Welcome grimmie. I'm a lifelong VA resident myself, until I moved to the MD Eastern Shore about 6 months ago. However, I'm buying a townhouse in Leesburg at the end of Sept. so we (DW + 4 dogs) have a place to stay when we're in the area. My daughter and granddaughter live in Leesburg, so we'll be there a fair amount. Mostly in the off-season when the Northeast winds are howling in at the beach. And Davemartin88 isn't exaggerating, Northern VA is very expensive. Out near the Shenandah is much more reasonable.
My recently widowed mother lives in Bentonville, right on the south fork of the Shenandoah. Having the place in Northern VA will allow me to be only 1 1/2 hours away, so I can go help her out on occasion. I'm the only kid, so I don't even get to claim to be the resposible one.
I think it's a beautiful place to live. You didn't give details about which city/town you will be near. If it's Front Royal, you may want to visit a while first. The place has outgrown it's infrastructure. Busy, slow moving, and nowhere near as friendly as it used to be. But the Skyline Drive is great, and there are plenty of beautiful places all along the park. Good luck, and welcome to VA. Maybe I'll see you at the Walmart.