Diverse, charming and unique—Eastern Virginia has much to offer when it comes to active adult living.
Eastern Virginia shares several features with the rest of the state, particularly its temperate climate which allows residents to enjoy all four seasons. Virginia winters are typically mild with occasional snow, mostly in the northern part of the state. Virginia summers, however are usually hot, with temperatures reaching into the high 90s. Virginia’s spring and autumns, however, are particularly beautiful.
As one of the first states in the nation, Virginia has a rich history that still shines today. Civil war battlefields, historic homes, museums, and historic shopping districts are common throughout the state. Eastern Virginia, which encompasses big cities like Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg is no different with several quaint downtown areas and historic ports.
Colonial Williamsburg is popular among residents and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Greater Williamsburg, it has a historic district and a living-history museum where actors in period costumes bring Colonial Williamsburg to life. Williamsburg also offers many options for active adults to enjoy the outdoors, with more than 20 miles of mountain biking trails, guided kayak tours, or even carriage rides through Colonial Williamsburg.
Virginia Beach is equally impressive in its offerings for active adults and the options include more than just the beach. Entertainment-wise, Virginia Beach has the 1,300 seat Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, which is a 20,000-seat outdoor venue that often features national acts. Art lovers can enjoy exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, while the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science offers an intimate view into the underwater life of local shores. And of course, there’s swimming and beach time along the Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay.
Norfolk is another Eastern Virginia city with a diverse array of offerings for active adults. It features an impressive 144 miles of shoreline along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Each year Norfolk hosts almost 100 different festivals, most of which are free and are in addition to its dynamic arts scene. Active adults can enjoy live performances at the Harrison Opera House, Chrysler Hall, and the historic Attucks Theatre, to name a few. Art lovers have nine different museums they can enjoy, including the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Hampton Roads Museum, or the Norfolk Police Museum and Norfolk Fire-Rescue Museum.
Eastern Virginia Communities
In addition to access to amazing beaches and a wide range of cultural activities, Eastern Virginia also has several communities that cater to 55+ active adult retirees.
Ford’s Colony - Williamsburg
Ford’s Colony a luxurious community located in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is not age restricted, but appeals to active adults for a variety of reason. It consists of over 3,000 homes, including condos, attached homes and custom single-family homes in many distinct neighborhoods within a country club setting. Some of the neighborhoods in Ford’s Colony are gated for residents who prefer extra security.
Amenities offered in Ford’s Colony are provided at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. Residents can purchase a variety of membership options to get access to the semi-private indoor and outdoor amenities. They include a clubhouse, dining room, tavern, and grille room. Outdoors, the community provides homeowners with three 18-hole golf courses, 14 tennis courts, and two outdoor pools. There’s also a 200-acre wildlife preserve on-site.
Colonial Heritage - Williamsburg
Colonial Heritage is a gated community located in Williamsburg that features a variety of home styles spanning 1,800 homes. Amenities are centered around two clubhouses, the 25,000 square-foot Heritage Clubhouse as well as the 7,500 square-foot Athletic Club.
The Heritage Clubhouse includes a ballroom, the Heritage Dining Room, The Grille, a woodworking shop, and a billiards room. Outdoors, there are four tennis courts and two bocce ball courts. Residents can stay in shape at the Athletic Club with the fitness center, aerobics studio, and indoor and outdoor pool.
The community also features an extensive list of clubs, groups, and classes. Some of the benefits of Colonial Heritage include its proximity to Colonial Williamsburg, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and two broad rivers perfect for boating and fishing.
The Groves at New Kent - New Kent
The Groves at New Kent boasts several features that appeal to active adults. Every resident at this age-restricted community will have access to private amenities in the community as well as amenities provided by the master New Kent Vineyards community. That includes two clubhouses, an exercise room, a winery, and the 18-hole Rees Jones Golf Course
Upon completion, The Groves at New Kent will feature 1,450 homes spanning ten main-level living home designs. They range in size from 1,434 to 3,238 square feet and include two to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two-car garages.
Other Nearby Communities
- The Villages at West Neck - Virginia Beach
- Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation - Chesapeake
- The Settlement at Powhatan Creek - Williamsburg
- The Retreat at Greenbrier - Chesapeake
- Church Square - Smithfield