Virginia Beach is located in the part of Virginia known as the South Hampton Roads. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, VA Beach is the 42nd largest city in the US. It's median household income is around $62,000 annually, and comprises 497.3 square miles - 50% of which is water. A prominent river, the Lynnhaven, drains into the Chesapeake bay and adds to the water area.
The modern version of Virginia Beach was created in 1963 and has many distinctive real estate communities, including:
The climate is humid subtropical with cold winters, rare snows, and hot, humid summers. An average temperature of 73 degrees makes Virginia Beach one of the more temperate and pleasant areas of the US, and popular with retirees. An additional attraction is a beach community that seldom is affected by hurricanes. Being north of the usual tracks of hurricanes that plague Florida and much of the Carolinas makes oceanfront homes and condos in Virginia Beach less of liability risk, with insurance that is much more reasonable than its southern neighbors.
Chesapeake Beach, Great Neck, Kings Grant, Alanton, Green Run, Bayside, Croatan Beach, Kempsville, London Bridge, and others. VA Beach oceanfront hotels are plentiful and attest to it's popularity as a vacation resort.
As any beach town, the area is best known for its tourism, with oceanfront hotels and Virginia Beach condos clustering around the town center and along the beach. It is also home to several US Military Bases, and the Navy's NAS Oceana is its largest employer. Military bases always improve a city's real estate market, and the NAS is no exception.
Virginia Beach has many sites of historical importance, and 18 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Such sites include the Adam Thoroughgood House (one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia), the Francis Land House (a 200-year-old plantation), the Cape Henry Lights and nearby Cape Henry Light Station (a second tower), Bayville Farm, DeWitt Cottage, Ferry Farm Plantation, Dr. John Miller-Masury House, Adam Keeling House, Old Donation Church, Pembroke Manor, Pleasant Hall, Shirley Hall (Devereaux House), Thomas Murray House, U.S. Coast Guard Station (Seatack), Upper Wolfsnare, Weblin House, and Wishart Boush House, and Wolfsnare.
Another worthy mention is the Edgar Cayce Hospital for Research and Enlightenment, established in 1928, and considered a "psychic healing hospital". A small school called the Atlantic University was opened in 1930 that offers study of psychic Cayce's readings on spiritual and health subjects.
Virginia Beach boasts as many as 208 city parks, as well as an extremely popular boardwalk with a giant 34 foot bronze statue of "Neptune", who looks over and guards the beachfront and sea throughout time.
Families and education are priorities in the area, and even the beachfront neighborhoods offer real estate for most budgets. Those interested in VA Beach oceanfront property, homes and real estate will find informational websites at the beginning and end of this page.
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