In the Stafford, VA area, neighborhoods that have community pools generally hold their value better over the long run because they usually have other amenties such as tennis courts, tot lots, etc. These make the areas attractive to families. That being said, these neighborhoods also typically have homeowner's associations and many buyers either really want an HOA, or don't. Be sure to look at the HOA fees if you're looking to buy in a neighborhood with a pool and other amenities. The extra expense may not be worth it to you if you're not going to be using those things.... more
A good resource for school information is www.schoolmatters.com , which provides information on all the schools in Fredericksburg, based on test scores. However, it won't have any info on the Quaintness factor, as that is subjective in nature. For crime information, go to http://www.fredericksburgva.gov/FredPD/index.asp which is the website for the Fredericksburg Police Department. Finally, working with a local Realtor that knows the area would speed up your rental search process.