Chesapeake, VA ~

After having developed into the “bedroom community” of Hampton Roads in the 1980’s and 90’s, Chesapeake has developed more employment centers and a Town Center to become a well-rounded community that emphasizes quality of life.  The Greenbrier section of the City is a great microcosm of the City’s development from agricultural to residential to City – once the world’s largest outdoor nursery, Greenbrier has developed into a huge Planned Unit Development including the largest business district in Hampton Roads with more than 19 million square feet of commercial space and more than 51,000 jobs as well as home to over 32,000 residents. 

The City of Chesapeake was formed in 1963 by the consolidation of the City of South Norfolk with the former Norfolk County, which was formed in 1691. At 351 square miles, Chesapeake is the second largest City by land area in Virginia.  Chesapeake is the third most populous City in the Commonwealth with a population of 222,209 as of the 2010 census.

Garnering top rankings as an ideal location by Money Magazine and Parenting Magazine, Chesapeake is a diverse City combining historic urban areas, the conveniences of modern suburban living and rural farmland and forests.  Chesapeake has more than 70 public parks ranging in size from neighborhood parks to over 750 acres; there are over 26 miles of multi-use trails for working out or enjoying a relaxing stroll in Nature.  Chesapeake also hosts a large portion of the 112,000 acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, home to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals.

Boasting an excellent school system, all 45 schools in the City are accredited by the State Standards of Learning.  Quality of life includes being rated as one of the safest cities in the US in the FBI National Uniform Crime Report and its highly educated workforce traditionally has a lower unemployment rate than the national average.  Chesapeake’s high quality of life and low cost of living makes it an excellent location to live.

Residential areas in Chesapeake range from historic homes in the South Norfolk are of the city, to townhouses and condos in the Greenbrier and Great Bridge area, to rural farmettes in the southern section of the city.  The predominant home type is suburban single family detached homes on lots averaging ¼ acre.  Homes can range in price from under $100,000 to $1 million.  The average sales price for Chesapeake homes sold in 2013 was $247,412.

Virginia Beach, VA ~  

Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a vibrant city with an historic past and promising future.  Virginia Beach not only is a resort city boasting miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, but is frequently rated as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the country.  Virginia Beach encompasses 249 square miles of land and 248 square miles of water. Virginia Beach is Virginia’s largest city and the 39th most populous city in the US with a 2010 census population of 437,994.

Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the southeastern corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia that grew to its current form in 1963 from the annexation by the small resort city of Virginia Beach of the surrounding Princess Anne County.  The resultant municipality is a mix of urban center, large suburban areas and rural southern part which is home to many farms and wildlife refuges. 

Virginia Beach’s mild winters, long summers, over 210 City Parks, 2 State Parks and a National Wildlife Refuge make it an excellent place for outdoor activities.  Whether enjoying the 19 miles of trails contained in the 2,888 acre First Landing State Park, relaxing on the Guinness Book of World Records longest pleasure beach in the World or enjoying the wildlife at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, there is something for everyone.

Rated by as the fifth best large school division in the nation, all of Virginia Beach’s 86 schools and specialty centers are fully accredited by the State.  Virginia Beach’s well-educated workforce enjoys a low unemployment rate and employers that range from small business to large international businesses as well as 3 military bases.  Many people first come to Virginia Beach on vacation and end up liking it so much that they come to live there.

Residential areas in Virginia Beach range from trendy lofts and condos in the Town Center area to townhouses and condos near the Oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay, to rural farmettes in the southern section of the city.  The predominant home type is suburban single family detached homes on lots averaging less than ¼ acre.  Homes can range in price from under $100,000 to several million dollars.  The average sales price for Virginia Beach homes sold in 2013 was $280,788.

Norfolk, VA ~   

Historically the business and cultural center of the region, Norfolk has grown from a tiny town of 50 acres when first established in 1682 to a modern city encompassing 66 square miles and the second largest city in Virginia with a population of 242,803 residents according to the 2010 census.   The large natural harbor has long made Norfolk a strategic military and transportation hub.  It is home to the world’s largest Naval base and is the second busiest port on the east coast.  The vibrant downtown area is one of the largest employment centers in the area as well as the cultural heart of the area.

The downtown area has long been the financial and legal hub of the region.  The skyline looks most impressive when all the tall buildings are outlined in white lights for the Holidays.  Downtown also has numerous Sports and Cultural activities.  Whether enjoying a warm summer night at Harbor Park watching the Norfolk Tides baseball team (AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles), cheering for the Norfolk Admirals hockey team (AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks) on cool winter evenings at the Norfolk Scope or catching the latest Football, Basketball or other sports action for Old Dominion University or Norfolk State University, Norfolk has plenty of action for the sports fan.  Not into spectator sports?  Then a museum or music might be more your style.  The Chrysler Museum of Art, the MacArthur Memorial and the National Maritime Museum at Nauticus all have nationally known programs.  You can also enjoy the Symphony at Chrysler Hall or the Opera at the Harrison Opera House or plays at the Wells Theater.  Looking for more current music, then the many concerts at the Ted Constant Convocation Center at ODU, Norfolk Scope or even free concerts at Town Point Park offer many opportunities to see national recording artists perform live.

Residential areas in Norfolk range from trendy lofts and condos in the downtown area to historic homes in the Ghent section of the city with large suburban tracts on the eastern side of the city.  Homes can range in price from under $100,000 to well over $1 million.  The average sales price for homes sold in 2013 was $194,520.

Suffolk, VA ~   

Predominantly rural in nature, “Surprising Suffolk” is the largest city in land area in the commonwealth of Virginia at 429 square miles, yet has a population of 84,585 people according to the 2010 census.  The City of Suffolk was founded by English colonists in 1742 as a port town on the Nansemond River.  It reached its current boundaries when the City of Suffolk and the surrounding Nansemond County merged in 1974.

Suffolk is most widely known for its peanuts and was the birthplace of the “Mr. Peanut” logo used by Planters’ Peanuts since 1916 and is frequently used by the City as well in its promotional materials.  Planters’ remains a major employer in the City as well as Lipton Tea, Target Distribution Center and QVC Distribution Center.  Since the mid 1990’s, Suffolk has enjoyed explosive growth in its high-tech military and computer modeling centers in the Northern section of the City.  Current commercial development includes CenterPoint Intermodal Center, 921-acre planned intermodal logistics center with 5.8 million square feet of distribution centers located on Route 58.  On the residential side, Hampton Roads Crossing near College Drive in the Northern section of the City is a large mixed-use center offering single-family as well as townhomes with shopping within walking distance.

The population centers in Suffolk are around the historic downtown area near the center of the City and in the Northern section of the City near the Harborview area.  The northern section of the city has experienced tremendous growth since the completion of Interstate 664 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in 1992.  The MMMBT connects Suffolk with the City of Newport News and is named for the famous Civil War battle between the first two iron-clad warships that occurred nearby.

Residential areas in Suffolk range from townhouses, single family and condos in the Harbor View area to historic homes in Downtown, with the majority of the city remaining agricultural with home sites ranging from 3 acres and up.  Homes can range in price from under $100,000 to well over $1 million.  The average sales price for homes sold in 2013 was $231,898.

Portsmouth, VA ~  

Across the river from Norfolk, Portsmouth has grown from a small town since its founding in 1752 to an urban city with a population of 95,535 residents according to the 2010 census.   The large natural harbor between Norfolk and Portsmouth has long made Portsmouth a strategic military and transportation hub.  Selected as “Official Coast Guard City” in recognition of nearly 200 years of support of the service by the City, Portsmouth serves as home to the Atlantic Area Headquarters, Mid-Atlantic District 5, coast Guard Base Portsmouth and Sector Hampton Roads.  Portsmouth is also home of the nation’s oldest shipyard and one of the oldest & largest Naval hospitals.

Looking for something to do?  The Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame are two great attractions in the historic downtown area or you can enjoy a concert at the nearby nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

Portsmouth is predominantly urban in development with some suburban areas.  Homes can range in price from under $100,000 to over $700,000.  The average sales price for homes sold in 2013 was $123,541.