The diversity of real estate in the Hampton Roads area offers a home for everyone -- a cottage on the bay, a ranch in the suburbs, a downtown style apartment, a beach house on the oceanfront. Made up of what’s known as the ‘Seven Cities’, the options can seem endless in Hampton Roads. If you’re looking for a quieter area full of charm, Chesapeake might be the best city for you!
Best Urban Attractions
Chesapeake has an abundance of shopping centers without overwhelming its small town feel. Greenbrier Mall is home to your typical department and chain stores. Towne Place at the Greenbrier offers both outdoor shopping at boutique stores, and also outdoor entertainment opportunities. All summer there are free concerts, so make sure not to miss it this season! If you’re looking for a more quaint feel, head down to Historic South Norfolk -- which, ironically, is actually located in Chesapeake! Currently undergoing some restorative work, there are still a handful of businesses to shop at and plenty to see.
Despite being home to over 230,000 people, Chesapeake retains its small town charm. It’s home to many of the best schools and most of its attractions are family friendly (aside from the annual wine festival -- that’s just for mom and dad). For example, the nearby Chesapeake Planetarium is a local favorite. The first ever planetarium to be built by a public school system, it remains open to the public today as well as offering exceptional programs and classes for local schools.
Chesapeake is within minutes of many surrounding cities in Hampton Roads and just one hour from the Outer Banks in neighboring North Carolina. Tidewater Community College is located in the heart of the city and there are almost a dozen colleges nearby, including Old Dominion University, Regent University, and Kaplan College.
Another benefit to choosing Chesapeake? It lacks the traffic that causes so many headaches in other parts of Hampton Roads.
Best Outdoor Adventures
Great shopping and stellar schools aren’t all Chesapeake has to offer. It’s also perfect for homebuyers who lead a more active, outdoorsy lifestyle. Home to a variety of environments, including wetlands, beaches, forests, parks; outdoor activities abound in this city!
For those with young children, Fun Forest and Chesapeake City Park can’t be beat for outdoor entertainment. Located inside Chesapeake City Park, Fun Forest is the ultimate playground with three acres of the park,dedicated to children’s playground equipment. There are jungle gyms, an imagination center, a family adventure center, and best of all -- a fossil dig! Your kids will be begging to come back before you’ve even left.
There’s also plenty of hiking opportunities for adults and older children.T he wildlife refuge is a bit wilder than the city park and full of adventure! Perfect for hiking, birdwatching, and even kayaking, this park offers more than meets the eye. The historic locks that separate the Great Dismal Swamp from the saltwater of the ocean are visible via observation towers or from the comfort of your canoe/kayak on a waterway trail at the Deep Creek Lock Park.
Which neighborhood is best for you?
So you know that you want to live in Chesapeake. But, as one of the largest cities by land area, picking out a neighborhood can seem a little daunting. Do you want to live in quaint, historic SoNo? Or maybe a little closer to the action in Greenbrier? Check out the link below and see which neighborhood best fits your family! Whether you pick a newer development or a historic neighborhood, here’s always something to do just outside your door in Chesapeake. Have questions? Contact us