Part of a larger urban area in Eastern Virginia, Norfolk is nestled between Newport News and Virginia Beach, and with many people in the region connected to the Joint Military Base Langley-Eustis. Norfolk is small in size, but still has the population of a mid-sized city. While residents complain about traffic, the benefits include museums, concerts, art exhibits, a zoo, and restaurants.
Virginia Beach, the state's most popular beach, is just half an hour from the Norfolk area, with a boardwalk, hotels, beaches, and great seafood. For those who want to enjoy the outdoors, the False Cape State Park on the ocean, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge offer kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, and camping,
The surrounding area is a Colonial history enthusiast’s dream. Nearby are some of the oldest English settlements in the Mid-Atlantic, including Jamestown, now a historic site that features archeology digs, the Yorktown Battlefield, and Colonial Williamsburg. Williamsburg is also home to William & Mary College and offers quaint college-town amenities, and Busch Gardens, for those who want some thrills or a fun place to take the grandkids.
Here are the three best communities in the Norfolk area.
The Villages at West Neck
The Villages at West Neck in Virginia Beach is the perfect spot for the golf enthusiasts and those who want to live at the beach. This large community of over 900 condos and single-family homes is just minutes from the beach and centered around the West Neck Golf Course. Residents can also enjoy the amenities at the West Neck Village Hall—including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a library—and spend time with their neighbors in the many clubs and groups that meet regularly.
The Retreat at Greenbrier
Located just outside Norfolk, Virginia in Chesapeake, The Retreat at Greenbrier is a smaller community of 184 homes offered for resale. The quadruplexes, townhomes, single-family homes range from 1,400 to 2,500 square feet, but all have garages and maintenance-free yards. While the number of houses in this active adult community is low, the amenities feel like a much larger community.
Residents can enjoy playing cards, attending special events like guest speakers and seasonal parties, and taking classes, or stay active with Zumba, aerobics classes, working out in the fitness center, or swimming in the outdoor pool. There are also plenty of places to socialize with neighbors, including in the community garden, at the outdoor patio fire pit, or in the clubhouse gathering room.
Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation
Also located in Chesapeake, Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation is an active adult community that offers a variety of home options for future residents. The first construction was in 2005, but homes are still being built and offered new and for resale. The home styles include condos, attached, and single-family homes, and are all three-bedroom but range from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet.
Active adults looking for a leisurely lifestyle will find themselves at home at Eagle Point. The community is surrounded by the Isles Golf Links, an 18-hole golf course that is challenging and fun for all golfers. The Bay Club clubhouse also offers an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, banquet hall, and multi-purpose room. And residents can enjoy the community through clubs, classes, and activities offered at the clubhouse.