If your family just received PCS relocation orders to the Hampton Roads area, you’re in luck! This area of coastal Virginia is perfect for raising a family. For a few reasons why Hampton Roads is a great place to live, read our short guide below! 1. Large Military Population If you’re relocating to Hampton Roads [...]

5 Reasons Hampton Roads is a Great Place to Get PCS Relocation Orders

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If your family just received PCS relocation orders to the Hampton Roads area, youre in luck! This area of coastal Virginia is perfect for raising a family. For a few reasons why Hampton Roads is a great place to live, read our short guide below!

1. Large Military Population

If youre relocating to Hampton Roads as a military family, youll have no problem joining a close-knit community, no matter which city you choose to call home. Whether its Newport News, Portsmouth, Norfolk, or Virginia Beach, youll find the highest density of military folks anywhere in Virginia thanks to the numerous nearby military bases. Additionally, many ex-military families choose to retire in Hampton Roads, which means you'll likely have neighbors who empathize with the demands and sacrifices of military life. With the wisdom of those whove faced military deployment before, along with younger families experiencing it for the first time, Hampton Roads is an ideal place to find support and encouragement.

2. Great Educational Opportunities

If youre looking to enroll your children in school, youll find that the Hampton Roads area has some of the highest rated public schools in the state. The area also boasts several excellent private academies, religion-based establishments, and opportunities for students diagnosed with learning disabilities. For those who prefer to homeschool, the homeschooling community in Hampton Roads is made up of a vast and diverse network of families and offers a broad range of activities and competitive sports for students to join. Check out VAHomeschoolers to find homeschool support groups in your area.

3. Famous Historical Sites

Originally colonized by the English in the early 1600s, the Hampton Roads area has a rich history with several famous historical sites. A short road trip will take you to the fascinating Historical Triangle, which is composed of Jamestown (where you can see the first permanent English settlement in the New World), Yorktown (where America won Revolutionary War), and Williamsburg (a completely restored colonial town). You can also visit Fort Monroe, which was a key focal point in the Civil War, the renowned United States Naval Ship the Battleship Wisconsin docked in Norfolk and dozens of other sites that are all within a couple of hours. When you live in Hampton Roads, there's no shortage of places to see!

4. Moderate Climate

Hampton Roads sits in Virginia's Tidewater Climate Region, and its coastal proximity means a relatively mild climate year round. Though the region does experience four distinct seasons, winters typically see fewer than five inches of snowfall, while summer temperatures rarely creep out of the 80s. Additionally, Hampton Roads experiences approximately 212 sunny days a year, and about 30 fewer precipitous days than the average U.S. city. The lovely weather means residents get lots of opportunities to be outside.

5. Beach Proximity

Living on the coast means plenty of easily accessible beaches for outdoor fun and recreation. A popular vacation destination, Virginia Beach has 12 miles of beautiful sandy beaches and a 3-mile boardwalk brimming with boutiques and restaurants. Just north of Virginia Beach, you'll First Landing State Park, an expansive 2288-acre park on Cape Henry that boasts over a mile of beachfront, plus 19 miles of inland hiking trails, campsites and cabins, and a boat launch. Up in Norfolk, you'll find three beautifully maintained city beaches along the Chesapeake Bay, replete with miles of sandy frontage, calm waters, and a large fishing pier. In Newport News, nestled along the James River, the 60-acre Huntington Park has a beach, tennis facility, impressive rose garden, and an expansive playground called Fort Fun that provides youngsters hours of entertainment. With a large, supportive military community and excellent schools, Hampton Roads is a great place for any military family to live. Plus, the temperate climate, beach access, and endless list of attractions make this a fun place to call home. If you're moving to the Hampton Roads area, we'd love to help you make the transition. Apple Moving offers military and residential moving services and has two convenient locations in Hampton Roads, one in Norfolk and the other in Newport News. Give us a call or fill out the quote form to get a free moving estimate for your upcoming Virginia relocation.

5 Trendiest Neighborhoods in San Antonio, TX

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San Antonio, the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States, prides itself on being a large city with a small-town feel. Steeped in culture and history, modern San Antonio has a trendy side as well. Are you’re thinking of relocating to San Antonio? Here are five of the Alamo City’s trendiest neighborhoods.

1. The Pearl District

Pearl, located on the site of the former Pearl Brewery, is a 375-acre, master-planned, mixed-use community at the north end of the River Walk. North of downtown, this young and hip area features trendy restaurants, shopping, and luxury hotel space in a pedestrian and pet-friendly atmosphere. The area is anchored by Hotel Emma, a former 19th-century

2. King William Historic District

In recent years, the King William area has undergone much revitalization. Historic homes from the 1800s have been returned to their former glory, making this a highly desirable San Antonio address. While the King William area has great access to the downtown area, it also has many of its own amenities, like the stores and restaurants found along S. Alamo Street, just west of the river. Enjoy a Saturday morning cup of joe at neighborhood favorite Halcyon Southtown or kick back and relax with a brew at the Blue Star Brewery. This diverse, family-friendly neighborhood also boasts a wonderful art scene and additionally offers residents access to good public schools.

3. Alamo Heights Neighborhood

Within the prestigious 78209 zip code, Alamo Heights is a classic urban neighborhood in San Antonio. Both long-time residents and a younger crowd (known as ‘09ers) enjoy this serene, tree-lined community with its mid-century homes. Located just five minutes from the downtown area, residents enjoy the easy access to museums, eclectic shopping venues, and upscale restaurants. Alamo Heights is its own incorporated city and features highly acclaimed schools.

4. Tobin Hill

The walkable Tobin Hill, just north of downtown, is another area that has undergone revitalization in recent years. During the 1950s, Tobin Hill consisted of single-family homes and small apartment buildings. Tobin Hill has experienced a resurgence with the recent development of the Pearl area and the growth of facilities at Fort Sam Houston. Today, Tobin Hill is attractive to both residents and businesses. Eclectic and thriving, this neighborhood is filled with people from diverse backgrounds living side-by-side in houses in different stages of repair. Tobin Hill is bike-friendly and features its own amenities with restaurants, bars, and quaint shopping. Residents appreciate that the neighborhood is quiet, but that the bustle of the downtown area is within easy reach.

5. Stone Oak

Stone Oak is a gated, master-planned suburban community in the northwest area of San Antonio. Here, residents enjoy upscale living in large single-family homes with all the amenities of the ‘burbs. The easy access to malls, big box stores, and restaurants make Stone Oak one of San Antonio’s most popular places to live. Plus, the area’s outstanding schools are a big draw for families. Featuring manicured lawns and plenty of green areas, Stone Oak residents also living in proximity to several local golf courses. Whether you prefer the eclectic vibe of the city or a more laid-back suburban setting, there are plenty of great places to live in the Alamo City. In addition to wonderful neighborhoods, there are many other fantastic reasons to move to San Antonio. When you’re ready to relocate to this trendy city, be sure to give us a call. One of the best San Antonio moving companies, Apple Moving has been bringing Texans home since 1991, and we’d love to do the same for you.

What to Know Before Moving to El Paso

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El Paso, the fourth largest city in Texas, is located on the far western edge of Texas at the border of Mexico. A major transportation hub, El Paso features top-notch medical facilities, renowned education institutions, and vibrant cultural and entertainment options. New residents are attracted to El Paso by its climate, affordable housing, and relatively low cost of living. An important military city, El Paso is home to Fort Bliss, a United State Army Air Defense Center.

1. There’s Plenty of Sunshine

El Paso sits in a flat valley among dry hills with the Rio Grande River running along the southwest border of the city. Aptly nicknamed “The Sun City”, El Paso has an abundance of sunshine year-round with high temperatures in the summer and very low humidity. Winters are relatively mild, with occasional snowfall. This desert landscape only receives around 23 days of rain a year, giving residents plenty of time to spend outdoors hiking the nearby Franklin Mountains or taking the Wyler Aerial Tramway.

2. It’s Affordable

With a cost of living 16.4% lower than the national average, El Paso is an attractive option for families and retirees. Just about everything from grocery prices to utilities (see our guide to El Paso utilities) to gasoline is cheaper in the West Texas town. Median home prices are around $112,500, making home ownership a reality for many. Bolstered by military, business, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors El Paso’s economy is strong. In recent years, the city has experienced job growth and currently enjoys an unemployment rate almost 8% lower than the nationwide rate.

3. You’ll Probably Need a Car

As with other Texas cities, El Paso’s size means you’ll probably need a car for running errands and getting to work. Although traffic is congested at times, it is relatively easy to get around the city; the average commute time is just 20 minutes. Dependable public transportation is available by city bus, and the city is currently working on a streetcar project that will provide service throughout the downtown area.

4. History, Culture, and Entertainment Abound

Downtown El Paso is made up of five distinct districts: Las Plazas Art District, the Office District, Union Plaza, the Government District and El Centro. Each district has its own unique features, brimming with historic landmarks. The Las Plazas Art District is home to the historic Plaza Theatre, which opened its doors in 1930 and continues to operate today. Nearby, you can stop in at the El Paso Museum of History, which covers about 400 years of West Texas history. History buffs will also enjoy the historical architecture at San Jacinto Plaza, which used to be home to live alligators. On weekends, Union Plaza features a local farmer’s market with local artisans and live entertainment. If you enjoy sports, then you’ll have to check out Southwest University Park, which is the home of the Chihuahuas, a triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. A unique oasis in the desert, El Paso is a lively and growing city with stunning landscapes and a warm climate. Its proximity to Mexico makes for a unique cultural blend in this vibrant, active community. The stable economy, affordable housing and relatively low cost of living make El Paso an extremely attractive Texas community to call home. If you are ready to make the move to West Texas, we’d love to help you get settled in. Apple Moving Company has been serving Texas with reliable and affordable moving services for over 25 years, and has what it takes to make your local or long distance El Paso relocation stress-free. For a free quote from one of the best moving companies in El Paso, give us a call today!  

Our Movers’ Favorite Taco Joints in El Paso

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El Paso is known for its great southwestern food, with everything from Tex-Mex to more traditional Mexican-style cuisine, so it’s no surprise it also boasts some of the best tacos in Texas. Our movers work up quite the appetite every day as they pack boxes, lift furniture, and flex their muscles carefully loading and unloading our moving trucks. When our stomachs are growling, we like to frequent El Paso’s many taco joints for a quick bite between moving jobs. Here’s the list of our favorite places for the best tacos in El Paso:

Rosa’s Cantina

Opened in the 1940s as Los Tigres and later renamed, Rosa’s Cantina may be best known for its mention in the Marty Robins song El Paso. It sits in an unassuming stone building across the street from a cement yard in the middle of an industrial area and has been popular with El Paso residents for more than 70 years thanks to its cheap, delicious eats. While the kitchen serves up everything from meat loaf to chicken mole, we like stopping in on Thursdays for the chicken taco special – three crispy chicken tacos accompanied by a side of rice and beans. Other popular menu items with our El Paso moving team include the green Chile Cheese Fries and the Chile Con Queso Burger. On weekend nights, Rosa’s is also a great place to hang out with friends and catch live music.

Tacoholics

This place is the ultimate lunch spot for the taco connoisseur. Though the main location is brick and mortar, they also have a food truck that caters special events. Tacoholics offers four protein options: sirloin, chicken, pork adobado, and even tofu for the vegetarian crowd. All meats are marinated in a top-secret 21-ingredient blend before being cooked up and folded into a delicious 4” street style corn tortilla (flour tortilla and paleo-friendly lettuce wraps are also available). Choose your meat and toppings, then pile on one of the four fresh, homemade salsas, like the unique Sweet’n’Spicy, which is packed with habaneros and pineapples, or the milder Green sauce, that’s loaded down with tomatillos, jalapenos, and serrano peppers. While you can always order a basic taco topped with onions and cilantro, our crew’s favorite is the Korean BBQ taco, a tantalizing twist on the traditional taco. Finish off your meal with freshly fried churros or sweet sopapillas for dessert. Find Tacoholics at 1613 N Zaragoza Road, just down from the Walgreens at the intersection of Zaragoza and Vista Del Sol.

Rivas Taco Shop

Just a mile down the street from Tacoholics is one of the best-kept secrets in El Paso, the Rivas Taco Shop. Known for SoCal-style grub, this local joint dishes up more than just tasty tacos. Sometimes we like to start the day right with one of the stuffed breakfast burritos, which are served all day, or we’ll take an occasional afternoon break to scarf down the Supreme Fries, which come topped with a mouthwatering mountain of guac, sour cream, salsa, and carne asada. After a particularly grueling day, nothing fills us up quite like the gigantic California burrito or a plate of out-of-this-world nachos. And of course, you can’t go wrong with Rivas’ traditional tacos, with eight different proteins to choose from, including beef, chicken, carne asada, carnitas, fish, adobado, shrimp, and Pollo Asado. Rivas is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. El Paso's delicious taco shops often give us the fuel we need to move El Paso residents and businesses. The next time you're in need of El Paso's best moving services, please give us a call. We always offer free moving quotes for all local and long distance moves, no matter how big or small your home or business.