. Forest even has public transit into the city.
This area is growing quickly, and so is the shopping. There are locally owned restaurants in the area that offer a variety of great food such as Bräuburgers Craft Burgers & Beer, Graziano's, and Benjamin's Great Cows and Crabs. A unique place to shop is Stones and Bones if you like to give great gifts from the earth and one of a kind jewelry. The weather is seasonal with higher humidity in the summer. There are several colleges located in Lynchburg offering quality events.