Everyone thinks their spot is the best. Just some words on VA; and I don't think its the best spot, but I do live here.
Richmond is actually a booming place. Its just a matter of a couple short years before they have high-speed internet propagated down the whole corridor from Washington DC to Richmond. The same thing happened a few years ago between DC and Baltimore, and now its practically one big city. DC home pricing already extends about 2/3s of the way from DC to Richmond. Then you see a short 25-30 mile stint of "boonies" before you hit the Richmond extended area. (This also happens to be the unofficial buffer line between the "North" and the "South".) Currently, home prices are much more attractive in Richmond than DC; but I see that changing in the long run. I predict within the next 5 years the whole corridor between Richmond, DC, and Baltimore will be one giant conglomerate. The corridor from DC to Washington Dulles Airport is the #2 Internet center in the country behind Silicone Valley.
I'd advise taking a good look at the Fortune 100 list, and look at cities that have a good 3-10 of those companies based in the surrounding area. Then take a look at the cost of living and housing around those same areas. I'd venture to say Richmond would be an attractive location based on those attributes.
Oh yeah, plenty of boating in the Mid-Atlantic too.