And I did find that checking crime reports [as seen online] is somewhat of a joke. For example, we live in a neighborhood that includes million dollar homes and half million dollar townhomes with a premier Country club. If you were to check the crime reports it would pop up quite a few crimes - varying from unleashed pet, to misdemeanor theft all the way up to a stabbing [It was quite interesting when the MedStar Helicopter landed on the soccer field adjacent to our home in the middle of the night. We had not heard a thing in our neighborhood until the helicopter landed.] Still, we live in one of the safest areas of Northern Virginia. So, they may be a start, but they don't tell me what I really want to know.
We love parts of Old Town Winchester, but getting to them is incredibly sketchy sometimes. With all those beautiful older homes it is as shame that so many have fallen to disrepair long before the housing market dived.
Good luck and if you ever figure it out, please let me know.
Winchester has some wonderful offerings for retirees. There are multiple 55+ communities with resale or new construction options. There are also several neighborhoods with floor plans designed for one-floor living. I would be happy to give you a tour of the area and help identify which homes will work best for your budget and lifestyle.